July 2011 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
PICTURES FROM THE PIT
There's this video making the rounds on the internet and INFECTING YouTube as well as the minds OF STUPID, IGNORANT people, where SUPPOSEDLY a Korean "Christian" girl had a vision of Jesus, wherein He took her to hell and showed her the specific punishment for various types of sin.
The girl then, purportedly, depicted their punishment in a series of gruesome, graphic and rather disturbing pictures.
According to this ABOMINATION, smokers are possessed by the "spirits of serpents", those who didn't consult Jesus but "made their own decisions" hung from crosses as they were crucified and tormented in hell, those who didn't want to "eat the Word of God" were covered in sores and had these long, thin, snake like creatures coming in and out of their mouths.
Those who ate and drank "prohibited things" (whatever those are) had this dark liquid resembling tar poured into their mouths.
(It's ironic that this video should come from South Korea of all places, where they eat raw, LIVE fish and LIVE octopus still wriggling and BLEEDING in their mouths... YUCK! And where they even eat DOGS)... (Acts 15:29).
Those who "hurt others with their words" get a spear through the mouth.
Liars have their mouths forced open by devils with two horns and get hot coals or hot rocks shoved into them.
Those who steal money are penetrated from head to toes with spears and needles...
Those who had impure thoughts were tormented in a frying pan.
And (get this) Christians who DID NOT share the Gospel WENT TO HELL, TOO.
THEY were tormented by being held with a chain around their necks, while a devil with a sword systematically hacked off their fingers, then the rest of their bodies, piece by piece.
You get the picture.
Whoever made this video and painted those pictures IS A DAMNED LIAR.
This ISN'T a "Christian" video, it's a SATANIC video.
It's supposedly based on the experience of a young Korean girl, but her name is not even given, nor the city she's from, nor the congregation she attends, nor the name of a pastor or minister who will vouch for her/it.
Whoever made it, besides being EXTREMELY IGNORANT and possessing a VERY LOW I.Q., IS A LIAR and an instrument of Satan.
They've no more "seen Jesus" or "seen hell" than I've seen Shangri La.
Besides being TOTALLY FEAR BASED - and we know that FEAR is NOT of God (2 Timothy 1:7; 1John 4:18) -- it CONTRADICTS the Word of God.
ANYONE WHO CONTRADICTS GOD IS A LIAR.
Where's the Blood of Jesus in all this?
Where's the Grace of God in all this?
If this piece of trash were true, NO ONE would be saved.
EVERYONE would go to hell.
It's nothing but a cheap parody of the apocryphal Apocalypse of Peter, written in the second century, which depicts similar punishments for those who go to hell and for their various types of sin.
That ludicrous piece of trash was NOT written by the apostle Peter, was NOT Holy Spirit inspired, and has NEVER been accepted into the canon of Scripture.
The tragedy is that there are AT LEAST 5 "Christian" places on the internet promoting THIS EVIL VIDEO as a supposed "soul winning" tool.
If I were a lost sinner, I'd be laughing my head off.
I'd be mocking the SHEER STUPIDITY of Christians and how they NEGATE the very Gospel (Good News) they profess to believe in with their superstitions and nonsensical idiocy.
The pictures ARE from the pit, alright.
But they DON'T show who goes to hell or what happens in hell.
What they do show is they CAME FROM HELL, NOT from Jesus.
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2011
I was the first person in my family to become born-again.
I'd heard about Jesus, read about Jesus, sang about Jesus, prayed to Jesus, believed in Jesus. I even LOVED Jesus.
I'd participated in all the rituals: infant baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, attended Mass, gone to confession, taken communion, sang in the church's choir... studied catechism,taught catechism... you name it.
Jesus was always "out there" somewhere, or someone in my mind, someone religion had taught me about.
Even though I loved Him, and believed in Him, I couldn't say I REALLY KNEW HIM. I couldn't say He LIVED in my heart.
I was NEVER SURE of being "good enough" to make it to heaven [for the record, NO ONE IS].
Religion had taught me TO BE AFRAID OF God and, sure enough, most of the time, I was AFRAID of Him.
In all my 21 years as a VERY TRADITIONAL Roman Catholic, and also having had considerable exposure to Seventh Day Adventism and Lutheranism, NO ONE EVER TOLD ME that I needed to INVITE JESUS INTO MY HEART.
Nobody EVER told me I needed to be born again.
Nobody EVER told me I needed to EXPERIENCE Jesus, His PRESENCE, LOVE and power inside me.
Nobody EVER told me I needed to lose my fear of Him, and TRUST HIM, REST in Him.
We neither studied, nor read the Bible. In fact, before age 10, I hadn't even heard there was such thing as a Bible.
It took a combination of three Baptist preachers to get me saved: Oliver Greene, Theodore Epp, and Billy Graham.
Thank God for the Baptist! They are relentless in preaching Salvation.
It's something that I appreciate to this very day: Even though God called me to minister primarily in the area of biblical prophecy, I see myself as a SOUL WINNER, first and foremost.
I rejoice as much today over each and every soul that RECEIVES Christ, as I did many years ago with the first person I ever brought to knowledge of the Savior.
I said all of that to say this:
I've NEVER WON anyone to Christ by asking them to switch religions.
I've NEVER WON anyone to Christ by criticizing or condemning them, or their lifestyle.
I NEVER WON any member of my family [and I've won nearly all of them: parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews] BY TELLING THEM TO FORSAKE PAINTINGS, STATUES, MEDALS OR ANY OTHER RELIGIOUS PARAPHERNALIA.
Never told them to stop praying to this saint or that saint.
Like Baptists, I focused on GETTING THEM TO RECEIVE JESUS, getting JESUS INTO THEM.
A PERSON'S MOST URGENT NEED, regardless of whether they're satanists, atheists, agnostics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Baptist, Pentecostals, Catholics, or whatever... is TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST INTO THEIR HEARTS AS LORD, SAVIOR AND GOD.
Once Jesus GETS IN, all the other stuff gradually COMES OUT.
I remember mother had for years and years a picture of Mary in her bedroom. I never told her it was "bad", "idolatrous", or to get rid of it.
Upon inviting Jesus into her heart, she said "she'd had it for too long and just couldn't part with it". I said "fine".
Couple of years went by and one day she suddenly announced that she had gotten rid of the painting because she'd read in the Bible that it wasn't pleasing to God.
She did it ALL ON HER OWN.
A similar thing happened with my aunt.
She did it of her own volition, when the Holy Spirit, not I, told her to.
Too often well-meaning Christians try to usurp the role of the Holy Spirit, and FORCE or PRESSURE people to "give this up" or "give that up" BEFORE RECEIVING CHRIST.
They got it BACKWARDS:
I don't care whether it's smoking, drinking, drugs, sex, adultery, religious images, or anything else.
We come to Jesus "JUST AS WE ARE", WE INVITE HIM INTO OUR HEARTS, JUST AS WE ARE: NO FALSE PIETY, NO FALSE PRETENSES.
When we do, Jesus takes over and CLEANS US UP.
Don't worry about what you've done, where you've been, how you've lived, or even about your surroundings.
Give your heart to Jesus. He does the rest.
Make Him your Lord, your Number One priority, and EVERYTHING ELSE will fall into place.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011
Somewhere along the way, organized religion SOLD US the idea that Christians ARE SUPPOSED TO BE MOUSY AND TIMID.
Somewhere along the way we came to believe we're supposed to be quiet, backward, unnoticed, and non-intrusive: Just mind our own business.
That being a "good Christian" means to ALWAYS have this idiotic smile, be nice, go to church, go home, and not make any waves.
That we're supposed to be human doormats, and accept whatever comes our way.
That we're not to have any impact in the world around us, that we're not to engage in, or affect popular culture.
That we are to retreat into the safety of certain man-invented buildings we [incorrectly] call "churches" and barricade ourselves.
That we should ‘hold the fort" and see those buildings as places of refuge, to shelter us from all the evil that goes on around us.
We were sold a whole bunch of unbiblical, religious B.S.
Somewhere along the way, the Church was put on defense.
When all the while we should have been be playing OFFENSE.
Where did the religious establishment get these ideas?
Certainly NOT from the Bible!
That's just the opposite of what we read in the Gospels.
That's NOT the example that Jesus and His apostles set for us.
Jesus told us to GO INTO [penetrate] ALL the world. That sounds like offense to me.
He never told us to hide inside air conditioned buildings with padded pews, sing boring hymns, and let the world go to hell!
Jesus was always on offense.
Even when He hung in agony on the cross, He was on offense. He was in control. He was pro-active. He was setting a trap for Satan. And Satan fell for it.
Satan paid dearly for that mistake, and is still paying.
If the princes of this world had known they would have never crucified the Lord of Glory [1st Corinthians 2:8].
How can we even call ourselves "Christian" when we don't follow our Master's example?
Go INTO all the world. . . means just that.... "all" means "ALL".
We're supposed to go into bars and brothels, hospitals and clubs, schools and homes, factories and offices, parties and funerals. We're supposed to go on the streets, and invade all forms of media with his glorious message of eternal life.
Proverbs 28:1 says "the righteous are as bold as a lion".
Jesus' NEVER preached retreat. He told us to ADVANCE. He told us to OCCUPY.
Let's get on offense, and put Satan and his minions on defense.
Let's put them where they belong, under the Church's feet.
The Promised Land is there for us to take. Do we still fear the "giants"? Or are we BOLD ENOUGH to cross the Jordan ?
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011
"Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that IS WHAT SOME OF YOU WERE. But YOU WERE WASHED, you were sanctified, YOU WERE JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, NIV)
The ONE thing religion does, the ONE thing you can COUNT ON it doing, is INSTILLING FEAR.
ALL religion is FEAR-BASED.
That includes all forms of "Christian" religion.
Fear BRINGS CONDEMNATION.
Fear is OUR ENEMY (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18).
Every time I preach a message on the UNCONDITIONAL Love and Grace of God, several people immediately ask "what about this", "what about THAT?", "what about 1 Corinthians 6:9"?
I'm not angry at these people. On the contrary, I'm saddened by the fact that they've lived all or most of their lives under religious bondage, instead of the FREEDOM of the Spirit.
Matter of fact, I'm glad they ask because it gives me the opportunity to shatter that myth to pieces with the Word of Truth so that Jesus -- my lovely, precious Jesus-- can truly SET THEM FREE.
Do we have to "perform" in order to please our Father?
Do we lose Salvation (Jesus) when we sin?
If that were remotely true then I would have gotten lost and saved, and lost and saved, and lost and saved AGAIN AND AGAIN... more times than I can count.
God doesn't want His children to live in fear that IF THEY SIN, if they have a moment of weakness, if they fail to act according to His righteous standards, they're going to be lost.
Are you that way with YOUR children?
Are you constantly watching, just waiting for them to make one mistake, break one rule, so you can whack 'em over the head and disown them?
If you did, you wouldn't be much of a parent.
And if God did, He wouldn't be much of a God.
The fact is, when your children break the rules, you may not like it, but you FORGIVE THEM.
If you, being sinners, can show such love and compassion, WHAT ON EARTH MAKES RELIGION THINK THAT God, THE PERSONIFICATION OF LOVE AND MERCY, WILL DO ANY LESS?
Fact is, you can be an obedient son, or a disobedient son of God, but you CANNOT un-son yourself.
Faith is TRUSTING that our heavenly Father won't disown us NO MATTER WHAT WE DO.
Does that mean we TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HIS GRACE and SIN RECKLESSLY?
Any person who's truly been born again, who is indwelt by Christ's Spirit is NOT looking for ways to "get away with" sin.
REAL Christians feel miserable when they/we sin, because the Holy Spirit in us is grieved.
Any person who has the Living Christ on the inside DOES NOT WANT TO SIN.
We sin because we're human and our flesh is weak.
Trust me, NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO live a godly life, YOU WILL SIN.
We don't want to sin, we're not proud of it, and we wish we didn't, BUT SOONER OR LATER, WE WILL.
That's a fact.
Our PERFORMANCE doesn't impress God one bit.
Our FAITH (unconditional TRUST) does.
It all boils down to this: Is sin greater than the Blood of Jesus?
If ANY sin is greater, we might as well throw in the towel and forsake our faith (God forbid).
If ANY sin is greater, then Jesus DIED IN VAIN (perish the VERY THOUGHT).
The fact is Jesus has ALREADY PAID FOR ALL -- and I mean ALL -- your sins (past, present and future).
God doesn't find out about your sin when you commit it. He knew about it, and JESUS WAS SLAIN FOR IT, BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD (Revelation 13:8).
Your sins ARE forgiven!
There's NO CONDEMNATION! (Romans 8:1)
DEAL WITH IT!!!
Dust yourself off, receive His forgiveness humbly and gratefully, and LIVE FOR HIM.
Living in the freedom of the Spirit is living WITHOUT FEAR.
Living in the freedom of the Spirit is TRUSTING that we are His and He is ours, REGARDLESS of our outward behavior.
... REGARDLESS of when we act properly or when we altogether MISS THE MARK.
As the old hymn so beautifully says "BLESSED ASSURANCE, Jesus IS MINE".
If you receive Him, you're FOREVER His and He's FOREVER YOURS (John 10:28,29).
NO ONE and NOTHING, in this world or the next, can EVER change that.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27,2011
HELL, NO !
Contrary to conventional religious teaching, hell is A TEMPORARY PLACE, NOT a FINAL destination(Psalms 16:10; 2 Peter 2:4).
Most people confuse hell, which is temporary, with the lake of fire, which is eternal. Or use "hell" as a general term to refer to the destination of those who are spiritually lost. I've been guilty of it myself.
Everyone who is in hell right now CAN STILL GET SAVED (Psalm 139:8; Matthew 12:32).
While they still CAN get saved, there's NO ASSURANCE that they will.
This is a question that comes in CONSTANTLY.
I realize this is a controversial subject. I certainly don't part fellowship with those who believe differently. I also recognize that religious tradition is HARD to break free from. So, those who have "problems" with this doctrine, and can't receive it, it's O.K.
This is NON-ESSENTIAL, meaning that no one's Salvation hinges on their hell doctrine.
On the other hand, for those whose loved ones died WITHOUT CHRIST, while I cannot give assurances that they will be saved, there's STILL a ray of hope.
Hell is known by several names in the Bible :
1. Hell (Psalms 9:17; Luke 16:23)
2. The bottomless pit or "the pit" (Psalms 88:6; Proverbs 1:12).
3. The abyss (Jeremiah 48:28; Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:2).
4. The "nether parts of the earth" (or netherworld) (Ezekiel 31:14; 32:18).
Geographically speaking, hell is located BENEATH the surface of the earth, at its center, UNDERGROUND, BELOW where we live (Numbers 16:33; Deuteronomy 32:22; Isaiah 14:9).
They way in and out of hell, geographically speaking, is thru the sea (Ezekiel 28:8).
The way INTO hell, spiritually speaking, is NOT RECEIVING Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and God. Failure to RECEIVE Jesus is THE ONLY sin, -- repeat: THE ONLY sin -- THAT WILL SEND ANYONE TO HELL.
The way OUT of hell, is to receive Jesus as Lord, Savior and God.
Those in hell can find Jesus, as evidenced by Psalm 139:8:
"If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed IN HELL, behold, YOU ARE THERE".
Psalm 116:3,4 say: "The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains OF HELL got hold on me... Then I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, save me"!
Proverbs 15:24: "The way of life is above to the wise that he may depart from hell beneath":
Amos 9:2: "Though they go down to hell, there shall my hand bring them out".
Those in hell CAN STILL GET SAVED, regardless of what organized religion teaches, and DESPITE traditional Christian thinking.
That's why Jesus said "And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man it shall be forgiven him but whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit it SHALL NOT BE FORGIVEN him neither in this age NEITHER IN THE AGE TO COME (Matthew 12:32).
Jesus could have simply said "they'll NEVER be forgiven". If it were impossible for them to be forgiven and saved "in the age to come" then Jesus' statement would be TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR.
If they COULDN'T get saved, Revelation 20:13-15 wouldn't say:
"The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades (hell) GAVE UP THE DEAD THAT WERE IN THEM, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades (HELL) were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was NOT found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire".
Such statement CLEARLY INDICATES that at the Great White Throne (Final) Judgment SOME dead people, who had been in hell at some point, WERE found in the Book of Life, and were NOT cast into the lake.
That, in turn, means that they got saved IN HELL ITSELF.
Those in hell will still have the OPPORTUNITY TO GET SAVED until the end of the Millennium. Those who, by then, have not repented and received Jesus as Lord, Savior and God, will be tossed into the lake of fire, ALONG WITH HELL ITSELF (Revelation 20:12-15).
The lake of fire IS eternal. No one's coming out of there, EVER (Matthew 25:41).
What about you? Are you 100% SURE of your FINAL destination?
There are no guarantees of Salvation in hell. While people there CAN GET SAVED,who's to say if they will receive Jesus or not?
Why take that chance, when you CAN BE SURE?
Salvation is ONLY guaranteed, 100%, to those who receive Christ NOW.
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011
The Book of Revelation paints a pretty grim picture of what the world will be like once God's people leave, and an equally depressing picture of the kind of people who'll be left in it.
Perhaps you've wondered what sort of humans will be living on earth during the tribulation.
Don't delude yourself for a minute into thinking they'll be atheists or agnostics. In fact, there WON'T BE ANY.
According to Revelation 9:20, 21 they'll be Christ haters, unrepentant, idolaters, worshipers of demons, practicing all manner of unbridled sex, sorcerers, thieves and murderers.
According to Revelation 16:9-11, they'll be blasphemers and cursers of God.
And according to Revelation 13:4 they'll be worshipers of Satan and of Antichrist.
Believe it or not, they are RELIGIOUS PEOPLE, who refuse to worship the true God, hence worship the god embedded in their wicked imagination.
Some of them have infiltrated your congregation and contact ministries like this one on a regular basis passing themselves off as "Christian", and do a pretty good job of it, until the Spirit EXPOSES THEM.
Even after knowing, beyond all doubt, that Jesus is God, they will want to PREVENT the establishment of His Kingdom on earth AT ALL COSTS.
They THINK the Christian faith is evil and intolerant, and that THEY ARE the "good people" trying to unite the world into one big, happy, "loving" family.
They are the ones who believe BLINDLY in the calendar of a savage, extinct civilization known as the Mayas, and who eagerly await December 21, 2012 as the dawning of a New Age of peace, love, freedom and tolerance.
They will worship THE DEVIL before they worship God.
Where, you may wonder, are all these EXTREMELY EVIL people?
Ha! Where AREN'T they?
They're all around us.
They're your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends, the people you meet on the street, those you interact with on line, AT CHURCH and, sadly, even some members of our families.
That's why the world at large and society in general are becoming more and more polarized:
A mere taste of things to come.
MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011
I just want to take a moment today to thank the many who pray for me on a regular basis.
Many write in saying they pray for me personally. For every person who takes the time to write in and say it, there are many others who pray and don't say it.
So many of you tell us that you were seeking answers about Salvation, prophecy, tithing, or something else, and the Lord "led you to our website".
That's one of the highest compliments you can give us.
I am really grateful for your prayers. Rest assured that they are both FELT and appreciated.
It's quite remarkable that while we don't know one another in the flesh, we do know each other IN SPIRIT, and that the Spirit has not only led you to this ministry, but TO PRAY for it.
Know that your prayers DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE and are NOT taken for granted.
I'm both HUMBLED, and consider it a great honor that you would take time in your busy schedule not only to THINK about, but to PRAY, for me personally.
I also want you to KNOW that at christconnection we pray, too.
Not only for the prayer requests that come in, but we pray for all who visit the website, we pray for all brothers and sisters, for the unsaved, and even for those who dislike our ministry, and speak evil of our teaching and/or style, or both.
James 5:16 assures us that "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person WORKS and has MUCH POWER".
Only eternity will reveal the FULL impact of your prayers and mine.
So, my precious brothers and sisters, a BIG "THANK YOU", to each and every one of you, from the bottom of my heart...
With love and eternal gratitude,
Jesus' and your servant,
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011
THE POWER OF GOODNESS
In Romans 12:21 Paul makes the most astonishing and profound statement:
"Don't be overcome by evil, but OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD".
The entire chapter is A GEM, which deserves to be read, studied, and meditated, in Spirit, endlessly.
Good has POWER to OVERCOME EVIL.
Good WILL overcome evil, EACH AND EVERY TIME.
In fact, despite appearances to the contrary, evil IS NO MATCH FOR good.
According to Jesus, there's "NO ONE good, but God" (Luke 18:19).
So, when Paul says to overcome evil with good, he is actually saying we overcome evil WITH GOD.
With the God who LIVES IN US, who is EXCEEDINGLY AND ETERNALLY Good (with a capital "G").
If you haven't experienced His Good-ness, you haven't experienced His God-ness.
And if you haven't experienced His God-ness, you haven't really experienced Him.
The ONLY reason evil prevails is because there's not enough goodness (or God-ness) in the world.
The reason there's not enough goodness is because God's children, who are the ONLY ONES capable of manifesting His Good-ness as well as His God-ness, AREN'T ALLOWING it/Him to manifest.
All we've allowed Him to manifest in us is a drop of goodness here, and a trickle there.
In fact, when His Church is removed from the earth, THERE WON'T BE ANY GOODNESS AT ALL; that's WHY evil will take over and Satan's Antichrist will manifest.
Tapping into His Goodness (or His Godness) is not a "push button" proposition.
It involves SEPARATING OURSELVES unto God, setting all the world's distractions to the side for a while (people, pets, TV, internet, cell phones, Blackberries, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), GETTING ALONE with God somewhere, seeking Him (within us) WITH ALL -- and I mean ALL -- our hearts, spending time with Him, listening to Him, being attentive to His promptings.
Manifesting God's Goodness involves TOTAL, WHOLEHEARTED humility, TOTAL submission to our Lord, TOTAL dependence ON HIM, and TOTAL TRUST in Him DESPITE appearances, and DESPITE the reasonings of our flawed, VAIN imagination.
God's Goodness TRUSTS God UNCONDITIONALLY even when human "logic" says otherwise.
To have the LIVING, ETERNAL, ALMIGHTY, and infinitely GOOD God LIVING PERMANENTLY IN US, and to ignore Him, IS A CRIME.
He MUST be allowed to MANIFEST, Body of Christ.
We MUST PLUNGE ourselves and LOSE OUR SELVES (totally and LITERALLY) INTO Him who is OUR LIFE and our Goodness.
The Book of Revelation repeatedly makes all kinds of WONDERFUL PROMISES to those who "overcome".
He who overcomes "I will give to eat of the tree of life" (Revelation 2:7)...
... "Will not be hurt at all by the second death" (Revelation 2:11).
To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it (Revelation 2:17).
... "TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS" (Revelation 2:26).
...Will "be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels" (Revelation 3:5)
"I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the Name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new Name" (Revelation 3:12).
"To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne" (Revelation 3:21).
He who overcomes "will inherit all things, and I will be his God and he will be my son" (Revelation 21:7).
It's the Goodness of God IN US, it's His God-ness IN US that will OVERCOME the evil in this world and rapture us.
Good can achieve ALL THINGS. Good will OVERCOME ALL things.
THE POWER of Good IS the power OF GOD.
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011
THE LOUSIEST EXCUSE
Picture this: The Children of Israel had just celebrated the first Passover, been delivered from Egyptian bondage, and camped at the foot of Mount Sinai.
Their leader Moses had gone up to the top of the Mount to meet the Lord and receive His law and commandments.
When he returns a mere 40 days and nights later, he finds Israelites worshipping a golden calf and committing all sorts of immorality.
These, mind you, were the same Israelites who had THREE MONTHS earlier been miraculously delivered from Egyptian bondage by God, thru a number of plagues that afflicted ONLY the Egyptians, while Hebrews were untouched, including the killing of all the Egyptian firstborn.
They had seen the Red Sea open and form a land bridge over to Canaan, and then seen the entire Egyptian army perish in the sea when they tried to follow in pursuit.
Moses, naturally, turned to his brother Aaron, God's chosen High Priest, for an explanation: "What did this people do to you, that you have brought so great a sin on them"? (Exodus 32:21).
Aaron's answer should go down in history as THE MOTHER OF all lousy excuses:
"I said to them, ‘whoever has any gold, let them break it off'. So they gave it to me: then I cast it into the fire and THIS CALF CAME OUT" (Exodus 32:24).
To hear Aaron's version of events, the Israelites gave him their gold, he put it in the fire to melt it down, and THE GOLD SHAPED ITSELF INTO A CALF.
Israel's High Priest WAS LYING.
In fact, Exodus 32:1-6 tells us WHAT REALLY HAPPENED:
"When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come, MAKE US GODS who will go before us. For this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him'.
Aaron answered them, ‘Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me'.
So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him AND MADE IT INTO AN IDOL CAST IN THE SHAPE OF A CALF, FASHIONING IT WITH A TOOL.
Then they said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt'.
When Aaron saw this, HE BUILT AN ALTAR IN FRONT OF THE CALF AND ANNOUNCED ‘Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord'".
As High Priest Aaron could have, and SHOULD HAVE, spoken up and said "wait a minute, our God is Yahweh, we've seen His miracles, and we won't worship anyone but Him".
Instead, without any protestation, he immediately gave in to their demands,asked for gold, and INTENTIONALLY MADE THE IMAGE OF A CALF.
When he heard the people proclaiming the calf as "god", AGAIN without any objection he facilitated its worship by immediately building AN ALTAR IN FRONT OF IT, so they could worship and offer sacrifices.
Not only was he A LIAR, Aaron, needless to say, WASN'T MUCH OF A LEADER.
Moses got so angry that he had the calf melted, then ground into powder, then put it in the water, and made the children of Israel drink it (Exodus 32:19,20).
Moses delayed 40 days and nights in returning to the camp. Jesus, on the other hand, has delayed almost 2,000 years.
What idols have you built? Who or what is the GOLDEN CALF that you worship?
During Jesus' PHYSICAL absence, the "high priests" of Christendom, like Aaron, have built MANY idols:
From actual statues and images, to denominational idols, human idols, doctrinal idols, even eschatological idols...
Like Aaron, they've asked people for their "gold" under false pretenses, to satisfy THE IDOL OF GREED whom they worship.
When Moses returned, he made Israelites drink their idol's dust.
When Jesus returns, He will make EVERY IDOL SHEPHERD BITE the dust.
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011
Today's topic is so ugly and unpleasant that I wish I didn't have to talk about it.
Child abuse has reached EPIDEMIC proportions.
Over THREE MILLION reports of child abuse are made in the United States each year, that's one every 10 seconds.
If statistics are remotely accurate, ONE in every 55 children is abused in the United States each year.
That's more than 1.25 million.
More than half (61 percent) of the children were victims of neglect, meaning a parent or guardian failed to provide for the child's BASIC needs.
Forms of neglect include educational neglect, physical neglect, and emotional neglect.
Another 44 percent were victims of abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse.
Child abuse, in its various forms, scars children FOR LIFE.
FIVE CHILDREN DIE EVERY DAY as a direct result of child abuse or neglect.
That's what we know from cases that GET REPORTED and investigated. How many go UNREPORTED, for various reasons, is known only to God.
This pandemic transcends socio-economic, intellectual and ethnic lines.
It affects everyday people, rich and poor, young and old, even celebrities.
It happens in home and schools, with relatives and, saddest of all, WITHIN the Church.
There is NO REASON to harm a child. EVER!!!
Child abuse, in whatever form(s) it takes is INEXCUSABLE.
I don't want to hear that someone was abused as a child, so they're abusive toward children.
Those who've experienced the horrors of child abuse firsthand should be THE LEAST INCLINED to inflict such life altering pain on others.
Those who were victimized themselves and feel that way, shouldn't go ANYWHERE NEAR children.
Those who feel that way shouldn't HAVE children.
Those who feel that way MUSTN'T inflict on kids the pain that was inflicted on them.
The "abuse chain" MUST END.
If you have been a victim of molestation, recently or in the distant past, please hear this:
It's NOT your fault.
You did NOT provoke or DESERVE such horrible abuse. NO WAY!!!
And don't you dare think "this was done to me, so I'll do it to others".
CHILD ABUSE IS EVEN MORE INEXCUSABLE, FROM SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN A VICTIM AND KNOWS THE AWFUL, LONG-TERM HARM IT INFLICTS.
If you've been abused, you NEED JESUS, and you need Him NOW. He LOVES YOU TENDERLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY, He will soothe your pain and comfort your wounded heart and mind. RUN into His loving, gentle, welcoming arms!
If you're an abuser, STOP!!! NOW!!!
THIS very moment!
If you're an abusive pastor, priest, Sunday school teacher, or involved in any sort of "ministry", GET THE HELL OUT NOW, GET AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND TEENS, AND SEEK SPIRITUAL AND PROFESSIONAL HELP.
If you can't control yourself, SEEK HELP.
And that help begins with repenting of your sin, inviting Jesus into your heart, and receiving Him as your only Lord, Savior and God.
Yes, He'll forgive and cleanse even you, if you come to Him in heartfelt repentance.
Then seek PROFESSIONAL help : http://www.childhelp.org/pages/help-for-parents
I can't think of a more horrible crime than abusing a small, helpless child, or almost helpless, impressionable teen.
Jesus was ADAMANT about it:
"He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my Name welcomes me.
But IF ANYONE CAUSES ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES who believe in me to sin, IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR HIM TO HAVE A LARGE MILLSTONE HUNG AROUND HIS NECK AND TO BE DROWNED IN THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA (Matthew 18:2-6).
THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011
RUMORS OF WAR
In Matthew 24:4-8 Jesus said the "end of the age" would be characterized by, among other things, "WARS and RUMORS OF wars".
Nation would rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.
That's PRECISELY the scenario that we're seeing in the Middle East, and have been seeing now for about 7 months.
Rumors of wars have also been circulating, especially as it pertains to Iran.
But now those rumors are intensifying.
In a recent radio interview, former CIA operative and Middle East expert Robert Baer, who lived 21 years in the region, told listeners in the L.A. area that Israel would attack Iran sometime in September, before Palestinians present their bid for statehood before the United Nations.
He based his conclusion on recent comments made by ex Mossad director Meir Dagan.
Dagan has recently warned that an Israeli attack on Iran would be "foolish" as it would not deter their nuclear ambitions and could lead to regional war in the already tumultuous Middle East.
I remember personally reading Dagan's comments on a recent issue of the Jerusalem Post.
Baer's theory makes sense. Why would the former head of the Mossad make such declarations unless he knew about, and had been consulted on, such plans?
Israel knows that should Iran achieve full fledged nuclear power, it would instantly become its number one target.
Ahmadinejad hasn't exactly made secret his desire to "wipe Israel off the map".
All diplomatic efforts spearheaded by the U.S. and the EU to deter Iran from its nuclear program, including economic sanctions, to date, have failed.
Even the Stuxnet virus, attributed to Israel, was just a temporary setback, which only managed to delay Iran's goal of becoming a nuclear power.
Iran is already testing missiles with nuclear capabilities, and capable of reaching Israel, in direct violation of a UN resolution :
Given Israel's tiny size, it wouldn't take many missiles to get the job done.
Of course, we KNOW that won't happen because God won't allow the destruction of Israel (Jeremiah 31:35,36).
But if you were Bibi Netanyahu, and given Israel's awful experience in the Holocaust a mere 70 years ago, would you just cross your arms and trust God's deliverance, or would you make plans to take out some of Iran's nuclear facilities?
Looks like the Middle East is headed for EVEN MORE TURBULENCE in late summer or fall...
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
The mention in Ezekiel chapters 40-46 of animal sacrifices during the Millennium is one issue that has baffled scholars and theologians for centuries.
If the Scriptures make it clear that Jesus’ perfect, once and for all Sacrifice IS SUFFICIENT TO FOREVER put us in right standing with God (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14), why in the world would sacrifices be needed in the Millennial era?
Isn’t His Blood sufficient to FOREVER cleanse us from sin?
Rather than seeking the answer from the Holy Spirit, or in the written Word… rather than being honest and admitting they DON’T KNOW… the best “explanation” religious minds have been able to FABRICATE is that such sacrifices will be offered “in remembrance” of the price it cost to redeem mankind.
I got one word for STUPID, BLIND and DISHONEST THEOLOGIANS:
Contrary to the way some would portray Him, ours is NOT some bloodthirsty, vengeful God. Nor does He take any pleasure in the shedding of blood (Isaiah 1:11; Psalm 40:6).
Why would we need the blood of innocent animals as a “reminder” of the price He paid (as if we could ever forget) WHEN JESUS HIMSELF WILL BE REIGNING IN OUR MIDST?
Sacrifices in the Millennium are NOT OFFERED for us.
They’re NOT offered for Christ’s Church, since we will be redeemed, sinless and reigning with Jesus in glorified bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-55; Revelation 5:10).
They’re offered for NATURAL humans who have survived the tribulation, including NATURAL Israelites, and their progeny.
Why do they STILL need animal sacrifices for sin?
Because they’re NOT saved.
NATURAL people who survive the tribulation in their NATURAL BODIES, including natural Israelites, and those they procreate during the 1,000 years, AREN’T SAVED.
Salvation is, and has ALWAYS been, by Grace thru faith (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3; Ephesians 2:8,9; Galatians 3:6).
Faith, the Bible tells us, is “the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of THINGS NOT SEEN” (Hebrews 11:1).
It doesn’t take ANY faith to believe in A VISIBLE Jesus who has returned, demonstrated His ETERNAL Deity, AND IS REIGNING IN JERUSALEM FOR ALL TO SEE (Revelation 20:4).
That’s OBSERVABLE, UNDISPUTED KNOWLEDGE, not faith.
Hence natural individuals who survive the tribulation and their natural offspring will still need animal sacrifices for sin UNTIL the Millennium ends.
The Millennium is both preceded and succeeded by 7-year periods.
When the Millennium ends, Satan will be released from the bottomless pit and, for a little while, will be allowed to rouse rebellious mankind into war, in the FINAL battle of all the ages, known as Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:7, 8).
It’s AT THAT POINT that NATURAL mankind will get a chance to exercise their faith in the living Savior.
Despite living in a wonderful, paradisiacal environment for 1,000 years, despite experiencing firsthand the Lord’s Goodness, SOME natural humans will still rebel.
While most will remain faithful to Christ and BE SAVED, sadly, Satan will succeed in deceiving various countries like Russia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Turkey and certain Eastern European nations (Ezekiel 38:1-6).
Those who follow Satan will perish at the Battle of Gog when they attack Jerusalem, in a FINAL, desperate and futile attempt to topple the ETERNAL Kingdom of God (Revelation 20:9,10).
Those who remain faithful to Jesus will be saved BY FAITH in Him. His precious Blood WILL BLOT AWAY ALL THEIR SINS FOREVER, as it has blotted ours.
After that, NO MORE innocent animals will have to die for the sins of man.
After that, THERE WILL BE NO MORE ANIMAL SACRIFICES EVER AGAIN.
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011
ISLAMIC WORLD RULE
The latest prophetic fad among clueless Christians is Islamic world domination.
Christians who don't know their nose from their forearm with regards to BIBLICAL eschatology are fervently pushing Islamic eschatology, Islamic antichrists, and Islamic world rule.
Get this: IT'S NOT HAPPENING!
There ISN'T a single word in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, to support ANY of the above.
There isn't ONE verse in the biblical text that supports Islamic world rule. NOT ONE!
Just goes to show that you can SELL Christians almost anything under the guise of "Bible prophecy" regardless of how BASELESS IT IS.
You mean the Antichrist won't be Muslim? Correct. He's Greek.
You mean Islamic eschatology ISN'T true? Right again.
Islam is a satanic religion invented by a liar named Mohammed, and the Koran is a pack of lies. Is that plain enough for you?
If you want Truth about the END TIMES, stick to BIBLICAL eschatology.
But what about the 10 nations that will rule with Antichrist, aren't they Muslim?
A. The Bible doesn't call them "nations", that was invented by the prophecy establishment. It always refers to them as either "kings" or "horns". And,
B. According to Daniel 7:23, 24 the 10 kings come from the territory which comprised the ancient Roman Empire.
A look at a map of the former Roman Empire will reveal that most of its territory laid in Europe, not the Middle East.
The only Middle Eastern nations that fell within its borders were Israel, Egypt, Turkey, the northern part of Libya, and tiny parts of Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.
During the period of greatest expansion, which took place under Trajan and lasted some 19 years (98-117 A.D.), it also included Syria, Jordan, Iran and Iraq.
Since the Scriptures are clear that these aren't present, but FUTURE monarchs, it's hard to see how you could get 10 kingdoms out of that (Revelation 17:12; Daniel 2:42,43).
Furthermore, the 10 kings CANNOT be Muslim because they, along with everyone else, will be FORCED TO worship Satan and his Greek Antichrist (Revelation 13:4, 8; 14:9).
They won't be allowed to worship Allah or, for that matter, any other real or supposed deity (Daniel 11:36, 37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
If the Scriptures clearly indicate a European (Greek) Antichrist, plus 10 kings who'll be mostly from Europe, plus worship of Allah or any other alleged deity STRICTLY FORBIDDEN, then IT'S IMPOSSIBLE that Islam will be ruling the world.
While there's no question that Islam aspires to, and entertains dreams of, world domination, IT WON'T HAPPEN. That's a fact.
Those who teach such absurd speculation are NOT teaching Bible prophecy, since there's NOTHING in the Bible to support such views.
ALL they're doing is GUESSING.
They're teaching FALSE prophecy at best, and ADDING to the Scriptures at worst.
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
DROP THE VENEER
Ever wonder why the world thinks Christians are a bunch of phonies?
Because, in large part, WE ARE.
Organized religion has sold us THE LIE that being Christian means going thru life with a placid grin on your face, no matter what, unfazed and untouched by pain, injustice, anger and all the other evils that take place "under the sun".
That we're to look perfect, act perfect, talk perfect, and BE "perfect" and "measured" AT ALL TIMES.
Nothing could be further, and nothing SHOULD BE further from the Truth.
Say what you will about non-Christians, but they're neither shy nor disengaged.
They know what's going on, they are involved with the issues they care about and, when they embrace a cause, they do so passionately and wholeheartedly.
This is one instance when THE CHURCH could learn something from THE WORLD.
Perhaps THAT'S why the world is so effective at selling us their ungodly agenda.
Perhaps THAT'S why we're so ineffective at selling them ours.
Our agenda is NOT to change people's lifestyles.
Our agenda is to bring souls into INTIMATE relationship with the Savior.
And we MUST NEVER be shy about it, we MUST NEVER leave the task up to "pastors" or "ministers", since preaching the Gospel is EVERY BELIEVER'S RESPONSIBILITY.
We MUST embrace the Message of Jesus Christ --WHICH IS THE BEST MESSAGE EVER PRESENTED, BAR NONE -- PASSIONATELY, ENTHUSIASTICALLY AND UNAPOLOGETICALLY.
His Message that Salvation is FREE, that ALL sin is forgiven and PAID FOR, and that ALL a sinner needs to do to be saved is receive Him into their heart and life, IS SO SUPERIOR that, IT WILL WIN OVER ALL OTHER messages.
If it SWALLOWED UP the mightiest military empire know to man in less than 300 years, without even lifting a sword or throwing a spear, IT WILL SWALLOW UP EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE THAT STANDS IN ITS PATH, when its presented CLEARLY.
The ONLY WAY the Gospel DOESN'T triumph is:
A. When it's NOT presented at all.
B. When the Message itself is compromised, obscured, contaminated or convoluted by religion:
(i.e., Jesus isn't enough, we must ADD commandment keeping to His PERFECT work of redemption; or belong to a particular denomination; or FORSAKE certain sins BEFORE receiving Jesus; or NOT DO a, b, c and d AFTER receiving Him; or look a certain way in order to be "Christian").
So, share Jesus and His incomparable Message of Salvation with others gladly, authoritatively AND CLEARLY.
Do so WITH CONVICTION.
Drop the religious veneer, and speak from your heart.
Be genuine, be spontaneous and, above all, BE YOURSELF.
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011
THE ROCKS WILL CRY OUT
I can perfectly understand why Jesus loved little children.
Not only are they innocent, they're spontaneous, and have no sense of political correctness whatsoever. Children say what they think.
They're not afraid to speak their minds.
Christian ministers, on the other hand, are afraid of everything:
Afraid of criticism, afraid of offending others, afraid of losing favor, afraid of Satan, afraid of "the Jezebel spirit, afraid of the media, afraid of cults, afraid of false doctrine, afraid to come out of the 4 walls of their religious buildings, or out of the comfort of their air-conditioned TV studios.
Not to mention AFRAID OF LOSING DONATIONS, OR LOSING POTENTIAL BUYERS for WHATEVER it is THEY'RE SELLING, if they say "the wrong thing".
We have pastors of so-called mega-churches who are too timid to appear on national TV and even mention the Name "Jesus".
Let alone call anyone to repentance, or invite anyone to RECEIVE HIM.
We have supposed ministers of the Gospel, who won't even present themselves as such [unless it's in front of a TOTALLY Christian audience]. Instead, they call themselves "life coaches".
Perhaps before they "coach" anyone else's life, they should get their PRIORITIES, not to mention THEIR OWN LIVES, IN ORDER.
We have supposed "ministers of the Gospel" who are too intimidated to stand for anything for FEAR they might offend someone.
Is it any wonder organized Christianity's been reduced to nothing but a bunch of dull, ineffective, insipid social clubs?
If salt loses its flavor it's GOOD FOR NOTHING.
Thank God Jesus' disciples were not afraid to speak out and proclaim who He really is, despite the ever-present threat of the Roman authorities.
Here we are mere days or months prior to the Rapture.
His modern disciples,at least here in America, aren't being threatened by anyone, yet most are more interested in pitching their latest book or DVD than talking about Jesus, or mentioning that He's the only hope and ONLY MEANS OF SALVATION for this lost world.
As Jesus Himself said in Luke 19:40, if Christians don't speak up, THE ROCKS THEMSELVES will CRY OUT.
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011
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 1,400 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.
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
Suppose you owed a debt of A BILLION dollars.
There's no way, humanly speaking, you could ever pay it off.
Suppose a very powerful, wealthy, influential individual like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett came along and paid off your debt.
That huge burden would be lifted off your shoulders.
You would no longer OWE ANYTHING.
You could be debt free and start your life anew.
Suppose you TURNED DOWN the payoff.
Suppose you insisted on, somehow, paying the debt yourself, OR FINDING SOMEONE ELSE WHO'D PAY IT OFF FOR YOU.
You would be, hypothetically speaking, the most stupid, most foolish, most ungrateful, and most miserable individual on earth.
You would be unnecessarily condemning yourself to continuous suffering, oppression, misery, failure and defeat, for the rest of your existence.
There are no superlatives to adequately express how UNBELIEVABLY STUPID THAT WOULD MAKE YOU... or for that matter, ANYONE,who'd turn down such magnificent, generous offer.
Yet that's EXACTLY what ungrateful humans do, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, with their SPIRITUAL DEBT.
They live in COMPLETE DENIAL, thinking the debt will magically pay itself off.
Or, they delude themselves into thinking that, because they are "good people", their debtor will simply cancel the debt.
Or, because they don't like "Gates", or "Buffet", they say. No, I will find another way.
There's NO OTHER WAY!!!
NO ONE ELSE has the kind of assets necessary to pay it off.
NO ONE ELSE HAS paid it off.
Jesus Christ paid your spiritual debt IN FULL.
NO ONE ELSE PAID FOR IT. Allah didn't. Mohammed didn't. Buddha didn't. Confucius didn't. Lao-tse didn't. Ahura Mazda didn't. Sun Myung Moon didn't. Hare Krishna didn't.
You may not like Jesus, you may not like what He says, you may not like some of His representatives, but THE FACT REMAINS, He's THE ONLY ONE with the necessary assets and qualifications to pay it off.
He's THE ONLY ONE who LOVED YOU ENOUGH to pay it off.
You can gladly and gratefully RECEIVE His Payoff and be FOREVER FREE.
Or, you can reject it, and try your best to do the impossible: find SOMEONE ELSE who can pay it off for you.
If you reject His payoff, you'll BE PAYING FOR ETERNITY.
If you reject His payoff, we've already established what you are.
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011
The 21st century has been dubbed the information age. More information is available to us, easier and faster, than to any previous generation.
There's more media than ever before.
There are more books and magazines published than ever before.
There are more electronic recordings [CD's, DVD's, cassettes, videos] than ever before.
There are more websites, blogs, and more information available in cyberspace, than any previous time in history.
Yet there's also more disinformation, and lack of knowledge about God's Word, than ever before.
How do we explain such paradox? What does it prove?
It proves that such things are NO SUBSTITUTE for the Word of God.
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE WORD OF GOD.
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR ONE-ON-ONE SPIRITUAL COMMUNION WITH JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF.
Just like "The Secret" has yielded no satisfactory results for anyone but its author, (who recently was found guilty of negligible homicide for causing the death of some of his BLIND FOLLOWERS) there are, likewise, thousands upon thousands of so-called "Christian" books, written by so-called "Christian" authors,who've ended in the trash bin of publishing history.
Nobody even remembers what they say. They turned out to be nothing more than superficial religious entertainment, spiritual junk food, chewing gum for the mind.
What makes these publications so DANGEROUS is this: they distract people from THE BOOK. They draw Christians away from Him who MUST BE, the primary focus of their attention, namely, Jesus Christ.
They're useless, unprofitable "mind fillers". Religious Kool-aid. Feel good, sanitized boredom killers, which provide no spiritual nourishment, and rob Christians of the Holy Spirit's INVALUABLE input.
Gotta give Satan credit for one thing: he's clever. he's a master of deceit. No wonder the Bible calls him "the father of lies"!
His goal is to keep people AWAY FROM Jesus Christ, whatever it takes.
If he can't get the job done thru worldly enticements such as sex, drugs, lust, porn and booze, he'll do it in the form of seemingly innocuous, "innocent", "wholesome", "Christian" entertainment.
Fill their minds and hearts with religious fluff, until their INDIVIDUAL SPIRITS, hence the Church at large, is so malnourished, it has no strength to stand for anything. That's the 21st Century Church for you! (Revelation 3:8).
First century Christians had none of the above "conveniences". They didn't even have Bibles, but they had enough spiritual strength to stand, even in the face of death, torture, and martyrdom, for Jesus Christ.
Why? Because they KNEW HIM. There were no substitutes or fillers. They were TOTALLY FOCUSED ON HIM.
If they wanted Truth, they had to get it directly from the Holy Spirit [Acts 15:24-29].
That's why they changed the world of their day in three hundred years.
Today's church has NOT changed the world. The world has changed it beyond recognition.
A VACUOUS weekly RELIGIOUS SERVICE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE LIVING SAVIOR.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011
"TOP 10" REASONS WHY PEOPLE WON'T MAKE IT TO HEAVEN
Contrary to popular belief, NOBODY will miss heaven because they're too sinful.
Let me say that again:NOBODY will miss going to heaven BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO SINFUL.
The reason being, that Jesus ALREADY PAID FOR... ALL your sins. All of them!
Also contrary to popular belief, NO ONE will miss heaven because they couldn't live a "holy life". If that were the case, NO ONE would be saved.
If that were the case, I wouldn't be saved.
If that were the case, we'd ALL end up in hell.
So, what are the "top 10" reasons why anyone will miss heaven?
10. You ran into Ellen White
9. You ran into Herbert Armstrong.
8. You ran into Joseph Smith.
7. You ran into Charles Taze Russell.
6. You ran into L. Ron Hubbard, or Mary Baker Eddy.
5. You were derailed by some other cult, New Age teaching, or Deepak Chopra.
4. You ran into Benny Hinn... actually, you can run into "Pastor Benny" and still make heaven.
Whatever else you do, keep an eye on your wallet...
[Lord knows, if you run into Hinn an empty wallet's about ALL you'll have left]...
You thought you could EARN HEAVEN... by being "a good person", or by "sowing a seed". Can someone fax this to Murdock?
3. You thought there was no God, and no heaven... Surprise!
2. You thought YOUR RELIGION would lead to heaven.
And, [drum roll, please] THE NUMBER ONE REASON PEOPLE WON'T GET TO HEAVEN IS:
1. You NEVER KNEW HIM... Never received Jesus as Lord.
All kidding aside, #1 is THE ONLY REASON, anyone will ever miss heaven.
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011
Day in and day out people write us about a NON-EXISTENT "planet Nibiru" or "Planet X" that's supposed to crash into the earth in 2012, like I'm supposed to be impressed by this figment of their ignorant imagination.
They either provide a YouTube link as "proof", or refer us to some prophecy expert wannabe's website that expounds on this fantasy.
There are some TWO MILLION websites discussing the INVENTED Nibiru-Earth collision, which will never happen.
YouTube is also INUNDATED with stupid videos about this spatial hoax.
When challenged with the fact that there's no astronomical evidence whatsoever that SUCH PLANET even EXISTS, they then switch to Elenin.
Since astronomers have looked and looked but have NOT found the mysterious "planet Nibiru", or "Planet X", its devotees have recently decided that a small comet named Elenin, which is supposed to pass near the earth in October, 2011 IS Nibiru.
Well, "experts", make up your minds: Is it a comet or a planet?
But even pushing all logic aside, and giving them the FULL benefit of the doubt, there's ONE HUGE PROBLEM WITH THIS ALTERNATE THEORY: scientists say Elenin will come NO CLOSER THAN 100 times farther than the distance from Earth to the moon.
I haven't seen the earth and the moon collide yet, have you?
So, if this comet will pass at least 100 times FARTHER from us than the moon, THERE'S NO EVIDENCE AT ALL, and NO LIKELIHOOD WHATSOEVER, that it will crash into the earth, as these crackpots claim.
NONE OF THIS has ANYTHING TO DO WITH the Bible.
Consequently, NONE OF THIS is "Bible prophecy".
NONE OF THIS has ANYTHING TO DO WITH Jesus.
It's all bluff, sensationalism, and FEAR MONGERING.
God doesn't want His children to live in fear, but to TRUST Him.
If you want to impress me, you're going to have to do A HECK OF A LOT BETTER than to send in some STUPID, UNSUBSTANTIATED, IMAGINED "DOOMSDAY" calamity.
There's NOTHING in the Bible about a planet colliding with the earth.
There's NOTHING in the Bible about a "Planet Nibiru" or "Planet X".
There's NOTHING in the Bible about Elenin crashing into the earth.
There's NOTHING in the Bible about WIPING OUT humanity or our planet, until at least 1,014 years from now.
The people who teach or believe this nonsense KNOW NOTHING ABOUT the Bible.
They're NOT prophecy experts, they're prophecy QUACKS.
If you want to impress me, you're going to have to TALK ABOUT Jesus.
If you want to impress me, you're going to have to base your teachings ON GOD'S WORD.
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011
JESUS IS GOD
He is the First and Last, The Beginning and the End!
He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!
He is the Architect of the universe and the Manager of eternity.
He always was, He always is, and He always will be ...
Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!
He was bruised and brought healing!
He was pierced and eased pain!
He was persecuted and brought freedom!
He was dead and brought life!
He is risen and brings power!
He reigns and brings Peace!
The world can't understand Him, the armies can't defeat Him, the schools can't explain Him, and the leaders can't ignore Him.
Herod couldn't kill Him, The Pharisees couldn't confuse Him, and the people couldn't hold Him!
He is Light, Love, longevity, and Lord.
He is Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.
His ways are right, His Word is eternal, His will is unchanging, and His Mind is ON YOU.
He WANTS to be your Savior, your guide, and YOUR PEACE!
He WANTS to be your Joy, comfort, and Lord.
His goal is a relationship WITH YOU!
RECEIVE HIM and He will never leave you, never forsake you, never mislead you, never forget you.
He'll NEVER overlook you and never cancel an appointment with you.
When you fall, He lifts you up!
When we fail, He forgives!
When we're weak, He is strong!
When we're lost, He LEADS US!
When we're afraid, He gives us courage!
When we stumble, He steadies us!
When we're hurt, He heals us!
When we're broken, He mends us!
When we're hungry, He feeds us!
When we face trials, He is with us!
When we're persecuted, He shields us!
When we face problems, He comforts us!
In every situation we face, He is our provider.
He's never our problem, He's THE SOLUTION.
HE IS EVERYTHING FOR EVERYBODY EVERYWHERE, every time, and every way.
He is God and He is faithful. I am His, and He is mine!
He is yours... but, more importantly, ARE YOU HIS?
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011
Just when you thought you'd heard EVERYTHING from Islamic terrorists...
Gems of priceless wisdom like Israel using a vulture as spy, training snakes to bite ONLY Palestinians, sharks to attack ONLY Egyptians, and doves to steal Iran's nuclear secrets...
Like hijacking, then crashing passenger planes into buildings to kill as many innocent civilians as possible... (For once, I'd like to be one of those "trained snakes" and bite the bastards who pulled that one off)...
Or strapping explosives to one's chest so they can detonate themselves in a public place where death and bodily injury can be maximized.
Or strapping those explosives on mentally disabled individuals, then detonating them by remote control...
Or inventing and placing "roadside" bombs to kill the enemy, not in battle, but when they least expect it.
Or decapitating those who are of different ethnicity...
Or poisoning the hearts and minds of 5, 6 and 7 year olds with Islamic propaganda and hatred for non-Muslims, particularly Jews...
Or blaming "overexposed" female chests for causing earthquakes...
They've added a new, clever weapon to their arsenal...
If the earthquake theory was called "Boobquake", we can refer to this one as "Boobgate".
That's right: Islamic terrorists in Yemen are considering surgically implanted explosive devices.
"Well endowed" female passengers could potentially board airliners and blow themselves up, along with everyone on board.
How, you may wonder, would they detonate their implants?
They could use a syringe containing a different chemical and stab their own breast implant with it, thus triggering the blast.
Diabetics and people with certain medical conditions are allowed to carry syringes onto aircraft.
So, they'd need willing, manipulated OR COERCED Muslim female diabetics, with explosive implants, to carry out their nefarious plan.
You mean the same females who are REQUIRED TO wear those long, black robes and godawful burqas?
The same females who are forbidden to seek an education, drive, leave the house without their husband's permission, and are treated like DISPOSABLE personal property?
Of course, if I were one of those female "candidates", I wouldn't stick the syringe into my inflated boob, but into a certain part of the wicked male mastermind's anatomy that shall remain nameless...
I'd stick it into one of his shish kabobs...
This presents a serious challenge for U.S. security officials, since modern technology is unlikely to detect such ingenious and potentially "attractive" devices.
So, next time you're at the airport... watch out for Muslim women with large breasts...
And if they happen to mention they're "diabetic", or carry a syringe, run like hell in the opposite direction.
Better to miss your flight than miss something else, like YOUR LIFE.
SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011
JESUS' SECRET YEARS
Did Jesus ever travel outside Israel?
Did He travel as a young boy with Joseph of Arimathea and visit Scotland?
Did He sojourn into India, or the Far East?
NO, NO and NO.
While there are legends circulating about such journeys, there ISN'T ONE smidgeon of scriptural OR HISTORICAL evidence, that Jesus traveled ANYWHERE outside Israel.
Those who spread such myths HAVE NOTHING, biblical or secular, to stand on, except UNSUBSTANTIATED, PAGAN folklore.
Those who spread such myths are only DEMONSTRATING THEIR TOTAL IGNORANCE of the Scriptures.
Other than a brief trip to Egypt as a toddler, to escape Herod's death decree, Jesus never traveled outside Israel, as He Himself said "I was sent ONLY to the lost sheep of Israel" (Matthew 15:24).
Can't say it any clearer than THAT.
The Scriptures clearly tell us He grew up in Nazareth, in Galilee (northern Israel) (Matthew 2:23).
His so-called "secret years" are no secret. The Bible tells us he "went down to Nazareth with them (Joseph and Mary) and was obedient to them" (Luke 2:51).
We know He STAYED in Nazareth, and didn't travel anywhere until He became an adult, except to Jerusalem to celebrate the pilgrimage Feasts (Luke 2:41, 42).
This is undisputed since people in His home town of Nazareth KNEW HIM very well (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3).
Had he left as a young boy and then returned, as these idiots claim, NOBODY WOULD HAVE RECOGNIZED HIM as a full grown adult.
Jesus lived in Nazareth, and worked quietly as a carpenter, UNTIL it was time for His PUBLIC ministry to begin, which was at age 30 (Luke 3:23).
Additionally, there's NO HISTORIC EVIDENCE ANYWHERE that He EVER traveled outside Israel. There are a couple LEGENDS floating around, but that's ALL they are: unsubstantiated MYTHS.
He NEVER ventured INTO India, or the Far East to learn Eastern mysticism, or Eastern religions, as some fools claim.
Indeed, that's IMPOSSIBLE because Jesus' teachings ARE TOTALLY CONTRARY TO such false, PAGAN, SATANIC religions.
Those who proclaim such LIES can't produce EVEN A SHRED OF EVIDENCE to support their claims.
We can believe solid, time-tested, PROVEN Truth, or we can be swept by every wind of doctrine that wishful thinkers INVENT.
Truth leads people to heaven.
Winds of doctrine are FULL OF HOT AIR, and sweep the fools who follow them STRAIGHT INTO HELL.
FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011
HOLY WHAT ?
Even after the momentous Charismatic tide of recent decades, the Holy Spirit remains mysterious, distant and unfamiliar to most Christians today.
Yet, He should be the most influential factor in Christian thought and living.
Without the Holy Spirit's mentorship and constant guidance, Christian development will be stunted at best.
God meant it to be that way. He so desired for his children to live, walk and be in constant communion with Him, who IS Spirit, that the very birth of His Church, the very birth of each member thereof, was the direct result of the Holy Spirit's intervention.
It is this intimate interaction with the Divine that sets Christianity apart from other faiths. Without it, we become comparable to any world-class religion: a bunch of regulations, a mere set of do's and don'ts.
The Holy Spirit, and only the Holy Spirit, can transform Christianity from stale, boring, mediocre religion to living, loving, exciting, dynamic expression of God Himself.
It's the Holy Spirit in us that enables us to both ACCESS and MANIFEST God's Kingdom on earth.
The Holy Spirit is God. He lives in your spirit from the moment you made Jesus your Lord.
It's the Holy Spirit that made you a new person on the inside, when you were born again. He recreated you in His own Image.
2 Corinthians 5:17,18 speaks of this inner transformation:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation]: old things are passed away; behold, ALL THINGS are become new. And all [these new] things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ"...
When God states that all things are become new, obviously He is not talking about the physical, external, visible part of your being. All things became new INSIDE YOU.
This inner change is invisible but nonetheless VERY real.
In fact, NOTHING is more important than acquiring that completely new, inner nature. It's what turns a sinner into a saint. It's what translates a person from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God. It's what makes you a child [son] of God (Colossians 1:13,14).
As Jesus said in John 16:13-14:
"When the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all Truth... And He will show you things to come. He shall glorify me"...
The flip side of this statement is, if you ignore the Holy Spirit's Presence in you, you won't be guided into all Truth, you won't have a clue about things to come, and you won't glorify Him.
Jesus actually said it was better for us that He leave this world, because then He could send the Holy Spirit to us. By physically leaving this world, He could then manifest not just in one body, but in thousands and millions of human bodies, thru his Spirit [John 16:7].
Every child of God should become well acquainted with the Holy Spirit we ALL carry inside, and rely on Him constantly for guidance, revelation and instruction.
THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011
Occasionally someone will ask how ministers of Christ can support their ministries, or themselves, unless they ask for donations".
Here's a "novel" answer: WORK!
What? Never heard THAT before?
Well, certainly not in America, not in this generation, and not from any crooked televangelist.
However, IT'S IN THE BIBLE! That's right! You heard me. It's been there for TWO THOUSAND YEARS!!!
Peter, John, James, and Andrew were fishermen. They WORKED for a living. They didn't stop fishing when they became Jesus' disciples. Indeed, Jesus accompanied them on several fishing expeditions [Matthew 4:18; 7:27; John 21:3-6].
There's no record anywhere that they stopped fishing AFTER Jesus ascended to heaven, either. They kept fishing, only no longer just fish, BUT HUMANS.
Of course, this isn't a subject prosperity gurus will EVER preach on. They'd rather PRETEND, AND GO ON PRETENDING, it didn't happen.
But don't the Scriptures teach that the "worker is worthy of his wages"?
Yes, THE WORKER IS.
The lying televangelist, living in a multi-million dollar mansion, flying private planes, with an entourage of 20 bodyguards, engaging in nepotism by keeping inept members of his family on the payroll, then lying in front of the TV camera saying that the way for you to prosper is to send HIM money ISN'T WORTHY OF ANYTHING.
BETTER SIT DOWN FOR THIS ONE!
Did you know that Paul, the greatest evangelizer in history, WORKED to SUPPORT HIMSELF AND HIS MINISTRY?
Read it for yourself in Acts 18:1-3. And, again, in 2 Corinthians 12:12,13,15.
Paul was a tent maker. He WORKED for a living.
So, the man who won more souls to Jesus than anyone else...
the man who founded more congregations than anyone else...
the man who established them in the faith, leaving behind a solid spiritual foundation that endures to this very day...
the man who wrote more of the Bible than anyone else [two-thirds of the New Testament, no less!]...
ACTUALLY WORKED FOR A LIVING! WORKED TO SUPPORT HIS PROLIFIC MINISTRY!
Smelling salts, anyone?
But didn't I read somewhere that Paul took up a donation?
Yes. In 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, Paul takes up a donation, NOT FOR HIMSELF, but FOR THE POOR. There were saints in Jerusalem who were in dire financial straits.
After Jesus' resurrection, and ascension, as Christianity began to spread, Christians were SEVERELY PERSECUTED. They were persecuted in Jerusalem, in Rome, in Ephesus... and elsewhere.
Their distress was compounded by a famine that year... so, Paul took up a collection from the more affluent Corinthians to help their needy brothers and sisters in Jerusalem. PERIOD.
Paul did accept, of course, the hospitality of certain believers, as he traveled abroad. Aquila and Priscilla, for instance, did provide him temporary food and lodgings.
The only other time when Paul received donations is when he was imprisoned. Even then, he didn't ask for donations, but loving Christians, who appreciated him and his ministry, desiring to MAKE HIS PRISON STAY AS BEARABLE AS POSSIBLE, VOLUNTARILY SENT HIM CLOTHING AND OTHER ITEMS [Philippians 4:14-19]. He didn't even have to ask!
Of course, prosperity gurus will never use Paul as a role model, because they couldn't "milk" their audiences for money if they did.
Their "role model" is Simon the magician, who wanted to BUY the Holy Spirit, so he could use Him for profit. And what was Peter's very proper response? "YOUR MONEY PERISH WITH YOU".
Thank God for His mercy, or we'd have DEAD PREACHERS everywhere!
We need faaaaaaaaar more "Pauls" and faaaaaaaar fewer "Simons".
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011
Religion has sold us the lie that Christians are NEVER to get angry.
That, no matter what happens around us, we're just to "grin and bear it".
That we "set a bad example" to others when we get mad.
Religion, as usual, IS WRONG.
There are times when our anger is more than JUSTIFIED, it's CALLED FOR.
Not only should believers get angry at certain things that are going on in the world, THEY SHOULD VOICE THEIR DISPLEASURE.
I don't know what Bible religion has been reading [oh, that's right, it was ORGANIZED RELIGION that at one point FORBAD reading the Bible!], but NOWHERE does it say it's wrong to get upset.
Matter of fact,while God is EXCEEDINGLY merciful, forgiving and loving, the Bible talks about His ANGER from cover to cover.
If He is "holy, holy, holy", and He can get angry, angry, angry... SO CAN YOU.
Not for the sake of being angry, of course, I'm not asking you to turn into some mean ogre, but when such anger is justified.
It's perfectly all right to get angry at some of the INJUSTICES going on "under the sun".
What IS bad is to STAY ANGRY, to hold a grudge. That's not only sin; it's detrimental to your health.
Paul put it this way: "Be angry, and sin not. Don't let the sun go down on your wrath. Neither give place to the devil" [Ephesians 4:26,27].
So, it's okay, for the right reasons, to be angry. What's NOT O.K. is to allow that anger to linger.
That's why ALL OF US should do a thorough "mind cleansing" before we go to bed each night, and FLUSH OUT all the garbage we've collected during the day.
Jesus got angry when He threw the moneychangers out of the temple (John 2:15).
There's a lot of "money changing" going on around us, and WE SHOULD get angry about it.
Jesus didn't put His Holy Spirit in us, so we'd walk around with a spaced out look and a vacuous grin on our faces, regardless of what happens in this corrupt, evil world.
I'll take a Christian with character and spunk over a feeble, wimpy religious clone ANY DAY, and so will God.
At least, He can USE THE SPUNKY CHRISTIAN.
So, there are times when you SHOULD get angry.
Just DON'T STAY that way... TOO LONG.
TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011
Hardly a day goes by that people don't send us some link to a YouTube video.
They either believe BLINDLY what it says, JUST BECAUSE it's on YouTube, and want to convince us that it's true, or they don't want to believe it -- 'cause it scares the daylights out of them -- and they hope I can disprove what it says.
Obviously, I DO NOT have the time to sit there and watch ALL this silly stuff.
Some of those videos can be quite lengthy and, frankly, IDIOTIC.
If you expect me to believe something JUST BECAUSE some guy posted a video... you're NUTS.
That's like asking me to believe the jokers that appear on kristian TV, JUST BECAUSE "they're on television".
If you've followed this ministry for any length of time YOU KNOW that finding an honest preacher on TV, is as easy as finding snow in Florida...
The same can be said for 95% of preachers, or wannabe preachers, on YouTube.
If the video ISN'T based on the Bible,IT'S NOT Bible prophecy, duh.
If all you get is some guy SPECULATING about President Obama being the Antichrist, or about him starting WWIII, or about the U.S. attacking Israel under his leadership, about some "secret society" taking over the world, about some supposed "planetary alignment", or about some FEAR FILLED, NONSENSICAL baloney TOTALLY LACKING scriptural support, IT'S NOT OF GOD - I don't care WHO posted it, I don't care how "Christian" they claim to be, I don't care HOW MUCH they present themselves as "experts" on prophecy.
Is EVERYTHING posted on YouTube garbage? No. Occasionally, there's something worth watching. BUT THE VAST MAJORITY IS.
Which brings us to an exciting announcement:
We have arranged to present some of this ministry's teachings on YouTube.
Some videos are already up and can be viewed at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybgmix3_B3o
If you have any suggestions on some topic, or teaching of ours, that you think should be shared on this new channel the Lord has opened, we'll be happy to consider it.
We will be uploading new videos on a regular basis, as the Spirit guides and time permits.
We look forward to your feedback and, especially, to MANY souls coming to know Jesus.
MONDAY, JULY 4, 2011
Why is America hardly mentioned in Bible prophecy?
Other than a passing mention in Ezekiel 38:13 and PERHAPS another in Isaiah 18, the greatest superpower in history is all but IGNORED.
Some have made desperate attempts to identify the U.S. as Mystery Babylon in Revelation chapters 17 and 18, but that won't wash. We are clearly told these chapters refer TO A CITY, not a nation. And Revelation 17:18 unequivocally identifies that city as Rome.
Likewise, others have tried to pin the "eagle wings" on a lion mentioned in Daniel to America, because of the bald eagle being our national emblem. That's RIDICULOUS.
In context, that prophecy is clearly referring to ANCIENT Babylon, which is no longer an empire, and which lies in ruins to this very day, as prophesied in Isaiah 14:23.
(Babylon's emblem WAS a winged lion, precisely as described in Daniel 7:4. See picture below).
Why this apparent omission? Is God INDIFFERENT to what happens to this great nation?
We can infer TWO THINGS from its lack of mention:
1. That the U.S. will no longer be a superpower.
2. That it won't play a prominent role during most of the tribulation, or during the reign of Antichrist.
Since we are VERY CLOSE to the tribulation judgments, and since America is already in decline, its downfall should happen fairly soon... and don't think for a minute that I enjoy saying this.
The only mitigating factor is that it will happen AFTER the Church has left the earth.
Revelation chapter 8 mentions nuclear war which destroys "one third of ships". That would HAVE TO include a large chunk of our Navy*. It also turns ONE THIRD of the sea into blood, and kills ONE THIRD OF sea creatures.
As a result, ONE THIRD of drinking water is also poisoned, causing death to those who drink it.
Then in Revelation 9:14-19, there's a large number of preprogrammed lethal missiles that go off from the Euphrates area, killing ONE THIRD of the remaining world population, which would mean the death of over ONE AND A HALF BILLION PEOPLE.
While the U.S. will be significantly depopulated when the Rapture takes place, if ONE THIRD of the world's remaining population dies during the tribulation, THE MAJORITY of these deaths would HAVE TO occur in China and India, which combined have 40% of current world population consisting mostly of UNSAVED humans and, by then, may have as much as 60%.
The REASON the U.S. is hardly mentioned in prophecy is because human history began in the Middle East and spread thru the Mediterranean, and human history as we know it, will also END there.
The focus today is, indeed, on the Middle East:
Iran's nuclear ambitions, the so-called "Arab Spring" marked by multinational upheavals, Palestinian threats to declare unilateral statehood and present their claim before the U.N. in September, and their ever present hatred for Israel.
So, the U.S., while NOT DESTROYED, will suffer great calamity and devastation in the EARLY part of the trumpet judgments.
Russia and China which, likewise, DO NOT figure prominently in the tribulation, will likely suffer a similar fate.
We know that the U.S. and China will obey God during the Millennium (Ezekiel 38:13; Isaiah 49:6-12).
We also know that Russia is destroyed at THE END thereof as it rebels and joins Satan, in the Gog and Magog war, which will be the LAST BATTLE OF ALL TIME, and Satan's final and futile attempt to topple the Kingdom of God (Ezekiel 39:4,11).
By God's Grace America WILL survive the tribulation... barely.
* U.S. Navy lists 473 active ships, Russia around 526 (estimate), and China 760 (estimate).
SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011
At some point in the near future, there MUST BE a third temple built in Jerusalem, as the Scriptures indicate (Revelation 11:1, 2; Matthew 24:15).
The Bible ties the rebuilding of the temple to the appearance of the Two Witnesses (Zechariah 4:8-14; Revelation 11:1-4).
While the world has not yet seen Moses and Elijah reappear, there are a couple of significant new developments that caught my attention, and I'd like to share with you.
First there's archeology: This ministry has been saying for the past 5-6 years that the so-called Temple Mount ISN'T the site where the former temples stood.
Our basis for this claim is both historical and biblical.
Both sources indicate there was a spring of LIVING WATER gushing within the temple.
The ONLY spring within a 5 mile radius of Jerusalem is the Gihon spring, located SOUTH OF the Temple Mount. Hence, THAT MUST BE WHERE the temples stood.
The only water supplies found at the temple mount are CISTERNS with STANDING WATER, making it IMPOSSIBLE for that to be its true location.
Hence the so-called "Wailing Wall" is not "the only thing that remains from the second temple", but the only thing that remains from the (Roman) Antonia Fortress, which was located NORTH OF the Temple.
There's NOTHING remaining from the second temple, just as Jesus predicted, that "NOT ONE STONE would be left upon another" (Mark 13:1, 2).
As recently as May 25, 2011 we published a message saying the temple's true location HAD TO BE SOUTH of the so-called Temple Mount.
New archeological digs have unearthed remnants from the FIRST temple period. And where have these remnants been located?
SOUTH of the Temple Mount, in the area known as Ophel : http://www.templemountfaithful.org/Newsletters/2001/5761-10.htm
One of the recently discovered ruins is the Water Gate mentioned in Nehemiah 3:26, which matches the biblical description perfectly.
So, slowly but surely, the temple's true location is becoming more and more evident.
The second significant event is that the Temple Institute in Jerusalem has commissioned a top architectural firm to draw up the blueprints for the third temple, in accordance with biblical requirements.
They have already made blueprints for the "Chamber of Hewn Stones", which is where the Sanhedrin used to meet. They can be seen by clicking on the link below : http://www.templeinstitute.org/blueprints-for-the-holy-temple.htm
I have cautioned believers in the Jewish Messiah before, and I do it again: While there is a measure of excitement in our hearts as we witness the signs that indicate the time of our Redemption approaching, let's not get carried away.
We know the TEMPLE WILL BE BUILT. However, I discourage Christians from making donations toward such endeavor for THREE REASONS:
1) All you're doing is funding a building intended to be DESECRATED BY THE ANTICHRIST, where he will blaspheme the One true God, and proclaim HIS OWN "DEITY" (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
2) Frankly, there's plenty of Jewish capital in this world... more than enough to fund the building of a third temple, when they choose to do so.
In any case, the building of the third temple will bring them MISERY, not joy.
3) The REAL Temple of God is not some structure of wood and stone built in Jerusalem.
WE ARE His Temple (1 Corinthians 3:16).
There's NO OTHER TEMPLE of God on earth UNTIL THIS TEMPLE TAKES OFF.
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011
"And on the seventh day God ended His work... and He rested on the seventh day from all His work... and God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it..." [Genesis 2:2, 3].
Here are some facts about the Sabbath every Christian should know:
The seventh day or "Sabbath"is, unquestionably, Saturday.
Sunday is not the Sabbath, nor will it ever be.
Prior to the law given on Mount Sinai, nobody kept the Sabbath.
"Keeping the Sabbath holy" was one of the commandments given by God to Moses (Exodus 20:8-11).
Israelites were commanded TO REST on the Sabbath. They were NOT to do ANY WORKS.
In the Gospels, we read that Jesus went to the synagogue on the Sabbath.
He taught the Word on the Sabbath.
He healed on the Sabbath.
His disciples picked corn on the Sabbath.
Many believe [myself included] He rose from the dead on the Sabbath.
So, why do most Christians attend church services on Sunday, instead of Saturday?
Mostly because of tradition.
The women discovered Jesus' empty tomb early Sunday morning [Matthew 28:1-7].
Therefore, many have assumed that His Resurrection took place on Sunday.
It is for that reason that many Christians gather to worship on Sunday, instead of Saturday.
In the New Testament, we live under grace, NOT LAW.
We are to keep each and every day holy. So, it really doesn't matter if you go to a worship center on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, Monday, OR ANY OTHER DAY.
Sabbath keeping in the Old Testament wasn't about attending worship services since, at that time, THERE WAS NO CHURCH.
It was all about RESTING, and setting yourself apart unto God.
Paul makes it clear in the New Testament that Christians are NOT to be judged with regards to Sabbath keeping, since it was but "a shadow" of things to come [Colossians 2:16].
In the New Testament, the Sabbath is truly kept by RESTING SPIRITUALLY IN CHRIST (Matthew 11:28).
Sabbath in the New Testament is CEASING FROM OUR OWN WORKS, and RESTING CONFIDENTLY IN HIS FINISHED WORK [Hebrews 4:8-11].
Going to church Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday or any other day doesn't save anybody. Nor does it make you a "better Christian" than anyone else.
Going to church on Sunday is not the "mark of the beast" as some stupid kristians allege.
You can go to church ON THE DAY OF YOUR CHOOSING, OR NOT GO AT ALL. God never said "thou shall attend worship services only on Saturday, but never on Sunday".
Christians should GROW UP and stop all this silly bickering about "Saturday vs. Sunday" worship.
Go to church services ANY DAY YOU LIKE.
Every day is God's. Every day we are to REST in Him.
Every moment of every day WE SHOULD WORSHIP HIM.
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011
BEER, WINE AND CIGARETTES
I remember a well-known preacher who used to boast that he "didn't even know what beer TASTED like".
That same preacher became involved in a huge scandal, when he was caught cheating on his wife, and being "serviced" by several prostitutes.
Drinking beer isn't sin. Thinking you're "holier" than others because you DON'T drink beer, IS.
Beer is the oldest known alcoholic beverage in the world, mentioned even in the Code of Hammurabi.
It already existed at the time the Bible was written. Yet the Bible doesn't say A WORD against it. So, it must be O.K.
Actually, the alcoholic content in beer is only about 3-6%, which is much lower than wine, which ranges from 10-25%.
The Bible doesn't say you shouldn't drink beer. Nor does it say you shouldn't drink wine. That was INVENTED BY RELIGION.
Our Lord drank wine. He used wine at the Last Supper to symbolize no less than His Precious Blood. REAL wine, NOT GRAPE JUICE. The Hebrew word is yayin, the Greek word is oinos, both meaning FERMENTED wine.
The "grape juice" myth is also a religious invention.
What the Bible does teach against is GETTING DRUNK [Ephesians 5:18].
When you're drunk, your faculties are impaired. You can cause GREAT HARM to others, as well as yourself.
It's just plain irresponsible and inexcusable.
Do I encourage people to drink alcoholic beverages? No.
Unlike the preacher in question, I do know what beer tastes like. Let me state, for the record, that I don't even like the way it looks, let alone how it tastes.
For those who do like it, having a few Michelob Lites, won't send anyone to hell. Matter of fact, IT'S NOT EVEN SIN.
Having sex with a prostitute, on the other hand, IS SINFUL. But even that, WON'T SEND ANYONE TO HELL.
Having a glass of wine isn't sin either. In Europe, most people [Christians included] drink wine with their meals because it's their custom.
Even the medical profession concedes that wine is rich in healthful antioxidants. In the Bible, we have no less than the apostle Paul touting the health benefits of wine [1 Timothy 5:23].
Cigarettes didn't EXIST when the Bible was written. So, the Bible doesn't say "thou shall not smoke".
Smoking is sin only in the sense that it's been PROVEN to be harmful to people's health. As Christians, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are to take good care of His temple. But will anyone go to hell because he or she is a smoker? No way!
Beer and wine ARE O.K.
Adultery is NOT O.K., getting drunk is NOT O.K., smoking is NOT O.K.
None of the above will send anyone to hell.
The ONLY sin that sends people to hell is NOT receiving the King into their hearts.
And I don't mean Budweiser…
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