The Transformation of the Earth

  • Thu 24th Sep 2020 - 5:16am
    If you worship the beast and the idol and accept the mark of its name, you will be tortured day and night. The smoke from your torture will go up forever and ever, and you will never be able to rest. God's people must learn to endure. They must also obey his commands and have faith in Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Put this in writing. From now on, the Lord will bless everyone who has faith in him when they die." The Spirit answered, "Yes, they will rest from their hard work, and they will be rewarded for what they have done." I looked and saw a bright cloud, and someone who seemed to be the Son of Man was sitting on the cloud. He wore a gold crown on his head and held a sharp sickle in his hand. An angel came out of the temple and shouted, "Start cutting with your sickle! Harvest season is here, and all crops on earth are ripe."The one on the cloud swung his sickle and harvested the crops.Another angel with a sharp sickle then came out of the temple in heaven. 18 After this, an angel with power over fire came from the altar and shouted to the angel who had the sickle. He said, "All grapes on earth are ripe! Harvest them with your sharp sickle."The angel swung his sickle on earth and cut off its grapes. He threw them into a pit where they were trampled on as a sign of God's anger. The pit was outside the city, and when the grapes were mashed, blood flowed out. The blood turned into a river that was about two hundred miles long and almost deep enough to cover a horse.' There are two kinds of faith that exist. The first kind of faith is what I call ‘real’ faith. It is the explosion of something in the mind that says ‘Yes, I believe that’. It is a discovery or a revelation. It starts in the mind. It is actually the mind saying to itself ‘I know that is true’. In fact what the mind is saying is “I believe that is true’. But the mind doesn’t really know the difference. To our minds, really believing something is really knowing something. Problems arise when someone else says ‘Well if you really know that is true then prove it to me.’ The person either tries to prove it objectively, often without success, or just says ‘I don’t have to prove it - I just know it’s true.’ What they mean is ‘I just believe that it is true’.

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