The Importance Of Prayer

Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.

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Prayer keeps us humble and reminds us of our dependency on the Lord. When we don’t pray we start to sever our connection with God and become prideful by relying on ourselves rather than Him. Prayer to the Lord reinforces our commitment to Him and gives us a burst of hope to continue in our walk with the Lord. Thankfulness in prayer brings Him glory and keeps this thought fresh in our minds: All that I have God has provided. Prayer keeps us alert and awake so that we won’t fall into sin. Prayer keeps our relationship with Lord burning. If we stop praying that relationship will start to die off. Reading the Bible and praying is like breathing. Stop breathing and you will die, likewise, if you stop reading the Bible and stop praying your faith will start to die.

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The Anchor that keeps you steady

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Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.

Hope can be illustrated in this way: A man was found to be in the middle of hurricane force winds. Even though everything around him is being destroyed, he has peace; Peace that leaves all those around him dumbfounded and with amazement. When we find ourselves in that storm we must throw the anchor to keep us from drifting or from heading in the wrong direction of despair just like a ship at sea. Jesus is our anchor, the hope that steadies our lives from being destroyed by the storms of life and from the enemies. Hebrews 6: 18-19 18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. With the anchor in our lives let us rejoice because in 1 John 4:4 it says, You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

When Moses went up the mountain to speak with God and afterward at the base of the mountain, when the people met him, his face shone with God’s glory. When we come out of our closets or bedrooms after praying to the Lord our minds are transformed to reflect more of God’s character. How do people see Christ in you? By loving your neighbors (friends or enemies) so that they may see God’s glory shine in you. Above all else, love the Truth and don’t let the world transform you into their version of truth (deception) but transform them through the Truth of God’s Word.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (12:6-10)

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6 The woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, to be fed there for 1,260 days.

In verses 1-5, the woman mentioned was Mary as the context went back in time to the dramatic scene of King Herod who Satan used to try to kill Jesus when He was an infant. Now the scene jumps all the way to a future not yet come which is the great tribulation. Here the woman represents Israel meaning the Jewish people who fled by way of help into a safe place, away from the Antichrist for 3 1/2 years.

Most likely this event, the Jews fleeing, will occur when the Antichrist puts his image in the corner of the third temple in the middle of the great tribulation or the last 3 1/2 years.

In Matthew 24:15-18 it sheds light to that event which says, 15 “So when you see the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place” (let the reader understand), 16 “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! 17 A man on the housetop must not come down to get things out of his house. 18 And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes.

According to the Book of Zechariah, not all of the Jewish people will escape or survive as seen in Zechariah 13:1-5 which says, A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided in your presence. 2 I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle. The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, forming a huge valley, so that half the mountain will move to the north and half to the south.


7 Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels also fought,

While the Antichrist is trying to destroy Israel and proclaim to all the people that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4) so that he can be worshipped, the scene then changes to a climactic scene of the final spiritual battle that takes place in heaven.

This is Satan’s ultimate goal since the very beginning, to take full unlimited control of earth as well as the kingdom of God in heaven. There are two major battles going on for pure domination. Satan and his fallen angels go to make war in heaven against Michael, the chief prince, and his angels. Here we see that Satan wants to make into reality what was said about him saying in Isaiah 14:12-14 which says, 12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’


8 but he could not prevail, and there was no place for them in heaven any longer.

Satan unquestionably was no match for Michael, the chief prince, and his angels. The red dragon was defeated and permanently was kicked out of heaven.


9 So the great dragon was thrown out—the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him.

This verse makes it clear who the dragon was which the title “ancient serpent” reveals that Satan was the one who deceived Eve in the garden (Genesis 3). Satan and his fallen angels are the ones responsible for all deceptions that have occurred on earth through false religion, atheism, and the occult.


10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
The salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of His Messiah
have now come,
because the accuser of our brothers
has been thrown out:
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.

After the defeat of the red dragon and his fallen angels, there is a celebration that takes place in heaven, giving glory to God the Father and God the Son because justice and judgment are quickly approaching to take place against the devil for all that he has done.

The Qualifications That God Says A Person Must Possess To Go To Heaven Without Believing In Jesus

 

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Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind-Job 38:1

 

Job 40:9-14

9 Do you have an arm like God’s?
Can you thunder with a voice like His?
10 Adorn yourself with majesty and splendor,
and clothe yourself with honor and glory.
11 Unleash your raging anger;
look on every proud person and humiliate him.
12 Look on every proud person and humble him;
trample the wicked where they stand.
13 Hide them together in the dust;
imprison them in the grave.
14 Then I will confess to you
that your own right hand can deliver you.

God gave Job, the qualifications that a person needs, to make it into heaven through one’s own ability.

I will break it down so you can see that to work for your own salvation, will require the individual to be God.


1. (v.9) To have an arm like God’s and to have a voice that thunders both mean the same thing. It is to have great and awesome power to create and destroy at will.

Exodus 15:6

“Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power;
Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed the enemy in pieces.

Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.

Psalm 33:6

The heavens were made by the word of the Lord,
and all the stars, by the breath of His mouth.


2. (v.10) To have or display majesty, splendor, honor, and glory, you would have had to create a universe or something equal to that of God’s to showcase your glory. See Psalms 19:1


3. (vs.11-12) To unleash your raging anger means to, first of all, be without sin and righteous to be able to be justified in punishing the wicked, at will unleash the plagues as seen in the Book of Revelation and control its outcome, and to have the wisdom to judge rightly between the humble and the haughty. Also, knowing everyone’s life that ever lived from birth to their death and having the power to send someone to heaven or to the Lake of Fire.


4. (v.13) Another qualification to possess is that once you have sent someone to hell, you need to have the power to keep him/her there for eternity, to pay for their sins.


5. (v.14) If you have all of these qualifications, then you can definitely deliver yourself from hell and make it into heaven through your own strength without believing in Jesus for salvation.

When people say that they don’t need Jesus to go to heaven but can do it by their own goodness, they are indirectly saying that they are God. Only by having faith in Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection can a person be delivered from spiritual death.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (12:1-5)

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1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

The sun, the moon, and the 12 stars represents the lineage (Genesis 37:9-10) that the promised Messiah would come from (Genesis 22:18).

  • Sun-Jacob who was the son of Isaac who was the son of Abraham
  • Moon-Jacob’s wife
  • 12 stars-Jacob’s 12 sons which became the 12 tribes of Israel

2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.

This is a reference to Mary about to give birth to Jesus Christ.

Some interpret the woman in verses 1-2 to be Israel. The reason that the woman is not Israel but Mary is that in the context it makes the “son” literal. If the son is literal so must the woman be. It also brings the reader back to Matthew 1-2, the birth of Christ and how Satan wanted to kill Him.


3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.

The red dragon is Satan, see verse 9.

The meaning of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns are as follows:

  • Seven heads: Seven mountains which are also seven kings. Revelation 17:9-10
  • Ten horns: Ten kings who will come later to rule with the Antichrist for a short time. Revelation 17:12
  • Seven crowns: On each crown are names that blaspheme God and those in heaven with Him. Revelation 13:1

The red dragon’s appearance with the seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns and that of the Beast (The Antichrist) are the same because Satan will rule the people through the Antichrist.

Revelation 13:2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.


4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.

The phrase “Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky” refers to angels who Lucifer convinced while in heaven to rebel against God with him. Those angels are now called demons.

The dragon who wanted to devour the child is referring to Matthew 2:7-8, 16-17 which says, 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.


5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

“She gave birth to a son” Mary gave birth to the Savior of the world.

“will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” In the millennial reign, Jesus will be King of kings and Lord of lords and will rule the world and bring true peace.

The phrase “And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.” It refers to the ascension of Jesus after His resurrection, away from Satan’s threats. Luke 24:50-53