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CSI Good News
(Church of South India Good News)
Vol. 5 / Issue 12 / May 1 2003
Contents of this issue
Jesus is coming soon
When Money becomes God!
News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Today people are afraid of SARS epidemic because it is considered as on incurable disease as there is no known medicine for it. Many died because of this new disease and doctors are puzzled to find a cure for it. They say that, if a person is affected by SARS then there is no other way except to isolate them so that others could not get that disease. A few weeks back no one really cared if they had cold, but now it has became a matter of high concern.
Even I saw on TV that in Thailand as soon as people came out of the plane they were checked for SARS. They allowed them to proceed only if they had no symptoms and otherwise they were immediately deported.
How much do we care when these types of things happen. Do we care about the other type of epidemic spoken off by God in the Bible many thousands of years ago? Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” NIV Bible says about the same verse, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
We have the problem that there is incurable disease in our hearts, but how many of us take it seriously? How many of us ever thought of doing something so that we must have a healthy and cured heart. Most of us never bother about this epidemic while it is certain that if ignored, death is for sure. Bible says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Every person who is born in this world is heading towards death – eternal death. Bible tells us that there is not only physical death but spiritual death too. That’s why Jesus said in John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
How can a person get the experience of being born again? Bible says in John 1:12-13, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
My dear friend, this disease will one day kill you, but there is a cure for it and that is Jesus Christ who died for you on the cruel cross, who gave His precious life for us so that we could come out of our sins and reconcile with God so that we may never die but have eternal life. If you want to go to heaven you must need the Physician who can heal your incurable disease. That Physician is none other than Jesus. If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then invite Him in your life today, tomorrow may be too late. When Jesus will come in, He will remove death and destruction and give you eternal life.
Jesus is coming soon
When we look in to the Bible prophecies and think about the current situation of the world we can easily believe that we are at the end time. Things are moving fast. All the prophecies of Bible are being fulfilled in rapid pace. We never know when Jesus will return for His bride. Jesus Himself said in Mat 24: 42-44,
Mat 24:42, "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
Mat 24:43 "But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Mat 24:44 "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
But it looks that much time is not left. We have to get ready so that we are prepared at any time when Jesus returns for His church, that means, when rapture occurs we are ready to go with Him.
Few months back I read about the prophecies of a rabbi of 1882. He saw some visions and he gave those prophecies in sealed envelopes to his son to be opened on some particular dates. I am enclosing it here for your reading.
The below given account is taken from Gwyn Shaw's End-Time Handmaidens newsletter, and Gwyn had received it from Barbara.
AN OLD JEWISH PROPHECY CONCERNING ISRAEL
(Jim refers to Gwyn Shaw's husband.)
When Jim and I were ministering at the "Israel My Beloved" Convention in Dr. Sandra Kennedy's beautiful church recently, we had the privilege of sharing the pulpit with one of the Lord's special daughters of Zion, Barbara Richmond. She informed us about a recent revelation concerning a series of prophetic letters that had been written by a very saintly Rabbi before his death in 1882. The Rabbi had left seven sealed envelopes with instructions that they were to be opened on the dates indicated. The dates were given according to the Hebrew calendar, but are here rendered for the western reader. He gave these letters to his son. After a while his son died also. Then they came into the hands of his grandson. An Orthodox woman who is a friend of Barbara's gave her the following report concerning these letters.
1. The FIRST envelope was opened on May 1,1948, and it read: "The Holy One of Israel, blessed be He, has shown me that in the next few weeks, our ancient homeland will be restored to us on the land given to our father Abraham by the Almighty".
[David ben Gurion read the declaration of the State of Israel on May 14,1948. Eleven minutes later President Truman officially recognized the State of Israel and was followed almost immediately by the USSR. The Jews had their own country].
2. The SECOND envelope was opened on October 1,1956, "The Holy One of Israel, blessed be He, has shown me that in eight days our people will cross the Sinai and come to the very door of Egypt"...
[In 1956 Gen Abdul Nasser, president of Egypt, expelled the British from the Suez Canal Zone. In October Egypt 's artillery at Sharm el-Sheikh prevented Israeli ships from going through the Straits of Tiran into the gulf of Eilat. Israel attacked. Between October 29 and November 1, 1956, Israel, under Gen Moshe Dayan, using fast armored divisions, outflanked, surrounded and routed the Egyptian forces in Gaza and the Sinai. The Arab world was stunned. In eight days Israel had taken all the Sinai Desert with its powerful fortifications. USA and the USSR both condemned the Israeli attack and ordered Israel to return to its previous borders. History tells the rest of the story].
3. The THIRD envelope was opened on May 14, 1967: "The Holy One of Israel, blessed be He, has shown me that within a month there will be a very quick war and Jerusalem will once again be in our hands after nearly two thousand years"...
[In June Jordan attacks West Jerusalem. In the ensuing war Israel takes possession of East Jerusalem, the "West Bank", Gaza, the Golan Heights, and Sinai. On June 7 IDF troops entered Jerusalem through St. Stephen's Gate. At 10:15 A.M. the Israeli flag was raised over the Temple Mount and the Kotel (the Western Wall). 'The Six Day War'. No one will ever forget the blowing of the Shofar at the wall, and the announcement over Radio Israel, "The Temple Mount is under our control!"] Jerusalem was reunited. This was known as "The Six Day War".
4. The FOURTH envelope was opened on Rosh Hashana, 1973: "The Holy One of Israel, blessed be He, has shown me that in 10 days there will be a devastating attack against us. We will prevail by the Hand of the Almighty."...
[Israel was suddenly attacked ten days later, October 6, 1973 on the most holy day of the year, The Day of Atonement from all sides. The fighting was extremely severe. Israel lost more than 2,500 soldiers. It was only when it was clear that Egypt was going to lose that the United Nations did anything; a cease-fire was ordered for October 22. Israel had come within 42 miles of Cairo. This war is known as 'The Yom Kippur War'].
5. The FIFTH envelope was opened on January 1, 1991: "The Holy One of Israel, Blessed be He, has shown me that very soon ancient Babylon will attack us once again."
[The Gulf war began on January 17, 1991]. The first Iraqi scud missile fell on Israel within days.
6. The SIXTH envelope was opened on November 13, 2002: "The Holy One of Israel, blessed be He, has shown me that very soon (TIMOTHY SNOGRASS' ACCOUNT SAYS "BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH" BUT BARBARA SAYS IT SHOULD READ "VERY SOON") there will be a terrible war, but that this war will lead us to the days of the Mashiach." [November 13 is in the month of Kislev which lasts from November 6 to December 5 (the seventh day of Hannukah)].
It is believed that it refers about recent Iraq war.
7. The SEVENTH envelope is marked to be opened for Passover 2003 (April 17, 2003).
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Well Whatever Bible speaks about future prophecies, it's signs are clearly visible now. Bible speaks about one world govt. (might be EU), one currency (might be Euro) and one world leader (Anti Christ). According to Bible, Anti Christ will emerge on the face of the world and he will make each and every person of this world to take the mark of the beast.
Rev 13:16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
Rev 13:17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
When I was leaving India, at that time I heard that each and every person must take personal 'Photo ID card' and it was mandatory. Till then I never heard of such things in India. Now in public places Video Surveillance Security Camera Systems are installed to monitor the activities of people. There is another device called Iris recognition technology. It is a latest technology, which is used in airport for security reasons. When a person passes through the security checkpoint this type of camera takes the scan of a person's iris. And it is stored in Computer for future use. If a person changes his/her appearance and color of the face still this camera could detect a person through his/her iris. And it could show the true identity of a person. What tells us through all these technologies? We are moving toward rapture and the time of anti-christ.
The time is running out. Bible prophecies are coming true day by day and we are heading toward our final destiny. What would be your final destiny? It completely depends on you. Bible says that there are only two places to which human soul goes after death. It is either to HEAVEN or to HELL. There is no third choice. There is also absolutely nothing in between these two. It depends on you where you want to spend your eternity.
Heaven is a place where Jesus dwells with His angels. But Hell is a place where Satan (Devil) dwells with his followers. God does not send anybody to Hell, but you and I have the ability to choose either one of these two. Going to hell is not that hard; you need not to do anything for that. The way you are going on today in sin, if you'll keep on moving in the same direction, one day you'll end up in hell fire. It is that simple, it does not require any effort.
But if you really want to go to heaven it is indeed little difficult. You cannot live in sin and still reach heaven. You cannot cheat others and still reach heaven. You cannot ignore the living God (Jesus) and still reach heaven. Many think "if I go and sit on the mountain and torture my body I will surely reach heaven." Muslims think, "if I kill somebody in the name of Allah I'll surely reach heaven." Even many who were born in a Christian family think, "if I love others and take part in Church activities I will surely reach heaven." But it does not work that way. You cannot reach heaven by your own imaginations or manmade carnal ways. God does not accept it. He is a most holy God. He has His own rules and laws, which He has given for our benefit. Read the Bible and you'll find all the laws of God.
Bible clearly describes how a person can reach heaven.
1. John 3:3, "Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Without turning from your sins you cannot reach heaven. Without Salvation or born again experience, reaching heaven is impossible.
2. 1 Pet 1:16, "because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."
Without holiness reaching heaven is impossible. Without walking in the ways of God you cannot ever reach heaven. If you are a saved person or call yourself as saved, your life must show that you are indeed saved. Holiness is that vital part.
3. Mark 8:38 "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
Without confessing Jesus as your Lord and Savior before the world you cannot reach heaven. It means if you are a saved person there must be a testimony. When a person receives Jesus Christ he/she must know that at some point of their life a great change occurred. A spiritual transformation took place or it changed their entire life style. They came out from sinful life style and started leading a holy life. It is called real change or salvation. This type of automatic transformation shows the world that you have a testimony.
But today we hear hundreds of testimonies of people. I am sick and tired of those worldly testimonies. People say, "I believe in God that's why today I am alive in the midst of these many problems." or "I believe in God that's why whatever I desired God gave me", or "One by one things which I desired happened in my life so I can say that God is leading me."
Jesus is coming soon for His church. What about you? All the signs of end time is more than clear ever. If rapture occurs anytime are you ready for that? Are you ready to join the blessed people of the Lord? Heaven is real and Hell is also real. You cannot reject Jesus the maker of this whole world and still reach heaven. It is time to escape from that bitter hell. If you want to go with Jesus with blessed people please pray this prayer with me.
I am a sinner. Please forgive and forget my past sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood and make me a new creation. Please come into my heart. Wash me with your precious blood and make me whole. Lord I praise you for hearing this prayer. Thank you for making me your child and giving me a place in heaven. I pray in Jesus precious name Amen.
When Money becomes God!
Mat 26:14-15, “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
Judas - a man who was chosen by Jesus Himself, who walked with Him in the three years of His ministry and who knew Him so closely but missed everything in his life just because of his greed for money. Jesus chose him for a great destiny and with great purpose but he lost everything because of his love for money. Even the Bible says that he was a thief and took money from the purse. When he did all these things, he might have thought oh, I am a disciple of Jesus and He will overlook my fault or He will forgive me. But he forgot that God is a just judge too. He continued in that lifestyle and his end was terrible. He committed suicide and lost eternity.
He had enough time to come back and ask for forgiveness from Jesus, but Judas did not choose the way of repentance but he choose the way of destruction. Very often people say that we Christians should be humble. But they forget that we should be humble before God. We should have a heart to repent and turn around from our sins. That’s the real humility and humbleness. Show off before people is not humbleness neither will it do any good in your life. But if you show humbleness before God, it will bring blessings and honor in your life.
Many think that once saved is always saved. Many think that once you have become a child of God, then you will always be His child and He will not cast you out. No, it is not the truth. If you are a child of God and if you sin, God’s punishment will come upon you. But if you repent from your sin, He will forgive you and forget your sins. Bible has many incidents where it talks about the fall of prophets and of those who knew God. Those who repented from their sin and turned again to God, God forgave them and blessed them, but those who did not repent, they lost everything.
Saul did the same mistake what Judas did. Though Saul admitted that he sinned still be never repented from his sin. Instead he asked Samuel that he should honor him before the people. The result was that he lost everything, his kingdom, his life and the favor of God. Bible says in 1 Sam 15:23-24, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king. Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.”
He always feared people and tried to please the people instead of God and it turned out to be a disaster for him. He died a tragic death like Judas.
David was a man who did grievous sin against God. When prophet Nathan came to tell him that he sinned against God, he repented from his sin. He did not care about his prestige and his position as a king, but he refused to eat anything and he lay all night on the ground. When his family members came to raise him up, he refused. He repented and for seven days he was lying on the ground repenting for his sin. And God forgave him.
Psalmist says in Psalms 99:6, “Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the LORD, and He answered them. And in Psalms 99:8, “You answered them, O LORD our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, Though You took vengeance on their deeds.” Yes, He is a God who forgives our sins if we repent and turn from our wicked ways.
Some people think that a person is not humble when that person goes and warns others who are sinning. But the Bible says in Ezek 3:16-19, “Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.”
If God has made you a watchman and if you have received word from God then it is your duty to go and warn people about their sin. Some people may say that you do not have respect for others or that you are doing this because of hatred towards that person. Well, let me give you one example. If my parents are traveling by car and I know that the road through which my parents are traveling will end in a pit and if they go by that road, it is sure that they will be going down in that pit, and if I say, “no, I cannot tell them the danger ahead of them because I love them and respect them, I cannot give them this news”, then it is sure that I will lose my parents. But if I really love and respect my parents and if I know that my parents are heading towards destruction then I will scream with all my might and warn them that they should not go through that road.
It is not love and respect that prompts you to close your eyes even while seeing that your fellow human beings are living in sin and going to hell fire. If you really love and respect them, you will certainly tell them that they should repent from their sins and turn to the living God so that they should not perish but have eternal life. How you feel if your loved ones or friends go to hell fire? Do you think it would be a moment of great joy and happiness for you? Will they appreciate you saying, “you did a great job by loving and respecting me that you did not warn e and because of that I came in this place today?” I hope not!
Once I read a true story of an Evangelist. One night she woke up screaming. She was screaming so badly that his brother came running and asked her why she was screaming? After a few moments she told the dream she had. She was taken to hell and she saw people standing inside flames of fire and were screaming because of immense pain and sorrow. She stood there with tears in her eyes and Jesus said, go to the world and tell the world, what you have seen. Rescue the perishing that none could come here. She nodded her head in yes and Jesus held her hand and said, come. As soon as she turned to go from that place, she saw a familiar face, very familiar face. It made her tremble. She screamed and said to his brother, “it was none other than our father who was in the flames of fire and was in terrible pain.”
After seeing this horrible dream she never stopped there. She told about the love of Christ to every person whom she met. Every time she saw a person she remembered her dream and her father’s face came before her eyes and it compelled her to speak about the judgment of God and the horrible consequences of sin. And how to escape from hell fire.
If you really love and respect your fellow human being, you will warn them that they are heading towards destruction and death. You cannot sit with shut mouth. If you love and respect your fellow human being, you will not care about this world, dignity, your position or money but only for perishing soul.
Do you have that love and compassion for souls? Do you have that love and respect for others? If not, repent from your sin and turn to God and ask Him to fill you with His love and compassion so that you could care about perishing souls. If you go after money and fame, it will run far away from you but if you seek God and His ways, money, fame and riches will come running after you. Being greedy will not bring any good in your life but if you walk in the ways of God, He will bless your life.
Patrik Markovic 31 Sweden
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Zlatia Markovic 68 Serbia
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Robert Lapham 52 USA
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Through the Valley of Death & other Books
As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.
This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store
Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,
Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.
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