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Signs of the Times

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The Word of God unfolds right before our eyes…and we try to pretend we don’t see it…..

Romans 1:18-32 (Welcome to America…..)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

When will God take vengeance on the earth?………The 24th Chapter of Matthew. I believe….

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

– And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
– For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
– And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
– For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
– All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

How does one prepare for this “end of time”?

stacking up on food and water will not prepare you for this
building underground homes will not save you from giving an account of your life to God
all the money in the world won’t buy you eternity..

Acts 2
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

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Part III – Church of Christ vs. Denominationalism

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There were thousands who obeyed the gospel in Acts chapter 2, surely there was enough material for several large denominations, but there is not one word that even intimates that they divided into different denominations. “They continued in the apostles’ doctrine.” (Acts 4:32) Not only did the apostles not encourage people to divide into denominations, but they actually condemned that very thing. At Corinth, Paul had established the church by preaching the gospel so that “many of the Corinthians hearing, believed and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8) When they did that, they were all added to the church just like those people we can read about in Acts 2:38-47, they were added to the same church, the body of Christ, the only difference being their geographical location (so, same teaching, same church, different cities) When the church was well planted (established), Paul would move on to other mission fields. Not long after Paul left, they hatched out what was rapidly becoming a modern denominational situation. They had four groups, one named for Paul, one for Apollos, one for Cephas (Peter) and one for Christ (I Corinthians 1:10-17) Instead of Paul thanking God for this number of denominations so each could join the church of their choice, he condemned them as being carnal. (I Corinthians 3:3-4) To be carnally minded is death (Romans 8:6) He then said, “I beseech (or beg) you brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (I Corinthians 1:10) So until, the next blog, I leave you with this question..”What would be the safe thing for us to do today?”

THE UNALTERABLE TRUTH OF GOD

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By Charles Box           Religious  truth came by Jesus Christ; therefore everything that we do religiously  must be authorized by the Lord. John wrote, “For the law was given by  Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) The  description of the true Christian is very short and simple. A true  Christian is a person who walks by faith. “For we walk by faith, not by  sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Christians have both the obligation and the  privilege to walk by the unalterable truth of God. We must seek to  establish God’s authority for what we are to believe and do in all  religious matters. All things done by Christians must be done “in the  name of Christ” or “by the authority of Christ.” Paul wrote, “And  whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,  giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17) The Bible  is the standard of faith for the Christian. “So then faith cometh by  hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Christians must  live their life by faith if they are to please God. “Behold, his soul  which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his  faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4) Our access to God is available through obedient  faith. (Ephesians 3:12) Because God Himself is entirely faithful, He  honors those who love Him enough to trust His word completely.  “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God,  which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his  commandments to a thousand generations.” (Deuteronomy 7:9) Everything  done in Christian service must be authorized by the unalterable truth of  God.          The voice of unalterable truth cries, “Without the shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22) It is clear that there is no hope outside of Christ; for there is no other blood that can bring about atonement for sin.  Because  of  sin, atonement became necessary. God could not ignore sin and still  maintain His holiness. Atonement by the blood of Christ made it possible  for God to “be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in  Jesus.” (Romans 3:26) Through the cross of Christ God could forgive and  at the same time maintain His holiness. No sinner can hope for  forgiveness except through the blood of Christ. “Unto him that loved us,  and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” (Revelation 1:5) It is  through the blood of Christ that man can enjoy complete forgiveness of  sins. “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his  own blood, suffered without the gate.” (Hebrews 13:12)          The voice of unalterable truth cries, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…” (2 Corinthians 5:17) A  Christian is a believer in Christ who has repented and been baptized  for remission of sins.  “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized  in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall  receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) In life one can choose  to serve Satan as a sinner, or serve Christ as a Christian. You can  live either way but Christianity is the new way and it is the better  way. The Christian is new because now Christ works through his life. The  Bible says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above  all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”  (Ephesians 3:20) You will not be sorry for becoming a Christian or for  living the Christian life. It is the new way now and Christianity is the  better way for now and forever. Christians are the real winners. Those  who reject Christianity are the losers now and in eternity.          The  voice of unalterable truth cries, God “will have all men to be saved,  and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) We  must be honest enough to accept God and His truth. In 2 John 1:1 we  read,  “The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the  truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth.”  Truth is knowable and we can distinguish between truth and error. “We  are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God  heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of  error.” (1 John 4:6) Truth is absolute and knowable and God desires  everyone to walk in it. If men are ever to be saved they must be willing  to learn truth and rely upon it for instructions on how to be saved.           Reconciliation  to God is through the death of Jesus. (Romans 5:10) Sin separates man  from God. (Isaiah 59:1-2) Man is returned to God’s favor through the  cross of Christ. Because of the cross, Christians can cry out to a lost  world, “be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20) Repentance and  baptism are man’s response to God’s offer of salvation by the blood of  Christ. (Acts 2:36-38) Do you see God’s love at the cross? Do you  recognize the cross as the only means of justification? Have you been  motivated by the cross to be reconciled to God? If the cross will not  move you, nothing will!