Good Works – A Requirement for Salvation Part 2

 

Summary of Part 1

Works and Grace

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works

How do you find favor with God? How do you grow in grace? It is through works

Faith Without Works is Dead

Works demonstrate our faith; A Living faith is validated by works through acts of obedience to God’s law

Works are a Necessity to Get Into the Kingdom of God

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works the good works that we are to be zealous for

Works are not to end with the death and works of Jesus Christ.  He said that we would do even greater works than these will do.

So He admonished us to be about our work while He is away and that we should be careful to maintain good works.

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Kings of the East Alliances Forming

Iran, known anciently as Persia and Elam, does not appear to be a part of the Kings of the East, but nonetheless get along with them (Isaiah 21:2) as they have in the past (ie the Medo-Persian empire). In Jeremiah 25:25 we see in the day of their punishment at the end-time they are mentioned separately from the kings of Russia (Media), ostensibly showing that they are not technically considered a part of the eastern conglomeration.

Russia recently said it would support Iran’s bid to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, an emerging economic and political alliance led by China. Its membership includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Last year, India and Pakistan also signed the memorandum of obligations and are expected to become full members sometime this year. The bloc has expanded into a military organization over the last few years and has run joint military exercises in the past.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Iran now fully fits the criteria for membership and that discussions on its bid to join will take place this summer.

What is especially notable about this alliance, however, is the fact that the U.S. was rejected from gaining observer status in 2004, which, as Newsweek reports, reinforces “the impression that its goal is to exist in opposition to Western political and military alliances.”

As the world is seemingly preparing for a third world war between NATO and the growing Eastern bloc, we are witnessing the strengthening of alliances as well as the switching of some very strategic ones.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-28/heres-who-nato-will-probably-be-fighting-if-theres-world-war-iii

Italy’s Former PM Renzi Re-elected

As populism was gaining momentum it was predicted that Italy would quit the EU and Euro after its referendum at the end of 2016.  It was pointed out why this was highly unlikely and now Italy has put the man that stepped down less than six months ago, back into power. Renzi is an ardent supporter of the EU, albeit one that is different than currently exists….

Former prime minister Matteo Renzi won the leadership of Italy’s ruling Democratic Party (PD) in a primary election Sunday, propelling him back to the forefront of the national political scene.

Renzi, 42, resigned as prime minister in December after Italians overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional referendum aimed at streamlining the parliamentary system.

“This is not the second half of the same match, it’s a new match,” he said in a victory speech. “This is the beginning of a completely new story.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/italys-renzi-likely-win-democratic-party-election-021047534.html

 

Rebel Catholic Group Defies Church, Ordains Woman Priest

While this may be considered acceptable behavior in the US, it is definitely not at the Vatican.  In the end, the False Prophet will have no qualms about the Beast Power subduing the US because it will see the Catholicism here as heretical and off-track.

An international group defiantly opposed to the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women priests Sunday ordained its first woman Catholic priest in the 46 counties that make up the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.

According to a news release about the Sunday ordination from the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests…. In the United States, it said, women priests serve in 65 “inclusive churches.” That includes women priests affiliated with the association and with a second allied group – Roman Catholic Women Priests – that has the same mission.

Most American Catholics say they’d like their church to ordain women. A Pew Research Poll in 2015 found that about six in 10 American Catholics said they favored allowing women to be Catholic priests.

But the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy has stood by its longtime prohibition against women becoming priests.

Not only that. In 2007, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the blessing of then-Pope Benedict XVI, decreed automatic excommunication against anyone “who attempts to confer a sacred order on a woman, and the woman who attempts to receive a sacred order.”

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/religion/article147737594.html

 

EU Throws Down Brexit Gauntlet to U.K.

The tacit approach by the EU towards the UK has been to make life apart from the Union worse for the UK than had they stayed. There modus operandi in all of their discussions and plans has been to make the UK regret their decision to leave — and they will eventually rue that day.

European Union governments threw down the gauntlet to the U.K. ahead of Brexit talks, listing demands Prime Minister Theresa May must satisfy before they will discuss the trade deal she wants and urging her to be more realistic in her expectations.

Any doubts about the scale of the task facing Britain in withdrawing from the EU after four decades were laid to rest at a Brussels summit of the region’s leaders on Saturday. A tough negotiating stance was endorsed unanimously, within minutes and to applause. The U.K. responded by saying it’s bracing for a confrontation.

The EU is striving to ensure the U.K. is worse off outside it than inside, not least to avoid setting a precedent. After agreeing to the terms of separation, then it’s a matter of getting down to the business of what a future relationship might look like.

“I want to ensure that we agree on a trade deal and our withdrawal arrangements so that we know what both of those are when we leave the European Union,” she said on the BBC. “I’m confident we can get a deal.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-29/eu-throws-down-brexit-gauntlet-to-britain-as-talks-edge-closer

Well-known Pastor Re: North Korea, ‘I pray America is not destroyed’

One of the keys to prophecy is understanding who the ancient nations became by carefully following the migrations and name changes of peoples throughout history.  A summary of the modern identities that aid in the understanding of prophecy can be found in this table of nations.

PS  America is mentioned prominently in prophecy!

California megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie is urging Christians to “pray America is not destroyed” as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea burgeon.

“As you know, the conflict with this rogue nation has escalated dramatically in recent days and even hours,”….

“How does this fit into the prophetic puzzle? Well, in the last days there is no mention of any nation that would resemble North Korea,”  ….

“Here is what concerns me: We do not find the reigning superpower on the face of the earth anywhere in the last days scenario,” Laurie said. “Other nations emerge. So where is America? I pray we are not out of the picture because we have been in some kind of nuclear conflict.”

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/05/02/well-known-pastor-talks-end-times-north-korea-nuclear-program-i-pray-america-is-not-destroyed/