ONLY ONE HOPE FOR EARTH

Jesus Christ ALONE is the HOPE of this World.

God has abandoned this planet to the consequences of its SIN’S. God has also abandoned ALL NATIONS on the face of the earth including ours and the nation of Israel to the consequences of its sins.

BUT, GOD has not abandoned His Children that BELIEVE in HIM through HIS SON JESUS ! ! !

We have been living in the end times since the Death and Resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, the Christ 2,000 years ago. Back then Jesus told us about both the coming judgment of people who do not know HIM as Savior and the end of the earth as we know it and the creation of a new Eternal Earth where sin is no more.

A new earth made up of every nation, tribe and tongue…All ruled by the God who created them. It will not be a democracy. It will be a Theocracy as it was originally intended to be in the Beginning.

When Jesus spoke, it was the beginning of the end times. The difference is that we are now at the end of the end times. Look around you, read the papers, listen to the empty talking heads on the Television or Radio news or the country’s leadership in Hollywood.

Man thought he was ascending the evolutionary ladder, when in fact man has been descending on his way back to the dust God created him from since his fall in the Garden of Eden.

Yet, God is still on HIS THRONE and God is in control, He alone allows people into power to bring to pass the events He has shown us in His Pre-Written History called Prophecy.

The end of the story as I have written about before is both Bitter and Sweet. The question is whether your story will continue to be sweet or forever bitter.

The first person that should be important to you is you. It all begins with you and your realizing you need a Savior who will stand with you before Almighty God and tell God that you are one of HIS … not one of satans.

When you are saved the next focus of your attention should be your family, those you love who are not saved. Those you love that you want to be in heaven with you. Those you love that will always remember you in hell, but you by the Grace of God will forget forever.

As the sun continues to rise in the Eastern sky its light begins to illuminate the road around me. To my right reaching up to the sky are multiple telephone poles with lines bearing the communications of mankind to each other. To me I only see a road full of Crosses. Just like the one that held the body of my Lord in Jerusalem.

Paintings throughout history depict the Crucifixion showing only three crosses with the Cross of Christ higher than the other two.

His Cross was the same size as all the others. He died as a man to identify with our sins. You would not have been able to pick HIM out of the crowd of the dead that lined the road full of crosses that day.

The Bible says that Jesus is Gods Son and bears the express image of God. If you know Him you can know God. Yet God imparted His image into each of us…we are all made in the image of God. And just like Jesus each of us has a Cross to bear in this life…a cross of sin.

But if you know Jesus as Savior it is He who carries both you and your cross through this life on earth on the Narrow Road Up To HEAVEN.

You know the account of the Cross with Jesus in the middle between two thieves. Which thief are you, whose Cross are you nailed too, the one who turned away from the Lord or the one who turned to HIM for Salvation?

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THIS TOO SHALL PASS !

I have learned something from the Silence of God. My attitude has been reshaped. And now reflects the words… “This Too Shall Pass”. Now rather than pray for what I want to happen in any given situation; I give it over to God and ask for His strength to bear the burden till it passes.

In so doing I have learned the best way to wait on the Lord is to Worship and Praise HIM for who He is. This lifts the clouds of anxiety and the Light of Gods SON JESUS; shines again into my soul. Our prayer life when tied to our worship feeds our faith. Then when the answer comes the invisible God becomes real to me in a greater way.

The relentless waves of bitterness that wear me down always leave me as I turn my eyes towards His Throne. I know that our ultimate end is a new beginning in a new land into which we who believe in Jesus will enter a world we cannot even begin to envision or imagine.

No longer will we live in a country governed by Democracy. Instead we will live in a new united universe governed by a Sovereign King who makes everything new just for you. A place where the King will personally escort you to the personal space He has created for you. Have you met this Visible King who calls your name? The King who stepped out of eternity and walked upon the Earth that He created among the people He created?

You, as a Believer know that God left a seed of life in your heart that need’s watering. It is a kernel of Truth that will only grow if you nurture it within you by reading His Word. You can hear the voice of God today, but only through the written words He has spoken to you recorded in His Book. He only speaks there, within the context of His Words. His truth about each of us is buried deep within us. It is like a dream that is so real yet recedes back into the mists of your inner mind when you awake.

This Visible God came to Earth 2,000 years ago to save you from Himself (His Holy Wrath towards sinners). This Visible God came to proclaim His Invisible Kingdom. A growing Kingdom that resides within the hearts of His called-out ones. His Ecclesia…His Born Again True Church of Believers who have put their Faith in Jesus, the Son of God.

Every one of us would admit that life is hard, and its challenges can be a severe burden. Yet, The Lord is there all around you waiting for you to ask HIM to share your burden and make it light.  He never sleeps. He watches over you every moment of your life. There is no place you can hide from Him, for even the darkness is light to Him.

You are a Believer and you bear His image. Let your soul ignite your voice as you join with nature singing His praises while waiting for His Second Coming.

He is the God who made you in eternity past. He is the God who was broken for you on the Cross. He is the God who cries tears over you. He is the God who patiently waits to be wanted by you.

He whispers your name and says, My Child, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. Come take my hand. Let us walk together on this journey called life all the way home to HEAVEN.

Yes, true peace is resting within the protection of someone greater than you. Go find your quiet place, call on HIS name, He will hear you. Then wait quietly…it will be worth it. He will answer you…and when you receive your answer… be still… and know that HE is YOUR God.

To My Never Ending Anxiety God says…

Shalom / Peace.

 Do you have a quiet spot where you can withdraw from the world around you? A place where the only sound you hear is your heart beating and the rush of wind coming out of your lungs.

A place where the sound of silence is deafening; a place not where you go to meet with God; but a place where God is always waiting patiently to greet you with open arms.

Jesus described this personal place as a prayer closet. A small place where we can be alone with God…a place of prayer. It is a chosen place where the image bearer of God goes to meet with the one who’s image we are called to reflect to the world around us.

Unfortunately I come to this place, this special bitter sweet place very little. As I reflect on my days it seems of all the things that I am; what I am not is a man of prayer.

The reason for this is that through my years I have prayed mainly in desperation. The prayers have almost always been “Me-Centric”…about my needs and wants. The answers to my prayers rarely seemed to come quickly. More often than not the situations went painfully forward for a long time.

I always wanted answers now not later. I waited for a cool cup of water from the hand of God. Instead the desert heat dried out my tongue until it cleaved to the roof of my mouth and my words stopped as the deafening sound of silence continued.

I have learned something from the Silence of God. My attitude has been reshaped to understand the words of the Psalmist…“This Too Shall Pass”. Now rather than pray for what I want to happen in any given situation; I give it over to God and ask for His strength to bear the burden till it passes.

In so doing I have learned the best way to wait on Him is to Worship and Praise HIM for who He is. This lifts the clouds of anxiety and the SON shines again into my soul. Our prayer life when tied to our worship feeds our faith. Then when the answer comes the invisible God becomes real to me in a greater way.

The relentless waves of bitterness that wear me down always leave me as I turn my eyes towards His Throne. I know that our ultimate end is a new beginning in a new land into which we who believe in Him will enter a world we cannot even begin to envision or imagine.

No longer will we live in a country governed by Democracy. Instead we will live in a new united universe governed by a Sovereign King who makes everything new just for you. A place where the King will personally escort you to the personal space he has created for you. Have you met this Visible King who calls your name? The King who stepped out of eternity and walked upon the Earth that He created among the people He created?

You know He left a seed of life in your heart that need’s watering. It is a kernel of Truth that will only grow if you nurture it within you by reading His Word. You can hear the voice of God today, but only through the written words He has spoken to you recorded in His Book. He only speaks there, within the context of His Words. His truth about each of us is buried deep within us. It is like a dream that is so real, yet recedes back into the mists of your inner mind when you awake.

Until you understand that truth and act upon it by personally calling on His name; your life will have been lived out as lie and your heart will remain cold as stone forever.

This Visible God came to Earth 2,000 years ago to save you from Himself (His Holy Wrath towards sinners). This Visible God came to proclaim His Invisible Kingdom. A growing Kingdom that resides within the hearts of His called out ones. His Eklescia…His Born Again True Church of Believers in the Son of God.

You can be one of those called out ones, the seed is already there in you. It just needs to grow. Admit it, life is hard and its challenges a severe burden. He is there all around you waiting for you to ask HIM to share your burden and make it light.

Every person bears His image and all of nature sings His praises while waiting for His coming. He is the God who made you. He is the God who was broken for you. He is the God who cries tears over you. He is the God who patiently waits to be wanted by you. He whispers your name and says “Why have you not returned to me?”

Yes true peace is resting within the protection of someone greater than you. Go find your quiet place, call on HIS name, He will hear you. Then wait quietly…it will be worth it. He will answer you…and when you receive your answer…

BE STILL…  and know that JESUS is YOUR God.

TWO WORDS THAT SOUND EXACTLY ALIKE

The MORNING of the church or the MOURNING of the church?

Yet their meanings are separated by ETERNITY! One word refers to the coming Lord of light (JESUS)…who is the SON-SHINE of His One True Church.

The other word refers to the Death of the FALLEN CHURCH of Mankind!

The Morning of the Church – It’s Beginning
When the church was born at Pentecost the new life of the church was exhilarating. It was pure it was powerful it was productive. They were devoted to prayer and worship and the Apostles Doctrine.

And they gathered every day to engage in all of those things. The result was a powerful evangelistic impact in those early days. The church grew in just a few weeks from the 3,000 at Pentecost to an excess of 20,000 embracing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The early chapters of the book of acts chronicle the transforming days of the dawning of the morning of the church. When the Son of God lite up the sky. The church was filled with truth, filled with faith, filled with Love, filled with generosity, filled with passion for the lost, filled with hope and all of that was influenced by the teaching, preaching and the writing of the Apostles of Jesus Christ and those associated with Him.

But even in the purity of those infant days. When the passion was high and the truth prevailed and people were exhilarated in their newfound life. Even in those early days the Holy Spirit gave the Apostles the privilege of looking into the not to distant future.

The Mourning of the Church – It’s Ending
And in looking into the future the Holy Spirit allowed the Apostles to see something frightening, something terrifying, something mystifying, and something unbelievable.

What did the Holy Spirit show them and what did they prophesy?
That Jesus would return, YES
That the world would one day be destroyed, YES
That the universe would melt in an atomic holocaust, YES
That sinners would finally be judged, YES
That believers would be raptured, YES
That believers would be taken to Glory, YES
That believers would be rewarded, YES
That there would be a Millennial Kingdom on earth with Christ Reigning as King, YES
That eventually there would be a New Heaven and New Earth, YES
That the Gospel would even be preached to the ends of the earth, YES
That the Church would grow and flourish, YES

The Apostles preached about that, wrote about that and reminded the believers that Jesus spoke about that.

But beyond that, there was one un-believable, un-thinkable, un-imaginable, bizarre and strange reality that the Apostles predicted.

That the church, would defect from the Truth and become perverted in its understanding of Scripture. That the church; would abandon the TRUE Gospel and preach a False Gospel and Abandon Christ. This can only happen to a church filled with False Teachers, Teaching False Doctrine to immature Christians who are Biblical Illiterates and cannot discern truth from error and worship a different Jesus and will accept the Anti-Christ.

To the False Teachers among us:

Jude 1:12-14
“These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.”

To the Immature Christians among us:

Jude 1:17-21
“But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”

If you believe in JESUS, yours is a different destiny.
You will live in a place with no death, no pain, no mourning cry, where
God Himself will wipe the tears from every weeping eye.

It was the 6th Hour.

The sky was black; the world was shrouded in darkness. Lightening flashed giving glimpses of the Crown of Thorn’s embedded into the head of Christ. It was a surreal scene lit up by the Black Lightning that came and went showing sharp movements of His head and contortions of HIS face like a sadistic movie scene.

He turned His head and looked up to the sky. One last time He raised Himself up by pushing from His feet that were nailed one on top of the other into the tree and then pulled His body upward with His nail pierced hands.  He drew His last breath, filling His lungs to capacity. Then Jesus screamed forth a blood-curdling cry into the darkness.

“It Is Finished”, was heard resonating and echoing throughout the universe, throughout all of His Creation. His cry was Heard by Angels, Heard by Demons, Heard by Man and Heard by His Father. This was His heart cry of victory. His work of Redemption was finished. Mankind now had a way to enter Heaven.

At the same time His Voice was heard throughout the earth and heavens; His Father took His finger and tore open the veil before the Holy of Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem. It was the same finger that wrote the 10 commandments into stone on Mt. Sinai that now tore open the veil that had separated sinful man and a Holy God from each other. Now sinful man had a way to approach a HOLY God.

The way in was through the advocate appointed before the foundations of the world were ever made. Jesus the Lamb who was slain. Jesus who died for my sins on that Cross.  Jesus, the Son of God.

It seems today that the veil that God had torn open 2,000 years ago has been sewn back together by some gatekeepers, some watchmen on the walls, some preachers who have taken it upon themselves to place stumbling blocks in the paths of True Believers. Those stumbling blocks have nothing to do with Salvation. They are dogmatic stumbling blocks that cannot be defended by Scripture.

WHY…. because the pastor usurps ALL the PRAISE, HONOR and GLORY that belongs to YESHUA …alone !

 

An Interview from Hell

The following is not a story but an illustration by Christ of a real person in a real place…Lazarus is still there today, 2,000 years later. There are two things that would hurt me deeply as a person. One is to be purposely ignored and the other is to be forgotten. I have said before that I currently am the repository of all the memories of my mother and father.

When I die and go to be with the Lord, there will be no one left to remember him or her. If they knew Christ as their Savior and Lord (which they do not), then there would be a reunion in heaven between us. But I do not have that to look forward to and neither do they. When I go to be with the Lord He promises to wipe away every tear from my eyes regarding this journey of life here on this veil of tears we call earth.

He will somehow give me peace and I believe forgetfulness of all those whom I loved and cherished while here, but will never see again.

So in a true sense I will have forgotten them, never to be remembered again. Unlike them (my parents) who will be in another place, not together, but alone with all their memories of the life they lived.

Memories that will be remembered by each of them and reviewed forever.

Who do you know and love more than your own life that does not know Jesus Christ as Savior? Look around you at. …Your wife, your husband, your brother, your sister, your child (son or daughter), your grandchildren, your relatives, your best friends…the list can go on and on for most of us. By keeping your mouth closed about your faith do you understand that you are helping them condemn themselves?

That’s not what God wants and that should not be what you want. If you claim faith in Christ and His written words then you cannot argue that the following account is both literal and real.

Luke 16: 19 – 31
19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’

27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'”

Note that Lazarus is very much aware of his surroundings. He remembers his five brothers and wants to warn them, so they do not end up where he is.

Someone DID RISE from the DEAD .

HIS NAME IS YESHUA / JESUS !

REFLECTIONS

It is still dark and so I get up. There is just enough light so I can move around the shadows of objects in my path as I walk towards the shower. There are two lights in my bathroom. One in the stall shower itself and the other off to the opposite side of the bathroom.

As I have done a thousand times before, I turn the shower on as hot as possible then wait before the shower door, until I see the steam rise. So I wait patiently for the steam to begin filling the stall. Somehow this morning I notice something that must have always been there but eluded my gaze till now.

The steam fills the shower stall. The light inside is soft and gently illuminates the clear stall door that is now filled with steam. There before me is me. It is really not me but a soft image of me, a faded color image, yet with enough detail to recognize me…as if I was looking through a mirror dimly.

As I turned, my eye caught a glimpse of something shiny that came and went with the movement of my body. Sort of like a mirror off in the distance used to reflect light by someone sending a message to someone else far away.

I steadied myself at an angle that allowed this image to come alive. There it was standing out off of my body, clear and bright and solid against a faded image of me. It looked surreal because the image seemed solid while my body seemed almost spirit like. The image reflecting the light was the gold Cross that I wear around my neck.

When I first became a believer in Christ in May of 1985, Elyse bought me this Cross. I remember the emotions I felt as I humbly began to wear the symbol that brought together in One Person, All the Pain people will ever experience throughout time and ALL the Love that God gave to us by allowing His One and ONLY Son to die for each of us on HIS CROSS.

It was interesting to see this portrait of me within the shower door. It brought to mind several thoughts like the statement that in this world we see through a mirror dimly. This world is not real. Sure it feels real, our bodies have been designed to experience this physical world by God. But the real us is the person inside our body. The essence of Ernie is spirit not the flesh of my body.

In a very real sense the faded image of me on the shower door is the true me. And the reflection of the Gold Cross that stands out of my image symbolizes one spirit claimed by the Lord on the Cross 2,000 years ago as HIS. For I carry His sign on my body. The sign that confirms I was bought and paid for by HIS Blood.

When we get to heaven we will look back at all of life here and it will be like the song lyrics “misty water colored memories of the way we were”. All of us are like the faded image of me within the shower stall door.

We exist on this plane of life, so real to us, yet it is nothing more than a world of shadow figures living in shadows.

The only way to become solid and real in the future is to have that bold, bright shining solid gold Cross within your body. He calls you home out of this dream into a world of real love and relationships that will never fail you. A world where there is no pain, no hunger a world beyond time…a world where you will no longer walk by faith but you will be able to walk with the Son of God by sight.

The next time you take a hot shower …take a long introspective look at the faded image of yourself. When you look at you… in your shower door… will you see His Cross over your heart, within your spirit?

Two Gardens and One Bitter Cup

The Garden of Eden made Holy and perfect by God was spoiled by the disobedience of Adam. The creature was not willing to submit his will to the will of God his Creator.

So began the Fall of Mankind and Original Sin. Mankind, intended to display grace, mercy and love, would now love himself first. He would have…

A need to satisfy fleshly desires (lust)
A natural resourcefulness (self-sufficiency)
A careless embracing of worldly wisdom (capitulation)
A fear of failure or rejection (inferiority)
A bent toward self-preservation (fear)
A stubborn insistence for control and recognition (pride)
A refusal to separate from family or friends (dependency)
A bottomless appetite for comfort and ease (materialism)

This is only the beginning of a long list. The point is, that left to ourselves; we always rationalize reasons to please ourselves rather than God.

God would now relentlessly remind Man throughout time that his actions always bring consequences. That physical life is but a vapor. That God holds eternity in His hands. That this life is not about us…but about HIM!

In GOD Alone reside Love, Mercy and Grace…and True Pity and Compassion for us because HE knows we are but dust.

Later in time, in another garden called Gethsemane; Gods pity and compassion for us was embodied in HIS SON. In Eden, Adam lived for himself and then lost Eternal Life with GOD for all of his descendants. From that day forward the sins of mankind would begin filling a cup. A cup that the second Adam, JESUS, would drink in full, taking the worlds sins upon HIMSELF on HIS CROSS satisfying the wrath of HIS FATHER towards us; opening by FAITH a way for us to regain paradise lost and have ETERNAL LIFE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN.

Two Became ONE in CHRIST

 

The Jewish people are not the only Chosen ones. The Hebrew word for chosen, Bachar reflects the more familiar New Testament term Elect.

The Church of Jesus Christ is the Elect of God (2 Timothy 2:10). If you have received Jesus as your Messiah and Savior, that means that God chose you!

God keeps His promises to both of His Born Again “Chosen Peoples”, Messianic Jews and Christians …for His names sake. Both of us also experience the same resentment the world feels toward God’s people Israel. When you tell someone that Jesus Christ is the only way to have a relationship with God. People will resent you for being narrow-minded, just as they resent Jewish people for being exclusive.

Israel and the Church both represent the blessing of God’s Choosing. Both demonstrate the truth of God’s love and faithfulness, His mercy and His grace. We together are the Living Stones that make up the One True Born Again Church of JESUS the Messiah, the Christ, the SON of GOD.

Both Israel and the Church may experience deep and abiding failure. Both may be resented, hated even persecuted by the world. Yet both are people of great destiny with a HOPE filled future.

That future is secure ONLY for those who name the name of YESHUA / JESUS not because of the strength or the goodness of those who were chosen, but because of the faithful, loving and all-powerful GOD who chooses, so that HE HIMSELF receives the glory. GOD chooses those who WILL believe in HIM!

Because HE Lives

Because HE Cares

Because HE Call’s

BECAUSE HE IS COMING BACK VERY SOON !

FINISH THE RACE STRONG !

 

To each of us God gave His image and we are called light bearers because our job is to reflect HIS Image to all that know us.

Just as a tree bares fruit in its season we will be made complete only when we have the ability to bare fruit in our season.

The purpose of man has always been to serve God, the one who has dominion over him. Man has been given life solely to carry the fire of truth…to be a Pillar of Fire in the darkness. Just like the runners carrying the Olympic Torch we too run a race to the finish line but the torch we carry is the torch of truth …in a race of truth.

So please know that every day the Lord waits patiently to spend time with you, His Child. He knows you intimately, but you, if you are honest with yourself will admit you hardly know HIM because the fire you once had has turned to embers. The passion you once had has become lukewarm.

Go back and rekindle the memories written in His Word. Know that you are an ordinary person in the hand of an Extraordinary GOD. He remembers you always because you have been engraved on HIS heart with the blood of HIS ONE and ONLY SON.

My soul’s pursuit, the passion of my heart, is to stay near to the heart of God. The only way to have the Lord as your shepherd in this life is to stay in His Word.

So my friend……Go back and do the things you did in the beginning. Begin again to devour the Bitter Sweet Word of God. His words will renew your strength, His words will renew your compassion and His words will renew your desire to reach out to the walking dead all around you.

All people are desperate for a cool cup of water; given to them by you on behalf of the ONE you SERVE, to quench their thirst in this desert valley of shadows we call earth.

So go back to the HOLY BIBLE to the Talking Book and begin again the story of the ages. No you will not hear audible words, but the words you read will ignite the embers in your heart, your mind and your spirit.

Then the Holy Spirit will again burn brightly within you so that the image of God you carry will shine again and light up the night like a Pillar of Fire.