Promise of Spring
It is the first day of Spring! I feel the excitement of the season building inside of me.
We have endured a long, cold winter. We survived blizzards and ice storms. Both of which we haven’t had, in our neck of the woods, for quite a few years. I can’t say that I missed them.
But today is the first day of Spring! So even though snow is still on the ground and the temperature is colder than I like, we have the promise of Spring.
Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, and finches are again flocking to our feeders. A sure sign of warmer weather. The days are getting longer, and the sun shines brighter. All bringing a smile to my face.
Next on the scene will be the first tiny shoots of bright spring flowers. Oh, what joy!
My heart on this beautiful day is filled not only with the joy of Spring, whose signs are all around. My heart is overflowing with elation and anticipation of our Lord’s return.
During the coldest, stormiest days of this past winter, I held onto the hope of Spring. Winter would last only a season; it could not go on forever. Spring would come!
As we endure the storms and chaos that have enveloped our nation and world, we can hold tight to hope. The Hope.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, that where I am, you may be also.” John 14:1-3
God has given us His prophetic Word to prepare us, lead and guide us, and give us hope. I heard it said that God’s prophetic Word is more accurate than the evening news. The evening news brings doom and gloom. God’s Word brings strength, joy, and absolute truth.
God’s Word brings Hope!
So, just as we find joy and hope as we witness the beautiful signs of Spring, we can also rejoice as we see through given signs the promise of His return.
"For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
Don't Let Your Hearts Be Troubled
It was the Last Supper. Jesus knelt on the floor and washed the feet of his apostles. He then announced that one of them would betray him, the one to whom he gave the morsel of bread—Judas. After receiving the bread, Judas walked out into the night to do his dirty deed.
Jesus sat with the remaining eleven, mere hours from suffering and dying a horrible death. This would be his final opportunity to speak to and teach his closest friends what lay ahead.
John 13: 33, NIV, “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.”
John 13:36, NIV, Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
John 14:1-9, NIV, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”
After being with Jesus for three years: hearing His teachings, witnessing His miracles, and experiencing God in the flesh, His apostles still did not grasp who He was. I can only imagine how Jesus’ heart must have ached.
To offer them hope, Jesus prophesied about a time yet to come. “I go to prepare a place for you, and I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” The hope Jesus offered to the remaining eleven, He offers to all believers.
According to God’s Word I believe the next event on God’s prophetic timeline is the Rapture. All though specific events must happen before the second coming of Christ at the end of the seven-year tribulation, absolutely nothing needs to happen before the Rapture.
With that said I will ask the question. Have you asked Jesus into your hearts? Because remember what Jesus said. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. That whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
Step into the Water
To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Although I have written inspirational articles for many years, blogging is not my strong suit. But, after much thought and prayer, I’m jumping in. So here goes.
As I mentioned throughout this site, I have studied Bible prophecy for many years. However, I didn’t say how incredibly inept I felt most of the time. Bible prophecy is deep; I only stood ankle-deep in the great ocean of God’s Word for the first years.
Waves of prophecy lapped about my ankles, beckoning me into deeper water. But that deeper water seemed, for me, beyond my reach. Yet, the desire to learn and understand God’s prophetic Word grew by leaps and bounds, and before I knew it, I had ventured deeper and deeper into this great, life changing ocean.
I will be the first to admit that I have a horrible memory. And in the beginning, I honestly forgot more than I had learned. But over the years, my old brain began soaking in God’s Prophetic Word like a thirsty sponge.
My desire to study and learn Bible prophecy has ignited a full-blown passion. I know, without a doubt, this is from God.
Have you ever asked why you were born at this time or wished you had been born at a different time in history? I know I did. But I am so incredibly thankful to be living now! I believe with all my heart that I and each of us are here “for such a time as this.”
I feel God has placed the purpose and mission in my heart to spread His amazing Prophetic Word. To open hearts and minds to the hope that comes through Jesus Christ. God did not give us prophecy to scare us but to prepare us.
So, I hope you will join me in this incredible journey into God’s prophetic Word. Step into the water.
Sandy Wells has written inspriational articles for her church, and online for many years. At this point in her life eschatology has become her passion. Studying and learning Bible prophecy has deepened her hope during these chaotic times. And now it is her mission to pass this hope on to others.