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THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014
THE APOSTASY - PART TWO
Problem #2 with 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11 is ALSO found in verse 3 :
That portion of the verse is pretty much rendered the same way in all English translations:
"Let no one deceive you in any way. For it (in context, the Day of the Lord) will not be, unless the departure comes first, and THE MAN OF SIN IS REVEALED, the son of destruction"
The problem here is NOT with the translation which, in this particular instance, IS CORRECT, but with the way certain religious minds interpret it.
They think that the condition that "the man of sin be REVEALED" MEANS that Antichrist must FIRST APPEAR PHYSICALLY on this earth, then the Day of the Lord comes.
That's NOT AT ALL what this verse says.
The word used here, apocalupto, means "TO REVEAL", UNCOVER, or EXPOSE.
Even in English, to "REVEAL" means to DISCLOSE or to "make (previously unknown or secret information) known to others".
According to Paul, two things must happen PRIOR TO the Day of the Lord:
1. THE DEPARTURE must take place.
The use of THE DEFINITE ARTICLE "THE" is significant. It's not talking about just any departure, but THE (SPECIFIC) departure (of believers).
2. The IDENTITY of the Antichrist, heretofore unknown, MUST BE DISCLOSED.
Paul was saying (paraphrasing):
"Don't worry: UNLESS the Departure takes place and the man of sin is EXPOSED, the Day of the Lord is NOT near".
After learning the identity of Antichrist from the Holy Spirit and the Bible, and keeping it to myself for over 18 years, his identity was publicly revealed in 2008 when we posted Seed of Satan on line, available to everyone, free of charge.
That book was soon after translated into Spanish and French and remains available, on the web, free of charge, IN ALL THREE LANGUAGES.
Since then, our readers have sent us numerous posts of our teaching in blogs, prophecy forums, websites, etc.
We have also heard from people in nations like Russia, and other rather remote parts of the world who have asked if they can translate at least portions into their own languages and share it.
This book has also been sent AROUND THE WORLD, to every nation on earth.
We have also published YouTube videos in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese PROVING the Antichrist's identity, from the Bible, for the past three years.
And we just released A NEW VIDEO that BIBLICALLY and methodically closes the door TO ANY PERSON (other than Alex) to be the infamous Antichrist.
All glory to Jesus, that part of the verse HAS BEEN FULFILLED, and IS STILL BEING FULFILLED, even as we speak.
Therefore, the Day of the Lord MUST BE VERY NEAR.
The ONLY REMAINING event hindering the start of the Day of the Lord is THE DEPARTURE or Rapture of believers.
The Rapture will NOT take place this year (2014), but SOONER than most people think.
For those of us who long to see Jesus and be reunited with Him, that relatively "short" time seems like an eternity.
The main point is this: This passage of Scripture SAYS NOTHING about a post-tribulation Rapture.
Rather, when properly read and understood, it VERY STRONGLY CONFIRMS the pre-trib Rapture.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014
2 Thessalonians 2:1-11 is one of those passages in Scripture that generates tons of controversy.
This passage is frequently TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT by post-tribulationists all too eager to find SOME "scriptural basis" for their UNSCRIPTURAL DOCTRINE.
However, there are also those who genuinely misunderstand the passage.
Such misunderstanding is largely attributable to THE TRANSLATION they use:
Problem #1 is found in verse 3:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that DAY SHALL NOT COME, EXCEPT THERE COME THE FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that man of sin be revealed"... (King James 2000)
"Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for THAT DAY WILL NOT COME UNTIL THE REBELLION OCCURS and the man of lawlessness is revealed"... (NIV)
"Let no one in any way deceive you, FOR IT WILL NOT COME UNLESS THE APOSTASY COMES FIRST, and the man of lawlessness is revealed"... (NASB)
That's how three of the most popular translations render this verse. One says the Day of the Lord and our reunion with Him won't happen until there's a "falling away", another says until THE REBELLION occurs" and yet another "unless THE APOSTASY comes first"...
Unfortunately these erroneous translations of this passage lend themselves for post-tribulationalists to claim that there has to be a great apostasy or defection from the Christian faith worldwide, BEFORE we are gathered to meet Christ.
They claim that "apostasy" happens during the reign of Antichrist, when people are forced to forsake Christ, worship Antichrist and take his mark. Hence, that the Rapture happens AFTER the tribulation and reign of Antichrist.
Of course, one question that immediately comes to mind is:
If the vast majority of Christians DESERT Christ, WHOM WOULD HE RAPTURE?
In the original Greek NOTHING is "falling away" from nowhere (sorry, King James fanatics), there's NO "rebellion" (sorry, NIV aficionados) and there's NO APOSTASY (sorry, NASB readers), at least NOT IN THE SENSE the word "apostasy" is understood in English and other modern languages.
The ONLY correct translation from the Greek that I've found for this passage (and I've checked over 20 Bible versions) is given in the World English Bible:
"Let no one deceive you in any way. For it (the Day of the Lord), will not be UNLESS THE DEPARTURE COMES FIRST, and the man of sin is REVEALED"... (World English Bible).
The words ho apostasia mean "THE DEPARTURE".
We SEE THIS CLEARLY in Acts 21:21 where the same word apostasian is used to say that Paul was teaching Jews to DEPART FROM (abandon, forsake) Moses and the Law.
The reason the word "apostasy" came to mean "DEPARTURE from the faith" (instead of JUST "DEPARTURE") in English and other modern languages is that in 1 Timothy 4:1 Paul uses a derivative, apostēsontai, to say "Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some SHALL DEPART from the faith".
Paul SPECIFIES that SOME (NOT "MOST") shall depart FROM THE FAITH (pisteos) in the "last time":
apostēsontai tines tēs pisteōs
Had he NOT SPECIFIED "tes pisteos" it would simply mean "SOME SHALL DEPART".
Hence the word "apostasia" simply means TO DEPART or DEPARTURE, PERIOD.
Need I remind believers that a certain INSTITUTION CONTROLLED the Bible, forbade the public from reading it FOR CENTURIES, CONTROLLED all translations and CLAIMED TO HAVE THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO INTERPRET its meaning?
Need I remind you that ANYONE who dared contemplate ANOTHER MEANING than that which was DICTATED BY HIERARCHY was ARBITRARILY DECLARED a "heretic" and could be tortured, imprisoned or burned at the stake?
When "it" decided that the Greek apostasia means exclusively to "depart FROM THE FAITH", who would have argued?
What Paul originally said was this:
Two things must happen prior to the Day of the Lord:
1. There must be A DEPARTURE.
What is the Rapture if not A DEPARTURE from this realm into the heavenly dimension?
2. The man of sin MUST BE REVEALED.
Once these two things happen,THEN and ONLY THEN, will tribulation judgments begin and Antichrist EMERGE.
TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014
There's an undeniable connection between the moon and Israel.
This theme appears time and again in Scripture (Genesis 1:14; 37:9-11; Numbers 10:10; Psalm 81:3; Jeremiah 31:35-36; Revelation 12:1).
For one thing, their entire calendar is based on the moon.
Right from the start, in Genesis 1:14 God tells them that the sun and moon were to be for "signs" and to mark "appointed times" (major Feasts) and days and years.
They were commanded to watch for the appearing of each New Moon.
The were commanded to CELEBRATE each New Moon, each and every month.
Each month on their calendar (Rosh Chodesh) does not officially begin UNTIL the New Moon appears.
Each major Feast on God's calendar is related to the moon:
Passover always takes place on a full moon (the 15 of the month).
Same goes for Sukkot (Tabernacles).
Yom Teruah takes place at the New Moon, on Rosh Chodesh Tishri.
Shavuot takes place six days after the New Moon.
Yom Kippur takes place 10 days after the New Moon, as it is about to become full.
As we pointed out earlier this year, FOR THE PAST SIX CENTURIES there has been a pattern of major events taking place in Israel (some times favorable and others unfavorable) when there are four consecutive lunar eclipses that coincide with the Feasts of Passover and Sukkot.
This pattern appears to hold EVEN WHEN such lunar eclipses are NOT VISIBLE in the Land of Israel.
Case in point, earlier this year, on Passover, we had the first of the FOUR CONSECUTIVE TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSES (tetrad) that are to occur in 2014-2015.
Even the secular media (who, I'm quite certain, KNOWS BETTER) got caught up in the hoopla and was calling them "Blood Moons".
The religious INVENTOR of the "Blood Moon" publicity ploy was making the rounds in all the early morning news shows.
Everyone was expecting Armageddon or some comparable world-wide cataclysmic event.
We pointedly stated in our earlier message (if you missed it, click on the "2014 Prophecy Update" link ABOVE LEFT) that this series of eclipses DO NOT SIGNAL the Rapture or the Second Coming of Christ.
But that they might signal major events happening in Israel.
On June 1, (46 days later) the PA formed a "unity government" with terrorist Hamas.
On June 12, less than two months later, the three Israeli teens (Eyal, Gilad and Naftali) were kidnapped and murdered.
On June 30, 2½ months later, their dead bodies were found.
On July 8, less than three months later, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge into Hamas occupied Gaza.
And, unless you've been living in complete isolation, you know the rest of the story, which is still ON-GOING as we speak.
Additionally the 4th and 5th months of Tammuz and Av (which began last night) have traditionally been a time of sadness and calamity for Israel.
We are approaching the most somber day on their calendar which is Tisha B'Av, when the first and second temples were destroyed.
Since the FOUR eclipses (four is the number of the earth, but also of JUDGMENT in the Bible) signal major events in Israel, it begs the question:
What will the three remaining eclipses bring?
MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014
DON'T MESS WITH REVELATION
The Book of Revelation is unique in more ways than one:
It BEGINS with a blessing to those who read it, hear it, and keep WHAT IT TRULY SAYS (Revelation 1:3).
And it ENDS with an OMINOUS WARNING for those who MISREPRESENT ITS CONTENTS:
"For I testify TO EVERY MAN that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, IF ANY MAN SHALL ADD TO THESE THINGS, God SHALL ADD UNTO HIM THE PLAGUES that are written in this book:
And IF ANY MAN SHALL TAKE AWAY FROM THE WORDS of... this prophecy, God SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Revelation 22:18,19).
It's NO COINCIDENCE that God issued this DIRE WARNING in the closing chapter of the Book of Revelation.
NO OTHER BOOK in the Bible has been used, misused, abused and DISTORTED more than this priceless and orderly account of the time of the end.
Evidently, God KNEW to what extent His Word of Prophecy would be MISCONSTRUED (Matthew 23:4-5).
Let me offer SOME examples:
1. I can't begin to tell you HOW MANY people have CONFIDENTLY ASSERTED that "Revelation says" that Babylon the Great the Mother of Harlots is New York City, when REVELATION DOESN'T SAY THAT ANYWHERE.
I once dared a lady who made such false claim to PRODUCE ONE BIBLE VERSE that made such statement. Naturally, she COULDN'T.
THE BIBLE, DOESN'T SAY THAT ANYWHERE...
Did she repent of her false teaching? No. She was ADAMANT about it.
These people are ADDING.
2. I can't begin to tell you in the past decade how many IDIOTS (sorry, but they ARE) have told me that "Revelation 17 says" that the 7th kingdom of Antichrist will be based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Revelation DOESN'T SAY THAT and the words "Mecca", "Saudi Arabia", "Islam" and "Mohammed" ARE NOWHERE FOUND IN this Book.
Mohammed and Islam DIDN'T EVEN EXIST when this Book was written.
These IDIOTS are ADDING.
3. There are MANY who teach that there's NO MILLENNIUM, no 1,000 year Kingdom of Christ on earth. Revelation chapter 20:3-7, in fact, CLEARLY SAYS THERE WILL BE.
Amillennialists are SUBTRACTING.
4. There are some who teach there's NO SUCH THING as the Rapture, the sudden translation of believers from earth into heaven, when in fact, Revelation 7:9-14 CLEARLY SHOWS THERE IS multitudinous Rapture.
These people are SUBTRACTING.
5. Some are now teaching that the Rapture will take place IN DIFFERENT STAGES, based on merit, and that most believers who aren't "worthy" to go in the early stages, will remain on earth during the tribulation.
An individual claiming "a private Rapture" and personal vision of Jesus shared this false teaching with me a while back.
It CONTRADICTS not only Revelation but MANY OTHER Scriptures.
Jesus would be a pathetic "Head" of the Church (perish the very thought) if He COULDN'T HOLD HIS OWN MYSTICAL BODY TOGETHER, and had to rapture a HACKED UP BODY, piece by piece, over a 3½-year period.
This person is GROSSLY ADDING, flat-out LYING, and may have God mercy on his DECEIVED SOUL.
I don't care if he claims 50 RAPTURES, such FALSE teaching is NOT FOUND in the Book of Revelation, or ANYWHERE ELSE IN SCRIPTURE.
6. There are many who teach that Antichrist is NOT A MAN, but A KINGDOM, or secretive organization, or religious system, or a sophisticated computer, in direct contradiction of Revelation 13:18.
They ARE ADDING and SUBTRACTING.
7. One group in particular, INVENTED by a female religious charlatan 150 years ago, BLATANTLY CONTRADICTS God by teaching that the "mark of the beast" mentioned in Revelation 13:16-18, WON'T BE A LITERAL MARK in a person's right hand or forehead, as Revelation EXPLICITLY says, but rather, the mandatory worship of God on Sunday instead of Saturday.
Not only is this LUDICROUS, since God should be worshiped EVERY SINGLE DAY, but is A GROSS AND RIDICULOUS ADDITION to the apocalyptic text.
8. MANY, unfortunately, teach that Antichrist is ALREADY alive, living incognito in our midst, and that he will rule the world for 7 years.
This, despite the fact that Revelation 13:5 is CRYSTAL CLEAR that he will ONLY rule for 42 months or 3½ years.
And despite the fact that Revelation CLEARLY STATES that HE IS DEAD and will emerge from the bottomless pit, RESURRECTED, and people will be astonished to see him RISEN FROM THE DEAD (Revelation 7:11; 17:8).
These people are BOTH, ADDING AND SUBTRACTING.
The bottomless pit (or abyss) also happens to be the place from where THE Christ (Jesus of Nazareth) rose from the dead (Romans 10:7).
9. But one of the most egregious aberrations of this blessed Book is the infamous "7-year peace treaty" that is REGULARLY TAUGHT by self-proclaimed "prophecy experts".
NO SUCH THING is found ANYWHERE in Revelation or, for that matter, ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE.
They are ADDING.
It's downright IMPOSSIBLE for the Antichrist to sign a 7-year ANYTHING with ANYONE, since he'll ONLY be on the earth for 42 months.
Well, wait a minute, Revelation may not say that in so many words, but the Book of Daniel does!
NO, IT DOESN'T.
The NIV and other unfortunate mistranslations of the Hebrew in this passage notwithstanding, Daniel 9:27 DOES NOT SAY SUCH THING, HAS NEVER SAID SUCH THING, AND WILL NEVER SAY SUCH THING.
Daniel 9:27 is talking about Jesus CONFIRMING the (Abrahamic) covenant ONE WEEK (or shemittah = 7 years), COMPRISED OF 3½ years of public ministry at the end of which HE DIED for the sins of mankind, ROSE AND ASCENDED. And an additional 3½ years (the reign of Antichrist) AT THE END OF WHICH Jesus RETURNS (Second Coming) to establish His Kingdom on earth, AGAIN CONFIRMING HIS ETERNAL COVENANT with Abraham and his seed.
Two 3½ year periods EQUAL ONE "WEEK" (or shemittah).
The ENTIRE 70-weeks prophecy has to do with the Messiah Prince.
It has NOTHING to do with the Antichrist: ZERO, ZILCH.
The Antichrist is NOT EVEN MENTIONED, directly or indirectly, in that passage.
Well, aren't they ADDING, then, to the Book of Daniel, instead of the Book of Revelation?
They're ADDING to BOTH.
And Scripture warns about ADDING to other portions of the Bible, as well:
"EVERY WORD OF God IS FLAWLESS; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. DO NOT ADD TO HIS WORDS, or he will rebuke you and PROVE YOU A LIAR" (Proverbs 30:5, 6).
Those who mess with God's Word ARE LIARS, pure and simple.
Those who mess with God's Word are messing with God Himself (John 1:1-2).
Those who ADD or SUBTRACT from the text in Revelation, are PLAYING WITH FIRE.
Those who have done so unintentionally or because of ignorance should repent, and receive God's forgiveness.
Those who do so IRRESPONSIBLY, PRESUMPTUOUSLY, and with FOREKNOWLEDGE, simply because they want to ADVANCE their PET DOCTRINE, will answer TO GOD HIMSELF.
And He's already spelled out their fate.
SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
LORD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE
"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE" (Matthew 19:26).
God's Word tells us WHAT He will do.
It seldom explains HOW He will do it.
He is able to pull things off that seem IMPOSSIBLE to the human mind, and often DON'T EVEN MAKE SENSE.
He told CHILDLESS Abraham that his seed would be AS NUMEROUS AS THE STARS.
In the natural, it seemed downright impossible. Did He keep His Word? Yes! (Revelation 7:9).
He also told centenarian Abraham that he and his 90 year old wife Sarah would conceive a baby boy. Think about it, ladies: A 90-year old woman having a baby... by a 100-year old man.
How could it happen? It's fair to say that NO ONE could explain it. But IT DID!!!
He told the children of Israel He'd deliver them from Egyptian bondage. He DIDN'T explain HOW.
They were slaves, had no weapons, and Pharaoh was in no mood to let them go. Did they leave Egypt against all odds? Yes!
Next thing you know, they leave Egypt and find themselves against a seemingly uncrossable sea, with Pharaoh's army in hot pursuit.
What human mind would have fathomed that He would hold the waters of the Red Sea on either side allowing them to cross on DRY land?
Or that the moment the last Israelite had crossed, the waters would suddenly come together again and drown the Egyptian army?
ALL THEY HAD what His Word.
Did He pull it off? Yes.
Could ANYONE have foreseen HOW? I doubt it.
He said He'd take them into a Promised Land of milk and honey, yet they found themselves in the middle of a barren desert with nothing to eat but manna, and not knowing where they'd find water to drink.
Did that make any sense? No.
Did it SEEM LIKE He had forgotten His promise?
Did He keep His Word, despite all of the above? Yes.
Did they make it into the Promised Land? Yes.
He promised through Isaiah that A JEWISH VIRGIN would give birth to a son who'd be called Immanuel meaning "God WITH US".
That DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE when Isaiah prophesied it in the 8th century B.C., IT DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE 2,000 years ago when Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and it STILL DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TODAY.
Did it happen? Yes, and IT CHANGED human history forever.
Likewise, God has told us that "from the word to return and build biblical Jerusalem (a/k/a the Jewish Quarter) to Messiah Prince would be "seven sevens" (Daniel 9:25).
He also told us that Antichrist's reign would last 3½ years, and would end with the Second Coming of Messiah Prince (Daniel 7:25; 12:7).
And He CLEARLY showed John the raptured Church appearing suddenly in heaven, before His Throne, BEFORE tribulation judgments begin (Revelation 7:9-17).
We have His Word.
How's He going to pull it OFF?
All I know is that He IS FAITHFUL AND TRUE and, therefore, HE WILL.
It may be frustrating and exasperating from a human point of view, but that's the way God usually operates.
Why doesn't He always tell us the HOW?
Because He wants us TO TRUST HIM, EVEN WHEN THINGS "DON'T MAKE SENSE" to our natural minds, even when we don't see or understand HOW He will do it.
All that God has EVER wanted from us, since the Garden of Eden, is OUR TRUST.
When you think about it, He's God. And He's NEVER been wrong.
HIS WORD should be GOOD ENOUGH for us.
SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014
THE FORGOTTEN VICTIMS
"When the Lamb (Jesus) broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the ALTAR THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAD BEEN SLAIN BECAUSE OF THE WORD of God, and BECAUSE OF THE TESTIMONY WHICH THEY HAD MAINTAINED; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "HOW LONG, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain FROM JUDGING AND AVENGING OUR BLOOD on those who dwell on the earth?
And THERE WAS GIVEN TO EACH OF THEM A WHITE ROBE; and they were told that they SHOULD REST for a little while longer, UNTIL THE NUMBER OF THEIR FELLOW SERVANTS AND THEIR BRETHREN WHO WERE TO BE ALSO KILLED even as they had been, would be completed" (Revelation 6:9-11).
As Secretary of State Kerry visits the Middle East trying to negotiate a "cease fire" to protect those "poor terrorists" in Gaza...
...those wicked cowards who hide beneath hospitals and schools to fire rockets, as you can see in the aerial picture below, WITH TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE SAFETY of their fellow Arabs so they can USE THEIR DEATHS and injuries AS A PROPAGANDA PLOY against "evil" Israel...
There is another group that IS BEING MASSACRED, WITHOUT REASON, and unfortunately, is BEING largely IGNORED by the U.S., the U.N., the EU and the media.
Who are these helpless, hapless victims OF TERRORISTS?
Our brothers and sisters are being butchered in places like Syria, Sudan, N. Korea, Nigeria, China and Iraq.
In China ALL THE CROSSES on all the country buildings where Christians usually congregate are being toppled, without so much as a warning.
Placing a cross, the symbol of our faith, on any structure means its destruction, and submitting to hours or "interrogation", torture, imprisonment, a combination of these, or death.
In Iraq, that ULTRA BARBARIC terrorist organization known as ISIS, that our President chooses to ignore, and about which he seems determined, as the proverbial ostrich, to bury his head in the sand, has issued an ultimatum to ALL Christians to either LEAVE the country and ALL their possessions behind, pay and unspecified tax to the Islamic Caliphate, or be "put to the sword".
And to be fair, the Bush Administration fared no better, by also turning a blind eye and deaf ear to the plight of Christians in Gaza, Afghanistan, and Iraq, which we "liberated" at the cost of American blood.
Most of these Christians are Catholics, and yet we barely heard a whimper from the Vatican about this inhumane ATROCITY.
I know that I've asked you to pray a lot in recent days. But HOW CAN I NOT?
Imagine for a moment what it's like to have EVERYTHING YOU OWN CONFISCATED, from your home, to your car, your jewelry, to your bank account, to your clothes, down to your I Phones.
Imagine that some group came along and SUDDENLY TOLD YOU that you have 48 hours to leave the United States, leave EVERYTHING YOU OWN BEHIND, or be put to death.
Where would you go? Where would you live? HOW would you live?
... When you suddenly find yourself in TOTAL POVERTY with no home, no money, no job, and NO COUNTRY.
Look, I know this isn't a "happy", "feel good", POPULAR or even "inspirational" message.
But Jesus didn't call me to be "popular".
He called me to speak the Truth.
Even when such Truth ISN'T to my liking.
The worst part is that I know that this awful persecution and carnage will still go on for a while.
I wish I could tell you it will all end tomorrow, or next week, or even next month.
But there's still a relatively short while to go. Not too long, but to those who are suffering these evils, it should seem endless.
God's Word tells us very clearly that this persecution of Christians will go on "until" a certain unspecified number of Christian martyrs is fulfilled.
The ONLY "Good News" is that once their "number" is fulfilled, the Church is OUTTA HERE and beyond the reach of human injustice or suffering.
So, please ask our most merciful Father to give our brothers and sisters the Grace, the physical and inner strength, and peace, to remain steadfast and resolute.
And for Christians who survive this horrible persecution, please pray that
they won't be forgotten but that the rest of us will pitch in and help them get by until our precious Lord takes us home.
I rarely do this, but there are Christian organizations who help our brethren in situations like these:
Here are a couple you might consider that are helping in Syria and Iraq:
Christian Aid Ministries *
FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
PRAYER SERVICE FOR ISRAEL
Welcome, brothers and sisters, thanks for joining us in this holy moment.
Please get IN INTIMATE COMMUNION with Jesus and His Spirit (focus on Jesus, in your mid-section between the stomach and kidneys)…
Most High God, Eternal Father, Son and Holy Spirit… we come together IN SPIRIT, in ONE ACCORD, as ONE Body, and we offer you our eternal love, praise and thanksgiving.
We praise you, Almighty God, from the depths of our being, we shower you with love, adoration, praise, gratitude, and give you ALL the glory, for ALL the ages, world without end.
We THANK YOU for being a loving, forgiving, righteous, exceedingly gracious and merciful God.
We THANK YOU, Lord, that flights into Ben Gurion airport have been reinstated. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer so quickly. THANK YOU JESUS!
We thank you for helping Israel develop the Iron Dome system of defense, but we ASK THAT YOU, Almighty One, BE THEIR DEFENDER.
Glory to you from everlasting to everlasting! Amen.
Holy Spirit we WELCOME YOU into our midst. We WELCOME your guidance and help as we bring our praises and petitions to our Heavenly Father in Jesus’ Holy Name.
Father, we come boldly before your Throne of Grace, in Jesus’ Name, on behalf of your People Israel.
Oh Lord, YOU CHOSE THEM.
Please be A SHIELD unto them during Operation Protective Edge, in times of trouble, and ALWAYS.
Oh God, they are YOUR PEOPLE.
It was through Israel that you brought Salvation to this world.
Let us NEVER FORGET that Salvation came to us, NOT through the Romans, NOR through the Greeks, but FROM THE JEWS (John 4:22).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus, our ONLY God and Savior!
Our specific requests on behalf of the Nation of Israel, the Jews there, and everywhere, and every Israelite on this earth are these:
1. Grant Israel QUICK and OVERWHELMING VICTORY over Hamas, terrorism, and ALL other enemies.
Let this war be OVER in just a few days or hours, and let Israel emerge TOTALLY VICTORIOUS, In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
2. We ask for the COMPLETE DESTRUCTION of ALL OF Hamas’ tunnels and rocket launching pads, so that NO MORE ROCKETS can be fired into Israel.
Please, Lord, let there be NO MORE ROCKETS FIRED AGAINST Israel.
3. We ask for the COMPLETE DESTRUCTION of ALL their weapons caches that such weapons may never, now or in the future, be used against your people.
4. We ask you to ROOT OUT and TOTALLY ERADICATE Hamas from Gaza.
5. We cover and protect your People continuously with the Blood of Messiah.
We decree, in Jesus’ Name, NO INJURIES, NO DEATH and NO ABDUCTIONS.
Let’s say it together, saints of the Most High:
We decree, in Jesus’ Name, NO INJURIES,NO DEATH and NO ABDUCTIONS for the People of God.
That NOT ONE Israeli civilian will be harmed or killed.
That NOT ONE Israeli soldier or commander will be harmed or killed.
NOT ONE! In Jesus’ Name!
We decree that NOT ONE of your People – soldier or civilian – shall be abducted, in Jesus’ Name.
Please, Father, NO DEATHS, NO INJURIES and NO ABDUCTIONS.
Let’s say it together, saints: “NO DEATHS, NO INJURIES, and NO ABDUCTIONS”.
Again: Almighty God and Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, we your children decree, IN ONE ACCORD:
“NO DEATHS, NO INJURIES, and NO ABDUCTIONS” for your People of Israel.
For they are YOUR PEOPLE, THAT ARE CALLED BY YOUR NAME: “Yisra EL”.
They now possess THE CITY that YOU ALSO CHOSE to put your Name there and even ENGRAVE IT unto its landscape.
Oh gracious Father, we ask this that all nations (gentiles) may know that you are THE ALMIGHTY ONE, that YOU have CHOSEN Israel, that THEY are the People of your Covenant forever.
Hallel u Yah! Glory to you, Divine One!
Glory to you, Almighty One!
It was you, oh God, who gave them that beautiful symbol called the Magen David, the Star or SHIELD of David.
BE THE “SHIELD OF DAVID” unto them.
Again, Lord, please BE THE SHIELD OF DAVID unto your People.
BE the Lion of Judah ON THEIR BEHALF.
Let each IDF commander and soldier BE AS David in EVERY way. Amen.
We ask for the Spirit of David to permeate and ARISE IN Israel’s soldiers: make them brave, great warriors, wise, efficient in war, worshipful, and give each and every one of them A HEART AFTER YOU, Most High God.
You Great Prince who STANDS OVER the Children of Israel.
Be their guard, vanquish their foes, and give Israel SWIFT, COMPLETE VICTORY.
In Jesus’ Name, we ask and decree these things. Amen.
6. Father God, we also ask Divine Wisdom and guidance, and protection, for Prime Minister Netanyahu and his advisers, his family, and members of his government.
We also ask Divine Wisdom and guidance for U.S. leaders: for President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Kerry, for Congress, for governors across the U.S.
For Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, who has always supported Israel.
We ask Divine Wisdom for European leaders as well, for Mr. Cameron, Mrs. Merkel and Mr. Hollande.
7. We ask that non-terrorist Palestinian Arabs who are caught in the middle of this conflict will be supernaturally protected: THAT NO DEATH OR INJURY WILL COME TO ANY OF THEM.
Grant these things, most merciful God!
Also, please Lord, protect the good and innocent animals who also find themselves in the middle. Protect them from death and injury and keep them safe.
We ask it, according to your never ending mercies, In Jesus’ Name and for your glory. Amen.
8. Last but not least, we pray for the Israeli and Arab families who have lost loved ones.
Please Holy Spirit grant them your peace which passes all understanding, your special comfort, and assurance that their loved ones are in God’s hands and that they will see them again in glory.
Lord Jesus and Israel’s Messiah, WE PRAISE YOU, WE ADORE YOU, AND WE TRUST YOU to be THE “SHIELD OF DAVID” UNTO YOUR PEOPLE.
We cover them AT ALL TIMES with your Most Precious Blood that speaks BETTER THINGS than Abel’s.
Arise, Commander of the Heavenly Host!
Arise, Bright Morning Star! Arise, Root of David!
Let GOD ARISE and His enemies be scattered.
Thank you for hearing and ANSWERING our prayers, Almighty God, Father son and Holy Spirit.
Our hearts just MELT with Love, praise and TOTAL ADORATION for you, Lord Jesus.
Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Thank you, precious brothers and sisters for joining us. May God’s Love, Grace and Peace be always upon you.
This message will remain for the next 24 hours in place of the regular Word 4 Today message. If you didn’t get a chance to join us “live” at 9:00 P.M. you can still PRAY on behalf of Israel and WORSHIP God WITH US, since there’s NO TIME or DISTANCE in the Spirit realm.
Regular messages will resume, Lord willing, on Saturday, July 26.
THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014
QUICK AND OVERWHELMING
Precious Intercessors, this message is addressed specifically to you:
I've been closely monitoring the situation in Israel for the past three weeks, and it's time to pray FOR SPECIFIC RESULTS.
We need to pray for QUICK and OVERWHELMING VICTORY for Israel against Hamas.
We need to pray for COMPLETE DESTRUCTION of Hamas' tunnels and rocket launching pads, so that NO MORE ROCKETS can be fired into Israel.
Although the IDF has made significant progress, we want this war to end SWIFTLY and IN TOTAL, OVERWHELMING VICTORY for Israel.
The situation, as it stands right now, is that the U.S. has suspended all flights from landing at Israel's main Ben Gurion International Airport, in Tel Aviv.
Many other nations are following the U.S.'s tenuous lead.
This situation, if prolonged, will undoubtedly have adverse effect on Israel's economy.
And that's probably what Iran, and its puppet terrorist organization Hamas, have wanted all along.
The difference between this war and previous ones is that Hamas now has Iranian launching pads and missiles CAPABLE OF REACHING MUCH FARTHER than in previous wars, and QUITE CAPABLE OF reaching Tel Aviv.
We don't want some "negotiated treaty" that buys Hamas more time to regroup, dig more tunnels, and launch an even bigger torrent of rockets against Israelis than they have been doing, with sirens going off all over Israel, virtually non-stop.
We want Hamas ROOTED OUT of Gaza.
For those who may be new to the website, we invite you to join our group of Intercessors who pray 15 minutes a day, in Spirit, and WITH "ALL THEY GOT", for Israel, or for lost souls to come to know Jesus. Just click on the link AT THE TOP LEFT of this page that says "INTERCESSORS".
We will ALL be interceding anyway when we arrive in New Jerusalem, right after the Rapture (Revelation 8:3-4).
We might as well START NOW.
Let's continue to pray for Divine Wisdom for Israel, U.S. and European leaders.
Let's continue to plead the Blood of Messiah to cover and protect His People, minimize injuries and death, and NO ABDUCTIONS.
Let's continue to pray that Palestinian Arabs who are non-terrorists and who, unfortunately, are caught in the middle, will be supernaturally protected and their injuries and deaths be few or none.
Let's continue to pray for families ON BOTH SIDES who have lost loved ones.
Come on, saints!
Let's go BOLDLY before God's Throne of Grace in Jesus' Mighty Name and, FOR HIS GLORY, hold Israel before Him, plead His Mercy which endures forever, and bring this horrible war to A QUICK and SATISFACTORY END.
Israel will soon have its hands full, when the tribulation starts.
What they need right now is to enjoy a brief period of rest.
Thank you, in Jesus' Name.
May His Grace be upon each and every one of you. Amen.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
Did you know that some people have Word allergies?
They're allergic to the Word of God.
That, in turn, explains THEIR REACTION, when confronted with it.
They're allergic to Word 4 Today, and to this ministry, since it teaches the Word of God.
Sinners aren't allergic.
Saints aren't allergic.
ALL who favor man-invented RELIGION, and man-invented fables, OVER God's Word are allergic:
Those who quench the Spirit are allergic to 1st Corinthians.
Post tribulationists are allergic to 1 Thessalonians.
Hate mongers are allergic to 1 John.
Sabbath worshipers are allergic to Colossians.
Puritanical nerds are allergic to Song of Solomon.
Those with praise allergies, get hives when they read Psalms.
Those allergic to literary beauty, faint if they read Habakkuk.
Those stuck in the Old Testament are allergic to Hebrews.
Atheists and Agnostics (they have religion, too) are allergic to Daniel.
Greedy bastards are allergic to 1 and 2 Timothy.
"ALL ROADS" lead to heaven LIARS, are allergic to Acts.
Armstrongnists are allergic to Romans.
Campbellists are allergic to Ephesians.
All legalists are allergic to Galatians.
So-called Church of Christ is allergic to Luke.
Jehovah's Witnesses are allergic to John.
Christian Science is allergic to the Gospels.
Mormons are allergic to the whole Bible.
Last, but not least, Satan is allergic to Revelation:
The devil SWEATS BULLETS every time someone reads, or QUOTES, the "end of the Book".
It tells of HIS TOTAL DEFEAT and ETERNAL DOOM (Revelation 20:8-10).
That's right... We KNOW how it all ends: The same way it began:
Jesus wins, Satan loses.
Those who side with THE WINNER win, those who side with THE LOSER lose.
There's ONLY ONE REMEDY for Word allergies and that's A HEAVY DOSE OF Jesus.
He is, after all, the Word Incarnate.
The only cure for Word allergies is to have Jesus INJECT His Holy Spirit into our hearts.
Those who HAVE JESUS are immune to allergies (1 John 5:12).
Those who REJECT Jesus, will get a bad rash on their tuchus.
TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014
Let me set everyone's mind at ease:
NO "SECRET SOCIETY" IS ABOUT TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD.
I don't care who your favorite "conspirators" are: whether the Masons, the Bilderbergers, the Illuminati, Opus Dei, the Vatican, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Rockefellers, Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones, N.A.S.A., FEMA, the White House, President Obama, the Pope, the religion of Islam, a combination of these, OR ANYONE ELSE.
It's NOT HAPPENING!!!
How can we be SO SURE?
Because there ISN'T ONE - NOT ONE!!! - verse in the entire Bible that teaches such thing.
Conspiracy theories ARE NOTHING NEW. Different versions of one or more of these groups "taking over the world" have been circulating for the past 40 years.
A while back I tried to reason with one of the fools who teach this nonsense in his blog (read by about 8 people) passing it off as "Bible prophecy" - mostly because he had arbitrarily placed us on his mailing list and was bombarding us with crap.
When I pointed out that he was TEACHING A LIE, and that he COULDN'T produce even ONE verse from the Bible to support his theory, do you know what his reply was?
"I've seen your site. ALL YOU DO is quote the Bible".
He didn't even realize WHAT A HUGE COMPLIMENT he was paying me, because HE DIDN'T INTEND IT AS a compliment.
He meant it as CRITICISM.
He was actually CRITICIZING me for quoting THE WORD OF GOD!!!
How can anyone call themselves "Christian" when THEY DON'T BELIEVE THE BIBLE?
More importantly, HOW HE can CALL HIS TEACHING "BIBLE PROPHECY" WHEN --by his own admission -- IT'S NOT FOUND IN the Bible?
Still waiting for an answer...
I guess he was TOO EMBARRASSED to reply, as he SHOULD BE.
I've been teaching AGAINST this lunacy for nearly a decade and we STILL RECEIVE questions about some idiotic conspiracy theory some religious LOON dreamed up.
And there are still some of you who SEEK THAT CRAP ON PURPOSE, then "fall for it" JUST BECAUSE "it's on the internet".
Just like there are some who believe ANYTHING they see on TV.
Some of the most stupid, Christ-less, and UNBIBLICAL DECEPTION I've ever heard has come from Kristian blogs and Kristian TV.
Yes, this world is going to hell in a hand basket.
Yes, this world will soon be ruled by the Antichrist.
But it won't be because of any "secret society" or giant "conspiracy" to establish a "New World Order".
I don't care if there are 10,000 secret societies plotting a takeover.
It will happen because God - not some "secret society" -- has ORDAINED IT.
It will happen because God - not some "secret society" -- sends terrible judgments, then allows Satan to bring the Antichrist out of the pit.
It will happen BECAUSE GOD SAID IT.
It will happen BECAUSE GOD IS IN CONTROL.
It will happen BECAUSE "IT" IS WRITTEN.
MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014
SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
"In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell securely; And this is His Name by which He will be called:The LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Jeremiah 23:6)
"...but also FOR US, to whom God WILL CREDIT RIGHTEOUSNESS--for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead" (Romans 4:24)
"But FOR YOU who revere my Name, the Sun of Righteousness WILL RISE with healing in His wings. And you will go out and frolic like calves from the stall" (Malachi 4:2).
In Genesis 1:14 God set the sun and moon in the heavens "for signs".
The sun is the primary source of light in the solar system.
The moon has no light of its own. It merely reflects the light of the sun.
Jesus is called the Sun of Righteousness because He is THE Source of ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
There is NO RIGHTEOUSNESS - ANYWHERE, or in ANYONE - APART FROM Jesus.
Again: there is NO RIGHTEOUSNESS in ANYONE but Jesus.
I don't care how many "good works" we do.
I don't care how often we congregate.
I don't care on WHAT DAY we congregate.
I don't care TO WHAT DENOMINATION one belongs.
I don't care how many commandments we THINK we've "kept".
I don't care if we recite the Torah, by heart, from sundown to sunup.
I don't care WHAT we eat.
Just like the moon has NO LIGHT OF ITS OWN, the Church as a collective Body, has NO RIGHTEOUSNESS of its own.
Just like the moon has NO LIGHT OF ITS OWN, INDIVIDUAL Messianic Jews and Christians have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS of their own.
Just like the moon can only REFLECT the light of the sun, the Church at large, and individual believers, CAN ONLY REFLECT the Righteousness of Jesus.
The Righteousness that He CREDITS US FREELY, BY sheer GRACE (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Because there is NO OTHER righteousness.
Just like the sun is THE ONLY SOURCE OF LIGHT for the moon, Jesus, the Sun of Righteousness, IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS for us- IN ANY REALM, VISIBLE OR INVISIBLE.
That's why it is SIN - yes, SIN - to think that we have, or can obtain, ANY righteousness of our own.
That is A LIE.
It's also been one of Satan's most clever tools.
Satan uses RELIGION to DECEIVE people into thinking they can PRODUCE THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS.
You can NO MORE produce your own righteousness, than the moon can produce its own light.
If you want God to COUNT YOU righteous, you HAVE TO go through Jesus.
You have to TOTALLY TRUST Jesus.
‘Cause there's NO OTHER SOURCE of Righteousness - in any dimension of the cosmos.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
Who are the cryptic "sons of God" mentioned in Genesis 6:2?
Many Christians say they are angels. There's only one problem with that theory:
God has NEVER called an angel His son (Hebrews 1:5).
Angels can't be "sons of God" for the simple reason that they're NOT created in God's Image.
This enormous privilege is reserved ONLY for humans (John 1:12; Romans 8:14; 1 John 3:2).
The "sons of God" mentioned in Genesis 6, were the human offspring of Adam and Eve BEFORE THEY SINNED.
The very first commandment God gave man was to "be fruitful and MULTIPLY" (Genesis 1:28).
Do you think they didn't obey it until AFTER they became sinners?
That doesn't even make sense.
If they didn't obey Him when they were sinless, why in the world would they obey Him once they became sinners?
Postponed obedience is disobedience.
If they hadn't obeyed immediately, they would have sinned long before they took that infamous bite out of the forbidden fruit.
Adam and Eve obeyed God's directive instantly. They started reproducing right away.
THEY WERE PROCREATING IMMORTAL, INCORRUPTIBLE SPIRITUAL HUMANS LIKE THEMSELVES from the moment God commanded it.
It was only AFTER THEY SINNED, that Adam "knew" Eve in a carnal, PHYSICAL way and begat CARNAL, SINFUL, MORTAL children by her.
These "sons of God" remained pure and incorruptible, UNTIL they chose to sin by mingling their seed with fallen humanity (mortal, corruptible women, born of the flesh, not of the spirit).
That's how they "left their first estate" as immortal, incorruptible humans, by going after "strange (fallen, corruptible) flesh" (Jude 1:7).
Genesis 6:4 calls them "nephilim" or "fallen ones".
When they sinned, they lost their supernatural status, became mortal and spiritually fallen (nephilim), as had their parents Adam and Eve, and further contaminated and corrupted human DNA, WHICH RESULTED IN GIANTS AND 6-TOED FREAKS being born from such unnatural cohabitation (Deuteronomy 2:11,20; 2 Samuel 21:20).
Eve was tempted by Satan. Who tempted these guys? Who do you think?
In the oldest book in the Bible, the Book of Job 1:6, 2:1, we find Satan hanging out with the "sons of God", who later became the nephilim of "fallen ones".
Note that the very next verse (Genesis 6:3) says "my Spirit shall not always strive WITH MAN, because HE IS ALSO FLESH". These guys now were ALSO flesh.
Like Adam and Eve, they'd become carnal instead of spiritual. There were now no immortal, incorruptible, spiritual men left on earth.
All humans on earth had now become contaminated by sin and defiled. It was then that God repented of having made man, sent the universal flood, and shortened their life span to 120 years (before then, it was common for humans to live anywhere between 600 to 1,000 years, as we see in the previous chapter, Genesis 5).
O.K., but what about the "sons of God" mentioned in Job 38:7, who "shouted for joy" WHEN THE EARTH WAS CREATED?
Doesn't that prove they were angels? No way, Renee!
They were humans. They were "US", IN OUR PRE-HUMAN EXISTENCE.
Ephesians 1:4 says God "has chosen us, AND PREDESTINATED US, in Christ Jesus BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD".
Those are God's words, not mine. They've been there for 2,000 years!
We were already in Him before we ever manifested in this world in human form. We were His Sons, created in His Image, in "eternity past".
We simply don't retain any memory of it because we're momentarily ruled by our carnal mind, which is incapable of receiving such things (1 Corinthians 2:14).
The only "sons of God" in the Bible are men:
Adam (Luke 3:38)
Jesus (Luke 3:22)
Humans (you and I) who receive Jesus as Lord (John 1:12).
The title "son of God" is strictly reserved for those created in God's Image:
For humans who carry God's SPIRITUAL DNA. Humans indwelt by God Himself.
SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
Sometimes I just have to chuckle at some of the asinine feedback that we get.
In over 10 years of PUBLIC ministry, I have NEVER told anyone NOT TO help the needy.
Quite the opposite.
I have NEVER told anyone NOT TO give VOLUNTARY (emphasis on the word "VOLUNTARY") donations to bona fide charities or to the worship center they attend.
I have, on the other hand, time and again, exposed the unscrupulous scams that go on 24/7, on so-called "Christian TV" - supposedly "in the Name of Jesus" - like "give to get", like THE LIE that God's favor and His blessings can be "bought", like being obligated to "tithe" 10% of one's income which is TOTALLY unbiblical, and that giving to a lying preacher EQUALS "giving to God".
Yet NO SOONER DO WE POST A VIDEO exposing those lies that some self-righteous individual FEELS COMPELLED to "correct" me by telling me that it's okay to give to the poor and support a local worship center.
I NEVER SAID IT WASN'T.
I honestly don't know whether people just CAN'T READ, whether they have a pathological need to "correct" me, or whether they're just plain stupid.
I'm talking apples and they're talking oranges.
This week's video message, repeats CLEARLY, over and over, that giving to A LYING TELEVANGELIST DOES NOT EQUAL "giving to God". That "God" doesn't get a dime. That the televangelist GETS ALL OF IT.
How ANYONE can somehow twist that message into the moronic idea that I'm against helping the needy, or that I'm against supporting LEGITIMATE ministries that preach THE TRUE GOSPEL, is beyond comprehension.
Those who, evidently, HAVE NOTHING BETTER to do than send such messages are the very people WHO HAVE NEVER - in their entire lives - helped the needy.
They are the people WHO'VE NEVER HELPED ANYONE, or SHARED CHRIST with anyone.
They are the people WHO CARE ONLY ABOUT THEMSELVES. THAT'S WHY they NEED TO PROVE THEMSELVES "more pious" than everyone else.
They are the people WHO HAVE NEVER "CORRECTED" THOSE DISHONEST televangelists that beg FOR MONEY NON-STOP and that exploit God's poor, ailing sheep through FALSE PROMISES of "prosperity".
However, they feel the UNCONTROLLABLE URGE to "correct" me.
Instead of THANKING US for exposing this ungodly, hypocritical, self-serving scam that TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE NEEDIEST and MOST DESPERATE...
They feel compelled to "correct" me FOR SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER SAID - IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!
And, by the way, these are the same people WHO GET SPIRITUALLY NOURISHED on a daily basis by this ministry, FOR FREE, AND NO ONE ever bothers them, asks them donate, asks them to tithe, tries to sell them anything, nor do we solicit them IN ANY WAY.
And, yet, they feel the IRREPRESSIBLE need TO LECTURE ME about "giving".
They FEAST at our spiritual table every day, and never once say "thank you".
However, they MUST FIND SOME TINY SPECK in my eye, when all the time THEY HAVE A HUGE LOG in theirs.
WHO do you think ARE THE VICTIMS of swindling televangelists?
People who own comfortable homes, nice cars, make $200,000 a year, have money in the bank, and a great credit score?
Televangelist leeches take advantage... OF THE NEEDY!!!!!!!!
That's PRECISELY what makes their message SO REVOLTING.
That's PRECISELY why it needs to be EXPOSED.
They TAKE ADVANTAGE OF the guy who lost his job, hasn't worked in 8 months, and is ABOUT TO BE EVICTED because he can't pay the rent.
They TAKE ADVANTAGE OF the poor widow who barely gets by on social security, can't afford Obamacare, and doesn't know where her next "meal" will come from.
These PARASITIC PREDATORS are after THE POOR ELDERLY PERSON who's used up all his savings, just got the news that his/her decease is terminal, and IS DESPERATE for a miraculous solution.
Why? Because THEIR DESPERATION clouds their judgment and they are EASILY DECEIVED INTO sending their last $20.00 to the "man of God" thinking that maybe, just maybe, God will miraculously heal them.
Or that some stranger will knock on their door, "out of the blue", and say "I just paid your rent and here's a $100,000 check for you".
How do I know? Because I hear from these people EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE.
While some of you have the luxury of FALSELY ACCUSING ME of something I HAVE NEVER SAID, I minister to them, to the best of my human ability, EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE.
It is BECAUSE I CARE VERY MUCH for the needy and downtrodden that I expose these ungodly religious scams!
I forgive the sheer ignorance of FALSE ACCUSERS with nothing more productive to do. However, when I read MORONIC CRAP LIKE THAT, frankly, sometimes feel like just SHUTTING DOWN THE WEBSITE.
WHO NEEDS this aggravation?
I don't get paid for doing this.
Who needs to deal with ungrateful detractors, who are ONLY LOOKING FOR SOMETHING - ANYTHING - to criticize?
There's NOT ENOUGH MONEY -- IN THE WORLD -- to pay me for what I do.
And since I'm so uncaring and evil and you're so "good" and righteous, WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOLLOWING THIS MINISTRY?
Shouldn't you leave us alone and find ANOTHER ministry that's as good and righteous AS YOU?
I have a word of advice for those who GET FED FOR FREE ON A DAILY BASIS YET ALL THEY CAN OFFER IS CRITICISM:
Examine YOUR OWN HEART.
Anyone who NEEDS TO constantly "correct" others, when such "correction" ISN'T warranted...
Anyone who NEEDS TO pose as "more righteous" than someone else, NEEDS TO REPENT, humble himself or herself before God, and ABANDON ANY PRETENSE OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS.
The ONLY righteousness -- IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE -- is Jesus'.
There's NO OTHER RIGHTEOUSNESS, anywhere else, OR IN ANYONE ELSE.
I care deeply about the needy, and I'm ALL IN FAVOR OF supporting worship centers, ministers and ministries WHO TRULY preach Christ's Message of Grace.
THAT, however, DOES NOT MAKE ME righteous.
Being in the ministry DOESN'T make me righteous.
Winning souls to Christ DOESN'T make me righteous.
Helping others in various ways DOESN'T make me righteous.
Interceding DOESN'T make me righteous.
Teaching God's Word DOESN'T make me righteous.
NOTHING I DO, have ever done, or will ever do, will make me righteous.
I FREELY ADMIT to having ZERO righteousness of my own.
Repeat: I have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS of my own:NONE WHATSOEVER.
The ONLY REASON that I'm counted "righteous" in God's eyes is BECAUSE JESUS HAS CREDITED ME HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Glory to His Name forevermore!
There is NO OTHER RIGHTEOUSNESS ANYWHERE in the whole universe.
The sooner we all learn that Truth, the better off we'll be.
FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
HOW DO I KNOW I'M SAVED?
Jesus said: "WHOEVER comes to me, I will IN NO WAY reject" (John 6:37).
If you sincerely INVITE Jesus Christ TO ENTER YOUR HEART, and RECEIVE Him as your only Lord, Savior and God, He ASSURES YOU that He WILL ENTER and SAVE YOU.
The moment Jesus enters YOUR HEART, you are SAVED FOREVER:
"To ALL who received Him, to them He gave power TO BECOME the sons of God" (John 1:12).
We don't need to beg or make incessant pleas.
Jesus is continually standing at the door and knocking. If ANYONE opens the door of their heart, He WILL come in [Revelation 3:20].
But, Martel, you don't know HOW MUCH I've sinned.
You don't know HOW OFTEN I've sinned.
You don't know the AWFUL sins I've committed.
Are you SURE He will save me?
YES! ONE TRILLION %.
DON'T WORRY about your sins. Jesus is FAR GREATER than all your sins combined.
Jesus ALREADY REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME (John 1:29; 1 John 3:5; Hebrews 10:14).
Those who GENUINELY receive Jesus into their hearts WILL REMEMBER THE MOMENT. Not necessarily the date, but THE MOMENT they gave Him their heart.
Those who do, EXPERIENCE a change ON THE INSIDE.
Eventually, it will manifest outwardly in the way we act, but IT HAPPENS INWARDLY:
Something INSIDE YOU changes.
Jesus referred to it in John 3:3-5 as being "born again" or "born from above".
Peter also referred to it as being BORN-AGAIN (1 Peter 1:3, 23).
Deuteronomy 10:16; 30:6 and Romans 2:29 refer to such change as "circumcision OF THE HEART".
Some people notice the change instantly. For others, it takes some time. But the change takes place nonetheless.
In my own experience, I distinctly remember THE MOMENT many years ago, when I invited Jesus to penetrate my heart.
I didn't notice any change immediately, but about three months later, all of a sudden I realized that I wasn't my "old self" inside.
"Something" inside me had changed. I couldn't quite put my finger on what that "something" was, but I knew I WASN'T QUITE THE SAME AS BEFORE.
Of course, now I know it was MY HEART THAT CHANGED.
You may not always ACT on the OUTSIDE in line with the NEW PERSON you are ON THE INSIDE.
But if you received Christ into your heart, you will, AT SOME POINT, become CONSCIOUS OF that inner change.
God's Spirit in us is what changes us.
God's Spirit puts God's own Nature INSIDE US (2 Peter 1:4).
His Spirit in us is what MAKES US saved (Romans 8:9).
It's impossible to have the Holy Spirit in you and not experience His Presence at some point.
If Christ's Holy Spirit LIVES IN YOUR HEART, you're saved.
That's HOW you know.
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014
After all my years in ministry, IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE the kind of moronic crap that some of our "readers" and "correspondents" dispense.
They live in Fantasy Land, and I don't mean the Disney World attraction.
They claim to have "followed" these daily teachings "for some time", and yet THEY BELIEVE THE SAME CRAP THE PROPHECY ESTABLISHMENT BELIEVES and that this ministry has now, FOR OVER A DECADE, TAUGHT AGAINST AND TOTALLY DEBUNKED:
I don't know WHAT THE HECK they "read".
How can ANYONE follow these daily messages, day after day, for months or years, AND KNOW SO LITTLE?
Be so terribly MISINFORMED?
How can ANYONE follow these teachings and be SO ARROGANT and full of himself as to think that HIS or HER word and opinion trumps God's?
WHY do such people even "follow" this ministry?
It couldn't be because of our teaching, since IT CONTRADICTS NEARLY EVERYTHING they have CHOSEN to believe, despite THE EVIDENCE.
These individuals are SELF-DECEIVED.
They've read THE TRUTH backed up solidly with Scripture and clearly put forth, and still REFUSE to believe.
We can NO LONGER BLAME the prophecy establishment for their erroneous beliefs. THEY THEMSELVES are responsible.
These self-deluded individuals still believe ANTI-BIBLICAL NONSENSE like:
1. The Holy Spirit is removed -
Really? The Holy Spirit IS GOD. He is OMNIPRESENT. He can't be removed.
David said that EVEN IN HELL ITSELF, he COULDN'T GET AWAY FROM the Holy Spirit (Psalm 139:7-8).
It's only been in your Bibles for the past 3,000 YEARS!!!
But stupid Kristians want to remove Him from the earth.
Since, according to "THEIR belief", He won't be on earth, that means NO ONE will get saved during the tribulation (Romans 8:9).
Therefore, God (perish the thought) MUST HAVE LIED TO US in Revelation 15:2 and 20:4.
And, what the heck? One might as well worship Antichrist and take his mark.
After all, since there's no Holy Spirit around to draw anyone to Christ, EVERYONE IN THE TRIBULATION IS DOOMED ANYWAY, whether they take the mark or not.
What SHEER STUPIDITY!
2. The rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:2 is Antichrist
The Greek words nikon kai hina nikese mean "winning and TO COME OFF VICTORIOUS".
So, I take it that they believe the Antichrist will ultimately prevail OVER Christ (perish the very idea).
Apparently, God also "LIED TO US" in Revelation 19:20-21 where He clearly states the Antichrist is SOUNDLY DEFEATED (he LOSES)at Armageddon and is tossed alive into the lake of fire for all eternity.
If he LOSES, then HOW can he be the one who goes forth "conquering and TO CONQUER"? HOW can he be the one that "COMES OFF VICTORIOUS"?
3. The myth of "false peace"
This is based solely on Revelation 6:2 where the rider on the white horse has "a bow".
They say this is Antichrist who presents a "false peace".
Really? Please show me ONE SCRIPTURE that mentions a "false peace".
WHAT IS a "false peace", anyway?
Peace CANNOT BE imitated.
You either HAVE PEACE, or YOU DON'T.
It's no secret that Israel and Egypt aren't crazy about each other. A lot of Egyptian citizens are virulently anti-Israel. Is THAT a "false peace"?
No. You may call it a "cold peace", you may call it "a peace OUT OF CONVENIENCE" (bought by our U.S. dollars), BUT IT'S REAL!!!
It has held up (thank God) since the Camp David Accords in 1978. There have been no armed conflicts between these two countries for the past 36 years.
The two countries have even cooperated on certain things like combating terrorism.
Also, if "having a bow" means NO WEAPONS, please show me ONE SCRIPTURE that says Antichrist will use NO WEAPONS.
Revelation 13:4 plainly says "who IS ABLE to MAKE WAR against him"?
So, he's NOT a man of peace, nor will he pretend to be. He's a man of war, and a WARRIOR of renown.
And he WILL USE weapons (Revelation 13:7; 10; 19:19).
So much for that STUPID, CRAPPY theory.
4. That hell is eternal.
I've taught numerous times over the past few years, based TOTALLY on Scripture, that hell is TEMPORARY. The lake of fire is ETERNAL.
They are two DIFFERENT places.
People in hell can still GET SAVED. Those in the lake are ETERNALLY DOOMED.
There are millions of souls in hell right now, who can still, potentially, become saved.
No one, to my knowledge, has been thrown into the lake... YET.
5. That IT'S IMPOSSIBLE for anyone, including Antichrist, to come out of the abyss, located in the lowest portion of the lower world, or Hades.
Never mind that GOD SAYS in Revelation 9:1-5 that thousands or millions of demonic creatures WILL COME OUT OF the abyss and sting unsaved people HERE ON EARTH for 5 months.
Never mind that GOD SAYS in Revelation 11:7 "the beast that COMES UP OUT OF THE ABYSS".
And, again, in Revelation 17:8 "the beast that you saw... WILL COME OUT OF THE ABYSS and go to perdition".
They "KNOW MORE" THAN GOD!!!
We have GOD'S WORD on it, brainless nitwit.
WHO CARES what YOU believe?
Don't worry, though:
I'm sure that God WILL CONSULT YOU, and ask "YOUR OPINION", about what He can or cannot do during the tribulation.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014
QUICKEST & EASIEST
Of course THE QUICKEST and EASIEST way to learn the identity of the Antichrist is to simply BELIEVE GOD.
God identified him for us VERY CLEARLY in His Holy Word, the Bible:
1. In the Book of Revelation he's repeatedly called "the beast". This term refers to the Book of Daniel where the Antichrist is described as a BEAST twice: A LEOPARD (Daniel 7:6) and A GOAT (Daniel 8:21).
2. He must be a man. Not a computer, not a government, not a secret society, not a religious organization, but A MAN (Revelation 13:18; Daniel 7:24; Revelation 17:10-12).
3. He must believe himself to be God (Daniel 11:36-38; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
4. Must be A MILITARY GENIUS with a reputation of INVINCIBILITY: to the extent that people will believe he's a worthy adversary to God (Jesus), and well able to defeat THE CHRIST (Revelation 13:4).
5. The provenance of Antichrist is established, in both chapters 8 and 11 of the Book of Daniel.
Both these chapters clearly indicate he comes from the Greek Dynasty (Daniel 8:8,9; Daniel 11:2-4).
6. God told us UNEQUIVOCALLY in Daniel chapter 11 that Alexander WILL RETURN and SET UP THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (Daniel 11:2-4; 28-31).
7. Daniel 7:6 describes Alexander as "A LEOPARD". Revelation 13:2 describes "the beast" as "A LEOPARD".
NO OTHER INDIVIDUAL is described as "a leopard" IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE.
Revelation chapter 13 QUOTES VERBATIM from Daniel chapter 7 NO FEWER THAN 8 TIMES.
Therefore, there's NO WAY this description can be mere "coincidence".
When you add it all up, the BIBLICAL EVIDENCE is overwhelming and insurmountable:
The Antichrist is Alexander the Great.
He will soon rise from the abyss and reappear ON THIS EARTH.
If you HAVEN'T GIVEN your heart to Jesus, YOU WILL BE FORCED TO WORSHIP Alexander and his father Satan, OR DIE.
TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
QUICKER & EASIER
In our previous message we established that, according to SCRIPTURE, whoever the Antichrist is, he MUST HAVE lived and died PRIOR TO the first century A.D. (Revelation 17:8, 11).
That INSTANTLY eliminates ALL MUSLIMS since Islam DID NOT EXIST at the time.
It also ELIMINATES EVERYONE who lived AFTER the first century, including all modern (20 and 21 century) candidates.
Consequently, THIS ONE SCRIPTURAL REQUIREMENT narrows the field considerably.
However, we will now REDUCE THE NUMBER of POSSIBLE CANDIDATES even MORE:
There are TWO OTHER BIBLICAL IMPERATIVES:
1. He MUST BE a former king (Daniel 7:24-25; Daniel 8:21,23; 11:36; Revelation 17:10-12).
2. He MUST BE SOMEONE EASILY RECOGNIZABLE to us today.
Where in Scripture do we get this?
"And I saw one of his heads (kings) as though it (he) had been wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world WAS AMAZED (AWESTRUCK) and FOLLOWED the beast".
And, again, in Revelation 17:8:
The beast that you saw was, and is not; and SHALL ASCEND OUT OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, and go into perdition: and THEY THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH SHALL WONDER (BE AMAZED, AWESTRUCK) ... WHEN THEY SEE THE BEAST THAT WAS, AND IS NOT, AND YET IS.
Whoever the Antichrist is, he MUST BE a former king, who lived and died PRIOR TO 96 A.D., and his face must be VERY WELL KNOWN AND EASILY RECOGNIZABLE TO US TODAY.
This man, therefore, must be someone VERY FAMOUS, who left his likeness to posterity, and will thus be EASILY RECOGNIZED when he reappears as the Antichrist.
The world will be STUNNED when they see him re-emerge ALIVE after all these years.
So, let's go back in time:
1. Is he one of the Egyptian Pharaohs, perhaps?
Anyone out there know what Khufu looked like?
How about Neferkare I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, or VIII?
No? I didn't think so.
How about Ramses? (Hint: he didn't REALLY look like Yul Brynner).
The best known Pharaoh today is King Tut and all we have is A GOLDEN DEATH MASK that supposedly covered his mummified face, which may -- OR MAY NOT-- look anything like him.
Anyone who's seen the mask would agree that it would be next to impossible to identify someone based solely on that.
2. So, maybe one of the Assyrian kings?
Do you have ANY IDEA what Adad-nirari II and III, Tukulti Nimurtia II, Ashurmarsipal II, Shalmaneser III, Tiglath Pileser III, Sargon, Sennacherib, Esarhaddon, or Asshurbanipal looked like?
Would you recognize ANY of these characters IF THEY SHOWED UP today?
3. Well, then, he must be one of the Babylonian kings:
Would you recognize Nebuchadnezzar? Do you have EVEN THE SLIGHTEST idea what he looked like?
How about Nabopolassar? Or Evil-Merodach? Or Nabonidus?
4. O.K., then HE'S GOTTA BE one of the Persian kings:
Anybody have EVEN A REMOTE IDEA what Cyrus the Great looked like?
Or Cambyses? Or Smerdis? Or Darius? Or Xerxes? Or either of the two Artaxerxes?
So, let's recap:
NO ONE TODAY is familiar with the physical appearance of the Egyptian Pharaohs, or the Assyrian, Babylonian or Persian kings.
NO ONE TODAY would recognize ANY of them.
Consequently, NO ONE would be SURPRISED if ANY of them showed up.
Therefore, ALL OF THEM are hereby ELIMINATED FROM CONTENTION.
That means that the beast which, according to Scripture, WILL COME UP AND OUT OF THE ABYSS to rule as the infamous Antichrist HAS TO BE A GREEK KING, who LIVED AND DIED PRIOR TO 96 A.D. and who left his clear likeness behind and is therefore VERY EASILY RECOGNIZABLE, even today.
This Greek king, according to historian Callisthenes, also had a very unusual and unique identifying characteristic: his left eye was blue, his right eye was black "as the night".
MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY
THAT is the question.
The answer, where so-called "tithes" are concerned, is a resounding
No Christian has EVER been commanded by Jesus, or His apostles, to tithe... ANYTHING!!!
There's NO PLACE in Old or New Testaments that commands any Jew, Gentile, or Christian TO PAY 10% of THEIR INCOME to ANYONE.
The Old Testament tithe was NEVER MONEY.
Again: the tithe was NEVER money.
Consequently, tithes were NEVER PAID.
Repeat: tithes were NEVER PAID.
Tithes consisted of ANIMALS, GRAIN AND PRODUCE for the temple in Jerusalem, period (Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:23; Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42).
Therefore tithes were NOT "paid". They were BROUGHT to the temple.
You can't find the term "PAY tithes" in the ENTIRE BIBLE!!!
...At least NOT in the ORIGINAL Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek...
Which brings us to Bible translations:
I'm very often asked, especially by new believers, which version of the Bible they should read.
And some of our readers have expressed concern when I've mentioned in several different messages that the earliest Bible translations into English were made in the 14th century A.D., some 1,300 YEARS AFTER the original New Testament was written.
And that by the 14th century organized religion had GREATLY INFLUENCED the Christian psyche and religious thinking.
And that translators -- who are HUMAN and thus prone to error -- often reflected that wrong thinking in their translations, especially of certain passages that affect KEY religious doctrine.
Here's a PERFECT example:
"And as I may so say, Levi also, who receives tithes, PAID TITHES in Abraham".
That's how the TRADITIONAL King James Version of the Bible renders this passage.
However, let's be fair: they're NOT the only ones.
Here are OTHER translations, besides the KJV, that also say that Levi "PAID" tithes:
New Living Translation
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Holman Christian Standard Bible
International Standard Version
Jubilee Bible 2000
King James 2000
American King James Version
English Revised Version
English Standard Version
American Standard Version
Douay-Rheims (Catholic) Bible
New Jerusalem (Catholic) Bible
Darby Bible Translation
Webster's Bible Translation
Weymouth New Testament
Tyndale New Testament
World English Bible
Young's (so-called) Literal Translation
Orthodox Jewish Bible
There may be OTHERS that give such rendering, as well.
That's AT LEAST 23 DIFFERENT English translations that say that Levi "PAID" tithes to Melchizedek via Abraham.
So, it's GOTTA BE correct, right?
The Greek word for "pay" apotino is NOT FOUND ANYWHERE in that verse.
Another Greek word that can be translated as "pay" telos is NOT FOUND in that verse either.
The word ERRONEOUSLY translated as "paid" in ALL 23 of THESE English translations is dekatas which actually (and SIMPLY) means "tenth" or "the tenth part".
There's NOTHING, repeat NOTHING in the original Greek that says Levi "paid" ANYTHING through Abraham.
Matter of fact, if we go back to Genesis 14:20, where Abraham TITHED (for the first and LAST time in his life), it says clear as crystal that he GAVE Melchizedek A TENTH of all of Sodom and Gomorrah's goods (food and possessions) that he had recovered in battle.
He DIDN'T PAY Melchizedek anything!
The Hebrew word "paid" IS NOT FOUND ANYWHERE.
RELIGION HAS LIED to us for the past 1,600 years.
NOWHERE does Scripture say that Abraham "PAID" anything to Melchizedek.
Abraham GAVE 10% of the recovered food and goods. Period.
He did it VOLUNTARILY, not out of coercion.
Melchizedek HAD ALREADY BLESSED Abraham, and wasn't ASKING FOR 10%, OR for ANYTHING ELSE, as "condition" to receiving his blessing.
Nor was he threatening Abraham with a "curse" if he didn't tithe, AS THE CORRUPT RELIGIOUS SYSTEM DOES TODAY.
ALL 23 of the aforementioned English translations ARE IN ERROR!!!
You can see just HOW CLEVERLY AND CUNNINGLY the original text was CHANGED to accommodate religious doctrine:
By translating the word "tenth" as "pay" IT CLEARLY IMPLIES THE TITHE WAS MONEY.
When the tithe WAS NEVER MONEY!!!
WHY, then, was it changed from "tithe" to "pay"?
Because by the 4th century A.D. when Christianity officially became organized religion, the religious hierarchy arbitrarily decided to ADAPT the Old Testament tithe to CHURCH LAW.
And those greedy bastards weren't the least bit interested in cattle, grain or produce.
They wanted COLD, HARD CASH!!!
That's why they also INVENTED THE SALE OF "SALVATION", FOR MONEY, called "indulgences"!!!
That's what, in turn, kicked off the Reformation.
Those are UNDISPUTED, HISTORIC FACTS!!!
Why do you think THEY FORBADE BIBLE READING except for clergy?
Because they wanted TOTAL CONTROL:
They wanted to manipulate Scripture ACCORDING TO THEIR SELFISH DICTATES, and didn't want ANYONE saying "hold it a minute, that's NOT what the original says".
That's why John Wycliffe was declared a heretic, and his corpse exhumed and burnt.
That's why William Tyndale was burned at the stake: His crime? Translating the Bible into English so everyone could read it...
It was the fourth century religious hierarchy that commissioned the first translation into Latin, known as the Vulgate, which revised THE ORIGINAL TEXT to reflect NEWLY INVENTED CHURCH LAW of PAYING a 10% INCOME TAX to organized religion, and thus rendered this passage as "paid".
From the 4th century forward, all the aforementioned translations, that were made A THOUSAND YEARS LATER -- even those that claim to be translated from "the original manuscripts" -- HAVE REFLECTED the Vulgate's rendering WITHOUT ANY QUESTION.
AND THE LIE that we are to PAY 10% of our incomes to some greedy, manipulative religious tyrant or tyrants has been perpetuated in Christendom.
That should give you some idea OF JUST HOW EFFECTIVE RELIGIOUS BRAINWASHING is: it twists and ALTERS Truth, lies, spreads falsehood, and renders God's Word "of no effect", turning their victims into programmed religious zombies.
Even those who, SACRIFICING THEIR OWN LIVES tried to break free, were affected to some extent.
No Christian WAS EVER ASKED TO TITHE, money or anything else, PRIOR TO the 4th century A.D.
That's ANOTHER UNDISPUTED HISTORIC FACT.
Jesus NEVER ASKED FOR tithes.
Jesus NEVER RECEIVED tithes.
WHY should ANY RELIGIOUS LIAR feel "entitled" to what Jesus Himself NEVER GOT?
SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014
CUT THE MIDDLEMAN
Never a week goes by that we don't hear from several "Christians" who CLAIM to be conveying a message from God.
"God" is usually "telling them to tell me" that I shouldn't teach the Rapture is pre-trib, or that Christians are not under the law or the 10 Commandments, or that Saturday observance is no longer required, or that Christians aren't supposed to tithe.
These "Christians" ARE LYING.
God no more spoke TO THEM than Voltaire spoke to me.
How do I know? Because this ministry is not "out to prove" some pet doctrine: EVERYTHING we teach is scriptural, and supported by chapter and verse taken IN CONTEXT, and because God called me directly, clearly and UNEQUIVOCALLY to teach exactly what I'm teaching. Why would He contradict Himself?
If He did, He would be the liar, perish the very thought.
If you've been Christian for more than 24 hours, chances are that you've already encountered one or more individuals WHO CLAIM to be speaking on God's behalf.
Let me give you some guidelines that will help you separate the wheat from the chaff:
If you're Christian, you have God Himself LIVING IN YOUR HEART AND JOINED TO YOUR SPIRIT (1 Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 2:18).
That means He's got DIRECT ACCESS, a DIRECT LINE of communication. And so do you.
He DOESN'T NEED TO GO THRU A THIRD PARTY.
If God's got something to tell you, He's well able to do so Himself.
There's ONLY ONE MEDIATOR between God and us and His Name is Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).
Are there times when God will speak to us thru a brother or sister? Yes, but those times ARE RARE.
When He does, He will NEVER, EVER contradict Himself.
When He does, it's usually TO CONFIRM something that He has ALREADY TOLD YOU HIMSELF.
When He does, it will ALWAYS be in line with His Word, His Spirit will bear witness with your spirit. You will KNOW, deep within you, that it did in fact come from God.
When He does, God will use someone who is TOTALLY impartial, who has NO RELIGIOUS agenda, no axe to grind.
Anyone who claims "God said to tell you" and then pushes some unbiblical doctrine, or their own religious bias, is a BOLD-FACED LIAR.
You may quote me on that.
Don't be so quick to believe that "Christian" who claims God said to tell you to be a missionary to India.
Every time God calls someone into ANY type of ministry, He calls them DIRECTLY.
Jesus didn't tell Peter to tell Bartholomew that he was to be one of His apostles. He called Bartholomew, and everyone else, DIRECTLY.
As precious as missionaries are, God did NOT call everyone to be one. It takes a SPECIAL CALLING of God to be a good and effective missionary.
And for God's sake, don't fall for the "God told me someone watching is supposed to send $10,000 right now" Kristian TV scam.
More than one naive Christian has had his or her life ruined by some religious manipulator pretending to have "a word from God".
Please don't let it happen to you.
SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014
I often hear from those who feel lonely.
Whenever someone tells me they're thinking about STARTING A MINISTRY, and asks for advice, FIRST THING I tell them is "learn TO BE ALONE, and to SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS in solitude with God".
Sadly, this is not taught in Bible colleges or seminaries, but IT SHOULD BE.
If you doubt it, ask the apostle Paul, the most prolific evangelist in history, who ministered to thousands -- if not millions -- and FOUND HIMSELF ALL ALONE AND ABANDONED in a DARK, COLD, HUMID, SMELLY, UNSANITARY, HORRENDOUS Roman prison, with only Timothy and a couple others visiting him from time to time (2 Timothy 4:9-16).
However, loneliness goes beyond not being surrounded by people. We can be in a room full of people, or in the midst of a crowd, and feel lonely.
By the same token, you can be ALL ALONE, with NO ONE around, and NOT FEEL lonely.
Loneliness comes from having an empty heart.
And an empty heart is the result of LACK OF INTIMACY with our Wonderful Savior.
Those who are alone SHOULD COUNT THEIR BLESSINGS: They have ALL THAT TIME TO SPEND WITH JESUS.
And there's NO LONELINESS in His Presence.
A LOT of people will PRETEND to be your "friends" WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL, and they can GET SOMETHING OUT OF your friendship, but when you're entangled in a difficult situation, as Paul found out, they vanish faster than the morning mist.
Such "friendships" lead only to HURT and DISAPPOINTMENT.
And I'm not talking only about WORLDLY people; I'm talking about CHRISTIANS AS WELL.
WHERE were ALL THOSE that Paul devoted HIS ENTIRE LIFE to reach with the Gospel and establish in the faith, to whom he addressed those magnificent Epistles, and for whom he suffered UNTOLD TRIBULATIONS and misery? (2 Corinthians 11:24-28).
Most Christians forsook Paul in his hour of need, but THE LORD stood by him (2 Timothy 4:17). And He will stand by you, too.
A true friend, the Bible says, LOVES AT ALL TIMES, even in ADVERSITY (Proverbs 17:17).
When you find a person that STICKS WITH YOU THROUGH THICK AND THIN: when you're nice and when you're ugly, sick or healthy, when you're prosperous and when you're not, when they LIKE what you say and when THEY DON'T, when things go well, and WHEN THEY GO AWRY, THAT individual -- and NO ONE ELSE -- is A TRUE FRIEND.
Consider yourself fortunate if you FIND ONE such person in your entire life.
I minister to thousands daily, and have MANY ACQUAINTANCES, but VERY FEW friends. Matter of fact, I can only think of ONE individual at the moment that I consider a TRUE friend.
He's the one Friend who'll never fail or abandon you.
There's NO BETTER COMPANY -- IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE -- than Jesus.
I CAN'T EVEN RELATE TO the concept of "lonely" anymore (I did MANY years ago) because I spend SO MUCH TIME in communion with my precious, wonderful Lord that - even if there's no one else around - I don't even HAVE TIME to feel lonely or even THINK about "being lonely":
Asking His opinion, seeking His Wisdom and answers, listening to Him, meditating His written Word or revelatory insights, seeking spiritual intimacy with Him, OR JUST ENJOYING HIM AND HIS PRESENCE - KNOWING THAT HE will NEVER leave me nor forsake me.
Do you think some of these revelations just fell from the sky? Sometimes, they have. But I spend MOST OF THE TIME (when I'm not at work) ALL ALONE.
...ON PURPOSE: "Just" Jesus and me.
THAT'S HOW I hear from God, by spending LOTS OF TIME with Him, and getting His point of view, not mortal men's.
The VERY WORD "holy", in both the Old (kadosh) and New (hagios) Testaments, means "SET APART" OR "SEPARATE".
HOLY PEOPLE (SAINTS) ARE seldom "part of the crowd". God's people are to be mainly SEPARATE.
That doesn't mean you can't socialize, or that we should become veritable hermits. I engage in normal daily chores, enjoy interacting with people in general, participating in worship services occasionally, and getting together with family and "friends" ONCE IN A WHILE.
But being "holy" (separate, set apart) INVOLVES BEING ALONE MOST OF THE TIME: NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT.
Have you ever thought THAT PERHAPS God is calling you to serve Him in some capacity and, thus, WANTS YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION?
Have you even considered that He's kept certain people from "befriending" you: A) because they're no good, B) because they may drive a wedge in your relationship with Jesus, or interfere in some way with your Christian walk? and, C) because He (God) WANTS MORE OF YOUR TIME???
Perhaps you shouldn't be thinking "why can't I make any friends"? Or "what am I doing wrong"? But "WHAT am I doing RIGHT"?
To put it in musical terms, you're not Mr. Lonely. Nor are you Eleanor Rigby...
For all the lonely souls out there, here are some words of comfort and encouragement:
1. Seek Jesus with ALL YOUR HEART, not HALF of your heart, not MOST of your heart, but ALL OF IT!!!
Seek His lovely Face.
You'll NEVER be lonely in His Presence, EVER.
2. Cheer up: you have MANY FRIENDS that YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU HAVE.
You'll SEE your TRUE friends VERY soon. They're watching from the balconies in heaven, even now, and excitedly awaiting your arrival.
Besides, Jesus -- THE VERY BEST FRIEND YOU OR I WILL EVER HAVE -- is SOON TO APPEAR.
And you'll never be ALONE, or "lonely", ever again.
FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
"This KNOW ALSO, THAT IN THE LAST DAYS PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION, TRUCE BREAKERS, false accusers, incontinent, FIERCE, DESPISERS OF THOSE THAT ARE GOOD,
Traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having A FORM OF GODLINESS, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
We used to speak of these "perilous times" as something that would take place "in the distant future".
Well "the future" has now caught up with us: PERILOUS TIMES ARE HERE.
And they're here to stay.
At least for the next 4-5 years until the Prince of Peace brings lasting peace on earth.
Little did I know on May 19-20 when I first asked for intercessors to pray for Israel that those prayers would be needed so soon:
12 days later the PA formed a "unity government" with Hamas.
24 days later three Jewish teens were abducted and murdered.
Today, a mere 50 days after that request, Israel finds itself under a continuous barrage of rocket fire, and seemingly intent on sending troops into Gaza.
I want to offer my heartfelt THANKS to each and every one of you faithful fellow intercessors for your prayers, for holding Israel and lost souls before our exceedingly merciful Father God, in the Name of Jesus.
I encourage you to continue, and assure you that your prayers ARE WORKING.
Of all 550 rockets fired into Israel in the past few days, the vast majority (GLORY TO JESUS!) have been either intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system, or they have altogether MISSED THEIR INTENDED TARGET.
Only two people have sustained injury: thank God, not life threatening.
Of course, our hearts break for non-terrorists killed or injured on the Palestinian side, especially children.
Keep praying for Israel, for God's Wisdom for its leaders, and protection for its citizens and soldiers.
I can't help remember how Israel was pressured mainly by the U.S. to unilaterally withdraw from Gaza, as a condition for "peace" with the Palestinians.
They complied in August 2005, evicting THEIR OWN PEOPLE.
Not only did they NOT GET ANY peace, they now have A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION (Hamas) on the south, firing rockets on an almost daily basis, and the range of those rockets has significantly expanded.
They already had another terrorist organization, Hezbollah, on the north in Lebanon.
What has happened since the Israeli eviction on August 23, 2005 is notable:
SIX DAYS LATER (August 29, 2005) Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the U.S., it was followed by Hurricane Wilma, that also hit the U.S., on October 18, 2005.
President Bush's approval rating took a beating, the American economy tanked at the end of 2008 and we haven't recovered yet.
January 4, 2006 then PM Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke from which he never recovered.
An inexperienced rookie, all style and no substance, somehow got into the Oval Office.
Vladimir Putin has seized the Crimea and is stirring further trouble in Ukraine. He has outwitted and outmaneuvered President Obama time and again, exposing just how unqualified he is to hold that office, and Putin is now calling the shots.
I won't even go into the on-going IRS and VA scandals.
Or into the foreign policy DISASTERS in Egypt, Libya, and Syria.
We have a huge, out-of-control immigration problem at our southern border, portions of Iraq are in the hands of terrorists who have declared Jihad and an Islamic Caliphate, and have in recent days seized oil fields in Syria, and both chemical and nuclear materials in Mosul, Iraq.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if Al Qaeda managed to hit us on 9/11 when all it had was some remote training camp in Afghanistan, IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE ISIS, which is even more barbaric and far better organized, has seized all the banks in Mosul, now has tons of cash, plus oil, plus chemical and nuclear materials, does something dastardly.
You'd think someone in Washington would sit up and take notice.
Bottom line is: we will need intercessors until Jesus takes us home.
The perilous times, about which we talked for so many years, HAVE ARRIVED.
THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014
TRUTH IS ALWAYS FREE
With regards to prophecy, brothers and sisters are often shocked when they learn Truth that has been stated in Scripture for 2,000-3,500 years.
They wonder WHY they never heard it before, when it's been in the Bible ALL THOSE YEARS.
Especially when the market is FLOODED with books, CD's and DVD's supposedly about "biblical prophecy", and written by supposed "prophecy experts".
They get all excited and rejoice to learn what God ACTUALLY SAYS in His Word, instead of what OTHERS SAY that "He says."
Then with the best intention, they contact some of the BOOK SELLERS that abound, and try to convince them that THIS is what they should be teaching.
Only to be bitterly disappointed BY THEIR LACK OF INTEREST in BIBLICAL Truth.
You need to understand one thing: SELLING books on prophecy IS BIG BUSINESS.
There is A HUGE DIFFERENCE between serving Christ by answering His GENUINE call on our lives and SERVING OUR OWN INTERESTS.
The person who REALLY has the call of God on his life, DOES NOTHING for money.
Peter, John, Paul and the other Apostles DID NOTHING for money.
They did what they did OUT OF LOVE for Jesus.
They did it FOR THE SHEER PLEASURE of serving Christ, spreading His incomparable Message, winning souls, and serving His Spiritual Body, the Church.
The ONLY ONE who did what he did FOR MONEY was Judas.
Draw your own conclusions...
"Christians" who are in the BOOK SELLING BUSINESS, DO NOT have THE CALLING OF GOD ON their LIVES and, THEREFORE, are NOT INTERESTED IN TRUTH.
IF THEY SHARED Truth WITH OTHERS THEY WOULD HAVE NOTHING MORE TO SELL.
Again: Truth NEVER CHANGES. Therefore, IF they shared THE Truth with others, they'd have NOTHING MORE to sell.
(Pause and MEDITATE on THAT)...
Those in the BOOK SELLING BUSINESS are HIRELINGS who care NOTHING about the SHEEP, MUCH LESS if THE WOLF (who is usually THEM) devours them (John 10:12-13).
Those in the BOOK SELLING BUSINESS MUST KEEP INVENTING and creating new SPECULATION, and fantastic eschatological scenarios, because otherwise there would be nothing "NEW" to offer and SELL the dumb sheep, and their "good life" at the dumb sheep's expense WOULD END.
They wouldn't be able to live in those multi-million dollar mansions, wear designer duds, have a fleet of luxury automobiles and private airplanes, bodyguards, entourages, and all the other excesses in which they regularly indulge.
Those in the BOOK SELLING BUSINESS are not the least bit concerned about Truth. All they care about are publisher contracts, deadlines, compensatory advances and lining their pockets SELLING IDIOTIC LIES TO EVEN BIGGER IDIOTS.
Those in the BOOK SELLING BUSINESS are CURRENTLY SELLING the anti-biblical garbage about "blood moons", the "Islamic Antichrist", the "Mahdi" (an INVENTED, NON-EXISTENT character no one has EVER seen and no one will EVER see) and that Islam will take over the world.
Questions: Aren't THEY THE SAME PEOPLE that 30 YEARS AGO SOLD US the "Roman Antichrist" or "the Jewish Antichrist"?
Aren't THEY THE SAME PEOPLE who 30 years ago SOLD US THE LIE that it would be the EU or "revived Roman empire", NOT ISLAM, that would rule the world?
Aren't THEY THE SAME PEOPLE who said 14 years ago that when the new millennium came around, computers would not work, that all systems would collapse, and we would not have water, electricity, and other utilities?
When the new millennium arrived, AND NONE OF THAT HAPPENED, did you see ANY OF THEM REFUND THE MONEY they scammed from millions of dumb sheep?
Did you hear ANY of them EVEN APOLOGIZE FOR SELLING those sensationalist, "Y2K" fear-filled LIES that THEY INVENTED?
Aren't THEY THE SAME PEOPLE who 7 or 8 years ago SOLD MILLIONS OF BOOKS NOT worth the paper they're printed on -- that NAFTA would evolve into a new political alliance called the North American Union with a new monetary system that would replace the U.S. dollar with new currency called the "Amero" (similar to the Euros of the European Union) and that it was "a sure thing"?
Can someone PLEASE SHOW ME an "Amero"?
Aren't THEY THE SAME PEOPLE that 30 years ago said the stones to build the third temple had been sent to Israel from Indiana?
(Good Lord, what idiocy! When Israel has more stones than it knows what to do with: ALL CONSTRUCTION there is made of stones indigenous to that country!)
Aren't THEY THE SAME PEOPLE that 30-40 years ago sold MILLIONS OF BOOKS saying that the Antichrist was Kissinger, Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Moammar Gadaffi, or FORMER King Juan Carlos?
Why WASTE YOUR TIME with fickle, dishonest, LYING prophecy TRAFFICKERS?
WHY waste YOUR MONEY ON FICTION, when the Truth has always been FREE?
Jesus DIDN'T charge ANYTHING for the Gospel.
He DIDN'T charge ANYTHING for His Death and Resurrection that purchased our ETERNAL Salvation.
He DIDN'T charge ANYTHING for prophesying about the return of Jerusalem to Jews, fulfilled in 1967, or for teaching about the signs that would precede His appearing, or about what would happen in the coming tribulation.
And EVERYTHING He prophesied HAS come true, or very soon WILL.
His TRUE Apostles DIDN'T charge ANYTHING for sharing the Truth, or teaching prophecy.
How much did John charge believers for the Book of Revelation?
How much did Paul charge for his teachings about the Rapture?
Brothers and sisters: Let the BLIND continue leading the blind. And we'll see if both DON'T END UP in the ditch.
My only advice to prophecy traffickers is to read THE WARNING that Jesus PERSONALLY issued in Revelation 22:18-19 about the terrible consequences of ADDING TO, OR SUBTRACTING FROM, God's Word, PARTICULARLY His Word of Prophecy.
And let us pray that God will have mercy on their lying, greedy, selfish, DISHONEST souls.
WE CANNOT teach and preach the Truth, when OUR HEART is AFTER SELLING BOOKS and SQUEEZING EVEN MORE MONEY FROM God's FLOCK.
Christ said that we CANNOT serve TWO MASTERS (Matthew 6:24).
WE CANNOT SERVE God AND MONEY.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
Well, it's happened again. More turmoil in Israel, as it faces a barrage of rockets from terrorist Hamas, and yet another book promoting fear, this time about Israel's "future", and how its very EXISTENCE is "threatened" by the Obama presidency.
Fear sells. Sensationalism sells. But is it the Truth?
Is Israel's future uncertain? Is its survival in question? Absolutely NOT.
I would argue the very opposite: that NO NATION on earth has a more SECURE, in fact, GUARANTEED future, as does Israel.
This guarantee has not been given by some mortal politician, or by a nation which may be great today and staggering tomorrow, nor by some slick "Christian" book seller, but by God Himself:
The State of Israel is here to stay.
What does the future hold for Israel?
Despite all the threats by evil, beady-eyed tyrants to acquire nuclear power and "wipe it off the map", despite all its hateful neighbors, despite their envy, inferiority complex, and the rants of a demoniac named Muhammad... despite Satan's all-out assault during the future tribulation, Israel will survive.
It will be conquered by the Antichrist, persecuted, and go into hiding for 42 months, or 3½ years, at the end of which the Messiah, Jesus Christ, will return, defeat the Antichrist and liberate them FOREVER.
During the Millennium, Israel will THRIVE.
Its territory will be about three times larger, and will expand to include not just the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, but all 12 tribes [Ezekiel 36:11, chapter 48].
"Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars... if those ordinances depart from before me... then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me"... [Jeremiah 31:35.36].
I don't expect the sun, moon or stars to disappear anytime soon, do you? Neither will Israel.
Say what you will, plot all you want, sell all the stupid books you want, speculate all you want: IT AIN'T HAPPENING.
All of these will be forgotten. Israel will still stand.
After all is said and done, God's Word, and ONLY GOD'S WORD, will prevail.
TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014
QUICK & EASY
Let's make it extremely easy for everyone TO UNDERSTAND:
THE ANTICHRIST IS DEAD.
Whoever your candidate for the role of Antichrist may be...
UNLESS HE ALREADY LIVED PRIOR TO 96 A.D., and UNLESS he was NO LONGER LIVING in 96 A.D., IT'S NOT HIM!!!
Revelation 17:8 says:
"The beast, which you saw, ONCE WAS, NOW IS NOT, and yet WILL COME UP OUT OF the Abyss and go to its destruction".
He repeats it in Revelation 17:11, for good measure:
"The beast who ONCE WAS, AND NOW IS NOT, is an eighth king"...
That was written by the Apostle John in 96 A.D.
This man, the soon to appear Antichrist, MUST HAVE LIVED AND DIED PRIOR TO the first century A.D.!
In the first century he was DEAD, since HE'D ALREADY LIVED AND DIED, but will emerge FROM THE ABYSS in the future.
Which part of THAT doesn't the prophecy establishment get?
Which part of "ONCE WAS, NOW IS NOT" DON'T YOU GET?
So, again, in case you missed it the first time:
Whoever your candidate for the role of Antichrist may be...
UNLESS HE ALREADY LIVED AND DIED PRIOR TO 96 A.D. it's NOT HIM!!!
You can make all the silly arguments you want, you can speculate all you want, write all the nonsensical emails you want, give all the dumb reasons why you "think" it's this guy or that guy, and come up with all the FALSE candidates you want...
IF HE DOESN'T MEET THAT CRITERION, your guy IS NOT "THE guy".
Well, there are other criteria he must fulfill.
Yes, there are a total of 16 BIBLICAL requirements the REAL Antichrist MUST fulfill, to be exact.
If any candidate FAILS JUST ONE of them, he CANNOT BE the BIBLICAL Antichrist.
We present THIS particular prerequisite because, right off the bat, it ELIMINATES 99% of the "candidates" being bandied about.
God's Word NEVER CHANGES.
You can submit all the Islamic candidates you want or, for that matter, anyone else who suits your fancy.
NO MUSLIM fulfills this requirement since the Islamic religion DID NOT EXIST PRIOR TO the first century A.D.
It was NOT INVENTED UNTIL SIX CENTURIES LATER.
If you DELIBERATELY IGNORE God's Word, I will DELIBERATELY IGNORE YOU.
There's NO WAY of getting around it:
This ABSOLUTE PREREQUISITE has been in the Bible FOR THE PAST 2,000 YEARS!!!
Isn't it time you START BELIEVING IT?
MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
WELCOME TO MY WORLD
"Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.' IF THEY PERSECUTED ME, THEY WILL PERSECUTE YOU ALSO. IF THEY OBEYED MY TEACHING, THEY WILL OBEY YOURS ALSO. They will treat you this way because of my Name, for they DO NOT KNOW the one who sent me" (John 15:20-21).
We hear it day after day after day...
Someone visits our website, the Truth and Revelation of God's Word hit their consciousness, and they think "wow! I need to share this with everyone".
Problem is, they DON'T SHARE IT with those who ARE LOST, but with those who are saved, or at least, who CLAIM to be saved.
And many of their "Christian" brothers and sisters DO NOT RESPOND as they anticipated.
Instead of rejoicing in the Truth and praising God for His Goodness and faithfulness, they RESENT IT.
Then they write wondering WHY these other Christians didn't respond to the teaching THE SAME WAY THEY DID.
And WHY so-called "Christian leaders" (which, to their wrong way of thinking, means those on "Christian" TV) DON'T TEACH such things.
I guess, by that WARPED definition, that we NEVER HAD EVEN ONE Christian leader before the 1950's since there were no Christians on TV prior to that decade.
That would make Christ's Apostles, and Jesus Himself (PERISH THE THOUGHT) "non-leaders".
(Pause and meditate on THAT).
Invariably I reply "welcome to my world".
So-called "Christians" have called me everything from "false prophet", to "dangerous" to "blinded by the devil" to "antichrist" to "unsaved".
And I'm not talking about once or twice but SCORES of times.
If I by the Grace of God (and to Jesus be ALL the glory) did not KNOW the Savior, didn't KNOW His Word, didn't KNOW whereof I speak, commune with His Spirit daily, and be TOTALLY PERSUADED of His Truth, I would have left the ministry AGES ago.
After all, I derive NO MATERIAL BENEFIT from it WHATSOEVER.
We've never taken a dime from anyone, and we've never sold anyone anything.
I can't answer for another ministry:
If you want to know WHY they teach what they teach, or WHY they DON'T teach what they SHOULD BE teaching, you'll have to ASK THEM.
And, rest assured, they will ANSWER to God for it, since teachers are judged and held to a MUCH HIGHER standard (James 3:1).
As to why some of our sisters and brothers respond negatively when confronted with BIBLICAL Truth, I can give you at least ONE very important and powerful reason:
The traditions of men, as Jesus pointedly told us, NULLIFY God's Word making it OF NO EFFECT in our lives (Mark 7:13).
They don't want to be taken out of their comfort zone:
"I'm comfortable believing this. This is what I've been taught all my life and believed FOR YEARS AND YEARS...
Who do you think you are bringing me SOME TEACHING I'VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE?"
Who do you think you are telling me that Salvation, once received, CANNOT be lost?
Who do you think you are telling me that JESUS ALONE, and FAITH IN HIM ALONE, are sufficient to save?
Who do you think you are telling me that WORKS, and my man-invented religion which I idolize, PLAY NO ROLE AT ALL in my Salvation?
Who do you think you are telling me that I'm NOT supposed to "tithe", when I've done it all my life?
Who do you think you are telling me that Satan ISN'T god of this world?
Who do you think you are telling me that so-called "spiritual warfare" is AN ABOMINATION?
Who do you think you are telling me that God DOESN'T CARE on which day I worship Him or congregate?
Who do you think you are telling me that WE CAN DO WITHOUT those fancy, very expensive, man-invented buildings we call "churches" by congregating in individual homes, or public property, as the Early Church did (not to mention SAVE A LOT OF MONEY in the process)?
Who do you think you are telling me the tribulation only lasts 3½ years when I've been hearing FOR THE PAST TWO CENTURIES that it lasts 7?
Who do you think you are telling me that Daniel 9:26-27 DON'T SAY A WORD about a "7-year peace treaty"?
Who do you think you are telling me those verses talk about Jesus and NOT about the Antichrist, when that's what I've been taught by "prophecy experts" all my life?
(And they often name their "infallible" "expert" who, of course, KNOWS MORE THAN GOD about such things).
Who do you think you are telling me the Antichrist ISN'T alive?
Who do you think you are telling me that hell and the lake of fire are TWO DIFFERENT places, the first temporary, where Salvation IS STILL POSSIBLE, the second ETERNAL and irrevocable?
Who do you think you are telling me that my favorite preacher, whom I idolize, is a pretentious charlatan?
Who do you think you are telling me that 90% or more of so-called "Christian" books and "Christian" music are nothing but self-serving, CARNAL crap designed to line the pockets of greedy, CORRUPT religionists?
HOW DARE YOU topple our sacred cows, all THESE IDOLS we've erected?
Who do you think you are interfering with our "Christian" entertainment?
The answer is: I don't think that "I'm" ANYBODY.
But I know WHO JESUS IS.
And I know WHAT HIS WORD SAYS.
And I'm 100% ACCOUNTABLE TO Him.
When He corrects me, I'm quick to share that correction with our readers, even if I have to do it A THOUSAND times.
I'll take correction from Jesus EVERY DAY, ALL DAY LONG, NIGHT AND DAY and ‘round the clock.
I DON'T TAKE "correction" from DISHONEST IDOLATERS who VIOLATE and DISHONOR God's HOLY Word and have "other gods" BEFORE Him.
So, don't be surprised or discouraged if others aren't as receptive of our teachings as you were.
Jesus told us, again and again, that some Truths are ONLY for those who "have ears to hear".
SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014
ISLAMIC WORLD RULE
The latest prophetic fad among clueless Christians is Islamic world domination.
Christians who don't know their nose from their forearm with regards to BIBLICAL eschatology are fervently pushing Islamic eschatology, Islamic antichrists, and Islamic world rule.
With the recent emergence of ISIS, some are already proclaiming its barbaric leader Al Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim, as "the Islamic Antichrist".
Get this: IT'S NOT HAPPENING!
There ISN'T a single word in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, about an Islamic Antichrist.
Likewise, there isn't ONE verse in the biblical text that supports Islamic world rule.
NOT ONE! The religion of Islam invented in the 7th century A.D. DID NOT EVEN EXIST when the Bible -- Old and New Testaments -- was written.
Just goes to show that you can SELL Christians almost anything under the guise of "Bible prophecy" regardless of how STUPID and BASELESS IT IS.
You mean Islam WON'T rule the world? Duh.
You mean the Antichrist won't be Muslim? Correct.
You mean Islamic eschatology ISN'T true? Right again.
Islam is a satanic religion INVENTED BY A LIAR named Mohammed, and the Koran is a pack of lies. Is that plain enough for you?
If you want Truth about the END TIMES, stick to BIBLICAL eschatology.
But what about the 10 nations that will rule with Antichrist, aren't they Muslim?
A. The Bible doesn't call them "nations", that was invented by the prophecy establishment. It always refers to them as either "kings" or "horns". And,
B. According to Daniel 7:23-24 the 10 kings come from the territory which comprised the ancient Roman Empire.
A look at a map of the former Roman Empire will reveal that most of its territory laid in Europe, not the Middle East.
The only Middle Eastern nations that fell within its borders were Israel, Egypt, Turkey, the northern part of Libya, and tiny parts of Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.
During the period of greatest expansion, which took place under Trajan and lasted some 19 years (98-117 A.D.), it also included Syria, Jordan, Iran and Iraq.
Since the Scriptures are clear that these AREN'T PRESENT, but FUTURE monarchs, it's hard to see how you could get 10 kingdoms out of those Islamic territories (Revelation 17:12; Daniel 2:42-43).
Furthermore, the 10 kings CANNOT be Muslim because they, along with everyone else, will be FORCED TO worship Satan and his Greek Antichrist (Revelation 13:4, 8; 14:9).
They WON'T BE ALLOWED TO worship Allah; or, for that matter, ANY OTHER real or invented deity (Daniel 11:36-37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
If the Scriptures clearly indicate a European (Greek) Antichrist, plus 10 kings who'll be mostly from Europe, plus worship of Allah or any other alleged deity STRICTLY FORBIDDEN, then IT'S IMPOSSIBLE that Islam will be ruling the world.
While there's no question that Islam ASPIRES TO, and entertains dreams of, world domination, IT WON'T HAPPEN.
That's a fact.
Those who teach such absurd speculation are NOT teaching Bible prophecy, since there's NOTHING in the Bible to support such views.
ALL they're doing is GUESSING.
They base their prophetic teachings ON THE NEWS, NOT on the Bible.
Newsflash: CNN and Fox News are NOT reliable sources of eschatology, THE BIBLE IS.
At best, they're teaching FALSE prophecy. At worst, they're ADDING to the Scriptures and, specifically, to the Book of Revelation.
I advise all prophecy quacks that put forth such ridiculous and anti-biblical crap, to read Revelation 22:18-19, repent, and seek Christ with all their hearts.
They may get away with that momentarily, but they won't get away with it forever.
SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014
When God created the earth it was all one single land mass surrounded by water (Genesis 1:9).
Shortly after the flood, the earth was divided into two major land masses that we know today as the American Continent or Western Hemisphere, and another even larger mass comprising ALL THE REST.
This is explained in Genesis 10:25:
"And to Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days WAS THE EARTH DIVIDED"...
God shared this fact with Moses and, by extension, with the rest of us, around 1,500 B.C. (3,500 YEARS AGO).
It took science some 3,370 years to prove that what the Bible had said all along is actually true.
The discovery of the earth's tectonic plates, plus continental and oceanic crusts, proved this fact beyond any doubt.
Frankly, the Bible and science aside, one does not have to be a genius to figure this out. It's rather obvious.
I remember as a young teen theorizing that Africa had once been attached to South America, because the outline of these two land masses seemed identical.
By way of confession (don't laugh now) as an adult, I actually took a map, cut it all up as though it were a jigsaw puzzle and actually pasted Africa into South America and Europe into North America verifying, once and for all, that they fit together perfectly.
I'm sharing this because the Bible promises the "restoration of all things" (Acts 3:21).
ALL THINGS would include the land being lumped back together into one gigantic mass.
Apparently, the process of geographical rearrangement begins at the Rapture, when the 6th seal is opened.
An often missed part of this passage is that "heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and EVERY MOUNTAIN and ISLAND were MOVED OUT OF THEIR PLACES" (Revelation 6:14).
Further changes to the geographic landscape take place in Revelation 16:17-20:
"The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air... Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and A SEVERE EARTHQUAKE. NO EARTHQUAKE like it has EVER occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.
The great city (Jerusalem) split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed...EVERY ISLAND FLED AWAY and the MOUNTAINS could not be found".
If you think recent quakes in Chile, New Zealand and Japan have been bad, this will be the granddaddy of them all.
What this means is that, during the coming tribulation, the world won't be ANYTHING LIKE what we know today.
Besides nuclear war, economic collapse, food and water shortages, and death on an unprecedented scale (around TWO BILLION people), the earth (land mass) will be REUNITED, causing all the major powers (U.S., Russia, China, EU) to become vulnerable and severely damaged and leaving only the CENTRAL part of the earth, namely the Middle East and nations bordering on the Mediterranean, as the only portions largely unscathed.
History will once again focus, and is focused even as we speak, on that area of the world.
FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014
LAST 4TH OF JULY
"Our fathers' God, to thee,
Author of liberty, to Thee we sing;
long may our land be bright
with freedom's holy light;
protect us by Thy might,
great God, our King".
From "My Country ‘Tis of Thee", Lyrics by Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895
What if THIS were the LAST 4th of July you got to celebrate?
I know, I know... People just want to have a good time, watch some spectacular fireworks and enjoy some BBQ.
Nobody wants to hear or even THINK about birth pangs, tribulation, prophecy or anything else today.
I'm no exception.
I don't want to hear about such things, or think about the possibility of THIS being the last time the U.S. celebrates its independence...
The last time we get to commemorate this 238-year old bastion of freedom and democracy.
But WHAT IF IT WERE?
What if you woke up one morning and America was no longer the world's foremost superpower?
What if WHATEVER WAS LEFT of it was ruled and dominated by dark, antagonistic, evil forces?
What if all born-again Christians were gone and you found yourself on a planet full of VIOLENT Christ-haters?
This may SOUND far-fetched, but IT WILL HAPPEN VERY SOON, sooner than anyone - myself included - wants to face.
I've been trying to get in a patriotic mood all week, and bring some inspiring, hopeful, flag waving message. I apologize for NOT being able to deliver.
AS MUCH AS I LOVE MY COUNTRY, this year it's been very hard.
All I've had on my heart and mind this week is Israel (and Jesus, of course).
The Middle East is EXPLODING both literally and figuratively, while our nation sits twiddling its thumbs.
In addition to the senseless killing of three Jewish and one Palestinian teen, Israel just got hit with a barrage of rockets, and there are riots all around Jerusalem.
The U.S. has been caught flat-footed and off-guard by various events around the world, including Ukraine, Benghazi, Nigeria, Syria, and Iraq.
America is perceived as weak, indecisive and DISENGAGED.
That's NOT a good thing.
Our leadership has chosen to bury its head in the sand AS IF that will make the various crises this world is facing magically go away.
And our current President just got hit with THE LOWEST RATING of ANY U.S. President since WWII, even lower than the predecessor he constantly criticized and blamed for all his failures.
On the one hand, I realize that these things MUST HAPPEN: that American power, influence and prestige must seriously erode by the time our Lord appears.
On the other hand, as an American, I want to grab some of the people in D.C. by the collar and give them a good shaking up.
So, go ahead, enjoy the festivities, enjoy your ribs, burgers, hot dogs, and whatever else... but don't forget Jesus and DON'T PUSH HIM ASIDE.
Cling to Him AS NEVER BEFORE, because we'll HAVE TO DEPEND TOTALLY ON Him in days ahead, WHETHER WE WANT TO OR NOT.
If you haven't INVITED Jesus to enter the deepest recesses of your heart, if you haven't RECEIVED HIM as God and Savior, please DO IT NOW. Don't put it off for another second.
The freedom we've enjoyed for over two centuries COMES FROM HIM.
ALL FREEDOM COMES FROM HIM.
There's NO FREEDOM APART FROM Jesus (John 8:36; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
One would have to be BLIND not to see that this world is about to go up in smoke.
Enjoy it while you can, and make the most of it, because THIS Independence Day will probably BE OUR LAST.
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
TERRORISM IN LAST DAYS
Did you know that JESUS PREDICTED ACTS OF TERROR in the last days of this age?
Luke 21:26 says that in this final generation men would "expire (die) from TERROR".
Come to think of it: terrorist activity, which relies largely on small explosive devices to carry out its horrendous and destructive crimes, would have been impossible prior to the 20th century, since such devices, chips and circuitry DIDN'T EXIST.
This final generation, according to the two previous verses (Luke 21:24-25) began on June 7, 1967 when Israel recovered historic Jerusalem after more than 2,000 years of continued oppression and being trampled by gentiles.
The first widely labeled "act of terror" happened 5 YEARS LATER, in 1972 at the Munich Olympics, by masked members of the PLO who brutally murdered Israeli athletes.
However, THE FIRST ACT of terrorism took place on June 5, 1968 -- ALMOST EXACTLY A YEAR TO THE DAY that Israel recovered Jerusalem-- when Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, a Palestinian terrorist, took Robert F. Kennedy's life.
Even if you think (and you may be right) that the mob was behind the Kennedy assassinations, that does not change the fact that it was A PALESTINIAN, filled with hatred toward the U.S. and Israel, who murdered RFK.
Here's another fact: The word "terrorism" WASN'T EVEN HEARD prior to 1967.
NOW we hear it 50 TIMES A DAY.
The 1972 atrocities against Israel's athletes WERE FOLLOWED BY NUMEROUS TERRORIST ACTS by the PLO (too many to list).
The same PLO that now calls itself PA (Palestinian Authority) and wants to be a recognized State, yet won't recognize Israel's right to exist, and who wants to ELIMINATE Israel altogether and wipe it off the map.
They're the same Palestinian terrorists that, in the aftermath of 9/11, danced, laughed at our tragic loss, rejoiced, and celebrated openly on the streets.
At last count there were 118 KNOWN Islamic terrorist organizations including Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Qaeda, Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, Boko Haram, responsible for the recent kidnapping of defenseless, innocent school girls in Nigeria, ISIS which has been steamrolling through northern Iraq... and the list keeps growing.
Not to mention, another phenomenon of our time, TERRORIST NATIONS, like Iran, Syria, North Korea, and (thanks in large part to the timid, ineffective, unengaged and disastrous policy of the Obama Administration) the newly declared Caliphate by Isis in portions of Iraq, Syria and Jordan, inching ever closer to Israel.
Jesus not only predicted this would happen at the end of this age, He promised to PERSONALLY INTERVENE and PUT AND END TO terrorism FOREVER (Isaiah 2:3-4, 10-11).
As always, Jesus' prediction was, and is, "right on the money".
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME?
We all run to God when we have a problem, need to eke our way out of a difficult situation, or just want something REALLY badly.
But DO WE EVER run to Him WHEN EVERYTHING'S GOING WELL?
When we HAVE EVERYTHING we want or need?
For most of us the HONEST answer to that question would be "NO".
We want God to always be there for us, and respond to our requests in TWO SECONDS, but are we always there for Him, when He wants something from us?
When He wants to spend time with us?
When He wants us to help a wounded brother or sister?
When He wants us to explore the wondrous depths and riches of His Word?
When He wants us to hand out a tract or share Jesus with a co-worker or neighbor?
When He wants us to give a word of comfort, or encouragement, to someone who's down?
How about when He wants us to seek His Purpose for our lives, answer His call, and fulfill His Divine Purpose?
God has a PERFECT Purpose (with capital "P") for each of us: Something for which He has UNIQUELY gifted you and equipped you.
Something that YOU can do BETTER THAN everyone else on earth!
If we ONLY spent time with Him, asked Him what it is, then LISTENED.
While I'm at it, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU PRAYED for Roman Catholics?
If you're Roman Catholic, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU prayed for evangelicals and other "Protestants"?
Jesus COMMANDED US TO PRAY FOR OUR ENEMIES (Matthew 5:44).
And we don't even pray FOR OUR BROTHERS!!!
All the strife and divisions in Christendom would come to a screeching halt if we took a little time to EARNESTLY, FROM OUR HEARTS, lift our brethren of OTHER denominations in prayer.
When was the last time you spent time with your Lord?
When was the last time you told Him how TOTALLY WONDERFUL He is?
When was the last time you THANKED Him for all His blessings, including the greatest one of all, Himself?
When was the last time you said "yes, Lord, here I am, USE ME"?
TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014
SACRIFICE OF PRAISE
I will offer to you THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE, and will call upon the name of the LORD (Psalm 116:17)
"Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endures forever: and of them that shall BRING THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE Into the house of the LORD. For I WILL CAUSE TO RETURN THE CAPTIVES OF THE LAND, AS AT THE FIRST, says the LORD" (Jeremiah 33:11).
"Through Jesus, therefore. let us offer THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE to God continually, that is,THE FRUIT OF OUR LIPS GIVING THANKS TO HIS NAME" (Hebrews 13:15)
I just wrote a message extolling the greatness of Jesus, how worthy He is of our eternal, never-ceasing praise, and the benefits for those who praise Him.
And less than 24 hours after it was published the news broke about the senseless deaths of these three precious Israeli teens, who were not doing anything wrong, not bothering anyone, were simply returning home from their studies, and were brutally assassinated.
Their only "crime"? Being Jews.
Will someone please contact Pope Francis and HIS POLITICAL PROPAGANDA MACHINE and tell him THAT'S WHY they need to build walls and fences in Israel?
And EVEN SO they can't completely contain those brutal beasts.
I'd asked you to pray for these youths, and I've fervently prayed for their safe return. Needless to say, we did not get what we prayed for.
Even though I didn't personally know them or their families, I am totally heartbroken. When you invest SPIRIT-led time and energy interceding for someone they become dear to you and you feel as though you know them, and as though they are members of your family.
Thanks to all you wonderful intercessors who prayed for them. Rest assured that, although the outcome is not what we wanted, your prayers WERE NOT IN VAIN.
Jesus heard EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM and ANSWERED THEM according to His infinite, Perfect Wisdom which TOTALLY TRUMPS OURS.
After hearing such disheartening news, do we still praise Jesus?
As I told you in yesterday's message, the more grim the outlook or situation in which we find ourselves, THE MORE WE NEED TO PRAISE HIM.
Jesus is AS WONDERFUL TODAY AS HE WAS YESTERDAY (and is FOREVER) and JUST AS WORTHY OF OUR SPONTANEOUS PRAISE TODAY as ALWAYS.
In our current human condition there are times when praise is easy and flows out of us effortlessly. There are times, specially when we're hurting, when it may be difficult and becomes a "sacrifice" of sorts.
But we praise Him ANYWAY.
And as we lift Him up, He (who LIVES IN us) will lift us up and OUT OF whatever pit of despair in which you may find yourself.
In the Old Testament, the "sacrifice of praise" was usually an animal sacrificed as thanksgiving offering to God in the temple.
In the New Testament as Paul tells us in Hebrews, it's "the fruit of lips that GIVE PRAISE TO HIS NAME".
Even when things don't turn out the way we wanted.
Even when circumstances don't make sense.
Even when evil, and unjust things take place in this fallen realm.
We have God's Promise that this earthly nightmare is ONLY TEMPORARY.
That this awful mirage will soon END and be replaced with ETERNAL REALITY where there is NO SUFFERING, NO PAIN, NO CRIME, NO DEATH.
And all memories of this dreadful existence will be erased and forgotten, never again to even enter our minds (Isaiah 65:17).
In the midst of pain, in the midst of incomprehensible evil, bring THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE to the Lord.
As He did with Job, He will LIFT YOU UP and RESTORE everything you think you lost, and THEN SOME (Job 42:10-14).
God's never lost anything.
Nor will He lose anyone who trusts Him (Hebrews 10:17).
There are NO DEAD in the Presence of Him who is THE LIFE.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
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