FOR THE LORD SHALL COMFORT ZION

Isaiah 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Recently I posted Isaiah 51:2 about Abraham being called alone because I can so relate to that. You can read that post… here. The next verse, Isaiah 51:3, speaks about the Lord comforting His people. I want to share just two of the things that really blessed and comforted me yesterday…

I wear a hat whenever I go out, a hat that proclaims Jesus. I pray almost every night that the Lord would use that hat to bless the saints and minister to the lost. Many times I get a joyful response from believers when they see the hat, and that is a wonderful blessing for both of us. It happened again yesterday, but for some reason yesterday was different. It made me tearful. A good kind of tearful, as in sensing the presence of the Lord. We were having lunch out when an older man passed our table. As he was leaving he turned around and gave me a thumbs up and a big smile. I responded likewise. I guess it struck me that no words were said, yet this stranger and I were both acknowledging our beloved Savior.

When we finished our meal we decided to go to a nearby lake just to sit a while and enjoy the view. When we sat down I noticed that there were several teens, boys and girls, hanging out at the pavilion next to us. I had seven little Bibles with me (they are really tracts in tiny booklet form) so I tried to count the teens. It seemed there were seven of them but I wasn’t sure. I was sorry I didn’t have more tracts with me, thinking next time I would be more prepared for any opportunity that the Lord presented. I hesitated quite a while about giving them tracts. I didn’t know if I had the courage to just walk into a crowd of teens. I waited and debated, should I do this, and then two of the girls walked away. I thought, there goes another opportunity lost because of my procrastination. But then they came back! I prayed and asked the Lord to help me, then walked over to the pavilion with my walker. I handed each one of them a little Bible. As I was handing them out I wasn’t sure I had enough, but there were exactly seven kids there, and I had exactly seven little Bibles! Each one accepted the little Bible, and they were all very polite. I’ve handed out many of those little Bibles over the years, but there was something special about yesterday. Again, it brought tears to my eyes, and I sensed the Lord’s presence again. The Lord knows how to comfort us, his “alone” children, as only he can!

I have a basket full of little Bibles in my home. I’ve been praying that the basket empties quickly and that I would have to refill it. Will you pray with me that the Lord would give us more opportunities to give out His Word, and to make His Gospel known. 🙏 🙌🏻 ❤️

LITTLE BIBLE TRACT

MY HAT

MY BASKET WITH SPANISH AND ENGLISH LITTLE BIBLE TRACTS

PRAYER REQUEST – HURRICANE IAN

Our county here in Florida where we live is on hurricane watch. Other areas of Florida have already been told to evacuate. There is the risk of tornadoes also. Please pray for the safety of all of us who are in this storm’s pathway. I will update when we get more information. 🙏

THE RAPTURE – WILL ANYONE BE LEFT BEHIND?

Many believers have been taught that the Lord will return twice, once for his church and then again at the end of the world, but is this true? When I learned that this teaching was based on dispensationalism, which teaches that the church and the cross were not in God’s original plan, I knew something was very very wrong.

Here are two older posts on this topic…

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In the 1800’s a heresy was popularized by a man named John Nelson Darby, and later further popularized by a Cyrus R. Scofield through what is known as the Scofield Study Bible. The theology promoted in the study notes of the Scofield Study Bible is called Dispensationalism, and many of it’s doctrines are still firmly entrenched as Bible truth in the minds of believers today. An unbiblical distinction between the church and Israel is at the core of this teaching.

Dispensational theology has broken the second coming of the Lord into two parts. The teaching is that the Lord will come secretly for the church (the secret rapture) and then come again at a later time when… “the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up”. In other words when the Lord comes for His church in the “secret rapture” unbelievers will be left behind on earth for a season.

One of the dangers of this teaching is that people will think that there is a second chance to receive salvation after the coming of the Lord. Satan has a purpose for every false doctrine, and that purpose is the destruction of souls. I used to believe this teaching myself until I learned the source and the reasoning behind it. It made me search the Scriptures for the truth.

Dispensational theology teaches that Jesus’ original plan was to set up an earthly kingdom, but the Jews rejected His offer.

Because of this rejection by the Jews, God’s original plan was interrupted and an alternative plan (plan B) was put into effect.

Plan B was unforseen by God and would not have gone into effect if the Jews had accepted Jesus’ original offer of an earthly kingdom.

Plan B is the cross and the church. Since the church is an interruption in God’s original plan, it will be taken out in a secret rapture, and Gods original plan will resume.

Can you imagine a teaching that tells us the cross of Christ and the church were not in God’s original plan? Clearly this is the exact opposite of what is taught in Scripture. The cross of Christ was foreordained by God, and the expectation of an earthly kingdom was a serious error of the Jews causing them to miss their Messiah.

Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

John 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

I don’t know many Christians that would say they believe the “plan B” portion of Dispensational teaching, but many have ingested at least one of the fruits of this heresy. That fruit is believing that there will be a secret rapture. This teaching has been further promoted by the fictional Left Behind series.

We know from Scripture that one day Christ will return. He came once, the first time, and now we believers look forward to His second coming. That is when living believers will be taken up, or raptured, to be with the Lord. Then the wrath of God will come upon the earth and all “shall be burned up.” One event.  No one will be “left behind” for another chance to be saved.  It will all be over. 

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

See also…

THE RAPTURE – AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

WHO IS LUIS PALAU?

Luis Palau (1934-2021) has been called the Billy Graham of Latin America. That’s not surprising since Palau was mentored by Billy Graham.

LUIS PALAU AND HIS CONNECTION WITH THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH