Archive for May, 2011

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Saturday, May 28th, 2011

In light of the “doomsday proclamation” that was not fulfilled last week, I feel that it is really important to reflect upon the various Bible prophecies that are being fulfilled now and those that will be fulfilled in the future before the end of this system of things(not the end of the earth itself.)  As you will see, according to the Bible prophecies, no one except Almighty God Himself knows when the end of this system of things will be.  Please feel free to look up the following scriptures in your own Bibles.  Even if the translation is different, the message is the same.

Luke 21:11 tells us “there will be great earthquakes.”  The earthquakes that struck  Haiti in January, 2010, resulted in more than 30,000 people being killed.  1.3 million more were immediately made homeless.  In addition, 18 major earthquakes occurred earthwide between April, 2009  and April, 2010.

Mark 13:8 says, “There will be food shortages.”  Globally, almost 1 person in 7  doesn’t get enough to eat in one day. In sub-Saharan Africa 1 in 3 is categorized as chronically hungry.

Luke 21:11 tells us: “People will…suffer terrible diseases.”The most destructive diseases that affect mankind are lower respiratory infections, (including pneumonia); tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; and malaria.  Recently, these five types of diseases killed approximately 10.7 million individuals.

2 Timothy 3:1-3 informs us:  “People will…lack normal affections for their families.”  A survey taken in one African country found that over one third of men agreed that it was all right to beat their wives.  In Canada, close to 3 out of 10 men have been beaten or oltherwise abused by their spouses or partners.

Revelation 11:18 tells us:  “(God will) bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”  Some experts have found that 6.5 million tons of litter become part of the world’s oceans each year.  50 per cent of that litter consists of plastic that will take hundreds of years to degrade.  Humans are depleting earth’s natural resources at an alarming rate.  For example, some studies have shown that it takes at least one year and five months to regenerate what human beings use in a year.

Matthew 24:14 tells us “This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth.”  In 2010 one religious group spent over 1.6 billion hours proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom in 236 lands.  It is mind-boggling that over the past 10 years, this religious group has produced and distributed more than 10 billion items of Bible-based literature.

Matthew 24:21, 22 tells us:  21 “for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again.  22 In fact, untless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.  Of course, this Scripture has not yet been fulfilled, but it cannot be far off.

1 Thessalonians 5:2,3 says:  “For you yourself know quite well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night.  Whenever it is that they are saying: ‘Peace and security!’ then sudden destruction is to be instantly upon them just as the pang of distress upon a pregnant woman.  And they will be no means escape.”

I have gathered together these Scriptures to show you what many see as the Bible’s viewpoint on the matter of the end of this system of things (not the end of the earth itself since God will never allow the earth to be destroyed.)  From reading all of these prophecies, we can see that no one really knows the day or the time.  Matthew 24:36 says: “Concerning that day and hour, nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Learning about these prophecies strengthens our faith and allows us to be strong and firm as we pray to God that we endure until the end of this system of things and are chosen to be worthy of being in the Paradise that follows.  (Matthew 24:13)  (Psalm 37:29)

Enjoy the long weekend that follows.

Until the next post,

Cheryl

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

     It has been a while since I last posted.   Thank you for all your webmail in the interim.  I am happy that many of you like the design of this website. 

     I have been busy researching my next novel, which is the last in a series of five novels.  The preceding four in order are “The Wacky World of Winnie and Willie,” “Beyond the Stars,” “Son of a Gun and the Evening Star,” and “Searching for the Sunny Side.”  This new novel, which includes chapters set in Tibet and China, as well as a little mountain climbing on the lowest level of Mount Everest,  necessitates a great deal of reading, interviewing people and planning.   I must say I’m enjoying the process, and I’m not in any hurry to complete it.  I don’t want to include much more about the new novel because I want it to be fresh, new and exude suspense when you read it.

     I would like to include a short section on a very important topic so relevant to today’s challenging world.  When we read the newspaper, watch television, listen to the radio or when we are exposed to any part of the media, we experience a great deal of depression because of the degree of violence, natural disasters, crime, and war that are communicated to us.   How do we cope with the negativity and the unhappiness that it causes?  This is certainly not an easy question to answer; is it?

     I have mentioned many times before that the Bible informs us that we are living in “the last days” or “critical times, hard to deal with.”  (Read 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 to get a larger view of what we are all exposed to).  We all suffer from the imperfection that we have inherited from Adam and Eve; the negative influence of Satan and his demons; and the fact that many of us suffer tragic consequences when we are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

     But what can we do to help ourselves?   How do we cope with all our problems and the tragedy that so much of us experience?   The Bible’s wisdom helps us greatly.  Here are a few suggestions, based upon God’s word.

     The wrong choice in our entertainment can make our life even more negative and unhappy.  When we watch movies, for example, that are filled with violence and/or immorality, it is as though we are advocating these ungodly elements of life.  Even listening to song lyrics that are advocating cruelty and immorality cannot bring us anything except guilt, unhappiness and anxiety.  So being selective about our choices of entertainment, on the other hand, can bring us peace and relaxation.   It’s well worth thinking about and making changes.   It is interesting to read Psalm 11:5, which says,

             “Jehovah himself examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one,/And anyone loving violence His soul certainly hates.”

     When I am facing great trials in my life, as all of us do at one time or another, I find it really helpful to pray and keep on praying, knowing that God always listens to our prayers, and if they are reasonable requests that do not conflict with His Will, He will in time fulfill them.  Knowing that God loves us and will help us to resolve or to cope with our problems brings a great deal of peace and relief in itself.  Always remember Philippians 4:6, which says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with Thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God.”

     If you are not already doing so, start reading the Bible each day.  If you have any difficulty in understanding what you read, perhaps, it would be easiest to begin with the Psalms.   With effort and prayer, you will be surprised at the degree of understanding that you will reach.

     Until the next post,

                                                    Cheryl