November 2012 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012
YOU CAN KNOW TODAY
Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, TODAY you will be with me IN PARADISE" (Luke 23:43).
Do you KNOW WHERE you're going?
If (God forbid) your earthly life ENDED TODAY, DO YOU KNOW, with absolute certainty, WHERE and WITH WHOM you would spend eternity?
You CAN if you place your trust in Jesus.
You CAN if you invite Him into your heart and RECEIVE Him as God and Savior.
Jesus GUARANTEES Salvation to those who receive Him.
When He hung on the cross between two criminals, He paid for ALL THEIR SINS.
And He paid for YOUR SINS.
Jesus INSTANTLY and FOREVER forgave and SAVED the ONE THIEF who turned to Him with all His heart.
That thief was breathing his last breaths on this earth.
He couldn't come down from the cross and do ANYTHING "worthy" of redemption.
He couldn't do good works, attend church, get baptized in water, observe the Sabbath, observe the law, or observe the 10 Commandments.
He couldn't join ANY denomination.
ALL he COULD do is call out to Jesus from the depths of his heart "Lord, REMEMBER ME"...
And Jesus did.
You don't have to PRETEND with Jesus. You don't have to IMPRESS Him with how "good" you are, ‘cause He knows better.
He KNOWS you've messed up BIG TIME. He knows how many times you've screwed up.
The Good News is He loves you ANYWAY.
He paid FOR EVERY ONE OF YOUR SINS. Yes, even THAT ONE.
And He HASN'T given up on you.
The world may have given up on you.
Your family may have given up on you.
Your "friends" may have given up on you.
Society may have given up on you.
But my Jesus HASN'T.
Jesus didn't even tell the believing thief: "You'll be with me in 10 years, or in 90 days, AFTER you've done penance in purgatory".
He said "TODAY you will be with me IN PARADISE".
His sacred Blood WIPES OUT SIN INSTANTLY.
Don't let your "past" keep you from a WONDERFUL DESTINY in Christ.
Don't drag your past around like a ball and chain when Jesus can ERASE IT INSTANTLY.
When He can SET YOU FREE RIGHT NOW!
Come to Jesus NOW.
You can't receive Christ yesterday, or tomorrow. You can't receive Him a week from now, or a month from now.
Jesus is found IN THE HERE AND NOW.
TODAY is THE DAY of Salvation.
You can be absolutely, 100% sure of Salvation -- not tomorrow or next week -- but TODAY.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
LIVING OUR FAITH
How are Christians supposed to live on a day-to-day basis?
How do we LIVE our faith in Christ? How do we DEMONSTRATE what being Christian means?
This is one area - although certainly NOT the only one - where religion has MESSED UP BADLY.
Being Christian DOES NOT MEAN that we float around in a spiritual bubble with a sparkling halo suspended above our heads and a permanent, vacant, FAKE, stupid grin on our faces.
It DOESN'T mean that, as human beings, we're "perfect", and that we ALWAYS act, think and speak in "perfect" and "holy" ways.
At least not in the way religion has understood and defined those terms.
It does mean that Perfection Himself LIVES IN us, and He manifests His Perfection (Love) IN US when we allow Him.
It means we REST CONFIDENTLY KNOWING THAT we HAVE A SAVIOR who TOOK AWAY OUR SINS (past, present and future) FOREVER. Glory to His Name!
The world KNOWS you're NOT perfect.
The world KNOWS you sin.
The world appreciates GENUINENESS.
I can't emphasize this enough: BE YOURSELF.
We seek the will of God. We SPEND TIME WITH Christ. We meditate His Word.
When we do that, we DON'T EVEN HAVE TO TRY to "be" Christian, or "act" Christian: Jesus' Divine Character will manifest in us AUTOMATICALLY, UNIQUELY, and EFFORTLESSLY.
We treat others as we would have them treat us.
We are kind and helpful to those in need. We look TO SERVE, not be served.
We allow the Character of Christ to be FORMED in us and MANIFEST in us.
If we mess up or hurt someone, whether intentionally or inadvertently, OR DO OR SAY SOMETHING UGLY - and sooner or later you will, I don't care how "holy" you claim to be - we humble ourselves and ask forgiveness of the person(s) we hurt.
We do not win people to Christ ONLY with words, but by EXAMPLE.
At some point, people will either ask you about your faith or, as the opportunity presents itself, you can bring it up.
Be prepared. Speak clearly, DIRECTLY, and boldly about Jesus, but DON'T BE PUSHY.
We speak the Truth with BOLDNESS, but Jesus CANNOT - and WILL NOT - be IMPOSED on others.
They must receive Him WILLINGLY, WITHOUT COERCION.
Let FALSE religions practice FORCED "conversions".
REAL Christians DON'T DO SUCH THING, under ANY circumstance.
We do our Lord GREAT DISSERVICE by trying to shove Him down someone else's throat.
He's MAGNIFICENT BEYOND WORDS, and it's an individuals' GREAT PRIVILEGE -- not their OBLIGATION -- to receive Him and KNOW HIM.
Religious people are a bunch of self-righteous stiffs.
They are that way because ALL THEY GOT is DEAD religion.
Born-again believers have and ENJOY an ON-GOING RELATIONSHIP with Jesus.
Jesus is ALIVE, and so are you.
He's ETERNAL, and so are you.
ACT like it.
Christians should be the most lively, interesting, engaging people on earth.
Be happy. Gladness is CONTAGIOUS.
Don't lose your sense of humor. Don't be afraid to SMILE.
And please don't turn into one of the weirdos you see on Kristian TV, WITH THEIR AFFECTED MANNERISMS, Bozo the clown make-up, outlandish hair, or the other religious extreme, which is frumpy clothes, no make-up, ugly, unkempt gray hair, orthopedic stockings, and nerdy looking eyeglasses.
Men, you're NOT John the Baptist, so don't try looking like him. Women, you're NOT (thank God!) Katherine Kuhlman or Tammy Faye Bakker.
A LITTLE cologne for men, and perfume for ladies, plus A LITTLE blush, lip gloss, mascara, and nail polish make a good impression on others and makes YOU look and feel better.
Dressing to SEXUALLY PROVOKE is wrong. But there's NOTHING WRONG with being ATTRACTIVE, and there's A DIFFERENCE.
LOOKING UGLY, defeated, and depressed has never won a soul to Jesus and NEVER WILL.
Last, but not least, whatever legitimate job you find yourself doing, you should do it AS WELL AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN.
I don't care if your employer is a believer or unbeliever. I don't care if he uses bad language, or uses the Name of Jesus in vain, drinks, or has bad temper.
If he does, that's all the more reason FOR YOU TO SHINE and SHOW HIM (OR HER) the Jesus that lives in you.
There's no reason and NO EXCUSE for half-hearted or shoddy performance.
And if you're smart, you'll be SO GOOD at your job that you become INDISPENSABLE to your employer.
This is ALWAYS good advice, but even more so in a struggling economy.
Like it or not, we REPRESENT JESUS:
If we want OTHERS TO BELIEVE that Jesus is REAL, then WE have to BE REAL.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012
START A MINISTRY
"I would love to preach the Word of God... BUT", "I would love to start a ministry... BUT", I'd love to bring souls to Salvation... BUT": these are statements we often hear.
Actually, when someone is REALLY CALLED by God, there's little, if any, premeditation: we do what we do BECAUSE WE CANNOT HELP OURSELVES.
We are COMPELLED to do it.
We JUST DO IT...To the point it FILLS OUR WHOLE LIVES.
Do you think that Peter and Andrew, or John and James DREAMED ABOUT being preachers? Do you think they had wanted all of their lives to RISK THEIR NECKS for Someone they didn't even KNOW?
Nothing, I assure you, was farther from their minds: They were minding their own business, oblivious to spiritual things, when Jesus showed up and simply said "FOLLOW ME".
Matthew, likewise, had a lucrative job as a tax collector. He probably thought he'd be doing it for the rest of his life, until Jesus appeared, and he INSTANTLY abandoned tax collecting in favor of soul collecting.
Peter, John, James and Andrew were no longer fishers OF FISH, but OF MEN.
The rest is HISTORY, or His Story.
NOT EVERYONE is called into FULL TIME ministry, as these men were.
However, EVERY BELIEVER CAN and SHOULD minister.
EVERY BELIEVER can and should help others and win souls.
This may be hard to believe based on the example set by certain "ministers" today, but TO "MINISTER" MEANS "TO SERVE".
Both words used for "minister" in the New Testament mean "servant":
The Greek word leitourgos: means A PUBLIC SERVANT, one who discharges a public office AT HIS OWN EXPENSE.
The word diakonos (from which we get the English word "deacon") also means "SERVANT": It actually means "to kick up dust", as one would do RUNNING AN ERRAND for another.
The New Testament also uses the word doulos to refer to ministers of Christ which ACTUALLY MEANS "SLAVE".
Here's a paradox for you: SLAVES OF CHRIST are THE FREEST PEOPLE ON EARTH.
Problem with 99% of modern "ministers" IS THEY'RE NOT SLAVES of Christ. Hence, they BECOME ENSLAVED by "THINGS". They become SLAVES OF THIS WORLD. Selah.
EVERY believer in Christ is called TO SERVE in some capacity, if not ALL of the time, then SOME of the time.
I know most people think in terms of preaching to a large crowd, as we used to see in the Billy Graham and other "Crusades", but most of the soul winning in the early Church was done BY INDIVIDUALS, who simply DEMONSTRATED and shared their faith with a friend, neighbor, family member, employer, or someone they met.
Matter of fact, until the Edict of Toleration was issued by Constantine in 313 A.D., it was AGAINST THE LAW to practice or speak publicly about the Christian faith. It could VERY EASILY cost someone their life, and often DID.
Peter, Paul and the other apostles got away with it early on because the belief in Jesus was not yet widely known, and was viewed as a branch of Judaism.
As faith in Jesus spread throughout the Empire, they had to resort to meeting in believers' homes in order to preach and teach.
In fact, Peter, Paul, and most of their fellow apostles, with the notable exception of John, were martyred for their preaching.
And just because Domitian WASN'T ABLE TO fry John to a crisp in hot oil - as the wicked bastard attempted to do - don't think for a moment that John had it "easy". Life in Patmos, which was a penal colony, was NO PICNIC.
The Early Church gained converts ONE AT A TIME.
And they turned the then-known world UPSIDE DOWN with the Gospel. Glory to His Name!
They DID NOT HAVE Twitter, Facebook, cell phones, Ipods, Ipads, Internet, TV, videos, DVD's, CD's, MP3's, or any of the modern conveniences we enjoy.
They DIDN'T EVEN HAVE CARS. Their method of transportation was usually on foot or, if they were lucky, on horse, donkey or camel. Long distance travel was done on rickety "ships" propelled BY OARS.
It's downright EMBARRASSING TO COMPARE what those men and women DID FOR CHRIST with SO LITTLE, with HOW LITTLE we do today WITH SO MUCH.
Most people will never stand in an auditorium behind a podium and address a large crowd.
We win souls today THE SAME WAY believers did in the first century: ONE AT A TIME.
By DEMONSTRATING (LIVING) our faith on a day-to-day basis and sharing Christ with friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, someone we met at a meeting, party, or some other social gathering.
Each soul is PRECIOUS to our Lord, since IT'S THAT VERY SOUL that He died on the cross, and poured out His sacred Blood for.
There is NO EXCUSE, therefore, for not devoting AT LEAST A SMALL PORTION of our time and energy TO SERVING our Lord and others.
So... you SAY you want to preach or you want to SERVE (minister) or you WANT to win souls... THEN TAKE ALL THE "BUTS" OUT of your declaration, and JUST DO IT!!!
EVEN IF each of us brought ONLY ONE SOUL to Jesus during our ENTIRE LIVES, our earthly existence would be not only justified, but WELL WORTH its trials and challenges.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012
One of the saddest things I see in ministry is people, both saved and unsaved, WHO LACK PURPOSE AND DIRECTION in life.
They wander around aimlessly, frittering away their time and talents, instead of putting them to useful and rewarding service.
Consequently, their lives are dull, empty, and devoid of fun and fulfillment.
No wonder so many unbelievers THINK that being Christian is boring. That's yet ANOTHER LIE that religion has sold us.
There's NOTHING more exciting than KNOWING Jesus, having an on-going connection with Him, talking to Him, listening to Him, experiencing His Presence and, carrying out His will.
I wouldn't change this marvelous privilege for anything in this world.
Every person is born FOR A PURPOSE.
Every child of God has a God-given purpose.
That purpose is to be of SERVICE to Christ and OTHERS.
How, then, can we find our purpose? How can we know God's perfect will for our lives?
We set ourselves apart and commune with the Holy Spirit.
We ASK Him. We tune in to His Spirit, and wait for His answer.
God has uniquely equipped each of us to fulfill His Purpose.
Find your purpose and you'll NEVER be bored or lonely.
Matthew 6:21 says "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also".
The opposite is also true: where your heart is, there is your purpose (treasure) also.
Our purpose is THE MANIFESTATION OF Christ IN US.
What is the ONE THING in the Kingdom of God that you love to do?
The ONE THING you do BETTER than ANYONE else?
The ONE THING you would do even WITHOUT GETTING PAID?
The ONE THING you CAN'T HELP but do?
The thing that EXCITES YOU AND MOTIVATES YOU ABOVE all else?
THAT is your purpose.
When you ask the Holy Spirit, He will confirm it and bear witness to it.
Once we find our purpose, it may need a little refining.
The born-again experience rarely results in perfectly polished and faceted diamonds.
Most of us emerge from the spiritual womb as diamonds in the rough.
Most of us will need a little faceting (cutting) and a little polish IN ORDER TO SHINE.
The same Holy Spirit, who brought about the New Birth in us, will take care of cutting, polishing, and REFINING us into priceless jewels if we yield to Him.
The end of the age is upon us.
Please don't spend your final days on this earth in confusion, out of focus and staring vacantly.
Ask Jesus to reveal His Purpose.
Allow Him to use you for His glory.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012
JESUS OR RELIGION
Peter said to him, "We HAVE LEFT EVERYTHING to follow you!" (Mark 10:28)
"NO ONE can serve TWO MASTERS. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other"... (Matthew 6:24).
Jesus said NO ONE can serve TWO masters.
NO ONE means NO - ONE: NOBODY!!!
Yet every single day of my life I hear from people who SAY that Jesus is their "master", but HAVE ANOTHER MASTER.
That "OTHER master" is usually their man or woman INVENTED RELIGION.
They CLAIM to be "followers of Jesus" but, when push comes to shove, THEIR TRUE MASTER is always revealed.
And, tragically, it's NEVER Jesus.
It's always their MORTAL FABRICATED RELIGION that comes out on top.
When we (figuratively speaking) push these people AGAINST THE WALL and they have to choose either Jesus or their denomination, the latter ALWAYS PREVAILS.
They CANNOT LEAVE their FICTITIOUS sect FOR NOTHING AND NO ONE!!!
Not even for THE ONE they FALSELY CALL "their Lord" (Matthew 7:22).
If Jesus WERE TRULY NUMBER ONE in their lives, they would REALIZE that they need NOTHING ELSE and NO ONE ELSE.
They would realize that Jesus IS SUFFICIENT.
They would realize that THEY CANNOT "ADD" to His ETERNAL, ABSOLUTE SUFFICIENCY.
They would realize that they NEED NOT ADD rituals, works, commandment keeping, law keeping, circumcision, Sabbath keeping, water baptism, religion, OR ANYTHING ELSE.
They would not ADD to WHAT JESUS ALREADY SAID in His Holy written Word (Proverbs 30:6).
And they wouldn't even HESITATE to ABANDON their MANUFACTURED religion FOR JESUS, JESUS, and ONLY JESUS.
You SAY that Jesus is "your master": PROVE IT.
LEAVE ALL ELSE BEHIND and FOLLOW HIM.
That's what ALL His disciples were required to do 2,000 years ago (Matthew 4:22; 9:9; Mark 1:18).
That's what ALL His disciples are required to do TODAY.
Jesus TOLD US that IT'S IMPOSSIBLE to serve TWO masters:
We will ALWAYS love THE ONE MORE THAN the other.
Those who serve two masters, REALLY HAVE ONLY ONE.
They're just TOO HYPOCRITE to admit it.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012
THE ELUSIVE TEMPLE
The closer we get to the eschatological timeline given in Scripture, the more people ask "where's the temple"?
If we're THAT CLOSE to the end of the age, then WHY haven't we seen its reconstruction?
God's Word leaves no doubt that there will be a third temple in Jerusalem (Daniel 8:13-14; 11:31; Matthew 24:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 11:1-2).
It's also clear that the third temple's presence on Mount Moriah will be short lived.
It will be replaced with a MUCH LARGER temple during the Millennium which will be roughly one square mile in size and encompass nearly all of the Old City and the area immediately to the north-northwest thereof. Its description and specifications are given in chapters 40-47 of the Book of Ezekiel.
The third temple, therefore, will exist only temporarily (less than 4 years) and, while daily offerings will be made there for a short time, and prayer made around its altar, its main purpose seems to be the fulfillment of those scriptures that predict the suspension of the daily offerings and the installation of the idol referred to as the Abomination of Desolation.
Its existence seems to be tied almost entirely to being desecrated by the Antichrist.
Daniel 9:27 conveys that, because of the extreme abominations (plural) that went on in the second temple, it would be made desolate and remain desolate UNTIL the time of the end.
Sure enough, it was destroyed and made desolate in 70 A.D. and its location has remained that way for 1,942 years.
The Bible tells us there will be a third temple. The Bible, to the best of my current knowledge, DOESN'T TELL US HOW it gets there.
Zechariah 6:12-13 - which I've shared before - tells us the man named the Branch will build the temple of the Lord:
"And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up in his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both".
Here's where it gets interesting:
Jesus is called the Branch in Isaiah 4:2; 11:1 and Jeremiah 33:15.
However, the Antichrist is also called "abominable branch" in Isaiah 14:19.
So which "branch" is Zechariah 6:12-13 referring to?
Even if we assume it's referring to Jesus, which temple(s) does the prophecy refer to? Does it refer to God's spiritual temple (the Church), to the Millennial (4th) Temple, or both? Does it also refer to the third temple, the one Antichrist will desecrate? Or, perhaps, it refers to ALL THREE?
It's HARD TO BELIEVE that Jesus would build the third temple simply to have His archenemy profane it.
Most people ASSUME the third temple will be built by Jews. However, I haven't found A SINGLE SCRIPTURE that says such thing.
That may well be the case and we CANNOT, at this point, rule out that possibility.
How long would it take to rebuild? Keeping in mind that the ancient temples DID NOT have electricity or conventional plumbing, that building regulations in Israel are in general far fewer and less complicated than those in the U.S., and with the advantages afforded by modern equipment, it might take 5-9 months.
Except for the Ark of the Covenant, the Temple Institute in Jerusalem has already made all the temple furnishings, utensils and even priestly garments.
They've also drawn architectural blueprints.
Don't underestimate how quickly Jews can accomplish something when they put their minds to it.
Daily sacrifices could begin EVEN BEFORE the temple's completion, on the altar of sacrifice WHICH ALREADY EXISTS : http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132664
The Two Witnesses could be instrumental since they always appear in Scripture in connection, or close proximity to, the rebuilt temple (Zechariah 4:1-14; Revelation 11:1-7).
They'll possess a wide variety of supernatural powers, and could certainly speed things up.
We cannot discount that God may sovereignly cause some sort of temple to appear instantaneously. After all, MUCH STRANGER SUPERNATURAL things will happen during the tribulation.
However, I was recently re-reading the 4th century manuscript of Ephrem the Syrian and what it says in regards to the temple hit my spirit like a ton of bricks.
While extrabiblical literature, such as this, must always be taken with a grain of salt, since it's NOT INFALLIBLE like the Bible, he offers the most interesting theory, which I quote below:
"But when the time of the abomination of his desolation begins to approach, having been made legal, he (meaning the Antichrist) takes the empire, and, just as it is said in the Psalm... the Moabites and the Ammanites (modern Jordan) shall meet him first as their king (this could explain Daniel 11:41). Therefore, when he (Antichrist) receives the kingdom, he orders the temple of God to be rebuilt for himself, which is in Jerusalem; who, after coming into it, he shall sit as God and order that he be adored by all nations, since he is carnal and filthy and mixed with worthless spirit and flesh".
Daniel 11:31 seems to support this teaching.
I must say I hadn't considered that possibility before, but it's an intriguing one.
If unsubstantiated rumors are true that this creep made a replica of the Ark of the Covenant which he has kept in his tomb, it would make LOTS OF SENSE that he would have a "temple" built in order to house it and so he could sit on it as God, precisely as 2 Thessalonians 2:4 says.
Bottom line: I don't know HOW the third temple gets there, and neither does anyone else.
But just because IT HASN'T APPEARED, don't ASSUME that the other end-time prophetic events can't be near.
HOW the third temple comes into being remains one of the great Bible prophecy mysteries.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2012
When God created the earth it was all one single land mass surrounded by water (Genesis 1:9).
Shortly after the flood, the earth was divided into two major land masses that we know today as the American Continent or Western Hemisphere, and another even larger mass comprising ALL THE REST.
This is explained in Genesis 10:25:
"And to Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg (MEANING "division"); for in his days WAS THE EARTH DIVIDED"...
God shared this fact with Moses and, by extension, with the rest of us, around 1,400 B.C.
It took science some 3,370 years to prove that what the Bible had said all along is actually true.
The discovery of the earth's tectonic plates, plus continental and oceanic crusts, proved this fact beyond any doubt.
Frankly, the Bible and science aside, one does not have to be a genius to figure this out. It's rather obvious.
I remember as a young teen theorizing that Africa had once been attached to South America, because the outline of these two land masses seemed identical.
By way of confession (don't laugh now) as an adult, I actually took a map, cut it all up as though it were a jigsaw puzzle and actually pasted Africa into South America and Europe into North America verifying, once and for all, that they fit together perfectly.
I'm sharing this because the Bible promises the "restoration of all things" (Acts 3:21).
ALL THINGS would include the land being lumped back together into one gigantic mass.
Apparently, the process of geographical rearrangement begins at the Rapture, when the 6th seal is opened.
An often missed part of this passage is that "heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and EVERY MOUNTAIN and ISLAND were MOVED OUT OF THEIR PLACES" (Revelation 6:14).
Further changes to the geographic landscape take place in Revelation 16:17-20:
"The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air... Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and A SEVERE EARTHQUAKE. NO EARTHQUAKE like it has EVER occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.
The great city (Jerusalem) split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed...EVERY ISLAND FLED AWAY and the
MOUNTAINS could not be found".
If you think recent quakes in Chile, New Zealand and Japan have been bad, this will be the granddaddy of them all.
What this means is that, during the coming tribulation, the world won't be anything like what we know today.
Besides nuclear war, economic collapse, food and water shortages, and death on an unprecedented scale (around TWO BILLION people), the earth's land mass will be REUNITED, causing all the major powers (U.S., Russia, China, EU) to become vulnerable and severely damaged and leaving only the CENTRAL part of the earth, namely the Middle East and nations bordering on the Mediterranean, as the only portions largely unscathed.
History will once again focus on that area of the world.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2012
ETERNAL MEANS "ALWAYS"
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE... we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life" (1 John 5:13, 20).
Eternal Life means we've ALWAYS been ONE WITH the Eternal God.
Our carnal and finite minds tend to think of Salvation or Eternal Life in terms of "FROM THE MOMENT we were born again" FORWARD into the "future".
But, in order to be TRULY ETERNAL, it must have been ALWAYS.
It must have been REALITY (for lack of better terms in our fragmented human language) in "eternity past", ETERNAL PRESENT and "eternity future".
My dear brothers and sisters, do you realize THE ENORMITY of this Eternal Truth?
Do you see what it means?
It means we PRE-EXISTED in/with God since before the foundation of the world (Job 28:4-7).
It means we were CHOSEN AND PREDESTINED in Him also before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4,5).
It means we've ALWAYS BEEN saved.
It means Salvation (Eternal Life) CANNOT BE LOST.
If we COULD "lose it" it wouldn't be eternal AT ALL... Would it?
Think about it: if, as legalistic heretics, would have us believe our ACTIONS (law keeping, 10 Commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping) could play a role in our Salvation...
If, as they wrongly teach, we could be saved one moment, and lost the next, based on our good or bad behavior...
It would mean WE NEVER HAD ETERNAL LIFE (SALVATION) to begin with!!!
That's why Revelation 13:8 tells us Jesus was slain BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. Glory to Him forever!
The moment in space-time when we became born-again is when THE SALVATION WE'VE ALWAYS HAD MANIFESTED in this TEMPORARY earth realm (Acts 13:48).
But as far as God's concerned, WE'VE ALWAYS HAD IT.
From this world's perspective it may SEEM LIKE we've chosen Jesus, but He Himself told us that THE ONLY REASON we "choose Him" is BECAUSE HE FIRST CHOSE US (John 15:16).
We've ALWAYS BEEN SAVED.
Which PROVES - once and for all - that Salvation CANNOT be "earned" and CANNOT be "lost".
The ONLY ALTERNATIVE to ETERNAL security is ETERNAL insecurity.
Eternal insecurity is DAMNATION.
That's why you can't do anything to "earn" eternal life.
You CANNOT work for it.
As the beloved John told us 2,000 years ago, Jesus IS Eternal Life.
He (Jesus) CANNOT BE EARNED.
He is THE ONE TRUE, ETERNAL God.
You either HAVE HIM (who IS Eternal Life) or YOU DON'T.
We either ALWAYS had Him, from the eons of "eternity past" or WE NEVER DID.
Salvation (Jesus) HAS ALWAYS BEEN OURS.
We have ALWAYS been His.
We are saved now, because WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN!
Glory to the Eternal One who IS our Salvation now and for the eternity of eternities !!! Amen.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012
NOTHING BUT PRAISE
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord... Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His Presence with singing...
Enter into His gates WITH THANKSGIVING, and unto His courts with praise: BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM, AND BLESS HIS NAME" (Psalm 100:1-2, 4).
"Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!" (Revelation 5:12-13).
"Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights" (James 1:17)
"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all that is within me, all my innermost being, praise his holy name" (Psalm 103:1).
"Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty" (Psalm 104:1).
"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen". (1 Timothy 1:17).
"Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen" (Ephesians 3:21).
"My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise His Holy Name forever and ever" (Psalm 145:21).
"Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are His" (Daniel 2:20).
"You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9).
"Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb" (Revelation 7:10).
"God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and might forever. Amen" (1 Timothy 6:15-16).
"Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!" (Revelation 7:12).
"The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever" (Revelation 11:15).
"Your kingdom is a kingdom of all ages: and your dominion endures throughout all generations" (Psalm 145:13).
"We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have reigned" (Revelation 11:17).
"Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory" (Isaiah 6:3).
"Hosanna!" (SAVE US) "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the King of Israel!" (John 12:13).
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen" (2 Peter 3:18).
"It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him" (Lamentations 3:22-25).
"In EVERY THING GIVE THANKS: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
"To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen". (Jude 1:25).
Praise is THERAPEUTIC.
You simply can't praise Jesus, from your heart, and not feel better.
You cannot praise Him without being filled with joy.
You simply CAN'T lift Him up, without ELEVATING YOURSELF IN THE PROCESS.
You know WHY?
If you're born again, He's NOT "out there somewhere".
He's "IN" HERE, meaning in the deepest recesses of your being.
Jesus and you ARE INSEPARABLE (Romans 8:35, 38-39).
When you praise Him, thank Him and lift Him up, you automatically LIFT YOURSELF UP as well.
You don't have to have a gray Thanksgiving, or a blue Christmas, when you can ALWAYS praise Him.
"Let EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH PRAISE THE LORD" (Psalm 150:5).
"Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen". (Ephesians 3:21).
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2012
THE ONE WHO RETURNED
Luke 17:11-19 tells the story of 10 lepers whom Jesus encountered en route to Jerusalem.
Lepers were outcasts. They were considered unclean, and highly contagious.
They were segregated from the general population, had to live in designated areas, outside the city, in dire conditions, and were required to shout "unclean! unclean!" TO WARN anyone that came remotely near them [Leviticus 13:45,46].
When they saw Jesus at a distance they shouted "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us".
Jesus answered that they should "show themselves to the priests" [Leviticus 14:1-9].
Verse 14 tells us that "AS THEY WENT, they were cleansed".
All ten were healed instantly.
What a blessing it was! This meant they were no longer afflicted. They were now HEALTHY.
They'd no longer be disfigured, or lose part of their hands or face. They'd no longer be despised, suffer hunger, or live in isolation. They could work, join other citizens, and live regular lives. No longer would they be stigmatized or alienated from society.
Yet ONLY ONE of the ten came back praising and glorifying God, for this GREAT MIRACLE, fell down at Jesus' feet, and GAVE THANKS to Him.
The one that returned wasn't even Jewish. He was Samaritan.
This poor guy was, no doubt, doubly despised: one, for having leprosy, and two, for being Samaritan [Mark 7:24-30; John 4:9].
Samaritans are looked down on in Israel, even today.
Jesus' had this to say [verse 17]: "were there not 10 cleansed? But WHERE ARE THE NINE"?
"WHERE ARE THE NINE", indeed. What a sad commentary on religious ingratitude!
This has been a rough year in many ways, for many people.
However, we still have A LOT to be THANKFUL FOR.
We still live in the greatest nation on earth.
We still enjoy freedom and prosperity that few others possess.
And ALL OF US, who know Jesus, have been INSTANTLY CURED of spiritual leprosy, when we received Him into our hearts.
THAT, if nothing else, is worth being VERY, VERY [ETERNALLY] GRATEFUL FOR.
THAT, if nothing else, is worth falling on our faces, at Jesus' feet, and saying "THANK YOU, Lord".
As we gather with our families and loved ones tomorrow, the designated day of Thanks Giving, and EVERY DAY of our lives, let's NOT be like the ungrateful 9, but LIKE THE ONE WHO RETURNED.
Let's say, from the bottom of our hearts, "THANK YOU, JESUS!"
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2012
YOUR GOD WILL BOW
"As I live, says the Lord, EVERY KNEE shall bow to me, and EVERY TONGUE shall confess to God" (Romans 14:11).
"At the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and EVERY TONGUE WILL confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:10-11).
Is your "god" in heaven?
He will bow to Jesus.
Is he on earth?
He'll bow to Jesus.
Is he, perhaps, UNDER the earth?
He'll bow to Jesus.
Is your god Allah?
He'll bow to Jesus.
Is it Hare Krishna?
He'll bow to Jesus.
Is it Buddha?
He'll bow to Jesus.
Is it Lao Tzu?
He'll bow to Jesus.
It is Confucius?
He'll bow to Jesus.
Do you know WHY?
Because they're ALL DEAD, and Jesus is ALIVE!
Because they're NOT God, and HE IS!
False prophets will bow to Jesus, too:
Mohammed will bow to Jesus.
Joseph Smith will bow to Jesus.
Brigham Young will bow to Jesus.
So will Ellen G. White, Herbert W. Armstrong, Charles Taze Russell, William Campbell, Mary Bakker Eddy, and the most infamous false prophet of all, the treacherous Judas.
Those who FOLLOW false gods and false prophets will bow, as well.
Atheists will bow, agnostics will bow, New Agers will bow, and Baha'is will bow.
I DIDN'T say they and you will bow TO A RELIGION, I said they and you will bow TO JESUS.
You can blindly serve liars and losers, and end up in the lake of fire, along with them.
Or you can serve THE WINNER, the One true God, the ONLY ONE WHO LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO DIE FOR YOU, AND POURED OUT HIS TOTALLY DIVINE BLOOD in order to save you.
EVEN IF you reject Jesus and are lost for eternity, YOU'LL STILL HAVE TO confess that Jesus is Lord and bow your knee before His Holy Name.
Since you'll HAVE TO DO SO ANYWAY, you have two choices:
1. You can be FORCED to do it, whether you want to or not.
2. Or you can do it GLADLY AND WILLINGLY by acknowledging Jesus' Deity and receiving Him as Savior and Lord.
Your "god" can run, but he (or "she") can't hide.
Even in hell itself, he/she/they will bow to my Jesus.
Even in perdition their lying tongues WILL HAVE TO CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.
And so will you.
So... who's your god?
Will your god bow,or is your God the One all others WILL BOW TO
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012
THE MYTH OF "PALESTINE"
There's never been a country or state named Palestine, and there never will be.
So-called "Palestinians" are simply Arabs from neighboring countries, who OCCUPIED the territory of ancient Israel after Israel was dispersed and ceased from being a nation.
Their former leader and founder of the PLO Yasser Arafat was an Egyptian, for Pete's sake!!!
Palestinians take their name from the ancient Philistines, who were widely regarded as Israel's worst enemies.
Following the Bar Kokhba revolt by the Jews in 135 A.D. and through 390 A.D., Roman Emperor Hadrian named THE ENTIRE PROVINCE of Judea, INCLUDING SYRIA AND LEBANON, "Syria-Palestina".
He did this in order to further annoy and humiliate the Jews who, from that time, were FORBIDDEN to enter or even VISIT Jerusalem, except on their anniversary of their both their temples' destructions (Tisha B'Av).
So-called "Palestinians" COULD HAVE declared their independence, or "statehood" AT ANY TIME prior to 1947 and DIDN'T.
They CHOSE NOT TO.
They were happy to live as WHAT THEY REALLY ARE, Arabs, SUBJECT TO the Ottoman Empire.
When Britain defeated the Ottoman Turks in 1917 under the command of General Edmund Allenby, THESE ARABS (that we now call "Palestinians") WERE ALLOWED TO REMAIN there.
And when the League of Nations (presently known as the "United Nations") offered statehood to Israel in 1947, statehood was also offered to the so-called "Palestinians". While Israel promptly accepted, THEY DECLINED.
So all the talk about a "two-state solution" is pure baloney.
They COULD HAVE declared themselves an independent state during all those centuries WHEN THEY OCCUPIED Israel's former territory and DIDN'T.
They were even OFFERED statehood by the League of Nations and REFUSED.
The Bible is clear about their future:
When Israel is forced to flee into the wilderness during the 3½ year reign of Antichrist, Palestinians will THINK they'll have its territories, including Jerusalem, all to themselves, but their gladness will be short-lived.
Jesus will return 42 months later and STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT IN the Middle East -- ONCE AND FOR ALL.
According to Joel 3:1-8, when Jesus restores Judah and Jerusalem, He will judge the nations round about: He will judge Lebanon and, ESPECIALLY, the "Palestinians".
He will judge them for selling the people of Judah and Jerusalem who try to escape, EVEN CHILDREN, to the Greeks who, led by the risen Alexander, will once again become Israel's enemies.
Alexander and his armies will be INSTANTLY defeated by the returning Christ on Rosh Hashanah 2016.
Jesus will re-gather all Israel, from all over the world into their land, which He gave them AS ETERNAL POSSESSION (Genesis 15:18-21; 17:8), and will relocate so-called Palestinians to Saudi Arabia, where they will be assimilated into its population.
There won't be any "Palestinians" during the Millennium. They'll be called "Saudis", or by their true name "Arabs".
As I said before, there's NEVER BEEN a country named "Palestine".
There's NO SUCH THING AS "a Palestinian".
There never was. There never will be.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2012
WHERE'S SATAN TODAY?
Most people have heard the traditional teaching that Satan "was cast out of heaven" when he rebelled against God.
Unlike the Almighty, Satan ISN'T omnipresent.
If he got cast out of heaven, WHERE IS HE TODAY?
The answer will surprise many of you:
He's BACK IN THE HEAVENLY REALM.
That's NOT what I was taught in Sunday school!!!
I know. Isn't THAT sad?
Isn't it sad that 95% of "Sunday schools" are spiritual kindergarten FOR ADULTS?
It's mostly the ignorant leading the extremely ignorant.
Most Sunday School Quarterlies aren't worth the paper they're printed on. They're spiritual illiteracy all the way.
Being able to name the 7 deacons in the Book of Acts won't help you in the least when a loved one gets sick, when you're facing a trial, when you have to answer for your faith, or when you try to win someone to Christ.
Isaiah 14:12-15 says that Lucifer "fell from heaven" because of his rebellion against God. That's why he was ON EARTH when he tempted Eve.
However, the Bible is also clear that, after he fell, HE REGAINED ACCESS TO HEAVEN THROUGH MAN'S FALL.
Man was created and given DOMINION OVER the earth, but his authority went all the way up to JUST BELOW the Throne of the Almighty.
Psalm 8:5 clearly says that God made man "a little lower" than Himself.
The King James Bible reads "a little lower than the angels" but the Hebrew word is not malakim (angels) but ELOHIM, which means GOD.
When Adam (female and male) GAVE IN TO Satan's TEMPTATION, man's authority over the earth and much of the heavenly realm was transferred to Satan.
Thus Satan regained access to heaven as clearly shown in the Book of Job 1:6-7 where, after man's fall, SATAN SHOWS UP IN HEAVEN ONCE AGAIN among the "sons of God".
Matter of fact, Satan sort of rubbed this fact in Jesus' face when he tempted Him:
"The devil led Him up to a high mountain and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, "I will give you ALL THEIR AUTHORITY AND SPLENDOR, FOR IT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME, AND I CAN GIVE IT TO ANYONE I WANT TO" (Luke 4:5-6).
That's also why the Book of Hebrews plainly tells us THAT HEAVENLY THINGS HAD TO be PURIFIED with NO LESS THAN THE BLOOD OF LAST ADAM, our Lord Jesus Christ:
"IT WAS therefore NECESSARY that the patterns of things in the heavens SHOULD BE PURIFIED with these (animal blood); but THE HEAVENLY THINGS THEMSELVES with better sacrifices than these" (with the Blood of God Himself, Hebrews 9:23).
Man's sin CONTAMINATED THE ENTIRE REALM over which man had dominion.
The fact that Satan, through man's sin, sneaked back into heaven is clearly expressed, again, in Ephesians 6:12:
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HEAVENLY PLACES".
And, again, in Revelation 12:7-9:
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; NEITHER WAS THEIR PLACE FOUND IN HEAVEN ANY MORE.
And the great dragon WAS CAST OUT, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him".
These verses clearly show that Satan will be cast out of heaven again, this time FOR GOOD.
It's when he's thrown out of heaven and down to the earth FOR THE FINAL time that he stands on the seashore and is allowed to bring his Antichrist up and out of the bottomless pit (Revelation 13:1; 17:8).
The creep knows, at that point, that "his time is short" (Revelation 12:12).
Three and a half years, to be exact.
So Satan is lurking around the atmosphere, seeking whom he may devour -- AND IF WORLD EVENTS ARE ANY INDICATION -- HE'S QUITE BUSY -- UNTIL MICHAEL THROWS HIM OUT.
And, according to Revelation 12:1-11, Michael WILL throw him and his angels OUT and down to earth, when the glorified Church appears in heaven.
Then he'll spend eternity in the lake of fire, where he belongs (Revelation 20:10; Matthew 25:41).
Aren't you glad that God predetermined THE END since THE BEGINNING?
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2012
TROUBLE IN GAZA
As you've doubtlessly heard, in the past few days Israel has come under a barrage of rocket fire from Hamas, the terrorist organization that ousted the PLO and now rules the Gaza strip.
As of this writing OVER 500 rockets have been fired into tiny Israel, mostly aimed at major population centers including Tel Aviv and even Holy Jerusalem.
You see, Islamic terrorists only consider Jerusalem "sacred" when it's self-serving: Whenever they want to call Jews "occupiers", and claim ownership to the Holy City, then it's sacred. When they want to fire rockets to destroy Jewish life, then it's NOT so sacred.
They have killed at least three and injured about 70, including a couple of innocent Jewish babies.
Even though Israel's Iron Dome defense system has intercepted and destroyed many of those incoming rockets which would have OTHERWISE CAUSED ENORMOUS CASUALTIES, a large portion of Israel's population has been forced into bomb shelters.
Imagine for a moment what it's like living in a TINY country - only 263 miles long from north to south and only 9-71 miles from east to west (by way of reference, you could fit the State of Israel into the State of Florida 8 TIMES) - surrounded by hostile enemies on all sides, WHO WANT TO WIPE THEM OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH, where you could be having a cup of coffee one moment and suddenly an alarm siren goes off and you have 15 SECONDS to seek cover in a bomb shelter.
This, unfortunately, has become a way of life in Israel.
Israel has been carrying out surgical air strikes designed to take out the rocket launching pads, and some of the major military leaders of this terrorist organization.
As of this writing the IDF has called 75,000 of its reserves, and is massing near Gaza for a potential ground assault against these hateful terrorists. If that happens, this confrontation will erupt into all-out war.
Obviously, this isn't the first time that the State of Israel has been under attack from its Arab neighbors, and I'm sorry to say that it won't be the last time.
While Israel has emerged victorious in all previous conflicts, it now faces a DIFFERENT Middle East.
A LOT has changed since it declared statehood in 1948.
Back then nobody had heard of "suicide bombers". Weapons were not as sophisticated nor did they have their present range. Iran wasn't on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. And they weren't hemmed in between TWO terrorist organizations, Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north, with Syria going through a bloody civil war on the northeast, which could very easily spill over into Israel's territory.
For over 30 years, the 1979 Camp David peace treaty with Egypt had held up, and although it was a "cold peace", it was preferable to a "hot war" and provided a measure of stability in this otherwise very volatile region.
However, after last year's ousting of Mubarak, the treaty with Egypt is presently hanging by a thread, and the only thing preventing it from altogether going bust is U.S. $$$$$ given to the Islamic Brotherhood, the terrorist organization that presently rules Egypt, as "foreign aid".
Although the name of this terrorist organization is an acronym, "Hamas" in Arabic means "enthusiasm" or "zeal", but in Hebrew it means "VIOLENCE".
WHAT BETTER NAME for a bunch of VIOLENT, bloody terrorists?
The word hamas is found in the Bible several times, most notably in the 6th chapter of Genesis:
The earth also was corrupt before God, and THE EARTH WAS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE (hamas)...
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, IT WAS CORRUPT; for ALL FLESH HAD CORRUPTED THEIR WAY upon the earth.
And God said unto Noah, The END OF ALL FLESH IS COME BEFORE ME; for THE EARTH IS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE (hamas) through them; and, behold, I WILL DESTROY THEM WITH THE EARTH. (Genesis 6:11-13).
And He did. God destroyed the world back then (some 5,000 years ago) with a flood.
Thank God that "Noah FOUND GRACE in the eyes of the Lord" (Genesis 6:8).
Salvation has ALWAYS BEEN, and WILL ALWAYS BE, BY GRACE ALONE (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The name Noah means "rest" or "comfort" (Genesis 5:29).
As soon as the flood began, Noah, his immediate family, and countless animals, found REST and were all kept safely inside the ark BY THE SHEER GRACE OF OUR WONDERFUL SAVIOR and GOD.
So, what does all this have to do with current events?
We are, without a doubt, living at the "time of the end".
Jesus compared the days JUST PRIOR TO HIS APPEARING in the clouds to the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-42; Luke 17:26-37).
So it shouldn't surprise us that the same conditions that prevailed in the world He destroyed back then, should be present IN OUR WORLD TODAY:
1. The whole world is CORRUPT.
2. It's FILLED WITH VIOLENCE (hamas).
3. "All flesh" has corrupted their way.
4. God had decided to DESTROY that world, as He has likewise DECIDED TO DESTROY THIS ONE, not with water, but WITH FIRE (2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 8:7).
He destroyed the wicked back then and He will do so now.
5. We even have A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION named Hamas, the very same word God uses to describe the "days of Noah" in Genesis chapter 6.
6. Only those who, like Noah, FIND GRACE in the eyes of the Lord will enter into His REST.
We are ON THE BRINK of Jesus appearing, the Church vanishing, and the tribulation beginning.
Have you, like Noah, FOUND GRACE in the eyes of God?
If not, please don't wait ANOTHER SECOND.
Give your heart to Jesus RIGHT NOW. Invite our lovely Savior TO ENTER YOUR HEART AND LIFE and SAVE YOU.
The same One who saved Noah and his family back then, will save you and your family TODAY.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012
GIVEN TO GENTILES
Revelation 11:1, 2 predicts a third temple in Jerusalem, and then makes a most puzzling statement:
"Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But EXCLUDE THE OUTER COURT; do not measure it, because IT HAS BEEN GIVEN to the Gentiles".
For years I wondered what that meant. Would Israel negotiate part of the Old City away?
If not, WHO would GIVE the court outside the temple to gentiles?
With traditional thinking about the Temple Mount, it didn't make any sense.
Once we find The Truth, what this prophecy means becomes quite clear.
As I've shared on the website for 6 years (Myth #30, home page) the so-called "Temple Mount" is NOT the location where Solomon's temple (a/k/a the "first" temple) or Zerubabbel's temple (a/k/a the "second" temple) actually stood.
The Bible is clear that the temple was built on top of a spring of LIVING WATER.
There's only ONE such spring within a 5 mile radius of Jerusalem and it's the Gihon Spring located in the area known as Ophel, immediately SOUTH OF the "Temple Mount".
So, it COULDN'T POSSIBLY have been built on the "Temple Mount" which contains only CISTERNS with STANDING water.
What, then, is this "outer court" that Jesus thru His angel instructed John NOT to measure?
You guessed it: THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
The erroneously called "Temple Mount", while technically under Israeli sovereignty, was inexplicably GIVEN to gentiles in the aftermath of the Six-Day War in 1967.
You would THINK that, after so many bloody confrontations, and after 1,967 years of FORBIDDEN ACCESS to the Mount, Israel would be all too eager to get their beloved Temple Mount back.
Who can forget that electrifying, spine-tingling moment on June 7, 1967 when General Motta Gur radioed "Har HaBayit B'Yadaynu-The Temple Mount is in our hands!"?
Jews were thrilled, all right. But in a controversial move that defied all logic, General Moshe Dayan ordered that the Israeli flag that had been raised over the Temple Mount should be immediately lowered, that Israeli paratroopers to be deployed at the northern part of the Mount should be removed, and that the place should be "entrusted to the Muslims".
He GAVE IT to an Arab waqf, which controls the so-called "Temple Mount" to this very day.
Since the REAL temple mount is located JUST SOUTH OF the so-called "Temple Mount", the latter would be considered its "outer court".
It has, indeed, been GIVEN to the gentiles, in AMAZING fulfillment of Jesus' Words. Praise His marvelous Truth!
No wonder Jesus didn't want it included: The two pagan structures that stand on that "outer court", the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque, where the FALSE god Allah is worshiped, are AN ABOMINATION in His sight.
Is the Word of God AWESOME, or what?
Is He ALWAYS TRUE? You bet.
Do you see WHY I love Him/it so much?
Praise God for His stunning accuracy.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012
THE DOME OF THE ROCK
For years we have heard the religious establishment - both Jewish and Christian - repeat ad nauseam the rote theory that the Dome of the Rock sits atop "the temple mount", and that the Dome MUST BE TOPPLED in order for the third temple to emerge.
If you've followed this ministry for any length of time, you know that WE'VE PROVEN, WITH THE SCRIPTURES, that the former temples actually stood JUST SOUTH OF the so-called "temple mount", atop the Gihon Spring, in the area known as Ophel (Leviticus 16:23-28; 2nd Chronicles 33:13-16; Psalms 46:4; Jeremiah 2:13; Ezekiel 47:1; Joel 3:18; John 4:10,11; 7:14,38; Revelation 21:2-6; 22:1,17). See Myth #31.
Even the Talmud indicates that RUNNING "living" water was needed for the temple's priestly ritual washings (Yoma 3:3).
And THE ONLY source of running water in or around Jerusalem is the Gihon Spring, south of the "temple mount".
While there may be geopolitical hurdles to overcome, there is NO MATERIAL OBSTACLE whatsoever to the erection of a third temple.
Matter of fact, Ezekiel 43:8 pointedly states that, there will come a time when God's temple and an idol temple will stand on Mount Moriah side-by-side, separated only by a wall.
All this begs the questions: WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE DOME? What will happen to the Al Aksa Mosque that also sits on the "temple mount" next to it?
Will they be destroyed by the Jews? Will they be destroyed during the tribulation judgments? Or, perhaps, by the Antichrist? Will Jesus remove them at His Second Coming?
God's Word tells us EXACTLY AND PRECISELY what will happen:
Jeremiah prophesied in the 7th century B.C. that Jerusalem would be destroyed by the Babylonians (Jeremiah 12:11; 25:11; 27:22; 28:14). It was.
He also prophesied that Jews would RETURN after 70 years in captivity (Jeremiah 25:11; 29:10; Daniel 9:2). They did.
However, he also prophesied that there would come a time when Jerusalem WOULD BE REBUILT and WOULD NEVER AGAIN BE DESTROYED (Jeremiah 31:38-40).
We know Jerusalem was rebuilt in Nehemiah's time and DEMOLISHED yet again by the Romans in 70 A.D.
So, the rebuilding that he predicted, which NEVER AGAIN would be uprooted or destroyed, would have to have taken place AFTER 70 A.D.
He even gave us THE BOUNDARIES of the rebuilt city.
Jeremiah 31:38-40 has this to say about biblical Jerusalem (a/k/a "the Old City"):
"The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when THIS CITY WILL BE REBUILT for me from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. The measuring line will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah. The WHOLE VALLEY where dead bodies and ashes are thrown (Hinnom), and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley on the east AS FAR AS the corner of the Horse Gate, will be holy to the Lord: The city WILL NEVER AGAIN BE UPROOTED OR DEMOLISHED."
I have outlined in the map below (left) THE BOUNDARIES of the Jerusalem that, according to Miah, "will never again be uprooted or demolished" and that will be holy to the Lord.
You will notice that the so-called "temple mount", where the Dome and the Al Aksa presently stand, conspicuously lies OUTSIDE those boundaries.
Consequently, WE KNOW - beyond any doubt -that the so-called "temple mount" ISN'T holy to the Lord and ISN'T the "temple mount" AT ALL.
It's NOT EVEN PART OF the Jerusalem that God considers holy!!!
While Jeremiah's prophecy GUARANTEES that the Jerusalem within those boundaries WILL NEVER AGAIN BE UPROOTED OR DESTROYED, he gives NO SUCH ASSURANCE about the supposed "temple mount" which is notably EXCLUDED.
Back to our original question: WHAT HAPPENS to the Dome and the Al Aqsa?
They are TOPPLED by a big quake AFTER THE RESURRECTION OF the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:13).
This quake, we are told, destroys ONE-TENTH OF the Old city (Revelation 11:13).
Jerusalem's Old City is roughly 225 acres (about one square kilometer) in size. The "temple mount" compound is 180,000 square yards, or approximately 37 acres, which is ONE SIXTH of the Old City.
However, there's a large, open, VACANT area on the northern part of the compound. The area presently occupied by the Dome and Al Aksa is much smaller, approximately 23 acres and about ONE TENTH of the Old City, precisely as Revelation 11:13 says.
But how can you BE SURE this applies to THAT SPECIFIC portion of the Old City?
Jeremiah clearly said THE REST of the Old city would never again be destroyed. So WE KNOW no portion of it can be destroyed by that quake, or by ANYTHING ELSE.
He made NO SUCH prediction about the portion of the Old City that contains the Dome and the Al Aksa, which he remarkably OMITTED from its boundaries.
Isn't the Word of God AMAZING?
Don't you just LOVE how PRECISE He is?
Since all Islamic sites in the Old City are located on the so-called "temple mount", their destruction will be a clear sign from God indicating both, His displeasure with these pagan places, as well as WHO HAS RIGHTFUL OWNERSHIP of the Old City.
Enjoy them while you can, worshipers of allah.
The Dome's days are NUMBERED. So are Al Aksa's.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012
ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
In Matthew 24:15-21 Jesus warned His fellow Jews:
"WHEN YOU... SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, STAND IN THE HOLY PLACE, (whoever reads, let him understand):
Then let them who are in Judea FLEE INTO THE MOUNTAINS... FOR THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be".
What is it, exactly, that Jews are to WATCH OUT FOR and FLEE the moment they see it?
What, exactly, IS the Abomination of Desolation (AOD)?
Though several passages in the Bible make reference to it (Daniel 11:31; 12:11), NO VERSE IN THE BIBLE ACTUALLY TELLS US WHAT IT IS.
However, history DOES.
Here's the description as found in 1 Maccabees 1:54:
"On the fifteenth day of the month Chislev, in the year one hundred and forty-five, the king erected THE HORRIBLE ABOMINATION (ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION) upon the altar of holocausts, and in the surrounding cities of Judah they built PAGAN ALTARS".
1 Maccabees 37-40 give further details:
"And they shed innocent blood around the temple; they DEFILED the temple.
Because of them the inhabitants of Jerusalem FLED AWAY, and she became THE ABODE OF STRANGERS. She became a stranger to her own offspring, and HER CHILDREN FORSOOK HER.
Her temple was AS DESOLATE as a wilderness; her Feasts were turned into mourning, Her Sabbaths to shame, her honor to contempt.
Her dishonor was as great as her glory had been, and her exaltation was turned into mourning"...
Josephus, a first century historian, with a proven and very impressive track record of historical accuracy, also corroborates this by writing:
"...when the king had built AN IDOL ALTAR UPON God's altar, he slew swine upon it, and so offered a sacrifice (to the IDOL) neither according to the law, nor the Jewish religious worship.
... He also compelled them TO FORSAKE THE WORSHIP which they paid their own God, and TO ADORE THOSE WHOM HE TOOK TO BE GODS"... (Antiquities of the Jews - Book XII Ch. 5, paragraph 4).
We have, therefore, two EXTREMELY RELIABLE historic records of wicked Antiochus Epiphanes, who came from Alexander's Greek Dynasty,ORDERING AN IDOL (statue) OF A FALSE GOD (Zeus) erected on the altar of holocausts in Jerusalem and offering pagan sacrifices of pigs to the idol.
That would be AN ABOMINATION to any devout Jew, since the very First Commandment explicitly says NOT TO have any "other gods" before Yahweh, NOT TO make ANY graven image, NOT TO worship it, and much less place it inside their temple and offer "unclean" animals to it (Exodus 20:3-5).
Antiochus had already slaughtered men, women and children indiscriminately in a savage display of unwarranted ruthlessness, he had burned all torah scrolls found, and had FORBIDDEN circumcision, observance of the law, and of the Feasts of the Lord.
Setting up THE IDOL on the temple's altar of sacrifice was the last straw.
The Jews in Jerusalem, who had survived the carnage, WERE HORRIFIED AT THIS ABOMINATION, on top of all the previous violence, and FLED, as these verses indicate.
The clear implication was that either God had abandoned them, since He had allowed this abomination IN HIS OWN HOUSE OR TEMPLE, or that Antiochus was, indeed, god, and more powerful (perish the thought) than Yahweh.
Hence, THEY FORSOOK the city and temple, leaving them DESOLATE (abandoned).
Hence the name "abomination of desolation", since it was THIS ABOMINATION of placing the idol in the temple, on top of the altar, that caused Jerusalem to become DESOLATE, deserted and abandoned.
Antiochus Epiphanes was Greek. As such, he worshiped Zeus, regarded in the Greek pantheon as THE supreme "deity".
But there's more to the story than that:
Statues were costly and took a lot of time to sculpt. Greeks, and later Romans, were very practical when it came to statues of their leaders.
They would build the rather flattering body of their hero, usually naked or in armor, but its head could be rotated and could be screwed on and off.
That way, when their leader died, or was deposed and replaced by a new leader, all they'd have to do is unscrew the head of the FORMER leader and screw on the head of their NEW leader into the statue's physique.
It saved lots of time and money.
Antiochus appropriated the surname Epiphanes, meaning "God manifest".
Since he claimed to be the "manifestation" of the supreme deity, the alleged "face of Zeus" on the statue was his own, and HE DEMANDED THAT WORSHIP AND SACRIFICES BE OFFERED TO HIM/IT.
So, back to the original question:
What is it, exactly, that Jews are to WATCH OUT FOR and FLEE the moment they see it?
A reprise of this ABOMINATION : A Greek king, taking Jerusalem again, as Antiochus did, and SETTING UP A STATUE (IDOL) OF HIMSELF in their temple.
A Greek king, FORBIDDING the worship of their One, true God, and DEMANDING, under penalty of death, that ALL WORSHIP be directed TO HIMSELF (Revelation 13:4).
Alexander will enter the temple, sit in it as God, but he won't stay there since he'll be busy making war and persecuting those who come to faith in Christ during that time.
Doubtlessly, he will also PUT AN IDOL OR STATUE OF HIMSELF in the third temple.
In Revelation 13:15 the apostle John offers some eerie and rather phenomenal details about Alexander's statue:
Alexander will have a false prophet who will have the power to "GIVE LIFE TO THE IMAGE of the beast, that the image... SHOULD BOTH SPEAK, and CAUSE THAT AS MANY AS WOULD NOT WORSHIP THE IMAGE... BE KILLED".
The false prophet (the risen Judas) will also take it even farther than Antiochus by demanding people take Alexander's MARK in or on their right hands or foreheads, effectively turning them into Antichrist's personal property (SLAVES).
However, the IDOL IMAGE will come first, the mark a bit later. It's the IDOL IMAGE of Alexander the Great that they are to watch for, and FLEE the moment they see it.
Jesus' words to His Jewish brethren reverberate down the corridors of "time" to this generation:
"WHEN YOU SEE AN IDOL IMAGE PLACED in your temple, don't even THINK about it: RUN FOR YOUR LIVES"!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012
WORTH THE WAIT
"I consider that our present sufferings are NOT WORTH COMPARING WITH THE GLORY that will be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).
Wherefore we, receiving a kingdom which CANNOT BE MOVED, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28).
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven SET UP A KINGDOM, WHICH SHALL NEVER BE DESTROYED: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but IT SHALL BREAK IN PIECES AND CONSUME ALL THESE KINGDOMS, AND IT SHALL STAND FOREVER (Daniel 2:44).
"For OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ". (Philippians 3:20)
After the last two messages, even I could use a little uplift. Here it is:
It's natural for us to focus on what goes on in this transient realm, as it affects all of us to one extent or another.
It's natural for us to dislike or disapprove of many of the INJUSTICES that take place.
When I think, for instance, of all the needy people abroad and even in our own country, of all those who are struggling to make ends meet, and the exorbitant amount of money that was just squandered on the presidential elections, so that two guys, neither of which should ever even go near the Oval Office, could buy overpriced air time on TV and other media and rip each other to shreds, it seems wrong and obscene.
Yes, this world's systems are terribly corrupt.
Yes, Christendom is terribly corrupt.
Yes, our government is corrupt, ALL governments are corrupt, our leaders are corrupt, as is society in general.
BUT let me tell you what is INCORRUPT:
The Kingdom of God.
His Kingdom is where Jesus LIVES.
If you have invited Jesus to enter your heart, then His Kingdom is WITHIN you (Luke 17:21).
THAT Kingdom IS PERFECT, pure, incorruptible, and unmovable.
It CANNOT be shaken and endures forever:
THAT Kingdom, believe it or not, is about to MANIFEST and dissolve all of this world's ephemeral and corrupt systems.
THE stone cut without human hands, the LIVING STONE which the builders rejected, is about to topple this world's kingdoms and replace them with His ETERNAL Kingdom.
THAT Kingdom - where Jesus is King - belongs to us.
It's OURS, and it's FOREVER.
THAT Kingdom, brothers and sisters, is our ETERNAL Destiny in CHRIST.
WHEN we see our King FACE to face, all the sufferings, disappointments and frustrations of this present age will vanish into nothingness.
Let's not set our eyes on the temporary but on the HIGH PRIZE that awaits THOSE WHO KNOW HIM.
We may have waited for the full manifestation of Him and His Kingdom a bit longer than expected, but Jesus IS WORTH THE WAIT.
VERY SOON the kingdoms of this world will become THE Kingdoms of our Lord and of His ANOINTED ONE.
Therefore, let's focus on our Kingdom which is eternal SPIRIT SUBSTANCE, instead of on this material and decadent realm that surrounds us.
To react negatively to the trash this world offers IS natural.
To know that our true citizenship is in New Jerusalem, and not in this world, is SUPER natural.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012
THE BIGGEST LOSERS
Now that the Presidential election is over, it's time to reflect on the losers.
We already know who won. And it's not likely that he'll let us forget anytime soon.
Who was THE BIGGEST loser?
It wasn't Romney.
Sure, he's disappointed, but he's a mega-rich guy, who'll just go back to enjoying his vast wealth and minding his multiple business enterprises.
And he's doubtlessly become an even bigger "hero" to his fellow Mormons, for bringing them into the limelight, as well as into both the religious and political "mainstream".
Mormons? No way! They may have lost the election, and been unable to put their guy in the White House, but they're BIG WINNERS in that they've FOREVER BLURRED - if not completely ERASED - the BIBLICAL lines that separate the Christian faith FROM CULTS.
They've successfully marketed themselves as "mainstream" Christians.
Muslims? Not a chance! They were BIG WINNERS. Their guy got elected.
Here's a stat you won't get from the mainstream media: 85% of U.S. Muslims voted for President Obama. No surprise there.
Karl Rove? He was probably the most comical AND USELESS loser of the night, but it wasn't even Karl.
America? It lost BIG TIME, even BEFORE election results came in: It got the candidates IT DESERVES, from both parties.
But even the nation came in a close second.
WHO WERE THE BIGGEST LOSERS OF THE NIGHT?
The so-called "religious right".
If there was ever ANY doubt of just HOW IRRELEVANT Evangelicals have become, those doubts were laid to rest last Tuesday.
For starters, they were UNABLE TO provide a viable candidate for the presidency.
Secondly, the vast majority got suckered into COMPROMISING the BASIC tenets of the faith and supporting THE MEMBER OF A CULT.
Their so-called "leaders" PROVED to the world - once and for all, and BEYOND ANY DOUBT - what a bunch of smug, unprincipled, compromising, sell-outs they are.
They stood for NOTHING and, more importantly, for NO ONE.
Perhaps saddest of all is that the Evangelical vote was split ALONG RACIAL LINES, white Evangelicals (70%) supporting Mormon Romney, and black Evangelicals (representing 30% of the Evangelical vote) supporting the President - not because he's been good to Evangelicals or sympathetic to their cause, not because he's earned or deserves their support - but simply BECAUSE HE'S BLACK.
I know you won't hear THAT from the media, I know it's not "politically correct", but SCREW POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. I'm SICK of it.
Like it or not, THAT'S what happened: THAT'S the ugly truth.
Are there exceptions on both sides? Sure, but they are PRECIOUS FEW.
It's not only the country that's divided, but the Church is BADLY and WRONGLY divided as well.
Evangelicals have been yapping for over three decades about "taking America back". How? By offering cruises, selling worthless DVD's, and giving religious pep talks.
ALL they've done is TALK.
NOT only have they NOT taken ANYTHING "back", NOT ONLY HAVE THEY FAILED MISERABLY, American voters have come back with A RESOUNDING ANSWER:
You're NOT taking ANYTHING back!!!
We don't believe in you and WE DON'T TRUST YOU.
And we like things THE WAY THEY ARE.
Talk about giving them the BUZZ OFF.
The so-called "leaders" of the religious right have done NOTHING. They've COMPROMISED at every turn, and, at every single election, they have neither stood nor voted based ON PRINCIPLE, but like most unbelievers, on ECONOMIC CONVENIENCE.
After all was said and done, after all the B.S. rhetoric they've dispensed, their VOTE COULD BE BOUGHT by mere dollars, and their allegiance in exchange for measly political favor.
What else can you expect from a generation brainwashed with the "prosperity" gospel?
GIMME, GIMME, GIMME, then I'll LIE and say I got it "by faith", and boast about what a "faith giant" I am.
It's JUST AS WRONG to get from THE CHURCH -- under false pretenses -- promising "prosperity" that'll never materialize, as it is to GET FROM THE GOVERNMENT.
They have lost the moral high-ground, and the right to tell others to stand on principle, when they're THE FIRST HYPOCRITES WHO HAVEN'T.
And, guess what? The rest of America KNOWS and is NO LONGER EVEN LISTENING.
Face it, religious right:
You lost the country, you lost the election, you've lost this generation, you've lost your Way, BECAUSE YOU'RE A BIG BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES WHO OFFERED NOTHING AND STOOD FOR NOTHING.
You better hope that Jesus (remember Him?) the Jesus you CLAIM TO believe in, the One you CLAIM TO follow, appears and GETS YOU -- and the rest of us -- THE HEAVEN OUT OF HERE.
Matthew 5:13: The salt has LOST ITS FLAVOR and is GOOD FOR NOTHING, except being trampled.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012
THE DIVIDED STATES
There were NO GOOD CHOICES in last Tuesday's elections.
There wasn't even the proverbial "lesser of two evils", as voters often characterize their vote.
It was an EVIL-EVIL, LOSE-LOSE proposition.
I am registered as having "no party affiliation" and have voted for BOTH Democrats and Republicans in past elections.
There's NO WAY, however, that I could vote for a weak, deceitful, WOEFULLY UNQUALIFIED President who DID NOT DESERVE TO BE RE-ELECTED, who has done A DISMAL job all-around, who has NO CLUE where to lead this country or what to do with the economy, who LACKS VISION, who fawns to Islam, won't even use the term "terrorism", won't even mention the Name of God, whose policies I disagree with, often vehemently, and whose attitude toward Israel in general, and Prime Minister Netanyahu in particular, is ABOMINABLE.
He's A JOKE of a "leader", a TOTAL MEDIA FABRICATION, an empty suit.
On the other hand, I couldn't vote for a Mormon, either.
Jesus is FAR MORE IMPORTANT to me than politics, the economy, or ANYTHING ELSE, and I just couldn't see myself BETRAYING Him by voting for someone who believes and TEACHES what Mormons believe and teach.
I will say, in fairness to Mr. Romney, that he's FAR BETTER qualified than Mr. Obama to "fix the economy" or, at least, to postpone the inevitable.
That he has a proven record of economic turnaround success, and that, while he was governor of Massachusetts, there's no evidence that he tried to impose his beliefs on anyone.
That he, in effect, did not just run against President Obama, but against President Obama AND former President Clinton, AND at least one so-called debate "moderator", so it was THREE AGAINST ONE.
All that being said, I still COULDN'T VOTE FOR HIM.
Would I have voted for him, were he not Mormon?
You mean that RELIGIOUS PREJUDICE kept you from voting?
Mr. Romney, coincidentally, got 70% of the so-called "Evangelical" vote. How anyone can call themselves "Evangelical" and VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO TEACHES ANOTHER "EVANGEL" (Gospel) is beyond my understanding, since Galatians 1:8 calls such people "anathema" (accursed), but hey, it's still a voter's prerogative.
In light of the above, WHOEVER won the election, I was not going to be - and AM NOT - a happy camper.
The President comfortably won the Electoral College vote. On the other hand, the popular vote was VERY CLOSE, and almost split down the middle, separated by only 2.8 million votes.
The latter reflects the DIVIDED condition our nation finds itself in.
After the results came in, Republican pundits - most of whom had predicted a Romney landslide victory - were left reeling and scratching their heads in total disbelief.
And, over the past few days, they've been frantically trying to come up with "explanations" as to why they lost and Obama won so decisively.
There's no question that President Obama has an impressive, superior, state-of-the-art, and extremely efficient political machine WHICH GOT OUT THE VOTE in key states.
But that's NOT the only reason he won.
Republicans are either mentally or philosophically stuck in the 80's and HOPELESSLY OUT OF TOUCH with popular culture, or terribly naïve, which is why they were often caught flat-footed, and WHY THEY LOST.
The CLOSEST they've come to explaining their defeat is that "demographics" have changed. That's true, but it goes beyond what percentage of blacks, whites, Latinos, Catholics, Evangelicals, women, men and young people voted for.
They are still dreaming about Ronald Reagan's America.
They still believe in "God, family, country, picket fences, baseball and apple pie".
FORGET IT, guys and gals!
32 years have come and gone.
A LOT has changed since Reagan was elected.
THAT America, the America we loved and grew up in, NO LONGER EXISTS.
The younger generation (18-29), which turned out in record numbers to vote for the President, KNOWS NO SUCH VALUES:
God? WHAT God? They've either heard that there's NO God and if, perchance, such "Being" exists, they don't know and worse, DON'T CARE, who He is. He could be Buddha, Allah, Christ, Krishna, the Universe, or some mingling of the above.
Most don't even comprehend the notion of "sin".
Most believe this earthly existence, this temporary mirage, is ALL there is: We live, we die, and THAT'S THE END.
They have been BRAINWASHED in taxpayer funded public schools with the lie that they are mere accidents, who evolved from a slime puddle into ANIMALS, and eventually into homo sapiens, which are merely highly evolved MAMMALS.
So, they live, think and ACT accordingly.
If we're animals, then like the rest of the animal kingdom, we live BY INSTINCT.
Like ANIMALS, we no longer believe in celibacy, marriage, or being faithful to ONE spouse, or even one PARTNER.
When we FEEL LIKE mating, we mate carelessly and INDISCRIMINATELY.
We don't care if the female gets pregnant. Very often, she doesn't care either.
Since we're smarter than the rest of the animals, we have invented a hideous but convenient method of infanticide that EVEN ANIMALS WOULD NEVER consider: we ABORT our offspring.
By THE MILLIONS.
We don't even do it humanely; we do it by DISMEMBERING innocent, helpless babies, tearing them apart piece by piece, from their mother's bellies, and then DISCARDING THEM like trash.
After all, they're ONLY a worthless blob of tissue, DEVOID OF SPIRIT AND SOUL.
Family? WHAT family? Most of them come from BROKEN homes, having been raised by ONE parent or grandparent.
Most of them have NO MORALS, or deeply held CONVICTIONS.
They live in the gray world of moral relativism, with no absolutes.
They've grown up in the realm of "reality TV", where people with ZERO talent, become instant celebrities and MULTIMILLIONAIRES by simply sleeping around, then flaunting their sexual exploits on TV, or "leaking" their sex video on the Internet, by beating up their girlfriend, or by incorporating lyrics into their so-called "music" which denigrate women and other minorities.
Republicans did not count on the "celebrity factor".
They didn't realize those who voted to re-elect the President aren't merely his supporters, they're HIS FANS.
They did not factor in that we live in a culture where THE INCOMPETENT are often admired and become "famous for being famous".
Such putrid culture has produced dubious "role models" like airheads Paris Hilton, the Kardashian sisters, trainwreck Lindsay Lohan, and totally inept but "popular" Barack Obama.
It's no wonder, then, that they will vote for whoever they consider to be the "cool" candidate: You know, the guy who hangs around with rappers and other morally bankrupt, yet "cool" entertainers.
Consequently, they COULDN'T CARE LESS about character, moral integrity, faith, national defense, foreign policy, economic policy, taxes, right to life, or any other traditional issue.
Their moral decadence reflects at the ballot box:
Just let me have my drugs, booze and sex. Give me free contraceptives so I can screw around ALL I WANT, support Planned Parenthood, so if I get pregnant I can get rid of my own child, support gay marriage because all the "cool celebrities" I know are FOR IT, give me my welfare, food stamps, and other government "benefits", so I don't even HAVE TO work, and just text message me when it's time to vote for our celebrity President, whom the media adores and speaks glowingly about.
Single women and UNWED MOTHERS - needless to say - voted OVERWHELMINGLY for President Obama, giving him over 18 million votes - and the victory - nationwide.
John F. Kennedy's famous phrase has been turned TOTALLY on its head: "my fellow Americans, DON'T ASK what you can do for your country, ASK WHAT YOUR COUNTRY can do FOR YOU".
That's why we DON'T PIN OUR HOPES ON POLITICIANS, no matter which party they come from, nor look to mere mortals for answers.
The ONLY HOPE for this debauched and spiritually bankrupt generation is Jesus Christ.
The sooner we come to that realization the better.
It will take GOD HIMSELF to straighten out THE MESS we've created.
To whom much is given from them much shall be required.
Much has been given to us, which we have taken for granted, misused, and squandered BY REJECTING the very God WHO GAVE IT TO US in the first place.
That's WHY America IS IN DECLINE.
That's WHY the younger generation is spiritually and morally IN THE SEWER.
That's WHY, the minute His Church is out of here, this nation will be SWIFTLY, SEVERELY and RIGHTLY judged by God.
And that's WHY Reagan-style OPTIMISM is no longer realistic.
That's also why Mr. Obama's signature statement - which he uses ONCE every four years, at election time, and then conveniently FORGETS for the rest of his term, that "we're not a combination of blue states and red states, but we are, and forever will be, the United States of America" needs to be REVISED and infused with a HEAVY DOSE OF STARK REALITY:
We are, and will remain, THE DIVIDED States of America.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012
"And he (Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out THE SAINTS of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time" (Daniel 7:25, KJV).
"He (Antichrist) was given power to make war against THE SAINTS and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation" (Revelation 13:7, NIV).
Will the Church go thru the tribulation? NO.
The word "church" or "churches" appears 19 TIMES in the first three chapters of Revelation, BEFORE the tribulation begins.
In Revelation 7:9, she appears in heaven, suddenly raptured, as an innumerable multitude BEFORE the tribulation judgments even begin.
The tribulation judgments begin in chapter 8, verse 2.
The Church is raptured under the 6th seal. The tribulation begins when the 7th seal is opened.
The Church is conspicuously ABSENT from all the tribulation chapters.
The word "church" is NOT MENTIONED ANYWHERE in chapters 4-19 of Revelation.
You DON'T find THE CHURCH ANYWHERE on earth AT ANY TIME, DURING the tribulation and reign of Antichrist.
Who are "THE SAINTS" mentioned in these verses then?
WHAT SAINTS does Antichrist war against, conquer, and "wear out"?
"Saints" aren't JUST Christians. There were saints in the Old Testament, BEFORE there were ANY Christians (before Jesus appeared, died and resurrected).
2 Chronicles 6:41; Job 15:14; Psalms 16:3; 30:3; 106:16; Proverbs 2:8 are just a few examples of this.
Many of those Old Testament saints received Jesus as Lord and God, rose from the dead themselves, and were taken to heaven by Him, AFTER His Resurrection (Matthew 27:52; Ephesians 4:8-9).
The word "saint" (kadosh or kodesh in Hebrew and hagios in Greek) simply means one who is CONSECRATED, SEPARATED, or SET APART unto the Lord.
Those who ALREADY ARE saints (saved) are taken to heaven at the Rapture, and BEFORE the tribulation judgments begin.
However, during the reign of Antichrist many people will come to faith in Christ (Revelation 14:6, 13).
When they do, they BECOME saints.
The saints that will be given into the Antichrist's hand are natural Jews who will turn to Jesus when they see Him coming in the clouds to rapture His Church (Matthew 24:30; Revelation 12:6, 14-17).
They're also Gentiles who turn to Christ during the three and a half year reign of Antichrist (Revelation 14:6).
Those who BECOME saints through faith in Jesus Christ during the tribulation will be saved; however many of them will be persecuted and beheaded for their faith ([Revelation 20:4).
They are resurrected after the Second Coming of Christ to rule and reign with Him on the earth.
They are NOT, repeat, NOT the Church.
That's why during the tribulation you'll find "saints" both in heaven (Revelation 8:3; 15:2)) and on earth (Revelation 13:10; 14:12, 14-16).
In short, EVERYONE in the Body of Christ (Church) is a saint.
Those who are saved during the tribulation BECOME saints AFTER the Church is gone.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012
BAPTISM OF FIRE
"The words... indicate the removing of what can be shaken... so that (only) WHAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that CANNOT be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God..., for OUR God IS a CONSUMING FIRE [Hebrews 12:27-29]."
Our God is "a consuming fire"... these words are usually misused by stern religionists in a premeditated attempt to scare the living daylights out of believers.
I have taught on the doctrine of baptisms before, but there's one baptism that I unconsciously neglected to include: the baptism of FIRE.
It was totally unintentional on my part. I apologize for it, nonetheless.
When John the Baptist saw Jesus approach to be baptized IN WATER, he said to those around them:
"I indeed baptize you with water to repentance, but He that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit AND WITH FIRE" [Matthew 3:11].
What IS the baptism of fire?
"Baptism" means "IMMERSION".
We saw a manifestation of this baptism on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came INTO the 120 believers in the Upper Room and sat upon them as cloven tongues of fire [Acts 2:3].
The refining fire of God's Spirit and Glory [Shekinah] was IMMERSING and purging their carnal minds in preparation for ministry.
The baptism [immersion] WITH FIRE was present, in limited form, THAT DAY, at the BIRTH of the Church. It will manifest in UNLIMITED FORM at the Church's coronation [1 Corinthians 15:50-55].
Her coronation will signal her completion. When the Church is CROWNED with the FIRE OF GOD'S GLORY, she will leave this vaporous earth realm and be translated into the eternal one.
It's this BAPTISM OF FIRE that will change us from mortal to immortal, from corruptible to incorruptible.
The baptism [immersion] into God's CONSUMING FIRE will consume ALL the sinful rubble in our subconscious, thus purifying and renewing our minds.
When our minds are purified we will FIND THE WAY BACK TO PARADISE [Jesus' Presence], which we lost some 6,000 years ago at the Garden of Eden.
That Way is the Christ within.
HE IS THE WAY, The Truth and The Life. NO ONE goes to the Father except thru Him [John 14:6].
Hear it again: NO ONE goes to the Father [is Raptured] EXCEPT THRU Jesus.
Yes, this verse also applies to being saved. But FULL Salvation is attained ONLY when we find our Way back to the Eternal Source from which we came, that Source being God the Father.
THAT'S what the Rapture is ALL about.
The INNER Christ was, AND FOREVER IS, the ONLY WAY back to the Father. The ONLY WAY back to Paradise.
That's why we MUST be born again [connect with the INNER Christ] in order to ENTER or even SEE God's Kingdom [John 3:3-5].
The Holy Spirit's PRIMARY function is the revelation of that INNER Christ IN US.
The Church MUST rely on the Holy Spirit and COMPLETELY TRUST the Holy Spirit to MANIFEST as that consuming FIRE that LITERALLY SHOWS US THE WAY [the inner Christ], and LEADS US to the manifestation [APPEARING] of the Christ within.
If we REALLY want the Rapture, THIS is what we must FOCUS ON.
EVERY child of God MUST consciously and 100%, with NO FEAR OR RESERVATION, EMBRACE God's Consuming Fire.
We must NOT fear it, but WELCOME IT.
We must TRUST it to totally consume the debris from years of sin as well as the false notion of separation from God.
The Rapture is NOT a "thing". The Rapture is a Person.
That Person is Jesus Christ and He ALREADY IS within you.
To receive the Truth of the Rapture is to know Who He is, rather than WHEN it is.
Seek God's FIRE with ALL your heart. Don't run from Him. Welcome Him. YIELD TO Him. His fire is GOOD. His baptism of fire won't hurt you. HE'LL SAVE YOU... TO THE UTTERMOST.
EMBRACING the CONSUMING Fire of His inner Presence is WHAT'LL transfer us from this fallen, sinful world BACK INTO HIS PRESENCE.
It's what will enable us to forever see His Face.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012
WHO GOES TO HEAVEN?
The airwaves and cyberspace are filled with religion.
Religion - whether it's "Christian" or pagan, and REGARDLESS of what it's called, CAN'T SAVE ANYONE.
Religion - including ALL denominations - won't get ANYONE into heaven.
WHO, then, goes to heaven?
Let's find out from SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN THERE, then come back to tell us:
In Revelation chapters 4-6 the Apostle John has had a private rapture, during which he's given A TOUR of the heavenly realm. He sees:
1. God on His Throne
2. Four "living creatures" (cherubim) around the Throne.
3. 24 elders
4. Myriad angels
5. Seven spirits before God's Throne
6. SOULS of martyrs under the altar in front of the Throne
BUT NO PEOPLE!
Then ALL OF A SUDDEN, in Revelation 7:9-14, A HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE show up in heaven, seemingly "out of the blue".
Their SUDDEN appearing startles John who immediately asks one of the elders:
WHO ARE THESE? WHERE DID THEY come from?
Like, how come they weren't here a moment ago? HOW DID THEY GET HERE?
The elder then tells John who they are and, more importantly, HOW THEY GOT THERE:
The elder's words SHOULD BE BOTH A WARNING TO "Christian" HERETICS, and SUPREMELY COMFORTING for true believers.
Notice what the elder DIDN'T say:
1. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they belong to ___________ religion.
2. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they belong to ________ DENOMINATION.
3. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they OBSERVED the 24-hour Sabbath".
4. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they were physically circumcised".
5. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they ATE KOSHER".
6. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they kept the law (torah).
7. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they were baptized in water.
8. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they attended church services.
9. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they wore no make-up or jewelry.
10. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they did A LOT OF GOOD WORKS.
11. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they MERITED salvation by living godly lives.
12. He DIDN'T say "they got here because the followed Herbert W. Armstrong.
13. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they followed Ellen G. White".
14. He DIDN'T say "they got here because the followed Charles Taze Russell".
15. He DIDN'T say "they got here because the followed Mary Baker Eddy".
16. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they followed Alexander Campbell".
17. He DIDN'T say "they got here because the followed Joseph Smith or Brigham Young".
18. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they followed Buddha".
19. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they followed Muhammad".
20. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they followed Krishna".
21. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they followed Lao Tzu.
22. He DIDN'T say "they got here because the followed Moses".
23. He DIDN'T say "they got here because they prayed to Mary, visited the Vatican, or kissed the Pope's ring.
24. He DIDN'T say "because they followed the 10 Commandments".
25. He DIDN'T even say "they got here because they were "good" people...
We can theorize all we want about HOW people get to heaven, but HERE'S A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY MADE IT THERE.
HOW does the elder say THEY GOT TO HEAVEN?
"They WASHED their robes and MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB" (Revelation 7:14).
THAT, dear reader, is THE ONLY WAY that you, I, OR ANYONE ELSE will EVER get to heaven.
Have your robes been washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb?
If not, INVITE the Lamb to enter your heart right now, and ask the Lamb to CLEAN YOU WITH HIS BLOOD.
He will. And YOU WILL go to heaven.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
ESTABLISHED BY GOD
The LORD has established His Throne in heaven, and His Kingdom rules over all (Psalm 103:19).
A while back, a Judaizing heretic wrote that Paul was a false prophet because "no one who truly believed in God could say, as he did, that everyone should submit to the authorities and that there's no authority which God hasn't established".
He was appalled that Paul would make such statement when cruel Rome was ruling the world.
I reminded the Judaizer that two of the greatest prophets in Israel, Daniel and Jeremiah, had said THE SAME THING (Daniel 2:21; 4:17; Jeremiah 27:5).
I realize this message is not something most people want to hear, especially AFTER a hard fought election.
Matter of fact, I don't like it either.
But do we receive ONLY those portions of God's Word that we like, and reject the portions we DON'T like, OR DO WE RECEIVE ALL OF IT?
If we truly believe in the One true God, if we truly have Jesus living in our hearts, WE DO NOT GET TO PICK AND CHOOSE where His Word is concerned.
We DO NOT use the Bible "selectively".
We DO NOT focus only on the portions we "like" and DISREGARD those we DON'T LIKE.
That would make us religious hypocrites.
Every godless "Christian" cult that exists was born out of such selective misuse and UTTER DISREGARD FOR the INERRANCY and ABSOLUTE TRUTH contained in God's Word.
Either we believe ALL OF IT, or NONE OF IT (Matthew 4:4).
The fact is that God IS Almighty.
The fact is that God "changes the times and the seasons: He removes kings, and sets up kings" (Daniel 2:21).
The fact is that He "rules in the kingdom of men, and GIVES IT to WHOMEVER He will" (Daniel 4:17).
We may NOT LIKE whom He gives that "kingdom" to, we may not always like the rulers He sets up, we may not fully understand with our limited vision and intellect WHY He allows some wicked person to rule certain countries,but He's God, He knows everything and, ultimately, He ALLOWS IT.
Even in democracies, where people get to vote and purportedly choose their leader, God knew the outcome IN ADVANCE and He allowed it.
I know, I know, those who've witnessed or experienced the horrors of ungodly regimes, the oppression and injustices committed during the Roman Empire, the atrocities of the Holocaust, or the ruthlessness of Stalin's purges... those who've lived under the draconian dictatorships of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Ghadaffi, or Hafez Assad, or even those closer to home who've lived in Castro's Cuba or Chavez's Venezuela, have every right, humanly speaking, to question how a loving, merciful God could allow SUCH EVIL.
He often allows it because WE allow it.
Those regimes are often A REFLECTION OF the collective consciousness of a nation.
We are quick to blame God but we forget that we live in a sin-infested, fallen world, filled with corrupt men with corrupt minds.
The only reason Antichrist gets to rule this world is BECAUSE that's what mankind WILL WANT and deserve (Revelation 9:20, 21; 13:4; 16:11).
And, for 42 months, God WILL allow it (Revelation 13:5).
The fact is that even when God Himself rules this earth during the Millennium -- EVEN AFTER 1,000 YEARS OF PERFECT JUSTICE AND WORLD PEACE -- a rather large number of humans WILL REBEL, side with Satan, and TRY TO TOPPLE Jesus' RIGHTEOUS RULE (Revelation 20:8-10).
It's ultimately OUR SIN, and the evil desires in men's hearts, that have brought about such tyrannies.
Has God allowed it? Absolutely.
Did God give man FREE WILL? Yes and Yes.
Has man, throughout his tortured history, ABUSED that free will to his own misfortune?
Let me count the ways...
When people turn to God WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS He has used even PAGAN kings, who believed in and worshiped "other gods", as His instruments: like Nebuchadnezzar, whom He called "His servant" (Jeremiah 27:6; 28:14).
He also used Cyrus, another pagan, and even called him "His anointed"!!! (Isaiah 45:1).
Unfortunately, I don't see TOO MANY PEOPLE who've lived in those hellholes, fall on their faces before God, cry out to Him, seek His Face, repent of their sins, and beg for mercy.
I DON'T SEE THEM TRYING TO MEND THEIR WAYS and seek His will with ALL their hearts.
EVEN SADDER, I DON'T SEE IT HAPPENING IN "CHRISTIAN" America.
So, perhaps President Obama was right when he said that America "is NOT a Christian nation".
Perhaps THAT'S THE REASON he just got RE-ELECTED.
Don't kid yourselves. This was YOUR CHOICE. Live with it.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012
2,300 "DAYS" - PART 3
"Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said to that certain saint which spoke, How long shall be the vision CONCERNING THE DAILY SACRIFICE, and the transgression of desolation, to give both THE TEMPLE and THE ARMY to be trodden under foot?
And he said to me, TO UNTIL 2,300 EVENING MORNING; then THE TEMPLE will be cleansed" (Daniel 8:13-14).
We have learned that these are neither years, nor days, since NEITHER WORD IS FOUND in the passage.
In this third and FINAL message, let's sum up EVERYTHING the Scriptures say about FUTURE sacrifices and the Abomination of Desolation (AOD):
1. Jesus pointedly stated:
When you... SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand IN THE HOLY PLACE, (whoever reads, let him understand): Then let them which are in Judea flee into the mountains... FOR THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (Matthew 24:15-21).
2. Jesus also told Daniel that this UNPRECEDENTED time of tribulation would last 3½ years (Daniel 12:1-7).
3. That the holy city (Jerusalem) will be trampled by gentiles for 42 months (or 3½ years, Revelation 11:2).
4. That Antichrist's "armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and WILL ABOLISH THE DAILY SACRIFICE and SET UP THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION" (Daniel 11:31).
5. There will be a period of 1,150 days (2,300 evening - morning temple offerings) during which DAILY sacrifices will be STOPPED, THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION installed, and during which BOTH THE TEMPLE AND THE army will be TRODDEN UNDER FOOT (Daniel 8:13, 14).
That after those 1,150 days the temple is cleansed.
6. From the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be A PERIOD OF 1,290 days (Daniel 12:11).
7. Blessed is he that waits, and comes to 1,335 days, in context, 1,335 AFTER the AOD is set up (Daniel 12:12).
The questions are:
1. How can the AOD last 1,150 days (38 months and 10 days), when Antichrist's reign lasts 42 months, and how can it say elsewhere that from the AOD, there will be a period of 1,290 days (43 months)?
Here's a perfect example of why we should pay attention to WHAT GOD SAYS, as well as to WHAT HE DOESN'T SAY.
He says that FROM the time the daily offering is taken away and the AOD is set up THERE WILL BE (A PERIOD OF) 1,290 days.
What He DOESN'T say is that the AOD will be STANDING FOR 1,290 days.
If it did, it would stay at least a month into the reign of Christ.
It will STAND for only 1,150 DAYS (Daniel 8:14).
2. As per Jesus' warning in Matthew 24:15-21, there's NO DOUBT that the AOD is set up when Antichrist's reign (the great tribulation) begins. We know his reign lasts 42 months (Revelation 13:5).
And there's NO DOUBT, as per Daniel 12:11, that the daily offering is taken away AT THE SAME TIME.
There have NOT BEEN daily sacrifices in nearly 2,000 years, since there hasn't been a temple in Jerusalem in nearly 2,000 years.
In order for the daily offerings to be taken away, THERE MUST FIRST BE daily offerings.
And in order for the AOD to be erected, there MUST BE a temple.
In order to TAKE AWAY the daily offerings (korbanot) and SET UP the AOD, daily offerings MUST HAVE BEEN reinstated, and A TEMPLE MUST EXIST.
This means that, at some point following the Church's translation into the heavenly realm, there will be a temple and there will be temple offerings ONCE AGAIN in Jerusalem, as there were up to the time of Jesus' Resurrection (Daniel 9:27).
Temple sacrifices or Korbanot consisted of animals, doves, grain, wine (libations) and incense.
Since land animals will go in the Rapture, tribulation sacrifices will probably be limited to doves, grain, wine and incense.
That means that these offerings must have been reinstated PRIOR TO the beginning of Antichrist's reign since, IN ORDER TO BE INTERRUPTED, they must have been first reinstated.
According to Daniel 8:13-14: the Antichrist stops the offerings, sets up the AOD, and tramples the third temple and army for 1,150 days.
The 1,150 days end about THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO Jesus' Second Coming.
If the AOD stands fewer days, who on earth removes it WHILE the Antichrist is still reigning?
Scripture, to the best of my current knowledge, DOESN'T SAY HOW the AOD is removed and the temple cleansed.
However, there seem to be three viable possibilities:
1) That some brave Jews, anticipating the return of their Messiah, emerge from their hiding place in the desert, and liberate the temple, as they did in 164 B.C.
2) That the Two Witnesses use their supernatural powers to do so, prior to their death and resurrection.
3) That God Himself takes care of toppling the idol of Antichrist DURING THE BOWL JUDGMENTS mentioned in Revelation chapter 16.
If I were a betting person, my money would be on #3.
The 7th bowl consists of THE GREATEST QUAKE IN HUMAN HISTORY, that turns major metropolitan areas into rubble, and huge, 100-pound chunks of hail falling from the sky (Revelation 16:17-21).
Either one of these could do the trick.
It's significant that, according to Daniel 8:13-14, the period of 1,150 days covers the interruption of daily offerings in the temple, the setting up of the AOD, but also THE TEMPLE AND ARMY BEING TRAMPLED.
Once the bowl judgments begin, Antichrist will no longer be on offense (trampling anyone) but ON DEFENSE, SINCE THE BOWL JUDGMENTS ARE AIMED DIRECTLY AT HIS KINGDOM and his followers.
The bowl judgments should begin around the time the 1,150 days end, so that would make perfect sense.
There would be an additional 140 days after that (taking us to 1,290 days), during which the Second Coming would take place, Antichrist and the false prophet cast into the lake of fire, tribulation surviving gentiles judged, Jews return from the desert, and the re-gathering of the 10 tribes from all over the globe begins.
45 days later (taking us to 1,335 days) would be Hanukkah, which is probably when the Millennial Temple will be inaugurated with King Jesus ruling the earth from there.
The numbers, therefore, fit together, coincide with key Hebrew Feasts, and make perfect sense.
Animal sacrifices will be reinstated in the Millennium, when the fourth temple is raised.
They'll be offered ONLY for tribulation survivors -- NOT for Christians.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
2,300 "DAYS" - PART 2
"Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said to that certain saint which spoke, How long shall be the vision CONCERNING THE DAILY SACRIFICE, and the transgression of desolation, to give both THE TEMPLE and THE ARMY to be trodden under foot?
And he said to me, TO UNTIL 2,300 EVENING MORNING; then THE TEMPLE will be cleansed" (Daniel 8:13-14).
In yesterday's message we completely RIPPED TO SHREDS the false teaching that this is talking about "2,300 years".
Conversely, others are claiming that 2,300 days will be THE DURATION OF the tribulation.
They cite Genesis 1:5 and claim that the words "evenings mornings" (erev boker) are meant to be TAKEN TOGETHER and construed as "days".
They also claim that this "agrees with" Matthew 24:22 which says "And except THOSE DAYS should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake THOSE DAYS shall be shortened" meaning, in their view, that rather than the traditional "7-year tribulation" of 2,520 days, its duration will be shortened to "only" 2,300 days.
There are SEVERAL problems with this teaching:
1. NO SUCH THING as a "2,300 day tribulation" is stated in this passage - or, for that matter, ANYWHERE ELSE in Scripture.
2. NO SUCH THING as a 7-year tribulation is taught ANYWHERE in Scripture, either.
3. While it's true that Genesis 1:5 uses the same words "erev boker", there's ONE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE:
In Genesis chapter one, the phrases DON'T END with "erev boker", AS DOES Daniel 8:14. It says erev boker yom echad meaning "evening morning DAY ONE", SPECIFICALLY indicating it's talking about ONE day in particular. Similar terminology is used in verses 8, 13, 19, 23 and 31 of Genesis chapter 1, for days TWO to SIX: "evening morning DAY two", "evening morning DAY three", etc.
As noted in the previous message, the word "DAY" (yom) is NOT FOUND AT ALL in Daniel 8:14.
Consequently, THERE'S NO REASON WHATSOEVER to construe these 2,300 "evenings" and "mornings" as "days".
4. When Jesus spoke about THOSE DAYS being "shortened" He DID NOT MEAN "gee, I said the tribulation would last 3½ years, but you know what? I changed my mind. I'm going to be nice, LIE, CONTRADICT MY OWN WORD, and make it last FEWER THAN 1,260 days for the elect's sake".
Had He said THAT in 33 A.D. (Matthew 24:22) then He would have LIED 63 YEARS LATER when He EXPLICITLY told John in Revelation 12:6, 12:4 and 13:5 that the tribulation would STILL last 1,260 days, 3½ years or 42 months.
If THAT were the correct meaning, then our Lord either LIED in Matthew chapter 24 or He LIED in Revelation chapters 12-13 (perish the VERY thought), because BOTH CANNOT BE TRUE.
Actually, THE ONLY LIARS are those who put words in Jesus' mouth which our wonderful Lord NEVER SAID.
He WASN'T talking about THE DURATION OF the tribulation being shortened TO FEWER DAYS, BUT ABOUT THE DAYS THEMSELVES being shortened, by having fewer hours of daylight.
This is CLEARLY expressed in Revelation 8:12 where it says that ONE THIRD of daylight will be darkened, and in Revelation 16:10 where, during the bowl judgments that precede Jesus' Second Coming (glory to His Name!), THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE ENGULFED IN DARKNESS WITH ZERO DAYLIGHT.
That's why He said repeatedly in Matthew 24:22 that "THOSE DAYS" (the days THEMSELVES) will be shortened, and NOT that "THE TRIBULATION" will be shortened.
Those who capriciously INVENT such ungodly teaching are LYING at best, and ADDING TO GOD'S WORD AT WORST.
Before they get into even deeper manure - I recommend that they read THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES of ADDING or SUBTRACTING from God's prophetic Word in Revelation 22:18.
I also recommend that, after reading it, THEY fall on their faces, REPENT and ask God's forgiveness.
Let's get back TO THE QUESTION being asked in Daniel 8:13:
"HOW LONG shall be the vision CONCERNING THE DAILY SACRIFICE"...?
5. In context, it was referring to the DAILY sacrifices (offerings, or korbanot) that were made IN THE TEMPLE TWICE A DAY, in the EVENINGS and in the MORNINGS:
"One lamb you shall offer IN THE MORNING and the other lamb you shall offer in THE EVENING" (Exodus 29:39).
"Aaron shall burn on it (in context, on the golden altar) sweet incense EVERY MORNING; when he tends the lamps... And when Aaron lights the lamps IN THE EVENING... (Exodus 30:7-8).
"The one lamb you shall offer IN THE MORNING, the other lamb you shall offer IN THE EVENING" (Numbers 28:4).
Hence the answer given in Hebrew is that such events would last for "2,300 evening morning" or for 2,300 "evening and morning" OFFERINGS.
Then the temple will be tzedak or "made right".
If these events will last for the duration of 2,300 evening and morning temple offerings, and TWO such offerings are made each day, THEY REPRESENT A PERIOD OF 1,150 DAYS.
THAT'S what it's talking about.
IN CONTEXT, this is THE ONLY POSSIBLE meaning, since the question asked was NOT "how long will THE TRIBULATION last"? But rather:
How long is the vision CONCERNING THE DAILY offerings...?
The Scriptures are CRYSTAL CLEAR that such offerings were made TWICE A DAY, in the EVENING and in the MORNING.
Therefore, and IN CONTEXT, the answer clearly refers to the DAILY offerings made IN THE TEMPLE TWICE A DAY, in the EVENINGS and in the MORNINGS.
So, WHAT is this passage of Scripture ACTUALLY saying?
A. That at some point during "the time of the end" temple offerings (korbanot), TWO PER DAY, will be reinstated.
B. That such sacrifices will be stopped, and an abomination of desolation (idol) will be erected in the temple.
C. That both the temple and THE ARMY will be trampled underfoot 1,150 days which represent the duration of 2,300 morning and evening offerings, after which the temple will be cleansed.
We know based on Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:5 that Antichrist's reign must last 3½ years or 42 months, or approximately 1,260 days.
We know from Jesus Himself, that it's AT THE BEGINNING OF the 3½ years of GREAT tribulation, that Antichrist stops the daily offerings in the temple and sets up "the abomination of desolation" (Matthew 24:15).
We know that there's another passage that speaks of 1,290 days with regards to the abomination of desolation (Daniel 12:11).
HOW ON EARTH can it say in one place 1,260 days, 1,290 days in another, and in Daniel 8:14 that the AOD lasts ONLY 1,150 days?
We'll crunch all the numbers in the third and final portion of this message.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012
DANIEL'S 2,300 "DAYS"
Daniel 8:13-14 in the King James Version of the Bible reads:
"Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said to that certain saint which spoke, How long shall be the vision CONCERNING THE DAILY SACRIFICE, and the transgression of desolation, to give both THE SANCTUARY (TEMPLE) and THE HOST (ARMY) to be trodden under foot?
And he said to me, TO UNTIL two thousand and three hundred (2,300) DAYS; then shall THE SANCTUARY (TEMPLE) be cleansed".
The Internet is crammed full of bad teaching that says, time and again, that this refers to 2,300 YEARS.
Seventh Day Adventists and other cults have built their entire misguided eschatology on this WRONG teaching.
Do you see the word "years" mentioned ANYWHERE in that verse?
In order to "justify" that nonsensical teaching, they cite Ezekiel 4:6 "After that, turn over and lie on your right side for 40 days--ONE DAY FOR EACH YEAR of Judah's sin".
There are THREE HUGE problems with that theory:
1. IT'S TAKING the passage in Ezekiel TOTALLY out of context.
NOWHERE are we told that this portion of Ezekiel's prophecy has ANYTHING to do with Daniel's 2,300 "DAYS".
Those were God's instructions ONLY to Ezekiel, ONLY at THAT particular time,and ONLY concerning his own prophecy, not someone else's.
NOWHERE are we told that whenever "days" are mentioned elsewhere in the Bible prophetically, they are to be construed as "years".
NOWHERE are we told that this is some inexorable "rule of interpretation" for OTHER prophetic passages where "days" are mentioned.
You've heard me say it time and again: when we take Bible verses OUT OF CONTEXT, we can "make" the Bible say ANYTHING WE WANT.
2. HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING, if it WERE talking about "YEARS" that would mean, as per Jesus' statement in Matthew 24:15, that THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION WOULD BE STANDING, and the temple and army would be trodden under foot (God forbid) FOR 2,300 YEARS!!!
That would also mean, as per Jesus' specific statement in Matthew 24:15-22, THAT THE TRIBULATION ITSELF WOULD LAST 2,300 YEARS!!!
And that Jews would have to FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS AND REMAIN HIDDEN FOR OVER TWO MILLENNIA...
Needless to say, that such SENSELESS teaching CONTRADICTS numerous Scriptures that SPECIFICALLY state Jews will hide in the desert for 1,260 days and that the reign of Antichrist lasts 42 months or 3½ years (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 12:6,14; 13:5).
Those who CONTRADICT the Bible, CONTRADICT God:
They are LIARS, pure a simple.
They sacrifice biblical Truth on the altar of some CONTRIVED DENOMINATIONAL AGENDA.
All the wishful thinking in the world WON'T CHANGE WHAT GOD REALLY SAYS IN HIS WORD.
Gabriel plainly told Daniel this vision concerned THE DISTANT future (Daniel 8:17, 19, 26), or "the time of the end", and NOT THE DISTANT PAST.
So to use THE ONE passage in Ezekiel - written 2,600 years ago -- where God told Ezekiel to lie on his side one day for each year of Judah's rebellion and misapply it to Daniel's 2,300 "days" constitutes NOT ONLY horrendously shoddy hermeneutics but is utterly DISHONEST.
3. However, and purely for argument's sake, EVEN IF we butchered scriptural integrity and applied the erroneous "principle" that "days" really mean "years", THERE'S A HUGE AND INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEM WITH THIS view:
The original Hebrew in Daniel 8:13-14 DOESN'T EVEN CONTAIN THE WORD "DAYS" (yamin, plural or yom, singular) as does Ezekiel 4:6, but rather "2,300 evenings - mornings" (erev boker).
Since the verse in question DOESN'T EVEN SAY "DAYS", even if we applied their misguided principle that "days" really means "years", THERE'S NO WAY IN HEAVEN, HELL, OR EARTH that it could mean "years".
If it says (literally, in Hebrew) "2,300 EVENINGS and MORNINGS": HOW, then, can it POSSIBLY mean 2,300 YEARS?
Please DON'T ASSUME that because someone "quotes Scripture", that the Scripture they quote ACTUALLY SAYS what THEY CLAIM it says.
Check it out for yourself!!!
If it doesn't check out, IT'S NOT TRUE.
If the verse DOESN'T ACTUALLY SAY what the person CLAIMS it says, IT'S NOT TRUE.
If it DOESN'T ACTUALLY say what they CLAIM, THEY ARE LYING.
It's merely part of the blatant deception that Jesus warned (Matthew 24:4) would take place supposedly "in His Name", by people who profess "He is the Christ", in these last days.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Through the years, we have received every conceivable "mathematical formula" YOU CAN IMAGINE - and then some - trying to come up with THE DAY the Rapture will take place :
Add this to that, subtract the other, multiply times whatever, divide by such and such, then subtract "X" and add "Y".
What ALL these formulas have in common is:
1. They're ALL WRONG.
2. They're NOT biblical.
NOWHERE in Scripture are we told that the day of the Rapture will be determined by some cleverly concocted mathematical formula, like adding "X" number of years to 1947 (the year the League of Nations, presently known as the U.N. - United Nothing) voted in favor of a Jewish Homeland, then multiplying, then subtracting.
Same goes for 1948, the year Israel officially became a State.
The mathematical formulas given in the Bible are found in the Books of Daniel and Revelation, and they are rather simple:
1. Antichrist will rule 3½ years or 42 months (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 13:5).
2. Jerusalem will be trodden underfoot by nations (gentiles) 42 months (Revelation 11:2).
3. The Two Witnesses prophesy 1,260 days (Revelation 11:3).
4. Natural Jews hide in the desert from Antichrist's satanic persecution for 1,260 days (Revelation 12:6, 14).
5. There's a period of 7 sevens from the word to "return and build Jerusalem" to (the Second Coming of) Messiah Prince (Daniel 9:25).
6. The period for the interruption of daily sacrifices, abomination of desolation, and for the temple and army to be trodden underfoot is 2,300 evenings and mornings or 1,150 days (Daniel 8:13-14).
7. From the time the Abomination of Desolation is set up there will be 1,290 days (Daniel 12:11).
8. A special blessing is promised to those who reach 1,335 days (Daniel 12:12).
Those numbers were given BY GOD.
While it may be a bit tricky to put them together correctly, they are 100% reliable.
ALL ELSE is crap.
ALL ELSE is man's failed attempts at self-exaltation, trying in vain to be "the one" that comes up with the "right formula".
ALL ELSE is SELF-DECEPTION.
We would do well to stick with God's infallible numbers instead of fabricating our own.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012
WEAR YOUR BREASTPLATE
Once we settle in our minds and hearts that, despite all our human toil and effort, WE HAVE ZERO RIGHTEOUSNESS, we can focus on the REALLY Good News:
We have Jesus' Righteousness.
There's NO BETTER NEWS, IN THE ENTIRE WORLD, than THAT.
Truth be told, His is THE ONLY Righteousness THAT EXISTS.
Our best attempts at "good behavior" won't make us righteous.
You can keep commandments, Sabbaths, dietary laws, circumcision, the law (torah) until the cows come home: YOU'LL BE NO MORE RIGHTEOUS IN GOD'S EYES THAN BEFORE.
That is why it's ESSENTIAL - ABSOLUTE MUST - to INVITE JESUS and RECEIVE Jesus, INTO our hearts.
The born-again EXPERIENCE is NOT an option. It's ABSOLUTE NECESSITY (John 3:3-5).
Those who have EXPERIENCED Jesus Himself LIVING IN their hearts, are ETERNALLY SAVED.
They are MADE RIGHTEOUS WITH HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus' Righteousness is PRICELESS.
It took NO LESS THAN our Savior's own PUREST AND HOLIEST Blood, His atoning death and His Resurrection, to procure HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS for us.
Our Lord be praised for ALL ETERNITY.
There's EVEN MORE Good News:
Once you receive Jesus, once He takes residence in your heart through His Holy Spirit, ONCE you EXPERIENCE His Holy Presence, you are free of sin and guilt FOR ALL ETERNITY (Romans 8:1).
Don't let ANYONE - and I mean ANYONE - put guilt on you.
I wish I could tell you that all Christians will be "on your side" and will be pulling for you...
I wish I could tell you that preachers and so-called "religious leaders" will CONFIRM YOU IN THE FAITH and in the INVALUABLE FREEDOM OF THE SPIRIT.
In most cases, THEY WON'T.
They love to sing "Blessed Assurance", but they'll do their best to keep you UNSURE about your Salvation, which is Jesus' very own Righteousness FREELY GIVEN to us BY SHEER GRACE.
You're going to HAVE TO STAND on Jesus' Righteousness, which is now YOURS, all on your own.
Because the religious establishment will try in every way imaginable to talk you out of it.
They'll try to put the very guilt and condemnation that Jesus REMOVED FOR ALL ETERNITY back on you.
They'll try with everything they got to cultivate and put SIN CONSCIOUSNESS on you,instead of RIGHTEOUSNESS CONSCIOUSNESS.
And if they (by some providential miracle) DO NOT, your friends and family will.
And if they don't, Satan will. (Who needs Satan when you got preachers)?
They'll drag your "past" out before you - everything you've "done wrong" since the beginning of time - they'll rub it in your face, and ACCUSE YOU INCESSANTLY.
Fact is, the MOMENT you make Jesus your Lord and God, He saves you FOREVER (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14).
Fact is, your sins (your "past") is REMOVED FROM YOU as far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12).
Fact is, your "past" - REGARDLESS of what you've done - is ERASED for all the ages.
The ONLY THING "left" from your "past" is THE MEMORIES that your natural mind desperately tries to keep "alive".
It's your choice to either allow those "memories" to linger, and fester, or to REJECT THEM and STAND on the GOODNESS, THE HOLINESS, THE PURITY, THE ETERNAL ASSURANCE, of HAVING our supremely precious Lord and Savior.
You'll HAVE TO STAND FIRMLY on the TOTAL CONVICTION that you have become A NEW CREATION.
Old things are passed away, ALL THINGS are become NEW (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, put on the WHOLE armor of God (Jesus), and KEEP THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - Jesus' OWN Righteousness - on, AT ALL TIMES.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012
THE SIN OF SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN" (Matthew 5:3).
While Jesus, Peter, John and Paul all taught against this sin, I've yet to hear ANY modern preacher talk about it.
In fact, most modern preachers ARE GUILTY, to one extent or another, of both ENCOURAGING and PRACTICING this sin.
Self-righteousness is AN ABOMINATION in the eyes of God.
Repeat: Self-righteousness is AN ABOMINATION.
Self-righteousness IS SIN.
And, with the exception of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, IT IS THE MOST EGREGIOUS AND DANGEROUS SIN A PERSON CAN COMMIT.
Self-righteous people LACK a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. ALL they have is dead RELIGION.
Self-righteous people believe that THEIR BEHAVIOR plays a role in their Salvation.
Self-righteous people THINK they are saved by their own "righteous" DEEDS, when all the while THEY ARE LOST.
Unfortunately, Christendom is rife with "Christians" who practice this prideful and horrible sin.
I KNOW BECAUSE I SEE THE EVIDENCE OF IT EVERY SINGLE DAY:
FEARFUL religionists trying to WIN God's favor through their DEEDS. Smug and confident they are saved because of THEIR OWN obedience.
SELF-righteousness is A LIE.
There's NO SUCH THING.
God says that "there are NONE righteous, NOT EVEN ONE" (Psalm 53:1).
He said ALL our purported "righteousness" is "as filthy rags" in His eyes (Isaiah 64:6).
Jesus Himself told the self-righteous rich young ruler, WHO BOASTED - AS MANY DO TODAY - of "keeping all the commandments since childhood", that he was lying. Jesus said NO ONE IS GOOD, except God ALONE (Mark 10:18).
So, either God was lying or SELF RIGHTEOUS religionists ARE.
That means you can try to be "righteous" from the moment you open your eyes each morning, to the time you close them at night. It's not going to win you any points with God.
You can try to keep commandments till you turn into a shriveled old prune.
You can keep the weekly Sabbath till there are no more Sundays, Mondays or Wednesdays...
You can try to follow the torah until your legalistic mind goes numb...
You can follow dietary laws until you're nothing but skin and bones...
You can get circumcised until you resemble John Bobbitt...
You can shun make up until Maybelline, Revlon and L'Oreal go out of business...
You WON'T merit Salvation. You're NOT saved and you're going to hell.
NONE OF THAT will save you.
NONE OF THAT will make you righteous.
There's ONLY ONE Righteousness IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, and it's God's Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
You and I have ZERO.
The sooner we come to THAT stark realization, the better.
So, if we have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS, despite all our attempts to be and ACT righteous, we might as well throw in the towel.
We might as well just GIVE IT UP.
We might as well throw ourselves HELPLESSLY at the Mercy of God, and SEEK GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS, because THERE IS NO OTHER (Matthew 6:33).
His Righteousness is the ONLY RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT EXISTS.
How do you get God's OWN Righteousness?
By having the Righteous One Himself LIVING IN you.
He comes to LIVE IN you when you INVITE Him.
When you HAVE Him, brother, sister, YOU GOT IT MADE! (1 John 5:12).
Get Jesus IN you, and you NEVER have to worry about sin.
Get Jesus IN YOU, and you're FOREVER Righteous!
God has NO LAW against Himself. Selah.
Get Jesus IN YOUR HEART, and you'll never know OR FEAR condemnation (Romans 8:1).
Colossians 1:27: Jesus IN us is OUR ONLY hope of glory.
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