the children of Issachar, which were men who had understanding of the
times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two
hundred and all their brethren were at their commandment." (1
ARE THE MEN AMONG US TODAY?
are the men among us today who understand the times and who know what
we ought to do? The ability to understand 'the times', is
undoubtedly a rare ability. And to know how to be
proactive or reactive in each situation is equally important.
There is a natural ability which comes from genetic inheritance,
experience or observation!
is also the spiritual gifting which comes directly
from the Holy Spirit! God has given to His body, the Church,
nine supernatural spiritual gifts which include the unique 'Gift of
the word of knowledge' and the 'Gift of the word of wisdom'.
to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word
of knowledge by the same Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:8). The 'gift of the word of knowledge' is the supernatural
ability to know things that are not naturally known and the 'gift
of the word of wisdom' is the supernatural ability to know how to
act or react to that knowledge!
has so equipped His Church with these safeguards and tools to not
only protect it but to thrust it forward in its task of building His
Kingdom! Whether the ability to "understand the times"
and to "know what to do" come to us through natural
ability or supernatural gifts is immaterial. The important
thing is that we are apprised of the situation, our eyes are wide
open and our minds are alert to know, see and do the right things!
pray for each one reading these lines that our dear Lord will grant
unto all the ability to "know Him who to know is life
eternal" and the desire to walk with Him in truth, sincerity
and humility, trusting only in His merits for time and eternity!
that we may understand the times and know what to do in order to keep
our families safe from the filth and gutter slime so prevalent in our
disintegrating society. To keep our children safe from this
corrupt, wicked and perverted world! (2 John 1:1-9)
THOU THAT SLEEPETH!
Bible admonishes: "Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest
and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light. See
then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise;
the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye
not unwise, but UNDERSTANDING what the will of God
is. And be not drunk with wine wherein in excess, but be
filled with the Spirit." (Ephesians 5:14-18)
may ask: "Where are the Men?" We have a
real problem because we live in a society where many younger men have
had no role model due to broken homes and absent Dads! The
rage these young men have developed, because of the ache in their
hearts for a father, often surfaces against their wives and children!
it is even worse in common-law arrangements, hopping from one
relationship to another, leaving behind bruised and hurting
women and children, as well as heart broken men!
numbers of families are hurting because of stubborn foolish
pride, self-centereness, and demons of lust let loose
through immoral movies, alcohol, drug abuse and pornography!
BLAME THE DEVIL!
blame the Devil who has blinded the eyes of religious
leaders who have been asleep at the switch and didn't see
the approaching train filled with worldly pleasure, compromise and
lethargy! Some blame must also go to parents who have allowed
their children to change the rules and call the shots!
Paul stated: "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that
are lost. In whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believed not, lest the light of the
glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto
them." (2 Corinthians 4:3,4)
blame our Politicians who have listened to the voices of the crowd
crying: "Give us the Murderous Barabbas" and
"Crucify Jesus the Christ: We won't have Him to rule over
us." (Matthew 27:20-26)
politicians are often allowed to pass laws that are unhealthy,
immoral and ungodly and believe that they can go scotfree, that
there are no further consequences!
good example of this is the 'same-sex marriage' or as it has been
aptly called 'man-on-man' marriage, which our former corrupt Liberal Government pushed through against the wishes of the majority of
Canadians. Do they think that they had the last word on that?
Do they think that they can get away with it?
they won't! It will come back to bite them in this life and the
next! One day every lawmaker, politician and judge that has
contributed to the breakdown of society, destruction of marriages
through perverted laws, knowingly releasing pedophiles and murderers
into society to molest rape and kill, will stand before the greatest
Judge of all to hear His verdict.
Word states: "For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold
the truth in unrighteousness." (Romans 1:18)
DOES THAT MEAN?
means to suppress the truth and hide it from the people, to cover it
up or water it down. It means to lie about the truth and
promote the very opposite. It means to substitute another
agenda that is carnal, fleshly and untruthful.
Paul warned: "Because that when they knew God, they glorified
Him not as God....but became vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be
wise, they became fools. Wherefore God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour
their own bodies between themselves. Who changed the
truth of God into a lie...
this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their
women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the
woman, burned in their lust, one toward another...
even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave
them over to a Reprobate Mind to do those things which are not
convenient." (Romans 1:21-28). "Marriage
is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and
adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews 13:4)
Bible warns perverts: "And Jesus called a little
child unto Him and set him in the midst of them, and
said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become
as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. "But
whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it
were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and
he were drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:2, 3,
GREAT DAY OF JUDGMENT!
philosopher, theologian and preacher who suppresses the
truth and perverts the teachings of Jesus Christ will have to stand
before the Eternal Judge on the 'Day of Judgment'. Unbelievers
will appear at the Great White Throne presided over by our Lord Jesus
I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face
the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for
I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the book were
opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in
the books, according to their works.
the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and hell
delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every
man according to their works. And death and Hell were cast into
the lake of fire. "This is the second death. And whosoever
was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of
fire." (Revelation 20:11-15)
AT THE BEMA SEAT JUDGMENT
in Christ will all appear at the Bema Seat Judgment.
It is where followers of Jesus Christ will be judged for rewards or
lack thereof depending on their works: Here are the words of Holy
Scripture on this matter:
we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of
Him.For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his
body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good of bad."
(2 Corinthians 5:10)
Bible commands believers to turn from sins that war against the soul
and flee from the wrath to come, by abiding in Christ the sure rock
of our salvation! St. Paul admonishes the church thus: "If
so be that ye have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the
TRUTH is in Jesus:
ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is
corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the
spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man which after God
is created in righteousness and true holiness."
putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for ye
are members one of another. Neither give place to the devil."
HEED TO GOD'S WORD!
beseech ye therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
ye present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto
God, which is your reasonable service;. And be not conformed to
this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will
of God." (Romans 12:1, 2)
seeing we also are compassed with so great a cloud of witnesses, let
us lay aside every weight, and the sin which both so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith;
for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the
shame, and is set down at the right hand at the throne of God."
are three things we must do,Consider Jesus: “Wherefore,
holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the
Apostle and High Priest (Hebrews 3:1): There is no-one like
Him; Saviour, Redeemer, Healer, Friend, God! Look unto
Jesus:“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of God
(Hebrews 12:2): Don't just look at Him but also look unto
Him for forgiveness, counsel, comfort and healing. Go to Him
with your needs and watch Him work in your life.
MUST FOLLOW JESUS!
must Follow Jesus:
“Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His
reproach..” (Hebrews 13:13).
Take up your cross and become His disciple. Serve Him and Live for Him. Look for His return!(Matthew
11:28) You will then become like the Sons of Issachar who understood
the times and knew what Israel had to do.
God richly bless you as you draw near unto Him, for He has promised
to draw near unto you! (James 4:8) He will accept you when you
call upon His name in sincerity and faith. (John 6:7) Amen.