June 2012 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Going through some difficult situation lately?
Is life giving you a hard time?
Is it hard to cope with day to day, moment to moment challenges?
Are you facing so many "problems" you don't know which one to tackle first?
Jesus has NO PROBLEMS.
Repeat: Jesus has NO PROBLEMS.
Jesus only has SOLUTIONS.
This isn't the time to TURN AWAY FROM Him.
It's time to RUN TO Him!
ONE word from Him can solve that which is seemingly "unsolvable".
He not only HAS THE SOLUTION.
He IS the solution.
He IS the answer to every situation you face.
Why waste your time and life WORRYING?
Worry has never solved anything.
Seek Him with all your heart.
Bring your "problems" to Him, and watch them DISAPPEAR.
Seek Jesus and listen UNTIL THE ANSWER COMES.
Don't worry about timing either.
His timing is ALWAYS Perfect.
The answer will come at the PERFECT time.
He never promised this life would be a bed of roses (John 16:33).
But He did promise that because He OVERCAME this world, you would, too.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012
Most people have read the story about Melchizedek and Abraham.
He's introduced to us as "King of Salem" [old name for Jerusalem], which means "King of Peace".
We read how Melchizedek is a priest of the Most High God, who brought forth bread and wine, and Abraham gave him tithes of all [Genesis 14:18].
He's mentioned again in Hebrews chapter 7 as being "greater than Abraham", "without father or mother", having "no genealogy", "having an ETERNAL PRIESTHOOD", and "neither beginning nor end of life", also "remaining a priest FOREVER".
Paul also gets into the meaning of His Name [melchi from melek, meaning "king" and tzedek meaning "righteousness"], hence His Name means "King of Righteousness".
Who is this mysterious High Priest who served communion to Abraham and, I would argue, by extension to all of Abraham's seed?
Whom does He sound like?
There's one more detail given about Him in Hebrews 7:3 where it tells us He is "MADE LIKE the Son of God".
The Greek word for "made like" is aphomoiomenos which means "to make A COPY or FACSIMILE of".
Melchizedek was a physical manifestation of the incarnate Christ in the Old Testament.
Theologians refer to such event as a "Christophany".
Don't look so shocked. Another Christophany takes place in Daniel 3:25 when the fourth man in the furnace is described as the "Son of God".
Who knows? There may be one or more manifestations of Christ walking around the earth today, THAT MOST OF US AREN'T EVEN AWARE OF.
Such manifestations of Christ are relatively few in the Bible, but they will become FAR MORE NUMEROUS, for sure.
You can count on it.
Romans 8:29 tells us every born-again Christian is PREDESTINED to CONFORM to the Image of God's son.
This marvelous Truth takes place when our true Self, our true identity in Christ, is REVEALED at the Rapture: When this mortal puts on immortality, and this corruptible puts on incorruption.
Romans 8:19 refers to this glorious event as the "manifestation of the sons of God".
You and I are predestined to become manifestations of the Christ.
We are, after all, His Body.
And Jesus Christ will ALWAYS BE our Head: Far GREATER than the sum of all His Body parts.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012
HAIRS ON YOUR HEAD
"Even THE VERY HAIRS ON YOUR HEAD are all numbered" (Matthew 10:30).
As of today, June 28, 2012, there are 1,793,352 hairs on your head.
What? You don't believe me?
If the above verse DOESN'T prove just how special YOU ARE to our heavenly Father, then nothing does.
Despite our numerous flaws, self-centeredness, and OTHER shortcomings...
Despite our MISBEHAVING...
Despite the lack of ATTENTION to God and His Kingdom within us...
God loves us UNCONDITIONALLY.
He KNOWS EVERYTHING about us, even down to the precise number of hairs on our heads!
And HE LOVES US, ANYWAY!!!
It's estimated that we shed about 40 strands every time we comb or brush our hair.
Imagine appointing a special angel just to keep track of the hairs on your head, from day to day, moment to moment.
"Lucky" angels get to track BALD PEOPLE, which means LESS WORK.
And if you're a member of Hair Club for Men, even angels have given up on you...
O.K., I'm kidding.
Those with challenged follicles need not write...
God doesn't need tracking angels, since He KNOWS EVERYTHING.
But THE POINT IS you are SO SPECIAL to Him - and He LOVES YOU SO MUCH - that He would STOP AT NOTHING to bring you into a close relationship with Himself.
Even if it cost HIS OWN LIFE!!!
Even if it meant SUBJECTING Himself to brutal, evil, MORTAL men.
Even if it meant ALLOWING them to beat Him, slap Him, and SPIT ON Him.
Even if it meant letting them STICK A CLUMP of thorns into His head.
Even if it meant submitting to their INSULTS and MOCKERY...
Even if it meant, having the beard ripped from His face...
Even if it meant, being lashed savagely until the flesh and nerves were exposed.
Even if it meant GOING TO THE CROSS.
Even if it meant HANGING THERE for SIX AGONIZING HOURS, in the blazing sun and gasping for oxygen.
Even if it meant, having A SPEAR thrust into his chest.
Even if it meant experiencing, for the first time, the HORRORS of SEPARATION FROM God the Father.
Even if it meant SPENDING three whole days and nights IN HELL ITSELF.
Jesus (God) DID ALL THAT... FOR YOU.
JUST FOR YOU.
And ALL He wants from you IN EXCHANGE is YOUR HEART.
Won't you give Him YOUR HEART today?
You are SO SPECIAL to Jesus.
Is He SPECIAL to you?
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012
TOLERATION AND FORGIVENESS
Christians and non-Christians alike seem to get these two terms confused.
Forgiveness means "to pardon or excuse for a fault or offense"; "to renounce anger or resentment against".
Toleration means "to ALLOW something one does not approve or agree with".
Clearly, the TWO are VERY DIFFERENT.
Because we reserve the right to BLOCK unwanted emails, we are sometimes called "unforgiving" or accused of "holding a grudge".
Those who do either:
A. Are not too smart, if they think we have nothing better to do than sit here fuming about someone WE DON'T EVEN KNOW.
B. Are too full of themselves: How can I possibly hold a grudge against someone I DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT?
C. Need to get a life. Or,
D. Some combination of the above.
One can be TOTALLY FORGIVING and yet NOT tolerate certain things.
Again: one can be TOTALLY FORGIVING and NOT TOLERATE certain things.
We can, by the Grace of God, COMPLETELY FORGIVE people who have hurt us.
The fact WE HAVE forgiven them, does not necessarily mean WE WANT THEM AROUND.
And toleration, by the way, is NOT always good.
In fact, very often IT IS NOT.
You may TOTALLY FORGIVE someone who stole something from you, but would you want THE THIEF near you so he could steal AGAIN?
Should we tolerate heretics expressing their views, CONFUSING and leading COUNTLESS THOUSANDS to hell?
Dear God, they ALREADY HAVE 90% of the internet!
Should we ALSO GIVE THEM the remaining 10%?
Should we tolerate some ungrateful, immature jerk who's corresponded with us over time, asked a dozen or more questions we've answered thoughtfully, courteously, AND BIBLICALLY, and then, out of the blue, decides TO ATTACK OR INSULT us?
We'll FORGIVE the jerk.
We'll PRAY FOR the jerk.
But we WON'T TOLERATE him or her.
Should we tolerate dishonest religionists who turn a blind eye and ear to scriptural Truth, and are only interested in pushing THEIR unscriptural agenda, to eat up our time and clutter our mailbox, when there are HUNDREDS of people IN NEED OF SALVATION, searching and hurting?
Should we tolerate boastful know-it-alls ONLY INTERESTED in singing their own praises and bragging about "HOW MUCH" THEY KNOW?
Should we allow some LIAR to assault our mailbox, or some blabbermouth who doesn't know WHEN TO SHUT UP, to monopolize our attention with their unrelenting "wisdom"?
I think not.
I'm just as human as the next person.
Sure, I don't suffer fools gladly and I can get angry at a given moment, but I DON'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO "hold a grudge".
Just because we block someone doesn't mean we haven't forgiven them.
ALL IT MEANS IS we won't put up with their crap.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012
IF JESUS WANTED
If Jesus is God, why doesn't He SIMPLY APPEAR SO EVERYONE CAN SEE Him?
Why NOT JUST SHOW HIMSELF, raised from the dead, perform some miracles, AND CONVINCE EVERYONE?
Couldn't He do that if HE WANTED TO?
Wouldn't THAT be the simple way of ENDING political, religious and ethnic divisions?
Wouldn't THAT bring "peace on earth", END violence and UNIFY the world under His FORCED leadership?
NO, IT WOULDN'T.
His written Word says IT WOULDN'T.
Jesus Himself said IT WOULDN'T:
"He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, SO THAT THEY WILL NOT ALSO COME TO THIS PLACE OF TORMENT.'
Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
‘No, father Abraham,' he said, ‘but IF SOMEONE FROM THE DEAD GOES TO THEM, THEY WILL REPENT.'
"He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, THEY WILL NOT BE CONVINCED EVEN IF SOMEONE RISES FROM THE DEAD'" (Luke 16:27-31).
What BETTER PROOF that Jesus' words are true than the account we have in Revelation?
Luke 21:27 plainly says Jesus will APPEAR IN His glory FOR ALL TO SEE, within a generation of biblical Jerusalem returning to the Jews.
Revelation 1:7 again, tells us that EVERY EYE shall see Him.
Revelation 6:16 AGAIN says that when He appears in the clouds to take His Church Home, THEY WILL HIDE FROM HIS FACE.
So, it's clear that EVERYONE ON EARTH, at that point, WILL SEE His Face and see HIM risen and APPEARING IN POWER AND GREAT GLORY.
Will they then REPENT?
Will they fall on their faces and cry out to Jesus for mercy?
Will they acknowledge their own rebellion and wickedness and say "Lord, HOW BLIND and WRONG we've been! You've PROVEN to us, BEYOND ALL DOUBT, that you EXIST and that you ARE God. Please forgive us! We RECEIVE YOU as Lord"?
The Bible says they'll RUN AND HIDE from Him.
It says they'll prefer that the rocks and mountains FALL ON THEM, crush them, and bury them alive, than turn to Him (Revelation 12:15-17).
Chapter 9, verse 27 says that EVEN AFTER horrible judgments have fallen on non-believers, such as ONE THIRD OF THE EARTH CONSUMED BY FIRE, ONE THIRD OF VEGETATION AND MARINE LIFE DESTROYED, ONE-THIRD OF DRINKING WATER CONTAMINATED, ONE-THIRD OF DAYLIGHT BEING DARKENED, ONE-THIRD OF MANKIND DIES AND MILLIONS OF DEMONS COME OUT OF THE ABYSS TO STING and TORMENT THEM FOR 5 MONTHS...
THEY STILL REFUSE TO REPENT and acknowledge Jesus as Lord and God.
And Revelation 20:5-9 tell us that, EVEN AFTER living 1,000 years under Jesus' Utopian rule, certain people WILL STILL REBEL AGAINST HIM and CHOOSE Satan, in the FINAL war of all time, known as Gog and Magog.
So much for THAT false theory...
So much for THAT FALSE "EXCUSE" for NOT receiving Jesus...
The day will soon come when Jesus APPEARS in the clouds, resurrected, in POWER AND GREAT GLORY, FOR EVERYONE TO SEE.
Even then, when His Deity is UNDENIABLE, most people left on earth will REJECT HIM and seek "another god".
That's when God will allow Satan to provide them JUST what their wicked hearts want: the risen Antichrist.
The greatest military genius in history, who never lost a battle, RISEN FROM THE DEAD and CLAIMING that he can defeat Jesus, PREVENT His return and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
And what will the reaction of unbelievers be?
Bring him on!
They'll WELCOME the Antichrist and GIVE HIM and his father Satan, THE WORSHIP they steadfastly DENIED Jesus (Revelation 13:4).
Yes, Jesus IS God.
Yes, Jesus can do WHATEVER HE WANTS...
Yes, He can appear at will.
But these passages PROVE UNEQUIVOCALLY that, EVEN IF HE DID, those who've chosen to reject Him, STILL WILL.
Jesus gave humans FREE WILL.
He WON'T FORCE Himself on ANYONE.
Thus, receiving Him into our hearts as Lord, Savior and God MUST BE VOLUNTARY.
That's why Salvation is strictly by Grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8,9).
It is OUR CHOICE, and OURS ALONE.
And humans will exercise their POWER TO CHOOSE, their God-given free will, TO THE VERY END.
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012
ARE YOU "FULL" OF IT?
There are Kristians and there are Christians.
While both claim to be believers in Jesus, the similarities END there.
What ALL true Christians have in common is they have a spiritual connection with Jesus Christ, and are saved.
All true Christians have God's Spirit IN them [Romans 8:9].
There are various degrees of commitment to Christ, closeness to Christ, and fullness of Christ.
While it's Jesus who, by His grace, draws us to Himself, the response is mostly our choice.
We can have as much, or as little, of Jesus as we WANT.
We can have as much, or as little, of His Spirit, as we WANT.
We can MANIFEST as much, or as little, of Him as we want.
I got a piece of advice for you today:
When you find Someone THIS GOOD, don't go halfway.
Go ALL the Way.
Jesus is calling you to Himself. How will you respond?
Does thinking about Him once a week do it for you?
Does He get your attention only when you have a little time "on the side"?
Are you satisfied with "just" a little Jesus, or do you want more?
Do you barely have His Spirit in you, or are you FULL of Him?
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012
FROM RIVER TO RIVER
"On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt (the Nile) to the great river, the Euphrates - the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites" (Genesis 15:18-21).
God made a covenant with Abraham that to his descendants He would give certain territory in the Middle East.
He later CONFIRMED that covenant with Abraham's son Isaac, and with Abraham's grandson, Jacob a/k/a Israel (Genesis 17:19; 26:3-4; 35:9-12).
Ishmael was SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDED (Genesis 17:19-21).
God was very specific about the boundaries of that territory.
It is MUCH LARGER THAN the present State of Israel.
So, it's rather ironic -- and rebellious -- when some out-of-control superpower wants to FORCE ISRAEL to cede EVEN MORE land to the Palestinians, when God said they would have FAR MORE than they presently possess.
Eretz Israel, a/k/a the Promised Land, will cover the territory from the Euphrates on the northeast, to the Nile on the southwest.
It will include territory presently occupied by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and several other nations in the Middle East.
This is the territory that Israel will possess during the Millennium.
And I have a brief word of warning for Israel's neighbors:
They better start warming up to the idea because THE Covenant between God, Abraham and Abraham's Seed is ETERNAL (Genesis 17:7,19).
Which means it can NEVER be revoked.
It CANNOT be changed.
God gave His Word.
He SWORE by Himself, since there is NONE HIGHER (Genesis 22:16-18).
Therefore - LIKE IT OR NOT - Israel will have THAT ENTIRE TERRITORY.
And there's NOTHING they can do about it.
There won't be any terrorism during that peaceful period.
There won't be any suicide bombers.
No roadside bombs, no rocket launches, and NO JIHAD.
There won't be any mosques, and NO ONE will even REMEMBER that FALSE, non-existent "deity" named Allah.
That lying pedophile named Mohammed will long be forgotten.
So, those who WANT TO live in that land during the Millennium better do ONE THING:
Invite the Jewish Messiah into their hearts and RECEIVE Him, Jesus Christ, as ONLY Lord, Savior and God.
Those who DO, become part of the Commonwealth of Israel, and will get to live in the blessed Land of Promise (Ephesians 2:12).
Those who DON'T, will get NOTHING.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012
RAPTURE GAMES - PART TWO
"Watch therefore, for YOU DON'T KNOW the day nor the hour in which the Son of man comes" (Matthew 25:13).
"We have also A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY; to which you do well that you take heed, as unto A LIGHT THAT SHINES IN A DARK PLACE, UNTIL the day dawn, and the day star ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS" (2 Peter 1:19).
Jesus pointedly said that EVEN HE did NOT know, THE day when the Rapture would happen.
That ONLY the Father knows (Matthew 24:36).
So, unless we want to pass ourselves off as "God the Father" we have NO BUSINESS pointing to a SPECIFIC DAY.
While it's inevitable to have thoughts and opinions about it, those should be kept PRIVATE.
We CAN, however, point to a GENERAL time BASED ON the information which Jesus Himself made available to us in the Scriptures.
He did give His followers certain signs that would point to the GENERAL time of His reappearing in Matthew 24:4-8.
He did give us two important timelines: one for His Second Coming in Daniel 9:25, and one for the Rapture in Luke 21:24-36.
If the above Scriptures are true, then WE ARE - without question -- in that GENERAL period of time.
He also gave us in Matthew 24:29, Joel 2:32, Revelation 6:12, and other Scriptures, THE SIGNS that would IMMEDIATELY PRECEDE that momentous event.
Up until THE MOMENT we see THOSE SIGNS which we've discussed countless times (great tremor of land, sea and sky, sun turning black, moon blood-red, falling stars, sky split and rolling up like a scroll... AFTER WHICH Jesus will appear in His glory FOR ALL TO SEE), we WON'T KNOW THE PRECISE day.
He did say in Luke 21:28 "when these things BEGIN TO happen, look up and lift up your heads, for your Redemption draws near".
Thank God He DIDN'T say when "they've been happening for a while", but "when THEY BEGIN TO" happen...
As yet, they HAVE NOT BEGUN TO happen...
Consequently, as of today, NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY.
I freely admit that I DON'T KNOW THE day.
I have stated repeatedly in the past that - while I do know based on His Word that it MUST BE very near -- I DON'T KNOW THE day.
And, hypothetically speaking, even if the Holy Spirit had FAVORED ME with such knowledge, I'd keep it to myself.
It would remain between Jesus and me.
I'd discuss it with ONLY ONE PERSON: Jesus.
If nothing else, out of RESPECT FOR His Word.
We can teach prophecy BASED ON His WRITTEN Word, and guided by His Holy Spirit.
We are not AUTHORIZED, ANYWHERE IN Scripture, to SPECULATE.
We are NOT AUTHORIZED to spread SPECULATION to others, at least, NOT without clearly labeling it as such.
We are not AUTHORIZED, ANYWHERE IN Scripture, to play silly "guess THE DAY" games.
We're not AUTHORIZED anywhere in Scripture to tell others to "WATCH FOR" a certain SPECIFIC DAY.
Jesus said we are to WATCH for Him ALL THE TIME (Matthew 24:42-44; Mark 13:33-37; Luke 12:35-40).
That He would appear when we "THINK NOT".
It's ONLY NATURAL that we should be desirous TO KNOW WHEN.
I want to know as much as ANYONE. Better yet, I want it TO JUST HAPPEN.
I WANT TO see my Jesus.
I WANT TO BE WITH my Jesus, without any barriers, real or perceived.
I LONG FOR His Appearing with EVERY FIBER IN MY BEING.
Which is WHY - even if I knew THE day - I DO NOT - but EVEN IF I did, I would keep it secret, and NOT DISCUSS IT WITH ANYONE BUT JESUS.
Technically, the Rapture COULD take place on any given day, at any given moment.
But the moment we DESIGNATE ONE day in particular, we're virtually DISQUALIFYING that particular day from being THE ONE.
If it happened on THE DAY we told everyone else, it would make Jesus A LIAR.
Either He was lying, OR WE ARE.
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012
If you like to play games, there's no better place than cyberspace:
You can do so without changing location, without moving anything but your fingers, from the comfort of home or office, from your computer or IPad, you can even do so ANONYMOUSLY, so NO ONE ELSE will know WHO YOU REALLY ARE and what you're up to.
The same is true if you like to play Rapture games.
And there are THOUSANDS - if not MILLIONS - of silly Christians who do just that.
Despite Jesus' EXPRESS STATEMENT that NO ONE, not even Himself, KNOWS THE DAY (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32-33; Luke 12:40), they ARE DETERMINED to be "THE ONE" who comes up with "THE RIGHT DAY" for the Rapture, IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF SCRIPTURE, and DIRECT DISOBEDIENCE to Him they call "Lord" and "Master".
So, they go to one or several of the STUPID religious forums which abound on the internet, UNDER A FICTITIOUS NAME, so that WHEN THEIR GUESSES FAIL, they can "save face", shun all responsibility, and keep on doing it under ANOTHER FICTITIOUS NAME...
And they'll come up with ALL SORTS OF "CUTE" SCHEMES for GUESSING THE day.
Every IDIOTIC NOTION you can imagine, and then some:
Jewish weddings, supposed planetary alignments, Jewish Feasts, agricultural cycles, Bible codes, moronic calculations which they don't even understand, dreams, alleged visions or special revelations, complex mathematical formulae, some imaginary comet hitting the earth, lunar eclipses, the Zodiac, or even some verse of Scripture taken OUT OF context.
They can fool EACH OTHER. They can fool THEMSELVES, but they're NOT fooling GOD for one millisecond.
He knows EXACTLY WHO they are, and WHERE THEY LIVE -- I don't care what fictitious name they post under.
He ALSO KNOWS what is in their rebellious, self-serving and GLORY-SEEKING hearts.
ALL these fools are doing is seeking SELF-AGGRANDIZEMENT.
They're NOT preaching the Gospel.
They're NOT reaching the lost.
They're NOT HELPING ANYONE, not even themselves.
All they're doing is DISCREDITING the Bible, CONFUSING their already CONFUSED boneheaded cronies, and making God look like a fool in the sight of any unbeliever who, perchance, might stumble upon one of those moronic mediums.
Despite Jesus' Self-humbling statement that EVEN HE DID NOT KNOW,they want to be "BIGGER THAN JESUS" and BASK IN THE "GLORY" OF BEING "THE ONE" WHO GUESSED the "RIGHT DAY" AND FIGURED IT ALL OUT.
I got news for you: THE SERVANT is NOT GREATER THAN his Master (Matthew 10:24; John 13:16; 15:20).
If God knows how to do ANYTHING, He knows HOW to put REBELLIOUS CHILDREN in their place.
NO FLESH - and such GUESSING GAMES are NOTHING BUT flesh - will glory in His Presence (1 Corinthians 1:29).
It is CHILDISH, CARNAL, DISOBEDIENT and downright DISRESPECTFUL to the Word of God -- both the Living Word (Jesus) and the written Word -- to do so.
I can't find A SINGLE PASSAGE IN Scripture that instructs believers TO SPECULATE and TRY TO GUESS WHEN the Rapture will take place, let alone try to pin down the PRECISE DAY, which Jesus SPECIFICALLY SAID NO ONE knows.
SPECULATION EQUALS NOT KNOWING.
Last time I checked, NO ONE means "NO ONE"!!!
WHEN YOU SPECULATE, you're actually PROVING that YOU DON'T KNOW.
Which means, hypothetically speaking, that EVEN IF - by some REMOTE chance - you HAPPENED TO GUESS the correct day, it would be JUST THAT: A "LUCKY" guess: NOTHING MORE.
It would NOT be evidence that you have more knowledge than anyone else.
If you REALLY KNEW, you wouldn't speculate.
If you REALLY KNEW, you'd be able to tell us, point-blank, WITH TOTAL ASSURANCE:
"The Rapture will happen on (EXACT DATE)".
We all know what has happened to those who have had the PRESUMPTION and ARROGANCE to give a specific date PUBLICLY.
We all know what has happened to the foolish Christians - WHO DISOBEY JESUS AND THE BIBLE - and have BLINDLY FOLLOWED some religious buffoon making such prognostication, sold their homes, quit their jobs in the midst of recession, gotten rid of all their possessions, and donated all their money to the egomaniac.
Jesus said He would show up at a time when"WE THINK NOT" (Luke 12:40).
So, do EVERYONE A BIG FAVOR:
If you THINK you know THE day of the Rapture, KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!!!
JUNE 21, 2012
NOTHING TO LOSE
I have never understood why some people are so hesitant to receive Jesus.
WHAT, in heaven's name, do they stand to lose?
No way. Matter of fact, you haven't EXPERIENCED true Freedom until you've been set free by The Truth and His Spirit comes to live in you [John 8:32; 2 Corinthians 3:17].
Prosperity? They CAN be prosperous and love Jesus.
They SHOULDN'T, however, get that prosperity by telling others the lie that unless they give them their hard-earned money, God won't bless them.
SIN? Aaaah! You'll lose your sins for sure.
Jesus will WASH THEM AWAY, and leave you SPOTLESS (Revelation 7:14).
So, what are YOU afraid to lose?
All it costs is YOUR HEART.
Give your sins -- and YOUR HEART -- to Jesus.
In exchange, He will give you His Holy Heart, Righteousness and Eternal Life.
You got NOTHING to lose, and EVERYTHING to gain.
It's THE BEST deal in the entire world, bar none.
WHAT, in heaven's name, ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012
AT THE APPOINTED TIME
The Word of God never ceases to amaze me.
No matter how many times I read it, no matter how much I study it, there's ALWAYS SOMETHING I hadn't seen before.
Jesus, you're truly AMAZING.
The Holy Spirit recently hit me with these "revelations" found in Daniel 11:28-30:
"Then shall he return into his land with great riches; but his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall work his will, and return to his own land.
At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but the latter coming shall not be like the former.
For the ships of Kittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and rage against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and show favor toward them that forsake the holy covenant".
Allow me to paraphrase:
"Then shall he (Alexander) return (veyashuv) into his land (Greece) with great riches; but his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall work his will, and return (veshav) to his own land.
At the appointed time (on a Hebrew Feast) he shall return (yashuv), and come (uva) toward the south; but the latter (coming) shall not be like the former.
For the ships of Kittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return (veshav), and rage against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return(veshav), and show favor toward them that forsake the holy covenant". **
** The Hebrew words indicated above are all variations of the same Hebrew root "shuv" which means to "return".
In what is probably the most redundant passage in the Bible - if not in all literature - God tells us REPEATEDLY that "he" (Alexander) will return at the "time of the end".
Daniel chapter 11 begins with Alexander, then goes into the two major dynasties which emerged from his kingdom, the "king of the south" (Egypt) and the "king of the north" (Syria, and later, Syria-Turkey), all the way to evil Antiochus Epiphanes, who set up the first abomination of desolation.
The designations "king of the south" and "king of the north" are used repeatedly up to verse 27, then suddenly, from verse 28 forward, it simply refers to "he" (Alexander, the future Antichrist, THE FIRST king of the Greek dynasty whom all the others succeeded).
In just THREE verses, God tells us 6 times that "he" (Alexander) will return.
But what really jumped out at me this time is that he will return (from the bottomless pit) WITH GREAT RICHES.
WHERE he gets those riches, we're not told.
If you think the current economic crisis facing his native Greece is mere coincidence, think again.
And, when he reappears, it will be much worse because, by then, the tribulation will be underway and, not just Greece and Spain, but THE ENTIRE WORLD, will be steeped in political and economic chaos.
How will he gain control over a world DEVASTATED by war and judgments?
He will have the riches, the leadership skills, the military prowess, the fame, the legendary reputation, and - like Jesus - be resurrected.
Not to mention that he will be imbued with the deceptive power of his father Satan (Revelation 13:2).
All of which make for a lethal combination, which 2 Thessalonians 2:11 terms as "STRONG DELUSION".
The other thing that seemed to jump off the page is that he will return AT THE APPOINTED TIME (lamoed).
"Appointed times" (moedim), in the biblical context, are the Feasts appointed by God Himself to the Israelites.
They are listed in Leviticus chapter 23: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
All the times I've read that chapter and I hadn't caught those details before!
Just goes to show that UNLESS the very Spirit who inspired that Word reveals it and quickens it in our spirits, we miss A GREAT DEAL OF what was intended.
So, we know that Alexander will emerge from the pit, resurrected from the dead, ON ONE OF THOSE FEASTS.
No wonder God said that, if it were possible, he would deceive THE VERY ELECT (Israelites).
Which Feast might it be?
If the "redundant" word return (shuv) is any indication - this word means "return" in the broadest sense, whether it's returning to a specific location, or returning to God in repentance - the season of "return" or "repentance" runs for 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul to Yom Kippur.
Since we now know his reappearance happens on a moed (God-appointed Feast), it must be either on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur.
Which of the two will it be? It's a tough call.
We know he is defeated by Jesus at Armageddon on Rosh.
However, his final sentencing and sending into the lake of fire may (underline "may") take place on Rosh, immediately after his defeat, or 10 days later on Yom, when everyone's fate is sealed.
I haven't found a definitive Scripture that specifies which one.
Either way, it shows WHAT PERFECTIONIST God is, when He sends him to the lake on the same day he emerges from hell, just 4 years later.
If this is correct, and frankly, I do not see HOW it couldn't be since God doesn't just throw words around and there are no "coincidences" with Him, it also indicates that Alex reappears about 7 months PRIOR TO the beginning of his 3½ year reign.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, saints:
Watch for His APPEARING.
It's only AFTER our Lord and God reappears and takes us to heaven, that His nemesis reappears to bring hell on earth.
TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012
7-YEAR PEACE TREATY
I recently googled this term and, much to my dismay, found 3,820,000 (that's close to FOUR MILLION!!!) entries, and over 560 YouTube videos, which present AS FACT something THE BIBLE DOESN'T EVEN MENTION.
Yet here are some of the intros on its top-rated websites:
1. "SINCE THE RAPTURE OCCURS BEFORE THE FUTURE 7 YR TREATY IS SIGNED"
2. "The Tribulation begins when Antichrist signs or renews a 7 year peace treaty with Israel".
3. "2011 Antichrist revealed, 7 years peace covenant between Israel and the Arabs".
There isn't and WON'T BE any "peace treaty" between Israel and the Arabs, since it's not mentioned ANYWHERE in Scripture.
This is PURE FABRICATION NOT FOUND IN (and therefore, NOT FOUNDED ON) the Bible.
4. "The Bible is clear that in the last generation just before Christ's return, a Peace Treaty of 7 years will be signed to quell hostilities in the region of Israel".
The Bible ISN'T "clear" -- OR EVEN FUZZY -- about ANY such thing.
5. "Considering THE PROPHETS prophesied a 7-year peace treaty that would be a time of false peace leading the world into the war of Gog & Magog in the Middle East"
This person uses "prophets" (plural) as in MORE THAN ONE: What prophets?
God's prophets NEVER said such thing.
6. "The Antichrist's 7 year peace treaty with Israel"
There's NO SUCH THING.
7. "I recall somewhere in the bible saying the false prophet/Anti-Christ will bring about or sign a 7yr peace treaty which will be "false peace".
This person's "recollection" is faulty: the Bible says NO SUCH THING... ANYWHERE!!!
8. "Might 'many' in the church, and 'many' in national Israel abandon the faith and sign the 7 year covenant of Dan. 9:27? This treaty with a global peacemaker"...
That's sheer UNBIBLICAL IDIOCY. The Church (thank God) won't even BE HERE when Antichrist shows up.
The Church won't sign anything with Antichrist, Israel won't sign anything with Antichrist, and Antichrist won't sign ANYTHING with Israel.
9. Last but not least, I would be remiss if I DIDN'T include a SENSATIONALIST video, from that "great bastion of truth" named YouTube, entitled"Netanyahu to sign 7 year peace treaty!!!"
I read numerous Israeli news sources every single day and I can assure you Netanyahu IS NOT ABOUT TO sign ANY such "treaty".
This MYTH about a FALSE, INVENTED "7-year Peace Treaty" has been thoroughly DEBUNKED on our website for nearly a decade (see Myth #8 on our Home page).
So, WHY EVEN BOTHER to mention this?
Because I can envision a time when, those left behind, who ARE going through the horrors of the tribulation, who read or heard STUPID Christians teach that STUPID LIE, will say "Alexander CAN'T POSSIBLY BE the Antichrist because HE DIDN'T SIGN a 7-year peace treaty with Israel", and thus take his mark and be ETERNALLY DAMNED.
That's WHY God warned about adding or subtracting from His prophetic Word, because WHAT WE SAY AND TEACH HAS CONSEQUENCES, both now and AFTER we're gone.
The word "covenant" (NOT "treaty") is mentioned SIX times in the Book of Daniel.
IN ALL SIX IT REFERS to God's eternal Covenant with Abraham and his seed (Daniel 9:4; 27; 11:28;30; 32).
NOT ONCE does it refer to Antichrist signing or making a "7-year peace treaty" WITH ANYONE.
Throughout Scripture, "the covenant" or "the holy covenant" refers to the ETERNAL covenant God made with Abraham and His Seed (Genesis 12:3; 15:18; 17:2-8; 18:18; 22:16-18 Exodus 2:24; Leviticus 26:42; Deuteronomy 29:13; 2 Kings; 1 Chronicles 16:16; 13:23; Psalm 105:9; Luke 1:73; Acts 3:25; Galatians 3:16,17; Hebrews 6:13).
His Seed is Jesus (Galatians 3:16) and, by extension, those of us who are IN Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:29).
Daniel 11:28, 30, 32 all say that Antichrist's HEART SHALL BE AGAINST (ANTI) THAT HOLY COVENANT.
NOWHERE does it say Antichrist will MAKE a covenant.
NOWHERE does it say he will SIGN anything.
Daniel 9:27 DOESN'T say that, has NEVER said that, and WILL NEVER say that.
MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
TOO MANY "TEACHERS"
"Not many of you SHOULD PRESUME TO BE teachers, my brothers, because you know that WE WHO TEACH WILL RECEIVE GREATER CONDEMNATION" (James 3:1).
PRESUMPTION is not only widespread, but OUT OF CONTROL, in the Body of Christ.
This is particularly true in the area of Bible prophecy.
Because approximately 20% of Bible prophecy hasn't yet happened, thus still lies in our future, it presents the IDEAL turf for morons, speculators, opportunists and egomaniacs - or some combination thereof - to try their hand at prognosticating.
I deal with it EVERY DAY of my life:
Some TV show, website or video from someone who PRESUMES to know a lot about the Bible and Bible prophecy when, in fact, they know little or nothing.
Who presents AS BIBLICAL FACT, something the Bible DOES NOT EVEN SAY.
I don't care how many doctoral degrees they got after their name: those who CONTRADICT the Word of God, CONTRADICT GOD, which makes them LIARS.
Some idiot with a "superiority complex", seeking to EXALT HIMSELF, who interprets our openness to communicate as license to "lecture us" with their "infallible wisdom"; I got TWO WORDS for the puffed up creep:
And, for the record, and by the Grace of God, THE ONLY ONE this ministry has ever exalted, and WILL EVER EXALT, is Jesus.
So those looking for SELF-AGGRANDIZEMENT have come to THE WRONG PLACE.
And, trust me, whoever you are, and however many degrees you got, I can cut you down to size in TWO SECONDS flat.
There are religious nincompoops who can't even keep their own confused thoughts or stories straight and WANT TO IMPOSE their mangled MANURE on us.
Bible prophecy is SERIOUS - and consequential - ministry. It's NOT for amateurs.
Or some liar bragging about some alleged vision, or "private rapture", where Jesus spoke to him and gave him (or her) THE "correct meaning" of certain prophetic passages, that he/she - and ONLY he/she -is privy to.
Well, don't you believe that Jesus can appear to a person or that they can have a private rapture?
What you'll NEVER get me to believe - even if you claim 50 raptures and A THOUSAND "special visitations" -- is that Jesus CONTRADICTS HIMSELF.
If He did, He'd be A LIAR (perish the VERY thought) as are SOME who are reading this message right now.
Jesus is God's Word Incarnate.
Jesus NEVER, EVER contradicts Himself.
He, THE WORD, both the Incarnate Word and the written Word, is/are FOREVER SETTLED IN HEAVEN (Psalm 119:89).
Those who add, subtract, or CHANGE His Word ARE LIARS.
Can't say it any clearer.
To put it in politically incorrect terms (no offense to Native Americans): we have TOO MANY "Chiefs" and TOO FEW "Indians".
The Greek word for "condemnation" in James 3:1 (quoted above) is actually krima from which we get the English word "crime".
Those who present unscriptural SPECULATION as FACT, those who PRESUME to be experts when they know nothing, who CONFUSE His sheep and IRRESPONSIBLY lead them ASTRAY, will be charged before God's court with committing A GREATER CRIME.
Teaching is a ministry office for which ONLY God can ordain (Ephesians 4:11).
TRUE Bible and/or Bible prophecy teachers are both CALLED and APPOINTED DIRECTLY BY God (1 Corinthians 12:28).
When they are, their ministry and their teaching speak for themselves.
While NONE of us are infallible, those who are called by God are right THE VAST MAJORITY OF the time.
There's NO SUCH THING as self-appointed teachers in the Body of Christ.
At least, no such thing WITH ANY SPIRITUAL VALIDITY...
I hate to burst some of your narcissistic and religious bubbles (actually, I ENJOY IT), but MINISTERIAL LEGITIMACY - at least in God's eyes - is not granted by MAN-INVENTED denominations, INCLUDING so-called Bible Colleges or seminaries, either.
And God's eyes ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT COUNT.
Those who teach WITHOUT God's authority, lack ANY legitimacy:
If Jesus HASN'T called you CLEARLY, DIRECTLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY into the ministry, especially the teaching ministry, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS appointing yourself.
PERIOD. END OF THE STORY.
SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2017
FAITH AND POLITICS
There's NO WAY ON EARTH that I could bring myself to vote for Mitt Romney.
While I'm still somewhat hopeful that we won't be here for the 2012 presidential elections, if it came down to a choice between Romney and Obama, I simply would NOT VOTE.
And if someone held a gun to my head, I might cave in and vote for the President.
That's right. I know that's NOT what most of you want to hear. I don't like it either, and I'm less than thrilled with the choice.
However, it's frankly appalling to see the number of Evangelicals who are endorsing, promoting, VOTING FOR, and selling out their loyalty to a son of Satan.
And THAT'S exactly what Romney is.
"Oh, but you're wrong! Sure, he's a Mormon, but he's a very decent person, with high morals and sterilized-clean lifestyle".
I'm not impressed by OUTWARD behavior and neither is God (1 Samuel 16:7).
God's impressed, favorably or unfavorably, by what goes on INSIDE, not by OUTER APPEARANCE.
He's impressed by WHO LIVES IN OUR HEARTS.
And UNLESS He Himself lives there, He's NOT THE LEAST BIT IMPRESSED.
No fair-minded person would deny that most Mormons OUTWARDLY live clean lives:
They all look SQUEAKY clean, like they JUST GOT a haircut: no beards, no earrings, no tattoos, NO LONG HAIR.
They don't indulge in alcohol, smoking or even drink caffeine.
They all marry VERY young so as not to fall into fornication.
Except for some fringe sects of Mormonism that still practice polygamy, MOST men are faithful to their wives and vice versa.
What's wrong with any of that? NOTHING.
Except they're Exhibit A of what Paul described as "having AN APPEARANCE OF godliness but denying THE POWER thereof" (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Galatians 1:8).
God's Word distinctly says we are to "STAY AWAY FROM such people and HAVE NOTHING to do with them".
Having NOTHING to do with them, obviously, would include NOT VOTING for them (2 Timothy 3:5).
It's the LACK OF JESUS INSIDE that makes them unacceptable.
It's the fact they deny the Deity of Jesus that makes them unacceptable.
It's the fact they deny the absolute authority of the Bible, and the basic tenets of the Christian faith.
It's the fact they ADD THREE BOOKS which often OVERRIDE and CONTRADICT the Bible.
I wouldn't vote for someone who denies my Jesus is God, FOR ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD!
EVEN IF he could magically fix the economy! And that's a HUGE "if".
EVEN IF the candidate's political views lined up 100% with my own.
For the record, they DO NOT. But even IF they did, I still wouldn't vote for that UNREGENERATE, say anything in order to get elected, flip flopping, cult member who demotes Jesus and calls Satan His "spirit brother".
The TRAGIC thing is that most Evangelicals CAN NO LONGER DISTINGUISH BETWEEN POLITICS AND FAITH.
The rise of the so-called "Religious Right" which merged faith and politics has blurred the lines of demarcation to the point that most Christians think because someone shares their political ideology, that makes them acceptable to God.
It most definitely DOES NOT.
God knows this guy's self-centered, self-serving heart, just like He knows YOUR heart.
And GUESS WHAT?
He'll give you your selfish heart's desire, until you come CRAWLING BACK TO HIM.
So, go ahead, "Christians"! Vote a Mormon into THE HIGHEST office just because you THINK he's going to offer push-button solutions to fix the sagging economy.
Just remember that's THE VERY SAME REASON some of you voted for Obama in 2008, and he hasn't fixed ANYTHING.
Some of you who now ignorantly call our President "the Antichrist", and can't wait to get rid of him, are the same hypocrites WHO VOTED FOR HIM three years ago.
Stats show that OVER ONE THIRD of Evangelicals (40%) voted for him!
Go ahead and vote a guy into office who has NO CONVICTIONS, who's changed his position more often than tantric sex, who'll say ANYTHING to get elected, and whose only true conviction seems to be Mormonism.
Go ahead, like Judas, AND SELL OUT YOUR MASTER FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY.
That's EXACTLY WHY God will allow SATAN to rule this world shortly.
And I promise God will get the last laugh.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012
NEVER HEARD THAT BEFORE
Oh, Christians, Christians...
Just because you've "never heard something before" does that make it AUTOMATICALLY false?
Unless, of course, you believe that we ALREADY possess TOTAL spiritual knowledge and that revelation about God and His ETERNAL Word ceased 2,000, 149, or even 100 years ago.
I can't begin to tell you how many religious know-it-alls have told me that God INTENTIONALLY made the timing of the Rapture (pre, mid or post) confusing, so we'd have to "love one another" despite our differences.
Really? If that's what He did, He failed miserably.
And I thought He wasn't the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
I can't begin to tell you how many have stated that "we're NOT supposed to know" the identity of the Antichrist "until we're in heaven".
There isn't ONE verse of Scripture that says such thing.
If that were the case, then WHY would Jesus Himself PERSONALLY reveal his identity 2,600 years ago? (Daniel chapter 11).
And why would 2 Thessalonians 2:3 say he MUST be revealed before our departure (Rapture)?
On the other hand, just because you've never heard something before and you are given ONE Scripture that APPEARS to support some new doctrine, that doesn't mean the new doctrine is true.
Case in point, I've been recently approached by SEVERAL people who quoted 1 Corinthians 15:22 OUT OF CONTEXT, claiming that EVERYONE will be saved.
It says "for as in Adam ALL die, even so in Christ shall ALL be made alive".
This is supposed to "prove" the false doctrine of "universal reconciliation" which means that EVERYONE (Satan included) will eventually be saved.
Problem is that Paul WASN'T talking to "everybody" when he said that, he was addressing the Church (saved Christian believers) in Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2).
Another HUGE problem is that such meaning would contradict at least HALF A DOZEN Scriptures, and God cannot contradict Himself. Therefore, IT COULDN'T POSSIBLY mean that everyone will be saved.
Yes, all will be made ALIVE (resurrected) AT SOME POINT. What it DOESN'T SAY is "ALL shall be SAVED".
No Scripture ANYWHERE says that.
All you have to do is read Revelation 20:11-15 to see that many will be resurrected at the end of the Millennium (on the "last day") and SENT STRAIGHT INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.
There's NO SALVATION from there.
That Scripture also says "IN" Christ.
Unsaved people ARE NOT "IN" Christ.
That's why we MUST search the Scriptures diligently and be in touch with God's Spirit who lives in us.
We must remain open minded because God is STILL giving revelation to His servants. In fact, He pointedly told Daniel that some things pertaining to prophecy would NOT be understood (they'd remain "sealed") UNTIL the time of the end (Daniel 12:4, 9).
On the other hand, we must weigh everything we hear, including all NEVER BEFORE HEARD DOCTRINE, against THE TOTALITY of Scripture.
I've said it dozens of times: if you take JUST ONE verse of Scripture out of context, ISOLATE IT from EVERYTHING ELSE the Bible says on that particular topic, you can "MAKE" the Bible say ANYTHING YOU WANT.
If I wanted to (God forbid) I could start 10 new denominations THIS WEEK by doing that.
But I'd be both lying and dishonoring my Lord and God by engaging in such distortion.
NO SAVED PERSON would EVER - under ANY circumstance - do that.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012
HISTORY OF TITHING
Tithing is one of the most controversial topics discussed on this website. Most Christians have been brainwashed by the religious establishment that they MUST tithe 10% of their INCOMES to "God" [i.e., to the "minister" issuing the threat] OR ELSE.
Does the Bible support such menacing teaching? Does a loving God, who knows NO FEAR, want His children to be intimidated and COERCED into PAYING a FALSE "tithe"?
The tithe was commanded, for the first time, in the book of Leviticus. The tithe NEVER consisted of money. IT WAS 10% OF ISRAEL'S CROPS AND CATTLE.
There's NOTHING, NOT ONE VERSE, IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE that commands ANYONE - Jew or Gentile - TO TITHE 10% OF THEIR INCOME. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Jews were to BRING (NOT "pay", but BRING) 10% of cattle, grain and produce ONLY WHILE THE TEMPLE was standing. Since there is no temple building today, even devout Jews who try their best to observe the torah, DO NOT tithe.
The tithe was obligatory for natural Israelites, AND ONLY FOR Israelites, under the law given to Moses, AS WERE 612 OTHER COMMANDMENTS.
God never required ANY other nation to bring Him tithes.
God has NEVER commanded His Church to tithe.
Tithes [crops and cattle] were brought BY NATURAL ISRAELITES to the Levite priests that served in the tabernacle, and subsequently, the temple in Jerusalem. [Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 12:7, 14:29, 26:12; and 2 Chronicles 31:5-].
Levites are THE ONLY ONES authorized by God to receive tithes. CHRISTIAN MINISTERS AREN'T [Hebrews 7:9].
NOWHERE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE DOES IT SAY THAT CHRISTIAN MINISTERS ARE TO RECEIVE TITHES.
While the New Testament encourages FREEWILL offerings, NOWHERE in the New Testament is it taught that Christians must tithe.
Christians in the early Church NEVER TITHED, EVER.
If ANYONE on earth had the right to demand tithes it was Jesus, since He IS God.
Yet Jesus, who is God incarnate, never asked anyone to tithe to Him, nor did He EVER tithe. And He is our Supreme Example. His disciples never tithed, either.
Jesus DIDN'T tithe, the Apostles DIDN'T tithe, the early Church DIDN'T tithe.
So how did "tithing" MONEY creep into the Church?
Tithing was revived late in the 4th century A.D. by greedy religious tyrants, intent on amassing great wealth, influence, prestige and power.
They saw this part of the Old Testament law as a convenient means of fund raising. But since there were no more sacrifices to be offered, and no temple, NO LEVITE PRIESTS, and since they weren't interested in wheat and barley, or sheep and oxen, but rather cold, hard cash, they REVISED and ADAPTED this portion of the law to Christian theology, and started demanding one tenth of a person's INCOME.
This false, perverted premise was accepted by the Western Part of the Church, never by the Eastern Part. By the 6th century A.D., it had become mandatory in most of Europe, either by ecclesiastical or secular law.
By the 17th century A.D. tithing from one's income had been imposed on ALL Christians as a means of supporting the churches, both Catholic and Protestant. Eventually many countries in Europe repealed the tithe laws.
In America, tithing was never obligatory. Christians DIDN'T TITHE, but rather donated on a VOLUNTARY basis.
It was late in the 20th century [about six decades ago] when, emboldened by greed, and the wealth acquired by some emerging Christian TV "superstars", that pastors and preachers began to push it aggressively as inflexible spiritual law, accompanied by threats of a curse.
Since then, congregations and audiences have been effectively BRAINWASHED, thru the power of media, into believing the tithe is still in effect, that it's mandatory, that it consists of money, that it belongs "to the local church", and that preachers [as opposed to Levites] are authorized to receive it.
ALL these are UNSCRIPTURAL LIES.
THERE'S NOTHING, NOT ONE IOTA, OF SCRIPTURE TO SUBSTANTIATE such FALSE TEACHING.
THE TITHE LIE BOTH VIOLATES and CONTRADICTS TRUE BIBLE DOCTRINE.
Next time some lying preacher asks you to "tithe", tell him "sure, I'll bring two sacks of barley next Sunday".
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
WHAT MADE ABRAHAM RICH ?
If we listened to the many prosperity gurus in Christendom, we would come to believe that one major key to MATERIAL WEALTH is tithing MONEY.
There are AT LEAST FIVE problems with that false theory:
1. The tithe WAS NEVER money (Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:23).
2. Only Levite priests are authorized by God to RECEIVE tithes (Numbers 18:26-28; 2nd Chronicles 31:5-10; Nehemiah 10:38; Hebrews 7:5).
3. The promise in Malachi 3:10 to "open the windows of heaven and pour out a great blessing" was made to the NATION of Israel as a whole (Malachi 3:9), NOT to individuals, and NEVER to the Church.
4. There were INDIVIDUALS in Israel who tithed, like THEY were supposed to (YOU AREN'T supposed to), and they were still poor.
5. And then, there's Abraham.
Abraham is often portrayed as an "example" of how tithing can make a person wealthy.
In fact, Abraham's great wealth had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the ONE tithe he gave during HIS ENTIRE life, FROM GOODS THAT BELONGED TO Sodom and Gomorrah, NOT TO HIMSELF.
As we PROVED in yesterday's message, THE TITHE HE GAVE TO MELCHIZEDEK WASN'T FROM HIS OWN POSSESSIONS AT ALL! IT WAS FROM THE SPOILS OF WAR!
God had made Abraham rich LONG BEFORE Abraham gave that ONE tithe to Melchizedek. How? THE SAME WAY GOD DOES ANYTHING FOR ANYONE: by grace thru faith.
Genesis 13:2 tell us Abraham ALREADY WAS "VERY RICH in cattle, silver and gold" LONG BEFORE he rescued Lot and gave that ONE tithe to Melchizedek.
He already had "sheep, and oxen, and donkeys and menservants, and maidservants, and female donkeys and camels" [Genesis 12:16].
In fact, he had SO MUCH WEALTH, so many flocks, herds and tents, that "the land was not able to bear them" for their substance was great [Genesis 13:5, 6].
Coincidentally, THAT was THE REASON he and Lot had to separate, and the reason Lot chose to live in Sodom, and later had to be rescued.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD THESE TRUTHS TAUGHT OR PREACHED?
They've been in the Bible for over 3,500 years!!!
So, Abraham rescued Lot, recovered ALL THE GOODS from Sodom and Gomorrah plus Lot's goods. He gave 10% of it to Melchizedek.
Have you ever wondered what he did WITH THE REMAINING 90%?
BRACE YOURSELF: HE GAVE IT BACK TO THE EVIL KING OF SODOM ! [Genesis 14:21-24].
Abraham kept nothing for himself, except the food his men had eaten. He RETURNED ALL THE REST, which was the lion's share of the loot, to the king of Sodom! (Genesis 14:23).
Abraham's tithe to Melchizedek was AN ISOLATED EVENT. Despite being SO WEALTHY, there's NO RECORD ANYWHERE that he ever tithed anything EVER again. Isaac never tithed. Ishmael didn't tithe; nor did Sara or Rebecca.
Did God regard Abraham as "a thief"? NO.
Did he complain and say "hey, Abraham, I made you rich. At least you could PAY ME A MEASLY 10%"? NO.
As a dear brother often says "10% is AN INSULT", since EVERYTHING we are and have is God's and came from Him to begin with.
Did God "curse" Abraham because HE DIDN'T CONTINUE "tithing"?
Did God "curse" Abraham's descendants Isaac and Ishmael for not tithing?
Yet THAT'S EXACTLY what lying preachers are telling ABRAHAM'S SEED TODAY that God will do, if they DON'T tithe.
As a matter of fact, God blessed Abraham even more than before:
He changed his name from Abram to Abraham (meaning "father of a great multitude"), MADE HIM EVEN RICHER, MADE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH HIM, PROMISED HIM THAT IN HIS SEED "ALL NATIONS WOULD BE BLESSED", AND EVEN GAVE HIM A SON IN HIS OLD AGE.
Moreover, God promised he would "bless those who blessed" Abraham and his descendants, and "CURSE THOSE WHO CURSED" THEM [Genesis 12:3].
ACCORDING TO GALATIANS 3:29, Christians ARE Abraham's seed.
The ONLY CURSE PROMISED HERE IS TO THOSE WHO CURSE THE SEED OF ABRAHAM! To those who curse BELIEVERS in our Lord, Savior and God, Jesus Christ!
Are you and your "ministry" under a curse, lying preacher, for THREATENING God's Seed, His Church, with an UNBIBLICAL "curse"?
Next time some lying preacher uses Abraham's tithe as a convenient excuse to get you to tithe, please tell him (or her):
"Abraham tithed ONLY ONCE in his entire life. Therefore, I'll give you 10% of what I make this week and I'll never tithe again for the rest of my life".
When you tell them, though, be sure to have an ambulance on standby.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
DID ABRAHAM TITHE?
I recently heard a prominent pastor, who's raised untold millions and procured an opulent lifestyle with this false teaching, say on national TV that the Bible COMMANDS Christians to tithe. That tithing preceded the Law of Moses, since Abraham tithed to Melchizedek "10% of everything he owned".
He went on to say that, if you DON'T tithe, you're "robbing God", you are "a thief", God has your "mug shot in heaven", and you're "under a curse".
THIS PASTOR WAS LYING: there are NO "mug shots" in heaven and the only "curse" his congregation and viewers are under, is being constantly SUBJECTED TO, and coerced by, his lies.
He even WARNED the hapless audience that, UNLESS they give 10% of their income, they shouldn't expect God to grant ANY of their petitions, since "God doesn't answer the prayer of thieves".
I guess, then, Jesus was LYING (perish the thought) when He ANSWERED THE PRAYER OF THE THIEF who hung on the cross next to Him, and ASSURED HIM he'd be with Him in Paradise [Luke 23: 42, 43].
True ministers of the Gospel are supposed to enhance and strengthen your faith, not negate it by putting fear in your heart with UNSCRIPTURAL threats.
Christians are regularly told by greedy, unscrupulous preachers, that they are REQUIRED TO PAY 10% of their income to "God".
In preacher lingo "God", of course, means "THEM".
Since you can't climb up to the pearly gates, and pay 10% of your income directly to God, what "tithing to God" really means is we are to give 10% OF OUR INCOMES to the very preachers promulgating this UNBIBLICAL lie.
There ISN'T a single scripture -- from Genesis to Revelation, -- that teaches such thing.
For starters, the Old Testament tithe was NEVER money. It consisted of cattle, grain and produce, PERIOD.
Check it out for yourself (Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:23).
Bet you never heard THAT in Church... or seminary.
The first mention of a tithe in the Bible occurs in Genesis chapter 14, where Abraham tithes to Melchizedek. Did Abraham really give Melchizedek 10% of "everything he owned", as this liar claims?
In that chapter we read that Sodom and Gomorrah [the same WICKED Sodom and Gomorrah that God destroyed shortly thereafter] were attacked by the king of Elam.
The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and THEIR ENEMIES TOOK [verses 11 and 12] "ALL THE GOODS OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH, AND ALL THEIR FOOD". They also took "Lot, Abraham's nephew, who lived in Sodom, and HIS GOODS, and departed".
"And when Abram heard that his brother [Lot] had been taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. And he BROUGHT BACK ALL THE GOODS, and also... his brother Lot, and HIS GOODS, and the women also, and the people.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine...
He [Abraham] gave him [Melchizedek] TITHES OF ALL".
Abraham tithed to Melchizedek from ALL THE GOODS that had been stolen from Sodom and Gomorrah, which HE'D RECOVERED and BROUGHT BACK!
That's EXACTLY what it says there. Abraham didn't give Melchizedek ANYTHING [not a penny] OF HIS OWN BELONGINGS!
ABRAHAM DID NOT, AND COULD NOT, HAVE GIVEN HIM 10% OF "EVERYTHING HE OWNED", BECAUSE "EVERYTHING HE OWNED" [HIS VAST WEALTH] HAD REMAINED BACK ON THE PLAIN OF MAMRE, IN HEBRON, WHERE HE AND HIS FAMILY LIVED AT THE TIME [Genesis 14:13].
When someone goes to war, even today, with all the modern technology at our disposal, they don't take "everything they own" with them. Everything they own STAYS BACK HOME.
Are these liars suggesting that Abram took all that cattle with him into war?
That he took all his silver, all his gold, all his herds and flocks and tents, and other possessions into battle? That he took his wife and all the maidservants [the women] and their children? That's not what the Bible says. It would have been not only extremely impractical, but logistically impossible.
Women and children didn't go to battle. We're clearly told he armed his men servants. Therefore, if he took "all his possessions", that would mean he left the women and children back home in Hebron WITH NOTHING: No food, no money, no clothes, and no protection.
Moreover, his men would have been too busy and preoccupied tending the sheep, and taking care of all their belongings, to be effective in battle and rescue Lot.
Do you see how utterly ABSURD and UNBIBLICAL that idea is?
So, Abraham tithed from Sodom and Gomorrah's possessions, which he had recovered for them, AND GAVE BACK THE REST OF THE LOOT (the OTHER 90%) to its rightful owners.
Get this: THAT WAS THE ONLY TIME -- IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE -- that ABRAHAM TITHED!
Repeat: THAT WAS THE ONLY TIME, IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE, that ABRAHAM TITHED ANYTHING!
Abraham, who lived to a ripe old age of 175,TITHED ONLY ONCE, AND NOT FROM HIS OWN VAST POSSESSIONS OR HIS OWN CONSIDERABLE WEALTH, BUT FROM OTHER PEOPLE'S POSSESSIONS (Genesis 25:7,8).
Melchizedek did not threaten Abraham with any "curses", nor did he call Abraham thief.
Abraham tithed ONLY ONCE, VOLUNTARILY, without ANY coercion.
There's no record ANYWHERE that tithing was ESTABLISHED PRACTICE at that time.
There's no record ANYWHERE that it was CUSTOMARY, in Abraham's time, to offer God 10% of ANYTHING.
So, THE FALSE TEACHING that "tithing preceded the law" because Abraham tithed ONCE to Melchizedek, is nothing but SELF-SERVING RELIGIOUS BALONEY based on GREED.
There isn't ONE ounce of biblical truth behind it: IT'S AN OUTRAGEOUS LIE.
Repent, lying preachers!
Can someone say "LIARS"?
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
WILL THERE BE REVIVAL?
The Holy Spirit TOLD US, in the very Word He inspired, that the end-time Church would be characterized by lukewarmness and that, at best, it would have "little strength" (Revelation 3:8,16).
I promise you the Holy Spirit was and is RIGHT.
I'd LOVE TO tell you that we will have one strong, united, vibrant and influential Church.
But arguing with the Spirit of Truth is FUTILE.
In fact, truer words were never spoken.
There may be outpourings of the Spirit on small groups and individuals, but Church-wide, not happening.
So, will there ever be ANOTHER great revival?
But contrary to religious teaching, it won't happen WITHIN the Church.
It won't come because of ANYTHING WE DO.
It won't come because of some EXTRAORDINARILY GIFTED preacher, either.
NO FLESH shall glory in His Presence.
Like ALL revivals in the past, it will be A SOVEREIGN ACT of God the Holy Spirit.
And that revival will come, according to Joel 2:28-32, IN THE VERY LAST MINUTES OR SECONDS OF this Church Age:
When there's A GREAT, SUDDEN SHAKING of earth, sea and sky (Hebrews 12:26; Haggai 2:6,21).
When the sea and waves begin to "roar" (reverberate) as a result (Luke 21:25).
When the earth's geography and topography are SUDDENLY and drastically rearranged (Revelation 6:14)...
When nations (gentiles) become distressed and perplexed, and people are dying FOR FEAR of the things that are coming on this earth (Luke 21:25, 26)...
When the sun INSTANTLY TURNS BLACK, the moon BLOOD-RED, there are millions of falling stars, the sky splits in two and JESUS APPEARS in HIS GLORY, there will be MANY who will cry out to Jesus IN THOSE VERY LAST MOMENTS, and be caught up to heaven in what is commonly referred to as the Rapture (Revelation 6:12).
THAT'S WHEN His Spirit will be poured on all flesh.
We don't know HOW MANY and we can't predict WHO will turn to Him, and WHO won't.
But it WILL happen.
That will be THE LAST great revival in Church history.
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012
REVIVAL - PART TWO
Can we TRIGGER revival?
Is there ANYTHING that believers can do TO CAUSE revival?
For decades I've heard every imaginable formula - and then some - to re-create past revivals.
Endless books and recordings have been made and SOLD (for A PRICE) with magical methods for, supposedly, bringing revival.
Still NO REVIVAL...
And, by the way, IF some preacher REALLY HAD "the" formula SHOULDN'T HE or SHE be telling us FREE OF CHARGE?
After all, Salvation is FREE.
Contrary to what you've heard, revival ISN'T the closing down of bars, people giving up liquor, smoking, and immorality, increased church attendance, or a flood of donations given to some lying preacher.
SOME of these things MAY be by-products of revival, but revival itself, according to the Bible, is when individuals theretofore UNSAVED, come to believe in Christ and become born-again.
TRUE REVIVAL is simply MASS SALVATION of individuals who DIDN'T KNOW Christ.
That's what happened on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came first upon the disciples in the Upper Room, then spilled into the streets of Jerusalem, where Peter preached the Good News and about 3,000 people came to Christ AT ONCE (Acts 2:36-41).
THAT is what true revival is all about.
Christians of different denominations are told they must spiritually unite, humble themselves before God, and join one another in prayer.
We are to fall on our faces before God daily and BEG FOR revival.
We are to fast, repent, and confess our sins until we turn into DEPRESSED, shriveled, old prunes.
We are to call sin "sin" so Christians and unbelievers alike feel convicted and repent.
All that calling sin "sin" does is HEAP CONDEMNATION on sinners.
All it does is ALIENATE SINNERS from Him -- who can REMOVE all sin and ALL condemnation -- (praise His Wonderful Name!) and GIVE THEM ETERNAL LIFE.
Religion can INVENT all the clever formulas it wants to, supposedly, CAUSE revival... but after all is said and done, the ONLY ONE who can bring revival is the Holy Spirit.
Only the Holy Spirit can convict anyone of sin and NO ONE is going to DICTATE TO HIM WHAT He can do, or HOW, or WHEN.
The Holy Spirit IS God.
As God, He is Sovereign.
He won't put up with ANY SORT OF COERCION or MANIPULATION on our part.
Furthermore, He wants revival (Salvation) FAR MORE than ANY of us.
So, to claim or even IMPLY that He's HOLDING UP revival just waiting for us to meet certain mysterious, unspecified "conditions" -- is AN INSULT to the Spirit of Grace.
NO ONE, OTHER THAN the Holy Spirit, can CAUSE revival.
So, praying, fasting, begging, condemning sin, confessing sin, and wailing for revival is FUTILE.
While believers MUST come together in unity of spirit and acknowledge their brothers and sisters of OTHER denominations, THAT - in and of itself - won't cause revival.
Revival is ALWAYS orchestrated by the Spirit of God.
Revival ALWAYS comes in His perfect time.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012
How often have we heard the religious term "revival" thrown around in congregations and so-called "Christian" media?
Religious hucksters have been promising "revival" for DECADES and, if anything, the Church is more feeble and anorexic than ever before.
I even have one hyper-charismatic con artist ON TAPE saying that YOU CAN'T HAVE REVIVAL WITHOUT GIVING LARGE OFFERINGS.
That AN ABSOLUTE CONDITION for "revival" is GIVING ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY to the very liars on Kristian media who promise you, time and again, PROSPERITY THAT NEVER MATERIALIZES in exchange for donations.
Hear it, Charles Finney, and (literally) WEEP...
Or, we are told, we need to confess EVERY SIN WE'VE EVER COMMITTED (if that were true, revival would never happen, since confessing EVERY sin we've committed would take up our ENTIRE lifetime).
We are to pray for revival, we are to fast for revival, we are to meet a number of "conditions" in order for God to send revival (as if God could be MANIPULATED into doing something against His Will), we are to devise clever formulas to instigate revival and, last but not least, we are to hold "revival meetings".
Let's look at the word itself for a second: To "revive" means TO BRING BACK TO LIFE FROM THE DEAD.
So, any pastor who announces that they will hold "revival meetings" beginning next Wednesday through Sunday is actually ADMITTING that his congregation IS SPIRITUALLY DEAD and, consequently, must be "revived" (resurrected or brought back to life).
Doesn't say much for the pastor...
Doesn't say much for his teaching and preaching...
Doesn't say much for the congregation...
And, unfortunately, it doesn't say much for JESUS either, since such stupid teaching implies that Christ is UNABLE to KEEP SPIRITUALLY ALIVE those who place their trust in Him...
Perish the VERY idea.
Shouldn't these so-called "Church leaders" be teaching that BECAUSE WE ARE SPIRITUALLY ALIVE (born-again), because we (day in and day out) LIVE IN close relationship with Jesus (glory to His Name) WE DON'T NEED revival?
Shouldn't they be preaching instead that true "revival" is NOT for Christians, but STRICTLY FOR the UNSAVED?
For those who AREN'T SPIRITUALLY ALIVE because they've never received The Life (Jesus) as Lord, Savior and God?
But what about those so-called revivals where Christians speak in tongues, engage in ecstatic worship, laugh, cry, roll on the floor, etc.?
That's NOT revival, since you can't "revive" people who ALREADY ARE ALIVE. That may (or may not) be special manifestations of the Holy Spirit. It's a whole different topic which, God willing, I will address separately.
The ONLY ONES in the Bible who have "revived" are those who have been spiritually or physically DEAD.
And the ONLY MASS REVIVALS in Scripture are for those who, UP TO THAT MOMENT, were SPIRITUALLY DEAD.
The SPIRITUALLY DEAD, to put it plainly, are LOST.
True revival ISN'T for the saved, but for the UNSAVED.
Why not call "REVIVAL" what it TRULY IS?
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012
Matthew 6.33 is one of the most misquoted verses in the New Testament:
"But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you".
I've heard the most absurd teachings claiming this verse refers to tithing when, in fact, NO SUCH THING as "tithing" is taught in the New Testament.
Others claim that seeking "God's Righteousness" refers to "good behavior and righteous living" like keeping the 10 Commandments, observing certain days on the calendar, and so forth.
Still others use this verse to support their FALSE teaching that seeking God's Kingdom means GIVING MONEY to ALLEGED "ministers of the gospel":
We are to "GIVE in order to GET" and when we do God will prosper us. Prosperity isn't even MENTIONED in that verse.
This verse says NONE of the above, and DOES NOT support ANY OF these theories.
For one thing, the verse's punctuation is wrong. Before we get a flood of emails on the subject, let me remind everyone that the original Greek contained no punctuation marks. Those were added much later at the discretion of the translators.
Keeping in mind that the first English translations of the Bible weren't done until the fourteenth century A.D., the theology of the time influenced the translators' rendering, including where they placed periods, commas, colons and semi-colons.
Most people read "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness"...
The CORRECT WAY to read this passage is "seek FIRST the Kingdom of God"... (comma) then (when we seek Him and His Presence FIRST, and His Kingdom comes INTO us) His VERY OWN Righteousness, PLUS "all these things" (which, in context, refer to basic living necessities like food, drink, clothing and shelter) will be automatically ADDED to us.
Well, HOW do we seek His Righteousness?
By seeking Him, since there's no righteousness ANYWHERE besides His (Psalm 53:1; Isaiah 64:6).
And WHERE do we seek and find Him?
In His Kingdom which CAME into our hearts when we were born again.
This verse says that when we seek Jesus Presence FIRST AND FOREMOST, when we seek His Face and He comes to live IN our hearts and sets up His Kingdom WITHIN us, that He will automatically CREDIT HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS TO US, plus take care of our BASIC (underline "BASIC") living necessities (2 Corinthians 5:21).
It DOESN'T promise we'll become rich.
But perhaps the most overlooked portion of the verse is that we are TO SEEK HIS KINGDOM WITHIN US FIRST AND FOREMOST.
We are to make CONTACT WITH His Kingdom and with the King Himself IN OUR BORN AGAIN SPIRITS PRIORITY NUMBER ONE.
Yet 99.9% of Christians get born again (thank God for at least THAT) then FORGET THE NEW NATURE THEY JUST ACQUIRED and live AS IF they HAD NOT BEEN born again.
As if the new nature in their hearts DIDN'T EVEN EXIST.
As though God's Kingdom HAD NOT COME INTO them...
As though the King Himself WEREN'T IN THERE...
In fact, I can teach ON EVERY SUBJECT UNDER THE SUN and always get tons of mostly positive feedback.
Yet EVERY SINGLE TIME I teach on THIS ALL IMPORTANT TOPIC which, ACCORDING TO JESUS HIMSELF, SHOULD BE PRIORITY NUMBER ONE, I draw a TOTAL BLANK.
It just seems to GO OVER everyone's head.
No wonder so many Christians are confused.
No wonder they're so easily shaken and tossed to and fro by every wind of (usually FALSE) doctrine.
No wonder they live IN FEAR OF "losing" salvation.
They've never taken the time TO BECOME FIRMLY ESTABLISHED ON THEIR NEW SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION.
Worse still, MOST DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THAT FOUNDATION IS LOCATED...
Have you been born again?
Have you found your spirit?
Are you in touch with Jesus, inside your born-again spirit, DAILY?
If not, it's HIGH TIME you did.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
God's Kingdom on earth began with Adam. When Adam fell it was lost, then reinstated through King David.
David appeared about 1,000 years before Christ. He is the first born-again human. The first person, since pre-fall Adam, to manifest the Heart of God [1 Samuel 13:14].
God's Spirit is God's Heart.
I know theologians teach the New Birth is strictly a New Testament phenomenon. That is mostly true. However, there's one exception. There's one individual who acquired God's Spirit, and manifested God's heart, PRIOR to the New Testament, and that was David.
Romans 8:5 tells us what the born-again experience [the Kingdom of God] is all about: "He who does NOT have the Spirit of Christ, is NOT His".
David HAD the Spirit of God, and when he sinned with Bathsheba, his ONLY request was for God NOT to take His Holy Spirit away [Psalms 51:11].
God's Kingdom was in David's heart BEFORE David ever became King of Israel [1 Samuel 16:7,13].
God made an ETERNAL COVENANT WITH DAVID, thru which Jesus was born into the world [2 Samuel 7:11-14].
Jesus taught His disciples to pray: "our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN". . .
God's Kingdom must "come" INTO OUR HEARTS, in the Person of His Holy Spirit, as He did into David's heart, before His Will can be done on earth.
His Kingdom must "come" before He forgives our sins, before we overcome temptation, before He delivers us from evil, before His power and glory manifest in us.
His Kingdom MUST first be reality in the invisible spirit realm, before it manifests in the visible earth realm.
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus gave us this commandment : "SEEK FIRST the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and all these things, shall be added unto you".
This must be priority number one. It's THE most important decision any individual can make.
Is Jesus your King? Does the King live in your spirit? Does He rule your heart ?
THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012
THY KINGDOM COME
Millions of people throughout the world recite the Lord's Prayer on a regular basis. They pray it at the church service every Saturday or Sunday, they pray it at home in their private devotions.
Yet most of them HAVE NO IDEA what they're praying for when they ask "thy Kingdom come".
Some preachers teach that this is referring to the future Kingdom of Christ on earth, during the Millennium, when He will reign over the earth "with a rod of iron" and establish a perfect theocracy.
To be sure, Jesus' future, literal Kingdom on earth is included in this prayer. However, that's not primarily what it's referring to.
God is spirit. Therefore, His Kingdom is primarily a spiritual kingdom.
His Kingdom must come INTO our spirits.
When we invite King Jesus to enter our hearts, He comes into us, and sets up His Kingdom INSIDE US, in our hearts.
When the Pharisees asked Jesus when "the Kingdom of God should come", Jesus' answer left them dumbfounded:
He said "the Kingdom of God DOESN'T COME WITH OBSERVATION [it's INVISIBLE]. Neither shall they say "look here" or "look there"... because the Kingdom of God is WITHIN you" [Luke 17:20,21].
Though God's kingdom will also manifest in a physical dimension in the future, Jesus made it clear his Kingdom was, and is presently, a SPIRITUAL Kingdom.
Because it's spiritual in nature, it can only be seen with spiritual eyes. We do not see it with our physical eyes, but we can certainly feel its effects.
The Kingdom of God will change your life. It will change you. It will change many people around you and, eventually, it will change and take over this world.
Before God's kingdom manifests in tangible form on earth, it must first be established in the intangible realm of the spirit.
When Christians pray "thy Kingdom come", they are actually praying for God's Kingdom to come and manifest inside them, in their spirits.
And how does that happen? If you want God's Kingdom, you need to open your heart to the King and INVITE HIM IN.
Only the King Himself can establish His Kingdom in your heart.
That's what the "BORN AGAIN" experience is ALL about. That's what Salvation is about: It's when the King comes to live within you!
Jesus wants to be King in your heart. That's THE BEGINNING OF the Christian walk.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012
WHY DON'T YOU PREACH AGAINST SIN?
Some Christians wish I'd preach more against specific sins, like abortion, sodomy, homosexuality, and immorality.
To be honest, I seldom do. Why not?
'Cause I don't have to.
Do you think someone who hates, lies, steals, cheats, lusts, commits sexual immorality, uses God's Name in vain, practices homosexuality, or aborts their baby needs me to heap even more condemnation on them?
Do you think, regardless of what they may say in front of others, that they DON'T KNOW they've sinned?
Homosexuality and bisexuality were rampant when Jesus walked the earth. These ARE, WITHOUT QUESTION, SINS.
Yet you can't find a SINGLE INSTANCE in the Gospels where Jesus accused, or even criticized, a sinner. Not one.
Do you know THE ONLY ONES whom Jesus accused and criticized? The self-righteous, holier-than-thou religious hypocrites: Those who were ALWAYS pointing their finger at EVERYONE ELSE.
He said prostitutes and sinners would get into the Kingdom of God AHEAD OF them [Matthew 21:31].
Do you think that pointing the finger at someone, criticizing them or their sins, is going to make them stop sinning?
Do you think anyone has the strength, apart from Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit, to live a godly life?
Christians themselves don't have that ability, so what makes you think AN UNBELIEVER would?
Telling them how wrong they are, how sinful they are, or how objectionable their behavior is, WON'T CHANGE A THING.
It'd be like asking a bee not to sting, or a panther not to pounce. They will do it, sooner or later, because it's ingrained IN THEIR NATURE.
That's why the ONLY solution is for them to acquire A NEW NATURE.
That's what happens when we're born-again.
No sin we commit OUTWARDLY will keep us from heaven. The ONLY sin that'll keep us OUT of heaven is an INWARD sin: it's NOT receiving Jesus Christ into our hearts.
That's why everyone needs Jesus.
Jesus came NOT TO CONDEMN, but TO SAVE (John 3:17).
He ALREADY paid for ALL our sins.
If you give Him your heart, there's NO SIN He can't handle.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012
IS GOD UNFAIR ?
One of the great stumbling blocks for people who WANT TO reject Jesus Christ is that they view the Christian message as "UNFAIR":
If Salvation is thru Jesus and JESUS ALONE, if people can't be saved any other way, what about the millions who never got to hear the Gospel?
What about Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists?
HOW can a just and loving God hold them responsible for a message they never heard?
God says [Romans 1:20] they are WITHOUT EXCUSE.
Why? Because the heavens, the earth, and the entire Creation, declare that THERE IS A GOD [Psalms 19:1].
If there is a God, and they knew from all the wonders in and around them, that HE IS, WHY in heaven's name DID THEY NOT SEEK HIM?
God gives His Word that ANYONE, at any point in human history, WHO SEEKS HIM with ALL their heart, WILL FIND HIM [Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:13].
If they haven't found Him, it's because they have NOT sought Him.
Had they sought Him, He would have moved heaven and earth to get the Gospel to them.
And if they have sought God at all, it hasn't been from a sincere, fully surrendered heart, determined to accept that ONE TRUE GOD, whoever He may be, or ACCEPT HIS WILL, and whatever He may require.
They want "God" with CONDITIONS.
Preconditions come from a REBELLIOUS heart.
They "want God", but won't come to Him HIS WAY, which is Jesus. They want to come to Him THEIR way.
This explains why so many end up in false religions, like Buddhism, Kabbalah, New Age, and Scientology:
They KNOW there's a God, they want "God", but ONLY IF they can have Him THEIR WAY.
ONLY IF they can CONTROL and FULLY COMPREHEND His Infinite Greatness with their puny, insignificant, finite intellect.
ONLY IF they can LIVE ANY WAY THEY WANT.
ONLY IF they can sin to their heart's content.
ONLY IF that "god" will condone their depraved lifestyle.
ONLY IF His doctrine PLEASES THE REST OF THE WORLD.
ONLY IF what God says is deemed "ACCEPTABLE" in popular culture.
ONLY IF they can call "good" evil and EVIL "good".
They won't CONFORM TO God. Instead, THEY WANT God TO CONFORM TO THEM.
It's no wonder Satan has capitalized on this attitude and provided a veritable smorgasbord of FALSE RELIGION, a whole hodgepodge of futile religious VANITY and FALSE WAYS to "come to god".
God's NOT the problem.
He WANTS TO save you MORE than you want to save yourself.
That's WHY He PAID THE PRICE.
If you end up in hell, DON'T BLAME HIM.
If you want to know the REAL problem, the REAL OBSTACLE to YOUR Salvation...
LOOK IN THE MIRROR.
MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012
TWO SHALL BECOME ONE
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites OUT OF THE NATIONS WHERE THEY HAVE GONE. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be ONE KING OVER ALL OF THEM AND THEY WILL NEVER AGAIN BE TWO NATIONS or be divided into two kingdoms (Ezekiel 37:21, 22).
For reasons God has not yet fully revealed, He seems to delight in separating, then reuniting.
He did this with Himself in the Person of Jesus (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 26:46).
He did this with Adam, saying it wasn't good that he be alone (all one), then took the feminine part and put it in the wo-man (man with a womb), then brought them back together as "one flesh" (Genesis 2:18,24).
He "separated" (sanctified) facets of Himself which comprise His Church and has brought them back, spiritually, into perfect UNION with Himself (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Corinthians 6:17).
He allowed His Church to split in two in the 16th century, only to Rapture her AS ONE (Glory to His Name) IN THE 21st CENTURY.
And He did the same thing with Israel, first allowing them to become two kingdoms, then promising He'll put them back together as one.
After Solomon's death, his son and successor Rehoboam, messed up big time, causing a rift between the two southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and the 10 northern tribes.
The nation split into two kingdoms, the Kingdom of Israel (10 northern tribes) and the Kingdom of Judah (two southern tribes) (1 Kings 12:1-22).
The split remained until 721 B.C. when the Assyrians invaded the north, taking captive the 10 tribes. Their whereabouts are mostly unknown to this day.
I've read books by two different American Reform rabbis, who claim the 10 tribes were assimilated into other nations and cultures and thus, no longer exist.
They should have a bit more faith (trust) in their God and in their own Tanach (Bible).
Because according to the Scripture I just quoted, which their great prophet Ezekiel wrote some 2,600 years ago (about 120 years after the 10 tribes went into captivity), not only does God know the EXACT location of each of the 10 tribes, but will bring them all back and REUNITE THEM with the two southern tribes.
They will once again be ONE Kingdom under ONE King.
That King, needless to say, is Jesus.
As Daniel 7:27 says "His Kingdom will be an everlasting Kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him".
As Luke 1:33 says "of His Kingdom there shall be NO END".
Ezekiel chapters 40-46 provide great detail about the millennial temple, and chapter 47-48 specify the boundaries for each of the 12 tribes that will comprise, once again, Eretz Israel.
Praise God for His Eternal Wisdom and Faithfulness.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012
Christians constantly talk about the anointing or about "being anointed".
We hear them quote the biblical phrase turned religious cliché "the anointing breaks the yoke" (Isaiah 10:27).
What, exactly, is "the anointing"?
What does being "anointed" mean?
To anoint [mashach]means "to smear", as in pouring, applying or rubbing a substance, ALL OVER a person's head and body.
In the case of the king or High Priest in Israel, the prophet of God would use a special, consecrated oil and pour it on (anoint) his head, and it would drip down their face, beard and body [Exodus 29:7; 1 Samuel 10:1; 16:1,13; Psalm 133:2].
The oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit who, from that moment forward (I'm talking Old Testament, before Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to the Church) would come upon that individual who was "God's anointed".
So, someone who is anointed or "anointed of God" is someone who has God [the Holy Spirit] IN THEM, and "smeared" ALL OVER THEM. They are dripping His Spirit.
Another word for "anointing" is "unction".
That's what Jesus said of Himself "the Spirit of the Lord is upon me BECAUSE He has anointed me"... [Luke 4:18].
In fact, the Word "Messiah" (in Hebrew) or "Christ" (in Greek) means the Anointed One of God.
Ever since that glorious day of Pentecost in 33 A.D., when Jesus sent His Holy Spirit into believers gathered in the Upper Room, the anointing is no longer reserved ONLY for a few, but is available to EVERYONE who comes to faith in Jesus Christ.
EVERY born again Christian is anointed and HAS the anointing [1 John 2:27].
Furthermore, EVERY born again Christian has The Anointed One (Christ, Messiah) IN THEM.
Matter of fact, anyone who's NOT anointed, who doesn't have the Holy Spirit LIVING IN THEM, is NOT a real Christian, regardless of what they say, regardless of what they may or may not do OUTWARDLY ad regardless of which denomination they may belong to [Romans 8:9].
That's THE ONLY REASON the foolish virgins DIDN'T enter the marriage feast (Matthew 25:1-12).
The anointing, though, is still reserved only for kings and priests [1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6; 5:10]. Selah.
I've told you what the anointing IS; now let me tell you what it ISN'T:
1. It's NOT being on kristian TV.
2. It's NOT producing a kristian infomercial.
3. It's NOT threatening others that UNLESS they send you money, God won't bless them.
4. It's NOT making false promises of prosperity, healing or blessings in exchange for donations.
5. It's NOT getting rich at the expense of other Christians.
6. It's NOT boasting of spiritual superiority by PRETENDING to speak in tongues IN PUBLIC, or during a service. The gift of tongues is to be used IN PRIVATE.
7. It's NOT staging fake "miracles".
8. It's NOT laying hands on someone and having them FALL DOWN on cue.
9. It's NOT living in a mansion, having 20 bodyguards, and flying in a private jet.
10. It's NOT BOASTING about how "anointed" you are, or that you "feel the anointing".
11. It's NOT claiming on Kristian TV that you "healed someone" only to have them DIE TWO MONTHS LATER.
Talk is cheap.
That may be brainwashing and manipulation, but it's NOT anointing.
TV cameras don't make anyone anointed.
Being ordained by a denomination doesn't make anyone anointed.
Nor does standing behind a pulpit, holding a Bible in your hand, having an embroidered dove on your lapel, or writing a best-seller.
Being anointed is having the Holy Spirit INSIDE: Nothing more, nothing less.
The anointing is having Christ Himself IN us.
It's the MANIFESTATION OF the Christ (Anointed One) IN US that breaks EVERY yoke of bondage.
The Christ IN us (Colossians 1:27) is our ONLY hope of glory.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012
SATAN USES "CHRISTIANS"
Satan is A LIAR and a DECEIVER.
Unfortunately, religion has so distorted him and the way he operates, that most believers are ill equipped to identify his stratagems.
Not everyone who CLAIMS to be "Christian" really IS (Matthew 7:22, 23).
For the record, a REAL Christian is a person in whose HEART Jesus lives through His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9).
NOTHING ELSE makes us REAL Christians.
Reading the Bible doesn't.
Attending worship services doesn't.
Listening to preachers on TV, radio, recordings and internet DOESN'T.
Belonging to a particular denomination - I don't care WHAT it's called - DOESN'T.
Not everyone who CLAIMS to be "correcting" us "in love" IS a REAL Christian, or HAS ANY "love".
In fact, 99.9% of them, AREN'T and DON'T.
Satan's minions will often write claiming to be "directed by God" to correct me.
They often sign their emails "love" so and so, when there's NOT ONE OUNCE of REAL love BEHIND IT.
SATAN'S ALWAYS BEEN A MANIPULATOR.
He tried, unsuccessfully, to manipulate Jesus and, in doing so, EVEN QUOTED THE BIBLE!!!
So, don't think JUST BECAUSE someone calls himself (or herself) "Christian" that they REALLY ARE.
Don't think JUST BECAUSE someone "quotes Scripture" that they're telling the Truth (Mathew 4:4).
Scripture quoted OUT OF CONTEXT, is NOT true.
Scripture quoted "selectively" (by that I mean ONE or more verses that SEEM to support a person's religious agenda, while COMPLETELY DISREGARDING OTHER SCRIPTURES on the same subject that CONTRADICT IT), IS NOT TRUE.
Anyone who manipulates the Scriptures is AN INSTRUMENT OF SATAN.
They're wolves in sheep's clothing.
And WHY would God need to go through A LYING LOSER to admonish me?
When we have OPEN and DIRECT communication?
When Jesus has my UNDIVIDED attention?
When I love Him with all my heart, more than the whole world and everything in it?
And when He KNOWS that all He needs to do if I step out of line is point me to the Scriptures and I will IMMEDIATELY repent and change my tune?
And how come these people DON'T INVEST 5 SECONDS "correcting" all the nonsense on OTHER websites?
How come they NEVER WRITE to other so-called ministries that flat out teach WRONG doctrine?
How come they never take on the CULTS which abound on the internet and are confusing millions and leading them to hell?
WHY pick on THIS ministry?
Of all the MILLIONS of Christian websites on the internet, why ZERO IN on THIS ONE?
I'll tell you why: Because THIS ministry IS making a difference.
Because -- Jesus be praised -- there's NOTHING LIKE IT anywhere else.
Because THIS ministry - to Jesus be all the glory - irks the you-know-what out of their father Satan.
That's why Satan's puppets simply CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES.
For almost a decade they've been trying to "correct" me and impose their dubious beliefs on me.
TO NO AVAIL, I'm proud to say.
The religious Pharisees of Jesus' day nitpicked EVERYTHING Jesus did, said and taught.
Jesus told them "you are of your father the devil" (John 8:44).
Unfortunately, the devil still has many children.
And many of them CALL THEMSELVES "Christian".
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012
We say that we are saved by grace, but do we really believe it?
Christians CARRY this burden of guilt AS IF they had never been forgiven.
Consciously or subconsciously they live in constant fear that some sort of PUNISHMENT from God will fall on them for their sins.
They've never FULLY understood or ACCEPTED the fact that Jesus wiped their slate clean.
They've never understood that HIS Blood made us GUILTLESS.
They have more faith in sin's ability to damn them than in Jesus' Blood to save them.
The have more faith in sin's ability to BRING JUDGMENT than IN God's Grace which says there's now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
I'm preaching to myself, as well as to you.
Believe me, I understand completely WHY it's so difficult to TOTALLY TRUST God's forgiveness and let go of guilt.
Like many of you, I was raised ON RELIGIOUS GUILT AND FEAR.
Like many of you, I was taught that God would PUNISH His own CHILDREN for any little thing they did.
Like God is some draconian judge that sits in heaven with a magnifying glass just looking for ANY tiny infraction of His Law on our part to send some bad thing our way.
Religion DID ONE HECK OF A JOB on my psyche as it's doubtlessly done to some of yours.
Have you always been perfect and acted perfectly?
Have I always been perfect and acted perfectly?
But our record in heaven says WE ARE perfect.
If God has declared us GUILTLESS, we have no business feeling guilty about ANYTHING.
We have NO BUSINESS allowing Satan to bring accusation or guilt to our conscience.
We get to judge angels, angels don't get to judge us (1 Corinthians 6:3).
God is the only judge and through His SINLESS SON, He has FOREVER declared you and me RIGHTEOUS (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We are RIGHTEOUS in His eyes, NO MATTER WHAT we do.
If that sounds like God spoils His Children (us), YOU'RE DARNED RIGHT.
All loving parents do.
And if you truly ARE His Child, you won't even THINK of using this FULL ASSURANCE OF SALVATION AND ETERNAL FORGIVENESS as an excuse to go ON A SINNING SPREE ON PURPOSE.
No BORN-AGAIN child of God would WANT such thing.
Sometimes we are tempted to sin, AND FALL INTO SIN, because our flesh is weak, but not because WE ACTIVELY SEEK TO SIN OR WANT TO DISOBEY GOD INTENTIONALLY.
Grace is NOT a license to sin.
Grace simply says that because we're sinners, OUR SINS HAVE BEEN PAID FOR AND FORGIVEN.
The more sin consciousness and guilt you have, THE MORE YOU WILL SIN.
The more you TRUST GOD'S FORGIVENESS and become established in HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS... -- the more you forsake the fear of retribution -- THE LESS you will sin.
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