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mikeforjesus

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Should we be afraid of the times we live in?
« on: July 25, 2018, 08:22:48 am »
I have a pamphlet from the Catholic Church that explains that the devil can often appear in the form of our Lord or our lady.

I think that explains my dream when I was young where Jesus said to me do not be afraid. If I was a good child it seems it would be bad to give me a false vision but I think I was a bad child. Even if the Lord appeared to me it does not mean we are living in the end of days. We might be but might not. It may mean just that don’t be afraid I don’t mean to end the world now but I want you to be a faithful witness. Because some people may take advantage of my dream to try to make the end happen. Unfortunately they only hurt their own soul.
It really may be or not. Some may hate my pride to believe God gave me a dream so they want to mock the dream by being evil and saying what became of revealing your dream except more evil.
Anyway God may allow one to dream what is in his heart and what he wants but it is not from God.
We must not think the end of the world is here so we think we can’t make a difference in the world it seems an excuse and one that the one who buried his talent used as an excuse saying he could not
I mean we should not use as an excuse the verse from Amos therefore the prudent keep silent in that time for it is an evil time. Yes sometimes silence helps in evil times but we can not assume it is especially an evil time now as though we know it is the end of the world that normally we would be able to do some good works  that we can not now.
The ones who should not speak are the fools but there should be wise people prayed for which God can prepare for Him. The labourers of His harvest
If we want to change the world it begins with ourselves. Let Christians pray for one another and support one another to be holy as it is said in 2 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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
When Jesus said he who is least in the kingdom is greater than John the Baptist he perhaps did not mean all would be like him as God in the past also did not expect all to do the job of prophets but that their influence would be like Johns. Elijah also was a man with a nature like ours meaning we can be effective like him but we don’t have his job. We need not go to preach to others who are not ready to hear but we should not compromise the gospel because we are afraid. We trust in God for protection by rightly teaching our flock how to prepare themselves. Those who are not ready for persecution even Jesus explains they should flee to another city as even Jesus did from Herod and He explains that we should flee to the mountains when the antichrist who is described as a desolater that is persecuter is there and there are other persecuters here. Perhaps Jesus explains there will be those who try to comfort with false dreams saying Jesus told them not to be afraid Jesus like He told the disciples in the upper room. Of course it is okay to receive encouragement but we need to teach good to prepare others

The Great Tribulation
(Mark 13:14–23; Luke 17:23, 24, 37; 21:20–24)
15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together

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Re: Should we be afraid of the times we live in?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2018, 10:08:42 am »
Jeremiah 14:14-15
14 And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart. 15 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’—‘By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed!

Jeremiah 23:21-32
21 “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran.
I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in My counsel,
And had caused My people to hear My words,
Then they would have turned them from their evil way
And from the evil of their doings.
23 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord,
“And not a God afar off?
24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places,
So I shall not see him?” says the Lord;
“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.
25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, 27 who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.
28 “The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream;
And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully.
What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord.
29 “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord,
“And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the Lord, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the Lord.

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Re: Should we be afraid of the times we live in?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2018, 02:20:02 pm »
Sirach 34:1-8
1 A man of no understanding has vain and false hopes,
and dreams give wings to fools.
2 As one who catches at a shadow and pursues the wind,
so is he who gives heed to dreams.
3 The vision of dreams is this against that,
the likeness of a face confronting a face.
4 From an unclean thing what will be made clean?
And from something false what will be true?
5 Divinations and omens and dreams are folly,
and like a woman in travail the mind has fancies.
6 Unless they are sent from the Most High as a visitation,
do not give your mind to them.
7 For dreams have deceived many,
and those who put their hope in them have failed.
8 Without such deceptions the law will be fulfilled,
and wisdom is made perfect in truthful lips.

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Re: Should we be afraid of the times we live in?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2018, 02:22:47 pm »
An omen (also called portent or presage) is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change.[2] People in ancient times believed that omens bring a divine message from their gods.[3]

These omens include natural phenomena, for example an eclipse, abnormal births of animals and humans and behavior of the sacrificial lamb on its way to the slaughter. They had specialists, the diviners, to interpret these omens

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omen