August 2012 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012
JESUS AND LONG HAIR
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The world is in crisis, everything around us is crumbling, and is about to go into tribulation spasms, and ALL that SOME RELIGIOUS FOOLS can think of is whether Jesus had long hair or not.
WHAT FREAKIN' DIFFERENCE does it make?
Are your sins ANY LESS PAID FOR because His hair was long?
If so, YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
You need to REPENT, give Him your heart, and TRUST HIM... long hair and all.
I can't believe the number of religious idiots who are obsessed with this non-issue.
He's God. He poured out His holy Blood, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and promised to return.
WHAT DOES LONG OR SHORT HAIR HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?
But 1 Corinthians 11:14 says "does not your inherent nature (common sense) teach you THAT IF A MAN HAS LONG HAIR, IT IS A DISGRACE TO HIM"?
Yes, and whom was Paul addressing his epistle to?
Among Gentiles, it's generally been THE CUSTOM that women's hair should be long, while men's hair is to be kept relatively short.
Therefore, TO THEIR WAY OF THINKING, long hair in a man is generally unacceptable and frowned on.
Paul's statement TO GENTILES was merely reflecting Gentile CUSTOM. Had Paul been talking to Jews HE WOULDN'T HAVE MADE SUCH STATEMENT SINCE he was a scholar, well versed in and thoroughly knowledgeable of, the Hebrew Scriptures.
Such CUSTOM is NOT VALID among Jews.
And Jesus WAS Jewish.
Ever heard of a guy named Samson?
He was dedicated to God from his mother's womb.
He NEVER CUT HIS HAIR IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE!!! (Judges 13:5; 16:17).
It took an instrument of Satan named Delilah to cut it while he slept, thereby weakening him, blinding him, enslaving him and - talk about disgrace - turning him into the laughing stock of evil Philistines until he finally killed hundreds of them and himself.
Ever heard of David's son Absalom?
He wasn't dedicated to God, but he kept his hair VERY LONG and would only cut it when it got too heavy (2 Samuel 14:26).
Ever heard of the Nazarite vow?
It's mentioned in Genesis 49:26; Deuteronomy 33:16, Judges 13:5; 16:17, and Numbers chapter 6 (almost the entire chapter).
So, you have ONE isolated Scripture addressed to a gentile congregation, and I have SIX addressed to Jews.
Jesus was a Jew.
Jesus was CONSECRATED TO GOD from His mother's womb, like Samson (Luke 1:31-35).
Hence, Jesus was a Nazarite.
Therefore, Jesus NEVER CUT his hair.
Therefore, Jesus HAD LONG HAIR.
If you doubt it, look at THE BACK (dorsal Image) on the Shroud of Turin.
You'll see that His hair was so long that it was BRAIDED and hung down his back about halfway between his shoulders and buttocks.
What forger, in his right mind, would have thought of THAT?
Here's what THE TORAH says about Nazarites:
"During the entire period of his vow of separation NO RAZOR MAY BE USED ON HIS HEAD. He must be holy until the period of his separation to the LORD is over; HE MUST LET THE HAIR OF HIS HEAD GROW LONG"(Numbers 6:5).
Those were God's DIRECT INSTRUCTIONS to the Israelites that made such vow.
Those who HAVE A PROBLEM with Jesus' LONG HAIR, should take it up with God, SINCE IT WAS HE WHO COMMANDED IT.
By the way, the same hypocrites who insist that Jesus couldn't have had long hair because of Paul's statement to the gentiles at Corinth, have NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER, and NEVER WRITE ABOUT, women who pray with their heads uncovered, which is ALSO MENTIONED IN that same chapter.
Just goes to show WHAT TWO-FACED HYPOCRITES THEY ARE.
If you're going to make A BIG ISSUE of Jesus' long hair, based on that ONE Scripture, then why not ALSO MAKE A BIG ISSUE about women covering their heads?
Both are mentioned in that same chapter, RIGHT AFTER THE OTHER.
Individuals who worry so much about OUTER APPEARANCE, are TOTALLY CARNAL.
They're focused ONLY ON THE OUTSIDE, while INSIDE their hearts ARE DECEIVED AND CORRUPT (1 Samuel 16:7).
Like it or not, Jesus HAD LONG HAIR.
DEAL WITH IT.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012
Jesus called His disciples - ALL His disciples - to be "fishers of men" (Mark 1:17; Matthew 4:19).
His apostles and the Early Church did an EXEMPLARY JOB of fishing SOULS and bringing them into the Kingdom.
They turned THE WHOLE WORLD - glory to God - UPSIDE DOWN with the Gospel (Acts 17:6).
Then religion stepped in:
Rules, regulations, dogmas, a million don'ts, lust for power, greed, corruption, manipulation, dictatorial control, oppression, fake indulgences, compromise, doctrinal error, timidity, lukewarmness...
All of which brings us to the 21st Century Church which, for the most part, is FULL OF WIMPS hanging on to Jesus by the tip of their very fragile and brittle finger nails.
Thank God they're hanging on to Him, though.
Fortunately, our Salvation DOES NOT in any way depend on what I'm about to say. But OTHER PEOPLE'S Salvation DOES.
If you're NOT fishing for human souls not only are you NOT following the Lord's example and directive, you're MISSING OUT on one of the greatest joys of BEING Christ-ian.
You haven't "lived" UNTIL you experience what it's like to bring EVEN ONE soul to SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF Jesus.
Someone who was headed straight for the pit of hell, and -- ETERNAL THANKS TO JESUS, and to you -- he or she is now rerouted to heaven.
He or she now has JESUS HIMSELF, through His Most Holy Spirit, LIVING IN them.
As for those who claim that Jesus didn't invite people to receive Him, and that He just preached the Gospel, and let people arrive at that decision all by themselves, THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HECK THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT.
In fact, by their very statement, they show that THEY'RE NOT VERY EFFECTIVE SOUL WINNERS - if they've won any souls AT ALL.
Jesus gave invitations REPEATEDLY:
To Matthew: "Follow me" (Mark 2:14; Matthew 9:9).
To TWO DIFFERENT guys: "Follow me" (Luke 9:59, 61).
To the rich young ruler: "Go sell all you have, give it to the poor, then COME and FOLLOW ME" (Matthew 19:21).
To EVERYONE: "COME UNTO ME, all you who are work-weary and heavy laden, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST" (Matthew 11:28).
He that COMES TO ME, I will in NO WAY cast out (John 6:37).
I am the bread of life which came from heaven: WHOEVER eats of this bread will live forever (John 6:51).
God gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES ON Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
"In the last day, that great day of the feast (in context, the Feast of Sukkot), Jesus stood and cried, saying, IF ANY MAN THIRST, LET HIM COME UNTO ME, AND DRINK.
HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
But this he spoke of the Spirit, WHICH THEY THAT BELIEVE ON HIM SHOULD RECEIVE:for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified" (John 7:37-39).
When He sent His disciples two by two to preach the Kingdom of God, or when He preached it Himself, what were they preaching?
That Jesus MUST ENTER their hearts and establish His Kingdom INSIDE THEM (Luke 10:1, 9; 17:21).
And that's just off the top of my head.
Even in the Book of Revelation, He's STILL INVITING people to receive Him:
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE, AND OPEN THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM, and will eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
"WHOSOEVER WILL" let Him DRINK the Water of Life FREELY (Revelation 22:17).
Peter invited people to receive Jesus (1 Peter 1:9; 2:4).
So did John (John 1:12)
So did Paul (Romans 10:9).
So did James, Andrew, Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James son of Alpheus, Jude, the other Simon, Mathias, Barnabas, James the brother of Jesus, and the other Philip.
In fact ALL THESE MEN GAVE THEIR LIVES, literally or figuratively for the sake of Jesus, His Gospel, and the Salvation of SOULS.
So, don't give me this crap that Jesus DIDN'T invite people to receive Him. And that we are ONLY to talk about Him, but let them arrive to that decision ALL BY THEMSELVES. He invited people CONSTANTLY, and He's STILL DOING IT:
Primarily through His born again followers.
You may never have another chance to bring the Message of Jesus to that particular individual. INVITE THEM to receive our lovely Savior and, if necessary, LEAD THEM in a short, SIMPLE prayer to do so and "seal the deal".
Explain that they MUST pray such prayer, FROM THEIR HEARTS.
When you go fishing, you don't just put appealing bait on the hook, get the fish to bite, and then leave it wriggling in the water; nor does the fish come from water to LAND all by itself: YOU REEL IT IN.
Same goes for souls.
Don't JUST tell them how wonderful Jesus is.
Don't JUST tell them that He loves them, died for their sins and rose from the dead IN ORDER TO save them.
INVITE THEM to RECEIVE Him.
CLOSE THE DEAL.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012
WHAT IS JESUS WORTH ?
"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found ONE OF GREAT VALUE, he went away and SOLD EVERYTHING HE HAD AND BOUGHT IT (Matthew 13:45, 46).
According to Jesus, there's a Pearl SO VALUABLE that it's worth EVERYTHING... EVERYTHING!!!
It's worth more than all the gold and silver on earth combined.
It's worth more than all the jewels, diamonds and precious stones put together.
It's worth more than all the stocks, bonds, dollars, pounds, rubles, yens, pesos, or whatever currency you use.
It's worth FAR MORE than ALL THE TEMPORARY PLEASURES this world has to offer: booze, drugs, sex, food, fame, fortune, beauty, mansions, cars, airplanes, privileges, comforts, and luxuries.
It's worth EVERY THING you own. EVERY THING!!!
It's worth your VERY HEART and your VERY LIFE.
That most precious Pearl is Jesus Himself.
WHY is He worth EVERY THING?
Because He is God.
Because He is WORTHY.
Because He is ALL-Mighty.
Because He created and SUSTAINS everything.
Because He is ETERNAL.
Because His Beauty and Perfection cannot be expressed in mere words...
He/they must be EXPERIENCED.
Because His Love is UNCONDITIONAL. It/He never ends and never fails.
Because in His Presence there is FULLNESS OF JOY, and PLEASURES FOREVERMORE.
And BECAUSE He gave EVERY THING for you...
Yes, FOR YOU.
Would you trade some PASSING, MOMENTARY pleasure, convenience, or commodity, for His Eternal Presence?
Suppose you got to live to 100 and in good health, what is THAT compared to ETERNITY?
WHAT would you give for Jesus?
Your social status?
Certain physical pleasures?
The founder(s) of your denomination?
Those "other books" you hold so dear?
What is Jesus worth to you?
Would you give EVERYTHING for Jesus?
Would you AT LEAST give Him YOUR HEART ?
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012
RAPTURE OF ANIMALS
For years, we have taught that land animals will go in the Rapture.
This teaching blesses and comforts many people who have beloved pets and were frightened about them staying behind when the Rapture happens.
It's also comforting to those who have lost dear pets due to old age, illness or some mishap, and who miss them and want to see them again.
Leave it to some opportunistic minds to exploit this fear and offer to "take care of your pets" after the Rapture.
There's a self-professed atheist who hawks his services on the internet "assuring" Christians that he'll still be here and he'll take care of them, FOR A FEE, of course.
Needless to say such fee is to be paid IN ADVANCE.
It would be funny, if it weren't for the fact that - EVEN IF YOUR PETS DIDN'T GO - the atheist would NOT be able to guarantee their care or their safety, NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU PAY him, for the simple reason that he won't be able to guarantee HIS OWN survival during the tribulation.
But you can't really blame the guy. If he's watched 10 minutes of Kristian TV, HE KNOWS how gullible Christians are and that they'll believe - and throw money at -- ANYTHING (and I do mean, ANY THING) they see on TV or the internet.
After all, if that slick preacher, who claims to believe in Jesus, is taking advantage of them, why SHOULDN'T HE -- who DOESN'T believe in God - join the gravy train?
I'm also surprised at the number of people who think it's their lofty mission in life to "correct" our teaching.
Suppose for a minute that it were wrong, so what?
Such teaching does not contradict Scripture and has NOTHING to do with one's Salvation, and it does provide comfort and quells fear.
I mean, really, even if I disagreed, I wouldn't waste ANY time arguing with someone about that.
Objections range from "animals have no spirit". That's a lie, the Bible says they do (Ecclesiastes 3:21) to (in the reader's prejudiced mind) "it doesn't sound logical".
If we applied human logic ALONE, the Rapture itself is completely illogical. So, it shouldn't happen either.
I can also argue that when Noah and his family were taken into the ark -- which is a type of the Rapture, where they were saved, while everyone on earth perished-- there were ONLY 8 humans inside, but THOUSANDS of animals, either in pairs or groups of 7.
Romans 8:21, which we quote on the site, is VERY CLEAR:
"Because the creature itself ALSO shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God".
As additional proof, we point out that the Book of Revelation, which describes the tribulation, speaks often and REPEATEDLY about vegetation,birds, and marine life (Revelation 7:1,3; 8:7-9; 9:4; 16:2-4; 19:17,21) BUT DOES NOT MENTION ANY land animals, UNTIL the very end of the tribulation (chapter 19) where it mentions ONLY horses.
Doesn't that seem a bit odd? Does God care more about GRASS than about dogs, cats, cows, chickens, etc.?
I could also point out that land animals were created on DAY SIX, just like man (Genesis 1:24-31). So, they rank just below man in the Creation chain.
We posted that teaching mainly to COMFORT those who worry about what's to become of their pets once they leave.
Since this teaching has NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO with one's Salvation, we're really NOT INTERESTED in arguing or splitting theological hairs about it.
All I can do is present the BIBLICAL evidence.
If anyone - DESPITE the evidence -- chooses to believe land animals will still be here, that's their prerogative.
MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012
WHY JESUS CAN'T BE GOD
According to a Jehovah's Witness I recently interacted with, Jesus "CAN'T BE" God because Colossians 1:15 says:
"He is the Image of the invisible God, THE FIRSTBORN of all creation".
Isn't God ETERNAL? If so, HOW could God BE BORN?
And doesn't this verse show that Jesus was PART OF "God's creation", hence making it IMPOSSIBLE for Him to be God?
Poor Jehovah's Witness!
As Jesus told the BLIND, RELIGIOUS Sadducees of His day: "YOU ERR, NOT KNOWING the Scriptures OR the POWER OF GOD" (Matthew 22:29).
The PHYSICAL BODY OF Jesus WAS "THE firstborn OF ALL CREATION".
Haven't you read that God "prepared a body" for Himself to dwell in? (Hebrews 10:5; Psalm 40:6-12).
Haven't you read that the Lamb was slain BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD (Revelation 13:8)?
The HUMAN part of Jesus was the FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION.
God is Spirit, thus, INVISIBLE TO HUMAN EYES (John 4:24).
That's WHY He became HUMAN, so HUMANS could see, feel, hear, touch and interact with THEIR CREATOR GOD.
1 Timothy 3:16 says, clear as daylight, that "God was made VISIBLE in the flesh".
The Spirit of Jesus is God, HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOD, AND WILL ALWAYS BE GOD (John 1:1).
As such, His Spirit is ETERNAL.
That SAME VERSE, Colossians 1:15 STARTS OFF by saying that Jesus IS THE IMAGE OF the INVISIBLE God.
The VERY NEXT verse, Colossians 1:16-17, CLEARLY SAYS IN REGARDS TO JESUS:
"For BY HIM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED: THINGS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM AND FOR HIM (INCLUDING HIS PHYSICAL BODY). He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together".
Really, JW's, YOU NEED TONS OF HERETICAL "HELP" IN ORDER NOT TO UNDERSTAND that if Jesus created ALL THINGS, visible and INVISIBLE, and they ALL were created by Him and for Him - then Jesus MUST - absolute MUST - be God.
From EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING He is God (Psalm 90:2).
As if that statement WASN'T enough TO PROVE His ETERNAL Deity, the VERY NEXT CHAPTER of Colossians, reiterates:
For in Him dwells ALL THE FULLNESS OF the Deity PHYSICALLY (bodily) (Colossians 2:9).
The TRUE Christian faith was introduced by Jesus and His apostles 2,000 years ago.
The so-called Jehovah's Witnesses sect was INVENTED, by a sinful, lying MORTAL, named Charles Taze Russell, only 142 years ago.
Draw your own conclusions.
I have a suggestion for ALL Jehovah's Witnesses (Serena and Venus Williams included):
Receive Jesus into your heart as Lord, Savior and ONLY God, and be BORN AGAIN of His ETERNAL Spirit.
You'll NEVER DOUBT His Eternal Deity again.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012
Let me set everyone's mind at ease:
NO "SECRET SOCIETY" IS ABOUT TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD.
I don't care who your favorite "conspirators" are: whether the Masons, the Bilderbergers, the Illuminati, Opus Dei, the Vatican, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Rockefellers, Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones, NASA, FEMA, the White House, President Obama, the Pope, the religion of Islam, a combination of these, OR ANYONE ELSE.
It's NOT HAPPENING!!!
How can we be SO SURE?
Because there ISN'T ONE - NOT ONE!!! - verse in the entire Bible that teaches such thing.
If you can find ONE such verse, please write me:
Conspiracy theories ARE NOTHING NEW. Different versions of one or more of these groups "taking over the world" have been circulating for the past 40 years.
A while back I tried to reason with one of the fools who teach this nonsense in his blog (read by about 8 people) passing it off as "Bible prophecy" - mostly because he had arbitrarily placed us on his mailing list and was bombarding us with crap.
When I pointed out that he was TEACHING A LIE, and that he COULDN'T produce even ONE verse from the Bible to support his theory, do you know what his reply was?
"I've seen your site. ALL YOU DO is quote the Bible".
He didn't even realize WHAT A HUGE COMPLIMENT he was paying me, because HE DIDN'T INTEND IT AS a compliment.
He meant it as CRITICISM.
He was actually CRITICIZING me for quoting THE WORD OF GOD!!!
How the hell can anyone call themselves "Christian" when THEY DON'T BELIEVE THE BIBLE?
More importantly -- as I asked the imbecile in question -- HOW THE HELL CAN HE CALL HIS TEACHING "BIBLE PROPHECY" WHEN --by his own admission -- IT'S NOT FOUND IN the Bible?
Still waiting for an answer...
I guess he was TOO EMBARRASSED to reply, as he damned well SHOULD BE.
I've been teaching AGAINST this lunacy for nearly a decade and we STILL RECEIVE links and articles every week about some idiotic conspiracy theory some ISOLATED LOON dreamed up.
And, what's even more frustrating, is that most of these links and articles DO NOT come from new readers, or even from new Christians, BUT FROM THOSE WHO'VE BEEN CORRESPONDING WITH US for a good while, WHO SHOULD KNOW MUCH BETTER.
What the heck is wrong with some of you? Can't some of you guys READ???
You don't even know 30% of this website's VERY BIBLICAL content, and you're sending me THAT UNBIBLICAL MANURE?
All such emails are instantly deleted. I'm not about to waste TWO SECONDS on such Godless crap.
Whether you're a new Christian or and "old" Christian, if you read something that alarms you, and want to ask us about it, please DO NOT send us a link to a website or blog and expect us to READ THE ENTIRE SITE looking for the thing you read.
Also, DO NOT send us lengthy articles and expect us to read them.
YOU CHOSE TO ROAM THE INTERNET LOOKING FOR SOME "NEW", "EXHILARATING" JUNK TO ENTERTAIN YOUR ITCHING EYES AND EARS.
YOU READ THAT CRAP AGAINST MY EXPRESS ADVICE.
Since YOU READ IT, and YOU KNOW what it says, YOU need to either sum it up into a BRIEF statement, or copy and paste a SMALL excerpt from the article that sums it up. Otherwise, KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. We will simply IGNORE your request.
Any idiot can put up a blog. Most blogs have VERY FEW (less than a dozen) regular readers.
Yet there are still some of you who are stupid enough to SEEK THAT CRAP ON PURPOSE, then "fall for it" JUST BECAUSE "it's on the internet".
Just like there are some who believe ANYTHING they see on TV.
Some of the most stupid, Christless, and UNBIBLICAL DECEPTION I've ever heard has come from Kristian blogs and Kristian TV.
Yes, this world is going to hell in a handbasket.
Yes, this world will soon be ruled by the Antichrist.
But it won't be because of any "secret society" or giant "conspiracy" to establish a "New World Order".
I don't care if there are 10,000 secret societies plotting a takeover.
It will happen because God - not some "secret society" -- has ORDAINED IT.
It will happen because God - not some "secret society" -- sends terrible judgments, then allows Satan to bring the Antichrist out of the pit.
It will happen BECAUSE GOD SAID IT.
It will happen BECAUSE GOD IS IN CONTROL.
It will happen BECAUSE "IT" IS WRITTEN.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012
Every once in a while, some self-righteous religionist makes it his lofty mission in life to criticize the "model" prayer we have for those who want to receive Jesus.
Not because they care for lost souls - in fact, I guarantee they've never won a single soul to Jesus in their entire lives - but because they're not happy UNLESS they're criticizing someone, particularly someone who does SERVE the Lord.
They self-righteously accuse us of using "magical" words, arguing that if God doesn't give the faith, the prayer won't have any effect.
I know of no other ministry that emphasizes the grace of God more than this one. We have A WHOLE WEBPAGE devoted to that topic. However, that's not the whole story. Here's where they are wrong:
Yes, Salvation is A GIFT, from beginning to end. Yes, it's a gift of God's Grace. Yes, even the faith to believe is a gift from God.
However, God can give us ALL THE FAITH IN THE WORLD, and if an individual doesn't exercise his or her free will and MAKES THE DECISION TO receive Jesus into his/her heart, THEY'RE NOT SAVED.
They MUST RECEIVE Jesus INTO THEIR HEARTS.
They MUST CONFESS Him with their mouths [Romans 10:9].
It's God who came up with the "formula", not me.
So, unless a person makes a decision of his/her own free will, and tells Jesus something SIMILAR to the model we provide, from their hearts, THEY'RE NOT SAVED.
Do they have to recite the words verbatim? Of course, not!
Only a religious moron would think that.
The words serve only as a guide. Matter of fact, we have about 5 different versions of the "sinner's prayer" throughout the site.
There's nothing magical about the words themselves. But the Scriptures are clear that Jesus must be RECEIVED (invited in), and confessed (John 1:12).
Critics have reached me too late because I was once a VERY religious person, who had religion and dogma coming out my nose. I BELIEVED in Jesus, I LOVED Jesus, I believed He is God. I believed He died for my sins and rose from the dead. Yet I was NOT saved, I did NOT experience the New Birth UNTIL I SAID, FROM MY HEART, words VERY SIMILAR TO THOSE PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITE'S "MODEL PRAYER".
If I hadn't heard the Gospel of Grace, and several different versions of that "model prayer" from three different Baptist preachers, I probably wouldn't be saved today.
Fortunately, it's not accusing religionists who get to decide who is really saved and who isn't. ONLY GOD gets to determine that.
Providing a "model prayer" is TOTALLY scriptural. Jesus provided a model prayer for the disciples [Matthew 6:9].
The same double-standard hypocrites, who criticize our "model" prayer, have NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER reciting the Lord's Prayer.
Is there anything wrong with reciting, or following the pattern of that "model prayer"? No.
Is there anything "magical" about saying "Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be your Name"? No.
ANY words we utter, that DO NOT come from the heart, are "idle words", empty words that mean nothing.
But will it work, IF you say it FROM YOUR HEART? Yes!!!
The same can be said about the so-called "sinner's prayer".
Those who have problems with "model prayers" should take the matter up with Jesus. I didn't invent the concept. He did.
I prayed such prayer many years ago. I'm ETERNALLY GLAD I did.
If you HAVEN'T, I highly recommend that you do, FROM YOUR HEART.
It's a decision you'll NEVER regret.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
NOT SO FAST
Ever since I came to faith in Christ and was taught the concept of the Rapture, I had always believed the conventional teaching that we disappear in the twinkling of an eye, and IMMEDIATELY appear in heaven before Christ.
After all, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
A closer look at Scripture reveals something slightly different, but quite important in order for eschatology, and the timing of the Rapture itself, to make sense.
To be absent from the body is to be PRESENT WITH the Lord IN SPIRIT. For our SOULS (will, mind, emotions) the process is somewhat SLOWER.
Why ? Because our spirits function at the speed of Light.
God is Spirit (John 4:24), God is Light (1 John 1:5).
Our SOULS still function at the speed of SOUND, and must be gradually adapted to and, literally, brought up to speed, UNTIL THEY ARE FULLY RESTORED TO LIGHT SPEED.
Our human minds presently use only about 8-10% of their potential. When they are RESTORED to the speed of light, at which they functioned BEFORE man sinned and God's glory departed, they will function at 100% capacity.
That, in turn, means that ENTIRE NEW WORLDS OF PERCEPTION, INFORMATION AND MEMORIES WILL OPEN UP TO US.
The actual Rapture (our being caught up) takes place INSTANTLY when the 6th Seal is opened in Revelation 6:12.
However, there is a brief transition period -- which I'm told is quite glorious - between our departure from earth and our appearing before God's Throne in glorified bodies.
This is proven by the fact that BEFORE we appear as that "great multitude that no one could number", the sealing of the 144,000 takes place on earth.
Revelation 7:2-3 is quite clear:
"And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, UNTIL we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.
It's 7 VERSES LATER, in that same chapter (Revelation 7:9), AFTER the 144,000 are sealed on their foreheads, that the Church appears before God's Throne in glorified bodies.
So, there is CLEARLY a CROSSOVER PERIOD of progressive transformation which takes place from our PHYSICAL transformation (Rapture) to our FULL SOUL transformation, that takes place BETWEEN OUR LEAVING and our ARRIVING.
WHICH WAY will you go when Jesus opens the 6th seal?
Will you be taken to heaven or will you be LEFT here on earth?
The ONLY WAY to ENSURE going to heaven is by inviting Jesus into your heart and MAKING HIM THE Lord of your life.
If you'd like to do that now, write us, or click on the link below.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012
BEGINNING AND THE END
Contrary to popular belief, the Hebrew calendar DOES NOT begin on Tishri 1.
Repeat: The Hebrew calendar DOES NOT BEGIN on Tishri 1.
Jews can refer to Tishri 1 as "Rosh Hashanah" (head of the year) all they want, but such concept is NOT biblical.
The ONLY time the term "Rosh Hashanah" is found in the Bible (Ezekiel 40:1 it refers to THE TRUE, and God- appointed beginning of the year which is Aviv 1.
In the torah, God made it crystal clear WHEN the Hebrew calendar begins by giving this EXPRESS ORDER:
"This month (meaning Aviv, the month in which they came out of Egypt and celebrated the first Passover) SHALL BE UNTO YOU THE BEGINNING OF MONTHS: it shall be THE FIRST MONTH OF THE YEAR to you" (Exodus 12:2).
The CUSTOM of calling Tishri 1 "Rosh Hashanah" began in Babylonian captivity.
It was also during the captivity that Jews began calling months BY THEIR BABYLONIAN NAMES (Nisan, Iyyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul, Tishri, Heshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat, and Adar).
BEFORE the Babylonian captivity they called months BY THEIR NUMBER.
Aviv was ALWAYS the FIRST month, and Tishri was ALWAYS the SEVENTH month.
Aviv (aka Nisan) is called "Aviv" in Hebrew because it refers to the state of ripeness of the barley harvest which always takes place during that month.
When the barley reaches that state, it is said that the barley is "aviv" (ripe).
To be fair, I USED TO believe, like everyone else, that Rosh Hashanah was the beginning of the "civil" year and Aviv the beginning of the "religious" year.
But, through research and study, I've come to the realization that God NEVER ORDAINED a "religious" year and a "civil" year.
That became ACQUIRED HABIT or CUSTOM, but NEVER was it ordained by God.
Such custom, in fact, was acquired BY SLAVES (Babylonian captives). When God FREED Israelites from Egyptian bondage, they ONLY called the months by their number, as God specifically instructed.
WHY is any of this important?
Because as I've shared with you often: your opinion, my opinion, and everyone else's opinion, DOESN'T COUNT.
The ONLY opinion that matters is God's.
He told us EXPLICITLY when the year begins, that it begins on Aviv 1 and, as far as He is concerned, ONLY HIS WORD COUNTS.
It's difficult enough, as it is, to sort through the maze of prophetic error and misinformation that abounds.
Without such knowledge, it's nearly impossible.
Seven is used as the number of completion throughout the Bible. Everything ENDS at 7.
It's NO COINCIDENCE, therefore, that God ordained all His Feasts -- except Pentecost -- in the FIRST month (Aviv) and the SEVENTH month (Tishri).
As far as God is concerned, EVERYTHING BEGINS in Aviv (spring) and ENDS in the SEVENTH month in the fall.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012
"We have A MORE SURE Word of Prophecy; TO WHICH YOU DO WELL TO TAKE HEED, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, UNTIL THE DAY DAWNS, and the Day Star arises in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:19).
God gave us His INERRANT, MORE SURE THAN EVEN HIS AUDIBLE VOICE, Word of Prophecy.
He said we are to HEED IT (PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO IT) until Jesus, the Day Star, the Living Word, the fulfillment of ALL Prophecy, ARISES IN OUR HEARTS (raptures us).
And WHERE is His bored, bloated, fickle Body LOOKING FOR ANSWERS?
They will listen TO EVERY IDIOT in the religious blogosphere.
They will RUN WITH every fanciful theory any nitwit dreams up - no questions asked.
But never take AN HONEST, CAREFUL, UNBIASED look at God's written Word.
In the VERY FEW cases where they even deign to use Scripture, they invariably TWIST IT, ADD TO IT, and TAKE IT OUT OF CONTEXT to suit their own religious whims and agenda.
A couple cases in point:
Several weeks ago this rumor started to spread that the late Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri had "predicted the Rapture" to take place this year (5772) in the month of Av.
The rumor was based on what someone CLAIMS he heard one of the rabbi's disciples say he heard Kaduri say on his death bed.
NOT ONE SHRED of "hard evidence" was provided, but that DIDN'T STOP prophecy forum junkies from IMMEDIATELY JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON.
For the record, Av 5772 is now HISTORY. IT'S OVER!!!
I didn't see ANY Rapture, did you?
As I pointed out in a recent message, there's NO WAY the rabbi would have predicted the Rapture, since THE VERY CONCEPT OF the Rapture IS FOREIGN TO traditional Judaism.
Besides, we're supposed to be looking TO THE LIVING GOD (Jesus) FOR ANSWERS, NOT TO A DEAD RABBI.
Of course, there will be no apologies from those who spread that baseless rumor, and no retractions.
But don't despair, forum ADDICTS. Just give ‘em a few days.
I'm sure they'll come up with YET ANOTHER prophetic ruse to tickle your fickle hearts and ears soon enough.
Then there's Elenin: The infamous "Doomsday comet" that was supposed to crash against the earth last fall and trigger the Apocalypse.
The comet NO LONGER EXISTS, as it BROKE APART AND DISINTEGRATED 10 MONTHS AGO. But EVEN THAT DIDN'T STOP prophecy liars from keeping it alive.
There are still OVER THREE MILLION websites, and THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF YOUTUBE VIDEOS offering all sorts or weird speculative scenarios as to what this now DEFUNCT, NON-EXISTENT comet will do.
They even dreamed up a NASA-government conspiracy to make us believe the comet had broken apart, in order to KEEP the comet's threat "a secret".
And if you believe any of that, YOU'RE CLOSE TO MENTAL RETARDATION.
NONE of this HAREBRAINED BUFFOONERY has won ONE soul to Christ.
If anything it's ALIENATED (no pun intended) unbelievers who read stuff like that, RIDICULE IT (rightly so), then lump all Christians together into one giant, MINDLESS, MORONIC BLOB.
It plays right into the world's stereotype that ONE MUST BE REALLY STUPID in order to be Christian.
All it does is provide cheap, foolish "entertainment" for self-absorbed religious cretins WHO HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THEIR SORRY LIVES AND TIME.
Like it or not, the Church WILL come face to face with Jesus very soon, not because of any idiotic IMAGINED threat, but because God's Word points to it.
Forum ADDICTS better start inventing whatever "excuse" they plan on giving Jesus FOR SQUANDERING THEIR TIME AND ENERGY ON SUCH UNFRUITFUL PURSUITS, instead of doing what He commanded:
"GO YE INTO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL"!!! (Mark 16:15).
Just when Christ's Body should be MORE FOCUSED THAN EVER ON PERSONAL EVANGELISM, they're focused ON ANYTHING BUT.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2012
WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
God stepped into history, in human form, 2,000 years ago. His intervention in human affairs changed history, and changed millions of people. But HAS IT CHANGED YOU?
When Jesus reached 33 years of age, He died on a cross for our sins, then rose from the dead, so that EVERYONE, AND I DO MEAN, EVERYONE, would spend eternity with Him.
There is no sin, ever committed, regardless of how atrocious it may be, that Jesus DIDN'T pay for... IN FULL.
EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING ON EARTH IS SAVED THRU JESUS CHRIST: THRU HIS LIFE, His Blood, DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.
EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING ON EARTH HAS ACCESS TO GOD THRU Jesus.
THE ONLY WAY you can be lost for eternity is by REJECTING Him and what He did on your behalf.
NOT receiving Him IS rejecting Him.
Therefore, those who will spend eternity without Him, will do so BY CHOICE.
"God IS NOT WILLING that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
He paid the awful price IN FULL, SO THAT NO ONE WOULD BE LOST.
However, THE ONE THING Jesus won't do is FORCE YOU to receive Him.
You have to do that VOLUNTARILY.
You, and ONLY YOU, can make that choice: To receive Jesus, or NOT to receive Him.
Anyone who ends up in the lake of fire, will end up there BECAUSE THEY CHOSE TO.
God doesn't want you there. Jesus doesn't want you there. I don't want you there.
There's ONLY ONE WAY to the Father and His Name is Jesus.
If you want Salvation you HAVE TO go thru Him.
It's up to you: Where do you want to go ?
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
IN THE LION'S DEN
Are you going thru some sort of trial? Do you feel like you've been backed into a corner? Or, worse, thrown into a dungeon, surrounded by hungry lions salivating to eat your flesh and gnaw your bones?
If so, I have a word of encouragement for you:
Satan loves to impersonate a lion. But nowhere, repeat NOWHERE, does the Bible say he IS a lion. He may roar like one, he may be fierce as a lion, but a lion he's not (1 Peter 5:8).
Never has been. Never will be.
But even if he were a lion, our Jesus has shut the mouths of REAL lions.
And, believe you me, I know whereof I speak.
Please hear this word from the Spirit: God may have allowed you to be pushed to the edge of the Red Sea, He may have allowed them to put you in a dungeon, but He won't allow anyone to devour you.
Whatever "lions" may be circling around you today, whether it's the lion of foreclosure, the lion of debt, the lion of finances, the lion of unemployment, the lion of divorce, the lion of infidelity, the lion of betrayal, the lion of sickness... or any other kind... GOD WILL NOT ALLOW THE LIONS TO DEVOUR YOU (Daniel 6:22).
God is faithful and - if you've invited Jesus into your heart, and RECEIVED Him as Lord, Savior and God -- YOU ARE HIS CHILD.
If you HAVEN'T, stop procrastinating and RECEIVE Him NOW.
You will make it thru, and like the prophet Daniel, you will emerge from the lion's den victorious and whole.
God's light will arise and shine on you (Isaiah 60:1).
If you're in Christ, this trial is not to destroy you, but to refine you, so you can be made glorious.
Satan can send as make FAKE LIONS your way as he wants, but THE REAL LION IS THE ONE WHO LIVES IN US (Revelation 5:5; 1 John 4:4).
Jesus WILL DEVOUR EVERY IMPOSTOR LION the devil sends your way.
After all is said and done, the only flesh THE LIONS will feast on is that of your enemies.
Take courage, my brother, my sister. Be strong in the Lord, and in His mighty power. Stand firm on His precious promises. Don't give an inch.
TRUST JESUS WITH ALL YOUR HEART, NO MATTER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND YOU MAY LOOK LIKE.
Be assured that, after all is said and done, VICTORY IS YOURS.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012
LEAVING HIS MARK
If God is clear about ANYTHING in His Word, it's concerning the "mark of the beast" and the consequences of accepting it.
Yet self anointed "prophecy experts" have made a royal mess out of it.
There's a very prominent Evangelical brother who, unfortunately, has taught for years that the mark on the forehead represents "our thoughts" and that the mark on the hand symbolizes "our actions".
WHERE THE HECK he got that idea, beats the heck out of me. But I can assure you he didn't get from the Bible.
Beware of those who capriciously try to "interpret", allegorize, spiritualize or over intellectualize the Word of God.
God's Word is to be taken LITERALLY, unless UNREAL SYMBOLISM is involved [e.g., "a beast with 7 heads and 10 horns"]. When interpretation is required, THE BIBLE USUALLY GIVES IT TO US, AND TELLS US WHAT THE CORRECT INTERPRETATION IS.
I love the brother in question, and appreciate his contributions in OTHER areas, but prophecy is not his strong suit.
In the unlikely and most unfortunate event that any of you, or any of your loved ones [God forbid] should ever face that predicament, I want EVERYONE TO GET THIS:
Revelation 13:16 talks about A LITERAL, VISIBLE MARK in a person's right hand or forehead.
Revelation 13:17 makes it crystal clear that NO ONE will be able to buy or sell, or carry on any transaction, WITHOUT that VISIBLE mark in the hand or forehead.
Revelation 14:9-11 states unequivocally that those who TAKE THE MARK will be FOREVER DAMNED. No exceptions.
How, then, can it possibly refer to our thoughts or actions?
We've ALL had impure thoughts and behaved badly. If God were to damn us based on our thoughts or actions NO ONE, and I mean, NO ONE would be saved... EVER.
Besides, will someone please explain to me HOW SOMEONE ELSE can READ YOUR THOUGHTS?
HOW, then, can the buying and selling be CONTINGENT ON what people are thinking?
That DOESN'T EVEN MAKE SENSE.
And if the hand referred to our "actions", how the heck can ANY government, regardless of how intrusive, KEEP TRACK OF ALL OUR ACTIONS, and make our purchases or sales contingent on them?
That's just as nonsensical as that stupid teaching that the mark will be FORCED worship of God on Sunday. Give me a break! That same chapter says the ONLY worship allowed while the mark is imposed is that of Satan and the Antichrist (Revelation 13:4).
Worship of the ONE, TRUE God simply WON'T BE ALLOWED ON ANY DAY.
The Greek word for "mark" is charagma which UNDISPUTEDLY means a VISIBLE mark, scratch or etching.
People will be FORCED to take A LITERAL, VISIBLE MARK on the forehead or right hand. Those who refuse it, will be put to death.
Contrary to what you've heard or read, the mark will NOT BE a uniform system. Revelation 13:17 says in some cases it will be a mark, in others the NAME of Antichrist [Alexander], and in still others THE NUMBER of his name which is 666.
So, there will be AT LEAST THREE different versions of it.
That mark may be "666" in Arabic numbers, it may take the form of a bar code equivalent to it, it may be the symbols in Greek that express 666 (chi xi stigma or χξς), or it may be the actual NAME OF Antichrist (Alexander, Alexandros, or Megas Alexandros).
Will it be a microchip implanted under the skin? In some cases, perhaps.
Although we cannot totally rule out that possibility, it will depend largely on the technology that's available in a given area. Remember, by the time this happens, the world that you and I know today will be a distant memory. It will be largely devastated.
There won't be a banking system or stock market. So, don't think for a moment it will be "business as usual".
Last, but not least, forget about the "cashless society" myth. There isn't A SINGLE VERSE in the Bible that says currency will become obsolete. That is SHEER, STUPID, religious FABRICATION.
People will have to ADAPT to the dire, unusual conditions and may accept money, jewelry, gold, silver, other personal property, services, barter, or Lord knows what, in exchange for goods or services.
THOSE WHO TAKE THE MARK IN ANY FORM will be ETERNALLY DAMNED.
Even if rejecting it means BEING PUT TO DEATH, it will be well worth it.
Physical death is only temporary. ETERNAL LIFE IS ETERNAL.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012
HOW DO I KNOW I'M SAVED?
If you sincerely invite Jesus Christ to enter your heart, and receive Him as your only Lord, Savior and God, His Word ASSURES YOU that He WILL ENTER and SAVE YOU.
The moment He enters YOUR HEART, you are SAVED.
"To ALL who received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God" [John 1:12].
We don't need to beg or make incessant pleas.
Jesus is continually standing at the door and knocking. If ANYONE opens the door of their heart, He WILL come in [Revelation 3:20].
But you don't know HOW MUCH I've sinned.
You don't know HOW OFTEN I've sinned.
You don't know the AWFUL sins I've committed.
Are you SURE He will save me?
YES. ONE TRILLION %.
"WHOEVER comes to me", Jesus said, "I will IN NO WAY reject"[John 6:37].
Those who GENUINELY receive Him WILL REMEMBER THE MOMENT. Not necessarily the date, but THE MOMENT they gave Him their heart.
Those who do, EXPERIENCE a change ON THE INSIDE.
Eventually, it will manifest outwardly in the way we act, but IT HAPPENS INWARDLY:
Something INSIDE YOU changes.
Deuteronomy 10:16; 30:6 and Romans 2:29 refer to such change as "circumcision OF THE HEART".
Jesus referred to it in John 3:3-5 as being "born again" or "born from above".
Peter also referred to it as being BORN-AGAIN (1 Peter 1:3, 23).
Some people notice the change instantly. For others, it takes some time. But the change takes place nonetheless.
In my own experience, I distinctly remember THE MOMENT many years ago, when I invited Jesus to penetrate my heart.
I didn't notice any change immediately, but about three months later, all of a sudden I realized that I wasn't my "old self" inside.
"Something" inside me had changed. I couldn't quite put my finger on what that "something" was, but I knew I wasn't quite the same person as before.
Of course, now I know it was MY HEART THAT CHANGED.
You may not always ACT on the OUTSIDE in line with the NEW PERSON you are ON THE INSIDE.
But if you received Christ into your heart, you will, AT SOME POINT, become CONSCIOUS OF that inner change.
His Spirit in us is what changes us.
His Spirit in us is what MAKES US saved [Romans 8:9].
It's impossible to have His Spirit in you and not experience His Presence at some point.
If the Holy Spirit LIVES IN YOUR HEART, you're saved.
That's HOW you know.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012
DEATH OF RELIGION
Religion's dead to begin with.
ALL religion, therefore, causes death.
Funny thing, how so many people want to cling to a dead thing, as though it were alive.
Funny thing, how so many people -- including so-called "Christians" -- want to pin their hopes on something defunct and corrupt.
ALL religion is FEAR BASED.
Fear causes death and torment [1 John 4:18].
ALL religion is MAN-INVENTED.
Therefore, ALL religion CONTAINS ERROR.
NO RELIGION can save.
ONLY JESUS, LIVING in a person's heart, saves us.
Jesus LIVES FOREVER.
Religion is dead, Jesus is ALIVE.
Religion's always been dead, but deceived men are hell-bent on saying it's alive.
They IDOLIZE religion by placing it ABOVE Jesus.
Those who love religion are headed for a RUDE SHOCK and great disappointment.
Someday, VERY SOON, their lies will be forever silenced.
Someday, VERY SOON, religion will be exposed for what it really is: A FRAUD.
It will be officially, ONCE AND FOR ALL, PRONOUNCED DEAD.
That's one funeral I look forward to attending.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012
WHY DO YOU CALL ME GOOD?
I love Jesus, I love Jesus, I love Jesus...
He could SEE right through the DIM VEIL OF religious pretense, cut to the chase, and hit people right between the eyes with incontrovertible Truth.
Truly, as John so clearly said, "He KNEW what was in man" (John 2:25).
We have a beautiful example of this in the Gospel of Mark 10:17-22 where a rich young man goes up to Jesus, falls on his knees before Him and asks "GOOD TEACHER, what MUST I DO to inherit eternal life"?
NOT only did Jesus answer his question brilliantly, He PREEMPTED this young man's self-righteousness as well as the idolatry in his heart.
Jesus KNEW IN ADVANCE that the young man would CLAIM to have KEPT ALL the 10 Commandments (Mark 10:20).
Jesus, of course, KNEW BETTER.
In fact, by telling the young man that "he lacked ONE thing" which was to SELL EVERYTHING, GIVE IT TO THE POOR AND FOLLOW HIM, He was clearly showing that the young man was VIOLATING THE VERY FIRST COMMANDMENT by having "other gods" before Him.
In HIS PARTICULAR CASE, it was the "god of wealth".
That this is TRUE was proven by the fact the rich young ruler went away SAD.
He NEVER EXPECTED Jesus to answer that way.
He expected Jesus to COMMEND him for his religious zeal, pat him on the back for ALLEGEDLY "keeping" all the commandments, and assure him that he had EARNED eternal life.
He wanted to EARN his salvation through HIS OWN DEEDS.
Hence, his question "WHAT MUST I DO"...?
Jesus told him FORGET IT!
"WHY do you call me good? "NO ONE IS GOOD - EXCEPT God ALONE" (Mark 10:18).
Oh, that people of ALL RELIGIONS - including "Christian" religions - would understand THAT GREAT TRUTH!
NO ONE IS GOOD, EXCEPT GOD.
There's no GOODNESS, NO RIGHTEOUSNESS, ANYWHERE, except God's.
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through ANY religion.
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation - as this young man wanted - through WHAT WE DO.
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through keeping the law (torah).
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation though "commandment keeping".
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through "good works" or through NOT DOING "BAD works".
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through 24-hour Sabbath keeping.
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through ANYTHING OR ANYONE -- OTHER THAN -- God Himself.
That's WHY Jesus is THE ONLY WAY of Salvation!!!
Not ONE of the "ways", but THE ONLY WAY.
Because JESUS IS GOD!!!
Because there is NO GOODNESS but His!!!
That's why THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED IS TO GET JESUS AND HIS GOODNESS in you.
Jesus was telling the young man UP FRONT:
"Baloney! You CLAIM to have kept all the Commandments, but YOU HAVEN'T.
I know your heart, and you're breaking THE VERY FIRST commandment right now. Your god is wealth and you prefer wealth OVER me.
Eternal Life is A GIFT that I freely bestow on those who TRUST ME.
There's NOTHING YOU CAN DO to merit eternal life. NOTHING!!!
Despite you guys claiming to follow the law and all the alleged "commandment keeping",
THERE ARE NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE! (Psalm 53:1).
THERE'S ONLY ONE THAT IS GOOD.
ONLY GOD IS GOOD".
That's why ONLY JESUS (God Himself) IS "GOOD ENOUGH" TO SAVE US.
We're raptured NOT BECAUSE WE'RE "SO GOOD" that we "deserve it"...
We're saved NOT BECAUSE WE'RE GOOD...
But BECAUSE GOD IS !!!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2012
"WORTHY" TO ESCAPE
Luke 21:36 offers ONE OF THE MOST UNFORTUNATE and MISLEADING translations of Jesus' words found in the New Testament.
This is how it reads in the KJV and several other English translations:
"Watch therefore, and pray always, THAT YOU MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man".
See that? It says that, in order to go in the Rapture, and escape the tribulation, we must be found "worthy".
NO, IT DOESN'T.
This is the ONE verse that legalists FRANTICALLY CLING TO in order to "prove" that going in the Rapture DEPENDS ON our conduct and our own merit.
WHAT, you may be wondering, is wrong with this passage?
The words "ACCOUNTED WORTHY" are NOWHERE FOUND IN the original Greek text.
Repeat: The words "ACCOUNTED WORTHY" are NOWHERE FOUND IN the original Greek text.
Wait a second, Martel, are you telling me that someone ADDED to Jesus' words?
I'm also telling you that THEY FLAT-OUT CHANGED what Jesus SAID to accommodate their religious bias.
The Greek word ERRONEOUSLY translated as "accounted worthy" is katischuo. It means "TO HAVE STRENGTH", or to "HAVE POWER".
It has NOTHING, ZERO, to do with "worthiness".
It comes from two Greek words, kata, meaning "down" or "under" and ischuo which means "TO HAVE STRENGTH or POWER".
So, what this passage ACTUALLY AND LITERALLY SAYS is:
"Watch therefore, and pray always, THAT YOU MAY HAVE THE STRENGTH OR POWER DOWN UNDER (in your spirit, which is presently in our stomachs, John 7:38) TO ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man".
Jesus IS the POWER OF God (1 Corinthians 1:24).
This verse is telling us, IN ESSENCE, THE SAME AS Matthew 25:1-12, that ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE Jesus in their hearts and His ANOINTING (oil) or Spirit are going into the marriage feast, or will be raptured.
It has NOTHING, ZERO, to do with "being worthy" of ANYTHING.
In fact the Greek word for "worthy" aksiosis NOWHERE found in this passage.
But don't you teach that the Bible is the INERRANT Word of God?
The Bible, AS IT WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN by Jesus' apostles and prophets, is ERROR FREE.
TRANSLATIONS of what they wrote into modern languages, like English, ARE NOT ALWAYS error free, as I've pointed out on many occasions.
As I've told you repeatedly, the earliest translations of the New Testament into English took place in the 14th century, some 1,200 years AFTER it was originally written.
By then, A LOT HAD HAPPENED in Christendom.
The Early Church was gone.
Strange, unbiblical doctrines had crept into the Church.
Soteriology and Eschatology had changed.
The translators - even if we give them the benefit of the doubt - that they all MEANT WELL and tried to do the best and most accurate rendering of each passage, WERE HUMAN.
As humans, they COULD NOT HELP being influenced - consciously or subconsciously - by some of the garbage being taught such as "salvation through works" or, worse, that you could BUY your salvation by purchasing hierarchical "indulgences".
Salvation through works or through purchase would, indeed, be based ON MERIT.
Only ONE TINY PROBLEM: NO SUCH THING IS TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE, Old or New Testaments.
That's why if you ever read something in whatever translation of the Bible you use that doesn't seem kosher, and doesn't line up with true, orthodox Christian doctrine, CHECK IT OUT IN THE ORIGINAL Hebrew or Greek.
We can TRUST God to ALWAYS tell the Truth.
We CANNOT trust mortals to do so.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012
WEALTH FROM WHERE
"...THE END SHALL BE at THE TIME APPOINTED. Then shall he RETURN into his land WITH GREAT RICHES; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant"... (Daniel 11:27, 28)
No, this isn't some "give to get" prosperity message.
The above portion of Daniel chapter 11 says that Alexander, the Antichrist, will return to his land (Greece) with "great riches".
If Greece's current economic situation is any indication, those riches will be BADLY NEEDED.
Not to mention that, when Alexander returns, the world will be steeped in economic collapse and chaos.
This is A CORRECTION TO a message I did on this topic almost two months ago (June 20, 2012).
At the time I said "WHERE he gets those riches, we're not told".
Actually, WE ARE TOLD. I just didn't know it back then.
Later in that same chapter, Daniel 11:42-43 PLAINLY STATES:
"He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But HE SHALL HAVE POWER OVER THE TREASURES OF GOLD AND OF SILVER, AND OVER ALL THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF Egypt"...
So, it's clear that he will get at least a large chunk of that wealth from Egypt.
Egypt has petroleum and natural gas in addition to priceless archeological artifacts including gold and silver.
So, the former leader of the so-called Muslim Brotherhood and newly elected President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, will have his hands full -- to say the least -- and his tenure will be brief.
It's also QUITE LIKELY that Alexander was BURIED WITH great wealth, which he will bring with him or recover when he is resurrected, since it was THE CUSTOM in ancient times for pharaohs, kings and emperors to be buried with vast treasure.
Even in Israel, Josephus tells of Herod pillaging the wealth buried in the tomb of King David in order to pay off the Romans.
In his previous sojourn, Alexander conquered SUPER-RICH Persia (modern Iran).
It's well known fact of history that Darius tried to buy him off and reach virtual détente by offering Alexander 10,000 talents of fine gold plus all the territories west of the Euphrates, in exchange for his returning to Greece and leaving the rest of the empire to Darius.
With gold currently going for $1,600+ per ounce, that would be the equivalent of TWO to THREE BILLION DOLLARS in today's economy.
Alexander always knew his life would be short (33 years old, same age as Jesus when He died and rose). So, he probably prepared well in advance.
Who knows what PRICELESS TREASURES that he plundered from Persia might be buried with him?
MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012
Romans 8:1 begins with this wonderful statement: "There's therefore now NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, which walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit".
In verse 3, it goes on to explain that Jesus KILLED SIN in His own flesh.
Jesus took upon Himself the sin OF THE ENTIRE WORLD... ALL OF IT,PAST sins, PRESENT sins, FUTURE sins, ALL SIN. He BECAME sin itself.
And once He took sin upon Himself, once He became sin itself, for our sakes, HE KILLED SIN IN HIMSELF.
When Jesus died, sin died.
"IT" IS FINISHED!
Because sin is finished, because your sins are dead, because Jesus killed all your sins, when you receive Jesus into your heart, as your God, Savior and Lord, your sins are dead. They have no more power to kill you or condemn you.
Not only were all your sins [past, present, future] PAID FOR, IN FULL, THEY WERE PUT TO DEATH. SIN ITSELF DIED WHEN JESUS DIED.
Moreover, your sins were erased, never, to be remembered again.
If you're IN Christ, there's no record in heaven that you ever sinned.
That's why, if you are IN Christ, NOBODY... not Satan, not the angels [good or bad], no demons, NO RELIGION, can condemn you.
That's how thorough and complete His work of redemption was and is.
He left NOTHING to chance. HE DID IT ALL.
He did it ALL, so we don't have to do ANYTHING. Praise Him for all eternity!
He did it ALL, SO THERE'S NOTHING LEFT FOR US TO DO, EXCEPT RECEIVE HIM.
Since we don't need to DO ANYTHING, THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN MESS IT UP! Oh, thank you, Jesus!
That's why it's called GOOD NEWS!
That's why Paul calls the preaching of the Good News [the Gospel] "the ministry of reconciliation":
God was IN CHRIST, reconciling the world unto Himself, NOT COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM... [2 Corinthians 5:19].
To a sinner, there's NO BETTER NEWS than THAT.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2012
REMEMBER THE SABBATH
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you LABOR, and do ALL your WORK...
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: in it YOU SHALL NOT DO ANY WORK...For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and RESTED the seventh day: therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it" (Exodus 20:8-11).
There is no commandment, among the 10 given at Sinai, as controversial as the fourth.
ENTIRE DENOMINATIONS have been INVENTED around THIS ONE commandment, given some 2,500 years AFTER the six-day Creation.
Is it wrong to "observe" the 24-hour WEEKLY Sabbath?
Is it wrong to congregate on the Sabbath?
Has Sunday "replaced" Saturday as the "day of rest" or the 7th 24-hour day of the week?
I have NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER with those who CHOOSE TO observe the weekly Sabbath, either by resting (which is what the fourth commandment SPECIFICALLY CALLS FOR) or by congregating.
WHAT I DO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH is turning Sabbath keeping INTO AN IDOL, thereby breaking THE FIRST and SECOND commandments (Exodus 20:3, 4).
How do religious people turn this 24-hour unit of FINITE "time" into a form of IDOLATRY?
1. By claiming that observing that 24-hour day is A REQUIREMENT FOR Salvation, hence rendering Jesus' ETERNAL Sacrifice impotent and insufficient.
2. By claiming that theirs is the "ONLY TRUE" DENOMINATION simply because they CHOOSE TO congregate on that particular day.
3. By claiming that Saturday is THE ONLY DAY on which believers can or should congregate.
4. By teaching the UNBIBLICAL heresy that those who congregate on Sunday are taking upon themselves the feared "mark of the beast" mentioned in Revelation 13:16.
There ISN'T ONE verse IN THE TORAH, or IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE, that commands people to congregate on Saturday.
I've had a PERMANENT CHALLENGE on this website for ANY Seventh Day Adventist, Armstrongnist, Jew, Sabbatarian, or ANYONE ELSE, to produce JUST ONE verse of Scripture where such "commandment" is given.
It's been posted in English and Spanish for OVER 5 YEARS.
Do you know how many verses of Scripture have been sent to us?
ZERO, NADA: Because THERE ARE NONE.
In fact, as I also point out on the websites, such premise is IMPOSSIBLE since, when the 10 Commandments were given, THERE WAS NO TEMPLE in Israel, NO SYNAGOGUES and NO CHRISTIAN CHURCHES ANYWHERE.
The temple would not exist until 500 years later, synagogues until 1,000 years later, and church buildings until 1,900 years AFTER the fourth commandment was given.
Those are HISTORIC FACTS.
Just like there's NO BIBLICAL COMMANDMENT to congregate on Saturday, there's also NO BIBLICAL COMMANDMENT to congregate on Sunday.
So, this silly business of "Saturday vs. Sunday" which has spawned myriad books, DVD's, videos, websites and denominations is CHILDISH, STUPID, RIDICULOUS and UNSUPPORTED either by the Scriptures or by Church history.
When did Jews acquire THE CUSTOM of congregating at the synagogue on Saturday?
During the Babylonian captivity.
Prior to the 6th century B.C. NO SUCH THING WAS EVER DONE.
During captivity they found themselves in a strange land, with strange language and customs, and definitely strange religion.
Moreover, the temple in Jerusalem, where they were to make pilgrimage three times a year HAD BEEN DESTROYED.
So, they had no temple, and were facing the strenuous circumstances described above.
Hence, they began meeting on Saturday (their "day of rest") to fellowship with other Jews, read and study the torah.
Indeed, by the time Jesus came and walked this earth (some 600 years later), this had become ESTABLISHED CUSTOM among Jews.
Hence Jesus went to the synagogue on Saturday as WAS HIS/THEIR CUSTOM (Luke 4:16).
A CUSTOM is NOT A COMMANDMENT.
Repeat: A CUSTOM IS NOT a COMMANDMENT.
A commandment is AN ORDER expressly given by God.
A custom is an ACQUIRED HABIT.
In the early Church we find believers gathering ON BOTH DAYS: Saturday AND Sunday.
Believing Jews usually kept THEIR CUSTOM of meeting at the local synagogue on Saturday (Acts 13:14, 42-44; 17:2; 18:7), while most Gentile believers acquired THE CUSTOM of gathering on Sunday because it was the day when Jesus' Resurrection became evident (John 20:1-18; Acts 20:7).
It was also the day when the risen Jesus first appeared to the disciples, who were GATHERED IN the Upper Room (John 20:19).
And PROBABLY because it was convenient, since most of them came from pagan cultures where Sunday was designated as a day for public worship.
This, by the way, took place some 200 YEARS BEFORE Constantine was even born.
So, blaming Constantine for "switching" Saturday to Sunday is NOT only a tired, old argument, but NOT entirely true.
While he did seek to unify the Christian faith and its customs, Gentile believers were congregating on Sunday LONG BEFORE Constantine ever came along.
WHEN should believers in Christ congregate?
WHENEVER THEY WANT!!!
In Romans 14:5, 6 Paul clearly says that believers are NOT TO "prefer one day above another".
It's NEVER WRONG TO fellowship with other believers.
It's NEVER WRONG TO gather in Jesus' Name (Matthew 18:20).
It's NEVER WRONG TO worship God.
All of these should become a "way of life" and should be done on Saturday, on Sunday, AND ALSO ON Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The weekly 24-hour Sabbath, as Paul pointed out (Colossians 2:16, 17), is BUT A MERE SHADOW of the true Sabbath (REST) of the Lord WHICH IS ETERNAL : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvLZ5Dtpsug
Like so much of the carnal stuff that MORTAL MEN INVENT, this silly business of "Saturday vs. Sunday" is MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012
LESSON FROM NOAH
Can you imagine the looks Noah must have gotten from his contemporaries when he told them that a WORLDWIDE FLOOD was coming?
Can you imagine how they laughed when he told them that water would pour incessantly from the heavens for 40 days and 40 nights?
People had never even seen rain before because, up until that time, the earth had its own, built-in sprinkler system. It was watered by a heavy mist or dew that arose from the surface of the earth during the night [Genesis 2:6].
This allowed the trees, bushes, grass and gardens to be kept green and lush.
Poor Noah didn't even have a verse of Scripture he could point to, or base his preaching on, because at that point, the Bible hadn't been written.
At least no one could accuse him of teaching "his interpretation"...
Yet we know beyond any doubt that the flood happened, not only from the Bible, but from extensive archeological and geological evidence, and because the ancient writings of every major civilization in the world contain some account of the universal flood.
Is it mere "coincidence" that Jesus compared the days prior to the Rapture to the days of Noah? [Matthew 24:36-42; Luke 17:26,27].
There are NO COINCIDENCES with God.
The self-absorbed, delusional fools of Noah's day lived under the false notion that God needed to consult them, ask their permission, and seek their approval, in order to do what He said He'd do.
They thought IF IT "DIDN'T MAKE SENSE" to their "gifted" intellect, it just couldn't happen.
They thought IF THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE THE FLOOD WAS COMING, it simply wouldn't happen.
Needless to say, they got a VERY RUDE awakening.
They weren't laughing the day after, that's for sure.
They haven't been laughing in hell all these years, either.
Fast forward some 5,000 years to the present:
These ARE the "days prior to His coming".
Unlike the people of Noah's day, we HAVE THE BIBLE, we HAVE THE WORDS OF JESUS; we have His "more sure" Word of prophecy, we have ALL THE SIGNS that Jesus Himself said would precede the Rapture.
But most people, including many "Christians" have deluded themselves into THINKING He won't fulfill His Word UNLESS "it makes sense to them", UNLESS "they approve", UNLESS "they are ready".
They have deluded themselves into THINKING they can POSTPONE His coming.
They are in for a SUPER-RUDE AWAKENING.
Ready or not, the Rapture WILL TAKE PLACE.
Ready or not, THE TRIBULATION JUDGMENTS will begin THE MOMENT His Church is out of here.
Compared to the tribulation, Noah's flood will seem like a picnic.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012
ETERNAL MEANS "ALWAYS"
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE... we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life" (1 John 5:13, 20).
Eternal Life means we've ALWAYS been ONE WITH the Eternal God.
Our carnal and finite minds tend to think of Salvation or Eternal Life in terms of "FROM THE MOMENT we were born again" FORWARD into the future.
But, in order for something or someone to be TRULY ETERNAL, it must have been ALWAYS.
It must have been REALITY (for lack of better terms in our fragmented human language) in "eternity past", ETERNAL PRESENT and "eternity future".
My dear brothers and sisters, do you realize THE ENORMITY of this Eternal Truth?
Do you see what it means?
It means we PRE-EXISTED in/with God since before the foundation of the world (Job 28:4-7).
It means we were CHOSEN AND PREDESTINED in Him also before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4,5).
It means we've ALWAYS BEEN saved.
It means Salvation (Eternal Life) CANNOT BE LOST.
If we COULD "lose it" it wouldn't be eternal AT ALL... Would it?
Think about it: if, as legalistic heretics, would have us believe our ACTIONS (law keeping, 10 Commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping) could play a role in our Salvation...
If, as they wrongly teach, we could be saved one moment, and lost the next, based on our good or bad behavior...
It would mean WE NEVER HAD ETERNAL LIFE (SALVATION) to begin with!!!
That's why Revelation 13:8 tells us Jesus was slain BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. Glory to Him forever!
The moment in space-time when we became born-again is when THE SALVATION WE'VE ALWAYS HAD MANIFESTED in this TEMPORARY earth realm (Acts 13:48).
But as far as God's concerned, WE'VE ALWAYS HAD IT.
From this world's perspective it may SEEM LIKE we've chosen Jesus, but He Himself told us that THE ONLY REASON we "choose Him" is BECAUSE HE FIRST CHOSE US (John 15:16).
We've ALWAYS BEEN SAVED.
Which PROVES - once and for all - that Salvation CANNOT be "earned" and CANNOT be "lost".
As we pointed out a while back, the ONLY ALTERNATIVE to ETERNAL security is ETERNAL insecurity.
Eternal insecurity is DAMNATION.
That's why you can't do anything to "earn" eternal life.
You CANNOT work for it.
As the beloved John told us 2,000 years ago, Jesus IS Eternal Life.
He (Jesus) CANNOT BE EARNED.
He is THE ONE TRUE, ETERNAL God.
You either HAVE HIM (who IS Eternal Life) or YOU DON'T.
We either ALWAYS had Him, from the eons of "eternity past" or WE NEVER DID.
Salvation (Jesus) HAS ALWAYS BEEN OURS.
We have ALWAYS been His.
We are saved now, because WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN!
Glory to the Eternal One who IS our Salvation now and for the eternity of eternities!!! Amen.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012
THE GREATNESS OF GOD
"For THE INVISIBLE THINGS of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, BEING UNDERSTOOD BY THE THINGS THAT ARE MADE, even his eternal power and Deity; so that THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE...PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE "WISE", THEY BECAME FOOLS... (Romans 1:20-22).
God IS great, and I DON'T mean allah.
I'm talking about Yahweh Elohim, the God of the Bible.
The One and ONLY true God.
The ETERNAL "I AM" (Exodus 3:14).
The Creator of the universe, who manifested in human form as Jesus the Christ (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1, 2).
His Greatness is INFINITE.
It/He CANNOT be contained.
It/He CANNOT be confined to human reason.
Human reason, even in the most gifted human intellect, is FINITE.
The FINITE CANNOT CONTAIN - or even COMPREHEND - the INFINITE.
Even the most brilliant human mind cannot explain God.
Einstein finally figured out that the speed of light is the maximum speed at which all energy, matter, and information in the universe can travel, and expressed it in his famous equation E=mc2
However, he COULD NOT tell us WHERE LIGHT (God) came from (Genesis 1:3; 1 John 1:5).
Hence the folly of man trying to INTELLECTUALLY understand or explain God...
Hence the SHEER IDIOCY of trying to "prove" or "disprove" God in a science lab, or test tube...
Hence the SUPREME ARROGANCE and STUPIDITY of DELUDING OURSELVES into thinking that God DOES NOT EXIST, simply because HUMAN REASON CAN'T EXPLAIN or "prove" His Existence.
Those who do are, IN FACT PROVING, that God does exist, since they're making THEIR VERY LIMITED AND FALLIBLE REASON "God".
How can you JUDGE what "can" or "can't" be by the laws of physics that govern our universe, WHEN YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW, NOR CAN EXPLAIN, WHERE THOSE VERY LAWS CAME FROM?
When, hypothetically, one or more parallel universes COULD EXIST, in other dimensions, with laws COMPLETELY UNLIKE OUR OWN?
When there are realms where God IS, and where we AREN'T?
When there are dimensions where "time" (as we know it) RUNS IN REVERSE?
I could go on and on.
But, at some point, my mind could no longer grasp His Greatness and INFINITY and would simply HAVE TO GIVE UP and exclaim, like the old hymn, "Lord, HOW GREAT thou art!"
That we can PERSONALLY and INTIMATELY KNOW, EXPERIENCE, commune and spiritually interact with, such INFINITELY Great Being is "too good to be true" and yet, ENTIRELY WITHIN our reach.
Part of His Infinite Greatness is His availability to His Creation in the ETERNAL PRESENT, glory to Him from everlasting to everlasting! Amen.
It is that VERY GREATNESS - beyond natural human comprehension - that makes God GOD.
However, those who INSIST ON tangible "proof" are about to get their wish.
Very soon everyone on earth, including the so-called scientific community will be treated to events of UNPRECEDENTED MAGNITUDE that will defy the known laws of physics.
They WILL SEE - with their OWN EYES - the risen Jesus APPEARING IN THE CLOUDS in power and great glory (Luke 21:27).
They say they WANT TO SEE "evidence" that God exists, IN ORDER TO believe in Him.
If it's "a show" they want, God will oblige.
And He can put on a show better than ALL of Hollywood's "SPECIAL EFFECTS" and PYROTECHNICS combined.
And, GUESS WHAT?
Even AFTER God provides the VISIBLE PROOF they DEMAND as "condition" to believe in Him, THEY WILL STILL REJECT HIM (Revelation 9:20,21; 13:4; 16:8-11).
They will CHOOSE a false "god" OVER Him and try, in vain, to TOPPLE God's righteous rule (Revelation 19:19-21).
The REAL problem, then, IS NOT insufficient evidence.
The REAL problem is man's CORRUPT mind and REBELLIOUS HEART.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012
When I was A CHILD, I SPOKE AS a child, I UNDERSTOOD AS a child, I THOUGHT AS a child: but WHEN I BECAME A MAN, I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS (1 Corinthians 13:11).
Humans live under the false notion that THEY CAN CONTROL God.
They try to CONFINE God to what their finite and MORTAL intellect can comprehend.
Such foolish fantasy is not only prevalent in the secular world, but in the religious one as well.
Hence, ALL THE PROPHETIC FANTASIES that circulate on religious airwaves (TV, radio) and cyberspace.
I hesitate to call it "Christian" because there's precious little - if anything - "Christian" about it.
They try IN VAIN to come up with some sort of "scientific explanation" for the events described in the Book of Revelation:
Some HUMAN RATIONALIZATION for the Rapture, or the events that will trigger the tribulation, or for the tribulation itself.
Hence, we end up with THE MOST UNFORTUNATE HOAX NONSENSE such as "mathematical formulas, Nibiru, Planet X, Elenin, some comet hitting the earth, wormwood, planetary alignments, lunar eclipse, solar flare, EMP" that is continuously hashed and rehashed by WOULD BE "experts", WHO DON'T KNOW THEIR NOSES FROM THEIR BEHINDS.
I got news for all the "experts" out there :
God CREATED the laws of physics that are evident on our planet, and He can CHANGE THEM, or OVERRIDE THEM, AT WILL.
THAT'S what MAKES HIM "God".
Fact is NONE OF US can provide "scientific explanations" for the very Existence of God, HOW GOD BECAME A MAN, FOR JESUS' VIRGIN BIRTH, HOW HE COULD TAKE UPON HIMSELF ALL THE SIN AND DECAY OF THE WORLD, OR FOR HIS BODILY RESURRECTION.
Nor can we SCIENTIFICALLY explain HOW He made the lame walk, multiplied the loaves and fish, turned water into wine, WALKED ON WATER, made the blind see, or raised Lazarus from the dead, EVEN AFTER he'd begun decomposing.
If you CANNOT "scientifically explain" the events surrounding His FIRST Coming,WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN "scientifically explain" the events surrounding the Rapture and His SECOND Coming?
So, quit making COMPLETE FOOLS OF YOURSELVES by applying this self-serving DOUBLE-STANDARD.
NO ONE will be able to "scientifically explain" what will make the heavens, the earth and the sea QUAKE VIOLENTLY.
NO ONE will be able to "scientifically explain" how geography and topography as we know them will be radically altered.
NO ONE will be able to "scientifically explain" what makes the sun suddenly turn dark or the moon look like blood.
NO ONE will be able to "scientifically explain" what -- suddenly and unexpectedly -- caused millions of falling stars.
NO ONE will be able to "scientifically explain" what caused the sky to SPLIT IN THE MIDDLE and roll up like a scroll (Revelation 6:12-16).
LET ALONE give a "scientific explanation" for Jesus Himself APPEARING IN THE CLOUDS in POWER AND GREAT GLORY (Luke 21:27).
Let alone "scientifically explain" the disappearance of BILLIONS of humans and land animals from the earth (Revelation 7:9; Romans 8:21).
You can WASTE YOUR TIME exchanging loony, UNPROVEN theories with other religious nitwits.
You can WASTE YOUR MONEY buying and watching all the stupid DVD's you want about "blood moons".
In fact, NOWHERE in Scripture are NATURAL lunar eclipses referred to as "blood moons".
For that matter, SCIENCE DOESN'T CALL THEM THAT, EITHER.
In fact, NATURAL solar and lunar eclipses CANNOT happen simultaneously as Revelation 6:12 describes. It's a physical IMPOSSIBILITY.
Clearly, then, these AREN'T NATURAL events governed by the "laws of physics" we've come to know in this NATURAL world.
They are SUPERNATURAL events, orchestrated SOVEREIGNLY by God.
ONLY FOOLS would try to second guess God.
ONLY FOOLS would try to "scientifically explain" (CONTAIN) His INFINITE Mind and Greatness.
I got THREE WORDS of advice for SPECULATING IDIOTS:
"GIVE IT UP"!!!
Your BASELESS SPECULATION ISN'T doing anyone any good.
It's NOT helping the Christian cause or the spreading of the Gospel.
It makes the world LAUGH and MOCK... and RIGHTLY SO.
You don't even use REAL, PROVEN, human science but PSEUDO, IMAGINED "science", which is NO SCIENCE AT ALL.
That makes you PATENTLY DISHONEST.
That's makes you LIARS.
It also proves you're IGNORAMUSES.
I also have TWO WORDS for the Church at large:
We're TWO THOUSAND YEARS OLD, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!
It's high time we stopped being children and became SPIRITUAL ADULTS:
PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS, ONCE AND FOR ALL.
MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012
FREEDOM OF THE SPIRIT
"Stand firm , therefore, in the liberty which with Christ has made us free, and don't be entangled again with the yoke of slavery" (in context, to the law, Galatians 5:1).
The law of Moses brought bondage and death.
The law of the Spirit is life IN Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2).
It sets us free from the law of Moses, which brought sin and death (Romans 7:8,9).
Christians are to connect with the Spirit of God, inside their stomachs and live in the freedom of the Spirit (1 Peter 4:6).
God doesn't want His children to be a bunch of scared, frustrated religious zombies walking on eggshells, in fear that they're going to "break" this commandment or that commandment, and thereby bring some sort of punishment or condemnation on themselves.
That's SLAVE MENTALITY.
There is, therefore, NOW NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO WALK, NOT ACCORDING TO THE FLESH [NATURAL MIND], BUT ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT (Romans 8:1).
God doesn't want you to live in fear of Him. HE WANTS YOU TO TRUST HIM!
All He's ever wanted, from the beginning of creation, was our trust.
Only SLAVES follow "commandments".
If you received Jesus Christ into your heart, and made Him your Lord, you're not a slave, but a son.
Sons don't live in fear. They KNOW and trust Daddy.
They TRUST that Daddy knows what He's done, HE HAS REDEEMED THEM FOR ALL ETERNITY, and has everything under control (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14).
Therefore, you ought to live, speak, think and act with the freedom and confidence [trust] of a son.
Sons ARE FREE.
Christians are to live in the spirit, and follow the royal law of God's Kingdom which is love (James 2:8).
We are to love God with all our hearts, and our neighbor as ourselves (Romans 13:9).
Love (God) is the fruit of the born-again spirit (Galatians 5:22).
Can't get it anywhere else.
Therefore, if we live in the spirit, we automatically fulfill God's commandments [Romans 13:9,10].
Sons inherit all the promises. Slaves don't inherit anything.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2012
TOO PERFECT FOR GOD
"Jesus answered them, "It is NOT THE HEALTHY who need a doctor, BUT THE SICK. I HAVE NOT COME to call the righteous, BUT SINNERS to repentance (Luke 5:31-32)."
The world is FILLED WITH self-righteous people.
They TAKE PRIDE IN their professed adherence to man-manufactured principles.
They TAKE PRIDE IN belonging to A CERTAIN GROUP or RELIGION.
They WORSHIP their own human logic and intellect.
They consider themselves THE ELITE of God.
They THINK they can SAVE THEMSELVES based on their religious SUPERIORITY and impressive "merits".
If you're one of those "perfect" individuals who always acts right, thinks right, speaks right, looks right, whose outward demeanor and appearance are flawless, and even follows A PERFECT and "ONLY TRUE" RELIGION, Jesus DIDN'T COME FOR YOU.
YOU'RE "TOO PERFECT", even for Jesus.
He came for IMPERFECT people.
He came for those who DO NOT act right, who DO NOT think right, who DO NOT speak right, or look right.
He came for those whose demeanor and appearance AREN'T always perfect.
He came for those with IMPERFECT beliefs -- or, better yet -- NO RELIGION AT ALL.
He came for those who aren't always the smartest and who haven't always done what human "logic" dictates.
For those who've "stepped in it" and made a mess of their own lives, time and again.
He came for those who ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY ARE POWERLESS TO SAVE THEMSELVES.
Who, like the publican of old, THROW THEMSELVES helplessly at the Mercy of God, and cry out:
"Lord, have mercy on me, A SINNER!" (Luke 18:13).
Are you TOO PERFECT for even Jesus to save?
Hell is FULL OF "PERFECT" PEOPLE even as we speak.
Their "perfect" demeanor COULDN'T save them.
Even their PERFECT and "ONLY TRUE" religion COULDN'T save them.
The religious leader they BLINDLY FOLLOWED, and whose word they believed over and above Jesus', COULDN'T SAVE THEM.
Matter of fact, he/she COULDN'T EVEN SAVE HIMSELF OR HERSELF.
Heaven, on the other hand, IS FULL OF formerly SINFUL, wretched, IMPERFECT individuals who HUMBLED THEMSELVES, acknowledged their inability to make it there on their own, invited Jesus' into their hearts, received His mercy, and were washed SPOTLESS by His magnificent and most precious Blood.
Those who REALIZE their own shortcomings and their sinfulness have A GOOD CHANCE to reach heaven.
If they're FULL OF Jesus, they have TOTAL ASSURANCE.
Those who are FULL OF RELIGION, FULL OF THEMSELVES -- or just "FULL OF IT" -- HAVE NONE.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012
DRESSING FOR CHURCH
About 5-6 years ago I received a message from a minister that Christians should dress up for church services. He then went into a detailed description of HOW men and women should dress.
He went on to criticize women who wore halter tops or short skirts to the service, and men who showed up in jeans or shorts.
To justify his religious rule, he used the example that if we were going on a job interview, we would try to look our best, and since Jesus is far more important than our potential boss, and we're going to "meet Jesus", we should at least do the same for Him.
Like so much of the crap invented by religionists, at first glance, his premise SOUNDS good.
Upon BIBLICAL examination, however, it's as fake as some of his preaching.
If we lived in a perfect world, filled with perfect people, of course, I'd like to see everyone perfectly groomed and presentable.
Everyone who's made it into this corrupt environment, KNOWS we're FAR FROM perfect.
We live in a sin-infested, fallen world, filled with SINNERS.
So, it boils down to priorities:
Is our main goal bringing souls to Jesus, NO MATTER HOW they look?
Or is it giving an APPEARANCE OF godliness?
If it is the first, we don't really care how they look. Matter of fact, the more disheveled and/or worldly they dress, the better we like it, because chances are that's a person who NEEDS Christ.
If our main goal is that they LOOK THE PART, not only are we full of it, we should either repent or forsake the ministry immediately [Matthew 23:27; James 2:1-4].
Anyone who's focused on people's OUTER appearance is NOT a true minister of the gospel, but a hireling.
God doesn't give a damn how they LOOK. He wants THEIR HEARTS.
Their OUTER appearance won't get them into heaven, THEIR INNER condition will.
Man looks at the outer appearance, but God looks AT THE HEART [1 Samuel 16:7].
I remember many years ago, as a baby Christian, I was invited to a congregation of a well-known evangelical denomination.
Their message was, for the most part, biblical, but every time an unsaved person showed up, all they did was criticize whether he/she smoked, whether the guy had long hair, a beard, and whether the gal's dress was too short or low cut.
WHAT, in heaven's name, do you expect from SINNERS?
Perfection?You can't even get that from SAINTS, for crying out loud!
And then we wonder why it's so damned hard to win the world to Jesus.
It's because OF RELIGION, that's why.
...Because of religion and its STUPID, man-made "rules".
Even as a newborn babe in Christ, I had enough Holy Spirit in me to know such attitude wasn't in accordance with God's Heart.
Needless to say, I didn't stay in that congregation very long.
By the way, Christians DO NOT attend services in order to "meet Jesus". Real Christians HAVE Jesus on the inside 24/7 [Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:35-39; 1 John 4:4].
They don't need to go ANYWHERE to "meet Him".
They HAVE "met Him", and are ONE SPIRIT with Him [1 Corinthians 6:17].
When I presented this gentleman (I use the term loosely) with the biblical evidence about his false teaching, AND THE FACT HE DIDN'T HAVE ONE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE TO SUPPORT IT, he couldn't refute it, so he resorted to insults.
No surprise there, since religionists typically react that way when confronted with the Truth.
Anyone who resorts to such superficiality and can't come up with a more profound or spiritual topic, is spiritually bankrupt anyways.
God's not impressed by how we LOOK, but by who we ARE.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2012
Have you ever wondered WHY I emphasize again and again the IMPORTANCE OF TRUSTING JESUS ALONE, and His Goodness and Grace for Salvation, rather than our own behavior?
Would you like to see a tiny snippet of what I face each and every week?
Here are a few excerpts from recent emails:
"I am 15 years old, new in the faith and I really feel like I have put my trust in Jesus and His work of redemption as payment for all of my sins. But it's so weird that every time that I ask myself the question, "am I going to heaven?". I say to myself that "I am," but in my heart it kills me because in my heart I feel like I don't know for sure"
"Hello, I appreciate your web site very much. I did have some questions regarding salvation and sexual sins... I was wondering that if I fall and have pre-marital sex will I still be saved and go in the Rapture? I keep trying to cut back... and sometimes I am more successful than others".
"i struggle with the flesh everyday... I repent almost every day of my life. it casts a shadow over my salvation,makes me wonder if I am saved at all".
"Hey there Martel, and thanks for ya answers. Can a person loose salvation ? it seems a christian can have his name taken out of the lambs book of life, or am i reading that wrong also".??
It's somewhat understandable for a new believer, like the once in the first excerpt above, to wonder and have some doubts, simply because they're not yet FIRMLY ESTABLISHED on the Word of God and the inner Christ, and because religion has for so may years LIED and brainwashed most of us about "being good" in order to EARN our way to heaven.
But most who doubt, or think they've altogether lost their salvation, or that their sins will make them miss the Rapture and go through the tribulation -- in fact the other three, pasted above - have been Christians FOR a LONG TIME.
Do you see WHY Jesus hates religion? Do you see WHY I hate it?
It's TOTALLY BASED ON FEAR. Fear is NOT of God, period (1 John 4:18).
God CASTS OUT FEAR.
Religion places THE FOCUS ON US AND OUR PITIFUL "PERFORMANCE",INSTEAD OF ON JESUS AND HIS MAGNIFICENTLY PERFECT Redemption.
Those who constantly doubt their salvation are TOO FOCUSED ON THEMSELVES:
What they do or don't do, say or didn't say, thought or didn't think.
It's NOT ABOUT what you do, but about WHAT HE DID.
It's NOT ABOUT what you say, but about WHAT HE SAID.
It's NOT ABOUT what you think, but about WHAT HE THINKS.
So, here's a Word for ALL DOUBTERS:
Take your eyes OFF YOURSELF and put them on Jesus.
Receive Him into your heart as Lord, Savior and God.
FOCUS ONLY ON HIM.
FOCUS ON HIS SACRIFICE at Calvary.
FOCUS ON His Resurrection.
FOCUS ON His Grace.
FOCUS ON HIS GOODNESS.
FOCUS ON HIS LOVE.
FOCUS ON His Word.
Wash the filth and fear in your heart and unregenerate mind with His New Testament.
You'll never doubt your Salvation... EVER AGAIN.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
BY WHOSE AUTHORITY
"Thus says the LORD: CURSED BE THE MAN THAT TRUSTS IN MAN, and makes flesh his arm, and WHOSE HEART DEPARTS FROM the LORD... Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD (Jeremiah 17:5-7).
Every single denomination in existence was INVENTED BY men.
Jesus DID NOT establish ANY denomination or religion.
Jesus established His Church, the SPIRITUAL Kingdom of God, based on the trust (faith), EXPERIENCE and KNOWLEDGE of Him, and the indwelling Presence of His Holy Spirit.
But man insists on achieving salvation HIS way instead of God's Way.
Man wants CONTROL OVER God and those whom God has called to serve Him.
This was true in Jesus' own ministry, and is still true today.
That's WHY the priests and scribes asked Jesus "BY WHAT AUTHORITY do you these things"? And "WHO GAVE YOU THIS AUTHORITY to do these things"? (Matthew 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-33).
They knew THEY had NOT given it to Him.
In other words, they knew He HAD NOT attended Pharisee seminary.
Hence, they were suspicious:
HOW DARE this unruly Galilean teach such things WITHOUT SEEKING THEIR APPROVAL first?
After all, the BLIND RELIGIOUS GUIDES of Jesus' day THOUGHT they were the SOLE POSSESSORS OF TRUTH, when Truth Personified was right in front of their faces, and they COULDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE HIM.
That's why they HATED Jesus: because His teaching NOT ONLY TRUMPED THEIRS, but had NOT been authorized by them and, therefore, COULD NOT BE CONTROLLED BY them.
His teaching was UNLIKE anything they'd ever heard, glory to His Name.
He knew the Scriptures BETTER THAN THEY.
He taught WITH CONVICTION and AUTHORITY, not with fear (Mark 1:22,27; Luke 4:36).
His teaching SHUT UP THEIR RELIGIOUS MOUTHS with the Wisdom of God, time and again, glory to Him forever.
Jesus' ONLY answer was that SINCE THEY COULDN'T EVEN TELL where John the Baptist's ministry came from, He wasn't about to tell them WHERE He got His authority (Mark 11:29-33).
They COULDN'T refute His teaching with the Scriptures (nor, praise Jesus, can they refute ours).
Thus they thought they could RESTRAIN Him by claiming He was UNAUTHORIZED by the "proper religious authorities" to teach such things.
When in fact, Jesus' ministry was SANCTIONED BY THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY in the UNIVERSE: INFINITELY HIGHER than any purported "authority" appropriated by them.
Unfortunately that controlling Pharisaic spirit DID NOT die in the first century A.D. It's alive and well today.
I know because I hear regularly from modern Pharisees who DEMAND to know what seminary or Bible College I attended, what theological degrees I got, and even what congregation I attend.
In other words, they DEMAND to know "by WHOSE AUTHORITY" I teach these things which they never heard before.
Like Jesus, I recognize THE ENVY and MALICE behind their question.
My ONLY answer to them is I'll tell you where I received religious instruction and what degrees I got from MORTAL MEN, when you answer me this:
What Bible college or seminary did the Apostle Peter attend?Or the Apostle John?
What EARTHLY academic degrees did THEY have?
What congregation DID THEY attend?
For that matter, what EARTHLY CREDENTIALS DID JESUS HAVE, and WHERE DID He attend church?
Needless to say they NEVER have THE HONESTY to answer my questions, nor do I submit to answering theirs.
Fact is some of the most erroneous doctrine I've ever heard, and some of the most confused individuals I've interacted with, had one or more Master or Doctor of Divinity degrees.
Fact is, I've debated those who TAKE PRIDE IN such WORLDLY accomplishments and KICKED THEIR RELIGIOUS BUTTS, AND SHUT THEIR PIOUS ARROGANCE with the Word of God, TIME AND AGAIN.
And I'm still doing it, glory to Jesus forevermore!
Fact is, I'VE HAD TO UNLEARN A LOT of what I was taught in MAN-INVENTED, so-called institutions of higher learning, which is either downright contrary to, or NOT SUPPORTED BY, the Word of God.
In fact, NONE of this ministry's teachings are based on what those BLIND GUIDES taught me.
There's NO REASON whatsoever, therefore, TO RECOGNIZE THEM or GIVE THEM any credit.
GOD FORBID, that I should glory in ANYTHING conferred on me by mortal men, but in Jesus Christ my Lord, His cross, His Resurrection, His Ascension, His Spirit and His Holy Word.
GOD FORBID that I should glory IN ANYONE but MY JESUS, who lives in me, and who PERSONALLY CALLED ME to preach His Gospel and teach His Word of Prophecy.
Woe unto those who place their TRUST in man-invented denominations.
Woe unto those who are mesmerized by FABRICATED DEGREES bestowed by mortal men.
As the anchor verse above from Jeremiah says, THEIR HEARTS have DEPARTED FROM the Lord.
Woe unto those who PREFER UNREGENERATE, flesh-guided, INVENTED theology to the Spirit-inspired, INERRANT, INCORRUPTIBLE Word of the Living God.
BLESSED ARE THOSE who trust the CALLING AND MANIFESTATION of Christ in His Body.
BLESSED ARE THOSE who RECOGNIZE TRUE Spirit-led, Bible-based teaching, because they themselves hear His Voice and ACKNOWLEDGE the WITNESS OF the Holy Spirit WITHIN.
BLESSED ARE THOSE who PLACE THEIR TRUST ENTIRELY ON the Father, the Word (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.
BLESSED ARE THOSE who will settle for NO LESS THAN God Himself.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012
"Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares" (Proverbs 1:20).
For the record, NO, I'm not referring to the "OCCUPY Wall Street" movement.
These words were penned by, reputedly, THE WISEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED.
At least by WORLD standards...
Divine Standards are a different matter altogether.
That even SUPER-WISE Solomon LOST his great wisdom and MADE A COMPLETE FOOL OF HIMSELF is evidenced by the fact that, toward the end of his life, he SANK HEAVILY INTO IDOLATRY and acquired 700 wives and 300 CONCUBINES!!! (1 Kings 11:3-6).
Dear Lord in heaven! How could he KEEP TRACK? Or even REMEMBER THEIR NAMES?
Although maybe HE DIDN'T...
Think about it ladies... ASSUMING he saw one at a time, had you been one of Solomon's wives or "INSIGNIFICANT others", you would have "been with him" approximately ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS.
I don't know... either Solomon thought too highly of himself, or he was REALLY "worth the wait"...
What IS wisdom?
The dictionary defines it as "KNOWLEDGE OF what is TRUE or right COUPLED WITH just judgment as to action; sagacity, DISCERNMENT, OR INSIGHT".
Wisdom is BADLY NEEDED in this world of ours.
Wisdom may be "crying out loud in the streets", but it appears NO ONE is listening.
The Book of James describes TWO types of wisdom:
One, which is fueled by envy, jealousy, and SELFISH AMBITION, which he calls "earthly, CARNAL and DEMONIC"... (James 3:14, 15)
This wisdom, according to James 3:16, BREEDS CONFUSION and EVERY EVIL WORK.
And ANOTHER Wisdom, which COMES FROM ABOVE (from the Spirit of God), which is "PURE, then peaceable, gentle, good for persuasion, full of mercy and good fruits, UNBIASED, and WITHOUT HYPOCRISY" (James 3:17).
Sadly, as long as we live in this decadent world, we will need A MEASURE OF worldly "wisdom" in order to GET ALONG and "do well" in school, our jobs, or businesses.
STREET SMARTS are also A MUST in order to communicate effectively with others, since that's where MOST PEOPLE are at today.
But ALL THE WISDOM of this world CANNOT REMOTELY COMPARE WITH the Wisdom of God, which comes from above.
That's why Jesus SHUT UP THE ARROGANT PHARISEES and Sadducees, time and again.
They had religion, and were educated in the wisdom of this world. Jesus, on the other hand, had Divine Wisdom.
That's why they simply COULD NOT withstand or refute His SUPERIOR Wisdom.
THAT'S the Wisdom by which the universe was created (Proverbs 8:22-30), which baffles the most accomplished men and women of science (worldly wisdom) TO THIS VERY DAY.
God's Wisdom is FROM ABOVE. Theirs is FROM BELOW.
God's Wisdom, as Solomon said while he was still wise (Proverbs 8:11), is "MORE PRECIOUS THAN RUBIES".
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