See the Signs That Jesus Is Coming Back Again Soon?

What are some of the signs that we’re nearing the time of Jesus’ return?

Perversion of the Gospel

We don’t know if Jesus’ stepbrother, Jude, believed what many others did. That was their expectation of Jesus returning in their own lifetime, but he did seem to have a sense of an end-time scenario. By the way, most of the first-century church lived with the expectation of Christ’s return. Obviously, they missed it by at least 2,000 years. But are there signs today that precede Jesus’ coming? Jude writes as if he is writing about today, saying, “I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:3-4). These ungodly “people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals” (Jude 1:10). Jude writes that “in the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions. It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit” (Jude 1:18-19). A clear sign of Jesus’ coming are these distorted versions of the Gospel, which can be seen everywhere today. There are unbelievers everywhere, scoffing at the idea that there is even a God at all.

The Days of Noah

Jesus referred to the end of the age by saying, “As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:37-39). In other words, it will be business as usual. And just as the people in Noah’s day never would have expected a flood, neither will many expect Jesus to come and bring a flood of judgment against all unbelievers. Perhaps another sign that it’s just as it was in Noah’s day is that “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth”(Genesis 6:11-12). Sounds like today’s headlines, doesn’t it? The phrase “the earth was filled with violence” is repeated twice in this chapter because God is emphasizing the fact that violence had grown so bad that the whole earth or population of man was full of it (Genesis 6:11, 13). Can you see how this same violence that was taking place in Noah’s day is similar to what’s happening today in our streets?

Natural and Man-made Catastrophes

Jesus, in giving the so-called Olivet Prophecy, said just before His return that “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). These are not the signs of His return, but they are like “the beginning of the birth pains”(Matthew 24:8). During the time leading up to Christ’s return, “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Matthew 24:29). And only after this “will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:30-31). The darkened sun and blotted-out moon could be from volcanic activity, earthquakes, meteorites, or asteroids striking the earth. Most somber of all could be the result of a nuclear winter after another global or world war.

Being Ready

We can’t pin down every single sign of Jesus’ soon return any more than we can understand all prophecy, but that’s okay. We’re not commanded to understand all prophecy; we are commanded to be ready at any moment. Jesus says, “Concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:36-37). “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44). Those who sit on the fence about Christ today might be cast into hell with those on the other side someday. Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2), as there is no guarantee for either of us that tomorrow will even come. It’s too great a risk to delay your salvation. Come to Christ today and you will be ready for His return; delaying could prove disastrous (Revelation 21:8).

Conclusion

It’s great to understand prophecy and be looking for the signs of Jesus’ return, but this can take our eyes off Jesus. He must remain the central focus of our studies in the Word. We don’t know when Jesus will return; we only know He will, which means we have work to do while it’s still day. The time is coming when no one will be able to work and the age of grace will be over. We must warn others of the coming wrath of God (Romans 2) so that the grace and mercy of God will be relevant to them. Unless we tell them of the need to repent and believe, they will die in their sins with the wrath of God abiding on them (John 3:36b). Let God use you as a means to save some by bringing them to Christ and then letting Him save them (John 3:16; Acts 4:12).

5 Ways You Might Be Blocking Your Own Blessings

Here are five ways that you might actually be blocking God’s blessings.

Not Being a Blessing

Jesus said that whoever gives, it will be given back to them, in fact, so much as to be spilling over into the lap. Jesus stated as a simple cause and effect. Just “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). You can’t expect God’s blessing if you’re not being a blessing for God.

Not Forgiving

We know that if we don’t forgive others, God will not forgive us, so if we’ve got something against someone, God’s got something against them. Un-forgiveness is like drinking one’s own poison and hoping the other person dies from it. If this un-forgiveness is left unchecked, it can become established, and then a “root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled” (Heb 12:5).

Discontentment

We can live in only one of two tents in life; contentment, or discontentment. One is not much fun to live in, but the other is considerably better. The Bible teaches “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1st Tim 6:6), but the Apostle Paul knew it didn’t come easy and so he said, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Phil 4:11). And Paul was often in a state of peril, famine, hunger, cold, beatings, being stoned, and imprisoned, and once left for dead, yet he had learned to be content, “in whatever situation I am.” How do you learn contentment? Lots of practice, and Paul had more than his fair share of it.

Unconfessed Sin

I’m not sure why it’s hard for some people to confess their sins to God, but God won’t be able to bless the person that is living in a state if sin and without having repentance. The psalmist wrote, “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened”(Psalm 66:18), since “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination” (Prov 28:9). Why not confess your sins right now, because “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1st John 1:9).

Grace and Truth

Jesus said we must worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), so it’s important that we worship God in ways that are revealed in the Bible. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14). He had the perfect mixture. He always spoke the truth but knew when to speak grace. Sometime He spoke the truth, as with the Pharisees, but the woman caught in adultery needed to hear about grace. If you only have truth, then that’s legalism; if you only have grace, then that’s a license to sin; but if you have grace and truth, you won’t be blocking God’s blessings.

Conclusion

Maybe you can think of others ways that we might be blocking God’s blessings. I know that God is opposed to the proud and will give His grace only to the humble (James 4:6), so pride could block God’s blessings, just like not giving could, not being forgiving, being discontent, having unconfessed sins, and nothing show grace and speaking the truth, because it must be both, so my precious sisters and brothers in Christ, May God richly bless each one of you.

May God richly bless you,

Photos : See the Wife Of Nollywood Legend Pete Edochie and one of his grandchild

Pete Edochie’s wife – The son of Veteran Actor, Pete Edochie – Yul Edochie has shared adorable photos of his parents with their daughter.

If you ever thought that Rita Edochie is the wife to Pete Edochie.. then you’ve been wrong all these while! They just share the same surname

Yul has shared photos of his parents.

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Must Read : 3 Prayers For Protection From The Enemy

Here are three prayers for protection from the Enemy and his wicked minions, the demons.

To Recognize the Enemy

Righteous Father, I ask You to help me see the Enemy when he attacks so that I can recognize when he does. I know that I fight an invisible foe who is stronger than I. I am wrestling not against flesh and blood but against the powers of darkness and the rulers of evil, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers in the present age. I understand that I am fighting against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12). Thank You, God, for providing the armor I will need today and everyday, including the breastplate of righteousness You provided, the belt of truth, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word (Eph 6:13-17). In the Mighty Name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

When Entering Enemy Territory

Father God, please help defend me today when I enter enemy territory in this world. If I share the gospel with the lost, I know that I am opposing the prince of darkness and his wicked army of demons and am entering his realm. Jesus, I know that I am like a lamb among the wolves (Luke 10:3). But I also know that the demons are subject to You, Lord, (Luke 10:17), that no enemy who opposes me will prevail because I have Your own authority to take the gospel into the kingdom of darkness, that you have given us power over the enemy (Luke 10:19), and that “no weapon turned against[me] will succeed” (Isaiah 54:17). Because You have defeated the enemy at the cross, I am asking You to protect me from those who would be against me, including those under the sway of Satan, as it is for Your purpose that I go today and every day to seek the lost; that I can have the power that comes from the Holy Spirit and the power and authority that come from You to be Your witnesses in all the world (Acts 1:8); and that you go with me wherever I go today and are with me even until the end of this present age (Matt 28:20). In the Sovereign King of kings and Lord of lords’ name, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Greater is He that Is in You than He that Is in the World

Father God, I know that Your Spirit within me is greater than he, the evil one, that is in the world (1 John 4:4), and this enemy presently holds those who are blinded held captive because “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor 4:4). Please help me “that Satan might not outwit [me and that I am] not unaware of his schemes” (2 Cor 2:11). He has surely never given up on trying to hold captive those who are still in his sway, and many cannot “escape from the snare of the devil” (2 Tim 2:26), who has held hostage the whole world (Rev 12:9) except those who have been set free by Your Son, Jesus Christ. Please help me to know that I am secure in Your hands (John 10:28-29) and to not fear what man or the enemy can do, for since You are for me, who could ever oppose me (Rom 8:31). For this I thank You, dear Lord and Great God. In the precious name of the Lamb of God, Who died for me, I pray. Amen.

5 Bible Verses To Reassure You That God Is Listening To Your Prayers

Here are five Bible verses to reassure you that God hears your prayers.

First John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

The Apostle John wasn’t trying to pump up the church’s faith. He had confidence in God, including a confidence that whatever we pray for in God’s will is a prayer that God will hear. Can we ask for anything more than having God’s ear, so at least we have access to the throne of grace, thanks be to Jesus Christ, our Mediator.

Psalm 66:19 “But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.”

The psalmist was like John. He knew that God listened to his prayer, and even “attended to the voice of [his] prayer.” It’s one thing to have your prayers heard, but to have them “attended to”means it’s been taken care of. That doesn’t mean your prayer request will come exactly as you thought it would be, but since God attends to it, that should be enough for us.

John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.”

Isaiah the Prophet wrote our “iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear” (Isaiah 59:2), but God must hear at least some sinners, because how many of us have cried out to God to save us while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8)? This verse is saying that whoever does God’s will and worships the One, True God, will be the one who He will listen too.

First Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Not only are our prayers being heard, God’s ears are opened toward them, however, His face is against the wicked. If His face is against the wicked, it’s not likely they’re prayers will be heard, especially if they’re living in sin, but God will hear them and answer them if they cry out to be saved.

First John 5:15 “And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

John gives us one final verse about our prayers being heard, and again, he doesn’t have to depend on feelings; he knows that God “hears us in whatever we ask,” and knows “that we have the requests that we have asked of him,”even before we receive them. That’s faith!

Conclusion

We can have confidence that God will hear our prayers. God can even read the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Heb 4:13), so it’s not a matter of whether He will hear us or not, it’s a matter of whether we’ll accept His answer. This much is true, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous” (Prov 15:29).

May God richly bless you,

Must Read : 7 Signs Of A Spiritual Attack

 

There are several signs of being under spiritual attack but here are seven signs that may help you know that you are.

Feelings of Worthlessness

Some the most frequent causes of spiritual attacks come when you have overcome a major sin, you have had a time of great success, and you are consistently sharing the gospel.  The Enemy hates all of these things.  That’s when you might experience feelings of worthlessness.  That you are unworthy to be saved, you might question your salvation, you might think of yourself as a hypocrite and since you are such a sinner the Devil or his demons might influence you to think “Who do you think you are?  How can you share the gospel with someone when you’re such a wretch?  I love this saying; “When the Devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future (Rev 20:10).

Times of Prayerlessness

Again, when we feel overly guilty with sin, we must learn to confess it immediately.  Don’t let unconfessed sin linger because the longer you put off prayer, the harder it is to do.  When we experience times of prayerlessness, we are taking away our greatest source of power and that is God.  It seems that when I try to pray the phone rings, someone knocks at the door, the washing machine decides to do its dance and all kinds of things come into my mind which are anything but godly.  That’s likely the Devil.  The only time that Satan really fears is when we are praying in Jesus’ name and pleading the blood of Christ.  Prayer is not easy…it’s hard work.  Yes, for some it seems to come easy, but when you are under spiritual attack, that is the last thing that you feel like doing. We only make progress in our spiritual life when we are moving forward on our knees. Sometimes it’s really hard to do so start of by giving thanks to God and reading over Scriptures of His awesome attributes.  That may discourage the Enemy from trying to interfere with your prayers and stop Him from putting thoughts into your mind.

Feelings of Condemnation

This is close to the first sign of feeling worthless but this one is different.  We might feel that we are not a Christian because we see how far we fall short of God’s holiness.  This is where we need to be in the Word of God and start by reading Romans 8.  This chapter is so encouraging and may be my favorite chapter in the entire Bible. Romans 8:37-39 says “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  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.” Now does that sound like a condemned man writing?  No. Don’t believe your feelings….believe what God’s Word says.

Famine of the Word

This might be the hardest thing to do when you are under spiritual attack but it is the best possible thing you can do along with prayer because we know that there is real, living, active power in the Word of God, so why not unleash it?  At the very time that you feel that you least want to read the Bible, that is the exact time that you need it the most.  Tap the power of God. Stay in the Word.  Make a daily Bible reading plan and stick to it. It’s a great weapon to use in spiritual warfare.

Family Conflict

The enemy has been seeking to destroy the nuclear family, which is a family with a father, mother, and child, since the Garden of Eden. Today, that type of family has become the minority, and Satan must love it. To destroy the family is to chip away at society, bringing it ever closer to destruction. That may be why the very first commandment given for mankind in relation to mankind is the command to honor your father and mother. That command comes with a promise of living longer on the earth (Ex 20:12). That’s not a guarantee, but if God says it will go better for you by honoring your parents, there’s no doubt it will bring blessings or curses, depending upon how the parents are treated. When family conflict comes, pray and put on the armor of God (Eph 6), and don’t let the Devil incite you to anger and not honor your parents.

Overwhelmed by Life

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Did being tired and hungry add to the situation? For me, that’s when I can react in the worst way and probably give room for the Devil. I know it can hinder our prayer life if we feel like giving up. When you’ve lost the will to go on, it’s very difficult to pray, but that’s the very time you need it the most, because you might be under spiritual attack. The Enemy wants us to give up, and he wants to rob our joy, but don’t let him. Go to Jesus and unload every burden and every weight and take His yoke upon you. The Christian faith is not a one-horse act. We need Christ and His strength (Phil 4:13). Do you feel despair? Do you feel like giving up? Fall on your knees and pray, because it could be the Enemy.

Back to the Old Life

A very serious sign of spiritual attack is when you’ve just given up on the Christian faith and fallen back into your old lifestyle and habits. You start seeing your old friends you used to party with. You start enjoying the pleasures of sin, and in the meantime, Satan is laughing his lungs out. Even if you’re still attending church, falling back into these old ways is asking for trouble, because the Devil’s got you just where he wants you.

Use These 3 Morning Prayers to Start Your Day out With


Glorifying God

Great Father in heaven, thank You for another day and for all the many blessings in my life. Please help me to focus on You and in glorifying You because You are most worthy. I pray that You use me today, dear Father, to glorify You and Jesus Christ in what I do for others, in how I speak with them in love, and to be light and salt to a dead and decaying world. And this I pray all for the glory of the name that is above all names, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Witnessing for Christ

Great Father Most High, please put this great desire of Yours in my heart that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9). And make it my desire, too, so that I would have the courage and fearlessness needed to tell others about Your Great Son, Jesus Christ, and that He is the one and only way to You (John 14:6); that there is salvation found in no other (Acts 4:12); and that Jesus is not one of many ways to You but the only way (John 6:44). That is my prayer for today in Jesus Christ’s most glorious name. Amen.

Avoiding Sin

Father God, Oh Holy One, please help me to avoid sin and resist temptation today as Jesus taught the disciples and to “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13). I know I cannot resist the enemy without Your help. I am no match for these wicked spirits in high places because I’m not wrestling with flesh and blood but powerful, wicked spirit beings that are trying to cause me to stumble (Ephesians 6:12). Remind me to armor up today and every day so that I can have more of the mind of Christ (Ephesians 6:13-17). And in the great name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Conclusion

The very first thing I do is thank God for another day and for allowing me to have life, but then I pray for God to use me at my own expense to glorify Him. God desires for us to glorify Him in our actions and in our words. And since we know it’s God’s will to glorify Him, we are doing God’s will when we strive to glorify Him, when we witness for Him, and when we strive to live lives that are pleasing to Him.

May God richly bless you,

If You Want A Flat Stomach, Stay Away From The Following Foods You eat Daily

We all know that we can’t get a flat stomach overnight. There isn’t any blue or red pill that can help you with that. It’s a long term process, and you have to put a lot of effort in it. With proper exercise and healthy diet, you can reduce that stubborn belly fat. You should also know that doing the right exercises the right way is also very important if you want to lose that stubborn belly fat.

This is extremely important for you to remember – without having a proper diet and without any physical activities you can’t lose that belly fat. As we said, we all want to enjoy food, candies, cakes, etc. and at the end of the day we all want to have flat stomach and slim body figure. That’s not possible. This means that you should eat healthy and exercise more often.

And, the experts say that you should definitely avoid the following six foods. It will help you speed up the weight loss process and you will lose weight much faster.

1. DAIRY FOOD

Many people think that the milk and dairy food are loaded with healthy nutrients and they can provide many different health benefits. But, you should also know that these ingredients cause gases and bloating, so you should avoid this food as much as possible if you want a flat stomach. In case you are really fond of dairy, go for yogurt instead of milk.

2. PROCESSED FOOD, COFFEE, REFINED SUGAR AND ALCOHOL

Did you know that coffee and alcohol promote buildup of belly fat? Well yes, and the best thing you can do is to avoid these beverages if you are trying to get a flat belly.

3. SALT

We all use salt every day. Salt is one common ingredient that many people add generously to their meals and salads – to improve their taste. But, you should know that salt causes water retention in the body making your stomach bloated. Try to avoid this ingredient as much as possible.

4. HOT SPICES

They say that hot spices are good for us and our health. But, you should also know that these spices often stimulate increased secretion of stomach juices causing discomfort and irritation. And you should also know that hot spices promote accumulation of fat in the stomach area. That’s why avoiding hot spices is highly beneficial in order to reduce belly fat.

5. CARBOHYDRATES

We all love carbs and we eat them every day, right? Pasta, bread, sweets and other carbohydrate-rich food is detrimental for the fat-burning process. Instead, you should include more protein-rich food into your diet.

6. SAY “YES” TO FRUIT

Yes, we all know that fruit is loaded with fiber and fructose, which provide your body with a lot of energy, slow down your metabolism and keep you full longer. When it comes to belly fat, certain fruits are more beneficial than others. For instance, pears or apples will give your body more fructose which will slow down your metabolism. Citrus fruit, on the other hand, is more beneficial for reducing belly fat. So, if you want to get rid of the belly fat, you should avoid these foods. It will speed up the weight loss process and you will lose weight much faster. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.

6 Women Christian Men Should Avoid

 

A Woman Who Doesn’t Believe

This is the most important factor of all.  Since we are commanded to not be unequally yoked with nonbelievers, then how much more so should a man not even consider dating someone who doesn’t believe (2 Cor 6:14)?  A Christian man should never consider dating an unbeliever, just as no woman should ever think about dating a nonbelieving man.  It’s foolish to think that you can date her and lead her to saving faith in Christ. This could certainly backfire on you.

Women Who Don’t Put God First

This may be one of the greatest factors for men to consider in not dating a woman.  If a woman never puts God first, then she may be putting herself first.  If she doesn’t put God first, then she’ll likely have you way down on her priority list, too.  No woman or man, for that matter, who doesn’t seek God and His kingdom first and foremost (Matt 6:33) should ever be dated

Women Who Don’t Like Children

Men should avoid dating any woman who doesn’t like children. What happens if this arrangement leads to marriage and later on there are children born into your family?  You can sense how she might be around children in church or in public, but you can also tell by her regard for children in general during conversations.  There is nothing more revealing about a person’s character than the way they react to children when encountered.

Women Who Don’t Pray

If you are considering dating a woman but have never had any inclination that this woman prays, then this could be a sign that she would not be a good match for you.  I believe that prayer is the pulse of the believer’s spiritual life, and if there is no prayer, there is no pulse.

Women Who Speak Ill of Their Parents

Do you know how this woman treats her mother?  How does she speak about her father?  Is there a good relationship with her parents?   If you have started to date or are considering dating a woman, first meet her parents or ask her about her parents and see how she speaks about them.   If there is no natural respect or love for her parents, maybe you could ask her why.  No one has perfect parents, of course, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still try to honor them.

Women With Warning Signs

Another type of woman who men should not consider dating is one who drinks in excess or has a substance abuse problem.  There are warning signs that are sometimes present, such as drinking early in the day or taking an inordinate amount of pills, even if they are prescribed.   She may have a valid reason for taking medicine, but if you sense in your heart that something is wrong, ask her why she might be taking certain medications.  There is nothing wrong with asking someone you are considering dating a few questions if you have concerns.  A woman who’s not trying to hide anything shouldn’t have any hesitation in addressing your concerns.

Conclusion

Before a man dates any woman, be as sure as you can that she’s been born again and has shown fruits of conversion (John 15).  Dating can often lead to marriage, but no marriage is always better than a bad one because it could lead to a potential divorce, and God never intended for a man and a woman to divorce, but to marry until death do they part.