In Zechariah 14, it speaks to us of the Last Days. For many of us, we tend to think of Revelations, Daniel or Matthew when we think of the Last Days. But the truth is, verses regarding the Last Days are in many places in the Bible. It’s an important day 😊
And it will come. That’s why we need to get ready and we need to help others get ready.
The Day of the Lord is coming for all of us. Some look forward to it, and some not so much. But no matter how we feel or whether we believe, it’s coming.
Truth has only one version!
Jesus will ultimately Save all of those who choose to accept Him.
Zechariah 14: 1-9:
“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.”-
And will we have the courage and faith that they have?
From Worthy Devotionals:
My Friends, claim your gifts!
Matthew 7:9-11 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
“Another great preacher whose writings I love to read is John R. Rice. He wrote, “I once imagined I was in Heaven, walking along with the Angel Gabriel. I said, “Gabe, what is that big building over there?”
“You’ll be disappointed,” he answered. “I don’t think you want to see it.” But I insisted, and he proceeded to show me floor after floor of beautiful gifts, all wrapped and ready to be sent.
“Gabriel, what are all of these?”
He said, I thought rather sadly, “We wrapped all these things, but people never called for them.”
There are gifts and an abundance of blessings to be received from heaven — but we need to claim them as our own! We receive not because we’ve asked not.
My Friends, when we ask the Lord in humility and expectation for His goodness, He will answer! Then we’ll be better equipped to do the great things He has in store for us.”
Your family in the Lord with much agape love,
George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Faith and courage are gifts. When the times comes, and it will, we need to claim them 🙂
Revelations 2: 1-3
“2 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.”
While it’s true that there is much criticism of the churches in Revelations, there is also much praise. Clearly, many churches have done some right :). Considering today’s churches are man-made, they are, of course, less than perfect.
But many of them are truly devoted to the Lord. And in our current world, that is not an easy task. They are staffed by men and women who love Jesus. For that alone, they are deserving of our praise and gratitude.
Clearly they can’t all be right, since there is much debate among them on the issues of our day. But they do love Jesus. And that is a great gift 🙂
“I do not believe that any man can preach the gospel who does not preach the law”-Charles Spurgeon
If we are to help people find their way to Jesus and Heaven, than we need to realize that some people need a reason to go that route. For most of us, one of the reasons is Sin. We want to go to Heaven and to lead a good life, but in order to do both, we need to be forgiven for our Sins. And that is exactly where the Gospel comes in 🙂
And it is one reason that Preachers need to Preach both the Love of the Lord and the Law of the Lord.
There is not one of us that can keep all of the Laws of God. If there was, there would be no need for Christ’s Suffering.
But because we can’t lead perfect lives (despite our best efforts), we do need Jesus & the Cross. The Gospel is Good News :). And that is why Preachers need to preach all of it!
“But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.” – Ezekiel 33:9
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
Telling people the truth may not save them, for they may not listen. But it will save you!
In the past year, it seems that many of our churches (although definitely not all) have, perhaps accidentally, misled those who attend them. Truth, by it’s very nature only has one version. God is not fluid and the Bible has not changed. Nor is it going to. So if we want to know the truth; we need to read the Bible.
Gay marriage is wrong in God’s eyes. It always has been, it always will be. Can repentance bring those who participate in gay marriage, or support it, to Heaven. Absolutely. Jesus Forgives. But true repentance means to seek forgiveness and change behavior. It’s both.
Abortion, whether people agree or not, is also wrong in God’s Eyes. It’s the taking of an innocent life. Can that sin be forgiven? Yes! Jesus loves us greatly! His compassion knows no limits. But we also must repent!
If we truly love others as Jesus commands, then we want them to go to Heaven which means that we must tell them the truth-all of it. Or else they may end up in Hell wondering why they are there!
There seems to be a trend lately for ministers to try to find a way to make God’s Bible fit into today’s society, but what they need to do is help today’s society follow God’s Word.
Should God’s Love & Kindness, along with our own, be what brings people to the truth? Absolutely, but we must also share the entire truth, not just the parts that fit with their life style.
Jesus is coming back. We need to help people get ready for His Return.
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”-Matthew 16:18
We, all those who have accepted Jesus and follow Him, are the “church”. And on Easter it is especially important to understand that and celebrate together. Christ is Risen 🙂
Whether we are Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant or Evangelical, it matters not. If we are non-denominational, it doesn’t matter.
What matters is- Do we believe in Jesus Christ? What matters is- Have we Accepted Christ’s Amazing Gift of Salvation? What matters is-will we Follow Jesus to Heaven.
These are the only things that matter!
May The Spirit Of Easter Live In Our Hearts Each Day 🙂