Everywhere I look and with the many people I speak, the same theme comes across, and that is that many believe that the end is near—that we are in the end times.
If I simply look at what is going on in the world today, the weather disasters (floods in some areas and drought in others), the increase and severity of earthquakes, the man-made disasters and also the moral decline of humanity as well as the wars and the rumors of wars, then I would have no choice but agree that we indeed are in the end times.
However, that does not mean that it is this week or even this month, maybe it isn’t even this year.
But I do know this, it is in our time, we will see prophecy fulfilled.
Rev 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
1 Peter 4:7 (NIV)
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
He (God) does say that the end is near. But He said it so long ago, what are we to do? Worry? Every day we are to pray, worship and read and learn His word. We needn’t worry as long as we keep close to Him and keep our mind free from the ungodly and worldly things and thoughts.
1 Tim 4:13 (NIV)
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
So devout yourself to being in Gods word and in His will.
The signs will come and we, (all those who believe) will know what is happening when it happens.
People will have their hearts hardened to God and His word, there will be deceivers among us, those who will call themselves prophets but are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They will twist the word of God to take people into their web of lies and deceit.
Luke 21:20 (NIV) “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that it’s desolation is near.”
Isa 34:4 (NIV) All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.
Mat 24:32-35 (NIV) “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Mat 24:10-14 (NIV) “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Matthew 24:3-6 (NIV)
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
When all these things happen, we will know that the time is short. Everything that will happen will be worse than it has ever been.
Mat 24:21-25 (NIV) “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive the elect–if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.”
During this time the Lord will increase His gifting to us and pour out His spirit onto all those who believe and keep His faith.
Joel 2:28-32 (NIV) “…I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved… “
You know the truth, guard your heart, mind and spirit and keep strong in faith and know God’s word. Do not be deceived by anyone. The word of God is the word of God and it does not change. Also keep watch and know the signs.
Mark 13:23 (NIV) “So be on your guard, I have told you everything ahead of time.”
Mat 24:26-27 (NIV) “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
After all this has happened, then we will see the Lord, our Lord and savior come and take us to Glory. And all those who knew the truth but chose to live in sin and all those who mocked and scoffed at those who stood firm on their faith in Christ will feel the terror and know that we spoke the truth and that Christ Jesus is the true Son of God and our Savior.
Mat 24:29-31 (NIV) “Immediately after the distress of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather the elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
Luke 21:25-28 (NIV) “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
We do not and will not know the exact time when all of this is to happen, but we do know that it is near, that there is not much time left. Some people live a life of sin, having worldly fun thinking that they have time. They live in sin, and with people in sin, doing whatever they want believing that they have lots of time left. But they are deceived, they are on a path of destruction without hope if they do not turn from their wicked ways now and repent. If only they knew that the end was near, they would have watched and changed their ways.
Mat 24:36-42 (NIV) “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
Mat 24:43-44 (NIV) “But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
It is our duty as Christians to teach others the word of God, to preach His gospel to the world in hopes that they all will be saved and come to the full knowledge and understanding of the Lord and His word. He wants no one to perish but all to be saved. If we do not do this, then we are as guilty as those who sin.
Mat 24:45-51 (NIV) “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away for a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”
So be careful, stay in God’s word, keep your faith and pray for continual wisdom. The time will come when the Lord returns, so be ready always, keeping a clear mind and stay away from sin. Do not let anyone drag you down and away from the knowledge and salvation of Jesus. In the meantime, read His word and preach it to the world.
Here are other scriptures to read.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (NIV)
5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.
Luke 21:34-36 (NIV)
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
New International Version (NIV)
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Thomas H Czech, 2012
In this day and age; the age of violence, needless wars, self-gratification, greed, godlessness. This, the age of sin, there is no love. Not real love, but instead the only love that truly manifests in everyday life, the love that tops the list is the unGodly, unholy love of money. That is the love that seems to be the driving force behind politicians and the acts and bills that they sign into existence. It is the love that drives most people.
There is a love that we must remember, a love that is true love and holy love. This love is from the Father, the one true God. He created all things, including you. So if God commands us to love and to show love to others as He shows us, then that is a good love, pure and holy.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
These verses teach us what real love is.
We are told to take this love and behave toward everyone in such a manner.
Mark 12:31 (NIV)
… ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Luke 6:35 (NIV)
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Can you imagine a world that followed these commandments? We would not be living in a world that invades countries out of greed or hatred. We would live in a world where we all get along, share our resources and care for one another. We would be helping the drought stricken nation of Africa where famine and pestilence is killing people. We would give freely of our medications instead of charging ridiculously high prices. I could go on.
Do we not expect help if or when we need it? So then why do we not help others when they need it?
Luke 6:31 (NIV)
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Love is everything, without it we have nothing…nothing but a life of sin and misery. We have a world where people only see themselves and within their own needs and desires, nothing else.
Romans 12:9 (NIV)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Romans 13:10 (NIV)
Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Here are some more scriptures on Love:
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 John 4:7 (NIV)
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
We must always remember to love others as God loves us.
The following is a great piece of writing put together from scriptures.
It is called “The Father’s Love Letter”. Please read it and you can also watch the beautiful by clicking the link bellow. The letter and video are taken from: http://www.fathersloveletter.com/index.html
AN INTIMATE MESSAGE FROM GOD TO YOU.
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3 numbered. Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27 your being. Acts 17:28 For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12 You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26 You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 I knit you together in your mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6 I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. John 8:41-44 I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16 And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1 Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1 I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11 For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48 Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17 For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33 My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3 My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18 And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40 For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5 I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41 And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3 If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29 Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13 I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20 For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18 As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11 One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4 And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4 I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23 For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26 He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3 He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10 I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32 If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23 And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39 Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7 I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15 My question is…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13 I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32
Love, Your Dad
Words paraphrased from the Holy Bible ©1999-2008 FathersLoveLetter.com
Thomas H Czech, 2012
To guilt someone is manipulation
To guilt or manipulate is a sin
Thomas H Czech
December 18, 2010
To guilt someone into doing what you want is manipulation; which is wrong!
This could be the end of this blog, but I think I should go deeper into what can be construed as being manipulation.
Have you ever heard someone say, “If you love me you would…” or “If you really cared, you would…”.
Those words are what some people use to guilt someone into doing what they want, or to get their own way, that is manipulation in its simplest form.
The fact of the matter is, if one truly cares about the other person, then that person would not try to guilt the other or manipulate as it were, to get their own way or have the person do what they want.
In New King James Version of the bible 2Corinthians 11:14 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Why does Satan transform? He does it to deceive, and why does he want to deceive? He wants to deceive all mankind in order to manipulate us all so that he can do with us whatever he wants.
So with this scripture alone we know that manipulation is a sin.
But let us not merely believe that Satan tries to deceive and manipulate, let us understand that people do the same, they come to us pretending to be good or nice and have good intentions, but they do not. They want to get close to us to harm us in some evil way; they will even try to play one against the other in order to bring strife and division to couples and families, sometimes for no reason at all, but for their own sick enjoyment because they are led by Satan to bring destruction.
The same can be true in the church. Matthew 7:15 (New King James Version)
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. There are people in the church who do the same, they pretend to be God fearing, Jesus worshiping people, but behind the scene, away from the pastor they behave in worldly manners, with venomous tongues and evil desires they go about their daily lives, until Sunday comes around, they dress in fine clothes and paste on fake smiles and even sing the songs, but the truth is that Jesus sees it all. The sad thing is that they hurt so many people. Some of them use the name of Jesus to control people. “Jesus wants you to do…” or “Jesus told me that you…” and so on. All in the name of guilting or manipulating people within the church.
We know that guilting people at all or for any reason is manipulation, we know that manipulation is a sin. We also know that the days of such evil are written in the Word of God which tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16 (New King James Version)16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The scripture comes directly from God Himself.
Let’s read 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (New King James Version) 1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
From such people we are to turn away. I despise manipulation; it makes me feel as if I was thrown into a pit of the filthiest, vilest thing which one’s mind can think of. I know when someone is trying to manipulate and I want to run away as fast and as far as I can, because I know it is coming from Satan
People who do such things are lovers of self and do not care about you or me, or anyone else for that matter.
Interesting isn’t it. To witness these last days where such behaviour is rapidly gaining momentum. It is the end time prophecies coming to fruition. Make your lives right with God, put on the full armour of God so that you may be strong, encouraged, protected and ready for battle. Ephesians 6:13-18 (New King James Version)13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Let me say one last thing, even though we are living in the end times, even though so many people are working for Satan we can be encouraged in what we are told in Matthew 6:25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
©Thomas H Czech, 2010