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Tropical_Man 66M
6587 posts
8/23/2011 2:47 pm
What if the end is really near? What if?


I grew up in the early 1970's. The preaching was that Israel had become a nation for the third time in 1948 and that a generation would not pass before Christ would return.
It was always being taught that he had to come back between now and 1988. So be ready for that. It also gave me a lax attitude on just what to do with my life. No huge goals. Just persevere until his triumphant return. It has been 23 years now since that disappointment. It had altered my life because I did not pursue some things that I could have. I have learned that a generation in the bible could mean up to 70 years.

Some people wonder why I do not get caught up in all the hoopla of Jesus' predicted return. Since Jesus left the earth physically mankind has been looking for his return. he will come back when he does. But what has God given every human being he has created?

Life. He has simply given us life. Getting excited about an event means to me that you are not excited about the gift he has given you. It's like looking at the box and pretty ribbon, opening it and then enjoying it for awhile and then looking around to see if there is something better.

God could have just said, hey, just created you! Wanna come live with me now? Fellowship with me now? Instead he gave us a life with a million choices. Many opportunities . In the midst of all of that he invites us to come through the perfect door of Jesus to have an ongoing permanent relationship with him.

There is an old saying. Bloom where you are planted. We are planted here on earth. Blooming is allowing God to live through you. Blooming is taking the talents that he has given you and growing them, nurturing them. You know, just as a father here on earth loves to watch his grow up, be their best and follow their dreams....don't you think that excites the heavenly father too? It says in his word, for without faith it is impossible to please God. Blooming is using your faith and your talents and living in this world, the life that he gave you. By not doing this, you are not being not only a good steward, but you also are saying this gift of life is not enough. It is saying you just want to go to heaven. Be done. No faith involved in that. How can God be pleased.

Sometimes when people see that someone isnt all there, not paying attention they say "Is head in the clouds or something?"

Unfortunately that is what happens in Christianity. The look for the life of blessings and bliss. They ignore God's mentions of the seasons of life.....Ignore that God says he will be with you in good times and bad. So thei head is in the heavenlies, even though they haven't been called home yet. How is God pleased by this.? The blessing of life here. So much to share, and yet the focus is on something such as a return when he resides in you right now?

The answer is simple. fellowship here and now in Jesus. Let him live through you. Dream dreams here and have visions here. A mission of faith by being what God would want here on this earth. The word says he who is faithful in little things is faithful in much. This earth is small compared to heaven, But we are still asked to be faithful here.


rexthetex 50M

8/24/2011 12:20 am

Ask yourself what is the whole purpose of the book of Revelation. It's purpose in part is to bring a blessing to people and I mean God's saints.

Lol, look at webling's post number here. A coincidence? I was truly blessed to realize that I been wrong about something because my wrong idea didn't bring a blessing. I always thought Mystery Babylon was Rome but it isn't. Revelation says clearly who Babylon is and knowing who it is just says everything as well. Babylon rides the beast as it says so Rome is not out of prophecy. The question are Christians ready to accept who Babylon is?


Tropical_Man 66M
6389 posts
8/25/2011 12:14 am

When you are given directions about something before you get started, that is a precursor to everything. Rev 1 clearly states that the writings are about the revelation of who Jesus Christ is. That is what Revelations is. And then it states of things which soon must take place.

it is written to whom? The Church down the historical road? Nope. It is written to the 7 churches of Asia. Churches under such persecution that if you received Christ, you either lost your job. Were imprisoned or killed. It is that simple. He did not write something 2000 years in the future to 7 churches under great persecution. That would have been obtuse and uncaring.

Each book written in the bible is written to a certain group, due of certain reasons. That is what is lost by many people when reading something.

1. Revelation of Jesus Christ

2. Of things which soon must take place