Roy’s Blog: “Coming Soon”

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I Thessalonians 5:1-3 “Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.”

If a woman knows her in-laws are coming for a visit, she will usually clean the house from top to bottom, have extra food in the fridge, even spray room freshener. But, if they haven’t given her a firm date, just said we are coming soon, how does she stay prepared. Eventually she will let a few things go a day or two. Yes, and that’s when they show up.

It’s wonderful knowing before Jesus return, there is only one thing we must do–trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We don’t know the day or hour, but we can be prepared at any moment. We see the signs, so we know to be ready.

Today thousands of American forces still remain scattered across the Arabian Peninsula, yet things are changing among the Gulf-Arab nations. These changes are transforming the whole area. The United States has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks leaving them defenseless, even as air strikes continue from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, supported by Iran.

Now, Saudi Arabia and other gulf states (Sheba and Dedan in the Bible) are working with Israel in ways we couldn’t imagine a few years ago. We knew, by faith, it would come, and now we see how. With a growing realization that America will no longer help in the area, these countries are beginning to rely on each other for their security.

The world is hurting today. It’s in turmoil. All the signs tell me the time is “Coming Soon” when it will be TOO LATE to prepare!

Roy’s Blog: “Perception”

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Matthew 24:4 “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘See to it that no one misleads you.'”

The moving force I see today that changes everything militarily is the world’s perception of the United States as being weak. It opens the doors to so many actions by other nations. Whether it is Turkey, Iran, Russia, or China, they see us as weak. A weak government to them means an inability to protect others and itself. This perception is dangerous for America, but also for the rest of the world especially Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel.

Make no mistake about it, war is coming very soon to Ukraine and Taiwan, followed up by Gog’s assault on Israel. Why is this happening now? What changed all of a sudden? It is the world’s perception of the United States ability or desire to stand against oppression. At the moment, we have the ability, but this administration has apparently no desire to stand against oppression by the Taliban, or Iran, or China.

What was prophetically foretold 2600 years ago, about the world situation, is reality today. You can see it unfold. We will not defend freedom any longer, but will stand down, and be perceived as weak. Today is the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America. Today of all days we should be strong and fierce for our freedom as well as other struggling countries around the world who want to be free from oppression.

For the Christian, freedom is guaranteed, through the blood of Jesus Christ. The United States is the best place in the world to stay until the time we are taken to our heavenly home. Other Christians around the world aren’t so “lucky”. They are being killed, martyred, at an increasing rate by the very ones that perceive America as being…weak.

Pray for brothers and sisters in all parts of the world, and share the “good news” of Jesus Christ with everyone you can.

Roy’s Blog: “Prophetic Dominoes”

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Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy but to fulfil.”

I remember when I was a young boy playing in the floor in the evening while my parents read. I built houses and bridges out of dominoes, taking my time and carefully placing each one. Then, I would watch as one tiny bump sent them crashing down and I would have to start over. Sometimes I would line them up in a long line, place them just far enough apart that when I nudged the very end, they would fall one after the other in a winding row.

Today Bible prophecies made long ago are lined up and are falling in sequence, one right after another. The United States, the last super power that, since the birth of Israel in 1948, has stood strong behind her, is stepping out of the picture. In the Middle East, America is no longer viewed as a super power. We are viewed as having a weak government and that we won’t come to Israel’s aid if they are attacked. Instead Russia, Iran, Turkey, and China are making new alliances that are transforming our world.

The prophetic dominoes are falling…but it is not a game, and will have dire consequences for our nation and others around the world.

Roy’s Blog: “Unfettered Road To Israel”

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Ezekiel 38:4a,5a “I will turn you around and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army…Persia, Ethiopia, and Put with them…”

With the United States complete withdrawal from Afghanistan, get ready for many more terrible things to happen. In Iraq: President Biden announced the remaining symbolic U.S. forces will be leaving again “for good”. Last week three U.S. bases in Syria were closed. These bases protected the oil fields from the hands of Assad’s Syrian forces and Iran.

Now, we see a rejuvenation of ISIS in the area with funding from the oil and gas fields in Syria and Iraq (money that was helping the Kurds in the area who were almost wiped out as a people).

Why should we care what happens on the other side of the world? Because this “Great American Pullout” is opening up a land bridge from Iran through Syria to the border of…Israel. It is allowing the killing of Assyrian and Yazidi Christians and further empowering Iran’s hold on Iraq. This can only bring war in the Middle East much closer.

Iran will soon scoop up its long coveted prize–an “unfettered road to Israel” and route to the Mediterranean Sea.

Roy’s Blog: “Don’t Be Blindsided”

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I Thessalonians 5:4 “But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that the day should surprise you like a thief.”

The Bible has a tremendous amount to say about the period referred to as “birth pains”. What is happening in the world today are the “contractions” preparing the world for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

In these troubled times it pays to be on alert. Global events are occurring at an absolutely breathtaking pace.

For example: The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) quietly unveiled a Vaccination Status, digital Covid-19 Certificate plan in order to give “vaccination passports” for the entire world. You don’t have one…you are barred from most things, even going to the store to buy food.

It is reported that the economic super-power, Europe, is now more serious than ever about building up a rapid deployment military…of their own. They realize they can no longer rely on the United States. We can now understand why such a super-power as the United States is not mentioned in the Bible, not even a hint.

We are in chaotic times and most people are completely unaware of what’s coming. They will be blindsided when the time comes. They won’t be prepared for what hits them. The “birth pains” are a warning…get ready! Don’t be blindsided by the Rapture!

Roy’s Blog: “A Miracle”

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Psalm 66:5 (NLT) “Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles He performed for people.”

I remember years ago a friend was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in one of his lungs. They took x-rays, cat-scans, and MRI’s. There was no doubt about the tumor. The only thing at that time to help the situation was surgery to remove the growth.

After much anxiety and many more prayers by family, friends, and other church members, the day came for the surgery. But, there was a problem. They couldn’t find a tumor anywhere in the lung…nothing. Even with all the x-rays and other tests repeated, they could find nothing. A MIRACLE happened somewhere in those few days and hours. Days spent in prayer by many people. There was no other explanation.

Many times we are completely at a dead end. We see no way to go. But, remember, God is a miracle working God! Isaiah 59:1 “Surely the arm of the Lord in not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.”

In the song “Awesome God” (written by Rich Mullins) it says, “Our God is an awesome God; He reigns from heaven above, with wisdom power and love. Our God is an awesome God!”

Our God is awesome and we should be in awe, not just of His mighty power, but His awesome love for us.

Roy’s Blog: “The Sounding Trumpet”

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Leviticus 23:23-24 “Again the Lord spoke to Moses saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, In the seventh month on the first day of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.”

Today begins Rosh Hashanah, “the head of the year”. However, biblically speaking, the “Feast of Trumpets” has nothing to do with the beginning of the Jewish new year, as it is the first day of the seventh month.

Here is an interesting thing about the “Seven Feasts of Jehovah”. Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost are all spring “feasts”. Then comes the long summer and harvest time, which begins with the Feasts of: Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles.

The “Feast of Trumpets” was known by the ancient Jewish people in the most amazing way as “The Day That No Man Knows”. This is because it is the only feast determined by sighting of the “New Moon”. Just as Jesus has fulfilled the four spring feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost), He will fulfill the last three feasts…very soon.

Roy’s Blog: “Don’t Waste a Moment”

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Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.”

No matter how caught up you are in the struggles of your day, it is important to remember God already has every day planned out for us and for the world. He knew the day of your birth, and He knows the day and hour He will welcome you (the redeemed) into heaven. We are given a certain amount of time, and once a moment is gone…it’s gone forever. Our time on earth is short, a vapor, here for a moment. Make every moment of your life count with God.

The Lord is coming soon. I don’t know the day or the hour, but I can see the signs. It will come at a time the world is not expecting it, when people are wrapped up in worldly things. There is a specific day, hour, split second set by God the Father for the return of Jesus Christ. If you’ve never read what happens after that, you need to know. Revelation spells it out and it doesn’t bode well for you, if you are left behind.

Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Roy’s Blog: “Faith”

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Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”

Such a short verse to pack in so much meaning. That’s really all we have to have is faith that God will do what He says, all the things outlined in the Bible. We don’t have to sacrifice animals (or children). We don’t have to keep constant rituals to placate an angry god. We only need to follow God in faith that He keeps His promises to His children.

A lot of people are on edge, uneasy about the future. Terrorism, wars and rumors of wars, the economy, political and social unrest are virtually everywhere. How do you handle that kind of stress? The answer is FAITH!

Love God with all your heart, and have faith. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is trusting God to make the impossible–possible.

Faith is obeying God when I don’t understand, when I can’t see how the problem could ever be solved. It takes no faith if you can see all the answers first. But, in spite of the trouble and turmoil, where no end is in site, you trust God to provide…that is faith.

Faith is thanking God before your prayers are answered. Every day you wake up and thank the Lord. We can’t see heaven, can’t even imagine what it will be like, but thank the Lord, He said He has gone to prepare a place for us and He keeps His promises! He promised to come again to take us there.

Thank you Lord–in advance! I put my trust in You in faith.

Roy’s Blog: “Come To The Light”

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John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. The one who follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

We are experiencing an amazing trend in many of our churches around America. You enter the church doors into a dimly lit sanctuary and hope there is nothing on the floor in front of you, praying all the way someone will find the light switch. You find a chair (hoping again that no one is already sitting there). Finally there’s a light–a screen lights up with words flashing across, and everyone starts singing. You join in the “pump it up session” where the music resonates in your bones like you are at a local concert. After the music, there is no real substance. A feel-good, everything’s going to be okay, slap on the back sermon, and out the door you go. With most people thinking nice thoughts of fluff and bunnies, and how good the music was. If asked what the sermon was about, you have to think long and hard to come up with anything.

I believe this is all a manifestation of the end times Laodicean church where “ears are tickled”, flash and grandeur. No words of, “Hey! You are living in darkness. You are going through the motions, but it is only skin deep. There is no worship of God. You need to come into the light.

Jesus said, “Come out from their midst and be separate.” (2 Corinthians 6:17) I’m afraid today most have joined them in the darkness.