April 2013 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
TWO WITNESSES I.D.
The identity of the Two Witnesses is important, but non-essential to Salvation. I don't make a big issue about it, but some of our readers do.
Everyone agrees that Elijah is one of the two. People constantly try to convince me that the second Witness is Enoch, and NOT Moses.
Frankly, I've no big problem with those who WANT TO believe it's Enoch, although I'm quite certain that they're wrong. But many seem to have a problem with me believing the other Witness is Moses.
Enoch proponents seem to base their belief SOLELY on the fact that Enoch never died and was translated to heaven alive. They claim that he MUST return and DIE ONCE in order to fulfill Hebrews 9:27.
While I keep an open mind, let me tell you why I don't buy the "never died" argument:
To say it's Enoch based purely on the "never died" issue is a moot point, since MILLIONS if NOT BILLIONS of LIVING born-again Christians will go in the Rapture ALIVE and WILL NEVER DIE (John 11:26; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52; Revelation 7:9). Jesus said so Himself.
So, if it must be Enoch in order to "comply" with Hebrews 9:27, then ALL OF US would have to go through the same process (come back and die at some point). If that were the case WHAT would be THE POINT of rapturing us in the first place? Scripture says no such thing.
Hebrews 9:27 simply states the norm for sinful, mortal men. But nowhere does it say "this is some INEXORABLE law that EVERYONE must comply with, or else".
Now let me give you the SCRIPTURAL reasons for believing it's Moses and Elijah, although I don't part fellowship with those who believe it's Enoch and Elijah:
1. The Two Witnesses will perform many wonders. There's NO RECORD anywhere that Enoch ever did any wonders. Moses and Elijah, on the other hand, were used by God to perform tremendous supernatural things.
2. The Two Witnesses are always tied to the rebuilding of the Temple (Zechariah 4:6-14; Revelation 11:1-3). Moses was shown THE PATTERN of the heavenly temple by God (Exodus 25:9). Enoch WASN'T.
3. Moses is the FOUNDER of Judaism. He's the one who gave Israelites the law. The Antichrist is called "the lawless one" in 2 Thessalonians 2:8.
By killing Moses, not only will Antichrist demonstrate his legendary "invincibility", he will be showing his TOTAL HATRED FOR ISRAEL and utter contempt for God's Law.
Enoch lived about 1,500 years BEFORE Israel even EXISTED.
4. Moses and Elijah have A LOT in common:
- They are both prophets.
- Both spent 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:18;1 Kings 19:8).
- Both stand before the Lord [Zechariah 4:14; Exodus 33:11; 1 Kings 17:1].
A. Elijah Confronted Ahab (1 Kings 17:1). Moses Confronted Pharaoh (Exod. 5:1)
B. Elijah Fled into the wilderness fearing for his life (1 Kings 19:3). Moses fled into the wilderness fearing for his life (Exodus 2:15).
C. Both were miraculously fed: “...bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening...” (1 Kings 17:6) ...meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning...” (Exodus 16:8, 12)
D. Both spoke authoritatively for the Lord in his own name (1 Kings 17:1; Deuteronomy 5:1).
E. Elijah gathered all Israel at Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:19). Moses gathered all Israel at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:17).
F. Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:20-40). Moses confronted the magicians of Pharaoh (Exodus 7:8-13, 20-22; 8:1-7). Doubtlessly, they will confront THE False Prophet.
G. Both successfully interceded for Israel to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel (Exodus 32:11-14; 1 Kings 18:36-39).
H. Elijah took twelve stones at Carmel “...according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob...” (1 Kings 18:30-32) Moses had twelve pillars set up at Sinai “...corresponding to the twelve tribes of Israel...” (Exodus 24:4).
I. The Lord accepted Elijah’s offering by sending fire from heaven and consuming it completely. The people repented and fell on their faces. (1 Kings 18:36-39). Likewise, the Lord accepted Moses and Aaron’s offering by sending fire from heaven and consuming it completely. The people likewise repented and fell on their faces before God. (Leviticus 9:22-24).
J. At Elijah’s command 850 idolatrous prophets were slain (1 Kings 18:19, 40). At Moses’ command 3,000 idolaters were slain (Exodus 32:25-29).
K. After killing the 850 prophets of Baal, Elijah went up to Mount Carmel to pray. (1 Kings 18:42). After killing the idolaters Moses went up to Mount Sinai to pray (Exodus 32:30).
L. Both went without food for forty days and forty nights (Exodus 34:38; Deuteronomy 9:9; 1 Kings 19:8).
M. Elijah was given his assignment at Horeb (a/k/a Mount Sinai) (1 Kings chapter 19). Moses was given his divine assignment ALSO ON Mount Sinai (Exodus chapter 3).
N. Both saw the Lord “pass by”: Elijah from a cave on Horeb (Sinai) (1 Kings 19:9-11) and Moses from “the cleft of the rock” also on Sinai. (Exodus 33:21-23).
O. Both saw storm, wind, an earthquake and fire on Horeb (Sinai). (Exodus 19:16-20; 20:18; Deuteronomy 4:11; 5:22-27; 1 Kings 19:11-12).
P. Both felt OVERWHELMED by their assignments at some point and prayed that they might die. (Numbers 11:10-15; 1 Kings 19:1-4).
Q. The Lord brought down fire from heaven against those who rebelled (upon His and THEIR enemies). (Numbers 16; Leviticus 10:1-3; 2 Kings 1:9-12).
R. Both PARTED THE WATERS: Moses those of the Red Sea by stretching out his staff and passed over on dry ground. (Exodus 14:16, 21-22). Elijah the waters of the Jordan by striking the waters with his cloak and passed over on dry ground. (2 Kings 2:8).
S. Both had successors (Joshua and Elisha, respectively) who served them, and took over their office and leadership after they were gone. Their successors both parted the waters of the Jordan (Joshua 3; 2 Kings 2).
T. Moses died beyond the Jordan (Deuteronomy 34:5). Elijah was also taken up from Transjordan. (2 Kings 2:9-11).
There’s a Hebrew tradition, although there is no concrete scriptural proof, that as Elijah was taken up to heaven from the same area where Moses was buried, that Moses’ body was taken up to heaven as well, along with Elijah, by the chariot of fire.
U. Moses' death was shrouded in mystery, his burial place unknown (Deuteronomy 34:6). Elijah was mysteriously translated from the same general location (2 Kings 9-18).
5. Moses and Elijah are repeatedly presented AS A PAIR in Scripture: they both appeared to Jesus at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-4; Mark 9:4; Luke 9:30) and they are both mentioned together in Malachi 4:4-5.
6. The miracles described in Revelation 11:5-6 are SPECIFICALLY those performed by Elijah (shut up heaven so it won't rain) and Moses (turn waters into blood, and send all manner of plagues) and NO ONE ELSE.
7. Moses represents the "dead in Christ", Elijah represents the raptured saints who will not die, but will be translated ALIVE, instantly changed and caught up to meet the LORD in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).
8. They WITNESSED the Foundation of the Church (Matthew 16:13-18), and heard the Father's AUDIBLE testimony that Jesus is His beloved Son. Both WITNESSED His glorification.
They will be the Two WITNESSES who’ll testify when the Church departs and reaches its heavenly destination.
9. In Revelation 11:8, after Antichrist kills them, their bodies will lie on the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt"...
Why mention Egypt? Egypt has no relation whatsoever to Enoch. It does have a very strong, INEXTRICABLE connection to Moses. It was Moses, after all, who led Israel OUT OF Egypt, thus establishing it as AN INDEPENDENT NATION.
10. Enoch has never appeared with Elijah before. Moses has, repeatedly.
Those are my reasons. They are ALL biblical and, as any objective reader will see, ROCK SOLID.
If anyone can PROVE, with the Scriptures, that it's ANYONE OTHER THAN Moses, I'm all ears.
If your "proof" is NOT SOLIDLY based on the Bible, don't even bother.
And if you still CHOOSE TO believe the "other" Witness is Enoch, doesn't bother me one bit: KNOCK YOURSELF OUT.
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013
HIS WAY OR NO WAY
If you had committed a serious crime, worthy under law of life in prison or even the death penalty, went before the judge and he asked if you wanted A SECOND CHANCE to make things right, be forgiven, and have your record expunged, YOU’D JUMP at the opportunity.
You’d say “Yes, your honor, JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT, and I’ll do ANYTHING you say”.
Who wants to die by lethal injection or spend his life behind bars, right?
You’d do ANYTHING he asked, without the slightest protestation, and AS SOON AS humanly possible.
You’d be ETERNALLY GRATEFUL for that “second chance”, and for getting a FULL PARDON.
It would mean that you could start life ALL OVER with TOTAL FREEDOM, no baggage, NO CONDEMNATION, and NO GUILT.
You wouldn’t have to “SERVE YOUR SENTENCE”.
Most important, the CONSEQUENCES of your crime would vanish FOREVER.
NEVER in your wildest dreams would you have the ARROGANCE, not to mention the sheer STUPIDITY, of telling the judge “well… LET ME THINK ABOUT IT”.
Or: “well… I want a second opportunity, but it’s got to be THE WAY I WANT”.
Or: “I WANT TO get FULL PARDON ON MY TERMS”.
Even if you had a single-digit I.Q. you’d know that judge would be INSULTED, throw your sorry behind in jail and you’d never see the light of day again.
And yet, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE have adopted THAT EXACT ATTITUDE, not with some mortal judge whose punishment would only last until your life on earth ends, BUT BEFORE A HOLY, RIGHTEOUS, IMMORTAL and Almighty God, who can throw your whole being into a lake of never-ending torment.
If you asked most people if they want to be in good standing with God, or if they want to go to heaven, or have ALL THEIR SINS ERASED, the vast majority would answer in the affirmative.
After all, who in his or her right mind would want to go to hell, right?
But WHEN OFFERED THAT OPPORTUNITY, to be TOTALLY FORGIVEN, not only in this life, but for ALL ETERNITY, too many people GIVE THE SAME DUMB ANSWERS LISTED ABOVE:
“Well, let me THINK about it”.
“Sure, I want forgiveness of EVERY sin I’ve ever committed, BUT I want it MY WAY”.
“I want to be in good standing with God and enjoy a blissful afterlife BUT GOD HAS TO ACCOMMODATE MY WISHES”.
“I want forgiveness UNDER MY TERMS”.
“I want to reach heaven MY WAY”.
I can almost hear Satan rolling on the floor, laughing at your idiocy.
By His Death on the cross, Resurrection and Ascension Jesus Christ has FOREVER RESOLVED the sin issue, FREEING US OF ANY GUILT OR PUNISHMENT, since He TOOK the punishment IN OUR STEAD.
Through Him – and ONLY through Him – God offers YOU a FULL PARDON for EVERY SIN YOU’VE EVER COMMITTED, ARE COMMITTING, OR WILL COMMIT.
And ALL God asks of you is that you receive Christ into your heart, believe He died for your sins and rose from the dead and, from that moment forward, COMPLETELY TRUST WHAT HE DID TO SAVE YOU.
Meet those simple, easy requirements AND YOU GET OFF SCOT FREE!!!
There’s NO BETTER OFFER ANYWHERE IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE!
And yet, MILLIONS pass that golden opportunity each day.
Millions POSTPONE those simple requirements and SIT ON THE FENCE.
Millions HAVE THE GALL TO DICTATE TO GOD THE TERMS by which He SHOULD GRANT them FULL PARDON.
I don’t know who invented the phrase “beggars can’t be choosy”, but he or she WAS RIGHT.
Do you want A FULL PARDON, do you want ETERNAL LIFE, do you want TOTAL FREEDOM FROM CONDEMNATION, AND ASSURANCE OF NEVER-ENDING SALVATION?
It’s yours FOR THE TAKING.
But it’s GOTTA BE GOD’S WAY.
His Way is Jesus.
His Way is ONLY Jesus (John 14:6).
There’s NO OTHER Way (Acts 4:12).
God will grant you ALL THOSE PRICELESS AND MAGNIFICENT BLESSINGS, and some you can’t even imagine, FOR FREE.
But it’s gotta be HIS way.
You're in NO POSITION to make demands.
You're in NO POSITION to set "conditions".
The choice is yours:
It’s His Way (JESUS), or NO WAY.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013
DESIRE OF NATIONS
"For thus says the LORD of hosts; Yet once, in a little while, and I WILL SHAKE THE HEAVENS, AND THE EARTH, AND THE SEA, AND THE DRY LAND; And I WILL SHAKE ALL NATIONS, and THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS SHALL COME: and I WILL FILL THIS HOUSE WITH GLORY, saith the LORD of hosts... THE GLORY OF THIS LATTER HOUSE SHALL BE GREATER THAN OF THE FORMER"... (Haggai 2:6-7, 9).
"And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I WILL DESTROY THE STRENGTH OF THE KINGDOMS OF THE HEATHEN (gentiles); and I will overthrow THE CHARIOTS, AND THOSE THAT RIDE IN THEM; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take you, O Zerubbabel, my servant... says the LORD, and will make you as a signet: for I have chosen you, says the LORD of hosts" (Haggai 2:21-23).
If we want a recap of what God does from Revelation 6:12 to the end of Revelation chapter 9, THIS is it.
Haggai wrote his prophecy in the 6th century B.C. when the Jews built their second temple, the first having been destroyed some 70 years earlier by the Babylonians.
The previous temple had been built by Solomon and, by all accounts, was magnificent in wealth and splendor. This temple seemed insignificant by comparison: so much so, that Jews who had seen the first wept at the mental contrast between the two.
Yet God promised through His prophet that this seemingly insignificant edifice WOULD SURPASS the first temple in glory.
What Jews back then couldn't foresee is that God would eventually move King Herod (who excelled in building, if on nothing else) to enlarge it and refurbish it and make it ready for God's arrival.
True to His Word, the Lord Himself would enter that temple some 546 years later and throw out the money changers that engaged in religious trafficking saying they'd turn His House into "a den of thieves" (Matthew 21:12-13).
A couple years later, He would preach His "Bread of Life" sermon at that same temple.
What really made the Second Temple exceed the first in glory was not the famed Herodian stones or architecture, but the fact that God Himself entered its courts.
However, I submit that while Haggai's prophecy came true with regards to the Second Temple, the prophecy has a more complete and final APPLICATION to OUR PRESENT TEMPLE.
"Martel, are you nuts? There hasn't been a temple in Jerusalem for 1943 years, you've said so yourself".
Yes, and what did Stephen say in Acts 7:48?
"Yet the Most High DWELLS NOT in temples MADE WITH HANDS". See also Hebrews 9:11.
That's why Jesus only VISITED the Second Temple. He never LIVED there: Never made it His PERMANENT residence.
The PRESENT Temple of God NOT made with hands is US, His Church, made up of ALL THOSE individuals IN WHOM Jesus PERMANENTLY LIVES (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
God's Glory will fill THIS temple (His Church) AND WILL FAR EXCEED ANYTHING ever seen in the First and Second Temples COMBINED. Glory to Him for evermore!
"THE GLORY OF THIS LATTER HOUSE" SHALL INDEED BE "GREATER THAN OF THE FORMER".
Before the Rapture will come THE GLORY.
Jesus' APPEARING is both our ascension into Him, who is manifested in us, and His-OUR GLORIFICATION.
THIS temple wasn't built on Mount Moriah but ON JESUS HIMSELF (Matthew 16:18).
THIS temple wasn't built by Solomon or by Herod, BUT BY JESUS HIMSELF.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013
One thing I’ve learned from the Bible and in over two decades of ministry is that THE WORD OF GOD DOES NOT RETURN VOID.
Repeat: God’s Word NEVER returns void.
According to Isaiah 55:11, it will “NOT RETURN unto me VOID, but IT SHALL ACCOMPLISH that which I please, and IT SHALL PROSPER IN THE THING FOR WHICH I SENT IT”.
This ministry’s NUMBER ONE goal is SOUL WINNING.
Some have wondered HOW we reach the unsaved with some of the UNCONVENTIONAL and really deep messages we present.
Didn’t you say Jesus called you to teach His Word of Prophecy?
Let me say it again: His WORD NEVER RETURNS VOID.
Regardless of topic, I try to work some evangelistic teaching and invitation to receive Christ into these daily messages AT LEAST once a week, usually more often that that.
But you’d be surprised at SOME of the messages and TOPICS that the unsaved RESPOND TO.
One thing which I have marveled at through the years is HOW GOD’S WORD, whether it's the basic Gospel or some deep Truth, WILL IMPACT SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW CHRIST AND MAKE THEM REALIZE their need for Him.
Here’s another thing I’ve learned:
While most Christians are lousy at distinguishing Truth from fiction, the world has a KEEN SENSE for detecting who’s being truthful and who’s laying it on REAL THICK.
They’ve been around the block and few times and are not easily fooled.
The world appreciates HONESTY.
Instead, most preachers provide SHOWMANSHIP.
If they wanted A SHOW, they’d turn on one of the secular TV channels.
Wake up, Christians!
You’ll never overcome the world by playing THEIR GAME.
ANYONE, even a lost person, CAN DO THAT.
We bring them to Jesus BY OFFERING WHAT THE WORLD CAN’T OFFER.
What RELIGION can’t offer.
What SECULAR EDUCATION can’t offer.
What ENTERTAINERS can’t offer.
What sex, drugs and rock n’ roll can’t offer.
What you CAN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE.
What NO ONE BUT JESUS CAN OFFER:
Salvation and ULTIMATE Truth.
Truth (Jesus) CANNOT BE DISPROVED.
Nor can He be OVERCOME.
Speak the Truth ON ANY LEVEL and Truth will find a way to penetrate the deepest recesses of a person’s being.
Jesus IS the Truth. He has never failed.
He ALWAYS TRIUMPHS.
And He will never return void.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013
What do the 2,300 days, the 1,290 days and the 1,335 days in the Book of Daniel refer to?
For two thousand years or more Jews and Christians have been speculating about what they could possibly point to.
Daniel 7:25 and 12:7 both plainly state that the tribulation will last 3½ years.
However, Daniel 8:13-14 says that the abomination of desolation WILL BE set up for "2,300 days".
The King James translation of the Bible notwithstanding (sorry, King James fanatics, you lose on this one), the ORIGINAL HEBREW DOES NOT say "2,300 yamin" (days), but rather "2,300 erev boker" or "2,300 EVENINGS MORNINGS", making CLEAR reference to the temple OFFERINGS that were made TWICE each day in the evening and the morning, AS REQUIRED BY LAW (Torah) (Exodus 29:39; Numbers 28:4).
Hence, 2,300 evening and morning offerings represent 1,150 DAYS.
During those 1,150 days not only will the AOD be standing in the third temple but, according to Daniel 8:13, the temple itself and what's left of the Israeli army will be "trampled underfoot".
ASSUMING (calculating) that the Second Coming of Christ takes place on Yom Kippur 2016, that would mean the AOD (statue of Antichrist) would be placed in the temple on or about Elul 14 (August 20, 2013).
The 1,150 days would end on Yom Kippur, 2016 when Christ returns (Second Coming).
That brings us to the 1,290 days and 1,335 days:
Daniel 12:11 DOES NOT say the AOD will be STANDING for 1,290 days (God forbid, since that would be LONGER than the tribulation itself).
What it DOES SAY is that FROM the time the AOD is set up, THERE WILL BE (transpire) 1,290 days.
Those 1,290 days would bring us to Rosh Chodesh Adar, 2017.
Adar is considered the happiest month in the Hebrew calendar, as Jews celebrate their SURVIVAL when wicked Haman (a clear type of the Antichrist) tried to exterminate them.
Adar 14 is when the Feast of Purim is celebrated where Jews put on costumes, exchange gifts, have parades and hold joyous and boisterous celebrations.
45 days later (from Adar 1, Rosh Chodesh) would bring us to the 1,335 days, right smack on Passover 2017.
Why would those who reach those 1,335 days be blessed according to Daniel 12:12?
Because they will have Messiah Prince reigning over them, and over the entire world, from Jerusalem.
Because they will see, FOR THE FIRST TIME in almost THREE MILLENNIA (since 721 B.C), all 12 tribes reunited and re-settled in Israel as it was when they first entered the Promised Land.
Passover is THE FIRST Feast of the Lord in the Hebrew calendar.
Passover marks THE DAY natural Israel left the bondage of Egypt.
Passover marks THE BIRTH of FREEDOM for Israelites, since it's THE DAY they first became AN INDEPENDENT NATION.
Passover is when our God and Savior died and SHED HIS MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD for our sins.
So, the FIRST millennial Passover will be A SUPER-JOYOUS celebration since they've survived the tribulation, have Jesus as their King, and all 12 tribes are reunited.
Imagine the rejoicing of ALL THE TRIBES making pilgrimage to Jerusalem on that Feast, and all 12 tribes intermingling and worshiping their King in unison.
From the Second Coming to Passover, there will be a period of 185 days, which are exactly 6 Hebrew months and 5 days.
During that time, Jews in the wilderness will be rescued and brought back to Israel and THE OTHER 10 tribes will be gathered from all over the earth and brought back, just as God promised through His prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 36:24-28; 37:21-28).
Is our Savior FAITHFUL or what?
These numbers have remained "sealed" for MILLENNIA, but they are UNSEALED NOW because, as Jesus promised, these things would be sealed ONLY UNTIL "the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4, 9).
As I just asked, IS HE FAITHFUL, OR WHAT?
Glory to Jesus! Glory to the King of kings! Praise Him, Israel of God! Praise Him, Body of Christ!
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013
SMALL AND GREAT
Like most of you, I’ve been subjected to Bible prophecy myths most of my life.
Life some of you, I’ve had to sort through the maze of misinformation, rely on the Holy Spirit and the written Word, to arrive at the Truth.
One of the many myths that the Church has been pounded to the point of numbness with is the 7-year tribulation, where supposedly, the FIRST 3½ years are simply “tribulation” and the LAST 3½ years are “GREAT tribulation”.
There isn’t ONE word from Genesis to Revelation about a “lesser” tribulation.
For that matter, there isn’t ONE word in the entire Bible about a 7-year tribulation.
THAT MYTH is based on yet ANOTHER myth which is that Daniel’s “70th week” is still in our future.
Daniel 9:27 says, clear as crystal that Messiah Prince would CONFIRM the (Abrahamic) covenant IN THE MIDDLE OF the 70th week, leaving ONLY HALF A WEEK, or 3½ years, of that prophecy in our “future”.
In Daniel 12:7 Jesus SWEARS BY HIMSELF (and there’s NONE HIGHER) THAT the tribulation WILL BE GREAT and will last 3½ years.
Daniel 12:1 and Matthew 24:21-22 tell us very clearly that those 3½ years will be OF GREAT tribulation, UNPRECEDENTED IN HUMAN HISTORY:
So great, that were it not for God’s mercy, NO FLESH would survive.
God’s Word says, clear as crystal, that there’s NEVER BEEN anything comparable to it in human history before, NOR WILL THERE EVER BE after:
“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 24:21).
There’s NO SUCH THING as “tribulation” and “great tribulation”.
There are BIRTHPANGS followed by 3½ years of HORRENDOUS HELL ON EARTH or GREAT TRIBULATION.
They, in turn, are followed by the Second Coming of Christ and His eternal Kingdom of which there will be NO END.
What lies ahead is a 3½-year of INDESCRIBABLE SUFFERING, followed by a Utopian Era when Jesus will reign.
Jesus WILL REIGN FOREVER whether people want Him to reign or not (Isaiah 9:7; Daniel 2:44; Luke 1:33).
That’s A FACT.
You may COUNT ON IT.
Since Jesus will reign ANYWAY, I’d seek His Face and get right with Him RIGHT NOW, if I were you.
May you have the Grace and Wisdom to do so.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN
"And I will show WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
THE SUN SHALL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS, AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.
And it shall come to pass, that WHOEVER shall call on the name of the LORD SHALL BE SAVED: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call" (Joel 2:30-32).
"IMMEDIATELY WITH the tribulation of those days SHALL THE SUN BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON SHALL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS SHALL FALL FROM HEAVEN, AND THE POWERS OF THE HEAVENS SHALL BE SHAKEN:
And then SHALL APPEAR THE SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN IN HEAVEN: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and THEY SHALL SEE the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And HE SHALL SEND HIS ANGELS WITH A GREAT SOUND OF A TRUMPET, AND THEY SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER" (Matthew 24:29-31).
"And THERE SHALL BE SIGNS IN THE SUN, AND IN THE MOON, AND IN THE STARS; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking toward those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
And then SHALL THEY SEE the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
And WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN to come to pass, then LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR (Luke 21:25-28).
Like it or not, YOU will see Jesus.
Believers will see Him.
Unbelievers will see Him.
Those who LOVE Him will see Him.
So will those who HATE Him.
Every eye shall see Him (Revelation 1:7).
Some people can't wait for Him to appear and take us Home.
Others want nothing to do with Him and would rather He didn't appear, or even EXIST.
God's Word tells us WHAT WILL HAPPEN JUST PRIOR to His Appearing.
However, we're NOT to seek "signs", we are to SEEK HIM - ALWAYS.
If you're NOT BORN-AGAIN, it will be your FINAL CHANCE to be saved and be taken to heaven BEFORE all hell breaks loose on earth.
Call on Jesus and He WILL SAVE YOU, and DELIVER YOU, even in those FINAL MOMENTS.
If you are a born-again believer, LOOK FOR JESUS.
Don't seek "the Rapture" seek His Face.
Seek Him, NOT "it".
Seek His APPEARING.
When these things BEGIN to happen, KNOW that your Redemption (Jesus) DRAWS near.
Whether you're a believer or an unbeliever, SEEK JESUS WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
MADE OF JESUS
"ALL THINGS were made BY HIM and WITHOUT Him WAS NOT ANYTHING MADE that was made" (John 1:3).
"All things" would include ALL PEOPLE.
That means that YOU were made by the Word of God (by Jesus) and you were MADE OF Jesus.
If you take some apples and make apple pie, the FORM may have changed, the FLAVOR may have changed, BUT IT'S STILL APPLE.
Likewise, if you take a chunk of metal, and turn it into an automobile, the shape may change, the color may change, even the FUNCTION may be somewhat different, but IT'S STILL METAL.
Same goes for Jesus.
If you take Jesus and make someone OUT OF HIM, that individual may LOOK different, SOUND different, but HE or SHE is STILL JESUS.
Body of Christ, JESUS is WHO we REALLY are.
Satan sold us the lie in the Garden of Eden that we were "someone else".
He introduced sin into this world when he got Eve to doubt her own Deity (Genesis 3:4-6).
But, in reality (as in ULTIMATE Truth) we are Jesus and HAVE BEEN Jesus ALL ALONG.
He is the Word of God Incarnate (made flesh) and SO ARE WE.
We are made of the SAME WORD, the same LIVING SUBSTANCE as He is (John 1:1-3).
We are different forms, facets, manifestations of our Creator God.
We are bone of His bones, flesh of His flesh, and substance of His Substance:
"That He might present it to Himself A GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; BUT THAT IT (WE) SHOULD BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLEMISH...
For no man ever yet hated HIS OWN FLESH; but NOURISHES AND CHERISHES IT, even as the Lord the church:
For WE ARE MEMBERS OF HIS BODY, OF HIS FLESH, AND OF HIS BONES:
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and THEY TWO SHALL BE ONE FLESH.
This is A GREAT MYSTERY: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church" (Ephesians 5:27-32).
We ARE His Body, not just figuratively, BUT LITERALLY.
He is us and we are Him.
Hence, Jesus is NOT God's "only" Son. He WAS God's "only begotten Son" BEFORE Calvary, the Resurrection and the Ascension (John 3:16).
After those momentous events, He is called "the FIRST begotten of the Father" (Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 1:5).
Jesus is God THE SON.
He is THE FIRST Son of God, THE FIRST and THE LAST of the Benei Elohim or SONS OF God.
There's a Second Son, and a third, a fourth, a fifth, and so on.
Since Pentecost 33 A.D. there are MANY sons of God on earth.
We, the sons of God, the Jesuses of God, pre-existed IN HIM (in Christ) PRIOR TO THE FOUNDATION OF THE COSMOS or UNIVERSE (Ephesians 1:4).
We were chosen and PREDESTINED in Christ Jesus for such a time as THIS.
Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit from everlasting to everlasting! Amen.
Romans 8:19, 21-23 says ALL OF CREATION is eagerly awaiting the MANIFESTATION of our true selves as the Benei Elohim or SONS OF GOD.
Jesus' APPEARING is our glorification.
Our glorification is our MANIFESTATION as SONS of the Almighty (Jesuses).
Our manifestation is the rest of Creation's LIBERATION and RESTORATION from sin bondage, death and decay (Acts 3:21).
We were created BY Jesus, FOR Jesus and OF Jesus.
Don't let ANYONE, least of all Satan, tell you otherwise.
Thru Jesus' Death, Resurrection and Ascension, God doesn't just offer us Salvation - gracious and awesome as THAT IS - He offers us GODHOOD!
He offers us HIS VERY THRONE!!! (Revelation 3:21).
Glory to His Name!
When we receive Christ into our hearts, we receive His VERY NATURE, HIS VERY SUBSTANCE (2 Peter 1:4).
We BECOME the Gods we were intended to be back in the Garden of Eden.
"Salvation" - marvelous as it is - is simply A BYPRODUCT.
Our wonderful heavenly Father IS WORTHY OF THE VERY BEST.
Let's give Him back THE GREATEST GIFT POSSIBLE, what He IS TRULY WORTHY OF :
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
NO ONE EVER KNOWS
"But of THAT DAY and that hour KNOWS NO MAN, no, not the angels who are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father" (Mark 13:32).
I am so freakin' tired of people "correcting" me about THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST saying that "no man knows" the day or hour.
Jesus made that statement regarding THE RAPTURE, NOT about His Second Coming.
EVERYONE will know when His Second Coming will happen.
All you gotta do is count 42 Hebrew months from the time Antichrist begins to reign (Revelation 13:5).
Even the Antichrist himself WILL KNOW when the Second Coming will happen. Why do you think he gathers his armies at Armageddon AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME? (Revelation 16:14, 16; 19:19-21) Duh.
Newsflash: Satan READS the Bible, knows what it says (except the portions that are sealed), and can quote it better than 95% of Christians.
What is ridiculously comical, utterly stupid, and borders on RETARDATION, is that invariably these Bible illiterates, who can't even tell the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ, keep telling me to "read the Bible".
Read the Bible???
Telling ME to "read the Bible" is like telling Madonna to be a slut, or Mike Tyson to be a bully.
By God's Grace (Glory to Jesus) I started "reading the Bible" at 12 years of age, not because anyone asked me or told me to do so, but ALL ON MY OWN.
Between 1987 and 1995 ALL I DID (besides eating, sleeping and going to the bathroom) was "READ THE BIBLE".
I have unquenchable thirst for the Word of God. I would do little else but STUDY IT, LITERALLY, ‘round the clock.
To this day, I study it and meditate it EVERY SINGLE DAY, to the point I often awake IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT to read portions of it, and check certain things out.
In fact, because I so "READ THE BIBLE", because I have TOTAL respect for God's Word, I'm about to BUST a MYTH that's been perpetrated on the Body of Christ to the point of BRAINWASHING.
This business of "no one knows THE day".
In fact, by God's Grace, it's about to become Myth #39 on our Home page, bringing the Myths' total to 64.
They repeat it like mindless, programmed zombies: "no one knows the time", "no one knows the time".
This verse is regularly presented in evangelical circles, and by the prophecy establishment, as meaning that "no man knew in the first century A.D., and NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW".
Is THAT what Jesus said?
Jesus made that statement 2,000 years ago.
He said BACK THEN that EVEN HE, as a human who'd divested Himself of His glory and thus of SOME of His knowledge in order to save us, didn't know.
Does the risen, glorified, ASCENDED Jesus KNOW TODAY?
I've also heard the most unfortunate teaching by "evangelical" ministers THAT JESUS STILL DOESN'T KNOW and that, when the "time" comes, the Father "will lean over and whisper it in His ear".
I got just ONE word for those religious ninnies:
Jesus is AS MUCH GOD AS THE FATHER is God. JESUS KNOWS.
O.K. but "NO MAN knows".
Really? Isn't Jesus A MAN?
Isn't He 100% HUMAN and 100% God?
If He WASN'T, He couldn't be "last Adam" or "last MAN".
If He WASN'T, He COULDN'T HAVE REDEEMED US.
Besides, when the Rapture finally happens, THE REST OF US HUMANS WILL KNOW THE PRECISE DAY AND THE PRECISE TIME, WON'T WE????
Repeat (Because I know some of you DIDN'T get it):
When the Rapture finally happens, EVERY RAPTURED and even every UNRAPTURED INDIVIDUAL WILL KNOW the EXACT DAY and HOUR when it happened.
So, the verse quoted above CANNOT POSSIBLY MEAN THAT "NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW".
THAT notion, like all the other religious crap they've filled our heads with, was fabricated by FEARFUL religious pinheads.
The Greek verb oiden translated "knows" is in the perfect active indicative which is similar to our simple PRESENT tense in English.
If I say in PRESENT tense "I don't know", it means I don't know AT THIS POINT IN TIME.
If you ask me THE SAME QUESTION 15 minutes from now, a week from now, a year from now, OR 2,000 YEARS FROM now, chances are THAT I WILL KNOW.
The fact I don't know NOW, doesn't mean that I won't know THEN.
Back in the first century, it's crystal clear that NO ONE KNEW.
Today Jesus KNOWS, Michael KNOWS, God's angels probably know, and you and I SHOULD know.
Didn't Jesus SPECIFICALLY tell Daniel that eschatology would remain "sealed" UNTIL the "time of the end"? (Daniel 12:4, 9)
That's WHY Jesus, as a human, DIDN'T KNOW in the first century: Because He HIMSELF had "sealed" such knowledge TO HUMANS and even to the angelic host, 600 years PRIOR.
As A HUMAN, He played BY THE SAME RULES AS EVERYONE ELSE.
Since He sealed that knowledge to humans ONLY UNTIL the "time of the end", that means that AT THE TIME OF THE END (which is RIGHT NOW), at least SOME humans WILL KNOW.
We may not know THE HOUR, but chances are some of us WILL KNOW THE DAY, at least the 48-72 hour period.
So much for that STUPID religious teaching about "date setting"...
Word of caution: That DOESN'T MEAN, since we're at the VERY "time of the end", that we go searching ALL OVER the Internet LOOKING FOR RAPTURE "DATES".
It does NOT mean that we go to every prophecy forum where IDIOTIC UNBIBLICAL OPINIONS change more often than our underwear, in search of possible "dates".
It does NOT mean that we heed every IMBECILIC YouTube video trying TO GUESS the date.
IT DOES MEAN that we go to the God's Word (Jesus), His written Word (the Bible) and THE HOLY SPIRIT, PERIOD.
We DO NOT CONJECTURE, we DO NOT ADD or SUBTRACT from the written Word.
And we don't just jump and irresponsibly blab the FIRST "date" that pops into our heads unless we have SOLID, biblical support and UNLESS WE'RE 100% CERTAIN.
By the way, our daily, weekly and monthly stats show that the very hypocrites who criticize are the same ones that run all over cyberspace searching for "rapture date", "rapture in 2013", "rapture today", "rapture now", "rapture on (whatever Hebrew Feast is approaching)", "rapture April 2013", "will the Rapture happen in 2013" and other SIMILAR searches.
That's HOW they came upon our website.
If these DISHONEST, hypocritical, self-righteous morons ARE SO CONVINCED THAT NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW the time of the Rapture - THEN WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING SEARCHING FOR IT?
THEY, in fact, KNOW NOTHING.
What they REALLY CAN'T STAND is the prospect THAT SOMEONE ELSE might KNOW.
SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013
"For MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, NEITHER ARE YOUR WAYS MY WAYS," declares the Lord.
AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE EARTH, so are my ways HIGHER THAN your ways and MY THOUGHTS HIGHER THAN your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9)
"For it is written, I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, and will BRING TO NOTHING THE UNDERSTANDING OF the prudent.
WHERE IS THE WISE? WHERE IS THE SCRIBE? WHERE IS THE DEBATER OF THIS WORLD?Has not God MADE FOOLISH THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD? (1 Corinthians 1:19-20)
The secular media has been hawking (peddling, selling) one of their favorite gods (small "g" and I do mean SMALL) all week.
I'm talking about cosmology guru Stephen Hawking who has become one of atheists' favorite excuses for NOT believing in Jesus.
For those who may not know, Stephen Hawking is a wheelchair bound theoretical physicist from Great Britain. (Where's Benny Hinn when we need him?)
Sorry, couldn't resist... While I feel badly about Mr. Hawking's PHYSICAL condition, I don't feel one bit of sympathy or compassion for his recent, self-aggrandizing assault on Divinity.
People supposedly stood in line for 12 hours in Pasadena, California recently to listen to their demigod lecture them with WORTHLESS quips and CONJECTURE SUCH AS:
"What was God doing before the divine creation? Was he preparing hell for people who asked such questions?"
Frankly, Mr. Hawking, what God was "doing" is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. He's NOT ACCOUNTABLE to you, me, your lost audience, OR ANYONE ELSE.
That's WHY He's God.
Matter of fact, it's THE OTHER WAY AROUND: YOU are accountable TO HIM.
Or, "Our universe DIDN'T NEED ANY DIVINE HELP to burst into being".
What Mr. Hawking CAN'T explain, of course, is WHAT CAUSED THE BURST (or Big Bang) in the first place.
By the way, Mr. Hawking, what happened to Cause and Effect?
What happened to the Second Law of Thermodynamics?
If it "didn't need Divine help", WHAT CAUSED THE BURST?
After giving a brief historical background on relativistic physics and cosmology, Hawking discussed the idea of a repeating Big Bang.
ASSUMING (big IF) that his theory is true, WHAT CAUSED THOSE BIG BANGS (plural)?
Furthermore, in order to have A BURST, especially one that humongous AND CONSEQUENTIAL, YOU'D HAVE TO HAVE SOME OBJECT, PERSON, BEING, MATTER, ENERGY or SUBSTANCE that burst.
NOTHING CANNOT just "burst", since it's NO THING.
So, we're left with either the "burst" or "multiple bursts" of NOTHING, which is IMPOSSIBLE, or WITH SOMEONE behind those "bursts".
Aaaah, but not to be outdone, Hawking closed by outlining "M-theory" which posits THAT MULTIPLE UNIVERSES ARE CREATED OUT OF NOTHING.
Hawking sees M-theory as "THE ONLY BIG IDEA THAT REALLY EXPLAINS" WHAT HE HAS OBSERVED.
I hate to rain on Mr. Hawking's parade (actually, I ENJOY IT) BUT THE APOSTLE PAUL BEAT HIM TO IT BY 2,000 YEARS!!!
By faith we understand that THE UNIVERSE WAS CREATED by God's Word,SO THAT WHAT IS SEEN HAS BEEN MADE FROM THE INVISIBLE(FROM "NOTHING"!!!).
If atheists, consider Mr. Hawking "a genius" then they should consider the Apostle Paul AT THE VERY LEAST, A MEGA-GENIUS.
And Paul is THE GREATEST promoter and preacher OF THE Gospel and the CHRISTIAN FAITH that the world has ever seen.
God-haters' hero took another cheap shot NOT AT RELIGION, as portrayed by media, BUT SPECIFICALLY AT THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, by saying that in the 1980s then Pope John Paul II admonished the scientific establishment against studying the moment of creation, as it was holy.
"I was glad NOT TO BE THROWN INTO AN INQUISITION," Hawking joked.
Horrible as the Inquisition was, Stephen Hawking, you're about to be thrown into something A LOT WORSE.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013
"For THE LAW being A SHADOW of good things to come, and NOT THE VERY IMAGE OF THE THINGS, CAN NEVER with those sacrifices which they offered continually year by year MAKE THE ONES APPROACHING PERFECT.
For then (if it had made them perfect) WOULD THEY NOT HAVE CEASED TO BE OFFERED? Because the worshipers ONCE PURGED should have had NO MORE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SINS.
But in those sacrifices there is A REMEMBRANCE AGAIN MADE OF SINS every year" (Hebrews 10:1-3).
For BY ONE OFFERING (Sacrifice) He (Jesus) HAS PERFECTED FOREVER them that are sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14).
"THEIR SINS and iniquities WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE" (Hebrews 10:17)
In Hebrews chapter 10, Paul draws A SHARP CONTRAST between the Law and Grace.
He calls the Law a mere SHADOW.
SHADOWS are NEVER the real thing.
He says the Law CAN NEVER make anyone perfect.
If it had made anyone perfect, they would have had NO MORE CONSCIOUSNESS (AWARENESS) of sin.
Instead of PURGING sin, the Law REMEMBERS ALL OUR SINS, REMINDS US OF THEM, and CONDEMNS US FOR THEM.
As far as Salvation is concerned, the Law simply COULD NOT - and CANNOT - get the job done.
Consequently, God made A NEW Covenant of Grace under which He would NOT even REMEMBER our past sins.
Nor would He, under the NEW Testament, EVEN COUNT our "present" and "future" sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Such covenant could only be made on the basis of A PERFECT AND ETERNAL Sacrifice that PROVIDES ENDLESS justification.
That's WHY Jesus is THE ONLY way of Salvation.
That's WHY Jesus ALONE IS Salvation.
Jesus GOT THE JOB DONE.
Jesus DID with ONE Sacrifice (Himself) WHAT THE LAW COULD NEVER DO WITH daily sacrifices, twice a day, day after day after day, year after year after year...
Yet we have COUNTLESS "Christians" FRANTICALLY CLINGING TO THE VERY LAW WHICH CONDEMNS THEM.
And REJECTING the Grace wherein THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION (Romans 8:1).
Talk about shooting oneself in the foot...
Yeah, but Jesus ONLY fulfilled the "ceremonial" part of the law, and NOT the "moral" part.
No, Jesus came to fulfill ALL OF THE LAW, down to every last jot and tittle, and HE SAID SO HIMSELF (Matthew 5:17-18).
There isn't ONE verse in the whole Bible that talks about a "ceremonial" law and a "moral" law.
That FALSE and ABOMINABLE doctrine was INVENTED by heretic Ellen G. White 150 years ago.
The TRUE Gospel is 2,000 years old.
White's FALSE teaching makes Jesus' ETERNAL Sacrifice INSUFFICIENT to save us. It's FALSE, blasphemous and utterly satanic.
Matter of fact, YOU BETTER THANK GOD EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE that Jesus fulfilled EVERY ASPECT OF the Law.
Because if He left the "moral" part UNFULFILLED YOU HAVEN'T GOT A CHANCE of being saved.
Fact is, in God's eyes YOU HAVE NO MORAL.
In God's eyes, YOU'RE COMPLETELY AMORAL.
Even if you keep "commandments" 24/7, from the moment you open your eyes to the time you close them:
All it takes is for you to break ONE commandment, during your ENTIRE LIFE, and you're toast.
So, you better THANK HIM for fulfilling ALL THE LAW.
Well, what is so bad about keeping the 10 Commandments?
A. You DON'T keep them.
Truth be told, you sin AS MUCH as ANY OTHER SINNER in need of God's Grace, whether you admit it or not.
B. Why would you want to "keep" something that RECALLS EVERY ONE OF YOUR SINS, REMINDS YOU OF THEM, AND CONDEMNS YOU?
That's NOT ONLY STUPID, it's COUNTERPRODUCTIVE.
C. When you do, you REJECT the Grace of God (Galatians 5:4) and FALL FROM Grace. When you FALL from Grace, you're in DIS-GRACE.
D. You simply CANNOT live under BOTH Grace and Law: It's gotta be ONE or THE OTHER (Romans 11:6).
E. Christ is THE END OF the law TO EVERYONE THAT (TRULY) BELIEVES (Romans 10:4).
F. The 10 Commandments air ALL YOUR DIRTY LAUNDRY and rubs it in your face.
Grace CLEANSES AND ERASES ALL YOUR SINS: past, present and future. God's Grace DOESN'T remember sin or count sin.
The choice is yours Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Church of God, Church of Christ, Judaizers, legalists.
You can be WORKERS of iniquity, who TRUST YOUR OWN efforts, YOUR OWN "righteousness", YOUR OWN commandment keeping, NEVER KNOW Jesus... and end up in hell.
Or you can RECEIVE Jesus into your heart, KNOW HIM, be KNOWN by Him, TRUST HIM TO HAVE SAVED YOU TOTALLY, COMPLETELY AND ETERNALLY and LIVE FOREVER in Him, WHO IS HEAVEN.
You can TAKE YOUR CHANCES with some sinful mortal's doctrine invented 150-300 YEARS AGO.
Or you can BE SURE of Salvation by TRUSTING WHAT GOD SAID 2,000 to 3,500 years ago.
You can have EVERY SIN YOU EVER COMMITTED constantly PARADED BEFORE YOU and be CONDEMNED.
Or you can be TOTALLY and ETERNALLY CLEANSED to the point you may CONFIDENTLY say "WHAT sin"?
I wouldn't trust any of those Johnny-come-latelys if I were you.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013
AMONG THE MULTITUDE
"I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise Him AMONG THE MULTITUDE" (Psalm 109:30).
"After this I beheld, and, lo, A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, of all nations, and tribes, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9-10).
WHO will remain on earth when our Lord appears and raptures His Body?
WHO WILL BE AMONG THE HEAVENLY MULTITUDE on that glorious day when Jesus - OUR PRECIOUS Savior and Bridegroom - sweeps His Church (Bride) LITERALLY off her feet?
WHO STAYS and WHO LEAVES?
Those who STAY are:
1. Those who HATE Jesus.
2. Those who DO NOT BELIEVE IN Christ.
3. Those who DO NOT KNOW Christ, since they're NOT born-again of the Spirit.
4. Those who think that Jesus' perfect Work of Redemption DID NOT GET THE JOB DONE and that they need to SUPPLEMENT IT with their own righteousness which, in His eyes and nostrils, is "AS FILTHY RAGS" (Isaiah 64:6).
5. All satanists.
6. Those who belong to ("christian") cults.
7. ALL those who belong to FALSE RELIGIONS. Like New Age, Scientology, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims.
8. Agnostics and atheists.
UNLESS they TRULY repent in the final moments of this Age, and RECEIVE Jesus as ONLY God and Savior, they will REMAIN FOR THE TRIBULATION.
The majority will perish during those horrific 3½ years, but not before enduring terrible, UNPRECEDENTED judgments.
Those who LEAVE with Jesus are:
1. ALL LIVING BELIEVERS and the "dead in Christ".
The "dead in Christ" includes all the martyrs since the Early Church up to our time, and ALL who have died in the faith.
If someone you love has shed his/her physical body recently, he or she will be resurrected and raptured TOGETHER WITH living Christians (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
2. ALL BABIES AND SMALL CHILDREN (Joel 2:16).
Although in Judaism the "age of accountability" is considered to be 12 years old, the Bible DOES NOT provide a specific age. Please share Christ with your children and grandchildren IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE as soon as they are able to discern right from wrong. Make sure you tell them HOW SPECIAL they are to Jesus and HOW MUCH He loves them.
3. By extension, #2 above would include all babies who have died in the womb, at birth, or have been aborted.
4. Also all mentally disabled individuals, since their comprehension and, therefore, accountability, would be that of a small child.
5. All land animals (beasts) (Zephaniah 1:3).
6. ALL in whom God's MOST HOLY Spirit lives (Romans 8:9).
7. ANYONE who calls on the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and turns to Him with ALL his/her heart, EVEN IN THE FINAL SECONDS of this Age.
Will YOU be among that GREAT MULTITUDE REJOICING AND PRAISING our beautiful Jesus? Or on earth enduring the HORRORS of the tribulation?
You have THREE BASIC choices:
1. You can REJECT Christ and endure EXTREME TRIBULATION.
2. You can TAKE YOUR CHANCES and HOPE that you will be alive, awake and conscious when the Rapture happens, and that you will have the presence of mind and spiritual wherewithal to call out to Jesus and RECEIVE Him at the VERY end. That's a HUGE gamble. ALL THESE ARE BIG "IFS".
3. You can BE 100% SURE of going to heaven by RECEIVING CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART RIGHT NOW.
Bottom line: Jesus LOVES YOU - UNCONDITIONALLY.
NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU'VE DONE, HE WANTS TO SAVE YOU (John 3:16-17).
But He WON'T force His way into your heart.
You MUST WANT TO receive Him and INVITE HIM IN.
If you RECEIVE Him, there's NO WAY He won't RECEIVE YOU and WELCOME YOU into His Kingdom.
I love you and would like to see you in heaven.
This is YOUR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY.
DON'T WASTE IT.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013
The Church is 2,000 years old. What sort of reputation has it gained in its long, tortuous and tortured history?
What sort of image does the world associate with "Christians" or "evangelicals" or even Catholics?
Let's catalog them, shall we?
Some slick money grubbing televangelist with a funny accent, affected mannerisms and a starched comb-over?
Some weepy, pink haired, three-wigged, silicone embalmed Kewpie doll who only cries out of one eye?
A detestable bunch of freaks who hate abortion, gays and lesbians, and rejoice over their "damnation"?
Some robe-wearing, Nehru collared religious figure who ABUSES little boys and girls, including orphans and those physically and mentally disabled?
Some old, corrupt, obsolete religious hierarchy that covers up such crimes, does nothing about them, and then sweeps them under the rug?
Who merely "transfers" the offender to another parish so he can REPEAT his crimes and VICTIMIZE EVEN MORE INNOCENT CHILDREN?
Some opportunistic scrounger who will bow and fawn to secular media and obscure the very Gospel so he can hawk his latest PRODUCT?
Some hyper-charismatic buffoon with a Texan drawl who "speaks in tongues" ON CUE, and asks people to VOW money to "God" (actually, TO HIM) in order to gain His "favor"?
As if Jesus were some cheap street walker who turned "tricks" for a tip?
(I love you Texans, but how did you come up with all these characters? You seem to have more than your share).
Some hypocritical mega-church "pastor" who preaches against worldliness and homosexuality, participates in "pro-family rallies", and is then caught doing drugs and engaging in the very same-sex acts he condemns?
Unfortunately, THAT'S how the world of the 21st century views God's children.
We can complain all we want, we can say that "not all of us fit into those molds", we can blame the "secular media", we can say they treat us and portray us unfairly (and there may be SOME TRUTH to all of the above), but let's face it: MOST OF THE DAMAGE IS SELF-INFLICTED.
Are there A COUPLE of Christian ministers who at least present some modicum of sanity, have reasonably good reputation, and are known for preaching the Gospel and helping the poor?
I can only think of two, maybe three.
I'm certain, by God's Grace, that there are more.
Unfortunately, because they don't constantly beg for money, or preach the FALSE "gospel" of prosperity...
Because they don't engage in the lavish lifestyle their peers are infamous for...
Because they're not involved in some sort of scandal or controversy...
Because they're not on Kristian TV every day or night...
They get buried under an AVALANCHE of GREED, LUST, SENSATIONALISM, CORRUPTION, HYPOCRISY AND COMMERCIALISM...
And NOBODY ever gets to hear about them, their sacrifices, unselfish deeds, OR THE TRUE GOSPEL.
The Early Church was known for its charity, kindness, and brotherly love.
The Early Church preached the true Gospel of Grace, not some UNHOLY, NAUSEATING MIXTURE OF grace plus merit, or freedom plus slavery.
The Early Church endured TREMENDOUS hardship, suffering, persecution, torture and death:
All to get us to where we are today.
Oh yeah, we've come A LONG WAY in 21 centuries...
We've sank SO LOW, in fact, THAT WE'VE ALREADY HIT ROCK BOTTOM.
There are ONLY TWO good things about hitting rock bottom:
1. When you do, you LAND ON THE ROCK (1 Peter 2:4).
2. Since YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY sink ANY LOWER, THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GO FROM THERE IS UP.
Lord, have mercy on us AND THE LOUSY, MERCENARY WAY in which we've MISREPRESENTED YOU.
Holy Spirit, give us the Grace and reproof to repent and mend our ways.
Jesus, DO NOT TARRY ANY LONGER, please.
What we've done with the legacy you left us is INEXCUSABLE.
Will you find FAITH on the earth?
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013
Who is Jesus to you?
Is He a great moral teacher, philosopher or religious leader?
Is He "that guy" the priest or pastor talks about during church service?
Is He merely the One who died on a cross 2,000 years ago?
Is He your denomination's INVENTED "Jesus"?
Is He your grandma's or your mom's Jesus?
... your friend's Jesus? Fred's or Cathy's Jesus?
Or, is He your PERSONAL Savior and Lord?
Someone else's Jesus won't do you ANY good.
Let me say it again: Jesus won't do you ANY good, as long as He remains "someone else's" Jesus.
He wants to be YOUR Jesus.
He ALREADY loves you... unconditionally.
When He BECOMES YOUR PERSONAL JESUS, He talks DIRECTLY to you, listens to you, hangs out with you, STAYS in you, He saves you. He washes away ALL your sins.
He transforms you into His own Image.
He's FOREVER yours. You're FOREVER His.
You can't get to heaven on SOMEONE ELSE'S Jesus.
Make Him YOUR PERSONAL Jesus.
Make Jesus YOUR VERY OWN.
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
INTERVIEW WITH JOHN
John is the disciple whom "Jesus loved" (John 21:20). What would the Apostle John say if he were among us today? What was John's message to the world and the Church?
We are taking John's words VERBATIM as found in the Gospel of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and the Book of Revelation. All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James 2000 Version of the Bible.
John, welcome and thank you for being with us:
Q: You were THE ONLY disciple that stood by Jesus during His trial and Crucifixion. While the others fled, you stood by the cross and watched Him die. What can you tell us about that momentous event?
John: It is FINISHED (John 19:30).
Q: Can you sum up Jesus' Message for us in a few words?
John: "God SO LOVED THE WORLD that He gave HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON that WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM shall not perish but HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.
For God DID NOT send His Son into the world TO CONDEMN the world, but that the world THROUGH Him MIGHT BE SAVED" (John 3:16-17).
Q: You were closer to Jesus than ANYONE on earth. What can you tell us about Jesus and His character?
John: "God is LOVE and he that lives IN LOVE lives IN God and God LIVES IN Him" (1 John 4:16).
Q: What is the result of LIVING in God or LIVING in Divine Agape Love?
John: "There is NO FEAR IN LOVE; but PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR: because FEAR HAS TO DO WITH PUNISHMENT. HE THAT FEARS IS NOT MADE PERFECT IN LOVE" (1 John 4:18).
Q: Is Jesus God?
John: "In the beginning was THE WORD, and THE WORD was WITH God, and THE WORD WAS GOD" (John 1:1).
Q: Are you totally convinced that Jesus is THE GOD, THE CREATOR of heaven, earth and EVERYTHING that exists?
John: "ALL THINGS were MADE BY Him and without Him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3).
"...Jesus Christ: He is THE TRUE God, and ETERNAL LIFE" (1 John 5:20).
Q: What did Jesus say about Himself?
"I AM the resurrection, and THE LIFE: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in me SHALL NEVER DIE" (John 11:25-26).
"This is the will of Him that sent me, that EVERYONE who sees the Son, AND BELIEVES ON HIM, will HAVE ETERNAL LIFE: and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:40).
"He said to me... I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give TO HIM THAT IS THIRSTY of the fountain of THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY".
He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and HE SHALL BE MY SON" (Revelation 21:6-7).
Q: With regards to Salvation, is it ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to RECEIVE Jesus Christ into one's heart and experience Christ personally AND INTIMATELY in what Christians commonly refer to as the "BORN AGAIN" experience?
"Jesus answered and said... Verily, verily, I say unto you, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE the Kingdom of God.
EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN OF WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ENTER into the Kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and THAT WHICH IS BORN OF the Spirit IS SPIRIT.
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN" (John 3:3-7).
Q: Besides Jesus, is there ANY OTHER WAY to be saved? What did Jesus Himself say about salvation?
"I am THE WAY, THE Truth and THE Life. NO MAN COMES UNTO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME" (John 16:4).
Q: Do born again Christians sin AFTER being saved?
"If we SAY that we have no sin, WE DECEIVE OURSELVES, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN US" (1 John 1:8).
"If we SAY that we have not sinned, WE MAKE HIM A LIAR, AND HIS WORD (Jesus) IS NOT IN US" (1 John 1:10).
Q: Does that mean that Christians SIN CONSTANTLY and DELIBERATELY, and that they SEEK SINNING, since they're saved anyway?
"Whoever is born of God DOES NOT COMMIT SIN (all the time); for HIS (God's) NATURE REMAINS IN HIM: and HE CANNOT SIN (all the time), because he is born of God" (1 John 3:9).
Q: Since Christians sin even AFTER receiving Christ and being saved, what should they do?
"If we confess our sins, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, and TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS" (1 John 1:9).
"If we walk in the light, as he is in the light... the Blood of Jesus Christ his Son CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN" (1 John 1:7).
"If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ THE RIGHTEOUS:
And He is the propitiation (reconciliation) for our sins: AND NOT FOR OURS ONLY, BUT ALSO FOR THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD" (1 John 2:1-2).
Q: Can a person LOSE SALVATION?
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them ETERNAL life; and they shall never perish, NEITHER SHALL ANYONE PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND.
My Father, who gave them to me, IS GREATER THAN ALL: and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand" (John 10:27-29).
Q: You wrote about THE Antichrist, but you extended the meaning of "antichrist" beyond just one individual. What makes someone antichrist?
"As you have heard that THE Antichrist shall come, EVEN NOW THERE ARE MANY ANTICHRISTS" (1 John 2:18).
"For MANY DECEIVERS are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh: This is A DECEIVER AND AN ANTICHRIST" (2 John 1:7).
"Who IS A LIAR but he that DENIES THAT Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son" (1 John 2:22).
Q: What is your advice with regards to ANYONE who presents ANOTHER GOSPEL, DIFFERENT FROM the one Jesus, His other disciples, and you preached?
"Whoever goes beyond, and ABIDES NOT IN THE DOCTRINE OF Christ, HAS NOT God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.
IF THERE COME ANY UNTO YOU, AND BRING NOT THIS DOCTRINE, RECEIVE HIM NOT INTO YOUR HOUSE, neither bid him God speed: For he that bids him God speed IS PARTAKER OF HIS EVIL DEEDS" (2 John 1:9-11).
Q: If you could speak to the Church at large today, what would you tell them?
"Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, EVEN AS YOUR SOUL PROSPERS" (3 John 1:2).
"I have NO GREATER JOY than to hear THAT MY CHILDREN WALK IN THE TRUTH" (3 John 1:4).
Q: What can born-again believers in Jesus Christ expect and look forward to?
"Beloved, NOW WE ARE THE CHILDREN of God, and IT DOES NOT YET APPEAR WHAT WE SHALL BE: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS" (1 John 3:2).
Q: In closing, John, here we are 21 centuries after Jesus walked the earth: WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE to the world today?
"That WHICH WAS FROM THE BEGINNING, which we HAVE HEARD, which we HAVE SEEN with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands HAVE TOUCHED, of the Word of life;
For THE LIFE WAS MANIFESTED, and WE HAVE SEEN IT, and bear witness, and show unto you THAT ETERNAL LIFE that was with the Father, and was manifested to us:
That WHICH WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD DECLARE WE UNTO YOU, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ" (1 John 1:1-3).
"He that HAS THE SON HAS LIFE, and he that HAS NOT the Son of God HAS NOT LIFE" (1 John 5:12).
"I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write to you:
But I TRUST I SHALL SHORTLY SEE YOU, and WE SHALL SPEAK FACE TO FACE" (3 John 1:13-14).
MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013
I was recently horrified when I heard from a homosexual transvestite who has been following our ministry for some time and asked for advice.
Before consulting me, however, he had gone to his local "pastor". I put the word "pastor" in quotation marks because THAT GUY IS NO MORE PASTOR than I'm a nuclear physicist.
We will call the transvestite Stacey (not his real name).
He has received Jesus into his heart. He is saved.
He CANNOT help feeling like he's a girl and like he wants to be a girl, and has felt that way as long as he can remember.
He does his level best to remain chaste but, once in a while, he gives in to temptation and afterward feels terrible despair and guilt.
I'm sharing this message because there are MANY "Staceys" out there, that I often hear from.
It also ILLUSTRATES PERFECTLY the hypocrisy, CONFUSION and double-standard being applied by SUPPOSED "ministers of the Good News" or Gospel.
Stacey approached the "pastor" and his advice was to undergo chemical castration and, if that DIDN'T WORK, to undergo LITERAL, PHYSICAL CASTRATION.
(I can almost see some guys grimacing right now)...
The "pastor" EVEN QUOTED SCRIPTURE to justify his stupid advice:
That Jesus had said it was better to enter the Kingdom of God WITH ONLY ONE EYE than TO HAVE YOUR WHOLE BODY thrown into hell (Mark 9:47).
He also quoted religion's favorite anti-gay verse, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11:
"Know you not that THE UNRIGHTEOUS SHALL NOT INHERIT the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: NEITHER FORNICATORS, NOR IDOLATERS, NOR ADULTERERS, NOR EFFEMINATE, NOR ABUSERS OF THEMSELVES WITH MANKIND,
NOR THIEVES, NOR COVETOUS, NOR DRUNKARDS, NOR SLANDERERS, NOR EXTORTIONERS, SHALL INHERIT the kingdom of God.
And SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU: but YOU ARE WASHED, but YOU ARE SANCTIFIED, but YOU ARE JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God".
Well, WHAT ABOUT Mark 9:47? Wasn't the "pastor" quoting Scripture accurately?
Jesus made that STATEMENT BEFORE going to the cross, BEFORE paying for ALL of mankind's sins, BEFORE rising from the dead, and BEFORE ascending to heaven.
He made that statement BEFORE the New Testament HAD gone into effect.
BEFORE He did all of the above, Jews were still UNDER the OLD Testament and UNDER THE LAW.
Isn't THAT what THE LAW required: An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth?
If THAT doesn't make you appreciate Jesus and THE MAGNIFICENT GRACE God provided through Him, you're hopeless.
Jesus, HOWEVER, made no such statement AFTER fulfilling the ENTIRE law - down to every last jot and tittle - and rising from the dead (Matthew 5:17-18).
NO SUCH statement is made by Jesus or His apostles AFTER the New Testament, based on the sheer Grace of our Lord and Savior, replaced the Old Testament (Hebrews 10:14, 16-18).
The "evangelical pastor" in question, is STILL STUCK IN the Old Testament.
And to be fair, he is NOT the only one:
There are THOUSANDS OF HIRELINGS in the "ministry" who will tell you out of one side of their mouths that "salvation is BY GRACE ALONE THROUGH FAITH ALONE" and out of the other side CONTRADICT THEMSELVES, AND TOTALLY NEGATE GOD'S GRACE by providing such unfortunate and draconian "counsel".
They speak AS THOUGH Jesus' perfect, complete WORK OF REDEMPTION HAD HAD NO EFFECT AT ALL.
As though Jesus had made NO DIFFERENCE.
As a result of the "pastor's" advice, Stacey felt even more dejected and was even DOUBTING HIS SALVATION.
I told Stacey that Jesus LOVES HIM UNCONDITIONALLY (John 6:37).
That upon receiving Christ into his heart, Jesus CREDITED HIM with being AS RIGHTEOUS AND PERFECT as Jesus is Himself (2 Corinthians 5:21) - REGARDLESS of how he ACTS ON THE OUTSIDE.
That Jesus, by virtue of His perfect Work of Redemption, HAS RECONCILED US TO GOD FOREVER, and IS NOT COUNTING our sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:19).
That the Salvation Jesus provided for us IS ETERNAL, and CANNOT BE LOST (Hebrews 9:12).
That there is NOW - under the New Testament, glory to Jesus! - NO CONDEMNATION to those who are IN Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
Well, what about 1 Corinthians 6? Doesn't it say clearly that homosexuals won't inherit the Kingdom?
It BEGINS by saying that THE UNRIGHTEOUS SHALL NOT INHERIT the kingdom of God.
If Jesus HAS GIVEN US HIS OWN Righteousness, as PROVEN ABOVE, are BELIEVERS in Him STILL "unrighteous"?
PERISH THE THOUGHT.
It also says that FORNICATORS will not inherit God's Kingdom.
It also lists ADULTERERS, IDOLATERS, THIEVES, DRUNKARDS, and SLANDERERS.
My question to Stacey was: if your "pastor" is right, WHY DOES HE ONLY GIVE SUCH "COUNSEL" TO HOMOSEXUALS?
Aren't fornicators and adulterers ALSO mentioned in that passage? Are they NOT ALSO LISTED among those who "will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God"?
HOW COME He doesn't tell THEM to get castrated to avoid committing fornication and adultery?
HOW COME he doesn't tell slanderers to CUT OFF THEIR TONGUES? Aren't they ALSO on the list?
WHY STOP THERE? THIEVES are also ON THE LIST: Why not tell thieves TO HAVE THEIR HANDS SURGICALLY REMOVED TO AVOID STEALING?
The "pastor" CONVENIENTLY forgot to read VERSE 11:
"And SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU (before): but (NOW, AFTER RECEIVING CHRIST) YOU ARE WASHED, but YOU ARE SANCTIFIED, but YOU ARE JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God".
They WERE those things BEFORE they received Jesus into their hearts.
AFTER receiving Christ they ARE NO LONGER those things, EVEN IF they sometimes ACT on the outside as though they still were.
They are now CHILDREN OF the Most High God. Saved by His Grace, by His GOODNESS which NONE OF US DESERVES.
God is NOT EVEN COUNTING their sins against them!
Does that mean they go out and FORNICATE ON PURPOSE, because they're eternally saved?
Does that mean that Stacey should go have sex ON PURPOSE WITH AS MANY MEN as possible?
Born-again children of God WANT TO OBEY God because we LOVE our heavenly Father.
Hence, born-again children of God DO NOT SEEK SINNING ON PURPOSE.
We sin because we are human, the flesh is weak, and sometimes have TEMPORARY LAPSES, or MOMENTS OF weakness.
The VERY FACT that Stacey felt SO BADLY after giving in to those sexual urges PROVES that he is saved.
If he wasn't, HE WOULDN'T CARE and WOULD express his carnal passions freely and uninhibitedly.
Bottom line: This "pastor" HAD MORE FAITH in homosexuality's ability to DAMN US, than in Jesus' Blood TO SAVE US.
Apparently, ALL THE OTHER SINS ON THE LIST were O.K. with him.
In his VERY DIM view, homosexuality is the "unpardonable" sin.
He should read Matthew 12:31-32, where Jesus Himself says THAT EVERY SIN WILL BE FORGIVEN except REJECTION of Him.
SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013
NOTHING TO PROVE
In Matthew 4:4, after Jesus had fasted 40 days and nights in the desert, Satan tempted Jesus and presented Him with this CHALLENGE:
"IF YOU ARE the Son of God, cause these stones to become bread" (Matthew 4:3).
In other words: "Jesus, ARE YOU REALLY THE SON OF GOD? IF you REALLY ARE, PROVE IT"!
Satan had plenty of reason to be cocky.
After all, he had tried THE SAME TACTIC 4,000 years earlier in the Garden of Eden with great success.
He had managed to plant doubt in feminine Adam's head and DECEIVED her into believing SHE WASN'T GOD and that the Almighty was WITHHOLDING GODHOOD FROM HER (Genesis 3:5).
It had worked wonders for him back in Eden, to the point that he gained legal authority over the earth, and regained access to heaven, from which he'd been evicted (Luke 4:6; Ephesians 6:12).
Surely, Jesus would fall for it, too.
After all, if dumb Eve had been so easy to fool in a lush, plentiful and well-watered GARDEN, with her husband standing by her side, Jesus would be an EVEN EASIER target after being deprived of physical food and drink FOR OVER A MONTH in the hot, barren, SOLITARY desert.
Unlike stupid Eve, Jesus was FULLY CONVINCED OF His own Deity.
He KNOWS He is God.
He KNEW He'd been ONE with the Father from eternity to eternity (John 17:5).
Unlike foolish Eve, Jesus KNEW the Scriptures and QUOTED THEM VERBATIM, since He IS the Word of God INCARNATE.
Jesus was EVEN MORE CONFIDENT than the devil:
"IT IS WRITTEN, man shall not live by bread alone"...
Glory to Him for ALL THE EONS OF ETERNITY, world without end!
Satan tried TWO MORE TIMES to put doubt in our Savior's mind.
But unlike rebellious Eve, Jesus THOUGHT IT NOT ROBBERY to be EQUAL WITH GOD (Philippians 2:6).
He didn't have to "steal" Godhood. He didn't have to STRIVE for it. He didn't have to GET IT ON HIS OWN. It was His ALL ALONG.
He was and IS God and HE NEVER DOUBTED IT FOR ONE NANOSECOND (John 1:1).
He KNOWS the Father. He KNOWS His Nature is Divine Love (agape) and He KNOWS THAT HE IS GOD NOW AND FOREVER MORE (Luke 1:33).
He DIDN'T HAVE TO "prove" anything to Satan.
He DOESN'T HAVE TO "prove" ANYTHING to me, you, or anyone else.
What Satan THINKS, or what YOU or I may THINK of Him, DOESN'T CHANGE WHO HE IS ONE IOTA.
What ELSE would come out of the Living Word of God's lips than THE WORD HIMSELF:
"It is written, it is written, it is written"...
That's ALL Satan ever got from Him.
Except after the THIRD temptation:
By then, Jesus had had enough.
The GOD that He IS arose and said:
"GO AWAY, Satan"! (Matthew 4:10).
And Satan HAD TO LEAVE with his sorry tail between his hairy legs (Matthew 4:11).
We are living in both PERILOUS times and at the VERY end of this Age.
If you're A SON (or daughter) of the Most High, you BETTER KNOW who you REALLY ARE IN CHRIST.
You better STAND, as Jesus did, ON THAT SOLID, UNWAVERING CONVICTION (Ephesians 6:13).
As Paul told us in Hebrews 12:26-28 everything's about to be SHAKEN, so that things which can be shaken are removed, leaving ONLY that which CANNOT BE SHAKEN.
God's Word CANNOT BE SHAKEN. He-it is FOREVER SETTLED (Psalm 119:89).
People who CANNOT be shaken are just like Jesus: deeply rooted in the Word, fully persuaded, ROCK-SOLID AND UNMOVABLE.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013
God provided Salvation for man's sin, through the Sacrifice of His Son, BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD (Revelation 13:8).
He provided Redemption BEFORE the universe existed, BEFORE the earth existed, BEFORE humans existed, BEFORE sin was even committed, and BEFORE you were even BORN.
That's HOW SECURE His Plan of Salvation is.
God IS God.
God IS ALL-MIGHTY.
He planned THE END since THE BEGINNING (Isaiah 46:10; Revelation 21:6).
And His Plan is PERFECT, COMPLETE and lacks NOTHING.
And yet there are MILLIONS around the world who PROFESS to believe in God, WHO SAY they are "Christian", and yet DO NOT TRUST GOD to provide them ETERNAL Salvation.
They DO NOT TRUST that the Sacrifice of God's Son IS SUFFICIENT TO SAVE THEM.
They deem God's ETERNAL Plan of Redemption FLAWED and INSUFFICIENT.
If they DIDN'T they wouldn't TRY TO SAVE THEMSELVES.
Again: If they REALLY TRUSTED God, if they REALLY BELIEVED He planned and predestined their Salvation since BEFORE He created the world, THEY WOULD NOT TRY DESPERATELY TO SAVE THEMSELVES.
Some of the ways that people TRY TO SAVE THEMSELVES INCLUDE:
1. Belonging to some religion or denomination.
2. Following a particular religious "leader".
3. Their own good works.
4. Trying to keep the Law.
5. Trying to observe the 10 Commandments.
7. Not eating or drinking certain things.
8. Being what THEY CONSIDER "a good person".
9. Donating to some charity or "ministry".
10. Some combination of the above.
Those who TRY TO PROCURE THEIR OWN SALVATION through these - or ANY OTHER METHODS - DO NOT TRUST GOD.
If they TRUSTED Him, if they HAD FAITH IN Him, they WOULD TRUST THAT HE PROVIDED COMPLETE SALVATION - from beginning to end - FREE, and by SHEER GRACE.
They would REST in that most blessed ASSURANCE.
Since Salvation is based ENTIRELY on TRUST (faith) and NOT ON WORKS, these individuals ARE NOT SAVED (Ephesians 2:8-9).
They ARE AS LOST as ANY PAGAN.
They are JUST AS LOST AS any Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, New Ager, or non-Messianic Jew.
They are JUST AS LOST AS any atheist or agnostic.
I don't care HOW MUCH THEY CLAIM TO "believe in God".
To believe is TO TRUST. Faith is TRUSTING.
If you WANT SALVATION, you MUST TRUST JESUS, AND JESUS ALONE (Jeremiah 17:5).
YOU MUST TRUST WHAT HE DID TO SAVE YOU, NOT what YOU DO to "save yourself".
There's ONE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN WAY of being lost, and ENDING UP IN HELL, and that's trying to "SAVE" YOURSELF.
That way is TRYING to "complete" Jesus' Sacrifice with your "OWN righteousness", AS IF His Blood, Death, Resurrection and Ascension HAD NOT GOTTEN THE JOB DONE (Isaiah 64:6).
So, if you WANT TO END UP IN THE TORMENT OF HELL FOR SURE, I got 4 little WORDS FOR YOU:
"GO AHEAD: SAVE YOURSELF".
FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013
NATIONS ON PROBATION
The Millennium will bring about a unique, unprecedented era in human history.
The curse that came on the earth as a result of mankind's sin will be removed, the earth restored to paradisiacal condition with no war, no famine, no natural disasters, no sickness, or suffering.
There will be perfect climate, no pollution, no lack, no poverty, no oppression or tyranny of any sort.
Even the animal kingdom will be restored.
It will be a MUCH SIMPLER, stress-fee and relaxed lifestyle without, cars, airplanes, ships, electricity, computers, laptops, cell phones, Ipods, IPads, dishwashers, stoves or microwave ovens.
The earth's land mass will be amalgamated as it was in pre-flood times.
Travel for naturals will be on foot, horse, donkey, camel, or chariot.
Most important of all, Jesus will be back, only this time not as the meek and lowly Lamb of God, to take away the sin of the world, but AS THE LION of the tribe of Judah to rule and reign over His Creation.
He will rule from Jerusalem, over Israel and the entire world.
It's DURING THE MILLENNIUM, at the conclusion of the tribulation, after "the fullness" of gentiles (nations) has come into God's Kingdom that "ALL (natural) ISRAEL will be saved".
The Church will be in glorified bodies, reigning with Jesus.
However, tribulation surviving gentiles and their offspring will still be in their natural bodies, and will be placed on probation for a thousand years.
Yes, they will come to Jerusalem and pay homage to the King of kings.
They will live in a perfect environment, so they will have NO EXCUSE for rebellion.
They will be required to prove their obedience, allegiance and love for Jesus.
Their final test will come at the END OF the 1,000 years when Satan will be loosed from the pit, FOR A BRIEF AND FINAL TIME, and will seek to foster rebellion against Jesus the Almighty.
Even after getting his butt and his head badly bruised by Jesus, even after failing to prevent His Second Coming, even after his failed Antichrist and False Prophet are hurled into the lake of fire, and even after he himself has served 1,000 years of "time" in the pit, in solitary confinement, THE WICKED ONE still has fight in him.
He immediately sets out to do what he does best: DECEIVE.
Nations (gentiles) at that point will have experienced the SHARP CONTRAST between the rule of Satan (during the 3½ year tribulation) and the rule of Christ during this peaceful and wondrous era.
Thankfully, most nations (gentiles) will remain faithful to Jesus.
However, SOME nations mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 38:2-6 will STILL CHOOSE TO REBEL against Jesus and side with Satan.
Even after Jesus has PROVEN His Deity beyond the slightest doubt, even after He has proven His Love, His faithfulness, His kindness, His forgiveness, His Wisdom, and all His other wonderful attributes, these nations will still WANT TO TOPPLE His Kingdom.
The rebellious nations are: Russia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Germany and at least portions of Eastern Europe, and Turkey.
Verse 6 contains the cryptic phrase "and many people with you".
Is God referring to many people FROM those nations, or that many people from other regions who still hate Jesus will JOIN those nations in their rebellion?
The meaning is NOT clear. The Hebrew phrase amin rabbim could be interpreted either way.
It's hard to believe that ANYONE could hate and reject PERFECTION, but such was the case when Jesus walked the earth in His First Coming, and so will be the case with some gentiles after His Second Coming.
The gentiles (nations) who rebel, during that final battle of ALL THE AGES, called the war of Gog and Magog, will be EXTERMINATED.
Their UNJUST rebellion will seal their own demise and eternal fate.
Do you KNOW where you will be during the Utopian era called the Millennium?
In hell? On earth? Pro-Christ? Anti-Christ? Or REIGNING WITH Christ?
Why take the chance?
Why settle for PROBATION, AT BEST, when you can have TOTAL VINDICATION and TOTAL JUSTIFICATION, RIGHT NOW?
Give your whole heart to THE KING, and His whole Kingdom is yours.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
SIN CAN'T KEEP YOU FROM HEAVEN
Huh? WHAT ON EARTH are you talking about?
Isn't SIN what brought this world to its present misery?
Isn't SIN what separated man from a Holy God?
Isn't SIN what SENDS PEOPLE TO HELL?
Sin USED TO send people to hell BEFORE Christ came (Luke 16:23; Zechariah 9:11).
NO SIN CAN KEEP YOU FROM HEAVEN NOW, AFTER Jesus died on the cross, PHYSICALLY ROSE FROM THE DEAD, and EMERGED VICTORIOUS FROM HELL ITSELF (Acts 2:14).
Repeat: NO SIN can keep YOU from heaven.
Because Jesus FULLY PAID FOR EVERY SIN EVER COMMITTED (past, present and "future") (Hebrews 9:12,26).
The wages of sin IS death and hell, but Jesus PAID FOR EVERY SIN so that death and hell CANNOT HOLD YOU ANY MORE THAN THEY COULD HOLD HIM.
Glory to His Name!
In fact, HE HAS the keys of BOTH DEATH AND HELL ITSELF (Revelation 1:18).
Original sin was UNBELIEF (Genesis 3:4-6).
UNBELIEF is THE ONLY SIN that kept the children of Israel from ENTERING the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 1: 32-35; Hebrews 3:19).
And it's THE ONLY SIN that will keep you from HEAVEN (Matthew 12:31-32).
Heaven CAME TO US in the Person of Jesus.
Jesus IS heaven.
NO SIN CAN KEEP YOU FROM heaven UNLESS YOU CHOOSE NOT TO receive Jesus (HEAVEN Himself) INTO YOUR HEART.
When we reject Jesus, WE REJECT HEAVEN.
And He WON'T FORCE US to live there.
If you receive Jesus, if you WANT Him to LIVE IN YOUR HEART, there's NO SIN, NO HELL, NO SATAN, NO DEATH AND NO NOTHING that can keep you out of His Kingdom.
What ABSOLUTE, PERFECT Redemption has our Lord ETERNALLY PROCURED AND PROVIDED FOR US!
"THE GIFT of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
You DON'T NEED TO "EARN" heaven. It's FREE.
It's God's GIFT to those who WANT HIM.
Please stop listening to THE LIES of organized religion and LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD:
I don't care WHO YOU ARE, WHAT you've done, or WHAT you're doing:
NO ONE IN HEAVEN, EARTH, OR HELL ITSELF, CAN KEEP YOU FROM HEAVEN.
HEAVEN IS YOURS FOR THE TAKING.
And His Name IS JESUS.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
SIGNS AND WONDERS
"And THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE: IN MY NAME they shall cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; THEY SHALL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK AND THEY WILL RECOVER" (Mark 16:17-18).
In Matthew 12:39 Jesus said that "IT'S AN EVIL AND ADULTEROUS [UNFAITHFUL] GENERATION" THAT SEEKS AFTER SIGNS.
If He made that comment about the generation of His day. Makes you wonder what He would say about our generation.
We have Christians tripping over each other to attend some "famous" televangelist "crusade" just to see the "miraculous".
One thing televangelists have going for them, specially "healing' televangelists, is they are good showmen. They KNOW how to PERFORM on stage. They know the kind of ENTERTAINMENT their audience wants, and sure enough, they provide it.
That's ALL it is: entertainment. It's A SHOW.
The person that supposedly "got out of a wheelchair", didn't need one before the televangelist brought them on stage. Of course, you don't know that, because you never saw that person before, and will never see him or her again.
The person that supposedly "got healed" of a terminal illness, may die a month later.
Since the televangelist declared him or her "healed" on stage, that's what you saw and heard on film, and you'll be left with the false impression that they were, in fact healed. If they die, you'll never know because the preacher's TV crew isn't going to film THAT. There will never be any follow-up. And the televangelist, sure as hell, isn't going to tell you, because he'd be admitting that he lied when he said they had been "healed".
The part I find heartbreaking is that some gullible Christians, who are really in need of healing, watch these carnival acts on TV, and go running after the preacher thinking he has some miraculous power to make them well.
"He" has no more power to make you well than McDonald's has to make you skinny.
"Oh, you just don't believe in miracles"! Wrong.
I believe in miracles, I believe in divine healing. Jesus is the same today as He was in the first century, when He and His apostles walked the earth.
God has the power to heal. Men don't.
God has healed thru men, as He did with Elijah, Elisha, Peter, John and Paul, but those men are very, very rare.
These men healed people as they went about preaching God's Word.
None of them rented an auditorium and put on a show.
Do you ever read of Peter having someone run back and forth on stage to "prove" just how "healed" they were? Ever read about Paul -- or even Jesus -- waving his hand at people so they would fall like dominoes "under the power"?
One more thing, the few men who REALLY had the power of God to heal, NEVER DID IT FOR MONEY.
Imagine what an "offering" Peter could have collected, after he walked thru the streets and ALL THE SICK PEOPLE [every single one of them] WERE HEALED by his mere shadow. Do you see Peter taking an offering? Do you hear him boasting about how "anointed" he was? Did he put any of the healed on a mailing list, so he could regularly solicit money from them?
Did he buy himself a luxury chariot, so he didn't have to walk from one town to the next? Did he build himself a mansion in the most exclusive part of Jerusalem? No. He did it freely.
Jesus instructions to His apostles were "Freely you have received, FREELY give".
None of the apostles lived like millionaires. They didn't live lives of luxury and excess. They didn't travel first class. They endured hardship and deprivation.
My advice to anyone who needs healing is this: Stop wasting your money. Stop running after these clowns.
SEEK JESUS WITH ALL YOUR HEART. HE IS THE HEALER.
If you're a believer, YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW "signs and wonders", REAL signs and wonders are supposed to FOLLOW YOU.
TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013
HOW TO ROB GOD
What? You call yourself Christian and you're going to teach THAT?
You better believe it.
In a minute, we're going to learn how to rob the Almighty... and it's NOT what you think.
"Oh, I know Malachi 3:8 says we rob God when we don't PAY tithes and offerings".
Malachi 3:8 SAYS NO SUCH THING.
For one thing, THE TITHE mentioned in Malachi chapter three, and ANY OTHER TITHE mentioned in the Bible, had ZERO to do with money.
Tithes were NEVER "PAID". Tithes (animal, grains, and herbs) WERE BROUGHT TO THE TEMPLE.
Likewise, the "offerings" mentioned in that verse HAD NOTHING, ZERO, to do with money. They referred to the TEMPLE OFFERINGS (heave offerings, oblations and libations) offered TWICE A DAY, and on a DAILY BASIS.
The ONLY ONES accused of "robbing God" in Malachi chapter three are NATURAL Jews.
And their robbery had NOTHING TO DO WITH MONEY, and EVERYTHING to do with NOT BRINGING 10% of their CROPS AND CATTLE to the TEMPLE in Jerusalem, like THEY (not Christians) were commanded to do.
This is PROVEN in THE VERY NEXT VERSE, Malachi 3:9:
"You are cursed with a curse-THE ENTIRE NATION-because you are robbing me"!
To whom was Malachi speaking? Unequivocally, to the NATION of Israel which at that time consisted mostly of Jews, Benjamites and some Levites.
He COULDN'T HAVE been speaking to you, since "YOU" ARE NOT A NATION, and "YOU" DID NOT EVEN EXIST.
He COULDN'T HAVE been speaking to the Church, since the Church DID NOT EXIST, EITHER.
And surely he couldn't have meant THAT EVERY GENTILE NATION is obligated to tithe 10% of their GDP, since Gentiles DID NOT, and DO NOT, KNOW THE SCRIPTURES.
While we're on that topic, THE "BLESSING" that God promises to open the "windows of heaven" and POUR OUT in verse 10, is A BLESSING ON NATIONAL ISRAEL.
This is PROVEN by the next TWO verses which state:
"I will prevent pests from devouring (eating) your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe, says the LORD Almighty. Then ALL THE NATIONS (goyim or GENTILES, same word in Hebrew) WILL CALL YOU (Israel) blessed, FOR YOURS WILL BE A DELIGHTFUL LAND," says the LORD Almighty (Malachi 3:11-12).
God's NOT interested in your money.
Again: God IS NOT INTERESTED IN your money.
But let's assume, for a moment, that He WERE interested.
There ISN'T ONE verse in the entire Bible that says that a minister of the Gospel - even AN HONEST ONE, which is rare these days - is ENTITLED TO RECEIVE MONEY IN GOD'S STEAD. NOT ONE.
God has NOT given His Power of Attorney TO PREACHERS to receive money ON HIS BEHALF.
And NO PREACHER ON EARTH is the Almighty.
Consequently, NO PREACHER ON EARTH has ANY RIGHT to tell his/her audience that DONATING MONEY TO HIM OR HER, or to their "ministry" equals "GIVING TO GOD".
Those who make such statements are FLAT OUT LYING.
You CANNOT ROB God by withholding money because THERE'S NO MONEY CIRCULATING IN HEAVEN:
Heaven has NO CURRENCY, banks or ATM's. It has no debit or credit cards. No gift cards, no personal checks, no Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express.
Withholding money in certain cases may make you a cheapskate, but THAT'S NOT robbing God.
So, HOW do we ROB God?
By withholding WHAT BELONGS TO HIM.
Again: By withholding WHAT BELONGS TO HIM.
AND WHAT, in heaven's name, BELONGS TO GOD?
The UNIVERSE BELONGS TO Him (Genesis 1:1-6; Job 26:7; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:2-3; 11:3).
The earth, and everything on it, BELONGS TO Him (Psalms 24:1).
The ANIMAL KINGDOM belongs to Him (Psalms 50:10).
And, most important of all, YOU BELONG TO Him.
Whether you're Christian or non-Christian... Whether you're believer, atheist or agnostic, YOU BELONG to Jesus.
Jesus PAID FOR YOU whether you believe in Him or not, whether you LOVE HIM or not (Psalm 111:9; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 6:20).
And He DID NOT PAY FOR YOU WITH CORRUPTIBLE THINGS like gold, silver or money, BUT WITH HIS PRECIOUS, SINLESS, INCORRUPTIBLE BLOOD (1 Peter 1:18-19).
That's right... God POURED OUT HIS OWN BLOOD FOR YOU on that cross.
He PAID FOR ALL OF YOU... lock, stock and barrel.
And YET He allows you the FREEDOM to GIVE HIM YOUR HEART, or WITHHOLD IT.
THE ONLY WAY in this world to ROB GOD is to WITHHOLD YOUR HEART FROM HIM.
He could FORCE YOU since He paid for you IN FULL.
But He left THE CHOICE ENTIRELY UP TO YOU.
You can ROB GOD of what is RIGHTFULLY HIS, or you can GIVE HIM WHAT RIGHTFULLY BELONGS TO HIM:
YOUR HEART, YOUR LIFE, your thoughts, your words, your actions, your time, your possessions, your ATTENTION, your EVERYTHING.
Jesus answered ... "WHOSE IMAGE and TITLE are stamped on it?"
"Caesar's," they replied.
"Well, then," He said, "give to Caesar what BELONGS TO Caesar, and give to God WHAT BELONGS TO God".
MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
If there's one thing I've learned in over two decades of ministry is YOU CAN'T PLEASE EVERYBODY.
Try to do so, and I guarantee, you won't have ANY ministry.
If Jesus has called you to serve Him in some capacity, if you KNOW Jesus as your Lord, then follow His ORDERS, His directive, WHETHER ANYONE ELSE LIKES IT OR NOT.
And if Jesus DIDN'T call you, GET OUT.
You have NO BUSINESS PRETENDING to be in "ministry" if the Lord DIDN'T call you.
Those whom He DIDN'T CALL are mere PRETENDERS.
That's a nice way of saying THEY'RE FAKES.
They're not in it TO SERVE JESUS or their neighbor (fellow humans) but TO SERVE THEMSELVES.
They're not in it TO BRING PEOPLE TO JESUS, BUT TO ENLIST THEM IN THEIR UNBIBLICAL DENOMINATION.
Pause, take a long, deep breath and meditate on THAT.
They're in it either to SQUEEZE MONEY OUT OF YOU, or to push some FALSE, PET DOCTRINE, or both.
Well, how do I know if Jesus REALLY called me?
If you HAVE TO ASK, HE DIDN'T.
Again: If you HAVE TO ASK, if you're NOT SURE, Jesus DIDN'T call you.
When He calls someone to serve Him, He lets them KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW of a doubt.
And, as Romans 11:29 says, "the GIFTS and CALLING of God are WITHOUT REPENTANCE", WHICH MEANS that once He calls you NO ONE - NOT EVEN GOD HIMSELF - can or will take that calling, or the gifts that accompany it, away. Glory to His Name!
When Jesus calls you, you will hear from MANY PEOPLE trying to convince you of different things, trying to enlist you in their group, trying to impose their unscriptural doctrine on you, and trying to TELL YOU WHAT you should or shouldn't do, what you can or can't preach.
They're the ones that tell YOU to "tone it down", but they HAVE NEVER, in their whole lives, written to a porn site, a satanic site, or a cultist site, and TOLD THEM to use ANY restraint.
Actually, I PITY those who must abide by some man-invented "master" other than THE MASTER HIMSELF.
Those who must conform their preaching and teaching TO THE DICTATES of some FABRICATED RELIGIOUS HIERARCHY.
They are unable to FULLY OBEY AND FOLLOW THE MASTER or be led by His Spirit, lest they "offend" someone in their religion's "Board" of directors.
They're unable to enjoy and preach IN THE FREEDOM OF THE SPIRIT.
They're unable to heed and preach ANYTHING FOUND IN GOD'S WORD, but ARE LIMITED ONLY to those portions their denomination APPROVES OF.
Do you mean to tell me that there are Christians who DISAPPROVE OF God's Word?
Please. Don't make me count THE WAYS.
They NOT only disapprove of portions of the WRITTEN Word - although that's BAD ENOUGH in and of itself - but OF THE LIVING Word.
Yes, the big hypocrites won't admit it, but they OFTEN DISAPPROVE OF Jesus Himself.
If they DIDN'T, they'd preach on Matthew 23, Mark 7, or John CHAPTER TWO, once in a while.
If you REALLY WANT TO GET spiritually STALE AND BORED, listen to those "BOARDS".
I'd rather listen to a surfing board...
Dear brother or sister IF JESUS HAS CALLED YOU, don't listen to ANYONE BUT Jesus.
(Gasp)... you believe WOMEN should be in ministry?
If Jesus CALLED THEM to preach or minister in His Name, A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y!!!
I hope that's CLEAR ENOUGH for all the scared religious bigots out there WHO ARE AFRAID OF WOMEN.
FEAR and PREJUDICE (which is A FORM OF fear) is THE ONLY REASON you want to keep them out.
Jesus WANTS THEM IN, or He wouldn't have PERSONALLY COMMISSIONED AND COMMANDED Mary Magdalene to be THE FIRST to ANNOUNCE the Great News of His Resurrection,TO THE 11 MALE DISCIPLES!!!(John 20:17-18).
It's ONLY been in your New Testaments for the past 2,000 years...
Get over it, religious wimps.
If Jesus is TRULY your Master, then FOLLOW HIM ALL THE WAY, without hesitation or apology.
Jesus said WE CAN SERVE ONLY ONE MASTER, NOT TWO.
You CANNOT have ONE MASTER named Jesus and ANOTHER MASTER named "XYZ denomination".
Make up your minds, double-minded hirelings:
PICK ONE or THE OTHER.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013
ELIJAH PRECEDES MESSIAH
"See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you BEFORE THAT GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY of the Lord comes. He WILL TURN THE HEARTS of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse" (Malachi 4:5-6)
Elijah is one of the most mysterious and fascinating characters in the Bible.
For one thing, he seems to appear "out of the blue" and also leaves the earth in uncharacteristic fashion, being taken to heaven ALIVE in a chariot pulled by horses of "fire" (1 Kings 21:17; 2 Kings 2:11).
Those of you who love to nit pick my message about animals in heaven. Try telling Elijah or Jesus that there aren't any.
He is called "Elijah the Tishbite".
If you don't know what a "Tishbite" is, it's not some computer term like megabyte or gigabyte, but someone from the town of Tishbe in the region of Nephtali in northern Israel.
Elijah was not only right in EVERY single thing he prophesied, but had supernatural powers which included, miraculous healings, multiplication of oil, killing the prophets of Baal that sat at Jezebel's table, shutting the heavens to PREVENT RAIN so as to cause drought, and making FIRE COME DOWN FROM heaven.
During the reign of King Ahab, he caused a drought that lasted 3½ years (1 Kings 18:1; James 5;17). There was hardly any water to DRINK let alone be baptized (mikvaed).
Good thing the Church of Christ didn't exist back then, 'cause according to their false doctrine, NO ONE COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED since they couldn't receive water baptism.
Elijah wore a garment made of goat or camel hair, and a leather belt around his waist (2 Kings 1:8).
Like Moses, he spent 40 days on Mount Horeb (aka Sinai).
If you're thinking "Gee, all that sounds a bit weird", when you read the Bible you'll find that most prophets of God ARE a bit weird in either the way they live, the way they act, or usually BOTH.
So: WHY MUST HE COME BEFORE "the great day of the Lord" or BEFORE THE TRIBULATION?
1. He always precedes the coming of Christ as he did in the first century, before Jesus began His public ministry, when he manifested as John the Baptist.
2. He's ONE OF the Two Witnesses who will prophesy 1,260 days.
3. He will TURN Jewish hearts back to God, as he did some 2,700 years ago when he PROVED to them that Yahweh is God and they repented and forsook their idolatry.
For those who may not know, 85% of Israel's population is CULTURALLY Jewish but SECULAR as far as belief in God is concerned.
In Mark 9:12 Jesus Himself confirmed this by saying:
"Elijah TRULY COMES FIRST, AND RESTORES ALL THINGS".
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013
TORN BETWEEN TWO MASTERS
We recently received an email from a Messianic Jewish brother who is obviously saved, yet torn and confused between LIVING IN THE SPIRIT or following the law.
Unfortunately, HE IS NOT ALONE. There are millions of Christians and Messianics the world over who have some sort of "belief in Jesus", but are caught in the enslaving web of religious legalism, which basically says "Jesus' Righteousness ISN'T ENOUGH, I must procure MY OWN".
We receive MORE email about THIS topic than about ANY OTHER, including Bible prophecy.
If you are new or fairly new to this ministry, we believe God's Law IS GOOD AND HOLY (Romans 7:12).
The problem ISN'T God's law. The problem is "us".
NO ONE BEFORE Jesus ever kept the law (John 7:19), and NO ONE AFTER Jesus has kept the law (Romans 3:10, 23) - despite religious claims to the contrary.
That's why Jesus HAD TO COME and TOTALLY FULFILL (ETERNALLY SATISFY GOD'S LAW) ON OUR BEHALF down to the last jot and tittle (Matthew 5:17-18). Glory to His Name!
If we HAD TO FULLY COMPLY WITH THE LAW OURSELVES - due to unrenewed minds contaminated by original sin - WE WOULDN'T STAND A CHANCE. We WOULD BE TERMINALLY LOST WITHOUT ANY HOPE OF SALVATION (Romans 8:7).
The Holy Spirit manifested VERY STRONGLY as I answered this precious struggling soul, trying desperately to break free from the FEAR-FILLED TENTACLES OF RELIGIOUS DECEPTION.
I first gave the basis for living in God's Grace through faith (TRUST) in the Jewish Messiah, and then I answered his specific questions one by one, as you will see below.
If you are one of those struggling with this issue, I pray the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of your understanding that you may see that Jesus is THE ONLY Salvation that ever was, is, or will be. Amen.
Jesus put it VERY SIMPLY: You CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS.
You simply CANNOT (Matthew 6:24).
You CANNOT COMPLETELY TRUST the Grace of God and the ETERNAL REDEMPTION THAT JESUS PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD, AS THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD, AND ALSO TRUST YOUR OWN TORAH KEEPING for salvation (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:12,26; 10:14).
YOU CANNOT LIVE UNDER BOTH GRACE AND TORAH (LAW) (Romans 11;6).
You CANNOT SERVE both Grace and Torah:
You CANNOT HAVE ONE MASTER CALLED "Grace" and ANOTHER MASTER called "Torah".
Individuals much CHOOSE ONE or THE OTHER.
The Old Testament was REPLACED WITH a NEW COVENANT 2,000 years ago. And TWO MILLENNIUMS LATER people STILL WANT TO CLING TO THE OLD.
Your own prophet Jeremiah said that the NEW Testament would NOT BE BASED ON KEEPING THE TORAH ON THE OUTSIDE, but by having the TORAH WRITTEN IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS INSIDE (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
THE NEW COVENANT, according to Jeremiah, would be based on KNOWING the Lord (Jeremiah 31:34), PERSONALLY AND INTIMATELY, NOT ON keeping the torah.
God is LOVE. LOVE, shed abroad in our hearts by the HOLY SPIRIT is THE ONLY FULFILLMENT OF THE TORAH THERE IS (Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 13:9-10).
Keeping the 10 Commandments IS NOT the fulfillment of the Torah.
Getting circumcised IS NOT the fulfillment of the Torah.
Not eating pork IS NOT the fulfillment of the Torah.
Observing Passover, Shavuot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot IS NOT the fulfillment of the Torah.
NOT CELEBRATING the Birth and Resurrection of the Messiah IS NOT the fulfillment of the Torah.
ALL who RELY ON the Torah (law)are UNDER A CURSE (Galatians 3:10).
With regards to your SPECIFIC questions:
1. So what is sin, sin is transgression of the law or torah
No, Sin is WHATSOEVER IS NOT OF FAITH (trust), (Romans 14:23).
APART FROM the Torah (law) SIN IS DEAD (Romans 7:8).
2. Do I on purpose disregard the instruction manual
YES. That doesn't mean you go out ON PURPOSE and steal, commit adultery, lie and covet.
What it means is that YOU DON'T LIVE BY OUTER COMMANDMENTS, BUT TRUST THE SPIRIT OF GOD YOU HAVE ON THE INSIDE (if you're born again) to guide your thoughts, actions, words, motives.
The Holy Spirit (God) WILL NEVER BREAK HIS OWN LAW (Galatians 5:23).
We TRUST the Holy Spirit of God, who IS LOVE, and WHO IS THE ONLY FULFILLMENT OF THE TORAH THERE IS (1 John 4:16).
3. What did Jesus mean salvation is of the Jews?
He meant that HE WAS and IS Jewish. There's NO SALVATION ANYWHERE BESIDES HIM (Acts 4:12).
TORAH KEEPING has NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL, AND NEVER WILL (John 7:19).
Besides, the Torah HAS BEEN ETERNALLY FULFILLED (SATISFIED) down to every last jot and tittle by Messiah Himself (Matthew 5:17-18).
That's what the GOOD NEWS (Gospel) IS ALL ABOUT.
4. In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew
Zechariah 8:23 clearly refers to GENTILES who survive the tribulation, are still in natural bodies, and go to Jerusalem to worship during the Millennium. Born-again people ARE NOT GENTILES. Born again people are part of the Church who will be RULING AND REIGNING IN GLORIFIED BODIES DURING THE MILLENNIUM (Revelation 3:21; 5:10).
We won't be getting hold of ANY NATURAL JEWS, FOR WE ARE SPIRITUAL JEWS, PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF SPIRITUAL ISRAEL (Ephesians 2:12).
5. How do we show God/Jesus that we love him? By keeping his commands- is it burdensome to rest on the sabbath?
NO. WE SHOW JESUS THAT WE LOVE HIM BY KEEPING HIS commandments: LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF (Matthew 22:37-40).
While those TWO commandments are given in the Torah, THEY ARE NOT PART OF THE 10.
He NEVER SAID "if you love me, keep THE 10 Commandments".
The 10 Commandments, according to Jesus Himself, AREN'T EVEN THE GREATEST.
6. Do we keep the feasts or pagan Christmas, Easter
Last time I checked celebrating the Lord's Birth and His Resurrection is NOT PAGAN. WITHOUT either of these two WORLD-CHANGING EVENTS NO ONE WOULD BE SAVED.
However, I know of no saved individual who actively PUSHES celebrating the Nativity or the Resurrection on anyone, or who makes SALVATION contingent on celebrating them. Such celebrations are OPTIONAL and entirely up to each individual. Do we SIN by celebrating His Birth and Resurrection? Of course not!
There is NO SCRIPTURE that says such thing.
What GREATER cause for celebration could there EVER be?
Mary and Joseph celebrated the Birth of Jesus. Elizabeth celebrated it. John the Baptist, even while in his mother's womb, celebrated it. In the temple, Simeon and Anna celebrated it. The wise men celebrated it. The shepherds celebrated it, and EVEN THE ANGELS REJOICED and glorified God over it! (Luke 2:13-14).
THE ONLY ONE who DIDN'T celebrate the Birth of Jesus was wicked Herod.
And THE ONLY ONES who DON'T celebrate His Resurrection are SATAN and his minions (1 Corinthians 2:8).
7. With regards to observing days and Feasts: The true Sabbath is NOT a 24-hour day. The TRUE Sabbath IS ETERNAL. That's why God NEVER SAID "the evening and the morning were the 7th day".
Yes, the Sabbath is a picture of the Millennial Reign of Messiah, but ALSO OF HIS KINGDOM WHICH SHALL NEVER END (Luke 1:33; Isaiah 9:7; Daniel 2:44; 7:27).
Natural Jews (and even Christians) may keep all the Feasts and observe the 24 hour Sabbath IF THEY SO CHOOSE, as long as they DON'T TRUST SUCH "KEEPING" FOR SALVATION. Salvation is JESUS ALONE LIVING IN our hearts.
By the way, God (Jesus) MUST BE CELEBRATED AND WORSHIPED EVERY SINGLE DAY ON THE CALENDAR (Psalm 113:3; 118:24).
The CORRECT spiritual equation is:
Salvation = YESHUA IN OUR HEARTS, PERIOD (1 John 5:12).
NOT"YESHUA in our hearts PLUS".
God DOES NOT want His children LIVING IN FEAR that "oh, dear God, if I break that commandment, I may not make heaven"! Or, "I may LOSE my Salvation".
He wants us, rather, TO TRUST HIM: TO FOLLOW HIS SPIRIT WITHIN us, and flow IN HIM, trusting that He HAS KEPT and COMPLETELY FULFILLED the law for us.
And to KNOW that, if perchance, we SCREW UP due to human weakness, He's got our backs, because He paid for EVERY SIN EVER COMMITTED before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).
He TOOK CARE OF EVERY SINGLE DETAIL regarding our Salvation, BEFORE He even created us.
That's why Salvation (Jesus) IS FREE.
All He will cost you IS YOUR WHOLE HEART.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013
MUNSEY IN FORECLOSURE
“Peter said to him, YOUR MONEY PERISH WITH YOU, because YOU HAVE THOUGHT THAT THE GIFT OF God MAY BE PURCHASED WITH MONEY” (Acts 8:20)
This information is PUBLIC since it’s been reported by several news sources, so I assume most everyone KNOWS about it.
Before some holier-than-thou religionist pounces on this message and accuses me of “wishing ill” on others, THAT is NOT true.
I am NOT HAPPY that this “brother” -- and I use the term VERY LOOSELY, and HOPING for the best – or his religious organization, or the monument erected to the “ministry”, the so-called “Family Christian Center”, ARE IN FINANCIAL DISTRESS.
However, this is CONCRETE PROOF that the “give to get”, “you can BUY God’s Grace, hence God’s blessings” message is A LIE:
A LIE that DOES NOT WORK, contrary to what many who watch Kristian TV have been BRAINWASHED for HALF A CENTURY into believing.
Here’s one of the MAJOR proponents of that heresy, who’s spearheaded many a “beg-a-thon” for various Kristian networks.
Who’s been given prime time and FREE REIN – AGAIN AND AGAIN – to present HIS LIES.
Whose website’s motto is “PRAY – WATCH – GIVE”…
Who has regaled us with such UNBIBLICAL ABOMINATIONS as “give during Passover because God will then give you a seven-fold blessing and dispatch an angel on your behalf” to “give in the year 2006, in the Gentile calendar, because I discovered A “SECRET PRINCIPLE” in the Bible, after a 21-day fast, called “THE LAW OF SIX”.
Who’s told STUPID Christians that it doesn’t matter if the economy is slow and jobs are SCARCE, ALL you need to do is GIVE to whichever ministry he’s pitching (and there are a whole host of unscrupulous ministries who’ve made use of his services) and ALL YOUR FINANCIAL PROBLEMS WILL MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR.
Who boasts that he gained “prosperity” by practicing the cow manure he preaches. (Of course, he won’t tell you he INHERITED the Family Christian Center and its assets from HIS PARENTS).
And, DESPITE SUCH CLAIMS, the Church that HIS PARENTS LEFT HIM (he DIDN’T get it by DONATING) is IN FORECLOSURE.
THAT Steve Munsey, who LIES regularly IN GOD’S NAME, who TAKES ADVANTAGE OF GOD’S IGNORANT FLOCK, WHO TELLS YOU THAT GOD WILL BLESS YOU ONLY IF YOU DONATE TO HIM, HIS MINISTRY, OR THE MINISTRY FOR WHICH HE’S BEGGING AND GETTING A “CUT” FROM… IS IN FORECLOSURE!!!
And the poor religious idiots who FELL for his lies are POORER than they were before they TRIED TO BRIBE GOD or, at the very least, before they PLAYED RELIGIOUS LOTTO.
Poor suckers! You tuned into your favorite Kristian Kasino to watch your favorite crap-filled Kristian “entertainer”, and you LOST YOUR SHIRT.
NOT TO MENTION that in the process YOU ALSO LOST MOST, IF NOT ALL, YOUR FAITH IN GOD…
Kristian Kasinos don’t have scantily clad showgirls.
Instead, they have characters that look like escapees from Hee-Haw’s insane asylum, complete with “tongue-talking” clowns, pink wigs, red noses, garish clothes, and NO SHAME.
Of course, you WON’T HEAR any of this on the “world’s largest Kristian network”, since they REGULARLY give the microphone – and any remaining trace of decency they got left – to Munsey so he can squeeze every dime he can from poor “grandmas” living on their social security pensions, and dreaming of “riches” they’ll NEVER SEE in this world.
Let’s not be too hard on Munsey, though.
He’s just ONE among A WHOLE BUNCH of money grubbing PIMPS making merchandise of the Gospel.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013
THAT'S NOT THE STOREHOUSE !
The dictionary defines "storehouse" as "a place or building in which GOODS are stored".
Again: It's WHERE GOODS (merchandise and produce) are stored, NOT where MONEY is stored.
The place where MONEY is "stored" (deposited) is called A BANK... or A TREASURY. It's NEVER CALLED "STOREHOUSE".
In the BIBLICAL context, THE STOREHOUSE was a GRANARY: a warehouse within the temple compound in which GRAIN was stored for the GRAIN offerings (korbanot) that were offered IN THE TEMPLE TWICE a day, in the evening and the morning, EACH AND EVERY DAY (Exodus 29:39; Exodus 30:7-8; Numbers 28:4).
In the layout of Solomon's Temple shown below you can see that THE STOREHOUSE was a large area, comprised of many smaller rooms FOR STORAGE of grain, which went almost ENTIRELY AROUND the perimeter of the Holy Place and Holy of Holies (1 Kings 6:5; 1 Chronicles 28:11-12,19; Ezekiel 41:6-9).
When God VERY CLEARLY says in Malachi 3:10:
Bring ALL the tithes into the STOREHOUSE that there may be food IN MY HOUSE (temple)...
THAT'S the STOREHOUSE He was referring to.
He's NOT talking about your "local church".
Repeat: He is NOT talking about your "local church".
Last time I checked THAT BUILDING which you INCORRECTLY call "church" IS NOT God's Temple in Jerusalem.
Moreover, it's NOT EVEN GOD'S HOUSE.
YOU are God's House (temple), if you are a born again believer in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 6:16; Hebrews 3:6).
THE STOREHOUSE is mentioned again in Nehemiah 10:38 where it says CLEAR AS A BELL:
"And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites TAKE TITHES: and the Levites SHALL BRING the tithe of the tithes unto THE HOUSE OF OUR GOD, to the ROOMS, into THE STOREHOUSE".
Jesus Himself told us the STOREHOUSE was a place to STORE GRAIN, NOT MONEY (Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17).
The tithe consisted of ONLY cattle, grain and produce FOR THE TEMPLE'S DAILY OFFERINGS (korbanot): NOTHING MORE (Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:23).
The "tithe" WAS NEVER MONEY. It was never gold, silver, jewelry, cash, coins, real estate, stocks, bonds, or ANYTHING ELSE.
The tithe's ONLY PURPOSE was so there would be a continuous, uninterrupted supply of animals, grain and herbs for the DAILY RITUALISTIC SACRIFICES prescribed by LAW (torah) in the tabernacle or temple (Malachi 3:10).
Since your "local church" DOES NOT OFFER daily sacrifices, and since God - after the ETERNAL AND ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT Sacrifice of His Son - NO LONGER ACCEPTS THOSE SACRIFICES, your "local church" HAS NO BUSINESS WHATSOEVER RECEIVING TITHES.
There isn't A SINGLE SCRIPTURE from Genesis to Revelation that instructs BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST TO TITHE ANYTHING.
Repeat: There isn't A SINGLE SCRIPTURE from Genesis to Revelation that instructs BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST TO TITHE ANYTHING.
The "tithe" of cattle, grain and produce was COMMANDED ONLY TO ISRAEL, ONLY under the Old Testament, ONLY under the law, and ONLY while there was a tabernacle or temple in existence.
That's why Jews, TO WHOM SUCH COMMAND WAS GIVEN, DO NOT TITHE TODAY.
Greedy religionists can pull the wool (no pun intended) over DUMB, IGNORANT, BIBLICALLY ILLITERATE Christian eyes, but THEY COULD NEVER DECEIVE Jews with THE TITHE LIE because, unlike 99.9% of "Christians", JEWS KNOW THE Tanach (Old Testament).
They KNOW what "the storehouse" was.
They KNOW what the "temple" was.
And they KNOW that NO MODERN SYNAGOGUE OR Jewish "TEMPLE" - let alone some building invented in the 4th century A.D. for Christians to congregate - is what God referred to in Malachi 3:10.
That Scripture, which has been TWISTED and TAKEN GROSSLY OUT OF CONTEXT TO JUSTIFY RELIGIOUS GREED, COULD NOT POSSIBLY REFER TO YOUR "LOCAL CHURCH" for various OTHER reasons:
1. Malachi was written in the 4th century B.C. Christ had not even appeared publicly in human form and the Church DID NOT EVEN EXIST.
2. God has never called any BUILDING STRUCTURE "His Church". The "Church" is US.
3. God NEVER COMMANDED that those buildings where Christians now congregate be erected. They were INVENTED by sinful mortals700 years AFTER Malachi wrote his Book, and 400 years AFTER Jesus rose and ascended.
4. The early Church (believers) met in each other's HOMES (Acts 8:3; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2), NOT in a building.
5. There's NO SCRIPTURE ANYWHERE that commands Christians to tithe.
6. The tithe was never money. There isn't ONE verse in the ENTIRE BIBLE that commands ANYONE -- Jew, Gentile or Christian - to PAY 10% of their SALARY to a local religious SOCIAL CLUB.
7. ONLY Levite priests were authorized to receive tithes.
NO MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher, bishop, priest, deacon, elder, or televangelist) HAS EVER been authorized to receive tithes.
8. If your "local church" is "the storehouse" mentioned in Malachi 3:10, please show us WHERE THE WHEAT AND BARLEY ARE STORED: Otherwise, NO DICE.
In conclusion: If the religious hierarchy wants to CHARGE A 10% TAX ON INDIVIDUAL INCOME for the "privilege" of joining their segregated social club, THEY SHOULD STOP LYING and STOP CALLING IT "TITHE".
AT LEAST HAVE THE MORAL INTEGRITY TO CALL IT WHAT IS REALLY IS:
A RELIGIOUS TAX - NOT COMMANDED BY GOD -BUT INVENTED BY YOU.
Next time some LYING PASTOR OR TELEVANGELIST tells you he, she, or their "ministry" is "the storehouse" TELL THEM:
"Oh yeah? Where do you keep your barley?"
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013
WOULD YOU RECOGNIZE JESUS?
If Jesus appeared today in visible, tangible, human form, I wonder HOW MANY "Christians" would even RECOGNIZE Him.
If Truth Personified walked among us, I wonder HOW MANY "church goers" would be OFFENDED BY His Message.
I wonder how many "good Christians", those nice, religious folk who NEVER MISS Sunday service, WOULD CALL HIM "false teacher" and "false prophet", because HE DOES NOT CONFORM TO their MAN-INVENTED VERSION of "Christianity".
What most believers today consider "being Christian" or "being Christ-like" DOES NOT REMOTELY RESEMBLE Jesus' character, or what Jesus and His Apostles preached and taught in the first century.
For starters, back then there were NO DENOMINATIONS.
That's right: EVERY DENOMINATION in existence - EVERY SINGLE ONE - IS A FABRICATION INVENTED BY sinful, mortal men, at least 300 YEARS LATER.
Some were INVENTED as recently as 68 and 150 years ago.
Take a DEEP breath and meditate on THAT.
There were NO "CHURCH" buildings ANYWHERE.
Those were also INVENTED 300 years LATER.
When Christians spoke about "church" they meant PEOPLE (2 Corinthians 1:1).
They meant A GROUP OF BELIEVERS, not SOME STUPID, PRETENTIOUS BUILDING erected as MONUMENT TO their pastor or denomination.
Take a couple of DEEP breaths, then PAUSE and MEDITATE ON THAT.
The Apostles and disciples KNEW Jesus PERSONALLY.
They had walked with Him, lived with Him, traveled with Him, seen and heard Him when He was loving and compassionate.
They'd also seen and heard Him when He was NOT being so "religiously nice" and proper.
They'd heard Him call the Pharisees and LAW FANATICS OF HIS DAY "HYPOCRITES", "fools" and "brood of snakes", among other things (Matthew 23:29-33).
Therefore, they DID NOT present ONLY the sanitized VERSION OF Jesus that THEY APPROVED OF, as do most of those standing behind TV cameras and pulpits today.
They presented THE REAL Jesus, who was NOT always sweet and nice.
They DID NOT SWEEP the part of His Character that THEY DISAPPROVED OF UNDER THE RUG, as most religious hirelings do today.
Better have the smelling salts handy for this one:
Jesus and His Apostles NEVER asked for "tithes", NEVER asked for money, EVER.
They DID NOT demand "10% OF ONE'S SALARY" in order to be a "member" in good standing of their "group".
You can't find ONE verse IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE that commands ANYONE - Jew, Gentile, or Christian - to pay 10% of their SALARIES to a minister, NOT ONE!!!
GOD (Jesus) and His Apostles DID NOT HAVE fund raisers, bake sales, rummage sales, or telethons.
They DID NOT HAVE Christian bookstores, NOR DID THEY SELL BOOKS, CD's, DVD's, WATER FROM THE JORDAN RIVER, or ANYTHING ELSE.
They NEVER PROMISED ANYONE WEALTH if they donated to Him/them.
They only received VOLUNTARY, VOLUNTARY, VOLUNTARY donations.
Jesus never made Communion "conditional" on "being a member" of "His group" or on "tithing".
He even ADMINISTERED COMMUNION TO JUDAS whom he KNEW to be A THIEF and THE BETRAYER.
Jesus and His disciples NEVER manipulated or INTIMIDATED anyone to give.
They NEVER ISSUED any threats of poverty, of NOT being blessed by God, or (horror of horrors) that God would CURSE His OWN CHILDREN over MEASLY money, for not tithing or giving, AS MOST JOKERS WHO STAND BEHIND PULPITS OR TV CAMERAS DO TODAY.
Go ahead, call the ambulance...
Some of you probably need oxygen by now...
Those are BIBLICAL, HISTORIC FACTS.
There's PLENTY of blame to go around:
We can blame EVERYTHING on organized religion.
We can trace MOST FABRICATIONS and FALSEHOOD to when the Church became government-sanctioned and institutionalized in the 4th century A.D. That's where all the corruption STARTED.
However, 1,600 years have come and gone.
You're NOT STUCK IN the 4th century anymore, WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?
Have we LEARNED NOTHING in 16 CENTURIES of PAINFUL, CONTENTIOUS "Church" history?
We can talk about "Reformation" ALL WE WANT.
But TALK IS CHEAP.
Where's THE EVIDENCE???
PREACH TO US TRUE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE.
Jesus DOESN'T NEED SOME holier-than-thou religious makeover.
SHOW US THE REAL JESUS, not your denomination's INVENTED "VERSION" OF HIM.
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
NOT BY BREAD ALONE
"Man shall NOT LIVE by bread alone but BY EVERY WORD that proceeds out of God's mouth" (Matthew 4:4).
I was recently contacted by a regular reader, a born-again Christian, offering to provide details about alleged visions of Alexander the Great which he had experienced, and about demons and what they do, and all the evil they cause, and visions of "what's to come".
I told the brother in question that he could send the info as long as it could be stated in A FEW paragraphs, and warned that it would be judged and evaluated BY THE BIBLE.
Well, don't you believe in visions?
Don't you believe this person is born-again?
Don't you AUTOMATICALLY believe, then, EVERYTHING he says?
Are you saying, then, that Christians - even REAL Christians - LIE?
DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED on that topic.
I could write and preach messages about it from now ‘til the Second Coming.
For starters, there are BORN-AGAIN Christians on "Christian" TV, radio, Internet and OTHER MEDIA that LIE CONSTANTLY.
Moreover, many do so PREMEDITATEDLY and DELIBERATELY.
Most of the lying has to do with money and/or self-preservation.
To be fair, there are also those who lie because of self-deception, carnal bias, and IGNORANCE.
But A LIE is still A LIE.
Yes, I believe SOME visions are real and from God.
The VAST MAJORITY AREN'T.
In fact most ALLEGED "visions" NEVER EVEN HAPPENED. THEY ARE MERE INVENTIONS.
But EVEN IF they all were from God, Jesus NEVER SAID we are to live BY VISIONS.
Jesus NEVER SAID we are to live by SPIRITUAL GOOSEBUMPS.
Jesus NEVER SAID we are to live BY DREAMS.
Jesus NEVER SAID we are to live according to the guidelines set by our denominations or by some particular preacher that we like.
Jesus NEVER SAID we are to live by ALLEGED "miracles", or even REAL ONES.
He said VERY CLEARLY that we are to LIVE BY EVERY WORD that God UTTERS.
That's WHY (speaking in human terms) God went through so much trouble to INSPIRE and COMPILE that Book for us.
That's WHY our spiritual forefathers ENDURED UNTOLD HARDSHIP, and SHED THEIR BLOOD, to get God's inspired Word to us.
SO WE COULD LIVE BY Him (Jesus IN us), and by HIS WRITTEN WORD.
So we would KNOW what He said and what He DIDN'T say.
So we would have THE STANDARD by which to judge right from wrong, true doctrine from false doctrine.
So that we would KNOW The Truth and He could set us FREE.
I appreciate the gifts of the Spirit, I immensely appreciate manifestations of the Spirit such as visions and revelations, dreams, experiences and GOOSE BUMPS.
I have had, or are seeking to have, ALL OF THE ABOVE.
I strongly encourage the Experience of Christ IN YOU, His Spirit and His Word.
But NOWHERE ARE we told TO LIVE BY these.
Experiences can come from God, Satan, or our deceived subconscious (flesh).
The Word, on the other hand, IS God.
He/it is IMMUTABLE and FOREVER SETTLED.
Jesus WILL NEVER contradict His Word.
He will NEVER contradict Himself.
If He did (perish the very IDEA) He would be lying.
That's WHY His Word CAN BE TRUSTED.
His Word is SURE.
Mortals - yes, EVEN Christians - will lie to us.
Jesus NEVER WILL.
He IS THE TRUTH.
He is THE PERSONIFICATION OF Truth.
That's WHY EVERYTHING and EVERY ONE... all visions, all teaching, and EVEN ALL EXPERIENCE, MUST BE SUBJECT to and judged by, God's Word:
By Jesus Himself.
He is THE ABSOLUTE STANDARD OF TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Paul put it SO PERFECTLY in Romans 3:4:
"Let God be TRUE, and EVERY MAN A LIAR".
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013
3½ YEARS DOING WHAT?
The Departure of believers, according to Revelation 7:9, takes place under the 6th seal.
The tribulation judgments, according to Revelation 8:1-2 take place under the 7th seal.
The tribulation itself, according to Daniel 12:7, lasts 3½ years.
From the Books of Daniel, Zechariah, and particularly the Book of Revelation, we pretty much know WHAT will happen ON EARTH during that time.
The question is: WHAT WILL THE CHURCH be doing IN HEAVEN during those 3½ years?
You can forget all the fake imagery that Kristian religion has concocted of floating on some billowy white cloud, or turning into some sort of chubby baby with wings and a halo playing a harp.
We may, likewise, can the image offered by "that OTHER" religion that each male will get his own harem filled with "black eyed virgins".
Islamic women have it bad enough IN THIS LIFE. If I were a Muslim female I'd protest and tell their "holy prophet":
"Hey, lying misogynist, I should get TWICE the reward in heaven for putting up with your crap here on earth".
It's bad enough they have to wear those ugly black robes and cover their heads with those godawful burqas...
Can you imagine being your husband's PERSONAL PROPERTY that he can do with, and DISPOSE OF, as he sees fit?
Can you imagine NOT being able to get an education, or even DRIVE, without the tyrant's "permission"?
Or being accused of "adultery" ON A WHIM and being STONED TO DEATH, even if you were faithful, and HAVING NO LEGAL RECOURSE?
Ah, Western women better THANK JESUS EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THEIR LIVES for the FREEDOMS THEY ENJOY.
But I digress...
The Church will be ON SPIRITUAL HONEYMOON WITH her Bridegroom, the King of kings and Lord of Lords (Joel 2:16; Ephesians 5:29-32; Revelation 19:7-9).
The Church will be ENJOYING His unending Love and most cherished Presence (Psalm 16:11).
I suspect, although I don't have Scripture to base this on, that we will be TRAINING FOR REIGNING.
After all, we will be RETURNING WITH Jesus at the END OF those 3½ years to RULE THIS EARTH (Revelation 5:10; 19:14).
It's interesting that 3½ years is exactly the length of time that Jesus spent with His disciples during His public ministry.
Jesus taught them many things during that time and I suspect that He will be teaching us A LOT about Himself during that heavenly sojourn.
I suspect part of that teaching will include STRAIGHTENING UP A LOT OF FALSE DOCTRINE.
The judgment of believers (often referred to as the "judgment seat of Christ") will also take place during that time (Romans 14:10-13; Ephesians 6:8; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
Don't fret. That judgment is NOT to decide Salvation. If you're in heaven, it's because you're saved.
It's to determine REWARDS.
Personally, I can't imagine a bigger or better REWARD than KNOWING Jesus, seeing His Face, and basking in His glorious Presence, but apparently He wants to SHOWER His Bride (no pun intended) with EVEN MORE...
At the end of the tribulation, we get to accompany the King of kings back to earth in His Second Coming:
Each of us will bring back to this planet AS MUCH OF JESUS AS WE ARE ABLE TO MANIFEST.
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