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They played this at church a few years ago and I lost my note to post it here and I found it today.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

 

Free Bible Study Software

I have been saving links to free bible study software and decided to share it with everyone. Use the links under “Favorites Links” in the side bar.

I hope this can help you with your studies.

Dan

Pictures From Randall Ogle’s Gallery

In the month of May this past year we went on our family vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. My wife Janice always likes to shop around in the small stores with her sister for special deals on scenic pictures and Christian pictures to take home. We all like to go to the shop of Randall Ogles Gallery. Now it was here in this friendly picture shop that I meet Mr. Ogle and I ask him if he was a Christian and he said yes, for a long, long time. Now my wife Janice purchased a beautiful scenic picture that had three bears and a old log cabin with a beautiful colorful back ground of the mountains.

Well while my wife and sister in-law shopped around the gallery I began to talk to my new brother in Christ. I told him about “My Christian Computer Ministry,” and how long it had been on the internet. I gave him my card and he gave me one of his cards back also. I had seen several pictures of Christ and there was one picture of a small country church in his store that I liked really well. Then I ask brother Ogle if he would give me permission to put some of Christian pictures on my web-site and he said yes.

Now below are some of Brother Ogle’s pictures of his great work as an Artist. I believe that Brother Ogle said that he had been drawing and painting pictures for over 43 years and his work as an Artist shows just how good they really are.

Now if anyone likes these examples of his pictures below, you can contact him at the “Smoky Mountain Native Artist Shop in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Also you can just call Mr. Randall Ogle by phone and his number is 1-865-428-2839. You can also contact him on his web-site too which is RandallOgleGallery.com

This is a story of a faithful Father praying always for all of his children

Now before my Mother died she told me that one day Jesus would always be with us because of the Holy Spirit that lives in our hearts and that made an ever lasting impression on my life. Now it was just a few years later that Janice lost both of her parents too. My wife Janice and I had been married for over 52 years now and I Love her more than ever as each day goes by. Both of us love spending time with her sister and husband in Tennessee. Now sense I have retired we go to Pigeon Forge Tennessee every year and during this time all of us just love the Smokey Mountains. We always rent a big cabin somewhere in the mountains because all of us just love the peace and quite and the relaxed time and the view from the back porch is just great. Now I have to tell this cute little story which is about a raccoon that came to visit us when we were at the log cabin in Pigeon Forge Tennessee. It was getting late in the evening on the second night that we were all out on the back porch enjoying the view. Now we had brought with us some payday candies-bars and my sister-in-law dropped a few peanuts on the porch and the raccoon climbed up on the porch and used his little paws to grab the peanuts and eat them. Now make a long the story short, my brother-in-law Leroy made a big mistake, when he started feeding the raccoon that evening because that old raccoon came back for dinner every night and he would not leave until someone gave him his dinner. That old raccoon would lay out there just like a big cat with his front paws stretched out in front of him and his belly flat on that porch just begging for more food. This big boy came every night for more food and this went on for the next four nights that we stayed there. Also we visit the Great Smoke Mountain State Park and we love to watch the wild animals as we drive the Cove trails and sometimes we take a lot of great pictures too. There is a couple of other things that we all in joy and that is eating out at some of the restaurants and also we go shopping at the gift shops while we are in town too. Now when the week is gone by we ask our self where did all the time go. Well we start to pack our belongs that we had purchase on our trip and then finished gathering our things that had been scattered around the log cabin, before preparing to return to our home in Ohio. But before we leave town we stop at one of the Cracker Barrels to eat breakfast. Well as we sit down at one of the tables, the lady comes over to take our order and my wife and I always order a cup of coffee with our breakfast. We were just talking about the usual pleasantries about how good it was to be going home again. Well it was then that I remembered the precious times that I spend at my mother’s kitchen table drinking coffee with her and all the special talks that we had at the old kitchen table too. Now sense Janice and I have been married we have lost both of parents in death and also we have lost two daughters to.

I will always thank our Lord and Savior for that special promise that we all will be together again in Heaven someday soon.

Now I would like to say to all of the unsaved people in every family, please, if you love your children please tell them about Jesus and his good news which is the one and only Gospel. Now all you have to do is confess to God that you are a sinner and repent of your sins and then ask Jesus Christ to save you and He will come into your heart and dwell with you forever and all eternity. I remember when my Mother was alive and all of her 8 children would visit her home at Christmas time every year which was a big trailer in Excello Ohio. My sister Marie would always read the story Christmas every year. Then we would have prayer and thank Him for His Great Salvation Plan and for keeping all us safe and well for another year. Now after Janice and I were married for a few years we had 4 wonderful little girls and we began to spend our Christmas every year with her parents. Well I believe that we spoiled those little girls because when we were growing up we did not have much because times were hard back then as I remember it. One day while we sat around the kitchen table and having a cup of coffee; with our breakfast. As we sat at the kitchen table on that day in late December, my wife and I decided that we were committing our kids to the Lord during those lonely days, asking God’s protection and guidance upon our lives and our four children. We ask the Lord to use us and guide us and teach us in His righteousness way. Then we gave the Lord permission to use our children in any way that He desired, and that we were totally His. Well I remember placing my hand on my wife hand and telling her just how much I loved her and that I would always be faithful to her and how thankful I was that God had made her just for me. Now I believe that if it wasn’t for a merciful God that watches over me and for my wife Janice loving me and praying for God to save me I would not be here to tell this story. Also the prayerful sacrifice of my mother on my behalf that followed me as I made my way in this world in my early years, which ultimately brought me into the Lord’s ministry. Behind all of that there was a desire in my heart to study the bible and after I was saved I just wanted to be a servant in the Lord’s ministry. I have a heart for the things of God now and I believe that it began with my wife and mother’s commitment and prayerful invitation to the Lord to make me His very own child.

Now on December 6th, I began a bible study on the book of “Revelation” in the morning worship services at 8:30 in the morning on the first Sunday of each month. Now the reason that I started teaching this great book of Revelation was that I was hunger for God’s Word. Now my main focus was that all the members and friends at East-view Baptist Church would have a desire to learn more about Heaven; and the home, that they would be spending with our Lord and Savior for all eternity. We finish this bible study about the great book of Revelation and now I believe that some of us have a better understand of this last book of the bible. This bible study only took about four years to finish. Now our next bible study is on the book of Daniel. We are presently in chapter three of this great prophecy book of Daniel. When I finish this book on Daniel we will begin another bible study on the book of John.
Now there are many reasons why those of us who are Christians will commit to the Lord and follow this path of learning about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now I would like to take this time; and tell you why; all believers in Christ should pray for the unsaved people. (Now the Apostle Paul tells us that we are to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17). Now it is our job to pray for one for another and in (I Corinthians 14:15) Paul says that I will pray with the Spirit, and pray with understanding also. Remember it is our job to pray for the whole world.

 

Please allow me to take a few lines to list some of them. Twelve Biblical reasons why we should pray:

There Are Twelve Biblical Reasons Why We Should Pray

 

1) Reason:  God (Jehovah) values our prayers.

  •  Now in John’s letter to the churches in Revelation, there is a scene in the fifth chapter where John sees with His own eyes the glory of the living and resurrected Savior as he stands before the throne of God in his regained power and splendor. The relevant portion of the text reads:
  • Then I saw a Lamb (Jesus), looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Revelation 5:6-8).
  • That is a remarkable passage in many respects. But to think that the heart expressions of our lives in prayer like sweet smelling incense in the presence of God is a sobering thought. When our praise, adoration, and petitions leave our hearts, they are treasured by the God who hears them. That is an image we need to hold firmly in our mind. God deeply desires that we would offer the prayers of our hearts to him with words of praise, thanksgiving, petition for our own needs and intercession for the needs of others. God values our prayers.

2) Reason: We are instructed in the Bible to pray. (Matthew 5:44)

  • But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; (Romans 12:12)
  • (James 5:16) the prayer of a righteous be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. A person is powerful and effective.

3)  Reason:  We should follow Jesus’ example, and like Him, pray regularly.

  • (Luke 5:16) But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
  • (Luke 6:12) One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the [whole] night praying to God. And of course you know of the prayers of our Lord Jesus on the evening before his crucifixion. Jesus prayed to the Father that He would be able to complete the work the Father gave Him to do. And the Father answered that prayer.

4)  Reason: Prayer is how we communicate our worship and praise to God.

  • (Philippians 4:6) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  • (I Thessalonians 5:17) Said; pray continually.

5)  Reason: Through prayer, God allows us to participate in His work on behalf of others.

  • Prayer can heal nations and grant us strength to endure difficulties. Prayer also plays a part in bringing others
    to faith in Christ. You already know the most powerful promise that we have used in times of national prayer:
  • (II Chronicles 7:14) 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  • (Isaiah 40:29-31) He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
  • Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

6)  Reason: Prayer gives us power over evil.

  • Physical power and strength are of no use in the spiritual realm. Even the physically weak can be strong in prayer:
  • (James 4:7-8) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

7)  Reason: Prayer is always available to us.

  • Nothing can keep a believer from coming before God. Governments may condemn and forbid God’s Word, but there are no barriers to prayer.
  • (Romans 8:38-39) for I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

8)  Reason: Prayer keeps us humble before God.

  • Through prayer we realize that God is in control and we can do nothing apart from Him.
  • (Jeremiah 32:17) “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
  • (John 15:5) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and me in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

9) Reason: Prayer; grants us the privilege; of experiencing; the reality, the presence, and the power of God.

  • (Acts 1:8) but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

10) Reason: Answered prayer has the potential to be an incredible witness to unbelievers.

  • Now skeptics will always have criticisms and doubts regarding answered prayer, but some will see the power of God at work, and as a result, may be drawn to Christ.
  • (Acts 2:42) they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

11)  Reason: Prayer strengthens the bonds among believers.

  • Scripture instructs us to pray for and confess our sins to one another. Through this we learn empathy and understand the needs of others.
  • (Ephesians 6:18) and pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

12) Reason: Prayer succeeds where other means have failed.

  • Prayer is not a last resort, but it can often make a difference where other methods have failed.
  • (Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • (Philippians 4:6-7) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • To his prophet Jeremiah, God revealed His heart–a heart that issues forth in good things for those who love Him:
  • (Jeremiah 29:11-13) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Prayer is commanded in the Scriptures. It is also an amazing privilege. God, the Creator, invites us to come to Him personally to share in a lifestyle of His relationship for all eternity. In prayer, we hear the invitation of God Himself who says, “I long for the pleasure of your company. Won’t you join me?” I pray that we will find ourselves emboldened and willing to do so. I also believe that because a mother is willing to prayed for her children; and all of her love ones faithfully. Then our God will answer her prayers.

Note: I pray that these scriptures have helped your studies and a better under standing of Gods’ word in the Bible. Please feel free to pass them on to other people if they have helped you.

Your, Brother in Christ

Frank Rose

Good Quote: Lifestyle & Love

“Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.” Rick Warren


Do you need us to pray for you

Do you need us to pray for you?

If anyone out there would like for this ministry to pray for them or anyone needs prayer just let us know by using our Contact Us link at the bottom of each page and we will put you on our daily prayer list. Now God always answers the prayers of his children. But as we learn to pray, we will learn to discern His answers. It may be yes, no, wait, or maybe my grace is sufficient for you just like He told Paul. Sometimes I ask the Lord to teach me to pray, even as Jesus taught His disciples. Now I can tell you that being a born again believer in our Lord Jesus Christ and accepting Him as my savior was the best experience I ever made in my life. In my Christian life I have had many painful events in my personal life. Two of my terrible event was the death of my two daughters. Also there has been a great many other family members pass on to be with our Lord and savior too. I can say with all my heart and soul, if I did not have Jesus as my personal savior to go to in prayer then I would not have the strength to go on living. Now when we pray to God to answer our prayers, sometimes we do not get the answer that we would like to hear. But our God always knows what is best for us and it has to be His will and not ours. Remember we should always Pray and ask for help from God to always help us to accept His answer; whether it is yes, no, or just wait upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

My heart always goes out to people everywhere that are lost, sick, hungry, homeless, jobless, and hurting or no matter what their needs might be in this world they need our help and Prayers. Now if you need a spiritual touch or just a physical touch from our God or maybe just a healing touch from our Lord Jesus. I believe that if you are a Christian, and a believer in Jesus Christ and if you take your request in prayer and problems to God in prayer. Our God is always just and He will answer your prayers in one way or another. We should always remember that your prayer requests might not be answered the way you want them to be. You should remember that our God is always in control of everything and it has to be His will and not ours, which means that we must wait upon the Him for the right answer to our prayers.

Now we should remember that the disciples had undoubtedly prayed many hours in prayer by the time this exchange occurred. But after watching Jesus pray, they were keenly aware that something was different about the way Jesus prayed. So they said to Him, “Teach us to pray.” In other words, “Let’s start from the very beginning.” First, What does the Bible teach us about prayer? Now here in (Luke 11:1-13); Luke tells us that it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he (Jesus) ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, “teach us to pray”, as John also taught his disciples. And Jesus said unto them, when ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. “Thy Kingdom Come”. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. (Luke 11:2) Give us day by day our daily bread. (Luke 11:3) And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. (Luke 11:4) And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; (Luke 11:5)

For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? (Luke 11:6) And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. (Luke 11:7) I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. (Luke 11:8) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Luke 11:9) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Luke 11:10) If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? (Luke 11:11) Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? (Luke 11:12) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11:13)

Most young believers say that they don’t know how to begin to pray. This is a typical response to such a question of today. But I tell them it is as easy as someone talking to another person on your telephone. Then your Prayer is just like talking to God.” But you might hear someone say you just don’t learn to pray you just do it. No one can teach another person to pray. It must come from the heart and make sure that you mean every word when you are praying to God.

Now our Lord Jesus took prayer very seriously. His answer gives us the impression that He was just waiting for them to ask. It was a lesson that Jesus had been looking forward to teaching for some time. And much to our surprise, He began by giving them the exact words to say, when you pray, always make Prayer the key for your life in the morning and also in the evening.

Now from there He went on to share several principles on prayer. He taught them to persevere in (Luke 11:5-8). Jesus explained and illustrated the sincere interest the heavenly Father took in the prayers of His children in (Luke 11:11-13). He promised them that their prayers would be heard and answered (Luke 11:9-10).
Now you might ask the question, “Why should I pray?” We as believers should pray because God’s Word commands us to do so, in (I Timothy 2:8). Now our Lord Jesus is a man of prayer because He is setting on the right of God and there our Lord and Savior is making intercession for our prayers to the Heavenly Father on our behalf.
How often should a Christian pray? Now in (I Thessalonians 5:15-23); Paul tells us, in verse 15 to see that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

Now you may ask the question, What kind of position should I be in when I pray to our Heavenly Father in prayer?

  • Now the Prophet Nehemiah preferred to stand while he prayed to the King in (Nehemiah 2:4).
  • The Prophet Daniel preferred to kneel when he prayed in (Daniel 6:10).
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ also kneel when He prayed in (Luke 22:41).

Now you may ask the question, what should you pray for and whom? Now you should always pray to God your Heavenly Father. In the Bible there are many names that refers to the one and only true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Just to mention a few names of God; Jehovah, Yahweh, The Great “I Am”. But I did not take the time to look all of His names up at this time, But that could be a good project for your study later on. Now you should remember that there is nothing too small and there is nothing too great for you to pray about. Remember as a praying Christian you should keep a pray list to remind yourself of the things that you need to pray about. Below is an example list of a prayer list that may be helpful to you.

  • Always keep a list of unsaved friends and family.
  • Always keep a list of names of those who are serving our Lord and Savior, such as your church missionaries and Deacons.
  • Always keep a list of your Sunday School Teachers and Pastors.
  • Always keep a list of those who are sick and of those that are in need of a healing touch from God.
  • Always keep a list of people that always need special prayers.

Now remember Prayer is something we learn to do. We are not born knowing how to pray. We are not even born again knowing how to pray. But we as new Christians must learn to pray to God for all of our needs and for others too.

This is the first lesson we should learn as a new believer in Christ and about prayer. And that is that we should always pray according to God’s will. In John’s first epistle he wrote, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (I John 5:14-15).

How can I know that my request is in keeping with the will of God? How will I know that my petition is pleasing to the Father? These are among the most frequently asked questions regarding prayer.

God makes us a threefold promise in (I John 5:14-15). First, He promises to listen if we pray according to His will. Second, He promises that we already possess what we have asked for. Third, He promises that we know that we have the petitions we desire. So when we pray according to His will, He hears us, we have what we ask for, and we know that we have what we asked for. Now we as Christians should always pray to God for boldness and assurance and make our requests known to our God (Jehovah) in our prayer life.

We bring God our requests and expect His answer. But there is a little more to it than that. God puts a condition on His promise. This is the condition that we ask according to His will. Then someone might say, “Oh, that’s the catch.” And in one sense, it is a catch, but it is built in for our safety.

So how do we know when our request is in keeping with His will? When we are not sure, we should do a couple of things. To begin with, we have the freedom to ask Him what His will is (James 1:5). If we really take John’s words seriously, we should probably begin our prayers by asking God how we should pray about any issue. Instead of starting out with a string of requests, we should first seek the mind of God. His will won’t run contrary to what He says in His Word. Also, His will is always in keeping with what is wise.

Now if we still aren’t sure after asking, we can ask the Holy Spirit to make intercession for us as we pray (Romans 8:26). The apostle Paul assures us that when we are stumped and that is, we don’t know God’s will on any matter. But the Holy Spirit will pray through us. And since the Spirit of God knows the mind of God, the Spirit’s prayer is always in keeping with the will of the Father.

There is a barrier to discovering God’s will in a matter is our feelings about what should be done. Sometimes we feel so strongly about something, that we can’t get past our will to find His will! If we feel compelled to pray about a matter, we usually are far from neutral on the subject. We come to God convinced of what He should do.

Now abandonment to God’s will removes some of the emotion attached to the request. It clears our hearts and minds and makes it easier for us to hear. Depending on the nature of the request, it may take a long time to come to the point of neutrality. And there are times when the request is so personal or painful that it may be impossible for us to get to that point. At those times the Holy Spirit Himself makes intercession for us.

When our hearts are clean and we have committed ourselves to obey Him, and yet we have not a clue about what to pray, God takes responsibility for showing us. He may use Scripture, or He may use circumstances. If the request isn’t in keeping with His will, often He will redirect our attention to other interests.

When we go to God in prayer we must come to Him in a humble and broken spirit. Now our prayers must be directed and addressed to Him from our heart and soul. We should make know to God our prayer requests by beseeching our Lord God and by pouring out our soul before the Lord Jesus. We should never give up on praying and seeking God’s will and making supplication for the lost love ones in our families. Always be earnest in prayer and continually praying and crying out to heaven for your prayers to be answered because our God is faithful and just. If your prayers are not answered, when you though they should have been, well don’t get discouraged, God will answer them in His own time frame. Then maybe we should try bowing on our knees in prayer and pouring out our soul before the Lord by seeking our God and make supplications for others in need of prayer and maybe He will draw us nearer to Him. Now prayer must also be offered in the faith that God is, and is the hearer and answerer of prayer, and that he will fulfill his word, “Ask, and ye shall receive” (Matthew 7:7-8); (Matthew 21:22); (Mark 11:24); (John 14:13-14), and in the name of Christ (John 16:23-24; (John 15:16); (Ephesians 2:18); (Ephesians 5:20); (Colossians 3:17); (I Peter 2:5).

Remember, prayer is something you learn to do. It just like anything else you learn, it takes practice. The more you pray, the easier it will be to discern the voice of God. The easier it will be to know His will. And consequently, your assurance and confidence will grow proportionately.

Another difficult lesson to learn in regard to prayer is to recognize when God has answered the prayer. God answers prayers in one of four ways:

  • Yes.
  • No.
  • Wait.
  • My grace is sufficient.

But in more personal terms, “Yes, child, you may have it”; “No, child, this is not good for you”; “Wait, child, I have something better”; or “My grace is sufficient for you” (II Corinthians 12:9).

When He answers yes, we are prone to shout, “Praise the Lord!” But when He says no, we have a hard time finding reasons to praise Him. Usually, we don’t take “no” for an answer. We keep praying. Or we look for sin in our lives, a reason for His refusal to answer our request. But nowhere in Scripture does it say that God will give us exactly what we ask for every time. God is sovereign. He has the right to say no according to His infinite wisdom.

God says no and wait when it is best for us (Romans 8:28). Oftentimes it is for our protection. Sometimes God wants to answer our prayer, but the timing is not right. If He says wait, we should wait.

The sooner you move from your will to His will, the sooner God will show you what you need to know. Remember, God gives us His Word for obedience, not just consideration. He must be assured that you have submitted yourself completely before He unfolds His plan.

Now are you facing a decision in your life that is too big for you to handle? Are you going though a difficulty that has left you confused and disheartened? God said, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things,
which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). As you seek God’s face and understand who He is and what He is willing and able to do, He will clear away all the mist that surrounds your circumstances. He will show you what to do.

If you are in need of prayer; please send me a note (Frank Rose) by just using our Contact Us link at the bottom of each page of our web site. Now just tell us your prayer request and I will be very discrete about your personal privacy. Then I will put your prayer request on my personal prayer list so that I may pray for your needs in our daily devotions to God about your personal needs. May Jesus Christ; our Lord and Savior grant your needs in prayer if it is His will to do so. I will personally pray for your needs and requests everyday starting at 12 o’clock each day after I read my E-mails. Thank you and may God always bless you.

Now God gave mankind a choice to call upon the name of Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into your life and Save you: then you are on your way to a place called Heaven because of what Jesus done for all mankind on the Cross. He paid the price by shedding His Precious Blood and dying there so that all mankind could go free.

Now all you have to do is just sincerely pray a simple prayer like this one here. “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need you Jesus in my life right now. I will turn away from my sins and place my Faith in your Son Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen.”

Then you should share your Faith in Jesus Christ with other Christian friends or a pastor. Now by becoming a Christian, this is your first step on that long life’s road of a Spiritual growth and your service to sharing God. The second step is to follow Jesus Christ in a believer’s baptism by immersion in water and joining a local church that teaches the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Remember what Jesus said to Thomas in (John 14:6) I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  • Neither is there Salvation in any other; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) (And His name is Jesus)

What Shall I Do To Inherit Eternal Life?

Salvation is simple, but it’s not cheap. It cost Jesus Christ everything so that salvation could be offered to us freely. God has provided salvation on a basis, which permits anyone who can make their own decision to have it.

If salvation could be received on the basic of education, multitudes would be excluded. If eternal life could be had on the basis of wealth, a great number would still be left out. If being saved were dependent upon one’s moral perfection, everyone would fall short. God has made His salvation available on the basis of a personal faith which even a child can exercise. This way everyone is reduced to the same level in the eyes of God and all must come to him on the same terms (Romans 3:9-10) and (Galatians 3:22). Paul said, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not, of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Below you will find some scriptures in the book of Romans that can lead you through the Romans road to Heaven. Please take the time to read the questions below and study God’s Word and may God bless you always.

  • Who is good? (Romans 3:10) As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.
  • Who has sinned? (Romans 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
  • Where did sin come from? (Romans 5:12) Wherefore, as by one-man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
  • God paid the price for sin. (Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God; is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • We all have a way out. (Romans 5:8) But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • What must I do to be saved? (Romans 10:9-11) That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man beliveth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Did you know that there was a Highway to Heaven and the bible says that there is but one way? (Acts 4:12) The scripture says “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” And that name is Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Yes; there is a highway to Heaven, but you can not find it on a road map. Yes this highway does exist and you can find it in the book of Romans in God’s Holy Bible and it will tell you how to go to Heaven.

This Heavenly road begins in the book of Romans in (Romans 1:16). This verse simply states; “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” For God is our source for our journey to Heaven. God gives power for salvation to all who believe in Him.

We as unbelievers need God’s power because we all have a problem with sin. The Bible says; “For all have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God” in (Romans 3:23). When we talk about the word sin; it just means that we are all born as a sinner by nature. Jesus said to Nicodemus, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3) Jesus said to Nicodemus again, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:6)

We all have to work to earn money in this life and so sin earns wages as well. The Bible tells us that God loves all sinners and that is why He has provided a plan of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ for sinners. God tells us that, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. (Romans 6:23)

This highway to Heaven can be found in, (Romans 10:9). The Bible tells us “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Then we need to confess our sins and ask God for forgiveness. We must confess our sins to God and claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior to receive His wonderful salvation. Now by repenting of your sins and turning away from the direction in your life in which you were going. Now to believe in your heart is to place your faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone. We must also trust in Him that He died on the cross to pay for our sins. The scripture tells us that, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

If you are concerned about your soul and were you will spend all eternity at, just sincerely pray a simple prayer like this one here. “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need Jesus in my life right now. I will turn away from my sins and place my faith in your Son Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen.”

Then you should share your faith in Jesus Christ with other Christian friends or a pastor. By becoming a Christian, this is your first step and you are on that long life’s road of a spiritual growth and your service to serving God. The second step is to follow Jesus Christ in a believer’s baptism by immersion in water and joining a local church that teaches the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember what Jesus said to Thomas in (John 14:6) I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

This concludes our bible study on why everyone needs prayer in their life.

You’re Brother, in Christ

Frank Rose

The Teachings of The Koran

Written By Ralph Tankersley:

I) Introduction:

1) The word Koran has two spellings. The English spelling is (Koran) and the Arabic spelling is (Qur’an).

2) The Qur’an was originally written in Arabic, in and around the year of 625-30 A.D. by the Prophet Muhammad. The Qur’an, like the Hebrew Holy Scriptures is written and read from right to left. The English translation is written and read from left to right. In the world today there exist over 600 different translations of the Qur’an in different languages. There are very few languages in the world today that does not have a translation of the Qur’an.

3) When a Christian needs instruction on how he should live his life in relationship to God, and in relationship to his fellow man, he turns to his Holy Book, the Bible.

4) When a Muslim needs instruction on how he should live his life in relationship to God, and in relationship to his fellow man, he turns to his Holy Book, the Qur’an. Thus, the Qur’an is to the Muslim what the Bible is to a Christian.

5) The Muslim believes that the Qur’an is the final Revelation from God to mankind. This Revelation was reveled to mankind through the Prophet Muhammad. The Muslims further believes that Muhammad was the last Prophet, sent to man from God.

6) They also believe that the prophet Muhammad established on earth the world’s one and only true religion, the religion of Islam. They believe it became necessary for God to send the Prophet Muhammad to the earth because Allah’s will was not being done on planet earth. They believe that both Christians and Jews rebelled against the teachings of Allah, thus setting the stage for the prophets coming. They believe God has turned his back on both Jews and Christians. Therefore, it became necessary for God to send mankind a new Revelation, and a new prophet, whereby mankind could become reconciled unto the “One True God”.

7) In the year of 1981, I did a research on the teachings of the Muslim faith. In that year, I became convinced that the Muslim nations would play an important part in the end time events from a religious, economic, and a military perspective. Therefore, I went out and bought a copy of the Qur’an. Now by reading it through from cover to cover, I became convinced the Islamic religion would become a force that the entire world would be required to deal with in the last days. Now here is some of what I have based my research upon as I have read the Islam Qur’an.

II) “The History of Islam”:

1) If we are to understand the world in which we live and why things are the way they are, we must first obtain a basic understanding of the history of Islam. This religion was based upon the death and destruction of our fellow man from the beginning: Do not believe our Left Wing Liberal politicians who teach that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by radical Islamist. Nothing could be further from the truth as both history and the Qur’an clearly teach.

2) In studying the history of Islam, I discovered that the first Jewish holocaust committed in the world, was committed by the Prophet Muhammad. There was a town in the Arabian Peninsula with a large Jewish population comprised of some eight hundred Jewish families. They were the descendants of the tribe of Levi a priestly tribe. Muhammad gave the Jews a choice, renounce your God and become a follower of Islam or die. When the 800 Jewish men refused to renounce God; and become a follower of Muhammad, he had their heads chopped off, and sold the women and children into slavery never to be heard from again. “Now that’s peace, Muslim style”!

3) Nothing has changed in 1400 years: The Muslims, working in conjunction with the United States, Europe, Russia, China, and most especially the United Nations plans to wipe Israel off the map, unless they can convince the Jews to commit national suicide. When? At the time of the end, just before the start of the Tribulation period in history.

4) Therefore, we will examine some of the teachings of the Qur’an and most especially those teachings that pertain to both Christians and Jews. Why? The religion of Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world today. This religion will play an important part in the end time events, most especially as it pertains to Christians and Jews. These events will not only affect the Jews living in the land of Israel, but also Jews and Christians around the world including the United States.

5) Now as we draw ever closer to the Second Coming of Christ. Therefore, if we are to understand these events from a Biblical and a Historical perspective, we must first obtain a basic understanding of the teachings of the Qur’an, as it pertains to Christians and Jews, and all other religious beliefs.

III) “The Law of the Muslims”:

1) When you read the Teachings of the Qur’an, you are not only reading the teachings that govern their religious life, but also their legal life. The Qur’an is the foundation for Sharia (Muslim law). All devout Muslims recognize “Sharia law” as the supreme law of the land, regardless of where they live in the world. All devout Muslims are required to work, and endeavor to implement “Shari law” in every nation in which they live throughout the world. All other laws governing the life of a nation must be destroyed as quickly as possible, and replaced with “Sharia law” as the Supreme law of the land. This law is based upon the Teachings of the Qur’an.

IV) “The One True God”:

1) “Allah is the one true God”. This is taught clearly in the following passage.

2) “Allah, (there is) no god but He, the ever-living, Self-subsisting by whom all things subsist.” Qur’an; (Surah 3:2), on page 44.

3) The Qur’an also teaches the One True God Allah, has no son. This they say; is a teaching of Christians and Jews.

4) “And they say: (Christians and Jews) Allah has taken to himself a son. Glory be to him; rather what ever is in the heavens and the earth is His; all are obedient to Him.” (Qur’an; (Surah 2:116), page 16).

5) The Muslim is warned in the Qur’an, they have received the truth, and they (Christians and Jews} are companions that are going to perish in the flaming fire. (Which is Hell)? The story is recorded as follows:

6) “Surely We have sent you with the truth as a bearer of good news and as a warning, and ye shall not be called upon to answer for the companions of the flaming fire.” Qur’an; (Surah 2:119), page 16).

7) In the following passage Muslims are once again warned against the religious teachings of both Jews and Christians.

8) “And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor the Christians until you follow their religion. The response of a Muslim is recorded in the remaining part of the passage), Say: Surely Allah’s guidance that is the (true) guidance. And if you follow their desires after the knowledge that which has come to you, you shall have no guardian from Allah, nor any helper” Qur’an; (Surah 2:120), page 16).

9) The following passage gives the Muslim, the assurance that he has received the true word.

10) “Those to whom we have given the Book to read it as it ought to be read. These believe in it; (the Muslims) and whoever disbelieves in it, these it is that are the losers.” Qur’an; (Surah 2:121), page 16).

11) Where Christians and Jews are concerned, the Qur’an teaches that the Muslim followers of the Prophet Muhammad the following:

12) “This is a people that have passed away; (no longer in God’s favor) they shall have what they earned and you shall have what you earned, and you (Muslims) shall not be called upon to answer for what they did.” Qur’an; (Surah 2:134), page 16).

13) The Jews and Christians response to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, according to the teaching of the Qur’an are as follows:

14) “And they say: Be Jews or Christians, you will be on the right course. (Muhammad instructs his followers to respond in the following manner), “Say: Nay! (we follow) the religion of Ibrahim, (this word means Islam) and the Hanif, (this man was one of the early leaders of Islam) and he was not one of the polytheists” (The word polytheist means unbeliever). Therefore, this man was not a Jew nor a Christian, but a true follower of the Prophet Muhammad). (Qur’an; (Surah 2:135), page 18.

15) The Qur’an clearly teaches Jews and Christians have passed away, they are no longer in God’s favor, they are no longer part of God’s plan for planet earth. Therefore, the Qur’an teaches the Muslim how he should deal with both Jews and Christians during his life span on planet earth. This teaching is recorded as follows:

16) “You who believe! (this part of the passage refers to the Muslims) do not take the Jews and Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surly he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.” Qur’an; (Surah 5:51), page 103.

17) A Muslim that takes a Jew or Christian for a friend, is considered by his fellow Muslims to be a Jew or Christian. Therefore, this Muslim must be dealt with in the same manner as he would deal with a Christian, a Jew, or any other unbeliever. The Muslim method for dealing with Christians, Jews, and Muslims that take them for friends is recorded as follows:

18) “And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.”Qur’an; (Surah 2:193), page 26.

19) To those oppressors of the one true faith, be they Jews, Christians, or Muslims that have taken them for friends, the Qur’an gives the following instruction to the faithful.

20) “And kill them where ever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight with you, then slay them, such is the recompense of unbelievers.” Qur’an; (Surah 2:191), page 26.

21) Over and over again, the Qur’an gives the Muslim faithful clear, plain, and precise instruction on how they should deal with the oppressors of the Muslim faith, be they Jew, Christian, or Muslims who take them for friends. These individuals are considered to be at war with Allah, (the one true God) and his Prophet Muhammad, the apostle of God. These instructions from the apostle of God are recorded as follows:

22) “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and his apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or the should be imprisoned; this shall be a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter a grievous chastisement” Qur’an; (Surah 5:33), page 100.

23) If you are a Christian, a Jew, or a Muslim who has taken one of these socially unacceptable people as a friend and object to being murdered, crucified, or having your hands and feet cut off or thrown in to prison, the apostle of the One True God has provided a means for you to escape these punishments. The means is recorded as follows:

24) “Except those who repent before you have them in your power; so know that Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” Qur’an; (Surah 5:34), page 100.

25) Notice the terminology in this passage, (before you have them in your power). Once you are in their power, (under their control) Allah is not Forgiving or Merciful and neither are the Muslim faithful who follow the teachings of the Apostle and Prophet of the One True God, as it is recorded in the Qur’an.

Now Christians, Jews, and Muslims who take them for friends are described in the Qur’an as people who practice idolatry. The Prophet gives the following instruction concerning idolaters.

26) “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives, and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer (establish Islamic worship) and pay the poor rate, (give alms to the poor) leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” Qur’an; (Surah 9:5), page 169.

27) Once again you have proof this Apostle and Prophet of the One True God, is one blood thirsty individual and so are the Muslim faithful who follow his teachings as they are recorded in the Qur’an.

28) “And the Jews say; Uzair is the son of Allah; (Uzair is and Arabic word that refers to the Son of God) and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; (disbelieved the teachings of Allah) may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away” (no-longer in Allah favor). Qur’an; (Surah 9:30), page 173.

29) Concerning Jews and Christians the Qur’an records the following as it pertains to their desires.

30) “They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths, and Allah will not consent save to perfect his light, though the unbelievers are averse.” Qur’an; (Surah 9:32), page 173.

31) The light of Allah in this passage refers to the teachings of the Qur’an. This is the light Jews and Christians are endeavoring to put out with their mouths (testimony). Jews and Christians are not only described as people who have passed away and oppressors of the one true faith, they are also described as unbelievers and hypocrites. Concerning unbelievers and hypocrites the Qur’an teaches the following:

32) “Prophet! Strive hard against the unbelievers and hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is in hell, and evil is their destination.” Qur’an; (Surah 9:73), page 179).

33) The Prophet Muhammad has declared in the Qur’an, that Christians and Jews are evil, and their abode (home) is in hell. That which is recorded above is a few of the teachings that is recorded in the Qur’an, as it pertains to Christians and Jews.

34) The Islamic religion is the only religion in the world that openly advocates the Killing and Murdering of one’s fellow man in their Holy Book. Most Christians in the world today are totally unaware of their teachings, as they have never read or studied the Qur’an.

35) Therefore, it is my contention, that Islam is a religion created by Satan, and he was a murderer from the beginning: Read, (John 8:44). The teachings of apostate Christians and politicians in Washington D.C. are not with standing.

36) We will now take the teachings of the Qur’an and put them in modern day perspective, and in relationship to the world in which we live in.

37) The Islamic religion is one of the largest religion in the world today. It is also the fastest growing religion in the world today, including the United States. There is more Mosque under construction in America today, than there are Churches or Synagogues. From a global perspective there are One billion, two hundred and fifty million people who are followers of the Islamic faith.

38) From a Christian perspective, there are over one Billion people in the world today who profess the name of Jesus Christ. From a Jewish perspective, there are fifteen million Jews living in the world today. Thus, there are more Muslims in the world today than there are Christians and Jews added together.

39) In the United States today there are five million nine hundred thousand Jews living from coast to coast and border to border. Today there are also seven million Muslims living from coast to coast and border to border. Most of these Muslims have come into this country in the past 12 years. Thus, there are almost as many Muslims living in the United States as there are Jews living in Israel and Europe combined.

40) One of the Muslims families that came into this country in the past 12 years is the family of Charles Bishop. Charles Bishop and his family are of Syrian, whose family emigrated from Syria to the United States in 1989? In 1991, his mother changed the family name from Bishara, to Bishop. This family was financially affluent, and able to pay for private flying lessons for their teenage son. On Saturday, Charles Bishop piloted a stolen plane and committed suicide by crashing his plane into a Bank of America skyscraper in Tampa. Police say the suicide note he left behind expressed sympathy and admiration for Osama bin Laden and the terrorist acts he committed against the United States, on September, 11,2001. When Pinellas County sheriff’s department questioned his mother as to why she changed the family name, she told the investigators she did so because she didn’t want to carry a Middle Eastern name during the Persian Gulf War.
This source of information was in USA Today.

41) It is therefore my contention, there is only one possible connection between this 15 year old boy and the sympathy and admiration he had for Osama bin Laden and his terrorist acts of September 11, and that connection is the teachings and doctrines recorded in the Qur’an. This Syrian family changed their name, but they did not change their religion. This boy, his family, and Osama bin Laden are Muslims and the followers of the Prophet Muhammad.

42) In the Islamic world children are born into Islamic families, but these children are not yet considered to be true Muslims. They only become true Muslims when they due their duty to Allah, by accepting the teachings of the Qur’an in their personal life. These people are warned they should not die except as Muslims. Thus, one’s duty to Allah, and the fulfillment of the teachings recorded in the Qur’an are paramount in the life of a Muslim believer. The following is recorded in the Qur’an where the believer in the Muslim faith is concerned
43) “You who believe! be careful of your duty to) Allah with the care which is due to him, and do not die unless you are a Muslims.” Qur’an; (Surah 3:102), page 56).

44) “And hold fast by the covenant of Allah (this covenant is the teachings of the Qur’an) all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, then he united your hearts so by His favor you became brethren; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then he saved you from it; thus does Allah make clear to you His communications, (His communications, the teachings of the Qur’an) that you may follow the right way.”
Qur’an; (Surah 3:103), page 56.

45) Charles Bishop followed the right way. He received Allah communications, and held fast to the covenant of Allah, did his duty to Allah, and died as a true believer of the Muslim faith when he committed suicide, waging war against the enemies of Allah and the Prophet Muhammad. Beyond a doubt Charles Bishop died a true Muslim, and in the direct fulfillment of the teachings of the Qur’an as it is recorded in (Surah 3:102-103), page 56.

V) “Now consider the following”:

1) Richard Reid is an Englishman who has been indicted by a federal grand jury on nine counts, including attempted murder. Upon his release from prison, for burglary, Richard Reid joined a local Mosque in south London. There he embraced the Islamic religion so totally and completely, he was sent to Afghanistan for training in terrorism. At an al-Qaida training camp he received special training, and became part Osama bin Laden terrorist network. On December 22, he was jailed in Plymouth Mass. after he tried to blow up an American Airlines flight with explosive’s concealed in his shoes. The indictment alleges Mr. Reid to be a foreign terrorist.

2) In California, John Walker joined the local Mosque at the age of 16. Under the instruction of the Islamic clergy, he embraced the Islamic religion. Later he went to Pakistan for advanced religious training. Upon the completion of that training, he went to Afghanistan and was trained in terrorism at an al-Qaida training camp operated by Osama bin Laden. During the war in Afghanistan, John Walker took up arms against his country, and fought with the Taliban and the al-Qaida terrorist network in this war. In my opinion, John Walker should stand trial for treason against the United States. Why? John Walker is not a foreign terrorist, he is a home grown terrorist who has committed treason by taking up arms against his country.

3) As I examined the lives of Charles Bishop, Richard Reid, and John Walker, I came to the following conclusion. Muslims terrorist are not bound together by countries or nationality. The glue that bonds these Muslims together is the Islamic religion, Islamic law, and the teachings in the Qur’an. Therefore, it is my contention, any nation in the world that has a Muslim Mosque, and the Qur’an has been translated into the native language has the potential to produce a Muslim terrorist.

4) Terrorism did not begin with Osama bin Laden; it originated with Yasser Arafat and the PLO. for history records the following:

5) On May 14, 1948, the nation of Israel was established once again in the land that God gave unto their forefathers, in the fulfillment of (Jeremiah 16:15); and many other passages. On May 15, 1948, the Muslims launched a Jihad Holy war against the nation of Israel. Why?

6) At the end of World War 1, the land was put under the control of Great Britain. In order to appease the Arab oil producing nations, Great Britain only permitted a very small number of Jews to enter the land legally. At the close of World War 11, there were thousands that had survived Hitler’s death camps and had no place to go. No nation in Europe would accept these displaced people. Why? They had no family, home, job, business or money. Everything they owned had been stripped away, and they were alone. Therefore, these displaced Jews were placed in internment camps on the island of Cyprus until the world could decide what to do with them. The Jewish Zionist organization smuggled hundreds of Jews out of these internment camps, and brought them to the land that God gave unto their fathers. In order to enter the land, this survivor’s of Hitler’s death camps had to run the British blockade. In those days, Great Britain had placed a naval blockade along the entire coastline of Israel, in an endeavor to prevent Jews from entering the land illegally. This they did in an endeavor to once again appease the Arab oil producing nations. This time frame in history is the Jews darkest hour. Can anyone image what it was like to be a Jew in those days? Can anyone image what it was like to be a survivor of Hitler’s death camps, to be rejected by the nations of the world, crossing the sea in old leaky boats, only to be shelled by the British Navy or shot by British troops patrolling the coast lands. Hundreds who survived the death camps died in sight of the land of Israel, by the British Navy, or the British Army. Those who survived and entered the land, are now confronted by 65 million Muslims from the surrounding Arab nations who are hell bent on their destruction. From 1948, until the present time, countless thousands of Jewish men, women and children have died at the hands of Muslim terrorist under the leadership of Yasser Arafat and the PLO. The Muslim war against the Jews has been going on for over fifty years.

7) From a Christian perspective, the Muslim war against the Christians began approximately 25 years ago. History now records the following facts.

8) In the nation of Pakistan, two Christians to be killed for every Muslim: On October 3rd, 2001, Muslim religious leaders issued a fat-wah (religious edict) stating that two Pakistani Christians will be killed for every Muslim who dies during American air strikes on Afghanistan. Maulana Sami ul-Haq, a former member of Pakistan’s legislative assembly, and a nationally recognized figure closely connected to all international Islamic terrorist movements, told journalists that the Qur’an clearly states that Jews and Christians are the enemies of Muslims, and should be killed.

9) Before the religious edict was issued, Muslim persecution of Christians had already begun. On the evening of September 11th the Muslims celebrated the collapse of the World Trade Center by burning Christians Church’s, killing their pastors and murdering their families. Christian families were dragged from their homes and savagely beaten before they were killed by the celebrating Muslim mobs. What the final death count will be in this Muslim dominated nation is yet to be determined.

10) Review the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad once again as it is recorded in the Qur’an; (Surah 5:34), page 100. Why? The Muslims will show you no mercy when they have you in their power. In the land of Israel the Muslims celebrated long into the night, as they shouted for joy, and fired their guns into the air.

11) Syria was recently voted into the UN Security Council. This nation has a long record for supporting Muslim terrorist groups. Of the 177 nations who voted, 160 nations voted in favor of including Syria on the Council. Therefore, it is my contention the world at large is not standing behind Israel in her fight against terrorism, but his giving their support to the Muslims terrorist. Now that we have the historical facts, we will now take these facts and put them in relationship to the teachings of scripture. In our world today, the Muslims are in a rage all over the world. This rage is going to increase in frequency and intensity in the months and years to come. The question we must now address is this! Why? I believe the answer to this question is recorded in scripture. It has always been my personal belief the scriptures tell what is going to happen in history, and history will always prove that which is recorded in scripture is true. Let’s see if you agree as we consider the following: as recorded by the apostle John.

12) “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,” (Revelation 12:7).

13) Ever since God created man and gave him dominion over the earth, there has been a war raging in the heavens. Little by little in these last days, Satan is losing the war and his angelic followers are being driven out of heaven. There is only one place left in God’s universe where these demonic angels can go and that place is planet earth. My proof is recorded in the following passages.

14) “And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.” (Revelation 12:8).

15) “Therefore rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Revelation 12:12).

16) To be sure the devil himself has not yet been driven out of the heavens. If this were true, then world conditions would be much worse than they are today. However, it is my personal belief that many of his angels are already here. As they descend to the earth, these angelic followers of Satan are taking peace from off the face of the earth.

17) Waiting to receive these demonic angels are over 1 billion Muslims raised in a religion that teaches them to kill their enemies.

18) It is my contention; the book of Revelation is not laid out in chronological order. Many of the teachings recorded in this book are going to be fulfilled in a time frame of God’s own choosing, and not in accordance with our understanding. If this is not true, then there is no Biblical explanation for the current events taking place in our world today. However, there is a Biblical explanation because the Muslim religion is a religion created by Satan; and not by God. How do I know? Because of the following passages of scripture.

19) “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them which curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” (Luke 6:27-28).

20) Christians are taught to love their enemies, while Muslims are taught to kill their enemies. This is the basic difference between a religion created by God, and a religion created by Satan. The Second Coming of Christ is the only answer to the problems that confront our world today.

21) In the days to come, persecution of Christians and Jews is going to increase infrequency and intensity as we draw ever closer to the Second Coming of Christ. The decree of persecution that Christians and Jews will one day endure in America at the hands of the Muslims is yet to be determined.

22) Therefore it is my contention that both Christians and Jews need to pull their collective heads out of the sand and recognize their true enemy.

23) If America ever turns on the nation of Israel, and joins the world at large in dividing God’s land and the city of Jerusalem,
God’s judgment upon our nation will be beyond belief: The proof is recorded in the following passage.

24) “And it shall come to pass in that day, (the last days) that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 12:9).

25) When God seeks to destroy all nations, that come against Jerusalem, the conditions that exist on the earth during this time frame are recorded in the following passages.

26) “As it was in the days of (Noah) so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” (Luke 17:26).

27) When God destroyed Noah’s world with a flood, the following events were taking place.

28) “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:27).

29) These passages of scripture tell the story of every life as it existed on the earth before the flood of Noah. This flood was an act of judgment because of sin upon the earth. When we check out in scripture the conditions that existed in Noah’s world before the flood, and the conditions that exist in our world today, both Noah’s world and our world are exactly the same. The proof is recorded in the following passage

30) “The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” (Genesis 6:11)

31) Noah lived in a corrupt and violent world, just as you and I do today. In our world today, the Muslims are in a rage all over the world, due to the teachings recorded in the Qur’an by the prophet Muhammad. The violent Muslim nations of this earth have taken peace from off the face of the earth, and filled our world with violence and terror. These people have one goal, world domination, and they will use any means at their disposal in their endeavors to create a Muslim Islamic dominated world. This includes murder, kidnapping, suicide bombings, chopping off heads, as they use their oil economic power against the nations that oppose them, in their drive for world domination.

32) The Muslim nations of this earth that surround the nation of Israel, and have filled our world in these last days with violence and terror, are described in scripture as heathen nations that will be in a rage all over the world, but most especially in the Middle East. God’s wrath against these heathen nations is clearly recorded in scripture. Turn now to the book of Psalms, chapter 2, and read from scripture why the heathens are in a rage.

33) “Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalms 2:1).

34) “The kings (politicians) of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, (Jesus Christ) saying,” (Psalms 2:2).

35) “Let us break their bands (of restraint) asunder, and cast away their cords (of control) from us.” (Psalms 2:3).

36) In the last days, these raging heathen nations will try to provoke Israel to the point whereby they can no-longer restrain or control themselves, thereby bringing the wrath of God down upon their heads. This they will try to accomplish through murder, kidnappings, suicide bombings, etc, and etc. Please remember, a Muslim will kill, kidnap, chop off the head, or use a suicide bomber against another Muslim just as fast as they will a Christian or Jew, if there is hope of achieving a political end. No form of human life is sacred to these people, not even their own. This is the one thing the political and religious leaders of the western world fail to understand. Therefore, we try to negotiate with these people based upon our values concerning human life, and not upon theirs. A Muslim only negotiates when he is confronted be an enemy of superior numbers or fire power. However, when he is superior in numbers and fire power, their is no negotiations, for he has you in his power as it is taught in the Qur’an, you are going to die according to the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad.

37) When the political and military leaders of this nation finally accept this great truth, our troops in Iraq will quit dyeing needlessly, for there can only be one end to this type of military conflict, their death or ours: In this global battle, it is the sword of Islam against the cross of Christ, or God against the Devil. This is the one thing our political, military, and religious leaders fail to understand. We are not nor fighting a political system, are we fighting a religious theology. However, the Lord is going to take care of the problem, for the scripture records the following:

38) “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” (Psalms 2:4).

39) The word derision means to mock, ridicule, scorn contempt. The Lord who created heaven and earth has nothing but ridicule, scorn, and contempt for these raging heathens.

40) “Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore Displeasure.” (Psalms 2:5).

41) Don’t let some Liberal who was educated in one of our Bible disbelieving Liberal colleges try and tell you that Islam is a religion of peace, or that God has many names, or that all men worship the same God. Nothing could be further from the truth! If Muslims worshiped the God of creation, God would not bring forth his wrath and judgment upon these nations. You cannot support the religion of Satan and be a believer in Jesus Christ. You will know them by their works saith the scriptures.

42) This concludes my original writing on the Teachings of the Qur’an.

43) Now we are going to fast forward now to the year 2008. America has just elected its first black president. In those days when I tried to tell people that Obama was a Muslim, but they thought I was insane, they tried to brand me as a racist. Why? Didn’t he attend Rev. Wright’s Church of Christ for 20 years? Yes, a pastor who “Cursed America” from the pulpit of his church on Sunday morning.

44) I tried to inform people that he only attended church to deceive church going America, when he or his handlers decided it was time for him to run for public office. Once again I was branded as a racist, and many questioned my faith and belief in Jesus Christ. They said I was “Playing the race card”, this was always the Liberal/Progressive/Socialist final argument. But my response was as follows:

45) One day this man is going to show his true colors that even the most Liberals church members and the politicians can’t deny. That day has finally arrived: In May, 2011 this Muslim President, Barack Hussein Obama; finally crawled out of the woodwork and appointed two devout Muslims to the top post in Homeland Security. Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim is now Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, and Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim, who was born in Damascus, is now the National Executive Director of Homeland Security Advisory Council. Both were sworn in by another Obama appointee, Janet Napolitano; the Secretary of Homeland Security. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it a devout Muslims that high jacked two planes that destroyed the twin towers in New York City. Wasn’t it a devout Muslims that destroyed a large portion of the Pentagon? Now wasn’t it a devout Muslims that forced another plane to crash in Pennsylvania. Wasn’t it a devout Muslim that killed 13 and wounded 30 in Fort Hood, Texas?

46) From my perspective, having Muslims in charge of Homeland Security, is like hiring a fox to guard the henhouse.

47) As I watch these events unfold on the national and international scene, I was reminded of one of the great teachings of the prophet Daniel.

48) “This matter is by the decree of the watchers and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the Most High God Ruleth in the kingdom of men; and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. (Daniel 4:17)

49) In the year 2008, this passage of scripture was fulfilled in the life of our nation, with America falling under the ruler ship of the basest of men. Why? Because, God will hold us accountable; for all of our national sins. As a result, today, every freedom and liberty guaranteed to us in our Constitution is under attack by the Obama Administration.

May the Lord help us to wake up and speak out, before the Muslims have us totally in their power?

In the service of our Lord,
Written by Ralph Tankersley

The Borders of Israel

I) Why don’t the leaders in Washington know the true borders of the land of Israel? (They must not read the Holy Bible).

1) The borders of Israel did not happen by accident, they were established by God before the nation came into existence in the land that God gave unto their forefathers. These borders are defined in clear plain and precise language by the Highest God, and the only true God of Israel. (Jehovah); We can read this in the following passages of scripture.

2) “In the same day the Lord God made a covenant with Abram, saying, unto thy seed have I given this land, from the River of Egypt unto the great river, the River Euphrates.” (Genesis 15:18). KJV

3) Thus we know from scripture, the Bible is the Jews deed book to the land. Furthermore, in this passage of scripture the Lord defines the north and south borders of the nation of Israel, through a covenant that he made with Abram, long before the nation of Israel came into existence. This is from the River of Egypt in the south to the great River Euphrates in the north, would include all of modern day Lebanon and three fourths of the modern day nation of Syria, and all of the land of Cannon. The Lord expanded these borders in the following passages of scripture.

4) “Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh therein unto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the River Euphrates. Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.” (Deuteronomy 1:7-8). KJV

5) Thus we can plainly see from scripture, that the borders of Israel as defined by God, far exceeds the borders that is currently under contention by the EU, UN. These Presidents are Jimmy Carter, Ronald Regan, George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Hussein Obama in their beloved Road Map to Peace.
When something as important as the borders of Israel is under contention, the Lord never leaves anything to chance but makes it plain in Holy Scripture.

II) Concerning the land that God gave unto their forefathers and the scripture records the following:

1) “For the land whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land oh hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even to the end of the year.” (Deuteronomy 11:10-12). KJV

2) The eyes of the Lord are always upon it. Now it is obvious six Americans presidents never read this passage of scripture, when they created their Road Map to Peace, or they simply have no fear of the Lord. The scriptures teach that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Psalm 111:10). Thus we know from scripture, America has had six presidents who lacked wisdom in relationship to its foreign policy with the nation of Israel.

3) When something as important as the borders of Israel is under contention, the Lord never leaves anything to chance; therefore the following is recorded in scripture.

4) “Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness (Sinai) and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even to the uttermost sea shall your coast be. There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he has said unto you” (Deuteronomy 11:24-25). KJV

5) A modern day fulfillment of this ancient teaching could take place in our world today, if Israel would trust the Lord, instead of putting its trust in the government of men. Why? The Lord can break the military power of any nation, kingdom, or empire. Example: (The Imperial Roman Empire). The Imperial Roman Empire did not go out of existence because it was defeated militarily. But it went out of existence because it was defeated economically through the debasement of its money supply. Now the United States is traveling down the same road, whereby, today, we are living in the closing days of the worlds last Super Power as we have known it in our lifetime.

6) When Moses led the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, and entered the Sinai, they left Egyptian territory behind and entered Israeli territory. How? The Sinai wilderness never officially belonged to Egypt, although it was militarily patrolled by the Egyptian army. Upon leaving the land of Egypt, the soles of Israeli feet treaded across this wilderness thereby making it Jewish land according to the teachings of the Most High God. However, Egypt had military outpost in the northern Sinai which the Israelis had to avoid on their way to the promise land. Therefore, it was most expedient for them to leave the Sinai as quickly as possible.

7) However, in spite of the plague’s the Lord had sent upon Egypt, the heart of Pharaoh was harden, and he and his army pursued after them. In scripture the following is recorded.

8) “But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, and Baal-zephon” (Exodus 14:9). KJV

9) “And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided” (Exodus 14:21). KJV

10) The shortest point for the Israelis to cross the Red sea and leave the Egyptian army behind was at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. This is where I’ve always believed the crossing took place. Once the crossing was completed, scripture records the following:

11) “And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrow the Egyptians in the midst of the sea” (Exodus 14:27). KJV

12) “And the waters returned and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them” (Exodus 14:28). KJV

13) “But the children walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left” (Exodus 14:29). KJV

14) Leaving Pharaoh and the Sinai behind, Israel entered the Arabian Peninsula and the land of Midian. This land runs from the Southern part of the Dead Sea down to the western part of the Arabian Peninsula. Mount Sinai, where the Lord came down and gave Moses the Commandments is located in the Arabian Peninsula. The exact location of Mount Sinai is not recorded in the Old Testament; however, it is recorded in the New Testament. This is one of the great teachings of the apostle Paul; and is recorded in the following passage.

15) “For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answered to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.” (Galatians 4:25) KJV

16) The apostle Paul uses the teachings recorded in (Galatians 4:19-31); to show the difference between two systems, law and Grace. The law was given on Mount Sinai, but Grace comes from Jesus Christ.

17) Today Mount Sinai is fenced off, and the area is militarily patrolled by some continents of the Saudi Arabiaian army in order to keep out the infidel. (Christians and Jews)

18) Their land also includes the northern part of Arabia. Thus the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand. However, because they sinned against God; at Mount Sinai, when Moses was receiving the commandments, the following passage of scripture was fulfilled in the life of national Israel.

19) “And the Lord’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the Lord, was consumed.” (Numbers 32:13). KJV

20) Thus we have Biblical proof; the western part of the Arabiaian peninsula is part of Israel’s ancient homeland. Why? Because; they wandered in this wilderness for 40 years.

21) The modern day leaders of Israel are just as evil their ancient ancestors, and one day they also will be consumed by the Lord’s anger, as they try to negotiate a peace treaty with those who have sworn to destroy them. The Lord never intended for the enemies of Israel to live in his Holy Land, and he never intended for the people of Israel to make a covenant, (peace treaty) with them either.

22) Thus the scriptures clearly teach the Sinai belongs to the nation of Israel. However, this wilderness, like the Arabiaian wilderness, is not part of the Jewish heartland, but extended Jewish land. The heartland runs from the Euphrates River in the north, to the river of Egypt in the south. Later on in scripture the Lord will define the eastern border of the heartland.

III) The teachings of Joshua pick up where the teachings of Moses leave off in the book of Deuteronomy.

1) “Every place that the soles of your feet shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses”. From the wilderness (Sinai) and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, (the Hittites lived in what is today the modern day nation of Turkey, both east and west of the Euphrates River) and unto the great sea (Mediterranean) toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.” (Joshua 1:3-4). KJV

2) The land of the Hittites comprises almost ninety per cent of the modern day nation of Turkey. Thus both Moses and Joshua are teaching the same doctrine as it pertains to the borders of Israel.

3) Samuel the last of the judges tells the story of King David moving north to recover his border. His story is recorded as follows:

4) “David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rohob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.” (II Samuel 8:3). KJV

5) The scriptures tell the story of many battles fought by Israel in the defense of her borders. There is one such battle that is recorded in the book of (II Kings). KJV

6) In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and King Josiah went against him: and he slew him at Megiddo when he had seen him. (II Kings 23:29). KJV

IV) In this battle, King Josiah died in the defense of his border.

1) The lands east of the Jordan River, referred to today as the nation of Jordan also belong to the House of Israel. The proof is recorded in the following passages.

2) “And eastward he inhabited unto the entering in of the wilderness from the river Euphrates: because their cattle were multiplied in the land of Gilead”. (This eastern part of the Euphrates runs south through the modern day nation of Iraq). And in the days of Saul they made war with the Hagarites, who fell by their hand: and they dwelt in their tents throughout all the east land of Gilead.” (I Chronicles 5:9-10). KJV

3) Now both history and scripture clearly teach the land of Gilead lies east of the Jordan River. The Scripture goes on to record the following:

4) “And the children of Gad dwelt over against them in the land of Basham unto Salcah:” (I Chronicles 5:11). KJV

5) The land of Basham, like the land of Gilead lies east of the Jordan River. These lands were settled by the tribe of Gad who was the seventh son of Jacob. The scriptures go on to record the following concerning this tribe and their descendants of the land of Israel.

6) “And they dwelt in Gilead in Basham, and in their towns, and in all the suburbs of Sharon, upon their borders”. All these were reckoned by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.”
(I Chronicles 5:16-17). KJV

7) Thus we have scriptural proof from the Word of God that the House of Israel owns the land on both sides of the Jordan River. The Lord didn’t leave anything to chance where the borders of Israel are concerned. These borders, like God’s covenant with Israel, are everlasting, for they were ordained by our God Jehovah. I know what I have just written will come as a great shock to the secular Jews and many Christians of both Israel and America. However, the scriptures clearly record, that the Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, Egyptians, Saudi Arabians, and Jordanians, and Turks, all occupy Israeli land that was given to them by the One and only true God.

8) Thus the borders of the Israeli heartland extends from the Jordanian wilderness in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, and from the Euphrates River in the north, to the River of Egypt in the south. The Sinai, which is extended Jewish land, ends at the uttermost sea. Thus their extended western border ends at the Red Sea. This Biblical truth should be enough to give George Bush and Condi Rice, Barack Hussein Obama, not to mention Miss Hillary Clinton an apoplexy. However, when the heathen are in a rage, Biblical truth no longer matters. They will do it their way, regardless of what the Lord has to say on the subject, and regardless of the judgment they will bring upon this nation from the hand of God. Why? They fear not the Lord!

9) Therefore, it is my contention; the political and diplomatic leaders of the world will never bring peace to this troubled region until they are willing to recognize the borders of Israel that was established by God. These godless political and diplomatic leaders will one day be consumed by the Lord’s anger, as their peace is a false peace, for no one can make true peace and leave God and his teachings out of the process.

10) Today Israel only controls about ten per cent of their ancient home-lands given to them by God. Even this small amount has the heathen nations in a rage. Sixty six years after the holocaust of WW 11, in which six million Jews died, the world is still trying to find the Final Solution to the Jewish question. Their solution is recorded as follows:

11) At a press conference on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, the UN Secretary-General by the name of Ban Ki-Moon, stated that the world body expects Israel to immediately surrender to the demands of the Palestinians for control of the Biblical lands of Judea, Samaria (West Bank) and half the city of Jerusalem. They called the Israelis position morally and politically unattainable and said that it must end.

12) Furthermore, the US ambassador to the UN, on orders of the current administration in Washington, has proposed a UN resolution, whereby the General Assembly will vote on the creation of a Palestinian state inside the land of Israel. The resolution was approved by the Security Council and the vote is scheduled to take place on September 4, 2011, in the event Israel refuses to surrender to the UN demands.

13) Meanwhile the Palestinians continue to move forward with their plan to unilaterally declare themselves an independent state. They are expecting to receive full support from the United Nations, completely apart from any negotiation with Israel and without making any concessions or promises of peace.

14) The UN like the current administration in the District of Corruption has no fear of the Lord. Why? They can never conceive the following passages of scripture being fulfilled during their watch, as they make a mockery of God’s law and God’s word.

15) “But the Lord is known for the judgment that he executed: the wicked is snared in the works of his own hand. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psalm 9:16-17) KJV

16) If you are a Bible Believing Christian, you better join me in praying this resolution doesn’t pass, or better still, the vote is never taken. If it does, God’s Judgment is coming, and America will not escape His Judgment.

17) I hope you enjoyed reading the Borders of Israel. I hope you found the writing informative, and I pray it will enable you to make the right decisions in these last days as it pertains to God’s chosen people.

In The Service of Our Lord,
Written By Ralph Tankersley

Choosing a Bible Translation

Choosing a Bible Translation

by J. Kristen Edscorn
Fifty years ago the King James, or Authorized, Version of the Bible was considered by many to be the only reliable translation and choosing a Bible involved selecting the binding and color. Today, dozens of English translations are available. So, how does one decide which is best?

First, we need to recognize that there is no one translation that is the best. Even the writers of the New Testament books quote from several Greek translations of the Old Testament. Today we have no perfect translation, but there are a number which are very good. The real question is: Which is best for our particular needs?

About the King James
So what is wrong with the good old King James Version? It probably is the most beautiful, elegant, literary English translation that will ever be produced. In fact, it contributed a great deal to the formation of the English language. Modern translations usually lack the poetry of the King James because modern biblical scholars are more scientists than artists. Nevertheless, there are two major problems with the King James Version. First of all, when it was translated in 1611, there were relatively few Hebrew and Greek manuscripts available and they tended to be recent and less accurate. In the 400 years since then, literally thousands more manuscripts have been discovered, ranging from small portions to complete copies of the Old or New Testaments. Many of these are very early and more accurate.

Secondly, the English in the King James Version is not at all the same language spoken today. Both the vocabulary and grammar have changed considerably. As a result, a reader often must retranslate the King James into modern English in his or her mind. For many people, especially children, reading the King James Version is like reading a foreign language.

So Which is for Me?
Which brings us to the numerous modern translations. Most of these have been produced by fine scholars using the many thousands of manuscripts available today. Different translations are better for various purposes.

If you are interested in serious study of the Bible, including grammar and vocabulary, you will want a more literal translation, such as the English Standard Version, New King James, or New American Standard. However, it is always good to compare several translations, especially for passages that are difficult to understand. If you are interested in reading the Bible in large blocks, you probably will prefer one of the freer translations (not necessarily less accurate), such as the New International, New Living Translation, or Contemporary English Version.

The following is an annotated list of the most popular modern English translations.

Amplified Bible (AB) – first published in 1958, it is the fruit of tens of thousands of hours of research by Dr. Frances Siewert. Beginning with the very literal American Standard Bible, she adds additional words in brackets that help provide understanding of the meaning of the original language. This has become a very popular “second Bible” for Bible study. It is published by Zondervan.

Contemporary English Version (CEV), is a completely new translation published by the American Bible Society in 1995. Originally intended as a children’s translation, it uses a very simple, contemporary style. It is independent of traditional translations and freer of “biblical” terms. This is an especially good translation for people who speak English as a second language.

English Standard Version (ESV), an “essentially new literal translation,” follows the tradition of the King James, American Standard Version, and Revised Standard Version. Published in 2001 by Crossway, it was developed by a translation team of more than 100 scholars, with the goal of being very accurate (word for word), and yet very readable. It has become quite popular, as it is more readable than other literal translations.

Good News Bible (Today’s English Version) (TEV), completed in 1976, was translated by Robert G. Bratcher with six other scholars. This very free, though very accurate, translation avoids the use of traditional biblical vocabulary and communicates especially well with youth and the unchurched. Also published by the American Bible Society.

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is another new word-for-word translation that strives to be both literally accurate and readable. It is not as literal as the ESV or NASB, but is more so than the NIV. The Holman, published by Broadman & Holman in 2003, is the product of nearly 100 scholars.

The Living Bible (LB), completed in 1971, is Kenneth N. Taylor’s paraphrase of the American Standard Version. Easy to read and once immensely popular, it is often criticized for adding too much commentary to the biblical text. It is published by Tyndale House.

The Message (Msg) – Eugene Peterson completed this paraphrase of the entire Bible in 2002. Peterson takes great liberties with words in his attempt to effectively communicate both the original thoughts and tone of the Scripture. The result is a very earthy, informal language. Published by NavPress.

New American Bible (NAB) – a Catholic translation, the work of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, and first published in 1970. It is the version used in the American Catholic lectionary. In 2011 a Revised Edition is being published. The NAB is a more literal translation, especially the 1986 revision of the New Testament.

New American Standard Bible (NASB) – completed in 1971, was produced by 54 conservative Protestant scholars sponsored by the
Lockman Foundation. This version is very literal in vocabulary and word order, although the resulting English is quite wooden. It often is preferred by those who want an English version that reflects the grammar of the original. An Update was published in 1995 which seeks to use more modern English while preserving the literal nature of the translation.

New International Version (NIV), completed in 1978, was the product of 115 evangelical scholars. Within a decade it became the
best-selling English version, a position it still holds! It combines contemporary, literary English with traditional biblical vocabulary. The NIV is copyrighted by the Biblica (formerly International Bible Society). NOTE: A major revision of the NIV was released in early 2011. While it only changes about 5% of the text of the last edition (1984), the changes are significant, and it almost reads like a new translation.

New King James Version (NKJV), released in 1982, involved 119 contributors. It updates the vocabulary and grammar of the King James Version, while preserving the classic style and beauty. Although it uses the same Hebrew and Greek texts as the original, it indicates where other manuscripts differ. Published by Thomas Nelson.

New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) of 1985 revised and updated the text and notes of the Jerusalem Bible of 1966. That version, based on a French translation, was an elegant, literary rendering (perhaps the most poetic since the KJV). The JB and NJB were projects of Roman Catholic scholars, and the notes reflect a modern, liberal perspective.

New Living Translation (NLT), published in 1996, is the product of 90 Bible scholars from around the world, from various theological
backgrounds and denominations. This is a very readable translation, while remaining more faithful to the original texts than the Living Bible (see above). Also published by Tyndale. An update was published in 2004.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) – published in 1989 by the National Council of Churches, revises the Revised Standard Version of 1952. While following the literal tradition of the RSV, the NRSV eliminates much of the archaic language. One distinctive is the use of gender inclusive pronouns to replace male pronouns when the original writers meant both men and women. The NRSV does not change masculine pronouns referring to God, however.

Revised English Bible (REB), completed in 1989, is a thorough revision of the New English Bible. Like the original, it was translated by a committee of British scholars, representing all the major Christian traditions in the United Kingdom. The more archaic language was omitted and a more conservative approach was taken toward some of the difficult passages. Many readers find it to be an excellent translation for personal reading and study, though its British idioms make it less popular in the U.S. The REV is published by the
publishing houses of both Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

A New Testament of Note

Special mention also should be made of an important New Testament paraphrase. A paraphrase translates the thoughts of the original text, not the words. In 1958 J. B. Phillips completed The New Testament in Modern English. Phillips had a special knack of rendering difficult and long sentences into very understandable English. He even translates well some of the Greek puns and word plays that usually are lost. It
can be very helpful to have a copy of Phillips nearby, especially when studying the epistles of Paul.

For Children
Several translations especially for children have been published in recent years, in addition to the CEV mentioned above. The International Children’s Bible was completed in 1985 by 21 evangelical scholars. It is written on a high third-grade level. An adult edition, known as the New Century Version, also is available. Published by Thomas Nelson/Word.

Biblica (formerly the International Bible Society) produced the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) as a children’s version of the popular NIV. It also is on a third-grade reading level. Both of these Children’s Bibles are excellent resources for children. The NIrV comes in several study Bible formats designed especially for children. Published by Biblica.

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God’s City of Refuge

“God’s City of Refuge”
The Jews, in almost two thousand years of dispersion among the nations, have often needed a hiding place to protect them from those who seek to destroy them. The scriptures teach that in the last days after they have returned to the land of Israel they will need a very special hiding place or place of refuge. Why? Satan and the Forces of Darkness will once again make a supreme effort to put an end to the Jewish nation, for all time. This will be especially true during the Great Tribulation, a time frame described in scripture as the time of “Jacob’s Trouble”. I believe the Lord has provided a special hiding place for the Jews living in the land of Israel, and that hiding place is the ancient city of Esau, “the city of Petra”.

In scripture, the biblical names are “Mount Seir” and “Sela”. It is also known as the city of Esau, the capital of the Edomite.

Now the Jewish persecution has been going on for almost two thousand years among the nations of this world. However, in the last days, at the time of the end, the persecution will become so severe the political leaders of Israel will make a pact with the devil in an endeavor to have peace with the Muslim nations of the earth. This peace treaty will be negotiated by a man known in scripture as the “Antichrist”, the soon coming World leader. Now concerning these treaty the world’s political leaders, I believe that will force Israel to accept this peace treaty.

(The scripture records the following):

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (7 years) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)

During this time frame in history, Israel will be permitted to rebuild the temple on the Temple Mount adjacent to the “Dome of the Rock”. Israel would not endeavor to rebuild the Temple today because of the rage from the entire Muslim world. However, during the reign of the Antichrist, he will control the Muslim rage and animal sacrificial services will be reinstituted. The duration of the treaty will be for seven years. However, in the midst of the week (after 3 ½ years) the Antichrist will break the treaty, and then try to kill every Jew in Israel who does not accept him as the world Messiah.

(The Abomination of Desolation):

If you are a Jew living in Israel, it is very important for you to be able to identify this great sin that the Antichrist will commit during this time frame in history. This great sin is described for us in the following passage.

“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (II Thessalonians 2:4)

Now if you ever wondered what the prophet Daniel was referring to in (Daniel 9:27), now you know.

When the seven year treaty with Israel is broken, armies of the Antichrist both human and (demonic angels) will move into Israel. With no army to protect them, the Jews only hope of escape is to flee at this time. Concerning this time frame in history, the Lord Jesus Christ gives the Jews of Israel the following instruction.

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand): Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house. Neither let him that is in the field return back to take his clothes.” (Matthew 24:15-18)

The desecration of the Jewish house of worship will be the signal for the armies to move against Israel. Jerusalem will be internationalized, so beyond a doubt UN troops will be in the city. Please remember, the UN was created for the specific purpose of creating a “One World Global Government”, so beyond a doubt the Antichrist will have a contingent of UN troops inside the city when he commits the “abomination of desolation”. Homes will be pillaged, the women raped. Any Jew caught along the route of the march will be shot. No wonder Christ taught they were to flee to the mountains, without returning home for a change of clothes.

By looking at the map of the Middle East, the Jews will not be able to flee to the west, because only death would await them in the Sinai Desert. And neither will they be able to flee into Lebanon, Egypt, or Syria, as it is from these nations the Antichrist will launch his invasion into Israel. Therefore, their only means of escape will be to the southeast in the rugged mountains east of the Negev Desert, in what is today southern Jordan. It is still a wilderness today, as it was when Moses led the children of Israel through this region over 3,500 years ago. When David fled from Saul, he took sanctuary in Petra. When Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple, some Jews escaped to Edom and Petra according to Josephus. When the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D., those Jews who escaped fled to the desolate and barren Dead Sea area, including Bozrah and Edom.

In our world today, Israel is attempting to negotiate peace with the Muslims by surrendering land for peace. This is a total waste of time, for it is not the size of Israel that has the Muslims in a rage but the existence of Israel. Sad as it is to say, Israel will never find peace until the return of Israel’s Messiah to the earth.

Jesus Christ and the prophet Daniel were not the only men of scripture that warned Israel concerning this time frame in history. In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet records the following:

“For, lo the days come saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to there fathers, and they shall possess it.” (Jeremiah 30:3)

Thus we know from this passage of scripture, Israel does not exist as a nation and a people in the land that God gave unto their fathers because it is the will of man but because it is the will of God. The prophet goes on to record the following:

“And these are the words that the Lord Spake, concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the Lord; we have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. (Jeremiah 30:4-5)

Why does Israel tremble and fear? Because of the following passage.

“Alas! For the day is great, so that none is like it: it is the time of “Jacob’s trouble”, but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jeremiah 30:7)

Why is Jacob having this trouble? The prophet answers this question in the following passage.

“For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of host, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers will no more serve themselves of them:” (Jeremiah 30:8)

When Israel signed a covenant with the Antichrist, the nation became a servant of Satan the Devil. It was never the Lord’s plan for his people to be servants of Satan, but to serve the Lord. Therefore, in this time frame, God is going to break the yoke that the Antichrist has placed on their neck, and burst their bonds, (free them from bondage of Satan), so they can fulfill the following passages.

“But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.” (Jeremiah 30:9)

Israel has trusted in the promises of a worthless covenant. Therefore, when the “Abomination of Desolation” takes place, the armies of the Antichrist will swarm across their borders and Israel will not be able to defend itself. As the men of Israel see their wives and daughters raped, killed, mutilated, and their homes and business destroyed, they will come to believe the Lord has forsaken them. This persecution will be the result of a global action committed by a global dictator. For this reason the Lord has provided a city of refuge, a hiding place, for his persecuted people during this time frame in history. Concerning this time frame, the prophet Isaiah gives Israel the following instructions.

“Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, shut thy doors about thee: hide thy-self as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over-past. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” (Isaiah 26:20-21)

(Thus the Gentile global empire will be destroyed).

We know from scripture their hiding place must be near the land of Israel. Concerning this time frame, Jesus Christ gave the Jews the following warning and instruction in preparation for their flight.

“And woe to them that are with child, and them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in winter, neither on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect (Israel) sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:19-22)

The city of Petra lies 140 miles southeast of Jerusalem. Now this is one of the most rugged mountainous areas in the world, with mountains over 5,000 feet high in the Petra area. The highest point in Israel is 3,900 feet and easily accessible by auto travel. This is not the case with the mountains of southern Jordan, as there are only narrow winding paths through this mountainous area leading to the city of “Petra”. Reaching these mountains would be fairly easy for Jews living south of Jerusalem in the Negev Desert area of Israel. Today Israel has a population of over 6 million Jews, with over a million of them living in southern Israel with easy access to the mountains of southern Jordan.

(The Prophecy Fulfilled):

In scripture the following is recorded concerning the power of the Antichrist.

‘And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Revelation 13:7)

Nevertheless, there will be one nation that will escape the control of the Antichrist, and that nation is the modern day nation of Jordan, that lies east of Israel. We read about Jordan’s great escape in the book of Daniel, where the following is recorded.

“He shall enter also into the glorious land, (Israel) and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” (Daniel 11:41)

In Daniel’s day there were three countries in this region of the world. There was “the land of Ammon”, “the land of Moab”, and “the land of Edom”. These three countries today comprise the modern day nation of Jordan.

Now in 1921 when “Winston Churchill” drew a line on the map of the Middle East thereby creating the modern day nation of Jordan, he made the following proclamation. Israel would have no authority over the land east of the Jordan and Dead Sea area. Did he realize he was fulfilling prophecy. One has to wonder!

Not all Jews will escape to the mountains and enter the city of refuge establish for them by God. The percentage that will live to find this refuge is recorded in the following passages.

“And it shall come to pass that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine him as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, it is my people: and they shall say the Lord is my God.” (Zechariah 13:8-9)

Once the Jews reach the wilderness in the mountains of Edom, they will be supernaturally protected from attack by the Lord. This protection will last for (3 ½ years). In addition, the Lord will provide them with food (nourishment) during this time frame in history. Although Satan will attempt to destroy them, his attack will not succeed.
The passages of scripture that best describe this time frame in history are recorded as follows:

“And the woman (Israel) fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three score days.” (3 ½ years) (Revelation 12:6)

Once again we have scriptural proof the Lord will provide for their welfare during the last three and one half years of the tribulation.

(Satan’s Attack on the Remnant):

(This attack is described in the following passages).

“And when the dragon (Satan) saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (Israel) that brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished (feed) time, times, and half a time, (3 ½ years) from the face of the serpent. And the serpent (Satan) cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” (Revelation 12:13-16)

Satan’s attack against the woman (Israel) fails. However, the Jewish remnants that make it to the City of Refuge are going to be a special breed of Jews, for scripture records the following:

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, (Israel) and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12:17)

From this passage we know that the remnants are going to be Christian Jews. Sequence of Events:

(The War against Gog):

This is “World War 3”, the Russian invasion of the Middle East. This invasion will be a Muslim invasion. Please remember, 13 of the 15 republics of the former Soviet Union are Muslim Republics. In addition, Russia and the Ukraine also have a large Muslim population, while the leaders of government are secular humanist. All the Muslim nations of the Middle East and Northern Africa will be Russian allies during this invasion. The most prominent are Persia- (Iran) Ethiopia, Libya, and Turkey. Read (Ezekiel 38:5-6). When this war is fought, it will take the personal intervention of Almighty God to keep Israel from being wiped off the map. God’s personal intervention is recorded as follows:

“Therefore, thou son of man, prophecy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshach- (Moscow) and Tubal- (Siberia): And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:

And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. (What is referred to in this passage are the weapons of war). Thou shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beast of the field to be devoured. Thou shall fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 39:1-5)

Today, the Muslims are in a rage and entire Middle East is in a state upheaval. They are also raging across the continent of Europe and in the Republics of the former Soviet Union. Why? The political and military alignment that will set the stage for the fulfillment of these passages of scripture is taking place in our world today. Do not be misled by and social, political, economic, religious, or military disagreements that exist in the Muslim world today. Why? The one thing that all Muslims agree on is their hatred for the nation of Israel. Most other nations in the world have joined them in this global hatred. Only the Bible Believing Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, has managed to contain the rage of the Muslims in America. I shutter to think what will take place in America, when this church is taken out of the way.
When this war is fought, the Muslim nations will put aside all personal disagreements in their endeavor to destroy Israel. Other UN nations will join them in this endeavor. Caution: Please do not associate this war with the Battle of Armageddon. There will be a seven year span of time between the two battles.

How many Jews will remain alive in the land of Israel, after the War against Gog is fought, only the Lord knows. However the one thing I do know, this war will be fought either just before, or immediately after, another historical event takes place known in scripture known as the “Rapture” of the Believers. This Biblical and Historic event is recorded in the following passages.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

This event will take place in the fall of the year, at the close of the Jewish Feast of Trumpets. It will be comprised of both Jewish and Gentile believers: In scripture it is recorded as follows:

“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (die) but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:51-52)

Do not confuse this event with the Second Coming of Christ. When this event takes place, Christ is only coming as far as the clouds in the air. He is not returning to establish his millennial reign on the earth at this time.

With the Rapture of the believers, the stage is now set for the coming of the “One World Global Dictator”,(the Antichrist) to take his place on the world stage. With Israel devastated by the war recorded in (Ezekiel 38-39), he immediately signs a peace treaty with Israel, guaranteeing her security for a period of seven years. The signing of this treaty will usher in the seven year tribulation period.

With the beginning of the tribulation, the Lord will have “Enoch” and “Elijah” return to the earth and prophecy during the first (3 ½ years) from the city of Jerusalem. These are the Lord’s two witnesses on the earth, during this time frame. You can read the story of these two witnesses in (Revelation 11:1-12). These are the only men who ever lived on the earth that never knew a physical death.

Now, I know some men teach these two witnesses are “Moses” and “Elijah”. However, this cannot be true because of the following passage of scripture. But regardless to whosoever these two witnesses may be only our God knows and it will be alright with me whether it is (Moses) or (Enoch).

“And as it has been appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27)

Nowhere in scripture does it teach, that any who ever lived on the earth must die twice. Furthermore, concerning Moses, we are informed of the following in scripture.

“So Moses the servant of the Lord died in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And he (the Lord) buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth his sepulcher (grave) unto this day.” (Deuteronomy 34:5-6)

The scriptures do not contradict each other. It is the teachings of men that contradict the scriptures. Please remember, as you study Revelation chapter 11, these two witnesses are going to die, for scripture records the following:

“And when they had finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, (Jerusalem) which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” (Revelation 11:7-8)

With the death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven of the Lord’s two witnesses, the stage is now set for the abomination of desolation to take place. Read once again (II Thessalonians 2:4). This will be the signal for the remnant to flee into the wilderness of Edom. How many Jewish believers will be in the land of Israel, during this time frame in history, I know not, but the Lord knoweth. Therefore, whatever their number, the Lord will protect and sustain them during the last (3½ years) of the tribulation. “Praise the Lord”!

Today, if you are a Bible Believing Christian, you should do everything humanly possible to support the nation of Israel and the Jewish people during the current time frame in history. This is especially true as it pertains to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why? In scripture the following is recorded.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth: to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (nations). (Romans 1:16)

As we rapidly approach the end of the last days, we should put the Jew first where the gospel of Jesus Christ is concerned. We can do this most effectively, by financially supporting Christian ministries who are proclaiming the gospel to the Jew. In scripture the following is recorded.

“Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22)

It was the Jews that gave the world the great gift of salvation. As we approach the time of the end, we must endeavor to return to the Jew, that which in the beginning they gave to each of us. The problem in much of the church world today, we have forsaken our Jewish roots.

(Signs of His Coming):

“And as he sat upon the “Mount of Olives”, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, tell us when these things shall be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the (age)- world?” (Matthew 24:3)

(Christ answered as follows):

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and their shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes in divers places.” (Matthew 24:7)

The earth has always been plagued by earthquakes. However, as we approach the time of the end, these earthquakes are going to increase in frequency and intensity as we draw ever closer to the second coming of Christ. Therefore, please consider the following:

(The Earthquakes):

The number of major earthquakes that has hit the earth in the past few years is almost beyond belief. In this writing we will examine only the most recent ones.

For the past ten years, a series of earthquakes has taken place inside the “Arctic Circle” measuring (1.9 to 8.9) on the Rector scale. These earthquakes are taking place almost on a daily basis. These earthquakes are heating up the waters of the “Arctic Ocean” to such an extent they are causing the Polar Ice Caps to Melt. Due to the melting of the Ice Caps inside the “Arctic Circle”, the “Arctic Ocean” became navigable for the first time in recorded history, (for a period of two weeks) in August, 2008.

The environments, led by Al Gore, are trying to convince the world that the earth is becoming progressively warmer due to the burning of fossil fuels. Therefore, they say, the burning of these types of fuels will cause the Polar Ice Caps to melt. However, history records the teachings of the environments are not true, as winters of 2007-2011 were some of the coldest winters in recorded history.

My answer to the teachings of the environments is recorded in the following passage.

“While the earth remained, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

It goes without saying, none of the earthquakes taking place inside the “Arctic Circle” are reported by the News Media. Why? It goes against the teachings of the global environments. How can we convince the world that the earth is becoming progressively warmer, if the Polar Ice Caps are being melted by under sea, earthquakes.

1) The first major earthquake repotted by the news media hit New Zealand in July, 2009. It measured 7.8

2) The next hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. It measured 7.0.

3) The next hit Chile in March, 2010. It measured 8.8.

4) The next hit China on April 14, 2010. It measured 7.1.

5) The next hit New Zealand on September 29, 2010. It measured 6.4.

6) The next hit Chile January 2, 2011. It measured 7.1.

7) The next hit Chile February 11, 2011. It measured 7.0.

8) The next hit New Zealand February 22, 2011. It measured 6:3.

All of these earthquakes were major earthquakes, causing hundreds and sometime thousands of human lives, and causing millions of dollars in damages.

9) And last but not least, the next hit Japan on March 11, 2011. It measured 9.0, triggering a Tsunami, followed by a Nuclear Meltdown. No one knows at this time what the final death count will be, but the economic impact will run into the billions of dollars. We need to pray for this devastated country and its people, as they struggle to recover from the greatest natural disaster in Japan’s history.

10) There has been at least 16 more earthquakes hit the country of Japan in the last 2 months that measured 4.5 to 7.0 on the Rector scale.

These are but a few of the major earthquakes that have hit the earth in the past few months. As you can plainly see, they are indeed increasing in frequency and intensity, as we draw ever closer to the “Second Coming of Christ”. “These quakes are indeed signs of his Coming”.

Jesus Christ, was not the only one that warned man of increasing earthquakes in the last days. These earthquakes point to the Coming Tribulation Period. Concerning this time frame the prophet Isaiah records the following:

“Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of host, and in the day of his fierce anger.” (Isaiah 13:13)

Consider the following: – The earth’s magnetic pole shift caused Tampa airport officials on January 6, 2011, to close the primary runway at Tampa airport. The runway remained closed until January 13. This pole shift forced the airlines to recalibrate their GPS systems to compensate for the shift. During this time frame, thousands of birds were plummeting to the earth, and fish were dying by the hundreds of thousands all over the world. With runways at airports being closed, fish dying by the hundreds of thousands, and birds falling out of the sky, can anyone doubt, the Lord is indeed shaking both heaven and earth just as Isaiah prophesied?

The great unanswered question is this: Did the pole shift trigger the earthquakes, or did the earthquakes trigger the pole shift? You tell me!

(The Coming California Quake):

A friend of mine in Arizona sent me an email, informing me of a Fox News interview of Geologist Jim Berkland. He is predicting a Major Quake will hit California on March 19th,
20th, or 21st. This quake could measure as high as 10.1, and will happen on the day of highest tide, full moon, and equinox, which will take place this weekend. I have no idea if Mr. Berland is right in his prediction. However, if he is, we won’t have long to wait. Even if Mr. Berkland is wrong, does not mean California has escaped this clear and present danger.
After the quake that has just hit Japan, a quake hitting California would come as no surprise to me. Sooner or later, The Ring of Fire will have to come full circle. All experts agree, that sooner or later, the big one will hit California. If it does measure 10.1, the devastation could easily surpass Japan, and we too could be confronted with a Nuclear Meltdown or crisis. California has several Nuclear Power Plants built within a few miles of the coast. Will these nuclear plants be able to withstand a major quake like the one that hit Japan? Only time will tell!

(The Road Map to Peace):

Ever since the days of the Carter administration, and continuing on through the Obama administration, the Federal government has planed to create a Palestinian State inside God’s Holy Land. The plan consists of dividing the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem, thereby creating a Palestinian state. “President George W. Bush” gave this peace plan a name, and called it the “Road Map to Peace”.

In September 2011, the “UN”, “EU”, Russia, and the United States plan to have a “UN vote” on the creation of a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital. If the United States votes in favor of this resolution, this will mark this nation for judgment. Why? Scripture teaches the following:

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, (that’s the Muslims) when they shall be in siege both against Judah (that’s the West Bank today) and Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: (that’s the nations of this world at large) all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered against it.” (Zechariah 12:2-3).

The ambassadors to the United Nations had better heed this warning. This is especially true for America, for we are the authors of the Road Map.

For the sake of our nation, I’m asking all that read this writing to join me in prayer. Please pray, that our UN ambassador does not vote in favor of this resolution.

For a Bible Believing Christian, we live in one of the most exciting time frames in all of history. Many ancient prophecies are being fulfilled in our world today, and all of them point to the soon coming of our Lord. Until that day, please join me in prayer, by fulfilling the following passage of scripture in your personal life.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.’ (Psalm 122:6)

This first part is about “God’s City of Refuge” and is written by “Ralph Tankersley” and he wants to warm all of the unbelievers about the terrible times that are coming soon.
In the service of our Lord,
Ralph Tankersley

“If the Lord Jesus Would Come Today Where Would You Spend Eternity At?”
I would like to ask you a question about the condition of “your Soul”. If you were to die before this day comes to an end; “where would your Soul spend eternity? Now this is probably the most important question in your life. Would you like to ask Jesus to save you now? If so just keep on reading and the next few verses will tell you how to be saved.
Now all you have to do is just sincerely pray a simple prayer like this one here. “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need Jesus in my life right now. I will turn away from my sins and place my Faith in your Son Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen.”

Then you should share your Faith in Jesus Christ with other Christian friends or a pastor. Now by becoming a Christian, this is your first step on that long life’s road of a Spiritual growth and your service to sharing God. The second step is to follow Jesus Christ in a believer’s baptism by immersion in water and joining a local church that teaches the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1)Remember what Jesus said to Thomas in (John 14:6) I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2)Neither is there Salvation in any other; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) (And His name is Jesus)

(What Shall I Do To Inherit Eternal Life?)

We as Christians should remember that Salvation is simple, but it’s not cheap. It cost Jesus Christ everything so that salvation could be offered to us freely. God has provided salvation on a basis, which permits anyone who can make their own decision to have it. If salvation could be received on the basis of education, multitudes would be excluded. If eternal life could be had on the basis of wealth, a great number would still be left out. If being saved were dependent upon one’s moral perfection, everyone would fall short.

God has made His salvation available on the basis of a personal faith which even a child can exercise. This way everyone is reduced to the same level in the eyes of God and all must come to him on the same terms (Romans 3:9-10) and (Galatians 3:22). Paul said, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not, of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast”. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Below you will find some scriptures in the book of Romans that can lead you through the Romans road to Heaven. Please take the time to read the questions below and study God’s Word and may God bless you always.

1) Who is good? (Romans 3:10); as it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.

2) Who has sinned? (Romans 3:23); for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

3) Where did sin come from? (Romans 5:12); Wherefore, as by one-man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

4) God paid the price for sin. (Romans 6:23); for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

5) We all have a way out. (Romans 5:8); But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

6) What must I do to be saved? (Romans 10:9-11); that if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved.

7) For with the heart man beliveth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
The main reason or purpose is to tell the Gospel and to warn all people of their destination of their souls. Also as believers in Christ we want to help all people hear the Good News of Jesus whether they are saved or lost. Now by studding God’s Holy Word we can have a better picture of Heaven and Hell. Also it is my prayer and hope that everyone can understand a little more about their new home in Heaven and of what God’s future plan is and what He has in store for them for all eternity.

Now just what is God’s future plans are for all mankind? Now some people just shake their heads and are scared to what the future holds for them. They say that they can not read this book and understand anything that the Scriptures are saying to them. So I have tried to outline each of the verses with the help of the Holy Spirit so that anyone; whether you are a believer in Jesus Christ (Saved) or an unbeliever (lost) and don’t know who our Savior Jesus Christ is. It is my prayer and hopes that when you try to read and study the Holy Bible you will just let the Holy Spirit lead you in His truth and spirit.

Now remember that God loves you and this Book is about your future and where everyone will spend the rest of their life. Now as a Christian I am concerned about your soul and where you will spend all eternity at. So just remember that we all have two choices in this life and the first one is that you should realize that you are a sinner and on your way to a place called Hell because of your “unbelief” in Jesus and His finish Works on the Cross. The second choice is that then you call upon the name of Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into your life and Save you: then you are on your way to a place called Heaven because of what Jesus done for all mankind on the Cross. He paid the price by shedding His Precious Blood and dying there so that all mankind could go free.

This salvation message is written by “Frank Rose” and I hope that this letter about God’s Salvation Plan will help open your eyes to God’s will. I believe that we are living in the last day and our Lord and Savior can come any moment now.

You’re Brother in Christ
Frank Rose