end times watching: Jeremiah’s vision and prophecy

“Are not all my words as fire, sayeth the LORD, and a hammer that shatters rock” prophet Jeremiah

It is impossible for a watchman not to speak when receiving a clear message from the word of God. As posted on 7/22 (as received in an aftermath of 7/17) a mourning song from Jeremiah 9 for the nations, two more glaring horrifying air events happened with fatalities on 7/23. Within less than a fortnight (7/17-23) three tragic events were no small unnoticeable matters for watchman. The matters involve signs and nations of the world.

Here are the posts preceding this one, all within the short span of a week. Then when the latest bad news came, this watchman asked the Lord and received Jeremiah chapters 17 and 7. The day of Doom was spoken twice in chapter 17:17-18. The word “double” destruction was spoken in verse 18.

But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious

What does this mean? A watchman asked. At times like this, no watchman (messenger) can remain in each own comfort zone. what is the job of a watchman? The answer received is in the testimony (messages) of prophet Jeremiah (called to prophetic ministry in c. 626 BC) as recorded in the Bible. The instruction: read and understand the book of Jeremiah. This is the book for now.

The following are verses on the day of doom. Read and meditate the whole book of Jeremiah and Amos too. Pray and ask the Lord to reveal the messages for you today.

Do not be a terror to me; You are my hope in the day of doom.
Let them be ashamed who persecute me, But do not let me be put to shame; Let them be dismayed, But do not let me be dismayed. Bring on them the day of doom, And destroy them with double destruction!

And I will send winnowers to Babylon, Who shall winnow her and empty her land. For in the day of doom They shall be against her all around.

Woe to you who put far off the day of doom, Who cause the seat of violence to come near;

 

But, the watchman says, “here is still the GOOD NEWS”:

http://citizenheaven.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/good-news/

 

But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious

Praise God for His wondrous works“But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious…” (Psalm 86:15)
Psalm 145 (NASB)I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.
10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

14 The Lord sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.
16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
20 The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,

a mourning song for the nations

Mourning from the prophet Jeremiah (excerpts from chapter 9)

1 Oh, that my head were waters,
And my eyes a fountain of tears,
That I might weep day and night
For the slain of the daughter of my people!
Oh, that I had in the wilderness
A lodging place for travelers;
That I might leave my people,
And go from them!
For they are all adulterers,
An assembly of treacherous men.

“And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies.
They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” says the Lord

20 Yet hear the word of the Lord, O women,
And let your ear receive the word of His mouth;
Teach your daughters wailing,
And everyone her neighbor a lamentation.
21 For death has come through our windows,
Has entered our palaces,
To kill off the children— no longer to be outside!
And the young men— no longer on the streets!

22 Speak, “Thus says the Lord:

‘Even the carcasses of men shall fall as refuse on the open field,
Like cuttings after the harvester,
And no one shall gather them.’”

23 Thus says the Lord:

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the Lordrepentance in action

Prayer call: Therefore you also be ready

Bible verses from NKJV (boldness added)

Genesis 6  (boldness added)

The Wickedness and Judgment of Man

1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, …

And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”…

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth…

Matthew 24 (boldness added)

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. oblivious to the end like Noah time40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

conversation with God: 2014 It shall be one day Which is known to the Lord

Zechariah 14 New King James Version (NKJV)

BIBLE ZechariahThe Day of the Lord

14 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Then the Lord will go forth
And fight against those nations,
As He fights in the day of battle.
And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
From east to west,
Making a very large valley;
Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south.
Then you shall flee through My mountain valley,
For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal.
Yes, you shall flee
As you fled from the earthquake
In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.

Thus the Lord my God will come,
And all the saints with You.[a]

It shall come to pass in that day
That there will be no light;
The lights will diminish.
It shall be one day
Which is known to the Lord
Neither day nor night.
But at evening time it shall happen
That it will be light.

And in that day it shall be
That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem,
Half of them toward the eastern sea
And half of them toward the western sea;
In both summer and winter it shall occur.
And the Lord shall be King over all the earth.
In that day it shall be—
“The Lord is one,”[b]
And His name one.

10 All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem[c] shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.

11 The people shall dwell in it;
And no longer shall there be utter destruction,
But Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

12 And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:

Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet,
Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.

13 It shall come to pass in that day
That a great panic from the Lord will be among them.
Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor,
And raise his hand against his neighbor’s hand;
14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem.
And the wealth of all the surrounding nations
Shall be gathered together:
Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance.

15 Such also shall be the plague
On the horse and the mule,
On the camel and the donkey,
And on all the cattle that will be in those camps.
So shall this plague be.

The Nations Worship the King

16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

20 In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts.[d] Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.

Footnotes:

  1. Zechariah 14:5 Or you; Septuagint, Targum, and Vulgate read Him.
  2. Zechariah 14:9 Compare Deuteronomy 6:4
  3. Zechariah 14:10 Literally She
  4. Zechariah 14:21 Or on every pot . . . shall be (engraved) “HOLINESS TO THE LORD OF HOSTS”

conversation with God: 2014 these men have set up their idols in their hearts

Ezekiel 14 New King James Version (NKJV) (boldness added)

Idolatry Will Be Punished

14 Now some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?

“Therefore speak to them, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols, that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.”’

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations. For anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who separates himself from Me and sets up his idols in his heart and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, then comes to a prophet to inquire of him concerning Me, I the Lord will answer him by Myself. I will set My face against that man and make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.

“And if the prophet is induced to speak anything, I the Lord have induced that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel. 10 And they shall bear their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired, 11 that the house of Israel may no longer stray from Me, nor be profaned anymore with all their transgressions, but that they may be My people and I may be their God,“ says the Lord God.’”

Judgment on Persistent Unfaithfulness

12 The word of the Lord came again to me, saying: 13 “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God.

15 “If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts, 16 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be desolate.

17 “Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, ‘Sword, go through the land,’ and I cut off man and beast from it, 18 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but only they themselves would be delivered.

19 “Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast, 20 even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.”

21 For thus says the Lord God: “How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence—to cut off man and beast from it? 22 Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it. 23 And they will comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings; and you shall know that I have done nothing without cause that I have done in it,” says the Lord God.

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revelation 2014

conversation with God: 2014 Then I looked, and behold,

Then I looked, and behold,… The signs of time: 2014

Revelation 14 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Lamb and the 144,000

14 Then I looked, and behold, a[a] Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having[b] His Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed[c] from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no deceit,[d] for they are without fault before the throne of God.[e]

The Proclamations of Three Angels

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon[f] is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those[g] who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me,[h] “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

Reaping the Earth’s Harvest

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You[i] to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Reaping the Grapes of Wrath

17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.

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Conversation with God: when God spoke twice

This is the time when God speaks repeatedly (usually twice and more) and no human has excuse not to hear. When He spoke twice He actually made sure we know it’s from Him and He will shortly bring it to pass. Jesus has warned His disciples to continue one utmost task after He has spoken to them about the end times: Watch and pray.

How soon? Looking at the most recent events in the world, no one can deny that the ‘soon’ means even within mere months. Why so soon? My spirit perceives that God’s time (as revealed and duly written in the Bible) for mankind accelerates as it runs out. Please heed His call and His appointed time.

We read some Scriptures to see how God spoke twice or more and what was the content and intent of His conversation with man.

(Boldness, italics and notes on the following Bible verses were added by this watchman)

Genesis 41:32 (NKJV) 32 And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

The example of Abraham, the father of faith: God spoke of His covenant was with Abraham and his descendants through his son Isaac.

Genesis 17:1-5 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying:   “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations…7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you…9 “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations…19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him…21 But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”

Exodus 6:5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.

Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

Leviticus 26:9 ‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.
Isaiah 59:20-21 20 The Redeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,”
Says the Lord.

21 “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”

Who are the present day descendants of Abraham? All who believe in Jesus Christ by faith. The content and intent of God’s covenant are clearly stated in the following Scriptures. The only way to justification: by faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 4: For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

Romans 4:22-25 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

Galatians 3:1-3 Justification by Faith

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

How does one receive this free gift from God?

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

What Does God expects of and has promised to those who have believed and become the disciples of Jesus Christ concerning our lives on earth? Heed His call and warning today, churches.
Acts 28:31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.
Romans 15:4-6 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 22:1414 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 
Revelation 22:15-16 Amplified Bible (AMP) 15 [But] without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries (magic arts) and impurity [the lewd, adulterers] and the murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and deals in falsehood (untruth, error, deception, cheating).

16 I, Jesus, have sent My messenger (angel) to you to witness and to give you assurance of these things for the churches (assemblies). I am the Root (the Source) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and brilliant Morning Star. revelation 22-16

end days witnessing: discipleship manual 2

This is a continuation of the previous blog post on the last commandment from Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the ultimate Ruler.
The Bible verses are given at random as led in my spirit. They form a very clear manual for discipleship. This is how I have and shall continue to train the little ones who come to Jesus, brought to Him by the Holy Spirit, my Teacher.
One call is definitely loud and clear to all who wait for their calling now: “Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.” (Matt.22:9)
Summary of faith in action: Jesus has commanded to all born again believers who follow Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations. We just need to be born again by faith, believe in His words by faith, go and practice His words with signs and wonders by faith. Jesus will draw the people to Him. People who are hungry and thirsty for the kingdom of God will come and seek Jesus. But they must see the marvelous and awesome kingdom of God in the midst of the disciples. Wherever the disciples go they bring the kingdom of God (with the glorious presence and rulership of the Almighty God) in their midst. Disciples are people who live in the kingdom of God themselves. Living and walking by faith and being led by the Holy Spirit ensures this faithful lifestyle.
A lifestyle of living before the Almighty God.
Revelation 7:15
Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.
God has revealed through Jesus, His kingdom to the people on earth. The people on earth want this kingdom. This kingdom is given through Jesus. All who believe in Him will be born again by the Holy Spirit and God’s word and enter it.
Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.

Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Exodus 4:12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”
Exodus 32:34 Now therefore, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. Behold, My Angel shall go before you…”

John 6:24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.

God has also set a time frame for all people on earth to repent and return to Him. God’s plan and appointed time does not delay.

2 Peter 3:11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
James 4:7 [ Humility Cures Worldliness ] Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
2 Timothy 2:3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 13:13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
Acts 10:20 Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.”
Acts 10:33 So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”
Acts 28:28 “Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!” the-bible-jesus-and-disciples

end times church witnessing: discipleship manual

In the end days, many old guards are passing away. There is an urgency in making disciples. Today’s word is “make disciples“!

Bible verse are quoted from New King James Version (NKJV) (Boldness added.)

The first time the word disciple was mentioned in the Bible is in the following verse: Discipleship is closely linked to the word of God. The master is a teacher and practitioner of God’s words. The disciples are those who are taught God’s words and practice them.

Isaiah 8:16 Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples.

We read from the book of Matthew how Jesus and His disciples interacted: He called them and they followed. They came to Him and take orders from Him. He taught them in words and in practice of God’s words.

Matthew 4:18-19 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 

Matthew 5:1 [ The Beatitudes ] And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.

Matthew 8:23 [ Wind and Wave Obey Jesus ] Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.

Jesus revealed to His disciples what God was interested in. God wanted souls to be saved. Jesus not only sent out His disciples He told them to pray for more workers for God’s harvest.

Matthew 9:36-3836 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Jesus gave His authority and power to the disciples so that they could practice what He had taught them. All they needed to do was to do what Jesus had authorized them.

Matthew 10:1 [ The Twelve Apostles ] And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power overunclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Matthew 10:24 “A discipleis not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.

Jesus Himself continued putting into practice what He taught His disciples. He showed them how urgent and important the matter of bringing people into the kingdom of God was.

Matthew 11:1 [ John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus ] Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.

Jesus treated the disciples as His own close relatives.

Matthew 12:49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!

Jesus showed His disciples how His power could be used to override physical natural law and elements, such as supernaturally multiplying food when needed and walking on water as though walking on solid ground.

Matthew 14:19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.

Matthew 14:26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

Jesus taught the disciples how to follow Him effectively and successfully. The key was to leave oneself behind and take on a new identity as a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), joined to Him, one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). He told them that it was a privilege to be called and chosen as only few could make it. By being His disciples they could partake all that He is. He will be victorious and is giving them all. (Ephesians 1:3)

Matthew 16:24 [ Take Up the Cross and Follow Him ] Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Matthew 20:16-18

16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” 17 Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, 18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, Matthew 26:19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover. Matthew 26:26-27 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.

Jesus also taught the disciples one essential key to continue their connection to Him. Prayer overcomes the physical realm and its limitation. Prayer is a spiritual weapon and enables human being to break through the physical barrier and enter into the presence of God, who is Spirit. (John 4:23-24) The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of intercession and empowers those who pray. (Romans 8:26-27)

26: 40-41 40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Jesus made sure the disciples knew He is risen and rejoice in witnessing His resurrection. Knowing our God is alive and ever living makes us want to worship Him and witness for Him.

Matthew 28:7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

Matthew 28:9 [ The Women Worship the Risen Lord ] And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.

Last word from Jesus to the disciples: They too must make disciples of all nations. This command is for us too. We too, have the calling and sending from Jesus, His Spirit, the authority of His name, and His words. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations for Jesus Christ!

Matthew 28:18-2018 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. make disciples of all nations

mighty daughters of the kingdom of God

Introducing a new blog for every woman who is waiting to hear God for direction and calling.

“This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience – it looks for a way of being constructive.
Love is not possessive.
Love is not anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own ideas.
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage.
Love is not touchy.
Love does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limits to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen.”
Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman    

Many more….

http://kzlam36.wordpress.com/mighty-daughters-of-the-kingdom-of-god/

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End Times Church Countdown: Sword of the Spirit

The sword of the Spirit – the word of God. This is the piece of armor that makes the armor complete. There are two elements: the Holy Spirit. The Word of God. Both work together. This is the power we experience when we put them together and wear them as armor daily.

Here are some of the teachings on how to use this piece of armor in the book of Matthew. (boldness added; notes by this watchman are in italics and/or in brackets)

4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

(Word of God gives life. The word of God is spirit and is life. John 6:63)

7:27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 13:23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

(Word of God demands action by faith and always produces positive and supernaturally abundant benefits and profits when we obey. Joshua 1:8; Isaiah 55:11 so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. )

8:8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8:16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

(When spoken by faith, word of God produces supernatural power, even power over all kinds of sicknesses and infirmities. Psalm 107:20 He sent out His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave. )

12:36-37 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” 19:11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.

(The word of God is perfect and demands full allegiance. But many prefer idle words and will be judged accordingly. Note: when people speak idle words it means they are acting on them.

Bible verses: James 3:2 if anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man. Psalm 59:12 For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. For the curses and lies they utter, 64:3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows. )

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. (Jesus declared: The power of God’s words is eternal. Psalm 119: 89 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.)

Here are more Bible verses Sword of the Spirit from psalms and prophets:

Psalm 119:114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your word. 147: 15 He sends His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly. 18 He sends his word and melts them; He stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. (The words of God are weapons. God sends them to protect His people and destroy the enemies!)

God favors those who have reverent fear of Him and obey His words.

Jeremiah 66: 2 Has not My hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at My word.

Psalm 33:18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, 34:9 Fear the Lord, you His holy people, for those who fear Him lack nothing. (God provides all they need)

34:7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.  115:11 You who fear Him, trust in the Lord— He is their help and shield. (God sends mighty angels to protect them and He becomes their armor.)

Finally, God records every word we speak about Him. He will reward those who fear and honor Him.

Malachi 3:16 [ The Faithful Remnant ] Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name.

Last word to each (Christian and church included): As each individual lives on earth, he or she is actually shaping the writing of his/her life. The books are written in heaven. Words matter. They will be written as actions of our lives.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 20:15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. 21:27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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End times church countdown: helmet in Christ

This watchman is led to post this passage of the Bible for the meditation on the helmet of salvation. The key to putting on this helmet is “knowledge of God”. Know our position in Christ. God Himself initiated this secure son-ship position for us. Having believed in the gospel, we were sealed in Christ with the Holy Spirit. We need to hold fast to this position by faith. My prayer is that you read and listen to this passage many times and meditate on it. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to understand this piece of the armor which protects your head.

Ephesians 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)  (Boldness added)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

(this following passage is the gist of the helmet)

13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

(Below is Paul’s prayer for you too. You can copy the verses 17-23 and keep meditating and using them as your prayer for yourself and your loved ones too. )

15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

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Do this, knowing the time: Put on the full armor of God

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This watchman received in spirit that this is the sign: put on your full armor of God.

This means: having the full alertness and consciousness of the mighty presence of God and His Word, Spirit-filled and Spirit-led at all times. Listening to audio Bible and reading at the same time is one way of keeping focused on God and matters of God, just as our Lord and Savior Jesus has commanded. (John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.)

Ephesians 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak…

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.

Romans 13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

Luke 11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed. 22 But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder. 23 He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.

1 John 4:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

John 16:33 [Full Chapter] These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. | Full Chapter |
He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

End times church countedown: still practice righteousness

robe_of_righteousnessJesus stated that knowing God and Jesus is eternal life. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. ” (John 17:3) Knowing God is indeed good news. Putting on the armor of God is about knowing God.

The second piece of the armor of God is the breastplate of righteousness. We read some Bible verses to see God and His righteousness, so that we know what to put on to stand against the spiritual enemies. God is righteous. God loves righteousness. God gives His people righteousness. Righteousness is a good news together with salvation! Righteousness and salvation are given to all who believe in Jesus. “…the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.” (Romans 3:22)

Bible verses (boldness of verses are added by this blogger)

In the beginning, righteousness by faith in God:  The testimony of Abraham.

Genesis 15:6 Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. In Context | Full Chapter |

Genesis 18:19 For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.”

God knows men cannot attain the righteousness of God by their own effort:

Deuteronomy 6:25 It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as He commanded us.
“Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people.
God is righteous and men know this well:
Psalm 4:4-6

Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the Lord.

Psalm 11:7 For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.

Psalm 24:4-6 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood
And has not sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive a blessing from the Lord
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah.

(The above psalm is confirmed by Jesus’ teaching on “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” in Matthew 6:33)

The righteousness of God is good news as it comes with salvation. We are to proclaim this good news !

Psalm 40:8-10 I delight to do Your will, O my God;
Your Law is within my heart.” 9 I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips,
O Lord, You know.
10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.

Psalm 48:10 As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. Psalm 71:15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the sum of them. Psalm 98:2 The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.

Good news and bad news at the end of the present world: (at the return of Jesus Christ)

[ The Coming of Christ ] And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.”
Good news is: We can choose to be robed in the righteousness of Christ!
Isaiah 61:10 (NASB) 10 I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

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Note: in another blog post, find more verses on how to put on the breastplate righteousness : http://citizenheaven.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/the-whole-armor-of-the-healed-righteousness/