Every time I study the Bible I learn something new. I know the Holy Spirit who lives within me will teach me or remind me of things I need to be doing. Things I need to do more of or things I need to change. A passion I have is to encourage everyone I know to read God’s word. That is the main way I think God speaks and reveals Himself to anyone who desires to know HIM.
The more I read and study the more I grow. The one thing I don’t fully grasp or understand is all the prophesies of the end of times. What I mean by this is The second coming of the Lord. The first coming was when Jesus was born and lived as God but fully man on earth. He was crucified, buried and rose from the dead on the third day. He then appeared on earth for the next 40 days and then ascended into heaven to sit at the Right hand of God until his second coming. He did send the Holy Spirit to earth to dwell in the hearts of man (those who invite HIM into their hearts) as a help to us to live our lives on earth. In the book of Acts Chapter 2 in the New Testament is the account of God sending His Holy Spirit to earth to live in each one of us who accepts Jesus as our personal Savior.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to have God in us to lead us as we seek to do His will, to intercede (pray on our behalf for our needs), to convict us when we sin, to teach us the things of God, and to give us power to accomplish the things He created each of us to do. God never expected us to accomplish His purpose for our lives without HIS HELP. He knows we cannot resist the temptation of sin on our own. We have to rely on the help of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that lives in each of us that helps us understand God’s word and to live it.
AS I have Studied scripture, it is the Holy Spirit who is helping me to understand God’s second coming, His return to take all Christians to heaven to live with Him in eternity. Eternity is forever………if you stop and think of eternity in light of life on this earth……life on this earth is just a vapor or a flash…in comparison to eternity. When I truly take the time to think about this…it makes me live my days very differently…. It causes me to live with eternity in mind…and not the temporal things of the earth…..which are my desires…. It makes me seek God’s desire for me….
When I think about this……it makes me think of all the people who don’t know His word…who don’t read it…so they are clueless about the end of times and what judgment looks like…and hell. Yes, I believe there is a heaven and I believe there is a hell. I have heard people say, “I don’t mind going to hell because that is where my friends are, or my mother or father.” This makes me sooooooo very sad. If they studied the Bible and understood the description of hell, they would know that in hell you will not see anyone. It is a forever burning place and you are alone……for eternity…like solitary confinement in prison but you are burning…. It also talks about the gnashing of teeth…. I think you can hear other people’s groans but you will not see them. Too many people have their own thought of what hell is without really knowing the truth. With that being said…as I study God’s word more…I look at the times we are currently living in and I see the prophesies in the Bible as ALL ACCURATE! IF you stop and read it……IT will enlighten you.
Recently, I reflected on 9/11 and I pictured the “shock by ALL AMERICANS” over the horrific attacks and all that happened. It took EVERYONE IN AMERICA BY SURPRISE……EVEN OUR PRESIDENT…. Everyone got up that morning with their own plans, their own schedules, their own agendas…including myself…. By 11 a.m. that day……WE ALL AS A NATION WERE IN A STATE OF SHOCK AND FEAR……LOOK AT THE VERSES IN 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-5 that is prophetic about the day the Lord returns…”Now concerning the time and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying there is peace and security, then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of the light, children of the day. We are not of the night or darkness.” If you have never studied Scripture, the Bible refers to Christians as ones of Light that do not live in darkness.
When 9/11 happened I thought of this Scripture and wondered…if that was the day predicted about in 1 Thessalonians? I didn’t think so because of other prophesies that had not been fulfilled yet. That is when I realized I needed to study Scripture more and study specifically about the end of times. For years I haven’t migrated toward the Scripture that talks about the “last days”. It evoked fear in me…because what I had read was scary and sounded awful……but as I have grown in my faith and Love of a HOLY GOD, I realize that I am secure…for eternity.
It doesn’t guarantee that I won’t live through things like what happened on 9/11. With that being said……I want to encourage you, if you are not a Bible reader, to read God’s word. It will first of all ENCOURAGE YOU. It will TEACH you. It will ENLIGHTEN you. IT is reality……. If you are not a believer, I pray you will pick up a Bible and that God will show you how real HE is. I pray He shows you the peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior.
If you are a believer, you know the need to be in the word…Do not buy into the LIE…I will do it later…or the big lie…I have plenty of time……IF YOU ARE BUYING INTO THAT LIE…CONSIDER…IF YOU WERE ALIVE DURING 9/11……DID YOU PLAN FOR THAT? ……WERE YOU SCARED?……DID YOU FEEL HELPLESS????????
In order to have PEACE AND COMFORT THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING…IT COMES FROM GOD, ACCEPTING HIM AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR…then you have the HOLY SPIRIT WHO PROVIDES…All that you need.
2 Corinthians 1:5, “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
Luke 21:25-28, “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”