Sunday, February 17, 2008

And He Shall Appear!

There is much controversy in regards to followers of Christ going through the Great Tribulation, part of it, or not at all.

Let us examine a few scriptures.

Jesus says that it shall be as in the days of Noah... Matthew 24:37-39
Noah went right through the "tribulation" of his time. The difference was that they who rejected God experienced this flood and perished, but Noah and his family went through the flood while hidden in the ARK. I'm sure they heard the rain storms, and the waves banging against the boat, but Noah and his family were safe.

This is why the FLOOD did not effect Noah. We must be hidden in Jesus Christ in any situation or when tribulation falls upon this planet, and not be effected by it. We must be completely cleansed and covered by the Blood of the Lamb, having the infilling of the Holy Spirit, as the 5 wise virgins in the Parable.

God will take us through. It was not easy for Noah, and it will not be easy for us either. This may be a time of purification and staying in our "closet". How else can we prove that we have kept our robes white and without spot and wrinkle?

WE also can hide in the ARK... Jesus Christ.

Could it be that the Church of God will experience some of the Tribulation to be tried as gold? Or do you think that right now God's children are perfectly ready to meet their Bridegroom anytime... anyday?

We better make sure that we ARE His Bride, not only a believer. This means sacrificing, dedicating, committing ALL of ourselves to the Lord and God's word for 100%. Completely separated from this world; being filled with the Holy Spirit, and keeping our robes without spot and wrinkle. For this reason the believer in Christ should be more concerned if his/her life is well pleasing unto God, rather than to get entangled in the Tribulation issue.

Jesus does not come for any believer, BUT HE COMES FOR HIS BRIDE !

Mark 13:24-26...
But in those days, AFTER that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Matthew 24:30,31 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Jesus' coming on the clouds is when He will meet His Bride right after the Great Tribulation, as we read in the scriptures above.
This is NOT the same time as when Jesus returns to earth and put His feet on the Mount of Olives, when He will reign a thousand years with the elect!
Revelation 20:4b.

Revelation 2:21,22 (shows a different view on the subject...)
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Although the Scripture above does not say that God will remove the believers from this earth, but that He will keep/protect them, as He did Noah.

There are many scriptures by which Christians defend their beliefs of the rapture being before the Great Tribulation or after.

The Pre and the Pro tribulation believers seem to be able to prove either side. How can that be?

I have seen web site writings which claim that anyone who beliefs in Pre-tribulation is a false teacher, who adds to the word of God and will be condemned. And I have read the same thing against Post-tribulation believers.

Such statements are very, very wrong. Our Father does not judge us on this, but He judges mankind on what they have done with Jesus Christ and if they have walked in His will and lived accordingly. Jesus says: "For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." (Mark 3:35)

So far, the Book of Revelation holds many mysteries and I believe that NO earthling can and should claim that he/she fully understands Revelation. John couldn't comprehend these revelations and nearly fainted a few times. He could barely write down what he saw, never mind the great details revealed to him. The Apostle John was right there, and had the infilling of the Holy Spirit. So what are all the others thinking, who say they know it all?

To me, as a believer in and follower of Jesus Christ, the Book of Revelation is like a beautiful Bride with a veil covering her head and face. We just are not able to see how fair she is, what color her eyes are, and if she has curly hair.

God is keeping some secrets for the future, to show these mysteries at the time of the Marriage Feast. I believe that the Bridegroom has much to share at that glorious Feast. Don't you think so?

We, as followers of Christ must live our lives as if the Lord will return any time. This keeps us alert and ready. On the other hand we must also live with an attitude that it does not matter if we're going through the tribulation or not, if we are prepared and hidden in Christ, that is. We can be safe in the "Ark". No harm will come neigh unto us. And if the Lord deems this necessary then He will be watching over us and bringing us through. GLORY HALLELUJAH!!

Mark 13:32,33... But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Whatever one's theory may be, they shouldn't get hung up on it. Whatever this life yet will bring, one should be anchored in Jesus and no storm will move them. Amen!

I'll go through anything with the Master at the wheel, as long as I'll reach the goal set before me.

Luke 12:40... Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

Then comes the next phase. The END of this world is not in sight yet according to Revelation Chapter 20.
After all the turmoil, Jesus will come for His Bride. There will still be the thousand years of reign on this planet by the King of kings and the resurrected elect.

At the end of the millenium satan will be loosed on the earth to deceive the nations. Then there will be the battle of Gog and Magog.

The Books will be opened, and the dead will be judged according to their works. This is the second resurrection. (The first was the resurrection of the Saints, who together with the living Saints meet Jesus in the air.)
Death and hell and those not found in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

At the end the heavens, firmament and the earth will be rolled up and God will make a new heaven and a new earth.

It is AWESOME and incomprehensible what is awaiting them that have no part in the second death.

Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Revelation 22:7

Psalm 85:8,9 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely His salvation is nigh them that fear Him; that glory may dwell in our land.

I bless you, the reader, with these words: "Go in the peace of God as you direct your thoughts upon your God and Maker, your Father and Savior, your King and your Brother Jesus, the Christ." AMEN!

In the service of the Lord of heaven and earth,

Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman


Thursday, February 07, 2008

Take this Lesson!

As poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 2 Corinthians 6:10

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, 'How was the trip?'
'It was great, Dad.'
'Did you see how poor people live?' the father asked.
'Oh yeah,' said the son.
'So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?' asked the father.

The son answered:
*'I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

*We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

*We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

*Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

*We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

*We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

*We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

*We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.'

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, 'Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.'

* * * * * * *

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1 Timothy 6:7

'Life is too short and friends are too few.'

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:19

How true this story is to them which are not caught up in all the conveniences this world has to offer.

Posted as a reminder for God's Children, as to what really matters!

Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Love Overcomes!

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church... Ephesians 5:25

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb.

He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him look at his watch, and decided since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I inquired as to her health; he told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him for five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?" He smiled as he patted my hand and said,
"She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is."

I had to hold back tears as he left; I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life."

If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

"Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain."

Have a Great Day today and remember to stop and think about the MOST IMPORTANT things in life... those you love and care about...

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34

Author unknown.

Be blessed by the story and scriptures above.

For His glory,
Dr. Trudy Veerman