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Originally posted by houseoftheangels
reply to post by OldCorp
Firstly, it is good to read and learn of your faith which shines very brightly in your words.
In response to your post I offer you my own attitude to the current situatuion in our world today.
There are some very assuring statements in the New Testament about those who belong to God being either spared the Wrath of The Almighty when it does come or that His people will be prepared for whatever tribulation the world inflicts.
Here is an excerpt from the 300's AD by Ephraim: "Why therefore do we not reject every care of earthly actions and prepare ourselves for the meeting of the Lord Christ so that He may draw us from the confusion which overwhelms the world? ...All the saints and the elect of God are gathering together before the tribulation which is to come and are taken to the Lord in order that they may not see at any time the confusion which overwhelms the world because of our sins."
I used to feel scared and full of concern, but I could not maintain that state of mind and slowly through understanding of The Scriptures now I have learnt to put it all in God's very capable Hands. God knows when the time will come for Him to act. Yes, I agree with you that it does seem we are entering the last days before Christ's return and the new age of His reign upon the earth.
I continue to feel for the suffering of my fellow humans whenever that does happen, but now know that I need to be very strong in handling all that this life casts upon us.
Don't worry my friend. Just keep hold of your very deep faith and don't let the world trick you. Christ promised us a place in His Kingdom and those of us who believe can be comforted by that promise.
With every blessing to you and your family.
Originally posted by amatrine
I share your concerns .
I also am a Christian who does NOT believe in the rapture. We are are all born and all die .
Things happen to the just as well as the unjust.
I worry about this daily. Remember though, NO one deserves salvation, it is a gift. We all fall short.
Paul talked about his war with the flesh. It is a battle we all go through. You are not alone.
Just keep up the fight. Many do not battle it at all.
Keep praying. Ask to be spared the horrible things we are about see. God put us here in this time for a reason, so trust him. That is what keeps me sane .
Originally posted by autowrench
he would have come long ago, before the beginning of the fall of Christianity as the masses awaken to a greater truth.
Originally posted by adjensen
Originally posted by OldCorp
One thing that it different now than when the Millerites "Great Disappointment" happened. Scripture tells us that after Israel is reborn, "That generation (that saw it happen) shall not pass away" before Christ's return. We are at the end of a Biblical "generation" since the rebirth of Israel. This could not have been the case with any previous failed attempts at predicting Christ's return.
Well, that passage refers to the budding of the fig tree, which is interpreted to mean the rebirth of Israel. Makes sense, but isn't quite so concrete as saying "within a generation of the rebirth of Israel."
But when I was a bit younger, I belonged to a group of apocalyptic fundamentalists (effectively, there were other things going on, but that eventually became their focus) who were positive that the end would come in 1988, because a generation was 40 years, and that was 40 years after the reestablishment of Israel in 1948. Obviously didn't happen, and I have no idea what became of the group (I wandered off around 1979 or so,) but the generation thing is coming to a head, are we're running out of a reasonable timeframe for what a generation is.
Here's a (somewhat) related thread that I did a while back: A Curious Observation on Biblical Prophecy, which notes that prophecy can be validated only when its mundane aspects are notable. Earthquakes are pretty common, so saying that earthquakes are a sign of prophecy only works when the earthquakes are notable -- by size, frequency, location, etc. A seismic event that broke apart the moon, for example, would be a lot more notable than hearing about 8.0 richter scale quakes around the world.
Originally posted by IAMIAM
Those who walk in the ways of Christ and keep his commandments have nothing to fear for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Those who do not, well they might want to start. Simply believing in his name is not enough, it never was. Keep his commandments.
If you love him, keep his commandments.
If you love him, you will love all.
Pick up your crosses and follow him.
Have no fear.
Originally posted by mayabong
can someone please point me to the part in the bible where jesus says he is coming back?
Originally posted by infojunkie2
this is so true, in fact my pastor preached last night on being lukewarm and commit or quit (be hot or cold)
I would also like to add the reminder of Jesus when he said,'when you see all these things happening, look up your redemption draweth nigh. and we shall not all sleep , but the dead in christ shall rise first and we which are alive and remain shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye and we shall meet the Lord in the air. comfort one another with these words. I also believe that the fact that the original op is concerned about being ready is a good indicator that the Lord is preparing him and the rest of his bride for his return
22And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 29And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.