"Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Psalm 90:11-12
We are about to end another year and start another. As I look back at this year I can only sum it up like this, that things are fast approaching for the rise of the anti-Christ and world government. We see the U. S. economy continuing to slip and our morals erode, not only outside the church but also inside. The spiritual temperature in the church is sick and feverish, as a friend of mine recently described it America, as a nation will soon fall as a world power with the help of our leaders but also because of the prophetic times we are now in. I don't say not to pray for our beloved country because that would be contrary to scripture found in 1Timothy 2:1-3 which sways, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." 2Timothy 2:1-4 There is nothing wrong for praying for p eace and even a bit of prosperity but that is not the end, salvation and work for Christ is the end as mentioned in verse 4 that says, " Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." The salvation of souls and their continual growth in Christ is our number one business as well as keeping the saints walking in the light of his Word.
The Bible is the only real book that will save America, if there is still time for it to be saved. The unadulterated word with the correct and upright translation (KJV) is imperative for our use. I do not want to go into a long detailed exposé' on why I believe this is true as I always try to keep these short only that I can tell you that basically, this English version was in general usage of the church until recent years when suddenly we felt we needed to upgrade the common version that has been used to spawn revivals and build the greatest country on earth.
No one really knows what next year will bring. I talked with an evangelist a day ago who does street preaching and was on his way to preach in Las Vegas then the Rose parade and Rose Bowl. As we discussed the possible future, one scripture kept coming to me that has always been brought to my heart each time I think of the uncertain future of this country. I challenge you to read and meditate on Psalm 91, especially the first few verses. I will print it below but as you read, keep in mind that every promise has a condition. Look closely at the conditions for fulfillment of promises in this Psalm. May God keep you and help you grow in Him this next year. (Underlines and notes, mine).
1 ¶ He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (We must live in him. See John 15:1-7J)
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. (He can keep you from being led astray and misled by the word's system).
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (Knowing and trusting in God's Word requires diligent reading of it and study. Instead of listening to the same commercials and news items over and over, read and listen to His Word over and over so you can have faith. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17)
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. (This covers about any kind of disaster, even those that occur that you have no control over. God can give wisdom and help to avoid or ride through these without harm IF you continually abide in him.)
9 ¶ Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; (A habitation is a dwelling place, or a place to live. Does Christ live in our heart? Read what he told his disciples the night before he went to the cross. "
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." You cannot abide in him or have him for a habitation until he abides and dwells in you. Does if live in you?
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
The last few verses are prophetic for Christ but in a sense can still be applied as he can keep us in "all thy ways" or the ways of Christ. He will answer our prayers.
Again, may you have a wonderful new year in Jesus Christ, our Lord!