Zack Martin

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I am a disabled minister with 40 years full time service for my Lord. I am a Licensed and Ordained Minister of Southern Baptist Faith. I have an Associates degree from Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. and attended Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida (Majored in Theology with a Minor in Music). The name of the college has changed to Florida Baptist College. I have served 12 Churches in my 35 years of service. I served 11 as Minister of Music and Youth Pastor, and I also pastored one church for 4 years. I became disabled in 2006 at the age of 56 years old. I was prescribe a power chair in 2009 to get around in and it was then that I felt led to start a new ministry with Cds. My voice is about the only part of my body left that is any good, so I started recording Cds as a tool to witness for my Lord. Here is a link to JB's Indie Gospel Top Chart Radio Show that I appeared as guest on Marsha Sue Mitchell's radio program, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marsha-sue/2012/09/14/new-creation-nation-radio-from-the-heart-of-country#.UFJVjlPiH4Q.facebook GET MY CD's at this link. http://zackmartinsr.weebly.com/ ALL I ASK IS A DONATION TO HELP WITH THE EXPENSES OF MAKING THEM. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD A DONATION, I WILL SEND THE ONE YOU WANT ANYWAY. WHEN YOU GET IN THIS LINK, GO TO "ORDER CD's AND FILL OUT THE ORDER FORM LEAVING YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! My favorite verse is 2 Cor 5:17 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. KJV.

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Introduction:    Have you ever wondered why everything seems to be a battle of right or wrong, good or bad? It all goes back to man’s free will! God wants us to follow and do His will for our lives, but man also has the ability to choose his decisions. In Ge 3 mankind had the choice of following God’s command not to eat of the tree of life, but chose to be deceived by Satan and eat of the tree of life, and thus sin entered into mankind. With that decision came sin and sin has altered God’s Will for mankind all through the years. God reached a point before the flood that He repented that He ever created man in the first place. Then the Bible tells us that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

    After the flood one thing remained the same and that was sin within mankind. Also, Satan was still here on earth and so it took only a short time for sin to raise it’s head again into a mankind that was created for eternity. I believe that God already had a plan for the redemption of man. Thus began what is called “The Scarlet Thread,“ which is suppose to provide redemption for mankind. To know the beginning can helps us understand a lot of things that have, and are happening. We still have the RIGHT verses WRONG, or GOOD verses BAD battles that have and will be fought until the return of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

    The “Scarlet Thread,” represents the blood line that would give mankind God’s only begotten Son. Mankind’s lack of FAITH has always been Mankind’s undoing. Now we get to Abraham (God’s Choice To Be The Father of God’s Nation). God lead Abraham away from his homeland and blessed him greatly, but Abraham and his wife Sarah were old and still there was no one to carry on. O, God had promised a son to Abraham that would make him the father of a great nation. Here is where a sinful twist enters that jeopardized God’s plan.

    Sarah’s lack of faith that she would ever birth a son to Abraham, caused her to give her handmaid, Hagar to Abraham. Soon a son was born to Abraham through Hagar and his name was Ishmael. This wasn’t God’s plan and he told Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child, and that his name would be Isaac, and that is what happened. But, now there was the little problem of another son born by Hagar, his name is Ishmael. So many times things stand in the way of God’s Will by our own choice, and thus it was here on this occasion. Listen to the kind of man Ishmael would be, from God’s own mouth.

Abraham’s Son Ishmael!
In Gen 16:11-16 (11) The angel of the LORD also said to her.

"You are now with child
and you will have a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for the LORD has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone's hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers."

    Ishmael was to be a Wild man and live by the sword. He would fight against everyone, and everyone would fight against him. Then the son God promised to Abraham and Sarah was born, and his name was Isaac. Now enters a confrontation of the two sons of Abraham, Ishmael, born by Hagar, an Egyptian handmaid, and Isaac, born (as promised) to Sarah, but the father of both was Abraham. Rightly as God had said, Abraham would be the father of all nations.

Gen 17:19-22  (19) Then God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael , I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year." 22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him. NIV

Here we plainly see the beginning of the Arabic nations fathered by Ishmael, half brother to Isaac, son of Sarah and Abraham. Confrontation was on the horizon and Sarah said to her husband Abraham after the birth of Isaac, Gen 21:8-10 (8) The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac ." NIV

    Abraham did as Sarah asked, and God supported her demand, so we see here in Gen 21:11-14 (11) The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 But God said to him, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring."  So Abraham banished Hagar an her son, Ishmael, out of his household. 14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the desert of Beersheba. NIV And, thus was the beginning of the Arabic nation!

Abraham’s Son Isaac!
Gen 25:19-26 (19) This is the account of Abraham's son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, "Why is this happening to me?" So she went to inquire of the LORD. 23 The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger."
Isaac’s wife became with child, except instead of one, she had twins! Thus comes another twist to God’s plan!
Gen 25:24-25 (24) When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.   26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them. NIV


With the birth of twins, and Esau being the first born, It was supposed that Esau would be the one for the Scarlet thread to continue through. Esau was a man of hunting and outdoors, and Jacob was one that stayed at home with his mother. It is recorded that one day Jacob had made a stew.

Gen 25:27-34 (27) The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob . 29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob , "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom.) 31 Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright." 32 "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?"
33 But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob .
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright. NIV

So Esau sold his birth-right for a bowl of stew and Jacob became the one to carry on “The Scarlet Thread.” BUT WAIT LET’S NOT GET AHEAD OF OURSELVES IN THIS STUDY! Isaac loved Esau more because he was a hunter and out-doors type, and Rebekah loved Jacob more. Herein is the new twist!

Gen 27:1-10
27:1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son." "Here I am," he answered. 2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your weapons — your quiver and bow — and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die."
5 Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7'Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.' 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 9 Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies." NIV

    So Jacob did as his mother asked and brought 2 choice goats, and his mother made a meal like Isaac loved and Jacob took this food to his father under the deception that was of his mother’s doing, and Jacob received the blessing from Isaac. When Esau got there with the hunted game that his father wanted and came into his father’s presence, Isaac realized that he blessed the wrong son. However, it was too late. Isaac couldn’t take back the blessing and he couldn’t bless Esau, also. To make a long story shorter, Isaac instructed his son Jacob not to marry any Canaanite women, so Jacob went to Rebekah’s father’s house a chose the daughter of Rebekah’s brother, Laban. Esau heard Isaac’s dislike of the Canaanite women, and went to Ishmael, and took for himself the daughter of Ishmael. O, my, now we have the twist. Esau married daughters of the Canaanites, and the Nation of Edom came to be with the ascendants of Esau. So we have Esau, the son of Isaac, joining up with Ishmael’s daughters. All of these were in the east, and represent Egyptian (Arabic) nations. Jacob came to be called Israel, and the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL came to be.

    In the region of Ishmael and Esau came the 12 sons of Ishmael that were the 12 rulers of the Arabic Nations. Then Israel had 12 sons, and they formed the 12 tribes of Israel. The background was now laid for a hatred between the Arabs and the Jewish nation of Israel. This fight is still going today. Somewhere in the mix Arabic nations came to worship Mohammed which developed into the Islamic religion, and the Jewish nation gave birth to Jesus Christ (God’s Only Begotten Son) and Christianity came to be. As we read in Gen Ishmael was a wild man and hated the Jewish descendants of Abraham. Now we can see how the fight between the Arabic and Jewish nations began. This can make the book of Revelation more relevant to our time today.

I take the Apocalyptic view of Revelation. The first 3 chapters of Revelation describe the church age, then in chapter 4, John finds himself in Heaven around the throne of God. I know that there are many views on this, I personally believe that this is where the rapture will take place, and we go up to Heaven with Jesus. Notice that in the rapture Jesus does NOT touch the earth, but called the dead in Christ out of their grave, then the remaining Christians are caught up in the air to be with Jesus.

1 Thess 4:13-18

13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words. NIV


Then beginning in chapter 5, we see the Scroll and 7 seals that only Jesus is WORTHY enough to open. I also believe the saints of God come back to earth when Jesus returns and are on the mountain cheering on Jesus he will defeat the 10 kings at the battle of Armageddon. He does this by simply Speaking destruction on them. Everything that happens between chapter 5 through  of Revelation is without the saints of God. The Jews are the ones of God that will be left, and Jesus comes back to defeat the 10 kings, and save the Jews.

Below is some Scripture of the Second Coming of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ as He defeats the 10 Kings, His thousand year reign while Satan and the Anti Christ are locked in the bottomless pit.

Rev 19:11-21

11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.   12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great." 19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.   21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. NIV

Rev 20:7-15

7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth — Gog and Magog — to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. 9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. NIV

Conclusion:    The above isn’t a detailed account of what will happened at the end of time, but it everything mankind needs to know to be prepared for that day. The tribulation period is divided into 2 parts (1) 3 and ½  years of  tribulation, and then (2) another 3 and ½ years of what is called “The Great Tribulation.”  The first 3 and ½  years is where the Anti Christ gains his trust among the people of earth, and the last 3 and ½ years are when the Anti Christ and the Beast have Earthly rule. THANK GOD WE WILL NOT BE HERE TO EXPERIENCE THESE THINGS!

In Christ’s Love, Rev Zack Martin Sr.
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GOD SAID, "DIG SOME DITCHES!"


By Zack Martin, 2011-11-16

Introduction:    Here is a very interesting story from the years of the Prophet Elisha. Jehoram, Ahab‘s son, began his reign as King of Israel. It seems that the King of Moab had worked a deal with Ahab during his reign as the King, to take 100,000 lambs and 100,000 rams with wool. After Ahab’s death, the King of Moab rebelled against Jehoram, the King of Israel, and would not keep his bargain. Knowing that there would be war brought against him, Jehoram went to Jehoshaphat, King of Judah and the King of Edom, and ask them to help them defeat the Moabites. Jehosaphat agreed to help him, and they began their march through the wilderness of Edom. Unfortunately, after seven days journey they began to run out of water and food for themselves, their army, and all the cattle that they had with them. What were they to do? No food or water to go forward, and no food or water to go back! Here they were sitting ducks (so to speak) for the Moabite army.

Jehoram got very depressed and said that God had led these three kings into the wilderness of Edom into the hands of the Moabites. Jehosaphat didn’t take this news very well, and responded to Jehoram saying, “Is not there a Prophet of the Lord, that we may inquire of the Lord by him? One of the servants said that Elisha was with the group, so they sent for Elisha to come to them. Jehoram had ruled Israel in a similar manner as his father, but the only good thing he did was to put away the image of Baal. But still Elisha did not like Jehoram at all. When Jehoram ask Elisha to inquire from God what they should do, Elisha’s response was to ask why he called him, instead of the prophets of his father and mother. Jehoram’s response was that it looked like God was delivering the three Kings into the hands of the Moabites.

Elisha answered that were it not for Jehosaphat he wouldn’t help them out. So he called for a revival (so to speak), a minstrel to come a play for him.

When the minstrel played the hand of the Lord came down, and the hand of the Lord said:“ 16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches . and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.

 So the answer that God told Elisha was for them to dig some ditches. No water and No Food, and they were to physically dig ditches in the wilderness place where they found themselves without Food or Water, and then they had to dig ditches throughout the valley. So they work nearly all night digging the ditches that the Lord told Elisha to ask them to do. “Many times when we call on God for answers and help with our problems, God does not always give us the answers first without our participation in the answer. He wouldn’t just speak and water and food would appear, the Children of Israel, and the Kings of Judah, and Edom had to get out there a physically dig the ditches, After they finished, they went into their tents to rest.

20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water, 21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border. up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border.
22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood:
23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.
24 And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.
25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good trees: only in Kir-haraseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went about it, and smote it.
26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.
27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land. KJV

God not only brought them water via the ditches he told them to dig, but He set up their Moabite enemies for defeat. I wonder how many times any of you have problems and yet question the answer given you require you to do something physical for His answer to work. Sometimes we are required to participate in the physical parts of God’s answer.

There are miracles out there waiting for us to claim them and get busy with God’s work. Our Nation stands in need of a Revival, and we need to be attentive to God’s answer. His answer may even look strange to us and require much physical action on our part, but our willingness to follow His Will is essential to the Spiritual answer for us. It may seem strange and unheard of to out feeble minds, but to a Great and Holy God it is essential.

First.        We need to seek God’s man for the hour - Elisha was God’s prophet for the hour, and the first thing that Elisha asked for was a Minstrel, a person that sang and provided music, similar to a church choir this day and time. After the minstrel finished and the people were in an attitude of worship, then Elisha called out to God for the answer.

Second.    The answer was unique and strange. It required physical work from the people that were out of water and food. I’m sure many of them thought it was useless and undoable, but without their participation the answer would not come. Note that these people are in dire need. With the heat like it was and NO WATER or FOOD the labor would be exhausting and hard making them more thirsty and hungry than before they started. WOULD THE LORD PROVIDED FOR THEM? Suddenly we see that FAITH has everything to do with their lives being saved.

Third.    It is NO different TODAY as we approach God seeking His hand in saving our Nation and lives. Our Faith in God is the ANSWER! Without our Faith in Him we are sure to perish! I wonder if we have strayed too far from Him that it isn’t possible for us to have the revival that we need to bring our Nation back to Him. As much as I love this Country and Nation, I love God even more, and I know that we have much that WE MUST DO to LEAD OUR NATION INTO A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING.

Fourth.    You ask how do we have revival in our land? ONE PERSON AT A TIME!! Is the answer. I pray, “Lord, read and hear my heart, and forgive me from my sins. Also Lord, I pray for my Christian friends and neighbors. Please speak to their hearts as you have mine, and may their Faith open up to them as my Faith has for me. My unfailing faith tells me that this is the way we are to have a “Spiritual Awakening,” in our Nation and around the world. Give us a Spiritual Victory as you did for Elisha and the Three Kings. These things I pray and ask in My Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ’s name, Amen!

The Lord not only provided food and water for the Three Kings and their armies, but He delivered their enemies into their hands with an overwhelming success in defeating their Moabite enemies. All because of a Spiritual revival sent through God’s Prophet.

In Christ Jesus’ Name,
Rev. Zack Martin Sr.

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2 Kings 5:19-27

19 "Go in peace," Elisha said.
After Naaman had traveled some distance, 20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, "My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him."
21 So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw him running toward him, he got down from the chariot to meet him. "Is everything all right?" he asked.
22 "Everything is all right," Gehazi answered. "My master sent me to say, 'Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.'"
23 "By all means, take two talents," said Naaman. He urged Gehazi to accept them, and then tied up the two talents of silver in two bags, with two sets of clothing. He gave them to two of his servants, and they carried them ahead of Gehazi. 24 When Gehazi came to the hill, he took the things from the servants and put them away in the house. He sent the men away and they left. 25 Then he went in and stood before his master Elisha.
"Where have you been, Gehazi?" Elisha asked.
"Your servant didn't go anywhere," Gehazi answered.
26 But Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants? 27 Naaman's leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever." Then Gehazi went from Elisha's presence and he was leprous, as white as snow. NIV

Introduction:    Naaman was a commander of the king of Aram’s army. He had captured a young Israeli girl and she became Naaman’s wife’s maiden. Although Naaman was the commander of the king of Aram’s army, he had leprosy. The young Israeli maiden of his wife told her that if Naaman would go down to the Prophet Elisha he could be healed of his leprosy. Naaman told his master the king of Aram what his wife’s maiden had said, and the king told him to go and wrote a letter to the king of Israel. Naaman took with him much gold, silver, and clothing, and also the letter to the king of Israel. When the king of Israel read the letter, he was upset thinking that the king of Aram was trying to make a quarrel with him, and he couldn’t heal Naaman of his leprosy.
    When Elisha heard of the actions of the king of Israel he went to the king and told him to send Naaman to him so that he could be healed, and then know that there was a Prophet of God in Israel. So Naaman went to Elisha’s house, but instead of seeing Naaman, Elisha sent his messenger Gehazi to him telling him to go and wash himself seven times in the Jordan and his leprosy would be healed. But, Naaman went away in anger because Elisha would not see him. Naaman’s servants went to him and convinced him to do as Elisha had instructed him to do. So, he went and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan and his skin became as clean as a young boys skin would be. He then returned to Elisha’s house, proclaimed that the only God in all of the world was the God of Israel, and offered Elisha gifts, but Elisha would not (even though Naaman urged him) accept any gifts for healing Naaman.

    Now we pick up the story in verse 19 of 2 Kings 5: 19 "Go in peace," Elisha said.
After Naaman had traveled some distance, 20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, "My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him."
21 So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw him running toward him, he got down from the chariot to meet him. "Is everything all right?" he asked.
22 "Everything is all right," Gehazi answered. "My master sent me to say, 'Two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing.'"  Gehazi’s greed got the better of him and he wanted some of Naaman’s offering, even though he had no part in Naaman’s healing. So Naaman gladly gave the gifts Gehazi asked for, and returned satisfied to Aram.

    Many times our greed and lusts get the better of us and we want to take the credit for something that only God can do. Elisha only gave instructions that God gave to him to tell Naaman, he never even touched him or saw him until after Naaman had followed God’s instructions and was healed. In 1975 I was a young minister of God and just out of Bible College when a small church near Daleville, Alabama call and asked me to come and lead theit music and worked with their youth. Only thing was the first Sunday I was there, there were only 18 people total in attendance, and that included the new pastor, his wife and 3 children, me and 2 of my friends, but a year later we were averaging over 100 in Sunday School, and more than that in the Worship services and we had a youth group more than 20 strong, and I also had 25 in my choir. To say the least I got the big head. I was being called weekly to do revivals and other thing in the area. I my mind I was the best thing since Jesus to hit this old world. I told God (Not Asked Him) that I needed a New Customized Van to travel in, so in May of 1975 I got a new van. Early one morning, before day, while in route to a destination of service, I remember that I had just passed a car and when I pulled back into my lane, there were 3 Black cows in the middle of the road. I swerved to miss them and did miss 2 of them, but the 3rd and biggest one, I planted in the side door of that van, and flipped it once sideways, and then end over end. Somewhere in the midst I was thrown from the van, but lucky for me it was around the first year that they made pop out windshields and I slid across the paved road on top of the windshield (saving me from the torment of being nearly skinned alive by the pavement). When I came too there was a lady standing over me praying for me. She was in the car that I had just passed and was an Assembly of God Preacher, she said. I spent the next 8 months recovering from an accident that should have and could have killed me if God had not been there even in the accident.

    During those 8 months I had time to look back on things and God showed me CLEARLY that it wasn’t any of my talents that was the reason the church had grown so, but it was God that had use me to help the church to grow. It was during this time that I met the love of my life that would become the mother of my children. I had to learn to walk again, and when we were married in December of 1977, I walked up on the church stage on my own two feet and we were married. Then began a long and great time of service with and for my Lord.

    Gehazi made a similar mistake letting his greed take control of him, but notice that when he returned, Elisha already knew of his betrayal: 2 Kings 5: 25 Then he went in and stood before his master Elisha.
"Where have you been, Gehazi?" Elisha asked.
"Your servant didn't go anywhere," Gehazi answered.
26 But Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants? 27 Naaman's leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever." Then Gehazi went from Elisha's presence and he was leprous, as white as snow. NIV

    Sometimes we get get in the way of God’s work and let our greed and pride take control of us. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holidays, remember to be thankful and honest with God about the things He has given us and allowed us to do. I can attest to the fact that it isn’t a good thing to take credit for God’s work, but best to be His humble servant.

I pray that everyone has a great Thanksgiving, and give thanks to God for everything He has given you this past year. As with all of the holidays given to honor and thank God, we have made it a meaningless “Turkey Day.” Please, I beg you, give God the honor, glory, and thanks He deserves for His Blessings to you.

In Christ’s Name,
Rev. Zack Martin Sr.

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DOING GOD'S WILL!


By Zack Martin, 2011-11-30

Job 13:15-18
15 Though he slay me , yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified. KJV



Sometimes we don’t understand the whys of our lives, and yet we can still trust and believe in Jehovah God. Job had the right attitude even in his trials and tribulation. I have read a lot about Job through these last years few years. In times when I couldn’t understand the road I was on, or where God was leading. Friends, when you get to that point in your life remember what Job said to God. 15 Though he slay me , yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He trusted God even if God would kill him. How many times have we sat down, Bible opened, and head bowed, with our hands folded before His presence seeking His direction in our lives. We had gotten to a point where we were thinking, “OK, Lord, if this is where I go home to be with you, I trust you with everything. My life, my death, my soul, it’s all yours, do with me as you desire.



In 2008, I sat at the edge of death because of cancer. I was facing major surgery for a type of cancer that was so rare that they didn’t, and still don’t have a Chemo treatment for it. My only hope was if the surgeon could get it all, and then I was told there was a 95% chance of it coming back in 5 years. At the same time, my brother’s youngest daughter was battling liver cancer at the young age of 35. She was a beautiful young lady with everything to live for. Here I am 58 years old with a cripple broken down body, no good for much at all. Yet we were both facing possible death at the dreaded disease cancer. Before I went into surgery that day in August of 2008, I pray, “Lord, please take me and leave Stephanie. She has so much to live for, and I am no good to you in the shape I am in. Please, Please, Lord, save Stephanie’s life.”



I went into surgery that day, and after 2 and a half hours of surgery, and 6 hours in recovery, the doctor came in and told me that he thought he got it all, but the reports they sent off would tell the tale. When those reports came back it didn’t show anymore cancer. I took many weeks of radiation, and then 3 years later (August of 2011), I had my yearly Pet Scan (scanning for cancer) and it show no cancer. I still have 2 years of the 5 years that I was told it had a 95% chance of returning. But, I'm still cancer free.



We lost my niece, Stephanie, to liver cancer in November of 2008. I was so broken hearted, and felt so guilty because I was still alive, and a beautiful young lady that held a master’s degree in computer program writing, and wrote most of the programs for the University of Alabama Birmingham’s hospital and medical computers, and was working on her doctorate degree in that field, had been taken from this life. I cried and cried, and I was a little angry at God because I wanted Him to take me and let her live.



After a little while I received a Prescription for my power chair, and I began seeking God as to what He wanted me to do. I was left here for some reason. When I found out that I could get around and do stuff that I couldn’t do before the chair, I began to work on my music, and recorded 3 new Cds, and felt the leadership of the Lord into a new ministry. Then I found Indi Gospel Artist on the Internet. I had tried several other places, but it just didn’t feel right. From day one here on Indi it was different, I felt the presence of God, and the Spirit of Indi agreed with my Spirit. By the way that is my gift from God, trying the Spirits. Within my personal Bible studies God began speaking to me to write down what he gave me in those studies. As I did that and posted them here on Indi, I began hearing from people around the world, and I was reaching further out than any time in my previous 35 years as a full time minister for God. I began corresponding with Ken Rich the founder of Indi, and I found out that he had a heart of God, and God’s work for this world, and those that needed to hear God’s word.



Job Chapter 13 verse 16 through 18 says:



16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified. KJV



Friends, even in times when we may not know the ending or even the direction, Jehovah God knows, and all we have to do is trust in His leadership. That means sometimes walking through doors that we don’t know where they go. Trusting completely in God, for the Lord is our salvation. I still can’t tell you why God took my niece that we all loved and wanted to live, and then allowed me to live, but God knows the answer. Stephanie was a child of God. One thing that bestowed in all of my family by our mother and dad was our faith, and we shared that faith with our children so that they know the ways of God. I think maybe God had something for Stephanie to do in Heaven, and I believe there is something He still wants me to do here. With the help of Ken Rich I am dedicated to that task. If I reach a soul through my singing, that's great, if I can reached souls through my articles that is also great. I pray that when it is time for me to go to be with Jesus that I am witnessing for Him with my last breath.



One of my favorite song writers is Gerald Crabb, and he wrote a song entitled “Please Forgive Me.” I found this video from The Gaither Homecomings, and Jason Crabb (Gerald’s son) sang this song. In this video Michael English (sings with the Gaither Vocal Band) talks about his illness and the time he has had to take off for healing. Friend this is why I love Christianity and our friends in Christ, because in time of need we are there for one another in prayer.



I know it isn’t easy to serve in a world that is so unforgiving and evil, but my LORD is able to carry us through the fires, and trials, and tribulations we face if we depend on Him like Job did.



“Thank You Lord for being there for us, and thank you for giving us Christian friends. Help us to do your work without hesitation, and step out in faith believing in you. Lord, as Job said, “15 Though he slay me , yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. “ KJV Please help us to get YOUR MESSAGE to a lost and dying world. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”



Here is the link to that testimony by Michael English, please watch it in it’s entirety.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTMlKNbt-yg&feature=youtu.be

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Most Christians know how the battle of Good verses Evil came to be here on earth, but just in case some not, here is the story. The Chain of Command (as I will call it) was God The Father on His Throne in Heaven, Lucifer (Satan or the Devil as he became known) was 2nd under God, with his angels. Then there was Michael, the Archangel, with his angels, and Gabriel, with his angels. This was the heavenly order, but, as we see in Isaiah 14:12-15 Lucifer decided that he wanted to be God, and declared war in heaven.

Isa 14:12-15

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. KJV

Revelation tells us about the war heaven:
Rev 12:7-9
7 And there was war in heaven . Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. NIV

So you see that Lucifer (The Devil or Satan) decided that he wanted to be God, and Michael and his angels fought against the devil and his angels and won. So the devil and I/3 of the angels in heaven (the angels that he was in control of) were cast down to this earth. The Jews address him again as a fallen once-bright star. The great final enemy, the man of sin of Paul, the Antichrist of John.

Isa 14:12-15
Verse 12. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer - day- star. A title truly belonging to Christ: (Rev 22:16,) "the bright and morning star," and therefore hereafter to be assumed by Antichrist, of whom Babylon is a type; also applied to the angelic "sons of God," "the morning stars." Gesenius, however, renders the Hebrew (heeyleel, (heylel OT:1966 heylel (hay-lale'); from OT:1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning-star). But the Septuagint, Vulgate, Chaldaic, and Arabic, as the English version (from the Hebrew, haalal, to shine), which is preferable because of the parallelism. The fall of Babylon as a self-idolizing power, the type of mystical Babylon in the Apocalypse (Rev 17:4-5), before the providence of God, is described in language drawn from the fall of Satan himself, the spirit that energized the pagan world-power, and now energizes the apostate Church, and shall hereafter energize the last secular Antichrist. Thus Lucifer has naturally come to be applied to Satan (Luke 10:18; Rev 12:8-9; Jude 6).

(How) art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken - prostrate. The nations - as in Ex 17:13, "discomfit (defeat);" Hebrew, chaalash - (OT:2522 chalash (khaw-lash'); a primitive root; to prostrate; by implication, to overthrow, decay - discomfit, waste away, weaken.)

Verse 13. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. In Dan 8:10, "stars" express earthly civil and religious potentates. "The stars" are often also used to express heavenly principalities (Job 38:7).

I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation - the place of solemn meeting between God and His people, in the temple on Mount Zion at Jerusalem. In Dan 11:37 ("Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god, because he shall magnify himself above all") and 2 Thess 2:4 ("Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God") this is attributed to Antichrist.

In the sides of the north - namely, the sides of Mount Moriah, on which the temple was built; north of Mount Zion (Ps 48:2). Thus, "mount of the congregation" will mean the northern mountain  "Both sides" (Hebrew, yarkªthayim) imply the angle in which the sides meet, and so the expression comes to mean 'the extreme parts of the north.' So the Hindus place the Meru, the dwelling-place of their gods, in the north, in the Himalayan mountains. So the Greeks, in the northern Olympus. The Persian followers of Zoroaster put the Al-bordsch in the Caucasus north of them. The allusion to "the stars" harmonizes with this-namely, the Northern regions were regarded as the seat of special manifestations of the divine glory  'I will set the throne of my kingdom above the people of God, and will sit in the mount of the covenant in the bounds of the north.”



Verse 14. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds - Hebrew, the cloud, singular. Perhaps there is a reference to the cloud, the symbol of the divine presence (Isa 4:5; Ex 13:21). So this tallies with 2 Thess 2:4, "above all that is called God:" as here, "above ... the cloud:" and as the Shekinah-cloud was connected with the temple, there follows, "he as God sitteth in the temple of God," answering to "I will be like the Most High" here.

Verse 15. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell - to Sheol (Isa 14:6): thou who hast said, "I will ascend into heaven" (Matt 11:23).

To the sides of the pit - antithetical to the "sides of the North" (Isa 14:13). The dead were ranged in niches. Isa 14:13, translates, 'the extreme,' or innermost parts of the sepulchre; as in Ezra 32:23.

Thusly, because of Satan’s fall and being cast out of Heaven to the earth with his angels, he passed sin to God’s creation of mankind. When Eve yielded to Satan’s temptation and partook of  the fruit of the tree of life, mankind became a sinful being. Every person born was born into sin. Thusly, the battle of right and wrong, good verses evil began, and the battle was on. Mankind needed a way to have victory over sin, so God the Father had a plan for mankind to have eternal life, and also for Satan and sin to once and for all be defeated. That plan was for the Son of God to come down to earth and give His life on the cross of Calvary sacrificing Himself for the sins of mankind. Three days later to be resurrected from the dead having victory over death and Satan.

The bad thing is that we cannot defeat Satan on our own, we need the help of the Lord. So, we are battling Satan, and his evil ways, and that is why we need to stay in the will of God. Jesus absolutely defeats Satan, the Antichrist, and the Beast, and we become the children of God. Why does evil happen? Because of Satan’s desire to be God, and his use of sinful man, evil runs wild on this earth. This is why there is evilness, pains, trials, tribulations, and strife. As a Christian, I have God’s word, and it shows me that we will have victory at the end. What we as Christians must do is seek God’s will for our lives, and walk “In His Steps,” as we go through our daily lives.

So you see that from birth, we have to battle Satan and his evil ways. Our only hope is accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and follow His will for our lives. We need a strong faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to carry us through everything that Satan throws at us. So, because of sin, we are born to die, but through accepting Jesus, we come from being born bad to being made good through our faith in Christ Jesus. In the end, ALL evil is defeated, and GOOD wins. We become the adopted children of God through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity (which has no end).

I hope this little Bible lesson speaks to you as you battle good verse evil in your own life, and makes a difference in your walk with the Lord.

Ps 19:14
14 Let the words of my mouth , and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.


AMEN!
Rev. Zack Martin Sr


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WICKEDNESS AND MANKIND


By Zack Martin, 2012-01-13


In Mankind
Gen 1:26-31
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground — everything that has the breath of life in it — I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the sixth day.  NIV

When God created the earth, He created man to have dominion over the earth and all the creatures on earth, He placed man in the “Garden of Eden” allowed him to be over everything God has created. The only thing man wasn’t allowed to do was eat the fruit of the “Tree of Knowledge,” but, another being was already here on earth, and showed himself in the form od a serpent.

Gen 3:1-7
3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
NIV
So if wickedness was already here in the form of the serpent, where did it come from?

Isa 14:12-21

12 The Fall of Lucifer
"How you are fallen from heaven,O Lucifer, son of the morning!How you are cut down to the ground,You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart:'I will ascend into heaven,I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,I will be like the Most High.' 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,To the lowest depths of the Pit. 16 "Those who see you will gaze at you,And consider you, saying:'Is this the man who made the earth tremble,Who shook kingdoms, 17 Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities,Who did not open the house of his prisoners?' 18 "All the kings of the nations,All of them, sleep in glory,Everyone in his own house; 19 But you are cast out of your grave Like an abominable branch,Like the garment of those who are slain,Thrust through with a sword,Who go down to the stones of the pit,Like a corpse trodden underfoot. 20 You will not be joined with them in burial,Because you have destroyed your land And slain your people.The brood of evildoers shall never be named. 21 Prepare slaughter for his children Because of the iniquity of their fathers,Lest they rise up and possess the land,And fill the face of the world with cities." NKJV

Lucifer, was one of God’s angels, in fact the angel just under God in authority, and He set a rebellion against God in Heaven, and he and the angels that followed him were cast of of Heaven to earth, so this was where wickedness came from.

Among Angels. Isaiah spoke of it in the 14th chapter verse 12 - 17.
Isa 14:12-17
12 How you have fallen from heaven,O morning star, son of the dawn!You have been cast down to the earth,you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart,"I will ascend to heaven;I will raise my throne above the stars of God;I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.   14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;I will make myself like the Most High." 15 But you are brought down to the grave,to the depths of the pit.
16 Those who see you stare at you,they ponder your fate:"Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, 17 the man who made the world a desert,who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home? NIV
Also in Ezekiel 28 : 15 - 16.
Ezek 28:15-16
15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. NIV
And again in Jude verse 6.
Jude 6
6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home — these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. NIV

In Israel, Again in Isaih 1 : 1 - 6
Isa 1:1-6
1:1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth!For the LORD has spoken:"I reared children and brought them up,but they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knows his master,the donkey his owner's manger,but Israel does not know,my people do not understand."
4 Ah, sinful nation,a people loaded with guilt,a brood of evildoers,children given to corruption!They have forsaken the LORD;they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.
5 Why should you be beaten anymore?Why do you persist in rebellion?Your whole head is injured,your whole heart afflicted. 6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness — only wounds and welts and open sores,not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.  NIV


In the Church
Rev 3:14-16
14 "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. NIV

This earth was made for time eternal, but The Devil, Satan, changed that when he tempted Eve with sin and her and her husband ate of the “Tree of Knowledge.” So between chapter 3 of Genesis and Revelation is God’s plan for the redemption of mankind, and also the final defeat of Satan. The wickedness we inherited from our forefathers has its redemption in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and our Faith in Him. We are saved BY GRACE, THROUGH FAITH IN THE LORD, JESUS CHRIST.

I hope this enhances your study of the Bible to seek God and His love and redemption for you (mankind). I always suggest the people start the reading of the Bible with the “Gospel of John,” and then begin the book of Genesis, etc.

Please allow God to speak to you as you read His word.

Rev. Zack Martin Sr.  





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SIGNS OF THE END TIMES!


By Zack Martin, 2012-01-18

Last night as I struggled to find sleep, God took me through several passages of Scripture concerning “The End Times!” After reading most of the night, I came to 2 Timothy Chapter 3. In his prophesy concerning end times, Paul hit it on the Mark! Just let us read this chapter first, and then expound on it.

2 Tim 3:1-9

3:1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth — men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.  NIV

When I look at these signs, I am seeing ALL of these things when I look at this world of today. Think about this, before sin and evil gained a foot-hold on mankind, the creation of earth and everything was under Eternal Conditions. How does one time eternity? Scientist today can use their methods and claim billions of years, and also date things found in their digs. Remember, God talks about eternal things, and mankind it limited to time. When mankind sinned, time began, before that the rims of eternity were in control.

 2 Peter 3:8

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years , and a thousand years as one day. KJV

Who, but God, knows the answers to time, and how much time is left before the return of Christ to rule the world forever. The enlightening thing is this, Earth went from an Eternity to time, and when Christ comes back it will go from time back into eternity. Theologians can only trace time for approximately 6 thousand years. From the time of Adam in The Garden of Eden, through those years before Christ, up to Christ’s first coming to earth as a man, which was around 4 thousand years. Then there is approximately 2 thousand years now since Christ’s first coming. This is now 2012, so do the math, if there is only about 6 thousand years of traceable time, the last times are upon us.

If we go back and read in God’s Word the things that must first come to pass before the 2nd coming of the Lord, we find that all prophecy concerning this has come to pass. Anyone can see that everything Paul spoke of here in 2 Tim chapter 3 is going on today. In Daniel chapters 7 and 12 were visions Daniel had of these times, but God made him seal these things up until the last days. Beginning in Revelation Chapter 6, Christ takes the scrolls God ordered sealed until these last days, and He is the only one WORTHY enough to break these seals and pronounce judgments on the wickedness of this world. Before He sets foot on this Earth for the 2nd time, His followers that were and are faithful to Him are taken up in an episode that we Christians today call “The Rapture.”

1 Thess 4:15-18
15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.  NIV

After God’s people (His Saints) are gone, nothing is left but wickedness. Then begins the opening of the seals of judgment upon the wicked in a period called “The Tribulation.” I believe it is a 7 year period where the Dragon, the Beast, and the Antichrist impose their power over the whole world, and the Antichrist will rule the last three and a half years, imposing “The Mark of The Beast” upon any of God’s people left. For many years seminaries in my faith (Southern Baptist) taught that only Jews would be left, but that has been somewhat reworked, and now it is taught that any person who will not take the Mark of the Beast, and accepts the faith of Christ will also be saved. Either way, Jew or even Jews and Gentiles will have a MOST difficult time during the last three and a half years referred to as “The Great Tribulation.” As Jesus opens the seals, the 7 powerful Arch Angels impose Judgments on the wickedness of the earth.

 Rev 16:15-21

15 "Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed."  

16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, "It is done!" 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21 From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. NIV

This battle of Armageddon is where the Kings of the East converge on Jerusalem to once and for all destroy God’s people, the Jews, but this is when our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ comes back down to earth with a mighty Heavenly Army (We His Saints that He came and got at the Rapture). But all we do is become His Cheerleaders, because all He has to do is SPEAK the Judgments upon the kings of the east and their armies, and they are TOTALLY destroyed.

Then the dragon (Satan), and the Beast, and Antichrist are cast into the pit for the thousand year reign of Christ here on this earth, just before the final casting of them and all that died that LAST DAY, into the lake of fire in what the Bible calls “The Second Death.” This is preceded by “The Great White Thrown Judgment.”

There is a lot of things that happen during these last days that Revelation explains in detail, but to be READY is the thing. Expect Christ’s coming any-day now, and live your life with your FAITH in the Lord Jesus, and be READY!! I sing a song that is a mini story about these Last Days entitled, “The Warning.” It is a grim reminders of these times. Here is the link to it. 

http://indiegospel.org/video/the-warning0002

A Fellow Prayer Warrior For Christ,

Rev. Zack Martin Sr.

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