We need the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation)

 

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2Timothy 4:8

BookCoverImage for A moment in timeWell, I’m at it again—trying to take off those extra pounds that crept back on throughout the winter months; however, this time is different.  There’s no wedding or graduation on the horizon to motive me to do this.  There’s no scheduled doctor’s appointment looming in the near future.  It’s just time to do it, and to be quite honest, I’m not sure that I will be successful without those deadlines!  I’m really a deadline person.

The Apocalypse—the word exudes doom and horror!  It means disaster, catastrophe, destruction.  To the world, it is Judgement Day or Armageddon.  The Book of Revelation often takes that name as well, and rightly so—Revelation 1: 1 begins with these words: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass…  And if you’ve have read any of the last book of the Bible, then you know that there’s a lot of doom and destruction written in its twenty-two chapters.

Does the knowledge of those prophecies help us to live a better Christian life? I mean, as Christians, the doom and gloom are not for us but for those who are left behind at Jesus’ Coming.  So, it’s not the doom that pushes the born-again believer, but the thought of seeing our God and Savior face to face which prompts us to live a life that pleases Him.  You remember that feeling: Dad and Mom have gone out and left specific instructions for you—the list!  You look at the clock and figure how long it will take to get the jobs done, and then either you choose to do the jobs first OR (most likely), you do what you want to do until the absolute least amount of time is left to finish the list!

The problem with Jesus’ return is that there’s no clock, not even a calendar to go by.  Paul and the other apostles looked for Him to return in their lifetime, and here we are, over two thousand years later, doing the same thing!  Did God not disclose the time and date of His appearing because He wanted to keep us on our toes?  I think not.  He created us; He knows us; He is constantly doing what is best for us.  We walk by faith, and if He gave us the due date, that would take a huge part of our faith out of the equation.

Reading about the Rapture and what it may be like should sharpen our desire to live for God, as well as hone our desperation to parent godly children and polish our vision to reach the lost.

In A Moment in Time, Carrie Spangler, a pastor’s daughter, has heard all her life BookCoverImage (1)that Jesus was coming; she just didn’t think He would come when He did. What was she doing?  Was
she looking for His return?  Not in the least.  She was busy living her life the way she wanted to live it.  She disregarded the years of Bible teaching which she had received at church and at her Christian school.  Notice, I didn’t say in her home.  The following is an excerpt from Chapter Five which gives us a glimpse into the Spangler household, but before you read it, may I give you several reasons why I wrote the Strong Delusion Trilogy(Book One: A Moment in Time; Book Two, Angel of Light; Book Three: Thy Kingdom Come):

  1. To see life through the eyes of a troubled “Christian” girl
  2. To learn about the End Times from a layman’s point of view
  3. To gain a burden for the lost
  4. To take a “salvation” check
  5. To understand the Lost’s way of thinking
  6. To be entertained

Chapter Five excerpt:

Betty turned to face him, propping herself on one elbow. “Charles, how do you think [Carrie’s] doing spiritually?”

The question hung in the air for a moment before he found the answer, “I guess that’s your department.” He sighed deeply. “Betty, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I can successfully lead ten pastors in an area-wide revival, pastor a church of six hundred, and run a Christian school, but I can’t talk to my own daughter. I guess I just don’t understand girls.”

“Don’t say that, Charles. I’m afraid for her. I’m not even sure that she’s saved.”

“But she said she was, and every time it comes up, she’s defending her decision.”

“That’s just it, that’s why I wonder if she really is. And we never talk about spiritual things with her.”

“Yes we do,” he said defensively. “At dinner, we often talk about…”

“…about church activities.”

“Yes, but we talk about what God is doing.”

We talk, Charles, but does she?” Betty could hear the hall clock ticking as Charles mulled the words over in his mind.

“Can’t you talk to her?” he asked.

“I’ve tried. I think I was getting somewhere tonight until you walked in.”  It was a simple statement, but it charged the room with energy by all the messages it carried.

“You always make it sound like it’s my fault.” The defenses were up.

“Charles. You come floating into the room on your own pride and never even see…,” but she didn’t get to finish.  Betty knew she had said too much.

“How dare you,” he shot back, getting off the bed and pacing the floor.

Carrie heard the conversation escalating and went to her door, cracking it just enough to catch their voices.

“Charles, I’m sorry; I’m just so worried. But I shouldn’t have said that.” She came around the bed to him, but he wasn’t ready to give in that easily.

Carrie could see the scene in her mind, and it sickened her. Dad is huffing and puffing while Mom grovels at his feet.  I hate him!

“Charles. Let’s not fight,” Betty whispered realizing how loud their voices had become. She reached up and ran her fingers down his arm, squeezing his hand. She knew how to melt him. He was a good man, and she loved him so!

 

A Moment in Time is fiction but it is not a fairy tale in which everyone lived happily ever after.  This book was written with a heart and burden for Christian families.  It was written for us to take a good hard look at what is really going on in our homes and in the hearts and minds of our children.

Jesus is coming—we know that.  A Moment in Time just put’s it into a realistic setting.  What if He did come back right now, today?  Where would our children and grandchildren be?  Would we be glad to see Him?  What will it be like?   None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.  My prayer is that the

None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.  My prayer is that the Strong Delusion trilogy will help my readers to see the End Times events just a bit clearer and perhaps encourage them to take a look inside themselves as well.  It’s an exciting book—the plot continues to thicken until we reach the ultimate climax, and the characters are real, but that’s not the point.  Reading even a Christian novel gains merit when we take the lessons sewn into the fabric of the content and apply them to our hearts.

 

We Need the Apocalypse!

 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing 2 Timothy 4:8

Well, I’m at it again—trying to take off those extra pounds that crept back on throughout the winter months; however, this time is different.  There’s no wedding or graduation on the horizon to motivate me to do this.  There’s no scheduled doctor’s appointment looming in the near future.  It’s just time to do it, and to be quite honest, I’m not sure that I will be successful without those deadlines!  I’m really a deadline person.

The Apocalypse—the word exudes doom and horror!  It means disaster, catastrophe, destruction.  To the world, it is Judgement Day or Armageddon.  The Book of Revelation often takes that name as well, and rightly so—Revelation 1: 1 begins with these words: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass…  And if you’ve have read any of the last book of the Bible, then you know that there’s a lot of doom and destruction written in its twenty-two chapters.

Does the knowledge of those prophecies help us to live a better Christian life? I mean, as Christians, the doom and gloom is not for us but for those who are left behind at Jesus’ Coming.  So, it’s not the doom that prods the born-again believer, but the thought of seeing our God and Savior face to face that prompts us to live a life that pleases Him.  You remember that feeling: Dad and Mom have gone out and left specific instructions for you—the list!  You look at the clock and figure how long it will take to get the jobs done, and then either choose to do the jobs first OR (most likely), you do what you want to do until the absolute least amount of time is left to finish the “to do” list!

The problem with Jesus’ return is that there’s no clock, not even a calendar.  Paul and the other apostles looked for Him to return in their lifetime, and here we are, over two thousand years later, doing the same thing!  Did God not disclose the time and date of His appearing because He wanted to keep us on our toes?  I think not.  He created us; He knows us; He is constantly doing what is best for us.  We walk by faith, and if He gave us the due date, that would take a huge part of our faith out of the equation.

BookCoverImage A MomentA Moment in Time will be FREE on Amazon as an ebook for five days (April 18-22).  So, here’s another reason why you might want to take a look:

Reading about the Rapture and what it may be like sharpens my desire to live for God, hones my desperation to parent godly children, and polishes my vision to reach the lost.

In A Moment in Time, Carrie Spangler, a pastor’s daughter, had heard all her life that Jesus was coming; she just didn’t think He would come when He did. What was she doing?  Was she looking for His return?  Not in the least.  She was busy living her life the way she wanted to live it.  She disregarded the years of Bible teaching which she had received at church and at her Christian school.  Notice, I didn’t say in her home.  The following is an excerpt from Chapter Five which gives us a glimpse into the Spangler household:

Betty turned to face him, propping herself on one elbow. “Charles, how do you think [Carrie’s] doing spiritually?”

               The question hung in the air for a moment before he found the answer, “I guess that’s your department.” He sighed deeply. “Betty, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I can successfully lead ten pastors in an area-wide revival, pastor a church of six hundred, and run a Christian school, but I can’t talk to my own daughter. I guess I just don’t understand girls.”

               “Don’t say that, Charles. I’m afraid for her. I’m not even sure that she’s saved.”

               “But she said she was, and every time it comes up, she’s defending her decision.”

               “That’s just it, that’s why I wonder if she really is. And we never talk about spiritual things with her.”

               “Yes we do,” he said defensively. “At dinner, we often talk about…”

               “…about church activities.”

               “Yes, but we talk about what God is doing.”

               “We talk, Charles, but does she?” Betty could hear the hall clock ticking as Charles mulled the words over in his mind.

               “Can’t you talk to her?” he asked.

               “I’ve tried. I think I was getting somewhere tonight until you walked in.”  It was a simple statement, but it charged the room with energy by all the messages it carried.

               “You always make it sound like it’s my fault.” The defenses were up.

               “Charles. You come floating into the room on your own pride and never even see…,” but she didn’t get to finish.  Betty knew she had said too much.

               “How dare you,” he shot back, getting off the bed and pacing the floor.

               Carrie heard the conversation escalating and went to her door, cracking it just enough to catch their voices.

               “Charles, I’m sorry; I’m just so worried. But I shouldn’t have said that.” She came around the bed to him, but he wasn’t ready to give in that easily.

               Carrie could see the scene in her mind, and it sickened her. Dad is huffing and puffing while Mom grovels at his feet.  I hate him!

               “Charles. Let’s not fight,” Betty whispered realizing how loud their voices had become. She reached up and ran her fingers down his arm, squeezing his hand. She knew how to melt him. He was a good man, and she loved him so!

A Moment in Time is fiction but it is not a fairytale in which everyone lived happily ever after.  This book was written with a heart and burden for Christian families.  It was written for us to take a good hard look at what is really going on in our homes and in our children’s hearts and minds.

Jesus is coming—we know that.  A Moment in Time just puts it into a realistic setting.  What if He did come back right now, today?  Where would our children and grandchildren be?  Would we be glad to see Him?  What will it be like?  Writing these books has sharpened my focus and understanding about the End Times; it also gave me a greater burden for the lost.  None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.  My prayer is that the Strong Delusion trilogy will help my readers to see the End Times events just a bit clearer and perhaps encourage them to take a look inside themselves as well.  It’s an exciting book with an exciting plot and dynamic characters, but that’s not the point.  Reading even a Christian novel gains merit when we take the lessons sown into the fabric of its content and apply them to our hearts.

The Extinction of Humans

Angel of Light half coverI stared at the photo of an asteroid the size of the moon smashing into the earth and listened as I watched the face with dark-rimmed glasses talk about the extinction of humans—an interesting page for two high school students to check out, when their class project was finished.

After asking them a few questions, I said, “Well, I’m glad that I know that the earth has at least 1,007 more years before it is destroyed,” and started to walk away.

“Wait a minute,” the one student called.  “Why such an odd number?”

After I told him that I believed the Bible, which has a 100% accuracy track record in regards to its predictions or prophecies coming true, I went on to tell them that I trusted It to be true about future prophecies as well.

“I’m an atheist,” was the response, and my words were dismissed.

Whenever I spend any amount of time in the public schools, my heart is overwhelmed with a burden for our students.  So many of them know nothing about Jesus Christ, except to use His precious name as a curse word, and they do not want to know.  They confidently express their “anti-God” opinions, and I wonder if I am having any effect at all on their lives—just another reason for the Strong Delusion trilogy.

Do you have a burden for the lost?  Do you wonder about what life will be like for those who enter into the Tribulation period?  Or are you like me, who for years held the attitude of unconcern.  “I’ll be gone, so who cares?”  I’m ashamed to admit it, but that was my thought!  Writing this trilogy has opened my eyes to truths that I had never considered and it has increased my burden for the lost.

I hope you will take a moment to consider reading A Moment in Time and Angel of Light.  My prayer is that it will not only be an exciting book to read, but will also be a challenge to you as well. Or perhaps you have a teen for whom you are burdened.  I was thrilled when a grandmother recently told me the following:

After I read A Moment in Time, I bought four more books—one for each of my granddaughters.  They need to read it!

That’s just one reason for the Strong Delusion trilogy.  I pray that these books can change lives!

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

How about a little taste?

BookCoverImage A MomentHere’s a little sample from ” A Moment in Time,”  if you would like just a sip!  Hopefully, you’ll find it’s “good to the last drop!”

Prologue

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:

for the trumpet shall sound,

and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,

and we shall be changed.”

 1st Corinthians 15:52

Todd looked on as Carrie crumpled into a heap on the living room floor of her parent’s ranch style home—the only home she had ever known before going to college.

“No… no… NO,” she groaned.  “This can’t be happening.”

There had been an eerie foreboding when Todd and Carrie first heard the local fire company’s alarm sounding, and then the shrill sirens of police cars and ambulances explode all over the city. It seemed odd that so many accidents had happened on the way to her hometown.

“What’s wrong, Carrie,” Todd seemed hesitant to ask.  He had never seen her like this, and he had never been so afraid in all his life.

Carrie rocked back and forth, moaning as Todd knelt beside her. “What is it, babe,” he said as he stroked her hair and rubbed her back.

She looked up at him through mournful eyes. “They’re gone,” she whispered.

“I can see that,” he said almost impatiently. He needed some answers. “Do you think they’ll be back soon?” He watched as the torment turned to hysteria. She laughed as she threw her head back. She pushed him away and rose to walk to the door. She looked across the street as Mr. Baylor came from his house on the corner. He looked up at the sky, then down the street. Carrie quickly ducked behind the door and rolled her eyes.

“You would still be here.” She shook her head, “How many times did Dad witness to you?” she asked aloud but to herself.

Todd vacillated between being peeved that Carrie continued to shut him out and going crazy with the thought that the world was ending and she was losing her mind.

He came toward her, agitation in his voice, “Carrie, will you please tell me what is going on?”

She looked startled to see him, as though she was surprised to be coming back to a reality which included him. Her eyes darted from his face to the family portrait, to him then back to the picture. She sighed as though weighing which words to use. Would she finally tell him the truth about her family? Her gaze dropped to the floor. Another sigh…“The Rapture has taken place and my parents have gone to heaven.”

He looked at her in amazement. What was she saying?  What was she talking about? “The Rapture?” His look broke her heart and maddened her all at the same time. “I don’t know what you are talking about.”

“My parents are Christians. My dad is a pastor.”

He looked at her incredulously, shaking his head in disbelief and walked to the window. As his gaze traveled to the church beside them, he noticed the church’s signboard for the first time. Beneath the name: First Baptist Church was the pastor’s name: Pastor Charles E. Spangler.  Carrie Spangler. It made no sense. He turned to face her, questions written all over his face. “Are you a Christian?”

She rolled her eyes and huffed before spitting out her defiant answer. “No! If I were, then I wouldn’t be here.” Her thoughts flashed back to her fourth-grade classroom. Mrs. Beasley was standing before them, holding up an outdated picture. There were cars crashing and planes flying into buildings. A cemetery with ghost-like beings floating up into the air filled one bottom corner. The plane and the cars had the same beings floating up through the sky; and there above them all was The Man—Jesus was waiting with outstretched hands. Carrie dropped her hands in defeat, and stared into an empty spot on the wall.

Why I Wrote “A Moment in Time”

BookCoverImage A MomentA Moment in Time is really the prequel to Angel of Light the second book it the Strong Delusion Trilogy. If you are familiar with what the Bible has to say about Jesus’ Second Coming, you will know that the phrase “strong delusion” is taken from 2 Thessalonians 2:11:

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,

that they should believe a lie:

2 Thessalonians 2 deals with the details of Christ’s return and the appearance of Antichrist.  Many of the Thessalonians feared that Christ had already returned, and Paul writes to assure them that He had not returned, giving some insight into the scenario of our Lord’s return which still calms our hearts today and keeps us looking up!  So what does Paul tell them?

  1. He warns them to be careful of deception (v. 3)
  2. There will be a falling away before Jesus returns. (v.3)
  3. The Holy Spirit will be “taken out of the way.” (v.7)
  4. Antichrist will be revealed. (8.)
    1. He will be powered by Satan (9)
    2. He will perform signs and wonders. (9)
    3. The unsaved will be completely deceived (10)

Paul then mentions that God will send them, the unsaved, strong delusion, “that they should believe a lie.”  So all this takes place after Antichrist is revealed.  The final result concerning those “who believed not the truth” is stated in verse 12:

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Who is Paul talking about?  He tells us: The people that didn’t believe the truth. In order to not believe, they had to have heard the truth of the Gospel and rejected it.  Paul even gives us the reasons that they rejected the truth: unrighteous or sinful pleasures.

Ever since I read the Left Behind series by Time LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, I have been burdened about the authors’ interpretation of these verses.  In their books, they clearly put forth the idea that people who heard the Gospel before the Rapture, but did not truly receive Christ, would have an opportunity to do so after the Rapture.  Many believe this doctrine.  But what if these verses say what it sounds like they say?  What if someone who is playing games, sitting in a church hanging onto a “profession” that he or she knows was not genuine, is living at the time of the Rapture?  What if a prayer was said that never changed the heart?  What if the decision was made for a logical reason: I don’t want to go to hell, but the truth never reached the heart to change the life?  I’m afraid they will suddenly find themselves caught in Satan’s web of deception and will not be able to get out!

We cannot see into someone’s heart.  My husband often says that there are only two people that truly know if a person is saved: that person and God.  It reminds me of Mary and the cloud of doubt that surrounded Jesus’ birth.  How many people truly believed that her conception was by the Holy Ghost? Surely even Joseph may have doubted, but Mary KNEW and so did God!

A Moment in Time is based upon the conclusion that someone who heard the Gospel but did not truly receive Christ will be impossibly deceived when the Holy Spirit is taken from the earth at the time of the Rapture, and in His place, the spirit of Antichrist will pervade the earth. So much so, that they will not be saved.

Are you concerned about someone whose profession does not seem genuine?  Perhaps A Moment in Time could be a help to bring the truth to light.  Throughout the book, Carrie Spangler, the pastor’s daughter, convinces herself that she truly is saved.  At first, she KNOWS that she didn’t mean what she prayed.  The circumstances surrounding her conversion were completely man-led not Spirit-led. But as time passes, the lie solidifies in her mind.  Her life is a lie because of the “pleasures of unrighteousness” that have taken hold of her life.

Is Carrie a bad girl?  Not really.  She reminds me of so many of our young people in our churches today! She is playing a deadly game.

My prayer is that God will use A Moment in Time to open the eyes of anyone who is deceived, before it is too late! Take a look at the book and tell me what you think!

 

 

Jesus is Coming!

I’m excited to introduce my next book: A Moment in Time, Book One of the Strong Delusion Trilogy. Many are asking, “Is Jesus coming soon?”  I’d love to say, “Yes!” Certainly the signs of the times seem to appear in every newspaper, and many of the necessary events are already in place for Him to return; however, God is not on our timetable–we’re on His!

But what if He did return today?  Would you be caught by surprise?  Would there be issues in your life that you would have wished to change before He returned?  Are you even ready to meet Him face to face?

All these questions went into the writing of the Strong Delusion Trilogy. To be quite honest, I’ve always been the kind of believer that didn’t pay much attention to the End Times.  I’m not going to be here, so I didn’t really care what happened. (Shame on me!!) Perhaps that is the reason why the Lord laid this topic on my heart!  After writing these books I can say more than ever, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20)

The following is the synopsis from the cover:

BookCoverImage A MomentJESUS IS COMING!  She had heard it all her life, she just didn’t believe that He would come during her lifetime…but He did.

Carrie Spangler had made a profession of faith in elementary school; but even at the time, she knew it was not genuine and Satan uses every opportunity to continue the deception, including Matthew Hanks!

Todd Jenson has always longed to know God but has never had the opportunity to do so.  When he meets Carrie at SUNY’s New Paltz campus, he is drawn to her; and when “fate” literally drops her into his lap, he couldn’t be happier. She is a mystery to him as she keeps any information about her background from him; and when he finally takes her home to ask for her hand in marriage, her parents are gone!

As they begin their marriage at the start of the Tribulation, will they be able to survive; and will their marriage breach the differences that steadily grows between them?