October 2016 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016
In recent days we've talked about Prophecy Dinosaurs and Prophecy Mutants. But there's a third breed of self-proclaimed "expert" on mutilated prophecy:
The Prophecy Gymnast!
The gymnasts are those WHOSE PERSONAL PREFERENCE TRUMPS ALL ELSE, including God.
They will "bend over backwards" to make Scripture “fit” their belief, EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO PERFORM 50 DIFFERENT MANEUVERS TO "GET THERE".
Gymnasts are the ones who add this, subtract that, divide by the 153 fish the disciples caught in John chapter 21, and then multiply by the 120 disciples in the Upper Room to "arrive" at their PREDETERMINED conclusion.
They're the ones who toss both Scripture AND HUMAN LOGIC out the window.
They're the ones who MIX ASTROLOGY AND PSEUDO SCIENCE with the Bible.
In recent years they've regaled us with such prophetic "gems" as the zodiac sign Virgo being the woman in Revelation 12, the myth of NONEXISTENT "Planet X" (a/k/a Nibiru), the alleged "apocalyptic horse" on Tahir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, the UFO over the so-called Temple Mount - all of which are PROVEN hoaxes - and mysterious "trumpet sounds", humming and bird chirping to which ONLY A FEW "CHOSEN ONES" ARE PRIVY.
They’re the ones who claim some “secret society” like the Illuminati, Opus Dei, Bohemian Grove, the Freemasons, Rockefellers or Bilderbergers is plotting to “take over the world”. They’ve been claiming for years that the U.S. is about to declare Martial Law and send nonconformists to “FEMA camps”.
They are STILL regaling us with the “mysterious wonders” and “apocalyptic forebodings” of comet Elenin, WHICH DISINTEGRATED FIVE YEARS AGO, in October 2011.
But EVEN THAT doesn't stop the PG's from keeping it "alive".
Don't you know that NASA is involved in a huge conspiracy to keep us in the dark about Elenin, and keep its existence and trajectory hidden from us?
Of course, stupid gymnasts never even consider that NASA ISN'T the only space observatory in the world. There are many others right here in the U.S. (including Texas & California) and in many other countries including Russia, China, Denmark, Chile and Argentina.
Apparently, then, the WHOLE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY ACROSS THE GLOBE is involved in this "conspiracy" to keep A DEAD COMET, which gymnasts claim IS STILL ALIVE, hidden from us.
Too bad THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAME CONVICTION ABOUT the Resurrection of Jesus!
What exactly, a nonexistent comet may have to do with the end times is a mystery that the Gymnasts themselves CANNOT explain. Nor for what reason anyone would conspire to keep its existence a secret.
REAL Bible prophecy flows smoothly, dovetails effortlessly, and is self-evident.
When we resort to all these capricious formulas, we can "make" the Bible "say" ANYTHING WE WANT.
Those who perform these loony calculations are NOT seeking Truth, nor honoring God.
Gymnasts are delusional.
They are DISHONEST, SELF-SERVING MORONS who WILL GO TO ANY LENGTHS to "make" a case for what THEY'VE ALREADY CHOSEN TO BELIEVE, and FOR THE LIE they HAVE DELIBERATELY CHOSEN to SPREAD.
My advice to all Prophecy Gymnasts is:
Read, and RE-READ Jesus' warning in Revelation 22:18-19 about the SEVERE AND ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES of adding to His Word of Prophecy.
Bible prophecy ISN'T a game.
It's dead-serious Truth.
It's HISTORY (His Story) written IN ADVANCE.
Revelation 21:8 says that ALL LIARS (who contradict God's Truth) WILL HAVE THEIR PART IN THE LAKE OF FIRE.
Those who DISHONOR God's Word, WILL BE DISHONORED by God.
Gymnasts need to repent and seek God's will, INSTEAD OF THEIR OWN.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2016
The modern counterpart to Prophecy Dinosaurs, are the equally misguided Prophecy Mutants.
The Mutants used to be Dinosaurs, and sold the same lies as Dinosaurs 20, 30 or 40 years ago, but as the world has changed, so have they. They’ve mutated.
The Mutants represent the "newer wave" of self-appointed teachers who - FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY - push FABRICATED conspiracy theories, Islamic antichrists, Islamic world rule, "blood moons", "harbingers", Turkish caliphates, and symbols in Arabic that, supposedly, somehow became part of the Holy Spirit INSPIRED Book of Revelation.
They've named everyone and their mother "Antichrist", except THE REAL guy who's been foretold in Scripture for 2,500 years. (Daniel 7:6; Revelation 13:2)
Mutants base their eschatology on a Godless MIXTURE OF CNN, SUPERMARKET TABLOIDS and YouTube nonsense, NOT on the Bible.
According to their dubious and ludicrous "scholarship", the Holy Spirit inspired John to write Revelation in Greek, then, ALL OF A SUDDEN, when He got to Revelation 13:18, He decided to insert three symbols in Arabic.
Never mind that Revelation was written in the first century A.D., when the Arabic language DID NOT EXIST - and that it would not come into existence until the 6th century A.D.
Likewise, Mutants claim that Isaiah 9:11 predicted the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and Twin Towers.
Never mind that the ORIGINAL Bible text DID NOT CONTAIN ANY chapter numbers or verse numbers.
Never mind that those were ONLY added in the 15th century A.D. AT THE SOLE discretion of translators, and NOT by the Holy Spirit.
The sad part is that SO MANY Christians are SO TOTALLY IGNORANT and ill-informed about the Bible, that they ACTUALLY FALL FOR these moronic, thoroughly DISHONEST and unscrupulous gimmicks.
They then MINDLESSLY parrot the wrong teaching and, worse, DEFEND IT.
There are NO CONSPIRACY THEORIES in the Bible.
You can search from Genesis to Revelation until your gullible, pea-size brain explodes, you won't find such idiocy.
Just like there are NO Islamic Antichrists in the Bible.
There is NO Islamic world rule, no "harbingers" about 9/11, and NO Turkish caliphates in Scripture.
And NONE of the Bible was written in Arabic - not even ONE jot or tittle.
We can believe God or we can believe Prophecy Mutants.
We CANNOT believe BOTH.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29. 2016
Ever heard of a prophecy dinosaur?
It's a self-appointed prophecy teacher caught in an obsolete eschatological time warp, from which he seems unable to break free.
It's someone who BLINDLY BELIEVES EVERYTHING that someone else taught OVER A CENTURY AGO, as though it were inerrant.
It's someone who elevates John Nelson Darby and C.I. Scofield to the status of demigods, and considers their teachings on Bible prophecy sacrosanct.
I APPRECIATE Darby and Scofield for bringing to light the Truth of the pre-trib Rapture.
Even though they did a lousy job of supporting it with Scripture, I'm VERY THANKFUL to God, and GRATEFUL to them, for reintroducing that Truth to the Church at large.
Their contribution got the Church out of the eschatological Dark Ages -- both literally and figuratively -- and they deserve MUCH CREDIT FOR IT.
The fact they were right about ONE THING, however, does not mean that they were right ABOUT EVERYTHING.
In fact, they COULDN'T HAVE BEEN.
There's NO WAY that someone who taught Bible prophecy A CENTURY AGO could be right about everything because Jesus Himself SEALED ESCHATOLOGY 2,500 years ago. (Daniel 12:4, 9)
And ONLY Jesus (praise His Name eternally!) can UNSEAL IT.
Jesus even said WHEN He would UNSEAL end-time prophecy:
NOT in the 19th century, NOT in the 20th century, but AT THE VERY "TIME OF THE END" (Daniel 12:4, 9).
We must assume, from both God’s written Word and the multiple fulfillment's of Bible prophecy taking place SIMULTANEOUSLY IN OUR TIME, that this 21st century IS “the time of the end” of which God spoke through His prophets in antiquity.
And yet this great BIBLICAL truth seems to escape the Prophecy Dinos COMPLETELY.
It's AS IF THEY'D NEVER READ Daniel chapter 12.
I'm sure that Darby's and Scofield's minds and motives were "in the right place".
I'm sure that they DID NOT INTENTIONALLY teach error.
But one thing I've learned THE HARD WAY is that NO MATTER HOW MUCH we study the Bible, or HOW MUCH we THINK we know...
Until Jesus, by His Holy Spirit, REVEALS a matter, we're toiling IN VAIN.
We ALL see through a glass, darkly… UNTIL WE SEE Jesus, FACE TO FACE.
Revelation about His Word of Prophecy comes - like EVERYTHING ELSE God does - by Grace through Faith...
And that NOT OF OURSELVES: it is His GIFT, to us personally and to His Body COLLECTIVELY.
Glory to Jesus from everlasting to everlasting!
Prophecy dinosaurs still got their followers expecting a 7-year tribulation.
They still cling to the unbiblical "7-year peace treaty" as though their lives depended on it.
They still push a mysterious Roman Antichrist, living incognito in some remote, unknown location, until he chooses to introduce himself to the world.
And they still insist that NO SIGNS precede the Rapture. That it will happen, one of these days, "out of the blue", whenever God capriciously decides to zap us out of here.
Never mind that NONE of these doctrines are found in the Bible.
They also take the seals and trumpets in Revelation OUT OF GOD'S ESTABLISHED ORDER in a futile attempt to make their favored theories fit into the panoramic end-time.
Thank God that most PD's, by God's grace, ARE saved.
But I can't help wonder HOW THEY'LL FEEL when they appear before Jesus and suddenly realize that nearly EVERYTHING they SOLD to God's dumb sheep WAS A LIE.
Jesus' words in Matthew 16:2-3 come to mind:
"He answered and said to them: When it is evening, you say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning: It will be bad weather today: for the sky is red and overcast. You hypocrites! YOU CAN DISCERN THE APPEARANCE OF THE SKY; BUT CANNOT DISCERN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES?"
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016
THE 7-SEAL SCROLL
In the Book of Revelation, God the Father is seated on His Throne, holding a scroll in His Right Hand, which is sealed with seven seals.
In the “myths” page, I discuss the first four seals (the four horses), but several people have written asking what the scroll itself represents.
The scroll, which NO ONE IN HEAVEN, ON EARTH, OR UNDER THE EARTH was allowed to open... or even LOOK at – is the Book of Daniel.
Daniel is THE ONLY BOOK in the Bible that was “sealed”. (Daniel 12:4, 9)
It was sealed UNTIL “the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4).
It contains, roughly, the last 3,000 years of Church history, with particular emphasis on the “time of the end”, the Revelation of the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of our Lord, to establish His eternal Reign of Righteousness.
Jesus Himself SEALED the Book of Daniel in the 6th century B.C. Hence, ONLY Jesus Himself can open it.
After all, when He opens NO ONE can close, and when He closes NO ONE can open (Revelation 3:7).
Therefore, ONLY the Lion of Judah, the Root of David, our Lord Jesus Christ, is worthy and able to open (unseal) Daniel’s scroll (Revelation 5:5).
Jesus Himself lifts the seals, one by one, to inform His Church as to what will happen in these last days. (Revelation chapters 6, 7 and 8:1)
In Revelation chapter 10:2, the same Book of Daniel appears, only this time it’s open (compare with (Daniel 12:6, 7).
That is THE REASON that so much of Revelation contains the same symbols, and discusses the same characters and events as the Book of Daniel.
Revelation is primarily the UNSEALING of Daniel.
Therefore, the parallels between Daniel and John are startling:
Both were prophets.
Both saw Jesus.
Both got special revelation from him concerning the “time of the end”.
Both served God from their youth.
Both went into exile. (Daniel to Babylon, John to Patmos)
Both lived under oppressive regimes (Babylon & Rome)
Both were totally dedicated to Jesus.
Both wrote about, essentially, the same things.
Both gave prophetic time lines, and orderly chronologies of end time events.
Both identified the Antichrist.
Both were supernaturally delivered from death (Daniel from the lion’s den and John from frying in a pot of boiling oil).
Both were GREATLY BELOVED (Daniel 9:23; 10:11, 19; John 13:23; 20:2; 21:7, 20).
Every Christian should study their Books, and meditate their content, with an open heart and mind, especially in these last days.
The fact the Book of Daniel is no longer “sealed”, but is now open, is proof positive that we’re living in “the time of the end”.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016
One of the myriad problems facing the modern Church is LACK OF CALLING.
People get into so-called ministry FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS:
Too many "ministers" view the ministry as A CAREER, a way to MAKE A LIVING.
They got into it because they saw that guy on TV who got rich SUPPOSEDLY "preaching the gospel".
Or they do it because they seek approval and admiration. They want to feel "important" and have others "look up to them".
They become a pastor o evangelist because their father, grandfather and great-grandfather were "ministers", NOT because Jesus CALLED them.
As if God's gifts and callings could be passed down through human DNA.
The son of a famous faith healer, claimed for years that he had been "called by God" into the "healing ministry".
HIS EARTHLY FATHER called him because his mantra was that "there's no success without a successor".
He even THREATENED HIS OWN SON – on his wedding day no less – saying that "God had shown him" that the son would die in a plane crash if he refused to follow in his own, crooked footsteps.
That’s NOT God calling anyone, that’s MANIPULATION, which is NOT of God.
Then, after daddy called him – the son CALLED HIMSELF.
God had NOTHING to do with it.
God never called him, and I have serious doubts that God ever called his father.
After being caught in improper financial deals, his ministry has all but disintegrated and the university bearing his father's name is now being managed by a board of trustees.
By the father's VERY OWN YARDSTICK, both he and his son are MINISTERIAL FAILURES.
I can tell you from personal experience that when God REALLY CALLS SOMEONE into ANY kind of ministry:
A) We KNOW IT beyond ANY doubt.
If there’s the slightest doubt, God DIDN’T call you.
B) That "calling" becomes THE ALL-CONSUMING PASSION in our lives.
C. That passion gives us THE DRIVE to carry out His calling.
We DON'T EVEN HAVE TO TRY. It just happens.
We serve Jesus and others BECAUSE WE CAN'T HELP OURSELVES, with NO ULTERIOR or MATERIAL motive.
That bears repeating:
When someone is TRULY called of God, he or she serves Jesus and others BECAUSE THEY CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES, with NO ULTERIOR or MATERIAL motive.
That means WE DON'T DO IT FOR THE MONEY.
We do it if we NEVER MAKE A NICKEL FROM IT.
True ministers know that NOT only were they called by Jesus, but THEIR ON-GOING INSPIRATION and REVELATION KNOWLEDGE also come from Him, and His Holy Spirit.
Thus, Jesus Himself becomes their ALL-CONSUMING PASSION, THEIR HIGHEST LOVE, the FOCUS of their lives, and THEIR VERY REASON for living.
That means we get to spend TONS of time ALONE WITH JESUS.
That also means we DON'T HAVE TIME TO SOCIALIZE. We don't have time for trivialities.
Ministry is FULL OF SURPRISES. Each day brings new and exciting opportunities.
However, there is also much disappointment and pain.
Prepare TO BE BETRAYED by those you have helped the most. (Mark 3:19)
Prepared TO BE CRITICIZED by those you have served in their time of distress, without any personal gain, or self-serving interest.
Prepare TO EXPERIENCE HATRED AND ENVY, not primarily from the world, but from so-called "Christians".
REAL ministry is SPONTANEOUS.
It is NOT following a bunch of man-invented religious RULES.
Those who "serve" Jesus OUT OF SELF-APPLIED "DISCIPLINE" are NOT called by God, and are not true ministers of Christ, but HIRELINGS (John 10:10-13).
There is NO SUCH THING as a TRUE calling of God accompanied by complacency. The two are TOTALLY incompatible.
If you LACK THE BURNING PASSION, then Jesus DIDN'T call you.
If you can't stand spending LOTS OF TIME ALONE with Jesus, Jesus DIDN'T call you.
You merely had a good or clever idea on how to serve Him. You merely saw ministry as a self-serving career opportunity.
Or you merely thought of something nice YOU COULD DO FOR HIM because He's given you so much and you feel you "haven't given back" enough.
These may be good intentions, but good intentions are NOT TO BE CONFUSED with God's calling.
The Church and the world are both in DESPERATE NEED of REAL, called by God, ministry.
They both need to hear the Truth, clearly, DIRECTLY and unapologetically -- with no religious correctness or beating 'round the bush.
The latter only bring DECEPTION and CONFUSION, of which God is NOT the author (1 Corinthians 14:33).
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016
People often ask for advice about some impending decision they need to make: should I stay in the marriage, or not, should I take this job, should I move to that city…
In the Old Testament, before the born again experience was available to every believer, when someone had a question about what they should or should not do, they would cast lots. (1 Samuel 14:41-42; Acts 1:26)
They could also consult the Urim and Thummim.
These were stones carried by Israel’s High Priest in his breastplate.
God gave Israel the Urim and Thummim to predict whether something was true or false, whether God was favorable to their endeavor or not (Numbers 27:21; Nehemiah 7:65).
The Urim and Thummin, however, were mostly available to kings or to very high ranking officials.
Lots were available to everyone.
In the New Testament, the Urim and Thummim, and the casting of lots, WERE REPLACED BY the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is available to EVERY born again believer.
Matter of fact, the Bible definition of a Christian is someone who HAS the Spirit of Christ within (Romans 8:9)
Since Jesus promised that His Holy Spirit would lead us to “ALL the truth” and “show us things to come” (John 16:13), the Holy Spirit is the One that we must consult when we face a difficult decision.
We must also check out what God's written Word says about it, if anything. (Psalm 119:105; 2 Peter 1:19)
However, there are certain situations that are not specifically spelled out in the written Word, at least not on the surface (conventionally readable) text.
There’s no verse that says “Susan Believer shall marry a man by the name of _____ from Tacoma, Washington” or “Joe Christian should take that job offer in Atlanta”.
When the Bible is not specific about something, those are the decisions on which we MUST CONSULT the Holy Spirit, concentrate on Him (inside you) and get your “yes” or “no”.
I know I would be terribly lost and confused apart from the Holy Spirit.
I don’t know WHAT I’d do without Him.
In my personal experience, I have “heard” His Voice both in my head, in my stomach, and also felt His Word softly “entering” my mind or stomach from just millimeters away (Romans 10:9).
Needless to say, He is ALWAYS right.
When I ask the Holy Spirit a specific question, (like “will this happen?”, or “should I do such and such?”) if the answer is “yes” He “RISES UP” within me If it’s “no” He seems to “sink” or “go down” on the inside.
The Holy Spirit’s Counsel is PRICELESS.
A word of caution: you have to take yourself TOTALLY out of the issue, be TOTALLY NEUTRAL, wait on Him, and allow Him to go UP or DOWN, AS HE WILLS.
NOT as YOU will.
Unless you ARE TOTALLY HONEST, AND TOTALLY NEUTRAL, it won’t work.
It will be YOU who answers, according to YOUR WILL, NOT the Holy Spirit.
You’ll just end up DECEIVING YOURSELF.
The more we practice, the better we get at it, and more and the clearer we “hear”.
Unfortunately, about 95% of Christians IGNORE the Holy Spirit they carry inside.
And I’m being generous…
They SQUANDER that MOST PRECIOUS TREASURE they have inside.
HOW FOOLISH not to consult Him whom Jesus gave us to be our Helper, Comforter, and Special Counsel.
Those who HAVE the Holy Spirit, and IGNORE Him, are saved, but like Esau of old, they despise their birthright (Genesis 25:34)
Those who prefer some mortal’s counsel over God’s… well, there are no adequate adjectives to describe their folly.
Those who HAVE the Holy Spirit, and never seek Him, consult Him, or listen to Him, are CLUELESS…
They DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE MISSING!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016
ART & SPIRITUALITY
There’s a spiritual dimension to all forms of artistic expression.
Spirituality is not necessarily good.
In the spirit world, there’s light and there’s darkness.
There’s positive spirituality that makes us feel good, and negative spirituality that triggers uneasiness and all sorts of unpleasant reactions.
Humans and animals can consciously and subconsciously pick up the vibes from both.
Come to think of it, ALL MATTER, and ALL of Creation does. (Mark 11:22; Psalm 103:20)
In fact, the artistic expressions with which we surround ourselves (music, paintings, photographs, sculpture, etc.) can totally affect the mood (atmosphere) in our home or office, and in our lives.
All artists have insight into the spirit world, whether they realize it or not, and are keenly aware of spiritual vibes.
The great artist Michelangelo was no exception.
He was ahead of his time -- artistically as well as theologically -- in that he quickly perceived the hypocrisy of organized religion and its hierarchy, and expressed his displeasure about “the blood of Christ being SOLD” in the form of abominable “indulgences”.
Though he is most famous for painting the Sistine Chapel, he saw himself mainly as a sculptor, not as a painting master.
Michelangelo believed that God had already set the figures inside each marble block, and that it was the sculptor’s task to “see” them inside the marble and “set them free”.
I know an artist infinitely greater than Michelangelo and His Name is Jesus.
And Jesus has set Himself, His own figure, His incorruptible Image inside each individual who has received Him and been born again.
His Image is already IN us.
It’s up to us to “see” Him, and set His Image free.
It’s up to each of us TO LOOK INSIDE and ALLOW THE INNER CHRIST to MANIFEST:
“For WE ARE His Masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, WHICH GOD HAS BEFORE ORDAINED that we should walk in them.”
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016
GEOGRAPHY IN PROPHECY
For ALL the SELLING of carnal speculation called "Bible prophecy" that goes on, and that now clutters cyberspace, I've yet to hear ANYONE teach about the GEOGRAPHIC REALIGNMENT that will take place during the tribulation.
It's been right there in the Book of Revelation for the past 2,000 years, yet all the self-proclaimed "experts" have missed it.
It's also been mentioned for the past 2,800 years in Isaiah chapter 24:19-20:
"The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is torn asunder, the earth is shaken exceedingly.
The earth SHALL REEL TO AND FRO LIKE A DRUNKARD, and shall be removed like a hut; and its transgression shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again".
Revelation 6:14 plainly states that, when Jesus opens the 6th seal, "EVERY MOUNTAIN AND ISLAND WERE MOVED OUT OF THEIR PLACES".
This is talking about MASSIVE geographic and topographic relocation, and takes place AT THE START OF the tribulation.
It will be a "brand new" world, where conventional maps will be rendered useless and which will affect, among other things, climate, communication (phones, cell phones, internet and social media), transmissions (satellite, TV, radio), travel, commerce, military strategy, and nations' vulnerabilities.
Likewise, during the reign of Antichrist, with the tribulation nearing its end and prior to the Second Coming of Christ, there will be YET ANOTHER massive geographical and topographical realignment when the 7th bowl judgment is poured out:
..."and there was A GREAT EARTHQUAKE, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
And the great city (Jerusalem) was divided into three parts and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
And EVERY ISLAND FLED AWAY, and THE MOUNTAINS WERE NOT FOUND (Revelation 16:18-20).
The largest earthquake in history will turn gentile cities into rubble and divide Jerusalem into THREE PARTS (Ir David, in the south where the temples once stood and where the third temple will stand, Mount Zion a/k/a the Jewish Quarter on the west, and the Old City on the north).
World maps will be rendered USELESS.
Australia may end up in South America; Indonesia may collide with China, and the U.K. with Canada.
The mile-high Rockies will be flattened and so will the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas.
If you've never invited Jesus into your heart, if you've never received Him as your God and Savior, I urge you to do so now.
Not tomorrow, not next week, but RIGHT NOW.
Don't be afraid. Jesus LOVES YOU and He receives you WITH OPEN ARMS.
Come to Him, JUST as you are.
He will SAVE YOU and clean you up.
These cataclysmic events won't affect you.
And, best of all, He will give joy, meaning and purpose to your life.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016
UNLESS GOD INTERVENES
Day before yesterday we discussed the goings on in Russia, where Vladimir Putin has told all Russian citizens to return to the motherland and prepare for all-out war with the West.
He has sent his Northern Fleet through the English Channel en route (presumably) to Aleppo, to destroy rebel opposition and put an end to its long, protracted civil war.
He has practically threatened NATO by sending a large army (31,000 soldiers) and weapons with nuclear capabilities near Poland and Lithuania.
As if that weren’t enough, while America’s military has been weakened, its budget drastically reduced, and many of its once state-of-the-art weapons are becoming obsolete, Russia has been working on a menacing STEALTH bomber, CAPABLE OF DROPPING NUCLEAR BOMBS FROM THE AIR WITHOUT BEING DETECTED, and said to travel at up to 5 times the speed of sound.
The deadly PAK-DA stealth jet – CAPABLE OF STRIKING ANY TARGET ON EARTH WITHIN TWO HOURS has made “significant progress” and experts estimate this cutting edge weapon will be fully operational by 2020.
To put it into some sort of perspective, we’ve all seen the horrific pictures of the devastation that atomic bombs caused in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, turning both into veritable wastelands and killing, in total, about a quarter of a million people.
As bad as atomic bombs are, nuclear bombs are FAR WORSE and cause much greater and more widespread damage.
If they were dropped on a major metropolitan area, like for instance New York City with its 8-million population the effects would be beyond catastrophic.
It’s not my purpose to scare anyone, but these things ARE REALLY HAPPENING.
The only Good News is that God WILL NOT ALLOW mankind to annihilate itself, but will INTERVENE, apparently in the nick of time.
He will evacuate His Church (Revelation 7:8-14), greatly downgrade all world powers, and He will send the judgments He deems necessary on wicked, unrepentant, Christ-rejecting mankind. (Revelation chapters 8, 9 & 16)
There’s NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER that we’re living in “the time of the end”.
And it seems that if He’s going to intervene and prevent a third world war, He will have to do it “sooner” rather than “later”.
We need to TRUST JESUS as never before.
We need to PRAY FOR THE LOST as never before.
We need to SHARE JESUS with others as never before.
Please come, Lord Jesus.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016
"If the watchman sees the sword come, and doesn't blow the trumpet, and the people are NOT warned; if the sword comes, and takes any person....he is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood WILL I REQUIRE at the watchman's hand" (Ezekiel 33:6).
"BLESSED is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3)
Every once in a while someone accuses me of "scaring everyone to death" by pointing out the specific judgments described in the Book of Revelation.
First of all, it's NEVER my intention to "scare" anyone. I have taught, repeatedly, that FEAR does NOT come from God.
Secondly, I have ALWAYS taught (and it's all over the website), that such judgments will affect unbelieving mankind, who will still be here on earth during the tribulation, NOT BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS.
Thirdly, it was GOD'S IDEA, not mine, to put it in His Word.
If he inspired John to write it, He must have intended for our generation TO KNOW IT.
The WHOLE WORLD needs to know.
As we read above, God promised A BLESSING to those who read that blessed Book, not A BIG SCARE.
What some immature Christians don't realize, is that those whom God has called to minister His Word of Prophecy have the God-given responsibility of sharing such things, and WARNING unbelievers about what is to come.
I'm not some bloodthirsty terrorist who wants to see nuclear war, the sea turn to blood, or one-third of mankind annihilated.
Far from it!
I don't ENJOY talking, or even thinking, about such horrific judgments.
Real Bible prophecy is not always pleasant or popular. But it's what God called me to do.
If I EVER teach something that's NOT based on God's Word, then people have the right to correct it, and I will humbly and gladly receive correction.
But if I'm teaching WHAT HE SAID, then NO ONE but God Himself can shut me up.
The Book of Revelation, from chapter 6 onward, is an outline of the future.
Wishing God hadn't said these things won't make them go away.
Like it or not, they WILL HAPPEN... not because I want them to... not because I say they will, but BECAUSE GOD SAYS IT.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
Say what you will about former President George W. Bush, and his big Iraq screw up, but at least Russia was kept in check during his presidency.
They might have disagreed on a number of issues, but at least relations between the two countries were civil and Vladimir Putin respected him.
That came to a screeching halt almost as soon as Mr. Obama took the oath of office, and as soon as Hillary tried her now infamous “reset”.
Not only did the President and former Secretary of State Clinton show their incompetence from the get-go (when you’re trying to impress the Russian Ambassador, and you can’t even get ONE word correct in Russian, in a town filled with professional translators – you know you’re grossly unqualified for the position and an administrative joke): their “reset” was a dismal failure.
And who can forget the astounding display of weakness and hypocrisy 4 years later, as they discussed missile defense, when an open microphone caught Obama leaning over and telling Russian President Medvedev: “Let me get reelected first: then I’ll have a better chance of making something happen. Tell Vladimir to give me some space. After my election, I’ll be able to be more flexible” clearly showing that HE INTENDED TO SAY ONE THING to the American electorate, when he really PLANNED TO DO ANOTHER.
Any of this sound remotely familiar?
.. Wiki Leaks, anyone?
Consequently, it should come as no surprise that an emboldened Russia saw a BIG OPENING with the pathetic “leader” sitting in the Oval Office, and has been taking territory ever since: first the Crimea, then flexing its military muscle and getting its hooks into Ukraine, and now Putin seems hell-bent on IMPOSING HIS WILL in Syria.
Tensions between the United States and Russia have escalated to a point not seen since the end of the Cold War.
Negotiations on their supposed “peace deal” to end Syria’s almost 6-year old civil war recently ended abruptly when current, feckless Secretary of State Kerry, got angry and walked off.
Of course, no one knows what caused negotiations to end, since this Administration – and I use the term VERY loosely – is well known for cutting deals with terrorists and dictators IN SECRET, without the knowledge or consent of the American people, OR even their elected representatives IN CONGRESS.
A couple days after that, Putin issued a communiqué to all Russians abroad and their families to return to the motherland and “get ready for all out war”.
As we speak, Russia is sending the full might of its Northern Fleet towards the English Channel, presumably on the way to Aleppo.
I totally dislike Mr. Putin, and do not forget for a minute that he used to be a member of the KGB.
However, he seems to be intelligent and competent – which is more than can be said for the PRESENT occupant of the Oval Office.
It’s hard to believe that he would be so stupid as to risk all-out war, especially when he knows that Obama only has three months left in office, and that he’ll soon have to deal with (hopefully) a VERY DIFFERENT SORT OF PRESIDENT.
I am GUESSING that Putin wants to be ready “just in case” America decides to retaliate for what he intends to do in Syria.
It would seem that he wants to destroy the opposition (rebels) in Syria, and ENSURE that his pal Assad is firmly in control BEFORE the new American President takes the oath of office.
And he’s COUNTING ON the current, feeble American President to do it – and GET AWAY WITH IT.
We know that chemical and biological weapons will be deployed during the tribulation. (Revelation 9:13-18)
And it’s almost certain that nuclear weapons will be deployed as well. (Revelation 8:7-12)
But we’re not there yet.
However, Jesus told us that JUST PRIOR TO the Rapture-Tribulation, there would be a period marked by WARS and RUMORS OF war. (Matthew 24:6-8)
That’s exactly what we’ve been seeing since 2003.
It intensified after 2011, and seems to be escalating even more AT THE END OF 2016.
…A harbinger of THINGS TO COME?
2017 promises to be a doozy.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016
UNESCO U NEED RESCUE
In case you missed it, UNESCO, the so-called educational, scientific and cultural arm of the “United” Nations, just passed a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution, that EXCLUDES Israel from any claim whatsoever to historical Jerusalem, a/k/a East Jerusalem or the “Old City”.
Not only do they refer to Jerusalem as “occupied Palestine”, but adding injury to insult, they passed their resolution just prior to Sukkot, one of the three Feasts in which natural Israelites are required (and soon the whole world will be required) TO MAKE PILGRIMAGE TO Jerusalem. (Exodus 23; 14-17; Zechariah 14:16-19)
The stated intent of the resolution was "the safeguarding of the cultural heritage of Palestine and the distinctive character of East Jerusalem".
UNESCO’s members and executive board must be “high” on some illegal substance:
Safeguard “the cultural heritage of Palestine”?
There’s NEVER BEEN A NATION called “Palestine” and there NEVER WILL BE.
Israel, on the other hand, has existed for 4,000 years: since 1,500 B.C. when the 12 tribes, miraculously delivered by God, left the slavery of Egypt.
And even earlier, to approximately 1910 B.C., if we count back to the Patriarch Jacob whose name GOD – not man – and certainly not the Roman Empire -- CHANGED TO “ISRAEL”. (Genesis 32:28)
(It was the Romans in the second century A.D. who started calling the general territory of Judea, Syria and Lebanon as “Syria-Palestina” to spite the Jews who had rebelled against Rome’s dictatorial rule in 135 A.D.
The term “Palestinians” was used somewhat earlier in reference ONLY to Syrians, some of whom claimed to be descendants of the ancient Philistines or “Palestinians”.)
But NEVER in the annals of human history has there ever been A COUNTRY called “Palestine” and, according to God, NEVER WILL THERE BE a country named Palestine.
Unesco’s resolution caused Israel to freeze cooperation with Unesco.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett accurately stated that Unesco was “ignoring THOUSANDS OF YEARS of Jewish ties to Jerusalem and aiding Islamist terror".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went further saying that Unesco had become a "theatre of the absurd" in taking "another delusional decision":
"To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids.
By this absurd decision, Unesco HAS LOST WHAT LITTLE LEGITIMACY IT HAD LEFT."
You tell them, Bibi!
There’s BIBLICAL PROOF that Jerusalem (the Old City) BELONGS to Israel.
King David PURCHASED IT from Araunah the Jebusite 3,000 years ago for 50 silver shekels. (2 Samuel 24:24)
“Palestinians” occupied Jerusalem for 1,200 years and NEVER did they have any interest in the Holy City which, under their control, was ugly, dirty, depressed, undeveloped (didn’t even have a sewage system), trampled, and mostly ignored, until Jews recovered it and it began to thrive under its rightful owner.
Of course UNESCO ignores the holy Word of God, ignores Israel’s history, and kowtows to “Palestinians” who are nothing more than Arabs who got to OCCUPY Jerusalem during Rome’s tyrannical rule and its aftermath.
They are badly in need of Salvation and, unless they repent and turn to Jesus with all their hearts, they will be held accountable for their underhanded, biased “resolutions”.
Jerusalem belongs to God, and God gave it to Israel, NOT to the Arabs. (Jeremiah 31:37-40)
UNESCO will soon CEASE TO EXIST and, in the Millennium, Jesus will make Jerusalem not only the capital OF ISRAEL, but OF THE WHOLE WORLD. (Zechariah 14:9-11)
The wealth of all nations will be kept there (Isaiah 60:4-14; Zechariah 14:14)
Delusional and evil manipulators can call it “Palestine” or “Al Kuds” all they want, but it’s called Jerusalem and, like it or not, the Holy City belongs TO ISRAEL FOREVER.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016
I TRIED BUT I CAN’T
“For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But solid food belongs to them that are of full age, even those who BY PRACTICE have THEIR SENSES EXERCISED TO DISCERN both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:13-14)
I’ve tried to focus on the inner Christ, tried to remain in Him and in His love, but I can’t.
Neither can I…
That’s why we NEED PRACTICE.
At the moment, walking in the Spirit, walking in the INNER CHRIST, REQUIRES A CONSCIOUS CHOICE.
And that choice must be made each and every day: Sometimes SEVERAL TIMES A DAY!
The more we practice, the better we become at it.
The more we learn to listen to the Spirit.
The better we hear His inner Voice.
The more we understand and “see” in His written Word.
The MORE LIKE JESUS we become.
The fact we can’t PERFECT IT IN ONE TRY – or even in 100,000 – IS NO EXCUSE for IGNORING the inner Jesus.
He paid THE ULTIMATE PRICE, which our human minds can’t even fully comprehend, to put THE PRICELESS TREASURE OF HIS OWN SELF IN US.
If we SQUANDER that priceless Treasure we’re the biggest fools who ever lived.
I don’t know WHY THIS TRUTH ISN’T BEING SHOUTED FROM EVERY PULPIT, and by every radio or televangelist, but IT SHOULD BE.
It MUST be.
At the moment, it takes a conscious choice many times each day.
When we see Jesus Face to face, our sinful mind will be instantly renewed and IT WON’T TAKE ANY EFFORT, OR EVEN A CONSCIOUS CHOICE on our part. (1 John 3:2)
It will be AUTOMATIC and permanent.
We will be living manifestations of the Christ who is ALREADY IN US. (Romans 8:29)
In the meantime, it’s AN AWESOME PRIVILEGE to exercise our free will and CHOOSE to focus on the INNER JESUS.
Don’t give me any excuses.
There are NO EXCUSES.
Just do it!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016
WAS JESUS JOHN'S DISCIPLE?
The New Testament reports that some of Jesus’ followers had previously followed John the Baptist. (John 1:35-37)
Liberal “scholars” generally twist this fact and insist – without ANY evidence to support it – that Jesus Himself was, at one point, a follower of John.
There is NOTHING in the Bible, or accredited history, to suggest such nonsensical idea.
John openly stated that Jesus was FAR GREATER than he was. (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:7-8; Luke 3:16; John 1:26)
John DID NOT KNOW Jesus until the time when Jesus went to John for water baptism. (John 1:31)
He recognized Him as the Messiah instantly. (John 1:29)
Jesus performed many miracles. There’s no record anywhere of John the Baptist doing miracles.
John’s only claim to fame is that he “prepared the way” for the Messiah. (John 1:23)
While John was A GREAT PROPHET, and widely regarded as such, there’s NO RECORD ANYWHERE of John being a great orator or a great teacher.
John preached and baptized in water to move people to repentance, to prepare their hearts to receive the Messiah, but it was Jesus who preached the Good News, spoke extraordinarily and offered A TOTALLY NEW PERSPECTIVE on the Torah.
There’s NO RECORD ANYWHERE that Jesus got ANY OF THIS from John.
Why, then, do liberal theologians strain to turn Jesus into one of John’s disciples?
They DON’T WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE Jesus as God.
If Jesus had A TEACHER that He looked up to, then that teacher would have had SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE.
If that were indeed the case (that a mere mortal had superior knowledge), then Jesus DID NOT come up with His great teachings Himself, but got them from a “superior” teacher.
That would mean that Jesus isn’t the Messiah. (Luke 4:18)
That would also mean that Jesus isn’t God. (John 1:1-3)
That would mean He did not minister in the power of the Spirit. (Luke 4:14)
Nor did He have the Spirit without measure. (John 3:34)
Nor is He the one and only Savior. (John 8:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12)
After all, if their lie were true, anyone can just follow a great teacher like John and be equal in greatness to Jesus, and just as much potential "savior" as He.
Nor did He rise from the dead. (Mark 16:6)
After all, John was “superior” and John DIDN’T rise.
THAT is what this bunch of hypocritical baloney – UNPROVEN and UNSUPPORTED by either Scripture or secular history – is about.
It’s nothing but BASELESS CONJECTURE.
Anyone who holds this view IS INSINCERE, SHOULD BE ASHAMED, and is a poor excuse for a “Bible scholar”.
Jesus plainly told us FROM WHOM He got His incomparable Wisdom:
“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, WHAT I SHOULD SAY, AND WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK.” (John 12:49)
He told us FROM WHOM He learned to perform miracles, and FROM WHOM He got the power and authority to perform them:
"Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son CAN DO NOTHING BY Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it: for whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19, 30)
These unqualified LIARS wouldn’t know the Truth if He walked by and slapped their stupid faces.
They obviously DON’T KNOW THE TRUTH after spending a lifetime – supposedly – “studying” about Him.
We don’t need some biased, unscholarly “scholar” telling us – 2,000 years after Jesus walked this earth – and WITHOUT ANY PROOF –“what really happened” back then.
We’ve KNOWN what really happened… FOR TWO THOUSAND YEARS.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016
JOHN THE BAPTIST
Scripture tells us that John the Baptist came “in the spirit and power of Elijah”. (Luke 1:17)
Like Elijah, he wore a garment made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist. (2 Kings 1:8; Mark 1:6)
Unlike Elijah, whose ancestry is unknown, and is introduced to us simply as “Elijah the Tishbite” (1 Kings 17:1), the Bible tells us a lot more about John:
1. His parents were Levites (Luke 1:5)
2. His father Zechariah was a priest who served in the temple in Jerusalem (Luke 1:8-9)
3. His birth was supernatural, as his parents were old (Luke 1:7, 18)
4. He was born approximately 6 months earlier than Jesus, thus making him half a year older. Since Jesus was born on Sukkot (John 1:14), John would have been born on or about Passover. (Luke 1:26)
This makes a lot of sense, since Elijah is remembered every Passover, when a special cup of wine is poured out for him, and a special place at the Jewish table is designated for him, as he is expected to “visit” Israelites on that Feast.
5. He was named by God. (Luke 1:13)
6. He was foretold in Scripture as the forerunner of the Messiah. (Isaiah 40:3; Mark 1:1-5; Luke 3:1-6; John 1:23)
7. He was filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15)
So much so that, sensing the forthcoming birth of the Messiah of whom he’d be forerunner, HE LEAPT WITH JOY IN HIS MOTHER’S WOMB at the sound of Mary’s greeting (Luke 1:41,44)
8. He was and is “great in the sight of God” (Luke 1:15).
In fact, Jesus praised John saying that “among those born of women NONE is greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11).
9. Like most true prophets of God, he was a little weird: a loner, who lived in the dessert, and lived off the land, his diet consisting of locusts (insects resembling grasshoppers) and wild honey (Mark 1:6; Luke 7:33).
10. We know FROM SCRIPTURE that he baptized IN THE DESERT, near the Jordan River. (Matthew 3:1; Mark 1:4-5)
While there’s nothing wrong with being baptized there per se, this makes Yardenit, the spot on the Jordan IN LUSH NORTHERN ISRAEL, by the Sea of Galilee, where Christian tourists are typically baptized – supposedly “where John baptized Jesus” – A TOTAL FABRICATION and UNBIBLICAL LIE.
11. Jesus went to John to be baptized. (Matthew 3:13)
12. John’s mother Elizabeth was a relative of Jesus’ mother Mary, probably her cousin. Thus Jesus and John were flesh relatives. (Luke 1:36)
13. According to tradition, John was born in the village of Ein Karem, about 5 miles west of Jerusalem. Though as an adult he ministered in the Negev (desert), he may have been born there, and/or lived in Ein Karem at some point. There’s no conclusive evidence in Scripture, or accredited history, to substantiate that. (Luke 1:80)
14. John’s ministry began in the spring of 30 A.D., during the 15th year of Tiberius’s reign. (Luke 3:1-2)
15. It ended at the hands of wicked Herod Antipas, shortly after Jesus began His public ministry. (Mark 6:14-29)
16. According to the Gospels’ chronology, his death took place shortly before Passover, after approximately two years of incarceration (Mark 6:24; Matthew 14:8)
17. According to historian Josephus, John’s execution took place at the appropriately named Machaerus (from machaira meaning “sword”), a fortified hilltop palace (similar in some ways to Masada) in what is modern Jordan, on the eastern side of the Dead Sea. (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 5.2)
John’s ministry was brief, but extremely important.
Humanly speaking, he could have let his immense popularity go to his head. Instead, he HONESTLY admitted that he wasn’t the Messiah. (John 1:20)
He plainly said that the Messiah would appear AFTER him, would be GREATER than him, and that “he wasn’t worthy” to untie His sandals (Matthew 3:11; John 1:26):
That he only baptized with water to move sinners to repentance, but that the Messiah would baptize them with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (Matthew 3:11)
Had he been one of the many hirelings polluting the airwaves today, he would have felt that Jesus was “competing” with him, and would have been jealous of Jesus’ increasing fame and popularity -- especially when some of John’s disciples decided TO FOLLOW JESUS. (John 1:35-37)
Instead, John humbly said “He MUST INCREASE and I must decrease”. (John 3:30)
On behalf (hopefully) of all truly Messianic Jews and Israelites, and all true Christians:
THANK YOU, John the Baptist!
He was filled with the Spirit of God, knew the Voice of God, knew WHEN TO MAKE A BIG SPLASH (no pun intended) and WHEN TO VANISH INTO THE SHADOWS AND LET JESUS HAVE THE SPOTLIGHT.
What a great, obedient servant of the Most High God!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016
JOHN THE BAPTIST & THE ESSENES
Leave it to the prophecy traffickers to keep inventing feeble theories in order to SELL MORE WORTHLESS BOOKS to DUMB Christians.
The latest crap to hit the Kristian marketplace suggests that John the Baptist was a member of the Essenes, and that they held the belief that each verse in the Torah counts for one year of Israel's history.
Presently, there are 5,845 verses in the Torah (the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible).
We are (supposedly, if you believe the rabbis) in year 5777 in the rabbinic calendar.
If that theory is EVEN REMOTELY accurate, that would mean we're some 68 years away from THE END OF Israel's history.
There's a huge problem with that ABSURD IDEA - which should be instantly apparent to anyone with even the slightest grasp of prophecy: Israel's history DOES NOT END with the Rapture or the Second Coming.
Again: Israel's history DOES NOT END with either the Rapture or the Second Coming.
Israel's history will CONTINUE for AT LEAST 1,007 years after the Second Coming of Messiah Jesus (Revelation 19:11; 20:1-4).
And it began some 1,500 years BEFORE He was born.
But the problems with this stupid theory, DO NOT END THERE.
By the time the Essenes came along, the Torah - and all the other books of the Tanach - had been translated into Greek, in what we know today as the Septuagint.
Problem is, THE ORIGINAL Torah, as it was given to Moses by God, DID NOT CONTAIN "verses", but was all ONE LONG, CONTINUOUS, as we would call it today, "run on" text.
It was divided into "verses" many centuries later, at the SOLE DISCRETION of the translators.
Verse divisions, therefore, were not in the original text, and are SUBJECT TO HUMAN ERROR.
Ooops ! There goes that theory down the drain...
One final point: It's long been held by many scholars that John the Baptist was an Essene.
The basis for such belief is John's ascetic lifestyle, plus the fact he preached in the desert (Negev) and that he baptized in the Jordan, both of which are near the Qumran caves, where the Essene community dwelt and stored what we now know as the "Dead Sea Scrolls".
That is A THEORY, which may or may not be correct. We DO NOT KNOW for sure.
John may have been a member of that religious sect, or he may have been AN INDEPENDENT prophet, who just happened to live under similar conditions.
However, and for the sake of argument, EVEN IF we could prove WITH TOTAL CERTAINTY that John was a member of the Essene community, THAT DOES NOT MAKE the Essenes infallible on doctrinal issues, and does not mean all their teachings and traditions were/are accurate.
John the Baptist was foretold in the Old Testament (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 4:5-6), the Essenes were not.
John the Baptist was sent by God, the Essenes were not (John 1:6).
John the Baptist, was called by God from his mother's womb (Luke 1:12-17). The Essenes were not.
John the Baptist was a prophet of God, the Essenes were not (Matthew 11:9).
John the Baptist came in the "spirit and power of Elijah" (Luke 1:17), the Essenes did not.
And John the Baptist was ENDORSED BY JESUS who said there is "none greater" than John among humans (Matthew 11:9-11), the Essenes were not.
These facts SET JOHN THE BAPTIST APART from all of them.
Therefore, EVEN IF we could ascertain that John belonged to the Essenes, that DOES NOT MAKE the ESSENES CORRECT ABOUT EVERYTHING anymore than Moses belonging to the Israelite community MADE ISRAELITES RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING.
There's this unfortunate fad among Evangelicals to accept EVERYTHING "Hebraic" as sacrosanct.
I mingled with Messianic Jews before most Christians KNEW about Messianic Judaism.
I will match my love for Israel against anyone's.
However, I have never fallen for that ASTONISHINGLY STUPID religious gimmick for one simple reason:
Most Jews ARE DEAD WRONG about the identity of their own Messiah.
If they ARE WRONG about THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCTRINE OF ALL, WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE CONSIDER THEM "INERRANT" ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE?
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016
DEAD SEA SCROLLS
The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 981 texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 at the Qumran caves, about a mile west of the Dead Sea.
Most of these texts are on display at the Shrine of the Book Museum in Jerusalem.
The texts are of great historical, religious, and linguistic significance because they include the earliest known surviving manuscripts of works included in the Hebrew Bible’s canon, along with deuterocanonical and extra-biblical manuscripts which represent the diversity of religious thought in Judaism during the Second Temple era.
They are written mostly in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, mostly on parchment, although some are written on papyrus, and there’s even a famous copper scroll.
Most scholars attribute them to the Essenes, a rather secluded, ascetic Jewish community that lived in the Dead Sea area during the Second Temple era.
According to Josephus, the Essenes were displeased with the religious establishment dominated by the High Priest, chief priests and Sanhedrin.
Some scholars believe that John the Baptist was a member of this sect. John's ministry certainly took place in that general area (Matthew 3:1)
Coins found on the site were minted anywhere from 135 BC to 73 A.D.
The manuscripts have been dated between 408 BC and 308 A.D.
Most remarkable, perhaps, is that they prove the integrity of the biblical text, meticulously preserved by dedicated scribes through the centuries:
Their Bible (Tanach, Old Testament) – dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. – reads exactly like yours and mine does today.
About 40% of the manuscripts are copies of books from the Hebrew Bible, 30% are deuterocanonical texts from the Second Temple Period like the Book of Enoch, and Jubilees, and the other 30% are documents that shed light on the rules and beliefs of that particular group within greater Judaism.
A mysterious figure known as the Teacher of Righteousness is mentioned often in the writings of the Essenes.
Some have speculated that this was a shrouded reference to Jesus. Others claim that it referred to His half-brother, James the Just.
The fact is NO ONE KNOWS for sure as the Teacher of Righteousness is not clearly identified.
There’s also frequent mention of “the leader of the community”, and evidence that they were familiar with New Testament Scripture.
They mention the “Son of God”, a “suffering Messiah” who would be put to death (obviously a reference to Daniel 9:25-27), and one could certainly see a lot about Jesus in the writings, however, I’m not aware of any one manuscript that clearly identifies Jesus with either of the aforementioned two titles.
Their tremendous historical, religious and linguistic value aside, we DON’T NEED the Dead Sea Scrolls to make a case for Jesus being the Messiah.
We can even forego the New Testament.
Paul (Acts 17:2-3; 11-12), and even Jesus Himself (Luke 24:27), could do just fine, with the Old Testament.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016
THE DEAD SEA
The Dead Sea in southern Israel is one of the world’s most unique and interesting places.
Although it’s called “sea” it’s actually a mineral-rich lake.
So rich and dense, in fact, that you can neither swim nor sink. You can only float.
Its mineral composition consists mainly of sulfur and bromide ions, calcium chloride 14.4%, potassium chloride 4.4%, magnesium chloride 50.8% and sodium chloride (common salt).
The Dead Sea sits right next to the Negev desert and its climate and minerals are supposed to provide certain health benefits mostly to those who suffer from psoriasis and respiratory problems.
It’s at the southeastern tip of the Dead Sea that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah once existed.
The main reason for its abundance of minerals is that God destroyed those cities by raining brimstone (sulfur), and perhaps other substances, from the heavens (Genesis 19:24-25).
It is THE LOWEST point on the earth (therefore the closest, at least geographically, to hell), some 1,400 feet below sea level.
It’s approximately 10 times saltier than the ocean.
NOTHING LIVES in the Dead Sea, hence its name.
There are many caves surrounding the Dead Sea. The area was once a place of refuge for King David, as he fled Saul’s jealousy and wrath (1 Samuel 24:1).
It’s described in Genesis 14:10 as having many asphalt pits.
Another unusual feature of the Dead Sea is, indeed, its on-going discharge of asphalt (bitumen), usually in the form of small, black pebbles and of its world famous oily, black mud that tourists usually apply to their skin.
This sticky, highly viscous substance was used in biblical times (before cement was invented) to construct the infamous Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:3).
Ezekiel 47:1-12 states that, during the Millennium, the Gihon Spring within the fourth temple (symbolic of the Holy Spirit within each believer, John 7:38-39) will BECOME (once again) A RIVER that will run down the Kidron and Jordan Valley into the Dead Sea and heal its waters.
God’s Word promises that, where nothing lives at the present time, there will be a huge multitude of fish.
Moreover on both sides of the now “dead” sea, there will be all sorts of fruit laden trees and lush greenery, with healing properties for all manner of disease, making it very much ALIVE, an oasis in the middle of the Negev, and a LIFE-GIVING HEALING CENTER during the millennial era.
Is your heart like the Dead Sea? a dead sea?
…A lifeless, barren desert full of marshlands?
Do you feel like you’re just floating around, but unable to swim and reach the shore?
Caught in many of this world’s muddy, sinful quagmires?
Closer to hell than to Jesus who IS heaven?
There’s a remedy for it:
Invite Him to penetrate THE DEEPEST recesses of your being.
He will put His OWN HOLY Spirit within you.
Just like the Gihon will one day FLUSH OUT all the death-producing chemicals from the Dead Sea, so will God’s Holy Spirit, THE RIVER OF LIFE, FLUSH OUT every sin and impurity from your heart.
He will give you a NEW heart.
His Living Water will totally satisfy your thirst (John 4:10-14) and make your dead heart COME TO LIFE…
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016
BODY OF MOSES
In Jude 1:9 we have the following narrative:
"Yet Michael the archangel, WHEN CONTENDING WITH THE DEVIL AS HE DISPUTED ABOUT THE BODY OF Moses, DID NOT BOLDLY BRING AGAINST HIM A RAILING ACCUSATION, but said, The Lord rebuke you".
Much has been made of this cryptic passage.
WHAT did Satan want with Moses' body?
WHY would he dispute with Michael about it?
Some, like Origen, claim that Jude was quoting from an extant extra-biblical text called The Assumption of Moses.
That's possible, but we'll never know for sure, since only a portion of the manuscript has survived.
Some have suggested that Satan wanted Moses' physical body so he could possess it.
Possession comes BY INVITATION:
Someone has opened the door wide to Satan and demons, OUT OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL.
That WAS NOT THE CASE with Moses, who was/is a prophet of God.
Others say that Satan wanted to disclose the location where God had buried Moses' body to turn it into a shrine and bring Israelites into idolatrous worship of Moses (Deuteronomy 34:5-6).
That's a bunch of baloney. Moses had given them a Law that EXPRESSLY FORBIDS such worship under penalty of both physical and spiritual death (Exodus 20:3).
And, besides, even though Jews DON'T KNOW - or for that matter, NO ONE ELSE KNOWS - the precise location where Moses was buried, SOME OF THEM WORSHIP Moses ANYWAY -- although they won't openly admit it.
Daniel 12:1 says Michael is "THE GREAT PRINCE WHICH STANDS FOR THE CHILDREN OF YOUR PEOPLE".
In context "your people" (He was talking to Daniel) are the Israelites and Jews.
1 Corinthians 10:2 says, regarding the Israelites:
"THEY WERE ALL BAPTIZED INTO Moses in the cloud and in the sea."
Thus natural Israelites BECAME "THE BODY OF Moses".
Same way we Christians are ALL baptized by one Spirit into Christ and thus become "the Body of Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
Thus Michael and Satan were contending over Israel (the body of Moses), WHICH SATAN -- NO DOUBT-- WANTED TO ACCUSE and DESTROY.
By doing so, he would have made it impossible for the Messiah to appear, since God had promised He would be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name God later changed to "Israel" (Genesis 35:10-12; Numbers 24:17-19; Matthew 1:2).
Had Satan succeeded, there would be NO REDEMPTION for Israelites, OR ANYONE ELSE.
We have a similar incident in Zechariah 3:1-2 where Satan is standing before THE ANGEL OF the Lord (Michael) TO ACCUSE Joshua the high priest.
There, the Lord (through Michael) also says to Satan "the LORD, WHO HAS CHOSEN JERUSALEM, REBUKE YOU!"
Both these incidents took place BEFORE JESUS APPEARED, WENT TO CALVARY, DEFEATED SATAN, ROSE FROM THE DEAD and ascended to heaven.
Some use these passages to say that ALL we can do with regards to Satan is to "rebuke him" in Jesus' Name.
We can definitely do that, but we are to live, act, and speak in Jesus' Authority (Matthew 28:18-19;1 Peter 4:11).
And Jesus COMMANDED Satan, and Satan HAD TO obey (Matthew 4:10-11).
And Jude was SPECIFICALLY REFERRING TO THE UNGODLY who speak disrespectfully of authorities, NOT to Christians (Jude 1:4; 5-14).
While we DO NOT engage in so-called "SPIRITUAL WARFARE" (NEWSFLASH to many Pentecostals: JESUS ALREADY WON the war and DEFEATED SATAN - DECISIVELY - ONCE AND FOR ALL), the New Testament says we STAND against Satan (Ephesians 6:10-13), we RESIST Satan (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9), and WE SPEAK to him when necessary IN JESUS' AUTHORITY and we COMMAND him from the inner Christ, in Jesus’ Name and AS Jesus (Luke 10:19; Acts 1:8; 16:16-18).
The Word assures us that when the Church GOES UP Satan and his angels COME DOWN (Revelation 12:5).
At that time, Michael won't be quite so "polite" and will do A LOT MORE than saying "the Lord rebuke you":
He will LITERALLY AND FORCIBLY kick Satan and his angels' behinds out of heaven (Revelation 12:7-9).
Since God is God, and His Word ALWAYS HAPPENS, there's a time for Him to pronounce judgment against Satan and a time to simply say "the Lord rebuke you".
There is A SPECIFIC TIME designated for God to judge Satan, first by EVICTING HIM and his angels from heaven, casting them down to the earth, and BANISHING THEM from the heavenly realm forever (Revelation 12:7-9)
Secondly, by LOCKING HIM IN THE ABYSS FOR 1,000 YEARS during the Millennium (Revelation 20:1-3).
And, FINALLY, by SENTENCING HIM TO THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR ALL ETERNITY (Revelation 20:10).
Until that happens, it should be very comforting to Jews and Christians to know that GOD HAS REBUKED the creep both in regards to the Body of Moses (natural Israel) and the Body of Christ (spiritual Israel), a/k/a THE CHURCH.
In other words, He is IN COVENANT with us, and has us COVERED.
Glory to Jesus for all eternity! Amen and amen.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016
SIGN OF THE RAPTURE ?
If the Rapture took place next year (2017), whoever gets elected as the next President of the United States on November 8 would only be in office for about 70 days when the tribulation begins.*
*There are 66 days from January 20, 2017 (Tevet 22) to March 27 (29 Adar, 5777).
There’s that number 70 again!
Of course, that’s a BIG “if”.
If Jesus DOESN’T appear next spring, then we’d be stuck with that individual for AT LEAST ONE YEAR, perhaps 4 more.
I’ve resisted the temptation to say this for the past 6 months, but I can’t help wonder if the name of the Republican nominee (and hopefully our 45th President, Donald J. Trump) IS SOME SORT OF SIGN from God, OR JUST ONE HECK OF A “COINCIDENCE”.
It’s undeniable from both, the written Word of Prophecy and from the unrest going on all around us, that we are living in “the time of the end”.
And the Church is transformed from mortal to immortal (when Jesus appears) at “the last TRUMP” (1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 John 3:2)
I’m not a mathematician, but WHAT ARE THE ODDS that, AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME, a multi-billionaire businessman with no political experience and NO NEED WHATSOEVER to get involved in the political process, decides to toss his hat in the ring – goes against 16 other candidates, gets the nomination, IS RISING IN POPULARITY AND SUPPORT EACH DAY DESPITE BEING HORRENDOUSLY SAVAGED by the liberal media (personally, I think some of those polls are skewed) and is well within striking distance of the magical 270 electoral votes needed to become the next President?
What are the odds that his last name JUST HAPPENS TO BE “Trump”?
He could very well be our LAST President.
Sure, I could be imagining things…
IT MAY BE WISHFUL THINKING on my part.
Whether you like or dislike him, what Mr. Trump has done is UNPRECEDENTED in American history, and, I’m pretty sure, in WORLD history.
However, there IS PRECEDENT for this sort of symbolism in Scripture.
In Hosea 1:4-9 we read:
“Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, BECAUSE I WILL SOON PUNISH THE HOUSE OF Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I WILL PUT AN END TO THE KINGDOM OF Israel.
In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.” (Hosea 1:4-5)
Sure enough, in the 8th century B.C., shortly after the birth of Jezreel, Israel was defeated in the valley that still bears his name.
The Valley of Jezreel is also known as the Valley of Megiddo and it’s where Armageddon will take place.
The 10 tribes are “lost” to Israel, and to the world, to this very day.
“Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), FOR I WILL NO LONGER SHOW LOVE TO ISRAEL, that I should at all forgive them.
Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.” (Hosea 1:6-7)
“After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah Gomer had another son: Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), FOR YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE, AND I AM NOT YOUR God.” (Hosea 1:8-9)
‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, WHO ARE MEN SYMBOLIC OF THINGS TO COME: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. (Zechariah 3:8)
That servant was “Jesus of Nazareth” whose Name means “Jesus/Joshua (same Hebrew name) THE BRANCH”.
Then there’s John the Baptist:
“But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, AND YOU WILL CALL HIM JOHN…
He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:13-17)
The name John (Yochanan) means “God IS GRACIOUS”. God’s Grace was manifested 6 MONTHS LATER in the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. (John 1:17)
Jesus Himself was A SIGN, by His Virgin Birth, of THE SUPERNATURAL NEW BIRTH that would take those who receive Him from outer darkness INTO His Kingdom where He becomes Immanuel God is ‘WITH US” (Matthew 1:28; John 1:12; 3:5; Colossians 1:13)
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)
His Name “Yehoshua” (in Hebrew) or Yeshua (in Aramaic) means “God IS Salvation”:
“…she will give birth to a son, and you shall call His Name Jesus, because HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE from their sins." ... (Matthew 1:21)
True to His Word, God’s Grace and Salvation were manifested in Jesus, and are obtained ONLY THROUGH Him (Acts 4:12)
This WOULDN’T BE THE FIRST TIME that God HAS USED A PROMINENT INDIVIDUAL’S NAME TO INDICATE AN UPCOMING EVENT.
Oh Lord… let 2017 be THE year…
Please, Jesus, please…
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016
PANDEMONIUM: WHO’LL GET STUNG
“And in those days SHALL MEN SEEK DEATH, and shall not find it; and SHALL DESIRE TO DIE, and death shall flee from them.” (Revelation 9:6)
This dreadful description of life on earth during the tribulation refers to what takes place under the fifth trumpet and first woe.
Satan will be allowed to open the abyss and demons will emerge en masse, and in hideous forms resembling locusts with tails like scorpions, capable of stinging people.
These are probably bodies they've manufactured during the past 7,000 to 10,000 years that they've been in the abyss.
They will sting UNSAVED people FOR 5 MONTHS. (Revelation 9:4-5)
They won’t be able to harm the 144,000 Israelites sealed by God or the Two Witnesses who, obviously, ARE saved but will remain on earth to carry out their respective assignments.
The pain caused by their continuous stinging WILL BE EXCRUCIATING TO THE POINT THAT THOSE STUNG BY THEM WILL WANT TO DIE (will try in vain to commit suicide) BUT, as it literally says in the Greek. "DEATH will FLEE FROM them".
They won't be able to die, even when they SEEK DEATH. They'll have to ENDURE the horrendous torment for 5 months.
Does this mean that no one will die during the first 5 months of the tribulation?
This business of "death fleeing from them" ONLY APPLIES to those stung by demons.
Death will still take place, since shortly after this judgment ONE THIRD of mankind dies. (Revelation 19:18)
We can infer from these passages that the ONE-THIRD OF MANKIND THAT DIES WILL NOT BE STUNG BY THE DEMONS:
THE OTHER TWO THIRDS, WHO REMAIN ALIVE, ARE stung by them.
The first and second woe overlap since both judgments begin within 5 days after the Church is taken up.
The first woe lasts 5 months. (Revelation 9:4-5)
The second woe lasts approximately 1,266 days. (Revelation 11:3, 7, 11-14)
The third woe comprises the unspeakably horrific 7 bowl judgments, the destruction of Mystery Babylon, and Armageddon. (Revelation 9:14-15)
It lasts about 5 days and ENDS with the Second Coming of Jesus.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016
The Christian faith has degenerated from the on-going experience of the inner Christ and the study of His Word to “I’m religious and I’m bored: ENTERTAIN ME!”
I hate to burst anyone’s bubble but I’m not in the entertainment BUSINESS.
While the material on this website is far from boring, our goal is NOT to entertain anyone but to bring souls to Jesus, instruct, inform, motivate, offer practical solutions, and enhance our relationship with the ever-living Savior.
When someone writes an impertinent email asking for “daily prophecy updates”, I have to scratch my head and wonder WHY that individual even bothers reading these messages.
They obviously DON’T GET IT.
Apparently, they think I can snap my fingers and come up with a “prophecy update”.
WHAT, in heaven’s name, am I going to update?
I’ve already shared (and this is from the top of my head):
1. IRREFUTABLE BIBLICAL proof of the pre-trib Rapture.
2. The date the tribulation begins.
3. The day the Rapture takes place (not the year).
4. The day the Second Coming of Christ takes place.
5. The 3½ year tribulation timeline, showing the date for each major event. (Come to think of it, we will be updating that soon with some minor revisions).
6. IRREFUTABLE BIBLICAL PROOF of the Antichrist’s identity.
7. What the number 666 stands for.
8. The identity of the false prophet.
9. IRREFUTABLE BIBLICAL PROOF of who the Two Witnesses are.
10. The exact time when the war of Gog and Magog takes place.
11. The nations that take part in that war.
12. The prophetic destiny of the U.S., Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Palestinian Arabs, Egypt and Israel.
13. Debunked 70 + myths about Bible prophecy.
14. Given details from the Book of Revelation about the tribulation that you can’t find anywhere else.
15. Explained the 70 weeks prophecy.
In addition to these, we’ve also exposed other false teachings with regards to salvation, grace, law, giving, tithing, and so on.
We teach on a daily basis, each and every day, and delve into topics that the religious establishment dare not touch.
And, of course, we have put forth the true Gospel of Grace with great clarity, to Jesus be all the glory!
Jesus did call me, personally, to teach His Word of prophecy. However, this ministry has never been EXCLUSIVELY about Bible prophecy. We teach about A WIDE VARIETY of biblical topics, and if you doubt it, just click on our “PREVIOUS WORD 4 TODAY” LINK ABOVE.
Besides, “the TESTIMONY (witness) OF JESUS IS the Spirit of Prophecy “(Revelation 19:10)
This ministry is ALL about: JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS and JESUS.
Prophecy is FINITE.
Someday all prophecy will come to AN END. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
So, if you want prophecy “updates” – let alone ON A DAILY BASIS – ask God to give me new revelations.
I DON’T INVENT Bible prophecy, like the BOOKSELLERS.
I can only share what the Holy Spirit reveals in His written Word.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016
It happens much too frequently:
Some scared Christian wants help because he or she is "backslidden".
He or she fears "losing" their Salvation, or missing the Rapture, because of some sin(s)…
These poor people DON'T HAVE A CLUE what they're talking about, but their "Christian" religion did not hesitate for one second to heap condemnation on their heads.
Religion MADE SURE they felt GUILT for the VERY SIN(S) THAT JESUS REMOVED, DESTROYED, ERASED, FORGOT AND CLEANSED 2,000 YEARS AGO (Psalms 103:12; Hebrews 9:26,10:17).
They even borrowed an ominous sounding biblical term AND MISAPPLIED IT to make their false doctrine seem more credible: "backsliding".
It's hard to associate ANY GOOD THING with the coming tribulation, but one benefit it will bring to all mankind is that God will OBLITERATE religion - ALL religion, Christian and pagan - from the face of the earth (Daniel 11:36-37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
Not a moment too soon.
But isn't the term "backsliding" found in Scripture?
AND EVERY SINGLE TIME it refers to Israelites abandoning the worship of Yahweh in favor of worshiping THE IDOLS du jour like Baal or Ashtoreth.
NOT ONCE does it refer to "falling into old sins", OTHER THAN the sin of idolatry (Proverbs 1:32; Isaiah 57:5-13; Jeremiah 3:6-13; Hosea 11:2-7).
Backsliding refers EXCLUSIVELY to idolatry: To the worship of false “gods”.
So, unless you were once a believer in Jesus, forsook Jesus, and are now worshiping Buddha, Krishna, Allah or some other FALSE "deity", YOU'RE NOT BACKSLIDDEN.
And if you did "forsake" Jesus, it's because YOU NEVER KNEW HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE.
You may have HEARD ABOUT Him and acquired some form of "Christian" religion, BUT YOU NEVER EXPERIENCED HIM PERSONALLY AND INTIMATELY IN YOUR INNERMOST BEING.
Those who REALLY know Him CANNOT forsake Him anymore than He can forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5).
So, the FIRST thing that I do with poor sinners who seek help for "backsliding" is GET THEM TO REPENT (change THEIR THINKING).
They're NOT backslidden at all:
They're either individuals who HAVE NEVER RECEIVED JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS and NEED TO DO SO and have ALL THEIR SINS ERASED.
Or, they know Jesus, ARE SAVED, and simply fell into sin because of human weakness, and because they're minds haven't been renewed. That's all.
In any case, GUILT won't help them at all. It will make matters WORSE, not better.
The ONLY REMEDY for sin is Jesus.
Repeat: THE ONLY REMEDY FOR SIN is Jesus.
Make sure HE LIVES IN your heart (Ephesians 3:17).
If He does, ALL your sins (past, present, and future) are forgiven and HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN for 2,000 years.
Why you insist on feeling guilty FOR SINS THAT GOD HAS LONG FORGOTTEN is beyond my comprehension.
GUILT doesn't make anyone LESS of a sinner, IT MAKES US SIN ALL THE MORE!
If you feel badly about sinning, CONFESS that/those sin(s), receive God's forgiveness AND STAND ON IT.
Then FORGIVE YOURSELF.
MEDITATE ON GOD'S TOTAL FORGIVENESS UNTIL YOUR MIND BECOMES TOTALLY RENEWED and YOU BECOME FULLY CONVINCED AND GROUNDED ON THE MARVELOUS TRUTH that Jesus HAS REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME (Psalm 103:12; John 1:29: Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5).
As long as you carry guilt around, as long as your faith wavers every time you sin, as long as religion sells you the lie that you've fallen OUT OF FAVOR with God because you did WHATEVER, Satan will have you wrapped around his little finger and will toss you to and fro like a beach ball.
He'll manipulate you and get you into a vicious cycle where you sin even more, then feel even guiltier, then sin even more, then feel more guilt, and so on.
Jesus has FOREVER set us free FROM BONDAGE to sin, to Satan, to guilt, and TO HIS OWN LAW (John 8:36).
He who THE SON SETS FREE is FREE INDEED (John 8:36).
Shove ALL GUILT ASIDE and MEDITATE ON THAT.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016
FULFILLlNG THE LAW
"The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," AND WHATEVER OTHER COMMANDMENT THERE MAY BE, are SUMMED UP IN THIS ONE RULE: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
LOVE (agape) DOES NO HARM TO ITS NEIGHBOR: Therefore LOVE (agape) IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW" (Romans 13:9-10).
These verses COULDN'T POSSIBLY be any clearer.
Divine Love (agape) IS the fulfillment of God's law.
There's NO OTHER WAY TO FULFILL God's law.
Repeat: THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO fulfill God's law.
There's NO PLACE – in the entire Bible –that says that WORKS are the fulfillment of the law: NOT ONE.
Yet we have ENTIRE "Christian" DENOMINATIONS intent on "fulfilling" God's law THROUGH WORKS.
Worse, we have MILLIONS of purported "Christians" who BELIEVE THEY CAN FULFILL THE LAW THROUGH WORKS, like "good behavior", "righteous living", "10 Commandment keeping", "Sabbath keeping", and OTHER WORKS.
Matter of fact, they are COUNTING ON their alleged "obedience" and "good behavior" to get them to heaven.
Worse, many are COUNTING ON a man-made DENOMINATION, INVENTED by a mortal sinner a mere 47 years ago, 150 years ago, or 200 years ago, to get them to heaven.
Never mind that the TRUE Christian faith has been around for 2,000 YEARS!!!
Never mind that Israelites tried for 1,500 years to fulfill the law, and NEVER COULD.
If Joshua, David, Samuel, Nathan, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, OR MOSES HIMSELF, COULD NOT fulfill God's law, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT YOU CAN?
The sad thing is that AS LONG AS THEY BELIEVE THEY CAN GET TO HEAVEN BASED - in whole or in part - ON THEIR OWN WORKS, or their own "merit", THEY'LL NEVER MAKE IT.
That's right: WORKS WILL NEVER FULFILL GOD'S LAW.
Works AREN'T the fulfillment of God's law.
The 10 Commandments ARE NOT the fulfillment of the Law.
ONLY Love (agape) can fulfill the God's law.
Why? Because the LAW-GIVER IS love!
God IS love (agape). (1 John 4:16)
Therefore THE ONLY FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW – IS the LAW-GIVER HIMSELF.
It's acquiring His Divine Love (God) Nature.
The fulfillment of God's law is therefore, God Himself, LOVE HIMSELF, LIVING IN US. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
That's why Jesus (God, the Personification of Divine Love) said "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but TO FULFILL THEM (Matthew 5:17).
Since Divine Love IS THE ONLY FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW, Divine Love had to come in human form TO FULFILL IT.
To fulfill something means to SATISFY IT FOR EVER!!! (Hebrews 9:12, 26; 10:14)
That’s what Jesus did on behalf of all who receive Him as God and Savior and TRUST HIM.
Those who TRY to satisfy or fulfill God's law through works WILL ALWAYS FAIL.
Those who TRY to satisfy or fulfill God's law through works are NEGATING Jesus' PERFECT, COMPLETE Work of Redemption.
They are in fact saying that Jesus FAILED IN HIS MISSION (perish the VERY thought).
That His Blood, death and Resurrection are INSUFFICIENT to save eternally.
Those who TRY to fulfill God's law through works WILL NEVER SATISFY GOD OR HIS LAW.
Those who TRY to satisfy or fulfill God's law through works WILL END UP IN Hades.
Those who try to satisfy or fulfill God's law through works ARE NOT SAVED.
MEET THE ONLY FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S LAW THERE IS.
“GREATER LOVE has no one than this: that HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR his friends.” (John 15:13)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016
I CAN DO ALL THINGS
Millions of Christians the world over love to quote Philippians 4:13:
“I CAN DO ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me.”
Many say it's their favorite verse.
Unfortunately, it’s one of the FEW Bible verses they know.
Even more unfortunately, they DON’T HAVE A CLUE what they’re saying.
CAN they really do “all things” through Christ?
Yes. The verse IS TRUE.
NO, they CANNOT.
And I know beyond ANY doubt that they CANNOT --and have THOUSANDS of emails to prove it.
For starters, the King James translation GOT IT WRONG.
The original Greek does not say “THROUGH Christ”, it says “IN Christ”.
Literally: en to endynamounti me -- “IN the One who is (continuously) STRENGTHENING me”.
…That One, obviously, being the Christ.
That means that, UNLESS WE ARE “IN” Christ, we can’t do a darned thing!
We’re NOT “IN” Christ when we seek Christ OUTSIDE ourselves.
Again: We’re NOT “IN” Christ when we seek Christ OUTSIDE ourselves.
Christ IN us is our ONLY “hope of glory”.
Christ IN us is the ONLY One who STRENGTHENS US and ENABLES US to do “ALL things”.
Paul was saying that he could “do all things” because HE REMAINED SPIRITUALLY HOOKED UP WITH his INNER Christ.
We acquire that INNER Christ (the Divine Love Nature) when we are born-again of the Spirit (John 1:12; 3:5; 14:23; 2 Peter 1:4)
Unless we become CONSCIOUSLY AWARE OF Christ being IN us – ALL THE TIME – (He NEVER leaves us nor forsakes us, Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5) – and UNLESS we stay SPIRITUALLY CONNECTED TO HIM (therefore “IN” Him), we CAN’T DO ANYTHING!
That IS EXACTLY what Jesus taught in John chapter 15:
“REMAIN IN me, as I also REMAIN IN you. No branch CAN BEAR FRUIT by itself; it must REMAIN IN the vine.
Neither CAN YOU BEAR FRUIT UNLESS you REMAIN IN me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you REMAIN IN me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.” (John 15:4-5)
In these two verses Jesus tells us to REMAIN IN Him 5 TIMES!!!
We DO NOT “REMAIN IN” Him, when we IGNORE the inner Christ, as (most unfortunately) 95% of Christians do.
We are NOT “IN” Christ when WE ARE OBLIVIOUS to His Divine, POWERFUL and AUTHORITATIVE Presence IN us.
In these verses, Jesus also tied “fruit bearing” to REMAINING IN Him.
The MORE we REMAIN IN Him, the MORE we CAN DO – IN Him.
And the MORE we REMAIN IN Him, the MORE FRUIT we will produce for His glory.
We can quote that wonderful verse all we want.
We can call it “our favorite” all we want.
But unless we UNDERSTAND WHAT IT SAYS, unless we become AWARE of Christ IN us, and REMAIN (to the best of our human ability) CONSCIOUS of His Presence IN us, we can’t do anything, AS JESUS HIMSELF TOLD US.
If we are CONSCIOUS OF the INNER Christ, if we TRUST HIM, and RELY ON Him, we (by His grace) can do “all things”.
If we DON’T, we CAN’T.
If that marvelous Bible verse becomes NOTHING MORE THAN a nice-sounding religious cliché, NOT only CAN’T we do anything, WE ARE DECEIVING OURSELVES.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
BY THEIR FRUITS
“BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS, WHO COME TO YOU IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
YOU SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS.
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so EVERY GOOD TREE BRINGS FORTH GOOD FRUIT; BUT A CORRUPT TREE BRINGS FORTH EVIL FRUIT.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree THAT BRINGS NOT FORTH GOOD FRUIT IS HEWN DOWN, AND CAST INTO THE FIRE.
THEREFORE by their fruits you shall know them.” (Matthew 7:15-20)
This statement made by Jesus is regularly interpreted BY RELIGION as meaning “BY THEIR WORKS” you shall know them.
But I DON’T SEE THE WORD “WORKS” ANYWHERE in that verse, DO YOU?
TO WHAT FRUITS was Jesus referring?
To the fruit of the Spirit, of course!
“Whoever DOES NOT HAVE the Spirit of Christ IS NOT OF Christ” (Romans 8:9)
Therefore, THE EVIDENCE of our Salvation is that the fruit of the Spirit (love of the divine kind, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) WILL MANIFEST IN US… sooner or later.
There are, however, THREE OTHER PARTS to this equation:
1) Very rarely does someone get born again today AND MANIFESTS those fruits THE NEXT DAY.
Newborn babies need to be fed and nurtured FOR A WHILE BEFORE they speak, act responsibly, discern right from wrong, etc.
Same holds true in the spirit realm.
2) Using Jesus’ tree analogy. Not all trees produce fruit at the same time.
Some trees produce fruit the same year they’re planted. Others take years, and some take OVER A DECADE.
Each tree has its “season” for fruit bearing (Psalm 1:3; Galatians 6:9)
And there are MANY FACTORS that affect fruit bearing.
I have two mango trees in my back yard.
Last year they both produced lots of mangos.
This year ONLY ONE TREE produced copiously. The other one didn’t even bud. Nor does it look sickly.
Why DID ONLY ONE tree yield mangos this year, instead of BOTH?
I don’t know.
What I do know is THAT THEY’RE STILL MANGO TREES.
The one that DIDN’T YIELD FRUIT this year HASN’T STOPPED being a mango tree.
Therefore, while fruit bearing is certainly AN INDICATOR… judgment about who is producing fruit and, therefore, WHO’S A REAL CHRISTIAN OR NOT, is largely in the eye of the beholder, and largely depends on the season.
THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS FOR SURE, 100% OF THE TIME, IS God.
3) I don’t care how born-again they are, NO ONE, this side of the Rapture, manifests the fruit of the Spirit ALL THE TIME.
The more we LIVE IN the Spirit (focused on the INNER Christ) the more fruit we manifest.
But since NO ONE LIVES in the inner Christ 100% of the time, NO ONE manifests the fruit of His Spirit non-stop 24/7.
We ALL miss the mark – and we miss it OFTEN.
Thank God Salvation is by Grace.
Thank God it’s NOT by what we do, by what we feel or by how we act, OR EVEN BY WHAT FRUIT WE MANIFEST (OR NOT) BUT BY WHAT HE DID.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016
DO WORKS PROVE SALVATION?
According to some “evangelical” HIRELINGS AND BOOKSELLERS the answer is “yes”.
According TO GOD, the answer is “NO”.
I know A LOT OF UNSAVED PEOPLE who do “good works”.
Again: I know A LOT OF UNSAVED PEOPLE who do “good works”.
In some cases, their “good works” exceed those done by most Christians.
I know UNSAVED PEOPLE who live what, by human standards, we would call “morally upright” lives.
In some cases MORE morally upright than many Christians.
And, sadly, those people are LOST, because they DON’T KNOW Christ.
They’ve NEVER INVITED Jesus into their hearts and, therefore, ALL their “good works”, ALL their “SELF righteousness” – while laudable by human standards – means NOTHING, with regards to Salvation, in God’s eyes. (Psalm 53:1; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16)
NO HUMAN DESERVES salvation:
I DON’T CARE HOW MANY “good works” they’ve done:
“For ALL HAVE SINNED and COME SHORT OF the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Good works DO NOT take away sin.
Salvation is BY GRACE (an UNDESERVED GIFT) THROUGH FAITH, always has been and always will be. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
It has NOTHING to do with works.
Once more: Salvation has NOTHING to do with works.
“And if by Grace, then it is NO LONGER THROUGH WORKS: OTHERWISE GRACE IS NO MORE GRACE” (Romans 11:6)
“David says the same thing when he speaks of THE BLESSEDNESS OF the one to whom God CREDITS RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT WORKS:
“Blessed are those WHOSE TRANSGRESSIONS ARE FORGIVEN, WHOSE SINS ARE COVERED. Blessed is the one WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NEVER COUNT AGAINST THEM.” (Psalm 32:1-2; Romans 4:6-8)
But what about James 2:24 that says: “you SEE that a man is SHOWN to be righteous BY WORKS AND NOT ONLY BY FAITH”?
James is simply saying that faith IS INVISIBLE. Faith is A SPIRITUAL FORCE. Therefore, it’s INVISIBLE to human eyes. I can’t say to you “LOOK, THIS is my faith”.
James’s ONLY point was that THE ONLY WAY OTHERS COULD “SEE” OUR INVISIBLE FAITH is by charitable works, like feeding the hungry, clothing the needy, etc.
NOWHERE does he say that WORKS DETERMINE if we’re saved or not.
Again: NOWHERE does James say that WORKS DETERMINE if we’re saved or not.
He is simply saying” “the only way you can SHOW YOUR FAITH (which is INVISIBLE) to needy brothers and sisters is by HELPING THEM WITH CHARITABLE WORKS”.
That’s ALL James said.
There isn’t ONE verse in Scripture that says WORKS DETERMINE OR DECIDE our Salvation.
Conversely, there are MANY, MANY Scriptures that say works play NO ROLE WHATSOEVER in Salvation. Just three examples:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son: that WHOEVER BELIEVES ON Him should not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE”.
“Therefore we conclude that A MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY FAITH WITHOUT THE WORKS of the law.”
“HE SAVED US, NOT BECAUSE OF RIGHTEOUS WORKS WE HAD DONE, BUT BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY. He saved us through the washing of REBIRTH (the born-again experience) and renewal by the Holy Spirit,”
God (Jesus) IS THE ONLY ONE THAT SAVES. He has saved millions and millions of souls (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Religion DOESN’T SAVE ANYONE and HAS NEVER SAVED a single soul.
We can believe the ETERNAL, HOLY, SINLESS, PERFECT God.
Or we can believe PUTRID RELIGION INVENTED BY CORRUPT, LYING MORTALS.
I’d believe God if I were you.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
WHEN THEY SAY “JESUS”
“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone casting out demons in your Name and we told him to stop, BECAUSE HE WAS NOT ONE OF US.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For NO ONE WHO DOES A MIRACLE IN MY NAME can in the next moment say anything bad about me, FOR WHOEVER IS NOT AGAINST US IS FOR US.” (Mark 9:38-40).
“Master,” said John, “we saw someone casting out demons in Your Name, and we tried to stop him, BECAUSE HE DOES NOT ACCOMPANY US.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus replied, “for WHOEVER IS NOT AGAINST YOU IS FOR YOU.” (Luke 9:49-50)
Do these verses mean that we should never oppose or try to STOP RELIGIOUS DECEPTION being put forth (supposedly) in Jesus’ Name?
Are we TO SUFFER IN SILENCE when some heretic promotes his/her UNBIBLICAL, Jesus-diminishing, satanic doctrine, that will lead millions of brainwashed souls to hell, just because he or she happens to MENTION the name “Jesus”?
We are, according to some VERY MISGUIDED “evangelicals” that I recently encountered.
But that is NOT what Jesus taught, that is NOT what we find in the New Testament.
If it were, WHY would Jesus WARN US about “wolves in sheep’s clothing”? (Matthew 7:15)
Why would He warn us “see that you ARE NOT DECEIVED” and about RAMPANT DECEPTION put forth “in His Name” PRIOR TO His Coming? (Matthew 24:4)
Why would Jesus Himself state that “MANY would come to Him in that day saying “DID WE NOT CAST OUT DEMONS in your Name” and that He would answer: “I never KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, WORKERS OF EVIL!” (Matthew 7:22)
Here we see, yet again, WHY WE CANNOT simply take ONE verse of Scripture and fabricate doctrine around it.
WHY we MUST check EVERYTHING that God says about a given topic, and PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, BEFORE we jump to conclusions.
WHY we must read God’s Word VERY CAREFULLY and NOT ASSUME that He says “WHAT WE THINK”, but rather, WHAT HE ACTUALLY SAYS.
Here’s WHY we must TOTALLY RELY ON His Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts through His written Word and SHOW US HIS INTENDED MEANING.
The man in question WAS NOT CONTRADICTING Jesus’ teachings.
He wasn’t doing or saying anything CONTRARY TO Jesus.
THE ONLY REASON that John tried to stop him is because he was NOT one of the 12 (or of the 70).
Hence, Jesus said “leave him alone” for “WHOEVER IS NOT AGAINST US is FOR US”.
“WHOEVER IS NOT AGAINST us”…
If someone claims to be “Christian” yet SAYS THAT JESUS ISN’T GOD… is he NOT AGAINST US?
Of course he is! More importantly, he is AGAINST (anti) Jesus and, therefore, antichrist (small “a”).
If certain groups make 10 Commandment keeping or Sabbath keeping “necessary” for Salvation, IMPLYING THAT JESUS ALONE IS INSUFFICIENT TO SAVE, and VIOLATING SCORES of Scriptures, are they NOT AGAINST Him?
Indeed, THEY ARE. And they MUST be PROVEN WRONG, EXPOSED AS HERETICS, and their FALSE DOCTRINE DISCREDITED.
If someone, conversely, says that because Jesus died and rose from the dead EVERYONE, whether they receive or reject Christ, IS SAVED… ARE THEY NOT CONTRADICTING CHRIST and HIS WRITTEN WORD? Are they NOT AGAINST CHRIST?
You bet they are!
And TRUE, BORN-AGAIN believers are to RESIST and DEBUNK their teaching IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE DUMB SHEEP from being deceived and from following their damnable heresies. (2 Peter 2:1-3)
Moreover, Jesus said in John 10:12 that those who see these heresies and DO or SAY NOTHING are hirelings, NOT shepherds:
“But he THAT IS A HIRELING, AND NOT THE SHEPHERD, whose own the sheep are not, SEES THE WOLF COMING, AND LEAVES THE SHEEP, AND FLEES: AND THE WOLF CATCHES THEM, AND SCATTERS THE SHEEP.”
HIRE-LINGS are not interested in sheep, they’re only interested (as their very name implies) IN MONEY.
If we come across a brother or sister who is putting forth the Gospel of Grace IN A PUBLIC FORUM, but happens to mention something about eschatology, or baptism, or about Holy Communion, or some non-essential to salvation, with which we disagree, SHOULD WE CORRECT THEM?
He or she is NOT “against Christ” or “against us” in the fundamentals of the Gospel.
In those cases we are TO RESIST the temptation to “correct them”, and STAND WITH THEM on the Gospel of Grace.
Bite your tongue, or (since we use the internet) SLAP your hand, if you must, BUT STAND WITH THEM.
DO NOT CORRECT or CRITICIZE THEM in front of heretics or unbelievers. (Matthew 18:15; 1 Corinthians 6:1-6)
However, if someone CONTRADICTS THE GOSPEL, he or she is MOST DEFINITELY AGAINST CHRIST, AGAINST US, and we are to get on their cases as white on rice.
EVEN IF they mention the Name of Jesus 1,500 TIMES!
Those are TWO VERY DIFFERENT things.
And those who CAN’T DISTINGUISH BETWEEN the two HAVE NO BUSINESS CORRECTING ANYONE: PERIOD.
Paul put it VERY CLEARLY and succinctly in Galatians 1:8:
“But EVEN IF WE, OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, should preach to you A GOSPEL CONTRARY TO WHAT WE HAVE PREACHED TO YOU, LET HIM BE ACCURSED!”
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2016
WHERE’S THE PRAISE?
"But we will bless the LORD FROM THIS TIME FORTH AND FOREVERMORE Praise the LORD" (Psalm 115:18).
For centuries religion has told us that in order to worship God we must attend A MAN-MADE BUILDING DESIGNATED FOR THAT PURPOSE – ON A CERTAIN DAY OF THE WEEK.
GOD SAYS we are to worship Him EVERY SINGLE DAY. (Psalm 145:1-2)
GOD SAYS than FROM THE SETTING OF THE SUN (BEGINNING OF A NEW DAY) TO IS GOING DOWN (END OF A DAY) WE ARE TO praise Him. (Psalm 113:3)
GOD SAYS we are to praise Him EVERYWHERE.
WHEREVER WE ARE! (Psalm 117:1; 146:2; 148-1-13; Psalm 150; Acts 16:25)
After all, WE are the Church.
Those buildings are NOT the Church.
Church is WHEREVER JESUS IS.
Since Jesus LIVES IN us…
Church is WHEREVER WE ARE! (Matthew 18:20)
Jesus, the ETERNAL God, paid THE ULTIMATE PRICE to save us, and religious minds WANT TO SET “CONDITIONS” as to WHEN and WHERE we can worship Him?
AT LEAST HALF the “problems” Christians face, as well as problems in Christendom, could be SOLVED if we simply worshiped Jesus – from the depths of our being, WHENEVER His Spirit moves us to do so (John 4:24), and WHEREVER we are.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016
WHEN TRUTH REPLACES SHADOWS
According to Hebrews 10:1 the entire Law (Torah) is a mere shadow of “GOOD things to come”.
It is NOT, however, the Image or ULTIMATE REALITY of the GOOD THINGS THEMSELVES.
That statement PROVES two things:
1) That Torah is NOT the real law, since shadows are NEVER the real thing.
Love is the REAL Law of the universe because God IS Love. (1 John 4:16)
2) That ALL shadows, like the Law and the 24-hour Sabbath will be REPLACED with THE REAL THING (Love, Jesus).
When ULTIMATE REALITY – the REAL THING – manifests, it will be EXTREMELY GOOD.
In fact, it’ll be PERFECT.
ALL SHADOWS will have vanished and given way to Perfection.
In other words, shadows will vanish before Jesus who IS Perfection.
Love (Jesus) is the Royal Law of God’s Kingdom (John 3:16; 15:13; James 1:25).
Love is Perfection.
I’m not referring to fickle, transient human “love”, but to Divine Love (agape).
He is perfect, eternal and He NEVER CEASES TO BE.
Please DON’T GET STUCK ON shadows.
They’re NOT the real thing.
Don’t turn a mere shadow into AN IDOL – or into A POINT OF CONTENTION WITH other believers.
Shadows are here now, and gone in a moment.
Jesus is from everlasting to everlasting.
Jesus is THE TRUTH.
We CAME FROM Him.
We were CREATED BY Him. (John 1:2)
In Him we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28)
Our Destiny IS Him.
Jesus IS ULTIMATE Truth.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016
THAT’S NOT THE SABBATH
There are millions of people the world over that WORSHIP a 24-hour day.
They are TOTALLY FOCUSED ON a TEMPORARY unit of time.
...Far more than they are focused on Jesus or His written Word!
They are OBSESSED WITH an ephemeral period that is here today and gone tomorrow:
..A transient period of “time” that was given ONLY TO NATURAL ISRAELITES, under the Sinai Law. (Exodus 20:1-2, 8-11, 22)
A “commandment” that was given ONLY to natural Israelites 430 years AFTER God had made an ETERNAL Covenant with Abraham. (Galatians 3:17)
And some 2,500 years AFTER God had re-created the earth. (Genesis 1:3-31)
...A “commandment” given UNDER A TEMPORARY, IMPERFECT Law that will be replaced with THE ETERNAL and PERFECT Law of Divine Love. (Hebrews 10:1)
...AN IMPERFECT Law that CAN NEVER RESTORE OR REGENERATE the human soul. (Psalm 19:7)
AN IMPERFECT Law that, because IT IS IMPERFECT, CANNOT MAKE ANYONE perfect. (Hebrews 7:19)
These individuals, collectively known as Sabbatarians, are doing EXACTLY what Satan WANTS THEM TO DO.
They are FOCUSED on SOMETHING (in their case a 24-hour day) OUTSIDE themselves.
WHY is Satan SO INTERESTED in drawing them OUTSIDE?
Because they’ll NEVER FIND Christ OUTSIDE, and the creep knows it.
That’s why HE HAD TO DRAW EVE OUTSIDE herself (to the tree and its fruit) in order to GET HER TO sin and die.
If he can DECEIVE people into THINKING that they are “THE ONLY OBEDIENT ONES”, because they focus ON SOMETHING OUTSIDE themselves, he can damn them for a very long time, and perhaps for eternity.
If he can STROKE THEIR RELIGIOUS EGOS with the FALSE NOTION that if they “observe” that EXTERNAL unit of RELATIVE “time”, they are “the ONLY ONES who truly obey God” and, therefore, are “BETTER THAN everyone else”...
The creep has them EXACTLY where he wants them.
Because he knows there’s NO CHANCE IN HELL of them finding Jesus OUTSIDE themselves.
He knows that Jesus can ONLY BE FOUND INSIDE. (Romans 10:8-9; 2 Corinthians 4:6)
He knows they will NEVER have Salvation UNLESS they’re focused ON THE REAL SABBATH, who IS CHRIST. (Matthew 11:28; Acts 4:12; Colossians 2:16-17)
Since Jesus is THE ETERNAL God, He CANNOT BE FOUND in a TEMPORARY unit of “time”.
Again: Since Jesus is THE ETERNAL God, He CANNOT BE FOUND in a TEMPORARY unit of “time” called Saturday.
And Jesus IS NOT FOUND ON THE OUTSIDE, He’s ONLY FOUND INSIDE.
Jesus is found INSIDE us, when we INVITE Him to ENTER our hearts, and RECEIVE Him as ONLY God and ONLY Savior (John 1:12; Romans 10:8-9)
The real Sabbath is NOT observed OUTSIDE.
The REAL Sabbath is observed INSIDE.
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