Folding Like Cheap Lawn Furniture

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ray-gano-medLuke 21:9  But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

But there is more…

Luke 21:10  Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

Luke 21:11  And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

I know that many of you know the Olivette  Discourse.  It is called the most famous sermon on bible prophecy ever preached. And well it should be, Christ our Savior was the one who preached it.

It is interesting, since the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and now nuclear meltdown, coupled with the middle east turmoil, sinking global economics and just about every other thing that can go wrong is going wrong; people are in disbelief. It seems that the majority of the people in the world just can’t wrap their brain around what is going on. So what are they resorting to?

Denial.

But stranger yet all these things have caught a good number of Christians off guard as well.

I keep hearing ” I can’t believe this is happening. The world is breaking down no matter where you look.”

OR… and this one is a doosy, ” Yea it is in the bible, but I did not think it would happen now.”

Folks, what we are witnessing is what Christ himself said would happen.

Sure we have always had earthquakes, wars, famine, pestilence and such but not to the extent we are having it today.

I mean look at recent events, there was the Christmas 2005 Earthquake that measured a 9.0 on the Richter Scale and a massive tsunami ensues killing over 250,000 people and injuring / displacing approximately 1 million +.

cheap-lawn-furnitureThere was the 9.0 earthquake that hit Japan and following that a massive 30 foot tsunami wiping out entire towns as well a nuclear power plant.

Folks, 7,8,9 point earthquakes happen once every 100 years or so. Today they are becoming common place.    These 9.0 earthquakes are literally shifting the earth upon its access. Japan moved closer to California by 10 feet. This is major and not just some run of the mill earthquakes taking place here.

We have the entire Middle East shifting from bad dictators to worse, Muslim Brotherhood Sharia states. The call for a return to the Caliphate is on the lips of the people and a push for a global Caliphate is solidifying.

Many parts of Africa, Europe, and even America are coming under Islamic pressure and countries are capitulating, bowing to Islam and accepting Dhimmitude; accepting and submitting to Sharia law and mindset.

We read about literal global food shortages. 80-90% of Mexico’s crops were destroyed due to the arctic cold blast that covered the US. Florida citrus crop were hit hard. The San Joaquin Valley has been turned into a wasteland because of liberal lawmakers trying to save some little fish. So instead of allowing fresh water snow melt that has regularly watered the crops in California’s breadbasket, the water is being pumped out to sea and not servicing anyone. All the while California suffers from high water rates, electric rates, as well as high prices for just about everything.

Right now the central mid west is experiencing flooding which has effected corn, wheat, soy beans and cotton. And almost all of the US strategic grain supply was sold to China, N. Korea, Russian and the Middle East leaving very little if none at all for US needs.

We have diseases like MSRA which has shown to be resistant to treatment. The Mayo Clinic defines MSRA like this…

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.

Most MRSA infections occur in people who have been in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. When it occurs in these settings, it’s known as health care-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). HA-MRSA infections typically are associated with invasive procedures or devices, such as surgeries, intravenous tubing or artificial joints.

Another type of MRSA infection has occurred in the wider community — among healthy people. This form, community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA), often begins as a painful skin boil. It’s spread by skin-to-skin contact. At-risk populations include groups such as high school wrestlers, child care workers and people who live in crowded conditions.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mrsa/DS00735

We have every sort of flu out there and these are just not your run of the mill influenza, these strains are killers that prey upon the weak, elderly and the young.

Diseases like tuberculosis, measles and even the plague are returning with a vengeance.

But this should not surprise us because Christ told us these things must come about.

Luke 21:9  But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

What we are witnessing is the foreshadow of the tribulation period that will come to pass.

Christ told us that it will be liken to the birth pangs of a woman in labor. Increasing with intensity and frequency.

I have to be honest, back in 1992,  I honestly believed that we would not see the year 2001. I thought for sure Christ would return for His church. So many things were coming to pass and in fact that was why I started Prophezine to document these things and equip the saints to go share the gospel using bible prophecy and world events.

Fast forward to today and the pangs have gotten far more worse and frequency has also increased.

cheap lawn furniture2But these things must first come to pass, and the end is not by and by.

But here is the troubling part. There are many who claim the title Christian who are beginning to fold like cheap lawn furniture.

I believe that we are going to see an increase division between the true bible believing, washed in the blood Christian and the Sunday morning, Christian in name only person. In other words we are seeing the wheat and the chaff being separated.

The rubber is beginning to meet the road and the response from many Christians out there is denial. But what is now happening is we are seeing anger. Anger from one side of the fence, the C.I.N.O’s, because they do not want to believe and their anger focused on those of us who do.

They call us Pharisees, judgmental, dogmatic, fundamental and the list goes on.

Problem is that many of these people love the world too much. They still live with their pet sins and have never turned their lives over to the Lord.

Sure they may have raised their hand in church, checked a little card, maybe even went forward but still have never given their lives over to the Lord. There are even those who have  accepted Christ as their personal savior but refuse to submit and allow Him to be Lord of their lives. These people use grace as a license to sin and live like hell, but they do not worry, they got their “fire insurance.” These folks are still on a diet of milk & toast and have not grown into the meat and potatoes of the scripture.

So now when hard times  come, they do not have the scriptural backbone or knowledge to lean upon when the storms come. The result is like those above. They fold like cheap lawn furniture. They have put their trust in the world vs putting their trust in our Lord and Savior and His Word.

Folks, this may sound strange but I am excited seeing God’s hand moving over this sinful world. It cements the fact that my God reigns and that He has a place for me in His kingdom.

big-question-webSeeing the rubber meeting the road we who truly love Him and serve Him are given a great opportunity to boldly stand and share the gospel. We have a dying world of sinners in need of a savior. We can’t expect the pastors of today to do anything; 80% of them are the ones who have gotten the church into this mess. There are those few who are still preaching and teaching God’s Word, they still preach about sin, hell and the need for repentance.

But their numbers are few and I truly believe that it is those of us, the laymen and women who will step up to the plate and share the gospel in these hard times.

What we need to do is spread the complete gospel. We can’t be sugar coating it like the many “pastors” have done. We need to preach that one is lost before they can be found, that all have sinned and have come short of the glory and that we are all sinners destined to Hell unless we repent, turn from our wicked ways, trust Jesus Christ as our Lord as our savior. Once we have accepted Christ as our Savior and our names are written in the book of life, we then need to get down to business by picking up our cross and following Him.

We call ourselves Christians, well we need to start doing as Christ commanded us and to share the Gospel.

Listen, this may sound strange, but one can get totally wrapped up in bible prophecy, world events and neglect why we are here; believe me it is easy to do, I know. I am constantly keeping myself in check and doing a check up from the neck up.

Now more than ever we need to be getting into His Word, spending time in prayer and fellowship, surround ourselves with Him so that we remain in His will and by doing this avoiding temptation and being able to turn away from the sin in our lives.

Folks the rapture is coming, but I do not have the all seeing crystal ball. I know that I stand on an imminent return of our Lord, but I cannot say dogmatically how things will come about. We are living in the last days of the last days, but the future is still before us and only God in Heaven knows the day and hour.

The time is now, the rubber is meeting the road and there are many Christians out there folding like cheap lawn furniture.

Now more than ever we need to be praying for God’s Grace to see us through. We need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit give us the power to do what is right in His eyes and not shame the Lord whom we serve.

We know a storm is coming, but we need to be ready so that we can occupy till He returns. We do not know the day nor hour so we must be ready to go at a moment’s notice but also hang for the long term for the battle still continues for the souls of men.

There are those of us on the front lines and there are those who are support. All of us play a critical role in these last days. It is the person who is doing nothing, the sluggard who is beginning to question God, these are the ones who are folding like cheap lawn furniture, they have no grounding in His Word and are Christians In Name Only.

We are living in exciting times. Those of us who truly love the Lord .

In a recent email conversation , my friend Dick hit it on the head when he said this…

Daily bible reading, daily and continuous prayer, daily praising the Lord.  Live as a testament to Christ.  Be a witness to others as to what Jesus has done in your life.  Tracts, encouragement, support for the workers in the field, prayer with tears, hearts in all the work of the Lord, etc.  These are the things that we should be doing.

It wrote back to him and totally agreed with him.

We have the chance to make a difference and truly occupy till He returns.

Prepare mentally, spiritually and physically. Noah did not fear the unknown because he had his ark. We need to learn from Noah and build our ark that will see us through mentally, spiritually and physically just like Noah did.

One of my most favorite verses is the following…

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

We are still in the process of “and having done all.” But soon it will be the time to stand.

Will you stand when that day comes or will you fold like cheap lawn furniture?

Strengthen yourself today in Him and His Word. Then you will not fold. But instead having done all…YOU WILL STAND!

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By Ray Gano

 

 

 

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