And at the time of The End, shall the king of the south push at him (Israel); and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
He shall enter also into the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries; and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end and none shall help him.
Daniel Chapter 12
And at that time shall Michael stand up, The Great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people and there shall be a Time of Trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the Book.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to Everlasting Life and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to Righteousness as the stars forever and ever.
BUT THOU, O DANIEL, SHUT UP THE WORDS, AND SEAL THE BOOK, EVEN TO THE TIME OF THE END; (WHEN) MANY SHALL RUN TO AND FRO, AND KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED.
Friend, we've all heard about the End Times and many know about The Tribulation Period; but how many understand even the smallest thing about The Tribulation?
The Holy Bible, which is the Word of God for us, to help us know Who God is, to learn about His Law, and where we stand in the grand scheme of life on earth, mentions the Tribulation period more than 60 times.
Jesus Himself said in Matthew 24:21 "...... Great Tribulation, such as was not, since the beginning of the world, to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
So we find here that this is a first for this world; The Great Tribulation. It hasn't happened here, before.
It has been planned by God, even previous to Jesus coming to our world to make a Way for us to be reconciled with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God found it necessary and knew it would be necessary, knowing all things from past eternity to future eternity.
This tells us that we are part of a Process of Law written by God.
We live it.
It indicates that God owns us; our spirit. He created man and woman. He created the world we live on. He owns all things. He is the God of All Things. There is nothing He does not know!
Everything that happens is known to Him. He is all-dimensional. Seeing everything. Remember this about Him!
The Tribulation is mentioned many times throughout the Bible. Scholars say The Tribulation is mentioned only second to that of Salvation itself.
It is called many things but in effect, it is The Tribulation.
The Day of Alarm; The Day of The Trumpet, The Day of Thick Darkness, The Day of Gloominess, The Day of Desolation, The Day of Distress, The Hour of Trial, The Wrath, The Hour of Judgement are some of the words ascribed to what man today calls, The Tribulation.
Friend, God has prophesied to us throughout the Bible and most of those things have come to pass. The remaining ones are for the future; but He has warned us, or prophesied to us in The Holy Bible pages, so we may understand and know the times.
These prophesies are not easy to understand but with the help of The Holy Spirit, we will read and hear through Christian scholars and pastors of the flock of believers, things The Spirit gives to them when they and we, study The Bible and their writings.
We learn that when the Tribulation begins, immediatly Jesus appears for His Second Coming to the world.
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Friend, many of us wonder how some people become a believer.
I recently read a testimony from someone who said that the Holy Spirit was able to enter his psyche through, "the crack of an open wound."
How true this statement is for many of us believers.
We live a life of abandonment to evil ways, and we deny the call of our Lord, but one day, when we are brought to our knees in the miry clay of our lives; unable to go on, not knowing which way to turn, locked up in prison or mental ward, wounded with open sores on our bodies, hearts and minds, He enters and begins to teach us, reveals Godly ways to us; and convicts us our sinful ways.
And funniest of all, we don't feel condemnation from Him, we are joyful, we sense forgiveness, we begin to heal, we walk a finer line.
We recognise others as human; those who our God loves also.
Friend, do you have open wounds today?
Have you been ungodly, walking in sin, treating others badly, lying, stealing, hurting others?
Allow the Spirit to reveal the Love of Jesus, Who will never leave you or forsake you; but guide you into a very personal relationship with Him as Counselor, Friend, Saviour of your soul.
Friend, do you know that the prayers for you, lifted to the Lord by other people; relatives, friends and strangers does avail much for you - even if you do not believe?
Many are the times we tell others of our sorrow, needs, complaints and someone will pipe up "I'll pray for you friend," or "I know of good Christian who will pray for you."
These prayers are heard by God and some relief may be felt by us, the needy person.
But, friend. The prayers for oneself spoken to God from the broken one in despair; at the end of their rope; do produce action from Jesus The Healer, Protector, our Hope and The Truth; some of His many Names of which He answers to.
He runs to the lost and hurting sheep; gathers it in His arms and brings it back to the fold to be tenderly cared for.
Don't we all need this?
The prayers of others sometimes have helped us but nothing like it will be when we humble our "self" to Him; admitting that He is Master of all things, Creator of all things, Knower of all things and able to do the impossible for us.
His Way is one of Perfection and Beauty.
The finesse and the intracity of the tapestry He weaves to bring about the impossible in our lives is Overwhelmingly Beautiful to behold. We come out the other side of our "problem" and realize His hand was at work for us the whole time!
While we were going through the problem we saw small victories yet the problem may not have immediately gone away. But we continued on praying and praising Him through the prompting of our heart by the Holy Spirit and one day, there was the problem, solved!
This is why we see Christians crying. There are not enough words to describe what He does with the messes we have made to give us a whole life again in Him.
The Joy that is inside us, our heart overflows with thankfulness.
He is available to anyone of us on this earth yet many run from Him, ignore Him, disrespect Him!
If only we would be teachable, willing to believe in an Amazing God!
Friend, many humans justify themselves, to themselves and find this "mind justification", a way for them to go on throughout life; justifying all things to the mind, agreeing with their own thinking, beleiving they alone are the judge of their own actions and thoughts.
God says this is foolish and they only fool themselves!
This is what unbelievers do who have never had any connection with Christianity. Brought up in an atheist home; brought up not believing in any supreme being; never attending a Christian church; never experiencing prayer; never wondering what life is all about; just accepting that we live and then we die; nothing comes after this life!
Yes, many times others believe them; get fooled by them, and add to the credibility of the those who have fooled themselves into believing what they have "figured out."
Their numbers grow daily.
But, who is the foolish one?
Aren't we all really?
Let's look at the one who thinks he/she is fooling God.
The Bible tells us that God's thoughts are above ours. We cannot see what He sees. We have not set Law in place. We are not Holy in all our ways.
Friend, God cannot and never will be fooled.
He plumbs the depths of our heart and mind.
He is the owner of our soul, and it is He Who will judge the soul; what it did and didn't do while on the life journey on earth.
He has made known His Law within us.
We come equipped to know when we sin.
Tests, personal tests, trials, tribulations come and go; wars and strifes we collectively experience; disasters of flood, famine and fire beset us, all allowed by God.
How does God allow these things but not instigate them?
God is a King above all other kings which ever were and will be.
The Bible says satan is the Prince of the Power of the Air on this earth.
He has Power but is subject to God.
He can control with his power, allowed by God, whatever happens on this earth.
However, God limits him at times. He has to get permission.
God allows some things, knowing what satan is trying to do ( take souls from God) yet agreeing and also knowing He will make a Way, for all of us; yet only some will take The Way preferring to go their own way, which leads to satan culling their soul for his own purposes. They die in unbelief or live with bitterness and anger against a God who they do not believe in, but who "should have helped" them, not realizing that it takes a surrender to God's Sovereignity and Authority because satan has hidden this fact from them.
God in His Word shows us that He will make a sweet outcome for us if we allow Him, and do not allow satan, to overtake us.
In these times of commotion, calamity and disaster tragedies we should say, "enough of this please Lord of all things, help me a sinner who needs your Mercy, Grace and Forgiveness! I am weak and helpless and need Your Strength to get through this. Show me you are here with me! Deliver me from this lion's den, Almighty God! I am undeserving and unworthy yet Your Son has His hand outstretched to me like a brother. Help my unbelief and fill me with your Passion!"
This is where God will meet you and show you the Way, make a Way for you and deliver you from the clutches of satan. No longer will you be considered a lost soul under satan's command, but a born-again believer under the Great and Mighty Wings of the Trinity of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In these times of need we open our hearts to God and He will meet us there.
Before we were foolish enough to think we could play games with satan, and God allowed us the Free Will to do it because that is His Law which governs this world.
But when we call to Him in our sad state, our agony, our distress, He immediately answers because our heart is in the right frame for Him to respond; we have given up our free will!
No, we cannot fool God!
Friend, the unbeliever has an expectation that they wil be told to "Enter in," at the Judgement.
Many of them think that God has forgiven them therefore they will be told to "Enter in."
Others believe that for all the good they did on earth, even though never recognizing Him, they will be told, "Enter in."
Even others believe that if they show "shocked amazement" that He is, Who He said He Is, God will instantly forgive them, because they believe they really lived a "good" life and how could they have known that He really existed!
Some will probably try to argue with God; after all, they argued with everyone on earth believing themselves to be smarter than others. Why not see if it works with God!
But, see, God does exist.
He had proved to the billions of believers who are witnessing the Judgement in Heaven, that "He exists" when they were alive on earth, but those arguers would not see or hear or know Him then.
Our souls want us to not be like any of those souls who denied the existence of God.
Our souls tried while on earth to communicate with us about Holy God, but we would not pay attention; brushing those "feelings" (Holy Spirit convicting us) off, as quickly as they came upon us.
Unbelievers resist walking in faith.
They want to see God crucified right in front of them; even though their unbelieveing hearts would still not believe but find another excuse - not born of a virgin, I didn't see a real life miracle, only a carpenter's son, no proof, no proof, no proof they will say.
But God has showed them the universes and the Great Precision of what He has created in everything that we see from the tiny baby to the plant life that grows and things beyond the stars.
It's never enough for an unbelieving heart.
But one day, hopefully The Holy Spirit can grab that person with something that "speaks" to them, and they too have the opportunity to be "Born again of the Spirit" like the Bible calls for.
Yes, it can happen to the most wicked individual!
Because if it doesn't the Bible says in Proverbs 10:28 The expectation of the wicked will perish.
Job 8:13 The hope of the hypocrite shall perish.
Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace says my God for the wicked.
Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked.