September 2012 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012
LIMITS ON GOD
I've been in ministry for a long time, and have dealt with the public, for even longer.
Many of God's people are truly wonderful and it's been my joy and privilege to minister to, and interact with them. On the other hand, I have found MORE DISHONEST, treacherous, DECEITFUL, jealous, hateful, immature, downright STUPID and inconsiderate INGRATES among professed "Christians" than I have IN THE WORLD.
That's right: painful as it is to admit, UNSAVED PEOPLE are often kinder and gentler than RELIGIOUS twits.
I'm sorry for bringing up this sad truth, but it's one that the Body of Christ NEEDS TO FACE AND DEAL WITH:
Time and again we are asked to set "absolute deadlines" when God can or will do certain things.
They want me to LIMIT God to what our puny minds can comprehend.
You can play that game if you want to, but YOU'RE NOT GOING TO drag me there with you.
Time, as Einstein proved, is RELATIVE. God is ABSOLUTE.
God is NOT GOVERNED BY TIME. Time is governed and manipulated by Him, at will (Joshua 10:13; Isaiah 38:8).
I base my belief in a 2016 Second Coming on Daniel 9:25.
I have reason to believe that God will keep His Word, since there are over 2,000 prophecies in the Bible which have been fulfilled, precisely as He said.
If ANYONE wants to make a Bible-based argument AGAINST 2016, or in favor of ANOTHER YEAR, I'm all ears.
If ANYONE wants to make A SCRIPTURAL CASE for the DIVISION in the 69 weeks, other than the fact they point TO BOTH the First and Second Comings of Christ, LET'S HAVE IT.
It better be SOLIDLY BASED on Scripture, though, or I'll tear it to pieces.
Do you really think I'm stupid enough to set "deadlines" when I know that if, God forbid, such deadline DOESN'T pan out,YOU'LL BE THE FIRST TO STAB ME ON THE BACK AND CALL ME "FALSE PROPHET"?
It is BEYOND TRAGIC that, instead of having our brothers' backs, SO MANY "Christians" ACTUALLY WANT THEIR BRETHREN IN THE FAITH TO FAIL.
Don't you think I KNOW what's in many of your hearts?
That you're trying to "pin us down" to a specific date -- ALL THE TIME HOPING and WISHING that we miss it -- SO YOU CAN POINT AN ACCUSING FINGER?
Those who ARE THAT WAY -- and, trust me, THERE ARE MANY, better fall on their faces, repent of such evil, and GIVE THEIR HEARTS TO JESUS IN EARNEST, if you want to be raptured.
Such attitude DOES NOT come from the Spirit or God.
You're not fooling ANYONE, but yourselves.
Just like those who PARTAKE OF THIS MINISTRY DAILY, FOR FREE, ASK FOR TONS OF FREE MATERIALS, don't even bother to say "thank you", and ARE THE FIRST TO TURN AGAINST US, at the drop of a hat, AND SIDE WITH OUR ENEMIES. Don't you think God KNOWS your treacherous and ungrateful hearts?
I have NO IDEA WHEN the Jews will build the third temple, or IF they will build it at all.
Zechariah 6:12, 13 say that "the man named THE BRANCH" will build the temple.
Does that refer to the third temple, the spiritual temple (the Church), or the Millennial Temple which is much larger than all the others, to ALL OF THEM, or some combination thereof?
We don't know.
We know from Scripture there will be a third temple, which the Antichrist will desecrate (Matthew 24:15; Revelation 11:1-2).
Scripture, however, DOESN'T TELL US HOW the third temple gets there, and I'm not about to set any "DEADLINES" for God, on that OR ON ANYTHING ELSE.
We CAN ONLY base our teaching ON WHAT GOD CHOSE TO SAY IN HIS WRITTEN WORD.
Do I wish He'd been clearer about A WHOLE BUNCH OF THINGS?
But we CANNOT REWRITE SCRIPTURE, NOR ADD OR SUBTRACT.
So, the Bible and the Holy Spirit who inspired it, are "ALL" WE HAVE TO WORK WITH.
As HUMANS, can we sometimes - UNINTENTIONALLY - misunderstand the Bible, OR the Spirit Himself?
That's WHY we must be TRANSPARENT and be willing to admit "I USED TO believe thus and so, with regards to prophecy, but NOW I SEE that Truth is something else".
God is PERFECT and ALL-KNOWING, plus He and He alone, sets the "rules" and chooses "the times".
That's WHY HE NEVER changes.
Until we reach His perfection, CHANGE FOR US IS A MUST.
Then there are those who want to impose their loony "conspiracy theories" or political ideologies on us.
I have my opinions like everyone else, but I don't try to impose them on anyone. This ISN'T a political forum, and YOU DIDN'T CALL ME, nor have you ever given ANYTHING, to support this ministry.
The One who called me - and thus, THE ONLY ONE I ANSWER TO - is Jesus Christ.
So, UNLESS your name is Jesus Christ, and you came to earth 2,000 years ago, and died for me on the cross, then rose from the dead, DON'T EVEN THINK of DICTATING what we can or can't say, let ALONE IMPOSE some absurd OPINION OR POLITICAL VIEW you may have.
My number one goal has always been to BRING SOULS TO Jesus. I couldn't care less if they're Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, OR ANYTHING ELSE.
It's A GRIM DAY for the Christian faith when we can NO LONGER DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN the Gospel of Grace and political ideology.
If you're so stupid and shallow that you think I'm "not Christian" or that I'm a "false prophet" or that my eschatological teaching is false, just because I DON'T SHARE YOUR OPINION ON EVERYTHING, including politics, or because you can't shove your pet theory down my throat, go ahead. I couldn't care less.
Your OPINIONS mean NOTHING to this ministry since YOU DON'T SUPPORT IT.
And we have been on the Internet for the past DECADE and ministered God's Word to thousands upon thousands WITHOUT your "help", thank you very much.
This ministry DOES NOT IMPOSE ITS TEACHINGS ON ANYONE.
Those who find it useful may partake FREELY. Those who don't, CAN GO ELSEWHERE: the sooner THE BETTER.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
JESUS RECEIVES YOU
"Come unto me, all you that labor (WORK) and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST" [Matthew 11:28]
"... WHOEVER comes to me I will NEVER reject" [John 6:37].
In theory, evangelicals say that salvation is purely by grace thru faith (trust) in Jesus' perfect, finished work of redemption.
In practice, however, they love to slam believers and unbelievers alike over the head with their sins.
So, which is it? You can't have it both ways.
We want to bring souls to Jesus, but they MUST FIRST meet OUR INVENTED "conditions": quit drinking, quit smoking, quit being homosexual, quit having illicit sex, quit drugs, quit this, quit that, quit the other.
That is the STUPIDEST thing anyone can do.
Not only is it STUPID, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.
No sinner can quit sinning ON HIS/HER OWN STRENGTH. Hell, there are people who know Christ and can't stop sinning!
Stop putting the cart before the horse!
Matter of fact, I heard a high profile "minister" preach on Ezekiel 33:8 and warn BELIEVERS to forsake alcohol and extramarital sex, lest "their blood be required of him".
Of course, by that rationale, SOMEONE needs to warn THAT PREACHER, that his relentless message of "giving in order to get" and that if we want something from God, we need to give money to the preacher (that's convenient, isn't it?), is ungodly, unscriptural, and AN ABOMINATION in God's eyes [Acts 8:20; Romans 8:32], lest HIS BLOOD be required OF US.
I love Ezekiel but, great a prophet as he was and is (in Christ, he's very much ALIVE), last time I checked, his book was written under the OLD Testament.
When something is OLD that means it's NO LONGER APPLICABLE.
It means it's been REPLACED BY SOMETHING NEW.
Christians live under the NEW Testament, NOT THE OLD.
There's NOTHING in the New Testament about a Christian going to hell because he/she commits adultery, drinks himself into oblivion, or commits any other sin.
The ONLY sin that will send someone to hell is rejection of the One who PAID FOR our sins, namely, Jesus Christ.
I'm all in favor of fidelity and sobriety, but to make our salvation CONTINGENT on THAT, OR ANY OTHER WORKS, is a slap in the face of our precious Lord who paid such an unimaginably HIGH PRICE to redeem us.
There's NOTHING in the New Testament that says anyone's blood will be required of us.
On the contrary, 2 Corinthians 5:19 couldn't be clearer:
"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, NOT COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM".
If JESUS is NOT counting our sins, praise His Holy and Wonderful Name, WHO THE HELL are these self-righteous hypocrites to count EVERYONE ELSE'S SINS BUT THEIR OWN?
So, I want every unbeliever to hear this clearly:
Jesus is NOT counting ANY of your sins. NOT ONE!
You DON'T need to "clean up" in order to receive Jesus.
COME TO HIM AS YOU ARE.
That's right, I don't care how much sin, or how much filth. I don't care what's in your "past".
You don't need to pretend with Jesus.
Jesus loves you JUST AS YOU ARE.
Jesus RECEIVES YOU AS YOU ARE.
Come to Him,AS YOU ARE. It's His job, not yours, to CLEANSE YOU.
And there's NO SIN, I don't care how heinous, that His precious Blood won't wash away.
Jesus RECEIVES YOU as you are, RIGHT NOW.
He receives you with OPEN HEART, and OPEN ARMS.
The only question remaining is:
DO YOU RECEIVE HIM?
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
SEASON OF HARVEST
Jesus said "THE HARVEST is the end of the age" (Matthew 13:39).
The "end of the age" is that 4-year transitional period from the present corrupt world system - which is about to turn from corrupt to downright satanic - to the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth.
The end of the age consists of "signs" described in Revelation 6:12, the Church being caught up (raptured) unto Jesus, the tribulation, the reign of Antichrist, and ends with Jesus' Second Coming, after which a "New Age" (Millennium) of perfect order and peace begins (and, no, I'm not "New Ager").
There are TWO HARVESTS in Israel's agricultural cycle: the first is that 7-week period in the spring, from Passover to Pentecost.
It's limited in the sense that what is harvested at that time is mainly barley and wheat.
This harvest had prophetic fulfillment when Jesus rose from the dead on First Fruits, and many saints rose and went to heaven with him (1 Corinthians 15:20; Matthew 27:52, 53).
The second harvest in the Hebrew agricultural cycle takes place in autumn, in the SEVENTH MONTH (Tishri), during Sukkot which is known as the season of "INGATHERING" or HARVESTING (Exodus 23:16; 34:22).
Matthew 24:31 says that He will send His angels to GATHER His elect from the four winds.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:1 Paul refers to the Rapture as our "GATHERING TOGETHER unto Him".
Instead of being limited to barley and wheat, as the spring harvest, this feast is larger in scope and celebrates the harvest of the 7 SPECIES listed in the Bible (Deuteronomy 8:8) as being SPECIAL PRODUCTS OF Israel:
Wheat, barley, grapes, figs, olives, dates and POMEGRANATES!!!
They symbolize the ENTIRE (complete) Commonwealth of Israel, ALL THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPIRITUAL JEWS around the world, including many natural Jews who are also spiritual Jews.
In Revelation 7:9 the Church appears in heaven as THAT GREAT, SAVED MULTITUDE of spiritual Jews comprised "OF ALL NATIONS, and tribes, and people, and tongues".
Sukkot is THE ONLY FEAST of which observance will be MANDATORY for the whole world - Jews and Gentiles -- during the Millennium (Zechariah 14:16-19).
Sukkot, being the FINAL harvest of the year, is also the season when man REAPS WHAT HE SOWS - good or bad (Galatians 6:7).
If Jesus' words in Matthew 13:39 are true - and WE KNOW they ARE - then the "end of the age" must begin during ONE OF THESE TWO HARVEST SEASONS.
The LAW [which/Who is God] is not mocked:
Mankind is about to partake of the final harvest of that which he has sown. For some, that is unspeakably wonderful news, but for others it confronts them with the choice to either repent and reach out to Jesus, or curse...
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
One thing we hear from correspondents repeatedly is concern for those who will be left on earth during the tribulation.
Almost everyone has one or more "holdouts" among their family members or friends, who has heard the Gospel and, despite our best efforts, and persistent pleas, HAS REFUSED TO GIVE HIS OR HER HEART TO JESUS.
I share your concern, of course.
I've read the Book of Revelation and I don't wish what happens after we leave ON ANYONE.
However, the Spirit of the Lord recently impressed this upon my heart, which will hopefully provide some comfort.
In fact, He keeps bringing these verses up again and again:
"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, BEFORE the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.
And it shall come to pass, that WHOSOEVER shall call on the name of the LORD SHALL BE SAVED: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call" (Joel 2:30-32).
Several things jump out at me from this passage:
1) God, in His great mercy, WILL GIVE a "FINAL WARNING" to EVERYONE on earth, to "GET ON BOARD" (receive Jesus) or be left.
Hence, EVERY INDIVIDUAL who calls on His Name - on the Name of Jesus - EVEN IN THOSE FINAL MOMENTS - WILL BE SAVED.
They will be taken to heaven along with the rest of His Church.
2) There will be Salvation and deliverance SPECIFICALLY in Jerusalem and Mount Zion, for a Jewish remnant WHOM THE LORD SHALL CALL.
He will speak to their hearts in those final moments and they will be added to His Church. Glory to the merciful One!
3) When HEAVEN AND EARTH BEGIN SHAKING, all kinds of wonders, blood, fire and pillars of smoke are happening, the sun turning black, the moon bright red, the stars falling, and heaven splitting in the middle to make way for the APPEARING OF JESUS IN THE CLOUDS, IT WILL TAKE PEOPLE WITH EXTREMELY HARDENED HEARTS to REMAIN ADAMANT in their rejection of Jesus and REFUSE to repent and call on His Name.
4. Given THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES, it will take people with extreme hatred for Jesus, to REJECT HIM once these things begin to happen, and He appears in the sky.
Consequently, I am more concerned FOR RELIGIOUS HERETICS than I am about most of the presently unsaved.
Heretics are TRUSTING THEIR RELIGION to save them.
They're trusting their alleged following of the law, the 10 Commandments or the Sabbath for, IF NOT TOTAL, at least PARTIAL Salvation (John 7:19).
FOR THEM Jesus "isn't enough".
While Joel 2:32 gives hope even for those who straddle the fence until the last minute, Matthew 25:1-12 doesn't bode well for "virgins WITH NO OIL" (ALLEGED "Christians" devoid of the Holy Spirit).
In fact, it says the door to the Marriage Feast will be shut and that Jesus will REFUSE to let them in, saying "I NEVER knew you".
So, word to the wise: whichever one of those two categories you may be in, DON'T PROCRASTINATE.
We're talking about an UNPRECEDENTED EVENT.
You don't know WHERE you'll be or HOW you'll react.
Receive Jesus into your heart NOW. Trust Him - and Him ALONE - for Salvation.
Why risk it?
Why wait til THEN, when you can be SURE now?
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
THE WEDDING DID COME
"And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to THE MARRIAGE supper of the Lamb... These are the true sayings of God" (Revelation 19:9).
Glory to Jesus!
In Revelation 19:7, AT THE END OF the tribulation and as Jesus is about to return to earth in His Second Coming, we find this enormously reassuring statement:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for THE MARRIAGE of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready".
That's the way it reads in the KJV version of the Bible, and in many others.
I don't want to say that translation is altogether incorrect, but it gives the wrong impression. It SOUNDS like the marriage finally came and is about to take place at the END of the tribulation.
Since the Greek verbs are in the aorist active indicative tense (like PAST tense in English), A MORE ACCURATE AND CLEARER rendering would be:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for THE MARRIAGE of the Lamb DID COME, and His wife DID MAKE HERSELF READY".
WHEN DID the marriage of the Lamb come and WHEN DID His wife make herself ready?
FOUR YEARS EARLIER!!!
The Wedding takes place between Revelation 6:12 and Revelation 7:9 when that GREAT MULTITUDE that no one could number stands before the Lamb, in glorified, immortal bodies.
They are the raptured Church.
"They" (glory to our Savior) are US!!!
By the time Revelation 7:9 comes around the Bridegroom PRESENTS the Bride to Himself and to the rest of the heavenly community "without spot, wrinkle or any such thing" (Ephesians 5:27).
Hallel u Yah!
Revelation 7:14 even tells us HOW the Bride MADE HERSELF ready:
"They washed their robes and made them white IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB".
Praise you, Jesus!
Wait a minute! Doesn't Revelation 19:8 say: "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS"?
Yes. And HOW do you think that "saints" become RIGHTEOUS? (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We just read HOW they made their robes WHITE symbolizing the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jesus (of God Himself) through His Blood.
Oh, Body of Christ, praise our Lord and Savior FOREVER!!!
So, WHY is the multitude saying this in Revelation chapter 19, if the marriage took place in chapters 6-7?
Because "they" (we) are ABOUT TO RETURN TO EARTH WITH JESUS.
Because "they" (we) HAVE SEEN His Redemption unfold, from fulfilling His promise to catch us up and receive us unto Himself, to sheltering us from the tribulation, to judging the wicked, destroying the Great Whore and, finally seeing Him return to earth to depose the Antichrist, throw him and his false prophet into the lake of fire, send Satan into the pit for A THOUSAND YEARS, and set up His EVERLASTING Kingdom on earth.
Four years later, we are still praising Him for His AMAZING faithfulness:
Because HAVING raptured us, He's now ready to SHARE HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM WITH US.
BECAUSE HE DID KEEP HIS WORD AND PROMISE TO RAPTURE US, and MARRY US, after a long, protracted BETROTHAL of almost 2,000 (more like 1980) earth years!!!
I'd say THAT is worth rejoicing. THAT is worth praising.
Oh, what beautiful, REASSURING words about our impending Departure!
So, we see this GREAT MULTITUDE (us), which was taken to heaven in Revelation chapters 6-7 (4 years earlier), PRAISING Jesus in Revelation 19:1-3. Again, in Revelation 19:6-8, and in verse 14 RETURNING WITH JESUS, STILL WEARING OUR "WHITE ROBES" OF RIGHTEOUSNESS -- Glory to His Name! - AND READY TO REIGN WITH HIM ON THIS EARTH.
I'd say THAT'S worth rejoicing, praising AND CELEBRATING.
That's A TINY GLIMPSE OF the glorious Destiny that awaits those WHO BELONG TO Jesus.
Glory to Him from eternity to eternity, worlds without end! Amen.
Do you BELONG TO Jesus?If you don't, GIVE YOURSELF TO HIM right now.
Give Him your heart, your mind, YOUR LIFE, your EVERYTHING, your spirit, soul and body...
When you BELONG to Jesus, He BELONGS TO YOU!
It's the GREATEST trade-off in the universe: our filth for His Righteousness.
Like the angel tells John in Revelation 19:9:
"BLESSED (BEYOND happy) are those who are CALLED to THE MARRIAGE...of the Lamb".
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
THE CLOSER WE GET...
The closer we get to our Departure, the clearer certain things become.
I want to address some questions that have come in recently.
1. We have NOT designated a specific day for the Rapture.
The message about the "scapegoat", which represents the Antichrist, clearly shows it's on THAT DAY (Yom Kippur) that he is RELEASED (like the scapegoat of old) from the pit and returns to earth (Daniel 11:29-31; Revelation 17:8).
Does that mean there will be HEADLINES on Yom Kippur saying "Alexander returns from the dead"?
It depends largely on whether we're still here.
Alex will RETURN, according to Scripture, on Yom Kippur.
However, he CANNOT reveal himself TO THE WORLD, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8, UNTIL the Body of Christ is REMOVED from the earth.
So he may have to hang around somewhere incognito, for a brief period, until we leave.
2. The tribulation doesn't last 7 years, as commonly taught, but 4 YEARS.
That makes A LOT of sense, since 4 is both the number FOR THE EARTH, and the number of JUDGMENT in the Bible.
3. There is a 7-year period which precedes the Millennium, but IT'S NOT ALL TRIBULATION (thank God!).
It's comprised of about THREE YEARS OF BIRTHPANGS, described by Jesus in Matthew 24:4-8.
So three years of birthpangs PLUS 4 years of tribulation = 7 years.
We are still experiencing the birthpangs, although the contractions are GETTING QUICKER AND STRONGER, which means the Rapture and tribulation cannot be far.
4. The Rapture is ABSOLUTELY, UNEQUIVOCALLY PRE-TRIB.
The tribulation is judgment against the wicked, NOT AGAINST GOD'S OWN CHILDREN.
5. The "last trumpet" is God's trumpet and is the Voice of the Archangel (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). It WILL SOUND loud and LONG to round up God's people from "the four winds" (Matthew 24:31).
It is NOT the 7th trumpet in Revelation, which is PART OF A SERIES OF TRUMPETS, and is blown by an unidentified angel to signal THE END OF the tribulation and the beginning of God's Kingdom on earth (Jubilee).
6. The reign of Antichrist should begin by May 8-9 of next year, 2013.
7. The judgments that PRECEDE it last 5 months (Revelation 9:5).
They all happen AFTER the Church is gone.
8. If you are born of the Spirit (born-again), there's NOTHING to fear.
If you're not, PLEASE INVITE JESUS INTO YOUR HEART RIGHT NOW.
He is THE FINISHED work.
He is worthy of BOTH our love and our TRUST.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
The first President and "father of our country", George Washington, once had a vision where he was shown the future of America.
I VERY RARELY share ANYTHING extrabiblical, let alone a vision. Today, I'm making an exception.
I'm mindful that some have tried to discredit this vision, ascribing it to some obscure journalist during the civil war. They've never convinced me of its spuriousness for three reasons:
1) Nobody who lived during the revolutionary war, or even the civil war, could have possibly known that far ahead what our near future holds.
2) Because it lines up with the Scriptures.
3) Because it bears witness to my spirit.
I've edited it for clarity and share it for what it's worth.
The reader is free to receive it or reject it at his or her discretion.
In the first part of the vision, which took place at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777, Washington was shown the Revolutionary War then the Civil War, then a THIRD and FINAL conflict:
"And again I heard the mysterious voice saying, 'Son of the Republic, look and learn'. At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts [compare to Revelation 8:6-9,13; 9:1-7, 13-15]; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa.
Then ...I saw hordes of armed men, who... marched by land and sailed by sea to America.
Our country was enveloped in this volume of cloud, and I saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the villages, towns and cities...
... As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of swords, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn'.
When the voice had ceased, the dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast [compare to Revelation 10:7; 11:15].
"Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America.
At the same moment the angel upon whose head still shone the word Union, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other [compare to Numbers 22:31; 1 Chronicles 21:16], descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits [compare to Revelation 19:11-16].
These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were well nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.
"Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn.'
...the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious!
"Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up..., while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with o loud voice"
˜While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last.' [Compare to Jeremiah 31:35, 36].
And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word ‘UNION', he placed it upon the Standard while the people, kneeling down, said, ‘Amen'.
... I found myself once more gazing upon the mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before, said, ˜Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her [Revelation 13:7; 17:12, 13].
Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union'.
With these words the vision vanished, and I started from my seat and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown to me the birth, progress and destiny of the United States."
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
IN ALL HISTORY
In all history there have been great military leaders, great kings and queens, great philosophers, great men of science, historians, athletes, orators, and influential founders of religions, but there's only been ONE PERSON who DIED for the sins of mankind.
NO ONE ELSE has CLAIMED TO.
NO ONE ELSE has WANTED TO.
NO ONE ELSE has even TRIED.
NO ONE ELSE was QUALIFIED.
NO ONE ELSE could.
It's one thing TO INVENT A RELIGION, formulate ideas and principles, tell others what they should and shouldn't do, what to eat or not to eat, where to pray, whom to pray to, and how often to pray, but after all is said and done, NONE OF THE ABOVE CAN REMOVE SIN.
NONE OF IT can reconcile mankind to its Creator and God.
After all is said and done, it's nothing but empty rhetoric and meaningless ritual.
It may SOUND good.
It may LOOK good.
But THE BEST you can hope for is a more "moral" lifestyle. THE BEST you can hope for is that you'll die, and REMAIN DEAD, just like the founders of THOSE RELIGIONS.
You can modify the way you act, talk and look, ON THE OUTSIDE, but your heart will stay the same ON THE INSIDE.
Dead people can't renew your heart.
Dead people can't renew your mind.
Dead people can't give you ETERNAL LIFE since THEY THEMSELVES DON'T HAVE IT.
All of which sets Jesus Christ FAR ABOVE every king, queen, emperor, military leader, philosopher, historian, scientist, athlete, orator, and religious leader.
NONE OF THEM died for your sins.
NONE OF THEM shed His Blood for you.
NONE OF THEM was sinless.
NONE OF THEM is God.
NONE OF THEM is alive.
ALL OF THEM ARE DEAD.
ONLY Jesus paid for our sins.
ONLY Jesus ROSE from the DEAD.
ONLY Jesus can ERASE your sin FOREVER.
ONLY Jesus LIVES FOREVER.
ONLY Jesus can CHANGE your heart.... permanently and eternally.
ONLY Jesus can reconcile you to God.
SINCE HE IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE BUNCH WHO IS ALIVE, ONLY Jesus CAN GUARANTEE YOU eternal life.
Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, New Ager, Hare Krishna, agnostic, Mormon, Christian Scientist, Jehovah's Witness, Adventist, Scientologist, WHAT are you waiting for?
Put ALL those dead men and women behind you, put all that DEAD RELIGION behind you, and embrace THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE YOU.
Receive into your heart Him WHO IS ALIVE.
"I am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" [Revelation 1:18].
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
RETURN OF THE GOAT - PART 2
It is often heard and taught among Christians that "Jesus became our scapegoat".
They even cite the fact that He fasted 40 days in the wilderness.
He did. However, when He fasted IT WAS IN PREPARATION FOR His public ministry, AND NOT TO TAKE OUR SINS UPON HIMSELF.
Jesus DID NOT take our sins into the wilderness, like the scapegoat of old. He went there to prepare for ministry and be tempted by Satan, because He needed to "pass the test" that Adam failed (Matthew 4:1-2).
That teaching is wrong for several OTHER reasons:
1. Pilate cast lots over two ACCUSED "criminals" ("goats"), Jesus and Barabbas, Jews chose Barabbas TO BE RELEASED. Had Jesus been the "scapegoat" He WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE RELEASED, and no one would be saved.
2. The Scapegoat was clearly labeled as the goat for Azazel or "for Satan", HOW ON EARTH could it represent Jesus?
3. The other goat, the one offered AS SACRIFICE, WAS "FOR YAHWEH" and fulfills Jesus' work of Redemption, perfectly:
He died for our sins, and his blood would be sprinkled on the Ark of the Covenant's Mercy Seat (Hebrews 9:22-26).
How could Jesus be BOTH, the goat for Yahweh and the goat for Satan?
4. The Scapegoat was thrown down the cliff and its limbs were broken, what does Scripture say about Messiah? "NOT ONE of his bones will be broken" (Psalm 34:20; John 19:33, 36).
NO WAY could it represent Jesus.
5. As we demonstrated in yesterday's message the scapegoat, being the "goat for Satan" represented the Antichrist, in fact, the Antichrist IS THE ONLY PERSON in the Bible SPECIFICALLY depicted AS a goat (Daniel 8:21).
As I shared with you recently, Daniel 11:29-31 tell us NO LESS THAN 7 times that the Greek GOAT, Alexander, will RETURN as the Antichrist ON AN APPOINTED FEAST OF THE LORD during the season of RETURN (Teshuvah).
Consequently, that Feast WOULD HAVE TO BE either Yom Teruah or Yom Kippur.
When I initially shared that revelation, I wasn't sure which one it would be.
We NOW KNOW, based on the scapegoat figure, that Feast is Yom Kippur.
Not only does the scapegoat represent the PERSON of the Antichrist, but the PERSONAL anti-christ heretofore embedded in our still unregenerate, anti-God minds (Romans 8:7).
Not only will Antichrist reflect and embody the collective consciousness of the wicked that remain on earth, but ALL THE FILTH AND SINFULNESS which, up to the moment of our soul's restoration, is embedded in our subconscious, WILL BE PUT ON HIS HEAD, AS IT WAS DONE WITH THE SCAPEGOAT OF OLD.
Those who may wonder WHY God will allow Satan to bring the Antichrist out of the pit alive, it's so all of heaven and earth - and perhaps other realms presently unknown to us -- will see THE CONCENTRATION OF Satan's wickedness in ONE EXTREMELY EVIL INDIVIDUAL, just like they saw THE FULLNESS of God's Righteousness, and of the Godhead Himself, manifested in Jesus.
In Jesus LIVES THE FULLNESS OF the Godhead, bodily (Colossians 1:19; 2:9).
Antichrist will manifest THE FULLNESS OF Satan, AND ALL HIS WICKEDNESS, in human form.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
RETURN OF THE GOAT
Leviticus 16, which discusses the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) -- which is also THE HOLIEST DAY in the Hebrew calendar, offers some very intriguing typology and terminology.
Verses 7 and 8 instruct the High Priest to take TWO GOATS.
He was to USE LOTS TO DETERMINE which goat would be offered in sacrifice to Yahweh, and the other goat would serve as "scapegoat".
At least that's how it reads in most English Bibles.
However, the word thus translated by William Tyndale, and later incorporated into the KJV and other English translations as "scapegoat", is the cryptic Hebrew term la'azazel.
While this word is often mentioned in extra-biblical literature, this is THE ONLY PORTION of the Bible where the term Azazel appears.
Scholars differ on the etymology and, thus, the meaning of the word.
It CAN mean "the goat OF ESCAPE" or "the goat of DEPARTURE", hence, "scapegoat".
However, in Hebrew literature and tradition Azazel is usually understood as THE NAME OF A DESERT DEMON, or OF SATAN HIMSELF.
In the extrabiblical Book of Enoch, Azazel is unequivocally identified as Satan: "And THE WHOLE EARTH has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel: TO HIM ASCRIBE ALL SIN (Enoch 10:12). Compare to Isaiah 14:3-20.
So one goat was FOR YAHWEH and was to be offered FOR THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE, and its blood was to be sprinkled on the Ark of the Covenant's Mercy Seat (clearly a type of our Lord and Savior Jesus), while the OTHER GOAT was to be designated for Azazel or "FOR SATAN".
The High Priest was instructed to lay both hands ON THE HEAD OF the live scapegoat and confess all the sins of the Israelites and thus PUT ALL THEIR SINS ON THE GOAT'S HEAD.
He would then send the goat away INTO THE DESERT in the care of a man appointed for that task.
The goat would carry all their sins TO A SOLITARY PLACE IN THE DESERT, where the man would release it" (Leviticus 16:21-22).
That's how Scripture describes this ritual.
Rabbinic literature -- the Mishnah in particular (Yoma 39a) -- adds a few details:
The two goats were to be SIMILAR in appearance, height, cost, and AGE.
The high priest would draw labels from a wood case, one inscribed "for Yahweh" and the other "for Azazel" OR "FOR SATAN".
He then fastened A SCARLET WOOL THREAD to the head of the goat "for Azazel" (FOR SATAN) and lay hands on it, then confess the sins of himself, his family and all of Israel, and pray for forgiveness.
A man was selected, preferably a priest, TO TAKE THE GOAT TO A PRECIPICE IN THE WILDERNESS.
He would then PUSH THE GOAT DOWN THE CLIFF (Yoma vi. 1-8).
The cliff was so high and rugged that, before the goat had traversed half the distance to the plain below, its limbs were utterly shattered.
There's even a place in the Judean desert called Mount Azazel where this awful ritual is supposed to have taken place.
So, HOW COME Leviticus 16 says ONLY to RELEASE the scapegoat into the wilderness, and NOTHING about the barbarous practice of throwing it down a cliff?
On ONE OCCASION the scapegoat RETURNED FROM THE DESERT - where it had been set free -- to Jerusalem, and this was viewed by people AS AN EXTREMELY EVIL OMEN (their sins HAD NOT been removed and were coming back to haunt them).
They therefore came up with this horrible method of throwing it down the cliff, which would still comply with the biblical instruction in Leviticus 16 to "release it in the wilderness", yet would ensure that it could NEVER AGAIN return.
The SCARLET THREAD is symbolically referenced in Isaiah 1.18; and the Talmud states (ib. 39a) that during the forty years that Simon the Just was high priest, THE THREAD ACTUALLY TURNED WHITE as soon as the goat was thrown over the precipice: a sign that the sins of the people were REMOVED.
The clear message being that once the "goat for Yahweh" PAYS FOR ALL sin with His Blood, sin would be TOTALLY AND FOREVER REMOVED from THE HEADS OF God's people, and THE FULL GUILT and RESPONSIBILITY FOR SIN IS PLACED BACK ON SATAN'S HEAD, WHERE IT BELONGS AND WHERE IT ORIGINATED - never to return to those people again.
The Talmud also states that FORTY YEARS BEFORE THE DESTRUCTION OF the Second Temple in 70 A.D., (around 30 A.D.) the change of color was no longer observed (l.c. 39b).
Gee, I wonder why...
WHOSE public ministry, death and Resurrection took place in 30-33 A.D. -- 40 years BEFORE the Second Temple's destruction?
Who DIED and ROSE at THAT PRECISE TIME as "goat for Yahweh" to ATONE FOR the sins of the people, if not Yeshua?
NO OFFENSE to our Jewish brothers, but one must be TOTALLY BLIND NOT to see the implication. Even their own Talmud bears witness to it.
The Gospels also offer this parallel:
TWO MEN CHARGED WITH CRIMES ("goats") were presented to the Jews and Pilate figuratively "cast lots" over them by asking WHICH OF THE TWO should be RELEASED, Jesus or Barabbas?
The Jews asked for Barabbas whose name means "son of the father".
Barabbas was RELEASED (like the scapegoat), thus Jesus became the "Goat for Yahweh" since HE shed His Blood in payment for our sins (Matthew 27:15-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
The BIG QUESTION is:
If the goat "for Yahweh" represented the Lord Jesus Christ, WHO does the goat "for Satan" or "for Azazel" REPRESENT?
Obviously, THE ANTICHRIST.
How do we know?
Goats are ALWAYS mentioned in the Bible ONLY in connection with sacrifices or decorations for the temple or tabernacle.
THE ONLY TIME a goat is mentioned in connection with AN INDIVIDUAL is Daniel chapter 8 where it's used to depict the Antichrist, Alexander the Great (Daniel 8:21).
The very name of the Aegean Sea, which fronts most of his native Greece, means "sea of goats".
It's from that Sea that Alexander emerges, resurrected from the dead, in Revelation 13:1.
I recently learned and shared with you, from Daniel 11:29-31, that Alexander WILL RETURN ON ONE OF THE HIGH HOLY DAYS (appointed Feasts of the Lord) during the season OF RETURN or "Teshuvah".
We NOW KNOW, beyond all doubt, based on the scapegoat ritual, that Feast is Yom Kippur.
Alexander will RETURN ON YOM KIPPUR, after being dead 2,300 years, as Satan's Anti-Christ.
Daniel chapter 8, in fact, makes it clear that this goat who is the former King of Greece will:
1. Return at the time of the end (Daniel 8:17; 21-25).
2. Place the abomination of desolation in the holy place (Daniel 8:11-14).
3. Fight against the Prince of princes (Daniel 8:11, 25).
4. That the prophecy about this goat would remain "sealed" (not fully understood) UNTIL "the time of the end" or "DISTANT future" (Daniel 8:26).
In fact, Revelation 19:20 clearly says that, like the "scapegoat" of old was THROWN DOWN a steep cliff ALIVE, that OLD Greek GOAT (the personification of Satan himself) will be taken and THROWN ALIVE into the lake of fire.
The very fact this prophecy has just been UNSEALED is PROOF POSITIVE that we are living in "THE TIME OF THE END".
Is our God FAITHFUL and TRUE to His Word, or what?
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
A BEAST BY ANY OTHER NAME
The apostle John wrote his magnificent Gospel, three short epistles, and the Book of Revelation.
In the epistles he refers to the incarnation of Satan as "antichrist" [1 John 2:18; 2:22; 4:3; 2 John 7], but throughout Revelation he refers to him as "the beast".
Why did he call him "the beast" ONLY in Revelation?
The Book of Revelation is the "unveiling" (revelation) of Jesus Christ, as well as the "unsealing" of the Book of Daniel [Revelation 1:1; 5:1-5].
The Book of Daniel is the ONLY book in the entire Bible which Jesus Himself SEALED.
He told Daniel it would remain sealed UNTIL the time of the end which is, UNQUESTIONABLY, our time.
Since Jesus is the One who sealed it, Jesus is the ONLY One who can unseal it. [Revelation 5:7-9].
What John reports is the unsealing of Jesus' Revelation to Daniel.
Jesus Himself opens the 7 seals, one by one [Revelation 6:1-12; Revelation 8:1].
The reason John refers to Antichrist as "the beast" ONLY in Revelation, is because the Antichrist is described as A BEAST in the Book of Daniel:
In Daniel 7 he's described as A LEOPARD (Daniel 7:6).
In Daniel 8 he's described as A GOAT (Daniel 8:21).
John was making reference to these two chapters in Daniel, particularly to chapter 7.
In Revelation chapter 13, where the beast is described, there are NO FEWER than 8 DIRECT references to Daniel chapter 7.
In Daniel 7:6, he describes the antichrist beast [Alexander the Great] as A LEOPARD.
In Revelation 13:2 John describes the antichrist beast [Alexander the Great] as A LEOPARD.
That's the MAIN REASON, though certainly NOT the ONLY ONE, that we KNOW the Antichrist will be Alexander resurrected from the dead, brought back from the bottomless pit by the "working" of Satan.
The Greek word in 2 Thessalonians 2:9 is energeia from which we get our English word "energy".
Like some malevolent version of the "energizer bunny", Alex's body will be indwelt and energized by Satan himself.
So, call him what you like: "seed of the serpent" [Genesis 3:17], "man of sin", "son of perdition" [2 Thessalonians 2:3], "little horn" [Daniel 7:8], "king of fierce countenance" [Daniel 8:23], "the king" [Daniel 11:36], "The Antichrist" [1st John 2:18], or "the beast" [Revelation 13:1].
The beast, by any other name, is still the offspring of Satan, the enemy of mankind, the enemy of men's souls, and ENEMY of God.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
ISRAEL AND IRAN
"And he said, Behold, I will make you know WHAT SHALL BE IN THE LATTER END OF THE INDIGNATION (wrath): for AT THE APPOINTED TIME THE END SHALL BE.
The ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia (modern Iran).
And THE MALE GOAT is THE KING OF GREECE: and THE GREAT HORN that is between his eyes is the first king" (Daniel 8:19-21).
The 8th chapter of Daniel is one of the most difficult portions of Scripture - and has been THE TOUGHEST portion for me personally -- to crack.
It's also one of the MOST MISUNDERSTOOD and abused portions, particularly the part about the "2,300 days".
But it's the part about Iran I want to focus on today.
Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has been practically begging for months that the United States DO SOMETHING to prevent Iran from going nuclear.
It's no secret that: a) Iran wants to acquire nuclear weapons, b) that they are VERY NEAR attaining that goal, c) that they aspire to world domination whereby the religion of Islam would be IMPOSED ON everyone on earth, and d) that their infamous President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has REPEATEDLY stated his desire to "wipe Israel off the map".
Unable to convince the Obama Administration about the urgency of the situation, this past Sunday Netanyahu did the rounds on political talk shows to make his case before the American people.
He said that BY MID-2013 Iran would have 90 percent of the material it needed for an atomic weapon.
He again pressed the United States to SPECIFY LIMITS which Tehran MUST NOT CROSS in order to avoid military action by the U.S.
President Obama has steadfastly refused Prime Minister Netanyahu's request.
It's not always easy to accept that "the Most High RULES in the kingdom of men, and GIVES IT TO WHOMEVER HE WILL" (Daniel 4:25).
I did not vote for the President in the last election, and about the only thing he's done that I agree with is finding and executing Osama Bin Laden. I INTENSELY DISLIKE the way he has treated, and is treating, Mr. Netanyahu and Israel.
But - whether we like it or not - he's sitting in the White House BECAUSE he's a reflection of the sorry collective consciousness of our nation which favors STYLE over SUBSTANCE, and because IT'S PART OF GOD'S END TIME PLAN.
From a PURELY SCRIPTURAL point of view, I had to sit back in total admiration of God's prophetic Word.
The fact that Bibi pointed to MID-2013 is quite remarkable and totally blew me away. Why?
Because as I shared with you recently it will be near MID-2013 (May 8-9, to be exact) that Alexander the Great, the infamous Antichrist, will begin his reign which will abruptly END, 3½ years later, at Christ's Second Coming.
Daniel chapter 8, tells us EXACTLY HOW this situation will play out and resolve itself:
Neither the U.S., nor Israel, will stop Iran. NO ONE will stop Iran except the Antichrist.
I always wondered WHY this prophecy talks about Greece conquering Persia one moment and, then, suddenly switches to the abomination of desolation and the temple being trampled for 2,300 evenings and mornings.
Because when Alex CONQUERS Iran, he will APPEAR to be Israel's "Savior".
He will do what NOT EVEN THEIR CHIEF ALLY, the United States, was willing or able to do.
He will do what, in the eyes of most Jews, Jesus "failed" to do, namely, deliver them from then oppressor of Israel, Rome, and establish His Universal Kingdom on earth.
Alex will do BOTH: deliver them from Iran and rule the whole world.
Did Jesus NOT WARN His fellow Jews that this guy, this FALSE Messiah, would "show great signs and wonders" SO THAT, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, HE AND HIS FALSE PROPHET WOULD DECEIVE THE VERY CHOSEN ONES (the Jews)? (Matthew 24:24).
It's when he "delivers" them from Iran,that Alex will DEMAND worship, put a statue of himself (the abomination that causes desolation) in their temple, AND EXPECT Jews to pay him the homage they refused the TRUE Savior.
Oh, come on ! That already happened! Daniel chapter 8 was fulfilled 2,300 years ago!
Yes, it was. PARTIALLY.
But Gabriel was CRYSTAL CLEAR that its MAJOR and COMPLETE FULFILLMENT would not take place UNTIL OUR TIME.
Gabriel told Daniel to "SHUT UP THE VISION, for it concerns the DISTANT future"(Daniel 8:26).
I'd say 2,500 years later qualifies as "distant".
In fact, Gabriel says FOUR TIMES that the vision - while being partially fulfilled 2,300 years ago, when Alexander conquered Persia for the FIRST time - was intended for "THE TIME OF THE END"(Daniel 8:17,19, 23, 26).
Right after the Rapture, major powers like the U.S., NATO, parts of Europe, Russia and China will be severely decimated by God's judgments and war.
Just when Iran is poised to attack tiny Israel and establish world supremacy as the reborn Persian Empire, Alexander will TOTALLY VANQUISH them and PUT AND END to their dream of world domination... AGAIN.
Does history repeat itself? You bet.
We know from the Scriptures, of course, that Israel will survive, and that Jesus will rescue them in the nick of time.
The coming tribulation, however, will be A TEST not only of natural Israel's physical endurance, but OF THEIR FAITH as well.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
Most of you know this Feast as Rosh Hashanah, but its biblical name is Yom Teruah (Numbers 29:1).
Yom Teruah can mean both "the day of the shofar (trumpet) blast" or "the day OF SHOUTING".
It is the first of the High Holy Days in the Hebrew calendar, also known as Yamin Nora'im or Days of Awe.
It is also known as Yom ha-Din or Day of Judgment. An even more correct translation would be "Day of THE Judgment".
It is given this name because it's the day when, in Hebrew tradition, God sits on His Throne and each individual figuratively passes before Him for evaluation or JUDGMENT.
The Talmudic teaching concerning Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah), is that on this day THREE BOOKS are opened.
In those three books the fate of THE WICKED (rashim), THE RIGHTEOUS (tzedekim), and those of an intermediate class is recorded.
THE WICKED are immediately "blotted out of the book of the living forever" (Psalm 69:29).
THE RIGHTEOUS are immediately inscribed in the Book of Life, and are sealed "to live."
Those whose spiritual standing is somewhere in between (the intermediate class) are allowed AN ADDITIONAL TEN DAYS, until Yom Kippur, to reflect, repent and "become righteous".
The ONLY WAY to become righteous in God's eyes is to be washed in the Blood of the Lamb (Yeshua ha Moschiach) and to be CREDITED with His Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Because our non-Messianic Jewish brothers DO NOT believe in Jesus' ONCE AND FOR ALL atonement for sin (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14) they think about all these things ON A YEAR BY YEAR BASIS.
So, those in the intermediate class are supposed to do some deep soul searching between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur, repent before God with all their hearts, and HOPE FOR a favorable judgment on Yom Kippur.
Rabbis are quick to tell you, however, that teshuva (repentance) ONLY ATONES for sins committed against God during that year.
According to their religion, sins committed against our fellow man ARE NOT cleansed by repentance and require direct confession to the injured parties, asking their forgiveness, and MAKING RESTITUTION for whatever wrong was done to them.
Can you imagine?
Some people would need -- not 10 days -- but AT LEAST 10 YEARS!!!
They wouldn't know WHERE TO BEGIN confessing, OR TO WHOM.
Aren't you glad our Jesus REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME ?
Glory to Him for all eternity!
Man, if THAT doesn't make you love Him, APPRECIATE Him, and praise Him, you need to get born again!
When Yom Kippur arrives, according to Talmudic tradition, the fate of each individual is sealed.
I know the standard teaching among Messianics is Rapture on Rosh (Yom Teruah) and Tribulation begins on Yom Kippur.
To be fair, I used to believe that myself many years ago.
And while I now SEE CLEARLY that the Rapture must happen in the SEVENTH MONTH (Tishri), it's not quite as simple as that.
Redemption is a bit more nuanced.
While A LOT should happen - or begin happening -- IN THE SPIRIT REALM on Yom Teruah, from what the Holy Spirit has revealed, and backed up with A LOT OF Scripture, it appears that we leave a bit later.
The great thing is WE CAN'T LOSE on this one.
If God wants to SURPRISE ME and take us Home today, a bit sooner than expected, I'm ALL FOR IT.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
For DECADES the prophecy establishment has told us, and SOLD US, all kinds of books, syllabi, cassettes, videos, CD's, DVD's, or combinations thereof, telling us that "there are NO SIGNS that PRECEDE THE RAPTURE".
That THE SIGNS given in the Gospels BY JESUS HIMSELF point to His Second Coming and NOT to the Rapture.
GOD SAYS THERE ARE SIGNS.
HIS HOLY WORD, the Bible, says THERE ARE SIGNS.
Self-declared "prophecy experts" who teach such nonsense are either LIARS, or grossly IGNORANT OF the prophetic Word.
In either case, THEY SHOULD NOT BE TEACHING, NOR SELLING WORTHLESS PUBLICATIONS, NOR APPEARING ON KRISTIAN TV promoting such NONSENSE.
Jesus told His disciples repeatedly that, WHILE NO ONE, not even Himself (BACK THEN, in the 1st century A.D.) KNEW THE DAY OF the Rapture, they were to WATCH.
WHY would He tell them repeatedly to "WATCH" if there's NOTHING (NO SIGNS) to WATCH FOR? (Matthew 24:42-44; 25:13; Mark 13:33-35,37; Luke 12:35-37; 21:36; 1 Thessalonians 5:6; Revelation 3:3).
And WHY would Paul clearly instruct Hebrews to: "encourage one another--and all the more AS YOU SEE the Day APPROACHING" (Hebrews 10:25).
HOW could they "see THE DAY approaching" if THERE ARE NO SIGNS FOR THE RAPTURE?
God said through Isaiah:
"Behold, the Day of the LORD COMES, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy its sinners out of it... I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity... Therefore I WILL SHAKE THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH SHALL REMOVE OUT OF HER PLACE, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger" (Isaiah 13:9-13).
God said through Joel:
"The SUN WILL BE TURNED TO DARKNESS and THE MOON TO BLOOD BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the LORD" (Joel 2:31).
God said through Haggai:
"I WILL SHAKE THE HEAVENS, AND THE EARTH, AND THE SEA, AND THE DRY LAND; AND I WILL SHAKE ALL NATIONS, and THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS (Gentiles) SHALL COME"...(Haggai 2:6, 7).
God said through John:
"...when he had opened the sixth seal... there was A GREAT EARTHQUAKE, and THE SUN BECAME BLACK... THE MOON BECAME AS BLOOD, And THE STARS OF HEAVEN FELL UNTO THE EARTH, even as a fig tree casts its unripe figs, when it is shaken by a mighty wind".
This happens in Revelation chapter 6, under the 6th Seal, BEFORE the Rapture.
The Second Coming doesn't take place until Revelation 19:11 under the 7th seal. SO, THERE'S NO WAY THESE SIGNS COULD POINT TO THE SECOND COMING.
Jesus Himself said:
"And THERE SHALL BE SIGNS IN THE SUN, AND IN THE MOON, AND IN THE STARS, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring, Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking toward those things which are coming on the earth: for THE POWERS OF HEAVEN SHALL BE SHAKEN.
And THEN SHALL THEY SEE the Son of man COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory" (Luke 21:25-27).
HOW MANY MORE SIGNS DO THESE BLIND GUIDES NEED?
Well, wait a minute... I thought based on Matthew 24:29 that those signs HAPPEN AFTER the tribulation.
PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT PURPOSE would be served by giving us signs AFTER AN EVENT HAS HAPPENED.
IF IT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED, WOULDN'T IT BE OBVIOUS THAT IT HAS???
SO, WHY WOULD ANYONE NEED SIGNS OF AN EVENT AFTER IT HAS HAPPENED???
SIGNS ARE ALWAYS GIVEN IN ADVANCE.
SIGNS ARE ALWAYS GIVEN BEFORE AN EVENT.
OTHERWISE, SIGNS ARE WORTHLESS.
Besides, if the world has been living under the evil rule of the Antichrist for 3½ years... Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:5)
If they have lived UNDER AN UNPRECEDENTED SYSTEM which requires A MARK in a person's right hand or forehead in order to buy or sell... (Revelation 13:16-18)
If they've lived for 3½ years under a system where WORSHIP OF SATAN AND ANTICHRIST ARE MANDATORY...(Revelation 13:4,15).
If they've seen THE ENTIRE WORLD ENGULFED IN DARKNESS... (Revelation 16:10).
If they've witnessed THE ENTIRE SEA and water reservoirs TURN TO BLOOD... (Revelation 16:3,4).
If they've seen or heard that the Antichrist has massed his armies at Armageddon trying to IMPEDE the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST... (Revelation 16:16).
ISN'T ALL THAT MORE THAN ENOUGH TO INDICATE THAT JESUS IS RETURNING???
WHY ON EARTH WOULD ANYONE NEED EVEN MORE "SIGNS", LIKE THE SUN TURNING BLACK, ETC.???
The signs given in Matthew 24:29 DO NOT PRECEDE THE SECOND COMING: THEY PRECEDE THE RAPTURE.
As we have seen, ALL THE OTHER PASSAGES where these SAME signs are mentioned INDICATE THEY HAPPEN BEFORE THE RAPTURE.
THE SIGNS, IN FACT, CONSTITUTE THE FINAL WARNING, THE LAST CALL TO PEOPLE ON EARTH TO "GET ON BOARD", CALL ON THE NAME OF JESUS, AND BE TRANSLATED INTO THE HEAVENLY DIMENSION.
Joel 2:32 promises that "WHOSOEVER shall call on the Name of the Lord (Jesus) -- EVEN IN THOSE VERY FINAL MOMENTS -- of this age, WILL BE SAVED".
If you are NOT a believer in Jesus, if you have never RECEIVED HIM INTO YOUR HEART as Lord, Savior and God, PLEASE DO SO NOW.
DON'T WAIT ANOTHER SECOND!!!
Don't postpone the decision another instant.
Don't GAMBLE WITH your ETERNAL destiny.
Even if all I'm telling you were nothing but a bunch of baloney - it's NOT, but even IF it were - WHAT IN HEAVEN'S NAME WOULD YOU LOSE?
Suppose, on the other hand, that the Bible is right. That this time-honored Book which has a PROVEN, track record of over 2,000 prophecies fulfilled IN PRECISE DETAIL, is right YET AGAIN... and you NEGLECT the Salvation that Jesus offers you SO FREELY...
Your LOSS would be so enormous, it's INCALCULABLE.
Invite Jesus into your heart NOW, and you will rejoice to see THE SIGNS and, more importantly, TO SEE HIM!
WHETHER YOU'RE BELIEVER OR UNBELIEVER, SAVED OR UNSAVED, SEEK JESUS WITH ALL YOUR HEART, and WATCH FOR THESE SIGNS.
DO NOT IGNORE THE SIGNS.
THEY ARE GOD'S FINAL WARNING TO RECEIVE JESUS AND GET SAVED BEFORE ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE ON EARTH.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
REDEMPTION FROM 1-7
God's calendar BEGINS in Aviv and ENDS in Adar.
God NEVER gave Rosh Chodesh Tishri (commonly and ERRONEOUSLY called Rosh Hashanah) as beginning of the year. That CUSTOM was adopted during the Babylonian captivity.
The CORRECT, biblical name for that Feast is Yom Teruah (Day of the Shofar blast, Numbers 29:1) or Zikron Teruah (Feast of Trumpets, Leviticus 23:24).
Jews also began NAMING the months, after their Babylonian names, while in captivity.
BEFORE captivity they ALWAYS called the months BY THEIR NUMBER.
The FIRST month was ALWAYS Aviv and the 7TH month was ALWAYS Tishri. NEVER was Tishri called the first month... EVER!
(Exodus 12:2, 18; 40:2,17; Numbers 33:3; Esther 3:7; Ezekiel 45:21,25; Genesis 8:4; Leviticus 16:29; 23:24,39; Numbers 29:1; Ezra 3:1-6; Haggai 2:1).
There is A REASON WHY God ordained those Feasts in the first and 7th months. Except Shavuot which happens in the third month.
EVERYTHING with God BEGINS in Aviv and ENDS on the 7th month, Tishri.
We see this principle repeated in the Bible:
Natural Israel became a nation in THE FIRST MONTH (Aviv) when they left Egypt.
They also ENTERED THE PROMISED LAND on Aviv 10 (Joshua 4:19). THAT WAS THEIR BEGINNING.
They will be RESTORED and REDEEMED as nation in the SEVENTH MONTH, in Tishri, when the tribulation ENDS, and when Jesus returns (Second Coming), on Yom Teruah 2016.
For the Church (spiritual Israel) the Redemption, likewise, BEGAN in the FIRST MONTH, Aviv, (Jesus died on Passover and rose on First Fruits), was CONFIRMED on Shavuot (Holy Spirit came), and will END (be fully accomplished) in the 7th month, Tishri, when He raptures us.
Seven being always the number for COMPLETION in the Bible...
Hence, God commanded His moedim or "appointed times", or Feasts, also called "holy REHEARSALS" mikra 'ei kodesh, depicting the UNFOLDING OF His plan of Redemption.
He also ordained the Shalosh Regalim where His people would make pilgrimage and ASCEND to Jerusalem on Passover, GO UP again (spiritually reborn) on Shavuot and make THE FINAL ASCENT (once their souls-minds were FULLY restored) on Sukkot.
Accordingly, the Rapture of His Church MUST take place sometime in the 7th month.
The 7th month will officially begin (Rosh Chodesh) when the NEW MOON is seen in Israel by two reliable witnesses - and nowhere else.
This year it should happen either on Sunday 9/16, Monday 9/17 or Tuesday 9/18.
The sighting of the New Moon over Israel is critical, as it will determine not only Yom Teruah, but the dates for Yom Kippur and Sukkot, as well.
There's a 7-hour difference between United States East Coast time and Jerusalem. It's 7 hours LATER there.
I have a very reliable contact in Israel who will be watching for, and reporting, the New Moon's sighting as soon as it happens.
We will share that information as soon as it becomes available.
Please DO NOT bombard us with emails giving us YOUR date for the New Moon, from whatever your source is. Such emails will be IGNORED.
The season of RETURN (Teshuvah), which we are in right now, as it name implies, is when EVERYONE RETURNS as prophesied in Scripture.
It's when the Antichrist RETURNS from the dead (Daniel 11:29-31).
It's also the time when WE RETURN TO GOD (from Whom we came, i.e., we are RAPTURED) and WHEN GOD (Jesus) RETURNS TO US both to Rapture us and, 4 years later, RETURNS in His Second Coming WITH all of us.
Consequently, we SHOULD ALL BE LOOKING FOR HIS APPEARING IN THE UPCOMING 7TH MONTH.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
In the fall of 2009 God opened up Daniel 9:25 and gave me the revelation about the "69 weeks" and that they are divided into TWO PERIODS, of 7 and 62 weeks, because there will be TWO COMINGS OF Messiah Prince.
That teaching has been posted on this website since January 2, 2010.
I had heard and read numerous times about the recapture of Jerusalem by Jews on June 7, 1967.
However, I HAD NEVER HEARD OF biblical Jerusalem being destroyed in 1948 during the War of Independence and REBUILT after the Six-Day War.
When I researched the topic and found out that, indeed, there had been TWO rebuildings in history of the presently called Jewish Quarter - needless to say - I was both awed at God's faithfulness in fulfilling His prophetic Word, and elated at the fact that "our redemption was drawing nigh".
I was so excited, in fact, that I took the date that THE ACTUAL MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION of the Quarter began in 1969 as BEGINNING for the 49-year countdown.
As time passed, the Holy Spirit impressed me repeatedly that 1967 - not 1969 -- is when the counting SHOULD BEGIN.
He then SOLIDLY backed it up with the Scriptures.
I gave the SPECIFIC reasons in a message entitled "Sweet Surprise" on 9/21/11, which you can still read by clicking "Previous Word 4 Today Messages" below or, by reading "Second Coming 2016" also below this message, particularly the portions entitled "Second Coming" and "Rebuilding Jerusalem".
However, there are some "know it alls" who LEARNED such revelation FROM THIS MINISTRY (to Jesus be all the glory), and NOW WANT TO "TEACH THE TEACHER".
They insist that the original Second Coming year of 2017 is THE CORRECT YEAR for that momentous event, not 2016.
And, of course, they give their biased "mathematical formulae" for 2017 being that year, ALL OF THEM BASED ON CONJECTURE, but NONE OF THEM based on Scripture.
They're not fooling anyone. God knows what's in their biased, hypocritical, jealous, self-exalting, glory-seeking hearts.
In addition to all the previously detailed reasons why 1967 IS the year when the 49-year count should begin, thus making the 49 years end in 2016, here are some additional facts:
1. The timeline given by Jesus for His return in Luke 21:24-32 BEGINS IN 1967, when the trampling of Jerusalem by gentiles ENDED (Luke 21:24).
Would God give ONE timeline beginning in 1969 in Daniel 9:25 and ANOTHER ONE beginning in 1967 in Luke? I don't think so.
If God is anything, He is CONSISTENT. He Himself requires "two or three witnesses to establish a matter" (Deuteronomy 19:15).
Jesus gave TWO timelines: they both pertain to Jerusalem, and they both BEGIN in 1967.
2. The 42-MONTH REIGN OF ANTICHRIST.
I pay almost as much attention to WHAT GOD DOESN'T SAY in His Word as to what HE SAYS.
He gives the EXACT NUMBER OF DAYS when natural Jews will be hiding in the desert as 1,260 days.
He gives the EXACT NUMBER OF DAYS during which the Two Witnesses will prophesy as also being 1,260 days.
But when it comes to the reign of Antichrist all we get is "time, times and half a time" or 3½ years in Daniel 7:25 and 12:7 and "42 months" in Revelation 11:2 and 13:5).
NOWHERE does Scripture say that Antichrist will reign for 1,260 days, as I often read or hear people say. NOWHERE.
Wait a second, Martel, aren't 42 months the same as 3½ years?
Aren't 42 months the same as 1,260 days?
You can have 42 Hebrew months in FEWER THAN 1,260 days.
God's calendar given to Israel begins in Aviv and ends in Adar. On certain (leap) years they add an extra month named Adar I ahead of the actual, regular Adar, which in that particular year is called Adar II.
In the next few years, 2014 and 2016 are leap years with an extra month each. 2013, 2015, and 2017 are regular years.
Since Jesus died, rose and ascended at precisely 69½ weeks, only HALF A WEEK or 3½ years remain in order to complete the 70 weeks prophecy.
Those remaining 3½ years will be the reign of Antichrist.
Antichrist MUST, therefore, begin his 3½ year reign WHERE Jesus left off.
WE KNOW that Jesus ascended 40 days after His Resurrection, on Iyyar28 (which, coincidentally, ALSO HAPPENS TO BE Yom Yerushalayim Day, the VERY day on which Jews recovered biblical Jerusalem in 1967, as prophesied).
That means that Antichrist must begin his reign on Iyyar 29 (the last day of that month).
We also know that Jesus MUST return on Yom Teruah, which is Rosh Chodesh Tishri, or Tishri 1, of (hypothetically speaking) either 2016, or 2017.
Keeping in mind that God's calendar begins in Aviv (spring) and ends in Adar or Adar II (Winter):
Counting from Iyyar 29, 2013 (next year):
To Sivan 1, 2014*:
Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul, Tishri, Heshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat, Adar I, Adar II, Aviv, Iyyar = 13 months.
2014: To Sivan 1, 2015 = 12 months
2015: To Sivan 1, 2016* = 13 months
2016: To Tishri 1, 2016 : Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul = 4 months
13 + 12 + 13 + 4 = 42 months (EXACTLY, to the day)
Counting from Iyyar 29, 2014:
To Sivan 1, 2015 = 12 months
To Sivan 1, 2016* = 13 months
To Sivan 1, 2017 = 12 months
To Tishri 1, 2017 = 4 months = 41 months (ONE MONTH SHORT OF the prophecy).
* Leap years having 13 months, instead of the usual 12.
If the Second Coming were in 2017, either God (Scripture) LIED (perish the thought) or Antichrist would have to reign ONE EXTRA MONTH, until Heshvan 1, to make it 42 months, which means he'd still be reigning AFTER Jesus' Second Coming (also perish the thought).
NO CAN DO.
The Second Coming MUST BE in 2016, 49 years AFTER the word to "return and build" biblical Jerusalem, EXACTLY AS Daniel 9:25 predicts.
That means the Antichrist's reign lasts 1,245 days, which is still 3½ years and EXACTLY 42 months in the Hebrew calendar, as Revelation 13:5 pointedly says.
That means that Antichrist SHOULD BEGIN REIGNING on May 8-9 of next year, 2013.
That means the Body of Christ SHOULD LEAVE THIS YEAR. Glory to our Savior now and forever!
Let God be true, and EVERY MAN a liar.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
The Feasts of the Lord are given in Leviticus chapter 23.
These Feasts are known individually as moed, and in the plural as moedim meaning "appointed times".
God HAS AN APPOINTMENT with Israel on those Feasts.
Repeat: God has an appointment with Israel on those Feasts.
That's why Israelites were COMMANDED to observe those Feasts.
That's why Jesus METICULOUSLY kept those appointments by:
1. Dying on Passover (as the Lamb, which God promised Abraham, to TAKE AWAY SIN, (Genesis 22:8; John 13:1, 28, 39; 19:14).
2. Being buried on the first day of Unleavened Bread (which begins in the evening after Passover; Mark 15:42-46).
3. Rising from the dead on First Fruits (1 Corinthians 15:20), and
4. Sending His Holy Spirit on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).
Jesus kept the appointments with Israel on the spring Feasts in His First Coming.
Likewise, Jesus will keep the appointments with Israel on the fall Feasts in His Second Coming.
His Second Coming to save NATURAL Israel, judge the world, and set up His Kingdom on earth, is ONE THING.
The Rapture of the Church (SPIRITUAL Israel) is ANOTHER entirely different event.
These TWO distinct events are separated by a period of approximately 4 years.
How do we know? Because the Bible gives us the ORDER of these events:
1. The Church MUST BE raptured (Revelation 7:9).
2. Antichrist must reappear risen from the dead (Revelation 11:7; 13:1; 17:8).
3. Six trumpet judgments must take place which, should TAKE 5 months (Revelation 8:2; 9:1-20).
4. Antichrist must reintroduce himself to the world, gain popular support, form a political coalition, put together an army, occupy Libya and Iraq, fight battles against Egypt, Turkey/Syria, Iran and, finally, Israel (Revelation 13:1-4; Daniel 8; Daniel 11-40-44).
5. Then and only then - when Israel's power is finally shattered - he must reign for 3½ years (Daniel 12:7).
6. At the END OF those 3½ years, Jesus MUST return (49 years after the SECOND word to "return and build Jerusalem", Daniel 9:25).
How do we know that Jesus will KEEP THE FALL APPOINTMENTS with NATURAL Israel, JUST AS HE KEPT THE SPRING APPOINTMENTS?
Because His written Word says He will. The Book of Daniel tells us, repeatedly, that such things will happen at APPOINTED TIMES (moedim):
"And he said, Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the latter end of the wrath: for AT THE APPOINTED TIME (lemoed) THE END SHALL BE (Daniel 8:19).
"And both these kings' hearts shall be to do evil, and they shall speak lies at the same table; but it shall not prosper: for THE END SHALL YET BE AT THE APPOINTED TIME" (lamoed, Daniel 9:27).
"AT THE TIME APPOINTED (lamoed) he (in context, Antichrist) shall return, and come into the south; but it shall not be in the latter time as it was in the former" (Daniel 11:29).
Last, but not least, there's Psalm 75:2 (God speaking):
"I CHOOSE THE APPOINTED TIME (moed); it is I WHO JUDGES uprightly".
Great is His Faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23).
Just like He kept those appointments with Israel in His First Coming, Jesus will keep the appointments with Israel in His Second Coming.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
I often hear from those who complain about being lonely.
Whenever someone tells me they're thinking of STARTING A MINISTRY, and asks what advice do I have, FIRST THING I tell them is "learn TO BE ALONE, and to SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS in solitude with God".
Sadly, this is not taught in Bible colleges or seminaries, but IT SHOULD BE.
If you doubt it, ask the apostle Paul, the most prolific evangelist in history, who ministered to thousands -- if not millions -- and FOUND HIMSELF ALL ALONE AND ABANDONED in a DARK, COLD, HUMID, SMELLY, UNSANITARY, HORRENDOUS Roman prison, with only Timothy and a couple others visiting him from time to time (2 Timothy 4:9-16).
Those who feel lonely SHOULD COUNT THEIR BLESSINGS:
A LOT of people will PRETEND to be your "friends" WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL, and they can GET SOMETHING OUT OF your friendship, but when you're entangled in a difficult situation, as Paul found out, they vanish faster than the morning mist.
Such "friendships" lead only to HURT and DISAPPOINTMENT.
And I'm not talking only about WORLDLY people; I'm talking about CHRISTIANS AS WELL.
WHERE were ALL THOSE that Paul devoted HIS ENTIRE LIFE to reach with the Gospel and establish in the faith, to whom he addressed those magnificent Epistles, and for whom he suffered UNTOLD TRIBULATIONS and misery? (2 Corinthians 11:24-28).
Most Christians forsook Paul in his hour of need, but THE LORD stood by him (2 Timothy 4:17). And He will stand by you, too.
A true friend, the Bible says, LOVES AT ALL TIMES, even in ADVERSITY (Proverbs 17:17).
When you find a person that STICKS WITH YOU THROUGH THICK AND THIN: when you're nice and when you're ugly, sick or healthy, when you're prosperous and when you're not, when they LIKE what you say and when THEY DON'T, when things go well, and WHEN THEY GO AWRY, THAT individual -- and NO ONE ELSE -- is A TRUE FRIEND.
Consider yourself fortunate if you FIND ONE such person in your entire life.
I minister to thousands daily, and have MANY ACQUAINTANCES, but VERY FEW friends. Matter of fact, I can only think of ONE individual at the moment that I consider a TRUE friend.
There is A FRIEND that sticks closer than a brother and His Name is Jesus (Proverbs 18:24).
There's NO BETTER COMPANY -- IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE -- than Jesus.
I CAN'T EVEN RELATE TO the concept of "lonely" anymore (I did MANY years ago) because I spend SO MUCH TIME in communion with my precious, wonderful Lord that I don't even HAVE TIME to feel or even THINK about "being lonely":
Asking His opinion, seeking answers and His Wisdom, listening to Him, meditating His written Word or revelatory insights, seeking spiritual intimacy with Him, OR JUST ENJOYING HIM AND HIS PRESENCE - KNOWING THAT HE will NEVER leave me nor forsake me.
Do you think some of these revelations just fell from the sky? Sometimes, they have. But I spend MOST OF THE TIME (when I'm not at work) ALL ALONE.
...ON PURPOSE: "Just" Jesus and me.
THAT'S HOW I hear from God, by spending LOTS OF TIME with Him, and getting His point of view, not mortal men's.
The VERY WORD "holy", in both the Old (kadosh) and New (hagios) Testaments, means "SET APART" OR "SEPARATE".
HOLY PEOPLE (SAINTS) ARE seldom "part of the crowd". They are to be mainly SEPARATE.
That doesn't mean you can't socialize, or that we should become veritable hermits. I engage in normal daily chores, enjoy interacting with people in general, participating in worship services occasionally, and getting together with family and "friends" ONCE IN A WHILE.
But being "holy" INVOLVES BEING ALONE MOST OF THE TIME: NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT.
Have you ever thought THAT PERHAPS God is calling you to serve Him in some capacity and, thus, WANTS YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION?
Have you even considered that He's kept certain people from "befriending" you: A) because they're no good, B) because they may drive a wedge in your relationship with Jesus, or interfere in some way with your Christian walk? and C) because He (God) WANTS MORE OF YOUR TIME???
Perhaps you shouldn't be thinking "why can't I make any friends"? Or "what am I doing wrong"? But "WHAT am I doing RIGHT"?
To put it in musical terms, you're not Mr Lonely. Nor are you Eleanor Rigby...
For all the lonely souls out there, here are some words of comfort and encouragement:
1. Seek Jesus with ALL YOUR HEART, not HALF of your heart, not MOST of your heart, but ALL OF IT!!!
Seek His lovely Face.
You'll NEVER be lonely in His Presence, EVER.
2. Cheer up: you have MANY FRIENDS that YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU HAVE.
You'll SEE your TRUE friends VERY soon. They're watching from the balconies in heaven, even now, and excitedly awaiting your arrival.
Besides, Jesus -- THE VERY BEST FRIEND YOU OR I WILL EVER HAVE -- is ABOUT TO APPEAR.
That fact, alone, is WORTH REJOICING.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
I LOVE JOEL
No, not THAT Joel; not the Joel on Kristian TV, the Joel in the Bible.
I wouldn't waste TWO SECONDS on one of smilin' Joel's "feel good", Kristian lite, ghost-writer inspired musings. I've always disliked fiction.
And, for the record, I strongly object to the designation of certain prophets as "minor" prophets, just because they didn't write 50 chapters.
In ONLY THREE concise but extremely informative chapters Joel provides CLEAR details about the Day of the Lord that NO OTHER prophet can top.
He also managed to do so in some of the most soaringly beautiful prose found in Scripture:
"Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD comes, for it is nigh at hand" (Joel 2:1).
"...rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness" (Joel 2:13).
"Proclaim this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near...
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
Assemble yourselves, and come, all you nations, and gather yourselves together round about...
Put in the sickle and reap, for the harvest is ripe...
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision..." (Joel 3:9-14).
Beautiful, descriptive, BRIEF, and DIRECT: a man after my own heart.
He describes the Rapture, tribulation, Armageddon, and even the future of Palestinians (Joel 3: 4-8).
Minor, my petoot...
If I had to pick the two most important passages from his Book, at least from the Church's perspective, they would be 2:15-16 and 2:28-32.
In the first, he gives clear details about the Rapture I haven't read anywhere else:
"Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly : Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that nurse: LET THE BRIDEGROOM GO FORTH FROM HIS CHAMBER, AND THE BRIDE OUT OF HER CLOSET".
I could spend an hour scrutinizing that one verse alone.
As for Joel 2:32 it is one of the most hopeful verses in Scripture, particularly for those who have loved ones still unsaved and for those who wish the coming tribulation on no one:
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I WILL SHOW WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS AND IN THE EARTH, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, BEFORE the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.
And it shall come to pass, that WHOSOEVER shall call on the name of the LORD SHALL BE SAVED: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call" (Joel 2:28-32).
Amen, Joel. Amen.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
WRITTEN IN OUR MINDS
"Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will make A NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah...this shall be the covenant that I will make...I WILL PUT MY LAW IN THEIR MINDS, AND WRITE IT IN THEIR HEARTS; and will be their God, and they shall be my people" (Jeremiah 31:31-33).
The New Testament differs from the Old in the fact that, upon receiving Jesus as Lord, Savior and God, His Spirit WRITES HIS LAW IN OUR HEARTS.
Matter of fact, because Jesus Himself COMES TO LIVE IN us, and puts His own Holy Spirit and Divine Nature IN US, we are counted as righteous and perfect as Jesus Himself (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Glory to Him for all eternity!
This has been the case with EVERY true, born-again believer, since that most blessed day of Pentecost in 33 A.D. when His Church was born (actually, REBORN).
All born-again believers become part of the Commonwealth of Israel, and TRUE SPIRITUAL JEWS (Romans 2:28; Ephesians 2:12).
This prophecy, given through Jeremiah, says that under this New Covenant (or New Testament) God would write His law in our hearts and IN OUR MINDS.
Those of us who HAVE EXPERIENCED the new birth KNOW that His law IS written in our hearts. There's NO QUESTION about it.
That's why we NO LONGER live by OUTWARD commandments, but FROM the SPIRIT WITHIN.
However, it's the "MIND portion" of this prophecy that is YET to be fulfilled.
God's law is NOT YET written in our minds.
If it were, WE WOULD NEVER SIN.
If it were, WE WOULD MANIFEST THE Image OF JESUS, AS WELL AS HIS PERFECTION (Romans 8:29).
If it were, we would NOT SEE the pettiness, jealousy, criticism, sinfulness, immaturity, division, betrayal, backstabbing, hypocritical, "strain out the gnat but SWALLOW THE CAMEL" competitive spirit, desirous to see our brothers fail, that we see in the Church.
We would not hear constantly from Christians who are in bondage TO ALL KINDS OF sin.
If our minds had been renewed, if God's law were written IN OUR MINDS, we WOULD NOT BE HERE. We would have all been raptured.
But don't we have "the Mind of Christ"? Yes, at the moment we have it IN OUR SPIRITS, NOT IN OUR HEADS.
"But the natural man (with his natural mind) RECEIVES NOT THE THINGS OF the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: NEITHER CAN HE KNOW THEM, BECAUSE THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED" (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Romans 8:7 flat out says "Because THE CARNAL MIND IS ENMITY AGAINST God: FOR IT IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE LAW OF God, neither indeed can be".
That verse proves, if nothing else, that His law is NOT yet written in our minds.
And be not conformed to this world: but BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that you may prove what is that GOOD, AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT, WILL OF God (Romans 12:2).
So, clearly, the RENEWAL of our spirits to conform to God's law HAS TAKEN PLACE, but NOT the renewal of our MINDS.
It's the RENEWAL OF OUR MINDS that triggers our physical transformation from mortal to immortal, thus causing our translation in the heavenly realm or our Rapture.
But why are there 2,000 years separating spiritual renewal from mind (soul) renewal?
Because our spirits were never created, they came from God, who IS Spirit.. So, that "reconnection" was rather quick and easy.
ONLY our souls and bodies were created.
Because our souls are the "independent" (individual) part of our being, where our free will is exercised...
Because it was the human soul that was DECEIVED when it believed Satan's LIE...
Because it was the SOUL that "CHOSE" TO SIN...
The process for soul renewal is a bit more complicated and lengthier.
Thus, the RENEWAL OF THE HUMAN MIND, WHERE GOD WRITES HIS LAW, NOT JUST IN OUR HEARTS, BUT IN OUR MINDS, IS ABSOLUTE MUST.
The human mind is renewed WHEN WE SEE THE TRUTH, Jesus, FACE TO FACE, AS HE IS.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
"To EVERY THING (that would definitely INCLUDE eschatology) there is a season and A TIME to EVERY PURPOSE under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
"...but SEAL UP The vision, for it concerns THE DISTANT FUTURE (Daniel 8:26)."
"But you, O Daniel, SHUT UP THE WORDS, AND SEAL THE BOOK, EVEN TO THE TIME OF THE END: many shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED" (Daniel 12:4).
He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because THE WORDS ARE CLOSED UP AND SEALED UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END" (Daniel 12:9).
I know many of you have been waiting for this update.
There are also many who think they can PRESSURE ME into giving information BEFORE its time. Think again.
And there are still others who HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE WHATSOEVER, yet DEMAND that those who do, SEE AND KNOW EVERY DETAIL CLEARLY WHEN THEY - NOT GOD - DEEM IT APPROPRIATE.
I answer DIRECTLY TO God - and NO ONE else.
Those ungrateful souls who "disapprove of" our ministry - I say this as lovingly and kindly as I possibly can -- can take their sorry selves elsewhere, since we derive NO MATERIAL BENEFIT WHATSOEVER from their visits.
And, while they're at it, don't let the door hit your petty, unrealistic behinds on the way out.
I have quoted the above verses for those who, evidently, DON'T KNOW THEIR BIBLES, think God is at their beck and call, that He can be manipulated or coerced, and that this ministry is some sort of spiritual Xfinity where you can get things ON DEMAND
The Scriptures above COULDN'T BE CLEARER:
Certain things with regards to prophecy WON'T BE REVEALED UNTIL the VERY "time of the end".
We can kick, scream, criticize, cajole, and complain ALL WE WANT - but KNOWLEDGE WILL BE AVAILABLE when God DECIDES, not when we want.
I have said repeatedly that, based on these Scriptures, THE CLOSER we get to "the time of the end" THE MORE and THE BETTER I expect to KNOW, UNDERSTAND and SEE.
At the "time of the end" KNOWLEDGE of such things WILL INCREASE.
KNOWLEDGE HAS recently increased significantly, as far as I'm concerned.
Is there still time to build the third temple?
Yes. Assuming it gets built (as opposed to just appearing).
Is there still time for the Two Witnesses to testify 1,260 days?
Yes. They should be finished in early spring 2016, and should be killed on Passover of that year, and rise 3½ days later, JUST LIKE JESUS, only HALF A DAY later.
SHOULD the Rapture still happen this year?
What about the calculation that it should happen by mid-2012?
It was A CALCULATION - not a prediction -- based on what knowledge FROM THE SCRIPTURES was available to me at that time. I gave very specific details as to what ASSUMPTIONS such calculations were based on.
Calculations, by very definition, are NOT EXACT, but provide a GENERAL ESTIMATE. We have NEVER given a SPECIFIC DATE.
If our previous CALCULATIONS are off by A FEW months, that's still pretty darned good: considering that 2,000 years have passed. I mean, GIVE ME A BREAK!!!
What's A FEW MONTHS compared to TWO MILLENNIA!!!
And for all who criticize, AS IF THEY "knew so much", HOW COME - in ALL THIS TIME -- YOU DIDN'T disprove ANY of my calculations or teachings with the Scriptures, let alone OFFER YOUR OWN???
We can ONLY teach what the Bible says, AS GOD'S SPIRIT REVEALS IT.
And God's Spirit REVEALS THINGS when He CHOOSES.
Two important things HAVE BECOME EVIDENT since then, which slightly affect the timing:
1. The trumpet judgments:
While they BEGIN in numerical sequence, apparently they run SIMULTANEOUSLY.
One of those judgments, trumpet number 5, lasts 5 months.
It's safe to say that, while FOUR OTHER judgments (trumpets) BEGIN PRIOR to it, these judgments will be happening concurrently.
If they do, then the judgments that precede the Antichrist's reign last 5 months, as opposed to 7 or 8 months, as I had previously estimated.
2. The timing of Antichrist's reappearing
I USED TO think -- and FREELY ADMIT IT -- that there would be an interval of several months from the Church's Rapture to the appearing of Antichrist.
That belief was based on the fact that the Rapture is described in Revelation chapters 6 and 7, the trumpet judgments in chapters 8 and 9, then there are three chapters 10, 11, and 12 where John fills in some of the details, and the Antichrist is not mentioned as emerging from the sea until Revelation 13:1. So, in the Book of Revelation, there are 5 WHOLE CHAPTERS between the Rapture and the Antichrist's reappearance.
Consequently, in Revelation there APPEARS TO BE some sort of time interval, of at least several months, between our Departure and Antichrist's appearing.
I now see clearly in at least three Scriptures elsewhere, THAT he will reappear almost AS SOON AS we're out of here.
Both these things affect the timing of our Departure by A FEW months.
Please DO NOT write in with questions or get ahead of me. Wait ‘til I'm finished.
God willing, I will give more specific details in subsequent messages AS -- AND ONLY AS - the Spirit leads.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
TO WHOM SHALL WE GO?
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord,TO WHOM SHALL WE GO ? YOU HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE (John 6:68).
Are you disillusioned about life in general?
About religion IN PARTICULAR?
Have you had bad, hurtful experiences in Church or with Christians or Christian groups?
Are there LOTS OF THINGS in this transient world that seem unfair and don't make any sense?
Is it HARD to understand HOW OR WHY a loving God would allow certain awful things to take place?
A. Join the club.
B. TO WHOM SHALL YOU GO?
ALL forms of religion, including Christian denominations, were INVENTED by humans.
Jesus ISN'T religion.
Jesus is A PERSON.
And although He lives IN those who are born again (hard to believe by the way we act sometimes), we still do not manifest His Perfection, hence we will all fail you and disappoint you at some point.
Jesus is THE ONLY ONE who will never leave you nor forsake you, nor fail you, nor betray you... EVER.
He's THE ONLY ONE you can ALWAYS count on.
He's THE ONLY ONE who will never disappoint you or fail to meet your expectations.
He far exceeds the grandest, noblest longings of the human heart and mind.
He's THE ONLY ONE WHO IS ALWAYS ON YOUR SIDE.
He's THE ONLY ONE who CAN and WILL save you.
WHERE ELSE would you go?
To Confucius? He can't offer you ANYTHING. He's dead.
To Buddha? He's dead, too.
To Allah? He doesn't exist.
To Mohammed? He's dead and couldn't even save himself, let alone his followers.
To Hare Krishna? Please. All demons are doomed. They TREMBLE at the Presence of our Jesus.
To Moses? He COULDN'T even bring Israelites into the Promised Land here on earth, and you really think he's going to get you into HEAVEN?
Perhaps become atheist? Impractical.
You can deny the existence of God all you want, but the fact remains that He is eternal, having NO BEGINNING AND NO END.
And NOTHING you choose to "believe" or disbelieve will ever change that.
You can LIVE IN DENIAL, until He decides it's time for a REALITY CHECK, and you stand like a tiny ant before the INFINITE, ALL-POWERFUL Being.
So, TO WHOM SHALL YOU GO?
The decision is entirely yours, of course, but I submit that THE ONLY ONE who is ALIVE, and thus GUARANTEES YOU ETERNAL LIFE is Jesus.
THE ONLY ONE WHO LOVES YOU - totally and unconditionally - yes, REGARDLESS OF how lousy this temporary life has been for you, is Jesus.
The ONLY ETERNAL God is Jesus.
The ONLY ONE before Whom every knee shall bow is Jesus.
The ONLY ONE that every tongue will have to confess as Lord is Jesus.
The ONLY ONE whose Kingdom is ETERNAL is Jesus.
So, no matter how awful or miserable your temporary life here on earth has been you have two choices:
You can side with dead losers, and be MISERABLE FOR ETERNITY.
Or you can RECEIVE the Winner, INVITE HIM INTO YOUR HEART, have all those bad experiences and memories ERASED, all your sins FORGIVEN,and ENJOY A BRILLIANT WONDER-FILLED DESTINY FOR ALL ETERNITY.
Simon Peter had a big mouth which often got him in trouble, but even he realized that - even when he didn't like or fully comprehend some of Jesus' teachings -- THERE'S SIMPLY NOWHERE ELSE TO GO.
TO WHOM SHALL YOU GO?
There's ONLY ONE who gives -- AND WHO IS -- ETERNAL LIFE.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield made a career out of what became his signature line "I get no respect".
Rodney is now deceased, but I enjoyed some of his comedy routines while he was alive.
Whenever the godless secular media needs to discredit Jesus, they call on the Rodney Dangerfields of Christianism, the "good folk" and purported "scholars" at the so-called "Jesus Seminar".
The Jesus Seminar, founded in 1985, by heretic Robert Funk, to foment and promote liberal Christianism (they wouldn't know real Christianity if Christ Himself walked by and slapped their stupid faces), consists of 150 ARBITRARILY APPOINTED "critical scholars" AND LAYMEN who take it upon themselves to examine the Gospels and New Testament and VOTE on those portions THEY CAPRICIOUSLY DEEM "true and accurate" and on those they don't.
They actually use COLORED BEADS (I kid you not) to cast their BIASED votes on the historicity of Jesus' deeds and sayings.
Their votes are based solely on their very flawed, limited, prejudiced, fallible and MORTAL opinion.
The Seminar's fellows include notorious heretics Karen Armstrong, Marcus Borg, and that infamous ugly buzzard Dominic Crossan.
Other members include utterly unqualified to judge anything, let alone Jesus, filmmaker Paul Verhoven (of Basic Instinct fame, need I say more?) who lacks any theological or historical credentials.
That'll give you a rough idea of how "credible" the conclusions of this ridiculous bunch of glorified sightless idiots are.
There's NOTHING objective about the Seminar. It's TOTALLY BIASED.
According to this blind bunch Jesus was a mortal man. He is neither God nor Son of God, but born of two human parents. He did not perform miracles nor die as a substitute for sinners nor rise bodily from the dead.
Seeing the risen Jesus was nothing more than the visionary experience of some of his disciples rather than ACTUAL, PHYSICAL encounters.
It's the HEIGHT of arrogance to think they can UNILATERALLY DECIDE what's true or isn't true 2,000 YEARS AFTER THE FACT, when they were neither eyewitnesses, NOR HAVE EVEN TALKED TO anyone WHO WAS.
There were THOUSANDS of eyewitnesses to Jesus' miracles, and over 500 HUNDRED EYEWITNESSES to Jesus' PHYSICAL Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:7-9).
Those eyewitnesses were SO CONVINCED of both, Jesus' Divinity and His CORPORAL Resurrection from the dead, that THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES for the sake of Jesus and His Gospel.
On the other hand, these self-absorbed jokers, who pose as scholars, haven't given and wouldn't give their mediocre lives for anyone.
They aren't Christians AT ALL.
About the only ones who believe and promote their foolish agenda are the equally clueless "journalists" in secular media.
Had Jesus NOT risen physically, had any Roman or Jewish functionary produced Jesus' dead physical body THREE DAYS AFTER His Crucifixion, Christianity WOULD SIMPLY NOT EXIST.
It would have been nipped in the bud and DEBUNKED BEFORE IT EVEN STARTED.
The reason it SWALLOWED UP the mighty Roman Empire, the reason the Christian faith exists today, is BECAUSE JESUS IS ALIVE, and thousands gave their lives rather than deny seeing Him RESURRECTED.
If you really want to know what Jesus is like, what He did and didn't do, you'll never get there by casting WORTHLESS, ill-informed votes.
Get to know Jesus, intimately and personally.
When you do, you won't need to resort to a stupid Seminar to tell you what He's like.
You'll KNOW FIRSTHAND.
These purported scholars are A JOKE.
I have MORE respect for Rodney Dangerfield than I do for them.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
SEASON OF RETURN
We are in the season known to Jews as Teshuvah.
It runs from Elul 1 to Tishri 10, which is Yom Kippur.
Teshuvah means "return".
It can be a literal return to a specific location, or a spiritual return, like returning to God in repentance and seeking Him with all our hearts.
It's during this season that we return to God, and that God (Jesus) returns to us, both to Rapture us and, several years later, to establish His Kingdom on earth.
Because we're living at the very "time of the end", this particular year this season should be filled with exciting and spectacular events, at least from believers' perspective.
For unbelievers, they may be disturbing and frightening.
So, WHAT should we be doing as we anticipate our Lord's RETURN?
I urge all believers to concentrate on the following:
1. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and more Jesus
He is WORTHY of our BOUNDLESS, ETERNAL LOVE AND ATTENTION.
Let's set aside silly doctrinal differences and FOCUS ON Him who shed His blood for us, died, rose, ascended and is about to receive us unto Himself.
Let's also remember that HE LIVES IN every one of our born-again brothers and sisters, no matter how ugly they may act at times, and pray for the Church at large.
Let's "RETURN" to Him with ALL our hearts.
2. Natural Israel
Please remember the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in your prayers.
While there are many Messianic Jews who are born again - and we thank God for every one of them - the vast majority of natural Jews are NOT.
There's also A LOT of legalism among certain Messianics, which they need to repent of and TRUST JESUS ALONE.
Pray that when THE SIGNS begin to happen (Revelation 6:12; Joel 2:31-32) many of them will "call on the Name of the Lord' and BE SAVED. Amen and Amen.
3. The UNSAVED
If you still have loved ones, family members, relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, that you want to see in heaven, THE TIME TO SPEAK TO THEM ABOUT JESUS IS NOW.
You may not be here a month from now. Don't procrastinate. DO IT IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
Just say "Listen, Fred, Gloria (or whatever name) I've been wanting to talk to you about this for a while.
I want to make sure that if something big should happen in this world soon, or God forbid, something should happen to you, that you have eternal life".
Then give them A BRIEF, SIMPLE presentation of the Gospel: Jesus loves them, died for their sins, rose from the dead and is coming again (RETURNING).
If (AND ONLY IF) they show the slightest objection, POINT OUT THAT THEY HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BY RECEIVING JESUS, and EVERYTHING TO GAIN.
Suppose He's not real and they receive Him, so what? NO HARM DONE.
Suppose He's real and they DON'T... they lose BIG TIME.
Then INVITE THEM to receive Him into their hearts and lead them in a simple prayer.
Tell them they MUST INVITE HIM FROM THEIR HEARTS.
When we leave this world you can't take gold, silver, stocks, bonds, real estate, jewels, money, cars, clothes, or any material possessions.
The ONE thing you're allowed to bring to heaven with you is SOULS.
And our Jesus DESERVES SEPTILLIONS OF THEM.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
"LIVING" A LIE
"Unto them that look for Him shall HE APPEAR THE SECOND TIME without sin UNTO SALVATION" (Hebrews 9:28).
"Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, we SHALL BE LIKE HIM; FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS" (1 John 3:2).
In John 8:32 Jesus made the following statement:
"You will know the Truth and the Truth WILL SET YOU FREE".
I have heard every religious presentation of that verse you can imagine.
WHAT Truth are we to KNOW? And WHAT will that Truth set us free FROM?
Jesus Himself gave us THE ANSWER in John 14:6:
"I AM the Way, THE TRUTH, and the Life".
The Truth we must come FACE TO FACE WITH is Jesus Himself.
And I don't mean figuratively, I mean LITERALLY.
EVERY Christian, dead or alive, WILL come face to face with Jesus AT THE RAPTURE.
There's NO WAY of getting around that.
That's why He is THE WAY.
Not ONE OF the ways, but THE ONLY WAY.
That's why NO ONE goes to the Father except through Him.
Wait a second Martel, I thought that meant I need to receive Jesus into my heart and be born again.
Yes, it means THAT, too.
But the born again EXPERIENCE is merely THE BEGINNING OF the Christian walk.
If it were "THE END", as it's often portrayed in Christian circles, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE.
We would have been translated into the heavenly realm LONG AGO.
THE END, at least from earth's perspective, IS having this FACE TO FACE spiritual VISION OF JESUS AS HE REALLY IS (Hebrews 12:2).
As He REALLY is means not the natural physical appearance of Jesus in this fallen, temporary earth realm:
Thousands of people saw that, and - precious as even our Lord's NATURAL appearance is -- that alone won't do the job or renew people's minds, nor will it transform them from mortal to immortal, as evidenced by the fact that MANY WHO SAW HIM back in the first century A.D. continued in their sin and their mortality.
We're talking about seeing Jesus "as He is" in His ETERNAL, God-Spirit SUBSTANCE.
Why is SEEING JESUS so important?
Because in the Garden of Eden our human forefathers bought A LIE, promoted by the father of lies, and we've been experiencing the disastrous consequences ever since.
To put it bluntly: we've been living A LIE, sold to us by the devil. Yet the lie seems SO REAL. That just proves - here's an oxymoron for you -- what A GOOD LIAR he is.
That this world is ALL ONE GREAT BIG LIE is PROVEN by the fact that it's (thank God) TEMPORARY. The Truth is ETERNAL.
Anything or anyone that's NOT ETERNAL is, irretrievably and by definition, A LIE.
The lie that Eve fell for, and Adam allowed, plunged this world into sin, chaos and spiritual darkness.
The ONLY WAY to reverse THE LIE and its effects is to COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE TRUTH.
AND JESUS IS THE TRUTH.
Hence, ALL OF US MUST (ABSOLUTE MUST) SEE JESUS.
Every eye will see Jesus returning in the clouds.
Every born-again believer will see Him FACE TO FACE, as He really is, up close and personal.
Come to us, Lord Jesus. Come to me. Amen.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
Why are there so many divisions, misunderstanding among Christians, and SO MUCH false teaching?
Because people - religious people in particular - are FUNDAMENTALLY DISHONEST.
Most people DON'T WANT TRUTH.
First century Pharisees BOASTED about keeping the law and the 10 Commandments. They bragged about having and KNOWING The Truth (John 9:34).
When Truth APPEARED before their eyes, not only did they REJECT HIM, they DIDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE Him.
At least Pontius Pilate, a total pagan, dared to ask "WHAT IS Truth?" (John 18:38)
But the Pharisees of his day WERE NOT INTERESTED IN TRUTH. MODERN Pharisees AREN'T interested, either.
When faced with THE TRUTH, like Adam of old, they run and hide, then - as if THAT weren't bad enough -- cover themselves with fig leaves, to boot.
They want A LITTLE Truth: Just enough to make them FEEL "religiously righteous", but DON'T GIVE US THE WHOLE TRUTH.
Aim a spiritual flashlight at us, once in a while, but - whatever you do - DON'T TURN THE FLOODLIGHTS ON OUR DENOMINATION, or ON US.
We don't want THAT MUCH light.
We don't want you to EXPOSE the falsehood behind the traditions we hold sacred, LET ALONE DESTROY THEM BY SHINING GOD'S WORD ON THEM.
I see this in ministry ALL THE TIME.
People will LIE THROUGH THEIR TEETH in order to cling to some dead, decaying tradition, or to AVOID facing the Truth.
People ONLY believe WHAT THEY WANT, and even when you PROVE - with the Scriptures, and beyond any doubt - that their teaching is wrong, they stubbornly cling to it and turn angry at you for EXPOSING THOSE LIES.
Even when exposed, they STILL WANT TO IMPOSE THEIR FALSE TEACHING ON US.
"BECAUSE I SAY SO" has never worked with this ministry, and never will.
Hurling insults at us because you don't like our teaching won't work, either. ALL IT PROVES is that YOU LACK THE INTELLIGENCE to make a cogent, biblical argument.
IF YOU WANT TO CONVINCE ME OF ANYTHING, you'll have to base your case on the Scriptures - without prejudice, partiality, or distortion.
You will NEVER convince me of ANYTHING by contradicting God. I have ZERO RESPECT for those who DISRESPECT God, either by contradicting Him, or by turning a blind eye TO WHAT HE SAID.
That's why religion brings BONDAGE (the very word MEANS "TO BIND"). Because religion REFUSES TO FACE THE TRUTH WHICH SETS PEOPLE FREE (John 8:32).
For those who want Salvation, and those who want to be raptured, FACING THE TRUTH is NOT an option.
It's absolute MUST.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
THE MESSIAH JUST DIED
Did you hear the latest? The Messiah has just died!
He was 92 years old and THE WORST THING TO EVER come out of South Korea, with the possible exception of eating canines.
Yes, I’m being sarcastic. And, yes, I’m taking about the infamous FALSE Messiah Sung Myung Moon, founder of the so-called Unification Church – which HASN’T UNIFIED ANYTHING, let alone the Christian faith.
But that didn’t stop 7 MILLION DECEIVED SOULS (commonly known as “Moonies”) from being BRAINWASHED by this CULT and BLINDLY following this man’s teachings which include UNIVERSAL RECONCILIATION (everyone, regardless of their beliefs, or what they’ve done, will be saved), mass marriage ceremonies, and the most preposterous teaching of all – that Jesus FAILED in His mission to redeem mankind, and that this self-proclaimed “Messiah” came to FINISH THE JOB.
Nor did it stop this presumptuous, non-charismatic, ugly bastard from getting rich at their – and YOUR -- expense.
Moon became MULTI-BILLIONAIRE by EXPLOITING his hapless followers who – under the false facade of “Christianity” -- devoted their lives to selling candles, flowers, and other “peace” paraphernalia on the streets, mostly to DUMB AMERICAN CHRISTIANS, while their leader lived in unspeakable opulence, owning vast amounts of prime real estate, traveling around in a $50 million dollar jet, having American politicians – and a couple of televangelists -- in his pocket, becoming the number one foreign investor in China, and whose assets include even the Washington Times newspaper.
Hmmm.... sounds familiar. WHERE have I heard THAT before?
Hello, Kristian “leaders” on Kristian TV!
So, what’ll happen to Moonies now that their leader is dead?
Not to worry, the old fraudster groomed his second wife and two or three of his 16 sons to follow him into the “ministry”.
Gee, EVEN THAT sounds familiar.
What was the catchphrase that ANOTHER religious trickster invented in the 70’s?
Something about “no success WITHOUT A SUCCESSOR”?
Martel, you’re being too tough on the guy. Can’t you say ANYTHING nice about him? After all, he’s dead...
I’ll say this about Moon: he was A SHREWD BUSINESSMAN, who learned from the best.
He, like L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, and others, discovered that the quickest way of getting rich – especially when you have no talent or charisma – is to found A NEW RELIGION, brainwash your followers, get them to hawk stuff for you, then pocket most of their profits.
Promise them special blessings, or a special place in heaven in exchange for their financial “sacrifice”, and they’ll DO ANYTHING.
If I feel badly for ANYONE, it's for those poor, manipulated, deceived souls that he's dragged -- and is still dragging -- TO HELL with him. May Jesus have mercy on each and every one -- all 7 million -- OF THEM.
Coincidentally, the “give to get” business model is nothing new. It’s been around, in one version or another, since the 5th century A.D. Selah.
It exploded again in the 50’s and 60’s and its shrapnel is still hitting us, and getting under our skins, to this very day.
NO NEED, by the way, to seal Moon’s tomb or place an armed guard at the entrance, since there’s NO CHANCE IN HELL he’ll be resurrected.
His ungodly soul WILL remain in hell and his hideous body WILL see corruption.
The ONLY TIME this joker will experience resurrection (Revelation 20:15) is when he gets tossed -- with all other liars and False Messiahs -- into the lake of fire.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2012
There are TWO MAJOR TIMELINES given in the Bible about the Return of Christ and both HINGE ENTIRELY ON Jerusalem.
Both timelines were given by Jesus.
The first was delivered to Daniel through the angel Gabriel.
The second was given by Jesus Himself to the disciples.
There's a 49-year timeline based on Daniel 9:25 which SPECIFICALLY states, "FROM the word to return a build Jerusalem TO Messiah Prince shall be 7 weeks"...
It's based on that timeline that we know (praise Jesus for all eternity) that the Second Coming of Messiah Prince will take place in 2016.
7 sevens, or 7 "weeks", by any form of reckoning, are 49 years. That, is "carved in stone", since "it is written".
Then there's the "generation" based on Luke 21:24-32 which is vaguer. Again, it bases the timing on Jerusalem RETURNING TO Jews and Jews RETURNING TO biblical Jerusalem.
"Jerusalem shall be trodden down by Gentiles UNTIL the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled".
THEN, "there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
(These are THE SAME signs given in Revelation 6:12-16) that precede the Rapture.
And THEN shall they SEE the Son of man COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory" (Luke 21:24-27).
The timeline given in Luke doesn't give a SPECIFIC number of years, but rather says:
"Truly, this generation SHALL NOT PASS AWAY until all these things have happened" (Luke 21:32).
But isn't a biblical generation 40 years?
Jesus DIDN'T say "it will be EXACTLY one generation from the time gentiles stop trampling Jerusalem to the fulfillment of all these things".
He said, rather, that "THIS generation (in context, which sees Jerusalem return to the Jews) SHALL NOT PASS AWAY".
A biblical generation is 40 years, or a bit more.
We didn't just pull the "40 years" out of thin air. This is both explained on the website, and we've dealt with it in previous "Word 4 Today" messages.
There are SEVERAL Scriptures that indicate it's AT LEAST a 40-year time span : Numbers 32:13, Psalms 95:10; 1 Chronicles 29:26-28; Acts 13:36; Hebrews 3:9-11; Isaiah 53:8).
On the other hand, if we read Jesus' genealogy in Matthew 1:17, which states that from the Babylonian captivity to Jesus there were 14 generations, we see it can be somewhat OVER 40 years.
The Babylonian captivity took place in three stages, the earliest being in 605 B.C., the latest in 586 B.C.
If we divide 605 by 14, we get approximately 43 years. If we divide 586 by 14, we get approximately 42 years.
On the other hand, if we take THE REST OF Jesus' genealogy in that verse (from Abraham to David, David to Babylonian captivity, and Babylon to Jesus) as being 42 generations (14+14+14) and divide the approximate time from Abraham to Jesus which is estimated to be about 2,100 years, by 42, it equals 50 YEARS.
It appears, therefore, that a biblical generation is AT LEAST 40 years, but NO MORE THAN 50 years.
Since His Second Coming happens 49 years FROM "the word" to return and build biblical Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25), indeed, as our Lord said in Luke 21:32, THIS generation will NOT have "passed away" until ALL these things (Rapture, tribulation, Second Coming) have taken place.
Jesus' RETURN to earth is tied to Jerusalem's RETURN to the Jews, and on Jews RETURN to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem RETURNED TO the Jews, and Jews RETURNED TO Jerusalem, 45 years ago.
That means that Jesus' RETURN must be VERY, VERY, VERY NEAR.
It means WE ARE THE GENERATION that will witness His glorious return: FIRST to rapture us and, several years later, when we RETURN with Him at His Second Coming.
In Luke 21:33, the Lord gave us the following ASSURANCE:
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but MY WORDS will NEVER pass away".
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
I'll never again refer to Tishri 1 as "Rosh Hashanah".
1. Because such name is NOT given to Tishri 1 in the Bible.
2. Because the CORRECT name of that Feast is Yom Teruah (Numbers 29:1), meaning "the day of the shofar blast", or "day of shouting" ("Teruah" can mean either one).
The name often used by Christians "Feast of Trumpets" is also acceptable, since it's based on Leviticus 23:24 which calls it Zikron Teruah or "day of blowing of trumpets".
3. Because it's MISLEADING.
4. Because such designation is in DIRECT DISOBEDIENCE TO God's ORDAINED calendar.
The concept of calling Tishri 1 "Rosh Hashanah", or "HEAD OF the year" or "BEGINNING OF the year" was INVENTED by a bunch of Jewish SLAVES during Babylonian captivity.
NO SUCH thing is found in Scripture.
God NEVER commanded a New Year beginning on Tishri 1.
It's ironic how I often hear legalistic Christians and Messianics blame Constantine for "changing the calendar" to accommodate pagan practices in the 4th century A.D., but they NEVER MENTION the fact that Jews CHANGED THEIR OWN CALENDAR in the 6th century B.C. (about 1,000 years before) to accommodate the equally pagan Babylonian system.
Not to mention that they excised about 165 years from their own calendar to deceive themselves into thinking that Jesus "couldn't possibly" be the fulfillment of Daniel 9:25-27, and that they even took to naming the years by the name of the Antichrist ("year of Alexander").
To this day, they call the months by their Babylonian names. Some of the names, like Tammuz, refer to pagan Babylonian deities.
They even switched the God-given name of the FIRST month from Aviv to the Babylonian "Nisan".
So, spare me both the legalism and the self-righteous condemnation of Constantine and how he allegedly "switched the Saturday Sabbath to Sunday".
The TRUE Sabbath, as I've demonstrated with Scripture, is NOT a 24-hour day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvLZ5Dtpsug
Christians were gathering and worshipping on Sunday, Saturday, and other days, LONG BEFORE Constantine was even born (John 20:19; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5).
At least, Constantine went from worshipping Sol Invictus (a/k/a Apollo) to worshipping Christ, the ONE TRUE GOD.
How come they never mention THAT "SWITCH"?
In the torah, God always called months by THEIR NUMBER, with the exception of the FIRST month, which is sometimes referred to as Aviv, because it's the time of year when barley became ripe or "aviv".
In the torah, God was CRYSTAL CLEAR as to when His calendar BEGINS:
"THIS MONTH (Aviv, the month in which they left Egypt) shall be unto you THE BEGINNING OF months; it shall be THE FIRST MONTH OF THE YEAR TO YOU" (Exodus 12:2).
It's repeated again in Ezekiel 45:21.
Why am I making such a big deal out of this?
One, because I hate BEING LIED TO.
And Lord knows there's NO WORSE LIE than A RELIGIOUS LIE.
Two, because LIKE THE VERY BABYLON where such practice came from, IT HAS BROUGHT CONFUSION, MISUNDERSTANDING, and division.
And three, because WHEN I realized THE LIE we've been told, THE TIMING OF THE RAPTURE AND OTHER PROPHECIES SUDDENLY MADE PERFECT SENSE.
Since we're approaching the fall feasts, I may wish everyone a Happy Yom Teruah in a couple of weeks, but you won't catch me saying "Shana Tova" on that day ANYMORE.
So help me God.
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