A SPECIAL EDITION OF THE SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MAGAZINE !!! MAY 1, 2012
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A SPECIAL EDITION OF THE SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MAGAZINE!!! A PERIOD OF REFINEMENT, ADVANCEMENT & RESTORATION IN THE PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL REALMS FOR EQUIPING US TO MOVE INTO THE NEXT LEVEL-2012 April was a month of Passover & Easter celebrations; storms, uprisings in various parts of our earth as we united in our diversities to pray, Preach and teach about our risen lord and the fast approaching end of times & share the love of God with the disadvantaged. A SPECIAL PICTORIAL PAGE INCLUDED! Zacchaeus was a wee little man A wee little man was he He climbed up in a sycamore tree For the LORD he wanted to see ...BUT THIS IS A GROUNDHOG Luke 19:1-10 (NLT) Jesus and Zacchaeus Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. 3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. "Zacchaeus!" he said. "Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today." 6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. "He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner," they grumbled. 8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, "I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!" 9 Jesus responded, "Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man[a] came to seek and save those who are lost." Why would I see a groundhog in a tree and think of Zacchaeus? It wasn't just the groundhog in a tree but the fact that its tax time and cold when it is usually warm and that animal wobble- wobble- wobbled across the yard then pulled himself up in that tree and started feasting on its green leaves UNTIL I came close looking at him. He looked at me and I took pictures. It was a combination of things happening that stirred that old childhood song in my mind and I started singing it... Zacchaeus was a wee little man ~~ A wee little man was he He climbed up in a sycamore tree ~~ For the LORD he wanted to see and when the Savior passed his way~~He looked up in that tree and He said "Zacchaeus, you come down for I'm going to your house today..." We need to fill ourselves with the Word of God and with songs, hymns and spiritual songs so that when the world sets itself before us we are not drawn into it but that we would see the LORD in it and be drawn to Him. This song was one of the first Sunday School songs I ever learned, the first one being "Jesus Loves Me.' As a child and as an adult we can learn and memorize scriptures by singing them. Sometimes we sing scriptures and don't even realize it. This particular song about Zacchaeus is a fun song about a real person in the bible- a tax collector. Ha Ha, and guess what, it is tax time. Many people have already filed their taxes. Some have already paid and some have already gotten refunds but some are struggling with getting them in and the IRS (tax people) are calling to them to get it done. People file late, get extensions and just plain get so far behind that they go on a payment plan but didn't Jesus tell us to render unto Caesar what is his and to God what is His? What is even odder in this tax season is how the world reaches out to people to give their money to this or that more this time of year, why--because the world knows you just might have some extra to spend right now so your extra can pad their pocket or in this case might fatten one up some like this critter who is so fat with excess that he wobbled with great effort across the yard. Would you imagine a tax collector to be a bit chubby from their riches and gain? Would you not imagine a tax collector to be cold hearted taking from others just to warm himself with no care as to how it would affect others? Now as I watched that chubby little groundhog wobble across the yard I could see a tax man, or woman, getting fat on the collections of the people and I could see someone in such a position not wanting to miss out on seeing what the crowds are following so he climbed up in that tree. Zacchaeus probably climbed up there at first to see what he might be able to get from this man Jesus, this crowd pleaser, but as he looked on and saw Jesus-something happened--the inner man took on a change... The groundhog was feasting and looking around at what else he might feast on when he suddenly saw me... his focus changed... Zacchaeus had an attitude that went from what he could get to what could he give... could it be that before he could take something from Jesus, Jesus gave him something... a place of honor in His life... A place of honor you ask... yes, Jesus was coming to His house, Zacchaeus was important enough to have Jesus invite Himself over to his house... wow! Most everyone else had bad thoughts about this man Zacchaeus, this wee little man-- but suddenly there was change... and it can happen to anyone... to them... to you... Can you see how a life picture/happening or a set of words can spread to more and more IF we know the Bible? Oh, I cannot give you scripture and verse for everything I say but I know what is in there and I sense the Holy Spirit nudging me to share this particular combination of things happening that stirred that old childhood song in my mind and I started singing it... Zacchaeus was a wee little man ~~ A wee little man was he He climbed up in a sycamore tree ~~ For the LORD he wanted to see and when the Savior passed his way~~He looked up in that tree and He said "Zacchaeus, you come down for I'm going to your house today..." O LORD if we are the wee little man or woman today that needs a Savior to pass by, help us climb up to see and find that place of honor with Him... in Jesus Name, amen Printed with permission �Angel Fulkerson Let's Not Just Take Prayer Requests... Let's Pray Immediately... Let's reveal to the world we love God by loving others thru prayer! Let us walk fervently in our calling to pray for one another! Abba's Daughters Ministries 2012 Ministry Prayer Focus When Asked to Pray, Let's Pray with the Love of God in our Hearts for One Another Introduction - Invitation - Praise - Bless - Worship - Rejoice Adoration - Repentance - Petition -Thanksgiving - Intercession - Deliverance Ask - Seek � Knock INSPIRED MESSAGES, INSIGHTS OF EDUCATION, INSPIRATION, SPIRITUAL & PHYSICAL ADVANCEMENT, LIFE TRANSFORMING TESTIMONIES FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN IT ALL, FELT IT ALL, EXPERIENCE IT ALL LONG BEFORE YOU REACH THAT PART OF THE JOURNEY! ABOVE ALL CREATIVITY AND ENTERTAINMENT FILL EVERY SIGN POST YOU WILL ENCOUNTER AS YOU EXPLORE THE CORRIDORS OF THIS MAGAZINE. AT THE END OF YOUR TOUR; WE ARE CERTAIN THAT YOU WILL LEAVE WITH ONE OR MORE GIFTS THAT WILL BE WITH YOU AS A TOUCH LIGHT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES! THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO TAKE YOU ON A TOUR INTO THE WORLD OF CHRISTIANITY IN ITS DIVERSITIES, SHADES, COLORS, TRADITIONS, DOCTRINES AND EXPERIENCES FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES BUT ALL POINTING TO ONE GOD, ONE CHRIST AND ONE DESTINATION. WE DO NOT CLAIM TO AGREE WITH ALL THAT IS WRITTEN BUT TRY TO GIVE EVERYONE A FAIR CHANCE TO GET THEIR THOUGHTS ACROSS TO YOU. FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THEM INDIVIDUALLY OR US AS A TEAM WITH ANY DOUBTS, QUESTIONS OT OBSERVATIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE REGARDING WHAT IS WRITTEN! WE LOVE YOU AND WISH TO PARTNER WITH YOU IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO THE VERY ENDS OF THE WORLD! BISHOP STEVEN LIBERTY SR. CEO : SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MAGAZINE ! I AM the MASTER BUILDER: BY KERRY KINSELA/ ADDED BY KENNETH WHITE I AM the MASTER BUILDER Today as I rested with you Lord, you taught me. You said, there are many castles, I said yes there are. You asked me, which ones are built solidly? I said the ones that are Built out of rock, you said but rock can crumble and be soft, sandstone Came to my mind, then I said hard rock, and I immediately thought of Granite. You said there are many Owner Builders but I am the Master builder. I will put you were I want you, and then you lifted me onto your shoulders where I held on to your head, from where I was I sitting on your foot holding onto you leg. You then placed me on to a ledge, water flowed out of my feet an over the ledge, It was a water fall it was crystal clear, I want to jumped in to the river that flowed from my feet and swim with it, and I did. Today as I ponder upon this vision and conversation with you I started to understand more. I know that impartations are not what we think, as you have shown me a process that we need to go through. If we impart to other our giftings how do we know they are ready for it and it is what God requires them to have for the purposes he has created for them at that particular time. And can we impart our gifting to ours or is it a matter of stirring up the giftings that you Father have all ready place in a person as in 2 Tim 1:6 by the laying on of hands. Is imparting gifts to others something owner builders do? And if so, what are we really doing? We don't know sometimes what we are doing, and that is why we have owner builders diving into the murky water of the physical and the soul realm and why we have the Master Builder (Jesus) and the clear crystal water of the Holy Spirit. I believe you are saying to me to stir our spirit and gift (intimacy which is faith, hope, love, and obedience and trust all put in under the one incredible gift of intimacy) of our inner man, and to love, trust and hope and obey you, so you can build our houses or castles, for we can try to follow a procedure in the physical and it will only be physical using the spiritual for works as Paul say in Gal 3, and flesh can not be made perfect only the new spirit build man that you our Master is building. The river that flows out of us when you have finial finished or near completed the building you are making in us, (meaning, near complete when we still live in a physical body but we are living in the new spiritual man, that is build by you, or completed when we are no longer in a physical body but spiritual body also built by you (our Physical body in the physical grave)) and we have a measure of a fullness of your glory, which flows out of us with the holy spirit, and is this also the new wine in the new wine skin that is also talked about? Lord you will put us in the body of Christ to do what you want us to do, for the purpose of other. And it is as Paul talks about only when we have moved into this new spiritual body were we were crucified with you Lord, but we still live in a physical body, that is no longer me that lives but you who now lives in me, in the - new spirit man. Gal 4:6 because you are Sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into you hearts, crying Abba Father, I feel I am saying back to you when I jumped into the river of your Glory, it doesn't matter where you put me, I only to want to serve you my -2Master, I just want to always swim in your Glory (presents) and be in you. You have put it in our hearts to desire to become closer and closer to you for ever. We pay a price to have the Master Builder build our house; the owner builder does it on the cheap with flaws in his house. You get what you pay for, an original or an inferior copy; we have a choice to seek after the deeper things of you Lord, to pay the price for it as we desire it above what we want. Or we can go after the passions and giftings that call out to us, like starting a church or a ministry and do something for YOU, God. We then get frustrated and throw it in, on many occasions as doing something for God is all to hard. We can do nothing for you Lord, the castles or houses that are built by owner builders don't function and fore-fill their real purpose unfortunately, they create more owner builds that fall into a similar fate. You allow them to succeed for a season or a time, bearing some fruit. The Master Builder, has a far greater purpose, to create the most beautiful building with it own beauty, its own architecture but with a character that reflects its designer and Master Builder. This building will last for ever and ever as it is built with a rock that is purified by fire and all impurities are removed. Look at the Ankor Wat built of Sand stone and then look at the Taj Mahal that is built of Marble not Granite (Marble is soft than Granite)... The wear on the Ankor Wat is not good and it is crumbling in parts and some areas have had to be restored due to weather and the way it is build. The Taj is beautiful it looks like it was built yesterday not centuries ago. The price for something that will last for ever and to be built by a Master at his craft is worth anything to put yourself in his hands and to trust his passion for you. Lord, you say to me "I trust you, but do you really really trust me"? I say Yes, Lord you are the only one I trust, there is none like you, which has the love to see a finished product in it splendour and beauty. I sat out side the Taj Mahal at sunrise with tears running down my eye that a man would go to so much trouble to build a beautiful place for the woman he loves. Now I sit hear with tears as I think, you are doing the same thing for the ones you love but in a far greater way, this is spiritual and not Physical, a castle for those that will allow you to build it, it is a far great beauty and splendour that will be around for ever, while all other things have faded away. I know when you have finished the castle you are building in us, then I can be used for your purposes as we will reflect only you and the new creation that we have become in you. Wow, what can you do though us then, to be purpose built were I can contain you in me with all of you splendour and to walk in you and you in me in fullness (glory), knowing nothing can touch me. I will dwell in solid fortress that will stand solid, living in the new creation of the spirit of God, This is my destiny in you, for I am nothing but what I am in you, don't let any thing hold me back as my spirit yearns for this a time to come, not far away now. To believe, to know who we are in you is a gift, which is far above anything I know. To Love in the spirit of you my God is full of all your fruit, and is to have a fullness (glory) of you in my life. I am starting to understand the LOVE you talk about. Although I have been walking in it for a while I have not full grasped the insight of what is require that - 3 - can bring us into a fullness of your love(Eph3:17,18 and 19). Love others as I have loved you, Love you neighbour as yourself. This is almost a double wami as it can only be done when you surrender all that you are and allow the Master to build you Eph3:13,14, 17 & 4:13. Knowing we cannot sustain a Love like this unless it is from you. We have to be lead in the spirit and then walk in the spirit and grow in the fruits of the spirit, where we begin to live in the spirit and walk in the spirit of the new inner man you are creating in us. There is a start of walking in your love and that is to make a decision that you will love others no matter what they do to you. It then requires you to HELP! Us from there, as we can not do it in the physical, we have to die to our selves and our will. The Eye of the Lord ~ ADDED BY SUSAN C. CLARK I hear the Lord saying, "My eyes are open to you and the eye of the Lord is looking intently for those who will step out in extravagant faith to see with My eyes, to see from My point of view, to see beyond the current circumstances and to see with the eye of the Lord into the future of what I have for you. Yes, today I am calling you to a higher place of embrace with Me. To fill you, to love you, to encourage you, to uphold you. My eyes are like fountains and springs of living waters for you to drink from. Gaze into My heart, look into My eyes and receive the refreshing of the Lord I have prepared for you this day," says the Lord. When the Scripture speaks of the "eye of the Lord" or "the eyes of the Lord," it can often mean that God has His attention on something or that He is wanting us to give attention to something that is on His heart and to view it from His perspective for a certain time and a certain season. Just as the natural eye knows how to auto-focus on the thing that it is viewing, it also has the power to zoom into details that reveals deeper information and revelation to the mind and its perceptive powers. In that auto-focus moment, God draws us to Himself and our attention is turned from whatever we are doing at that time. It is the power of revelation released from the heart of God as He causes our inner lenses to refocus on Him for worship, to save us from danger, to readjust our footsteps or to just love on us and encourage our hearts with a different or fresh perspective, especially in a time of turmoil and uncertainty. Mirrors of the Soul The eyes are the literal mirrors of a person's soul and reveals much about a person's deep inner man. Matthew 6:22 says, "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light." In that deep place of the heart, the eye of the body that is full of light, can also reveal secrets into the unseen realm depending upon a person's intimate connection or transparency with God. Our eyes are portals of Heaven that we many times overlook within ourselves and within others. When we look at a person straight into their eyes, what do we see? Is our vision blocked by our own misperception or do we really see what God wants us to see? The Lord is saying, "I have created you in My image and in My likeness. My eyes are your eyes if you will allow Me to deliver you from those things that would hinder your eyesight. You have not lost your way because I know exactly where you are. You can never hide from Me and I know how to reach you in the split of a second. Look at My reflection and My light will fill your soul with new life and hope. The clouds of discouragement will disappear and you will know My favor and mercy once again," says the Lord. The Face of an Angel In the case of Steven in the New Testament, he was a man who was full of faith and of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:5). He was so full of grace and power that he performed great wonders and signs among the people during his day (Acts 6:8). In the synagogue of the Libertines, Cyrenians, Alexandrians and them of Cilicia and of Asia, they disputed with Stephen because of their own stubborn misperception and blindness of spiritual sight (Acts 6:9) Stephen preached with boldness and they were not able to resist the wisdom and spirit by which he spoke (Acts 6:10). Even to the point of death, he had no fear to speak God's truth because his "eye" saw something beyond this natural world. All that sat in the council, looking steadfastly and intently at him, saw his face and countenance "as it had been the face of an angel" (Acts 6:15). Seeing that Stephen was "full of the Holy Spirit... he gazed intently into Heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God," saying, 'Behold, I see the Heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God'" (Acts 7:55-56). Stephen's eyes and spiritual perception were literally in another world. So much so, that he did not see or feel the pain of rejection and physical pain of the stones that would eventually kill him. His immediate reality was that he saw the Heavens open at that moment and He saw Jesus! A Lifestyle of Gazing When Stephen "gazed" (NAS) or "looked up steadfastly" (KJV) into Heaven, the Greek definition and meaning of this was not only that he fixed his "eyes" but also purposed his "mind" into Heaven. The eyes of his mind and the eyes of his heart went into auto-focus by the power of the Holy Spirit, as in the sense of stretching his eye sight towards the face of God that gave him the supernatural power to endure the kind of death he was about to experience. This reveals that Stephen had a "lifestyle of gazing" into the eyes and heart of God and is the reason why he was so filled with the glory of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. He gave himself over to locking his eyesight on the Lord Jesus Christ, and it caused everything else to either become dim or disappear in his perception of reality. He was so overtaken by the Holy Spirit that the unseen realm at that moment was more real to him than the seen realm of the excruciating pain of being stoned to death. In these last days we are going to need this kind of supernatural strength and power to be able to endure the days ahead of us with a lifestyle of gazing. The Lord is saying, "Lock your eyes on Me and I will lead your faith and your focus to walk in the way you should go and to war in the way you should war. The times will become unbearable for those who don't have their vision locked upon Me," says the Lord, "but it shall not be unbearable for you if you stay steadfast and look steadfastly into Heaven where I am. This is the time to be filled. This is the time to be focused. This is the time I will preserve you from every danger and every harm. You will escape the traps of the enemy if you continue to fix your gaze upon Me and fix it now." God's Providential Care "God's eye" or "God's eyes" is many times symbolic of God's providential care. He is always guiding us with His eye and gives us counsel while constantly being watchful over us wherever we go. He is very aware of our daily activities, our circumstances, what we set our minds to do, and all He asks us to do is to include Him in our plans and commit our plans to Him so that He can cause them to succeed and bring us breakthrough and deliverance in our time of need. Proverbs 16:3 says to, "Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed." The word "thoughts" in the Greek speaks of your intentions, inventions, calculations of the mind and your imaginations. The power of your imagination includes the ability to see with insight and foresight. "Insight" is the ability to apprehend the true nature of a thing, especially through intuitive understanding or penetrating mental vision or discernment; the faculty of seeing into inner character or underlying truth. "Foresight" is the ability and power of prevision or knowledge gained by or as by looking forward; a view of the future. Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]--blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he." If our vision is blocked or distorted, we lack not only the ability to see and perceive with the intelligence, but we also miss out on seeing God in the ecstatic state of worship. Our very spirits were meant to live in a place of ecstasy with God forever in that heavenly place. And because of the fall of man, we have to regain that access through appropriating the Blood of Jesus to our lives by renewing our minds in alignment with the mind of Christ. When our minds are aligned, we see what God sees. We see clearly. We see through God's eyes and we see His providential care and our hope is restored for the future. Disqualified by Blindness In the Old Testament an eye defect disqualified a person for priestly service (Leviticus 21:18-21). There was also the practice of an exceptionally cruel punishment to gouge out the eyes of an enemy (Judges 16:21; 2 Kings 25:7). This kind of punishment was interpreted and perceived as bringing disgrace and reproach to a people (1 Samuel 11:2). Today, in the new millennium, the tricks and schemes of the enemy are still the same. It just comes in different packaging. The enemy continues to try to bring disgrace and discredit the people of God through spiritual blindness � blindness that is caused by the lack of looking and gazing into the face of God as a regular exercise of intimate worship or the lack of gazing into the Scriptures to find food for the soul and nourishment for the spiritual eyes. Psalm 19:8 says, "The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes." Here we see there is ecstasy of the heart and pure brilliance of the eyes that gives full light to the body, soul and spirit of a person that keeps the statutes of the Lord before his eyes on a continual basis. But because of life's distractions, sin and selfrighteous pride, this was one of the stumbling blocks of the Pharisees that prevented them from seeing that Jesus was really who He said He was, God. Because they couldn't see, they couldn't believe. If they couldn't see, they had no vision and they missed out on entering into the Kingdom of God. We can be disqualified by the blindness of our hearts if we continually push away the grace and the kindness of the Lord. The Eye of the Lord is Moving So now the Lord is reminding us in 2 Chronicles 16:9 which says, "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." God is on the move, running and eagerly searching with the laser beam of His eyes, looking for those who are filled with His light to see that He is ready to strongly support those whose eye lenses of the heart and mind are turned completely towards Him. He is inviting us into the journey of His heart � into the journey of the unseen realm. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). No one has seen God at any time (John 1:18), yet Jesus tells us in the beatitudes that the pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8). When the Bible says to "see" God, it means to look at, behold and to allow one's self to be seen; to appear. It is in the sense that God is revealing Himself to us and at the same time we are willingly revealing ourselves to God. This is where we find ourselves in a place of openness and receptivity, and then at that point in time, God will impart vision and impregnate us with new life and new vision. This is how we get to know Him, to see with the eyes, to see with the mind, to perceive and to become acquainted with Him by daily experiencing Him and to take heed and believe in our hearts what He is saying to us. If God is wanting us to look and gaze intently at Him, isn't it because He is looking and gazing intently at us? The eyes of God reveal intimacy and longing and a strong desire to be with us now and forevermore. God is longing for those who are longing for Him. If you are experiencing an indescribable longing in your heart toward God, that means He is drawing you. It's not depression and you're not crazy. God is really drawing you to Him. He promises the pure in heart will see Him and the hungry of heart will be filled with the treasures of His love. If He is drawing you, it is because there is more to see, more to perceive, more to experience, more to learn and more to be transformed by. This is an invitation, not only to open our eyes but to journey into the depths of God's heart with new penetrating vision, where He writes the words of His heart upon your heart. There is a new perspective and a new anticipation that is arising and being imparted in this season of new birth, and He is ready and waiting to meet you where you are, right here, right now! Prayer of Restoration of Vision God, thank You for saving my life and thank You for restoring my soul. God, open my eyes to see You like never before. Help me to see and perceive through Your eyes. Restore my vision that may have become dull or blinded through discouragement, circumstances, sin, hardship or even neglect. Forgive me for not responding to Your voice when You are calling me. Help me to draw near to You. Draw me, God, and I will run to You. Open the eyes of my heart, God, that I may see You face to face. I will not be afraid to approach You because Your perfect love casts out all fear and I will come boldly to Your throne to worship You in Spirit and in truth and to love You sincerely with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I do believe, Lord. Help my unbelief. I thank You for hearing my prayer and my heart's cry to be closer to You. I give You honor and glory and praise this day, in Jesus name I pray, Amen! Love in Christ to all God's People! Be blessed! Be encouraged! He loves you! Reeni Mederos Founder of Warriors International, Inc.Email: email@example.com READY FOR THE LORD'S RETURN We are living in a day and age where most believers and unbelievers alike are content with the way they are living. Some talk about the Lord's return as if it can be any minute, yet go about their lives as if he is not coming for another hundred years or even in their life time. Souls that know not Jesus are won to Christ and are told that they need to witness to the lost, so that they will know Jesus Christ also. There is nothing wrong with giving your testimony of how the Lord saved you, but getting souls save is just a part of living for God and knowing what He is all about. As new born babes in Christ it is our duty to learn what God is all about, so that we may be able to tell others, why Jesus died for our sins and the purpose of His coming. The fact that through the blood of Jesus we can receive redemption and have eternal life is a wondrous gift of God. Coming to know the Lord and His word is even a greater gift. From the creation of Adam to our day God has had a plan, and a work the he is doing with man, and it has not changed. He gave Adam dominion over the earth and He will have a kingdom here on earth as he has in heaven that will be made up of believer that has been born again, enabling them to see and enter in to His kingdom. (Jn. 3:3; 5) Are we as believers preparing for our Lord's return? Peter said, that God would send Jesus back to earth when the times of restitution of all things were complete and yet we have heard preachers say that Jesus may and can come before morning. (Acts 3:21) If Jesus can come any minute now and we do not know the time of his arrival, what then is to be restored in order for him to come at any time or has been? We can look at the evidence around us and see that Jesus has not come and the restitution has not happened or He would be here as Peter said. Yet if we look the way the world is today, and the fact that Jesus is not here yet, then there is something that has not been restored. Believers and sinners alike go about their lives, living day to day for their future in this present world, not really believing that Jesus is coming soon, or what has to be restored, and prepared in order for him to come back. There is a misconception the we will be supernaturally taken away from any trouble that is coming to the world and the "quote" mark of the beast, and it has mislead believers into setting back in there comfortable churches and looking up to the heaven for the clouds to burst open and a bright light to shine forth, with Jesus on a white horse bounding down to earth in glorious victory. Paul said, this would not happen until there be a falling away first, and that man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition. (2Th 2:3) Is there anyone out there who can tell us who he is or what has falling away? The belief is that Jesus can come back any moment is preached in many churches today, but have you asked your preacher to tell you who the son of perdition is? He was revealed in Jesus day when Satan entered into Judas and betrayed him, so why does Paul say before the day of the Lord the son of perdition would have to be revealed again, because Judas didn't fulfill all that the son of perdition was to fulfill, like John the Baptist didn't fulfill all that was written of Elijah. The restoration of all things has to occur and only then will Jesus come back. (Mt. 17:11) After Judah had been in captivity for seventy years, this was their punishment for not keeping the seventh year Sabbath for four hundred and forty nine years. God caused His spirit to move on Cyrus the King of Persia, called His anointed in Isa. 45:1, to build his temple and city again. (Ezra1:1-2) Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. (Dan.9:25) Here we have the city of God Jerusalem, the church in the New Testament that is one of the things that will be restored before Jesus come back and there will be a time of trouble all around when it is rebuilt. Cyrus sent a remnant Jews to accomplish this task and when they got there to build the temple and restore the walls of the city. The inhabitants that occupied the land during the captivity of Judah weren't very happy about it. They conspired all of them to go and fight against Jerusalem and hinder the work. But remnant saw the enemy, they began to pray both night and day, the work that lay ahead of them seem great to those that were about clearing the rubble and decay that had been sitting for over seventy years, it seemed impossible natural eyes. And with their enemy all around them they built with a tool in one hand and a sword in the other, until the temple and the wall were complete with trouble all around them. (Ne. 1:11) The doctrine that is taught today, that we will miss all the trouble and tribulation and be caught up to meet the Lord in the air when he comes back does not coincide with the prophecy that God reveals in Nehemiah. Paul tells us that tribulation and anguish shall happen to the Jews first and also to the Gentiles. (Ro. 2:9) How then are we to miss tribulation if it has to occur? Many believe that we will rule and reign with Jesus, but this doctrine leaves no room for those that suffer with Him shall also reign with Him. (2Tim.2:12) And that if we deny the Lord he will deny us. If the early church receive glory and honor, then had to go through persecution and even suffer unto death, why would God allow us down on this end of the age to miss any trouble or tribulation. The same scripture that is used to show that we are to be caught up, also says that there will be those that are alive and remain, that sounds like a remnant to me. It is not in man's nature to want his body to be harmed or hurt in anyway, and we will do almost anything to keep from have pain. The hospitals are full and prescription drugs are used to alleviate any pain we as humans might have. It is not a sin to see a doctor or to try to fix something that is broken or hurt. But even Satan when he was allowed to take all that Job had to prove him, went back to God and said, "Skin for skin, yea all that a man hath will he give for his life." (Job 2:4) Man is no different today, Jesus told his disciples in explaining the parable of the sower, and the seed that fell on stony grown, that it had no root in itself, but only last for a little while, because there was no water, and when tribulation and affliction came because of the word of God, the seed, they were offended because they were not rooted in God's word. (Mt. 13: 16-17) If the church the temple is to be rebuilt in troublous time, and we have not root in ourselves we will be deceived when the dragon issues the flood of his persecution out of his mouth. He will look like he is doing the world a favor with his economics doctrine, and many well be fooled into taking his mark in order to save their very lives. But God's word will prevail; those that are rooted and grounded will be alive and remain through all that comes out of the dragon. Jesus said, that there would arise false Christ, and false prophet, and they would show signs and wonder; so great the if it were possible, that they would deceive the every elect. (Mt. 24: 24) The key word here is if it were possible, not that could either mean it is possible or it is not possible, because the very elect, like Aaron and his sons were elected out of all of Israel to be the priests of the Lord, the apostle and prophets should have enough of the word of God to know better when this deception is to take place and those who will not listen to God's holy apostles and prophets will be deceived and go through the flood of the dragon. They will either take the mark or be killed, because they would not hear and reject the manifold wisdom of God. (Eph. 3:10) God is sending out a warning in these last days to all the believers to hear His word, to confirm the souls of the disciple, exhorting them to continue in the faith that we must through tribulation enter the Kingdom of God. (Acts 14:22) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (1 Peter 4:17-19) Where are those believer that Jesus said would be hated of all men for his sake, and those that will endure to the end? If we are to miss all the trouble that is to come, why would he say, "but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." (Mt. 10: 22) We are living it the time that Jesus called the harvest in Mt 13. Not a harvest of souls as many believe but a harvest of believers, that have the seed of the word of God planted in them. The enemy planted tare alongside the true believers and that is what we see today. Since 1962 God has been gathering the tares into bundles to be burned that is why you see all these maga church and TV preachers with large crowds. They will be burned, as Paul said," Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." (1Cor. 3:13-15) Jesus will come at the appointed time when all things are restored, His house will be established on the tops of the mountains, and all nations shall flow unto it. (Isa.2:1-4, Dan. 8:19) It is revealed in the precept of the harvest of weeks and the year of Jubilee, each containing a period of seven weeks and years, ending in the fiftieth day and year. This will finish the work at the end of the world and the work of God, when those at are gathered into God's barn and the door is shut. The other sheep which were not of the Jews fold, will be brought in, and they will hear the voice that will make the cry, behold the bridegroom cometh go ye out to meet Him. The will be one fold and one shepherd, which we do not see today. (John10:16, Mt. 25:6) You may say that Jesus is the shepherd, when he was here he was the shepherd, now he is our H