Do You Think Ukraine Will Win or Lose?

A friend of mine asked, “Do you think Ukraine will win or lose?” My response is the following.

I believe that this aggression from Russia is just the beginning. This aggression will set the stage for the Antichrist to come on the scene. Whether Christ comes back Pre-tribulation or post-trib, or right in the middle, no one knows for sure. But I believe He will come again with the shout of the trumpet. And the dead will rise first to meet Him in the air. Then those who are living will be, as written in the Greek, be raptured up to meet Him in the air. We all better be ready because according to Scripture, Jesus is coming. Whether Ukraine wins or loses, I have no idea. But I believe this is the beginning of what we have been waiting for, for many years.

Many times, we don’t think about God’s time table. We only think about ours. Now I have heard many say, “If Trump were President, this would have never happened!” But perhaps that was not in God’s plans. His plans are to draw everyone close to Him. He wants our full love for Him, through His Son Jesus.

When Jesus comes again, I know there will be many left behind to endure through the remainder of the Tribulation. Those left will be persecuted beyond comprehension by those who follow the Antichrist.

As for Putin, I think he is possessed by demons. This would make sense if Russia is going to be a catalyst in the ushering in of the Antichrist. The fact that many nations are seeking to join the European Union because Putin is after Ukraine is astonishing. It seems to all be coming together.

And look at what is happening all over the world. Most all countries are supporting the Ukraine by sending defense weapons. We have gone from a global pandemic to a global crisis on the eve of a Third World War in less than two years. I am looking and hoping Jesus comes back soon. I think what is coming is beyond imaginable.

Let’s go back to Trump. I believe he was in Office for one term. Biden is in now. Whether we like it or not, God controls who are the leaders of our nation and world. How will God use Trump in the future, I don’t know? But what is most important is that while we, Christians, are still on this earth, we need to be telling as many people about the saving grace of Jesus as much as possible. Because a time is coming when there will be no more chances. The harvest is ripe and time is short. There is a storm coming worse that what Russia is doing and has done.

Copyright March 5, 2022. All Rights Reserved

Who Do You Seek?

This picture above is a shopping center parking lot in town that has two bars located side by side. Every space is taken as well as people parking on the street. Every occupant that came in those cars are seekers. They are seeking some sort of gratification, completeness, or happiness that they will never find in those bars. They seek fulfillment but alcohol deadens feelings, hurt, and sadness. With alcohol, the problems seem to disappear but are always back the next day. They seek the wrong source of being fulfilled.

Now imagine that all these cars were at a local church. People parking on the grass and streets to get a seat inside. Those people that came in their cars are also seekers. They seek forgiveness and mercy. They found the living water where they no longer thirst. Jesus is the “Living Water” and you will never thirst again because it is only through Christ Jesus that you will find wholeness, completeness, fulfillment, love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy.

In John 7:37-39, “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6.

It is only through Jesus that one will receive the Holy Spirit, and they will never thirst again. Are you running from the Lord? Are you seeking everywhere but nothing is satisfying your quench for thirst? The problem is that you are drinking the wrong water. It is like you are at Jacob’s Well, and you dip your pail down to drink cool water, but that water will never satisfy your thirst. That is why you keep seeking in all the wrong places.

If you would only surrender your life and your heart to Jesus, ask Him into your life and into your heart, ask for forgiveness of your wrong doings in life which are known as sin. Jesus will forgive you. He will come into your life and into your heart. He will send His Holy Spirit to live in you and you will never thirst again.

What are you waiting for? The time is at hand! No one knows if today we will take our last breath. Pray this simple prayer.

“Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you died for me and rose again on the 3rd day. I believe you are God’s Son and that you came into the world to save me. I am sorry for my wrong doings. Please forgive me and come into my life and heart. I want to live for you and serve you all the days of my life.” Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, Jesus has forgiven you and He has come into your life. Get involved in a local Bible believing church. I will be praying for you. May the Lord bless you!

Copyright February 13, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Who Am I to You?

Good Sunday Morning to all! I want to share something with you all that is very intimate in my walk with Christ Jesus.

Recently, I have felt like I was in a spiritual desert. After watching the Christian films God’s Not Dead 1 and 2, I felt the Holy Spirit (Jesus) move on me and ask, “Who Am I to You?” I started weeping in bed and left to go out the living room so that I would not wake my wife. What followed was an immense time of weeping and prayer.

My answer to the Holy Spirit was “You are the Son of the living God and You are my Lord and Savior.” I then prayed for a deeper spiritual walk with Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit led me to the Book of Luke.

Luke was never an original disciple. As a matter of fact, he never knew Christ Jesus personally, but he had heard the stories and eye witness accounts of Jesus ministry, Jesus ultimate arrest, beating, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. Luke interviewed all of the disciples as well as Jesus’ Mother, Mary. Luke was educated and was a physician. He knew how to write and he composed the book we now know as Luke. Luke also traveled with the Apostle Paul.

The point of sharing about Luke is that although he did not know Jesus while Jesus lived, Luke learned of Him and wrote down the eye witness accounts of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus from the testimony of all of Jesus’ disciples with the exception of Judas,  his Mother, as well as hundreds of others. There were over 500 eyewitnesses to Jesus death and resurrection after being in the tomb for 3 days. Luke became a Follower of Jesus Christ as a Believer. He was instrumental in the Cause of Christ Jesus.

As the Holy Spirit led, I read through certain Scriptures that pertained to me. Nothing like this has ever happened to me in my walk with Christ. I prayed and asked forgiveness for what the Holy Spirit brought to my mind and what He taught me.

I am sharing this with you because Christ Jesus wants you to have an intimate and closer walk with Him. The Holy Spirit will minister to you, and will bring things to your mind on what we need to improve on, sins we have committed and not asked forgiveness for, teach us how to live and how to follow Jesus teachings.

I have heard it said by those who are in ministry that many teachers, preachers, pastors, and ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will go through a period of time they describe as a “Spiritual Desert.” This desert causes them to want to be closer to Christ Jesus so much. That is what I am going through right now. God is trying to teach me something and I must be open to His teaching. Just as I must be open to His teaching, when you are in that spiritual desert, you yourself must be open to the Holy Spirit’s teaching as well. There could be a sin in your life that you have not repented of or that you are not involved in daily prayer or Bible study. Our walk with Christ Jesus should not just be once a week but a daily walk. We are to be so much in love with Jesus that we are seeking Him daily, meaning reading the Word of God and praying earnestly to our Father who is in Heaven. He is our Abba Father.

If we are truly in love with Jesus, then we need to also take a stand for Christ Jesus in our community. Just say His name right now. Jesus! Jesus! It is the sweetest name I know! Although we live in a society that mocks Christians, uses the Lord’s Name in vain, and the name of Jesus is a curse word, I want you to know that the one’s who truly know Him and the one’s who truly love Him, when they say the name of Jesus, there is power in that name. The Bible says that demons will flee at the name of Jesus. Therefore, because of our love for Christ Jesus, we are to take a stand for Him in a society, that doing so, is considered politically incorrect.

God is NOT Dead! He is alive and well each day! To God be the glory!

If the Holy Spirit (Jesus) asked you, “Who Am I to You,” what would be your answer? Are you in a spiritual desert? What will you do to have a closer walk with Christ Jesus? I pray that you will come to know Jesus as your personal Savior. If you already know Him, what are you doing for the cause of Christ? Who is Jesus to you?

Copyright © January 9, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

You Can Change Your Outward Appearance, But What About Your Heart?

Most recently, I saw a news article posted on Facebook about the hundreds of General Electric plant employees in Ohio, who marched out of work to protest the vaccine mandates. This article is not about the mandates or the protesting of forced vaccinations.  It is about the inward man, the heart of a person.

My response to the post of the GE Workers in protest was the following, “We will see a disruption in household goods. Just be aware, plan, stock up, pray, and support those who take a stand! By stocking up, I mean buy the supplies that you need for at least three to four weeks’ worth. Do Not Hoard!”

After posting this, a fire fighter whose profile picture had him posing in a Virginia county fire fighters uniform in front of his department’s fire engine posted a very snarky post. He wrote, “Joseph T Lee, yeah, because adults keep acting like 3 years old and quitting their job over a tiny needle.” Many people responded negatively to his post.

Today, this same person changed is profile picture and removed his fire department information as well as his picture in uniform. Then, it dawned on me and I was inspired to write this story. I do not know why he changed his picture, but possibly because he got a lot of flak over his post.

The issue of him changing his profile picture most likely was to hide the fact that he was a county firefighter in Virginia and he was changing his appearance so that those initially looking at his profile would not see that he was a member of a particular fire department. I have seen this type of behavior before.

This circumstance reminds me of people in general, who try to hide who they really are by changing their outward appearance. They put on their best public appearance, and what appears on the surface may be a lie of what is really ingrained in their hearts. Our public appearance may be a total deception of what is truly lurking in our hearts. Our outer appearance and public life may be nice to others but when we get home and take off the costume, then our real self comes out. Look at Luke 6:45, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

There are several other Scriptures that speak of the condition of man’s heart. We can dress ourselves up and look the part, but we have no way to cleanse our filthy hearts of sin and unrighteousness.  The only way to do that is to ask Jesus into our lives, pray and ask forgiveness of our sins.

My wife has said for years, what comes out of one’s mouth is what is really in their heart. I can assure you, mankind’s heart is very sinful and we deserve Hell for our unrighteousness. But there is hope in Christ Jesus.

We can masquerade as being a nice person but the truth be told, what is in our heart will ultimately come out.  As for the fellow who called the protesting workers “3 year old’s,” maybe he changed his profile picture so that he could continue to post mean and snarky comments in order not to be reprimanded by his fire department. Who knows! When posting on social media, we should be careful in what we type out as we may truly be showing our own hatred that lurks in our hearts. And if we have that hatred, we should repent and immediately ask forgiveness.

A man or woman cannot save themselves. Only Jesus, the Christ can do so. We are living in a spiritual warfare and once one becomes a Christian, then the Holy Spirit will come to indwell them. The Holy Spirit will help clean up the nastiness of one’s heart. Once this is done, then certainly the outward appearance will be truth and not a lie.

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Copyright October 28, 2021, Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Lord is My Shepherd

Many times, Psalm 23 is read in death bed ministry. But this Psalm was also meant for those who are living and follow the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.

Look at these words and read them with me.

Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Look at this Scripture one more time and reflect on these facts:

1. By following the Lord and allowing Him to be our Lord & Savior, we will never want for anything. He will provide all that we need.

2. He makes us lie down in green pastures means that He many times wants us to rest in Him. We are recharged when He leads us beside still waters. He restores our soul. He makes us whole again.

3. As long as we allow Him to be our Lord & Savior, He leads us down paths of righteousness for His glory.

4. Even when we walk through the darkest valley, He never leaves us nor forsakes us. We could be facing death and He is with us every step of the way. It is through belief in Christ Jesus that we will have an inheritance in Heaven with Jesus.

5. Jesus’ rod and staff comforts us, like the shepherd of sheep. When sheep stray away, the shepherd uses the crook of the rod or staff to move the lost sheep back into the fold so nothing will happen to it. To know that Jesus is there to comfort us during our most difficult times is very comforting and reassuring.

6. Even if our enemies are attacking us, Jesus is there with us. He anoints our heads with oil. He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. His relationship with us is such that our enemies are left out. Our salvation and relationship with Him is protected. No one or thing can rob us of eternal life with Christ Jesus. Our love for Christ Jesus will overflow our hearts.

7. As Followers of Christ Jesus, goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives and we, when we die, will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

This chapter in Psalms ministers to me daily. I pray that you will see that Christ Jesus loves you so much that He gave His life for you freely. Only through Jesus you will inherit eternal life and only through Jesus, you will be able to dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

Copyright August 3, 2021. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Defending Democracy

Just yesterday, I had the opportunity to view the first hearing of the January 6, 2021 Capitol assault and riot. For me, it’s upsetting to see the body cam footage of those Capitol Police Officers trying to hold the line and defend Democracy! It is very upsetting and eye opening to those who have indifference to what happened.

Regardless, if people think it was Antifa or the protestors, we all should be appalled and mad as fire that people would assault those protecting the Capitol. I know well the fear and terror of someone trying to kill me! Unless you have literally faced death, you do not understand what I am talking about.

Are we to just sweep this sad day under the carpet and act as though it never occurred? Are we to compare this to other insurrections during last Summers riots? The attempt to disrupt the certification of the election was an assault on our Republic. To think that there are Americans that wanted to literally kill the Vice President because he would not do what the President wanted him to do is horrific! For one, the Vice-President could not challenge the results. He had to follow the Constitution and certify the Election.

For us who call ourselves Christians, we need to be literally on our knees and praying for our nation to turn to God and repent from the sins of our nation. We need to come together as one people, one nation, under God, unified! But I am afraid that our nation has slid so far backwards and have kicked God out that it is almost too late! How much more hatred and sin can mankind do to each other and continue to curse God’s name before God says enough is enough and severely punishes the United States? We live in the greatest nation in the world and yet we treat each other with indifference and malice.

I am calling all Christians to commit to praying for our nation, for repentance and revival. Please pray for our leaders even if they are not in your preferred party. The Bible calls us to pray for leaders. See 1 Timothy 2:1-4, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

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Copyright © July 28, 2021. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Has God Removed His Hand of Blessing and Protection from the United States?

In the last seventeen years, our nation has instituted laws that at one time was considered defilement in the Word of God. Abortion has been on the rise like a fever pitch to where it is being funded by a godless nation. God has been removed from our nations courthouses, government buildings, and schools. What was once called sacred is now considered hate and what was once called deviant is now considered the norm. Our nation has basically spat in God’s face.

Young people in our nation do not know about the Living God because some pastors have failed to teach from the pulpit the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of political correctness, certain pastors and ministers are holding back the “True Gospel of Christ.” They are preaching to tickle the ears of their congregants, thus helping the evil one to lead them to hell. See 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

Children do not respect their elders or their parents and people have no respect for any minister of the Gospel of Christ who is teaching and preaching the truth. These are signs of the last days. Please see Mark 13:3-13:

“3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

There is a consequence for this vile behavior against the Commandments of God, which all Scripture supports. Our nation has become an unrighteous nation, which was originally founded on Christian principles, has now turned her back on God’s principles. God will punish the unrighteous as foretold in the following Scripture. See Romans 1:18-32:

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

“18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”

Unfortunately, the above passage from Romans 1:18-34 describes the United States today and its culture. But God still loves every one of us. That is why He sent His Son Jesus, to die for the redemption of our sin. But God also will send His wrath to punish our nation and lift His protection because of widespread disobedience and wickedness.

There is hope. Just like God called to the Israelites and gave them this proclamation found in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, “13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

If sinners will turn from their wickedness, God will heal our land. But if they do not, God will allow His wrath to be unleashed to punish our nation as well as the world. Notice in verse 13 of 2 Chronicles 7, the word pestilence. Let us define that word. Pestilence as defined as “a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating especially: bubonic plague.” What did we just experience in the last 15 months? We experienced Covid-19, a Coronavirus which was described as a plague. Many were protected from it but unfortunately, many millions died from it. I believe that God allowed it to happen because our nation as well as the world has turned their backs of the ways of God, therefore God allowed the pestilence to ravage the world.

We are also seeing horrific things happening all over the world, from mass shootings and murders to earthquakes to wars and rumors of wars. Most recently, I heard about a minister who had a dream about another minster whom he did not know, who was living a life of sin. This other minister had a girlfriend and he was also married. This minister and his girlfriend were attacked by bees, swarms of them, and those bees killed them as well as all of those who were unrighteous in the eyes of God. I took this as an indication that God may be removing His hand of protection and blessing from our nation. I believe that what we just went through is just the beginning of God’s wrath and punishment of our nation. I pray that this is not so, but let’s be honest with each other. Our nation has turned away from God, and wickedness is running rampant throughout the land.

Most recently, I was cursed out by a young person on social media because I made a comment that she did not subscribe to. In today’s culture, one cannot have an opinion or a discussion on what we believe. The unrighteous wants us to shut-up and stay silent, lest we be persecuted. This is known as the cancel culture. We are to shut up and stay silent or face persecution.

I believe that Christ Jesus is coming back soon. Does soon mean tomorrow or does it mean in 50 to 100 years? The fact is that no one knows the day that Jesus will return, not even the angels. See Mark 13:32-37, “32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

I believe that His return is imminent. But even though time is still short, people still have a chance to come to Him. If you do not know the Living Savior, Jesus, please consider reading the following Scriptures describing who He is and why He came. Then pray and ask Him into your life. Once you die, it is too late for salvation and forgiveness.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23, that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

In Romans 6:23, it reads, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Look in John 3:3, “Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Why did Jesus come to die?

In John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” One cannot get to Heaven unless they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Look at Romans 10:9-11, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

In 2 Corinthians 5:15, “and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

The final verse is from Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus stands at your heart’s door and knocks. He wants a relationship with you. Once you accept Him as your personal Savior, He will minister to you through His Holy Spirit.

Don’t put this off any further. Please pray this simple prayer.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

Once you have prayed, please seek to attend a Bible believing church. What this means is that they teach from the Bible. They are excited about sharing their faith with others. Go to church and get discipled in how to live your life daily. The Bible says that we are not to forsake the assembly meaning that we are to attend church so that we may encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25). The Bible also says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Also, please buy or obtain a Holy Bible. I enjoy reading a Bible that has a translation called the English Standard Version. Consider getting one with a concordance which will help you understand some of the Scriptures meaning. I pray that you will come to know the saving grace of Jesus. He is the only one you can turn to in these dark times that we face ahead. I pray that you come to Him today!

Copyright May 31, 2021. Joseph T. Lee, Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Blood Moon: Are You Ready for Christ Jesus Return?

Acts 2:17-21

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above. And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’”

Most recently, someone had made a TikTok about the End of the Age. I posted on his video, “Come Lord Jesus. Come quickly!” Another person who proclaimed to be a Christian, a “true follower of Christ” posted a response to my post. He said, “I don’t want Jesus to come back yet because I have so much life to live and want a family!” I thought to myself, “Wow!” This man would rather live a life on earth than to be taken up in the Rapture and to live with Jesus for eternity in a glorious place! A place where we will never die and that we will be with the Father and with Christ Jesus.

Can you imagine that this man would rather live a life of trials and tribulations on earth as opposed to be taken up in the Rapture and be with Jesus for eternity? I can certainly understand that people do not want to die, but being taken up into the clouds when Christ returns is what I would think most Christians would want to experience.

Look at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus, we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

When people are asleep, that means they have died and are already in their graves. But when Christ Jesus comes again, the dead will rise first to meet Jesus in the air. Then those remaining on earth shall rise into the air and will be with Jesus forever. That is a lot better than staying on this sin filled earth. After the Rapture, those left behind will face horrible persecution and turmoil.

If you do not want to be left behind, then read these Scriptures and pray this simple prayer. Believe that Jesus is truly the Son of God.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23, that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

In Romans 6:23, it reads, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Look in John 3:3, “Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Why did Jesus come to die?

In John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” One cannot get to Heaven unless they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Look at Romans 10:9-11, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

In 2 Corinthians 5:15, “and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

The final verse is from Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus stands at your heart’s door and knocks. He wants a relationship with you. Once you accept Him as your personal Savior, He will minister to you through His Holy Spirit.

Don’t put this off any further. Please pray this simple prayer.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

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Where Do You Stand on Racism?

Were you aware that a wrong doesn’t make a right? Just within the past few days, a young black man in South Carolina was assaulted by a white Army Sgt. while the black man was walking in his neighborhood. On this particular day, he was just walking through. It is reported on two previous occasions, this young man touched a neighbor and picked up a child. Now I do not know if these previous accusations are true or not, but as my Mother always told me as a child, a wrong doesn’t make a right.

If the neighbors had issue with this young man, they should have called the police to come deal with him. Unfortunately, the Army Sgt took the law into his own hands and angrily ordered the young man out of his neighborhood and ultimately assaulted him by pushing him and then violently shoving him. That constituted assault in which the assault was captured on video and the Army Sgt was arrested for third degree assault.

Now people are coming to the defense of the Army Sgt stating that he had the right and he was defending people or he was defending his neighborhood. If this is true, what was the crime of the young man that day? Was it walking through the neighborhood? The young man was on a public sidewalk. What was his crime?

Regardless of what someone does to us in the past, we have many mandates (commandments) from Christ Jesus in how to live and conduct our lives. Not only are we to love God with all our hearts, soul, and minds, we are to love our neighbors as our selves. See Matthew 22:37-40.

We have other mandates as well. Jesus said that we are to forgive those who do wrong against us seventy-seven times seventy. This means that we are to forgive indefinitely regardless of what others do to us or do to others. See Matthew 18:22. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us in the 12th verse of Matthew 6, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” In some translations it says trespasses. The point is that if we do not forgive, then God will not forgive us. See Matthew 6:14-15.

Many might say I do not understand their anger at another because I am not in their place. They may say I do not understand because I haven’t experienced loss of a family member murdered or an assault. Well the fact is I have experienced a murder in my family. My sweet uncle was murdered by a young Black man in North Carolina with a shot gun during a robbery. Although I have never met this young man that killed him, I can say without a shadow of any doubt of anger that I have forgiven him. I forgive that man. My mandate by Jesus is to forgive those who trespass against me and my family. I do not have prejudices against anyone of color.

In a separate incident, I was almost killed in the line of duty when I was a police officer. A black man tried to kill me and my field training officer on a traffic stop. Since that incident, I have forgiven that man.

Jesus said we are to forgive regardless. He said we are to love others regardless. Whatever the young man in South Carolina did previously did not warrant him being assaulted. I will stand up for people who cannot stand up for themselves, regardless of their skin color or differences. If we want to see change in our world, it needs to start with you and me. We need to follow Jesus’ commandments.

In my opinion, the Army Sgt took the law into his own hands and assaulted that young man. He will now have to answer for his crimes against that young man. This all could have been avoided if the Sgt had called the Sheriff’s Office and allowed law enforcement to handle any issues. But the Sgt took it into his own hands and this is where he is today.

The point of this post is this. As a Christian, we should take a stand for what is right and just. It wasn’t right for the Army Sgt to do what he did to that young man. I choose to stand on Biblical principles and stand tall. Forgiveness and love is the key to changing the wicked hearts of men and women in our society today. Where will you stand?

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Forgiveness: What does the Bible say?

Have you ever written something or said something that might have offended another Christian? Well I have. I think that we all have offended someone in our past and may unfortunately offend another Christian in the future. The offense could be a number of things. It could be your opinion of a political party, candidate, or leader. It could be an opinion of where our country is going. It could be anything.

When the Christian we have offended brings it up to you in conversation, what is the Biblical mandate? What did Jesus tell us to do? When a Christian offends someone, which is not related to the Gospel of Jesus or how Christians are supposed to live their lives, if the offense is not faith based, the Christian should ask forgiveness of what was spoken or written if it caused hurt or offense towards another Believer. If the Believer states that asking forgiveness is not required, but brought it to your attention, then there is a Biblical requirement of both the offender and the one offended.

The following are a list of Scriptures mandating forgiveness.

Matthew 18:21-22, “Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Matthew 6:14, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

Colossians 3:13, “bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

Luke 6:37, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;”

Mark 11:25, “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Matthew 6:15, “but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Proverbs 17:9, “Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.”

There are many more Scriptures I can list, but will stop with these. We are to forgive those who have trespassed against us. Look at the Lord’s Prayer, which is Matthew 6: 9-13,

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Although I removed the verse numbers, in verse 12, it reads “and forgive our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors.” This one verse is crucial in the mandate of forgiveness.

Last year, I had an encounter with another Christian pertaining to a music ministry. I asked an innocent question. I wasn’t aware of what was happening in that church. My question prompted the pastor to call me. We had a discussion pertaining to the question and why I had asked that? My intentions were innocent as my wife and I had been in other ministry opportunities and we did not know what was going on at that church pertaining to the leadership or the ministries. The pastor and I had a discussion and the following Sunday, because of what I understand to be Christ’s mandate for asking forgiveness, I asked the pastor to forgive me if I caused a problem or offended by asking that question. Although I did nothing wrong, my intention was to heal a relationship. The pastor’s response was “We just had to make sure.” I did not hear the words, “I forgive you!” To this day, I feel like I am unforgiven by this pastor.

I am speaking openly about this because I see this same scenario happening among Christians today. If you are a Christian, and you bring to the attention of another Christian something that person has said or written that has offended you, according to Jesus, you must forgive the person who has come to you and asked for forgiveness. If you say that is not needed, you are incorrect in your thinking. If someone says, “Please forgive me,” your response should be, “I forgive you!” By not telling the other Believer that there is no need for forgiveness, but you have accused the other Believer, and received the response you were looking for, and yet you have not verbally acknowledged that you have forgiven the other person, then you have left that person unforgiven. Jesus said we are to “forgive seventy times seven,” which means indefinitely.  

As for the prior pastor, I have chosen to forgive him even though I did not hear the words, “I forgive you.” I did what I felt was mandated by Christ and now I must move on.

To reemphasize, if someone has offended you and you bring it to his or her attention, if the offender has asked forgiveness and attempted to make it right, your requirement is to forgive them. And how will the other person know that you have forgiven them? It is through these three simple words, “I forgive you!”

I pray today if someone has hurt you, that you will go to them, make it right, and tell them, “I forgive you!” Even if the other person does not apologize or ask for forgiveness, we are to forgive. But if that person does ask forgiveness, then you should tell them that they are forgiven. If you have truly forgiven them, then do not bring up that offense again. Move on and pray that God will heal that relationship. Continue to give all hurts and offenses to God. Pray that Jesus will change hearts and also change yours.

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