Category: Troubled Times


WHY ARE THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE

WHY ARE THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE

By: Gary L. Rodgers

WHY ARE THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE

 

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without self-control), fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady (reckless or rash), highminded (puffed up with pride), lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

God revealed some things that would happen as we were nearing the beginning of sorrows the Tribulation period. Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians writes.

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 (utter destructiveness); 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself (The Antichrist) 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.

As we look around us we see all sorts of horrible things happening around the globe and right in our own back yards. It seems like the world is in a mad dash to gravel in whatever filth and cruelty that it can imagine. But we must never take our eyes off of the real culprit behind all of this. Satan!

I firmly believe that we are in the falling away era that scripture talks about. This falling away that’s mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is just a pinch of what Satan has in store for this world. He has blinded the eyes of the lost and today’s man is in search for anything but God. Remember that Jesus told us in John 8:32 that the truth shall make you free. Satan does all that he can to disguise the truth so that people will not see him for what he truly is. People are going after strange doctrines and fables and God is letting this happen because the man of sin, the son of Perdition, the Antichrist, is soon to appear on the scene during the Tribulation period. The world is being conditioned to receive this man of sin.

 

STRONG DELUSION

God goes after man again and again, but there comes a time when God stops chasing after man to be saved and he then sends them strong delusion as noted in 2 Thessalonians 2:11, so that they will then believe the lies that they so desire to believe in for they love unrighteous pleasures more than they love God.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:       12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

This word delusion carries with it the meaning of wandering or straying as in hallucinating. In this case today’s man is wandering or straying in the pleasures of sin because he has no sight nor does he want the sight and correctness in mind to go in the right direction toward truth and holiness. Man has been trying in this past century to cast away anything that will tie him to or remind him of a Holy and Righteous God. Psalms 2 and Romans 1 also shed some light on these days that we are now in.

Psalms 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

THE FREE WILL OF MAN

Because of this God will mock them in their foolish attempt to cast Him and His Son away from them. People don’t stop to realize that there are times that God will give them what they want, even if it brings misery and death. Yet man through the influence of Satan always comes back with the old “well why didn’t God stop them?”

Satan has been good at getting people to blame God for just about everything. It’s true that God has the power to stop or prevent anything. But there is a little boundary between God and man that God will not step over. It’s called man’s free will or choice. Just as the angels had a free will to stay with God or follow after Lucifer so man must be given the same choice. The question is why?

In his timeless book “THE BATTLE IS THE LORDS,” Dr. Tony Evans goes into detail as to why man is given this matter of choice. In short form detail, man was given free choice to prove to Satan and the angelic realm that man can and will chose God for salvation. Every soul that gets saved brings more glory and honor to God and the unique thing about it is that it is all done sight unseen with faith. So who gets the glory? God! Does He deserve it? He certainly does!

 

THE REPROBATE MIND

The second portion of scripture that I mentioned for the days in which we now live comes to us from Romans chapter 1.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The reprobate mind that God gives them is a mind that has no moral or spiritual value. It is a worthless degenerative mind.

We are in that age where the people of the earth are falling away from sound doctrine, and day by day they tune their ears towards teachers who will teach them to follow after their own lusts. (2 Timothy 4:3)

We must not forget that like as Pharaoh the hearts of people will be hardened (Exodus 9:7, 35) to where they become insensitive and dull of hearing to the call and commandments of God.

 

THE WORST IS YET TO COME

We are headed for the worst time in the history of man. There has never been a time like this in history past.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

I believe that spiritual warfare is raging just as hot today as it did in the days when Noah entered into the Ark. Maybe even hotter still! All of this can only point to one thing, the soon eminent return of Christ (The day of the LORD, Acts 2:20) when He shall set up His kingdom here on earth. If we are to be taken out of the way seven years prior to that event then the rapture of the church must be at the very threshold of our era.

People were celebrating and giving in marriage when Noah entered into the Ark and God shut the door. Genesis 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

The day is coming when God will shut the door to Heaven as well.

 

INVITATION

The bible teaches that you can know that you have eternal life as noted in (1 John 5:13)

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

And you can make that decision today…..

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

We are never encouraged to wait to see if we will be saved, but rather we are urged to put our faith and trust in Christ now, today; for tomorrow could be too late! This is not a choice for me to make for you; it is a choice that only you can make for yourself. And if you are wanting to make that choice then please follow along and say this simple prayer.

Lord I know what sin is and I know that I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God who died on a cross, was buried, and resurrected from the dead for me. I am placing my full trust in you alone to save me and wash away all of my sin with your blood. Please come into my heart as my LORD and Savior. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you then we praise God for you. The bible teaches in 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. Contact us 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 and too answer any questions that you may have.

 

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I WILL NOT FORGET

I WILL NOT FORGET

By: Gary L. Rodgers

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I have been prompted to write this booklet after having met in person or met through emails people who have been struggling with wars that still rage on in their lives. Some carry the guilt of having taken the life of another person while others have been plagued with scenes of comrades dying on the battlefield. No doubt that there are pains that people carry around with them that are so ridden with torment that medical and psychiatric treatments cannot reach with a cure. For those of my brethren with these many struggles I wish to offer a solution to help remedy the depth of those problems and provide a cure to their suffering. That cure can be found in the person of Jesus Christ.

THE WALL

Many of us who carry the memories of war have a sensitive side to us that will always remember those that we served with during those chaotic times. Sometimes going to a memorial and being able to touch something like “THE WALL” helps many to reach back to their comrades to tell them how much we miss them and how sorry we are for the sacrifice that they have made. War leaves many ugly scars for so many people both in the military and civilian life. Not all losses can be counted. Some are held in the recesses of the minds of people that continue on through their lifetime. I remember the first time that I went to the Wall, what a humbling experience. To see those thousands of names and all of the letters and mementos left behind. Visitors were lined up from one end of the Wall to the other gazing at and tracing the names of certain of their fellow soldiers. Just touching the Wall was in some small way the feeling of a hurt being healed. So much to remember, so much to think about. The average age of the Vietnam combatant was 19. Imagine being 19 years of age in the middle of a jungle at the start of your adult life faced with the reality of kill or be killed. You learn to grow up quick in situations like this. No time to dream and ponder, no time to explore new thoughts and ideas. Just take orders, stay low and try to make every shot count.

LIFE IS A BATTLEFIELD

Battles are something that we all face. It seems like we can’t get away from it. In Ephesians 6:10-18 we are told to put on the armour of God so that we can stand against the devil. We face spiritual battles, emotional battles and physical battles. And there are periods of trauma that we will face in these battles. But the Lord will carry us through them all.

In Hebrews 13:5 & 6 we are told – 5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

We can be assured that Christ walks with us through every fear and worry in our lives. I can look back through my life and point to specific times and places where the Lord has spared my life. And I’m sure that if many of you were to examine your life you could point to times and places where He spared yours as well. Those things don’t happen just by chance, the Lord has a reason behind it all. He had a mission for me in my life; first He wanted me to accept Him as my personal Lord and Savior; then He wanted me to be put on the battlefield to win souls and fight to defend the brethren. So today I write this booklet to you along with a number of others to help you and encourage you. I am to contend for the faith (Jude 1:3) and continue on in battle until the day that the Lord calls me home. I have felt the wounds of affliction, I have seen some of my comrade’s suffer a deadly blow on the battlefield, and I know the fears of the unknown and the terror of a major battle. Just a few weeks ago I found myself in a hospital fighting for my life. The battle was raging and I cried out to the Lord to spare me and give me victory over this trial. He brought me through a frightening time of eight bags of blood transfusions as I lay in the hospital in pain and weakness. On two different stays in the hospital for the things that I was suffering through, the Lord delivered into my hands an 83-year-old man and a nurse to share the gospel of Christ with. Both times the battle against Satan was on as I shared with this man and woman the gospel of Christ. Angels surrounded my room as I led this dear man and later this dear woman through prayer where they accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. The victory belongs to the Lord and we are to carry on with the standard to give hope to others to keep going forward. Fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:11) and the Lord will raise you up unto life eternal.

MY WALL OF HEROES

I have a wall of heroes that I can touch and read which gives me strength to face another day. I can trace over the names of my comrades and feel the strength of the past to give me power for the day. The wall I speak of is my bible. I can see where God led the children of Israel out of Egypt and led then through the sea on dry land. And I know that He will lead me through impossible odds and difficult situations. I can see the promise of a Savior way back in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:15. The innocent dying for the guilty that we may be clothed in righteousness provided by God. (Genesis 3:21) Jesus the innocent died for you and me the guilty so that we could be clothed in His righteousness.

There are battles that we all face, and from those battles there are scars that many of us will carry through life. But if we take all of these sorrows to the Lord He will give us a peace and forgiveness that goes beyond the worlds understanding. He will give us the victory over those torments and turn our scars into badges of honor where we can reach out and share Christ with some weary soul so that they may be snatched from the hand of Satan and be given a new life in Christ.

THE INVITATION

Dear friend, I invite you to come and feel the healing hand of the Lord. Allow Him to take away all of those past hurts and sorrows and give you a new meaning for your life. Become a soldier of the cross to stand over and defend a wounded brother or sister. Fight the battle of faith and He will give you the victory in your life. If you are ready to do that 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. 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!

THOSE LEFT BEHIND

By: Gary L. Rodgers

1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

Dear Friend,

The thought of you reading this message tears at my heart when I think of the time frame in which you may possibly be reading it. If you are reading this after the Rapture of the church has taken place, then I know what you are about to face in these last days, and the loneliness that you will experience. Because of that I decided to put together this message to hopefully help you find your way through these dark hours. I have asked many people to please store this message in their Bibles so that you and others like you would find it. I’m convinced that when the Rapture of the church occurs that multitudes of people are going to fill up church buildings everywhere with scores of people asking a lot of questions. And I am also certain that the one thing that people will seek after is a Bible, so that they can search for answers on their own with regard to what will happen next during this Tribulation period. I may not know who you are and I can only hope that you will listen to me and follow through with the right decision for yourself during this situation that you are faced with. I’m sure that you are probably scared and confused and wanting to know what happened. Hopefully I can help you somewhat with your questions.

PRE-RAPTURE SALVATION

The Bible was given to us by God so that we could see ourselves for who we truly are. We are all hopelessly lost sinners needing a Savior to pull us from the road that leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13) It was also given to us so that we would know what steps that we needed to take for salvation in order to be saved from the terrible fiery pit of Hell. For me it was a matter of acknowledging that I was a sinner, confessing my sins to The Lord and asking Him to forgive me, at which time I put my complete trust in Him to get me to Heaven. Not church membership or baptism, but Christ alone. If these other things would have been necessary for salvation, then what would have been the point of Christ going to the cross? We could have simply participated in some religious act or obeyed the laws of Moses and that would have been all that was needed. (Galatians 2:16 & 21) It is impossible for man to keep all of the laws of Moses. Adam and Eve had but one law to keep and that was to stay away from the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil. (Genesis 2:17) And they failed at keeping just one. The thief on the cross did not come down and participate in any pious acts, so how was Christ able to tell him “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) It was his faith in Christ that saved him and nothing more, and nothing less. All through the Bible I found that the door to Heaven is unlocked by the key of faith (that unwavering confident trust that goes beyond all logic and reasoning) in the Messiah.

Christ died on the cross for each of us; shed His blood as the total and complete payment for our sins; (Hebrews 9:22) He was buried in a tomb and on the third day He rose from the dead, alive forevermore and then was seated at the right hand of the Heavenly Father.

Everyone will stand before a Holy God someday and give an account for themselves. (Romans 14:12) Getting saved did not make me perfect; it meant that I have been rescued by God from a path that I was on which was leading me to face an eternity in Hell. Christ provided a way for me to be able to stand free of guilt in the presence of a Holy God by washing away all of my sin with His own blood. (1st John 1:7-9, Revelation 1:5)

Satan will stand as my accuser, but Christ will defeat his accusations in my defense in that Heavenly Court because I have been redeemed by His (Christ’s) blood, the blood of the Lamb. (1 Timothy 2:5, John 1:29)

EVERYONE FAILS GOD IN SOME WAY

We all fail God before and after we get saved. Peter did it, he denied Christ three times. King David did it, he committed adultery and murder. The Apostle Paul acknowledged that he was always struggling with sin, and at times he would fall to sins temptation. The point is that we all fail God in our lives; why? Because we have this sinful flesh that will always war against our spiritual body. (Romans 7:17 – 25)

The difference is that if we have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ then our sins will be forgiven and God will not remember our sins any more, whereas before salvation our sin stood between us and God. (Psalms 103:12, Isaiah 43:25) God told Adam that if he took of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that he would surely die (Genesis 2:17). Because Adam disobeyed God all of humanity was plunged into sin and the penalty of death passed upon each of us. (Romans 5:12) “For the wages of sin is death” says Romans 6:23. For all of humanity there is a payday someday unless we accept the payment that Christ made for each of us. And because I accepted what He did for me I could rest assured that Heaven would be my home. (Romans 10:9&10, John 10:27-30, John 14:1-3)

THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

For those left behind after the rapture of the church there is hope but it will be very costly.

To continue for you; I’m sure that you are wondering what was the meaning behind the disappearance of so many; and what can I expect to see happen next? All the people who suddenly disappeared, the graves that opened up and are now empty; what happened, and where did they go? The truth is that every believer that trusted Christ for their salvation; their total being was taken out of this world by God in what we Christians called the Rapture. (1st Corinthians 15:51-55) The word Rapture is not found in scripture, it is a Christian term meaning a snatching away. God took us out so that we would not face the fury of His wrath. (1st Thessalonians 5:9) And we are currently with Him during this seven-year period that you are now faced with called the Great Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble. (Daniel 12:1-13, Matthew 24:1-51, Jeremiah 30:7)

PREPARATION FOR THE DAYS TO COME

I know that you are going to hear all sorts of explanations as to who we were and where we went. And I’m certain that with all of this so-called UFO activity (which I believe to be demonic influence) that the False Prophet will try to link us with that. And with his deceiving tongue (Matthew 24:21-26) some of his explanations are going to be very convincing, but you must by all means reject all of these lies and stick with the truth of God’s Word. You should be searching the scriptures and reading the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel to get a better understanding of these events and to prepare for the days to come. There will be seven years from the date that the Rapture took place until Christ returns to destroy the Antichrist and the False Prophet and all those that follow them. During this first three and one half years the False Prophet will be busy at explaining away the rapture and setting the stage for the Antichrist to set himself up in the Jerusalem Temple as the Messiah. (2 Thessalonians 2:3&4) You will be given peace during this time frame and it will seem as though everything is getting better. But I warn you that this is a temporal peace that will last for a short time.

THE SECOND THREE AND ONE-HALF YEARS OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION

In the second three and one half years of the seven-year Tribulation period it will get worse, much worse. I know that this will be a terrifying time for all of you that will be facing those days but I feel compelled to continually urge you to not be drawn into the lies of the False Prophet and the Antichrist. You need to put aside all of the false explanations that you will be hearing and to simply know that this was God’s doing. You need to hold to The Lord Jesus Christ as your final hope in these last days. The False Prophet will try to convince everyone that they need to take the Mark of the Beast (The Beast is a man who was given the number 666. Six is the representative number for man, 666 represents a super human being with great power. The number 7 is God’s number for perfection and man (6) never gets any closer than this (666) to becoming equal to God). You will be asked to take the mark either in your forehead or on your hand. Charge cards will become a thing of the past, and I suppose that with all of the identity thefts that have happened over the years that The False Prophet will convince many into believing that this is the only way to safeguard against that. People have gotten so use to not paying with cash that this will seem much easier and better. But I warn you that there is a dark sinister meaning behind this mark that is not visible to the naked eye. God totally forbids that anyone should take this mark, for if you do you will be seen as an enemy of God and have absolutely no hope of ever getting to Heaven. (Revelation 14:9-11)

THE LAKE OF FIRE IS A PLACE RESERVED FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS AND ALL THOSE THAT REJECT CHRIST

 If you accept this mark then you may as well stop reading right here and now and go on with the few years that you have left in this life and prepare yourself for an awful eternity in the lake of fire where it will be thousands upon thousands of times much worse than anything that you could possibly imagine or suffer during this seven-year Tribulation period. You weigh out the difference in the balance. Seven years of suffering and hardship or a never-ending eternity in the depths of hell. Not only will the lost suffer the eternal fires of hell, they will never have so much as a drop of water to put on their dry tongues (Luke 16:24), they will never have any food to eat, they will never have any sleep or comfort. They will never see nor hear anyone else. They will forever be alone and forgotten by everyone that once knew them.

During the Tribulation period it will seem like Hell on earth. Without the mark of the beast you will not be able to buy nor sell anything. You will be hunted like an animal and taken prisoner as an enemy of the people. You will be killed for not taking the mark and for standing firm with your belief in God. You must hold fast your position until the end. (Matthew 24:13, Revelation 14:12 & 13) If you accept the mark you will never see Heaven and any present suffering that you have put yourself through will have been in vain. What are a few days, a few months or a year or two of these hardships when the end result would be an eternity for you in Heaven?

You cannot be rescued from this seven-year tribulation period in the same way that I had been rescued (saved). The Rapture is now past. Somewhere in your life you have heard or read the gospel message about accepting Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and rejected it. And because you have done this of your own free will you are now faced with this horrible brief seven-year period in history. It will be the worst of times far beyond anything that we have ever imagined, and thank God it will not go beyond the seven years. I urge you to please put your faith and Trust in Jesus Christ at all cost and never waver from it. Everyone will suffer in some way during this Tribulation period. God will pour out His anger upon the world and all will suffer to some degree. But again no matter how horrible or painful it becomes it does not go on forever. If you give in to the False Prophet and Antichrist you will have absolutely no hope. Everyone will live through eternity somewhere; you are the one to decide where.

THE LIES OF SATAN THROUGH THE FALSE PROPHET AND THE ANTICHRIST

The False Prophet and Antichrist will convince multitudes to accept them as their only hope for the future. Remember; they will give the world a peace that will last only 3 ½ years. They will persuade people into believing that it will last forever, but it’s a lie; it will not last. Their hidden objective is to destroy the Jews and anyone who believes and puts their trust in Christ. They will cause children to turn in their parents as enemies of the people. Husbands and wives will turn on one another. Boyfriends, girlfriends, fiancés and neighbors; many of them will turn against one another and follow after the Beast. So who do you trust? Can you survive alone?

No matter what happens, you must hold firm to your faith in the word of God and in the Son of God. During this time frame you will not be able to get saved in the same way as I had done, you will be required to forfeit your life in order to gain entry into the Kingdom of God. Revelation 20:4 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.

So please I beg you again, suffer through with whatever it takes and God will rescue and avenge your soul. You need to prepare for this period in your life. So go and do whatever you can to help yourself. I wish that there was more that I could do for you. I can only give you a warning; you will need to do the rest. I pray that if you are left behind after the Rapture of the Church that you will become one of those as mentioned in Revelation 6:9–11 and Revelation 7: 9-17 It will be very frightening, it will be the most difficult time that you have ever faced in your life, it will be painful, but in the end it will be worth it. Think about it, a couple of years of suffering, or an eternity filled with it. Remember that the choice is yours, and like it or not you will choose one of the two.

BEFORE THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

For those that are here before the Rapture of the Church occurs why not take advantage of the gift that God is offering to you? Bow your head in prayer and confess to Christ that you are a lost sinner in need of a Savior. Believe that Christ has died in your place and took all of your sin upon Him and paid the full penalty in your stead. Accept that Christ went to Calvary for you, died on the cross and was buried in a tomb and that on the third day He rose from the grave as a Living Savior and is now seated in Heaven at the right hand of God the Father. Ask Christ to come into your heart and be your personal Lord and Savior and to wash you with His shed blood so that all of your past, present and future sins may be washed away forever. Amen!

If you have done this then you are now a child of God and have the right to call Him Abba, Father. Romans 8:14-17

Pray for the lost to be saved; ask God to fill you with His Spirit so that you have the power needed to win lost souls to Him. Go to the lost and present the gospel of Christ to them and lead them in prayer to the saving of their souls. Everyone must personally come to Christ seeking His forgiveness. We cannot do it for them. It is a personal thing that they must do for themselves. But you can help them with their prayer and God will bless you for it. If you don’t know how to witness to someone then feel free to share this message with them.

By all means pass this on to others to place in their Bibles to help someone who will face the Tribulation period. Time is of the essence; Christ stands at the very threshold of coming for His children.

Every one of us that are saved as a born again believer in Christ will come to realize that this present world is as close to hell as we will ever get. For those that are lost in their sins on that final day, then this present world is as close as they will ever get to Heaven.

THE QUESTION OF THE DAY

How old does a person need to be to die? How old will you be when you die? Is it possible that it could happen at any time; even today? If you were to die today, do you know for sure that you would go to heaven? Read the following references regarding this all important question. (1st John 5:13, John 3:14-18, John 10:27-30)

May the Holy Spirit protect this moment from any influence by Satan that would prevent you from opening up your heart to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior. Through the power of his name and the cleansing of his blood we ask it. 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!

Wisdomforlife

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