The Last Miracles of Jesus

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The Last Miracles of Jesus

It is important to notice the ‘firsts’ in the bible. They have important insights for us. For example, the first time the word ‘love’ is used in scripture is in Genesis 22:2 when God told Abraham to take his only son, whom he loved, and sacrifice him to the Lord. This story is a picture of Jesus being God’s only Son, whom He loved, thus why it is important to note that it is the very first time that word is used in scripture.

 

Another example is in Exodus 20:3 with the Ten Commandments. The very first one is that we have no other gods before the Lord. If we get this one mastered, the others will follow suit, and not be as likely to cause us to fall.

 

In Galatians 5:22-23, we find the fruit of the spirit. The first one is love. Why? Because if we have love, then it only makes sense that we will have joy, peace, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. True love will emanate these others qualities in our lives.

 

I believe it is also important for us to look at the ‘lasts’ in scripture. My friend, Kathy, saw a very interesting insight that really peaked my interest on this topic.

 

The last healings Jesus did in Matthew and Mark was blind Bartimaeus. In the book of Luke, it was the healing of the ear of the high priest’s servant, which Peter cut off. Notice that these final miracles had to do with sight and hearing.

 

As we look at the warnings Jesus gave us in Matthew 24 regarding the end times, we see many of them had to do with these two things! He warned us what to watch for, as well as what things to which we should not be listening.

 

Verse 5: We are to watch out for (look, see) those who come in His Name, deceiving many. Keep in mind, this does not just mean people are going to be saying, “Hey! I am Jesus!” Rather, it is referring to those who claim to represent Him, but what they preach and teach will be a false gospel.

 

Verse 6-7: We will hear about wars, rumors of wars, nations rising against nation. We will see famines, pestilences, and earthquakes.

Verse 9-10: We will see Christians murdered and hated by all nations. During that time, we will see people betray one another, as well as hate one another.

Verse 12: Because of how lawlessness will abound, we can watch for the love of many to grow cold.

Verse 15: When you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place”… –Notice that He says when “you” see. He is speaking to believers here. If believers will not be here to see this, why is He mentioning it?

Verse 23-26: Jesus tells us look out for false Christs and if we hear anyone tell us where to find him, not to believe them. He tells us to watch for great signs and wonders to appear, deceiving many, even the elect.

Verse 27: Jesus tells us that His coming will be as lightning flashing across the sky. In other words, He is saying that all will see it. It is not a secret coming, where we just suddenly disappear, and no one knows where we went.

Verse 28-31: Notice He says “immediately after the tribulation.” He is telling us what to watch for, what to listen for, and the order in which these events will happen. We will see the sun darkened, the moon won’t give its light, and stars will fall from heaven. Next, He will appear and all tribes of the earth will see Him coming. He tells us to watch for angels to come and to listen for the sound of the trumpet. This is the rapture of the church!

 

I hope this study has peaked your interests in looking at the deeper meaning of things in scripture, like when you see a list of things mentioned. Study it and search why something is mentioned first. What is the significance? I believe you will see the Word become more alive in your life, as well becoming much more interesting to study!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

 

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The Gospel According to Noah

This is an excellent message!

Revelation 1:9-11

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I saw something interesting in Revelation 1:9-11.

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book….

In a manner of speaking, John was in the tribulation because he saw it and wrote about it.  He says, “your brother,” which I think  is another reference which implies that Christians will go through the tribulation.  Otherwise, why would he be saying, “your brother and partner in the tribulation” if Christians weren’t going to be there?

Disclaimer:  I do not believe Christians will be here for the full 7 years.  Rather, I believe we will be raptured at the end of Revelation 6, when the tribulation ends, and the wrath of God begins.  (This means I believe in a pre-wrath rapture.) Please click the ‘End Times’ category on my sidebar for more information on this topic.

The Doctrine of the Nicolaitans

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The Doctrine of the Nicolaitans

I have taken an interest in studying the churches mentioned in Revelation because I think they represent the churches of the end times. I believe there is much we can glean from them to help us navigate through the perilous times in which we are living. As I was reading in Revelation 2:12-16 about the church in Pergamos, I wanted to know more about the Nicolaitans because Jesus said He hates their doctrine. Those are some very strong words! If He hates their doctrine, He is repulsed by it and wants nothing to do with it.

I discovered that their doctrine was one of compromise. They saw nothing wrong with mixing pagan, occultic practices in their worship services. This intermingling is false teaching. Why? Because it doesn’t hold to the true Word. It takes some worldly practices, not condoned in scripture, and tries to make it ‘holy.’

In looking at what is taking place in our churches today, I see this transpiring today. Sadly, it is very prevalent. However, many people do not even recognize it. Why is that?

It is because the only way for people to recognize false teaching is to be intimately familiar with the Word of God. Most of the church today is biblically illiterate, and that ignorance of scripture causes them to accept as ‘holy’ things which are nothing more than compromise with the world. Now this may not seem like a great concern, but when we go back and look at what Jesus said about this church, it becomes clear that there is grave danger in accepting this worldly compromise. Jesus said in Revelation 2:15 that He hated their doctrine – meaning He wants nothing to do with it! These are strong words!

You may be wondering what kind of compromise I am seeing in the church today. For the sake of time, I will only address a few. There is the obvious one of homosexual marriage and ordaining homosexuals.

There are many churches who are ‘seeker-friendly,’ meaning they don’t want the message of the gospel to offend anyone, so they preach a watered-down doctrine, refusing to make people come face-to-face with their sin and their deep need for a Savior. Yet, I find nowhere in scripture where Jesus held back on His words so that He didn’t offend anyone. He boldly spoke the truth, and He did so in love. Too often, churches have truth or love, but not truth in love. When we fail to preach the truth in love, we preach a false gospel. We either make God look like a harsh, condemning Father, or we make Him look like He will accept everyone without expecting their lives to be radically changed by the power of His Word.

Another area where I see a lot of compromise with the world is in the area of music. “Worship” services look more like rock concerts – not just by the type of music, but by the way the musicians are dancing around on stage, not to mention their ratty jeans with holes in them, which is very worldly. John 4:24 tells us we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Many worship songs today sound like love songs. However, God is not my boyfriend! Singing these types of songs is false doctrine!

Many churches no longer preach a gospel of repentance. Yet, when you read the Word, you will find the first words John the Baptist and Jesus used for salvation were REPENT! Failing to preach the doctrine of repentance is preaching a false doctrine.

I challenge you to read and study your bible faithfully. You won’t be able to spot the deception and false doctrines unless you know your bible well. I believe we are in the end times, so it is imperative for us to have the Word of God in our hearts and minds so we do not get led astray by smooth-sounding doctrines that are nothing but false doctrines, wrapped up in a pretty bow, appealing to our senses.
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Peace in Tumultuous Times

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Peace in Tumultuous Times

I have noticed something as I look into the eyes of people I pass while I’m walking through the hospital, getting groceries, shopping at the mall, and even attending church. Peace is missing. Instead, I often see fear and hopelessness.

I would also be one of those who has fear and hopelessness, but for the grace of God. You see, I have learned a secret to navigating through the storms of life and still have His peace. It is abiding in the secret place of the Most High. (Psalm 91)

A few years ago, I got caught up in reading a lot of websites that were focused on supposed events taking place. I wanted to be informed so that I could prepare for what was coming. However, I became so fearful when I would read those websites The fear and sense of panic was so intense that I considered getting on medicine to help me cope.

As I began to research much of what they were claiming as truth, I discovered that most of what they were touting as truth was extreme exaggeration. Their goal was to instill fear so deeply within me that I would spend a small fortune on their supplies, books, etc., to help in preparation for what was supposed to be coming.

Thankfully, after several months of this torment, the Lord impressed upon me to stop reading those websites and start reading His Word. Though not much has changed in world events, my heart has changed. I have joy, not fear. I have peace, not turmoil. It is because I have found such treasures in the Word of God. HE is my exceedingly great reward. (Genesis 15:1)

Psalm 34:14 tells us to turn away from evil and to do good, to search for peace and work to maintain it. I turned from evil by not allowing my eyes to view websites that thrive on instilling fear in me in order to deepen their pockets. I did good by choosing to read my Bible, which is ALL truth, and nothing but truth. I searched for peace by getting to know my heavenly Father more through His revealed Word. As I have come to know Him more deeply, my peace increases, in spite of what I see transpiring in this world. I work to maintain that peace by daily reading the Word – not just as something I need to cross off my daily to-do list, but I look forward to seeing what He wants to show me.

My prayer is that you will also seek daily treasures in His Word, finding His peace to be your own in these last days. It is an amazing journey!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

The Strength of a Father’s Heart

This is an excellent message for ALL, not just fathers.  He points out an admonition the Lord gives to all of us that is very applicable for these times, as well as what is coming.  It is a very encouraging admonition.

Children of the Harlot – Jacob Prasch

This message is very applicable for what we are seeing taking place in many churches these days.

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