WE SEE IN A MIRROR DIMLY

Before I discuss the content intended for this post, I must make a statement about you.  Those of you who get emails from me are a wonderful lot.  How do I know this?  I have been “on the edge” lately and not one of you has emailed me and asked me to remove you from my list.  This statement is not an effort to keep you on my email list.  It is a statement of appreciation.  I made a mistake by omission in a recent post and none of you who read it got on my case.  It speaks highly of you.  Only God is perfect, and we all know that I’m not Him.

I did get an accusation from someone who is not on my email list.  I don’t know how he found my blog, but he thought I might be inciting others to arson.  If you would like to see the conversation, go to the post called, “AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH,” and go below the article to view it.

https://chrisreimersblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/as-it-was-in-the-days-of-noah

It should be obvious to you that I do NOT consider myself a prophet.  Those who take the description are treading on holy ground.  There is no room for error for the prophet of God.

The title of this article comes from a verse in 1 Corinthians that explains humanity’s current situation; the total truth is not now in full focus.  The same verse (12) goes on to say that some day we will “know fully.”  I think this is a great description of our understanding of God’s word.  There are some things in the Bible that are very clear.  An example of a clear item is that there is one God.  Other things we know something of, but the full truth remains a mystery. An example of something “dim” is the day that Jesus will return.

Last Monday, June 7th, I posted an article called “WAR OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS SOON.” I also posted an article called “TWO CHOICES.”  More people read this blog that day than any previous day.

The “TWO CHOICES” post hasn’t been changed and if you haven’t read it, you should.

The “WAR OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS SOON” post has been changed.  The title and one line in the article have been changed.  The title now states: “WAR OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS MAY COME SOON.”  I originally made a mistake on that one.  The words “may come” are a very important inclusion.  The other title was a bit presumptuous of me.

It is impossible for me to watch what is going on in the world and not make comparisons to the “days of Noah.”  As a Christian, I am continually seeing things like this:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/lgbt/2010

This is on the U.S. Department of State web page?  How can I not make the association to the disobedience of Noah’s day?

“Be on the alert for you do not know which day the Lord is coming.”  These are the words of Jesus in Matthew 24.   What an incredible statement.  It articulates the balanced view that the Bible teaches.  We are to be on the alert.  We don’t know the hour.

My recent posts about things relating to the second coming of Jesus Christ are not meant to scare.  I am a Christian.  I am not only concerned about the events occurring in the world today, I am enthusiastic about the future.  As a Christian, I view things from an eternal standpoint.

One day the disciples asked Jesus this question: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

That is a pretty straight question, and Jesus gave them a straight answer.  If you want to know the answer, read the 24th and 25th chapters of Matthew.

You should read  it yourself,  but one quote from Jesus’ answer is: “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.”

It is very easy to find out what it was like in the “days of Noah.”  Genesis, chapter 6, describes the “scene.”

Verse 5 says:  “Then the Lord saw the wickedness of man was great on the earth..”

Verse 11 says:  “Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.”

Many will say that things have always been this way.  Yes, man has always been sinful. In my own lifetime, however, I have seen a huge moral decline.

Also, there are Bible passages that refer to recent events.  Old Bible prophecies are clear.  They state that the Jews will be gathered from many places and will be returned to the land that God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Some of you were alive when that happened.  I was alive when the Jews won Jerusalem.  At the time I was too young to know how important the event was.

By the way if you want to know “The Real Truth about Israel and Jerusalem,” click here and scroll down to the 6 minute video.  In six minutes, you will know the truth about the Palestinian/Israel issue:

http://israels-covenant.blogspot.com

One of the reasons for this post is an email that I received from an acquaintance just last week.  Its contents must be alarming to those who  believe them.  I don’t believe them.  I think “visions” like the one below are designed to control.

Here is a portion:

EXTREME ALERT — Gulf Coast Evacuation Contingency
Plans Soon to Go Operational: The operational name for the Gulf Coast
Evacuation is “Swift Fox.” Yesterday morning at around 8:30 Mountain
time, I received information that specific towns, in Tennessee,
Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Georgia were having hotel
rooms rented in mass by different named “Societies” using Federal
government credit cards. The block hotel room rentals are for half the
available rooms in hotels with a minimum of 120 rooms. Specific
conversations were “overheard” that would indicate that the planned
Gulf Coast evacuation is soon to be implemented. The only scenario I
hear that may force the government to evacuate the coast is a multiple
plume situation. Apparently, the unmitigated oil spilling has caused a
pressure flux which, ironically, has caused a spider web network of
Gulf seabed fissures, which has caused at least one other confirmed
oil plume. NOAA is searching for two more suspected ones.” This quote
is from an insider who is really concerned as he should be. Here’s
additional info he provided. His comments in the following quote: “I
know FEMA has already scoped out FEMA camp locations, i.e. vacant lots
and swaths of land that can be leased temporarily in Texas and
Georgia.”
The inside guy said it is up to the President to give the go-signal.
There is an evacuation plan drafted and in place, ready for execution
only *if* the administration deems it necessary. That can happen two
ways. FEMA makes an emergency declaration with recommendation to POTUS
(President of the US) for an evacuation or 2/3 of the Gulf States
request federal help for an evacuation. States can individually
declare an evacuation of their Gulf residents, but that would be a
state action only, not FEMA/Federal.
One week ago I was given a “vision of bread” while praying for wisdom.
I saw a piece of bread being ripped apart as you would tear apart a
sandwich from the bottom up. Imagine holding a sandwich in both hands
and pressing your thumbs through the center of the bread and then
tearing the bread, ripping it apart into two sections!
My interpretation of this is the Body of Christ (for we are one loaf)
will be divided throughout the country in FEMA camps.  They will be
separated from their local fellowships and scattered among other
believers, in some cases in these camps, which in many cases will be a
good thing to get them out of their false religious clicks so they can
seek God for themselves. If any of you see my brethren there tell them
how big God is.

This email came from someone who spends a great deal of time around folks who call themselves “Christians” but believe in lies.  It comes from a cult, in other words.  The “vision of bread” did not come from God.

These types of statements are being made in many places today and I want no part of them.

This false prophecy, however, is a good example of what NOT to do.  It is imperative to be very careful when discussing future events.  There is nothing wrong with giving an opinion.  Making a declaration of fact that does not line up with the Bible, however, can be dangerous and deceiving.

The words of the Biblical prophets are 100% accurate.  They may cause anxiety to some.  For me, they are golden words.  The fulfillment of Biblical prophecy leads to promise.  There will be a happy ending.

Specific visions from a man that cause fear and confusion are, in kind words, unreliable and unethical.

The crazy “vision” email helped me.  I must be sure to take a balanced, Biblical approach to my views about the second coming of Jesus.

News items appeared this weekend that relate to the article that I posted last Monday.  They are:

Iranian ships ready to sail to Gaza

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=178266

and

Iranian Marines Set to Escort Flotilla ‘To Teach Israel Lessons’

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/138022

These articles tell of Muslims that seems eager to engage Israel in battle.  It seems they are backing Israel into a corner.

I see through a mirror dimly.  I do not know if these efforts to incite the Israelis to fight will lead to a larger conflict that will spark the start of the tribulation mentioned in the Bible.

I do know that the possibilities for real peace in the Middle East are more remote now than ever.

Is Jesus coming soon?  The answer is yes in God’s timetable.  For God, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day.

For us, the term “soon” depends on who you are talking to.

One thing is certain, He is coming.  There is no question that there will eventually be seven years of tribulation.  Whether the church will go through the tribulation or not is something I can’t answer with certainty. It is a sure thing, however, that one day every tear shall be wiped away and all things will become new.

Chris Reimers

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