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RELIGIOUS 24 Wisdom from the Word Ben Berto “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14: 1- 3, NKJV As Jesus was talking with his disciples at the Mount of Olives, They asked him when will these things take place and what are the signs of his coming. In Matthew chapters 24 & 25 and Luke chapter 21, Jesus was asked about the signs of his coming and the end of the world. Earthquakes are occurring with increasing frequency and are stronger than ever. of diseases like measles which was thought to be eradicated is sweeping in twenty- one states in the and cases are being seen in Canada, violence, wars, and rumors of wars are no longer frontpage news, and Epidemics US man’s inhumanity to man is looked on as if it is normal. We hear about starvation especially in war torn African. The prophet Joel talked about people preparing for conflicts and says about the weak nations claiming to be strong. Truly with these signs we know that Jesus is coming soon. When? We don’t know the times and the seasons that God put in his hands, but He can come at evening midnight or morning, but he says to be ready because he will come at any time we do not expect. Pastor Billy Graham, the great Baptist preacher has this to say about Christ’s second coming. “People ask me, “Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is going to come back to this earth again?” Yes, I do. The Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again. And I don’t see any other hope, because we’re heading toward a catastrophe in our world. The Bible says, “Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY August 16 - 31, 2018 IS JESUS REALLY COMING SOON? fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:3- 7). In other words, there’s going to come a judgment on this earth, and it will be a judgment of fire. The Word of God speaks of the certainties of the end of the world. Jesus said, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37). What were the days of Noah like? And is there a parallel now? One word that is used to describe the days of Noah is wickedness. The people were wicked: “Every imagination of their thoughts was evil” (Cf. Genesis 6:5). It seems as if they stayed awake at night thinking up new ways to do evil. It was a world in which marriage was abused. The people were corrupt and violent. It was a world in which violence prevailed: murders, wars, insurrections.” Pastor Graham continues, “Today the only bright spot on the horizon of this world is the promise of the coming again of Christ, the Messiah. We can’t go on much longer morally. We can’t go on much longer scientifically. The technology that was supposed to save us is ready to destroy us. New weapons are being made all the time, including chemical and biological weapons. “In Isaiah 66 we read that “the Lord will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury” (Isaiah 66:15). In the New Testament we read that Christ said, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3). “Jesus promised that He is coming back, and we are to comfort one another Moments and he said, “I’m a totally different man.” And he is. “God is giving you the same opportunity that He gave to that man. The Bible says, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). You need to make a commitment to Christ today. This is your moment with God. “I’m going to ask you to open your heart and say, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart.” ““You ask, “What do I have to do?” “First, you have to be willing to repent of your sins. You may not have the strength to change your way of living. Repentance means that you say to God, “I have sinned. I am sorry for my sin. I am willing to change my way of living. But You have to help me change: I can’t do it alone.” “You need to make a commitment to Jesus Christ, and let Him come into your heart. I’m going to ask you to do that. “Second, you come by faith. What does faith mean? Faith means that you put your trust in Him and say, “Lord, I give myself to You.”” When do we need to make that decision of accepting Christ as our Saviour? Paul, in Hebrews 3: 7-11, quoted from Psalms the following; “7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:“Today, if you will hear His voice,8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ” For questions and Bible Studies, call, Ben at 604 581 1278, Junjun at 778-927- 8040, Stanley at 604-700-3053 and Pastor Leomar Macaraig at 604 928 3579. The Abundant Life Seventh-day Adventist Church meets at the City Center Church on 13062 104th Avenue, Surrey on Saturdays. All are welcome to attend. ‘Prayotherapy’ Fr. Jerry M. Orbos, SVD No joke today. It is not a joke to ex- perience the not-so-good side effects of my first chemotherapy these days. But guess what? I have discovered a very up- lifting experience which I call “prayother- apy”—i.e., Pray you! 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