Babies – A Precious Gift from God

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(Genesis 33:5; Psalms 127:3; Proverbs 17:6; Deuteronomy 6:7)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I heard the Israelites are building bomb shelters and getting gas masks. Should we here in the US worry about this and do the same?

ANSWER: Sadly, Israel has always had to be prepared for war since the country is surrounded by those who would love to see it wiped off the face of the earth. I don’t see any scenario where we have to be taking such precautions, since our demise will come without any foreign armies ever firing a shot or stepping on US soil. If we don’t repent and turn back to God and His Truth, God’s wrath and judgment will continue to rain down upon us.

While death is a sad part of this human experience we all have to deal with throughout our journey and one day face ourselves, today I want to deal with the other end of that spectrum, when life begins. One of the great joys I have each day is receiving emails from people excited that they are going to have a child. It is one of those special moments in a person’s life that crescendos less than a year later with the birth of that precious baby. It has been an honor and privilege to pray for so many babies still in the womb and in a few months receive a picture of one of those babies that is truly a gift from God.

Having a child is one of the greatest responsibilities a person has during this lifetime. Raising that child is without a doubt the most important ministry a parent will ever have. The Bible claims in 1 Timothy 5:8 that if you don’t take care of your relatives, especially those in your family you have denied the faith and are worse than an infidel or unbeliever. There are no exceptions to this verse. It doesn’t say, unless you are a pastor. It doesn’t say, unless you are the head of a major company. It doesn’t say, unless you are too busy helping other people. The Word of God is clear that the number one responsibility of a parent is to your family after your rleationship with the Lord. EVERYTHING else in your life is is less important.

I want every parent to take a moment right now, pray, and ask God if your spouse and children are truly the number one priority in your life after your relationship with Christ. If not, NOW is the time to make whatever changes that need to be made to insure they are!

For every man and woman that is reading this today that is expecting a child, I want to encourage you to start praying over your child even now while that baby is still in the womb. Pray health over your baby. Pray protection over your baby. Pray God’s blessings over your baby. Pray that your baby will have a heart that yearns for Jesus. Even after that baby is born, you need to be praying over your baby everyday. God has entrusted this life into your care. Prayer demonstrates our dependence upon God. Never in your life will you be more tested and more dependant upon the Lord than in raising your child.

As your child begins to get older, teaching that child how to pray, reading the Word of God to your child, making sure your child is in church every week, are all ways to follow God’s Word and raise that child in the admonition of the Lord. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RAISING YOUR CHILD IN THE FAITH AND WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” The greatest thing you will ever do for your child is to lay a foundation of faith in Christ and God’s Word in their life!

Listen moms and dads. As your child gets older they will begin to make their own decisions. At some point, you won’t be able to make their choices for them. That is why laying that foundation of faith is so critical. Let me make sure you understand something. You are NOT responsible for the decisions they make. Just like your mother and father were not responsible for the decisions you made, you are not responsible for the decisions your children will make.

That is why those early years are so critical, since what they learn in those early years will help to shape the choices they make as they get older. Know that even if they turn from the Lord at some point, when times get difficult it is that spiritual foundation you helped lay in their life that will sustain them. Just like the prodigal son made some horrible decisions, when he hit rock bottom he knew to “go home” to his father.

Let me speak for a minute directly to those who have had the pain of losing a child before you were able to give birth, as well as those who have had a baby or child die. Let me remind you the Bible tells us that tomorrow is promised to none of us. That means each day is a gift from God whether we are in the womb, 2 months old, 5 years old, 15, 40, or 90 years old. We will never fully understand why God chooses to allow someone to die when they do.

However, the greatest desire and goal of any parent should be for their child to know Christ as their Savior and have the assurance of everlasting life. For those who have lost a baby in the womb or a baby or young child, you can be assured that your baby or child is forever with the Lord. The only thing that will send a person to hell is rejecting Christ as their Savior and since your baby or child never had that opportunity, they are with the Lord for eternity.

Also, I know that many of you are in tears today because you so desperately want a child and for reasons only God knows, you have not been able to conceive. Again, why your prayers have not been answered is something only God knows for certain, but let me encourage you to continue to pray for a child, knowing that with God ALL things are possible.

We have too many testimonies both from God’s Word and from so many people of how God allowed them to conceive later in life after many years of not having any children. Also, never forget that God may have a special calling on your life to be a mom or dad to a child by adoption. There are so many children who have been given up for adoption who need Godly parents, and God may be calling you to have a child by adoption.

I love you and care about you so much. There is nothing more exciting in life than finding out that you are going to have a child, going through those months of preparing for the birth of your child, and then that incredible day you will never forget as long as you live when your baby is born. Of course, that is also the start of the most important job you will ever have in this life, raising your child. Let me close today with a special prayer of blessing for your baby, whether this baby is still in the womb or recently born, and for you to be the Godly parents God has called you to be.

“Father, I pray today for those precious babies who are still in the womb. I pray oh Lord that you will touch these precious lives and make their bodies healthy, their minds sharp, and their hearts tender towards the Lord. I pray oh Lord that you will bring forth these precious babies from the womb in your perfect timing and that these babies will grow and mature into mighty men and women of God should Jesus tarry in His return. For those babies and children, I pray oh Lord that you will protect them from the evils of this dark world. I pray oh Lord that they will be raised in the admonition of the Lord, in the strength of your Word, and become great men and women of God to lead your people in these last days. Father, I lift up the moms and dads of these children. Give them your strength, your wisdom, your discernment as they raise their children in the ways of the Lord. I pray oh Lord that you will guide them and help them to be the Godly moms and dads to their children you have called them to be. Bless their homes oh Lord, let the Sprit of the living God be present and make their home and lives great beacons of light in this lost and dying world I pray blessings on these babies and children, blessings on these moms and dads in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. AMEN!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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The Pop Quizzes of Life God Gives Us Each Day

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(Malachi 3:3)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, why aren’t the Muslims ever attacked by the homosexual activists like they did the Mozilla CEO and others who disagree with them, since Islam outlaws homosexuality and same-sex marriage?

ANSWER: What a great question! The short answer is because they are both on the same team,TEAM SATAN, with the same goal to destroy lives and lead souls to hell through their lies!!! The silence of the homosexual activists regarding Islam is deafening! In most Islamic controlled countries, you can be put to death for engaging in homosexual activities. You will also NEVER SEE men marrying men or women marrying women or anyone protesting they should! Yet, not a word about this “bigotry” and “intolerance” from the homosexual activists since they are afraid of Muslims and their violent response to those who oppose them. Like all true “bullies,” the homosexual activists AND the Muslims, attack, intimidate, and strong arm those who disagree with them into silence and doing what they want. Note: Neither the homosexual activists or Muslims have been successful over the past 15 years in their constant efforts to intimidate me to be silent. Actually, the more they threaten me, the louder and bolder I speak out to expose their sin and lies designed to destroy lives and lead the souls of men and women to eternity in hell!!!

I was richly blessed in my elementary school years to have wonderful teachers who really cared about me. They were a big part of my life and like family. I have always thanked God for such wonderful, loving, caring people who gave of themselves to instill the basics into my life. It was a firm foundation that the rest of my academic life was built upon. In the third grade, I had a history teacher, Mrs. Wilson. You had to stay on your toes with Mrs. Wilson because she was famous for her pop quizzes. You never knew when, and usually when you least expected it. Often she would stop in the middle of a lesson, tell us to take out a piece of paper, and proceed to give us a pop quiz.

God does that to us also. Rarely a day goes by that at some point, He doesn’t tell us to take out a piece of paper and proceed to give us a pop quiz. The purpose and use of a pop quiz is to give us a measuring stick to see how we are progressing. Like Mrs. Wilson, God’s pop quizzes come at the most unexpected times, when we least expect it. We may wake up one morning and to our horror see that our alarm clock did not work and we are an hour late. Do we panic start running around frustrated? Or do we take a second, pray, and ask the Lord to help us be where we need to be, do all we need to do even though we are an hour late?

Often the pop quiz occurs in traffic. The thoughts of the day racing in our mind, in a hurry to get to our destination, and of course, someone not driving the way we think they should. Do we get angry, yell at them, shake our fist at them, call them names? Or do we rest in the fact God is guiding us to our destination in His time, not ours? The pop quiz may happen at school or work. We deal with people in our lives daily, classmates, coworkers. How do we handle the problems that always arise from these inter-personal relationships?

Of course, all through the day there are opportunities for the Lord to give us a pop quiz. With our finances, our spouse, our family members, decisions about romance, where to live, where to fellowship, how to serve Him, and on, and on, and on.

I often take a few minutes at night before going to bed, and replay the events of the day. What I did, what happened throughout the day. I try to reflect back and see how I did in relationship to actually living my faith. How did I handle the pop quizzes the Lord threw at me that day. This has proved to be a valuable tool for me in regard to my spiritual growth, as well as identifying areas of my life that I need to really work on. By doing this, I can see those areas that need attention. It also keeps me very close to the Lord, because you CANNOT pass the pop quizzes God gives us each day, and not be walking close with the Lord. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE.

It would be like someone who had virtually no knowledge of chemistry, walking into an advanced chemistry class and taking a test. This daily review also makes it very difficult for us to be living with sin in our life. We become aware of our sins, we repent of them, ask the Lord’s forgiveness, and work on keeping that sin out of our life in the future.

The 20-30 minutes you should spend at the start of every day in prayer and the Word, the 10-15 minutes you should spend with the Lord before you go to bed reflecting on that day, are the most productive minutes of the day. They will ultimately be the difference between living a victorious or defeated life. They are the difference between walking with Christ each day, or running from Him.

I love you and care about you very much. I want to see you getting an A+ on all of your pop quizzes the Lord throws you way each day. To do that however, requires work on your part. The only way I could do well on the pop quizzes Mrs. Wilson would give our class, was to study the material, and be prepared. That is what God is asking you to do as well. Study the material in His Word, and be prepared to put what you read into action in your daily life. The fact is, the pop quizzes God gives us are real life, with real consequences. Failing them in some cases can dramatically alter your life.

This is not a game, but very serious. Men and women in the armed services train diligently, because they know that the training they undertake one day can save their life as well as the lives of many others. As soldiers in God’s army, we need to take our training just as serious, because the eternal souls of many are at stake.

My prayer today is that you will start to really pay attention to those tests God gives you each and every day. They are a way for you to stay focused each day on Him, stay aware of the weak areas of your life, and keep you prepared for the real life spiritual battles we face each and every day. I have to admit, I was very challenged by the pop quizzes Mrs. Wilson gave our class. I made it a point to study hard, always be prepared so that I could do well on them. I try to do that today in my spiritual life, and challenge you to do the same. Never forget, our life is a series of tests, tests that help us in our spiritual growth, tests that help us to stay prepared for the work God has for us to do. Make sure you are ready for that next pop quiz God has for you

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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The United States is Begging God to Curse this Nation

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(Genesis 12:1-7, 13:14-16, 15:18; Deuteronomy 9:4-6; Joshua 1:1-11, 21:43-45)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, some people think God chose who he was going to be saved even before they were born. I tend to think He just knew who was going to follow him and who wasn’t. What is your opinion?

ANSWER: It is the age old debate about “election.” God in His omniscience knew before the foundations of the earth was formed who would accept Him and who would reject Him. Having said that, despite His knowledge, man has the free will to accept or reject Christ and God DOES NOT interfere with that free will choice, meaning each person is responsible for what they do with Jesus. Otherwise, there would be no need for preaching the Gospel, there would be no point in evangelizing, and all of the commandments regarding telling others (Romans 10) would be meaningless.

The United States is begging God to curse this nation!!! The promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 IS STILL IN EFFECT TODAY! God clearly told Abraham that He would bless those who blessed him (the children of Israel), and curse those who cursed him (the children of Israel)!

In addition to legally slaughtering apx. 4,000 babies every 24 hours in this nation, perverting God’s Holy Institution of Marriage, bowing down to worship false gods and idols man has created in his evil imagination, and being totally sold out to sin of every kind of sin you can name, this nation has also turned its back on Israel!!!

Secretary of State John Kerry, like ALL past Secretary of States, and President Obama, like all past Presidents, are literally fighting God Himself and inviting the Almighty to curse this nation as they attempt to give away part of the land God gave to His chosen people to the enemies of Israel!

Please, do yourself a favor right now and get your Bible and sit down and spend the next 10 minutes reading the anchor verses for today, Genesis 12:1-7, 13:14-16, 15:18; Deuteronomy 9:4-6; Joshua 1:1-11; 21:43-45. You could spend hours reading all the passages in God’s Word that confirm that modern-day Israel is the land God promised to Abraham and gave to His children.

You do not have to be a Bible scholar to quickly realize in just the few key passages I have given you today that the land of Israel is indeed the exact land God Himself promised to His children 4,000 years ago, and fulfilled that promise in 1385 B.C. when Joshua took possession of that land.

Having laid the Biblical case to support that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, now you can see why giving away even one inch of that land to anyone else is going against God Himself. No person, no nation, has the right to give away what God promised and gave to the Jewish people. Those who do make themselves an enemy of God!

Over and over throughout the Bible and human history, nations have invaded this land, taken it over, only to be defeated in the end. The land of Israel is only 20,330 sq km, slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey. Out of the billions of square miles that exist on this earth, this is the only place on the planet God literally promised and gave to His children. For anyone to go in and try to give a piece of that land away is foolish.

That is why the current “peace plan” Secretary Kerry and the United States are trying to broker, will never work and has actually put our nation on the opposite side of God again! Let me be clear. The Gaza Strip belongs to ISRAEL! The West Bank belongs to ISRAEL! Jerusalem, 100% OF IT, belongs to ISRAEL!

For this nation to be involved in any deals, even under the guise of “peace,” that involves giving away the land God gave to the children of Israel is taking on God Himself! Not to mention that this land is being given away to the ENEMIES OF ISRAEL!!!

My friend, one of the problems many have with the Bible is that they can’t understand why a God of love would command His children to go to war and “Kill every man, woman, child, and living thing” as He did many times in the Old Testament. The reason was this. God in His omniscience knew that the enemies of Israel, those who came to possess their land, had no desire for peace but the complete destruction and annihilation of the Jewish people. The complete obliteration of the Jewish people was their ONLY goal, not peace.

Israel clearly understands the reality that there are people and nations who desire their death and destruction. They don’t have the luxury of great oceans on either side as we do and their enemies literally live all around them. That is what makes this current “peace plan” so silly.

To actually take some of the small amount of land that belongs to Israel and literally give it to their enemies is absurd and ridiculous. It will only embolden and empower those who seek the destruction of Israel. Again, make no mistake about it. While we and others seek “peace,” it takes TWO to make peace. Despite the claims by the Palestinian leadership, their goal is NOT peace but the destruction of Israel!!

I have always been amused at why anyone thinks it is necessary to give the little strip of land God gave to Israel away to her enemies, when Israel is surrounded by Arab nations with VAST AMOUNTS of land who could easily assimilate their Arab brothers into their countries. Why do the Palestinians have to live on the land God gave to Israel when there is plenty of land in neighboring Arab countries they could live on?

How about a “peace plan” that gave some of the land in surrounding Arab countries to the Palestinians???

I love you and care about you so much. I want to close today with a powerful promise God made to Abraham 4,000 years ago in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” This one verse of Scripture is why what is happening in Israel right now is so critical to THIS NATION!

In being part of a plan to give away the land God gave to Israel to anyone, especially her enemies who seek her destruction, puts us on the wrong side of God. We should be seeking the BLESSINGS of God, not His CURSES!

Know that I am praying for you today. Even though most Jewish people have rejected Christ as their Savior, blinded to the reality that He is the Messiah they were promised in the Old Testament, they were, are, and always will be God’s chosen people. The promise God gave Abraham in Genesis 12:3 is still in effect today.

Our Christian faith is traced back through the children of Israel. The last events of this world will be played out in Israel. That is why we need to pray for and support the Jewish people and God’s plan for the land of Israel. Our blessings in life come from following God not being in opposition to God!

Also, be praying for this special group of people God chose to reveal Himself to and carry His message to the world. It was through the Jewish people God brought His Son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Wonderful groups like Jews for Jesus have done a great work in bringing the fact the Messiah prophesied throughout the Old Testament, is Jesus!

Jesus is the fulfillment of all of those Old Testament prophecies, and despite the fact He was rejected by his own people, today millions of Jewish people have come to know Jesus as their personal Savior by faith. In Heaven there will be no Jew or Gentile, only those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Is the Internet Causing People to Lose their Religion

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(James 4:4)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, we are taught we must be led by the Holy Spirit; but how do you know when it is Gods’ will vs. our own human brain speaking to us?

ANSWER: That is why the Bible is so critical. God will NEVER contradict His Word. The Bible must always be our filter to discern if it is really God, ourselves, or satan lying to us! This is why reading the studying the Bible is so critical, to be able to discern the voice of God!

The Internet is causing people to lose their religion, so says a new US study that was released recently by a researcher and computer scientist. The study indicated that aside from other factors, such as parental affiliation and college attendance contributing to a decrease in religious beliefs, the internet has been attributed as one of the biggest factors. While it may be a logical conclusion someone outside of Christendom could arrive at, it is 100% WRONG!!!

The case is made that because of the Internet, people now have access to more information, information that allows them to “think for themselves.” This access to information via the Internet also refutes the existence of God, proves the Bible is little more than a book of myths and fantasies, and following Jesus is a waste of time since there is no such place as heaven or hell!

There is no doubt that the Internet has become a place for those who reject God’s existence, who Jesus really was, and the Truth of the Bible, to openly express their beliefs. There are literally thousands and thousands of websites that those who are looking to reinforce their rejection of Christianity can go to in order to find information to support that rejection.

The reason the conclusion of this study is 100% wrong is that the decline of Christianity in this nation is not because of the information available on the Internet, but what I have been sharing in the Daily Devotional these past 15 years. It is the fact the better percentage of the past two generations have never been to church, the breakdown of God’s plan for the family which forms the foundation of our society, that are huge contributors to the decline of Christianity. Add to those two factors a nation that operates in open rebellion to God and His Truth found in the Bible, and a culture that openly promotes and glorifies the things God’s Word defines as sin.

Lastly, a weak, apathetic, gutless, money-motivated, compromised church that is more focused on building its’ kingdom than God’s, has to bear a huge portion of the blame for the decline in Christianity in this nation. The church would rather entertain people than train people in the work of the Lord. It would rather build buildings than men and women of God. It equips itself with every modern technological marvel instead of equipping the saints. Raising money has become the prime motivation instead of saving souls!!!

I love you and care about you so much. The truth is, the Internet, while being used to destroy lives and provide people with the lies they need to justify their unbelief, has been an instrument God has used in a POWERFUL way! Just look at Liveprayer! Over the last 15 years, Liveprayer has become by far the world’s largest interactive Christian website. We’ve sent out over 5,300 Daily Devotionals that began going out to a handful of people and are now are received by over 2.5 million people worldwide every single day, impacting tens of millions of lives worldwide since we began!

We have received and responded to over 100 million email prayer requests. We have accumulated a Praise Report archive with over 8 million testimonies of God’s faithfulness.Most important of all, over 800,000 souls we know of who have come to faith in Jesus Christ through Liveprayer!!! While many have used the Internet to lead people away from God’s Truth found in the Bible and faith in Christ, Liveprayer has proved it can be a mighty instrument in the hands of God to minister to people in their hour of need, bring His Truth into the marketplace, and save souls.

AS I SHARED WITH YOU LAST NOVEMBER, IT WILL BE LIVEPRAYER LEADING THE WAY BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR, USING THIS PRECIOUS RESOURCE ON THE INTERNET ALONG WITH OUR TV PROGRAM. GOD IS GOING TO USE LIVEPRAYER TO BRING A TRUE REVIVAL TO OUR NATION AND BEGIN TO TURN THIS ONCE GREAT LAND BACK TO HIMSELF AND THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD!!!

While it would be nice to blame the Internet for the decline in Christianity in this nation, it simply isn’t the case. This is a nation that has forsaken its’ relationship with God, and exchanged that relationship for one with the world. The Bible proclaims that a friend of this world is an enemy of God. Our nation has sadly become God’s enemy, living in blatant unrepentant sin, and that rebellion against the Almighty is the reason for the decline in Christianity!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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The “Blood Moons” Con is Simply the Latest on Christians

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(Revelation 6:12-14, Acts 2:20, Joel 2:31)

***ASK BILL: You recently shared your views on the recent movies, “Noah” and “Son of God.” How do you view older movies like “The Greatest Story ever Told” and “King of Kings?”

ANSWER: While “Ben Hur,” “Barabbas,” “The Ten Commandments,” the ones you mentioned, and others all took some “creative liberties,” the older Biblical movies held VERY CLOSE to the Scriptures. THEY HAD NO CHOICE!!! The church in that day would have been outraged, would have spoken loud and clear IN THE SECULAR MARKETPLACE where they lived and ministered about any blasphemous representations of God’s Word. Sadly, elementary Sunday School children were more Biblically literate back in the days of those movies than the vast majority of today’s adult Christians! When those movies were being made, Hollywood would have never thought for a second of creating anything that wasn’t as true to the Biblical account as possible!!!

The “blood moons” con is simply the latest on Christians! As the fervor over the “blood moons” began to intensify about 2 months ago, finally hitting the mainstream Christian news services along with a handful of secular news agencies about a month ago, I could only shake my head as I thought of “The Prayer of Jabez,” and more recently “The Harbinger.”

“The Prayer of Jabez,” authored by Bruce Wilkinson, comes from 1 Chronicles 4:9,10 and is the prayer to God by a man named Jabez. Soon after it was published in 2000, the book was being marketed by insinuating people could pray this prayer in repetition in order to bring them fortune and blessings. These type of books always have to take Scripture out of context in order to make such false claims, preying on people’s Biblical illiteracy. THERE ARE NO MAGIC PRAYERS. WE PRAY TO GOD IN FAITH TRUSTING IN HIS PROVIDENCE, NOT MAGICAL WORDS!

All I can tell you about “The Harbinger” is that there is not ONE THING in that book that people haven’t been reading in the Liveprayer Daily Devotional…FOR FREE…regarding the signs of the judgment of God on this nation for the past 15 years, LONG before anyone ever heard of Rabbi Cahn. However, I don’t charge for anything I write or produce at Liveprayer, and I certainly don’t go on the Christian media circuit in order to hype people up so I can sell them something!

Just like “Jabez” and “Harbinger,” the “blood moons” ARE tied to Scripture. They are directly referred to in Revelation 6:12-14, Acts 2:20, and Joel 2:31, indirectly in a few other passages. Anyone who has read even two of the Liveprayer Daily Devotionals knows that there is NOBODY on the face of the earth that stands stronger and advocates for the Bible being God’s inspired, inerrant Word, representing Absolute Truth, and our final authority in ALL matters than I do!

My issue with the “blood moons” hysteria is not about its’ Biblical predicate, but how that Biblical predicate is being taken out of context, perverted, and marketed by and endless array of people looking to cash in on Christianity’s version of psychics and fortune tellers. These people work in the area of Bible prophecy and end-times events.

In brief, the “blood moons” are to appear this year on April 15th and October 8th, and next year on April 4th and September 28th. The “blood moon” occurs during a lunar eclipse and the bloody red color is caused by refraction of sunlight by the Earth’s atmosphere. The Biblical significance is that the “blood moons” are tied to the end-times and Israel, especially since these four will occur during Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Feast of Trumpets, which is a rare occurrence.

Like in ALL end-times events, there are competing explanations (all are in, or soon to be in, books to sell to you). The most common belief is that the “blood moon” is a bad sign for the people of Israel and means war. It is also believed that a “big event” will happen in Israel due to the “blood moon.”

There are some very sound, Godly, Bible prophecy teachers like Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe, and Perry Stone to name a few. However, in the end, they don’t agree on much since eschatology, or the study of the end times, is so subjective. Despite the persuasive claims they all make about certain end-times events, very little will be definitively known until those events actually unfold.

The main driver of the “blood moons” hype with surprise, surprise, a new book he is all over the Christian TV world selling on that very subject, is Pastor John Hagee. Years ago, Hagee discovered a huge financial bonanza by preaching almost exclusively on the end-times and creating an organization linking Christians and the Jewish people, cashing in on the love Christians have for God’s chosen people.

Hagee doesn’t preach the Gospel to the Jewish people, telling them Jesus WAS the Messiah they were waiting for and that they had the same responsibility to their sin every man does since that would be bad for his business with Jewish leaders in Israel he depends on. Even though they were, are, and always will be God’s chosen people collectively, individually without faith in Christ they will die and burn in hell like anyone else who rejects faith in Christ.

Instead, he began to preach a lie known as the “dual covenant theology” which teaches that Gentiles can only be saved by faith in Jesus, but by virtue of simply being Jewish, a Jewish person is saved! Hagee has proven a willingness to sell out the faith for money by his public endorsement of satanic Mormon cult member Glenn Beck, even allowing Beck to speak to his Pro-Israel organization! In exchange for helping Beck perpetuate his lie to the public that He is a Christian, Hagee gets to sell his books via Beck’s various media outlets. MONEY OVER SOULS!

That is why I rarely get into the end times. It is interesting to talk about, study, but certainly nothing I choose to spend too much of my precious time on after exhaustive study of this issue during my seminary days. The fact is, most of the end times events are very subjective and speculative. They generate incredible amounts of money for those who sell books, DVDs, and speak on the end-times, since people have an insatiable desire to know the future.

It is the same desire that fuels those who promote themselves as psychics, fortune tellers, and seers, who are at best carnival acts, and at worse operating in demonic powers. That is why I also am VERY leery of those who promote themselves in the church as a “prophet. ” A modern day prophet is a FORTHTELLER, declaring what is in accordance with what the Bible teaches, as opposed to the OT Prophets who God showed the future to (they were FORETELLERS) before the Bible was complete.

I love you and care about you so much. Regardless of who the players are during the final chapters of human history end up being, what order the events actually unfold, whether it ends up being pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, the two most critical facts are already known and guaranteed by God’s word. First, Jesus can return at any second, though only God Himself knows that exact day and hour. Second, when it is all over God wins!!! In all honesty, what more do we really need to know?

That is why I use my precious minutes each day to deal with the today we have, rather than focusing on a tomorrow we may never see. I am more concerned with bringing God’s Truth to the lost and hurting, ministering to the daily needs of people saved and lost alike, sharing the Gospel so that those without Jesus in their heart and life have the opportunity to make that most critical decision by faith.

Like Y2k, the end of the world as foolishly predicted by Family Radio’s Harold Camping, the Mayan calendar, the four “blood moons” will come and go. Will there be a “big event” in Israel? Will there be war in Israel? Sadly, big events occur in Israel all the time and war is always imminent. Whatever does or doesn’t happen, God will be in control. For me, that is enough.

*Note: I get emails daily asking what good books I would recommend. I tell them there is only ONE book I ever recommend. Unfortunately, it is a book less than 10% of professing Christians have ever read cover to cover. It is called the BIBLE and you can know the author in the most intimate and personal way possible if you choose to!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

David and Goliath

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(1 Samuel 17:1-50)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, your poll question last week is very timely since our church is faced with this exact situation. We are being asked to help fund a ministry that the Board of Directors is headed by a “married lesbian.” I have heard both sides but still have no clear answer about funding this “mission work.” What do you say?

ANSWER: Funny, I have had church mission boards turn down requests from people in their congregation had made to help support Liveprayer because I was too “controversial” and “divisive!” If there is ever a question that makes my point of how “soft” and compromised the church is in the year of 2014, this is it. Sadly, this is NOT an isolated situation and is being faced by supposed Christian churches and denominations across the nation. The very clear point that nobody should miss is that this is even an issue being discussed and debated! Would you hire a child molester to be on the Board of a charity dealing with children? NO??? Why not??? How can any organization that claims to be a “Christian organization” such as a church, even bring such a topic to the table? What is there to discuss? Why not put baby-killing advocates on the Board of a Pro-Life ministry? As a side, I would immediately RUN from any church that even discussed this in the first place, making sure the pastor was properly admonished and rebuked as I was on the way out the door!!!

David and Goliath! (From email) “I just wanted you to know how much Friday’s show revived my faith in God. Lately, I have been wondering if God would move in certain areas of life because it seemed that he hasn’t been listening to my prayers. But, when you preached about David and Goliath and faith, I could feel my spirit being revived and quicken.

It’s amazing how easily I could forget what God did for me in the past. But, the thing you said that ministered to and overwhelmingly blessed me the most was, your history with God is where your victory ultimately comes from. Hallelujah!!! That one state has set me free from fear and worry! Thank you Bill for allowing God to speak through you! My life will never be the same!

Link to Friday night TV program (the David and Goliath topic starts at the beginning of the second hour, apx 60 minutes into the program):

As you read these words below today, hopefully take a few minutes to watch the topic from this past Friday’s TV program, I know that at some point in your life you will have to battle Goliath. One of the reasons I exhort you each day to stay close to the Lord through time in prayer and the Word, through being in church to get that spiritual nourishment, to be in fellowship with other Believers, to find ways to serve God, is because we all have those sentinel moments in life when we will have to fight Goliath. At that moment you will either cower in your tent and refuse to fight like the armies of Israel and let your fear defeat you, or you will confidently go onto the battlefield knowing that victory is already yours like David did.

The word I want you to hear for your life today is that you will one day have to fight Goliath. It is not a matter of if, only when. Listen to me very closely now. You don’t defeat Goliath when you actually fight him, you defeat Goliath before you ever step onto the battlefield. This is very deep so let me say it again and listen carefully. You don’t defeat Goliath when you actually fight him, you defeat Goliath before you ever step onto the battlefield! Let me explain.

When you step onto the battlefield to fight Goliath, you are not going to have time to learn how to fight, you are not going to have time to come up with a strategy how to defeat the giant, you are not going to have time to develop the faith and trust in God to lead you to victory. These are all the things you better already know and have. If you don’t, it is no wonder why you would be afraid and are defeated before your battle with Goliath even begins.

Look at David. When he walked onto the battlefield with Goliath, he KNEW he would be victorious. How did he know that? He had fought battles in the past and had been victorious. When he was guarding his father’s sheep, he battled with a lion and won. When he was guarding his father’s sheep, he battled with a bear and won. David had been in battle before. He knew how to fight. More important, he had developed a great faith in God who gave him the strength to win those battles.

So when David was preparing to fight Goliath, he already knew that the same God who delivered him from the paw of the bear, the same God who delivered him from he paw of the lion, was the very same God who would delver him from the Philistine giant Goliath!!!

This is why I stress to you so often how critical it is to be in the Word every day, to be in prayer every day, to fellowship with other Believers, to be in church and be fed spiritually, to find ways to serve the Lord. All of these things you do each and every day help build you up spiritually and strengthen your faith, while you fight the daily battles of life and God leads you to victory. That way when you have your showdown with a real giant like Goliath, you can go into that battle with the confidence and knowledge that the same God who has led you to victory in the past is the very same God who will lead you to victory today.

The Bible teaches that God is no respecter of persons, that what God did for one…David.. He will do for another…YOU!!!

I love you and care about you so much. My word for you today is PREPARE! Prepare now for your battle with Goliath. It is not a matter of if that battle will happen, it is only a matter of when. The time to win that battle is now before it ever happens. Faithfully pray each day, faithfully read the Word each day, faithfully fellowship with other Believers, faithfully go to church to be fed spiritually, faithfully serve God. It is your faithfulness NOW that will lead you to victory when you fight Goliath.

I will be praying for you. Praying for you to know VICTORY in your life over those day-to-day battles we all face. It is watching God lead you to those daily victories that will give you the confidence and faith to trust Him when the major battles arise. God is a God of VICTORY. Let me leave you with this Truth. The same God who led you to victory over your battles 10 years ago, the same God who led you to victory over your battles 5 years ago, the same God who led you to victory over your battles last year, the same God who led you to victory over your battles last month, is the VERY SAME GOD who will lead you to victory over your battles tomorrow and lead you to victory when you fight Goliath!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Do You Run Away from Sin or Run To Sin

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(Genesis 39:12; 1 Peter 2:11)

***ASK BILL: The Bible seems to say that God has mercy on some but not all, and makes some people to be evil, dishonest, dishonorable, etc.

ANSWER: That is not accurate. God created man with freewill, the ability to make his own choices without interference. God’s grace and mercy DOES extend to all men, but sadly some choose to reject His grace and mercy and live in rebellion to their Creator. It is a CHOICE to sin, to rebel against God and the Truth of His Word.

This may seem like an easy question, but think carefully before you answer. Do you run away from sin, or do you run TO sin? If you answer honestly, you will have to admit that there have been times in your life when you were guilty of running towards sin, or at least NOT running away when you saw sin coming.

I have spoke in past Devotionals about the path of escape that God not only always provides, but promises! There is that instant, when your spiritual instincts are telling you exactly what to do. That my friend becomes YOUR moment of truth. Will you obey God and run away from sin? Or, do you ignore God and run to it, like the moth goes directly for the fire!

In today’s scripture, Joseph saw sin coming. Realizing his own human weakness, he literally ran from it. THERE IS NOTHING COWARDLY ABOUT RUNNING FROM SIN! Let me say this again. THERE IS NOTHING COWARDLY ABOUT RUNNING FROM SIN! As a matter of fact, it is an act of weakness and rebellion to God to NOT run from sin.

It is like saying, “OK sin, here I am, powerless to stand up to you — just run me over.” Anyone can do that. It takes spiritual maturity to see sin coming and flee from it. The Bible even tells us to “flee from sin.” It is an admonition that we need to take more seriously.

The question becomes, why don’t we run from sin? There are two answers to this. It is because we either, a) don’t trust our spiritual instincts enough to “see” sin coming, or, b) we simply love the sin more than the Lord at that moment.

That may sound harsh, but it is very true. Jesus told His disciples that if they loved Him, they would obey His commandments. As His disciples, we ultimately get the opportunity to show our love for Him often. It is usually in those cases when we have the opportunity to run from sin, or stay and indulge in it.

Remember the next time that you want to tell Jesus you love Him. Show Him by following His commandments. Show Him by RUNNING FROM SIN!

I love you and care about you very much. I realize that many of you are in difficult situations today because you have succumbed to sin’s temptations, you stayed instead of running. Running is hard. It actually requires a supernatural strength that we only possess through Christ.

Again, that is why that intimate daily relationship with Him is so critical to our daily walk. It not only strengthens us, but sharpens our spiritual instincts so we can see sin coming and run from it. I will be praying for you to really let these words today sink in.

For many, these are very difficult words, but necessary. They are said in love, to help you avoid falling into the traps the enemy sets for you. Let me leave you with this encouragement. God BLESSES obedience. Not only is it our most effective way of proving our love for the Lord, but a side benefit is God blesses our obedience.

I am convinced that Joseph reaped the blessings of God for His obedience. What God did for Joseph, He will do for you. He gave Joseph the spiritual instincts to see sin coming, the strength to run from sin, and than blessed him for his obedience! Remember that the next time you see sin coming . . . and RUN!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2014, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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