An Attitude of Gratitude

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Philippians 4:11 for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content

Who is to Blame? 

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Yes, we are all in the blame game ever since the Garden of Eden.

And the snake is still the great accuser of the brethren. But praise God we have an advocate with the Father, our Great High Priest who ever lives to make intercession for us because He took our place and paid the price for our guilt. He became our scapegoat, we no longer need to play the blame game looking for a scapegoat for we already have one.

And so you see the snake still doesn’t have a leg to stand on!

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Uncovering An Awesome Truth of Prophecy

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Standing on the Mount of Olives today overlooking the Old City wall I am amazed to gaze upon the Eastern gate which is currently blocked according to prophecy. I was determined to dig further for the why and when the gate was blocked.

When Christ returns His feet will touch down on the Mount of Olives, on the very place from which He ascended, and thus fulfill a prophecy made almost 2,000 years by two angels on the Mount of Olives: He will enter Jerusalem through this exact Eastern Gate I am actually looking at! In so doing, He will fulfill not only the prophecy of these two angels, but innumerable prophecies recorded by God’s prophets.

The fact that the Lord Jesus Christ will once again walk through that Eastern Gate is confirmed in

Ezekiel 44:1-2

Then the man brought me back to the east gateway in the outer wall of the Temple area, but it was closed. And the Lord said to me, “This gate must remain closed; it will never again be opened. No one will ever open it and pass through, for the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered here. Therefore, it must always remain shut”

Not only does this passage confirm certain details of the Lord’s Glorious Appearing, but it offers substantial evidence to the unbeliever that the Bible is the Word of God.

Why? Because Ezekiel 44 demonstrates the astounding accuracy of Bible prophecy, providing evidence that can be verified firsthand by anyone who doubts.

Over 2,600 years ago, the Lord declared the Eastern Gate would be shut and would remain closed until the Messiah arrived to open it. For hundreds of years, the Eastern Gate had offered convenient, unfettered access to the Temple courtyard. Yet, for almost five hundred years now, it’s been closed. I believe it could be in this generation, the Messiah will open it.

The Eastern Gate is one of eight gates built into the walls which surround the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Eastern Gate provides the only entrance from the East, and it faces the Mount of Olives.

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The Eastern Gate was destroyed during the Roman conquest of Jerusalem, and the subsequent destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, thus fulfilling Christ’s prophecy that “not one stone will be left on top of another” Matthew 24:2. Prior to this, the Eastern Gate had never been sealed.

Sometime in the sixth century, the Byzantines rebuilt that Eastern Gate. However, for our purposes, what happened after it was rebuilt is of much greater importance. In the year 1541, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I sealed the Eastern Gate learning of the prophecies which predicted the Messiah’s entrance through the Eastern Gate. The Sultan tried his best to make sure that wouldn’t happen during his reign. And just in case a sealed entrance didn’t thwart the Messiah’s coming, the Muslim Sultan built a cemetery directly in front of the gate – conventional wisdom being that a Jewish Holy man would never defile himself by walking through a Muslim cemetery. That cemetery still remains to this very day right in front of the closed Eastern gate.

It’s been over 475 years since Sultan Suleiman sealed the Eastern Gate, and despite numerous well-documented attempts to open it, the gate has remained sealed just as the Lord proclaimed to Ezekiel over 2,600 years ago.

The fact that the Eastern Gate remains closed to this day is God’s testimony to doubters throughout the world. How amazing is that!

What is It?

When the Israelites found the miraculous food lying on the ground, “they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. (Exodus 16:15). The word ‘manna’ means ‘what is it?’ Likewise as we look at the Word, we ask: ‘what is it?’And question: ‘what does this mean?’ The natural man does not know, only through spiritual eyes can we understand the spirit of the Word. The natural man can only see the cold letter of the Word.
As I spend time alone with the Lord, He takes the husk off the heavenly corn, that I might be able to digest the manna and appropriate it to my life. He feeds me nourishment for my soul. The natural man only feeds on the dry husk, the membranous outer covering, which is the dry cold letter of the Word.
If we only hunger after knowledge we will be merely feeding on the barren husks of the corn, which contain no spiritual life because the husk has no seeds of life. God programmed seed to produce life, and just as husks cannot produce life, even so the cold letter of the Word cannot produce spiritual life.
Page 132 “Developing a Secret History with God”

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The Beauty of the Season

This photo was taken on Route 611 overlooking the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania today, as I stopped my day to admire the beauty of the Artist’s brush strokes as He paints this new season with vivid colors from His palette. As I noticed the many visitors with their cameras and long lines of tourists waiting to board the Water Gap trolley to take a trip through the Gap, it gave me a shot of fresh appreciation of the scenic area where I am blessed to live and so often take for granted. We are so often robbed of joy by not appreciating the simple blessings in our lives.This may be the peak weekend to admire the autumn colors so take a few moments during this weekend to come apart and rest awhile just to reflect on the awesome beauty of His creation.
“We are not made happy by what we acquire but rather by what we appreciate.”quoted from the chapter “Pressing on into His Presence” page 145 of my book “Developing a Secret History with God.”
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