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 Root of the Problem

Allranger, You wrote: "So I take it we do not have that many covenantalists here. Perhaps people should read some more of the books we have here at the CCEL, getting away from the hamster on the end of the world wheel."

Antagonism toward women is Biblical and as old as the fall of mankind. In Genesis 3:15, God cursed the serpent and spoke the promise of redemption through the woman and her seed.

Revelation 12 describes the fulfillment of that prophesy: the future conflict between the woman, following the snatching away of her man child, her seed, and the serpent.

Micah 5:3 speaks of the Lord turning again toward Zion:
(NIV) "Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who labors [travails] brings forth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites."

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

There are two He's in this verse:
He the restrainer: [1)Michael the Archangel who protects Israel; 2) The praying faithful Church; 3) the Holy Spirit];
He who is taken away: [1) the Raptured church; 2) the man-child snatched away to the throne of God]

Understanding God's plan of redemption requires diligent reading of the Word, maturity, patience and long suffering. The Apostle John wrote in Revelation 1:9 (NASB):
"I John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus...


Karen S. Mergner