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A Case Study of A Valid Prophecy
~ Part II ~
Revelation is an incredibly mesmerizing book about the present, the future and what is to come. Here we can find HOPE for NOW and in the future! John prolifically writes as he shares his vociferously illuminating intense visions while horrendously banished to the isle of Patmos. At some point in time life as we know it will end. It may be hard to fathom but one day the Lord is going to put an end to evil. Jesus Christ will emerge in the clouds suddenly and victoriously!
“For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven, with God and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4.
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Revelation is a powerfully complex book of prophecy. But how did it all begin anyway? Step back with me a bit to the very beginning. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the face of the deep, and the Spirit of the God was hovering over the waters. And God said, Let there be Light and there was Light. God saw that the Light was Good and He separated the Light from the darkness...” Genesis 1. (here you will find the rest of The Creation history) From the beginning of time Light was separated from the darkness!
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them...” Genesis 2. When God placed Adam in the garden with it was much freedom as well as dominion over the animals! He was told to work and take care of the land as well. Adam also named all the animals. No doubt that Adam was a genius of a man created, shaped and made alive by God himself. God told Adam; “You are free to eat from any tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Genesis 2. God could have very well just not let Adam eat from the tree, but He gave Adam a choice. He did not make him a robot. Now we know God created the first man. NO! We did not evolve from apes or a "big bang!" Read on if you need more proof.
God decided it was not good for Adam to be alone so He made Eve. “But for the man there was not a suitable helper found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall in a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord made a woman from the rib He had taken out of man, and He brought her to man” Genesis 2. This is what also verifies the first surgery. Truly God is the Doctor of doctors. He is the greatest physician ever! He made and therefore knows exactly what is necessary... Here as well is the first marriage. By the way, God’s design for marriage has not changed. Marriage is also the 1st institution God Made. One Man and one woman constitutes Holy Matrimony, which is marriage God's Way.
Always keep in mind; God did not make us to be robots. From the very beginning God has given us the ability to choose. GOD IS LOVE and HE loves us. He gives us the freedom to learn how to love and live for Him. Here is a vital significant imperative life lesson. God adamantly told Adam “DO NOT” eat the fruit. Yet, Adam choose to instead listen to Eve and went against what God said. The serpent, (satan) said to Eve “Did God really say, you must not really eat from the fruit in the garden?” Since the fruit was good and pleasing to the eyes and desirable Eve ate the fruit! Then gave some to Adam which he ate it as well… Here enters sin. The rest is history. Sin is anything that separates us from GOD! Time after time all throughout history in every subsequent generation when man/woman often does what God says “DO NOT” it always results in chaos! Instead satan makes one doubt what God really said. Or they simply choose to not listen and “do their own thing!” This is why it is so important to know the Word of God for yourself!!
Daily follow CHRIST JESUS!
Here in Revelation the last book in the Bible, we discover what happens when what we have come to know as “living” will come to an end! Genesis is the beginning where it all started. There is so much in between. HEAVEN IS GOD'S THRONE and earth is GOD'S FOOTSTOOL. I suggest daily spending some time in the Word just getting to know more about life and many of the events that have taken place. There is nothing more important in life than to build an ongoing relationship with the Lord! GOD is the source of every good and perfect gift! HIS WORD; The Scriptures are powerful, “ALIVE” and full of godly spiritual wisdom!
BEWARE; For there have been many false prophesies
John in Revelation himself predicts Jesus’ announced return to the earth. It was erroneously predicted that the end of the world was coming in 2012. (PLEASE DO NOT TAKE HEED TO FALSE PROPHECY REGARDLESS OF WHO IT COMES FROM! ) Somewhere between December 21 and December 23 in 2012; it was said that there were going to be transformative events that would take place. It was thought; according to a Mayan long count calendar after 5,125 years the end of life as we now know it was to take place? It was believed that astronomical alignments combined with possible numerological formulas have contributed to this high probability of the end of the world event. Well it did not happen!
Another misinformed predictor, Patrick Geryl, a laboratory researcher erroneously believed as well that the end of life was slated for 2012. He even started a “survival group” of both men and women who shared his belief. Believing that we were due for catastrophic events he quit his job in preparation for this forthcoming event? He gathered a hoard of survival equipment. His group was building cement dwellings and caves…
He believed there would be nothing left? He predicted that “First, a polar reversal will cause the north to become the south and the sun to rise in the west. Shattering earthquakes, massive tidal waves and simultaneous volcanic eruptions will follow. Nuclear reactors will melt, buildings will crumble, and a cloud of volcanic dust will block out the sun for 40 years. Only the prepared would survive, Geryl said, and not even all of them…” There are many others throughout the world that shared his belief that the end was coming in 2012 a doomed apocalyptic event was inevitable" said Geryl. Not so! Well guess what the earth is still here. God has already told us that no one knows when the end come.
We can see through God's Word that we are certainly in the latter end of the last days. (NO DOUBT THAT THE "PERILOUS DAYS" ARE UPON US. THERE IS MUCH MORE TURBULENCE TO COME... ) Any & everything is going on that is contrary to God's Word. This is why it is so very important to know the WORD of GOD for yourself. Pray for increased spiritual discernment!
Revelation is an excellent resource of prophecy. It is a series of profound prophetic visions it is the book of consummation. In the Greek the title of this text is called Apokalypsis Ioannnou = Revelation of John, which means “unveiling, disclosure or revelation” Revelations is noteworthy Apocalyptic literature. It is the most cryptic book in the Canon of Scriptures. What will the end be? Will it be a collision with a gargantuan galactic asteroid causing a colossal fire? Will it be a thermonuclear war? Will the ozone layer entirely deplete? What about the dreaded threat of global warming… NO one really knows!
Many others have also made predictions before and they have come and gone! We are still here! Despite all the various hypothetical possibilities no one knows when that time will be! But at some point the end will come. HOW DO WE KNOW THIS? because; GOD HAS SAID THIS IS SO! Know; this world is not our final destination, we are pilgrims passing through. John the Apostle announces and predicts Jesus’ return to the earth! He really gives us all some things to think about. Are you a believer? Really? How much time do you spend in the Word! Revelation is a good place for each of us to take time for personal private inventory. What if the Lord where to return today? What would you do or say? Is your house in order? Think about it; are you really ready to meet the Lord face to face?
WE CAN ALWAYS & FOREVER TRUST GOD & HIS WORD!
The Bible profoundly points to all the signs that will take place. At some point, time on this side of heaven, as we know it will be no more. Jesus’ second coming will be short and quick! This is what the Word says; “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill: one will be taken the other left.
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this; if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” Matthew 24.
Regardless of what anyone says they cannot predict the end of time. Let if fall on a deaf ear. We are told to live each day as though the Lord was to return. Each one of us should really examine our lives to see if we are living in accordance with the Lord and daily applying His principles. I am sure we could all make some improvements. That is why the Lord still has us on this side of Heaven. We are mere bodies of breathing walking shaped formed dust. As long as we have breath in our bodies there is room for spiritual growth. Instead today numerous supposed believers look to the world and its influences for direction instead, and let it define for them what is right! They allow the ways of the world to influence their life and often dictate their lifestyle. In some case their worship and praise... Too many have allowed the world to shape and mold their lives, homes, careers as well as a lot of our worship services to the Lord! LORD HELP US!!!
Why GOD brought about the flood?
Let’s step back again and observe the events surrounding the first time the world was destroyed. As the population increased men laid aside God’s principles and did what they felt was right. “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. He had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on the earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, I am going to put an end to all the people, for the earth is full of violence because of them. I am going to surely destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself and ark of cypress wood… Noah did everything the Lord commanded” Genesis 6.
Notice when Noah was building the ark it had never ever rained! During this time he was building the ark he was ridiculed and isolated all because; his dedication to the ways of the Lord. Because of his adherence to be obedient to the Lord Noah was thought to be quite strange? Imagine this, there were millions of people on the earth at the time. They did not really believe that the end was coming? Well it came. Yet, it was only Noah and His family who actually survived the flood!
Each day prepare Your home to be an "Ark of Safety! " Welcome the presence of the LORD within your home daily.
We do know the next time the end comes, it will not be another flood to end it all. We do not know what will happen or what king of plague or pestilence we will experience... Do you know hat the rainbow means? This is what the rainbow symbolizes to the believer committed to God's Word; “Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbows appear in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” Genesis 9.
THE RAINBOW IS A SIGN OF GOD'S PROMISE!
If you are one of those who do not believe in satan or hell or his deception now is the time to read the Word of God. Regardless as to what some say in society; It is important to acknowledge that the rainbow is a sign to God's people about HIS PROMISE to never again destroy the earth with a flood. I assure you; It has absolutely nothing to do with your sexual preference. That is your choice.
Do not be deceived. It is important to know from a Biblical perspective the rainbow has absolutely nothing to do with same sex relationships. God does not approve of any sexual infidelities. Adultery, fornication, incest as well as any and all types of sexual abuse all go against His principles... GOD SAYS; REPENT!!! God does sanction and bless marriage between a Man and a Woman. This is called; "HOLY MATRIMONY!" "FOR THIS RESON A MAN WILL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE UNITED TO HIS WIFE, AND THEY SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH, THE MAN AND THE WOMAN WHERE NAKED AND NOT ASHAMED..." Genesis 2 This is not about hate but about teaching, preaching and proclaiming the WORD of GOD! I suggest spending some time in the Word. I assure you; "Draw nigh to GOD and HE will draw nigh to you" GOD can deliver you from any sin and place you upon "The Narrow Path" that leads to HIM! God is quite clear about this. Please do not wait like those who drowned in the time of Noah because they did not believe it was going to rain and a flood was coming. It really happened!
GOD HAS GIVEN US SPIRITUAL AND MORAL BOUNDARIES
If you are truly saved you have no need to worry. But you still need to continue to draw closer to our Lord daily. God has given us some spiritual and moral boundaries to keep us safe! If you are not saved, do you want to be saved? Do you want your children saved? Your friends, neighbors & co workers? Take some time and read the Word for yourself. What is a few moments each day in comparison to an eternity of torment? For hell, is real!
Accept Christ Jesus as Lord & Savior into your heart today! Confess Your sins. REPENT!!! Get in the WORD and seek out those who are sound, dedicated and strong in the FAITH! Jesus came to save us from sin reigning within our lives. He came to take back what satan stole; he continues to deceive many. Christ Jesus came that we might have and abundant life in everyway! Eternal life is a precious gift that can only come from Him. He is the only doorway to heaven there is no other way!
Hades is another name for hell in the Greek it is a place for the underworld. It is the place for the dead or again sheol. Jesus has power over the grave as well as the power to forgive sins. When he arose from the dead; He went down in the earth and released those who were being held captive. GOD is the Creator & Sustainer of life. Since He made life He can surely restore it. He raised his close friend Lazarus from the grave after being dead for four days! He also gave life back to many others... Please listen attentively with your spiritual ears. Witness the Power and Love of Jesus firsthand for yourself as told in HIS WORD:
“When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet and said, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in Spirit and troubled. Where have you laid him, He asked. “Come and see, Lord, they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
But some of them said, “Could not He who opened the eyes of the blind man kept this man from dying? Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave and a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone, He said. “But Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been here for four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if I believed, you would see the GLORY of GOD?”
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here. That they may believe that you sent me.” When He said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped in strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11.
CHRIST JESUS RETURN IS IMMINENT
Knowing that the Lord’s return is imminent and unexpected we should daily live in a continuing preparation mode. Seeking Him above all else! Be mindful of what and who attempts to attach themselves to You. God knows our hearts, thoughts, actions and desires. God knows who is pretending and who is not! In the end He will separate the wheat from the tares and His sheep from the goats. In His time, He will reveal the wolves in sheep clothing.
Jesus is coming back! Know this for sure... We can always have hope knowing that we belong to the Lord! In the meantime "be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove." Whenever we transition or at what point we leave earth we who truly believe live eternally with Him in Heaven. So get ready to soar with the Lord!!! He can help you rise above the things that come to hinder and oppress us. You can be confident of this when you have truly & sincerely accepted Christ Jesus as Lord into your heart through FAITH as your personal Savior we will live with Him through Eternity!
Like it or not there will also be eternal punishment in the lake of fire which is hell or Gehenna. This is where those who refuse to accept Jesus Christ and repent will spend eternity! The bible talks about sheol meaning the place of the dead “The grave snatches those who have sinned.” Job 24. It is named after a valley in Hinnom which is near Jerusalem. Here children were sacrificed by pagans in the fire to idol gods. II Kings 23. Abortion is a modern form of sacrificing babies! It is sad but true; Sad yet; Many children today are still sacrificed via abortion. Hell has an eternal fire prepared for satan and his imps or fallen angel. It is the final place of torment for the wicked. Revelation 20. If you are one of those who do not believe in satan or hell now is the time to read the Word of God! Do not wait like those who drowned in the time of Noah because they did not believe it was going to rain.
If you have ever doubted the power of the Lord and His compassion and His power over life and death… Doubt no more! This is an extraordinary astonishing miracle. The Word of God is full of marvelous miracles, practical wisdom and instructions for life and exuberant living. Jesus came and fulfilled His purpose on earth. The religious leaders sought to undermine His pure intentions. Because of this miracle even more people flocked to Jesus. They were intimidated even more so. Jesus exposed them for what they really were. Jesus never intended that we live rigid legalistic unhappy lives. He came to set us all free to live for HIM everyday!
However rather than repent and accept Jesus the religious leaders of ole instead elected to secretly plot against Him. They even used one of his very own disciples, to betray Him which resulted in Him being crucified. Praise be to GOD, from this He himself emerged victoriously as well! "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again..!" Luke 24.
JESUS rose with ALL POWER and has POWER over death,sin and the grave! Know this; "It is better to OBEY GOD rather than man!" It is only in the Lord you can discover True Security & Significance!
WE ALL NEED JESUS CHRIST as OUR SAVIOR and LORD!
In order to be saved from sin reigning in our lives. It is so very important to remember He is the only Door to Heaven. There is NO Other way! God is loving, generous, kind and merciful and so much more... He is also a God of wrath. But know this; There is no going to Heaven without believing in HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. Jesus purpose on earth was to live a sinless life in the flesh, overcome sin & death and show others the Way to Salvation.
CHRIST JESUS earthly mission has been fulfilled! It is now our purpose in life is to embrace and live by God's principles and show others the Way to Salvation through Jesus Christ. “HE IS the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE!” We have learned that Genesis records the authentic beginning of the Creation history of the Bible. The Bible starts in Paradise and it ends in Paradise! Revelation records the end; starting with a new glorious beginning in the magnificent Holy City, New Jerusalem!
Revelation describes the exquisite brilliant bravura Holy City that has twelve larger than life gates that are each made of one marvelous extraordinary ostentatious pearl. John describes the extravagant beauty to behold in New Jerusalem. The River of the Water of Life, is as clear as crystal and it flows from the throne of GOD and HIS LAMB JESUS CHRIST down the center of the Great Street of the Holy City. Here are brilliant streets that miraculously are made of translucent gold. (Read Revelation 21 for more details)
There is a total absence of any evil in the Holy City! There is no Temple because here the glorious Glory of God resides in our perfected Heavenly home. There is no more night, or need for the sun or moon for the LORD will radiate HIS marvelous Light! In HIM is NO darkness. Here in Heaven our Heavenly Father & His Son will rain through Eternity.
ALMIGHTY GOD IS SOVEREIGN HE IS TRULY OMNIPOTENT
No matter what happens on earth; God is Sovereign! We who believe have a marvelous astounding breathtaking eternal home awaiting at the appointed time! It is so much more, far beyond what our limited finite minds can ever imagine. Only God knows when that time will be. Let’s get busy living each day for the Lord! Revelation ends saying; “And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon” AMEN! Come Lord Jesus. The grace of God be with HIS people. Amen!"
JESUS CHRIST second coming is sure and imminent it will be swift and sudden!!! Revelation is a Valid Prophecy! CHRIST JESUS is the ALPHA and the OMEGA. HE IS the BEGINNING and the END. THE FIRST & THE LAST. HE is KING of Kings. HE is LORD of Lords. HE is the MOST HIGH GOD! HE is the GREAT "I AM!" Forever & ever through eternity; Live Everyday; "To GOD Be The GLORY!"
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 04, 2012:
pol1ce, Thank You! I truly believe that God is the Giver and sustainer of Life! Mankind does not have the right to abort life... This is why we have the magnitude of confusion, calamaties, natural disasters and moral decadence in our world today!
Think about it for a moment? What if those that elect for abortion or sanction abortion had been aborted? They would not be here... Therefore they should extend that same right to life that they have been afforded...
Thank you for stopping by to share, Please do come again!
Peace & Blessings!
Paulo Pta from the Right Place on January 03, 2012:
I like this one:
"Abortion is a modern form of sacrificing babies! Many children today are sacrificed via abortion. )"
And i agree 99% on this phrase.
Why someone should decide if we have the right to born or not, when we are defenseless inside womb of our mother
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 17, 2011:
Dave Matrthews, Thank You! You are so welcome! The Psalms are full of godly wisdom! They are Spiritual Food for the Soul!
Thank you for stopping by to share your thought provoking insight!
In HIS Love, Grace, Joy Peace & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 14, 2011:
"We all need Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord! In order to be saved from sin reigning in our lives! Jesus purpose on earth was to show others the Way to Salvation! Our purpose in life is to show others the Way to Salvation through Jesus Christ!"
God extends HIS righteousness to everyone... We in turn must accept Jesus Christ into our hearts!
Jesus answered" I AM THE WAY and THE TRUTH and THE LIFE! NO one comes to THE FATHER except through ME!" John 14.
Thank you for stopping by to share and please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on September 12, 2011:
DeBorrah: Thank you for this enlightenment. This is a very interesting and intriquing peice. You make mention to the Myan belief that "life as we know it will come to an end." Hmmmmmm!? Here's a little food for thought for you. Every second of time that passes, life as we know it comes to an end and newlife begins, second by second, day by day.
Guesswho on September 11, 2011:
what about the Buddah? and Mohammed? and the bagra vita?
surely you cant think you are the only righteous ones on the entire Earth. Father made all men in his image, so they are as much the Father's chosen ones as you are!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on July 29, 2011:
Lady Summerset, Welcome! I start each day with “This is the DAY that the LORD has MADE! Let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it” I truly believe that each day is a gift from the LORD! He can call any of us home at any moment… Death can knock at the door of an unbeliever or believer in a split second . This is why we must continue to spread “The Gospel of Jesus Christ” His Word is True! “The Lord’s return is imminent!” Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Lady Summerset from Willingboro, New Jersey on July 25, 2011:
Greetings to All, the writer, DeBorrah and all readers and commenters.
Just my two cents. The hub is truly thought-provoking and I wanted to add just one more thing. We don't know the time or the hour that the Son of Man shall return, we should ALL be getting ready.
However, we must be reminded that as we walk through life we don't know at what hour we "individually" must walk out of life into life! So, it behooves us to daily take stock of our relationship with Christ that we may be ready whether it is the "taking away (rapture)" or our journey on this side has ended.
Peace and Blessings,
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 30, 2010:
Stars439, There is much inner Peace when you know that your final destination is with the Lord! He certainly does bring much comfort to a weary soul as well! Continue to look to Him, it is in Him you will find much strength! His promise is true "He will never leave nor forsake you."
You are quite welcome! May His Joy & Peace be with you! Thank you for visiting and sharing, In His love & Blessings!
stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on March 30, 2010:
Dear Mr.s DeBorrah Ogans: God made me, so he may take me in all his Grace whenever he pleases, and I will still love our Lord as long as life is within me. God has brought me so much comfort in times of great sorrow. God has been my pillar to embrace upon when I have been so weary.
Our Lord has given us all so much when he gave us life. Thank you for this important hub. God Bless you dear heart.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 26, 2010:
Cristina327, Yes! We are to live in expectation of God's imminent return! Yes the signs are evident! Thank you for visiting and sharing such wonderful insight and words of encourgement! You are quite welcome! To God Be The GLORY! In His Love & Blessings!
Cristina Santander from Manila on March 25, 2010:
Great hub, a great reminder to all of us. Truly as christians we should live in the light of the imminent return of the Lord. No one knows the exact hour but of the seasons we can discern from the signs that it will not take very long before Christ soon return. Thank you for sharing this DeBorrah. Maranatha !
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 25, 2010:
UlrikeGrace, There is so much in Revelation! I am so glad that this was helpful...
That is a great point, "if we would just take what we do know and implement that into our lives we would have more than enough to occupy us til He comes never mind fretting about what we don't know." Amen!
Thank you for visiting and sharing your wonderful comments. In His love & Blessings!
UlrikeGrace from Canada on March 25, 2010:
Very good hub Deborrah...it took me a while to read it and take in all that you have laid out before us...but it was worth the time and effort. Revelation is always hard to understand, but if we would just take what we do know and implement that into our lives we would have more than enough to occupy us til He comes never mind fretting about what we don't know.
Bless you for your dedication work to His truth
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 24, 2010:
Disappearinghead, I think you have a valid point “I don't think much of the church seriously believes that Jesus could return at lunchtime today.” The Word tells us to be prepared as though He were to come at anytime... This tells me that we should live in anticipation of His arrival at anytime; not as though it is far off or "5 years from now!"
Yes, these are the lasts days, however; “A Thousand years is but one day to the Lord!” II Peter. We are on God’s timetable… We are to “be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24. “Earthquakes, volcanoes, war, famine, pestilence, death and extreme weather has been happening for 2000 years” Yes these are all signs according to the Lord’s time it has only been 2 years. Time is much sooner than one might think …. Only God knows exactly when!
Thank you for visiting ands sharing! Please do come again, Peace & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 24, 2010:
Habee, Amen! I so agree! Thank you for stopping by...
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 24, 2010:
Skye2day, It is always a pleasure for you to stop by! Your Joy and Love for the LORD always shines through!
It is so wonderful to know our Hope is in the Lord! But yet we realize that the world does not always share the Biblical perspective... Yes the time is near, but we TRUST GOD!
I will visit your hub...
Thank you for visiting, In His love & Blessings!
Disappearinghead from Wales, UK on March 24, 2010:
I don't think much of the church seriously believes that Jesus could return at lunchtime today. It looks at Revelation trying to find world events today that fit the visions. Hence paranoia about chip implants for example, or a rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. Things like world governments, building of temples, etc take some years to set up. So as long as the chuch is looking for such things, it believes we can live daily with say at least 5 years notice.
Earthquakes, volcanos, war, famine, pestilence, death and extreme weather has been happening for 2000years. We shouldn't read anything into Haitian earthquakes or global warming. In the 18th century there was a mini ice age. No doubt then people thought this was a sign from Revelation.
Holle Abee from Georgia on March 23, 2010:
I really don't worry a lot about 2012 - God is in control!
skye2day from Rocky Mountains on March 23, 2010:
Hello Debborah How are you precious one? What an awesome writing you did here. Very powerful. I love how you kept it simple to understand in truth and wisdom. Very Nice. Glory to God. No we are not robots. Nor did we come form apes.
Bless you for doing this work. I know God smiles favor on you. I pray this reach's many sister. I needed a refresher and this has Blessed me. I am linking out.
My Love. Time is near, How exciting. In 'His' name.
Visit my new hub 'to Love Larger" Hugs + + +
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 23, 2010:
Jill of alltrades, So glad you are inspired! I am always inspired by your wonderful photography! Yes! We really must TRUST GOD! Thank you for taking the time to visit and share!
In His love & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 23, 2010:
Lady E, Although a bit solemn! It is meant to inspire Hope! There are many who continue to attempt to predict a certain day... This is contrary to the WORD! No one knows...
We do have the assurance of His awaited return! So we live to please Him... "This is the DAY that the Lord has made! Let us REJOICE and be glad in it!"
Be encouraged when the time comes those who remain will be "Caught up to meet Him in the air..." I Thessalonians 4
Thank you for visiting and sharing, In His love & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 23, 2010:
Sciantel, Yes! No one knows when the exact time will be...
When you TRUST GOD you do not have to be afraid! You realize that "His WIll must be done," In the meantime this is why it is so important to take some time spending it with the Lord meditating on His WORD! When we see Him face to face He will not be a stranger...
Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 22, 2010:
Itakins, Amen! I so agree! "We know not the day nor the hour"
What is important is we do know Him! We can be assured knowing that His WORD is being fulfilled and everything is under His control! He really is what life is all about it is in Him we discover our purpose! Yes, "LORD Help Us All..."! In His love & Blessings!
jill of alltrades from Philippines on March 22, 2010:
DeBorrah - you are truly an inspiration for coming up with this hub.
You are right, we have to remain prayerful and to just put our trust in the Lord.
God bless you!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 22, 2010:
Saintatlarge. Great Point about Daniel & Ezekiel and others… The Lord does still reveal things as He always has… If an alleged prophetic vision or dream does not come to pass you know it is not from the LORD! We must always seek TRUTH! I am sure to many that it seemed ludicrous to the world that Noah was building the ark but the flood came…We can be confident in the validity of the Lord’s WORD!
“About tribulation... ask anyone who is a Christian in China, India, Turkey, Russia, or any of the many Muslim countries about tribulation and they will tell you they live it every day.” This is a very good point! The Word of God is continually being fulfilled. Earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, Mexico, tsunamis, flooding, volcanoes erupting and extreme weather conditions all throughout the world…. We as believers need to remain prayerful and continue to meditate on His Word! Our hope is in the Lord! Thank you for sharing your insightful and helpful comments! In His love & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 22, 2010:
Dj Braman, God truly is good, I pray that I continually grow in His grace….There is much PEACE knowing that we prepare by living for Him every day! We know when that time comes we will be with Him! This is why we encourage others to get to know the Lord now! We walk in the Light, our path is illuminated by the Light of His WORD!
I have heard numerous discussions and concepts as far as the tribulation… I must say that I am ignorant as far as pre -trib, mid - trib.... I don’t believe anyone really knows. I do believe that there is much tribulation about us now…. As the Word says “No one knows the day or the hour!" I listen and continually ask the Lord to open my understanding, increase my discernment, and seek Him above all else…
Thank you for visiting and sharing your thought provoking comments. In His love & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 22, 2010:
Rev Lady, Having a personal relationship with the Lord is so very important as you already know! As we grow spiritually we grow closer to Him, desire to live more to please Him….
“It pleased God in His love and mercy to keep some knowledge hidden, reveal some, and some for us to learn through the reading of His Word and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and through those He gave special prophetic abilities.” Amen!
We are living in some interesting times. I think it is important for us to always examine our thoughts, and actions in the Light of God’s Word! Knowing that He has a purpose and a plan He has created each one of us for. Yes! What is happening in Israel is very significant to the fulfiling of Bible prophecy...
I too am so very thankful that the Lord has allowed us to learn through this “venue” as well. We know that “All things work together for the Good to those who love God….” This is why we have Hope knowing that as we live to please Him and encourage others to do so as well everything is under His control!
Thank you as always for your spiritual insight! May the Lord continue to keep you in His love & care! Blessings!
Elena from London, UK on March 22, 2010:
Hmmmh... very solemn, but we need to know this. I was worried when reading the beginning of the Hub as you were referring to the end of the world being noted as 2012. I was thinking "surely, she doesn't believe its a set date". I'm glad you later wrote that no one knows.
It is coming soon though, what with how situations are deteriorating. Human wise, planet wise, financial wise, infact everything-wise.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 21, 2010:
PeacemHim, Revelation truly is a most interesting book! I recommend that one reads it over and over, there is an endless spiritual well here... I have heard many express their fear. But we have no need to fear but only ask for the Holy Spirit to open our spiritual ears and eyes! We can be certain of our Lord's return! But no one knows exactly when that will be...
I am sure you have learned much in you faithful studying… Yes! You are right we all need to be watchful of the many signs about us as well as Israel! Thank you for sharing your insight! In His love, Peace & Blesssings!
Sciantel on March 20, 2010:
It also says in the Bible we do not know the hour, meaning He has made it that we cannot predict.No not even the Son Himself, but only the Father knows so us predicting is not the same as His true time. I will not be afraid because I belong to Him whenever He has planned for the end to come, it is just the beginning for us true believers of our eternity with Him..
itakins from Irl on March 20, 2010:
Certainly ,I believe we are in the end times,as is evidenced by so many world events.
We know not the day nor the hour.Lord help us all.
Saint Lawrence from Canada on March 20, 2010:
Hi D. i went back and read your first part and intro to Rev.
What i find most interesting is how easily we accepted, Daniel, Ezekiel, and John's experiences by Holy Spirit intervention, but throughout church history any one else suggesting that they have had, pictures, visions, revelation, dreams, have often been thought of as weirdos and to refrain from associating with such people. And yet this is part of Kingdom gifting. I remember in the mid 70's how strongly people were thinking then about Jesus return and we saw many books in the marketplace with various depictions and thoughts. David Wilkerson being only one of dozens. There is always controversy in this area, especially when the media gets any hype and can run with a doomsday message. As you have so well stated, consider the time of Noah. Jesus also stated about the times of Noah. Being aware and ready as the wise virgins will be key.
About tribulation... ask anyone who is a Christian in China, India, Turkey, Russia, or any of the many Muslim countries about tribulation and they will tell you they live it every day. We cannot measure what we have not experienced in the NA Church or the churches in peaceful countries and say that there is no tribulation going on. There has been tribulation since the first outpouring of the gospel. Our forerunners in those first few centuries thought Jesus was returning even then. (i don't mean to ramble) We do need to get a handle on what, "the Spirit is saying to the church", and have our spirit tuned in. Thank you for a thought provoking read. Blessings, L.
djbraman on March 20, 2010:
You have gifted discernment my Sister in Christ. That touched my soul to about Patrick Geryl, because so many are going to prepare as he is. The redeemed do not worry about preparing for such things, because Christ will come for his church, and when that light goes, the earth will be dark indeed. The real question is will he come pre-trib, mid-trib or the end of tribulation? There is a lot of debate about that. I'm curious about what your discernment on that is!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on March 19, 2010:
Creativone, Thank you for stopping by to share! There is Peace when we know that God has everything under His control! It is important to spend time in the Word this really helps increase our spiritual discernment!
You are quite welcome, thank you for your kind commenmts! In His love & Blessings!
RevLady from Lantana, Florida on March 19, 2010:
It pleased God in His love and mercy to keep some knowledge hidden, reveal some, and some for us to learn through the reading of His Word and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and through those He gave special prophetic abilities. I agree with peaceinhim, that we need to keep an eye on Israel as prophecy is intrinsically connected with the elect people. But also, just watching the changes in our world that seems to reflect biblical predictions and fatalities.
As He is coming as a thief in the night, we do not want to be found unprepared. Actually you phrased it best:
"Knowing that the Lord’s return is imminent we should live in a continuing preparation mode! Seeking Him above all else! God knows our hearts, thoughts, actions and desires! God knows who is pretending and who is not! In the end He will separate the sheep from the goats. He will reveal the wolves in sheep clothing! Jesus is coming back! "
Thank you for a stimulating and judicious message Deborah. I pray God continue to use you to minister to all of us here on the hub as well as to your community ministry. I feel blessed to learn with you through this unique venue.
In the bond of Christian love,
peacenhim on March 19, 2010:
Revelation is one of my most favorite books of the Bible! I've studied it for over twelve years along with the book of Ezekiel and Daniel. Prophecy seems to be lining up with this generation, but as it states in Matthew no one knows the hour, not even the angels in heaven.....but God has given us specific signs. We all need to keep watch, especially as all eyes become focused on Israel. We do not want to be without our oil (anointing, Holy Spirit) like the five virgins and miss the bridegroom. Thank you Deborrah K....for sharing this timely information! In His Love.
Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on March 19, 2010:
Thank you Lady D, for a thought provoking, comprehensive, compelling hub. You're right know one, the time, day or hour, month or year of his coming but God almighy that is exactly why we should keep our spiritual raiment clean and white for the coming of Jesus. Thank you for sharing an awesome hub. Godspeed. creativeone59