February 2014 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
WHY JESUS CAN'T BE GOD
According to a Jehovah's Witness I recently interacted with, Jesus "CAN'T BE" God because Colossians 1:15 says :
"He is the Image of the invisible God, THE FIRSTBORN of all creation".
Isn't God ETERNAL ? If so, HOW could God BE BORN ?
And doesn't this verse show that Jesus was PART OF "God's creation", hence making it IMPOSSIBLE for Him to be God ?
Poor Jehovah's Witness!
That SAME VERSE, as you can see above, STARTS OFF by saying that Jesus IS THE IMAGE OF the INVISIBLE God.
The VERY NEXT verse, Colossians 1:16-17, CLEARLY SAYS IN REGARDS TO JESUS:
"For BY HIM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED: THINGS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM AND FOR HIM (INCLUDING HIS PHYSICAL BODY).He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together".
Of course, Jehovah's Witnesses NEVER QUOTE these portions of that passage, because they don't fit their agenda. They only quote the small PART that APPEARS TO "fit".
As Jesus told the BLIND, RELIGIOUS Sadducees of His day: THEY ERR "NOT KNOWING the Scriptures OR the POWER OF GOD" (Matthew 22:29).
The HUMAN PART OF Jesus, His PHYSICAL BODY, WAS "THE firstborn OF ALL CREATION".
In His infinite Wisdom God "prepared a body" for Himself to dwell in (Hebrews 10:5; Psalm 40:6-12).
Haven't you read that the Lamb was slain BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD (Revelation 13:8)?
Jesus' Spirit, on the other hand, has been "from everlasting to everlasting" (Psalm 90:1-2; John 1:1-3).
God is Spirit, thus, INVISIBLE TO HUMAN EYES (John 4:24).
That's WHY He became HUMAN, so HUMANS could see, feel, hear, touch and interact with THEIR CREATOR GOD (John 14:9).
He HAD TO become human in order to pay for our sins, fulfill His own Law and Divine Justice and SAVE US.
That's how Jesus is both God (Eternal Spirit) and Son of God (as human):
The HUMAN Jesus is Son of God, but Jesus' Spirit is THE ONE and only Almighty God, and Creator of the universe.
1 Timothy 3:16 says, clear as daylight, that "God was MADE VISIBLE in the flesh".
The Spirit of Jesus is God, HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOD, AND WILL ALWAYS BE GOD (John 1:1).
As such, His Spirit is ETERNAL. It never had a beginning, nor was ever born.
Really, JW's, YOU NEED TONS OF HERETICAL "HELP" IN ORDER NOT TO UNDERSTAND that if Jesus created ALL THINGS, visible and INVISIBLE, and they ALL were created by Him AND FOR HIM - then Jesus MUST - absolute MUST - be God.
From EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING He is God (Psalm 90:2).
As if that statement WASN'T enough TO PROVE His ETERNAL Deity, the VERY NEXT CHAPTER of Colossians, reiterates:
For in Him dwells ALL THE FULLNESS OF the Deity PHYSICALLY (bodily) (Colossians 2:9).
Last time I checked "ALL THE FULLNESS" MEANS "ALL the Fullness", it means THE TOTALITY of God.
And in Revelation 21:7 Jesus has THIS to say about Himself:
"He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I WILL BE HIS GOD and he will be My son".
The TRUE Christian faith was introduced by Jesus and His apostles 2,000 years ago.
The so-called Jehovah's Witnesses sect was INVENTED, by a sinful, lying MORTAL, Charles Taze Russell, only 142 years ago.
Given the choice of BELIEVING JESUS or believing that inveterate liar named Russell, it's a NO-BRAINER: I BELIEVE JESUS.
I have a suggestion for ALL Jehovah's Witnesses (Serena and Venus Williams included):
Receive Jesus into your heart as ONLY God and ONLY Savior and be BORN AGAIN of His ETERNAL Spirit (John 3:5).
Don't just read or hear ABOUT Jesus: KNOW Him... in your INNERMOST BEING.
You'll KNOW He's God and NEVER DOUBT His Eternal Deity again.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
WHAT A FOOL WE HAVE IN JESUS
Well !!! Who do you think you are, calling Jesus a fool?
Oh, I don't call Him that.
According to a recent Pew Survey on Religion 57% of "Evangelical Christians" believe people can get to heaven by believing in OTHER "gods".
In other words, 60% (almost TWO THIRDS) of you THINK people can be saved WITHOUT Jesus:
That they can be saved by believing in Allah, Buddha, Krishna, New Age, or just by being "good people".
And the number is EVEN HIGHER (80%) among Roman Catholics.
That means that 4 out of 5 Catholics BELIEVE Salvation is achievable WITHOUT Jesus.
A Barna Study revealed similar statistics with ONE FOURTH of all alleged born-agains believing salvation is possible without Christ and HALF (50%) believing that "Christians and Muslims worship the same God".
Do they, really?
When did Allah manifest in human form?
When did he die for mankind's sins?
If Allah DIDN'T DIE ON THE CROSS, HOW CAN HE BE "THE SAME GOD"?
If He DIDN'T PAY FOR your sins, HOW THE HELL CAN he save you?
If he DIDN'T create the world (John 1:1-3) HOW CAN he be God?
If Allah DOESN'T EVEN EXIST how can he save ANYONE?
"There is Salvation in NO ONE ELSE (besides Jesus). There is NO OTHER NAME... by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).
"I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life. NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT through me"(John 14:6).
The REASON Jesus can and DOES save is because He paid for all sin for all time AND BECAUSE HE LIVES FOREVER (Revelation 1:18).
HOW DARE YOU call yourself "Christian" when you believe that an INVENTED, NONEXISTENT, DEAD god WHO DIDN'T DO ANYTHING FOR anyone, can save you, me or anyone else?
If people could be saved by just being "good", or through ANY religion, or through ANY invented deity, then Jesus was THE BIGGEST FOOL WHO EVER LIVED.
WHY would He divest Himself of His glory, and come to this rotten, sinful world, WHEN we CAN BE SAVED THROUGH ALLAH or Buddha or Lao Tzu?
WHY would He, being God, with ALL the power in the universe, allow Himself to be mocked, spit, punched to bloody pulp, savagely lashed, crowned with thorns, then crucified buck naked, agonizing for hours in the blazing sun, WHEN ALL THE WHILE YOU COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED just by being a "good person"?
Have you even read the Gospels? Can Jesus really be THAT STUPID?
WHY would He endure THE HELL that you and I deserve for THREE WHOLE DAYS AND NIGHTS, where Satan and his demons unleashed ALL THEIR WICKEDNESS and hatred against Him (Psalm 22:12-13), when just being a good Hindu could save you?
Go ahead, I'm all ears...
Well, you don't understand. God is love... He loves everyone and wants everyone saved.
That much is true.
Jesus loves EVERYONE, and wants everyone saved. That's why He endured all the torment that you and I deserved.
Jesus IS Love (1 John 4:16).
Allah ISN'T love: Buddha ISN'T love: Krishna ISN'T love. NO ONE ELSE besides Jesus is Love.
Jesus is Love.
That's EXACTLY WHY those WHO REJECT HIM ARE LOST.
Because they REJECT LOVE PERSONIFIED.
If you REJECT LOVE, to put it bluntly: YOU'RE SCREWED.
If you reject the ONE true God, the ONLY ONE who REALLY LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY AND ETERNALLY, IN SPITE OF your faults and sins, THE ONLY ONE WHO LOVES YOU ENOUGH TO DIE FOR YOU..., YOU HAVEN'T GOT A PRAYER!
Reject DIVINE LOVE and ALL you can expect is CERTAIN JUDGMENT.
Jesus is not a kidnapper and He's not a rapist.
He WON'T FORCE Heaven, or Himself, on you.
Jesus gave people the right to choose THEIR ETERNAL DESTINY.
And He won't violate that right.
He'll LET YOU go to hell, IF YOU WANT TO -- the very hell He took in your place.
My Jesus is NO FOOL.
He did what He did, He suffered what you CAN'T EVEN BEGIN to comprehend, because there was NO OTHER WAY TO SAVE YOUR UNGRATEFUL soul.
If you haven't realized that, then YOU'RE NOT CHRISTIAN, YOU'RE NOT SAVED, YOU'RE LOST, and there's ONLY ONE FOOL in this whole deal:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
SOMEONE IS LYING
With some many voices in cyberspace and so-called "Christian" media saying so many things, how do you know whom to believe?
How do you know who's telling the Truth, and who isn't?
Obviously, since all these voices are often contradictory, THEY CAN'T ALL be true.
Therefore, SOMEONE IS LYING.
Are you telling us religious people are liars? For the most part, YES:
Either Jesus' death on the cross, for our sins, WAS SUFFICIENT to save us ETERNALLY, or it wasn't.
Some say it was, some say it wasn't. They CAN'T both be true. Someone is lying.
Either God's blessings are FREE and unconditional, BY GRACE THRU FAITH, or they can be bought. It's gotta be one or the other. Someone is lying.
Either the mark of the beast will be a LITERAL mark on someone's right hand or forehead, or it will be attending a man-made building on Sunday, instead of Saturday. They can't both be true. Someone is lying.
Either the Rapture happens BEFORE the tribulation, or AFTER the tribulation. Both CANNOT be true. Someone's been lying.
Either we're saved BY FAITH ONLY, or we're OBLIGATED to observe the weekly Sabbath and the 10 Commandments, as some religious people teach. Both CAN'T be true. Someone is lying.
How can we tell who's lying and who's "truthing"?
Simple: What does GOD have to say about it?
We know God CANNOT lie (Romans 3:4; HEBREWS 6:18). We can TRUST what He says COMPLETELY (John 14:6).
We can TRUST WHAT HE SAYS, not WHAT SOMEONE ELSE SAYS He says:
GOD SAYS Jesus' death for our sins IS ENOUGH to SAVE US FOREVER (Hebrews 10:14).
GOD SAYS His Grace IS sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
GOD SAYS we DO NOT have to observe the weekly Sabbath or the 10 Commandments (Acts 15:28-29; Romans 13:8-10).
If we do, we're obligated to keep the entire law, and we place ourselves under the curse of the law. If we do, we FALL FROM GRACE, and Christ becomes OF NO EFFECT TO US (Galatians 5:3-4).
GOD SAYS all His blessings are given to us FREELY, by grace. And that they CANNOT BE EARNED OR BOUGHT thru "tithing", thru donations, or thru "sowing seeds" (Acts 8:20; Romans 3:24; 8:32).
GOD SAYS the mark of the beast will be a LITERAL, VISUAL mark on someone's right hand or forehead (Revelation 13:16-18).
GOD DOESN'T SAY ANYWHERE it's attending a man-made building on Sunday, instead of Saturday.
GOD SAYS, unequivocally, the Rapture happens right at the start of the tribulation, PRIOR TO the tribulation judgments (Revelation 6:12-16; 7:9-17).
And GOD SAYS, clear as crystal, that we are saved by FAITH ONLY,by simply receiving Jesus into our hearts and trusting His death on the cross and His Resurrection to save us (Mark 16:16; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
How do you know who's telling the truth and who's lying?
Those who CONTRADICT God are lying.
Those who CONTRADICT God's written Word are lying.
Those who CLAIM His written Word says something that IT DOESN'T SAY AT ALL are lying.
That's why it's SO IMPORTANT to STUDY God's Word and to KNOW, for ourselves, WHAT GOD SAYS.
Don't take SOMEONE ELSE'S WORD for it. Check it out FOR YOURSELF!
Paul said it perfectly in Romans 3:4:
"Let God be true, and EVERY MAN a liar".
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014
THE INVISIBLE WAR
The news is filled with wars, rumors of war, and civil unrest in places as disparate as Ukraine, Syria and Venezuela.
But there's another war going on that nobody talks about.
It's THE MOST IMPORTANT war. Yet, it doesn't get any press.
Most people AREN'T EVEN AWARE of it.
Even those in ministry rarely ever mention it, and don't really know what's at stake.
It's the war for your soul.
Even now, as you read these words, there's a war going on in the invisible realm of the spirit over your eternal soul.
God would love to have you spend eternity with Him. Satan would like just as much to drag you into eternal torment with him.
Who wins this war is ENTIRELY DEPENDENT ON YOU!
WHAT? I thought that God is greater and more powerful than Satan.
I thought Jesus already won the victory at Calvary! Right again.
I thought He ALREADY PAID FOR all my sins! He did!
Jesus won eternal victory over Satan. That's true.
He is almighty, Satan isn't.
Satan's behind's been whipped.
Yes, Jesus is the ultimate Victor. Yes, all your sins are already paid for. However, ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE WHO WINS THE WAR FOR YOUR ETERNAL SOUL.
As much as God LOVES YOU AND WANTS YOU TO spend eternity with Him, He didn't make you a mindless robot. He didn't make you a submissive slave, who has no say on the matter.
Quite the contrary: he gave you something called "free will". It's your God-given RIGHT TO CHOOSE.
You, and ONLY YOU, can choose WHO WINS with regards to your eternal soul.
Why are God and Satan so interested in your soul?
For the same reason: because you bear the Image of God.
It's God's Image in you that they're both after.
God put his own Image in you (Genesis 1:27-28). Therefore, it rightfully belongs to Him.
Even after man betrayed God, gave in to Satan at the Garden of Eden, and became a lost soul, God paid THE ULTIMATE PRICE of His Son, and His Divine immaculate Blood to BUY YOU BACK.
Despite the unimaginable price He paid FOR YOU, YOU STILL get to decide with whom you spend eternity.
You have the right to reject God, reject His Image, and spend eternity with Satan, the loser.
Don't you know THAT SATAN WOULD JUST LOVE TO HAVE YOU AS HIS TROPHY?
Are you going to let him win?
You also have the right to CHOOSE JESUS,invite Jesus to enter your heart, and resurrect His Image in you.
Well, what if I don't want to choose? Can't I remain "neutral"?
There's no such thing. Neutrality may work in human diplomacy, but NOT WHEN IT COMES TO SPIRITUAL ISSUES.
In the spirit realm, there's no middle ground.
It's gotta be one or the other.
If you DON'T CHOOSE JESUS, you're automatically siding with Satan, BY DEFAULT.
If you HAVEN'T CHOSEN JESUS YET, then YOU'RE ALREADY ON Satan's side (John 3:18).
The Good News is you can SWITCH SIDES (Colossians 1:13).
As long as you have breath in your lungs, as long as YOU'RE PHYSICALLY ALIVE, you can receive Jesus as Lord.
The thing is... you don't know HOW MUCH LONGER you're going to live.
And I'm not trying to scare you. Nobody knows. "Tomorrow" is not guaranteed to anyone. Even the next 5 MINUTES are not guaranteed to anyone.
You only have TODAY: The only "time" you can TOTALLY COUNT ON is THIS PRESENT MOMENT.
You can ONLY receive Jesus IN THE HERE AND NOW.
I wouldn't postpone making that choice, if I were you.
This is one war WHERE ONLY YOU can determine the outcome.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014
TEACHING THE WORD
People who come to faith in Christ through our ministry sometimes get all excited and want to learn everything OVERNIGHT.
They think that by bombarding me with questions they will reach this level of knowledge in two weeks.
While I totally understand their excitement and would never do anything to dampen their enthusiasm, new believers NEED TO PACE THEMSELVES.
It is absolute MUST.
It's not a question of HOW FAST YOU CAN READ the Bible, or our website's contents. Even if you could read both in 10 minutes, it means nothing, unless YOU ASSIMILATE what you've read, and allow it TAKE ROOT deep in your spirit.
Jesus taught this principle in the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20).
We sow the Seed (Christ Himself) into your hearts, but UNLESS HE TAKES ROOT THERE, the "cares of this world, the thorns, or the rocks" will suffocate it (Mark 4:16-19).
Seeds DON'T grow into BIG, STRONG TREES from one day to the next (Mark 4:26-29).
Seeds MUST BE fertilized (fed), then watered often or ON A DAILY BASIS.
The same is true about the Divine Seed, who is Christ.
If that DOESN'T happen, you'll always be a SUPERFICIAL believer, AT BEST.
I guarantee you'll end up discouraged, confused, be totally ineffective in the Kingdom, and will never develop as a strong spiritual person.
This is not easy for a beginner in the faith to grasp because it ALMOST sounds like a contraction:
"Well, wait a minute, Martel... Aren't you the one who's always telling everybody to study the Bible"?
"So, now you're telling me NOT to study it so much"?
You can study it ALL YOU WANT.
Do it around the clock if you want to.
What I'm saying is DON'T TRY TO LEARN EVERYTHING and UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING instantaneously.
I don't know of ANY WAY ON EARTH to make a newborn baby become a full grown adult overnight.
I know of NO WAY ON EARTH to make a child go from kindergarten level to university level in 10 days.
That would be ABNORMAL and is TOTALLY UNREALISTIC.
In the timeless realm of spirit, these things take place instantly. In the time-bound natural earth realm, where we find ourselves at the moment, they TAKE TIME.
There's NO WAY to get around that.
It's NOT ABOUT how many questions you ask or how many questions I answer.
It's about what you ABSORB and allow to become DEEPLY ROOTED in your heart.
I don't run a spiritual fast-food joint.
We provide NUTRITIOUS, Christ-centered teaching on a DAILY basis. We also provide scriptural references so that you can study these things for yourself, meditate on them, CHEW ON IT, DIGEST THEM, become rooted and grounded in them, and GROW STRONG.
I didn't LEARN everything I know from one day to the next. It's taken me MANY YEARS of Bible study, being ALONE with God, where there is NO ONE ELSE AROUND and no interruptions, COUNTLESS HOURS of meditating His Word, wrestling with these issues, SEEKING JESUS WITH ALL MY HEART, talking to the Holy Spirit and LISTENING to Him.
You can learn MUCH of what I know, and A LOT SOONER than I did, by reading AND ASSIMILATING these daily messages.
But even if I quit my job, quit the ministry and DEVOTED MYSELF TOTALLY TO YOUR NEEDS, I could not teach you everything I know in a day, a week, a month, or even an entire year.
And no, I can't quit my job, and WON'T quit the ministry for you or anyone else, since I was called BY JESUS, not by man or by denomination.
You must allow yourself TIME TO GROW.
As you do, you'll be surprised how your perspective changes, as you come to realize that things that seemed so important to you at first are, in the Grand Scheme of things, far less important than you once thought.
Well, what if the Rapture happens while I'm still a babe in Christ?
You can't get any "luckier" than that!
...Because you'll be translated into the realm of spirit and THAT'S WHERE YOU CAN ASSIMILATE EVERYTHING IN AN INSTANT, which is not possible on this earth realm.
If that happens, you'll learn everything quickly and the "easy way" instead of the "hard way" like most of us this side of eternity have.
"Oh, well, then I'll just stay a spiritual baby ‘til Christ comes".
No. The OTHER EXTREME is even worse. It leads to SPIRITUAL ATROPHY, and that's A VERY COSTLY AND DANGEROUS disease.
Don't go there. Don't play games with Jesus, especially where Salvation is concerned.
I appreciate those who are enthusiastic about learning God's Word. And I encourage them to do so.
But please BE PATIENT.
Spiritual growth it's NOT measured in terms of QUANTITY, but of QUALITY.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014
HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE ?
In Deuteronomy 6:4 we find the immortal words often recited in Hebrew worship:
"SHEMA yisrael Yahweh (Adonai) eloheinu Yahweh (Adonai) echad".
"Hear O Israel the LORD our God is ONE".
It's often referred to simply as the "Shema".
This verse is often used by opponents of the Trinity, in a futile attempt to DISPROVE the plurality within that One God:
"See? It says God is ONE, not THREE".
Well, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity has NEVER SAID there are THREE "gods", but ONE God, WHO manifests in THREE forms: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The PERFECT Unity of the three in One God is often called The Godhead.
In fact the Hebrew word echad used in this verse as "one" is what is known in grammar as a COLLECTIVE noun.
Collective nouns are technically SINGULAR, yet contain A PLURALITY (more than one) in themselves.
For example, the U.S. ARMY is ONE army comprised of several branches including the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as over one MILLION individual soldiers, yet it's only ONE army.
Your favorite football or baseball TEAM is ONE team comprised of more than A DOZEN players.
The CHOIR in your congregation is ONE choir, comprised of HOWEVER MANY singers.
The Church is ONE, but it's comprised of millions or billions of believers.
That echad IS a collective noun can be clearly seen in Genesis 11:6:
"And the LORD said, Behold, THE PEOPLE (PLURAL) are ONE (echad)"...
And, again, in Genesis 2:24:
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and THEY (plural) will become ONE (echad) flesh".
Paul referred to this tremendous Truth as "a great mystery".
However, he added, nowhere is this "mystery" greater than with regards to "Christ and His Church" (Ephesians 5:32).
Yes, there's ONLY ONE God. Praise His Name forever!
Yes, there's ONLY ONE Jesus, who IS that One God, praise His Name forever!
But that ONE God, that ONE Jesus, contains WITHIN HIMSELF millions if not billions of facets.
That's where the Church comes in.
WHY do you think we're called, COLLECTIVELY, the Body (singular) OF Christ?
Because we're ONE Body comprised of MANY DIFFERENT "Body parts"... yet only ONE Body, His Church, of which He is now and FOREVER the Head.
That One Jesus LIVES in each member of His Body.
We are IN Him, and He is IN us.
If you're born again, that ONE Jesus LIVES IN you.
He created you, He SAVED you. He BOUGHT YOU with His own Blood.
Therefore that One Jesus has EVERY RIGHT to MANIFEST thru you.
Why do you think He gave you His Divine Nature? (2 Peter 1:4).
Why do you think He calls you His Body?
He may be THE HEAD, but the arms are Jesus, the legs are Jesus, the torso is Jesus, the thighs are Jesus, the hands are Jesus, the feet are Jesus, the toes are Jesus:
"For those He KNEW IN ADVANCE, He also did PREDESTINATE to be CONFORMED to the Image OF his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Romans 8:29).
"Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth 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).
If you're born again, you're not that big jerk you APPEAR to be.
You're not, and I'm not, that ugly sinner we APPEAR to be.
You're not even that "nice Christian" you PRETEND to be.
Jesus LIVES IN YOU. He LIVES in me.
We're PREDESTINED (it's already PRE-ARRANGED, a DONE DEAL) TO BE LIKE HIM.
No matter how we LOOK or ACT right now...
We have a GLORIOUS and marvelous Destiny to look forward to...
We're A BUNCH OF JESUSES waiting to happen.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014
UNDER A CURSE
"For WHOEVER SHALL KEEP THE WHOLE LAW, AND YET OFFEND IN ONE POINT, HE IS GUILTY OF ALL.
For he that said: Do not commit adultery, also said: Do not kill. Now if you don't commit adultery, yet you kill, YOU HAVE BECOME A TRANSGRESSOR OF THE LAW" (James 2:10-11).
"For AS MANY AS ARE OF THE WORKS OF THE LAW ARE UNDER THE CURSE: for it is written, CURSED IS EVERY ONE that CONTINUES NOT in ALL THINGS which are written in the book of the law to do them" (Galatians 3:10).
You can't say it ANY CLEARER THAN THAT.
The Word of God is clear that by the works of the law NO ONE is justified (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
Furthermore, those who are "OF THE WORKS of the Law" are UNDER THE CURSE", as we just read above.
Why would ANYONE want to live under the curse?
I can't understand WHY some who call themselves "Christian" would prefer THE BONDAGE of Law to the FREEDOM of the Spirit that Jesus procured.
Yet that is EXACTLY where many so-called Christians are today.
Deceived and brainwashed by some recently invented denomination that promises "salvation" and claims to be "the only true church" when ALL THEY DO is put you, dear soul for whom Jesus died, BACK UNDER THE CURSE from which He redeemed you with no less than His own, priceless Blood (1 Peter 1:18-19).
"Christ HAS REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW...That THE BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive...the Spirit THROUGH FAITH" (Galatians 3:13-14).
The Spirit, "Christian" friends, is the GUARANTEE of our Redemption (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).
If you have the GUARANTEE, from God Himself, you need nothing else TO KNOW that you're ETERNALLY SAVED (John 3:5; Ephesians 1:13-14).
If you received the Holy Spirit (God's PERSONAL GUARANTEE of Redemption) BY FAITH, WHY go back to a Law that never saved ANYONE?
WHY do you insist on putting yourself UNDER THE CURSE?
Is that recently invented religion - THAT WILL SOON DISAPPEAR and be FORGOTTEN - worth YOUR ETERNAL SALVATION?
Invite Jesus into your heart and TRUST HIM ALONE to save you.
There is Salvation in NO ONE ELSE. There is NO OTHER NAME by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014
THE FIFTH SEAL
"And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar THE SOULS OF THEM THAT WERE SLAIN for the word of God, and FOR THE TESTIMONY WHICH THEY HELD:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, HOW LONG, O Lord, holy and true, DO YOU NOT JUDGE AND AVENGE OUR BLOOD ON THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should REST YET FOR A LITTLE WHILE, UNTIL their fellow servants also and THEIR BRETHREN, THAT SHOULD BE KILLED AS THEY WERE, should be FULFILLED" (Revelation 6:9-11).
Every time I hear or read about Christians being persecuted and killed for their faith, I'm both heartbroken and angry.
Like some South Korean tourists recently killed at an Egyptian resort, JUST FOR BEING Christian.
Or individuals, families, and entire congregations, being targeted in Cairo and Alexandria, JUST FOR BEING Christian.
As badly as organized religion has mangled the Christian Message, it's still FAR SUPERIOR to any other, and fear-filled religions know that they simply CANNOT COMPETE.
That's why they're FRIGHTENED BY our Faith, and hence, INTOLERANT.
Unlike their dead, invented, NONEXISTENT "god", who couldn't even write his own book without PLAGIARIZING OURS, our God IS REAL and ALIVE.
There is NO OTHER GOD beside Him.
It's hard for those who live in the U.S., or even in the Western Hemisphere, to relate to what many of our brethren risk in certain parts of the world: countries like China, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, North Korea, Egypt and others too numerous to mention.
I find myself grieving for people that I don't even know in the natural.
And, TOTALLY IN THE FLESH, I want to blast the criminal bastards who killed or injured them into oblivion.
However, as unpleasant as it is to face, IN SPIRIT I KNOW that this is also one of the signs of the end times given in Scripture, as we read above.
It's a sign SELDOM noticed or discussed, perhaps for obvious reasons, but there it is nonetheless.
Under the Fifth Seal, the tribulation has not yet begun and the Rapture has not yet occurred.
Both these events take place under the very next (Sixth) Seal.
That's where we are right now.
The souls of these martyrs under the altar are IMPATIENTLY asking God "HOW LONG" until He judges the earth and AVENGES THEIR BLOOD?
That can only mean the tribulation.
There is A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF BELIEVERS that must die BEFORE the tribulation begins.
When their number is COMPLETE, the tribulation starts.
As it begins, these precious martyrs RISE as part of the "dead in Christ". Those Christians WHO REMAIN ALIVE are then caught up together with them (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
Then the earth, and the evil terrorists who harmed them, will be judged.
So, this is a warning to those murderous, evil, hate-filled religionists who target innocent people JUST FOR their faith:
The more Christians they kill, the SOONER God's judgment WILL FALL ON THEM.
Hebrews 10:31 comes to mind:
"It is A DREADFUL THING to fall into the hands of the Living God".
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014
HEY, SINNER !
What's your favorite sin?
What sins ARE YOU COMMITTING RIGHT NOW?
Cheating on your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend?
Do you blaspheme God on a regular basis?
A combination of these?
ALL of the above?
I got news for you:
Jesus IS BIGGER THAN your sin.
He's BIGGER THAN ALL YOUR SINS COMBINED.
He's BIGGER THAN ALL THE SINS YOU'VE COMMITTED since the moment you were born to the present.
Whoa, whoa, whoa... Hold on... Are you saying that Jesus APPROVES OF these sins?
I'm saying that He LOVES YOU, IN SPITE OF them.
I'm saying that He ALREADY PAID FOR EVERY ONE OF those sins when He went to the cross.
How TOTALLY STUPID WOULD IT BE FOR YOU TO PAY for all that trash yourself, WHEN JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR IT!!!
I'm saying that He will TOTALLY CLEAN YOU UP.
I'm saying that if you give Him YOUR HEART, He will give you His Heart.
I'm saying that if you give Him YOUR FILTH, He will give you His Righteousness.
I'm saying that your record in heaven will say that YOU NEVER SINNED IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, because Jesus already paid for all your sins and CANCELLED YOUR DEBT.
I'm saying that, as far as God is concerned, you can go SCOT FREE!
Wait a minute, wait a minute...
C'mon, there's gotta be a catch somewhere...
What religion or group do I have to join?
What church do I have to attend?
But don't you have to go to church in order to be saved?
Don't you have to go to church in order to be Christian?
Well, how much money is it going to cost me?
ZERO. It's FREE.
Well, how come I hear all those preachers on TV and all they talk about is money?
I don't know, man. Jesus NEVER asked for money.
They're always trying to sell you stuff...
I know, but Jesus NEVER SOLD anything.
Well, wait... Don't I have to give 10% or something?
No. Jesus never tithed. Jesus never asked for tithes. Jesus never received tithes.
But there must be SOMETHING ELSE that I must do, some sort of good work...
NO. You don't have to do A THING.
All it takes is YOUR WHOLE HEART.
Well, don't I have to pray every day?
You can talk to God whenever you want, AS LITTLE OR AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE, day or night.
Well, don't I have to at least become religious ?
NO. Jesus hates religion.
Well, what religion do you belong to?
So, you're saying that I need to STOP DOING ALL THAT STUFF, then give my heart to Jesus...?
No. I'm saying GIVE YOUR HEART TO Jesus NOW, just as you are, with all your sins and all your filth, and He will do the cleaning.
What if I'm gay?
Give your heart to Jesus and He will cleanse you FROM ALL SIN, no matter WHAT it is, no matter WHAT you've done.
But I've heard many Christians and even pastors say that Jesus hates gays and that all gays will go to hell...
Forget what "they" say: Jesus said that WHOEVER COMES TO HIM, He will IN NO WAY REJECT (John 6:37).
He won't reject gays, or any other sinner that comes to Him with all his/her heart.
Are you SERIOUS? Do you mean to tell me that ALL I need to be saved, forgiven and cleaned up is GIVE MY HEART TO JESUS?
That's EXACTLY what I'm saying.
You mean it's THAT EASY?
YES. It's THAT easy.
Well, hold on now...
How come I never heard this before?
I don't know. It's been in the Bible for the past 2,000 years.
Well, suppose I give my heart to Jesus, and then I go back and commit some of those sins again...
He PAID FOR THOSE, TOO. Every last one of them!
He paid for those sins, too? You're NOT putting me on...?
NOPE. He's got your back. He's got you covered: past, present and future.
Hey man, wake up... I'm offering you THE BEST DEAL EVER OFFERED, IN ALL THE AGES!!!
Well, how do I give my heart to Jesus?
Geez... I thought you'd never ask!
You have to INVITE Him to enter your heart, and you must MEAN IT (SINCERELY).
Tell Him something like this FROM THE VERY DEPTHS OF your being:
"Lord Jesus, please save me. Come into my heart. I'm sorry for my sins and I repent of them. I receive you as only God and Savior. I believe you died for my sins and rose physically from the dead. I trust you completely for Salvation. I give you my whole heart and my entire life. I am now and forever yours. Thank you for cleaning me and saving me".
I don't know... I feel like a new person...
YOU ARE a new person.
Well, what happens now?
It's already happened: You're saved FOREVER, you're clean.
Enjoy your relationship with Jesus, talk to Him whenever you like, get baptized in water, read the New Testament 15 minutes a day, and this daily message anytime you want.
These things won't save you. You're already saved. But they will help you grow and enjoy Jesus that much more.
Now, give me a hug.
Welcome into the Kingdom of God.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014
Contemporary Christian music is ONE OF THE WORST ARTIFICIAL FILLERS ever invented.
It enters some of the "outer holes" in our bodies, in this case our ears.
It SELDOM PENETRATES the HEART.
And it NEVER FILLS that INNER HOLE, AT THE CORE OF our being, THAT ONLY JESUS HIMSELF can fill.
Contemporary Christian music is third rate ENTERTAINMENT, pure and simple.
It's BOREDOM KILLER for the religiously bored.
One need only track the evolution of religious music to gauge its decline: from David's profound, Spirit-filled, worshipful, stirring Psalms to today's meaningless fluff.
The Early Church had NO contemporary anything, let alone "Christian" music.
That's why music is hardly mentioned in the New Testament.
They used Hebrew liturgy based mostly on the Psalms.
Jesus and His disciples sang Hallel (Psalms 113-118) at the end of the Last Supper (Matthew 26:30).
Christians kept using that BIBLICAL, SPIRITUAL MUSIC for THE FIRST ONE THOUSAND YEARS OF Church history.
So-called Gregorian Chants were not invented until the ninth and tenth century.
As solemn and monotonous as they are, at least they draw the listener INWARD.
In Ephesians 5:19, Paul tells us "be CONTINUOUSLY FILLED with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves IN PSALMS and hymns and SPIRITUAL songs, singing and making melody IN YOUR HEART (not in your head) to the Lord".
After the Reformation in the 16th century, Christians began to write hymns, some of which are still sung today.
They are, for the most part, incredibly boring, and teeming with religion.
A few, however, do "hit home" and reflect Bible doctrine.
That brings us to today's aptly named CONTEMPORARY "Christian" music.
It's FAR MORE contemporary than it is Christian.
It's a FAILED religious attempt to offer Christians, and Christian youth in particular, an "alternative" to secular pop music.
As so-called Christian TV emerged in the 50's and then became widespread from the 70's to the present, such music became A NECESSITY.
After all, you couldn't JUST TALK in front of the cameras for TWO SOLID HOURS, with no breaks, so you had to provide some "entertainment" for the audience.
Most of it is RELIGIOUS GARBAGE, and boring as hell.
EVEN WHEN it says the right words, which is rare, it totally trivializes them by stating them in a casual manner, thus turning them into meaningless drivel.
I got news for you evangelicals: Praying the Rosary is NOT the only "vain repetition" going on in Christendom.
Are there A FEW contemporary songs that are meaningful, worth listening to, line up with Scripture, and sink deep?
You bet. Underline the word "FEW".
I'm a firm believer in freedom of expression. I would never censor, or tell anyone NOT TO listen to such music.
Nor am I saying it's sin, or that it can't be heard ONCE IN A WHILE.
If YOU like it, and want to hear it, that's up to you.
What I'm saying is: IT'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR deep study and meditation of God's Word.
Even more emphatically:
It's NO SUBSTITUTE FOR a deep, intimate relationship with the Savior, where WE ARE CONTINUOUSLY BEING FILLED WITH HIS SPIRIT (as Scripture commands) and where His FULLNESS manifests more and more in our daily lives.
A yet, unfortunately, THAT IS EXACTLY what it has become: A SORRY SUBSTITUTE.
I hear ALL THE TIME from "Christians" who love "Christian" music, know all the songs, own all the CD's and videos and attend all the concerts.
They are spiritual lightweights, to put it mildly.
They're totally confused. Their knowledge of Scripture is dismal. They're NOT CERTAIN OF ANYTHING, including THEIR OWN salvation, much less are they capable of bringing others to saving faith in Christ.
I rest my case.
Contemporary "Christian" music HAS FAILED MISERABLY.
Not only has it NOT KEPT Christian youth from listening to decaying secular music. It has replaced THE SCRIPTURES, AND JESUS HIMSELF, as the center of attention, and prevented Him from filling our EMPTY, ANEMIC hearts.
It HASN'T become "an alternative" to secular music. It's become AN ALTERNATIVE TO JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Isaiah 29:13 describes modern "Christian" music to a "T":
"These people come near me WITH THEIR MOUTH and honor me WITH THEIR LIPS,but THEIR HEARTS are FAR FROM ME".
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
WHEN SALT HAS NO FLAVOR
Those who complain about THE ECONOMY being bad, about having a negative outlook, and feeling that the country's headed in the wrong direction, SHOULD NOT blame EVERYTHING on Obama or Bush.
Instead, take a long, HONEST, self-critical look in the mirror.
Whether most of you realize it or not, the country's been headed in the wrong direction FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.
The economy doesn't turn sour overnight, and for no reason.
This economy is A REFLECTION of the TOTAL moral bankruptcy which is the hallmark of THIS FINAL generation.
And I'm not talking about the unsaved, I'm talking in general terms, Christians included.
No sooner had yesterday's piercing and MUCH NEEDED message been posted, some were trivializing it by sending us "Christian" music videos.
If you care more about THE MUSIC than the Message, you DIDN'T GET IT.
"Christian" entertainment is A BUSINESS. So-called "Christian" entertainers are, for the most part, AS WORLDLY AS secular entertainers.
They're just as lustful, just as hooked on drugs, sex, porn, as the world.
You may not hear much about their escapades because they don't publicize them for obvious reasons:
If they did, they'd be exposed for what they really are and DUMB Christians would no longer buy or listen to their music.
There ARE exceptions, but PRECIOUS FEW.
Most Christians are superficial religious phonies, with no deeply held convictions.
Haven't you read the Gospels?
We are SUPPOSED TO BE the "salt" of the earth.
Salt was used in ancient times -- and still is in many parts of the world -- as A PRESERVATIVE to cure and PREVENT meats and fish FROM SPOILING.
Salt also has healing properties and was used on wounds to help them heal and PREVENT INFECTION.
If salt loses its flavor IT'S GOOD FOR NOTHING, and only a matter of time before EVERYTHING ELSE turns rotten (Matthew 5:13).
If Christians, who are supposed to be the salt, have no moral convictions, and STAND FOR NOTHING, what do you expect will happen with the rest of society?
If you want to know, just look around.
We're living in a PUTRID world, ripe for God's judgment.
When you have supposedly "evangelical" pastors who can't decide whether salvation is BY GRACE ONLY or by an impure mixture of "faith PLUS WORKS", YOU KNOW WE'RE IN TROUBLE.
When you got "Christians" who've attended church services FOR 30 YEARS, and don't know THE ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE that Jesus' death and resurrection made in man's relationship with God, you realize that THEY DON'T even KNOW WHAT they "believe".
That's why they CLAIM TO "believe" something today, SOMETHING ELSE tomorrow and SOMETHING ELSE the next day.
That shows THEY DIDN'T REALLY BELIEVE ANYTHING in the first place.
They're SUPERFICIAL "Christians" with NO SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION, whose Salvation, by THE SHEER GRACE OF GOD, is barely hanging by a thread.
Thank God it's ETERNAL and CAN'T be lost, or no one would make it.
Say what you will about our Founding Fathers: they may not have been right about everything. But they got A LOT right because they had what this generation lacks: deeply held beliefs, and a clear moral compass.
There's PLENTY of blame to go around, and we all bear our share.
However, when you peel back all the layers, THE PRINCIPAL CULPRITS of the dismal spiritual condition from which Christendom suffers are THE PREACHERS.
The SPIRITUAL and MORAL CONDITION of the Church and, by extension, of the nation... and, by further extension... OF THE WORLD... will never rise above the level of its SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP.
It's easy to blame everything on politicians.
But they are mere reflections of who we are as a society.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014
THAT HOLE IN YOUR HEART
This superficial generation is more comfortable and affluent than any other.
It has more homes, cars, clothes, bling, money, sex, food, drugs, booze, entertainment, comforts, gadgets and OUTER conveniences than any other, yet has A HUGE HOLE on the INSIDE.
Because that INNER HOLE is INVISIBLE, we try to compensate for our inner emptiness by FILLING THE VISIBLE, PHYSICAL, OUTER HOLES in our bodies with every imaginable item, and then some.
That inner vacancy is reflected everywhere you look:
It used to take REAL TALENT to become a celebrity, but not anymore.
Today people become famous for keeping up their surgically enhanced physical appearance, engaging in real weird or raunchy behavior in front of cameras, and bragging about their sexual exploits.
One day a person claims to be "in love" with someone, marries that someone, and three days later is sleeping WITH SOMEONE ELSE. Wow! Some serious "love" that was!
People have babies not because they really want them, but because they consider it "cool" and, besides, it will get them even MORE PRESS.
To what lengths certain individuals will go in trying to fill their emptiness is reflected in popular culture where unbridled SEX - the more devious the better - drugs and scandalous behavior are the order of the day.
But the sad reality is that ALL OF THOSE ARTIFICIAL FILLERS may TEMPORARILY fill some of the OUTER HOLES in our bodies, BUT NONE OF THAT will fill THE GAPING HOLE INSIDE:
You had the most amazing drug-enhanced, alcohol fueled sex in the world, THEN WHAT?
It "satisfied" you for 15 minutes, or so IT SEEMED: WHAT do you do WITH THE REST OF THE DAY or, for that matter, WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
Because when those 15 minutes are OVER, you'll feel EMPTIER than before.
And WHAT WILL BECOME OF YOU when you get older and are no longer that attractive, or can no longer perform as you once did?
You made the cover of that magazine and were chosen "the sexiest whatever in the world", THEN WHAT?
You became a fashion icon, or attended that awards show and were tagged as "best dressed", THEN WHAT?
You became famous after writing that best seller, recording that hit song, starring in that hit movie, or TV show, THEN WHAT?
You slept with EVERYONE you came across, of both sexes, had threesomes, foursomes, group sex, you name it, THEN WHAT?
You have all the money, fancy cars, jewels, designer duds, wild parties, all the I Pods, I Pads, Kindles and Blackberries available, THEN WHAT?
AFTER all of the above is over, deep inside where THE REAL YOU IS HIDING, you'll be just as LONELY, just AS SCARED, just as STARVED FOR TRUE LOVE, and JUST AS EMPTY as you were before.
Because NO AMOUNT OF ARTIFICIAL FILLER can FILL THE VOID, or SATISFY the deep longing and desperate craving in your heart of hearts!
You can keep on PRETENDING to be someone you're NOT...
And that INNER HOLE will only grow BIGGER and BIGGER...
Or, you can FACE TRUTH and realize that what you really are is JESUS STARVED.
You need Jesus, MORE THAN you know.
You need to have Him PENETRATE and FILL the deepest recesses of your being.
Nothing and no one in this OUTER world will ever FILL THAT INNER HOLE, and satisfy that DEEP-ROOTED NEED FOR REAL, UNCONDITIONAL, NEVER-ENDING LOVE ON THE INSIDE.
DESPITE your best (and futile) attempts to bury YOUR NEED under mountains of artificial junk....
"Living" ON THE OUTSIDE means nothing if you're DEAD on the INSIDE.
All that junk will no more satisfy YOUR INNER HUNGER than a bag of Cheetos will satisfy your stomach.
Cheetos taste good...but 10 minutes later you'll STILL be CRAVING REAL food.
Because after all is said and done, it's NOT those "outer holes" that you need to fill...
IT'S THAT INNER HOLE.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2014
NONE WITH HIM
"Who is this that comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength?
I that speak in righteousness: MIGHTY TO SAVE.
Why are you red in your apparel, and your garments like him THAT TREADS IN THE WINEPRESS?
I have trodden the winepress alone; and OF THE PEOPLE THERE WAS NONE WITH ME.".. (Isaiah 63:1-3).
"OF THE PEOPLE THERE WERE NONE WITH ME"...
If the Church were still on earth, wouldn't the millions or billions of Christians be "with" Christ? Wouldn't we be ON HIS SIDE?
Scripture makes it clear that Jesus treads the winepress of God's wrath at His Second Coming (Joel 3;13-14; Revelation 14:17-20; 19:11-16).
What a CLEAR STATEMENT about believers NOT being on the earth when that happens!
In addition to the CONCLUSIVE AND IRREFUTABLE biblical evidence we've given for the Rapture taking place AS THE TRIBULATION BEGINS - for all intents and purposes "pre-trib" - here's yet ANOTHER SCRIPTURE that says, clear as crystal, that at the END of the tribulation, when Jesus' Second Coming occurs, "of the people (on earth), THERE ARE NONE with Him".
At that point, THERE is NO ONE on the Lord's side.
EVERYONE LEFT has sided with Antichrist.
If the Church were still on earth, wouldn't at least THE CHURCH BE WITH HIM?
If we WERE here, WE WOULD BE on the Lord's side.
And if we WERE here and WEREN'T on Jesus' side WE'D ALL BE LOST, and Jesus would have died for naught, since there would be NO CHURCH.
There's NO WAY the Church can be ON EARTH when the Second Coming of Christ takes place.
Consequently, there's NO WAY the rapture of PRESENT believers can be post-trib.
There NO WAY that even those who become believers during the tribulation will be on earth at the Second Coming.
They are raptured prior to the 7 bowl judgments and Armageddon (Revelation 15:2).
The "post trib rapture" MYTH is A LIE INVENTED BY LEGALISTIC, fear-filled religious minds. The same minds who invented "salvation by works". The same minds that invented the lie about "purgatory".
They feel that Jesus' Sacrifice isn't sufficient to eternally save us. They, therefore, insist on PAYING for their own sins by SUFFERING through the horrible tribulation.
That's why they also tampered with Scripture (Matthew 24:29) and mistranslated it ON PURPOSE to accommodate their fearful eschatology.
NO ONE gets raptured at the end of the tribulation.
There is NO "post-trib" Rapture...
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2014
KINGS FOR AN HOUR
"Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so THIS WILL BE A DIVIDED KINGDOM; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.
As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle: And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so THE PEOPLE WILL BE A MIXTURE AND WILL NOT REMAIN UNITED, any more than iron mixes with clay.
In the time of those kings, the God of heaven WILL SET UP A KINGDOM THAT WILL NEVER BE DESTROYED, NOR WILL IT BE LEFT TO ANOTHER PEOPLE.
IT WILL CRUSH ALL THOSE KINGDOMS AND BRING THEM TO AN END, BUT IT WILL ITSELF ENDURE FOREVER" (Daniel 2:41-44).
The tribulation world won't look or function anything like our world.
Whatever survives the trumpet judgments will probably live in primitive conditions for those 3½ years.
The LEAST affected by the avalanche of calamities will be those nations that border and surround the Mediterranean basin.
In other words, the territory that used to belong to the ancient Roman Empire.
From that area, and in the aftermath of enormous and unprecedented devastation - including but not limited to the instant destruction by fire of ONE THIRD of the earth's surface, and the death of ONE THIRD of the world's population - 10 kings will arise (Daniel 7:24).
As we read in the verses above, they will differ greatly culturally and militarily.
The ONE COMMON INTEREST THAT THEY WILL SHARE is their hatred for Jesus and their adamant refusal to accept Him as their King (Revelation 17:14).
Who these kings are, we are not told.
We know that, as of the first century A.D. (when Revelation was written), they had not yet received their kingdom.
They get to reign for "one hour" (a brief period of time) with Antichrist.
Are they present monarchs? Who knows?
As far as European monarchies go, we don't know who'll stay and who'll leave.
We don't know who may cry out to Jesus at the very last moment and be raptured.
Most present European kings are mere parliamentary figureheads with no real power or ability to make national decisions or dictate policy.
The tribulation kings WILL HAVE THOSE POWERS.
Whether they're people we presently know and read about in People, Time or Vanity Fair, or guys we never heard of who seize power at that time, we'll have to wait and see.
It's almost a sure bet that Jordan's King Abdullah will be among them.
Why? For one thing, he's Muslim and won't go in the Rapture unless he has a last minute conversion.
For another, it's very noteworthy that THE ONLY Middle Eastern country UNTOUCHED by Antichrist will be Jordan (Daniel 11:41).
At the moment, they have a fragile peace treaty with Israel.
Jordan, however, will betray Israel and appropriate the Holy Land during the tribulation (Ezekiel 36:5-7; Joel 3:19-21).
ONLY AFTER these 10 kings rise to power, will Antichrist emerge from the pit (Daniel 7:24; Revelation 11:7).
They will be so impressed by him, his fame, his legendary military achievements, his resurrection, and apparent "immortality", that they will VOLUNTARILY give their power and kingdoms to him (Revelation 13:3-4; 17:13, 17).
Just as long as he can get rid of Jesus...
For 3½ years Antichrist will get to be "king of kings".
What must happen, then, in order for Antichrist to return to earth?
1. The tribulation must begin (Revelation 6:12).
2. The Rapture must take place (Revelation 7:9-16).
3. Trumpet judgments must begin (Revelation 8:1-3).
4. 10 kings must rise to power in the area surrounding the Mediterranean (Daniel 7:24).
THAT'S when the world's stage will be completely set for him to make his grand and final entrance.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014
LOVE IS A PERSON
As rich, precise and diverse as the English language is, being the language of science, and having the largest vocabulary of any language; it's rather deficient where love is concerned.
The English dictionary provides no fewer than 13 different definitions for the word "love", and they're as different as day and night. It can mean:
1. Strong affection for another.
2. Sexual desire.
3. Affection based on admiration, or common interests.
4. Warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion.
5. The object of attachment, devotion, or admiration.
6. A beloved person -often used as a term of endearment.
7. Unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as the fatherly concern of God for humankind.
8. Brotherly concern for others.
9. A person's adoration of God.
10. An amorous episode.
12. In tennis, it means ZERO.
13. Last, but not least, it means THE PERSONIFICATION OF love, Jesus.
While the English word "love" can be used to express any of the above, the Greek language, in which the New Testament was written, is much more precise:
Agape = deep, TRUE, Divine, SACRIFICIAL love.
This is the word used throughout the New Testament to describe God, His Nature, and in the "love chapter", 1 Corinthians chapter 13.
Eros is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The Modern Greek word "erotas" means "intimate love."
Philia is dispassionate virtuous love. It's the love or loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity.
Storge means "natural affection", like that felt by parents for offspring.
In 1 John 4:16 God describes Himself as Agape:
"God IS Agape".
Agape (God) is A PERSON.
Agape is Divine Love and Divine Substance (1 John 4:16).
On this day when "love" is celebrated in large parts of the world, please remember that NO MORTAL LOVE, no matter how grand, can satisfy the deepest longings of your soul.
Only Divine Love (Jesus) can do that.
There are millions of "eros", "phileos", and even "storges", but THERE'S ONLY ONE "agape".
Do you KNOW agape? Have you EXPERIENCED agape?
Human love may be a thing, but REAL Love is a Person.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
THE WINEPRESS OF GOD
"Who is this that comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is GLORIOUS IN HIS APPAREL, traveling in the greatness of his strength?
I that speak in righteousness, MIGHTY TO SAVE.
Why ARE YOU RED IN YOUR APPAREL and your garments LIKE HIM THAT TREADS IN THE WINEPRESS?
I HAVE TRODDEN THE WINEPRESS ALONE; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in my anger, and trample them in my fury; AND THEIR BLOOD (like the juice of grapes trodden in a winepress) SHALL BE SPRINKLED UPON MY GARMENTS and I will stain all my raiment.
For THE DAY OF VENGEANCE is in my heart and THE YEAR OF MY REDEEMED HAS COME" (Isaiah 63:1-4).
God's Word speaks repeatedly about His winepress.
Wine presses were typically located within vineyards, for convenience and easy access.
In ancient times, grapes were stomped in wine presses to extract their juice which would eventually ferment into wine.
They consisted of a stomping area, with a small hole for further grape crushing, and a long narrow canal through which the juice would flow, be filtered, collected, and finally stored in jars (Picture below right).
Israel is God's vineyard (Isaiah 5:7).
Hence, THAT'S WHERE God's winepress is located:
During Solomon's kingdom there was a place called the King's Garden or the King's Winepress, on the Kidron Valley, just southeast of Jerusalem's Old City (Song of Solomon 8:11-12).
About 500 yards southwest from it is the place called Akeldama or "Field of Blood" in the Valley of Hinnom, where Judas hung himself (Acts 1:19).
Therefore, we know the winepress is in Israel and that it runs through the Kidron Valley.
This is confirmed in Joel 3:12-14:
"Let the nations (gentiles) be aroused and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (another name for the Kidron Valley):
For there I will sit TO JUDGE ALL THE SURROUNDING NATIONS. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, FOR THE WINE PRESS IS FULL; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision"...
In ancient times the location of the King's Winepress was aptly named Baal-hamon (meaning "Lord of the multitude", Song of Solomon 8:11).
Revelation 14:17-20 again tells us the winepress is "outside the city" (Jerusalem) and give us more details about what will take place at the end of the tribulation:
"Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. Still another angel...came... and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, "Take your sharp sickle and GATHER THE CLUSTERS OF GRAPES FROM THE EARTH'S VINE, BECAUSE ITS GRAPES ARE RIPE."
The angel swung his sickle on the earth, GATHERED ITS GRAPES AND THREW THEM INTO THE GREAT WINEPRESS of God's wrath.
They were trampled IN THE WINEPRESS OUTSIDE THE CITY, AND BLOOD FLOWED OUT OF THE PRESS, RISING AS HIGH AS THE HORSES' BRIDLES for a distance of 1,600 stadia" (about 180 miles, which is the approximate distance from Megiddo, down the Jezreel Valley to the Kidron Valley in Jerusalem, down to Ezion Geber on the Gulf of Aqaba at the northern tip of the Red Sea).
Whether the phrase "horses' bridles" is literal or merely a figure of speech, we're talking about a veritable RIVER OF BLOOD running down the Jezreel Valley and all the way down the Kidron Valley.
Grape harvest in Israel begins on the 15th of Av and ENDS on Tishri 10, which is Yom Kippur (Babylonian Talmud, tractate Ta'anit 30b-31a).
This perfectly matches tribulation chronology that the Second Coming takes place on Yom Teruah and the tribulation officially ends on Yom Kippur.
The only question remaining is WHO IS THE PERSON THAT TREADS THE WINEPRESS, and tramples his enemies into rivers of blood?
Revelation 19:11-16 tell us His Name:
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon it WAS CALLED Faithful and True, and IN RIGHTEOUSNESS HE DOES JUDGE AND MAKE WAR.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.
And He was clothed WITH A ROBE DIPPED IN BLOOD: and His Name is called The Word of God (John 1:1).
And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of His mouth goes forth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He TREADS THE WINEPRESS OF THE FIERCENESS AND WRATH OF Almighty God.
And He has on His robe and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19: 11-16).
What an awesome Jesus!
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014
The English word "gentile" refers to those who are non-Jews.
However, the Greek word ethnos in the New Testament still refers to non-Israelites but is also translated as "nations" or "heathen". Same goes for the Hebrew word goy (singular) or goyim (plural).
In biblical context, nations other than Israel were considered "goyim" or "ethnos" (gentiles) because they were outside the covenant made with God's chosen.
No Christian, regardless of his ethnicity, should ever think of himself or herself as "gentile", since we're NOT outside God's covenant, but rather very much INSIDE.
This is Paul's clear teaching in Ephesians 2:11-19:
"...you being in time past gentiles in the flesh... were without Christ, being alien from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
But now IN Christ Jesus you who... were far off are made near by the Blood of Christ... because thru Him we both (Jews and non-Jews) have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Now, therefore, you are no more strangers and foreigners (gentiles), but fellow-citizens with the saints and of the household of God".
So, while in the flesh many of us are non-Jews, if you have received the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ, INTO YOUR HEART AS God and Savior, you have been circumcised in spirit, and in spirit have joined the congregation (ekklesia) of God's Chosen, spiritual Israel.
You ARE in covenant with God, therefore, no longer "gentile".
God is spirit (John 4:24). Therefore, entering into covenant with God is done spiritually, not physically.
That's why it's so critical FOR JESUS TO ENTER OUR SPIRITS, AND FOR US TO BE SPIRITUALLY "BORN AGAIN" (John 3:5).
As Paul also said in Romans 2:28-29:
"For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that OF THE HEART, in the spirit...
Cutting off a piece of skin never made anyone spiritual, nor a child of God.
That was just a shadow (outward demonstration) of the real circumcision which is OF THE HEART, spoken of even in the Tanach (Deuteronomy 30:6; Jeremiah 4:4).
It's circumcision OF THE HEART that translates us from the power of darkness into the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13), from being gentile to being a true SPIRITUAL Jew.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
PROPHETS & TEACHERS
"Love never fails: but... PROPHECIES, THEY SHALL FAIL... tongues, they SHALL CEASE... ... knowledge... SHALL VANISH AWAY:
Because WE KNOW IN PART, and WE PROPHESY IN PART, but WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT HAS COME, THEN THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY.
When I was a child, I SPOKE as a child, I UNDERSTOOD as a child, I THOUGHT as a child: but when I became a man, I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS" (1 Corinthians 13:8-11).
"Therefore LEAVING THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES of the doctrine of Christ, LET US GO ON UNTO MATURITY" (Hebrews 6:1)
There is AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF CONFUSION about what a prophet is.
Most Christians FIND PLEASURE IN CARELESSLY AND IGNORANTLY labeling others "false prophet", simply because THEIR TEACHING doesn't conform to their own beliefs, or simply because SOME of their TEACHING changes or turns out to be wrong.
Most Christians, including those who minister, HAVE NO CLUE about what a prophet is, OR ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN a Bible teacher and a prophet.
The Bible makes A CLEAR DISTINCTION between the two (Matthew 23:34; Luke 11:49; Acts 13:1; 1 Corinthians 12:28-29; Ephesians 4:11).
So, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
PROPHETS PREDICT THINGS that ARE NOT WRITTEN IN the Bible.
Repeat: PROPHETS PREDICT things that are NOT WRITTEN IN the Bible.
Prophets are those WHO CLAIM TO have heard DIRECTLY FROM God, and who, IN GOD'S NAME PREDICT specific things that are NOT FOUND in the Scriptures.
If someone prophesies, for instance, that a large quake will hit the Western U.S. in September 2013, THAT IS PROPHESYING, since that statement is NOT FOUND in Scripture.
If someone, on the other hand, teaches there will be a huge quake of earth and sky prior to, or concurrent with, the Rapture, THAT IS NOT PROPHESYING, THAT IS TEACHING, since such event IS CLEARLY PREDICTED IN THE BIBLE (Haggai 2:6-7; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12).
If someone PREDICTS that "God will destroy all homosexuals" within a certain period of time, THAT IS PROPHESYING, since NO SUCH STATEMENT is found in Scripture:
It's also prophesying FALSELY. Why? It CONTRADICTS Scripture. God wants to SAVE ALL SINNERS, INCLUDING homosexuals (John 3:17).
If He wanted to destroy SINNERS Jesus never would have gone to the cross, and would have done away WITH ALL OF US AGES ago.
O.K., I get it. But wasn't Isaiah a prophet? And aren't HIS PROPHECIES WRITTEN IN Scripture?
Yes, but they WERE NOT WRITTEN when he first uttered them, nor were Jeremiah's, Ezekiel's, Daniel's, Joel's, Zechariah's, or anyone else's.
Except for Daniel, who was GIVEN visions and prophecies, which he later recorded, these men went out on the streets prophesying these things OUT LOUD (Isaiah 20:2-3; Jeremiah 1:7-9; Ezekiel 3:4-5; Micah 1:1-8).
Eventually, they were inspired by the Holy Spirit to also write them down for posterity, for which we're very grateful.
Many of their prophecies came to pass during their lifetime, or shortly thereafter, exactly as predicted. Hence Israelites KNEW they were TRUE PROPHETS of God.
Curiously, most of God's prophets were godly people, but not all.
We have Jonah who was told by God to prophesy to Nineveh and he refused and ran away. It took God's supernatural intervention, and a "whale" of an experience, to bring him back.
He is the only TRUE prophet whose prophecy DID NOT happen, but Scripture gives us the reason: the people of Nineveh, from the king down, put on sackcloth and ashes and repented, and so did God, of the evil he had prophesied against them through Jonah.
Then there's Balaam, a TRUE prophet, and also a greedy SOB who would have CURSED Israel for money, had the Spirit of God not put the right words in his mouth, against his will.
When your own donkey rebukes you, YOU KNOW that you're a real jackass (Numbers 22:30-31).
TRUE PROPHETS, according to Deuteronomy 18:17-22, ALWAYS get it right.
That means, that what a TRUE PROPHET predicts WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN EXACTLY as he (or she) said.
Bible TEACHERS, on the other hand, ARE NOT EVEN REMOTELY HELD TO SUCH HIGH STANDARDS.
Bible TEACHERS base their TEACHING SOLELY ON the WRITTEN Word of God.
Again: Bible TEACHERS base their TEACHING SOLELY ON the Bible, the WRITTEN Word of God.
God's Word is INERRANT. Bible teachers AREN'T.
Bible teachers DO THEIR BEST to study, understand, and explain WHAT IS WRITTEN in God's Word.
We, however, ARE HUMAN.
The Bible is a VERY LARGE Book that deals with a huge variety of topics, SOME VERY DEEP, and which often uses symbolism, and peculiar language unlike our own since it was written 2,000 - 3,500 years ago.
NO ONE on this earth knows and understands EVERYTHING written in the Bible, I don't care WHO they are.
Hence, good Bible teachers progressively gain better and deeper knowledge on various subjects, among them Bible prophecy.
When a Bible teacher INADVERTENTLY teaches error, it makes him A LOUSY TEACHER, at worst.
It DOES NOT make him a FALSE PROPHET.
TEACHERS are NOT infallible.
Repeat: TEACHERS are NOT infallible.
If a Bible TEACHER makes an UNINTENTIONAL mistake, YOU GOT NO MORE RIGHT TO CALL HIM "FALSE PROPHET" THAN YOU HAVE TO CALL YOUR 5TH GRADE TEACHER "FALSE PROPHET" for mistakenly teaching that John Tyler was the 11th President of the United States instead of the 10th.
THE ONLY THING that Bible teachers are held TOTALLY accountable for, and which THEY MUST ALWAYS BE ACCURATE about, is Salvation.
All else, INCLUDING written Bible prophecy, is SUBJECTIVE from a human perspective.
That's why sometimes even born-again, Spirit-filled, well-meaning individuals DIFFER ON doctrine that is NON-ESSENTIAL to Salvation.
That's also why OUR TEACHING MUST ALWAYS BE EVALUATED first and foremost by the written Word and, secondly, by the Spirit's witness.
Jesus made it clear that ONLY THOSE WITHOUT SIN may cast stones (John 8:7).
So before you throw that rock, you better make DAMNED SURE that YOU'VE NEVER MADE A MISTAKE, HAVE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING, and that your DOCTRINE ABOUT EVERY BIBLICAL TOPIC, INCLUDING BIBLE PROPHECY, IS 100% CORRECT and SCRIPTURAL ALL THE TIME.
There's A HUGE DIFFERENCE between PROPHESYING (predicting something NOT found in the Bible) AND TEACHING about what IS WRITTEN in the Bible.
It's time for the Body of Christ to GROW UP and STOP ACTING LIKE SPOILED, IGNORANT BRATS.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014
TWO WOMEN IN REVELATION
Revelation is a Book of contrasts:
We have the personification of Divine Love and Righteousness in Christ, and the embodiment of hate and evil in Antichrist.
We have the born-again Church basking in heavenly glory, while unregenerate humans - religious and non-religious alike - wither, suffer and perish on earth under truckloads of unceasing calamities.
And we have TWO WOMEN who are as different as night and day:
The FIRST woman is portrayed in Revelation chapter 12 as being radiant, clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and CROWNED with 12 stars.
She gives birth to "a male Child", the Body of Christ, which is immediately caught up (raptured, same Greek word) to God and His Throne.
As God foretold in Genesis 3:15, THERE'S ENMITY BETWEEN the woman and Satan, between his seed (Antichrist) and her seed.
Her seed is both spiritual (the Church) and physical which is natural Israel.
Once Satan is evicted from heaven by Michael and hurled unto the earth where he can no longer accuse the woman's spiritual seed, he sets his sights on her natural offspring, who were left behind on the earth (Revelation 12:13-17).
What her natural offspring goes through for 3½ years is somewhat reminiscent of the Exodus from Egypt:
A. They flee into the wilderness.
B. They are carried off on "eagles' wings" (Exodus 19:4; Revelation 12:14).
C. As Pharaoh pursued them, in order to destroy them, they are persecuted by Satan and Antichrist who try to destroy them.
D. In both cases, they are SUPERNATURALLY delivered from perishing by water (crossing the Red Sea in Exodus, and the flood Satan will send to sweep them away in Revelation).
While Israelites and God's saints are being viciously persecuted, the harlot pretends not to notice.
That's not surprising since she's also depicted as "being drunk" with the blood of Jesus' saints and prophets (Revelation 17:6; 18:24).
That brings us to the second woman in Revelation, depicted in chapters 17 and 18 as a harlot who actually "rides" the Antichrist.
He carries her on his back for most of the tribulation, then suddenly turns against her and destroys her, wiping her off the map.
This great whore, given entirely to lust and carnal pleasures, has a long history of spiritual fornication and an equally long record of abominations which fill the golden cup she proudly holds in her hand.
Revelation 17:18 clearly identifies her as the city of Rome.
Rome, and anything or anyone connected to Rome, will be destroyed through the Antichrist and his 10-king coalition.
But, ultimately, as Revelation 17:16-17 makes abundantly clear, its destruction will happen by Divine Decree.
God Himself has "put it in their hearts to fulfill His purpose", and to hate the whore and burn her with fire.
In contrast to Jerusalem, over which Jesus wept (Luke 19:41-44) foreseeing its destruction at the hands of this wicked harlot, Revelation 19:1-4 records the heavenly reaction at the harlot's destruction:
All of heaven praises God for His righteous judgment, with not one, not two, but THREE "HALLELUJAHS".
The harlot will be destroyed NEVER TO RISE AGAIN (Revelation 18:21).
And all the writers and poets that, contrary to God's Word, have called Rome "the ETERNAL city" will end up looking like fools.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014
CONVICTION HAS NOT BUTS
If someone asked me to characterize the 21st century church in one simple phrase it would be:
Jesus Himself described it as having "LITTLE strength" (Revelation 3:8).
In other words: spiritual pushovers: religious wimps, with NO CONVICTIONS.
NO SOLID SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION.
Anemic weaklings, tossed to and fro by THE SLIGHTEST puff of doctrinal air...
Constantly roaming cyberspace in search of the "latest" religious fad, fluff and "entertainment"...
Ever "learning" BUT NEVER coming to DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF the Truth...
They CLAIM TO "believe this" or "believe that"...
However, their "beliefs" are FULL OF "BUTS":
"I believe we're saved by grace, BUT"...
No, you DON'T. You don't believe ANYTHING.
You may "believe" that IN YOUR HEAD, "but" have NO DEEP CONVICTION IN YOUR HEART.
If you REALLY BELIEVED IT, there would be NO "BUTS".
Conviction has NO "BUTS".
If there are any "buts" you have NO CONVICTION.
No conviction EQUALS confusion.
You're just one confused, religious puppy. That's all.
"Salvation is a FREE GIFT of God's Grace that we don't deserve, BUT... unless you "tithe" (give the pastor 10% of your income), you're a thief and God will put a curse on you".
Really? God will curse His OWN CHILDREN over MONEY? The same children He BOUGHT, not with gold or silver, but with His precious Blood? (1 Peter 1:18)
That is a SHAMEFUL, UNBIBLICAL LIE.
And any pastor who teaches that trash should get OUT OF THE MINISTRY RIGHT NOW, because he's CONFUSED, HAS NO CONVICTION, IS NOT CALLED by God, nor is he a pastor but A HIRELING.
"I know the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) speaks against adultery and fornication, BUT"...
Which part of "DON'T commit adultery" don't you understand?
Why aren't you HONEST and admit you're just looking for a biblical loophole to justify WHAT YOU WANT TO DO?
You'll be in the sac with her or him in no time, NO MATTER WHAT the Bible or anyone else says.
Sure, you'll still make heaven, IF you're born-again.
That's not the point, though. The point is: you have NO CONVICTION.
"I believe Jesus is the only Savior, BUT"...
Either He IS, or isn't. There are NO "BUTS".
And, just for the record: He is the One and ONLY Savior that is, was, or ever will be (John 14:6).
NO ONE ELSE and NOTHING ELSE saves (Acts 4:12).
If you want Salvation, Jesus MUST live in your heart.
No "buts" about it.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014
DON'T TRUST THAT BUILDING
Today a lot of "Christians" around the world will congregate in thousands of religious buildings thinking that doing so makes them righteous and "better" than others.
They think that by attending a religious service in those buildings they are "observing the Sabbath" as required by the Fourth Commandment.
They'll then boast about being the "only Sabbath keepers" in Christendom.
For starters, NO REAL Christian can live under the Ten Commandments.
Repeat: NO REAL Christian can live under the 10 Commandments.
REAL Christians TRUST God and His never-failing Grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).
And the New Testament is CLEAR that we CANNOT live under God's Grace and the Law at the same time (Romans 11:6; Galatians 5:4).
Secondly, God NEVER TOLD ANYONE TO CONGREGATE ANYWHERE on the Sabbath.
Here's the Fourth Commandment, verbatim:
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work:
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: IN IT YOU SHALL NOT DO ANY WORK, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates" (Exodus 20:8-10).
Can someone please show me WHERE it says that people are to congregate in a building, or anywhere else, on the Sabbath?
The answer: NOWHERE.
That the Sabbath is observed by congregating in a building WAS INVENTED BY MAN.
It has never been COMMANDED by God.
All God said is "DON'T WORK on the Sabbath", period.
Well, what about Jesus?
Doesn't Luke 4:16 say "He went INTO THE SYNAGOGUE on the Sabbath as was HIS CUSTOM"?
Yes. By the first century A.D., 1,500 years AFTER Moses gave the Law, and 600 years after going into Babylonian captivity, Jews had INVENTED teaching centers called synagogues and acquired THE CUSTOM of congregating there.
Exile had FORCED THEM to do so because they lived in a strange land, among people who did not believe in their God or live according to their religion.
Had they NOT done so, they would have been totally assimilated into Babylonian society and culture, and would have ceased to exist.
Had Jewishness disappeared, there would have been NO Jewish Messiah, and the entire world would be lost, with zero hope of redemption.
Jesus, being Jewish, simply followed Jewish CUSTOM of His time.
He WASN'T following God's Commandment, since God NEVER GAVE such commandment.
In fact, synagogues were invented A WHOLE MILLENNIUM AFTER the 10 Commandments were given.
Well, but shouldn't we follow Jesus' example?
If you REALLY want to "follow Jesus' example", then I WANT TO SEE YOU AT THE LOCAL JEWISH SYNAGOGUE NEXT SATURDAY.
"Cause Lord KNOWS that Jesus NEVER attended a Seventh Day Adventist building, or a Church of God building on Saturday or any other day, since THERE WERE NONE.
The Seventh Day Adventist denomination was INVENTED a mere 150 years ago (1863), and the (so-called) Church of God was INVENTED 67 years ago (1946)!!!
Those are UNDENIABLE, HISTORIC FACTS.
So, EITHER attend Jewish SYNAGOGUE ON SATURDAY, or STOP CLAIMING to "follow Jesus' example" or to "observe the Sabbath", HYPOCRITES!
During the coming tribulation there will be NO CONGREGATING IN THOSE FANCY BUILDINGS that we FALSELY call "churches".
And NOT because of some stupid "Sunday law", not even mentioned in Scripture, but because the ONLY worship allowed will be that of Satan and the Antichrist (Revelation 13:4, 7).
Those who come to TRUE FAITH in Christ during that horrendous time, will be persecuted and forced to meet secretly either at some outdoor location or in each other's homes, like the Early Church (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2; Acts 8:3).
As it was with the Early Church, where so many were persecuted and killed for refusing to worship the emperor, it will take TRUE, DEEP CONVICTION to stand for Christ and be willing to give one's life rather than worship antichrist or take his mark.
True Sabbath keeping DOES NOT CONSIST OF congregating in a building on Saturday.
Jesus NEVER TAUGHT anyone to congregate in those buildings.
"The Most High DOES NOT LIVE IN HOUSES MADE BY HUMAN HANDS" (Acts 7:48).
The TRUE Sabbath is kept by NOT WORKING (NOT TRUSTING our own works), but BY COMPLETELY RESTING (trusting) Jesus and HIS PERFECT AND SUFFICIENT WORK of Redemption for Salvation (Colossians 2:16-17).
That's what the Fourth Commandment was trying to teach Israelites: CEASE FROM YOUR WORKS, REST, and TRUST ONLY in God.
"Cause WORKS will NEVER save you! (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16)
Attending a man-made building on Saturday HAS NOT SAVED, OR "HELPED" SAVE, anyone, EVER!
Going to a religious building on Saturday doesn't make anyone righteous any more than going into a bakery makes them a doughnut.
Let it go, Krispy Kreme !
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014
MUST ALL AGREE ?
Some people have A VERY HIGH OPINION of THEIR opinion.
I'm always a bit amused when someone says that THEY "disagree" with our teaching or that THEY agree with "most of it", clearly implying that they "disagree" with SOME of it.
Like THEIR OPINION is the final arbiter of Truth.
Frankly, I don't give an anorexic rat's behind about THEIR opinion.
Nor do I lose any sleep thinking "gee, what am I going to do? So-and-so DOESN'T AGREE with my teachings".
The ONLY "opinion" I care about is God's.
Unless someone can show me, in His written Word, that His Opinion differs with my teachings, I COULDN'T CARE LESS WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS.
The FALLIBLE opinions of MORTALS DO NOT CHANGE IMMORTAL Truth.
I have no problem with people "disagreeing".
I respect HONEST, unbiased, Bible-based dissent.
What I do have problems with is those who differ yet VERY RARELY justify their dissent with the Bible.
The VERY FEW TIMES they quote Scripture to support their views, it's taken totally out of context, and/or used selectively (that is, DISHONESTLY) bypassing OTHER SCRIPTURES that deal with the same topic.
And I have NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER for DISHONEST charlatans, especially RELIGIOUS ONES.
God gave EVERYONE the right to CHOOSE their beliefs.
I would NEVER TAKE THAT RIGHT AWAY from anyone.
I DON'T EXPECT THAT everyone will always share our views on every topic - and we cover quite a variety of topics.
Unlike most ministries, we do not seek to make people co-dependent, but INDEPENDENT.
I don't want brainwashed PUPPETS.
We want to SET YOU FREE from religion's traditional, stuffy, manipulative, and confining mindset and turn you into SPIRITUALLY STRONG, FULLY PERSUADED, firmly established on the Word BELIEVERS.
Because our natural minds are not renewed, we will never agree 100% with someone else, including other believers, this side of our supernatural Self, who is Christ.
There's ONLY ONE THING that all true believers MUST AGREE ON, and that ONE THING is the Salvation we share:
Jesus Christ is the ONLY Savior that is, was, or will be. There is Salvation IN NO ONE and NOTHING else (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Jesus ALONE IS MORE THAN SUFFICIENT TO SAVE US for ALL eternity (Hebrews 10:14).
Jesus MUST BE RECEIVED into OUR HEARTS and allowed TO TAKE ROOT THERE (John 1:12).
The born-again experience is NOT OPTIONAL. It's ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY (John 3:3-5).
These things are ESSENTIAL, IMMUTABLE and non-negotiable.
ALL THE REST can be debated.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014
SHUT UP & LISTEN !
Forget everything else this ministry does, I deserve A FREAKING GOLD MEDAL just for reading THE UNBELIEVABLE CRAP that some of you dish out.
If you're a NEW believer in Christ, NONE of what I'm about to say applies to you. Please disregard it, or altogether SKIP IT.
You're MORE THAN WELCOME to write in and I, and my small but dedicated team of helpers, will do our level best to provide any materials or answer any questions you may have, clearly and (I promise) VERY NICELY.
I'm talking about those who've been Christian for YEARS AND YEARS...
I can't believe how UTTERLY FOOLISH and FULL OF YOURSELVES some of you are...
A few cases in point:
1. The Christian who STILL THINKS he's "lost"
I have done MORE TEACHING on THIS ONE topic than on ALL OTHER TOPICS COMBINED.
I've addressed this issue FROM EVERY CONCEIVABLE ANGLE (and then some!) and ALWAYS based my answers ON THE BIBLE.
You have written me ENDLESSLY about "losing" Salvation, and I've patiently read and answered letter, after letter, after letter...
And yet every two weeks, LIKE CLOCKWORK, you feel compelled to write some stupid email feeling sorry for yourself, DOUBTING Jesus' power to save you, and wanting me to CONVINCE YOU - all over again - that He has ETERNALLY saved you.
WHY should I CONTINUE TO WASTE my valuable time?
Evidently, NOTHING that I say, do, or teach, no amount of reasoning, or quoting Scripture, will do the job.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO is shut the hell up and LISTEN!!!
Get ALONE with God and your Bible somewhere, where there are no distractions or interruptions, seek Jesus with ALL your heart, humble yourself before Him and tell Him flat-out "Lord, I WANT TO believe, I got THIS PROBLEM about DOUBTING my salvation (or whatever else it may be) and I need help".
Then SHUT YOUR BIG TRAP and L-I-S-T-E-N!
Be quiet before the Lord. And LISTEN.
Take your eyes OFF OF YOU and your misery and PUT THEM ON HIM.
FOCUS ON Him. On His Goodness. His Greatness. His NEVER ENDING Love.
Ask Jesus and His Holy Spirit to REVEAL the Truth (Himself) about your question. And LISTEN some more.
If He DOESN'T convince you, NOTHING that I do, say or write EVER WILL.
2. The OVERNIGHT "expert"
One day this individual is writing FILLED WITH FEAR about "losing salvation", and THE VERY NEXT DAY (who says "miracles" have ceased?) they're offering "expert" comments on eschatology.
You're NOT EVEN SURE YOU'RE SAVED, but you SUDDENLY feel qualified to TEACH ME about biblical prophecy?
3. The SELF-CENTERED, INCONSIDERATE IDIOT who THINKS THE WHOLE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND HIM (or HER)
Apparently, he or she THINKS that we sit here day after day yawning, bored, and twiddling our thumbs, with NOTHING BETTER TO DO, than read their (or a third party's) prophetic "theories" and/or "timelines" then comment and/or CORRECT their calculations.
Do you realize this is a SELF-SUPPORTED ministry?
That NO ONE here gets paid or derives ANY MATERIAL BENEFIT?
That we're NOT OBLIGATED TO DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE?
Classic example: Someone wrote a while back asking us to watch some YouTube video and comment.
We politely replied that I don't have time to do that, that I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO WATCH, and that if I complied with such requests, I wouldn't have time to DO ANYTHING ELSE, let alone provide these daily teachings.
He kept writing back and insisting, practically BEGGING me to make "an exception" because he REALLY WANTED SO BADLY TO KNOW THE TRUTH and had watched the video himself 5 TIMES.
I thought "oh, what the heck..." thinking it was AT MOST a 10 or 15 minute video.
It was TWO HOURS LONG!!!
This egotistical creep, ACTUALLY THOUGHT I would take TWO PRECIOUS HOURS OF MY TIME TO WATCH THE PIECE OF CRAP HE CHOSE TO WATCH, then do a blow-by-blow critique, which would take ANOTHER HOUR.
You CANNOT IMAGINE how many things GET DONE around here IN ONE HOUR, let alone TWO OR THREE.
I can't begin to tell you HOW OFFENSIVE that attitude is to someone like me who GIVES and GIVES and GIVES...has MANY TIMES literally FALLEN ASLEEP from TOTAL EXHAUSTION, right in front of the computer, until my head hit the desktop and woke me up.
Wanna hear THE END of that story?
When I replied:
"Two hours? You gotta be kidding! But SINCE YOU'VE WATCHED THE VIDEO 5 TIMES and want answers so badly, why DON'T YOU WRITE DOWN the basic points made in the video and send them to me, and I will write back with my comments"?
That was THE LAST I ever heard from that lying creep who "wanted SO BADLY" to know the truth.
4. The "FEELINGS RULE" nincompoop
I just did a two-part prophecy update recently that provided some NEW, Bible-based insight about WHAT would happen on which Israelite Feast.
In Part One, I gave THE WHAT. In Part Two, I gave THE WHY.
No sooner had Part One been posted, we were getting bombarded with theories based on feelings, hunches, opinions, conjecture and unbiblical musings.
I mean, they COULDN'T EVEN WAIT and READ Part Two, consider the VERY SOLID, BIBLICAL reasons for the teaching, and then (maybe, or maybe NOT) provide some BIBLE-BASED feedback.
I spill my guts out, the result of endless hours of Bible study, meditation and communing with the Spirit...
I write a line-upon-line, precept-upon-precept, scholarly and TOTALLY SCRIPTURAL teaching, and you expect me to DISRESPECT God and His Holy Word and REPLACE THEM with your feelings, opinions, conjectures and HUNCHES?
I mean, really, WHO THE HELL do some of you think you are?
I DON'T DO HUNCHES, Bubba!
If you're a NEW believer in Christ, by God's Grace WE'RE ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU.
If you're and OLD Christian, or just an OLD fool, SHUT UP and LISTEN.
THINK BEFORE you write. Or DON'T EXPECT an answer.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014
Scripture requires that Messiah MUST be descendant of King David, from the tribe of Judah (Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5).
Despite Daniel 9:24-27, which explicitly states that Messiah would APPEAR AND DIE PRIOR TO the second temple's destruction, traditional Judaism believes that Messiah is yet to appear for the first time.
Hypothetically speaking, if Messiah's appearance is strictly a future event, that never before happened, it presents TWO HUGE PROBLEMS for Judaism:
1. Birth records proving one's ancestry were kept for centuries in the second temple.
That is, until wicked Herod came along, destroyed those records, and then forged his own family tree in order to establish his alleged descent from King David.
Whatever survived Herod's Machiavellian scheme was destroyed in 70 A.D. when the Romans decimated and burned the Second Temple, razing Jerusalem to the ground.
Therefore, WHOEVER the purported "future" Messiah may be, he's gonna have one hell of a time proving his ancestry.
2. But EVEN IF he could prove descent from David's lineage, which in itself is a HUGE "if", THAT STILL WOULDN'T BE ENOUGH.
The reason: God PUT A CURSE ON PART OF David's lineage and promised that NO ONE from THAT PART of David's family would EVER AGAIN sit on his throne, thus making it EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO QUALIFY as "potential Messiah":
"Thus says the LORD, Write (record) this man down as childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: FOR NO MAN OF HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL PROSPER, OR SIT UPON THE THRONE OF David, Or RULE ANY MORE in Judah" (Jeremiah 22:30).
God uttered those words against Jehoiakim, king of Judah and his son, with almost an identical name, Jehoiachin, also called Coniah (elsewhere in Jeremiah), and Jeconiah in the New Testament.
Therefore, that particular part of David's lineage CANNOT produce the Messiah.
You mean that Judah's ROYAL LINEAGE is CURSED, came to an abrupt halt, and NO FUTURE KING or Messiah can come from it EVER AGAIN?
Well, WHO then CAN BE the Messiah?
Answer: JESUS, and NO ONE else.
That's why the Brit Hadasha (New Testament) gives TWO different genealogies for the TRUE Messiah.
The first is found in the first chapter of Matthew's Gospel and shows Jesus' ancestry from King David through Jeconiah (the cursed guy) and through Jesus' STEPFATHER Joseph.
Thus, Jesus would be LEGALLY descended from David's royal dynasty, but "the curse" would not apply to Him, since Joseph ISN'T his natural father.
That is also PART OF THE REASON why Jesus' Virgin Birth is SUPREMELY important and ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. We've given the other reasons in recent messages.
The second genealogy is given in the Gospel of Luke 3:23-38:
This genealogy shows Jesus' lineage all the way back to Adam, son of God, and to God the Father Himself.
The genealogy in Luke is through Jesus' natural mother, Mary.
From Abraham to David, it's essentially the same as Matthew's.
However, from David to the first century A.D. it's RADICALLY different.
Jesus' Davidic lineage through Mary does not come through King Solomon, but from David's son Nathan (1 Chronicles 3:5), thus TOTALLY CIRCUMVENTING the curse placed on Jeconiah and his descendants, while STILL tracing his lineage back to King David.
Talk about SHEER GENIUS!
Jesus, therefore, is David's descendant from BOTH his stepfather (giving Him LEGAL right to David's Throne) and through His mother, making Him a DIRECT BLOOD descendant.
Is God amazing, or what?
Didn't God call His Son "the seed OF THE WOMAN" in Genesis 3:15?
Since women have no "seed" (semen to impregnate) THAT clearly POINTS TO His VIRGIN birth, prophesied by Isaiah.
I'm sure that our Jewish friends would quickly resort to passages in the Talmud that CLAIM that Jeconiah repented of his sins, that God forgave him, and REVOKED the curse on him and his descendants.
That, however, is NOWHERE found in SCRIPTURE.
The Talmud IS NOT DIVINELY inspired. Scripture IS.
The Talmud is a compilation of oral tradition, opinion, conjecture, myth and fantastic tales that are often nonsensical and contradictory.
The Talmud has generated nothing but DEAD religion, with millions of followers steeped in rituals they don't even understand, engaging in occultism and who SPECIALIZE IN STRAINING OUT GNATS and SWALLOWING entire CAMELS.
The Talmud CAN NEVER and will NEVER OVERRIDE the written Word of God.
The Talmud, therefore, while being a useful tool to understand Jewish thought, culture and tradition DOES NOT REMOTELY COMPARE TO the Holy Bible.
Had God, in fact, revoked His decree, He would have informed us OF SUCH IMPORTANT and CONSEQUENTIAL REVERSAL, IN THE BIBLE.
His decree, therefore, against Coniah and his descendants, STILL STANDS.
Zechariah 12:10-14, written 400 plus years BEFORE Jesus was born, and before the Gospels were written, specifically mentions the families of Nathan (the son of David), and Shimei (a Levite priest), BOTH OF WHOM are ancestors of Jesus through Mary (Luke 3:26, 31), WEEPING in Jerusalem for the One whom they "pierced".
They will weep and lament for Him (Messiah) as they did for King Josiah (Lamentations chapter 5) when he was wounded in battle against Pharaoh Necho and died at Hadad-rimmon in Megiddo (2 Kings 23:29; 2 Chronicles 35:20-25).
Jewish friends, WHOEVER your "future" candidate for Messiah may be...
If he can PROVE he's BIBLICALLY qualified, YOU CAN HAVE HIM.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014
JUST LIKE SATAN
We usually think of "original sin" as what took place with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
That is true as far as mankind is concerned.
However, SIN ORIGINATED long before that, with Satan the father of lies.
The Bible refers to THAT "ORIGINAL - ORIGINAL" sin as "the mystery of iniquity" or "mystery of lawlessness" (Ezekiel 28:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:7).
I can almost hear some legalists jumping RIGHT THIS SECOND: "see? It was LAWLESSNESS. That's why we must KEEP THE LAW (Torah) in order to be saved!"
No so fast.
Since sin originated with Satan, let's see which of the "10 Commandments" Satan broke:
Did he have "other Gods" BEFORE Yahweh?
No. He wasn't that stupid. He knew and knows there's NO OTHER God.
Did Satan use God's Name in vain?
Did he make himself an IDOL image?
Did he fail to observe the 24-hour Sabbath?
Did he dishonor father and mother?
NO. Although he's murdered plenty of times AFTER his ORIGINAL sin, but that wasn't it. (John 8:44).
He does that, too: but that WASN'T what got him kicked out of heaven the first time (John 10:10).
Bear false witness (LIE)?
He's a liar, and the father of lies. But that wasn't THE SIN he originally committed (John 8:44).
Yes. But even that sin came after HE FAILED TO TRUST God.
Satan, as we can see, DID NOT get in trouble because of breaking the 613 commandments, or by breaking the 10 Commandments, at least NOT THE ONES SOME OF YOU IDOLIZE, MAGNIFY and THINK ARE MOST IMPORTANT.
Jesus told us WHAT THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENTS ARE: to love God with ALL our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-39).
Neither one IS PART OF the 10 Commandments.
Repeat: Jesus told us that THE TWO GREATEST COMMANDMENTS are:
To love God (Matthew 22:37)
To love neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39)
NEITHER of the two is listed among the 10 Commandments.
So, some of you need to REVISE YOUR PRIORITIES to line up WITH WHAT JESUS SAID, not with WHAT YOUR DENOMINATION or denomination's founder said.
Satan's ORIGINAL sin was LACK OF FAITH (trust) in God.
He DIDN'T TRUST God.
Since faith works by love (Galatians 5:6), love and faith go hand in hand. He had NO FAITH and hence NO LOVE and, consequently, NO GOD in him (1 John 4:16).
Satan coveted God's Throne (Isaiah 14:13-14).
He was the "anointed cherub" that covered God's Throne (Ezekiel 28:14).
He had doubtlessly witnessed God's Divine Love, Goodness, mercy and generosity COUNTLESS times.
And yet, HE DIDN'T TRUST God.
That's what made him decide to GET WHAT HE WANTED BY HIS OWN effort, by HIS OWN WORKS.
Satan's sin was essentially THE SAME as Eve's, which she committed LONG BEFORE the Law or the 10 Commandments were given or even KNOWN:
LACK OF TRUST (lack of faith in God).
He could have simply ASKED God for what he wanted, and TRUSTED God's GOODNESS (Grace) to grant his wish.
He could have simply said: Almighty God, I have a genuine and legitimate desire to be LIKE YOU.
Could you please MAKE ME like Yourself?
Could I please sit with you on your Throne?
After all, God will BY GRACE allow true born-again believers, WHO TRUST HIM, to sit ON HIS THRONE (Revelation 3:21).
He could have and would have DONE THE SAME FOR SATAN, had the creep TRUSTED HIM.
But HE DIDN'T.
He CHOSE, instead, TO PROCURE God-likeness THROUGH HIS OWN WORKS.
Listen up, legalists:
You do THE SAME as Satan.
You THINK that YOUR OWN WORKS will get you to heaven, or at least "HELP" get you to heaven.
That's why you're freakin' LOST.
When you try to get something BY YOUR OWN EFFORT OR MERIT, you are SHOWING that you DO NOT TRUST God.
You can call yourself "Christian" until your lying face turns blue, green and purple.
But God KNOWS you're lying, JUST LIKE SATAN.
Unless you REPENT, receive Christ into YOUR HEART and FULLY TRUST His finished Work of Redemption to save you, you're headed for the lake of fire, along with your illegitimate daddy (Matthew 25:41).
UNTIL you do that, you're NOT children of God (John 8:44), but "OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL".
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014
INTERVIEW WITH JESUS
WWJS - We've "interviewed" Peter, James, John and Paul. But WHAT WOULD JESUS HIMSELF SAY about some of the issues often debated and which often divide Christendom?
All answers are given in Jesus' own words from the Gospels and Book of Revelation:
Lord Jesus... WHAT AN HONOR to be able to chat with you and ask questions that many of your followers would ask.
Thank you for saving us, for your perfect Sacrifice which REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME, and for taking this time, while still RULING and sustaining the universe, to talk with us. Glory to you forever!
1. Why did you, being God, take off your glory, become human and come to this sinful world?
"The Son of man CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST" (Luke 19:10, NIV).
2. Lord, You preached the Kingdom of God, WHERE is God's Kingdom?
"My Kingdom is NOT of this world" (John 18:36)
"The kingdom of God comes not WITH OUTWARD OBSERVATION: Neither shall they say, See here! Or, see there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU" (Luke 17:21).
3. HOW can someone ENTER the Kingdom of God?
"Truly, truly, I say to you, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE the Kingdom of God" (John 3:3).
"Truly, truly, I say to you, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN of water and of the Spirit,HE CANNOT ENTER into the kingdom of God (John 3:5).
4. Can ANYONE enter God's Kingdom if they're born again?
"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM should not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE:
For God sent not the Son into the world to condemn the world; BUT THAT THE WORLD SHOULD BE SAVED THROUGH HIM" (John 3:16- 17).
5. Lord Jesus, WHAT ROCK is your Church founded on?
"Whoever shall fall ON THIS STONE shall be broken: but on whomever it shall fall, IT WILL GRIND HIM TO POWDER" (Matthew 21:44).
6. WHERE did you tell the disciples you would establish your Church?
"I send the promise of my Father upon you: but STAY IN THE CITY OF Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49).
7. Lord, how do you feel about religious tradition?
"...IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE TRADITIONS OF MEN... Making the word of God OF NO EFFECT through tradition" (Mark 7:7, 12).
8. When you commanded Peter to "feed your sheep", WERE YOU REFERRING TO Romans (or GENTILES)?
"I was sent ONLY TO the lost sheep of Israel" (Matthew 15:24).
"DON'T GO TO THE GENTILES or the Samaritans, but ONLY TO the lost SHEEP of the House of Israel" (Matthew 10:5).
9. Let's talk about the rich young ruler. He claimed to have kept "all the commandments" since childhood. Was he telling the truth?
"Did not Moses give you the law, and yet NONE OF YOU KEEPS the law?" (John 7:19).
10. Did all his alleged "commandment keeping make him righteous?
"No one is good--except God ALONE" (Mark 10:18).
11. So you were telling him that, DESPITE his claim to "keep all the commandments", he WASN'T GOOD?
"NO ONE IS GOOD--except God ALONE" (Mark 10:18).
12. Can GOOD WORKS save anyone?
"The Pharisee stood and prayed...God, I thank you, THAT I AM NOT AS OTHER MEN ARE, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I FAST TWICE A WEEK, I GIVE TITHES OF ALL THAT I POSSESS.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote on his breast, saying, God BE MERCIFUL TO ME A SINNER.
I tell you, THIS MAN WENT DOWN TO HIS HOUSE JUSTIFIED RATHER THAN THE OTHER: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and HE THAT HUMBLES HIMSELF SHALL BE EXALTED" (Luke 18:11-14).
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, HAVE WE NOT PROPHESIED in your name? And in your name HAVE CAST OUT DEVILS? And in your name DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I profess to them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, you that WORK iniquity" (Matthew 7:22-23).
13. Did you COMPLETELY FULFILL the Law?
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them BUT TO FULFILL THEM" (Matthew 5:17) NIV.
14. When you spoke about "eating your flesh" and "drinking your blood" in order to have eternal life DID YOU MEAN partaking of MATERIAL bread and wine, or did you mean partaking SPIRITUALLY by RECEIVING YOU, YOUR Spirit Substance, and your Holy Spirit into our spirit?
"IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT GIVES LIFE; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, THEY ARE SPIRIT, AND THEY ARE LIFE" (John 6:63).
15. Is there ANY sin you won't forgive and that your supremely precious Blood won't cleanse?
"Therefore I tell you, EVERY SIN AND BLASPHEMY WILL BE FORGIVEN PEOPLE, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven (Matthew 12:31).
16. How is someone saved?
"He that BELIEVES and is baptized SHALL BE SAVED" (Mark 16:16).
17. Is faith (trust in you) ALL it takes?
"Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, AND BELIEVES on him that sent me, HAS EVERLASTING LIFE, AND SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; BUT IS PASSED FROM DEATH TO LIFE" (John 5:24).
"For this is the will of my Father: that EVERYONE who sees The Son AND TRUSTS IN HIM shall have ETERNAL LIFE, and I shall raise him in the last day (John 6:40)."
18. How can I be filled with your Holy Spirit?
"If you... being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them THAT ASK HIM?" (Luke 11:13)
19. Can someone get saved, then lose his salvation?
"I give to them ETERNAL LIFE; and they shall never perish, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND.
My Father, who gave them to Me, IS GREATER THAN ALL; AND NO ONE is able to snatch them out of my Father's hand...." (John 10:28-29).
20. Can you ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEE those who receive you into their innermost being, and TRUST YOU with all their hearts to save them, that they will be eternally saved?
"I AM the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" (John 11:25).
21. Will your Church go through the tribulation?
"...the Bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready WENT IN WITH HIM to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut" (Matthew 25:10).
"But be on the alert at all times, praying that YOU MAY HAVE THE INWARD STRENGTH TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:36)
22. Are you the Messiah?
I that speak to you AM HE (John 4:26).
23. Lord Jesus, are you God?
"If you don't believe that I AM,you will die in your sins" (John 8:24).
"The Father and I are One" (John 10:30).
He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" (Revelation 21:7).
24. I could go on forever asking you questions... are there any final words you wish to leave with us at this moment?
"I AM THE WAY, the Truth and THE LIFE: NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME" (John 14:6).
"COME TO ME ALL YOU WHO WORK and carry heavy loads, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST" (Matthew 11:28).
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end... the Lord which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8)
"Behold, I AM COMING QUICKLY, and My reward is with Me... Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city".... (Revelation 22:12-14)
"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty COME. And WHOEVER WILL, let him take THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY (Revelation 22:17).
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2014
WHO'S NUMBER ONE?
Thousands upon thousands of religious buildings were filled yesterday and today with MILLIONS of religious people who claim to be Christian.
And some (praise God!) truly ARE.
But there are many who CLAIM to "believe in Jesus", CLAIM to "be Christian" but, IF THEY'RE HONEST ABOUT IT, when push comes to shove their religion COMES FIRST.
Religion (whether it's Christian or anything else) is man's failed attempt to procure HIS OWN righteousness.
Jesus IS Righteousness.
Religion - no matter WHAT it's called - CANNOT make you righteous because ALL FORMS of RELIGION WERE INVENTED BY UNRIGHTEOUS, SINFUL people.
Moses was a sinner. Buddha was a sinner, so was Mohammed, so was Lao-Tzu and THERE'S NO BIGGER SINNER THAN Satan, the founder of Hinduism. And Vishnu, their so-called "supreme deity" is an evil demon.
Well, what about the Christian religion? Wasn't Jesus SINLESS and virgin-born?
But Jesus DIDN'T ESTABLISH ANY religion.
Repeat: Jesus DIDN'T establish ANY religion.
All forms of "Christian" religion were INVENTED BY SINFUL, MORTAL humans, not by Jesus.
But wasn't Jesus Jewish? Didn't He practice the Jewish religion?
TO A POINT.
He perfectly and completely fulfilled God's Law, something no Jew, no Israelite, and NOBODY had ever done then or since (John 7:19; Matthew 5:17).
But clearly, He DIDN'T practice their religion because He constantly criticized the Pharisees WHO DID practice it.
He constantly corrected errors in Judaism by saying "you have heard thus and so, but I SAY UNTO YOU..."
Jesus didn't come to establish ANY religion. He came to put mankind IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.
He came to reunite man and God (2 Corinthians 5:19).
He came to, once again, MANIFEST God in man. This will happen when we're raptured (Romans 8:19).
Religion SEEKS TO MAKE people righteous AND FAILS.
Jesus MAKES PEOPLE RIGHTEOUS and NEVER fails (1 Corinthians 13:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Religious has NO RIGHTEOUSNESS, Jesus IS Righteousness (Mark 10:18).
Religion CANNOT give anyone eternal life, because religion is dead.
Jesus IS the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).
ALL religion is DEAD because it was INVENTED by people who ARE DEAD.
Jesus is ALIVE, and He lives forevermore (Revelation 1:18).
Religion CAN'T SAVE ANYONE because ALL RELIGION is headed for EXTINCTION.
Jesus' very Name means "God is Salvation".
HOW LONG will you serve TWO MASTERS?
According to Christ Himself, those who serve two masters will sooner or later HAVE TO CHOOSE one over the other: they will love one and hate the other (Matthew 6:24).
When religion is TURNED INTO A "GOD" AND PLACED ON THE SAME LEVEL AS JESUS, JESUS ALWAYS COMES IN SECOND:
But THE REAL LOSER is the one who places ANYTHING OR ANYONE on the same level as Jesus.
If I were you, I'd put religion in its place, and place Jesus WHERE HE BELONGS:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014
YOUR FAITH HAS SAVED YOU
"And he (Jesus) said to her: Your sins are forgiven... and He said to the woman: YOUR FAITH HAS SAVED YOU; go in peace" (Luke 7:48-50).
The more I read the Gospels, the more I marvel at THE UNGODLY MESS that religion has made of such simple, uplifting and CLEAR Message.
That's WHY it's called "Good News".
Religion, on the other hand, offers nothing but BAD news.
Jesus had been invited to dine at a Pharisee's home and this woman who was A WELL KNOWN SINNER (prostitute) kneels beside him, weeping, and she washes Jesus' feet with her tears, and wipes them with her hair. She also poured some costly perfume on them.
The SINFUL woman, whose sins "were many" (Luke 7:49) was told by Jesus Himself that her sins were forgiven.
But the Lord didn't stop there. He TOOK IT UP ANOTHER NOTCH (glory to the One and only Savior forever!) and told the sinful woman:
YOUR FAITH has saved you.
He said, clear as crystal, THAT HER FAITH - and NOTHING ELSE - had saved that woman DESPITE her "many sins".
Funny thing: Jesus NEVER SAID THAT about the Pharisee.
Repeat: Jesus NEVER TOLD the Pharisee (who had invited Him to dinner) that HE was saved.
The SELF-RIGHTEOUS Pharisee who was CIRCUMCISED, studied the Torah, claimed (as many do today) to "keep the law" and "observe the 10 Commandments" and "congregate on Saturday" and follow dietary laws (kashrut), etc. etc. was OFFENDED that Jesus would allow SUCH SINFUL WOMAN to even go near Him.
Imagine THE SHOCK his legalistic mind got when Jesus not only declared the woman's many sins FORGIVEN, but that SHE WAS SAVED.
Yet, in spite of all the "righteousness" HE THOUGHT he had, despite ALL his alleged "law keeping" and "commandment keeping", and Sabbath keeping, despite all his "good standing" in the community and WITH HIS RELIGIOUS SECT, Jesus didn't even COMPLIMENT him, let alone declare him saved.
That SINFUL woman NEVER claimed to keep the Law,the 10 Commandments, observe the Sabbath, be a "good person", do "good deeds" or be "obedient".
But THE SAVIOR HIMSELF declared her SAVED.
It doesn't get any better, or surer, than THAT.
No, we're NOT promoting sin. We're NOT encouraging ANYONE to break the law, or break the 10 Commandments.
What we are saying is that DOING ALL OF THE things that RELIGION considers "righteous" HAS NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL, AND WON'T SAVE YOU:
You can't find A SINGLE verse from Genesis to Revelation that says "keeping the 10 Commandments has saved you", or "observing the Law has saved you" or "being circumcised in the flesh has saved you" or "CONGREGATING ON SATURDAY has saved you", or "following Ellen G. White's doctrine BLINDLY has saved you" or "believing everything H.W. Armstrong taught has saved you".
You can't find one Bible passage that says that being Seventh Day Adventist, Church of God, Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Jehovah's Witness, LDS (Mormon) or Christian Science has saved anyone.
THE ONLY THING that will save you, me, your son, your daughter, your husband, your wife, your friend, OR ANYONE ELSE -- IS THE SAME THING THAT SAVED THAT SINFUL WOMAN: FAITH IN JESUS.
That's ALL this very sinful woman had.
And FAITH (TRUST) in Jesus was ALL it took to save her.
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