Being Sealed Produces Hope

Our article today is called “Being Sealed Produces Hope.” Has anyone noticed that we live in a hopeless generation? As the Doomsday clock clicked two minutes closer to Midnight most wonder if they will survive the coming distress. As the world ponders an increase in global disasters, a nuclear holocaust, worldwide persecution of Christians, or a pandemic the civilization is left with little hope. Anxiety has reached an all-time high. Many are hoping that they will escape the clutches of fanatical terrorist or the terror of evil gangsters roaming our inner-cities. Gun sales have skyrocketed. Many are hoping for financial independence to pay more than the monthly minimum payment, freedom from dependence on the State and its welfare rolls, and the ability to feed and clothe their family. Yet, total dependence upon the State to provide assistance is on the increase. Many others hope for a good marriage that will last, while co-habitation has become the standard. Others hope that they can escape their bondage to the multitude of emotional and psychological problems, yet every day more enter into bondage to worldly counseling and psychiatric drug addiction. The tragedy is that most will not hope beyond what they can see or touch. We live in a hopeless generation!

Every Christian sealed by the living God produces hope beyond measure. To understand how the seal of the living God produces hope we need to first of all understand what the seal is and most importantly its benefits. The Bible says, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13). Clearly from Scripture there is a process in receiving the seal. First of all, there was an act of faith; trusting in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ to do all that He has claimed to do in the life of every believer. To trust in Christ to save us from our sins by delivering us from a horrible bondage and a slave to sin through forgiveness and His shed blood, atoning sacrifice on the Cross. Then secondly, to hear the word of truth that He makes us into a new creation were old things pass away and behold all things are new. Also, from the word of truth we learn that we grow from one degree of glory to another until we are made into the perfect image of the Son. And from the gospel of our salvation we learn and accept that we must die to self as Jesus Christ died on the Cross so that we can be raised up with Him and seated in heaven. The kernel of the gospel is, “He has risen” from the grave. Even death could not hold Him captive. Then after we have believed we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

To be sealed shows ownership. We have been bought with a price. No longer our own, to stumble around aimlessly in life, we soon discover that there is a plan for our life. We are given heavenly gifts and uniquely placed into the body of Christ – the Church. Every waking moment, for those who have been called, is in service to the One who has called us. We walk in the promise of a new life in Him, everyday believing that He is growing us from one degree of glory to another. His promise reaches beyond this short life to an everlasting life in heaven where every tear will be wiped away and where joy will fill our soul. Awesome benefit: the seal also means protection. This is demonstrated beautifully in the Revelation where it says, “Saying, hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Revelation 7:3).  And then we have it repeated again in Revelation that says, “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads” (Revelation 9:4). So God has marked His own with an (invisible yet powerful) seal upon the forehead of His servants so that they would be protected from His wrath being poured upon a godless world. Dear friends, that is our hope! Don’t let anyone take it from you. Although, we may experience many of the things coming upon the world it will be used for our benefit. As the medal passes through the fire to remove the dross, so we too may pass through the fires of affliction. We do so to purify us, as the “radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (See Ephesians 5:25-27).  The Bible says, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:9).  Being sealed produces hope!

So how do we know that we are sealed by the living God? It’s really quite simple. Once we are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise then He sets about doing His work in the life of the believer. Amazing things happen as we are being changed into His likeness. As the Holy Spirit produces fruit in the life of every believer it is the very antithesis of the old life. For example, the fruit of love will cause you to truly love those you once despised. The fruit of joy will maintain a joyful heart in the midst of your greatest trials – it’s quite impossible to stay depressed. The fruit of peace will keep you calmly focused when the whole world is riddled with anxiety – truly a peace that passeth all understanding.  Step by step we witness all the fruit being brought forth in our lowly hearts to the glory of God. We have a foretaste of things to come. Let me be very clear this is not anything we do. We must allow God to do it through the indwelling Spirit. If we allow Him, if we Trust Him, then He will make us into a beautiful new creation abounding in hope when the rest of the world is running to hide in their caves and among the rocks, proclaiming; “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” (See Revelation 6:15-17).  Praise God, that we have been given a better hope – a hope that will not disappoint us. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13). Have you been sealed by the Living God?

Copyright © 2016 Rev. Daniel W. Blair, all rights reserved – this transcript is taken from my Tribulation Radio show on 5/31/2016 and a previous post on Revelation Truth.

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A Political Post

I call on all Christians and well-meaning, principled people to take action. The nation is going off the cliff. It’s headed into the abyss. For those who are biblically knowledgeable the West and specifically the United States of America are fast becoming Babylon and liken to the ancient Sodom and Gomorrah. The hand of God has already begun to reign His wrath down on an unrepentant world. This can already be seen in extreme weather patterns, increase in earthquakes, volcanos, incurable diseases, rank lawlessness and unethical people seeking the highest political office in the land. Therefore, after much prayer and meditation I have finally been given liberty to write the following article. As a free citizen of the United States I will exercise my freedom of speech to open the eyes of the blind and hopefully give courage to those who feel hopeless to bring about any real change to the world and to the United States in particular. George Washington apply said, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent will be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” And I for one will not be led like a sheep to the slaughter without letting my voice be heard throughout this nation and around the world. I call upon all reading these words to help me broadcast them to the world.

We have seen some monumental changes in this country in the past eight years under the leadership of Barrack Obama. Clearly the present government has shown its true colors by projecting the rainbow colors on the White House to show support for homosexuals, the transgender and every other form of perversion. This is a travesty, because the White House was painted the color white to demonstrate its purity in the same way that churches were also painted white. Putting corruption, greed and an increase of lawlessness to the side for a moment the ethical norms alone projected upon the citizens of this once great nation has most Christians longing for the return of Jesus Christ to right all wrongs. As we face the elections many are confused and find it difficult to get behind a man who claims to answer many of their concerns. Yet, they fear that if he does not win the election then we will simply have eight more years of the same with Hilary Clinton, which in a lot of ways is far worse, as we shall explain. So why is Donald Trump so popular? Clearly his popularity appears to be that he is outside the system and refuses to be governed by the so called conservative norms of the establishment. Moreover, he is playing to an audience who are simply fed-up with government and believe whole heartily that he will deliver on all of his promises. Essentially he has killed the Republican party and if he cannot win and deliver on all of his promises then we will have eight more years of the same. This country simply cannot take eight more years of liberalism. In fact, if the liberal party or if a Donald wins the election and does not deliver on his promises (that is, reversing most of the unethical liberal agenda) then this country along with the rest of the world will slip deeper into the abyss.

As a Christian Pastor and activists, I am deeply concerned if the liberal party wins another election is this country. Simply put all of our demands would fall on deaf ears. We will speak by the grace of God and say that all public bathrooms should be properly labeled for men or women and only used respectively by a person’s sex at the time of birth. All public flaunting of homosexuality in public to be seen by our children must stop. Homosexuals must not be allowed to adopt or care for children. All businesses must have the legal right to refuse service to any and every one whom they believe is contrary to their ethical or religious norms. All immigrants coming into this country must be properly vetted and put on a path to citizenship. All illegal immigrants must be stopped at the border with whatever means possible. All psychiatric counseling must not be forced on anyone who believes that their counseling could be against their ethical and moral principles. All psychiatric drugs must be immediately banned until it can be proven that they have no known harmful side effects. All curriculum must be pre-approved by their parents or not taught. In this latter point lets not forget that Hillary Clinton wrote the little book, “It Takes a Village.” This book makes the case that parents are essentially unfit to raise their own children and it would be best to allow the government to set the curriculum and teach your children with essentially no intervention by the parents. All home schooling would be stopped. And if that were not enough it is their utmost desire to disarm the citizenry.

What can we do? The first thing we can do is pray that if Donald Trump is elected that he will fulfill his many promises and listen to those who want to reverse the unethical norms of liberalism. Before we proceed, “Why has the silent majority lost its voice?” Could it be that many have been silenced out of fear of government reprisal? It is no secret that the government has already taken action against those who speak out against a tyrannical government. Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Therefore, as patriots we must not fear the government, but rather fear God who has the power to cast you into hell. Let us take courage by casting out fear and lifting up our voices so that all can be heard. Furthermore, Benjamin Franklin said, “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” We have not done that, for step by step the government is increasing its authority over the population. Removing our children and teaching them in public schools; requiring additional licenses, permits, and documents to live in in a free country; allowing the courts to make decisions about our mental health and require them to attend godless counseling, and the administering of psychiatric drugs. Or could it be that many have been dumbed down by psychiatric drugs? It is a shame that many Christians have forgotten that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. They have forgotten that God’s Holy Word says, that every believer is made into a brand new creation where old things pass away. (See II Corinthians 5:17). If old things have truly passed away, then we don’t need psychologist telling us that we need to look back and heal the past though their godless therapy and drug intervention. Friends, whatever the reason, we must rise up and take action. Our time is at hand. Fill the streets not asking, but demanding change. Thomas Jefferson said, “All tyranny need to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

It’s time to stand up first with a peaceful protest, mass assemblies and marching in the streets. There is great power in the people if they march in mass. We are not just marching for individual rights, but for a country that’s on the precipice of destruction by an Almighty and powerful God. In unity we march for a complete reversal of the unethical liberal agenda as stated above. If not successful then pulling all of our children out of public schools, all at once, on a given date and following the principles of our founding fathers by physically removing all those in power. Thomas Jefferson said, “When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.” At this point an armed citizenry greatly outnumbers all standing armies. Benjamin Franklin said, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” How long will we sit by and allow a corrupt government to force their unethical norms on all of its citizens? I say that we are nearly past time and the time to act is now. Talk to your neighbor. Talk to your friends. Organize your neighborhood. Recruit people from your place of business and from the local church. Don’t wait for Hillary Clinton to be elected. Don’t wait to see if Donald Trump will fulfill on all of his promises and give us an ear, but act today for tomorrow may be too late.

The bottom line is if we do not stand up now all will be lost and we will all suffer the consequences of unchecked anarchy and the full extent of God’s wrath. Everything we have seen thus far will only pale in comparison to what God has revealed through His prophets. All of the New Testament Apostles agree that terrible times will accompany the end. John the Apostle wrote what he saw in the book of Revelation, “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath” (Revelation 16:19). The world as we know it will be shaken to the core and eventually burned up. The Apostle Peter wrote in his letter, “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (II Peter 3:7). I believe we cannot change the inevitable but we can possibly delay it if we act now to insure that our governments enact ethical laws and preach repentance to the ends of the earth. Thomas Paine said, “This is the duty of the patriot to protect its country from its government.” And so we should. God bless America.

Copyright © 2016 Rev. Daniel W. Blair – All Rights Reserved. View this post on YouTube at: Tribulation Radio Show

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A Word of Prophecy

This article for today is a Word of Prophecy, which I personally receive back in December of 2013, which I still feel is very relevant for today. This is the dawning of a new day. The world is on the brink of new discoveries that will affect every person living on the planet. A discovery so significant that it will promise mankind something he has only envisioned for thousands of years. A discovery so remarkable that it will allow mankind to realize his full potential both physically and mentally. A discovery so credible that it guarantees to control man’s bad behavior and his horrendous acts of lawlessness. This is welcome relief to a world that has suffered greatly under the weight of mass murder and school shootings. This discovery will be hailed as the greatest miracle ever recorded in the history of humanity. What appeared to be dead is now considered to be alive and therefore the whole world is amazed and flock to the one who makes this discovery available to the whole world. The Bible says speaking of the last days, “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live” (Revelation 13:14). Continue reading A Word of Prophecy

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The Apostasy Exposed

At the last Trumpet, the coming of Christ, and the last Judgment many tears will be shed over the words plainly spoken by the Lord, I never knew you, away from me you evildoers! (See Matthew 7:23) In the twinkling of an eye the apostasy will be exposed, the veil will be removed, and millions will realize that they had fallen away. What a horrible day that will be. In the Spirit I can hear the cries of anguish and the heart stopping screams of those who proclaim their innocence. Even their good works could not save them.  How could they not be “known” by the Lord? How could they be so blind to the truth? Yet, we now live in a day where millions are unwilling to see their true condition. They have somehow tricked their mind into believing they are known by the Lord, but have become a part of the great apostasy. To shed light on the apostasy we need to take you back to the beginning. We need to go back to a time before social programs, public education, mental health professionals, and a proliferation of drugs engineered to solve every emotional and psychological problem known to man. We need to return to a simple time when Jesus Christ was all things to all men. He came to a hurting people ravaged by a host of wickedness casting people into deep emotional and psychological problems causing bouts of erratic behavior, physical mayhem, and in extreme cases demonic possession. He came to a people hungry not only for bread but for the bread of life as they stumbled aimlessly behind their religious leaders. Their blind guides where leading them into a pit of greater confusion causing them to put their trust in hollow and deceptive philosophies, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world. (See Colossians 2:8) On the other hand, Jesus Christ came proclaiming that they should put their trust in Him alone to lead them into a new everlasting life free from the heavy weight of their captivity. Continue reading The Apostasy Exposed

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What is the Devil’s Motto?

Today we continue a series of articles that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness.  There’s coming a time when the entire world will be united behind the devil’s representative here on earth, the Beast. Before that can happen every religious and philosophical thought must be brought to naught in the eyes of the world. They must all appear divisive, counterproductive, and worthless in man’s quest for perfection in a new age of enlightenment. All world religions and spiritual quest of a higher power must be soundly defeated in order to bring the entire world to the altar of the Beast.  No longer would man trust in God exclusively. When one looks intently upon the world stage it becomes obvious that the old Devil is dividing the world’s religions by ruthlessly pitting one against another raising up one crusade and then another. Over the Centuries, Millions have died in the name of religion while the world grows ever more noxious and repugnant toward anything called god. Furthermore, it has turned many away from hearing the Gospel when they see the devilish division amongst those who claim to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. George Whitfield wrote in his journals, “What infinite mischief have needless divisions occasioned in the Christian world! Divide et impera (divide and conquer) is the Devil’s motto.” Continue reading What is the Devil’s Motto?

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Overcoming Anxiety

Today we continue a series of articles that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. Everyone will admit that anxiety is the enemy of the mind and another weapon used by the devil. Anxiety is constant worry about making the right decision or the outcome concerning a decision already made. Anxiety is worrying about having enough money to pay the bills, where you’re going to get your next meal, where you are going to sleep, or many other things. Worry can cause a great deal of stress and frustration, which allows the enemy to bring to your mind evil and dangerous thoughts. In short worry opens the door for the devil. The Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7, italics are mine). Continue reading Overcoming Anxiety

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Spirit Counselor

Today we continue a series of articles that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. We have all been counseled at one time or another by a Father, a Mother, an older brother or sister; by a friend, a pastor, a Christian counselor and perhaps even by a so called professional counselor, who is gaining recognition and authority in today’s world. My question, however, is how many of us actually receive ongoing counsel from God’s Holy Spirit? Before we answer that question in the affirmative let’s ask the Holy Spirit to guide us into a deeper understanding of His work in us. Every true believer in Christ knows with all assurance that we have received a gift of the Holy Spirit to reside in us throughout the remainder of our journey here on earth. He is not just a Holy Visitor but a Permanent Resident that will never leave us nor forsake us. This Third Person of the Trinity is at all times connected to, in relationship with, and at one with both the Son and the Father. What an all powerful love to be with us, to reside in us, throughout all of life during the best of times and the worst of times. Continue reading Spirit Counselor

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"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creation"