What's Your New Year's Resolution?
Do you make New Year's resolutions? If so, what are they? I, personally, am not a big fan of New Year's resolutions, but I did make two this year.
On a business level, it was to implement Google Analytics. After all, this is one powerful tool for marketing your business that is completely free. If you're not doing at least that, you're wasting free marketing intelligence. Considering it's cost (nothing), I was shocked how deep the information is. I implemented that on December 31, so I was in good shape on that one.
On a personal level, it was to re-focus my prayers. I went through a very difficult period last year, and because praying became so difficult, I deteriorated into an attitude limited to submission and trust, and the only prayers I could offer were those of gratitude for all God has blessed me with. I got really great at detailing the areas of God's faithfulness, but I almost completely abdicated actively soliciting His intervention.
This year, my resolution is to recommit myself to more focused, specific prayers and developing the spiritual strength to continue to offer them, even if God's answers aren't the ones I'm hoping for. After all, if God doesn't answer your prayers the way you want Him to, it's sometimes easier to just stop asking. So my resolution is to resist the temptation to stop asking. — H. L.
Responding to Reader Questions
Will It "All Just Pan Out in the End"?
Q: I am reading Before God's Wrath, and I was doing fine — and agreeing with everything —until I got to where H. L. talks about Revelation 7:9-14. My questions are these:
First, if this scene is after the rapture - and we go up, passing Jesus who is on the way down, what is the Lamb doing up there with us in that scene? Jesus can only be in one place at a time.
Second, Paul states that "we shall always be with the Lord" after we are caught up in the clouds with Him (1 Thess. 4:17), which makes sense if the Lamb is with us in heaven and not on the earth without us.
Last, if Jesus is on earth after the rapture and throughout the time of God's wrath, where is He while down here? What is He doing? And how do we come to be "re-joined with Him" to reign on the new earth?
A: There are two approaches I can take to your questions.
First is the approach I took in the book. I covered it in depth there, so I won't go into too much detail, but basically it is that Jesus and the Father are one, so technically, Jesus is omnipotent and omnipresent as the Father is. Thus, we cannot say that He's "here" or "there" because He's everywhere simultaneously.
Yet, this is admittedly not a very satisfying answer. While God is