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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HAS BLESSED US with every spiritual blessing IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES in Christ, just as He CHOSE US in Him BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He PREDESTINED US"... (Ephesians 1:3-5)
"God, who HAS SAVED US and called us with a holy calling, NOT ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE which was granted us in Christ Jesus FROM ALL ETERNITY, but now has been revealed BY THE APPEARING OF our Savior Christ Jesus, WHO ABOLISHED DEATH AND BROUGHT LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT THROUGH THE GOSPEL, for which I was appointed a preacher ... and a teacher (2 Timothy 1:9-11).
Physical death depends totally on "time".
There can be NO DEATH (in the sense of ceasing to exist) OUTSIDE of "time".
"Time", as Einstein proved, is not absolute, but relative.
That means that time is a lie and death is a lie.
There's really NO SUCH THING as "time".
There's NO SUCH THING as "death".
Absolute Truth is ETERNAL.
Consequently, ETERNAL LIFE (immortality) is ABSOLUTE, ULTIMATE TRUTH and the ONLY REALITY there is.
Our true Self is who we were in Christ before the foundation of the world and before Adam fell into sin (Ephesians 1:4).
That high Self of ours is Spirit Substance, immortal and indestructible, therefore, STILL EXISTS, AND WILL ALWAYS EXIST, in a MUCH HIGHER dimension.
As a result of man's sin human beings "fell" from the high realm of Light into the much lower realm of sound, which is the natural realm we presently perceive with our 5 physical senses and are mentally conscious of, and where the notion of "time" is prevalent.
Therefore, that physical body of yours IS MORTAL, as is mine. However, it is NOT who we really are.
Immortality is our true Self.
Immortality takes place when our true Self, who is immortal and indestructible, manifests in us FROM WITHIN and swallows up THIS FALSE, TEMPORARY SELF that manifested as a result of man's sin.
Hence Paul's statement that "this mortal must put on immortality" and that "we shall NOT all die, but we shall all be changed" in an instant and that death will be "SWALLOWED UP in victory" (1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
That transformation is caused by our TRUE, ETERNAL Self, WHO IS IN HEAVEN RIGHT NOW, swallowing up and CONSUMING this false earthly self and REPLACING it WITH Himself.
That transformation makes us invisible in this fallen, physical realm of sound but very visible and tangible in the higher realm of Light.
Hence, the "translation" (from this dimension to the High eternal one) that takes place at the Rapture.
The best description of this great truth is found in 2 Corinthians 5:1-8:
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle WERE DISSOLVED, we have a building of God, AN HOUSE NOT MADE WITH HANDS, ETERNAL IN THE HEAVENS.
2 For in this we groan, EARNESTLY DESIRING TO BE CLOTHED ON WITH OUR HOUSE WHICH IS FROM HEAVEN: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed on, THAT MORTALITY MIGHT BE SWALLOWED UP OF LIFE.
5 Now he that has worked us for the selfsame thing is God, who also has given to us the earnest of the Spirit.
6 Therefore WE ARE ALWAYS CONFIDENT, KNOWING THAT, while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are confident, I say, and WILLING RATHER TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY, AND TO BE PRESENT WITH the Lord".
The reason we still die physically is that we HAVE BOUGHT THE LIE that this fallen temporary self is who we really are.
We have MORE FAITH IN what sin did to us (manifest this false, mortal self) than in what Christ DID FOR US (make us eternal & immortal) BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD (Revelation 13:8).
That's why Paul says we walk BY FAITH (believing in what we cannot currently see), NOT by sight (NOT believing what we do see physically).
That's also why he says in 2 Corinthians 4:18 that WHAT WE NOW SEE is temporary (comes to an end), but what we, at the moment, DO NOT SEE (is still invisible to us) IS ETERNAL (never ends, NEVER DIES).
When we study 2 Corinthians 12:1-5, there's no question that Paul knew exactly what he was saying and had experienced ALL OF THIS firsthand.
That's why he was SO SURE that to be absent from this (mortal) body is to be PRESENT WITH the Lord in our eternal body made of Spirit Substance.
Everything we get from God is by grace through faith, including our salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Our immortality (which is the FULL MANIFESTATION OF our Salvation) also manifests in us, by grace through faith.
The Rapture (transformation and translation of believers) is the manifestation of the FULLNESS OF our salvation, that Jesus bought and procured for us with His sinless Blood, the Blood (Eternal Life) of God manifested as human.
God MADE US IMMORTAL BEFORE we existed in this earthly realm in these physical bodies. It was His GIFT to us and His gifts, the Bible says, are IRREVOCABLE (Romans 11:29).
Therefore, the manifestation of IMMORTALITY (The Absolute Truth) in each of us is INEVITABLE.
That it won't manifest in most believers until a certain "time" is, no doubt, part of God's plan.
THAT IT IS POTENTIALLY AVAILABLE TO EVERY BELIEVER BEFORE SUCH TIME is equally true, as proven by the fact that Enoch, Elijah, John and Paul, among others, experienced it AHEAD OF the collective Church.
That ailing, decaying, TEMPORARY physical body is not your true self: YOU HAVE ANOTHER BODY glorious, immortal and ETERNAL.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014
SONS OF GOD
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become THE SONS OF God, even to them that believe on His Name: WHICH WERE BORN, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, BUT OF GOD" (John 1:12-13; 1 Peter 1:23).
"Beloved, NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but WE KNOW THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:2),
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, THEY ARE THE SONS OF God.
For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit, THAT WE ARE THE SONS OF God:
And if SONS, then HEIRS; heirs of God, and JOINT-HEIRS WITH Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, so that we may be also glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared WITH THE GLORY WHICH SHALL BE REVEALED IN US.
For... THE CREATION WAITS FOR THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS of God.
...Because THE CREATION ITSELF ALSO SHALL BE DELIVERED FROM THE BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION into the glorious liberty OF THE SONS OF God" (Romans 8:14-21).
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.
For WHOM HE DID FOREKNOW, HE ALSO DID PREDESTINE TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF His Son, that He might be THE FIRSTBORN AMONG many brethren (Romans 8:28-29).
In John 3:16 Jesus is called the "ONLY BEGOTTEN SON" of God.
That was before Calvary and the Resurrection.
God KNEW IN ADVANCE who are, and would be, His sons having chosen us and predestined us in Christ Jesus BEFORE THE FOUNDATION of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
All of God's sons, beginning with Adam, had fallen into sin, EXCEPT JESUS.
Therefore, of all the sons of God, Jesus was THE ONLY ONE LEFT.
Jesus came to redeem (buy back) God's OTHER sons who had fallen into sin. Praise His Name forever!
After the Resurrection, in Romans 8:29, as we read above, Jesus is NO LONGER CALLED "the only begotten son" of God but "THE FIRSTBORN among MANY brethren, or among many OTHER SONS".
The past 2,000 years of human history have been all about Jesus, the Incorruptible Seed of God (1 John 3:9), the Seed OF THE WOMAN (Genesis 3:15), and of Abraham (Galatians 3:16), multiplying into millions and even billions of seeds:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain (seed) of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but IF IT DIES, IT BRINGS FORTH MUCH FRUIT" (John 12:24).
Like natural seeds, God's INCORRUPTIBLE Seed had to die for the rest of the sons, be buried, go into hell itself in the center of the earth for three days and nights and, from hell itself, SPRING FORTH RESURRECTED, having defeated Satan, demons, principalities and powers of darkness, taken the keys of Death and Hell itself, and ascended to the Father's Throne (1 Corinthians 15:37-38; 1 John 3:9, 5:1,4,18).
Our Jesus did all that so that the second born, the third born, the fourth born and the one trillionth born sons could also ascend to the Father's Throne WHERE THEY WERE, as spirit beings, before the foundation of the earth.
Paul weaves this marvelous Truth throughout his epistles, calling it the Mystery of Christ (Romans 11:25; 1 Corinthians 2:1; 15:50; Ephesians 1:9, 3:4,9, 5:32; Colossians 1:27):
The First Son MANIFESTED in and through MANY SONS.
Yes, Jesus as Creator God will always be INFINITELY greater than the sum of all His "parts" (us).
However, each of us who KNOW HIM, whom He foreknew (KNEW in advance), chose and predestined in Himself before creating the earth, are destined to MANIFEST His fullness:
The measure of the stature of the FULLNESS OF Christ.
That's why Paul says that the sufferings we experience in this TEMPORARY sub-realm of "time", which is about to expire, ARE NOT WORTHY to be compared WITH OUR BRILLIANT AND GLORIOUS DESTINY who is Christ Himself (Ephesians 3:19;4:13).
What could possibly be greater than BEING IN Jesus?
What could possibly be greater than BEING Jesus?
The Seed that was planted 2,000 years ago has multiplied into MANY, MANY SONS OF GOD.
And that huge harvest, comprised of so many seeds that cannot be numbered is about to break forth (Revelation 7:9).
Hallelujah! Praise God for His Faithfulness! Come Lord Jesus!
SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014
DID JESUS DIE FOR NOTHING ?
"I DO NOT ANNUL the grace of God: for IF RIGHTEOUSNESS COMES BY THE LAW, then Christ DIED FOR NOTHING!" (Galatians 2:21)
How much clearer can it be stated?
"If righteousness comes BY THE LAW, then Christ DIED for NOTHING".
And yet there are millions of religious people, who CLAIM to be Christian, that oppose and CONTRADICT God's Word by claiming that Law keeping makes them righteous.
What it really makes them is LIARS:
No one but Jesus has EVER kept God's Law (Matthew 5:17; John 7:19).
But, most importantly, it makes them SELF-RIGHTEOUS AND LOST.
That's right: Those who THINK they become righteous through Law keeping are LOST.
They are headed STRAIGHT TO HELL.
Unless, of course, they repent of their UNBELIEF, receive Christ into their hearts as ONLY SAVIOR, and TRUST JESUS ALONE for Salvation.
They don't know Christ, the Living Savior.
All they got is dead religion.
By insisting on Law keeping, as we read above, they ANNUL the Grace of God, making it OF NO EFFECT.
Since Scripture is clear that salvation is BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH, those who annul God's grace are lost (Ephesians 2:8-9).
They are basically saying that Law keeping makes people righteous, hence that Jesus died in vain.
According to Law pushers, He DIED FOR NOTHING!
According to God,"by one Sacrifice He has PERFECTED FOREVER those who are sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14).
Does your religion push Law keeping?
If it does it DESPISES the Blood of Jesus.
Are you one of those "kristians" who hypocritically claims to "BELIEVE IN Jesus" yet sees Law keeping as your REAL savior?
Do you have MORE FAITH in "keeping the Sabbath" than in JESUS and His Perfect Work of Redemption?
If you do, you DESPISE Jesus' Blood, death, Resurrection and Ascension WHICH ARE THE ONLY THINGS THAT SAVE.
If you do, you are saying that Jesus DIED FOR NOTHING!
If we need the Law in order to be saved, then Jesus' Blood ISN'T SUFFICIENT to save us.
If Jesus' Blood IS sufficient to save, then we NO LONGER need the Law.
Make up your minds, heretics.
You can't have it both ways.
FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014
"GOD TOLD ME TO TELL YOU"
"But any prophet who FALSELY CLAIMS to speak in my Name or who speaks in the name of another god must die" (Deuteronomy 18:20).
Thank God we no longer live under law, but under Grace. If we were still under law, there would be DEAD Christians everywhere.
If you've been Christian, even for a short time, chances are somebody's approached you, or will approach you, saying "I have a word (or message) for you from the Lord", or "God told me to tell you (whatever)", or "God showed me that you're supposed to do thus and so".
Many naive Christians have been manipulated, taken advantage of, misled, and even had their lives ruined, by false prophets.
Some have altogether lost their savings, their peace, and the joy of their Salvation because of a false message delivered by a false prophet (or prophetess), purportedly in the Name of God, WHICH GOD NEVER SPOKE.
How should you handle these situations? Should you believe those who claim to have "heard God" on your behalf?
The Bible clearly teaches there is such thing as the office of prophet. It also mentions the gift of prophecy (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:10-11).
There are people who have a genuine call of God to minister in such fashion. These people, however, are VERY FEW and VERY rare.
Most self-proclaimed "prophets" and "prophetesses" today, especially the most visible ones, have no more calling of God on their lives than Elmer Gantry.
They are nothing but a bunch of greedy, manipulating, self-serving, glorified charlatans.
When one of these "prophets" or "prophetesses" stands in front of a TV camera and tells you (the audience, everyone watching) that "God told them" to tell you that "you have three days to get your offering in the mail", THEY ARE LYING. They no more heard from God than I heard from Napoleon.
How do you know if the message is really from God or not?
Although we cannot limit God, or how He chooses to communicate, the odds are heavily in favor of it NOT BEING FROM God:
False prophets have always outnumbered true prophets.
Contrary to what you see on "Christian" TV, most ordinary INDIVIDUALS DO NOT - repeat, DO NOT - receive messages through so-called "prophets" or from other Christians.
The ONLY INDIVIDUALS who got messages through third parties in the Bible were usually kings or people who held some high, influential rank, such as political and/or spiritual leaders.
One way you can tell a true prophet or prophetess of God from a false one, is by their lifestyle.
The office of prophet in the Bible was neither lucrative nor glamorous.
True prophets were often subjected to all forms of scorn, abuse, mockery, persecution. They lived pretty scant and perilous lives.
Isaiah was sawed in half by evil king Manasseh. Jeremiah was thrown into a muddy cistern for days, and almost died of asphyxiation, starvation and thirst, Ezekiel was taken into captivity (slavery), and Daniel was exiled and later thrown into a lion's den.
Take John the Baptist: According to Jesus there was "no greater prophet than John" (Luke 7:28).
He lived in the hot, dry, barren desert, wore camel skin (no doubt somewhat smelly, ugly and not very fashionable), and survived by eating wild honey and locusts, which are desert insects, whose flesh resembles worms.
Only false prophets lived lives of extreme comfort and luxury. Apparently, nothing's changed.
Balaam tried to prophesy falsely against Israel to get Balak's monetary rewards.
The false prophets and soothsayers in Babylon lived in the king's palace while wonderful, precious Daniel was falsely accused and persecuted for his faith.
The false prophets of Baal lived comfortable lives and sat at Queen Jezebel's table, while Elijah, the true prophet of God, had to go into hiding and have his meals delivered by raven express.
Another way of distinguishing a true prophet from a false prophet is his or her track record. Does this person have A PROVEN, VERIFIABLE HISTORY OF PROPHESYING ACCURATELY? Have their "words" and prophecies been fulfilled in exact detail?
Still another way to tell if the "prophecy" is true is: does it witness to your spirit? Does the inner man of the spirit concur with it, or does it feel uneasy about it?
If you're not sure, get alone somewhere with God, seek His counsel, and ask the Holy Spirit to confirm if the message comes from Him through a second or third witness. Then wait a while to see whether He does or not.
This is totally scriptural, since God's Word says "in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14) and "In the mouth of TWO OR THREE WITNESSES shall EVERY WORD BE ESTABLISHED" (2 Corinthians 13:1).
If it truly came from God, the Holy Spirit will gladly confirm it in a number of ways.
Finally, there's the "Word" test. And this is the most important test of all:
Does the message the prophet delivered concur with God's Word, or does it CONTRADICT IT?
If it CONTRADICTS God's Word in the least, REJECT IT IMMEDIATELY! It's false, because God never, ever contradicts Himself.
ALL PROPHECY must be judged by, and subjected to, God's Holy Word, which is Ultimate Truth.
So, when SOME CHRISTIAN comes to you with a "word from God", BE VERY SKEPTICAL. WHY would God go thru a "third party"?
God CAN AND WILL speak directly to you. You are, after all, His child.
He may go through others occasionally, but those occasions are VERY, VERY rare.
So, when another believer, or a supposed "man or woman of God", comes to you with a "message" or "word" supposedly from God, don't be too quick or eager to "receive" it. Submit it to these five tests: lifestyle, track record, witness of the Spirit, a second or third witness and, above all, God's Holy, Perfect Word.
If it fails ANY of these tests, reject it. It's NOT from God.
Seek God DIRECTLY, IGNORE the "word" from the supposed "prophet", and get on with your life!
THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014
WHY US ?
Are we the generation that will experience the Rapture and Second Coming of Jesus?
We've been expecting Him for some time...
One unique characteristic of the Book of Revelation is that every generation has thought it applied to them.
Around the first millennium A.D. there was widespread expectation that Jesus would return.
Paul and John thought He would return in the first century.
How, then, can we be sure that WE ARE the generation that will witness most of its predictions? How can we be sure we are living at "the time of the end" which our Lord so eloquently described?
There are MANY reasons. They include:
1. There's a long, sustained tradition in both Judaism and Christianity that Jesus (Messiah) would return/appear in the 6th Millennium after Creation. We're it.
This tradition is not without biblical basis, since the Lord re-created the earth in SIX days and 2 Peter 3:8 tells us with the Lord "a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day".
He also RESTED on the 7th day, which would correspond to the 7th Millennium, which will be that 1,000-year period of REST, restoration and world peace when Jesus will establish His Millennial Kingdom on earth.
2. It would be downright IMPOSSIBLE for some of the prophecies in Revelation, the Gospels, Zechariah and Daniel to be fulfilled UNLESS Israel had been reborn as a national entity, and UNLESS Jews controlled biblical Jerusalem. Such things didn't exist for nearly 2,000 years, and didn't materialize ‘til 1948 and 1967, respectively.
3. Luke 21:24-36 unquestionably tells us that the generation when Jerusalem is no longer trampled by gentiles "will NOT pass away" without Jesus coming in the clouds "with power and great glory".
Jerusalem was trampled, NON-STOP, by gentiles for 2,030 years. It hasn't been trampled since June 7, 1967.
Without a question, we ARE that generation.
4. Daniel 9:25 says there must be 7-weeks (7 sevens) FROM the word to return and build Old Testament Jerusalem to Messiah Prince. That period began in 1967-68.
5. One of the conditions for our "gathering together unto Him", as per 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is the unveiling (revelation) of the Antichrist. That has happened. We can now PROVE his identity, undisputedly, with the Bible.
6. Daniel prophesied that at the time of the end "many would go to and fro and knowledge would be increased" (Daniel 12:4). What better description of cyberspace could there be? (Keep in mind that was written 2,500 years ago).
Computer technology makes it possible for us to go "to and fro" throughout the world, and gather enormous knowledge, at the click of a mouse.
7. The Book of Daniel also states that its prophecies WOULD REMAIN SEALED (not understood) UNTIL "the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4,7).
The fact we understand most of them today is PROOF POSITIVE that Daniel's Book is no longer sealed and, therefore, that prophesied "time of the end" is here.
We cannot limit the Word of God. There are certain aspects of it which apply to every generation.
However, Daniel, Revelation and other apocalyptic writings were addressed IN PARTICULAR to ONE generation, and that's us.
There's never been a generation that saw millions of people suddenly and simultaneously vanish, a resurrected Antichrist emerge from the bottomless pit, or people receiving a mark in their hands or foreheads in order to buy or sell, the Euphrates drying up, the death of ONE THIRD of mankind, the sea and all the water turn to blood, major cities in the world turning into rubble, or the Anti-Christ massing armies at Armageddon trying to PREVENT the return of the Christ.
That privilege or misfortune (depending on where we stand spiritually) has been reserved for THIS generation:
Those who know Jesus will experience an indescribably bright and glorious destiny.
Those who don't will experience the worst period IN ALL OF human history.
Which will it be for you?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 the apostle Paul mentions "a thorn in the flesh", which he asked God to remove.
Ask religious minds what that thorn was, and you get some of the weirdest answers, however, the most frequent one is that God had afflicted Paul with some sort of physical sickness, and that God refused to take it away.
It's often theorized, based on Galatians 4:15 and 6:11 that that sickness was some problem with Paul's eyes.
That, in turn, is supposed to show that "God doesn't heal everyone".
There's no record anywhere that God put any sickness on Paul.
God has NO sickness to give anyone.
God is a healer. He healed people back then and He still heals people today, since He never changes.
Does He heal everyone?
In John 5:1-11 we have Jesus going to the pool of Bethesda where a lot of sick people were gathered waiting for the angel Raphael to stir the water. Jesus didn't heal ALL of them. He healed ONE person, who'd been invalid 38 years.
Jesus, in his human form, having divested Himself of His glory, could do nothing of Himself, only what He saw the Father do (John 5:19; 8:28).
God knows every mind and every heart.
How the Father determines who gets healed and who doesn't, WE ARE NOT TOLD.
No theologian knows, no minister knows, you don't know, and I don't know.
We know Grace and faith (trust) plays a significant part but, since faith is A GIFT of God, and the fruit of the Spirit, how does God decide to dispense such faith?
No one this side of heaven knows the EXACT dynamics involved in the supernatural healing process.
The Bible tells us that God did blind Paul TEMPORARILY on the way to Damascus (Acts 9:8,9), but we're also told when Ananias prayed for him his eyesight returned (Acts 9:17,18).
While it's true that Paul seems to indicate a vision problem, there's no record anywhere that it was caused by God.
The probable reason was the deplorable "living conditions" he was subjected to.
Paul had been imprisoned more than once (Acts 16:16-28), including at the infamous Mamertine dungeon in Rome. There were no windows, hence NO VENTILATION, and NO LIGHT.
It was a dark, damp, unsanitary, smelly, rodent infested, urine and feces infested hellhole.
His vision problems are likely to be the result of being held there, not because God would afflict his own son and faithful servant.
So, what was Paul's thorn?
According to 2 Corinthians 12:7 it wasn't any illness, but AN ANGEL OF SATAN.
Paul said this angel was assigned to "buffet him", lest he become conceited due to the tremendous revelations he'd received.
The Greek word kolaphizo means to strike with the fist or knuckles.
Evidently, Satan had assigned one of his angels to continually harass Paul and make his life miserable.
That seems to be his M.O. where people of God are concerned.
He specifically asked God's permission to afflict Job and then brought all manner of suffering and calamities on him (Job 1:9-18; 2:7).
In Luke 22:31 we read how he personally asked for Peter, Jesus' designated leader of the Early Church, so he could "sift him as wheat".
So this is nothing new, as far as the devil is concerned.
Paul asked God to take the angel of Satan away and, contrary to what religion teaches, God DIDN'T DENY the request. He merely said His GRACE "IS SUFFICIENT" to handle the problem.
Paul clearly and UNDISPUTEDLY says the thorn was "a messenger (angel) of Satan".
Why waste time and energy on religions minds, when you can find the REAL answers IN THE BIBLE?
TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014
"But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, LOVE YOUR WIVES, JUST AS Christ also LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE Himself up FOR HER, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word"...(Ephesians 5:24-26).
Husbands, LOVE YOUR WIVES AND DO NOT BE HARSH WITH THEM (Colossians 3:19).
"Husbands, in the same way BE CONSIDERATE...WITH YOUR WIVES, and TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, SO THAT NOTHING WILL HINDER YOUR PRAYERS" (1 Peter 3:7).
"Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, THEY MAY BE WON OVER WITHOUT WORDS BY THE BEHAVIOR OF THEIR WIVES"... (1 Peter 3:1).
Satan is ON RECORD as using the Bible and QUOTING IT -- TO JESUS, NO LESS!
Like Satan, religion USES the Bible, by ISOLATING ONE VERSE or PASSAGE from ALL THE REST of God's Word, and using it to castigate women.
Some of these verses have often been used by despotic, sadistic RELIGIOUS husbands to oppress their wives, treat them as doormats, as nothing more THAN HOUSE SLAVES who must be at their beck and call INSTANTLY, 24/7, UNQUESTIONINGLY, and without protest.
And they often do so with religion's blessing.
Is that what the Bible teaches?
Is that what Jesus taught?
Let's begin with the first verse quoted above:
Religious hypocrites love to quote THE FIRST PART of the verse: "But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything".
But CONVENIENTLY LEAVE OUT the SECOND PART of the SAME verse which says:
"Husbands, LOVE YOUR WIVES, JUST AS Christ also LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE Himself up FOR HER"...
Why is the Church "subject to" Christ?
Because we KNOW He loves us, to the point of DYING FOR US.
Are you willing, if it were necessary, to GIVE YOUR LIFE for your wife?
Can you honestly say that you LOVE HER AS MUCH AS CHRIST LOVES His Bride/Church?
Unless your answer to these two questions is an HONEST, ringing AFFIRMATIVE, you have no right to expect her to be "subject" to you in anything.
Why should your wife SUBMIT to you when, UNLIKE Jesus with the Church, you never show any tenderness or kindness toward her?
When she can't TRUST YOU?
Why should she defer to your judgment when you spend all that money you could use for that new dishwasher she desperately needs on porn sites?
Why should she "perform" the way you want sexually, when the ONLY TIME YOU APPROACH HER is WHEN YOU want sex?
The reason the Church is subject to Christ, the reason some of us are WILLING TO TRUST JESUS even when we don't fully understand what's going on, is because He has EARNED OUR COMPLETE TRUST.
He has PROVEN His Love beyond doubt, even beyond human reason.
Therefore, abusive, tyrannical husbands, UNLESS you love your wives as Jesus loves His Church, UNLESS you are WILLING TO DIE FOR HER (and we're NOT TALKING "lip service" here, but ACTUAL WILLINGNESS, FROM YOUR HEART) YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO EXPECT YOUR WIVES TO BLINDLY and unquestioningly obey you.
You have NO RIGHT, under ANY circumstance, to abuse your wife physically, verbally, psychologically, OR ANY OTHER WAY.
If you hit her, you're nothing but a sadistic coward, who needs to repent, ask God's forgiveness, BEG HER FORGIVENESS, and give your heart to Jesus.
You may deceive others, including some misogynist religious fools that (unfortunately) stand behind the pulpit, but Jesus isn't fooled by your hypocrisy:
He sees right through you and knows EXACTLY what is in your selfish heart AT ALL TIMES.
The reason we WILLINGLY become "love slaves" to our beautiful Bridegroom, is because He MELTS our hearts with His tenderness and Love.
You want your wife to be submissive? Then BE CHRIST-LIKE!!!
Spend QUALITY time with her, and be there whenever she needs you, AS JESUS IS FOR HIS CHURCH.
Speak to her lovingly and tenderly as Jesus speaks to His Bride, the Church.
Well, you're piling it on us men, what about women? Oh, I'll deal with them separately, Lord willing.
Don't criticize her if you don't want her to criticize you.
Praise her often:
Women NEVER GET TIRED OF HEARING how beautiful they look, how good that dress or those jeans look on her, how good she smells, how much you love her, or how you couldn't wait to see her and be with her. AND MEAN IT!
Women have a sixth sense that tells them when you're genuine or NOT.
Don't say it UNLESS you really mean it or it will backfire.
You want her to be a better housekeeper? tell her what a good housekeeper she is.
You want her to be a better cook? Compliment that pot roast or lasagna she made for dinner.
You want her to be a better lover in bed... ?
Don't criticize her performance, don't ask her to do anything that bothers her conscience, or that she doesn't feel comfortable doing.
Two of the biggest mistakes men make in that department are:
1. TOO MUCH TOO SOON. Your wife is NOT A CAR. You can't step on the accelerator and go from zero to 50 in three seconds.
Take time first to "warm up her engine", genius!
2. Most men erroneously think it's ALL about PHYSICAL technique. It's not all physical, IT'S LARGELY MENTAL & emotional.
It's not about knowing 50 different "positions", you big baboon! Caressing the mind IS JUST AS IMPORTANT as TOUCHING THE BODY.
The most important sex organ in the human body is not genitalia: IT'S THE HUMAN MIND.
Stimulate HER MIND with gentle, romantic, positive WORDS (and not JUST when you want sex) and you'll be one happy camper...
MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
THE RICHES OF SILENCE
"For I desire that you know what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and UNTO ALL RICHES of the full assurance of understanding... the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.
3 In whom are hid ALL THE TREASURES of wisdom and knowledge".
Silence and solitude are two of the most squandered and unappreciated spiritual blessings our daily existence affords.
In this hectic, non-stop, multitasking word, they are becoming more and more scarce.
Young people today (and even some adults) hardly even look up anymore.
They spend 80% of their time gazing at their IPhones checking who texted them and texting back about silly, inconsequential stuff: empty rhetoric that will be forgotten sooner than it was transmitted.
Kinda makes you wonder how we all managed 20 years ago, when this technology WASN'T available.
It's just one more gadget that competes with God FOR YOUR TIME.
Those who mean business with the Lord, those who want spiritual growth, MUST MAKE "time" to be ALONE with God and ENJOY His solitude.
There's a huge difference between being "alone with" God and being lonely.
When we are "alone with" Him, we are NEVER lonely.
Spending quality time with Jesus is very enjoyable and illuminating but also A NECESSITY.
Personally, I couldn't live without it.
MAKE TIME to get away from the hustle, bustle and pressure and be in some quiet place with the Lord, where there are no interruptions, no one rushing you, or making demands on your time.
It's in those moments of solitude where we bask in His glorious Presence, commune with the Lord beyond human language, allow Him to renew and replenish our soul, and give us revelation.
It's in those moments that we LISTEN TO the SILENCE, until we "hear" His Voice.
It's when we receive guidance and His Divine Wisdom which is infinitely superior to ours.
Jesus spent lots of times interacting with and ministering to the people, teaching them and His disciples. But He also found it NECESSARY, quite often, to retreat to a solitary place, ALL BY HIMSELF, to pray and commune with the Father (Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16).
It worked for Jesus, and it will work for you.
As Ecclesiastes 3:1,7 so beautifully says :
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
...a time to speak and a time to keep silence".
Spend time IN SILENCE and SOLITUDE with Jesus, treasuring Him, meditating His Word, and LISTENING to His Voice IN the silence.
Then, when you open your mouth, what comes out will be worth hearing.
SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014
The media has been all over Fred Phelps' death this week.
And we can't blame the media for this one. This guy HAD IT COMING and RICHLY DESERVES every bit of criticism he got.
In case you don't remember, Phelps was the "pastor", and I use the term with GREAT latitude, of the so-called Westboro Baptist Church.
He and his groupies became infamous for crashing gay funerals, especially those of gays in the military, rejoicing that the dead person had "gone to hell", with signs spreading THE LIE that "God hates fags".
I need to pause right here and say that I came to saving faith in Christ (became born-again) through the ministry of three Baptist preachers.
Generally speaking, I love our Baptist brothers and sisters, including most in the ministry, and I certainly owe those three precious men (the late Theodore Epp, the late Oliver Greene, and the aging Billy Graham) an eternal debt of gratitude.
Wish I could say the same for Fred: His message and actions were despicable, and TOTALLY MISREPRESENTED the Gospel and the Christian faith.
There was NO redemption and NO "GOOD NEWS" in Fred's hate-filled message.
But the true Gospel is NOT what Fred's 40-member congregation, composed mostly of his own family and relatives, was all about.
And Paul is clear that WHOEVER preaches ANOTHER "gospel", even if it's an angel from heaven, he/she/it IS ACCURSED (Galatians 1:8).
Jesus removed all sin for all time, and ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVE HIM INTO THE DEPTHS OF THEIR BEING- INCLUDING GAYS - are eternally saved by His all too amazing Grace (2 Corinthians 5:19; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:14).
I hope that, somehow, Fred made it to heaven.
I hope that God, by His infinite and sheer Grace, has forgiven this hateful bastard's BLATANT STUPIDITY, and extended Fred the very GRACE he denied others.
The great irony is that if and when he does get there, he will find many former gays who gave their hearts to Jesus and GOT TO HEAVEN AHEAD OF HIM.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014
Since the dawn of human history, religion has wanted control.
It wants to control people.
It wants to control God.
This is true of ALL religion, including all forms of Christianism.
Ever noticed how people of certain sects, although they have different faces, height, weight, etc. seem to share a common "look"?
Religion tells people how to live, think, talk, act. How to spend their money, what to eat and drink (or NOT), what to wear (or NOT), where to go, when to go, and how they should look and comport themselves.
Religion turns people into assembly line androids.
Religion also wants to control God. It wants to tell God what sins He can forgive and which sins He can't.
Religion wants to IMPOSE CONDITIONS UNDER which God may, or may NOT, forgive certain sins.
It wants to tell the Almighty WHOM He can save or not save.
It wants to decide WHEN it's appropriate to worship God and when it ISN'T.
It even wants to tell God WHAT He Himself said and didn't say.
And God is having NONE OF IT.
"I will have mercy ON WHOM I WILL have mercy" (Exodus 33:19; Romans 9:15).
NOBODY'S telling God what He can or cannot do, whom He can or can't save.
NOBODY is imposing any "CONDITIONS" on the Almighty, under which He may accomplish His Sovereign Will.
That includes YOUR DENOMINATION and its FOUNDER(S), whatever and whoever they may be.
God does not require their permission or their approval to do AS HE PLEASES, HOW HE PLEASES, WHEN He pleases and WHERE He pleases.
Because He IS God, your religion can't control Him.
And IF IT COULD control Him, He WOULDN'T BE God.
Your religion will soon come to a sudden and timely end.
But our God and His Mercy will endure forever.
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE
After 2,000 years of Church history, most Christians think, speak and act as children.
That's why the Church remains in a state of perpetual spiritual infancy. No wonder there's so much division, pettiness, envy and jealousy!
We should all be responsible, spiritual adults.
While it's true that, in order to enter His Kingdom, we must become "as little children" (trusting and innocent), we are NOT to REMAIN children.
Children always DEPEND on adults. They DEPEND on them to feed them, clothe them, house them, protect them, care for them if they're sick, and pray for them.
Adults have no such options. Adults depend on no one but God.
Adults GOTTA DO THE JOB THEMSELVES.
I have to say this because there are people in many different stages of spiritual growth reading this:
If you got saved just a few days ago, a few months ago, of course, you're still a babe in Christ and YOU SHOULD SEEK HELP, IF AND WHEN NEEDED.
Even if you're a long-time Christian, but still a spiritual babe, SEEK HELP.
But how can people who've been Christian for 10, 15, 20 years or more REMAIN spiritual babies? Something's wrong.
In the natural, when our children get to be a certain age, we EXPECT THEM to start assuming responsibility. We EXPECT THEM to pull their own weight.
If your 20 year old came to you WITH EVERY LITTLE PROBLEM he or she has, wouldn't you at some point say, "look, son, I'd love to help you, but I can't do EVERYTHING for you. You gotta solve some of these issues yourself?"
God expects the same from us spiritually. I know YOU WON'T HEAR THAT IN CHURCH. I KNOW YOU WON'T HEAR THAT IN CHRISTIAN MEETINGS, and you certainly WON'T HEAR IT IN RELIGIOUS INFOMERCIALS.
WHY? THEY WANT YOU TO STAY DEPENDENT. Ministers are AFRAID that, if you ever become independent, YOU'LL STOP SENDING DONATIONS.
The whole religious system is designed to EXPLOIT your dependency.
The Christian CHURCH/ CAMP MEETING/ TV/ CONVENTION/ CONFERENCE/INFOMERCIAL sub-culture is totally BASED ON FEAR.
Fear doesn't come from God. Fear is of the devil (2 Timothy 1:7).
That's why we have a weak, lethargic, emaciated Church full of spiritual pygmies, when, by now, we should ALL be giants!
There's plenty of blame to go around, but the brunt of the blame falls on so-called "Christian leaders" who, instead of promoting spiritual growth and empowering believers to STAND, promote spiritual dependency.
This ministry has been raised by God to DELIVER CHRISTIANS FROM dependency and from all forms of RELIGIOUS BONDAGE.
Go ahead, shake off the shackles of religion: DECLARE YOUR independence.
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014
THE THREE HARVESTS
There are THREE harvests mentioned in the Bible and the Book of Revelation:
The prophetic fulfillment of all three happens during the tribulation's final year:
The first is the earliest crop harvest of the 144,000 Israelites who are purchased from among mankind and appear in front of God's Throne (Revelation 14:1-5).
They would correspond to Israel's barley harvest which takes place shortly after Passover (Leviticus 23:9-14; 1 Corinthians 15:20).
The second one is the wheat harvest which takes place from Passover to Pentecost (Leviticus 23:15-21).
These are gentiles who come to faith in Christ when an angel flies in mid-air and (for the first time in history) preaches the Eternal Gospel to every nation, followed by another angel who warns against receiving the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:6-7).
The wheat represents the harvest of the earth which is over-ripe and about to spoil.
It represents those individuals from various nations of the world (gentiles) who were unsaved at the Rapture, hence remained on earth, and got saved during the tribulation.
In the first century, when Revelation was written, and to this day in many agricultural areas of the world, wheat is threshed using an instrument called a "tribulum".
The tribulum is used to FORCIBLY separate the wheat from the chaff.
These people have gone through the tribulation, and have been threshed like wheat.
They are overripe and about to spoil, when God's angel puts in his sickle and harvests them (raptures) them PRIOR TO the 7 final judgments (bowls) of God's wrath (Revelation 14:15-16).
They appear in heaven in Revelation 15:2 singing "the Song of Moses (one of the Two Witnesses) and of the Lamb".
Then comes the third and FINAL harvest:
The Grape Harvest in Israel officially begins on Av 15 and ends on Yom Kippur.
After the Church is in heaven, after the 144,000 are raptured on First Fruits of Barley, after the harvest of the earth (wheat) is raptured on Pentecost, the grape clusters will be cut and thrown into the Great Wine Press of God's Wrath (Revelation 14:17-20).
They'll be gathered outside Jerusalem and Jesus will (figuratively speaking) STOMP ON THEM (as grapes were stomped in ancient times to make wine) until their blood runs like a river from Megiddo, down the Jezreel Valley, down the Kidron Valley, all the way to Ezion Geber in the (aptly named) Red Sea (Isaiah 63:1-6; Revelation 14:19-20).
The tribulation ends after the third harvest is complete.
Sukkot, an 8-day Feast that begins 5 days later, celebrates the in-gathering of the fruit (7 species) of the Land of Israel.
That's when Jews return to Jerusalem and the 12 tribes will begin to be regathered into the ancient Land of Canaan, the Land of Israel, which is their eternal possession.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014
Church history shows that the pendulum has swung to both extremes on this issue:
First we had organized Christianism claiming the EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to interpret the Scriptures.
Then came the Reformation that taught that the Holy Spirit is THE ONLY CORRECT INTERPRETER of Scripture.
That is true: however, it seemed to get lost in translation somewhere along the way:
Somehow or other, Christians turned it into "I HAVE THE RIGHT TO INTERPRET SCRIPTURE ANY WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT TO ME".
The result of this false and irrational approach speaks for itself: over 32,000 denominations often warring against each other, contradicting each other, and each claiming to have "THE ONLY CORRECT" interpretation.
Christian universities and seminaries that glorify the corrupt human intellect, which is IN ENMITY WITH GOD (Romans 8:7) to the EXCLUSION of the Spirit of God.
Authors who claim "the Bible says" something THAT IT DOESN'T SAY AT ALL.
Not to mention, with the advent of cyberspace, myriad INDIVIDUAL FALSE teachers all claiming to possess "THE ONLY" correct view, and often professing to be THE ONLY INDIVIDUAL ON THE PLANET who "knows the truth".
Your mind IS NOT the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit IS NOT your corrupt mind.
While intellectual learning has its place, and we certainly do not advocate ignorance, the Bible is primarily A SPIRITUAL BOOK.
It is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Therefore He is THE ONLY authorized interpreter (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
In order to get HIS INTERPRETATION, instead of your fallible mind's biased one, we need to:
1. Be TOTALLY HONEST with God, with ourselves, and with others.
There's NOTHING WRONG with saying "I DON'T KNOW". Better to say it than to lead others astray.
There's NOTHING WRONG with admitting that WE ARE FALLIBLE HUMANS who DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING, MAKE MISTAKES and that, despite our best efforts, DO NOT ALWAYS GET EVERYTHING RIGHT. I know all of this applies TO ME.
On the other hand, IT IS WRONG to PRETEND TO KNOW and come up with some cockamamie "explanation" when we really HAVE NO CLUE.
2. We must be READY TO ACCEPT TRUTH, AT ALL COSTS: whether it is to our liking, or not.
3. We must, therefore, COMPLETELY SET ASIDE OUR PERSONAL PREFERENCES and approach the Scriptures WITHOUT ANY BIAS or PRECONCEIVED ideas.
4. God CANNOT and DOES NOT contradict Himself. All Scripture must be understood IN CONTEXT, and must be compared TO ALL OTHER SCRIPTURES that deal with the same subject.
When we ISOLATE a verse from the rest of the Bible, and IGNORE what it says elsewhere about that same topic, DOCTRINAL ERROR WILL BE THE INEVITABLE RESULT.
5. A GREAT DEAL OF HUMILITY.
We must HUMBLE OURSELVES, seek the Holy Spirit's TRUE INTERPRETATION, and be ready to ACCEPT WHAT HE SHOWS, regardless OF WHAT IT MAY BE.
The question is NEVER "what DO I THINK this means"? But, rather, "Holy Spirit, WHAT DID YOU INTEND TO SAY? WHAT is the meaning YOU WANT to convey?
This applies TO ALL OF US.
Unless these guidelines are applied and meticulously followed, we will continue to spread lies, false doctrine, rumors, heresies and half-truths: DECEIVING AND BEING DECEIVED, EVER "learning" but NEVER COMING TO the knowledge of the Truth.
TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014
"... but WE ALSO GLORY IN OUR SUFFERINGS, because we know that SUFFERING PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE; PERSEVERANCE, CHARACTER; AND CHARACTER, HOPE. And hope does not make us ashamed, because God's LOVE HAS BEEN POURED OUT INTO OUR HEARTS THROUGH the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us" (Romans 5:1-5).
"You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, DO NOT RESIST AN EVIL PERSON. IF ANYONE SLAPS YOU ON THE RIGHT CHEEK, TURN TO THEM THE OTHER CHEEK ALSO. And if anyone wants to sue you and TAKE YOUR SHIRT, HAND OVER YOUR COAT AS WELL. If anyone FORCES YOU TO GO ONE MILE, GO WITH THEM TWO MILES. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU...
BE PERFECT, THEREFORE, AS your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:39-48).
"...THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME ARE NOT WORTH COMPARING WITH THE GLORY that will be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).
"Be faithful UNTO DEATH and I will give you the crown of Life" (Revelation 2:10).
Jesus gave the HIGHEST COMMAND EVER GIVEN: to love not merely our neighbor, BUT TO LOVE EVEN OUR ENEMIES.
Through such DIVINE Love we would reach Perfection, meaning God Himself.
Such command is IMPOSSIBLE for a natural human being to keep. There's NO WAY, no matter HOW MUCH we may WANT TO, that a natural human in his/her fallen condition can produce, let alone SUSTAIN, that kind of Love.
Even when man was created, EVEN BEFORE HE SINNED, he was NOT CAPABLE OF such Perfection.
God made man a little below Himself, a little below Perfection (Psalm 8:5).
Everything He created was "exceedingly good". Yet it WASN'T PERFECT (Genesis 1:26-31). And that included man.
Divine Love IS Perfection.
Divine Love is Divine Substance
Divine Love IS our glorification.
Divine Love is a CONSUMING and REFINING FIRE.
Divine Love is Jesus (1 John 4:16).
Some religions and philosophies TALK ABOUT love expressed as mercy and compassion. But it's nothing more than A THEORY: an UNATTAINABLE IDEAL, which even its proponents could never DEMONSTRATE, or even COME CLOSE.
Since, they could not achieve, or demonstrate such Love in their lifetime, and they are NOW DEAD, they came up with the idea of ENDLESS "reincarnations" where, IN UNPROVEN THEORY, it would EVENTUALLY be achieved.
Jesus, on the other hand, BEING LOVE PERSONIFIED, not only gave the command, but DEMONSTRATED SUCH LOVE by BECOMING obedient UNTO DEATH, by WILLINGLY giving His Life and pouring out His Blood for others, EVEN FOR HIS ENEMIES!!!
Although He would have been MORE THAN JUSTIFIED IN DOING SO, He didn't accuse those who falsely slandered Him, hated Him, and sentenced Him to death.
Rather, He loved His enemies to the death, praying for them EVEN AS HE HUNG ON THE CROSS (Luke 23:34). Glory to Jesus forever and ever! Amen.
He then PUT HIS OWN DIVINE LOVE in our hearts, as we read above, through His Holy Spirit.
The ONLY WAY to manifest the Love of God, which is His VERY Nature, is to walk in the Spirit.
It cannot manifest ANY OTHER WAY because Love is the FRUIT OF the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
Divine Love becomes perfected in us (as we also read above) THROUGH SUFFERING.
When we give in to Divine Love, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST, it consumes our impurities and becomes One with us.
Jesus, as a human, became perfected through suffering by GIVING IN TO Divine Love and NOT resisting, even when it meant DEATH ON THE CROSS (Hebrews 2:10).
Divine Love exalted Him TO THE HIGHEST and gave Him a Name ABOVE EVERY NAME, that at Jesus' Name every knee will bow (Philippians 2:9-10).
When PERFECTION in Divine Love is reached, suffering (as humans understand the term) CEASES.
FEAR is also ERADICATED (1 John 4:18).
Jesus, as God, IS PERFECTION.
But Jesus, as human, having taken off His glory in order to save us, gave in to Divine Love (Himself) unto the very death. He, as last Adam, became a PERFECTED human:
…NO LONGER "a little below Elohim", BUT THE HUMAN ELOHIM.
Thus He became THE PERFECT EXAMPLE for the rest of us who are PREDESTINED to become... Him (Romans 8:29).
...Predestined to reach His Perfection.
Divine Love TRUSTS itself to the very death: Because there is NO FEAR in love.
Because Divine Love is THE LIFE, He knows He cannot die (John 10:17-18).
Hence Jesus trusted Divine Love (Himself) even when He went to hell, KNOWING that DEATH IS A LIE, and that the Only Truth is THE LIFE (Himself). Therefore, death (the lie) couldn't hold Him.
Jesus knew that the Divine Love in Him would not allow His flesh to see corruption, nor would it leave His soul in hell (Psalm 16:10). Glory!
When we become One with Divine Love we step into the realm of Light (glory). Thus we are translated (raptured) from this sub realm of sound, which is far lower.
We step from time into eternity.
When we give in to Divine Love He draws us unto Himself and we become One with Him.
Christ's Love has been shed abroad in our hearts by His Holy Spirit. It's our choice to either ignore it, resist it, or GIVE IN TO Him.
I choose, by the Grace of God, to GIVE IN TO YOU, Divine Love, Lord Jesus.
How about you?
MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
OOOPS ! I FORGOT THE KIDNEYS !
Every believer in Christ MUST KNOW WHERE his/her spirit is located.
The Bible says unless we are born OF THE SPIRIT, we cannot enter God's Kingdom (John 3:5).
It's in our spirit that Jesus LIVES by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17).
The Bible COMMANDS US to "walk in the spirit" (Galatians 5:16):
The Bible COMMANDS US to "LIVE in the spirit" (Romans 8:2; Galatians 5:25; Philippians 3:3):
HOW can we LIVE IN something whose location we don't know and can't even find?
HOW can we LIVE IN something that we TOTALLY IGNORE ?
... That we can't even detect and to which, consequently, we CAN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION?
I've taught often on where the human spirit is located:
According to Daniel 7:15, it's in "the MIDST of" our bodies.
According to Jesus it's in our belly or "innermost being" (John 7:38-39)
This is all true and biblical.
However, the Bible mentions another part of the human anatomy WHERE THE SPIRIT IS ALSO LOCATED and WHICH IS ALSO IN "the MIDST of our bodies":
Every time I teach on it, I make a mental note to include THE KIDNEYS, and then forget to do so!
The King James Version of the Bible usually renders the Hebrew Kilyah and the Greek nephrous "reins", while other translations use the words "mind", "inward parts", or "conscience", but both words literally mean "kidneys".
That's why a doctor who specializes in treatment of kidneys and kidney disease is called nephrologist.
When Jesus says in Revelation 2:23: "...and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds (nephrous) and hearts (kardias)", He's literally saying He searches the hearts and kidneys!
Similarly, when David says in Psalm 16:7:
"I will bless the LORD, who has given me counsel: my heart (kilyah) also instructs me in the night seasons".
He literally says "MY KIDNEYS also instruct me in the night".
There are a number of other Scriptures that use the word "kidneys" in similar fashion referring (figuratively) to a person's deepest inward parts:
Job 16:13; 19:27; Psalms 7:9; 26:2; 73:21; 139:13; Proverbs 23:16; Isaiah 11:5; Jeremiah 11:20; 12:2; 17:10; 20:12; Lamentations 3:13.
What's even more interesting: Most of these verses speak of the "heart" and the "kidneys" as DISTINCT AND SEPARATE PARTS of our SPIRITS (innermost being).
Oh, dear God... I just realized as I typed this that the "kidneys" are what Romans 8:27 refers to as "THE MIND OF the spirit". It's the part of the human spirit THAT THINKS.
I've used that mind FOR YEARS when I wanted to communicate with God (other than in unknown tongues) and NOT ALLOW Satan to intercept my part of the discussion.
The Holy Spirit has even prompted me, at times, TO SWITCH from the natural mind (in my head) to the spirit's mind (in my midst) and, now I know more specifically, in the kidney area!
Don't give me that strange look... These things are in the Bible, and have been there for THOUSANDS of years.
It's too bad that YOUR RELIGION never mentions them.
Besides the testimony of Scripture, those who EXPERIENCE Christ on a regular basis, KNOW INSTINCTIVELY that it is so:
It's from the kidney area that we experience that thrilling sense of "elevation", when we commune intimately with Christ, almost as though we're floating or suspended effortlessly in mid-air.
So, the spirit is located in our stomachs, but also in our entire MIDDLE SECTION, all the way around, into our kidney area.
Since true worshipers worship God IN SPIRIT (John 4:23-24), next time your worship Jesus do so from the MIDDLE of your body, from the stomach AND... don't forget, from the kidneys!
SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014
HE'S NOT GOD
"Therefore THEY COULD NOT BELIEVE, because Isaiah said again: He HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES, AND HARDENED THEIR HEARTS; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, AND BE CONVERTED, and I should heal them (John 12:39-40).
Is Satan "god" of this world?
One of THE MOST ATTACKED STATEMENTS on this website is where I DENY Satan "god" status IN THIS WORLD, or ANY OTHER.
Hard to believe, but it's NOT SATANISTS, or even plain unbelievers, who attack our statement, BUT SUPPOSED "CHRISTIANS"!!!
"Christians" who DON'T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER an unbeliever: or make a SOLID ARGUMENT
"Christians" who wouldn't know HOW TO DEFEND Jesus' Deity to a Jehovah's Witness, a Mormon, or a member of the falsely called "Church of God", EVEN IF THEIR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.
But THEY KNOW HOW TO STAND for Satan!
The know HOW TO ARGUE for Satan's alleged "deity"!
In fact, 2 Corinthians 4:4 is probably THE ONLY VERSE IN THE BIBLE they know, or at least THINK they know.
The standard, and MISTAKEN, teaching in "Christian" circles is that it is talking about Satan. It is NOT. The passage says:
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid TO THEM THAT ARE LOST: in whom the God of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the Image of God, should shine unto them" (2 Corinthians 4:4).
The word "Satan" DOES NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE in that verse.
It says that the Gospel is hid to those who ARE (already) LOST (John 3:18).
This verse does NOT TALK about Satan AT ALL. It talks about the Most High God BLINDING THE MINDS OF UNBELIEVERS (those who persist in rejecting Jesus and, therefore, ARE IRRETRIEVABLY LOST (Genesis 6:3).
That's EXACTLY what it says and also in the anchor verse quoted above from John's Gospel.
Similar statements about God, NOT SATAN, are found in Isaiah 6:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 and Romans 1:21-28, where He gives people to darkness or spiritual blindness (strong delusion) because of the hardness of their hearts.
These people from whom the Gospel (Good News of ) IS HID, and whose minds have been BLINDED BY GOD are those who have BLASPHEMED the Holy Spirit by ADAMANTLY, and REPEATEDLY, rejecting His witness about Jesus.
As Jesus pointedly stated in Matthew 12:32 there's NO FORGIVENESS FOR THAT SIN, in this world (age), or in the world (age) to come.
2 Corinthians 4:4 says in the original Greek: ho theos ho aion.
Theos ALWAYS REFERS TO Almighty God, THE SUPREME DEITY, NOT to Satan.
Jesus uses the VERY SAME Greek word (aioni) in Matthew 12:32 when He says there's no forgiveness for those who blaspheme the Spirit in this world (age) or the world (age) to come.
Note: I don't want to get 100 letters from scared Christians asking if they have, perchance, blasphemed the Holy Spirit. If you have EVEN the SLIGHTEST CONCERN about it, it means that YOU HAVEN'T.
Well what about John 12:31, where Jesus says "NOW THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD will be driven out"?
1. Jesus called Satan "prince" of this world, NOT "god". He NEVER calls Satan "god". NEVER!!!
And NEITHER SHOULD YOU.
2. Satan was "prince", NOT god, of this world ONLY TEMPORARILY until Jesus deposed him. That's why Christ clearly stated (prior to His death, Resurrection and Ascension) that Satan was ABOUT TO be "driven out". And,
3. The Greek words there are TOTALLY DIFFERENT to 2 Corinthians 4:4 : Jesus refers to Satan as archon tou kosmou "the prince (or principality or ruler) of this world order". It's the same terminology used in Ephesians 6:12 where Paul speaks of "principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world".
The Scriptures are CRYSTAL CLEAR as to who is God, of THIS world, or ANY OTHER world:
1. "The earth is the Lord's, and EVERYTHING IN IT" (1 Corinthians 10:26).
2. "The earth is the LORD'S, and everything in it, THE WORLD, and ALL WHO LIVE IN IT" (Psalm 24:1).
3. "Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD-- THAT YOU ALONE are the Most High OVER ALL THE EARTH" (Psalm 83:18).
4. "The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and HIS KINGDOM RULES OVER ALL" (Psalm 103:19)
5. This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "'The LORD, the God of heaven, HAS GIVEN ME ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH and he has appointed me to build a temple ... (Ezra 1:2).
6. Daniel said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him. "It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He REMOVES KINGS AND ESTABLISHES KINGS; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding" (Daniel 2:20-21).
7. "...seven times shall pass over you, till you KNOW THAT THE MOST HIGH RULES IN THE KINGDOM OF MEN, AND GIVES IT TO WHOMEVER HE WILL (Daniel 4:25).
8. "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for THERE IS NO AUTHORITY EXCEPT THAT WHICH GOD HAS ESTABLISHED. The authorities that exist have been established by God" (Romans 13:1).
9. The RISEN Jesus told His disciples that ALL POWER is given unto Him BOTH IN HEAVEN AND ON THE EARTH.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ALL POWER IS GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH (Matthew 28:18).
If Jesus has ALL POWER in heaven and ON EARTH, HOW CAN SATAN BE God of this world?
10. There's no power but God's. Beside Him, there is NO GOD (Isaiah 44:6).
HOW, THEN, can Satan be god of this world ...Or anywhere else?
Satan is NOT god of this world, or any other world. PAUL NEVER SAID that HE WAS. NEVER HAS BEEN, NEVER WILL BE.
That's EXACTLY WHY WE CANNOT take ONE verse from the Bible, ISOLATE IT from everything else it says, and say "I THINK that means..."
Each Scripture must be taken IN CONTEXT, and then compared to ALL OTHER SCRIPTURES that deal with the same topic.
And that's PRECISELY WHY we expose that false teaching for what it is: ONE of Satan's MANY LIES (John 8:44).
Satan CAN ONLY USE HUMANS to see his evil will done on portions of the earth, or on certain people.
Satan accomplishes his evil purpose BY DECEIVING the corrupt human minds he contaminated in Eden (Romans 8:7).
And it's only THE CORRUPT HUMAN MIND THAT INSISTS ON turning Satan into the "god" that he'll NEVER BE.
As a brother named David once told me: in Genesis, Satan started out as a simple garden snake. By the end of the Book (Revelation), CHRISTIANS have turned him into A HUGE DRAGON.
Let me put it clearly and succinctly:
That lying creep is NOT god!
There isn't ONE place in the Bible where he is called God or even "god".
Ironically, the same "christians" (VERY small "c") who DENY the DEITY of Jesus, DESPERATELY WANT TO confer divinity on Satan (John 8:44).
All they're doing is manifesting who their REAL "father" is.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014
GOD'S LAW: ONE OR TWO?
But you don't understand: Jesus ONLY FULFILLED "the ceremonial" part of the Law pertaining to animal sacrifices. He DID NOT fulfill "the moral" part of the Law.
Please show me ONE verse - just ONE - from Genesis to Revelation that says the Law is separated into a "ceremonial" part and a "moral" part.
While you're at, find me ONE verse - just ONE - that says Christ ONLY fulfilled the "ceremonial" part of the Law, and NOT the moral part.
There aren't any!
God didn't say that. Your denomination's leader INVENTED that lie.
Even if the Law were SPLIT INTO TWO PARTS, there are at least four verses in the Bible that say that ALL IT TAKES IS ONE INFRACTION of ANY part, and YOU'RE TOAST!
And that infraction has NOTHING to do with any "ceremonial" part, or any "animal sacrifice".
So, either God IS LYING, OR your religion IS.
HOW can you even CALL YOURSELF "Christian" when you just said THAT CHRIST'S SACRIFICE was INCOMPLETE and, consequently, IMPERFECT and INSUFFICIENT TO SAVE?
HOW can you even CALL YOURSELF "Christian" when you just said THAT Christ ONLY fulfilled "ceremonies" BUT NOT THE MORAL PART OF GOD'S LAW, thereby making Him IMMORAL?
HOW can you even CALL YOURSELF "Christian" when you just BLASPHEMED Christ and said THAT He IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO SAVE, hence NOT the ONLY SAVIOR?
But even if your mortal-invented religious BLASPHEMY were true, YOU STILL COULDN'T BE SAVED by "works of obedience" or by (ALLEGEDLY AND MENDACIOUSLY) "keeping the Law".
The New Testament DOES NOT ALLOW for a combination of Law plus Grace:
"And IF BY GRACE, then IT IS NOT BY WORKS; OTHERWISE, GRACE IS NO LONGER GRACE" (Romans 11:6).
Now matter how much you try to twist it, there is NO WAY to be saved by keeping ALL of the Law, or even PART OF the Law:
"By the works of the Law (of the Torah) NO ONE will be justified" (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
What part of "NO ONE will be justified by works" DON'T YOU GET?
But James said "faith without works is dead".
Yes. He did. Where did James say we are to keep God's Law?
Find me ONE verse in James, OR IN THE ENTIRE NEW TESTAMENT that says WE ARE JUSTIFIED wholly or partially by keeping the Law (Torah).
There ISN'T ONE.
James said if you keep ALL THE TORAH, ALL YOUR LIFE and BREAK JUST ONE OF ITS 613 COMMANDMENTS, YOU ARE A LAW-BREAKER! (James 2:10-11)
James ALSO said the ONLY commandment we are to follow is to "love our neighbor" as ourselves (James 2:8).
So, don't use James as an excuse, because HE NEVER TOLD ANYONE TO KEEP GOD'S LAW.
In Acts 15:19-29 James SPECIFICALLY said Law keeping is not required.
You DELIBERATELY IGNORE Peter, Paul, John, all the apostles, AND JESUS HIMSELF just so you can follow your rotten religion!
You are no more "Christian" than a follower of Judaism.
You're NO MORE SAVED than the Pharisees OF OLD.
You need to repent, ADMIT THAT YOU'RE A NO-GOOD SINNER IN NEED OF THE GRACE OF GOD, that YOU HAVE ZERO RIGHTEOUSNESS, that your religion CAN'T SAVE YOU, FALL ON YOUR FACE BEFORE God, and receive Jesus INTO YOUR HEART as ONLY Savior and ONLY God.
Unless you do, YOU'RE HEADED FOR HELL, I don't care how "Christian" or what a "good person" or what a "good Adventist" you may THINK you are.
The ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED is to receive Jesus into your heart, TRUST COMPLETELY in His PERFECT Salvation, and be born again of His Spirit (John 3:5).
"There is SALVATION IN NO ONE ELSE. There is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given to men BY WHICH WE CAN BE SAVED" (Acts 4:12).
NO ONE ELSE means Ellen White, William Campbell, Charles Taze Russell, Joseph Smith, and Herbert W. Armstrong CAN'T SAVE YOU.
Their DOCTRINE can't save you.
NO OTHER NAME means that being Seventh Day Adventist, Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormon (LDS) and Church of God CAN'T SAVE YOU.
Which part of NO ONE ELSE (but Jesus) don't you understand?
Which part of NO OTHER NAME (but Jesus) don't you get?
Repent, and TRUST JESUS ALONE, modern Pharisee!
FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
THE INNER CHRIST
Which Jesus do you trust?
You mean THERE'S MORE THAN ONE?
There is THE First Jesus and Last Adam, who died on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven.
That First Jesus has multiplied into MILLIONS (or even BILLIONS) of Jesuses (John 12:24; Romans 8:29-30; 1 Corinthians 15:35-37; Hebrews 2:10).
That multiplication is what the past 2,000 years of human history have been ALL about!
Every born-again believer is a Jesus waiting to manifest (Romans 8:19).
We EXPERIENCE the Christ IN us for the first time when we INVITE Him to enter our hearts, and we're born again.
And we MUST KEEP EXPERIENCING HIM, INSIDE US, on a DAILY basis, from that moment forward.
There's NO BIGGER REASON for the church's current mediocrity BOTH, in the pulpit and the congregation in general, than NOT PREACHING, NOT PRACTICING and, therefore, NOT EXPERIENCING, the inner Christ.
Most born-again believers ARE NOT EVEN AWARE OF Jesus' CONSTANT Presence IN THEM.
It's beyond sad, it's TRAGIC.
If you don't EXPERIENCE the Inner Jesus daily, if you DON'T ENJOY the Inner Jesus daily, if you don't TRUST the Inner Jesus daily, you are missing THE BEST PART of being Christian.
Jesus isn't just OUT THERE, He is IN HERE. He is WITHIN US (John 14:23; Ephesians 3:17).
We may see Him ON THE OUTSIDE "coming in the clouds, with power and great glory" as Scripture says, but He will transform (rapture) every believer FROM WITHIN.
His Spirit, the same Spirit that RAISED the FIRST JESUS from the dead, WHO LIVES IN US (Romans 8:9), will "raise" the Jesus IN YOU at the Rapture.
That's why the Holy Spirit is OUR GUARANTEE of Redemption and of full Salvation (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14).
It is that INNER Jesus, that Living Savior, that SPRING OF LIVING WATER on the inside that will burst forth in us and SWALLOW UP our mortality FROM WITHIN.
That is what Paul meant in 1 Corinthians 14:50-55 when he said that "this corruptible MUST put on incorruption" and "this mortal MUST put on immortality".
That's when we are transformed in the twinkling of an eye (raptured) and when death is swallowed up in victory.
That's when we will CHANGE from THE LIE (that unpleasant individual we appear to be ON THE OUTSIDE) to THE TRUTH (the precious, Divine Love, the God Nature, the JESUS we TRULY ARE on the INSIDE).
Do you trust some DISTANT, mysterious Jesus "out there", millions of light years away in the ever-expanding universe?
...Or the Jesus that LIVES WITHIN YOU, ALL THE TIME?
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014
Someone recently sent me a message by the pastor of one of the popular mega-churches that have popped up in the past two decades and that push their own "modern" version of Christianity:
(The kind that President Obama usually invites to pray at public functions)...
This "pastor" (and I use the term VERY loosely) basically said that he didn't believe in Adam and Eve "because it's in the Bible" but because "Jesus spoke of Adam and Eve as historic figures".
That may sound O.K. to a new believer or even to and "old" believer who only has SUPERFICIAL knowledge of God and His Word: one of the many with "itching ears" that unfortunately abound in Christendom, whose spiritual house is built on sand and are always looking for the latest religious fad.
But IT'S NOT O.K.
It is TOTAL CONTRADICTION:
HOW would this "pastor" KNOW that Jesus spoke of Adam and Eve as "historic figures", IF IT WASN'T IN THE BIBLE???
The only record we have of Jesus' true sayings is found in the Gospels and the Book of Revelation, which are PART OF THE BIBLE.
Allow me to paraphrase what this jackass said:
"I don't believe WHAT GOD said about Adam and Eve. I believe in Adam and Eve because Jesus SPOKE ABOUT THEM as historic figures and, IN MY OPINION, that makes it valid".
Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.
You CANNOT SEPARATE the Word of God.
You CANNOT SEPARATE Jesus from the Bible or the Bible from Jesus because JESUS IS THE BIBLE, and the God of the Bible, manifested in human form.
Claiming to be a believer in Jesus, WHILE DENYING the ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY of His Word, is pure trash.
Salvation is TOTALLY BASED ON TRUST (faith, Ephesians 2:8-9).
How can you TRUST SOMEONE when you DON'T TRUST HIS WORD?
Undermining the authority of Scripture IS SIN: It's also heresy.
How can ANYONE trust Jesus WITH ALL THEIR HEART, and place their ETERNAL DESTINY in His hands, WHEN THEY DON'T BELIEVE WHAT HE SAID?
And, by the way, Jesus didn't just speak of Adam and Eve as "historic figures", He ALSO SPOKE OF THE SCRIPTURES AS HISTORIC AND ACCURATE.
He COMMANDED people to "SEARCH the Scriptures" (John 5:39).
Would He have given such command if the Scriptures WERE FALLIBLE?
...If they were UNTRUSTWORTHY?
...If they lacked AUTHORITY OR CREDIBILITY?
...If they were historically, or otherwise, INACCURATE?
When He was TEMPTED BY SATAN Jesus DIDN'T REPLY, like today's arrogant fools, "I'm of the opinion" or "I believe".
WHAT WAS Jesus' reply?
"It is WRITTEN,IT IS WRITTEN, IT IS WRITTEN":
He then QUOTED SCRIPTURE -- VERBATIM!
Not once, but THREE TIMES!!!
Why trust what Jesus said regarding Adam and Eve WHEN YOU DON'T TRUST what He said regarding Scripture?
That's yet ANOTHER CONTRADICTION -- and hypocritical double-standard -- by this "popular", feel good, "I'm okay, you're okay" "pastor".
NO WONDER most Christians are pathologically confused with such ambiguous, contradictory, heretical crap coming from the pulpit!
That's why most Christians lack character and conviction.
That's why they have NO FOUNDATION.
... Because they PREFER STYLE OVER substance.
...Because instead of hearing CLEAR, REASSURING Bible doctrine they listen to "popular" religious trash like this, which leaves them TOTALLY BEFUDDLED and spiritually malnourished.
NO WONDER they don't even know WHAT they believe.
NO WONDER most don't even know how to share Jesus with others, and wouldn't even THINK of doing so.
NO WONDER most couldn't stand up to an atheist or the member of a cult and MAKE A SOLID CASE FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.
With "pastors" like this, NO WONDER most sheep have NO PROTECTION and are fair game for ANY ravenous wolf with a CLEAR and CONVINCING message TO LEAD THEM ASTRAY.
They merely trade ONE DECEPTION for ANOTHER.
I can understand why this individual would WANT TO question the authority of the Bible, since one of its principles is to "honor your father and mother" something that, by numerous accounts, this jerk has failed to do.
God's Word is SINCE "THE BEGINNING".
The Scriptures have stood the test of time and guided millions of lives for the past 3,500 years.
They have stood the test of science and archeology.
Over 2,000 of its prophecies have been fulfilled with stunning accuracy.
It is THE HEIGHT OF ARROGANCE for some 21st century punk, who only got to where he is because of the daddy that he later betrayed, to tell STUPID "Christians" that HIS VERY FALLIBLE OPINION takes precedence OVER God's Holy INERRANT and ETERNAL Word.
So, I've a prediction for sandy Andy, whose house is built ON SAND, and all the religious nincompoops that follow his heresy:
You'll be forgotten just as quickly as you became a religious "celebrity".
And the Scriptures will be here LONG AFTER you're gone (Psalm 119:89).
In fact, they'll be around FOREVER.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
ONE BAPTISM - PART 3
Didn't Jesus say in John 3:5 "except a man is born OF WATER and of the Spirit he cannot ENTER the Kingdom of God"?
What He DIDN'T say is "UNLESS a man is born of WATER BAPTISM and of the Spirit he cannot enter"...
The word "baptism" is NOWHERE found in that verse.
Well, to WHAT WATER, then, did Jesus refer?
Jesus was referring to the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26).
He was referring to Himself.
Three things are essential for Salvation:
1. Hearing the Word (hearing ABOUT Jesus).
2. Receiving Jesus (the LIVING Word) and being washed cleansed of ALL sin by His Blood.
3. Instantly RECEIVING A NEW NATURE (God's own Nature) by being regenerated (born again) by His Spirit.
That's what Jesus meant when He said :
He THAT BELIEVES IN ME... FROM WITHIN HIM shall flow RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.
But this He spoke OF THE SPIRIT, whom THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN Him WERE TO RECEIVE; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:38-39).
He clearly said the ONLY condition for that LIVING WATER to flow WITHIN us was to "believe (trust) in Him". He said NOTHING about baptism in water.
If this LIVING water flows from WITHIN, as Jesus indicated, then it CANNOT POSSIBLY REFER TO WATER baptism which is a ritual performed entirely on the OUTSIDE.
He clearly stated that Living Water was His OWN Holy Spirit.
Jesus PRECEDED that statement by saying:
"If anyone is THIRSTY, let him COME TO ME AND DRINK".
"COME TO ME and DRINK"... He DIDN'T say, "Let him be baptized in water".
We "DRINK" Jesus (the Living Water) by RECEIVING HIM INTO OUR INNERMOST BEING (stomach, belly) as we do when we DRINK WATER and it goes ALL THE WAY IN and hydrates our entire body.
How can ANYONE miss THAT analogy?
What A MESS has religion made of God's Holy Word!
What A MESS has religion made of the simple message of Salvation through faith (TRUSTING Christ, and RECEIVING Him into the DEEPEST parts of your being)!
Well, what about 1 Peter 3:21? It says WATER BAPTISM saves us.
NO. It says NO SUCH THING.
There were NO PARAGRAPHS OR PUNCTUATION MARKS in the original text.
They were placed there AT THE CHOOSING OF the translator, in this case Jerome, in the 4th century.
By then, as we already explained, the doctrine of REGENERATION THROUGH WATER BAPTISM was OFFICIAL ecclesiastic dogma.
Since Jerome was COMMISSIONED BY Pope Damasus I, and organized Christianity also claimed to have THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to interpret Scripture, he placed a comma between "saves us" and "NOT" thus making sure that his, and future translations, reflected the established religious dogma of regeneration by water:
This is what the original Greek text says:
Baptism saves not...
This is what Jerome did:
Baptism saves, not...
Unfortunately, every Christian translator that came after Jerome DID NOT question his translation, or his punctuation, and ALLOWED that comma, and THAT LIE, to remain.
Remembering that Greek construction is quite different from English, this is what the original text says:
kai hymas antitypon nyn sōzei baptisma ou sarkos apothesis rhypou alla sunideisis agathes eperōtēma eis Theon di' anastaseōs Iēsou Christou
"And its counterpart, baptism, SAVES NOT through putting away filthiness of the flesh, on the contrary (what saves is) DEMANDING A GOOD CONSCIENCE TOWARD God by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ".
Water baptism DOESN'T SAVE by removing dirt from the body (and that's ALL it does). Rather, what saves is DEMANDING (requesting) A CLEAR CONSCIENCE (forgiveness of sin) from God, by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Compare to Hebrews 9:14; 10:2, 22).
Peter was in fact saying "the baptism that saves you is NOT THE ONE with water, but the one that takes place IN YOUR CONSCIENCE when the Holy Spirit baptizes you into Christ.
Furthermore, this passage compares water baptism to Noah and his family saying they were "saved" (delivered from perishing in the flood) THROUGH WATER:
The flood water DIDN'T SAVE THEIR SOULS: neither will WATER BAPTISM SAVE YOUR SOUL.
Noah and the 7 people with him all died, went to Sheol, and were held captive there UNTIL Jesus died and resurrected (Matthew 27:51-53).
It was Jesus' death on the cross, His sinless Blood, and Resurrection THAT SAVED THEM, saved me, and WILL SAVE YOU.
Salvation is JESUS ONLY,NOT JESUS PLUS BAPTISM in WATER, NOT Jesus plus works of obedience, NOR Jesus plus ANYTHING.
The only thing that WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL, as this verse says, IS ASKING JESUS TO SAVE IT AND TO GIVE YOU A CLEAR CONSCIENCE, made clean BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT and His INFINITELY PRECIOUS BLOOD.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
ONE BAPTISM - PART TWO
Can a Christian be baptized in water MORE THAN ONCE?
Ask nearly all forms of organized Christianism and the answer will be "NO".
Ask them FOR A PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE to support that silly doctrine, and you'll be waiting beyond the Millennium.
The "you can only be baptized once" lie is a MAN-INVENTED rule which has NO BASIS in Scripture.
It was FABRICATED out of competition and FEAR that Christians may leave one MAN-MADE denomination for another.
But the Apostles' Creed says...
No. The ORIGINAL Apostles' Creed recited at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. SAID NOTHING about baptism (www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=220)
The bit about "baptism" was ADDED MUCH LATER, long after the Christian faith had turned into CHRISTIANISM, which is man-invented religion.
What Christians call baptism (the Greek baptizo unequivocally means "immersion") CAME FROM JUDAISM.
Jews were mikvaed (baptized or immersed) in water MULTIPLE TIMES and there's no rule under the Law, that if they did it it once, they could never undergo ritual immersion again.
On the contrary: there were VARIOUS INSTANCES where they were REQUIRED BY LAW (Torah) to undergo ritual immersion.
Among those: women were required to undergo ritual immersion EVERY MONTH after menstruation, also after childbirth, and EVERYONE was required to immerse in water at a minimum THREE TIMES A YEAR BEFORE entering the temple.
Jews were mikvahed or "baptized" MORE THAN ONCE.
John the Baptist was Jewish. Jesus was/is Jewish and so were all His disciples.
So much for the Christian lie that you "can ONLY BE BAPTIZED ONCE"...
Well, what about Ephesians 4:4-6?
"There is one body, and one Spirit...One Lord, one faith, ONE BAPTISM, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Ephesians 4:4-6).
See? It says there's ONLY ONE baptism. Hence, if I was baptized as a Lutheran, I can't get re-baptized as a Pentecostal or Baptist, OR SIMPLY AS A BORN-AGAIN believer.
Really? How about THIS Scripture:
"Therefore leaving the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto maturity; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS (PLURAL), and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment" (Hebrews 6:1-2).
Or this one:
"I BAPTIZE YOU WITH WATER for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I... He WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE" (Matthew 3:11).
Does the Bible contradict itself, saying there's ONLY ONE baptism and then that there are SEVERAL BAPTISMS?
Was Paul A LIAR who said in Ephesians 4 "ONE baptism" but in Hebrews 6 "baptisms"?
Clearly, as the Scriptures above demonstrate, there is MORE THAN ONE baptism.
However, there's ONLY ONE baptism that SAVES.
That baptism IS NOT WATER BAPTISM.
Repeat: the "ONE baptism" that saves is NOT - NOT - WATER baptism.
Nine verses earlier (Ephesians 3:17) Paul says "that Christ MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS BY FAITH", NOT "by water".
When Paul says in Ephesians 4:5 "there's ONE Lord, ONE faith and ONE baptism", he's referring clearly, and IN CONTEXT, TO SALVATION.
The ONE baptism that saves is BAPTISM by the Holy Spirit INTO the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).
It is to THAT "ONE baptism" that Paul made reference in that passage.
That ONE BAPTISM takes place THE MOMENT we receive Jesus into our innermost being as God and Savior.
That's why Scripture says "by ONE Spirit were WE ALL baptized into ONE Body", meaning all true, born-again believers, whether they were immersed in water OR NOT (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Isn't THAT EXACTLY what Paul says in Ephesians 4:5 "ONE Spirit, ONE Body, ONE Baptism"?
The believing thief on the cross HAD NO OPPORTUNITY TO BE BAPTIZED IN WATER, EVER!
And Jesus assured him he'd be with Him IN PARADISE that VERY DAY!!!
There's NO RECORD ANYWHERE that Mary, Peter, John or ANY of Jesus' apostles or inner circle were ever baptized in water AFTER coming to faith in Jesus, yet they were SAVED.
How do we know? They received the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
By contrast Paul, who had at one point REJECTED Jesus, DID get baptized in water AFTER his conversion (Acts 9:18).
Water baptism is simply OUTWARD REPRESENTATION of what Christ HAS ALREADY done INSIDE us: washed our sins away BY HIS BLOOD, not by water.
It is also A PUBLIC (open) way of proclaiming one's faith in Christ.
What about Mark 16:16 "he that believes AND IS BAPTIZED shall be saved"?
Religious minds make THE WRONG ASSUMPTION that this refers to WATER baptism.
The REST of the verse says "he that BELIEVES NOT shall be condemned".
It DOESN'T say "he that IS NOT BAPTIZED IN WATER shall be condemned".
It's LACK OF FAITH that results in condemnation, NOT lack of water.
Look at the sequence: "he that BELIEVES AND is baptized"...
Belief comes first, because when we BELIEVE (trust) in what Jesus did to save us we're AUTOMATICALLY baptized BY THE HOLY SPIRIT into His Body.
"He who believes and is baptized" means that ALL WHO TRULY BELIEVE are baptized by God's Spirit into Christ's Body, whether they're immersed in water or not.
That's the ONE AND ONLY baptism that saves.
The DOCTRINAL ERROR of regeneration by water baptism is based on the WRONG ASSUMPTION that "baptism" ALWAYS MEANS "in water".
We have clearly demonstrated that quite often, IT DOES NOT, and that there are OTHER baptisms.
You can get baptized IN WATER as often as necessary.
If you were baptized as an Episcopalian, Methodist, Catholic, or WHATEVER, and ALL YOU HAD WAS RELIGION, but didn't know Jesus, then later experienced Christ INSIDE and were genuinely born-again, there's NOTHING WRONG WITH being re-baptized in water.
And you DON'T HAVE TO JOIN any particular denomination to do so.
Every true believer in Christ SHOULD be BAPTIZED (immersed) in water AT LEAST ONCE, as A SIGN of both his receiving Christ and of acknowledging that ALL HIS/HER sins (past, present, and future) HAVE BEEN FOREVER WASHED AWAY BY HIS PRICELESS BLOOD (Revelation 7:14).
However, baptism in water DOES NOT SAVE, and is NOT ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION.
It has NEVER saved a single soul.
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014
ONE BAPTISM - PART ONE
If awards were handed out for TWISTING the Word of God and DISTORTING the Message of the Gospel almost beyond recognition, organized religion deserves THE BIGGEST ONE.
THE HERESY OF BAPTISMAL REGENERATION (and, in this case, we mean WATER baptism) began in Rome in the 2nd century.
Not coincidentally, that's also when anti-Semitism infiltrated the Church with religious bigots formulating dogma.
The doctrine of regeneration BY WATER became invigorated with the legalization of the Christian faith and the Emperor's conversion in the 4th century.
When the Christian RELIGION was invented and institutionalized in the fourth century, with the backing of then Emperor Constantine, the Christian faith suddenly went from being a marginalized and persecuted sect to being popular and convenient.
After all, the Emperor himself had just become Christian, who wouldn't want to gain the Emperor's favor?
Eventually, after Theodosius recognized it as the official religion of the Empire in 380 A.D., and especially after 536 A.D. when the Emperor Justinian declared the state religion "supreme", so many pagans wanted to join the Christian RELIGION (not necessarily the true Christian CHURCH) that people, and even Roman soldiers, would pass 4-6 at a time under a platform, as water would be dumped on them from the top.
They were thus deemed to be "baptized" and "Christian".
As the sad, tortuous and CRIMINAL history of Christian RELIGION proves beyond doubt, THERE WAS NO REGENERATION OF ANY KIND: NO CHANGE OF HEART, or of an individual's INNER NATURE.
They went under the water as sinners and came out JUST AS SINNERS, and as SINFUL, as before.
They were also just as IGNORANT of God's Word as before.
If baptism IN WATER saved, Church history would have taken an entirely different turn, that would exclude manipulation, intrigue, abuse of power, the Crusades, the Inquisition and the SELLING OF SALVATION (for money) under the name of "indulgences".
There isn't ONE verse in the New Testament that says WATER BAPTISM regenerates anyone or guarantees our Salvation.
The ONLY GUARANTEE of Salvation given in Scripture is HAVING God's HOLY SPIRIT LIVING INSIDE US (Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30).
And His Spirit DOESN'T PENETRATE OUR HEARTS BY WATER, but by INVITATION, repentance, and trust in Jesus' perfect Work of Redemption.
The false doctrine of regeneration through WATER baptism shows gross ignorance of both, true Christian doctrine and of Christianity's Judaic roots.
Baptism (mikvah) IN WATER was a Jewish ritual LONG BEFORE it became Christian ritual.
Baptism (immersion or mikvah) NEVER SAVED ANYONE.
If it did, THEN WATER WOULD BE OUR SAVIOR and Jesus would have been COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY.
If it did, then everyone John the Baptist baptized would have been saved BY WATER BAPTISM.
Scripture EXPLICITLY SAYS they WEREN'T saved UNTIL they received Christ and His Holy Spirit into their hearts (Acts 19:1-6).
Being mikvaed (baptized) NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL under the Jewish religion and, its Christian counterpart, water baptism, has NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL under the Christian religion.
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014
MOVIE "SON OF GOD"
It seems that one cannot make a movie about Jesus these days without generating some sort of controversy.
I remember all the commotion when Passion of the Christ came out a few years ago, about how violent it was (true), and how it would promote anti-Semitism.
Despite arguments to the contrary, no one turned anti-Semitic from watching it. And while I dislike movies with a lot of violence, in this particular instance it was warranted.
Jesus took A HORRIBLE beating, and suffered beyond human comprehension FOR OUR SAKE, and the movie portrays at least the physical part accurately.
I have not seen "Son of God" yet. I may go see it.
Therefore, I can't promise it's great, or that the producers and directors have not taken certain creative license.
However, a couple from our volunteer staff has seen it, as well as some trusted friends of this ministry, and they all seem to agree that at least the Gospel message is well represented, and there's nothing that would offend a true believer.
Hollywood's Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, both professing Christians, are the producers. They recently regaled audiences with their mini-series The Bible shown on History Channel.
The controversy this time centers on Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado who portrays Jesus and is being described by the media as the "hot" Jesus.
He's not a bad looking dude, but HE IS JUST AN ACTOR PLAYING A ROLE. In make-up and costume he does look A LITTLE like Jesus.
But "hot"? Granted, that some of the actors cast as Jesus over the years have been pretty awful (Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth, Max Von Sydow in The Greatest Story Ever Told), and that awful guy that portrayed Him in that awful movie I won't even mention.
Jim Caviezel, who played the role of Jesus in The Passion, is also a good looking guy. Is he "hot"? I didn't hear any controversy about HIS LOOKS.
I guess they never saw Jeffrey Hunter who played Jesus in the 60's movie King of Kings. Now there's a PRETTY "Jesus"! (I say that respectfully, since Jeffrey passed away many years ago). But I never heard anyone referring to him as "hot".
To those of us who KNOW and WORSHIP the REAL Jesus, He's BEAUTIFUL beyond words, but we would never see Him, even remotely, in A SEXUAL WAY.
To put it bluntly, that's pretty SICK.
I know that those who've made such comments about Morgado's Jesus are mostly unsaved: But, give me a break -- he's representing JESUS in the movie!
Those who feel he's "hot" NEED TO TAKE A REAL COLD SHOWER.
As for the movie, go see it if you want to. Better yet, TAKE an UNSAVED person with you.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014
KEEPING GOD'S LAW
"Don't think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have... come... TO FULFILL THEM: For truly I tell you... NOT THE SMALLEST LETTER, NOT THE LEAST STROKE OF A PEN, will by any means disappear from the Law until EVERYTHING IS FULFILLED.
Therefore ANYONE WHO SETS ASIDE ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE COMMANDS and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven... For I tell you that UNLESS YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS SURPASSES THAT OF the Pharisees and THE TEACHERS OF THE LAW, you will certainly NOT ENTER the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:17-20).
"...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, said also, Do not kill. Now if you DON'T commit adultery, yet you kill, you have become a BREAKER OF the law" (James 2:10-11).
"For ALL WHO RELY ON THE WORKS OF THE LAW (Torah) ARE UNDER A CURSE, as it is written: "Cursed is everyone WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING written in the Book of the Law" (Galatians 3:10).
Want to live under the Law?
Want to fulfill all 10 Commandments?
Want to escape THE CURSE of the Law by keeping EVERY TINY DETAIL contained in the Torah?
As we read in the verses above, THE ONLY WAY you can do so, at least theoretically, is BY NEVER BREAKING EVEN ONE of its 613 commandments.
As we also read in all three verses, ALL IT TAKES is THE SLIGHTEST INFRACTION, the breaking or failing to keep ONE of the commandments, ONE "JOT OR TITTLE" in your entire life time, and you become guilty of breaking God's Law and THE CURSE of the Law comes upon you.
Since EVERYONE ON EARTH has broken God's Law AT LEAST ONCE, what hope of Salvation is there UNDER THE LAW?
That's why the Law was never given to Christians.
Repeat: The Law was NEVER given to Christians.
You can't find ONE passage in the New Testament that commands Christians to live under the law.
The Law was given to Israelites. They tried to keep it for over 1,500 years AND THEY ALL FAILED.
There wasn't even ONE righteous Israelite under the Law (Psalm 53:1; John 7:19).
NOT A SINGLE ONE!!!
So, I've a few questions for those who have revived "law keeping" in the past 150 years (Adventists) or in the past 67 years (Church of God):
If Israelites COULDN'T KEEP THE LAW in more than 1,500 years, do you seriously think YOU CAN ?
If they HAVE NEVER KEPT IT, in almost THREE Millenniums are you going to tell me YOU'VE NEVER BROKEN ANY part of the Law in the past 67 years or in the past 150 years?
WHAT HOPE, then, of Salvation do you have by following the Torah?
Israelites not only tried to follow the Law AND FAILED, but they had ANIMAL SACRIFICES TWICE A DAY, every single day, which YOU DON'T.
Day after day, after day...
And THEY STILL WERE NOT RIGHTEOUS!
They were STILL LOST!
WHAT HOPE of Salvation, then, DO YOU HAVE?
That's WHY Jesus is THE ONLY Salvation there is:
JESUS IS THE LAW.
Jesus IS THE PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS of God's Law.
Jesus is THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.
He is the PERFECT FULFILLMENT OF His own Law and the ONLY WAY TO BE CREDITED WITH KEEPING IT.
That's why THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED is to RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART.
When you do, He comes TO LIVE in you.
When you do, YOU HAVE THE PERFECT FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S LAW ON THE INSIDE, in your spirit:
And that's WHAT GOD SEES, no matter WHAT you do ON THE OUTSIDE.
I don't say that to encourage anyone to sin, God forbid.
Rather, to make you realize THAT NO MATTER HOW "GOOD" YOU TRY TO BE YOU WILL BREAK GOD'S LAW SOONER OR LATER.
You were born, in the natural, WITH A SINFUL NATURE.
You CANNOT HELP IT!
The Spirit IS WILLING to follow God's Law, THE FLESH (and we're still flesh) IS WEAK.
Have you read Romans chapter 7?
Even the Apostle Paul, who had been a Pharisee with GREAT ZEAL for the Law, FOUND OUT THAT HE COULDN'T KEEP IT!
That NO MATTER HOW MUCH HE WANTED TO, or HOW HARD HE TRIED, he'd fall into sin sooner or later.
Moses COULDN'T KEEP IT. Israelites COULDN'T keep it. Jews couldn't keep it.
Jews TO THIS DAY CANNOT keep it.
And you think YOU CAN?
WHY would you want to LIVE UNDER A CURSE, and damn your own soul, by placing yourself under bondage to the Law, when Jesus HAS SET YOU FREE?
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014
For those who flunked biology, amoebas are microscopic unicellular organisms, considered one of the lowest forms of life on earth.
Compared to amoebas, we are higher forms of life.
Compared to God, we are all amoebas.
His Greatness surpasses human understanding.
As THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN the earth, so are His thoughts HIGHER THAN our thoughts and His ways HIGHER than our ways (Isaiah 55:9).
And so is HIS LOVE BIGGER and HIGHER than any form of natural, human love.
Although Paul took a pretty good crack at describing it in 1st Corinthians chapter 13, His Love is INFINITE and defies human description.
That's why it (He) MUST be EXPERIENCED.
God's Infinite Love was manifested in Jesus.
You can call that HUMAN EMOTION "love"...
You think you "loved" that person that you thought you "couldn't live without"...
But you did manage to live "without" them.
NONE of us can live WITHOUT Jesus, who is God's Love expressed in human form.
He is not just life, but THE Life (John 14:6).
He is the Love that not only created but SUSTAINS the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, including you! (John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:1-3)
Now, I could understand if He were to sustain EVERYONE WHO LOVES Him and worships Him.
I could understand if He upheld those who praise Him and are grateful for what He did for them.
But I can't even imagine HOW MUCH LOVE IT TAKES to WILLINGLY sustain those who HATE Him, those WHO BLASPHEME His Name, that never show ANY appreciation for His Goodness and His Greatness, or for what He did TO SAVE THEM.
Likewise, I can't understand why He would forgive and love the very people who spit on Him, punched Him, lashed Him or brutally drove 7-inch nails into His hands and feet.
But He did.
And He STILL DOES.
Hint: The Romans weren't the only ones who caused those nails to be driven into His hands and feet.
His prayer from the cross WAS NOT FOR Himself, but for those who, in their carnal depravity, TOOK PLEASURE IN inflicting horrible pain on Him:
"Father, FORGIVE THEM, for THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO".
Jesus commanded His followers TO LOVE even our enemies.
...To PRAY FOR those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44).
And He practiced what He preached, demonstrating His highest and unspeakably pure Love, even as He agonizingly bled to death at Golgotha.
Only Jesus could demonstrate God's Love because He IS Love (1 John 4:16).
Such Love is not found ANYWHERE ELSE.
It's not found in ANYONE else...
Love (Jesus) is the Divine Force that created the whole universe and THAT OVERCOMES EVERY SITUATION AND OBSTACLE, including Satan himself.
It's Love that DELIVERED JESUS FROM HELL ITSELF and RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD.
If you ever find Love LIKE THAT, don't scoff, don't resist: receive it (Him) WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
I can't understand WHY such Infinite Greatness would be willing to HUMBLE HIMSELF, SACRIFICE HIMSELF, place Himself in Satan's vile hands, suffer indescribable horrors,and die for amoebas like us.
But He did!
And THIS amoeba is eternally grateful.
There's NO GREATER LOVE than Jesus.
There's NO ONE HIGHER than Jesus.
May He use THIS lowly amoeba for His eternal glory!
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
THE DEAD IN CHRIST
"...so is my Word that goes out from my mouth: IT WILL NOT RETURN TO ME EMPTY, BUT WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT I DESIRE and achieve the purpose for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11).
"Let's not become weary in doing good, for IN DUE SEASON WE WILL REAP A HARVEST, IF WE DON'T GIVE UP" (Galatians 6:9).
We all know that the "dead in Christ" rise first at the Rapture, but today I'm referring to those who have heard the Good News about Jesus and received Him, and yet the experience never seemed to really take root in their hearts.
The cares AND MANY LURES of this world choked them up, at least temporarily.
This message is also intended to encourage those who have shared Christ with loved ones, friends, co-workers, even with STRANGERS, for years and have seen little or no result.
Don't give up. Don't be discouraged.
Only God knows what really goes on INSIDE a person.
What we see, or THINK we see ON THE OUTSIDE, is not always an accurate depiction of what's going on INSIDE.
In recent months, we've been hearing from people ALL OVER THE WORLD, and from various denominations, who came to "believe in Jesus" on some level YEARS AGO and are suddenly AWAKENING to the beauty and reality of a deep, joyous intimate relationship with Him.
Many are beginning to realize "what they've been missing" all these years.
Seeds don't often germinate overnight, or even in days, weeks or months.
Sometimes it takes years.
But natural seeds HAVE THE POWER IN THEMSELVES to sprout.
A few years back during excavations at Herod the Great's palace in Masada (Israel) they found the 2,000 year old seed of a Judean date palm.
Once thought to be extinct, even after TWO MILLENNIUMS lying dormant, it germinated and grew into a viable plant in 2005.
How MUCH MORE the Incorruptible Seed, the Word of the Living God, Christ Himself, our ASSURANCE of Salvation and HOPE OF GLORY!
I was the first person on both sides of my family to be born again. This past Christmas I found myself looking around the dinner table, and thanking Jesus for all the seeds that have sprouted.
It didn't happen all at once. It took longer for some than for others to receive Jesus as Lord.
And for some even A LOT longer.
But sure enough, those seeds planted years ago, or decades ago, have come to life.
What brought even more joy to my heart was watching how those seeds HAVE MULTIPLIED, not only in the person in whom they were originally planted but in their spouses, children and even grandchildren.
Glory to Jesus!
There are seeds you planted which have been hibernating for years or decades, and are about to spring to life.
Brothers and sisters, there's a huge harvest, a bumper crop coming, the likes of which no one has seen before.
Even those who've MADE FUN OF the Rapture and laughed at those "dumb Christians who believe in the Rapture" will be shaking in their boots when Jesus APPEARS in the sky, and come to their senses.
That's why it's SO IMPORTANT that we put Jesus and His incomparable Message "out there", even when we don't see INSTANT results.
As I've often told you: The ONLY WAY Jesus "loses" is if we DON'T share Him:
When we share Him with others, when we LIFT HIM UP, He is IRRESISTIBLE.
Sooner or later He will draw ALL MEN unto Him.
And although we would prefer for it to happen "sooner", WHERE THEIR ETERNAL SOULS ARE CONCERNED we will settle for "later".
Those of us who KNOW Him need no outward signs, because we have THE SIGN, Christ Himself, IN us.
Signs are for unbelievers. And FOR THEM, Jesus will put on QUITE A SHOW.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
The prophecy establishment repeats ad nauseam that "God's prophetic time clock" began ticking with the creation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.
The rebirth of "Israel" was, indeed, a watershed moment in prophecy fulfillment and I would not want to ever diminish its importance.
However, THERE IS NO SCRIPTURE that focuses on the creation of a modern State named Israel, as THE MOMENT that we should begin eschatological countdown:
There are, on the other hand, AT LEAST SEVEN Scriptures where end times are related to events in Jerusalem, including TWO timelines (Psalms 102:16; Daniel 9:24-27, the entire Book of Joel, Zechariah chapters 12-14, Luke 21:24-32, and Revelation chapters 11-15 and 19-22).
EVERY major prophecy concerning "the time of the end", begins and ends with Jerusalem.
But what about "the fig tree" mentioned in Matthew 24:32 and Luke 21:29? Isn't Israel "the fig tree"?
No. Jerusalem is.
In Jeremiah 24:8 the figs represent Jerusalem. In Joel 1:7, Jerusalem is called by God "MY FIG TREE". In Joel 2:22-23 it's again Jerusalem, and again in S.S. 2:7-13.
Obviously, the creation of the modern State of Israel is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, since there HAD TO BE some official, national Jewish presence in the Holy Land IN ORDER TO FULFILL Luke 21:24 that calls for an END TO gentile trampling of biblical Jerusalem.
1948 was also A KEY PROPHETIC MOMENT in that, while Israel WON the War of Independence and gained territory, IT LOST the Jewish Quarter (biblical Jerusalem), causing THE EVICTION of its entire Jewish population and the DESTRUCTION OF most of the Quarter.
This HAD TO take place in order for the order to "RETURN and BUILD" Jerusalem to both take place and MAKE SENSE.
However, the MODERN State of Israel is NOT - repeat, is NOT - by ANY stretch of the imagination, BIBLICAL ISRAEL.
The Israel mentioned in the Old Testament either referred to ALL 12 TRIBES (Genesis 49:28; Joshua 3:12), named after the 12 sons of Jacob (Israel), or to the 10 NORTHERN TRIBES during the Divided Kingdom Era (1 Kings 21:7; 2 Kings 23:22).
The 10 tribes were conquered and taken into captivity by the Assyrians in 721 B.C.
Eventually they spread into various parts of Europe, Asia and Africa where - with the exception of some tiny groups in India and Ethiopia - they became assimilated into various nationalities and cultures.
Their present whereabouts are KNOWN ONLY BY GOD, and remain UNKNOWN to humans.
For that reason, they are referred to as the "10 LOST tribes" to this very day.
What we know today as the State of Israel is comprised mostly of people of the tribes of Judah (hence the name "Jews"), Benjamin, and some Levites.
It's significant that, except for the passages in Psalms and in the Book of Joel, ALL these prophecies regarding Jerusalem and the "time of the end" were given AFTER Israel (the northern 10 tribes) had ceased to exist, and had VANISHED into multiple nationalities.
There's NO PROMISE ANYWHERE of bringing them back to the Holy Land until the Millennium.
BIBLICAL ISRAEL, comprised of the 12 tribes, WILL NOT BE RESTORED UNTIL King Jesus brings them back into their own land, as He promised, and settle them after "their old estates" (Ezekiel 34:11-28; 36:11; 37:19-22).
In contrast, God promised time and again to bring the people of Judah back from captivity (Jeremiah 25:4-12; 29:10; Daniel 9:25; Zechariah 1:12; Luke 21:24), and HAS DONE SO REPEATEDLY. Praise His wonderful faithfulness.
That, if nothing else, PROVES that eschatology is tied to Jerusalem and not to the formation of a political State named Israel containing only two tribes, and perhaps tiny fragments OF SOME of the other 10.
Therefore, while it's a very important development, there's NO WAY that the creation of a MODERN State named Israel, with a capital in "West" Jerusalem - WHICH NEVER EVEN EXISTED IN BIBLICAL TIMES - CAN BE THE MOMENT WHEN the eschatological COUNTDOWN BEGINS.
The end-time prophetic clock started ticking on June 7, 1967 (Iyyar 28, THE VERY DAY Jesus ascended to heaven after His Resurrection) when the Jews recaptured BIBLICAL ("East") Jerusalem after 2,030 years of continued Gentile occupation.
King David, the founder of Jewish Jerusalem, told us 3,000 years ago in PSALM 102:16:
"WHEN THE LORD SHALL BUILD UP ZION" (JERUSALEM) - THEN HE SHALL APPEAR IN HIS GLORY".
He never said - "when God restores all Israel". He never said "when a State named Israel is born".
It was also in 1967 that the "word" was given by then Prime Minister Levi Eshkol to "return and build" the Jewish Quarter, as per Daniel 9:25.
That was 47 years ago.
Gabriel told Daniel there would be "7 sevens" from that "word" to the appearing of Messiah Prince.
600 years later, Jesus AGAIN gave His Word ASSURING US that the generation that saw Jerusalem return to the Jews, after the times of "Gentile trampling" were fulfilled, WOULD NOT PASS UNTIL we saw Him coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
David, Gabriel, and Jesus Himself, ALL PROMISED THE SAME THING:
All THREE timelines in the Bible begin with the RETURN OF JEWS TO Jerusalem and of Jerusalem to the Jews.
ALL ELSE, regardless of our good intentions, is human INVENTION...
Let the countdown begin... and END... Tick Tock.
TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014
DEVIL ON THE LOOSE
Revelation 20:1-3 states:
"Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And HE LAID HOLD OF THE DRAGON, THE SERPENT OF OLD, WHO IS THE DEVIL AND Satan, and BOUND HIM FOR A THOUSAND YEARS; AND HE THREW HIM INTO THE ABYSS, AND SHUT IT and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; AFTER THESE THINGS HE MUST BE RELEASED FOR A SHORT TIME"....
According to Revelation 12:7-12 Satan is PERMANENTLY AND TERMINALLY EVICTED from the heavenly realm by Michael and thrown down to the earth, AT THE BEGINNING OF the tribulation.
As the Body of Christ is raptured and goes up, he and his wicked angels are cast down.
They will NEVER AGAIN have access to heaven.
Satan and his angels will be right here ON EARTH during the tribulation.
As a spirit being, and thus invisible to human eyes, he will still NEED A MAN in order to rule the earth. That's just the way that God designed the system (Genesis 1:28; Psalms 115:16).
So he will energize, possess, and bring the Antichrist(Alexander the Great) out of the abyss (Revelation 13:1-2).
As the tribulation ends, Antichrist and his false prophet are thrown ALIVE into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20).
Satan, however, is thrown into the abyss or bottomless pit where he serves "time" for A THOUSAND YEARS.
Then Revelation 20:3 makes the most puzzling statement:
When the 1,000 years are over, he (Satan) MUST BE LOOSED for a little while.
WHY ON EARTH would he be loosed?
The creep's been imprisoned for a thousand years, why not send him straight into the lake of fire, as he so richly deserves for being the heartless criminal that he is? Why give him any reprieve?
The answer is TO TEST THE FAITH OF TRIBULATION SURVIVORS and all their offspring which has been born during the Millennium (at least some 20-25 generations).
To give them ALL a chance to GET SAVED by exercising their faith, CHOOSING JESUS, receiving Him into their hearts and TRUSTING Him, to protect and save them, even when Satan has put together A MASSIVE ARMY to attack Jerusalem and topple Jesus' Kingdom on earth.
Israelites and Jews will have finally learned their lesson and TOTALLY TRUST their Messiah. ALL ISRAEL will then be saved (Romans 11:25-26).
So will many tribulation surviving gentiles.
Even with Jesus sitting PEACEFULLY in the Millennial Temple in Jerusalem, with NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND, or any visible means of defense for His Kingdom, they'll trust that He is God and WELL ABLE to be victorious and protect them (Isaiah 2:4).
Sadly, many gentiles will turn against Jesus.
Even after living under His righteous rule for a thousand years, under Utopian conditions, with no war, no hunger, no poverty, no discrimination, no sickness, no injustice and, probably, no death.
Why anyone would still hate Jesus SO MUCH, CHOOSE to align themselves with Satan and join his invading horde is TOTALLY beyond my comprehension.
I can't explain it or even COME CLOSE to understanding it.
Yet, the Bible is clear that it will happen.
We are even told which gentiles will join Satan's coalition: Russia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Turkey, Germany, and portions of Eastern Europe (Ezekiel 38:1-6, see map below).
I'm obviously referring to people from these nations who have NEVER been Christian, are not part of the Church, therefore remained on earth during the tribulation, survived the tribulation and repopulated those nations during the Millennium.
All believers in Christ will have been removed from the earth as the tribulation begins, regardless of nationality.
And Revelation 7:9 describes the Body of Christ as "a great multitude that NO ONE COULD NUMBER" (hallelujah!) and FROM EVERY NATION!
As Satan launches his final attack in what the Bible calls the war of Gog and Magog, fire will come down from heaven and devour his troops (Revelation 20:8).
It will take 7 months to bury them (Ezekiel 39:11-12).
THAT'S WHEN IT WILL BE ALL OVER FOR SATAN, as he is FOREVER thrown into the lake of fire and into eternal torment (Revelation 20:10).
Brothers and sisters, ALL THESE YEARS Satan and his angels have been occupying the heavenly places that are rightfully OURS.
That's why when Jesus takes us up, Michael throws them OUT.
Has Satan usurped YOUR PLACE in heaven?
Is he enjoying the authority and privileges that belong to you?
Do you want to regain THE PLACE in the heavenly realm that was yours in Christ BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH? (Ephesians 1:4)
There's ONLY ONE WAY to make it back there and that is through our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
There is NO GOD beside Him.
There is NO SAVIOR besides Him.
Give Him your heart and He'll give you back HEAVEN.
Give Him ALL OF YOU and He'll give you His very Throne, which is what Satan has always wanted (Isaiah 14:12-17; Revelation 3:21).
Revelation 12:11 says HOW we triumph over Satan:
"They triumphed over him BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB,
by the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives unto the death".
MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014
Willful sin is MENTIONED ONCE in the New Testament.
...And ONLY in connection to ANIMAL SACRIFICES.
And yet THIS VERSE HAS BEEN USED ERRONEOUSLY AND VICIOUSLY by religious minds, and so-called "Christian" denominations, to TERRORIZE believers into thinking that if they commit ANY sin AFTER receiving Christ they will be lost.
Instead of providing ASSURANCE, they fill their hearts WITH DOUBT.
Instead of promoting FAITH, they foster TERROR.
Instead of telling them HOW GREAT, SUFFICIENT TO SAVE, and INFINITELY POWERFUL Jesus and His Blood are, they tell them HOW GREAT THEIR OWN SINS ARE!
...Thus making SIN GREATER THAN Jesus, and GREATER THAN His PRICELESS, SINLESS Blood.
No wonder SO MANY REJECT CHRIST when they hear such "good news"!
No wonder SO MANY SCOFF at "Christianity" when Jesus' supposed "followers" CONSTANTLY CONTRADICT THEMSELVES and cannot even decide whether Jesus is SUFFICIENT TO SAVE OR NOT!
HOW can we win the world to Christ, when so-called "Christians" CONSTANTLY BLASPHEME HIS HOLY NAME by making sin COMPARABLE TO, OR EVEN GREATER THAN, JESUS?
HOW can we win the world to Christ when we preach a CONFUSING message of Grace, out of one side of our mouths, and CONDEMNATION out of the other side?
The term "sin willfully" appears ONLY in the Book of HEBREWS which, as its VERY NAME indicates, was UNEQUIVOCALLY ADDRESSED TO JEWS who had come to faith in Christ 2,000 years ago.
It was NOT addressed to gentile Christians.
Repeat: It was NOT addressed to gentile Christians.
Therefore, UNLESS you are HEBREW, and accustomed to offering animal sacrifices, the term "willful sin" DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU.
The Greek word for "willful" means "deliberate" or "voluntary".
It DOES NOT - DOES NOT -- refer to ANY sin that we commit deliberately or voluntarily after receiving Christ.
It has NOTHING TO DO with any Christian sinning after receiving Christ.
It has NOTHING TO DO with lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, fornication, drugs, alcohol, porn, OR ANY OTHER SIN.
These sins ARE NOT EVEN MENTIONED in that chapter.
This is why WE CANNOT take a passage OUT OF CONTEXT, ISOLATE IT from the rest of the chapter, AND FORMULATE DOCTRINE.
Those who do ARE both, TOTALLY DISHONEST and LOOKING FOR A PRETEXT to "support" their FALSE DOCTRINE.
Those who do ARE HERETICS!!!
"Sin willfully" refers to ONLY ONE SPECIFIC SIN that some Jews wanted to commit AFTER coming to faith in their Messiah.
That SPECIFIC SIN was GOING BACK TO THE ANIMAL SACRIFICES offered under the Law.
That is why Hebrews 10:26-28 plainly state that if they COMMIT THAN ONE SIN DELIBERATELY (WILLFULLY) they are DELIBERATELY rejecting the Son of God, trampling Him underfoot, doing spite to the Spirit of Grace, and considering His most precious Divine Blood and "unholy thing".
If they DELIBERATELY reject Jesus as ETERNAL REMOVER OF ALL SIN, there remains "no more sacrifice for sin", and they would be lost.
Hebrews 10:14 tells us that "BY ONE Sacrifice He has PERFECTED FOREVER those who are sanctified".
Which part of PERFECTED FOREVER don't you understand?
And HOW could he say that in verse 14 and then TOTALLY CONTRADICT HIMSELF (LIE) 12 verses later?
The ENTIRE chapter DEALS with Jesus' Perfect Sacrifice being FAR SUPERIOR to animal sacrifices which, despite being offered by Jews TWICE A DAY, day after day after day, COULD NEVER GET THE JOB DONE.
Animal sacrifices only COVERED sin TEMPORARILY.
Animal sacrifices NEVER REMOVED SIN FOREVER as Jesus did.
As Paul masterfully argues in that chapter, IF ANIMAL SACRIFICES COULD REMOVE SIN, they would have accomplished that LONG AGO, and would have CEASED TO BE OFFERED (Hebrews 10:1-4).
Why keep slaughtering innocent animals, if sin had already been REMOVED and FOREVER dealt with?
You gotta be either A COMPLETE IDIOT, or TOTALLY DISHONEST, NOT TO understand that.
Yet every single week terrified Christians come to us with the same question: "What if I commit WILLFUL SIN"? I've answered it 5 times just THIS past week.
When was the last time THAT YOU OFFERED AN ANIMAL SACRIFICE FOR SIN?
When was the last time that CHRISTIANS offered ANY ANIMAL SACRIFICE for sin?
THAT (animal sacrifice) is the one WILLFUL (deliberate) sin that some Jews (Hebrews) wanted to commit and that Paul warned them about.
Because Jews were ACCUSTOMED TO offer those sacrifices TWICE A DAY.
They'd done it for 1,500 years!
Habits, especially RELIGIOUS ONES, are HARD TO BREAK.
They had come to faith in Christ, yet some WANTED (by force of habit) to REMAIN UNDER THE LAW and CONTINUE OFFERING bulls, goats and lambs.
Paul said: You CANNOT do that: If you COMMIT THAT ONE SIN DELIBERATELY (WILLFULLY), you've rejected the Blood of Jesus and there's NO MORE SACRIFICE FOR SIN.
If Jesus is SUFFICIENT TO SAVE ETERNALLY-- and He IS -- then WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU NEED animal sacrifices, OR ANY OTHER SACRIFICE FOR SIN, AFTER Christ?
THAT is what THE ENTIRE CHAPTER talks about!
Again: It has NOTHING TO DO with any Christian sinning after receiving Christ.
It has NOTHING TO DO with lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, fornication, drugs, alcohol, porn, OR ANY OTHER SIN.
These sins ARE NOT EVEN MENTIONED in that chapter.
Revelation 7:9-14 shows the SAVED Church IN HEAVEN, in glorified bodies, before God's Throne, as a "GREAT MULTITUDE (so great) it CANNOT BE NUMBERED".
HOW did we make it to heaven?
Does it say we got there because we DIDN'T commit adultery?
...Because WE NEVER LUSTED for another person?
...Because WE NEVER LIED OR STOLE?
...Because WE NEVER SINNED after receiving Christ?
Verse 14 COULDN'T BE CLEARER:
"They (we) washed their robes and MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB".
Nothing removes sin EXCEPT THE SUPREMELY PRECIOUS Blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:22).
Trust Him and His Blood to save you, and YOU WILL BE SAVED FOR ETERNITY (Hebrews 9:12).
Reject Jesus and His Blood and YOU'RE LOST.
THAT'S what Paul was saying to the Hebrews.
That's THE ONLY"WILLFUL" SIN THAT WILL DAMN YOUR SOUL.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014
Does God have one covenant to bring Salvation to natural gentiles and ANOTHER to bring Salvation to natural Jews?
Incredible and ludicrous as it sounds, this FALSE and DAMNABLE heresy is being pushed not by one of the many cults that infect Christendom, but by supposed "evangelicals"!
According to these spineless, COMPROMISING twits gentiles get saved by grace through faith and Jews "have their own separate covenant" and get saved BY KEEPING THE LAW!!!
Have these guys READ the Gospels?
Have they READ the Book of Acts?
Have they READ the Book of Hebrews?
Have they ever read THE NEW TESTAMENT???
To whom did Jesus entrust the ministry to Jews and Israelites?
To Peter (Galatians 2:7).
What did Peter tell Jews in Jerusalem on Pentecost 33 A.D. while FILLED WITH God's Holy Spirit?
"There is Salvation is NO ONE ELSE (but Jesus). There is NO OTHER NAME BY WHICH WE (Jews) CAN BE SAVED"!!! (Acts 4:12)
There wasn't ONE gentile around when Peter uttered those immortal words. He was talking to Jews.
Which part of "by the works of the Law NO ONE shall be justified" DON'T THESE "MINISTERS" UNDERSTAND? (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16)
"NO ONE" means NOBODY!
Hence NOBODY, including Jews, is justified by the Law.
Which part of Jesus' statement: "I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life: NO ONE (Jew or gentile) comes to the Father, EXCEPT THROUGH ME" (John 14:6) don't they get?
And, again, Jesus was addressing JEWS when He made that statement. There wasn't ONE gentile anywhere near.
This is nothing but a revolting and shameful attempt by "Christian" ministers to "mend theological fences" with traditional Judaism, and get on their "good side".
Those who teach this blasphemous heresy SHOULD GET THE HELL OUT OF THE MINISTRY... NOW!!!
They're nothing but whitewashed Judases, BETRAYING JESUS and SELLING Him OUT for the love of money.
I don't see traditional Judaism bending over backwards to accommodate Christianity.
Well, I understand what you're saying, but how's money involved in all this?
Oh, wake up, foolish, slumbering Christians!!!
It's ALL about SELLING and BUYING.
90% of media is CONTROLLED BY Jews.
If you want to be "invited" to appear on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, OR CNN, to pitch the latest piece of religious crap you wrote, and get that free air time to reach a wide audience of potential BUYERS, you gotta get on their "good side".
That's why all these preachers LACK THE GUTS to look straight at the camera and say, like Peter, "THERE IS SALVATION IN NO ONE BUT JESUS!"
You dumb Christians who THINK that Fox News is a "Christian" channel, are clueless and grossly misinformed. Fox's CEO Roger Ailes is a Jew.
The owner and CEO of its parent corporation Newscorp is Rupert Murdoch who is NOMINALLY "Christian" having made a fortune pushing porn and sleaze for many years.
So just because ONCE IN A WHILE they feature Roman Catholic Father what's-his-name, or Rick Warren, or even Franklin Graham, don't delude yourselves into thinking it's "Christian".
It's a FOR PROFIT ENTERPRISE, pure and simple.
So are all the OTHER channels. And so is Kristian TV.
I've watched better and more accurate documentaries about Jesus on ULTRA LIBERAL PBS than the boring, ambiguous religious B.S. that Fox presented on Holy Week!
So, how do Jews get saved?
The SAME WAY YOU, I, or ANYONE ELSE gets saved: By receiving Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, into their hearts as ONLY God and ONLY Savior.
There is NO OTHER WAY to be saved, FOR ANYONE!!!
...Jew, gentile, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, New Age, Scientologist, or WHATEVER.
What happens to a Jew who DIES WITHOUT CHRIST?
The same that happens to any non-Jew who dies without Christ:
He or she GOES TO HELL.
And there's NO POINT in telling them otherwise.
If you do, YOU'RE LYING.
Is Hell ETERNAL?
Hell is temporary.
Can those in hell still get saved?
But there are NO GUARANTEES that they will.
What happens to those who go to hell and STILL REFUSE TO PUT THEIR FAITH IN JESUS?
At the end of the Millennium, they get tossed into the Lake of Fire.
NOBODY'S coming out of that place...EVER.
O.K., but don't Jews still live under the Law during the Millennium?
Not only natural Jews but NATURAL GENTILES who survive the tribulation ARE COMPELLED to follow the Law during Jesus' 1,000-year reign.
Why do you think that Scripture says (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 2:27; 19:15) that Jesus will rule over them "with a rod OF IRON"?
That doesn't sound like grace to me.
They'll be ruled by God's Law because they are STILL UNSAVED.
Salvation is ONLY through faith. Always has been and always will be.
Abraham was saved by faith (Genesis 15:6).
Tribulation survivors, whether Jew or Gentile, HAVE NEVER PUT THEIR FAITH IN JESUS:
That's WHY they remained on earth during that awful period.
They "believe" in Jesus during the Millennium ONLY BECAUSE at that point He's UNDENIABLE:
THEY'VE SEEN HIM with their natural human eyes, risen, defeating the Antichrist, returning to earth, and REIGNING.
That doesn't take ANY faith.
Faith is the evidence OF THINGS NOT SEEN (with human eyes).
That's also why animal sacrifices are still offered during the Millennium FOR THEIR SINS.
Because they never accepted Jesus' Sacrifice and TRUSTED Him for Salvation.
They, and all the natural children they procreate during that peaceful era, will HAVE A CHANCE to get saved by faith at the END of the Millennium.
That's when NATURAL Israel's faith is tested, and it gets to TRUST Jesus, and put their faith in Him, during the Gog and Magog debacle (Revelation 20:8).
That's when "ALL Israel will be saved" (Romans 11:25-26).
They will be saved BY FAITH IN Jesus,THEIR VERY JEWISH MESSIAH, like everyone else.
There is Salvation IN NO ONE ELSE, for Jews or Gentiles.
Special acknowledgment: This one's dedicated to you Todd, who suggested and inspired this message.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014
THE END OF THE LAW
"Christ is THE END OF THE LAW for righteousness TO EVERYONE that BELIEVES" (Romans 10:4).
You simply cannot say it any clearer than this marvelous verse:
Christ is THE END OF the law as way of attaining righteousness.
Righteousness, in the New Testament, is FREELY CREDITED to EVERY PERSON WHO BELIEVES (TRUSTS) in Jesus' perfect fulfillment of God's Law on our behalf (Matthew 3:15; 5:17), including His death on the cross, His glorious Resurrection from the dead, and His physical Ascension to heaven.
God's Law is holy and eternal, but it failed miserably to justify or make anyone righteous because man COULD NOT - and still CANNOT - keep it due to his fallen nature and sin-contaminated natural mind (John 7:19; Romans 8:7-8).
Hence, the Law never made ANYONE, not even ONE soul, righteous (Psalm 53:1).
It never has and never will (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
This begs the question: WHEN EXACTLY did the Law CEASE (as a means of justification) and Grace begin?
Grace, like God Himself, has NO BEGINNING.
Grace has ALWAYS BEEN, because God is GRACIOUS. We will develop that idea further, Lord willing, in another message.
Therefore, a better and MORE ACCURATE question is: WHEN EXACTLY did the Law CEASE (as means of justification) and THE NEW TESTAMENT of Grace begin?
The New Testament is merely THE RATIFICATION (CONFIRMATION OR STRENGTHENING OF) the Abrahamic Covenant (Daniel 9:27).
The Abrahamic Covenant based TOTALLY ON Grace and FAITH, WITHOUT any "works" or "commandments", PRECEDED the Law given at Sinai by 430 years (Genesis 15:6; Galatians 3:17).
Grace and FAITH (thank God) CAME FIRST: the Law was given MUCH LATER.
The ONLY PURPOSE for giving Israelites the Law at Sinai was to show them (and, by example, the REST OF US) that trying to procure our own righteousness through works of obedience is not merely futile, but IMPOSSIBLE.
Hence, the DIRE NEED for a Savior who would make God's Grace available not only to a CHOSEN individual like Abraham, or to a CHOSEN people like Israel, BUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD.
Paul refers to the Law as "our tutor (trainer) to BRING US TO Christ" so that we may all be justified BY Grace ONLY through FAITH (TRUSTING Jesus) ONLY (Galatians 3:24-25).
In order to make God's Grace available TO THE WHOLE WORLD, we needed a Savior who would be NOT ONLY the Savior of Jews or Israelites, but of EVERYBODY.
That's where Jesus' comes in:
"THE LAW was given by Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY Jesus Christ" (John 1:17).
Didn't God promise Abraham that He would make him "the father of MANY NATIONS", or "the father of MANY GENTILES"? (same Hebrew word goyyim, Genesis 17:4-5).
Didn't God promise Abraham that through his Seed (Christ) ALL NATIONS (or ALL GENTILES) would be blessed? (Genesis 18:18; 22:18; 26:4)
Our God is faithful and true: Glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.
Luke 16:16 tells us: "The law and the prophets were UNTIL John: SINCE THAT TIME the kingdom of God is PREACHED, and every man presses into it".
Does that mean the Law ceased to be in force when John the Baptist began preaching?
The Law and prophets WERE PROCLAIMED UNTIL John.
What began with John was THE TEACHING of the Kingdom of God, or New Testament where righteousness would be based NOT on WORKS done ON THE OUTSIDE, but on having God Himself and, consequently, God's righteousness, and His whole Kingdom, ON THE INSIDE (Luke 17:21).
John prepared the way for the Messiah by preaching that the Kingdom of God was near (Matthew 3:1-3).
Sure enough, Jesus showed up some 6 months later, publicly announcing that the Kingdom of God was "near" (Matthew 4:17).
While John and Jesus were PREACHING about the Kingdom, Jews were STILL UNDER the LAW.
God's Law was STILL in force where Israelites were concerned. Hence, BEFORE CALVARY, we hear statements from Jesus like:
"... Whoever LOOKS ON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER has committed adultery with her already in his heart".
"And if your right eye causes you to offend, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is better for you that one of your members should perish, AND NOT THAT YOUR WHOLE BODY SHOULD BE CAST INTO HELL" (Matthew 5:28-29).
The New Testament of God's Grace was instituted at the Last Supper on Passover Eve (Matthew 26:28).
It WENT INTO EFFECT (BEGAN) on Passover, 33 A.D., WHEN JESUS DIED (Hebrews 9:16-17).
...RIGHT AFTER Jesus uttered the words "it is finished!" and DIED ON THE CROSS (John 19:30).
After that the veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51) indicating that through Jesus' Sacrifice and His priceless Blood we now have DIRECT access to God's Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16).
How can it be instituted one day and take effect on another?
The same way that you make your "last will and TESTAMENT" today and it goes into effect WHENEVER YOU DIE, a week later, 5 years later, or 20 years later.
But I thought the New Testament began at Pentecost.
No. You're confusing the "New Testament" with the "birth of the Church".
The New Testament was ALREADY IN FORCE when the Church was born (Acts 2:1-4).
It's BECAUSE that New Testament of God's Grace (totally UNDESERVED mercy and Goodness) was in force that God could, BY GRACE, send His wonderful Holy Spirit to fill His Church.
It's by sheer Grace that He still fills us with His OWN Holy Spirit today.
The Law was in force UNTIL Jesus DIED and poured out His immaculate, sinless Blood.
That's when the Law (Torah) ENDED, as we read in the anchor verse above, as means of justification.
That is why those who STILL insist on being justified wholly or partially through the Law, FALL FROM GRACE and Christ becomes "OF NO EFFECT" to them (Galatians 5:4).
That's why those who CHOOSE TO live under the Law ARE NOT SAVED.
The ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED is to ACKNOWLEDGE THAT the Law ENDED with Jesus.
That's how father Abraham was saved. That's how you and I are saved.
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