“…and that He may send Jesus Christ who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” – (Acts 3:20-21)
Indeed this verse speaks of Jesus and His current location in Heaven, like a guest who waits in the special holding area until his check-in time for an important flight. “Whom Heaven must receive” means whom heaven must HOST until the time of His greatly prophesied return as King and Master over all the earth. Take courage church and gird your loins when you hear this- don’t be so easily defeated through emotions and fear because of what we must pass through before we see Jesus. The Messiah is seated in Heaven now until the end prophesied to burn up all things, for burn up this world indeed will- “And by that same word, the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men” – (2 Peter 3:7)
Everything we see will be torched by a combination of man-made and heavenly conflagration (*i.e. a great burning), but that is not our concern. We look past these things for eternal life as promised to us by Our Father. God, Yah, eternal maker of all things and the one in whom we trust.
JESUS SHALL RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH.
We know that this is true. The Bible tells us so. Somebody scoffing and laughing that the book of truth (Bible) is not real, calling you or I who believe a fool and saying “What’s the proof? You believe because a BOOK tells you so?” Why pay them any mind? Doesn’t this same person consume “information” from laughable sources like TV and other multimedia, or have an education gleaned from books written by men who either died recanting half their testimony (Darwin), or unseated from their initial positions (Nietzsche)? God is not dead after all.
There is no way someone can claim certainty of thought based on watching CNN, CSPAN, NBC and the other lying multiple C’s, yet feel confident enough to mock a Christian whose beliefs are based on a book as solid and tested as the Bible. Every economics textbook ever written or political science treatise was penned by a man who died- however the central figure of our book is a God who took on human form for a time and died, only to resurrect within Himself and be taken away in front of multiple witnesses. (Acts 1:9).
The certainty I have that Jesus will come again is matched only by my certainty that the Bible is God’s true book, that Christ Himself lives in it (John 1:1-3), and that allowing it to take hold of the senses only solidifies understanding of who we are and why we’re here. That’s why I always encourage people to hold fast to faith- there is greater proof that you are sound minded who believe in the unseen realm, than the stunted, blunted ones who insist that all matter consists only in what can be seen (and explained). It makes no sense when a man who takes it on faith that he has a functioning brain in his head (though he’s never seen it), insists that we who live by faith must abandon it and subscribe to logic that excludes the reality of his admittedly unseen brain. In other words: he’s never seen his brain but takes it on faith that he has one. Yet he mocks you for trusting YOUR brain which you cannot see, and for saying that though your brain is unseen you still trust it and believe it exists.
Model 1 (Christian faith): We need not see the brain to believe its existence and function. We have much evidence of both its presence and operation and by this we believe it exists.
Model 2: As long as you can’t see, touch and examine a particular brain, even if you have seen countless others and where they’re located in the head, that brain doesn’t exist.
*But subscribing to Model 2 means that whoever is alive with a sealed cranium has never actually seen their own brain, and therefore by this logic- doesn’t have one. Or do they? 🤔
Faith is truth. It exists and has a weight just as air does. Air can’t be seen but we measure it by compression, volume, complicated math and glass chambers- in the end we can prove air EXISTS. God is the same way. The evidence of His presence and existence is overwhelming, presenting itself in both subjective and objective proof- like how morality need not be taught but is innately understood by all humanity regardless of creed, background, religion or location. This is explained by this verse: THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM. – (Hebrews 10:16)
Here is another: “For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.” – (Romans 1:19)
Into the human heart has God engraved HIS LAW (not His grace, which must be asked for)- In other words from Cape to Cairo and every nation in between humanity knows what is good and evil, what is right and wrong. It is not lack of knowledge of good that makes us not do it; it is the operation of SIN in our bodies that makes this life a constant struggle to line up what we know is right with what we actually do.
Without the operation of the SAVING GRACE OF Jesus Christ to assist and enable human beings to refuse and overcome sin, you will find that the smartest university professor and quantum scientist to the most callous murderer is CONSTANTLY ENGAGED IN WRONGDOING AGAINST GOD. We are powerless to halt the operation of sinfulness in our members (i.e. body) without the Holy Spirit of God. Without Him we will run to sin like lemmings hurtling over the proverbial cliff edge, and that is why Paul says “For all have sinned and fallen short of the grace of God” – (Romans 3:23) All of us are sinful, but the Christian has received a cleansing he was powerless to gain until he ADMITTED TO SIN AND ASKED GOD TO CLEANSE HIM. See the goodness of God; He gives the asker what He asks for! (Matthew 7:7)
We are also NOT entitled to Grace. Let us stop preaching this lie. There is nothing in the human portfolio which makes Man “deserving” of God’s grace. Sinners are not entitled to anything, HOW-EVER. We can at any time confess our sins to the Lord whose ears are always on full blast to hear even a whimper we make, asking for forgiveness and to be restored in our inner man (i.e. souls). Once we ask for mercy God moves to make us into a regenerated, brand new being.
I feel very strongly to say these things and so I shall. You and I are NOT entitled to grace or mercy because of the initial condition of sinfulness of our hearts- nevertheless we are at any time FREELY ENCOURAGED to ask for these gifts, for they will empower us with FAITH to believe in God. Once we believe in God our path turns, our journey shifts, and even from the lips of hell and judgement our feet are set on a path that leads to everlasting life. This is in a nutshell the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to which I Celestial fully subscribe, buy into and am a vested, full-time shareholder. Amen.
We believe because of the impartation of faith through grace to us- God grants to each one a measure of faith (Romans 12:3) and it is His solemn promise that by exercise of that faith, by saying ‘Lord though weary and weak in my best times I continue to hold the view that You are real, and that you can be reached by diligently exercising my right to call upon your name and believe’– He will hear our request to be made whole and set us free from the controlling power of sin. “For all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”– (Romans 10:13).
I repeat, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to be rid of the compulsion to sin before the Lord comes back. There is nobody entering the Rapture who is a friend of sin; sin is that ‘Automatic Cancellation of Policy’ option that will destroy our advance into glory, so I strongly advise anyone with a repetitive sin problem or addiction to take this “hook in the flesh” to God immediately. Begin to confess that desire to sin and pray about it without rest until God has mercy on you and releases the Holy Ghost power to break it. Amen.
I have shared the message God laid on my heart today. I hope someone will read it carefully and make a decision to quit all contrary lifestyles that they already know is separating them from God, and come once and for all into the sheepfold of eternal life. There is NOTHING WRONG WITH BELONGING TO JESUS. There is no one who’ll keep you as well as He, because there is NO ONE who loves people better than God. He made you and loves you, and wants both your company and your fidelity while you are still alive and coherent enough to make a sound-minded decision to serve Heaven and not hell, Jesus and not satan. I have shared from the heart; may your heart also engage like a quality car transmission and turn your wheels onto the Master’s highway. In Jesus name I pray this for every genuine seeker, amen.
A PRAYER OF SALVATION:
Heavenly Father God, I come to you in the bent and broken posture of true repentance. I have realised that I am not able to live any perfect life for you, and I am sorry for that. I am not able to serve you as you require, not on my own, and I ask your help today to be forgiven of my sins and given a new lifeline in the Person of your Son Jesus Christ. I have heard the words of your mouth, and I believe that there is no other worthy to be called GOD except you. Lord please accept my repentance today. Have mercy on me and favour me, and accept me into your family. Wash my sins away with the Blood of Jesus. Cleanse me God, and baptise me with the fire of the Holy Spirit to remove every trace of my sinful past. I want to belong to you, to walk with you, to know you as you already know me. I turn away from my old life, and I renounce everything I used to do that was evil in your eyes. I ask for strength of the Holy Spirit to resist sin and temptation, so that I don’t return to my old life. I choose Jesus Christ today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you God for hearing my prayer, I mean it from my heart and confess it with my mouth right now- Jesus Christ IS LORD. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
If you have prayed this prayer leave a comment below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will celebrate with you that you have given your life to Christ! God is NOT wicked, no matter how these prophecies may look to some. Judgement should inspire repentance. God is a just and loving Father who has to punish sin, but He is VERY OPEN and VERY FAITHFUL to all who confess that they need Him above needing themselves. With Jesus’ love, continue to watch and pray, amen.