Wednesday, May 11, 2011

REPOST - Day 22 - Luke 17: 20-37 + Matt. 24: 3-44 - END of The World THIS Week? 2012? When? -30 Days With Jesus -

 

Today's bible  reading - Luke 17: 20-37 & Matt. 24: 3-44 - END of The World THIS week? 2012? When?


In light of the recent publicity about he END of the WORLD on May 21st…what they also call Judgment day…I wanted to reshare this post. Yes it is about 2012 Movie but the truth is the verses are the same.

The scriptures that explain all this scare are the same.

God loves His people soooo much and He wants us to KNOW what the word says…so we can be informed, comforted and ready! In addition to theses verses listed above Rev 20,21 and 22 also sum up how THE WORLD WILL REALLY END.




 
If this is your FIRST DAY...WELCOME...glad to have you...in fact you could even leave a comment to let us know. Meanwhile, here is a link to DAY 1 so you can join us for an adventure with God.

It amazes me that no matter HOW MANY times you have read or thought about something concerning Jesus....you can never even scratch the surface because God is soooo HUGE!



WHEN IS THE END OF THE WORLD?

IS IT REALLY GOING TO BE IN 2012?

WHAT WILL HAPPEN? WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

WHAT CAN I DO?

Good Questions!


Today's bible reading will actually help answer these questions!!! I will try to point out the clues we have...



FIRST lets listen to the first part of today's reading - on this clip our reading Starts @ about 2:25minutes you can skip to there if you wish...or listen to all 4 minutes.







In Luke 17: 20-37 some of the KEY VERSES help us...they are italicized.
 
END TIMES CLUE #1 - VISUAL CLUES WE CAN
LOOK FOR

Then he (Jesus) said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see the day when the Son of Man returns, but you won’t see it.  

People will tell you, ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here he is,’ but don’t go out and follow them. 

****For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man comes.
 
 
SOOOOO....it seems like it will be pretty obvious to most when Jesus comes back! BUT before He comes there will be many pretenders trying to trick people into following them.

 
But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation.
 
 
This happened already...
 


END TIMES CLUE #2 - Kinda Tricky
Things will seem "regular"

 ....it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 


It will seem LIKE A NORMAL DAY just before Jesus comes back for the end of the world....just like it was before Noah entered the Ark before the world-wide Flood. To read about NOAH just click.

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 

People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all....



Noah's Ark Replica in Holland          Photo: PaultheDane


Noah's Ark Left-Overs Today - Mount Ararat, Turkey


 28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.    30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 



Here is a news clip from when modern archaeologists uncovered what they believe is remains from Sodom...





 
During the days of NOAH, people probably TEASED him quite a bit. Why listen to a God they couldn't see eye-to-eye??? 

BUT, Noah listened... he and his family built an Arc that protected them (and all those animals) during the world-wide flood AND for the long time afterward until the excess waters dried up!

It is important to listen when God calls...HE wants to PROTECT US too!

Jesus gave them some advice concerning the end times:

 
If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. 34 That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left....  

Jesus was saying it is best to GIVE your life to God Today.....so HE can save it forever....
Jesus never said it would be EASY...BUT He promised to save our life for all eternity...

That means we get to go to Heaven WHENEVER the END comes....


To get the next clue we have to go to our other verses for today in Matthew 24:3-44 (NLT).  It is important to read all of it today because there are soooooooooo many detailed tips to help you "get it".


END TIMES CLUE #3 - It won't be easy (sorry)
It's a TOUGH pill to swallow





This clue I have to mention but it isn't FUN.... I like fun too BUT I have to cut it straight with you......
Jesus even told them He was waning them AHEAD of time....why? Because He loves us.


Jesus didn't bring the sin into the world....Adam and Eve did that when they disobeyed God's simple rule. They had ONE rule to follow but they made a bad choice. Their sin brought DEATH into the world. So sad =(

Soooooooo THAT'S WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE,

Even Today!


 ..... For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began.

  And it will never be so great again.  

22 In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.

 
END TIMES CLUE #4 -God's Chosen Ones CAN'T Be Fooled!

Finally, some good news. If you are a true believer in Jesus Christ, AND you allow Jesus to be the BOSS of your life (Fancy word for this = Lordship) 

THEN, you will KNOW KNOW KNOW the real Jesus when He comes down in the clouds! Cool huh,

 23 “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. 25 See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.



 
END TIMES CLUE #5 - ANOTHER VISUAL CLUE
Jesus, Clouds, and Heaven







This one is a no brainer....
 
 ..... And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
 
 
END TIMES CLUE #6 - IMPORTANTE!!
No One Knows EXACTLY WHEN!! 



 
Maybe the End Times will come in 2012??? Maybe NOT???
 
Maybe it WILL BE NEXT WEEK?? Maybe Not??? 
 
MAYBE it will be TODAY??? Maybe Not???

God says NO ONE ELSE KNOWS!  Only God KNOWS!
 
So if someone tries to tell you they know EXACTLY when Jesus will come back and the WORLD will end............ RUN Really fast!!
 
We CAN discern the times and easily figure out things are winding down BUT we can't say WHEN!

 36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.




LAST END TIMES CLUE #7
(#7 , get it??  7 points)
WHAT TO DO?



Jesus when teaching on the End Times was pretty specific on WHAT WE COULD DO....
 
You may wonder should we run and put our head into a hole and cry all day until the end?
 
Should we blow it off since it could be a long time anyway?

NEITHER...

Here is what Jesus said we should do...its kinda sobering!
 
He wants us to STAY ready!
 
 


“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.  
 
43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.  
 
44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.


 
This was a tough lesson today...please comment below if you have any questions and we will try to help!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 25 - Jesus LOVES' Children - 30 Days With Jesus

Today's Bible Challenge Reading: Mark 9:33-42, Mark 10:13-29, Luke 18: 14-17 - Jesus LOVES Children


Hi again...we took a break as we have traveled back and forth from Maine since we've been completing our 30 Days With Jesus journey. I hope you have been reading your bible daily...

I  like the new little image for 30 Days With Jesus created by my dear friend Miss Kristin

Isn't it cute?



This lesson is pretty straight forward...Jesus LOVES kids. He used children many times as a example for the adults to follow.

Child-like faith is the BEST!


Here is a link to the first part of today's reading using CEV version. It is what we use for kids church because it is easier to understand. A favorite verse 9:36 that  really shows God's papa heart towards children...

He took a little child whom he placed among them.

Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

It wasn't important to Jesus to talk about who was the greatest...a pointless discussion. He wanted to discuss kids and other important issues to the Kingdom...concerning kids Jesus went on to say:

42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble,

 it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.

That is pretty serious. God doesn't even want His children to stumble....away from Him.


The NEXT set of verses can be read in your bible but are ALSO at this link

The Little Children and Jesus


13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.

14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.That means Jesus really disapproved and wanted to be with the children. He still feels that way! Jesus wants to be able talk to you and be with you. Sound strange?

 He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. (NIV)

This is EXACTLY what Jesus wants to do....even now. See its right there in the bible...how Jesus is crazy about you.

Here is a funny but good clip..there are more on   's youtube if u like.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

May 21, 2011 End of the World ?? Judgment Day

 

Is it true? Could it be? The END of the WORLD on May 21st, 2011. That was my dad’s birthday…how could THAT be?
Many rumor mills are going around this year about May 21, 2012. Even msnbc.com covered this popular  “prophecy” that states that the world…as we know it will end. The sad truth is…despite their impressive zeal, good intensions to get people to turn to a relationship with God and resourcefulness…they can’t be 100% right. 

In spite of the fact that many are joining them to publicize this “prophecy” anyone who spends time reading the simple verse

Matthew 24:26 "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.

Does that mean the world WON’T end on May 21st?

Well NOT EXACTLY…

WE DON’T and CAN’T KNOW EXACTLY WHEN


may 21st
Allison Warden poses with her car showing a message about the Rapture. Warden, 29, has been helping organize a campaign using billboards, postcards and other media in cities across the U.S.
To get the word out, they're using billboards and bus stop benches, traveling caravans of RVs and volunteers passing out pamphlets on street corners. Cities from Bridgeport, Conn., to Little Rock, Ark., now have billboards with the ominous message, and mission groups are traveling in countries from Latin America to Africa to spread the news outside the U.S. http://msnbc.com/

It’s simple…their “prophecy” doesn’t line up with the Bible…

These sincere Christians are TRYING…so I pray God will bless them. BUT I believe their actions may cause more damage than good..especially if people are watching them and just waiting to see May 22. I don’t want to see scores of people becoming hard hearted not realizing that Jesus is coming soon. Not sure when.


I had a nice chat with some folks online about it on the MSNBC.com website…there are over 7k comments! I know it must be me…I don’t spend much time over there chatting with adults. I spend much of my time chatting with children of all ages. It really amazed me that soooo many people really are wondering about this…I wonder if all their stories have so many replies.


I shared:


“God loves his people very much...and I believe it makes God very sad to see this confusion...unfortunately alot of people haven't searched the bible to "test" this "prophecy".

God usually verifies a prophecy if it is true. (The bible says in 2 Cor. 13:1 - in the mouth of two or three witnesses, shall every word be established.) 

Also, if a prophecy is really true it agrees with written scripture. Before believing this May 21st info or before just kinda hoping its not true...read what the bible says about how everything will end.

I wrote about this concerning the recent movie 2012 but the same information and scriptures applies...if I could help you with more info please let me know....
Here’s the Link to this comment and full discussion on http://msnbc.com/ US and World news

We then our chat moved into a nice discussion on the book of Revelations.  from Rev 21 and Rev 22 about what REALLY will happen in the end of the world. It is a wonderful read!

 

This pastor at the end summed it up well

 

May 21st–End of the World?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

30 Days With Jesus - Sunday School Lessons

30 Days With Jesus

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Big Bible Town Online Games for Kids

BIG Bible Town is an online game that teaches God's Word and builds Christian character as K-6 kids practice putting their faith into action. http://BIGBibleTown.com






This looks like a good game for young kids who want to learn about Jesus...


RESURRECTION ONLINE VIDEO GAME - Find more videos like this on CMConnect - Childrens Ministry; Family Ministry FREE Network


This Video game also looks good. for christian children ....esp for girls!



HANNAH ONLINE VIDEO GAME - Find more videos like this on CMConnect - Childrens Ministry; Family Ministry FREE Network