by Bill Rudge
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… and you get drunk and abuse others (Matthew 24:48 – 51).
… horde vast amounts of finances and resources (James 5:3).
… squander opportunities to be a witness for Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:14).
… mock the coming of our Lord and Savior (2 Peter 3:3, 4).
… live in wanton pleasure (James 5:5; 2 Peter 3:11; 1 John 3:2, 3).
But it’s not yet too late to heed the words of Jesus to the church in Laodicea:
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent (Revelation 3:19).
Also, God’s words to Solomon are relevant for us today:
When I [the LORD] shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13, 14).
~ Bill Rudge Ministries
by Bill Rudge
Over three thousand years ago Joshua sent three thousand Israelites to conquer the walled city of Ai. But they were routed by the men of Ai.
Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, both he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads. So the LORD said to Joshua, “Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? (Joshua 7:6, 10).
Once Joshua dealt with the sin issue in the camp of Israel (see Joshua 7:11 – 26) they victoriously conquered Ai.
Many Christians today are on their faces prostrate before the Lord – in repentance, prayer, and fasting. While prayer is powerful and essential, it is also imperative that we get off our faces and fulfill God’s ultimate purpose for our lives. What is that purpose? Being witnesses for Christ to a lost and dying world (Acts 1:8).
Obviously, don’t quit praying! But rise up and share your faith in Christ any way you can. Use your phone, letters, e-mail, texts, blogs, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other forms of media. Witness to telemarketers and anyone who will listen.
God desires to bring many more to salvation before the Rapture of the Church. Perhaps He is using this current crisis to help us get His Gospel to the ends of the earth (Matthew 24:14). If the coronavirus could so easily and quickly multiply to infect so many people, how much more can believers multiply their testimonies to impact an entire world for Jesus Christ. Begin today!
by Bill Rudge
Pause for a moment and think about all the new devices and technologies – vehicles, televisions, cell phones, computers, surveillance gadgets, etc. – infused with microphones, cameras and artificial intelligence. Face scanners, smart phones, smart homes, eyelid-tracking car dashboard cameras, camera-equipped drones. Devices that see, hear and track the people they encounter.
In spite of many privacy scandals and security breaches, people are getting more accustomed to everyday uses of surveillance technology. The following are excerpts from the article, “At gadget show, surveillance is in – and in a big way” by Matt O’Brien, AP Technology Writer, in the January 7, 2020 Sharon Herald:
All these talking speakers, doorbell cameras and fitness trackers come with the promise of making life easier or more fun, but they’re also potentially powerful spying tools.
Someone wants to know where you are and what you are doing, saying, watching, listening to or buying. Eventually, this technology will be used to monitor and control virtually everything about you. Sounds strangely similar to the total surveillance, monitoring and control that will one day be enforced:
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name (Revelation 13:16, 17).
by Bill Rudge
The impact the coronavirus has had on the world brings several end time prophecies into clearer perspective. It appears we are nearing the opening of the First Seal with the Rider on a White Horse (Revelation 6:1, 2). This arising world leader, who initially comes on the scene as a savior, will be none other than the Antichrist. It is now easy to conceive of how those who defy or disobey his demands will be fined, imprisoned or eventually martyred. Many people will report the slightest violations to the authorities (Matthew 10:21; 24:9, 10).
Sure seems like we could be on the verge of a total loss of freedom and the fulfillment of Revelation chapters 6 and 13. Take a few minutes to read these chapters and ponder the condition of your heart before God who foretold this 2,000 years ago.
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
What every pastor and Christian needs today is God’s power, which only comes about by “tuning out the world” and “waiting on the Lord” through prayer, fasting and Bible study. Begin today to unleash the genuine power of God’s Spirit in your life. In this day and age you need to know Scripture, have discernment and walk in the wisdom and strength of His Spirit.