Saturday, April 22, 2023

End Times Instruction

Bobservations' Column
Pastor Bob Lawrenz

There is a movement, and an organization acting right now in the USA to return us to God, and to righteousness. A conference gathering is scheduled for this Wednesday, April 26th in Virginia Beach, VA for “First Landing 1607.”

The name is derived from the earliest days of our nation and the settling of Jamestown, America’s first permanent settlement along the James River in Virginia, in 1607.

Jamestown is where our first settlement was established in America, but as the story goes, the first landing in the New World was 45 miles east, near Virginia Beach. There, the same people that built Jamestown hit the shores of North America for the first time. And when they did, they did something that might be considered astounding these days.

They erected a cross on the beach and gathered around the foot of it and prayed in thanksgiving for their arrival to the New World, and then they dedicated this new land to God and the Lord Jesus Christ!

This Wednesday, the organization’s members and the public are invited to gather on the beach again, and re-enact the placement of a cross on the beach, and repeat a covenant prayer, dedicating, and committing this new land to God and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, stating their commitment to return to God’s Covenant.

In essence, it will be a prayer calling for repentance from America’s ways because we have strayed so far from that Covenant relationship with the LORD God Almighty. But every nation is exactly like our own, even from the time of Cain leaving the presence of the Lord and moving east toward the land of Nod, east of Eden. He did it to get away from God, His established order, and his own guilt. His new city was named Enoch, after his son. Founders of new civilizations all seek a better place, but like Cain, they have already taken their first step away from the One to Who we owe all our allegiance. And once that first step away is taken, the second, and the third steps away soon follow.

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“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14 ~


Today's Audio Message:
1 Peter 2:1-25 - "End Times Instruction"

The book of I Peter is filled with admonitions for Christians of all times and all places on how to live READY for the coming of the Lord. The Apostle Peter under divine inspiration did not see a difference between normal Christian living and last days Christian living. He believed that all Christians at all times should live READY for the coming of the Lord.

The Book of I Peter is literally filled with admonitions and instructions on how all Christians should be living…Whether it is the destruction of Jerusalem that was coming in Peter's time, or the judgment of the world that is drawing near today.

No matter what happens in this world today, tomorrow, next month or next year, don't get caught up in the hype and the panic of the moment.  If foreign enemies threaten, if the economy collapses, if we are persecuted as Christians... in the grand scheme of God's plan, these things matter very little.  What matters is that we live ready for His coming.

Do NOT be DRAWN away by the cares of this world! Draw nigh unto God, and He will draw near to you.  
If you are wondering what you need to do as you see the day approaching, study the scriptures, pray and draw close to the Lord.

Summary/Notes: Forthcoming

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