When Bad Things Happen

The question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” has been asked more than once.  Job, in the midst of trials gave a clue where to look when there are problems.

But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?  Job 19:28

It is always wise to “examine ourselves” to see if the root of the problem is found “in me”.

There are sins of commission and sins of omission.   Sins of commission are doing things we should not have done.  Sins of omission are not doing things we should have done.

One big omission may be in the matter of tithes and offerings.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:10-12

If the devourer is not being rebuked, if there is problem after problem after problem, it is useful to seek the Lord if there is a problem with tithes and offerings.

Let’s just ask a theoretical question.  Go with your gut.  Do you think that the problem of terrorists entering the country through unsecured borders would be such a problem if the United States  were a nation of tithers?  Ask the Lord for the answer.

There are many problems in the world today.  There are political, weather, economic, plague and other problems  of all kinds.  God Himself promises He will rebuke the devourer.  However, mankind must meet the conditions.

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Repost: 1968 Prophecy by 90-Year Old Woman

Quoted from Source Here

This prophecy was given by a 90 yr. old woman in Norway 42 years ago about events leading up to the second coming of Christ. An Evangelist by the name of Emanuel Minos wrote this prophecy down in 1968 and thought it was so extreme that he put it away. He recently reviewed the prophecy and was amazed that it is not “extreme” anymore–but the norm in our society. Read the prophecy below.

An old woman of 90 from Valdres in Norway had a vision from God in 1968. The evangelist Emanuel Minos had meetings (services) where she lived. He had the opportunity to meet her, and she told him what she had seen. He wrote it down, but thought it to be so unintelligible that he put it in a drawer. Now, almost 30 years later, he understands he has to share the vision with others.
The woman from Valdres was a very alert, reliable, awake and credible Christian, with a good reputation among all who knew her. This is what she saw:
“I saw the time just before the coming of Jesus and the outbreak of the Third World War. I saw the events with my natural eyes. I saw the world like a kind of a globe and saw Europe, land by land. I saw Scandinavia. I saw Norway. I saw certain things that would take place just before the return of Jesus, and just before the last calamity happens, a calamity the likes of which we have never before experienced.
She mentioned four waves:
1. “First before Jesus comes and before the Third World War breaks out there will be a ‘détente’ like we have never had before. There will be peace between the super powers in the east and the west, and there will be a long peace. (Remember, that this was in 1968 when the cold war was at its highest. E. Minos) In this period of peace there will be disarmament in many countries, also in Norway and we are not prepared when it (the war) comes. The Third World War will begin in a way no one would have anticipated – and from an unexpected place.
2. “A lukewarmness without parallel will take hold of the Christians, a falling away from true, living Christianity. Christians will not be open for penetrating preaching. They will not, like in earlier times, want to hear of sin and grace, law and gospel, repentance and restoration. There will come a substitute instead: prosperity (happiness) Christianity.
“The important thing will be to have success, to be something; to have material things, things that God never promised us in this way. Churches and prayer houses will be emptier and emptier. Instead of the preaching we have been used to for generations -like, to take your cross up and follow Jesus, – entertainment, art and culture will invade the churches where there should have been gatherings for repentance and revival. This will increase markedly just before the return of Jesus.
3. “There will be a moral disintegration that old Norway has never experienced the likes of. People will live together like married without being married. (I do not believe the concept ‘co-habitor’? existed in 1968 – E. Minos.) Much uncleanness before marriage, and much infidelity in marriage will become the natural (the common), and it will be justified from every angle. It will even enter Christian circles and we pet it – even sin against nature. Just before Jesus return there will be TV- programs like we have never experienced. (TV had just arrived in Norway in 1968. E. Minos)
“TV will be filled with such horrible violence that it teaches people to murder and destroy each other, and it will be unsafe in our streets. People will copy what they see. There will not be only one ‘station’ on TV, it will be filled with ‘stations.’ (She did not know the word ‘channel’ which we use today. Therefore she called them stations. E. Minos.) TV will be just like the radio where we have many ‘stations,’ and it will be filled with violence. People will use it for entertainment. We will see terrible scenes of murder and destruction one of the other, and this will spread in society. Sex scenes will also be shown on the screen, the most intimate things that takes place in a marriage.” (I protested and said, we have a paragraph that forbids this kind of thing. E. Minos.) There the old woman said: “It will happen, and you will see it. All we have had before will be broken down, and the most indecent things will pass before our eyes.”
4. “People from poor countries will stream to Europe. (In 1968 there was no such thing as immigration. E. Minos.) They will also come to Scandinavia – and Norway. There will be so many of them that people will begin to dislike them and become hard with them. They will be treated like the Jews before the Second World War. Then the full measure of our sins will have been reached (I protested at the issue of immigration. I did not understand it at the time. E. Minos.)
The tears streamed from the old woman’s eyes down her cheeks. “I will not see it, but you will. Then suddenly, Jesus will come and the Third World War breaks out. It will be a short war.” (She saw it in the vision.)
“All that I have seen of war before is only child’s play compared to this one, and it will be ended with a nuclear atom bomb. The air will be so polluted that one cannot draw one’s breath. It will cover several continents, America, Japan, Australia and the wealthy nations. The water will be ruined (contaminated?). We can no longer till the soil. The result will be that only a remnant will remain. The remnant in the wealthy countries will try to flee to the poor countries, but they will be as hard on us as we were on them.
“I am so glad that I will not see it, but when the time draws near, you must take courage and tell this. I have received it from God, and nothing of it goes against what the Bible tells.
“The one who has his sin forgiven and has Jesus as Savior and Lord, is safe.”
WHEN THE OIL FLOWS
An elder in the Pentecostal Church at Moss, Norway, Martin Andersen, heard the following prophecy in 1937, in Moss:
‘When oil comes out of the North Sea and along the Norwegian coast, things will begin to happen, and the return of Jesus is approaching.’
When these words had been proclaimed, people stood up in the congregation and asked the man to sit down and not speak such nonsense. In 1937 it was indeed nonsense to talk about oil being pumped along the Norwegian coast. Today all the world’s big oil companies are pumping oil along the coast of Norway. Norway is the world’s second greatest exporter of oil – after Saudi Arabia.
The sum of it all is: Jesus is coming soon (suddenly).
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Shawn Weed’s Rescue from Hell

This is the testimony of a marine who went to hell and was rescued from it. It is over one hour long.

The beginning until about minute 13:45 talks about how he got in the position of dying.

Around minute 13:45 he talks about how he died and then goes on to talk about his out-of-body experience.

Click here to view the video.

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Thank You for Giving Me Something to Work With

I feel led to give a simple testimony that may help others who pray.

There are certain prayers I do on a regular basis. Today I expanded the scope of these prayers and included a wider group. When finished, I heard the Lord say, “Thank you for giving me something to work with.”

Even though I know this principle, the meaning expanded in a new way.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Psalm 115:16

I’ve said this before, but it hit me with new force.  God has given the earth to mankind.  He has also given power through Jesus Christ to rule and reign on this earth.  However, mankind must use it.

A lot of analogies could be given.  If a person gives a gift a car with the key, that gift is of no use unless the recipient actually gets in, puts the key in the ignition and drives it.  The giver has done all he can do.  It is up to the recipient to act. God has given salvation through Jesus Christ.  We must receive it and learn about it through the inner teaching of the Holy Spirit.

Since God has given the earth to mankind, He will not interfere unless asked.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  Matthew 7:7

No matter what the problems, mankind must ask for help.   In addition, men must listen to the answers and implement them.   The Lord God is not a glorified Santa Claus who dumps answers in the form of gifts without participation on our part.  David killed Goliath with God’s help, but God did not do it for him.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  James 1:5

So when we ask God’s help or wisdom, we have allowed Him entry into the earthly realm.  He has done all He will ever do through Jesus Christ.  He will give us help in implementing the finished work of Jesus Christ in this realm, but He will not do it for us.

When we ask God for help, whether for ourselves, others, or nations, we have given him the ability to enter into the earthly realm and help us.  If a teacher had some students and wanted to share knowledge with them, he would wait until one of them asked.  If he had 100 students and only one asked for help, would not the teacher pour himself into that one student since he was the only one that asked?

I am sure that God wants to pour Himself into all of our lives, and the life of our nations, but we have to ask.  We have to give Him something to work with.  And we have to listen and obey.


 

 

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What is Leadership?

Here are some thoughts on leadership that I feel the Lord gave me to note here.

Four Characteristics of a Leader
  • A leader is one who has denied their flesh.
  • A leader is one who is not afraid to speak the truth.
  • A leader finds more joy in productive activity than others.
  • A leader is one is moving in the direction that others have felt to move, but have lagged behind.

Let’s take these one-by-one.

A leader is one who has denied their flesh.

A leader is one who works, thinks, studies, plans, and moves ahead while others are relaxing and playing.  A leader finds more joy in productive activity than others.

A leader is one who is not afraid to speak the truth.

We can think of the rapid rise of Trump, as being a perfect example of this point.  Trump has not tried to be politically correct and say what he thought would please people.  He said the truth and by the wildly successful reception by many, many people, indicates it is the truth that his followers have been thinking.  Some think, but will not say out of fear of being ostracized.  A leader will say what he believes with disregard to who likes it or not.

A leader finds more joy in productive activity than others.

You will find leaders doing different things that others in their spare time.  Edison spent his free time inventing the light bulb.  The Wright Brothers focused on flying a plane.  There is a blur of work and play for a leader.  His work is his play.  The necessity to “play” and take recreational periods is not there, because he is satisfied in his work.  God said to work six days and rest one.  That rest day should be spent seeking and refueling with God.  That makes the other six days more productive.

A leader is one is moving in the direction that others have felt to move, but have lagged behind.

A leader will deny their flesh in an area where others know they need to deny theirs.  Since the leader denies it first, and says what he is doing, he leads others to listening to their conscience and deny their flesh as well.  This moves them on in life to higher things.

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