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ENTERING INTO THE BEGINNING OF THE END

By: Gary L. Rodgers

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Phenomenal disasters and unusual sightings of 2012.

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IT’S 11:00; DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE?

The second coming of Christ is inevitable. Any day now we could hear the trumpet of the Lord and the voice of the archangel telling us the same thing that was told to the Apostle John while he was on the Isle of Patmos to “come up hither!” (Revelation 4:1, also see 1 Thessalonians 4:16) The snatching away or Rapture of the church (1 Corinthians 15:50 – 55) is an exciting event that will happen prior to the ushering in of the man of sin (the antichrist). We should all be walking around with great anticipation that today could be that day. The reason why the church is Raptured away is so that those that have trusted in Christ would be removed prior to God’s wrath being poured out onto the earth. God’s wrath is not meant to be experienced by His children and His wrath is about to fall on this world and we need to be sure of our salvation if we are going to escape it. (Job 21:20, 30 and Romans 2:5, Acts 4:12)  If you are saved then endure unto the end; do the work of an evangelist and look forward to the return of Christ. We read these words in    2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. If you are looking and praying, “even come Lord Jesus come” then God has a special reward for you in Heaven; a crown of righteousness. No doubt the entire world is going through some changes and hard times, but all of these things must come to pass.

THE APOSTATE CHURCH

We are entering the arena of the last days, I truly believe that we are that close! More and more people are falling away from sound doctrine and chasing after fables because their ears are itching to hear something new, something different. They gather to themselves these new and strange teachers that lead them away into a false hope that will bring their end to destruction.

You hear these ridiculous stories that have no truth in them that Jesus was married and had several children, and claims from people saying that they are one of His descendents. How ridiculous to even imagine such a thing. Satan has always tried to tear down the virgin birth and the holiness of our Lord and this is another one of Satan’s fabrications. Yet people will chase after these lies and promote them in their ignorance. (Read John 8:44, 1 John 2:22) Satan is the father of all lies! That should be plain enough for anyone to understand. Yet people fall to these false teachings of his all of the time.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

But all of this must happen according to scripture. This falling away from sound doctrine will be the event leading up to the “man of sin, the son of perdition”. He will enter into the Temple of God (The new temple that will be built after the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem has been removed) and he will cause all to worship him as God and those that witness for Christ and refuse to worship him will be beheaded. (Revelation 20:4)

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

This falling away that is mentioned in verse 3 is talking about the apostate church, the church that will not endure the sound doctrine that is found in the Word of God. Look all around us and tell me what you see! Many, many people today do not have that fear and reverence toward God and His Word that they had back sixty years ago and longer. And shamefully many who call themselves Christians are just as guilty as the unsaved crowd. Many spend little time in prayer and bible study and are anxious to run out the door as soon as the Pastor gives his final amen! I don’t know who you might be reading this booklet but I want you to know that there are still Christians left in this world that do love you and believe it or not they pray to God for you and ask that somehow their paths would cross with yours so that they can share the most important message that you will ever hear in your life, and that is that Jesus went to a cruel rugged cross for you and for me. He didn’t do it because He had no choice in the matter, he did it because we didn’t have any choice; it was either we pay the full penalty for our sins or that a God sent sinless sacrifice perfect in all ways would go to Calvary and pay the full penalty for us.

THINK ABOUT CALVARY

Think about it for a moment; Jesus came to do the will of Him that sent Him. (John 6:38) God loved us so much that he sent His Son to pay the full penalty for our sins (John 3:16) because we couldn’t do it for ourselves. Why? I like the way that my youngest son explained it when he was talking to me about debt payment. When you borrow money what do you use to pay back that debt? You use money, correct? The payment for our sin was paid for with the shed, perfect and innocent blood of Jesus Christ. We are born into this world with a sin tainted blood. God requires that our sin debt be paid for with the sinless blood of Christ. So how do we get that perfect sinless blood of Christ to pay this debt?

In the Old Testament an innocent victim an animal would be sacrificed for the guilty sinner, the person who brought the animal to the priest to be slain. This was a foreshadowing of things to come when someday Jesus the innocent victim would be brought before the Priests, condemned and His blood would be shed for us the guilty. The difference between the Old Testament animal sacrifice and Jesus the perfect sacrifice is this. The blood of the innocent animal only covered mans sin and this sacrifice had to be repeated over and over again. The blood of Christ washes away sin once and forever, it does not need to be repeated again.

1 John 1:7 c “and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Revelation 1:5 c “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

So how do we pay our debt? It comes through faith in Jesus Christ and accepting Him as the sacrificial lamb that was used to pay our debt once and for all.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

It takes our faith in believing and accepting the truth that Jesus went to the cross, shed His innocent blood for us, died on the cross, paid the debt that we owed, was buried in a tomb, and resurrected from the dead for us to be saved. So the key to it all is through our faith, and because we believe we accept what Jesus did for us as the sacrificial Lamb of God. Just like faithful Abraham we too are justified by our faith. James 2:23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

THE INIQUITY OF US ALL WERE LAID ON HIM

The Father laid on His Son the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6) God saw His Son being beaten and nailed to a cross. He saw it when His Son was spat upon and mocked and laughed at and scourged for you and for me. But as Jesus hung there on the cross looking down the corridors of eternity he looked right into your eyes and He saw the pain and anguish that you would suffer for eternity and the sight of your suffering caused Him to stand in the breach between you and the Father and say “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. (Luke 23:34) We are the ones that put Him on the cross because we are the guilty ones that have committed the sin. When Jesus hung there on that cross, a great battle was taking place between Him and Satan that we could not see with our eyes, a terrible battle for your very existence for all of eternity. I can just picture that all the demons and all of the angels of Heaven had their gaze fixed on that cross as the battle for our souls swung in the balance. Satan was having his great day, he was telling himself that he was about to win, he was about to destroy the Son of God and put an end to this Holy Trinity. He was about to destroy everyone that put their faith in God. He was jumping up and down with joy because he just knew that his day of victory was at hand.

CHRIST’S SUFFERING

Imagine the suffering that Christ went through for each of us! He felt that whip across His back with those sharp pieces of metal ripping deep into His flesh and tearing out chunks with each stripe. He felt the pain of his beard being ripped out and His being punched in His face by His tormentors. He felt all the humiliation and ridicule of the people. But He felt something more terrible and fearful than all of that. He felt for the first time and the only time what it would be like to be forsaken of God the Father! He felt that horrifying fear as though it were the fear that you and I would feel as part of our eternal punishment. When He cried out to God He was screaming in terror “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me”? (Psalms 22:1a and Matthew 27:46)

Jesus was always able to behold the face of His Father, but this time and because the Father is so Holy that He cannot behold sin (Habakkuk 1:13 and Isaiah 59:2) the Father forsook (abandoned) His own Son after He took the sins of the world upon himself. That alone is probably the most fearsome horror that people who have totally rejected Christ will face as part of their punishment in an eternal hell. Imagine being in a place of torment and never seeing or hearing another person! All alone forever, forsaken of God in total abandonment and forgotten by all!

IT IS FINISHED

The most beautiful words that Christ said on the cross were those words of hope for you and for me when He cried out It is finished! (John 19:30) The battle for the souls of men was over! God’s requirement for your salvation and mine was covered and stamped paid in full with the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Satan does not have control over hell, nor does he have control over death. Christ holds that power!

Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Picture it with me that on the third day after He died, there suddenly came a scraping, crunching and rolling sound early in the morning of some huge weight being moved, a sound that shook the demons of hell to the very core of their existence. I can just imagine the fear and the dread that came over those ungodly beings as they watched the huge stone which covered the entrance to Jesus’ tomb begin to move. I can just see them all rushing to keep it from being rolled back, and the more that it moved the brighter that the light of His glory lit up that early morning sky. And as the Lord stepped forward from His tomb Lucifer and his fallen angels all trembled in disbelief. O what a beautiful picture in my mind of what was going on that morning; I can just imagine that all of Heaven must have been shouting with great joy that Jesus has completed His work for the redemption of mans soul. What a glorious morning that must have been!

THE LOVE OF CHRIST

I never have had anyone love me so much that they suffered for me and gave their life for me in such a manner. And not only that; but I never before had anyone who had the power to raise themselves from the grave to give me victory over the penalty of death that I owed. Where are we today? I believe that we are at the eleventh hour, that final hour before midnight when the clock will strike out a message that a new day will dawn! And all those that have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior will be taken away from the day of God’s wrath that is about to be poured out onto the world. (1 Thessalonians 1:10) The whole world can be thankful that God is longsuffering toward us. He has been far more patient with us than we are with each other. But you know what? There comes a time when a Holy God’s patience has come to an end and I believe that time is now. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God (Hebrews 10:31) and the world is about to find out very soon just what that means. It’s eleven o’clock do you know where your children are in their relationship with Christ? Run! Find them! Bring them to the cross and tell them that they don’t need to spend an eternity in Hell. They can go to Heaven! And the choice is theirs alone!

THE CLOSE

My dear friend, If I could, I wish that I were able to make you see that there is a day coming where we will all give an account for our lives and it is upon us even now. Today we all have a choice to either accept the free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23) that Jesus offers each of us or to reject it. If you decide to put it off until tomorrow then you have already made a decision. The big question is do you have another tomorrow? We all like to think that we have plenty of tomorrows but what guarantee do we have of that. I have family and friends that are now gone who thought that they had lots of tomorrows. Some were infants and teens, some were in their twenties and some older. Ignoring all of this doesn’t erase the fact that God loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die and pay your penalty for you. Sin carries with it a heavy price, eternal death in the Lake of Fire. But if you were to trust the Lord Jesus Christ to save you and wash away all of your sin with His shed blood then you will spend an eternity in Heaven with Him.

THE INVITATION

If you are ready to trust in the Lord, then I ask that you follow along in prayer and repeat after me. Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven and I accept your free gift of eternal life. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to save you, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

Date: _______________________

Time: __________________________

Place: _______________________________________________________

of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!

ADDITIONAL READING

Read Matthew Chapter 24, Luke Chapters 13 and 21

Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.

55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.

56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

People, time is running out quickly, now is the day of salvation.

Read these three short booklets “SIGNS OF THE TIMES”, “THOSE LEFT BEHIND” and “THE CLIFFHANGER” at http://www.unctionsofthespirit.com

May today be your day that you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior!

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DID YOU KNOW THAT ANGELS LEARN FROM US

By: Gary L. Rodgers

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In thinking about the Holy Angels of GOD I have come to realize that there are things that they learn from us.

 

  • The Holy angels of GOD don’t know what it is like to carry a heavy burden of sin.

 Angels are ministering spirits and learn things about us and from us. They surround us day and night and watch every move that we make. GOD’s Holy angels have never known this burden that we as humans carry. Those angels (unholy angels) that have lost their former estate when they followed after Satan are held bound in darkness and held in reserve for the day when they will be judged and cast into the lake of fire, but holy angels do not feel the burden that we carry.

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

 

  • They don’t know what it’s like to kneel before the cross of Christ and feel the burden of sin being lifted from one’s soul.

The burden of sin is a weight that only man can know. The Holy angels of GOD have no idea what it is like to feel the weight of such guilt. The fear and shame of this guilt is something that they have never known.

 

  • They don’t know what it feels like to grow in faith and experience the blessed feeling of seeing a loved one come to Christ.

Growing in faith is a sacred pleasure that we get through reading and becoming obedient to the Word of GOD. It’s a freedom of choice on our part that gives us a joy and peace beyond all human expression when we choose to obey GOD.

 

  • They don’t know what it feels like to sing the songs of their redemption.

Singing the beautiful songs of praise to our GOD for saving our unworthy souls is a great joy, honor and privilege. It’s an expression that is developed in our hearts that resonates through our vocal chords. It’s a sound of love to our LORD and Savior that angels cannot make.

 

  • They don’t know the joy of answered prayer.

Prayer is that deep inward expression of hope and desire to have. We are privileged to be able to make intercession and supplication to our GOD for ourselves and for all humanity. To see our prayers come to fruition warms our hearts and gives us a joy that angels don’t have knowledge of.

 

  • They don’t know what it is like to love their Savior.

There are no words to rightly define the feeling of love toward our Savior. Love is an emotion that stirs one toward a desire to express to someone through word and action how we feel about them. It goes beyond any material value. It’s a total commitment and devotion that we willingly give to someone.

 

  • They don’t know what it feels like to get victory over sin.

Angels don’t know what it is like to win the battle over the sins that so easily separate us from the blessings of our LORD. They have no idea what it feels like to have been set free from the shackles of sin that once held us in bondage; comforted by the fact that this victory came through Christ on the cross.

 

  • They don’t know what it feels like to hold a book in their hands that was personally written to them.

Being able to hold in our grip the Word that was written to us by a Holy GOD is a pleasure all in its own. Its pages give hope to a wandering soul and strength to the redeemed of the LORD. It maps out the fall of man, the promise of a Savior, the payment, forgiveness and washing away of sin, the resurrection unto life eternal and the reward of being forever in the presence of GOD.

 

  • They don’t know the peace of being saved from the eternal fires of Hell.

The Holy angels of GOD don’t know what it feels like to live under the threat of the fiery indignation and wrath of GOD because of our sins to finally be delivered into His promises as one of His children.

  

  • They don’t know the feeling of being resurrected from the grave.

Angels don’t know what it is like to be raised from the grave as in the Case of Lazarus of Bethany. To put on incorruption and be given a new body like unto our Lord and Savior will be a new experience for the children of GOD. 

But most of all;

They don’t know what it’s like to look into the hands of their Savior and through the humbleness of one’s heart, gaze upon the scars that were put there by us!

You are a very special concern for God, so much so that He sent His only Son to die and pay the penalty for your sins so you wouldn’t have to. The choice to accept or reject this free gift of eternal life is your choice alone. Angels don’t have such a gift as this offered to them; they don’t have a choice like this to make, there is no plan of redemption for angels, no gift of salvation for them through Jesus Christ.

That’s how special you are to God!!!

 

 

The Invitation

The arms of a loving and forgiving Savior are open to everyone that will come and seek His forgiveness. GOD has a free gift that He has offered to the world. Now it is your time to respond to His invitation to be saved from the eternal fires of Hell. By bowing your head in prayer and acknowledging from your heart that you are a lost sinner and ask Him to forgive you; He will do that. Acknowledge that you have put your complete trust in Him alone to get you to Heaven and that you believe that He not only died on a cross to pay for our sins but that He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of GOD the Father.  Amen!

 

In having done this you can rest assured that you are now a child of GOD and He will take you into Heaven. Your sins have been washed away by the blood that HE shed for all of us on the cross and the Holy Spirit is now residing in your heart to teach and train you in the ways of righteousness.

 

 If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

Date: _______________________

Time: __________________________

Place: _______________________________________________________

of your decision.  Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!

THE DRAGON FIGHTER

THE DRAGON FIGHTER

By: Gary L. Rodgers

INTRODUCTION

The Dragon fighter is a special breed of person; they have to be very swift and strong and they need to be able to focus on their acrobatic abilities as well as their skills in the use of weapons in combat and be ready to implement those skills instantaneously. They would spend endless hours in specialized training learning techniques that at times seemed impossible to do. Scores of Dragon fighters have either lost their lives or were maimed for life in battles with these horrible creatures. Dragons have a great deal of strength and are a very crafty agile creature. They can slap their tails like a bull whip and break a man’s back with it in a split second. Their fangs and talons have been known to pierce through some types of armor.

This story is about one such Dragon fighter who was called upon to go after the most hateful and powerful leader of all Dragons. The Dragon Fighter’s name is Michael and this is his story.

 THE FOREST OF DESPAIR

It was an early misty damp morning in the forest of Despair where Michael [1] and Juda his lion companion were stalking their quarry. They could sense an evil devilish aura that seemed to surround them which grew in intensity with every step that they took. They were being watched by someone or something very menacing, very threatening. The trees were nearly faded into the mist by the heavy fog that seemed to hem them in with their thick billowing chills of dampness. This forest has not seen any sunlight for a long time and the heavy moss on the bark of the trees was evidence to that. The smell in the air was a mixture of both mold and reptile. Every nerve and muscle of both Michael and Juda was under intense stress because of these eerie feelings that seemed to cast its evil shadow over their every move as they crept silently through the forest.

JUDA

Juda was an unusually large African Lion. He was a powerful, muscular five foot tall animal of fierce strength and swiftness; weighing 795 pounds. His teeth were sharp and strong and his claws were long, pointy and sharp as razor blades. He had so much strength in his paws that he could easily rip the bark from an oak tree with one sweeping blow. For his size he was fast and graceful in his moves. His movements were a blur when he was in the heat of battle. He was a faithful valiant companion and faced death more than once to protect Michael.

MICHAEL

Michael was a striking young lad of twenty years of age with wavy blonde hair and deep dark blue eyes who in his own right was a champion of the people. He was six feet, two inches in height with a muscular physique that gave the appearance of smooth finely polished bronze. He had the strength of two men and could easily lift twice his body weight of 187 lbs. with one hand. In a competition for accuracy and strength during last year’s games he threw a seven-foot long steel javelin that was one and a quarter inches in diameter and weighing nearly 30 pounds to a distance of one hundred, seventy yards and hit dead center on his target. He was an excellent swordsman and archer, and yet with all of his brute strength he had a gentleness that was nearly childlike. During a hunting expedition when he was fourteen years of age Michael rescued his companion Juda from a Lion Pit that he had fallen into when he was but a cub. The two grew up together and became very close, always watching out for each other and sharpening their hunting skills and defenses to a point where every move that they made was synchronized with each others in an almost mechanical fashion, equal to that of a well maintained machine. But today’s hunt was none like they had ever experienced before. They were commissioned by Michael’s father The King to seek out and capture a Dragon called Heylel[2] (Hā-lāl’). Slaying a Dragon was a challenge in itself; but to capture one! That was something altogether different; it had never been done before. And to bind this adversary of the people Michael was given a chain called a proseuche[3] (prŏ-hū-hĕy) chain that had special powers capable of binding and controlling their captive.

Being the King’s son Michael wore for his armor one that stood out from all other armor in the Kingdom. It was silver in color with gold etching and gold engravings. On his shield was a cross with a banner above it that read Basileus Kyrios.[4] (Băs-ĕ-lēē-oos  Kū’-rē-ŏs) And on his vesture was the Greek name Μιχαήλ[5] (Mĕ-kă-āĕl) which by interpretation means “who is like God”.

THE PITCH BLACKNESS OF DEATH AWAITS

Quietly with the stealth of a fox they crept forward in their quest with their keen senses searching in all directions. The stillness of the forest was unimaginably quiet. The shadows seemed to laugh at them as though they knew that going after Heylel’ was futile. Just ahead of Michael and Juda they spied a shadowy figure of something on the ground, cautiously they moved forward ready to spring into action the moment that they would see any movement or hear the slightest sound. Ever so slowly they moved forward until they came to the mouth of a large cave. The opening to the cave was at least twenty feet in height and the same in width. To the left edge of the cave where Michael and Juda were crouched down they stopped at the shadowy mass that they had spied just minutes before. They recognized it to be the skeletal remains and armor of one of Heylel’s victims. The breastplate of the armor had a large puncture in it about six inches in diameter and Michael knew from the size of the hole that their adversary must have been huge in size. Suddenly Juda crouched into an attack stance ready to spring upon whatever it was that had been watching them; and just as quickly as he did that the battle for their lives was on. With a deafening roar the Dragon lunged at them and snapped at Michael with his two foot long fangs. In an instant Michael jumped to his right as the Dragon tried to bite him. Juda clawed at the neck of the Dragon and ripped one of his scales from its vile body. Juda ran back from the mouth of the cave and took his stand thirty feet outside of the caves entrance. Just then Juda heard the sound of something slicing through the darkness and he lunged at Michael in a blur of speed knocking him to the ground just as the Dragon’s tail swung over Michael’s head and hit the side entrance to the cave. Juda jumped back into his previous position trying to lure the creature out of the cave while Michael jumped to his feet and climbed up the side of the entrance to this dungeon of death to the center of the cave. Just then the Dragon came running out of the cave and that quickly Michael jumped onto the back of its long neck. Juda lunged forward and barely escaped the long vise like claws of the Dragon. Juda sank his teeth and claws into the Dragons tail before he could whip it around in his defense. Michael in the meantime whipped the proseuche chain around the Dragon’s neck and with a shout he yelled out; In the name of the Lord of Hosts thy power is taken from thee! And immediately the Dragon lost his strength and he had no power in him to battle any longer. Quickly Michael secured the chain to the Dragon’s neck with a lock that was engraved with the words hieros graphē[6] (hēē-ĕ-rŏs  gră-fĕy).

CAST INTO THE BOTTOMLESS PIT

 Later that same day the Dragon was marched through the streets of the city and brought before the King’s court where his crimes against all humanity were proclaimed before the King. The people marveled at the size and fierceness of the Dragon and rejoiced that the dread and fear of such a beast as this was held bound that they should fear him no more. The Dragon was cast into a bottomless pit and held in reserve by a seal that was placed over the pit until the final Day of Judgment where he would be destroyed in the lake of fire.

A great celebration was given by the people with shouts of praise and the people singing and shouting “gadowl Elohiym”, “gadowl Elohiym,[7]” Great is our God who by His word the Heavens were made and by the power of His Word shall all wickedness be judged. And the word of God was read and all the people shouted Amen! And Amen!

 Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.

6 Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 THE INVITATION

Satan is a powerful foe but he and his cohorts tremble before Almighty God.[8] And the day will come when Satan and his demons will be thrown into the lake of fire and all those who have rejected His Son Jesus Christ along with those that have accepted the “Mark of the Beast”.

We who are alive today have the opportunity to be a Dragon Fighter for our families and loved ones. We can bind and defeat the Dragon by resisting him[9] through prayer and the Word of God. If we don’t take a stand to win our loved ones to Christ then they will enter into the cave of the Dragon (Satan) where they will be lost forever. Why not take a stand to defend them and fight for their right to be saved from the eternal lake of fire by sharing the gospel of Christ with them.

Please take this moment to bow your head in prayer and say in faith these words. Dear Jesus I know that I am a sinner; I ask that you would please forgive me for every sin that I have ever committed. I believe in you and trust you with my eternal life. I believe that you died on a cross for me and that you shed your blood in total payment for my sin. I accept you as my Lord and Savior and welcome the Holy Spirit into my heart to teach and train me in the ways of righteousness. In your Holy and Blessed name I pray this prayer. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

Date: _______________________

Time: __________________________

Place: _______________________________________________________

of your decision.  Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE READING

Rev 12: 7-10  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.


[1] Michael in the Greek is Μιχαήλ pronounced as Mĕ-kă-āĕl. Michael is the name of the archangel who stands in time of conflict for the children of Israel.

[2] Heylel pronounced as Hā-lāl’ is the Hebrew word for Lucifer.

[3] Proseuche is the Greek word for prayer, pronounced as prŏs-eū-kāy

[4] Basileus is a Greek word meaning Prince, Commander, Lord of the Land, King. And Kyrios, meaning Lord or Master. Together they represent the title of “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

[5] See foot note number one.

[6] Hieros graphē (hēē-ĕ-rŏs  gră-fĕy) are the Greek words meaning Holy Scriptures.

[7] Gadowl Elohiym pronounced as (gă-dōle El-ō-hēēm) is the Hebrew words meaning “Great is our God” – speaking of Jehovah God.

THE CLIFFHANGER

By: Gary L. Rodgers

THE NIGHTMARE

Mom!!! Mom!!!!!! Mom help!!! What’s wrong Tyler? I couldn’t help daddy, I couldn’t pull him up! Honey daddy is OK he just left for work. I think you had a bad dream didn’t you? I don’t know, I couldn’t help daddy get up! How about you telling me what you dreamt about while I help you to wake up.

Daddy was hanging on the side of the cliff and I was trying really hard to pull him up. He was crying because he was scared and he kept yelling for me to help him. I tried really hard and I cried because I wasn’t strong enough to pull daddy up. His shirt was slipping in my hand and I screamed when I couldn’t hold on any more. Honey, daddy is ok, I promise. He is safe at work and you will get to see him when he comes home. But it seemed real Momma, like it was really happening. Tyler, I know that sometimes our dreams seem so real, but you need to calm down and wake up so you will feel better. Go wash your face and come down stairs and I will make you a nice breakfast. We will call daddy so you can talk with him too see that he is alright. We will do that ok? OK Momma!

Tyler was six years old at the time and the reoccurring nightmare kept haunting him off and on for about half a year. And all that Tyler could remember was the expression of terror on his dad’s face, and a hopeless fear in his dad’s eyes that stayed with Tyler years later. Tyler’s dad always pleaded for his help in his nightmare and said that he loved him and it tore at Tyler’s heart to think that his dad was going to die and he couldn’t do anything to help him.

When Tyler was about nine years old his Mother decided to start going to a nearby church that she had been invited to by one of its members.

It was a nice church and the people all seemed to be very happy and always made it a point to shake hands with Tyler and his mother and thank them for coming. Every Sunday Tyler and his mother would get ready for church but his dad never seemed to have the time or interest in going. Tyler always sat still and listened to the Preacher’s message and remembered that one time his mother went forward in a service to pray and ask Jesus into her heart.

ASKING JESUS INTO OUR HEARTS

Momma, what does that mean when you ask Jesus in your heart? Well son; Jesus died on a cross for everybody in the world because He loves us and wants us to come to Heaven to be with Him. And when I asked Jesus to come into my heart it means that I put all of my trust in Him to get me there, and He sent the Holy Spirit into my heart to live there and to teach me how to be a good person. But you was always a good person Momma. Well honey I tried to be, but everyone in the whole world has sin on them no matter how good they are, and the only way that they can have all of that sin washed off of them is to ask Jesus to forgive them and He will wash away all of their sin. Well why didn’t you take a bath then Momma? You always make me take a bath when I’m dirty! Well honey, sin is something that takes the blood of Jesus to wash it off of us. It’s not something that we can wash off on our own. Wow! You mean that you took a bath in Jesus blood? Well in so many words yes I did. Can I take a bath in Jesus’ blood to wash off my sin? Someday when you understand what sin is and you are ready for it, yes! You can wash in Jesus’ blood. Did Daddy wash in Jesus’ blood? Not yet Tyler, so you and I will need to pray real hard for Daddy so He can go to Heaven and be with us. I’m gonna pray for Daddy all the time. That’s good honey, you pray for him to ask Jesus to come into his heart. OK Momma!

NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME

When Tyler was twelve years of age he asked Jesus to come into his heart to be his Lord and Savior. Tyler grew in God’s Word and a few years later Tyler graduated from High School and then attended a Christian College where he was preparing to follow the Lord’s Will for his life to become a Pastor.

Occasionally Tyler’s Dad would come to listen to him preach. Yet his father never came forward to trust Christ and this weighed heavy on the young Pastor’s heart. One Saturday afternoon Tyler happened to be on his way downtown and thought that he would stop in to see his parents along the way. His Dad was sitting on the back Patio smoking his pipe and reading a sports magazine; and his mother was inside making up a dish to take to a fellowship meeting after church the next day. Hi Mom! Tyler! How are you doing son? I’m doing fine! Where is Angela and my grandson? They’re at home and I happen to be in the neighborhood so I thought that I would stop by to say hello. Dad’s out on the Patio. Thanks Mom, I’ll go and spend a little time with him now that I have him as a captive audience. Good, you do that. OK Mom!

“THOU KNOWEST NOT WHAT A DAY MAY BRING FORTH”

Hey Dad how’s it going? Tyler! What a pleasant surprise; you here by yourself? Yes I am. I have some people to visit nearby and I wanted to stop in to see how things have been going for you. Well I can’t complain any. Although I would like to take a shot at the guy who said that these were my golden years. I’m convinced that the only good thing about getting old is the nap! Well Dad I guess that as long as you are enjoying it that’s what really counts. I guess you’re right son. Dad I wanted to talk to you about where you will spend eternity. Now Tyler we have been through this a hundred times and you know where I stand on all of this. I know Dad, but I love you and I have been praying for you most of my life that you would get saved. I know you have son and I keep telling you that you have nothing to worry about. I’m not a criminal, I’ve been a good person all of my life and I was Baptized as a baby so I’m good to go. I know what you’re saying Dad but the bible teaches that we are all born into sin. In Psalms 51:5 it says

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” And in Romans 3:23 the Bible tells us “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Don’t you see Dad we are all sinners and none of us measure up to being equal with God. God is perfect and hates sin.

Zechariah 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these [are things] that I hate, saith the LORD.

Dad we all need to put our faith and trust in Christ. By us doing that God will cleanse us from our sin by washing it away with his blood. He gave His son so that we could have eternal life. In John 3:16-18 the Bible says.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1 8He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Romans 5:9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Ephesians 1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

So you see Dad the Bible tells us over and over again that the way that we get to Heaven is by putting our faith in Christ to forgive us and Christ will cleanse us with His blood. It’s not through Baptism and it’s not through church membership. You understand Dad that doing those things do not make you a candidate for Heaven any more than joining a Moose Club makes you a Moose. Tyler; I hear you and we have been over this many times before. You have your religion and I have mine. Dad I love you and I will not give up on you till the day that I die. Tyler, I love you too and I will see you in Heaven someday. You’ll see!  I hope so Dad, I truly hope so. Please think about what I said Dad and please take some time to read this tract. Ok Son for you I will. Thanks Dad. I must get going to my appointment. You have an enjoyable afternoon dad! Ok son, I’ll see you later. Tyler goes into the house and kisses his mother goodbye and says that he will see her on Sunday.

As Tyler goes out the front door and is headed toward his car he hears his mother scream John!!! Tyler runs to the back of the house and finds his father lying on the patio floor with his mother over him in tears. Tyler calls 911 and kneels down next to his mother and tries to talk to his Dad. But his father is crying out in terror and begging Tyler not to let him fall. That awful look on the face of Tyler’s Dad and the look in his eyes. Tyler recognizes it as the terrible nightmare that he dreamt so often as a child. Tyler keeps telling his Dad that he has a hold on him. Dad! Dad! Ask Jesus to forgive you so He can pull you up. I love you son! Dad! Listen to me! Dad!

ARE YOU A CLIFFHANGER?

This terrible nightmare of a person dying without Christ is a nightmare that happens over and over again everyday! Will you live the nightmare? Anyone that hasn’t put their faith and trust in Christ will find themselves as a cliffhanger someday. They will be holding on by their fingers, crying out in fear. The only hope for any of us is to trust Jesus today while we have a chance. Waiting for that so-called 11th hour on your death-bed is not something that I would want to gamble my eternity on. It didn’t work for Pastor Tyler’s dad and I can assure you that in all likelihood it will not work for you.

Death has no scheduled appointment. It could be at any moment. It could be today. Won’t you stop gambling that you have one more day? If you want to make Heaven your home then please bow your head in prayer and follow along with these words.

Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

Date: _______________________

Time: __________________________

Place: _______________________________________________________

of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!

I CARRY A LANTERN

I CARRY A LANTERN

By: Gary L. Rodgers

Theme verse – Psalm 119:105

I was anxious to learn what God had to teach me, so I asked God for a pair of running shoes so that I could quickly run down the road of knowledge to gain as much wisdom as I could. [1] Instead he gave me a lantern.

That night before I went to bed I used the lantern to find my way through scripture as I walked down the road of knowledge. It was a slow pace one step at a time as I couldn’t see too far ahead of me for the light did not give its brightness any more than a single step in length. With each step I could see the back of someone’s heel just ahead of me and I knew in my heart that it was the Lord leading me down this road of knowledge and through the paths of righteousness.[2] Oh how I enjoyed every precious moment that I spent with God learning about him and sharing thoughts on the many splendid things that he wanted to teach me. The excitement of learning and growing in his word was a craving in my soul. I wanted to know more. So I asked God again to give me a pair of running shoes. Instead he gave me a lantern.

The next evening I again used the lantern to be led away in scripture. The more he taught me the more I wanted to learn.  He showed me that we are all hopelessly lost sinners and that we needed someone to take all of our sins upon themselves as our sin sacrifice; [3] someone who would pay the terrible burden of debt that we were under. He showed me that trusting him with my present life and my eternal life was the best decision that I had ever made.

As I held up my lantern to get a better look he showed me some wonderful and exciting truths about himself. It was like lightly uncovering the earth with your finger and as you dug into the soil you all of a sudden felt something below the surface that at first would get your heart to pounding. So you dig a little faster and as you uncover it you see a sparkling jewel of wisdom glistening in the lantern light. It had the most beautiful sparkle and glow about it; it was like a crystal the likes of which I had never seen before: [4] shiny and sparkly with a thin ribbon of red running through it so that when you looked at it from different angles the red line would broaden. It reminded me of what we called a cat’s eye marble when I was a child. I dug a little more and found another one, then three, then four; after a while I had a hand full. Those little jewels of knowledge and wisdom became so precious to me, my own little treasure trove that I put into my pocket.[5] Wow! Was I ever excited! I wanted more, much more! I knew that there had to be more ahead for me and I was in a hurry to get there, so again I asked God for a pair of running shoes.

THE RUNNING SHOES

The next morning along side of my bed was a nice new pair of running shoes of self-will. I could hardly wait to put them on. As I laced them up I thought of all the wonderful and spectacular places that I would be off to. I was so excited that I didn’t even take time to eat breakfast; so I ran out the door and down the road I went leaving behind the lantern that God gave to me. I thought that I would take a quick run and be back before night fall; so why take it? I ran for miles over dirt roads and through some of the most beautiful country side that I had ever seen. Big billowing clouds against a blue sky gave a mirrored image of themselves in a large pond near the side of the road. A small flock of birds trailed one another in unison across the pond which gave the appearance of two strings of pearls one above the other swerving their way across a painting. The sun was warm, and the air was so fresh and gentle that you could smell Lilac and Iris flowing in the breeze as I ran. Occasionally I caught the sweet smell of honeysuckle and inside I knew that my God made it and everything was just perfect.

THE FALL

At one point I ran so fast down a small grade that I couldn’t control my speed and I overran my balance and down I went. I could feel the small pieces of gravel tear into my flesh as I slid on the dirt road, the pain was unbearable and the burning from the gravel rash was sickening. Finally it ended when I rolled over unto my stomach as I was sliding and my right knee hit a big rock in the road. At first I rolled around in pain. I hurt too much to check myself for injury so I just stopped and laid there for what seemed like forever. Finally I was able to sit up and check myself for cuts and bruises. My whole left side was scraped raw from my left hand, down my arm and elbow, across my ribs and left thigh. My right knee had a bad gash in it from the rock that I hit and I thought that I would never be able to get up. So I sat there all bloody and torn and began to feel sorry for myself for the terrible tragedy that I just experienced. I thought how could something like this happen? Everything seemed like it was going along fine, I was in control and everywhere I looked there appeared to be no danger. So why Lord, why?

THE TRIP BACK

Finally I got to my feet and hobbled back up the hill. I headed down the road toward home until I came to the pond again. I cupped my hands and gathered up what water I could to clean my wounds. The cool water felt so comforting like a welcoming friend. Just then it dawned on me that it was getting late in the afternoon and before long evening would come upon me. I knew that there was no way that I would get home before dark but I had to try to quicken my pace as much as I could. So with a limp like hobble I ran the best that I could toward home. I thought to myself that no one knew that I was away and no one knew where I was. How foolish of me to be so very far from home in this predicament! All I wanted was to learn as much as I could about God and I wanted to learn in a hurry; so I felt that I just had to have a pair of running shoes to pick up the pace.

THE DARKNESS

As I hobbled along toward home it didn’t take long for all of the beautiful scenery to disappear into utter darkness.  It was nearly impossible to see anything. I longed for the moonlight to break through the clouds and it seemed like a dark cloak of torment hovered above me. I could tell that I was on the road by the sound of crushed gravel sliding under my feet with each pounding step and I could occasionally catch glimpses of trees and hillsides against the night sky. The sounds of crickets and night creatures were in my ears and I was frightened. What an eerie menacing feeling this darkness had about it.  Several times I heard the voice of someone crying and begging me to stop running and help them. I cried out to them “Where are you?” But I was not able to find them. The rising mist played tricks on my eyes and I imagined that I could see their arms reaching out to me. A flood of tears was running down my face because I wanted so desperately to help them and couldn’t. I knew in the deepest of my thoughts that they were dying and I was not able to offer them any aide.[6] Way behind me in an almost muffled sound I could hear the horrible screams of these lost souls as they were giving up their final breaths of this present life; and I wished so much that I had a lantern to guide them into the light of God’s love and forgiveness. If I could only get home, that’s all that I could think about. If I could only get home where I would be safe from the horror of this terrible night!

THE NIGHT TERROR

Suddenly from out of nowhere in the pitch black of darkness I could hear the sinister sounds of other footsteps crushing against the gaveled road behind me. Some horrible beast was chasing me and taunting me with its silence. I was far too afraid to look behind me and I could feel their hot breath against the back of my neck. [7] A cold chill of fear hit me like a blast of winter wind. I felt that my life was about to end and my only hope was getting home or somewhere near enough to home where I could call out to someone, anyone, for help. The darkness was so dense that I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face but I had to keep running as
fast and as hard as I could. As long as I could hear my footprints hitting against the gaveled road I knew that I had a chance to get to safety. I kept looking up to the night sky to catch a glimpse of the surrounding shadows to keep me on the road. I ran with all of my might; sweat was pouring out of me like a river and fear kept pushing me onward. Finally in the distance I caught sight of a low glimmer of light: as I drew nearer I could see that it was in the shape of a cross and I knew that it was my lantern in my bedroom window shining out a path for me to follow. In desperation I cried out to my God to save me from this terrible night, and in an instant I tripped and was going down again in a heap. I hit my head so hard on the roadway that I was nearly knocked out.

THE STRANGER

Soon afterward I felt someone pick me up in their arms and I struggled to be free but I had no strength in me. I didn’t know who they were or where they came from but I could see that they were oddly enough dressed in a medieval armor that had a smooth and shiny gleam to it. You could sense that there was a powerful strength inside of the armor that told you that this was an ancient one who had fought many a battle.  On their side they carried a sword and on their shoulder they slung their shield so that they could carry me. The shield had a beautiful silvery look about it when the moonlight hit it. And on the shield was an engraving of an open book with a cross sticking up out of its midst. I stopped struggling for the moment: for some reason the stranger’s strength and way about him made me feel safe and secure. In a daze I faintly remember the stranger carrying me home before I passed out.

TRYING AGAIN

The next morning as I came to consciousness I awoke safely in my bed. My wounds were all dressed and bandaged;[8] and next to my bed on the floor was my pair of running shoes all covered with dirt and dust with a few hints of blood stains. What a horrible night that I just went through!

I got up out of my bed and picked up my running shoes and went outside in the beautiful morning air. With all of my might I threw those running shoes as hard as I could across the dirt road into a fire that my father had burning in a field from the branches that he gathered up for the fire the day before.[9] I turned my eyes toward Heaven and with a smile I said, I am your child who loves you and wants to always follow you, and from now on if you will lead me I will follow you one cautious step at a time so that I may see and learn; I will never again ask for running shoes because from now on I CARRY A LANTERN.

                                                                    MESSAGE SUMMARY

We all need to carry the lantern of God’s Word to light our path so that we may follow in his paths of righteousness one step at a time.[10] We are living in an age where everything is expected to be done quickly. When our computers download information and it takes more than a second we feel like it is running to slow. When we use a microwave to heat up some food or a beverage we get a little on edge waiting for that minute to pass by. We race down the highway exceeding the speed limit and most of the time we are not really going anywhere. And then we really get annoyed because the officer seemed a little slow about writing us out a ticket. We need to slow down the pace so that we don’t overrun our balance and trip head over heels into problems. God’s desire is to teach and direct us in His Word through the power and direction of the Holy Spirit.[11] There is nothing wrong with our being anxious to learn. But we can’t make the mistake of trying to run ahead of God;[12] we need to follow him at a pace where we can be taught and he can use us for his work. Chocolate tastes much better when you allow it to melt in your mouth rather than chewing it up and swallowing it.

God will teach us in time as we follow him;[13] to run ahead of him will eventually cause us to fall. If we are persistent in prayer God will answer, and sometimes what we pray for is not in our best interest. And there are times that God will allow us to have those things as a means of teaching us a lesson. As a believer in Christ you can’t travel through this world without his leading and expect to live a victorious life. Often when we fail we begin to feel sorry for ourselves and have a tendency to take some time to get back up and put forth the effort to find his footsteps again. In the process of time we come to grips with the fact that there are many souls out there that are counting on us to bring them the salvation message. And if we are ill prepared we will miss those opportunities to lead someone to Christ. God will give us the solid footing that we need so that we can remain balanced and not lose our footing.[14]

The thoughts and sounds of a soul spending an eternity in hell will always haunt us. Satan wants us to fail and he will chase after us to bring us down if he can. He can’t destroy us but he can cause us to stumble. We as saved Christians need to keep pushing forward in our faith. We need to strive for the mark of the high calling of God.[15] We need to look to God in our weakness and call out to him to help us.[16] He will help us to get back on track with the power and strength needed to lead the lost to him. We have that precious blood of redemption through Christ to save us, and if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior we are able by faith to call Him Abba, Father.[17] Therefore we need to put on the whole armor of God[18]  so that we can help each other and also to fight the battle to win those lost souls that are slipping away into eternity.

CLOSING

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

Date: _______________________

Time: __________________________

Place: _______________________________________________________

of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!

 PRAYER FOR GOD’S BLESSING

 

May the Lord Yahushua (יְהוֹשׁוּעַ) the Shepherd of your soul; keep you, and may the Lord bless you, and may the brightness of his glory shine upon you. May your days be filled with joy and happiness, and may your slumber have the sweet peace of his presence. May the eternal riches of heaven be yours, and may the Lord be your strength and high tower of protection. May you walk in the assurance that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin and that nothing can separate you from the love of our God Yahuweh (יְהֹוָה – Yĕhovah). May you rest in the power of his might because you are his child forever!

May the Holy Spirit our Ruach hakodesh (רוח הקודש) of Yahuweh guide you and teach you through God’s Living Word. May the Lord God hedge you in on all sides with his angels, and may you know that he holds you in the palm of his hand. May the Spirit of God empower you and give you the bread of life to take it and offer it to lost sinners.

May we always stand with Israel and pray that God will bless his people and protect them from their enemies. Look to the heavens for his return is soon to come.

And now Lord Elohim (אֱלֹהִים) may this blessing be upon each of us, and may our hearts be open to receive it. May you guide us in all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. In the name of Jesus Christ Yahushua the Son of the Living God Yahuweh we ask it. Amen!

 

Yahuweh –  יְהֹוָה – Yĕhovah – Heavenly Father- (Ya-o-weh) – I was, I am, I will be; Eternal being in all three tenses. Sometimes in Jewish messages you will find the word HaShem is used which means “The Name” or the word Adonia, meaning my Lord is Jehovah.             

Yahushuaיְהוֹשׁוּעַ – Name of the Messiah – (Ya-hoo-shoo-ah) which also means Joshua – Jehovah is salvation                          

Ruach haKodeshרוח הקודש (Holy Spirit) – (Roo-akh  hak-quo- dayesh) Divine Spirit or Divine Inspiration.                                                                             

Elohimאֱלֹהִים – Is the plural name for God (El-o-heem) “In the beginning Elohim”. Genesis 1:1


[1] Proverbs 4:5-13

[2] Psalm 23:3

[3] Isaiah 53

[4] Proverbs 8

[5] Matthew 13:44, Luke 12:34

[6] Luke 16:23-26

[7] I Peter 5:8

[8] Psalm 147:3

[9] Matthew 7:19

[10] Psalm 23:3, 119:105

[11] John 14:26, John 16:13 & 14, I Corinthians 2: 10-15

[12]  We need to study at a pace where we are at in our spiritual growth, infancy, childhood, adolescent, adulthood, seasoned Veteran.

[13] I Peter 2:2

[14] Psalm 17:5

[15] Philippians 3:14

[16] Psalm 34:6

[17] Galatians 4:4-7

[18] Ephesians 6: 11–18

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