Corona Virus: Not the End-19

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    "See that you are not alarmed, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet" Matthew 24

    We need a steady hand, Satan is crafty and knows that fear is a powerful weapon of war.

    The concluding period is a dichotomy between the ease of life and an impending sense of doom.
    (edit: I'm chuckling at how absurd this is re-reading/writing ^ sentence, but its true)

    "“But pay attention to yourselves that your hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day be instantly upon you"

    "People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world"

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    Many generations have been fooled into thinking they were living in the "End Times". How about 1975? How about a friend whose home was destroyed by a wildfire. When asked what we could do to help, we were told to give to the Headquarters, because the end was near. The other statement was that the "End Times" were upon us.

    I have to assume that people thought that the fall of Jerusalem was the beginning of the end. Or possibly when Rome was destroyed. Or, every generation after Christ died. Then for modern day, we can add just about every change in governments. There was 1914, 1940, 1950, 1975, etc., etc., etc. YES! And mankind is fulfilling Revelation 11:18. Their time will come.
     
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    Absolutely true!

    "Verse 18. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth."
     
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    I think what was always missing in the past ....amongst the terror of world wars and Spanish flu, Great Depression...massive famines and tempests.....is ..BTG..was always strong,,,(yes ... she was starting to lose her power ) but she still stood tall and powerful ..thru out all those horrid events.
    Yet now..she is falling...religion is being killed off...she is dying....that was always the missing key...
    Her power and riches are drying up..her respect and powerful positions have been raped from her....she is bowed and breaking and in her death throes......
    Soon the only way religion or any form of religion will be tolerated.....is if they sell out...( trade truths ) and take the Mark of the Beast to keep operating....
    This is already happening in many lands...at this very moment.

    I remember a brother recently saying to expect the unexpected...and perhaps we will find ourselves in a position where no one would ever know if we took the mark of the beast or not.....(a thought provoking statement..)


    here’s something encouraging.....taken from Russell’s expanded commentaries...because we are all so tired and weary....
    When these things begin Look up and LIFT UP YOUR HEADS.....
    Luke 21:28.....lift up your heads

    ( a) realising that the darks clouds are the harbingers of coming millennial blessings....
    (B) Christ’s judgements encircling all the earth are the signs and groanings promised to precede a second birth
    (C) when this trouble comes there will be such a blessing from the Lord that’s those who go through it will be able to rejoice in tribulation.
    (D) those who discern in the shaking the outwork of the divine plan rejoice in the assurance that this terrible shaking will be the last that this earth will ever have or need, for as the Apostle Paul assures is it signifies the removing of those things that are shaken...
     
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    However, let this one fact not be escaping YOUR notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. Jehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with YOU because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.” ( 1 Pet 3:8-9 NWT )

    I have covered this subject before, but it is worth repeating. Let’s go back to Gen 2:17 where Jehovah told Adam about the tree of good and bad; “...but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” ( Gen 2:17 NKJV ) God must have lied to Adam, because Adam did not die after eating the fruit. He lived to 930 years. ( Gen 5:5 ) Of course it is necessary to understand that the “day” mentioned to Adam was 1,000 years. So, he did die in the day he ate the fruit. The Hebrew word used is yom. It has different meanings depending on what period of time is being spoken of, or the context of which it is referring.

    There is a reference in Genesis which has been misunderstood and wrongly referenced by many Bible Scholars. It is a period of time mentioned in relation to the time of Noah. “And the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’” ( Gen 6:3 MKJV ) But wait! It says: “Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.” ( Gen 7:6 NKJV )

    How can we prove that this “one hundred and twenty years.” is not referring to the maximum lifetime of mankind? “After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.” ( Gen 11:11 NKJV ) Arphaxad lived four hundred and three years. ( Gen 11:13 NKJV )
    How about Terah? “ andSo the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, Terah died in Haran.” ( Gen 11:32 NKJV )

    So, how does all this disprove the “one hundred and twenty years.”? Let’s take a look at some other Bible writers.
    By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” ( Heb 11:7 NKJV )

    “. . .when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” ( 1 Pet 3:20 NKJV )

    and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;” ( 2 Pet 2:5 NKJV )

    What do we have to look for in the near future? These scriptures can give us the understanding of Jehovah God’s patience. I know that I need it! I will wait on Jehovah.

    In these recent times, with this worldwide virus affecting all people, many believe we are at the beginning of the end times. Jesus said, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,” ( Mt 24:37-38 NKJV )

    In other words, they were living life as they always did, not taking notice of what was going on in the world until it was too late. So “carry on my wayward son, . . .” But, there will be no peace when you are done.

    We may want to think about some one, who we can say, got us started in our study of the Bible.
    His name is Charles Taze Russell. He believed that 1914 was the beginning of the reign of Christ Jesus.
    There are those who disregard any of his teachings. Something we may want to ponder is, the time in which he lived. Today we are experiencing something that has not occurred before. Pastor Russell lived during a great upheaval in world powers. The year 1914 saw the beginning of World War One. What made it like no other war is the use of weapons of mass destruction. A main weapon that didn’t exist prior to World War One, was the airplane.

    The other new (I’ll call it weapon) was titled: Spanish Flu, which was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. “It lasted from January 1918 to December 1920. It infected 500 million people—about a quarter of the world's population at the time.” And, wouldn’t you know it; “To maintain morale, World War I censors minimized early reports of illness and mortality in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States.”Well, how about that??

    How long is a thousand years? 1914 + 1000 = 2914, that's a long way off, as most people consider time.
     
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