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“When Discouraged, Reflect on God’s Miracles”

I have so much to thank God for. I have been a widow twice, and both times I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to support and take care of myself. But remembering times my mother told me that we can do nothing without God, and other teachings from the Bible, I have survived and can even help others sometimes. God works in my life daily, and I am so grateful for His help and love. Without it

I know I wouldn’t be where I am. I love Him with all of my heart.

From the Internet

“Seven Prophetic End-Time Markers”

Excellent article. Well organized, and the timeline flows in a succinct and easy to understand manner. Thank you investing the time, prayer and study to complete it.

From the Internet

I have read “Seven Prophetic End Time Markers” and “Are You Preparing for Christ’s Return?” Very interesting articles. Besides being spiritually prepared, what else can we do to be prepared? I have been told that during this time Christians who are not following the devil would have to flee (Matthew 24:20 Matthew 24:20But pray you that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
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). If so, how should we prepare? Should we have a place in the wilderness or mountains with food and water stored?

Reader in Arizona

The Bible records many ways by which God protected His people in the past, but does not reveal specifically how, where, when or even all of whom He will protect in the end. We must have confidence that He will reveal what we need to know at the right time.

In the meantime, our focus must be on the spiritual preparation for Jesus Christ’s return to establish the Kingdom of God. In Luke’s version of this same prophecy Jesus gives His hearers a warning with some guidance: “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36 Luke 21:34-36 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come on you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
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Jesus says we are to be watchful and to pray that we may be considered worthy to escape all the calamities preceding His return. If we look at Matthew’s account, we are instructed not to go back for physical possessions: “And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes” (Matthew 24:18 Matthew 24:18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
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Consider how God led Israel through the wilderness for 40 years: “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years” (Deuteronomy 8:3-4 Deuteronomy 8:3-4 3 And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live. 4 Your raiment waxed not old on you, neither did your foot swell, these forty years.
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). God provided all the necessary items they needed to survive physically.

To be watchful applies to awareness of our own spiritual or moral condition, but can also apply to a good understanding of the prophecies God has made available. With these thoughts in mind, and in light of recent natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes, we do think it’s wise  to have some supplies on hand for emergency situations. We also recommend reviewing our study guide You Can Understand Bible Prophecy if you have additional questions. You can read, download or request a copy online at UCG.org/booklets .

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I stumbled through Methodism for many years. My husband of five years introduced me to keeping the Sabbath from the Seventh-day Adventists. But I noticed that no one kept the Holy Days. In the United Church of God, I have finally found my home with God. As Jesus said, “The truth shall set you free.” A UCG minister in New England baptized me into the death of Christ and a new life this year, and immediately I started to change my way of thinking. I have a long way to go, but I know now that I am right where I am supposed to be. Thanks to God for giving me the strength to endure all these years.

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