Are We Getting It Wrong About the Damascus Prophecy?

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. -Isaiah 17:1

Many are saying, and I’m one of them, that soon Damascus will be a ruinous heap. I imagine, though this is not in the scriptures, that Russia, Iran and Turkey will gather together to shoot nuclear bombs at Israel to wipe her out and God’s hand of protection will intercept causing those bombs to fall on Damascus.  But in this post by Bill Wilson is a challenge to our prophetic leaning concerning Damascus:

The context of Isaiah 17 is judgment on nations that come against Israel, beginning with Assyria in Chapter 9 and continuing with Palestina, Moab, Ethiopia, Egypt, Shebna, and Tyre through Chapter 24. The phrase “In/At that day” is mentioned no less than four times in this short chapter of 14 verses. This phrase is an indicator for the Day of the Lord, meaning when the Lord returns to judge the nations that came against Israel. Verse 7 says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” Verse 11 speaks that the harvest shall be a day of grief and of desperate sorrow. Context is key. It’s dangerous to take just one verse and develop a scenario or doctrine around it. In Syria, we are seeing prophetic movement, but we will know when God fulfills the prophecy. It will be clear. The Daily Jot

What is the day of the Lord?

(be patient with this video-it has some interesting things to say about the recent US led bombings near Homs and Damascus!)

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How to Give and Take Criticism…

Dealing with criticism is a skill every well-adjusted man should possess. We give and take criticism among our co-workers, our friends, and our family. Criticism is an important part of our personal self-improvement, for it is other people who can point out mistakes and shortcomings that we can’t see because we lack objectivity. Unfortunately, many young men today don’t know how to offer and accept criticism like a man. Instead they handle criticism like little boys. When giving criticism, they opt only to give snide, cutting jabs that do nothing to improve the situation. When receiving criticism, they sulk, make excuses, and argue with the person criticizing them. Ask any teacher who has the nerve of giving a student a poor grade. Today’s students will cry and whine their way to a better one. Or worst of all, have their parents intervene. They simply don’t know how to respectfully accept criticism.

Okay, I know this is a blog for men but this advice about giving and taking criticism is wise for women to heed, too….we ladies can be rather catty and “little girl” bratty with one another when in disagreements…and what about this practice in our marriages and families?

Read and watch the videos here: How to Give and Take Criticism like a Man

hattip to Phil Brown, the Lutheran Baptist

 

Startling Proofs – Does God Really Exist

“Life! Life! Eternal life!”

John-Bunyan“When a person becomes a Christian, it is no longer a priority to listen to the world. It is no longer a priority to care what the world may think. Everything changes. The world looks completely different. All of the temporal pleasures of this world become less enjoyable because a greater joy has been found. Thus you place your fingers in your ears, for you no longer care about the world’s opinion, and you run like a lunatic crying,  ‘Life! Life! Eternal life!'”

~ John Bunyan 1628-1688

National Day of Repentance April 30th National Day of Prayer May 4th

“Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One…they are utterly estranged. Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God you people of Gomorrah! When you come to appear before Me, who has required of you this trampling of My courts? When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. (ed. note: abortions)

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before My eyes; cease to do evil,…If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” (Isaiah 1: 4,10,12,15-17a, 19)

Read more and for a prayer list go here: Repent America

National Day of Repentance website

Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
Into the house of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord.
Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is at hand;
It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.
~Joel 1:14-15

“Repent” was the very first word Jesus preached. It’s the key to come into His Kingdom. It’s a privilege and a vital spiritual discipline to purify as a member of His royal priesthood. The Risen Christ calls each of us daily to be zealous to repent so that we can overcome and sit on His throne as He overcame and sits on His Father’s throne. (Revelation 3:19-21)

The need for personal and national repentance has never been more obvious. We need the help of the Lord to resolve our problems in every nation. His strategy needs to be followed: IF His people called by His name humble themselves and pray, seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven, forgive sin, and heal a land. (2 Chronicles 7:14).

In the United States April 30 has, since 2011, been proclaimed by a growing number of believers as a “national day of repentance” for several reasons: it was the day George Washington “so help me God” was inaugurated in 1789; it was the day set aside by Congress and President Lincoln in 1863 for a “National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer”; it was the day picked by Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield for the same purpose in 1973; it precedes the first Thursday in May, the National Day of Prayer each year. Placing repentance before prayer is a prerequisite for God to hear our prayers. And this year a call has gone out for a National Day of Worship on April 29, the day before this day of repentance. From this article: Now More Than Ever

America, bless God!

Deception of Humanism and Its Cure

Netanyahu Forced to Stand Against The United Nations

Bible prophecy happening in our time~