James J Dougherty

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I am 46 years old single male living now in Tennessee,going to school, but I am willing to go wherever God may call me. I am servant hearted and always wanting and willing to serve the Lord in all ways. All is for His glory and purposes, and hopefully to brind people to Him before He comes for His bride. I am praying for missions trips too someday

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Rapture is Imment- Are you ready?


By James J Dougherty, 2013-02-18

                                  THE RAPTURE IS IMMINENT!!! ARE YOU READY????

 

            I am very strongly led to believe the rapture is very imminent, any day at anytime at all, so I cannot strongly enough advise all of you to get your hearts right with Jesus by asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to you if there is any Sin /iniquity/ uncleanness in your heart, mind etc and repenting of any and all right away, asking the Holy Spirit to cleanse you and your garments so that they are white, being washed by the blood of Jesus. I am a man, needing the blood of Jesus for cleansing as much as everyone else, and believe me I am doing the same thing. This repenting is a continuous process, not one time thing, I have found that I myself have been repenting several times throughout the day. I know that it will be God's grace and mercy ONLY that I make the rapture, not anything I do, I am aware of grace alone being what saves, and not works lest any should boast, but also faith without works is dead so I am sharing this with everyone, in the hopes that a few, even one, would wake up in time , and repent, for the remaining time here is very short.

            I post this for I deeply care for people and DO NOT want anyone to miss the rapture and find themselves left behind to face the 7 year tribulations which will follow the rapture which will be pure a horrific time on earth, the most horrific ever, in fact, where you will have to hide in caves or in mountains, away from the evil people, be an absolute survival expert, which many are not and absolutely refuse to take the mark of the beast(666). You wouldn’t be able to buy or sell anything, work, eat and so on, and most likely you’ll be killed for it, but that is far better than ending up in the lake of fire for eternity, as all who take the mark of the beast will.  Even that will not be enough for many as most people, in fact will not survive the judgments that God will pour out on the world in this time period. It will make today's evil world seem like a day in paradise in comparison. I very strongly suggest reading the book of Revelation chapters 6 through 18 which tell you specifically what sort of events and judgments the world will see during this tribulation period.

 

Rapture related scriptures:

 (1Corinthians 15:51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

 

(1Coorinthians 15:52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

 

(1Thessolonians 4:16) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

 

(1Thessolonians 4:17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 

God wants to keep us from this tribulation by His love and mercy Because thou has kept the word of my patience, I ALSO WILL KEEP THEE FROM THE HOUR OF TEMPTATION, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."  The implication of this verse is obvious:  If the end-time Christian does NOT stay close to the Lord and endure to the end, HE WILL NOT BE KEPT FROM THE TRIBULATION HOUR Revelation 3 verse 10.

 

Now I have a very special warning message to all those  lukewarm Christians to repent and be on fire for Jesus or Jesus will surely spit you out of the rapture(see verse 16, below) and you will go through the seven year tribulation as it says in Revelation 3 14-22. ALL TOO MANY are in this condition the Holy Spirit warned me this AM. WAY TOO MANY LAODICEANS today. REPENT NOW and be on fire for the Lord before it is too late!! Here are the verses in Revelation chapter 3 concerning the Laodicean church:

 

(Rev 3:14) And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

 

(Rev 3:15) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

 

(Rev 3:16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 

(Rev 3:17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

 

(Rev 3:18) I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

 

(Rev 3:19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

 

(Rev 3:20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 

(Rev 3:21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

 

(Rev 3:22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

To sum up you MUST be ready for this rapture, AND be on FIRE for Jesus, not lukewarm but loving Jesus with ALL Your heart, mind soul as commanded in the bible, in several places in both the old and new testaments. If you need to receive the Lord please pray the following prayer (backsliders can also use this prayer to repent, recommit your lives  and return to Jesus Please do so before it is too late)

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess Jesus as our Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.

 

Here are 10 steps to help you

1. Make sure that you have received Jesus Christ into your life as your PERSONAL Lord and Savior(see salvation prayer above and use it if need be).

 

2. Examine your own heart for any signs of backsliding, worldliness, unwatchfulness, compromising, and lukewarmness.

 

3. REPENT (Turn COMPLETELY away from sin and turn COMPLETELY around towards Jesus).  Sin separates you from God, even as a Christian.

 

4. Study end-time Biblical prophecy(Daniel 7-12, Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 17, 21, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessolonians 4 and 5, other placesd but the  book of Revelation in particular)  until you become completely convinced that His Coming is, indeed, AT THE DOOR.  This will help keep you from temptation and sin.  JESUS IS COMING VERY SOON!!! Lord help me be absolutely convinced YOU ARE at the door!!!!!

 

5. Do something for the Lord.  (Passing out tracts would be a good start.)

 

6. Examine your priorities, lest the CARES OF THIS LIFE cause YOU to MISS THE RAPTURE, as we are so adamantly WARNED about in Luke 21, and so many other Scriptures.

 

7. Draw closer to God by praying, reading His Word, attending a fundamental church as often as possible, and surround yourself with a Christian atmosphere (Christian friends, books, music, radio, TV, etc.)

 

8. PRAY DILIGENTLY.  ASK THE LORD TO REVEAL TO YOU ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE THAT EVEN MIGHT KEEP YOU FROM THE RAPTURE.  PRAY THAT THE LORD WOULD GIVE YOU A PEACE, IF YOU ARE READY, AND AN UNREST AND UNEASINESS IN YOUR HEART, IF YOU ARE NOT READY.

 

9. Listen for His voice and then STAY OPEN TO THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

10. Act upon that which the Lord is calling you to do. DO IT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

Please also pray and ask the Lord Jesus to see if you are indeed ready, and to give you peace if you and If the Lord has planted even the least bit of doubt or uneasiness in your heart, will you swallow your pride and pray this prayer with me:

 

"Dear Lord, Thank you for preparing a WAY OF ESCAPE from the horrible Tribulation to come.  It is my sincere desire to be ready for your Soon Return, so that I can participate in the Rapture. Give me a COMPLETE PEACE IN MY HEART FROM YOU if I am, indeed, ready. Let there be no false sense of security in my heart concerning my readiness for Your Return.  Begin to reveal to me things in my life and in my heart that might keep me from the Rapture.  Show me what I need to do to BE READY and then give me the power to act upon that which you show me to do.  Draw me away from the world and closer to you every day.  Use me in whatever way you can to help others

who may not be ready for your Return.  Fill me with your peace when I am ready and fill me with YOUR POWER, for victory over sin and temptation, and for effective service for your kingdom.  In Jesus' mighty name, Amen

 

If, by chance you are reading this after the rapture all is not lost, just pray to accept Jesus as savior/recommit to Him, and whatever else you do DO NOT TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST OR YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN THE LAKE OF FIRE!!!!!(taking the mark of the beat means you are married to Satan, the antichrist, the beat and false prophet ALL OF WHOM ARE DESTINED FOR THE LAKE OF FIRE, AS ARE ALL WHO TAKE THEIR MARK ON THEIR FORHEAD OR HAND)

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After the Rapture


By James J Dougherty, 2013-03-09

                                    After the Rapture- A Holy Spirit led discussion

The Holy Spirit has led me to write this to give some idea of some of the events likely to happen immediately after the rapture on the earth, especially, so people see the chaos, lawlessness, and mayhem that will take place. I want to encourage people to live godly lives and above all to seek Jesus with all their heart, mind and soul, repenting daily, so the Holy Spirit can cleanse you to ensure being taken in the rapture, by His grace and mercy. God is gracious and merciful too to give the rapture for a way out and escape for His people to escape the seven year tribulation period. The things that I write about below are revelations from the Holy Spirit, the bible, and various videos and movies I have watched and things I have read. I pray that God will use this document to open your eyes. I have no wish that ANY should miss the rapture at all, and neither does God!! I am no prophet at all but always want to seek and do the Father’s will, as Jesus commands us all to do, and to always draw nearer to Him.

            The rapture, when it happens, will be a very sudden, instant thing. When the Father tells the Son (Jesus) to get His bride, the angels will blow the Trumpet and Jesus will shout a command, “COME UP HITHER!! ” or something identical in meaning. Then, all of the sudden, the dead in Christ will rise first, then all of those who are ready at that time will suddenly rise up to meet them in the air, vanishing, along with all children. It will lead to unbridled and unimaginable Chaos on ALL the earth as many of the ones taken in the rapture will be driving cars, busses, trains, flying trains, doing surgery, repairs, construction and many other vital and important tasks on this earth. One second they will be on earth, doing their things then the next, not. The chaos will be due the fact that there will be innumerable numbers of suddenly driverless cars, trains, busses, and pilotless planes, which will all no doubt crash into other vehicles, run off the road, derail and so on. As a result of these crashes many, many other people will be killed and there will be A LOT of damage done in these crashes, and any fires that will no doubt result from them. The injured in such incidents will largely be left to fend for themselves as the remaining emergency services will NO DOUBT be completely overwhelmed by the flood of calls of accidents and the like, and  also about missing persons that will result from the rapture. Also they will  be very short staffed as no doubt many emergency staff, police, firemen, ambulances, doctors and such will be taken in the rapture, or killed, or themselves injured in the post rapture mayhem and cannot get to their work places  or otherwise find themselves unable to work their jobs!! Also, due to the crashes, and abandoned vehicles the roads will no doubt be impassable for quite some time. Of course, there will be mass panic among the remaining people in cars who, even if they did not get hurt or killed in the many accidents they will find it very hard to get about, seeing how the roads will likely by blocked by abandoned, driverless vehicles and finding them also will be unnerving to say the least, as most will not have a clue as to why there is no driver there. There also will be dazed, crazed people searching for their missing friends/relatives milling about further adding to the confusion.

            Due to all the massive damage, casualties, and mayhem there will be mass panic and lawlessness without doubt. There also will be bands or gangs of looters and robbers and other evil people and son on who will take full advantage of the massive chaos to rob others of their possessions, be it the raptured or even those who miss the rapture, and are left behind. There will be a massive increase in the numbers of robberies, murders, rape and all other crime for that matter. The people will also be taking advantage of the police inability to respond to all this, as well. After all a lot of the police will be looking after their own, having to deal with the same issues, and no doubt some of the police will have gone up in the rapture. The damage worldwide from rapture related crashes and such will no doubt be in the trillions (maybe even quadrillions) of dollars(American), from ruined cars, trucks even destroyed houses and such. Another big thing that will happen is that loved ones who miss the rapture will be bewailing and wondering what happened to their husband, wife, mother, father, son, daughter who were taken in the rapture. They will bewail their loss and mourn them as though they had died suddenly and  without any warning. It will be in a sense they did, they will be just as missing to them. If you had someone die unexpectedly for whatever reason you know that feeling, except many will have several suddenly missing, and this will apply to everyone remaining on the planet after the rapture.

            The governments of the world, when  faced with all the devastation that the rapture caused, and the mass lawlessness and  that come as a result of  the rapture, will no doubt institute national martial law- in fact I figure  most if not all governments worldwide will institute martial law to help restore order, and to clean up all the mess left behind after the rapture and all the related looting, pillaging, wars as well as deal with the panicked people who do not understand why all the disappearances happened, and more. This they will  all these do but this of course is the perfect lead up and leads in to the one world government and one world order headed by the beast/antichrist and the false prophet and so on. The Antichrist will doubtless say that only he can provide the leadership to restore things back to normal after all the chaos and lawlessness. The martial law and new world order coming after the rapture will be very dictatorial, as it will need to be to restore law and order, to stop the roving gangs from looting, pillaging and all. Of course any dissidents to this government will be rounded up and put in the prison camps, or even killed.

            Meanwhile there will be wars, even more so than before and eventually a false peace, even the Antichrist signing a peace treaty with Israel, which according to God’s word leads to sudden destruction that leads into the seven year tribulation period, with all of its horrendous judgments against the ungodly in three sets of seven: the seals, the trumpets, and the vial/bowls. Also, immediately after the rapture, people will become much  selfish, too, they are slowly now, but this will very much more so after the rapture, and the tribulation period, due to the fact that food will be so hard to get, and expensive, and other reasons, not the least of which the removal of much of the Holy Spirit, which itself will remove much of the restraint holding back the evil, rage, and selfishness that would otherwise take place now  if He was not there to provide restraint (increase in rage, greed, violence, and so on, even families will tear each other apart as survival instinct self preservation and selfishness take over) .

            If, for some reason (I cannot understand you would even want to be here after the rapture ) you plan on being here after the rapture, even now I suggest isolating yourself away from ANY and ALL population centers, such as the cities, get a LOT(several years worth, if at all possible) of non perishable food and  bottled water, get things like outdoor survival gear, water purification equipment, clothes for all weather ,buy(if needed) and read up any and all survival skill books. This will give you the best chance of survival afterwards, being away from civilization alone, or perhaps with a few other survivalists. You would know what the edible and poisonous plants are in the wild, about animals, building shelter and so on. Do NOT believe or trust the government and the news media about what they say about all the sudden disappearances, as no doubt they will blame it on a massive terror attack or massive alien abduction, or some other equally preposterous story which they will push forcefully on the then likely very gullible(and panicked and distressed) people who WILL NOT UNDERSTAND why their loved ones, be it their children, parents, spouses, friends) have simply and very suddenly gone missing out of thin air for seemingly to them no reason. When you see reports on the news and other sources of mass disappearances of people, crashes, and other mayhem, know that the rapture has happened and NOT believe any other story that the media and government may create  to placate the  no doubt panicked masses left behind!! Stay save and away from people and civilization if at ALL possible and whatever else you do, absolutely DO NOT EVER TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST, either (or you will go to hell, then the lake of fire for all eternity). I cannot strongly suggest getting right with Jesus to make the rapture- you want NO PART of the post rapture chaos, believe me,  but the choice is yours. Both God and I respect a person’s free will to choose what they think is best for them.

            In total contrast to those who miss the rapture and are left behind, the people who DO indeed make the rapture will be taken up to heaven immediately after the call, will be shown around heaven, and spend the time of the tribulation and up to when Jesus takes the bride back down to the battle of Armageddon. During this time you will go to the bema judgment seat to see what rewards you may/may not have reaped while on the earth by His grace/mercy(see 1 Corinthians 3). Also you will take part in the wedding supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19). It will be the perfect pleasant time, full of happiness and joy beyond description while people here suffer and struggle. You will be able to do all that you enjoy, work at things you enjoy, be around happy people, and most of all spend time with the Lord Jesus. God will wipe away any and all tears we might have, too(regret, especially). For more on life on heaven, I suggest looking up testimonies of heaven on YouTube.com from people who had near death experiences or visions from which they came back and provided testimony of their experiences. I have watched them and can say from them heaven is an amazing experience like nothing this earth has to offer!!!

            To sum up I want to be clear that I am sharing this so that people see the stark contrast between making the rapture and being left behind. The only way to make it is to know Jesus as your savior as He is the ONLY way to heaven. If you don’t know Him and want to know Him to make the rapture please pray this prayer with me: Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess Jesus as our Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.

Now, that you have prayed this prayer I cannot strongly enough suggest praying to Him each day, to get to know Him and for Him to know you, too. I also strongly advise reading and doing the following too, to be that much surer of making the rapture: 1. Make sure that you have received Jesus Christ into your life as your PERSONAL Lord and Savior(see the salvation prayer above and use it if need be).

 

2. Examine your own heart for any signs of backsliding, worldliness, unwatchfulness, compromising, and lukewarmness.

 

3. REPENT (Turn COMPLETELY away from sin and turn COMPLETELY around towards Jesus).  Sin separates you from God, even as a Christian.

 

4. Study end-time Biblical prophecy(Daniel 7-12, Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 17, 21, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessolonians 4 and 5, other placesd but the  book of Revelation in particular)  until you become completely convinced that His Coming is, indeed, AT THE DOOR.  This will help keep you from temptation and sin.  JESUS IS COMING VERY SOON!!! Lord help me be absolutely convinced YOU ARE at the door!!!!!

 

5. Do something for the Lord.  (Passing out tracts would be a good start.)

 

6. Examine your priorities, lest the CARES OF THIS LIFE cause YOU to MISS THE RAPTURE, as we are so adamantly WARNED about in Luke 21, and so many other Scriptures.

 

7. Draw closer to God by praying, reading His Word, attending a fundamental church as often as possible, and surround yourself with a Christian atmosphere (Christian friends, books, music, radio, TV, etc.)

 

8. PRAY DILIGENTLY.  ASK THE LORD TO REVEAL TO YOU ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE THAT EVEN MIGHT KEEP YOU FROM THE RAPTURE.  PRAY THAT THE LORD WOULD GIVE YOU A PEACE, IF YOU ARE READY, AND AN UNREST AND UNEASINESS IN YOUR HEART, IF YOU ARE NOT READY.

 

9. Listen for His voice and then STAY OPEN TO THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

10. Act upon that which the Lord is calling you to do. DO IT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

Please also pray and ask the Lord Jesus to see if you are indeed ready, and to give you peace if you and If the Lord has planted even the least bit of doubt or uneasiness in your heart, will you swallow your pride and pray this prayer with me:

 

"Dear Lord, Thank you for preparing a WAY OF ESCAPE from the horrible Tribulation to come.  It is my sincere desire to be ready for your Soon Return, so that I can participate in the Rapture. Give me a COMPLETE PEACE IN MY HEART FROM YOU if I am, indeed, ready. Let there be no false sense of security in my heart concerning my readiness for Your Return.  Begin to reveal to me things in my life and in my heart that might keep me from the Rapture.  Show me what I need to do to BE READY and then give me the power to act upon that which you show me to do.  Draw me away from the world and closer to you every day.  Use me in whatever way you can to help others

who may not be ready for your Return.  Fill me with your peace when I am ready and fill me with YOUR POWER, for victory over sin and temptation, and for effective service for your kingdom.  In Jesus' mighty name, Amen

 

If, by some chance, you are reading this after the rapture has taken place,  all is not lost, just pray immediately to accept Jesus as savior and /or recommit your life to  to Him, if backsliding was the cause of missing the rapture, repenting of any and all sin and backslidings and lukewarmness that caused you to miss the rapture and whatever else you do NEVER, EVER TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST OR YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN THE LAKE OF FIRE!!!!!(taking the mark of the beat means you are married to Satan, the antichrist, the beast and false prophet ALL OF WHOM ARE DESTINED FOR THE LAKE OF FIRE, AS ARE ALL WHO TAKE THEIR MARK ON THEIR FORHEAD OR HAND). IT IS NOT AT ALL FORGIVABLE TO TAKE THIS MARK- and this is something God DOES NOT forgive for- so again do all you can to survive even though you won’t be able to buy, sell, work, and so on, have to hide from civilization, face jail, torture, and be executed. If you do die that way, for refusing the mark of the beast and if you are Jesus’ you will go to heaven immediately as a tribulation saint. I cannot Stress enough to NEVER, EVER accept the mark of the beast, no matter what the cost!!!!

 

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James' Personal Life Testimony for all to enjoy


By James J Dougherty, 2013-03-13

Personal Testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness in my life

 

            Introduction In the early morning of March 10, 2013 the Lord instructed me to do my testimony and share it for His glory, to show all how He worked in my life, even though I did not know Him for much of the time, until relatively recently. He worked in my life by only His grace and mercy many times to greatly lessen many of the messes that I got myself into by my own poor choices and actions. I had many, many challenges growing up, some caused at least in part due to the fact that I had Asperger’s syndrome, something I did not know for certain that I had until September 2007,when I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist, even though I had an inkling as early as 1999, when I was chatting with a mother with an autistic son on America Online, my ISP at that time. The Asperger’s syndrome had these challenges/symptoms for me(Asperger’s generally gives different people different things): I had ADHD(attention deficit hyperactivity disorder),  at least traits of OCD- obsessive compulsive disorder, perhaps I could have been even diagnosed with it in fact, but never was, I know now God’s mercy and grace alone protected me there against such a diagnosis. I was and still am to a degree either really passionate about something or the exact opposite, not caring  or totally against the idea, not wanting any part of it. I was a “black and white” person- it had to be either polar extreme,absolutely NO middle ground whatsoever!!! I still have some tendencies there; the Lord is working on this too at the moment. I often mad mountains out of molehills that is fussing a lot about very small matters (such as being unhappy when someone beats me to a task I enjoy doing, even if said task is but a few moments. Also I found a lot of interest in studying very picky subjects from time to time. I also was much too hasty with what I said, often never really thinking before blurting something out, which often led to many rebukes but little worse(I still have to watch out against that) I was blessed by being good with numbers. Those are the main symptoms; I may have left a few lesser ones out. I admit another thorn I have in my side is that I tend to be too unassertive, and am not led to say things when people are trampling on me, which has often hurt me in my life. I do not like to create strife but there are times where I needed to be more assertive and such. Most strife I cause is mainly due to the fact that I don’t think before I speak/act; I can be much too spontaneous in those areas. The Lord has helped but I still need maturity in many areas, I admit.  

            Early childhood years and schooling 1967 to 1986

            I was born in 1967 to protective parents, and I lived in a sheltered environment. I know in hindsight that they knew I had issues, but they never would know what I was diagnosed with. My parents never went to church at all that I could remember, and seemed to live quiet secular lives during all the years of my life. I was born in Harrisburg, Pa, moved to Lemoyne shortly after I was born and then at 5 years old I moved to Camp Hill where I would stay past my mother’s death until 2003, a bit over 30 years of my life.

My mother stayed at home all my life, only trying once or twice to work after I was born or do other things. She never volunteered anyway- it seemed to never enter in her mind to do so. Both of my parents were overprotective, which in some ways was a blessing as it helped keep me from falling into the wrong/bad crowds at school. My mother was strong willed and I couldn’t even do some basic care stuff until much later than many people. For example she cut my nails and toes until I was like 14, made my bed until 18, and I never really washed my own clothes until I was in my 30s!  My school also was very small, graduating class of like 69, so those two definitely were mercies shown by God. I got to kindergarten where my ADHD came out when  I wandered continually around the classroom(28 students), which was extremely disruptive, so I did not attend normal school until fifth grade but went to a special education school, for those challenged. They never did diagnose my real problem as too little was known about Autism/Asperger’s back then. I believe this also was a mercy/blessing of God as it enabled me to be in much smaller classes than regular school would have been. When I was normalized in 5th grade, my school was but two doors away, two minutes walking time- another mercy of God. When I was in high school, even then it was maybe four or five blocks’ walk away, maybe 1/3 of a mile. I was always close to my schools for much of my education. In part because of some of my issues and obsessions, I was picked on and bullied rather severely during the school years, especially severely between about seventh and about tenth grades.  A lot of this picking on and verbal bullying can leave severe emotional scars which can be much worse even than being in physical fights, of which I was in very few: another mercy of God there, without any doubt. I never considered myself an overly aggressive type anyway in that regard. God also helped heal the emotional scars from these incidents, as well. I had several other incidents during my school years where God’s mercy and love saved me from far worse consequences for my own poor, fleshly decisions actions which may well have deserved far more severe consequences than what happened, but I did not receive them. I could have been left behind at a band trip, because I got lost and separated from the group, who looked for and found me  been far deeper in debt to a record store/my parents after ordering far too many record albums at once(I never worked in school) , even gone to jail or a juvenile institute(for sexual abuse- holding women’s hands in the libraries pretending to see their rings, this in hindsight my mother took part blame for herself though admitting she held my hand too long in my life, but also I know this was my Apserger’s obsessiveness coming out there too, also in the record ordering thing. God in His mercy and grace, even though I did NOT know Him at that time, protected me in a way that kept the adverse consequences to a bare minimum. In my senior year of high school that I was able to attend a band festival, a spring band trip, and even graduate was due to God’s grace as I struggled more with my school work and classes that year. This was due to the harder and more challenging classes that I took that year, some college level, my own attention deficit disorder, and poor study habits. My teachers all during my high school school never knew I had ADHD, they only said that I often failed to work up to my potential, but seeing they did not know I had ADHD, never knew why.  Even then somehow I knew it was God protecting me and showing me a lot of mercy and grace that I did not deserve at all, but I never accepted His son until much, much later. I did, by God’s mercy and grace, manage to graduate High school in June of 1986

            Adult working and college years to my mother’s death Fall 1986 to May 2001

            In the fall I spent about 1 and ½ approximately semesters- August 1986 to March 1987 going away to school and a local state university- Shippensburg Pa. It was due to a number of reasons, my disabilities, my in assertiveness/inability to speak up about more than one thing that was wrong and other factors that this college away was real struggle for me that mercifully it did not last too long. It did have a few blessings, and enjoyable moments, such as being in the bands and participating in their activities. It was God’s mercy in a way that I went back home to be with my parents again. My parents upon my returning home had me examined by a doctor and, fearing mono, I even went part time to a mental hospital in 1987 into maybe 1988. They never did diagnose my Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, or even the obsessive compulsive one, or anything else for that matter, but let me continue to receive some treatment with them. I am not sure, except some social skills what it really helped me. Yet it was a bit of a blessing and all. I would get a job in June 2006 working as a courtesy clerk/parcel pick up at a local supermarket (2 blocks away). Also I would go to Harrisburg(Pa) Area Community College off and on for the 5 years or more from fall 1987 to 1992 then again in1997 and 1998. I would get a general studies degree at the local Community College, again but God’s grace and mercy alone, for I struggled with those classes, too due to ADHD and also a tendency to give up on hard classes and other things too easily. It is really hard to learn in anything, however, when your mind flies from one thought to the next as it did then, and you cannot focus at ALL on what the professor was saying. It is only God’s mercy and grace that I got anything out of any of these classes. Other than school and work I had a fairly quiet and uneventful time (no drugs, alcohol and the like).After working I largely watched TV to relax in my room, and read or listened to music, etcetera .I did not want to be with my parents for they often would have loud disagreements downstairs, that I wanted no part of(this was most of my life, in fact). I would collect various items during that time period: classical records, books, especially science fiction, and magazines, as I looked in vain to possessions like those rather than a relationship with God and His Son to fill the empty void in my life and my heart . It never worked, of course. In retrospect, foolishly, I thought it would fill my life and I spent many thousands of dollars trying to do this over the years. As also I look back now I realize that it really was NOT God’s plan for me to go to these secular schools for a secular degree at all. I was planning to move away from my family in 1999, somewhere in the Carolinas but the decline of my mother’s health back then prevented me from doing that. She would continue to decline in her health, becoming more dependant on others until she died in 2001. Perhaps it was a merciful thing too that it worked out that way as I don’t think I was ready then to move out. Interesting I prayed for mercy for my mother so her suffering on earth would end and I was heard, so she did not suffer at the end too long of a time. She was in intense pain too just before she died. Still another mercy from God, perhaps, as at least it ended her earthly suffering. A last note, at my workplace, a supermarket, there was a highly evangelical Christian female bagger and I actually did pray a prayer of salvation in approximately 1997, but I do not consider it genuine in hindsight as I do not feel I had the right motive at that time to do it (wanting to hold her hands mostly then), neither did my life change at all too much though in the 2000s, until 2007, although I had more people witnessing to me on social media and so forth. God was reaching out to me more and more, though, wanting me to be saved.

            After my mother’s death until my father’s death May 2001 until February 2006

            The death of my mother took a very severe toll on my father, and no doubt shortened his life, in my opinion. He was devastated by the loss of his wife and I know he badly missed her. He was never as happy afterward as he was when my mother, his wife, was around. Even though I questioned it at times based on what I saw they were close, and they were married almost 39 years at the time of my mother’s death. For me I just largely worked at the supermarket and just kept quiet and all. I did, however, experiment with being on my own from July 2003 and October 2004, moving from Pennsylvania to Hilton Head, SC for that time period before moving back to live again with my father until he died in 2006. My father was a big help in me sustaining myself with my job and all down there- I was able to transfer my bagging job there-the places in Pa in SC where I worked were then sister supermarkets under a big umbrella company- God’s provision was also shown in my life, through my father because a lot of the times there were not enough hours available to work in a week’s time to earn enough money to sustain oneself (wintertime I could be scheduled as few as one or two days) , except during summer: the store was near many timeshares which it relied on to get a lion’s share of its business. I also tried, and largely failed with internet marketing/MLM, getting very deep into debt, but a timely inheritance helped bail me out of that massive debt, again God’s great provision: the debt(credit card) was like $11,000 or so and the inheritance was for $15k. I say it was a failure thought I did have some success at it; my expenses far exceeded my earnings from my programs. I wasn’t doing this for righteous reasons at all but only for self, wanting to make a living as an internet marketer. When I cam back, at the end of October 2004, I watched my father’s health finally decline especially from about December 2005 on to his death. He had severe skin cancer, then a stroke on January 1, 2006, then it was downhill until he died in February 8, 2006. I am glad I was there in retrospect for that. Likewise I also prayed that the Lord would have mercy on my father as I knew after his strokes that he was not in it, and would be totally and utterly dependent on others for everything, and otherwise suffering, and that my father did not want to be a burden on anyone like that on anyone.

            My father’s death until my real salvation February 2006 to October 2007

            After my father died I stayed in Pa until late April. I did that to take care of, with my uncle’s help, of all sorts of paperwork and such after my father died, dealing with inheritance and the other matters that often result of someone’s death. I got an inheritance of my Father’s condo, and his car. I would then have my uncle sell off the condo after I moved to SC. I moved from Pennsylvania back to Hilton Head SC(with 70 boxes of magazines at the time of the move ,no less, then I got REALLY obsessive with my collecting of vintage magazines and blew through money from an insurance policy and a lot of my father’s inheritance in a matter maybe six to eight months. I figure between the insurance and inheritance I wasted close to 80 thousand dollars on vintage magazines, by the time I was finished with my purchases, I wound  up with close to 180 boxes, many very large and heavy of all different kinds of vintage magazines. I did not have any relationship with the Lord at the time and I feel like this was my way of compensating for my father being dead and no longer being present in my life, and in a way to take my mind off the pain of the loss and my grief (actually for both my parents, for that matter(I was closer to my parents by far than to almost all others).But even all those magazines could not fill the gnawing hole in my heart, no physical item could, but as I would learn later only a relationship with God and His Son. Needless to say, I got into a lot of trouble with my landlord over this very obsessive purchasing, and as a result he required me put all those magazines in a storage unit, because they were a fire hazard and a bug hazard. In retrospect, I consider myself extremely fortunate to be not evicted by him over my obsessive collecting and hoarding of these magazines back then in the summer/fall of 2006-and I believe  that also very much was God’s mercy and grace applied to that situation.  . I bought almost all these magazines off eBay, by  either winning auctions, or even directly from various sellers and there were days I had as many as ten or fifteen boxes outside my apartment, and more than just a few of those days. Eventually one of the store’s assistant managers, William Roberts would help me move from Hilton Head, SC to a farm where her mother lived in late April 2007. The farm was located outside of Kershaw, SC.  The rent was less than half of what is was in Hilton Head, SC and in the trailer which I rented (3 bedrooms) there was enough space to house my entire vast collection so I did not have to rent a storage space anywhere. Although the rent was much lower, in retrospect it was very fortunate for me that my uncle did not permit me spend all my inheritance on magazines as I might have done so otherwise without my uncle’s intervention to stop that. I needed this to make ends meet as largely my work schedule - at a much less busy store than on Hilton Head, SC- was limited to one day per week. William was an evangelical Christian, a Baptist, so was his mother so after some moths of patient witnessing they finally got me to go to a local Baptist church in Kershaw. I believe now this was large part of God’s plan for this move was to get me saved, to commit my life fully to the Lord Jesus.  This was Sunday October 14, 2007, when I went to the evening service at a church called Open Arms Baptist. I would go to a heaven and hell program on the following Saturday the 20th of October in Hartsville, SC. What persuaded me to finally give my life was a story of a teenage girl who got into a bad relationship online, then was raped and murdered by this guy she met via the internet. She, as she had not accepted Jesus and was past the age of decision, was shown to wake up in hell(as did her murder, who was executed in the play and made no pretense to repent, and in fact he was VERY hard hearted STRONGLY opposing ANY and ALL attempts to evangelize him. I had started to read the bible a little bit before going to church then, and the play dramatization finally persuaded me to accept the Lord that very night. I felt like I myself was destined for hell had I not made the decision that night to accept Christ (recommit?) One of the ministers there at Hartsville prayed with me to do this. I don’t know for certain if this was a new salvation as I think it is, or a recommitment, if the Lord counted my 1997 prayer as genuine. Only He knows the truth!!

            Life in Kershaw,SC from October 2007 until move to North Carolina Fall 2009.

            From around September 2007 into 2009 people did in fact arrange to get me help in various ways for my condition, and it was around October when I finally got my diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. This opened the way for me to apply for disability income via Social Security, which I got after a year’s time and two tries. Also, in a show of God’s blessing I got almost a year of back pay of this Social Security, thousands of dollars. That is a show of God’s mercy and goodness for there are many who have to go through much tougher times to get this disability income. They are so paranoid of scammers and fakes that many people who need it are rejected and have to get a lawyer and take them to court. I wanted also to get a designated payee; because I did not myself with this money especially after all the money I had wasted buying magazines! William was my first designated payee (Harrietta Turner and Teresa Wiggins were the others). Also, earlier in the year, in spite of the help of my inheritance I was able to get on EBT/food stamps. These stopped once I was approved for the disability income. All this was due to the persistence of William’s mother, Bobbie Taylor, who really cared for me. God moved her to pity my condition. I would never have done all this on my own, nor could I have(and God knew that). William also used me to help him in some things, too, such as help him move to Columbia. His one twin daughter moved to be with her grandmother, too, in February 2008, and I also helped her move too. She had been visiting from time to time beforehand but then she stayed there about 13 ½ months total. God used her to finally break my reclusive habits, staying to myself most of the time and get out and socialize with other human beings. Also the counseling and therapy at Camden’s(SC) mental health department helped achieve that end, as well. Meanwhile, I was going to church very regularly, reading the bible and praying every day, too, so I started to have a closer relationship with God at that time. I would go to three different churches at the same time in 2008 the main Baptist one (Open Arms), to where I was initially invited by my friends then. In about March, I would find out about a full Gospel church, called The Cross and the Sword, and also a month or less later a Holiness church, Gum Springs Holiness. As the Gospel church had a Tuesday night service and the holiness church had a Sunday afternoon service I was able to go to all three of them. Plus even bible studies that Cross and Sword had in people’s homes. God wanted to give me a large dose of preaching and teaching at that time for I was indeed a newbie Christian and it did help. He also wanted to show me differing church beliefs, too, and they were different from one another. All three churches were very small, rarely having more than 20 at any service, except for special occasions, like a singing. At that time I also heard about Andrew Womack ministries in Colorado, with his anointed teaching though it was never in God’s plan for me to go to school there as I had though: He would have different plans for me going to school. In 2009, in fact I did go to school for a comparative religion class in the spring and a bible school class in the summer, both of which were at a Midlands Technical School in Columbia SC(at different campuses, though). I also went on a number of spiritual retreats at varying places, mostly in North Carolina. I sold most of my magazines to help pay for these retreats, but still kept some of them. These retreats were in the Spring to the early fall(April to September of 2009). During the one at a Buddhist biased place(Southern Dharma) I actually had Jesus appear to me at night in a vision. I enjoyed the one called quiet place too, it was not far as it turns out from where I moved to actually. These helped me grow in spirit. I also enjoyed Mepkin Abbey in SC. I enjoyed the Quiet Place in Bakersville, NC the most. I was doing an activity with them at a church in Spruce Pine when I found an ad for Harrietta’s Stonehaven in the local paper. This was God’s way of telling me time to move to NC. By the middle of October of 2009, the move was complete. Another blessing of 2009 was going to a church in Fort Mill, SC, at first on Friday nights with another pastor then several times on Sunday to see the morning services. What a spirit filled church that place was! You could definitely feel the strength of the Holy Spirit there, without any doubt. It was over an hour from where I lived at that time but I felt  it was well worth the drive to attend those services.

            My stay in North Carolina 2009 through 2010

            The main purpose of going to Stonehaven was to help Harrietta do things around the place, outdoors, indoors, and whatever  else was needed. I was there, after all, in answer to an ad looking for volunteers and wanted to hold true. Harrietta was a blessed woman very mature in the faith where I had my own issues and immaturities. Still, things worked okay due to God’s grace and mercy. The winter of 2009-2010 was a challenge too with much snow and ice, doing a lot of tree damage(especially with a Christmas Day 2009 Ice storm), but thanks to help from a neighbor, I got through. This is still another example of God’s mercy, goodness and provision. Come spring there was help to clean up the place from a local church which I went to at that time. This was something called Operation Inasmuch, based on the Matthew 25:40 bible verse. Another incident worthy of note was that I found a card in Harrietta’s car that I do not believe was there by accident. God intended that for me. It was a card for New Life Bible School led by Norville Hayes in Cleveland Tennessee. New Life had a summer program of 4 weeks which I signed up for which was a real blessing to attend. There were classes by various teachers in the morning then a bit of study in the afternoon, I also served at the soup kitchen nearby most days. The church services and all were pretty good, too. Also God delivered me from having to take Strattera, a prescription ADHD medicine, that I had been taking  for about 18 months, and used supplements instead for the purpose of mitigating my ADHD symtoms. Further in the spring God also started to witness and tell me about the pretrib rapture more so than beforehand. He led me to Tim La Hays prophecy study bible, and also brought Robert Bennet, someone who is strongly pretrib to the retreat. Even before back from the school in Tennessee,I wanted more and more for a much longer and more intense school to learn more about God, His word and ways, and to serve, and after a while of searching different schools and internship opportunities, I found someone from one of the internships who referred me to Youth with A mission, as they had good experience with them. When I looked up Youth with A mission online I found that they had a discipleship training school was exactly what I wanted to achieve the goals I had in mind. It meant that I would have to move away from Harrietta’s Stonehaven, and I never been back since to that retreat where I lived for almost 15 months. I miss Stonehaven, too, as it is beautiful. God really blessed Harrietta with a wonderful location, big main house, wonderful views, and beautiful land. God also provided for my needs too as I had unexpected car repairs(transmission, leaky seal late in December of 2010, perhaps as a failed bid of Satan to stop me from going to the DTS school? Thankfully I was able to sell off almost all of the remaining magazines from my collection to help pay for my trip there and help pay expenses too. Another blessing of provision was a $200 donation from a church member to help with expenses, too. The time at the retreat was a blessed time of service and growth in Christ, ending January 4, 2011 when I left for Colorado.

Youth with a Mission Discipleship training school lecture and outreach

            This started in January 2011 and I am thankful God gave me the strength to drive nearly 1700 miles to western Colorado from western North Carolina, over four days, though the fourth was only a few hours of driving. Once I got there I found things to be different in that this is the first time outside of perhaps summer 2010, where I lived in true community. We lived, studied, and did work duties, and basically everything important together. People also did not know each other, either at the start of the class. I am thankful for God’s grace and kindness there for I was rather MUCH older than the other students: I was 43 and the other students were all between 18 and 21. It was a very small class, only five other students. The weekdays were highly structured and intense with classes during the morning, each week had a different teacher and that teacher taught their own separate topic(one of the teachers came as far away as Austrailia!), and the classes/lectures themselves were often preceded by worship or intercession. After lunch there was approximately a two hour period of work duties, things that needed to be done maintain the base, such as cleaning or splitting firewood. There was physical training(exercise) in the afternoons twice a week, then prayer about the outreach destination as the Holy Spirit led. There was  some homework and projects too, like book reports, but still there was ample time for the students to fellowship with each other. The makeup and structure of this is able to provide opportunity for a VERY rapid growing and maturing in one’s relationship with God over the space of five or so months. God closed the door for the entire group to go to Pakistan for the summer outreach- their visa applications were all rejected, and He opened the door to go to Nepal for the rest of the group. However, God said an unmistakable manner that I was NOT to go with the rest of the group. Instead, He had me go to a ministry that helps people in the bondage of drugs and/or alcohol. In March the school had a teacher issue where one teacher could not get her card in time to the US, and it worked out with another’s health issue and all that we had to go to Texas for five days, for a week of lectures. When it was announced God said He wanted me to go do the School of the Bible there in the fall!! He may have even set up all these circumstances in my life to that end. Isn’t it awesome how He sets up things so that His will is done in our lives?

            In April, I went from Colorado to western Washington, to Vancouver, a city of 200,000 just north of Portland, across the river there. It was another 1100 mile journey but this time over only two days. God gave me the strength to drive there in that little space of time, and get there safely. The  is a highly structured and high accountability program where the students study God’s word the bible, do chores, pray, and do afternoon work duties, even having evening classes and activities. There is very little free time apart perhaps from weekends and even there they want everyone together, for accountability purposes. It is a good idea considering their backgrounds. The place is aptly named Freedom House, for God has used them to set free many men from the bonds of alcohol and drugs, often fully restoring and healing broken families and relationships, too in the process. The place is an amazing display of God’s power, love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness in these men, who also go out and help the local community with things, both in Vancouver and Portland (they are pretty much one and the same, only separated by the river. It was such an awesome and very eye opening experience seeing God do His work to and through these men. As with the DTS lecture, this is an opportunity for men to grow very rapidly through him through the students’ year long program (I was there 8 weeks). A few even go on to a second year, too, as like an intern where they then can go on and be a mentor to the first year students there. As one might expect, one has to be broken, family falling apart or even threatened with or even going to jail at the time of entering the program. Indeed the program has saved many men from having to serve a jail sentence and or losing their family. As stated the program is all about God’s mercy, grace, love, and all poured out on those broken men in bondage to drugs/alcohol. He then gave me the strength to drive all the way back safely to western Colorado which is where I started my summer.

Summer 2011

            The last couple of weeks I basically stayed and helped with outdoor tasks at the Cimarron, Colorado YWAM base, removing pebbles from the ground, weeds and other similar outdoor chores. All the snow was gone from the ground by the time I got back, for a change, even though I was told it snowed several times  there during May, which is not the usual thing but maybe once or twice, but not several times. The base in Colorado has an elevation of  8,600 feet above sea level so it can snow almost at anytime of the year there(very rare,however, in the summer months but I did see flurries there, and a small accumulation at higher elevations while I was there in late June)! While there during those weeks God showed me His plans for me that summer- six weeks of mission building YWAM Chico California, formerly the Richardson Springs hotel, which is where I went immediately after graduating the DTS on the 24th of June. I left for California on the 25th of June. I thank God for strengthening me and keeping myself and my car safe during the 1000 mile drive to California during that time period. I miss the base in Cimarron, Colorado as it was the prettiest place I ever stayed in my life, God really made that area so beautiful, yet, as with Harrietta’s place He has not led me to go back there, either, as of yet.

            The mission building is this: one works during the day about nine to five approximately, with a half hour of devotional/study time beforehand too. I was working in the housekeeping department with a very friendly woman named Felicia. The base, in a canyon in Chico, California was beautiful but rather rugged and all, and hilly. Evenings and weekends are free time for mission builders to relax or do whatever that needs to be done.  During this time period, a busy one, I was able to find out that I was indeed accepted to the School of the bible. A  real blessing on July 17th 2011 was being taken to Redding, Ca to go to Bethel church, which is a very spirit filled church. I went to both morning and evening services that day. Also, I went on a mission/service trip for 13 days in August to an orphanage in Baja California. Such trips by the base are normally one week about, but by God’s grace I was able to extend the trip by another full week, and the following Saturday I returned to the US, spending the weekend in San Diego and set off for Tyler, Texas from San Diego, California. God through His provision provided all costs of travelling for all of my adventures in 2011. He also kept me safe doing all the driving that was involved in all this travelling throughout the country. He put hedges of protection around me for all of these various travels.

The School of the bible YWAM Tyler Daysprings

            Towards the end of August, the school of the bible started up. I was involved in it from approximately August 24, 2011, when I arrived in Tyler to June 23, 2012, when I flew to Florida. This is a very intensive school, which studied the bible in a very thoroughly, as well as other related topics, such as sin and salvation. They even covered topics like government and economics from a biblical standpoint. The school has three outreaches, one fall, one spring, and one in the summer. The first of the outreaches is a pastoral shadowing, church tour session; the second was a teaching one where students got the chance to teach the word themselves, the third was both teaching/ ministry one, and slated to be much longer than the other two. The school is very intense, again with classes in the morning, work duties/chores after lunch, but more homework this time. In the morning, before classes there was prayer, worship or a Greek class. Aside from homework, weekends/evenings are free, but the homework can be a lot, some projects taking hours to do. This is especially so of the final New Testament epistle project the student presenting a full epistle with a long written report AND a 30-60 minute oral presentation in front of the class. Other major projects that were in the school included a prophet’s project and a study on the book of Proverbs.

            When it came time to pray about the options to go to the first outreach trip, which was basically to go somewhere and learn about the functioning of a church and especially its leadership, Florida, as well as Ohio, and personal churches were options available for that outreach. I was led to go to Florida, then little dreaming what would happen after the school(at the time I went to Florida in November 2011, I thought I would be going to Africa in 2012, specifically to Zambia). Where I went on the outreach is maybe 80 or so miles away from where I am now to the north, but a long ways from Texas- about a twenty hour drive. Due to God’s grace and mercy we made it(same applied March 2011 with the trip from Colorado to Texas, about the same time on the road). In Florida we shadowed the pastors who helped us learn much about what they do, about what goes on at the church and other things. We had interviews with most all of the leadership of the church, Coastal Life. I stayed in a fellow student’s condo myself with him and his family. We stayed there through the Thanksgiving break as well, finally returning to Texas the weekend afterwards. This school, as well as the DTS in the spring had one on ones where a student was paired with a staff member for meetings from time to time. In the DTS it was weekly though this one was less, as it was a much longer school though it was often as needed. Furthering into 2012, God started to give signs that I in fact was to NOT go to Zambia in the summer, even though I was able to sell my car, which paid off the remaining tuition from the school, which was nearly $6000(as the school is long, it is cheap for a near one year school and included not only tuition but room and board as well, at many colleges, 6000 dollars wouldn’t come close to paying a years tuition fees, at some you’d be lucky to get 12 credit hours, so I am so thankful for finding such education at a bargain rate. In December/early January we were asked to pray to see where we were led to go on my spring outreach, this time the Lord led me to go on the Mexico team. This trip was in early March. I went with a larger group like 8 other students or so(the class had like 21 students more or less, much bigger than the DTS) . I was able to teach at a church service in Monterrey, Mexico on the first Sunday night, as well as give a testimony of what happened to me when in school of 8th graders in El Coyote- a tiny village several hours south of Monterrey. One of the students, from Columbia served as a translator for all the others. The trip was a blessing too though it involved a lot of driving, and waiting at the border as well. Back from that God closed the door to the idea of going to Zambia, then He showed me this crusade thing on facebook, which very much interested me. I then in late March early April got in contact with Teresa Wiggins, the president of WAAOM, We all are one ministry. I thought for a time I would go to New England with the team but He closed that door, as well, and also other doors, like mission building, as well as further schools. He wanted me to go to Florida immediately after the end of the school in late June. He opened that door too, for her husband Kevin is not at all one just to let just anyone in their home, in this case a condo. He is very loving, but also protective of her, and won’t let any harm come to her. God therefore also had to intervene and move on him to let me come, and that is exactly what God did. So I finished up the school and prepared to go there. There also were other blessings well worth mentioning: on six Friday nights scattered during the school I went with other students to a night of worship in Dallas at Christ for the Nations, also went witnessing in Dallas in December 2011, and to the Esther call in April 2012. The school of the bible was a blessing.

Teresa Ann Wiggins

            In late June I flew from Texas to Florida(I had to, as I had sold my car long before), to live with Teresa and Kevin, to help the former prepare for the then coming crusade to reach out to people in the eastern part of the US. Teresa is a very, very mature Christian woman with many, many spiritual sons who are pastors, evangelists and other leaders throughout the United States and many other areas of the world. The Lord also had another treat for me then- in July I was able to go to Haiti for 3 and ½ weeks to visit some of her spiritual sons there. Just before going the Lord opened up a bigger three bedroom condo in the next building and while I was in Haiti the move took place. Through various ways God provided the high cost of the move, over six thousand dollars all told, mainly in rent- the new place requiring first, last and security(as well as paying the old places rent), plus there were other fees such as cleaning. Through His mercy and grace all was provided for. He is good like that always. He also provided all of the monies needed for the people to apply for visas, and send all the documents to them, all of this was expensive, running many thousands of dollars, but God provided for that. Sadly after all of the trouble ONLY ONE was accepted, Andrew from Kenya, out of over 40 who applied!! All of the others were rejected for one or another reason, mainly for not having been to the US before as Andrew of Kenya, had and had returned. A big reason for all the rejections is that many foreigners when they get to the US don’t ever come back, and stay here illegally. Of course then since they cannot trust them to come here and not go back to their host nation they won’t accept them. All this made Teresa so depressed that she wanted to cancel the crusade unless the Lord would let at least one to come through. I will add that the people here in this country had other things to do and weren’t able to help with the crusade either. So, when Andrew came off we went on the crusade. It wasn’t what we though it would be for He had his own agenda and would later admit in repentance that He had gotten ahead of the Lord and done his own will by going to conferences and such. The time was NOT blessed for him, and I put it here in my testimony as a warning to all to NOT get ahead of the Lord’s timing or will.

            One more thing that I want to add, I thought at the time of the end of the school of the bible, I thought I’d be with Teresa until just after the crusade and then move onbut I was wrong , for I am here as of March 2013,more than five months after the end of the crusade. I always seek God on all things but now I strongly believe this is a permanent move to a permanent home, up until the rapture happens, which I believe is imminent and could be anytime, any day. I am expecting the rapture with great anticipation this year, 2013. God is using Teresa and the situation I am in to mature and grow me in Christ, that the work is not  finished, and I know that He will finish this work before He comes back to rapture His bride. I pray earnestly every day that by His mercy and grace I am counted worthy to go on the rapture, for the rapture is something I absolutely DO NOT want to miss. I need His mercy and grace every day, as do all of us.  He has given me two Facebook like pages: FISH Faith in Serving Him, and The Rapture is Imminent, Are You ready?(please see links at bottom)  He gave my facebook accounts to post scripture, share video and photos well as answer messages. I also am an admin at Ken Rich’s site Indiegospel.org. Another good thing is that the move has grafted me into a nice size family seeing is that Teresa has 4 living daughters and six (soon seven) grandchildren, a mother who is still alive, sisters and such. They are mostly in Plant City, near Tampa, about 3 ½ to four hours from here, in Pompano Beach, Florida. I was there, in Plant City, for 3 of the holidays in 2012.My heart is always to do His will, no matter what that might mean in my life.  If He gave me the strength to do so, I’d likely lay my life down for Him, if need be- after all He laid His life for me. For most, however that is NOT required, for some it can be. . I pray too that the rapture be soon, as strongly believe in a pre-trib rapture, and that His bride would wake up in time to make it. I pray all you who read this are rapture ready, praying to the Holy Spirit to show them any areas that are deficient and help them make amends so they are rapture ready and ready to go in the rapture Please read this on the rapture a page that  I wrote with the help of the Holy Spirit

https://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/jay-dougherty/at-the-rapture/10200290432677039

Summary

            Doing the will of God is by far the most important thing by far in my life. There is absolutely nothing better than a strong healthy relationship with the Lord Jesus. Absolutely nothing can fill the hole in our spirit like He can, not people, animals nor all  the things in the world, as I had erroneously thought for so many years. He has been extremely merciful to me over all the years of my life, too, protecting me and shielding me from the consequences of poor choices to a large extent of many poor decisions of mine in my life. I think He was doing that largely just to call out to me. I say this in hindsight, for I was NOT seeking Him for much of the time. I must admit often I do not understand what God is up to in my life, though I just trust Him for I know it says that in His word that as much as the heavens are higher than the earth His ways and thoughts are higher than mine, so there are times that all I can do is trust. I know He has shut many a door in my life but when I look back at my life I know now that it was ALWAYS the best tfor me to not go there, do that, and so on.

            If after reading this you want to invite Jesus in your heart for a personal relationship with Him, believe me absolutely NOTHING this world has to offer can come remotely close to that, I invite you to pray this following prayer with me

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess Jesus as our Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.

God bless you and all yours. Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoyed it.

Jay Dougherty jay30_pa@yahoo.com

Here are some links on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/#!/jay.dougherty.50

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-RAPTURE-IS-IMMINENT-Are-YOU-Ready/315464171909804

https://www.facebook.com/FishFaithInServingHim

 

 

 

 

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about sin and salvation


By James J Dougherty, 2013-03-15

Holy Spirit Led discussion: Sin and Salvation.

            Do you KNOW where you are going to go when you die- heaven or hell? Do you believe you will be raptured up when Jesus comes to get His bride,which can happen any day now? I really believe strongly that the rapture is imminent by the signs of the times, internationally the people falling away and becoming more selfish and less loving. I do NOT want anyone to miss the rapture, and end up going through the great tribulation period where it will be the most horrendous period in human history where most will NOT survive, or go to hell for eternity should they die before the rapture even occurs(without Jesus).

            The problem with mankind is that fact that EVERYONE, absolutely everyone is a sinner- it says so in the bible. The problem is with the sin and Adam and Eve, who were the father and mother of ALL mankind. God told them to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but they had permission to and were encouraged to eat of ALL the other trees(genesis 2). Satan at that stage took on the guise of a serpent and then tempted Eve to eat the tree, and she fell for the temptation and at herself  and also she gave one to Adam, who also ate(in theory he could have refused the fruit from Eve but did not). Then they found out they were naked(because of disobedience), and were ashamed of their condition. They covered themselves and hid from God’s presence in shame. The following happened in Genesis 3

(Genesis 3:8)  And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

 

(Genesis 3:9)  But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"

 

(Genesis 3:10)  And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."

 

(Genesis 3:11)  He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"

 

(Genesis 3:12)  The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate."

 

(Genesis 3:13)  Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

 

Note in the above, how all  they did was to  made excuses and blame others(Adam blamed Eve, who blamed the Serpent) but NEVER did repent or take responsibility for   what they had done. Because of this,and  owing to the fact that Adam and Eve were the first of mankind all following are then born into sin, and none are able to do righteous on their own.

 

(Rom 3:10)  as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one;

 

(Rom 3:24)  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

 

            This created a problem for God who loves us, more than we can imagine His creation so very much, and it grieved Him very deeply that none was righteous. At first, He imposed a system of animal sacrifice- see the book of Leviticus on that. That did not work. He also tried making covenants with man directly. That idea failed as well.

            God, being a loving but just God did have to find SOME way to deal with Man’s evil and sin problem as these scriptures indicate

(Galatians 5:19)  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

 

(Galatians 5:20)  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

 

(Galalatians 5:21)  envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

In fact the book of revelation describes their sad eternal destiny

(Revelation 21:8)  But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."

 

These are the reprobate who never accepted the Lord Jesus, and quite possibly those who did and fell away completely

 

(Hebrews 9:27)  And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

 

(Romans 6:23)  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The above sets of verses give an idea just how serious God considers sin, and the dire consequences of being in sin are! In fact if one is not careful one can be hardened in sin and God can give them over to such things

(Romans 1:21)  For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

 

(Romans 1:22)  Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

 

(Romans 1:23)  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

 

In ways I myself was guilty of this, I knew of God before I was saved but sure did not glorify Him and lived for things. However God was persistent with me, and even though I resisted witnessing for a number of years, I would eventually surrender to it and cave in. It did take persistence and a number of different people to achieve that end.  The true hope of the sinner is God’s true love for Him which is expressed here

 

(Romans 5:8)  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

His love for us is why He gave us His only begotten son!

(John 3:16)  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

 

(John 3:17)  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

 

Jesus would teach that he ALONE is the only way to the Father(and to heaven)

(John 14:6)  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

Jesus is always seeking for people to come to him, as it says in Revelation chapter 3

(Revelation 3:20)  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

 

It is necessary for believers to be born again to see God, as it is explaned in John chapter 3

 

(John 3:3)  Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

 

(John 3:4)  Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"

 

(John 3:5)  Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

 

(John 3:6)  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 

(John 3:7)  Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'

 

The act of being born again means accepting Jesus as your Savior, turning/repenting of your sins, and believing that God has raised Jesus from the dead

You yourself cannot earn this- one’s works are never, ever enough to cancel out the effects of our sins.

 

(Isaiah 64:6)  We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

 

After all God, being holy, expects us to be perfect to love Him with ALL strength, mind, soul, and such, as well as our neighbor as ourselves. This is all a gift of  His grace(and not our works)

 

(2Corinthians 9:15)  Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

 

(Ephesians 2:8)  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

 

(Ephesians 2:9)  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

Faith is the key to pleasing God and to accept this gift of salvation

 

(Romans 10:17)  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

 

 

(Hebrews 11:1)  Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

 

Also faith is the only way to please God.

(Hebrews 11:6)  And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

 

As it states the key to salvation is to confessing Jesus as Lord with your mouth and believing by faith God has raised Him from the dead. Here are the verses from Romans 10

(Romans 10:9)  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

(Romans 10:10)  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

 

(Romans 10:11)  For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame."

 

(Romans 10:12)  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.

 

(Romans 10:13)  For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

 

Such a powerful promise there that all who call on the name of the Lord Jesus shall indeed be saved. This is echoed here in the old testament

 

(Joel 2:32)  And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.

 

The following indicates it is God’s will for all to be saved and that Jesus comes as mediator between man and God:

 

(1Timothy 2:4) who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

(1Timothy 2:5)  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

 

(2Peter 3:9)  The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

 

 

 

To sum up, everyone has all fallen short of God’s glory but God has made a provision for all to come back to fellowship and relationship with Him through His only Son Jesus’ sacrificial act on the cross at Calvary. So why not just accept this free gift of grace, mercy and love from Your heavenly Father by  praying this following prayer with me now?

 

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess Jesus as our Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.

 

Congratulations on making the biggest and wisest decision of your life. It is but the beginning. Always seek to draw closer to Jesus by praying, remember now He is your new and closest friend and by spending lots of time in the word. Be careful of all false doctrine and teaching but always trust the Holy Spirit which now indwells in you. Pray to see if you are led to a Christian church to be baptized by immersion, and please do it over, if just sprinkle baptized, for that does not count. The full baptism is an act symbolizing dying to one’s sins and coming up a new man in Christ, so it is important. Also ensures witnesses to your decision to commit to Christ.

Another thing you need to do is continually repent, ever day, after every time you might stumble, as you will, I can say that myself. I have stumbled and sinned but repented each and every time and God forgave me every time, for He is just to do so. I leave you with these scriptures to back up what I say:

 

(1Peter 5:8)  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 

(James 4:7)  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

(James 4:8)  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

Lastly here is some excellent advice from the first epistle of John

 

(1John 1:5)  This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

(1John 1:6)  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

 

(1John 1:7)  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

(1John 1:8)  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

(1John 1:9)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

(1John 1:10)  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

 Stay vigilant and rapture ready for the rapture will come as a thief in the night. Whether newbie Christian or old please consider and follow prayerfully these following steps- You DO NOT WANT TO MISS THE RAPTURE AND GO THROUGH THE GREAT TRIBULATIONS, which many won’t survive

1. Make sure that you have received Jesus Christ into your life as your PERSONAL Lord and Saviour.

 

2. Examine your own heart for any signs of backsliding, worldliness, unwatchfulness, compromising, and lukewarmness.

 

3. REPENT (Turn COMPLETELY away from sin and turn COMPLETELY around towards Jesus).  Sin separates you from God, even as a Christian.

 

**4. Study end-time Biblical prophecy until you become completely convinced that His Coming is, indeed, AT THE DOOR.  This will help keep you from temptation and sin.  JESUS IS COMING VERY SOON!!! Lord help me be absolutely convinced YOU ARE at the door!!!!!

 

5. Do something for the Lord.  (Passing out tracts would be a good start.)

 

6. Examine your priorities, lest the CARES OF THIS LIFE cause YOU to MISS THE RAPTURE, as we are so adamantly WARNED about in Luke 21, and so many other Scriptures.

 

7. Draw closer to God by praying, reading His Word, attending a fundamental church as often as possible, and surround yourself with a Christian atmosphere (Christian friends, books, music, radio, TV, etc.)

 

8. PRAY DILIGENTLY.  ASK THE LORD TO REVEAL TO YOU ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE THAT EVEN MIGHT KEEP YOU FROM THE RAPTURE.  PRAY THAT THE LORD WOULD GIVE YOU A PEACE, IF YOU ARE READY, AND AN UNREST AND UNEASINESS IN YOUR HEART, IF YOU ARE NOT READY.

 

9. Listen for His voice and then STAY OPEN TO THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

10. Act upon that which the Lord is calling you to do. DO IT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

 

If the Lord has planted the least bit of doubt or uneasiness in your heart, will you swallow your pride and pray this prayer with me:

 

"Dear Lord, Thank you for preparing a WAY OF ESCAPE from the horrible Tribulation to come.  It is my sincere desire to be ready for your Soon Return, so that I can participate in the Rapture.  Give me a COMPLETE PEACE IN MY HEART FROM YOU if I am, indeed, ready.

 

Let there be no false sense of security in my heart concerning my readiness for Your Return.  Begin to reveal to me things in my life and in my heart that might keep me from the Rapture.  Show me what I need to do to BE READY and then give me the power to act upon that which you show me to do.  Draw me away from the world and closer to you every day.  Use me in whatever way you can to help others who may not be ready for your Return.  Fill me with your peace when I am ready and fill me with YOUR POWER, for victory over sin and temptation, and for effective service for your kingdom.  In Jesus' mighty name, Amen

 

Thank you for reading this, stay prayerful and rapture ready

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Salvation and backsliding


By James J Dougherty, 2013-03-17

            Salvation and backsliding/falling away a discussion led by the Holy Spirit

            When one does accept the  Jesus as their savior and confesses Him as His personal Lord it is a very great understatement Satan is NOT happy. Until you had repented of your sins and accepted Christ as Lord and His sacrifice on Calvary you were Satan’s  so you must be on your guard to deal with temptations, persecutions and such that WILL INEVITABLY come from Satan, who wants you back. One of Satan’s favorite tactics is to bring up our past and to try to use that to tempt us to fall back into sin. He often will tempt us with the very things we did in the past and then repented of when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. I am going to share various scriptures and use texts warn you against falling away, and the consequence of doing so, but also how to get back in right relationship with God in case you have fallen pray to temptation.

           

This first set of scriptures indicates we were saved to do God the Father’s will, indeed the Holy Spirit said that is why we were created in the first place

(Matthew 7:21)  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

 

(Matthew 7:22)  On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'

 

(Matthew 7:23)  And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'

 

He can and will order those who practice lawlessness and evil to leave Him so beware! Be sure to stay with and follow His will.The above is the last thing you want to hear from Jesus at judgment!! This next passage indicates the consequences of following and doing His word or not

(Matthew 7:24)  "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

 

(Matthew 7:25)  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

 

(Matthew 7:26)  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

 

(Matthew 7:27)  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."

 

The verses above are all the more reason to hear Him out and follow through by doing what is asked of you by Jesus

I want to give reassurance now that God will not let anyone enter into temptation they can’t handle and will give a way out:

(1 Corinthians 10:13)  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

As these next two scriptures indicate it can be a hard thing to not be tempted to fall back to old habits and such

(2 Peter 2:22)  What the true proverb says has happened to them: "The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire."

 

(Proverbs 26:11)  Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.

 

We are continually being tempted by the things which beset us in the first place and we must be vigilant in rebuking and refusing them so as  to not fall back into these old habits. We need God’s help, grace, and mercy each and everyday with this, in fact. It is only He that can break many of these things. These next verses illustrate that perfectly

(John 8:34)  Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.

 

(John 8:35)  The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.

 

(John 8:36)  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

Just before those two verses Jesus shares the benefit of abiding in Jesus’ word

(John 8:31)  So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,

 

(John 8:32)  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

 

A caution as Paul warned the Romans  we are NOT to abound in sin so that grace may also abound

(Romans 6:1)  What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?

 

(Romans 6:2)  By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

 

Jesus, in Matthew offers this very stern warning against tempting and causing others to stumble and sin. It is such a strong word:

(Matthew 18:6)  but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

 

(Matthew 18:7)  "Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!

Here are some verses to indicate what can happen when unclean spirits are driven out but I also believe it is a warning against falling away from the gift and grace.

(Matthew 12:43)  "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none.

 

(Matthew 12:44)  Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order.

 

(Matthew 12:45)  Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation."

            When someone falls away, often the last state of the person, I am led to believe can be worse than the first, they end up more into sin, addiction, are more heard hearted, and hardened against the truth.

 

Now here is a very stern and severe warning against falling away from grace in the book of Hebrews

(Heb 6:4)  For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,

 

(Heb 6:5)  and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,

 

(Heb 6:6)  and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

 

(Hebrews 6:7)  For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.

 

(Hebrews 6:8)  But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

 

(Hebrews 6:9)  Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things--things that belong to salvation.

 

Note the reassurance in the end. There is an even harsher warning in Hebrews 10 against deliberate and continuous sin after falling away

(Hebrews 10:26)  For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

 

(Hebrews 10:27)  but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

 

(Hebrews 10:28)  Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

 

(Hebrews 10:29)  How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?

 

(Hebrews 10:30)  For we know him who said, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge his people."

 

(Hebrews 10:31)  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 

God can and does pursue those who are fallen away, always seeking to reclaim them from Satan. He knows that it will be worse for them if the don’t ever turn back to Him and some people never do, sadly. Others do though and are restored to relationship with Him. After all God does not want the devil to pull away even one of His children, though sadly some are, some sadly never to return(these can become even harder of heart than a lot of unsaved!). Ultimately these verses in Romans 8 at the end tell the story well.

(Romans 8:31)  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

(Romans 8:32)  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

 

(Romans 8:33)  Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

 

(Romans 8:34)  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

 

(Romans 8:35)  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

 

(Romans 8:36)  As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."

 

(Romans 8:37)  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

 

(Romans 8:38)  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,

 

(Romans 8:39)  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Here are good verses from 1 John 1 concerning sin, restoration, forgivness and fellowship with Him

 

(1 John 1:5)  This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

(1 John 1:6)  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

 

(1 John 1:7)  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

(1 John 1:8)  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

(1 John 1:9)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

(1 John 1:10)  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

 

 We must all beware of Satan and to trust God. Satan hates God and always seeks to undo anything and everything God has done.

 

(John 10:10)  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

 

(1 Peter 5:8)  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 

To fight Satan’s tactics I cannot strongly suggest staying submitted and close to God

(James 4:7)  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

(James 4:8)  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

Do not be shy to ask for help when you need to, such as for prayer:

(Jas 5:16)  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

 

Once restored, or even if not fallen here is a nice scriptures to encourage you

(Heb 12:28)  Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,

 

(Heb 12:29)  for our God is a consuming fire.

 

God is a consuming  fire too, so love Him and trust Him. Here are some verses to encourage, and to hopefully strengthen you to trust God and prevent any falling away:

 

(Rom 12:1)  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

 

(Rom 12:2)  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

(Heb 12:1)  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

 

(Heb 12:2)  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

As I write this, I strongly believe we are in the end times, the very  last days, and the rapture is coming very, very soon, so I share the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. The foolish ones are the ones who fall away and or become lukewarm and such. The wise ones do not. (Mat 25:1)  "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.

 

(Mat 25:2)  Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

 

(Mat 25:3)  For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,

 

(Mat 25:4)  but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.

 

(Mat 25:5)  As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.

 

(Mat 25:6)  But at midnight there was a cry, 'Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'

 

(Mat 25:7)  Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.

 

(Mat 25:8)  And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'

 

(Mat 25:9)  But the wise answered, saying, 'Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'

 

(Mat 25:10)  And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.

 

(Mat 25:11)  Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.'

 

(Mat 25:12)  But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.'

 

(Mat 25:13)  Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

 

Believe me you do NOT want to miss the rapture which the above parable is inferring, as well as the marriage of the lamb, so if you are backslidden, please repent and recommit so you do NOT miss the rapture. Jesus told the Ephesians who had fallen away this too in this following word in the book of Revelation:

(Revelation 2:4)  But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

 

(Revelation 2:5)  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

 

This is a very stern warning from Jesus to the Ephesian Church and it applies to us today. I urge you to repent by praying this prayer with me and then trusting the Holy Spirit to help you stop doing whatever you were doing wrong:

Lord Jesus Christ,

I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. [Take a few moments to ask His forgiveness for anything particular that is on your conscience.] Please forgive me. I now turn from everything which I know is wrong. Thank You that You died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free.
Thank You that You offer me forgiveness and the gift of Your Spirit. I now receive that gift. Please come into my life by Your Holy Spirit to be with me forever.
Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Psalm 51 is an excellent prayer of repentance.

 

Now, having repented I suggest reading this to help ensure being that much more rapture ready, the rapture which can occur at anytime is not anything you want to miss. You want no part of the great tribulation to follow the rapture.

1. Make sure that you have received Jesus Christ into your life as your PERSONAL Lord and Saviour.

 

2. Examine your own heart for any signs of backsliding, worldliness, unwatchfulness, compromising, and lukewarmness.

 

3. REPENT (Turn COMPLETELY away from sin and turn COMPLETELY around towards Jesus).  Sin separates you from God, even as a Christian.

 

**4. Study end-time Biblical prophecy until you become completely convinced that His Coming is, indeed, AT THE DOOR.  This will help keep you from temptation and sin.  JESUS IS COMING VERY SOON!!! Lord help me be absolutely convinced YOU ARE at the door!!!!!

 

5. Do something for the Lord.  (Passing out tracts would be a good start.)

 

6. Examine your priorities, lest the CARES OF THIS LIFE cause YOU to MISS THE RAPTURE, as we are so adamantly WARNED about in Luke 21, and so many other Scriptures.

 

7. Draw closer to God by praying, reading His Word, attending a fundamental church as often as possible, and surround yourself with a Christian atmosphere (Christian friends, books, music, radio, TV, etc.)

 

8. PRAY DILIGENTLY.  ASK THE LORD TO REVEAL TO YOU ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE THAT EVEN MIGHT KEEP YOU FROM THE RAPTURE.  PRAY THAT THE LORD WOULD GIVE YOU A PEACE, IF YOU ARE READY, AND AN UNREST AND UNEASINESS IN YOUR HEART, IF YOU ARE NOT READY.

 

9. Listen for His voice and then STAY OPEN TO THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

10. Act upon that which the Lord is calling you to do. DO IT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

 

If the Lord has planted the least bit of doubt or uneasiness in your heart, will you swallow your pride and pray this prayer with me:

 

"Dear Lord, Thank you for preparing a WAY OF ESCAPE from the horrible Tribulation to come.  It is my sincere desire to be ready for your Soon Return, so that I can participate in the Rapture.  Give me a COMPLETE PEACE IN MY HEART FROM YOU if I am, indeed, ready.

 

Let there be no false sense of security in my heart concerning my readiness for Your Return.  Begin to reveal to me things in my life and in my heart that might keep me from the Rapture.  Show me what I need to do to BE READY and then give me the power to act upon that which you show me to do.  Draw me away from the world and closer to you every day.  Use me in whatever way you can to help others who may not be ready for your Return.  Fill me with your peace when I am ready and fill me with YOUR POWER, for victory over sin and temptation, and for effective service for your kingdom.  In Jesus' mighty name, Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Repentance


By James J Dougherty, 2013-03-18

                                    Repentance, a discussion on why it is so important

            I am now led to write something about repentance to explain why it is so important to keep repenting daily, and not be complacent about it or even in denial. Adam and especially Cain never really repented after their wrong doing. However kings David, Ahab, and Manasseh all did repent of their deeds. Ahab got a delay in one of the judgments that were pronounced against him by Elijah due to Ahab’s wickedness. Here is the scripture for this:

(1Kings 21:28)  And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

 

(1Kings 21:29)  "Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son's days I will bring the disaster upon his house."

 

Here is the story of how Manasseh repented. It did take judgment and captivity but HE did in fact repent

(2Chronicles 33:11)  Therefore the LORD brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon.

 

(2Chronicles 33:12)  And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.

 

(2Chronicles 33:13)  He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.

 

He actually changed his mind and attitude and became somewhat good, after being arguably the most evil king of Judah. He undid a lot of the wickedness he did earlier, but sadly for Judah this repentance came too late and the damage had already been done with his supremely wicked reign earlier.

 

A very good place in scripture where consequences of repenting, not repenting, and falling away are explained is  in Ezekiel 18 it says that everyone will be responsible for their own actions, not of any of their relatives(or friends for that matter)

(Ezekiel 18:20)  The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

 

(Ezekiel 18:21)  "But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.

 

(Ezekiel 18:22)  None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live.

 

(Ezekiel 18:23)  Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

 

(Ezekiel 18:24)  But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.

 

Verse 30 in the same book and  chapter God encourages repentance again

 

(Ezekiel 18:30)  "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.

 

In the New Testament John the Baptist first took up the message of repentance

(Matthew 3:1)  In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

 

(Matthew 3:2)  "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

 

Jesus when He came on to the same

(Mark 1:15)  and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

 

Jesus then states we are all in the same boat, no one is special we all need to repent. He uses two examples in these verses

(Luke 13:2)  And he answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?

 

(Luke 13:3)  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

 

(Luke 13:4)  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?

 

(Luke 13:5)  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."

 

Just after the Pentecost the people on hand and asked what they should do and they were told to repent

(Acts 2:37)  Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"

 

(Acts 2:38)  And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

The same is as true today as it was in the story of Acts. It is vital that we repent each and every day, especially as we get conviction from the Holy Spirit of any sin/wrongdoing that we commit . I do not advise being complacent and brushing this off. It will keep Satan away. It will ensure right standing with God who is ever merciful and not wanting any to perish. It can be the difference that will keep one out of Hell and keep one rapture ready. Also the one warning with letting a sin go, when it is found out, is that a little opening can open the floodgates, and can lead to one falling away. This will not happen all at once but it would be a gradual process that lasts weeks, or more likely months. You go from this mild thing then you do things more often as the temptations get stronger and you can no longer resist them, and it can go until one is totally fallen away, and as one sins their heart will gradually become harder and harder. At the end the state of them can be easily be worse off than at first.  I use this scripture of the unclean spirit to illustrate

(Luke 11:24)  "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.'

 

(Luke 11:25)  And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order.

 

(Luke 11:26)  Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first."

 

When sin enters back into a person, they can become harder and worse off then before they accepted Jesus in the first place, so please do repent when convicted.

Here are two sets of verses from Hebrews to further strengthen that point:

 

(Hebrews 6:4)  For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,

 

(Hebrews 6:5)  and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,

 

(Hebrews 6:6)  and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

 

(Hebrews 6:7)  For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.

 

(Hebrews 6:8)  But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

 

(Heb 6:9)  Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things--things that belong to salvation.

 

(Hebrews 10:26)  For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

 

(Hebrews 10:27)  but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

 

(Hebrews 10:28)  Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

 

(Hebrews 10:29)  How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?

 

(Hebrews 10:30)  For we know him who said, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge his people."

 

(Hebrews 10:31)  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 

The last verse states accurately how it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God, when you might have repented beforehand.  The verses in Hebrews, I believe shoot down the concept of once saved always saved. I strongly dislike that notion too, for it breeds complacency, laziness, and lukewarm attitudes on the part of people who subscribe in it. They feel they don’t have to repent when they sin, and they also may push aside the conviction of the Holy Spirit when they do, and scoff and mock. We are warned in the bible to NOT grieve the Holy Spirit

 

(Ephesians 4:30)  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

 

And you DO NOT want to be counted by God as lukewarm, as you will miss or even be spit out of the rapture, even maybe not make heaven if you die before the rapture unless you repent of this condition and all sins as we are so strongly warned in the book of Revelation

 

(Revelation 3:14)  "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.

 

(Revelation 3:15)  "'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!

 

(Revelation 3:16)  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

 

(Revelation 3:17)  For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

 

(Revelation 3:18)  I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

 

(Revelation 3:19)  Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

 

(Revelation 3:20)  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

 

(Revelation 3:21)  The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.

 

(Revelation 3:22)  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

 

Note how the scripture encourages the lukewarm to repent and ideally become passionate again for the Lord. There also is another warning verse in Revelation, this time to the Ephesians:

(Revelation 2:5)  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

 

Sadly the first verses in Revelation 3 may well ring true about some churches today

(Revelation 3:1)  "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. "'I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

 

(Revelation 3:2)  Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.

 

(Revelation 3:3)  Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

 

(Revelation 3:4)  Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.

 

(Revelation 3:5)  The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.

 

(Revelation 3:6)  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

 

These are dead, not just lukewarm. These are churches where the Holy Spirit is NOT welcome there in any way during the services. I have been to them myself. Largely most of them believe that miracles, tongues prophecy and the other acts of the Holy Spirit have ceased and are no longer for us today. These people are called cessationists and dispensationalists. It seems to me like many but not all denominations of the church believe this. I believe myself as do many others that the gifts of the Spirit are with us today, such as the miracles and so forth. This wrongful belief serves to drive the Holy Spirit out of their church services, and they feel dead as a result. You feel NO Holy Spirit presence in the church whatsoever in church at all, or only the tiniest amount. Of course any of these can be repented of and turn back to the love of Christ.

            To sum up it is never more critical in these last days to be in right relationship with God. I strongly suggest asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anything at all, anything that is holding you from a right relationship with God, and repent of that as soon as possible to get fully right with him. We all stand ALONE in judgment to God at the end when we die, after death, or after rapture, and nobody will be there to help us (or accuse us). Also please pray this prayer with me, substituting I for we, as need be, if praying this alone:

We repent, O God most merciful; for all our sins;

for every thought that was false or unjust or unclean;

for every word spoken that ought not to have been spoken;

for every deed done that ought not to have been done.

We repent for every deed and word and thought inspired by selfishness,

and for every deed and word and thought inspired by hatred.

We repent most specially for every lustful thought and every lustful action;

for every lie; for all hypocrisy;

for every promise given but not fulfilled,

and for all slander and back-biting.

Most specially also, we repent for every action that has brought ruin to others;

for every word and deed that has given others pain;

and for every wish that pain should befall others.

In your unbounded mercy, we ask you to forgive us, O God,

for all these sins committed by us,

and to forgive us for our constant failures

to think and speak and act according to your will

 

Again, I want people to be rapture ready so please also prayerfully follow these steps to help you:

1. Make sure that you have received Jesus Christ into your life as your PERSONAL Lord and Saviour.

 

2. Examine your own heart for any signs of backsliding, worldliness, unwatchfulness, compromising, and lukewarmness.

 

3. REPENT (Turn COMPLETELY away from sin and turn COMPLETELY around towards Jesus).  Sin separates you from God, even as a Christian.

 

**4. Study end-time Biblical prophecy until you become completely convinced that His Coming is, indeed, AT THE DOOR.  This will help keep you from temptation and sin.  JESUS IS COMING VERY SOON!!! Lord help me be absolutely convinced YOU ARE at the door!!!!!

 

5. Do something for the Lord.  (Passing out tracts would be a good start.)

 

6. Examine your priorities, lest the CARES OF THIS LIFE cause YOU to MISS THE RAPTURE, as we are so adamantly WARNED about in Luke 21, and so many other Scriptures.

 

7. Draw closer to God by praying, reading His Word, attending a fundamental church as often as possible, and surround yourself with a Christian atmosphere (Christian friends, books, music, radio, TV, etc.)

 

8. PRAY DILIGENTLY.  ASK THE LORD TO REVEAL TO YOU ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE THAT EVEN MIGHT KEEP YOU FROM THE RAPTURE.  PRAY THAT THE LORD WOULD GIVE YOU A PEACE, IF YOU ARE READY, AND AN UNREST AND UNEASINESS IN YOUR HEART, IF YOU ARE NOT READY.

 

9. Listen for His voice and then STAY OPEN TO THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

10. Act upon that which the Lord is calling you to do. DO IT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

 

If the Lord has planted the least bit of doubt or uneasiness in your heart, will you swallow your pride and pray this prayer with me:

 

"Dear Lord, Thank you for preparing a WAY OF ESCAPE from the horrible Tribulation to come.  It is my sincere desire to be ready for your Soon Return, so that I can participate in the Rapture.  Give me a COMPLETE PEACE IN MY HEART FROM YOU if I am, indeed, ready.

 

Let there be no false sense of security in my heart concerning my readiness for Your Return.  Begin to reveal to me things in my life and in my heart that might keep me from the Rapture.  Show me what I need to do to BE READY and then give me the power to act upon that which you show me to do.  Draw me away from the world and closer to you every day.  Use me in whatever way you can to help others who may not be ready for your Return.  Fill me with your peace when I am ready and fill me with YOUR POWER, for victory over sin and temptation, and for effective service for your kingdom.  In Jesus' mighty name, Amen

 

 

 

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At the Rapture


By James J Dougherty, 2013-03-20

At the rapture- A Holy Spirit discussion of events

Here is a list of possibilities of where someone will find themselves when the rapture occurs The Holy Spirit wants me to do this to give a snapshot of the time period of the rapture and the first few minutes afterwards at various locations and so forth. I want to give some idea of what will happen at the diverse individual locations to give a picture of the chaos that will result just from the rapture itself, and people taking advantage of the situation. The purpose of this discussion is to enlighten people so they repent, make their relationship right with God, and by the mercy of God then are counted worthy to be taken up in the rapture of believers. I have absolutely NO WISH to see ANYONE miss the rapture and  to be left behind to face the chaos and destruction immediately afterward, which could last for many months, the shock and awe of suddenly missing relatives and friends, of which some folks could find themselves having many, then (if they survive the shock, awe, and Chaos the great tribulation period that is certain to follow the rapture, which is by far the worst time period that man will ever experience. Below, I am making a very thorough listing of what can very easily happen after the rapture so there can be no doubt of just how devastating this rapture will be for those who are left behind. I strongly advise getting your heart right NOW with Jesus as you want nothing to do with what is to follow the rapture!

 Awake, doing whatever they may be doing at that time(working, eating, shopping, etc) and ready to go in the rapture(that is judged worthy) They will hear the trumpet and Jesus say come up here, or something with the same identical meaning, and it then in a twinkling of an eye- it will be that sudden- they will be floating up in the air to meet everyone else there, go through the cosmos and be in heaven in a matter of under a minute. Without any doubt people will be in absolute shock at how rapidly this has happened, and I know for certain they will want to through themselves at Jesus’ feet in immense gratitude for being counted worthy to be taken in this rapture, and to escape all the mess and chaos on earth which will surely follow.

Asleep, in bed, but ready to go You will either awake at Jesus shouting and/or the trumpet or you could even just finding yourself floating up to meet Him, wondering what had happened. When you get to heaven you might even wonder if you had died, rather than being raptured, but when you look around and see all the other people, you will most likely realize the rapture has happened and that you were counted worthy to be taken in it, and as above likely want to fall at Jesus’ feet to show your gratitude.

At the home I envision one scenario where the woman calls for everyone in her family to come to the dinner(does not matter if it is breakfast or lunch, for that matter). Usually all her family will respond to her call in a very timely and prompt manner, knowing her cooking is good, and not wishing their food to get cold. One or more usually want to help, but she, being very independent, wants no help from anyone. This time she really goes all out to make the most wonderful meal they have ever tasted, but this time nobody responds at all. She tries again in a few minutes, but again no response. She does not understand what is going on at all and nobody is moving towards the dinner table. The family places such a high value of eating together, but for some strange reason after several calls still nobody will come to the dinner table, which is so well set up. She then decides to investigate to see why nobody is coming, and in each and every room where they were only moments ago , all she finds only empty clothes: the rest of her family and her guests for the meal have all just very suddenly vanished!! Needless to say she is in absolute shock and distraught over this sudden and unexpected development. The sumptuous meal she had spent perhaps many hours slaving over is suddenly forgotten about. She tries to call their cell phones and even the emergency service but nothing is of any avail. In fact she cannot call out on any telephone, landline or cell phone, at all, all the phone lines are completely jammed and flooded with many, many other folks calling each other and calling about all the missing people!! Some were hugging their loved one and all of the sudden they are hugging empty clothes for this loved one has also suddenly and inexplicably vanished! A lot of homes, also, after the rapture will be broken in by looters, pillagers, and even eventually people who have become desperate for food and supplies(there will be MASSIVE shortages for a long time after the rapture). Most valuables and all food will be stolen, people harmed, raped, killed, houses ransacked, set on fire, and destroyed, too as it will be a very lawless chaotic period after the rapture. The people who remain will also have a VERY hard time replacing what was stolen, too, what with all the chaos and lawlessness outside.

Driving  or riding in a car  The driver will notice at the rapture all of the sudden many vehicles around them sharing the road will go in ALL crazy directions, some running off the road, some crashing into other vehicles, or any median on the road others not doing so. A passenger will feel absolutely helpless if they happen to see their driver just vanish seemingly into thin air and their car careers off to crash into another vehicle, such as a car or even a semi truck, or run off the road into a tree or the median. Some of these people no doubt will die and go to hell, unless they can somehow repent of their sins and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior in that last instant of time, before they die of their injuries and it is accepted but many will not be able to, and will die lost. Survivors will no doubt stagger out, and look at their own vehicle and/or the vehicle that struck theirs and then see just sets of clothes where other people used to be, and others who like them are wondering what just happened to cause all this chaos and destruction. It will be very difficult to travel on, or anywhere because the roads will be clogged with many, many accidents, abandoned and driverless cars and trucks, often not able to be driven due to damage and also distraught people crazed by the sudden turn of events. Injured people in the crashes will be largely on their own to find any first aid help for their injuries that they sustained or  help for anything else, for that matter, as will those with damaged and disabled cars from all the wrecks resulting from all the suddenly driverless vehicles. As stated before calling for help on the accidents will largely be fruitless, seeing how the phone lines will be overwhelmed and totally jammed by callers reporting accidents, mayhem, injuries, missing people and so on, so much that every regular and cell phone service will be completely be overwhelmed, and crash. A lot of Internet service providers will likely see servers crash from the overwhelming demand for social websites like facebook, twitter, Skype and all social media websites as people who were left behind  look for their missing loved ones, friends, and family and talk to each other about what has just so suddenly happened, possibly even looking for emergency help such as police, fire, or medical that way. Imagine all the phone calls after the Heidi football game event(where the network suddenly stopped the game and went to the movie, and could/would not go back to the game, even though the other team would come back and win, prompting a flood of calls) and all others and then multiply that by many thousand fold to get an idea of what the phone companies will be up against, and remember then also that some of the phone employees and support  personnel will also likely have vanished too!

Riding on a passenger(or freight train, subway trolley)- Those who are riding on a passenger train will have various experiences. Firstly the people who are riding  on the cars will suddenly realize there are a lot of missing people who were with them. The train could hit driverless vehicles stuck on crossings and the like. Freight trains may hit them or be hit by driverless passenger trains as crews will suddenly vanish too. Trains which are driverless may eventually derail without folks to control them, creating further problems. No doubt people will be killed and injured in any collisions and derailments that result with the injured and trapped being on their own for finding help, with the phones jammed, too due to all the massive number of calls going on. Also, many trains will likely be ransacked and looted of valuables, especially including food, during the chaos, and some destroyed. Passenger and freight train service will be disrupted also for a while due to the conditions after the rapture, due to missing personnel, and blocked train tracks with all manner of debris

Riding in public transportation much like riding the train, there will be suddenly driverless busses and taxis which will crash into other vehicles, run off the road, and so on further adding to the mayhem created by all of the other events. A passenger may find the driver has vanished, and may even steal the taxi or the fare money(if the former is drivable still) or be killed/injured in the resultant crashes. Drivers will realize that passengers have disappeared suddenly , like when a taxi driver turns to collect his/her fare from a passenger but cannot for they have vanished(though they could take the clothes and so forth). They will find, as everyone else will, getting about to be almost impossible due to the chaos. As a result many of these services will be forced to close down for quite a while due to the chaos, lawlessness, and missing personnel, blocked roads, lawlessness and other reasons after this rapture happens.

Riding in an airplane, commercial or private. Any and all pilotless planes, because of the pilots and/or co pilots suddenly vanishing will eventually crash somewhere, very likely resulting in the death of most if not all passengers and crew remaining on board the aircraft, and no doubt death, injury, and destruction on the ground depending on exactly where the then pilotless plane crashes. Nobody at all on the ground will be safe as some planes no doubt will crash into buildings, cars, malls, and other areas where there are people. Also on board the plane people again will notice that several or even many passengers and crew will have disappeared suddenly, so panic there will set in as people will wonder what happened to their family and friends, even more so if they realize the plane is about to crash, being pilotless . This could result in chaos, along with the looting, which could even result in more planes crashing from having pilots being killed, injured, or otherwise incapacitated and unable to fly the plane. All this will further add to the mayhem created by all the other scenarios, ensuring that the emergency personnel, with depleted numbers themselves, unable to move around easily, and unable to communicate, are not able to respond in any way to many of these emergency situations that will develop. Due to the situation, for quite a while most every commercial flight will be canceled for a good while after the rapture, also many other air transport will be very severely impacted due to the missing personnel, chaos, and lawlessness, and to get a flight anywhere will cost a lot of money as any remaining pilots would likely charge a lot of money due to the severity of the situation and just the danger in flying then, and that there could be a lot of demand for the plane rides from wealthy business people and others who have a lot of money.

Factories and places where things are made or grown including farms, ranches, orchards At the rapture many employees at many different factories will just suddenly disappear and this will create a tremendous amount of chaos. Due to the people missing many steps may well be left undone, inspections missed, and even machines allowed to run out of control which could create a wide variety of bad outcomes, from the ruination of the items produced, the machines, killing and maiming left over workers, fires, and explosions which could damage and destroy the factory itself and even surrounding areas as there will not be sufficient people to fight the fires. Blocked roads will greatly hinder the distribution of goods from the factory as well as greatly hindering or even preventing help to get there to mitigate the differing incidents which will arise from the disappearing employees. There will be looting of the finished goods, and personal possessions, sabotaging of the machinery, and other things which will greatly add to the damage done. All the looting and destruction at the factory level will greatly hinder the recovery and restocking of ALL retail and wholesale businesses, many listed below (some not), further delaying their recovery from the mess. No doubt for weeks or even months after the rapture many, if not most factories, farms, orchards, ranches will be forced to shut down due to the lawlessness, inability of people to get to work, lack of people to work, and get to work due to transportation issues. In farms crops and animals will be stolen, and/or destroyed in the looting and mayhem, as well.  All these factors combined will ensure that the period following the rapture until clean up will be horrendous to live on anywhere in the world. It may get close to normal for a time after the clean up, but it likely will not ever be the same for those who miss the rapture.

Car, Truck, bus, boat and other transportation shops, sales and repair. As with other things there will be staff and customers disappearing suddenly, this can very easily occur in the middle of transactions, test drives, or any other time. This of course will lead to chaos. Any who see the people suddenly disappear will be fearing for their loved ones as they won’t know for real what exactly happened(the rapture) and likely panic and try in vain to contact them. There will likely be crashes with any driverless vehicles. Also, there will be theft and looting of the vehicles, and other valuable items, and likely gangs will smash at least some of what is not stolen. Law enforcement will be too burdened to really do much anything to put a stop to it,so  it will be lawless. Many vehicle dealers will most likely be forced to close for at least a while due to insufficient staffing, the lawlessness, and due to the damage that the looters and pillagers have done to the dealership which will likely take a while to fix, as well as the need to restock, repair and replaced the things that were either stolen and/or destroyed.

Gasoline, fuel stations, convenience stores and other similar businesses will also be affected in varying ways. Employees and customers will all suddenly vanish making everyone else very afraid. When they try in vain due to the jammed phone services to contact their loved ones to see if they are okay, and still around, they will indeed panic, as would anyone who suddenly does not know what is up with their family and so on. The fuel station will be vulnerable to being crashed into by driverless vehicles, looting and sabotage. There  can be explosions too, as the fuel is highly flammable, and some gas stations will likely be destroyed by these incidents, whether they happen at the rapture due to driverless vehicles or afterwards during the looting and pillaging which will most surely follow. The convenience stores will likely be looted bare, too, of most all items inside, and the gasoline will be stolen, and quite likely some will even try to make the storage pumps explode to add to the damage and destruction at hand.  The looters will know that the police won’t really be able to stop the looting, and even those fires may be allowed to burn for quite a while, due to lack of firemen, their inability due to blocked roads to get there, and even fear from all the lawlessness. It will also be a long time for things to return to a semblance of normalcy due to the difficulty of resupplying the fuel, and merchandise being sold, the lack of people to run the stores, and just due to the fact that some stations will be destroyed as a result of the chaos resulting from the rapture.

Hotels, resorts, casinos, retreats, golf courses and so on These also will be affected by the sudden disappearance of both staff and guests, which will lead to some panic on the remaining guests as they will wonder what just happened to the other people. Again in varying ways parking lots and other places where people travel will become dangerous places with the suddenly driverless cars, carts and the like. It will also be much harder to get any services as many people who render services, masseuses, manicures, and on down the line will have disappeared, or just not be able to get to the place of work due to the roads. Any restaurants and other places where food is sold and served will no doubt be looted and stripped of all the food that they have. Stores will likely face severe looting and destruction as well, due to the lawless anarchy that results from the rapture. Some places no doubt will be forced to shut down permanently due to staffing shortages and people not being able to get there, or at least temporarily until things are restored, the damages repaired,and for  any stores and restaurants  to get repaired or rebuilt, restocked and resupplied to replace what was stolen in the looting, or destroyed by vandalism.

At the supermarket- Of course supermarkets will not be immune from all the chaos, either. There will be driverless cars crashing and being a menace to pedestrians in the parking lot, customers and employees will suddenly vanish. Customers will try to pay a cashier who vanishes, and likewise so will many shoppers. The store will become that much more short staffed than they already are, lengthening lines, even some managers will disappear, too. Of course, due to the mayhem, a good many people most definitely will take advantage of the situation to leave the store without paying for their groceries at all. They will also loot the shelves of their merchandise, also smashing things, and any vanished peoples’ possessions. No doubt after the reality of the situation sets in panicky people will in no doubt flock to the stores and strip all the shelves bare hoarding needed and unneeded foods, water, really everything, and not caring for any other people other than themselves. This will no doubt lead to rioting over the lack of food availability, as many will no longer be able to get the food and necessities that they need to survive , and the stores won’t be able to be supplied either due to the clogged roads with many abandoned vehicles, and the general lawless condition then in the world making travel extremely dangerous and the smashed infrastructure. This also will likely lead to price gouging as some people will take full advantage of others’ peoples needs and can easily get away with charging whatever they please for needed basic food and supplies, if they choose to sell at all. Of course anyone runs the risk of being killed and having their stuff stolen too, so folks will need to be very careful in such ventures. Here too you will see people wailing over the suddenly missing relatives and friends, and calling for help to the police and others will not help any either, and most likely be impossible, due to phones being out of service, and flooded due to demand . A lot of supermarkets will close down at least for some time after the rapture as they will find it impossible to get supplies until things are cleaned up and roads are made safe to get supplies delivered to them again, and until any damage they sustain from all causes is cleaned up, and if need be the store rebuilt, if it was destroyed, as no doubt some will be.

At the shopping mall As with the supermarket situation, there will be crashing driverless vehicles in the parking lot, and inside the mall many shoppers and employees alike will suddenly vanish leaving behind their clothing and possessions. Other people in the mall will no doubt run amuck, looking for their suddenly missing loved ones who were with them moments ago but just suddenly disappeared, trying to call people on their  cell phones, but failing to reach them or even complete that or any other phone call, then panicking about them,  and also there will other folks taking advantage of the situation by looting, pillaging and stripping the stores, including the food court, bare of most, if not all of the merchandise that they sell, smashing and burning things, and robbing and maiming each other as it will be absolute chaos here too. Employees will walk off jobs, too in some cases, to preserve themselves even, though some may not. These looters all will know it will be  then impossible to call for police or other forms of assistance and even if it were possible most likely the police will be too overwhelmed by other more pressing matters to get there, or even too scared to try to. Of course, all the abandoned vehicles on the roads will likely prevent help from getting there as well Indeed some of the more evil police will be joining in the rioting and mayhem, too. Malls also will likely close down for some time after the rapture to recover from all the damage due to looting and the chaos they sustain, and also for stores to get restocked after much of their inventories will be taken by the looters.

At restaurants, Suddenly, many people in any restaurant will instantly vanish- both employees and the dining patrons in the restaurant at the time of the rapture, again leaving only their clothes and possessions behind where they were. A cook will call out that food is up but the server to whom it belongs will not respond to the cook’s call that the food for an order is done, also the server will wait for food from the kitchen, but the order will not be completed and the server will go back only to find that the cook has vanished suddenly. Servers will try to serve tables their meals only to find out some or all of the people sitting there who ordered the meals have suddenly vanished. As the reality  of what has just happened sets in people will panic and some will leave without paying for their food, servers may also walk off the premises, as well as cooks. Also some people will loot the restaurant for food, items, money, whatever they can carry, as well as vanished peoples’ clothes and even each other. There too people will frantically search for any and all missing loved ones, in vain, leading to more panic and distress.  Most likely not long after the rapture it will be very hard to get service and cooking at the restaurant, or even to recognize it for what it is due to the looting and destruction that will result. As before, people will be on their own to face the resulting mayhem, and cannot expect any help to come. Some restaurants will close down permanently as they no longer have sufficient staff to run them anymore and almost all will find it impossible to get the food and other supplies needed to run the restaurants and other restaurants will need to close temporarily until the situation improves and they recover from any and all damage they sustain.  

At a department store much the same story- driverless cars crashing in the parking lot, mayhem on the inside, as both employees of the stores and the customers who are at inside the store and in the parking lot suddenly will vanish. People will of course here as all places wonder what happened to their loved ones, family, and friends, creating panic and fear among the people there (and everyone else for that matter). Some people will take full advantage of the sudden  chaos and will start looting, stealing, and smashing things and basically carrying off anything that they can manage to take with them. Also a lot of other merchandise will be smashed and destroyed as there won’t be anything or anyone around to effectively prevent the wholesale theft, looting, vandalism, arson, and other forms of pillaging and looting which will be sure to erupt. Likely it will be quite a while before they are able to restock merchandise stolen and destroyed and repair all the merchandise, repair damage and so on because of  the lawlessness and people not being able to get around at all due again mainly to the clogged highways and so forth.

Specialty shops, arts, crafts, services(salons, barbers,) flea markets, auctions and similar : The same things will happen here with people disappearing suddenly from the auctions, flea markets, shops, and service shops and others, left behind, will wonder where everyone went so suddenly and the piles of clothes being left around. As a result people will panic as a result, trying frantically but futilely to contact the missing loved ones. If the vendors, crafters and other such people disappear then many of the stores will likely close and never reopen again, as there will be nobody else to run them correctly. Many places will also face much looting, pillaging and damage too as people will ransack and take anything and everything  of any value now they know that there is nothing really to prevent them from doing just that. Any food stands will in particular be hard hit with the looting from panicked people needing supplies. Again it will be a long time before a semblance of normalcy returns to these places, too, as well as all the others, due to the looting and difficulty on many levels to replace the merchandise stolen and destroyed, and repair all the damage done by the looting and pillaging.

Realtors, attorneys, accountants, DMV and other necessary fee based services These too will not be immune from all the effects of the rapture, and with people suddenly vanishing, many of these services will no doubt cease to be offered as in a number of cases there will not be enough to offer them, or if they don’t stop entirely they will be greatly hindered for the lack of personnel and other things. The courts will also be adversely affected as the personnel there will disappear, too. The various offices will be hit with looting and as a result records and other important documents will likely be destroyed in the mayhem and all. All of the above will make it impossible for courts and other places similar to function in their normal ways, which will adversely affect many other aspects of life. Many courts and offices that offer such services will be forced to close for a long time after the rapture, weeks, months, even some permanently all due to the various bad effects that will happen after the rapture (looting, pillaging, destruction, clogged roads, lawlessness, lack of staff, and more).

At the doctor’s office very suddenly doctors, nurses, patients and staff will just disappear, even if it happens in the middle of a procedure or test. Imagine a doctor doing a physical or a nurse doing a blood pressure exam and the patient vanishes, or being in a procedure and the doctor and/or the nurse suddenly vanishes. It will lead to chaos and panic among those left behind. People again will be wondering where everyone went so suddenly leaving only their clothes behind.  Some doctor’s offices will be forced to cease functioning all together and close as their doctor, nurses, and or other staff simply will not be there to handle the day to day needs of an office. The remaining offices won’t be able to function due to the reduction in the number of offices and large number of patients needing care for injuries sustained in accidents, rioting and such during the rapture. Also due to the blocked roads, lawlessness, and chaos many staff just won’t come out to the offices anymore for a while.  No doubt, because of all the above reasons some doctor’s offices who are fortunate enough to remain open or reopen will charge outrageous fees for care, taking full advantage of the chaotic situation, and lack of other options to the would be patient.

                   At the hospital(both physical and mental)  In the general hospital, and the mental one, many patients, doctors, nurses, and other staff and volunteers will all suddenly vanish, even  including those who might be involved  in performing surgery  or other  medical procedure on a patient  at the time of the rapture. A patient could easily wake up after his anesthesia wears off to find that the doctor has vanished and the others around also vanished, his surgery not completed, with the incision still open and surgical instruments left inside him. This will lead to great pain from that, and other complications, and no doubt some patients will die as a result of this situation as there won’t be really anyone to finish the surgery, to help remedy the situation with the patient or enough anesthesia to go around. Of course patients being operated on will also suddenly disappear much to the remaining doctors’ and other staff’s shock and disbelief. There will also perhaps be looting and such of valuables again, people taking advantage of the chaos. Food especially will be stolen from the kitchen. Also hospitals will be overburdened perhaps by new patients seeking care for injuries and such related to the rapture and the accidents and mayhem with it, further straining the situation there with its already depleted staff. Mental patients will get loose and escape their hospitals where they had been staying for treatment of their various conditions, looting and further adding to the mayhem everywhere. The mental hospitals will also be depleted in staff and struggle to care for their patients, including new ones who go insane over the various situations related to the rapture(missing loved ones and such). As a result no doubt many patients will die because the hospitals will no longer have the staff needed to care for them adequately. The same situation will happen at nursing homes, who also no longer will have enough staff to care for their often needy patients some of whom are not capable of doing anything for themselves and are completely dependent on others for ALL their needs. In many cases those people will not be available for them, or cannot get to them, and for those and other reasons, there will be people dying for lack of care in nursing homes as well.

                        In prisons and jails Much the same things that are happening elsewhere will also happen in every prison and jail , at the same time.  Many guards and no doubt a good many prisoners will just simply vanish suddenly. Other prisoners and guards will take advantage of the chaotic situation by running around the prison and freeing other prisoners from their cell, rioting, attacking the remaining guards, leaving the prison, and menacing the general public as if they did not already have enough difficulty to deal with considering all the other events happening at the same time. A lot of the staff and prisoners course will be wondering about their families too, and friends, especially those who might be missing. The disappearances among guards will make it that much harder for a short staff to keep discipline and order among the remaining prisoners. As things settle down, there may well be a sharp increase in the prison inmate population as some folks are finally brought to justice for crimes committed during the rapture and especially its immediate aftermath, and it will very likely also be many dissidents of the new government tossed there, too.

At the dentist’s office As before, as with the other situations, dentists, hygienists, nurses, other staff, and patients will all just simply suddenly disappear all at once, and some no doubt in the middle of procedures, too. This will leave patients without their care giver, and the caregivers without their patients. Imagine having a root canal or a filling when the dentist caring for you just vanishes, maybe the nurse also, the reverse will happen too, when the patient cared for vanishes. There may be some looting and destruction on the premises, too, during the lawless period. Some dental offices will be forced to stop operating and close, due to no longer having the staff required to run it effectively , and the dental  offices who do manage to remain open, or reopen after repairs and restoration  may price gouge for there will be as much or more demand for dental services but perhaps much fewer trained personnel and dental offices to meet the needs of the population .

At a sporting event, concert, play, and similar There will be chaos, as fans, players, actors, musicians and others all just suddenly disappear, and depending on timing there may well be many crashes and chaos in the parking lot. It is possible there will be mass panic among the remaining people there due to the sudden disappearances, depending on how many there are and so forth. For sure the people will notice all the sudden disappearances, as they will no matter where they may be at the time of the rapture. They will be filled with great fear and want to check up and see if their loved ones, friends and family are okay or if they too disappeared, panicking when they cannot get through. This will only aid the clogging, flooding and overwhelming of all phone carriers, cell or media. The internet will likely also be very swamped too as people flood to the social media sites, perhaps just those go down, but maybe also all news and related sites as well.  There can be a stampede out of the stadium, concert venue, or wherever the people may be at the time where people can get trampled to death at the exits. Other people will no doubt take full advantage of the lawlessness to loot, pillage, and so forth. Of course all who are in such a sporting event will find it very difficult, if not impossible to get back to their homes due to the clogged roads and such from accidents and so forth.

Most all sporting events, concerts, plays, operas, ballets and entertainments will likely be cancelled for weeks, months, or in some cases permanently after the rapture due to the lawlessness, looting of art, music instruments, and other relevant stuff, destruction of the premises, disappearance of other unavailability of performers. When these events do come back the government will strongly control what is presented as well, due to its them dictatorial bent, to spread propaganda no doubt, so the free availability of these events will likely be gone forever at the rapture(hopefully there are some exceptions, if albeit few in number).

Phone and emergency services will be taxed to the breaking point and overwhelmed, to the point of the circuit breakers and servers flooding and ceasing to work, completely shutting most phone and internet systems down, for several reasons: the sudden disappearance of a good many of their staff, the overwhelming and sudden flood of calls that will suddenly come in reporting missing people, injuries, accidents, looting, theft, murder, rape, pillaging, and other lawless activity, as well as the usual accidents and emergencies. Due to the roads being blocked by abandoned driverless and disabled vehicles it will be very difficult if not impossible for ambulances, fire trucks, police cruisers to get about on the roads, it will be very difficult  impossible for police, fire,  or ambulance services to get to people on the roads and or get them to the hospitals. The staff will find it very difficult or impossible to report to work as well at the police stations, fire stations, and wherever else they need to work. It will be rather lawless for a while so it will also be very dangerous to go anywhere in most any city or even town as there will be no doubt gangs of thugs out there, robbing, looting, pillaging, killing and other things. As a result then fires will be allowed to burn themselves out and many who have medical emergencies will die without help or have to find some other way to get themselves to hospitals, and or other care, which no doubt themselves will be very overburdened with patients.

Other services such as mail, cable, power, heating, air conditioning.  Again, as before much of the staff of these services will simply just vanish at the rapture, which will put much strain on the already burdened services. It will be impossible for post offices to function due to short staffing, and people not able to get there. There will be no mail for a long time for the roads are clogged with disabled driverless vehicles and no doubt the mail carries will not feel safe due to the gangs of thugs delivering the mail. There will doubtless be shortages of mail carriers too, due to many of them disappearing at the time of the rapture. Cable and DSL internet and TV will also find themselves short staffed and unable to cope with the demand for repairs, and also find it hard to get out and about for a while due to the roads and the lawlessness after the rapture. Some repair places will even be forced to shut down permanently due to lack of staffing due to people vanishing. There will likely be some power outages due to driverless cars, trucks, and busses hitting and knocking over the telephone booths, and maybe due to problems in power plants being allowed to happen due to their sudden short staffing due to people vanishing. Other evil people may even try to sabotage power plants especially nuclear plants too, fully knowing that law enforcement will not be able to easily stop them from this sabatoge. Also one problem in one area can lead to many problems everywhere, by what is known as a domino effect. The staffing shortage will greatly add too such an effect as there will not be the personnel around as now to try emergency stop gaps, nor will people be able to communicate with others who might be able to stop the problem from getting completely out of hand.  Any and all of the power outages, damage and other things will take far longer to repair and restore due to the roads being clogged and just the general lawlessness of the area meaning it will be very unsafe for repair crews to get out and do their duties, to restore all the lost power, phone service, internet connections and so on. Also, there won’t be nearly as many people who are trained to do such repairs as before because many who are will have been taken in the rapture. So those who are left without power, heat, phone, water, internet and other service should expect to be out of the service for a very long time, at least a few months, until all the services can be repaired and restored.

News and media- Again, News and media will be affected as many reporters, typists and all positions in there will have people just disappear from them. The media too will have difficulty getting about and getting their stories, due to the phone lines jammed and overwhelmed, internet service will be slow or most likely non existent perhaps for quite a while after the rapture due to all the problems that the rapture creates. Also the news will focus on all the events relating to the rapture, the lawlessness, the looting, the pillaging, which will probably sustain it all the more, and create even more panic leading people to loot food from anywhere they can find it, and hoard it, and some will price gouge, charging extortionate rates for these needed commodities, taking advantage of the situation, unrest and anarchy. Most of all the media will be speculating on the reasons for all the mass disappearances of people, countless millions of people, including all children, worldwide. Due to the secular nature of most all of the mainstream media, they will never, I repeat never, ever mention anything that these sudden disappearances had anything whatsoever to do with any rapture, or anything related to that. I myself saying one of perhaps two things: massive terrorist attacks are responsible for the deaths and disappearances of the millions by maybe some new unexplainable weapon which is supposedly able to destroy the body but not the clothes, or a sudden very massive alien abduction and attack which itself has caused all of the millions of people to disappear suddenly. It could be some of both, too, or even some new theory the invent to try to explain off all the disappearances without telling the real truth behind them. Perhaps there may be a few alternate sources who have some lukewarm Christians who missed the rapture unfortunately will be able to work out the truth and figure what exactly happened and actually try to get the message out, but no doubt they will be quickly silenced by the government and others in denial for even suggesting that there was a rapture. I would strongly suspect many folks would scoff at , mock and disbelieve any messages telling the real truth that the rapture had occurred and that they had blown it and missed the rapture. A few in the media may also point out that this rapture was of the bad people going to hell, not of the good people to heaven. No doubt the One world church will bring that point out to the fullest.

Church, religion churches too will be affected as many pastors, deacons and other leaders vanish suddenly and parts or whole congregations will also vanish. Some churches may though be largely unaffected, particularly dead or luke warm churches, of which sadly there are all too many. Some spirit filled churches on the other hand will be largely or even totally wiped out, having few or no members after the rapture. A personal wish is that churches would teach more on the rapture but few seem to do so. Many churches these day seem to be more interested in tickling peoples ears and otherwise pleasing them to fill their offering buckets rather than getting them saved and prepared to go in the rapture which could be anytime. If the rapture should happen during a church service there will be people who are left behind scrambling to find out what happening to their loved ones, friends and family, further adding to the phone congestion and causing panic to spread in the remaining congregation at the service, in all likelihood ending the service, especially since the Holy Spirit also will have largely vanished from the church at the moment of the rapture. Of course, as stated, the big thing missing in churches after the rapture is the presence of the Holy Spirit. This will make many other churches just simply feel completely dead, without any of His energy, as some do nowadays, but even much more so then than the “dead” (mostly denominational) churches today. Also some of the churches will cease operating for lack of congregation, pastors, elders, staff, and also the inability for people to get there due to roads being blocked, also the lawlessness, and some church buildings will be severely damaged or even destroyed as well as having stuff stolen during the looting and pillaging after the raptures. Not even graveyards and cemetaries will be spared from the looting, nothing will be.

Social media websites such as facebook, twitter, YouTube, and others. If somehow there is any internet service even briefly before it goes out for a while due to being overwhelmed by demand, sabotage, hacking, other damage, and/or government censorship, which WILL happen later so the governments can control exactly what people can and cannot say and view online, so they can try to control what people think, believe and so on. Some might be able in any brief window, if there are lukewarm people who miss the rapture to state that the rapture happened and for people to repent, accept Christ as Savior and Lord and not to take the mark of the beast unto death, and also bemoaning that they blew it and missed the rapture, knowing fully well they have ONLY THEMSELVES to blame for NOT being ready(the foolish virgins). There may well be posts even attacking and blaspheming God by people who do not understand why they were not taken in the rapture and they would wrongly blame God for the things that they had plenty of time, control, and more than enough warning to change before the rapture. They will of course be without excuse but that won’t stop some from being angry. Sadly some will be so mad that they cheerfully accept the mark and help persecute the ones who do get saved. Much of these posts, videos, and accounts of those who point out the rapture happened and that they blew it will likely be quickly removed from the social media sites as governments will not want people seeing the truth. They may however let some of the posts venting anger towards God remain on the sites, especially if those posts further their own agendas to the one world government and such. Indeed the antichrist and the government will use these sites eventually for their own evil purposes, to further their propaganda and to identify dissidents and any new Christians- renewed luke warm Christians who missed the rapture so they can arrest, torture and even kill them. I am sure people will also be betrayed to the government by the social media sites as well.

Anarchy and selfishness/self preservation in general As far as selfishness goes you have seen nothing yet. People today while becoming more and more selfish and unloving are actually in relative terms very, very loving compared to what the people will be like after the rapture, especially immediately afterward  in all  the chaos and anarchy which is to follow. Immediately afterwards there will be massive and widespread looting, pillaging, rape, murder and many other crimes as law enforcement will be greatly handicapped by the situation and the evil people will take full advantage of the situation. Some of the looting will of course be for  self preservation out of  total desperation as people strip all food out of supermarkets, groceries, restaurants, farms, even stealing from each other out to get food so they do not starve to death.  After the rapture, families will betray each other to the government, even by false accusation, to get revenge for some real or imagined offense or to help preserve themselves as food and basics will be that much harder to come by, and likely the government will offer food and other assistance in exchange for information and location of its enemies. The Holy Spirit largely will leave the earth with the raptured church so there also won’t be its restraint on people to help curb their evil instincts, as there is now, before the rapture of the church . This will further increase the chaos and crime that will abound after the rapture. I can imagine there will likely be even some degree of cannibalism because people will get that  desperate to find food since stores and restaurants will have had their shelves stripped bare by looters and other desperate people will NOT be able to resupply their needs due to transportation being choked off and the general lawlessness of the situation, as well as many if not most of the factories, orchards, warehouses, and farms being looted, pillaged, and destroyed in the chaos after the rapture. People if desperate enough will eat anything at all just to have food in the belly.

Aftermath Of course, the big challenges of the aftermath will be the restoration of law and order in society, ending the chaos and anarchy which will be prevalent for a while, and restoring and repairing all of the massive  damage done because of the looting, pillaging, crashes in the aftermath of the rapture, a process that could take many months or even years to do. Imagine big disasters like the Japan and Haiti Earthquakes, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and all of the others but on a fully global scale, with NO populated areas being spared. Add to that the disappearance of countless millions of folks who might otherwise be called upon to help with this massive clean up of truly epic proportions. Other people will no doubt be in hiding, incapacitated and/or unwilling to do anything to help the restorative process. Global damages due to vehicle, bus, and plane crashes, looting, and pillaging alone could be well  over one quadrillion dollars, or even one quintillion dollars, a staggering and unimaginatively , thousands millions or even billions the scope of Hurricane Katrina, because the damage will be on a fully global scale, not confined to a single region like the hurricane was, and sparing no land whatsoever. There will also be wars too, perhaps at the same time further complicating and delaying the post rapture recovery. Because of the massive and widespread scope of the lawlessness, looting, pillaging, and all the massive damage done, and the need to recover from all the damage and restore normal life as much as possible, martial law will be almost certainly be instituted by almost every government worldwide(if it has not already been instituted, curfews established, and many able bodied people will likely be drafted into helping with the massive clean up process. Due to the global nature governments worldwide will also need to unite to help each other recover from all the damage and destruction. This will enable the anti-Christ and the false prophet to really reveal themselves fully to the population and then do deceptive miracles and  lying signs and wonders, leading the remaining populace to believe that they care and are there only to help them recover from all the mess from the rapture.. There may well be a relative period of peace and safety where a treaty with Israel is signed but then sudden destruction of the tribulation period will come, in the form of the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments. These three sets of judgments will create damage on a scale far, far worse that what will happen after the rapture, and kill the majority of the survivors of the rapture, and its chaos.

Summary. In summary this will be terrible for those who miss the rapture and are left behind to face the chaos. I listed many, many examples to give a very strong idea of what will happen immediately after the rapture. If I missed something know that it too will be affected by the suddenly vanishing persons, the looting, pillaging and general lawlessness that will follow the rapture until some semblance of normalcy returns, most likely not until some months afterwards. Some will be so distraught over all the missing friends and family that they will commit suicide- another evil aspect of the rapture for those left behind.  Know that life will be completely and largely irreversibly changed, turned up, in total upheaval for quite a while afterwards until somehow some normalcy returns, but most likely NOTHING will ever be the same ever again. The only remote possibility of possibly escaping any degree of the chaos and mayhem to any small degree is to be in the country far, far away from any city or any town and be there for a long time, and even that is absolutely no guarantee of safety as people will become extremely desperate, panicky and frantic due to the food shortages, and also wanting to escape the utter chaos and anarchy that almost every city or town will most certainly become, and themselves come out to the country looking for food, loot or even to create mayhem. Desperate people resort to desperate things, doing anything at all for food, etc.  It will be every man, woman, child, animal for themselves, and I do not assume that families won’t fall apart and kill and even eat each other, even, as the instinct for self preservation such as the need to eat will overcome any family ties or friend bonds. Also without much of the Holy Spirit’s influence there won’t be anything to stop all the evil from happening.

To sum up I want to be absolutely and completely clear that I am sharing this so that people see the stark and massive contrast between making the rapture and being with Jesus in heaven and missing it and being left behind on earth to face the mess and chaos, and then, the tribulations which will be so bad to make the post-rapture chaos  seem as nothing by comparison. The only way to make it is to know Jesus as your savior as He is the ONLY way to heaven. If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and want to know Him(and He you) in order to make the rapture please pray this prayer with me:

 Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess Jesus as our Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.

Now, that you have prayed this prayer I cannot strongly enough suggest praying to Him each day, to get to know Him and for Him to know you, too. I also strongly advise reading and doing the following too, to be that much surer of making the rapture:

 1. Make sure that you have received Jesus Christ into your life as your PERSONAL Lord and Savior(see the salvation prayer above and use it if need be).

 

2. Examine your own heart for any signs of backsliding, worldliness, unwatchfulness, compromising, and lukewarmness.

 

3. REPENT (Turn COMPLETELY away from sin and turn COMPLETELY around towards Jesus).  Sin separates you from God, even as a Christian.

 

4. Study end-time Biblical prophecy(Daniel 7-12, Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 17, 21, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessolonians 4 and 5, other placesd but the  book of Revelation in particular)  until you become completely convinced that His Coming is, indeed, AT THE DOOR.  This will help keep you from temptation and sin.  JESUS IS COMING VERY SOON!!! Lord help me be absolutely convinced YOU ARE at the door!!!!!

 

5. Do something for the Lord.  (Passing out tracts would be a good start.)

 

6. Examine your priorities, lest the CARES OF THIS LIFE cause YOU to MISS THE RAPTURE, as we are so adamantly WARNED about in Luke 21, and so many other Scriptures.

 

7. Draw closer to God by praying, reading His Word, attending a fundamental church as often as possible, and surround yourself with a Christian atmosphere (Christian friends, books, music, radio, TV, etc.)

 

8. PRAY DILIGENTLY.  ASK THE LORD TO REVEAL TO YOU ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE THAT EVEN MIGHT KEEP YOU FROM THE RAPTURE.  PRAY THAT THE LORD WOULD GIVE YOU A PEACE, IF YOU ARE READY, AND AN UNREST AND UNEASINESS IN YOUR HEART, IF YOU ARE NOT READY.

 

9. Listen for His voice and then STAY OPEN TO THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

10. Act upon that which the Lord is calling you to do. DO IT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

Please also pray and ask the Lord Jesus to see if you are indeed ready, and to give you peace if you and If the Lord has planted even the least bit of doubt or uneasiness in your heart, will you swallow your pride and pray this prayer with me:

 

"Dear Lord, Thank you for preparing a WAY OF ESCAPE from the horrible Tribulation to come.  It is my sincere desire to be ready for your Soon Return, so that I can participate in the Rapture. Give me a COMPLETE PEACE IN MY HEART FROM YOU if I am, indeed, ready. Let there be no false sense of security in my heart concerning my readiness for Your Return.  Begin to reveal to me things in my life and in my heart that might keep me from the Rapture.  Show me what I need to do to BE READY and then give me the power to act upon that which you show me to do.  Draw me away from the world and closer to you every day.  Use me in whatever way you can to help others

who may not be ready for your Return.  Fill me with your peace when I am ready and fill me with YOUR POWER, for victory over sin and temptation, and for effective service for your kingdom.  In Jesus' mighty name, Amen

 

If, by some chance, you are reading this after the rapture has taken place, all is not lost, just pray immediately to accept Jesus as savior and /or recommit your life to Him, if backsliding was the cause of missing the rapture, repenting of any and all sin and backslidings and lukewarmness that caused you to miss the rapture and whatever else you do NEVER, EVER TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST OR YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN THE LAKE OF FIRE!!!!!(taking the mark of the beat means you are married to Satan, the antichrist, the beast and false prophet ALL OF WHOM ARE DESTINED FOR THE LAKE OF FIRE, AS ARE ALL WHO TAKE THEIR MARK ON THEIR FORHEAD OR HAND). IT IS NOT AT ALL FORGIVABLE TO TAKE THIS MARK- and this is something God DOES NOT forgive for- so again do all you can to survive even though you won’t be able to buy, sell, work, and so on, have to hide from civilization, face jail, torture, and be executed. If you do die that way, for refusing the mark of the beast and if you are Jesus’ you will go to heaven immediately as a tribulation saint. I cannot Stress enough to NEVER, EVER accept the mark of the beast, no matter what the cost!!!!

 

Here is a video link of the above http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbvC-9Ei83E&feature=youtu.be

 

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Seven mercies testimony


By James J Dougherty, 2013-03-24

Seven mercies of God in my life in my life in 10 years

Here are seven really outstanding examples in my life I want to especially point out of my life separate from my own full testimony see link to that here https://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/jay-dougherty/personal-testimony/10200273845382367

 where God particularly showed great mercy, love, forgiveness and grace in each one of these seven locations, people, and life events I am going to go show these events and situations one at a time to show you how loving God really is. One situation often led to another, and had situations in them where God was extra merciful.

 


  1. Hilton      Head landlord, job

I moved to Hilton Head Island in 2003, and I was able to transfer my supermarket job to a sister company who was then owned by the same parent company as the parent company whom I worked for in Pennsylvania. That in of itself was a blessing as the new place I was to move to was no less than 720 miles away from where I was living with my father(just us two my mother died two years earlier to this move). Now Hilton Head Island is not normally a cheap place to live, because of all of its many resorts and golf courses. Yet I was able to find a place- a room, to be sure, to rent for only 350 dollars a month! Another mercy of God. I made it well through the summer, then my hours were badly cut at work, because of the tourist nature of the area, and come fall as the tourist business slows so does the store. My father would help me through this tough period, more mercy. An inheritance helped pay off things(not my father, however, but a great aunt). I stayed until the end of October 2004 when I moved back to my father’s condo in Carlisle, Pa. Another mercy there was the fact that I was able to get out of a year lease 9 months early, sure I had to pay the rent(with my Father’s help) but in a few months time I did get the majority back as another tenant rented the place in a few months. God’s provision and blessing were shown in that example.

 In April of 2006, I would move back to Hilton Head, this time to a larger apartment which was significantly more expensive, but as my father had died then recently(February 2006) I was in no difficulty for money due to an insurance policy and soon, an inheritance which consisted of a car and in a few months, money from selling the condo he bought in late 2003/early 2004, the money was a real blessing that could have lasted a long time, except that I wasted it!! Even though I left my second year’s lease way early, the landlord rented to me a bigger and nice place, in the same building- 2 bedrooms, this time. This too was a mercy of God because he did not have to rent to me again considering that I had essentially broken the lease 9 months early, but he did. Perhaps even a bigger mercy was that the landlord did not evict me after I had so obsessively collected so many vintage magazines like that so fast. He had every right to evict me after a while there, for old magazines are a very severe fire hazard(the house where I rented could have burned down) and also paper can attract bugs, rats and other vermin. He merely made me put much of it in a rented storage shed, but I know it was the mercy of God only that he did not evict me.

A last mercy in Hilton Head Island was the fact that I met a manager at the store where I worked for who seemed to really care for me. In the second time I was there he worked with his mother to help me move up to where their farm is in northern South Carolina, and that is exactly what happened in late April 2007, when my lease was up in Hilton Head, SC. He also helped a lot with the move, which was very, very hard considering by that time I had nearly 200 boxes of vintage magazines(I had wasted much, if not most of my inheritance on them, thankfully my uncle intervened and prevented me from wasting the rest of it on my at that time obsession.)


  1. William      Roberts and his family, especially his mother and daughter

In May I settled down in the farm which really is out in the country in Kershaw SC. I went down to talk to William’s mother, Bobbie Taylor, then, and she did get to know me and she seemed to get some better idea of what exactly was wrong with me, the attention deficit disorder and all, and she resolved to try to help me. First she helped get new license plates and licenses for both me and my car. She also resolved to get me mental health help for me and to even see if she could get me on disability. She was gentle, yet firm. I resisted but she knew what was best for me, and God put it on her heart to care for me in those ways. Meanwhile while all this was going on, William himself, when he was visiting there (he would still live in Hilton Head for another almost year then) would witness to me, trying to get me to go to church with him, and after about five months of trying with persistence and patience would finally succeed in getting me to go to a Sunday evening church service on October 14, 2007 with him and his daughter who was then there visiting. That night they announced a presentation for the church to go to(those who wanted to the following Saturday the 20th. I also started reading the bible for really the fist time in my life at that time. At the presentation, after hearing of the truth, that there was a good chance that had I died prior to that night I would have ended up in Hell(from the info on the presentation) I decided to give my life over to the Lord and accept His biggest mercy to all mankind- His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross at Calvary. I know I prayed a prayer of salvation 10 years before this, but I don’t feel it counted, for I know now I did not do it with the right motivation of heart, neither do the fruits of my behavior show that. If anything I became even more resistant and hard to the gospel in the 2000s until close to that time.

After that God did show mercies, first I got food stamps and some help and counseling that I needed, then in the fall of 2008, I got approved for disability on my second try, God’s mercy and handing in my diagnosis for Asperger’s syndrome/ADHD was enough. I know it was mainly God’s mercy and grace for I know people who are far worse off cannot get on the disability roles or not without going to far more lengths, even suing in court, to get these disability benefits. I did though get approved for Medicaid earlier. Until getting approved for the disability, I had to rely on my remaining inheritance to pay rent, utilities (which were MUCH lower than Hilton Head, SC), necessities and to a lesser degree, food. I a very fortunate thing, in retrospect, however, that my uncle did step in while I was in Hilton Head, SC and stop me from wasting ALL of my inheritance because of my magazine obsession , for without his intervention I could have very easily come close to doing that and I would likely not have had enough money to get by on work, which was one day, about five hours per week. That was yet another display of God’s mercy. After accepting Christ that night, God started drawing me closer to Him, speaking to me, making promises, and cleaning me up of my sin and unrighteousness, a process lasting to this day. He has used His word, churches, bible studies, schools, retreats, and other methods to do all that, preparing me for the rapture to come. At one of those retreats, which I paid for by selling most of my huge collection of magazines(provision for them) I saw an ad for a volunteer at a Christian retreat in the North Carolina mountains, Stonehaven. I visited, and loved it, and then made plans with its owner, Harrietta to move there permanently in late September/October of 2009.


  1. Harrietta      Turner and Stonehaven

By late October of 2009, I had settled in there to Stonehaven, to help Harrietta with its care inside and out. Harrietta helped me also in many things, like getting all my car stuff transferred to NC, becoming her designated payee for Social security, which she did until summer of 2012 well after I left. She also was a mother figure to me, much more mature in the faith than I was then, and even I am now. She pointed out some of my deficiencies and I know that God used her for some of my growth. She did not hesitate to chastise and correct me, often by sending email which was and still is her strength of communication. This was helpful, but I do know that God will chasten and correct those he loves, and He used her that way (and still does use others in my life for that purpose). I had some relationship issues with her disabled son, but mercifully she did not kick me out of Stonehaven due to that. God also brought some people there to aid my growth, and a summer school, which made me so much hungrier for Him. The winters are not real easy there but God by using others as need be helped make sure I always had enough, and was able to get out. In the spring God delivered me from having to take a prescription ADHD medication and had me take vitamin supplements instead, which I felt were more effective and these would help me focus during my schools ahead of me then.  In the fall God put me in contact with someone who had a good experience with Youth with a mission, YWAM, and used that to prompt me to go look online to research what they offered and I found that the discipleship training school was just what I wanted then, for growth, and for service. I really became strongly servant hearted when with Harrietta, though often not to mature about things, however.


  1. YWAM      Discipleship Training School

He gave me traveling mercies first of all thought the school to travel from North Carolina to Colorado, then also to go on the outreach phase too. He also helped with provisions to deal with a car issue just before I left, for needs and both tuition and outreach fees. This school is intense with separate speakers each week teaching different topics, intercessory prayer, worship, and many other communal activities, so it is a perfect opportunity to grow deeper and more mature very quickly with one’s relationship with God. Again God put me with certain people for His purposes to be achieved in my life – the head of the base, David Horn, and two teachers who would play a role with my outreach. Also the students and other staff were friendly too, and helped me grow more. There was an speaker difficulty which in turn would lead to an unexpected trip to Texas, which is what God used to tell me He wanted to do #6, the school of the bible, which happens to be in Tyler, as well. When after the class’ visa application for their outreach was rejected to Pakistan, the group decided to go to Nepal, God said told me I was not to go with them, and He used these teachers to set up a substitute outreach for me. He knew I was nowhere near spiritually ready for such a demanding and long trip, and if I had gone it would have not been good for me, and there would have been an excellent chance I could have been sent home early, which would have ended it for YWAM for good, and I don’t know if there might have been some other adverse consequences from that situation, which thankfully and mercifully never happened.

I did go to a place in the Pacific Northwest, in Vancouver, Washington, which is aptly called Freedom House, for the outreach, and this definitely was the right place for me to go. This is a live in facility whose purpose is to free men from the bondages of drugs and alcohol, which often freed them from prison sentences and restored family to the men, as well as freed them from bondage. It is a very structured program with a very high level accountability but that has to be expected considering the type of people that they get as students. Days do very fast there and there is a lot to learn. They also want to go out and evangelize and witness to others while they do work for them, during the afternoons. Again, God did set up people for me there to help my growth further, as well as use the teaching for that purpose. There was two extra weeks which I spent in Colorado doing some outdoor chores and such, before everyone came back for the debriefing week, and graduated, save one who was indeed sent home early. She did come back though for the week of graduation however to repent for all wrong doing, I admire her courage to do so. I am thankful in hindsight for the outreach change for God used that to get me through so He could do other things in my life, including the next one, a mission building trip


  1. Summer      2011 Mission building and trip to orphanage

Once the school was over I drove from Colorado to California, thanks Lord again for traveling mercies, to stay six weeks to do mission building and service. Here too He had people there for me to work with, especially a woman named Felicia, who was almost always with me as I did my weeks of mission building service. I believe this in ways was a blessing to her as well, as it gave her practice dealing with someone who had Asperger’s syndrome. The work done was in the housekeeping department, which meant cleaning/vacuuming all manner of rooms, windows, and objects , and she taught me to be a bit more thorough in what I did, and to try to keep focus(which is harder with ADHD). At the end of these six weeks mission building an opportunity which I was working on before opened so I could participate in a mission trip to an orphanage in Baja. He also gave me the opportunity to extend it to two weeks so I could go from there straight to the school of the bible. God’s travelling mercies covered me for the whole trip from Chico, to San Diego, from there to the orphanage and back to San Diego, and from San Diego to Texas. God also made provision for all the costs involved, gas, motels, food, the mission trip fee, even for some spending money during the trip. He also had some of His people be a help facilitating the various aspects of the trip, especially having to take a bus from the orphanage to the Mexican border, getting me through the border and to the hotel in San Diego where I would stay for two nights after the orphanage trip was done and prior to going to Tyler, Texas.


  1. The      school of the bible

I am very thankful for God’s travelling mercies for my safe trip to Tyler, Tx from San Diego as well as provision to get there, and for the tuition and all outreach fees. Selling the car helped greatly, and God provided a buyer for that in 2012, early. It did not take too long to sell it either. As with the other cases God once more had put people in my path there- both students and staff- who cared about me, helped look after me, helped me grow too in Him, and blessed me. I did not need my car anyway for there was always someone-one of the students or staff willing to take me with them when I needed something, or let me enjoy something with them, which blessed me. This school is a very intensive study of the bible over almost a full year. Considering its duration the tuition is very reasonable, as it also includes room and board. There were two outreaches during the time of the school and God made provision and travelling mercies for both of them, one to Florida, and one to Mexico. Little did I know when I went to Florida in November that I would be going there on a more permanent basis in a little more than nine months from when I first went, but I know even then God had it all planned out just like that. He did not allow me to go through with my first plan, to go to Africa full time and long term at the end of the school as He knew I wasn’t ready spiritually, and even more importantly it would most certainly have resulted in my social security disability income being cut off and stopped(something I would find out late summer/fall 2012). Thank You Lord for Your mercy in preventing that from happening, so I am still on Social Security disability income. After my second outreach to Mexico God changed my plans for summer several times, first changing my plans for outreach to New England, then He told me to forsake my summer outreach all together and go to Florida to help Teresa for the crusade immediately after the school lecture was done in June, and not after the summer outreach in late July. He also stopped me from going mission building and going to other schools, and, up to now, still has done that. I found out about Teresa through one of her spiritual sons on Facebook, where I found out about the crusade, and all, and, always wanting people to be saved however it may look, found myself wanting to come for the crusade.


  1. Teresa      and Kevin Wiggins

On Saturday June 23, 2012 I flew from Tyler Texas to where I still am, 9 months after that date. God had to work hard to even get me here in Florida to begin with. Her husband, Kevin, is a private man, and also rather protective of his wife, Teresa, whom I feel he loves so deeply(one would be hard pressed to find a happier and closer couple in marriage then they are- their relationship is VERY special). He moved on both Kevin and Teresa that I should come here, apparently permanently, too. I was figuring at the time that I first came here, that I would be here until just after the crusade and then I would go on to something else, but that has been far from the case, indeed. I helped Teresa to get all the visa applications out for the crusade late June and July so the people could mail it in and we hoped at that time be approved. Sadly only one did. Perhaps some of it was mercy even from God for some of these people would eventually prove to be evil and Teresa has removed those form her ministry outright. Still, He was kind enough to provide one so the crusade could go forward. The crusade, after all, was the lure that God had used to draw me to Florida and Teresa in the first place, anyway. Teresa is far more mature than I am in the faith, and she has a wonderful testimony of many powerful experiences with the Lord. The Lord has used her all the time I have been here to mature me in Christ in very significant ways, and no doubt will continue to do so while I am here. She has just the right combination of firmness and love(all from the Lord) to promote this growth in me. She also allows me to serve some around here, while other places might not let me do the same thing.

In July and August, I took a trip to Haiti, I guess more of a social trip than anything else where I met some of Teresa’s spiritual children, and the orphans there. God protected me very thoroughly throughout so I never really felt the evil spoken of there. I know I was kept in a very strong hedge of protection. It did help wake me up to see how well off Americans really are, due to the fact that the large majority of Haitians do not have many things Americans take for granted like washers and dryers, air conditioners, not even showers. They cannot drink their tap water and they basically seem to use a lot of bottled water. It was a very eye opening trip and experience to say the least. Yet, the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic are a happy and friendly people, even though they lack so much that Americans take for granted. Americans are often a lot more self-centered and even snobby by comparison.

More of God’s mercy- He put me with a good extended family- Teresa having 4 daughters, a surviving mother, a sister all in Plant City, and a few elsewhere. I have visited these several times. God has told me it was His plan to graft me into this family, out of His love(plus many spiritual sons(and a few daughters) scattered in various parts of the world, some of whom I communicate with on facebook, even a few times on Skype. The ones who I visited with in Haiti are part of this spiritual family.

On the crusade, Teresa promised the Lord she’d go on it even if only one of the applicants made it, and that is exactly what happened, only one made it(the others all had their applications for visas rejected). She would not have gone, in fact if everyone would have been rejected; had that happened, I myself would have been wondering why I was led there, but by God’s mercy it all worked out and the crusade happened in October. God had great mercy throughout the more than2000 total mile trip from Florida to Virginia and back to Florida,  giving us many travel mercies all along the way for the trip was made with a car with very bald tires(yet there was no blowouts or flats) and with an air conditioner that was on its very last legs but still worked when needed. Also God made sure we had enough provision for food, gasoline, and motels, and even arranged some encounters with other people.

The final mercies- I was at first somewhat bored due to the unstructured life, as I was used to a highly structured life being a YWAM student and all. However, he gave me more and more to do online, posting and sharing videos photos and scripture on Facebook. Then He opened the door to volunteer for Ken Rich’s Indie Gospel on the computer. Then in January of 2013 He put it on Teresa’s heart to run a site called FISH, Faith in serving Him a link to the page on facebook is here for all to check out: https://www.facebook.com/FishFaithInServingHim

She also let me invite her facebook friends to like this new website too, which helped it grow fast. In February, the Lord really put it on my heart stronger by far than EVER before that the rapture will be pretrib, first having me write some notes to share and then having me open a second like page on Facebook and Here is a link to it

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-RAPTURE-IS-IMMINENT-Are-YOU-Ready/315464171909804

Also in February the Lord also put on my heart that I needed to lose weight and lose it badly. He has led my in a successful effort at that. I do not wish to lose my health.

All of the above have kept me busy and I feel as if I am serving the Lord’s purpose at last. I really believe this is my last place before the rapture, which is imminent (for a variety of reasons, for one I wouldn’t have opened the above site, and also He has been revealing to me things in scripture about how soon the rapture will be, especially in the New Testament. He also has been having me watch videos in YouTube for further instruction on this. He has closed every door that might have had me leave here for somewhere else for good, or even for a few months’ time. He knows what He is doing so I just need to trust Him for what is best. He has closed doors many times in the past for He knew that what I might have wanted at the time was not at all the best for me, could have even been disastrous for me, going really badly and I know He knows the best for me now, has always known, and will ALWAYS know. So I thank Him for wisely closing all doors, and options I wrongly pursue. In the not too distant future I strongly believe God is going to do a tremendous act of mercy- perhaps arguably second only to the cross- in power, scope, and strength- I am referring to the rapture of the believers before the tribulation period begins with all of its judgments on the wicked.


  1. In the      future- the Rapture!

I am very strongly led to believe the rapture of believers is God’s mercy for mankind, for those who accept His son and pray to Him daily, so they can escape the great tribulation period- that seven year period which is described especially in the book of Revelation from chapters 6 to 18.  I have studied those chapters, and believe me I want NO PART of what that is prophesied to happen then. It will be so unbelievably terrible. If you do not believe me, study those 13 chapters of revelation yourself. Because of that, I pray that God by His mercy and grace will count me worthy to escape all the calamities to come, by His mercy and grace, not by anything that I do, even though I am trying my best to stay within His will, it is so important for me to stay in His will,alas, but not without stumbling, and making mistakes  for I am not perfect like He is. God is so gracious to forgive me every time I repent, and I repent often, and am always praying for Him to cleanse me and mature me so I don’t make those mistakes any more! I want to avoid mistakes and any sin because I want my garments to be white, spotless, and pure, so that I am always found ready for the wedding supper of the lamb, and that God has nothing against me that might cause me to miss the rapture. I also know that this is ONLY something He can do. Only the blood of Jesus can make and keep these all pure so that I can make it to the marriage supper of the lamb. I need to be very humble at all times and diligently, urgently repent as often as needed, but He does ALL of the rest, continuing to purify me, making sure that my garments are spotless and without wrinkles as He wants them to be. I also want to reach out to others and pray that they would do those same steps.

Conclusion and summary

            I have done this testimony to show God’s tremendous mercy in these seven incidents, to show just how much love, mercy and grace He has shown me, a sinner. I want you to know that He loves you too, and wants to extend mercy and grace to you, as well, for I do not wish ANYONE to be left behind to face the tribulations. Therefore if you do not know Him and want a relationship with Him, please pray this prayer with me

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.

Amen.

 

For more on the rapture I suggest reading this, longer discussion of the mayhem immediately after the rapture

https://www.facebook.com/jay.dougherty.50?sk=info&edit=eduwork&ref=update_info_button#!/notes/jay-dougherty/at-the-rapture/10200290432677039

 

or this

https://www.facebook.com/jay.dougherty.50?sk=info&edit=eduwork&ref=update_info_button#!/notes/jay-dougherty/rapture/10200126232612140

 

God bless you and yours

Jay Dougherty

Jay30_pa@yahoo.com

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