Have We Reached the End?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

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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.

If you are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so you will not miss a single weekly episode:

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Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post and podcast on to them. Thank you!

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has just been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, please consider becoming one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Winning with the Word now reaches 53 countries on six continents, by God’s grace, because of the faithful support of my patrons. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and become a part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word

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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.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

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__The Dangers of Distraction

__Breaking the Mind Barrier

__How Close Are We to the End?

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__Are You Being Deceived?

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

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Why Do I Need to Repent?

by MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that will help you to be a winner in life by applying God’s principles for living the abundant life as found in the Bible, God’s manual for life.

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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, May 24, 2021, and this is Episode #16 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Why Do I Need to Repent?”

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According to the Blue Letter Bible (blueletterbible.org), the word “repent” appears 46 times in 43 verses in the King James version of the Bible. 

What does it mean to repent, and why does the Bible command us to do so?

First, let’s take a look at the meaning of the word repent. In common parlance, to repent means to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin; to view or think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse.”

While these are good definitions for the word repent, the Biblical concept of the word repent goes even deeper. According to the Bible, to repent means to change one’s mind. To do a 180-degree turn in the opposite direction.

We find this meaning of the word repent in Acts 3: 19 where the Greek word metanoeō (met-an-o-eh’-o) is used for the word repent. Metanoeō is defined in Strong’s Concordance as “to change one’s mind; to change one’s mind for the better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins.” In his commentary on the verse, theologian F. F. Bruce writes: “Repentance (metanoia, ‘change of mind’) involves a turning with contrition from sin to God; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” 

So, now that we’ve explored the definition of the word repent, why do we need to repent? Indeed, why does the Bible command us to repent?

Here are three basic reasons we all need to repent:

1. We are all sinners, and sin is an affront to God Who is perfectly holy. The Bible tells us in Romans 3: 23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Sin cannot stand in the Presence of a Holy God. When man fell in the Garden of Eden, his sin separated him from God. There was no way that man could atone for sin to a perfectly holy God because man was now hopelessly sinful and imperfect. Were it not for the mercy of God in sending Jesus to atone for our sin, mankind would have been doomed to spend eternity separated from God and in unspeakable torment. 

2. If we don’t repent of our sin, we will spend eternity separated from God in an indescribably horrific place called Hell. While Jesus paid the price for our sin by His death and resurrection, we must individually receive His gift of eternal life in order to go to Heaven. In John 3: 3, Jesus says, “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” A gift is not a gift until one receives it. So, it is critically important that if a person wants to be saved, he accept Jesus Christ as his Savior.

3. Repentance reconnects us with God through Jesus Christ and allows us to go to Heaven when we die. Whereas sin separates us from God, repentance reconnects us with Him. When we repent, we are saying, in essence, that we choose God over sin and that we desire a relationship with Him above a relationship with sin.

If you have not yet repented and accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now, before it is too late. He is returning soon to remove His followers from this earth before the coming Great Tribulation that will bring untold horror on the earth. To receive Jesus Christ, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I don’t want to live in sin any longer. 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. In Your Name, I pray. 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 can guide you as you grow in Him.

If you are not yet a subscriber to the Winning with the Word blog and podcast, I urge you to click on the link below to subscribe now so you will not miss a single weekly episode:

https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/w4q0z

Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post and podcast on to them. Thank you!

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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, has just been released in both print and ebook formats and deals with the issue of unforgiveness. It is the story of a young, female auditor who discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler. You will find Miracle in Milan to be a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To order your copy, go to Amazon or to my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. You will also find Miracle in Milan on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. 

This podcast is funded by listeners like you. If you have been blessed by Winning with the Word, I invite you to become one of my special patrons on Patreon.com. For only $1.00, $3.00, or $5.00 a month, you can help me proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Winning with the Word now reaches 51 countries on six continents because of your faithful support. So please help me to keep Winning with the Word on the air by becoming one of my valued patrons. Your patronage helps to cover the costs of producing, hosting, and distributing Winning with the Word to the four corners of the earth. Patrons receive special benefits, including free books, short stories, podcasts, and videos. So, join my wonderful team of Patrons and be part of something great!

To become a patron, go to https://www.patreon.com/winningwiththeword 

I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. I could not do this without you!

Finally, be sure to check out my latest non-fiction book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word

To subscribe to Winning with the Word, click here.

To receive my monthly newsletter, click here.

To become a patron of Winning with the Wordclick here.

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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 Masters 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?
Miracle in Milan
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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.

If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.

PRINT FORMAT

E-BOOK FORMAT

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Check out these popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__How to Be Healed

__How Close Are We to the End?

__Have You Lost Your Hope?

__When Your Prayers Don’t Seem to Be Answered

__Are You Being Deceived?

__The Privilege of Persecution

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

 Are you new to this blog? If so, what is the “Winning with the Word” blog and why will it bless you to read it?

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that helps you to deal with the daily problems of life by using the Bible as your guide to solving them. The Word of God will make you a success in life!

AN INVITATION TO YOU: To subscribe to Winning with the Wordclick here.

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Copyright 2000-2021 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be published or printed in any form whatsoever without the written permission of Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. You may contact her at info@maryanndiorio.com to request permission.

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Preparing for the Lord’s Return

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 13, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #28 in Series 2020 and is titled “Preparing for the Lord’s Return”.

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There’s an old saying that goes like this: “Forewarned is forearmed.”

When it comes to the days in which we are living, this saying bears serious consideration. Why? Because we are living in the days in which Jesus Christ could return at any moment to remove His followers from the earth. So, it behooves us to be ready for His return.

Why do we need to be ready?

Great question! Here are some answers:

1. The world is fast heading toward the worst time in human history: a seven-year period called the Tribulation. This period of time will witness the rise of the AntiChrist, the most horrific and most tyrannical dictator ever to walk the earth. He will be completely possessed by Satan and operate at his bidding. The AntiChrist will set himself up as God in the Jewish temple and will demand that the whole world bow down in allegiance and worship to him. Those who refuse to do so will be beheaded, most likely by the guillotine. 

2. Only those who follow Jesus will be spared this horrific time in human history. The reason is that Jesus will remove His followers from the earth just before the Tribulation in a cataclysmic event called the Rapture. In what the Bible describes as “the twinkling of an eye,” all Christ-followers will disappear from the earth, creating utter chaos that will send the world hurtling toward the horrors of the Tribulation.

3. Those of us who follow Christ must repent of our sin and light our lamps, making sure we have ample supply of the oil of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We do not want to be like the five foolish virgins who were not prepared for the Lord’s return (Matthew 25: 1-13). 

Some of you reading this blog or listening to this podcast may be hearing all of this for the first time. Well, thank God you are hearing it, for it is Truth, and most people are clueless about the Truth.

Bottom line, Jesus is coming back soon for all those who follow Him. If you do not follow Jesus, begin now by accepting Him as your Savior and Lord. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I have been clueless about what’s really going on in the world. Thank you for leading me to this message today. I want to go with You when You remove Your followers from the earth. So I accept You now as my Savior and Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little 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 instructs 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.

For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, In Black and White, recently won First Place in Historical Fiction in the 2020 Christian Indie Book Awards Contest. It is the page-turning, compelling love story between a white woman and a black man as they face the wrath of family and society in order to preserve their love. This book was written for such a time as this, in which we are facing very serious issues of racism and hatred in our society. To discover the only real answer to racism, get your copy of IN BLACK AND WHITE now at Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, or other vendors of your choice.  If you are reading this blog post, you can also purchase IN BLACK AND WHITE at the link below or on my website at maryanndiorio.com. Just click the bookstore tab at the top of the page.

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You will also find additional resources on living the abundant life in Jesus Christ on my website at maryanndiorio.com.

If you have been blessed by these messages, I encourage you to share them with others. I also invite you to become a Winning with the Word patron on Patreon. As a patron you will enjoy special benefits only for my patrons. Just go to Patreon.com and search for Winning with the Word to join. I would like to thank all of my patrons who are making this podcast possible. It is now reaching numerous countries throughout the world with the message of the Gospel. I could not do this without your help.

Thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, reminding you that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word.

To subscribe to “Winning with the Word”, click here.

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Now it’s your turn: Are you prepared for the return of Christ? If no, are you willing to get prepared? Please leave your comment in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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Please tell your family and friends about “Winning with the Word,” and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!

Check out these three popular Winning with the Word podcasts below. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top of the sidebar on this page. 

__7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand

__The Dangers of Generation Separation

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE RAPTURE

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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It doesn’t take much to realize that something strange is going on in the world. People everywhere are noticing it. I’m sure you’ve been noticing it, too. There’s something in the air that’s making people tense. Nervous. 

Afraid.

So, what’s going on?

What’s going on is that the earth is moving toward the most cataclysmic event of all time–an event called the Rapture.

What is the Rapture? The word itself comes from the Latin word rapio, which means to seize or snatch away. It is the act of suddenly removing someone from one place and taking him to another. So, the Rapture of the Church means the sudden removal of Christ’s followers from the earth to take them to heaven.

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, written in Greek, Paul used the word harpazo to indicate this sudden removal. When Jerome later translated the Bible into Latin, he translated the word harpazo with the Latin word of the same meaning, rapio. Hence, the origin of the English word Rapture.

The Rapture is an instant in time when a trumpet will sound and Jesus Christ will appear in the sky to remove His followers from the earth before the Great Tribulation. The Apostle Paul describes the Rapture as follows in his first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 4, verses 16 and 17: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.”

While many people scoff at the idea of the Rapture, it will happen. Those who are ready for it will be caught up in the air by our Lord and taken to heaven to be with Him forever. Those who are not ready will remain on the earth and suffer the most horrendous period of history the world has ever known under the dictatorship of a tyrannical world ruler called the Anti-Christ. This person will be Satan personified and will be brutal beyond imagination.

So, how do we prepare for the Rapture and escape the wrath of God to come? Here are three simple steps:

1. REPENT. This is the first and most important step. Only those who have been born again will be raptured. This means that if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you will be left behind. So, stop right now and invite Jesus Christ into your life. Here is a simple prayer:  

Lord Jesus, I come to You just as I am. I choose to turn away from my sin and to embrace You as my Savior and my Lord. Come into my life. Save me. Make of me what You created me to be. Amen. 

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God and will go up in the Rapture to be with Him forever.

2. BE HOLY. God is holy, and He expects His children to be holy. He says this in 1 Peter 1: 16: “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Determine to live a life that is pleasing to God. A life that aligns with His Word. This means that we need to study His Word so that we can know the kind of life He wants us to live.

3. WARN OTHERS TO REPENT AND BE HOLY. This is called the Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16: 15). Jesus commanded His followers to tell others about Him. He is the only way to be saved. Jesus Himself said this about Himself:  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14: 6). Tell others that Jesus is the only way to be saved. Once they have come to Christ, teach others to live holy lives so that they, too, will experience the joy of the abundant life in Christ.

Although we do not know the time of the Lord’s return, all signs indicate that it is very, very close. But even if it is not, any one of us could die at any moment. We are not promised tomorrow. So get right with God today! Now! The next moment may be too late.

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 What about you? Are you ready for the Rapture? Please share your questions and insights in the Comments Box below. Thank you!

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Be Aware! The World Is Spinning toward the Return of Jesus Christ!

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“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
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Whenever I tell someone that Jesus is returning soon for His Bride, I usually get snickers and brush-offs. I have even had people get angry with me and call me “wacky.” 

But their reactions, however nasty or clueless, do not change the fact that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will return one day for those of us who follow Him in an earth-shattering event called the Rapture. The Bible says so, and the Bible is true, no matter what we think.  

Even if Jesus were not returning soon for those who love and follow Him, we never know when it’s our time to die. So, all of us must be ready at all times to meet our Lord—whether it’s in the Rapture or in our own physical death.

Numerous signs point to our Lord’s imminent return. Here are some of them:
___The increase in lawlessness;
___Wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24: 6);

___Famines and earthquakes in various places (Matthew 24: 7);

___Many false teachers and prophets, some claiming they are the Messiah (Matthew 24: 11);

___A mass turning away from the faith, known as apostasy (Matthew 24: 10);

___Increased wickedness, rudeness, hatred, and violence (Matthew 24: 12);

___Great deception. Evil will be considered good and good will be considered evil (Matthew 24: 5; Romans 1: 28).

___Increase in disease and pestilence (Luke 21: 11). My husband is a physician, and he has noted that diseases exist today that he never heard of while in medical school.

Well, you may protest, these things have been happening since the beginning of time. Yes, you are right. But there is something different now. What is different is that these things are happening at an increasing rate with increasing velocity and all at the same time. Notice the all at the same time. This simultaneous occurrence of calamities is called convergence and is, in my opinion, the single clearest sign of the imminent return of Christ.

Jesus said this about Himself in Matthew 24: 33: “…when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door.”  “All these things” are coming to pass at the same time (convergence). Therefore, we can only conclude that our Lord’s return is very near. Are you ready to meet him? If not, go to this link to learn how accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord. 

If you already have been born again and know Jesus, tell others about Him. Don’t delay! We may not have tomorrow!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you ready to meet Jesus when He returns? Have you been born again? Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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