Today I, @THEWATCHMAN, will begin a new chat journey. The subject of this chat will be THE LAST DAYS, or as we call them today, THE END TIMES. This chat will most likely take the remainder of this year.
I am writing this introduction so everyone knows the purpose and direction for this chat series. Here’s what I pray will be accomplished in the series:
To study and learn the scriptures related to Last Days;
NOT to attempt to determine when CHRIST will RETURN (scriptures say no man knows the day nor hour)
Most important, we will let GODS WORD show us what will be the events, people involved, and HIS WILL for these END OF DAYS.(Also we canNOT determine the order of END TIMES EVENTS because some are yet to happen.)
I would like Cheri & her husband, Jeff Douglas, when avaliable to monitor these chats, and help with any disruptions, as people have passionate feelings about this topic. I ask this because there may be some who will want to change the chat direction , and I canNOT allow interruptions to destroy our opportunity to experience GODS WORD SPEAKING to us. This chat is to learn, and see GODS INTENTIONS for these LAST DAYS, as His Word reveals them to us.
I chose the passages for this week so we can learn what to expect from all other scriptures. This will lead us into next week’s chat. I pray discussions will allow each person to understand and, most important, see GODS purpose in all that these END OF DAYS will encompass.
Thank YOU for understanding. We as HIS BODY OF believers, should and really must be guided by THE HOLY SPIRIT, in all we teach, pray and understand.
Please join me in this inspiring journey into the most amazing Words of God!
YOUR SERVANT ON TWITTER,
@WATCHMANBILL Bill Hays
Shalom for our great KING, THE LORD JESUS, THE FATHER,and HIS HOLY SPIRIT!
If you can answer YES to all these questions, then bounce your idea off 2-3 mature Christians for their reaction. Then pray for God to give you affirmation in your own Spirit. Then do it!! When God calls, IT WILL BE GOOD!
We just celebrated one of the most well known beginnings in scripture, the birth of Jesus. Sometimes we fail to recognize that a wonderful ending happened at the same time. As Jesus came to bring unconditional love, forgiveness and grace to believers, there was an ending to guilt and condemnation! But for that sweet ending, the beginning would not have been so awesome.
So as we look to the beginning of the New Year, we will do well to consider some attention to the end of 2014. Endings are important. That’s why we have dessert and funerals. We must finish well in order to start anew. In our lives we find we must continuously let go of things in order to grab on to new things and change.
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
The service is always ahead of us. There will be a letting go process needed, whenever we grab onto something new. That’s why Tweeting God’s Love Ministries will host both a #FuneralFor2014 and a #2015PrayersAroundTheWorld start-up on Twitter in the next two days.
READ BELOW ->YOUR invitation to join us and participate on Twitter. We are praying for a BIG and BOLD Happy New Year for the glory of God!!
Join the Tweeting God’s Love Family of tweeters as we end 2014 and launch 2015 to become a BIG BOLD New Year for the Lord!!!
We welcome you to join us and participate in our TWO New Year’s Twitter activities…
#1: The #FuneralFor2014… Tuesday, #GodsLoveChats 5pmPST/8pmEST
Come to this 1-hr chat and join us in tweeting the good, bad, and ugly of 2014. You may tweet memorials, fond memories, or sincere GOOD RIDDANCE so we can all put 2014 to rest. Just tweet your sentiment and add #GodsLoveChats .We suggest you follow up the Funeral with a little celebration and potato salad, just like we do at a regular funeral. Then we will tweet our tombstones as a way to bury 2014. So get your tombstone graphic ready for #GodsLoveChats . We’re praying you will join our twitter family as we say “Good-Bye 2014″!
#2: The #2015WorldPrayerMarathon, #GodsPrayerRoom
We provide this chart for the countdown to 2015 around the world ->bit.ly/1BdNJsW As you will see, you can insert your hometown and see what time each country moves into 2015 relative to your home time.
My vision is that we get enough volunteers to tweet a New Years Prayer for every country in the world as 2015 dawns over each country. We want to see prayers for the whole world pile up in #GodsPrayerRoom . The only thing you have to do to participate is get on twitter and pray for your chosen countries as they turn 2015 and ADD #GodsPrayerRoom to your prayer tweet for the people of each country.
You might want to pick countries close to your timezone, or completely different. Pray for your ancestors’ countries. Or pray for countries where you have friends or support missionaries. Or just manage your New Year’s Eve schedule by picking countries that turn 2015 when you are available.
But PLEASE – Tell us which countries you will pray for so we can coordinate prayer for the people of every country! Tweet your country selections with the hashtags #GodsPrayerRoom and #2015WorldPrayerMarathon
This is so exciting!! You will be a part of a brand new New Year’s Tradition on Twitter. #2015WorldPrayerMarathon
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.1Cor13:1
Last night I met a noisy gong, clanging cymbal, and screechy chalkboard wrapped in one man on Twitter.
We were doing our monthly prayer hour for depressed and potentially suicidal folks to lift their spirits and love them into the Lords loving presence. A man came into the chat who was a very learned and accomplished Christian. He knew scripture very well. How does that happen and leave a person still at zero for Emotional IQ? Im going to ask the Lord about this someday!
The man warned me not to flatter people too much and proceeded to tell a depressed woman to read his blog, because she needed to learn to be more disciplined and self- judgmental. Are you kidding me???
The one thing depressed people do not need is to be more self-judgemental. That’s what depresses most! …Too much self-criticism! They need to learn that God Loves them just as they are and still has a great vision and plan for their lives.
They need to learn that the is not a problem they have to solve on their own by toughing it out. If that were true, we would not have needed Jesus to redeem us on the cross. We could have just made ourselves better…Ya good luck with that!
The legalistic among us want to tell everyone what to do. They need to become just a little self critical and sink into the Holy Spirit for a while, until His amazing love overcomes and becomes them. Because as 1Cor 13 continues, it doesn’t matter how much you know on any topic. It is NOTHING without LOVE.
Our world is not suffering from a lack of information. You can have the answer to any question you can imagine in 30 seconds flat online. What the world needs is to feel the transforming love of the Holy Spirit, which is given to all who ask, not for ourselves alone, but to share with the love hungry among us.
1Cor13 – The Love Chapter
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
This dear friend and I have ministered together on Twitter for several years. His spiritual depth and writing always grabs my heart. So when I read this story today, I asked to share it here. It is a story that reinforces the kind of amazing faith that keeps him inspiring folks for the Lord everyday.
When You Boast…
One day a local evangelist bragged during a crusade that his God was more able than all the other gods in the town and the powers of the universe that the villagers worshiped put together. Just then, rainstorm sounds started sounding overhead, threatening the progress of the crusade. The evangelist lifted up his voice and declared with confidence that if the rains fell, then he wasn’t a man of God; he would stop preaching!
Before he could finish his bluff, the rains began to hit the crusade grounds so vehemently, apparently in disregard to his declarations. The whole town left the crusade grounds to their houses, shaking their heads in disappointment and dismay.
The evangelist, so distraught and angry, packed his belongings and left the town the next day. On his way through the next town, he checked into a local drinking spot and drank himself to stupor. As he laid on the ground cursing God, an old seedy looking man tapped him gently on the shoulder.
“Man of God”, the old man began.
But the evangelist quickly cut in, “Don’t mention the name of God to me. He is fake. He is unreliable. I am no longer a believer in this God. A God who chooses to disgrace his servants. Leave me alone!”
But the old man would not let him be. He continued,”I am the fetish priest in the village you just preached at. During your one week stay in that village, you destroyed all the charms i had made on the people for 45 years. Your prayers and your words always came with some fearful fire and power. I tried so many times to eliminate you but i couldn’t.
My last chance came yesterday. I had loaded my gun with gun powder,and was lying in wait on the mountaintop where i had a very clear view of you. My plan was to shoot you from a distance since i couldn’t get close enough to you due to the fire around you. But just when i lifted the gun, the rains came from nowhere, wetting my gunpowder and covering you in a cloud so that i couldn’t even see you. All i saw was a bright man holding a sword in front of you. I was so terrified. I concluded that your God was indeed all powerful and Almighty. That is why i’ve been looking for you since then. I want to follow this your God!”
The ex-evangelist bowed his head in shame!
Dear friends, sometimes, it is just wise for us to believe that our Father knows the way He is taking us. We should just trust His leading. Let our boast be in the Lord, not in ourselves. If we decree a thing and it doesn’t happen, let us not see it as disappointment or dishonor from the Father. Let us just believe that the Father wants his perfect will to be done in all things.
I’m so proud of my Pastor Rick Cole. He is a great leader for compassion in Sacramento. This week he has gone to live on the streets with the homeless to get to understand their needs better and to raise funds for transporting them to churches for warmth and fellowship on cold winter nights. He is raising awareness for the SacramentoWinterSanctuary.org when local churches will host the homeless as our guests.
So I was delighted to go down to interview Pastor Rick on the streets today. As you can see in the picture , a few more folks had the same idea.
He also was visited by Pastor Ray Johnston @RayJohnston of Bayside Church in Granite Bay. Pastor Johnston said he came because “Pastor Rick called him out yesterday. And he continued,”Pastor Rick, his father, and Capital Christian Church have always led the unleashing of compassion in Sacramento”,and he needed to support him.
Then Pastor Johnston presented Pastor Rick with a check for $13,000 for the SacramentoWinterSanctuary.org THEN….He challenged pastors across this region to take the ICE BUCKET challenge, or give $1-$5 per church congregation member to the cause #RevOnTheStreets.
Pastor Rick’s last 7 days and 6 nights on the streets among the Sacramento homeless have brought in donations of over $80,000 for bringing people in out of the cold this winter.
It is important to note that the funds are for transportation and security. The participating churches for SacramentoWinterSanctuary.org all donate sleeping space, dinners, breakfasts, snacks, and great fellowship to these guests at no charge.
God bless Pastor Rick for putting himself in this position to become more sensitive to the needs of the people he described as, “precious people who are in a tough spot”. He is also raising the nations awareness of this problem by making such a powerful stand for compassion toward the homeless!
Pastor Rick says he is thinking about staying on the streets for the full 2 weeks, even if he reaches the fundraising goals. He wants to learn of the pain and circumstances first hand, by living among it
I just saw this in my private messages on Facebook and decided we should all see it. Written originally by Jab Gibson and shared today on Facebook by Rev. Peter Olayinka To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:21
Christians in areas of persecution have used many metaphors and similes to describe the victory of following Jesus and becoming an overcomer as He was. Here are some examples:
In the former Soviet Union, believers said: √ Overcomers are like nails. The harder you hit them, the deeper they go!
In China believers said: √ Overcomers are like bamboo. The more you cut them down, the faster and stronger they grow back.
In Iran believers said: √ Overcomers are like rubber balls. The harder you throw them down on the floor, the higher they rebound! √ Overcomers are like flowers. The more you crush them, the stronger and sweeter the fragrance.
In the Philippines believers said: √ Overcomers are like stained-glass cathedral windows at night. Their true beauty is revealed only when there is light from within.
In India believers said: √ Overcomers are like tea bags. You have to put them in hot water to know how strong they are!
You can be an overcomer! And you can stand strong through the storm!
RESPONSE: Today I will be an overcomer standing strong through the storm.
PRAYER: Pray that all Christians living under severe persecution will be encouraged and understand what it means to be an overcomer…as well as anticipate the many rewards Jesus promises to overcomers.
Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS) Posted by: Jab Gibson on STANDING MY WATCH DEVOTIONAL(Facebook)
It was one of our routine twitter chats when God seemed to flood my soul with a metaphor I have thought of before. But this time the flood of thoughts came roaring into my mind in fine details. It spoke to so much of my life and the lives of those to whom I have ministered lately, that I had to write it down
Joseph of Nigeria, @Josebeth07, was the chat leader, not to be confused with the Joseph of Egypt that he was teaching about. We looked at the scripture about when Joseph was imprisoned unjustly and the baker was supposed to put in a good word to get him released. The baker didn’t bother, after Joseph had given him the wisdom that helped him get out of prison. Scripture reports, “He had to stay in prison for 2 more years”. Chat leader, Joseph pointed out that we should notice the timeframe.
I began to wonder what he saw in that timeframe, I had never wondered about before. Suddenly I noticed how precise it was, as though it were a requirement spelled out in some grand plan. It didn’t say, “longer” or “for a while” or “a bit longer”. It was a measurable 2 years. And that is exactly what it took.
Suddenly dozens of critical points in my life flashed before me and I could see how precise chaos looks in retrospect, when you can see the unique connections. One event puts you exactly where you need to be, at the time you need to be there to connect with someone or something pivotal that God has placed, through circumstances at exactly the same time. So life becomes a series of coincidences, or as I prefer to think about it, divine appointments.
I began to wonder how these things weave together to make a life and I saw the vision of a huge weaving loom. We gather our thread and come to the loom, only to find that our Father God is there beside us to help weave our tapestry into a life. We begin handing Him the threads we have gathered and the tapestry begins to take shape as we, like little kids, try our best to do it ourselves. Our Father allows us to do our thing and it goes pretty well for a while, with the abilities& talents He has given us.
But one horrible day we see we are out of thread, or a knot pops up and the thread breaks. The pattern begins to change and there are days when we feel thread bare and our box is empty. We have nothing left to give the master weaver to keep the picture going. Others can give us thread from their box, but it doesn’t quite fit in our color scheme, because each tapestry is unique. It is at this time our Father brings out his sparkling box. As he opens it and glowing light fills the darkness as He pulls out his threads of pure gold, silver, and diamond dust. He goes to work weave among the dark and dull colors we’ve added lately. Suddenly we are energized and begin to want to help with His plan. The tapestry begins to be a delightful hobby as our Father brings a song into our hearts and beautiful light into our tapestry.
Even though we love what we are doing weaving our lives with our Master weaver, Up close,it still looks like a lot of chaos more than a work of art. We can see only a mass of hanging strings and knots from our vantage point. Suddenly, one day, the Master weaver says,”Watch this! Your life has become a reflection of Me and the plan I have had for you. We have made something beautiful together.” He steps in front of the tapestry and for the first time, like a mirror, He reflects the front side of the tapestry back. I saw in my own amazement, it had become a beautiful artistic reflection of Him in me. For the first time I really knew I had purpose and my tapestry showed it, all within the reflections of His love….such awesome Love.
I see the darkest places and remember that’s when I felt He had left me, as I had tried disparately to do the tapestry alone. Oh yes and I remembered another place of darkness when I had been treated unfairly, and was sure the Master was no where to be found. Not quite so dark were the places I wove when life seemed a meaningless mass of threads that I kept pulling out of my box to use aimlessly.
Suddenly I saw it! I saw the beauty of the pure gold threads my Father & master weaver had added. When I was the lowest, had nothing to offer, and was sure he was gone, he took over with his golden threads. Against the dark and dull threads I had woven, his beautiful threads popped in dramatic contrast. The effect of the contrast was to truly bring the tapestry to life…my life. Regardless of what I had had to work with and how I had seemed to mess up sections, God had used everything as backdrop and depth for the beauty he filled in.
Now I see the beautiful picture forming and I see just where God is leading me in this amazing tapestry of my life. I have been given so much talent and instructions to accomplish His plan for my life. But I will never achieve it alone, because for the greatest beauty of all He will be there to fill in for me. He completes all my gaps.
Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am withyoualways, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope and beauty that is in you. 1Peter3:15
…with @CheriDouglas & her Amazing Friends from … #GodsLoveChats #GodsPrayerRoom #GodsPraiseRoom & #GodsChoirLoft