Many ways, which do I follow?

The world and many of its religions tell us that there are many ways to Heaven but which one is the right one and which one do I need to follow? Too many people try to follow the crowd, the problem with this is that the crowd may not know which way to go either and are just following the widest path with the least amount of resistance.

God’s adversary, Satan, can make his way look like the way to everlasting life and happiness. He has had a long time to practice this so that anything that he or his followers do will look correct to many people, until it is too late. Satan was created as an angel, the Archangel of God at one time but he got greedy and wanted to be like the Most High and ascend to His throne. That is when he was thrown out of Heaven along with a third of the angels who had decided to follow him. In the Old Testament in the book of Isaiah there is a description of the reason for his fall:

“How are thou fallen from heaven. O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.”  Is. 14: 12-14

Many of the world’s religions that do not follow God and Jesus were brought about by Satan and his angels so he is “religious” but he wants us to worship him not the Truth.

It is apparent in the news and in our world that he is at work trying to discredit Christians because of the misinformation that is being turned loose on the world about the” end of the world”! The end will come when God says so and not a moment sooner, regardless of some so-called “code” that someone believes that has been found in the Bible. The advertisements this past weekend were claiming that “the Bible guarantees it” and they are making a mockery of God’s Word!

Our Lord will come back, but there is no code or secret book that tells us when! We live by faith in Him and in what He said and that is that He will come back and receive us to Himself when it is time according to the Father’s time. Jesus said only the Father, God Himself, knows the day or the hour of the end. No one else! Don’t be deceived by these claims. Read, study and pray while reading God’s Word. He will reveal what you need to know to you.

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During the end times…..

There will be pestilences, and famines and wars and rumors of wars. Men will hate you because of Me and will persecute you. There will be a falling away of the faithful, men will lose faith in their religion and will despise it. These things will come to pass, but the end is not yet.

The paragraph above is a paraphrase of a few of the prophecies which Jesus gave to the twelve disciples about the time before His return but they sound like some of the headlines today. What will happen preceding the return of Christ and is all of this actually prophesied in the Bible? There are many questions that people have about this time in history because of the different prophecies from different cultures that refer to this time period.

Since Jesus fulfilled so many prophecies concerning the Messiah during His lifetime on earth, it is only fitting that we should believe the prophecies concerning His return. I know that many do not believe that the book of Revelation is true but since it was given to John by Christ and His messengers I do believe and I suggest that you should too.

Our world is going through a very tough time right now but it pales in comparison to what is to come. I write this to get people to really think about their relationship to God and to Jesus because it is vitally important for all of you. God loves us all and doesn’t want anyone to perish but without accepting Christ into your heart and reading and studying His word, there will be little hope.

I am not saying this to try to scare you but a time will come that will see people put into prison for their belief and for the possession of a Bible. Our world and the ones who rule over us have been manipulated by Satan and his fallen angels and they are still manipulating them to this day. They may not be aware of it but it is happening. The next few years, and I am not sure how long it will be, will show these things to be true and those who have believed and who have studied the Bible will know about these things and will be prepared as much as they can be.

The time to come to Christ is now, today. We are not guaranteed the rest of today, your life may end at any time so the time for salvation is now. Don’t wait for tomorrow or next week because it may be too late, you may not make it home from the store or to church. Our God and Messiah is awesome and He loves you. Give your life to Him as a living sacrifice today, you won’t regret it!

God is in control, even when it seems that He isn’t

Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, the list could go on and on. These are the signs of the end of the age and it is because of this end that these things are happening. God knew that they were going to happen and how many people would be affected by them long before they happened. He is not the cause of them but many people are asking “Where is God? Why didn’t He stop this from happening?”  Because it is part of the birth-pains of creation that is why.

Our Creator and His Son, Jesus, knew these things would happen before the end of the age. That is why Jesus told His disciples that they would happen before the falling away and before the end of the age. He did not specify where or what would happen only that it would be a sign to watch for.

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

   9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24: 4-13)

In many ways verse 13 confuses people when it refers to the “one who stands firm to the end will be saved”, this verse is not a reference to those of us living in Christ now because we are supposed to be taken to heaven before the terrible part of the tribulation begins. This verse refers to those who come to Christ during the tribulation and hold onto their faith without giving in to the Antichrist‘s demands that they worship him. Even though they may be killed because of this, their souls will be saved.

The time to come to Jesus and give your life and heart to Him is NOW! We are not guaranteed any time past each breath that we take and each breath is given by God. So, when you draw your last breath only God knows when that will be and hopefully you will be ready to meet Him at that time. No one can save your soul and grant you entrance into Heaven except Jesus and belief in Him, other than that you are wasting your time!

God loves you all and wants you all to be His, but that will not happen by wishing or hoping that you have been good enough. None of us can be good enough to merit a place in heaven on our own, even Abraham had faith in God and that is what was credited to him as righteousness. Your only hope of eternity is through Jesus, that is it! The pope can’t get you there, praying to Allah can’t get you there, Buddha can’t get you there, Scientology can’t get you there. None of these man-made religions can get you into eternity and Heaven! Only belief in and following Jesus can do that!

Give Jesus a chance in your life and leave everything in His hands from this point on. Once you do that, your Hope in Him will sustain and keep you until you meet Him and when you do, you will have an eternity to get to know Him and the Father and everyone else in Heaven.