October 2014 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014
Religion and Salvation are NOT the same thing.
Repeat: Religion and Salvation are NOT synonymous.
One can have ALL THE RELIGION IN THE WORLD, observe all the religious "rules", and "don'ts" ever invented by religious minds, and be COMPLETELY UNSAVED.
By the same token, one can have little or NO religion, break all the religious rules, and BE FULLY and COMPLETELY SAVED.
Therefore, whether you are religious or not, there are a couple things you NEED TO KNOW:
1. You NEED Salvation.
2. You are UTTERLY UNABLE to save yourself.
There's NOTHING you can "do" in order to be saved.
There's NOTHING you can "abstain" from doing in order to be saved.
There's NO RELIGION ON EARTH that you can join TO BE SAVED. NOT ONE.
There's NO CHRISTIAN DENOMINATION you can join that will save you. NOT ONE.
There's NO RELIGIOUS building (worship center) you can attend that will save you. NOT ONE.
I don't care if you STAY THERE 24/7.
There's no amount of prayer or religious ritual in which you can participate that will save you. NONE.
Being circumcised IN THE FLESH WON'T SAVE YOU.
Observing Old Testament dietary laws WON'T SAVE YOU.
Observing a TEMPORARY 24-hour shadow called Saturday WON'T SAVE YOU.
Following and blindly believing the teachings of:
Charles Nelson Darby
the Church Fathers
Ron L. Hubbard
Mary Baker Eddy
Charles Taze Russell
Herbert W. Armstrong
William Campell, or
Ellen G. White WON'T SAVE YOU.
Salvation consists of ONE THING, and ONE THING ONLY:
Jesus LIVING IN YOU:
Jesus LIVING IN YOUR HEART (in the innermost recesses of your inner self).
(Romans 8:9; 1 John 5:12)
ALL ELSE is superfluous.
NOTHING ELSE will save you.
NO ONE ELSE (besides Jesus) CAN save you.
Jesus is KNOCKING on the door of your heart RIGHT NOW.
If you want Him to enter...
If you want Salvation...
You MUST OPEN THE DOOR AND INVITE HIM IN.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014
LET ME INTRODUCE YOU
Have you met THE REAL you?
No? In that case let me introduce you...
IF you are a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, THAT PERISHABLE OUTER SHELL you call your physical body is NOT, repeat, NOT, the real you.
THIS is the real you.
He lives in your mid-section, IN THE VERY CORE of your being.
He's your "inner man", the "inner man of the heart".
So, Pam, Kathy, Bill, George, meet...
Your "inner man", your REAL Self, IS Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).
"Well, I know that His Spirit LIVES in me, since I became born-again"...
Wonderful: if you know that, you know more than most Christians.
My question, then, is:
If you KNOW that Jesus' Holy Spirit is IN THERE, WHY DON'T YOU EVER PAY ATTENTION TO HIM?
Does it make ANY sense to invite someone into your house and then TOTALLY IGNORE that person?
No. If you wanted to ignore them, you'd leave them OUTSIDE.
You'd try to be a gracious host or hostess:
You'd offer Him something to drink, you'd engage Him in conversation, BE INTERESTED in His views, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to what He says, ask Him questions, LISTEN... and probably ask Him to stay for dinner... (Revelation 3:20)
WHY ON EARTH would it be different for Jesus?
WHY would you go through all that trouble FOR MERE MORTALS and TOTALLY NEGLECT the King of kings?
WHY do you care SO MUCH about LYING, FALLIBLE mortals' opinions and (apparently) CARE NOTHING ABOUT what the Almighty One - who is faithful, true, never leads us astray, and HAS ALL THE ANSWERS - thinks?
It just DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
We invite Him in ONCE, become born again, and -- ONCE WE HAVE HIM INSIDE -- we completely ignore Him.
What UNGODLY, INEXCUSABLE WASTE!
But, wait, I'm not through...
Yes, His Spirit LIVES IN us and MAKES US born-again (Romans 8:9).
But Jesus Himself LIVES THERE, TOO (1 John 5:12).
He lives there, not in mortal flesh, but in ACTUAL, TANGIBLE, IMMORTAL, SPIRIT SUBSTANCE.
That INNER JESUS is PREDESTINED to be UNVEILED (manifested) in EACH of us!!! (Romans 8:19, 29)
That INNER MAN, the INNER JESUS, IS ETERNAL and INDESTRUCTIBLE.
He will be unveiled in us when the Church is raptured into the heavenly realm.
Instead of talking about UNBIBLICAL "7-year peace treaties" and "cashless societies", that will never happen,THIS IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE PREACHED FROM EVERY CHRISTIAN PULPIT IN THE WORLD:
JESUS IS our Destiny.
And, like it or not, we're all in this together:
Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Catholics, Pentecostals...
THE SOONER we realize that JESUS is WHO WE ARE and where we're headed, the better it will be for THE WHOLE CHURCH.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
HOW DID SATAN GET HORNS?
Ever wonder what Satan really looks like?
Although in the Bible he's called "the dragon" or that "old serpent", Satan is a spirit being (Revelation 12:9; 20:2).
We know that he used the serpent to deceive Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3).
We know that man's subsequent corrupt mind has turned him into a large dragon.
We know that he has incarnated in two individuals: Nimrod the former king of Babel, and Alexander of Macedonia, the future Antichrist (Daniel 7:6; Revelation 13:2; 17:10-11).
In art, he is often portrayed as a red humanoid with horns, pointed ears, a tail, and holding a pitchfork.
But is that his true appearance or form?
In the Book of Revelation we have him described METAPHORICALLY as a large dragon with "7 heads and 10 horns" (Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:7).
He is often represented by satanists and others as a goat (Daniel 8:21).
The goat, having two horns, is much closer to his true form.
In the previous message we established that Satan's throne was located at Pergamum, Turkey in the first century A.D. (Revelation 2:13).
According to tradition, Antipas who was murdered there for his faith in Christ and whom Jesus calls "My faithful witness", was burned to death inside A BRASS BULL.
They had created a hollow BRASS BULL, in honor of Zeus (Satan), stuck faithful Antipas inside, and set it on fire.
Human depictions aside, God's Word tells us Satan was the "anointed cherub" (Ezekiel 28:14).
He is, therefore, a type of angelic being.
There are different types of angels: archangels, cherubim, seraphim, and regular angels, as well as angels with special assignments.
We know Satan was A CHERUB (singular).
God's word tells us what CHERUBIM (plural) look like.
Cherubim come with four different faces: one face looks LIKE A BULL, another like a human, another resembles a lion and, finally, there's one that resembles an eagle (Ezekiel 10:14; Revelation 4:7).
It's clear that Satan being a single cherub HAD THE FACE OF A BULL, HENCE THE "TWO HORNS" usually attributed to him.
He's even represented in the true Zodiac as the sign of Taurus THE BULL.
No wonder that his son is depicted in art, coins, and historical accounts with two horns on his head.
No wonder that Mohammed refers to him in the Koran as Dhul Karnayim or the "one with two horns".
He also says that allah gives him dominion over all the earth.
Jesus says in the Book of Revelation that it's the dragon (Satan) that gives him "his power, his throne, and great authority." (Revelation 13:2).
I'll believe Jesus OVER Mohammed every second of every day.
We conclude, therefore, that "allah" is another name for Satan.
And that Satan's true form (at least his face) RESEMBLES AN OX, and that-while he's not red, nor has pointed ears a la Mr. Spock, nor uses a pitchfork, HE DOES HAVE HORNS.
It's amazing what you can find in the Bible.
If only some of you WOULD READ IT, instead of using it for "Christian" display.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014
THRONE OF SATAN
"And the beast that I saw was like unto a leopard... and THE DRAGON GAVE HIM his power, AND HIS THRONE, and great authority" (Revelation 13:2)
It all started when Satan coveted God's Throne:
Instead of TRUSTING God's Grace to grant his wish, he decided to get the throne BY HIS OWN WORKS. Selah:
"How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, who did weaken the nations!
For you have said in your heart, I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN, I WILL EXALT MY THRONE above the stars of God: I WILL SIT also upon the mount of the congregation, in the farthest sides of the north:
I WILL ASCEND above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE the most High" (Isaiah 14:12-14).
The phrase "I will ascend to heaven" suggests that Lucifer WAS HERE ON EARTH, when he made such arrogant statement.
The phrase "I will exalt MY THRONE" suggests that he had appropriated some sort of earthly "throne" for himself.
Knowing that he wants to be God, and knowing that he was once a cherub who covered God's Throne (Ezekiel 28:14), we can surmise that he tried to copy the heavenly Throne.
His rebellion and faithlessness got Lucifer expelled and banned from heaven.
He only regained access when man forfeited his position just below God (Elohim), by sinning.
When man regains his position in the heavenly realm Satan and his angels will, once again, be cast out. This time for good (Revelation 12:7-11).
Satan's throne was originally established in Babylon (Genesis 10:10).
From there it moved to Macedonia, Greece (Daniel 8:21).
And by the first century A.D. it had moved to Pergamum, Turkey (Revelation 2:13).
Jesus said, clear as daylight, that the throne of Satan was in Pergamum (Revelation 2:13).
Satan's actual "throne" is on display today in Berlin, Germany (see picture below).
It's a massive structure 114 feet wide and 108 feet deep.
By contrast, God's Throne on earth (the Ark of the Covenant) is only about 4½ feet wide, by 2½ feet high and 2½ feet deep.
Leave it to Satan to go overboard in his unquenchable thirst for glory.
The base of Satan's throne is decorated (all the way around) with a 371-feet long high relief frieze known as the Gigantomachy showing the battle between the mythical Giants, depicted as large snakes with human heads and torsos, and the Olympian gods.
This was the throne of the Greek god Zeus.
Hence, we have Jesus Himself, identifying Zeus as "Satan".
This is very significant because Alexander of Macedonia always claimed that his true father was Zeus, not Phillip.
His mother Olympias always claimed to have conceived Alexander from direct copulation with Zeus who came to her in the form of a serpent (she had pet snakes, that regularly crawled unto and slept in her bed).
This THRONE of Zeus or THRONE of Satan in Pergamum (known today by its modern name Bergama) was excavated by German archaeologist, Carl Humann in 1878.
It was later taken to Germany in pieces and reconstructed there, where it remains on display at the Pergamum Museum in Berlin.
Kaiser Wilhelm II, a virulent anti-Semite, celebrated the erection of Satan's throne in Berlin in 1902.
Adolph Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933.
Hitler, the extremely evil dictator who started World War II in 1939, did his satanic worst to exterminate Jews.
Draw your own conclusions.
Satan's self-exaltation and lust for supreme power manifested in his offspring Alexander:
"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am God; I sit ON THE THRONE OF GOD in the heart of the seas." But you are a mere man and not God, though you think you are as wise as a God" (Ezekiel 28:2).
And will manifest again when he returns from the abyss (Revelation 17:8) to reign during the tribulation:
"He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he AS God SITS IN the temple of God, showing himself to be God" (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
The Antichrist will plant his military pavilion in Israel, between "the seas" (meaning between the Mediterranean and Dead Seas) and the "beautiful holy mountain" which is Jerusalem or Zion (Daniel 11:45).
This is an ideal and strategic location for his military headquarters, as he could control Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem from there.
He will, at some point, enter the third temple, sit in it "as God", declare himself "God", demand worship under penalty of death, and erect a statue of himself on its altar of sacrifice (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 24:15; Revelation 13:14-15).
Near the end of Antichrist's 42-month rule, Satan's THRONE WILL BE COVERED IN DARKNESS:
"The fifth poured out his bowl ON THE THRONE OF THE BEAST, and his kingdom was darkened. They gnawed their tongues because of the pain" (Revelation 16:10).
Satan's throne will be DEMOLISHED AND DESTROYED forever (Revelation 19:20).
Antichrist will be deposed and ETERNALLY VANQUISHED, NEVER AGAIN to rise.
The lake of fire is where both will spend eternity (Revelation 20:10).
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
THE INNER MAN
God's Word speaks of the "inner man" repeatedly, yet Christians in general, and Christian religion in particular, totally dismiss him.
You have an "outer man", the EXTERNAL, VISIBLE you, made of flesh and blood: the one who sometimes acts ugly, is petulant, childish and has little or no faith.
And you have an "inner man", in your spirit, made of Spirit Substance who is indestructible, and who is a facet of Christ's infinite Perfection (1 Corinthians 15:44).
The Scriptures speak repeatedly about this "inner man" of the heart, and yet Christianism IGNORES HIM COMPLETELY, as though He didn't exist.
As though GOD Himself had not REVEALED HIS IMPORTANCE to us.
As though God's Word DIDN'T SAY THAT that inner man MUST BE UNVEILED and MANIFESTED in us (Romans 8:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
As though Scripture DIDN'T SAY that we (yes, you and me) are PREDESTINED to conform to Christ's Image WHICH IS OUR INNER MAN (Romans 8:29).
Scripture also tells us it's in that inner man where we HAVE and get our SPIRITUAL STRENGTH:
"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, TO BE STRENGTHENED WITH MIGHT by his Spirit IN THE INNER MAN" (Ephesians 3:16)
... "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet OUR INNER MAN IS BEING RENEWED DAY BY DAY" (2 Corinthians 4:16).
As though Scripture didn't tell us that our inner man HAS NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER obeying and keeping God's Law (Romans 7:22).
It's when we IGNORE that inner man, and walk in our carnal minds, FOCUSED ON THE EXTERNAL, that we BREAK God's Law and sin.
Despite our best intentions to love and serve God, THE OUTER MAN will betray us time and again.
THE INNER MAN, on the other hand, is faithful, true and conforms to the Image of Jesus.
Truth be told, the inner man IS Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:17).
The outer man is Adam.
According to God's Word there are TWO ADAMS: the first and the last (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).
Sooner or later, you'll have to choose one over the other.
You'll have to FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION on one over the other.
Focus on the OUTER man and, like Adam, you will die.
Focus on the INNER man and Jesus' own immortality will manifest in you (1 Peter 3:3-4):
"Whose adornment must not be the EXTERNAL... But let it be THE HIDDEN MAN OF THE HEART... who is IMMORTAL, even the ornament of A MEEK AND QUIET SPIRIT, which is of great price in the sight of God".
2016? FORGET IT!
With the midterm elections coming up, there's much talk in political circles about 2016.
Some of the names being bandied about for the U.S. presidency are Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden (fat chance), Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and even a re-run of Mitt Romney.
Hate to be the one to rain on their presidential parade, but I got three words (actually ONE long word) for all the aspirants:
The United States will never reach November 8, 2016 in its present condition.
And I seriously doubt that whatever is left of it will be able to hold elections.
They'll be too preoccupied with day to day survival.
The trumpet judgments will take place within 5 days from the Church's removal from earth (Revelation 9:1).
And the "world" that is left after those judgments for Antichrist to rule over will not look, feel or be ANYTHING like what we know today.
So, those who are looking to 2016 for some presidential savior to right the many errors committed by this and previous Administrations, will be hugely disappointed.
They are pinning their hopes on the wrong candidate - WHOEVER their candidate may be.
The present trend is irreversible.
And NO MORTAL can do anything about it.
It will take NO LESS THAN God Himself to right the cumulative wrongs of many generations, which now weigh heavily on this nation and planet.
The ONLY HOPE for the United States, and for the rest of the world, is JESUS.
And those who've set their sights on 2016, better RE-FOCUS and LOOK TO HIM.
Because for one reason or another, chances are THEY WON'T BE AROUND in 2016.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014
THE ENDLESS DAY
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY God ended his work which he had made; and HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY from all his work which he had made. And God BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made". (Genesis 2:1-3)
Time is NOT absolute. It's relative.
To achieve the notion of "time' one must have A COMBINATION OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS at regular intervals.
In Genesis chapter 1, as we read the account of God's Creation, we find the following phrases:
"And the evening and the morning were the first day" (Genesis 1:5).
"And the evening and the morning were the second day" (Genesis 1:8).
"And the evening and the morning were the third day" (Genesis 1:13).
"And the evening and the morning were the fourth day" (Genesis 1:19).
"And the evening and the morning were the fifth day" (Genesis 1:23).
"And the evening and the morning were the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31).
However, as we can see in the anchor verse above, NO SUCH STATEMENT IS MADE WITH REGARDS TO THE SEVENTH DAY.
After being so meticulously careful to say it over and over with regards to the previous six days, there MUST BE an important reason for God to DELIBERATELY OMIT the phrase "and the evening and the morning were the seventh day" with regards to the Sabbath.
The seventh 24-hour day of the 168-hour week is Saturday.
The Sabbath or day of rest, as expressed in the fourth of the 10 Commandments, is Saturday.
There is NO QUESTION WHATSOEVER about that.
However, in Colossians 2:16 Paul instructs Christian believers NOT TO ALLOW ANYONE TO JUDGE THEM with regards to Sabbaths (Saturdays).
Furthermore, in the very next verse, Colossians 2:17, he refers to the TEMPORARY, 24-hour 10 Commandments' weekly Sabbath (Saturday) as A MERE SHADOW.
He then ADDS that THE REAL THING, the SUBSTANCE, THE TRUE SABBATH (of which the weekly Sabbath is but a shadow) IS Christ Himself.
Shadows are NEVER the real thing.
Repeat: SHADOWS are NEVER the REAL thing.
Your shadow is not you and my shadow is not me.
Shadows are mere reflections or representations of SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER AND REAL.
The reason God DIDN'T say that limiting phrase "the evening and the morning" with regards to the Sabbath is this: the TRUE SABBATH OF THE LORD NEVER ENDS.
If we think in terms of FINITE, 24-hour days, the Sabbath day is Saturday.
If we think NOT IN TERMS OF TEMPORARY, FINITE EARTHLY SHADOWS but OF ETERNAL Truth, as in PERMANENT REALITY, the REAL Sabbath is NOT a 24 hour day.
Never has been, never will be.
THAT'S WHY God NEVER SAID "the evening and the morning were the seventh day":
The REAL Sabbath NEVER ENDS.
The REAL Sabbath has NO EVENING or MORNING.
The 7th Day is ETERNAL.
Zechariah 14:6-7 describes the true, eternal Sabbath:
"And it shall come to pass IN THAT DAY, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be ONE DAY which shall be known to the LORD, NOT DAY, NOR NIGHT: but it shall come to pass, that AT EVENING TIME IT SHALL BE LIGHT"...
THE DAY which has NO EVENING AND NO MORNING, the DAY in WHICH there IS ONLY LIGHT, is THE TRUE SABBATH.
God is light. In Him is NO DARKNESS at all (1 John 1:5).
Hence, there is no "evening" and no "morning" in His Presence.
In His Presence, there is no "time" as we know it.
The true Sabbath, in which there is ONLY light, is Jesus and is ETERNITY .
The true Sabbath is God Himself.
The 24-hour TEMPORARY day (or shadow) gives us ONLY TEMPORARY rest.
The true Sabbath (Jesus) is the ONLY ONE that can give us ETERNAL REST:
Jesus Christ IS the true Sabbath (Matthew 11:28).
STOP FOCUSING ON the 24-hour day, which is the shadow, and FOCUS ON Jesus, who is THE REAL:
"There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever" (Revelation 22:5).
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
AMONG THE MULTITUDE
"I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise Him AMONG THE MULTITUDE" (Psalm 109:30).
"After this I beheld, and, lo, A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, of all nations, and tribes, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9-10).
WHO will remain on earth when our Lord appears and raptures His Body?
WHO WILL BE AMONG THE HEAVENLY MULTITUDE on that glorious day when Jesus - OUR PRECIOUS Savior and Bridegroom - sweeps His Church (Bride) LITERALLY off her feet?
WHO STAYS and WHO LEAVES?
Those who STAY are:
1. Those who HATE Jesus.
2. Those who DO NOT BELIEVE IN Christ.
3. Those who DO NOT KNOW Christ, since they're NOT born-again of the Spirit.
4. Those who think that Jesus' perfect Work of Redemption DID NOT GET THE JOB DONE and that they need to SUPPLEMENT IT with their own righteousness which, in His eyes and nostrils, is "AS FILTHY RAGS" (Isaiah 64:6).
5. All satanists.
6. Members of "christian" cults, who trust their cult and not Jesus.
7. ALL those who belong to FALSE RELIGIONS. Like New Age, Scientology, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims.
8. Agnostics and atheists.
UNLESS they TRULY repent in the final moments of this Age, and RECEIVE Jesus as ONLY God and Savior, they will REMAIN FOR THE TRIBULATION.
The majority will perish during those horrific 3½ years, but not before enduring terrible, UNPRECEDENTED judgments.
Those who LEAVE with Jesus are:
1. ALL LIVING BELIEVERS and the "dead in Christ".
The "dead in Christ" includes all the martyrs since the Early Church up to our time, and ALL who have died in the faith.
If someone you love has shed his/her physical body recently, he or she will be resurrected and raptured TOGETHER WITH living Christians (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
2. ALL BABIES AND SMALL CHILDREN (Joel 2:16).
Although in Judaism the "age of accountability" is considered to be 12 years old, the Bible DOES NOT provide a specific age. Please share Christ with your children and grandchildren IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE as soon as they are able to discern right from wrong.
Make sure you tell them HOW SPECIAL they are to Jesus and HOW MUCH He loves them.
3. By extension, #2 above would include all babies who have died in the womb, at birth, or have been aborted.
4. Also all mentally disabled individuals, since their comprehension and, therefore, accountability, would be that of a small child.
5. All land animals (beasts) (Zephaniah 1:3).
6. ALL in whom God's MOST HOLY Spirit lives (Romans 8:9).
7. ANYONE who calls on the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and turns to Him with ALL his/her heart, EVEN IN THE FINAL SECONDS of this Age.
Will YOU be among that GREAT MULTITUDE REJOICING AND PRAISING our beautiful Jesus? Or on earth enduring the HORRORS of the tribulation?
You have THREE BASIC choices:
1. You can REJECT Christ and endure EXTREME TRIBULATION.
2. You can TAKE YOUR CHANCES and HOPE that you will be alive, awake and conscious when the Rapture happens, and that you will have the presence of mind and spiritual wherewithal to call out to Jesus and RECEIVE Him at the VERY end. That's a HUGE gamble. ALL THESE ARE BIG "IFS".
3. You can BE 100% SURE of going to heaven by RECEIVING CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART RIGHT NOW.
Bottom line: Jesus LOVES YOU - UNCONDITIONALLY.
NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, WHAT you're doing OR WHAT YOU'VE DONE, HE WANTS TO SAVE YOU (John 3:16-17).
But He WON'T force His way into your heart.
If you RECEIVE Him, there's NO WAY He won't RECEIVE YOU and WELCOME YOU into His Kingdom.
I'd love to see you in heaven.
This is YOUR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY.
DON'T WASTE IT.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014
"Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares" (Proverbs 1:20).
For the record, NO, I'm not referring to the "OCCUPY Wall Street" movement.
These words were penned by, reputedly, THE WISEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED.
At least by WORLD standards...
Divine Standards are a different matter altogether.
That even SUPER-WISE Solomon LOST his great wisdom and MADE A COMPLETE FOOL OF HIMSELF is evidenced by the fact that, toward the end of his life, he SANK HEAVILY INTO IDOLATRY, acquired 700 wives and 300 CONCUBINES!!! (1 Kings 11:3-6).
Dear Lord in heaven! How could he KEEP TRACK? Or even REMEMBER THEIR NAMES?
Think about it ladies... Imagine you were one of Solomon's wives or "INSIGNIFICANT others"... ASSUMING he saw one at a time, you would have "been with him" approximately ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS:
Either Solomon thought too highly of himself, or he was REALLY "worth the wait"...
What IS wisdom?
The dictionary defines it as "KNOWLEDGE OF what is TRUE or right COUPLED WITH just judgment as to action; sagacity, DISCERNMENT, OR INSIGHT".
Wisdom is BADLY NEEDED in this world of ours.
Wisdom may be "crying out loud in the streets", but it appears NO ONE is listening.
The Book of James describes TWO types of wisdom:
One, which is fueled by envy, jealousy, and SELFISH AMBITION, which he calls "earthly, CARNAL and DEVILISH"... (James 3:14, 15)
This wisdom, according to James 3:16, BREEDS CONFUSION and EVERY EVIL WORK.
And ANOTHER Wisdom, which COMES FROM ABOVE (from the Spirit of God), which is "PURE, then peaceable, gentle, good for persuasion, full of mercy and good fruits, UNBIASED, and WITHOUT HYPOCRISY" (James 3:17).
Sadly, as long as we live in this decadent world, we will need A MEASURE OF worldly "wisdom" in order to GET ALONG and "do well" in school, our jobs, or businesses.
STREET SMARTS are also A MUST in order to communicate effectively with others, since that's where MOST PEOPLE are at today.
But ALL THE WISDOM of this world CANNOT REMOTELY COMPARE WITH the Wisdom of God, which comes from above.
That's why Jesus SHUT UP THE ARROGANT PHARISEES and Sadducees, time and again.
They had religion, and were educated in the wisdom of this world. Jesus, on the other hand, had Divine Wisdom.
That's why they simply COULD NOT refute or withstand His SUPERIOR Wisdom.
THAT'S the Wisdom by which the universe was created (Proverbs 8:22-30), which baffles the most accomplished men and women of science (worldly wisdom) TO THIS VERY DAY.
God's Wisdom is FROM ABOVE. Theirs is FROM BELOW:
"And because of him are you in Christ Jesus, who is made unto us by God WISDOM, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND SANCTIFICATION, AND REDEMPTION" (1 Corinthians 1:30):
God's Wisdom, as Solomon said while he was still wise (Proverbs 8:11), is "MORE PRECIOUS THAN RUBIES".
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014
DESTINY OF NATIONS
What I am about to share DOES NOT affect the Church.
It applies ONLY to certain nations and NATURAL humans in those nations.
BORN-AGAIN humans from ALL these countries will be raptured (Revelation 7:9).
We will either be in heaven with Christ, or ruling the earth with Him, IN INDESTRUCTIBLE, SUPERNATURAL, IMMORTAL bodies made of Spirit Substance (Revelation 5:9-10).
It also DOES NOT APPLY to anyone in these nations who becomes born-again during the reign of Antichrist. These individuals will have their own special Rapture before Armageddon (Revelation 14:15; 15:2).
It applies ONLY to NATURAL HUMANS who remain here, do not receive the mark of the beast, and survive the tribulation.
At the end of the tribulation they are judged by Jesus based on their treatment of natural Israelites during that harrowing period (Isaiah 66:19; Joel 3:2; Matthew 25:31-33).
Those who DID NOTHING to help Israelites are sent into the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41-46).
Those who HELP THEM to the best of their ability, get to repopulate the earth during the Millennium (Matthew 25:34-40).
Here's the destiny of certain nations:
Largely downgraded at the start of the tribulation. It will rebel against Christ at the end of the Millennium, and attack Kingdom Headquarters in Jerusalem in the war of Gog and Magog. It will be annihilated (Ezekiel 39:11).
2. China/Far East
Largely downgraded at start of tribulation, the remaining portion will remain loyal to King Jesus during the Millennium and, ultimately, be saved (Isaiah 49:12).
(And POSSIBLY PORTIONS OF Central and South America).
Largely downgraded at the start of the tribulation. Remaining portions will serve Jesus during the Millennium, remain loyal to Him, and ultimately be saved (Ezekiel 38:13).
According to Daniel 2:40-44 and 7:24, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya will be part of the 10-king coalition that supports Antichrist during the tribulation.
Those who gather to fight for Antichrist at Armageddon will be exterminated.
And those who survive, and haven't taken Antichrist's mark, will go into the Millennium.
They repent and remain loyal to Jesus.
The following European Nations will be part of the 10-king coalition that supports the Antichrist during the tribulation (Daniel 2:40-44 and 7:24):
Their troops are destroyed at Armageddon and go to the lake of fire.
Survivors who didn't take the Antichrist's mark and were kind to Israel, get to live in the Millennium and repopulate the earth.
Except as otherwise noted below, they are saved.
* These are members of the EU.
+ These join Gog in a futile attempt to topple the Kingdom of God on earth at the end of the Millennium. They are exterminated and sent to the lake of fire.
It is NOT part of the 10-king coalition that supports Antichrist. Survives the tribulation.
However, it is destroyed at the end of the Millennium when it joins Gog in his rebellion against God.
So are all the Eastern European GENTILES who also rebel against the Messiah ("Gomer and ALL HIS BANDS") (Ezekiel 38:6, 21-22; 39:11).
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014
WHAT ABOUT MY COUNTRY?
After a recent message in which we gave the final outcome of each Middle East nation, many people -- particularly from Europe and Australia -- have asked "well, what about my country"?
The Middle East is where human civilization began and where it will end, at least as we know it.
Since the tribulation and millennial world will be focused mostly on the Middle East, the Bible is very specific about nations in that part of the world.
However, it does not give a nation by nation account of what each particular country's ultimate fate will be.
Many modern countries did not even exist when the Bible was written, hence were not known.
It is possible, nonetheless, to tell the ultimate fate of many -- though NOT ALL -- other countries from the biblical text:
I'm not aware of any Scriptures that specifically mention Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.
However, "islands" in general, are mentioned 32 times.
And "coast lands" 29 times.
According to Isaiah 24:15; 42:4,12; 60:9 and Psalm 97:1 the "islands" and "coast lands" will remain loyal to Jesus and be saved.
Does that include ALL islands, like Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines? Don't know.
Same goes for the "coast lands".
Since ONE THIRD of the earth's surface is INSTANTLY CONSUMED at the start of the trib, it probably refers to "islands" and "coast lands" that SURVIVE the tribulation.
Likewise, I'm not aware of any Scriptures that SPECIFICALLY mention nations in North, Central, or South America, not even Canada or the United States.
I am aware of ONE Scripture that INDIRECTLY mentions the Americas. Whether it refers to the American continent in its entirety, or only portions of it, is unclear.
Only certain portions of the northern African continent are mentioned, like Egypt, Libya, arguably Ethiopia, and possibly Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Sudan.
Everyone should be aware that, at the start of the tribulation, the earth will tilt on its axis, causing a large quake, rearranging geography, and lumping all continents together into one very large land mass (Isaiah 24:1,6, 19-20; Revelation 6:12).
Everyone should also be aware that THE VERY FIRST JUDGMENT that takes place during the tribulation, right after the Church departs, obliterates ONE THIRD OF the earth's surface.
That's a huge chunk of real estate.
We are not told WHICH SPECIFIC PORTIONS will be affected, but can infer from the biblical text that most of the Middle East will be unscathed.
That means that it will be mostly nations along the OUTER rim of that newly formed gigantic land mass that will be burnt.
Depending on exactly how geography is rearranged by these unprecedented events, the first trumpet may altogether consume entire nations while burning up large portions of others.
If your nation is NOT SPECIFICALLY mentioned in the biblical text, then (generally speaking) it means that it will probably survive the tribulation and still exist during the Millennium, and remain loyal to Jesus...
UNLESS it happens to be ON THE OUTER RIM of this new geography.
If it lies on the outer rim, then it's totally in God's hands and all bets are off.
NONE of the tribulation JUDGMENTS affect the Church, since they can only take place AFTER we're gone.
We will address SPECIFIC nations in the next message.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
DID YOU KNOW?
That "according to Bi-BULL prophecy":
1. "Many wars are coming"?
Really? I thought they were ALREADY HERE.
2. That "21 events" are coming soon?
No kidding! I thought MILLIONS of "events" take place every day.
3. That the war of Psalm 83 will take place in our time?
I thought the Amalekites, specifically mentioned in that Psalm, had ceased to exist by the 5th century B.C.
4. That there are not one but (Lord have mercy!) TWO "7-year tribulations"?
And that ONLY the FIRST 7-year trib can be "shortened"?
I THOUGHT Scripture says over and over that the tribulation lasts 3.5 years (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 11:2-3; 12:6,14; 13:5).
Therefore, that it CANNOT BE "shortened".
I thought Matthew 24:22 and Mark 13:20 say that THE DAYS THEMSELVES (daylight) will be SHORTENED, NOT "made FEWER" in number.
I thought there's NO 7-year tribulation AT ALL, LET ALONE A 14-YEAR TRIB.
Apparently, some sadomasochistic Kristians think 3½ years of sheer misery, calamity, murder, tyranny, and UNFATHOMABLE HARDSHIP aren't enough and want to QUADRUPLE IT.
By the way, if the purpose of "shortening" the days is so that SOME flesh might survive the first 7 years (Matthew 24:22), who'd survive THE SECOND 7-year tribulation?
Tch tch tch tch tch...
But, wait, it gets "better"... Or, actually, WORSE:
5. Did you know that an asteroid is about to hit the U.S.A. in 2014 and kill millions?
If it is, it better hurry: it only has TWO MONTHS LEFT.
Can anyone say "Elenin repackaged"?
And we all know how "true" the Elenin hoax turned out to be...
6. That this mysterious, unnamed and uncharted "asteroid" will split the U.S. in two?
7. That one part of the U.S. will be led by Obama, and the other by Hillary Clinton?
Well, it's obvious Obama CAN'T LEAD the whole U.S.
Maybe he can handle HALF of it.
We can only hope...
8. That the same unnamed, uncharted asteroid will destroy Puerto Rico?
If God really wanted to destroy it, He wouldn't have to be so dramatic: A strong hurricane would get the job done.
9. That the earth WILL NOT ROTATE for three days, bringing three days of darkness to America?
Not sure as to WHY God would discriminate and bring darkness ONLY to this part of the world...
I assume the other part of the earth would ROAST with three days of CONCENTRATED and UNINTERRUPTED SUNSHINE.
I also surmise they won't be getting much sleep.
10. That a 12-point earthquake will topple the Dome of the Rock and cause a 1,000-feet tsunami?
I'm all for toppling the Dome. But if it's already demolished by the quake, I'm not sure what purpose the giant tsunami would serve.
Unless, of course, God has decided to conduct FORCED mass baptisms.
11. That the "EMP effect" will destroy all electronic gadgets?
Uh-oh....Better kiss your I Phone good bye... At least for the next 14 years...
12. That GIANTS will FALL from a SPACESHIP and come upon the earth to attack people?
Last I heard the "Giants" are from San Francisco and headed for the World Series.
The only ones they seem intent on "attacking" are the Kansas City Royals.
I'm being facetious, of course.
I just thought I'd treat you to some of the mindless manure with which I have to deal on an almost daily basis.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
All these catastrophic "Christian" predictions, allegedly "from God", are not backed with even ONE Scripture, mind you, but rather with A DOZEN or more YouTube and Facebook links.
NONE of which I will ever watch, EVEN IF I had time.
Yet, and without hesitation, they call this monumental B.S. "Bible prophecy".
All of these dire predictions are courtesy of self-anointed "prophets" and "prophetesses" based on "special dreams", "visions" and "visitations".
The very same kind that many of you spend COUNTLESS hours watching, reading, and getting CONFUSED and SCARED, ON PURPOSE.
If some people spent ONE THIRD of that time studying the New Testament, we'd all be FAR BETTER OFF and happier, instead of spiritually malnourished and GROSSLY MISINFORMED.
Forgive me for devoting time and space to such senseless crap, but please cut me some slack...
We're all in this together.
Why should I be the only one to suffer?
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014
WITH "FRIENDS" LIKE THESE...
The woefully inept Administration sitting in in Washington, D.C. seems utterly unable to stop its chain of blunders, let alone its own stupidity.
As if struggling with a sagging economy, illegal immigration, a disastrous foreign policy, and trying to contain Isis and Ebola weren't challenging enough, Secretary of State John Kerry topped it all off by making the astoundingly stupid comment that Israel is THE CAUSE behind the existence of ultra-barbaric Isis.
In a somewhat related story, it is now reported that Isis is trying to train pilots to fly fighter jets.
If the United States had any sense - AND THAT'S A HUGE "IF" THESE DAYS - it would take preemptive action and destroy all the aircraft in the military bases that Isis has captured, like the one near Aleppo in Syria.
I'm no military expert, but some things are just a matter of common sense.
The so-called "Islamic State" already has the wherewithal to make dirty bombs, chemical and possibly biological weapons.
The group has proven resilient and horrific enough ON LAND. THE LAST THING we need right now is for them to get their hands ON ANY KIND OF AIR POWER.
I hope SOMEONE in Washington is thinking ahead on these things - or JUST PLAIN THINKING - and does whatever is necessary to prevent that.
Last Thursday Mr. Kerry called for a resumption of the Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiations, claiming the talks were vital in the fight against Islamic extremism.
Mr. Kerry insisted THAT IT WAS A LACK OF A "TWO-STATE SOLUTION" THAT IS TO BLAME for the rise of the radical Islamist group ISIS.
He went on to say that:
"There wasn't a leader I met with in the region who didn't raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation".
He further implied that Israel was responsible for "humiliating" the Palestinians:
"People need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity," he said.
First of all, the "leaders" in the region have been raising the issue of Israel's existence (which is THE REAL PROBLEM for them) for the past 66 years. THAT is nothing new.
And there was NO ISIS during all those years.
Second of all, during the Clinton Administration, when Arafat led the PLO, Ehud Barak offered Arafat all of the so-called Temple Mount, 91% of the West Bank, and most of the Old City.
Arafat refused to make a deal because (in his own words) if he were to sign a peace treaty with Israel his fate would be the same as Sadat's: he would be murdered.
Mr. Kerry's argument, therefore, IS LAME.
There will never be a "two state" solution.
Thirdly, and most importantly, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THE EXISTENCE of ISIS or any other terrorist group, period.
While it may be expedient to blame Israel, NOTHING IN THIS WORLD JUSTIFIES the kind of barbarism that we have witnessed in recent years, and recent days.
I don't care if Israel had all Palestinians in concentration camps (they do not, and I'm not suggesting that they should)...
THAT STILL WOULD NOT JUSTIFY TERRORISM, PARTICULARLY THE KIND OF EXTREME SAVAGERY that's being committed EVEN AGAINST fellow Muslims, who have NOTHING TO DO with Israel-PA negotiations.
So much for that stupid excuse.
SHAME ON YOU, John Kerry!
For a U.S. Secretary of State to try to "justify" terrorism by blaming Israel IS SCANDALOUS and UNHEARD OF.
Kerry's statement follows A SERIES of FAILURES by the United States in dealing with the Islamic threat.
In 2007, then-President George W. Bush predicted that pulling US troops out of Iraq too early would have disastrous consequences:
"To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region, and for the United States.
It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to Al Qaeda. It would mean that WE'D BE RISKING MASS KILLINGS ON A HORRIFIC SCALE.
It would MEAN WE ALLOW THE TERRORISTS TO ESTABLISH A SAFE HAVEN in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan.
It would mean we'd be increasing the probability that American troops WOULD HAVE TO RETURN AT SOME LATER DATE TO CONFRONT AN ENEMY THAT IS EVEN MORE DANGEROUS", Bush cautioned.
Recent history has proven Mr. Bush 100% spot-on.
Kurdish intelligence alerted the United States MONTHS IN ADVANCE that these Islamic extremists were TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE VACUUM LEFT BY the U.S. withdrawal and gaining ground in Iraq.
The feckless Obama Administration ignored not only Kurdish and Iraqi pleas to intervene, but the on-going clamor of its own American constituents, and DID NOTHING.
Instead of destroying Isis at its inception, which could have been easily done by air power alone at that early stage, it chose instead to bury its head in the sand, and dismissively call these hardened, ruthless terrorists "jay vees".
FOR MANY MONTHS, it chose wishful thinking (that the terrorists would just "go away"), instead of practical realism.
As early as last month, Mr. Obama himself ADMITTED that he had "no plan" on how to deal with ISIS.
THAT, Mr. Kerry, is NOT Israel's fault.
THAT is SHEER INCOMPETENCE.
Obama also ADMITTED in a recent "60 Minutes" interview that the clueless morons in his Administration had "underestimated" Isis.
That gross understatement applies, more than anyone else, to the Moron in Chief sitting in the Oval Office.
THAT, Mr. Kerry, is NOT Israel's fault either.
Kerry can blame our supposed "closest ally" all he wants, but he's not fooling anyone.
We all know where the buck stops.
We all know who dropped the ball on Isis...
And it WASN'T Israel.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He THAT ENTERS NOT BY THE DOOR INTO THE SHEEPFOLD, BUT CLIMBS UP SOME OTHER WAY, the same is A THIEF AND A ROBBER" (John 10:1).
"Then Jesus said to them again, Verily, verily, I say to you, I AM THE DOOR of the sheep...
I AM THE DOOR: BY ME IF ANY MAN ENTER IN, HE SHALL BE SAVED, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:7-9).
These verses couldn't be clearer:
There's ONLY ONE door into the Kingdom of God and His Name is Jesus.
There's NO OTHER DOOR.
Nor is there SALVATION thru anyone else (Acts 4:12).
And yet man keeps trying to invent "other doors" by which to get in:
Denomination founders' doors
Good works doors
Abstaining from certain sins doors
Law keeping doors
10 Commandment keeping doors
Dietary laws (kashrut) doors
Fruit yielding doors...
And the list goes on and on...
I got news for ALL door inventors:
They WON'T MAKE IT INTO the Kingdom.
UNLESS they go through Jesus, and ONLY thru Jesus, the door to the Kingdom will be shut and they will find themselves in the midst of outer darkness (Revelation 3:7).
ANYONE who tries to climb in some "other way"...
ANYONE who tries to either bypass Jesus, or ADD ANOTHER DOOR TO JESUS, is NOT a child of God, but a sneaky bastard.
Anyone who ADDS "other doors", WON'T ENTER into God's Kingdom.
Because Jesus is THE ONLY WAY to God, and THE ONLY WAY into the Kingdom of God (John 14:6).
All door inventors, according to Jesus, ARE THIEF AND ROBBERS.
Thank God that the REAL sheep don't listen to them.
Have you been listening to A THIEF?
To some wolf or she-wolf in sheep's clothing?
To some instrument of Satan who came only to steal, kill and destroy?
Some agent of darkness WHO INVENTED ANOTHER DOOR BESIDES, or IN ADDITION TO, "JUST" JESUS?
And listen to Jesus instead:
"I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT THRU ME".
Please RECEIVE Jesus into your heart RIGHT NOW.
Choose Him as your ONE AND ONLY DOOR into God's Kingdom.
And DON'T TRUST ANY OTHER "DOOR" beside Him.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014
CAN WE TELL WHO'S CHRISTIAN?
Can you tell if someone is born-again JUST BY LOOKING at them?
Religion, apparently, thinks that we can.
That's why it WASTES SO MUCH TIME and ENERGY focusing on outward appearance, instead of CARING MORE about the condition of a person's HEART.
That's also why it WASTES SO MUCH TIME and energy CRITICIZING the way some people dress, how much make-up or jewelry they wear, whether they have a beard, or whether their clothes are too casual or revealing.
Thank God that HE'S NOT like that.
Thank God that He cares FAR MORE about who we are inside, than how we look OUTSIDE.
That, coincidentally, is why most Christians "look alike".
By that I mean they tend to dress alike, get the same type of haircut, sport the same squeaky clean "look", tend to talk alike, and even ACT (and I do mean ACT) pretty much the same way ON THE OUTSIDE.
I can often tell to WHAT DENOMINATION a person belongs, just by LOOKING at them.
A person's OUTER APPEARANCE, however, does not indicate WHO THEY ARE on the inside.
You can flaunt the "right" Christian look on the outside and be UNSAVED on the inside.
By the same token, you can look scruffy, and "unsaved" on the outside and have a REGENERATED HEART inside.
I'm all in favor of grooming and personal hygiene, and one could argue that GENERALLY speaking, outer appearance is a reflection of one's inner condition, however, THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS.
How one looks EXTERNALLY does not tell the whole story about who one IS INTERNALLY.
We can look into a person's eyes and generally tell certain things about him or her. But even the eyes do not conclusively tell us who's saved and who's not.
Well, what about bearing fruit?
Didn't Jesus said "by their fruit you will know them".
Yes, He did.
But fruit isn't produced at the same speed in everyone.
There are A LOT of factors that affect fruit bearing.
Some people start yielding fruit almost immediately. For others it takes months, and for others MANY YEARS.
EVENTUALLY those who know Jesus will bear the fruit of His Spirit.
The key word is "EVENTUALLY".
My Bible says there's A WHOLE BUNCH of people who'll turn to Jesus IN THE LAST MINUTES of this age, who won't bear ANY fruit this side of the Rapture, and STILL BE SAVED (Joel 2:32).
Those self-righteous preachers and their holier-than-thou books that NEGATE the Grace of God, making it CONDITIONAL ON fruit bearing, are heretics.
I don't care WHO they are, how many of their stupid books were sold, how large their congregations, or how big their worship center may be.
The ONLY ONE qualified to judge a person's HEART is God.
The ONLY ONE qualified to judge WHEN a particular individual SHOULD bear fruit IS GOD.
Samuel spelled it out for us as clearly and directly as it can be stated:
"God DOES NOT see as humans see: man looks at the OUTER APPEARANCE, but GOD looks AT THE HEART" (1 Samuel 16:7).
No, YOU CANNOT judge a book by its cover:
Much less AN INDIVIDUAL'S HEART by their OUTER APPEARANCE.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014
DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS
Most people take pride in their business savvy:
They know where to get the best deals on everything from food, to shoes, to tires to automobiles.
They love to brag about what a great deal they made when they bought their home, traded in their car, or signed up for that cruise.
Important as some of these TEMPORARY things may seem, they pale by comparison to the importance of ETERNITY.
People look under every nook and cranny to get the best deal possible on things that, in a few years or months, will be deemed inadequate, too small, too old, too uncomfortable, or altogether forgotten.
Yet they don't spend 10 SECONDS on getting the best deal possible for their eternal destiny.
Where ETERNITY is concerned they settle for ANYTHING.
Or they allow their parents, spouse, friends, ethnicity or culture to decide FOR THEM.
They settle for a fat, dead, ugly guy who only theorized about the afterlife and couldn't even save HIMSELF.
They settle for a series of endless, nebulous and UNCERTAIN reincarnations that they think MAY EVENTUALLY lead to a placid state where they'll lose their identity and become non-entities.
They settle for some imaginary, vague New Age philosophy mired in ambiguity, wallowing in confusion, that can't save them, can't help them, and raises more questions than provides answers.
Or they settle for an inferior, intolerant, hate-filled, Ahmed-come-lately COPYCAT, who plagiarized the Old and New Testaments then mangled their brilliance in a selfish attempt to manipulate others, exploit their fears, and bring them under submission TO HIS DASTARDLY WISHES.
Not only is that UNWISE, it's completely ILLOGICAL.
You go through all that trouble to find the best deal on clothes that you'll wear a few times and then donate to Goodwill, and you WON'T invest ANY TIME searching for THE BEST POSSIBLE DESTINY, where you'll get to spend ETERNITY?
What the hell's WRONG WITH YOU?
Fortunately, I've done the searching for all of us.
And I can tell you that where the afterlife is concerned - for that matter, where EVERYTHING ELSE is concerned - Jesus Christ wins HANDS DOWN!!!
No one else GUARANTEES your sins are forgiven.
No one else GUARANTEES a happy, fulfilling, and THRILLING afterlife.
No one else GUARANTEES Salvation.
No one else GUARANTEES ETERNITY WITH GOD.
No one else GUARANTEES a deep, wonderful relationship WITH God.
No one else IS God.
No one else GUARANTEES ETERNAL LIFE.
NO ONE ELSE has conquered sin and DEATH.
Most importantly, NO ONE ELSE IS ALIVE.
All other "gods" are DEAD.
When it comes to your endless destiny the choice is ENTIRELY yours.
Don't you owe it to yourself to make THE BEST DEAL POSSIBLE?
Jesus wants to make a deal with you: His GOODNESS and His Life in exchange for your heart.
Do yourself a HUGE favor:
DON'T SETTLE FOR ANY LESS.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
THE KINGDOM IS COMING
As I watched the news recently, they interviewed a Muslim cleric about the horrific atrocities being committed by members of his religion and, with an expression of smug satisfaction, he announced that "like it or not Sharia law is coming to a place near you".
My answer to the religious fool is:
NO, IT'S NOT!!!
What's coming is the Kingdom of God.
And I'm not referring to non-existent allah, I'm talking about the Kingdom of the one true God, Jesus THE MESSIAH.
Actually, the Kingdom of God HAS ALREADY COME into the hearts of His born-again children.
It was prophesied by Daniel and Isaiah. It was preached by John the Baptist, then by Jesus and His Apostles.
And it came into the hearts of 120 Jews on the Day of Pentecost, 33 A.D.
Since then God's Kingdom has been spreading all over this earth.
His Kingdom is IN all of us, IN WHOSE HEARTS JESUS IS KING, who have God Himself, His own Divine (God) Nature in our spirits.
His Kingdom swallowed up the mightiest Empire and military machine in the first century, WITHOUT WEAPONS, WITHOUT SUICIDE BOMBERS, and WITHOUT BEHEADING ANYONE, and it's about to overtake this world, rule this earth, and bring EVERYONE who's left on it, under His Dominion. Amen and Amen.
His Kingdom is presently invisible but will manifest VISIBLY AND TANGIBLY on this earth.
Glory to Him forevermore!
Four years from now King Jesus will be reigning from Jerusalem.
There won't be any Muslims left since that horrendous, satanic and oppressive religion will have been thoroughly discredited, and Jesus will rule over gentiles with a rod of iron.
Rejoice, children of the Most High:
The kingdoms of this world are about to become THE KINGDOM of our Lord and of His Christ.
And HE shall reign forever and ever.
Tremble, enemies of Christ:
Ready or not, the Kingdom of Christ is coming.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014
JESUS & RELIGION
Jesus and religion ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT and NOT to be confused with one another.
Religion is invented.
Jesus is real.
Religion is A THING.
Jesus is A PERSON.
Religion comes from mortal men. Jesus comes from the Immortal God.
A lot of people have been turned off by religion. Matter of fact, I'm one of those people.
But the tragic mistake they make is confusing RELIGION that TALKS about Jesus with THE PERSON named Jesus Christ.
I totally understand their objections to "Christian" religion.
I totally concur that what passes for "Christianity" today is a FAR CRY from the Gospels and from the true Christian faith that Jesus and His Apostles taught.
I would have forsaken the faith long ago were it not for the fact that, by the Grace of God, I've always differentiated between the Person of Jesus, who is God and ONLY Savior, and organized Christianism.
Please DON'T EVER confuse the two.
Don't be stupid:
Religion DOESN'T save anyone, but Jesus DOES.
If you were sick, you wouldn't refuse to take medicine just because there are some crooked doctors.
If your life were in danger you wouldn't refuse to call the police just because you've had some bad experiences with police officers.
So, DON'T REJECT Jesus just because the Kristian religious system INVENTED BY MORTAL MEN is mostly corrupt and filled with greed, hypocrisy and worldliness.
Let's not throw out the baby with the bath water, TO OUR OWN DETRIMENT:
Religion is DEVOID OF God's Love.
Jesus LOVES YOU, completely and unconditionally, JUST AS YOU ARE.
He PROVED that Love that He has for you - beyond any doubt -- by paying the ultimate price to get you back: death on the cross.
He will RECEIVE YOU, JUST as you are, and clean you up.
You need to EXPERIENCE His UNENDING Love in your innermost being.
Ditch religion, but RECEIVE Jesus into your heart and cling to Him with everything you've got.
DON'T LET GO OF HIM for anyone or ANY THING.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014
GIVEN UP ON JESUS?
Many people have just given up on Jesus.
Some have given up on Him because the Rapture hasn't happened at the time THEY THOUGHT it should.
That's just spiritual immaturity.
However, my main concern is those who grew up in Christian homes, and were brought up in some form of "Christian" religion.
A perfect example of this is TV host Bill Maher, a self-professed atheist who grew up Roman Catholic.
Another example is Ted Turner, founder and former head of CNN, who grew up in the Bible Belt, was exposed to the inner workings of evangelical Christianism, had firsthand exposure to its greed and lack of power, inability to provide answers to his father's suicide, or to his sister's untimely death, and became agnostic.
What happens to Ted, Bill and many others is that they are taught man invented religion instead of PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LIVING Jesus.
They either perceive the Christian faith as a bunch of "DON'T DO THAT'S" that are impossible for any sinful mortal to live up to.
Hence they throw in the towel, thinking to themselves "I'll NEVER measure up".
Of course you won't!
None of us do!
That's WHY we need Jesus!
Because HE'S THE ONLY ONE that measures up!
We need to stop trying to produce OUR OWN goodness or OUR OWN righteousness (which is what religion teaches) and GET HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, by inviting Him (Jesus) TO LIVE IN US.
Because we have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS of our own, none, ZERO.
Because the ONLY RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE is that of Jesus.
That's what Christians need to be teaching, instead of "don't do" this or "don't do" that.
Well hold on, Martel: Ted's a well known womanizer...
And don't forget that he was married to Jane Fonda (which in Christianism is as close to the "unpardonable sin" as it gets).
Didn't Jesus come TO SAVE SINNERS?
Didn't Jesus ALREADY PAY FOR every single one of Ted's, Jane's (and Judy's, Ashley's, Bill's, Mike's, or Martel's) sins?
Either we REALLY BELIEVE THAT HE DID, or WE'RE NOT Christians!!!
Make up your minds, self-righteous religion mongers!
But there's yet another reason:
There are many who grew up Christian, then went to college and there encountered arguments made against God and against the Christian faith which they were not equipped to handle or answer, let alone refute.
They were NOT TAUGHT at their worship center, in Sunday School, Christian teen age group, Christian Middle School, or High School, about the "outside world" or about how to stand up for the faith, and were caught TOTALLY UNPREPARED.
Instead, they were taught 300 boring hymns. Or 50 "contemporary Kristian" songs filled with mindless, meaningless, religious fluff.
When he founded CNN, Ted Turner sarcastically said he would be broadcasting "until the end of the world" and that he would sign off with the hymn "Nearer, My God, to Thee".
Even as a Christian, I have to appreciate the humor. I also TOTALLY understand where he's coming from.
They were taught crap, like memorizing the names of the 7 deacons in the Book of Acts (oh yeah... that'll come in handy when someone questions whether Jesus really rose from the dead, or whether He even EXISTED).
They were NEVER TAUGHT WHY WE BELIEVE in Christ.
They were taught that He rose from the dead, which is true, but never HOW DO WE KNOW that He rose, WHAT EVIDENCE IS THERE?
Since all religion is designed to make its subjects co-dependent, they were never encouraged or taught how to THINK INDEPENDENT of religion, or how study the Bible and historic sources for themselves, and seek Truth on their own.
Consequently, when they go to college and get clobbered and even ridiculed by their peers and professors for their faith, and their lack of spiritual foundation is exposed, they just give up.
They reason that, if all these smart people, all these college professors are nonbelievers, they MUST BE right. There must NOT be a God.
'Cause if there WERE a God, then surely my Christian religion or my Christian worship center, --which taught me COUNTLESS TIMES to pay 10% of my salary or God would put a curse on me,-- WOULD HAVE GIVEN ME SOMETHING WITH WHICH TO COUNTER these objections.
Since they DIDN'T, then these objections to Jesus and to His very existence, MUST BE TRUE.
THAT IS WHY this ministry often deals with such matters. We answer both unbelievers' arguments and, at the same time, give believers spiritual ammunition and a SOLID foundation on which to build their faith.
Religion gets a freakin' "F" on preparing its mindless clones to face and answer objections, and ANOTHER freakin ‘F" for building their flimsy faith on quicksand, NOT on the rock.
All it takes is a gust of wind that's contrary and their entire house crumbles.
It's both tragic and heart-breaking.
Think of what Ted Turner has done for secular humanism.
Think of what HE COULD HAVE DONE for the true Christian faith.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014
A FIRM FOUNDATION
"So shall my Word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" [Isaiah 55:11]
Occasionally someone will say "I know the Bible says thus and so, but what do you think about that"?
While I appreciate the confidence they have in me and in this ministry, I don't like to get those questions, and here's why:
Once YOU KNOW what GOD says about something, you shouldn't care what anybody else says or thinks.
I know I've been a bit harsh with some of you, and I'm sorry. BUT, when we meet in heaven VERY soon, I promise you'll thank me.
Knowing the Truth is HUGE responsibility.
Once we know the truth, God expects us to STAND FIRM ON IT.
God expects us to STOP LISTENING TO FABLES.
He expects us to TRUST HIM.
Once we know the Truth, we are FREE [John 8:32].
And God expects us to STAND FIRM on His FREEDOM.
He doesn't expect or appreciate for us to be running all over cyberspace in search of DIFFERENT OPINIONS OR MORTAL "INTERPRETATIONS", or listening to every idiot who capriciously concocts some prophetic fantasy, and much less to get all concerned and worked up about it.
We're not to be swayed by "every wind of doctrine", not are we to fret like some unbeliever who built his house on the sand.
When we know WHAT GOD SAYS, our house is built on the Rock.
It CANNOT BE SHAKEN.
The Word of our Lord stands FOREVER.
Once we know His Word, we are to stand firm, KNOWING our Lord and God CANNOT LIE.
It's one thing if you're not sure of what you're reading, and your need clarification. If that's the case, we'll be glad and do our best to answer your question.
But if you have CLEAR UNDERSTANDING of what GOD says, that should be the end the matter.
Soon, when we meet "on the other side", you'll realize I answered the way I did OUT OF LOVE.
It may not have sounded like it to your natural mind, but it was.
I was protecting your faith for both our sakes.
I won't allow ANYONE or ANYTHING to cast doubts on the Word of God.
He WATCHES OVER His Word to perform it [Jeremiah 1:12].
Luke 21:33: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but HIS WORD will NEVER pass away.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014
DON'T CHANGE YOUR RELIGION
You don't need to change your religion to come to Christ...
You don't need to change ANYTHING to come to Christ:
Salvation is NOT ABOUT changing religion, it's about A CHANGE OF HEART.
You can give your heart to Jesus and call yourself by ANY RELIGIOUS LABEL you like:
Atheist, agnostic, skeptic, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Hare Krishna, Scientologist, Church of God, Church of Christ, New Age, Mormon, Messianic Jew, Christian Science, Moonie, Baha'i, Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Adventist, Quaker, Mennonite, Jehovah's Witness, or ANYTHING ELSE.
Belonging to A RELIGION, or religious DENOMINATION - no matter WHAT it's called - doesn't save anyone.
Even when that denomination's doctrine is pretty biblical and accurate, IT STILL CANNOT SAVE ANYONE.
Nor can the denomination's FOUNDER(s) - WHOEVER THEY MAY BE - save anyone.
Salvation is Jesus Christ, AND ONLY JESUS (Acts 4:11-12).
NOTHING ELSE and NO ONE ELSE saves.
NOTHING YOU DO, OR AVOID DOING, will save you.
ONLY Jesus IN YOUR HEART saves you COMPLETELY, ABSOLUTELY and ETERNALLY:
"If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART that God raised Him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED" (Romans 10:9)
"He who HAS the Son has Life, and he who DOES NOT have the Son of God, DOES NOT HAVE LIFE" (1 John 5:12).
"There is Salvation in NO ONE ELSE. For there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men by which we can be saved" (Acts 4:12).
So, whoever you are, and whatever religion you belong to, or if you have no religion at all...
You don't need to change your religion to come to Christ...
You don't need to change ANYTHING to come to Christ:
Invite Him to enter your heart RIGHT NOW, and RECEIVE HIM, JUST AS YOU ARE.
Jesus IN YOUR HEART = Salvation.
If any other "changing" is needed, Jesus will take care of that in His good time.
Because after all is said and done, it's not your religion that needs changing:
IT'S YOUR HEART.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014
DREAMS AREN'T PROOF
Every so often someone writes about some dream they've had with prophetic images, and wants us to interpret and or share the dream as Bible prophecy.
Although I have VERY FEW TIMES, judged a dream to be from God, and given an interpretation to certain individuals, I've never passed myself off as an interpreter of dreams.
Dreams are not the Bible.
Dreams DON'T PROVE anything.
Although God can and has used dreams at times to communicate important things to those He's chosen for significant roles, that is not His primary means of communicating.
His main methods of communication are His Spirit and His Word.
Yes, He gave Pharaoh a dream that Joseph interpreted.
He gave Nebuchadnezzar a dream that Daniel interpreted.
He gave Jesus' stepfather Joseph a dream about taking Jesus to Egypt and out of Herod's assassin reach.
But most people AREN'T Joseph or Daniel.
And most dreams (the vast majority) come from our subconscious and not from God.
So, just because someone had a dream, with prophetic imagery, and it was vivid, that doesn't mean you or I can base doctrine or teaching on it.
The internet is TEEMING with people who claim to have had "dreams from the Lord" about the Rapture.
What they all have in common is that they never come true.
The other thing most of them share is that they appear today and disappear two months later, after the alleged "dream from God" doesn't materialize.
I'm human and make mistakes like everyone else, albeit UNKNOWINGLY and UNINTENTIONALLY.
But we've been on cyberspace for over a decade. Glory to Jesus!
And, Lord willing, I don't plan to disappear any time soon. At least not until the Rapture takes place.
I have once or twice shared vivid dreams with scriptural content and VERY CLEARLY said "JUDGE IT by spirit. This ISN'T Scripture, you don't have to receive it as Truth".
We base our teaching on the Bible, on reputable recorded history, or both.
I've had some pretty vivid dreams myself regarding the Rapture.
I've never shared them publicly or taught ANYTHING based on my dreams.
Consequently, WE CAN'T and WON'T PUBLISH every dream that everyone has and thinks it has prophetic meaning.
If someone has such dream, the best thing to do is to write it down, keep it in your heart, go before God, and ask His Holy Spirit IF the dream indeed came from Him, to reveal His intended meaning.
Then WAIT FOR HIS ANSWER.
After all, it the dream came TO YOU, even if it was from God, it was primarily FOR YOU, and not for everyone else.
There's NO BETTER INTERPRETER OF DREAMS - IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE -
than the Holy Spirit.
And every born again child of God has DIRECT ACCESS to Him.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2014
I've no problem with anyone seeing Rapture movies.
If you're looking FOR ENTERTAINMENT, they're certainly better than watching graphic violence, sex, and vampire movies.
However, if you're looking FOR TRUTH, you won't find it in Rapture movies - I don't care how much they're promoted on Kristian TV - that should be a tip off right there - or which "Christian" author wrote the book on which the movie claims to be based.
What all Rapture movies and Rapture books have in common is they're SHORT ON TRUTH:
They say the Rapture can take place at any time, suddenly, out of the blue, when no one suspects it, WITHOUT WARNING, when Jesus told us in the first century A.D. some VERY SPECIFIC SIGNS that would indicate the beginning of the tribulation (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12).
They say the Antichrist is some obscure character, living incognito in Europe or the Middle East, who appears out of nowhere and rises to power overnight, when SCRIPTURE has told us for 2,000 YEARS that he won't come from the earth, but arises FROM THE ABYSS (Revelation 11:7; 17:8).
When GOD has told us for two millenniums that this character IS SOMEONE VERY FAMOUS who ALREADY LIVED in the distant past and that people will be astonished to see him alive again (Revelation 17:8,11).
They say the world will be ruled by this mysterious individual, about whose identity NONE OF THEM has any clue, when Daniel chapters 7 and 11 and Revelation 13 have told us his identity for 2,500 years.
They misrepresent the end times by ASSUMING that, except for some of the laws this evil man will impose, the world will go on pretty much as usual.
This when GOD has been telling us for almost 3,000 years that the tribulation world will be NOTHING like the world we know today (Isaiah, chapter 24).
This, after claiming to have "studied Bible prophecy" for 40 or 50 years and to be experts on the subject.
Apparently, these guys think that God gave the Apostle John the 8th and 9th chapters of Revelation just to keep him from dying of boredom at Patmos:
Because NOT ONE of their books, and NOT ONE of their movies, TELLS THE TRUTH about what will happen VERY, VERY, VERY soon to this world, THE MOMENT the Church is gone:
1. The earth will wobble and tilt on its axis (Isaiah 24:1,6, 19-20).
2. Geography and topography will be drastically altered (Revelation 6:14).
3. Financial systems will crumble (Revelation 13:16-18).
4. Much of the water will be poisoned and kill those who drink it, and eventually there will be NO WATER AT ALL to drink (Revelation 8:10-11; 16:4-7).
5. Daylight will be drastically shortened (Revelation 8:12).
6. The oceans will turn to blood, all sea creatures will eventually die (Revelation 8:8-9; 16:3).
7. One third of trees and flora will be destroyed (Revelation 8:7)
8. Millions of demons will emerge from the abyss and sting people for 5 months (Revelation 9:1-11).
9. One third of the land's surface - and whoever/whatever is on it - will be instantly burned to a crisp (Revelation 8:7), and
10. One third of remaining mankind (by my estimation close to 2 BILLION PEOPLE) will die (Revelation 9:15,18).
11. Satan and his angels will be cast down to the earth and will be RIGHT HERE ON EARTH for the 3½ year tribulation wreaking all sorts of havoc (Revelation 12:9-12).
To put it mildly: It seems these self-styled "experts" have overlooked a few tiny details.
Check them out for yourselves. They've been in your Bibles for the past 2,800 years.
I can now state categorically, BASED ON SCRIPTURE, that the judgments mentioned in these two chapters will happen within 5 days - repeat, WITHIN 5 DAYS, after the Church is removed.
And the world that will be left for Antichrist to rule over will not resemble the world we know today IN THE LEAST:
So, if you like Rapture movies for entertainment, go see them, enjoy the popcorn, and have a good time.
But if you want prophetic Truth, you better go to the Books of Isaiah, Joel, Zechariah, Daniel and Revelation, and STUDY THEM for yourself, time and again, from beginning to end.
'Cause you'll NEVER get the Truth from BOOK SELLERS, and you sure as hell won't get it from Hollywood.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014
THE FIRST SIGN that Jesus said would point to His appearing and the end of the age was RELIGIOUS DECEPTION:
MANY would BE DECEIVED by people coming SUPPOSEDLY "in Jesus' Name" and even acknowledging that He is the Messiah (Matthew 24:4).
Those who DECEIVE are LIARS.
Repeat: Those who DECEIVE are LIARS.
I don't care how "Messianic Jewish" or "Christian" they CLAIM to be.
And just to show how BLATANT the deception has become, we now have individuals PLAYING GOD and ARBITRARILY DECIDING what Scriptures belong in the Bible and which don't.
While there are REAL Messianic Jews, we have so-called "Messianics" (what they really are is HERETICS) WANTING TO LABEL the Apostle Paul a "false apostle" and removing OVER TWO THIRDS of the New Testament (which Paul wrote) from the Bible.
They also want to remove 2 Peter, not written by Paul, for the simple reason that in it, Peter praises and endorses Paul's teachings.
Even if they could get away with such legalistic fraud, they still have several huge problems:
Peter, James and other apostles endorse Paul in Acts 15:6-25.
Jesus Himself legitimizes Paul's ministry in Acts 9:1017.
Nice try, religious phonies.
The most recent ruse comes from another legalistic buffoon, claiming that John 6:14 doesn't belong in the Bible.
This clown has written a rehashed version of some of the Church fathers' uninformed opinion, that Jesus' public ministry only lasted a year.
In his repackaged version, which he presents as "new" revelation and the result of "40 years of study", he claims that Jesus' ministry lasted 70 weeks, which is about 1½ years.
He falsely claims that Jesus' 3½ year ministry is nowhere mentioned before the 4th century A.D. and that His 3½ year ministry was invented by historian Eusebius at the behest of Roman Catholic hierarchy.
In order to bolster his claim he clings to ONE manuscript that does not contain that verse (never mind that ALL THE REST of the manuscripts DO).
He also claims that if the verse were true, Jesus would have been celebrating Passover in Jerusalem and observing the days of unleavened bread, and NOT teaching in Galilee and multiplying food.
Actually, John 6:14 DOES NOT say it was Passover, and DOES NOT say the days of unleavened bread were going on: ALL IT SAYS is that Passover was "near".
10 or 15 days before Thanksgiving, we can all say that Thanksgiving is "near".
That DOES NOT MEAN that Thanksgiving is TAKING PLACE AT THAT MOMENT.
Those are two ENTIRELY different things.
That, right off the bat, makes his stupid and insincere argument, null and void.
However, I can destroy his false teaching in 10 seconds by quoting Daniel 9:24-27:
The 70 weeks prophecy refers unambiguously to the appearing of Messiah Prince.
It says that from the time the word to return and build Jerusalem is given to Messiah Prince, there would be 7 + 62 weeks, totaling 69 weeks.
Verse 26 says that AFTER those final 62 weeks Messiah would be killed.
If Messiah died AFTER 7 plus the final 62 weeks, hence AFTER the 69th week, then He would have had to die DURING the 70th week.
There's NO WAY to get around that fact.
Verse 27 SPECIFIES that he "would confirm the covenant with many FOR ONE (final, 70th) week, and THAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK He (in context, Messiah Prince) would cause sacrifices and oblations to CEASE.
The MIDDLE OF a 7-YEAR WEEK is undisputedly 3½ years.
This passage couldn't be clearer, Messiah Prince would appear at week 69, and die AFTER the 69th week, IN THE MIDDLE of the final 70th week, which means that His public ministry lasted EXACTLY 3½ years.
These verses in Daniel were written in the 6th century B.C., at least 800 years before Eusebius walked this earth.
Period. Case closed.
Oh, foolish Christians! When will you become rooted and grounded in the Spirit and the Word, and NOT swept away by every wind of false doctrine?
When will you stop running after religious gimmicks?
Do you think because some dude grows a beard and dresses in Bible era attire, THAT MAKES HIM super anointed, and more knowledgeable than everyone else?
Do you think because he's a natural Jew THAT AUTOMATICALLY MAKES HIM RIGHT?
Most natural Jews REJECT JESUS as the Messiah. I rest my case.
Judas was Jewish. So were the Pharisees who REJECTED JESUS and ASKED FOR His Crucifixion.
But he LIVES in Israel...
So what? Arafat used to "live in Israel".
Hamas TERRORISTS live in Israel.
Does a geographical location MAKE ONE SUPER SPIRITUAL AND ALWAYS RIGHT?
If that's the case, then why don't we ALL MOVE TO Israel?
God would NOT BE Almighty, hence wouldn't BE God, if He were unable to preserve the purity and integrity of His written Word.
When we arbitrarily alter Scripture, when we excise the portions we don't like, because they don't fit our agenda, we are hypocrites and liars.
When we do that, then ANY fool can come along and throw into question the credibility of the WHOLE Bible.
We are also arrogantly saying we're MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE and BETTER GUARDIANS of God's Word than God Himself.
This guy is not interested in bringing souls to salvation or preaching the true Gospel:
ALL HE CARES ABOUT is SELLING BOOKS.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014
AS THE WORLD TURNS
We're not talking about the soap opera, although this could pass for one.
Let's recap what's been going on in the world just in the past couple of weeks:
1. A large volcano eruption in Japan that killed over 30 people, another volcano erupting in Iceland, others erupting as we speak in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala and Ecuador (Matthew 24:7).
While most English Bibles translate the word seismoi as "earthquakes", it covers not only quakes but all seismic activity, including volcanoes.
2. Protests in Hong Kong, Kim Jong Un has gone awol, and no one knows what's really going on in North Korea, a rogue nation with NUCLEAR weapons (Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:9).
3. An outbreak of Ebola virus that threatens to turn into worldwide pandemic (Luke 21:11).
4. The on-going advance of Isis into Syria, Iraq and now threatening Turkey, despite the West's anemic air strikes (can anyone say "too little too late"?).
5. Another hostage beheaded by those evil monsters who call themselves the "Islamic state".
And a middle aged woman beheaded by an Islamic co-worker not thousands of miles away in the Middle East, but RIGHT HERE IN THE HEART OF AMERICA (Revelation 6:9-11).
6. Sweden declaring itself the first country in Western Europe to recognize a "Palestinian" state (Matthew 24:9).
Adding insult to injury, they made the announcement on Yom Kippur, the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar.
Too bad for Sweden: Once the Church is gone, that decision will cost them dearly.
7. A hesitant President who, as I've been saying for the past 6 years, is WOEFULLY UNQUALIFIED to occupy that office, and HAS NO CLUE what to do about the spread of Islamic terrorism (Luke 21:25):
One day he says we won't arm Syrian rebels, and then he says we will.
One day he says we're at war with Isis, the next day he says we're not.
One day he compares brutal terrorists to a junior varsity team the next he throws his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper under the bus saying THEY "underestimated" Isis.
No, Mr. President: YOU DID.
Your own former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has vouched for your incompetence.
It's time that YOU STARTED TAKING RESPONSIBILITY for your much too frequent missteps and leadership failures.
What do all these events have in common?
They were PREDICTED BY JESUS.
He foretold that they would signal the end of this age. We provide the pertinent scriptural citations above.
The birth pangs are intensifying.
Don't fear, TRUST Jesus.
At the same time... Brace yourselves, because contractions WILL ONLY COME SOONER AND HARDER as we approach the tribulation.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014
THE NON-EXISTENT JESUS
Did you know that Jesus never existed?
That the God-man worshiped by millions around the world is just a figment of our imagination?
That would be the case if we believed the dubious, mutilated "research" of M. Paulkovich the latest author to join the "mythical Jesus" bandwagon.
The aptly named Mr. P claims to have studied the works of 126 writers who lived between 7 B.C. and 33 A.D., during the time Jesus walked the earth.
His misguided conclusion that Jesus never existed is based on the fact that not one of these supposed scholars mentions Jesus in their writings.
His arguments are:
1. That they "should have heard about Jesus, but did not".
Jesus' ministry, as the Gospels tell us, was confined to Israel. His Message did not spread to the rest of the Roman world until AFTER He rose from the dead and ascended.
It was sometime after those pivotal events, as the Gospel began to spread and take root among gentiles, that historians began to write about Jesus.
Therefore, gentile scholars from 7 B.C. to 33 A.D. (which is the year in which He died and rose) HAD NO REASON WHATSOEVER to have heard about Jesus, to know about Jesus, or to WRITE about Jesus.
2. He conveniently calls what Josephus wrote about Jesus in 95 A.D. "arguable".
That's O.K., Mr. P, in a moment I'll introduce you to three OTHER secular historians who wrote about Jesus 79-87 years after His death and Resurrection.
3. He postulates that Jesus is nothing more than a legend built out of several rabbis who may have existed at the time.
Of course, he CANNOT NAME those IMAGINARY "rabbis", nor prove that any of them healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, walked on water, multiplied food, taught to love even our enemies, was crucified, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, or that THEY EVEN EXISTED.
That makes Mr. P guilty of applying a double-standard:
On the one hand he says Jesus didn't exist because he can't find historical sources that mention Him.
On the other hand, he tries to explain Jesus away as a composite of several rabbis, WHO ARE NOT MENTIONED IN ANY HISTORICAL SOURCES, ABOUT WHOM THERE ARE NO GOSPELS WRITTEN, NO EPISTLES, and NO PREACHERS, WHOM NO ONE BELIEVES IN, WHOSE EXISTENCE HE CAN'T PROVE, and whose names he can't even provide!!!
Ooops! There goes his credibility!
That's, at a minimum, self-serving and dishonest.
Not to mention, that Mr. P is UTTERLY UNABLE to tell us WHO made Jesus up.
And WHOEVER invented Jesus had to be THE GREATEST GENIUS who ever lived, bar none!
How come NO ONE has ever written about him, or has any clue, about who this MYSTERIOUS individual was that possessed such BRILLIANT mind?
As far as historians go, many contemporaneous historians may have written about Jesus and their manuscripts may have been lost or destroyed and simply didn't survive to our time.
After all, it has been TWO THOUSAND years...
However, I would like to introduce Mr. P to four reliable, reputable, secular historians who undoubtedly wrote about Jesus 79-87 years after He rose from the dead:
1. 93 A.D. - Josephus, proven by archaeology and other sources, to be extremely accurate and reliable in his accounts. Had this to say about Jesus:
"About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared" (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3, 3).
"Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the Sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned" (Antiquities, Book 20, Chapter 9, Para. 1).
2. 112 A.D. - Pliny the Younger, the Roman governor of Bithynia-Pontus (now modern Turkey), wrote a letter to Emperor Trajan asking for advice on how to deal with Christians.
In Epistulae X.96, sections 7-10): he says that "they meet on a certain day before light where they gather and sing hymns to Christ as to a god. They all bind themselves by oath not to commit any crimes such as fraud, theft, adultery, and never to falsify their word, and subsequently share a meal of ordinary and innocent food".
Pliny expresses concern about the spread of the Christian faith.
He says that he gives Christians multiple chances to affirm their innocence, and if they refuse three times, they are executed.
He further states that his investigations have revealed nothing except that Christians engage in harmless practices and "depraved, excessive superstition".
Evidently, and though he admits they did nothing wrong, he wasn't a fan of Christ or Christians.
3. 116 A.D. - Tacitus, who is hardly sympathetic toward Christians, and who also accuses them of "mischievous superstition", wrote of the Crucifixion of Christ, taking place under the governorship of Pontius Pilate, and during the reign of Tiberius, (Annals, Book 15, ch. 44):
"Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judæa, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind".
4. 121 A.D. - Suetonius (Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Claudius 25) says Jews were expelled from Rome since they "constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Christ".
Mr. P is one of the many foolish authors who believe he can discredit Christ and sink the Christian faith.
Many have tried in the past two millenniums, and have failed.
They're the ones who have been forgotten and sunk into oblivion.
You'd think a true scholar would know better.
Now that I've thoroughly debunked every one of his lame arguments. I have one of my own:
That a "non-existent", mythical Person, made up by someone we don't know and never heard of...
Could conquer the mighty Roman Empire in less than 300 years WITH NO WEAPONS, by the power of His Message...
Could come up with such BRILLIANT, INSPIRING, revolutionary, LIFE-CHANGING, INCOMPARABLE TEACHINGS.
That thousands would be willing to lay down their lives for Him...
That He could revolutionize society and change the lives of millions.
That He could change even THE CALENDAR.
That He could be worshiped as God FOR TWO THOUSAND YEARS, even in today's cynical, and technology driven age...
That this "invented Person" was able to PREDICT in 33 A.D. what would happen to Jews and Jerusalem 1,934 years later in 1967 A.D., and that it would HAPPEN EXACTLY AS HE SAID (Luke 21:24).
That this non-existent Person can be INTIMATELY EXPERIENCED by millions...
And that He can still change lives, and do miracles...
That's got to be THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF ALL!
These ABSOLUTE, PROVEN, historic facts NOT ONLY PROVE that there's a God.
They also PROVE that that God MUST BE JESUS.
Thank you, Mr. P, for UNWITTINGLY reaffirming our faith.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014
WILL I RECOGNIZE MY LOVED ONES?
A concern for many Christians is will they recognize their loved ones in heaven?
Are spouses, parents, siblings, children, grandparents and grandchildren given to us ONLY in this life?
Yes and YES.
Yes, you WILL recognize them.
Yes, in the NATURAL sense, they are given to us as family and relatives in this life.
They will, however, still be our SPIRITUAL family in the next life, God being the Father of us all.
In Matthew 22:29-30 Jesus made it clear that there's no marriage or physical sex in heaven.
Will you recognize and interact with your spouse? Yes.
Will you still be her husband, or his wife, in the hereafter?
Will you retain memory of moments and events shared on this earth? Yes.
At least until the new heavens and new earth are made.
Then there won't be any memory of the former things (Isaiah 65:17).
In Luke 16:19-31 we find the story of the rich man, who died. In the afterlife, he could recognize Abraham and Lazarus, and they could recognize him. They also retained memories of what each had done while still on earth.
In 2 Samuel 12:23, when David's son died, he confidently stated "I will go to him, but he will not return to me".
Jesus Himself said, "I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom." (Matthew 26:29).
Christ was promising that He and His disciples would drink the fruit of the vine together again--in heaven.
No Christian should fear "losing" their saved loved ones because of physical death or the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Be assured that we will still get to interact with them in the next life, we will know who they are, they will know who we are, and we will love each other with God's Perfect Love.
And for those who know Jesus the next world is INFINITELY BETTER than this one.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014
SIN IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM
"And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him (the Antichrist), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD" (Revelation 13.8).
Jesus DOES NOT find out about our sins when we commit them.
Repeat: Jesus DOES NOT find out about our sins when we commit them.
Jesus ALREADY KNEW about ALL THE SINS we'd ever commit BEFORE the foundation of the world, BEFORE we were even CREATED, before we even EXISTED.
He KNEW, in advance, about each and every sin we'd ever commit.
He offered Himself as Sacrifice in the ETERNAL realm LONG BEFORE you ever committed those sins in the realm of "time".
Consequently, NOTHING that we ever do, or fail to do, will EVER take Him by surprise.
He knows about the sins you've committed, about the ones you're committing right now, and the ones you haven't committed yet.
And He made provision and atonement for them IN THE ETERNAL REALM, before He created the world:
BEFORE you ever existed on this earth.
Therefore, sin is NOT our problem.
Sin was His problem.
And He dealt with sin in a TERMINAL, DECISIVE manner.
It (sin) IS FINISHED!!! (John 19:30).
He KILLED sin by dying in atonement for it.
He DESTROYED man's sin by NAILING IT TO THE CROSS, in His own body (Colossians 2:14; Romans 8:1-4).
Those who write in whining that they keep committing some sin, mostly sexual in nature...
Those who complain that they can't get rid of a certain sin...
You're so used to living in the realm of "time" that you think Jesus only found out about it, when you did it.
Nah. He knew about it, when you "existed" only in the Mind of God.
When you were only A THOUGHT in His eternal Mind.
And He TOOK CARE OF IT for ALL ETERNITY.
So, what does your sin have to do with Salvation?
What does your sin have to do with whether you go in the Rapture or not?
It's been taken care of, and FULLY AND COMPLETELY dealt with.
It's been FULLY AND COMPLETELY PAID FOR (Hebrews 9:12).
As long as you RECEIVE Jesus into your heart and TRUST what Jesus DID, His ALL SUFFICIENT ATONEMENT ON YOUR BEHALF, your record in heaven says YOU'VE NEVER SINNED... regardless of what you've done on this earth.
It's THE BEST deal in the UNIVERSE, IN ALL THE AGES, bar none.
The more you focus on "your sin", THE MORE YOU WILL SIN.
You need to focus, not on your sin, but ON HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Remember, there's NO RIGHTEOUSNESS ANYWHERE BUT Jesus'.
Seek FIRST His Kingdom and His Righteousness which you have inside since your New Birth (Matthew 6:33).
Jesus has FOREVER delivered us from sin.
We're FREE from sin.
Stop thinking like A SLAVE.
Start thinking like A SON.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014
Tithing and donating are two ENTIRELY different things.
Tithing in the Bible was ONLY for Israelites, ONLY while the temple was standing.
Tithing in the Bible consisted of natural Israelites BRINGING 10% of ONLY cattle, grains and produce TO THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM.
Tithing in Christian doctrine means PAYING 10% OF ONE'S INCOME (money) to a pastor, minister or religious organization.
What CHRISTIANS call "tithing" is NOT the BIBLICAL tithe at all.
What CHRISTIANS call "tithing" is NOT BIBLICAL.
I am TOTALLY AGAINST so-called Christian TITHING because it's nothing more than A RELIGIOUS SCAM that puts people IN BONDAGE, through unscriptural threats and guilt trips, invented by greedy religionists.
However, -- and while this ministry has never taken a dime from anyone and, by God's Grace, never will,-- I am NOT opposed to donating, as long as it is done WITHOUT COERCION or manipulation.
Repeat: I am NOT opposed to donating, as long as it is done FREELY, WITHOUT COERCION or manipulation of any sort.
When a lying preacher tells you that unless you give to him or her, God won't bless you, NOT ONLY ARE THEY BOLD-FACED LIARS, THAT'S MANIPULATION.
Donating is simply giving a FREE WILL contribution, OF ANY AMOUNT WE WANT, WITHOUT feeling obligated or coerced.
If you attend a worship center and your pastor PREACHES THE GOSPEL, souls are getting saved, nourishes you spiritually and meets your spiritual needs, BY ALL MEANS he or she is worthy of your financial support.
Just as long as you understand that YOU ARE IN NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM OBLIGATED to pay 10% of your income.
If you WANT TO give 3%, that fine.
If you WANT TO give 30%, that's fine, too.
If you want to give $1 or $20.00, that's also O.K.
You also retain the right to GIVE NOTHING.
Likewise, if you wish to donate to any charitable organization, like those who help the poor, or the disabled, more power to you.
My personal preference is either to give DIRECTLY to the individuals you wish to help, or to do so through reputable Christian organizations who are ACCOUNTABLE for the moneys they receive, so that Jesus gets the glory.
If you ever want to check on the accountability of a ministry, and get a pretty good idea of how they stack up and how your donations are spent, go to:
Just because I'm opposed to what Christians FALSELY call "tithing", does not mean that I oppose GIVING.
Again: Just because I'm OPPOSED TO what Christians FALSELY call "tithing", does not mean that I oppose GIVING.
In connection to giving, 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 are MUST READ for all Christians (slowly and carefully, paying attention to DETAILS).
Giving VOLUNTARILY is not only encouraged in the New Testament, but in 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 the Apostle Paul gives clear instructions as to HOW it should be done:
"Each of you SHOULD GIVE WHAT YOU HAVE DECIDED IN YOUR HEART TO GIVE, NOT reluctantly OR UNDER COMPULSION, for God LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER.
And God is able TO BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY, so that IN ALL THINGS AT ALL TIMES, HAVING ALL THAT YOU NEED, you will abound in every good work".
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014
IS THE CHURCH A NATION?
"Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse: BECAUSE YOU HAVE ROBBED ME, EVEN THIS WHOLE NATION." (Malachi 3:8-9)
Our teaching against so-called "tithing" was one of the first posted on this website, under "10 Lies", a decade ago.
In over 10 years we have NEVER - NOT ONCE - heard from a pastor or minister trying to refute that teaching.
Because THEY KNOW it is correct.
THEY KNOW it's TOTALLY BIBLICAL.
And THEY KNOW that if they try, we'll figuratively SWEEP THE FLOOR WITH THEIR GREEDY, RELIGIOUS BEHINDS.
However, that doesn't stop some of their ignorant, brainwashed groupies from trying.
Let's face it: you HAVE TO BE grossly ignorant in order to swallow the self-serving cow manure that these "men and women of Gaaaawd" regularly dispense.
Their dumb followers try to scare us and heap condemnation over our heads by dramatically quoting the above verses.
There's a better chance that Lady Ga Ga will join a convent.
I heard from one of these ignoramuses recently and decided to have a little fun:
Let's OVERLOOK, for a moment, the fact that these verses say NOTHING about GIVING TO A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION falsely called "church", or about giving to a lying preacher.
Let's also OVERLOOK the ABSOLUTE FACT that there were NO Christian worship centers, no lying "Christian" preachers, and NO CHRISTIANS, when that Scripture was written in the 4th century B.C.
Let's OVERLOOK that, ACCORDING TO GOD, the tithe consisted ONLY of cattle, grain and PRODUCE, NOT MONEY (Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:22-23; 2 Chronicles 31:5-6; Nehemiah 10:37, 13:12; Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42).
For the record: I've NO PROBLEM if you want to bring your pastor a handful of parsley.
And let's further overlook that, ACCORDING TO GOD HIMSELF, ONLY LEVITES are authorized to receive tithes (Numbers 18:21,26-28; 2nd Chronicles 31:5-10; Nehemiah 10:38; Hebrews 7:5).
Unless your preacher isa PHYSICAL descendant of Levi, HE'S NOT AUTHORIZED by Gaaaawd to receive tithes.
It is UNBIBLICAL for him to do so.
Those verses were written to Israel who had failed to comply with God's Law which commands THEM (NOT us) to tithe 10% of their cattle, grain and produce.
That is CLEARLY PROVEN by the statement "you are robbing me, THE WHOLE NATION".
What "nation" was God addressing?
The Church has NEVER BEEN "a nation".
And if you think it is, then please SHOW ME ON A MAP where THE NATION called "Church" is located.
Therefore, there's NO WAY in heaven, hell or earth that Malachi 3:8-9 applies to the Church.
So much for the lame argument that those verses apply to Christians.
Israel, however, IS a nation.
Those verses were written TO ISRAEL.
Yet Israelites today DO NOT TITHE.
They don't tithe ANYTHING: NO MONEY, no wheat, no barley, no cattle, and NO PARSLEY.
Because there's NO TEMPLE in Jerusalem.
And the tithe laws applied ONLY TO Israel, and ONLY while their temple was standing.
Period. End of story.
But since they quote Scripture -- albeit ERRONEOUSLY -- but nonetheless quote it, I want to quote a couple of Scriptures myself:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,WHO HAS BLESSED US WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS in heavenly places in Christ".
"Christ HAS REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE of the Law, having become a curse for us-- for it is written, "cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree "-so that THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:14.
HOW DARE some religious imbecile threaten A CHILD OF GOD with ANY sort of "curse"?
When JESUS HAS REDEEMED US from the curse of the Law - and the tithe was STRICTLY under the law?
When, according to that verse, Jesus HUNG ON A wooden CROSS, MADE OUT OF A TREE, to DELIVER US FROM ALL CURSES?
Even unsaved sinners wouldn't curse their own children over money!
To say that God WOULD CURSE HIS OWN CHILDREN, IN WHOSE HEARTS HE LIVES, because they don't give money to a lying preacher, IS A FOUL LIE.
IT'S ALSO SHEER BLASPHEMY.
SHAME ON THOSE greedy religious bastards who regularly ACCUSE OUR HOLY, LOVING, GRACIOUS HEAVENLY FATHER of being so draconian and SO EVIL to HIS OWN CHILDREN!!!
Shame on ALL THOSE who teach that UNBIBLICAL lie!!!
They can "tithe" money, or anything else they want, until their ugly, Pharisaic faces turn purple, yellow and green:
"Christ has become OF NO EFFECT to you, WHOEVER YOU ARE, justified by the law; you ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE." (Galatians 4:5)
As far as I'm concerned, these lying morons can GO SCARE THEMSELVES.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014
NO RAPTURE IN 2014
On April 30th of this year I said that 2014 would NOT be the year of the Rapture.
And I reiterate it now.
We're in the midst of the High Holy Days in the Hebrew calendar and people are searching and asking about it.
Sorry, guys and gals, NO RAPTURE THIS YEAR.
I hate to disillusion you, and NO ONE wants this blessed event to take place more than yours truly, but I have to be truthful.
For more detailed info you can click on the 2014 Prophecy Update at the top left of this page.
But there's a "blood moon" taking place on Sukkot...
No. There's A NATURAL LUNAR ECLIPSE taking place on Sukkot.
The moon will NOT turn to blood as the Bible predicts, but will turn that coppery orangey color characteristic of NATURAL lunar eclipses, which have taken place since the dawn of time.
What happens at the Rapture is SUPERNATURAL, since NO NATURAL lunar eclipse has ever caused stars to fall in massive numbers, nor split the sky in two, nor caused an huge quake that dislodges mountains and relocates land masses (Revelation 6:12).
I know I've taught these things before, but it bears repeating because we get new readers every single day.
And they all ask the same basic questions.
This tetrad, consisting of 4 consecutive full lunar eclipses coinciding with Passover and Sukkot this year and the next, may have some significance for Israel.
These NATURAL lunar eclipses DO NOT signal the Rapture, as I've been saying ever since that teaching came out.
But you taught that the Feast of Sukkot is depicted in Revelation 7:9-16.
Yes. And I TOTALLY stand by that teaching.
We can see imagery of God's Redemption in each of the Feasts, including Passover, Unleavened Bread, Shavuot (Pentecost), Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
Even in Jewish Feasts NOT commanded by God in Scripture, such as Hanukkah and Purim, we can see elements of His Redemption depicted.
The period between Yom Kippur and Sukkot is particularly symbolic of the Redemption.
But the Rapture will not happen on Sukkot.
Not this year, or any other year.
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