In view of a dispute in 2008 over one of Jesus’ parables I had to check what the Bible actually states. What happened next was so unexpected and revelatory! Excitement exploded upon audibly hearing God’s voice. I emailed church friends and a few leaders about it and thus began occasional updates on current events relevant to Biblical prophecies, which led into the launch of this blog in November 2011.
The ‘God-incidental’ jigsaw pieces described in this week’s personal posts (rather than news-related items) warrant my republishing the very first piece shown to others.:
THE END-GAME IS NOW IN PLAY
Dear Friends – further to Rev’d William Smith’s recent request re Christian Freedom, may I offer some observations upon our times and, in another message, suggest a way forward?
Last year, I encountered two conflicting claims about Jesus’ explanation of the parable on the end-time harvest of wheat and tares (Matt13:36). So I went to check scripture but upon opening my Bible a deep excitement exploded within as I heard, “This is ALL about to be fulfilled” – WOW!!
Hence, my previous remarks about a sifting of the Church – in preparation for a rapid ‘sHifting’? Jesus urged His disciples to look out for and observe signs of the times. Regarding their questions about His return at the end of this Age, the earliest Gospel account has Jesus stressing 7 times, “Watch…be alert…on your guard“ (Mark 13). Matthew 24 reports Jesus saying 4 times, “Watch…and when you see…” followed by the parables of the burglar and of the virgins:> “Don’t be caught napping!” [Is the Church still asleep?] Luke’s account has, “Be always on the watch…” (ch21:36) and chpt 12 (NIV) has sections on watchfulness and interpreting the times. In each Gospel Jesus commands, “Learn the lesson of the fig tree…”. Also, the Apostles went on to give more indicators (Acts 3:20-1, Hebrews 12:26-7, 2 Peter 3, 2 Timothy 3 and the first and second letters to the Thessalonians).
Have you studied or read/heard/given any teaching on this topic lately? So, let’s watch closely what’s happening here and globally. …continued here
Let us, however, keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we await the blessed hope of His glorious appearing. May the Lord bless you and keep you and yours,
[Puzzle Globe and Book by Thanunkorn, courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net]