There is a God-given void in every person ever born.  From the “womb to the tomb” most will attempt to fill that void with everything and anything this world has to offer.  The more the void is stuffed with non-essentials the bigger the void gets.  Only Jesus Christ can fill that void.  We of the apostolic faith are often called “Jesus only” but when it comes down to it “Only Jesus” can satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart, because no one ever will love us like He does.  Perfect love shed His blood at Calvary, but we must access that love His way through repentance and the water and Spirit birth.   There is no other name but the name of Jesus whereby we must be saved.

Who would have thought that Washington,D.C.would experience the tremors of a 5.9 earthquake?  In Joel’s Rosenberg’s newsletter he says, “What if these events are not all random?  What if the God of the Bible is allowing these to happen to shake us, to wake us, to get our attention, that we might turn to Him and ask Him to have mercy on us and help us?  The Lord said through the ancient Hebrew Prophet Haggai that the nations would be shaken in the future.” 

“For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land.  I will shake all the nations.  I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations.”  (Haggai 2:6, 6, 21, 22)   Now would be a good time to rededicate ourselves to praying and fasting for America and Israel at this critical time and turning our hearts to spending more time in the Scriptures.”

There is a distorted western gospel (there really is no other gospel) that has equated prosperity with godliness, and absence of affliction as a sign of the favor of God.  Some go so far as to believe that modern-day Christians will escape all suffering.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and His Word is forever established.  If the early Christians were willing to be martyred for the cause of Christ how much more should we, who are anticipating the Lord’s return, be willing to suffer affliction and persecutions.  Many believers in other parts of the world are already being severely persecuted for even mentioning the name of Jesus.

 The shaking of the nations (earthquakes, tsunami’s) are a physical shaking – persecution for believing Jesus is the “Only” way to salvation is emotional.  Both “shakings” will be experienced by believers.  The early apostles counted it all joy when they suffered for the name of Jesus and the cause of Christ.

 “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, he also will deny us.”  2 Timothy 2:12

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