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    He preached on fasting today. We will be having revival in 3 weeks and he asked us to pray about it and consider some type of fasting over the next 21 days. I thought it was interesting that he shared his belief with all that is going on around us politically and with the natural disasters, that Jesus is coming back soon and he believes he will be alive when Jesus returns. I so appreciate hearing this from the pulpit today! There does seem to be an increased urgency. Personally just this last week I have stepped up efforts and I am trying to pass tracts out more now. And I have a Bible with some salvation tracts in my car now, and leaving rapture literature on my coffee table. My heart is burning more than ever concerned for a lost world.

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    Same here. Three weeks ago, our Pastor asked for a show of hands asking how many thought Jesus was returning for His church soon and the vast majority raised there hands....it was awesome. Our Pastor believes time is short and we've had tow prophecy conferences, one themed around Israel, in the last two years. Tim Lahay, Dr. Hindson among others were the speakers. Very exciting!!!

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    • #3
      I have found myself praying for people that I don't even know during the past few weeks. Even some people that I have heard outside and never seen. That is so unlike me! Praise the Lord that He is completely changing my heart.

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      • #4
        the same deal with me.

        i'm keeping tracts on me all the time now and feel burdened to constantly be praying that G-d sends more laborers out into the harvest field while there's still time.

        we are so close...

        praise G-d there are pastors out there sounding the alarm. not hyping people up with so-called "visions" or false dates (thank you, mr. camping) but just seeking to stir people up to the reality and seriousness of our responsibility to seek the LORD and witness to others. may their tribe increase.

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        • #5
          I have felt an urgency too. I have been praying not only for workers for the field which is white unto harvest, but for the unbelievers to be granted the faith to believe.
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          I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:18

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          • #6
            While my Pastor has continually preached on the end times, rapture and return of Christ...sometimes when we are being lazy or seem to be dazing off as a congregation, we will have rapture practice, we jump up and down a time or two, we have hosted prophecy conferences as well...but I have noticed the rapture being spoke about more and more by other local pastors and preachers who in the past have typically not done so...you know, they wouldn't want to scare people away with the truth. This is way too little too late in my opinion but am glad to see at least they are on board.

            My heart aches for Israel. She is under attack both physically and politically from seemingly everyone around the world, including our "leaders". Watching Hal Lindsey last night, I couldn't help but to cry for her. Then, on the John Ankenberg show, Jimmy DeYoung and John walked around the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv pointing out proof of fulfilled Biblical prophecy. Afterwards Jimmy explained the timeline of prophecy to come. He stated that the Gog Magog war and Psalm 83 would come after the rapture...not sure I totally agree but either way, things are progressing very fast. In a few days the UN will resume meetings It will be interesting to see how much land will be attempted to be taken away from Israel and how our "leaders" vote on the issue...with or against her. Anyway, I type all this to say...

            We Are Close To Going HOME!! and I can't hardly wait another day

            Thank you Jesus!!!

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            • #7
              jsrr, I agree with DeYoung that the rapture is prior to gog-magog war but not sure about Isaiah 17/Psalm 83...I'll defer to him. That sounds good to me...Lord help us to get ready, be ready and stay ready for your sooooooon return.

              Maranatha!
              Jesus is coming now at "Any Moment"! Are you ready?

              Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

              Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem. Amen.

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              • #8
                My pastor never mentions the rapture or anything like that, no current events, signs of the times, nothing. They do expository preaching in my
                church. maybe thats why. We had a guest speaker last fall who named off a bunch of things that had been happening and concluded his sermon
                by saying"We are surely living in the last days". And then last sunday when we were praying for a church leader who is moving out of state
                the elder saying the prayer, told us not to be sad, because we would all be back together soon, in "the twinkling of an eye". I took that to mean
                that he feels the rapture is near. My dh said that he might have just meant that life is short

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by golden mean View Post
                  My pastor never mentions the rapture or anything like that, no current events, signs of the times, nothing. They do expository preaching in my
                  church. maybe thats why. We had a guest speaker last fall who named off a bunch of things that had been happening and concluded his sermon
                  by saying"We are surely living in the last days". And then last sunday when we were praying for a church leader who is moving out of state
                  the elder saying the prayer, told us not to be sad, because we would all be back together soon, in "the twinkling of an eye". I took that to mean
                  that he feels the rapture is near. My dh said that he might have just meant that life is short
                  I was thinking about this just yesterday, wondering why our preacher doesn't comment on current events or endtimes. He too, is an expository teacher. We are members of a small church, so it's easy to discuss any concerns with him, but I know he believes we are in the last days and I was considering asking him why he doesn't speak of these things, but then I believe he teaches according to the leading of the Holy Spirit, so who am I to question his leading? So, I decided to leave it in God's hands Besides, I figure there's more than enough info on the internet in regards to endtimes teaching.

                  Maranatha!
                  sigpic1Cor 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Godsavzu View Post
                    I was thinking about this just yesterday, wondering why our preacher doesn't comment on current events or endtimes. He too, is an expository teacher. We are members of a small church, so it's easy to discuss any concerns with him, but I know he believes we are in the last days and I was considering asking him why he doesn't speak of these things, but then I believe he teaches according to the leading of the Holy Spirit, so who am I to question his leading? So, I decided to leave it in God's hands Besides, I figure there's more than enough info on the internet in regards to endtimes teaching.

                    Maranatha!
                    i understand why some pastors choose not to comment on current events. it's not that they don't see the connection between prophecy and the times we're living in. it's just that they wish to avoid the "sensationalism" and hype that people can get swept away with in discussing prophecy. instead they (the pastors) choose a constant expository exegesis of text, line upon line, precept upon precept. they aren't swayed by headlines. they simply want to give their flock a steady diet of the Word regardless of what world events are unfolding.

                    after all, the study of prophecy (if we're honest) can be a distraction. it's a peripheral issue theologically. that is, understanding prophecy is not essential for salvation. what matters is repenting of one's sins and confessing Christ as LORD and Savior. sadly, there may be many people very well-versed in prophecy who will say to Yeshua, "Lord, Lord, did we not correctly understand the chronology of the events of Revelation and predict the participants of the war of Psalm 83?" and Yeshua will say, "Depart from Me, I never knew you."

                    of course they need not be mutually exclusive. one can be both a serious and humble believer as well as a devout student of prophecy, and pastors shouldn't shy away from teaching the whole counsel of G-d. but some pastors choose to keep their focus on the primary issues---salvation, repentence, holiness, etc.. prophecy, in a sense, will take care of itself. it's all going to happen exactly as YHWH planned.

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                    • #11
                      davidswife & imonstandby: where do you get your tracts from?
                      "The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception" Prov. 14:8

                      "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and
                      instruction" Prov 1:7

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ImOnStandby221 View Post
                        i understand why some pastors choose not to comment on current events. it's not that they don't see the connection between prophecy and the times we're living in. it's just that they wish to avoid the "sensationalism" and hype that people can get swept away with in discussing prophecy. instead they (the pastors) choose a constant expository exegesis of text, line upon line, precept upon precept. they aren't swayed by headlines. they simply want to give their flock a steady diet of the Word regardless of what world events are unfolding.

                        after all, the study of prophecy (if we're honest) can be a distraction. it's a peripheral issue theologically. that is, understanding prophecy is not essential for salvation. what matters is repenting of one's sins and confessing Christ as LORD and Savior. sadly, there may be many people very well-versed in prophecy who will say to Yeshua, "Lord, Lord, did we not correctly understand the chronology of the events of Revelation and predict the participants of the war of Psalm 83?" and Yeshua will say, "Depart from Me, I never knew you."

                        of course they need not be mutually exclusive. one can be both a serious and humble believer as well as a devout student of prophecy, and pastors shouldn't shy away from teaching the whole counsel of G-d. but some pastors choose to keep their focus on the primary issues---salvation, repentence, holiness, etc.. prophecy, in a sense, will take care of itself. it's all going to happen exactly as YHWH planned.
                        Well i think God thought it was important,so much over 30 percent of the bible is prophecy,endtime prophecy!
                        Jesus thought so as well Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear these words of Prophecy!,and keep the things written in it;for the time is near..



                        My belief that those who don't/won't teach talk about is even pastors,they either haven't really studied the bible throughly,or they don't care,as one of the pastors in my former church said one time,he believevs in the pan trib,it will all pan out,he said the revelation,its better to let God handle it.....what??hmm

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tommyg View Post
                          Well i think God thought it was important,so much over 30 percent of the bible is prophecy,endtime prophecy!
                          Jesus thought so as well Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear these words of Prophecy!,and keep the things written in it;for the time is near..



                          My belief that those who don't/won't teach talk about is even pastors,they either haven't really studied the bible throughly,or they don't care,as one of the pastors in my former church said one time,he believevs in the pan trib,it will all pan out,he said the revelation,its better to let God handle it.....what??hmm


                          Pan trib,... I heard that one before......

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tommyg View Post
                            Well i think God thought it was important,so much over 30 percent of the bible is prophecy,endtime prophecy!
                            Jesus thought so as well Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear these words of Prophecy!,and keep the things written in it;for the time is near..



                            My belief that those who don't/won't teach talk about is even pastors,they either haven't really studied the bible throughly,or they don't care,as one of the pastors in my former church said one time,he believevs in the pan trib,it will all pan out,he said the revelation,its better to let God handle it.....what??hmm
                            I'm beginning to think this "pan trib" saying is making it's way 'round a lot of churches. I love attending my church and our pastor's teaching has been biblically sound, but it became clear that pre-trib doctrine is just not discussed. Our pastor used the "it'll all pan out" phrase, and it really bothered me. My Sunday school teacher recently made a snide remark about Mr. Hal Lindsay during the Camping fiasco. I took a Bible study class with an elder who claimed up he was in the A-mil party and tried to convince everyone that Revelation in no way has anything to do with end times...he said all that occurred a long time ago. He and I often discussed this the first couple of weeks, but I wound up dropping the class. Those i'm friends with give me an indulgent smile when I bring it up-they just feel that one day Jesus will come and thats it. No tribulation, no millennial kingdom on earth. Because I haven't been saved very long, I think they believe that I'm just caught up in rumors and that once I've matured a bit in my walk, I'll realize my folly.

                            These are very lovely, God loving people that I'm blessed to call my brothers and sisters in Christ. There just isn't anyone there I can speak to about all that's happening and to come...that's why I'm so grateful for RR being available to those like me.

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                            • #15
                              At this point in our New Age society if there are Pastors preaching the Gospel then they should be supported and commended, for they are doing what Christ has told them to do:

                              And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
                              Mark 16:15



                              With that being said, it is interesting to talk about the Rapture and the end times, and I'm very glad to have this place to chat about it too. :-)

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