October 2012 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012
"...What shall I liken the Kingdom of God to? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened" (Luke 13:20,21).
Jesus compared His Kingdom within us to leaven.
The modern name for leaven is "yeast".
Every housewife who's baked a pie or cake knows the importance of yeast.
Without yeast or leaven, the cake or pie crust would just lie there flat as a pancake and stiff as a board.
Leaven causes flour to both RISE and EXPAND.
If you used enough leaven, it would rise so high, and expand so wide, that it would crowd out everything else.
There would be room for NOTHING else.
So should it be with God's Kingdom within us.
You needn't be afraid of your spirit: it is MORE REAL THAN YOUR PHYSICAL BODY.
Our spirit, where His Kingdom IS in us, is PRESENTLY THE only perfect part of our being.
Consequently, it's the only part of us we can fully trust.
The only reason your spirit is invisible at the moment, is because, unfortunately, it's not ruling the human trinity.
Your body will one day die and dissolve into dust, or be consumed by the spirit at the Rapture.
So, your spirit will, eventually, BECOME visible.
Your physical body is temporary. Your spiritual body is eternal.
Like leaven, God's Kingdom in our spirit, should grow, rise and expand, until it crowds out the soul (natural mind, emotions) and even our natural bodies.
Our spirit/His Kingdom should be like leaven in us. He/it should expand and rise till there's nothing left in us but Jesus.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012
A SIGN OF THE END
Terror is a clear sign that we're living in the end times.
Our forefathers knew conventional war, but didn't know, and never even heard of, the term terrorism.
It didn't even become part of common vernacular until the early 70's. NOBODY heard of terrorism before then.
Terrorism is, therefore, a unique characteristic of this final generation, the generation that will see Jesus returning in a cloud.
In Luke 21:24-32 Jesus gave us a DESCRIPTION OF what would happen prior to His return.
One of the things He mentioned was terror (Luke 21:24-26).
The word translated "fear" in this passage is phobos in Greek, from which we get the English word phobia. It means intense fear or TERROR.
The chronology of events includes, first and foremost, Jerusalem being recaptured by Jews after more than 2,000 years of continued Gentile occupation.
The other signs include:
"Distress (anxiety, pressure) of nations"
"Perplexity", meaning no solution, no way out.
"The sea and waves reverberating" (tsunamis).
"Signs" in the sun, moon and stars.
¬Except for the signs in the sky, we've seen all the other signs, and they will come to a head, just prior to Jesus appearing in the clouds.
What's really amazing is that Jerusalem returned to the Jews in 1967, and terrorism began just A FEW YEARS AFTER that, during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, exactly as Jesus predicted.
It's fair to say that, from the 70's through the 90's there were sporadic acts of terror, mostly in the Middle East.
However, since the fateful events of September 11, 2001 terrorism has become A COMMON, EVERY DAY OCCURRENCE.
Not only do we hear about it on a DAILY basis today, but often about SEVERAL ACTS of terror taking place on the same day, in different places.
Our troops can defeat any army in the word in conventional war.
But how do they deal with a mentality where thousands of people, men, women and children, are willing to blow themselves into smithereens as long as they can kill you - and WHOEVER ELSE - in the process?
That has never been seen before in the annals of human history.
Terrorism is totally Satanic. It's a sign of desperation.
Satan's pulling all the stops because he knows he's got little time.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012
The term "Roman Catholic" is an oxymoron.
"Roman" means pertaining EXCLUSIVELY TO the city of Rome, and its territories.
While the word "catholic" is derived from the Greek katholikos MEANING "UNIVERSAL".
How can an entity be Roman (LOCAL) and UNIVERSAL at the same time?
It's gotta be ONE OR THE OTHER.
So, why am I even bringing this up?
Because every TRUE BELIEVER in our Lord, Savior and God, Jesus Christ, EVERY born-again child of God, IS CATHOLIC.
That means we ALL belong to the UNIVERSAL, all-embracing Church of Jesus Christ, regardless of what denominational label we wear, or (as in my case) when we wear none.
You don't have to wear the "Roman" label in order to be catholic and belong to the UNIVERSAL BODY OF CHRIST.
Hence ALL true Catholics are not necessarily Roman, although SOME are.
A true Catholic, a TRUE MEMBER of the UNIVERSAL Church of Jesus Christ, is ANY BELIEVER who has received Christ into his or her heart, made Him your ONLY Lord, Savior and God, and been born again of His Spirit.
Whether such believers wear the label "Roman Catholic" or ANY OTHER DENOMINATIONAL LABEL, is IRRELEVANT.
NO DENOMINATION SAVES.
NO DENOMINATION is "the ONLY true church".
Salvation is Jesus Christ LIVING IN our hearts, PERIOD.
His Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts, WHEN WE INVITE JESUS TO ENTER OUR HEARTS.
His Spirit KNOWS NO LIMITS.
His Spirit is NOT CONFINED by man-invented barriers such as "denominational labels", religious tradition, or man-fabricated dogmas.
His Spirit KNOWS no religious, political or GEOGRAPHICAL boundaries.
Hence, God's Holy Spirit taking RESIDENCE IN our hearts is THE ONLY ONE that makes us TRULY UNIVERSAL.
He is THE ONLY "thing" THAT MAKES US REAL CATHOLICS.
Let's not hang OUR ETERNAL DESTINY ON A CITY THAT, according to Scripture, WILL SOON CEASE TO EXIST AND BE UTTERLY DESTROYED (Revelation 17:16; 18:9-10).
Rather, as true born-again children of the Most High God, let us look, like father Abraham, for that eternal and glorious heavenly City, New Jerusalem, WHOSE BUILDER AND MAKER IS God (Hebrews 11:9-10).
WHICHEVER denomination you may belong to, if you want to be A TRUE CATHOLIC, you need to INVITE into you, and RECEIVE into your heart, the UNIVERSAL SAVIOR AND GOD, Jesus Christ.
True Catholics are not tied to a temporal earthly city, but to THE ETERNAL, INFINITE and UNIVERSAL Christ.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2012
BABY WITH THE BATHWATER
Do you know what's worse than an ignoramus?
A PREJUDICED ignoramus.
We have been pummeled in recent days by ignoramuses who dislike our VERY BIBLICAL teaching that the Pope ISN'T the Antichrist.
They've accused us of everything but the Kennedy assassination.
These close-minded morons can't differentiate between DOCTRINAL DISAGREEMENT, and DOCTRINAL ERROR.
Because they dislike and flat-out hate Roman Catholicism, they conclude that ALL THINGS the Catholic Church espouses MUST AUTOMATICALLY BE WRONG:
We shouldn't celebrate Christmas or Easter because they're "Catholic" holidays.
No. They are CHRISTIAN holidays, which ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS - Catholic or non-catholic -- SHOULD CELEBRATE.
If Jesus hadn't been born into this sin-laden world, and if He hadn't RISEN FROM THE DEAD, NO ONE would be saved.
I 'd say that's WORTH CELEBRATING.
So just because Roman Catholics celebrate those holidays, that DOES NOT MEAN it's wrong for other Christians to celebrate them.
Now, if you want to be a stickler about THE DATE, and celebrate His Birth during the Feast of Tabernacles on God's calendar - instead of on December 25 - be my guest.
As for those who claim that Jesus celebrated Passover and NOT Easter, that's the most stupid argument I've ever heard.
Yes, as a Jew, He celebrated Passover and DIED on Passover.
How could he celebrate His Resurrection, WHEN HE HAD NOT YET RESURRECTED?
He ROSE FROM THE DEAD, after three days and nights in hell itself, on Aviv 18, the First Fruits of the Barley Harvest (Matthew 28;1-5;1 Corinthians 15:20).
You can call it First Fruits, or Resurrection Day, if you dislike the name Easter, but don't give me this sanctimonious B.S. about the Resurrection being a "Catholic" holiday.
Is it unfortunate that the name that stuck to this holiday is Easter, derived from a pagan goddess?
Do Christians who call it "Easter" celebrate an obscure Babylonian goddess that 90% of them NEVER EVEN HEARD OF?
No. They KNOW they're celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord.
So, those arguments are RIDICULOUS.
Do we shun ALL THINGS associated with the RCC because of some of the dark chapters in its tortuous history?
If we do, then you better kiss the Deity of Jesus, His Virgin Birth, His physical Resurrection and His Second Coming good bye, because Roman Catholics have believed these FOR nearly TWO MILLENNIA, LONG BEFORE ANY EVANGELICAL BELIEVED IT, and LONG BEFORE there were any so-called "Protestants".
Those are historic FACTS.
There's MUCH about Roman Catholicism which, from a biblical standpoint, one could object to, but let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
We should neither accept nor reject doctrine based on whether it's practiced or believed by Roman Catholics or not, BUT on WHETHER IT AGREES WITH THE BIBLE or not.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2012
GO TO GOD
"He THAT SPEAKS OF HIMSELF seeks HIS OWN GLORY: but he THAT SEEKS THE GLORY of Him THAT SENT HIM, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him" (John 7:18).
I ended yesterday's message with a question:
"If we CAN'T GET THE TRUTH from those who PROFESS to KNOW the Truth (Jesus), WHO ON EARTH CAN WE GET IT FROM?"
The ONLY ANSWER to that question is "FROM THE TRUTH HIMSELF".
FROM God: from His Holy Spirit and His Written Word.
You won't get it anywhere else.
You won't get from Kristian TV.
You won't get it from Kristian radio.
You won't get if from Kristian blogs and websites.
You won't get it from 95% of Kristian books.
You certainly won't get it from 95% of "Christians".
What you'll get from the above - more often than not - IS DECEPTION.
People so blinded and SOLD OUT to their self-serving religious agenda, that THEY HAVE NO QUALMS about LYING KNOWINGLY AND REPEATEDLY "in the Name of Jesus", or even the slightest misgivings about CONTRADICTING GOD.
ANYONE who CONTRADICTS God is A FREAKIN' LIAR (Romans 3:4).
I don't care how "holy" they PRETEND to be.
I don't care how large a church they "pastor".
I don't care how many networks they've founded.
I don't care how many books they've SOLD.
I don't care how many religious "titles" they appropriate for themselves.
They can call themselves "apostle so and so" or "bishop so and so" or "prophet/prophetess so and so" or "life coach so and so", UNTIL THEIR UGLY FACES TURN GREEN:
IF THEY CONTRADICT GOD, THEY'RE LIARS.
You owe it to yourself TO KNOW the Truth (Jesus) deeply and intimately.
That's why THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR on-going, daily, moment-to-moment relationship and SPIRITUAL INTERACTION WITH the Savior.
Why settle for man's fallible musings, when you can get THE TRUTH straight from God Himself?
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
DECEPTION RUN AMOK
"...THE DISCIPLES came unto Him privately, saying: ‘tell us, WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE? And WHAT SHALL BETHE SIGN OF YOUR COMING and of THE END OF THE AGE'?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed THAT NO MAN DECEIVE YOU. For MANY SHALL COME IN MY NAME -- saying that I am Christ -- and SHALL DECEIVE MANY (Matthew 24:4-5).
The FIRST thing that came out of Jesus' lips when they asked Him for THE SIGN of His Coming and of the "end of the age" was: "SEE THAT YOU (my believing followers) are NOT deceived".
Unfortunately, this verse is usually presented as predicting "false Christs".
False Christs and false prophets are predicted in Matthew 24:24, but THIS PASSAGE is talking about DECEIVERS who claim to be speaking in the Name of Jesus, who CLAIM TO BE "Christian", who CLAIM TO BELIEVE that Jesus IS the Christ,who SHALL DECEIVE MANY.
Jesus' prediction has turned out to be not only painfully accurate, but almost an UNDERSTATEMENT.
Several individuals have asked, if I already wrote a book that PROVES - beyond doubt - the identity of the Antichrist FROM THE BIBLE, and also from secular history, WHY DID I EVEN BOTHER to write a message recently proving the Pope ISN'T the Antichrist, or making a YouTube video about it?
I'll tell you WHY:
For the same reason I posted all the "Myths" on our Home page:
Because there are approximately TWO MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND LISTINGS on the Internet, promoting that lie, SUPPOSEDLY "in the Name of Christ"...
There are also 50 PAGES of YouTube listings promoting THAT SAME, UNSCRIPTURAL LIE, "in the Name of Jesus".
ALL who claim that the Pope is the Antichrist CALL THEMSELVES "Christian".
They ALL teach - SUPPOSEDLY - "in the Name of Christ".
NONE OF THEM says "hey, I'm really a liar, a servant of Satan, with a preconceived agenda, a wolf in sheep's clothing".
Just like there are THREE AND A HALF MILLION "Christian" listings on the Internet about the supposed "7 year treaty", which IS NOT EVEN FOUND in Scripture.
Just like there are 5 MILLION "Christian" listings supposedly "proving" that President Obama is the Antichrist.
You should read the angry emails I get from "Christians" who hate me for PROVING that HE ISN'T.
Just like there are OVER THREE MILLION that claim the Antichrist is alive in our midst, even though there at AT LEAST THREE Bible verses that CLEARLY say he will rise FROM THE DEAD and come out of the bottomless pit (Revelation 11:7; 17:8 and Isaiah 14:19).
There are also THREE MILLION "Christian" listings about the NON-EXISTENT Mahdi being the Antichrist or about an Islamic Antichrist, even though there isn't ONE verse in the entire Bible that supports such fallacy.
And - brace yourself -- there are 30 MILLION listings about supposed "conspiracy theories", which the Bible says NOTHING - ZERO, ZILCH -- about.
I could go on and on...
What ALL OF THESE HAVE IN COMMON is that there ISN'T ONE SHRED of BIBLICAL EVIDENCE to support them.
Yet they're all presented by supposed "Christians" in the "Name of Christ" as ABSOLUTE TRUTH.
ALL THEY DO is take a couple of Scriptures TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT, add their biased, deceitful spin, and CONVENIENTLY IGNORE those Scripture verses which DO NOT "FIT" their theory or which TOTALLY DEBUNK their lies.
That's not even counting ALL THE DECEITFUL (FALSE) DOCTRINE that abounds from cults and religious legalists.
That's not even counting ALL THE DECEITFUL teaching on prosperity "give to get", "name it and claim it", or "send ME money and God will make you rich overnight" WHICH ALSO ABOUNDS on THE AIRWAVES as well as CYBERSPACE.
I could devote ALL MY TIME, from now until the Second Coming of Christ, doing nothing but debunking FALSE TEACHINGS IN HIS NAME, and it wouldn't suffice.
That's HOW RAMPANT religious deception "in the Name of Jesus" has become.
Just to prove the DISHONEST and INSINCERE intent behind some of these clowns, I've communicated with some of them, pushed them, figuratively speaking, "against the wall", where they either COULDN'T ANSWER my Bible-based arguments, OR WOULD HAVE TO ADMIT THEY WERE WRONG.
Did they take even TWO SECONDS to CONSIDER their error and REPENT of their lies?
Nope. It DIDN'T EVEN FAZE THEM.
NONE have said "you know, you've given me something to think about. Let me study those Scriptures, pray about it, and I'll get back to you".
They have kept right on trucking... teaching the same crap -- the same OUTRIGHT LIES "in the Name of Him" who IS The Truth - and KNOWING FULL WELL, that their teaching is FALSE and CONTRADICTS God Himself.
Like Jesus, I want everyone - yes, even these LIARS - saved.
I can't help wonder, though, how they will face Jesus or even be able to look Him in the eye and say "gee, Lord, I KNEW I WAS CONTRADICTING YOU AND LYING, but I kept teaching those lies ANYWAY BECAUSE IT'S WHAT I WANT TO BELIEVE".
Heaven help us.
If we CAN'T GET THE TRUTH from those who PROFESS to KNOW the Truth,WHO ON EARTH CAN WE GET IT FROM?
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012
SUN, MOON AND ISRAEL
Jeremiah was, and is, A TREMENDOUS prophet of God -- he's very much alive, you know.
As often happens to prophets, they are unappreciated by their contemporaries (most of Israel's prophets were killed).
The 31st chapter of his Book is an enormously revealing prophecy which foretells the New Testament (verses 31-34), the restoration of Israel's 12 tribes (verses 1-28), the slaughter of Bethlehem's children around the time of Jesus' birth (verse 15), the rebuilding of Jerusalem, its boundaries, and that it would never again be destroyed (verses 38-40), and the relationship between the sun, the moon, and Israel (verses 35-37):
"Thus says the LORD, who gives THE SUN for a light by day, and the fixed order of THE MOON and OF THE STARS for a light by night, who divides the sea when its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
IF THOSE FIXED ORDERS DEPART FROM BEFORE ME, says the LORD, then the descendants of Israel ALSO SHALL CEASE FROM BEING A NATION BEFORE ME FOREVER)".
Clearly, there's a direct correlation between these ordinances in the sky and what happens to Israel here below.
In fact, while the sun and the moon didn't exactly "depart", there was an UNNATURAL DARKENING OF THE SUN (it's "FIXED ORDER" was altered) JUST PRIOR TO the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. (Jeremiah 6:4-5).
It happened again when Jesus died on the cross (Mark 15:33).
As in Jeremiah's time, Jerusalem was TOTALLY DESTROYED 37-40 years later, this time by the Romans.
Revelation 6:12, Matthew 24:29 and other Scriptures tell of YET ANOTHER UNNATURAL DARKENING OF THE SUN, MOON and falling stars, followed by a time of tribulation UNPARALLELED IN HUMAN HISTORY.
As in previous times, the alteration of these heavenly bodies will NOT bode well for Israel.
We know the sun and moon will eventually be restored. We know Israel WILL NOT cease to be a nation forever.
But IT WILL CEASE temporarily from being a nation, during the reign of Antichrist, that is for 3½ years.
Daniel 11:39 says he will "divide the land (of Israel) for gain"; he'll sell it off probably to Israel's neighbors.
Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 12:6,14-17 and 13:7 clearly say he will PERSECUTE natural Israelites RELENTLESSLY.
Jesus ALSO warned His fellow Jews about it (Matthew 24:15-22).
That's the bad news. The Good News is that, as soon as the tribulation is over, and Antichrist is tossed alive into the lake of fire, Israel will be restored, and not just the Jews hiding in the desert, but ALL 12 TRIBES will eventually be resettled in the Promised Land, as they were in ancient times.
Praise His divine faithfulness.
If you love Bible prophecy, you owe it to yourself to scrutinize this magnificent chapter.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012
WHAT CHURCH OF CHRIST?
Most Evangelicals are aware that Jehovah's Witnesses, so-called Christian Science, Armstrongnism and Mormonism are cults. But one group of heretics that usually slips under the radar is the so-called "Church of Christ".
We often receive mail from Evangelicals "surprised" that we include it in our list of cults.
Not to mention (Lord, have mercy) that some have JOINED a local Church of Christ congregation.
If you have, you should leave NOW. This also includes the splinter group which calls itself "Disciples of Christ".
Do NOT be fooled by the name. No one's ever accused Satan of being a poor impersonator or inferior self-promoter.
Just WHAT is so wrong with this denomination?
1. For starters, they DENY the Deity of Jesus.
This, if nothing else, is reason enough for true believers to stay AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE FROM THIS CULT.
If Jesus isn't God, He CAN'T save you. It's as simple as that.
For all the Scriptures that say Jesus IS God, CLICK HERE.
2. They also teach a FALSE "gospel" of Salvation by grace PLUS WORKS.
In other words, Jesus' Atonement ISN'T ENOUGH (perish the VERY thought!) to save us.
They teach the damnable heresy that you must "ADD" your own works of "righteousness" (as if you had any).
3. They teach that WATER baptism is ESSENTIAL for Salvation.
That you can't even RECEIVE the Spirit of Christ in your heart by just inviting Him, you can ONLY receive Him BY BEING BAPTIZED IN WATER.
THAT is a damnable heresy and an outright, unbiblical lie (John 1:12; Romans 10:9).
But, don't you believe in water baptism?
Sure. For years we've encouraged every person who comes to Christ thru this ministry to be baptized in water.
Not because water baptism will save them, but BECAUSE Jesus COMMANDED IT.
Water baptism is merely AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE, AN OUTWARD DEMONSTRATION of what has ALREADY taken place inside of us, namely that our sins HAVE BEEN WASHED AWAY by Jesus' precious Blood.
What I don't believe, is that you're not saved UNLESS you're baptized in water, because Scripture doesn't say that ANYWHERE.
What I don't believe is that you can't receive the Holy Spirit UNLESS you've been baptized in water.
Scripture doesn't say that ANYWHERE.
What I don't believe is that Almighty God is somehow limited or PREVENTED from placing HIS HOLY SPIRIT INSIDE BELIEVERS by a few gallons of water.
Fact is, the Holy Spirit comes to live in your heart THE INSTANT you invite Jesus to enter, and receive Him as your only Lord, Savior and God. He ENTERS whether you're wet or dry.
When believers get baptized in water, they ALREADY HAVE the Spirit living in them.
Matter of fact, water baptism is for those who ALREADY HAVE the Holy Spirit IN THEM, which means they ARE ALREADY saved.
You've heard me say it a million times: Salvation is never based on what we do on the outside, but on WHO LIVES ON THE INSIDE.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012
LORD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE
"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE" (Matthew 19:26).
God's Word tells us WHAT He will do.
It seldom explains HOW He will do it.
He is able to pull things off that seem IMPOSSIBLE to the human mind, and often DON'T EVEN MAKE SENSE.
He told CHILDLESS Abraham that his seed would be AS NUMEROUS AS THE STARS.
In the natural, it seemed downright impossible. Did He keep His Word? Yes! (Revelation 7:9).
He also told centenarian Abraham that he and his 90 year old wife Sarah would conceive a baby boy. Think about it, ladies: A 90-year old woman having a baby... by a 100-year old man.
How could it happen? It's fair to say that NO ONE could explain it. But IT DID!!!
He told the children of Israel He'd deliver them from Egyptian bondage. He DIDN'T explain HOW.
Next thing you know, they leave Egypt and find themselves against a seemingly uncrossable sea, with Pharaoh's army in hot pursuit.
What human mind would have fathomed that He would hold the waters of the Red Sea on either side allowing them to cross on DRY land?
Or that the moment the last Israelite had crossed, the waters would suddenly come together again and drown the Egyptian army?
ALL THEY HAD was His Word.
Did He pull it off? Yes.
Could ANYONE have foreseen HOW? I doubt it.
He said He'd take them into a Promised Land of milk and honey, yet they found themselves in the middle of a barren desert with nothing to eat but manna, and not knowing where they'd find water to drink.
Did that make any sense? No.
Did it SEEM LIKE He had forgotten His promise?
Did He keep His Word, despite all of the above? Yes.
Did they make it into the Promised Land? Yes.
He promised through Isaiah that A JEWISH VIRGIN would give birth to a son who'd be called Immanuel meaning "God WITH US".
That DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE when Isaiah prophesied it in the 8th century B.C., IT DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE 2,000 years ago when Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and it STILL DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TODAY.
Did it happen? Yes, and IT CHANGED human history forever.
Likewise, God has told us that "from the word to return and build biblical Jerusalem (a/k/a the Jewish Quarter) to Messiah Prince would be "seven sevens" (Daniel 9:25).
He also told us that Antichrist's reign would last 3½ years, and would end with the Second Coming of Messiah Prince (Daniel 7:25; 12:7).
And He CLEARLY showed John the raptured Church appearing suddenly in heaven, before His Throne, BEFORE tribulation judgments begin, and on a Hoshanah Rabbah setting (Revelation 7:9-17).
We have His Word.
How's He going to pull it OFF?
All I know is that He IS FAITHFUL AND TRUE and, therefore, HE WILL.
It may be frustrating and exasperating from a human point of view, but that's the way God usually operates.
Why doesn't He always tell us the HOW?
I suspect it's because He wants us TO TRUST HIM, EVEN WHEN THINGS "DON'T MAKE SENSE" to our natural minds, even when we don't see or understand HOW He will do it.
When you think about it, He's God. And He's NEVER been wrong.
HIS WORD should be GOOD ENOUGH for us.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
SINNER'S BEST FRIEND
I begin today's message by HUMBLING MYSELF COMPLETELY before my Savior and God and before you, whoever you are, saint or sinner.
I readily admit that there's A WHOLE LOT I DON'T KNOW.
But there's ONE THING that I know, beyond any doubt:
Jesus, God Himself, LOVES YOU and DIED FOR YOUR SINS AND MINE. He shed His priceless Divine Blood for us, to FOREVER CLEANSE US from ALL sin (past, present and future).
That is THE BEST news on earth and in the entire universe:
Upon INVITING Jesus Christ to enter your heart and RECEIVING Him as Savior and God, all your sins - ALL of them! - are FORGIVEN, FORGOTTEN, AND ERASED FOREVER.
The ones you've committed - yes, even THAT one.
The ones you ARE COMMITTING... yes, even THOSE.
And the ones that, from our perspective, YOU HAVEN'T EVEN COMMITTED YET.
Jesus KNEW about ALL your sins since BEFORE the foundation of the world, and He paid for them and FORGAVE THEM before you even EXISTED, at least in earthly human form (Revelation 13:8).
I can't promise that, if you give your heart to the Lord, everything in your life will be INSTANTLY wonderful.
I can't promise that you won't face trials and tribulations.
But I can promise that YOU WON'T HAVE TO CARRY THE BURDEN OF SIN ANYMORE.
I can promise THAT EVERY ONE OF YOUR SINS WILL BE FOREVER ERASED.
I can promise that you WILL HAVE A NEW LEASE ON LIFE, AND START AGAIN WITH CLEAN SLATE.
That you can live in THE TOTAL FREEDOM of the Spirit, knowing that, EVERY SIN has been ERASED, CLEANSED, AND FORGOTTEN and that, as God's child, in Daddy's eyes, YOU CAN DO NO WRONG.
I can promise THAT THE PEACE WHICH PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING will settle in your heart.
No, I'm not talking to "them". I'm talking TO YOU, yes, YOU.
STOP RUNNING FROM Jesus:
Run TO Jesus.
If you got problems, including THE BIGGEST PROBLEM OF ALL, SIN, He's THE SOLUTION.
If you're a sinner He's THE BEST friend you ever had.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2012
IS THE POPE THE ANTICHRIST ?
I'm always amused to see how the religious allow themselves to be brainwashed by their invented religion, TO THE EXTENT they are UNABLE TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES, much less study the Bible without prejudice.
Instead of wanting to discover what God REALLY SAYS, they'd rather receive A FAKE VERSION "filtered" through some liar who founded a cult.
Instead of seeking the true will and doctrine of God they prefer unbiblical doctrines THAT CONTRADICT THE VERY God in whom they profess to "believe."
For them, DENOMINATION comes first.
When it's Jesus Christ who MUST ALWAYS -- ALWAYS -- come first.
The comment we often get in response to the book Seed of Satan, or the video where we PROVE - beyond doubt -- the identity of the Antichrist, is that rather than Alexander the Great, the Pope MUST BE the Antichrist, meaning either the current Pope Benedict XVI, or his predecessor, John Paul II.
They DISMISS ALL THE BIBLICAL AND HISTORIC EVIDENCE PRESENTED, in favor of their denomination's BASELESS, UNBIBLICAL, erroneous and PREJUDICED teaching.
Let's once and for all PUT THEIR THEORY TO THE TEST and see if it's supported by Bible, or NOT:
According to the Bible the Antichrist must:
1. Be the son of Satan, the seed of the serpent [Genesis 3:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:3].
We know of no Pope who was born of unnatural, impure copulation between a woman and a snake.
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
2. The religion of their ancestors should be polytheistic [Daniel 11:37].
No Pope believes in multiple gods. The official doctrine of the Catholic Church is that there is ONE God.
We may disagree with parts of Roman Catholic doctrine, but that does not mean that the Pope is the Antichrist.
If wrong doctrine were THE ONLY basis, we could just as easily say that Joseph Smith "is the Antichrist" JUST BECAUSE we disagree with Mormon doctrine, which by the way, IS polytheistic.
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
3. His kingdom will be "partly strong and partly weak" [Daniel 2:42].
What does that have to do with ANY Pope?
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
4. His kingdom will be "mixed with the seed of men, but they shall not cleave one to another" as iron and clay do not mix [Daniel 2:43].
This is totally irrelevant to the papacy. The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
5. He must have a mouth that "speaks great things" [Daniel 7:20].
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
6. Must be A KING [Daniel 7:24, Revelation 17:10-12].
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
7. Must be a king OF FIERCE COUNTENANCE [Daniel 8:23].
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
8. Must come from the Greek Empire [Daniel 8:8,9].
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
9. He must come from within the territory of the ancient Roman Empire [Daniel 7:23-27].
The Pope DOES MEET this requirement.
10. He must magnify himself, even against the army of heaven [Daniel 8:11, 25; 11:26].
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
11. Must be a military genius and seemingly invincible [Revelation 13:4].
Can you imagine Pope Benedict, or John Paul II, (no offense to Roman Catholics) a couple of feeble, 85-year old geezers, gathering armies at Armageddon to prevent the Second Coming of Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth?
It's almost comical to imagine anything SO ABSURD.
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
12. Must be a man [Revelation 13:18]
The Pope DOES MEET this requirement.
13. He must believe himself to be God [Daniel 11:36-38, 2 Thessalonians 2:4].
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
14. Must be someone who already lived PRIOR TO 100 A.D., is NOT presently alive, and rises from the dead during the tribulation [Revelation 11:7, 17:8].
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
15. Must be OF THE "seven kings" mentioned in Revelation 17:10-11, AND ALSO an "eighth king".
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
16. Must be "like a leopard" [Revelation 13:2].
This description DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH the papacy.
The Pope DOES NOT MEET this requirement.
Alexander, the REAL Antichrist, meets this and ALL THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS PERFECTLY.
Of the 16 biblical requirements, the Pope meets ONLY TWO.
The requirements are taken from God's Word and GOD CANNOT LIE.
Therefore, as we have just demonstrated, THERE'S NO WAY, no matter how much we try to twist Scripture or try to accommodate it to our false doctrine, that the Pope can be the Antichrist.
In closing, I want to ask all proponents of the "Pope Antichrist" theory --THOSE WHO, DUE TO RELIGIOUS PREJUDICE WANT HIM TO BE THE POPE -- some questions:
Revelation 17:16-18 says clear as crystal that the Antichrist and his 10-king alliance WILL HATE AND TOTALLY DESTROY Rome.
The questions that no liar CAN ANSWER is:
If the Pope is the Antichrist, WHY WOULD HE HATE ROME?
WHY WOULD HE DESTROY THE SEAT OF HIS OWN STATE AND RELIGION?
WHY would he destroy HIS OWN RESIDENCE, plus all the wealth and PRICELESS art and tapestries in the Vatican?
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012
SEAL OF GOD
What IS the seal of God? The New Testament makes mention of His seal repeatedly.
Legalists would have us believe it's keeping the weekly Sabbath.
Others claim it's their man invented religion.
Jehovah's Witnesses would have us believe THEY ARE the 144,000 Israelites mentioned in Revelation chapter 7, who are sealed on their foreheads, supposedly, with the name of "Jehovah".
There's one tiny problem with their teaching, namely, that this passage not only makes it MANDATORY that the 144,000 be natural, as well as spiritual, Israelites... but there MUST BE 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes, then mentions the tribes of Israel BY NAME, one by one.
So, unless JW's can PROVE they come from the tribes of Judah, Ruben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulon, Joseph [Ephraim], or Benjamin... they're NOT IT.
Besides, God's Name ISN'T "Jehovah". It's Yahweh.
Next time some confused Jehovah's Witness comes to you with that ridiculous story, ask them which tribe of Israel they are from... then watch them backpedal...
The other story JW's have fabricated (they do live in their own little fantasy world, you know) concerns Revelation 22:4 where it says "and they shall see His Face, and His Name shall be in their foreheads".
The previous verse , clearly says that those who will have the Name of God on their foreheads, are His servants, in the new earth, who will have natural human bodies.
This is clearly referring to natural people, living in natural bodies, in the New Earth, since chapter 22:1 opens up with the promise of a new heaven and a new earth.
It couldn't possibly refer to born-again Christians, since we're God's children. His children will have supernatural, glorified bodies, just like Jesus (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2; 2 Corinthians 5:1-5).
We don't need to have the Seal of God on our physical foreheads, since we have God Himself living in every particle of us. We have Him living in our hearts.
So, WHAT IS the seal of God?
The seal of God is the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 4:30).
The INSTANT we receive Jesus as Savior and God His Spirit comes to live IN US and SEALS us unto the day of Redemption.
ANYONE who is NOT born again OF THE SPIRIT, IS NOT a child of God, and is NOT SAVED (John 3:5-7; Romans 8:9).
Salvation is INTERNAL, not EXTERNAL.
Nothing else, NO ONE ELSE BESIDES GOD'S SPIRIT IN US, guarantees our redemption.
If you haven't been born OF THE SPIRIT, if you haven't got God's Holy Spirit living in your heart, YOU'RE NOT SAVED, I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU HAVE ON YOUR FOREHEAD.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012
Religious people - both Christians and Jews - love to talk about "merit".
They claim SALVATION is, in whole or in part, something we "merit".
They claim who goes in the Rapture will be determined on the base of "merit".
There's A HUGE problem with those theories:
The word "merit" IS NOT EVEN FOUND IN THE BIBLE.
That's right: you can check the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, A HUNDRED THOUSAND TIMES.
You WON'T FIND the word "merit" anywhere.
So much for INVENTED doctrine.
So much for ADDING to God's Word stuff He NEVER SAID.
So much for LYING.
And, so much for RELIGION.
Salvation HAS ALWAYS BEEN - AND WILL ALWAYS BE - by grace (TOTALLY undeserved) through FAITH (trust), PERIOD.
Salvation HAS ALWAYS BEEN - AND WILL ALWAYS BE - A GIFT.
Salvation is given to us BY THE SHEER GOODNESS OF GOD.
Nothing else will bring Salvation.
Nothing else will get us to heaven.
Nothing else will qualify us to be raptured.
All those who continually write claiming that the Rapture happens IN STAGES...
That the MOST deserving among us go in the first batch.
That they are then followed by several other "groups" of believers who did not have ENOUGH MERIT to be included in the earlier groups...
ARE FULL OF BALONEY.
They can't back up their teaching with even ONE Scripture.
Noah and his family, plus all the animals in the ark were SAVED BY GRACE (Genesis 6:8).
They DID NOTHING TO DESERVE God's salvation.
Abraham was saved by faith, BEFORE BEING CIRCUMCISED, before the 10 Commandments were known, AND BEFORE THE LAW WAS GIVEN (Genesis 15:6).
And the New Testament POINT BLANK SAYS that there's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING we can do to MERIT Salvation (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5).
It also says, clear as crystal, that ALL TRUE BELIEVERS will go in the Rapture:
"We shall ALL be changed, in a moment in a twinkling of an eye at the last trump" (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
Fact is you can strive for "MERIT" till your religious nose gets twisted and you turn purple. YOU HAVE NONE.
We don't "merit" ANYTHING.
The ONLY WAY ANYONE will get to heaven - the ONLY WAY ANYONE will go in the Rapture -- is through the MERITS of Jesus, NOT OUR OWN.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012
TRUTH IN LOVE
"That from now on we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and CARRIED ABOUT WITH EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE, ...But SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE, may grow up into Him in all things, who is the head, even Christ" (Ephesians 4:14-15).
Love and Truth go hand in hand.
There's no such thing as speaking Truth out of hate, or out of fear.
Love casts out fear.
Love faces Truth HEAD-ON.
However, the problem lies in what religion has understood "love" to mean.
Religion has taught both -- by word and by example -- that "love" never gets angry or is displeased. That love never uses harsh language (THEY SHOULD TRY READING THE GOSPELS sometime, and find out WHAT LOVE REALLY IS).
That "love" means ALWAYS having this ARTIFICIAL, sugary sweet, lovey dovey disposition.
Question: If it's ARTIFICIAL HOW can it be TRUE?
Anything THAT IS FAKE or contrived is neither REAL love, NOR TRUTH.
Even UNSAVED people know this. That is why they mock religion's feeble attempts at mimicking THE REAL THING.
The unsaved are used to dealing with untruth, and they can spot a fake A MILE AWAY.
So much for religion's theory...
I'm not suggesting we use harsh or blunt language ON PURPOSE and with premeditated intent TO SHOCK or OFFEND OTHERS.
We must be particularly sensitive and considerate toward those who are babes in Christ, who need time and instruction to develop spiritually.
However, there are times, especially with those who are steeped in religion, and have been all their lives, when we need to rattle their cages.
Jesus did it to the Pharisees and Sadducees constantly. That's WHY they couldn't stand Him.
He took them out of their false "comfort zone" time and again.
There are too many religiously "whitewashed" Pharisees who are just TOO "PERFECT" for Jesus to save.
They need to STOP PRETENDING, humble themselves before Jesus, acknowledge that they fall short of His glory like the rest of us, and receive Him into their hearts.
Frankly, I'm more concerned for the "religiously righteous" than for the blatantly unsaved:
The unsaved HAVE A CHANCE to get saved, those who trust their own sense of "propriety" and "righteousness" are HARDEST to reach.
They THINK they are Christian.
They THINK they are saved.
They THINK theirs is the only "true" religion.
The Truth is THEY ARE AS LOST AS ANY OTHER SINNER who has not received Christ INTO HIS OR HER HEART.
They need to be shocked out of their smug complacency.
REAL love is a fruit of the spirit.
It cannot be conjured up at a given moment to impress others.
It's not some pretend façade that we put on during and after the service on Sunday, then drop the minute we get home and we allow OUR TRUE SELF to emerge.
Real love DOES NOT always tell others WHAT THEY WANT TO hear.
It's NOT always syrupy sweet, nor is it walking on eggshells, or watering down Truth, or COMPROMISING principle, LEST WE "OFFEND" SOMEONE.
Some people -- bless their deceived religious hearts -- NEED TO be offended.
Anyone who REALLY loves you will tell you the Truth, whether Truth is to your liking or not.
And there's NOTHING anemic, or sugary sweet about Truth.
Truth is A VERY STRONG, POWERFUL force.
Truth is not something to tickle our ears or provide religious entertainment.
Pure Truth always stirs a strong reaction:
It is welcomed by few and detested by most.
Whether we like it or not, it's THE ONLY THING IN THE UNIVERSE THAT SETS US FREE.
OCTOBER 17, 2012
WARNING: Today's message uses VERY blunt language which some may find "offensive". This is a message, however, that organized Christendom DESPERATELY NEEDS TO HEAR. If you are easily offended, feel free to skip it. Otherwise, read at your own risk.
"Let NO CORRUPT COMMUNICATION proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of EDIFYING, THAT IT MAY MINISTER GRACE (undeserved Goodness) to the hearers. And DO NOT GRIEVE the Holy Spirit of God, with Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:29, 30).
"To the pure, ALL THINGS ARE PURE, but TO THOSE WHO ARE CORRUPT and do not believe, NOTHING is pure. In fact, both THEIR MINDS and consciences ARE CORRUPT" (Titus 1:15).
What IS "corrupt communication"?
Is it using some word which isn't found in the dictionary?
Is it saying some word that the world, or society at large, deems "improper"?
Is it language that fails to conform to man-invented religious norms?
OR, is CORRUPT communication, ANY FORM OF COMMUNICATION WHICH CONTRADICTS the INCORRUPTIBLE Word of God?
According to the Bible, it's the latter (1 Peter 1:23).
This is a message religion hates. That's EXACTLY WHY they NEED TO HEAR IT.
They hate it because IT EXPOSES THEM FOR THE two-faced, devout HYPOCRITES THEY REALLY ARE.
We regularly hear from religionists who take offense at my ONE use of the word "sh*t" on the website, but OVERLOOK 10 web pages crammed full OF BIBLICAL, SPIRIT REVEALED information you can't get (to Jesus be ALL the glory) ANYWHERE ELSE.
They can't see PAST THAT ONE WORD.
They can't see Jesus, they can't see the Gospel, they can't see Salvation, they can't see the BIBLICAL identity of the Antichrist, they can't see the pre-trib rapture, they can't see the Second Coming, they can't even see Salvation by grace and NOT BY WORKS.
All they see is SH*T.
Never mind that THOSE SAME RELIGIONISTS TURN RIGHT AROUND and PAY $10 bucks at the box office to see A MOVIE which repeatedly uses the "F" word, repeatedly uses Jesus' Name IN VAIN, and presents explicit sexual and/or demonic images... AND THINK NOTHING OF IT (Psalms 101:3).
If THAT'S NOT a self-serving, hypocritical double standard, I don't know WHAT IS!!!
Religion would have us believe that ONLY THE LANGUAGE THEY APPROVE OF is "proper" and "non-corrupt".
Religion has ARBITRARILY DECIDED, with their CORRUPT mind, which is IN ENMITY WITH GOD (Romans 8:7), that the word "sh*t" is "bad".
Yet the words "crap", "dung", "feces", "poop", "fecal matter" or "excrement", WHICH MEAN EXACTLY THE SAME THING, are considered "proper".
Such criterion is purely SUBJECTIVE. It's merely the "judgment" or OPINION of their VAIN IMAGINATION.
It's ALL in their CORRUPT minds!!!
By the way, God, THE HOLIEST BEING IN THE UNIVERSE, uses the word "shit" OVER 1,000 TIMES in the Bible! ... With NO ASTERISK!!!
Try TELLING HIM He needs to "clean up" His rhetoric.
Religion has decided that the word "hell", which God also uses repeatedly, is bad, but the words "infernal region", abyss, bottomless pit, Sheol, Hades or Gehenna, which MEAN THE SAME THING, are deemed O.K.
I have one word for organized religion: BULLSHIT!!!
To the pure, as Paul said, ALL THINGS ARE pure (Titus 1:15).
The ONLY TRULY CORRUPT communication is ANY COMMUNICATION that CONTRADICTS God's Holy, INCORRUPTIBLE Word.
Anyone or anything that CONTRADICTS God is A LIAR. He, she, they or it is/are CORRUPT.
Any communication that DOES NOT MINISTER HIS GRACE (UNDESERVED Goodness) IS CORRUPT.
Corrupt communication IS NOT communication that OFFENDS our man-invented religious etiquette.
Corrupt communication is ANY communication that GRIEVES God's Holy Spirit because IT CONTRADICTS THE HOLY, INCORRUPTIBLE WORD that He inspired.
Hell is FILLED, even as we speak, with religious hypocrites -- like those who are frowning on this message RIGHT NOW - like those who CAN'T WAIT to fire off a condemning email - who are pretend Christians, who always used "proper" language, but DON'T HAVE JESUS IN THEIR HEARTS.
They NEVER used "improper" speech, but THEY NEVER HAD AN INTIMATE, PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ONE AND ONLY SAVIOR, either.
And ALL the "proper" religious language in the world, all their protocol, won't get their sorry behind out of hell.
Or should I say "Hades"?
It's not the language you use that will send you to hell. What sends people to hell is NOT HAVING Jesus, THE INCORRUPTIBLE SEED, the WORD INCARNATE, LIVING IN YOUR HEART.
Salvation is NOT about procuring OUR OWN righteousness, by "doing" or "NOT doing", by "saying" or "NOT saying".
Salvation is ALL about acquiring Jesus' Righteousness.
There IS NO RIGHTEOUSNESS ANYWHERE, but His! (Isaiah 64:6).
BEFORE you click the "send" button on your accusatory email, do us both a favor and read the parable of the Pharisee and the publican in Luke 18:9-14.
Salvation BEGINS when you DROP your own FALSE SENSE OF pharisaical "PROPRIETY" and say, like the publican of old, "Lord, HAVE MERCY ON ME, A NO-GOOD, LOUSY, FILTHY SINNER".
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012
Is there any truth to the alleged Bible Codes? Yes.
Should we rely on Bible Codes to know the future? No.
There's too much detail and accuracy in the Bible Codes that have been found regarding past events for it to be mere "coincidence".
God's Word is inexhaustible and I'm certain that in eternity we'll discover multiple layers of meanings and dimensions to it.
However, while we're still in space/time, God gave us the Bible TEXT as our instruction, not any "secret codes" that may be found in it.
I know of one website which bases virtually all its predictions on supposed Bible codes. They haven't got ANYTHING right yet.
They have predicted, among other things, that Hillary would win the presidency in '08 and that Philadelphia would be nuked in January '09.
In the interest of full disclosure, I do cite ONE Bible Code on the website, because it is amazingly in line with the biblical text. However, I do not base the teaching on that code, but on THE ACTUAL BIBLE TEXT verbatim.
Is it sin to look for Bible Codes? No. I don't buy into the condemning theory that doing so is a form of "divination".
We're dealing, after all, with the HOLY Word of God.
Seeking Truth in His Word - even at equidistant intervals -- can hardly be compared with going to a palm reader.
However, it's mostly unproductive and can be highly misleading.
Trying to GUESS the future based on some highly subjective "Bible code" is folly, when we have THE LITERAL BIBLE TEXT, which 2 Peter 1:19 calls "A MORE SURE Word of prophecy".
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012
In the past 7 weeks we have systematically taught, based on Scripture, that:
1. God's calendar begins in Aviv, not Tishri (8/23/12).
2. That Tishri 1, therefore, CANNOT be Rosh Hashanah, since the year begins, as far as God is concerned, on Aviv 1 (9/1/12).
That the correct, BIBLICAL name for Tishri 1 is Yom Teruah (9/17/12).
3. That the Feasts of the Lord are moedim "appointed times", that God has appointments with Israel on those Feasts, and that "the end" will come at an appointed time (9/13/12).
4. That God begins Redemption in Aviv (first month) and ends it in Tishri (seventh month). We see this pattern repeated in Scripture (9/15/12).
5. That the human soul (mind) must be renewed and literally "brought up to speed", which is the speed of Light. This renewal happens when we're raptured (8/24/12).
6. That BOTH timelines given in the Bible for the return of Jesus begin in 1967 with the recapture of biblical Jerusalem by Jews (9/2/12).
7. That the closer we get to the Rapture, THE MORE WE'LL "SEE" AND KNOW (9/9/12).
8. That, according to Daniel 11:29-31 Alexander, the Antichrist, RETURNS FROM THE DEAD on one of the aforementioned Feasts during the season of return (Teshuvah) and that that Feast is Yom Kippur (9/20/12).
10. That Revelation 13:5 clearly says the Antichrist's reign lasts 42 months, and that there are EXACTLY 42 months from May 8-9, 2013 to Tishri 1 (Yom Teruah), 2016. That we tried the same count with a 2017 "Second Coming" and it's one month short (9/14/12).
11. That there are VERY SPECIFIC and UNPRECEDENTED SIGNS that God gave which would signal the START OF the Day of the Lord (Rapture - Tribulation) (9/16/12).
12. That the catching away of the Church happens in a Sukkot setting, and gave 12 SCRIPTURAL REASONS (there are more which didn't make the message due to space limitations).
That Revelation 7:9, where the raptured Church appears suddenly in heaven, UNEQUIVOCALLY takes place in a Sukkot setting (10/1-2/12), more specifically on a Hoshanah Rabbah setting.
I also specifically stated that I DON'T KNOW THE DAY, only the general season, and that the Scriptures don't say what year.
And yet the Feast of Sukkot WASN'T EVEN OVER, and we were already getting emails ranging from the STUPID like "nothing is happening" or "what did we miss" to the RIDICULOUS like "I think" or "feel" or "had a dream" or "had a vision" it will be on blank ______ date or time period.
The Feast had not even ended and many of you HAD ALREADY DISMISSED THE WORD OF GOD, the OVERWHELMING BIBLICAL PROOF PROVIDED, and were navigating the Internet in search of some "alternative" and UNBIBLICAL theory :
As if some novel UNSCRIPTURAL theory, or your personal feelings, opinions, and hunches WERE MORE CREDIBLE -- or even remotely COMPARABLE TO -- what GOD CLEARLY AND ACTUALLY SAID.
Like rebellious, immature, FICKLE, SPOILED children, we DISMISS all the wealth of carefully studied, Holy Spirit revealed, Bible-based information in AN INSTANT, in favor of some capricious new theory.
Of course you'll have a different theory next week, or next month, and the next, and the next, and the next, and the next...
NONE OF THEM BASED ON SCRIPTURE...
Do you really expect me to ABANDON the Holy Word of God IN AN INSTANT, as you do, in favor of some mortal's "opinion"?
That's why I have such love and appreciation for the written Word of God:
His Word is THE SAME yesterday, today and forever.
Rain or shine, winter, spring, summer or fall, this year and the next, last season and always:
His Word says EXACTLY THE SAME TODAY AS IT DID 3,500 YEARS AGO, 2,000 YEARS AGO, 200 YEARS AGO, 20 DAYS AGO or 20 SECONDS ago.
It will say the same thing today, tomorrow, next week, next Millennium and for all eternity.
That's right: WHAT I DIDN'T GET FROM ANYBODY was "it should happen on such day, month, year, Feast BECAUSE (followed by Scripture citation).
What I ALSO DIDN'T GET was "your teaching is wrong because it CONTRADICTS (chapter and verse)".
Satan has sold you THE LIE - and you've BOUGHT IT, hook, line and sinker - THAT, with regards to eschatology, IT'S YOUR CORRUPT AND SEVERELY LIMITED MIND THAT'S "RUNNING THE SHOW".
Let me shock some of you with a HEAVY DOSE OF REALITY:
You're NOT RUNNING ANYTHING, and neither am I.
There's ONLY ONE who's TOTALLY IN CONTROL OF and RUNNING THIS THING and His Name is Yahweh.
And He is ALL-KNOWING.
And He is OMNI-PRESENT, as well as ALL-Mighty.
Last time I checked "Almighty" means He can do ANY THING.
So, unless your Name happens to be Yahweh, and YOU CAN PROVE your omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, take your ridiculous comments elsewhere.
God doesn't even require that we "understand".
Mary COULDN'T UNDERSTAND HOW she'd conceive Jesus being a virgin, so He could APPEAR on earth for THE FIRST TIME.
Even after Gabriel EXPLAINED it, I'm sure she went "WHAT"???
"What does he mean by the power of the Most High will ‘overshadow' me"?
Not to mention that one Scripture said He'd be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), others that He'd be called a Nazarene (Isaiah 11:1; Judges 13:5), and yet another that God would call His Son "OUT OF EGYPT" (Hosea 11:1).
Yet lack of understanding of the above DID NOT prevent ALL those SEEMINGLY "CONTRADICTORY" Scriptures FROM BEING TRUE or fulfilled.
Nor did any of it prevent Jesus' first APPEARING, right at the APPOINTED TIME.
Likewise, NONE OF THE ABOVE will prevent His Second Appearing.
You can search cyberspace ALL YOU WANT for "alternative" scenarios...
You can have all the opinions, thoughts and hunches you like...
But NONE of that will change WHAT GOD SAID IN HIS WORD, nor will it prevent Scripture from being fulfilled,even WHEN YOUR CHALLENGED INTELLECT CAN'T SEE "HOW".
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2012
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, NOT WANTING ANYONE TO PERISH, BUT THAT EVERYONE WILL COME TO REPENTANCE
(2 Peter 3:9).
"Let THE WICKED FORSAKE his way and THE EVIL MAN HIS THOUGHTS. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, FOR HE WILL FREELY PARDON.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE EARTH, SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER than your ways and MY THOUGHTS HIGHER than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:7-9).
God wants EVERYONE saved. He really does!
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for unbelievers is they just can't accept Jesus being THE ONLY WAY of salvation.
Surely, if God is love, "good people" go to heaven, no matter what their faith.
It DOESN'T MAKE SENSE to their Truth challenged minds.
So, they figure, the Bible must be wrong.
They act AS IF they're more loving and compassionate than the Creator.
These people are religious, alright. They don't realize it. They may call themselves atheists, agnostics, New Agers, or whatever, but they belong to the Religion of Human Logic.
Never heard of that sect before? Well, it exists and, sadly, has millions of members.
Members of the Human Logic Religion don't necessarily attend religious services. They worship the god of human intellect.
Therefore, ANYTHING that "doesn't make sense" to their corrupt, limited, finite minds must, automatically, be false.
Surely, God wouldn't do anything that isn't "logical" to them.
I got news for you Logics: God's ways are FAAAAR HIGHER than your ways, His Thoughts FAAAAR HIGHER than your thoughts.
I don't care how high your I. Q., compared to His glorious, holy, undefiled, eternal, incorruptible Intellect, yours is less than an amoeba's.
His logic is perfect, infinite, unlimited.. And, brace yourself, God doesn't need your puny mind's "approval" to decide anything. Nor does He need your intellect's "permission".
He IS God!
God wants people saved A HECK OF A LOT MORE than any of you self-righteous, judgmental "intellectuals".
He SO MUCH WANTS EVERYONE SAVED, that He took off His glory, came to this evil world in the form of a fallen human slave, died a bloody, shameful, excruciating death, and spent three days and nights in hell itself, so He could make Salvation available TO EVERYONE.
Why do you think Jesus did all that? ‘Cause He was bored being God? Or had nothing better to do? Or, because He suddenly became a raving masochist?
He did it BECAUSE THERE WAS, and IS, NO OTHER WAY.
The only Way God could justify and reconcile rebellious mankind to Himself, without breaking His Own Law (which, hypothetically speaking, would make Him a sinner), was to bear the punishment for our sin(s) Himself.
If there was ONLY ONE LAWFUL WAY FOR the perfect, Holy, Almighty GOD TO SAVE MANKIND , WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THERE'S MORE THAN ONE WAY FOR YOU?
That's why Jesus chose to PAY THE PRICE ON OUR BEHALF. AND WHAT PRICE HE PAID!!!
If people could be saved by just being "good", then He went thru all that suffering for nothing. Then His death on the cross was in vain.
How stupid of Jesus, to allow Himself to be beaten to a pulp, lashed, slapped, mocked, pricked with thorns, beard ripped off, spit upon, thrust with a spear, and crucified... when He could have just left things alone, spare Himself all the pain, and "good" people would have gone to heaven, anyway!
Too bad He didn't have one of you "gifted intellectuals" around to talk Him out of it.
Reality check, guys and gals: It's the zenith of arrogance to say "if it doesn't make sense to my fallible, limited, corrupt understanding, it simply can't be".
You know what your problem is? Idolatry.
You've turned your mind into an idol.
You won't get anywhere spiritually until you stop worshiping that idol, and humble yourself before the One True God.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2012
Show me a religious person who BOASTS about "observing the 10 Commandments", "observing the law" or "observing the weekly Sabbath", and I'll show you A RELIGIOUS LIAR.
Show me a holier-than-thou religionist who PRETENDS to keep all of the above, and I'll show you someone WHO SINS MORE and more often, than any true Christian who enjoys the freedom of the Spirit.
Show me a hypocrite who wears his or her false religious façade and always acts and talks "proper" in front of others, and I'll show you a religious hypocrite who, THE MINUTE you turn your back, will think, speak and act UGLIER than all true Christians combined.
The Apostle Paul was a Pharisee and we all know how Pharisees boasted about keeping the law, including the 10 Commandments and 24-hour Sabbath.
When he met Jesus on the road to Damascus he came to realize just HOW FUTILE and COUNTERPRODUCTIVE it was to even TRY to keep commandments.
Romans 7:8 COULDN'T BE CLEARER:
"But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For APART FROM LAW, SIN IS DEAD".
That's right APART FROM the law (which includes the 10 Commandments and Sabbath keeping) SIN IS DEAD.
Again: APART FROM the law, SIN IS DEAD.
Why is it dead?
Because Jesus KILLED SIN FOREVER in His Body (Romans 8:2-4).
That's WHY He NO LONGER COUNTS SINS AGAINST those who KNOW HIM AND TRUST HIM (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Through His death and resurrection, He DID AWAY WITH sin, ONCE AND FOR ALL (Hebrews 9:26).
Those who are HELL BENT on still living under the law are REVIVING SIN.
They are doing spite to the Spirit of Grace, despising the Blood of God's Holy New Covenant as an "unholy" thing, and trampling God's Son underfoot. (Hebrews 10:29).
That's why there's NO REDEMPTION FOR THEM, unless they repent and trust Jesus -- and Him alone, for Salvation.
All those who insist on "keeping the law" ARE SEALING THEIR OWN, ETERNAL DOOM.
The ONLY ONE who's ever kept and FOREVER SATISFIED His own law is Jesus (Matthew 5:17).
No amount of ALLEGED "law keeping" on our part will ever SURPASS His.
Our choice is simple:
Trust Jesus'righteousness which He credits freely to us, and be counted DEAD TO SIN (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Or trust our own FAKE righteousness, our own FALSE "law keeping", REVIVE the sin He killed, and GO STRAIGHT TO HELL.
Those who revive the very sin that Jesus killed through their alleged "law keeping", SENTENCE THEMSELVES to a grim and Godless FATE.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012
Time is RELATIVE. God is ABSOLUTE.
Yet people think and, unfortunately TALK, as though it were the other way around:
As though time were ABSOLUTE and God was RELATIVE.
As though TIME ruled God, INSTEAD OF God RULING time.
In his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein PROVED - I mean PROVED, beyond any reasonable doubt - that time is RELATIVE.
The notion of "time" is ALL in our PERCEPTION.
That's WHY one person can perceive "time" to run "faster" than another.
Ever noticed how "quickly" time passes when you're on vacation?
Or when you're with the one you love?
But how "ENDLESS" it seems when you're waiting for that promotion?
Or for a loved one (like Jesus) you haven't seen in a while to arrive?
Or when you're standing in line at the bank?
Or when it's 5:30 and you're still waiting at the doctor's office for your 3 P.M. appointment?
That's because time is NOT absolute but relative.
Time is AN ILLUSION.
As demonstrated in Genesis chapter 1, the notion of "time" is achieved in an environment that contains a COMBINATION (mixture) of light and darkness (Genesis 1:3-5).
As stated in Zechariah 14:7, if there were ONLY LIGHT and NO DARKNESS, we'd step into the realm of eternity where "time" (at least as we humans reckon and understand it) DOES NOT EXIST, nor can it be perceived.
There are at least TWO instances in the Bible where God has manipulated "time" AT WILL:
One, when God "stopped" the earth's rotation for Joshua (Joshua 10:12-13).
And two, when He made the shadow go back in Ahaz's sun dial (2 Kings 20:10-11).
There may (underline "may") be yet a third instance in the "time" that transpired between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
I said all of that to say this:
You can keep setting "deadlines" for God with your pea-size, corrupt minds, all you want.
You can set "limits" on Him by saying this or that MUST happen by such and such date.
You can send a thousand emails about it.
And you can try AS MUCH AS YOU WANT to impose YOUR limits on me.
You can try to "pin me down" into setting a deadline for God all you want...
I'm simply NOT playing that game.
According to Daniel 9:25, by the way we humans usually reckon "time", the Second Coming of Jesus should take place 49 earth years from the word to "return and build Jerusalem", which would be our Gregorian year 2016.
God, however, is sovereign.
If He chooses to somehow manipulate that time to suit His Purpose, HE IS GOD.
He does WHATEVER He wants, WHEN He wants.
He DOESN'T NEED your permission, or mine.
He DOESN'T NEED, or seek, our "approval".
He doesn't even require our "understanding".
Jesus IS God.
If you want to LIMIT my Jesus IN ANY WAY, COUNT ME OUT.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012
DO YOU KNOW?
Could someone EVER, under any circumstance, make an argument convincing enough to talk you out of your faith in Christ?
Could they present any sort of "scientific" or intellectual "proof" ,that would convince you He doesn't exist or that you don't need Him in order to be saved?
If they COULD, then you don't KNOW Jesus Christ. You may have heard of Him, been taught about Him, you may know Christian doctrine, but YOU'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED HIM.
IF YOU HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED Jesus, THEN YOU DON'T KNOW Jesus.
And if you don't know Jesus, you're NOT SAVED. It's as simple as that.
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO EXPERIENCE Jesus, AND NOT BELIEVE.
Well, how dare you tell me I'm not saved? Who do you think you are?
At the risk of sounding presumptuous, someone WHO KNOWS:
You may have been brought up in church.
You may have been baptized in water.
You may have taught Sunday school.
You may know a lot of Bible facts.
You may have had First Communion. You may have been confirmed.
You may be a deacon, and elder, or even a pastor, evangelist or ordained minister.
You may have gone to Bible school, college, university or seminary.
You may hold one or more degrees from such institutions.
You may have jumped, shouted, danced, or "spoken in tongues"...
You may be a faithful student of the Bible.
You may be able to recite it verbatim in Hebrew and Greek.
You may have lived in Israel.
You may be a "good" person.
You may have done many kind and charitable deeds.
You may have given lots of money to the poor, or to Christian ministries.
You may have "sacrificed" for "God".
You may know RELIGION.
You may know the names of all 12 apostles, where John the Baptist was born, and even where Judas came from.
You may attend services every Saturday or Sunday.
NONE OF THAT has anything to do with KNOWING JESUS.
Knowing Jesus is having Jesus penetrate your being with His Being.
Knowing Jesus is having Him ENTERING and LIVING, PERMANENTLY IN YOUR HEART [John 14:23].
How does one get to KNOW HIM? By earnestly and sincerely seeking His Face, and inviting Him to enter your heart and life.
People often tell me that such invitation ISN'T NECESSARY. That all that is required is to know and trust that Jesus' life, death, burial and resurrection paid the price for our sins. That's certainly part of the equation, but mentally knowing and even believing such things isn't enough.
You have to KNOW JESUS HIMSELF, in your heart (spirit).
YOU HAVE TO INTIMATELY AND PERSONALLY KNOW HIM WHO DIED FOR YOU AND ROSE FORM THE DEAD FOR YOU.
You MUST experience His Presence IN you.
THAT'S WHAT THE BORN-AGAIN EXPERIENCE IS ALL ABOUT.
YOU MUST BE BORN-AGAIN [John 3:4, 7; 1 Peter 1:23].
Except a man is born-again he cannot see nor enter God's Kingdom.
Saving faith in Jesus' finished work of redemption doesn't come from your mind, doesn't even come from your emotions, it comes from the spirit.
Saving faith is a fruit of the re-born spirit (Ephesians 2:8,9; Galatians 5:22).
And that spirit is only reborn when Jesus ENTERS and, by His Spirit, deposits His Incorruptible Seed in us.
You may THINK you know Jesus.
You may know a lot ABOUT Jesus.
But DO YOU KNOW HIM?
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012
INTERVIEW WITH JAMES
James was the natural son of Joseph and Mary, and Jesus' half brother (Galatians 1:19; Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3).
He's not to be confused with the apostle James, son of Zebedee and brother of John, or with the OTHER apostle James, son of Alpheus, often referred to as James "the lesser", although I object to anyone who gives his life for the Lord being called "lesser" ANYTHING.
Jesus' half brother became Bishop (overseer) of the Church at Jerusalem some time after our Lord's Ascension. He is referred to, by Hegesippus and others, as "James the Just", or "James the Righteous".
He was clearly a leader in the early Church, who gave his life for Jesus Christ and His Gospel (Acts 15:13-21).
Unfortunately, religion has turned James into a controversial figure and used him to sow error and division in the Body of Christ.
In religious circles, James is often pitted against the apostle Paul.
He is often and FALSELY accused of preaching salvation through works, and not by faith alone.
How would James himself answer some of the doctrinal disputes that go on in Christendom because of his writings?
How would he respond to some of the accusations and criticism leveled against him?
Let's find out.
We have taken James's OWN WORDS, VERBATIM, as they appear in the New Testament Book of Acts and the universal Epistle of James.
ALL answers and quotations are based on the King James 2000 Version of the Bible:
Hey, James, thanks for being with us. Let's get right to the point:
1. How is any individual saved from sin?
"Put away all filthiness and extreme wickedness, and RECEIVE WITH MEEKNESS THE ENGRAFTED WORD (Jesus), WHICH IS ABLE TO SAVE YOUR SOULS" (James 1:21; John 1:1).
2. Is Salvation by grace THROUGH FAITH ONLY, or by faith plus works?
"But He gives MORE GRACE. Therefore he says, God resists the proud, but GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE" (James 4:6).
"Hearken, my beloved brethren, Has not God chosen the poor of this world RICH IN FAITH, AND HEIRS OF THE KINGDOM which he has promised to them that love him"? (James 2:5).
3. Is keeping the law (torah) or the 10 Commandments necessary for Salvation?
"Whosoever shall keep THE WHOLE LAW, and yet OFFEND IN ONE POINT, he is GUILTY OF ALL. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet you kill, YOU BECOME A TRANSGRESSOR OF THE LAW" (James 2:10-11).
Those who think they can be saved by law-keeping better KEEP ALL 613 COMMANDMENTS AND NEVER BREAK ONE during THEIR ENTIRE LIVES. Otherwise, they're toast.
How can you ask me that? I personally signed a letter to all gentile converts saying that NO CIRCUMCISION, OR LAW KEEPING, or Sabbath keeping is necessary for Salvation ONLY GRACE (Acts 15:11-29).
4. What did you mean by "faith without works is dead"?
I WASN'T talking about SAVING faith. I was talking about faith to solve difficult circumstances.
I said "For AS THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS DEAD, so faith without works is dead also" (James 2:26).
A body without spirit is just a CORPSE. Corpses cannot help anyone, not even themselves. People can SAY they have faith, but faith is PROVEN and SHOWN by ACTIONS.
If you tell your needy brother that you have faith that his needs will be supplied, but DON'T SHOW YOUR FAITH by GIVING HIM MONEY OR SOMETHING TO EAT, your faith ALONE won't help him. It's no better than a dead corpse.
5. What did you mean by your controversial statement in James 2:14: "What does it profit, my brethren, though a man says he has faith, and has not works? CAN FAITH SAVE HIM"?
Again, I WASN'T talking about SAVING faith. I was talking about FAITH to SAVE brethren in dire need from starving or dying of cold.
Read the WHOLE STATEMENT: And remember the original Greek manuscript I wrote did not contain paragraphs or punctuation marks. To this day, I want to choke the idiot who put the question mark after the word "him". That just shows how man-invented religion can cloud one's understanding.
"WHAT DOES IT PROFIT, my brethren, though a man SAYS he has faith, and has not works? Can faith save him/her, a brother or sister who is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you SAY unto them, Depart in peace, be warmed and filled; YET YOU GIVE THEM NOT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE NEEDFUL TO THE BODY; WHAT DOES IT PROFIT"?
The point I was making is that FAITH is INVISIBLE.
Anyone, therefore, can SAY they "have faith" (James 2:21-24).
Those who truly HAVE faith will SHOW IT by not just TALKING about it, but BY ACTIONS that help the people in need.
Faith is INVISIBLE. Therefore, the only way to DEMONSTRATE (SHOW) the faith we have is through CORRESPONDING WORKS.
Hence my comment: SHOW ME your faith WITHOUT your works (which is impossible), and I will SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY my works".
6. How could you say that Abraham was "justified by works (James 2:21) when he offered Isaac", when God had already declared Abraham righteous 26 years before Isaac was even CONCEIVED?
God had told Abraham that:
a) His seed would be as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:5).
b) That in Isaac would his seed be called (Genesis 21:12).
Abraham trusted God so much that he figured even if he sacrificed Isaac, God would have to RAISE Isaac FROM THE DEAD in order to keep His Word (Hebrews 11:17-19).
The faith Abraham had for 26 or more years, and which God counted him as righteousness, was VISIBLY DEMONSTRATED when Abraham did not hesitate to offer Isaac.
The Greek word I used was edikaiōthē, which means that Abraham SHOWED (DEMONSTRATED) the righteousness he ALREADY HAD by his work of offering Isaac.
7. What was it like growing up with Jesus, being his brother, being raised in the same home there in Nazareth?
As Jesus said, "A prophet is not without honor, EXCEPT in his own country, and AMONG HIS OWN KIN, AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE" (Mark 6:4).
We DID NOT believe in Him (John 7:5).
8. How did you come to faith in Him?
It's hard to argue with someone whom I saw die, then resurrected, then Ascend into heaven (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
9. Were you ever opposed to Paul's message or did you ever disagree with his preaching?
No. Being Bishop of the Church at Jerusalem I KNEW FIRSTHAND what Paul had done and how many he'd persecuted, thrown in jail or killed. When I first heard he had converted and was preaching Jesus, of course I had reservations.
How did I know that he WASN'T PRETENDING?
How did I know that his vigorous preaching AGAINST law keeping was not intended to accuse the brethren involved of breaking the law in front of witnesses so he could have them killed or imprisoned?
I wasn't the only one suspicious of him at first (Acts 9:20-21).
When I realized his conversion was genuine, I totally endorsed his ministry (Acts 15:25-27).
Paul never forgot and showed great kindness toward us by taking up a collection for the Church at Jerusalem which I presided, and which he personally delivered when we were experiencing severe famine (Acts 24:17; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:19; 9:1-5, 12).
10. Can we buy Salvation, earn Salvation through obedience, or buy God's blessings?
EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT comes from above, and comes down from the Father of lights in whom there is NO VARIABLENESS or even shadow of turning (James 1:17).
I haven't found a single PRICE LIST in Scripture that says how much God charges for Salvation, or for His many other blessings, have you?
"OF HIS OWN WILL BEGAT US (made us born again) WITH THE WORD OF TRUTH, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures" (James 1:18).
11. What's your opinion of the so-called "prosperity Gospel" being preached today?
"Come now, you rich men, WEEP AND HOWL FOR YOUR MISERIES THAT SHALL COME UPON YOU.
YOUR RICHES ARE CORRUPTED, and your garments are moth-eaten.
Your gold and silver is rusted; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days.
Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you KEPT BACK BY FRAUD, cries: AND THE CRIES OF THEM WHO HAVE REAPED ARE ENTERED INTO THE EARS of the Lord of hosts.
YOU HAVE LIVED IN PLEASURE ON THE EARTH, AND BEEN WANTON; you have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter" (James 5: 1-5).
12. Finally, James, what sage advice would you have for believers today?
If you fulfill THE ROYAL LAW according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well (James 2:8).
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist (STAND AGAINST) the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2012
THE ONLY TRUTH
God is Truth as in ULTIMATE Truth.
There AREN'T 5 or 10 different "truths". If there were, Truth WOULDN'T BE Truth.
There's ONLY ONE TRUTH and His Name is Jesus (John 14:6).
Anything that's NOT Jesus is A LIE.
Anyone that's NOT Jesus is A LIE.
It's A LIE, no matter how "real" it may seem in this natural, temporary realm.
Do you think this TEMPORARY world is real?
Do you think THAT EARTH BODY you walk around in is real?
Think again. It may seem and feel TOTALLY real, but it's a mere illusion, a fantasy.
If it were true, it would never die. It would live forever.
Truth is immutable. It never changes. It's ALWAYS THE SAME.
Truth is ETERNAL.
Anything subject to change IS, therefore, A TEMPORAL LIE.
Anything finite, anything subject to death, including DEATH ITSELF, is a temporal lie.
Without the notion of "time" death DOESN'T EVEN EXIST.
Without "time", dying is IMPOSSIBLE:
"For we know that if our earthly house, this TABERNACLE were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, ETERNAL in the heavens" (2 Corinthians 5:1).
Those who come to faith in Christ during the tribulation, please remember this:
This awesome Scripture points to the Spiritually Substantial reality of the eternal..... For WE KNOW that if we stood next to a hydrogen explosion, that this body of physical elements would evaporate, leaving us consciously manifest (ALIVE) in our Substantial body. The Eternal Tabernacle, comprised of LIVING stones, made without temporal hands.....Eternal and INDESTRUCTIBLE in the dimension of Spirit where He promised, "that where I am, you may be also"(John 14:3).
Gee, Martel, that sounds a bit radical.
Yes, and I got news for you:
God IS radical.
Truth IS radical.
At some point, Truth will swallow up EVERYTHING that's NOT true, until only Truth remains.
It is that ABSOLUTE, RADICAL Truth that Jesus referred to when He said that WHEN WE KNOW HIM (The Truth), He, the Truth, will SET US FREE (John 8:32).
Free from what? From sin and death (Romans 8:2)!
The Body of Christ must SURRENDER TOTALLY TO ITS HEAD, Jesus (Colossians 1:18).
To the point that we're willing to have ANYTHING IN US that's NOT Jesus - anything in us that's NOT the Truth, to be eradicated by His Holy Spirit's purifying, consuming fire, to the point that JESUS -- AND JESUS ALONE -- is ALL that remains.
Doesn't Scripture tell us that we are PREDESTINED to be conformed to His Image (Romans 8:29)?
Like it or not, THAT'S what'll happen when we're raptured.
The process is very enjoyable if we surrender willingly.
It's not so pleasant if we RESIST the Spirit of Truth.
Our temporal "existence" is A LIE.
After all is said and done THERE'S ONLY ONE who IS,has always been, and forever will be, and His Name is Jesus. Selah.
Seek the Lord's Face WITH ALL YOUR HEART and surrender VOLUNTARILY to His Spirit.
You can't begin to imagine THE REWARD that awaits.
Come, Lord Jesus!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2012
TRUMPETS FOR AMERICA
Shortly after the 6th seal is opened, the Church ascends into the heavenly realm (Revelation 7:9).
Then the 7th seal is opened.
When the 7th seal is opened a series of trumpet judgments take place in rapid succession.
ALL of them are ominous, but I want to focus primarily on trumpet #1:
In addition to one-third of trees, grass, and plant life, ONE THIRD OF THE EARTH ITSELF is burnt up (Revelation 8:7).
This prophecy is NEVER TALKED ABOUT.
Self-professed prophecy pundits won't touch it with a 10-foot pole. They won't even MENTION it.
Why? Neither John Nelson Darby, nor C.I. Scofield, ever majored in chapters 7-10 of the Book of Revelation. Since that's where prophecy guru doctrine comes from, there's very little they can say or teach about them.
I'm not putting down either of those two brothers who, in their day, made significant contributions to both eschatology and the Gospel of grace. All I'm saying is that there's FAR MORE to Bible prophecy than what they taught one or two centuries ago, as God Himself said there would be (Daniel 12:4,9).
Most backward thinking, stuck in the 19th century prophecy teachers, are therefore happy to jump from chapter 6 to chapter 11 and skip those pesky "in between chapters".
Besides, they have only read this passage in the King James Version of the Bible, which inexplicably OMITS what the original Greek clearly says.
Don't get me wrong. I love the KJV and it's the translation I most often use in my studies. Do I trust it completely? No. Because one thing I've learned in my many years of study is that translators, no matter how well-meaning or erudite, ARE JUST AS HUMAN (and thus, fallible) AS THE REST OF US.
There's NO TRANSLATION that I trust 100%.
So, I use and often compare multiple translations and, when in doubt, go to the original Hebrew or Greek.
Do you realize the implications of this judgment?
ONE THIRD OF THE EARTH'S LAND MASS IS INSTANTLY BURNT.
If the THIRD PART of the land itself is burned, obviously EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING ON IT is consumed, as well.
The earth's land mass is approximately 510,000 MILLION square kilometers.
ONE-THIRD of that would be 170,000 MILLION SQUARE KILOMETERS.
To put that into some sort of understandable context, it's the equivalent of THE ENTIRE ASIAN CONTINENT (which is the largest continent on earth) being incinerated ALL AT ONCE.
Of course, the judgment won't be as selective as that.
It won't affect ONE geographical area, but MANY. We are not told SPECIFICALLY which nations will be affected by it.
However, due to their sheer land mass, it's a safe bet that Asia (including parts of Russia, China and India), North America - including parts of the United States and Canada - parts of Europe and perhaps parts of South America, Africa and Antarctica will be affected.
About the only area of the world that apparently will remain relatively unscathed is the Middle East - Mediterranean basin.
It's PRECISELY that area of the world where Antichrist will emerge from, and where his 10-king coalition will be based (Daniel 7:24; Revelation 13:1).
Many people ask what will happen to the United States during the tribulation, and WONDER WHY America is NOT specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy, although there is an oblique reference to it in Ezekiel 38:13.
Well, here's your answer: It won't be completely destroyed but IT WILL BE SEVERELY CRIPPLED BY the devastating effects of this judgment, coupled with the sudden absence of MILLIONS OF ITS CITIZENS, including many government functionaries, who'll be raptured.
That's NOT EVEN taking into consideration the OTHER 5 trumpet judgments which will doubtlessly take their toll as well.
The remaining trumpets #2-6 bring about:
2. The DESTRUCTION OF ONE THIRD of the sea, sea creatures, and ships.
3. The CONTAMINATION OF ONE THIRD OF ALL SOURCES OF DRINKING WATER.
4. The darkening of ONE THIRD OF daylight.
5. The release of MILLIONS OF DEMONS out of the pit which will sting and torment unsaved men for 5 MONTHS.
6. The DESTRUCTION OF ONE THIRD OF REMAINING MANKIND.
Present world population is 7 billion. Assuming that TWO BILLION people are raptured, that would mean the DEATH OF AROUND TWO BILLION PEOPLE.
The human mind cannot even CONCEIVE or COMPREHEND that number of corpses.
Let alone what CONSEQUENCES their deaths will have in the form of further contamination, epidemics, etc.
We can infer from these known biblical facts, that not only the United States, but Russia and China will be devastated as well.
This will cause a huge power vacuum and quest for world domination that the Antichrist will promptly and eagerly fill.
Sorry to burst your delusional bubble, conspiracy theorists, but THAT, according to Scripture, is HOW he rises to power and comes to rule what's left of the world, NOT - repeat, NOT -- through some "secret society" or Machiavellian "conspiracy".
The continent of Asia, shown in pink above, represents approximately ONE THIRD of the earth's land mass. Trumpet #1 will affect parts of Asia and other continents as well.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2012
"For we know that if our earthly house of THIS TABERNACLE WERE DISSOLVED, we have a building of God, A HOUSE NOT MADE WITH HANDS, ETERNAL in the heavens" (2 Corinthians 5:1).
Recent feedback shows there's still A LOT of confusion regarding THE SIGNS that PRECEDE our Rapture and signal the beginning of the tribulation.
Despite the fact they've been permanently posted on the website for 5 years (), that we've talked about them often in these daily messages, and even in a recent , many still don't get the picture.
Let's sort it all out in the hopes of unconfusing everyone:
1. The signs spoken of in Revelation 6:12, Joel 2:28-32, Matthew 24:29 and other passages DO NOT - repeat - DO NOT -- refer to NATURAL solar or lunar eclipses.
How do we KNOW?
Every passage of Scripture where these signs are mentioned has the sun turning black and the moon deep red SIMULTANEOUSLY.
NATURAL solar and lunar eclipses CANNOT take place simultaneously. It has NEVER happened. It's a physical IMPOSSIBILITY.
So, clearly, what the Bible describes are NOT natural solar or lunar eclipses but SUPERnatural.
That means they are divinely orchestrated, and UNLIKE ANY THING WE'VE SEEN BEFORE.
2. I don't care HOW MANY DVD sets some alleged "prophecy expert" has SOLD, -- to claim these signs are NATURAL does God and His Word a great disservice.
Please show me a time in recorded history when - SIMULTANEOUSLY -- the sun has turned black, the moon red, millions of stars have fallen from heaven, the heavens, earth and sea have TREMBLED, the sky has split in the middle and rolled up like a scroll, islands and mountains have been relocated, and Jesus has appeared in the clouds for all to see.
It has NEVER HAPPENED because these signs are NOT natural, but SUPERNATURAL, which means they are "MIRACULOUSLY" PRODUCED BY GOD.
3. There is a series of FOUR NATURAL lunar eclipses which will take place in 2014-2015 on or very near "appointed times" or Feasts of the Lord, namely on Passover and Tabernacles.
They MAY have some ominous significance for natural Israel during the tribulation. Or they may simply be reminders to Israel that Jesus shed His Blood for our sins on Passover, and His Full and Great Salvation was manifest during Sukkot.
Curiously, Passover and Sukkot are the ONLY two Feasts followed by 7 days of "unleavened bread" symbolizing TOTAL REMOVAL OF our SINS, and 7 days of rejoicing in temporary huts symbolizing that our temporary "tabernacles" or earth bodies are about to be replaced with an eternal and immortal Tabernacle NOT MADE WITH MORTAL HANDS.
Whatever the case may be, those natural eclipses are NOT the signs mentioned in Revelation 6:12, and should not affect the Church which, by the Grace of our Lord, should be IN HEAVEN long before they happen.
4. Once and for all: NATURAL lunar eclipses are NOT - repeat - are NOT "blood moons".
That FAKE name was INVENTED, only recently, as a marketing ploy by a business savvy individual peddling DVD's about natural lunar eclipses.
During NATURAL lunar eclipses the moon DOES NOT look "blood red" as the Bible describes. It looks orangey, or rust in color.
So, there's NO WAY that the description in these passages can refer to a NATURAL lunar eclipse.
5. Revelation 6:12 in the original Greek says VERY CLEARLY that the WHOLE moon will appear blood-red. That's not the way it reads in the KJV version, but IT'S UNQUESTIONABLY what the original Greek (ho selene ole) says.
Some people have interpreted this "WHOLE moon" description as "therefore, the Rapture MUST happen during a FULL MOON".
It MAY, but NOT necessarily.
The WHOLE moon is in the sky AT ALL TIMES.
What we see, from earth's perspective, on any given night, is the illuminated part thereof.
Since the moon merely reflects the light from the sun, and the signs begin with the sun turning black, there WON'T BE ANY natural "moonlight".
So, whichever phase the moon happens to be in from earth's perspective, is irrelevant.
In the midst of TOTAL DARKNESS, where the sun IS NOT shining, God will SUPERNATURALLY make the WHOLE MOON APPEAR deep red.
The Scriptures say the moon "TURNS" to blood, which means not all at once, but gradually,as if Jesus' HOLIEST AND MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD were being poured ON IT, until it's fully covered.
Until the ENTIRE Church (moon, "pomegranate") is covered in His Blood, at which point it will be "crowned". Whoo, glory!
So, how will it all happen?
One fine day or night in the near future: there's a sudden tremor of heaven, earth and sea.
Where it's night it remains night, where it's day the sun suddenly "goes out" and there's NO SUNLIGHT.
The ENTIRE WORLD thus becomes engulfed in THICK DARKNESS.
Amid that PITCH BLACK backdrop, the moon gradually turns into a deep red ball, millions of stars begin to fall (gigantic meteor shower), the sky splits in the middle, and then rolls up on both sides like curtains on a giant heavenly stage on which Jesus then appears for all - friend and foe - to see.
During that time, members of the Body of Christ are transformed into glorified, immortal bodies, and God's angels GATHER His elect from the "four winds" from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24:29-31).
By the time SUNLIGHT returns (Revelation 8:12) and people can see what's going on around them, it's A WHOLE NEW WORLD:
The Church (around 2 billion people, perhaps more) is GONE.
Some world leaders... GONE.
Babies and children... GONE.
Land animals... GONE.
The world's geography and topography have been totally rearranged.
Soon after those on earth perceive this new "reality", trumpet judgments begin to fall.
All of this will happen SO QUICKLY that the earth's population won't even have time to realize WHAT HIT THEM.
These events WILL HAPPEN, EXACTLY as God's Word has told us for two or more millennia.
The question is: WHICH SIDE will you be in when the signs are over?
Will you be among the GREAT MULTITUDE that appears suddenly in heaven praising Jesus?
Or will you STILL BE ON EARTH, facing horrific judgments and the reign of Satan and his antichrist?
If you're reading this, you'll never be able to offer the excuse "gee, I didn't know", or "I was NEVER WARNED".
This IS your warning.
There's STILL .
The CHOICE is yours.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012
Christendom has more than its fair share of self-absorbed, sanctimonious religionists.
What is a religionist? An inwardly decaying professed "Christian" steeped in religion, who believes himself to be "holier" than anyone else and spends his or her life nit picking and "correcting" others.
Religionists consider THEMSELVES, NOT the Word of God, the FINAL ARBITERS of what is right or wrong.
Religionists overlook what really matters, which is the condition of a person's heart, but would rather focus on the insignificant.
They GORGE themselves with the Word for months or years, FOR FREE, and NEVER send a note of appreciation or encouragement. But, HEAVEN HELP US, if one day we mention some minor issue they THINK they can attack: they immediately send a condemning email at 4 in the morning!!!
They LOVE to "correct" me on the teaching that land animals will be raptured WHICH IS VERY SCRIPTURAL (WHY ON EARTH would anyone bother about THAT?) but dismiss significant Bible-based teachings like ABSOLUTE PROOF of the pre-trib Rapture, the identity of Antichrist, the revelation about Christ's Second Coming, or THE SIGNS that will precede the Church's Rapture.
They OVERLOOK 9 pages filled with rock-solid, NEVER BEFORE HEARD biblical teaching, but nit pick at the use of the word "pissed", WHICH GOD HIMSELF USES IN THE HOLY BIBLE.
Jesus said it well: they "strain out A GNAT but swallow A CAMEL" [Matthew 23:24].
Religionists believe that holiness is ON THE OUTSIDE.
They THINK that because they never cut or color their hair, don't wear makeup, don't wear jewelry, or because they wear ugly clothes, or just plain LOOK ugly, that makes them "holy".
They THINK that because they always speak or act in a "measured" and "proper" manner IN FRONT OF OTHERS, God doesn't see or hear WHAT THEY REALLY SAY AND DO BEHIND OUR BACKS.
Religious bigots are NOT satisfied with someone being born again and having Jesus ON THE INSIDE. They want us to conform, not to the Image of God, but to THE CORRUPT IMAGE IN THEIR MINDS.
They CAN'T STAND IT when someone BREAKS OUT OF THE MOLD that their self-righteous mind considers "acceptable."
NOTHING in this world is MORE BORING -- or LOST -- than a sanctimonious religionist.
Give me a Christian who says "I HAVE THOUSANDS OF DEFECTS, I am a poor sinner redeemed by the Grace of God, not because I deserve it."
"By grace, God accepts me, forgives me, and loves me AS I AM".
A Christian, like the publican, who says "God, have mercy on me a sinner" [Luke 18:13].
Before A MILLION sanctimonious bigots who like the Pharisee say "Thank God I'm not like the others: swindlers, unrighteous, adulterers, thieves. I fast twice a week and tithe of all I possess "[Luke 18:11, 12].
Or (paraphrasing) "thank God I'm not like those disobedient Christians who think Jesus DID IT ALL for them, and that they're eternally saved: I observe the weekly Sabbath, follow the law and the 10 Commandments (THEY'RE LYING) and, besides, I belong to _______, which is "the only true denomination".
Jesus said the publican went home justified, but that the smug, self-righteous Pharisee was not, and would be judged [Luke 18:14].
Religionists need to REPENT, acknowledge that THEY ARE AS SINFUL as the rest of us, and trust not their works, demeanor or OUTWARD APPEARANCE, but THE GRACE OF GOD, AND THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS [Revelation 7:14].
NO ONE deserves salvation [Ephesians 2:8].
The ONLY thing that saves us is WHAT Christ HAS ALREADY DONE,NOT what we do.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012
DOES GRACE PROMOTE SIN?
Belief in the Grace of God -- which according to the Bible - is THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED (Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 11:6), DOES NOT, in any way, encourage disobedience or "breaking the commandments".
We acknowledge, however, that THERE'S NO RIGHTEOUSNESS ANYWHERE OTHER THAN GOD'S.
Jews were given the law, which includes the 10 Commandments, plus 603 OTHER commandments. Did they keep it? No. Did they keep the 10? No.
David said in Psalm 53:1 about his fellow Israelites: "there is NONE that does good".
Isaiah 64:6 says that ALL our purported "righteousness" (commandment keeping) is "as filthy rags" in God's eyes.
Jesus said to His fellow Jews in John 7:19 "Did not Moses give you the law? And yet NONE OF YOU KEEPS THE LAW."
And to the LYING rich young man who came to Him professing to have "kept all 10 Commandments SINCE CHILDHOOD" Jesus said "NO ONE IS GOOD, but God".
Can't say it any clearer.
Commandment keeping HAS NEVER SAVED ONE soul, and NEVER WILL.
Nor does the Gospel of Grace (and, for the record, there's NO OTHER Gospel, Galatians 1:8) teach that the law "has passed away". What it says is that the Law HAS BEEN FULFILLED (satisfied) on our behalf by THE LAW GIVER HIMSELF (Matthew 5:17).
There is NO HIGHER "LAW" THAN GOD HIMSELF. He IS the Law. And He satisfied His own law, completely and FOR ALL ETERNITY on our behalf.
THERE IS NO BETTER NEWS IN ALL THE WORLD THAN THAT!
We can try to "keep commandments" and "follow commandments" till our faces turn blue, the fact remains that we CANNOT DO IT BETTER THAN JESUS ALREADY DID.
Sure, we can find verses in the OLD Testament THAT SAY commandments must be followed. They were ALL given BEFORE Jesus went to the cross and rose from the dead.
YOU CAN'T FIND A SINGLE PLACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, AFTER THE RESURRECTION, THAT SAYS SUCH THING.
When something is deemed "OLD", by very definition, it means that it's been replaced BY SOMETHING NEW.
NO ONE kept the law BEFORE Jesus came. NO ONE HAS kept the law or the 10 Commandments AFTER Jesus came, rose and ascended.
Those who profess TODAY to "keep the law" or "observe the 10 Commandments" or "observe the weekly, 24-hour Sabbath" today, ARE LIARS.
THEY SIN JUST AS MUCH -- ACTUALLY, MORE -- than those who live in the freedom of God's Grace and God's Spirit.
The Apostle Paul found that the more he "tried" to keep the law, and follow commandments, the more that SIN WOULD ASSERT ITSELF and ENSLAVE HIM (Romans 7: 8-9).
Commandments are FOR SLAVES.
Sons live in the FREEDOM of the Spirit, TRUSTING Jesus' Perfect Righteousness, AND THAT THERE IS NO RIGHTEOUSNESS BUT HIS.
We TRUST that Jesus' own Righteousness is credited to us for FREE, BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH. (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We don't TRY to sin, or do we sin INTENTIONALLY AND PREMEDITATEDLY. But we know that, should we fall into sin because of human weakness, OUR SAVIOR "HAS OUR BACKS".
He KILLED SIN in His own Body (Romans 8:2-3). He DID AWAY with sin... FOREVER (Hebrews 9:26-27; Hebrews 10:4).
We REST in Jesus, TRUSTING that Great Truth.
Either Jesus' FINISHED Work of Redemption IS SUFFICIENT to FOREVER put us in right standing with God or IT ISN'T. You can't have it both ways.
Bottom line: If we REJECT, ADD OR SUBTRACT FROM the PERFECT, COMPLETE work of Redemption THAT JESUS DID ON OUR BEHALF, WE'RE NOT SAVED.
If we RECEIVE Him into our hearts, and COMPLETELY TRUST Him, WE ARE SAVED.
We simply CAN'T "improve" what Jesus did.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012
THE GREAT SALVATION
Sukkot (a/k/a "Tabernacles") is a 7-day Feast.
It begins on Tishri 15. It is the 7th and last of the Feasts of the Lord given in Leviticus 23:34-36.
The 7th and last day of Sukkot is its climax. It is known as Hoshanah Rabbah, THE GREAT SALVATION.
This SPECIAL day is mentioned in the Gospel of John John 7:2, 37-39:
"In the LAST DAY, that GREAT DAY of the feast (Hoshanah Rabbah, or Great Salvation),Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, If any man thirst, LET HIM COME UNTO ME, AND DRINK.
He THAT BELIEVES ON ME, as the scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers OF LIVING WATER.
(But this spoke he of the Spirit, whom they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified").
So, what does this have to do with anything?
In Revelation 7:9, the innumerable multitude (raptured Church) SHOWS UP SUDDENLY IN HEAVEN, OUT OF THE BLUE, in glorified bodies, ON Hoshanah Rabbah, WHICH IS THE SEVENTH DAY OF THE SEVENTH FEAST.
How do we know?
1. They wear "WHITE ROBES" or Kittels, which are customarily worn from Yom Kippur through Hoshanah Rabbah.
2. They have PALM BRANCHES in their hands, which are customarily held in one's right hand and waved on Sukkot.
3. They shout : "SALVATION belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb" (Revelation 7:10).
Isn't THAT what Hoshanah Rabbah means, "Great SALVATION"?
What could possibly be GREATER than seeing THE GREATEST ONE'S Face, the glorious Countenance of Salvation Himself?
And AREN'T THEY A GREAT multitude, of SAVED people, SO GREAT that no one could number?
The name "Great Salvation" couldn't possibly be more appropriate.
Glory to the King of kings and Lord of lords!
4. Revelation 7:16, still talking about the GREAT multitude, CONFIRMS it: "For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them TO SPRINGS OF LIVING WATER".
Wasn't THAT EXACTLY JESUS' INVITATION and PROMISE in the Gospel of John, on Hoshanah Rabbah, quoted above?
That those who believe in Him will HAVE THIS LIVING WATER emanating from their INNERMOST BEING?
5. Jesus repeatedly referred to Himself as our Bridegroom (Mathew 9:15; 25:1-12; Ephesians 5:31-32).
The Jewish wedding was a 7-day feast (Genesis 29:27; Judges 14:10-12).
The Bridegroom would take the bride into the wedding chamber (chuppah).
The Bridegroom's friend would stand by the door and, when the marriage was CONSUMMATED, the Bridegroom would tell His friend and the friend would tell all the guests.
The Gospel of John even tells us who "the friend" of the Bridegroom is: John the Baptist-Elijah, who is also one of the Two Witnesses (John 3:29).
The NEWLYWEDS would stay within the chuppah for a 7-day "honeymoon" (Genesis 29:27; Judges 14:10-12).
At the end of which (on the 7th day), the Bridegroom would emerge from the chuppah with His Bride, whose veil had been removed, and introduce her with "open face" to the community (2 Corinthians 3:18).
By then, the Marriage had not only been consummated, and the Marriage Feast ended, but the glorified Bride would come out of the (chuppah - honeymoon chamber) with the Bridegroom, EXACTLY as Joel 2:15, 16 says:
"Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly (THAT'S YOM KIPPUR, CLEARLY) -- but look at the next verse:
"GATHER the people, sanctify the congregation (kahal/Church), assemble the elders, GATHER the children, and those that suck the breasts (THAT'S SUKKOT, 5 days later): let THE BRIDEGROOM go forth of his chamber, and THE BRIDE OUT OF HER CHUPPAH" (THAT'S HOSHANAH RABBA).
The word used here for "gather" in Hebrew is asaph. It's the VERY SAME WORD used in Exodus 23:16 and 34:22 to refer to Sukkot as "the Feast of INGATHERING", ha asiph.
Or, even more accurate, THE GATHERING!!!
If you want to watch a small-scale version of what John saw in Revelation 7:9-16, of what our heavenly Hoshanah Rabba will be like, watch this 4-minute video:
No wonder it's also called Zeman Simkhateinu, "the season OF OUR REJOICING".
This is a time when all of us in the Body of Christ - all who have received Christ into our hearts, and experienced a New Birth from above, by His Spirit - should set aside our petty and non-essential to Salvation differences, AND FOCUS ON HIM WHO IS OUR LIGHT AND OUR SALVATION (Psalm 27:1):
The One who PROMISED to HIDE US in His Tabernacle in the day of trouble...
I DON'T KNOW the EXACT day when the Rapture will happen, but it's wonderful to know that - Lord willing and by the marvelous Grace of God -- at some point in the near future we will all join together in praising OUR GREAT SAVIOR FOR HIS GREAT SALVATION.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012
RAPTURE ON SUKKOT
Let's examine the BIBLICAL evidence:
1. EVERYTHING in God's plan of Redemption BEGINS in the FIRST month (Aviv) and ENDS in the SEVENTH month (Tishri).
Sukkot takes place in the 7th month, it is the 7th and last feast on God's calendar, as well as a 7-day feast, and we show up in heaven on its 7th day (more on this later, the Lord willing).
Redemption began on Passover, which is THE FIRST FEAST in God's calendar, when our Lord Jesus Christ DIED for our sins, and is FULLY MANIFESTED ON Sukkot, which is THE LAST FEAST.
That is IN PERFECT AGREEMENT WITH the "7 principle" laid out in both the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation, which are ALL about SEVENS:
70 sevens ("weeks") (Daniel 9:24).
7 sevens (Daniel 9:25)
62 sevens (Daniel 9:26)
½ seven (Daniel 9:27)
7 letters (Revelation 1:4; 2:1; 3:22)
7 churches (Revelation 1:4, 11)
7 spirits (Revelation 1:4; 3:1; 4:5),
7 candlesticks (Revelation 1:13, 20)
7 stars (Revelation 1:16, 20)
7 church angels (Revelation 1:20)
7 seals (Revelation 5:1,5)
7 horns (Revelation 5:6)
7 eyes (Revelation 5:6)
7 angels with trumpets (Revelation 8:2, 6)
7 trumpets (Revelation 8:2, 6)
7 thunders (Revelation 10:3)
7 heads (Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:3)
7 crowns (Revelation 12:3)
7 angels with plagues (Revelation 15:1)
7 last plagues (Revelation 15:1)
7 vials (Revelation 15:7)
7 hills (Revelation 17:9), and
7 kings (Revelation 17:10)
2. Shalosh Regalim: Jews were commanded to make pilgrimage (ASCEND TO) earthly Jerusalem three times a year: on Passover, Pentecost and Sukkot.
They symbolize THE THREE STAGES OF our spiritual Ascension to HEAVENLY Jerusalem: Redeemed on Passover, received the Holy Spirit (born again) on Shavuot, and raptured on Sukkot.
3. "Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: HIDE YOURSELF as it were for a little moment, UNTIL THE WRATH is over. For, behold, the LORD comes out of his place TO PUNISH THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH FOR THEIR INIQUITY: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain" (Isaiah 26:20, 21).
Psalm 27:5 tells us WHERE He hides us:
"For IN THE TIME OF TROUBLE HE SHALL HIDE ME IN HIS TABERNACLE (besukkoh):IN THE SECRET PLACE of his tabernacle SHALL HE HIDE ME; he shall set me up UPON A ROCK".
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will TAKE ME UP (ya asfeni, "then shall the Lord GATHER and REMOVE me" (Psalm 27:10).
Psalm 27 is read on the last day of Sukkot.
4. Jesus said "I go to prepare a place for you". The ONLY FEAST whose theme is a PREPARED PLACE is Sukkot.
5. The great multitude (raptured Church) is wearing WHITE ROBES (Kittels) which are worn from Yom Kippur to the end of Sukkot. They have PALMS (lulavim) in their hands, clearly reflecting Sukkot (Revelation 7:9).
6. Revelation 7:15 -- still referring to the GREAT MULTITUDE: "He that sits on the Throne SHALL spread HIS TABERNACLE (skenoo in Greek) over them".
7. THE GREAT TRUMPET
It's called the Shofar Ha Gadol, THE GREAT TRUMPET (Isaiah 27:13; See Matthew 24:31, Revelation 1:10), because the shofar is sounded by the Archangel, FOR A LONG, UNINTERRUPTED BLAST, SYMBOLIZING RIGHTEOUSNESS (that Jesus' own Righteousness if FULLY MANIFESTED in us on that day):
"And then shall appear THE SIGN of the Son of man in heaven...and they SHALL SEE the Son of man COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN with power and great glory.
And He shall send his angels WITH A SOUND OF A GREAT TRUMPET, and they SHALL GATHER together his elect FROM THE FOUR WINDS, from one end of heaven to the other" (Matthew 24:29-31).
Sukkot is the season of GATHERING.
On Sukkot they wave the lulavim (palms) in the four directions of the compass symbolizing our being gathered FROM THE "FOUR WINDS", from every nation, people and tongue.
They also move them UP AND DOWN, symbolizing Jesus descending in the clouds, and our being caught up to meet Him IN THE AIR, (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
8. BLOW THE TRUMPET IN ZION
"Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify A FAST, call A SOLEMN assembly (clearly, Yom Kippur):
GATHER the people, sanctify (SET APART) the congregation (kahal, Church), assemble the elders, GATHER the children, and those that suck the breasts (Sukkot):
LET THE Bridegroom GO FORTH FROM HIS CHAMBER, AND THE Bride OUT OF HER CLOSET" (LAST day of Sukkot, known as Hoshanah Rabbah) (Joel 2:15, 16).
The word used here for "gather" in Hebrew is asaph. It's the VERY SAME WORD used in Exodus 23:16; 34:22 to refer to Sukkot as "the Feast of INGATHERING", ha asiph.
Joel BEGINS with an unmistakable reference to Yom Kippur, followed by a reference to Sukkot (the Feast of ha asif, THE GATHERING), followed by a reference to the final 7th day of Sukkot, when the Bridegroom and Bride emerge from the wedding chamber.
The Bridegroom and Bride are unequivocal references to Christ and His Church (Matthew 25:1-12).
The Feast of Sukkot lasts 7 days which is PRECISELY the number of days that biblical weddings were celebrated (Genesis 29:27; Judges 14:10-12). Could this be mere "coincidence"?
9. Sukkot is THE DAY when the Ark was brought into Solomon's Temple and when God's Glory (Shekinah) MANIFESTED IN its Holy of Holies (2 Chronicles 5:14 7:8-18).
Presently, there's NO TEMPLE in Jerusalem. Born-again believers ARE God's Temple (1 Corinthians 3:17; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16).
If God's Glory manifested in a temple made of stones on Sukkot, SHOULD IT NOT MANIFEST in His Temple made of LIVING STONES ON THAT DAY making us glorious and immortal? (1 Peter 2:5).
God's Word PROMISES that the Glory of the latter House (or temple, His Church) SHALL BE GREATER THAN THE FORMER (Haggai 2:9).
Hence, this MUST BE THE DAY when the Body of Christ is GLORIFIED (Hebrews 3:6).
10. Jesus said "THE HARVEST is the end of the age" (Matthew 13:39).
The ONLY "harvest" in the Hebrew agricultural cycle which takes place in the SEVENTH MONTH, is during Sukkot which is known as the season of "INGATHERING" or HARVESTING, or ha asif THE GATHERING (Exodus 23:16; 34:22).
Isn't THAT what Matthew 24:31 says? That He will send His angels to GATHER His elect from the four winds?
Isn't THAT what Paul calls the Rapture in 2 Thessalonians 2:1 our "GATHERING TOGETHER unto Him"?
So, we ARE GATHERED on or around Sukkot.
Instead of being limited to barley and wheat, as the spring harvest (Passover to Pentecost, which was fulfilled when Jesus rose, and many saints rose and went to heaven with him, Matthew 27:52,53) this feast 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 COMPLETE Church, ALL THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPIRITUAL JEWS around the world.
"And AFTER SIX DAYS Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his clothing was white as the light.
And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him.
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if you will, let us make here THREE TABERNACLES; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah" (Matthew 17:1-4).
Why would Peter mention "tabernacles" or SUKKOT, UNLESS Jesus' transformation (which is a picture of the Rapture) happened during this Feast?
And why POINT OUT in all three Synoptic Gospels that this happened "AFTER SIX DAYS"?
What comes during the Feast of Tabernacles AFTER 6 DAYS? (ON THE 7TH DAY)???
Hoshanah Rabbah! (meaning THE GREAT SALVATION).
Evidently, THAT'S WHEN our GREAT SALVATION is manifest.
12. Sukkot is the ONLY Feast whose observance and celebration will be MANDATORY during the Millennium for BOTH natural Jews and natural Gentiles (Zechariah 14:16-19).
THAT GREAT, SAVED MULTITUDE that NO ONE CAN COUNT is from "all nations, and tribes, and people, and tongues".
Jesus was born during Sukkot (John 1:14).
He BECAME LIKE US to "tabernacle" among us: WE BECOME LIKE HIM in order to tabernacle with Him (1 John 3:2).
Eye has not seen, the natural ear cannot hear, neither has it entered into the unregenerate heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him..... but unto us who have received His Spirit, does He not reveal all things, yea even the deepest and most sacred mystery which is Christ in us, the Eternal Substance and Evidence of our Resurrection, Ascension, and Glorification into Him Who is the very personification of Love, manifest in His multiplicity as the All in All.......
The FINAL stage (at least from earth's perspective) of our Redemption - OUR GREAT SALVATION - takes place on Sukkot.
The ONLY QUESTION REMAINING is, "IN WHICH YEAR"?
For many reasons, including the 70 weeks prophecy in Daniel 9:24-25, and the fact God told Daniel such things would remain SEALED and ONLY BE DISCLOSED AT "the time of the end" (Daniel 9:4, 7), THIS SHOULD BE THE year.
Could I be wrong? Of course...
But I have a hard time believing that God - our precious Most High Heavenly Father and Redeemer -- would UNSEAL such things AT THIS TIME by His Spirit, and then just leave us twiddling our thumbs until NEXT year, or the next, or the next.
The Spirit and the Bride say "COME"!
Come Lord, Jesus.
His Grace be with us all.
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