Thoughts on SHTF

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What will you do when Stuff Hits The Fan and military vehicles block your street and you can’t get out?

Oh, you live in the country, you say? Well then your road is blocked, at least at main junctions, and there is no way to go anywhere. Congratulations. You are no longer free.

The headlines on T.V. say, “For your own safety, stay in your homes. Martial Law has been declared by the President (Because of terror threat, natural disaster, it’s a couple of months before the next election and he doesn’t want to leave office yet, or some other unforeseen crazy thing). Please do not panic. This is for your safety and it is only temporary.”

Temporary…Riiiiiiiight.

Then there is a knock at your door. Military or Para-Military personnel inform you that all firearms are to be accounted for and temporarily confiscated (This exercise has already been practiced in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina…even in high and dry neighborhoods where there was really no need. See LINK. Go ahead, watch it. It’s only 2 minutes).

I subscribe to several channels on YouTube of folks who are either preppers, off-grid and self-sufficient, or survivalists.

Why do I subscribe to such channels, you ask?

Because my wife and I have felt in our spirits for quite some time now that something along these lines is coming. It may not go down as I described it above but rest assured, something is going to happen that will radically change our way of life. I watch these channels to get some ideas on food storage and so on (Here is a nice lady to start with, as an example…LINK).

When will this happen?

I don’t know. But it may be sooner than any of us would like to think.

What should we do?

The second thing you should is prepare physically. Learn to be a little more self-sufficient. Fill your pantry with some extra food and water. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom in this.

The FIRST thing you should do is get right with God!

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You have all (I’m sure) read my posts on 2015 being a Sabbath Year. The final day of this Sabbath Year is September 13th (Elul 29th on the Hebrew Calendar) and it is on this day that big things have happened in years past. But not always on just this day. Sometimes it is before or after.

This is a special Sabbath Year that happens only every 49 years. After this Sabbath Year a Jubilee Year begins and continues through September of 2016 (You can go back a few posts and read about this in a little more detail).

Tonight…

At sundown (August 17th, 2015) Teshuvah begins. You can read my previous post on that.

I implore you to take advantage of this season of reflection and repentance.

Elul is the 6th month of the Biblical calendar (late summer/early fall), the month set apart for repentance, or Teshuvah, in spiritual preparation for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). If you were to count from Tishri as the first month of the calendar (as the Rabbinic tradition does), Elul would be the last month of the year — a time to make “New Year’s Resolutions” and to turn away from sin before the start of the New Year. The month of Elul is therefore a time each year to prepare for the Days of Awe, by getting our spiritual house in order.

Every year the “Season of Teshuvah” runs forty days from the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. During this time we make every effort to repent, or turn toward God. In Jewish tradition, these 40 days are called “Days of Favor,” since it was during this time that the LORD forgave the Jewish nation after the sin of the Golden Calf. Some have likened these 40 days to the number of days it takes for the human baby to be formed within the womb.

According to Jewish tradition, then, the month of Elul represents the time that Moses spent on Sinai preparing the second set of tablets after the idolatrous incident of the Golden Calf. Moses ascended on the first of Elul and then descended 40 days later on the 10th of Tishri, the end of Yom Kippur, when the repentance of the people was complete. The month of Elul therefore represents the time of national sin and forgiveness obtained by means of repentance (Teshuvah) before the LORD.

Teshuvah is a sort of death and rebirth: a death of the past life and the birth of a new life and a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). It is an awakening from the sleep induced by sin, and manifests itself as the power of the Holy Spirit working in the heart of the believer who trusts in God’s salvation through Jesus.

Therefore the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual life that enables us to be “conformed” with Jesus’ purpose in this world (Rom. 8:28-30). God’s Favor is most fully revealed in the character of His Son (Heb. 1:3).

Whatever our future holds, God holds our future. Whatever happens in this life and in this world is only temporary. After this life begins eternity.

THAT is the most important thing we can prepare for!

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

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Teshuvah (40 Days of Repentance)

 

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THE SEASON TO PREPARE SPIRITUALLY, FINANCIALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.

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On August 17th at sunset – September 24th at sunset, devout Jews all over the world will enter a new year. This date comes from counting the time of the creation of Adam, to this year’s Feast of Trumpets, also known as Rosh Hashanah, meaning the head of the year.

Many Jewish traditions are linked to this special day of the year. The feast itself was established by God during Israel’s wilderness journey. It was a special convocation in which 100 blasts of the trumpets was heard.

Originally, this was simply the fifth feast in the order of seven feasts and the Hebrew New Year would have been centered in the month of Nissan, in the spring, the same month as Passover.

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the be ginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” – Exodus 12:1-2

As time progressed the secular Jewish New Year became the seventh month and the first day at the blowing of the trumpets. Between this day and the Day of Atonement were ten days, known as the Days of Awe, in which the supernatural word of God and the angels were open to the repentance and intercession of God’s chosen.

Trumpets was special, as it was believed by Jewish tradition to be the day when Adam was created and the Day of Atonement was believed to be the day when Adam sinned and God atoned with covering Adam and Eve with the skins of two animals.

Each year, the Gentile nations put on a celebration to prepare for the New Year, on December 31st and welcome the arrival of the new beginning at 1 second after midnight beginning January 1st. God’s calendar however is still based upon the cycles of the moon and the Feasts.

This yearly cycle begins on the first day of Elul and concludes on the Day of Atonement – making a total of forty days of Teshuvah.

During these forty days a person should perform self-examination and remove from their life any spiritual hindrance, repent of any sins, and ask your fellow man for forgiveness if you have offended them or sinned against them. The reason for this spiritual reflection is that your heart will be pure before God and that He will make a good decision for you, for the coming year.

I have written on this subject in the past and indicated that while we should never delay our giving and repentance for a certain time of the year. Repent the moment we have sinned, forgive the moment we are confronted, and give continually as an act of love toward God.

However, just like the F easts of Israel were set seasons each year with certain sacrifices and rituals to be performed in Jerusalem by the priest, this season was also important as the Days of Awe must be set to lead to the Seasons of Joy, which arrive at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles!

Set aside this season to pray, reflect, make amends toward others and plant a special seasons of God offering.

We are coming up on significant times with the conclusion of the Sabbath Year in September and a Jubilee Year following.

Hmmmm, what does God have for you…just around the corner?

Just Ask!

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God says to just ask.

That’s right. It’s alright to ask Him.

I know some people that have some things going on in their lives right now. Some serious things. At my age and from my perspective, I know that if they will be faithful to God, things WILL BE ALRIGHT.

Along with being faithful in the things we usually think about, being faithful to ‘ask’ is very important, as well.

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The Lord’s Prayer is full of “asking.” Never feel that you’re being selfish when you ask because this is the way God taught us to pray. Here are just a few Scripture verses that affirm this truth:

  •  John 14:13-14, And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
  •  John 15:7, If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
  •  John 16:23-24, And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
  •  Matthew 6:8, Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Notice that last verse does not say, “Your Father knows what you need, so don’t ask.” It says He knows, “before you ask.” That means we still need to ask.

Bring your requests to God. You have a heavenly Father who loves you.
What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Talk it UP!

There is a difference. God’s Word is life.

Proverbs 4:20-22 tells us so…  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

The devil loves to hear people say things like:

  • My marriage will never succeed.
  • We’ll never get out of debt.
  • These kids are driving me crazy!
  • My husband will never get saved.

These kinds of words are just what your enemy wants to hear! He is standing ready to help these things come to pass. Life and death are in the power of your tongue! (Prov. 18:21)

On the other hand, when we agree with God’s Word and speak those positive things out of our mouths, we open the door for The Lord Jesus to do those things that only He can do.

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Special Post

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Four years worth of sermons on CD exist from Middlefork Road Baptist Church, Sunday mornings and evenings. Believe it or not, some folks actually listen to them! (That’s scary)

At the request of some church members at HBC, I have recorded last week’s message digitally. If I am not tarred and feathered before next week, I suppose I will record the messages from now on.

Please find last week’s message, Judgement, at this LINK. for download…

Or listen online HERE.

Lord bless you and yours.

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

EKM

Judgement Ahead

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After 9/11, thousands gathered in churches across the country. It appeared there may be a national return to God. But it never came. In fact, instead of revival, the country has gone even faster down the moral apostate decline.There was increasing talk about America being a “Post Christian“ society. Polls saw a growing departure from Biblical ethics and values. This turn from God was more pronounced among the younger generations.

In the fall of ancient Israel, the nation decided they could rewrite right and wrong, good and evil, sin and righteousness. America is doing the same thing.

Look at our country today.

What was once right in every sense of the word, from right having been taught to every child from the foundation of this great nation, to right in just plain common sense, is now being attacked as evil.

What was once easily recognized as sin, is now lauded as virtue.

Morals, values, and standards that have been the foundation of this country are being overturned, overruled, and completely discarded today. And those who will not go along with these progressive changes, those who continue to uphold what was once universally upheld as good and right, are being vilified and condemned by the culture and the state.

America’s moral decent has reached a point right now, my friends, where the government is seeking to force those who hold to God’s Word, to go against that Word. Those who remain faithful and will not comply will be fined and ostracized.

Isaiah 5:20, Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that out darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

However, as I said at church today, judgement is NOT punishment. Judgement is God’s radical attempt to get a people’s attention, a people who will not listen and return to the God of their fathers, so that they will wake up to the truth and return to Him. God does not want any to perish, but all to come to repentance and everlasting life.

Deuteronomy 5:29, O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always,…

If that verse stopped right there, we might assume God was egotistical and simply wanted us under His thumb. Of course those of us who know Him, know He is nothing like that. So what is His purpose in wanting us to obey His commandments? Let’s finish the verse…

Deuteronomy 5:29, O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Because His commandments are for our good and He designed them that way, as a loving Father, because He does love us so much.

Judgement is coming. Turn to Him NOW and humble yourself before Him…before He has to do the humbling for you.

What does God have for you…just around the corner?