October 2011 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011
SALVATION FOR DUMMIES
No matter how clearly I explain it, no matter how many Scriptures I quote to support it, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I TEACH ON IT, there are still those who fear they've lost their salvation, or that they aren't saved at all, despite receiving Christ into their hearts because of some PERSISTENT sin.
And that persistent sin is ALWAYS SEXUAL in nature.
It's kinda funny how some people only feel guilty ABOUT SEXUAL SINS. Yet they commit other sins like LYING, IDOLATRY or UNBELIEF, and feel no guilt about them at all.
They write in asking my opinion as to whether they're saved or not, whether they'll go in the Rapture or not.
My opinion doesn't mean squat. I don't get to decide who gets saved. God gets to decide. The ONLY OPINION that matters is His. Therefore, it's Jesus' OPINION you should be asking for, not mine.
So, today's message is for "dummies", WHO STILL DON'T "GET IT".
RELIGION has done such a number on their carnal minds, and has laid so much guilt and condemnation in their hearts and minds that it's difficult for them to overcome.
So, those of you who KNOW Jesus and KNOW you're saved, please bear with us.
Let me give it ONE MORE TRY:
1. If you have earnestly received Jesus into your heart as Lord, Savior and God, YOU'RE SAVED.
I don't care WHAT you've done. I don't care WHAT you're doing. I don't care WHAT you'll do.
I don't care if you commit that sexual sin 100,000,000 times prior to the Rapture, is that clear enough for you?
2. God DOESN'T find out about your sins, when you commit them. That's when YOU find out about them.
God KNEW ABOUT THEM IN ADVANCE, before He even created you. And He already took care of them all. When Jesus died on the cross He PAID FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR SINS (Revelation 13:8).
3. If you commit that sin 10 million times before the Rapture, He ALREADY PAID FOR every single one of the 10 million times (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Which part of "He ALREADY PAID FOR" all of them don't you understand?
4. There are NO SINS (plural) that "keep people out of heaven". There is ONLY ONE sin(singular) that keeps people out of heaven and that is NOT receiving Jesus as Lord, Savior and God (Mark 16:16; John 3:16; Romans 10:9).
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says those sins keep people out of God's Kingdom, ONLY IF those people have NOT received Christ into their hearts. If they HAVE received Christ, they are forgiven for all eternity, and their sins FOREVER ERASED (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14).
5. According to 2 Corinthians 5:19 God is NOT counting your sins against you. So, the FREQUENCY of the sin... whether you did it for the 500th time, or the 5,000,000th time... IS IRRELEVANT.
He's NOT COUNTING THEM.
What part of "He is NOT COUNTING THEM" DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?
6. Even if you NEVER, in your entire life, committed a sexual sin, or any other kind of sin, YOU STILL HAVE A SINFUL NATURE THAT YOU INHERITED FROM ADAM.
That sinful nature is what sends people to hell. That's why we need to acquire A NEW NATURE by receiving Jesus (last Adam) into our hearts and being BORN AGAIN.
That's why Salvation is ONLY thru the New Birth EXPERIENCE.
7. WE HAVE NO RIGHTEOUSNESS of our own. NONE. Zero.
The ONLY RIGHTEOUSNESS you and I will ever have is Jesus' Righteousness.
According to 2 Corinthians 5:21 His Righteousness, His SINLESSNESS, is credited to us FREELY, by Grace when we receive Jesus into our hearts.
And that's ALL THE RIGHTEOUSNESS YOU NEED.
8. LAST but not least, here's Jesus' opinion about it:
Jesus said that "whosoever believes on Him (Jesus) shall not perish but have ETERNAL life" (John 3:16).
He said that "He who HAS THE SON has life" (1 John 5:12).
He said "if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED" (Romans 10:9).
It all boils down to this: Do you have MORE FAITH in your sin's ability to damn you than in Jesus' Blood to save you?
If your sin is more powerful than His Blood, I can tell you right now THAT EVERYONE ON THIS PLANET IS DOOMED. NO ONE WILL EVER BE SAVED.
If, on the other hand, His Blood is greater than ALL our sins put together, then those who receive Him into their hearts and trust Him, are saved BY GRACE.
We will NEVER deserve Salvation.
It's an UNDESERVED GIFT.
All we can do is RECEIVE The Gift (Jesus Christ). Then, TRUST HIM. Trust WHAT HE DID to FOREVER save us.
Salvation is NOT BY WORKS (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Therefore our WORKS (good or bad) have NOTHING to do with it.
Last time I checked sexual sins are "WORKS".
Sexual sins have NOTHING to do with Salvation.
Jesus is your heart IS THE ONLY WAY to be saved.
And, if you haven't given Him your heart, after reading ALL THAT, you're a bigger dummy than I even thought.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011
STRAIT AND NARROW
In Matthew 7:13, 14 Jesus says the following:
"Enter in AT THE NARROW GATE: for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in there: Because strait is the gate, and NARROW IS THE WAY, WHICH LEADS TO LIFE, and few there be that find it".
He made a similar statement in Luke 13:24:
"Strive to enter in at THE NARROW GATE: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able".
This, according to religious legalists, means that we are to live life constrained by all sorts of "don'ts".
That we are supposed to observe the law (torah), the 10 Commandments, the weekly Sabbath, Old Testament dietary laws, or a combination thereof.
That we are to belong to a certain religion or denomination, and live by its precepts, like circumcision or good works, in order to be saved...
Actually, you can read either passage and you'll find NO MENTION WHATSOEVER of any of the above: NO law keeping, NO 10 Commandment keeping, NO Sabbath keeping, NO dietary laws, NO circumcision, no "good works" and NO RELIGION.
So, what was Jesus talking about?
It's not "what" but "WHO".
He was talking about Himself.
He is THE NARROW WAY...
He is THE ONLY WAY that leads to Salvation (John 14:6).
In fact, there is NO WAY, other than Jesus Himself, that LEADS TO Salvation.
He is the NARROW GATE.
Didn't He say in John 10:9 "I am THE Gate; whoever enters through me WILL BE SAVED"?
You really need ALL KINDS OF religious intervention to mess that one up.
Didn't He also say in John 10:1 "I tell you the truth, the man WHO DOES NOT ENTER the sheep pen BY THE GATE, but climbs in by SOME OTHER WAY, is a thief and a robber"?
The NARROW Gate and Way is Jesus.
Jesus -- and ONLY Jesus -- leads to Salvation.
Religion tries to BROADEN the Gate and Way by SUBTRACTING from Jesus' PERFECT, COMPLETE work of Redemption, and ADDING ALL THE OTHER STUFF LISTED ABOVE.
Law keeping, 10 Commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping, dietary laws, good works, circumcision. membership in a particular denomination and religion ALL LEAD TO DAMNATION.
All who teach and preach that ALL THOSE "OTHER WAYS" ARE NECESSARY are thieves and robbers.
They have no right to even TALK about Salvation, since they themselves ARE LOST.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011
NOT BY WORKS
Ephesians 2:8, 9 is one passage of Scripture that EVERY Christian should know by heart. It says:
"Because you are saved BY GRACE thru FAITH; and that, NOT of yourselves: It is the gift of God: NOT by works, lest anyone should boast".
Salvation is NOT by works.
Salvation is A GIFT.
As with any other gift, there's NOTHING we can DO to earn it or deserve it. ALL WE CAN "DO" IS RECEIVE IT.
The righteousness of God is by faith in Christ Jesus UNTO ALL and upon ALL OF THEM THAT BELIEVE[Romans 3:22].
It's NOT by works.
Being justified FREELY BY HIS GRACE thru the redemption that is in Christ Jesus [Romans 3:24].
It's NOT by works.
Therefore, we conclude that a man is justified BY FAITH, WITHOUT THE WORKS OF THE LAW [Romans 3:28].
It's NOT by works.
And if by grace, THEN IT IS NO MORE OF WORKS: otherwise grace is no more grace [Romans 11:6].
It's NOT by works.
By the works of the law shall NO FLESH BE JUSTIFIED [Galatians 3:16].
It's NOT by works.
Who has [already] saved us, and called us with a holy calling, NOT ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS, but according to His own purpose AND GRACE, WHICH WAS GIVEN US [ALREADY] IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN [2 Timothy 1:9].
It's NOT by works.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ [Galatians 2:16].
It's NOT by works.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit [Titus 3:5].
It's NOT by works.
If it's NOT by works, THEN YOUR WORKS (good or bad) have NOTHING to do with Salvation.
Jesus IN your heart IS Salvation, period.
Evangelical ministers,STOP preaching a confusing, murky "gospel" of grace PLUS works.
That's NO Gospel, AT ALL.
It's NOT by works.
Armstrongnists, Seventh Day Adventists, Church of Christ, United Church of God, Sabbatarians, legalists... which part, exactly, of "NOT by works" don't you understand?
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011
JESUS LOVES GAYS
I already know we're going to get a lot of mail on this. I DON'T CARE:
JESUS LOVES GAYS.
That's the Truth.
I didn't say He loves their lifestyle. I said He LOVES THEM.
Matter of fact, He LOVES THEM SO MUCH that He died for them on the cross, just like He died for your sins and mine (Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32; 2 Corinthians 5:19).
That's A FACT.
Organized Christianity may not like it, holier-than-thou religionists may not like it, self-righteous, hypocritical televangelists may not like it, but that's what the Word of God VERY CLEARLY says.
NO ONE IS BORN GAY.
On the other hand, few people are gay BY CHOICE.
NO ONE KNOWS for sure WHAT CAUSES people to prefer homosexuality, or to have homosexual proclivities: The Truth lies somewhere in between these two extremes.
Gay people often come from homes where the male-female roles were REVERSED, i.e., the female was dominant and the male submissive.
There are a number of OTHER FACTORS that influence such behavior as well, like being sexually or psychologically abused as a child, conditions at home, parental behavior and so forth.
The answer probably varies with each individual, and lies deep in the recesses of their subconscious mind.
Despite Hollywood's and the secular media's RELENTLESS propaganda campaign to shove the gay lifestyle down our throats as being a perfectly acceptable, normal, alternate lifestyle, IT IS NOT.
Most gays, whether they openly admit it or not, are NOT happy people; most gays are CONFLICTED individuals.
The Good News is JESUS CAME TO SAVE GAYS, just like He came to save all OTHER sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).
Organized religion may treat being gay as the "unpardonable sin" but, I assure you, IT IS NOT.
I have personally ministered to more than one individual who is saved, born-again, and WHO DOES NOT WANT TO be gay,DOES NOT WANT TO have those feelings toward people of the same sex, yet CANNOT help it.
Some began to experience those feelings, UNWILLINGLY, as early as 5 years old.
Furthermore, they feel lonely and ostracized by the religious community, even when they haven't openly expressed their feelings, and very often can't find a place to worship and fellowship with other believers.
I want to reassure them that Jesus knows their hearts, and that they are just as forgiven by His marvelous Grace as ALL OTHER SINNERS (Ephesians 2:8,9).
But isn't homosexuality sin?
Yes. So are lying, cheating, stealing, fornication and adultery. So is holding a grudge. So is having jealousy, envy or hatred in your heart. So is having the desire to see others fail.
But doesn't the Bible say homosexuals won't inherit the Kingdom of God?
The Bible says:
"Sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunks, slanderers, and robbers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
THAT IS WHAT SOME OF YOU WERE! BUT YOU WERE WASHED, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus the Messiah and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
According to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, those who REBELLIOUSLY, DEFIANTLY and DELIBERATELY practice ANY of these sins will not inherit the Kingdom.
UNREGENERATE fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, etc., WON'T inherit the Kingdom of God.
Conversely, BORN AGAIN individuals WILL inherit the Kingdom and are NO LONGER CONSIDERED by God to be in ANY of those categories... even though they may have at some point, because of human weakness, "fallen off the wagon" and practiced such sins.
Verse 11 of that passage PROVES IT, beyond doubt:
THAT IS WHAT SOME OF YOU WERE ! BUT YOU WERE WASHED, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED; YOU WERE JUSTIFIED in the name of our Lord Jesus the Messiah and by the Spirit of our God".
Once a homosexual, or any other sinner, repents and gives his/her heart to Christ, THEY ARE NO LONGER what they used to be. They are now and forever children of God.
They are no longer sinners, but saints, saved like any other sinner BY THE SHEER GRACE of our heavenly Father, thru the Blood of Jesus Christ.
That is true, REGARDLESS of their occasional carnal feelings or outward behavior.
Those who go around with protest signs that say "Jesus (or God) hates homosexuals" ARE LYING.
Those who want to condemn gays, better make darned sure that THEY ARE WITHOUT SIN, before they cast the first stone (John 8:7).
There's ONLY ONE SIN that sends people to hell and that is FAILURE TO RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and God (Mark 16:16).
Some may not like to face this fact, but it's the Truth.
It's the Gospel.
It's GOOD NEWS for ALL sinners, including gays.
Deal with it.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011
First century Christians had only one "product" to sell... Jesus.
Peter never sold a DVD on "How to Walk on Water".
Thomas never wrote a best-seller on "How to Overcome Doubt".
The disciples didn't hold a conference on Evangelism.
John didn't teach a prophecy seminar, and Paul didn't have a workshop on winning gentiles to Christ.
They were so effective, by the power of the Spirit, in "selling" Jesus, that they turned the world of their day upside down.
Their message SWALLOWED UP the corrupt, mighty and ruthless Roman Empire.
They changed history. They overcame the world.
21st century Christians SELL EVERYTHING BUT Jesus.
They sell all kinds of STUFF "in His Name". They discovered one important fact 50 years ago: It's REAL EASY to sell Jesus junk to Christians, it's not so easy to sell faith in Jesus to non-Christians.
To say that they've taken "the easy way" would be a gross understatement.
So, they've sold every imaginable thing under the sun, and a few that are hard to imagine... They've sold us books, tapes, CD's, DVD's, Christian "art", Christian jewelry, Christian music, all kinds of Bibles, trinkets, cruises, worthless books on everything from Southern Cooking, to Better Sex, to Prosperity, to Victorious Living.
Am I saying Christian books are worthless? Yes. 95% of them are.
If they weren't, they wouldn't end up where they belong, in the trash bin.
If they weren't, YOU'D REMEMBER WHAT THE HECK IT WAS THAT THE BOOK SAID.
The reason you DON'T, is because it's NOT WORTH REMEMBERING.
We have the greatest "product" in the world, One that EVERYONE needs. We have THE BEST MESSAGE, and largest "target market": the entire world.
Yet we're such poor "sales people" when it comes to Him.
We're so AFRAID to speak The Truth, lest we "offend" someone.
Confidence and boldness are the hallmarks of all good sales people.
If you're Christian, I CHALLENGE YOU to share Jesus with someone. Start with one person. You gotta START somewhere. And go from there.
If you're a minister, I DARE YOU to "SELL" JESUS, and ONLY JESUS, WHICH IS WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING ALL ALONG.
Will the Church, once again, overcome the world? Or will the world overcome us?
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
BRIDE OF CHRIST
There's this false teaching circulating in so-called "word of faith" circles, that the Church ISN'T, the Bride of Christ, and that the true Bride is New Jerusalem.
If I were you, I would take ANYTHING the "word of faith", name-it-and-claim-it, give-to-get, "BRIBE God" if you want anything from Him crowd, not with a grain, but with A TON of salt.
The Church IS the Bride [Wife] of Christ, as evidenced by the following Scriptures:
Romans 7:4: "Wherefore, MY BRETHREN, you also are become dead to the law by the Body of Christ; that YOU SHOULD BE MARRIED to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead"...
2 Corinthians 11:2: "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I HAVE ESPOUSED YOU TO ONE HUSBAND, that I MAY PRESENT YOU AS A CHASTE VIRGIN TO CHRIST".
Ephesians 5:31,32: "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to HIS WIFE, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery,BUT I SPEAK CONCERNING CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.
Revelation 19:7,8 "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: FOR THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB IS COME, AND HIS WIFE HAS MADE HERSELF READY. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS".
This false teaching is based on Revelation 21:2: "and I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband".
ALSO, REVELATION 21: 9,10: "And there came unto me one of the seven angels..., and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit... and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem"...
So, who's the Bride of Christ? The Church, or New Jerusalem?
Since Jesus is monogamous, His BRIDE is His Church.
Unless someone wants to argue that New Jerusalem will be FORSAKEN and UNINHABITED... Or that Jesus will be married TO AN EMPTY CITY WITH ZERO POPULATION.
New Jerusalem will be INHABITED by the saints who, COLLECTIVELY, make up the Church, the Bride of Christ [Hebrews 12:22,23; Philippians 3:20].
Clearly, He's married to His Church and, by extension, to New Jerusalem, who is/will be INHABITED ONLY BY HIS SAINTS [Revelation 21:27].
Too bad, TV preachers, that's what happens when you "cherry pick" Scriptures that appear to support your false doctrine, and BRUSH ASIDE the ones which DON'T.
We don't arrive at TRUE DOCTRINE by "cherry picking", but by taking into account THE WHOLE "COUNSEL OF GOD".
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011
THE LUKEWARM CHURCH
Nobody is born lukewarm.
When a person is "born again", that newborn babe in Christ is NEVER lukewarm. They may not understand Christian theology they may not be able to pass a written or oral test on orthodox doctrine, but they HAVE the living Lord Jesus Christ bubbling in their hearts.
It takes a large dose of religion, and the intervention of one or more "ministers", to dampen their enthusiasm.
If they attend the local congregation (regardless of "Christian label"), chances are they'll get clobbered with legalism and fear: "Don't do this", "don't go there", "don't wear that", and myriad other religious "things" that will suffocate that inner babe, and draw that new believer away from their newly-acquired, regenerated nature.
Instead of focusing on their NEW, INNER, CHRIST-LIKE NATURE, their attention is drawn to the external, thereby stunting that person's spiritual growth.
At some point that newborn babe gets disillusioned... Is this ALL there is to the Christian walk? Going to church on Sunday, paying a 10% unbiblical, legalistic tax imposed by the pastor or denomination, hearing a boring, watered-down sermon, a couple of dull hymns, and then going home... only to repeat the same old ritual next week?
It's at THAT POINT that lukewarmness sets in.
Add to all that, the prevalent Christian mindset in the United States that you have to "give" in order to "get", and that faith and spiritual "greatness" are measured in dollars and cents, and you can't help but end up with a lukewarm, confused, dissatisfied, disillusioned, ineffective, DIVIDED Church.
When the focus of our "spirituality" is to be millionaires, living in the largest mansion, driving the most luxurious cars, or owning the most expensive planes, instead of winning the lost, perfecting the saints, and getting Christ's Body ready for His return, what else can we expect?
Am I equating poverty with spirituality? No way! That OTHER teaching is just as wrong, religious and unbiblical as the opposite extreme. Am I anti-congregation? No way! I'm 100% pro-Christ, pro-Holy Spirit, pro-Word, and pro-Church. I'm unabashedly anti-religion and anti-complacency.
So what's the solution to the Church's spiritual apathy? Reconnecting to that new-born babe in Christ ON THE INSIDE.
Locating that original "Fire", joy, and passion for the Lord you had when you first became a Christian.
It's finding that "first love" you had BEFORE you got caught up into the religious vortex.
It's pushing everything else aside and reconnecting with your "first love".
Everything we do based ONLY ON EMOTION is TEMPORARY. It won't last.
Everything we do EXTERNALLY is TEMPORARY. It won't last.
ENDURING things are INTERNAL.
You'll never find the Spirit's Fire OUTSIDE, but INSIDE.
THIS TIME, when you find Him, CLING TO HIM, AND NEVER, EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, LET GO.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
JESUS WANTS YOU
One of the biggest lies perpetrated by religion is that people have to "clean up" and abandon their sins BEFORE they come to Jesus.
That you have to "quit" this or "quit" that, BEFORE YOU CAN RECEIVE HIM.
That He won't accept you unless you're holy and perfect.
Well, duh? If you COULD become holy and perfect APART FROM JESUS, WHY WOULD YOU NEED HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE?
ITS' THE OTHER WAY AROUND: THE FILTHIER WE ARE, THE MORE SINFUL WE ARE, THE MORE WE NEED HIM. THE MORE HE WANTS US. THE MORE HE'S EAGER TO RECEIVE US AND CLEAN US UP!
WE'VE DONE THE SINNING. HE'S DONE THE CLEANING.
FACT IS, AT THE CROSS, JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR ALL YOUR SINS.
I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU'VE DONE... OR HOW MANY TIMES YOU'VE DONE IT... IT'S ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR. ALL OF IT!
GOD'S JUSTICE HAS BEEN SATISFIED. YOU CAN GO FREE!
That's why the message of Jesus Christ, His death and Resurrection is called "GOOD NEWS".
THERE IS NO BETTER NEWS IN ALL THE WORLD!
Why do you think I gave my heart to Jesus? Because I was so "good" and so "holy", I couldn't stand myself? WRONG!
I did it because I was filthy. Because I was/am a "NO GOOD" SINNER, JUST LIKE YOU!
As Paul said "Jesus Christ came into the world TO SAVE SINNERS, OF WHOM I AM CHIEF" [1 Timothy 1:15].
IF YOU'RE A SINNER [AND WHO ISN'T?], YOU'RE EXACTLY THE PERSON JESUS DIED FOR. YOU'RE EXACTLY THE ONE HE CAME TO "SEEK AND TO SAVE" (Luke 19:10).
Jesus DIDN'T die for the righteous, He DIED FOR the unrighteous.
If you're a really bad dude... or "dudess"... Jesus WANTS YOU.
HE WELCOMES YOU WITH OPEN ARMS. HE LOVES YOU!
RECEIVE HIM INTO YOU HEART, RIGHT NOW, JUST AS YOU ARE!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2011
One of the most damnable heresies invented by corrupt religious minds, like that of infamous and ubiquitous old buzzard Dominic Crossan, is that Jesus rose from the dead IN SPIRIT ONLY.
That His BODY didn't rise but that, contrary to every Gospel account, it remained on the cross and was "probably eaten by birds of prey".
Dominic is confused. It's his ugly face and body that will be eaten by birds of prey, either before or after Armageddon.
And it will happen while his DEAD spirit goes straight to hell.
The Word of God leaves NO ROOM for such satanic "interpretation".
More like wishful thinking on Satan's part.
Jesus rose from the dead BODILY.
His actual, tangible, PHYSICAL body rose from the dead.
THE SAME body that was crucified and placed in the tomb three days and nights earlier.
Hell couldn't hold Him. Satan couldn't hold Him. Death couldn't hold Him (Revelation 1:18).
He'd already raised at least TWO PEOPLE from the dead, the widow's son, and Lazarus (Luke 7:11-15; John 11:43,44).
If He could raise Lazarus PHYSICALLY, even after Lazarus' PHYSICAL body had begun decomposing(John 11:39-44), WHY ON EARTH WOULDN'T HE BE ABLE TO RAISE HIMSELF?
Angels proclaimed He had risen from THE DEAD (Matthew 28:7; Mark 15:5,6).
The disciples initially thought he was just a spirit (Luke 24:37).
But the risen Jesus REPEATEDLY INVITED THEM TO TOUCH HIM and TO INSPECT His hands and feet(Luke 24:39; John 20:27).
The risen Jesus also ate in their presence (Luke 24:30,43; John 21:13,14).
Even Thomas who adamantly said "Unless I SEE THE NAIL MARKS IN HIS HANDS and put my finger where the nails were, and PUT MY HAND INTO HIS SIDE, I WILL NOT BELIEVE IT" (John 20:25) became SO CONVINCED of Jesus' PHYSICAL resurrection, that he called Him his "Lord and God" and GAVE HIS LIFE preaching His CORPORAL Resurrection and Deity (John 20:28).
The PHYSICALLY RISEN Jesus appeared first to Peter, then the twelve disciples, then to over 500 believers at the same time (1 Corinthians 15:4-8).
MORE THAN 500 EYEWITNESSES SAW HIM PHYSICALLY ALIVE.
It only takes TWO witnesses in a court of law, or under Jewish law, to establish a matter. Jesus had OVER 500 THAT SAW AND TOUCHED, AND SPOKE AND INTERACTED WITH, HIS RISEN PHYSICAL BODY.
He appeared to the zealous, hard as nails, Jesus-hating Saul of Tarsus, transforming him into the apostle Paul and changing the apostle's life, purpose and mission FOREVER (Acts 22:6-10).
He APPEARED TO the disciples and interacted with them in His risen, PHYSICAL body for 40 days and nights (Acts 1:3).
He is THE Resurrection and THE Life (John 11:25).
As Jesus Himself put it:
"For this reason am I loved by the Father, because I give up my life so that I may take it again. NO ONE TAKES IT FROM ME; I give it up of myself. I HAVE POWER TO GIVE IT UP, AND I HAVE POWER TO TAKE IT AGAIN" (John 10:17, 18).
In Acts 1:3 Luke tells us: "After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and GAVE MANY CONVINCING PROOFS THAT HE WAS ALIVE. He appeared to them over a period OF FORTY DAYS and spoke about the Kingdom of God".
Luke was a physician, a medical doctor. He of all people was qualified to TELL THE DIFFERENCE between a PHYSICAL, HUMAN BODY and someone's spirit or "astral body" as New Agers call it.
It was Luke who also recorded Jesus' precise words in his timeless Gospel:
"See my hands and my feet, that it is I; TOUCH ME and know that A SPIRIT DOES NOT HAVE FLESH AND BONES, as you see that I have (Luke 24:39)."
The evidence of the PHYSICAL Resurrection of Jesus Christ is OVERWHELMING.
Had His Body remained in the tomb...
Had Jewish or Roman authorities been able to produce Jesus' dead body THREE DAYS AFTER His crucifixion...
Or had it still been hanging from the cross, and been eaten by birds as the OLD BUZZARD claims...
Everyone in Jerusalem and environs would have SEEN IT.
THE CHRISTIAN FAITH WOULD NOT EVEN EXIST.
It would have been nipped in the bud.
There would be NO Christians, PERIOD.
It's Dominic's absurd and ungodly theory that's totally "for the birds".
Belief in the ACTUAL, PHYSICAL Resurrection of Jesus Christ is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for Salvation (Romans 10:9).
Unless they repent (change their belief and thinking) those who try to "explain the Resurrection away" by saying He only rose "spiritually" ARE LOST.
As Paul put it in 1 Corinthians 15:17:
"If Christ has NOT been raised, YOUR FAITH IS WORTHLESS; you are still in your sins".
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2011
SETTING THE STAGE
In Matthew 24:4-8 Jesus speaks of the signs that mark the "beginning of sorrows" or "birthpangs", which must precede the Rapture and tribulation.
Prominent among them is that "nation will rise against nation (against itself) and kingdom against kingdom".
First, there was the removal of Saddam Hussein by the United States.
Since December 2010 we have witnessed one insurrection after another causing the fall of dictator after dictator.
We have seen several strongmen ousted from power: Tunisia's Ben Ali, Egypt's Mubarak and just yesterday Libya's Gaddafi met his timely demise.
Who in their right mind would have thought that the United States would suddenly turn on its long-time ally in Egypt and lynchpin of Middle East "peace" Hosni Mubarak, and demand his departure?
Things are not looking well for Syria's Assad, either. Despite his well known brutality, he must be shaking in his boots.
Emboldened by Gaddafi's death, demonstrators are likely to increase in numbers and become more aggressive, and eventually rid themselves of that evil tyrant.
WHY is all this happening now?
For one thing, because Jesus predicted it would.
Of course, people can argue that these were oppressive regimes that deserved to be ousted. No argument there.
But they've been repressive for many, many years (23 years for Ben Ali, about 30 years for Mubarak, and 42 years for Gaddafi). Why now?
Why are they all falling at the same time?
Because the way is being prepared for the Antichrist to rule...
It is precisely these nations in the Middle East and along the Mediterranean that comprised the world known in Jesus' time and which comprise the territories for the 10-king coalition the Antichrist will rule over (Daniel 7:24,25).
How do you think he would get them all to coalesce around his leadership, if they still had STRONG, ENTRENCHED leaders like Hussein, Gaddafi or Mubarak?
How likely would men like that be to just hand over their countries and become subservient?
As I state in my book Seed of Satan, A POWER VACUUM must take place to facilitate this man's control over the world.
Iraq has a weak and VERY DIVIDED government, hanging by a thread. So does Afghanistan. No one's sure who's really in charge of Egypt or Tunisia, just like no one knows who's ruling Libya tonight.
This power vacuum is taking place in these second or third tier nations before it happens to the superpowers.
The erosion of leadership is already evident in Washington, as well as within the Republican Party which has only been able to offer a flip flopping Mormon, a savvy businessman with no governing experience, and an inconsistent governor from Texas.
The tribulation starts off with war among the superpowers that will destroy 1/3 of their navies (Revelation 8:9).
The world will be chaotic, largely devastated and devoid of leadership, when the ultimate dictator, possessed by Satan himself, emerges and wraps them all around his little finger.
The stage is being set for the resurrected Alexander... right before our eyes.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011
OLD AND NEW
Religionists often accuse me of believing ONLY the New Testament and DISBELIEVING the Old.
I believe EVERY WORD written in the Old Testament.
I often quote the Old Testament and teach from it.
I've dissected certain portions of the Old Testament, particularly the first three chapters of Genesis, and the 9th chapter of Daniel, as much as any other human.
The O.T. is the Word of God just as much as the New Testament.
WHAT, then, is the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO?
In the Old Testament there was "no Jesus" in the sense that He had not yet appeared, died for man's sin, and risen from the dead.
Hence, BEFORE Jesus, man HAD TO observe God's Law, including the 10 commandments, as best he could.
Since it was downright IMPOSSIBLE for man, in his fallen condition, to keep God's Law, God made TEMPORARY provision for their sins by having some poor animal die in their place.
That's why sacrifices were offered, first in the tabernacle, then in the temple, TWICE A DAY, morning and evening, DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY (Exodus 29:38-42).
They also had to offer sacrifices on the Sabbaths, New Moons (Rosh Chodesh) and all major Feasts (Leviticus chapter 23).
Additionally, each person had to offer his/her own INDIVIDUAL sacrifice for any sins committed unknowingly (Leviticus chapters 4-7).
Then ONCE A YEAR, the High Priest had to offer sacrifice for himself and for the sins of the people (Numbers 29:7-11).
Thank God for Jesus!
By ONE Sacrifice He has PERFECTED FOREVER (for ALL TIME) those who are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14).
He went into the REAL Holy of Holies in heaven on our behalf having obtained ETERNAL (NEVER ENDING) Redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12).
That's why NO ONE can ADD or SUBTRACT from Jesus' once and for all, PERFECT, COMPLETE Work of Redemption.
Those who do either are UNSAVED.
Those who do either are HERETICS.
God NEVER changes. The Word of God (Jesus) NEVER changes.
But the Way He RELATES TO mankind DOES CHANGE and, thank God, HAS CHANGED.
That's why it's SO IMPORTANT to distinguish between what Jesus said PRIOR to Calvary, to what He said AFTER Calvary.
BEFORE His death, the Old Testament WAS still in effect and man's righteousness depended largely on the observance of God's law.
So, sure enough, BEFORE Calvary Jesus would say things like:
"Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED" (Matthew 5:18).
That's the verse legalists love to quote. However, they don't quote the previous verse, since it doesn't fit their agenda:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but TO FULFILL THEM" (Matthew 5:17).
Since Jesus HAS fulfilled them (praise His Name forever!), they HAVE BEEN fulfilled, hence they HAVE PASSED AWAY as far we're concerned, and are NO LONGER APPLICABLE TO US.
AFTER Calvary, AFTER Jesus' death and Resurrection, God's Righteousness is CREDITED TO US FREELY, by virtue of Jesus' death in our stead (Romans 3:24).
Those who RECEIVE Him into their hearts and TRUST WHAT HE DID for us, have eternal Life (John 3:16).
Their sins are instantly and forever ERASED.
Jesus' PERFECT FULFILLMENT of HIS OWN (God's) Law on our behalf is CREDITED TO THEM, as though THEY'D KEPT IT TO PERFECTION ALWAYS, as He did (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus' OWN Righteousness is credited to them.
And there's NO RIGHTEOUSNESS anywhere but His.
Jesus' righteousness is THE ONLY Righteousness IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.
Looking for righteousness ANYWHERE ELSE, or in ANYONE ELSE, is folly.
Trying to procure righteousness ANY OTHER WAY is futile.
So, the Old Testament was in force UNTIL Jesus died, rose and ascended.
The NEW Testament, praise Jesus, has been IN FORCE EVER SINCE.
As the saying goes "OUT WITH THE OLD, and IN WITH THE NEW".
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011
"being declared righteous FREELY by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).
Salvation is found in the New Testament.
Salvation is NOT found in the Law, the 10 Commandments, or the Old Testament.
Salvation is found ONLY in Jesus.
Salvation is NOT FOUND in A MIXTURE OF Old and New Testaments.
Unfortunately, such unholy, unkosher, IMPURE mixture is what religion perpetually tries to shove down our throats.
Religion wants SOMETHING to do with Jesus, but desperately clings to the law and is hell bent on not forsaking the Old Testament.
It wants to revive the VERY commandments which KILL US (Romans 7:8-10).
That's why religion has NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL AND NEVER WILL.
They want to live AS THOUGH Jesus had never died on the cross, risen and ascended.
They want to STILL play a role in procuring THEIR OWN righteousness, when THEY HAVEN'T GOT ANY.
They fail to see that if we could have procured righteousness ourselves, then Jesus WOULDN'T HAVE DIED in order to GET IT FOR US.
God's System of Salvation is YOU CAN ONLY GET IT THROUGH HIM.
Those who keep fighting the System, are REJECTING the only Way (John 14:6).
Those who keep fighting the System, and keep trying to "help" or MERIT their own salvation, ARE LOST.
Salvation begins by acknowledging our own helplessness.
Salvation is turning to Jesus WITH ALL OUR HEARTS and TRUSTING, TRUSTING, TRUSTING WHAT HE DID, NOT WHAT WE DO.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2011
I want to publicly praise and thank my Jesus (I've already done it privately) for Gilad Shalit's safe return home to Israel.
As believer in the Jewish Messiah and part of the spiritual Commonwealth of Israel, I couldn't help rejoicing at the news that Gilad Shalit has finally returned home.
I've looked forward to his release for the past 5 years.
Ever since he was kidnapped and taken prisoner by Hamas, I've prayed and prayed and prayed for that young man.
He and his family have been in my heart and prayers nearly every day. How wonderful to have him back home with his loved ones! How wonderful that he is finally free!
I know Israel has paid a tremendous price, having to swap more than A THOUSAND Palestinian terrorists for ONE Israeli soldier.
That just shows THE WORTH of one of God's Chosen.
It also shows how little Hamas thinks of its terrorist pawns as well as their utter worthlessness.
How unbelievably tacky, inconsiderate and exploitive for Egyptian TV to shove a camera and microphone in Shalit's face for a FORCED interview, in his emaciated condition, right after 5 years in captivity and solitary confinement; and for that stupid and tactless interviewer to interject political propaganda and ask him about "thousands of Palestinians languishing in Israeli jails".
She forgot to mention, of course, that Shalit is merely a soldier who had the misfortune of being kidnapped while carrying out his duty, while THEY are hate filled terrorists who have indiscriminately taken CIVILIAN lives and limbs.
Though most Israelis favor the prisoner swap there are understandable objections and reservations in certain segments of society, especially from those whose lives and families have been victimized by the evil criminals involved in the exchange.
But in God's eyes, in the eyes of those who love the God of Israel, and love freedom, Gilad is worth FAR MORE THAN 1,000 of them.
And, rest assured, God knows who they are, and where they are; and while they may have momentarily escaped Israeli prison, they haven't escaped His righteous judgment.
One can hardly imagine what the past 5 years may have been like for Shalit and what he's had to endure.
This precious young man will need lots of time to heal mentally, emotionally and physically.
He'll also need the love, understanding and support of his family, friends and Jewish brothers in order to recover.
I pray that he and his family will come to know the Messiah.
For what it's worth, there are MANY well wishers outside the State of Israel who stand with the Shalits in spirit and brotherly love.
From your brothers in America: Shalom, Gilad. And "Baruch Shuvcha":
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
MORMONS AREN'T CHRISTIAN
If you listened to news media at all this past week, you inevitably heard the commotion caused by Dallas Pastor and Rick Perry supporter, Robert Jeffress' statements that Mormonism is a cult, and that Mitt Romney is not Christian.
Every self-righteous media figure - whether on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, or any of the major networks, was "righteously indignant" at Pastor Jeffress' TRUE AND ACCURATE words, saying that religion should not "play a role" in politics.
Of course the LDS (Mormons) are major stockholders at Fox (how do you think Glenn what's his name ever made it there?), and most networks just love anything they can inflate to portray Evangelicals as "intolerant".
So, in a way, this was a gift to them.
Fellow Mormon and co-aspirant to the GOP nomination (like he's got a chance in hell) John Huntsman immediately went all over television, calling the pastor's statements "ridiculous" and trying his best to portray Mormonism as being your typical, run of the mill, "mainstream" Christian denomination, which it most definitely IS NOT.
The LDS immediately launched an internet propaganda campaign making the same claims.
Unfortunately, a lot of misinformed, ignorant Evangelicals will buy it.
And with Beck's recent crossover into Kristian TV, and getting the blessing of the "world's largest Kristian network", the runaway religious deception that Jesus warned about is as strong and widespread as it's ever been (Matthew 24:4).
However, it's not all bad news.
In a way, it's A GOOD THING that Romney's Mormonism has come to the forefront.
The daughter of a Mormon bishop, now a former Mormon herself, has written a book outing many of the false teachings and SECRET satanic oaths and rituals promoted by this demonic cult:
You can read the fine article here : http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=354721
You can also read the testimony of a former Mormon, now born-again Christian, which corroborates much of what the Bishop's daughter says, right here on this website: http://www.christconnection.net/id4.html
This is one instance where I want to thank prophecy guru Hal Lindsay for immediately coming out in support of Jeffress and denouncing Mormonism, for what it truly is: A SATANIC CULT THAT LEADS ITS FOLLOWERS STRAIGHT TO HELL.
When most so-called Evangelical leaders have been MUM on the subject (lest they fall out of grace with the secular media and not be able to promote the next piece of garbage they write) Hal gave a VERY BIBLICAL, point by point exposé of Mormon lies, including their denial of Jesus' Deity, denial of His virgin birth, and denial of salvation by grace thru faith, saying flat-out that IT IS A CULT and that IT'S NOT CHRISTIAN.
Thank you, Hal. I enjoyed watching it, and commend you for it.
And kudos to pastor Jeffress, for having the courage, conviction and Christian integrity to TELL IT LIKE IT IS.
Contrary to the secular media's fallacy that religion "should play no role", I for one believe FAITH should PLAY A MAJOR ROLE.
Being born-again ALONE is no guarantee a candidate will be any good in public office, but it's an essential SPIRITUAL asset that the leader of a nation purportedly "under God" should have and merits voters' consideration.
As Abraham Lincoln said:
"My concern is not whether God is on our side; but TO BE ON God's side, for God IS ALWAYS RIGHT".
May God have mercy on the United States.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011
MARKS OF A CULT
"....there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:7,8).
The definition of a cult is a group or organization that, while often quoting Scripture and calling itself "Christian", DENIES one or more of the FUNDAMENTAL TENETS of the Christian faith.
Since we constantly get new believers coming to faith in Christ, as well as new readers, let's go over what those fundamentals are:
1. The Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God and is the final authority on everything.
2. There's One Almighty, eternal God, who manifests Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus Christ is God manifested in human form.
4. Jesus was born of a virgin.
5. Jesus lived, died, was buried, and physically rose from the dead.
6. Jesus in your heart = COMPLETE salvation. There's no salvation in any other person, or by any other means. Salvation is faith in Jesus alone, not faith in Jesus "PLUS" something else.
7. Jesus will someday return to earth to set up His everlasting Kingdom.
One dead giveaway that your dealing with a cult is the group, invariably, DETRACTS from Jesus (i.e., by saying He died to save us, but He ISN'T God), or by DIMINISHING His Work of Redemption, claiming it's NOT ENOUGH to save us and we must ADD works, law keeping, 10 commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping, membership in that group, or ANYTHING ELSE.
Many cult leaders claim to be the reincarnation of Jesus, that the Book of Revelation refers to them, and that they've come to "complete" Jesus' work of redemption. Examples of this blasphemy are Jim Jones, David Koresh, Sun Myung Moon, and that nitwit Jose Luis Miranda.
Anyone who makes such claim IS A LIAR.
Jesus' Work of Redemption is PERFECT AND COMPLETE, AND LACKS NOTHING.
Most cults tend to be SECRETIVE and practice SECRET rituals, which they WARN their members NOT TO divulge, under threat of SERIOUS and DRASTIC CONSEQUENCES if they break the "code of silence".
They all practice MIND CONTROL to one extent or another, brainwashing their members with ungodly doctrine, and subjecting them TO BLIND, UNQUESTIONING submission to the cult leader's teachings.
If you're involved with any group that engages in ANY of the above, RUN -- don't walk -- from it.
All cults are SATANIC, I don't care how "Christian" they CLAIM to be.
All cults practice RELIGIOUS DECEPTION that will lead their followers STRAIGHT TO HELL.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011
MAHDI THIS AND MAHDI THAT
Oh, how I wish that Christians had some common sense and would stop falling for religious propaganda on Kristian TV!
But I suppose that's just wishful thinking on my part.
Despite the overwhelming scriptural and historic evidence that PROVES beyond any doubt who the Antichrist is...
Despite the Mahdi Myth being THOROUGHLY DEBUNKED on our Home page for over 5 years (Myth #13 - and, IN ALL THAT TIME, haven't heard a peep from Mahdi advocates trying to refute my arguments... they're THAT solid and biblical... to Jesus be all the glory).
We still hear from people who THINK he is the Islamic Mahdi.
Of course, when I ask them to explain who the Mahdi is... they CAN'T.
ALL they know is he's some "Islamic guy" that's supposed to appear in the end-times. Other than that, they haven't got a clue.
Obviously, then, they don't base their beliefs on personal knowledge or personal conviction, but on HEARSAY.
After all, that short guy with the shrill southern accent has a DVD about it, and that other guy from Canada wrote a book about it. And they're both on Kristian TV. So, it MUST BE true, right?
Oh, sure. It's just as "true" as "the 7-year peace treaty", the "cashless society", the "new world order", the "revived Roman Empire" and all the other garbage they've been SELLING YOU for years.
And which, I might add, has ended up time and again, WHERE IT BELONGS: in the trash can.
With "expertise" like that, no wonder Christians are SO CONFUSED.
"But I read so-and-so's book and he makes a pretty convincing case".
Please... If the past 50 years have proven anything, it's that you can make "a convincing case" to Bible illiterates on just about ANYTHING.
What they CAN'T make is A BIBLICAL case:
There isn't A SINGLE VERSE in the Bible -- from Genesis to Revelation -- that mentions the Mahdi.
There isn't A SINGLE VERSE in the Bible -- from Genesis to Revelation -- that mentions Islamic world dominance.
And I DARE all the would-be "experts" out there to produce ONE.
Not two or three as the Bible requires to "establish a matter" (Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16), but JUST ONE.
The Mahdi is a MYTHOLOGICAL figure.
That's right: The Mahdi DOESN'T EXIST.
He's NEVER existed. He isn't even REAL.
No one's EVER seen the Mahdi.
No one's EVER heard the Mahdi.
No one knows WHERE the Mahdi is.
No reputable historian has EVER documented the Mahdi's birth, life, works or teachings.
So, the prophecy guru who SOLD YOU that godless piece of crap under the guise of "Bible prophecy" is promoting AN IMAGINARY, NON-EXISTENT "person", NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE, as the Antichrist.
They're pushing A RELIGIOUS INVENTION spawned by the corrupt minds of Satan possessed Islamic extremists, as "truth".
Moreover, they are teaching FABRICATED Islamic eschatology, there by ENDORSING Islam as true.
They are preferring Islam OVER the Christian faith and OVER God's Word (the Bible), which doesn't even mention the Mahdi.
By the way, the Koran DOESN'T MENTION HIM EITHER.
You'd think, if he were real, that AT LEAST he'd be mentioned in their "sacred book".
They are teaching A LIE.
You'd think they'd LEARN Christian eschatology, BEFORE writing about Islamic anything.
According to FALSE, UNSUBSTANTIATED Muslim LEGEND, this guy is SUPPOSED TO have been born in the year 869 A.D. and his name SUPPOSEDLY was Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan al-Mahdī.
Talk about a missing birth certificate... This joker hasn't got one because HE DOESN'T EXIST.
Some Muslims believe that allah concealed him (HOW can you "conceal" someone who's never even been BORN, let alone been SEEN?).
They won't even tell you how long he lived, or HOW OLD the Mahdi was when his alleged "concealment" took place.
Some believe he's been kept all these centuries inside a well.
And that, after the world is in chaos, he will reemerge, followed by Jesus (Issa) to destroy tyranny and bring justice.
And if you buy ANY OF THAT, I got a luxury beach front condo in Nevada I'd like to sell you.
All that aside, ACCORDING TO THE ONE TRUE GOD (Yahweh), the Antichrist MUST:
1. Be the serpent's seed [Genesis 3:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:3].
No one's ever claimed that the Mahdi's was Satan's son.
2. "Neither shall he regard the gods of his ancestors... NOR REGARD ANY GOD; for he shall magnify himself above all" [Daniel 11:37].
If he were the Mahdi, he'd have to DENY allah.
3. Must believe himself to be God [Daniel 11:36-38; 2 Thessalonians 2:4].
Again, he'd have to DENY both allah and Islam since their profession of faith says "there is NO GOD BUT allah".
4. He must be a king [Daniel 7:24; Revelation 17:10-12].
Mahdi's never been king.
5. Must be a king of fierce countenance [Daniel 8:23].
No one even knows what the Mahdi LOOKS LIKE, so there's NO COUNTENANCE to refer to, fierce, tame, or otherwise.
6. Must be a PROVEN military genius, with a reputation of INVINCIBILITY [Revelation 13:4].
No one's ever claimed that the Mahdi engaged in war.
7. Must be "like a leopard" [Revelation 13:2].
No one's ever compared the Mahdi to a leopard.
8. According to Revelation 17:8, he must be a well known, easily recognized historic figure. Thus, when he rises from the dead (reappears from the pit) the world will be in awe.
Since NO ONE has A CLUE what the Mahdi looked like... since he was INVENTED and never even existed,no one would recognize him, let alone be amazed at seeing him risen.
9. According to Shi’a mythology, this guy and Jesus will be ON THE SAME SIDE.
He won't be ANTI-Jesus, hence he CAN'T BE Anti-Christ.
10. According to God, Antichrist MUST BE someone who lived PRIOR TO 90 A.D., is not presently on earth, and rises from the dead during the tribulation [Revelation 17:8].
Since the Mahdi, according to Islamic MYTHOLOGY was born in 869 A.D.,he's automatically DISQUALIFIED.
But hey, what do I know?
You Mahdi fans are the REAL experts since you believe and promote Islamic doctrine, instead of the Bible.
You're the REAL experts since you watch, listen to, BUY and read ALL THE material produced by GREEDY PROPHECY TRAFFICKERS, only interested in $$$.
You not only SWALLOW, but IGNORANTLY PARROT their stupid unbiblical arguments hook, line and sinker.
And, by the way, YOU BELIEVE THE SAME DOCTRINE AS Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Me? I just go by the Word of God.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2011
LOST OR LUST?
If I had a buck for everyone who's written about problems with lust, I'd be VERY wealthy.
Christians keep feeling lousy, guilty, unworthy and often doubt their salvation because they have persistent problems with lust. They want to get rid of "the problem", but seem unable to shake it. Some have even thought they might miss the Rapture or be demon possessed.
Let's just cut to the chase: Christians CAN'T be demon possessed.
When we receive Jesus, we BELONG TO Him. Satan and his demons can't possess someone who BELONGS TO God, period.
What they CAN do is put thoughts and images in your head. And therein lies the MAIN problem.
Satan will put thoughts and images IN YOUR MIND. It's UP TO YOU to reject those images or let them linger.
Our minds respond to VISUAL stimuli. If you constantly fill your eyes and mind with erotic or pornographic images, and carnal thoughts, you will become ADDICTED and you'll need sexual gratification constantly.
So, if you really want help the FIRST thing you gotta do is GET RID OF ALL THOSE IMAGES:
1. Get rid of ALL porn.
Don't watch x-rated or even r-rated movies.
Don't watch any erotic programs on TV.
Don't look at porn magazines, or on-line porn.
Don't even look at certain catalogs where women are skimpily dressed.
2. If you're a believer, rest assured you will be raptured; I don't care if you're right in the middle of a sex act, when it happens. Salvation is by GRACE from beginning to end. It's UNDESERVED.
You need TO TRUST what Jesus did on your behalf. He already PAID FOR ALL your sins -- the ones you're committing and the ones you HAVEN'T COMMITTED YET.
He paid for ALL of them 2,000 years ago.
That eliminates FEAR and removes "tension", because you're CONFIDENT that they're already paid for.
The more you FEAR sinning, and its spiritual "consequences", the more you WILL sin. So, TRUST JESUS AND WHAT HE DID.
3. RENEW your mind with the Word of God.
This is A PROCESS. You don't just push a button and get an instantly renewed mind.
Get in the New Testament DEEPLY even if it's just for 10 or 15 minutes a day. Meditate on what you read there.
Commune with Jesus and His Spirit.
4. You have to do "your part":
When an impure thought crosses your mind, IMMEDIATELY REJECT IT, and every time Satan brings those thoughts, start meditating (or quoting) Scriptures in your mind.
You're washing your mind with the water of the word (Ephesians 5:26).
Again, this takes persistence. It's a way of life.
5. Last but not least, because you're human your body will, at some point, require "a release". If you're married, you can have sex with your spouse as often as you both want. That's perfectly in line with Scripture. Your sexual THOUGHTS should be ONLY about her/him.
The mind CAN be trained and changed.
The word "repentance" in the New Testament (metanoia) actually means TO CHANGE YOUR MIND.
There will come a moment, when we see Jesus, that our minds will be totally regenerated and we won't have struggles with such issues any more.
Until that moment arrives, the way to be delivered is by following these steps.
It's ALL in the EYES and the MIND.
All the praying in the world won't do ANY GOOD if you're constantly feasting your eyes on erotic images, and continually harboring impure thoughts.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
WHY FAITH ?
Have you ever wondered WHY salvation is by faith and faith alone? Why God wants us not to trust our own works, but rather to trust His work?
Cause it was lack of faith (lack of TRUST) that caused man to sin in the beginning.
Whatsoever is not of faith is sin [Romans 14:23].
The reason Eve sinned and lost the earth is because she didn't trust God.
Had she trusted God, when the serpent approached her, she would have said "How dare you accuse my Father, you slimy creep? I trust Him completely. So, shut the hell up."
Instead, Eve like many today... even like many professing Christians, trusted her own works.
She wanted the knowledge of good and evil and, if God wasn't going to give it to her, by golly, she was going to get it herself.
Her "work"caused the downfall of the entire planet... the demise of the whole human race.
Her "work" brought nothing but death, corruption and condemnation.
In the end, she found out, much to her dismay, that she needed to trust God in order to to restore her immortality, the very God she'd brushed aside in favor of "the father of lies".
Like Eve, the Church must not trust her own works, but rather His complete, finished, perfect "work" at Golgotha.
If Jesus is last Adam, then we, His Church, are "last Eve".
I have some questions for you, Eve:
Have you learned nothing in 6,000 years?
How long will it take you to realize YOUR TRUST is ALL God's ever wanted?
Are your physical eyes so open, AND YOUR SPIRITUAL ONES SO CLOSED, that you can only discern what's visible?
Maybe you need to rely less on physical vision, that your spiritual eyes may be opened.
The only way you will regain immortality and communion with God is by distrusting what you do, and completely trusting WHAT HE DID.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
The Feast of Tabernacles will be observed by all nations during the Millennium.
Zechariah 14:16-19 states that, when the Kingdom of God is established on earth all nations will be required to come to Jerusalem, each and every year, to worship King Jesus and celebrate this Feast.
The feast of Tabernacles [Sukkoth] is one of the three festivals where Jews are required to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the other two being Passover and Pentecost.
Also called "the feast of ingathering" It was also a period of general thanksgiving to God for that year's harvest [Exodus 23:16; Deuteronomy 16:13].
Some scholars suggest that the first Thanksgiving celebrated in America by the pilgrims, was a re-enactment of this feast.
The colors used in Sukkoth decorations [shades of brown, yellow, orange and green] are definitely reminiscent of Thanksgiving.
Drawing a sharp contrast to Yom Kippur [celebrated 5 days earlier], which is the most solemn and somber day in the Hebrew calendar, Sukkoth is the most joyous feast, commonly referred to in Hebrew literature as "the Season of our rejoicing".
Jewish families are required to live in huts, individually called "sukka" [hence the plural Hebrew name Sukkoth], for 7 days.
So, why the emphasis on Tabernacles during the Millennium?
Why not Passover? Or Yom Kippur?
Because, according to John 1:14 The Word [Jesus] was made flesh and dwelt [skenoo in Greek], literally, "TABERNACLED among us".
Jesus was born during the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.
The "stable" usually associated with Nativity scenes, was a sukka [hut], used during this festival.
Christians have assumed it was a stable because it mentions the manger, or feeding troth, but the Bible says no such thing.
The Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, verse 7 simply says there was no kataluma [guest room] available; therefore, Mary had to give birth in a manger [phatne] which means a feeding troth or stall.
Because there was no vacancy, and because of Jesus' impending birth, they had to temporarily lodge inside one of these huts.
Jesus' BIRTH, therefore, took place on that particular Holy Day.
After defeating Antichrist at Armageddon on Rosh Hashanah, at His Second Coming, and sealing the fate of the tribulation's survivors on Yom Kippur, His Kingdom on earth will begin on Tabernacles [Revelation 21:3].
So, His birth, the beginning of His public ministry in Israel announcing the Kingdom of God, and the physical manifestation of that Kingdom on earth ALL take place on that MOST BLESSED DAY.
How fitting, then, that during His Kingdom on earth, all nations should rejoice and come to pay homage to, and worship, the King of Kings on His SPECIAL DAY.
Isn't God's Word marvelous? Isn't He PRECISE? Isn't He Precious?
From North to South, from East to West, from Tabernacles to Tabernacles, from Eternity to Eternity, our JESUS IS GOD, and of His Kingdom there shall be NO END.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011
ASK AND... YOU'LL RECEIVE
"For the time will come when they WILL NOT ENDURE 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" (2 Timothy 4:3).
It happens time after time after time:
Some "Christian" ASKS MY OPINION about some teaching; I give an HONEST, clear, polite, and SCRIPTURAL ANSWER, and they get offended!!!
They get offended SIMPLY BECAUSE they DIDN'T LIKE my answer.
They get upset because I did not "rubber stamp" THEIR opinion, validate their pet doctrine or "ministry", and didn't say WHAT THEY WANTED TO HEAR.
They get upset BECAUSE I ANSWERED TRUTHFULLY.
I guess they wanted me TO LIE.
Apparently, they didn't really care at all about my opinion, or even about God's opinion, they just wanted me to SUPPORT their FALSE doctrine.
That's like the person who stands in front of a mirror wearing something that THEY KNOW DOESN'T LOOK GOOD ON THEM, and still asks "how do I look"?
We all know there's NO GOOD ANSWER.
Because you'll either LIE, or HURT THEIR FEELINGS.
But at least with personal appearance you can wiggle your way out of it by saying something like "you look O.K., but I just love how that other black dress (or blue shirt) looks on you".
Please don't ask how I figured that one out...
But on spiritual matters, which have ETERNAL consequences, no real minister of the Gospel can wiggle his way out, BECAUSE WHAT WE SAY AFFECTS PEOPLE'S ETERNAL DESTINY.
If you're NOT looking for Truth, DON'T ASK ME ANYTHING.
Cause I'm not going to lie just to make you happy.
If you ask me a question, I'm going to give you AN HONEST, DIRECT, AND SCRIPTURALLY BASED ANSWER .
So, unless you want and expect A TRUTHFUL answer, DON'T ASK.
Lord knows there are TONS of Satan puppets MASQUERADING AS "Christians" promoting all sorts of damnable heresies and DENYING the efficacy of Jesus' ALL SUFFICIENT, once and for all, ETERNAL Sacrifice. They'll tell you ANYTHING YOU WANT TO HEAR and then some.
Lord knows there are PLENTY of "teachers" WHO'LL TELL YOU ANYTHING YOU WANT TO HEAR,COMPROMISE THE GOSPEL, AND EVEN BETRAY JESUS HIMSELF, in exchange for $$$$.
If you had ANY SENSE, you'd THANK GOD that there's at least ONE ministry that cares enough about your eternal soul to tell you the Truth, and who's NOT after your money!
Those who ask questions NOT WANTING Truthful answers are hypocrites, pure and simple.
When they DON'T like the answer,they invariable TURN AGAINST us and attack me and this ministry.
They think they can IMPOSE their pet doctrine du jour (Lord knows what it'll be in a day or two) on me.
I guess their "friendship" and "approval" were CONDITIONAL: They only approve of us if we agree 100% with every one of THEIR opinions.
Well, I DON'T NEED anyone's approval.
The ONLY "approval" I need is God's, and I already HAVE IT.
The ONLY OPINION I care about is His, and I already KNOW IT.
And NOBODY will ever IMPOSE ANYTHING on this minister, unless their Name is Jesus Christ.
So, you've reached me too late.
Attacking me or this ministry with FALSE accusations, snide remarks, OR TRYING TO IMPOSE YOUR OPINION, are sure-fire ways of getting banned from communicating with us... EVER AGAIN.
I work very hard to support this ministry, and have devoted my life to serving Jesus and ministering to others, and get NOTHING material in return.
I sometimes stay up til the wee hours of the morning praying, answering people's concerns and counseling.
I'll be damned if I'm gonna sit here at take your ungrateful crap.
I don't care WHO you are: Do it, and YOU'RE HISTORY.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
CONFUSED ON PURPOSE
If you're a NEW Christian, who's RECENTLY received Jesus into your heart, what I'm about to say DOES NOT apply to you.
But for those who've known the Lord, or CLAIM TO, for years and years, I've HAD IT with you.
I've done nothing this past week (even on SUNDAY!!!) but answer email after email straightening out THE MESS that you - AND ONLY YOU - are guilty of making.
When I got people CLAMORING for us to make this ministry available in Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese, to reach well over ONE BILLION souls who, for the most part, HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD the Gospel, it is A CRIME that I should spend (more like WASTE) my precious time straightening out your doctrine FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME.
You're confused ON PURPOSE.
I've warned time and again about RAMPANT deception on the internet, INCLUDING YouTube.
More importantly, JESUS (you know, the One you claim is YOUR LORD...) warned about it (Matthew 24:4).
Yet, YOU COMPLETELY IGNORE HIS WARNING.
Like heroin addicts, who CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT THEIR DAILY "FIX", you keep RUNNING AFTER religious DOPE PUSHERS, only to end up TOTALLY CONFUSED and COMING BACK TO ME, with your tail between your legs, asking me to UN-confuse you.
Shouldn't you have STAYED with Jesus, His Word, and me?
Couldn't you have ALTOGETHER AVOIDED such confusion by doing so?
Yes and YES. There's NO EXCUSE.
If your faith is so flimsy to begin with, IF YOUR SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION IS SO SHAKY, WHAT THE HELL are you doing seeking MORE INSTABILITY?
Shouldn't you keep your nose, eyes and HEART in the New Testament, and KEEP THEM THERE, until you're FIRMLY and SOLIDLY ESTABLISHED?
Every time a Jewish Feast approaches, we get a fresh batch of emails from FRANTIC "Christians" TERRIFIED that the Rapture will happen and they'll stay behind because of some sin.
Despite the New Testament and my CONSTANT teaching on that subject, you still DON'T GET that Salvation is UNDESERVED, from beginning to end.
We will never earn it or deserve it. NEVER!!!
So, what does YOUR SIN have to do with it???
Salvation is HAVING JESUS (THE SINLESS ONE) IN YOUR HEART, PERIOD.
Many of you still CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN what Jesus said PRIOR TO Calvary -- while the law and the OLD Testament were STILL in effect -- and what He said AFTER His death and Resurrection.
You still don't get the FACT that He made a NEW Testament (praise Him forever!).
You THINK as though His Blood had never been shed, His death never took place, and as though He'd never risen.
As though His Sacrifice and PERFECT Work of Redemption HADN'T MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.
If they didn't, YOU'RE NOT SAVED!!!
My God, man! Even THE WORLD has enough sense to DIVIDE TIME into B.C. (BEFORE Christ) and A.D. (AFTER Christ).
And some of you are SO HOOKED ON DECEPTION, you've become SUCH JUNKIES, that you saunter around cyberspace for some "new and thrilling" prophetic revelation (the "thrill" won't last but 10 seconds) and then have THE GALL to write me saying "this video says", "this website says" or "so and so says".
WHO GIVES A RAT'S PETOOT?
WHO CARES what "THEY" SAY?
Do you honestly think because YOU DECIDED to delve into that CRAP that I'm going to sit and watch some stupid, boring video then do a point-by-point rebuttal of every false teaching out there???
Give me a freakin' break!!!
WHO CARES about mortal men's OPINIONS?
WHO MADE "THEM" authorities anyway?
I care ONLY about WHAT GOD SAYS.
And you should do LIKEWISE.
You need to focus FAR MORE on QUALITY than ON QUANTITY.
It's bad enough I still have to correct your doctrine ON SALVATION. I'm not about to CONSTANTLY correct it on ESCHATOLOGY.
Even if I were to quit my job, I'd have time for NOTHING else.
You CAN believe WRONG eschatology and STILL be saved.
I want to spend WHATEVER time we have left on earth, whether it's months, weeks or hours, focusing PRIMARILY on reaching the lost.
Whatever you choose to do with your time, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS
What should EVERY believer have his/her heart and mind SET ON in these final moments on earth?
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
And, did I mention, JESUS???
WHAT ELSE and WHO ELSE is there to be concerned about?
You should certainly perform your job conscientiously and to the best of your ability, but THE INSTANT He appears, it won't matter.
You should certainly love your family and friends (even your enemies) and, hopefully, LOVE THEM ENOUGH TO SHARE JESUS WITH THEM.
But THE INSTANT He appears, they won't matter.
You can't save someone else.
ALL you can do is TELL THEM and INVITE them.
EVERYONE must choose to RECEIVE Jesus FOR THEMSELVES.
Jesus, Jesus, and MORE JESUS, is what EVERY Christian MUST BE FOCUSED ON.
Gee, Martel, that sounds a bit FANATICAL.
Really? How come I don't hear you complain when someone's FANATICAL about your local baseball or football team?
What do you think the word "fan" stands for?
How come I don't hear you complain when someone is SO FANATICAL about a stupid soap opera, full of lies and unrealistic fantasy, that they schedule their WHOLE LIFE around it, or can't let a day go by without recording it?
How come I don't hear you complain when some FANATIC stands in line for HOURS ON END to buy tickets to some idiotic, godless entertainer's concert, or the latest technological gadget on the market?
You don't seem to have ANY problems when people are FANATICAL about TEMPORARY things that WON'T MATTER AT ALL in a year, two, or 5.
You only seem to have a problem when FANATICISM is centered on Jesus and things that will MATTER FOR ETERNITY.
If you feel that way, brother, sister, friend, or whatever... YOU GOT IT BACKWARDS.
You NEED TO rearrange your priorities.
Sports, politics, soap operas, entertainers and human technology will ALL pass away. Jesus WON'T. His Word(s) WON'T.
As the song so rightly says: "kings and kingdoms will all pass away"... but His Name, His Word and His Kingdom, NEVER WILL.
Yes, THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT "THAT" NAME.
It's ALL about JESUS.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
That IS the question.
The only reason you are, is because God IS.
You THINK that you are that physical body that drags you around this planet.
But you're not.
That's just the medium you need and use to manifest in the earth realm.
That body's temporary and will either dissolve into the dust from where it came, or be instantly transformed into a Light Body made of Spirit Substance at the Rapture.
Perhaps you think you're your soul.
That's a little closer, but still not right.
Your soul does define your personality and provide your individuality.
But it's not who you really are.
YOU ARE SPIRIT.
You are spirit because you came from the Father of spirits (Hebrews 12:9).
God is Spirit (John 4:24).
God's Name is "I AM" (Exodus 3:14).
Everything and everyone that IS, everything and everyone that WAS or WILL BE, came from "I AM".
Therefore, when you tap into your spirit, into the innermost part of your (inner) being, THAT'S your true Self... That's WHO YOU REALLY ARE.
That's your true Nature.
And that's the ONLY place where you'll find "I AM".
You'll NEVER find God "out there".
If you truly want to find Him, if you want a deeper relationship with Him, you'll have to look WITHIN yourself.
When you tap into your inner being, you tap into His Being.
Why? Because your being came from His Being.
Come on, atheists... you want PROOF that God exists? You won't find Him in a lab or a test tube.
Do you have THE GUTS to look... inside YOUR own GUT?
Come on skeptics: are you afraid to FIND your TRUE Self?
So afraid, that you want to place God as far from you as possible?
...Somewhere in OUTER SPACE?
Come on, lukewarm Christians, get in touch with the deepest, most intimate part of your inward man, and CONNECT with your Maker and Father.
Stop looking ON THE OUTSIDE.
Look deep inside and START BE-ing.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2011
IS THERE ONLY ONE JESUS ?
In Deuteronomy 6:4 we find the immortal words often recited in Hebrew worship:
"SHEMA yisrael Yahweh (Adonai) eloheinu Yahweh (Adonai) echad".
"Hear O Israel the LORD our God is ONE".
It's often referred to simply as the "Shema".
This verse is often used by opponents of the Trinity, in a futile attempt to DISPROVE the plurality within that One God.
"See? It says God is ONE, not THREE".
Well, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity has NEVER SAID there are THREE "gods", but ONE God, WHO manifests in THREE forms: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The PERFECT Unity of the three in One God is often called The Godhead.
In fact the Hebrew word echad used in this verse as "one" is what is known in grammar as a COLLECTIVE noun.
Collective nouns are technically SINGULAR, yet contain A PLURALITY (more than one) in themselves.
For example, the U.S. has ONE ARMY comprised of several branches including the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as over one MILLION individual soldiers, yet it's only ONE army.
Your favorite football or baseball TEAM is ONE team comprised of more than A DOZEN players.
The CHOIR in your congregation is ONE choir, comprised of HOWEVER MANY singers.
The Church is ONE, but it's comprised of millions or billions of believers.
That echad IS a collective noun can be clearly seen in Genesis 11:6:
"And the LORD said, Behold, THE PEOPLE (PLURAL) are ONE (echad)"...
And, again, in Genesis 2:24:
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and THEY (plural) will become ONE (echad) flesh".
Paul referred to this tremendous Truth as "a great mystery".
However, he added, nowhere is this "mystery" greater than with regards to "Christ and His Church" (Ephesians 5:32).
Yes, there's ONLY ONE God. Praise His Name forever!
Yes, there's ONLY ONE Jesus, praise His Name forever!
But that ONE God, that ONE Jesus, contains WITHIN HIMSELF millions if not billions of facets.
That's where the Church comes in.
WHY do you think we're called, COLLECTIVELY, the Body (singular) OF Christ?
Because we're ONE Body comprised of MANY DIFFERENT "Body parts"... yet only ONE Body, His Church, of which He is now and FOREVER the Head (Ephesians 1:22,23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:27):
That One Jesus LIVES in each member of His Body.
If you're born again,that ONE Jesus LIVES IN you.
He created you, He SAVED you. He BOUGHT YOU with His own Blood.
Therefore that One Jesus has EVERY RIGHT to MANIFEST thru you.
Why do you think He gave you His Divine Nature? (2 Peter 1:4).
Why do you think He calls you His Body?
He may be THE HEAD, but the arms are Jesus, the legs are Jesus, the torso is Jesus, the thighs are Jesus, the hands are Jesus, the feet are Jesus, the toes are Jesus:
"For those He KNEW IN ADVANCE, He also did PREDESTINATE to be CONFORMED to the Image OF his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Romans 8:29).
"Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but WE KNOW THAT, when He shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:2).
If you're born again, you're not that big jerk you APPEAR to be.
You're not, and I'm not, that ugly sinner you and I APPEAR to be.
You're not even that "nice Christian" you PRETEND to be.
Jesus LIVES IN YOU. He LIVES in me.
We're PREDESTINED (it's already PRE-ARRANGED, a DONE DEAL) TO BE LIKE HIM.
No matter how we LOOK or ACT right now...
We have a GLORIOUS and marvelous Destiny to look forward to...
We're A BUNCH OF JESUSES waiting to happen.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011
ANTICHRIST ON THE RUN
So, you think the Antichrist is this evil person who'll emerge out of nowhere suddenly and unexpectedly and just take over the world, right?
You think he'll control the world for 3½ years, right?
The Scriptures are clear that he will emerge from the pit of hell, resurrected from the dead (Isaiah 14:18,19; Revelation 11:7; 17:8).
Once the Church is raptured, there won't be ANY believers on earth except for the 144,000 sealed Israelites and the Two Witnesses.
Those who are left WILL HAVE SEEN Jesus coming in the clouds with power and great glory, to rapture His Church, and STILL REFUSE TO RECEIVE HIM.
They WON'T WANT TO submit to His lordship, under ANY circumstance.
And they will KNOW that He will return in a few short years to establish His Kingdom here on earth.
The unbelieving, Christ-rejecting population will be SEEKING someone who can mount a credible challenge to the returning Christ, someone who can PREVENT the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
The Antichrist will emerge from the pit, reintroduce himself to the world, gain some support, put together an army, and fight against Egypt, Turkey-Syria, Iran and, finally, Israel (Daniel 11:40-42; 12:7).
As happened in the past, he will win every one of those battles.
During one of these battles, he will be mortally wounded with a sword, but his deadly wound will be miraculously healed (Revelation 13:3, 14).
It's at that point that EVERYONE will be amazed, will believe he's the risen Alexander, that he's immortal, and thus qualified to challenge and DEFEAT the returning Jesus, who's been tormenting them with one judgment after another.
After all, Jesus rose after three days and nights. This guy will rise from the dead after 2,300 years.
The arrival of ANOTHER RISEN, supernatural being, a "DEFENDER of mankind" (that's what the name "Alexander" means) will be more than welcome.
At that point, the earth's population, those who flat-out reject Jesus, will gladly WORSHIP Satan and Antichrist (Revelation 13:4).
While his reign will officially last 42 months, toward the end of that period, Antichrist will go from being on the offense, to being on the defense.
He'll go from persecutor to PERSECUTED.
God's only going to allow that fool to boast and run his big mouth for a while, just long enough to give Satan a tiny taste OF WHAT HE'LL NEVER HAVE.
After that, the tables will turn and God will show Satan and his pawn WHO'S REALLY IN CHARGE.
About FOUR MONTHS before the tribulation ends, God will send his angels to pour out the vials of His wrath (Revelation 15:7; chapter 16). They will affect the Antichrist and his entire kingdom.
The judgments will be so awful that, in total desperation, he will ultimately gather his armies at Armageddon and make a "last stand", in a futile effort to thwart God's agenda and prevent the establishment of Jesus' ETERNAL Kingdom on earth.
When the vials begin to be poured, despite his inflated rhetoric and mega-sized ego, Antichrist will be ON THE RUN.
He will still be "officially" ruling the earth, but NOT IN CONTROL of ANYTHING.
He, along with his false prophet, will be seized and thrown alive into the lake of fire where, ONE THOUSAND years later, they'll be joined by their father Satan (Revelation 19:20; 20:10).
All those who follow Satan, all those who do not receive the offer of FREE SALVATION available ONLY thru Jesus Christ, will end up in the same place as THOSE THREE LOSERS.
Those who want Salvation better get on Jesus' side.
They better RECEIVE Jesus INTO their hearts NOW.
If you haven't received Christ into your heart, YOU ALREADY ARE on Satan's and Antichrist's side (John 3:18).
And you're already headed to the same place where THEY will end up.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011
YOUR SPIRIT IS JESUS
"Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17).
When you invite Jesus into your heart, your spirit, which was dead, reconnects with its Source.
When it does,it becomes ALIVE again.
That's what the born again experience is ALL about.
That's WHY you MUST be born-again.
That's why you MUST connect with Christ.
Being born again is having Jesus entering your spirit, and taking permanent residence there.
We fuse and become One with His Spirit.
Furthermore, we become PARTAKERS OF His Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4).
Do you realize what that means? It means YOU HAVE GOD LIVING IN you.
He may be hidden at the moment, but He's there.
And when you turn to Jesus WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART, when you seek FIRST His Kingdom (inside you) the veil is taken away and YOUR INNER JESUS is revealed (2 Corinthians 3:16).
That's what'll happen TO EACH OF US at the Rapture.
That's the marvelous destiny we can look forward to when we know Him: manifesting the Son of God (Romans 8:19).
When Jesus lives in us, He imparts His Own Righteousness to us.
We are made the righteousness OF God [2 Corinthians 5:21].
There's NO RIGHTEOUSNESS APART FROM Him.
There's no righteousness but His.
Listen up, heretics. Listen up, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Armstrongnists, Sabbatarians, Jews, and other legalists:
Trying to procure YOUR OWN righteousness thru religion, or DEAD works, is an exercise in futility.
There's NO RIGHTEOUSNESS besides God's.
All our "righteousness", Isaiah 64:6 tell us, is "as filthy rags".
That's why the Bible says "there's NONE RIGHTEOUS, no, NOT ONE" [Psalm 14:1; 53:1; Isaiah 41:26; Romans 3:10].
Jesus said there's only ONE good Person, and that's God [Matthew 19:17].
The ONLY righteousness you're ever gonna get is the one GOD GIVES YOU.
And He's NOT selling it.
He gives it to us for FREE, when we TRUST HIM.
You don't have to wait till you die, or are raptured, to go to heaven.
If you're born again, heaven's already IN YOU.
Why? Because Jesus [the King] and His Kingdom have COME INTO you.
There are lots of DEAD people walking around.
Life with a dead [disconnected] spirit, isn't really living.
Life WITHOUT Jesus is mere existence.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011
There are two major timelines given in the Bible about the Return of Christ and both HINGE ENTIRELY ON Jerusalem.
Both timelines were given by Jesus.
The first was delivered to Daniel through the angel Gabriel.
The second was given by Jesus Himself to the disciples.
There's a 49-year timeline based on Daniel 9:25 which SPECIFICALLY states, "FROM the word to return a build Jerusalem TO Messiah Prince shall be 7 weeks"...
It's based on that timeline that we know (praise Jesus for all eternity) that the Second Coming of Messiah Prince will take place in 2016.
7 sevens, or 7 "weeks", by any form of reckoning, are 49 years. That, is "carved in stone", since "it is written".
Then there's the "generation" based on Luke 21:24-32 which is vaguer. Again, it bases the timing on Jerusalem RETURNING TO Jews and Jews RETURNING TO biblical Jerusalem.
"Jerusalem shall be trodden down by Gentiles UNTIL the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled".
THEN, "there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
(These are THE SAME signs given in Revelation 6:12-16) that precede the Rapture.
And THEN shall they SEE the Son of man COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory" (Luke 21:24-27).
The timeline given in Luke doesn't give a SPECIFIC number of years, but rather says:
"Truly, this generation SHALL NOT PASS AWAY until all these things have happened" (Luke 21:32).
But isn't a biblical generation 40 years?
Jesus DIDN'T say "it will be EXACTLY one generation from the time gentiles stop trampling Jerusalem to the fulfillment of all these things".
He said, rather, that "THIS generation (in context, which sees Jerusalem return to the Jews) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY".
A biblical generation is 40 years, or a bit more.
We didn't just pull the "40 years" out of thin air. This is both explained on the website, and we've dealt with it in previous "Word 4 Today" messages.
There are SEVERAL Scriptures that indicate it's AT LEAST a 40-year time span:
Numbers 32:13, Psalms 95:10; 1 Chronicles 29:26-28; Acts 13:36; Hebrews 3:9-11; Isaiah 53:8).
On the other hand, if we read Jesus' genealogy in Matthew 1:17, which states that from the Babylonian captivity to Jesus there were 14 generations, we see it can be somewhat OVER 40 years.
The Babylonian captivity took place in three stages, the earliest being in 605 B.C., the latest in 586 B.C.
If we divide 605 by 14, we get approximately 43 years. If we divide 586 by 14, we get approximately 42 years.
On the other hand, if we take THE REST OF Jesus' genealogy in that verse (from Abraham to David, David to Babylonian captivity, and Babylon to Jesus) as being 42 generations (14+14+14) and divide the approximate time from Abraham to Jesus which is estimated to be about2,100 years, by 42, it equals 50.
It appears, therefore, that a biblical generation is AT LEAST 40 years, but NO MORE THAN 50 years.
Since His Second Coming happens 49 years FROM "the word" to return and build biblical Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25), indeed, as our Lord said in Luke 21:32, THIS generation will NOT have "passed away" until ALL these things (Rapture, tribulation, Second Coming) have taken place.
Jesus' RETURN to earth is tied to Jerusalem's RETURN to the Jews, and on Jews RETURN to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem RETURNED TO the Jews, and Jews RETURNED TO Jerusalem, 44 years ago.
That means that Jesus' RETURN must be VERY, VERY, VERY NEAR.
It means WE ARE THE GENERATION that will witness His glorious return: FIRST to rapture us and, several years later, when we RETURN with Him at His Second Coming.
In Luke 21:33, the Lord gave us the following ASSURANCE:
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but MY WORDS will NEVER pass away".
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011
There's a 40-day season in the Hebrew calendar beginning in the month of Elul and ending on Yom Kippur, called teshuva.
The word teshuva or simply shuva means to return.
It can mean return to a physical location, or return to God as in repentance.
For natural Israelites it's a season of introspection, repentance, doing charitable deeds, righting the wrongs that they've done, and reconciling with those they're estranged from.
For believers in the Jewish Messiah, it should be a time of returning to OUR FIRST LOVE, namely Jesus.
While our natural mind retains no conscious memory of it, we were "in love" with Him before the foundation of the world when He chose us, and predestined us, in Himself (Ephesians 1:4).
Since He is love, that means we were ONE with Him.
When we were born-again, we became ONE SPIRIT with Him again.
We are ONE with Him in spirit, right now, whether we realize it or not (1 Corinthians 6:17).
Instead of trying to "guess dates" that will turn out to be wrong, instead of running to every prophetic forum on the internet and gulping all that nonsense, we should be focused on His Presence, focused on Jesus' very Being, His very Nature, INSIDE OF US.
He's NOT "out there". He's "IN here".
NO ONE wants the Rapture more than yours truly.
But let's not just think of it as something that'll happen to us, but as Someone who's already IN us:
The Rapture is that split second in "time" when Jesus, the Jesus WHO already LIVES in us, is UNVEILED and MANIFESTED (REVEALED) IN US (Romans 8:18,19).
It's all been prearranged: We are PREDESTINED to CONFORM TO His Image (Romans 8:29, 30).
Rapture's not a thing. Our Rapture IS Jesus.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2011
DATE OF SECOND COMING
"We have also A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY; where unto YOU DO WELL THAT YOU TAKE HEED, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:19).
The amount of prophetic misinformation out there is simply staggering.
We were bombarded this past week with emails asking whether I thought Jesus would rapture His Church on A SPECIFIC DAY (I wish you could read some of the "theories"). This, DESPITE the fact our Lord CLEARLY stated that NO ONE knows THE day (Matthew 24:36).
Apparently, Jesus' words carry NO WEIGHT with most "Christians", especially with many of those who participate in those ridiculous forums filled with ignoramus "experts" who don't know their nose from their behind, yet DELUDE THEMSELVES INTO THINKING that their unbiblical speculation will trump His Word. Fat chance!
And some dense individuals still don't "get" WHY we use blunt rhetoric, humor, sarcasm and satire in an effort TO IMPACT PEOPLE'S CONSCIOUSNESS and have at least SOME Truth REGISTER inside their thick skulls.
I know, of course, that they'd rather we spoke in wimpy, feeble, "religiously correct", BORING, stereotypical "Christian" tones, and be TOTALLY INEFFECTIVE.
Conversely, we've also received several emails saying that the "NO ONE knows the day and hour" statement applies not to the Rapture, but to the Second Coming.
No wonder we sometimes feel like A DROP of biblical water, in the midst of AN OCEAN full of LIES, fabrication, AND UNBELIEF.
It's IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO KNOW the day of the Second Coming.
Why? Because the Scriptures are crystal clear that the reign of Antichrist will last 3½ years, or 42 months (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 13:5).
It's also crystal clear that his reign ENDS when Jesus RETURNS (Daniel 7: 11-14; Revelation 19:11-20).
ALL that anyone with even basic knowledge of Bible prophecy would have to do is COUNT 42 months from the day Antichrist begins to reign.
WHY do you think the Antichrist gathers his armies at Armageddon AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME?
Because he knows, and SATAN KNOWS, that his 42 months ARE UP.
Hence, he tries in vain to preserve his kingdom, and PREVENT the return of Jesus and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
So, the Rapture will take all unbelievers and some Christians by surprise.
NO ONE will be surprised by the Second Coming.
In fact, EVERYONE will know when it's due and will be EXPECTING it.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011
IT'S NOT FOR YOU TO KNOW... OR IS IT ?
"Blessed is he THAT READS, and they THAT HEAR the words OF THIS PROPHECY, and KEEP THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN THEREIN: for THE TIME is at hand" (Revelation 1:3).
In Acts chapter one, as the risen Jesus is getting ready to ascend to heaven, the apostles ask Him (Acts 1:6) "Lord, will you AT THIS TIME restore again the kingdom to Israel"?
Here's our Lord's reply: "And he said TO THEM, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power" (Acts 1:7).
This, according to some Bible illiterates, means that NO ONE is EVER supposed to know the approximate time of Jesus' Second Coming, the approximate time of the Rapture, or the identity of the Antichrist.
If you've followed this ministry for any length of time, you've heard me emphasize, time and again, THE ENORMOUS IMPORTANCE OF CONTEXT in studying and understanding the Bible.
When you take ONE verse, isolate it from THE REST OF THE BIBLE, and disregard ALL the other Scriptures that deal with the same topic, you're TAKING IT OUT OF CONTEXT.
When you take a verse of Scripture that is clearly ADDRESSED "TO THEM" and NOT to us, and claim that it applies TO EVERYBODY FOR ALL TIME, you're taking Scripture GROSSLY OUT OF CONTEXT.
And, I might add, when you do it PREMEDITATEDLY, in a desperate attempt to justify your FALSE DOCTRINE and impose it on others, you're A LIAR who's CONTRADICTING God (Proverbs 30:6).
In Matthew 24:36, and Mark 13:32, Jesus clearly said that "NO ONE knows the day and hour" of His appearing.
"NO ONE" means NO ONE... Hence, those two Scriptures apply TO EVERYBODY. NO ONE is supposed to know THE EXACT DAY.
Contrast that with Acts 1:7 "And He said TO THEM"...
The Greek text is PAINSTAKINGLY clear: He spoke in third person accusative plural masculine.
If I told you "I'm going to give this TO THEM", DOES THAT INCLUDE YOU?
Had Jesus meant that NO ONE was supposed to KNOW about eschatology EVER, He COULD HAVE said "NO ONE" instead of "TO THEM".
Hence, that Scripture applies TO THEM (to the apostles, who lived 2,000 years ago, back in the 1st century A.D.) and who asked that question, and NOT to us.
If it applied to "everyone, for all time", then God would be CONTRADICTING HIMSELF (that is, LYING) not once but MANY times.
If Jesus DIDN'T intend FOR US, in the 21st century A.D., to KNOW such things, then why would He even bother to give the signs THAT INDICATE the Rapture is approaching in Matthew 24:4-8? ...And again in Matthew 24:37? ...And again in Mark 13:5-8? ...And again in Luke 17:26-36?
Why would He even bother to give the signs that will IMMEDIATELY PRECEDE the Rapture in Matthew 24:29; Joel 2:28-32, Luke 21:25-28 and Revelation 6:12-16?
Why would He tell Daniel that such things would remain "sealed" ONLY UNTIL the "time of the end" (Daniel 12:4, 9)?
Why would Jesus Himself "unseal" them in Revelation 6:1 through 7:1?
Why would He then SPECIFICALLY promise that, AT "THE TIME OF THE END", "THE WISE WOULD UNDERSTAND THEM"? (Daniel 12:10).
So, either Jesus LIED (perish the VERY thought), OR THESE JOKERS ARE LYING.
Why would He say in 1 Thessalonians 5:4: "When people say "Peace and safety," destruction will come ON THEM... and THEY will not escape. But YOU, BROTHERS, are NOT in darkness so that this day SHOULD SURPRISE YOU like a thief"?
Notice again the stark contrast between "THEM" and "YOU".
If He didn't want us to know the APPROXIMATE time of these events, then WHY would He SPECIFY in Luke 21:24-32 that the generation in which Jerusalem returned to the Jews, and was no longer trampled by gentiles, would NOT "pass away" until ALL these things (in context, His appearing in the clouds) would come to pass?
Why would He give the ELABORATE "70 weeks" timeline which SPECIFIES THE YEAR OF His First AND Second Comings? (Daniel 9:24-27).
If He DIDN'T want us to have A CLUE about eschatological events, WHY ON EARTH WOULD HE WRITE FOUR ENTIRE BOOKS (Daniel, Zechariah, Joel and Revelation) DEVOTED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY TO ESCHATOLOGY?
And WHY would He MOTIVATE US TO READ AND STUDY THE BOOK OF REVELATION BY PROMISING A SPECIAL BLESSING TO THOSE WHO READ IT AND HEED IT? (Revelation 1:3).
Obviously, since we're LIVING IN "the time of the end", Jesus WANTS US TO KNOW the APPROXIMATE time of these events.
Obviously, He WANTS both saved and unsaved TO KNOW the signs that will IMMEDIATELY precede the Rapture, and even promised that WHOEVER calls on Him, even in those final moments before He takes us Home, WILL BE SAVED (Joel 2:32).
Jesus told Satan that man DOES NOT live "by bread alone, but BY EVERY WORD that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).
So, if He gave ALL those "words", we are to RECEIVE THEM, STUDY THEM, AND LIVE BY THEM.
Quoting ONE verse of the Bible OUT OF CONTEXT doesn't prove ANYTHING.
ALL it "proves" is that individual is Satan's SLAVE.
By the way, I can't blame Satan for DISLIKING eschatology, since it doesn't bode well for him, AT ALL(Revelation 20:1-3, 10).
It was Satan, in fact, who quoted the Bible "selectively" (Matthew 4:6).
Hence, those who use Scriptures selectively (ONLY the portions that SEEM TO support their biased, ungodly agenda, while IGNORING the rest) ARE INSTRUMENTS OF Satan.
Obviously, those who advocate IGNORANCE of the prophetic Word, ARE LIARS, since THEY CONTRADICT JESUS:
They are children of their father the devil, who is the FATHER OF lies and of LIARS (John 8:44).
They do ERR, NOT KNOWING the Scriptures or the POWER OF GOD.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011
NOTHING BUT KING JAMES
There’s this increasing attitude among Evangelicals that we are to use ONLY the King James Version of the Bible.
They claim that is the ONLY true and accurate English translation of the Scriptures, and that we are to shun ALL OTHERS.
Some take it so far as to brand as “heretic” anyone who ever uses or quotes from ANY OTHER TRANSLATION.
Because I DO NOT always quote from the King James, I’ve gotten my share of emails about it.
First of all, I hate to break the news to religious fanatics, but using the King James Bible is NOT one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
Relying on other translations DOES NOT make ANYONE a heretic.
The exception would be someone reading a translation published by a heretical sect, like the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ so-called New World Translation.
I STRONGLY and emphatically advise EVERYONE to STAY AWAY FROM THAT.
For that matter, you should REJECT any material published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
I LOVE the King James Bible. I rely heavily on the King James Bible. In fact, it’s the version that I use mostly in my personal studies.
I concur with King James fans that, GENERALLY SPEAKING, (underline “GENERALLY SPEAKING”) it’s THE MOST ACCURATE English translation.
Does that mean it’s error free? Not a chance.
I can point a few passages, off the top of my head, where the KJV is NOT altogether accurate.
That’s why serious students of the Bible are often and inevitably forced to check out the original Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek.
If you happen to like and understand the King James Bible and feel comfortable reading all the “thee”s and “thou”s, be my guest.
Personally, I love the accuracy, as well as the sheer beauty and poetic quality of the language.
The problem I see is that A LOT OF Christians are turned off by Elizabethan English.
Most middle aged or young adults don’t like it and don’t “get it”. Teens don’t “get it” at all, and even some of the older folk have trouble understanding it. Hence, they feel more comfortable, and derive more instruction and greater spiritual benefit from a more modern translation like the American KJV or the NIV.
What good would it do them to study the KJV if they don’t understand it?
How can you get teens and young adults to study God’s Word when they’re turned off by the archaic language?
That's the reason that on the website I quote from whichever translation provides the most accurate AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND rendering of that particular passage.
So, here’s where I come down on this :
If thou likest and understandest the King James Version of the Bible, more power to thee.
Thou shouldest keep using it.
If you don’t, go with the AKJV, NASB, the World English Bible, the Bible in Basic English, or the NIV for daily devotions and study.
However, when you delve into a deep subject, DON’T ASSUME EVERY WORD or passage in those versions is accurately translated.
Consult a Good Hebrew or Greek dictionary before you jump to conclusions and become dogmatic about some doctrine.
I believe that’s good, sound, sensible advice.
Agreest thou not ?
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