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Street-Corner-Don
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Don has been a Christian and a self-employed window cleaner since 1981, and has been married to Cindi Marsh since 1978. He wants to finish his time on earth STRONG, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and hopes you want to do the same!
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“But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that it may not happen in winter. For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand."
Mark 13:14-23.

I will be the first to admit that I find end times prophesies baffling. They have always left me with more questions than answers. The "abomination of desolation" is often taught as a specific manifestation of the antichrist. It refers to a time when the daily sacrifice in the temple would be replaced with pagan sacrifices. Modern preachers say that there will be a restoration of the temple in Jerusalem,  including the old testament sacrifices, and that THOSE would be replaced with pagan sacrifices. My question is, "Didn't Jesus replace those sacrifices Himself when became the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world? Wouldn't the ANTICHRIST be someone who was trying to replace HIM?"

If you read the entire Bible, you will see patterns. Apostasy and judgment are recurring themes. God's people are always replacing the legitimate sacrifices with some new shiny object, an idol. Twice they made a golden calf to replace their God. They demanded a king to replace their God, so they could be like all the other nations. I could go on. 

After Jesus came and fulfilled all the sacrifices, which were just a preview of what He would do once and for all, human nature adapted by replacing Christ's gift with complex legalistic requirements and a whole ministry class of bureaucrats who administered sacraments. Jesus, our high priest, was replaced with earthly priests.

I believe we need to see what this looks like today. How are the false prophets of our age trying to replace our savior? We have replaced the story of creation with evolution. We have replaced the end times cataclysm with climate change. We have replaced the origional sin in the garden with the origional sin of slavery. We have replaced the good news that our sins are no longer held against us with the reparations for past generations through social justice. I see patterns.
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And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved."
Mark 13:5-13.

Suffering is acceptable, if you are suffering for the right thing. Right now there is a lot of hatred and scorn directed toward people within families because of politics. People have lost their jobs, their friends, and even have suffered physical violence because of political activity. But that is here, in America, where the Gospel is seen as inconsequential and impotent. In some countries, it will get you imprisoned or executed. 

We need to Make Faith Dangerous Again here in America. To do that, it must become powerful and consequential. It must change our own lives first, and then it must threaten the sin and idolatry around us. But this comes with a warning. Do not be led astray. Make sure you are serving your Lord, and not some fraud who merely claims to do so. Stay on message. Convert your opponents. 

If we had been evangelizing the youth and discipling them over the past 30 years, this would be a different country right now. We have made the work harder by ignoring the work we were specifically given. Soon, we will suffer for it.

"Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him." (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
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And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Mark 12:41-44.

Your small offering matters, to you more than the ministry that receives it. The widow's penny may have been a drop in the bucket, but it was recognized as faithfulness on a cosmic level. 

"Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?" (James 2:5).
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And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Mark 12:28-34.

In the middle of one of His acrimonious press conferences,  one of the reporters steps up and asks Jesus, "What really matters?" Jesus tells him. The reporter responds, "You're right. Loving God and loving our neighbor is more important than all the sacrifices we make because we don't." Jesus commends him.

It is hard to find people who know what matters. As November 3rd approaches, we act like this is the most important election of our lifetime. We have forgotten that the most important election is our own. Will YOU be one of God's elect? Or are you one of the called who will not be chosen?

"If anyone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen." (1 John 4:20). God does not care about the good works you do if you still hate your neighbor. You can either love one another, or get used to being cellmates in hell.
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And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”

Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”
Mark 12:18-27.

The Sadducees only believed in the material world. No angels, no resurrection. So their hypothetical situation is something they don't even believe in. It is a question designed to come up with no good solution. But Jesus takes the position of Moses, the very authority they are using to trip Him up. Abraham,  Isaac,  and Jacob are still alive in a different place, like the angels.

There are laws that apply on earth that are different from those in heaven. Man was given the earth to rule over it. When man sinned, the earth was put under a curse. God rules over a heaven where there is no sin and no curse. Man was told to multiply and fill the earth. He has no such jurisdiction in heaven. 

Thus is why we are to set our eyes on things above. They are eternal, whereas the things of this world are passing away. "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of lifec—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:15-17).
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And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.
Mark 12:13-17.

The Pharisees and the Herodians were political enemies. The Pharisees wanted a king from the lineage of David. The Herodians were sellouts to Rome. But there was one thing they agreed on: Jesus, bad. Both parties sought worldly power, but Jesus was otherworldly.  He could not be harnessed by one side or the other. Soon He would testify, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” (John 18:36).

If you are a follower of Jesus, you must be prepared to lose the world. "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:36). Our temporal battles for political power are meaningless. "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." (Proverbs 11:30, ESV).
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