It's Been Some Time

It's been some time since I last posted anything here at Fellowship Place, life has been very busy for me working at my job daily and coming home to spend time with my precious wife as we celebrated our 20th year of marriage this year which was a blessing.

This year has also been a very hurtful and painful time in my life and if it were not for my relationship with the Lord Jesus I really don't know how I'd be able to handle all the things that have hit me so suddenly.

Earlier this year my wife and I had to put our precious pet of 15 years to sleep, a male golden retriever that was just the best dog we ever had, it was cancer that finally did him in after battling with the disease for almost a year until finally he could not go on any longer, but he never cried or whimpered in all the time he dealt with it, he was such a trooper!

I tell you when you love a pet as much as we loved him, losing him is just as painful as losing your own child as they are still God's creation and everything the Lord created is precious in his eyes.

There isn't a day that goes by that my wife and I think about him in tears.

And that's not all, about five weeks ago I started feeling moments of fatigue and at times I would become lightheaded and had to lay down, it progressively has been getting worse and two weeks ago My wife had to take me to the emergency room twice in one week at our local hospital where once I was hooked up to the monitor we find out that my blood pressure is high and my heart rate dropped in the low 40s.... not good!

After all the tests, x-rays, stress tests, and a lot of blood work I find out my heart is healthy, but that I am now Type2 diabetic, and I have sleep apnea (OSD) on top of that and I can tell you the two don't mix. Last night I had to have a sleep study done which will help me in treating my sleep disorder, the staff that worked with me was awesome and now I'll have to use
continuous positive airway pressure (cpap) every night. I have read online that having sleep apnea can increase your risk of getting diabetes and that by using a cpap you can actually reduce your glucose levels in your blood.

Oh how life hits you all at once and yet throughout all of this the Lord is right there holding me up all the time, oh how wonderful he is!

And in spite of these setbacks I feel totally blessed and thankful that I may have caught this diabetes early. And with a healthful change in my diet, exercise, and getting a good night's sleep I will be able to keep this disease under control.

Praise the Lord!!

I tell you all of this really does help put a real perspective on life, in that we grow old very quickly and life catches up to you when you least expect it. As I scanned the daily news on the Web and I see all problems going on in this world, it is just as the Lord Jesus described would happen in the last days.

I realize how short a time we all have to live on this planet and I thank God that he saved me when he did, as I was heading in the wrong direction just like everyone else who doesn't have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and his promise to never forsake you or leave you is as true as any promise he's ever made.

Just like it was some 30 years ago when I went to my knees at the foot of the cross and cried out for forgiveness... Jesus was right there to grab me and save me from the pits of hell, and all these years later as life's pains start to pile up on my weary shoulders, Jesus is still there just as strong, just as faithful, just as loving and always forgiving when I stumble and turned to him and say I'm sorry Lord, will you help me just like you did so long ago... and his answer is always...

Yes my son!!

John Voight on Israel

I came across this video (No longer available) and I have to truly say... kudos to John Voight for speaking out at this time in defense of the Jewish nation and the word of God, and telling the truth that much of the world today refuses to believe or accept.

Genesis 12:1-3 1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country,
and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew
thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make
thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless
thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the
earth be blessed.

The world is at a very critical crossroad in time and having a biblical worldview I must say time is running out, there is so much happening "all at once" just as Jesus said would be the signs in the last days before He would return to take His church of believers out of this world and back to heaven with the rapture as He lays judgment and His wrath on an unbelieving world that has rejected Him and His Words... "The holy Scriptures that we know as the Holy Bible"

Zechariah 12:1-3 1The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD,
which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and
formeth the spirit of man within him. 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of
trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both
against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a
burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut
in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

As the prophet Zachariah wrote some 2500 years ago "And in that day"...

...Zachariah was speaking about the last days and could any prophecy as foretold in the Bible be any clearer than this one as we see with our own eyes every day broadcasts in the daily newspapers, Internet news sites, as well as the nightly news broadcast around the world that many of the world governments and at the fore front is our very own administration pondering what to do about the conflict in the Middle East between the Israelis and their Arab neighbors concerning the state of Israel and her capital the city of Jerusalem.

Let the truth be told there are many skeptics abound that are literally wearing horse blinders and are just far too ignorant to accept the truth of the word of God; and if I sound harsh I make no apologies here on this blog because as we clearly see that there is a war being fought between the forces of good and evil it is being waged on every front, politically, religious, economically, and socially and I truly feel the world is boiling at a fever pitch and the proverbial lid is about to blow off.

"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in
thee shall all families of the earth be blessed".
This warning by Almighty God is not one that I would want to take too lightly!

--Aliyah To Israel "They Will Survive" --

Isaiah 11:11-12 11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

ensign for the nations
From H5264; a flag; also a sail; by implication a flagstaff; generally a signal; figuratively a token:—banner, pole, sail, (en-) sign, standard.

Ezekiel 38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

God told the people of Israel through the prophets that, because of their sins, they would be taken out of the land promised to them--twice. The first time was when the Babylonians came to take them captive. For 70 years, the Jews lived in Babylonia. This was the time of the prophets Daniel and Ezekiel. That’s where they were when they wrote their prophecies. The Jews were promised that they would be there for 70 years and then could return to their own land.

Jeremiah 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Jeremiah 25:12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.

Jeremiah 29:10 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.If they still didn’t follow God, they would be taken over by other empires while in their own land. By the way, that’s exactly what happened. Finally, the prophets said if they STILL didn’t follow Him, they would be taken out of their land again, for a lot longer than 70 years.

The Jews would be scattered all over the world. When you listen to the news today and read about Israel in the Bible, you might think that it has existed for centuries. But there was a long time when it didn’t. There were the Greek Empire and then the Roman Empire that ruled over Israel for many years. In 70 A.D., the Romans decided that it was time to get rid of the Jews once and for all. They destroyed the Holy City of the Jews and their temple. They persecuted the Jews until they fled for their lives.

The land of Israel was given the name of “Palestine” by the Romans to remind the Jews of their enemies, the Philistines. The Jews tried to settle down and make themselves “at home” in other countries, but wherever they went, there were people and governments that tried to kill them. Although Jews would celebrate their Holy days in their adoptive countries, often they would say that they would celebrate “next year in Jerusalem”. But, they couldn’t go back to Israel, because there was nothing left to the country. When they left Israel, the whole country just “dried up/it became desolate”. There were relatively few people living in the land that they had left. The population was mostly made up of goat herders and tribes of nomads passing through.

Jeremiah 19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.

Zechariah 7:14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.

When Mohammad started the religion of Islam about six hundred years after the birth of Christ, they came through to claim the land that had been given by God to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But there was nothing there. There were only rocks, dirt, and a few houses. There weren't even very many trees growing there. The land was dead. They built a mosque near where the Jewish Temple had once stood, but relatively few people visited it. Mecca in Saudi Arabia was their "holy city". Almost 2000 years passed before anyone showed a real interest in it. By the beginning of the 20th century, the land was governed by the Muslims of the Ottoman Turk Empire.

Ezekiel 36:1-11 1Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD:
2Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:
3Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:
4Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about;
5Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.
6Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen:
7Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.
8But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.
9For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown:
10And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded:
11And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

--End Times - Israel--

There seemed to be no hope on the part of most Jews of ever returning to Israel. Then the seemingly impossible happened. In 1918, as a result of World War I, Jews had been allowed to trickle into the “Palestinian Mandate”; land previously lived in by the Jews. But as the result of World War II with the Jewish Holocaust that brought about the genocide of 6 million Jews which ended in 1945, the Jewish survivors were told that they could return to the land of their ancestors and form their own country. In 1948, the new country of Israel was born in ONE DAY, just like the prophet Isaiah had said that it would be!

Isaiah 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

And he was speaking more than 500 years before the Jews had been taken out of the land. Isaiah knew that God would scatter the Jews all over the world, but that He would one day bring them back never to be taken out of the land ever again!!

--Israel Now and Then--

Ezekiel 28:25-26 25Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.26And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.

The creation of the land of Israel was a miracle and, although they have been under attack almost constantly from their enemies, they are still in the land. And this is another miracle seeing how all of their neighbors want to destroy them! Because we hear about it in the news every day, and how important it is to world peace, most people don’t realize how small Israel really is.

It’s only about 250 miles long and 60 miles across at the most. There are some places where it is only 19 miles across. This would be like if you could take the state of Rhode Island and put it in the middle of the United States, give guns and bombs to all of the other states to try to destroy it, and have Rhode Island come out the winner! And their Arab neighbors who have much more land are screaming that Israel has to give away more of their land for peace! In the midst of conflict, not only is Israel surviving, but it is prospering as both of the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel said that they would!

Their return to the land has been blessed by God and it is no longer a desert. Their planting of trees and irrigation of the land has transformed Israel to the point that it now has forests. Even the climate has changed and the rain has returned. They now export over $800 million dollars worth of produce each year! Although, the continued existence of Israel is probably the biggest sign that Jesus will be returning soon, there are other signs that we are told to watch for. Jesus told us that, once the signs began, they would be like a woman’s labor pains. They would start out slowly, but gradually increase in frequency and intensity. And this is exactly what we are seeing now.

--End Times - Beginning of Sorrows--

Even those who say that they don’t believe in God or that Jesus is coming back are noticing that change is coming very fast to our society and our world. So, what are the signs that He is coming back soon? Click Here Many of them however will not actually take place until the 7 year period begins that we call the tribulation. But, we can see things moving in that direction so that, when the tribulation starts, some things will already be in place.

But we believe that God is faithful, will not lie to us, and, when He says that we are not appointed to suffer the wrath, that we, as Christians, will be taken away by Christ in "the rapture" before the tribulation begins to be protected by Him during that time of great distress.

--End Times - The Rapture--

--We Too Will Survive --

--If you put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior, you must cry out in His name and ask Him alone for forgiveness of your sins, He will not refuse or turn you away. You must believe that Jesus is God and that He did die for you on the cross and was buried and rose again on the third day for all to see... only God himself could do this to show mankind that there is eternal life through the name of Jesus alone.

...Please don’t be Left Behind!

John 3

You Must Be Born Again
1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." 3Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?" 5Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

9Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" 10Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

For God So Loved the World
16"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."
John the Baptist Exalts Christ
22After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. 23John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized 24(for John had not yet been put in prison).

25Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 26And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him." 27John answered, "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.' 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease."

31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

What must I do to accept Jesus Christ?