February 2013 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013
There are over 2,300 sensationalist videos on YouTube, myriad articles all over the internet, and Kristian TV programs galore that say the cashless society "prophesied in the Bible" is almost here.
Besides dealing with the same topic, what all of them HAVE IN COMMON IS THIS:
NONE of them can provide ONE verse of Scripture that predicts a "cashless society".
That means that they ALL have ANOTHER THING IN COMMON:
THEY ARE ALL LYING.
A cashless society is NOT, repeat, IS NOT prophesied in the Bible AT ALL.
If you're new to this website, I'll give you a couple of seconds to catch your breath...
That's right: there isn't ONE verse of Scripture - from Genesis to Revelation - that mentions a "cashless society".
No such thing is mentioned in the Book of Revelation.
No such thing is mentioned ANYWHERE in connection to the reign of Antichrist.
What about Revelation 13:16-17?
Good question. Here's how it reads, VERBATIM:
"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".
Please find me ANYTHING in those two verses that says cash will no longer be used.
They DON'T say it.
ALL it says is that NO ONE will be able to buy or sell UNLESS he/she/they have the mark of Antichrist, the name of Antichrist, or the number of his name in their right hands or foreheads, PERIOD.
NOWHERE does it say that his mark WILL BE USED AS METHOD OF PAYMENT for whatever an individual or group is purchasing.
NOWHERE are we told that his mark WILL REPLACE customary methods of payment.
NOWHERE in that verse are we told that cash, credit cards, debit cards, gift certificates, checks, letters of credit, gold, silver, coins, notes, IOU's, barter, jewelry, personal property, services, coupons, or ANY OTHER TRADITIONAL METHOD OF PAYMENT will become outlawed or obsolete.
What about the microchip implants, which are read by a scanner, being used to track lost pets, etc.?
Well, WHAT about them?
I don't know about you, but I stop by the supermarket every week and have the bar codes on groceries read by a scanner, which tells the supermarket what I purchased and how much to charge me.
I even have a card, also read by a scanner that entitles to me to special discounts on selected items.
What I DON'T DO is PAY for those purchases via scanner.
The supermarket accepts cash, personal checks, company checks, credit and debit cards and gift cards as payment.
So, even if we indulged the illusory fantasy of many in the prophecy establishment that the mark of the beast will be A UNIFORM SYSTEM instituted worldwide, where EVERYONE BREATHING will receive a microchip implant, that STILL DOES NOT SAY OR IMPLY that transactions will be PAID via microchip implant AT ALL, let alone EXCLUSIVELY, as they FALSELY TEACH.
But I've read 9 different books that say...
I don't care if you read A THOUSAND...
I don't care WHO the author(s) of such books is/are...
And I don't care if they SOLD 50 million copies...
GOD (THE BIBLE) says NO SUCH THING.
Who are you going to believe God or mortals?
Furthermore, God DIDN'T CHARGE YOU ANYTHING for His INFALLIBLE WORD. The "mortals" you believe in DO CHARGE at least $14.95 a pop FOR THEIRS.
You're smart enough: figure it out.
You mean that so-called "Bible prophecy" on the market is JUST A BUSINESS?
Ha! My dear brother or sister, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS?
As long as we're on THIS TOPIC, let me add a few insightful observations:
A. NOWHERE does Scripture indicate that the system of the mark will be A UNIFORM system instituted worldwide (and by "worldwide" I mean WHATEVER'S LEFT of the world, when it happens. We know that ONE THIRD of the PLANET is INCINERATED as soon as the tribulation judgments begin, Revelation 8:7).
B. Matter of fact, Revelation 13:17-18 clearly INDICATE IT WILL NOT BE A UNIFORM SYSTEM as there will be AT LEAST THREE acceptable methods of obtaining approval to buy or sell:
1. The mark itself.
2. The NAME of Antichrist.
3. The NUMBER of his name which is 666.
So, we can kiss THAT THEORY good bye.
C. Such worldwide system DOES NOT EXIST right now DESPITE the state-of-the-art technology at our disposal and DESPITE things being relatively normal.
The MAIN REASON is that it's both, EXTREMELY COSTLY and takes LOTS OF TIME to implement.
And you're going to seriously tell me that during the next 3½ years, when the Antichrist is reigning, when the world is DEVASTATED, after it's been geographically rearranged, financial systems have collapsed, one third of vegetation is burnt, one third of marine life destroyed, one third of waters contaminated, ONE THIRD OF MANKIND DIES, one third of the sea - and later THE WHOLE SEA - turned into coagulated FOUL SMELLING blood, as that of a DEAD PERSON, and A BARRAGE OF HORRIFIC JUDGMENTS FALLING FAST AND FURIOUS ON THIS EARTH WITHOUT ANY REPRIEVE...
That SOMEHOW Antichrist and his cronies will find the time and money IN THAT SHORT PERIOD to implement a PAY BY MICROCHIP IMPLANT system EVERYWHERE?
That UNDEVELOPED countries like Uganda, or Uzbekistan, who DO NOT have it NOW, will have it THEN?
If you believe THAT, I have a great bridge in Brooklyn, with a lovely view, that I'd like to sell you.
Heck even DEVELOPED REGIONS like the U.S. or the EU DON'T HAVE IT NOW! WHY would they have it THEN?
It's NOT HAPPENING: the "cashless society" UNDER Antichrist is PURE MYTH, pure RELIGIOUS INVENTION.
Keeping in mind that paper money (cash) DID NOT EXIST when the Bible was written, THERE ARE SEVERAL SCRIPTURES that indicate money will still be in use during the tribulation and even DURING THE MILLENNIUM (Ezekiel 7:12-19; Daniel 11:38,43; Zechariah 14:14, Revelation 11:10; 18:11-13).
So, the LIARS who push a "cashless society" under Antichrist are CONTRADICTING GOD by CONTRADICTING SCRIPTURE.
The ONLY "cashless society" in our future is when Jesus creates NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013
NOT THE GREATEST
NOWHERE in the ENTIRE Bible are we told that "keeping the 10 Commandments" is the fulfillment of God's law.
There isn’t ONE verse in the Scriptures that says such thing.
The 10 Commandments ARE NOT the fulfillment of God’s law.
Yet ENTIRE DENOMINATIONS are built upon this FALSE PREMISE.
NO ONE except Jesus has EVER kept the 10 Commandments, but EVEN IF (hypothetically speaking) WE COULD keep them to perfection, God's law WOULD REMAIN UNFULFILLED.
So, WHAT GOOD IS IT to try to "keep" the 10 Commandments? WHY try to keep them if they DON'T fulfill God's law?
Why keep them if they DON'T SATISFY GOD?
God gave Moses the law on Mount Sinai. It contained 613 specific commandments, comprised of the Ten Commandments, plus 603 more.
Moses, in turn, delivered it to Israel.
Law clingers and Moses clingers INSIST on IMPOSING 10 Commandment keeping on those who've been LIBERATED from the yoke of legalism.
In the Gospels, however, we have a Pharisee, who also happened to be a scribe (LAW SPECIALIST) who asked Jesus point-blank:
"Teacher, WHICH IS THE GREAT COMMANDMENT in the law?" (Matthew 22:35-36).
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with ALL YOUR HEART and with ALL YOUR SOUL and with ALL YOUR MIND (Matthew 22:37-38; Deuteronomy 6:5)
THIS is THE FIRST and GREATEST commandment". (Matthew 22:38).
And the second is LIKE IT: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF (Matthew 22:39; Leviticus 19:18).
ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS hang ON THESE TWO commandments." (Matthew 22:39-40).
Again: ALL THE LAW, and ALL THE PROPHETS, HANG ON THESE TWO commandments.
Therefore, ALL THE LAW, ALL THE PROPHETS, AND EVEN THE 10 Commandments, HANG ON THE TWO.
You got a problem with THAT, talk to Jesus.
He SAID IT.
The TWO commandments Jesus gave - on which, ACCORDING TO HIM - hang ALL the law and prophets,WERE NOT PART OF THE 10.
They were NOT part of the 10 Commandments.
And Jesus said THESE TWO WERE THE GREATEST commandments.
Evidently, then, the 10 WEREN'T THAT IMPORTANT TO HIM.
Repeat: if the 10 Commandments WEREN'T THE GREATEST, evidently, they WEREN'T THAT IMPORTANT to Jesus.
... Or He wouldn't have called these TWO - which are NOT EVEN PART OF the 10 - THE GREATEST ONES.
Moreover, if ON THESE TWO, according to the Lord Himself hang ALL THE LAW (all 613 commandments, including the 10) and ALL the prophets, then WHY WOULD IT BE NECESSARY to observe the 10?
Why would observing the 10 BE A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION?
Obviously, IT'S NOT.
Unless, of course, you think you know more about God's law and are more righteous than Jesus.
But aren't these the first and second of the 10 Commandments?
The first of the 10 was to "have NO OTHER GODS before Yahweh". The second was NOT TO make any graven image" (Exodus 20:3-4).
They've been in Exodus 20:3-4 for the past 3,500 years.
Question: WHY would it be NECESSARY to keep a 24-hour day called Sabbath (the 4th commandment) WHEN ON THESE TWO hang ALL THE OTHERS, including the 4th?
Some legalists call THE APOSTLE Paul a "false prophet" in a desperate attempt to justify their legalism, and ACCUSE HIM FALSELY (thus breaking the 8th commandment) of CONTRADICTING Jesus.
Actually, Paul SAID THE SAME THING AS JESUS in Romans 13:9-10:
"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 does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW".
Since LOVE is THE FULFILLMENT OF the ENTIRE LAW, WHERE DOES SUCH "love" come from?
ONLY FROM the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22).
Is LOVE produced by keeping the 10 Commandments?
Then WHY EVEN TRY TO KEEP THEM?
Why NOT receive Love Himself into your heart?
Why NOT make Love Himself YOUR PERSONAL GOD, LORD AND SAVIOR and thus FULFILL ALL OF GOD'S LAW?
Why NOT CONCENTRATE ON THE DIVINE NATURE (Love, God Himself) which THOSE OF US WHO HAVE RECEIVED JESUS INTO OUR INNERMOST BEINGS have INSIDE, SINCE HE, (JESUS, LOVE), IS THE ONE AND ONLY FULFILLMENT OF HIS LAW THERE IS?
Oh, Martel... you just hate legalists.
No, I LOVE legalists.
I love them enough TO TELL THEM THE TRUTH.
I love them enough to give them THE TRUE Gospel, which is Salvation BY GRACE alone through FAITH alone (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Why? Their doctrine leads to hell and I want to SEE THEM IN HEAVEN.
If I HATED them, I wouldn't even bother: Let ‘em believe what they want, what's it to me?
I LOVE legalists: It's their FALSE DOCTRINE that I hate.
Come on, Armstrongnists, Adventists, Church of God, Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses, Sabbatarians!
I want to SEE EVERY ONE OF YOU in heaven.
I'm NOT offering you religion - since I have none.
I'm NOT offering you a denomination - since I belong to none.
I'm OFFERING YOU JESUS: "JUST" JESUS.
He is THE Personification of the Love which IS the fulfillment - and ONLY fulfillment - of ALL the law, ALL the prophets, and ALL 10 Commandments.
That's WHY JESUS ALONE IS SALVATION.
That's WHY JESUS IS ALL YOU NEED.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013
As we get closer to the Rapture and tribulation, it's time to re-examine the role of the 144,000 Jews mentioned in Revelation 7:1-8, and again, in Revelation 14:1-5.
First let me tell you who THEY AREN'T:
1. They are NOT Seventh Day Adventists.
I don't care how many INVENTED "visions" THAT LIAR named Ellen White claimed to have had.
2. They are NOT so-called Jehovah's Witnesses.
3. They are NOT any New Age sect.
The Bible makes it crystal clear that they are NATURAL ISRAELITES who receive Jesus as Savior and God.
They are from THE TRIBES OF Israel:
"From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,
from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
from the tribe of Asher 12,000,
from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,
from the tribe of Levi 12,000,
from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,
from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,
from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000" (Revelation 7:1-8).
You can't possibly say it ANY CLEARER.
UNLESS one of the three LYING SECTS mentioned above can PROVE they are NATURAL descendants from one of these Israelite tribes, THEY DON'T QUALIFY.
They can say that THEY are the 144,000 until their UGLY, DECEITFUL FACES TURN PURPLE, GREEN AND RED WITH SHAME, THEY ARE NOT, AND furthermore, they're CONTRADICTING GOD.
That means that THEY are LYING.
In addition to being from the 12 tribes, the 144,000 are:
1. ALL MALE VIRGINS (Revelation 14:4)
2. NO LIE was found in the mouths (Revelation 14:5).
Which mean they speak THE TRUTH (the TRUE Gospel of Jesus), which AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIES those three lying sects who preach a FALSE "gospel" and, thus, ARE ACCURSED (Galatians 1:8).
3. They are WITHOUT FAULT before the Throne of God (Revelation 14:5).
Since THE ONLY WAY to be "WITHOUT FAULT" before the Throne of God is to KNOW JESUS and be credited His Righteousness (Romans 3:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21), this automatically disqualifies ALL THREE OF THE LYING SECTS MENTIONED ABOVE WHO TRUST THEIR OWN "righteousness" (Isaiah 64:6).
4. They "follow the Lamb WHEREVER He goes" (Revelation 14:4).
5. They are "first fruits unto God and to the Lamb" (Revelation 14:4).
6. They are sealed unto the Lord either concurrent with or immediately after the Church is raptured (Revelation 7:1-8).
How, exactly, are THEY SEALED on their foreheads?
With the Spirit of God and the MIND OF CHRIST (1 Corinthians 2:15-16; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13;4:30).
Additionally, they MAY be the fulfillment of Ezekiel 9:4 where Jews in Jerusalem are sealed on their foreheads with the Hebrew letter tav which looks LIKE A CROSS.
What is the PURPOSE OF the 144,000 thousand, and HOW LONG do they stay on earth?
We know they remain AT THE VERY least during the first 5 months of tribulation while the fifth trumpet judgment and first "woe" is going on (Revelation 9:4-5). The use of the word "first fruits" in Revelation 14:4 seems to indicate they are on earth for about THE FIRST YEAR OF the 3½-year tribulation.
Although the Bible does not say in so many words what their purpose is, it's reasonable to infer from the biblical text that at least PART of their purpose is to share the Gospel with fellow Israelites and encourage them to stand firm in the midst of coming trials.
It's significant that ONLY AFTER they are raptured into the heavenly realm, God sends AN ANGEL for the FIRST TIME EVER to preach the Gospel, which would indicate that, except for the Two Witnesses, there are no humans available to preach it, either because they have been raptured, are hiding, or have been killed (Revelation 14:6).
The 144,000 natural Israelites are SUPERNATURALLY protected and emerge from the tribulation unscathed.
There's a special rapture for them from Mount Zion, Jerusalem, in Revelation 14:1 shortly after the reign of Antichrist begins.
This, if nothing else, PROVES that God hasn't lost track of the so-called "10 lost tribes".
He knows EXACTLY where they are, and where EACH MEMBER OF THOSE TRIBES IS.
They may be "lost" to the world.
NOTHING is lost to God, except those WHO CHOOSE TO BE.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
IT COULDN'T BE JESUS
Jesus did WHAT NO ARMY IN THE WORLD could do.
He accomplished what no Jewish, Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, nor Greek, PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED ARMY and mercenaries could ever accomplish:
He DEFEATED the Roman Empire, the GREATEST, MOST FEARED military machine known to man.
And He did it without armies, without armor, without shields, helmets, swords, spears or catapults.
He did it BY THE SHEER POWER OF HIS SPIRIT AND HIS WORD (Zechariah 4:6).
He did it in less than 300 years.
DESPITE Satan, DESPITE ruthless and unrelenting persecution, DESPITE thousands of martyrs - men and women - being crucified, burned alive, starved to death and thrown into the arena to be torn apart and devoured by wild beasts, the initially small sect called Christian grew by leaps and bounds, EXPANDED ALL OVER the Roman territory, and SWALLOWED UP all of Rome's military might in a matter of 280 years.
The Roman Emperor himself became Christian.
The Christian Message or Good News or Gospel is unrivaled and unequaled in the annals of HISTORY, or His Story.
It is FAR SUPERIOR TO any religion or philosophy INVENTED by mortals.
Because it's God's Message.
Despite being widely infiltrated by greedy merchants, compromisers, liars, DECEIVERS, COWARDS, politicians and HERETICS, it has THE SAME POWER TODAY AS IT DID 2,000 YEARS AGO.
The power to TRANSFORM HEARTS AND LIVES, one at a time.
If Jesus is dead, if Jesus didn't rise from the dead, if Jesus DIDN'T EVEN EXIST as some terrified morons, and self-deceived, history challenged ignoramuses claim without any proof, HOW can a dead person, let alone someone WHO DIDN'T EXIST, in this day and age, with the greatest technology at our disposal, where information is available at the click of a mouse, STILL HAVE THAT POWER?
At a time when we boast of scientific and technological discoveries, where we can record and send images with a handheld tablet or cell phone, HOW can a "DEAD" person be worshipped by over 2 BILLION PEOPLE WORLD WIDE?
Simply because He's NOT dead, HE IS ALIVE.
His ever growing, TWO BILLION STRONG, SPIRITUAL Kingdom is about to MANIFEST ON EARTH, and RULE THE ENTIRE PLANET, IN LESS THAN FOUR YEARS.
As it did 2,000 years ago IT WILL SWALLOW UP all the systems of this corrupt world in which we've come to trust and take pride (Daniel 2:44).
You OWE IT TO YOURSELF to know THIS JESUS who, like it or not, will be your King in just a few years.
You can live in DENIAL only for so long.
Like it or not, REALITY is about to OVERTAKE even temporal human reason.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2013
YOU'VE NEVER SINNED
Now, now... before you write in thinking I drank both lunch and dinner, or trying to sell me the Brooklyn Bridge... YOU KNOW you have sinned, and I KNOW you have sinned.
But THAT'S THE WAY your record in heaven reads if you've made Jesus LORD OF your life and received Him into your innermost being as Savior and God.
We KNOW you've sinned in THIS TEMPORARY realm (Romans 3:23).
(Thank God it's TEMPORARY and about to "end", as we know it).
But in the ETERNAL heavenly realm there's NO RECORD ANYWHERE THAT YOU'VE SINNED.
Gee, Martel, that sounds TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
I thought you'd never ask:
"AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, so far HAS HE REMOVED OUR SINS FROM US" (Psalm 103:12). Thank you, David.
"THEIR SINS AND INIQUITIES WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE" (Hebrews 10:16-17; Jeremiah 31:34). Thank you, Jeremiah.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (one of my favorite verses of Scripture):
He (Jesus) who KNEW NO SIN was made sin FOR US (sinners) that we (sinners) might BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD in Him".
If you're not shouting, praising Jesus, or jumping up and down right now... or a combination of the three, something is SERIOUSLY wrong with you.
Do you realize, I mean CAN YOU REALLY GRASP, what THAT means to sinners LIKE US?
And, just for the record, there's NO BIGGER SCREW-UP IN THIS ENTIRE WORLD than this humble servant.
I've SINNED and messed up SO MANY TIMES, that if I were to tell you, I wouldn't know where to begin.
So why am I not depressed?How come I don't feel like crap, loathe myself, and wallow in guilt?
More importantly, HOW can I be SO CERTAIN that my record in heaven is clean and that I'm WELCOMED into His Kingdom?
Because as big and as many as my sins are I HAVE A BIGGER SAVIOR.
Because MY SAVIOR (and yours if you receive Him into your heart) is God Himself, He LIVES in me, and there's NO LAW OR CONDEMNATION OF ANY SORT AGAINST HIM (Romans 8:1; Galatians 5:22-23).
He IS His own Law.
Glory to His Name!
Because where sin ABOUNDED, His marvelous Grace DID MUCH MORE ABOUND... (Romans 5:20)
Because my Savior and God has given me HIS OWN Righteousness!
And JUST HOW RIGHTEOUS IS HE?
According to Isaiah 6:3 and Revelation 4:8, He is HOLY, HOLY, HOLY...
According to that same verse "the WHOLE EARTH is FILLED WITH His glory"!
That includes your human body, since it was made FROM THE EARTH (Genesis 2:7).
Isn't THAT what Paul told us in Romans 8:30:
"Those He predestinated, He also called: and those He called, He also JUSTIFIED and...GLORIFIED".
Now wonder he also asked:
If God is FOR US, WHO can be against us? (Romans 8:31).
WHO will accuse God's chosen? (Romans 8:33).
Thank you, Jesus! Glory to you, precious Savior!
Now let's take a quick look at the opposite side of the coin:
What about those who DO NOT receive Jesus into their hearts?
If you DON'T receive Jesus YOU HAVE NO SAVIOR.
Which means, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN, BABY!
Satan WILL ACCUSE YOU DAY AND NIGHT OF EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER DONE AND THEN SOME! (Zechariah 3:1; Revelation 12:10)
And you'll have NO DEFENSE against his ENDLESS accusations.
He'll probably air some dirty laundry that you had forgotten or were not even aware of.
He'll THROW THE BOOK at you, LITERALLY:
As in the BOOK of the Law of God, which you broke at least A BILLION TIMES...
And your record in heaven will show that FOR ONCE the wicked creep is telling the truth.
And Jesus will have to stand there IN SILENCE, with tears in His eyes, thinking "I paid FOR EVERY ONE of those sins, but I can't defend Jim, Henry, Susie or Rita because he/she NEVER RECEIVED ME, or my payment for sin, or TRUSTED MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.
They CHOSE to make it here ON THEIR OWN.
And, as much as it breaks God's heart, you WILL GO TO HELL.
You can have your sins ERASED FOREVER by receiving Christ, or you can HAVE YOUR UGLY PAST EXPOSED, AND PAY FOR ALL OF IT, to the last nickel, YOURSELF.
WHO DO YOU TRUST, Jesus or YOURSELF?
WHOSE RECORD will you STAND ON WHEN YOU APPEAR BEFORE the Almighty?
Will you plead YOUR OWN "righteousness", which will send you to hell?
Or will you STAND SINLESS AND BLAMELESS on Jesus and His Righteousness?
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013
HATED BY GENTILES
In Matthew 24:9, Jesus addresses His Jewish disciples about the time of tribulation and says "you shall be hated OF ALL GENTILES for my Name's sake".
Most English Bibles read "nations". However, since Jesus was SPEAKING EXCLUSIVELY TO JEWS, and SINCE THE CHURCH DID NOT EVEN EXIST YET, the correct rendering should be "GENTILES".
The Greek word for "nations" is ethnon which is ALSO the word that MEANS "gentiles".
There are physical gentiles and spiritual gentiles.
Spiritually speaking, physical gentiles who have received the Jewish Messiah as Lord, Savior and God, are no longer gentiles, but part of the Commonwealth of Israel [Ephesians 2:12-20].
Therefore Christians, strictly speaking, are NOT gentiles.
That's why most Christians today love and support Israel.
Who, then, was our Lord referring to when He said ALL GENTILES would hate the Jews?
He was referring, of course, to those gentiles who DO NOT believe in Him.
UNSAVED gentiles will still be on earth AFTER Christians are raptured.
Unregenerate, Christ-hating gentiles will hate Jesus and will hate Jews because Jesus is a Jew.
They will also hate Jews because many of them will turn to their Messiah with all their hearts, right after the Rapture, after they've seen Him coming in the clouds [Zechariah 12:10; Joel 2:12,13].
UNSAVED Gentles will hate them because THE ONLY ONES ON EARTH AT THAT TIME who will love Jesus and WANT Jesus to return will be Jews: the Two Witnesses (Jews), the 144,000 Jews and OTHER Jews who turn to their Messiah in repentance and faith (Matthew 23:39).
So, they will be THE ONLY OPPOSITION to the reign of their champion, the infamous Antichrist (Daniel 12:7).
Eventually, SOME gentiles will come around and receive Jesus (Revelation 14:6,18; 15:2) but that will happen just prior to the Second Coming of Christ, TOWARD THE END OF the 3½-year tribulation.
As it is, most gentiles already hate Jews.
Most nations, not to mention certain unsavory elements in the media, are either blatantly anti-Semitic or have a strong bias against the Jewish State and Jews in general.
The only "gentile" friends Israel has had, at least until recently, are the U.S. and the U.K.
That, however, is quickly changing.
Physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob better open their eyes and realize that born-again Christians are BOTH, A LARGE part of spiritual Israel, and THE BEST FRIENDS this side of heaven that Israel has.
Sadly, most of them won't come to this stark realization, until their BEST FRIENDS are no longer around.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013
THOSE WHO ARE IN JUDEA
"When you therefore SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, STAND IN THE HOLY PLACE (temple)... Then let them who are in Judea FLEE INTO THE MOUNTAINS...For THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATION, SUCH AS WAS NOT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO THIS TIME, NO, NOR EVER SHALL BE" (Matthew 24:15-21).
To properly understand what Jesus was saying, we must differentiate between the Roman province called Judea, which encompassed Judea, Samaria and southern Jordan, and whose central government was based in Caesarea, and BIBLICAL Judea which was much smaller and corresponds roughly with the territory of Israel's Southern Kingdom during the Divided Kingdom era, and whose administrative capital is Jerusalem.
The Roman province was officially established in 6 A.D.
The Kingdom of Judah, BIBLICAL Judea, dates back to the 8th century B.C.
Jesus, being Jewish, would have referred to the latter.
The area to which Jesus made reference appears yellow in the map below.
Moreover, Jesus was in Jerusalem, Judea, more specifically on the Mount of Olives, when He issued that warning to His fellow Jews.
Terrified Christians write in all the time asking if these verses were intended for them, and might they have to flee during the tribulation.
Unless you live in Judea (southern Israel), and are NOT saved, it has NO APPLICATION WHATSOEVER TO YOU.
Only those in Judea (Jerusalem and surroundings) who remain on earth during the tribulation will get to see THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION spoken of by Daniel and mentioned in Matthew 24:15 above.
Unless you live there and are unsaved I promise YOU WON'T HAVE TO "flee into the Judean Mountains".
If you live in New York, Texas, Iowa or Minnessota, you DON'T LIVE IN Judea, you won't see the AOD, and this DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU. Is that clear enough for everyone?
I don't know about you, but the Holy Spirit and I sustain almost uninterrupted dialogue. Were He NOT God, I'm certain I'd drive Him crazy, because I'm ALWAYS ASKING HIM QUESTIONS.
One question that perplexed me for some time and that He recently answered is:
Why does Jesus say in Revelation 12:6 say that Jews will hide in the desert 1,260 days, whereas in Matthew 24:15-21 He tells those in Judea (Jerusalem and surroundings) to flee ONLY when they SEE the AOD standing IN THE TEMPLE?
What's the difference?
According to Daniel 8:13-14, the AOD will stand for 2,300 evening and morning offerings, which equal 1,150 days, then the temple will be cleansed.
The difference between 1,260 days and 1,150 days is 110 days, which are three Hebrew months and 20 days.
The answer is that Jews from OTHER AREAS like Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya, etc. will hide first and remain hidden for 1,260 days. The Judean population, or at least a portion thereof, will hide a few months later for approximately 1,150 days.
Why would Jesus SINGLE OUT the residents of Judea?
Because that's where the third temple must be built and the AOD placed.
If they fled earlier, there wouldn't be enough time to finish the third temple or to reinstate the daily offerings which have not been made for nearly 2,000 years.
Daily offerings MUST BE REINSTATED FIRST in some form or fashion in order to fulfill the prophecies that Antichrist will put an END to them (Daniel 8:12-13; 11:31).
God's Word never ceases to amaze me.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013
Readers often ask us to decipher various portions of this chapter.
CONTEXT, as you know, is CRITICAL to proper understanding: TO WHOM is Jesus speaking?WHAT PERIOD OF TIME is He talking about?
I've always felt that, like any other portion of Scripture, if you read it CAREFULLY and ANALYTICALLY AND ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SPEAK THROUGH the written Word, the confusion just vanishes.
However, if I know many in my audience, the confusion isn't likely to go away any time soon. So, I'm going to attempt something I've never done before: CLARIFICATION OF VERSES 1-35, a Word 4 Today FIRST.
Verses 36-51 are pretty self-explanatory.
If you already know all this, feel free to skip today's message.
I'm using the NIV version of the Bible for this particular study, which is the easiest for most people to understand. I have made a few MINOR CHANGES to the text in PURPLE because it wasn't the best translation of the Greek. My notes are in GREEN:
1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.
2 "Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, NOT ONE STONE HERE WILL BE LEFT ON ANOTHER; EVERY ONE WILL BE THROWN DOWN."
And so it was. This prophecy was fulfilled in 70 A.D. when the Romans destroyed the temple, not leaving ONE stone upon another, just as Jesus had predicted.
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "WHEN WILL THIS (about the temple) HAPPEN? and WHAT WILL BE THE SIGN OF YOUR COMING AND OF THE END OF THE AGE?"
Jesus gives TWO SETS OF SIGNS, one group that INDICATES THE BIRTHPANGS HAVE BEGUN, and that the Rapture - tribulation are DRAWING NEAR, and ANOTHER that indicates THE RAPTURE'S ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE.
These are the signs of BIRTHPANGS, which indicate the Rapture is NEAR, but NOT YET:
4 Jesus answered: "WATCH OUT THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU. 5 For MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME, saying that I (Jesus) am the Christ (Messiah), and WILL DECEIVE MANY.
The fact Jesus told HIS VERY DISCIPLES, who'd walked and talked and eaten and LIVED WITH Him for 3½ years THAT EVEN THEY -- should they be living at the time -- were in danger of being DECEIVED SPEAKS VOLUMES AS TO JUST HOW WIDESPREAD and CUNNING the DECEPTION WOULD BE (and IS). This also has happened JUST AS our Lord foretold.
6 YOU WILL HEAR OF WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS, but see to it that you are not alarmed. SUCH THINGS MUST HAPPEN, BUT THE END IS STILL TO COME.
7 NATION WILL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM. There will be famines AND EARTHQUAKES IN VARIOUS PLACES.
8 ALL THESE (together)ARE THE BEGINNING OF BIRTH PAINS.
The word for "earthquakes" is seismos in Greek, which would include ALL seismic activity whether it's quakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, or some combination thereof.
These 4 events COMBINED are unprecedented in human history. And they've been happening for the past three years. Therefore, WE ARE in the birthpangs, RIGHT NOW.
9 "Then (after the birthpangs, when the tribulation is underway)you (Jews)will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you (Jews) WILL BE HATED BY ALL NATIONS (HATED BY ALL GENTILES, same word in Greek, who remain on earth post-Rapture) because of me.
10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Jews who place their trust in their Messiah even at that time and STAND FIRM trusting Him until the end, WILL BE SAVED, (Romans 11:25-26).
14 And THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM WILL BE PREACHED IN THE WHOLE WORLD AS A TESTIMONY TO ALL NATIONS (GENTILES), AND THEN THE END WILL COME.
This takes place in Revelation 14:6 when God, for the first time ever, SENDS A MESSENGER (angel) in mid-air to preach the ETERNAL GOSPEL to ALL GENTILES.
The "end" (Second Coming of Christ) takes place shortly after tribulation gentiles receive Jesus as Lord, TOWARD THE END OF THE TRIBULATION ITSELF (Revelation 15:2-4).
That's when THE FULLNESS OF the gentiles comes in (Romans 11:25).
Jews are saved WHEN THE TRIBULATION ENDS, after the last gentile is saved (Romans 11:26).
15 "So when you (Jews) see standing IN THE HOLY PLACE (temple) ‘the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel-let the reader understand- (an idol or statue to be worshipped of someone who CLAIMS to be God -- we know it will be a statue of Alexander) 16 then let THOSE WHO ARE IN Judea flee to the mountains.
I am asked about this verse CONSTANTLY. Are you in Judea? If you are, and you're not a believer, it applies to you. OTHERWISE IT DOESN'T.
If you ARE BORN-AGAIN, IT DOESN'T APPLY TO YOU.
If you live in Ohio, Nashville, London, New South Wales, New Delhi, or Johannesburg, whether you're saved or unsaved, YOU DON'T LIVE IN JUDEA, AND IT DOESN'T APPLY TO YOU.
17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!
Some interpret this passage to mean that the babies of pregnant women will be raptured from their mother's womb.
I don't see that AT ALL.
First of all this is talking ONLY about pregnant Jewish women who live in Judea, and who will be fleeing at that time, NOT about ALL mothers.
It will be dreadful for them because they won't have hospitals or customary medical facilities in which to give birth, and because they won't have adequate shelter or enough food to feed their children once they are born.
20 Pray that your flight WILL NOT TAKE PLACE in winter or on the Sabbath.
This verse, if nothing else, clearly shows He's talking to Jews who will still be here during the tribulation. NO ONE ELSE, to my knowledge, observes the 24-hour Sabbath as a DAY OF REST.
So-called "Christian" denominations like Adventists and UCG CONGREGATE during the 24-hour Sabbath, BUT THEY DO NOT ABSTAIN FROM WORK, INCLUDING TRAVEL, on the Sabbath, as religious Jews do.
21 For THEN THERE WILL BE GREAT TRIBULATION (thillipsis in Greek), UNEQUALED FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD UNTIL NOW - and NEVER TO BE EQUALED AGAIN.
Clearly, THIS IS the tribulation.
22 If THOSE DAYS had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the Chosen Ones (Jews)THOSE DAYS will be shortened.
This passage is often misconstrued to mean that the NUMBER OF days the tribulation LASTS will be fewer.
That's NOT what it says. IT SAYS, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, that it's THE DAYS THEMSELVES that will be shortened. DAYS will be SHORTENED, not made FEWER.
How? By reducing DAYLIGHT by ONE THIRD (Revelation 8:12):
This means that during the tribulation there will only be about 8 hours of daylight each day, and DARKNESS for the REMAINING 16 HOURS.
It CANNOT mean the NUMBER OF days, because Jesus told John, clear as crystal, 1,260 days for Jews to hide in the desert (Revelation 12:6).
Jesus made this statement around 33 A.D. Revelation was written 63 years later in 96 A.D.
He wouldn't say "the NUMBER of days will be fewer than 1,260 in 33 A.D. and then, 63 years later say "you know what? I changed my mind: I'm going to leave the number as is: 1,260 days".
Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega. He predetermined THE END since THE BEGINNING (Isaiah 46:10). He NEVER CHANGES (Malachi 3:6). He is THE SAME yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Glory to His Name!
So either THAT INTERPRETATION IS WRONG, or God LIED (perish the thought).
23 AT THAT TIME if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!' or, ‘There he is!' do not believe it.
24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 "So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
"AT THAT TIME", in context, obviously refers to the time when the tribulation is underway.
Jews are to STAY PUT in their HIDING PLACE UNTIL JESUS HIMSELF GOES TO THEM and leads them back to Jerusalem. Oh, praise His faithfulness!
28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
This is a clear reference to Armageddon where vultures and other birds of prey will feast on the carcasses of Antichrist's armies (Revelation 19:17-18, 21).
29 "Immediately WITH the tribulation of those days "‘THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, and THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT; THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and THE HEAVENLY BODIES WILL BE SHAKEN.
30 "AT THAT TIME THE SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN WILL APPEAR IN THE SKY, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. THEY WILL SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY, WITH POWER AND GREAT GLORY.
31 And he will send his angels WITH A LOUD TRUMPET CALL, and they WILL GATHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF THE HEAVENS TO THE OTHER.
That's the Rapture. It's in PERFECT agreement with Revelation 6:12.
32"Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33Even so, WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS, YOU KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, RIGHT AT THE DOOR.
34 I tell you the truth, THIS GENERATION WILL CERTAINLY NOT PASS AWAY UNTIL ALL THESE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Which generation was He referring to?
In context, He was talking about BOTH:
a) The generation of His day, which would not pass away without the temple being destroyed to the point that one stone would not be left upon another (Matthew 24:2). And,
b) TO THIS (OUR) GENERATION, which began in the LATE 1960's to 1970, WITH MASSIVE RELIGIOUS DECEPTION SUPPOSEDLY "IN JESUS' NAME" (Matthew 24:4).
Coincidentally, it's THE SAME GENERATION as the one mentioned in Luke 21:24-32 that saw Jerusalem return to the Jews IN 1967 after, 2,030 days of UNINTERRUPTED GENTILE TRAMPLING.
I hope this has been helpful to many of you.
Is God's Word precious and AMAZING, or what?
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013
GOD CAN'T SPEAK TO THEM !
He COULDN'T HAVE SPOKEN to Malachi and Malachi COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE a true prophet, because (horror of horrors) HE WAS CATHOLIC!!!
Oh yeah? WHO are WE to set limits on God? WHO are WE to tell the Almighty what He can or can't do?
God DOESN'T' NEED the approval of sinful mortals to do ANYTHING He wants to do.
By that rationale, He COULDN'T HAVE SPOKEN TO MARTIN LUTHER EITHER, since he, too, WAS CATHOLIC...
Since all evangelicals come from Luther, if such were the case, then you're NOT SAVED.
Sometimes it's hard to comprehend THE LEVEL OF PREJUDICE AND IGNORANCE that SOME so-called evangelicals wallow in.
Some moron recently went so far as saying that teaching (as we do) that Catholics, like anyone else, can be saved is a "doctrine of demons".
Actually, the REAL doctrine of demons is telling them that they CAN'T be saved.
When Jesus died on the cross He died for ALL sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).
And (thank God!) there WERE NO CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS IN EXISTENCE BACK THEN so none of them can claim exclusivity, and that He died ONLY for THEM.
Are you A SINNER? Then Jesus DIED FOR YOU.
Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Those who do ARE LIARS.
God can use ANYONE He pleases.
He can SPEAK TO ANYONE He pleases.
He even speaks TO Satan in the Bible, so why wouldn't He speak to Catholics? (Job 1:12; 2:6).
Dear God, don't some of these people EVER read the Book?
I'm ETERNALLY grateful that He SPOKE TO THIS Roman Catholic over 30 years ago and made me realize the need to INVITE Jesus INTO MY HEART.
I already LOVED HIM and had Him IN MY HEAD.
And, praise His Name, He's been SPEAKING TO ME ever since.
If He COULDN'T speak to Catholics, I wouldn't be saved and you wouldn't be reading these messages each day.
In Genesis, He SPOKE to a pagan IDOLATER, worshipper of the sun and moon in Ur of the Chaldees by the name of Abram, changed his name to Abraham, and made an ETERNAL covenant with him, by which He brought Jesus, Salvation and the New Testament to us (Genesis 11:31; 12:1).
In Exodus, He SPOKE and finally got through to Pharaoh to allow the Israelites to leave Egypt and thus deliver them from bondage (Exodus 12:31-32).
In Isaiah, He SPOKE TO ANOTHER IDOLATER named Cyrus to build the Second Temple in Jerusalem and even called him "His anointed" (Isaiah 41:1; 13).
In Daniel, He SPOKE TO ruthless heathen Nebuchadnezzar, who in the end acknowledged God as God, and blessed God's prophet (Daniel 4:34-37).
God even gave him a dream about the future which still reverberates into our time and even into the Millennial Kingdom of God (Daniel 2:31-48).
In Esther, He SPOKE TO another pagan named Xerxes (or Ahasuerus) to hang Haman and save the Jews from extinction (Esther 7:8-10; 8:1-13).
In the Book of Acts, He SPOKE TO a stiff-necked Pharisee by the name of Saul, who flat-out HATED Jesus and the Christian faith, and had killed scores of Christians, changed his heart, changed his name to Paul, and turned him into the greatest soul winner and Evangelist the world has ever known (Acts 9:4-5).
So much for THAT stupid theory...
He speaks to ANYONE who will LISTEN.
He'll speak to Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons, Scientologists, Christian Science, Church of Christ, Church of God, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, Pentecostals and even hard-shelled Baptists (O.K., Baptists, I'm kidding, you know I love you)...
If a denominational label or belief system COULD PREVENT HIM FROM SPEAKING, HE WOULDN'T BE MUCH OF A GOD, WOULD HE?
We may not always like the human "package" in which God sends His Message to us and to the world.
Every BORN AGAIN individual today - REGARDLESS of denomination - owes Luther an ETERNAL debt of gratitude for bringing to light the Message of Salvation by faith ALONE:
SOLA SCRIPTURA, SOLA FIDE, SOLA GRACIA, SOLO CHRISTO, SOLI DEO GLORIA:
"By Scripture ALONE, by FAITH ALONE, by Grace ALONE, by Christ ALONE, and GLORY TO GOD ALONE"...
It is TRUE, SCRIPTURAL, has stood the test of time, and even Catholics, praise Jesus, believe it today* (after the II Vatican Council held in 1962).
*Except for Scripture ALONE, since they also believe in religious tradition.
Do I like EVERYTHING Luther said and taught?
He was a virulent anti-Semite who wrote extensively about Jews and used some of the most denigrating language imaginable.
HOW could God SPEAK TO and USE someone who was so VICIOUSLY AGAINST His chosen people?
Don't know. You'd have to ask God.
But He did, and, if you're saved you should thank God EVERY SINGLE DAY that He did.
Fact is, if God ONLY used perfect people with perfect doctrine, He WOULD BE UNABLE TO USE ANYONE and we would all be lost.
Please, brothers and sisters, THINK before you talk, or write.
Don't let something that happened 500 years ago cloud your thinking or harden your heart.
Evangelicals LOVE to quote John 3:16, and praise God for it.
But many tend to forget THE VERY NEXT VERSE, John 3:17 which says (Jesus speaking):
"For God DID NOT SEND His Son into the world TO CONDEMN... but...TO SAVE".
In the Book of Judges God even used THE JAWBONE OF AN ASS to accomplish His Purpose! (Judges 15:15-16).
And you think some man-invented denominational label or some human flaw is going to PREVENT HIM from using you, me, Malachi, or ANYONE ELSE?
Honestly, some people need to get their JAWBONES, their brains, and THEIR ENTIRE HEADS, OUT OF their behinds...
THAT'S where prejudice COMES FROM.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2013
IT'S ALL "COINCIDENCE"
Everything that's taking place in the world right now is just coincidence. At least, according to some prejudiced individuals we've heard from.
Let's set aside St. Malachi's prophecy and what happened this past week...
I have never based my teachings on ANYTHING OTHER THAN the holy, inspired, infallible Word of the Living God.
While there are MYRIAD FALSE PROPHETS polluting cyberspace and the airwaves with their FALSE, self-serving, UNBIBLICAL pronouncements, there are TRUE prophets of God around.
Granted, that they are EXTREMELY RARE and EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND in this day and age.
THE BIBLE SAYS there will be "apostles, PROPHETS, evangelists, pastors and teachers" UNTIL we ALL come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man" (or PERFECT ADAM)... (Ephesians 4:11-13).
Since we're NOT there yet - by any stretch of the imagination - then there MUST BE SOME TRUE prophets around:
Based on the EVIDENCE, Saint Malachi was ONE such TRUE prophet.
This isn't something that I invented, and it has little or nothing to do with the fact I grew up in Roman Catholicism.
Those who have problems with that statement should take it up with God, since HE SAID IT. It's only been in your New Testament for 2,000 years.
If some of you studied the New Testament once in a while, instead of allowing your carnal religious prejudice get the better of you, and instead of getting your theology and eschatology "filtered" through YouTube, or some stupid, biased blog read by 8 or 9 people, you'd KNOW these things.
God also gave us THE STANDARD BY WHICH to judge TRUE prophets: their predictions MUST NEVER contradict Scripture (Deuteronomy 13:1-3; Jeremiah 23:16, 21, 25, 34-36; Romans 3:4), and MUST always be 100% correct (Deuteronomy 18:21, 22; Numbers 12:6).
Malachi PASSES SUCH tests since he's hit the nail on the head 266 times OVER AN 800-YEAR time span, and NEVER MISSED.
That's a HECK OF A LOT MORE than I can say for some of the FALSE PROPHETS that some of you worship, constantly run after, send money to, and are taken in by.
Since January 2, 2010 I have been TEACHING - not prophesying - but TEACHING, based on Daniel 9:25, that the Second Coming of Jesus MUST TAKE PLACE 49 years from the word to "return and build" biblical Jerusalem.
And that such "word" (order, decree) came in June, 1967 shortly after Jews recaptured the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.
THAT is SOLID, BIBLICAL FACT.
So solid, that the teaching's been posted on our website FOR OVER THREE YEARS with AN OPEN INVITATION for ANYONE - scholar, theologian, university professor, pastor, minister, layperson, skeptic, ANYONE AT ALL, to disprove it based on the Scriptures.
To date, NO ONE has dared challenge it.
We have had MANY QUESTIONS about it, but ZERO challenges.
Daniel 9:25 is in PERFECT AGREEMENT WITH at least TWO other Scriptures:
Psalm 102:16 "when the Lord shall build up Zion (a/k/a Jewish Quarter) HE SHALL APPEAR IN HIS GLORY".
Luke 21:24-27 which says that Jesus will APPEAR "WITH POWER AND GREAT GLORY" within a generation (40-50 years) after the gentile trampling of Jerusalem (in context, the Old City) comes to an end.
Such trampling by gentiles UNDISPUTEDLY came to an end on June 7, 1967.
Again, GOD wrote that, I didn't.
God's Word says that "by the testimony of TWO OR THREE witnesses shall EVERY matter be established" (Deuteronomy 19:15).
So, we've ESTABLISHED, based on God's INERRANT Word, that the Second Coming of Christ MUST take place 49 years AFTER the word to rebuild Jerusalem is given, which means Christ RETURNS to earth in 2016.
Since this is 2013, His Second Coming MUST BE NEAR, and the Rapture, which PRECEDES the Second Coming by at least 3½ years, MUST BE EVEN NEARER. Amen.
But wait, there's MORE:
Matthew 24:4-8, Jesus speaking:
The "birthpangs" that would precede the tribulation itself would be:
1. Pandemic DECEPTION of believers, supposedly "in the Name of Christ".
2. Wars and rumors of wars.
3. A MARKED INCREASE IN seismic activity (earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis).
4. "Nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom" in the world of the first century A.D.
Jesus didn't say that ONE or TWO of these events would signal birthpangs. He said ALL FOUR GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME would signal the birthpangs which would PRECEDE the Rapture-tribulation.
Have we seen, IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, widespread "Christian" deception, ACCOMPANIED BY wars and rumors of war, by a DRAMATIC increase in quakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, and UNPRECEDENTED "nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom", time and again, in the Middle East?
ANY HONEST person would have to answer "yes".
ALL OF THAT came from the Word of God.
I'm no mathematician, but let's just use common sense:
WHAT ARE THE ODDS of ALL THAT HAPPENING AT ONCE and in PERFECT TIMING WITH the aforementioned prophecies about His appearing?
Now, when you take the prophecy of someone who's been right on target 266 times over 8 CENTURIES and see that it is ALSO IN PERFECT AGREEMENT WITH Bible prophecy in both description and TIMING...
When his prophecy that there would be ONE more Catholic leader after Benedict who would shepherd the RCC through "many tribulations" and then Rome would be destroyed, and then Jesus would RETURN AND JUDGE the people on earth is being fulfilled RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES...
And when you take into consideration that he used the designation "Petrus Romanus" or "Peter the Roman" for that FINAL Catholic leader, and there just "happens" to be a Cardinal at this particular time whose name is Peter, who is the present Secretary of State for the Vatican, and who comes from a town named ROMANO Canavese...
The odds of ALL OF THAT happening SIMULTANEOUSLY are ASTRONOMICAL.
Give me a break...
If this is ALL "coincidence", then brace yourself:
A LOT MORE "coincidences" ARE COMING.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2013
POPE AND METEOR
Whew! It's been one heck of a week, hasn't it?
On Monday, the Pope suddenly resigns. Couple of days ago, a meteor crashes into Russia, causing widespread panic and injury to some 1,200 people, not to mention shattering windows and damaging infrastructure.
And to cap it all off South Africa's heroic athlete Oscar Pistorius shoots his girlfriend dead... How disturbing is that?
Valentine's Day almost got lost in the midst of all the turmoil.
For Oscar's, his family's, his girlfriend's family, his many fans, and everyone else's sake let's hope and pray this awful tragedy was not intentional but just a case of mistaken identity, as they're now saying.
According to U.K.'s The Telegraph and NASA, the meteor in Siberia exploded with a force 30 times greater than the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
Russians were "lucky" in the sense that if fell on a relatively unpopulated area.
Can you imagine if it had fallen on a major metropolis like St. Petersburg or Moscow?
Lord, have mercy!
Scary at that was, IT'S CHILD'S PLAY compared to the GIGANTIC meteor shower described in Revelation 6:12-14 as one of the events that take place, concurrent with the Rapture, when Jesus opens the 6th seal.
When a meteor hits the earth, like this one did, it becomes a meteorite.
Not every meteor mentioned in Revelation 6:13 may hit the earth, but doubtlessly many will.
And when you consider the OTHER things that happen at the same time, including a GINORMOUS quake that changes geography as we know it...
I don't know about you, but I don't want to be on earth what THAT happens.
Thank God Jesus is taking those who believe in and trust Him OUT OF HERE.
Thank God we're getting glorified, immortal, indestructible bodies.
As for the Pope's resignation, the very same day he made the announcement, it was punctuated by a bolt of lightning hitting the Dome of the Vatican's St. Peter's basilica, designed by no less an artistic genius than Michelangelo himself.
If you don't know Jesus IN YOUR HEART, if you have not made Him your Lord, your Savior, your God, your EVERYTHING, I hope you do...
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013
WHERE’S THE GOOD NEWS?
The Incarnation of God, Jesus Christ, came to this world 2,000 years ago, as a man to:
1. Fulfill (ETERNALLY SATISFY) God’s law on behalf of all mankind (Matthew 5:17).
2. To DIE and pour out His Sacred Blood for THE SIN of mankind, thus REMOVING SIN FROM US FOREVER (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26).
3. To CREDIT HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS to those who TRUST HIM (2 Corinthians 5:21).
4. To put His own Divine (God, Love) Nature inside of us (2 Peter 1:4).
5. To seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).
6. To SAVE ALL SINNERS WHO RECEIVE HIM INTO THEIR INNERMOST BEING as ONLY Savior and God, and COMPLETELY TRUST HIM – and ONLY HIM – for Salvation (John 3:16).
7. To FOREVER RECONCILE US to the Father (2 Corinthians 5:19).
8. To set a PERFECT EXAMPLE for us (Philippians 2:5-11).
9. To preach the Gospel or Good News of the Kingdom of God, which is IN those who receive the King into their hearts (Luke 17;21).
10. To make A NEW and BETTER Testament, guaranteed and sealed WITH His own Blood (Mark 14:24), thus replacing the OLD Testament which had not been able to save A SINGLE SOUL.
The OLD Testament couldn’t save anyone BECAUSE IT WAS BASED ON OUR WORKS or “GOOD BEHAVIOR”.
The NEW Testament has saved BILLIONS BECAUSE it’s based on Jesus’ Perfect and FINISHED Work, and on His Perfect OBEDIENCE to the Father.
Despite all of the above, millions of so-called Christians live, think and act AS THOUGH JESUS HAD NEVER COME.
As though NONE OF THE ABOVE had ever happened.
As though Jesus MADE NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL.
As though His perfect obedience, His death, His Blood, His burial, three days and nights in hell, Resurrection and Ascension and New Covenant, where He put His OWN HOLY Spirit IN US, HAD NEVER HAPPENED.
They preach “salvation” based on Jesus PLUS…
According to them, it takes Jesus PLUS ALL THAT OTHER OLD TESTAMENT STUFF THAT NO ONE – NOT EVEN MOSES – could EVER KEEP.
If it DIDN’T SAVE YOU BEFORE JESUS, HOW IN GOD’S NAME CAN IT SAVE YOU AFTER JESUS?
WHERE IS the “GOOD NEWS” OR “GOSPEL” in telling people “Jesus came and died for your sins and rose, BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO LIVE as you did BEFORE Jesus died and rose?
There’s NO GOOD NEWS IN THAT AT ALL.
That's NOT the Gospel.
That is NOTHING but RELIGION.
That is NOTHING but RETURN TO SLAVERY.
That is NOTHING but LACK OF TRUST in Jesus as being ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT to save you.
If you ADD to His finished work, YOU DON’T TRUST.
And if YOU REALLY TRUST JESUS AS YOUR SALVATION, you DO NOT ADD.
Those who still live under the OLD Testament are SLAVES.
SLAVES are NOT SONS.
Only sons inherit the Father’s Kingdom.
SLAVES inherit NOTHING (Galatians 4:30).
SLAVES aren’t even saved.
WHY, in heaven’s name, are you so hell-bent in leading people INTO BONDAGE WHEN JESUS HAS FREED THEM?
WHERE’S the “GOOD NEWS” in ANY of that?
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS
What should EVERY believer have his/her heart and mind SET ON in these final moments on earth?
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
And, did I mention, JESUS???
WHAT ELSE and WHO ELSE is there to be concerned about?
You should certainly perform your job conscientiously and to the best of your ability, but THE INSTANT He appears, it won't matter.
You should certainly love your family and friends (even your enemies) and, hopefully, LOVE THEM ENOUGH TO SHARE JESUS WITH THEM.
But THE INSTANT He appears, they won't matter.
You CAN'T save someone else.
ALL you can do is TELL THEM and INVITE them.
EVERYONE must choose to RECEIVE Jesus FOR THEMSELVES.
Jesus, Jesus, and MORE JESUS, is what EVERY Christian MUST BE FOCUSED ON.
Gee, Martel, that sounds a bit FANATICAL.
Really? How come I don't hear you complain when someone's FANATICAL about your local baseball or football team?
What do you think the word "fan" stands for?
How come I don't hear you complain when someone is SO FANATICAL about a stupid soap opera, full of lies and unrealistic fantasy, that they schedule their WHOLE LIFE around it, or can't let a day go by without DVR-ing it?
How come I don't hear you complain when some FANATIC stands in line for HOURS ON END to buy tickets to some idiotic, godless entertainer's concert, or the latest technological gadget on the market?
Certain individuals don't seem to have ANY problems when people are FANATICAL about TEMPORARY things that WON'T MATTER AT ALL in a year, two, or 5.
They ONLY seem to have a problem when FANATICISM is centered on Jesus and things that will MATTER FOR ETERNITY.
If you feel that way, brother, sister, friend... YOU GOT IT BACKWARDS.
You NEED TO rearrange your priorities.
Sports, politics, soap operas, entertainers and human technology will ALL pass away. Jesus WON'T. His Word(s) WON'T.
As the song so rightly says: "kings and kingdoms WILL ALL pass away"... but His Name, His Word and His Kingdom, NEVER WILL.
Yes, THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT "THAT" NAME.
It's ALL about JESUS.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE
WHAT ON EARTH, you may be wondering, can be BETTER THAN chocolate?
I'll give you a hint: His Name begins with "J" and ends with "s":
"Let Him KISS ME with the kisses of His mouth: for your love is BETTER THAN WINE" (Song of Solomon 1:2).
They DIDN'T have chocolate in the Middle East when the Bible was written or they would have said "your love is BETTER THAN chocolate".
There's NOTHING better than the Love of Jesus.
NOTHING IN THIS WORLD, no male, no female, no food, no drink, no sex, no worldly pleasure, NO NOTHING, can remotely compare:
"Because YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE, my lips shall praise you" (Psalm 63:3).
Gee, Martel, you sound like you're IN LOVE WITH Jesus.
Totally, completely, HEAD OVER HEELS in LOVE with my Savior and God.
And if YOU KNEW HIM, deeply and INTIMATELY, you'd be IN LOVE with Him, too.
Whether you're PHYSICALLY male or female, there is NO SUCH THING in the Kingdom of God (Galatians 3:26-28).
Therefore, EVERYONE can and SHOULD be IN LOVE WITH JESUS:
"Kiss the Son, lest he be angry"... (Psalm 2:12)
"Take me away with you--let us hurry! Let the King bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; WE WILL PRAISE YOUR LOVE... HOW RIGHT THEY ARE TO ADORE YOU!" (SS 1:4)
"I AM MY BELOVED'S, and MY BELOVED IS MINE" (SS 6:3).
"God is love and those who LIVE IN LOVE, LIVE IN GOD, AND GOD LIVES IN THEM" (1 John 4:16).
Truth be told, human love is BUT A MERE SHADOW of the Love that permeates the Kingdom of God and EVERYONE in it, beginning and NEVER-ending with the King Himself.
Meditate on THAT, for a moment.
Human love, no matter how "beautiful" or intense, WILL PASS AWAY.
Everything this world offers PASSES AWAY.
Even this world's most intense pleasure is ONLY TEMPORARY.
I love chocolate, but even THE FINEST melt-in-your-mouth Swiss or Belgian chocolate DOESN'T COME CLOSE TO the sheer joy and NEVER ENDING pleasure of being IN LOVE WITH Jesus' and experiencing His Presence:
"In your Presence there is FULLNESS OF joy; at your Right Hand there are PLEASURES FOREVERMORE" (Psalm 16:11).
Now, don't use any of this as excuse to cheat your wife or sweetheart out of her chocolate and flowers, or as convenient pretext for not taking her out to dinner.
And don't forget to get her a nice, romantic card, too.
If she has to put up with you, she probably DESERVES ALL OF THE ABOVE.
Even if she doesn't, "it's more blessed TO GIVE than to receive" (Acts 20:35).
But let Jesus be YOUR SPIRITUAL Valentine.
Receive His Love, His Kingdom, INTO YOUR HEART.
Invite the King of Love to LIVE IN you.
There's NOTHING ANYWHERE BETTER THAN the LOVE of our Savior.
You have NOT experienced TRUE Love until you EXPERIENCE Love Himself.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013
SAINT MALACHI'S PROPHECY ABOUT POPES
We first shared Malachi's prophecy with our readers in June 2010. I have summarized the original three messages into one, which goes straight to the point.
Questions have come in regarding the length of Peter the Roman's papacy and about whether cardinals will elect the next Pope based on Malachi's prophecy.
The length of Peter the Roman's papacy is IRRELEVANT, unless you still plan to be here during the tribulation.
We know the tribulation will last 3½ years and that Rome is destroyed AT OR NEAR the end. So his leadership of the RCC will be BRIEF (Daniel 7:25; 12:7).
Assuming that cardinals get to elect the next Pope, even if they selected someone ON PURPOSE to agree with Malachi's prophecy, THEY CANNOT cause the glorification of the Body of Christ (Rapture), nor can they cause the tribulation to begin, nor can they cause Rome to be destroyed, nor can they cause Jesus to return and judge the people as Malachi describes.
So, what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?
Besides, Benedict is resigning VOLUNTARILY. He has NO WAY OF KNOWING when the Rapture, tribulation or Second Coming will take place.
Malachi has hit the nail on the head 266 times over an 800-year span of time. THAT is an AMAZING record.
Additionally, his prophecy dovetails PERFECTLY with Bible prophecy in both description and TIMING.
That's why I said in yesterday's message if all this is "mere coincidence", then IT IS THE MOTHER OF all "coincidences".
I don't think so.
Here's all you need to know about it:
Saint Malachi was an Irish Catholic Bishop who lived in the 12th century.
During a trip to Rome, he had a vision about the future Popes. He wrote a brief description of each Pope, and his comments have turned out to be impressively accurate.
For instance, he said of Pope Benedict XV's papacy [1914-22] "religio depopulata", meaning "religion depopulated", or "religion laid waste".
During his 8-year papacy, World War I killed 20 million in Europe, Catholics for the most part. In 1918 the pandemic known as Spanish flu killed 50-100 million worldwide, and the Russian Revolution in 1917 forced its vast population to live under forced atheism.
Malachi called Pope #265 John Paul I  "de medietate lunae","from the half moon". He became Pope on August 26, 1978 when the moon was exactly half-full. He was born in Belluno, meaning "the beautiful moon", a province in Northern Italy. His name was Albino Luciani, meaning "white light", which is how the moon appears in the sky.
His successor, Pope John Paul II [1978-2005] he called "de labore solis""of the eclipse of the sun". John Paul II was both BORN during a partial solar eclipse, and his funeral took place on April 8, 2005 during another solar eclipse.
His prophecy indicates there will be ONLY ONE MORE POPE, then Rome will be destroyed.
According to Malachi, there would be 268 Popes. The present Pope, Benedict XVI is #267.
The next, AND FINAL Pope, according to Malachi, will be "Petrus Romanus" [Peter the Roman].
What makes the prophecy even more compelling is that this Peter "will reign during the FINAL PERSECUTION of the Roman church".
He will also "feed the sheep in many tribulations. When they are finished, the city of the 7 hills [Rome] will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge His people".
This sounds strikingly similar to the Book of Revelation's chapters 17 and 18.
His timing also seems to correspond unbelievably well with other Scriptures, particularly Daniel 9:25 and Luke 21:25-36.
Was Malachi a true prophet? I believe he was.
For one thing, he passes the Bible test for true prophets, with flying colors:
Thus far, NONE of his 266 descriptions has EVER been wrong [Deuteronomy 18:21,22; Numbers 12:6].
His predictions DO NOT, in any way, shape or form contradict the Bible [Deuteronomy 13:1-3]. They seem, rather, to line up perfectly with Scripture.
I know some Christians feel that anything or anyone "Catholic" is to be AUTOMATICALLY SHUNNED.
I'm NOT one of those Christians.
DO NOT, my dear Evangelical brothers, "throw the baby out with the bath water".
If God can raise Abraham children FROM STONES [Matthew 3:9], He can also bring forth true prophets from Roman Catholicism.
He is no respecter or persons. Nor is He respecter of denominations.
Do we base eschatological doctrine on what St. Malachi prophesied? No.
We BASE IT ENTIRELY ON THE BIBLE.
However, since Malachi's predictions DO NOT contradict the Bible, but rather are VERY MUCH in line with it, they should at least be taken into consideration, within the context of BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGY [1 Corinthians 14:3,4].
Malachi's most interesting description, concerns THE PRESENT POPE.
What did he have to say about Benedict XVI?
GLORY OF THE OLIVE
In his heretofore astonishingly accurate prophecy, St. Malachi described the present Pope, Benedict XVI, as "de gloria olivae", meaning "the glory of the olive".
According to St. Malachi's prophecy, there will be one more, FINAL Pope, after Benedict, whom he named "Peter the Roman", who will lead Catholics under great tribulation, at the end of which Rome will be destroyed.
Some had speculated that the Pope would be from the Benedictine order, since they have a sub-order which calls itself "Olivetans".
However, Joseph Ratzinger [his original name],IS NOT FROM that order.
Others have suggested that the "olive" stands for peace, or for Catholic reconciliation with the Eastern Orthodox churches, or for better relations with Israel.
But NONE of it FITS. Roman Catholics are no closer to reconciling with the Eastern Orthodox, nor have relations with Israel significantly improved.
So, what could this term "glory of the olive" mean?
In the Bible the OIL of the olive is always associated with the anointing of God, or His Anointed One, the Messiah [Psalm 23:5; Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18]. This would point to Jesus being glorified in His Church.
Interestingly, Jesus delivered His teaching about the end times while sitting with His disciples on the Mount of Olives [Matthew 24:4; Mark 13:3,4].
The Mount of Olives is also where He will descend, with His raptured saints, at His Second Coming [Zechariah 14:4].
In Romans 11:16-24, the olive represents the Body of Christ, spiritual Israel, God's chosen covenant people.
Spiritual Israel comprises ALL true believers in Israel's Messiah, Jesus Christ, who have acquired a NEW, born-again nature, whether they be natural Jews or Gentiles [Romans 2:28,29; Ephesians 2:11-15].
Another name for SPIRITUAL Israel is "the Church".
In that context, "the glory of the olive" would mean that, during Benedict's papacy, the Church will be glorified.
The glorification of the Church [the olive, spiritual Israel], would mean THE RAPTURE [1 Corinthians 15:50-55].
The pontiff is presently 85 years old (turns 86 on April 16, 2012), and in declining health.
Malachi's been 100% right, so far.
Did Malachi prophesy that the Rapture will happen during the papacy of Benedict XVI?
Considering the prophecies God delivered thru Jeremiah, Daniel, and Luke which indicate it SHOULD HAPPEN this year, I'm convinced that he did.
PETER THE ROMAN
For obvious reasons, the most intriguing and exciting of Malachi's prophecies are THE LAST TWO descriptions.
The present Pope, Benedict XVI, is called the "glory of the olive", a title that is rife with prophetic significance, as noted above.
After Pope Benedict, the prophecy ends with the following statement:
"In the EXTREME PERSECUTION of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit (i.e., as bishop) Peter the Roman, who will feed his sheep IN MANY TRIBULATIONS: and when these things are finished, THE CITY OF SEVEN HILLS (Rome) WILL BE DESTROYED, and the formidable judge will judge his people, The End."
So, Pope Benedict, according to Malachi, will either die, be killed or be raptured (let's hope it's the latter) and will be succeeded by this Peter.
(Hindsight being 20/20 I wish I would have said "Pope Benedict's papacy, according to Malachi, will SOMEHOW end")...
The designation "Peter the Roman" has stirred A LOT of controversy.
The apostle Peter is considered by Roman Catholics to be THE FIRST Pope.
There's never been Peter II. No Pope in the Church's long and convoluted history has EVER taken the name Peter.
However, that's A TOTAL MISCONCEPTION.
NOWHERE does Malachi say that this man WILL CHOOSE Peter as his pontifical name.
In fact, Malachi doesn't give THE ACTUAL ADOPTED NAMES of ANY of the 267 Popes; he merely provides some DESCRIPTIVE moniker. So WHY WOULD IT BE ANY DIFFERENT with the Catholic Church's last leader?
The designation "Peter the Roman" should be understood to be DESCRIPTIVE just like "of the half moon" was descriptive of John Paul I, or "shepherd and sailor" of Pope John XXIII.
Malachi does NOT even say that this Peter will be ELECTED Pope. He could, therefore, be someone who becomes de facto leader of the Roman Catholic Church after the present Pope's demise or disappearance (or resignation).
Indeed, if the tribulation's underway and remaining Catholics are being persecuted, it's hard to envision cardinals having their customary conclave to elect a new Pope.
Be that as it may, and since we're living at the time of the end, who might this Peter be?
If Malachi is correct, Petrus Romanus must be around somewhere.
Three possible candidates have been offered for the role of "Peter the Roman".
They are Archbishop Pietro Parolin an official with the Vatican's Roman Curia and Holy See's nuncio (representative) to Venezuela, Tarcisio Pietro Bertone, a cardinal and diplomat who currently serves as cardinal Secretary of State for the Vatican and one of the few individuals privy to the Third Secret of Fatima (see respective pictures below), and relatively newcomer to the College of Cardinals, Peter Turkson from Ghana who is being touted as the "first black Pope".
So, we have two Pietros and one Peter, or THREE "Peters" who could, potentially, fulfill Malachi's final pronouncement.
That still leaves the description "the Roman" which must have some pertinent application to THE RIGHT candidate.
It's hard to imagine anyone thinking of Parolin as "the Roman" other than the fact he's a member of the Roman Curia, but so are hundreds of others.
He's not from Rome, but was born in the town of Schiavon, in the region of Vicenza in northeastern Italy.
The same can be said of Turkson. Other than the rather routine facts that he served a few years, as professor at a Catholic seminary in Rome, and being a member of the Roman Curia, as all the other Cardinals, nobody would associate the title "the Roman" to him.
Tarcisio Pietro Bertone, on the other hand, comes from the town of Romano Canavese, in the province of Turin (where the Shroud of Turin is kept), in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy.
So, the designation "Peter the Roman", seems particularly apropos to him.
Cardinal Bertone, at present, serves as the Vatican's Secretary of State. He acts as a sort of Prime Minister. In the death or absence of the present Pope, Bertone would doubtlessly be on the short list for possible "new Pope" and would have BETTER and more extensive knowledge of the Vatican's interests and internal affairs than anyone else.
And if the College of Cardinals, because of tribulation, persecution, or some other reason, is not able to carry out its duties and elect a successor, it would make perfect sense for the CURRENT Secretary of State to take over the leadership in an unofficial capacity.
Of the three potential candidates, my money (to use a worldly term) is on Bertone.
Are you Catholic? Have you ASKED JESUS TO ENTER YOUR HEART?
I'm NOT asking you to switch religion, I'm asking you to INVITE Jesus - the Jesus you already love and believe in - to come into your heart.
Those IN WHOSE HEARTS Jesus LIVES will soon be caught up to heaven. Those who ONLY have religion WILL SUFFER TRIBULATION.
It seems that the religion that claims to have BEGUN with Peter will also END with a Peter.
It seems that Malachi's prophecy will hold up TO THE VERY END.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2013
As everyone knows by now, Pope Benedict XVI made a surprise announcement yesterday that he would resign his position as Pope and religious leader of this world's ONE BILLION Roman Catholics, on February 28, 2013.
It's fair to say that NO ONE saw this coming.
Just a few days ago I was pondering St. Malachi's prophecy and that we should see SOME CHANGE in the papacy fairly soon, but NEVER IN MY WILDEST, did I imagine it would be his RESIGNATION.
Papal resignation is an EXTREMELY RARE event.
The most recent resignation was Pope Gregory XII's which took place in 1415, 598 years ago.
To put that into some sort of historical perspective, it took place 77 years BEFORE Columbus discovered the American Continent, 102 years BEFORE the Reformation, and 361 years BEFORE the United States became a nation.
To my knowledge, papal resignation has happened ONLY FOUR TIMES in Catholic history and usually to settle major rivalries within RCC leadership.
Such was NOT the case this time.
Benedict's papacy is not being disputed or challenged by anyone.
The Pope, who is about to turn 86 on April 16, cited not having the mental and physical strength to carry out the demands of the office as THE REASON for stepping down.
To say that his announcement has sent shockwaves throughout the Catholic community worldwide would be an understatement.
Personally, I was stunned and awed at God's perfect and amazing timing.
Many who have read our messages on Saint Malachi's prophecy regarding the Popes have asked me to comment.
If you HAVEN'T read them, they are found on this page, right under this daily message and below the Second Coming 2016 teaching (scroll down FOR A BIT).
I am on record stating that I personally believe Malachi WAS a true prophet of God.
I'm also on record saying that we DO NOT base doctrine on Malachi's prophecy, but ON THE WRITTEN, INSPIRED, INFALLIBLE Word of God.
That being said...
Considering what Psalms 102:16, Daniel 9:25 and Luke 21:25-32 say...
Considering that Malachi has been SPOT ON with every one of his 266 prophecies so far...
Considering that, as per Daniel 9:25 and 12:7, Antichrist's reign should begin around May 8-9, 2013...
Considering that the Rapture MUST happen PRIOR TO his reappearing... (Revelation 7:9).
Considering that Malachi's designation for Pope Benedict was "glory of the olive" symbolizing the GLORIFICATION (Rapture) OF THE CHURCH (Romans 11:17, 24).
Considering that it's been announced that a successor to Benedict would be appointed before Easter (mid to late March, since Resurrection Day falls this year on Sunday, March 31).
And considering that Malachi predicted that, after the present Pope, there would be ONLY ONE MORE leader of the Roman Catholic Church, who would lead the Church in the MIDST OF "MANY TRIBULATIONS" after which Rome would be destroyed... (Revelation 17:18, entire 17-18 chapters).
Either this is ONE HECK OF A "COINCIDENCE"- I'm talking about THE MOTHER OF ALL "COINCIDENCES" - or both the Bible and Malachi's prophecies are happening, EXACTLY AND PRECISELY as predicted.
That's another way of saying THIS is NO COINCIDENCE AT ALL.
Glory to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for all eternity! Amen.
This is BAD NEWS for unbelievers. It's TERRIBLE news for Satanists and Christ-haters.
However, it is WONDERFUL NEWS for ALL TRUE BELIEVERS, regardless of denomination or lack thereof.
It's REASON TO REJOICE, not because the Pope is stepping down, but because it's AWESOME CONFIRMATION that our Redemption draws near.
The "timing" of this event couldn't be more "on target".
If you are Roman Catholic, you already believe in Jesus as Savior and God: you need to RECEIVE HIM (INVITE HIM) to ENTER YOUR HEART and LIVE IN YOU.
Take it from one of your peers, raised in Roman Catholicism, as you:
THAT is the final and DECISIVE STEP toward ensuring Salvation.
I don't know about you, but I got chills and goose bumps ALL OVER, and can hardly contain the excitement.
The Kingdom of God is VERY near. Jesus is about to MANIFEST to us and IN US (Romans 8:19-32).
What a privileged generation we are! What EXCITING time to be alive!
PLEASE DO NOT REMAIN on this earth and endure TRIBULATION when our Wonderful Savior has made provision to take you TO HEAVEN ALIVE and ENJOY HIS MARVELOUS PRESENCE (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
Whether you're Catholic or of some other denomination, please do NOT postpone this decision any longer...
RECEIVE JESUS INTO YOUR INNERMOST BEING, as ONLY Savior and God, RIGHT NOW.
Hope to see you in His Kingdom VERY SOON.
Please DO NOT ask me to pinpoint a day for the Rapture. I will do so ONLY IF Jesus Himself CLEARLY instructs me to do so. But USE YOUR COMMON SENSE. If you read the above statements carefully, then YOU KNOW, and your spirit should bear witness, that it CANNOT be far. Amen.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013
TRUTH IN LOVE
"That from now on we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and CARRIED ABOUT WITH EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE, ...But SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE, may grow up into Him in all things, who is the head, even Christ" (Ephesians 4:14-15).
Love and Truth go hand in hand.
There's no such thing as speaking Truth out of hate, or out of fear.
Love casts out fear.
Love faces Truth HEAD-ON.
However, the problem lies in what religion has understood "love" to mean.
Religion has taught both -- by word and by example -- that "love" never gets angry or is displeased. That love never uses harsh language (THEY SHOULD TRY READING THE GOSPELS sometime, and find out WHAT LOVE REALLY IS).
That "love" means ALWAYS having this ARTIFICIAL, sugary sweet, lovey- dovey disposition.
Question: If it's ARTIFICIAL HOW can it be TRUE?
Anything THAT IS FAKE or contrived is neither REAL love, NOR TRUTH.
Even UNSAVED people know this. That is why they mock religion's feeble attempts at mimicking THE REAL THING.
The unsaved are used to dealing with untruth, and they can spot a fake A MILE AWAY.
So much for religion's theory...
I'm not suggesting we use harsh or blunt language ON PURPOSE and with premeditated intent TO SHOCK or OFFEND OTHERS.
We must be particularly sensitive and considerate toward those who are babes in Christ, who need time and instruction to develop spiritually.
However, there are times, especially with those who are steeped in religion, and have been all their lives, when we need to rattle their cages.
Jesus did it to the Pharisees and Sadducees constantly. That's WHY they couldn't stand Him.
He took them out of their false "comfort zone" time and again.
There are, at present, too many religiously "whitewashed" Pharisees who are just TOO "PERFECT" for Jesus to save.
They need to STOP PRETENDING, humble themselves before Jesus, acknowledge that they fall short of His glory like the rest of us, and receive Him into their hearts.
Frankly, I'm more concerned for the "religiously righteous" than for the blatantly unsaved:
The unsaved HAVE A CHANCE to get saved, those who trust their own sense of "propriety" and "righteousness" are HARDEST to reach.
They THINK they are Christian.
They THINK they are saved.
They THINK God's Love is the human EMOTION. It is NOT.
They THINK theirs is the only "true" religion.
The Truth is THEY ARE AS LOST AS ANY OTHER SINNER who has not received Christ (true Love) INTO HIS OR HER HEART.
They need to be shocked out of their smug complacency.
REAL love is a fruit of the born-again spirit (Galatians 5:22).
It cannot be conjured up at a given moment to impress others.
It's not some pretend façade that we put on during and after the service on Sunday, then drop the minute we get home and we allow OUR TRUE SELF to emerge.
Real love DOES NOT always tell others WHAT THEY WANT TO hear.
It's NOT always syrupy sweet, nor is it walking on eggshells, or watering down Truth, or COMPROMISING principle, LEST WE "OFFEND" SOMEONE.
Some people -- bless their deceived religious hearts -- NEED TO be offended.
Anyone who REALLY loves you will tell you the Truth, whether Truth is to your liking or not.
And there's NOTHING anemic, or sugary sweet about LOVE or Truth.
Love is A VERY STRONG, POWERFUL force.
Truth is not something to tickle our ears or provide religious entertainment.
Pure Truth always stirs a strong reaction:
It is welcomed by few and detested by most.
Whether we like it or not, it's THE ONLY THING IN THE UNIVERSE THAT SETS US FREE.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2013
CAIN AND ABEL
We've all heard the silly, old joke: "why couldn't Cain please God? Answer: He just wasn't Abel".
However, there's a little more to Cain than meets the eye.
There's this false teaching going around that Cain was the offspring of Satan having sexual intercourse with Eve.
That teaching IS FALSE.
Proponents of that false doctrine base it on 1 John 3:12 which says:
"Not as Cain, WHO WAS OF THAT WICKED ONE, and slew his brother".
There's just ONE TINY PROBLEM with that theory:
Genesis 4:1 says CLEAR AS CRYSTAL:
"And Adam KNEW Eve his wife; AND SHE CONCEIVED, and GAVE BIRTH TO Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD".
Therefore, either God CONTRADICTED HIMSELF AND LIED (perish the idea) or that CANNOT POSSIBLY BE the meaning of 1 John 3:12.
This just highlights THE ERROR of those who pick ONE verse from the Bible which suits their religious agenda and DELIBERATELY IGNORE what the REST OF the Bible has to say about a certain topic.
That not only constitutes shoddy scholarship, it is TOTALLY DISHONEST.
The physical birth of Cain was unquestionably due to Adam and Eve having sexual intercourse.
In John 8:44 Jesus told AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF unbelieving Jews "you are OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL".
Does that mean THAT Satan ACTUALLY had PHYSICAL INTERCOURSE with their mothers?
Of course not!
There's NO QUESTION that Cain was "of that wicked one" (Satan), in the sense that, like HIS SPIRITUAL FATHER, he had A REBELLIOUS HEART toward God, as his attitude and ACTIONS plainly DEMONSTRATED.
God has not had PHYSICAL intercourse with OUR mothers, yet He is the SPIRITUAL Father of all of us who have received His Son into our innermost beings.
We're speaking of SPIRITUAL fatherhood, not PHYSICAL.
Genesis chapter 4 tells us Cain was angry because God accepted Abel's sacrifice but that his own offering was NOT pleasing to the Lord.
The theory that God's displeasure with Cain's offering was due to his bringing the fruit of the ground which had become cursed because of man's sin is probably true.
However, THE MAIN REASON for God's displeasure was not that, but rather THE ATTITUDE OF CAIN'S HEART.
God sees and knows each human heart (Hebrew 4:12) .
And, regardless of what we do ON THE OUTSIDE, IF THE HEART IS RIGHT, He is pleased (1 Samuel 16:7).
Abel had the right heart attitude of obedience and desire to please God, and DID.
Cain's heart was filled with wickedness, he wanted to "please" God AS HE SAW FIT, thus he DIDN'T.
That was THE REAL problem.
Cain didn't really care about "pleasing God" as demonstrated by his defiant answer TO God "am I my brother's keeper"? (Genesis 4:9)
It just bothered him than God approved of Abel and disapproved of him.
Jesus told us that THE THIEF (Satan) only comes "to steal, KILL and DESTROY" (John 10:10).
The fact Cain committed THE FIRST MURDER in human history PROVES that he was the SPIRITUAL son of Satan.
Was Cain angry ONLY because of God not being pleased with his offering?
Envy that Abel was accepted and he was rejected was definitely part of the equation, but I submit to you, based on Scripture, that THERE'S EVEN A LITTLE MORE TO IT THAN THAT:
Satan used Cain's rebellious heart, filling it with hatred and anger toward Abel which led to the MURDER of his brother, because he was TERRIFIED that Abel might be the Seed that God had promised to bring through the woman, which would CRUSH HIS EVIL HEAD (Genesis 3:15).
Satan played Cain for the fool that he was.
After all is said and done, the EMOTIONS (anger and hatred) that filled Cain's heart were mere manipulative tools which Satan used to carry out HIS REAL AGENDA:
He WANTED TO eliminate Abel FEARING that he might be the Son of God.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013
LORD, LORD, DIDN'T WE...?
One of legalists' favorite portions of Scripture is Matthew 7:21-23, which reads:
"Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; BUT HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER who is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not PROPHESIED in your name?
And in your name have CAST OUT DEMONS?
And in your name DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS?
And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, you that WORK INIQUITY"...
According to religionists, this passage says that UNLESS you do good works and ALWAYS OBEY GOD'S LAW, you won't make it into heaven.
Never mind that, if it were true, NO ONE would EVER make heaven...
That's NOT AT ALL what the passage says. Matter of fact, it says THE VERY OPPOSITE.
These people, according to that passage, HAD prophesied, HAD cast out demons and HAD DONE all kinds of wonderful even miraculous WORKS (supposedly) in Jesus' Name.
In fact, they had HOPED TO impress Jesus with the "good works" they'd done, allegedly, "in His Name".
Jesus WASN'T IMPRESSED AT ALL - not even by their so-called miraculous works - and called them "WORKERS of INIQUITY" or "WORKERS of EVIL".
Their problem WASN'T that they DIDN'T DO ENOUGH "good WORKS".
Their problem WASN'T that they HADN'T kept the torah.
NO ONE, except Jesus, EVER HAS!
Their ONE AND ONLY PROBLEM WAS (verse 23) that THEY DIDN'T KNOW JESUS !!!
They had RELIGION, though: Hence, they TRUSTED in the WORKS THEY had done, supposedly in His Name.
The day will come when A LOT OF "Christians" will ask Jesus:
Haven't we published websites and blogs in your Name?
Haven't we posted YouTube videos in your Name?
Didn't I have a popular show on Kristian TV in your name?
Didn't I hold huge rallies or "crusades" in your Name?
Didn't I give concerts in your name?
Didn't I sell tons of books, CD's and DVD's and other trinkets in your name?
Didn't I offer Success Seminars in your Name?
Didn't I post all kinds of stuff in all those religious forums in your Name?
Didn't I sing in the church choir in your Name?
Didn't I attend services at that building we incorrectly call "church" in your Name?
Didn't I attend "spiritual retreats" in your Name?
Didn't I study at Hubba-Bubba Seminary in your Name?
Didn't I get 18 theological degrees in your Name?
Didn't I find "demons" in every nook and cranny and CAST THEM OUT "in your Name"?
Didn't I OBSERVE THE SABBATH "in your Name"?
Didn't I OBSERVE THE 10 Commandments "in your Name"?
And He will answer "I NEVER KNEW YOU".
If the mere thought of Jesus uttering those ominous words doesn't send a chill down your religious spine, IT SHOULD.
ALL THE "WORKS" IN THE WORLD WON'T SAVE YOU.
Nor will all the Sabbath keeping or 10 Commandment keeping.
Unless THE SPIRIT of Jesus ENTERS your heart (Romans 8:9)...
Unless you receive Jesus Christ into your heart, unless He KNOWS YOU (in the biblical sense), unless His Holy Spirit PENETRATES YOUR BEING and you experience A NEW SPIRITUAL BIRTH FROM ABOVE, you can keep Sabbaths and Commandments until the cows come home.
You can have the knowledge of 10 seminary professors combined and YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
Salvation is KNOWING Jesus, deeply, personally, intimately.
Do you KNOW Jesus?
Or, do you only know ABOUT Jesus?
What will Jesus tell you on that fateful day when YOU appear before Him?
"Enter into the joy of your Lord"?
Or, will He say "I NEVER KNEW YOU"?
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2013
WHY US ?
Are we the generation that will experience the Rapture and Second Coming of Jesus?
One unique characteristic of the Book of Revelation is that every generation has thought it applied to them.
Around the first millennium A.D. there was widespread expectation that Jesus would return.
Paul and John thought He might return in the first century.
How, then, can we be sure that WE ARE the generation that will witness most of its predictions? How can we be sure we are living at "the end of the age" which our Lord so eloquently described?
There are MANY reasons. They include:
1. There's a long, sustained tradition in both Judaism and Christianity that Jesus would return in the 6th Millennium after re-Creation. We're it.
This tradition is not without biblical basis, since the Lord re-created the earth in SIX days and 2 Peter 3:8 tells us with the Lord "a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day".
He also RESTED on the 7th day, which would correspond to the 7th Millennium, which will be that 1,000-year period of REST, restoration and world peace when Jesus will establish His Millennial Kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.
2. It would be downright IMPOSSIBLE for some of the prophecies in Revelation, the Gospels, Zechariah and Daniel to be fulfilled UNLESS Israel had been reborn as a national entity, and UNLESS Jews controlled Jerusalem. Such things didn't exist for nearly 2,000 years, and didn't materialize ‘til 1948 and 1967, respectively.
3. Luke 21:24-36 unquestionably tells us that the generation that sees Jerusalem no longer trampled by gentiles "will NOT pass away" without Jesus coming in the clouds "with power and great glory".
Jerusalem was trampled, NON-STOP, by gentiles for 2,030 years. It hasn't been trampled since June 7, 1967.
Without a question, we ARE that generation.
4. Daniel 9:25 says there must be a 7-week [49-year period] FROM the word to return and build Old Testament Jerusalem to Messiah Prince. That happened, unequivocally, in 1967.
5. One of the conditions for our "gathering together unto Him", as per 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is the unveiling [revelation] of the Antichrist. That has happened. We can now PROVE his identity, undisputedly, with the Bible.
6. Daniel prophesied that at the time of the end "many would go to and fro and knowledge would be increased". What better description of cyberspace could there be? [Keep in mind that was written 2,500 years ago].
Computer technology makes it possible for us to go "to and fro" throughout the world at the click of a mouse.
7. The Book of Daniel also states that its prophecies WOULD REMAIN SEALED [not understood] UNTIL "the time of the end".
The fact we understand most of them today is PROOF POSITIVE that the Book is no longer sealed and, therefore, that prophesied "time of the end" is here.
We cannot limit the Word of God. There are certain aspects of it which apply to every generation.
However, Daniel, Revelation and other apocalyptic writings were addressed IN PARTICULAR to ONE generation, and that's us.
There's never been a generation that saw millions of people suddenly and simultaneously vanish, a resurrected Antichrist emerge from the bottomless pit, or people receiving a mark in their hands or foreheads in order to buy or sell, the Euphrates drying up, the death of ONE THIRD of mankind, the sea and all the water turn to blood, major cities in the world turning into rubble, or the Anti-Christ massing armies at Armageddon trying to PREVENT the return of the Christ.
That privilege or misfortune (depending on where we stand spiritually) has been reserved for THIS generation.
Which will it be for you?
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013
IF GOD IS GOD...
Every minister of Christ will encounter this question at some point:
"If God IS God, why doesn't He simply SHOW HIMSELF so EVERYONE can believe in Him"?
That question presupposes that God somehow needs to "prove Himself" to us.
It's reminiscent of what the chief priests said as Jesus hung on the cross paying for THEIR sins and ours:
"If he is the King of Israel, LET HIM NOW COME DOWN FROM THE CROSS, AND WE WILL BELIEVE HIM" (Matthew 27:42)
Moreover, it assumes that we can IMPOSE "conditions" on the All-Mighty:
"IF you want me to believe in you, God, YOU GOTTA prove to me who you are, beyond all doubt".
Such attitude represents THE HEIGHT of human arrogance and is PROOF POSITIVE of a rebellious heart.
It also ASSUMES that if Jesus SHOWED HIMSELF, and PROVED His power and Deity beyond all doubt, everyone would just fall on their knees, believe in Him, and receive Him AS God.
He will show Himself as God, in power and great glory, but they WON'T believe in Him.
Like Satan, fallen angels, and demons, they will BELIEVE IN HIS EXISTENCE, since at that point it will be UTTERLY UNDENIABLE, but they won't believe in Him in the sense of loving Him, trusting Him, surrendering to Him, RECEIVING HIM IN THEIR HEARTS, and being indwelt by Him, as those of us who have the unspeakable privilege of being His children.
Every eye will see His OMNIPOTENCE as He comes in the clouds, risen, alive and taking His Church Home in triumph (Luke 21:27; Revelation 1:7).
Many, thank God for His mercy, will call on His Name, even in those final moments of this age, and be saved (Joel 2:28-32).
Tragically, many will also REJECT HIM, DESPITE seeing Him with their own eyes.
Despite all the terrible judgments He will send...
They will "believe in Him", alright, since His Godhood will be PROVEN, just as they've demanded.
But they won't have an ounce of repentance, love, or submission to the risen Jesus.
They, in fact, will pledge ETERNAL ALLEGIANCE to Satan and to Jesus' nemesis the Anti-Christ, by taking HIS MARK, in their right hands or foreheads, thus becoming Antichrist's PERSONAL POSSESSION, his devoted SLAVES.
God IS God.
Jesus IS God.
God DOESN'T HAVE TO PROVE HIMSELF, nor does He need to SHOW HIMSELF, to ANYONE.
But HE WILL.
And MANY will STILL REJECT Him.
And that will PROVE, once and for all, how INSINCERE their "CONDITION" FOR BELIEVING in Him was in the first place.
God WILL SHOW HIMSELF, and they STILL WILL REFUSE to receive Him.
Their arrogant demand was only a convenient excuse to justify the unjustifiable:
Their PREMEDITATED, DELIBERATE, AND ADAMANT REJECTION OF Jesus.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2013
When Jesus made A NEW Covenant or Testament with His followers, He rendered the Old Testament null and void with regards to Salvation and REPLACED IT WITH the New and INFINITELY BETTER Testament.
Much of the confusion that exists among believers and unbelievers alike is that 99% of them DON’T REALIZE that Jesus said certain things PRIOR TO the Crucifixion and Resurrection, WHILE THE OLD TESTAMENT WAS STILL IN FORCE.
MUCH OF THAT CHANGED when He rose from the dead and the New Covenant REPLACED the Old one.
For instance, in the Sermon on the Mount where He said “And if your right eye causes you to offend, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is better for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell” (Matthew 5:29).
For starters, Jesus was speaking FIGURATIVELY, NOT literally.
Had He meant that LITERALLY, all His disciples would have been one-eyed.
Israelites were STILL under the Old Covenant, hence under the law, NOT under Grace (Romans 10:4).
Jesus was merely conveying TO WHAT LENGTHS people should go in trying to avoid sin WHILE THE OLD TESTAMENT was still IN EFFECT.
Because He (Jesus) HAD NOT YET PAID FOR those sins…
ONCE He PAID FOR THEM on the cross, EVERYTHING CHANGED.
That’s when God’s GRACE manifested in FULL FORCE, and when the New Testament He had promised all along, KICKED IN and REPLACED FOREVER the Old Testament with regards to justification (Romans 5:20; 2 Corinthians 2:9).
Under the OLD Testament people obtained ONLY TEMPORARY “justification” by trying to obey the law, including the 10 Commandments, and by offering the blood of innocent animals ON A DAILY BASIS.
Under the NEW Testament believers obtain ETERNAL justification by receiving the risen Jesus, WHO PAID FOR EVERY SIN, FULFILLED THE LAW, AND EVERY COMMANDMENT EVER GIVEN BY GOD, on behalf of all other humans.
That is WHY we CANNOT – we simply CANNOT – live under both the Old and the New Testaments.
It’s gotta be ONE or THE OTHER (Romans 11:6).
Religious hypocrites who LOVE BONDAGE and insist that the Old Testament is still in effect, DO NOT GET TO PICK AND CHOOSE:
If you REALLY want to live under the OLD Testament, then you gotta follow ALL OF IT:
All 613 commandments in the torah, plus all the animal sacrifices TWICE A DAY, EACH AND EVERY DAY.
And HEAVEN HELP YOU if you fail to comply AT ANY TIME with ANY of those MANDATORY requirements.
Keep in mind that EVEN IF you somehow managed to keep ALL OF IT TO PERFECTION, during ALL of your life, you would ONLY get TEMPORARY “justification”.
NONE of that would REGENERATE YOU or put God’s Holy Spirit in your innermost being.
You would STILL HAVE AN UNREGENERATE HEART and you would STILL BE LOST.
Under the New Testament (thank God!) Jesus paid FOR ALL THE SINS we have committed, are committing or will ever commit.
The penalty for each and EVERY ONE of our sins has been PAID IN FULL.
God’s Law is ETERNALLY satisfied by the Sacrifice of His Son.
Under the New Testament we get a REGENERATE (born again) heart WHERE JESUS HIMSELF LIVES.
Under the Old Testament we HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING IN MINUTE DETAIL, and are STILL LOST.
Under the New Testament Jesus DID EVERYTHING down to the last jot and tittle FOR US, and we are ETERNALLY saved:
We DO NOTHING except TRUST Him.
One Testament, therefore, is FAR SUPERIOR to the other.
Make up your mind, “Christians”:
Which Testament do you choose?
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
WHAT ABOUT THE OLD T ?
If you mean your old T-shirt, it probably belongs in the dumpster. If you mean the OLD Testament, it belongs IN THE BIBLE.
In yesterday's message we stated quite clearly that Jesus' NEW Testament had rendered the OLD Testament NULL, VOID, AND OBSOLETE.
In case you still "don't get it", that means the OLD Testament IS NO LONGER IN FORCE.
It is OF NO EFFECT to those who KNOW Jesus in their hearts.
What are you saying, Martel?
Should I never study the Old Testament? Should I tear it out of my Bible and ONLY believe and focus on the New?
Of course NOT, dummy!
The OLD Testament is the inspired Word of God AS MUCH AS The NEW Testament.
It's null, void, OBSOLETE, and of NO EFFECT with regards to SALVATION:
With regards TO SALVATION.
With regards TO SALVATION.
With regards TO SALVATION.
Excuse me for being repetitive.
I'm repeating it because I know from our interaction with many readers that some need to hear the Truth SEVERAL times before it finally sinks in.
The OLD Testament is DONE AWAY with regards ONLY to Salvation.
Why? Because we HAVE JESUS, and He's the ONLY Salvation that IS, ever WAS, and EVER WILL BE (Acts 4:12). Glory to Him for all eternity!
"For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17).
EVERYTHING ELSE in the Old Testament IS STILL IN FORCE, AND IS JUST AS TRUE AND USEFUL TODAY as it was 3,500 years ago, when it was written.
By the way, when you read THE LAW, including the 10 Commandments, and what natural Israelites had to live under - although IT NO LONGER APPLIES TO US with regards to justification - it should make us EXTREMELY APPRECIATIVE AND THANKFUL to our Lord to see WHAT HE DELIVERED US FROM.
What He FREED US FROM.
Those poor Israelites had to "comply" with 613 commandments that were IMPOSSIBLE to keep!
Nobody EVER kept them.
Nobody EVER kept even the 10.
Even Moses, who gave them the law, COULDN'T KEEP ‘EM!!!
That's why our lovely God CHOSE to set aside His Glory, come to us AS A HUMAN and, AS A HUMAN, as Last Adam, fulfill God's Law on behalf OF ALL HUMANS. Praise His Wonderful Name forever and ever! Amen and Amen.
Thank you, Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus.
Why do you think the children of Israel in the OLD Testament HAD TO OFFER ANIMAL SACRIFICES TWICE A DAY, EVERY SINGLE DAY?
Because THEY COULDN'T KEEP the law or the 10 Commandments!
And - hypothetically speaking - even IF THEY HAD kept them, they COULDN'T REGENERATE THEIR DEAD SPIRITS!!!
Jesus (glory to Him eternally) DID BOTH.
Jesus not only KEPT THEM, as a human, on behalf of ALL humans, He then OFFERED HIMSELF and His sacred Blood as ETERNAL, SUFFICIENT, ONCE AND FOR ALL Sacrifice for THE SIN of humankind.
Behold the Lamb of God, who TAKES AWAY (NOW AND FOREVER) THE SIN of THE world (John 1:29).
Furthermore, He then ROSE FROM THE DEAD AS A HUMAN, AND ON BEHALF OF ALL HUMANS.
The icing on the cake was that He then PUT HIS VERY OWN SPIRIT, HIS VERY OWN RIGHTEOUS NATURE IN US!!! (2 Peter 1:4).
That is WHY it is SO WRONG to seek SALVATION UNDER the OLD Testament.
Those who do, are REJECTING Jesus and the NEW Testament, WHICH IS THE ONLY SALVATION there is.
I don't care if they CALL THEMSELVES "Christian" until their lying faces turn blue, green and purple.
I don't care if they CALL THEMSELVES "Christian" from now until the Second Coming.
If they DON'T trust Jesus ALONE for Salvation, then THEY DON'T TRUST JESUS.
Hence, they ARE LOST.
If they DON'T trust His Blood, and His NEW Testament as ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT to save us, THEY ARE NOT SAVED.
It's as simple as THAT.
NO ONE was ever saved UNDER the OLD Testament.
BILLIONS have been saved and are being saved, even as we speak, UNDER Jesus and His NEW Testament (Revelation 7:9).
There's NO BETTER news IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, in all the ages, THAN THAT.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
B.C. & A.D.
This isn't the name of a new rock group.
It's a teaching SO ELEMENTARY that it should be taught at every Sunday school and Christian congregation, as well as in EVERY Bible college, university and seminary.
Unfortunately, it ISN'T.
Even so called "ministers" of the Gospel seem to be CONFUSED on this topic.
Consequently, they preach a CONFUSING message, built on shaky sand, instead of ON THE ROCK.
No wonder they have produced a generation of INSECURE spiritual weaklings LACKING FOUNDATION or CONVICTION about ANYTHING.
It's no wonder their denominational house of cards is about to come crashing down.
There may be man-invented denominations in Christendom, but there are NONE in the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 4:5).
I'm talking about THE DIFFERENCE - the EARTH SHAKING, Satan-crushing, liberating, marvelous DIFFERENCE - Jesus made:
About that moment in human history, that ALL-IMPORTANT TURNING POINT called Calvary.
About the ETERNAL, MONUMENTAL, PIVOTAL DIFFERENCE that Jesus' Blood, His death, Resurrection and Ascension MADE.
And if you THINK He DIDN'T make such difference, you're NOT Christian.
So stop calling yourself by His Name.
I recently heard from a heretic who said in one breath that Jesus is "THE ONLY Savior" (even quoted John 14:6) and in the next that "Scripture makes it clear that ONLY THOSE WHO KEEP THE 10 COMMANDMENTS will be saved".
I said he was CONTRADICTING himself: If Jesus is THE ONLY Savior, then WHY DO WE NEED TO "KEEP" the 10 Commandments?
ARE THEY CO-SAVIORS, along with Jesus?
If such is the case, then HE IS NOT "THE ONLY" Savior.
He also LIED. There is NO SCRIPTURE ANYWHERE that says that "ONLY those who keep the 10 Commandments" will be saved.
On the contrary: there are MANY Scriptures which say that those who TRY to be saved that way - or ANY WAY apart from Jesus Himself - ARE LOST (Acts 4:12; Galatians 2:16; 5:4; Romans 3:28; Hebrews 6:4-6; James 2:8-10).
That's THE DIFFERENCE between believing God and getting Truth DIRECTLY from His Spirit and His Word, as opposed to getting doctrine "filtered" through a denomination OR SOME SELF-APPOINTED "prophet", "apostle", "bishop" or whatever religious title they've appropriated for themselves.
This person was AFFIRMING that "the Bible says" SOMETHING IT DOESN'T SAY AT ALL!!!
Why? Because he DIDN'T get his doctrine from God or His Word:
He got it FILTERED THROUGH his BIASED, WOMAN-INVENTED denomination.
Jesus made A NEW Testament TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO and millions of so-called Christians WANT TO STILL LIVE UNDER the Old Testament.
They want to live as though NOTHING'S CHANGED.
They want to live as though Jesus' Blood, death, and Resurrection HAD MADE NO DIFFERENCE.
Jesus Perfect Work of Redemption LACKS NOTHING: It is PERFECT.
Jesus, as a human, SATISFIED HIS OWN LAW FOREVER on behalf of EVERY human who will TRUST Him:
He LIBERATED US from bondage to the law.
He liberated us from COMMANDMENTS, which are for SLAVES, and made us SONS and JOINT HEIRS OF GOD'S KINGDOM WITH HIM (Romans 8:17):
Sons who, IN DADDY'S EYES, CAN DO NO WRONG, since Daddy Himself, Righteousness Himself, the FULFILLMENT of the law Himself, LIVES IN THEM.
He FOREVER put us in RIGHT STANDING with God, REGARDLESS of how many times we blow it and fail in this temporary realm.
By making A NEW Testament, Jesus rendered the Old Testament null, void and OBSOLETE (2 Corinthians 3:14-17; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 10:9; 12:24).
REAL Christians DON'T follow the law.
The Law Giver and Law Fulfiller Himself IS IN THEM.
REAL Christians DON'T FOLLOW COMMANDMENTS, they simply follow the Divine Love Nature (God) that Jesus PLACED INSIDE THEM (Romans 13:9-10).
REAL Christians don't "hope" they "will be saved".
We KNOW we ARE saved NOW AND ETERNALLY (1 John 5:12).
REAL Christians DON'T LIVE IN FEAR of "displeasing" God and "losing" Salvation because Salvation (Jesus) CANNOT BE LOST (Romans 11:29).
REAL Christians KNOW they possess no righteousness of their own.
REAL Christians KNOW that Salvation (God's Righteousness) is GIVEN TO US FREELY, AS A GIFT (2 Corinthians 5:21).
REAL Christians DON'T TRUST WHAT THEY DO.
REAL Christians TRUST Jesus, and WHAT HE DID for us (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Yes, glory to Jesus, Calvary made ALL the difference in the world.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013
For two solid weeks, at least in the United States, we have heard endlessly about our biggest sports event known as the Super Bowl.
Regardless of which team walks away with the Vince Lombardi trophy today, there are FAR BIGGER events that will make our Super Bowl seem rather unimportant.
WHAT could be so much BIGGER THAN the Super Bowl?
The SUPER BOWLS (plural).
And they're no sport, either.
I'm referring to the SEVEN SUPER BOWLS that will take place concurrently and in less than 4 years.
What are you talking about? Are you suggesting that each superpower will host its own Super Bowl?
The Super Bowls I'm talking about will come from God, not man.
And they are MEAN, to put it mildly.
These bowls will fall on the entire earth's population which, at that time, will be comprised ONLY of people who have REJECTED Christ.
The SUPER BOWLS are described in Revelation chapter 16, the entire chapter:
Those bowls will inflict very painful sores on humans, will turn the ENTIRE SEA (that's ¾ of the earth's surface) INTO COAGULATED BLOOD and kill all marine life.
If you reject the GIFT of Salvation that Jesus offers you FREELY, I HOPE you're not queasy. Because the stench and disease that it will spread as a result will be horrendous.
There will be NO WATER to drink, cook, or bathe in, since ALL WATERS, including rivers and lakes will be turned to blood, as well.
The sun WILL SCORCH PEOPLE WITH FIRE which will cause them to gnaw their tongues in pain.
The entire planet will be engulfed in darkness with NO LIGHT, as it was in Genesis 1:2 when God began the earth's restoration.
100-pound chunks of hail will rain from the sky causing death, injury and destruction.
The granddaddy of all quakes will turn all cities, except Jerusalem, into rubble.
Last, but not least, those SUPER BOWLS will culminate in Antichrist gathering the world's armies at Armageddon in a desperate attempt to PREVENT the Second Coming of Christ.
Conditions on earth will closely resemble those described in Genesis 1:2, the earth will be devastated, largely depopulated, "WITHOUT FORM AND VOID" AND FILLED WITH DARKNESS.
THAT is always the result when Satan is allowed to rule the earth (Isaiah 14:16-17, 20; 24:1-6).
The situation will be without parallel in human history: so UNBEARABLE that if defies description and even the most active and creative human imagination, so horrific that even heaven itself will hold its collective breath (Revelation 8:1).
Those who receive Christ now will be watching safely from heaven (Revelation 7:9-17):
Those who reject Christ will suffer the consequences of their choice.
Which side of those SUPER BOWLS will you be in?
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2013
JESUS RECEIVES YOU
"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST" [Matthew 11:28]
"... WHOEVER comes to me I will NEVER reject" [John 6:37].
We hear it time and again: in theory, evangelicals say that salvation is purely by grace thru faith (trust) in Jesus' perfect, finished work of redemption.
In practice, however, they love to slam believers and unbelievers alike over the head with their sins.
So, which is it? You can't have it both ways.
We want to bring souls to Jesus, but they must first meet OUR INVENTED "conditions": quit drinking, quit smoking, quit being homosexual, quit having illicit sex, quit drugs, quit this, quit that, quit the other.
That is the STUPIDEST thing anyone can do.
Not only is it STUPID, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.
No sinner can quit sinning ON HIS/HER OWN STRENGTH. Hell, there are people who know Christ and can't stop sinning!
Stop putting the cart before the horse!
Matter of fact, I heard a high profile evangelical preacher warn BELIEVERS, based on Ezekiel 33:8, to forsake alcohol and extramarital sex, lest "their blood be required of them".
Of course, by that rationale, SOMEONE needs to warn THAT PREACHER, that his relentless message of "giving in order to get" and that if we want something from God, we need to give money to him (to the preacher) is ungodly, unscriptural, and AN ABOMINATION in God's eyes [Acts 8:20; Romans 8:32], lest HIS BLOOD be required OF US.
I love Ezekiel but, great a prophet as he was and is (in Christ, he's very much ALIVE), last time I checked, his book was written under the OLD Testament.
When something is OLD that means it's NO LONGER APPLICABLE.
It means it's been REPLACED BY SOMETHING NEW.
Christians live under the NEW Testament, NOT THE OLD.
There's NOTHING in the New Testament about a Christian going to hell because he/she commits adultery, drinks himself into oblivion, or commits any other sin.
The ONLY sin that will send someone to hell is rejection of the One who PAID FOR our sins, namely, Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:31).
I'm all in favor of fidelity and sobriety, but to make our salvation CONTINGENT on THAT, OR ANY OTHER WORKS, is a slap in the face of our precious Lord who paid such an unimaginably HIGH PRICE to redeem us.
There's NOTHING in the New Testament that says anyone's blood will be required of us.
On the contrary, 2 Corinthians 5:19 couldn't be clearer:
"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, NOT COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM".
If JESUS is NOT counting our sins, praise His Holy and Wonderful Name, WHO THE HECK are these self-righteous, duplicitous Pharisees to count EVERYONE ELSE'S SINS BUT THEIR OWN?
So, I want every unbeliever to hear this clearly:
Jesus is NOT counting ANY of your sins. NOT ONE!
You DON'T need to "clean up" in order to receive Jesus.
COME TO HIM AS YOU ARE.
That's right, I don't care how much sin, or how much filth. I don't care what's in your "past".
You don't need to pretend with Him.
Jesus loves you AS YOU ARE.
Jesus RECEIVES YOU AS YOU ARE.
Come to Him, AS YOU ARE. It's His job, not yours, to CLEANSE YOU.
And there's NO SIN, I don't care how heinous, that His precious Blood won't wash away (Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 1:7,9).
Jesus RECEIVES YOU as you are, RIGHT NOW.
He receives you with OPEN HEART, and OPEN ARMS.
The only question remaining is:
DO YOU RECEIVE HIM?
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Commentaries are one of the most unfortunate ideas spun by religion.
There are SO MANY "commentaries" floating around - not to mention new ones coming down the pike -that it's nearly impossible to keep track.
When I issue a challenge to heretics to come up with ONE verse of Scripture that supports their false doctrine, SINCE THEY CANNOT, they offer some "commentary" instead.
I ask for Scripture and, since they CAN'T FIND ANY, they come at me with Matthew Henry, Bullinger's Study, Nave's Topical, Scofield's, Clarke's, Spurgeon's, Jamieson-Fausset-Brown, Geneva Study, Halley's, etc. etc.
I ask FOR SCRIPTURE, they offer COMMENTARY.
WHO CARES what "commentaries" say?
Commentaries ARE OPINIONS.
They are MERE OPINIONS of FALLIBLE MORTALS.
When have fallen man's ideas COME REMOTELY NEAR the level of THE INSPIRED, INFALLIBLE Word of the Living God? (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Offering COMMENTARIES in place of Scripture is GRASPING AT STRAWS.
It's a feeble and desperate attempt to justify some UNFOUNDED FALSE DOCTRINE.
THAT is being DISHONEST.
And, by the way, in case you haven't figured it out yet, I only offer such challenges WHEN I ALREADY KNOW WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that THERE ARE NO SCRIPTURES to support the false teaching being discussed.
Commentaries, frankly, are pretty USELESS.
Generally speaking, they offer what some RELIGION-INFECTED natural mind THOUGHT one, two or SEVERAL centuries ago.
No offense to those who meant well by writing them, BUT WHO GIVES A RAT'S BEHIND about what their darkened, degenerate minds THOUGHT?
Especially when, in most cases, THEY THOUGHT IT SEVERAL CENTURIES AGO...
Seems to me I read somewhere... Oh, I know, Daniel 9:4, that AT THE TIME OF THE END KNOWLEDGE of God's Word WILL INCREASE.
So, why would I want to be STUCK in the past?
Why LIMIT God and myself with erroneous and obsolete mortal's OPINIONS?
THE BEST "commentary" on the Word of God is THE WORD itself.
THE BEST "commentator" and EXPOSITOR of the Word is the Holy Spirit that INSPIRED IT TO BEGIN WITH.
And He LIVES INSIDE ME.
So, WHY in God's Name would I need to look OUTSIDE God's Word and OUTSIDE myself for answers?
That's the reason you won't catch me QUOTING commentaries ever, let alone RESORTING TO THEM to make a point.
Offer me some mortal's corrupted view and I'll kick your sorry sanctimonious @ss from here to eternity.
Offer me God's pure, holy, INERRANT Word - quoted IN CONTEXT - and you'll have both my attention and my respect.
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