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The ABC's

A young boy wanted to talk to God, but didn’t have a clue as to how to pray. So, he just knelt down, and began reciting his ABCs. A man happened to come by, and witnessed and heard this rather interesting situation. When the young man was finished the man asked: "What are you doing young fellow?" The boy responded, "I am praying." The man was a bit perplexed since all he had heard was the recitation of the alphabet, so, he asked, "If you are praying why are you saying the ABCs?" The youngster responded, "Well, I don’t really know how to pray, so I thought that if I just said my ABCs, God would take what He needed and spell out the words to match how I feel!"

Now, there is a simple trust for you! Sometimes we don’t know how to express ourselves. The pressures of life are so demanding, and frustrating, that we just can’t express in words the inner feelings of our deepest needs.

Isn’t wonderful (kinda scary too, maybe!), to know that God knows our deepest thoughts? God knows the very thoughts in our hearts (Psalms 139). In the eyes of God, nothing is hidden, and we are, as it were, "naked and open before the eyes of Him with whom we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13).

What is even better is that we have a Savior that knows all about life. He knows the problems of living here. He has experienced the temptations, the frustrations, the anger. Have you ever thought about Jesus, as a carpenter, hitting his thumb with a hammer? Have you thought of Jesus working from early to late, and never "getting ahead"? Have you ever thought of Jesus living with a bunch of brothers that did not believe who he was, and openly ridiculed him?

You see, Jesus really was a human. He really was "flesh and blood" just like you and me. He knew what it was like to be hungry, tired, irritated, ignored, abused, and mistreated. He truly does know therefore, how to empathize and sympathize with our feelings (Hebrews 4:15).

If your concept of God is that He is out there, somewhere, uncaring and unknowing, you need to know the living presence of Jesus Christ. You need to understand that Jesus cares for you, and wants to make his home in your life and in your heart. Jesus promised that for those who will obey him, "My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." (John 14:23, NKJ). Hey, you could even say your ABCs, because he does understand, and he cares.

Come join us at the Ardmore church of Christ, as we learn more about the living Christ, who loves us so much.

God Laughed!

In one of the most intriguing prophetic texts of the Old Testament, the Psalmist said, “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bonds in pieces, and cast away their cords from us.’” (Psalms 2:1-3). This passage speaks of man’s attempt to thwart God’s intent to establishment of the kingdom.

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Armageddon!

Three fifths of the world’s population killed. Two thirds of the Jews annihilated. The earth ravaged with horrible conflagrations, pestilence, and famine. The worst conflict the world has ever seen. It will make WWI and WWII look like a “picnic.” It is the holocaust of Armageddon: and it is not far off...or so we are told. But is it?

What does the Bible really say about Armageddon? Well, actually, a good bit, but, not in the manner or at the time that popular prophecy teachers are telling the story.

Revelation 16:14 speaks of how the kings of the earth would gather to a place “Har-Megiddo” for “the war.” The use of the Greek article “the” war, informs us that what is being discussed is a well known event. In fact, the Old Testament is the source for the prediction of “the war.” While several passages speak of that event, one particular last days prophecy specifically foretold “the war.”

Isaiah 2-4 is a singular, united prophecy, and is parallel with Revelation. Both deal with the last days (Isaiah 2:2f). Both foretold the Day of the Lord when men would run to the hills (Isaiah 2:9f, 19f; Revelation 6:12f). Revelation 6:12 is a direct allusion to Isaiah. (By the way, if this Day of the Lord is an earth burning, time ending event that takes place “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” there would hardly be time to run to the hills, would there?) Both prophecies foretold “the war” (Isaiah 3:25/ Revelation 16). Both prophecies foretold that in the last days, Israel would be “Sodom” (Isaiah 3:9f; Revelation 11:8). And, both prophecies said that in the last days, Israel would be judged for her guilt of shedding innocent blood (Isaiah 4:4f; Revelation 11:8; 18:20, 24). Take a closer look at this last point.

Isaiah said that in the last days, Israel’s guilt for shedding innocent blood would be purged “by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of fire.” John foretold the judgment of the city “Babylon,” the city, “where the Lord was slain” (Revelation 11:8). Any doubt about where Jesus was crucified? The time of this judgment, when Israel would be judged for shedding the innocent blood of Jehovah’s saints, would be “the war,” it would be Armageddon (Revelation 16:6ff)! The question is, when would “the war” to judge Israel for her blood guilt be? Is it past or still future?

In Matthew 23:29f, Jesus castigated the Jews “you bear witness against yourselves that you are the sons of those who killed the prophets.” He said that Israel had killed all the prophets sent to her in the past. He also said they were going to kill him (Matthew 21:33f). And, they were going to kill the apostles and prophets that Jesus sent (Matthew 23:34f). In continuing in the bloody ways of her forefathers, Israel would fill up the measure of her sin, and be judged for that blood guilt. When would this take place? When would “the war” foretold by Isaiah and Revelation, the war in which Israel would be judged for her blood guilt take place? Read the words of the Master: “Verily I say unto you, all of these things shall come upon this generation!” (Matthew 23:36). Jesus’ “this generation” is not some future generation, nor our generation. Israel was judged for all her blood guilt, in the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. (She is not under any kind of curse today!) Jesus said “the war” (Armageddon!) would be in his generation, and it happened just as he said! Armageddon is past.


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