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  1. I sent an email to the police department where my father committed criminal acts (March 2017). It was an addendum to two more lengthier emails I originally sent in 2012 and 2015. Long story. Short version: My father was a pedophile and a serial killer. He's never been caught and prosecuted. After sending the newest addendum about the FBI coming to my father's house, the cold case officer sent me an email to call him. He gave me his cell phone number. Now I'm freaked out. My brain is going through all of these gyrations including doubting everything I remember and saying maybe I'm doing it for attention, etc. Though who would want attention for this? Not me. I would rather go hide in a corner and forget about ever reporting this to the authorities. Yet the other part of me knows it was best to send the anecdotal stories to the police. I've had numerous strange dreams ever since I got the officer's cellphone number. The last time I spoke with an officer it was really hard; I shook all over during the call and afterward. I was afraid the guy would think I was a nut case and just seeking attention. My therapist encouraged me to report my father's criminal acts to the police. I had originally called another police department in a different state back in 1988/89 when I first started to remember my childhood. What gave me encouragement was the fact that the officer found the place I described and it looked exactly as I said. He was shocked that I had such a vivid memory of the building thirty-two years after the incident occurred. I told him it came through nightmares. Please pray for me. Pray that I'd have the strength to call the officer back and talk to him. And pray that I'll not freak out inside like the last time.
  2. Can anyone pray for my daughter. She is not doing well right now. She wants to move to another state without funds of any kind. She was harass by someone this last year. So she does not feel safe in our area. She lives with me right now but wants to move in the next three weeks. I told her it's not a safe idea. But will not listen. I am praying she will not do this but she is head strong about it. I think Satan is leading her to make this mistake. She has very little funds so she could become without a place to live wherever she goes. I don't get it. Thanks for any prayers God bless.
  3. I'm praying for you, sister ... one thing you can be assured of, you are not crazy. Praying for your peace of mind, for strength, and protection, in Jesus' name!!!! Hugs.... Abby
  4. Praying for you. I'm glad you've asked for prayer. I hope you're doing well today. Be purposeful about filling your time with things of God. Life with God is exciting. Seek Him, rather than an experience to replace former habits and addictions.
  5. Hello Shalom again and "Shavua'tov" (Have a good week) I just saw one of the forum places, "Humor and having a good laugh" where humorous poems and short stories are placed, Well, one of my ministries is sharing through creative writing, they may not be funny, although, who knows, one might get a laugh or two somewhere in those stories. Most are faith themes short fiction, but with Biblical backgrounds, I'd like to share them with you all, some are taken from my own life back in the early 1960s, now if you can think of a better sub-forum to place them, let me know. Ben Avraham PIC: Morning sunrise on the Sea of Galilee, at Tiberius, 6:50AM, July, 2015
  6. Welcome to Worthy! What so you think of the Bible?
  7. BENJAMYN’S WISH (an ancestral reflection) By J. Ben Avraham It was early autumn in the year 1495 when John Benjamyn senior took his young son, also named John, to watch the ocean waves break onto the shores of Cornwall. “Out there to the West” said John to his son, pointing across the wide expanse of the Atlantic waters, “lies a new land. There must be many adventures awaiting those who have the courage to cross these waters.” “But father” replied young John a little surprised, “I thought the world was flat?” “Nay” said John Senior with a smile, “The navigator Christopher Columbus proved that the world is indeed round, why just three years ago he arrived to a new continent in three small ships sailing West across these same waters.” “really” replied his son somewhat amazed, “can it really be true?” “Yes son” said his father placing his arm around his son's shoulders, “even in Holy writ the Word of God says; “It is He who sits upon the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22). “Someday I hope that one of our descendants will brave these waters and cross over into the new world. I also hope that from our family line will come a teacher of God's Word, to teach all those who would listen, yes, even there in that new world of unknown peoples, unknown to us but known to God.” John Benjamyn and his son smiled at each other and embraced, sharing a wish, a prayer that would hopefully come true one day in future generations. The two stood there together gazing at the wide expanse of the ocean, an ocean that divided two continents which would one day join together in trade and commerce. It came to pass that one hundred years later, the seed of the Benjamyn family brought forth a daughter whose name was Ann. One day Ann, with babe in arms, walked with her husband, John Ellis, to the same water's edge. Together they gazed across the great expanse of the sea and Ann shared the dream of her great-grandfather, John Benjamyn. “Goodwife Ann”, began her husband, “you will be happy to know that indeed, your family's wish will come true, for I have decided to sell our humble place and book passage on a ship that will take us to the new world, Yes, to the colonies of America.” “Oh, how wonderful, how exciting dear husband” replied Ann with joy, “Imagine the three of us in the new world, you, me, and our little Richard, making a new beginning, a new life, in a new world.” John, Ann, and baby Richard in arms, embraced. They would begin a new life, face hardships together, in the British colonies of America. It was a cold, mid-January morning in the year 1619 when the three boarded ship, bound for the colony in Massachusetts. Three months later, they disembarked and settled near what would known as Plimoth by next years frost. Eventually, the humble Ellis-Benjamyn family moved inland and built a permanent home in Water Town. John and Ann shared their ancestor's dream with their son Richard who later became a wheelwright and a surveyor. He also joined the local militia which had its beginning with Capt Standish of the Mayflower. In the year 1643, Richard Ellis officially joined the local Puritan church. One Sunday afternoon he met with the minister and shared his heart. “Thou teacheth well Holy Writ Reverend Walcott” began Richard, “and twas the desire of a great ancestor of mine, John Benjamyn, that from his seed might come forth one who would teach Holy Writ, just as thou doeth.” “Tis a goodly wish Goodman Richard, and tis an honor and great responsibility to teach from God's Word.” replied the minister. “Believest thou that the LORD has thus called thee for such a task? To learn and teach His Holy Scriptures?” questioned the good Reverend Walcott, somewhat surprised. “Nay” replied Richard sadly, slowly shaking his head, “I am a militiaman and a surveyor of these good lands. I have not the head for such holy matters, but perhaps, after me, such a descendant will be born from my seed, one who will indeed learn and teach the LORD's Holy Word.” “Yes” replied the Rev. Walcott as he placed his arm around Richard's shoulder, “Tis a noble task indeed to teach from Holy Writ, but many do not take heed to the truth of scripture, adhering instead to superstition.” “Ay” replied Richard sadly, “some here do indeed think upon things of devilry, and of seeing specters of such types. May Providence guide one who would come after me to take up the noble task such as yours, to teach from the LORD's Word.” “Yes” said Reverend Walcott, “The LORD will indeed honor your ancestor's wish, someone will indeed come from your seed and will learn and teach the Words of God to all who would have ears to hear.” And the years passed, and in 1692, when Richard Ellis was in his 73rd year of life, he happened to pass by the town of Salem and indeed, he witnessed the sad result of those who would follow superstition. There were those who cried out “witch” and others who fell victim to those cries of fear, and ended up on the hangman's noose. 80 years went by and the descendants of the Ellis-Benjamyn family grew in number. It was the 18th day of April in the year 1775, when Abijah Fisher, descendant of the Ellis and Benjamyn family, invited his good friend, the most reverend minister of Mystic Village Church, to his house to share conversation. It was late into the night and the two were still deep in words; “Did I tell you, dear Reverend, the wish and prayer of my great ancestor John Benjamyn?” “No, dear friend, you didn't, but say on and I will listen to your tale” replied the good parson of Mystic Village church. So Abijah Fisher told the story of Benjamyn's wish, to have one who would come forth from his seed who would teach the Holy Scriptures, to all who would have ears to hear and heart to receive. “It is indeed a serious matter to teach God's Word” said the parson. “One must study hard and understand scripture, and thus convey God's message to the people. It is indeed a calling of great value. What say you dear Abijah, do you feel you have this calling?” Abijah Fisher thought about what the parson had just said. He sat down on the porch of his humble house, and the parson sat down next to him. They both sat there for a few minutes without speaking. Finally, Abijah lifted up his voice and spoke his honest reply. “I enjoy hearing you expound the word of God” began Abijah, “I have learned much from your messages, but for me, to teach God's word, that is another matter. I think not that my mind could fathom such a matter. Perhaps one who will come after me will have that special calling dear reverend.” “Yes” replied the minister nodding his head, “there will come a descendent from your seed, which began with your ancestor John Benjamyn, who will be called by God to teach and expound His word. Such a prayer never goes unanswered, for the LORD hears from heaven and in His perfect timing, will raise up such a person.” The two men nodded in agreement. In time, the wish, the prayer of John Benjamyn would come to pass. The two continued to talk, other issues came to mind; the state of affairs in the colonies, the unfair taxation, the housing of British soldiers and other things. It was near midnight when the two men heard a noise coming from up the road, a noise of a galloping horse and its rider shouting something. As the horse and rider passed by the house, the two men stood up to get a better view of the fellow on his fast galloping steed. They heard the rider announce his warning; “The British are coming!” “The British are coming!” So the years passed, and the generations of John Benjamyn came and went, and the family tree grew larger and larger. Now it came to pass that in the year 1895 a daughter was born to Thomas and Sarah Hughes. Their daughter's name was Willeta. In time, Willeta came to marry Leonard Groh, whose ancestors came from Germany, and East Europe, many of who were Ashkenazi Jews. Leonard and Willeta also had a son who they named Leonard. Leonard Jr. married a lady named Mary Balabain, whose family came from Turkey. Leonard and Mary had three children; Christine, Bruce, and in 1954, their third child, James, was born. James grew up and became known by his Hebrew name; Jacob, Jacob Ben Avraham, which means “one who follows the faith of Abraham” Jacob went to Bible College and then to a Messianic Yeshiva School. In 2005 he was ordained as Messianic rabbi and now teaches Holy Writ to all who would have ears to hear and an understanding mind, and also to write short stories and poems. Yes, dear great, great, many times great, grandfather Benjamyn. Your wish, your prayer came true, for from your seed came one who would teach Holy Writ. PIC: sitting by the ruins of the synagogue at Magdala, the town of Mary Magdalene. Yeshua visited this synagogue during the time he ministered on earth.
  8. my real name is alberjo gustavo, i like reading books, specially philosophical books.
  9. President Trump made a major announcement on Friday, revealing one of the nation’s largest telecommunications company would create 20,000 jobs and invest over $25 billion in the United States, reports Fox News. “Today I am thrilled to announce that Charter Communications has just committed to investing $25 billion… with a ‘B’, $25 billion… and has committed further to hiring 20,000 American workers over the next four years,” said the President. 3/24 Hannity.Com God bless our president and the USA!
  10. Thank you all for your welcome, I had joined back in 2014, but somehow, the website eluded me, maybe the web address slid behind the desk in front of the wall, and I juts found it a week ago, you know, when you do your yearly room cleaning and you find all sorts of lost things, I will post some "Parashot" under the forum section "Understanding Hebrew roots" since it seems like the most logical place to put these "Midrashim" (studies and commentaries on the WORD) You might ask; "What is a Parashah? or plural Parashot" It is a series of bible verses that are studied and discussed every week on the Sabbath. The selections come from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and for Messianic believers , from the New Covenant (New Testament) this started during the expulsion of the Jews from Israel by the Babylonians, now they had no temple to study the Torah, so, what could they do? They started meeting in houses to discuss the Torah, some of these houses developed into Synagogues, so the practice continued. We read through the whole 5 books of the Pentateuch in a years time, with 52 reading selections, Right now, 3/25/2017, we are finishing the Book of Exodus, so there is a double Parashah "VaYahkel" (and he assembled) and "P'Kudei" (accountings of) from chapters 35-40 in Exodus. SO, look for this Parashah study today in "Hebrew Roots" section of the Forum, (and every Saturday there will be a new Parasha) Shabbat Shalom.....rabbi Ben Avaraham PIC: Me in Yaffa-Tel Aviv, July, 2015 during volunteer service supporting the IDF
  11. I don't know if it's Soros but I know SOMEONE is hiring them. The thing is....will they be worth it? I don't seem them having any influence on anyone who isn't already brainwashed.
  12. Absolutely. I don't remember ONE time that Obama advanced investment in this country. He was more interested in other countries and what they thought of us which, to me, is a big yawn. America first. and Trump rocks.
  13. I agree! It's always thrilling to read our country is coming back from all those efforts made in the past to bring us down.
  14. How do you fight for your marriage and be strong when your husband has decided that he wants to be single, because he is struggling with list of the flesh?
  15. Yes,IainL South Africans can join the race that never ends,lol Oh no worthy,you can count on me not being here for very long.......I have many things to do that do not leave much spare time,I can't imagine how anyone can spend much time in any particular place that has no resolve...... I suppose its supposed to be entertainment?See ya,gotta run,I'll have to ignore the notifications,they keep sending me here...oi vey!
  16. Yes,yes I did Peeps......it's a very heart wrenching memory really.......we took several trips together to local wooded areas to start & then back up to Hunter a few times ,each time he would go further & further from me for longer & longer periods of time,the last time I let me go he was gone quite a long time & when I started the engine to leave he must've heard it & chasen the vehicle for a long way,I kept seeing him in the rear view mirror my heart telling me to stop & hold him in my arms but my mind said "Keep going ,let him be free"......I could barely see where I was going behind the tears.......thats the real end of the story......I never skied Hunter again,never returned to the mountain
  17. @kwikphilly Do you see what he said??? Logan Logan No honey,I missed that but since I noticed it now don't you worry about that,momma is never wrong Of course you are LAST......because you are FIRST in my book Love ,Momma
  18. It is always nice when Logan claims last especially when he claims her from OO It is Mothers day and the first day of Summer here at last so an hour less in bed ( not that my dogs care as they are not watch dogs so don't know how to tell the time )
  19. Welcome To Worthy Gustavoo!!
  20. Thanx for your replies everyone. I feel welcomed.
  21. Thank you for asking, Shel. All itchiness and rashes are gone. Thank God. The friendship is dwindling away. And I'm ready for it to go now. It took awhile for me to accept the loss. I am at peace with where things are going with the relationship.
  22. Hey where did you find that awesome pic of enoob? @enoob57
  23. Welcome to Worthy Butterfly happy to have you here with us.
  24. Welcome To Worthy Butterfly28!!
  25. Hi Butterfly, Welcome. Nice to meet you
  26. What Did Isaiah See? Jn 12:37-41 “But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: “He  has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.” These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.” The subject [Him] is Jesus. John states that when Isaiah wrote these words down he saw Jesus. But when did Isaiah see Jesus for Isaiah lived during the 8th century BC? Note it was when Isaiah said the above things. Is 6:10-11 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ “Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed.” So what did Isaiah see when he wrote this. Is 6:1-4 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” … 5… For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Isaiah wrote that he saw God in all His Glory. John states that Isaiah saw Jesus. Now some say that what Isaiah saw was the glory of God that was bestowed on Jesus.  Is 42:8 I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images. Side Note: Is 6:8Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Jesus states that no one has seen or heard The Father. Jn 6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Jn 5:37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nnor seen His form. Luke writes in Acts that it was the HS that spoke to Isaiah. Acts 28:25 The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: 26 "Go to this people, and say, You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. 27 For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.' Premise 1 John states that Isaiah saw the glory of Jesus. Premise 2 Isaiah states he saw the glory of God Premise 3 God states that He does not share His glory with anyone. Premise 4 Jesus states that no one has seen or heard the Father. Premise 5 Luke states that it was the HS that spoke to Isaiah Premise 6 We have plurality in Is 6:8 Conclusion Isaiah saw and heard the Triune God.
  27. Jesus said, My yoke is easy and my burden is light? Kind off like Cast your cares on me? What does it mean exactly? An example would be helpful.
  28. I'd like to share my poetry. If anyone wants to share their poetry with me, you're more than welcome to do so. A PSALM OF STRUGGLE My soul is crying out to God For Mercy and Justice For Self and Others Like Paul, I hate what I do, And what I don't hate, I don't do There are ugly things in my heart It was revealed to me in the wilderness And depression sucks the life out of me Out of the depths of the sting of Painful Memories My friends have forsaken me, My enemies are nearby, they Can surround me at any time My divided heart is stubborn so its rebellious Carried away by winds of adversity... I will have to fight to gain the prize What is the prize? A pure heart that seeks humility And grows sunflowers in the midst of brokenness. When will I learn to surrender? When will I learn to be faithful? Will God turn his face away from me? Oh my soul, how foolish are your thoughts! When will you learn to rejoice Before your vain mind grows dark? My idols do not leave me. My stony heart needs water Of the living word of God. A hypocrite who seeks to be whole... Let not my anger get the best of me. Strengthen me, oh God, before my body turns to dust, And I'm forgotten. Teach me how to fear you and to surrender... Give me a love for your word, my enemies, and your chastisement.
  29. Hi delade3, The promise in the book of Jeremiah is to Israel. If you would read the context you would see - `For thus says the Lord: after seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you & perform my good word towards you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and a hope. Then you will call upon me .....and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from the places where I have driven you...` (Jer. 29: 10 - 14) Nothing to do with the Body of Christ, which was not revealed to the OT prophets. We are not the centre of God`s word. We read it to learn of God`s character & His purposes through Christ. Remember Stephen the martyr, well do you think he was saying to God as he was being stoned, "Is this the plans you have for me, for peace & hope?" No. God`s plan is to make us like Christ, & that means going through trials & tribulations. Don`t be lulled or drawn into fleshly hopes. Marilyn.
  30. Yes, about the Messiah, and Christs literal acts and words revealed this progression and when we look back at scripture post His revelation we see the clear typology. What you're doing is simply throwing out the word "progressive revelation" in the hopes that it'll do the heavy lifting for your view, without actually exegeting scripture. You might as well say "Exegesis says I'm right and you're wrong, or Good Hermeneutics says I'm right" But worse, if anything you've shot the entire traditionalist case in the foot, because now the proof texts for eternal conscious torment are only proof texts if correct exegesis is overruled by the assumption that progressive revelation reveals that the fate of the lost is eternal conscious torment. But you haven't shown that eternal conscious torment has been progressively revealed, so this is all just question begging.
  31. Nowhere does the Bible teach that death = separation. This notion comes from Plato which is ironic given the fact that you've accused me of using philosphy instead of scripture to argue my case. "We believe, do we not, that death is the separation of the soul from the body, and that the state of being dead is the state in which the body is separated from the soul and exists alone by itself and the soul is separated from the body and exists alone by itself? Is death anything other than this?" - Plato’s Phaedo, section 64c It is also through Plato that the notion that all souls including the unsaved are immortal comes from. When the Bible refers to the fate of the unsaved it never defines death as separation, but it regularly uses it in conjunction with words like perish and destroy.
  32. You are pretending that I am arguing for cessation of existence, but I have been very clear from the start that my position that the unsaved will die/perish/be destroyed. Pretending that I have made a different argument than that and going after that instead of what I actually argued is a strawman fallacy. Jesus' audience and Paul's audience didn't have the luxury of theological notions such as "progressive revelation", but instead knew the old testament very well. There is no reason to think that they wouldn't have taken a wooden literal view of terms such as smoke rising and eternal fire. Terms they were very familiar with. Likewise there is also no reason to think that they would have understand death/desctruction juxtaposed against eternal life as meaning any other than what they were familiar with. I'm happy to access if I have been guilty of bad exegesis, but merely asserting "you're wrong, because bad exegesis because progressive revelation" isn't an argument.
  33. Death is final. You don't remain conscious after death...
  34. Those souls who have died that are not believers are now in Hades. Those souls will reunite with their bodies at the end of the 1000 year millennium and that includes those who have been buried at sea and those who have been cremated. All will be judged according to what they have done while in their bodies on earth. Will there be different levels of punishment for those who are judged at the Great White Throne judgement? That is possible because of Revelation 20:11-15. I do not know what that includes. All will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and they will be tormented day and night with a conscious pain forever and ever and that is eternal never ending.They will be very aware of their surroundings. Matthew 25:41 2 Thessalonians 1:9 Revelation 4:8 Revelation 14:9-11 Revelation 20:10-15
  35. I'm happy assuming death as non-existence for the sake of argument and I agree physical bodies eventually disintegrate, but I don't wanna get bogged down with the cessation of existence business. For me the key issue is the language of death and destruction. I suppose you can see it as a cumulative case. On one hand you have the conditionalist argument that states that only the saved will have eternal life. The unsaved therefore will die. This makes no claim about what's left when they die. Only that they die. Then a futher case can be make that nothing will be left over, but that is a seperate argument which I have no interest in. Does it really matter if whether I believe there'll be corpses left over after the second death or nothing? Or how long the corpses will remain? Well, hang on, your language here is a little loaded because, when you're saying "existence with respect to human life" you're talking about human life and it's existence, which is obviously not true for inanimate objects. Existence proper, however is just being. Things that are in the world exist, but not all things that are in the world are alive. So existence cannot possibly be identical to alive. I mean, suppose you asked a doctor to check whether a person lying in a hospital bed is alive, will he point at the human body resting on the bed and say, "well he is there, so he must be alive", or is being alive different from merely being here, i.e. existing? Would consciousness for instance be a sufficient condition for the doctor to say the person is alive?
  36. I believe that Scripture teaches that everyone will exist forever, either in Heaven with Christ or in the Lake of Fire with Satan. It does make a difference because if those who aren't saved believe that they will not spend eternity in Hell but cease to exist, then they can feel that they really have nothing to lose; even if they do believe that those who are saved will live forever.
  37. Read the narrative in Jn 12. Jesus is the subject. When John wrote vs 41 ...Isaiah said when he saw His gory and spoke of Him.. 'His' and 'Him' = pronouns pronoun — A word that can substitute for a noun or noun phrase. Pronouns often refer back to a noun (the “antecedent”) that occurred in a previous sentence or phrase. Heiser, M. S., & Setterholm, V. M. (2013; 2013). Glossary of Morpho-Syntactic Database Terminology. Lexham Press. Who is the 'antecedent'? Vs. 36 = Jesus.
  38. You’re welcome, Your closest friendnt. Thank you, for your confidence in my reply. I’m fairly new to the faith, being born again only about 5 years or so now, so, I still have a lot to learn. I agree with you that there is a lot to learn about the early believers. I disagree with you here; You said: “It must have been Peter telling the Believers that the Lord is coming very soon and within their generation,” No, Peter isn’t at fault for the people not believing in the return of our Lord, Jesus. The mockers that were mocking, following after their own lusts, refers to unbelievers. They are not following God, they are following their own desires. We read this here; Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4 Basically, the unbelievers are calling Jesus, and his disciples, liars. Peter and the other Apostles didn’t teach that Jesus would return at a certain time, or in that specific generation. Jesus, himself, even stated that He didn’t know the day of His return. We read that here; “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone”… Mathew 24:36 In Mathew 24, we read of how the world will be when Jesus’ return is near, the “signs of the time”, so to speak. Believers, on the other hand, believe in the return of our Lord Jesus, and we even hope he comes soon, but it doesn’t upset us if we die before He returns, because we will be with Him either way. See? If He comes, we go to Him, if we die, we go to Him! So, either way, we get to be with Him! Now, we do grieve, when we think of all the unbelievers that will be dead in their sins at our Lords return, but to us, who have been born again unto new life, we have joy at the thought of being with our Lord. …in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8
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