VIDEO Apocolypse 2 Revelation The Book Has Been Opened

Mar 10, 2014

 

Here months have passed since the events of the previous film. Franco Macalousso (Nick Mancuso) has convinced many of those left behind that he is the true Messiah. But is he?

Counter-terrorism expert Thorold Stone (Jeff Fahey) tries to put the pieces of his life together. His wife and daughter were among the millions who vanished in the Rapture. In the course of his investigation of an underground resistance movement, he uncovers a conspiracy that leads to the heart of the new world order. Stone throws in his lot with this group of rebel Christians, which includes journalist Helen Hannah (Leigh Lewis), a computer engineer working for One Nation Earth (Tony Nappo), and a beautiful blind cynic (Carol Alt). The “Haters” find themselves in a race against time as the World Government distributes Virtual Reality headsets to every single person on Earth, to be activated on the Messiah’s “Day of Wonders”.

The sinner prayer

Dear God,
I am a sinner and I need forgiveness,
I believe that Jesus your son shed his precious blood and died for my sins,
I am willing to turn from sin,
Dear Jesus I ask you to forgive me of all my sins,
Dear Jesus I ask you to come into my heart and into my life and be my personal Lord and Saviour,

If you wake up one day and hear on the news that millions of people have vanished with their clothes still here that means that Jesus has come for his people just like he said he would and you have been left behind but that doesn’t mean that you can’t accept Jesus and get his forgiveness you might go through some rough times in the future but Jesus will never leave u or forsake you. Accept the gift of salvation now and be sure of heaven when you die

Receive the gift of salvation today while you still have the chance, before it’s too late

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How Long the Silence?

Silence

 

How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Habakkuk 1:2

Skittish chickens scattered as relief trucks clattered past the weathered huts of the village. Barefoot children stared. Traffic on this rain-ravaged “road” was rare.

Suddenly, a walled mansion loomed into view of the convoy. It was the mayor’s house—although he didn’t live in it. His people lacked basic necessities, while he lounged in luxury in a distant city.

Nothing is beyond God’s control and timing.

Such unfairness angers us. It angered God’s prophet too. When Habakkuk saw rampant oppression he asked, “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” (Hab. 1:2). But God had noticed, and He said, “Woe to him who piles up stolen goods . . . who builds his house by unjust gain!” (2:6, 9). Judgment was coming!

We welcome God’s judgment of others, but there’s a pivot point in Habakkuk that gives us pause: “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him” (2:20). All the earth. The oppressed along with oppressors. Sometimes the appropriate response to God’s seeming silence is . . . silence!

Why silence? Because we easily overlook our own spiritual poverty. Silence allows us to recognize our sinfulness in the presence of a holy God.

Habakkuk learned to trust God, and we can too. We don’t know all His ways, but we do know that He is good. Nothing is beyond His control and timing.

Lord, when trouble comes we can pray like Habakkuk, “We have heard of your fame; we stand in awe of your deeds. Repeat them in our day; in our time make them known” (Hab. 3:2).

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Proverbs 29:7

By Tim Gustafson 

INSIGHT:We sometimes wonder why God allows the kind of pain and suffering that seems to rise above all reason. Six hundred years before Christ, the Jewish prophet Habakkuk wondered the same thing. He struggled to understand how a good God could appear to look the other way while the groaning of Jerusalem’s oppressed weak and poor went unanswered. His doubts deepened when the Lord answered his prayers by telling him that he was going to call in the cruel armies of Babylon to bring the “holy city” to its senses. But Habakkuk didn’t lose his faith. After being honest enough to express his doubts and questions to God, he learned there is a time to surrender in silence before a God who can restore trust to those who wait on Him (2:20)—even when we don’t understand.

In that place of quiet, after pouring out our doubts and complaints to God, we can learn what it means to quietly rest in the One who has in so many ways already shown Himself inexpressibly good and faithful (Hab. 3:17–19).

For further study on Habakkuk and other Old Testament books, check out this free resource at christianuniversity.org/OT128.

The Reasons We Serve

Colossians 3:23-24

In His Word, God commands us to serve one another. (See Gal. 5:13.) However, in life there will inevitably be difficult people who make this mandate challenging.

Thankfully, a biblical definition of service can help us obey the Lord’s instruction, no matter who the recipient may be. And the reason is that God is actually the One whom we serve.

When we have this motivation underlying everything we do, it will impact the quality of our work and keep us from becoming discouraged. Then, whatever our task—whether we lead a company, teach children, or do something less appealing—if our goal is to glorify God, we will do our best in His strength. And we trust Him to use us for His purposes, even if our labor should appear fruitless to us or to others.

When I was a child, I had to wake up before daylight to deliver newspapers. Even in rain or snow, I still had to complete the job. This was hard for me to do. Then the Lord impressed upon my heart that I was not merely bringing papers to people in my town; I was serving Jesus. As I understood this truth more, waking up and working was purposeful and doable. Truthfully, I still did not always feel like facing the work, but feelings were no longer relevant. I was serving my Maker.

Whomever God calls us to serve and whatever He tells us to do, we can obey with joyful hearts when it’s done for Jesus Christ. If this is our motivation, we won’t need worldly approval or evidence of impact. We need to know only that God is pleased and promises to reward those who serve Him (Heb. 11:6).

The Blood of the Lamb

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

This is the last reference in the Bible to the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ; here, it is the overcoming blood, enabling believers to withstand the deceptions and accusations of Satan.

There are at least 43 references to the blood of Christ in the New Testament, all testifying to its great importance in the salvation and daily life of the believer. Judas the betrayer spoke of it as “innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4), and Peter called it “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19). It is the cleansing blood in 1 John 1:7 and the washing blood in Revelation 1:5, stressing that it removes the guilt of our sins.

Paul calls it the purchasing blood in Acts 20:28 and the redeeming blood twice (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; see also 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9), thus declaring the shedding of His blood to be the very price of our salvation. Therefore, it is also the justifying blood (Romans 5:9) and the peacemaking blood (Colossians 1:20). Its efficacy does not end with our salvation, however, for it is also the sanctifying blood (Hebrews 13:12). There is infinite and eternal power in the blood of Christ, for it is “the blood of the everlasting covenant” (v. 20).

The first reference in the New Testament to His blood stresses this aspect. Jesus said at the last supper, “This is my blood of the new testament [same as ‘covenant’], which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Let no one, therefore, ever count the “blood of the covenant . . . an unholy thing” (Hebrews 10:29), for the blood of Christ is forever innocent, infinitely precious, perfectly justifying, always cleansing, and fully sanctifying. HMM

“Quicken thou me according to thy word.”

Psalm 119:17-32

As we have now ended the book of Joshua, we will select a few passages from other portions of the Bible before we continue the history. We will again read a part of David’s wonderful panegyric upon the book of God in—

Psalm 119:17

Our lives are preserved by God’s bounty, and should be devoted to his service. True life is the product of rich grace, and always reveals itself by holy obedience to the divine will.

Psalm 119:18

The Scriptures are full of wonders, and especially they reveal him whose name is “Wonderful,” but we need to have our eyes opened by the Holy Spirit, or we shall see nothing aright. Far enough are we by nature from being able to keep the law, for we cannot even understand it without divine teaching.

Psalm 119:19

Stranger as I am to the world, let me not be a stranger to thy will. With thy precepts as my map I shall find my road, even in this foreign country; without them I shall be as a traveller lost in the desert.

Psalm 119:20

His desire was importunate even to heartbreak, and it was constant “at all times.” Such a desire is a sure token that the Spirit of God dwells within.

Psalm 119:21

Pride brings forth error, and error provokes God to inflict the curse, of which his rebukes are but the fore-runners.

Psalm 119:22

The best of men are slandered, their appeal is to God, their comfort is the testimony of their conscience.

Psalm 119:23

He was not so disturbed or disheartened as to give up his faith, but he was in earnest to sustain it with the best spiritual food.

Psalm 119:24

In consequence of his meditating in the word, David was kept both from sadness and perplexity. We can only gain com- fort from the Bible by following its directions, and living upon its doctrines.

Psalm 119:25

Here we find nature’s disease confessed, and a cry directed to the Lord for the only remedy. Dust will cleave to dust; only the divinely regenerated rises to God, and even that needs daily renewal. The Lord has promised us quickening, let us seek it.

Psalm 119:26

Confession into the ear of God is good for the soul, and divine instruction is the best preservative for the life. If we confess past failure, we can only avoid future sin by seeking heavenly teaching.

Psalm 119:27

It were well if all talk were upon such themes. When there is gold in the understanding, our speech will be golden, but how seldom is it so. When God instructs us we talk to profit, but not else.

Psalm 119:28

Lord, when we dissolve with weakness, make thy word to be the bread of heaven to strengthen us.

Psalm 119:29

Take it from me as well as me from it; for its presence is grievous to me:

Psalm 119:30

Like a boy’s copy, or an artist’s model. We cannot learn unless we have our great class-book open before us.

Psalm 119:32

The more God gives us of comfort and knowledge, the more will we serve him. The weight of his grace shall lead us to put off “every weight” of sin. May the Lord make more room in our hearts for himself and his love.

 

Smile on thy servant, bounteous Lord!

Grant me to live, and keep thy word:

Grant me to view, with eyes unsealed,

The wonders by thy law revealed.

 

Shine on me still, while far from home,

A stranger here on earth I roam;

While pines my soul with restless love,

Thy righteous judgments, Lord, to prove.

 

Don’t Throw Away Your Confidence!

Hebrews 10:35

Have you ever gotten so exhausted from waiting for God’s promise to come to pass that you were tempted to say, “Forget it! I’ve waited long enough! I’m not going to sit here and wait any longer. I’ve given enough of my life to this, and I’m tired of it. I’m going to toss the whole thing away and move on with my life!”

If this is a temptation for you, then you need to read Hebrews 10:35—God’s strong warning that urges us never to quit and never to give up. This verse says, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.”

The words “cast not away” are taken from the Greek word apoballo, which is a compound of the words apo and ballo. The word apo means away, and the word ballo means to throw something, such as a ball, rock, or some other object. When these two words are compounded together, the new word means to throw away; to discard; or to get rid of something no longer desired, needed, or wanted.

A vivid example of the word apoballo is used in Mark 10:50. Jesus had just finished His ministry in the city of Jericho, and He and His disciples were about to leave the city, along with a great number of people who were following Him. As Jesus passed down the road, he walked right past a blind man named Bartimaeus.

Mark 10:47, 48 says, “And when he [Bartimaeus] heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.” Jesus was so struck by Bartimaeus’ insistence that Mark 10:49 tells us, “And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called….”

The word apoballo is found in the next verse. It says, “And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus” (Mark 10:50). The words “casting away” are from the word apoballo. It means that Bartimaeus didn’t simply take off his garment and lay it aside; rather, he quickly jerked it off his body and hurled it down to the ground. He tore himself free of that garment!

You see, Bartimaeus’ garment was so tightly wrapped about his body that it restricted him from getting to Jesus. To free himself, he took hold of that garment and threw it out of the way. He discarded it. It was a nuisance that was hindering his mobility, so he pitched it out of the way. That garment constricted his movement and stopped him from going where he wanted to be, so he grabbed hold of it and cast it away.

Blind Bartimaeus wanted to quickly get up and get to Jesus, but he was so annoyed, aggravated, and exasperated by the garment that was hindering his movement that he removed it and got it free from his legs so he could move. The Greek word apoballo describes this removal process in Mark 10:50.

Why is this example of blind Bartimaeus so important? Because the verse we started with today was written to believers who had suffered much for their faith. They endured hardships but still remained faithful to the call of God and to their firm belief in God’s promises. But by the time the book of Hebrews was written and they read this verse for the first time, they had already been believing for God to turn their tragedies into victories for multiple years. It is quite possible that they began to wonder:

  • Is God ever going to turn our mourning into rejoicing?
  • Is He really going to turn our ashes into beauty?
  • How much longer do we have to wait for the promises of God to come to pass?
  • Did we misunderstand the promises of God?
  • Are we waiting for something that is never going to happen?

This is why Hebrews 10:35 warns these believers, “Cast not away therefore your confidence….” Because the words “cast not away” are from the word apoballo, this verse suggests that they were so tired and frustrated with waiting for God’s promise to come to pass that they were tempted to chuck “this whole faith thing” and forget the promises of God they had been holding on to for so many years. They were beginning to think that living by faith was what had restricted, bound, and kept them in the same place all those years.

The use of the word apoballo suggests that the Hebrew Christians were thinking, If we hadn’t stood so firmly on the Word of God all these years, at least we could have done something else with our lives. Let’s just forget the promise God gave us. We’ve held on long enough! Let’s just toss it aside and forget about it. At least then we can begin to move on with our lives and do something different. Enough of this fantasy that God is going to do something miraculous for us! Let’s chuck this promise that has held us back and move on with our lives!

Hebrews 10:35 is God’s response to these kinds of lying thoughts, accusations, and doubts. God cries out to them to hold tight and to never let go of the promises He had made to each of them. And God is saying the same thing to us today!

The word “confidence” is the Greek word paressia. This word means boldness and depicts a very bold, frank, outspoken kind of language. It carries the meaning of being forthright, blunt, direct, and straight to the point. In this verse, it refers to the bold, brave, fearless declarations and faith confessions regarding God’s promises that these believers had been making.

They had been professing, declaring, and laying claim to the promises of God’s Word for their personal lives. They had done it boldly, audibly, and publicly. What they believed, they had declared loudly! However, now that the results weren’t forthcoming and they were growing tired, they were feeling tempted to toss it all away and count it as nonsense. But this verse urged them to hold tight and to keep believing! And now you must hang on to God’s promises just as these Hebrew Christians were told to do.

 

Hebrews 10:35 could be rendered to read:

“Don’t discard, dispel, dismiss, dump, or cast off your bold declaration of faith, because it has great recompense of reward.”

Today I am urging you—don’t let the devil talk you into tossing away your faith. You’ve waited too long and have invested too much of your life into this promise for you to walk away from it now. If you walk away from what God promised you after waiting all these years, it will mean that all those years were for nothing!

The manifestation of your dreams is probably just around the corner. That is why the devil is working overtime right now to discourage you! He wants you to discard your faith now because he knows that if you hang on much longer, you’ll see your dreams come true! So it’s time for you to hang tight, hold on, and keep believing, because it won’t be much longer until you are standing in the middle of your dreams!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, help me hold on tightly to the promises You have given me in Your Word. When I get physically tired or spiritually weary, please refill me with Your Spirit and recharge me with Your power so I can keep believing until I finally see the manifestation of my prayers. I know that You are faithful and that Your Word never fails, so help me remain steadfast until I see all Your promises come true in my own life. With the assistance of Your Spirit and Your power, I can and I WILL stand firm to the end.

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I confess that I have a faith that is unwavering! I stand firmly and solidly on the truths God has given me. The storms of life may come against me and the devil may try to move me, but I am not moving off the promises in God’s Word! Those promises belong to me, and I claim them right now by faith! I am strong, and I am filled with the Spirit’s power! Hell moves out of the way for me, because I take my stand on God’s Word and refuse to move!

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. Have you ever had the heartbreaking experience of seeing a believer toss away his faith after he had believed and waited for many years for something to come to pass?
  2. After that believer walked away from his long-held stance of faith, did his life improve or deteriorate?
  3. If that person you are thinking about is you, how has your life progressed since you let go of the promise God made to you? Have you regretted that you didn’t stand firm a little longer? If so, why don’t you go to the Lord and repent so you can “reapprehend” that word from God and start pursuing it again?

Don’t let the devil talk you into tossing away your faith. You’ve waited too long and have invested too much of your life into this promise for you to walk away from it now. If you walk away from what God promised you after waiting all these years, it will mean that all those years were for nothing!

 

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Just what is the acid test of true repentance and godliness?

  • Our consistent prayer life?
  • Our faithfulness in sharing Christ with others?
  • Our discipline in paying our bills on time and not chasing women (or men)?

Perhaps.

 

But John the Baptist, a no-nonsense spokesman for the Gospel, targeted three areas where so-called converts should PRODUCE FRUIT IN KEEPING WITH REPENTANCE.” In today’s vernacular he would well be saying, “PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!” That is, prove your repentance by evidencing true:

  • GENEROSITY – “If you have two coats, give one awaydo the same with your food.
  • INTEGRITY – “No more extortion – collect only what is required by law.
  • CONTENTMENT – “Dont accuse people falsely – be content with your pay.” (Luke 3:10-14; The Message; niv)

Could it be that John the Baptist knew that for many of us the last part of our lives to be surrendered to God is our wallet? Jesus knew that if He had the commitment of our money, He also had our heart:

 

Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:21)

 

Recently, I was sitting in a hotel lobby and noticed a prominent “Christian” businessman praying with a pastor and another colleague. Well-known around town for his generous support of Christian causes, this gentleman also enjoys the dubious standing among his peers as a “shark” in business. Judging from his reputation, I doubt he would pass John the Baptist’s test of true repentance and godliness!

 

QUESTION – Just who does control your purse strings? You, or God? Would those closest to you in business say you are generous with your money, guided by integrity, and content with your income?

 

If the answer to these questions is not a resounding “yes,” then there is a pretty lean chance you are having a true spiritual ministry in the lives of others. After all, Christ cautioned us, “If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:11)

 

 

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