After these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. Revelation 7:1.
Four mighty angels are still holding the four winds of the earth. Terrible destruction is forbidden to come in full. The … winds will be the stirring up of the nations to one deadly combat, while the angels hold the four winds, forbidding the terrible power of Satan to be exercised in its fury until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads.
The signs of the times give evidence that the judgments of heaven are being poured out, that the day of the Lord is at hand. The daily papers are full of indications of an intense conflict in the future. Bold robberies are of frequent occurrence. Strikes are common. Thefts and murders are committed on every hand. Men possessed by demons are taking the lives of men, women, and little children. All these things testify that the Lord’s coming is near.
The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, disasters by sea and by land, follow one another in quick succession. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. . . .
The time is right upon us when there will be sorrow in the world that no human balm can heal. Even before the last great destruction comes upon the world, the flattering monuments of man’s greatness will be crumbled in the dust. God’s retributive judgments will fall on those who in the face of great light have continued in sin. Costly buildings, supposed to be fireproof, are erected. But as Sodom perished in the flames of God’s vengeance, so will these proud structures become ashes. I have seen vessels which cost immense sums of money wrestling with the mighty ocean, seeking to breast the angry billows. But with all their treasures of gold and silver, and with all their human freight, they sank into a watery grave…. But amid the tumult of excitement, with confusion in every place, there is a work to be done for God in the world.
Maranatha p. 175
Prayer Requests
—–Please pray for Amber who is having contractions too early and is in the hospital. Also I have a praise. I fell last night and am only a little sore this morning. Very thankful I didn’t break anything. Rose
—–Prayers going heavenward for a family who lost a loving wife and awesome mother this afternoon .May God grant them comfort and peace. Connie
——Please pray a young lady who was recently hit by a truck. Nathan
—–Please pray for Madison who was hit by a car and has extensive injuries. Patty
Dear Friends, 
When we lived in North Carolina, we lived near a lake.  It was about a fourth mile to where we could swim.  From May through October, we swam almost every day.  Baden Lake was a large man-made lake with many narrow places.  The place where we swam was one of those narrow inlets.  Even though it gave the appearance of being a short way across, it was really farther than any but the most experienced swimmer could cross.
Every year someone would daringly attempt to cross it and drown.  They had much confidence in their ability to swim well.  They did not take into consideration that others had perished trying the same feat. That would be the last thing they ever did.
How often we think too much of ourselves.  How often we rely upon our own perceived abilities.  How often we fail miserably.  God’s Word says, “have no confidence in the flesh.” Phil 3:3 It reminds us that we should not “think of (ourselves)more highly than (we)ought to think” Rom. 12:3 for “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God” “for the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”  James 4:6; Prov. 3:26
Let us say as did Job, Thou art my confidence” Job 31:24  Let us pray for the eyesalve of discernment that we may see all things clearly.  Let our confidence ever be in the One Who loves us so.

Troublous Times Right Upon Us
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