Monday, November 18, 2013

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What He’s Done for Others, He’ll Do for You

          Being a part of a prayer chain is a privilege, but can seem to be overwhelming at times as the needs are never ending.  In a sense it is rather like doing the dishes; once you get one load done, it’s time to do another.  I felt moved to write this story, a part of my testimony to the goodness of the Lord, for a two fold purpose: to give thanks to the Lord and to bring edification to the Body of Christ.  Being a part of a prayer chain carries two important components:  to pray for the needs of others and to praise the Lord for His constant care and goodness.  There is a biblical story in which Jesus healed ten lepers, but only one came back to thank Him.  None of us wants to be one of the nine that were so negligent in giving praises for who the Lord is and all that He does. 

          I tell this story in order to give thanks and proclaim the goodness of the Lord, and to edify the body of Christ as an encouragement for each of us to keep on keeping on in the pursuit of interceding for one another that we may not to grow

weary or discouraged.  As we retell the many stories, of things both large and small, they become a reminder that Jesus is still at work today and He never stops interceding for us.  He is constantly displaying the truth of the proclamation that “what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.”

          This story begins when I was pregnant with our third child.  I was in my seventh month and suddenly began hemorrhaging.  After being admitted to the hospital, my water broke and it was mentioned that the color was unusual.  It was thereafter discovered that the placenta was below the baby, which could have brought danger to me and caused me to have a cesarean birth.  I was taken into the delivery room and given an epidural, which of course blocked any feeling.  I was wide awake during the entire delivery and was aware of everything that was going on.  Upon being able to see the child, my doctor told me, “Mrs. Rahn, this baby will never be able to live.”  I remember turning my head to the left and uttering a low moan of “oh no.”  Immediately, I felt a physical lifting.  A sense of peace and comfort flooded over me.  I knew in my spirit that the Lord was saying, “Let me carry this burden of sorrow for you for a period of time.”  As they rolled me out of the delivery room I remember asking the Lord to take care of her and to keep her from suffering.  I literally felt like the Lord was right there with me to carry me through this eye of the storm as He calmed the seas around me.  I guess it was because of my calm state of being, the nurse kept saying to my husband, “I don’t think she really understands what has happened.” He held my hand gently and assured her that I did.  I kept mentally focused on Jesus and His grace and mercy to me and prayers for my little baby girl.

          Believing that it would be difficult for me to be with a mother and her new baby, even though I asked for a roommate, they put me in a room by myself.  The solitude was just what I didn’t want or need.  In those days, they did not let the husband stay in the room over night with his wife.  I asked him to please bring me pictures of Rickie and Lisa, our two children.  During that night, the white walls and solitude slowly but surely flooded in around me.  By morning, I could not hold the tears of anguish or sorrow in any longer and I gushed out the words to a nurse, “Can my husband please come in to be with me even though it’s not visitor’s hours yet?”  Much to my relief, she replied with a comforting smile and assurance that she would call him right away.  Those next moments, while awaiting his arrival, I spent sobbing and crying out to the Lord; “Please Lord, take her home quickly to be with you.  Just don’t let her linger in pain or suffering.”  Finally, Rick arrived.

Through my tears, I asked him if he knew if she was in any pain.  He responded credulously, “You mean no one has told you?  She lived for only about an hour.  She was in an incubator, and as I reached in to hold her hand, she wrapped her little fingers around my finger.  As she did, I prayed for her.”  Believe it or not, those were the most precious words of God’s mercy and grace that I could have ever hoped for.”  My tears now became ones of relief, thanksgiving and praise to the Lord who had saved my little baby by taking her so quickly into His loving arms.

          Rick had brought in the pictures of our two little children.  As the days passed (then you stayed in the hospital for about four to five days after a cesarean delivery), I focused my eyes and heart on the two wonderful children that God had so graciously blessed us with.  You see, when I was about seventeen or eighteen years old, for no apparent reason at all, the thought that I might not be able to have children went through my mind.  That night, I remember standing by my bed and asking, no pleading; “Lord, please let me have at least one baby before I die.”  As it turned out, I lost two babies before our first son, Rickie, was born and another one after he was born.  All three were lost in the first trimester. Five years after Rickie was born we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lisa. Two years after her, our little Candace came into the world suddenly, and just as quickly, she entered into eternity.  Now, after all that had happened, I could only look at the sweet faces of our two precious children and think how very blessed we were to have them.  I remembered my prayer had been for at least one, but God had blessed us with two.  Yes, it was true, I would never get to even hold my Candace here on earth, but thank God, we will be with her for all eternity because of Jesus our Savior.  The afflictions we bear in the here and now are but a blip in time and are overcome by the promises of the glories in Heaven that we shall behold for all eternity.

          I was finally given, after many requests, a roommate for the rest of my hospital stay.  Thus the awfulness of solitude was erased, giving me the pleasure of the company of her and her new baby.  My own children were not allowed to come to the hospital at that time.  Knowing that I would need more time to recuperate; my husband and family had the funeral for our baby.  You will find this hard to believe, but it is just another example of how God goes before us to provide, even before we realize we have a need.  Most people do not buy cemetery plots until well up in their years.  However, just a couple of years prior to her birth, we had purchased our burial plots before we were even thirty five years of age.  Some may call this a coincidence; we call it the hand of the Lord who knows the beginning from the end.  In addition, I praise the Lord that we had her in a time before they were able to recognize such abnormalities and the mother is automatically confronted with the option of an abortion.  I do not presume to pass any judgment about abortion.  I only mean to say that, for me, I praise God for the few months that I was blessed to have her little body growing inside of me until it was God’s timing for her to return to Him.

          Without going into detail, I will simply say that she had multiple birth defects.  I never got to see her or hold her little body in my arms.  Thankfully, Rick did get to see her just moments before she went home.  However, once again, the Lord intervened on my behalf. Without being asked to do so, the mortician dressed her, laid her sweetly in her satin lined casket, and took pictures of her.  What a blessing that was for me.  Those pictures were and are just another love gift that the Lord provided to give joy and lift the sorrow from my heart.

          This story is passed on to others to remind each of us that God is always there to carry our burdens, to be our strength when we are weak.  Yes, He is a sovereign God and allows trials and tribulations to come into our lives.  We won’t know the why, but we will experience His loving care through it all as we learn to trust in the Lord always, NO MATTER WHAT! Over the next few weeks, from time to time, I would experience periods when I would feel like I was being drawn into a tunnel of solitude.  The voices and presence of others seemed to be far away.  I felt as though a flood of sorrow and despair was trying to drown me and separate me from the love of God and my loved ones.  I do believe that was Satan’s attempt to try to destroy me.  However, every time this would happen the Lord would immediately counteract Satan’s lies with an act of compassion and truth of His own.  He would send me precious thoughts and an image of Candace, made whole, laughing, dancing, and playing joyfully with Jesus and a whole host of heavenly beings.  Hallelujah!  He gives us the “oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”  Yes, we will have our periods of grief for we are but human.  But the love of the Lord will come through for us each and every time to demonstrate the truth of His Word and His unconditional love.  “Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.”

          That is not the end of the story.  After her birth, we were advised not to get pregnant again for fear that the same thing could occur.  We considered their advice, prayed, and decided that we did not feel like our family was completed.  Two years later, I had not been to the doctor yet, but I just knew that I was pregnant.  We were visiting with my family.  I drew my sisters aside and told them what I believed to be true.  They looked at me with much heartfelt concern in their eyes.  I consoled them by telling them that I Knew, that I Knew, that I Knew that all was going to go well.  I asked them to lay hands on me and pray in agreement that our baby would be healthy and the delivery without complications.  My pregnancy went exceedingly well and in July, 1977, our son Shawn was born weighing in at 8lbs. 14ozs.  The day we came home from the hospital, as I placed him on the sofa beside me, he beamed with a smile and actually chuckled out loud.  No, I didn’t imagine it – it was a real, out loud laugh!!!  We were blessed, not with one, but with three wonderful children in the here and now and four more already in Heaven awaiting our arrival.  What a glorious time of rejoicing will be had with our Lord, them and all the hosts of Heaven for all eternity. Great is our God, and greatly to be praised!    Yes, it is a wondrous thing when He heals and delivers instantaneously.  However, it is my belief, that it is just as miraculous when He takes us through to the other side of the storms of life.  We must remember when it seems that we are in a tunnel and we can’t see the light at the end, His eyes see and know the beginning, the end, and all the parts in between. 

          We know that bad things happen even to people who believe in and serve our Living God. Help us Lord – “…Lord, I believe, help Thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)  “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”  “For which cause we faint not, but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (II Cor. 8- 10, 16-18)  Let us never underestimate the power of prayer, or the power of our Lord, whom we worship, to hear and answer our prayers.  Let us never grow weary of carrying our every care to the One who has first loved us.  Help us O Lord to be united in prayer in one accord by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Help us not to faint or grow weary, but having done all to endure and continue to stand in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  As we pray, help us to remember that God is not a respecter of persons, but hold fast to the belief that what He has done for others He will do for you.


          I pray that by sharing this story it will be used to strengthen and encourage each of us to pray steadfastly and not give up.  We are a part of God’s army.  We do not stand alone or unequipped in the spiritual battle against the powers and principalities of the darkness of this world.  David, when he was but a shepherd boy, proclaimed as he went into battle against the giant, Goliath: “Then said David to the Philistine, thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield : but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts…” (I Sam. 17: 45)  Let us put on the full armor of God and be encouraged once again by the words of King David, inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit:

“Praise the Lord, who is my rock.  He trains my hands to war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” (Psalm 144: 1)  Let us pray without ceasing for ourselves, our loved ones and the world at large, joining our voices with Jesus our Savior and Lord who neither slumbers nor sleeps but is seated at the right hand of God the Father, forever interceding for us.  Be being filled with the Holy Spirit that we may stand, and having done all, continue to stand! To God be the glory, great things He has done.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Our God reigns!!!! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

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Defamation of Religion

          There is a insidious movement by a  number of countries in the UN to restrict the proselytization of religions other than Islam.  Your ability, and your right under our constitution to tell people about Jesus, is in jeopardy.  You could be fined, jailed or even be put to death for telling other people about your faith.  In order to protect their religion, from what they consider blasphemy (which would be anything said against their religion, or in favor of another religion), the Islamists want laws similar to those in Sharia to allow them to practice what they believe and hinder what everyone else believes.  The DOR (Defamation of Religion) resolution, which as been pushed, in the United Nations, since 1999 would effectively meet their  goals.

          "Defamation of religion is an issue that has been repeatedly addressed by some member states of the United Nations (UN) since 1999. Several non-binding resolutions have been voted on and accepted by the UN condemning "defamation of religion." The motions, sponsored on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, aim to prohibit expression that would 'fuel discrimination, extremism and misperception leading to polarization and fragmentation with dangerous unintended and unforeseen consequences.' Religious groups, human rights activists, free-speech activists, and several countries in the West have condemned the resolutions arguing it amounts to an international blasphemy law. Critics of the resolutions including human rights groups argue that they are used to politically strengthen domestic anti-blasphemy and religious defamation laws, which are used to imprison journalists, students and other peaceful political dissidents.

Since 2001 there has been a clear split, with the Islamic bloc and much of the developing world supporting the resolutions, and mostly Western democracies opposing. Support has been waning in recent years, due to increased opposition from the West, along with lobbying by religious, free-speech, and human rights advocacy groups. Some countries in Africa, the Pacific, and Latin America have begun switching from supporting to abstaining, or from abstaining to opposing. The most recent resolution in 2010, condemning the Swiss ban on minarets as well as defamation of religions in general, passed with only 20 supporting, 17 opposing, and 8 abstaining."  (

          "The United Nations Human Rights Council has moved decisively away from a resolution that sought to protect religion from defamation, and which for the past 12 years has drawn widespread criticism from human rights advocates around the world. Since 1999, the controversial Defamation of Religions resolution had been championed by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which argued the resolution was needed to combat 'incitement to religious hatred in general and against Islam and Muslims in particular.'

The 47-member Human Rights Council rejected this argument March 23 and voted instead for a resolution that seeks to protect individuals from religious persecution and violence, rather than protect religion from criticism.

The Defamation of Religions resolution had been passed every year since 1999. If it had become a binding legal precedent it would have restricted freedom of speech and involved governments in the affairs of religion. It was widely seen as a cover for the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, which led to the violent killings of prominent politicians including Christian cabinet member Shahbaz Bhatti.

The Human Rights Council passed the new resolution by consensus. The new wording removes many of the controversial statements and instead focuses on the “intolerance, discrimination and violence” aimed at individuals as opposed to religions.  It condemns religious hatred that leads to incitement of violence against religious followers and appeals to government intervention.

Support for the former Defamation of Religion resolution reached a peak in 2006, receiving 111 votes in the UN General Assembly. But by 2010 support plummeted to a mere 76 votes—well less than half of the General Assembly.  The number of “No” votes combined with the number of abstentions has exceeded the “yes” votes for the past three years.  In 2010, 64 countries voted no and 42 abstained. 

'Though we are pleased with the removal of the Defamation of Religions resolution,' notes Barry Bussey, the IRLA representative at the UN, 'we cannot but be moved at the sacrifice of individuals like Shahbaz Bhatti.'"


          Are you under the impression that they are giving up on this endeavor?  There are 57 Islamic countries under the banner of the "Organization of Islamic Cooperation" still pushing for this and or similar resolutions.  This organizations goal is to take the world for Islam, and wipe out Judaism and Christianity.  "They are compelled to intimidate, persecute, harass, criminalize - whatever it takes - to drive Christians "underground," out of site, out of existence."(American Center for Law and Justice, an organization which I support)


                                    Your Christian faith could be made a crime and you could be targeted for sharing your faith.  The Bible instructs us that a person must be willing to enter into Christianity of their own volition. (see John 3:16 and Romans 10:9)  It takes faith to become a Christian, not intimidation.  Christianity is a personal relationship with the Messiah (the Christ).  Satan has been using organizations like the OIC, radical Islam, his own fallen angels and many others to hinder the God of the Bible since before the beginning of time. He knows he hasn't got much time left, and he wants to keep as many of us as possible from spending eternity with God.  I realize that nothing in the Bible can be regarded as blasphemy, because it is the Word of the one true and living God, the creator of everything.  An historical problem is the pride and arrogance of man, in cooperation with the devil, to invent atheism and false religions.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

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The Rapture

         I can't tell you, for certain, if the Rapture is going to happen at the beginning of the tribulation, the middle or the end.  What I can tell you is that it defiantly will happen, and that it is not the "second coming" of Jesus at the end of the age.  I can only go by what the Bible says.  In the rapture Jesus meets us in the clouds, which is the meeting place.  At the second coming, Jesus will come with His saints and "land" on the Mount of Olives.  One event happens in the air while the other happens when Jesus touches the earth.  The rapture will be when Jesus comes "for" His saints in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 " For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.), while the second coming is when Jesus comes "with" His saints (1 Thessalonians. 3: 12-13 " And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.").  Mark 13: 24-27 says: " in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,  And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven." This is the gathering of those who came to know the Lord during the tribulation.  The144,000 Hebrew witnesses, 12,000 from each tribe, are included here.

          On one of his TV shows, Dr. David Reagan conducted a man on the street, interview skit, asking what the rapture is.  There were as many answers as there were people.  Most, even the Christians, didn't know what it was.  As I watched the skit, I realized that my best answer would be, it is "my hope".  Most modern churches don't teach much about the end times, even though all signs point to the end of the age being very close.  Respect the true church (the body of Christ); it is standing in the way of your destruction. When the church age is over, the judgment of the world is imminent. 

          The world will not recognize the rapture because so many “Christians” will be left behind.  Only ‘Born Again’ Christians will be taken. Those who are pretending to be Christians will be left behind.  The world doesn’t recognize the difference now and they won’t then.  The rapture will be a sign, to those who are left behind (although some may try to explain it away as alien abduction, or something else just as ridiculous). 

          The restrainer is the Holy Spirit.  The indwelling Holy Spirit, in the Christians (the church), is the restraining influence keeping Satan and his minions from running roughshod over this present dispensation.  When the Church is raptured, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will go with it?  The Spirit will revert back to working the way He did in the Old Testament.  Jesus said the Holy Spirit will be with born again Christians forever.            2 Thessalonians 2:7 says: The Holy Spirit will never leave us. Thus, when He is taken away we will have to go with Him.  We can’t be here if He is not.

          "If all the church are to pass through the tribulation, then instead of waiting and watching 'for the Lord' we should be waiting and watching 'for the tribulation', which is contrary to the teaching of Christ Himself. Matt.24:42-44" emphasis added (Clarence Larkin, "Dispensational Truth")  Luke 17:26-30 says: "And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed."  God took His people out of danger, like He will in the rapture.  Jesus will not be revealed to the world at the rapture, but He will be at His second coming (second advent) .

          "The religious people of two thousand years ago missed His First Coming because they had misinterpreted the prophecies. They rejected Spiritual Revelation in favor of man-made interpretations of the Messiah's Coming. Only a few recognized His First Coming because they based their thoughts on Spiritual Revelation.

           Most mainstream churches put little or no emphasis on the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus. It's a little thought hid somewhere in their creed but not a doctrine, preached and taught to keep the people on their toes, looking for HIS Return. Most mainstream Churches encourage their people in church attendance and following the Golden Rule. Little or no thought is given to Bible Prophecy concerning the End of Time and the Signs of our Lord's Second Coming - signs which are meant to put us on our guard that we might know the "season" of our Lord's return and "be ready" to meet Him.   The Bible goes farther in describing those who are blinded by "religious tradition" or the tradition of a church. Jesus said: 'And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.' Matthew 13:14-15" (

When will the rapture happen? 

1 Corinthians 15:51-53 tell us: " Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."

Luke 17:34-36 gives us the time of day the Rapture will occur. " I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.  (Night)   Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (Morning and Evening)  Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (Day)"  In other words, it will happen all over the world at the same time.

        Time of the Rapture on the earth -

         Morning, afternoon, evening, night

Perhaps this is why we can't know the day or the hour (different time zones).

            Revelation 3:10 says: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”  We will not be dwelling upon the earth during the hour of temptation.  1 Thessalonians. 5: 9-10 says: "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him".  In John 11:25-26   Jesus said, to Martha, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believeth in me shall never die. so do you believe this?"  He asks that question of you. 

More Bible evidence of the rapture -

          1 Corinthians 15:51-52 says: "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 says:  "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 

           In John 14:27-28 Jesus says: " Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I."

          Luke 21:36 says: " Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

          Matthew 25:1-13 tells us the story of the ten virgins.  Five were ready to be taken out and the other five were not 'born again'.  Jesus told the ones who were not 'born again', "Verily I say unto you, I know you not".  Of the ten Virgins: some had oil and the others didn't.  The oil is representative of the Holy Spirit.  Some were Christians and some were Christian in name only.  "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."   Be assured of your 'born again' status, before the Lord returns.

          Revelation 3:10 says: "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth".  We will not be dwelling upon the earth during the hour of temptation.  1 Thessalonians 1:10 tells us we will be delivered from the wrath to come.  2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 describes the Church being taken and antichrist revealed.   Luke 21:36  says: "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

More Bible evidence of the Second Coming -

          2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 says: "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;"

1 Thessalonians 3:13 says: "To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints."

Jude 1:14 tells of Enoch saying the Lord will come with ten thousands of thousands.

Signs of the End of the Age - the times and seasons -

 Matthew 24:3-14 says: "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."

 Matthew 24:36 says: "But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

Acts 1:7 says: "And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power."

1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 says: "But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."

         But we must keep in mind that Daniel 2:21 says: God "changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:"

          The urgent message, of this paper, is that we should 'keep looking up' because the Lord could come at any moment.