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James was always mocking the bible and Christians in general. Several people, who were Christians, tried to tell him about the end-time rapture when Jesus would come in the air to take His bride away. James thought the whole notion was folly and a fantasy generated from the bible and in the mind of these fanatical Jesus followers. They warned him the time was upon us and to accept Jesus as His Savior before it was too late. James would have none of it. Then one morning he woke up to the biggest shock of his life.

Josh would you go talk to someone else about your crazy, heretical Christian ideas? Josh had been speaking with James about the end-time rapture and trying to reason with him to become a Christian. Time on the earth as they knew it would be ending soon and all the believers would disappear to meet Jesus in the air. For 6 months straight they had been pleading with James to open his heart to Jesus and ask Him to be His Savior but James resisted them to the bitter end. James typical response was Dont give me that baloney about the second coming of Jesus because the earth is millions of years old and it will continue for millions of years to come. I dont believe the bible, in God or in Jesus. My attitude is the rapture is a fantasy written by Christian heretics who had nothing better to do with their time than to write a lot of religious nonsense in the greatest fiction tale of all the- bible.

James was so blind and his heart so covered in darkness to obvious truth that the Christians just stop talking to him and never brought the subject up to  him again. Sometime later James ran into to Josh again this time Josh said nothing about the bible or the rapture or anything along those lines. Josh arent you going to hammer me with your religious garbage like you usually do? James I am done talking to you about Christianity and the events leading to the second coming of Jesus. All you have to do is read the newspaper or watch the news and you will see that the time for his coming is ripe; and read the criterion Jesus told his disciples would be manifesting on the earth right before he is supposed to meet His church in the air. In fact, every Christian James ran into did not talk to him about the bible anymore. Great he thought finally I can have peace from these Christians.

The next morning the skies were dark with ominous, low hanging dense black clouds. Oh well looks like another rain storm is coming in. Little did James know a storm was coming upon the earth far beyond any he could imagine or would there be anything like it to ever occur on the earth again. Eagerly he scampered into the kitchen expecting both his parents and his two sisters to be sitting at the table eating their usual Saturday morning ham and eggs breakfast. This time with his family was the highlight of his week. To his surprise they were nowhere to be found nor were there any ham and eggs on the table. The chairs around the table had not even been moved from the night before, MOM, DAD, CHRISTY,ALICE anybody here? He combed every inch of the house looking for them; the house was eerily empty like no one had lived in it for years. James was a very logical thinker so he tried to figure out what happened to them. He thought of every possible scenario he could but none of them made any sense. He scratched his bushy, fiery, red hair then decided it was time to get dressed and get to the bottom of their unsuspected disappearance. He lopped some icy cold water on his round freckled face.  He shot outdoors and to his dismay his neighborhood was silent.

Usually, on Saturdays the street was filled with kids playing and fathers mowing their lawns or working on their cars. Typically, the older children would be zooming up and down the street on their bikes or playing baseball or some other favorite game in the middle of the street. There was no activity to speak of.  James rubbed his eyes in disbelief he looked up and down the street. All he saw were a few other neighbors looking up and down the street in terror as he was. James felt a sick feeling rise from the pit of his stomach to the base of his neck. His body became rigid and he was full of terror. Oh no he thought were those Christians right?  He remembered the verse all of them use to reference when they were talking to him about the rapture. He ran back into the house and grabbed the family bible off the coffee table. He frantically turned to I Thessalonians 5:17 these words jumped off the page After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. He screamed at the top of his lungs WHY DIDNT I LISTEN TO THEM!

 

 

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Thessalonians 5:17

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God’s Anger

Amos 8:1-12          1  The Lord God showed me a vision, and behold, there was a basket of overripe summer fruit.  2  He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel. I will spare them no longer for the nation is ripe for judgment. 3 On that day, the songs of the palace shall turn to wailing,” says the Lord God. “There will be many dead bodies; in silence they will throw them everywhere.” 4 Hear this, you who trample down the needy, and do away with the poor of the land,  5  “When will the New Moon festival be over so we may sell grain, and the Sabbath ended, that we may open the wheat market, making the ephah (measure) smaller and the shekel bigger (that is, selling less for a higher price,) and to cheat by falsifying the scales.  6  We may buy the poor (as slaves) for silver (since they are unable to support themselves,) and the needy for a pair of sandals, also that we may sell the leftovers of the wheat (as if it were a good grade of grain)?”  7 The Lord has sworn (an oath) by the pride of Jacob, “surely I shall never forget (nor leave unpunished) any of their rebellious acts. 8 “Because of this (coming judgment) will the land not quake and everyone mourn who dwells in it?  Indeed, all of it shall rise up like the Nile, and it will be tossed around (rom the impact of judgment) and (afterward) subside again like the Nile of Egypt.  9 “It shall come about in that day,” says the Lord God, “that I shall cause the sun to go down at noon, and I shall darken the earth in broad daylight.  10  “ I shall turn your festivals and feasts into mourning and all your songs into dirges (funeral poems to be sung); and I shall cause sackcloth to be clothing for everyone,  and baldness on every head (shaved for mourning).  I shall make that time like a time of mourning for an only son (who has died), and the end of it shall be like a bitter day. 11  “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “when I will send hunger over the land, not hunger for bread or a thirst for water, But rather (a hunger) for hearing the word of the Lord.  12  “People shall stagger from sea to sea (to the very ends of the earth) and from the north even to the east; they will roam here and there to seek the word of the Lord (longing for it as essential for life), but they will not find it.

Daniel 12:1  1 “At that (end) time Michael, the great Arc Angel, who stands guard over the children of your people, will arise.  There will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until the distress; but at the time of distress, your people, everyone who is found written in the Book of Life, will be rescued.    Matthew 13:43  43 Then the righteous (those who do what is right) will shine forth radiating the new life like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear and listen to My words.      Daniel 12: 4-10   4 conceal these words and seal up the scroll until the end of time. Many will go back and forth and search anxiously (through the scroll), about knowledge of the actions of God as revealed by His prophets.” 5 Then I, Daniel, saw two men standing by the river, 6  one on each bank, and behold, there stood one man on this bank of the river and the other man on that bank of the river.  One man asked an angel, who was standing further upstream, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” 7  The angel, dressed in linen,  held up his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and a half a time (three and a half years); as soon as they finish shattering and crushing the power of the people, all these things will be finished. 8  I heard, but I did not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these things?” 9 The angel said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are concealed and sealed up until the end of time. 10  Many  persons will be purged, purified (made whole) and refined, but the wicked will behave wickedly. None of the wicked shall understand, but those who are spiritually wise will understand.         Daniel 11:33-35  33 They who are wise and have spiritual insight among the people will instruct many and help them understand; yet for many days some of them and their followers will fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder. 34 Now when they fall they will receive a little help, and many dishonest persons will join with them. 35 Some of those who are spiritually wise and have insight will fall as martyrs in order to refine, to purge and to make those among God’s people pure, until the end time; because it is yet to come at the time appointed by God.          Daniel 2:11-12.   11 From the time that the regular sacrifice, the daily burnt offering, is taken away, to the abomination of desolation, the ruining the temple in Jerusalem for worship of the true God, there will be 1,290 days.  12  How blessed, happy, fortunate, spiritually prosperous, and beloved is he who waits expectantly (enduring without wavering) for the period of tribulation comes to the 1,335 days!      

 Daniel 11:31-32    31 Armed forces of satan will arise (in Jerusalem) and defile and desecrate the sanctuary, the spiritual stronghold, and will do away with the regular sacrifice, the daily burnt offering; and they will set up an evil altar in the sanctuary.  This is the abomination of desolation. 32 By smooth words they will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.

Daniel 12:13 But as for you (Daniel), go your way until the end of your normal life; for you will rest and rise again for your allotted inheritance at the end of the age.”            Psalm 119:33-40   34 Let me have understanding, that I may observe God’s commandments, and keep them with all my heart.

Exodus 20:1-17  1 Then God spoke all these words: 2  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;   3 you shall have no other gods before me.  4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses His name. 8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. 12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 13 You shall not murder.  14 You shall not commit adultery. 15 You shall not steal. 16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 You shall not covet (desire) your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet (desire) your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.  

Revelation 6:13-17    13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree drops its winter fruit when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll rolling itself up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the magnates and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “fall on us and hide us from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their anger has come, and who is able to stand?”

Mark 13:24-27, 30-33   24  “In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened,  and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, 26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27 Then He will send out the angels, and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven 30  I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.

Mark 13: 5-6, 9-11, 13, 21-23   5 Then Jesus began to say to them, “be aware that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in My name and say, ‘I am He!’ and they will lead many astray.   9 “As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of Me, as a testimony to them. 10  God’s word  must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of God will take over.  13 You will be hated by all because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 21  If anyone says to you at that time, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘Look! There He is!’—do not believe it.   22 False messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23  Be alert; I have already told you everything.        Revelation 12:10,12,17   10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Messiah, for (satan,) who blames our comrades, has been thrown down, who blames them day and night before our God.  12 Rejoice then, you heavens, and those who dwell in them! But pain and agony to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great anger, because he knows that his time is short!” 17 Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.         Revelation13:1,4-8    1  I saw a beast rising out of the sea.  The whole earth followed the beast. 4 They worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to this beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like this beast, and who can fight against it?” 5 The beast was given a mouth uttering arrogant and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6  It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7  It was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.  It was given authority over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the Lambs book of life

Revelation 13:11-18   11 Then I saw a second beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12  It exercises all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and it makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of all; 14  By the signs that it is allowed to perform on behalf of the beast, it deceives the inhabitants of earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived; 15 It was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, (this does not include those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life,).  17  Persons cannot buy or sell unless they have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name 666.

Revelation 11:2-12   2 Do not measure the court outside the temple (in Jerusalem;) leave that out, for it is given over to the evil nations, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months.  3   I, Jesus Christ, will grant authority to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days (three and one-half years), dressed in sackcloth.”   4 These witnesses are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth. 5  If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouth and devours their enemies; who must be killed in this manner. 6 These two witnesses have the power from God to shut up the sky,  that no rain will fall during the days of their prophesying about judgment and salvation; and they have power over the waters (seas, rivers) to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every (kind of) plague, as often as they wish.  7 When they have finished their testimony and given their evidence, the beast that comes up out of the abyss (bottomless pit) will wage war with them, and overcome them and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie exposed in the open street of the great city (Jerusalem), which in a spiritual sense is called by the symbolic and allegorical names of Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 Those from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not allow their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.   10 Those non-believers who live on the earth will gloat over them and rejoice; and they will send gifts, in celebration, to one another because these two prophets tormented and troubled those who live on the earth.  11  After three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear and panic fell on those who were watching them. 12  The two witnesses heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they ascended into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.  13  In that very hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell and was destroyed; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were overcome with terror, and they glorified the God of heaven since they recognized His awesome power.

Revelation 14:9-13   9 Then another angel, a third, followed them, shouting in a loud voice, “Those who worship the beast and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or on their hands, 10 they will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of his anger, and they will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.  11 The smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image and for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”  12 Here is a call for the endurance of God’s chosen persons who are successful, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith in Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”          Revelation 16: 2, 8-162 The first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and foul and painful sores came on those who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped its image. 8 The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to burn evil people with fire; 9 They were burned by the fierce heat, but they cursed the name of God, who had authority over these plagues, and they did not repent and give him glory. 10 The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in agony, 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and they did not repent of their behavior. 12 The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up in order to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw three evil, spirits like frogs, one coming from the mouth of the dragon, one coming from the mouth of the beast, and one from the mouth of the false prophet. 14 These are demonic spirits, performing signs, and move abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.   15 (“I, Jesus Christ, will arrive  like a thief!  Blessed is the one who stays awake and is clothed not going about naked and exposed to shame.”) 16 And the armies assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armagedon.           Revelation 19:19-21   19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against the rider (Jesus Christ) on the horse, and against His army.    20  The beast was captured, along with the false prophet who had performed in its presence the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 The rest were killed by the sword of the rider on the horse, the sword that came from his mouth.

 Revelation 16:17-21   17 The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18  There came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a violent earthquake, such as had not occurred since people were upon the earth, so violent was that earthquake. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities in the nations fell. God remembered great Babylon and gave her the wine-cup of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island disappeared, and no mountains were to be found; 21  Large  hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, dropped from heaven on people, and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, so terrible was that plague.

 Revelation 20:2-15  2 An Angel seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let out for a little while. 4 Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him a thousand years 7 When the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth with all evil forces to be gathered for battle against Jesus Christ; they are as numerous as the sands of the sea. 9 They marched up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city  (Jerusalem) . And fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10 The devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 11 Then I saw a great white throne and the one who sat on it; the earth and the heaven disappeared, and could not be seen anywhere. 12  I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their deeds as recorded in the books. 13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it.  In Death and Hades, evil forces, many of the dead were found in them.  All evil dead were judged according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades evil dead were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; 15 and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.        Revelation 21:1-3, 7-8    1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them, the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all the evil teachers, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

“God’s Anger”  is written by Ronald Edwin Matteson, an 87 year old Christian,

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sabbath day He was merely imitating His Father who was continually active in mercy and love on His Sabbath day. God had stopped creating, but he was still busy in a many different ways. Thus, the Sabbath means that God's creative activity has ended.
 
After the mention of the Sabbath in the creation account there is no mention of it again until God instituted the covenant of the Law 430 years after He had made the covenant of grace with Abraham (Genesis 12 – 17). In Exodus chapter 20 God said the Israelites were to rest from their labors one day out of every seven,  and they were to give the same day of rest to their servants and animals:
 
“(8) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. (11) For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. −Exodus 20:8-11
 
God gave Israel the Sabbath command so that they would remember His 
creation work and his work of deliverance (Exodus 20:11, Ezekiel 20:12). The Ten Commandments and the rest of the Law were given to Israel to show them (and the other nations) how God’s covenant people were to live. They constantly labored trying to obey the numerous do’s and don’ts of the Law to make themselves acceptable to God. They couldn’t keep all the do’s and don’ts of the Law so God provided several sin offerings and sacrifices which would allow them to come to Him for forgiveness and restore fellowship with Him, but it was only temporarily. When Jesus came everything changed. He eliminated the priesthood and all the sacrifices for all. 
 
I am constantly amazed at God’s wisdom. The more I study the Word of God, I realize how brilliant He is in giving us types and shadows of Christ throughout the Old Testament. Shadows point to something else. When you see a shadow, you know there is something casting it. Jesus is the substance casting the shadow. A type and shadow in scripture 
is a person or thing in the Old Testament that foreshadows a person or thing in the New Testament. A few for examples are:

  • Adam is said to have been a type of Christ in that he was the representative of humanity (Romans 5:12-21).
  • Abel is shown to be a type of Christ in that he was the first one to suffer for righteousness sake (Matthew 23:34-35).
  • Noah was a type of Christ in that he served as a sort of “second Adam.”
  • The Bronze Serpent was a type of Christ. (John 3:14)
  • The manna was a type of Christ. (John 6:32-33)
  • Incense was a type of Christian's Prayers (Revelations 5:8)
  • Animal Sacrifices were a type of Christ's sacrifice (1 Corinthians 5:7)
  • Sanctuary or Temple was a type of Our physical bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • Priestly Robes were a type of Christian's good deeds (Revelations 19:8)
  • Sabbath Rest was a type of Heaven (Hebrews 4:3-11)

 
Jesus Himself told the Pharisees in John chapter 5, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” Look what Hebrews 9:8-10 tells us, “ By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation..”
 
Like most of the ceremonial laws of Moses, had New Testament anti-types the Bible calls the Sabbath a shadow and an anti-type. Hebrews 10:1 says, “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.”
 
Hebrews 10:12, says “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.” Jesus after performing the ultimate sacrifice, ceased from His labor of atonement.


Colossians 2:16-17 says, “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” Paul says we shouldn’t let anyone judge us for keeping the Sabbath and we shouldn’t let anyone judge us for not keeping the Sabbath. The reason being is that the Sabbath was a shadow of something to come. The substance, or the thing that the Sabbath was pointing to, is Jesus Christ.
The Sabbath is only a picture of the true and greater rest found in Christ (Hebrews 3:7-4:11).

Because of what Jesus did, we no longer have to “labor” in law-keeping in order to be justified in the sight of God. Because of Jesus, we can rest in God and in what He has provided. Jesus is our rest, so it doesn’t matter whether you go to corporate worship on Saturday or on Sunday, because that’s not what really matters. What really matters is that you find your rest in Christ! And you can (and should) do that every day of the week!

Author Angeline Williams  Added On 04/03/2019
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  Lift Up Your Head for Your God Is A Restorer
 

I went through something this week and even though I was okay with the outcome, I was deeply hurt. I felt like several years of my precious life had been wasted. I felt like a failure and a fool, and I was angry. I was now in a city alone. I was shocked and afraid. I sat for hours at my desk crying and wondering what to do. I was 250 miles away from family in Miami and almost 500 miles away from family in Atlanta. I knew I had to get rid of what I was feeling, so I took all those emotions and feelings to the Throne of Grace.

I thank God that I know Him and that He is a present help in time of trouble. Father God plainly said, “Lift up your head daughter, for I am a Restorer. I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten… and I will heal you”.

Then He said to read the scriptures Joel 2:21-26 and Jeremiah 30:17 and personalize them. Look at what God said to me: 

"Fear not, Angeline; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten… and ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed." -Joel 2:21-26

”For I will restore health unto you Angeline, and I will heal you of your wounds, says the LORD; because they called you an Outcast, saying, Angeline, whom no man will seek after.” - Jeremiah 30:17

Instantly my tears of sorrow turned to joy and I could do nothing but rejoice and praise my loving Father! Earlier that day in my carnal thinking, all I could see was that I am now middle-aged, and no man will want me now, but clearly, God did not and does not see me this way. He has a plan to restore!

Restoration is the primary theme in the Bible. It is demonstrated throughout God's Word. It’s what we need from the moment we enter the world. It was Jesus’ purpose for coming… to restore mankind back to God.

Restore means:
  • to reinstate, re-establish, bring back, return, refurbish, renovate, repair, make amends
  • make an end, finish, full, give again, make good, (re-) pay (again), (make) (to) (be at) peace,
  • recompense, render, require, make restitution, reward,
  • return to its original or usable and functioning condition. 

In all the years I’ve known God, I have come to know that He will always do what He says He will do. It might take a minute because our belief has to catch up to His Word, but His Word will NEVER return void. I don't know how He does it, but He does it. The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. (Luke 18:27) Whatever the enemy has tried to take away from you, God wants to restore it and make it better than before. That’s just the kind of Father He is.

Life happens… we all will be tempted, hurt, wounded, oppressed, depressed, and so on at some point in life. However, here is the key… we can complain and remain in the same awful condition, or we can praise God and be raised up. Every day we have to make a choice to stand on what God says.

Lift Up Your Head for Your God Is A Restorer!
God wants you restored spiritually, emotionally and physically. Be encouraged. Place your trust in the Lord. Look to Him only and surrender your life and your future to Him for God is a God of Restoration.

I pray you will gain the understanding of Christ that will not only bring you the restoration you are seeking but move you further into His plan for your life. Thank you for standing with me, for drawing from me and for seeking the Lord for His purposes to be fulfilled in you and in us in these last days.

God has blessed us all with Jesus Christ,
Author Angeline Williams  Added On 04/02/2019
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  Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?
 
Some people don’t want to be healed or happy. They love to have pity parties because they love the attention they bring. I had someone call me for prayer one day. I began to pray and while I was praying, this person was talking to people in the background, not even listening to me pray so that they could agree with me or hear what I was praying for. Holy Spirit said stop they don't want to be healed. Then I understood why Jesus asked the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, "Do you want to be made whole?" (John 5: 5-9) . 
We know that Jesus could see through to the heart, so when Jesus approached the man and asked if he wanted to be made whole it was a legitimate question. Just because someone has a sickness (in any area of life) doesn’t mean they are automatically really ready to be free. You've heard the saying, “misery loves company.” Sometimes there's a comfortable misery in repetitive failure. The familiarity of the known is more comfortable than the uncertainty of the unknown. In the book “I Don't Believe In Fairytales” I discuss the spirit of sabotage.

The dictionary defines sabotage as to deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage. Sabotage is the devil’s primary goal against the things of God. He is the master of sabotage, with a particular mission to get you off course with God. Sabotage and unholy strongholds have the same goal. Both evils work to block people from experiencing the things of God.

Some people have held on to anger, resentment, and the “victim” mentality so long until it has become their identity, not realizing they are blocking the blessings that belong to them. When we hold on to past hurt, we can actually sabotage our own success. The Lord can do nothing for the person who is not willing to be helped. Sabotage and unholy strongholds have the same goal, to block people from experiencing the things of God.

There are times when we struggle to break out of hardship and unpleasant situations, looking for help in the wrong direction. We look for help from friends and families, but because families and friends need help themselves, they are unable to help. When we don't get our desired result, we become discouraged and give in thinking it is our fate without making an effort or trying harder.

Wholeness hinges on your decision. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”  In Revelations 22:17 He says, “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” He offers the chance for a better future in this life and in eternity (Matthew 19:29). Will you take advantage of it?  Is there anything that you are holding onto that is blocking your blessings? Will you be the head and not the tail? Will you be above and not beneath? Will you have your household saved? Will you be what I have said in My Word that you can be?

In the book “Put The Word In Your Mouth”, I candidly share how God taught me the importance of agreeing with Him and speaking what He speaks. Are you facing circumstances that seem impossible? Do you need healing in your body, a financial breakthrough or a fresh touch from God? Are you blocking your blessings? God’s plan for your life is good, not evil!  Whatever you need, the answer is in God's Word. It's time to live the abundant life Christ died and rose for you to live! It's breakthrough time! ​Grab your copy today!!!
Author Angeline Williams  Added On 04/02/2019
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