May 2011 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
DISTRESS OF NATIONS
In Matthew 24:4-8 Jesus gave the signs of the "end of the age".
Critics have often dismissed those signs, saying that since the dawn of mankind there have been wars, earthquakes and famine.
The critics have a point. Or, do they?
When we examine the text closely Jesus said these signs would be ACCOMPANIED BY great religious deception not in some heathen god's name, but in His (Jesus') Name! (Matthew 24:4).
Clearly, that could only happen in the past 2,000 years.
He also likened them to LABOR PAINS: they'd become STRONGER and MORE FREQUENT the closer we got to "the end".
Moreover, He said these signs would ALL be taking place SIMULTANEOUSLY.
There have always been quakes, hunger and wars, but I don't know ANY OTHER PERIOD IN WORLD HISTORY where it was happening ALL AT ONCE, and on the scale we are seeing today.
Another thing we MUST consider is CONTEXT. While the Bible does contain many universal principles, no Scripture can be truly and fully understood out of its proper historic, cultural and chronological CONTEXT.
When Jesus prophesied that "nation would rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom", was he referring to war between Russia and Sweden?
Between India and Pakistan?
Between Chile and Argentina?
Or was He referring to the nations that comprised THE KNOWN WORLD of His day?
Clearly, the correct answer is the nations known in the first century A.D., namely the Middle East, parts of Europe, Africa and Asia.
Since the Roman Empire ruled ALL the then known world we could say that, IN CONTEXT, He was referring to war between nations and kingdoms WITHIN the former Roman Empire's territories.
And WHERE are we seeing one war after another break out?
You can compare the maps shown below and clearly see that the nations where wars have erupted, governments have been toppled, and upheaval is ongoing are the portions of the world that were known in Jesus' day.
Is this mere coincidence?
Is it coincidence that this is happening, and started happening, 7 years PRIOR TO the fall of 2017 when Jesus' Second Coming MUST take place according to Daniel 9:25?
Is it coincidence that, concurrent with these, 3 out of 4 people suffer hunger to one extent or another? (and I'm NOT talking about hunger from being on a diet).
Is it coincidence that, at the same time, we have seen huge quakes, and devastating tsunamis in places like New Zealand and Japan?
Is it coincidence that religious deception in Jesus' Name RUNS RAMPANT in this day and age (we just had a prime example of it weekend before last)?
Apparently, most people think that it is.
JUST as Jesus predicted, people go about their daily routines, eating, drinking, buying, selling, marrying and remarrying... AS IF none of it was happening.
Yet when someone sounds the alarm, even a FALSE alarm, as happened recently, everyone panics.
I witnessed firsthand the FEAR and feeding frenzy that took place when people thought "the end of the word" might take place.
Imagine when it REALLY HAPPENS:
Imagine when there's a HUGE land and atmospheric quake that rearranges geography as we know it.
When it suddenly turns DARK everywhere during daytime, and when people look up at night and the moon looks like blood.
Imagine when there's a huge meteor shower, and Jesus REALLY appears in the sky, while BILLIONS of His followers are swept away into the heavenlies.
No wonder God's Word says those left on earth will ask the rocks to FALL ON THEM and hide them(Revelation 6:12-16).
There will be PANIC on a monumental scale.
MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011
THE NAKED TRUTH
In Mark 14:51-52 the evangelist offers a unique detail, not found in any other Gospel:
"A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, HE FLED NAKED, leaving his garment behind".
I'm always amused to see how this particular passage seems to capture the imagination of readers. The question comes in A LOT: who was this "mysterious" young man?
Most scholars, including me, believe it was Mark himself.
That would certainly explain WHY he was privy to this information, and why NO OTHER evangelist reported the event.
Mark was either being tactful, not willing to confess it was him for fear of reprisal, OR BOTH.
That's why he didn't come right out and say "it was I".
Jesus had just been arrested at Gethsemane and was being led to the Sanhedrin.
Mark apparently lived along the route the soldiers took. We know Jesus was arrested AT NIGHT.
Mark was probably sleeping in his birthday suit. When he heard the commotion, he awoke, grabbed the bedsheet and went out to see what was going on.
When the Romans tried to arrest him, he pulled a Joseph.
Remember how Joseph left his garment in Potiphar's wife's hands when she tried to sleep with him?
Mark was no fool. He KNEW what if meant to be taken prisoner by the Romans.
So he quickly scurried out of the sheet, leaving it in the soldiers' hands and RAN AWAY BUCK NAKED.
Jerusalem was and is a VERY small city. Everybody knew everybody.
But young Mark was wise beyond his years and decided it was better to let all his friends and neighbors see his privates, than being thrown into a Roman dungeon to rot, and possibly end up being executed.
That same Mark, or John Mark, as he's often called in Acts and the epistles, later traveled around with Peter, Barnabas and Paul preaching the Gospel (Acts 15:39; 2 Timothy 4:11;1 Peter 5:13).
He left us the magnificent Gospel that bears his name for all the ages.
It is generally considered by scholars as the earliest of the four Gospels. It's also believed that he got much of the information contained in it from Peter.
What glorious legacy!
Just goes to show you can be NAKED one moment, and clothed in God's Glory the next. : ))
SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011
LIGHT UNTO OUR PATH
Psalms 119:105 says"your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path".
Jesus IS God's Word.
He is our LAMP. He is the Light of the world, the Light that keeps our feet on the right Way (path),which is Him.
There is NO OTHER Way.
Jesus is God. He is a Person.
Jesus, however, has given us an Expression of Himself, of His INFINITE, all encompassing Mind.
We know that Expression of God as the Bible.
God's Word is wonderful. God's Word is inexhaustible.
God's Word is more that what it appears to be.
The surface text is wonderful enough. I've been captivated by it (by this Expression of Jesus) since age 10, when I first found out it existed.
But there are multiple DIMENSIONS to God's Word which I'm convinced we will only discover in eternity.
In recent years the "Bible Code" has come to light where certain messages are encoded in the original Hebrew or Greek text at equidistant intervals.
I would caution everyone NOT TO put too much stock in everything that this Code allegedly states. This is a relatively recent discovery, which is still in its infancy, and needs MUCH MORE refinement.
There are so-called ministries, including some on the internet, which base their ENTIRE message on alleged "Bible codes". All their prognostications, to date, have missed the mark.
I recommend that we focus on Jesus Himself, who lives IN US, and on the regular text, and not give too much credence to any "codes".
But the point is this: that God's ETERNAL Mind is recorded and revealed in His Word.
If God and His Word are One, then God and His Word contain ETERNAL, INFINITE WISDOM which is unlimited and never-ending.
God's Word can be FULLY revealed ONLY by the Spirit of God.
God's Word can only be FULLY understood with the Mind of Christ, which is the Mind of God.
So, while we are this side of eternity, with these limited minds, we look to the surface text as a Light that shows us the Way.
We see thru a glass, darkly.
When we're translated into the eternal realm, we will see Him as He is, and we will be LIKE HIM.
We will manifest His Word, in ALL His multiple and infinite dimensions.
Now we are One with His Word, in Spirit.
Then His Word will be One with us, in EVERY Way.
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011
APOSTLES AND PROPHETS
The Bible tells us to render honor to whom honor is due.
Today I want to honor the faithful, brave, wonderful men and women who made it possible for the Christian faith to reach you and me.
Most Christians have no idea what it took to bring the message of Salvation to us.
The Church of Jesus Christ is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Himself being the chief corner stone (Ephesians 2:20).
Few Christians can name all 12 apostles, let alone have any idea what they sacrificed to spread the Gospel and leave an enduring spiritual legacy of which we are the beneficiaries.
Same goes for the prophets. Few know the hardships and persecution these men endured.
The details are pretty horrible, so I'll spare you those.
Suffice it to say that all the apostles, except for John, died a martyr's death. They endured all sorts of horrific, excruciating suffering rather than renounce their Lord, or deny his Deity or Resurrection.
The prophets of old also endured martyrdom at the hand of wicked kings, and politicians who didn't want to hear the truth:
Isaiah was sawn in half by wicked king Manasseh, Ezekiel was taken captive to Babylon, and had to lay on his side 430 days, Daniel was also taken captive and thrown into a lions' den, and Jeremiah was thrown into a cistern, where he would have sunk into the mud and died of suffocation, had God not intervened miraculously.
As Stephen, a martyr himself, asked in Acts 7:52 "WHICH OF THE PROPHETS DIDN'T your fathers persecute?
Last, but not least, I want to honor our brothers and sisters in the early church, especially the first 300 years.
They COULD HAVE taken the easy way out. Yet, they were unflinchingly willing to pay the ULTIMATE price.
They COULD HAVE renounced the Lord. After all, they were being threatened with horrible deaths.
Had they done so, chances are Christianity would have disappeared, and you and I today wouldn't be saved.
We owe these apostles and prophets, as well as the men and women of the early Church, an eternal debt of gratitude.
Seeing how they were willing to pay ANY price, even if it meant HORRIBLE DEATHS, for their Savior,WHAT'S KEEPING YOU FROM RECEIVING Christ?
What's keeping YOU from giving your heart to Jesus?
NOBODY'S persecuting YOU.
NOBODY'S accusing YOU.
NOBODY'S threatening YOU.
Are you afraid to give yourself TOTALLY to Him?
Are you BRAVE ENOUGH to entrust your heart and LIFE to Jesus?
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011
If you think life is rough and crappy, you should read the Book of Ezekiel sometime.
To be sure, none of the prophets had an easy life, but I've always felt special empathy for poor Zeke.
He was exiled to Babylon at age 25. Lost his beloved wife in captivity, had to deliver the most unpopular messages concerning Jerusalem's impending destruction, and God commanded him to do some VERY difficult and unpleasant things.
On the positive side, he received some SPECTACULAR VISIONS about the glory of God, the Millennium, Israel's restoration, and the millennial temple.
How'd you like to be BOUND, so you CANNOT turn or move, and have to lie 390 days on your left side (that's OVER A YEAR), then 40 days on your right side?
I would have gone out of my freakin' mind. I would have ended up in the funny farm.
I know, I know... some of you think I belong there now... Ha! You wish...
How would you like to have NOTHING to eat ALL THAT TIME except "Ezekiel bread" while you're bound, unable to move, and lying on your side?
How would you like it if God told you to bake that bread using HUMAN FECES for fuel?
And when the prophet complained about how unpleasant it was to use human dung, and how under the law he would become "defiled", do you know what God answered?
"O.K. Use cow sh*t instead".
Do you think I'm making this up? Read it yourself in Ezekiel chapter 4. It's a SHORT chapter. You can read it in ONE minute.
Obviously, if Ezekiel couldn't move AT ALL during ALL that time, since he was bound, that means he would have had to pee and defecate all over himself.
Poor guy couldn't even clean himself up, bathe, brush his teeth, have sex, walk, sit, you name it.
And there were NO TV, internet or cell phones at that time.
Any normal human would have totally lost it.
Only God's supernatural intervention would have kept the prophet from going nuts.
Why am I talking about this? Why not give a more "inspirational" message?
Because I want everyone to realize that the Bible is THE MOST INTERESTING and EXCITING BOOK EVER WRITTEN, bar none.
There's NOTHING dull or tedious about it, if you read it in the right spirit and the right frame of mind. It's tapping into the Mind of God, the Wisdom that created and sustains THE UNIVERSE.
Because the believer's walk is not always pleasant.
Because it's important to tell THE WHOLE STORY, and not paint only a rosy picture of what it's like to serve God and live for Him.
Because religion has FALSELY portrayed being Christian as floating around in some sort of numinous Shangri La, where we NEVER sin, NEVER get angry, NEVER lose our temper, NEVER use "foul" language (I'll deal with that in another message, Lord willing), and NEVER do or say anything wrong, shocking or improper.
Christians -- at least REAL Christians -- are AS REAL and AS HUMAN as ANYONE ELSE.
They are subject to the same temptations and challenges as ANYONE else.
The believer's life is often fraught with suffering, hardship and SACRIFICE.
God sometimes calls us to follow Him in BLIND OBEDIENCE.
Although I'm sure he must have asked himself A THOUSAND TIMES WHY God would require this of him,Ezekiel, to his great credit, obeyed unwaveringly.
All true believers in the One TRUE God know that, despite what we may face in this temporary existence, THE ETERNAL REWARD of Christ's OWN LIFE will manifest in us FOREVER, and is ours EVEN NOW.
We KNOW that "our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).
And because I want Christians, religious idiots and unbelievers alike to see that God's not as huffy and puffy, nor as "proper", as religion has FALSELY made Him out to be.
He's REAL and He can and will talk YOUR LANGUAGE.
He's A STRAIGHT SHOOTER, and will tell you the Truth, clearly, directly, and without conforming to MAN INVENTED "religious etiquette".
He's also a SUPREMELY GRACIOUS, kind, loving, understanding, wonderful and FORGIVING God.
That's the God I know, the God I love, the God I serve.
That's the God OF THE BIBLE.
That's the TRUE, One and ONLY God.
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011
There aren't very many Christian ministers, or for that matter many Christians, that I look up to.
Billy Graham is one of the few that I hold in high regard and deep admiration.
For one thing, Billy was instrumental in my salvation. I came to know Jesus as my savior, in large part, because of his ministry.
That, alone, makes me eternally indebted, and eternally grateful, to him.
Of course, that was over 30 years ago. At that time, I was a baby in Christ. Needless to say, my spiritual relationship with Jesus has greatly deepened, and grown by leaps and bounds since then. To Him be the glory!
One thing I've always appreciated about Billy is his clear, simple, no-nonsense approach to the Gospel. I learned the value of the unambiguous, direct message from him.
He taught me I didn't have to "clean up my act", in order to give my heart to Jesus, that I could to come to Him"JUST as I am".
I've also never forgotten his admonition to preach the cross, since it's the message of the cross that draws more people to Jesus than any other.
Billy is a true leader, who's always led by example, not manipulation.
Despite being one of the most admired and influential men in America and the world, personal friend to every U.S. President from Kennedy to Bush, Billy remained down-to-earth, lived a modest life, and never used his ministry, or considerable influence, for personal gain.
He was never involved in any sort of scandal, and never prostituted the Gospel for money, as have so many pimps and pimpettes prancing around our TV screens.
Since Billy turned 92 last November, and was recently hospitalized with a bout of pneumonia, I think it proper to publicly honor this giant of Christianity, who's blessed so many, including your humble servant.
Thank Jesus, he's now home and doing better.
So, from the bottom of my heart: "THANK YOU, JESUS. AND THANK YOU, BILLY GRAHAM".
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011
GIVEN TO GENTILES
Revelation 11:1, 2 predicts the building of a third temple in Jerusalem, and then makes a most puzzling statement :
"Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But EXCLUDE THE OUTER COURT; do not measure it, because IT HAS BEEN GIVEN to the Gentiles".
For years I wondered what that meant. Would Israel negotiate part of the Old City away?
If not, WHO would give the court outside the temple to gentiles?
With traditional thinking about the Temple Mount, it didn't make any sense.
Once we find The Truth, what this prophecy means becomes quite clear.
As I've shared on the website for 6 years (Myth #30, home page) the so-called "Temple Mount" is NOT the location where Solomon's temple (a/k/a the "first" temple) or Zerubabbel's temple (a/k/a the "second" temple) actually stood.
The Bible is clear that the temple was built on top of a spring of LIVING WATER.
There's only ONE such spring within a 5 mile radius of Jerusalem and it's the Gihon Spring located in the area known as Ophel, immediately SOUTH OF the "Temple Mount".
So, it COULDN'T POSSIBLY have been built on the "Temple Mount" which contains only CISTERNS with STANDING water.
What, then, is this "outer court" that Jesus thru His angel instructed John NOT to measure?
You guessed it:THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
The erroneously called "Temple Mount", while technically under Israeli sovereignty, was inexplicably GIVEN to gentiles in the aftermath of the Six-Day War in 1967.
You would THINK that, after so many bloody confrontations, and after 1,967 years of FORBIDDEN ACCESS to the Mount, Israel would be all too eager to get their beloved Temple Mount back.
Who can forget that electrifying, spine-tingling moment on June 7, 1967 when General Motta Gur radioed "the Temple Mount is in our hands"?
Jews were thrilled, all right. But in a controversial move that defied all logic, General Moshe Dayan ordered that the Israeli flag that had been raised over the Temple Mount should be immediately lowered, that Israeli paratroopers to be deployed at the northern part of the Mount should be removed, and that the place should be "entrusted to the Muslims".
He GAVE IT to an Arab waqf, which controls the so-called "Temple Mount" to this very day.
Since the REAL temple mount is located JUST SOUTH OF the so-called "Temple Mount", the latter would be considered its "outer court".
It has, indeed, been GIVEN to the gentiles, in AMAZING fulfillment of Jesus' Words. Praise His marvelous Truth!
No wonder Jesus didn't want it included: The two pagan structures that stand on that "outer court", the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque, where the FALSE god Allah is worshiped, are AN ABOMINATION in His sight.
Is the Word of God AWESOME, or what?
Is He ALWAYS TRUE? You bet.
Do you see WHY I love Him/it so much?
Praise God for His stunning accuracy.
The correct location of the former temples is outlined in blue above. Note how, as prophesied in Daniel 9:27, it has remained desolate until the time of the end.
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011
ISRAEL: WHAT'S GOING ON?
Zechariah 12:1-3 states:
"The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel... Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of reeling(from intoxication) to all the people round about, when they shall be IN THE SIEGE both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone FOR ALL PEOPLE: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH be gathered together AGAINST IT".
I don't know WHAT they've been drinking at the White House or at the State Department, but the Executive Branch of our government has been staggering about like a reckless drunkard where Israel is concerned.
The President and Hillary are either extremely naive or just plain stupid regarding Middle East policy.
Either that, or killing Bin Laden has gone to their heads, and they need to come down to earth and get in touch with reality.
For our President to deliver a speech demanding peace negotiations based on pre-1967 lines, without even CONSULTING our "closest" ally...
For him to SIDE WITH THEIR ENEMIES -- terrorists no less -- and ON THE DAY BEFORE their PM is scheduled to arrive and meet with him...
Like Israel is some dummy and he's the master puppeteer pulling the strings...
Like it's UP TO HIM to decide how much of its own land Israel can keep... is treacherous, disrespectful, inconsiderate, impractical and baffling to say the least.
After such foolish display of undiplomatic arrogance no one could fault Israel for asking "if these are our 'friends', who needs ENEMIES"?
Our entire Middle East policy is incongruous. NONE of it makes any sense.
As a believer who loves Israel, Israelites, and Jerusalem in particular, I'm deeply offended by our government's stance.
As a student of Bible prophecy, I know all too well where this is headed.
Matthew 24:9 makes it clear that, at some point during the forthcoming tribulation, Israel will be TOTALLY ISOLATED.
They'll be hated of ALL nations (gentiles) for His (Jesus') Name's sake.
ALL nations would include the U.S., or whatever's left of it.
By then, every true believer in Israel's Messiah will have been removed from the earth, except for the Two Witnesses and the 144,000 Israelites.
Once again, we see the amazing accuracy of God's Holy Word.
With ONLY Christ-hating unbelievers left on earth, it's only natural that they would hate Israel, what it stands for and, most significantly, He WHO STANDS FOR Israel.
All nations will conspire against Israel. Neighboring nations will surround Jerusalem and besiege it.
Zechariah 14:1-4 gives further details of what will happen to Jerusalem:
"The Day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided among you.
I will gather ALL NATIONS to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped.
Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.
Then (some 3½ years later) the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle.
On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem"...
WITHOUT A DOUBT that's where we're headed.
Tiny Israel will be ALL ALONE and only the RETURN (Second Coming) of their Messiah in the fall of 2017 will deliver them from annihilation.
His Name be praised!
Save your breath, cut-rate diplomacy and arrogance, Mr. President. Israel's not giving ANY portion of Jerusalem away in ANY negotiation.
They'll lose ALL their territory to a coalition of neighboring countries led by Antichrist.
They'll LOSE Jerusalem for 3½ years, and for the final time, IN WAR.
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011
THE POWER OF PRAISE
Praise is one of the greatest spiritual principles. It's also a great blessing.
There's NO WAY you can praise Jesus and not be blessed yourself.
If we praise Him from the depths of our being, there's no way you can feel unhappy or miserable.
It's sheer joy to praise Him. And He is worthy of our ETERNAL, SPONTANEOUS, uncontrolled praise!
Praising God can LITERALLY change the atmosphere around your life. It can change YOUR OUTLOOK on life.
Moreover, when we create an atmosphere of praise around us, this spiritual force REPELS Satan and every evil spirit.
Satan is ALLERGIC to praise.
They HATE it when we praise Jesus. They go nuts. Can't stand it [Psalm 8:2; 1 Samuel 16:23].
Some believe that praising God consists of attending church on Sunday and singing hymns. Nothing wrong with that.
But the type of worship that God appreciates is SPIRITUAL IN NATURE.
According to John 4:23 and 24, God is spirit and those who worship Him must do so in spirit.... and in truth.
If you REALLY want to worship God, you MUST do so spirit to Spirit.
Jesus adds that God is actually seeking such worshipers.
Now, think about that for a moment: Almighty God, the God of heaven and earth, the King of the universe, who can do anything, create anything, for whom all things are possible.... who lives in splendor beyond our imagination, actually WANTS something from you.
God wants our praise: Our earnest, sincere, heartfelt, spontaneous, spiritual praise. He wants our spirits to worship him.
The praise God wants and seeks must come from our reborn spirits. If it comes from the soul, from your mind or emotions, if it's carnal worship, it doesn't count. God isn't a soul. God is spirit.
When you praise God from your born-again spirit, spirit to Spirit, you ARE in His Presence.
Psalms 16:11 says in His Presence there is FULLNESS OF JOY, pleasures at His Right Hand forever more.
It's sheer delight to worship God this way!
You will experience such joy, there's no way you can feel unhappy, regardless of what's going on around you.
What better way to start the work week than PRAISING HIM?
Praise Him for His love, His grace, His goodness, for all His blessings, for Salvation... For His Spirit that lives within...
There's a brother named Phil who seems to have this natural gift of spontaneous praise. With his permission, I'm quoting some of his spirit's utterances below:
"His love is so incredible, its hard to believe that we were made his children. What and awesome Lord we have...
Thank God for his Holy precious Word. We can find all sorts of teachings in books, the web, churches, schools and radio, but His Word is the source of All Truth.
Dear Precious God of Abraham, how Glorious is your Name.
What an Awesome God you are that you sent your Son to take our place. Forgive us Lord as a Nation, Oh God Have Mercy on us for all the good that you have done and received very little thanks for.
Thank you for your Mercy that you showed us on the cross. Bring us to your grace and forgiveness.
I pray for Israel, protect them and bring them unto you as you wish to gather them as a hen gathers her little ones.
I pray for your Truth and your Word to light our paths.
Father my God How I love you with all of my heart, be with my family that they will make you smile, and my brother Martel In Jesus Holy Name I Pray"!!
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011
Lest anyone EVER doubt the power of the media, the past couple of weeks have been tumultuous.
Millions of articles, videos, and TV segments have been devoted to the UNFOUNDED, UNBIBLICAL, IRRESPONSIBLE "prediction" made by Mr. Camping, with hardly A WORD from those who debunked his teaching being featured.
Every ridiculous idea from having a "we're still here party" in the aftermath of the failed calculation, to various opportunists (including atheists) offering to take care of your beloved pet after you're raptured, FOR A FEE.
According to Romans 8:21 PETS ARE GOING IN THE RAPTURE, TOO.
Hence there's no need to make "special arrangements" for them.
For the past three days the number of visitors to our website has increased 1,000%.
Our numbers have increased greatly and steadily since day one, but I'd never seen anything like this before.
Fortunately, we've had the #1 ranking in many keyword categories, among them "Rapture today", "Rapture 2011" and "endtimes timeline", so it's been easy for them to find us.
The "good news" is that in recent days A LOT MORE people have read the Gospel, and HOW to prepare for the Rapture when it does happen.
The BAD news is that, despite all the hype, despite the HUGELY increased number of visitors, we have NOT seen a significantly increased number of salvations.
Of course, not everyone who comes to know Jesus thru this ministry notifies us of their decision immediately. Some tell us months or YEARS later. Some never do. But we have ways of keeping fairly accurate track of the numbers.
Much as I want to BE WRONG on this, what we've seen is mostly sensationalist, media-fueled feeding frenzy about May 21, 2011 by people who are either curious, Christians who are not sure what they believe, JUST PLAIN SCARED, looking for laughs or looking to ridicule the Christian faith, and NOT by people who are earnestly seeking God, or trying to "get right" with Him.
They've been looking mostly for the WRONG reasons.
It's no different than when they search for "Tiger Woods", "Arnold Schwarzenegger", or "Osama Bin Laden",just because "everybody's talking about it".
Can the Holy Spirit touch someone's heart and bring them to Salvation, regardless of their motive?
And those whom He touches WILL FIND Salvation in Jesus Christ and in these pages.
For EVERYONE seeking Truth, the ONLY THING that will prepare you, me, or anyone else for "Doomsday",the ONLY THING that will SAVE YOU, is to KNOW Jesus Christ in your heart, PERSONALLY AND INTIMATELY.
If you want to be saved, you MUST receive Jesus Christ into your heart as Lord, Savior and God.
NOTHING ELSE will save you.
NO ONE ELSE will save you.
Lest you think that since it's now May 22, it's all over, let me warn you, that we're already hearing a lot of commotion about 2012, which is only 7 months away.
Some are already selling "doomsday shelters" in remote locations, "survival kits", masks and special suits to protect from bio and chemical attacks, and other paraphernalia.
We've all heard about the 2012 prophecies based on the Mayan calendar, and other heathen sources, which are supposed to happen next year.
Hopefully, the Church will be long gone by then. But, all other things being equal, we're headed for a repeat performance, perhaps on an even grander scale.
MSNBC even featured an hour-long program recently where people are interviewed about how they are preparing for that fateful year.
I was amazed to hear all the elaborate plans, but NOT ONE person saying they were seeking God, or deeper spiritual union with Him, or to get their spiritual life in order, or ANYTHING REMOTELY LIKE THAT.
They were making all kinds of detailed preparations ON THE OUTSIDE, to supposedly save their PHYSICAL LIFE, which will end sooner or later, anyway, but NOT ONE OUNCE of preparation about their SPIRITUAL LIFE which is eternal.
Just ANOTHER sign of the times we're living in.
In 2 Timothy 4:3, 4 Paul explained it this way:
"For the time will come when men WILL NOT PUT UP WITH sound doctrine. Instead, TO SUIT THEIR OWN DESIRES, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears AWAY FROM The Truth and turn aside TO MYTHS".
Paul, you COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER.
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011
RAPTURE NOT IN THE BIBLE
Don't faint. You know me better than that.
If you think the media's going nuts with this "may 21 rapture" business, WAIT 'TIL THE REAL RAPTURE happens, the sun turns black, there's a gigantic earth and atmospheric quake, and Jesus appears in the sky.
I guarantee that God won't tip off the media that it's ABOUT TO happen.
The Bible is CRYSTAL CLEAR that it will take unbelievers BY SURPRISE (1 Thessalonians 5:2,3).
CNN crews will be crawling under rocks, ducking for cover, like everyone else who's left on earth.
The Rapture doctrine is TOTALLY biblical. But the WORD "Rapture", as such, isn't found in the Bible.
Neither are the terms "Trinity", "Christmas", or "Second Coming" FOUND IN THE BIBLE. Even the word "Bible" ISN'T FOUND IN THE BIBLE!
Does that mean there is no Trinity, there was no Nativity, there won't be a Second Coming, and there are no Bibles?
Yet this is the lame, shallow, hypocritical "argument" that post-tribulation adherents [I hesitate to call them "believers"] use, time and again, to "prove" there is no PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE.
Ha! You wish...
The other stupid, stale, FALSE argument is that the concept of the Rapture was "invented" in the 1800's by a 15-year old, or 18-year old [depending on who's arguing], Scottish girl based on a vision she had.
The "girl" in question was Margaret MacDonald, and this "argument" IS A LIE.
MacDonald was a POST-TRIBULATIONIST. She BELIEVED THE CHURCH WOULD GO THRU THE TRIBULATION as evidenced in her own writing that:
"the trial of the church is from Antichrist" and,
"... I saw the people of God in an awfully dangerous situation, surrounded by nets and entanglements, about to be tried, and many about to be deceived and fall. Now will the wicked be revealed, with all power and signs and lying wonders, so that if it were possible the very elect will be deceived- This is the fiery trial that is to try us. It will be for the purging and purifying of the real members of the body of Jesus; but oh, it will be a fiery trial"... [Norton's Memoirs, p. 171-176]
Their third point of contention is that NO ONE in the early church believed the Church would be removed PRIOR to the tribulation.
Even if it were true, that doesn't prove ANYTHING, since God pointedly told Daniel prophecy would NOT be fully understood UNTIL "the time of the end" [Daniel 12:9].
However, that is patently false. We have extra-biblical evidence, from Ephraem the Syrian, a manuscript dating back to the FOURTH CENTURY A.D., that says:
"For ALL saints and Elect of God ARE GATHERED, PRIOR TO THE TRIBULATION THAT IS TO COME, and ARE TAKEN TO THE LORD, lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins".
Furthermore, the apostle Paul believed it [2 Thessalonians 2:3].
The apostle John believed it [Revelation 7:9-14].
And Jesus TAUGHT IT [Luke 21:36].
Of course, if you'd rather STAY AND SUFFER, I'm sure that can be arranged.
Any so-called "Christian" who'd rather spend time with the Antichrist than with Jesus, should have both their head AND THEIR HEART examined.
For those of us who CAN'T WAIT to SEE Jesus FACE TO FACE, there's glorious Rapture ahead... JUST NOT TODAY.
Luke 12:40 "Be ye also ready: for in an hour THAT YOU THINK NOT the Son of man cometh".
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011
WILL THE WORLD END TOMORROW?
Will the world end tomorrow? Will the Rapture happen tomorrow? Will "Judgment Day" begin tomorrow?
NO, NO and NO.
Despite all the media hype centering on Mr. Camping's prediction, despite the entertainment seeking religious idiots burning up cyberspace in search of "end of the world May 21" or "May 21 rapture", it ain't happening.
I gave the SPECIFIC reasons in a previous message dated January 5, 2011. If you care to read those reasons, we have republished that message directly below this one.
We began getting another flurry of questions on this topic about fifteen days ago, and by mid-week were up to our eyeballs in questions about Mr. Camping himself.
What's even funnier is that the same people who accused me of being a "false prophet" back in November, are now writing in SCARED TO DEATH about this man's prediction, and wanting to know what I think. WHY they would seek answers from a "false prophet" is beyond my comprehension.
This is a SAD commentary on how ignorant, stupid and uninformed some kristians are. And how quick they are to accuse and point the finger at those who make a difference and DO SOMETHING for Christ,while they themselves DO NOTHING, KNOW NOTHING, and are swept about by every wind of doctrine.
I don't know Mr. Camping personally, and have never had any communication with him.
I have read some of what he's written, and the supposed basis for his prediction, and it's TOTAL, UNBIBLICAL B.S.
Is he saved? I DON'T KNOW.
Since Salvation is based ENTIRELY on the sheer Grace of God, it is conceivable, even though his doctrine is terribly flawed, that this man MAY (underline "may") be saved.
I'll defer to Jesus on that one. Only the Lord truly knows his heart.
I searched and searched several of his websites, and couldn't find ONE place where the Way of Salvation is clearly explained. Couldn't find ONE place where an invitation to receive Jesus is given.
I couldn't even find any of the above on Camping's followers' webpages.
You know what Jesus said about "the blind leading the blind".
However, after digging long and hard, we did find something posted by this man several years ago in which he expresses his belief that we CANNOT be sure of Salvation, and that it's entirely UP TO GOD, not us.
According to him, we have no choice at all on the matter.
According to him, receiving Jesus into our hearts MEANS NOTHING unless God has SOVEREIGNLY "chosen" us to be saved.
Apparently, Mr. Camping isn't too sure about his own salvation, since he's on record as stating that "if the Rapture DOESN'T happen on May 21, 2011, then he's not saved".
The fact it won't happen on that date (tomorrow) doesn't necessarily mean he's not saved.
What it means is that he's an old fool and a biblical illiterate.
He has shown gross disregard for the Word of God, and his prediction DIRECTLY CONTRADICTS Jesus' words in Matthew 24:36.
I have ZERO RESPECT for anyone who DISRESPECTS God's Holy Word.
We should, however, pray that this man will humble himself before Jesus, receive Him as Lord, and seek to do His Will, instead of HIS OWN.
Can God, who is Almighty, use even a Bible manipulator like him to bring people to salvation? Yes, although that's NOT what I'm seeing or hearing.
Unfortunately, Mr. Camping's "prediction" will make ALL Christians look like idiots in the eyes of the world.
It's also a great missed opportunity.
Instead of using the attention he's getting to bring souls to Christ and give them the TRUE message of Salvation...
Instead of using this opportunity to tell the world that Salvation (Jesus) is available to ANYONE who will RECEIVE HIM into his/her heart, ALL Mr. Camping and his followers are doing is fostering FEAR, which in and of itself, is ANTI-God and ANTI-Christ.
Instead of promoting and focusing on Jesus Christ, his death and Resurrection, and a personal relationship with the Savior, Mr. Camping has proven to be greatly adept at one thing: SELF-PROMOTION.
I hope he's enjoyed his "15 minutes of fame" because they're about to come crashing down on his head.
If you KNOW Jesus, and have made Him your Lord, you have NOTHING to fear, regardless of WHEN the Rapture happens.
If you DON'T KNOW Jesus, INVITE HIM INTO YOUR HEART right now.
The ONLY THING that will make ANYONE ready for "Judgment Day", whenever it happens, is KNOWING the Savior.
FRIDAY, MAY 19, 201
ELIJAH AND WHO ?
The question keeps coming up time and again "who are the Two Witnesses mentioned in Revelation chapter 11"?
There's little dispute about one of them being Elijah.
The Scriptures are clear that Elijah always precedes the appearing of Jesus (Malachi 4:5; Mark 9:11, 12).
There's great debate, however, about the SECOND Witness being either Enoch or Moses.
People either ask about it or write trying to convince us it's their "candidate of choice".
First of all, this is an issue on which we can "agree to disagree".
The identity of the Two Witnesses has NOTHING to do with anyone's Salvation and, frankly, in the grand scheme of biblical eschatology, it's relatively unimportant.
The Two Witnesses are WHO THEY ARE.
All the wishful thinking in the world is not going to change that.
I have stated, repeatedly, that they are Moses and Elijah, and will give you my VERY SCRIPTURAL reasons in a moment. However, if you disagree, that's fine.
I have taken Enoch into consideration. However, I simply can't find ANY scriptural evidence anywhere that points to him. I have found A LOT of scriptural evidence that points to Moses.
I don't buy the "appointed to die" argument, because 1 Corinthians 15:51 is clear that "we will NOT all die, but we will all be changed".
So, to say it's Enoch based on the "he never died" argument ALONE is kind of lame.
If the second Witness were Enoch based on the fact he never died but was translated, THEN EVERY BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN WHO GOES IN THE RAPTURE ALIVE, WOULD HAVE TO COME BACK AND DIE, like Enoch, in order to fulfill Hebrews 9:27.
What good, then, is it to be raptured when we have to come back to this fallen, sinful world and die anyway? That doesn't even make sense.
The Greek word used in Hebrews 9:27 is apokeitai meaning "to put away". It's been put away (reserved) for man to die once.
Dying may be the norm for humans, but nowhere is it stated that this is some INFLEXIBLE, INSURMOUNTABLE law.
2 Timothy 2:10 clearly states that Jesus "has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through His Gospel".
And according to 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 MILLIONS (hopefully, BILLIONS) of born-again Christians will be translated or caught up, just like Enoch, without dying, to Jesus be all the glory.
Now, let me tell you WHY I'm convinced it's Moses.
There's no record in the Scriptures that Enoch performed any miracles or supernatural wonders, as the Two Witnesses will perform. There's also no record that he ever appeared with Elijah or had any direct connection with Elijah.
Moses, on the other hand, DID BOTH.
He and Elijah were both prophets, both spent 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:18; 1 Kings 19:8).
Both stand before the Lord (Zechariah 4:14; Exodus 33:11; 1 Kings 17:1).
Both appeared to Jesus TOGETHER at the mount of transfiguration, which was a preview of the Rapture (Matthew 17:1-4).
Both witnessed the FOUNDATION of the Church. It makes sense, therefore, that they should both witness its departure into the heavenly realm (Matthew 16:13-17; 17:1-4).
The wonders that the Two Witnesses will perform, according to Revelation 11:6 are PRECISELY the wonders attributed to Elijah, namely, shutting up the sky so it doesn't rain (1 Kings 17:1), and TO MOSES: turn the waters into blood, and smite the earth with every sort of plague (Exodus 7:14-20, chapters 7-11).
There's NO BIBLICAL RECORD ANYWHERE that Enoch ever did such things. Even in the extrabiblical Book of Enoch, there's no record he ever did such things.
In terms of Antichrist murdering them, what value would there be in his killing Enoch? Again, Enoch didn't do any wonders, or possess supernatural powers. Nor did he do anything for Israel.
Matter of fact, the nation of Israel DIDN'T EVEN EXIST in Enoch's day.
Moses, on the other hand, would be an extremely valuable foe to overcome because he did possess and will possess miraculous powers, because he was Israel's FIRST leader, because he led the Israelites out of Egypt and into freedom, and because he's widely regarded as the FOUNDER OF Judaism.
Keeping in mind that Satan and Antichrist's mission will be to persecute and exterminate the Jews during the tribulation (Revelation 12:13-17; 13:7, 10; Daniel 12:7) it makes ALL KINDS OF SENSE that the second witness be Moses, and that Antichrist would take special delight in overcoming him.
All that being said, if some of you still choose to believe the other Witness is Enoch, that's fine with me.
I'm not trying to impose my belief on you, please don't try to impose your belief on me.
Again, in the grand scheme of biblical eschatology, the identity of the Two Witnesses is not that important.
Besides, we'll find out WHO THEY REALLY ARE soon enough.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011
IS GOD UNFAIR ?
One of the great stumbling blocks for people who WANT TO reject Jesus Christ is that they view the Christian message as "UNFAIR":
If Salvation is thru Jesus and JESUS ALONE, if people can't be saved any other way, what about the millions who never got to hear the Gospel?
HOW can a just and loving God hold them responsible for a message they never heard?
God says [Romans 1:20] they are WITHOUT EXCUSE.
Why? Because the heavens, the earth, and the entire Creation, declare that THERE IS A GOD [Psalms 19:1].
If there is a God, and they knew from all the wonders in and around them, that HE IS, WHY in heaven's name DID THEY NOT SEEK HIM?
God gives His Word that ANYONE, at any point in human history, WHO SEEKS HIM with ALL their heart,WILL FIND HIM [Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:13].
If they haven't found Him, it's because they have NOT sought Him.
And if they have sought God at all, it hasn't been from a sincere, fully surrendered heart, determined to accept that ONE TRUE GOD, whoever He may be, or ACCEPT HIS WILL, and whatever He may require.
They want "God"with CONDITIONS.
Preconditions come from a REBELLIOUS heart.
They "want God", but won't come to Him HIS WAY, which is Jesus. They want to come to Him THEIR way.
This explains why so many end up in false religions, like Buddhism, Kabbalah, New Age, Scientology, etc.
Because they KNOW there's a God, they want "God", but ONLY IF they can have Him THEIR WAY.
ONLY IF they can CONTROL and FULLY COMPREHEND His Infinite Greatness with their puny, insignificant, finite intellect.
ONLY IF they can LIVE ANY WAY THEY WANT.
ONLY IF they can sin to their heart's content.
ONLY IF that "god" will condone their depraved lifestyle.
ONLY IF IT PLEASES THE WORLD.
ONLY IF what God says is deemed "ACCEPTABLE" in popular culture.
ONLY IF they can call "good" evil and EVIL "good".
They won't CONFORM TO God. Instead, THEY WANT God TO CONFORM TO THEM.
It's no wonder Satan has capitalized on this attitude and provided a veritable smorgasbord of FALSE RELIGION, FALSE WAYS to "come to god", a total hodgepodge of SUBSTITUTE, futile religious VANITY.
God's NOT the problem.
He WANTS TO save you MORE than you want to save yourself.
If you end up in hell, DON'T BLAME HIM.
If you want to know the REAL problem, the REAL OBSTACLE to YOUR Salvation...
LOOK IN THE MIRROR.
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011
WAS PAUL A FALSE PROPHET ?
Just when I thought I'd heard EVERY false and stupid doctrine, I stumbled unto a place on the internet which claims that Paul's teachings were contrary to Jesus'.
That Jesus taught keeping the law, while Paul taught NOT keeping ANY of it, not even the 10 Commandments.
That Paul wasn't one of Jesus' 12 handpicked disciples, hence he was not a true apostle, but a false prophet who lied about seeing Christ en route to Damascus, and that he spread false doctrine and is responsible for "apostate" Christianity.
To this particular moron, "apostate" Christianity includes all who DO NOT follow the law, or the 10 Commandments.
That would make most of you and me "apostates". What a brainless, DECEIVED, craphead!
Of course when I refuted his false teaching WITH THE BIBLE, and since he could not counter my argument, the LOST PERSON who espouses this belief, this gutless Judaizer, would not post my comment on his forum. I did manage, however, to send a personal message to him, so he is without excuse.
He'd rather spread FALSE DOCTRINE than heed God's Word.
He has A PERSONAL AGENDA, and cares NOTHING for The Truth.
He WANTS Jesus, but WON'T LET GO OF Moses.
If it took ONLY Jesus' personal selection to be a true apostle, then Judas was "a true apostle" (Luke 6:12-16).
In Acts 1:15-26 we have Matthias who was selected to replace Judas and was received as A TRUE APOSTLE by his peers, and he WAS NOT personally picked by Jesus.
So much for that RIDICULOUS argument.
If teaching that law (torah) keeping and 10 Commandment keeping AREN'T necessary for Salvation makes one a "false prophet", then ALL of Jesus' apostles (all 12) were "false prophets", since they ALL AGREED and TAUGHT that it ISN'T necessary (Acts 15:1-30).
If we do away with Paul's writings, the Brit Hadasha (New Testament) would consist of only 9 books, most of them 1 or 2 pages long, plus the four gospels which, technically, are OLD Testament.
Jesus taught torah and commandment keeping ONLY BEFORE He went to the cross.
UNTIL He died in ONCE AND FOR ALL PAYMENT of man's sin and rose from the dead, the Old Testament - hence the law - was STILL in effect.
AFTER the cross and the Resurrection, EVERYTHING CHANGED.
So, one would have to believe that Jesus' atoning death and Resurrection HAD NO EFFECT (perish the VERY thought) in order to teach this BLATANT LIE, this EVIL HERESY, THAT LAW KEEPING AND 10 COMMANDMENT KEEPING ARE STILL NECESSARY.
Newsflash to all Judaizers: Jesus made a NEW Testament.
That NEW Testament is ENTIRELY based on WHAT HE DID, NOT on what WE DO.
Fact is that law keeping and 10 Commandment keeping haven't saved A SINGLE SOUL... EVER.
Fact is that Enoch and Abraham were both saved BY FAITH ONLY, BY GRACE ONLY, LONG BEFORE any torah (law) had been given (Genesis 5:24; 15:6).
They didn't DO ANYTHING to be saved. They just TRUSTED (had faith in)GOD.
Fact is that Jesus' hand picked apostles, ALL WELCOMED PAUL as a fellow believer and true apostle of Christ, including Peter the leader of the early Church (Acts 15:2-4, 12-22, 30-33; 2 Peter 3:15,16).
Fact is YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS:
Either Jesus' Blood, death and Resurrection ARE sufficient to FOREVER put those who TRUST Him in right standing with God, or they aren't.
If they AREN'T,we don't need Jesus. All we need is to keep the torah (and good luck with THAT...).
If they ARE, we DON'T NEED the torah.
Fact is, that AFTER Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD He commissioned His apostles to "go into all the world and PREACH THE GOSPEL" (Mark 16:15).
He DIDN'T commission them to preach the torah or the 10 Commandments, which He had already fulfilled (Matthew 5:17 ).
Fact is, that Jesus COULDN'T HAVE BEEN CLEARER:
"He WHO BELIEVES and is baptized WILL BE SAVED, He who BELIEVES NOT shall be damned" (Mark 16:16).
He DIDN'T say "He who believes and keeps the torah will be saved".
He DIDN'T say (thank God!) "He who believes and keeps the 10 Commandments will be saved"...
He said "He WHO BELIEVES"...PERIOD.
Thank you, Jesus!
Fact is, THERE IS NO DISCREPANCY WHATSOEVER BETWEEN JESUS' MESSAGE AND PAUL'S MESSAGE.
TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2011
LITTLE DIRTY ?
Feeling a little dirty ?
Or, maybe, A LOT dirty?
Don't even TRY to clean yourself.
It's A TOTAL WASTE of time and energy; and it won't work.
Besides, it's silly to try to do it yourself, when THE BEST CLEANER ON EARTH is available FOR THE ASKING.
There's absolutely NOTHING you can do to CLEAN YOURSELF, actually.
No amount of "good works", no amount of commandment keeping, no amount of church going, no amount of praying, and NO AMOUNT OF GIVING will remove your sins.
So, what's A DIRTY PERSON to do?
LET JESUS CLEAN YOU.
Let Him clean you FROM WITHIN.
He can do it better and quicker than anybody.
He'll make you SQUEAKY CLEAN.
He'll remove all the filth and all the stains.
There's NO SIN His precious Blood can't cleanse.
Even Tide can't remove ALL the dirt like He can.
If He can clean a no-good, flawed, filthy, sinful mess like me, He can certainly CLEAN YOU.
We completely depend on Jesus to clean us up.
We completely depend on Jesus to make us righteous.
We completely depend on Jesus to BE righteous.
We NEVER depend on anything or anyone else, including ourselves.
He'll WASH ALL your sins away and GIVE YOU HIS OWN PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS.
If you want to BE CLEAN, receive THE CLEANER into your heart...
TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2011
GOSPEL OF THOMAS
The so-called Gospel of Thomas IS FICTION.
It begins WITH A LIE.
It professes to contain secret knowledge that Jesus imparted to the Apostle Thomas.
That "secret knowledge" is supposed to confer immortality on anyone who finds it.
It makes no mention whatsoever of receiving Christ into one's heart, of the born-again experience, of the Blood of Jesus, or of His death and Resurrection.
It is neither a Gospel (Good News), nor was it written by the Apostle Thomas.
More than any other Gnostic writing, this particular book is the perennial favorite of liberal theologians and heretics.
Why? Because it CLAIMS to offer eternal life (immortality) WITHOUT the born again experience, WITHOUT the Blood of Jesus, His atoning death or His Resurrection.
Isn't that what heretics want?
Isn't that what they've ALWAYS wanted?
Most heretics have no problem with Jesus' other teachings.
They have no real problems with "love your neighbor as yourself", "turn the other cheek", "do unto others as you'd have them do unto you", or even with "love your enemies".
Their main problem with REAL Christianity is that it teaches JESUS is THE ONLY WAY of Salvation (John 14:6).
That THERE IS NO SALVATION, hence no immortality, APART FROM Jesus (Acts 4:12).
That He PHYSICALLY rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:15, 20, 21).
That's the part of the real Christian faith they simply CANNOT HANDLE.
By promising immortality (eternal life) WITHOUT Jesus, WITHOUT His Resurrection - thru some supposedly "secret" knowledge that everyone can seek, regardless of whom or what they believe in --it plays right into their godless belief that ALL ROADS lead to immortality.
That Jesus ISN'T the ONLY WAY of Salvation.
It provides the Christless, bloodless, crossless, "gospel" they've always wanted.
It gives them a convenient excuse to say that Jesus didn't PHYSICALLY rise from the the dead and that His Resurrection was only "spiritual".
That's what Gnosticism is ALL about.
That's why it's so vehemently condemned in the New Testament (Galatians 1:8; 2 Peter 2:1).
That's why it was NEVER accepted by the early Church.
That's why it was RIGHTLY marginalized, and their writings CORRECTLY EXCLUDED FROM the New Testament's sacred canon.
That's why the Apostle John very properly labeled it as "ANTICHRIST" (2 John 1:7).
The REAL Apostle Thomas believed in Jesus' Blood, death and PHYSICAL resurrection (Luke 24:37-39).
The REAL Thomas is known primarily for being the one disciple WHO QUESTIONED the Resurrection and demanded to see the nail prints in Jesus' PHYSICAL hands, and to stick his hand into Jesus' PHYSICAL side, where He'd been gored with a spear.
Upon examining the PHYSICALLY RISEN Jesus, and His wounds, the REAL Thomas fell on his knees crying "my Lord, and my God" (John 20:24-28).
The REAL Thomas BELIEVED THAT RECEIVING JESUS INTO ONE'S HEART IS THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION.
The REAL Thomas gave his life in martyrdom preaching the message that Jesus, AND ONLY JESUS, is Salvation.
That thru Jesus -- AND ONLY thru Jesus -- can anyone obtain immortality.
Do you see WHY it was SO IMPORTANT for Satan to distort Thomas' experience and negate his testimony by writing this fictitious "gospel" in his name ?
NO ONE has EVER attained immortality thru any secret knowledge contained in the supposed "gospel" of Thomas.
All Gnostics HAVE GONE TO HELL.
All Gnostics are DEAD.
Yet UNTOLD MILLIONS have attained immortality, and are enjoying that immortality, in the Presence of the Immortal One, Jesus Christ, at this very moment.
They attained it ONE WAY: thru Jesus' most precious Blood, thru His death on the cross, and thru His PHYSICAL Resurrection (Matthew 27:53; Isaiah 26:19).
The attained it by receiving the PHYSICALLY RISEN Jesus into their hearts.
To that PHYSICALLY RISEN Jesus, who lives forever, be all honor, glory and praise now and for eternity. Amen.
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011
Once in a great while there's something worth watching on the History Channel, and I don't mean Ax Men, Swamp People or Monster Quest.
But every time they present Nostradamus or some program on the so-called "lost Gospels" or "lost books of the Bible", it's a real headache.
Even though I've dealt with such topics before, every time those shows air we receive a lot of inquiries, like people never heard about it before.
For starters, NOTHING's lost.
The Bible is the Word of God. It's the Expression of God Himself. It is inerrant. It is perfect (John 1:1).
What's contained IN the Bible is what's supposed to BE THERE.
Again: What's included IN the Bible is what's SUPPOSED TO BE THERE.
If it isn't there, it's because IT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE.
EVERY book in the New Testament is Holy Spirit inspired, and was written in the first century A.D., shortly after Jesus' rose from the dead, by people who had, in one way or another, witnessed His Resurrection, and while those who knew Him, talked with Him, and walked with Him, WERE STILL ALIVE.
The so-called "lost gospels" or "lost books" were written MUCH later.
The earliest ones were written late in the second century A.D. They include a lot of Gnostic manuscripts, such as the so-called Gospel of Phillip, Gospel of Thomas, and Gospel of Judas.
They are also known as pseudepigrapha, meaning "books with FALSE titles".
Which means, for instance, that the so-called Gospel of Phillip COULDN'T POSSIBLY have been written by the apostle Phillip, who was dead LONG BEFORE the earliest manuscript was written.
The so-called Apocalypse of Peter was NOT written by the apostle Peter, who had long before been martyred, and is nothing but religious fantasy and pure crap which often CONTRADICTS the Bible.
Likewise, the so-called Gospel of Thomas, which gets SO MUCH mention, COULD NOT have been written by the REAL Apostle Thomas, the one who asked to see Jesus' pierced hands and side in order to believe.
Thomas had been killed while preaching the Gospel in India, nearly 100 years earlier.
The Gnostic Gospels ARE HERESIES.
As soon as Christianity began to spread, heresies began to pop up, as Jesus predicted, and as Peter, Paul and John repeatedly reported (Matthew 24:4; 2 Peter 2:1; Galatians 1:8; 5:20; 1 Corinthians 11:19; Titus 3:10).
NO ONE was more vocal in condemning Gnosticism than the apostle John (2 John 1:7-11).
Truth be told, that's where the term "antichrist" originated. He referred to both Gnostics and their doctrine as "antichrist" (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7).
You didn't think Satan would just cross his arms and play dead, did you?
He immediately went to work and set out to confuse and deceive, which he does to this very day.
Ridiculous, prejudiced, purported New Testament "scholarship" such as Elaine Pagels' notwithstanding,such books aren't in the New Testament because they DON'T BELONG IN the New Testament.
Such books DIRECTLY CONTRADICT the teachings of Jesus and His apostles, and were WRITTEN LONG AFTER the LEGITIMATE New Testament.
They were NEVER accepted by the Church at large as inspired, even BEFORE the Council of Nicaea.
What I find both absurd and ironic is that the same people who constantly push the Gnostic gospels as "belonging in" the New Testament, seldom if ever utter a word about such apocryphal works as the Book of Enoch, the Book of Jubilees, or the Assumption of Moses, belonging in the Old Testament.
They DON'T question the Old Testament canon, ONLY the New Testament's.
Hmmm... I wonder WHY...
Do you suppose JESUS may have something to do with it?
It's rather presumptuous for these so-called scholars and historians to THINK they're QUALIFIED to determine what IS INSPIRED and WHAT ISN'T, 2,000 years after the fact, and that Jesus' CONTEMPORARIES WEREN'T.
Nobody questions the fact such documents existed. Nobody doubts that they were circulating, AMONG CERTAIN HERETICAL SECTS, in the second and third centuries. But from that to saying they BELONG IN THE CANON OF SACRED WRITINGS is quite a leap, and the height of arrogance.
There may be some historical accounts in SOME (not all) of these writings.
SOME (not all) may even contain some interesting spiritual insights.
Others, like the so-called "Gospel of Judas" are anti-Christian and downright SATANIC.
But to ELEVATE them to the level of INSPIRED, INERRANT Scripture is folly.
THEY ARE NOT INERRANT, they were NOT inspired by the Holy Spirit, they often CONTRADICT the TRUE Gospels, THEY DON'T BELONG IN THE BIBLE, and they have NEVER been part of the writings widely accepted by the Christian community.
God wouldn't be much of a God if He was UNABLE TO preserve the integrity of His Word.
And He wouldn't be very fair (perish the thought) if He expected us to LIVE BY His Word (Matthew 4:4) and He didn't CLEARLY reveal to us WHAT HIS WORD IS..., and ISN'T.
The Old Testament, wonderful as most of it is, DOESN'T SAVE ANYONE.
The New Testament DOES.
You can't have it both ways.
Would God preserve the purity of the Old and NOT do the same with the New?
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011
APPEARANCE OF GODLINESS
One of the WORST aspects of religion is its emphasis on OUTER demeanor, at the expense of INNER UNION.
ALL the proper religious demeanor in the world cannot compensate for lack of spiritual connection with Christ.
ALL the proper religious demeanor in the world CANNOT and WILL NOT save you.
An INNER CONNECTION, an INNER relationship, INNER UNITY with the Spirit of the risen Christ is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for Salvation (Romans 8:9).
There's NO SUBSTITUTE for it.
You can act as piously as you want.
You can dress, speak, act and look "perfect", as man invented religion deems appropriate, and be utterly LOST.
On the other hand, you can dress, speak, act and look NOT SO PERFECT and, if you have that inner relationship with Jesus, you ARE SAVED.
Am I advocating rebellion or ungodliness?
I'm merely pointing out the danger of FOCUSING TOO MUCH on what goes on OUTSIDE, and NOT ENOUGH on what goes on (or not) INSIDE.
Actions have NEVER saved anyone.
Demeanor has NEVER saved anyone.
Relationship with Christ HAS and DOES.
I often wonder how some of the disciples, or for that matter, Jesus Himself, would fare in today's religious environment.
If the Gospels are any indication, most of them wouldn't fit in.
Jesus and His disciples constantly caught flak from the religious establishment of His day for NOT conforming to what they deemed "proper".
Things like eating without washing their hands, picking sheaves of grain on Saturday, and mingling with sinners WENT DIRECTLY AGAINST the comportment religion considered "proper" at that time (Matthew 12:1; 15:2; Mark 2:16).
I won't even go into drinking wine...
Would Jesus, the REAL Jesus, not the one your polluted mind has invented, feel comfortable attending your congregation?
Would a simple carpenter from Nazareth be welcomed in your midst?
Or a fisherman? Or a tax collector?
Or are you "TOO GOOD" and "TOO HOLY" to mix with such folk?
Would someone who wears jeans, or too much make-up, or a short skirt feel welcome? Or would they be outcasts?
Jesus didn't come to save the righteous, He came TO SAVE SINNERS.
He didn't come to save "perfect" people, but IMPERFECT.
That was, and still IS, His mission.
Outward demeanor DOESN'T make ANYONE righteous.
Jesus' Spirit LIVING INSIDE, DOES.
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 the apostle Paul mentions "a thorn in the flesh", which he asked God to remove.
Ask religious minds what that thorn was, and you get some of the weirdest answers, however, the most frequent one is that God had afflicted Paul with some sort of physical sickness, and that God refused to take it away.
It's often theorized, based on Galatians 4:15 and 6:11 that that sickness was some problem with Paul's eyes.
That, in turn, is supposed to show that "God doesn't heal everyone".
There's no record anywhere that God put any sickness on Paul.
God has NO sickness to give anyone.
God is a healer. He healed people back then and He still heals people today, since He never changes.
Does He heal everyone?
In John 5:1-11 we have Jesus going to the pool of Bethesda where a lot of sick people were gathered waiting for the angel Raphael to stir the water. Jesus didn't heal ALL of them. He healed ONE person, who'd been invalid 38 years.
Jesus, in his human form, having divested Himself of His glory, could do nothing of Himself, only what He saw the Father do (John 5:19; 8:28).
God knows every mind and every heart.
How the Father determines who gets healed and who doesn't, WE ARE NOT TOLD.
No theologian knows, no minister knows, you don't know, and I don't know.
We know faith (trust) plays a significant part but, precious as our God given faith is, I suspect there's more to it than faith alone. So, to speculate on what EXACTLY the dynamics are in the supernatural healing process is JUST THAT, speculation.
The Bible tells us that God did blind Paul TEMPORARILY on the way to Damascus (Acts 9:8,9), but we're also told when Ananias prayed for him his eyesight returned (Acts 9:17,18).
While it's true that Paul seems to indicate a vision problem, there's no record anywhere that it was caused by God.
The probable reason was the deplorable "living conditions" he was subjected to, if you can call them that.
Paul had been imprisoned at the infamous Mamertine dungeon in Rome. There were no windows, hence NO VENTILATION, and NO LIGHT.
It was a dark, damp, unsanitary, smelly, rodent infested, urine and feces infested hellhole.
His vision problems are likely to be the result of being held there, not because God would afflict his own son and faithful servant.
So, what was Paul's thorn?
According to 2 Corinthians 12:7it wasn't any illness, but AN ANGEL OF SATAN.
Paul said this angel was assigned to "buffet him", lest he become conceited due to the tremendous revelations he'd received.
The Greek word kolaphizo means to strike with the fist or knuckles.
Evidently, Satan had assigned one of his angels to continually harass Paul and make his life miserable.
That seems to be his M.O. where people of God are concerned.
He specifically asked God's permission to afflict Job and then brought all manner of suffering and calamities on him (Job 1:9-18; 2:7).
In Luke 22:31 we read how he personally asked for Peter, Jesus' designated leader of the Church, so he could "sift him as wheat".
So this is nothing new, as far as the devil is concerned.
Paul asked God to take the angel of Satan away and,contrary to what religion teaches, God DIDN'T DENY the request. He merely said His GRACE "INSSUFFICIENT" to handle the problem.
Paul clearly and undisputedly says the thorn was "a messenger (angel) of Satan".
Why waste time and energy on religions minds, when you can find the REAL answers IN THE BIBLE?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011
SATAN ON THE RUN
Most people are under the false impression that Satan and the antichrist will be running things during the tribulation.
Actually, God will still be in charge.
He will allow Satan and his antichrist to dictate things on earth, among rebellious, unrepentant mankind, for about three years.
That's why conspiracy theories are so ludicrous.
Even if, hypothetically speaking, some "secret society" was plotting to take over the world and run things, they can't do anything or control anything UNLESS God ALLOWS IT.
And, for the record, THERE'S NOTHING, not a Word, from Genesis to Revelation, that says He will EVER allow any secret society to do that.
The reappearing of antichrist will happen because God will ALLOW IT.
He will give rebellious, Christ-hating mankind EXACTLY what their corrupt minds lust for, for a short while.
While Antichrist's reign will last 42 months (Revelation 13:5) the last few months won't be too pleasant for him.
During that time he will go from offense to defense in a hurry.
Just when he begins to feel he's got control over everyone and everything, even worship and commerce, the tables will turn.
When God pours out the final 7 judgments, the vials which represent the culmination of His wrath(Revelation 15:1), it will become painfully clear WHO'S REALLY in charge.
Among the judgments poured on antichrist and his kingdom will be painful sores, rivers, sea and all water turning into blood, being scorched by the sun's intensified heat, a massive earthquake that will turn all major cities into rubble, and huge chunks of hail falling from the sky.
Armageddon will simply be their final, desperate attempt to shake free from Jesus' absolute dominion,PREVENT His return, and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
Satan knows, you see, that Jesus' Kingdom on earth means he'll spend 1,000 years in hell (Revelation 20:1-3).
While he's deceived millions into going there, the creep shudders at the thought of going there himself.
Thank God for His Word which assures us that he will.
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011
10 HORNS IN EUROPE
For years, the prophecy establishment has been telling us that the NATIONS that first comprised the European Common Market, which is presently known as the European Union (EU) will be the 10 horns that will support the Antichrist
Back in the 1970's, while the number of member nations was fewer than 10, the theory seemed somewhat plausible, however, the present European Union is comprised of 27 member nations, with three more whose membership is pending approval, bringing them to 30.
But the problems don't end there. Daniel 2:40-44 clearly says it's 10 KINGS that will arise, NOT 10 nations, and that 5 must rule over the Western division of the former Roman Empire and 5 over the Eastern division.
EVERY Scripture where these 10 kings are mentioned always refers to them as "horns" or "kings". NOT ONCE are they called "nations".
So, WHY are they still teaching it's the EU?
Because that's what C.I. Scofield taught A CENTURY AGO, and these guys seem to be caught in a prophetic time warp.
Daniel 12:9 clearly says such things WON'T be understood UNTIL the time of the end.
And Daniel 12:4 says that at the time of the end "knowledge shall increase".
Apparently, these guys have never read the 12th chapter of Daniel.
Contrary to what you've heard, the Roman Empire WON'T BE revived. There won't be any Caesars, no Senate, no Pax Romana, nor will the Antichrist government be headquartered in Rome.
Revelation 17:12 indicates that they are kings who have NOT YET received their kingdoms, and that they will reign "for one hour" with the Antichrist. So, clearly, these aren't present monarchs.
The former Roman Empire was divided into 13 territorial dioceses [administrations]: 6 in the Western Part and 7 in the Eastern Part.
The three kings who are "uprooted" are those of: Egypt [Daniel 11:41-43], the East (Israel, Syria, Lebanon), [Zechariah 14:1-4] and Rome [Revelation 17:15-18].
That leaves EXACTLY10 kings over the territories of the Roman dioceses formerly named: Spain, Britain, Gaul, Italy, and Africa, in the Western Division of the empire, and Dacia, Macedonia, Asia, Thrace, and Pontus, in the Eastern portion.
The territory comprised by those 10 dioceses includes the modern countries of England, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.
So, while there will be 10 kings over 10 territorial regions or dioceses, they will comprise, in terms of current geography, some 22 nations all surrounding the Mediterranean.
As you can see, SOME nations included in those territories ARE members of the EU, and some AREN'T.
Some way wonder how "Christian" England, France, Spain and Italy will turn against Christ and support the Antichrist.
First of all, the current population of these nations is largely secular. Secondly, by then EVERY REAL Christian will be in heaven, and only unbelievers will be left on earth.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 says:
"because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved... God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness".
Here's "Exhibit A" of why it's so important to study what the Bible ACTUALLY says, instead of gulping down what OTHERS SAY it says.
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011
WOMEN IN MINISTRY - PART 2
"The eye CANNOT say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the Head (Jesus) cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that SEEM to be weaker are INDISPENSABLE (1 Corinthians 12:21,22).
I've always found it ironic that those who throw UNSCRIPTURAL roadblocks in front of women, and fight tooth and nail to keep them from ministry, have no trouble at all RECEIVING OFFERINGS from them!
Nor do they have any problem asking them to "tithe"!
Do you know that 70% of the FUNDING for various ministries COMES FROM WOMEN?
If it wasn't for women, hypocritical male preachers, YOU would have NO MINISTRY!
So, it's O.K. to DISCRIMINATE against women being in ministry,but NOT against TAKING THEIR MONEY!
If that's not a hypocritical, self-serving, double-standard, I don't know what is!
You see, ladies... they have no problem TAKING YOUR MONEY, it's ONLY YOUR MINISTRY they object to. What a bunch of two-faced hypocrites!
By keeping women out of the ministry, by effectively "disqualifying" HALF of Christ's Body from spreading the Good News, not only is the Body of Christ shooting itself in the foot, but it's in direct violation of many Scriptures, including the anchor verse quoted above.
For TOO LONG, religious legalists have insisted that women be confined to singing and teaching Sunday school.
For TOO LONG they've told women "we have NO NEED of you". When, in fact, the Church DESPERATELY NEEDS women in ministry.
Had women been allowed to serve Jesus as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, Lord knows how much of the world would be evangelized by now.
Had women been allowed to minister, perhaps God wouldn't need to send A SPECIAL ANGEL in the middle of the tribulation to preach the Gospel to people MEN FAILED TO REACH (Revelation 14:6).
We all know that, when a woman KNOWS SOMETHING, especially something GOOD AND EXCITING, she simply CAN'T KEEP HER MOUTH SHUT... That's A GREAT THING where the Gospel is concerned. Jesus be praised!
It takes both, male and female, to reproduce physically. Likewise, it takes male and female to reproduce SPIRITUALLY.
Bigotry against women ministers is A SAD COMMENTARY on HOW CARNAL the Church still is after 2,000 years of turbulent history.
Instead of validating ministry based on the undeniable CALLING OF GOD on a person's life, or the manifestation of His Spirit, we base it on whether that person has A PHYSICAL penis or vagina.
Then we wonder WHY His Church is so confused and DIVIDED.
The Spirit has NO GENDER!
WHAT, legalistic men, do you suggest we do with ALL THE SOULS women have won for Christ, DESPITE YOUR GODLESS INTERFERENCE?
What should we do with all the people women have DISCIPLED in the faith?
Should we give ‘em back to Satan???
Should we "disqualify" them, too, because they were brought into the Kingdom by women?
Christians need to GROW UP and stop interfering with others serving the Lord.
They also need to STOP negating God's decisions.
We don't get to CALL ANYONE into ministry, nor do we get to "disqualify" ANYONE. God does. That's His job.
Do you think,oh mortal, sinful man, that you're wiser than God?
Do you think your OPINIONS are BETTER than His DECISION?
The gifts and callings or God are IRREVOCABLE, no matter WHO possesses them! [Romans 11:29].
If God calls women to serve Him in various areas of ministry, WHO ARE YOU to oppose Him?
Men, stop being so insecure! Ministry ISN'T competition.
Women ministers aren't competing with you. They are CO-WORKERS in His Kingdom, who COMPLEMENT your own ministry and SERVE THE SAME LORD.
The harvest is plenteous. The laborers are few. We need more laborers.
Whether the laborer's spirit is housed in a male body, or a female body is IRRELEVANT.
STOP discriminating against women.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there's EQUALITY.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, THERE IS LIBERTY!
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2011
WOMEN IN MINISTRY
1 Corinthians 14:34-35 says: "let your women keep silent in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also says the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husband at home: for it is a shame for a woman to speak in the congregation."
When Bible verses like this one, are taken out of context, they can be made to mean just about anything, including THE VERY OPPOSITE of what was intended.
This verse is conveniently isolated by religious minds from the rest of 1 Corinthians, and used by religious misogynists as a biblical whip to castigate women:
"Now, see? The Bible says women are to be silent".
The Bible SAYS NO SUCH THING.
What the Bible DOES SAY is that God is NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS [Romans 2:11].
What is also says, UNDISPUTEDLY, in Galatians 3:26-28 is: "You are ALL sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For ALL OF YOU (men and women) who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ: There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, MALE NOR FEMALE; for you are ALL one in Christ Jesus".
Either Paul contradicted himself and, worse, Scripture contradicts itself, or that verse means something OTHER THAN the traditional interpretation.
Look at the very next verse, 1st Corinthians 14:36:"What? Did the Word of God come from you? Did it come to you (men) ALONE?
The word for "what" [e, in Greek] has a negative connotation of disbelief.
This is a rhetorical question. Paul was saying [paraphrasing] "What?" Are you kidding me? Are you speaking God's Word? Is that what God's word says?" Clearly indicating that's NOT the case, clearly indicating women are NOT to be silent in church.
The Corinthians had written Paul asking him about a number of issues, among them if women were allowed to speak. These were NEW converts to Christianity who were seeking instruction from the apostle.
This is clearly shown in 1 Corinthians 7:1 where Paul says "now concerning the things you wrote me about"... And then starts dealing with the issues they raise, one by one.
Chapter 7:25 "now concerning virgins"...
Chapter 8:1 "now as touching things offered to idols"...
Chapter 12:1 "now concerning spiritual gifts"...
Chapter 16:1 "now concerning the collection for the saints"...
Clearly, Paul is answering different questions asked by the Corinthians in their letter.
In the controversial verses (14:34,35) he's merely QUOTING the question they asked him about women keeping silence, as the law said. And he answers "What? Is that God's Word coming out of you? And did His Word come ONLY to you (men)"?
Notice what Paul himself says earlier in 1 Corinthians 11:5 "But EVERY WOMAN that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head..." so, evidently, WOMEN WERE PRAYING AND PROPHESYING!
They were NOT "keeping silent" at all!
That was INVENTED by religion, NOT BY GOD.
Had Paul WANTED THEM to keep silent, he sure missed a great opportunity to say "every woman that prays or prophesies SHOULD SHUT UP".
Instead, he merely says they should have their heads covered with their own hair when they do it. He said women shouldn't have their heads uncovered or shaved WHEN THEY PRAY OR PROPHESY IN THE CONGREGATION.
That statement clearly DEMONSTRATES that he APPROVED of women praying and prophesying.
So the very scripture legalistic minds ERRONEOUSLY use to beat women over the head and keep them from ministry, was intended to say THE VERY OPPOSITE: no, women aren't to be silent, and Christian women are no longer under the law.
Now, let's examine the other "anti-woman" Scripture, 1 Timothy 2:11,12:
"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the husband, but to be in silence".
Paul was Apostle to the gentiles [Romans 11:13, 1 Timothy 2:7].
Most of the people he'd won to Christ came from pagan cultures, in which women either had no rights and were treated as personal property (we still see that in many parts of the world today) or, in some cases, there was the other extreme, where they were dominating their husbands.
The Greek word translated as "silence" is esuchia which actually means "stillness".
Paul is merely saying that wives should BE STILL: not running around, not taking CHARGE OF all things, and NOT bossing their husbands.
He's talking about how wives should relate TO THEIR HUSBANDS, NOT about what they can or can't do in the congregation, or in their service to Jesus.
Indeed, for the first three hundred years of Church history women preached alongside men, ministered in various capacities, and DIED AS MARTYRS just like men.
It was only in the fourth century, when Christianity became institutionalized that the role of women was diminished, as male dominance and religious bigotry set in.
Now, let's get down to SPECIFIC cases:
In Acts 16:40, we have Lydia, A WOMAN, who LED A CHURCH in her house in Thyatira.
Unless you think Lydia was a mime, who communicated by signs, HOW could she LEAD (PASTOR) A CHURCH if she wasn't allowed TO SPEAK?
In Philippians 4:2,3 Paul entreats TWO WOMEN Euodia and Syntyche to "agree in the Lord", and he asks the church to "help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel". Clearly, Euodia and Syntyche were evangelists.
In Romans 16:1 Paul commends Phoebe, A WOMAN, and calls her a DEACONESS (minister) in the Church.
In Romans 16:3 we have the same Apostle Paul saying:
"Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus".
He calls Priscilla, A WOMAN, his "FELLOW worker in Christ Jesus", elevating her to HIS OWN PRIVILEGED STATUS.
He even mentions her BEFORE her husband Aquila.
Romans 16:7 speaks of ANOTHER WOMAN, named Junia, BEING AN APOSTLE in the early church.
So, we clearly see that IN THE EARLY CHURCH women were pastors, deacons, EVANGELISTS and even APOSTLES!!!
HOW DARE some prejudiced, religious idiot say that WOMEN can't minister or speak in the congregation?
When Jesus rose from the dead, He had NO PROBLEM telling Mary Magdalene and "the other Mary" to give a command to the apostles to go into Galilee and that they'd see Him there, RESURRECTED. [Matthew 28:10]
So, ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE, THE FIRST to announce Jesus' resurrection WERE WOMEN !
It was WOMEN who first notified the apostles, the original Church, gathered in the Upper Room, that He had risen from the dead!
THE FIRST to preach the Gospel (there's no Gospel without the Resurrection) WERE WOMEN !
Take that, stupid male preachers, stuff it down your religious pipe, and smoke it.
Are you going to seriously tell me God wants His women to be silent?
To this day, women are some of the most effective soul winners Jesus has.
Ladies,if God has called you to the ministry, (and if He really has, you KNOW IT, beyond the shadow of a doubt) don't let ANYONE, least of all some insecure male religious wimp, stop you from serving Him.
Why waste your time seeking mortal men's approval, when you already have The Immortal Man's approval?
Acts 5:29: You must "obey God rather than men".
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