Posted by: cindybythesea | February 5, 2017

Rise Up!

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“Taking the child by the hand, He said to her Talitha kum! (which translated means, “little girl, I say to you, rise up!”

From Super Bowl 51 to the heavily charged politics which have polarized the nation in the past few days and months it seems like the slogan “rise up” has become the mantra of just about everyone these days. With words that demand action, it is becoming more than likely that the struggle that the nation has found itself embroiled in will continue long after the struggle on the football field is over tomorrow.

I listened to someone the other day that likened the times in which we are currently living to both 1861 and 1941. The start of the Civil War and the start of WWII. The climate both home and abroad eerily similar to the days that preceded the start of both of those conflicts. We’ve all heard the saying that “history, if we do not learn from it is destined to repeat itself” and sadly, we are dangerously close to that being true. A fact that should give everyone pause for thought …. for a divided nation is a weak nation ….. and our enemies are not fools.

I’ve wondered what a Civil War might look like in our day and time. The Union blues and the Confederate greys, the blast of cannon smoke …. ghosts of the past revisiting our homes, our streets our cities. The conflict as you remember was a bitter one ….. one that pitted sometimes father against son, brother against brother and friend against friend (Facebook) in our day and time. And while now its primarily a war of words it has the become increasingly violent and will continue to be so until the conflict begins in earnest. A thought which makes me very sad and should be troubling to all.

Do people really know what they are asking? (Those who are inciting violence, rebellion and anarchy). No wonder Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers”.

I’m thinking now of one of our most endearing Patriotic songs:

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brother hood from sea to shining sea!

The thought of this once blessed and fruitful land being torn asunder is heart wrenching. And while I mourn in my spirit the dying of this great nation, I am comforted by knowing that even in these tumultuous times things are not beyond the grasp of our heavenly Father and are in fact, well within his control. A sign I believe, (all things considered) that the bridegroom Jesus is very near to speaking these words to the young maiden who is destined to be his bride and like the little girl he called forth from death to life will say these words – rise up!

My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my love, my beautiful one and come away with me!” Song of Songs 2:10

Yes, friends …. we are going home soon!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: cindybythesea | January 29, 2017

A Possible Clue

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I bid on this envelope on E-bay and won the bid for a whopping $3.00! Amazing as I had no idea what it might be worth and was actually just trying my hand at bidding in order to see how it worked.

I was immediately intrigued when I saw it. An unaddressed envelope bearing stamps and dual post marks from May 16, 1948; the first business day following the creation of the new Jewish state of Israel. It’s interesting how on one corner it reads “last day of Postal Service under British Mandate” while the other reads “first day of Jewish Postal Service”.  But what is even more amazing to me is the fact that May 16, 1948 was Pentecost on the Gentile calendar. The dual stamps a subtle nod (I believe) to the history of that day and the changing of the times.

I won the bid on this envelope in mid-December and had given up all hope of receiving it as day after day passed with nothing inn my mail box. I had just about decided that I had been snookered out of my 3 bucks … then all of the sudden just a couple of days ago … there it was! Wow, it had actually arrived and I was so excited. The reason it had taken so long – it was mailed to me from Sweden! I thought that was a little odd but the envelope is very old ….. I have no doubt its authentic. Perhaps, someone in Sweden is a collector of historical paraphernalia of all kinds. But what amazed me the most as I looked at it was the overwhelming realization that I not only held a piece of history in my hand ….. but, the fulfillment of Bible prophecy as well.

One Envelope, two peoples

I’ve thought about the date May 16, 1948 and the fact that it was Pentecost and it seems appropriate to me that the envelope bears stamps of both the former and the latter in light of that particular date ……Gentile, for the country was previously under British authority and Jewish, as a result of the newly born Jewish state. For what was Pentecost but the joining of the two (Jew and Gentile) to make one flesh, the body of Jesus, the body of Messiah. Which leads me to think that the date (May 16, 1948) could be a significant marker in determining the times in which we live ….. particularly, the end of the church age and the rapture of the church. For it was one day and one day only that the two appeared on one envelope … after which, all other postage would bear but one stamp and one postmark … the state of Israel.

Tower of David

It’s interesting also to note that the image of the tower of David is positioned between the two sets of stamps on the top of the envelope. If my typology is correct (one envelope, two peoples) why would the tower of David be the joining factor?

Per Wikipedia:

The tower of David, also known as the Jerusalem citadel, is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the western edge of the old city of Jerusalem. The citadel that stands today dates to the Mamluk and Ottoman periods. It was built on an earlier ancient fortification of the Hasmonean, Herodian-era ….it includes important archaeological finds dating back over 2,000 years including a quarry dated to the First Temple period … the tower was dubbed “David’s Tower” in the 5th century by Byzantine Christians who believed the site to the be the palace of King David. They borrowed the name “tower of David” from Song of Songs 4:4 –

“Thy neck is like the tower of David built with turrets, whereon there hang a thousand shields, all the armor of the mighty men.”

And while this was not the site of David’s palace it was believed to be and the name remains to this day. By Jewish tradition, King David (a type and shadow of Messiah) was born and died on Pentecost and is also found in the imagery of Song of Songs, which also foreshadows the coming of Messiah, the beloved bridegroom for his bride, the Church.

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I have to say I have not got it all figured out but it has given me a lot to think about. The Church age is set to wrap up – the signs of the times are every where and maybe, just maybe the Lord has provided us with another possible clue …. mail that came via a slow boat from Sweden ….. it would be fun to think so.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 22, 2017

Let It Rain

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“Drip down, O heavens, from above. And let the clouds pour down righteousness. Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit. And righteousness spring up with it. I, the Lord have created it”.  Isaiah 45:8

This has been a week of high emotion for many people. The rain that fell as Donald Trump began his inauguration speech viewed by some as God’s favor  – by others a symbol of mourning. As one tweet put it “the sky is weeping” and indeed it was but not for the reason you might think.

I guess it all depends upon the viewpoint that you hold.

I have a funny story that relates to this. It involves my five year old granddaughter – the one we affectionately call “Cake”.

It was Friday night this past week and my daughter, son-in-law and the kids were at the grocery store shopping for groceries. The plan was to get their groceries and then pick up a family friendly movie at Red Box to watch when they got home.  A storm had been brewing all afternoon and before they finished shopping it had become a down pour. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning. So much so that the lights in the grocery store went out and the generator had to kick on. Needless to say, they rapidly completed their shopping and started for home. No Red Box movie.

As they were driving home, my five year old granddaughter says to her mom, “Mom, it’s God that makes the rain, right?” “Yes, Cake”, she said. “It’s God who makes the rain.” A few seconds later after she had had some time to think about this Cake said,  “Mom, it’s God, who decides when its going to rain, right”. “Yes, Cake”, my daughter said. “It’s God who decides when it will rain”.  A few seconds later from the back seat of the car where she was sitting, clearly disgruntled, she said – “Then Mom, if it’s God who decides when it is going to rain – then it’s his fault we didn’t get a movie!” Bahhhh … ahh …. ahhh

Oh,  my goodness! The reasoning and logic of a five year old, right?  Yet, this is the same kind of logic that is being practiced across the country right now – not by children – but by fully grown adults. People who cannot accept the fact that things did not turn out the way that they had hoped and are looking for someone to blame.

My daughter explained to Cake that God has a big job in watering the earth. Pointing out to her that its the rain that makes the grass green,  flowers bloom and most importantly the broccoli that Cake loves so much to grow. “Cake”, she said. “God’s plans are bigger than our plans. Do you understand”? Well, no she didn’t and in spite of repeating it  – “God’s plans are bigger than our plans” was not at all convinced. 

The next morning, Cake was up eating her morning cereal and was watching Superbook, the Christian animated series of Bible stories for children on TV. This particular morning it was on creation. As Cake is watching the program, my daughter ask her if she remembered what they were talking about the night before. Perhaps inspired by the dramatic account of the events of creation she was watching on TV  and the drama of the storm the night before, Cake suddenly exclaimed – “Mom, God’s plans are bigger than our plans!” Her face lighting up like the light bulb that had just gone off in her head, she went on to exclaim – “it’s so exciting, it makes my teeth want to fall out of my head!”

Out of the mouths of babes! When is the last time any of us have exclaimed with such child like exuberance our wonder and marvel at God. Yes, sweetie, makes Grandma’s teeth want to fall out of her head too – and not ’cause I need dentures!

It’s sad to think that there are so many for whom that light bulb has not yet come on. So many who do not understand that what they view as restrictive might actually be blessing. That what we want might not actually be the best for us. In fact the Bible tells us –

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

Hope and a future …….

The rain softly fell as the 45th President took the podium an indication I believe that the Lord has confirmed his favor ….. not so much upon the man that just took office but upon a people who sought him for a blessing and believed him for an answer …..the man, but the instrument God has chosen in the facilitation of that blessing  ….

…… and, as rain brings forth fruit in its season ….. so is a harvest in coming ….. for his ways are higher than our ways, his plans bigger than ours … and that in the words of a sweet little girl called Cake makes me so excited my teeth want to fall out of my head!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 15, 2017

Loves Greatest Expression

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This is a great photo mostly because it’s the type of thing that lends itself to all kinds of captions. “Whoa, that’s a long way down!” Or “whoops!” Maybe even, “how’d you get down there?” I know one thing for sure with my impaired sense of balance leaning over like that would mean but one thing for me – a quick trip to the bottom!

But that’s kind of how we are. Leaning over the cliff’s edge. So mesmerized by what we see below that we lose all sense of perception – completely unaware or unwilling to recognize the danger that we ourselves are in.

In the last few years the world has become an increasingly dangerous place in which to live. It’s not something we like to think about but its true. We hope against hope that as long as we stay perched above it all (like the fella on the cliff) we will somehow escape it. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Right now the nation (and the world) is in turmoil. The conservatives blame the liberals and the liberals blame the conservatives. Everyone points to the other while no one points at themselves. And the truly frightening thing is that we are ready to go to blows to make our point.

“You’ve offended me by what you did!”  “Well, you’ve offended me by what you said!” And on and on we go …. while no one considers that we’ve all offended the one who matters most – and that is God. In the depravity of our minds, we think that we can make up our own rules; call our own shots. No matter how contradictory they are. We deplore “bullying” while we applaud a world who attempts to impose their will on another nation (Israel) and we call “haters” anyone who disagrees with us so much so that we hate them and want their voices silenced.

We throw the blanket of love around yet accuse anyone who disagrees with us as being unloving. Try holding fast to any moral standard particularly a Biblical one and see how fast you are labeled unloving. And as great as love is …. there is something greater. And this is where without a doubt, we hold the higher ground.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple” Psalm 19:7

Let me give you an example. We know from the Bible that God is love. In fact, he loved us so much he sent his son – as Christians, we all agree on that. But ask yourself this question –  which is greater law/justice or love?

My daughter (the one I often refer to as Seven Stars) and I were discussing this the other day. When she pointed out to me what I believe to be the perfect example to that question.

Say a sheriff in a town has a son who commits a heinous crime. The sheriff is grieved because he loves his son but he has been a long time servant of the people and has on oath sworn to up hold the law. What does he do?

He turns his son in.

Why? Because of the nature of his character.

For as much as he loves his son he knows that justice takes precedence over love — which is why lady justice is often depicted as blindfolded.

Now this is important because we cannot fully understand God (nor his love) without first understanding his justice. In fact, it is precisely because of his justice that he is able to express his love towards us.

For the love of God flows forth from the justice of his nature.

Another way of saying that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

God is grieved by our sin. The justice of his nature demands a penalty (which he cannot dismiss) but because of love, great love beyond our imagining, he took the penalty upon himself.

The world rejects God because they don’t like his law, his standard of justice. So much so that they accuse him (by virtue of those who seek to uphold his law i.e. marriage, sanctity of life and so forth) as being unloving. To accuse us is to accuse him. Can you imagine! The one who meted out justice upon himself in order that we might receive the full expression of his love – accused of being unloving.  What hutzpah! And what a very dangerous cliff on which to stand.

Friends, its like this. Our sin has offended the justice of God. But because he loves us it’s as if the Sheriff in our little story had said – “take me in my sons place”.  God offers that to all of us. He took the penalty of sin on himself and offers it as a free gift to all who will receive – an offer that is available to each of us as long as we have breath. Sadly, if we do not take advantage of his gracious offer before our life ends the penalty for the offense of sin remains on us. Justice will stand.

For justice takes precedence over love – but, it is also what gives love its greatest expression.

*A big thank you to my daughter whose thoughts were the inspiration for this post and to both my daughters for their love of Jesus and who (like Aaron and Hur when they held up the arms of Moses) held up my arms for so many years, when I could not hold them up for myself.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 8, 2017

Meeting Jesus

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How many of you have heard the phrase “come to Jesus moment“?  A tongue in cheek expression often used (by those in the secular world) to describe a moving or enlightening experience of some kind – usually trivial in nature – so profound (that’s why it’s tongue in cheek, because it’s trivial) it borders on a religious experience. Example: “I had a come to Jesus moment when I discovered “no hamburger in the world compares to one topped with green chile”.  And while I would not use that particular phrase to describe a hamburger, I will say there is no hamburger in the world that compares to one topped with green chile, but, that’s a subject for another day.

Every person who is born again of the Spirit has a time when they came to Jesus. For some it may have been a process – for others more suddenly … a specific moment in time when one realizes that Jesus is both who he said he was and of their own personal need for him. I love these stories and find them as delightful as they are inspirational for each one is unique and speaks of the incredible love Jesus has for each individual. These days you can find many of these stories on the internet …. particularly YouTube and once I discovered these I have not been able to stop watching.

One that really caught my attention this past week was the testimony of a young man by the name of  David Wood. David by his own admission is (or was, I should say) a violent psychopath. It’s an amazing story that still has me shaking my head. How David came to faith in Jesus is as fascinating as it is riveting. And chilling. For the thought of people like David walking the streets is part of our worst nightmare. Yet, he (and those like him) are not too far for Jesus to reach. In dramatic fashion, David takes us with him in to the depths of the New York Subway for the telling of his story. A fitting background for a man caught literally in the labyrinths of hell. A story you won’t want to miss and can watch  here. .

I have also enjoyed immensely listening to the testimonies from One For Israel. Most of these are about ten minutes long and are as incredible in their own way as the testimony of David Wood. For a sample of just a few click here, here and here. Or just go to Youtube and type in One for Israel. And while these in particular are Jewish there are or course a plethora of others out there as well.

For me testimonies are more than just interesting. They are faith building. A reminder to me that it is Jesus who does it all. Individuals we think are unreachable, not so. Our job simply this – go and tell. Jesus will do the rest.

If you would like to share in the comments section how you met Jesus. I would love to hear it. Or if you have a testimony you think others would be blessed by hearing by all means post the link.

And, as always – “pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

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Posted by: cindybythesea | January 2, 2017

2017 and the question of Jerusalem

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“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3

This is a bronze medal I purchased on-line as a gift for my son-in-law for his birthday this past month. It commemorates the six day war when Jerusalem after thousands of years came once again under Jewish control in 1967.  An amazing fulfillment of Bible prophecy under the direction of General Moshe Dayan and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who as you can see are engraved on one side of the medal – the other side, the city of Jerusalem.

I’ve been enamored with this medal since I first saw it. The images inscribed on each of its sides amazing in both detail and clarity. In 1967, I was 12 years old. Completely unaware at the time that a historical event of a magnitude I still find hard to imagine had just taken place. Step two in fulfillment of Bible prophecy preceded by step one just 19 years prior when Israel became a nation once again. Answering a question that the Bible itself poses “can a nation be born in a day?” To which, we resoundingly affirm “yes” – as Israel was officially reborn May 14, 1948.

On January 15, 2017 the UN will seek to undo the second of these events by returning Israel to its pre-1967 borders by dividing  Jerusalem and giving the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria to a historically non-existent people. If they can accomplish this they have a good shot at undoing step one – which, is the real goal, I might add – as the pre-1967 borders of this tiny country are indefensible – and the so-called Palestinian people as well as the surrounding Arab nations will never be satisfied until the Jewish people are eradicated and the Jewish state ceases to exist. Which is why if the two state solution is ever enacted it will never bring peace.

If this happens this year (and I believe it will) we will see an acceleration of Bible prophecy like nothing we could previously have imagined.

Back to the January 15 date. You will notice that there are 70 nations involved in this decision. Biblically speaking 70 is a very significant number. And can represent judgment or a period of judgment. On this date, which is a Sunday – a mere two weeks from today,  70 nations will meet in Paris regarding the question of Jerusalem and may in the days before the inauguration of the new President impose their will upon the tiny, miraculously born nation of Israel. An exact 8 months and 8 days before the Revelation 12 sign on September 23, 2017. A number which I find to be quite interesting as Psalm 88 is known as the most mournful of all the Psalms. Read it and I think you will see why. You can find it in its entirety  here and from which I quote:

“You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths ….you have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape ….Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me … you have taken my companions and loved ones from me; darkness is my closest friend”

When the nations come against Israel it will indeed be their darkest hour. At that time they will have no friends, no allies ….. the Bible has made it clear that the time is coming when all nations will go up against Jerusalem. A terrifying and sad thought  but evidently the only way in which they will finally call out to Yeshua as their last and final hope.  Something Jesus referred to when he said, (speaking to Israel)

“I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” Matthew 23:39

That being said, we know what will happen but how will it play out? Still more questions than answers it seems …. but, I have the sneaking suspicion that before this month is out the glass through which we see darkly will have cleared up just a little. And it may be a little bit different than we had guessed.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | January 1, 2017

A Minute to Midnight

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Clocks around the world are ticking as 2016 slips away in to history. And for many, it will be a welcome departure as 2016 was an exercise in turbulence; a spoiled child relentless in having its own way. We hope the New Year will be better. We pray the New Year will be better.  And by golly, it should be once that spoiled petulant child of a year has been put to bed once and for all. At least we hope.

Each year brings with it its own set of new hopes and fears. Mostly hopes, at least for the first day or so. I’ve always like the new year, it feels like a time for re-set. Goals set for fitness, relationships and employment once unachievable all of the sudden seem achievable in light of the new year. The ten pounds I put on the previous year -that old year all history now – the New Year, says, I can do better.  As if something magical happens between a minute to midnight and one minute after and all the goals I failed to reach the previous year suddenly become possible once again. But this year is different. This year the ten pounds I put on last year hardly seem relevant.

2017 is shaping up to be unique. More than unique. A mere two weeks from now the UN will meet in Paris (Sunday, January 15) regarding the so-called two state solution for middle-East peace and the division of Jerusalem. If this is taken to a vote and passes (and  I believe it will), we will have entered a time period unlike any other. And if you think 2016 was bad, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This move by the UN will bring about incredible disaster, war, and a shaking of everything that can be shaken. And the United States, who had the power just days ago to veto this potential move will be held particularly responsible.

John Kerry in his address following the back stabbing move by Israel’s once greatest friend made an interesting statement – he said, (regarding Israel) –

“…Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both”

And while he meant it one way ….. in another way, it is completely true. Israel must find who they are and stick to their God given identity. Israel does not need the UN, Israel does not need the United States ….. and Israel does not need men like John Kerry laying out an ultimatum for them. Israel will not concede to this kind of pressure and Jerusalem (as prophesied) will become a burdensome stone to all nations. Israel needs to remember that their greatest King, (King David) needed but one stone to fell the giant Goliath. And while they do not (for the most part) know King Messiah, Jesus yet, they will – for when the times comes it will be he himself who will fight on their behalf.

Hauntingly, the book of Joel puts it this way ….

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near ….”

Friends, we are one minute to midnight so to speak. The future is directly before us. The nations have a decision to make and so do we …..

I pray that if you do not know Jesus as Lord, King and Messiah that you will make that decision today. It’s a very simple process ….. just pray this pray from the sincerity of your heart –

Dear God, I recognize that I am a sinner. I have lived my life my own way, by my own rules and I recognize that my sin has kept me apart from you. I ask Lord for your forgiveness. Please cleanse me from all my sin and come in to my life to dwell. Thank you God for your love and your grace in Jesus name, Amen!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | December 25, 2016

The Die Has Been Cast

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“When they had crucified him they divided up his clothes by casting lots”  Matthew 27:35

For most, December 23, 2016 was just another day in the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas. When in reality, the date will prove (and in the very near future, I might add) to be one of the most important and ominous we have ever known. For yesterday a decision was made that will affect all of our futures. If you are convinced this is simply a middle-East thing … you are seriously wrong. For what happened yesterday has been warned about for centuries …. but, as always … God knowing the end from the beginning …. gets it right.

Yesterday, the UN voted on a resolution that will strip Israel of East Jerusalem and rob them of the right to the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria. And what is worse, to add insult to injury you might say, the United States had the power to veto that resolution but did not –  an action sanctioned by the departing President whose ego would not allow him to leave office without giving his former nemesis Prime Minister Netanyahu something to remember him by. Shameful if not criminal treatment of a former ally with consequences which are both dire and irreversible. For the knife plunged so deeply into the back of the Prime Minister (and by extension his people) he will find in due time is his own.  The die has been cast.

When the soldiers sat at the feet of the crucified Jesus competing for his probably one and only possession, the very clothes that he wore they had little idea that this was anything more than another dirty job in an even dirtier (in the sense outside the sophistication of Rome) and desolate outpost called Judea. Laughing and talking, they openly mocked the one who had been labeled “King of the Jews” as they rolled the dice for his most personal possession.  Completely unaware as they did so that in their actions – prophecy was fulfilled.

“They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing” Psalm 22:18

Not that they cared about the clothing of a poor itinerant preacher. They didn’t. It was simply something to do until the men on the three crosses expired – something they knew from experience could take some time. May as well play dice.

In the same way, the world looks on waiting for that pesky nation Israel to just go away and die. For as long as Israel exists, the truth of the Bible stares each one of us in the face ….. and that’s a mirror image that many just don’t want to see.

Tired of waiting, the world acts in fulfillment of Joel 3:2-3

“…they ….divided my land. They cast lots for my people”

Knowing in doing so the odds of Israel surviving without defensible pre-1967 borders is just about nil. Bye, bye Israel. With the roll of the dice (as it were) we accomplish what the  Hitler’s and the Haman’s in their day could not.

An action that is sure to bring the wrath of God.

“I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment with them ….” Joel 3:2

And this is the state of the world (and where we are headed) in these the last days of the year 2016.

The United States has been on a slippery slope with God for some time now and yesterdays action may well in fact be the last straw.

A post by Michael Snyder who writes a blog titled “The Economic Collapse” says it well. There he asks the succinct question – Is America’s reprieve now over?”  A provocative question and one that deserves some serious consideration as we enter the new year. For those of you who would like to read it you can find it here. For 2017 is shaping up to be a year like no other. As one writer put it… the end is not near … it’s here!

Are you ready? Are you saved?

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: cindybythesea | December 20, 2016

This Year’s Christmas Photo

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This would have to be one of the most confronting photos of the year. It also epitomises the reason for Christmas.

Sure there have been dozens – thousands – of bloodied survivors and non-survivors photographed around the world.  Victims who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Photographers who happened to be in the wrong place at the right time.

But there is a clinical nature to this photograph today earlier today in Turkey, almost, ironically given it was in an art gallery, artistic about it.  A clean shaven, black suited gunman/police officer lying over the cruciform corpulent corse of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, whom he has just murdered. It has a filmic air to it.

As in the famous photograph of the summary execution of a Viet-Cong member by a South Vietnamese police officer, the still footage is far more shocking than the film footage…

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Posted by: cindybythesea | December 17, 2016

This Will Be A Sign To You

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“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

It was winter in the Judean country side. Outside the protection of city walls shepherds watched their flocks by night. Dark and cold, they bedded down for the evening never imagining that the world as they knew it would forever be changed that night. And that they (of all people) would be the first to know.

Yes, it was first to these humble shepherds that God announced his greatest gift. Which only makes sense considering it was these shepherds who were responsible for not only  the flock they were caring for but also for identifying a sheep suitable for sacrifice and caring for it once it had been born.

We don’t think about that much this time of year. The purpose for which that babe lying in a manger came.  But from the very beginning, the night the shepherds first received the good news and the heavenly host appeared – this baby was born to die.

Its hard for us to imagine at a time when Christmas (for most) means pretty packages tied up with bows that God’s greatest gift would be not one of pretty ribbons but one of bloody sacrifice.

Born of a virgin, Jesus came into the world for the express purpose of dying.  The God of the Universe loving us so much that he robed himself in human flesh, entered human history as a helpless new born babe in order to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. For unlike Jesus, we were not born to die but to live.

Which is why it says in Isaiah –

“the people walking in darkness …. in the shadow of death … have seen a great light”.

For the shadow of death is sin …. but the light of the world is Jesus.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”  John 8:12

Wow!

Do you get it?  Jesus was born to die …. so that we could live!

We were born to live … (but because of sin) …. we die!

Oh, people, he is wonderful, oh, people he is good!   He has no desire that we remain in death and darkness ….but rather desires that we come into his marvelous light, and live. A desire so integral to his goodness and his love that he entered time and space to make it happen. No wonder the heavenly host praised him that night  … and so do we!

With Christmas just around the corner, I sometimes find it hard to focus on what its really all about. After all,  Jesus really is the reason for the season. But so busy we get with wrappings and trappings that its easy to forget that God’s greatest gift needs no wrapping or packing at all  …. just the opening of our hearts.

Thankfully, God reminded me of this earlier today through the words to a beautiful worship song which begins like this –

” light of the world, you stepped down in to darkness, open my eyes let me see”

…. and I was moved anew by God’s goodness and his grace …. and the incredible gift, the incomparable gift that he gave of himself.

For those of you who would like to join me in worshiping God through this beautiful song,  you can find it  here.

And, as always ….

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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