"Time flies and it does not return. Years pass and we never get them back. It's the one thing that can never be restored," wrote Pastor Colin Smith in a recent post at The Gospel Coalition. "Yet, God promises the impossible: 'I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten' (Joel 2:25)."
So many feel that much of their lives have been wasted. Is there hope that a promise originally made to the people of Israel can be applied to us today? Yes, says Pastor Smith. Our fruitless, painful, selfish, loveless, rebellious, mis-directed, and Christ-less years can be restored in three ways:
Why are so many plagues hitting the United States all of a sudden? Yes, one can always point out bad stuff that is happening somewhere in the country, but right now we are facing a nightmarish combination of crippling drought, devastating wildfires, disastrous viruses, dying crops and superbugs that scientists don't know how to kill. And as you will see, we even have a plague of flies down in Mississippi. So what in the world is going on? Is this just a case of bad luck, or is something else happening? At the conclusion of this article, please feel free to tell me what you think. The following are ten plagues that are hitting America right now...
Lately, I have found myself in very good company. Several other prophecy students and watchmen, along with yours truly have formed a little "coalition for comfort." If you do not have a support group, find one. If you study Bible prophecy and find yourself longing for the Lord to call you to Heaven to be with Him, and those around you are not feeling it...get into a group of like-minded believers.
I cannot tell you how vital it is that believers in Jesus need to be banded and bonded together in these end times. How easy it is for Satan to get into our minds and try to discourage us and deter us from our witnessing and studying as the time nears for that wretched serpent to meet his final demise. So there can be power in numbers—a group who loves the Lord is a mighty fortress (albeit even a small one). Form a fortress people.
Michael Brown cites recent developments pointing to 'gay'-like acceptance
Gay activists constantly tell us that there’s no such thing as a slippery moral slope and that the acceptance of homosexuality will not lead to the acceptance of other sexual practices, such as incest. The facts prove otherwise, and it is clear that we are rapidly sliding down the very slope whose existence they deny.
As I continually chart our society’s moral free fall, the term that best describes our current condition is sexual anarchy, where men can have sex with men just as well with women, where sex outside of wedlock is just as acceptable as sex within wedlock, where marriage doesn’t necessarily mean monogamy and where longstanding social taboos are cast off.
In January, Palmer held the smartphone that recorded Pope Francis calling on all Christians to set aside their differences. Palmer, a bishop and international ecumenical officer with the independent Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, also helped coordinate the pope's meeting with televangelists in June.
In the video, Pope Francis referred to Palmer as "my brother, a bishop-brother," saying they had been friends for years. "Let us allow our longing to increase so that it propels us to find each other, embrace each other and to praise Jesus Christ as the only Lord of history," Francis said.
Grantham pulls no punches when assigning responsibility for the coming financial carnage. In a recent interview with The New York Times, he calls Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen "ignorant" and says the Federal Reserve all but killed the economic recovery.
Grimly, he adds, "We have never had this before. It's going to be very painful for investors."
The congressional leader dismissed the strain on our nations financial resources to care for all the children of the world in troubled areas, saying she believes the U.S. government should look at the children like "baby Jesus," who she added "was a refugee from violence."
Pelosi said, "In Washington, I see an embrace of the idea that this is a humanitarian crisis by people who are not politicizing the issue. What we need to do is have the supplemental that gives us the resources to meet the humanitarian needs, to do the border control, but also to have the judicial piece so that these children have representation and judges to hear their cases. those who have a right to stay, whether it's refugee status or asylum."
How can you survive a terror attack without losing your respect for the humanity of the other side? How can you defeat terror without giving up on your soul?
I was no longer afraid to die, but I was terrified of giving up. I wanted the police to find my body so that the sons of evil would be caught. I wanted to choose my own grave, I wanted that last autonomy. Somehow, gagged, bound, barefoot and bleeding to death, I managed to get up and walk a mile through the forest. I sustained thirteen machete wounds in my lungs and diaphragm, six compound fractures in my ribs, thirty additional fractures, a dislocated shoulder, a crushed sternum and a broken shoulder blade. I found no comfortable grave. Instead, surprisingly, I found help—a couple of families who saved my life.
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Jan Markell and co-host Eric Barger spend the entire hour talking to Pastor Jack Hibbs, one of our conference speakers at "Understanding the Times Fall 2014." Hibbs states that the church is going through "daze" of deception, fulfilling the great "falling away" predicted. People are departing from the faith as predicted. This must precede Christ's return. They also talk current events and Mideast issues. For information on our Fall conference, go here. We use the mobile app found on the Home page of www.oneplace.com.
If you go by the headlines of local newspapers in Israel, the Jews under attack by Hamas rockets have another hidden defense: God himself. The Jewish Telegraph opens with a quote from David Ben Gurion, who once said, "In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles." The article claims that even the Hamas have become frustrated with Israel's miracles: