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Has God said anything about today?
October 20, 2020, 4:49 pm
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I do believe that God has much to say about our world of today, and that he said it about 3000 years ago. You see in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon there was a young man named Daniel, a Jewish man who had been taken captive to Babylon after the destruction of Jerusalem. He was a young man who was a man of God, he worshiped and loved the God of Israel and God blessed him in all his endeavors.

One night King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and it scared him mightily, I don’t know about you but I have had some nightmares that woke me in the middle of the night in a dead sweat. The king had that kind of a dream, and he called for his wise men and the magicians, and the necromancers of his kingdom and demanded they tell him his dream and what it meant. Now these men told the king that no one can know the dream of the king so he must tell them what it was so they can they work out by their magic what the meaning was. He then said all of you will either tell me the dream and the interpretation or you shall roast in the ovens.

To make a long story a bit shorter, one of the Kings satraps said there was a man named Daniel who could probably tell the king what he wanted to know. Here is the story straight from the Bible book of Daniel:

Dan 2:31-45 NKJV  “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome.  (32)  This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,  (33)  its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.  (34)  You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.  (35)  Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.  (36)  “This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king.  (37)  You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory;  (38)  and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold.  (39)  But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.  (40)  And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.  (41)  Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.  (42)  And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.  (43)  As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.  (44)  And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.  (45)  Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

It is true that Babylon was a great and mighty kingdom, that which followed was of the Persians and the Medes, later only the Persians. Then came Greece and Rome four kingdoms. All have fallen, but there have been others none of them really strong enough to rule the world, yet many have tried and failed. Today there are strong kingdoms, and of course many weaker, kings and queens no longer rule as they used to, we have today dictators, Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc., but none of these is strong enough to rule the earth. Iron and Clay are where we are today, sometimes our nation is Iron, and sometimes it is clay, I fear that we are heading into a time where are nation is going to be clay, and it will fall and become just another nation among many. I see that Russia and China are the rising threat to freedom in our world, but the truth is that we have a choice to make ourselves. Do we want to be clay or do we want to be iron.

Whichever it is you want to be a part of, I ask you to think very carefully about your decisions. There is another prophet in the Jewish scriptures that we might want to heed, his name was Haggai and his prophecies took up only 2 chapters, I would like you to look at only the 1st chapter of his prophecy and verses 3-7. “Hag 1:3-7 NKJV  Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying,  (4)  “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?”  (5)  Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!  (6)  “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”  (7)  Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!”

This word came to the people of Judea during the 2nd year of the reign of Darius in Babylon. God was not pleased with his people, for they had built themselves nice homes and they were comfortable but they were supposed to be rebuilding God’s house also and they had decided it was not time for them to be doing that. Here we are 3000 years later, and I say, nothing has changed, we think we are living high on the hog, then it all falls apart by the pandemic from China. It is not only this virus though that has come upon us and brought us to tough times. We have begun to witness the end of our nation, we are not willing to stand and be counted, we want rather to be pampered, we want Government to take care of us, from cradle to grave. Like the prophet Haggai, I will say to you that you need to consider your ways, if you will not change your ways, you will find yourselves in dire straits. You see, if you want the government to take care of you, you will become slave to that government.

Look to the nations around you and wake up to what is really going on in our world. Our government over the last several decades has become more and more a criminal enterprise, our Justice Department and FBI have been used to spy on us, and have been used to destroy a truly decent hero by the name of General Flynn, to spy on the legitimate President of the United States. They also, through the IRS refused to allow Non-Profits who were of a conservative bent to receive their non-profit status, and others were stripped of their status. Now we see that the communist left in this country is out to destroy anyone who is a conservative.

Consider your ways, this is a time that will try men’s souls, follow the path of the world and you will be crushed by the world. Follow the way of Christ and you will hold eternal life in the Kingdom of heaven. Consider your ways. I have considered mine, and I choose life in the Kingdom of heaven, over death in hell for eternity. Please heed the words of Daniel and Haggai, time is growing short, this world is moving toward its end as decisions are made that will move inexorably into the reality of destruction.

If you do not know Jesus as Lord, it is time you checked into this way of life, for death in hell is forever, just as life in heaven is forever. The choice is yours, choose wisely.



Sermon 10-13-2019
November 3, 2019, 3:53 pm
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This is a sermon delivered by our Pastor, Brother Ned Sitzes. The sermon deals with the problem that has become a reality in our society. It asks the question, “Why are God’s people not standing for Jesus?” What we are talking about of course is the Christian church in all its various types. It seems that Pastors don’t like to talk about Hell, they talk about Heaven, but the other side of the coin is Hell. People, however, don’t like to hear about the trust of eternal life in hell, they only like to hear about eternal life in heaven.

Brother Ned based his words in Hebrews chapter 10, Romans 3:23 and 6:23, and then Deuteronomy 4:9.

 

 

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Hatred is a terrible thing
August 17, 2012, 9:52 pm
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I read a piece today about a man in Tunisia who had converted to Christianity, he was beheaded and the video was shown all over the middle east. I also read an article today in WND online that spoke about crucifixions in Egypt of enemies of the state and some Christians. Of course there are daily bombings that kill women and children, Syria of course is the one in the headlines. However there are those who strap bombs to their bodies and go into a mosque of a rival faction and blow themselves up killing whoever they can. Also there are some who will do that on a church on Sunday morning as well.

Hatred is a terrible thing, it destroys lives, not only those who are killed or maimed but also the one who blew up the bomb themselves. I know that the Mullahs say that that man will be a hero and Allah will give them a bunch of virgins to care for them in heaven. Being a Christian I have to say, I believe that that man will not get to paradise, but rather to hell and I pray that there will be a change in those who hate so much that they will send others to death. Of course if they would just do it themselves, we would soon see an end since there would not be any of these haters left after they blow themselves up. However, it doesn’t happen that way, and so we have to pray for the Lord to move through that part of the world and work on those souls that they may be changed from hate to love. That is after all one thing we can do as Christian people, pray for those who hate you, that God might work in their lives to change their hearts and bring them into the family.

One other thing I would say, Jesus spoke about all of this long before there were Muslims, in Matthew the 5th Chapter we read this: Mat 5:10  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Mat 5:11  “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Mat 5:12  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you”

I do pray for the Middle East, China, North Korea and other places like India and Pakistan. There is such hatred in these places for Christians, Moslems and other groups. I also pray for those in our nation who have acted out of hate for other groups, I am always appalled when I see those horrible signs that say that God hates _________ fill in the name. God does not hate, God sent His own self in the form of Jesus Christ to make atonement for sin. If God loves his creation that much, how can we be filled with hate for anyone. I can hate the actions that people take, but I cannot hate people I pray for their souls instead.

Hatred is a terrible thing, but love conquers even death!

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