CHURCH IN THE LAST DAYS

According to a 2016 time study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34% of the workforce works on the weekend. The U.S. workforce is approximately 160 million. That means over 54 million work on the weekend. That’s staggering. Moreover, this situation will be mirrored in most developed nations.

The two fastest-growing demographics working on weekends are entrepreneurs and those with more than one job. The rise of the entrepreneurial society and the gig economy virtually guarantees this weekend workforce will increase, probably substantially.

If someone works either day, Saturday or Sunday, they are not likely to attend Sunday services. For Saturday workers, Sunday becomes their day off after a tough work schedule.

The reasons for not doing weeknight services are rarely theological. If your church has Sunday-only service or services, you are missing out on reaching one of three working persons. I really don’t think most church leaders realise how huge this number is.

The weekend workforce is not a future trend; it is a staggering present reality. Some churches will adjust and seek to reach these workers. Sadly most won’t.

As most readers of my post know, I believe in the last days the persecuted church will be like that described in the Book of Acts, like it was in China during the time of Mao, like it is now in Iran and many of the other Muslim countries. As well, pastors like Francis Chan have already discovered large churches are not focused on training up disciples who are then in turn capable of training up more disciples. Small groups of people totally committed to one another as they were in the early church is the model that is capable of completing the great commission.

RABBI ARI EXPLAINS YOM KIPPUR

By: Rabbi Ari Enkin, Rabbinic Director, United with Israel

Yom Kippur is a time when we are forced to focus on our mortality. We take inventory of what we have done. We evaluate our ‘spiritual worth.’ Just like Yom Kippur is the day of judgement, so, too, we must prepare ourselves for the ultimate Day of Judgement. And that is what I want to focus on in this article.

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PREPARING FOR THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT

We also make use of Yom Kippur to recommit ourselves to leading a life worth living. We recommit to being good people whose lives are filled with meaning. We also want to ensure that we get ourselves the ‘best seats’ in the World to Come.

The Talmud tells us that we will be asked four questions when we one day reach heaven.

The first question is “Have you been honest in your business dealings?

But make no mistake, it doesn’t merely refer to our honesty in money-related dealings. It also comes to include the questions: “Were you honest in your relationships? Were you a good neighbor? A good husband? A good father? Were you honest and did you give all your endeavors your best effort?”

The next question will be “Did you set aside time for Torah study?”

This too, is a much more loaded question than meets the eye. It comes to include such things as: “Did you pursue education? Did you strengthen your Judaism? Did you seek knowledge or did you prefer ignorance when it came to Torah observance? Did you live by the Torah’s values? Did you teach your children our heritage”?

Then we will be asked: “Did you try to have children?”

This, too, is of course, a loaded question. But it is so much more than that. It also includes: “Did you spend time with your family? Did you treat your wife properly? Did you try to provide for those dependent on you to the best of your ability?”

And finally, there is the question: “Did you look forward to redemption?”

I would suggest that this includes: “Did you work hard to build a better future for yourself and those around you? Did you give up when things weren’t getting tough or did you try, try, and try again? Did you support the State of Israe,l which represents Jewish redemption in our day?”

As we enter Yom Kippur it is these many question that should be on our mind. May we be able to give Him the right answers.

SOLUTION TO GLOBAL WARMING/CLIMATE CHANGE

The agenda of “global warming,” which has now morphed into the more generic-sounding name of “climate change.” This name change came about after several brutal winters of Arctic Polar Vortexes which made it seem all the more ridiculous.

The solution to this problem is to refocus on God, REPENT, and allow Him to “hear from Heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land.”  Until we call out for God’s Hand, secular “wisdom” and false science will prevail.

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:13-14

When will we realise, God is sovereign and nothing occurs on this planet without Him allowing it to happen. Moreover, we invariably get the leaders we deserve so that we can see the inevitable outcome of Satan inspired leaders such as Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Osama Bin Laden. In the not to distant future God will have His Son, Jesus, on the throne ruling with a rod of iron from Jerusalem. “His Kingdom will come and His will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

SHEEP AMONG WOLVES – CHRISTIANS IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES

The video below, Sheep Among Wolves, sub titled, Chronicles of the Persecuted Church, will challenge Christians living in the West.

Islam is the great challenge of our day particularly for the church. Christians know that God is greater than Satan but are challenged by seeing God and His values being rejected by society and much of the church compromising with the world’s values.

Fortunately, God raises up the David’s to knock down the giants Satan is using, just as David killed Goliath. This video shows us God is still raising up the nobodies to be somebodies in His Kingdom in countries where Christian persecution is rife.

Are we willing to offer up our bodies as a living sacrifice for Jesus? You will learn in this video, that it is a necessary step for Christians living in Muslim countries where they are facing intense persecution.

Isis is revealing the real face of Islam. Where is the love of God in Islam? The God who tells us to love our neighbour as ourselves.

My recent experience with a Muslim taxi driver is worthwhile sharing here.

I had booked a taxi to travel from  my home to Sydney’s domestic airport. The taxi driver looked a Muslim and I felt led by the Holy Spirit to get in the front with him. Immediately, I noticed that the mandatory picture of the driver with his name and licence number was not visible above the front windscreen. I was concerned that he may not be a licensed taxi driver, although a taxi meter was present and operating. A quick prayer, led me to ask him his name so I  said, my name is Ron, what is yours?  He did not want to tell me, but I persevered, and he eventually blurted out, my name is Mohammed and I am ashamed to be a Muslim. Wow! what do I say Lord? My response was simple, why is that Mohammed? He said, he could not get the image of the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya by ISIS militants out of his mind nor could he understand why they did it in the name of Allah. What next Lord? All I said was, Mohammed, God calls us to love Him first and then to love our neighbour as our self. Then, I put my hand on his shoulder and said, God calls me to love you Mohammed. The response from Mohammed was dramatic, he took both hands off the wheel and cried out, That’s it! That’s it! It was like a light had turned on for Mohammed, this is the God he wanted to serve. Mind you we almost ran up the footpath. When we got to the airport Mohammed did not want to leave me. I gave him my business card and told him to call me. How many other Muslims are like Mohammed questioning the Muslim God of terrorism?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVING ETERNAL NOW

My purpose for Living Eternal Now is to encourage people to start living with this focus.

When the disciples asked Jesus: “How should we pray?”. Jesus gave us The Lords Prayer.

All Christians know it, and pray it, but when we pray “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” how many of us really seek to play a part each day in making that happen – Jesus Kingdom on earth and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. How difficult it is to say, as Jesus did to the Father, “not My will but Yours be done”

Even for me at age 82 I find it difficult to stay away from worldly distractions, particularly time wasters such as TV. What about you?

Avoda or Avodah is the Hebrew word for work, worship, and service so work is God ordained, it is just how we conduct that work which is of interest to God.

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For those that have read About Me, on this site, you will know that God equipped me for business and even now I am on the Australian Board of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce and author of the book Build a Kingdom Business – Empowered by the Holy Spirit (available as an ebook on Amazon and a paperback edition is available from me for a donation to cover postage, email ron@bakb.com.au)

My current project, as some of you are aware, is providing sermons and videos for the end times church on http://www.powerpointsermons.net. There are a lot of power point sermons already up there but I believe God has shown me that I need to actually present the sermons and put them up on YouTube.

I prayed about which one to do first and I believe it is ISRAEL – HISTORY & PURPOSE. Initially, I thought BIBLICAL INERRANCY but no, God wants me to start with Israel and I can only think that as Israel is central to all that God does, and in fact the Antichrist does, in the “last days” that this is the reason.

When it is finished I will put it up on livingeternal.net and would appreciate your input on it. If you think it is beneficial, I would appreciate your help in promoting it, and http://www.powerpointsermons.net.

FORMER HOMOSEXUALS CHOOSE CHRIST AND HOLINESS OVER SIN

Governments legislating it is illegal to present God’s truth about the homosexual lifestyle should have attended the Washington Freedom March where Millennials and Gen-Xers stood together, unified with a voice that declared freedom is possible through Christ. The message is what so many need to hear but has been so quickly shunned. It lacks popularity but is packed with power. Christianity is not a group that we join because we agree philosophically. It is something we become a part of because the actual spirit that raised Jesus from the dead takes up residence in us, to become our counsellor, teacher, and comforter as we confront the impossibilities of life.

Participants in the 2019 D.C. Freedom March.

They stood together, each one with their own story of how Christ came into their heart and gave them a brand-new life. These young people were vibrant and energetic. Their enthusiasm was clearly visible as they shared their testimonies of coming out of darkness into the marvellous light of Christ. 1 Peter 2:9 says in the Message Bible, “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”

This march represented so much more than just a group of people gathering to share their thoughts. This was a march in the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. This was a true declaration that Jesus is not dormant or dead. He is very much alive and able to change lives.

While the LGBTQ community has no hesitation in parading its doctrines and agendas before anyone, this Freedom March gave the ex-homosexual a clear voice. They were able to declare openly, right in our nation’s capital, that the lifestyle they once embraced was not God’s will for their life or anyone else’s life. They were able to freely stand up and say that they chose Christ and holiness over all of their sins.

There were no hidden agendas. Everyone was accepted. There were so many people from all cultures and nationalities. Everyone was important, no matter what titles they held or didn’t have. The love and respect for each other was so apparent.

They spoke for the countless people who were not able to march and could not attend. They spoke for the person struggling with their sexuality. They spoke for the person who is gender disoriented and insecure. They spoke for the cross-dresser and the transgender. They spoke for everyone and anyone who is unsure of themselves and unable to find love and hope. They marched to show that there is hope and there is unconditional love available through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Freedom March declared to everyone that our God is not dead. He is very much alive in anyone who will allow Him to come in. No one is refused. No sin is too ugly or vile. Jesus stands with outstretched arms for everyone (Ps. 136:12). That is true freedom, and it is only found in our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.

IS AMERICA ON THE BRINK OF CIVIL WAR?

If you have not viewed this video already then can I suggest you do. It fits with what God has revealed to me about “end times” and I believe what Rick Joiner says, has an authenticity about it that is hard to manufacture.

Rick Joyner dreamed about America’s history—past, present and future.

“It was so dramatic and so important, the content and message of the dream,” Joyner tells Sid Roth. “I felt in some ways that my whole life had been a preparation for receiving this dream, for understanding it and for being able to convey it.”

In the dream, Joyner says he was able to see U.S. history from heaven’s perspective.

“And it was very different, radically different,” Joyner says. “We say there’s fake news, but there’s fake history out there to that’s been, I think, coloured by prejudices, by political opinions and things like that.”

Joyner says it was also a revelation for God’s purpose for our country.

THE TWO WITNESSES OF REVELATION 11

Nelson Walters takes a Sherlock Holmes approach to Scripture to determine the Who, What and When of the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11. He does a thorough and credible job of proving that Moses and Elijah are the best two candidates. You will need almost an hour to watch the video. Can I suggest you view it with your Home Group, so that you can discuss it further. You will all benefit from hearing each others take on the video. Also, please let me know what you conclude. I must admit Nelson convinced me of the identity of the two witnesses. I will need to spend more time on the exact timing of their ministry.

INCREDIBLE DESIGN OF THE HUMAN GENOME

Marine Biologist Rob Carter explains the four-dimensional genome and what this means for design.

The latest evidence on the four dimensional genome, which includes dynamic programming, makes intelligent design the only possible explanation for its existence. Evolution by random chance is nonsense. Listen to the excitement in Rob’s voice as he explains the amazing complexity of the four dimensional genome. The level of design is “mind blowing”. It can only make you think how amazing is our God. He is worthy of our praise and adoration.

Why does  academia, the establishment, reject intelligent design and all that entails? There is only one possible answer: they cannot countenance God, their creator and all that entails.

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NATIONS ARE BEING JUDGED AND CATASTROPHES WILL INCREASE

Four National Apostasies which guarantee that a nation will be judged by God.

1) Innocent Slaughter

2) Sanctification of Perversions

3) Removal and Replacement of the One True God from our public square

4) Curse Israel.

If we are living in any “westernised” country today, we can clearly see that #’s 1, 2 and 3 ensures God’s judgement.

People gather in Lafayette Park to witness the White House being lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. Gay and lesbian couples in Washington and across the nation are celebrating Friday’s ruling, which will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintain them. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Current events indicate that judgement has started in the U.S.A. and it will only escalate.  They are slaughtering innocents and now even celebrating it in lights.
  • They sanctify perversions (gay marriage) and attempt to confer upon it the holy, God-ordained institution of marriage.
  • In the USA being LGBTQ is not aberrant behaviour: record number of states are banning conversion therapy.
  • They attempt to scrub the public square of any reference to God Almighty, even attempting to remove Him from their oaths.
  • With Israel being pressured on all sides to give up more land, this might be the final move by the USA in the interest of a false “peace.”

The USA led the world in catastrophes last year. Racking up an overall damage cost of $16.5 billion, the devastating and deadly Camp Fire that ravaged California in November was the world’s costliest natural disaster in 2018. It was California’s deadliest on record with 86 fatalities. It stood out for its ferocity.

In second and third place last year were Hurricanes Michael ($16 billion) and Florence ($14 billion). Florence dumped heavy rain across the Carolina’s in September, and Michael tore into the Florida Panhandle in October. Michael, which had a wind speed of 155 mph at landfall, was the fourth-strongest hurricane on record to hit the USA. It reduced the small town of Mexico Beach, Florida, to rubble.

These are the beginning of “birth pangs”? Matthew 24: 8, Mark 13:8