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MORNINGTIME 2739

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Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no (extra) oil with them: But the wise took oil in their (EXTRA storage) vessels WITH their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; FOR OUR LAMPS ARE GONE OUT. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; AND THEY THAT WERE READY WENT IN WITH HIM to the marriage: AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT.  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I KNOW YOU NOT. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:1-13. Christ's return is a one shot deal and you're either ready, or you're not. There is no second chance, UNLESS, you believe in the "Pre-Trib Rapture" (PTR). Here's how that works. Christ quietly and secretly comes back for "the believers" before the "seven year tribulation" starts. After the 7 year "T", He comes back with a loud and visible return where every eye shall see Him to get His Bride. The End. Here's the rest of their story. A sinner knows OF Christ and the PTR, figuring if their Christ actually snatches up millions of christians, HE'S SAFE, HE'S GOT 7 YEARS TO GET RIGHT WITH CHRIST BEFORE HE COMES BACK FOR ALL THE NEW (tribulation) BELIEVERS!!! (Ya, life is a gamble, I'll chance it anyway). Tada, two returns of Christ, the sinners  get TWO chances to get right with Christ before His Second Coming. Now THAT'S how to REALLY, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2738

MORNINGTIME 2738
 
FOR WHAT IF SOME DID NOT BELIEVE? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, LET GOD BE TRUE, BUT EVERY MAN A LIAR; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. Romans 3:3-4. But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I WILL NOT: BUT AFTERWARD HE REPENTED, AND WENT.  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go , sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. Matthew 21:28-31. The first son is an illustration of a man before he gets Saved. How many times and ways had you heard something about God and the Bible and said, "No, that's not for me"? You outright rejected Christ every time He Called, until the last time, and you Repented and finally said, "Yes Lord", and you got Saved? Every one of us started off lost saying NO, and later Repented unto "YES", and started a Journey of Growing Faith in the Lord God Almighty. This Journey IS A GROWING PROCESS. Just like BOTH sons in this parable, the Father says "Do" and we say "Yes", and then don't, or we say "No" and then Do. Many times we will be like either son, and then change to the other. The Key here is not the legalism of Disobeying God, again, but through Mercy and Grace, GROWING IN OBEDIENCE more and more often until, like Paul, whatever the Lord asks of you, you gladly and willingly jump to instant Obedience with never again giving a thought to saying "No". You've come to the place where the Lord has Proven Himself Faithful to you to such a degree that "No" no longer enters the thinking. GROWING, in Obedience, will pay off with A Life of Holiness, Righteousness, and Purity, and THAT'S where you WILL, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2737

MORNINGTIME 2737
 
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.  But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, BECAUSE THE HARVEST IS COME. Mark 4:26-29. For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Romans 3:3. (Just because you don't believe God, doesn't stop God from doing what He does). There are 2 kinds of people in the world of the "unsaved". Both of which, without Repentance, are going to Hell. The first is your basic unbeliever who claims there is no God. He won't listen to you, and that's pretty much it. The second type of unbeliever is much more dangerous. He's the one who knows that there IS a God, AND TELLS YOU NOT TO PRAY TO HIM. Sneaky men of satanic influence in high government positions are doing their best to have all references of God removed from the court house walls. They tell military Chaplins they can say all the generic prayers they want, just don't finish the prayer with the words, "In Jesus Name". This is not just unbelief, this is unbelief AND YOU CAN'T BELIEVE EITHER. To continue on, those men of satanic influence tell teachers and students you can bring any kind of religious books, (for example the Quran), into school all you want, just don't bring in, The Bible. Even some of our great theological cemeteries churning out supposed biblical "preachers" are telling their congregations we don't need Sunday night or Wednesday night services anymore. "We don't have the numbers..." is just an excuse. So here's my question, hypocrite, if you truly want God out of your life, DO YOU WANT HIM TO GET OUT OF GROWING FOOD TOO??? If God were to listen to you and lift His Hand from the "Growing" process, how would your food, Be Blessed???
 

MORNINGTIME 2736

MORNINGTIME 2736
 
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, THAT YE BE NOT PARTAKERS OF HER SINS, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour IS THY JUDGMENT COME. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that GREAT CITY BABYLON be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. Revelation 18:4-5,8,10,20-2. There will be a point in time when God will tell His Followers to get out of the city of Babylon because Judgment is about to fall on that great city. This is a physical city, now Get Out!!! To carry this Concept into the Spiritual Realm, Christians have been told to come out of spiritual wickedness for thousands of years. We have all tasted of the fruits of sin in our past, and yes, some of them, for a short moment, were pretty tasty. Our old fleshly nature did/does enjoy the things of the world. (Do you still listen to or see those things you Know you shouldn't)? That same call is still going out every day, the call of the Holy Spirit to come out of sin, rebellion, and the works of the flesh. How many choices do you make every day, and of those choices, how many are Obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit? Come out of your old sins my people, for they are headed for total destruction. On a scale of wickedness at one end, and Holiness, Righteousness, and Purity at the other, will you today, take even one step away from sin, and move towards Holiness? You'll find this is a great way to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2735

MORNINGTIME 2735
 
And Saul was consenting unto (Stephens) death. And at that time THERE WAS A GREAT PERSECUTION AGAINST THE CHURCH which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. Acts 8:1. So that WE ourselves GLORY IN YOU in the churches of God for your patience and faith IN ALL YOUR PERSECUTIONS AND TRIBULATIONS that ye endure: 2 Thessalonians 1:4. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION. 2 Timothy 3:12. My dad used to say of Sailors hundreds of years ago, "Iron men on wooden ships, but today it's wooden men on iron ships". The same can be said of The Church that Christ started. From the very start, the earliest Christians were born INTO adversity, trials, troubles, and tribulations. Think of it, baby Christians, from day one of their faith, born into hard core Troubles, AND GROWING IN CHRIST BECAUSE OF IT. Today, many reject Christ just because the Preacher didn't speak to them as they left church to go home. Well, here's some more GOoD News for you. As times get harder, the goats WILL be leaving the Church in droves as Trials, Troubles, Testings, and Tribulations grow in intensity and frequency. If you have any questions about this, just ask the True Believers around the world how much Growth there is in the Church under the "4 T's". Believers can handle ALL the pressure applied to them, BECAUSE THEY LAY IT ALL AT THE FEET OF CHRIST, whereas the Goats, the un-believers, try to handle it in the flesh, and that will fail every time. Only Christ can hold you fast in the midst of, ANYTHING. The world can not. We don't know The Heart of the one standing next to us, and that's ok, our job is to Preach and Teach TO EVERYONE, and let the Lord sort them all out. You just might Preach Christ (Obediently) to a goat, and that gets you killed, is his Soul worth it, trying one more time to offer him Salvation? Go Preach and Teach Christ anyway, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2734

MORNINGTIME 2734
 
AND KEEP THE CHARGE OF THE LORD THY GOD, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me IN TRUTH with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. 1 Kings 2:3-4. This is King David, on his death bed giving final instruction to his son, the soon to be King, Solomon. And for a while, King Solomon did walk in ALL the Ways of the Lord and his Great Wisdom was a Living result of that Following. That level of Wisdom is not in the church today. We settle for allowing Diversity in the church with "Your viewpoint is just as valid as my viewpoint, so let's all just get along because God loves us all anyway", AND ALMOST NO ONE CHALLENGES TODAY'S ACCEPTABLE THINKING. We talk about other religions and their many errors and I made the statement, "Don't gloat, we "christians" have our own Golden Calf, it's called the secrete pre-trib Rapture". Our own christian community is in great DIS-unity over this one, (among many others), and I must ask, Where is that Godly Wisdom of Solomon in the church today? Well folks, I have some GOoD News for you, before Christ comes back, His Sheep WILL be in complete Unity over all things, all in the One Mind of Christ. You see, Christ is coming back for His Bride WITHOUT SPOT, BLEMISH, OR WRINKLE. Just like in the earliest days of "The Church" that Christ Himself started, they KNEW His Doctrine, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL HELP US REMEMBER ALL THAT HE SAID, of all His Ways and in the One Mind of Christ. All our opinions will go out the window as Christ RENEWS OUR MINDS into His Mind. We won't even settle for "petty differences" anymore, and we WILL ALL, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2733

MORNINGTIME 2733
 
And keep the charge OF THE LORD THY GOD, to walk in HIS WAYS, to keep HIS STATUTES, and HIS COMMANDMENTS, and HIS JUDGMENTS, and HIS TESTIMONIES, as it is written in the law of Moses, THAT THOU MAYEST PROSPER in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 1 Kings 2:3. If your Heart is towards the Lord, there will be NO misunderstanding of His Intent about ANYTHING. There is only ONE Mind of Christ and we WILL Know It. Let's move on. "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven". Matthew 16:18-19. If your Heart is NOT towards the Lord, that means it is towards man and his ways, and when that happens, man can go off into all kinds of squirrely ways of thinking. And when man starts thinking, man WILL come up with doctrine that benefits man and quickly leaves God back in the dust somewhere. I'll illustrate. A Christian KNOWS that Christ is THE ROCK that He will build His Church on. Power hungry men will purposefully twist this verse to Glorify Man and even start a religion that does just that, Glorify Man. And one did start over 1700 years ago, and is so Power Hungry, their leader says his words are even greater than the Words of Christ. It is so out of touch with God that you can't find even one thing that is Biblical about it. NOT ONE. Here's my point, it's hard work to stay Focused on Christ, but it CAN be done and He is Glorified in it. It's easy to get off track and run with the ways of man, (the ways of Satan), AND COME UP WITH ALL SORTS OF UNGODLY RELIGIONS. Just look around you, the Fruits of Deception are EVERYWHERE. Don't gloat, we "christians" have our own Golden Calf, it's called the secrete pre-trib Rapture. Only in the Mind of Christ will we, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2732

MORNINGTIME 2732
 
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven WITH A SHOUT, WITH THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL, AND WITH THE TRUMP OF GOD: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. Like many of you, I too, used to believe in the "pre-trib" Rapture. That's where the Church is taken out of this world before the great 7 year tribulation starts. I have since changed my mind because it now no longer makes sense to me, plus, I have too many questions that don't seem to have biblical answers. For example, the PTR, Pre-trib Rapture, Theology started in the early 18th century by Cotton Mather, a preacher, and was never preached about by the preachers of old, before then, why? If the church is taken out in the PTR (as an illustration) on Wednesday, what will be so biblically radically different on Thursday? Yes, there will be a catching away when  Christ Himself comes back, but the Bible speaks of this with a lot of noise, not some quiet sneaking away when no one is looking. If the Christians are all in heaven after the PTR, how are the multitudes still being saved during the tribulation when even the Holy Spirit is gone? WHY will the church be taken out (PTR), what will the world, or even Satan, do to Believers, THAT HASN'T ALREADY BEEN DONE? Where, in the Bible, is an example of God taking a mass of people out of trouble, before trouble even starts? And, is Christ not able to take care of His Followers here on earth UNDER ANY AND ALL CONDITIONS as He's done for the last 6,000 years? Is the PTR church gone OUT OF FEAR OF THE FUTURE? Christ IS coming back for a Glorious, spotless, Pure Bride, walking VICTORIOUSLY in a lost and fallen world, AND WHEN HE COMES, EVERYONE WILL KNOW IT. What a Way to go, what a Way to, BE BLESSED!!!
 

MORNINGTIME 2731

MORNINGTIME 2731
 
For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days SHOULD BE SHORTENED, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:21-22. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: AND THEN SHALL APPEAR the sign of THE SON OF MAN in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:29-30. And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14. Strong's Definition of Tribulation; “From G2346; pressure (literally or figuratively): - afflicted (-tion) anguish burdened persecution tribulation trouble". I have purposefully picked out the worst sounding, toughest to go through, and most frightening aspects of "Tribulation", and this is it. This #G2346 is the same throughout the New Testament. If you sip a spoonful of water, or a quart of water, the water doesn't change, only the amount does. Some go through small (amounts) of tribulation, some will go through great (amounts) of tribulation, but the tribulation is the same (definition). And the part of, "except those days SHOULD BE SHORTENED" is talking about Satan on the rampage killing all he can of EVERYBODY, just to keep them out of God's Hands. The TYPE of tribulation is the same, the AMOUNT is more. ALL Christians will pass through tribulation on their way Home. There is only one more Return of Christ, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION, where Christ comes back for ALL Believers, at one time, and it will be no secret, EVERY eye shall see Him, and all His WILL, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2730

MORNINGTIME 2730
 
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the (God Given) government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7. But chiefly THEM THAT WALK AFTER THE FLESH in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they , selfwilled, they ARE NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK EVIL OF DIGNITIES. 2 Peter 2:10. The REAL Government that has been set on, in, and through, Jesus, the Christ, is already set in the Hearts of His Followers. It is not yet visible to the world, but it is, up and running. When Christ does return and sets His Feet on planet earth, He will Rule with a rod of iron. Until then, we have  man-made governments of various types and styles around this world trying to rule man. Here's the problem, man wants to rule man his way, (without Christ), and it's not working. Here's a trap and deception for Christians to be very careful of, ALL GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD ARE BUILT BY MAN TO MAKE MAN'S LIFE BETTER, and all without Christ. Don't fall into arguing about republicans or democrats, communists, or atheists, doing this or that with no common sense, or who's at fault because "it" isn't working out as promised. IT'S ALL RUN BY SIN-FILLED MAN PROMISING UTOPIA AND FALLING DEEPER INTO SIN. Stop complaining about corruption, payoffs, and the like, sin breeds sin and it won't get better. WE DON'T HAVE A CHRISTIAN IN THE WHITEHOUSE, don't expect Christian results from a sinner. God put Mr. Trump there to accomplish HIS Purposes. Pray for the man, pray for ALL men in government(s), it's all heading for a one world government anyway. Obey Christ, He's coming back soon, and, Be Blessed.
 
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