Welcoming In the New Year!

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New Year 2019

Before we begin, let me offer everyone New Year’s greetings….A Blessed New Year to all!

Of course 2018, like every other year, was seen out and the New Year was welcomed in with a blaze of the traditional fireworks.  Each major city across the world sought to, not only, out do last years display but also to outdo one another.

 

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Yet in some parts of the world the common hopes for a prosperous New Year have been shattered.

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A man and woman covered in blood are treated at the scene

Vehicle ploughs into New Year’s crowd in Tokyo, injures eight people

  • At least eight people were injured, one seriously, when a vehicle ploughed into crowds celebrating New Year’s Day in Tokyo early on Tuesday.
  • NHK said the suspect had initially described the incident as an “act of terror” but later said the attack was in retaliation for capital punishment.

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Police inspect a car whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds in Tokyo early January 1, 2019.

Foiled New Year ‘Terror Attack’ in Venezuelan Oil Plant Leaves Two Dead

Oil Minister Quevedo claimed the attack forms part of a plan to sabotage the oil industry.

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The filling plant in La Yagua, Carabobo State, was the site of an alleged terror attack on New Year’s Eve. (Agencies)

Police foil New Year’s terror plan in Karachi

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1:38 PM | December 30, 2018

Security forces Saturday night foiled a major terror bid designed to target New Year eve in Karachi and arrested five suspects, local media reported.

Events in 2018

A Warning to North Korea

Self-proclaimed “respected prophet” Cindy Jacobs kicked off 2018 by delivering a word of warning to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that God would remove him from office unless he converted to Christianity.

“He’s not going to allow Kim Jong Un to stay in that position,” Jacobs prophesied. “He is not going to allow compromise to come. Something is going to dramatically happen because his time for being a dictator is over, unless he turns his heart to the Lord.”

At last check, Kim Jong Un has not converted to Christianity and yet remains in power.

The Bible Code

In May, preacher Lance Wallnau prophesied, based on a passage from the Book of Esther, that by June 6, the nation would see “the unraveling of the entire deep state intrigue” that he believed was at work to take down President Trump.

Wallnau made this claim repeatedly, insisting that there would be “a major breakthrough” and “massive disclosures, a virtual hemorrhaging of information” by June 6 that would utterly destroy Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation.

“It’s going to happen,” he guaranteed.

It didn’t.

Blood Moon Fiasco

The blood moon is said to signify the second arrival of Jesus Christ, as stated in Joel 2:31: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.”

The blood moon prophecy predicts the world as we know it will end after a series of four lunar eclipses, which is known as a “tetrad”.

Christian pastor, Mark Biltz predicted the return of Jesus in 2015, which coincided with a tetrad. He wrote of this in Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, where he cites Joel 2:31.

John Hagee also wrote of the Blood Moon Prophecy, in his book Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change.

Mr Hagee believes the event of a tetrad will result in an apocalypse. For the record, there have been 62 tetrads in the last 2000 years and zero apocalypses.

Both these books attracted mainstream media attention in 2014.

Jim Bakker’s false prophecy:

2018 is the beginning of the end, the time of sorrows has begun, famine and pestilence, and a terror attack at the Winter Olympics.

No Terror attack at the Winter Olympics!

Rapture Discord

much division has ensued because several leading teachers have declared the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture to be heresy and denounced its proponents to be heretics.  This has led to a virtual civil war within churches between the various camps.

People began to openly attack their brethren and accuse each other of being heretics.  This is a sad state of affairs.

We believe that there will be a rapture of those that remain at the coming of the Lord however even we do not agree as to its precise timing.  We know what we believe and we also know that we might be mistaken.

The important thing is to bear in mind that we all may enter eternity at any moment and we should be ready for this eventuality.  In other words, each one of us might die before His return and before the coming rapture!  This is what we should concentrate on.

Instead of arguing over dates and timings Christians should be spreading the Gospel of Christ by any and every means possible!  The command to the churches is to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to everybody”!


What will we face in 2019?

The quick answer is, more of the same! More false prophecies concerning the future!  More false teachings concerning the future and more apostasy!

Let us pray that we be found faithful, consistent and stedfast in the truth!

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; (Colossians 1:9-11)

 

 

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