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The Two Minute Warning

I have of late been truly drawn to, been intent upon, writings explaining Scriptural prophecy concerning the Last Days. I remember hearing a pastor at my church, who has often very effectively taught on the subject of Last Days prophecies, say that although this subject intrigued him and although he was drawn to study the topic – he did not want to come across to his listeners as an “End of the World” fanatic.

But throughout His Word God speaks of the last days. Throughout the writings of the Old Testament prophets (Daniel, Joel, Isaiah), in the Gospels (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21), Thessalonians, and, of course, Revelation) we are told of the inevitability and the severity of the End Times.

There are so very many helpful sources we can look to in order to better understand the times we are living in, to recognize the fulfillment of prophetic utterances in our day, and to be spiritually prepared for the Second Coming of our Lord:

– Joseph Morris is a traveling evangelist and teacher who the Holy Spirit has equipped to edify the Church on End Times events. His website – the End of Days Update provides weekly video updates on current events that are clearly tied in with Biblical prophecy. It is quite an eye-opener to realize the abundance of fulfilled prophecy occurring day in and day out in these last days. (http://edu.josephmorris.com)

– Jonathan Cahn has written two very powerful books regarding Biblical prophecy and Israel’s role in End Time events – The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah. Both are truly must read books for every Christian. The Lord expects us to be prepared (Matthew 25:1-13, 1 Corinthians 1:7).

I will not attempt here to teach on these aspects of End Time prophecy. God has gifted and instructed others to .build up and edify the Church in this regard. I strongly urge you to take advantage of the above mentioned sources. We:

…wait and watch {constantly living in hope} for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and {His} being made visible to all. (1 Corinthians 1:7)

Make yourself aware of God’s purposes in these days, of His prophetic utterances concerning the times we are now living in. Attend and be watchful. Let your increased understanding of the times instruct you as you seek to honor and obey God daily. For I do know this. Through my studies, and with the help of brothers in Christ like Joseph Morris and Jonathan Cahn, there is very little doubt that we are privileged to be the generation to see the return of the Lord. Not only are we to make ourselves aware of these things, it must be informing our day to day behavior and pursuits. Petty irritations, self-involved pursuits, controversies that “foster strife and breed quarrels” (2 Timothy 2:23), anger, resentment, unforgiveness – who wants to be found stuck in the sludge of any of these emotions upon the return of our Lord?

Let us look always to our Lord Jesus and seek to understand God’s purposes for our lives. Let that take priority over all else that would distract. The time is truly short. Live each day as if this is the day Jesus will return for His Church.

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It is Written – Part Two

Keith Moore, in his book God’s Will to Heal, gives us an insightful and very helpful analogy about the profound and life-changing practice of daily time spent in reading the Word of God.

“Your mind doesn’t have to understand all of it to get the benefit any more than you have to understand the chemical make-up of a piece of cornbread, or the molecular structure of a biscuit, to get any nourishment and strength from it.” (pg.15)

In the same way that your body benefits from the nutrients in food (whether or not you understand the chemical and digestive process – your body still derives the benefits), so every Word of God is filled with power for your spirit and your life. When we attend to It, when we read It in faith that It is truly Him speaking to us, in wonderful ways that our Father has established, His “alive and active” Word (Hebrews 4:12) nourishes us.

Matthew 4:4 – Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

God’s Word feeds you spirit. Reading the Bible every day feeds your spirit (the very essence of who you are). That same verse in the Message Bible says:

It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.

God teaches us of the extreme importance of paying attention to His Word:

Attend to My words; consent and submit to My sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

And once His Word is read in faith and is established in your heart:

Keep and guard your heart with all diligence and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

There is no word of God that is without power.

Isaiah 55:10-11 – For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes forth out of My mouth; It shall not return to Me void {without producing any effect, useless},but It shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and It shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

In the same way that rain is essential to sustaining plant life, God’s Word is essential to our spirit life. God’s Word intentionally and purposefully nourishes our spirits. We diminish our strength, forego our nourishment and well-being and opt out of the life God extends to us when we do not approach His Word with the faith and the honor and reverence that says – “This is my daily portion. I must partake.”

2 Timothy 3:16- Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, {and} for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action.

The Word is alive with power! Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-4, 14). That Word, Jesus, is “upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty Word of power”. (Hebrews 1:3) That mighty Word of power is there for you every day. (Upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling you!)

Keith Moore again:

“People don’t see the value of the Word. They don’t see the reality and the power of what this can do in their life. They don’t see how desperately they need it.” (pg. 19)

Let’s truly understand the intrinsic value and power of God’s Word. Let’s be encouragers of one another, and teach our children about this valuable, life-giving Source. God’s Word is our daily medicine.

It is Written -Part One

Throughout His letter of love to men our Abba teaches us about the power of the spoken word. As His children, created in His image, “after His likeness” (Genesis 1:26), we are to be imitators of our Father; we are to “copy Him and follow His example” (Ephesians 5:1). God,

[Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the non-existent things that {He has foretold and promised} as if they {already} existed. (Romans 4:17)],

demonstrates that reality throughout His Word. From Genesis to Revelation what has been promised is fulfilled; what is prophesied manifests; what is foretold must take place.

By faith we understand that the worlds {during the successive ages) were framed {fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose} by the Word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things that were visible. (Hebrews 11:3)

From the very beginning (Genesis) God demonstrates to us the power of the spoken word – “Let there be…” (Genesis 1: 2, 6, 9, 11,14, 20, 24, 26) – and then gives us that word, intending that we be co-creators along with Him. For when we speak out God’s Word in faith, He honors that faith, is well pleased by that faith, and sees to its fulfillment. It was always His intention that men and women of faith, the Body of Christ, the Church, would emulate His example, and Jesus’ example, and speak forth His Word into every situation to usher in the Truth, the power, the light, and the standards of the Kingdom of Heaven into daily lives.

…for You have exalted above all else Your Name and Your Word and You have magnified Your Word above all Your Name. (Psalm 138:2)

Our God is ever faithful to His Word and “He confirms the word of His servants” (Isaiah 44:26). In other words, He says, “I am alert and active, watching over My Word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12) He provides the promise in His Word, we speak forth that promise in faith – we trust in, lean on, and rely on that Word – and He brings it to pass. His character is on the line here! His commandment to us is that we put Him in remembrance of His promises and keep not silence. (Isaiah 62:6) There seems an urgency in that directive, an expression of its vital importance. And when we obey Him in this, He then confirms His faithfulness and brings into manifestation our spoken word of faith.

Jesus said, “Have faith in God constantly” Do not doubt at all in your heart. Believe that what you say will take place. “Believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you and your will {get it}.(Mark 11:22-24)

Speak forth God’s Word – His promises to His children – with the understanding that our Abba’s Word is “alive and full of power{making it active, operative, energizing and effective} (Hebrews 4:12). He has established that to be true. He has created His Word to be a supernatural force; a “self-fulfilling power” (Isaiah 61:11).  Let this Truth guide your discourse and establish your word choices. Tap into this powerful life changing force. Honor and obey your Abba’s ways of doing and being right. Let “It is written” become “It is spoken”.