Is your Name in the Book?

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By Pastor Jeff,

The bible is said to be 1/3 prophecy with much of it happening right before our eyes. Though you can find prophecy in most of the books of the bible, Revelations and Daniel are books that weigh very heavily if not completely on the prophetic. The book of Daniel is interesting in that the angel of the lord Michael tells Daniel that the understanding of the prophecies would not be understood until the end, Daniel 12:4, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

I believe the seal is removed, Rev 5:1-5, “And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

 I will not take the time to cover the entire set of prophecies in Daniel but the emphasis was on the 70 weeks of Daniel which each week standing for 7 years totaling 490 years of captivity of the nation of Israel in which 69 weeks have been fulfilled leaving 1 week or 7 years left which we call the tribulation period. Daniel also had a vision of the beasts which we also find in the book of Revelations which are represented by the countries of Great Britain, Germany, Russia, and a coming ten nation union of countries to come.

The book of Johns Revelation is different in that we are told to read it, Revelations 1:1-3, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

 So I said all that to get to this in what I want to share with you, I have a passion for end times and especially the mark of the beast in which I have shared before with you the advances  that are being made in the cashless system to come and the identification of all those who are not taken in the Rapture will have to decide if they are going to take or become a martyr for Christ. Revelations 13:11-18, “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

What I want to talk to you is this image, the word image in the Greek means“a likeness, that is literally statue, profile, or figuratively representation, resemblance”

This he then gives it “power” and it exerciseth power that was give him! So, what is this image then? Is it living, is it a hologram of the beast?

Many don’t think two thoughts about all the gadgets that are being advanced that allow you to turn on-off lights, TV, change thermostat, start your car by just your voice, AMAZON’S ECHO HAS MADE TANGIBLE THE PROMISE OF AN ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT PERSONAL VIRTUAL ASSISTANT IN EVERY HOME.

A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE HAS VOTED IN FAVOR OF A DRAFT REPORT THAT PROPOSES GRANTING LEGAL STATUS TO ROBOTS, CATEGORIZING THEM AS ‘ELECTRONIC PERSONS’.

AI in Hollywood has been glamorized for years, does anyone remember, Bicentennial man, Johnny #5, I Robot? “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon,” said Musk. “In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like, ‘Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon.’ Doesn’t work out.” Elon Musk

If you want to see how far robots and AI has come just search “Chinese AI reporters” Is this what John witnessed and wrote down in the book of Revelations as the image of the Beast? My purpose is not so much to scare you or use fear to get anyone in the kingdom of God. But if that works so be it, eternity is a long time to not make sure today your name is written in the lambs’ book of life. You must be Born Again, and there will be no excuses!

Is Your name written in the book of life?

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What About Fasting? part 3

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By Pastor Jeff,

Matthew 6:16-18, “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”

Fasting should never be used to place focus on you but with all things we adhere to it should bring glory to Jesus Christ. When it comes to fasting many will ask the question, “how long should I fast?” Some will say a day, three days, a week or like our Lord Jesus Christ we should fast forty days. My comment is God honors what ever you do in the area of prayer and fasting, it could be one meal, multiple meals, multiple days or forty days if God is calling you to do that. I will caution that any long fast should be done only under the direction of the Holy Ghost, I see no where in the epistles that fasting was something done often or long term. It should be done with a sincere heart, for the purpose of drawing closer to God, and for determining direction in your life.

Luke 18:9-14, “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

The next question many have is what constitutes a fast? Some will contend that the only true fast is that you consume water only during the period you have designated. Again my comment is that whatever you sacrifice in prayer and fasting, God WILL honor. If you determine in your heart to give up desserts for a period of time, God WILL honor that, you decide to turn off the TV to read your bible, God WILL honor that! For me whenever I go a couple day fasting I will drink water and fruit juice because I find I lose energy fairly quickly on that. Do you think God will not honor that?

Some of you might of heard of a Daniel fast and lets look at what the bible says, Daniel: 8-16, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king. Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.”

God honored the position these four took as He will with any decision you make to glorify Him. Don’t ever make fasting a ritual or become so entrenched in the act that you leave God out. I remember when my children were young and in school, I was making lunch for them when I was fasting and out of habit ate a potato chip, how horrible, I felt that my whole fast was ruined! When I think of that now, it makes me realize how immature I was and how wrong some of the teacher I received was.

1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

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