Ray Accepting Jesus Christ
January 11, 1980
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January 11th, 1980 at 11am

Mt Lemmon, AZ

 

The exact moment in time I became Born Again and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.



 

Earlier in the fall of 1979 I met Wealtha Koningsfeld while attending a party in a cabin behind my Mt Lemmon Cabin Rentals.  She was easy to talk with and I remember the conversation turning to having faith in Christ.  I told her I knew there was a God but as a non-practicing Catholic I kind of left the whole God thing alone.

 

Before the party ended, I invited her down to see the cabin I was building right next door and down a lot.




She was very complementary about my work and showed a real interest in what I was doing.  I shared my plans of finishing the new cabin and then split another 3 bedroom cabin I purchased in half for two more units, all for short term rentals.  At that time only the Lodge had rooms to rent.



 

During those early months of getting to know Wealtha and her older lady friend Chris Sheldon, who was also a Christian we had many conversations about God and the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  I was taking in all the information but didn't feel ready to ask Jesus into my heart.

 

My big change of heart came after Wealtha and I read Hal Lindsey's book called "The Late Great Planet Earth".  




On page 43 I read; It is in this context that Jesus predicts an extremely important time clue.  He says: "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door" (Matthew 24:32-33 NASB).

 

Perfect Parable

When the signs just given begin to multiply and increase in scope it's similar to the certainty of leaves coming on the fig tree.  But the most important sign in Matthew has to be the restoration of the Jews to the land in the rebirth of Israel.  Even the figure of speech "fig tree" has been a historic symbol of national Israel.  When the Jewish people, after nearly 2,000 years of exile, under relentless persecution, became a nation again on 14 May 1948 the "fig tree" put forth its first leaves.

Jesus said that this would indicate that He was "at the door," ready to return.  Then He said, "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place" (Matthew 24:34 NASB)

 

I knew the Bible had plenty of do's and don'ts but I never felt the need to read it for myself.  Now I discover that a prophecy from Jesus Christ had been fulfilled within nine years after my birth.  That really opened the door to my heart that Jesus was knocking on.

 

It was now January 11th 1980 and I was watching Rex Humbard's program, when he finish his message he gave an altar call and I got on my knees in front of the TV and




accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I was 40 years old.  Now in my late seventies and I thank the Lord for His gracious invitation to be with Him for eternity.

 

Have you accepted Jesus' invitation to join Him in Heaven when your life here on earth comes to an end?


Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is not something you kind of remember doing some time way back in your childhood past.

Your birth day here on earth was issued a government certificate.  Jesus loves you and wants to call you His own for all eternity.  If you have read this far in my story, there is no doubt Jesus guided your steps.  What is today's date?  Let this day and hour be your Born Again birth date and make your decision to accept Jesus Christ.  Let me lead you:

  

"I know I am a sinner, and my sin separates me from God.  Because God loves me, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for my sin by dying on the cross to restore me to fellowship with God.  I have asked Jesus to forgive my sins and give me eternal life.  It is my desire to love Him and obey His Word"

 

You are now a Child of God, I'm your brother and would love to welcome you into His Kingdom today.  ray@memkpr.com

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Today, 8/22/2017 is one day after the great American Eclipse which traveled from the Pacific to the Atlantic and was watched by over 100 million people.  This was the first eclipse of its kind in 99 years.  But we have another one in seven years which crosses the path of the one yesterday.

 

Here is the story of this very unusual occurrence which has a lot to do with my decision to follow Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior:

 

Why the Great American Total Solar Eclipse is cause for pause?

By, Krista Smith

 

​Let me begin by saying, I am not suggesting the total eclipse is going to cause anything in particular. However, there are undeniable (call them) coincidences that do in fact line up with prophesy and Biblical events. That being said, I believe it means "something" and only time will tell what that is. There have been many people scoffing at any mention of these types of possibilities because there have been numerous predictions of peril and doom that have not occurred. But, God's Word is Truth. He will keep His promises and He does have a way of doing things in His perfect timing. In my opinion, I don't think anything will happen on this day but I do think it is a warning of things to come.




 

·                        While eclipses are not that uncommon, total solar eclipses only occur about every year and a half and often occur over the ocean rather than land. Don't let anyone fool you into thinking this eclipse is nothing out of the ordinary. Day will be turned to night all across the middle United StatesIt's been 99 years since a total solar eclipse crossed the entire United States and having another total solar eclipse cross the entire United States again, forming an 'X', just a few years later is perhaps unprecedented. 





But, perhaps its not an "x'. The last letter in the Hebrew alphabet is called a "tav" and it means "truth" and has the meaning in Hebrew that was given to its symbol as: "mark, sign, covenant." The original ancient letter looks like this:

·                        It is interesting that the next solar eclipse in 2024 is 7 years later and the Bible says we will have a 7 year tribulation period.

 

·                         It is called the great American eclipse because, this is the first total solar eclipse that's only visible in the U.S. and no other country. It will be the first total eclipse visible only in the USA since the country was founded in 1776. (click on the link - USA Today Article and scroll to the question: Why is it called the Great American Solar Eclipse?)

 

 

·                        The temperature of the sun is 5778 (look it up on google -click here) -  The final Hebrew month is Elul and it begins on exactly August 21st. Elul is the final month of the Hebrew year they are currently in which is 5777 which is our 2017 and is their year of completion. The next Hebrew calendar year is 5778, the same number as the temperature of the sun, and begins after the month of Elul.

 

"As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?... At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other... Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved...."

"For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man...Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."  - Matthew 24: 3-44

 

·                        It's been noted that the United States is the wealthiest, most powerful, and most influential Gentile nation. It is also the world's ethnic melting pot and hosts a proto-world government in the form of the United Nations. In Jewish tradition, Lunar eclipses (blood moons) are omens for Israel whereas solar eclipses are omens for the Gentiles. The 4 Blood Moons in 2014-15 were the first in 2000 years that a Tetrad of four Blood Moons occurred all on Jewish feast days and in a Shemitah Year! An unprecedented event. It is quite possible that in 2014-15 the Blood Moons were the Omens for Israel and now in 2017 the Solar Eclipses are the Omens for the Gentiles. 

 

·                        The 7 year Tribulation is also known as the Day of the LORD when God enters into judgment with the Gentile nations. The fact that two total solar eclipses, spaced seven years apart, cross the entirety of the contiguous United States, and form an 'x' over the chief Gentile nation on earth should give you pause.

 

·                        The eclipse on August 21st is also exactly 40 days from Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) which is on September 29th. "40" represents a period of testing in the Bible as can been seen in the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and the 40 days Jesus was tested in the wilderness. This 40 day period leading up to Yom Kippur is more than random. In fact, this period of time beginning on August 21st is called the Season of Teshuvah, which in the Jewish faith is a time to get right with God before judgment falls on the Day of Atonement.

 

·                        On June 30, 2015, what was dubbed as the Star of Bethlehem reappeared for the 1st time in 2000 years. (Google: Bethlehem Star 2015) This star appeared 2000 years ago to announce the birth of the King. Interesting timing that it has shown up again in 2015. What if it is again a sign to announce the coming of the King?

 

 

Well, if you already struggle with Bible prophecy this one is really going to blow your mind. I know it sounds crazy but it is a prophecy of the Great Sign according to Revelations 12. Hang in there, and keep reading, the scripture may be unfolding in our solar system in just a few weeks.

 

Here is the verse, "Then I witnessed in heaven an event of great significance. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant, and she cried out because of her labor pains and the agony of giving birth..... She gave birth to a son...." 

 

 

·                        There are many who currently believe the eclipse is intimately connected to an upcoming September 23rd astronomical alignment involving the constellations Virgo and Leo, along with Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter. On that date (9/23/17), Jupiter will exit the lower part of Virgo (the virgin) in a way that would fulfill the “man child” of Revelation 12 being birthed by the woman.  Regulus and the other stars of Leo—along with the other three visible planets—comprise the “crown of twelve stars” that Revelation 12:1 says will be upon the travailing woman’s head. You’ve got this epic solar eclipse over America and it’s happening right at Regulus, in Leo the Lion—the constellation. There are twelve constellations. It could happen anywhere, but it’s happening in the constellation of the king, with all of this coming together it just doesn't seem totally off base that it could mean the return of the king! - It's in the Bible as a Great Sign in the Last Days. Revelations 5:5 refers to Jesus as "the Lion of Judah." I believe it is a possibility worth pondering, especially coupled with everything else going on. According to researchers this is the 1st time the solar system will be in exactly this alignment in over 7000 years. There were 9 close matches from 6000 BC to 4000 AD in over these 10,000 years none of the 9 matches that were close met everyone of the requirements of the scripture.



The uniqueness and precision of the September alignment is its greatest strength.  It's not enough that the moon and sun are near Virgo once a year.  It's not enough that Jupiter passes through Virgo's womb every 11 or 12 years.  Every condition in Revelation 12:1-2 has to be met and that's  what's unique about the alignment on September 23rd.The woman must be clothed with the sun.The woman must have the moon under her feet.She must have a crown of exactly twelve stars. She must be pregnant and give birth.  Pregnancies only happen in wombs and they last 37 to 44 weeks, on Sept 23rd it will have been 42 weeks. The planet Jupiter entered Virgo in Jan 16' and will drop on Sept 23rd (depicting an exit from the womb, if you will). It's not enough for Jupiter to just pass through Virgo or retrograde nearby.  It needs to stay in her womb in a way that pictures a pregnancy.

 

From 2015 to Now: 

·                        The Tetrads falling on 4 Feast Days of the Lord in a Shemitah year in 2014/15, an unprecedented event.

·                        The Bethlehem Star in 2015 which has not been out in over 2000 years.

·                        The upcoming Total Solar Eclipse crossing the US and that coupled with the fact that it will not be visible by any other countries. That has never happened.

·                        There will be another Total Eclipse going diagonally across the other side of the US just 7 years later in 2024, making an X across our country, the first one on 8/21/17 is also not visible to any other countries. Interesting that the Bible talks about a 7 year tribulation period in the Last Days.

·                        The upcoming solar alignment on Sept 23rd, sounding like it lines up with a description of a Great sign in the heavens from revelation 12.

 

It's just too much for me to put my head in the sand. Just thought I would share this with you, in case you find it as interesting as I do. If you don't no worries, it's just information.

 

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea....When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 

- Luke 21:25-28

 

"...in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 

 

They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 

 

They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of[a] vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) ...They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 

 

Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." 2 Timothy 3: 1-17

 

 

"This Generation Will Not Pass Away"

July 23, 2017

Krista Smith

 

For the record, I am not a doomsday-er but I am an imperfect student of God's Word. After reading it, there is just too much in there to be ignored. One reason particularly that I pay attention to what is going on in the world more than I might otherwise is because I do believe we will see the return of Jesus in our lifetime. Of course, I could be wrong but here is a core scripture for the basis of why I feel this way. Israel had been scattered since 70 AD, all the way up to 1948. Israel is the "apple of God's eye." Scripture prophesied that in the last days that God would draw his people back to their homeland, (also see Ezekiel 38:8) and (Amos 9:14-15) said He would restore their currency (the shekel). Isaiah spoke of Israel being born in one day, would it surprise you that Israel was re-born in one day?

 

The Apostles came to Jesus and asked Him about the end of the world in Matthew 24:2-6, and how would people living then know it was happening. It went like this:"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? So Jesus begins to tell them about how things will gradually heat up and increase until we reach the time that we call the Last Days. The Book of Matthew continues, giving more and more details and time clues until we reach the "big clue", the biggest one of them all. Stating in Matthew 24:32, Jesus says this:

 

 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[a] is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." - Matthew 24:32-35 Here is discernment of this verse: The fig tree is the country symbol for Israel just like the US is the Eagle and Russia is the Bear. A parable is a story. So, he says now learn a story about Israel. When its branches are tender and put forth leaves (when Israel becomes a nation), YOU know that the summer (the return) is near. It is at the door! Assuredly he says, this generation will NOT PASS AWAY. A generation is a lifespan of people and for our generation that is about 100 years tops. Although, there is a verse in the Bible that refers to the years of life being 70 or 80 (Psalms 90:10). Israel became a nation May 14, 1948, after being scattered for nearly 2000 years. So if Israel was destroyed in 70 AD, and it was, when did it "bloom" again? May 14, 1948 is the date that history records that fact occurring. The generation that witnessed that, the WWII generation, still have not,  passed off the scene. They are still alive and with us today, and we are the people that Jesus said would be alive on the earth when the Last Days would happen.


No one knows the day or the hour but Jesus said we were to watch and be ready.

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come."

- Matthew 24:42