January 2013 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
There are BUTTS in the Kingdom of God (TWO "t's)....
But there are NO BUTS with regards to Salvation (ONE "t").
The TRUE Gospel, the Gospel Jesus preached and entrusted to His apostles, is 2,000 years old.
And it contains NO BUTS.
It's NOT Jesus is Salvation BUT...
It's Jesus is Salvation, PERIOD (Acts 4:12).
It's NOT we're saved by Grace, BUT...
It's we're saved by Grace, PERIOD (Romans 5:20).
It's NOT Salvation is the Gift of God, BUT...
It's Salvation is the Gift of God, PERIOD (Romans 6:23).
It's NOT Jesus paid the price for my sins, BUT...
It's Jesus PAID IN FULL THE PRICE for my sins, PERIOD (John 19:30).
It's NOT Jesus DID ALL that needed to be done in order to save me, BUT I also have to MERIT salvation.
It's JESUS DID IT ALL, and when I receive Him into my innermost self, I AM SAVED, PERIOD (1 John 5:12).
It's NOT when I receive Jesus into my heart I'm saved, BUT...
It's when I receive Jesus into my heart I'M ETERNALLY SAVED, PERIOD (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14).
It's NOT you may have Salvation now, BUT...
It's Salvation (Jesus) IS MINE and CANNOT BE LOST, PERIOD (Romans 11:29).
It's NOT being born-again BUT...
It's being BORN-AGAIN, PERIOD (John 3:3-5).
It's NOT having the Spirit of God inside, BUT...
It's HAVING the Holy Spirit inside, PERIOD (Romans 8:9).
It's NOT Salvation is by Grace through FAITH (trust), BUT...
It's Salvation is by Grace through FAITH (trust in Jesus), PERIOD (Ephesians 2:8-9).
It's NOT Salvation is Jesus BUT let's ADD...
It's Salvation is Jesus, and NOTHING ELSE, PERIOD (Colossians 1:27).
There are thousands of heretics preaching a FALSE "gospel" FULL OF BUTS.
Anyone who is preaches ANOTHER "gospel" is ACCURSED, PERIOD (Galatians 1:8).
There are also thousands of so-called "evangelical" ministers preaching a CONFUSED, NEBULOUS Gospel of Jesus, Grace, Faith, BUT...
God is NOT the author of CONFUSION (1 Corinthians 14:33).
Take the BUTS out!!!
There are NO BUTS.
Salvation is Jesus and His Spirit IN us, PERIOD.
If you ADD BUTS to the Gospel of Grace, that makes you A BUTTHEAD.
If you ADD BUTS, it's NO LONGER "Good News".
If you ADD BUTS, you have NO GOSPEL.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013
PLACE TO THE DEVIL
"DON'T GIVE place to the devil" (Ephesians 4:27).
Scripture COULDN'T BE CLEARER :
As believers in Christ, we are to give NO PLACE - ZERO PLACE - to Satan in our lives.
We are to kick him out, SEVER ALL TIES to him and his evil world, SLAM THE DOOR SHUT IN HIS stupid face, and KEEP IT SHUT.
Yet most "Christians" NOT ONLY GIVE HIM PLACE, they give him MORE PLACE than they give Jesus!!!
It's bad enough that they've allowed Satan to gain a foothold on their lives, IN MANY CASES THEY'VE ALLOWED IT TO DEVELOP INTO A STRONGHOLD.
No wonder when you face a crisis, no wonder when Satan attacks, no wonder when some demon rears its ugly head, YOU FEEL "HELPLESS" AND DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
NO WONDER you lack the CONVICTION and MORAL AUTHORITY TO CAST SATAN OUT.
HOW can you cast him out WHEN HE'S BEEN THERE ALL THIS TIME AT YOUR INVITATION?
When he's been INFECTING, RULING and DOMINATING your life AS A WELCOMED GUEST?
When you devote more time, ATTENTION, and energy to him, and HIS AGENDA, THAN TO JESUS?
When you jump into his dark world WITH BOTH FEET and only RARELY stick your toe into the Kingdom of God?
We're NOT talking about Salvation here. If you received Jesus into your innermost being, YOU ARE NOW AND FOREVER SAVED.
And you NEED TO HAVE COMPLETE ASSURANCE OF THAT.
However, our actions have consequences in this world, as well as in the spirit realm.
Just HOW do we open the door to Satan and GIVE HIM PLACE?
1. By putting religion - ANYONE OR ANYTHING ELSE - AHEAD OF JESUS in our hearts and lives.
2. By watching pornography, doing drugs, having illicit sex, lying, stealing, delving into witchcraft, the occult, or New Age, playing with Ouija boards, listening to music or watching movies that INCITE LUST, VIOLENCE, FEAR or some combination thereof, or by bringing into our homes ANYTHING that promotes fear, violence, hatred, or lust whether it's a magazine, a book, a movie, video, video game, OR ANYTHING ELSE.
It's ONE THING to casts such spirits OUT, it's ANOTHER THING to LET THEM IN.
If you cast them out ONE DAY and INVITE THEM IN three days later, you're UNDOING and UNDERMINING your own spiritual authority and freedom.
You're being double-minded and won't get ANYWHERE unless you become SINGLE MINDED (James 1:7-8).
Jesus is PERFECT Love: Perfect Love CASTS OUT fear (1 John 4:18).
ANYTHING that DOES NOT STEM FROM Divine Love (God) is from Satan and is to be REJECTED and BANNED from our homes and lives.
ANYTHING (religion included) that PROMOTES FEAR is NOT from God and is to be SHUNNED.
NOTHING of this world can remotely compare to the joy, SHEER PLEASURE and SATISFACTION that an INTIMATE relationship with Jesus provides.
NO MALE OR FEMALE, and definitely NO SEXUAL ACT, can REMOTELY compare to Jesus or FULFILL you as He does.
Take it from someone who KNOWS: "he", "she", "it" or "they" are SIMPLY NOT WORTH IT.
Jesus WARNED that YOU CANNOT - you simply CANNOT - serve TWO masters.
You will invariably LOVE the one and HATE the other.
It's ONE THING to have a moment of human weakness and fall MOMENTARILY into sin.
But we CANNOT SERVE Christ AND Satan.
We CANNOT LOVE both Christ and Satan.
We CANNOT WELCOME into our lives and homes both Christ and Satan.
Make up your minds, Christians:
Be SCORCHING HOT for the Lord, or Siberian cold:
If you really LOVE JESUS, then LOVE HIM with ALL your heart, soul, mind, strength, energy, ATTENTION, and time, and GIVE NO PLACE TO THE LOSER.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013
WHAT'S THAT DEMON DOING IN YOUR LIFE?
"Anyone who LISTENS TO THE WORD but DOES NOT DO WHAT IT SAYS is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and IMMEDIATELY FORGETS WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE" (James 1:23-24).
If you're a new believer in Jesus Christ, or new to this website, today's message is NOT - repeat, is NOT - addressed to you.
It is addressed to those who have followed this ministry for years, find themselves in a difficult situation, and run to me "helpless" and scared.
And they usually do so AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE.
"I'm being attacked by Satan", "I'm having bad dreams", "I'm going through such and such crisis", "I just lost my job", "I feel down and depressed", "demons are after me", etc. etc., and DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.
They CLAIM TO follow our ministry and read these messages DAILY. And they've been doing so for a good while. They even COMPLIMENT our teaching from time to time.
Yet they HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE what to do in moments of crisis.
Excuse me, but HOW THE HELL CAN YOU FEEL HELPLESS?
How can you NOT KNOW what to do?
I'm happy to pray, as the Spirit leads.
I'm happy to help, and Jesus IS our help in EVERY situation.
However, I have to admit that it's DISHEARTENING.
I mean, who the heck have I been preaching and teaching to ALL THIS TIME?
Unless you read these Truths, and then TOSS THEM ASIDE AND FORGET ALL ABOUT THEM, as James said.
These messages are NOT meant as "entertainment", nor are they intended to "tickle your ears"...
They are meant TO BE APPLIED.
They are meant TO BE INCORPORATED INTO your life, your beliefs, and to be PRACTICED.
How can you read these messages day after day, year after year, and BE SO CLUELESS?
It's ONE THING to get a watered down message on Sunday at your local Christian Club (a/k/a "church").
But HERE you get fed SPIRITUAL MEAT ON A DAILY BASIS, CLEARLY, DIRECTLY AND CONCENTRATED.
I'm sorry, but I don't get it.
Don't you know by now that, if you're born-again, JESUS HIMSELF LIVES IN you? (Romans 8:10)
Don't you know by now that Jesus (hence, YOU) HAVE AUTHORITY OVER Satan and OVER every demon? (Matthew 28:18; Philippians 2:10).
Don't you know that GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN YOU than he who is in the world? (1 John 4:4).
Don't you know by now that FEAR DOES NOT COME FROM God? (2 Timothy 1:7).
That FEAR is a satanic spirit?
That Jesus (God, Perfect Love) CASTS OUT FEAR? (1 John 4:18).
WHAT'S FEAR doing in your life?
WHAT'S THAT DEMON doing your life?
Kick him in the seat of the pants, and THROW HIM OUT!!!
In Jesus' Name!!! (Mark 16:17)
If you're born-again YOU HAVE THE SAME JESUS living IN YOU that I have LIVING IN ME:
With the SAME POWER, and the SAME authority.
If you're experiencing things that are not "normal", if you're Christian yet have NO INNER PEACE, if you know Jesus yet every step you take forward there seems to be something pushing you 10 steps backwards, and DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT, by all means come to us and by God's Grace and in the Name of Jesus WE WILL HELP YOU. However...
I can't do EVERYTHING.
At some point in your Christian walk, God EXPECTS YOU TO PULL YOUR OWN WEIGHT SPIRITUALLY.
If you've been Christian FOR A LONG TIME:
Why CAN'T YOU deal with it and TAKE CARE OF IT YOURSELF?
God doesn't expect us to apply truth we don't know or haven't heard. But He will hold us responsible for WHAT WE KNOW.
"...whoever KNOWS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND FAILS TO DO IT, FOR HIM IT IS SIN".
MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
Before he passed away, The FOUNDER OF a major "Christian" university used to say "there are TWO angels for every demon".
The CORRECT statement is "there are TWO of God's angels for every one of Satan's angels".
If such FALSEHOOD is taught at a MAJOR, FULLY ACCREDITED, "Christian" UNIVERSITY, can you imagine HOW MUCH MISINFORMATION AND CONFUSION exists on this topic?
EVIL SPIRITS can be classified into two major categories: angels and demons.
Clearly, then, angels and demons ARE NOT the same.
There seems to be no middle ground where demons are concerned: Christians either sweep them under the rug and PRETEND THEY DON'T EXIST, or they go to the other extreme CONVENIENTLY BLAMING EVERYTHING - and I mean EVERY thing - on "demons" and thereby NOT taking ANY personal responsibility for their actions.
A few years ago, there was a show on Kristian TV and Kristian radio where A RELIGIOUS CON ARTIST used to have "demon possessed" BELIEVERS appear or call in, and he would "cast the demon(s) out of them".
Such "deliverance" was invariably accompanied by SENSATIONALIST screams, howlings, hissing, shaking, convulsing, and other such "SPECIAL EFFECTS".
When he was exposed as a scammer who's fleeced millions of DUMB Kristians by selling them his stupid books and DVD's, a fraud, whose alleged books were written ENTIRELY by a ghost writer, and a plagiarist, his show was taken off the air.
Such charges would have kept A LESSER CROOK off the airwaves, but AFTER a TWO-YEAR HIATUS he's baaaaack! And dumb Kristians keep falling for it.
Some become OBSESSED with demons to the point they CLAIM TO HAVE VISIONS and special revelations about them, including their names, and the kind of evil each demon specializes in.
I recently heard from a young lady whose Christian mother became SO CONVINCED she was "possessed" by a demon, and that God "couldn't possibly" forgive her sins, that she LIVED IN TORMENT and ended up taking her own life.
Tragically, when she sought help from "pastors", and supposed "ministers" of the Gospel, instead of helping her, casting out the demon (for REAL), and ASSURING HER that there's NO SIN that Jesus' Blood can't cleanse (Matthew 12:31), they MADE MATTERS WORSE by telling her that she "had a strong witch in her ancestry" and that "she is from a cursed family" and that the "minister" could see "a spirit of suicide on her" and that HE DIDN'T KNOW "HOW THEY COULD EVEN GIVE WATER BAPTISM TO SOMEONE LIKE HER".
THAT is not only heart-breaking, it's BEYOND TRAGIC. It is TOTAL MINISTERIAL TRAVESTY.
If the SHEPHERDS can't guide and protect the sheep, WHAT GOOD ARE THEY?
If they LET the sheep BE DECEIVED and FALL DOWN A CLIFF, they are WORTHLESS and might as well QUIT their so-called "ministry".
Those aren't TRUE SHEPHERDS they are LYING HIRELINGS.
ANYONE who thinks Satan - or ANYTHING of Satan - whether it's demons, witches, warlocks, spirits, angels, hexes, curses, or WHATEVER, is MORE POWERFUL than the Word of God, the Spirit of God and THE BLOOD OF JESUS, is AN AGENT OF Satan.
He/she or "they" DO NOT BELONG IN ministry, period.
Demons are real, alright. The Bible says they are.
However, NO BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN CAN BE DEMON POSSESSED.
Repeat: NO BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN CAN BE POSSESSED BY A DEMON - UNDER ANY circumstance.
In order to be possessed, the demon would have to KICK JESUS OUT of our innermost being (Mark 3:27).
They can only possess THE UNSAVED.
However, they CAN harass, torment, oppress, and afflict even born-again believers IF WE ALLOW IT.
The other MAJOR misconception is that ALL ANGELS are "good". THAT is patently FALSE.
There are GOOD angels who serve God, and EVIL angels who serve Satan (Revelation 12:9).
Satan himself is an angelic being. He USED TO BE the cherub that covered God's Throne or Mercy Seat before he INVENTED sin (Ezekiel 28:14-15).
When he rebelled against God, ONE THIRD of the angels SIDED WITH Satan (Revelation 12:4; Daniel 8:10; Isaiah 14:12-14).
There are 4 categories of EVIL ANGELS mentioned in the Bible: principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, and wicked spirits in high or heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).
As this verse indicates, Satan's angels have regained a certain position IN THE HEAVENLY REALM through man's sin.
Who, then, are demons?
Demons are humanoid beings that existed ON EARTH prior to the Creation of man (Genesis 1:2; 28).
Man was created in God's own Image (Genesis 1:27). Demons weren't.
When Satan rebelled against God he and his angels were cast down to the earth (Isaiah 14:12-14).
The humanoid beings that inhabited the earth at that time (before Adam) rebelled ALONG WITH Satan, and AGAINST God.
Hence, God sent the first flood AND DROWNED THEM ALL (Genesis 1:2).
Their BODIES perished in the flood and their wicked spirits were sent to a HOLDING TANK in the center of the earth called "hell" (Isaiah 14:9).
They were quite active in the Old Testament, especially during Jesus' public ministry (Mark 1:32; 5:12-13; Luke 4:41; 11:19).
Their manifestations on earth have been severely curtailed and diminished AFTER the Resurrection and Ascension.
This is understandable since Jesus NOW HAS THE KEYS OF DEATH and HELL (Revelation 1:18).
They remain, for the most part, in hell. However, they can come out WHEN HUMANS GIVE THEM LICENSE to do so, and they can oppress, harass, and otherwise wreak havoc in our lives (Psalm 115:16; Revelation 9:1-11).
If you feel you are being oppressed or bothered by some satanic force, DON'T MISS TOMORROW'S MESSAGE.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013
WITH ALL YOUR HEART
You're not sure if you heard from God, you're unsure about some decision you must make, you need to find a solution to a problem, you don't know what to do or which way to turn, you need or desire deep revelation, what should you do?
Seek Jesus Christ with ALL your heart.
Not with HALF your heart.
Not with ¾ of your heart.
Not with 99% of your heart.
With ALL OF IT.
You wouldn't have much of a relationship with your husband, wife, kids or friends, if you interacted with them in a halfhearted, detached, indifferent manner.
Yet, that is EXACTLY the way most of us approach God.
We want answers, we want guidance, we want revelation,WE WANT to be privy to His deepest secrets, but we only seek God when we have a problem.
We only seek Him for 10 minutes on Sunday, and even then it's NOT with all our hearts, since we're more worried about the pastor, the congregation, what we'll wear, what others will say or think, or where we'll go for lunch after the service.
We want Jesus to share His Wisdom but we CHOOSE TO stay lukewarm.
God told us He DETESTS tepid hearts [Revelation 3:16].
I've often wondered why God revealed Himself to the apostle Paul in such dramatic, magnificent and profound fashion, or why He chose him to write two-thirds of the New Testament, or to be the greatest evangelist of all time.
After all, there were plenty of other candidates, and Paul HATED Jesus with all his heart.
I'll tell you why, because Paul was PASSIONATE.
He was INTENSE. He meant business.
There was NOTHING LUKEWARM about him.
Therefore, God could USE HIM.
As Saul of Tarsus he may have persecuted the Church, he may have killed Christians, he may have forced others to blaspheme... but he had ZEAL.
He was someone God could WORK WITH.
Jesus KNEW that once Paul realized who He is, he would LOVE HIM at least as much as he had hated Him.
Sure enough, Paul loved Jesus TO DEATH... literally.
As the Rapture draws near, it's IMPERATIVE that we put lukewarmness behind us.
It's IMPERATIVE that we shake off the spirit of slumber, and open our spiritual eyes.
We have these beautiful promises from God:
Hebrews 9:28: He shall appear to those who LOOK FOR Him.
He WILL APPEAR to those who SEEK HIM WITH ALL (100% OF) their hearts.
Jeremiah 29:13: You will find me when you search for me WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
How much of YOUR HEART does Jesus have?
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2013
"Salvation is found IN NO ONE ELSE, for there is NO OTHER NAME(besides Jesus) under heaven given to men by whom we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Is Jesus THE ONLY Savior or are there more?
In a recent dialogue, a heretic said in one breath that he believes that "Jesus is THE ONLY Savior" and IN THE VERY NEXT BREATH that "the Bible is clear that ONLY THOSE WHO OBSERVE the 10 Commandments will be saved".
For the record, the Bible says NO SUCH THING.
There ISN'T ONE VERSE - from Genesis to Revelation - that says observance of the 10 Commandments HAS EVER SAVED anyone, or WILL EVER SAVE anyone.
God has NEVER promised ANYONE Salvation through 10 Commandment keeping. NEVER!
On the contrary, He EXPLICITLY SAYS NO ONE will EVER be justified by law keeping, which would include that part of the law we know as the Ten Commandments (Romans 3:20,28; Galatians 2:16, 21).
A. That the Bible says NO SUCH THING.
B. That Salvation IS NOT a "future" event: He/it is PRESENT REALITY (Ephesians 1:4; 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 John 5:12). And,
C. That if, indeed, he believes that Jesus is THE ONLY Savior, then WHY WOULD HE NEED TO OBSERVE THE 10 Commandments IN ORDER TO BE saved?
IF HE NEEDS THE 10 Commandments IN ORDER TO BE saved, then the 10 Commandments ARE CO-SAVIORS, ALONG WITH Jesus.
That, in turn, would mean that Jesus ISN'T "THE ONLY" Savior.
That would mean THERE ARE "OTHER" SAVIORS.
That was a couple weeks ago. I've yet to hear further from the heretic.
What a pity...
Anyone can CLAIM to believe that "Jesus IS THE ONLY Savior", but DO THEY REALLY?
There are literally MILLIONS of people throughout the world who CALL THEMSELVES "Christian", who THINK they "will be saved", and who SAY one moment that Christ "is THE ONLY Savior", then turn around and preach "OTHER SAVIORS".
OTHER "SAVIORS" INCLUDE:
2. Old Testament dietary laws.
3. ALLEGED observance of the law (torah)
4. ALLEGED observance of the 10 Commandments
5. ALLEGED observance of the Sabbath.
6. ALLEGED "righteous" living.
7. Belonging to a particular denomination.
8. Following certain "teachers" - who invariably claim to have A MONOPOLY ON Truth - and their FALSE doctrine.
9. Good works.
10. Personal MERIT.
If you TRULY BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY SAVIOR, then WHY do you insist ON CLINGING TO "OTHER SAVIORS"?
WHY do you insist such things are NECESSARY FOR Salvation, thus making them, at the VERY least, CO-SAVIORS?
All right, Campbellists, Armstrongnists, LDS, JW's, Adventists, Sabbatarians, here's your chance:
PUT UP or SHUT UP.
Either PROVE you REALLY believe that Jesus IS THE ONLY SAVIOR by getting rid of all the religious junk mentioned above - INCLUDING YOUR FALSE, GODLESS, MAN-INVENTED DENOMINATION...
Or STOP LYING and TELL THE TRUTH:
The truth is YOU DON'T BELIEVE JESUS IS THE ONLY SAVIOR.
YOU, in fact, BELIEVE IN OTHER "SAVIORS".
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
James's epistle warns Christians that "a double-minded man [person] is unstable in all his ways" [James 1:8].
"Let not such man think he shall receive anything from the Lord" [James 1:7].
What does it mean to be double-minded?
It means to think with the natural mind [in your head] one minute, and the supernatural mind [in your stomach] the next:
Switching back and forth from the spiritual mind to the carnal mind:
Trying to LIVE UNDER the Old Testament one moment and the NEW Testament the next.
The word "repent" [metanoia in Greek] actually means to switch minds.
When a person becomes born-again, they are to switch from the natural mind to the mind of the spirit [Romans 8:27].
From that moment on, they are to stay in, LIVE IN, and think with, the mind of the spirit.
They are to prefer and set the mind of the spirit OVER AND ABOVE the natural mind.
From that moment forward, they are to be SINGLE-MINDED. They are to stay focused and live from the born-again spirit.
The New Testament calls for BEING LED BY, and LIVING IN, the spirit (Romans 8:9,14; Galatians 5:25).
"Well, why haven't I heard that before?
Unfortunately, preachers [even so-called "spirit filled" ones] have been taught to study the Bible with their natural minds. They preach and teach from their natural minds, and emotions, not from the spirit.
I'll admit, thinking with, and living from, the mind of the spirit is not easy.
That's because we're all out of practice. Our spirit's mind has laid idle for so long, it's almost atrophied due to lack of use.
We have ignored it, like it doesn't even exist, and neglected it.
We need to EXERCISE IT. We need to USE IT.
Christians must begin to engage, exercise and think with the spirit's mind. They must live from there, reason from there.
If the Body of Christ were NOT double-minded we wouldn't have ALL THE DIVISIONS, all the CONFUSION, and WRONG DOCTRINE.
We wouldn't have Christians trying to live under BOTH the Old and New Testaments, when the New has MADE THE OLD NULL AND VOID, AND REPLACED IT FOREVER (2 Corinthians 3:14; Hebrews 10:9).
We wouldn't have believers telling you in one breath that "Jesus is their Savior" and in the very next THAT THERE ARE OTHER "SAVIORS" ("CONDITIONS") NECESSARY FOR SALVATION.
UNITY OF SPIRIT IS REQUIRED before Jesus raptures His Church [Ephesians 4:3, 11-13].
UNITY OF SPIRIT will never come from the carnal mind.
It ONLY COMES FROM our born-again (Divine, God) Nature.
Unity OF SPIRIT will only come from THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013
CHILDREN AND THE RAPTURE
One of the most often asked topics has to do with children and what will happen to them at the Rapture and during the tribulation.
1. ALL CHILDREN will go in the Rapture (Joel 2:16; Matthew 18:3; 19:14; 1 Peter 2:2).
2. NO ONE knows for sure what the "age of accountability" is. The Bible DOES NOT say.
GENERALLY SPEAKING, it's somewhere from 7-12.
Since NO ONE knows for sure, speak to your children or grandchildren about Jesus AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.
As soon as they are able to grasp the concepts of God, right and wrong.
Explain IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE WHO JESUS IS (God Incarnate) and WHAT HE DID (died to save us from our sins).
Ask them if they wish to receive Him as Savior and God, and LEAD THEM in a SIMPLE prayer to invite Him into their hearts.
3. Teenagers ARE ACCOUNTABLE for their decisions and need to receive Christ into their hearts, as do adults.
4. What about embryos and fetuses in their mothers' wombs?
If the mother is Christian, she is going and THEY are going.
If the mother is UNSAVED, I DON'T KNOW.
In that case she, evidently, will stay. I haven't found a Scripture that clearly states what would happen to the baby or babies she's carrying.
5. Will there be children born during the tribulation?
People will still engage in sexual intercourse, and women will conceive and give birth.
EVERY child born during the tribulation - regardless of whether he or she dies during that time or survives - is saved by Jesus' Perfect Work of Redemption and by His Most Precious Blood.
6. Will children born during the tribulation be forced to take the mark of the beast, or will their parents be forced to give the mark to their children?
There's nothing in Scripture to indicate that it will be required for children.
Revelation 13:16-17 says:
"And he causes ALL, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might BUY OR SELL, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name".
"He causes ALL, small and great, rich and poor"... It does NOT, however, say "young and old".
So children, evidently, will be EXEMPT from taking the mark.
The main purpose for receiving the mark will be to be able to buy or sell. Since children DO NOT engage in such activities (and the tribulation children would be VERY young, 3 years of age or younger), I'm quite certain parents won't be required to give it to them.
Moreover, Revelation 14:9 says:
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone WORSHIPS THE BEAST and his image and RECEIVES HIS MARK on the forehead or on the hand....
Children three years of age or younger DO NOT engage in conscious WORSHIP, nor in buying or selling.
Furthermore, the angel warns about RECEIVING the mark, clearly showing it will be A DELIBERATE CHOICE.
Even if -- hypothetically speaking -- it were offered to children, or FORCED ON THEM by their parents, no three year old would remotely understand what's involved or what the mark stands for.
Consequently, there's NO WAY that God would hold them accountable for such.
7. What about children of UNBELIEVING PARENTS?
THEIR CHILDREN will be raptured. Their UNBELIEVING parents will remain on earth, WITHOUT their children.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013
GOG AND MAGOG
The battle of Gog and Magog is mentioned ONLY TWICE in the Bible: Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, and Revelation 20:7-10.
These are some of the most grossly misunderstood and erroneously taught passages in Scripture.
The three prevailing views in the prophecy establishment are:
1. That it's concurrent with the tribulation, because of the 7 years mentioned in Ezekiel 39:9.
2. That it takes place in the "middle of" the tribulation.
3. That it takes place at THE END OF the tribulation.
While I've heard A LOT OF "I believe", I've yet to hear a satisfactory explanation FOR ANY OF the three. In fact, ALL THREE VIEWS ARE WRONG.
This battle, as clearly stated in Revelation 20:7-10, takes place AT THE END OF the Millennium.
Those who claim there are TWO DIFFERENT battles of Gog and Magog, DON'T KNOW what they're talking about.
If they KNEW, they wouldn't SPECULATE.
Ezekiel 39:4-6, 11 clearly indicate that the multitude that invades Israel is utterly destroyed.
If they are COMPLETELY destroyed in the "first" Gog and Magog battle, how could they possibly STILL EXIST and INVADE ISRAEL AGAIN in the alleged "second" Gog and Magog battle?
The setting for both passages is the Millennium: Ezekiel 38:11 (God speaking) says that Gog will have an evil thought:
"And you shall say, I will go up to the land of UNWALLED VILLAGES; I will go to them that are AT REST, that DWELL SAFELY, all of them dwelling WITHOUT WALLS, and having NEITHER BARS NOR GATES".
This indicates AN ABSOLUTE DEGREE OF TOTAL SECURITY.
Can anyone in their right mind EVEN REMOTELY apply such statement to the modern State of Israel?
When there are numerous walls and fences that they've erected to curtail terrorism?
Can anyone say they are "at rest" when they live under CONSTANT THREAT from Hezbollah in the North and Hamas in the South, not to mention Iran's stated desire to "wipe them off the map"?
When its citizens are often assaulted, stabbed, murdered, thrown rocks at, and when rockets are fired against them almost daily?
That description ALONE, would convince any logical person that this war COULDN'T POSSIBLY take place in our time.
The ONLY TIME when Israel will enjoy such complete security is DURING THE MILLENNIUM, when Jesus Himself, will rule from Jerusalem, and be THEIR ULTIMATE PROTECTION. Amen.
Ezekiel 38:4,15 clearly describe an army RIDING HORSES.
If this war took place in our time, wouldn't they use tanks, planes, ships, missiles, drones, helicopters, etc.?
Ezekiel 38:4, 5 and 39:9 are VERY EXPLICIT about THE TYPES OF WEAPONS the invaders will use: bucklers, shields, helmets, swords, bows, arrows, clubs and spears.
If this war took place in our time, WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THE INVADERS USE SUCH PRIMITIVE WEAPONS?
Especially in light of the ENORMOUS, state of the art, military prowess that Russia presently possesses?
It makes NO SENSE whatsoever.
At the end of the Millennium, on the other hand, it makes TOTAL SENSE, since we know that during that wonderful era, with Jesus ruling the earth, "He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. NATION WILL NOT TAKE UP SWORD AGAINST NATION, NOR WILL THEY TRAIN FOR WAR ANYMORE" (Isaiah 2:4).
Clearly, all modern weapons will be recycled and disposed of during the Millennium. Hence, at the end thereof, since there are no more weapon factories in existence, and since Satan is given only "a little time" (Revelation 20:3), they HAVE TO resort to primitive weapons, built from scratch, as those explicitly described by Ezekiel.
As for those who would claim these weapons are "merely symbolic", if they were, the Holy Spirit would have simply said "swords" or "swords and spears" and NOT GIVEN SUCH VERY DETAILED description.
Furthermore, the participants are the same, the location of the battle is the same, and the outcome is the same.
Both accounts end with the TOTAL ANNIHILATION of the invaders.
Both accounts explicitly say that their demise is caused by FIRE COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND DEVOURING THEM (Ezekiel 38:22; 39:6; Revelation 20:9).
Well, what about the "7 years" mentioned in Ezekiel 39:9, during which Israelites will burn their weapons?
The Millennium is sandwiched in between TWO 7-year periods: one just prior, which we are in RIGHT NOW, that consists of the birthpangs and tribulation, and another AT THE END THEREOF, during which this burning of weapons and the White Throne Judgment both take place (Revelation 20:11-15).
The VERY FACT that they can use such weapons FOR FUEL and can burn them without injuring themselves, SHOULD BE A TIP-OFF as to the type of weapons they'll use, and what prophetic era this all takes place in.
To say these are "two different battles" of Gog and Magog, that take place at different times, is baseless and ludicrous.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013
WHO IS GOG?
Israel's invaders during the Battle of Gog and Magog are clearly mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 38:3-6:
Magog, Mesech, Tubal (Russia), Persia (Iran), Cush (Iraq), Put (Libya), Gomer with all its bands (Germany and portions of Eastern Europe) and the House of Togarmah (Turkey).
These are all listed in the so-called Table of Nations in Genesis 10:2, 3 as being descendants of Japheth, Noah's youngest son.
Additionally, Josephus mentions the Magogites as being the Scythians who settled in the area north of the Black Sea, or what we know today as southwestern Russia.
The remaining question is who is this cryptic character mentioned in that chapter by the name of Gog?
If we believe our Kabbalistic friends he's none other than former President George W. Bush, because his name contains the letters "G" "O" "G".
Of course, those same Kabbalistic practitioners also claim that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is the Antichrist, or Armilus, purely because certain letters like "r", "m" and "l" are found in his name.
I have a one-word comment on both those theories: BALONEY!
Ezekiel 38:2 describes THE REAL Gog as "the chief prince" or "HEAD" (rosh) of Magog, Mesech and Tubal, which comprise modern Russia.
In 38:3 and 39:1 God flat-out says He is "AGAINST" (ANTI) Gog.
In 38:4, He tells Gog:
"I will BRING YOU BACK, put hooks into your jaws and BRING YOU OUT".
Out of where? Out of the pit, of course, where Satan WILL HAVE SPENT 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3).
That's right: Gog is NONE OTHER THAN Satan.
God is saying that after sentencing him to 1,000 years in the bottomless pit, He will "put hooks into his jaws" and BRING SATAN BACK OUT OF THE PIT for "a little time" (Revelation 20:3).
Satan will make one FINAL attempt to topple God's Kingdom by rousing these nations against Israel, and against Christ, who will be ruling in and from Jerusalem.
The word Gog in Sumerian means "darkness": An apt name for Satan if there ever was one.
It was Satan who covered the earth in darkness after his rebellion, as we read in Genesis 1:2, and made it formless and empty.
It's Satan who brought and brings spiritual darkness, and all manner of evil, into this world.
Moreover, Revelation 20 : 7-9 UNDISPUTEDLY TELLS US it's Satan who will incite these nations, when he's released from the pit, to coalesce and attack Israel.
After Gog (Satan) fails in his final bid to topple the Kingdom of God, he's sent FOREVER into the lake of fire.
God, in His great mercy, allows him 1,000 years in the pit to mull over his attitude. When he finally comes out, he's not only unrepentant, but more determined than ever to rebel against God.
If you ask me, the lake of fire is where the creep should have been all along.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013
"For THERE ARE THREE that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and THESE THREE ARE ONE.
And THERE ARE THREE that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one (1 John 5:7-8).
If I had to put my finger on the three major causes of the Church's presently anemic condition, they are LACK OF KNOWLEDGE of the Scriptures, IGNORING THE SPIRIT, and LACK OF EXPERIENCE.
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE stems from preconceived religious agendas: organized religion has PREDETERMINED and PLACED LIMITS ON what Christians should know.
What they "should" believe and "shouldn't" believe.
What portions of God's Word to teach and WHICH PORTIONS TO IGNORE.
When we DELIBERATELY IGNORE certain portions of God's Word because we do not like the content, or because they don't fit our denominational agenda, WE ARE BEING DISHONEST: NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT.
HOW can we even call ourselves "Christian" and INTENTIONALLY SHUN SOMETHING THAT GOD SAID?
We ignore the Word of God and His Holy Spirit TO OUR OWN DETRIMENT.
The Holy Spirit INSPIRED the written Word.
Jesus sent Him to us to "guide us to ALL the Truth" and "SHOW US things to come" (John 16:13).
He and HE ALONE can reveal God's Word and UNFOLD ITS manifold RICHES.
We may have ALL THE THEOLOGICAL DEGREES from all the MAN-FABRICATED DENOMINATIONS AND SEMINARIES that exist; WE MAY KNOW CERTAIN BIBLE FACTS, BUT - APART FROM studying God's Word without bias and relying on His Spirit - WE ARE WOEFULLY IGNORANT ABOUT THE DEEPER TRUTHS.
The Word of God is NOT simply an INTELLECTUAL pursuit, He/IT IS AN EXPERIENCE.
The Word Himself, Jesus, MUST BE EXPERIENCED.
Our Salvation, in fact, is TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON EXPERIENCING JESUS IN US.
THAT'S what being "born again" is ALL about (John 3:3-5).
His written Word is to be experienced as well.
Some Evangelical denominations will knock on doors, preach Salvation, send out missionaries, and move heaven and earth to get people born-again.
Thank God for it: AT LEAST they get people saved.
The problem is they get born-again and then THE EXPERIENCE ENDS.
It comes to A COMPLETE STOP.
Born again is merely THE FIRST TIME in this earth realm that we consciously EXPERIENCE Jesus.
Born-again is NOT THE END: it's THE BEGINNING OF the Christ Experience.
We are supposed to EXPERIENCE Jesus from that "moment" forward and FOREVER.
The Experience of Jesus NEVER ENDS.
It's as ETERNAL as He IS... Selah.
It is as REAL and ETERNALLY PRESENT as He.
It is available to EVERYONE who has received Jesus into his or her heart as Savior and God.
We're supposed to Experience Him in us ALL THE TIME, 24/7...
MORE and MORE of Him, higher and higher, deeper and deeper into Him, and He into us, culminating in His APPEARING (manifestation, Rapture) IN each of us and TO each of us.
Even then, it doesn't stop.
Each of us is predestined to CONFORM (ADAPT OUR FORM) spiritually, mentally and substantially to His PERFECT Image (Romans 8:29).
Since Jesus is ETERNAL and His Greatness is ETERNAL, it DOESN'T EVEN END THERE, EITHER.
It goes on higher and deeper into Him FOR ALL ETERNITY.
THAT, born-again believers, is OUR GLORIOUS, WONDROUS, BRILLIANT and ETERNAL DESTINY.
THAT is our SPIRITUAL INHERITANCE:
Jesus Himself BELONGS TO each of us.
If you HAVEN'T experienced Jesus, you DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING!
And if you're Christian and EXPERIENCED HIM ONLY ONCE, ONLY when you first gave Him your heart, YOU'RE CHEATING YOURSELF out of the SHEER JOY and DELIGHT that is His on-going Presence IN US.
We can and will have AS MUCH OF HIM and His NEVER-ENDING Love, wonders, and Greatness as we want OR CAN HANDLE at any given stage of our spiritual growth.
WHAT could possibly be better or greater?
We do ourselves, the Christian cause, and His Body, a GROSS DISSERVICE by ignoring THE PERSON of Jesus, His Divine Spirit, and His written Word, and by NOT EXPERIENCING any of the THREE, which are really ONE.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013
PERFECTING THE SAINTS
"And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, for the work of the ministry, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:
Till WE ALL COME IN THE UNITY OF THE FAITH, and of the KNOWLEDGE OF the Son of God, unto A PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature OF THE FULLNESS OF Christ:
That we from now on BE NO MORE CHILDREN, TOSSED TO AND FRO, AND CARRIED ABOUT WITH EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE"...(Ephesians 4:11-14)
If God were handing out report cards, the Church would get a "C" in evangelizing, and an "F" in perfecting the saints.
It's every Christian's mission to "Go into all the world and preach the Good News" (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15).
It's every Christian minister's mission to ALSO perfect God's saints(Ephesians 4:12,13).
WHAT, EXACTLY, DOES THAT MEAN? In context, it means SPIRITUALLY EDIFYING God's Church, the Body of Christ, until WE ALL develop and become THE MANIFESTATION OF Christ Himself:
"Unto A PERFECT MAN, the measure of the stature of THE FULLNESS OF Christ".
Is that ever possible? If it wasn't, God wouldn't have required it, or predicted it.
Romans 8:29 says God PREDESTINED US TO CONFORM TO the Image of His Son.
That Image of His Son is PRESENT REALITY in our Spirits.
It's ALREADY IN us.
Perfection PERSONIFIED lives in us.
Not only is it possible, IT'S GOT TO HAPPEN, IT WILL HAPPEN: Every "jot and tittle" of God's Word will come to pass.
No sense in arguing with me, because I didn't say it: God did.
This is a grossly neglected part of ministry, one which must come quickly and permanently into focus.
Perfection is found in THE SPIRITS OF JUST MEN MADE PERFECT(Hebrews 12:23).
Don't look for perfection OUTSIDE. Look for Him INSIDE.
God is perfect. Therefore, He expects perfection from His Bride.
God expects the fullness of Christ, only in feminine form.
For all the "titles" being appropriated by the religious establishment - for all the so-called "apostles", "prophets", "evangelists", "teachers", "pastors", "bishops", "elders" and "life coaches" - you would think THEY WOULD ACCEPT THE MINISTERIAL RESPONSIBILITY that goes along with them.
Perfecting the saints should be ON TOP OF THE LIST.
THE MORE "TITLES" WE CLAIM, the more God WILL REQUIRE OF US(Luke 12:48; James 3:1).
"Titles" WITHOUT RESULTS are MEANINGLESS.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013
We've heard of shadow boxes, shadow painting, shadow accounting, shadow banking, shadow governments, and even shadow boxing.
But there's also SHADOW WORSHIP.
MILLIONS of people the world over are WORSHIPPING A SHADOW today, EVEN AS we speak.
That "shadow" they worship is the 24-hour unit of "time" called Sabbath.
God's Word couldn't be clearer:
"Therefore DO NOT LET ANYONE JUDGE YOU by what you eat or drink, OR WITH REGARD TO a religious festival, a New Moon celebration OR A SABBATH DAY... which are A SHADOW OF things to come" (Colossians 2:16-17).
The 24-hour Sabbath is A MERE SHADOW!!!
Like ANY OTHER shadow, it will PASS AWAY and VANISH into oblivion when "time" IS NO MORE.
The TRUE Sabbath is ETERNAL (Genesis 2:2-3).
And those verses say that NO ONE is to JUDGE ANOTHER with regards to THAT 24-HOUR DAY.
Yet MILLIONS of supposed "Christians" JUDGE and look down their religious noses at REAL Christians and call them "apostate" for NOT worshipping that shadow.
Some even accuse them of "taking the mark of the beast" for NOT worshipping that shadow.
Never mind that there isn't ONE Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, to support THAT FALSE claim.
And, TRAGICALLY, MILLIONS of them are TOTALLY CONVINCED that their "salvation" DEPENDS ON observing THAT SHADOW.
That UNLESS a believer gathers during that 24-hour period AT A BUILDING INVENTED in the 4th century A.D. by mortal men, built by mortal men, with a religious name ALSO INVENTED BY MORTALS less than 200 years ago, THEY ARE "APOSTATE" or "UNSAVED".
As members OF "Christian" CULTS, they have been religiously BRAINWASHED to such extent, that all the reasoning in the world, all the SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE in the world, doesn't even make them budge.
Their religious CULT has blinded them to The Truth, to such degree, that they won't even CONSIDER any other option.
"One man CONSIDERS ONE DAY MORE SACRED THAN ANOTHER; another man CONSIDERS EVERY DAY ALIKE. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind" (Romans 14:5).
"But NOW THAT YOU KNOW God--or rather ARE KNOWN BY God--HOW IS IT THAT YOU ARE TURNING BACK to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish TO BE ENSLAVED BY THEM ALL OVER AGAIN?
You are OBSERVING SPECIAL DAYS and months and seasons and years!" (Galatians 4:10).
EVEN IF we wanted to "observe" the 4th commandment, IT SAYS NOTHING - ZERO -ABOUT CONGREGATING on the 24-hour Sabbath.
The 4th commandment was to ABSTAIN FROM ALL MANNER OF WORK during that 24-hour period. Natural Israelites (NOT Christians) were to STAY HOME AND REST.
Are you saying it's wrong to congregate on Saturday?
No. You may congregate ANY day you want, INCLUDING Saturday.
WHAT IS WRONG is to TRUST such "congregating" during that SPECIFIC unit of TIME to make us righteous or "deserving" before THE ETERNAL God.
It's SO WRONG, in fact, that those who TRUST THAT UNIT OF TRANSIENT TIME - which will inevitably END - for Salvation, ARE LOST.
They FALSELY accuse Emperor Constantine of abolishing Sabbath worship in favor of Sunday worship when, in reality, Christians HAD ABANDONED Sabbath worship LONG BEFORE Constantine came along.
Constantine did issue a decree on March 7, 321 making Sunday an official DAY OF REST but, by then, Christians HAD NOT OBSERVED the CUSTOM of CONGREGATING ON the 24-hour Sabbath for a long time.
There is both historical and biblical evidence that PROVES such CUSTOM (it was NEVER a "commandment") had been abandoned by most Christians:
"Assemblies ARE NOT HELD IN ALL CHURCHES ON THE SAME TIME OR MANNER. The people of Constantinople, and almost everywhere, ASSEMBLE TOGETHER on the Sabbath, AS WELL AS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK (Sunday), which CUSTOM is never observed at Rome or at Alexandria. There are several cities and villages in Egypt where, CONTRARY TO THE USAGE ESTABLISHED ELSEWHERE, the people meet together on Sabbath evenings, and, although they have dined previously, partake of the mysteries" (Sozomen, 4th century Church Historian, Ecclesiastical History Book VII, CHAPTER 19).
Ignatius of Antioch's letter to the Magnesians, written EARLY in the SECOND century A.D., and at least 100 years before Constantine's edict, states:
"Let us therefore NO LONGER KEEP THE SABBATH AFTER THE JEWISH MANNER, and rejoice in days of idleness .... But let every one of you keep the Sabbath after A SPIRITUAL MANNER" (Ignatius to the Magnesians, chapter IX).
"If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, NO LONGER OBSERVING THE SABBATH, BUT LIVING IN THE OBSERVANCE OF THE LORD'S DAY (Sunday), on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death"... (Epistle of Ignatius of Antioch to the Magnesians, chapter IX).
Again, Hebrews 4:8-10 COULDN'T BE CLEARER:
"Because if Joshua had given them REST (the TRUE Sabbath), then he would not afterward have spoken of ANOTHER DAY:
There REMAINS, therefore, A REST (Sabbath) to the people of God.
Because he that has ENTERED INTO HIS REST (Sabbath), has also CEASED FROM HIS OWN WORKS, as God did from his".
Which part of "CEASING FROM YOUR OWN WORKS" DON'T SABBATARIANS UNDERSTAND?
If we CEASE from OUR OWN WORKS, as God CEASED from His, WHY ON EARTH do they INSIST on attaining Salvation BY WORKS such as 10 Commandment keeping and alleged "Sabbath keeping"?
There are VISIBLE idols, made of stone, wood or metal, and there are INVISIBLE idols.
A worshipped SHADOW IS simply AN INVISIBLE IDOL.
Living UNDER the Old Testament, observing the law, the 10 Commandments, circumcision, dietary laws, and 24-hour "Sabbaths", HAS NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL.
Non-Messianic Jews have TRIED TO "observe" all of these FOR OVER THREE MILLENNIA and ARE LOST.
Those who still live under the OLD Testament are AS LOST AS most Jews.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013
HIGH ON JESUS
Every Christian should be filled with the Spirit of God, not once, but MANY, MANY, MANY TIMES.
The Bible commands us to be continually being filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-19).
That means that Jesus and His most Holy Spirit MUST BE experienced.
All the time!
However, it all starts with the "FIRST TIME".
When we receive Jesus into our hearts as Lord, He penetrates our spirit with His, and deposits His Incorruptible Seed within us.
That's when we get born-again. That's what STARTS the whole process.
It's one thing to have the Spirit of God IN YOU. It's another, to be FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.
We've all heard the analogy of the "half full, half empty" glass.
Our spirit can be half-full of God's Spirit, or it CAN BE FILLED TO CAPACITY, TILL IT OVERFLOWS.
When we're filled, His Spirit simply overflows and comes gushing out of us in the form of unknown tongues (Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6).
So, the INITIAL MANIFESTATION of being filled with God's Spirit is SPONTANEOUS utterance in tongues. Thereafter, we use tongues in our private devotions, for our own spiritual edification, NOT in public.
Christians are not to use tongues for "show", or to brag about spiritual superiority. They don't make anyone superior.
That fullness of the Spirit sometimes ACCOMPANIES the new birth. For most of us, it comes spontaneously and effortlessly AFTER being born-again.
It's God's doing ENTIRELY. So, all it takes on our part is asking God in childlike TRUST, AND BEING WILLING and YIELDED TO RECEIVING His Gift of unknown tongues by Grace.
Jesus promised that if we, being evil, give good gifts to our children, HOW MUCH MORE will He give His Holy Spirit, to those who ASK HIM (Luke 11:13).
Warning: "side effects" include tingling, exuberance, joy, light-headedness and giddiness.
You mean we can get "high" on Jesus?
That's EXACTLY what I'm saying.
Why do you think, on the Pentecost following Christ's Ascension, people thought the apostles WERE DRUNK? (Acts 2:13-15).
No substance in this world, legal or illegal, can produce that wondrous effect. And, best of all, it doesn't wear off and you don't get hangovers or any bad "after" effects.
You can OVERDOSE on Jesus AS MUCH AND AS OFTEN as you want.
I vividly remember the first time I got Spirit-filled: Not only did I experience all the "side effects", I had a grin from ear to ear, that you couldn't have erased if you hit me with a sledge hammer.
It was WONDERFUL.
If you're not spirit-filled, I urge you to RECEIVE HIM, ASK HIM, TRUST HIM to fill you.
The experience is "out of this world".
You may never "come down to earth" again.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013
HEAD VS. HEART
...that WHOEVER BELIEVES in Him shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE" (John 3:16).
"He THAT BELIEVES and is baptized SHALL BE SAVED" (Mark 16:16).
"Demons also believe and tremble" (James 2:19)
James 2:19 is the ONE verse IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE that heretics cling to in order to "prove" that Jesus ISN'T SUFFICIENT TO SAVE US, and in order to "prove" that FAITH IN JESUS ALONE ISN'T SUFFICIENT.
Of course they DELIBERATELY IGNORE at least 50 New Testament verses that SAY THE VERY OPPOSITE: THAT JESUS IS SUFFICIENT AND FAITH IN HIM ALONE IS SUFFICIENT.
Have they found A CONTRADICTION in God's Word?
NOT A CHANCE IN HELL.
We AREN'T demons. And demons AREN'T human.
Demons "believe" in Jesus because THEY HAVE TO.
How can they NOT believe He is God when He drowned them all and sent them to hell underneath the earth? (Genesis 1:2; Mark 5:12-13).
They KNOW who He is and are SCARED TO DEATH OF Him. That's THE ONLY REASON they "believe" in Him (Matthew 8:28-29; Mark 5:7; Luke 4:34:8:28).
Demons believe in Jesus WITH THEIR MINDS, NOT with their hearts.
They DON'T love Jesus. They have NO LOVE.
Show me ONE demon that has repented, given its heart to Jesus, and been born-again AND I'LL BECOME THE GREATEST ADVOCATE OF FAITH PLUS WORKS THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN.
Moreover, Jesus DIDN'T die and rise from the dead on behalf of demons.
He did it ON BEHALF OF HUMANS.
He did for all natural descendants of Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22).
That's why He INCARNATED AS a human, NOT as a demon (Hebrews 2:14).
So much for that LAME, BLASPHEMOUS and STUPID argument...
Salvation is BY GRACE ALONE THROUGH FAITH ALONE, WITHOUT ANY WORKS (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:20, 28; Titus 3:5).
However, SAVING FAITH is not something that happens only in our minds: IT MUST HAPPEN, AND TAKE ROOT IN, OUR HEARTS).
It's WITH THE HEART that man believes unto righteousness (Romans 10:9).
There's NO WAY of being saved APART FROM Jesus PENETRATING and TAKING RESIDENCE IN our hearts.
Jesus MUST be EXPERIENCED in the human heart (innermost part of our being) in order for anyone to be saved.
His Grace IS sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Everyone WHO EXPERIENCES Jesus in their innermost being IS ETERNALLY SAVED...
WITHOUT LAW KEEPING,
WITHOUT 10 COMMANDMENT KEEPING,
WITHOUT SABBATH KEEPING,
WITHOUT EATING KOSHER,
WITHOUT SO MUCH AS LIFTING A FINGER...
Any human who compares himself or herself with demons IS LOST, needs to FALL on his or her face, give his or her heart to Jesus, TRUST HIM COMPLETELY, and GET SAVED.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013
FULFILlNG THE LAW
"The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," AND WHATEVER OTHER COMMANDMENT THERE MAY BE, are SUMMED UP IN THIS ONE RULE: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
LOVE (agape) DOES NO HARM TO ITS NEIGHBOR: Therefore LOVE (agape) IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW" (Romans 13:9-10).
These verses COULDN'T POSSIBLY be clearer.
Divine Love (agape) IS the fulfillment of God's law.
There's NO OTHER WAY TO FULFILL God's law.
Repeat: THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO fulfill God's law.
There's NO PLACE in the entire Bible that says that WORKS are the fulfillment of the law: NOT ONE.
Yet we have ENTIRE "Christian" DENOMINATIONS intent on "fulfilling" God's law through works.
Worse, we have MILLIONS of purported "Christians" who BELIEVE THEY CAN FULFILL THE LAW THROUGH WORKS, like "good behavior", "righteous living" and "10 Commandment keeping", "Sabbath keeping", and OTHER WORKS.
Matter of fact, they are COUNTING ON their alleged "obedience" and "good behavior" to get them to heaven.
Worse, many are COUNTING ON a man-made DENOMINATION, INVENTED by a mortal sinner a mere 200 years ago, to get them to heaven.
Never mind that the TRUE Christian faith has been around for 2,000 YEARS!!!
Never mind that Israelites tried for 1,500 years to fulfill the law, and NEVER COULD.
If neither Joshua, David, Samuel, Nathan, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, OR MOSES HIMSELF, could fulfill God's law, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT YOU CAN?
The sad thing is that AS LONG AS THEY BELIEVE THEY CAN GET TO HEAVEN BASED - in whole or in part - ON THEIR OWN WORKS, or their own "merit", THEY'LL NEVER MAKE IT.
That's right: WORKS WILL NEVER FULFILL GOD'S LAW.
Works AREN'T the fulfillment of God's law.
ONLY Love (agape) can fulfill the God's law.
Why? Because the LAW-GIVER IS love!
God IS love (agape).
Therefore THE ONLY FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW- GIVER'S LAW IS the LAW-GIVER HIMSELF.
It's His Divine Love (God) Nature.
The fulfillment of God's law is therefore, God Himself, LOVE HIMSELF, LIVING IN US.
That's why Jesus (God) said "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but TO FULFILL THEM (Matthew 5:17).
Since Divine Love IS THE ONLY FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW, Divine Love had to come in human form TO FULFILL IT.
To fulfill something means to SATISFY IT FOR EVER!!! (Hebrews 9:12,26; 10:14).
Those who TRY to satisfy or fulfill God's law through works WILL ALWAYS FAIL.
Those who TRY to satisfy or fulfill God's law through works are in fact NEGATING Jesus' PERFECT, COMPLETE Work of Redemption.
They are in fact saying that Jesus FAILED IN HIS MISSION (perish the VERY thought).
That His Blood, death and Resurrection are INSUFFICIENT.
Those who TRY to fulfill God's law through works WILL NEVER SATISFY GOD OR HIS LAW.
Those who TRY to satisfy or fulfill God's law through works will end up in hell.
Those who try to satisfy or fulfill God's law through works ARE NOT SAVED.
Love Himself COMES TO LIVE IN US, IN OUR INNERMOST BEING, when we receive Jesus as God and Savior.
We become PARTAKERS OF His Divine Love Nature which IS the fulfillment - and ONLY fulfillment of - God's Law.
Nothing and NO ONE pleases God but Himself.
Nothing and NO ONE fulfills God's Law but God Himself.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
GOD IS IN THE DETAILS
As recently as November 25, 2012 I wrote a message offering a number of possible scenarios that might lead to the construction of the third temple.
That's a question that comes up CONSTANTLY.
I said at the time that although the Bible is clear THAT THERE WILL BE a third temple, no one knew for sure how the temple would get built or when.
However, the Lord recently hit me with a revelation concerning the temple, which has been in Scripture for the past two millennia.
I had read that passage COUNTLESS TIMES and IT WENT RIGHT OVER MY HEAD.
This proves the point I've often made that human intelligence alone is not the key to understanding Bible prophecy or any portion of the Bible.
THE KEY is the Holy Spirit.
UNLESS the Spirit TAKES THE WORD He inspired and QUICKENS IT in our spirit and consciousness, you could have the highest I.Q. and NOT "see" prophetic Truth.
I'm referring to Revelation 11:1-2:
"I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "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. They will trample the holy city for 42 months".
Buildings ARE MEASURED BEFORE they are built, NOT after.
They are MEASURED when THE FOUNDATION is about to be laid.
I knew this on some level, but even checked with a brother who is an experienced and licensed General Contractor (hi Steve) and he both, verified it and assured me, that "if the FOUNDATION is MEASURED plumb, level and square, the rest is smooth sailing".
If Jesus tells John TO "MEASURE the temple", THAT MUST BE when the temple's FOUNDATION IS LAID!!!
ALL the times I've read this passage of Scripture and TOTALLY MISSED IT!
Until the Lord, hit me right between the eyes with it:
NOTICE also how He says "DO NOT MEASURE THE COURT OUTSIDE (where the Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosque presently sit) because IT'S BEEN GIVEN TO GENTILES" (indeed, it has).
In other words, DON'T MEASURE THAT, 'cause that's under gentile occupation, it's not part of MY JERUSALEM that I consider holy, and MY TEMPLE WON'T BE BUILT ON IT.
In fact, that portion of Mount Moriah is DESTROYED in the quake that follows the death, resurrection and ascension of the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:13).
Is God's Word DELICIOUS in its PRECISION, or what?
Steve also was amazed and as excited as I!
He said that would explain THE SPEED at which they build the Temple. And that it could be built in virtually no time...
So, we now KNOW it is built by Israel, not by Antichrist, as Ephrem the Syrian suggested in his 4th century manuscript.
And we also KNOW its construction begins when the tribulation starts, and the Two Witnesses appear.
The Two Witnesses are undoubtedly connected to the building of the temple, as verse 3 says:
"And I will give power to MY TWO WITNESSES, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth."
The ALTAR mentioned in verse one already exists: It's 3 meters wide by 3 meters long and 2 meters tall. It was built by the Temple Institute two and a half years ago.
Revelation 11:1-2 also says that Jews will be worshipping at that altar - which will be placed at the location of the former temples - EVEN BEFORE the third temple is built.
It's also mentioned in the Book of Joel 2:15-17:
"Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, CALL A SOLEMN ASSEMBLY:
GATHER THE PEOPLE, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that nurse: LET THE BRIDEGROOM GO FORTH FROM HIS CHAMBER, AND THE BRIDE OUT OF HER CHAMBER.
Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, WEEP BETWEEN THE PORCH AND THE ALTAR, and let them say, Spare your people, O LORD, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the nations (gentiles) should rule over them: why should they say among the people, Where is their God?"
When Jews see the Jesus that most of them rejected APPEARING in the clouds IN POWER AND GREAT GLORY, and that His Church has been taken to heaven, they will realize what has happened and what is ABOUT TO HAPPEN and will cry out to God, at that location, for mercy.
Bottom line, brothers and sisters:
The temple gets built shortly after the Rapture, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION BEGINS, UNDER THE 7TH SEAL and 6th trumpet.
And the second woe is when the Two Witnesses who'll prophesy around that area 1,260 days GET KILLED by Antichrist (Revelation 11:14).
This is yet ADDITIONAL proof that all these things, while they BEGIN TO happen in numeric order, overlap and take place concurrent with each other.
THAT MUST BE the ONLY reason we're still here.
It's gonna be CLOSER than we think: Or, at least, closer than I thought.
MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013
WHAT MUST HAPPEN SOON
One of the most misunderstood verses of the Bible is Revelation 1:1:
"The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants WHAT MUST HAPPEN SOON"...
The KJV renders it "things WHICH MUST SHORTLY come to pass".
I know God is eternal and to Him "a thousand years" are as a day...
However, John wrote that verse at the end of the first century A.D., almost 2,000 years ago.
He got it from Jesus and wrote it TO US.
I hardly consider 2,000 years of earth time "soon" or "shortly", DO YOU?
The Greek word used in this verse is tachei, or tachos which ACTUALLY means "QUICKLY" or "SPEEDILY".
Clearly, Jesus WASN'T talking about things that would happen SOON after 96 A.D., but rather, QUICKLY.
What He was trying to get across to John, and to the rest of us, is that ONCE THEY START HAPPENING THEY WILL HAPPEN SPEEDILY.
They will happen in QUICK SUCCESSION, with LITTLE or NO DELAY in between.
Boy, I wish I'd seen this sooner. But revelation comes WHEN IT COMES: When Jesus told Daniel that at the time of the end "knowledge will increase" He WASN'T kidding (Daniel 12:4).
We just have to TRUST that His timing for EVERYTHING is PERFECT.
Let's PROVE with OTHER Scriptures that THIS IS THE CORRECT MEANING:
"And AT THAT TIME shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people: and there shall be A TIME OF TROUBLE SUCH AS NEVER WAS since there was a nation even to that same time"...
The Hebrew word here is tsarah which means "distress, trouble or TRIBULATION".
Five verses later, Jesus is ASKED POINT BLANK:
"HOW LONG SHALL IT BE till the end of these wonders?" (Daniel 12:6).
And He lifts up both hands to heaven and SWEARS BY HIMSELF that it shall be for "a time, times, and a half" or, as we'd say in modern English, "for 3½ years".
That's HOW LONG the distress or trouble or tribulation WILL LAST. I SEE THAT NOW.
Here's where it gets REAL tricky:
When we read the Book of Revelation, chapters 8-16, it GIVES THE IMPRESSION that the tribulation may be somewhat longer because of the trumpet judgments which APPEAR TO PRECEDE the reign of Antichrist.
Trumpet #5 ALONE lasts 5 MONTHS (Revelation 9:5).
The judgments are described in chapters 8-12 and Antichrist ISN'T EVEN MENTIONED until chapter 11, and his reign until chapter 13.
Additionally, we have the "problem" of the Two Witnesses.
We are specifically told that they prophesy 1,260 days. When they FINISH their testimony (when the 1,260 are OVER) Antichrist kills them (Revelation 11:7).
We know the 3½ years must END with Christ's Second Coming.
1,260 days ARE 3½ years. But we simply CAN'T HAVE Antichrist crucifying Moses and Elijah RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE RETURNING JESUS.
That's UTTERLY INCONCEIVABLE.
Furthermore, Revelation 11:8-14 clearly shows there is an unspecified AMOUNT OF TIME AFTER they are killed by Antichrist and BEFORE Jesus returns.
So, what's the answer?
Then I was told, "You must prophesy AGAIN about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.
The Greek word is palin meaning "again" or "once more".
At that point, John is GOING BACK in time and filling in some of the detail. One of the "details" he gives, as he goes BACK IN TIME is the reign of Antichrist in chapter 13.
My conclusion, then, is that Jesus WASN'T talking in linear time. Had that been the case, we WOULDN'T BE HERE.
He is talking about the 3½ years, which last a BIT LONGER THAN the 1,260 days yet still are, generally speaking, 3½ years.
The events described in Revelation BEGIN in numeric order. However they OVERLAP with each other.
So, whereas BEFORE we were looking at a model which, in linear time, looked LIKE THIS:
Two Witnesses + TRUMPETS + ANTICHRIST REIGN + 2nd Coming
We're now looking at a model where many of these events happen CONCURRENTLY, which looks LIKE THIS:
Two Witnesses TRUMPETS
ANTICHRIST REIGN + 2nd Coming
Furthermore, the TIMING of the Rapture has been sitting right there in Daniel chapter 12 for 2,500 years.
Glory to God!
His SYMMETRY AND PERFECTION are UNSPEAKABLY AWESOME.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013
THE SEAT OF MOSES
"Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: The teachers OF THE LAW (scribes) and the Pharisees sit IN MOSES' SEAT. So... obey them and do everything they tell you. But DO NOT IMITATE THEM, for they DO NOT practice what they preach.
They tie up HEAVY LOADS and put them ON MEN'S SHOULDERS, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
EVERYTHING they do is FOR SHOW, TO BE SEEN by MEN" (Matthew 23:1-5)...
WHAT IS the "SEAT OF Moses"?
The answer is found in Exodus 18:13:
"The next day Moses TOOK HIS SEAT to serve AS JUDGE FOR THE PEOPLE, and they stood around him from morning till evening".
People who had doubts or disputes would have to wait for hours on end to be heard.
Eventually it became too difficult for Moses to handle such monumental task all by himself. There were simply too many people with too many questions.
Therefore, he had to delegate some of the decision-making to others.
According to Exodus 18:21-26, on the advice of his father in law Jethro, Moses selected capable, godly men of good character and NOT GIVEN TO GREED, and appointed them as JUDGES OVER groups of ten, fifty, hundred and thousand to settle the simpler issues, thus allowing Moses to decide only THE MOST DIFFICULT situations.
Later, that role as supreme arbiter of right or wrong became too much for Moses and God told him to appoint 70 elders to help handle such task. God also promised TO PUT THE SPIRIT that was upon Moses also on them. (Numbers 11:16-17).
In the Jewish religious system, those judges were eventually replaced by the 23-member Sanhedrin and also, during the Second Temple period, by the 71-member Supreme Court or Great Sanhedrin (70 members plus the High Priest) which met at the Hall of Hewn Stones inside the temple in Jerusalem.
THE SPIRIT, meanwhile, had been SHOVED ASIDE and - all but for rare interventions by His Sovereign Will - TOTALLY EXCLUDED FROM those proceedings.
The scribes and Pharisees - most of which were members of the Sanhedrin - were LAW SPECIALISTS.
They KNEW THE LAW upwards, downwards, forward, backward and sideways.
Thus, Jesus told his disciples (PRIOR TO Calvary and, PRIOR TO Grace and the New Testament being in force) to OBEY THEIR TEACHING, but NOT TO follow their EXAMPLE.
In the remainder of Matthew's 23rd chapter Jesus lashes out against HYPOCRITICAL LEGALISTS and EXPOSES their hypocrisy, deception and corruption IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS.
LAW SPECIALISTS (legalists) SAID ONE THING, but DID ANOTHER.
They sat in smug self-righteousness, IN JUDGMENT OF and FINDING FAULT WITH, everyone else, ALL THE WHILE NOT REALIZING HOW SPIRITUALLY DESTITUTE THEY WERE THEMSELVES.
They had RELIGION, a FORM OF "godliness", but NO POWER, and NO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Jesus had BOTH.
They KNEW THE LETTER OF the law, but -- unlike Moses and the 70 -- THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE SPIRIT THEREOF.
They wouldn't have recognized THE SPIRIT of God even when He MANIFESTED the FULLNESS of the Godhead, WITHOUT MEASURE, in Jesus (Matthew 12:24-32; Luke 4:1; John 3:34; Colossians 1:19; 2:9).
It was THAT LEGALISTIC, pharisaic Sanhedrin that determined Jesus was "guilty of blasphemy" and made formal request to Pilate for His execution (Mark 15:1-14).
Truly, as Solomon said while he was still wise, NOTHING'S CHANGED (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
THE ONLY DIFFERENCE between first century Pharisees and MODERN Pharisees IS THEIR BEARDS.
Like their religious counterparts 2,000 years ago, MODERN Pharisees sit as "judges" of everyone who DOESN'T CONFORM TO their flawed and decrepit religion.
They place an unbearable yoke on everyone to "obey the 10 Commandments", when THEY BREAK THEM MORE OFTEN than ANYONE who lives under Grace.
Like the Pharisees of old, THEY REJECT the Grace and Salvation found in Jesus ALONE.
Consequently, they're JUST AS LOST AS their ancient religious counterparts (Matthew 21:31-32).
Matthew chapter 23 is "MUST READ" for anyone who wants to be free from the shackles of religion.
Even the various forms of so-called "Christian" religion:
It's been in the New Testament for 2,000 years.
I've been Christian a long time.
I've yet to hear ANY minister preach a message based on this chapter.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013
STRAIT AND NARROW
In Matthew 7:13, 14 Jesus says the following:
"Enter in AT THE NARROW GATE: for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in there: Because strait is the gate, and NARROW IS THE WAY, WHICH LEADS TO LIFE, and few there be that find it".
He made a similar statement in Luke 13:24:
"Strive to enter in at THE NARROW GATE: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able".
This, according to religious legalists, means that we are to live life constrained by all sorts of "don'ts".
That we are supposed to observe the law (torah), the 10 Commandments, the weekly Sabbath, Old Testament dietary laws, or a combination thereof.
That we are to belong to a certain religion or denomination, and live by its precepts, like circumcision or good works, and live dull, unexciting lives in order to be saved...
Actually, you can read either passage and you'll find NO MENTION WHATSOEVER of any of the above: NO law keeping, NO 10 Commandment keeping, NO Sabbath keeping, NO dietary laws, NO circumcision, no "good works" and NO RELIGION.
So, WHAT was Jesus talking about?
It's not "what" but "WHO".
He was talking about Himself.
He is THE NARROW WAY...
He is THE ONLY WAY that leads to Salvation.
In fact, there is NO WAY, other than Jesus Himself, that LEADS TO Salvation.
He is the NARROW GATE.
Didn't He say in John 10:9 "I am THE Gate; whoever enters through me WILL BE SAVED"?
Didn't He ALSO SAY in John 14:6 "I AM THE WAY, the Truth and the Life: NO MAN comes unto the Father EXCEPT through me"?
You really need ALL KINDS OF religious intervention to mess that one up.
Didn't He also say in John 10:1 "I tell you the truth, the man WHO DOES NOT ENTER the sheep pen BY THE GATE, but climbs in by SOME OTHER WAY,is a thief and a robber"?
The NARROW Gate and Way is Jesus.
Jesus -- and ONLY Jesus -- leads to Salvation.
Religion tries to BROADEN the Gate and Way by SUBTRACTING from Jesus' PERFECT, COMPLETE work of Redemption, and ADDING ALL THE OTHER STUFF LISTED ABOVE.
Law keeping, 10 Commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping, dietary laws, good works, circumcision and membership in a denomination and religion ALL LEAD TO DAMNATION.
All who teach and preach that ALL THOSE "OTHER WAYS" ARE NECESSARY are thieves and robbers.
Jesus SAID IT, I didn't.
They have no right to even TALK about Salvation, since they themselves ARE LOST.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013
GIVING VS. TITHING
Because I've been teaching certain biblical truths for many years, I tend to assume that everyone knows them, and forget that we get new readers every single day, who've never heard them before.
It usually takes a flurry of emails to remind me that I need to "revive" certain topics every once in a while.
For instance, I recently made a quick reference to tithing being "unscriptural" under the subconscious assumption that, by now, "everyone knows" and next morning I had 12 emails on JUST that topic, which they had NEVER heard before.
That, coincidentally, is also the reason that - although I'm a firm believer in serving spiritual "meat" as soon as even baby Christians can chew - we sometimes serve "milk".
Tithing and giving are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS:
God loves a CHEERFUL giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
A cheerful giver is someone who GIVES GLADLY AND WILLINGLY, WITHOUT ANY COERCION (2 Corinthians 8:3; 9:5, 7).
Giving happens WHENEVER we want, IN WHATEVER AMOUNT WE WANT, and we give WHATEVER we want.
Giving doesn't always HAVE TO BE MONEY.
There's A WHOLE TRUCKLOAD OF THINGS WE CAN GIVE that ARE NOT money:
We can give companionship, friendship, loyalty, emotional and spiritual support, instruction, love, affection, food, clothing, toys, books, time, energy, talents, kindness and even smiles.
We can give THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL, which is the Living Word of God (Jesus) as well as His manifestation in written form (the Bible).
Even if you're the poorest person on the planet, NO ONE can stop you from giving.
Cheerful givers don't give because "if they don't, God won't bless them", but BECAUSE they HAVE JESUS LIVING INSIDE.
Jesus is love, He is A GIVER, and He SO LOVED us that He GAVE NO LESS THAN Himself (John 3:16).
Cheerful givers give God EVERYTHING.
We give Him 100% of what we are and have, just like He gave EVERYTHING for us.
We give OURSELVES TOTALLY to Him and are at His beck and call 24/7.
We give OUT OF LOVE, NEVER out of FEAR.
Repeat: cheerful givers ALWAYS GIVE OUT OF LOVE for Jesus and others.
We NEVER give out of fear.
Fear DOES NOT come from God (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18).
Any preacher that tells you that "UNLESS you give" to him or her God won't bless you, IS A LIAR.
Any preacher who suggests you can BRIBE God and BUY His favor BY GIVING TO HIM OR HER, or to their "ministry", IS A FREAKIN' LIAR.
Any preacher who attaches "conditions" to God's giving IS A BIG, FAT LIAR.
And ANY PREACHER who says that UNLESS YOU TITHE, God will "put a curse" ON YOU, His own son or daughter, is preaching AN ABOMINATION.
Even fallen, UNREGENERATE, SINNING mortals DON'T DO THAT!!!
God gives BECAUSE HE LOVES, PERIOD.
His Love is UNCONDITIONAL.
LOVE is His VERY NATURE and Love GIVES (1 John 4:16).
God does not give FOR ANY OTHER REASON, NOR CAN HIS FAVOR BE BOUGHT, EARNED, DESERVED, MERITED, or whatever other deceitful term they want to use.
TITHING, on the other hand, is something that was commanded by God in the Old Testament, UNDER THE LAW, ONLY TO NATURAL ISRAELITES, AND ONLY WHILE THEIR TABERNACLE OR TEMPLE existed.
Tithing in the Old Testament consisted of giving 10% OF ONE'S FLOCKS, GRAINS and PRODUCE, PERIOD (Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:23).
The tithe was NEVER MONEY.
Repeat: the "tithe" was NEVER money.
No believer in the New Testament - Jew or Gentile - has EVER been asked to tithe.
THE ONLY ONES authorized to receive tithes of grain, produce and flocks WERE THE LEVITE PRIESTS (Numbers 18:26-28; 2nd Chronicles 31:5-10; Nehemiah 10:38; Hebrews 7:5).
Pastors and ministers HAVE NEVER BEEN AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE TITHES.
It is therefore UTTERLY UNSCRIPTURAL FOR THEM to ASK FOR, or RECEIVE "tithes" of ANYTHING.
And there's NOTHING - NOT A WORD - from Genesis to Revelation about "tithing" 10% of one's SALARY or income. NOTHING!!!
That was INVENTED by GREEDY, SINFUL MEN WITH CORRUPT MINDS.
As for bringing "tithes" into the "storehouse" - as commanded TO ISRAEL (not to the Church) in Malachi 3:10:
A. The "storehouse" was the temple granary in Jerusalem, where tithes of wheat and barley were stored for the various offerings prescribed under the law.
B. There isn't ONE verse of Scripture that designates "your local church" as the storehouse. And,
C. When that verse was written to natural Israel, in the 5th century B.C., THERE WERE NO "CHURCHES" ANYWHERE!!!
Jesus NEVER tithed, EVER!
His disciples NEVER TITHED, EVER!
Jesus NEVER ASKED ANYONE to "tithe" TO HIM!
And if ANYONE had THE RIGHT to demand "tithes" it's Him, since He is God.
Yet, HE NEVER DID.
Jesus IS SATISFIED WITH 100% of OUR HEARTS.
Pastors are NO BETTER THAN Jesus, NOR are they entitled to MORE.
I know this is all new to some of you.
I know the religious establishment has effectively brainwashed 99% of Christians into believing THE LIE they concocted that the "tithe" is "10% of your income" and that we are OBLIGATED TO TITHE to "the local church".
But THOSE ARE LIES.
What we state above are SCRIPTURAL FACTS.
FOR A WHOLE DECADE, we have had a STANDING INVITATION for ANYONE -- theologian, scholar, seminary professor, pastor, minister, or plain believer, to challenge our tithing teaching based on the Bible.
Do you know HOW MANY CHALLENGES we have had in ALL THAT TIME?
Readers may draw their own conclusion.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013
PROPHECY Q & A
This is the "prophecy update" I promised about 9 days ago, and also answers questions from readers, new and old:
1. If the Second Coming takes place in 2016, are we IN THE MIDDLE OF the 7-year tribulation?
No. There is NO 7-year tribulation. I know that's what is commonly taught and, to be fair, I used to believe that myself.
There is NO PASSAGE in the Bible that speaks of a 7-year tribulation.
This question was SPECIFICALLY ASKED of Jesus in Daniel 12:1-7 and Jesus SWORE BY HIMSELF that the tribulation's duration would be 3½ years.
There is, however, a 7-year period that PRECEDES the Millennium, of which APPROXIMATELY HALF consists of BIRTHPANGS described by Jesus in Matthew 24:4-8, plus the 3½ year tribulation.
The 3½ year tribulation hasn't started. Thus, we are still in the "BIRTHPANGS" phase.
2. If that is the case, CAN'T WE PINPOINT THE DAY of the Rapture by adding 3½ years (1,260 days) + another 1,260 days?
Perhaps you can. I know I CAN'T.
And here's where it gets REAL tricky (Please READ SLOWLY and CAREFULLY:
NOWHERE are we told that "the tribulation will last 1,260 days".
NOWHERE are we told that "the Antichrist will reign 1,260 days".
1,260 days is the period that:
A. The Two Witnesses prophesy (Revelation 11:3).
B. That natural Israelites hide in the desert from Satan's wrath (Revelation 12:6).
Well, what's the difference? Aren't they THE SAME?
YES and NO.
1,260 is an EXACT number of DAYS.
3½ years can be slightly more or less than that "number of DAYS" and STILL BE, generally speaking, "3½ years".
The Hebrew calendar is lunisolar. There are months that contain only 29 days while others are 30 days. And every two or three years they ADD a leap month (Adar I) to both, keep certain Feasts in the spring, and keep up with the Gregorian (solar) calendar.
And the death of the Two Witnesses CANNOT BE concurrent with Christ's Second Coming: NO WAY, NO HOW.
If they WERE concurrent, Antichrist would kill them right in front of Jesus. It ain't happening.
3. You said you "used to believe" certain things, HAS YOUR TEACHING CHANGED?
The BASIC TEACHING AND PREMISE HAVE NOT CHANGED. Certain DETAILS HAVE.
4. Isn't that WRONG?
No. On the contrary: WHAT WOULD BE WRONG is TO RECEIVE NEW, CLEAR REVELATION from the Spirit of God, based on His Word, and NOT change my teaching accordingly.
God holds us responsible for WHAT WE KNOW (i.e. the revelation WE HAVE), NOT for what WE DON'T KNOW.
5. Doesn't the Bible say that God NEVER CHANGES and that His Word is FOREVER SETTLED?
YES and YES.
Unfortunately, in my natural self, I'm still a FALLIBLE, FLAWED, SINFUL HUMAN, who MAKES MISTAKES.
Therefore, I CHANGE. God is PERFECT. He DOES NOT.
Psssst...You better hope that YOU CHANGE, TOO. Otherwise, YOU'RE NOT GOING IN THE RAPTURE (1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
6. I'm CONFUSED. If the Christian faith is true, HOW can it change?
You're mixing apples and oranges.
The BASIC TENETS of the Christian faith DO NOT CHANGE... EVER...
The Gospel DOES NOT change... EVER (Galatians 1:8; Revelation 14:6).
The doctrine of Christ (Christology) and the doctrine of Salvation (Soteriology) DO NOT CHANGE...
The understanding and teaching of end-time Bible Prophecy (Eschatology) DOES CHANGE:
In fact, God told Daniel - NOT ONCE but SEVERAL TIMES - that KNOWLEDGE of eschatology WOULD "INCREASE" (Daniel 8:26-27; Daniel 12:4,9-10).
In order to "increase", as He promised, IT WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE.
Such "change" is, therefore, IN CONFORMANCE WITH, and FULFILLMENT OF, God's Word.
IF I'M CERTAIN OF ANYTHING it's that between now and the Rapture SOME DETAILS of my prophetic teaching will have changed EVEN MORE.
So, if you don't like "change", you've been given FAIR WARNING: Feel free to follow a ministry that is "perfect' and "NEVER changes".
And I sure hope you DIDN'T vote for Obama.
7. Didn't you say at one point that the Rapture would happen in 2012?
And every time I said it I also made it clear that IT WAS AN ASSUMPTION based on my THEN CURRENT understanding of the prophetic timeline given in the Book of Revelation.
The Book of Revelation gives a number of events that APPEAR to happen BEFORE Antichrist's 42-month reign begins.
They include 6 TRUMPET JUDGMENTS, and Revelation 9:5 SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT ONE OF THOSE JUDGMENTS ALONE (trumpet #5, woe #1) lasts 5 MONTHS.
I made it clear each and every time, BOTH IN WRITING AND IN THE YouTube VIDEO that, ASSUMING that the reign of Antichrist was preceded by a 5-8 month period of "trumpet judgments", and ASSUMING that his reign was preceded by a 4-month or so period of reintroducing himself to the world, then the Rapture WOULD HAVE TO HAPPEN in 2012.
Some of you need to look up the word "assumption" in the dictionary. It means "SUPPOSITION", NOT "fact".
My "ASSUMPTION" WAS WRONG.
8. Didn't Jesus Himself say that "NO ONE - not even Him - KNOWS THE DAY or THE hour"?
This ministry HAS NEVER designated A SPECIFIC DAY (like, for instance, May 21, 2011) on which the Rapture will occur.
We have, on the other hand, CALCULATED the GENERAL timing of the Rapture based on our best understanding at the time, of what the Bible says.
Those are TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT things.
9. If Jesus is God, HOW COME He DOESN'T KNOW the day of the Rapture?
Jesus IS God and Jesus KNOWS.
Jesus made that statement back IN THE FIRST CENTURY A.D. that He didn't know AT THAT TIME (Matthew 24:36).
In order to save us, God (Jesus) had to manifest in human form, take off His glory temporarily, and take on the form of a servant (Philippians 2:5-8).
As a glory deprived human, He DIDN'T know 2,000 years ago.
As God, He KNEW THEN and He KNOWS NOW.
10. But DOESN'T Scripture say that He will come for us "as a thief" and that WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW or calculate even the GENERAL time?
No. What Scripture DOES SAY is that FOR UNBELIEVERS He will come as a thief, when THEY least expect it. Nowhere does it say that Christians won't be expecting Him. In fact, it says THE VERY OPPOSITE (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4).
Mark 13:33 was addressed primarily to Jews, NOT Christians.
If Jesus DIDN'T want us to know THE GENERAL TIME of His Appearing (Rapture), He would have never given us THE SIGNS that it's drawing near (Matthew 24:4-8), nor THE SIGNS that happen JUST PRIOR TO His Appearing (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12), nor would He have EVER written Psalm 102:16, Daniel 9:25 or Luke 21:24-32.
11. Do you still believe, based on Daniel 9:25, that the Second Coming will take place in the fall of 2016?
12. Where does that leave the Rapture then?
I have to ASSUME (suppose) in the VERY NEAR "future".
Lord willing, I'll be writing about THE GENERAL TIMING of the Rapture soon, as the Spirit leads.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013
NO JEW CAN DENY
I'll match my love for Israel and its people against anyone's.
However, I often shake my head in disbelief at HOW MANY EXCUSES many of our Jewish friends come up with in their STUBBORN REFUSAL to believe Jesus of Nazareth is their Messiah.
They got answers - or at least, CLAIM TO have "answers" - for everything:
If someone quotes Mark 13:1-2 which predicts the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 A.D., they claim that Gospel was written 40 or 50 years later, AFTER the temple was destroyed.
Or, if they concede its true date which is around 40 A.D. (a mere 7 years after Jesus rose and ascended) they'll say that "Christians ADDED that portion to the text later", in order to "make it appear" that Jesus had made such prediction.
If someone quotes Isaiah 53:1-7, they claim that refers to Israel, not to the Messiah.
That's why I usually don't even bother bringing up that passage, as most Christians love to do, because they EXPECT THAT, and -- UNLESS A PERSON REALLY KNOWS their Bible -- they are READY for it.
Of course, they have a hard time explaining HOW Israel "did not open his mouth and remained silent" in verse 7.
Or verse 8 where "he" had NO DESCENDANTS, when there are Jews everywhere.
Or verse 9 where "he" is BURIED with the rich, when Israel HAS NEVER BEEN BURIED, or (same verse) how it can be said of Israel that it "has done NO VIOLENCE, nor DECEIT BEEN FOUND IN HIS MOUTH".
My favorite, of course, is verse 10, where "he" is called asham in Hebrew which clearly and distinctly means a "sin offering" (same word is used in Leviticus 5:6-7, 19; 7:5).
WHEN has Israel been made a SIN OFFERING for ANYONE, including themselves?
If you mention Psalm 22:14-18, they claim the correct rendering of verse 17 should be "like lions they are at my hands and feet".
Of course they CAN'T explain the VERY NEXT verse that says "they PARTED MY CLOTHES among them, and CAST LOTS FOR MY GARMENT".
No one's ever parted Israel's garment and cast lots over them, nor did it ever happen to King David who wrote that Psalm.
Their own Jewish compatriots - FOUR of them, to be exact - said this happened to Jesus as He hung on the cross (Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23-24).
We know their own law (torah) requires ONLY TWO WITNESSES to establish a matter (Deuteronomy 19:15).
How Jesus could "control" the Roman soldiers FROM THE CROSS and make them fulfill this prophecy to suit His own agenda, of course, is IMPOSSIBLE to explain, apart from Him BEING Messiah and God.
If you quote Isaiah 9:6-7 they claim that the name of God was incorporated into many Hebrew names (it was) and that this passage refers to King Hezekiah.
However, I know of NO HEBREW NAME in the entire Bible - Old and New Testaments that incorporates not just the Name of God but "the MIGHTY God" or "THE EVERLASTING FATHER".
Furthermore, these verses also say His Kingdom will last FOREVER. Everyone knows that Hezekiah's kingdom ended in 686 B.C.
So unless they want to claim that Hezekiah will return as the Messiah, they CAN'T EXPLAIN that, either.
When we bring up Daniel 9:24-27 and show them that Messiah Prince HAD TO APPEAR "69 weeks" AFTER an edict to "return and build" Jerusalem, and PRIOR TO the second temple's destruction, they offer some lame excuse that it refers to Alexander Janneaus a prince of the Hasmonean Dynasty that no one's ever even heard of.
Of course, they CANNOT explain HOW that evil prince PUT AN END TO SIN, or brought in EVERLASTING righteousness, as verse 24 requires.
Even the great Maimonides - while refusing to believe in Jesus - conceded this could ONLY be referring to THE Messiah.
This prophecy is SO UNDENIABLY about Jesus that they even tampered with their own calendar in order to obscure its clarity.
To this day, no one knows for sure HOW MANY YEARS they excised from the Hebrew calendar in A BIASED AND DISHONEST attempt to PRETEND IT DOESN'T refer to Jesus. I've read estimates, from various scholars, which range from 110-165 years.
Then, of course, there's Zechariah 13:6 which I've yet to hear any obstinate Jew or Rabbi adequately explain WHY the Messiah would have WOUNDS IN HIS HANDS, inflicted to Him "in the house of His friends".
Just like they can't explain WHY He would be "pierced", let alone WHY His long-awaited appearing would cause MOURNING and LAMENT instead of JOY (Zechariah 12:10-14).
There's much more I could bring up, since Jesus fulfilled MORE THAN 300 Messianic prophecies in PRECISE detail.
But here's A SPECIFIC PROPHECY that NO JEW CAN DENY:
They CAN'T deny it because IT'S BEEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT FOR nearly 2,000 YEARS and it was fulfilled AS RECENTLY AS June 7, 1967.
I'm talking about Luke 21:24 (Jesus speaking):
"Jerusalem shall be trodden down by gentiles UNTIL the times of the gentiles ARE FULFILLED".
Through 21 centuries, generation after generation of Jews has seen the unrelenting trampling of Jerusalem by gentiles with their own eyes:
Romans, Persians, Byzantines, Armenians, Turks, Crusaders, Mamelukes, the Ottoman Empire, the British and Jordan...
UNTIL June 7, 1967 when JEWS GOT IT BACK, EXACTLY AS Jesus PREDICTED.
They CAN'T CLAIM that was written "at a later date".
They CAN'T CLAIM that "Christians added it later".
That prophecy's been part of the New Testament for at least 1,900 years.
It was there WHEN THERE WAS NO ISRAEL.
It's been there FOR ALMOST TWO MILLENNIA PRIOR TO the rebirth of Israel as a nation.
They CAN'T CLAIM "it's in the Tanach" because IT'S NOT.
They CAN'T CLAIM that Jesus "DIDN'T really" say it.
They CAN'T CLAIM that He "copied someone else", since Jesus, and Jesus alone - made such prediction. Glory to His Name!
They CAN'T CLAIM that it DIDN'T come to pass, since IT DID, THEY KNOW IT, and THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS IT.
There's NO WAY Jesus could have known this 2,000 years ago UNLESS He is the Messiah and God Incarnate, who is about to return to rule this earth.
Dear Jewish friends, please DO NOT let religious bias cloud your judgment.
Search YOUR OWN Scriptures OBJECTIVELY, and you will COME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION that your Messianic kinsmen have come to:
Jesus of Nazareth is THE ONE AND ONLY MESSIAH WHO EVER WAS, AND EVER WILL BE.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013
TIMES OF THE GENTILES: ARE THEY OVER?
Certain individuals -- and one in particular -- are still insisting that the "TIMES of the gentiles" mentioned in Luke 21:24 HAVE NOT ended.
They equate this phrase with the "FULLNESS of the gentiles" mentioned in Romans 11:25.
Before I PROVE this teaching wrong, let me give all gullible Christians a rule of thumb that IS SO SURE you can "take it to the bank":
Anytime someone claims to have found some "SECRET PRINCIPLE" or "THE SECRET KEY" that "unlocks Bible prophecy",you can tell them flat-out that they're full of sh*t...
THEY ARE LYING.
They are FALSE TEACHERS who PREY ON NAÏVE scriptural illiterates.
They are greedy PREDATORS, who are ONLY AFTER YOUR MONEY.
They NO MORE have the "secret" to Bible prophecy than the million pushers of "secret" weight loss formulas on TV have the secret to weight loss.
You may quote me on that.
Better yet, send them to me. I'll fix them.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING!!!
Repeat: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "A SECRET KEY" or "keys" that will give anyone instant mastery of Bible prophecy.
There's ONLY ONE "key" to understanding Bible prophecy, and He is NO SECRET: He is THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD.
UNLESS the Holy Spirit opens up the prophetic Word He inspired, provides insight, and HITS US RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES WITH REVELATION, they can INVENT ALL THE "SECRET KEYS" they WANT, THEY STILL KNOW NOTHING, AND ARE FULL OF CRAP.
And those of you who BUY the CRAP they sell as "Bible prophecy" are IDIOTS.
ALL YOU'RE DOING is giving away your HARD EARNED American $$$ to GET MORE CONFUSED THAN YOU ALREADY ARE and finance a very comfortable lifestyle, in some banana republic, for a hypocritical IGNORAMUS who knows LESS about Bible prophecy than you.
I'm sorry, but if there's something I hate is watching unscrupulous LIARS EXPLOIT the Bible, and Christian ignorance, to fleece God's flock and TAKE ADVANTAGE OF dumb sheep.
I've communicated with the dumbass who promotes AND SELLS those "secret keys" and SHUT HIM UP, BUT GOOD.
He also believes England's Prince Charles is the Antichrist, was and is one of the main promoters of the Nibiru-Elenin NONSENSE, and lives down in Central America. Need I say more?
Listen, dumb sheep: THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS the Spirit of prophecy.
Any alleged "prophecy" or "prophetic teaching" that DOES NOT GLORIFY JESUS is crap.
Anyone who claims he - and he alone - possesses "THE SECRET" TO CORRECT PROPHETIC UNDERSTANDING IS AN OPPORTUNISTIC CHARLATAN.
Any such teaching that seeks to EXALT the "teacher" - INSTEAD OF The Master - is likewise, religious feces.
Luke 21:24 speaks of the TIMES during which gentiles will occupy (trample) Jerusalem.
Romans 11:25-26 speaks of the FULL NUMBER OF gentiles that will come to Salvation, after which ALL ISRAEL will be saved.
The former has to do with TIME. The latter has to do with NUMBER OF PEOPLE.
THE ONLY THING that Luke 21:24 and Romans 11:25 have in common is the word "gentiles".
The word "gentiles" occurs 163 TIMES in the New Testament ALONE.
That's NOT COUNTING the hundreds of times that it appears in the Old Testament.
If we are to equate these two passages based SOLELY on the use of the word "gentiles", WE WOULD HAVE TO DO THE SAME WITH ALL THE OTHER 161 PASSAGES that mention the word ethnos or "gentiles".
The other part of the argument is that while Jews recovered biblical Jerusalem in 1967, there are still Muslims LIVING IN Jerusalem and, thus, "trampling" Jerusalem.
Oh, well, I guess I could argue, then, that THE TWO MILLION GENTILE TOURISTS that visit Jerusalem each year AND LIVE THERE FOR A WHILE are, likewise, "trampling" Jerusalem.
I could even take it even a step farther and argue, on that basis, that during the Millennium, while Jesus RULES THE EARTH, gentiles will STILL be "trampling" Jerusalem, since Zechariah 14 is clear that ALL GENTILES WILL BE REQUIRED to make pilgrimage each year and celebrate Sukkot (Tabernacles).
That means that they will have to COME TO Jerusalem in HUGE NUMBERS and LIVE IN Jerusalem for at least 8 days a year in sukkas or huts.
Furthermore, since Romans 11:25-26 clearly says that ONLY after THE FULLNESS OF gentiles has come into the Kingdom, will all Israel be saved, that would mean that EVEN DURING THE MILLENNIUM, WHILE JESUS IS THEIR KING, and ruling the whole earth, Jews will still NOT believe in Him, nor WILL they be saved, since there will be gentiles "trampling" Jerusalem.
That, in turn, would mean, as per Romans 11:25-26 that Jews WILL NEVER BE SAVED (perish the very thought).
That, in turn, would mean that God LIED -- perish the very thought -- and DID NOT honor His Word or His Covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Israel.
Do you see how UTTERLY UNSCRIPTURAL AND IDIOTIC such false teaching is?
There were non-Jews living in Jerusalem at the time of Christ, when He made that prophecy.
There have always been SOME non-Jews living in Jerusalem either temporarily or permanently.
Such argument is, therefore, NONSENSICAL.
The very word "trampling" indicates DOMINION OR SUBJUGATION of a place.
It DOESN'T refer to merely LIVING there.
To trample, according to the dictionary, means to "TO STOMP WITH THE FEET SO AS TO CRUSH, BRUISE, OR DESTROY; to TREAT HARSHLY OR RUTHLESSLY".
Jerusalem WAS stomped on, trodden down or "trampled" by Gentiles (non-Jews) NON-STOP for 2, 030 years.
During ALL THOSE YEARS it WAS beaten down, crushed, bruised, oppressed, and ruled harshly and ruthlessly, just as our Lord said.
Even literary luminaries like Mark Twain witnessed and recorded for posterity JUST HOW AWFUL and OPPRESSIVE the situation in Jerusalem was under gentile rule.
The "trampling" of Jerusalem came TO A DECISIVE END on that fateful day of June 7, 1967.
Jews FINALLY recovered it as Jesus had prophesied.
NO ONE is trampling Jerusalem any longer, since it's COMPLETELY UNDER ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY.
Palestinians who live there are SUBJECT TO Israel's government and laws.
Non-Arab gentiles who live there (British, Americas, Canadians, Australians, etc.), ALL LOVE IT and would not do anything to harm it.
And Jews cherish and treat Jerusalem like THE JEWEL that it truly is. That is why it has flourished so quickly under their rule.
But, for argument's sake, let's suppose that gentile VISITS or gentile RESIDENTS are the same as gentile TRAMPLING. Here's the problem:
Revelation 11:1-2 says CLEAR AS CRYSTAL:
..."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. And THEY (GENTILES) WILL TRAMPLE THE HOLY CITY FOR 42 MONTHS".
Question: If gentiles ARE STILL trampling Jerusalem, WHY ON EARTH would this verse say THAT THEY WILL TRAMPLE IT FOR ONLY42 MONTHS?
Such statement DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE UNLESS the trampling HAD STOPPED.
If IT HADN'T previously stopped, it would HAVE TO say "they will CONTINUE TRAMPLING Jerusalem for an ADDITIONAL 42 months".
Or, "they will KEEP TRAMPLING Jerusalem until Jesus returns 42 months later".
But IT DOESN'T SAY THAT.
One does not sweep 2,076 YEARS of alleged, UNINTERRUPTED gentile trampling under the rug and SIMPLY IGNORE THEM.
It's very clear that Gentiles will trample Jerusalem for ONLY 42 MONTHS which, we learn two chapters later, is THE EXACT DURATION OF ANTICHRIST'S REIGN (Revelation 13:5).
That means that THE TRAMPLING HAD STOPPED PRIOR to his reign, as indeed IT HAS.
No ifs, ands, or buts.
Oh foolish sheep... beguiled by the voice of ANY conniving, treacherous hireling that comes along!
WHEN will you listen to and follow The Good Shepherd?
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013
Most Christians are TERRIFIED of the world.
They ARE AFRAID to FACE "what's out there".
The MAIN reason is that they have become SO USED TO THE SAFETY AND COMFORT of those nice buildings in which they barricade themselves each Saturday or Sunday that, naturally, they are RELUCTANT, SCARED, and FIND IT DIFFICULT TO FUNCTION, anywhere else.
As if that weren't bad enough - yes, I said BAD ENOUGH - nowadays they have their own "Christian" TV Channels, "Christian" movies, "Christian music, "Christian" books, "Christian" concerts, "Christian" entertainment, "Christian" seminars, "Christian" cruises, "Christian" chat rooms and internet forums, ... For crying out loud, they even got "Christian" DATING SERVICES!!!
They live in their own, little SEGREGATED "world", INSULATED FROM the pain, suffering, sin, death and hell-bound people that are ALL AROUND.
Will somebody please tell me:
WHAT MOTIVATION is there for ANY child of God to reach out TO THE LOST, LIKE our Savior COMMANDED, when they can do EVERYTHING within "Christian" boundaries?
WHY would believers EVEN BOTHER to connect WITH THE UNSAVED, or preach the Gospel TO THEM, as Jesus ORDERED, when they can REMAIN UNDER the "protection" afforded them by OTHER BELIEVERS at ALL TIMES?
Our Savior is Jesus. Remember Him?
Remember what He said before ascending?
"YOU GO INTO ALL THE WORLD... and preach the Gospel" (Mark 16:15).
He NEVER said "go into ALL THE CHURCH".
In fact, when He said it, there was no freakin' Church!
One reason that the Early Church was SO EFFECTIVE at evangelizing is THAT THEY HAD NO SUCH LUXURIES.
They HAD TO go out and FACE THE MUSIC.
They HAD TO mingle with the world.
They HAD NO OTHER CHOICE.
This is something that the 20th and 21st century religious establishment, denominations, Bible Colleges, Seminaries, so-called "Christian leaders", and individual believers, HAVE NEVER UNDERSTOOD:
If we're going to win the unsaved to Jesus WE GOTTA COMMUNICATE IN A WAY THAT GETS THROUGH - not to other believers - but TO THEM.
You can speak all the proper, pompous, man-invented theological and religious terminology you want, you can have perfect diction, and speak in a deep baritone religious voice...
What the heck good is any of that IF IT TURNS OFF UNBELIEVERS?
Stop being so "proper" and USE whatever language GETS THROUGH TO THEM.
We're after the UNSAVED, NOT after the saved (Luke 5:32).
I COULDN'T CARE LESS if holier-than-thou "Christians" get it, or not!
I COULDN'T CARE LESS if Kristians "approve", or not!
I'm not afraid to mix it up with the world and exchange ideas with them. In fact, I rather ENJOY IT.
I'm not intimidated by worldly beliefs or lifestyles, nor "shocked" by their sin, nor afraid to speak their language.
Most preachers would have a coronary if they read some of the emails we get, and some of the topics.
Well, are you saying that I should stop congregating?
NO, what I'm saying is WHY DO YOU HAVE TO DO IT IN THAT FANCY, MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FORTRESS you erroneously call "church"?
That MENACING RELIGIOUS MONUMENT that TOTALLY TURNS OFF THE WORLD and seems to be shouting:
"THIS IS A PRIVATE CLUB FOR PIOUS PEOPLE!
DON'T YOU DARE COME IN HERE IF YOU'RE A SINNER !
DON'T STEP IN HERE UNLESS you're HOLIER than everyone else!"
There were NO DENOMINATIONS and NO "CHURCH BUILDINGS" during the first 400 years of Church history.
Why can't you take turns and congregate IN EACH OTHER'S HOUSES, like the Early Church? (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2; Acts 8:3).
Houses, I might add, which ALREADY ARE PAID FOR.
Houses where ANY UNBELIEVER, ANY NEIGHBOR, ANY FRIEND, ANY CO-WORKER, or family member, would feel comfortable dropping in for a visit, a cup of coffee, and some interesting, friendly conversation, mixed with a little Bible study, and some HONEST testimonies about the difference Jesus made in YOUR lives.
Think of all the money you'd SAVE.
Pastors wouldn't have to ask anyone to "tithe" 10% of their salaries, WHICH IS TOTALLY UNSCRIPTURAL, in order to pay for and maintain THE FORTRESS - the monument TO THEMSELVES OR THEIR DENOMINATION - that THEY'VE ERECTED.
By the way, you DON'T HAVE TO talk about Gaaaaawd all the time.
You can talk about Jesus AND ABOUT everyday things, like jobs, family, football, restaurants, books, movies, vacations, travel, OR WHATEVER.
Our Father's "business" is first and foremost SOUL-WINNING.
Jesus HUNG OUT WITH SINNERS all the time.
He hung out with prostitutes, publicans and common people (Matthew 9:10-11; Mark 2:15-16; Luke 7:34; 15:1).
And He didn't do it in fancy buildings either. He did it mostly in private homes, on the streets, or on public property (Mathew 5:1; Mark 2:15; Luke 14:1; 18:36-37).
Are we BETTER THAN Jesus?
There's nothing wrong with being heavenly minded.
It's only wrong WHEN WE'RE NO EARTHLY GOOD.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2013
THE GRAY ZONE
Ever been to the Gray Zone? It's somewhat similar to the Twilight Zone, and just as creepy.
And if you are a believer in Christ, and witnessing like you're supposed to, you will encounter it MANY, MANY times.
The Gray Zone is what I call "moral relativism": there are NO ABSOLUTES and, therefore, no "rights" and no "wrongs": It's all relative to your point of view. Therefore, ANYTHING goes.
BILLIONS of people live in the Gray Zone.
They live there because THEY ARE AFRAID.
They are SCARED TO DEATH of seeing things in "black" and "white".
They are TERRIFIED to face THE TRUTH who IS absolute.
One of the unbelievers who visit and read our site recently told me that Christians "should open their minds" and that ONLY IN OUR MINDS we would find "peace" and the "truths" (plural) of life because, he argued, there ISN'T only ONE Truth.
He went on to say that because of the doctrine that there's ONLY ONE TRUTH there has been a lot of bloodshed in the past 2,000 years and that "the Christian religion" was marching toward extinction, like all the religions that preceded it.
The ONLY REASON I'm sharing this today is because 95% of Christians would not even know how to handle such argument, or WHAT TO ANSWER.
How do I know this? Because I hear constantly from many of you asking "someone told me this or that, and I didn't know what to answer. WHAT SHOULD I SAY, or HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER"?
That just shows how ill-equipped most Christians are to "contend for the faith" (Jude 1:3).
WHAT A SAD INDICTMENT ON THE ABYSMAL JOB that organized religion, with its trickle down system of local "churches", pastors, and Sunday or sabbatical schools has done with the diluted religious IV they insert into your mind's veins once a week.
I won't even go into the SHEER INEFFICACY of Kristian TV.
No wonder most Christians are on spiritual life support.
I told the gentleman that I SHARE HIS VIEW that organized religion has brought much bloodshed, and that ALL religion - Christian or otherwise - IS HEADED FOR extinction.
I've often made those very same points myself.
However, I pointed out, he was confusing ORGANIZED "Christian" RELIGION with FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, and they are TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THINGS.
It was ORGANIZED "Christian" RELIGION that came up with abominable acts of hate, murder and violence like anti-Semitism, the bloody Crusades, or the infamous Inquisition.
ORGANIZED RELIGION is following the DICTATES of self-appointed religious hierarchy, and abiding by its man-made rules, no questions asked.
Faith in Christ is having A PERSONAL, INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP with THE ONE AND ONLY GOD, our Creator and Savior, and being led by His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9).
One has little or nothing to do with the other, and they SHOULD NOT BE confused.
I also pointed out that BORN-AGAIN Christians who have PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS with the living Jesus, DO NOT engage in such atrocities AND NEVER HAVE.
As for Truth, I argued that THE VERY CONCEPT demands that there be ONLY ONE.
If there were - hypothetically speaking - "truths" (plural), then TRUTH WOULDN'T EVEN EXIST.
That would mean that EVERYTHING is A LIE!
If so, life isn't worth living, and there's NO REASON whatsoever to even "exist".
Furthermore, if "truth" is relative rather than ABSOLUTE, we could make "truth" be ANYTHING our wicked minds WANT it to be.
I also pointed out that he is wrong about ALL THE BLOODSHED being due to the concept OF ONLY ONE Truth, since under polytheistic religions (which believe in multiple deities or "truths") there was JUST AS MUCH BLOODSHED, and EVEN GREATER ATROCITIES, such as mutilation, human sacrifice, and even children and babies being offered as burnt offerings to placate the various "gods".
His arguments, as you can see, came crashing down and were completely nullified - to our Living Savior, the Truth Personified, be all the glory for all eternity.
My final point was that he was CONTRADICTING HIMSELF, since ALL RELIGION was INVENTED BY THE VERY CORRUPT, DARK, LIMITED MIND that he wants us to trust and seek "peace" and "truths" in.
I then challenged him to face the Truth and to EXPERIENCE the Living God by receiving Him into His heart.
After all, if he is SO CONVINCED that Jesus ISN'T true and "doesn't exist", WHAT'S HE AFRAID OF?
I haven't heard from him since, but pray that THE Truth TOUCHED his heart.
As per Romans 8:31, Christians should be THE BEST and MOST ASSURED PROMOTERS of the faith, because The Truth - THE ABSOLUTE, ETERNAL, NEVER-CHANGING TRUTH - is ON OUR SIDE.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2013
WHO ARE UNSAVED?
Who is UNSAVED?
1. EVERYONE who HAS NEVER received Jesus into his or her innermost being as God and Savior (John 1:12; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9).
2. EVERYONE who DOES NOT HAVE Jesus inside (1 John 5:12).
3. EVERYONE who DOES NOT HAVE the Spirit of Christ (i.e., the Holy Spirit) LIVING on the INSIDE (Romans 8:9).
What about the religious?
What about those who ATTEND "church"?
What about those who have been baptized in water?
What about those who have participated in First Communion or Confirmation?
What about "good", decent people?
What about those who DON'T drink alcohol, swear, commit immorality, steal, smoke, chew tobacco, do drugs, do porn, or gamble?
What about those who OBSERVE the law, the 10 Commandments, the 24-hour Sabbath, and Old Testament dietary laws?
What about those who are circumcised?
What about those who do "good works" like feed the hungry, help the poor, and care for orphans?
What about those who belong to ___ denomination?
UNLESS they meet CONDITIONS 1, 2 and 3 above, THEY ARE UNSAVED.
To put it more bluntly and clearly, UNLESS they meet those THREE conditions: THEY ARE LOST.
Praiseworthy and desirable as SOME of those attributes may be, THEY WON'T SAVE A SINGLE SOUL.
They NEVER HAVE.
EVERYONE who wants Salvation (Jesus) MUST - ABSOLUTE MUST - meet those three conditions.
If you meet condition #1, IN EARNEST, #2 and #3 happen AUTOMATICALLY.
There are TWO MAJOR categories of unsaved:
THE WORLDLY, who have NO RELIGION, and DON'T KNOW JESUS.
The RELIGIOUS, who exhibit a "godly" EXTERIOR, THINK they "will be" saved, but DON'T KNOW JESUS (Matthew 7:21-23).
One "group" IS JUST AS LOST AS the other.
Both need a BOLD and HEAVY DOSE OF TRUTH in order to awaken from their stupor.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013
INTO OUR HEARTS
Jesus coming "into one's heart" has sort of become an Evangelical cliché.
Like most preachers of the Gospel, I'm guilty of using it as such.
A precious brother from Australia asked me about this very phrase sometime back, and asked me to explain PRECISELY WHAT IT MEANT.
He was 100% right in saying that Jesus MUST BE PERSONAL AND INTERNAL to each of us.
However, it's ALSO 100% SCRIPTURAL to invite the Lord TO ENTER ("come into") our hearts.
In fact, there's NO WAY to be born again and BY-PASS (no pun intended) THE HUMAN HEART.
THE HEART MUST BE INVOLVED.
"If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART that God has raised him from the dead, YOU SHALL BE SAVED: For WITH THE HEART man BELIEVES unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation".
"Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son INTO OUR HEARTS, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
"...the love of God is shed abroad IN OUR HEARTS by the Holy Spirit which is given to us".
That Christ may DWELL (LIVE) IN YOUR HEARTS through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love"...
2 Corinthians 1:22:
"God Who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit IN OUR HEARTS"...
The word used for "heart" in all these verses is the Greek kardia, which MEANS THE HEART that PUMPS BLOOD throughout our bodies. That's why heart specialists are called Cardiologists.
However, in the New Testament this word is also used IN A FIGURATIVE SENSE, referring to THE CORE, or INNERMOST PART OF OUR BEING : The "thing", like the human heart, that "MAKES US TICK".
Bottom line: if we want Salvation, JESUS MUST "COME INTO" (PENETRATE) THE DEEPEST RECESSES OF OUR BEING.
There's NO WAY OF GETTING AROUND THAT.
You've heard me say it a million times: Salvation does NOT depend on what happens ON THE OUTSIDE, but what happens ON THE INSIDE.
Christ IN us is our hope of glory (Colossians 1:17).
"To those that RECEIVED Him to them He gave power to become the sons of God" (John 1:12).
"He that HAS the Son has Life, He who has NOT the Son does not have life" (1 John 5:12)
"If anyone DOES NOT HAVE the Spirit of Christ (INSIDE), he is NOT His" (Romans 8:9).
We must INVITE Jesus INTO us and MEAN IT from the VERY CORE OF OUR BEING.
THAT'S what "inviting Jesus to COME INTO our hearts" means.
May Jesus PENETRATE EVER DEEPER INTO our innermost beings...
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013
According to worldly superstition 13 is supposed to be an "unlucky" number.
We all heard of "Friday the 13th" supposedly being an "unlucky" day, and it's even been turned into a horror movie.
Funny thing, though, in Greece and Spanish-speaking countries it's Tuesday the 13th or martes trece, that's considered inauspicious.
The perception of 13 being "evil" seems to be rooted in the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism, and has sadly spread into other cultures.
There's even a recognized name for FEAR OF number 13 called Triskaidekaphobia (and YOU NEED GOOD LUCK to just PRONOUNCE IT)...
In the Mayan calendar the much feared and ballyhooed END OF the 13th Baktun - which was dubbed Doomsday - just came and went without any major consequences.
In Judaism, as in Witchcraft, 13 signifies the age OF INITIATION, at which a boy matures and becomes a Bar Mitzvah, i.e., a full member of the Jewish faith, or is qualified to start learning Witchcraft.
In Christendom it began to be regarded as "unlucky" because during that Passover Feast we know as the Last Supper, there were 13 people at the table: Jesus plus the 12 disciples.
I don't see that as "unlucky" at all, because awful as THE ARREST, TRIAL AND CRUCIFIXION of Jesus were, it was all NECESSARY for our Redemption.
Additionally, Revelation chapter 13 is THE CHAPTER that deals ENTIRELY with the Antichrist and his reign of terror, and that IS "unlucky" for the whole planet.
However, I remind everyone that chapter numbers WERE NOT part of the original Bible and were added in the 13th century A.D., some 1,200 years AFTER the New Testament was written.
Bringing it closer to home, 13 so far has been a "lucky" number for America. Our nation originally consisted of 13 colonies, and they are represented by the 13 stripes in the American flag.
While certain numbers in the Bible have special significance,13 doesn't appear to be anything special or significant, like one, three, six or seven.
So, will Gregorian year 2013, which just started, be "lucky" or "unlucky"?
I DON'T KNOW, but I suppose it depends largely on one's point of view.
From the Church's point of view, it may be our "luckiest" year.
What could be more joyful, or "lucky", than to see our Savior IN HIS GLORY and be swept into His Presence?
For the unbelieving world it may, indeed, be EXTREMELY "unlucky", since they will have to deal with the tribulation and the reign of Antichrist.
There's NO SUCH THING AS "luck".
Decisions have CONSEQUENCES.
We make our decisions and our decisions make us.
And God MADE HIS DECISION, when He CHOSE US, in Christ, before THE FOUNDATION OF the world (Ephesians 1:4).
If THAT'S not "lucky", I don't know WHAT IS.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013
IT'S JANUARY SECOND
So just because it's the "beginning of the year" in the Gregorian calendar, we should all be looking for NON-BIBLICAL "predictions" for the coming year, right?
I don't think so.
No doubt, some preachers will be OFFERING their EXTRABIBLICAL "predictions" in exchange for $$$...
(A/k/a "your love gift", or "a donation in any amount", or "your gift of $__ or more").
You want my advice?
SAVE your $$$ and seek God's PREDICTIONS in the Bible.
All those preachers that claim to set themselves aside for a period of "prayer and fasting, and seeking the Lord" AT THIS TIME have several things in common:
1. While it's NEVER WRONG to pray or seek the Lord, there's nothing in Scripture that says we should do so AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME.
2. 95% of their EXTRABIBLICAL "predictions" have historically been wrong. The VERY FEW that have been "right" have been those that ANYONE could have predicted.
If I were to "predict" that in 2013 "there will still be U.S. troops in Afghanistan", does that take some SPECIAL REVELATION, or simply COMMON SENSE?
Give me a break! The troops are ALREADY THERE. And there's no indication that they're leaving ANYTIME SOON.
ANYONE who reads the news and has an I.Q. of 75 or higher could "predict" that WITHOUT ANY "prayer, fasting or seeking", and WITHOUT ANY "special revelation".
3. Jesus set Himself aside for a period of prayer and fasting AND THE ONLY ONE HE ENCOUNTERED after the 40 days and nights of self-denial WAS SATAN (Matthew 4:2-4).
4. Nowhere does the Word of God say we should set ourselves aside to seek EXTRABIBLICAL revelation, unless it's for ourselves and our own lives ONLY.
To make such "predictions" or claim "special revelation" simply because it's January, 2013 and they spent a few hours "seeking God" is ludicrous.
Revelation comes WHEN IT COMES.
Like everything else that comes from God, it's BY GRACE.
No "works" involved. No "human effort" involved.
I've set myself aside to "seek God" for such periods and gotten NOTHING.
On the other hand, some of the greatest revelations I've gotten - ALWAYS BASED ON THE BIBLE - HAVE COME WHEN I WASN'T "TRYING" OR EVEN "EXPECTING" ANYTHING.
I recently got a humongous one, ENTIRELY BASED ON THE BIBLE, WHILE I WAS SLEEPING. It felt like the words had JUST PENETRATED, or been GENTLY "injected into" my mind.
When I awoke, I checked it out and it matched Scripture beautifully and PERFECTLY.
Lord willing, I'll be giving a BIBLICAL prophecy update in the next couple of days.
As I shared with you several months ago, God's calendar BEGINS in Aviv (March-April in the Gregorian), (Exodus 12:2, 18; Numbers 33:3; Esther 3:7; Ezekiel 45:21).
No Jewish custom acquired in Babylonian exile and NO EVANGELICAL GIMMICK will ever change that.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013
ALL THE WAY
Jesus is about to return. When He does, His Appearance will rapture us, and translate us in an instant, into the Spirit realm.
That realm is MORE REAL than the physical.
The visible, physical realm is only temporary. The invisible, spirit realm is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Therefore, EVERYTHING we presently see around us will dissolve. It will be no more.
The physical is about to give way to the eternal.
If we were in the spirit realm we would see each other, touch each other, communicate with each other, just like we do in the earthly realm. Actually, far better.
I'm addressing this message primarily to those who SAY they're Christian, but whose hearts and minds are far from the Lord.
Professing Christians who have a long list of priorities AHEAD OF Jesus...
Who believe with their heads, but have never really given Jesus their hearts.
Who call themselves believers, but have no intimate, personal relationship with the Savior.
Who THINK they're Christian because their ancestors claimed to be.
Or because they DO good deeds, attended Sunday school, BELONG TO A PARTICULAR DENOMINATION, or participated in some religious ritual like first communion, confirmation, even water baptism.
ANY church ritual you participate in, where YOUR HEART isn't TOTALLY involved is an EMPTY, MEANINGLESS ritual.
Despite some or all of the above, you have never REALLY GIVEN YOUR HEART TO JESUS.
YOU HAVE NEVER MADE JESUS NUMBER ONE IN YOUR LIFE.
I'm talking about giving Him EVERYTHING: Your heart, your mind, your body, your possessions, your life, your dreams, your ambitions, your time, your talents.
I'm talking TOTAL, ALL-OUT, NO HOLDS BARRED, 100% COMMITMENT TO HIM.
Matthew 7:22 talks about a bunch of people who will say to Jesus "didn't we DO many wonderful WORKS in your name? And He will answer "I NEVER KNEW YOU".
Do you KNOW Jesus? I don't mean His Name. Do you KNOW HIM as a Person, as your God, your Lord, and your spiritual Lover?
If you don't, I urge you to do.
The time for tepid Christianity is over.
If you call yourself Christian, then BE ONE: ALL THE TIME, ALL THE WAY.
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