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“Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? He who rebukes God, let him answer....” Job 40:2 When one reads and understands this, he will come to realize how absurd the very thought is. How can any mortal man correct God! In this chapter in the book of Job, the Lord reveals his awesomeness, his power and his glory. He is the one who controls everything in creation. He says that it is he who keeps the stars in the heavens. It is he who has imparted to every species of animal the instincts they live by. How do the birds know to fly to warm places before winter sets in? How does the squirrel know to store up food for winter? Who told the birds or the squirrels that indeed there IS a winter coming? This chapter in the book of Job not only speaks to the greatness of God's power to create, but to the greatness of his power to sustain it all, as he is Lord over all the very intricacies in all of creation. Yet… Yet mortal man loses sight of the greatness and glory of God, and when a problem comes up or a question of doubt is suggested to his mind, he enters into a mindset of challenging God. And it is to this that the Lord answers: vs 8: “Would you indeed annul my judgment? Would you condemn me that YOU may be justified?" The Lord continues the list of all the marvelous things he is in control of, and asks Job which of them he could perform in his own strength and wisdom - and that if Job thinks he can, let him try - and only if he succeeds, says the Lord, then God will back down: vs 14: "Then I will also confess to you that your own right hand can save you." No, our own right hand cannot save us. Wisdom begins when a mortal human being realizes just how dependent he is on his Creator. Unless one can match the glory of God in sustaining his vast creation, it is a good idea to not contend with God in any matter, but to live a life of glorious and joyful dependency upon him, in faith-filled surrender, giving to him the glory that he rightly deserves. Just as God has detailed everything in all he has created, so he has also detailed everything in our lives. There is nothing that happens to us outside of the pre-determination of God. His Word says we are to bring praise and thanksgiving to him "in all things." ALL things. "In EVERYTHING give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 In EVERYTHING! Does the word "everything" include hard things, painful things, terrible things? Well it does if "everything" means everything. And we will bring praise to him, once we come to an understanding of how God uses “everything” in our lives for specific purposes in maturing us and raising us up. It is important to finally come to understand that God has a plan for each individual he has brought into the world, and that plan includes the hard things that, IF handled correctly, will bring about God's will and purpose in that person's life. When one truly understands this, his heart will rise up in wondrous praise and thanksgiving to the great Creator who holds our next breath in his capable hands, and whose will for each one is that person's good. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

"You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11 Pleasures forevermore… Isn't it the constant pursuit of man seek out that which pleases himself? Yet that which pleases him does not always satisfy. Indeed, if what he seeks is wrong, there will be a constant dissatisfaction in him even as he succeeds in attaining it. Wrong can never really satisfy. On the other hand, when a man seeks God, asking him to show him the right path in life, he will find the joy that does satisfy. When he finds it and walks that path, he will find a fullness of joy that it alone can bring. God has made each person with a God-shaped void in his heart. Nothing else and no one else can fill that void. God has also fashioned each one uniquely. He has made each one with gifts and talents and interests and abilities unique to him. Then the Lord has set out a plan for his life, a plan that will bring about the satisfaction and fulfillment from doing that which he alone was prepared to do. We are fearfully and wondrously made, each in his own particular way, with a specific plan to bring about the fulfillment of all that a person is. What a shame it is for those who reach the end of their lives and realize they've wasted it. They can still be saved because salvation is not the reward of our works, salvation is a free gift for those who have placed their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. But there are rewards for service, and those rewards are eternal. There is fruit from the works of one who has sought the will of God in his life, and the fruit from that life is eternal. There are crowns to be had, for those who patiently and consistently fulfilled their purpose, who fulfilled their call. Do not stay away out of fear of what God might ask you to do, and do not compare your call with someone else's. He will not have you doing what someone else is doing and what he WILL have you doing will be exactly what he has fitted you for. And you will love it. Always have in mind the scene of the day you stand before the Lord. Keep in mind that one who has not sought out God's plan for himself will stand in regret as he is shown ...what could have been. Pray with me: Father, let me not follow after the pleasures of this world thinking they will satisfy, only to find that they don't. Let me instead find your unique and personalized will for my life which you have fitted me for perfectly. I do not want there to be any regret when I stand before you. Show me the correct path for my life which you have laid out for me, that I may hear from you on that day: "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord." Matthew 25:21-13

Where are we headed? Can we stop or even delay the global agenda? If we take out Iran's nuclear facilities, will that prevent nuclear war? Does the Bible have anything to say about nuclear war? If it does, would you believe it? If you believe it, do you believe it will be a long time in the future? Anyone who thinks there's a chance of winning against the global agenda is sadly mistaken. Yes, the Bible does have something to say about it. It predicts a time of nuclear holocaust. Look into Mathew, the 24th chapter vs 21-22, in which Jesus is speaking about the time of the end. He said there would be a time of tribulation greater than anything the world has ever experienced to that time, or will thereafter. Tribulation greater than anything the world has ever experienced? Worse than the flood of Noah? Worse than the Holocaust? He gave another clue. He said that if those days weren't shortened, no flesh would survive. Mathew 24:21-22 No flesh would survive? What could possibly be so horrendous that it has the ability to destroy all life on earth? Well, it could be a world-wide plague. Or an asteroid hitting the earth. So why think it's a nuclear holocaust? Because there are other passages that speak of it and give more information. Yes, there WILL be a nuclear war: "Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths." Zechariah 14:12 Their flesh will melt off their bodies while they're standing on their feet? Their eyes will dissolve in their sockets? This isn't a plague of sickness. This is something that happens suddenly. Something that takes them by surprise while they're standing on their feet. This is an accurate description of nuclear war. Survivors will say afterwards, "why didn't we get it when the entire generation watched the 'nuclear arms race'? Did they think nuclear armaments were just for assuring the enemy wouldn't attack because it would mean mutual destruction? Why didn't we get it when the buildup of armaments was reported in our newspapers and on our tv's continuously throughout our generation? We got so used to hearing it that we became desensitized to it. There's another clue, given by the prophet Ezekiel. He is speaking of the time AFTER this nuclear war and he describes the cleanup. People at that time will be told that when they find a bone or body part, they are not to touch it, they are to put a marker by it, and then professionals will come and dispose of it. Why? Think "radioactivity." “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. The search party will pass through the land; and they see a man’s bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog.” Ezekiel 39:14-15 What else do we know about this conflagration to come? Well ...we know who the players are. Consider what the prophet Ezekiel tells us about them: According to Ezekiel, Iran and Russia are the leaders of a confederacy. What is true of Iran and Russia? Nuclear weapons. What is the world shouting at them about, even right now, in recent news? That their nuclear weapons development must be stopped. Will it be stopped? No. According to the Biblical prophecies, it is going to precipitate a time of tribulation greater than anything the world has ever known. As mentioned above, it's a time that will so pollute the earth, that afterwards it will take specialists just to go near bodies and body parts to collect the bones from which their flesh melted off as they stood on their feet and bury them. Is diplomacy, or threats, or punitive action against Iran or Russia going to succeed? No. Is there anything we can do to stop it? No. The Biblical prophecies WILL come to pass. And the scenario is right now set up exactly according to what was prophesied by the Bible's ancient prophets. When? Jesus said to watch for the generation that sees the return of the Jews to Israel, the "budding of the fig tree," the Biblical symbol of Israel, and that has happened in this generation. He said it would be a generation of wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, and pestilence (disease) - all coming together at the same time, like birth pains. Is anything presently missing out of that list? No. It's all in front of us and on our tv screens daily. It's all there. It could begin tomorrow. Why am I telling you this? To scare you? If only! If only you were scared enough to realize that you might not have a future. If you knew that for certain, what do you think your reaction would be? Hopefully for many it will be the realization that our life here is short, it will soon be over one way or another, and there is nothing, NOTHING as important as finding out what God has said about your eternity, because that's where you're going to spend most of your existence. A few years here. Maybe 70 or 80? More or less ...possibly coming to an end shortly and suddenly. Eternity is a very long time to risk spending it in misery. Do you think you're going to heaven? If so, on what basis do you think that? Hoping they grade on the curve? I assure you, the Word of God makes it very clear that they do NOT grade on the curve. If you're thinking you were more good than bad, so you're ok, you've been sadly deceived. "ALL we like sheep have gone astray..." "There is none righteous, no not one." But many, in fact most, are blind and deaf: "...seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear ...for the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart..." Matthew 13:13-15 God provided a savior, ONE savior, who came and bore the judgment due on our sin. When Jesus Christ hung on that cross, he was the righteous one hanging in death for sinners. Those who receive him will have eternity with him in heaven. Those who refuse him ...hell. Turn to him now and surrender your life to the Savior. Think on your future and realize there's nothing more important in life than that.

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