Monday, March 20, 2017

The Powers That Be

We have reached the halfway point in our “Times Series”. In this post, we shall cover the third statement of the four that I made at the very beginning of the series. This is the statement: “…I am under solemn obligation to tell others that there is a power that has arisen and is continuing to excel, who will soon demand worship from every person under heaven. For one to worship this particular power is to totally rebel against God’s commandments. It truly is a life and death matter.”

Wow! Did I really write that? I’m afraid that I did. That is a powerful statement and it is going to take at least five or six posts to cover it all. Having said that, I trust that you will determine now, to read all of the posts associated with this third statement; to do any less will leave you befuddled and confused. Therefore, let me get to work.

As always, I find it so much easier to break down each part of the statement. It becomes easier for me to explain, and hopefully for you, easier for you to understand. So, let me list my bullet points.

1.     I am under solemn obligation to tell others…
2.     There is a power that has arisen…
3.     It is continuing to excel…
4.     This power will soon demand worship from every person under heaven…
5.     To worship this power is to totally rebel against God’s commandments.
6.     This is a life and death matter

Let us cover bullet point #1. Why am I under solemn obligation to tell others? The simplest answer to that question is, because I am a Christian. However, you might ask yourself, “What difference does that make?” Or, “I know other Christians that have never said anything to me about this information;” or you might be saying, “I am a Christian and I don’t know anything about what you are saying.”

Well, in response to these thoughts, (I will elaborate on my sense of obligation later), there are many Christians that know absolutely nothing about this information, which is another reason why I feel obligated to share.

Let us look at a scripture in Ezekiel 33:1-9; please read this link carefully. However, I shall expound on how I believe this relates to me.

This Scripture in Ezekiel outlines the principles associated with Christian witnessing, and it puts, those of us who know and understand prophecy, under solemn obligation to inform those who might be clueless, just like the people in the prophecy. Also,  Jesus/Yashua said in Matthew 5:13-16:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lamp stand, and it shines on all who are in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” (Common English Bible Translation)

As a Christian, I am salt; I am light; I am a watchman on Zion’s wall, to warn the innocent and unknowing, about those things that could be potentially harmful to them and I love my job! I want to be the best witness that God has; I want to be found faithfully doing those things that He requires of me.

Additionally, I have the awesome privilege of sharing the most wonderful news in the world; the good news of the gospel. The gospel of a tender creator God, who loves us all so much that instead of allowing the rebellion of Adam and Eve to keep their entire offspring out of heaven, Jesus/Yashua, gave His life in exchange for theirs. Oh, the joy of sharing that good news with any who are willing to hear is absolutely awe-inspiring! PTL!