March 2012 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012
This is a Christ Connection FIRST: I want to invite ALL true believers in Jesus Christ to partake of Holy Communion next Tuesday, April 3rd, at 10:00 P.M. EDT, 9:00 P.M. Central, 8:00 P.M. Mountain, 7:00 P.M. Pacific.
Don't know if this has been attempted before. For all I know, we may hold the first ON-LINE COMMUNION SERVICE in Church history.
I encourage ALL BELIEVERS -- I don't care what denomination you belong to, or if you don't belong to ANY denomination -- I don't care whether you regularly attend church services or not - to participate.
I'm letting you know in advance so you can prepare spiritually, mentally and physically.
Please HAVE ON HAND your Bible or New Testament and WHATEVER you feel comfortable using:
Communion wafers, bread, crackers or, (my personal preference) matzo bread and either red wine, grape juice or (my personal preference) kosher wine.
(Still have my olive wood cup which I got at the Garden Tomb Communion Service in Jerusalem, which I plan to use).
This message, as you know, usually changes around midnight. On that particular day (Tuesday), we will post the message EARLIER than usual and, Lord willing, at 10:00 sharp EDT Tuesday night, I will be reading it along with you and partaking.
And, if you've NEVER given your heart to Jesus, WHAT BETTER TIME TO HAVE THAT "FIRST COMMUNION" WITH HIM and RECEIVE Him, and His Holy Spirit into your heart?
What better time to SPIRITUALLY partake of His Body and His precious Blood, which He shed for our sins than during Holy Week?
Actually, I invite ALL non-Christians TO RECEIVE Jesus into their hearts NOW, then partake of the bread and wine on Tuesday as an AFFIRMATION of your faith (trust) and commitment to our Lord.
Jesus COMMANDED His followers to do this (partake of the bread and wine) "in remembrance of" Him (Luke 22:19).
If you live in a country other than the United States, or if you can't participate at the aforementioned time(s) because of work schedule or some other obligation, you can still partake next Tuesday-Wednesday, at a convenient time and place (THE MESSAGE WILL REMAIN POSTED until around MIDNIGHT on Wednesday).
While there is an OUTWARD ritual that we engage in during Communion, it's principally A SPIRITUAL ACT.
And there is neither "time" nor "distance" in the spirit realm. So, don't let the relative notion of "space-time" prevent you from participating in the Communion of Saints.
We are living at the VERY "end of the age". This is the time for all born-again believers to lay aside their INTELLECTUAL (doctrinal) differences, and come together in unity of Spirit with Jesus and each other.
So, DON'T FORGET that YOU HAVE A DATE with Jesus and your spiritual siblings NEXT TUESDAY, Lord willing.
I look forward to joining in Spirit with all of you in joyous, intimate experience of His Presence and in worshipping our precious Lord.
MARCH 30, 2012
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO ?
God stepped into history, in human form, 2,000 years ago.
His intervention in human affairs changed history, and changed millions of people. But has it changed you?
When Jesus reached 33 years of age, He died on a cross, then rose from the dead, so that EVERYONE, AND I DO MEAN, EVERYONE, would spend eternity with Him.
There is no sin, ever committed, regardless of how atrocious it may be, that Jesus didn't pay for... IN FULL.
EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING ON EARTH IS SAVED THRU JESUS CHRIST. THRU HIS LIFE, DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.
EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING ON EARTH HAS ACCESS TO GOD THRU HIM.
THE ONLY WAY you can be lost for eternity is by REJECTING Him and what He did on your behalf.
Therefore, those who will spend eternity without Him, will do so BY CHOICE.
"God is not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
He paid the awful price IN FULL, SO THAT NO ONE WOULD BE LOST.
HOWEVER, the one thing Jesus won't do is FORCE YOU to receive Him. You have to do that voluntarily.
You, and ONLY YOU, can make that choice. To receive Jesus, or to reject Jesus. To receive Him, or to ignore Him.
Ignoring Him = REJECTING Him.
So, anyone who ends up in the lake of fire, will end up there because they WANTED TO. BECAUSE THEY CHOSE TO.
God doesn't want you there. Jesus doesn't want you there. I don't want you there.
There's ONLY ONE WAY to the Father and His Name is Jesus.
If you want Salvation you HAVE TO go thru Him.
It's up to you: Where do you want to go?
THURSDAY MARCH 29, 2012
CAN WE TRUST BIBLE PROPHECY?
The answer is an absolute, unequivocal "YES".
For one thing, God cannot lie. If He said it, it's so sure you can stake your life on it.
For another thing, over 80% of Bible prophecy has already been fulfilled in precise detail.
For instance, God predicted thru the prophet Jeremiah that Jews would be taken captive into Babylon, and return to Jerusalem in 70 years. It happened, right on cue.
Daniel predicted that Babylon would be toppled by the Persians. They were. Later, he also predicted the Persians would be defeated by the Greeks. Right again.
Jesus predicted that the second temple would be destroyed, so that "one stone would not be left upon another". He also said it would happen within a generation, which is around 40 years.
His prophecy was fulfilled in exact detail in 70 A.D., some forty years after He uttered it.
We have EVERY REASON, therefore, to expect the remaining 20% to be fulfilled just as precisely.
2 Peter 1:19 calls it "a MORE SURE word of prophecy".
MORE SURE than what?
In context, Peter is saying that it's MORE SURE THAN THE AUDIBLE VOICE OF GOD WHICH HE, ALONG WITH JAMES AND JOHN HEARD AT THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION [Matthew 17:1-6].
How is this relevant to us?
If the remaining 20% of Bible prophecy is about to be fulfilled, we should be made aware of it.
According to Luke 21:24-32 we are living in that generation which will see Jesus, the Alpha, manifested as the Omega.
The end of the age is upon us. Those who place their trust in Jesus will be safely ushered into His Kingdom.
Would you like to receive Jesus into your heart? Would you like to make Him your Lord?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
A cult, by definition, is a relatively new religious sect, considered to be FALSE, UNORTHODOX, or extremist.
Some cults have turned into organized denominations like the Jehovah's Witnesses and Latter Day Saints [LDS], thus gaining a degree of social acceptance.
Others are more disenfranchised and secretive, with members living outside conventional society, under a controlling, authoritarian, and usually charismatic leader, as was the case with the now deceased Jim Jones and David Koresh.
One thing ALL CULTS have in common is they promote FALSE, UNBIBLICAL DOCTRINE.
They DENY ONE OR MORE of the BASIC tenets of the Christian faith. For what those tenets are, click here (scroll down a bit).
They ALL lead people to hell.
Another thing ALL CULTS have in common is they ERRONEOUSLY teach THAT JESUS' DEATH AND RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, are NOT sufficient to eternally save us.
Cults always ADD to what Jesus did, thereby showing THEIR LACK OF TRUST (or LACK OF faith) in Him.
All cults teach you MUST belong to their denomination or group in order to be saved.
Most cults DENY THE DEITY OF JESUS.
Most cults DENY the existence of hell, and of an eternal lake of fire.
Most cults ADD either other "scriptures" to the Bible [like Mormons who ADD Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price], or have their own ERRONEOUS, MODIFIED, HERETICAL "version" of the Bible, like the JW's.
They all use the name of "Jesus" but their "Jesus" IS NOT the Jesus of the Bible, because they contradict His Word, His teaching, and His Perfect Work of Redemption [2 Corinthians 11:3,4].
Other cults, besides the Jehovah's witnesses and LDS, include all Mormons, Scientology, Unitarianism, Unification Church [Moonies], Freemasons, Christian Science, Baha'i, Kabbalah, Buddhism, Hinduism, all forms of New Age, Rastafarians, Christadelphians, Rosicrucians, Church of Christ, Astrology, Numerology, Yoga, ALL Sabbatarians, all forms of "Liberation" Theology, Nation of Islam, Wiccan, Santeria, Spiritism, Theosophy, Transcendental Meditation, Psychics, Nation of Yahweh, United Church of God [UCG], Worldwide Church of God, or any organization related to that infamous FALSE PROPHET, Herbert W. Armstrong.
What about Seventh Day Adventists, whom I often denounce?
They're what I'd call a "borderline" cult. I know people in that denomination who, miraculously, ARE saved, but sadly MOST Adventists AREN'T.
I would, therefore, counsel everyone to STAY AWAY FROM THEM, AS WELL AS FROM ALL OTHER CULTS, including those MENTIONED ABOVE.
If you want Salvation, His Name is Jesus.
There's NO OTHER NAME that will save you [Acts 4:12].
Jesus INSIDE YOUR HEART is ALL you need to be saved.
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012
BOOK OF DANIEL
In the Book of Revelation, chapters 4 through to 19, the apostle John is treated to a heavenly tour and a panoramic view of earth's future.
In chapter 4 he describes God as looking like "jasper and carnelian" (I'm quite familiar with both these stones and, keeping in mind that God is Spirit, still wonder about such description), he describes the Throne, the cherubim around it, the rainbow, the sea of emerald in front, and the 24 elders.
In chapter 5, however, he focuses on what God holds in His Right Hand.
It's at God's Right Hand that Jesus, in His glorified human form, is seated (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3).
WHAT could be SO IMPORTANT that God would hold it in His Right Hand?
Could it be the Book of Genesis, which started the whole earth experience?
Or, perhaps, one of Paul's Epistles?
Or the Psalms, where God is so often praised?
Surely, ONE of the Gospels, which tell of Jesus' Most Perfect Work of Redemption?
NO -- and I was just as amazed about it as you probably are -- IT'S THE BOOK OF DANIEL.
The Father holds in His Right Hand A SINGLE SCROLL sealed with SEVEN seals.
The ONLY Book in the entire Bible that was sealed BY JESUS HIMSELF is the Book of Daniel (Daniel 12:4, 9).
Thus, as we see in Revelation chapter 5, after scouring all of heaven and earth, and even UNDER the earth, for a "worthy" candidate, ONLY JESUS is found worthy to remove the seals thereof and OPEN this Book.
He is the One who sealed it, and He's the ONLY One who can open it. Praise Him forevermore.
Indeed, by Revelation chapter 10, this theretofore sealed Book has been opened, all 7 seals have been lifted, and Jesus is still holding it in His Hand.
He then FEEDS IT to John telling him to "eat it up".
The ENTIRE Book of Revelation, which is THE Revelation OF Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1), is simply the UNSEALING OF the Book of Daniel.
It's only AFTER Jesus unseals this Book that the 7 trumpets, three woes and 7 vials are disclosed and realized.
It's the Book of Daniel that INTRODUCED the concept of the Kingdom of God (Daniel 2:21; 4:17, 25, 32; 5:21) which John the Baptist, Jesus and the disciples repeatedly preached about.
It's after Daniel's Book is UNSEALED, and its unsealing disclosed to us in Revelation, that the Kingdom of God manifests here on earth (Revelation 20:1-4).
We're living THE FINAL MOMENTS OF the 5th Seal.
The 6th Seal is the Rapture and the sealing of the 144,000.
The 7th Seal is the Tribulation.
The 7th Trumpet announces God's Jubilee, the establishment of His Eternal Kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.
Jesus entrusted TWO THINGS to John: His human mother and the Book of Daniel, which contains the Revelation of Himself and His Kingdom.
The fact Jesus chose His most Beloved disciple as the revealer of this Book, shows just how important its contents are to God and to us.
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
TOMB OF ALEXANDER UPDATE
About 4 months ago, we received a slew of emails telling us the tomb of Alexander the Great had been discovered.
They provided various links to regional news services who were reporting the claim.
Closer to home, Huffington Post ran a story about the alleged discovery.
I wrote about it on 11/11/11.
At the time, I advised caution lest it turned out to be a hoax like the alleged finding of Noah's Ark and SO MANY OTHERS.
A LOT has happened since then.
I've gotten A LOT of fresh revelation.
The Holy Spirit has relentlessly gotten on my case about it. I've also done more digging and meditating on it, and I'm prepared to go out on a limb:
1. The whole thing is JUST TOO WEIRD for it NOT to be true:
Alexander was Greek: WHAT ON EARTH would he be doing with the VERY JEWISH Ark of the Covenant?
It's true that Alexander visited the Second Temple -- which Jesus also visited some 300 years later -- but when he did, the temple CONTAINED NO ARK.
It's true that he showed uncharacteristic kindness to Jews at that time, but NOWHERE are we told by Josephus -- who wrote about his interactions with the Jews -- or any other reputable historian who documented Alexander's life and campaigns like Arrian, Curtius, Callisthenes or Plutarch, THAT HE KNEW in 332 B.C. WHERE THE ARK WAS, LET ALONE THAT HE HAD TAKEN THE ARK.
Finding the elusive tomb of Alexander ALONE would be considered A TREMENDOUS archeological feat.
Those who reportedly located his tomb would have been more than thrilled to lay claim to JUST FINDING HIS TOMB.
If they merely wanted to embellish, they could have claimed they found gold, jewels, his crown, shield, sword, armor, scepter, seal, or other important Greek artifacts.
So WHY even MENTION the Ark?
If the story were UNTRUE, why would the people involved associate Alexander with -- OF ALL THINGS -- the Ark?
They HAVEN'T read my book Seed of Satan.
They have NO CLUE that Alex is the Antichrist.
It makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER for them to connect Alex with the Jewish Ark UNLESS the story was true.
2. The MEANING of the alleged find is mind-boggling from a biblical standpoint because the Ark was considered God's Throne on earth, His Mercy Seat.
We know that Antichrist (Alexander) will pass himself off as "God" during the upcoming tribulation.
Since he will make such claim, it would make PERFECT SENSE for him to SIT where God sits, and where God's glory would appear.
3. The BIBLE'S OWN TESTIMONY:
2 Thessalonians 2:4 tells us so that "he, AS God, SITS in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God".
I'd never thought about this before but, in order to SIT, he must have A SEAT or Throne.
And, if he's going to make a credible case for himself as "God", WHOSE THRONE WOULD HE PRETEND TO SIT ON BUT God's?
Jesus warned that the Antichrist would show "great signs" so that if it were possible he would DECEIVE THE VERY CHOSEN ONES (the Jews) (Matthew 24:24).
Jews haven't seen the Ark, or known its exact whereabouts, since around 605 B.C. That's over 2,600 years.
When the third temple is built, with no ark, IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE for the Antichrist to show up with a fake ark, which LOOKS exactly like the real one, and say something like: "now that you've built a temple for me (God) I will demonstrate my Deity by restoring your "lost" Ark.
This may also explain, in part, how he conquers Jerusalem and according to Daniel 12:7 not merely defeats but CRUSHES (SHATTERS) Israel's military might.
If you were a soldier in Israel's army would you FIGHT AGAINST someone who claims to be your Messiah and is CARRYING THE ARK OF THE COVENANT and "bringing it back" to the temple in Jerusalem?
Talk about troops being demoralized!
It would also serve to refute the testimony of the Two Witnesses, who will doubtlessly prophesy against him before and during most of his reign.
The Ark would also serve to convince the Islamic world of Alex's "Deity" since Quran 2:248 says "A Sign of his (Allah's) authority is that there shall come to you the Ark of the Covenant, with (an assurance) therein of security (Sakina) from your Lord... In this is a symbol for you if ye indeed have faith" (Daniel 8:25).
This, coupled with the statement regarding Dhul Karnayim (or Alexander, the Two Horned One), "Verily WE ESTABLISHED HIS POWER ON EARTH, and We gave him THE WAYS AND THE MEANS TO ALL ENDS" (Koran 18:84) would be pretty hard for any Muslim to argue with.
5. THE TIMING:
Can it be "MERE COINCIDENCE" that such reports appear AT THIS TIME?
When according to the 70 Weeks Prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27 we're only ABOUT A YEAR AWAY FROM Antichrist's reign on earth?
6. THE LOCATION
The apostle John was on the Greek isle of Patmos, in the Aegean Sea, when he wrote the Revelation.
He makes it clear in Revelation 13:1, 2 that he saw the beast (Antichrist) RISE UP OUT OF THE SEA.
Thasos, where the alleged tomb was found, is ALSO in the Aegean, a couple hundred miles from Patmos, and just off the northeastern coast of ancient Macedon, where Alexander was born.
Since Antichrist comes out of the pit, resurrected, he WOULD HAVE TO COME UP OUT OF THE SEA (Ezekiel 28:8), reappear on earth and would probably lead people to his very own, just offshore, "empty tomb" as additional proof of his resurrection.
The question remains: HOW did he get hold of the Ark?
The real Ark was hidden beneath Mount Moriah by the prophet Jeremiah.
If, indeed, there is an "ark of the covenant" in his tomb, it would be A FAKE ONE, a copy.
HOW would Alexander know what the Ark looked like, when HE NEVER SAW IT?
He didn't see it, but his father Satan SURE DID.
Satan used to be the cherubim that COVERED God's Throne or Mercy Seat (Ark) in heaven BEFORE he rebelled and fell into sin (Ezekiel 28:14).
Satan, therefore, WOULD KNOW EXACTLY what the real Ark -- even the ONE IN HEAVEN -- looks like.
He has always COVETED the Throne (Ark) of God (Isaiah 14:13).
In that regard, the apostle John says "and the dragon (Satan) gave him (Alexander) his power, and HIS THRONE (SEAT), and great authority" (Revelation 13:2).
While it would be exciting if a team of professional archeologists went in there and verified the finding, we rely on an INFINITELY HIGHER AUTHORITY to determine what is true or not.
Such excavation is unlikely to happen before Christians leave the earth, but it seems the rumors are merely setting the stage for Alex's reappearing.
Jesus will appear first IN THE CLOUDS, and a bit later Alex will reappear ON EARTH.
SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012
WAYS TO HEAVEN
Did you know there are TWO WAYS TO HEAVEN?
What? And you call yourself Christian?
Yes. I am Christian, and there are TWO WAYS to heaven:
Don't EVER commit sin.
Live a holy, perfect life. NEVER, EVER BREAK even one of the 613 commandments described in the law contained in the Old Testament.
And, while you're at it, ERADICATE the sinful nature you inherited from Adam and recover God's own Holy Nature.
If you can do THAT, you're PERFECT.
If you can do THAT, you're sinless and holy.
If you can do THAT, YOU'RE GOING TO HEAVEN FOR SURE.
So, those of you who are perfect, have nothing to worry about.
For those of us who AREN'T PERFECT, thank God, there's...
Invite INTO YOUR HEART AND LIFE, AND RECEIVE AS YOUR LORD and God, THE ONLY PERSON IN ALL OF HISTORY WHO HAS KEPT THE LAW TO PERFECTION, DOWN TO EVERY LAST JOT AND TITTLE, the ONLY PERSON who paid for ALL your sins, the ONLY PERSON who can PUT HIS OWN RIGHTEOUS NATURE IN YOU:
His Name is Jesus Christ.
When we receive Him, God credits His Perfect Righteousness to us (2 Corinthians 5:21). God sees us, IN HIM, as though we'd never, ever committed a sin.
Furthermore, ALL OUR SINS ARE ERASED, never to be remembered again. Our record is wiped clean!
It's the greatest deal in all the world, in all the ages... bar none!
So, those of you who are perfect, those of you who are without sin, don't need to do anything. Just stay the way you are, smug and content in your self-righteous purity.
Those of us who recognize we're incapable of achieving perfection on our own, rejoice and thank God every day of our lives that there's Way #2.
For those of us who AREN'T PERFECT, Jesus is THE ONLY WAY.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012
ESTABLISHED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
"In righteousness you will be established: YOU WILL BE FAR FROM OPPRESSION, FOR YOU will NOT FEAR: and from terror; for it shall not come near you" (Isaiah 54:14).
The dictionary defines "established" as "FIRM AND STABLE".
Every born-again child of God should be established (FIRM and STABLE) in righteousness.
Not our own righteousness, of course, since WE HAVE NONE, but on Christ's Righteousness.
They should be SO ESTABLISHED on the fact that Jesus GAVE THEM His own Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21) that they are UNMOVABLE.
They should be convinced to the point that NOTHING and NO ONE can dissuade them.
To the point they won't even CONSIDER anything else.
It's absolutely baffling to me how NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I discuss this topic, NO MATTER HOW CLEARLY I say it, AND NO MATTER HOW MANY SCRIPTURES I QUOTE, someone goes off to a Facebook page, or some website, forum, or some Christless but religious YouTube video, and IMMEDIATELY is filled with fear that they'll stay behind if the Rapture happens.
Some idiot THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW, who doesn't even know the Bible, and WHO IS NOT HIMSELF ESTABLISHED IN God's RIGHTEOUSNESS but FILLED WITH RELIGION, throws religious fear at them and IMMEDIATELY, they're shaking in their boots about losing their Salvation.
They don't even put up a fight, let alone TAKE A STAND.
It takes them 5 FREAKIN' SECONDS to become rattled AND PANIC.
And another 5 seconds to write in SO I CAN UNCONFUSE THEM and REASSURE THEM.
Isn't that just a tad HYPOCRITICAL?
If you think so highly of this ministry - and if you're going to end up coming back here for clear and Bible-based answers - SHOULDN'T YOU HAVE STUCK WITH JESUS, THE BIBLE AND THIS MINISTRY, IN THAT ORDER???
If you had, you wouldn't be so damned confused.
If you did, you wouldn't be so UNSTABLE.
Unstable people AREN'T established on anything.
They're tossed to and fro like waves in the ocean (Ephesians 4:14; James 1:6).
They CLAIM to know Christ, but THEY DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT they believe.
Many Christians have religion but lack INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF the Savior.
ALL RELIGION -- even so-called Evangelical Christianity -- is FEAR BASED.
Religion teaches that we can PROCURE OUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS:
If not ALL OF IT, then at least SOME OF IT...
That is AN OUTRIGHT LIE.
Religion teaches that we must "HELP God" in order for Him to save us and Rapture us.
The Rapture is merely the FULL (COMPLETE) manifestation of the Salvation that's already ours in Christ, Romans 8:18-21.
If God needed "your help" for ANYTHING, He'd be in DEEP DOO DOO (perish the very idea) AND SO WOULD YOU.
The Truth is YOU HAVE NO RIGHTEOUSNESS. ZERO.
I don't care how "good" you try to be or how well you try to behave.
ALL our attempts at righteousness, the Bible says, are AS FILTHY RAGS (Isaiah 64:6).
Which part of "filthy rags" DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?
So QUIT TRYING to produce YOUR OWN righteousness, and RECEIVE HIS.
Do you honestly think your FILTH is going to satisfy A HOLY GOD?
Get it through your thick heads:
NOTHING will satisfy God BUT HIS OWN Righteousness.
Those who try to procure their own ARE LOST.
Those who RECEIVE and TRUST God's Righteousness - and His Name is Jesus - ARE SAVED.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012
SIN IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM
"And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him (the Antichrist), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD" (Revelation 13.8).
Jesus DOES NOT find out about our sins when we commit them.
Repeat: Jesus DOES NOT find out about our sins when we commit them.
Jesus ALREADY KNEW about ALL THE SINS we'd ever commit BEFORE the foundation of the world, BEFORE we were even CREATED, before we even EXISTED.
He KNEW, in advance, about each and every sin we'd ever commit. He offered Himself as Sacrifice in the ETERNAL realm LONG BEFORE you ever committed those sins in the realm of "time".
Consequently, NOTHING that we ever do, or fail to do, will EVER take Him by surprise.
He knows about the sins you've committed, about the ones you're committing right now, and the ones you haven't committed yet.
Therefore, sin is NOT our problem.
Sin was His problem.
And He dealt with sin in a TERMINAL, DECISIVE manner.
It (sin) IS FINISHED!!! (John 19:30).
He KILLED sin by dying in atonement for it.
He DESTROYED man's sin by NAILING IT TO THE CROSS, in His own body (Colossians 2:14; Romans 8:1-4).
Those who write in whining that they keep committing some sin, mostly sexual in nature...
Those who complain that they can't get rid of a certain sin...
You're so used to living in the realm of "time" that you think Jesus only found out about it, when you did it.
Nah. He knew about it, when you "existed" only in the Mind of God.
When you were only A THOUGHT in His eternal Mind.
And He TOOK CARE OF IT for ALL ETERNITY.
So, what does your sin have to do with Salvation?
What does your sin have to do with whether you go in the Rapture or not?
It's been taken care of, and FULLY AND COMPLETELY dealt with.
It's been FULLY AND COMPLETELY PAID FOR (Hebrews 9:12).
As long as you RECEIVE Jesus into your heart and TRUST what Jesus DID, His ALL SUFFICIENT ATONEMENT ON YOUR BEHALF, your record in heaven says YOU'VE NEVER SINNED... regardless of what you've done on this earth.
It's THE BEST deal in the UNIVERSE, IN ALL THE AGES, bar none.
The more you focus on "your sin" THE MORE YOU WILL SIN.
You need to focus, not on your sin, but ON HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Remember, there's NO RIGHTEOUSNESS ANYWHERE BUT HIS.
Seek FIRST His Kingdom and His Righteousness which you have inside since your New Birth (Matthew 6:33).
Jesus has FOREVER delivered us from sin.
We're FREE from sin.
Stop thinking like A SLAVE.
Start thinking like A SON.
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
SOWING THE WORD
"So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: IT SHALL NOT RETURN UNTO ME VOID, BUT IT SHALL ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH I PLEASE, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11).
"Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9).
"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth weeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, BRINGING HIS SHEAVES WITH HIM" (Psalms 126:5,6).
Have you witnessed to a loved one for years and years to no avail?
Have you been saddened and disheartened by their apparent refusal to receive Jesus?
In a perfect world, EVERYONE would receive Jesus upon hearing about Him for the first time.
EVERYONE would welcome Him into their hearts when they hear HOW MUCH HE LOVES THEM.
Or, when they realize HOW INFINITELY HIGH a price He was willing to pay in order to redeem them.
Or how Wonderful, lovely and praiseworthy He is.
Or what enormous thrill it is to EXPERIENCE HIM in our very beings...
But we DON'T LIVE IN a perfect world.
Although many people DO respond to His and our invitation immediately, there are many others who won't.
Just because you don't see IMMEDIATE results, DO NOT BE dismayed.
I've seen people in whose hearts I've sown His Word come around DECADES later.
But they HAVE come around.
We need to TRUST the Word we sow.
We need to TRUST Jesus (the Word) to accomplish that for which He was sent.
And God's Word ASSURES US that even in those last moments before the Rapture, as everything turns pitch black, heaven and earth tremble, the sky splits in the middle and rolls up like a scroll, there's a shower of stars and Jesus appears in the air, MANY will cry out to Him and:
"WHOSOEVER shall call on the Name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED" (Joel 2:32).
Sometimes we see immediate results.
Sometimes we see results months, years or DECADES LATER. But His Word (Jesus) will NEVER return void.
In DUE SEASON, you will see results.
So, don't give up on the seeds you've planted.
Those seeds which have been dormant are about to SPROUT.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012
"SEED OF SATAN" IN FRENCH
Bonjour et bonsoir, Mesdames et Messieurs: French speaking brothers and sisters, frères et sœurs chrétiens.
It's my pleasure to announce that Seed of Satan (Semence de Satan) is now available on line, FREE OF CHARGE, en français.
Also, most of this website's content (the Myths, Grace vs. Law, etc. will be available at : www.revelation2012.ch
Our dear brother, whom I will simply refer to by his first name, Johnny, born in Switzerland, has done a tremendous job of translating this book, and is also in the process of translating other material from our website into that beautiful language, to make it available to the estimated 275 million French speaking people in the world.
Some of the other content on our website is already available in French, as well, as you can see by visiting : www.revelation2012.ch
French is the official language of 29 countries, including (obviously) France, Switzerland, Belgium, Monaco, Andorra, Luxembourg, Haiti, and many African nations such as:
• Burkina Faso
• Central African Republic
• Congo, Republic of the
• Côte d'Ivoire
• Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Equatorial Guinea (former colony of Spain)
It is also widely spoken in Canada, the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.
If you are from any of these nations, or any other French speaking country, or KNOW ANYONE who speaks French and needs to hear the Gospel, this is your chance to point them to a website where they will read it in their native language.
We've done all the work. All you need to do in order to bring souls to Christ is refer them to this BIBLICAL, Gospel preaching website.
You can just say, "I found this great website in French, and I thought you might be interested".
This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to affect the lives of many who are headed for hell and REROUTE THEM TO heaven.
This may be THEIR ONLY chance to KNOW Jesus.
Time is VERY short and what we do for the Lord we must do NOW.
Thanks to all who are co-laborers in the Grace and Kingdom of God.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
PETER THE ROMAN
Many of you are familiar with Saint Malachi's prophecy about the Popes, which is discussed below this message.
We DO NOT base our teachings on Malachi's prophecy but STRICTLY ON the Word of God.
However, Malachi has an impressive record of ACCURATELY depicting each Pope.
On top of which, his prophecy seems to be IN PERFECT SYNC WITH the Book of Revelation.
Personally, I believe him to be a true prophet who DID receive divine revelation. If you disagree, that's fine.
For obvious reasons, the most intriguing and exciting are THE LAST TWO descriptions.
The present Pope, Benedict XVI, is called the "glory of the olive", a title that is rife with prophetic significance.
After Pope Benedict, the prophecy ends with the following statement:
"In the EXTREME PERSECUTION of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit (i.e., as bishop) Peter the Roman, who will feed his sheep IN MANY TRIBULATIONS: and when these things are finished, THE CITY OF SEVEN HILLS (Rome) WILL BE DESTROYED, and the tremendous judge will judge his people, The End."
Sounds A LOT like Revelation chapters 17 and 18.
So, Pope Benedict, according to Malachi, will either die, be killed or be raptured (let's hope it's the latter) and will be succeeded by this Peter.
The designation "Peter the Roman" has stirred A LOT of controversy.
The apostle Peter is considered by Roman Catholics to be THE FIRST Pope.
There's never been Peter II. No Pope in the Church's long and convoluted history has EVER taken the name Peter.
There have been Leos, Juliuses, Innocents, Urbans, Clements, Piouses, Gregorys, Alexanders (just to name a few), Johns, Pauls and even John Pauls, BUT NO PETERS.
However, that's A TOTAL MISCONCEPTION.
NOWHERE does Malachi say that this man WILL CHOOSE Peter as his pontifical name.
In fact, Malachi doesn't give THE ACTUAL ADOPTED NAMES of ANY of the 267 Popes; he merely provides some
DESCRIPTIVE moniker. So WHY WOULD IT BE ANY DIFFERENT with the Catholic Church's last leader?
The designation "Peter the Roman" should be understood to be DESCRIPTIVE just like "of the half moon" was descriptive of John Paul I, or "shepherd and sailor" of Pope John XXIII.
Malachi does NOT even say that this Peter will be ELECTED Pope. He could, therefore, be someone who becomes de facto leader of the Roman Catholic Church after the present Pope's demise or disappearance.
Indeed, if the tribulation's underway and remaining Catholics are being persecuted, it's hard to envision cardinals having their customary conclave to elect a new Pope.
Be that as it may, and since we're living at the time of the end, who might this Peter be?
If Malachi is correct, Petrus Romanus must be around somewhere.
Two possible candidates have been offered for the role of "Peter the Roman".
They are Monsignor Pietro Parolin an official with the Vatican's Roman Curia and Holy See's nuncio (representative) to Venezuela, and Tarcisio Pietro Bertone, a cardinal and diplomat who currently serves as cardinal Secretary of State for the Vatican and one of the few individuals privy to the Third Secret of Fatima (see respective pictures below).
So, we have two Pietros or "Peters" who could, potentially, fulfill Malachi's final pronouncement.
That still leaves the description "the Roman" which must have some pertinent application to THE RIGHT candidate.
It's hard to imagine anyone thinking of Parolin as "the Roman" other than the fact he's a member of the Roman Curia, but so are hundreds of others.
He's not from Rome, but was born in the town of Schiavon, in the region of Vicenza in northeastern Italy.
Tarcisio Pietro Bertone, on the other hand, comes from the town of Romano Canavese, in the province of Turin (where the Shroud of Turin is kept), in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy.
So, the designation "Peter the Roman", seems particularly apropos to him.
Additionally, Cardinals outrank Monsignors.
In the death or absence of the present Pope, Bertone would doubtlessly be on the short list for possible "new Pope".
And if the College of Cardinals, because of tribulation, persecution, or some other reason, is not able to carry out its duties and elect a successor, it would make perfect sense for the CURRENT Secretary of State to take over the leadership in an unofficial capacity.
Of the two candidates, my money (to use a worldly term) is on Bertone.
Are you Catholic? Have you ASKED JESUS TO ENTER YOUR HEART?
If you HAVEN'T, I urge you to do so immediately. If you need help in doing so, click on the link below, or write us.
I'm NOT asking you to switch religion, I'm asking you to INVITE Jesus - the Jesus you already love and believe in - to come into your heart.
Those IN WHOSE HEARTS Jesus LIVES will soon be caught up to heaven. Those who ONLY have religion WILL SUFFER TRIBULATION.
It seems that the religion that claims to have BEGUN with Peter will also END with a Peter.
It seems that Malachi's prophecy will hold up TO THE VERY END.
MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012
GOD HAS NO RELIGION
Hope you were sitting down. I SHOULD HAVE warned you...
If you weren't, Martel proverb says : "A liberated heart is worth a sore butt".
God is Love.
Love is the OPPOSITE OF FEAR.
Jesus (Divine Love) CASTS OUT FEAR.
All religion, even so-called "Christian" religion is FEAR BASED.
That's why God has NO RELIGION.
All religion, including ALL Christian denominations, was INVENTED BY MEN, NOT BY GOD.
Despite all the liars who claim their denomination is "THE ONE TRUE religion founded by Jesus", He founded NO RELIGION.
What they won't tell you is they're TERRIFIED OF CHANGE, and EVEN MORE TERRIFIED of anyone who's not EXACTLY "like" them.
Their hostility is based ON FEAR.
They hate diversity.
They feel THREATENED by those who do not think, talk or act as they.
Jesus didn't establish a religion, He founded A CHURCH.
The word "church" ekklesia means a group which INCLUDES A WIDE VARIETY of styles and elements.
Notice it INCLUDES, NOT "excludes".
We get the English word "eclectic" from it.
His Church is NOT a denomination.
His Church cannot be contained in a man-made building, no matter how large.
His Church cannot be confined to MAN-INVENTED rules and regulations.
His Church DOES NOT CONFORM to what corrupt, mortal minds think should be "the norm".
It does not abide by sinful men's traditions or their contrived dogmas.
It's comprised of people INDWELT BY God's Holy Spirit.
People who are FREE (2 Corinthians 3:17).
People who DON'T LIVE IN FEAR.
They're a very large group of LIBERATED spirits who've broken off the shackles of religious idolatry.
God is MUCH TOO GREAT for fabricated religion to control... and so is His Church.
There's TOO MUCH RELIGION in this fallen world.
Thank God there's NO RELIGION IN HEAVEN.
TO HELL WITH religion.
All we need is Jesus.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there's ABSOLUTE FREEDOM.
Christ's Ekklesia IS eclectic.
It's comprised by people as DIFFERENT as each sunset.
But they're ALL reflections of the Most High God.
The world DOESN'T NEED religion.
The world is SICK OF religion.
What the world needs is JESUS.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012
YOU'RE NOT CHRISTIAN !!!
YOU DON'T GET TO DECIDE...
The ONLY ONE who can determine who's REALLY Christian and who ISN'T is God.
The ONLY ONE who truly KNOWS a person's HEART is ITS CREATOR.
And if I had a dollar for EVERY TIME I've been JUDGED AND ACCUSED by supposed "Christians" -- I'll give THEM the benefit of the doubt, and hope THEY'RE JUST STUPID, but saved -- I'd be VERY rich.
Religious people AREN'T USED TO being told the Truth BOLDLY and DIRECTLY.
What they're used to is being given the run around, or some lame-ass, "beat around the bush", religiously correct answer.
You WON'T GET THAT from THIS minister.
If you ask a question, you will generally get a polite, BUT DIRECT and BIBLICAL answer.
And if you ask an impertinent question, make an impertinent comment, or if the Spirit reveals the duplicity in your heart, YOU WILL GET A TRUTHFUL but VERY BLUNT answer.
I'm NOT a diplomat.
I WON'T CONFORM TO man-invented religious rules.
I'm not trying to win a popularity contest.
I give answers that are PRACTICAL AND RELEVANT.
And I excel at tearing off PHONY RELIGIOUS MASKS and EXPOSING the true intent in a person's heart.
I won't tell you what you WANT TO hear, but THE TRUTH.
So, if you're looking for some mousy, "meek and mild", piously FAKE reply, YOU'VE COME TO THE WRONG PLACE.
I'm secure enough in my relationship with Jesus to express myself freely and fearlessly.
You, on the other hand, speak that way and use all that "restraint" because YOU'RE AFRAID that if you don't, He won't approve of you.
Jesus KNOWS whether He LIVES IN my heart.
And I know.
So, rather than strain your little pea-size brain trying to determine whether He lives in my heart, you better make damned sure HE LIVES IN YOURS.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012
Cyberspace is cluttered with a growing number of prophecy forums where there are a MILLION self-proclaimed "EXPERTS" WHO DON'T KNOW THEIR NOSES FROM THEIR DERRIERES about Jesus or the Bible.
Such forums, sadly, play right into the Christian entertainment mentality that prevails in Christendom.
Except for some RARE case where a Christian song is Spirit inspired and truly blesses us, generally speaking Christian entertainment IS A CLEVERLY DEVISED, GREED DRIVEN, SATAN INDUCED SUBSTITUTE for deep, intimate relationship with Jesus.
There is NO adequate, or legitimate, SUBSTITUTE FOR communion with Jesus.
It also PREVENTS believers from delving deeply into the Scriptures and meditating God's Word, AS THEY SHOULD.
There's NO SUBSTANCE, and NO CONVICTION about anything.
There's no scriptural PROOF about ANYTHING.
They're packed full of UNBIBLICAL SPECULATION and offer only THE STUPID and BASELESS OPINIONS OF RELIGIOUS FOOLS.
Ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the Truth.
They're filled with ignoramuses always trying to come up with clever formulas for the Rapture:
Multiply the 70 weeks in Daniel times the 64 years Israel's been a nation, then divide by 1948 or some other harebrained - and unbiblical - calculation.
There's NO SOLID scriptural teaching about anything.
Any idiot can post virtually ANYTHING he or she wants.
And all they do is "preach to the choir" since only religious boneheads read or post there.
No unbeliever, I assure you, would ever be interested or even BOTHER to visit such stupid, uninspiring medium.
They're nothing but boredom killers for LAZY RELIGIOUS AIRHEADS.
But that doesn't stop Kristians from devoting the time they should be spending with Jesus - SEEKING Him, communing with Him, talking to Him, listening to Him, meditating His Word, asking His Holy Spirit to illuminate or reveal some timeless Truth - from frittering away countless hours and filling their already challenged brain with even more worthless crap.
There are individuals READING THIS who have become ADDICTED TO such forums.
Funny thing, though: sooner or later they become troubled or confused by some heresy they read, then come running back to us for validation or rebuttal.
If you haven't figured it out yet, please GET THIS:
Just because something is posted on the internet DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE.
In fact, THE VAST MAJORITY of what's posted in this medium is FALSE.
And NOWHERE is this truer than in religious forums.
You want Bible Truth? Then STICK TO the Bible.
And perhaps TWO OR THREE websites published by responsible, born-again people who KNOW THE Scriptures and whose content you've carefully vetted.
I'm not wasting ONE SECOND OF MY VALUABLE TIME on that pile of B.S.
If you want to waste YOUR TIME, that's YOUR PROBLEM.
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
Sometimes I wish I could reach through the computer screen and AWAKEN some of you with a slap or, at the very least, grab you by the shoulders and give you a good shaking.
And, so help me, I'd do it IN CHRISTIAN LOVE.
I'm tired of hearing that you're trying to convince your Christian friends and relatives that the Rapture and Second Coming of Christ are near.
I'm tired of hearing you're trying to convince THEM about who the Antichrist is.
Not that those things aren't important, but you're focused ON THE WRONG PEOPLE.
WHO CARES what Christians think?
If they're already saved, they'll go in the Rapture whether they think it's happening next week or in A HUNDRED years.
It's not important FOR THEM to know who the Antichrist is, since THEY WON'T BE HERE when he reigns.
YOUR FOCUS shouldn't be on convincing Christians about any of this.
It's NON-Christians that you should be talking and witnessing to.
It's NON-Christians that need to know THAT JESUS IS ABOUT TO REAPPEAR and take His people Home.
It's NON-Christians that need to BE WARNED that the Antichrist is about to re-emerge from the pit and rule the world.
It's NON-Christians that need to KNOW HIS IDENTITY IN ADVANCE so they can reject him and reject his mark during the impending tribulation.
It's NON-Christians, primarily, that you should be referring to this website.
It's NON-Christians that need to be invited TO RECEIVE JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS NOW.
It's NON-Christians that need to INTIMATELY KNOW JESUS AND BECOME CHRIST FILLED a) for the sheer privilege and THRILL of KNOWING Him and b) to forego the horrors of the tribulation.
And - not to scare anyone - but that period will be HORRIFIC beyond our wildest imagination.
Christians, WILL YOU STOP PREACHING TO THE CHOIR, PLEASE?
Jesus DIDN'T command us to "go into all the Church and preach the Gospel". He COMMANDED US to "go INTO ALL THE WORLD and preach the Gospel" (Mark 16:15).
It's the UNSAVED you should be trying to convince, NOT THE SAVED.
Dear God, some of this is SO BASIC I shouldn't even have to say it.
If you're NON-Christian, you NEED TO KNOW THIS:
1. Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead. NO ONE ELSE EVER HAS.
2. That SAME JESUS is about to reappear, in the sky, and take those who BELONG TO HIM Home.
3. You can laugh all you want, but THIS WILL REALLY HAPPEN and VERY SOON.
4. After He takes believers to heaven, this world will become HELL ON EARTH.
5. People will face HORRENDOUS, UNRELENTING JUDGMENTS and supernatural phenomena, and will be UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
6. The greatest military genius of all time, and ruthless dictator, Alexander the Great will RISE FROM THE DEAD, INDWELT BY SATAN, and rule this world for 3½ years.
7. During his reign people will be REQUIRED TO worship him and his father Satan, UNDER PENALTY OF DEATH.
8. People will also be REQUIRED, UNDER PENALTY OF DEATH, to receive his mark in their right hand or foreheads.
Receiving his mark WILL DAMN YOU TO THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR ALL ETERNITY (Revelation 14:9-11).
You can receive Jesus into your heart NOW and NOT FACE the aforementioned judgments, OR YOU CAN STUBBORNLY REFUSE TO RECEIVE JESUS AS GOD AND SAVIOR and face untold horrors in the VERY near future.
All it costs to receive Jesus now is YOUR HEART.
During the tribulation it will cost YOUR LIFE.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012
FILLED FROM WITHIN
"I exhort you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And DON'T BE CONFORMED TO this world: but BE TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:1,2).
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and WHOSOEVER WILL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE, SHALL FIND IT (Matthew 16:25).
The manifestation of Christ (the Anointed One) in human form has always been God's Plan.
Hence, Jesus cloned Himself, His very Image, into a human called Adam (Genesis 1:27).
Male Adam and female Adam were told to reproduce -- as in "be fruitful and multiply" -- and procreate SPIRITUAL HUMANS IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, like themselves.
When Adam fell into sin, a new, sinless human figurehead was needed to reconcile man to God: enter LAST Adam, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19).
In first Adam all die, INCLUDING HIMSELF.
They die, whether they want to or not.
But those who are in last Adam are called rather to WILLINGLY LAY DOWN THEIR LIFE and offer it AS LIVING SACRIFICE to the Lord.
Living Sacrifice means you have NO LIFE of your own.
Living Sacrifice means you offer yourself (spirit, soul and body) to Jesus as His temple (dwelling place) through which He is WELCOMED TO MANIFEST as much, and as often, as He chooses.
It means we're willing to pay ANY PRICE, "whatever it takes", even the FORSAKING OF our own lives, to see His Will done on earth.
We wait patiently on the Lord, to manifest His Will, His Word and actions in us and through us, NOT PROJECTING TO THE FUTURE, but being aware of Him IN THE ETERNAL PRESENT.
We don't express our selves, but His Self.
We don't express what WE want, but what He wants.
Not what pleases us, but what pleases Him.
We don't manifest our own thoughts or desires, but HIS.
We FOCUS ON JESUS and wait patiently for His will and manifestation, until He fills that "silence" that "emptiness" with some expression of Himself.
He doesn't fill us from without, but FROM WITHIN, since He LIVES IN those who've made Him their Lord.
We say, along with the Apostle Paul, "for me TO LIVE IS CHRIST, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).
"I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, YET NOT I, but it's Christ that LIVES IN me" (Galatians 2:20).
We don't live unto ourselves, we allow Jesus to live IN US and MANIFEST through us.
Our body truly becomes His TEMPLE.
Wherever Jesus goes, we go; and vice versa.
Whatever Jesus does, we do. Whatever He says, we say. Wherever He goes, we follow.
We are ALWAYS at His beck and call...
Being a LIVING Sacrifice involves LOSING your life (will, desires) and getting His Life.
It's the BEST deal in the UNIVERSE, bar none.
NOTHING this world offers can even COMPARE...
It MUST BE the goal for every Christian.
It's what Paul refers to as the "High calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).
Are you hungry and thirsty for God? Let Jesus FILL YOU FROM WITHIN.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012
"Oh faithless and corrupt generation, HOW LONG must I put up with you"? (Matthew 17:17)
I know JUST how Jesus felt when He asked that rhetorical question.
The WORST thing that could have happened to this final generation and its "Christian" subculture is "Christian" ENTERTAINMENT.
It has spawned a bunch of spiritual weaklings who, at some point in their lives, came across the Truth of the Gospel and received Christ (thank God for, at least, THAT), but who TOTALLY LACK SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATION and whose faith always hangs by a thread.
Forget about building their house "on the rock", their spiritual dwelling isn't even built ON SAND, it's built on insubstantial FLUFF.
It DOESN'T TAKE "rain, floods and winds" to bring it down.
ALL IT TAKES is for some wolf in sheep's clothing to blow the SLIGHTEST puff of doctrine - usually FALSE doctrine - and their flimsy shack (I can't even call it a house) comes crashing down.
They don't have AN OUNCE OF conviction.
They know what every religious nitwit in cyber universe thinks, but they DON'T KNOW what God says ABOUT ANYTHING.
They're swayed every which way by the fickle opinions of mortal men, but DON'T HAVE THE SLIGHTEST INTEREST in the UNCHANGING pronouncements of the Immortal God.
They're familiar with all the latest prophetic fads, like the Elenin hoax, the Blood Moon hoax, the U.F.O. over the Temple Mount hoax, or the Islamic Antichrist baloney, BUT THEY COULDN'T QUOTE A VERSE FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT IF THEIR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.
They COULDN'T defend the basic tenets of the Christian faith if Jesus Himself asked them to.
In fact, THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW what those "basic tenets" ARE.
The New Testament, which spells out their rights and privileges as children of the Most High God, and the MARVELOUS, far-reaching Redemption that Jesus paid SO HIGH A PRICE to purchase for them, is as strange to them as the Upanishads are to me.
AFTER THE DAMAGE IS DONE, of course, many come running back to me with their proverbial tail between their legs, asking me to explain the B.S. someone else wrote, or calm their fears, or "straighten out" what they read or heard.
I've said it before, and I reiterate: I'm NOT responsible for whatever religious crap YOU CHOOSE to devote your time and attention to.
You DIDN'T consult me BEFORE delving into that pile of manure, so WHY should you come to me AFTERWARDS?
Shouldn't you be writing and asking THE PERSON(S) whose false doctrine got you all confused to UNCONFUSE YOU?
And shouldn't you know enough Scripture to challenge and DEBUNK their false teaching?
I won't even tell you what the latest fad is, 'cause I REFUSE TO give it any free publicity, BUT -- LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THAT COMES DOWN THE prophecy forum pike -- IT'S PURE, HERETICAL CRAP.
ANYONE that DIMINISHES Jesus IN ANY WAY, or DIMINISHES His Perfect, complete, ABSOLUTE Work of Redemption IN ANY WAY, is A HERETIC, pure and simple.
ANYONE who tells you Jesus ONLY SAVED "part" of you, but NOT THE WHOLE YOU, is AN AGENT OF SATAN and is FULL OF SHIT, to put it bluntly.
I don't care WHO they are. I don't care WHAT they say or HOW they said it.
I don't care HOW MANY passages of Scripture they TWIST and MISQUOTE.
I don't care HOW "Christian" they CLAIM to be.
And I don't care WHAT STUPID RELIGIOUS FORUM THEY POST ON.
BE VERY SELECTIVE about what you read, and even more selective ABOUT WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
Get a SOLID scriptural foundation, deep spiritual conviction, and STAND FOR CHRIST, you wimps.
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012
GEOGRAPHY IN PROPHECY
For ALL the SELLING of carnal supposition as "biblical prophecy" that goes on, and that now clutters cyberspace, I've yet to hear ANYONE teach about the geographic realignment that will take place during the tribulation.
It's been right there in the Book of Revelation for the past 2,000 years, yet all the self-proclaimed "experts" have missed it. It's also been mentioned for the past 2,800 years in Isaiah chapter 24:19, 20.
Revelation 6:14 plainly states that, when Jesus opens the 6th seal, "EVERY MOUNTAIN AND ISLAND WERE MOVED OUT OF THEIR PLACES".
This is talking about MASSIVE geographic and topographic relocation, and takes place AT THE START OF the tribulation.
It will be a "brand new" world geographically which will affect, among other things, climate, travel, commerce, military strategy, and nations' vulnerabilities.
Likewise, during the reign of Antichrist, with the tribulation already underway and prior to the Second Coming of Christ, there will be YET ANOTHER geographical and topographical realignment when the 7th bowl judgment is poured out:
..."and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
And the great city was divided into three parts and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
And EVERY ISLAND FLED AWAY, and THE MOUNTAINS WERE NOT FOUND (Revelation 16:18-20).
The largest earthquake in history will turn gentile cities into rubble and divide Jerusalem into THREE PARTS (Ir David, in the south where the temples once stood and the third temple will stand, Mount Zion a/k/a the Jewish Quarter on the west, and the Old City on the north).
World maps will be rendered USELESS.
Australia may end up in South America; Indonesia may collide with China, and the U.K. with Canada.
The mile-high Rockies will be flattened and so will the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas.
If you've never invited Jesus into your heart, if you've never received Him as your God and Savior, I urge you to do so now.
Not tomorrow, not next week, but RIGHT NOW.
Don't be afraid. Jesus LOVES YOU and He receives you WITH OPEN ARMS.
He will give meaning and purpose to your life.
And you'll be praising Him, thanking Him, and ENJOYING HIM, for all eternity.
For those who DO NOT receive Him and remain on earth it will be devastation, chaos and confusion on an unprecedented scale.
MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012
JESUS IN COMMERCIALS
Jesus is like:
He works WONDERS.
He is the quicker picker upper. Can handle the tough jobs, and won't fall apart.
Like the U.S. POST OFFICE
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor ice will keep Him from His appointed destination.
The heart beat of America
He's got a better idea.
He's the REAL thing.
He cares enough to send His very best.
He gets the stains out others leave behind. ..
Like Maxwell House...
Good to the very last drop
Like GENERAL ELECTRIC
He brings good things to life.
He has everything.
Like SCOTCH TAPE
You can't see Him, but you know He's there.
He's ready when you are.
With Him "You're in Good Hands".
Like VO-5 Hair Spray
He holds through all kinds of weather
Like DIAL SOAP
Aren't you glad you KNOW Him? Don't you wish everybody did?
Try Him, you'll like Him
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012
A LITTLE JESUS
People have as much Jesus AS THEY WANT.
Repeat: People have as much, or as little, Jesus as THEY WANT.
Jesus will never force His way into a person's heart.
By the same token, He won't fill that person with MORE OF HIMSELF than they want and are ready to receive.
Unfortunately, believers for the most part are satisfied with "a little" Jesus.
We don't see very many Christians LONGING FOR deeper, more intimate communion with our Living Savior.
We don't see very many SEEKING Him and His beautiful Face with ALL their hearts.
For the most part, we want just "a little Jesus".
Just give us enough Jesus TO AVOID GOING TO HELL.
Just give us enough Jesus so we'll go in the Rapture and miss the tribulation.
Let's give Jesus just enough room in our lives, just enough time and attention, to get us into heaven.
Or to get us through some difficult situation we're facing.
But is that God's Will or God's best?
Jesus is too precious for us to treat as merely A SPIRITUAL CONVENIENCE.
He paid TOO HIGH A PRICE to purchase our Salvation for us to treat Him in such nonchalant and, frankly, DISRESPECTFUL manner.
He DESERVES our boundless love and gratitude.
He DESERVES our FULL, UNDIVIDED attention.
He DESERVES ALL our heart.
He DESERVES ALL our time.
It's an insult to give Him only that time when you have "nothing better to do".
All true believers WILL MANIFEST Jesus, sooner or later.
That's our eternal Destiny.
It's what we're PREDESTINED TO BECOME (Romans 8:29).
That being the case, we might as well start seeking His Face NOW and manifesting Him NOW.
We need to offer ourselves up, as living sacrifices, totally and wholeheartedly.
What could be better and more glorious than THE KING HIMSELF LIVING IN US AND MANIFESTING THROUGH US?
So, I ask you today: HOW MUCH JESUS do you want ?
SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012
IRAN, OIL AND POLITICS
Well, well, well...
Despite the debacle that the Republican nominating process has turned into, despite their so-called "front runner" being a total stiff, with as much charisma as a lead balloon, people at the White House can't feel too comfy either.
All things being equal, and economic woes notwithstanding, the President would win reelection, probably by a landslide.
But it's the "all things being equal" part that gets tricky.
There's a very high probability that they WON'T.
World events could turn at a moment's notice and there may NOT EVEN BE a 2012 presidential election.
Even if the election took place, even IF there was no Rapture or subsequent tribulation this year, it seems that the President's reelection hinges largely on what Israel decides to do about Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent trip to the U.S. was very revealing.
You might recall that there was an impromptu U.S. delegation sent to Israel AHEAD OF Bibi's trip to Washington.
And shortly thereafter there was the announcement that Israel would NOT, repeat, NOT notify the U.S. in advance if it decided to attack Iran.
And even though the two leaders put up a friendly and cooperative front, it's no secret that Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu don't like each other and agree on very little.
After their meeting at the White House Bibi went on TV and pointedly stated that Israel reserved the right to defend itself BY ITSELF.
And that he would never allow his country to live under the "shadow of annihilation".
The clear, though not openly stated message to Mr. Obama was "we'll attack Iran when we deem it appropriate, whether you agree with our decision or not".
Iran has been less than cooperative about UN inspections of its nuclear facilities.
And there are various conflicting reports on JUST HOW CLOSE they are to achieving nuclear weapons.
If Israel attacked Iran, it would send the price of gas, which already tops $4.00 per gallon across the country, THROUGH THE ROOF.
No telling what that, in turn, could do to the already frail world economy.
President Obama and his team know that, and are well aware there's a significant chance of LOSING reelection, if the price of gas went EVEN HIGHER and the U.S.'s much touted "economic recovery" turned sour.
There's VERY LITTLE, if anything, that the U.S. could do to prevent Israel from carrying out a preemptive strike, if it so chooses.
If Israel attacks, the President would, at least publicly, BE FORCED TO SUPPORT Israel, if not with military action, at least with rhetoric.
Not doing so would be political suicide.
We know, of course, that God will never allow Iran or anyone else to nuke Israel.
But if I were President Obama, I'd be a heck of a lot nicer to Netanyahu next time he comes to Washington.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012
I am constantly asked "what denomination do you belong to"?
Those who ask invariable get a one-word answer: "NONE".
My statement of faith is no secret. It's been available since day one: www.christconnection.net/id6.html
Yet it doesn't seem to satisfy some people.
It amuses me how insecure religious people are, that they become mystified unless they can peg you into a certain denominational "category".
I REFUSE to allow artificial, man-invented barriers to separate me from brothers and sisters of ALL stripes.
Therefore, I catch criticism from ALL sides:
Insecure Evangelicals who immediately pounce on ANY uncritical thing I say about Catholics.
Insecure Catholics who want me to believe that the "true" Church is theirs, and theirs alone.
Insecure Messianics who insist that, even though Jesus ALREADY PAID FOR ALL our sins [past, present, and future] and put His own HOLY NATURE inside us, we still have to live by the 10 Commandments, instead of LIVING IN the freedom of the spirit.
And of course, INSECURE heretics, who accuse me of being one.
What's a BIBLICAL Christian to do? I pray for them all, preach to all, mingle with all, and LOVE THEM ALL.
I won't even allow their prejudice to alienate me.
Why not? Because I KNOW, from the Bible, that regardless of what goes on OUTWARDLY, WE ARE ALL ONE INWARDLY.
Anyone can CALL HIMSELF "Christian".
What REALLY makes someone Christian is not what they call themselves. It's not denomination, style of worship, church hierarchy, church history, membership numbers, church attendance, church sacraments, good deeds, or even DOCTRINE.
I am a stickler for BIBLICAL doctrine, as you well know, but EVEN THAT doesn't determine who's Christian and who isn't.
What is THE ONE THING that makes ANYONE Christian?
Having Christ's Spirit LIVING IN your heart [Romans 8:9].
In order to have Christ's Spirit in your heart, YOU MUST INVITE Christ to ENTER your heart.
Can't get His Spirit ANY OTHER WAY.
If you do, you could have the most flawed doctrine, yet you're saved.
If you don't, you could have the most perfect doctrine, yet you're lost.
The Holy Spirit, God Himself, His VERY OWN Holy Nature INSIDE OUR HEARTS, is THE ONE COMMON DENOMINATOR ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS SHARE.
Hence, ALL true Christians are One SPIRITUALLY with our Lord Jesus Christ, and with each other.
That's a fact. I don't care who likes it, or doesn't like it, who agrees or disagrees.
The ENTIRE Body of Christ better start warming up to that fact, the sooner the better:
There's NO RELIGION in heaven.
There will be former Catholics in heaven. There will be former non-Catholics in heaven.
The Christian "label" you wear doesn't make you Christian any more than wearing Armani makes you a designer.
THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012
SALVATION OF CATHOLICS - PART 3
You mean there's more?
In this third AND FINAL part I want to ADDRESS the FOURTH and perhaps most egregious mistake that people make in reaching Catholics for Jesus:
They're more interesting in CURSING the darkness than in bringing in the Light.
They're MORE INTERESTED IN CONDEMNING than in SAVING.
They're MORE INTERESTED IN DENOUNCING some weird, obscure, medieval practice that only a handful of Catholic priests participate in once or twice a year, and that Catholic congregations KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, than in SAVING CATHOLIC SOULS.
They're more interested in labeling Catholicism "A CULT", or branding them "IDOLATERS" than in bringing them to Jesus.
The typical Evangelical approach PUTS THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE:
They want Catholics to FORSAKE Catholicism, or GET RID OF THEIR STATUES BEFORE they come to Jesus.
They usually BEGIN BY ACCUSING Catholics of being in a false religion, worshipping saints, practicing idolatry, etc. Or by telling them "TO GET RID OF" whatever religious paraphernalia "if they want to be saved".
It's ONLY NATURAL that Catholics become DEFENSIVE and won't budge.
My experience in bringing MANY Catholics to the Lord has been that if we approach them AS FELLOW BELIEVERS...
When we say something like "I know you believe in Jesus and love Jesus. Would you like to INVITE HIM into your heart and EXPERIENCE HIS PRESENCE? It's the greatest, most wonderful experience this side of heaven"... (Then lead them in a simple prayer to receive Jesus into their hearts).
THEY OFFER NO RESISTANCE.
Some Evangelicals would rather engage in the STUPID and UNCHRISTIAN practice of blaming MODERN Catholics for what some of their ancestors did 10 or 12 CENTURIES AGO.
To be sure, there ARE some VERY UGLY and downright EVIL pages in Catholic history.
Who can forget the HORRENDOUS HERESY and DECEPTION -- with eternal consequences -- of selling "indulgences", AS IF Salvation (Jesus) COULD BE BOUGHT?
Or the scourge of the Crusades where thousands were butchered SUPPOSEDLY "in the Name of Jesus"?
Who can forget THE EVILS of the Inquisition, with its horrible DEATHS, TORTURE and "forced" conversions, as if Jesus could be FORCED ON anyone?
Who can forget the Holy Word of God locked away in monasteries FOR CENTURIES and INACCESSIBLE to anyone but priests, while millions languished in SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE and DARKNESS and went to hell?
No wonder historians refer to this period as the "DARK Ages"! It was DARK, indeed, since it's the ENTRANCE OF His Word (Jesus) that brings light (Psalm 119:130).
Who can forget rampant Roman Catholic ANTI-Semitism during the Middle Ages? Or the Church's abject SILENCE, turning a blind eye and deaf ear during the horrors of the Holocaust?
But the question becomes: DO WE PENALIZE TODAY'S CATHOLICS for what their ancestors' ancestors' ancestors' ancestors did 500 to 1,600 years ago, AND LET THEM GO TO HELL?
Or, do we witness to them as we would ANY OTHER sinner in need of God's Grace?
Fact is we CANNOT undo "the past".
Roman Catholicism is THE OLDEST Christian denomination dating back some 1,600 years, to around 400 A.D.
Fact is, UNTIL 500 years ago, there was no Christian denomination OTHER THAN Roman Catholicism.
While there has been gross doctrinal error and abuse of power during its long trajectory, there have always been TRUE BELIEVERS in the RCC, even if they were just a small remnant.
Matter of fact, until 500 years ago, EVERY TRUE CHRISTIAN ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH was Roman Catholic.
Those are UNDISPUTED, HISTORIC FACTS.
Today's Catholics, for the most part, are blissfully unaware of their denomination's tortuous history.
They had NO PART OR PARCEL in the evils that were committed (supposedly "in the Name of Jesus") HALF a MILLENNIUM AGO.
This ministry does NOT endorse ANY denomination. These messages, therefore, are NOT an endorsement of Roman Catholicism, but merely intended to instruct Evangelicals on how to win their Roman Catholic families, friends, and co-workers to Jesus Christ.
NOTE: I said "win them to Christ" NOT "change their denomination".
We can live "in the past", hash and rehash OLD SINS -- CONDEMN today's Catholics for what their great great, great grandfathers' great, great grandfathers did -- to an eternity without Jesus in their hearts.
Or, we can be like Jesus and talk to them -- and ALL OTHER SINNERS -- about the Grace of God and about INVITING our lovely Savior into their hearts.
As I said before, inasmuch as they already believe in, love and worship Jesus, believe that He is God, died for their sins and rose from the dead, most of them ALREADY ARE THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY "THERE".
ALL they are missing is simply RECEIVING Jesus into their hearts.
The choice is clear: live in the past and CONDEMN, or treat them as brothers and SHARE THE BORN-AGAIN EXPERIENCE.
For the record, Jesus said that He DID NOT COME TO CONDEMN, BUT TO SAVE (John 3:17).
I close with the eternal Truth, so beautifully expressed in the Gospel of John 1:12:
"To ALL ("ALL" means "ALL", including Catholics) who RECEIVED Him, to them gave He power TO BECOME THE SONS OF God".
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012
SALVATION OF CATHOLICS - PART 2
Being Catholic DOESN'T send ANYONE to hell.
Not having Jesus LIVING IN one's heart, DOES (1 John 5:12).
Mistake NUMBER TWO that many Evangelicals make is telling Catholics they MUST abandon Catholicism in order to be saved.
THAT is patently FALSE.
A denomination -- unless it denies the fundamentals of the Christian faith and teaches HERESY-- has NO POWER to damn anyone.
Once a person receives Christ into their hearts and is born-again, IT'S NOT YOUR JOB to tell them HOW or WHERE they should worship or WITH WHOM they should congregate.
Newsflash to Evangelicals: THEY DON'T NEED TO attend YOUR CONGREGATION in order to be saved.
So often I see well-meaning Evangelicals with a religiously induced and SCREWED UP set of priorities turn into CONGREGATION RECRUITERS instead of SOUL WINNERS.
What are you MORE INTERESTED in, adding members to your congregation, or getting people saved?
I know many born-again former Roman Catholics who have felt the need to leave that denomination. I've also known some who feel they can do A BETTER JOB of reaching their fellow Catholics FROM WITHIN Catholicism, and have REMAINED Roman Catholics.
The ones in the second group ARE JUST AS SAVED AS the ones in the first group.
It is the Holy Spirit's job -- NOT yours -- TO LEAD THEM TO whatever position in Christ's Body He wants them in.
Even Martin Luther, the leader of the Reformation, from which stem all Evangelical denominations, DID NOT leave Roman Catholicism; he tried to REFORM IT from within. That's HISTORIC FACT.
That the religious hierarchy of the day BOOTED HIM OUT and "excommunicated" him is an entirely different story.
Mistake NUMBER THREE is ATTACKING their religion.
If you start off by calling them "idolaters", criticizing their traditions, or telling them THEY SHOULD "GET RID OF" this or that, you won't get ANYWHERE with them, NOR will you bring them to Jesus.
That's like telling a smoker he must forsake cigarettes BEFORE receiving Christ.
Get your priorities IN ORDER: JESUS FIRST.
ALL ELSE is SECOND.
People receive Jesus -- and Jesus RECEIVES THEM -- JUST AS THEY ARE (John 6:37).
But don't Roman Catholics worship images? Most of them DON'T. They have statues or paintings to REMIND THEM of someone they love, like Mary or their favorite saint, pretty much the way some people keep pictures of their children, grandchildren or parents around.
There are, however, a few who do worship them OUT OF IGNORANCE.
Either way, your mission is to GET JESUS INTO their hearts.
When He enters, it's His mission - NOT YOURS - TO SEPARATE (sanctify) THEM from whatever is wrong or displeasing to Him.
I've often told the story of how my own mother, who had a strong attachment to a picture of Mary, eventually got rid of it ALL BY HERSELF.
I never pressured her, or even asked her, to do so. I merely led her to receive Jesus in her heart and start reading her Bible. The Holy Spirit LED HER, SEVERAL YEARS LATER, in His good time, to do so ENTIRELY ON HER OWN.
Get Jesus in them, and encourage them to study the Scriptures and be spirit-filled. THE REST, I assure you, will take care of itself.
The same way we TRUST Jesus when He enters our hearts, we need to TRUST Him when He enters THEIRS.
He is PERFECTLY CAPABLE of purifying and LEADING His newly acquired possession in the Way He wants.
TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012
SALVATION OF CATHOLICS
The Roman Catholic denomination is the largest Christian denomination in the world, with around ONE BILLION professing members.
As someone raised in Roman Catholicism, I'm well qualified to speak about their Salvation and about the gross mistakes many well-intentioned Evangelicals make in trying to reach them.
Mistake NUMBER ONE is calling them "NON-Christians".
I can't tell you how many times I've heard IGNORANT believers say "I'm not Catholic, I'm Christian", as though Catholics WEREN'T Christian.
Whom do you think Catholics worship, Buddha?
Catholics worship and adore THE SAME JESUS all true Christians worship.
Catholics TODAY (underline "today") adhere to the basic tenets of the Christian faith: the infallibility of Scripture, One God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Deity of Jesus, the Virgin Birth of Christ, the death, bodily Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, Salvation by faith in Him only, and the Second Coming of our Lord.
Catholics, therefore, are ALREADY THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY "THERE".
The ONLY THING many of them are missing is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
I can tell you that, as a Catholic, I loved and adored Jesus, worshipped Jesus, prayed and sang to Jesus. ALL I lacked was INVITING HIM INTO MY HEART.
ALL I needed was someone to tell me that I needed to RECEIVE HIM INTO MY HEART as MY PERSONAL Lord, Savior and God.
Thank God for three Baptist preachers who emphasized, time and again, the need to do JUST THAT.
Thank God they didn't alienate me by attacking what was back then my denomination and just spoke as they would speak TO ANY sinner.
Thank God for His Holy Spirit who TOOK THEIR WORDS AND IMPACTED MY HEART AND MY CONSCIOUSNESS.
When I invited Jesus into my heart, HE CAME IN.
When I invited Jesus to ENTER MY HEART, He SAVED THIS old Roman Catholic.
He will do the same FOR ALL Catholics and FOR ALL sinners who receive Him.
Well, what about all their rituals and traditions?
Well, WHAT about them?
Do you think that lighting a candle, wearing a medal or crucifix, attending Mass, doing the sign of the cross, praying the Rosary, and having pictures or statues of Mary or Jude Thaddeus have the power to damn anyone?
A statue is merely A PIECE OF PLASTIC OR CERAMIC.
Plastic and ceramics don't have power to send ANYONE to hell.
Likewise, pictures are nothing but a piece of paper or cardboard, and medals are nothing but pieces of metal.
Well, WHAT ABOUT THE Second Commandment where God told the children of Israel not to make any graven images?
My answer to that is: MAKE UP YOUR MINDS EVANGELICALS, do we still observe COMMANDMENTS, or are we saved ONLY BY GRACE thru FAITH?
Romans 11:6 makes it crystal clear that we CANNOT be saved by BOTH. It's one OR the other.
Those who receive Jesus into their hearts as Lord, Savior and God ARE SAVED, PERIOD:
I don't care how many pictures of Mary they have, I don't care how many St. Jude statues they have, I don't care how often the pray the Rosary, I don't care how often they attend Mass, I don't care how many times they cross themselves, I don't care how many medals or crucifixes they wear, I don't care how often they've had confession, and I don't care how many candles they light to whatever saints.
JESUS in a person's heart equals Salvation (1 John 5:12).
That's ALL there is to it.
Well, DON'T THEY HAVE TO FORSAKE Roman Catholicism in order to be saved?
NO, THEY DO NOT.
Don't miss Part Two of this message tomorrow (Lord willing).
MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012
I CAN'T STOP SINNING
Really? Tell me something I DON'T know.
Man-invented religion has sold us the FALSE and DAMNABLE idea that, once we come to Christ, we're supposed to live "perfect" lives and NEVER sin AGAIN.
Millions of sinners have become dejected and disillusioned, and altogether GIVEN UP on the Christian faith, because they felt they simply "COULDN'T LIVE UP TO" God's expectations.
NOTHING could be further from the Truth.
Religionists DECEIVE MILLIONS with their pious, self-righteous façade by PRETENDING to live "sinless" lives when, in reality, THEY SIN AS MUCH AS EVERYONE ELSE.
They FILL THE HEARTS of their unsuspecting VICTIMS WITH FEAR that if they don't live and act "perfectly" Jesus will forsake them and they'll lose Salvation.
Never mind that they contradict about 200 Scriptures in the process, HOW CAN THEY LOSE SOMETHING THEY NEVER HAD TO BEGIN WITH?
Religion's NEVER saved a single soul - and NEVER WILL.
While no true child of God sins on purpose, or takes advantage of the Grace of God, the fact is that UNTIL OUR MINDS are RENEWED (made NEW AGAIN) or "born again", WE WILL CONTINUE SINNING.
I'm probably the only preacher that will tell you so, but NO ONE will manifest perfect righteousness this side of the Rapture. It's simply NOT going to happen.
The natural mind will be renewed at the Rapture, when Jesus APPEARS.
When He appears, He will consume the filth that Satan covertly introduced into the human mind, and REPLACE IT WITH HIS INCORRUPTIBLE IMAGE.
From that point forward, BY THE GRACE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, we will sin no more.
What to do meanwhile?
Leave your sin(s) in Jesus' most capable hands, and TRUST HIM.
TRUST that He ALREADY PAID FOR ALL your sins, including the one(s) you just committed or ARE COMMITTING.
Listen to this old sinner saved by His marvelous Grace: THE MORE YOU TRY, IN YOUR HUMAN STRENGTH, NOT TO sin, THE MORE YOU WILL.
The minute you muster all your "will power" and DETERMINE NOT TO commit "that sin" ever again, THAT'S the MINUTE YOUR FLESH (NATURAL, UNREGENERATE MIND) will REVOLT and STRIVE TO ASSERT ITSELF BY MAKING YOU WANT TO COMMIT THAT SIN EVEN MORE.
I give you 48-72 hours TOPS before you capitulate and commit THE VERY SIN you so hate and want to forsake.
It's NO USE trying to stop.
You might as well ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE NO RIGHTEOUSNESS. I mean, ZERO.
The SOONER you realize that Truth, the better off you'll be.
The fact is we have sinful garbage buried in our SUBCONSCIOUS MIND, that we're NOT EVEN AWARE OF, working to produce sin in us.
I know what it's like to keep your mind pure and not have ONE CONSCIOUS sinful thought the whole day, and yet SUDDENLY feel the urge to sin. Why?
...Because your SUBCONSCIOUS is sabotaging your efforts at godliness, WITHOUT YOU EVEN KNOWING.
It takes the Grace (undeserved mercy) of God to save us. It takes that same undeserved mercy of His to KEEP US saved.
Ultra-religious Paul found this out the hard way, and recorded his own struggle with sin in Romans chapter 7 for future generations to realize THE UTTER FUTILITY of trying to live "sinless" lives IN OUR OWN STRENGTH.
"For what I WANT to do I DO NOT do, but WHAT I HATE I DO. And if I do WHAT I DO NOT WANT TO DO... it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. (Romans 7:15-17).
"For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. (Romans 7:19).
Hence, Paul forsook religion - REALIZING ITS TOTAL INEFFECTIVENESS TO PRODUCE RIGHTEOUSNESS - and became THE GREATEST preacher of the Grace of God the world has ever known.
When you TRUST Jesus, when you become TOTALLY CONVINCED and SECURE in the fact that He's got your back, and that His Blood has washed - AND CONTINUES TO -- wash away ALL your sins; when you FORSAKE THE FEAR OF SINNING (or of "losing" your Salvation), sin will become less and less appealing.
It will gradually lose its hold on you and you will sin MUCH LESS.
Take it from someone who's been down that road and faced ALL THOSE STRUGGLES you're facing.
The Day is coming, when Jesus will appear TO ALL OF US and transform our minds and bodies IN AN INSTANT. Then, and only then, will His Perfection FULLY manifest in us.
Until that happens, WE WILL SIN, despite our best efforts to the contrary.
Are you a sinner? Don't walk, RUN TO JESUS, right now.
Here's our Lord's invitation to ALL sinners:
"Come unto me, all you who are WORK-WEARY and HEAVY LADEN, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST" (Matthew 11:28).
Entering into His Rest is CEASING from trying to impress God with your "good works" or lack of "bad works" and RESTING CONFIDENTLY in Jesus' Perfect Work (Hebrews 4:10).
God has FREELY CREDITED Jesus' Perfection TO ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVE JESUS.
We simply CAN'T IMPROVE ON His Perfection.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012
"D" IS FOR DAMASCUS
Some 2,800 years ago Isaiah prophesied the destruction of Damascus:
"...See, Damascus WILL NO LONGER BE A CITY but will become a heap of ruins" (Isaiah 17:1).
Yet Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and the center of a large metropolitan area comprising 2.6 million people.
While the city has been attacked, conquered and damaged several times in history, it has never ceased from being a city, nor has it been entirely turned to rubble.
On-going events in Syria seem to be paving the way for this ancient prophecy to be fulfilled.
So, will it happen?
You can count on it.
Isaiah chapters 13 through 27 correlate extremely well with the Book of Revelation:
We have the Rapture in chapter 13.
We have Satan cast out of heaven for the final time and the resurrection of Antichrist in chapter 14.
...The persecution of Jews in chapters 15 & 16, with them taking refuge in Petra.
...The destruction of Damascus in chapter 17.
The large number of lethal missiles launched from the Euphrates region under the 6th trumpet in chapter 18.
The judgment of Egypt in chapter 19...
...Judgment of Iraq in chapter 20, against Babylon and Saudi Arabia in 21, about Jerusalem in chapter 22, against Lebanon in chapter 23.
We have the devastation of the earth during the tribulation in chapter 24, the deliverance and Salvation of Israel in chapters 25 and 26, and the punishment of Satan in chapter 27.
That the destruction of Damascus takes place during the tribulation is clearly shown in Isaiah 17:4 and 7, for they state:
"In THAT DAY the glory of Jacob (Israel) will fade; the fat of his body will waste away".
"In THAT DAY men will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel".
Considering that there were no chapter divisions in the original text, and assuming Isaiah generally mentions these events in chronological order, the destruction of Damascus would take place around the same time the 6th trumpet in Revelation is blown and the missiles from the Euphrates go off (Revelation 9:13-19).
If by any chance it doesn't happen then, it would happen under the 6th trumpet and 7th bowl described in Revelation 16:17-18 where the largest quake in human history takes place and major cities all over the world, which would include Damascus, are turned to rubble.
The fact Damascus is singled out in Isaiah 17, as well as its location in the Isaiah narrative, leads me to believe the correct scenario is the first, and not the second, but time will tell.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012
EVERY DAY IS SABBATH
According to Genesis chapter 1, when God re-created the earth He did it in 6, 24-hour days. Each of those days ended with the phrase "and the evening and the morning were the (first, second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth) day" (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31).
Then God rested on the 7th day, the Sabbath, and He blessed it and SANCTIFIED IT (set it apart) because on that day He CEASED from ALL His work (Genesis 2:2, 3).
Unlike the previous 6 days, however, the phrase "and the evening and the morning were the 7th day" is CONSPICUOUSLY MISSING.
It simply ISN'T THERE.
Because the Sabbath NEVER ENDS...
Repeat: God's Sabbath of rest NEVER ENDS.
Calm down, Seventh Day Adventists... Lighten up, Armstrongnists, who've made worship OF the weekly Sabbath one of your denomination's FALSE AND HERETICAL DOCTRINES.
The Sabbath IS NOT a 24-hour day.
The Sabbath HAS NEVER BEEN a 24-hour day.
The Sabbath was NEVER even observed as a 24-hour day UNTIL some 2,500 YEARS LATER when God gave Moses the law on Mount Sinai.
That is UNDENIABLE BIBLICAL -- and HISTORIC - FACT (Exodus 20:8-11).
And, even then, Paul makes it crystal clear in Colossians 2:16, 17 that such 24-hour WEEKLY Sabbath given under the Fourth Commandment was but A MERE SHADOW of the TRUE Sabbath who is none other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:10).
God, in fact, RESTED on the Sabbath and has been RESTING ever since, CONFIDENTLY TRUSTING the outcome, in the realm of space-time, of WHAT HE SET IN MOTION some 6,000 years ago (Isaiah 46:10; Revelation 21:6).
The REAL Sabbath is Jesus Christ, God Himself, LIVING IN OUR HEARTS.
Those who HAVE Jesus inside, don't NEED TO observe any 24-hour period of FINITE time, when they have the ETERNAL AND INFINITE GOD LIVING WITHIN...
Those who HAVE Jesus inside, don't NEED TO observe the weekly Sabbath, since THE REAL SABBATH IS ALREADY IN THEIR HEARTS.
Those who KNOW Jesus INTIMATELY DON'T WORK FOR their Salvation.
Those who RECEIVE Jesus into their hearts REST in Him, CONFIDENTLY TRUSTING the outcome, in the realm of space-time, of the Salvation that God set in motion when we were born again from above:
"Come unto me ALL YOU that labor and are heavy laden, and I (NOT some 24-hour day) WILL GIVE YOU REST" (Matthew 11:28).
When Jesus lives in our hearts, EVERY SINGLE DAY is Sabbath.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. But REJOICE, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings that, when His Glory shall be revealed, you may be glad with exceeding joy" [1 Peter 4:12, 13].
First a friendly warning: you won't like this message.
Matter of fact, I don't like it, either. But, nonetheless, it's a message we ALL need to hear.
Sooner or later, EVERYONE who comes to faith in Christ will be tested.
There's NO WAY to avoid that simple fact.
We don't like to talk about it, or even think about it, BUT TESTS WILL COME.
It's a natural and NECESSARY part of Christian growth.
The moment someone gives his or her heart to Jesus, they can COUNT ON being tested, not once, but many, many, MANY times.
Tests usually come unexpectedly. They come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. Tests are NEVER pleasant.
They always involve pain and suffering of some sort.
And don't delude yourselves into thinking that tests will always come from the world, or from circumstances, QUITE OFTEN they'll come from supposed "Christians". From those who PRETEND TO BE our brothers and sisters.
Tests come for the purpose of REFINING US and PERFECTING US.
But their ultimate purpose is to separate the wheat from the chaff, meaning both, separate the "CHAFF" IN US from the "wheat" in us, but also to separate (SANCTIFY) REAL Christians from "in name only" Kristians.
No REAL Christian is exempt.
Every one of Jesus' disciples was tested, not once, but MANY times.
And some of the tests His apostles and prophets endured, frankly, put some of our "tests" to shame.
Show me a great man or woman of God, who's done great things for the Kingdom of God, and I'll show you someone who's been TESTED through and through. Someone who's had THE TAR BEATEN OUT OF THEM until all that's left in them is Christ.
Jesus Himself endured THE GREATEST TEST of all.
But every test has a silver lining.
Once you've endured the tests, you'll come out sparkling like the rarest and finest diamond. You'll be wearing A CROWN OF GLORY on your head (James 1:12).
Tests don't last forever.
The YOU that emerges from the tests DOES.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
THE SAME GOD?
"We will have peace with the Arabs WHEN THEY LOVE their children MORE than they HATE US" (Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir).
Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
They do if you believe a very prominent, compromising Evangelical pastor from California who is all too eager to win over the godless media by PARTNERING WITH MOSQUES in his purported efforts to "heal divisions" between Evangelicals and Muslims.
He has put forth the idea that Muslims and Christians worship the same God and that they share a common "love of God" and "love of neighbor".
Really? I don't see too many Christians committing ACTS OF TERROR.
Don't see too many Christians planting roadside bombs to indiscriminately destroy life and limb.
Don't see too many Christians speaking of Jihad.
Don't see too many Christians trying to blow up aircraft, or firing rockets on a daily basis into Israel.
Don't see too many Christians burning the homes, businesses, or houses of worship of those of other faiths.
Don't see too many Christians raping, torturing, imprisoning, maiming or beheading those of other faiths.
Don't see too many Christians condemning A MAN TO DEATH BY HANGING because he doesn't practice THEIR religion.
By the same token, I don't hear ANY Muslims --including their religious leaders -- PROTESTING the above acts as evil and inhumane, let alone calling for their cessation.
I have, on the other hand, HEARD MANY OF THEM INSTIGATING SUCH EVIL DEEDS.
So much for "love of neighbor"...
Now, let's get down to "love of God"...
The fact Muslims worship ONE god, DOES NOT in any way, shape or form mean that it's the same as the Judeo-Christian God.
The God of the Bible is named Yahweh. And His human Manifestation is called Yeshua.
NOWHERE is He called "Allah".
How THE HELL can they be "the same God"?
The God of the Bible is Jesus, who came to die and redeem His Creation.
Muslims say "god" has NO SON, and view Jesus merely as "a prophet" inferior to Mohammed.
HOW can they be the same God?
Moreover, Muslims claim Jesus DIDN'T DIE on the cross; hence He couldn't rise from the dead either.
HOW, in God's Name, CAN THEY BE THE SAME?
Jesus came to SET US FREE in the truest and most complete sense of the Word (John 8:36).
All Allah's ever done is OPPRESS those who buy THE LIES of his false prophet, Mohammed.
Jesus, the One TRUE God, the God of the Bible, GUARANTEES eternal Life to those who receive Him and place their trust in Him.
Allah can't guarantee his oppressed worshippers anything, since he's neither God, nor DOES he EVEN EXIST.
The pastor in question should busy himself pleasing God, RATHER THAN Muslims or the godless media.
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