Roy’s Blog: “Back Home”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/roy’s-blog-back-home/

Isaiah 66:8 “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.”

This prophecy is three thousand years old, and it is remarkable. The prophet spoke of the nation of Israel in the last days of human history. The Lord, through Isaiah, predicted a never before seen event that would start Israel’s prophetic time clock ticking again and would eventually usher in the return of Jesus Christ.

In Isaiah 66, Isaiah prophesied that the country, Israel, would be born in one day and that the nation Israel would be brought back in a moment’s time. This is exactly what happened in New York on the morning of May 14, 1948. By a United Nations’ declaration, Israel reappeared on the map with the stroke of a pen and in one day the world heard announced, “Israel is back home.”

God is able to do great and awesome things–against all odds.

Roy’s Blog: “Last Option”

https://bphowlet.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/roy’s-blog-last-option/

Ezekiel 38:13b “Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”

President Trump has predicted that the Iranian regime will be forced to come to the table to negotiate some sort of peace deal, if he is re-elected president. This suggests that Iran is holding out in case former Vice-President Joe Biden wins in November.

President Trump said, “We’ll see what happens with Iran. I’d say right after the election, within a period of a week, maybe a month, but within a very short period…you’ll have Iran coming back saying let’s get this whole thing worked out…” He went on to say, “Iran is suffering, unfortunately. I don’t want them to suffer, but their economy is tanked.”

Iran is down to two options with President Trump in the White House: One is to say everything they’ve been doing for the past forty years is wrong, forcing a complete turn-around in their government.

Two is to move forward with their plan of taking what they need so badly from Israel–a great spoil–the Gog/Magog pact in Revelation; their last option.

Roy’s Blog: “Don’t Be Afraid”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/09/19/roys-blog-don’t-be-afraid/

Ephesians 3:12 (NLT) “Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of His glad welcome.”

What were the first words the angel said to Joseph when he came to tell him to take Mary as his wife? Don’t be afraid. What were the first words the two angels said when the women came to Jesus’s tomb? Don’t be afraid. What were the first words the disciples heard Jesus say when He appeared to them after His death? Don’t be afraid.

Don’t be afraid. Words spoken so many times in the Bible–Old Testament and New Testament. Those words spoken thousands of years ago are still relevant today.

Mark 4:40 “And He said unto them, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?”

Our world is experiencing a wave of fear. It’s not just from pictures seen on the evening news, but from real life. Go to any grocery store and watch the behavior of people. The fear in their faces and actions is unmistakable. The masses are confused and afraid. It causes mistrust and anxiety.

But Halleluiah, we don’t have to live in fear in Christ. I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.”

Roy’s Blog: “Backs To The Wall”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/09/18/roys-blog-backs-to-the-wall/

Exodus 14:21 “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.”

When the last plague took Pharaoh’s first-born son, he gave in and told Moses to take his people (Israel) and leave Egypt. But, no sooner had they left the city of Ramses in Egypt and headed for the Sinai wilderness, then Pharaoh changed his mind and set out after them. He cornered them at the edge of the Red Sea with their backs to the wall.

Their three options were to surrender and return to Egypt as slaves again; fight with few if any weapons, or try to swim across the sea and probably drown.

God had a different plan. He didn’t call them out only to leave them helpless. He created a giant wind to divide the sea, giving the Israelites a passage across dry ground. After they were across, God allowed the waters to return–after Pharaoh’s army was in the middle of the sea bed. They drowned. They would no longer be pursuing His people. That’s the way God works…making the impossible–possible.

Why wait until your back is against the wall and you have no other options? Call on Jesus today. He will save you and carry you through to safety.

Roy’s Blog: ” The Best Is Yet To Come”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/09/17/roys-blog-the-best-is-yet-to-come/

Psalm 119:19a (NLT) “I am but a foreigner here on earth.”

Life here is a temporary assignment. The Bible is full of metaphors that teach about the brief, transient nature of our lives here on earth. It is described as a mist, a breath, or a wisp of smoke. Barely there and gone within a short time.

In Job 8:9 (NLT) The Bible says, “For we were born but yesterday. Our days on earth are as transient as a shadow.”

For this reason we should make the most of the time we have. Life is too short for us to live in anger or strife against a neighbor, friend, or family member. Let the love of the Lord shine through your life. It could make a difference in someone else’s eternity.

To make the best use of your life here, always remember these two truths:

First, compared with eternity, life here is extremely brief. We can’t even imagine eternity. Everything we know here has a beginning and an end. In eternity there is no last day or hour or minute. Just forever.

Second, earth is only a temporary residence. We are not citizens here. The Lord has prepared you a permanent dwelling place in heaven. John 14: 3 “And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

The best is yet to come–the best day; the best home; the best life!

Roy’s Blog: “A BIG Deal”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/09/16/roys-blog-a-big-deal/

I Thessalonians 5:3 (NKJV) “For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.”

Out of the chaos we have seen in the Middle East today comes an Abrahamic Accord between Israel and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and Bahrain, opening up a new Middle East. This is a really BIG deal.

The UAE has even given the island of Socotra in the Gulf of Aden to Israel. This allows Israel to monitor the Red Sea where it enters the Indian Ocean. This has been nothing short of miraculous. Suddenly, the Arab nations are seeking peace with Israel.

The President has said, “We have peace without blood in the sand.” Quite amazing when you consider the non-Arab nations of Turkey and Iran are both in economic crisis.

What does it mean to you? Why should you care? The Rapture of the church comes at a time of peace between Israel and its neighbors. The Lord is coming soon. Step by step we are reaching that critical moment…the moment when it will be too late.

Roy’s Blog: “You Light Up My Life”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/09/15/roys-blog-you-light-up-my-life/

Psalm 27:1 (KJV) “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

No matter who we are or what we have attained, sometimes the light goes out in our lives. We feel alone and in the dark with our pain. How do we find our way back to the light? How do we take that step when we can’t see?

The answer is different for each person. But, from the truth of God’s word, I know the light is always there. If you open your Bible with an open heart, and search for answers, a glimmer of light will begin to point you back to the “Light of the World”.

God wants to be near us in our darkest hours. He is right beside us in our struggles. He is our fortress and stronghold in the sea of confusion we see around us. He will light your path.

There is no place we can go that we are truly alone. He is there bringing us His light and love. Accept it; bask in His light and glory.

John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Roy’s Blog: “Missing The Obvious”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/09/14/roys-blog-missing-the-obvious/

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

The children of Israel had the presence of God with them as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, yet they murmured and complained all the time. They forgot God could lead them through their difficulties into the Promised Land. They were missing the obvious.

In a similar way the disciples in Jesus day, did the same thing. They all got into a boat, and when a great storm arose and the waves were splashing over the side of the boat, they were afraid they would drown. But, Jesus was asleep. They woke Him saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!”

He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” (Matthew 8:24-26). They missed the obvious. God was with them.

We do the same thing today. When we look for solutions to our problems, we miss the obvious. Look around; remember all the Lord’s marvelous works, all the things He has provided. He is in the boat with us, or traveling through the desert through unknown lands. We have nothing to worry about when He is beside us all the way, night or day. Even when we come to the end of our road. He is there with us.

Roy’s Blog: “Moving Toward Peace”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/09/13/roys-blog-moving-toward-peace/

Luke 7:31 “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like?”

White House Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner, hinted Friday 9/11/2020 that Saudi Arabia could be the next Arab nation to reach an historic peace agreement with Israel. Speaking to reporters following the administrations surprise announcement that Bahrain would follow in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) footsteps and normalize relations with the Jewish state, Kushner expressed optimism that other Arab nations will also move to make peace.

He believes, “It’s inevitable that all countries in the Middle East will eventually make peace with Israel.”

Everything we see taking place today has been talked about in the Bible. They are not random occurrences. They are not out of control. They are Bible prophecies being amazingly fulfilled by God, in His time, using men in our generation.

James 3:18 “And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

Roy’s Blog: “Another Step”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/09/12/roys-blog-another-step/

I Kings 8:56a (NASB) “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised…”

Bahrain has become the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel as past of a broader diplomatic push by President Donald Trump and his administration.

Trump announced the agreement this last Friday, September 11th.

“It’s a very historic day. A very important day. And so interesting that it’s on 9/11,” President Trump said. “You’ll be hearing from other countries in a very short period of time. And you could have peace in the Middle East,” he added.

In another strike-out for the Palestinians, they failed to gain the Arab League’s support for a draft resolution condemning the Israel–UAE normalization agreement on 9-9-2020. This is historic also. They’ve had things their way for many years. The Arab League had buckled under to their demands before.

The world is witnessing another step in the movement of the nations toward the Gog/Magog war.