(Galatians 1:8) But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
(John 8:32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
QUESTION: I was wondering how the disciples and those with them were able to heal and cast out evil spirits much like Jesus did. It seemed like the Holy Spirit was working through them powerfully. The Holy Spirit would also come upon everyone in a very powerful and evident way. Why do we not hear of anything remotely close to this happening today?
ANSWER: I can personally attest to the fact that the Holy Spirit does work in powerful and evident ways today just like He did then. But as it was in the Lord’s time His power is limited by unbelief. Remember, in His hometown among His own neighbors the Lord was constrained from working miracles by their lack of faith (Mark 6:4-6). Today that’s the case in most of the World.
WHERE DID HIS POWER COME FROM?
QUESTION: When Jesus calmed the storm, raised the dead, fed the 5,000 with two fish and a loaf of bread was He using divine power or was He relying on the power of the Father in those instances?
ANSWER: When Jesus came to earth it was as a man, and He limited Himself to doing only those things a man can do. His miraculous works came through the power of the Holy Spirit, which, because of Him, is now available to all of us. This is how He could tell the disciples that anyone with faith in Him could do the things He had been doing (John 14:12).
I believe this is also why He said that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit was a sin for which the Pharisees would not be forgiven (Matt.12:32). Remember, they accused Him of driving out demons by the poser of Beelzebub (Satan). Attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan was an act of blasphemy.
ACCESSING THE POWER:
QUESTION: My question is concerning the Holy Spirit. My Sunday school teacher asked this question last Sunday and we are still talking about it. Why do Christians who are sealed with the Holy Spirit struggle through life? One of my classmates said its because most Christians don’t know they are sealed when they first believed, or don’t know how to access the power of the Holy Spirit. I’ve struggled with this in my own mind. I’m just not sure I understand everything I should about the Holy Spirit. Can you help?
ANSWER: There are two issues here and many people fall victim to both. The first one is understanding that the Lord never promised that Christians wouldn’t struggle. In John 16:33 He said, “In this world you have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” This world is a dark and evil place where trouble is the norm, not the exception. It’s not that Christians won’t have trouble from time to time, it’s that we shouldn’t let our troubles discourage us. We should know that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18) and that God is working everything together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). That means even the troubles we experience will bring blessings, in this life as well as in the next one.
The second and more important issue is one of control. If we insist upon retaining control of our lives, then we’ll be limited to living in our own strength. Only by yielding to the Holy Spirit’s guidance can we expect to benefit from His power (Romans 12:1-2). Knowing how to access the power of the Holy Spirit is as simple as listening to His counsel. Jesus said that apart from Him we can do nothing of value for the Kingdom, but if we remain in Him we can bear much fruit (John 15:5).
This is not something we can be taught, nor is it a matter of technique. It comes automatically when we decide to wait until we hear from the Holy Spirit before acting on anything and then doing our best to follow His direction. It takes a little practice and a lot of faith but it brings rewards all out of proportion to the effort.
DO WE NEED POWER OF FAITH?
QUESTION: My church is sponsoring a Women’s Conference soon and have chosen as the theme “Empowering the Christian African American Woman in Strength, Faith, and Fellowship”. What Bible passages are appropriate for this theme? Please reply and advise.
ANSWER: There are no Bible verses specific to this topic because it’s not a Biblical issue. Every Christian of every color, whether male or female, young or old is already uniquely empowered by the Holy Spirit for the good of the body of Christ.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. (1 Cor. 12:4-7,11)
We have only to discover what our gifts are and begin to use them for the good of the body. The Holy Spirit will provide the rest. The problem isn’t that we lack the power. The problem is that we lack the faith to exercise the power we’ve already been given. History has proven time and again that there’s no force on Earth sufficient to prevent a willing believer from exercising the gifts invested in him or her by the Holy Spirit of God. Teach that at your conference and stand back.
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AFTER 70 YEARS: ISRAEL FEARS ‘EXPLOSION OF VIOLENCE’ AS US PREPARES TO OPEN EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM ON MAY 14TH
The US embassy move will be preceded by the 12 May deadline for Trump to decide whether to walk away from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and reinstate sanctions on Tehran. Pulling out of the deal would add pressure on the Iranian leadership at a time when Israel has warned of open war and engaged in direct confrontation, targeting Iranian military sites in neighbouring Syria. Goldenberg said the “flood of huge events” could be overwhelming: “A toxic witches’ brew of political instability and further potential violence is stewing in the Middle East.”
Police in Israel have started patrols and security sweeps of a southern Jerusalem neighbourhood, anxiously preparing for a US embassy inauguration on May 14th that Israelis and Palestinians fear may launch a week of violence.
“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: One week from tomorrow, the nation of regathered Israel will officially reach the 70 year mark. We have been telling you for over a year now about the tremendous potential for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy to take place on or around that time. All the key countries and players are firmly in place, and the only thing we are waiting on is for the LORD to ‘throw the switch’. Will He or won’t He? That’s the big question to be answered. I honestly don’t know, but when I read my Bible, I see how important the number 70 is in relationship to Israel, end times prophecy, and the time of Jacob’s trouble.
The move on 14 May will mark the start of a potentially volatile week when Israel will celebrate its 70th anniversary and Palestinians mark the “catastrophe”, or Nakba, of their displacement on the 15th. Nakba day has previously seen violence as the Israeli army responds to demonstrations in the occupied territories. This year, tensions are far higher than usual. Six weeks of protests along the Gaza border, during which Israeli soldiers have shot dead nearly 40 people and wounded hundreds, will culminate that week.
There are fears that those attending the rallies may attempt to breach the perimeter, a move that could lead to mass casualties as Israeli snipers are operating under rules of engagement that permit live fire.
“The situation between Israelis and Palestinians could not be more delicate,” wrote Ilan Goldenberg, who served as part of the US team during the 2013-14 Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, in an opinion piece for the Israeli paper Haaretz.
The embassy move, he said, may pass without significant violence, pointing to the lack of anticipated instability following Donald Trump’s December announcement to relocate the embassy. “Or it could explode – and we could find ourselves in the middle of a new war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Nobody knows, but it is irresponsible for the US to be dumping gasoline on this potential fire,” he said.
Israel’s police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said officers were assessing the level of security needed for the opening, including deploying CCTV cameras and guards in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Arnona, where the current US consulate is being retrofitted to become the embassy.
“We’re still waiting to see if the US president will come here for the opening move. The level of security will be raised accordingly,” he said. Trump has hinted he may attend, while Israeli media have speculated he will send his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Israeli police had not received information of any specific warnings, Rosenfeld said, but security forces were “taking into consideration the period we’re going to be in and other events, including Jerusalem celebrations and Nakba day. There are implications around the Gaza strip area, and of course the move with the American embassy as well. We’re talking about an intensive week,” he said.
Jerusalem’s status has been a critical obstacle in peace negotiations, and international consensus is that sovereignty over the city should be agreed between the two sides. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as a capital of a future independent state, but Israel captured it in 1967. It later annexed the city and claims the entire area as its “eternal and undivided” capital.
On the weekend ahead of the embassy opening, thousands of Israelis are expected to mark what they say is the city’s reunification in a Jerusalem Day rally. Often made up of religious settlers, tThese marches pass through Muslim district of the Old City and in previous years groups have chanted anti-Arab insults.
In the south, demonstrations in Gaza have been supported by Hamas, which rules the enclave and has fought three wars with Israel. With two-thirds of Gaza’s 2 million people being refugees or their descendants, protesters are demanding a “right to return” to their ancestral homes.
“The intensity of these marches will reach its zenith on 14 May,” said Mkhaimar Abusada, a political scientist at Gaza’s Al-Azhar University. He said opening the embassy in a week in which Palestinians remember what they see as their defining tragedy is misguided. “It’s like the US is insisting on making the Palestinians remember this day as a very sad day in their history and in their struggle against the Israeli occupation,” he said.
A week ago, a crowd of people moved towards the frontier, attempting to rip away barbed wire and set sections of the security fence on fire with burning tyres. Israel, which has rejected UN and EU calls for investigations into its use of live ammunition, accuses Hamas of exploiting civilians to break into its territory.
“When you have tens of thousands of people around the border there is no control over them,” said Abusada. “It would be my assumption that some protesters will try to breach the fence, will try to infiltrate into Israel. ”
The US embassy move will be preceded by the 12 May deadline for Trump to decide whether to walk away from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and reinstate sanctions on Tehran. Pulling out of the deal would add pressure on the Iranian leadership at a time when Israel has warned of open war and engaged in direct confrontation, targeting Iranian military sites in neighbouring Syria.
Goldenberg said the “flood of huge events” could be overwhelming: “A toxic witches’ brew of political instability and further potential violence is stewing in the Middle East.” source
REPORT: IRAN PLANNING TO LAUNCH A BARRAGE OF MISSILES AGAINST ISRAEL
Military analyst Roni Daniel said the intelligence suggested Iran would use Shiite militias already deployed in Syria, along with experts from Hezbollah.
By JPOST.COM STAFF, Anna Ahronheim – https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Iran-planning-to-launch-a-barrage-of-missiles-against-Israel-553644
Iran is preparing a barrage of missiles to launch against Israeli military positions from Syrian territory, Hebrew media reported Sunday, citing defense officials.
Iran plans to avenge alleged Israeli strikes on its bases in Syria, Ma’ariv defense analyst Alon Ben David said, by targeting military targets in northern Israel.
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As of now, Israel isn’t “on the eve of war against Iran,” he said, “but the Iranians do want revenge for their losses.”
Iran plans to use Shiite militias already deployed in Syria along with experts from Hezbollah, according to Channel 2 News military analyst Roni Daniel. The proxies would be overseen by general Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps abroad.
Tensions have risen dramatically between the two arch-enemies following the infiltration of a Iranian drone into northern Israel, which the IDF says was armed and on a sabotage attack mission against the Jewish State.
Israel is said to have been preparing for a direct attack from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps since mid-April in response to a strike allegedly carried out by the Jewish state against an Iranian operated airbase in Syria which killed seven IRGC soldiers.
A senior IDF official confirmed to The New York Times in late April that Israel was behind the attack, stating that the February incident “opened a new period” between the Jewish state and the Islamic Republic.
Following the strike, Ali Akbar Velayati, the top aid to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, warned Israel “should be waiting for a powerful response” to the strike on the airfield, saying “it will not remain unanswered.”
HAS THE TERMINAL GENERATION ARRIVED?
By Daymond Duck Published on: May 6, 2018 by RRadmin7 Category:Daymond Duck, General Articles
Jesus said, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Matt. 24:32-34).
Several Bible verses identify Israel as the Fig Tree (Hos. 9:10; Jer. 24:1-7).
Some prophecy teachers call the generation that sees all of the signs being fulfilled “the terminal generation” (the last generation of Christians or the generation of Christians that is alive when the Rapture takes place).
There are different ideas about the length of a generation and when to start counting on the terminal generation (1948, 1967); but some prophecy teachers believe a generation is 70 and perhaps up to 80 years (Psa. 90:1-10), and some start their countdown on May 14, 1948 when Israel (the Fig Tree) became a nation again.
Concerning this, Hal Lindsey recently made an interesting statement, “No matter how you define a “generation” (and there are multiple definitions), 70 years means that the major part of it has passed and there can’t be much left.”
This is the point: No one knows the day or the hour, but everyone needs to be aware of the possibility that it is very close and the importance of being ready.
First, the destruction of Damascus (War between Israel and Syria; Isa. 17), the destruction of Iran’s nuclear reactor (Elam; Jer. 49:34-39), and the Battle of Gog and Magog (Russia, Iran and others attacking Israel; (Ezek. 38-39) could be very close. If they are, this would be a clear sign that the latter days and latter years have arrived.
Russia is threatening to deploy some of its latest state of the art missiles (the S-300 system) around Damascus and some of Syria’s airports. Israel said if those missiles are used against Israeli jets, Israel will blow them up.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN recently told the UN Security Council that Iran controls 80,000 Shiite militants in Syria that have been trained at a military base slightly more than five miles from Damascus.
On Apr. 26, 2018, U.S. Sec. of Defense James Mattis told a U.S. congressional committee he believes “a military confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria is becoming increasingly likely.”
The next day, it was reported that there are rising concerns at the Pentagon that Iran could strike Israel “in the coming days.”
An aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman, was ordered to stay on alert in the area.
On Apr. 29, 2018, U.S. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo visited Israeli Prime Min. Benjamin Netanyahu.
Mr. Pompeo expressed strong U.S. support for Israel’s right to defend itself and apparently gave permission for Israel to take on Iran in Syria if Israel needs to.
That night (Apr. 29, 2018), Israel struck several military bases in Syria. It was reported that 26 troops (perhaps 18 Iranians) were killed and about 60 others (Lebanese, Iraqis, Pakistanis and troops from Afghanistan) were wounded.
One explosion was powerful enough to register 2.6 on the Richter scale. The New York Times reported that 200 Iranian missiles exploded.
The next morning (Apr. 30, 2018), Prime Min. Netanyahu placed an unusual call to Pres. Trump. Then, a large number of Israeli weapons were spotted heading north. Then, Mr. Netanyahu convened an emergency meeting of his security cabinet.
That night, Mr. Netanyahu addressed the Israeli people. He revealed that Israeli Mossad agents had gone into Iran and captured thousands of Iranian documents and CD’s that prove Iran is lying about its efforts to develop nuclear warheads.
Needless to say, the Ayatollah and some of his Mullahs are very upset.
Several excellent prophecy teachers believe Mr. Netanyahu was giving Pres. Trump and world leaders the information they need to justify their withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear weapons deal and to justify an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities if Iran restarts them.
It is impossible to predict how all of this will play out (a limited skirmish; or the destruction of Damascus; or the destruction of Iran’s nuclear reactor; or an incident that leads to the Battle of Gog and Magog, or what); but the situation is boiling, and many prophecy teachers think Hezbollah, Iran or Israel could soon launch a pre-emptive strike. The possibility exists that all of these things will be fulfilled before it ends.
Second, for whatever it is worth, Pres. Trump’s deadline for world leaders to fix or nix the Iranian nuclear agreement will be up on May 12, 2018.
Pres. Trump has said that he won’t renew the agreement, Iran is threatening war if he doesn’t, and France is saying war is a possibility.
The Ayatollah wants to trigger the Tribulation Period and help his Mahdi win the Mother of all Battles (Battle of Armageddon).
Third, concerning a peace treaty, in Dec. 2017 it was reported that some Arab nations were telling PA Pres. Mahmoud Abbas and the PA leadership to stop criticizing Pres. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to get on board with his proposed Middle East Peace Plan.
Some reports said Mr. Abbas and the PA leadership were told that if they didn’t cooperate, they could be replaced with people who would cooperate.
Mr. Abbas and his team of leaders aren’t cooperating – and they are citizens of Jordan, not Israel.
No reason was given, but on Apr. 25, 2018, it was reported that King Abdullah II of Jordan has notified Mr. Abbas and his team that they will soon be stripped of their Jordanian citizenship.
It is unclear how this will impact Pres. Trump’s peace proposal, but Mr. Abbas and his leaders will soon be visitors in Jordan, not citizens of Jordan, and the Temple Mount is currently under the control of King Abdullah of Jordan.
On Apr. 30, 2018, it was reported that Pres. Trump will probably release an outline of his peace plan shortly after the U.S. embassy is moved to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.
The word “shortly” is vague, but it indicates that a peace proposal that at least some Arabs seem willing to accept could be on the table soon. The response of Israel, Iran and others remains to be seen.
Fourth, the fact that Israel could hack into thousands of Iranian documents is evidence that world leaders will soon have the ability to track buying and selling.
Fifth, on Apr. 25, 2018, it was reported that the U.S. will place a Mezuzah (a small case or tube with a very tiny parchment scroll inside) on the doorpost at the entrance to America’s new embassy in Jerusalem.
The words of God found in Deut. 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 will be written on the scroll, and one of the names of God (Shaddai) will be visible through a small opening in the case or tube.
The meaning of Shaddai is vague, but some think it means “God is the Guardian of the Gates of Israel.”
Mezuzahs are used to remind those that enter and leave a building that the Jews have a covenant with God and the occupants of the building observe a special set of God-given rules, rituals and beliefs.
Posting a Mezuzah on the doorpost of the U.S. embassy won’t enhance America’s relationship with God, but it is good to have a government that understands what a Mezuzah is and that it is willing to place God’s name and portions of Holy Scripture on the doorpost.
No one knows, but I believe the terminal generation has arrived, and God will bless those that bless Israel. It is possible that God has placed many conservative Christians in the current administration for such a time as this, and it is good for America to be on Israel’s side.
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Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers. My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food. Because of my loud groaning I am reduced to skin and bones. I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins. I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof.
All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse. For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears because of your great wrath, for you have taken me up and thrown me aside. My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.
But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. For her stones are dear to your servants; her very dust moves them to pity.
The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. For the LORD will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.
Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD: “The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.”
So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the LORD. In the course of my life he broke my strength; he cut short my days. So I said: “Do not take me away, O my God, in the midst of my days; your years go on through all generations.
In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you.”
No matter what else happens in your life, you can be sure of one thing. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. (Hebr.13:8) Whether you live to a ripe old age or die young, enjoy good health or battle sickness, live a life of privilege or poverty, bask in the bright glow of worldly fame or drift through the gray haze of anonymity, His promise to you remains the same. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:1-3)
As acclaimed cartoonist Mark Newgarden observed, “We all die alone.” Sure, people can be at our bedside holding our hands and praying, but I’ve watched enough people die to know that at the moment our life on Earth ends, no one there will be able to share the experience with us. The journey from here to eternity begins with the shedding of all our earthly accoutrements, and at least for the short term that includes relationships as well. No one from here accompanies us on our walk toward the light.
How comforting it will be at that moment to know that all of God’s promises are true.
“This too shall pass,” the proverb tells us. No matter what your earthly situation or circumstance, it’s only temporary, and you know not when it will end. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” Jesus said. (Matt.24:35) I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)
So don’t allow the good to manipulate you, or the bad to intimidate you. Trust in the Lord, rejoice in all things, give thanks always. Learn, like Paul, the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. And what is this secret? I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Phil. 4:12-13). For the Lord is good, His compassions are new every morning, and His mercy endures forever.