The prophet Zechariah had a vision of a rider on a red horse (Zech. 1:7-17). This rider turned out to be THE (in Hebrew THE is emphasized) Angel of the LORD (capital LORD). Here, THE Angel of the LORD is Jesus (verse 11).
There were other riders on horses behind Jesus. Zechariah asked about them and he was told, “These are they whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth” (Zech. 1:9-10).
This group of riders was an angel patrol that God had sent to patrol the earth. These angels had just returned with a report, “We have walked to and fro through the earth, and behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest” (Zech. 1:11). They found peace all over the earth.
In the last 5,000 years, historians say there have been more than 4,000 wars. Peace on earth is very rare. This time of peace on earth was at the end of the Babylonian captivity, and it was one of those very rare occasions…. read more
In Colombia, child believers are at risk of banishment and arrest from their own communities governed by tribal law. There’s a spiritual darkness along the scenic Caribbean coast of Colombia (#50 on the World Watch List).
In the Sierra Nevada mountains of Santa Marta live multiple indigenous people groups, each with their own language and customs. Yet they are united in one key way: they all persecute and drive out anyone who claims the name of Christ. Over the last decade, there has been a significant increase of violent incidents against indigenous Christians, even children. This has resulted in many Christians fleeing their villages looking for a place to live and worship in peace. A few months ago, we had the privilege of meeting brothers Jonathan* and Samuel.*
It’s 5:00 a.m. at the Casita. Today the oppressive heat has been replaced with a comfortable morning breeze that greets the locals as they wake…. read more
He’s the NFL’s youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl. Now the man without a losing-season during his 11 years at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Coach Mike Tomlin, has another mission.
“I’m a slave stealer!” he told CBN Sports.
This field general has an off-field mission that recently stole his heart – helping to rescue children from enslavement.
Leave it to a head coach to call an audible at a press conference to announce that the Steelers are supporting an agency that rescues kids from sex trafficking. Operation Underground Railroad is a group made up of former law enforcement and former Navy Seals who work with local law enforcement that go undercover in a dark, dark world…. read more
A new generation discovers their greater calling.
Anyone who has worked in youth ministry before is familiar with the question, “So how do I know God’s will/hear His voice?”
Very few, though, have heard it while working in a country under Sharia Law or Islamic law (derived from the precepts of Islam). At this camp, the question carries a gravity to it. These Christian teenagers face intense pressure in their day-to-day lives, and spiritual survival depends on the answer.
“The faith of the youth in this country is rather fragile,” a pastor told Open Doors last year. “Everything they face outside the church walls is Islam. Our government has incorporated Islamic values and systems into all its administrative policies.”
The effect on national education has impacted young believers the most…. read more
With his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump gave a Hanukka gift to the Jewish people. But he also gave a Christmas gift to the American people.
Trump’s gift to Israel is not merely that 68 years after Israel declared Jerusalem its capital, the US finally recognized Israel’s capital.
In his declaration, Trump said, “Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.”
By stating this simple truth, Trump fully rejected the anti-Israel legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama.
In his speech in Cairo in 2009, Obama intimated that Israel’s legitimacy is rooted in the Holocaust, rather than in the Jewish nation’s millennial attachment to the Land of Israel…. read more
Do you remember the song “Signs” by the Five Man Electrical Band? This popular tune made it all the way to number 3 on the Billboard charts during the summer and fall of 1971. The refrain concludes with the words, “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, sign, sign, sign.”
Now that I have that song firmly ensconced in your mind, I will move on to a different type of sign that I see everywhere I look. These multiple signs point to the coming tribulation and the end of the age.
Many today ignore these signs, believing that our day is no different than any other previous time in history. I beg to differ with this sentiment. I believe there is something radically different about what we are now witnessing today in our world.
The signs we see today differ in many ways from any previous time in history. We see it in the exactness with which Old Testament prophecies are coming alive before our eyes. We see it in the increased intensity and frequency of the signs Jesus gave to us. We see it in the great number of signs that all point to the rapidly approaching tribulation…. read more
God was sitting in heaven one day when a scientist said to Him, “God, we don’t need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing – in other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning.”
“Oh, is that so? Explain…” replies God. “Well,” says the scientist, “we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man.”
“Well, that’s very interesting… show Me.”
So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil into the shape of a man. “No, no, no…” interrupts God, “Get your own dirt.”
Many of you have probably heard this light-hearted joke before, but I think it fits into what I would like to talk about. This world belongs to God; earth and all that is in it, on it and around it. God created it out of nothing, along with the solar system we are in, including all the other millions, billions, trillions plus of other solar systems. Our God created everything out of … N-O-T-H-I-N-G. Only God can do that.
It all comes down to one reality.
“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.” (Deuteronomy 10:17)… read more
(wording from the video) …..What I believe personally friends and we will maybe we’ll keep this as our filter for looking at everything and it’s what God’s Word says in Zechariah chapter 12 verses 1 to 3 and I’ll read it to you Zechariah 12 1 begins by saying the burden of the word of the Lord against Israel or regarding Israel thus says the lord who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding nations when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem and it shall happen in that day that i will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all nations all who heave it away will surely be cut in pieces though all the nations of the earth be gathered against it and I’m not going to get into the deep theology of this stuff other than to say that there was the near fulfillment of that and the far fulfillment we are now living in the age of the far fulfillment meaning this friends meaning this Israel is the epicenter of everything that’s going on in the world today and you might say well jack that’s a radical huge statement but spiritually I’m speaking spiritually this is a very critical issue because if you believe the Bible if you’ve read God’s Word look at the book of Daniel that behind the nation’s there are spirit powers in play Daniel show as graphically so I would submit you today that there are demon and heavenly angelic powers behind the policies and the actions of the United States of Canada I think you know where I’m going with Russia with Israel with Iran with North Korea and I want you to be thinking outside the the news headline cycle look at the spiritual powers that are behind what’s going on the reason why I say that is because the Bible announces that Jerusalem is going to be the epicenter of nation’s problems in the last days I’m holding in my hand right now today’s news this is December 1st right now this is the United Nations today the UN marks Palestine day with fresh slew of resolutions condemning Israel and the fine print it says for the first time the United Kingdom England breaks with the European Union and votes against resolutions calling on Israel to give away the Golan Heights this is an amazing thing because we’re talking about right now a time when the nations of the world are forming to depose to destroy to unravel the only viable democracy in the Middle East where women have freedoms where Jew atheist and Muslim and Christian live together in harmony we’re talking about Israel and the United Nations wants to destroy Israel I find that fascinating in light of the passage I just read a moment ago but you guys we’re in such a moment of time right now where again Israel and Jerusalem is the burdensome stone and it’s increasing I’m gonna lay that out to you today ask yourself this question with all the new cycles taking place is Jerusalem and Israel the topic of conversation it’s pretty amazing that Israel’s fighting for her right to exist exactly as the Bible warned us about the second thing I want to talk about you guys is obviously what’s pressing for all of us in the West and when I say West I’m including all of us that live around the Pacific Rim and that is the fact that the United States…. listen to video