June 2018 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018
WORSHIPING THE DEAD
"Should THE LIVING seek guidance FROM THE DEAD"? (Isaiah 8:19)
MILLIONS of people WORSHIP THE DEAD every week, especially Saturday and Sunday.
Well... I've never heard such thing! Where did you get that absurd idea?
From communicating, FOR YEARS and YEARS, with many of you.
I don't just THINK this to be so: I KNOW IT to be so.
Millions of so-called "Christians" WILL WORSHIP THE DEAD today and tomorrow.
They PRETEND TO BE "followers of Jesus", but WHAT THEY REALLY ARE IS:
1. Worshipers of Ellen G. White
2. Worshipers of Herbert W. Armstrong
3. Worshipers of Joseph Smith
4. Worshipers of Charles T. Russell
5. Worshipers of Mary Baker Eddy
6. Worshipers of William Campbell
7. Worshipers of Moses
Besides being religious, WHAT do ALL THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE IN COMMON?
THEY'RE ALL DEAD.
They were all sinful, FALLIBLE MORTALS.
Your religion, therefore, was INVENTED by A DEAD PERSON.
Again: YOUR RELIGION was INVENTED BY a DEAD PERSON.
All you got is DEAD religion, invented by DEAD people':
You dress like DEAD PEOPLE said you should dress.
You act like DEAD PEOPLE said you should act.
You eat what DEAD PEOPLE said you should eat.
You talk like DEAD PEOPLE said you should talk.
You sing what DEAD PEOPLE told you to sing.
You read what DEAD PEOPLE told you to read.
You worship as DEAD PEOPLE told you to worship.
You even do it ON THE DAY that DEAD PEOPLE said you should do it.
And you BELIEVE, BLINDLY, everything those DEAD PEOPLE said you should believe.
When you worship DEAD RELIGION, INVENTED BY DEAD PEOPLE...
When you allow DEAD PEOPLE to CONTROL your life...
When you believe what DEAD PEOPLE believed...
When you WORSHIP THOSE DEAD PEOPLE...
GUESS WHERE YOU'LL END?
And not just DEAD ONCE, as in physical death, but TWICE DEAD:
TWICE DEAD and plucked up by the roots (Jude 1:12).
Because you have NO COMMUNION, NO INTIMATE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH Jesus, the Living God and Savior, WHO IS THE LIFE (John 14:6).
Because you've NEVER been BORN AGAIN of the Spirit which, ACCORDING TO THE LIVING JESUS, is ABSOLUTE MUST IN ORDER TO ENTER the Kingdom of God (John 3:5).
HOW can A DEAD PERSON SAVE YOU, when he or she COULDN'T EVEN SAVE HERSELF?
Precious soul for whom Jesus died and rose, STOP following DEAD PEOPLE.
STOP worshiping DEAD PEOPLE.
OBEY Jesus' order in Matthew 8:22:
"Let THE DEAD bury the DEAD.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018
WHEN GOD TRIED TO KILL MOSES
“And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and SOUGHT TO KILL HIM.
Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband are you to me!
So he let him go: then she said, ‘a bloody husband you are’, because of the circumcision.” (Exodus 4:24-26)
In order to understand what’s going on in this passage, we need to know about the covenant of circumcision that God made with Abraham and his seed:
“And God said to Abraham, You shall keep my covenant therefore, you, and your descendants after you in their generations.
This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you; EVERY MALE CHILD AMONG YOU SHALL BE CIRCUMCISED.
And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins; and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.
And HE THAT IS EIGHT DAYS OLD SHALL BE CIRCUMCISED AMONG YOU, EVERY MALE CHILD IN YOUR GENERATIONS, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any foreigner, who is not of your descendants.
He that is born in your house, and he that is bought with your money, MUST NEEDS BE CIRCUMCISED: AND MY COVENANT SHALL BE IN YOUR FLESH FOR AN EVERLASTING COVENANT.
And THE UNCIRCUMCISED MALE CHILD WHOSE FLESH OF HIS FORESKIN IS NOT CIRCUMCISED, THAT SOUL SHALL BE CUT OFF FROM HIS PEOPLE; he has broken my covenant.” (Genesis 17:-14)
The Hebrew word for “cut off” is karet which may include physical death, but actually goes beyond and means losing one’s soul and exclusion from the afterlife.
This is why in the Old Testament we often hear Israelites refer to pagans (derisively) as “uncircumcised”. (1 Samuel 17:36; Ezekiel 44:70; Ephesians 2:11)
That person was CUT OFF from God’s Covenant.
Jesus was circumcised, as per the Abrahamic Covenant, when He was 8 days old. (Luke 2:21)
Moses had neglected to circumcise his son on the 8th day, as per that eternal Covenant God made with Abraham. (Genesis 17:9-14)
We are not told exactly how God tried to kill Moses, but it appears he became suddenly ill.
So ill, in fact, that apparently he lacked the physical strength to circumcise his own son.
Both Moses and his wife understood what was going on, and Zipporah decided to perform the circumcision herself.
That placated God, and everything went back to normal after that.
Since no remotely normal mother would enjoy having to circumcise her own son, not to mention her NEWBORN, she performed the circumcision, then threw the baby’s foreskin at Moses’ feet and said “you are A BLOODY husband!”
I have read commentaries that claim that Zipporah was disgusted and regarded such practice as barbaric.
That is utterly false. Although she wasn’t a descendant of Abraham through Isaac (as Moses was), she WAS A MIDIANITE, DESCENDANT OF ABRAHAM THROUGH ISHMAEL and, as such, would have been quite familiar with this custom. (Genesis 17:23-25; Exodus 2:15-21)
That is why she did not hesitate to carry out the circumcision in order to save Moses’ life.
This is one instance when the biblical text could have been a bit more explicit. However, there's enough information in this passage to accurately reconstruct what actually happened.
We must remember that this took place 4,000 years ago, and 2,000 years before Jesus was born, preached the Gospel of His Kingdom, died, rose, ascended and SENT HIS HOLY SPIRIT. (Acts 2:1-4)
CIRCUMCISION is THE SIGN of our ETERNAL COVENANT with God.
Before Jesus, circumcision was done ON THE FLESH (OUTSIDE) BY HUMAN HANDS.
After Jesus, circumcision takes place IN OUR HEARTS (INSIDE) BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. (Romans 2:29; 8:9)
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018
SECRETS OF THE SEA – PART 2
WHY does THIS earth have a sea and the NEW earth DOESN’T? (Revelation 21:1)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…
That creation (“Big Bang” explosion and resulting expansion) was the result of BLASTING SATAN AND HIS ANGELS FROM THE INNER REALM OF GOD into OUTER DARKNESS.
Sometime after that, there were pre-Adamic, humanoid beings on this earth that joined satan in his rebellion.
God sent THE FIRST FLOOD and they all drowned.
The New Testament refers to these beings as “unclean spirits” or “demons”.
Hence, Genesis 1:2 says:
“And the earth was without form and EMPTY, DARKNESS was upon the face of the abyss, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face OF THE WATERS.
The earth, as the result of that first flood, was COVERED IN WATER.
Then, on day three:
“And God said: LET THE WATERS UNDER THE HEAVEN BE GATHERED TOGETHER UNTO ONE PLACE, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and THE GATHERING TOGETHER OF THE WATERS CALLED THE SEAS: and God saw that it was good”. (Genesis 1:9-10)
Today demons inhabit the abyss, which is a place deep IN THE SEA. (Luke 8:30-33)
They will be released from the abyss during the tribulation and allowed to torment unsaved people for 5 months. (Revelation 9:1-11)
At the end of the 5 months, they will all gather in ROME (Revelation 18:2)
Yes, I’m talking about Rome, Italy.
Near the end of the tribulation, Rome is wiped off the map and they are sent back to the abyss (Revelation 18:10, 21)
The reason THERE WON’T BE A SEA IN THE NEW EARTH IS BECAUSE THERE WON’T BE ANY DEMONS IN IT.
They will be sent to the lake of fire AT THE END OF the Millennium. (Revelation 20:13-15)
And NO ONE WILL EVER DARE REBEL against the Almighty again.
All things will be AS GOD INTENDED THEM TO BE…IN THE BEGINNING.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018
SECRETS OF THE SEA
If the entire sea turns to blood during the final days of the tribulation, HOW will people and animals be able to live during the Millennium?
Revelation 16:3-6 speaks OF THE WHOLE SEA, and OF ALL THE WATERS, including that of rivers and reservoirs, turning into blood.
Every living organism in the sea will die.
Since the sea covers ¾ of the earth’s surface, and with all the dead fish and other sea creatures, it’s humanly impossible to imagine THE HORRIBLE STENCH AND CONTAMINATION.
Under such disease spreading conditions, HOW, then, can tribulation survivors live during the Millennium?
That’s where KING JESUS comes in.
His written Word promises the “restoration of ALL THINGS” (Acts 3:21)
“ALL THINGS” would have to include the sea.
We know that Jesus will also remove the curse from the earth that causes it to produce “thorns and thistles”. (Genesis 3:17-18)
And that the animal kingdom will be restored to Edenic conditions, where there are no more predators and all creatures are vegetarian. (Isaiah 11:6-9)
We can safely infer that the sea, being THREE FOURTHS of the earth’s surface, will ALSO be purified and restored.
Furthermore, we have the tremendous assurance that, during that blessed era, “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA”. (Isaiah 11:9)
Therefore, the sea WILL BE ONCE AGAIN COVERED WITH WATER, and the coagulated blood and dead fish will go away.
Additionally, we have this wonderful promise:
“And it shall be in that day, that LIVING WATERS SHALL GO OUT FROM JERUSALEM; HALF OF THEM TOWARD THE EASTERN (DEAD) SEA, and HALF OF THEM TOWARD THE WESTERN (MEDITERRANEAN) SEA: in summer and in winter shall it be.
And the LORD SHALL BE KING OVER ALL THE EARTH: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” (Zechariah 14:8-9)
The Gihon Spring will flow from within the Temple, down the Kidron Valley, into the Dead Sea and HEAL its waters, and fill it with a multitude of fish. (Ezekiel 47:1-9)
And Zechariah tells us it will also flow into the Mediterranean Sea healing it and the rest of the sea.
“Then he said unto me, THESE WATERS issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: WHICH BEING BROUGHT FORTH INTO THE SEA, THE WATERS OF THE SEA SHALL BE HEALED.
AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT EVERYTHING THAT LIVES, WHICH MOVES, WHEREVER THE RIVERS SHALL COME, SHALL LIVE: AND THERE SHALL BE A VERY GREAT MULTITUDE OF FISH, BECAUSE THESE WATERS SHALL COME THERE: FOR THEY SHALL BE HEALED; AND EVERYTHING SHALL LIVE WHERE THE RIVER COMES.” (Ezekiel 47:8-9)
God thinks of EVERYTHING, doesn’t He?
The sea will still be with us during the Millennium, but WON’T EXIST IN THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH. (Revelation 21:1)
One question remains: When God created the earth in Genesis 1:6-9, He made the sea.
WHY won’t there be a sea IN THE NEW EARTH?
You’ll have the answer in tomorrow’s message.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018
WE ARE THERE
Who would have thought that the once trusted and respected mainstream media would turn into little more than a FAKE NEWS, leftist political propaganda machine?
Who would have thought that in the world’s foremost democracy, in the nation whose Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, those holding opposing political views would be demonized, harassed and mobbed for expressing such views?
I remember reading certain portions of the Book of Revelation years ago, and thinking “there’s A LOT OF EVIL in the world, but WE HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO THAT EXTREME YET”.
Like the statement in Revelation 9:20-21, right after ONE THIIRD OF THE EARTH’S HUMAN POPULATION HAS DIED:
“The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still DID NOT REPENT of the work of their hands; they DID NOT STOP WORSHIPING DEMONS, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
Nor DID THEY REPENT OF THEIR MURDERS, their witchcraft, their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
Or that sobering passage in Revelation 16:2-10:
“…and there fell FOUL AND EVIL SORES upon the men who had the mark of the beast, and upon them who worshiped his image.
And the second angel poured out his bowl upon THE SEA; AND IT BECAME AS THE BLOOD OF A DEAD MAN; AND EVERY LIVING THING DIED IN THE SEA.
…And… the rivers and fountains of waters… THEY BECAME BLOOD.
…And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun… And men WERE SCORCHED WITH GREAT HEAT, AND BLASPHEMED the name of God, who has power over these plagues: and THEY REPENTED NOT to give him glory… and THEY GNAWED THEIR TONGUES FOR PAIN”.
We are talking about a heretofore unprecedented level of hatred, defiance and radicalization.
I have been following politics and world news for many years and I HAVE NEVER BEFORE SEEN THIS DEGREE OF PURE HATRED:
Such as the media’s relentless bashing of our President: in whose eyes he CAN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT.
They magnify anything about his past that might reflect badly on him, and give him ZERO CREDIT for his many accomplishments.
…Such as his press secretary being thrown out of a restaurant, then having her family followed to another restaurant across the street by a mob and being heckled.
… Such as his Department of Homeland Security Secretary also being mobbed and jeered and forced to leave another restaurant.
… Such as California’s House representative Maxine Waters INCITING MOBS TO PROTEST AND RIOT “wherever these people go: in a restaurant, a department store, or a gas station”.
Or Florida GOP Attorney General Pam Bondi being threatened and harassed AT A MOVIE, and requiring a police escort to safely leave the theater.
Or Hollywood nitwit Peter Fonda (I didn’t even know he was still breathing) coming out of his pot-induced stupor to “self-righteously” call for the President’s 12-year old son to be “ripped from his mother’s arms” and be thrown into “a cage full of pedophiles”.
Or the endless number of other inarticulate have beens, so seething with hatred, that they are forced to resort to the "f" word.
Or the New York airhead who dared call ICE “a TERRORIST organization”, but would never say that about REAL TERRORISTS, since she knows that her stupid head wouldn’t remain attached to her neck for very long if she did that.
When you put all this together with the awful atrocities being committed by REAL TERRORISTS in certain parts of this world, we no longer have to wait FOR EVIL TO INTENSIFY to reach the level described in Revelation:
WE ARE ALREADY THERE.
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
Since the dawn of human history, religion has wanted control.
It wants to control people.
It wants to control God.
This is true of ALL religion, including all forms of Christianism.
Ever noticed how people of certain sects, although they have different faces, height, weight, etc. seem to share a common "look"?
Religion tells people how to live, think, talk, act.
…How to spend their money, what to eat and drink (or NOT), what to wear (or NOT), where to go, when to go, and how they should look and comport themselves.
Religion turns people into assembly line androids.
Religion also wants to control God. It wants to tell God what sins He can forgive and which sins He can't.
Religion wants to IMPOSE CONDITIONS UNDER which God may, or may NOT, forgive certain sins.
It wants to tell the Almighty WHOM He can save or not save.
It wants to decide WHEN it's appropriate to worship God and when it ISN'T.
It even wants to tell God WHAT He Himself said and didn't say.
And God is having NONE OF IT.
"I will have mercy ON WHOM I WILL have mercy" (Exodus 33:19; Romans 9:15).
NOBODY'S telling God what He can or cannot do, whom He can or can't save.
NOBODY is imposing any "CONDITIONS" on the Almighty, under which He may accomplish His Sovereign Will.
That includes YOUR DENOMINATION and its FOUNDER(S), whatever and whoever they may be.
God does not require their permission or their approval to do AS HE PLEASES, HOW HE PLEASES, WHEN He pleases and WHERE He pleases.
Because He IS God, your religion can't control Him.
And IF IT COULD control Him, He WOULDN'T BE God.
Your religion will soon come to a sudden and timely end.
But our God and His Mercy will endure forever.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018
WHY JESUS CHOSE SAUL
Jesus must have had many reasons to choose Saul of Tarsus as His Apostle to the gentiles.
It would be highly presumptuous to surmise that I know all the reasons.
I DO NOT know them.
But I do know ONE MAJOR REASON why God chose Saul:
He was better qualified than anyone to PROVE from the Torah (Sinai Law) and the Tanach (Old Testament) that Jesus is the Messiah.
He was also better qualified than anyone to DEBUNK THE FALSE NOTION that justification before a Holy God could be attained through the Sinai Law (Torah).
The 12 disciples were ordinary fishermen and one tax collector.
They were not highly educated, nor trained in the finer points of the Sinai Law.
Therefore, they could not speak authoritatively about the Law, nor would the religious establishment in the first century have taken them seriously.
Had Peter, James or John presented theological arguments for the Gospel of Grace, the religious intelligentsia of the day would have readily dismissed them:
“They’re just repeating what Jesus taught, but they don’t really know of whom or what they speak”.
But NOTHING LIKE THAT could be said about Saul:
Second to none in his zeal for the Sinai Law, brought up in THE STRICTEST OBSERVANCE of the Law under Judaism, Saul WAS HIMSELF A TEACHER OF THE LAW, a Pharisee, trained right in Jerusalem under Gamaliel, the foremost Torah teacher of his time. (Acts 22:3; 26:4-5)
Everyone in Jerusalem knew who he was.
Everyone in the Sanhedrin knew he was a FIERCE persecutor of Christians.
Everyone knew that he HATED JESUS, HATED CHRISTIANS, and EVERYTHING THEY STOOD FOR! (Acts 26:6-11)
The chief priests and teachers of the law COULD NOT SO EASILY DISMISS HIM!
Nor could they explain his sudden conversion.
Nor could they counter his arguments.
Hence, we read in Acts 28:23-24:
“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified of the kingdom of God, PERSUADING THEM CONCERNING JESUS, BOTH OUT OF THE LAW OF MOSES, AND OUT OF THE PROPHETS, FROM MORNING TILL EVENING.
And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.”
The New Testament HAD NOT BEEN WRITTEN, much less compiled, when Paul carried out his ministry.
He relied solely on the Tanach to make his case for Jesus being the Messiah.
And he used the very Torah TO PROVE that NO ONE IS SAVED through Torah observance.
When one of the top rated scholars in Judaism says:
“By the works of the Law NO ONE is justified” (Romans 5:20; Galatians 2:16) you PAY ATTENTION.
When he who persecuted Christians says “Christ is THE END OF THE LAW for righteousness TO EVERYONE THAT BELIEVES” (Romans 1:4) it makes you sit up and TAKE NOTICE
At the very least IT MAKES YOU THINK.
That is why Jews in Jerusalem wanted to kill Saul, to the point they vowed not to eat or drink until they’d murdered him. (Acts 23:21)
Never mind that the fifth commandment of their Torah is “THOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER”. (Exodus 20:13)
Those religious hypocrites couldn’t stand to see THEIR RELIGION UNDERMINED AND DISCREDITED by the Promise of God.
They didn’t mind BREAKING their religious COMMANDMENTS, as long as they could cling to the Torah and deify it.
The Torah is good and holy. (Romans 7:12)
The Torah ISN’T PERFECT. (Matthew 22:37-40; Hebrews 10:1)
Nor has it ever made ANYONE perfect. (Galatians 3:24-25; Hebrews 7:19)
That is why today many who FALSELY call themselves “Messianic” Jews accuse Paul of being a “false apostle”.
That is why all the satanic, heretical sects invented in the 19th and 20th century try to reverse Paul's teaching and elevate the Sinai Law to the status of "JOINT SAVIOR" ALONG WITH JESUS.
They’ll blaspheme THE HOLY SPIRIT, as long as they can deify their beloved Torah – the very Torah that WILL CONDEMN THEM ON JUDGMENT DAY (Romans 7:8, 10-11; Galatians 3:10; Revelation 20:12)
Saul of Tarsus became the Apostle Paul when he had A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS.
That is when he SAW THE LIGHT (literally) and realized that THE PROBLEM was in HIS HEART, and that ALL THE TORAH OBSERVANCE in the world could not change his heart, nor restore communion with the Almighty.
Only JESUS can do that.
Jesus is THE ONLY WAY of Salvation to EVERYONE, including ALL SAULS. (Acts 4:11-12)
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018
NO ONE WILL SAY
NO ONE will ever appear before Jesus saying:
“I DESERVE Salvation”
NO ONE will ever appear before the Lord saying:
“I EARNED my entrance into your Kingdom”.
“Hey Jesus, you gotta let me in because I am a member of THIS denomination”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I observed the Sabbath”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I worshiped you ON SATURDAY – NOT ON SUNDAY – BUT ON SATURDAY”.
God forbid that ANYONE should WORSHIP GOD ON SUNDAY! (Psalm 113:3; 115:18; 145:1-2)
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I am vegetarian”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I eat kosher”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I never drink any alcoholic beverage”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I don’t smoke”
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I don’t use caffeine”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I don’t commit adultery”.
…At least NOT PHYSICALLY… (Matthew 5:28)
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I follow the teachings of “your prophet” or “prophetess”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I don’t accept blood transfusions”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I DO NOT SALUTE the flag as those ungodly people do”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I served two years as “missionary” for my denomination, which is THE ONE AND ONLY TRUTH”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I never observed those “pagan” holidays called Christmas and Easter”.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I observed the 10 Commandments”. (Hebrews 10:1)
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I am Torah observant. (Galatians 3:10)
No, you’re not. LIAR!!! (Psalms 53:1; John 7:19)
But EVEN IF you were, the Torah NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL. (Hebrews 7:19)
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I am a good person”
NO, you’re NOT.
According to Jesus, there’s ONLY ONE “good Person” – and that’s GOD! (Mark 10:18)
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I gave money for some worthy cause".
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I tithed 10% of my income to my local religious institution.
“I DESERVE SALVATION because I never used language like that no-good, publican sinner over there!”
And that no-good publican sinner over there, and some PROSTITUTES, WILL ENTER GOD’S KINGDOM WAY BEFORE YOU DO, religious hypocrite! (Matthew 21:31)
Those who think they are “DESERVING” of Salvation NEED TO READ, and MEDITATE ON, the parable of the Pharisee and the publican in Luke 18:9-14.
Those who think they are “DESERVING” will be greatly shocked to find themselves IN OUTER DARKNESS, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 8:12; 22:13)
Because ONLY THOSE WHO RECOGNIZE they’re UNDESERVING will make it into the Kingdom of God.
Only those who RECEIVE JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS as only God and Savior, and COMPLETELY TRUST Him for Salvation, are saved. (John 1:12; 3:16; Romans 10:9-10)
You can now send all the angry emails you want, but THIS IS JESUS’ TEACHING, NOT MINE.
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 218
Probably the best and most beautiful example of true repentance (teshuva) found in Scripture is that of the prodigal son, in the Gospel of Luke.
The word prodigal means “reckless” or “uncontrolled”.
This young man had squandered his father’s estate on “riotous living”.
He’d blown off his inheritance on booze, sex, drugs, jet-setting, nightclubbing, and all manner of excess.
One fine day his proverbial chickens came home to roost and he found himself penniless, hungry and HOMELESS.
He ended up A BEGGAR, in mire and filth feeding pigs, doing someone else’s bidding, digging into trash cans for food, and eating whatever leftover scraps he could find in order to survive.
Then one day it DAWNED ON HIM: Even THE SERVANTS in my father’s house live BETTER than this!
I will RETURN (do teshuva) to my Father’s house and beg his forgiveness, and ask him to take me back as one of his servants (Luke 15:15-17).
The prodigal doubtlessly felt bad about his sins, but it was a change of mind, a change IN HIS WAY OF THINKING, which in turn led to a CHANGE OF HEART, that made him decide to RETURN to his dad’s house.
“Father”, he said, “I HAVE SINNED against heaven, and in your sight, and AM NO MORE WORTHY TO BE CALLED YOUR SON”.
The Father would hear NONE OF IT.
In fact, He COULDN’T EVEN WAIT for the son to arrive and, seeing him from a distance, RAN OUT TO MEET HIM.
Filthy and stinky as the rebellious son was, the Father hugged him and kissed him (Luke 15:20).
He immediately put a signet ring on his finger, dressed him in the most beautiful Armani robe from his own closet, and prepared a sumptuous feast to celebrate his return (Luke 15:22-24).
Scripture doesn’t say so, but I’m sure the son also got a nice, hot bath and some badly needed Calvin Klein cologne shortly after.
Traditional Judaism says that in teshuva restitution MUST be made.
Jesus, however, said otherwise.
The prodigal couldn’t restore anything, even if he wanted. He was flat broke and had NOTHING to offer.
ALL he could do was throw himself at his Father’s mercy and beg to be received as a lowly household servant.
But the Father’s love for him was UNCONDITIONAL.
There are NO CONDITIONS TO His Love.
He loved the rebellious son DESPITE what he’d done and was READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO FULLY FORGIVE , FORGET and RESTORE.
Glory to His Name!
The prodigal realized that despite his rebellion, his brazen SELFISHNESS, his irresponsible foolishness, and stubborn disobedience, in his Father’s eyes HE WAS STILL HIS SON, and HE WOULD ALWAYS BE.
Are you like this guy?
Have you squandered God’s talents and blessings?
Did you once love Jesus, but have forsaken Him?
He’s NEVER forsaken you (Hebrews 13:5).
Are you sick of hanging out with pigs?
Are you hungry for a nice, nutritious meal and the comforts of home?
Your Dad waits excitedly and with open arms to WELCOME YOU BACK.
Come on, prodigal. It’s time to RETURN.
It’s time to COME HOME.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21 2018
When God created the earth it was all one single land mass surrounded by water (Genesis 1:9).
Shortly after the flood, the earth was divided into two major land masses that we know today as the American Continent or Western Hemisphere, and another even larger mass comprising ALL THE REST.
This is explained in Genesis 10:25:
"And to Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days WAS THE EARTH DIVIDED"...
God shared this fact with Moses and, by extension, with the rest of us, around 1,500 B.C.
It took science some 3,370 years to prove that what the Bible had said all along is actually true.
The discovery of the earth's tectonic plates, plus continental and oceanic crusts, proved this fact beyond any doubt.
Frankly, the Bible and science aside, one does not have to be a genius to figure this out. It's rather obvious.
I remember as a young teen theorizing that Africa had once been attached to South America, because the outline of these two land masses seemed identical.
By way of confession (don't laugh now) as an adult, I actually took a map, cut it all up as though it were a jigsaw puzzle and actually pasted Africa into South America and Europe into North America verifying, once and for all, that they fit together perfectly.
I'm sharing this because the Bible promises the "restoration of all things" (Acts 3:21).
ALL THINGS would include the land being lumped back together into one gigantic mass.
Apparently, the process of geographical rearrangement begins at the Rapture, when the 6th seal is opened.
An often missed part of this passage is that "heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and EVERY MOUNTAIN and ISLAND were MOVED OUT OF THEIR PLACES" (Revelation 6:14).
Further changes to the geographic landscape take place in Revelation 16:17-20:
"The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air... Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and A SEVERE EARTHQUAKE. NO EARTHQUAKE like it has EVER occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.
The great city (Jerusalem) split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed...EVERY ISLAND FLED AWAY and the MOUNTAINS could not be found".
If you think recent quakes in Chile, New Zealand and Japan have been bad, this will be the granddaddy of them all.
What this means is that, during the coming tribulation, the world won't be anything like what we know today.
Besides nuclear war, economic collapse, food and water shortages, and death on an unprecedented scale (around TWO BILLION people), the earth will be REUNITED, causing all the major powers (U.S., Russia, China, EU) to become vulnerable and severely damaged and leaving only the CENTRAL part of the earth, namely the Middle East and nations bordering on the Mediterranean, as the only portions largely unscathed.
History will once again focus on that area of the world.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 218
THOSE “OTHER BOOKS” – PART TWO
There are some apocryphal texts that, while NOT divinely inspired, can fill in some historical gaps between Old and New Testaments, and shed light on Hebrew culture and thinking at the time.
1 and 2 Maccabees, the Book of Enoch, Jubilees, and Tobit are some examples.
These can be useful to individuals who already have deep knowledge of the Scriptures.
When reading these books one must keep in mind that THEY ARE NOT INERRANT.
Therefore, they MUST NEVER be considered to be on spiritual par with THE HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED BIBLE.
I repeat: they MUST NEVER be considered to be on spiritual par with THE HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED BIBLE.
They are to be read with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Everything these books say is NOT true, nor spiritually accurate.
We must always remember that they CONTAIN HUMAN ERROR.
That these books came FROM MAN, NOT from God!
If there is ever ANY DISCREPANCY between the Bible and any OTHER book, the Bible is to be given PRIMACY.
Since they are NOT inspired by the Holy Spirit, one must not rely on these books to formulate Christian doctrine.
These books contain SOME truth and SOME historically accurate details, but they ALSO CONTAIN HUMAN ERROR.
On the other hand, the Bible IS THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD:
WHATEVER the Bible says is true.
And, whether they believe it or not, ALL THE UNSAVED (Revelation 20:12) WILL BE JUDGED BY the Bible.
TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018
THOSE “OTHER BOOKS”
Should deuterocanonical books be read and studied by Christians?
Yes, but ONLY when Christians KNOW THEIR BIBLES deeply.
Again: Yes, but ONLY when Christians KNOW THEIR BIBLES deeply.
Judging by our correspondence, 90% of our readers SHOULD NOT be reading them.
Deuterocanonical books, such as Jubilees, or the Book of Enoch, written during the Second Temple Era, ARE NOT DIVINELY INSPIRED.
The name “deuterocanonical”, meaning “of the SECOND canon” is somewhat MISLEADING.
It implies that they belong in the canon of Scripture, just not in the first canon, but in the second.
Scripture ONLY HAS ONE canon.
That means that they DO NOT BELONG IN THE BIBLE, PERIOD.
That is why the Jews, chosen by God to write, and preserve Holy Spirit inspired Scripture, HAVE NEVER INCLUDED THEM in their canon. (Romans 3:2)
For a compromised, Westernized and pagan pleasing form of organized “Christianity” to DECLARE SUCH TEXTS “INSPIRED” some 300 to 800 years after they were written –DESPITE THEIR EXPRESS EXCLUSION FROM THE HEBREW CANON – is disingenuous, extremely arrogant, FALSE, and ANTI-Christ.
So-called “deuterocanonicals” may contain SOME truth, but they also CONTAIN A LOT OF FALSEHOOD.
Hence, their DELIBERATE EXCLUSION from the INERRANT Bible text.
Likewise, Christians should avoid second or third century Gnostic writings, pseudepigrapha (books with FALSE titles), and other heretical writings like the so-called Apocalypse of Peter, or the so-called Gospel of Thomas.
THESE ARE LIES that were NOT written by the Apostles Peter or Thomas.
And Jesus couldn’t have told us more clearly WHO THE FATHER OF LIES is (John 8:44).
Unfortunately, many Christians have put the cart before the horse and delved into these books, BEFORE BEING FIRMLY GROUNDED IN SCRIPTURE.
They read these books, without any skepticism, AS THOUGH EVERYTHING THEY SAY WERE TRUE.
They ASSUME what they say is true because THEY LACK DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF the Bible.
They become TERRIBLY CONFUSED, their faith crashes into the cunning waves of lies, and ends up SHIPWRECKED. (1 Timothy 1:19)
NO CHRISTIAN HAS ANY BUSINESS READING these books, unless they’ve FIRST read the REAL Bible through and through, and are FIRMLY ESTABLISHED on its major doctrines:
These doctrines include SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH, the Person of Jesus, that Jesus is THE ONE AND ONLY SAVIOR, the infallibility of Scripture, and Jesus’ pre-millennial return to earth.
Without this foundation, you’re headed into a quagmire of misinformation.
And VERY FEW find THE WAY back to solid ground.
If you DON’T REALLY KNOW WHERE YOU STAND SPIRITUALLY, read the Gospel of John, the Book of Romans, or First and Second Corinthians – AND LEAVE THOSE “OTHER BOOKS” TO THE SCHOLARS.
MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018
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.
Coins found at the Qumram 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, since 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.
Paul (Acts 17:2-3; 11-12), and even Jesus Himself (Luke 24:27), could do just fine, with the Old Testament.
SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018
“…THOUGH BY THIS TIME YOU OUGHT TO BE TEACHERS, YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TEACH YOU THE ELEMENTARY TRUTHS of God’s word all over again.
You need milk, not solid food!
Anyone who lives on milk, BEING STILL AN INFANT, IS NOT ACQUAINTED WITH THE TEACHING ABOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS.
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14)
We DON’T HAVE TO LIKE EVERY THING about the Kingdom of God.
Likewise, we DON’T HAVE TO LIKE EVERYONE in the Kingdom of God.
I’ll give you a moment to meditate ON THAT…
We don’t have to AGREE OR APPROVE OF everything God does!
Sadly, this is what I hear SO OFTEN from Christians who should by now BE TEACHERS, and are STILL SPIRITUALLY IN DIAPERS.
And we all know what babies who wear diapers DO…
Paul encountered this problem in the first century and it’s turned into AN EPIDEMIC in our time:
ME, ME, ME, ME, ME, ME, and ME!!!
It’s JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, and JESUS!!!
WHO CARES what YOU think?
WHO CARES what YOU like?
WHO CARES whether you “agree” or “disagree”?
It’s NOT about YOU!!!!!!!
It’s first and foremost ABOUT JESUS!
And it’s about SAVING OTHERS, NOT about condemning them!!! (John 3:16-17)
But so many of us WOULD RATHER CONDEMN…
1. We demand perfection IN OTHERS, when we ourselves ARE FAR FROM PERFECT.
Perfection IS FOUND ONLY IN JESUS!
2. We NEED TO PROVE that we are “better” than “that other Christian”.
3. We have this uncontrollable, pathological NEED to remove “a tiny SPECK” from someone else’s eye, while IGNORING THE PLANK in our own eyes. (Matthew 7:1-5)
Our Lord WARNED that we would be measured (judged) BY THE SAME STANDARD that we measure others.
There are things IN THE BIBLE that I don’t like.
It’s NOT about me.
There are ALL SORTS OF BORN AGAIN Christians that I don’t like.
God, in His mercy, HAS SAVED THEM.
Are some of their teachings wrong, unbiblical, and even REPULSIVE?
Thank God salvation is A GIFT, that we DO NOT deserve.
Are they perfect?
Neither am I.
And NEITHER ARE YOU.
Grow up, Body of Christ!
“PERFECT” people DON’T go to heaven.
FORGIVEN people DO.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018
I’ve heard certain Christian TV personalities say that “Old Testament prophets had to be correct 100% OF THE TIME, OR THEY WERE STONED TO DEATH.”
THAT is 100% FALSE.
Then they call someone WHO PREACHES THE GOSPEL OF GRACE TODAY a “false prophet” because his EXTRABIBLICAL prediction didn’t come to pass, and sarcastically say “good thing we’re NOT under the Old Testament!”
Well, WHICH IS IT?
Either we ARE under the Old Testament or we AREN’T.
If we AREN’T, then WHY do we apply OLD TESTAMENT STANDARDS to preachers today, EXPECTING THEM TO BE 100% CORRECT – ALL THE TIME?
If we’re going to apply THAT PORTION OF THE Sinai Law, then we MUST ALSO APPLY THE REST of the Law, AND KILL THEM!
We’re either UNDER the Law or we AREN’T.
If we WERE still under the Law, the very Christian TV personalities who utter such nonsense WOULD NOT SURVIVE the same scrutiny to which they subject others, SINCE THEY TOO, like all the rest of us, ARE FALLIBLE MORTALS and HAVE MADE MISTAKES:
“…he that is WITHOUT SIN… let him (or her) CAST THE FIRST STONE”. (John 8:7)
The Law called for a prophet who PROPHESIED PRESUMPTUOUSLY – KNOWING that God HAD NOT told Him to prophesy such things – or who prophesied “in the name(s) of OTHER “god(s) to BE PUT TO DEATH:
“But the prophet, who SHALL PRESUME TO SPEAK A WORD IN MY NAME, WHICH I HAVE NOT COMMANDED HIM TO SPEAK, or that SHALL SPEAK IN THE NAME OF OTHER GODS, even that prophet SHALL DIE.
21And if you say in your heart, HOW SHALL WE KNOW the word which the LORD has not spoken?
22When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, IF THE THING FOLLOWS NOT, NOR COMES TO PASS, THAT IS, THE THING WHICH THE LORD HAS NOT SPOKEN, but THE PROPHET HAS SPOKEN IT PRESUMPTUOUSLY: you shall not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
These verses must be UNDERSTOOD, in context, to refer ONLY to prophecies that were to be fulfilled DURING THE PROPHET’S LIFETIME.
Otherwise, HOW could they have KILLED him?
Again: prophets under the Sinai Law were put to death if they prophesied in the name of a false “god”, or if they prophesied in the Name of Yahweh FALSELY, FOR SOMETHING TO TAKE PLACE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, and it never happened.
If THAT WEREN’T THE CASE, then Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and nearly ALL THE OTHER prophets in the Bible WOULD HAD HAD TO BE PUT TO DEATH, since they PROPHESIED MANY THINGS FOR THE DISTANT FUTURE that NEVER CAME TO PASS in their lifetime.
Isaiah, for instance, prophesied about Jesus’ VIRGIN BIRTH. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6)
His prophecy NEVER HAPPENED while Isaiah lived. It wouldn’t come true until some 800 YEARS LATER.
In Isaiah chapter 17, he prophesied THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS.
That prophecy, 2,800 years old, STILL hasn’t been fulfilled. But IT WILL!
Damascus is THE OLDEST major city on earth, dating back to around 5,000 B.C. It has sustained SOME damage during its long history, BUT HAS NEVER YET TURNED TO RUBBLE as Isaiah predicted…
I don’t read anywhere that Isaiah was put to death BECAUSE HIS PROPHECY DIDN’T COME TRUE.
(Isaiah was murdered by wicked king Manasseh, but NOT for that reason).
Jeremiah prophesied the New Testament some 600 years BEFORE it came into being. His prophecy never happened while he lived, and he wasn’t put to death for it. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
2,600 YEARS AGO Ezekiel prophesied about the Millennial Temple, WHICH STILL HAS NOT MANIFESTED. (Ezekiel chapters 40-44)
He also prophesied that the Dead Sea would be healed, and its waters which presently DO NOT SUPPORT LIFE (hence its name) would be FILLED with fish. (Ezekiel 47:8-9)
Ezekiel died a long time ago – and ALL THAT is yet to happen.
We have Jonah, A TRUE prophet of God, who prophesied WHAT GOD ACTUALLY TOLD HIM TO SAY to Nineveh.
Nineveh repented, God forgave them, the judgment Jonah had prophesied to take place IN 40 DAYS DIDN’T HAPPEN, and HIS PROPHECY was NOT fulfilled. (Jonah 3:4-10)
He even GOT UPSET when God forgave the Ninevites. (Jonah 4:1)
Evidently, Jonah was more concerned about protecting his reputation, than with the well being of people and animals in Nineveh. (Jonah 4:4-11)
Was Jonah “stoned to death” for “prophesying falsely” to Nineveh?
Last, but NOT least, we have Balaam.
A greedy, conniving weasel, ONLY INTERESTED IN MONEY (sound familiar?), and even though Scripture is highly critical of him (2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14), and his “mad” demeanor, IT STILL CALLS him a prophet. (Numbers 22:7; 2 Peter 2:16)
Even that S.O.B. gave TRUE prophecies FOR THE DISTANT FUTURE that were never fulfilled during his life. (Numbers 24:17)
And NOBODY put him to death for prophesying falsely.
(The Israelites did kill him later for engaging in divination, which the Law strictly forbade (Joshua 13:22)
There are HUGE DIFFERENCES, as we have shown, between Old and New Testament prophets.
If we truly live under a New and BETTER Testament, and NOT under the OLD, let us NOT be so quick to slap the label "false prophet" on our BROTHERS.
Let us TRUST JESUS, SPEAK and act accordingly.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018
PROPHETS: OLD & NEW TESTAMENTS
There are MAJOR differences between Old Testament and New Testament prophets:
1. When Old Testament prophets prophesied, THERE WAS NO BIBLE.
2. When Old Testament prophets prophesied, JESUS HAD NOT INCARNATED, APPEARED and PREACHED OPENLY ON EARTH.
3. There was NO GOSPEL TO PREACH, since Jesus had not died for our sins, risen, and ascended.
4. God’s Chosen people (natural Israelites) were SPIRITUALLY DEAD. They had NOT been born-again, nor received Christ, nor received His HOLY SPIRIT.
5. Consequently, they WERE NOT INDWELT by Christ’s Holy Spirit, as ALL TRUE born-again believers ARE (Romans 8:9).
Therefore, they could NOT consult the Holy Spirit, nor rely on HIS Witness that leads us to ALL THE TRUTH and shows us “things to come” (John 16:13).
That is WHY THEY HAD TO BE GIVEN the Sinai Law: “DON’T DO these things. They’re bad and they displease God. DO these things, they’re good and they please God”. (Galatians 3:24-25)
They had NO BIBLE to consult, and NO HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE THEM!!!
6. The New Testament HADN’T BEEN WRITTEN, nor HAD IT REPLACED the Old. (Jeremiah 31:31-33)
Therefore, most Old Testament prophets COULD NOT POINT to a passage of Scripture, AS WE CAN TODAY, and say “THIS is what God says will happen”.
They said: “thus says the Lord” and had NO SCRIPTURAL GUIDE by which to judge if something was true or false.
Nor did THE PEOPLE who HEARD their prophecies!
THAT is why, under the Sinai Law, they were held TO SUCH HIGH STANDARD.
Otherwise, ANYONE could have claimed to speak “in the Name of God” and LED His People ASTRAY.
However, even under the Sinai Law, the picture WAS NOT AS GRIM as some preachers would have you believe.
A FALSE PROPHET in the Old Testament was someone who:
A. Prophesied “in God’s Name” something FOR THE NEAR FUTURE that God never told him to say and, therefore that NEVER HAPPENED. Or,
B. Prophesied in the name of some FALSE, PAGAN, NONEXISTENT “deity”.
The Sinai Law CALLED FOR THEM to be put to death. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
Conversely, in our day and age, ALL PROPHECY has been written.
Again: in our day and age ALL PROPHECY has been written.
That’s why NO BOOKS are being added to our Bibles. It’s been the same for almost TWO THOUSAND YEARS.
We have A WRITTEN STANDARD, which is the eternal, UNCHANGING, infallible Word of the Living God, by which TO JUDGE prophecy OR ANY OTHER DOCTRINE.
As believers in Messiah, we also live under a New and BETTER Covenant.
We are indwelt by His Holy Spirit, who (if we LET Him) is both our Teacher and our Guide.
And we have the Messiah’s GOOD NEWS, His incomparable Gospel.
There are still prophets (VERY FEW) who may give EXTRABIBLICAL prophecies to the world, to nations, or to individuals, mostly to those in positions of authority.
They can foretell some EXTRABIBLICAL future event, or provide additional details about WRITTEN prophecy.
However, since all major prophecy has already been written, FORETELLING THE FUTURE IS NOT THEIR PRIMARY PURPOSE.
Again: FORETELLING THE FUTURE IS NOT THE PRIMARY PURPOSE of a New Testament prophet.
As Paul explains:
“But HE THAT PROPHESIES SPEAKS TO MEN FOR EDIFICATION, AND EXHORTATION, AND COMFORT.
He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but HE THAT PROPHESIES EDIFIES THE CHURCH.” (1 Corinthians 14:3-4)
True prophets of God NEVER, under ANY circumstance, CONTRADICT God’s written Word.
And, since as Christians we DO NOT LIVE UNDER the Sinai Law, if their prophecies DO NOT happen, if they make a mistake, and/or if they CONTRADICT God, we DO NOT stone them to death.
Nor do we INSTANTLY, and GLEEFULLY, as many CARNAL “Christians” ENJOY doing, tag them “false prophets”.
If they are BROTHERS IN THE FAITH, we may be critical of their false teaching, we may expose the false doctrine, but we DON’T attack them personally.
We PRAY for them, that they will repent, be forgiven, and begin to PREACH THE TRUE MESSAGE of Christ and His Cross.
Even true believers CAN PROPHESY INCORRECTLY.
Again: In the NEW Testament, even true believers CAN PROPHESY INCORRECTLY.
This is PROVEN by Paul’s instruction, that when believers congregate:
“LET TWO OR THREE PEOPLE PROPHESY, AND LET THE OTHERS EVALUATE WHAT IS SAID.” (1 Corinthians 14:28)
The fact we are TO EVALUATE (judge) their utterance, means IT’S NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE CORRECT.
BY WHOM OR WHAT DO WE EVALUATE such prophecies?
By the Spirit of God and BY THE WRITTEN WORD!
Prophets are HUMAN… and HUMANS make mistakes.
EVERY INSTANCE in the New Testament that someone is called “false prophet” is NOT because they FAILED TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, BUT RATHER because they PREACHED A FALSE GOSPEL:
(Matthew 24:10-11; 24:24; Mark 13:22; Acts 13:6-12; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1-2; Revelation 16:13-14; 19:20; 20:10)
Therefore, the term “false prophet” means SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT in the Old and New Testaments.
Therefore, IT IS UNBIBLICAL to call someone WHO PREACHES THE TRUE GOSPEL OF GRACE “false prophet”, even when the rest of their doctrine is questionable.
Even when THEY LIE about everything ELSE!
We’ll wrap it all up tomorrow, in the final message of this series.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 208
FALSE PROPHET ? NOT SO FAST…
The label “false prophet” is CONSTANTLY, IRRESPONSIBLY and IGNORANTLY applied by Christians to any other Christian they PERSONALLY DISLIKE, or to nearly anyone whose doctrine differs from their own:
Benny Hinn is a “false prophet”, Joel Osteen is a “false prophet”, and so are Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, and the late Paul Crouch.
So are COUNTLESS OTHERS.
I’ve been called that absurd title more times than I care to count.
I DO NOT LIKE any of the individuals mentioned above.
I have been critical of, and HAVE MADE FUN of, some of their ungodly antics.
MOST of their doctrine is FALSE, EGOTISTICAL, UNBIBLICAL, and frankly, REPREHENSIBLE and REPUGNANT…
And yet, where the Gospel of SALVATION by GRACE is concerned, THEY PREACH THE TRUTH!!!
People CAN get saved, and DO GET SAVED, when they preach about Salvation – EVEN WHEN THE REST OF THEIR TEACHING IS PURE GARBAGE.
For THAT ONE REASON, we MUSTN’T call them “false prophets”.
We can call them prosperity hucksters, charlatans, con artists, greedy preachers, manipulators, and some other similarly appropriate names…
But “false prophet”, WHEN THEY TELL PEOPLE THE TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION, is taking it a bit too far.
The same goes for those who TEACH FALSEHOOD after FALSEHOOD concerning Bible Prophecy:
They teach that the Antichrist is alive, when GOD HAS TOLD US – FOR 2.000 YEARS – that he’s dead and A FORMER KING who rises from the abyss. (Revelation 11:7; 17:8, 11)
They present AS “BIBLICAL” an INVENTED “7-year peace treaty” that is NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE.
Likewise, they teach a “7-year tribulation” that is NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE.
They claim “the Bible predicts” a “cashless society” ALSO NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE.
Their stupid books push AS “ABSOLUTE TRUTH” an “Islamic Antichrist” called the “Dajjal” or the “12th Imam”, or “the Mahdi”, ALSO NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE.
They say that there are NO SIGNS that precede the Rapture, when those signs are given in both the Old and New Testaments (Isaiah 13:9-10), Joel 2:30-32; Matthew 24:29-30; Revelation 6:12-16)
And MANY OTHER prophecy myths!
Does that make them “false prophets”?
As long as they believe and preach THE TRUE GOSPEL OF GRACE, the answer is “NO”.
They may be LOUSY TEACHERS: they may be OPPORTUNISTIC LIARS looking to make a buck off silly Christians by SELLING THEM unbiblical fantasies, but they are NOT “false prophets”.
A FALSE PROPHET in the New Testament, AS I’M ABOUT TO PROVE, IS SOMEONE WHO PREACHES “ANOTHER Gospel” which is DIFFERENT FROM the Gospel of Grace taught by Jesus and His Apostles:
A FALSE PROPHET in the New Testament, IS NOT someone who fails in some prediction about the future, but rather AS I’M ABOUT TO PROVE in the next message, SOMEONE WHO PREACHES “ANOTHER Gospel” which is DIFFERENT FROM the Gospel of Grace taught by Jesus and His Apostles:
Joseph Smith who invented Mormonism most definitely WAS a FALSE PROPHET.
So was Ellen G. White who founded the Seventh Day Adventist CULT.
So was Alexander Campbell, founder of the heresy known as “Church of Christ” or “Disciples of Christ”.
So was Mary Baker Eddy, founder of “Christian Science”.
So was Charles Taze Russell, INVENTOR of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
So were Herbert W. Armstrong, who founded the infamous “Church of God” sect, and his son Garner “Ted” Armstrong.
So is Harold Camping who DECEIVED MILLIONS of followers by INVENTING that the world was going to “end” on May 21, 2011.
He TOLD THEM TO SELL ALL THEIR POSSESSIONS AND SEND HIM THE MONEY. But he NEVER TOLD THEM THE TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION.
So were Jim Jones, David Koresh and Jose Luis Jesus de Miranda.
And so IS ANYONE ELSE, who preaches “ANOTHER Gospel” besides the Gospel of Salvation by Grace through faith that Jesus and His Apostles preached.
According to Galatians 1:8 ALL WHO ENGAGE IN SUCH DECEITFUL PREACHING ARE ACCURSED.
These men and women were false prophets and prophetesses, NOT because they missed SOME prediction about the future (although some DID just that) but BECAUSE THEY PREACHED “ANOTHER GOSPEL” that is BAD news, instead of GOOD news:
A false “gospel” that DOES NOT GLORIFY Christ, and LEADS their dumb followers STRAIGHT TO HELL!
Next up: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OLD and NEW Testament prophets.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018
Did you know that people in the so-called “entertainment” industry BECOME INSTANT EXPERTS ON POLITICS?
That being AN ACTOR, producer, or singer, or even a has-been quasi-“celebrity” automatically imbues that person with more knowledge about social issues, the economy, trade, and foreign policy – AND EVEN SPIRITUAL MATTERS – than the rest of mortals?
That being an amoral, adulterous, fornicating sexual predator, serial cheater, sex addict, boozing, pot smoking, addled-brain coke head, in an out of rehab more often than most people visit the toilet SOMEHOW MAKES these people “MORALLY SUPERIOR” to the rest of us?
That SOMEHOW these ignoble characteristics QUALIFY these jokers TO PREACH TO, AND LOOK DOWN THEIR SELF-RIGHTEOUS NOSES at others?
Only TOTALLY DERANGED individuals, who are HOPELESSLY OUT OF TOUCH with reality, would think so.
Yet that seems to be THE DELUSIONAL BELIEF in New York, Hollywood, London, Nashville, Vegas and other celebrity hubs.
These people make a living PRETENDING to be someone else.
I guess all that ACTING has gone to their stupid heads.
That is how we get HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUTS like Leonardo Di Caprio declaring former President Obama “a genius” for saying that CLIMATE CHANGE (NOT North Korea, Iran, Isis, Al Qaeda, or the economy) is THE “most important” issue of our time.
Or ANOTHER UNEDUCATED IGNORAMUS, Sean Penn, extolling the virtues of the late Communist DICTATOR Hugo Chavez!
That is how we get OTHER HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUTS like Cher or Robert De Niro comparing our current President to “Hitler”.
Hitler? Really, Robert?
When did Trump INVADE Poland?
…Or Denmark, or Norway?
… Or Austria, or Czechoslovakia?
When did he try to conquer Europe, and parts of Northern Africa?
When has Trump murdered 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war?
When did he torture Jews and use them FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS?
When has he held thousands IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS to die of disease and starvation?
When has President Trump sent thousands into EXTERMINATION at the infamous “gas ovens”?
Hitler MURDERED over 6 million Jews!!!
HOW MANY JEWS has Trump murdered?
Israel has had NO BETTER FRIEND in recent memory than President Donald J. Trump.
Comparing President Trump to Hitler is like comparing the neighbor’s cat to satan!!!
Despite such UNDISPUTED historical FACTS, this odious “comparison” is REPEATED CONSTANTLY, by brainless “celebrities”, and NO ONE, least of all the leftist mainstream media, CALLS THEM OUT ON IT.
On the contrary, THEY CELEBRATE AND COMPLIMENT their ignorance!!!
They PROMOTE IT and do their hypocritical “best” to make their godless, leftist propaganda go viral so that OTHER IGNORAMUSES will buy their STUPID LIE.
The hypocritical media DOESN’T MIND SPREADING MISINFORMATION, as long as it’s SELF-SERVING.
That is why I have lost ALL respect for the mainstream media.
That is why I have BOYCOTTED these “superior” PRETENDERS for the past decade.
I will not buy a ticket to ANY of their movies, ANY of their concerts, purchase ANY of their albums, or watch their TV shows.
If they truly are entertainers, then ENTERTAIN US and SHUT UP!
NO ONE CARES about what they think.
And I’ll be damned before I let some AMORAL NUMBSKULL HEADED FOR HELL, WHOSE OWN LIFE IS A TRAINWRECK, tell me what’s right or wrong, or what or whom I should support.
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018
LIVING UNDER THE LAW – PART 2
During the Millennium all weapons will be recycled into agricultural tools. (Isaiah 2:4)
There won’t be any more guns, rifles, machine guns, tanks, warships or bombers.
Jerusalem will be the world’s Treasury, as the wealth of all nations will be deposited there. (Isaiah 60:5-9)
And yet Israel will be (naturally speaking) unprotected “without walls, bars, or gates”. (Ezekiel 38:11)
When the Millennium ends and satan is loosed from imprisonment in the abyss, he will immediately set out to deceive some nations: (Revelation 20:8)
“Poor suckers! With the entire world’s wealth accumulated there, they’re sitting in Jerusalem UNARMED and UNPROTECTED. THIS is our chance”. (Ezekiel 38:10-13)
He will incite them to quickly make primitive weapons like clubs, spears, swords and attack Jerusalem, hoping not only to capture its wealth, but to topple the Kingdom of God. (Ezekiel 38:8-9; 39:9)
The world’s population will choose between joining satan and remaining loyal to Jesus.
With Jesus and His saints having NO VISIBLE MEANS to protect or defend themselves –
IT WILL TAKE FAITH to TRUST that Jesus has everything under control and that He will prevail. (Hebrews 11:1)
All those who PUT THEIR TRUST (faith) in King Jesus WILL BE SAVED!
This time Israel will have learned its lesson and TRUST their Messiah.
Thus, ALL Israel will be saved. (Romans 11:25-26)
Those who join the devil in his final rebellion will be LOST FOREVER, as they join their father satan in the lake of fire for eternity. (Revelation 20:10)
From that point forward, NO ONE will live under Torah (the Law), but by faith which, like Salvation Himself, IS A GIFT of God, that works by the PERFECT and SUPREME LAW OF Divine Love.
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
LIVING UNDER THE LAW
During the Millennium every NATURAL human on earth will live under the Law.
Haven’t you taught ENDLESSLY that the Law has passed away and been replaced by a New Covenant of Grace? (Galatians 3:24-25)
That ALL who are of the works of the Law are UNDER A CURSE? (Galatians 3:10)
That the Law (Torah) never saved anyone? (Psalm 53:1; Hebrews 7:19)
That the Law is but a mere shadow? (Hebrews 10:1)
That no shadow is ever the real thing?
That the law is good, but IMPERFECT? (Matthew 22:37-40)
That the HIGHEST Law in the universe is Divine Love (God Himself)? (Psalm 19:7; Romans 13:9-10)
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and YES!
I didn’t say that THE CHURCH will live under the Law.
The Church is raptured 3½ years PRIOR to the Millennium, and will be ruling the earth in GLORIFIED, IMMORTAL BODIES. (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 5:9-10)
I said that NATURAL humans, STILL IN THEIR NATURAL FLESH BODIES, who inhabit the earth during the Millennium, will live under the Torah.
Those natural humans who inhabit the earth during that peaceful era will be NATURAL Israelites and GENTILES who where KIND AND HELPFUL to Jews and other Israelites during the tribulation: (Matthew 25:31-40)
“And they shall bring ALL YOUR BRETHREN for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon camels, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
And I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites, says the LORD.
…And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, SHALL ALL FLESH come to worship before me, says the LORD.” (Isaiah 66:20-23)
This begs the question WHY would they live under Torah, AFTER Jesus ushered in a New and INFINITELY BETTER Covenant sealed in His own Blood?
These natural humans NEVER RECEIVED Jesus as God and Savior, and never RECEIVED His FREE GIFT of eternal salvation.
That is WHY they REMAINED on earth during the tribulation.
Most natural Israelites DO NOT ACCEPT Jesus as their Messiah even as we speak.
Since they REJECTED His Grace, they are forced to LIVE UNDER LAW.
Living under Torah, sadly, will mean offering ONCE AGAIN animal sacrifices to TEMPORARILY atone for sin. (Ezekiel 43:18-27; 45:13-25; 46:3-15; Zechariah 14:20-21)
That is THE ONE THING about the Millennium that I don’t like.
But truth is truth and we cannot shove biblical Truth aside simply because it’s not to our liking.
But surely ONCE THEY SEE JESUS IS ALIVE AND that He RETURNS TO EARTH TO REIGN they will receive Him and HAVE FAITH in Him…
Jesus’ Deity, by then, will be UNDENIABLE.
It won’t take ANY faith to believe in the UNDENIABLE.
They will KNOW He is both God, and the Messiah.
Faith (TRUST), by definition, is “the substance of things hoped for THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN”.
It doesn’t take ANY FAITH (TRUST) to believe in a VISIBLE Jesus who is IMMORTAL, has defeated satan and Antichrist, has returned to earth and is reigning.
But if the Law DOESN’T SAVE and never will, won’t these people eventually be lost?
We’ll provide the answer in the next message.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018
Presidential pardons have been in the news lately with President Trump using his constitutional authority to pardon, among others, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Scooter Libby, and author Dinesh D’Souza.
The power to pardon is one of the most sweeping powers the President has under the Constitution.
Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution says the President "shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment."
A pardon represents FULL LEGAL FORGIVENESS FOR A CRIME.
A presidential pardon REMOVES ANY REMAINING PRISON SENTENCE, PROBATION CONDITIONS, OR UNPAID FINES.
It also removes ALL other consequences of a conviction, allowing those who are pardoned to vote, hold professional licenses, RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE and own guns.
Presidential pardons, therefore, REMOVE ALL CONSEQUENCES OF A CONVICTION.
Imagine the HAPPINESS, EXCITEMENT AND GRATITUDE of those who have been convicted of a crime, either rightfully or wrongly, and received such pardon…
Yet we HAVE RECEIVED FAR GREATER PARDON for OUR “CRIMES”.
By pouring out His SINLESS Blood, Jesus removed ALL GUILT and ALL TRACES OF SIN from our lives, as well as ALL spiritual consequences. (Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 9:12, 26; 1John 3:5)
WHY, in heaven’s name, have you NOT taken advantage of the TOTAL PARDON GRANTED BY THE KING OF KINGS for all the crimes of which satan has accused you?
WHY haven’t you said, from your heart, “Lord, pardon me”?
Or “Jesus, save me”?
And, if you have, WHY AREN’T YOU JUMPING UP AND DOWN AND REJOICING as such sweeping act of FORGIVENESS?
Presidential pardons are LIMITED to crimes committed in the United States. If a pardoned individual were to commit a crime IN ANOTHER NATION, he or she would still have to answer for it and suffer the consequences.
Jesus’ PARDON, on the other hand, IS UNIVERSAL: it covers every offence we’ve committed on earth, and beyond!!
His pardon is full, eternal and never ENDS.
His pardon is SO COMPLETE THAT NO ONE can bring ANY charge or accusation against us!!! (Romans 8:31-34)
So WHY do we make such a big deal of presidential pardons, AND SO LITTLE of the TOTAL FREEDOM and KINGLY PARDON offered unconditionally to those who’ll RECEIVE JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS?
As the Apostle John so eloquently said in John 8:36:
“If the Son makes you free, YOU WILL BE FREE INDEED”!!!
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018
HEALTH TO ALL THEIR FLESH
“My son, ATTEND TO MY WORDS; INCLINE YOUR EAR UNTO MY SAYINGS. Let them not depart from your eyes; KEEP THEM IN THE MIDST OF YOUR HEART. for THEY ARE LIFE to those that find them, and HEALTH TO ALL THEIR FLESH. Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”. (Proverbs 4:20-23)
The Word of God HAS POWER TO HEAL.
That is why Jesus, the Word Incarnate “went about doing good, AND HEALING ALL that were oppressed of the devil” (Acts 10:38)
While there are many factors that can affect our health, KEEPING GOD’S WORD (Jesus) IN THE MIDST OF OUR HEART can do wonders for our spiritual, emotional AND PHYSICAL well-being.
Hearing and STUDYING God’s written Word is instructive and therapeutic.
But nothing compares to KEEPING THE WORD (JESUS HIMSELF) in the midst of our heart.
He is the Author of Life.
He is LIFE Himself.
There’s NO LIFE and NO HEALTH apart from Him.
Please DON’T keep Jesus DISTANT “in the far blue yonder”.
DON’T CONFINE HIM to just the pages on your Bible (precious as their content is).
KEEP HIM – ALWAYS – IN THE MIDST OF YOUR HEART.
Jesus ON THE OUTSIDE WON’T DO US ANY GOOD.
He is Life and HEALTH ON THE INSIDE.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018
NO ONE COULD SHUT THEM UP!
When I see HOW RELUCTANT most American Christians are to share Jesus, makes me want to puke.
They ARE NOT EMBARRASSED to talk about some satanic movie or video game, or about Kim’s or Lindsay’s latest sexcapade, but THEY ARE ASHAMED to talk about Jesus.
NOBODY is threatening them…
NO ONE is persecuting them…
And yet these religious WIMPS are AFRAID that someone will mock their faith or laugh at them.
That’s what it ALL boils down to…
They can’t take a little ridicule, if need be, FOR THEIR GOD, who was willing TO DIE the most gruesome and excruciating death IN ORDER TO SAVE THEM?
Good thing JESUS WASN’T LIKE that:
He hung BUCK NAKED on the cross in front of everyone and took vicious, unimaginable mockery, coarse insults, and ridicule for OUR sakes.
Good thing, the Early Church WASN’T like that.
Had they been like some of the weaklings reading this, THE CHRISTIAN FAITH would have become extinct.
There’d be NO SAVED PEOPLE today.
And Jesus would have NO ONE TO RAPTURE.
Although Jesus Himself is MORE THAN ENOUGH reward for anyone, God must have some SPECIAL RECOGNITION in Himself, for those BRAVE men and women of the first, second and third centuries, who COULDN’T STOP TALKING about Jesus.
Even when being under CONSTANT THREAT from both Roman and Jewish authorities.
Even when VICIOUSLY and relentlessly persecuted.
Even when their LIVES and those of their loved ones were IN DANGER…
Even when faced with the grim prospect of torture, rape, being sold into slavery, crucified, starved to death, burned alive, or torn apart by wild beasts in the infamous Roman Coliseum.
(I can’t wait for that HORRENDOUS landmark to be wiped off the map).
NO THREAT and no amount of persecution, COULD KEEP THEM FROM SHARING CHRIST.
NOTHING AND NO ONE COULD SHUT THEM UP!!!
But today’s COWARDS, whom NO ONE is persecuting or threatening, are TOO AFRAID of others’ “disapproval”, “rejection”, and of “not being popular”.
If Paul felt compelled to tell first century Christians to MAN UP (1 Corinthians 16:13), I can’t even imagine what he would do or say to this timid, anemic generation!
It’s NOT being “rejected’ or UNPOPULAR that some of you should be ASHAMED OF…
But rather OF BEING COMPARED TO those first heroic Christians…
The Early Church GOBBLED UP the mightiest and MOST FEARED military machine in history with the Message of Jesus.
They did it WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY or any of our modern conveniences.
They did it WITHOUT WAR, swords, spears, or conventional weapons of any sort:
They did it PEACEFULLY by the sheer power of God’s HOLY Spirit, God’s Word, and Jesus’ UNMATCHED Message of FREE FORGIVENESS AND SALVATION to everyone who receives Him, into his/her heart.
And they did it in THE MOST MENACING ENVIRONMENT imaginable.
I’m SO GRATEFUL for, and proud of, THAT GENERATION of believers!
I hope I get to personally meet and thank each and every one of them in the Kingdom of God.
Those were REAL Christians…
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2018
One of the most disturbing passages in the Old Testament is found in the 11th chapter of the Book of Judges.
It speaks of a judge named Jephthah (this took place before there were any kings in Israel) who made a rather impulsive vow to God:
He vowed that if God gave him victory over the Ammonites "WHATEVER first came forth from his house to meet him" upon his victorious return, would be God's or that he'd offer it as burnt offering (Judges 11:31).
Much to his dismay, THE FIRST ONE TO COME OUT TO MEET HIM in celebration of his victory WAS HIS OWN DAUGHTER (Judges 11:34).
Many Jewish and Christian scholars claim that this was included in the Bible to teach us the folly of making rash vows to God.
They teach -- horror of horrors -- that Jephthah offered his daughter AS A BURNT OFFERING.
They argue that this was the interpretation of most scholars until the Middle Ages and that Jephthah lived in a very corrupt time, therefore he would have carried out the HUMAN sacrifice of his own daughter, as did the pagan nations of that period.
They even allege that the grammatical construction of this passage (verse 31) ONLY allows HUMAN SACRIFICE, and not an animal.
Oh, I see... so Jephthah COULDN'T have broken the vow because doing so would break God's law, yet he WOULD HAVE broken God's law by offering human sacrifice (his own daughter, no less!!!) which the law EMPHATICALLY FORBAD?
Make up your amoeba-sized minds, overeducated “scholars”!
You CAN'T have it BOTH WAYS.
Either he obeyed the law, or he didn't.
You can't have him obeying it with regards to not breaking a vow, yet BLATANTLY DISOBEYING IT with regards to offering HUMAN SACRIFICE (Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13; Leviticus 18:21; 20:3; Deuteronomy 12:31; 18:10).
This may explain, at least in part, why Jesus didn't pick A SINGLE trained theologian among the 12 disciples. Had He chosen theologians, they would have messed up His Word so badly the Christian faith probably wouldn't even exist.
(Although Paul, who came later was a trained theologian, he had to “unlearn” A LOT OF THE GARBAGE HE’D BEEN TAUGHT.)
Some of the most absurd "explanations" of Bible passages I've ever heard (or read) have come from theologians.
What none of these "scholars" will tell you is that the TWO PREVIOUS VERSES (Judges 11:29-30) EXPLICITLY state that Jephthah made such vow LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD!!!
That's right. Read it for yourselves.
It's "only" been in the Bible for 3,500 years!!!
Did God want HUMAN sacrifice in violation of His OWN Word and law?
(See 2 Kings 16:3; Psalm 106:38; Jeremiah 7:31; Ezekiel 20:31; 19:4-5; Micah 6:7, 7).
Of course not! And, had such sacrifice been offered, He would have REJECTED IT.
"But the Talmud says"...
WHO CARES? The Talmud is NOT the inspired, inerrant Word of God.
While it's helpful in understanding Hebrew culture, rituals and traditions, IT IS NOT absolute authority.
The Bible -- Old and New Testaments -- IS.
The Talmud was written by men with CORRUPT MINDS filled with dead religion. That's FACT.
Jephthah DID NOT offer his daughter as burnt offering.
HAD HE performed such evil, barbaric act, God COULD NOT, AND WOULD NOT, HAVE ACCEPTED IT!
How could God accept something in sacrifice which He Himself FORBAD?
To do so, He would have had to BREAK HIS OWN LAW!!! (Perish the VERY idea).
And do you think the other God-fearing Israelites would have allowed such atrocity?
Would Jephthah have been allowed to remain Judge had he committed such horrendous act?
The law, in fact, DEMANDED THE DEATH PENALTY FOR ANYONE who sacrificed one of his children (Leviticus 20:2).
Wouldn't Jephthah have been put to death, right after offering his daughter in sacrifice? How, then, could he have continued (Judges 12:1-7) as judge?
And do you think that God, WHO KNEW IN ADVANCE THAT IT WOULD BE JEPHTHAH'S DAUGHTER THAT WOULD FIRST COME OUT TO GREET HIM, GRANT HIM VICTORY over the Ammonites, if He knew that it meant that HUMAN SACRIFICE would be offered Him?
Do you think the Spirit of God would have MOVED Jephthah to make SUCH a vow, knowing this IN ADVANCE?
NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!
Clearly, God wanted Jephthah's daughter DEDICATED TO Him.
The spirit-led vow he made in verse 31 clearly says that whatever came out of his house WOULD EITHER BE GOD's OR would be offered as burnt offering.
The Hebrew vau of verse 30, usually translated as "and" can also mean "or".
Indeed that's how it's used in Exodus 21:15 "he who curses his father OR his mother shall be put to death". Also, in Deuteronomy 27:16.
So Jephthah, not knowing WHO OR WHAT would first come out of his house, promised he would either GIVE IT ENTIRELY TO GOD OR offer it as burnt offering.
Jephthah fulfilled his vow by DEDICATING (consecrating) his daughter to God, as he'd promised.
This meant that his daughter would be totally devoted to God's service ALL HER LIFE AND THUS, WOULD REMAIN A VIRGIN FOREVER.
Judges 11:37 confirms this by saying that the girl went into the mountains to bewail HER VIRGINITY, NOT HER IMPENDING death.
That is what the biblical text clearly says.
He DIDN'T KILL HER. He dedicated her to God as A LIVING sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
Jephthah, in fact, is praised in the Book of Hebrews (11:32) for his faithfulness in fulfilling his vow EVEN WHEN HIS DAUGHTER WAS HIS ONLY CHILD (Judges 11:34).
This meant, he WOULD NOT have had any grandchildren, and thus NO PHYSICAL POSTERITY in Israel (Judges 11:35).
Had Jephthah committed such horrific deed in FLAGRANT VIOLATION of God's law, he would have never been mentioned in the 11th chapter of Hebrews along with FAITH GIANTS like David and Samuel.
The ONLY HUMAN Sacrifice God has EVER accepted, and will ever accept, is the Sacrifice of His perfect, SINLESS Son, Whose precious Blood has forever WASHED AWAY our sins (Revelation 7:14; 12:11).
This is a prime example of WHY God's Word which is spiritual CANNOT be comprehended with the natural mind alone (1 Corinthians 2:14).
God's Word can be fully understood ONLY in spirit, with the Mind OF Christ
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018
EARTH IS TALKING
Earth is talking: is ANYONE listening?
There’s a volcano in Hawaii that’ s been active for over a month, spewing lava and toxic fumes, destroying homes in the island, causing forced evacuations, with no signs of stopping anytime soon.
There’s another in Guatemala that has caused multiple deaths and injuries, and shut down the main airport at its capital.
And in recent years there have been numerous volcanoes exploding in places like Iceland, Ecuador, Mexico, Russia and Indonesia which have been similarly disruptive.
There have also been a number of devastating earthquakes in various locations.
Knowing what we know about Bible prophecy, this fits right in with Jesus’ prediction that the beginning of sorrows would be characterized by increased seismic activity. (Matthew 24:7-8)
It is as though the earth is weighed down with the burden of man’s sin, and ever-growing depravity – as if it were trying to purge itself. (Isaiah 24:5-6; 19-20)
God has warned us of impending judgment for thousands of years.
His preachers and prophets have done the same for the past two or three millenniums.
And mankind has failed to repent and turn to its Creator with all its heart.
If anything, it has become increasingly rebellious to the point, as I shared recently, that we may well be the most evil generation that ever lived.
Now the planet itself, which we were supposed to rule and subdue, AND INSTEAD HAVE ABUSED AND NEARLY DESTROYED, is expressing disgust and spewing its guts out over our wickedness and mismanagement.
ALL of nature is groaning and travailing desiring to be restored and renewed. (Romans 8:22-23)
The tribulation is coming.
10 months from now, A LOT of what’s “important” to us, will be IRRELEVANT AND INCONSEQUENTIAL.
KNOWING what SHORT time we have left, shouldn’t we MAKE IT COUNT???
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
."You worship WHAT YOU KNOW NOT we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
But the hour comes, and now is, when THE TRUE WORSHIPERS shall worship the Father IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH: for the Father SEEKS SUCH to worship him.
GOD IS SPIRIT: and THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT and in truth" (John 4:22-24).
Not everyone who CLAIMS to worship God is A TRUE worshiper.
Again: Not everyone who CLAIMS to worship God is A TRUE worshiper.
Wait a minute: Are you telling me there are FALSE worshipers?
No. JESUS TOLD US there are.
He would have never used the term "true worshipers" UNLESS there are FALSE worshipers.
False worshipers, according to the Lord Himself, are those who worship someone whom they DON'T KNOW.
Every Saturday and Sunday there are millions of supposed "Christians" ALL OVER THE WORLD, attending religious services, CLAIMING to worship a God whom they DON'T EVEN KNOW.
They go through the motions: They dress like religion tells them to dress, they look like religion told them they're supposed to look, recite the prayers and sing the hymns religion invented, say what they're expected to say ON CUE, read the Scriptures selected by their religion, kneel when they're told, raise their hands when they're told, participate in one or more perfunctory rituals...
All the time PRETENDING TO WORSHIP a God who is AS FOREIGN TO THEM as the Dalai Lama is to me.
A God Whom they've HEARD ABOUT, but have NEVER EXPERIENCED.
Some have even deluded themselves into THINKING they are worshiping the God of the Bible, but THEY AREN'T.
Jesus said there are worshipers who DON'T KNOW WHAT they worship.
They DON'T KNOW the very God whom they CLAIM to be worshiping.
They worship ONLY with their minds and emotions, NOT WITH THEIR SPIRIT.
They CAN'T worship God with their spirits because their spirits ARE DEAD.
Jesus Christ LIVES IN our SPIRITS, when we KNOW Him, as the One true God. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Hence, when we KNOW Jesus, our spirit COMES ALIVE.
We worship Him in Spirit and in Truth when we KNOW Him, deeply and intimately in the innermost recesses of our beings.
Those who do are TRUE worshipers.
GOD, as Jesus said, IS SPIRIT.
You can't worship THE LIVING God with A DEAD spirit.
THE ONLY WAY we can worship the Father of spirits is with BORN AGAIN SPIRITS, WHICH ARE ALIVE. (Hebrews 12:9)
When we RECEIVE Jesus into our hearts, we KNOW Jesus, and our dead spirit IS REVIVED (born again, John 3:5-6)
That's why Jesus IN US is THE ONLY WAY TO the Father (John 14:6; 1 John 5:12).
That's why THERE'S NO WAY TO SIDESTEP THE HUMAN HEART and be saved.
Jesus MUST be INTENTIONALLY received and INVITED to PENETRATE the deepest, most intimate recesses of our beings. (John 1:12)
When He does, He permanently LIVES in us.
When He does, our SPIRITS are RESURRECTED and ALIVE.
When He does, we become TRUE worshipers.
Not to mention, TRUE Christians...
That's why those who DENY that Jesus is God CANNOT BE SAVED: (2 Corinthians 3:17)
The ONLY WAY to God is through the born again Spirit: THROUGH GOD HIMSELF.
MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018
The doctrine of so-called British Israelism has been around for a long time.
It was INVENTED in the 17th century by British heretics, and popularized in the 50's thru 80's by that infamous false prophet named Herbert W. Armstrong, who is now in the flames of hell.
I've been dealing with it, debating the misguided fanatics who follow this lunacy, and DENOUNCING IT, for a LONG time.
Never ceases to amaze me how some Evangelicals run into a YouTube video produced by these liars, or some website or blog that promotes their false doctrine, and thinks he or she has had this "epiphany" when, in fact, they're watching or reading FALSE, UNBIBLICAL doctrine, invented by A CULT.
The false doctrine of British Israelism basically states that ONLY English speaking people are the TRUE Israelites mentioned in the Bible and that Queen Elizabeth II, or whichever monarch occupies the British throne, is a direct descendant of King David.
There is NOTHING in the ENTIRE Bible that supports, let alone PROVES, such nonsense.
Likewise, there is NOTHING in credible, reputable, DOCUMENTED secular history that supports, let alone PROVES, such nonsense.
British Israelism is ONE OF THE MANY MYTHS that come to us under the guise of "biblical prophecy".
The so-called “Church of God” has religious infomercials on TV which CLAIM to teach "Bible prophecy".
HOW can something BE "Bible prophecy" WHEN IT'S NOT FOUND IN the Bible?
There are many denominations that promote Armstrong's lies to UNSUSPECTING Christians, like the so-called "United Church of God" (UCG), the so-called "Restored Church of God" (RCG) or the so-called Philadelphia Church of God (PCG), as well as their current FALSE PROPHETS like Gerald Flurry and David Pack.
10 of the 12 tribes of Israel were taken captive by the Assyrians in 721 B.C.
They were dispersed and assimilated into many different countries and, doubtlessly, speak MANY LANGUAGES besides just English.
Many still live in Eastern Europe: Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, etc. They are called the Ashkenazim.
The Sephardic Jews, likewise, migrated into Spain, Portugal and Morocco, and speak mostly Spanish, NOT English.
This theory, therefore, is FALSE, RACIST, anti-Semite, BASELESS and UNSCRIPTURAL.
God PROMISED that Messiah, and ONLY THE MESSIAH, will reunite the 12 tribes in the Land of Israel, and resettle them in their ancient estates (Ezekiel 36:22-28).
God ALSO PROMISED that when the Messiah reigns, He and HE ALONE, will determine who’s a true Israelite and who isn’t (Ezekiel 37:4-14).
Armstrong ISN’T the Messiah.
Therefore, HE HAD NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER to determine who is a true Israelite and who isn’t.
Although the 10 northern tribes became dispersed, the TWO southern tribes of Israel -- namely Benjamin and Judah -- WERE MOST DEFINITELY NOT.
The TWO tribes in the Kingdom of Judah were taken into exile by the Babylonians in 586 B.C., but THEY RETURNED TO ISRAEL 70 years later as both the Bible and secular history confirm (Jeremiah 29:10; Daniel 9:2; Nehemiah chapters 1,2).
They are just as Israelite as the other 10 tribes. And they, together with some Levites, comprise most of the population of the modern State of Israel, WITHOUT THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT.
Indeed, God PROMISED that He would always leave ONE TRIBE, Judah, intact "for David's sake" (1 Kings 11:13, 32; 2 Kings 8:19).
They recovered BIBLICAL Jerusalem in 1967, exactly as God predicted in Daniel 9:25 and as Christ Himself predicted in Luke 21:24.
British Israelism is A CULT.
It leads STRAIGHT TO HELL.
It’s ONE BIG, FAT, RACIST LIE.
My advice to all silly “Christians” who become fascinated by this lie is:
GET TO KNOW JESUS, PERSONALLY AND INTIMATELY, AND HIS WRITTEN WORD – BEFORE you have any “epiphanies”.
Those who HAVE NO CLUE WHERE THEY STAND, WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HEART
"Jesus DID NOT TRUST THEM, because HE KNEW ALL MEN, And NEEDED NOT that any should testify of man: FOR HE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN” (John 2:24-25)
I have written about the “sinner’s prayer” before, AT LEAST 4 TIMES but, evidently, it is a topic that I need to revisit until it finally sinks in.
There is NOTHING MAGICAL about reciting any version of the “sinner’s prayer”.
Again: There is NOTHING MAGICAL about reciting any version of the “sinner’s prayer”.
That would include ANY version of the “sinner’s prayer” offered on this website.
The words themselves WILL NOT CAUSE SOMEONE TO BECOME BORN-AGAIN.
UNLESS the words COME FROM A PERSON’S HEART, UNLESS the person doing the praying REALLY WANTS JESUS, AND REALLY WANTS TO BE SAVED, reciting the sinner’s prayer won’t have ANY effect, nor will it save anyone.
I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH CLEARER I can say it.
On the other hand, if the person DOES SAY the prayer from his or her heart, REALLY WANTS JESUS, AND REALLY WANTS SALVATION, THEY WILL BE SAVED. (Romans 10:9-10)
I’m “Exhibit A” since I prayed that prayer FROM MY HEART, AND REALLY MEANT IT, many years ago, and was instantly saved.
Despite my many sins, flaws and shortcomings, STILL AM.
Glory to Jesus forever and ever!
Some LOST religious souls would have others jump through all kinds of “hoops” in order to be saved.
But you won’t find ANY of those “hoops” in the Bible.
Jesus made SALVATION VERY EASY for us:
1. “But AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, to them gave He power to become the children of God, even TO THEM THAT BELIEVE ON HIS NAME:
Who WERE BORN, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but OF GOD”. (John 1:12-13)
2. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.
For God did not send his Son into the world TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT TO SAVE THE WORLD THROUGH HIM.
WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM IS NOT CONDEMNED…” (John 3:16-18)
3. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that HEARS MY WORD, AND BELIEVES ON HIM THAT SENT ME, HAS EVERLASTING LIFE, AND SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; BUT IS PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE.” (John 5:24)
4. “And this is the will of Him that sent me, THAT EVERYONE WHO SEES THE SON, AND BELIEVES ON HIM, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40)
5. “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: HE THAT BELIEVES IN ME, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE” (John 11:25)
6. “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. WHOEVER BELIEVES… WILL BE SAVED, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)
7. “LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE SAVED, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22)
8. When the tribulation begins “EVERYONE who calls on the Name of the Lord WILL BE SAVED”. (Joel 2:32)
That means that some people will only get to utter A ONE-WORD prayer: “Jesus!”
DOESN’T get ANY EASIER than THAT!
What determines if we’re saved is NOT THE WORDS themselves, BUT THE INDIVIDUAL’S HEART.
And, as we read above, GOD DOESN’T NEED ANYONE TELLING HIM what’s going on in that person’s heart.
That would include the person doing the praying.
At www.christconnection.net we DON’T BELIEVE IN MAGIC.
We DO BELIEVE in God’s INFINITE love, grace, goodness, righteousness, POWER TO SAVE, and ETERNAL Salvation MADE AVAILABLE TO US through Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 7:25)
Sinner’s prayers are only given AS A GUIDE.
If you INVITE JESUS to ENTER YOUR HEART, and YOU REALLY WANT HIM TO DO SO, YOU WILL BE SAVED, I don’t care WHAT you say, or HOW you say it.
If you DON’T REALLY WANT JESUS IN YOUR HEART you can recite sinner’s prayers until His Second Coming, and you’ll be lost.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018
EASY DOES IT
A “Christian” heretic once asked:
“C’mon! Are you going to tell me that ALL IT TAKES to be saved is BELIEVING IN JESUS? That’s TOO EASY!”
The heretic, you see, DOES NOT CONSIDER JESUS’ SACRIFICE SUFFICIENT to eternally save us. (Hebrews 10:14)
Therefore, he wanted to ADD HIS OWN WORKS as “NECESSARY” for salvation. (Galatians 3:10)
He WANTED SOME CREDIT for “earning” salvation.
Don’t you just love it when corrupt, SINFUL MORTALS TRY TO IMPOSE THEIR WILL on ALMIGHTY GOD?
Don’t you just love it when THEY TRY TO TELL GOD what He “can” and CANNOT do?
If THAT isn’t the height of religious arrogance and STUPIDITY, I don’t know what is…
Unfortunately, such belief is not relegated to cults, but is alive and well among so-called “evangelicals”.
They try to ADD all kinds of conditions and caveats to God’s EASY salvation:
“You CAN’T just say a simple 10-SECOND prayer and be saved”
Oh yes, you can… I DID.
“Unless there’s true repentance, you can’t just receive Jesus and be saved”
…Really? Please provide CHAPTER AND VERSE to support SUCH HERESY.
Scripture, in fact, TEACHES THE VERY OPPOSITE:
Let’s take the thief that hung on a cross next to Jesus. He had done NOTHING BUT EVIL during his entire life.
Did he recite a laundry list of sins?
Did he erupt in diatribe about HOW SORRY HE WAS for all the wicked things he’d done?
He simply said: “Lord, remember me…” (Luke 23:42)
That THREE-WORD prayer changed his eternal destiny – IN AN INSTANT. (Luke 23:43)
Glory to Jesus forevermore!
Better yet: Let’s talk about Saul of Tarsus.
If ANYONE had reason for REMORSE over what he’d done, Saul had it.
He’d blasphemed Jesus. He’d persecuted Christians. He’d murdered them or thrown them into prison. He’d tortured them to force them to recant. He even participated in the execution of the Church’s first martyr, Stephen, CONSENTING TO HIS MURDER, and watching the clothes of the sadistic thugs that STONED HIM TO DEATH. (Acts 7:57-59; 8:3; 9:1-2; 22:19; 26:9-11; Galatians 1:13)
Did Saul CONFESS THE MANY, MANY SINS HE’D COMMITTED? Did he express sorrow for them?
I’m sure he did eventually, AFTER he was saved.
“Who are you, Lord?” (Acts 9:5)
THAT simple, TWO-SECOND, 4-WORD PRAYER turned his entire life around and INSTANTLY transformed Saul into the Apostle Paul, author of two-thirds of the New Testament, and THE GREATEST EVANGELIST the world has ever seen.
Is Salvation REALLY THAT EASY?
Of course it’s easy!!!
It’s EASY because Jesus DID THE HARD PART.
Again: Salvation is EASY because Jesus ALREADY DID THE HARD PART.
That is why He hung on that cross for six excruciating hours. (Isaiah 53:4-6)
That is why He poured out His sacred, IMMACULATE Blood for ALL your sins and mine. (Hebrews 9:12, 26; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
Salvation is ALL about believing (TRUSTING) that God WANTS TO SAVE US: (John 5:24)
NOT BECAUSE WE’RE WORTHY of such tremendous Salvation, BUT BECAUSE GOD IS EXTREMELY GOOD. (Titus 3:5)
That is why Jesus’ Message is called “GOOD News”.
If Salvation WEREN’T easy, it would be BAD news.
Jesus HAD TO MAKE SALVATION EASY so that there is NO EXCUSE for anyone NOT to receive THE GIFT of Salvation. (1st Timothy 2:4)
He HAD TO MAKE IT EASY so that EVERYONE could be saved: smart or stupid, erudite or illiterate, rich or poor, bond or free, young or old… (2 Peter 3:9)
Those WHO MAKE SIN BIGGER THAN JESUS, those who ADD caveats and conditions for salvation can call themselves “evangelical” ‘til their lying faces turn red…
They are possessed by a Pharisaic spirit.
What is really behind their pretentious posturing is THEY WANT TO SHOW OTHERS THAT THEY ARE “better Christians” and “WORTHIER” OF SALVATION than those poor bastards over there.
We ask them, THE SAME rhetorical QUESTION JESUS ASKED THE PHARISEES OF OLD:
“You snakes! You brood of vipers! HOW WILL YOU ESCAPE BEING CONDEMNED TO HELL?
HOW WILL YOU ESCAPE if you UNDERESTIMATE (regard as “insufficient”) SO GREAT Salvation? (Hebrews 2:3)
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018
THAT’S NOT THE GOSPEL !
It happens again and again: some well-meaning “evangelical” tries to “save” a non-evangelical.
And he or she BEGINS by telling them WHAT THEY’RE DOING WRONG and WHAT THEY NEED TO FORSAKE:
You need TO STOP DOING this or that.
You need to STOP SMOKING.
You need to STOP DRINKING.
You need to STOP FORNICATING.
You need to STOP reading those magazines.
You need to STOP VISITING those websites.
You must GET RID OF that statue of Mary.
You must THROW AWAY that rosary.
You must STOP READING that other book.
You must STOP ATTENDING that congregation.
You must FORSAKE that man-invented or woman-invented religion, and JOIN MINE.
You must attend MY CONGREGATION so that we can bore you to death with 10 insipid hymns and a vapid, useless sermon.
WHERE’S the Gospel (GOOD NEWS) in ANY OF THAT?
That is NOT, NOT, NOT the Gospel!
The Gospel is that Jesus (God) came to earth in human form, DIED FOR OUR SINS, REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME, and ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
The Gospel is that those who receive Jesus INTO THEIR HEARTS as only God and Savior HAVE ETERNAL SALVATION. (John 3:16-17)
The Gospel is that we don’t have to DO anything in order to come to Jesus.
The Gospel is that we don’t have to abandon ANYTHING to come to Jesus:
We come to Him “JUST as we are”. (John 6:37)
NO AMOUNT of “good behavior” will get you saved.
I’m here to tell you that no religious building, no religious service, no religious sect, no rosaries, statues of Mary, candles, medals, or other religious paraphernalia, and NO SIN can separate you from Jesus.
He LOVES YOU –
He will save you eternally, NO MATTER WHAT you’ve done or are doing.
ALL that is required on your part is YOUR WHOLE HEART.
THE ONLY SIN that will cause a person to be lost is NOT RECEIVING Jesus into his or her heart.
Give your ENTIRE HEART to Jesus and you’ll be saved. (Romans 10:9)
STOP or START doing all the things listed above, and YOU’LL STILL BE LOST.
Religion DOESN’T save anyone. Jesus DOES!
Are you REALLY sharing the Gospel (GOOD NEWS)?
Or are you merely trying to replace religion – WITH MORE RELIGION ?
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