Highlighted New Testament Bible

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Friday, October 23, 2020

St. Matthew, Chapter 24, verse: 8; Beginning of Sorrows.

 Our paragraph topic is: (Christ warns them not to be led astray) Part 12.  

We can read between the lines.  We can understand the sign of the times.  There was much more being said than what was written in these short few lines of text.  It all started out with the pride of the disciples with the beauty and grandeur of the Temple grounds of Jerusalem.  They wanted to show Christ all the wonderful majesty of what Israel had built.  They were proud to be Jews, proud to be a part of what their religion had built.  But Christ saw beyond the surface, underneath the beauty.  He saw the true nature of the foundation of what the nation of Israel was built upon and how it was falling in decay.

They could not see what was happening right before their very eyes.  The disciples could not understand how the joy and majesty of their beloved nation would fall into decay.  So Christ had to open their eyes and show them what was happening, show them what was to come and what would be the ultimate outcome of the beauty they saw before them.  He wanted them to know so they would not be led astray like so many would be by the forth coming fear that would take hold of the people.  So he told them all the things that would take place.  And he said:  "But all these things are the beginnings of sorrows."

There was more to come.  More pain, more suffering, more unnatural events, more deaths to come that would cause the people of Israel to run from their belief in the one true God.  They would search for reasons, meaning, answers, search for causes that would satisfy their beliefs only for a moment until the next disaster occurred.  They would follow this leader or that one, anyone that had an explanation to the why and wherefore of what was happening.  

Was the end coming?  Can we stop it from coming?  What do we do?  Do we offer gifts to a god or sacrifice to appease it?  What can we do?  Does the government have a solution to all that is happening?  Can they stop the problems?  The people will be in a panic and will not know what to do or where to go, who to believe or who to follow.  Leadership will be in a panic also without any viable solutions.  It will be doomsday for all.

Do not be led astray by all this.  Hold fast to that which has kept you safe.  Believe in the Lord and he will protect and provide.  We are his children.  Christ has already given us his words to guide us during those times of sorrows.  So we know what will happen.  We know what will come.  We know not to panic and not to be led astray by the fear that will sweep over the land.  He is our rock and our salvation.  He is our place of refuge in the midst of the storm and there we will find peace.  Be strong.  Be safe.  Keep your faith.  Trust in what has been given you.  Know that he is with you always and he will see you through. 

Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself.  Do not study it in parts reading one passage nd then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ .   The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you. Open the door and let him in.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

St. Matthew, Chapter 24, verse: 7d; Earthquakes.

Our paragraph topic is: (Christ warns them not to be led astray) Part 11.  

Do not be led astray.  Do not panic.  Do not follow others in their fear to escape what they believe is the coming doom.  For they do not know the truth of what you know, what you are given, the wisdom and knowledge that the Lord has given you.  Christ told his disciples beforehand what would happen, so they knew what to expect.  They had some idea of what was coming and how to deal with the unknown.  They were at peace.

He told them there would be rumors of war, that nations would turn against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms.  He told them that there would be pestilences and famines coming, so beware.  He also warned them:  "And earthquakes in various places."

So these would be the events they would look for, the events they would see that would give them the indication that maybe the end was approaching.  They were the witnesses to the truth of his words.  They were the scribes to what was spoken by him of what was to happen.  The disciples are the living witnesses of what is to happen at the coming of the end.

Has it happened already?  If not when will it happen?  Will we know?  Can we stand by these words of wisdom spoken by Christ written by the disciples?  Do we believe in these words?  Do we believe what is written of the coming of the end and will we as readers be led astray?  The words are written for all to read for themselves.  Do you know the signs?  Do you believe that they will come during your time?  I pray that if they do you will be ready.

Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself.  Do not study it in parts reading one passage nd then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ .   The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you. Open the door and let him in.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

St. Matthew, Chapter 24, verse: 7c; Pestilences and Famines.

 Our paragraph topic is:  (Christ warns them not to be led astray) Part 10.  

This was not just an ordinary conversation that he had with his disciples.  Christ had to tell them the details of how this would happen.  He had to let them know what was coming so they would be prepared.  Knowledge would be the key to fighting against the fear that would spread from not knowing what was coming and how to prepare.

To keep them from being led astray like others Christ had to let his disciples know what to do.  He had to tell them what was coming and what they needed to do in order to not be led by the winds of despair.  He told them:  "And there will be pestilences and famines."

Where are we today?  Did we get the message of yesterday?  Did Christ tell us about the coming of the end?  Is this a message for us today also?  Are we having pestilences and famines, wars and rumors of wars, where kingdoms are against kingdoms?  Is the end near?  What can we expect today?

What do our leaders say?  Do they have a solution to our problems or is it just more of the same political rhetoric that we have heard before?  What do we do today, what solutions do we have today, who do we turn to, what side do we take, where do we go?

For those who know there is peace.  For those who believe there is love.  For those who understand there is trust in the will of the Father and his protection.  His will be done.

Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself.  Do not study it in parts reading one passage nd then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ .   The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you. Open the door and let him in.