Thursday, 14 May 2015

Do Not Worry For Anything

Do Not Worry For Anything

As a Christian I am troubled by all the date-setters (not terribly surprised, but troubled).  Of late I have been seeing a great deal of increased emphasis placed upon the significance (in terms of New Testament prophecies of signs of Christ's return) of four blood-red moons. Emphasis suggesting that - "The Lord's return, *mark my words* could be within the next few days, certainly will be within the next few weeks, and will not be later than _____.  *Mark my words*" - And then guess what, when _______ date comes, and a new day dawns afterward, e're bawdy's all - "Oooo, umm, ah well ah... I am shocked..., oh well on to the next ‘date-setting’ scheme.” (well few folk openly concede it's a "date-setting scheme", but a spade is a spade).  These folk talk about how "shocked" they is that 'the Lord's return' did not happen as they predicted.

Why does this seem shocking?  The Bible is pretty clear about a few things.

A) Christ is coming back (we can count on that) – “…When everything is ready, then I will come and get you…” – Yochanan 14:3 (John 14:3) – TLB – See also Matthew 16:27; Zechariah 14:5; John 21:22-23; Acts 1:11; Jude 1:14; Revelation 22:12; John 14:28;

B) No one knows the day - “But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” – Mattityahu 24:36 (Matthew 24:36) – AMP;

C) We are warned that if someone says "look over here, the Christ is here", that we ought to recognize that immediately as a lie. – Mattityahu 24:23 (Matthew 24:23) – paraphrased;

D) That we are to recognize, signs, seasons and times... but with caution, MUCH caution (many people regularly and repeatedly use the 'Recognize The Seasons' teachings as a means to sidestep the clear statements of Christ that “NO ONE knows the day or hour”, and of Paul’s “NO need to have anything written about dates & times” from 1 Thessalonians 5.  And they do so to the detriment of both themselves and the body of Christ.); – “But as to… times and the precise seasons and dates,… no necessity for anything being written to you.” – Consider first and foremost the simple exhortation found in Kehillah in Thessalonika I 5:1 (1 Thessalonians 5:1) – But as to the suitable Times and the precise Seasons and Dates, brethren, you have No Necessity for anything Being Written To You. – AMP – See also Matthew 24:36; Jeremiah 8:7; Zechariah 5:9; Matthew 24:8; Song of Solomon 2:12; Isaiah 1:3; Isaiah 27:11; and

E) That we are to NOT be worrying about setting dates! – “…Not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed…” – Kehillah in Thessalonika II 2:1-2 (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2) – AMP – See also 1 John 4:1; Proverbs 3:6; Matthew 6:25; Matthew 6:27; Matthew 6:28; Matthew 6:31; Matthew 6:34

I think there is sound Scriptural support for each of us to:

i) Expect and even look for His return, not just daily but even throughout each day
ii) Plan as though His return may very well take beyond our individual time on this earth
iii) Share what we know (including the truth that His return could be today, or might not be in our present lifespan), with those who know Him not and encourage all to read their Bibles, get to know God (Christ),  and other Christians

I am troubled by the constant date-setters...

“No Jesus, NO peace” and yet, “Know Jesus, KNOW peace”

How does one get to “know” Jesus?  Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:20 NIV]  How can we be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything, well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]

We can also be vividly assured of our standing with God (Christ), if we have have simply asked Him to be our Lord, as we are promised by John “…so that you may know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have life, yes, eternal life.” [1 John 5:13 AMP] – See also John 20:31; 1 John 2:25

And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]

If nothing else, PLEASE read two chapters from the Bible – (don’t own one, sorry NO excuse, if you’re reading this, you can access this: John 3 and John 14!

John 3:16 says:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

And John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s take on, Do Not Worry For Anything, this 14th day of May, 2015 © 2015, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)

Cited or consulted sources and resources:

God’s (Christ’s) Holy Word, The Bible – most common citations from - Living Bible (TLB); Complete Jewish Bible (CJB); New Living Translation (NLT); Amplified Bible (AMP), New International Version (NIV); Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) and the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV) – “The Folly of Date Setting” – “66. The Second Coming of Christ” – “Second Coming of Jesus” – “Jesus is Coming Soon!”

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