July 10

These are the days of the separation of the wheat from the chaff.  I [John] baptize you with water for repentance.  But after me will come One Who is more powerful than I, Whose sandals I am not fit to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace.  All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty.  “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.” [Matt 3:11-12; Mal 4:1-2]

But also in those days there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves.  They will subtly and cleverly teach their destructive heresies about God, even denying the Sovereign Lord Who bought them.  Theirs will be a swift and terrible end.  Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality.  And because of them, Christ and His true way will be slandered.  In their greed they will make up clever lies and cunning arguments to get hold of your money.  With eyes full of adultery, their lust is never satisfied.  They make a game of beguiling and luring unstable people into sin.  They train themselves to be greedy; they are doomed and cursed.  But God condemned them long ago, and their eternal misery is on the way. [2 Peter 2:1-3, 14]

And so, my brothers and sisters, first of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  Even so…The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire.  Since everything on the Earth will be destroyed in this way, you ought to live a holy and godly life as you look forward to the coming Day of the Lord!  Everyone who has this hope purifies himself, just as He is pure.  So, beloved, since you are expecting these things to happen, be eager to be found by Him at His coming living a pure and blameless life and at peace…in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts.  Let me warn you therefore, beloved, that knowing these things beforehand, you should be on your guard, lest you be carried away by the error of lawless and wicked persons.  I don’t want you to lose your own secure footing.  But grow in the special favor and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He Who called you is Holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am Holy.” [2 Peter 3:3, 10-12, 14, 17; 1 John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:14-16]

Revelation 16:1-21

Then I heard a loud voice from the Temple issue the command that is to commence the great and terrible Day of the Lord, saying to the seven priest-angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the Earth.”

2The first priest-angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the Beast and worshiped his image. 3The second priest-angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood…clotted and putrescent, like that of a dead man…and as a result every living thing in the sea died. 4The third priest-angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.  Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: “You are just in these judgments, You Who are and Who were, the Holy One, because You have so judged; for they have shed the blood of Your saints and prophets, and You have given them only blood to drink, as they deserve.”  7And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are Your judgments!”

8The fourth priest-angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire.  They were seared by the intense heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him!  10The fifth priest-angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the Beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness.  Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of Heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done!  12The sixth priest-angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for easy passage for the kings from the East to gather themselves together, unbeknownst, for their own slaughter.  Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the Dragon, out of the mouth of the Beast and out of the mouth of the False Prophet… the infernal trinity.  They are spirits of demons performing satanic miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings and armies of the whole world, inciting, deceiving and seducing them with their lying wonders, preaching, and oracles, so as to gather them together in one universal movement for the battle on the great Day of God Almighty.

15“Behold”, says the Lord Jesus in His last warning for the last opportunity offered to mankind to be among His redeemed, “I come for the last time like a thief in the night to gather those who would be among the elect!  Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, in watchfulness, prayer and readiness for the summons when it comes, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed, eternally without remedy.”  These last ones thus gathered are those seen standing beside the sea which looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire…those who had been victorious over the Beast and his image and over the number of his name, singing now in sublime adoration of their mighty Deliverer the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb.  16Then they gathered all the kings together, with all their armies…from one end of the Earth to the other…to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon…the Mount of Megiddo, with its great plain of Jezreel.

17The seventh priest-angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the Temple came a loud voice from the Throne, saying, “IT IS DONE!”  Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake.  No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on Earth, so tremendous was the quake!  The great city Jerusalem split into three parts, but was not destroyed; and the cities of the nations in all the world collapsed in utter and complete ruin.  God remembered Babylon the Great…the very source and center of the prevailing abominations…and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of His wrath.  Every island fled away, receding from their present places, and some of the mountains could not be found any longer, having entirely disappeared.  From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men, causing untold destruction and loss of lifeThus the Earth was harvested!  Still, the inhabitants of the Earth would not repent, and they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible!  Thus was the sequence of events encompassing the outpouring of the bowls of wrath leading up to the great and terrible Day of the Lord, in which God fulfilled His intention to consume all opposition and to take revenge upon the enemies and usurpers who occupy the Earth.  A specific and more detailed account of the fall of Babylon now follows. 

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

He walks with me and He talks with me:

 

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