September 2014 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
"For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and NOT THE VERY IMAGE OF THE THINGS, CAN NEVER with those sacrifices which they offered year by year CONTINUALLY MAKE THE ONES APPROACHING PERFECT.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because THE WORSHIPERS ONCE PURGED SHOULD HAVE HAD NO MORE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SINS" (Hebrews 10:1-2).
"For by one Sacrifice He (Jesus) HAS PERFECTED FOREVER them that are sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14).
In Hebrews chapter 10 Paul juxtaposes sacrifices made under the Law to Jesus' supreme Sacrifice.
In verses 1 and 2, he says that the Law was a mere shadow, hence NOT the real thing, and that ITS SACRIFICES COULD NEVER make anyone PERFECT.
Twelve verses later, in verse 14, he pointedly states that Jesus, by ONE Sacrifice (Himself) FOREVER MADE US PERFECT.
He states in verse 2 that worshipers, once purged (of sin), and made perfect by His perfect Sacrifice, SHOULD HAVE NO MORE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SIN.
That was written in the first century, almost 2,000 years ago.
And what do we find ALL OVER Christendom today?
Nothing but SIN CONSCIOUSNESS.
Christians living in fear of CONDEMNATION, when God's Word says there's NOW NO CONDEMNATION for us! (Romans 8:1)
Christians ANTICIPATING consciously, subconsciously, or both, "punishment" from God for what they've done, are doing, or will do.
When Jesus HAS REMOVED ALL OUR SINS as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
When He FOREVER destroyed sin and removed ALL sin for ALL time (John 1:29; Romans 8:31-35; Hebrews 9:12,26; 1 John 1:7; 3:5).
I see it and hear it EVERY SINGLE DAY, over and over, from Christians of all denominations.
Personally, I've been consciously trying to overcome it for years, repented of it numerous times and, just when I think I've TOTALLY conquered it, some new wave of guilt manifests and makes me realize JUST HOW BADLY RELIGION has messed us up.
Sin consciousness began in the Garden of Eden.
Sin consciousness brought fear into this world.
Fear, in turn, is a spirit, and it opens the door to Satan and his principalities to CLOBBER us.
Jesus has NOT given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7)
And Jesus has NOT GIVEN US sin consciousness.
Religion has FILLED US with sin consciousness and fear, and then, when Satan beats the daylights out of us, adds insult to injury by telling us that it's all "our fault", because we "lack faith" or "haven't given enough".
I've actually heard so-called word of faith preachers teach we should have no more sin consciousness one minute (that part IS correct), then turn right around, CONTRADICT THEMSELVES, and PROMOTE SIN CONSCIOUSNESS by telling believers that if they don't pay 10% of their incomes to organized religion ("tithe"), they're ROBBING God and under a curse.
Well, if "robbing" God ISN'T sin, I'd like to know what it is.
And if it isn't, why would it bring A CURSE?
Such teaching is A FOUL LIE.
And Jesus told us very clearly WHO the father of lies is (John 8:44).
Please understand that when I share these things, I'm not just preaching to you, but to myself.
We've ALL been victimized by religion.
It's time for us to make up our minds ONCE AND FOR ALL:
Did Jesus REMOVE ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME, or DIDN'T HE?
There's Scripture after Scripture that says He did (John 1:29; Romans 8:31-35; Hebrews 9:12,26; 1 John 1:7; 3:5).
If He did, we're saved and MADE PERFECT, NOW MATTER HOW we act EXTERNALLY.
If He did, we need to repent of sin consciousness (which is SIN, in and of itself) and ERADICATE IT FROM OUR THINKING and from our conscience.
If He didn't, you, me and the entire world is hopelessly lost, without ANY HOPE of redemption, ever.
Those are the ONLY TWO CHOICES:
1. Sin and fear, which mean that Satan WINS and we are helpless to overcome him, and forever doomed.
2. Or EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, SINLESSNESS and trust (no fear), which mean that JESUS FOREVER WON.
All of us need to make up our minds.
We need to become deeply rooted and grounded in this great Truth, then believe, speak and act accordingly.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
LIVING IN GRACE
We are SAVED BY Grace.
Grace is A GIFT (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Grace is the UNCONDITIONAL Love and GOODNESS of God which we can never earn.
It's God's Grace that saves us when we (also by Grace) receive His Gift of FREE SALVATION through Jesus' death, Resurrection and Ascension, into our hearts.
However, once we ARE saved by Grace, we are to live our lives, moment to moment, day by day, in God's marvelous Grace.
Even so-called evangelical denominations that teach (thank God they do!) to BE SAVED by Grace, DO NOT teach HOW TO LIVE in Grace.
Grace is THE BEGINNING of the Christian walk. It is NOT the END thereof.
God's Grace is as eternal as God Himself.
His Grace IS SUFFICIENT to save us FOR ALL ETERNITY (2 Corinthians 12:9).
If it is sufficient to save us from spiritual death (glory to Jesus!) IT'S ALSO SUFFICIENT FOR EVERYTHING ELSE.
If it's SUFFICIENT to save us from OUR BIGGEST "problem" (sin), it's MORE THAN SUFFICIENT to deliver us from LESSER ones.
If God's Grace is MORE THAN SUFFICIENT to save us FOR ETERNITY, surely it's also more than SUFFICIENT for us to live in, and to "save" our TEMPORARY lives here on earth.
Since Grace is for eternity, then we should welcome God's Grace not only with regards to personal Salvation, but into every aspect and area of our lives.
As believers, we are to REMAIN in His Grace, and TRUST His Grace, with regards to every situation and circumstance.
His Grace DOESN'T STOP when we give our hearts to Jesus. His Grace NEVER ENDS!
Why am I focusing on this Truth today?
Because many of us come from religious backgrounds.
Because all religion, including all forms of Christianism, IS FEAR FILLED.
Even denominations that preach Grace, preach it ONLY with regards to Salvation of the soul, but preach fear and condemnation with regards to everything else.
I'll use my own life as example:
I was brought up in a VERY RELIGIOUS home.
We loved Jesus. We did our best to honor and obey Jesus.
But we DID NOT TRUST His Grace with regards to Salvation, or ANYTHING ELSE.
Ours was (by human standards) a "good, moral, decent, honorable" God-fearing home.
It was also a FEAR-FILLED home.
My parents, both of whom (praise Jesus!) are with Him, and whom I hope to see very soon, simply DIDN'T KNOW BETTER.
And even when I got saved, and when they (sometime later) got saved, and sought Jesus by congregating with various "groups" and denominations, THE FEAR OF Divine "PUNISHMENT" for sin was still VERY MUCH present, regularly taught and, worse, PROMOTED.
The result? Fear (lack of trust in God's Grace), which in turn opened the door to Satan.
And he pummeled me mercilessly FOR YEARS.
When I was being BEATEN TO A PULP and NEARLY DESTROYED by the enemy, I found, much to my dismay, that Christians, all the myriad forms of Christianism invented by man, and even Messianic Judaism, HAD NO ANSWERS.
Worse, they were THE MAIN CULPRITS of the seemingly hopeless situation in which I found myself.
Oh, they COULD sing boring, vacuous religious songs...
They COULD PRETEND to "bind" and "loose", but they had no more spiritual authority than a gnat.
It was then that I became totally disillusioned with the Christian superstar system that religion has also invented.
It was then when I learned that I had been taught, for the most part, WRONG, UNBIBLICAL doctrine.
It was then that I came to the stark realization that those who pass themselves off as "spiritual giants" in front of television screens or congregations, are really spiritual midgets, who have no more SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY, or faith, than the average sinner walking down the street.
But at least ONE good thing came out after all those years of seemingly ENDLESS misery: it FORCED ME to seek God ON MY OWN.
It forced me to spend HOURS ON END, often round the clock, communing with Jesus in spirit and studying His written Word.
I began to see the Bible for the first time in a brand new light, without ANY conscious preconceived notions:
Not what man-invented religion, or man-invented institutions says that "He says", but WHAT God REALLY SAYS.
Living in Grace is an area in which, I must confess, I have struggled mightily.
Over time, with much dedication and practice, I've improved enormously at it, but I still struggle with it from time to time...
It's an area (thank you, Jesus) in which I'm still learning and REPENTING.
To repent means to CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK.
We are to live in, and stay in, His Grace ALL THE TIME.
When we STEP OUT OF Grace, when we HAVE MORE TRUST in what Satan can do, what mortals can do, OR WHAT WE OURSELVES CAN DO, we place ourselves in DIS-GRACE.
And, sure enough, DISGRACE will follow.
God is able to make ALL GRACE ABOUND (overflow) towards you (2 Corinthians 9:8).
If you get nothing else from this message, please GET THIS:
If God's Grace is powerful enough to save our souls FOREVER, it's also powerful enough to "save us"... FROM EVERYTHING ELSE.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014
DESIRE OF NATIONS
"For thus says the LORD of hosts; Yet once, in a little while, and I WILL SHAKE THE HEAVENS, AND THE EARTH, AND THE SEA, AND THE DRY LAND;
And I WILL SHAKE ALL NATIONS, and THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS SHALL COME: and I WILL FILL THIS HOUSE WITH GLORY, saith the LORD of hosts... THE GLORY OF THIS LATTER HOUSE SHALL BE GREATER THAN OF THE FORMER"... (Haggai 2:6-7, 9).
If we want a recap of what God does from Revelation 6:12 to the end of Revelation chapter 7, THIS is it.
Haggai wrote his prophecy in the 6th century B.C. when the Jews built their second temple, the first having been destroyed some 70 years earlier by the Babylonians.
The previous temple had been built by Solomon and, by all accounts, was magnificent in wealth and splendor.
This second temple seemed insignificant by comparison: so much so, that Jews who had seen the first temple wept at the mental contrast between the two.
Yet God promised through His prophet that this comparatively insignificant edifice WOULD SURPASS the first temple in glory.
What Jews back then couldn't foresee is that God would eventually move King Herod (who excelled as a master builder, if on nothing else) to enlarge it and refurbish it and make it ready for God's arrival.
True to His Word, the Lord Himself would enter that temple some 546 years later and throw out the money changers that engaged in religious trafficking saying they'd turn His House into "a den of thieves" (Matthew 21:12-13).
A couple years later, He would preach His "Bread of Life" sermon at that same temple.
What really made the Second Temple exceed the first in glory was not the famed Herodian stones or architecture, but the fact that God Himself entered its courts.
However, I submit that while Haggai's prophecy came true with regards to the Second Temple, the prophecy has a more complete and final APPLICATION to OUR PRESENT TEMPLE.
"Martel, are you nuts? There hasn't been a temple in Jerusalem for 1944 years, you've said so yourself".
Yes, and what did Stephen say in Acts 7:48?
"Yet the Most High DWELLS NOT in temples MADE WITH HANDS". See also Hebrews 9:11.
That's why Jesus only VISITED the Second Temple. He never LIVED there: Never made it His PERMANENT residence.
The PRESENT Temple of God NOT made with hands:
It is US, His Church, made up of ALL individuals IN WHOM Jesus PERMANENTLY LIVES (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
God's Glory will fill THIS temple (His Church) AND WILL FAR EXCEED ANYTHING ever seen in the First and Second Temples COMBINED. Glory to Him for evermore!
"THE GLORY OF THIS LATTER HOUSE" SHALL INDEED BE "GREATER THAN that OF THE FORMER".
Before the Rapture will come THE GLORY.
Jesus' APPEARING is both our ascension into Him, who is manifested in us, and OUR GLORIFICATION.
THIS temple wasn't built by Solomon or by Herod, BUT BY JESUS HIMSELF.
THIS temple wasn't built on Mount Moriah (Matthew 16:18) but ON JESUS HIMSELF.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
BY ONE MAN
"For as by one man's DISOBEDIENCE many were made sinners, so BY THE OBEDIENCE OF ONE (Jesus) shall many be made righteous (Romans 5:18-19).
What did you DO in order to inherit Adam's sinful nature and his LOST condition?
You did NOTHING:
You didn't WORK for it.
You didn't WAIT for it.
You didn't have to BREAK any law.
You didn't have to BREAK any commandments.
You didn't have to OBSERVE a certain day of the week over another.
You didn't forsake a particular denomination.
You didn't forsake any religious leader.
ALL you needed in order to inherit Adam's sinful, nature was TO BE BORN.
That's right: your PHYSICAL birth was ALL it took.
Every innocent baby born into this world AUTOMATICALLY INHERITS that sinful nature by virtue of his/her PHYSICAL birth.
They INHERIT IT before they even have a chance to DO anything.
All of us were PHYSICALLY BORN WITH A SINFUL NATURE.
Likewise, in order to acquire Christ's perfect, righteous Nature, we DO NOTHING:
We DON'T WORK for it.
We DON'T WAIT for it.
We DON'T OBSERVE the law.
We DON'T OBSERVE commandments.
We DON'T OBSERVE a certain day of the week.
We DON'T BELONG to one particular denomination.
We DON'T follow any RELIGIOUS leader.
ALL we need in order to inherit Jesus' SINLESS Nature is TO BE BORN AGAIN.
When we're born physically, we automatically inherit Adam's fallen nature.
When we're born SPIRITUALLY, from above, by opening our hearts to Jesus and receiving Him as Lord and God, we automatically inherit Jesus' SINLESS, PERFECT, HOLY Nature (John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Physical birth gave us a sinful nature, naturally.
Spiritual birth gave us a righteous nature, SUPERNATURALLY.
It's AUTOMATIC: no law keeping required, no 10 commandment keeping, no Sabbath keeping, ALL THAT IS REQUIRED is a NEW SPIRITUAL BIRTH.
Jesus' OWN Righteousness, His Divine Love Nature, is THE BIRTHRIGHT of ALL who are born from above, from the spirit realm, by the Spirit of God.
That's why John 3:3-5 tell us we MUST be born again.
Spiritual rebirth is NOT an option. It's absolute MUST.
Except we are born of the Spirit, we CANNOT ENTER or even SEE the Kingdom of Love (God).
In 1 Corinthians 15:47-49 Paul assures us that:
"The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, WE SHALL ALSO BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY".
Invite Jesus TO ENTER your heart, and Salvation and Righteousness are yours...AUTOMATICALLY.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
"In your Presence IS FULLNESS OF JOY; at your right hand there are PLEASURES FOREVERMORE" (Psalm 16:11).
One of the many religious fads invented by opportunistic preachers is called "holy laughter".
It goes something like this: some dude who claims to be super anointed shows up on Kristian TV, or a local worship center, and people start giggling or laughing uncontrollably, supposedly "in the Spirit".
I'm ALL IN FAVOR OF ENJOYING Jesus and HAVING A GOOD TIME (who or what could be MORE ENJOYABLE than Him?) and there is REAL laughter in the Spirit, when we're overjoyed by experiencing Jesus in our innermost being, or some wonderful Bible-based revelation He's given, or both.
However, this business dubbed "holy laughter", that some SUPPOSEDLY uber anointed "Holy Ghost bartender" shows up and you just start laughing and giggling and rolling on the floor, and all your problems will magically disappear, is a bunch of cow manure.
I wouldn't call it "occultist" or "demonic", but it's simply ONE OF THE MANY CARNAL (yes, I said "CARNAL") FADS that abound in Christendom.
It's designed to deceive, impress gullible audiences with "how anointed" the charlatan in question is, and EXTRACT MONEY FROM DUMB CHRISTIANS.
For one thing, it turns the focus of the congregation ON THAT GUY, NOT ON JESUS.
It exalts HIS SUPPOSED "ANOINTING" AND NOT JESUS.
This gimmick has NOT BROUGHT ONE SINGLE CHRISTIAN into deeper spiritual intimacy with Christ, it has not made them spiritually stronger, more knowledgeable of His Word, nor instructed anyone in His righteousness.
It hasn't strengthened their faith, but spawned a generation of fickle, feeble, spiritual pygmies looking for some novel form of "religious entertainment" to fill their bored, empty souls and sorry lives.
Worst of all, it has become A SUBSTITUTE for Jesus Himself.
Show me ONE verse in the ENTIRE BIBLE that speaks of "holy laughter".
Show me ONE verse in the New Testament where Jesus (and NO ONE is MORE ANOINTED than Him) had this effect on anyone.
It simply ISN'T THERE.
When we replace Jesus WITH ANYTHING, including RELIGIOUS laughter, it's IDOLATRY.
What we're really doing is taking our attention off Him, and placing it on "it".
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
THE REAL ROSH HASHANAH
The Feast of Yom Teruah commanded in Leviticus 23:24 (a/k/a the Feast of Trumpets) is NEVER CALLED Rosh Hashanah in the Bible.
In Leviticus 23:34, when God established this Feast, it's called Zikron Teruah (Day of Remembrance).
In Numbers 29:1 it is called Yom Teruah (Day of Shouting, or Day of Blowing the Shofar).
The term Rosh Hashanah meaning "head of the year" or "beginning of the year" is mentioned ONLY ONCE in the Bible in Ezekiel 40:1.
That ONE time that it's mentioned, Rosh Hashanah refers to the BEGINNING OF the month of Aviv (Nisan) in the spring, NOT to Tishri 1 in the fall.
Ezekiel 45:18 and 21 both confirm this by referring to Aviv (Nisan), the month Passover is celebrated, UNAMBIGUOUSLY as "the first month".
And God makes it CRYSTAL CLEAR in Exodus 12:2 that the calendar GIVEN BY Him to the Israelites BEGINS ON Rosh Chodesh Aviv (Nisan), NOT on Rosh Chodesh Tishri.
There is NO BIBLICAL reason whatsoever, therefore, to call Yom Teruah "Rosh Hashanah".
Again: There is NO BIBLICAL REASON WHATSOEVER to call Yom Teruah "Rosh Hashanah".
Those who call Yom Teruah "Rosh Hashanah" are DISOBEYING God, who clearly commanded, IN THE TORAH,that Aviv was to be THE BEGINNING OF the year (Exodus 12:2).
"But you don't understand: THERE ARE 4 DIFFERENT New Years in the rabbinic calendar".
Oh, I understand perfectly:
Of the 4 rabbinic "new years", THREE WERE INVENTED by rebellious Jews during Babylonian exile.
In the 5th century B.C. Jews returned from Babylon after 70 years of captivity for their persistent rebellion.
PRIOR TO the 5th century B.C., NO ISRAELITE AND NO JEW EVER REFERRED TO Yom Teruah as "Rosh Hashanah".
Repeat: NO JEW ever called Yom Teruah "Rosh Hashanah" PRIOR TO the 5th century B.C.
Rebellious Jews can proclaim a "new year for trees" Tu B'Shevat (Shevat 15), a "new year for tithing cattle" (Elul 1) and a "civil new year" (Tishri 1) until their DISOBEDIENT faces turn purple.
God DOESN'T ACKNOWLEDGE ANY OF THE THREE SINCE THEY WERE INVENTED BY SINFUL, DISOBEDIENT MORTALS.
NONE of the three ARE FOUND IN Scripture.
The ONLY "New Year" that God recognizes is THE ONE He Himself gave: Aviv 1.
Jews returned from Babylon (the city of CONFUSION) with those three pagan, invented "new years" incorporated into their rabbinic calendar:
Just like they adopted the PAGAN Babylonian NAMES for the 12 months, including the 4th month, which is named after Sumerian "god" Tammuz.
It just shows HOW CONFUSED and rebellious Jews were, and STILL ARE.
Are you saying that God's true calendar and the rabbinic calendar are NOT one and the same?
There are, of course, enough similarities between the two for Jews to recognize God's prophetic fulfillment of these Feasts, and His amazing faithfulness.
But His Calendar and theirs are NOT one and the same.
Therefore, if you really love God, want to obey God, and want to wish Jews or believers in the Jewish Messiah, God of Israel, and Eternal God, a "happy new year", do so on ITS TRUE DATE, Aviv 1.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
NEW AGE INFILTRATION
If you think that paganism's infiltration of the Christian faith only took place in the 4th century A.D., think again.
It is RAMPANT in the 21st century.
We got legalists policing everyone else and denouncing the celebration of our Savior's Birth, or His Resurrection as "pagan", while turning blind eyes and deaf ears TOWARDS THE GROSS DISTORTIONS OF THE GOSPEL OF GRACE, and myriad OCCULTIST practices that have infiltrated the Church.
The latest charismatic fad CALLS ITSELF "sozo".
The word "sozo", which appears throughout the New Testament, means "salvation, healing or deliverance".
The problem with this heretical teaching is NOT in the name, but in its DOCTRINE.
It TEACHES FEAR and places more faith on IMAGINARY "curses" and satanic activity than on Jesus' POWER TO SAVE, HEAL AND DELIVER.
They also engage in occultist practices, such as "regression" where people claim to have "recovered memories" that are usually FALSE.
Satan is, after all, the FATHER OF LIES. If we give him an opening - IF we GIVE HIM AN INCH - he'll TAKE A FOOTBALL FIELD.
he'll plant "memories" in our minds of THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPENED, yet seem "real".
They also claim to open "4 doors" that lead people to all sorts of SUPERNATURAL "visions" and PUT CONSTANT FEAR in their VICTIMS about supposed curses placed by Buddhist monks and Muslims.
This teaching comes straight from New Age and is to be rejected.
Nowhere in Scripture are we told to SEEK VISIONS (Jeremiah 23:25- 32; Ezekiel 13:6, 23; 21:29; 22:28).
God MAY give visions when/as He chooses. And they're usually prophetic or revelatory, NOT DEMONIC (Joel 2:28; 2 Corinthians 12:1).
There's ONLY ONE VISION we need to be seeking, and which we are commanded in Scripture to seek, and that is JESUS' FACE (Psalm 27:8; 105:4; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Daniel 9:3; 1 John 3:2).
Needless to say that, in addition to asking for donations, all these dubious "services" are offered FOR A PRICE.
We heard from one person in particular whose "pastor" was having the congregation keep "night watches" and SPEND HOURS supposedly "binding" everything from "witches", "witchcraft", "caldrons", "pots", "marine witchcraft", all sorts of "strongmen", "familiar spirits", "water spirits", "desert spirits", spirits in trees, rocks and hills, serpentine spirits, ancestral curses, jinx, spells, covens, cages, embargoes, altars, thrones, curses, demons, herbalists, dead relatives, and even (I kid you not) computers!!!
This so-called pastor is OBSESSED with evil and the occult, in bondage to fear, and has DIVERTED his congregation's focus from the GREATNESS AND POWER OF JESUS to imaginary curses, witches and demons.
Evidently, he has MORE FAITH in such things (which are, for the most part, IMAGINARY) than in Jesus' Spirit, Name and Blood.
The day Satan has more power to curse than Jesus has to bless, TO DESTROY ALL OF SATAN'S WORKS, AND TO PROTECT AND DELIVER HIS CHILDREN FROM ALL CURSES, will be the day that hell literally freezes over (1 John 3:8).
Even if we give these individuals THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT and ASSUME they're real born-again believers, they're VERY CONFUSED , IN BONDAGE TO FEAR, and need deliverance THEMSELVES.
Therefore, they're in NO POSITION to lead or pastor ANYONE.
Jesus already told us what happens when the blind LEAD THE BLIND: BOTH END UP FALLING INTO THE DITCH (Matthew 15:14).
He also warned HIS OWN DISCIPLES that the hallmark of this final generation would be RELIGIOUS DECEPTION that would come NOT from Satan, but from CHRISTIANS!!! (Matthew 24:4).
If He issued such warning to Peter, James and John in the first century, HOW MUCH MORE AWARE of such deception must we be in the 21st century?
You can read the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation and YOU WON'T FIND this FALSE doctrine taught or practiced anywhere.
Fear is a spirit. And it is this evil, satanic spirit THAT OPENS THE DOOR to all other wicked spirits and allows them to wreak havoc in our lives.
God's Word is CRYSTAL CLEAR that God HAS NOT given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
Some of these people MAY be born again, but even if they are, and even if they MEAN WELL, they are WRONG and their teaching is UNBIBLICAL.
If any so-called "Christian leader" has you FOCUSED on demons, Satan, witches, and alleged curses instead of on JESUS, get away ASAP.
The Christian walk is based on faith (trust, confidence) in Jesus, NOT ON FEAR.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
GET OUT OF THE WAY!
"But when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH... AND HE WILL SHOW YOU THINGS TO COME" (John 16:13)
"And the very God of peace SANCTIFY YOU WHOLLY; and I pray God YOUR WHOLE SPIRIT AND SOUL AND BODY BE PRESERVED BLAMELESS unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
"Therefore HE IS ABLE ALSO TO SAVE THEM TO THE UTTERMOST that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25)
"Now UNTO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING, AND TO PRESENT YOU FAULTLESS before the Presence of His Glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen" (Jude 1:24-25).
Oh, that every believer and every religious leader of every Christian denomination on earth would read, and re-read these words and take them to heart!
Do you know what the problem with religion is?
It DOES NOT TRUST Jesus or the Holy Spirit.
It wants to USURP their place.
It wants to REPLACE the Holy Spirit and DO HIS JOB.
As if He (God) WERE SO pitifully INEPT that He needed their "help".
That is WHY they want to keep believers IN BONDAGE, wholly or partially, to the law.
Because religion HAS NO FAITH.
Repeat: religion HAS NO FAITH.
All religions and religionists PROMOTE FEAR, and DO NOT TRUST Jesus and His HOLY Spirit to gradually lead us into obedience and SANCTIFY US.
Instead of teaching new believers that they now have the HOLY Spirit (God Himself, His very Nature, HOLINESS and GOODNESS) ON THE INSIDE, they divert our attention TO THE OUTSIDE.
As Jesus told me years ago (and I find His statement to be truer and truer each day) the biblical term "OUTER darkness" is NOT A MERE METAPHOR:
Pay attention to OUTER appearance, FOCUS ON the OUTER trappings of religion, and YOU WILL WALK IN DARKNESS, guaranteed.
And you'll ACT like it, too.
Because, truth be told, followers of LEGALISTIC denominations FILLED with "commandments", FEAR, and "thou shall nots" SIN JUST AS MUCH, if NOT MORE, than the rest of us WHO DO NOT LIVE UNDER the law or the "10 Commandments".
Instead of teaching them to FOCUS ON the One who now LIVES INSIDE them, who is HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, who has SET THEM FREE, and who will guide them to ALL TRUTH and never lead them astray, it REPLACES Him with "commandments" and man-invented religious rules.
As if THEY could manifest God's Righteousness in us ANY BETTER THAN Jesus and His HOLY Spirit.
I can almost see and hear Satan rolling on the floor LAUGHING at our sheer stupidity!
Do you read ANYWHERE in Scripture that YOUR DENOMINATION will lead us to ALL the Truth?
Of course not!
WHO did Jesus PROMISE would lead us to ALL the Truth (the Truth being Himself)?
The HOLY Spirit.
He never said Joseph Smith would do it.
Never said Herbert Armstrong would do it.
Never said Ellen White would do it.
Never said Mary Baker Eddy would do it.
Never said L. Ron Hubbard would do it.
Never said William Campbell would do it.
Never said Peter would do it.
Never said any Pope would do it.
Never said ANY denomination would do it.
He said THE HOLY SPIRIT would do it.
Do you want your congregation to live holy lives SEPARATED UNTO God (that's what "holy" means)?
Then GET THE HECK OUT OF THE WAY and LET the HOLY Spirit do HIS JOB!!!
YOUR JOB is to lead sinners to Christ, familiarize them with His Word (both Incarnate and written) and get them in touch with their NEW, BORN-AGAIN, INNER JESUS (God), and His Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4).
HIS JOB is... ALL THE REST.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because THEY WERE BEWILDERED AND HELPLESS, LIKE SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD" (Matthew 9:36)
Can TV make one a leader?
Does appearing on TV magically imbue someone with leadership ability?
Does appearing often on secular or Kristian TV mean that individual has SPECIAL ANOINTING from God?
Does it mean that God has EVEN CALLED him or her into His ministry?
Does it mean that what they SELL, teach or write IS TRUE?
The answer to all these questions is a RESOUNDING "NO".
If you THINK it does, then we're in deeper trouble than even I thought.
If you THINK it does, then our "leaders" (heaven help us) are Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian.
By the same token, does selling 30 MILLION copies of a "Christian" novel which, by very definition, is FICTION, make one a leader?
Does it make one AN EXPERT on eschatology?
Does it even mean that person was CALLED OF GOD to teach or minister?
And yet, this is how most Christians assess "leadership".
This is how the Church of THIS FINAL generation perceives leadership.
What is TV?
A MONEY-MAKING medium, PERIOD:
A momentary mirage, an optical illusion that DECEIVES its viewers into believing EVERYTHING IT SAYS.
TV DECEIVES people into thinking that EVERYTHING IT SAYS IS TRUE because they "saw it" or "heard it" in that mercurial medium.
But Christian TV is non-profit...
Really? The non-profit status that so-called Christian networks claim for themselves, and enjoy, is one of the greatest financial gravy trains ever allowed under U.S. law.
Do you HONESTLY think they don't make A VERY LUCRATIVE LIVING off their "non-profit" enterprise?
Then HOW COME all heads of "Christian" networks live IN RUNAWAY LUXURY?
How come they all have multiple mansions, private airplanes, and other luxury perks?
But they don't sell commercials...
That's right, DUMB Christians.
Instead of charging ADVERTISERS for airtime, THEY CHARGE YOU:
Hence, the INCESSANT pleas for money, all the INVENTED, UNBIBLICAL scams, and FALSE PROMISES of "prosperity", in exchange for your hard-earned $20 or $50.
In fact, so-called Christian TV is first and foremost A BIG, MONEY-MAKING MACHINE.
They may CALL THEMSELVES "non profit".
They REALLY ARE FOR PROFIT.
All else, including whatever bits and pieces of the "gospel" you may get from it, COMES SECOND.
They may not sell conventional commercials, BUT THEY DO SELL airtime to all those unscrupulous preachers TO PRESENT THEIR INFOMERCIALS.
So, don't kid yourselves that THEY DON'T MAKE ANY MONEY UNLESS YOU "support" them.
Then they have the gall to TELL YOU, the dumb viewer, that unless you send your donation or "love gift", they'll have to "go off the air".
Maybe THEY SHOULD be off the air.
If they can't tell the truth, if they're SO DISHONEST that they can't even come clean and say, "look, we may talk about Jesus and the Bible, but we're PRIMARILY A BUSINESS", they shouldn't pass themselves off as a ministry, let alone as "Christian".
This unfortunate exploitation has negatively affected both believers and unbelievers:
Believers have ended up following people who are NOT called by God and, therefore, HAVE NO BUSINESS LEADING THEM.
They have fallen prey to unbiblical heresies like the "give in order to get", "name it and claim it", the tithe lie, and the absolute mockery into which some have turned the gifts of the Spirit BY IMITATING THEM.
Unfortunately, it's UNBELIEVERS that have been ALIENATED THE MOST.
MOST UNBELIEVERS have come to associate Jesus, the Bible, and the Christian faith itself, with these crooks' antics lumping us all together, and thereby DISMISSING the Gospel entirely.
Televangelists CLAIM to be "reaching the world" with the Gospel.
What they're ACTUALLY DOING is reaching DUMB CHRISTIANS - who already believe the Gospel - and manipulating THEM into parting with their money.
Charlatan preachers cheat millions out of millions.
But THEIR GREATEST CRIME is ALIENATING the lost FROM Jesus.
It's THE LOST who are deprived of ETERNAL Salvation, in this life and the next.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
IF LIFE WERE A RESTAURANT
If life were a restaurant, here's what most Christians' lives would sound like:
Monday: Let me have some work (what other choice do I have?), some Dancing with the Stars, some internet and two sides of You Tube.
Tuesday: Let me have a bit more work (what other choice do I have?) and some more Dancing With the Stars (after all, WHO GOT ELIMINATED will matter so much six months from now...), some American Idol, and a bit of porn to wash it all down.
Wednesday: Let me keep up with the Kardashians, some "Christian" opinion forum, 10 YouTube videos, and some Kristian TV for dessert.
Thursday: I'll have some football, some Bachelor or Bachelorette, 8 Kristian Websites and more YouTube.
Friday: It's Friday, let me have a movie with all kinds of explicit sex, profanity, and violence. A bit of porn to take home, and then I'll watch that televangelist circus act for half an hour.
Saturday: Let me have two orders of college football with some booze (If you're Adventist substitute with three hours of Ellen White worship), a super-sized order of internet and three helpings of YouTube.
Sunday: Bring me some brunch, some NFL, a movie, and... oh, wait... it's Sunday, I'll have A LITTLE JESUS on the side.
Although Jesus' Name is mentioned, what you actually get on Sunday is A SHOT OF RELIGION on the side.
We have NO RIGHT to call Him "Lord" when we have so many other "priorities" AHEAD OF Him.
We have NO RIGHT to call ourselves "Christian" when we have SO MANY OTHER "GODS" BEFORE Him.
Jesus MUST BE #1 in our lives. ALL THE TIME!
Jesus MUST COME BEFORE EVERYTHING -- AND EVERYONE -- ELSE.
Now, put down that Big Mac, ask Jesus into your heart, AND OPEN YOUR BIBLE!!!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
As we get closer to the Rapture and tribulation, it's time to re-examine the role of the 144,000 Jews mentioned in Revelation 7:1-8, and again, in Revelation 14:1-5.
First let me tell you who THEY AREN'T:
1. They are NOT Seventh Day Adventists.
I don't care how many INVENTED "visions" Ellen White claimed to have had.
When visions CONTRADICT SCRIPTURE, they're NOT of God.
2. They are NOT so-called Jehovah's Witnesses.
God won't seal their foreheads UNLESS they have His Seal IN THEIR HEARTS (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:3; 4:30).
3. They are NOT any New Age sect.
The Bible makes it crystal clear that they are NATURAL ISRAELITES who receive Jesus as Savior and God.
They are from THE TRIBES OF Israel:
"From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,
from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
from the tribe of Asher 12,000,
from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,
from the tribe of Levi 12,000,
from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
from the tribe of Zebulon 12,000,
from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,
from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000" (Revelation 7:1-8).
You can't possibly say it ANY CLEARER.
UNLESS one of the three LYING SECTS mentioned above can PROVE they are NATURAL descendants from one of these Israelite tribes, THEY DON'T QUALIFY.
They can say that THEY are the 144,000 until their MENDACIOUS FACES TURN PURPLE, GREEN AND RED, THEY ARE NOT THE 144,000 AND, furthermore, they're CONTRADICTING GOD.
That means that THEY are LYING.
In addition to being from the 12 tribes, the 144,000 are:
1. ALL MALE VIRGINS (Revelation 14:4)
2. NO LIE was found in the mouths (Revelation 14:5).
Which mean they speak THE TRUTH (the TRUE Gospel of Jesus), which AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIES those three lying sects who preach a FALSE "gospel" and, thus, ARE ACCURSED (Galatians 1:8).
3. They are WITHOUT FAULT before the Throne of God (Revelation 14:5).
Since THE ONLY WAY to be "WITHOUT FAULT" before the Throne of God is to KNOW JESUS and be credited His Righteousness (Romans 3:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21), this automatically disqualifies ALL THREE OF THE LYING SECTS MENTIONED ABOVE WHO TRUST THEIR OWN "righteousness" (Isaiah 64:6).
4. They "follow the Lamb WHEREVER He goes" (Revelation 14:4).
5. They are "first fruits unto God and to the Lamb" (Revelation 14:4).
6. They are sealed unto the Lord even as the Church is being raptured (Revelation 7:1-8).
How, exactly, are THEY SEALED on their foreheads?
With the Spirit of God and the MIND OF CHRIST (1 Corinthians 2:15-16; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).
Additionally, they MAY be the fulfillment of Ezekiel 9:4 where Jews in Jerusalem are sealed on their foreheads with the Hebrew letter tav which looks LIKE A CROSS.
What is the PURPOSE OF the 144,000 thousand, and HOW LONG do they stay on earth?
We know they remain AT THE VERY least during the first 5 months of tribulation while the fifth trumpet judgment and first "woe" is going on (Revelation 9:4-5).
The use of the word "first fruits" in Revelation 14:4 indicates they are on earth for about THE FIRST YEAR OF the 3½-year tribulation.
Although the Bible does not say in so many words what their purpose is, it's reasonable to infer from the biblical text that at least PART of their purpose is to share the Gospel with fellow Israelites and encourage them to stand firm in the midst of coming trials.
It's significant that ONLY AFTER they are raptured into the heavenly realm, God sends AN ANGEL for the FIRST TIME EVER to preach the Gospel, which would indicate that, except for the Two Witnesses, there are no humans available to preach it, either because they have been raptured, are hiding, or have been killed (Revelation 14:6).
The 144,000 natural Israelites are SUPERNATURALLY protected and emerge from the tribulation unscathed.
There's a special rapture for them from Mount Zion, Jerusalem, in Revelation 14:1 shortly after the reign of Antichrist begins.
This, if nothing else, PROVES that God hasn't lost track of the so-called "10 lost tribes".
He knows EXACTLY where they are, and where EACH MEMBER OF THOSE TRIBES IS.
They may be "lost" to the world.
NOTHING is lost to God, except those WHO CHOOSE TO BE.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
Why is it that Christians feel THE NEED to say they "agree" or "disagree" with some teaching?
Does your "agreeing" make the teaching true?
Does your "disagreeing" make it untrue?
THEN, I reiterate, WHO CARES?
Those who want to express disagreement, and can BACK IT UP WITH SCRIPTURE, quoted IN CONTEXT, have my undivided attention.
Matter of fact, my policy, since day one, has always been "PROVE IT to me WITH THE BIBLE, and I'll change the teaching".
Furthermore, if you prove ANY of these teachings INCORRECT, WITH THE BIBLE, I will humble myself, issue a public apology, correct and retract the teaching, and PUBLICLY GIVE YOU CREDIT for the correction.
In addition, I will be FOREVER GRATEFUL to you for showing me the Truth.
However, Scripture is NOT what I get.
What I get ARE OPINIONS.
Opinions AREN'T PROOF!
Repeat: OPINIONS AREN'T PROOF.
Never have been, never will be.
You can put 50 religious people in a room and get 300 DIFFERENT OPINIONS.
All of them WRONG.
Moreover, their "opinions" will change more often than the weather.
Therefore, when someone tells me they "don't agree" with our teaching, UNLESS they provide ACCURATE, UNDISTORTED, BIBLICAL reasons, I DON'T GIVE A FLYING Wallenda!
Your OPINION (and that of ANY OTHER MORTAL) means LESS THAN ZERO to this ministry.
I hope that's clear enough for everyone.
The VERY FEW individuals who, in the past 10 years, have offered some biblical reference to make their point, INVARIABLY and WITHOUT EXCEPTION have taken the Bible TOTALLY out of context, MISQUOTED IT, quoted ONLY THE PORTIONS THEY LIKE, or falsely stated that "the Bible says" SOMETHING IT DOESN'T SAY AT ALL, and DELIBERATELY IGNORED other Scriptures.
That makes those individuals DISHONEST LIARS.
They cannot deceive God or me. They ONLY DECEIVE THEMSELVES, and any other idiot who blindly chooses to believe their idiocy, because they have a religious agenda and TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE TRUTH.
They can "disagree" until their religious faces turn "PIOUS PURPLE", I won't budge one micro millimeter.
This ISN'T about "your" opinion or "my" opinion. It's about HIS opinion.
You're not the Truth, I'm not the Truth. Jesus IS.
What GOD SAYS is THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS, and THE ONLY THING that will make this ministry change its teachings.
If you want to make a point, YOU BETTER USE THE BIBLE and QUOTE IT ACCURATELY and IN CONTEXT.
Otherwise, no dice.
Word to the wise: DON'T ATTACK US UNLESS you have STRONG biblical and spiritual ammunition. We have BOTH.
Glory to Jesus!
Don't tell me you "disagree" with my teaching....
Don't tell me that it's wrong...
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
NO SIN CAN DAMN YOU
I thought it was sin that sent people to hell...
Well, that certainly is WHAT RELIGION teaches.
It's NOT what Christ teaches.
Jesus PAID FOR EVERY SIN ever committed, so that we don't have to pay for it ourselves (John 1:29; Romans 8:2; Hebrews 9:12,26; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; 1 John 1:7; 3:5).
Jesus teaches TOTAL FORGIVENESS and ETERNAL REDEMPTION for ANY person who will RECEIVE Him (John 3:16; Hebrews 10:14; Jude 1:24-25).
Yes, even YOU.
But you don't know what I've done...
You don't know HOW OFTEN I've done it...
And I DON'T NEED TO KNOW.
Didn't you get what I just said?
WHATEVER you did, are doing, or will do, JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR IT!!!
Which part of "Jesus ALREADY PAID FOR IT" don't you get?
If He PAID FOR IT, that means YOU DON'T HAVE TO!!!
Provided, of course, that YOU INVITE JESUS INTO THE DEEPEST PARTS OF YOUR BEING, RECEIVE Him as God and Savior, and ACCEPT His Gift that He paid for ALL your sins in your place.
Well, then, if He paid for ALL sins, WHAT sends people hell?
NOT receiving Christ.
THAT is THE ONLY THING that will send ANYONE to hell.
You mean it's NOTHING that we do?
What sends people to hell is WHAT THEY DON'T do.
It's NOT RECEIVING what Jesus ALREADY DID.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
CAN CHRISTIANS BE POSSESSED?
Can Christians be "demonized" or demon possessed?
The answer is "NO".
Being "demonized" means being possessed by a demon or demons.
In the Bible those who are "demonized" or possessed by one or more demons invariably act erratically and are TOTALLY CONTROLLED BY the unclean spirit(s) (Matthew 17:15; Mark 1:25; 5:1-11; 9:20-26).
Yet today we have religious charlatans who claim to cast demons OUT OF Christians!
You can't BELONG to Jesus and BELONG TO demons AT THE SAME TIME.
Before Jesus “EVERY KNEE MUST BOW of things in heaven, in earth and UNDER THE EARTH” (Philippians 2:10).
If you BELONG TO Jesus (are saved) that means YOU ARE HIS POSSESSION, His PERSONAL property.
How can Jesus and demons SHARE THE SAME PERSON?
Jesus would be a pitiful Savior if He couldn't PROTECT and KEEP what BELONGS TO HIM.
Let alone if He "shared" ownership with demons.
There isn't a single example in the Bible of a demonized Christian, because there's NO SUCH THING.
The doctrine that BORN AGAIN believers can be demonized is FALSE and UNBIBLICAL.
It is AN ABOMINATION since it paints Jesus as co-ruler of His SPIRITUAL BODY, His LIVING temples, His Church, with demons.
The fact some believers ARE PRONE TO lust, alcohol, drugs and other sinful activities DOES NOT MEAN they are demonized or demon-possessed.
It means they ARE FLESH.
It means that they walk largely in their unrenewed and unregenerate minds which are programmed to sin.
And most of this activity is OF THEIR OWN CHOOSING and CAUSED BY NO ONE BUT THEMSELVES.
If someone claims he or she wants deliverance from lust, but keeps WATCHING OR READING PORN, watching movies with explicit sexual content, THINKING about it ALL THE TIME and looking at provocative images, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?
Your lust IS NOT BEING CAUSED BY a "demon of lust". It's being caused BY YOU !!!
STOP blaming "demons" for everything, and TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS!
Until our minds are FULLY renewed by the Appearing of Jesus (Rapture) the best way to CLEANSE the mind is through the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the BLOOD OF JESUS.
You have the right and POWER TO CHOOSE.
If an impure or lustful thought crosses your mind, YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO DWELL ON IT or to CHANGE YOUR THINKING and DELIBERATELY THINK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE:
If some lustful sexual activity appears on your TV screen, YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL.
Don't give me this baloney about "demon this" and "demon that".
Demons CAN possess UNBELIEVERS.
They CANNOT possess Christians.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
VALLEY OF THE BONES
"For I would not, brethren, THAT YOU SHOULD BE IGNORANT OF THIS MYSTERY... that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
And so ALL Israel SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and SHALL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM Jacob:
For this is MY COVENANT to THEM, when I SHALL TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS" (Romans 11:25-27).
ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED.
I used to believe that this referred only to Israelites who survived the tribulation.
I was wrong.
As the Holy Spirit recently pointed out, "ALL Israel" means "ALL Israel".
It means ALL 12 tribes.
It means EVERY natural Israelite from patriarch Jacob (Israel) to his 12 sons and one daughter, TO THE LAST OF HIS DESCENDANTS.
As I studied Ezekiel chapter 37 recently, where natural Israelites are depicted as a valley FULL OF dry bones, the Lord pointed this Truth out in a BIG WAY.
Ezekiel 37:11 plainly says they're "the WHOLE HOUSE OF Israel".
Israelites are, after all, the Chosen People of His Covenant.
This chapter also says that He will OPEN THEIR GRAVES and resurrect ALL OF THEM (Ezekiel 37:12-14)
He says it again in Ezekiel 36:10:
"And I will multiply men on you, ALL the House of Israel, even ALL OF IT: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be built".
That's why there are SO MANY bones in that valley and why they are SO "VERY DRY" (Ezekiel 37:2):
They've been dead for A LONG TIME.
He promises the same thing in Jeremiah 30:18-20:
"This is what the Lord says:
" ‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.
From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I WILL ADD TO THEIR NUMBERS, AND THEY WILL NOT BE DECREASED; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.
THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE AS IN DAYS OF OLD, and THEIR COMMUNITY WILL BE ESTABLISHED BEFORE ME".
He says it again in Jeremiah 31:1:
"At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God OF ALL THE FAMILIES OF Israel, and THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE".
This is tremendous Truth.
Think for a moment about what it means:
EACH AND EVERY Jew who died during the Holocaust will be raised from the dead.
ALL SIX MILLION OF THEM!
Hitler thought he could exterminate them. BUT GOD SAYS "they ARE MY PEOPLE and I WILL BRING THEM BACK and they will LIVE BEFORE ME".
Glory to Yahweh!
Each and every descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Israel (Jacob) killed by Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Romans will be resurrected.
Each and every Jew slaughtered during the evil "Crusades" carried out SUPPOSEDLY (horror of horrors) in the Name of their own Messiah, the Prince of Peace, WILL COME TO LIFE.
Each and every Jew who was persecuted, tortured and put to death during the VERY UNHOLY Inquisition will be raised.
Every Jew murdered by terrorists in modern times, both in Israel and in other nations...
EVERY JEW WHO EVER LIVED, except Judas.
Even WICKED Israelites who died and WENT TO HELL under both the Old and New Testaments will be raised (thank God hell is TEMPORARY and NOT the lake of fire, which is ETERNAL).
The only exceptions would be:
1) Those that already rose after Jesus rose and went up to heaven with Him (Matthew 27:51-53).
2) Jews who KNOW their Messiah, who are not only natural but SUPERNATURAL (spiritual) Jews, and who are alive in Jesus and will be caught up when He appears (Romans 2:28-29; Revelation 7:9). And,
3) Judas, the son of perdition (John 17:12).
ALL THE REST OF THEM GET RESURRECTED sometime during the Millennium (John 6:40; 11:24).
Keep in mind, that there are MANY Israelites across the globe, WHO DON'T EVEN KNOW they are Israelites.
Their ancestors also were natural Israelites and DIDN'T know it.
NO ONE knows where the 10 "lost tribes" are today.
But GOD KNOWS!
And, glory to Him for His awesome faithfulness, He will bring them ALL back to life.
ALL ISRAEL: Each and EVERY ONE OF THEM!
Oh, no! You're teaching the wrong doctrine of "dual covenant"!
NO. I'M NOT.
Did I say they get resurrected and saved APART FROM Jesus?
That's what "dual covenant" teaches, and you're right: IT IS IN ERROR.
There's NO SALVATION FOR ANYONE - Jew or Gentile -- APART FROM the ONE AND ONLY SAVIOR: Jesus the Messiah.
Israelites are saved, like everyone else, through Jesus.
All natural Israelites, at some point, will come to know and recognize Jesus as THE ONE AND ONLY God, Savior and Messiah.
Jesus TOOK AWAY ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME.
That would include THEIR sins.
Even those Pharisee bastards, those "chief priests" WHO PLOTTED REPEATEDLY AGAINST JESUS, TRIED TO TRICK HIM, DESPISED HIM, REJECTED HIM, AND DEMANDED HIS CRUCIFIXION, then added insult to injury by mocking Him as He died on the cross for their sins and ours...WHO ON PURPOSE DENIED HIS RESURRECTION, although they can't explain the empty tomb to this day, and that EVEN TAMPERED WITH THEIR OWN CALENDAR TO MAKE IT APPEAR AS THOUGH Jesus DIDN'T fulfill Daniel 9:25-27...
THEY will be resurrected, taken out of hell itself, and forgiven...
And I suspect that THEY'LL FALL ON THEIR FACES in repentance, when they realize who the Messiah is, HOW MUCH HE LOVES THEM, HOW FAITHFUL He is DESPITE their arrogance, self-righteousness and stiff neckedness, and LOVE HIM all the more since "he who is forgiven much LOVES MUCH" (Luke 7:47).
Oh, the mercy and Goodness of our God! Oh, HOW GREAT is His FAITHFULNESS!
I've been praising Him and rejoicing ever since I got this revelation and saw it in Scripture.
I've cried, I've laughed, I've (in my heart) jumped up and down.
Glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
Great is your Faithfulness, Almighty God! Your mercies TRULY ARE NEW EACH MORNING.
The same chapter (Ezekiel 37:24-28) promises to reunite ALL 12 TRIBES and reunite the northern kingdom (Ephraim) to the southern kingdom (Judah) and that:
"David my servant SHALL BE KING OVER THEM; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
And they SHALL DWELL IN THE LAND that I have given UNTO JACOB MY SERVANT, in which your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell there, even they, and their children, and their children's children forever: and my servant David SHALL BE THEIR PRINCE FOREVER.
Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them forevermore.
My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And the nations (natural gentiles) shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forevermore".
NO WONDER they'll possess the Land of Promise: from the Euphrates on the north (parts of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and a large chunk of Saudi Arabia -- including the real Mount Sinai) - to the Nile on the south.
THAT larger territory will be needed to accommodate not only Jews regathered from the diaspora, but ALL THE REST OF Jacob's children WHO EVER LIVED.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
THE MIDDLE EAST: WHAT, WHERE, WHEN?
With events in the Middle East becoming, once again, THE FOCUS of world attention, it may be helpful to present an overall view of what is in store for each nation or ethnic group, according to Scripture.
What is stated below DOES NOT apply to born-again believers.
Believers from ANY nation or ethnicity are caught up into Jesus as the tribulation starts (Revelation 7:9-14).
Those who become believers during the tribulation are also caught up prior to the 7 bowl judgments (Revelation 14:15; 15:2).
These are the final outcomes for each nation during the Millennium:
1. Iran - with the U.S., Russia and China largely decimated at start of the tribulation, Iran will become MOMENTARILY the world's superpower.
That is, until the Antichrist conquers them again, as he did 2,300 years ago (Daniel 8:19-20).
They survive the tribulation and rebel against Jesus at the end of the Millennium (Ezekiel 38:5).
At that point, they are exterminated (Ezekiel 39:3-6,11).
2. Iraq - blotted out of the map. All its territory south of the Euphrates will be part of Eretz Israel. The northwestern part, formerly called Assyria, will become a nation, once again, during the Millennium. See #11 below.
That would leave only the northeastern part (Cush) which will rebel against God during the War of Gog and Magog, at the end of the Millennium, and be exterminated (Genesis 10:8-10; Ezekiel 38:5, 39:3-6,11).
3. Libya - Rebels against Jesus during war of Gog and Magog and is exterminated. (Ezekiel 38:5, 39:3-6,11).
4. Turkey - same as Libya.
5. Saudi Arabia - its northern part is given to Israel during the Millennium.
It's southern part remains faithful to King Jesus and denounces Gog's invasion against Israel (Ezekiel 38:13).
So-called Palestinians who survive the tribulation are relocated to southern Saudi Arabia, to mingle with their fellow Arabs, where they are totally assimilated into its population (Joel 3:4-8).
6. Syria - Damascus is destroyed during the tribulation (Isaiah 17:1-2).
Syria's northeastern portion (north of Euphrates) to become part of Assyria (see #11 below).
The rest (majority) of Syria to become part of Eretz Israel during Millennium.
7. Jordan - wiped off the map. It's entire territory will be part of Eretz Israel during Millennium.
8. Lebanon - Same as Jordan, wiped off the map. All of it is given to Israel.
9. "Palestinian" Arabs - all expelled from Israel and sent to south Saudi Arabia, never again to be called by the FALSE moniker "Palestinians" but by their REAL name "Arabs" (Joel 3:4-8).
10. Egypt - devastated during tribulation, but blessed during the Millennium, will turn to Jesus, worship God and be closely allied to Israel and Assyria (Isaiah 19:18-25).
11. Assyria - (the northwestern portion of Iraq, and northeastern Syria) will be reborn as a nation, worship Jesus, and enjoy a close and blessed alliance with Israel and Egypt (Isaiah 19:23-25).
12. Israel - It's territory enlarged from the Euphrates on the north, to the Nile on the south, according to the Promise made by God to Abraham and his descendants (Genesis 15:18).
The 12 tribes gathered from all over the globe and resettled into their former estates (Ezekiel 37:11-14).
Messiah's Kingdom will be headquartered in Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:1-5; Joel 3:12, 17; Zechariah 14:1-9, 16).
Jerusalem also to be the world's Treasury: The wealth of all nations (gentiles) brought there and administered by Messiah Prince (Isaiah 60:5-6,9,11; 61:6).
All Israelites -- from Jacob, his 12 sons and one daughter, to the present time -- to be resurrected and settled in Eretz Israel, during the Millennium (Ezekiel 37:11-14; Romans 11:25-26).
To summarize: THE END of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon is rather bleak.
Except, of course, for those who receive Christ into their hearts. They will be raptured along with other believers.
It's good for Palestinians and Saudis who survive the tribulation.
It's great for Egypt and re-born Assyria.
It's glorious for Israel.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
Religious media has perverted the Christian Message almost beyond recognition.
Instead of exalting Christ and promoting faith, it exalts THE MESSENGER and promotes fear.
FEAR that if we don't give to that televangelist God "won't bless us".
There's NOT A SINGLE verse from Genesis to Revelation that says something AS STUPID as that.
FEAR that if we don't PAY the lying televangelist 10% of our INCOME ("tithe") God will put a curse ON HIS OWN CHILDREN!!!
You're a sinner. Would YOU do that to YOUR CHILDREN?
What HORRENDOUS kind of a "father" would our HOLY Heavenly Father be if He did that?
And yet this PERVERSION is taught over and over TO SCARE the dumb sheep into giving.
Then there's the CULT of the MESSENGER himself (or herself).
I remember one person in particular, who wrote asking if we knew where she could watch a certain televangelist's teaching on the Antichrist.
It so happened that I'd watched most of the broadcast the day before.
This man's teaching was THE STANDARD BALONEY that is endlessly taught by the prophecy establishment:
Same old, same old, nothing new...
As a courtesy, we told her the secular channel where she'd be able to watch the rerun.
Thinking that perhaps the Spirit had led her to us, we mentioned that there are 16 specific SCRIPTURAL requirements the real Antichrist must fulfill.
Her reply? That it didn't really matter because we weren't supposed to know the Antichrist's identity, and that we'd be gone when he appears anyway.
She didn't even realize that she had just CONTRADICTED HERSELF.
If it doesn't matter since we'll be gone when he appears, then WHY WAS SHE SO INTERESTED in watching that particular guy's teaching about the Antichrist?
WHY would she go to such lengths to contact ANOTHER MINISTRY about it?
Why didn't she simply contact her televangelist idol and ASK HIM?
The fact of the matter is that this woman DIDN'T CARE AT ALL about the Truth.
She cared NOTHING about what the Bible ACTUALLY says.
All she cared about is WHAT THIS PARTICULAR PREACHER SAYS.
That preacher had become HER IDOL and WHATEVER he'd say, she'd believe, WHETHER IT'S BIBLICAL OR NOT.
Unfortunately, this person isn't the exception, but the rule:
Televangelist groupies follow THEM, not Jesus, wherever THEY go.
They blindly believe WHATEVER their televangelist idol says, with little or no regard for what JESUS SAYS.
There are "ministries" who have moved from one city to another, and their adoring groupies have SOLD THEIR HOMES AND MOVED TO THE NEW CITY, just so they can be near their idol.
I wish I could tell you it's because the people in question exalt Jesus and REALLY teach His Word.
But I can't.
Those who think that idols and idolatry were strictly Old Testament phenomena, are spiritually deaf and blind.
We have MORE IDOLS in Christ's Church today, than natural Israel ever had.
And I'm not talking about statues of Mary.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
THE POWER OF GOODNESS
In Romans 12:21 Paul makes the most astounding and profound statement:
"Don't be overcome by evil, but OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD".
The entire chapter is A GEM, which deserves to be read, studied, and meditated, in Spirit, endlessly.
Good has POWER to OVERCOME EVIL.
Good WILL overcome evil, EACH AND EVERY TIME.
In fact, despite appearances to the contrary, evil IS NO MATCH FOR good.
According to Jesus, there's "NO ONE good, but God" (Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19).
So, when Paul says to overcome evil with good, he is actually saying we overcome evil WITH GOD.
With the God who LIVES IN US, who is EXCEEDINGLY AND ETERNALLY Good (with a capital "G").
If you haven't experienced His Good-ness, you haven't experienced His God-ness.
And if you haven't experienced His God-ness, you haven't really experienced Him.
The ONLY reason evil prevails is because there's not enough goodness (or God-ness) in the world.
The reason there's not enough goodness is because God's children, who are the ONLY ONES capable of manifesting His Good-ness as well as His God-ness, AREN'T ALLOWING Him to manifest.
All we've allowed Him to manifest in us is a drop of goodness here, and a trickle there.
When His Church is removed from the earth, THERE WON'T BE ANY GOODNESS AT ALL; that's WHY evil will take over manifested as Satan's Antichrist.
Tapping into His Goodness (or His Godness) is not a "push button" proposition. It involves SEPARATING OURSELVES unto God, setting all the world's distractions to the side for a while (people, pets, TV, internet, IPhones, Blackberries, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), GETTING ALONE with God somewhere, seeking Him (within us) WITH ALL -- and I mean ALL -- our hearts, spending time with Him, listening to Him, being attentive to His promptings.
Manifesting God's Goodness involves TOTAL, WHOLEHEARTED humility, TOTAL submission to our Lord, TOTAL dependence ON HIM, and TOTAL TRUST in Him DESPITE appearances, and DESPITE the reasonings of our flawed, VAIN imagination.
God's Goodness TRUSTS God UNCONDITIONALLY even when human "logic" says otherwise.
To have the LIVING, ETERNAL, ALMIGHTY, and infinitely GOOD God LIVING PERMANENTLY IN US, and to ignore Him, IS A CRIME.
He MUST be allowed to MANIFEST, in His temple (you).
We MUST PLUNGE ourselves and LOSE OUR EGOS (totally and LITERALLY) INTO Him who is OUR LIFE and our Goodness.
The Book of Revelation repeatedly makes all kinds of WONDERFUL PROMISES to those who "overcome".
He who overcomes "I will give to eat of the tree of life" (Revelation 2:7)...
... "Will not be hurt at all by the second death" (Revelation 2:11).
To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it (Revelation 2:17).
... "TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS" (Revelation 2:26).
...Will "be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels" (Revelation 3:5)
"I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the Name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new Name" (Revelation 3:12).
"To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne" (Revelation 3:21).
He who overcomes "will inherit all things, and I will be his God and he will be my son" (Revelation 21:7)
It's the Goodness of God IN US, it's His God-ness IN US, that will OVERCOME the evil in this world and rapture us.
Good can achieve ALL THINGS. Good will OVERCOME ALL things.
THE POWER of Good IS the power OF GOD.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
"DON'T BE unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for WHAT FELLOWSHIP HAS RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH UNRIGHTEOUSNESS? and what partnership HAS LIGHT WITH DARKNESS?
And what harmony has Christ with Belial? OR WHAT PART HAS HE THAT BELIEVES WITH AN INFIDEL?
...Therefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE SEPARATE, says the Lord"... (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
Although this passage applies to ANY binding relationship, personal or business, as well as to all activities, it's usually AND CORRECTLY quoted in reference to marriage.
Marrying and/or having children with an unbeliever or someone OF ANOTHER FAITH, is ONE OF THE WORST DECISIONS anyone can make.
A decision that, at a minimum, has dire LIFETIME consequences.
And potentially, also has grim repercussions in the afterlife and even for eternity.
No, marrying and unbeliever, as such, does not send anyone to hell. But it affects your children, and it could SEND THEM to hell if they are influenced by the UNBELIEVING PARENT.
It's also GUARANTEED to make your life HERE ON EARTH a living hell.
Many brothers and sisters have had their lives RUINED by dating, marrying and having children with unbelievers.
And while marrying a Christian is no guarantee that you will have a happy life or even a good marriage, you stand a much better chance for peace of mind even if you end up getting divorced.
NO BELIEVER in Christ, male or female, has ANY BUSINESS entering into a binding legal contract (that's what marriage really is in modern Western society) with an unbeliever.
I DON'T CARE how good-looking they are, how much money they got, or how good they are in bed.
And the term "unbeliever" applies not only to atheists or agnostics, but TO ALL INDIVIDUALS who believe or practice ANY false religion: Buddhists, Hindus, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Sabbatarians, New Agers, Christian Science, Scientology, etc.
And HEAVEN HELP YOU if you marry a Muslim.
Gee, Martel, that sounds PREJUDICED.
You're darned right.
While most prejudice is wrong, SOME prejudices ARE JUSTIFIED, as these verses clearly prove.
Interfaith marriage is a tool that Satan has used throughout history to destroy lives, bring judgment on nations and, in a couple of instances, to try to prevent the birth of the Messiah by tainting His required biblical ancestry (Genesis 6:2, 12; Numbers 25:1-3: Ezra 9:1-2).
This ISN'T ABOUT denying equal rights to anyone based on race or religion. It's about making WISE choices that honor God and enhance the quality of our lives.
Well, wait a minute, you called marriage "a legal contract", isn't it a Christian sacrament?
It is when you enter into marriage covenant BEFORE Christ with ANOTHER BORN-AGAIN Christian.
If you marry a a heretic, non-Christian, pagan, or someone who believes in OTHER "GODS", it's no sacrament at all:
It's AN ABOMINATION.
And if you care so much about Christ and the Christian faith to bring up THAT ARGUMENT, then YOU SHOULD ALSO CARE ENOUGH TO either remain single, or MARRY A CHRISTIAN.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
"Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may HAVE THE INNER STRENGTH TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS that shall come to pass, AND TO STAND BEFORE the Son of man" (Luke 21:36)
Has it really been 13 years?
It seems only yesterday that 19 terrorists armed with box cutters managed to destroy the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and a good chunk of the Pentagon, by ramming commercial airplanes into them.
All while murdering 2,753 helpless victims, from 115 different nations, in the process.
They also killed 125 people at the Pentagon, consisting of 70 civilians and 55 military personnel.
Lord knows WHO ELSE they would have killed, and WHAT OTHER DIABOLICAL destruction they would have wrought, had it not been for the brave passengers of United Airlines flight #93 led by Todd Beamer, who gave their lives crashing their plane into an open field in Pennsylvania, to prevent those wicked bastards from inflicting further damage.
In addition to taking their own lives, these demon possessed terrorists also indirectly took the lives of 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 NYPD officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers.
Who can forget the horror of seeing Manhattan aflame and covered in smoke, people jumping out of buildings, and running on the streets in total bewilderment, trying to escape the destruction?
We'd never seen anything like it before. And, hope to God, won't ever see anything like it again.
No living, breathing individual, no American who witnessed those surreal events in helplessness and abject horror, can ever forget.
Or, can they?
It seems that way too many HAVE forgotten.
It seems that most Americans are focused on frivolity.
How ironic that the President finally gave a speech outlining a strategy to deal with the threat of Islamic terror (which he conveniently called "non-Islamic") ON THE EVE OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11.
Our attention is largely on the unimportant and inconsequential while TOTALLY NEGLECTING the significant.
Many sought God in the days following this American tragedy. But like seeds sown among thorns, they were "of short duration" (Mark 4:18-19).
The cares of this world soon choked the Word and they turned from Jesus to trivial pursuits.
But I have ONE MORE MEMORY of that fateful, somber time in American history:
I remember that ALL THAT REMAINED STANDING in the aftermath of the Twin Towers' demise were two metal beams IN THE SHAPE OF A CROSS (pictured above).
Do you suppose there was A MESSAGE THERE SOMEWHERE?
Do you suppose our merciful God was trying to get our attention, and speak to us from the midst of the rubble, THAT MORE IS COMING and that THE ONLY WAY any of us will be LEFT STANDING is through His Cross?
I welcome the President's just announced strategy. At this point, almost anything is better than nothing.
And I trust that, by God's Grace, we won't see anything like 9/11 while the Church remains on earth.
But I can assure you, based on God's Word, THAT MORE IS COMING.
And it won't be pretty.
In fact, within 10-20 days from the start of the tribulation this world won't look, or be, ANYTHING like what we see now.
Those judgments will make 9/11 look like a picnic in the park (Revelation chapters 8 & 9).
I'm not trying to scare anyone. But truth is often scary: Especially for those who are spiritually naked, exposed, vulnerable, and WITHOUT Christ:
EVERYTHING that Jesus predicted would happen PRIOR TO His Return is playing out before our eyes WITH TOTAL PRECISION (Matthew 24:4-8; Luke 21:11).
The REST of what He predicted CANNOT BE FAR BEHIND.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
ANTICHRIST OR ANTICHRISTS?
I do not take kindly to lectures, especially from people who ARE BIASED, DISHONEST and DELUDED.
Just like they think that by voting to "dislike" the video, God will change his mind and the Antichrist will be the candidate OF THEIR choice.
Dream on, fools...
Just like they use the trick - common to ALL LIARS - of quoting ALL KINDS of Scriptures that HAVE NOTHING TO DO with the subject, trying to convey THE FALSE IMPRESSION that their prejudiced view is "based on the Bible".
That trick did not work with me 10 years ago, and it doesn't work with me today.
And they often bring up the fact that, according to 1 John 2:22, "antichrist" is anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ.
Hence, they try to MAKE the Antichrist be the Roman Catholic Church, the papacy, Islam, or whoever/whatever else their self-serving agenda wants him to be.
I have no problem with that Scripture whatsoever. In fact, I have NO PROBLEM with any Scripture, PERIOD.
What they neglect to quote is 4 VERSES EARLIER, 1 John 2:18 which plainly states:
"Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that THE ANTICHRIST is coming, even now MANY ANTICHRISTS have come. This is how we know it is the last hour".
John draws a sharp contrast between THE ANTICHRIST (one in particular) and "MANY antichrists" (small "a").
ANYONE who denies Jesus is the Messiah IS "antichrist", small "a".
There have been, are, and will be, MANY "antichrists" (small "a").
There's ONLY ONE Antichrist (capital "A").
By the way, the idea of a false Messiah, or Antichrist, manifested as ONE particular individual, was not my invention.
It's been in the Bible for 3,000 years.
And it's been part of Jewish eschatology (Armilus) long before Jesus walked the earth and before there were any Christians (Psalm 2:1-3; Isaiah 14:18-19; Daniel 7:8,11;24-25).
Since I don't read FICTION, all "lectures" are ignored.
I DO NOT HAVE THE INTEREST or time to read 60 paragraphs full of lies and wishful thinking.
And I know EVERY RELIGIOUS TRICK IN THE BOOK because I've been dealing with self-deluded religionists for many years.
So tricks and lectures DON'T WORK WITH ME.
Hence, those who engage in such, are WASTING THEIR TIME.
They, in fact, CANNOT DISPROVE what the videos say, or what our Antichrist page says because, UNLIKE THEIR UNFOUNDED FANTASIES, my teaching IS ENTIRELY and methodically based on God's Word.
God's Word is Ultimate Truth.
His Word CANNOT be refuted.
Many have tried for the past 2,000 years to disprove it.
It has invariably DISPROVED THEM.
I wouldn't CONTRADICT God, if I were you.
There's an Antichrist. He will appear very soon.
And he is WHO GOD SAYS HE IS, NOT whom we want him to be.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
BAPTISM OF FIRE
"The words... indicate the removing of what can be shaken... so that (only) WHAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that CANNOT be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God..., for OUR God IS a CONSUMING FIRE [Hebrews 12:27-29]."
Our God is "a consuming fire"... these words are usually misquoted by stern religionists in a premeditated attempt to scare the living daylights out of believers.
I have taught on the doctrine of baptisms before, but there's one baptism that I unintentionally neglected to include: the baptism of FIRE.
When Jesus approached John the Baptist to be baptized IN WATER, John said:
"I indeed baptize you with water to repentance, but He that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit AND WITH FIRE" (Matthew 3:11).
What IS the baptism of fire?
"Baptism" means "IMMERSION".
We saw a manifestation of this baptism on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came INTO the 120 believers in the Upper Room and sat upon them as cloven tongues of fire (Acts 2:3).
To experience the Baptism of Fire, therefore, means to be IMMERSED in the Divine, purifying Fire of God's Love.
The refining fire of God's Spirit and Glory (Shekinah) was IMMERSING and purging their carnal minds in preparation for ministry.
The baptism ([immersion) WITH FIRE was present, in limited form, THAT DAY, at the BIRTH of the Church. It will manifest in UNLIMITED FORM at the Church's coronation (1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
Her coronation will signal her completion. When the Church is CROWNED with the FIRE OF GOD'S GLORY, she will leave this vaporous earth realm and be translated into the eternal one.
It's this BAPTISM OF FIRE that will change us from mortal to immortal, from corruptible to incorruptible.
The baptism (immersion) into God's CONSUMING FIRE will consume ALL the sinful rubble in our subconscious, thus purifying and renewing our minds.
When our minds are purified we will FIND THE WAY BACK TO PARADISE (Jesus' Presence), which we lost some 6,000 years ago at the Garden of Eden.
That Way is the Christ within.
HE IS THE WAY, The Truth and The Life. NO ONE goes to the Father except thru Him (John 14:6).
Hear it again: NO ONE goes to the Father (is Raptured) EXCEPT THRU Jesus.
Yes, this verse also applies to being saved. But FULL Salvation is attained ONLY when we find our Way back to the Eternal Source from which we came, that Source being God the Father.
THAT'S what the Rapture is ALL about: returning or being caught up INTO HIM from Whom we came.
The INNER Christ was, AND FOREVER IS, the ONLY WAY back to the Father. The ONLY WAY back to Paradise.
That's why we MUST INVITE Jesus to enter our hearts and be born again (connect with the INNER Christ) in order to ENTER or even SEE God's Kingdom (John 3:3-5).
The Holy Spirit's PRIMARY function is the revelation of that INNER Christ IN US.
The Church MUST --it's an ABSOLUTE MUST-- rely on the Holy Spirit and COMPLETELY TRUST the Holy Spirit to MANIFEST as that consuming FIRE that LITERALLY SHOWS US THE WAY (the inner Christ), and LEADS US to the manifestation (APPEARING) of the Christ within.
If we REALLY want the Rapture, THIS is what we must FOCUS ON.
EVERY child of God MUST consciously, and without FEAR OR RESERVATION, EMBRACE God's Consuming Fire.
We must NOT fear it, but WELCOME IT.
We must TRUST it to totally consume the debris from years of sin as well as from the false notion of separation from God.
The Rapture is NOT a "thing". The Rapture is a Person.
That Person is Jesus Christ and He ALREADY IS within you.
To receive the Truth of the Rapture is to know Who He is, rather than WHEN it is.
Seek God's FIRE with ALL your heart. Don't run from Him. Welcome Him. YIELD TO Him. His fire is GOOD. His baptism of fire won't hurt you. HE'LL SAVE YOU... TO THE UTTERMOST.
EMBRACING the CONSUMING Fire of His inner Presence is WHAT WILL transfer us from this fallen, sinful world BACK INTO HIS PRESENCE.
It's what will enable us to forever see His Face.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
HOW CAN A LOVING GOD SEND PEOPLE TO HELL?
This is the question that baffles apologists and is often asked by unbelievers to "justify" their rejection of Jesus.
The answer is given in Scripture:
"Our God is A CONSUMING FIRE" (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29).
Those who receive God (Jesus) into their deepest parts, and WELCOME Him and His consuming fire, become ONE with Him.
They acquire God's Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4).
When we're ONE with the Fire, and the same Nature as the Fire, His DIVINE fire does not harm or torment us (Daniel 3:25-27).
Rather, we are purified and refined by it.
His fire will gradually consume all the impurities in our lives and, ultimately, manifest the very righteousness and immortality of God in us.
His consuming fire WILL GLORIFY US for all eternity (Exodus 24:17; Ezekiel 1:27-28).
Conversely, those WHO RESIST, REJECT or DISMISS THE FIRE OF His Love, who is Jesus Himself, ARE TORMENTED BY IT.
And the more they resist and reject Him, the more they CHOOSE to IGNORE the fire and PRETEND that He doesn't exist, the worse and more tormenting He/it will become.
THE SAME LOVE (consuming fire) that brings believers into eternal life and joyous ecstasy brings unbelievers, WHO RESIST AND REJECT Him, TORMENT: existence in death (i.e., alienated from THE Life).
A hopeless, barren existence devoid of joy and of THE VERY LOVE (God, Jesus) and GOODNESS they rejected.
It's not that God wants anyone to suffer. He WENT TO THE CROSS so that NO ONE would ever have to experience the hell of being lost.
Humans BRING THAT HELL and SUFFERING UPON THEMSELVES by rejecting the Source of ALL BLESSINGS, of ALL GOODNESS, and of "every good and perfect gift" (Mark 10:18; James 1:17).
The hell they experience is the manifestation of THEIR OWN UNREGENERATE, EVIL MINDS.
Repeat: The hell they experience is the manifestation of THEIR OWN EVIL, UNREGENERATE HEARTS AND MINDS.
It's a hell OF THEIR OWN MAKING.
God, in His infinite mercy, even allows those in THE VERY HELL THEY CREATED to repent and turn to Him.
If they embrace His Love (Jesus), even in hell itself, they won't be in hell any longer, but will become One with the Fire and pass from death unto Life (Matthew 12:32; John 5:24; Psalm 116:3-4).
They will pass from torment to euphoria in an instant.
God gives everyone in hell until THE END of His 1,000-YEAR REIGN ON EARTH to change their minds (repent) (Revelation 20:14-15).
When they repent (change their minds) God will purify and change (regenerate) both their hearts and minds and they will experience enormous joy.
However, IT'S STILL THEIR CHOICE.
God won't force Himself, or His Love (Consuming Fire) on anyone.
The Good News is that NO ONE NEED EVER GO TO HELL.
By His death, Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus provided ETERNAL ASSURANCE OF SALVATION to anyone - ANYONE - yes, EVEN YOU - who'll repent, invite Him into his/her heart and receive Him into the deepest parts of your being.
Only those WHO OPPOSE God's Divine Fire are tormented by it.
Jesus is both, heaven and hell.
He IS HEAVEN to those who love Him.
He becomes hell ONLY to them WHO REJECT the Fire of His delightful Love, and the Goodness that comes only from Him.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
In his inauguration speech on March 4, 1933, as he endeavored to lift America and the world out of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt uttered these immortal words:
"THE ONLY THING we have to fear IS FEAR ITSELF."
There's timeless wisdom and truth in these words uttered by a former President 81 years ago.
It makes you wonder what he'd say if he were alive today.
Presently, there's ANOTHER name for "fear itself" that is heard on a daily basis: TERROR.
We have all heard the news about barbaric acts and gruesome murders being committed by terrorists groups, one group in particular.
But that's NOT where terror begins.
TERROR BEGINS in the human mind.
And terrorists KNOW THIS, that's exactly why they put out those revolting videos.
TERROR (fear) is an EVIL spiritual force.
Repeat: FEAR (terror) is AN EVIL spiritual force.
God DOES NOT GIVE US the spirit of fear because God HAS NO FEAR (2 Timothy 1:7).
The spirit of fear IS THE SPIRIT OF SATAN.
Satan's been using FEAR (terror) against humanity since the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:10).
All forms of fear (terror) come from him.
It's his spirit of fear that opens the door for him to bring all manner of evil into this world and into people's lives.
Since fear is a spiritual force, IT IS OVERCOME PRIMARILY IN THE SPIRIT realm.
This, of course, is NO EXCUSE for our government's hesitation and inaction. We ought to take the necessary practical steps to protect our people and destroy terrorists militarily, while standing firm in the Spirit of Divine Love, which CASTS OUT FEAR (1 John 4:18).
Jesus is the antidote and SOLUTION TO terrorism.
When we CUT OFF FEAR, WE CUT OFF SATAN.
And when we cut off Satan, we DISABLE HIS INSTRUMENTS, those evil barbarians who are his pawns.
With terrorism rearing its ugly head again, and the 13th anniversary of 9/11 coming up, I ask our faithful intercessors and all believers to pray for America, for God's protection from evil and acts of terror, for our leaders and our people, pray that this so-called "Islamic State" be eradicated from the face of the earth, but most importantly:
Let's join together in spirit, AND STAND FIRM in FAITH and Divine LOVE (Jesus) against any form of fear.
Let's adopt this attitude and stand on Jesus, and on His Perfect Love (put in our hearts by His Spirit) until we suddenly come Face to face with our Savior.
Where there's fear, Satan can carry out his agenda.
Where there's NO FEAR, BUT LOVE, he can't do anything.
Jesus, the Personification of Love already defeated Satan, and proved that Satan is NO MATCH for Him.
We have nothing to fear.
For, as President Roosevelt also said:
"We have always held to the hope, the belief, THE CONVICTION THAT THERE IS A BETTER LIFE, A BETTER WORLD, BEYOND THE HORIZON".
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014
GOD’S TRUE SABBATH
The Feasts of the Lord are given in Leviticus chapter 23.
They BEGIN WITH the weekly Sabbath (Leviticus 23:1-3) and END WITH the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34).
We are grateful to our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters for bringing forth the great truth that Messiah Jesus IS THE FULFILLMENT OF every one of these Feasts.
He is our Pesach, Hag HaMatzot, our Shavuot, our Yom Teruah, our Yom Kippur (Atonement), our Sukkot, AND OUR SABBATH OF REST.
This brings us to Seventh Day Adventists, Church of God and other Sabbatarians:
They accept that Jesus is the fulfillment of all the aforementioned Feasts, EXCEPT the Sabbath.
They say that Jesus IS NOT the fulfillment of the Sabbath.
They deify the 24-hour Sabbath, making comparable to Jesus, by making it “eternal”.
How can a FINITE 24-hour period of time BE ETERNAL?
If it were eternal, then it wouldn’t LAST ONLY from sundown Friday to the next sundown (Saturday).
That is A CONTRADICTION in terms and is ALSO A CONTRADICTION OF the biblical text.
They cite Exodus 31:17 which says that the 24-hour Sabbath is “a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever”:
UNLESS you happen to be A NATURAL, unregenerate Israelite, you have NO BUSINESS observing the weekly Sabbath.
You can rest or congregate on the Sabbath, if you wish, BUT NO GENTILE BELIEVER has EVER been required to observe the Sabbath in any way, shape or form (Acts 15:5-29)).
Even natural Israelites, who are born again (saved) ARE NOT REQUIRED to observe the 24-hour Sabbath, since they’re NO LONGER “children of Israel”, but CHILDREN OF GOD, who live under THEIR FATHER’S AMAZING Grace.
So, the first question we ask Sabbatarians is: TO WHICH of the 12 tribes of Israel do you belong?
The second, a most important question is: Do you intend to REMAIN UNREGENERATE (UNSAVED) forever?
Because the Sabbath and the other Feasts will be observed BY NATURAL HUMANS during the Millennium (Isaiah 66:23; Zechariah 14:16). The Church will be glorified and THERE’S NO TIME IN THE ETERNAL REALM, hence no 24-hour weekly Sabbath.
Brothers and sisters, there’s NOTHING WRONG with RESTING on the weekly Sabbath.
There’s NOTHING WRONG with CONGREGATING on the weekly Sabbath.
I’ve done both quite often.
WHAT IS WRONG is to BELIEVE that observing that 24-hour unit of time MAKES US RIGHTEOUS, OR MAKES US BETTER CHRISTIANS than everyone else.
That is SELF-righteousness.
Those who believe that observing the 24-hour Sabbath makes them righteous ARE UNRIGHTEOUS.
The ONLY righteousness that exists, has EVER EXISTED, and will ever exist in the entire universe is Christ’s OWN Righteousness.
You and I have ZERO righteousness “of our own”.
The ONLY righteousness we can EVER HOPE TO HAVE, is Jesus’ Righteousness.
All the Feasts (including the Sabbath) are commanded in the same chapter. All the Feasts have their ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT in Christ.
We can’t say that He is our Passover, our Unleavened Bread, our Pentecost, our Day of Shouting, our Atonement and Tabernacle(s) and say HE IS NOT our Sabbath.
That is why in Colossians 2:16-17 Paul very clearly says that the weekly Sabbath is A MERE SHADOW.
Because shadows are NOT THE REAL thing. Shadows are TEMPORARY, NOT ETERNAL, hence NOT REAL.
In those verses Paul also specifically says that THE REAL THING, THE REAL BODY that casts that shadow, the body that 24-hour shadow REPRESENTS is Christ Himself.
All who love the 24-hour Sabbath, SHOULD LOVE AND APPRECIATE THE ETERNAL SABBATH, CHRIST JESUS, FAR MORE.
Jesus, and Jesus ALONE is our ETERNAL REST (Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:10)
If you trust a 24-hour unit of time to be righteous in God’s eyes, you are UNRIGHTEOUS.
If you trust a TEMPORARY (24-hour) unit of time for righteousness YOU, LIKE IT, WILL COME TO AND END AND PERISH.
If you trust the ETERNAL Sabbath (Jesus, and JESUS ALONE) AND REST CONFIDENTLY on His work of Salvation, you’ll be saved.
Come on, Sabbatarians, wake up!
TRUE SABBATARIANS TRUST THE REAL AND ETERNAL SABBATH WHO IS JESUS.
The rest ARE NOT REAL Sabbatarians: Just SELF-DECEIVED religionists.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM
"The Day of the LORD is coming, Jerusalem, when YOUR POSSESSIONS WILL BE PLUNDERED AND DIVIDED UP WITHIN YOUR VERY WALLS.
I will gather ALL THE NATIONS to Jerusalem TO FIGHT AGAINST IT; THE CITY WILL BE CAPTURED, THE HOUSES RANSACKED, AND THE WOMEN RAPED.
HALF OF THE CITY WILL GO INTO EXILE, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city" (Zechariah 14:1-2).
All who love Jerusalem dislike this grim prophecy about the Holy City.
If we didn't know that its occupation by gentile forces will last only 42 months, -- and were that bleak passage not followed by Jesus' return and the establishment of His eternal Kingdom -- it would be unbearable to read or even consider.
This will happen very soon.
There's no way of getting around it.
Of course, residents of Jerusalem and Israeli citizens in general can avoid these awful events by taking refuge in the Judean wilderness (southeast of Jerusalem) when they see trouble approaching.
Better yet, they can receive the Messiah into their hearts right now and NOT be on earth when Jerusalem is taken.
The Scripture is clear that HALF its population will be exiled, the other half allowed to remain there.
Even those who survive the invasion and stay in the city won't have a very easy time.
And many more will flee into the desert when the abomination of desolation is placed in the third temple (Matthew 24:15).
However, I want to highlight some information mentioned in Zechariah chapter 12 that's been getting my attention for a while, namely that when Armageddon happens, some residents of Jerusalem and of Judea will fight against Antichrist and his forces.
It's not like Jesus needs any help. We know Antichrist is INSTANTLY defeated.
Gentiles will occupy Jerusalem for 42 months, and then try to DESTROY IT ahead of Jesus' Return.
The Bible doesn't specify the reason WHY they would want to destroy the Holy City, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out their rationale that, if they destroy it, Jesus won't be able to rule from it, as so many prophecies foretell (Isaiah 2:3-4; Jeremiah 31:31-40).
At that point, Jews will COME OUT OF THEIR HIDING PLACE and fight TO PROTECT JERUSALEM from being destroyed.
They will be supernaturally protected and emboldened by the imminent return of Him who, by then, they will have come to recognize as their Messiah:
"The LORD... declares: "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup (basin) that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.
On that day, WHEN ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH ARE GATHERED AGAINST HER, I will make Jerusalem AN IMMOVABLE ROCK FOR ALL THE NATIONS. All who try to move it (carry it away) will be cut to pieces...
Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, "The people of Jerusalem ARE STRONG, because the LORD Almighty is their God.'
"On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. THEY WILL CONSUME ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES RIGHT AND LEFT, BUT JERUSALEM WILL REMAIN INTACT IN HER PLACE.
7 "The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, SO THAT THE HONOR of the house of David and of Jerusalem's inhabitants MAY NOT BE GREATER THAN That of Judah.
8 On that day the LORD WILL SHIELD THOSE WHO LIVE IN Jerusalem, so that THE FEEBLEST AMONG THEM WILL BE LIKE David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD going before them.
9 On that day I will set out TO DESTROY ALL THE NATIONS THAT ATTACK Jerusalem.
10 And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. THEY WILL LOOK ON ME, THE ONE THEY HAVE PIERCED, AND THEY WILL MOURN FOR HIM AS ONE MOURNS FOR AN ONLY CHILD, AND GRIEVE BITTERLY FOR HIM AS ONE GRIEVES FOR A FIRSTBORN SON.
11 On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
12 The land will mourn, each family by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives,
13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives,
14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives" (Zechariah 12:1-14).
Jerusalem's SHORT-TERM future is rather bleak, but its Destiny is glorious.
I close with two beautiful excerpts from Zechariah chapter 14 and Luke 1:33:
"Then the LORD WILL GO OUT AND FIGHT AGAINST THOSE NATIONS, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives WILL BE SPLIT IN TWO FROM EAST TO WEST, FORMING A GREAT VALLEY, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south...
Then the LORD my God will come, and ALL THE SAINTS WITH HIM" (Zechariah 14:3-5).
...The LORD WILL BE KING OVER THE WHOLE EARTH (Zechariah 14:9).
"And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; AND OF HIS KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE NO END".
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
PRAYING FOR THE END RESULT
Too often we bring our needs before our gracious and Almighty Father and try to tell Him step-by-step how to go about answering our request.
Just tell Him what you want!
DON'T tell Him HOW to do it.
He has A MILLION ways of answering your prayer.
And HIS WAYS are always BETTER and HIGHER than our ways (Isaiah 55:9).
He has ways of which you haven't even thought.
And you may be asking for the wrong thing. He may want to give you A BETTER, MORE SATISFACTORY, AND BENEFICIAL result.
He's been doing this (answering prayer) A LOT LONGER than you think, and before we even KNEW HOW to pray.
Let Him do His job!
Let Him BE...
We are now praying -- and hereby ask all our wonderful intercessors to pray for -- the utter destruction of ISIS, their eradication from the face of the earth, and that they won't cause any harm to ANYONE else.
But Martel, Jesus said to love and pray for even our enemies.
We ARE praying for our enemies.
We're NOT telling God how to do it.
HOWEVER God chooses to answer that prayer is fine with me and, hopefully, with all of us.
If He wants to bring repentance to every ISIS member, forgive all their wickedness and turn each of them into a born-again child of the true God, I'm all for it.
On the other hand, if He wants to open up the earth and send them all down into hell alive, as He did with Korah, Dathan and Abiram, and their evil families when they rebelled against God and Moses, we'll take that, too (Numbers 16:29-33).
With the 13th anniversary of 9/11 coming in just a few days, Lord willing, I will be addressing our precious intercessors soon, because our country NEEDS prayer.
And we want and expect GOOD RESULTS.
So, we will be telling the Lord WHAT WE WANT, in line of course with His Word and His Will.
HOW He does it, or what He chooses to do about it, is entirely up to Him.
And since we TRUST HIM, we can all live with that. Amen.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
DON'T SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG
Are you facing a difficult situation or problem?
Something that, in the natural, seems nearly impossible to overcome?
The first thing you need to know is that God has NO PROBLEMS.
NOTHING is too difficult for Him.
With Him NOTHING is impossible (Luke 1:37).
The second thing is, FACE IT:
Don't sweep it under the rug and PRETEND it's not there.
Don't stick your head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich and WISH it'll just "go away on its own".
F A C E I T !!!!!!!!
All the wishing and hoping in the world IS NOT GOING TO make it go away.
Face it, take it to Jesus, get His strategy to overcome it, and DEAL WITH IT on an on-going, day-to-day basis UNTIL it is TOTALLY resolved.
DON'T let up!
Not until it's 95% overcome, but 100%.
The third thing is, DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS THAN TOTAL VICTORY.
Don't rest until every enemy or situation has surrendered, is rendered helpless, has been brought into total subjection, and is CRUSHED UNDER YOUR FEET.
Gee, I hope someone in Washington is reading this...
And heeding it.
Because His Wisdom applies not only to our personal lives, but to terrorists as well.
It's simple, direct and totally effective.
And Jesus, as in everything else, is our perfect example.
I'm SO GRATEFUL that He TRUSTED the Father completely to know that He would not leave His soul in hell, not suffer His Holy One to see corruption (Psalm 16:10).
SO GRATEFUL that He KNEW He had power to lay down His life and take it up again (John 10:18).
SO GRATEFUL that He FACED mockery, spittle, lashes, punches, being hit with sticks, a crown of thorns, death on the cross, Satan, demons and hell itself -- HEAD ON.
Thank you, Jesus!
SO GRATEFUL that He didn't engage in wishful thinking. He KNEW how ugly our sin and how desperate our need for redemption was and He FACED IT RESOLUTELY, WILLING TO PAY THE ULTIMATE, MOST UNIMAGINABLE PRICE.
SO GRATEFUL that He didn't let up. That He didn't settle for PARTIAL victory.
So GRATEFUL that He didn't say "O.K., Father. I've had enough. I've SUFFERED enough. Why should I put up with these stupid sinners any longer, when I can swat them away like flies?
SO GRATEFUL that He didn't call on the Father to stop His suffering, or on 12 legions of angels (Matthew 26:53) and leave the work of redemption "almost" done...
But that He ENDURED to the very end.
He took EVERYTHING that Satan could unleash on Him, and then some.
He took it UNTIL He DESTROYED Satan's works, and sin itself FOREVER (1 John 3:5,8).
Jesus DIDN'T SETTLE for less than TOTAL VICTORY.
He DIDN'T emerge risen from the dead UNTIL every demon had been vanquished, until Satan's head had been crushed, until EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE including the devil were TRAMPLED UNDER HIS FEET, BROUGHT INTO TOTAL SUBJECTION, and until He'd TAKEN THE KEYS OF DEATH AND HADES away from the wicked one (Revelation 1:18).
Until He could say "IT IS FINISHED!!!" (John 19:30)
He did not stop UNTIL He had obtained ETERNAL REDEMPTION for us (Hebrews 9:12).
Glory to Jesus, glory to Jesus, glory to Jesus!
Does it APPEAR as though Satan has you in a bind?
FACE IT: DON'T RETREAT.
ADVANCE in the Name of Jesus, and on His Authority.
Don't give the devil ANY reprieve, and DON'T settle for less than TOTAL VICTORY.
If our Jesus could endure ALL THAT HE ENDURED, and emerge ETERNALLY VICTORIOUS, so can you.
Because THAT SAME JESUS LIVES IN you.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
"I am very optimistic about Iraq. I think it's gonna be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're gonna see 90,000 American troops come marchin' home by the end of the summer. You're gonna see a stable government in Iraq that is actually movin' toward a representative government. I've been there 17 times now. I go about every two months, three months. I know every one of the major players in all the segments of that society. It's impressed me. I've been impressed, how they have been deciding to use the political process, rather than guns, to settle their differences."
Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States on Larry King TV interview dated February 2010.
When then Senator Barack Obama ran for President in 2008, he chose Joe Biden as Vice Presidential running mate in order to "balance the ticket" and compensate for his own lack of experience, particularly in foreign affairs.
Biden was presented in the media as an expert on the subject, extremely experienced and very knowledgeable about terrorism, Russia, and the Middle East.
With recent declarations by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel that ISIS is "the biggest threat we've ever faced"...
With recent comments by California Senator Diane Feinstein, A DEMOCRAT, that Obama's been "too cautious" with ISIS...
With the recent statement from British Prime Minister David Cameron that "This is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles away that we can hope to ignore", plus his call to confiscate passports of those suspected of joining ISIS, and denying re-entry into Britain to UK citizens suspected of being jihadists.
(Thank God SOMEONE'S showing some leadership in the Western world).
When even long established bastions of liberalism like the Washington Post and the New York Times are calling for the President to get off his behind and DO SOMETHING.
And with the ominous warning from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah last Saturday that, "If neglected, I am CERTAIN THAT AFTER A MONTH they will reach Europe and, AFTER ANOTHER MONTH, America."
Followed by the President's startling statement that "WE DON'T HAVE A STRATEGY on how to deal with ISIS in Syria yet", it begs the question:
It seems everyone is weighing in on the ISIS threat except Hyena Joe.
WHERE'S he been hiding?
WHERE'S the Vice President who laughed artificially and dismissively throughout the debate, and who once boldly said total withdrawal of the U.S. from Iraq would be considered "one of the great achievements of this administration"?
WHERE'S Joe been hiding, while Russia takes over the Crimea and now seems intent on taking part or all of Ukraine?
WHERE was Joe when Putin outsmarted and outmaneuvered Obama, time and again, making our President look like a complete fool, and EXPOSING his glaring incompetence and total failure as leader?
WHERE was Joe while our President claimed to be "studying" the situation FOR OVER TWO MONTHS, while playing golf and attending never-ending fundraisers, and hundreds got decapitated, raped, died of dehydration, or were abducted?
...And he STILL IS UNDECIDED...
WHERE was Joe when ISIS seized nearly all of northern Iraq and portions of Syria?
WHERE was Joe when Assad used chemical weapons on Syrian rebels with impunity?
WHERE was Joe when ISIS recently took control of the Syrian border crossing into Israel?
Yes, I said ISRAEL.
And all the while Joe's been "missing in action"...
And we DON'T HAVE A FREAKIN' STRATEGY to deal with Isis in Syria... YET?
I realize, based on Scripture in general, and Bible prophecy in particular that, in the end Jesus, and JESUS ALONE, will get ALL THE CREDIT AND ALL THE GLORY for delivering Israel, His Church, and the rest of the planet, but my goodness...
Our nation's overall spiritual bankruptcy has finally caught up with us!
We elected the first social media President, based on looks, style and popularity, based on how "cool" we thought he was, and how well he could read a teleprompter, instead of HOW CAPABLE he is, and the consequences are PAINFULLY OBVIOUS.
Just because some people may like Usher, and think he's cool, doesn't mean he's qualified to govern the country.
Let alone lead the rest of the free world.
I usually quote the Bible but today, begging God's forgiveness, I'm gonna quote Simon and Garfunkel, from their hit song "Mrs. Robinson":
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, Joe DiMaggio,
OUR NATION TURNS ITS LONELY EYES TO YOU.
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson.
Jolting Joe HAS LEFT AND GONE AWAY,
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Just switch "Biden" for "DiMaggio", and you got it.
That song also begins with the line "Jesus loves you more than you will know".
After watching our government's and our President's complacency and vacillating ineptness, IT'S A GOOD THING THAT Jesus LOVES US.
We've reached the point where America's ONLY HOPE is to TRUST His never failing Love.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
Somewhere along the way, organized religion SOLD US the idea that Christians ARE SUPPOSED TO BE MOUSY AND TIMID.
Somewhere along the way we came to believe we're supposed to be quiet, backward, unnoticed, and non-intrusive: Just mind our own business.
That being a "good Christian" means to ALWAYS have this idiotic smile, be nice, go to church, go home, and not make any waves.
That we're supposed to be human doormats, and accept whatever comes our way.
That we're not to have any impact on the world around us, that we're not to engage in, or affect popular culture.
That we are to retreat into the safety of certain man-invented buildings we INCORRECTLY call "churches" and barricade ourselves.
That we should ‘hold the fort" and see those buildings as PLACES OF REFUGE, to shelter us from all the evil that goes on around us.
Somewhere along the way, the Church was put on defense.
When all the while we should have been be playing OFFENSE.
We were sold a whole bunch of unbiblical, religious B.S.
Where did the religious establishment get these ideas?
Certainly not from the Bible!
That's just the opposite of what we read in the Gospels.
That's NOT the example that Jesus and His apostles set for us.
Jesus told us to GO INTO (PENETRATE) ALL the world.
That sounds like offense to me.
He never told us to hide inside air conditioned buildings with padded pews, sing boring hymns, and let the world go to hell!
Jesus was always on offense.
Even when He hung in agony on the cross, He was on offense. He was in control.
He was pro-active. He was setting a trap for Satan. And Satan fell for it.
Satan paid dearly for that mistake, and is still paying.
"If the princes of this world had known THEY WOULD HAVE NEVER CRUCIFIED the Lord of Glory" [1st Corinthians 2:8].
How can we even call ourselves "Christian" when we don't follow our Master's example?
Go INTO all THE WORLD. . . means JUST THAT.... "all" means "ALL".
We're supposed to go into bars and brothels, hospitals and clubs, schools and homes, factories and offices, parties and funerals.
We're supposed to go on the streets, and invade all forms of media with his glorious message of eternal life.
Proverbs 28:1 says "THE RIGHTEOUS ARE AS BOLD AS A LION".
Jesus' NEVER preached retreat. He told us to ADVANCE. He told us to OCCUPY.
Let's get on offense, and put Satan and his minions on defense.
Let's put them where they belong, under the Church's feet.
The Promised Land is there for us to take. Do we still fear the "giants"? Or are we BOLD ENOUGH to cross the Jordan ?
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