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Into The Future II

Isaiah 42:9
Everything I prophesied has come true,
and now I will prophesy again.
I will tell you the future before it happens.”

There is so much I don’t understand about Bible prophecies. Well here it goes. I don’t know what will happen in the next few years, but I do know a little about what the Bible says will happen some time in the future.

Some day Israel will be at war and it may look bad, but in the end Israel will win. In Isaiah it talks about weapons of destruction being used against Israel, but these weapons of destruction will fail. Since swords, arrows, guns, even machine guns are not weapons of destruction; I believe Isaiah 54:15-17 is talking about chemical or even nuclear missiles. In other parts of the Bible it says the world will be against Israel. That would mean that even the US could be against Israel.

Experts say that there is no hint of the United States in the Bible, about the end times. It does however talk about China’s massive Army, and about Russia and Iran becoming allies. It also mentions several other countries in the Mideast. They say America isn’t mentioned because either America won’t care what happens to Israel, or we just won’t matter anymore because we would have fallen as a nation. Several places in the Bible it says that whoever hates Israel, God will curse them. Which bring up an interesting video I seen on www.msn.com, about rats in Iran. We all know Iran hates Israel. Could this be the beginning of the fulfillment of Genesis 12:3? I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.

Or what about Deuteronomy 30:7 and Zechariah 14:10-12? Of course Zechariah 14 hasn’t happened yet, but look at the wording of it.

There will be more hardships in the world. There will be times when hardships will ease up some, but over all it will only get worse.

One day there will be a man, who will be very popular with the people of the world. At one point he will be killed but will then be brought back to life. I’m guessing either by CPR or by using a defibrillator which shocks the heart. He will be the only one to bring peace to the Middle-East. Israel will be allowed to build a temple for the Jews to worship there. Finally the man will sit on the throne in the temple and will call himself god and the people of the world will believe it and will worship him. This man will seem to do miracles. He will require people to get a mark on their hand or forehead, otherwise they would not be allowed to buy or sell. This of course is the Anti-Christ. However, whoever does receive the mark, will be doomed forever.

This is how I believe it will all happen; although I could be wrong. Right now there is instant credit card information world wide. If you go to another country and charge something, it would be processed instantly. Law enforcement can instantly check for outstanding arrest warrants and criminal back ground. With the latest shootings there is talk about a database for people who are mentally unstable. The problem with all this information right now is identity theft. If there is a way to mark people with a chip, it would greatly cut down on identity theft and other activities like buying and selling illegal stuff. I’m still wondering about the number 666. Will people have a serial number 666 digits long? Or will the chip have 666 bits of information?

Revelation 13:15
New Living Translation (NLT)
He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die.

Some translations say image instead of statue.

Strongs Greek Dictionary
statue
– 1504 eikon i-kone’ from 1503; a likeness, i.e. (literally) statue, profile, or (figuratively) representation, resemblance:–image.

If you give life to a statue, you would have a robot. It would be hard for everyone to worship a robot. If you give life to an image, you would have a video. This would be much easier for everyone to worship. I don’t know if this would be proper Greek or not, but if you add a statue and an image together, and then add life, you would get 3-D video. You can now buy a 3-D Television in many stores.

Genesis 15:18-20
New Living Translation (NLT)
18 So the Lord made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River 19 the land now occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”

Of course this hasn’t happened yet and I don’t know when it will. Maybe after Jesus has setup His kingdom in Jerusalem which would be after the Anti-Christ has come and gone. If you look at a map, you will see this will cover about 2/3 of Syria all the way down to and I think including Sinai of Egypt. Also parts of Saudi Arabia and parts of Iraq. I’m sure this will come as a shock to the Muslim countries that want Israel “wiped off the map”. Israel is here to stay.

I don’t know if it will be President Obama or a president after him, but someone will either do something bad to Israel or turn his back on Israel when Israel really needs help. At that time the United States will fall. I really believe, God will see to it. I don’t know how it will happen. Maybe war, maybe economics, or maybe the government will just fall apart like with the Soviet Union. I don’t know.

John 3:16, says that who ever believes in Jesus will have everlasting life. That means life with Him. Also at some point in time (no one knows when) Jesus will have those who put their trust Him taken away. After this happens, those who are left behind will suffer greatly. This could happen in the next five minutes or the next five years or longer, no one knows. But I know it will happen because much of Ezekiel 37 has already happened back in 1948 when Israel became a nation again. At that time, it seems that we have re-entered “Biblical times”.

I will go out on the limb and say that Obama may make life difficult for Christians. (But I really hope he doesn’t.) During his first term in office Obama has told the Catholic Church that they must provide birth control either through abortion or any other means for his Obamacare. Christians sued to stop him. He also tried to send millions of dollars of tax payer’s money to Planned Parenthood to fund abortion. Again Christians tried to stop him. There has been other times when Christians have signed petitions and or sued the United States Government. It seems reasonable to me now that since Obama no longer has anything to lose because this is his second term, he could retaliate against Christians. (Again I hope he doesn’t) What this will look like, I don’t know.

Matthew 10:22
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

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HELP!

First before I start this post I will say that my wife and I have been praying for the victims in the Boston bombings. We also been praying that the police would find and arrest those who were responsible for this. And thank you to those of you who helped the injured.

This link has caption for the Beatles song “Help” for my deaf and hard of hearing friends.

Galatians 6:2
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

Why is it so hard to ask for help sometimes? You know there are many people who would like to help.

One day when I was walking out of the bank, I saw a couple with car trouble. I had no problem giving them a jump start. In fact I was happy to do so.

A few years ago the heater went out on our car. The only way to fix it was to replace the heater core which would require disconnecting all the wires and vacuum hoses, then removing the dashboard. Removing all nuts and bolts, and disconnecting all the wires and vacuum hoses can be done by only one person. Lifting the dashboard to remove it however, requires two people. I had no problem going to a neighbor asking for help, and he had no problem with coming over to help me.

Yet when it comes to money, food, housing, or some weird health problems, we often don’t like asking for help. Why? Often times we are embarrass. Or other times we may think ‘it’s our problem and it’s none of their business’. Or we may think no one would understand or maybe no one would believe us. And then some of us may simply think it’s too shameful.

There are also times when someone would need help and there is absolutely nothing anyone could do but, be there for them.

A few weeks ago my wife and I went on a trip to visit my dying Dad. He was dying of cancer and even with pain killers, he was in great pain. Sometimes I just sat next to him. We all did. Sometimes when he was in pain I told him to squeeze my hand.

If you know someone who is sick or recovering from a bad injury, go to them. Visit them even if you do nothing but sit there in the chair next to them and sleep. It will mean a lot to them. And if you need help and someone wants to help you, it might be wise to let them. But sometimes, use caution.

Some of you know I have a hearing loss. For many years I just didn’t let people know. I bluffed a lot when it came to hearing someone. Many of my customers had no clue that I couldn’t hear every word they say. Yet I was able to repair every piece of machinery they brought me. One day however I messed things up a lot. The customer was mad. When he found out I couldn’t hear well, he was mad about that. He said I would avoid lots of problems in life if I would just tell people that I have a hearing problem. Right now many of my hard of hearing friends are saying, “We keep telling you that!” I know. I’m doing better now.

Still if you need help, ask for it. Tell you friends. There are lots of people who would be happy to help you.

If you know of someone who needs help, ask if you can help them. Some of you don’t need to be told this, I know. But for some others, I will say, ‘do it anyway’.

Matthew 25:44-45
44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

Thank you to everybody who has helped, and prayed for my wife and I about my parents.

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