Friday, June 17, 2016

Names recorded in Heaven.

Tom's Journal.

Hi  Friends,
      Another reason to rejoice and 'FEEL GOOD' today !!   It seems like,  when we pray --- and when I pray, for help, and the fruits of the Spirit [and you all must have them memorized by now, as I repeat them so often on this blog site...], that SOMEHOW, Father God 'fixes our individual problems and challenges,' the very next day or two !!   So  SMILE, and give thanks/ praise !!   I have so much to be thankful for, and also the good feeling that I help others when and if I can.   Friends,  by our nature of being 'Like Christ' ---we sometimes get taken advantage of, robbed, skinned, abused and hurt.... although we are told to "be innocent as doves, yet cautious as serpents."   If I could only, personally,  tread that fine line.... lol.  Oh,  that's right,  at least half of my life I have been praying for "Balance."   Yes,  I need more of that virtue, please.   I, personally, get a lot of good feelings and satisfaction out of GIVING to others, in many different ways.   Sorry.... it just makes me feel good.   But in this satanic world, there are many people out there who 'are looking for a mark/  a chump, an easy way to separate the 'fool from his money.... and then sneak out the back door,'  lol.   Gordon Lightfoot, one of my fav. singers, has a few great songs that express that truism / well known fact.    One of his songs is:  'THE CIRCLE IS SMALL." 

Jesus said: 

  But, He said, "Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven." (Luke 10:20) 

This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'
Almost two weeks in, it's been a rough Ramadan.

For infidels, that is.

Ramadan is a month-long celebration to commemorate the supposed revelation of the Koran to Mohammad.

The lowest point thus far is the murderous rampage of a Muslim radical at a nightclub for gays in Orlando, Florida. 50 dead and another 53 wounded.

Four Israelis were killed in a Ramadan-related attack on a restaurant in Tel Aviv last week.

And there have been several other acts of terrorism in the Middle East since the Muslim holiday began on June 5. It lasts until July 5 and I'm sure we can expect a few more tragic incidents.

Although the President did call the shootings an "act of terror," he quickly added that it was also "an act of hate." I would think that every act of terrorism is an act of hate. But what do I know?

Nonetheless, the President's characterization leaves open the door that the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, didn't do what he did because of his Islamic beliefs, but because he hated gays.

Well, first, it's pretty safe to say that as a radicalized Muslim, Mateen hated gays. Most Islamic terrorists do. Most Islamic societies and governments do. In fact, it is illegal to be homosexual in many Muslim nations. And in several, gays are prosecuted and sometimes executed.

But, unlike the President, we can assume Mateen committed this atrocity as a result of his Islamic faith. First, because he said so. In fact, he phoned 911 and pledged his allegiance to ISIS. Several patrons who escaped said they heard him yelling, "Allahu Akbar!" Then, ISIS released a video in which they took responsibility for influencing the rampage.

Finally, within hours of the shootings, we learned that the FBI had investigated Mateen in 2013 and again in 2014 because of his terrorist sympathies.

Reports are also now beginning to surface that Mateen's wife may have known about the attack beforehand and perhaps even drove him to the nightclub that night.

But the politically-correct crowd will continue to glom on to any hint that this horrendous act may have been inspired by anything but Mateen's Islamic radicalization. And they'll ignore the implications of Islamic terrorism inside our borders and seek to make this a gun-control issue.

And tragic as this is -- the worst mass shooting in American history and the worst terrorist attack in America since 9/11 -- it is all simply part of a trend. We're beginning to see new levels of radical Islamic brutality. Both the amount of violence and its horrific nature seem to be escalating.

Stories emerging from Afghanistan about Taliban actions are starting to rival the atrocities of ISIS. And the constant stream of reports about Muslim on Muslim attacks in the Middle East are beginning to numb our Western sensibilities.

I think we are entering a new era of what I call "Spiritual World War." And I believe that, more and more, we are going to see the conflict focusing on the war against Christianity and the war against Israel.

And although Israel is enduring a severe increase in the amount of internal terrorist activity, it is also being ganged up on anew by the governments of the world.

France recently hosted the Initiative for Peace in the Middle East. Many Western nations attended the event. They were there to discuss ways to bring "peace" to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Oddly, though, Israel and the Palestinians weren't invited. The French government promised that they would be invited to later sessions that will be held to work out the arrangements for peace in the Middle East.

Nice of them, wouldn't you say?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attended the summit. Though he urged caution about forcing strictures on Israel and he opposed setting a timetable, he did sign the meeting's final communique.

For some observers, the communique was quite benign. But it did contain a statement that was quite disturbing. It said that the participants' goal is "fully ending the occupation that began in 1967."

By agreeing to this communique, the United States joined other nation in calling Israel an "occupying force." "Fully ending the occupation that began in 1967" is an indirect way of saying that Israel should retreat to the 1967 lines. Those lines are indefensible.

The present U.S. administration and most of the nations of the world cling to a delusion. They believe that if the Palestinians are appeased, they will transform themselves from a society of terrorists into friendly neighbors.

It would be like the U.S. trying to win World War Two by handing Maryland, Virginia, and half of Washington, D.C. over to Nazi Germany.

And besides, Israel knows that any agreement reached with the Palestinian Authority now must be honored by Hamas when it takes over the entire Palestinian government and territories. Which may be sooner than later because Mahmoud Abbas is 81 and in ill health.

But Hamas is governed by a founding charter that declares: "There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad."

Hamas's terrorism and hatred is directly tied to the Islamic faith. So don't expect them to change any time soon.

Have you noticed something lately? Almost all modern technology is connected to the internet!

Yes, that was a joke! Of course you've noticed!

Computers, smart phones, video games, satellites, airplanes, cars, appliances, banks, hospitals, your credit cards, your investments, your medical services, and the list could go on endlessly. They all belong to one giant, planetary computer.

"Interconnectivity" allows the internet to do the amazing things it does. But "interconnectivity" also makes it dangerous.

It makes all of our institutions and all of us vulnerable to hackers who are constantly trying to steal past the safeguards and steal what they find there.

"Identity Theft" is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world today. And, sooner or later, it will affect all of us. It can be a minor nuisance, or it can totally devastate one's life.

Your name represents your authority, and that is what the hackers are trying to steal. They want to use your authority to enter the most secret places and steal from you.

It's the same way in our spiritual lives. Satan constantly seeks ways to steal our spiritual blessings, peace, and eternal future by stealing our authority.

But Jesus Christ turned the tables on history's greatest hacker. By taking upon Himself all of the sins of all of the world, and paying the penalty for those sins, Jesus Christ did something totally unexpected.

In "Identity Theft," someone STEALS another person's name. But Jesus did the opposite. He gave us an "Identity Gift!" He GIVES us His good name, "the name which is above every name." (Philippians 2:9)

When we accept Him as our Lord and Savior, God imparts to us the "credit worthiness" of Jesus Christ. And with it, the authority that His name evokes.

That's why Jesus told His disciples that they would have the power to do even greater things than He did because He was giving them His authority.

But, He said, "Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven." (Luke 10:20)

2 Corinthians 5:21 explains it perfectly: "God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." (NIV)

And that is His "Identity Gift" to you.

Accept it today.

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Hal Lindsey

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