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“ISRAEL GET READY!” is the latest publication by Peace For Israel, Inc.  The authors are Dr. Dino Pedrone, President of Davis College in New York, and Jack Heintz, President of Peace For Israel, Inc.

This publication covers the history of the nation of Israel, starting from Abraham and God’s promise to him through his chosen seed, Jacob.  It also tells of Israel’s prophesied future when the Messiah will return to set up His earthly kingdom in Jerusalem.

Other topics touched upon include the 70th week of Daniel and the time of Jacob’s trouble; the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem; the false Messiah (Antichrist) and the number 666; three consecutive annual solar eclipses on the 1st of Av — which I wrote about in my article entitled The Total Solar Eclipse of July 22, 2009; the massive disappearance of millions of people off the face of the earth (the Rapture); and much, much more.

“ISRAEL GET READY!” may be read online at http://peaceforisrael.net.  Tangible copies may also be requested for a gift of $2 each.  Enjoy!

Shalom aleichem!

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“Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”  ~ Proverbs 21:23

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Such wise words!  All of us have had to “bite our tongues” at one time or another.  Sometimes it’s just not worth letting what pops into our minds slip out of our mouths.  We could really hurt others, or even ourselves, by saying the wrong things. And in certain instances, our words could even cause death.  (“Death and life are in the power of the tongue …”  ~ Proverbs 18:21a) So, we can see why it is important to watch what we say.

The Bible clearly tells us, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29) So basically, we should always strive to speak words that are uplifting and beneficial to others; not words that tear down, degrade, or corrupt.

However, this is not such an easy thing to do.  Our ability to control what we say is pretty much summed up in chapter 3 of the New Testament book of James.  It says in verses 8 through 10:  “but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.”

So, what’s a person to do?  How can we control our tongues and keep ourselves from saying something we’ll regret later?  The answer is, “We can’t!  But God can!”  He tells us that we can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens us.  (Philippians 4:13)  And this includes controlling the words we say.

Perhaps the next time we’re about to say something that we know could be considered gossiping, rude, or just plain taken the wrong way, we should stop ourselves, ask God for the right words, and then say it in a way that would be kinder and more acceptable.  If we feel that this is not possible, then we should follow the advice our parents gave us when we were growing up.  And that advice is, “If you don’t have anything nice to say … don’t say anything at all!” Amen!

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1 I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you — the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

                                                                                       ~ Psalm 121

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Tree of Life

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” ~ Deuteronomy 30:19

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This seems like a no-brainer.  Right?  If given the choice, most people would choose life over death.  Likewise, most would rather be blessed than cursed.  So why did Moses feel the need to tell the people to choose life?

The Israelites were a pretty rebellious and stubborn bunch.  They continuously sinned against God by adopting other nations’ religions and ways of doing things which were contrary to what God told them to do.

People today are no different.  Most live their lives totally oblivious to the fact that there is a God in whose image they were made.  And of those who do claim to acknowledge that there is a God, most have no clue that it takes more than just believing in God to be “okay” with Him.  James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble!” And we all know that demons are not “okay” with God!  Also, Jesus Christ makes a very sobering statement in Matthew 7:21.  He says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” This is very sobering, indeed.

In the first passage above, Moses didn’t just end by saying “choose life.” He went on to say, “so that you and your children may live.” This statement was made because the people’s actions had a direct effect on their lives, as well as the lives of their children.  It’s the same today.

Those of us who are parents have more influence over our children’s lives than anyone else.  We are responsible for teaching them right and wrong, good and bad – basically everything they will need in order to grow up to be well-balanced, responsible, and conscientious adults.  So it’s important that we know the truth so that we can pass correct information on to them.  We don’t want any erred beliefs we may have to cause them dire harm in the future because we taught them wrong things.

Ever since humans were created, we have had an adversary, Satan the devil.   He tricked the first humans, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden and he’s had almost 6,000 years of experience to continue deceiving and manipulating the human race to disobey God’s commands.  He knows fully well that the penalty for sinning against God is eternal death and separation from Him in hell, and he does all he can to deceive us into going against God.

But God provided a way for us to have life.  He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind.  By the blood of His sacrifice, we are able to have “death” pass over us and to have life eternally!  (“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16)

So how exactly do we choose life?  We do this by accepting what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.  He gave His life so that we may live.  The Apostle John said of Jesus, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4) Also, Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) So when we choose Jesus, we choose life!

Some of you reading this may be thinking, “I don’t believe this stuff!”  You may be following along with the great majority of people who don’t believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.  If this describes you, I would encourage you to study the Bible for yourself to see if these things really are true because time is very short!  You can’t afford to be wrong about this!  You owe it to yourself – and your children.

May God bless everyone reading this, and may we all make the decision to choose life! Amen.

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1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

                                                                                       ~ Psalm 46          

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by Meshawn Senior

This is the sixth installment in the series entitled “Are We Living in the End Times?” which centers around discovering if we could possibly be living in the times spoken of by Jesus Christ during His discourse on the Mount of Olives.

Previously, we discussed a warning followed by various signs that were mentioned in Matthew 24:4-7.  In the second installment to this series, “Take Heed that No One Deceives You,” we considered the origins of deception and the importance of discerning truth from error.  We followed this up in the next article by proving why there can only be one person who fulfills the qualifications for being the Messiah, the Christ, the Savior of mankind, and who this person is.  This article is entitled “For Many will Come in My Name.”  The next article, “Wars and Rumors of Wars,” discussed the remarkable increase in worldwide conflicts over the past 100 years or so.  And in the last article, “For Nation will Rise against Nation,” we addressed the increase in ethnic and civil unrest around the globe.

Then, in the very next verse, Jesus made a very thought-provoking statement which pertains to the previous list of things just mentioned.  He said, “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:8) This is the topic of discussion in this article.

As mentioned above, there are numerous catastrophic events that were discussed and which we elaborated on in the previous articles.  One might ask, “If these events are the beginning of sorrows, how much worse could the actual full-fledged sorrows be?”  Unfortunately, the Bible says that they will be considerably worse.  In fact, no other time in the history of the earth will be as bad as this future time spoken of by Jesus – so bad that Jesus Himself said, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  (Luke 21:36)

Now, let’s take a look at the word “sorrows.”  Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines this word as “a cause of grief or sadness.”   In some Bible translations, though, the phrase “birth pains” is used in the Matthew 24:8 passage instead of “sorrows.”  I believe this phrase helps us to better understand the broader meaning that Jesus wanted to convey in this passage.

For instance, every woman who has experienced birth pains – or in today’s terminology, labor pains – during childbirth can relate to the gradual succession of events during labor which culminate with the birth of a child.  At first it starts off as a dull, intermittent hint of pain caused by contractions of the womb housing the baby.  These contractions are spaced far apart in the beginning, but as the labor progresses, the pains occur with greater frequency and intensity until the birth of a child results.

Consequently, what is being described in verses 4 through 7 are the initial, intermittent events that have to happen in order for the full birth of the desired end of the age, which is the coming reign of the Messiah.  However, between this time period referred to as “the beginning of sorrows” and the coming of the Messiah, will be a time of great sorrow or tribulation which the world has never experienced before nor will ever experience again.  (Matthew 24:21)

So, what will this time of tribulation be like?  The next set of verses gives us the answer to this question beginning in Matthew 24:9.  This passage of scripture solemnly states, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” We will carefully examine this statement in the next installment of this series.

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Next installment in the series:
If you have not read the previous installments in this series, they are listed below in chronological order:
  1. Are We Living in the End Times?
  2. Take Heed that No One Deceives You
  3. For Many will Come in My Name
  4. Wars and Rumors of Wars
  5. For Nation will Rise against Nation

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1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

6And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

9Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

                                                           ~ Psalm 27 (King David)

 

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