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.

BAKB book pic

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

CHALLENGED BY ISIS BRUTALITY: SYRIAN MUSLIMS FIND JESUS

Syrian Christians have shared how they converted from Islam to Christianity after witnessing the brutality of Islamic extremist groups like ISIS, who carried out barbaric acts in the name of Allah.

Members of the recently-established Church of the Brethren in Kobani  — the first local Christian place of worship for decades — shared with NBC News how Christianity appealed to them after living under Sharia law.

‘Christianity was the religion I was searching for’ said Farhad Jasim. Farhad, 23, who works as a mechanic, converted to Christianity late last year. He told NBC he was jailed by ISIS for six months in early 2016 after the militants discovered he didn’t know the basics of Islam. During his time in captivity, he was tortured and forced to read the Quran.

“After I witnessed their brutality with my own eyes, I started to be sceptical about my belief,” Jasim said.

After hearing about the Church of the Brethren, which opened in September and is part of a denomination that dates back to 18th-century Germany, Jasim decided to visit: “It didn’t take me long to discover that Christianity was the religion I was searching for,” he said.

Jasim told the outlet his family has rejected him because of his newfound faith and expressed hope that one day, his loved ones will not only forgive him but embrace Christianity, too.

“If ISIS represents Islam, I don’t want to be a Muslim anymore,” he said. “Their God is not my God.”

Firas, a 47-year-old farmer, told NBC he converted to Christianity after living under ISIS for two years. He recalled how militants would terrorise anyone who didn’t adhere to their particular brand of Islam.

“I saw men and young teenagers being whipped on the streets because they were caught smoking. I saw dead bodies of young men being thrown from high buildings for being gay,” Firas said. “This was their Islam.”

“If heaven is made for ISIS and their belief, I would choose hell for myself instead of being again with them in the same place, even if it’s paradise,” he added.

While ISIS was driven out of the city, located along the Syrian-Turkish border, over four years ago, converting to Christianity remains taboo  — and even dangerous — in the Muslim-majority region. Persecution watchdog Open Doors notes that even in more secure parts of Syria, Christians who have converted from Islam face pressure and discrimination from their communities. Kobani is home to about 300 Christians, according to estimates.

Omar, 38, who serves as church administrator, said that even before ISIS overtook the region, it was strictly forbidden to change religion from Islam to Christianity. But under ISIS, converting to Christianity “wasn’t even imaginable,” he said, adding: “ISIS would kill you immediately.”

“Most of the brothers here converted or come to church as a result of what ISIS did to them and to their families,” he said. “No one is forced to convert. Our weapon is prayer, the spreading of the spirit of love, brotherhood and tolerance.”

The story of Farhad reminds me of the Muslim taxi driver I met recently when I took a taxi from my home to Sydney, (Australia) airport.

When I got into the taxi, I noticed that the mandatory photo, driver’s name and taxi registration number was not on the front windscreen. A proverbial “red flag” went up and I felt led by the Lord to ask the driver his name. The way I said it was “my name is Ron, what is yours?” It was obvious from his response, he did not want to tell me. I persisted and he eventually blurted out. “it’s Mohammed and I am ashamed to be a Muslim.”

Woops! “Why is that Mohammed?” I said. He asked me if I had seen this picture. He could not get the image out of his mind and the thought that Allah would want these 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded because they would not renounce Jesus. I felt led to respond with, “You know what Mohammed, God calls us to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbour as our self.” I then put my hand on his shoulder and said, “God calls me to love you Mohammed”. Well, I almost didn’t get to the airport. Mohamed cried out “That’s it! That’s it! and we almost mounted the footpath. It was like the light went on for Mohammed, this is the God I want to serve. When we got to the airport, Mohammed did not want me to go so I gave him my business card and told him to contact me when he was next in the area where I live.

How many other Muslims must be wrestling with the same issues about a god of death, definitely not a god of love.

GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED – JUDGEMENT IS ASSURED

An extreme new abortion law in New York allows abortions until BIRTH and allows non-doctors to perform abortions.  Outrageously, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) ordered that the spire on the One World Trade Center be lit in pink to celebrate this abortion law “victory.”

“And they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it.  Woe to their soul!  For they have brought evil upon themselves.” ~ Isaiah 3:9

The law not only allows abortions until birth and non-doctors to do the abortion; it removes the killing of the infant as a crime, thus preventing pregnant women whose babies are killed in violent attacks from seeing justice.  It also repeals the requirement that a second physician be on hand in the event an attempted abortion past 20 weeks yields a live infant.
“We have a president who’s made it very, very clear that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins declared before the vote. “Today, here in New York, we are saying no ….and we’re not just saying no.  We’re saying that here in New York, women’s health matters.  We’re saying here in New York, women’s lives matter.  We’re saying here in New York, women’s decisions matter.”

Except that this doesn’t include the health, life or decisions of any woman in the womb!  What hypocrisy!

Ms. Stewart-Cousins, you are a promoter of DEATH.  You are running hard in the race to debase life, neck and neck with Senator Gillibrand running to be President, who is also pro-death.  In the spiritual warfare this nation is now engaged in, you are a tool of the anti-Christ spirit.  You have enshrined infanticide in New York.
This evil action will bring further judgement on this nation and New York in particular. We need to pray and

Pastor Jeffrey Daly, Founder and Director of the National Day of Repentance  www.repentday.org has provided the following prayer: GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED

In Jesus/Yeshua’s Holy Name, we confess this sin of abortion in our nation.  There seems to be a race to debase life.  There is a spirit of death loosed, like the spirit of Molech, wishing children to be killed as in a fire.  Promoting Death is ultimately the death of our nation.  Our hands are stained with innocent blood.  Lord Jesus You are the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE.  Please forgive us.  Under Your Name above all names, under Your Precious Blood, and under Your authority, You give us Your Light.  Help us remove this national stain of death.  Replace these legislators, shamelessly legislating sins and celebrating death.  Let us also each individually repent of what we have done to allow this evil to flourish under our watch.  In Your Mercy and Wisdom help us return to Your Covenant, Your Divine Plan for this nation.   Move on the minds and hearts of our leaders to see the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged.  Move them to call for a day of prayer, fasting and repentance. ~Amen and Amen.

HOW ARE YOU LIVING YOUR LIFE?

Do you live by human wisdom and worldly power?

Jesus Christ did not leave us to live out this human existence in our own wisdom and power. Jesus made it possible for our Heavenly Father to send the Holy Spirit to indwell all believers. This is what it means to be born again and enables us to walk in true power beyond human reasoning.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 2: 1-2, 5 confesses to the Corinthians that he knew lofty words or brilliant ideas would not convince anyone of the truth of Christ. Rather, he focused solely on the cross of Christ with simple words and language. Everything else was up to the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul knew it was futile to trust in human wisdom. Yet much of church culture—has lost that heart of dependence on God alone. We build our programs and train our leaders to cater to the consumer mentality of attracting people through creativity or entertainment. We forget that our human wisdom is so limited and naive. Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life. By His work on the Cross, our Heavenly Father has sent the Holy Spirit to be our Counsellor, Teacher and Comforter. He will guide our steps, produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives: love, joy peace, faithfulness, kindness, gentleness, goodness and self control. He will also provide all nine gifts of the Spirit for ministry as we need them.

Jesus wants to live His life through us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Will you submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life or will you quench His work and grieve Him?

Pray accordingly for yourself, family and the church.