Roy’s Blog: “Big Things Coming”

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I Corinthians 15:52 “In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

That’s big! In the midst of all the turmoil happening in the world, Jesus is coming soon. And here are some of the reasons why.

Concerning the approaching Battle of Gog/Magog: On November 9th 2021, the head of Israel’s IDF (International Defense Force) said Israel is accelerating its plans and preparations to deal with Iran’s nuclear weapons program. In the last nine months, Israel has moved from planning, to financing, to training, then to accelerating its preparations because Israel does not believe the United Nations, the European Union, or the United States can be trusted anymore to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. or trusted to come to Israel’s aid in an attack.

In the meantime, Iran continues to expand their capabilities in all areas of warfare in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and beyond. And even eventually into parts of Israel.

On November 12th 2021, it was reported that the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that endorses the right of millions of Muslims to move to the Promised Land. That would ultimately destroy Israel as a Jewish nation. Sadly, the White House ordered the US ambassador to the United Nations to abstain from voting. A huge slap in the face to one of our closest allies, Israel. Yes, “big things are coming” and very soon.

Roy’s Blog: “There Is Good News”

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2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

The terrors of our day do not escape those that are in the Lord. We live in a fallen world. The fake news and the chaos we see in our society gives solid implication we on the edge of the Tribulation period, when the Lord will pour out His wrath on this Christ-rejecting world.

I watch news reports of monsters carrying out their evil among the peoples of the world. The news carries stories of mothers murdering their own children, fathers torturing their children or their wives. Tales of men and women who flaunt their sins and act like it is okay…demand society accept it. This period of time, I know, will be short-lived. The “glorious appearing of the Lord” will come soon to put an end to the evil and insanity.

Today teaches us to value eternity above all else in the temporal world we live in. For God has planned an incredible eternal experience for every believer. We were created for eternity and that is “Good News” for the one who has put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Roy’s Blog: “Contrast”

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Matthew 24:27 “As the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

If there ever was a day of contrast, this is it. I watched as hundreds attended an evangelism conference in Dubai lead by an Israeli Jew. No one could ever imagine that happening a few years ago. Not possible. Now it has happened, while across the world Covid 19 fear is being used to ready people for the things described in Revelation.

For example, in Australia, the government has dictated a “no jab, no job” policy with fines for individuals, churches, and businesses who do not comply. Another example is in America where the FBI raided the home of a mother of four while she was homeschooling her children. They knocked down the door, burst into the house with guns and handcuffed the mother while her children watched. Her crime? Using her website to work against CRT (critical race theory) being taught in schools, and the left’s agenda to promote transgender and sex to kindergarten and primary school age children. She made no threats, just talked against their policies.

This contrast shows how close we are to the coming of the Lord. I know I repeat this often, but so did Noah. He repeated God’s message to the people, over and over.

Roy’s Blog: “Power Of The Word”

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Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

The Bible is the greatest book ever written. When the United States has fallen and Europe is under the heel of the man of sin, the Bible will still stand firm. The Word of God will endure forever. When Jesus Christ comes and rules with a rod of iron from Jerusalem (Revelation 19:15), the Bible will be the law of the world.

The Word of God has the power to change you. It will make you a new creation in Christ Jesus. The Bible will break the chains of sin that bind you. Jesus says, “Because I live, you also shall live.” (John 14:19)

There are over three thousand ways God has promised to bless you. But, none of them apply to you if you don’t know and follow Jesus Christ in accordance with His word. You can’t experience those promises. They are meant for the “Bride of Christ”, the sons and daughters bought with the precious blood of Jesus.

God’s Word has power. Release the power of God in your life and live victorious over sin and death.

He forgives all our iniquities. Psalm 103:3

He gives us peace. John 14:27

He is our fortress. Psalm 18:2

He will never leave us. Deuteronomy 31:6

He is coming again. John 14:2-3

The Word of God will be the final word!

Roy’s Blog: “Eagerly Waiting”

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Romans 8:25 “But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”

This is what it’s all about. Are you eagerly waiting for Christ’s return? If you are not born again and eagerly waiting for His return, you will be left behind. Your final destination will not be heaven.

I can remember those long school days. “Way back then” you didn’t get all the breaks kids do now. It was a long haul between Christmas and the end of school, with just a couple of days off at Easter. I eagerly awaited the summer break. Those three months were golden. The last few days of school it was hard to focus on schoolwork, the excitement of being free was so great.

Of course, we have all eagerly awaited a visit from dear relatives we haven’t seen in a while. Or children anticipate Christmas with excitement. I know some women who anticipate putting up their Christmas tree (in November) and decorating their homes for the holidays.

The point is we eagerly wait for things we want, things we desire. Those that are not born again through the blood of Christ are not eagerly awaiting His return. If they believe the Bible at all, they should dread His return.

The more we see happening in our world today, that lines up with biblical prophecy, the more we should be excited and eagerly waiting for His return. We don’t know the day or hour, but we know it must be soon, because we are the generation that will be living at the time of Christ’s return.

Roy’s Blog: “Fix It”

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Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

Fix it! That is a tall order. From the continually dripping sink faucet to the door in your house that never seems to stay closed, we have a dilemma. We can’t let it go; it’s driving us crazy, but we can’t fix it. We’re on a list to have it fixed, but the list is long.

We see these things everywhere, from the football game that keeps losing their signal, to the news channel that can’t get their sound working right. The car that has had a ‘miss’ in the engine for months, but never when you take it in. They just say wait until it gets bad enough, then we may be able to find the problem.

These problems are many that I’ve experienced over the years and I’m sure others have too. I’ve often said those words, “Fix it”. But I don’t always get what I want.

I’m so glad I serve a Lord that when I go to Him in pain or heartache, He says, “I already know what you are going through and I can fix it.”

Roy’s Blog: “Searching”

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Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Have you ever searched for something until you’ve looked everywhere you can think of and still not find it? Ever been to Wal-Mart and forget where you parked? You join others with their arms in the air clicking the lock button on the key and walking the aisles. I’ve lost my keys and searched for them everywhere…I thought. The one place I didn’t think to search was the trash. I threw them away with a piece of trash I had in my hand. They were easy to find once my wife said, “Trace your steps. Where did you go and what were you doing?”

Also, I’ve spent hours searching in the grocery store to find what I want. I go to where it was before and it’s not there. They moved everything around, nothing is the same. It’s frustrating.

Of course, we’ve all searched for that item we stuck in that certain place so we would know where it is when we want it. We just can’t remember where that perfect place is.

The real question is are you searching for something missing in your life. Have you looked in all the wrong places? Gotten into trouble because of it? Maybe you are searching for meaning in your life. Reach out to the Lord. Seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him, and in Him you will find everything you need. Everything else will pale in comparison.

Roy’s Blog: “The Anchor Of Hope”

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Hebrews 6:19-20a “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us…”

The one thing our world needs today is “The Anchor of Hope”. I believe Paul understood more than anyone who his anchor of hope was, and that was Jesus Christ. From beatings to shipwrecks, from his daily struggles to being held in prison for long periods of time, he had hope. Facing death many times, he still had hope, not in the world or the things the world could give him, but in the Lord, his anchor.

We all struggle daily, but many do not have an anchor. They drift like a leaf on the water, driven by the wind this way and that; searching for something or someone to give them safe harbor. They only find disappointment, rejection, and fear.

Paul faced many disappointing days, days when even friends abandoned him. But, he was never disappointed when he clung to his anchor Jesus Christ. You will face all the trials and tragedies the world throws at you, but you will never face a day adrift without hope if you trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, your Anchor.

Roy’s Blog: “In Our Time”

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Luke 13:34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings; and you were not willing.”

Many prophetic things are happening right now. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. Jerusalem and the “Temple Mount” are the focus of many of the end time events. Here are a few happening now, in our time.

For the first time since the second Temple, Rabbis are meeting every month to discuss Torah law on the Temple Mount, under protection of Israeli police.

The Biden Administration’s goal is the “two state” solution with the Temple Mount in the hands of the Palestinians and their capital in East Jerusalem.

The Bible says in Zachariah 12:3, “In that day, I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone to all people.” Today we see this prophecy being fulfilled as the battle for control of Jerusalem rages in the Middle east; a battle that will some day lead to a covenant of the Antichrist that will not only guarantee Israel “peace and security” but a rebuilt Temple. And it will all happen in our time.

Roy’s Blog: “What Really Matters”

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I Corinthians 13:13 “Faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.”

(John 3:16 “For God so loved the world…”)

What is important to you? What matters the most? Is it a person? Your family? Job? Money or fame? Dallas Cowboys? (Sorry, had to throw that one in.) Thankfully, Jesus gave the answer to that question a long time ago. What should matter most is love. Faith is necessary; hope is wonderful. But love is the greatest commandment. Love God, and love one another.

Matthew 22:34-35 “When the Pharisees heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence they gathered themselves together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him. ‘Teacher which is the great commandment in the law?'”

His question gets to the heart of everything. He was asking Jesus to explain the point of human existence. Jesus’s answer was, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

What really matters? Why are we here? God made us to love Him and to love others.