Monday, Jul 19, 2021

Have We Reached the End?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, July 19, 2021, and this is Episode #24 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Have We Reached the End?”

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The world has gone crazy. Everywhere I turn, people are calling good, evil, and evil, good. Violence abounds as people disregard the law because they know they will not be punished for doing so. Police authority is almost non-existent, while retail stores are closing because of the incredible looting taking place.

But I’m not surprised. Why not? Because Jesus predicted this very thing would happen shortly before He returns to earth to remove His followers. Listen to what He said in Matthew 24: 3-8: 

“While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?’Jesus answered, ‘See to it that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.'”

Sad to say, most people aren’t paying attention to the warnings of Jesus. In fact, most people are clueless that such warnings even exist. Yet, the warnings of Christ have a major implication for your life. Yes, YOUR life. You ignore them at your own peril.

And I don’t mean just peril on this earth. I mean peril after you die. For, you see, Christ’s warnings have everything to do with what happens to you after you die. And yes, as much as you hate to think about it, one day you will die. And at that moment, you’ll be so glad you listened to what I am about to tell you.

You see, world events are converging just as the Bible said they would. The Bible predicts that Russia, Turkey, and Iran will form a coalition and invade Israel. Guess what? Russia, Turkey, and Iran recently formed a coalition with the purpose of conquering Israel.

The Bible predicts that people will not be able to think straight shortly before Jesus returns. Well, guess what? People are no longer thinking straight. They can’t tell the difference between a man and a woman. They think that killing babies in abortion is okay. They have no problem lying, stealing, and cheating to get ahead. 

The Bible predicts that there would be an increase in the number and in the intensity of earthquakes shortly before Jesus returns. Guess what? We have witnessed an extraordinarily high number of earthquakes throughout the world, many in areas where there have been no known earthquakes. And the intensity of these earthquakes has also been increasing.

The Bible predicts that there would be famines, droughts, and pestilence before Jesus returns. Guess what? We are seeing droughts in the United States like never before. Pestilence has covered the earth in the form of Covid 19, and people are starving all over the world.

Well, Dr. MaryAnn, you might protest, there have always been droughts and famines and pestilences. So what’s different now?

What’s different is that all of these things are happening at once and with increasing numbers and intensity. The Bible describes this convergence of events as “the beginning of birth pains” (Matthew 24: 8). Just as a woman’s birth pains increase in frequency and intensity the closer she gets to delivery, so are the earth’s birth pains increasing in frequency and intensity the closer we get to the return of Christ and His establishment of His New Kingdom.

So, what does all of this mean for you? It means your eternal destiny, that’s what it means. So listen up! 

You were created by God with a spirit and a soul that will live forever. Regardless of what anyone tells you, your existence will not end when you die. Yes, your body will become an empty shell, but only because your spirit and soul will have left it to live elsewhere. Where your spirit and soul live after you die is a choice that only you can make. And you need to make that choice BEFORE you die, because afterward, it will be too late.

So, what are your choices? There are only two: Heaven or Hell.

Most people today don’t believe in Hell. They even joke about it, saying that it would be more fun to go there since all of their friends will be there. But, let me assure you that Hell is no party. Hell is a place of torment that will never end. It is a place of utter isolation and eternal separation from God and all of your friends, even if they go to Hell, too.

To think that Hell is one big party is the height of foolishness and the height of deception. You see, you have an arch enemy. His name is Satan. He is the god of Hell, and he wants to drag you there to suffer with him for all eternity. As the saying goes, misery loves company.

So, don’t be fooled by Satan. He hates you and will do everything to bring you down. But Jesus, on the other hand, loves you and has done everything to save you from Satan. He gave His life for you by dying on a Cross. In that act of ultimate self-sacrifice, Jesus took the rap for your sins. He took the punishment that you should have taken so that you wouldn’t have to take it. And what was that punishment? It was an eternity in Hell.

The Bible says in John 15: 13 that “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus laid down His life for you. He didn’t have to do this, but He did. Why? Because He loves you and wants you to live with Him forever.

But the choice is yours. Do you want to spend forever with Satan or with Jesus? To me, this is a no-brainer. I hope it is to you as well.

Perhaps you already know Jesus. If so, I urge you to be bold in telling others about Him. Perhaps you will be instrumental in saving someone from the eternal fire of Hell.

If you do not yet know Jesus, I urge you to accept Him now. Don’t wait another minute!  Jesus could return for His own at any moment. Don’t be left behind!

To receive Jesus Christ Who is Eternal Life, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I want to spend eternity with you. I need You to heal me, Lord. I need You to set me free. So, I invite You into my life now.  I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

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Now it’s your turn: Have you lost the fire for your First Love, Jesus Christ? If so, what are you going. to do to rekindle it? Please leave your comment in the Comment Box below. Thank you.

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Now Available for Purchase: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
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THE IRON SAINT by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

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