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A Lasting Witness

Posted by truthoughts on December 6, 2010

A good friend of mine wrote a post on his site titled ”
OPERATION Midnight Hour” that I would like to share with you.

In his post, you will see some very practical ideas in regards to what believers can do to share the prophecies that are still to come after the Rapture of the Church.

Now, we know that in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 it reads “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

By this we know that those who outright rejected the Truth of the gospel will probably not turn to Christ through repentance during the tribulation… in fact, the Word is clear that through the judgments they will harden their hearts toward God and not repent of their deeds.

Revelation 9:20-21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Revelation 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

However, we also know that some during the tribulation will witness and make it into heaven but not without giving up their lives for the testimony of Christ.

Daniel 11:32-35 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

We know that before the end comes, the gospel must be preached to all the earth.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

We also know that during the tribulation period, this is done by an angel and the only reason it would need to be done that way is because it was not completed by people and the time is too short to wait.

Revelation 14:6-7 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

So, regardless of the category or title tribulation saints may be called into, they will exist, they will give their lives for their testimony of Christ and they will make it to heaven because of that.

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

So, leave a lasting witness for those who are left. Our time is short, lets not waste it. If the Lord uses your efforts, your rewards will be great. If He chooses to destroy those efforts in His judgment, your reward is still great because you were a faithful servant who did your best to provide a good and lasting witness to any who would hear.

Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King. Keep looking up my friends, He is coming.

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Regarding the Rapture Spreadsheet

Posted by truthoughts on October 9, 2010

This post is just a quick response but in no way taking the place of my article regarding the Pre, Mid, Post Tribulation debate.

I have received many comments that I would like to address here. As you can imagine, many of those comments were negative in regards to “predicting” the rapture. First, I would like to say that if those commenting would have read through in detail, my post as well as listened to the broadcast, they would know that neither I nor my husband ever claimed to know for sure or be dogmatic about these dates.

The reason we created the spreadsheet, as mentioned, was to better understand what others were saying and the dates they were coming up with. Now, when we put the spreadsheet together, we found interesting info that I shared in the post. The main interest factor that I believed could be important, was that of the mid-point being the first day of spring and the day before the Sabbath based upon Matthew 24:20 “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day”.

When on the broadcast with Steve Coerper, I even mentioned that we came across this information by accident as it were. The reason we began the research was because we came across an article that spoke about the Leap Years which tied into info given in different places regarding some of F. M. Riley’s and Daniel Matson’s posts as well as a few others.

Now, in regards to those who are weary in watching for our Lord’s return for His Church… You must keep watch as we are commanded by our Lord. Those who give up their watch, He will come as a thief and it will not be a pretty sight.

To those who are slow to watch and quick to attack those watching, the Lord speaks of you for these last days.

Luke 12:45-47 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Now, for those of you who still hold to “no one knowing the day or the hour” and that it will be as a thief in the night… Read this:

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

The Lord only comes as a thief in the night to the wicked and foolish ones who are not watching. Those are they who loved not the Truth and therefore the Lord will send them strong delusion that they will believe the lie.

This also applies to those who believe the rapture to either not be at all or to be in another portion of time, like post-trib beliefs.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

So, what is the Truth in this matter and saved from what?

1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Some believe this is talking about just eternal salvation when we die, however that is not the case. This verse is talking about the time of God’s wrath, which is the Tribulation period on earth. We know this because it mentions “whether we WAKE or sleep”. Those who at this time are aWAKE are those of us still alive when He comes for us. Those who are aSLEEP are those who have died in Christ.

Here is another question, what is the Tribulation? The tribulation is the time frame when God’s wrath is poured out upon the world and the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble/tribulation as spoken of in Daniel.

Jesus took God’s wrath upon Himself FOR US so that we would not have to go through God’s wrath and could be united with Him for eternity.

All those who love the Lord and will love His appearing, are aching for Him to come and retrieve His Bride. We desire to be with Him more than anything. There is nothing here on this earth that outweighs that for us. However, we must not put our faith in dates per se but in the One who promised to come for us and bring us where He is. He is faithful to fulfill that promise at the appointed time.

There is nothing wrong with believers watching. Part of watching, involves researching everything that could even be a clue to our Lord’s soon return for us. Our Lord does nothing randomly. You cannot find one thing anywhere in the Word of God that was ever random. There is a certain number of those who will be / are the Church but it is the “appointed day” that determines everything. God has set a plan in motion that is perfectly laid out so that everything from the smallest detail to the largest will fit just right.

Though some may be coming to faith in Christ now, I believe that this time is more about weeding out the tares than adding wheat to the harvest. I also believe that watching is a way of weeding out the tares. In the book of Revelation, when we read the letters to the 7 churches… we see the Lord saying that it is those who endure to the end that will be saved. We also see to the church of Philadelphia that it is because they kept the word of His patience, He will keep them from the hour of temptation… (Revelation 3:10).

I for one, as many of you, know that it takes much patience and endurance to keep watch faithfully in these last hours. Do not give up hope, He is faithful and He is coming.

Now, even though I referenced dates of October 7, 8 and 9th… I began getting messages about being wrong, etc. on the early hours of the 8th. One thing you must also keep in mind when watching… that is that our salvation only takes a moment. In the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52-53), that is less than a second. It could be the very last second at the right day that it happens… If so, will you still be watching?

Also, know that whenever I come across interesting information regarding this topic, I will continue to post it. As many of you know, I have a lot of articles here regarding the rapture taking place on different feast days, etc. – as options.

For those of you who are true watchmen, do not let those who only call themselves believers take your crown.

Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

I do not believe it is an accident that this verse Revelation 3:11 comes right after Revelation 3:10 *quoted above*. Remember that the Lord knows how you are feeling. He knows the struggles you are facing. He knows you only have but a little strength left (Revelation 3:8). Hang in there, hold fast to the Truth. He is coming, very soon. Surround yourself with other believers and other watchmen, only witness to those who are mockers and naysayers. Do not let them take your crown.

Side Note: There is a forum which I do not belong to where someone has posted my article. I noticed that there are some there responding as it were directly to me. If you are on that site “godlikeproductions”, please know that I am not a member of that site. If you do have comments for me, please post them here so that I may be aware of them. Thank you.

Now, I will leave you with this…

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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Interview with Steve Coerper

Posted by truthoughts on October 2, 2010

I was interviewed by Steve Coerper, whom many of you may know of. Steve has a radio broadcast that airs live Monday – Friday at 11:30am EST. He covers topics such as Biblical Prophecy and Current Events as well as many other items.

You can listen to our interview, which also features my husband, Bradley, here: October 2, 2010 Broadcast

This interview was covering my most recent post regarding an October 8, 2010 rapture as well as the end times in general. I hope you enjoy and share this link with those you love so they will be prepared for what is ahead.

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Pre-Trib Rapture October 8, 2010

Posted by truthoughts on September 29, 2010


Ok, I know what you are thinking right now just by reading the title. Well, before you jump to conclusions… read through this post first and then see where you are at.

My husband and I worked on a spread sheet yesterday (included at bottom of post) based upon the day counts given in the book of Daniel and other scriptures as you will see below as well as researching some other information given by other people.

I know this may be a bit long of a post but hang in there a bit because it is quite fascinating. I will begin with the bases that I shared with a dear friend of mine. Here is what I shared with her.

Bradley and I started working on something based upon others research regarding the tribulation being from 2010-2017. We know that the Lord will come back on Yom Kippur 2017 based upon a few things…

1st – Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement / Judgment and it is a shadow of His second coming. (Rosh Hashanah is a shadow of the resurrection / rapture and Sukkot *Tabernacles* is a shadow of the Millennial reign of Christ on earth).

2nd – 2017 is both a Sabbatical year as well as a Jubilee year when the Lord brings liberty and everything begins again new.

3rd – Yom Kippur is the day that the Jubilee is declared and begins.

Now, based upon the signs we see all around us, we know it is this generation that all prophecy will be fulfilled in. So, knowing that and the fact that a Jubilee is every 50 years, it must be this one. This being the case, we know the tribulation lasts for 7 years so we can count backwards from Yom Kippur 2017 which is September 30, 2017 using the day counts given in Daniel and it brings us to October 8, 2010.

The Hebrew year consists of 360 days as opposed to our 365 days due to the lunar calendar. Every 2 to 3 years they have a leap year which adds one extra 30 day month. This month is called Adar 1. When we take note that in the day counts given in Daniel, we see that the last half from the abomination in the temple there are 1290 days as opposed to the 1260 days for 3.5 years according to their 360 day year. This means that during that last 3.5 years is the Leap Year.

According to some, 2010 is the 13th year in the 19 year cycle. The Leap Years are in 19 year cycles and then begin again. Well, the 13th year is a Leap Year which means the calendar for the feasts is off by 1 month. That would mean that Rosh Hashanah would be in October rather then September as we all thought.

So, remember how I said that if you use the Daniel day counts to count backwards from Yom Kippur 2017 then you come to October 8, 2010? Well, guess when the Biblical New Moon is in October which tells us when Rosh Hashanah would be??? You guessed it! October 8, 2010.

Now, because of the time zones, and the fact that the Hebrew day begins at sunset the day before hand, etc. it could be October 7th or 8th depending on where you are. We only have just over 1 week left.

Here is another interesting bit of info for you. We know when the abomination happens based on the day counts in Daniel because it says from that point forward is 1290 days, etc. Well, if we use the same information beginning from Yom Kippur 2017 (Sept. 30, 2017) and count backwards again, it brings us to March 20, 2014.

The significance of that is if you remember how the Lord told the Jews to pray that their flight be not in winter or on the Sabbath day? Well, March 20, 2014 is the 1st day of Spring which means the day before was winter. Guess what else? It falls on a Thursday which is the day before the Hebrew Sabbath. This is not a coincidence. The Lord is completely accurate in EVERY detail.

Ok, so that was what I shared with her. I also sent her a copy of the spread sheet and I will attempt to share that here but if it doesn’t work out that way… all you have to do is open up an excel spread sheet and do the following:

1. In the first cell/column enter a number 1 and drag that down till you get to the number 2535… you will understand in a moment why that number.

2. In the next column from the top beside the number 1, type the date October 8, 2010 and drag that down as you did with the number 1. It should fill in the dates all the way till you get to the last one with the number 2535.

3. Next, highlight the cell for the following numbers in the first column:
360
720
1080
1440
1800
2160
2520

4. Next to those highlighted numbers, in the next available cell/column type so that it will look similar to this:

360 – End of 1st Year
720 – End of 2nd Year
1080 – End of 3rd Year
1440 – End of 4th Year
1800 – End of 5th Year
2160 – End of 6th Year
2520 – End of 7th Year

These are the years of the tribulation.

5. Now, scroll to the number 1260 and color that cell a different color. This is the mid-point of the tribulation. Next to that type the abomination of desolation.

6. From lines 2520 to 2550 accounts for the Leap Year according to the Hebrew calendar of 30 days.

7. From lines 2551 to 2595 relates to Daniel 12:12. I am not sure of the significance of this date but the Bible says it is significant. Your thoughts are welcome on this.

It is quite interesting how it all lines up. We shall see soon enough. Blessings. Labor while there is time because the call may be sooner then most think.

Here is the spread sheet *scriptures included*:
Tribulation 2010-2017 Time Chart

I was having trouble uploading the document but I think I have it now. Check this link here:
Tribulation 2010-2017 Time Chart

You can also see the years which include 2011-2018 as well as 2012-2019 below the 2010-2017 by checking out this link here: Tribulation 2010-2019 Time Chart

Be sure to listen to the interview with Steve Coerper on this topic here: October 2, 2010 Broadcast

For those of you who use Windows 97-03 version, here are links that you will be able to open.

Tribulation 2010-2017 Time Chart

Tribulation 2010-2019 Time Chart

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You can read my latest post regarding this here:
Regarding the Rapture Spreadsheet

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REPENTANCE IS OUR ONLY HOPE

Posted by truthoughts on September 12, 2010

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Pre-Trib / Mid-Trib*Pre-Wrath / Post Trib

Posted by truthoughts on August 8, 2010

This is a very short message because I have been getting bombarded with comments and messages lately in regard to when the Church is called up to be with the Lord.

I want everyone to know that I am currently working on a post that I will post soon on this topic. I do, however, want to make one thing very clear and that is… there truly are only 2 options that even come close to when the Church is raptured and those are the Pre-Trib belief and the Mid-Trib / Pre-Wrath belief.

For everyone who believes in either a Post-Trib belief or that believe there is no rapture at all, I suggest you read through *all* of the Bible and you will see that those beliefs do not hold any ground.

Again, I will be posting an article soon on this topic so please hold your comments/attacks on this until I post my article. I would not mind, however, if you would like to post verses that you think would support either the Pre-Trib or the Pre-Wrath belief and why you think they support that specific belief.

My goal is to clear this matter up once and for all… beyond doubt, so if you share your position regarding those it will help be address them in my article. Thank you.

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Tu B’Av: A Romantic Celebration

Posted by truthoughts on July 20, 2010

I came across a post online after watching a video that mentioned this holiday. My interest was peaked with thoughts of the Rapture of the Church. Here is what I saw:

Tu B’Av – 15th of Av

Holiday of Romance and Love

Some History behind Tu B’Av

1. Tu B’Av marked the end of the “desert generation.”

The Torah relates that the entire generation of Israelites rescued from Egypt was sentenced to die while in the desert (Parashat Shelach). According to the Midrash Eichah Rabbah, every year until the fortieth year, on the eve of the Ninth of Av, Moses would command the people, “Go out and dig,” and the people would leave the camp, dig graves, and sleep in them overnight. The following morning a messenger would proclaim, “Let the living separate from the dead!” Fifteen thousand would die that very night, but the survivors would return to the camp for another year.

This occurred year after year, but in the fortieth year no one died. Since they thought they might have miscalculated the days, they slept in their graves an additional night. This went on for five nights until the fifteenth of Av, when they saw the full moon, realized that there calculations were correct, and rejoiced that no more of the first generation would die. They subsequently declared Tu B’Av a day of celebration. The “desert generation” had finally died off and the new generation was finally ready to enter the land!

The Talmud (Bava Batra 121b) also states that while the first generation was dying out, the LORD did not speak to Moses, except through the Urim and Thummim.

2. Tu B’Av marked the time when the tribes of Israel were permitted to intermarry.

The first generation of Israelites that entered the land to receive their portion of land were instructed to intermarry only within their own tribe, unless the woman to be married had at least one brother (Numbers 36:7-9). However, the Talmud (Bava Batra 121a) states that on Tu B’Av the next generation of women was granted permission to marry whomever they desired (within Israel), since the land had been allocated among the various tribes.

3. Tu B’Av marked the restoration of the tribe of Benjamin.

On Tu B’Av the leaders of Israel allowed the tribe of Benjamin to repopulate (after their civil war with the other tribes of Israel) by allowing the surviving 600 males to marry “daughters from Shiloh” (Judges 21:16-24). [Shiloh was the first capital of Israel.] After the war it was pledged that no one would willingly give his daughter to a Benjaminite, but the decision was made to “look the other way” should a Benjamite male ran off with a girl who was dancing in Shiloh. In this way the tribe of Benjamin was saved from extinction.

Later, the leaders of Israel repealed this ban and said that the pledge applied only to those men who had taken the oath, and intermarriage with Benjamin was permitted.

4. Tu B’Av became a time of great celebration in Jerusalem.

Just as Yom Kippur demonstrated the reconciliation of Israel to the LORD after the incident of the Golden Calf, Tu B’Av was celebrated as the time of reconciliation for the Sin of the 10 spies (Parashat Shelach). Therefore Tu B’Av became a joyous time celebrating our forgiveness and restoration to the LORD. The Talmud (Mishna Ta’anit 4:8) states “Israel had no holidays as joyous as Tu B’Av and Yom Kippur, when the young women of Jerusalem would go out and dance in the vineyards.”

Later, Tu B’Av became known as a time of summer dancing and a courtship celebration. In a sort of romantic masquerade, the girls would exchange white clothing with one another so that their prospects would not know who could afford expensive dresses and who was only borrowing them.

In recent years this practice has been revived and Jewish girls from Shiloh (located about 40 minutes north of Jerusalem) dance in the same vineyards, while Chassidic musical artists provide entertainment.
5. Tu B’Av marked the end of Jeroboam’s blockade against Jerusalem.

King Jeroboam son of Nebat (Yerovam ben Nevat) was a king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (922-901 BC), an evil ruler who enticed Israel into idolatry and forbade worship at the Temple in Jerusalem. His roadblocks were in place until they were finally removed by Israel’s last king, Hoshea the son of Elah (732-722 BC), who declared free passage to Jerusalem (Ta’anit 30a). According to tradition, these roadblocks were removed on the 15th of Av.

6. Tu B’Av marked the time of “Breaking of the Hatchets.”

After the Babylonian exile, Ezra and Nehemiah came to rebuild the First Temple but found the land desolate and all the trees uprooted by the enemy. They needed wood for the altar offerings, and contributions of wood came to be known as “wood offerings.” These offerings were celebratory events, similar to firstfruit offerings.

Tu B’Av came to be known as the “Day of the breaking of hatchets” since after this date it was forbidden to cut down trees for use in the Temple fires (Ta’anit 31a). Wood used to fuel the altar had to be entirely dried out, but after Tu B’Av the days become shorter and there was not enough sunlight to dry out freshly cut logs. By this date, then, all the cutting of the wood for the altar was completed and the supply was replenished until the next summer.

7. Tu B’Av marked the end of the year for planting.

Tu B’Av was instituted (in the Second Temple period) to mark the beginning of the grape harvest, which ended on Yom Kippur. It was also the time when planting of trees and crops was to end for the year (trees planted after this date are considered to take root after Rosh Hashanah, and therefore belong to the following year for the purposes of the Sabbatical Year).

8. Tu B’Av marks the final Jewish Holiday of the year.

On the Jewish calendar, Tu B’Av occurs a week after Tishah B’Av – the culmination of the three weeks of sorrow – and traditionally marks the end of summer and all of the holidays of the Jewish year. Moreover, Tu B’Av acts as a sort of preface to the month of Elul when the cycle of holidays begins again with Rosh Hashanah. As such it marks the last celebration of the current Jewish year, and is a time of happiness and joy.

Since it falls on the fifteenth of the month, Tu B’Av is a night of the full moon. Since the ninth of Av (Tishah B’Av) recalls the history of Jewish tragedy, the full moon of Av is said to represent the transformation of tragedy into joy.

9. Tu B’Av marks a time of romance and love in modern Israel.

In modern day Israel it is customary to send a bouquet of red roses to the one you love on Tu B’Av. Romantic songs are played on the radio and parties are held in the evening throughout the country. In addition, Tu b’Av is a popular date for Jews to hold weddings (and they are not required to fast before the wedding on this day either).

10. Tu B’Av prophetically pictures the Marriage of the Lamb of God.

Since it is the “last” festival of the Jewish year, prophetically Tu B’Av pictures our marriage to the Lamb of God (Seh Elohim), the LORD Yeshua our beloved Mashiach:

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure” – for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God” (Revelation 19:6-9).

On a soon-coming day those who belong to the LORD and are faithful to follow His ways will be blessed with the unspeakable joy of consummating their relationship with Him. This is heaven itself – to be in the Presence of the LORD and to be His beloved. The analogy of a joyous Jewish marriage, with the sheva berachot (intimating the seven years of rapture before terrible the Day of the LORD at the end of the Great Tribulation), is our great and blessed hope (Titus 2:13).

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Testimony: Olga

Posted by truthoughts on June 26, 2010

Testimony: Olga
Given 6/25/2010

When I was young, as a child, till I was 16 years of age I received Him, Jesus, as my Savior. (I’m not a Muslim; I came from a Christian family)I joined the choir at church only for 2 years, and then I got married at 19 years old.

I was married to an unbeliever (a Muslim) and from that time he forbade me to go to church. I knew my marriage was wrong. I just didn’t know how to end it but Jesus found me.

One day I was in the delivery room, when the baby was about to come out, I screamed, “JESUS help me,” and he heard it from outside the door and was so furious and curse me for calling JESUS name. That I never forgot. My husband heard it and was very furious. Then we, my husband and I were separated for 2 months. I went to my sister with 7 kids to Jakarta, (another island). Within a month, I got a job at a foreign company (Norwegian). At that time, I knew for sure GOD brought me out of the pit.

In the 3rd month he came after me, but we, the family and I, refused him. My kids were Muslim at that time, but deep down in my heart when I delivered my babies I always called Jesus’ name. After 5 years of working, one by one, the Lord started working in them, my children. I didn’t pray for it ’cause I myself did not search the LORD. The kids started knowing the Lord through their friends. As a Christian I always reminded my children to pray for their father. They have no communication with him. We still have problems here and there, but we all have faith to the LORD, the thing is, we have such a peace that we know it’s from GOD.

So all 6 are believers now and only one is married already, she is still a Muslim.

I now live with my daughter, she works at the Hospital, but she has been a Pastor since we were in Indonesia where I now live with them though I am a US citizen. I’ve been here for 14 years already. I’m helping my daughter take care of her kids. She is an Indonesian pastor here, helping the senior Pastor. I don’t know how you can make a testimony out of this but I’m really blessed, I mean I can feel Jesus always so, so close to me.

My 2nd daughter, she’s the one that is still a Muslim, her adult daughter once asked me about Jesus. She said they were talking with friends saying that in their book (the Koran) it says that after the tribulation, Jesus will rule and judge the people. So I asked her why Jesus (the Muslims say Nabi Isa) Isa refers to Jesus…Why not Moses or David (in their Koran they have them too), her answer was, “I don’t know”, so I told her that JESUS is LORD but still she refused…

My other daughter, the one that is a Pastor here, she was a Muslim and prayed 5 times a day but when her younger brother got to know the Lord through friends (not me) she got a vision, let’s say a dream. She was walking through the dessert and the family of her father was chasing her. Suddenly, she saw a building in front of her, It was a church and she threw herself inside the church. In the morning, she told me about her vision. From that time she made a good choice. After she graduated, she went to Bible College for 4 years and after working as a young pastor in Indonesia, she got an immigrant invitation from the US embassy in 1990. (I came here 1996)

My Muslim daughter, I love her very much, she is facing a divorce right now. I still pray for her. One of my sons, in year 1994 was in trouble, he was on drugs. I was very frustrated at that time. He gave me a lot of problems.

My daughter invited me to come, so from that time I stayed here. In 2007, my son got married and after he was married 3 months, he passed away. He got in a motorcycle accident.

Now I feel so much peace Alison, I know the peace is from GOD, I keep chasing Him. I’m a stay at home mom, just with my 3 year old grandson. The other 2 play music at the Rock Church, they are talented. I Thank the Lord I can feel He is always close to me.

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Testimony: Alice

Posted by truthoughts on June 26, 2010

Testimony: Alice Williams
Given 6/26/2010

(*From a copy post*)
Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 11:47am recorded last week.

Praise the Lord,

Today, I’m going to share with all of you of how the Lord changed my life. Ever since I was a little girl I believed in God. I used to hear my grandparents saying the Lord’s Prayer every night before they went to sleep. We would go to church with them every Sunday or attend Sunday school. However, I didn’t really know the meaning of really walking with the Lord. My upbringing was good; we had love and kindness in our home. But then again we all have choices to make and lives to live.

As I got older, I became stubborn and wanted to do things my way. I tried drinking alcohol when I was about 16 years old. I sure hated the taste. Alcohol lingered in my life until I was about 19 years old. I really didn’t like drinking, so I dropped it! Simple as that, I thought, I can have fun with my friends without it. However, I still felt that something was missing. I was not really happy.

Years went by, I got married, had three children. My life was not turning out the way I wanted it. I can’t share everything that took place with me, but I can tell you, my life was hell. I survived the most vile, abusive, tormenting life a human being can endure. There had to be God looking out for me because if not I would not be here today. Thank you, Lord, for your love and forgiveness. I have a very tender heart and I love all people. I am not perfect, and the Lord helps me each day, He corrects me if I get out of line. It is a narrow walk, it is a wonderful walk.

Anyways, I picked today July 23, 2009 to share this with all of you because 14 years ago I suffered a dark horrible depression. I was sick for two years. It was very tormenting, like living under a black cloud. All of my happiness, laughter, strength evaporated from my being. I cried all the time. My children were younger, and I couldn’t even look after them right. My parents helped me a lot. Thank you Lord for Christian parents! I felt so alone, I was extremely sad all the time. I prayed a lot for the Lord to restore my health and happiness. Still, I felt so isolated from everyone and everything! Panic and anxiety attacks were constantly there.

I remember one winter day, January 1996 I became very angry and fed up. I was staying at my parents place, and started smashing up the bedroom. I just wanted to die. I was suicidal, my plan was to drive somewhere, let my car run and kill myself. My love for my family and faith in God kept me. I ended up going to the Crisis Unit for a few days. I came home, but the dark cloud was still there. My parents prayed for me. I prayed. I became closer with the Lord. I reached out and He was there with me. Even in the darkest times, God was there, holding my hand, renewing my spirit and soul!

Again, even after all that I had been through I went to church, but never really committed my life to the Lord. He blessed me with so much! I had my family, my health was restored. I was blessed with a nice home and full time job. What more could a person be blessed with. I got involved in unhealthy relationships and more sinful living. I was not at peace. It just was not right! This was not sincere happiness. The Lord was knocking at my heart! I had to give Him my whole life! No turning back this time. When Jesus gets a hold of your life, you will know. Take heed to His call my friends. You won’t be sorry!

Three years ago, I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ. I’m very happy that I chose to serve the Lord. I want His love to shine through me so others will know Jesus as well. I’m still learning lots of things about this walk. Every day is a gift. I love all of you people out there. Like I mentioned before, I’m not perfect, no one is! When we fall down, or feel down, get back up. When Jesus carried that cross and died on it, He died for you and me. We need to acknowledge His love and forgiveness. He is there, He will never leave or forsake us, however, we all have choices. It is up to us.

If you are bound by alcohol or drugs and you think there is no way out. That’s not true, the Lord will help you. You can call on Him today. He will give you the desires of your heart. He will restore what is broken. Just trust in Him. In God’s word, in John Chapter 10 verse 10, Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, and kill and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it more abundantly.”The peace of the Lord is so wonderful. I’m not saying that this walk is not challenging. It is, but the Lord is the one who will carry us through. Trust him! Don’t tarry too long without Him. I want to thank you all for reading my testimony. I will keep on praying and serving the Lord. Our God is an awesome God! My prayers and love to you all! God bless you all. Amen.

“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say “Come.” And let him who is thirsty come: let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” Revelation 22:17

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Testimony: Crystal

Posted by truthoughts on June 25, 2010

Testimony: Crystal Spence
Given 6/25/2010

I am 27 years old and I am a native woman. I was born on December 3rd, 1982. Long ago as a child I believed in Jesus. I also knew there was a heaven and hell. It’s only by God’s grace that I believed in God through faith. As I got older I always knew that God, the devil, heaven and hell exists. I lived in Peguis until I was 5 years. Then I moved away with my mom and two brothers Derek and Vince to a small city called Brandon in 1988-1995. My mom was a single parent of me and my brothers. My brother Vince is challenged. I was the youngest, 5 years old and my brother Derek 10 and Vince was 8 years old. When we lived in Brandon, I remember a time when I was riding my bike around on my block, that I knew the devil was nothing but God had all power. I think even back then I was a threat to the devil.

At age 11 years old I got hit by a car when I was crossing the street . I was walking home from school during lunch hour and this elderly man hit me with his vehicle. My school was only 3 blocks away from where I lived. I was instantly knocked out. I was just two minutes away nearly getting home. I only got a few cuts and one tooth knocked out. No broken bones. It was God who spared my life. He kept me alive because he knew me already even before I was born that I would completely surrender my life to Him one day.

Later on, my mom had a depression in July of 1995. She graduated from university and nursing. She was working two jobs and was a single mother too. When she had the depression she couldn’t work for awhile. So we moved back to Peguis in September 1995.

I went to a different school with kids I didn’t know at all. The last time I ever went to school in Peguis was when I was in kindergarten. Even when I was a child I was always the kind of girl that would be outgoing, soft spoken and liked to get along well with others. Anyways, when I moved back to Peguis and started school I had to adapt from going to school in the city to going to school on my reserve.

It was a challenge because I was bullied. I tried to make friends when I attended school but was still bullied. It made it difficult for me to go to school. I found myself reading the bible and praying to God. I remember reading mostly Psalms. It was in a red bible (New Testament). Even when I was younger I wasn’t a fighter, I always wanted to get along with others. It became difficult for me to go to class each day. I felt very sad and had a low self-esteem. As I look back on my old report cards I was doing well in my work but my attendance was not so great. I eventually quit school. My mom gave me permission to quit school later on due to the circumstances but she had faith that I would finish my education later on. My mom would rather have me quit school than to be depressed. I have forgiven things that happened to me when I was younger. We need to forgive others because only then God will forgive us too. Forgiving others is one of the ways of healing. We must forgive others.

However, before I eventually quit school, I became very rebellious in my early teens. I spent a lot of my time away from home during the weekends. I would be with my friends. I became sexually active at the age of 14. I had different boyfriends but mostly short term for awhile. I smoked marijuana and drank a bit. But I was mostly into smoking weed.

Since I was 16 years old I was in 3 different long term relationships. They were not healthy relationships and one abusive relationship. When I was physically abused I would hide my bruises from my family and friends. That relationship ended. I still was involved in smoking up and drinking a little. Later on I had a baby at the age of 19. I still was involved in unhealthy relationships afterwords.

I felt in my last relationship that ended in 2007, that my life and soul was being pulled down. At the time my boyfriend’s addictions were pulling me down. I drank a bit and smoked up with him once in awhile. I felt God was calling me because I started to feel bad for how I was living by doing drugs, alcohol and being intimate with my boyfriend at the time. There were times when I felt that my soul was in jeopardy. I felt that if I died in my sins, I would be on my way to hell. My boyfriend and I had an off and on relationship, meaning we would break up and get back together several times. It wasn’t healthy. I was pulled down emotionally because we both couldn’t be without each other so it was not a stable relationship.

I went to college in between when I was with my boyfriend. I had broken up with him for the time that I moved away to college. My mom, my brother Vince and my son Tyrone moved to Brandon while I attended college. It was another challenge that brought me close to God. I still wasn’t living for the Lord completely. It’s one thing to believe in God and another to actually live for Him completely. But God was still faithful and helped me through a lot.

I completed college in June 2006. We moved back to Peguis (my reserve) that year.

I continued my relationship with the guy that I broken up with before College. I didn’t feel right when I was with him intimately. We tried to make it work but it didn’t. I felt the Lord Jesus working on me to give my heart and life completely to him but I was holding back because I didn’t want to change my ways yet. I loved this guy too much. I realize it now that I was being selfish and wanted to go my own way of living. I wasn’t ready to give Jesus my life yet. I may have not been too heavily into drinking but I did drink once in awhile. Drinking is still drinking, just like sin is still sin even if it’s a small sin. It was not right in the eyes of God. It was an off and on relationship for almost 4 years.

I would even get dreams, like they were warnings when I wasn‘t living right. I didn’t feel at peace because Jesus was knocking on my heart’s door. I couldn’t sleep right at night; I was irritable and was not at peace. I finally made a decision to end that relationship early January 2007. It was the best decision I made because that relationship was pulling me down emotionally in my life but most of all it was pulling my soul down in the wrong direction. I needed Jesus in my life because He was the only one that could fill my life with peace, love and joy. He is the way, the truth and the life.

I have been single since then because I now put Jesus first in my life. I have a real relationship with Jesus. It’s an everyday walk. I am not saying it’s always easy. There were times I would get tempted by the devil. Jesus is there to help me through it. I am not a perfect person and never will be. I give God all the glory and praise for His mercy, love, forgiveness and peace. I am even closer to Jesus now then I was 3 years ago.

I will continue telling others about Jesus. I will tell others that drinking, doing drugs, lust, sexual immorality, and more is not right in God‘s eyes. I don’t do this to judge others, only God will be the judge of everyone. I only want to tell others that things are not right, out of love, and to warn others because nothing that the enemy (devil) has to offer is worth it. A person’s soul will live on for eternity after a person dies either in heaven or hell. Don’t let the devil steal your soul! We only have one life. We all have choices, either to walk in God’s ways or our own ways. I choose to live for Jesus and His ways. God’s word is the truth.

Things that I’ve done like have sex, drugs, etc almost took my soul to hell if I died in my sins. The only hope a person has in this life is Jesus. Repenting of sins and turning away from sins. Jesus wants us to live for Him completely. It’s not about attending church on Sundays, doing good deeds or being a good person. A person has to be born again and that’s by accepting Jesus as your personal Savior and repenting (confessing) your sins wholeheartedly. Repenting means to tell Jesus your sins and being really sorry for them and asking Him to forgive you and He will.

I serve an Awesome God. He is very mighty! However, he won’t allow any sin into His kingdom. That’s why I am sharing my testimony and will keep sharing about God, His Word, and I will keep posting videos, notes and pictures to show you Jesus is truly the way! (*insert: Crystal ministers on Facebook*)

Even when I post things about hell and Jesus returning, it’s all true my friends because Jesus will return so we must be ready, it says it all in the bible. So my friends be careful what choices you make. When you completely surrender your heart and life to Jesus you‘ll see the changes Jesus does in your life and you‘ll never be the same. He will make you a brand new person. He will forget your past. Only by Jesus’ precious blood we can be cleansed. He died on that cross of Calvary for me and you. What He can do in my life and others lives, He can do for you. God loves you! Seek Him soon. Jesus is worth it. You have everything to gain with Jesus Christ and nothing to lose. But without Jesus you have everything to lose and nothing to gain. Well God bless you all.

Sincerely your friend,

Crystal

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