Are We Living in the Last Days?

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Do you read any of the news? The Gaza Strip has been taken over by Hamas, the militant Islam group. The president of Iran has vowed to wipe out Jews and Christians and talks about the return of the Mahdi, the second coming of their prophet. If you read Matthew 24 where Jesus talks about the signs of the last days, many things have been fulfilled or are being fulfilled. Perhaps you believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, or not? What does it matter but that we are ready like the wise virgins in the parable of the foolish and wise virgins? We must ask ourselves "What am I doing today that will have eternal value and make me a useful vessel for my Master, Jesus Christ?" Perhaps you are like I once was, many times 'caught up with the cares of this world'. Then one day I prayed 'do whatever it takes, Lord, to make me on fire for you again.' The Lord was faithful to answer my prayer in a way I never expected. My prayer is that I have challenged you to wake up and seek God's perfect will, or maybe even to be bold enough to pray the Lord will do 'whatever it takes' in your life to make you on fire for Jesus!

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The Appearing of the Lord for His Church/ the Return of the Lord

In the Book of Revelation, The Lord appears to the Apostle John in a vision, dressed as a priest, standing between seven lampstands, and reveals to John what the symbols mean. He asks John to write the words of what he sees and hears and send the letters to the seven churches. The Lord reveals his assessment of the seven churches, strengths, weaknesses, and what they need to do. In Chapter 4, John sees an open door and hears the sound of a voice like a trumpet, and the words, Come up here. That is the rapture of the church. John sees the scroll in the hand of God, seated on the throne, being presented. There are countless people in heaven, but no one was found worthy to open the scroll, except the Lamb of God. The 24 elders are sitting on thrones, dressed in white linen, wearing crowns. These elders represent the redeemed church of Old Testament and New Testament saints. They proclaim the Lamb is worthy to open the scroll because He was slain to redeem mankind. The scroll is God's Will and Testament, the land deed to the earth, which He presents to His Son. Christians pray, Thy will be done... The opening of the seals begins the process of punishments, of reclamation of the earth through a series of seals, vials, bowls, and trumpet judgments on the inhabitants of the earth and upon the forces of evil. When all His enemies have been defeated, the kingdoms of the earth have become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ, to be handed over to the Lord Jesus Christ, Lord Sabaoth, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Lord sits in judgment over the nations; Satan is bound and thrown into the abyss for a thousand years. The resurrected saints and the martyrs will reign with the Lord for a thousand year period, called the Millenium. The New Jerusalem comes down from heaven prepared as a bride for her husband, the King of Kings. The White Throne Judgement takes place. Satan and Hades are thrown into the lake of fire. The earth is renovated, made new, and the redeemed live in eternity forever with God and the Lord of all.

The Lord Jesus Christ does not return physically until after the seventh trumpet judgment. There is silence in heaven. He steps down on the Mount of Olives, the mountain splits in two, the remnant of Jews escape in the valley between the two splits. The period of three battles ensue for 1)Jerusalem, the angelic host and the saints of the Lord on white horses having appeared with the Lord coming in the clouds 2)against the forces of the antichrist gathered at the Valley of Megiddo, Armageddon, and also the grapes of wrath battle at 3) Petra, Bosra, the Lord is seen coming from Edom with His garments stained.
The Great Day of the Lord is like no other.


Karen S. Mergner