The Seven Seals

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Bible-believing Christians tend to go about their daily lives with no regard to the things that are prophesied to come, and with zero consideration for the path they walk in and their destiny in the afterlife. Very few have their eyes opened to the truth of the imminent return of Jesus and are preparing for it. Jesus Himself said that He will return in an hour and day that no man would know about. It is therefore best to be constantly prepared and stay watching for Him.

THE SEVEN SEALS (Revelation chapter 6)

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

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And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

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And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

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And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

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And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measured of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

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And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, Holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

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And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

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And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

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And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

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And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

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And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

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For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

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Who can you trust?


No one at all. Not even yourself. There comes a time when even the most naive and innocent person realizes the extent to which this world can be unforgiving of your openness and trust. Day after day you realize that you must learn to discern people and ask God to help you understand their true motives.

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There may be people out there who think “well you have to have faith in the goodness of people. Try to see the positive. Focus on the bright side.” Well all that is cute and dandy but this mentality leads us to start accepting way too much that is against the nature of God, thereby leading us down the wrong path. Being kind to people, is fine. Praying for and loving your enemies, is fine. But just because you pray for them doesn’t mean you go and accept everything they do and call it “good”. We are advised to be “wise as serpents” in this dark generation that we live in. So many wolves in sheep’s clothing lurk around us waiting to pounce upon the first sign of weakness. We expose our weakness to God and God only, and walk in boldness and strength in the world.

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If you think I’m only talking about trusting other people, well that’s not all. You can’t even trust your own heart. The Bible says:

“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)

We humans as a species are born into sin, starting from the very first time sin and death entered mankind from the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Thinking otherwise and trying to justify yourself as sinless is a lie of your own heart.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)

Therefore it is never wise to trust even your own heart to make the right choice. Sometimes our hearts are swayed by the more pleasurable or easy choice when faced with a difficult decision. Sometimes listening to your heart alone leads you straight into sin and straight away from God.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Therefore we must learn to control the reins of our thoughts and desires and allow God to decide. Make the righteous choice even when  you know in your heart that it may not make you the happiest, but remember, happiness on this earth is only temporary. Eternity is real and never-ending, and the little choices we make in this life can have an unchangeable effect on our eternal destiny.

Therefore ask God to take control of your life, teach yourself to make decisions that please God and NOT man nor your own heart all the time, and pray that God gives you the strength and wisdom to always do that which is righteous. God bless.

The Ultimate Peace


“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

This is the peace that has brought me through many a storm. There is an inexplicable feeling of calm that surrounds your heart when you decide to give God a chance to take upon Himself your life’s biggest burdens. After all, He has already made the ultimate sacrifice 2000 years ago.

How many times have you forgotten to tell God about your problems? How many times have you found yourself wondering where your life is going? Have you felt that desperation of not knowing how you’re going to make it through the next day?

This is something that my parents have taught me by example: when we have faced situations of heartbreak, life-shattering issues, desperate decisions, betrayals, and back-stabbing – no matter what the reason was that our peace of mind was taken away temporarily, I always found my parents sitting down to pray for a little while before going to bed. And every single time, I could feel the burden being lifted from our hearts. You suddenly realize that God has taken up your issue and you can almost hear Him saying to your heart “worry not, my child, leave it to me”.

Now the rest of the world may think these are all symptoms of insanity, because

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

You can try and shout it from the rooftops and dig out your heart and show it to the world, and the world would still not understand why you follow the Lord with such devotion. But to a person whose eyes are open to the truth, this good news of a God Who is willing to (and has already done more than enough to) love you with the utmost mercy and give you the greatest peace of mind you have ever felt – it is the power of God.

Sp the next time you are at a point in life where your tears will not stop falling, or when you have that silent ache in your heart that no one could possibly understand, take a minute and take it to the Lord. He is waiting right there by your side hoping you will give Him a chance to help, like a father waiting for His child to turn to Him for help.

This is the peace that we have in our God our Father. You can know the mark of a true Christian by how they deal with life’s heartless punches. A true Christian could be facing a life-or-death situation and still be able to smile with the peace of knowing their Father in heaven is looking out for them. A true Christian is able to deal with the ultimate loneliness in life with no one by their side, and still feel like they are loved the most, because they truly are, by the living God in heaven.

May His peace be with you, and know that my prayers are also with each and every one of you reading this. You are NEVER alone in your fight, whoever you are.

Y’all Parents Better Listen Up..


Now, I’m no expert in parenting or anything, but… we need to raise the next generation right. Come on, you can’t just sit there and complain about the “decline of society” and do nothing about it. The fixing starts at HOME!!!

I’ve had to babysit enough kids of our church-members (when I was a kid myself) to know that a lot of parents don’t even try to discipline their children, and even more surprisingly, don’t bother to teach them the basics of how to love God or to pray. There really is no two ways about it folks, and if you’re not raising up your kids in the right way and teaching them about the love of God then you are doing a disservice to them, AND to the world. Image result for raising kids

Don’t just force your kids to go to church with you and make them sit quiet there, make them understand why it is important to worship God. Tell them why God loves them and why they should learn to trust Him no matter what. Teach them discipline. Give them reasonable consequences for misbehavior. Don’t let even a single disrespectful word go out of their mouths without a stern correction from you. Teach them not to hurt anyone. Teach them to give to others, teach them honesty, teach them to help people. Teach them gratitude. Teach them to take nothing for granted. Teach them that the world does not revolve around them. Teach them that life may not always be fair to them, but they can get through it with the right attitude and faith.

Honestly, children learn from their parents. So if you’re a parent, your PRIMARY duty to your kid is to live out your life as best an example as possible to them. Don’t just tell them, SHOW them.

I’ve talked to people that said their parents were devout Christians but they never cared to take them to church, or they never talked about the faith to them, and so they felt not inclined to follow the faith. People, it is one thing to give an adult a choice to follow God, but it is another thing entirely to just let your children loose and not give them any direction whatsoever. Let the child choose their path once they are adults. Up until then, you raise them the way God has instructed you to. You are responsible for their moral compass until they are old enough to choose otherwise.

Related imageInstill in them all the goodness of charity and love and peace, while also teaching them how to stand strong amidst trials and how to deal with hatred from others with the grace of God. As a child, my parents always taught me the importance of prayer. They taught me that God would hear the honest prayers of a longing heart, not for materialistic things, but if I was in trouble and needed guidance, or if I wanted to help change a situation that was beyond my control for the better.

It is impossible to even begin to explain how much joy I had growing up that way – knowing that no matter what happened to me, I had an all-powerful God watching over me and waiting to answer my prayers. I believed in that strongly from a very young age. As soon as I began to talk I participated in prayer, (got whooped ONE TIME for crawling off in the middle of prayer, and ever since then have treated prayer with utmost respect and gravity), I would try to talk to Jesus as my friend and felt a sense of protection, and I came to actively seek out God’s wonders and mysteries.

My childhood was a blessed one, because I had the savior of the world by my side, and still do. My adulthood is built upon this foundation of faith from my childhood, and continues to support me and help me grow despite the trials of life.

So, please, don’t deny your children the opportunity to grow up with such guidance and sense of purpose. Let them explore God with their young, innocent and beautiful hearts. That, my friends, is the BEST thing a parent can do for their child.

(And plus, it might just lighten my burden as resident church babysitter in the future!)

God bless.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

The Sleeping Bride


Imagine this: the wedding is in 24 hours. While all the invited guests are enthusiastic about the ceremony, the two people that should be MOST excited and prepared are the bride and the groom. The groom told the bride he was going away for a while to prepare himself and prepare a nice home for the two of them to build their future. This groom has been working tirelessly to prepare. The day of the ceremony is here, and when the groom seeks the bride, he finds her lazily asleep, all in shabby clothes, not the least bit prepared.

Now tell me; if the bride truly loved her groom, would she not put in the time and effort to prepare herself for the ceremony?

Would she not leave behind her shabby, dirty clothes and put on a new, pure white dress in respect of the ceremony?

Would she not tidy and cleanse herself a very long time before this ceremony?

In order to do all this, she would have to wake up quite early. Any bride that has been waiting all their life for this beautiful day would leave behind their laziness and wake up early enough to prepare.

The groom has been working tirelessly, my friends. He went away to prepare a place for us. Bride of Christ, if you love Him so much, then WHY are you asleep at this hour?????

Do you not see that the time is near? Have you not heard or seen the warning signs?

How many more trumpets must He sound, how many more prophets must He send, how many more signs must He show, before you will open your lazy eyes?

The time to sleep is long gone. This is the critical hour. His return is IMMINENT, and one of the most important people for this ceremony, the Church, is not prepared. WAKE UP, CAST AWAY YOUR DIRTY GARMENTS OF OLD AND ADORN YOURSELF IN WHITE TO PREPARE TO MEET HIM!!!!

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Calling All Pretend-Christians


Your fake piety astounds me. Everyone knows someone like this; if you don’t, then you could very well be the pretender yourself (?)

They’ll pray everywhere, post lots about Jesus, and put up a public face of the perfect Christian. But when you deal with them personally, you will find in them no love, no compassion, no patience, no kindness, no selflessness….Basically they don’t back up their words with their actions.

You can preach and holler all you want on Sunday but if your heart does not contain the pure love of God that helps you put others’ needs above yourself, makes you think of making others happy, makes you want to pray and cleanse your heart every day without needing to pray in front of an audience for approval – none of your religious displays matter if the fruit of your work does not match up.

I’ve heard of and personally met a few pastors that were filthy rich and preached about prosperity, yet they never once sacrificed a little of their own money to help a poor person. I’ve seen churches that have dress-codes and other criteria to join that are designed to weed out people of a lesser financial status. I’ve talked to people that needed help and approached a preacher or someone from a church and were ignored or outright insulted. Where, in these instances, do you see Christ? Where, in these hypocrites’ hearts, does God dwell? Do they indeed read the same Bible that you and I read? Do they skim over the verses about kindness and compassion? How dare they feel worthy of talking about faith when they have the nerve to look down upon the less fortunate without lending a hand? Would Christ be able to bear the hypocrisy if He were here today?

“21.Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22.Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23.And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

The above Bible verse makes it clear that if you do not do the will of the Father in heaven, then none of your other merits matter in the end. Part of the Father’s will: to love the least of these.

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

You cannot say that you love the Lord and then turn around and refuse to love the people that God has placed in your life. You cannot ignore the poor homeless person on the street and then drive straight to church to sing about your love for Jesus on Sunday.

These are things that make me lose faith –  not in humanity, because it is impossible to expect kindness from a dark world – in modern Christians.

Jesus instructed us to be servants to others first. He lived out His life that way, showing us the ultimate example.

“And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)

Where are the servants? Come forth and give freely unto all the love that you have been given freely from God.

 

 

 

 

Rays of Hope – Poem (2009)


While in a gloomy dream of loss
With not a single smile or cheer
My heart bearing a heavy cross,
My mind overgrowing with fear

A radiant shine I saw amidst
My darkest, deepest sea of tears
Calling out to me as if
It had a knowledge of my fears.

Oh, how I longed for such a bliss
To save me from my deep distress.
Had I not searched, I just could miss
This beam of light, I do confess.

But long it took to realize
The glory of this glowing hope:
Divine the face of Jesus Christ
Who held towards my hands, a rope.

A rope of faith and bliss it was,
That reached to me for my relief.
But doubt filled my mind because
Of this weak soul’s lack of belief.

I paused and thought, “Is this my way?
Is He the Savior of my day?”
Then filled with guilt, I told myself,
“He saved me when I lay astray.”

Free of hesitation, I
Leaped with faith and caught the rope,
Needless to say that till I die,
I’ll hold on tight to that good hope.

-Stenila Simon, 2009

Christian Discord


My heart sinks every time I read an article online that discusses Bible prophecy or tries to warn the world about the end times, and then the comment section is filled with hypocritical “christians” who speak out of ignorance to challenge these claims. It’s almost as if “christians” are at war with one another and have thrown love – the most important commandment of Jesus – out the window.

What happened to referencing the Bible? What happened to taking heed to warnings? People will only hear exactly what they want to hear. Their ears are not open to the truth, their ears are open to words that comfort them and reassure them of themselves. They refuse to hear anything that might make them take a step back, look at themselves, and see the areas that need fixing, because that doesn’t feel very nice. They feel attacked, and feel the need to silence the person trying to warn them and help them.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

But as always, the word of God has predicted everything that was to come. The verse above is playing out right before our eyes day after day. “..they will not endure sound doctrine”… Why do you think doctrine is “endured” and not just “heard”? Because sound doctrine hurts. It shows you your flaws. It tells you exactly what God has in store for the future.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

shutterstock_196707311-627x376It asks you to repent and turn to Jesus and leave your sins for the sake of your eternal future. It tells you to step out of the comfort of your sinful desires and lifestyle, and many people cannot “endure” that pain. The word of God is the twoedged sword of truth.

Coming back to Bible prophecy, everything that is meant to happen is written crystal clear in the New Testament. Jesus literally told of the signs to look out for the fast approach of the end times.

Someone points out these signs of the fast approaching end times, and immediately they get attacked by  fellow “christians” on the forums.

Accusations range anywhere from “You’re judging people, that’s not Christian” to “Who are you to say you know about the end times? Only God knows that”..The ignorance is painful. Sometimes the people arguing are ones that have never even read the book of Revelations. Some people claim that everything about the antichrist and the mark of the beast is metaphorical, which is the worst blasphemy I ever heard (and probably the kind of thing the devil would like for people to believe so as to keep them unaware and unprepared).

When in doubt, reference the unchanging word of God. God gave this to us as a guideline for discerning what is true and what is not.

God has no grey areas. You either believe in the word of God 100%, or you don’t. The Bible is not a bag of trail mix for you to pick out the parts you want and refuse to acknowledge the existence of the others.

God bless.

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:6)