8/6/20 – World Shakes With Signs of the Times

Greetings! Well this is my 9th blog and we are almost done exploring Matthew 24.  I have enjoyed hearing from you so please keep it up – subscribe, make comments, ask questions, leave prayer requests, and share my site with others.

How is your faith today?  I pray that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are leading in your life and reading my blog has been a positive experience for you.  Be persistent in your prayer praise, requests, and claiming promises. (Ephesians 6:18) God knew your earnest prayers before you spoke them and He will answer every prayer at the perfect time.  

Today we are going to talk about Matthew 24:7 concerning earthquakes.  In His short list of last day events found in Matthew 24, Jesus names earthquakes as an event to observe closely.  So let’s see what history has to say.

I have listed some facts I found on the internet :

  • USGS (United States Geological Survey) list data as follows: (note that the data only lists the number or earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 or higher)
    • 11th-18th Century – 68 category 6.0-9.9 earthquakes
    • 19th Century – 50 category 6.0-9.9 earthquakes
    • 20th Century – 375 category 6.0-9.9 earthquakes
    • 21st Century – 1589 category 6.0-9.9 earthquakes
  • list25.com lists top 25 worst earthquakes, 17 of the 25 are from 1900-2020.
  • livescience.com lists top 10 category 8.6-9.5 earthquakes from 1906-2011.

I need to state that the numbers have increased, in a small part, due to the increase in technology.  However, there is less disparity in higher magnitude earthquakes, which due to their size is easier to detect.  The greatest differences would be found, using technological detection, with earthquakes of a smaller magnitude. Also, I didn’t go back further than the 11th Century due to the lack of reliable records.   

Looking at the historical evidence, I would say that the frequency of earthquakes has increased dramatically in the past 100 years.  It is my personal belief, that a major reason the numbers and magnitude have dramatically increase is due to large quantities of fossil fuels being drawn out of the earth – which act as a friction buffer letting the plates move and shift less violently.

With each new step in my research, I am more convinced that Matthew 24 is speaking about our time in history.  But, we do have more research and other prophecies to take into consideration As we formulate our own decisions.  

I look forward to your return next blog.  I plan to start looking at the prophecy in Matthew 24:10 followed by verses 11 and 14.

Until then, may our Lord and Savior keep you from all harm! (Psalms 121:7)

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8/3/20 – Hunger Hunger Everywhere, Plenty of Food to Spare

Greetings!  If you have been keeping up with my blogs, feel free to send me comments, questions, and prayer requests.  If you are new to my site, glad you could join us and please subscribe and share if you like what you read.  Be sure to ask me questions if my information is not clear.  I am covering a lot of information with each blog, while keeping my words at a minimum.  I will be happy to clarify, thanks!

I pray with all sincerity that you are taking the shared promises to heart, concerning the loving protection God can provide, no matter the events here on Earth.  Ephesians 5:11-12,15 counsels us to be wise how we live, to know our enemy of darkness, but not to dwell on its disobedience.  Rather, we are counseled to dwell on the light of Jesus as His countenance exposes the darkness.  So our work is to surrender to Jesus, and He will show us the truth as He exposes, judges, and sentences those choosing to remain disobedient. It is through his power that we are able to see and understand the signs of His soon return.  While persistently praying for the influence of the Holy Spirit, this is my intent.

With that said, let’s take a look at Matthew 24:7 concerning famines and how it relates to our time in history.  Most of us probably know the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.  Way, way back when Egypt ruled the known world, God used his servant Joseph to save humankind from a 7 year famine.  (Genesis 41) so we have documentation that this crisis has been reoccurring for a very long time.  But, is it more prevalent and frequent today (remember- like birthing pains) than in previous history?  The Bible says it will in the last days, so let’s look at secular history.

Here are some historical facts that I found:

  • socialscienceinaction.org state that “more than 70 million people died in famines in the 20th Century.”
  • socialscienceinaction.org states “over 30 major famines” worldwide.
  • theconversation.com Daniel Maxwell states “Famine killed nearly 75 million people in the 20th Century.” Also, he states, “Famines in the 21st Century? It’s not for lack of food.”
  • theconversation.com See 1st chart inserted below. The site stated that famines dropped off from around 1980s to around 2017, but are making a resurgence, with 20 million at risk.
  • ourworldindata.org See 2nd chart inserted below. This organizations states “famine in China from 1956-61 was the single largest famine in history.” Up to 30 million died.
  • globalcitizen.org an article “How 6 Major Famines Changed the Past 100 years,” states that about 58 million people died during these 6 famines.

I must say, it was hard for me to read that many famines in the past 100 years were not due to a lack of food, but were the result of war, political agendas, and greed – to name a few causes. Again, there seems to be an unending amount of information on the web. But the few sources that I did state give strong evidence to the correlation between Matthew 24 prophesy and what we have witnessed in the past 100 years.

So far, I believe I have found convincing evidence, between wars and famine, to persuade me that the prophesy in Matthew 24 is relevant to our current time in history. In my next blog, I will look at earthquakes to see if there is evidence to add more threads to the correlation between the two.

Thanks for joining me! Until next time, may Almighty God preserve you until His great deliverance! (Genesis 45:7)

7/30/20 – World Powers Play King of the Mountain

Hi everyone!  Welcome new readers!  You may find it confusing to jump in without reading previous blogs, so feel free to go back. Please subscribe, comment, ask questions, leave prayer requests and share with others if you are interested in what I have to say. 

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Now that we are done with housekeeping,  let’s get going on the topic of “wars and rumors of wars” found in Matthew 24:6.

Just a quick review before we get started, I want to pray for the fulfillment of God’s promise in Psalms 46:1-3.  “He is our refuge in times of trouble, we are not to fear when waters roar and mountains quake, for He is our ever present help.” (paraphrased)  Also, in Matthew 24:6, Jesus states “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” NIV  

So, as with birthing pains (Matthew 24:8), have wars and conflicts been more frequent and more deadly in the past 100 years? 

  • In his book, The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, Niall Ferguson declares “the 20th Century was the bloodiest, most destructive century in human history.” 
  • Americandiplomacy.web.unc.edu supports Ferguson in stating, “the twentieth century was the bloodiest, most destructive century in human history.”
  • ThoughtCo.com lists as many as 29 wars and conflicts in the 20th Century.
  • Britannica.com lists 8 deadliest wars in the 21st Century.
  • Bring us to a total of more than 37 significant wars and conflicts in the last 100 years.

The resources are endless, yet they all seem to have close to the same amount of wars and conflicts. But what about the number of deaths?

  • In the early 1990s, Eric Hobsbawm, a historian, set the war and conflict death toll at 187 million people during the 20th Century.
  • Americandiplomacy.com.unc.edu states, “the century’s (20th century) two world wars resulted in the death of at least 60 million people.”
  • Necrometric.com lists the death toll at a minimum of 1 million in the 21st Century alone.  
  • That is a total of 188 million war/conflict deaths in the last 100 years.
  • Citeseerx.ist.psu.edu lists the 20th Century as having more than double the highest rate for war and conflict related death than any other century in history.   

Again, boundless resources and the majority were estimated due to the fact that incidentally related deaths, such as civilians, were not always taken into account or the tally was not known. Many genocides are not included in these numbers.  In Biblical times, most often only the men were counted. Jesus fed “five thousand men, besides women and children.” (Matthew 14:21)

It seems to me that historical documentation does support Jesus’ claim.  Yes, there have been wars since the beginning of time, starting with the conflict between Cain and Abel. (Genesis 4:8) which split the human race. However when we take a look at the last 100 years, there is a significantly noticeable difference – not only in frequency but intensity.  Jesus was accurate when comparing the signs to birthing pains.

Happy you could join me today. See you soon for my next blog. I will be blogging about Jesus’ claim in Matthew 24:7,  concerning famines in the last 100 years compared to history before that time.

Until then, may the Lord our God hide you in the shadow of His wings! (Psalms 17:8)

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7/27/20 – Breaking News! Jesus was Right

Hi everyone!  Welcome new readers!  Please read my first 5 blogs and subscribe to my site if you are interested in what I have to say.  Feel free to make comments, ask questions, leave prayer requests, and share with others.

Please remember the comforting reassurance of Bible promises such as Hebrews 13:5 where God tells us He will never leave us or forsake us.  So, we can rest in Jesus as we move forward with our exploration.

Let’s take a serious look at Matthew 24:6-8.  Jesus tells his Disciples to watch for three things, wars and rumors of wars, famine, and earthquakes. Like myself, you are probably thinking, “that’s nothing new, they have been happening since history began.” True, but then we read in verse 8 that Jesus compares these three types of events to a woman giving birth. Why?  He was telling His Disciples the difference between the past and the last century – the events would become more intense and increase in frequency.  Sounds very similar to the birthing pains to me.

 Ok, now this provokes several questions: 

  • Does Matthew 24:6-8 correlate with the past 100 or so years of Earth’s history?  
  • Is it relevant to the times in which we live as opposed to prior history?  
  • Can the last 100 or so years be worse than all past history combined?  
  • Is Matthew 24:8, birthing process, a legitimate metaphor for the last century?
  • Are the signs, in Matthew 24, becoming more intense and happening more often?

I honestly believe, by researching documented history of events happening from the early 1900s up through today and comparing the findings to the scriptures, we will discover a strong comparison between the two. It is my heartfelt opinion that we can answer yes to each of our questions. But let’s let history speak for itself.

I would like to take each sign and share my research and I invite you to do research on your own.  This, I am convinced, is a very important step in any process so that you can make an informed decision to agree or disagree.  I believe it is extremely important that we don’t accept another’s word at face value, but should always research and draw our own conclusions.

When Jesus’ disciples ask Him how they would know when Jesus would return and what signs they should look for (Matthew 24:3), what He shared with them has been devastating and destructive – enough to put fear in anyone’s heart.  What we are seeing today does put fear in the hearts of humankind and generates more questions:

  • Are we losing sight of the principles upon which our country (USA) was founded? 
  • If so, what is going on? 
  • What sinister plans/plots are at play, if any?  
  • Are we safe, will we be protected? 
  • How will we take care and provide for our family?

Let’s take a moment to assure ourselves with Jesus’ words of comfort In Matthew 24:6, Jesus states “You will hear of… but see to it you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” NIV  I love the fact that Jesus tells us not to be alarmed, because He abides in us and we abide in Him. And because of that He will be our refuge.  He will live out His saving power within us.

It was nice you could join me today. Hope you come back soon for my next blog. I will be blogging about Jesus’ claim in Matthew 24:7, concerning wars and conflicts in the last 100 years compared to history before that time.

Until then, may our God cloth you with His full set of armor. (Ephesians 6)

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7/24/20 – How We Know What We Don’t Know

Hi everyone!  Welcome new readers! Please read my first 4 blogs and subscribe to my site if you enjoy what I have to say.  Feel free to make comments, ask questions, leave prayer requests, and share with others.

Now that I have shared my testimony, my love for Jesus, and the compelling purpose behind my desire to create my blogs, I want to jump right in and take a serious look at what God’s Word has to say about end day events and the return of Jesus.  The greatest concentration of prophecy, concerning end day events and the return of Jesus, can be found in the Books of Daniel in the Old Testament, Revelation in the New Testament, and Matthew 24, also in the New Testament.  Even though there are more end day prophecies scattered throughout  the Bible, I will spend most of my time in these three areas of concentration.

We all know that our world is being bombarded with one crisis after another, but we aren’t quite sure we know what is the cause or what is going to happen – we are unsettled about our future.  Our intuition tells us we want answers and we want security.  And God has just what we are looking for, He is our port in the storm raging around us.  

But Before we get started, please be comforted by God’s promise in Psalms 46:1-3.  “He is our refuge in times of trouble, we are not to fear when waters roar and mountains quake, for He is our ever present help.” (paraphrased)  I pray that we can keep this promise foremost in our thoughts as we compare scripture to all the craziness going on around the world.  The events are much too close to home, even in our back yard so to speak, and it’s a new experience for most Americans.  I have thought many times in the past, “Oh, that will never happen in America.”  Hmmm, I have had to rethink that one.  

There are many signs and many events that must take place before Jesus returns.  He counsels us to watch for these signs so we are not caught unaware. He wants us to be informed so that we are ready for Him and so that we can’t be so easily fooled by lies and deceit.  In Matthew 24:24, Jesus tells the Disciples that the signs and wonders will be so great they could, if possible, deceive even the elect. (Jesus’ people)  It’s the disasters that scare us now, but there is a much greater danger in not knowing the signs so that we are not deceived into believing the worldly solutions when they oppose God’s Word.  

Turning to God and His Word has been my saving grace.  These days, while the world is full of doom and gloom, the Bible is full of hope and promise.  We are not alone, God is still in control, and Jesus is coming to take his people home. Hallelujah!

One last thought I need to make very clear.  I am not making any predictions or setting a date for Jesus’ return.  That would be a fruitless endeavor because no one knows, not even Jesus or the Angels. (Matthew 24:6) I just want to share the signs, given to us by Jesus, that signify His soon coming.

Glad you could join me today. Please come back soon for my next blog. I will be blogging about the questions the Disciples ask Jesus, in Matthew 24, and Jesus’ reply.  

Until then, may the Lord our Jesus save you in the end. (Matthew 24:13)

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7/21/20 – Hope For a World Gone Wrong

Welcome back!  Those of you here for the first time, I urge you to read my earlier blogs so that you get the flow of my thought processes.  

In this blog, I want to spend more time explaining my motivation for sharing.   First, I want to ask God to open our eyes that we may see the blessed plans He has for us and that we will be led by the Holy Spirit as we seek to see and hear His message relevant to the times in which we live. (Psalms 119:18)

Recently, I listened to a message given by Pastor John Bradshaw. He told a story, told to him, that I believe will illustrate another reason I am compelled to continue blogging. Let me paraphrase Pastor Bradshaw’s story. “A lady purchased a life insurance policy and when the document came in the mail, she sat down to read it.  She read every word, even the small print.  What she found in the small print was amazing.  It stated that, if she was reading the small print, she could call the number listed and possibly win $10,000.  Well, she called the number immediately and she did win $10,000.  You see the insurance company was so sure no one took the time to read their policy, especially the small print, that they feared little chance of losing their money.” However, the company did lose their money because they placed their trust in a false presumption.

God is not presumptuous and has purposely placed countless nuggets of truth and treasures in His policy – the Holy Bible.  He desires each of us to seek out, find, and claim these precious gems. (Matthew 7:7)  God has these precious gifts for us and loves all of us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus,  to die the 2nd eternal death (John 3:16) in recompense for our sin; for the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)  This is God’s greatest gift of all, because our debt has been paid in full so that we can receive eternal life. Because of His sacrifice we can choose to accept His gifts and have access to all God has to offer.  Nothing gets better than that.

So, I blog because I want to share the gems of peace and security, the Holy Spirit reveals to me, with as many as I can. I desire that each of you will have the same opportunity I have been given to claim all good things God has to offer.  Through prayer, study, and more prayers, I have found a safe harbor in Jesus. I know I would be scared and stressed without Him with all that is happening these days.

Most often, when applied to worldly matters, I believe the saying “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” (Melody Carlson)  too good to be true.  When it comes to God and His treasures in Heaven it needs to be worded as such: “If it seems too good to be true, then it is too good to ignore.”  So, I happily blog away!

I often say, bank with Jesus, His interest rates are phenomenal and His reward system is out of this world.  Thanks for joining in my adventure with Jesus. I pray you have been blessed,

May the Lord our God make you prosper and give you hope! (Jeremiah 29:11)

7/18/20 – What in the World is Going On?

Hi!  Welcome to my blog!  Please feel free to go back and read my previous blogs. My blogs tend to follow an interrelated path and reading them will be helpful in catching you up on my thought processes.  

Welcome back to those of you that have been here before.

Today, in light of what is going on in our country and our world, I would like to give clarification to my purpose for being compelled by the Holy Spirit to start this blog.  If you read my bio then you know I am a retired teacher.  I became a teacher because of my great passion of sharing knowledge and teaching the skill set necessary to obtaining knowledge – lifelong skills I believe are critical to living life to its fullest and are relatable to all pursuits of true knowledge. 

In truth, we are living in perilous times.  We are experiencing such anxiety that I believe we can get a sense of how people in war torn countries fear for their very existence to the extent that food, shelter, and clothing become less important concerns.  In peaceful times, we rank food, shelter, and clothing up at the top of our list of security concerns. Besides religious freedom, many people have come to the United States of America just to have that security.  Now, it seems as though these security concerns and even our freedom could be in jeopardy. But there is life changing news.  God is in control!

He is in control to the smallest detail, telling us not to be concerned about what we shall eat or what we shall wear. (Matthew 6:31)   In verse 33, He tells us to seek the Kingdom of Heaven first and all these things will be given to us while we are busy seeking Him.  We don’t need to fear or worry because the most powerful Being in existence is in control. Amen!  He will uphold us with His righteous hand (Isaiah 41:10) and guard our hearts and minds. (Philippians 4:7)

I have created this blog to share the knowledge I have gleaned from God’s Word concerning our future on this planet and His plan set forth to save us – if we are willing to abide in Jesus as He desires to abide in us.  A plan that is given freely to each and every one of us. (Titus 2:11)  I believe the Holy Scriptures have much to say about the times in which we live and God is eager to share that knowledge with us, His children. 

I do want to note that His plan of salvation is not for a privileged few, but is for every man, woman, and child; past, present, and future. Everyone, living and dead, are all His children even if some may choose to reject His claim as our Creator and will not accept His gracious inheritance.  

Thanks for joining me and I hope to see you again. Please, subscribe, share your thoughts, questions,  and prayer requests.  If I can’t answer your questions I will do some research. Please remember to be kind and polite in you responses and I will be glad to chat with you.

God bless and may the Light of Jesus dispel any darkness around about you! (Psalms 18:28)

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7/15/20 – The Savior is Waiting

Hi!  If it’s your first time here, welcome!  To others, glad to see you back!

Many of you will remember the song associated with this blog. “The Savior is waiting to enter your heart, why don’t you let Him come in…” (Ralph Carmichael)  It has such a beautiful message of hope and promise. If you haven’t heard it, I recommend going to YouTube and listening to the words. Just like Jesus’ character, I find that the music has a gentle sense of wooing and the words hold such promise.

Jesus stands knocking at the door of our hearts waiting for us to let Him come in. He will not come in by force, but waits for an invite, so that He can fulfill all the blessings and promises that come with an abiding relationship with Him (Revelation 3:20) – especially eternal life.  Jesus wants to be invited in so that he can abide in us and we in Him. We become His family, His brothers and sisters through the process of abiding in each other (John 8:31).  For me, this has become the core essence of my relationship with Jesus. I count on sharing, with Him, first thing in the morning, throughout the day, during worship and Bible study, and bedtime.  He abides in me and protects even in my dreams.

Having an abiding relationship with Jesus means I don’t fear current events, I don’t have despair, and I’m not discouraged. Without Jesus, I would be bombarded with all these emotions and much more.  He is our Savior first and foremost, but He is also our Advocate, Redeemer, and Friend. Talk about BFFs – Jesus literally is our best friend forever when we invite Him in to dwell in our hearts. 

In today’s climate of chaos, disputes, and unrest, many of us are searching for a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. It is natural to worry about what the future holds.  But we have options. Because I have found my light in Jesus, I would like to share the chorus to “The Savior is Waiting.”  “Time after time He has waited before, and now He is waiting again to see if you’re willing to open the door. Oh won’t you let Him come in.”

Thanks for spending some time with me.  I would like to pray for you and hope to see you again soon.  Feel free to subscribe, comment, ask questions, leave prayer requests, and share with others. 

In these trying times may the grace of God shine upon you and give you peace! (Numbers 6:25)

Ron Mascarenhas

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7/12/20 – Footprints in the Sand

Hi and welcome to my blog. In the past few weeks, I have felt inspired and convicted to start a blog so that I may share, with you, my wonderful journey with Jesus and how I believe it has positively impacted my life in today’s current climate. 

But for my first blog, I would like to start with my testimony.  Since I was a little girl, I have known of God and believed Him to be our Creator (Genesis 14:19) and Savior (2 Timothy 1:9).  I understood that the Bible was His message to us, yet had little personal interaction with it. My sister and I walked a mile each week to attend church because we enjoyed the activities.  We especially enjoyed outings, singing, and going to church camp each summer. 

In my teens, I took Bible studies and as I look back, I believe this is where my true commitment began.  I began attending Christian schools and raised my children to know God and His truth (John 4:24).  I have always considered myself a person of faith and trust in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  But as I look back again, I see that I didn’t faithfully walk In that Truth.  I have memories of spending disportionate amounts of time in the world.  My life was not as Christ centered as I believed it to be at the time I was living it.

In recent months, my walk with Jesus has been revived, revitalized, renewed – having a profound impact on my thinking, emotions, and purpose in life. It has renewed my energy and my goals in life. My relationships have changed to becoming more loving and nurturing. In short, Jesus in me, has made me a much better person.  I have a truer understanding of what it means to walk and abide in Jesus (John 15:4).  I now understand that I am on a journey with our Savior, that it is a process, an action verb. To abide in Jesus means more than believing or having a knowledge of Him. It requires action on my part – surrendering to what the Holy Spirit asks of me.  And of course, I want to follow His lead because of the great joy and love He has brought into my heart through our fellowship.

I hope you found comfort in my testimony.  Feel free to subscribe, comment, ask questions, leave prayer requests, and share my blog with others. Please come back and visit again soon.

Bye for now and may God richly bless you (Romans 10:12)!

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