November 2014 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2014
BEFORE & AFTER
This teaching is SO ELEMENTARY that it should be taught in every Sunday school and Christian congregation, as well as in EVERY Bible college, university and seminary.
Unfortunately, it ISN'T.
Most pastors and so called "ministers" of the Gospel seem to be CONFUSED on this topic.
Consequently, they preach a CONFUSING message, built on shaky sand, instead of ON THE ROCK.
No wonder they have produced a generation of INSECURE spiritual weaklings LACKING FOUNDATION or CONVICTION about ANYTHING.
It's no wonder their denominational house of cards is about to come crashing down.
There may be man-invented denominations in Christendom, but there are NONE in the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 4:5).
I'm talking about THE DIFFERENCE - the EARTH SHAKING, Satan-crushing, liberating, marvelous DIFFERENCE - Jesus made:
About that moment in human history, that ALL-IMPORTANT TURNING POINT called Calvary.
About the ETERNAL, MONUMENTAL, PIVOTAL DIFFERENCE that Jesus' Blood, His death, Resurrection and Ascension MADE.
And if you THINK He DIDN'T make such difference, you're NOT Christian.
So stop calling yourself by His Name.
I recently heard from a heretic who said in one breath that Jesus is "THE ONLY Savior" (even quoted John 14:6) and in the next that "Scripture makes it clear that ONLY THOSE WHO KEEP THE 10 COMMANDMENTS will be saved".
I said he was CONTRADICTING himself: If Jesus is THE ONLY Savior, then WHY DO WE NEED TO "KEEP" the 10 Commandments?
ARE THEY CO-SAVIORS, along with Jesus?
If such is the case, then HE IS NOT "THE ONLY" Savior.
He also LIED. There is NO SCRIPTURE ANYWHERE that says that "ONLY those who keep the 10 Commandments" will be saved.
On the contrary: there are MANY Scriptures which say that those who TRY to be saved that way - or ANY WAY apart from Jesus Himself - ARE LOST (Acts 4:12; Galatians 2:16; 5:4; Romans 3:28; Hebrews 6:4-6; James 2:8-10).
That's THE DIFFERENCE between believing God and getting Truth DIRECTLY from His Spirit and His Word, as opposed to getting doctrine "filtered" through a denomination OR SOME SELF-APPOINTED "prophet", "apostle", "bishop" or whatever religious title they've appropriated for themselves.
This person was AFFIRMING that "the Bible says" SOMETHING that IT DOESN'T SAY AT ALL!!!
Why? Because he DIDN'T get his doctrine from God or His Word:
He got it FILTERED THROUGH his BIASED, WOMAN-INVENTED denomination.
Jesus made A NEW Testament TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO and millions of so-called Christians STILL WANT TO LIVE UNDER the Old Testament.
They want to live as though NOTHING'S CHANGED.
They want to live as though Jesus' Blood, death, and Resurrection HAD MADE NO DIFFERENCE.
Jesus Perfect Work of Redemption LACKS NOTHING: It is PERFECT.
Jesus, as a human, SATISFIED HIS OWN LAW FOREVER on behalf of EVERY human who will TRUST Him (Matthew 5:17):
He LIBERATED US from bondage to the law.
He liberated us from COMMANDMENTS, which are for SLAVES, and made us SONS and JOINT HEIRS OF GOD'S KINGDOM WITH HIM (Romans 8:17):
Sons who, IN DADDY'S EYES, CAN DO NO WRONG, since Daddy Himself, Righteousness Himself, the FULFILLMENT of the law Himself, LIVES IN THEM and HAS DECLARED THEM ETERNALLY RIGHTEOUS (Hebrews 10:14).
He FOREVER put us in RIGHT STANDING with God, REGARDLESS of how many times we blow it and fail in this temporary realm.
By making A NEW Testament, Jesus rendered the Old Testament null, void and OBSOLETE (2 Corinthians 3:14-17; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 10:9; 12:24).
REAL Christians DON'T follow the law.
He who is both, the Law GIVER and Law FULFILLER, PERMANENTLY LIVES IN THEM.
He, therefore, CREDITS THEM with His own PERFECT, SINLESS Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
REAL Christians DON'T FOLLOW COMMANDMENTS, they simply follow the Divine Love Nature (God) that Jesus PLACED INSIDE THEM (Romans 13:9-10).
REAL Christians don't "hope" they "will be saved".
We KNOW we ARE saved NOW AND ETERNALLY (1 John 5:12).
REAL Christians DON'T LIVE IN FEAR of "displeasing" God and "losing" Salvation because Salvation (Jesus) CANNOT BE LOST (Romans 11:29).
REAL Christians KNOW they possess no righteousness of their own.
REAL Christians KNOW that Salvation (God's Righteousness) is GIVEN TO US FREELY, AS A GIFT (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
REAL Christians KNOW that we DO NOT DESERVE Salvation now, never have, and never will.
REAL Christians DON'T TRUST WHAT THEY DO.
REAL Christians TRUST Jesus, and WHAT HE DID for us (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Yes, glory to Jesus, Calvary made ALL the difference in the world.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2014
WHAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE
Have you been told that "God's true church is the one THAT KEEPS HIS COMMANDMENTS" (meaning the 10 Commandments)?
According to the Book of Revelation, there are TWO 100% CERTAIN WAYS to remain here on earth during the tribulation:
1. Not trusting Jesus (Revelation 6:12-17; 13:8). And,
2. "Keeping" the 10 Commandments (Revelation 12:17).
WHAT CHARACTERISTICS define those WHO ARE UNSAVED, therefore NOT RAPTURED, BUT RATHER, REMAIN ON EARTH and are persecuted viciously by Satan and his Antichrist?
They are the ones WHO "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD and have THE TESTIMONY (witness) OF JESUS".
Do you think that "observing the 10 Commandments" or the weekly Sabbath makes you a shoo-in for heaven?
Do you belong to A RELIGIOUS CULT that teaches you are "the only true church" because you're "the only ones" who keep God's 10 Commandments?
That you are the "faithful remnant" because YOU CONGREGATE ON a 24-hour unit OF FINITE TIME?
(Which is something, by the way, NOT "COMMANDED" ANYWHERE in Scripture).
I got news for you:
You've been LIED TO.
God SAYS THE VERY OPPOSITE.
You're NOT SAVED, and you're NOT going in the Rapture UNLESS you repent and TRUST Jesus ALONE for Salvation and FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
There is NO RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE besides that of Jesus (Mark 10:18).
If you REALLY WANT TO be "righteous" you better have JESUS CREDIT HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS TO YOU, (2 Corinthians 5:21) FREELY, by sheer Grace, 'CAUSE THERE'S NO OTHER RIGHTEOUSNESS, HONEY CHILD!!!
Yes, that statement includes many natural Jews, who practice traditional Judaism, but it also INCLUDES all the members of false sects, all supposed "Christians" WHO THINK THEY CAN WORM THEIR WAY INTO HEAVEN by THEIR OWN SELF-RIGHTEOUS "commandment keeping", "Sabbath keeping", vegetarian or kosher eating, etc. .
Those UNSAVED and "left behind" on this earth to suffer tribulation, are THOSE WHO claim to "OBSERVE the commandments" and have the TESTIMONY (have heard the Gospel) of Jesus.
WHAT THEY DON'T HAVE IS FAITH IN JESUS.
That's WHY they remain on earth and go through the tribulation:
They know God's 10 Commandments and CLAIM to "keep them". They've heard the Gospel. But THEY DON'T BELIEVE IT.
They DON'T TRUST JESUS ENTIRELY for Salvation.
For them, Jesus ALONE ISN'T ENOUGH.
And, like it or not, TRUST IN JESUS is THE ONLY THING THAT RAPTURES US:
TRUSTING JESUS COMPLETELY (Ephesians 2:8-9) is THE ONLY THING THAT SAVES US.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014
"BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING; BUT IN EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)
"Avoid shameful and foolish talk...but IN PLACE OF THESE offer THANKSGIVING" (Ephesians 5:4).
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, AND THANKSGIVING be made for all men:
For kings, and FOR ALL THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For THIS IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE in the sight of God our Savior;
WHO WANTS ALL MEN TO BE SAVED, AND TO COME UNTO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH" (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
"ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING and his courts with praise; GIVE THANKS TO HIM AND PRAISE HIS NAME" (Psalm 100:4).
It's clear from these Scriptures and many others that THANKS GIVING should not be a ONCE A YEAR occurrence, but rather something we practice numerous times throughout the day, each and every day.
It's nice, nonetheless, that the United States of America and Canada have set apart A SPECIAL DAY each year SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF giving thanks.
GIVING THANKS to God, from our hearts, is one of the many great joys and privileges we share as His children.
I invite you to join me in thanking and praising our God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) from the very depths of our beings:
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, you are worthy of the highest praise.
You are worthy of continuous, non-stop, exuberant, wholehearted, unrestrained praise and thanksgiving.
THANK YOU for your never ending Love, Grace, Mercy, Peace and Joy.
THANK YOU for SO GREAT Salvation.
THANK YOU that Jesus is THAT Great and ETERNAL Salvation (our Hoshanah Rabba).
That His Salvation is AS ETERNAL AS He is. Glory to Him forever more!
THANK YOU that your LIVE - LITERALLY - in each of us who have received Christ into our hearts.
THANK YOU for the never ending joy of KNOWING you belong to me and that I belong - TOTALLY - to you.
THANK YOU for your omnipotence, and omniscience and omnipresence.
THANK YOU for your sheer GOODNESS and Wonderfulness.
THANK YOU for all your attributes.
THANK YOU that your righteousness ENDURES FOREVER.
THANK YOU that your Mercy ENDURES FOREVER.
THANK YOU THAT YOU ENDURE FOREVER.
That from eternity to eternity YOU ARE God.
THANK YOU that there's NO OTHER God.
THANK YOU that there's NO GOD beside you.
THANK YOU for the Life, death, Resurrection and Ascension of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Thank you that He lives forevermore and has the keys of death and Hades (Revelation 1:18).
Thank you that in Him WE ARE SAVED TO THE UTTERMOST, and that He ever LIVES to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).
THANK YOU, JESUS, that you removed ALL SIN for ALL time. Glory to your Name! (Hebrews 9:26)
THANK YOU most gracious Father that, by virtue of Jesus' perfect Sacrifice, YOU NO LONGER COUNT SINS against us who RECEIVE Jesus into our hearts and place our trust in Him (2 Corinthians 5:19).
THANK YOU for your incomparable Wisdom that surpasses ALL human knowledge, understanding and intellect.
THANK YOU for your LIVING Word who is Jesus, in human form, and the Bible in written form.
THANK YOU for His/its ENDLESS RICHES.
THANK YOU for your Greatness that is incomprehensible to human minds.
THANK YOU for the privilege of being sons and daughters of the Most High.
THANK YOU that JESUS is our Destiny, our inheritance and our ETERNAL PRESENT.
We THANK YOU that we have YOU to look forward FOR ALL ETERNITY. Glory to YOU forevermore!
THANK YOU that we live in the freest, most blessed and still most powerful nation on earth.
We pray for those in authority, for President Obama and his advisers, for the members of Congress and the Supreme Court. Also for State and local authorities.
We ask for your Wisdom and guidance in every decision that comes before them.
I ask you, Lord, to greatly bless and protect every member of the Body of Christ.
We ask that many souls the world over will come to Salvation through personal knowledge of Jesus, and that you add many new members to your Body on an hourly basis.
I ask SPECIAL BLESSINGS, GRACE, SPIRITUAL GROWTH, STRENGTH, HEALTH, WISDOM, PROSPERITY on our precious intercessors who lay down a portion of their lives each day to witness, intercede for lost souls and for your Chosen People.
I THANK YOU for each and every one of them and for each precious soul that comes to know Jesus through this ministry, or through ANY OTHER ministry on earth.
THANK YOU, Lord, for all who preach the true Gospel of Grace. May they continue to do so BOLDLY, IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT.
For those who don't, please bring them repentance and Salvation.
For those who pervert the Gospel of Grace into a Gospel of Greed, we ask your forgiveness, that they will repent, and stop serving the false god (idol) of Mammon and realize it's ALL about you, Lord Jesus.
We ask these things, and offer our heartfelt THANKS for your eternal glory. Amen.
I love you and adore you, Jesus, with every fiber of my being. Glory to you from everlasting to everlasting, my one and only Savior, who died for me, and cleansed me with your Divine, SINLESS Blood.
Grace and Peace to you, Church of the Living God.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
DON'T CALL HIM ALMIGHTY
Is Jesus SUFFICIENT to save?
That is THE QUESTION that determines if an individual is saved, or isn't.
That is the question that EVERY TRUE BELIEVER in Jesus Christ MUST ANSWER IN THE AFFIRMATIVE.
If you answer in the negative, YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
If Jesus IS sufficient, then NOTHING BUT Jesus is needed in order to be saved.
Jesus ALONE is MORE THAN ENOUGH to save us for ALL ETERNITY - no matter what we've done -- and Salvation, to those who put their trust (faith) in Him, is A DONE DEAL (Hebrews 10:14).
Salvation is 100% CERTAIN (Hebrews 7:25).
If you ADD other "things" to Jesus and what He did, like your own "obedience", or your own works, Salvation is NOT certain.
If you ADD other "things" in order to complement Jesus, in order to "help" Him save you, then you're saying He is NOT sufficient, WHICH MEANS YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
There is NO WAY of getting around this Truth.
If God CAN’T save you, all by Himself, WITHOUT needing ANYTHING ELSE, He's not Almighty, hence He's not God.
If God IS God, if He truly is Almighty, He can save whomever He wants, THROUGH ANY MEANS He wants.
Otherwise, He's not God.
If He really is God He doesn't need your "help" in order to save you.
All He needs is YOUR TRUST.
He doesn't need Law (Torah), He doesn't need 10 Commandments, He doesn't need "good works", He doesn't need weekly Sabbath, He doesn't need circumcision, He doesn't need religion, He doesn't care what you eat, and He doesn't care how you look.
That is why, right after giving Moses the Law, INCLUDING THE 10 COMMANDMENTS -- and right after the Israelites made themselves an idol in the shape of a golden calf a mere 40 days after HEARING God's Voice -- He tells Moses "I will have mercy ON WHOM I WILL HAVE MERCY, and I will have compassion ON WHOM I WILL HAVE COMPASSION" (Exodus 33:19).
If you want a definition of God's Grace, besides "goodness toward someone who DOESN'T DESERVE IT", that verse explains it.
He will save WHOM He WILL SAVE (Titus 3:5).
You can add man-invented "conditions" until your confused religious face turns Siberian blue, but God is still God.
If He is, He can and will save WHOEVER He wants, under WHATEVER conditions He wants.
And the ONLY "condition" He chose is TRUST (faith) (Ephesians 2:8-9).
If you BELIEVE Jesus is sufficient, then you TRUST Him (have faith in Him).
Hence you are saved.
If you DON'T believe Jesus ALONE is sufficient to save, then YOU DO NOT TRUST JESUS, YOU HAVE NO FAITH IN Jesus, and you're lost.
It's as simple as THAT.
Stop playing religious games.
You're not fooling anyone but yourself:
Either trust Jesus completely - and nothing / no one else for Salvation - or admit that you DON'T trust Him.
If God is God He can save BY FAITH ONLY.
If He can't, He's not God:
If you think He can't, then admit that you DON'T really believe in Him and...
STOP calling Him "Almighty".
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
"And in that day will I make Jerusalem A BURDENSOME STONE for all people: ALL THAT BURDEN THEMSELVES WITH IT SHALL BE CUT IN PIECES"... (Zechariah 12:3).
WHAT IS IT about Jerusalem that incites such passion among various ethnicities?
It sits on a mountainous terrain, devoid of natural resources. There's NO MATERIAL wealth there to speak of. It has NO OIL, coal, or natural gas.
It's not a sea port, has no major river, no major airport, no agriculture or manufacturing worthy of mention, no gold, silver, iron or copper, and even lacks the mineral riches of the Dead Sea, some 20 miles south.
Yet MORE BLOOD HAS BEEN SPILLED over this ONE city, than over all other cities of the world combined.
Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.
One could argue that the fascination with this city has to do with its history, and that is largely true, but there's more to it than that. Other cities are also historically and culturally rich, and they DO NOT inspire the same degree of emotion, animosity, and awe.
As Jesus Himself pointed out, even THE PROPHETS God sent to this holy city usually ended up dead (Matthew 23:31; Luke 13:34). He Himself paid the ULTIMATE PRICE right on Mount Moriah, on the VERY SPOT where Abraham offered the Lamb in place of his son Isaac.
If its ancient stones could speak they would tell a violent, bloody history filled with death, suffering and destruction.
And yet, despite all of the above, there's this almost magical quality to the city. There's a SUPERNATURAL-NESS that can be both felt and remembered vividly.
There's NO MIDDLE GROUND where Jerusalem is concerned: people either totally love it, or they totally hate it.
Jerusalem was under Arab rule for 1,200 years (under various caliphates from 638 A.D. to 1,099, with an 88-year period of Crusader rule from 1099-1187; then again under Muslim rule from 1187 to 1516, and under the Ottoman Turks from 1517-1917).
For all the Arab talk about Jerusalem being the "Palestinian capital", for all the Islamic talk about it being the "third holiest site in Islam", during that long, dark, mournful period under Arab control IT WAS NOTHING BUT AN UGLY, BARREN, DEPRESSING, UNDEVELOPED, SMELLY PLACE THAT LACKED EVEN A SEWAGE SYSTEM.
I've seen film footage from the early 1900's, and it speaks VOLUMES about what a SAD PLACE it was. When Jesus said it would be "TRAMPLED" by Gentiles (Luke 21:24), He wasn't kidding. It was trampled and OPPRESSED.
Mark Twain's visit to the Holy Land in 1867 (some 50 years before the British wrested Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks in WWI) was described in "The Innocents Abroad". This is how he described Jerusalem's surroundings:
"..... A DESOLATE COUNTRY whose soil is rich enough, but IS GIVEN OVER WHOLLY TO WEEDS... A SILENT MOURNFUL EXPANSE.... a DESOLATION.... we never saw a human being on the whole route....HARDLY A TREE OR SHRUB ANYWHERE. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country." (The Innocents Abroad, p. 361-362)
He described Jerusalem itself this way:
"It seems to me that all the races and colors and tongues of the earth must be represented among the fourteen thousand souls that dwell in Jerusalem. RAGS, WRETCHEDNESS, POVERTY AND DIRT, those signs and symbols that indicate the presence of Muslim rule more surely than the crescent-flag itself, ABOUND. Lepers, cripples, the blind, and the idiotic, assail you on every hand... Jerusalem IS MOURNFUL, AND DREARY, AND LIFELESS. I WOULD NOT DESIRE TO LIVE HERE (The Innocents Abroad, Ch. 53, para. 4).
What Muslims COULDN'T DO with Jerusalem in 1,200 years, Jews have done in merely 47 years.
Since Jerusalem was recovered by Israel in 1967, it has BLOSSOMED into what it is today: a dynamic, burgeoning metropolis AND THE ETERNAL CAPITAL OF ISRAEL.
WHAT is it, then, about Jerusalem that makes it SO SPECIAL?
What makes it important enough for three major religions to LITERALLY FIGHT over it?
Jerusalem is where the Kingdom of God began on earth.
It's THE CITY that God Himself CHOSE to "put His Name there"(Psalms 132:13; 1 Kings 11:36; 2 Chronicles 12:13; Ezra 6:12; Nehemiah 1:9).
It even has the symbol of God's Name, the Hebrew letter shin (which stands for God's Name, Shaddai) stamped on its topography, showing He is the rightful owner, and this unique city His everlasting possession.
It's in Jerusalem where God's OWN SACRED BLOOD was poured out to redeem mankind and the rest of His fallen Creation.
And it's in Jerusalem where the Kingdom of God will be re-established after the Second Coming of Christ (Zechariah 14:1-9).
Soon virtually everyone left on earth will be UNSAVED.
The UNSAVED will HATE Jerusalem:
They will hate it and it will become a "burdensome stone" for them, because THEY KNOW it's in Jerusalem where the returning Christ will set the headquarters of His Kingdom on earth just a few years from now.
They will want to take and occupy it AS A PREEMPTIVE MEASURE.
Since they are Christ haters, they will capture it not out of love, but as a DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO PREVENT Messiah's return and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
They will figure that, as long as THEY possess it, Jesus CAN'T HAVE IT.
Ha! Guess again, unbelieving fools.
Those who LOVE Jerusalem will soon be gone:
Its spiritual children will be raptured and its natural children will be forced into hiding.
Its haters will possess her AND OPPRESS HER for 3½ years, and for THE LAST TIME EVER.
After that, the "GAME" will be ALL OVER: Jerusalem will no longer be a "burdensome stone", but the city of delight.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
THE BIBLE CODE
Is there any truth to the so-called Bible Code?
Should we rely on Bible Codes to know the future?
There's too much detail and accuracy in some of the Bible Codes that have been found regarding past events for it to be mere "coincidence".
God's Word is inexhaustible.
I'm certain that IN ETERNITY we'll discover multiple layers of depth, meanings and dimensions to it.
However, while we're still IN SPACE/TIME, God gave us THE SURFACE Bible TEXT as our instruction, NOT ANY "SECRET CODES" that may be found in it.
I know of one website which bases virtually all its "teaching" and predictions on supposed Bible codes. They haven't got ANYTHING right yet.
They have predicted, among other things, that Hillary would win the presidency in '08 and that Philadelphia would be nuked in January '09.
In the interest of full disclosure, I do cite ONE Bible Code on this website, because it is amazingly in line with the ACTUAL biblical text.
However, I do not base the teaching on that code, but on THE ACTUAL BIBLE TEXT verbatim.
Is it sin to look for Bible Codes?
I don't buy the condemning theory that doing so is a form of "divination".
We're dealing, after all, with the HOLY Word of God.
Seeking Truth in His Word - even at equidistant intervals -- can hardly be compared with going to a palm reader.
However, there's TOO MUCH we still don't know or understand about such codes:
One of the great tragedies in modern Christendom is APPALLING LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF SCRIPTURE. Before we launch into a fruitless and meaningless search for some "secret code", we should be STUDYING AND MEDITATING the Bible text.
You'll be SURPRISED what you will find and learn.
UNLESS we are specifically led by the Holy Spirit, SEEKING "secret codes" within the Bible is mostly unproductive and can be highly misleading.
Trying to GUESS the future based on some highly subjective "Bible code" is folly, when we have THE LITERAL BIBLE TEXT, which 2 Peter 1:19 calls "A MORE SURE Word of prophecy".
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
CULTURE OF DEATH
The Arab culture has brought four enduring things to the world: a numeric system, Islam, oppression and terror.
In the past two centuries, the last three have become virtually synonymous.
Fact: The Islamic culture IS A CULTURE OF VIOLENCE AND DEATH.
No matter how much Evangelical wimps call for "dialogue", seeking to ingratiate themselves to the secular media in order to peddle their worthless books...
Hello, Rick Warren...
NO MATTER HOW MUCH they promote Chrislam and Koran reading to stupid Kristians, WHO DON'T EVEN KNOW THEIR OWN BIBLES...
No matter how much vote-seeking American politicians, may call it a "religion of peace"...
There is NOTHING -- repeat, NOTHING - in the Koran, or in that evil religion's tenets, that calls for "love" or "peace" IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.
Again: there is NOTHING, ZERO, in Islam that calls for peace or love.
There is NO SUGGESTION, let alone A COMMANDMENT, to "love our neighbor" in Islam, as there is in the Judeo-Christian faith.
There is NOTHING about "turning the other cheek" as in the Christian faith.
There is NOTHING about LOVING EVEN OUR ENEMIES, as Jesus uniquely taught.
And you certainly can't find ONE political, military or RELIGIOUS Islamic leader - I don't care which terrorist group he represents - that teaches love or peace.
HATE, MURDER, MUTILATION, VIOLENCE, REVENGE... these are the things that Islam CONSTANTLY PROMOTES (Sura 5:33; 8:12).
The Koran, in fact, CALLS FOR THE DEATH OF ALL "INFIDELS" (Sura 8:39, 59-60).
An infidel, by definition, is ANYONE who does not belong to their wicked, murderous, oppressive religion.
They BEHEAD and MURDER THEIR OWN Islamic "brothers" for being of another Mohammedan sect, for Pete's sakes!
And IDIOTIC "Christians" think they got a chance with "dialogue"?
When the Koran FORBIDS THEM to even BEFRIEND infidels, meaning "us"? (Sura 4:89)
We can't even get in one accord with our own Christian brothers and sisters and you think you can REASON with BARBARIC Muslim MURDERERS?
So much for media driven so-called "church leadership".
They just butchered last week -- and I mean LITERALLY BUTCHERED -- (the beasts used a knife and a meat cleaver) 5 more Jews inside a synagogue... WHILE THEY WERE PRAYING!!!
Three of them were Americans.
They have taken advantage of Western democracies for years, and infiltrated Western society in droves, including countries like England, France, Sweden and the U.S.
As we have seen in videos time and again, they enjoy the freedom, education and prosperity in our nations, ONLY TO GO BACK AND JOIN SOME RADICAL Islamic group that murders our citizens and threatens our very existence.
That's the "thanks" we get for welcoming the wild beasts into our COUNTRIES and for tolerating their FALSE, EVIL religion, when THEY DON'T TOLERATE our Jewish or Christian faith.
I see NO WESTERNERS, except for a few very dedicated humanitarians, SEEKING "A BETTER LIFE" in an Islamic country, DO YOU?
And even THEY (who go there TO HELP others) are being beheaded!
Only gullible, clueless, DUMB, weak, compromising Westerners would suggest "dialogue" with these barbarians.
It's high time we call things WHAT THEY REALLY ARE:
Only a COMPLETE IDIOT would dare call Islam "a religion of peace".
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2014
DID JESUS KEEP THE SABBATH?
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days SHALL YOU LABOR, and do ALL YOUR WORK:
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: in it YOU SHALL NOT DO ANY WORK, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates" (Exodus 20:8-10).
Sabbatarian cults love to say that Jesus "kept the Sabbath" and offer as example that He often visited the Jewish synagogue on Saturday (Luke 4:16).
Only one tiny problem with their false teaching:
There's NOTHING in the fourth commandment -- the one that tells us to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy" -- about congregating in a synagogue, a Christian worship center, OR ANYWHERE ELSE.
Matter of fact, THERE WERE NO SYNAGOGUES ANYWHERE when the fourth commandment was given.
Synagogues were INVENTED by exiled Jews 1,000 years later.
Christian worship centers were INVENTED almost 2,000 years later.
Like the rest of their heretical doctrine, the "Jesus kept the Sabbath" myth is nothing but A BIG, FAT LIE.
During His public ministry Jesus NEVER KEPT the 24-hour Sabbath.
His disciples PICKED GRAIN on Saturday (Matthew 12:1-2), which Exodus 20:8-10 STRICTLY FORBIDS.
They TRAVELED on Saturday (Matthew 12:1-15), also forbidden by the 4th commandment.
They CARRIED STUFF on the Sabbath (John 5:8-11).
He HEALED on Saturday (Mark 3:1-6; Luke 13:1-16).
And here's the Scripture that NO LYING Sabbatarian will EVER QUOTE:
"For this reason the Jewish leaders were trying even harder to kill Him, because NOT ONLY WAS HE BREAKING THE SABBATH, but He was also calling God his own Father, thus making Himself equal with God" (John 5:18).
That verse says, clear as daylight, that Jesus WAS BREAKING the Sabbath... again and again.
Which part of "Jesus was BREAKING the Sabbath" don't these deluded souls understand?
Yet for Sabbatarians it's AS IF that verse wasn't in the Bible.
Why? Because that verse TOTALLY DESTROYS their lie that "Jesus kept the Sabbath".
It's utterly expedient to just sweep it under the rug.
That just proves their hypocritical bias.
Jesus DIDN'T observe the 24-hour Sabbath because the 24-hour Sabbath is ONLY a shadow (Colossians 2:16-17).
Shadows are NEVER the real thing.
Your shadow is NOT the real you.
Jesus didn't observe the 24-hour Sabbath because He is THE REAL Sabbath.
He is THE ONLY ONE that can give us true, eternal REST.
And RESTING in the Lord is what the fourth commandment has always been about.
Ceasing from OUR OWN WORKS, and TRUSTING God's FINISHED work:
"And on the seventh day God FINISHED HIS WORK which he had made; and he RESTED ON the seventh day FROM ALL HIS WORK which he had made" (Genesis 2:2).
That's something, coincidentally, that Sabbatarians NEVER DO.
That's why Jesus said "come UNTO ME (not unto a 24-hour day) and I (not some transient 24-hour day) WILL GIVE YOU REST (Matthew 11:28).
He will give us the REAL Sabbath of rest because HE FINISHED THE WORK OF OUR REDEMPTION, and because He IS the REAL, and ETERNAL Sabbath.
NO ONE NEEDS TO "OBSERVE" A SHADOW AFTER THEY'VE SEEN THE REAL.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014
THE JOY OF SALVATION
"RESTORE TO ME THE JOY of your Salvation and uphold me with your free Spirit" (Psalm 51:12)
This is a typical question that we get time and again:
"I gave my heart to Jesus, then lived in sin for a while, repented, but now feel far from Him. What can I do to recover that feeling of peace, joy and closeness that I had when I first believed?"
ALL OF US have sinned numerous times since we first received and experienced Christ in our hearts.
NO ONE ON EARTH (besides Jesus) has always lived in "a way that is pleasing to Him".
ALL OF US have done wrong things and asked for forgiveness, not once but many, many times.
The way to recover the joy of Salvation, the peace, and SPIRITUAL INTIMACY with Christ, is by KNOWING and being thoroughly convinced of the following:
1. Jesus' Salvation is COMPLETE. It lacks NOTHING.
He TOOK AWAY sin -- once and for all. That includes ALL your sins and mine, past, present and future (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5).
2. SIN IS NO LONGER YOUR PROBLEM.
Since Jesus PAID FOR and REMOVED all sin for all time, God is NO LONGER COUNTING any sins against us (Psalm 103:12; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 4:8).
3. We REST in that FULL ASSURANCE.
We TRUST completely WHAT JESUS DID to save us, and FOCUS ON THAT, NOT on what we do or have done.
We REST on the KNOWLEDGE that Jesus LOVES US UNCONDITIONALLY: There's NOTHING you can ever do to make Him STOP loving you.
That may be incomprehensible by human standards, but it's NOT by Divine standards. God IS love, of the DIVINE (eternal), NEVER-ENDING kind.
4. Jesus has FORGOTTEN ABOUT your sins, and SO SHOULD YOU.
Don't let ANYONE heap condemnation on you.
If Satan (the accuser) EVER reminds you of "what you did", tell him WHAT HE DID and WHERE HE'S GOING (Revelation 20:10). Reject him, slam the door on his ugly face, and DON'T LINGER on those thoughts.
God gave you FREE WILL.
You HAVE THE POWER TO CHOOSE on what you allow your mind to dwell.
5. KNOW (be conscious) that Jesus is not "out there somewhere", nor is He 3 billion light years away "pie in the sky", but that He LIVES IN YOU.
He is IN YOU, ALL the time, whether you "feel" like it or not (Matthew 28:20).
Focus on Him WITHIN YOU and WELCOME Him to manifest in you and to you.
6. DON'T SWEAT THE "SMALL STUFF":
Don't allow small things to steal your joy: NO REGRETS: woulda, coulda, shoulda...
MOST of what steals our joy is "small" stuff.
If it won't matter 3 years from now, IT'S SMALL.
Focus ON HIS GREATNESS, His love, His Goodness, His never-ending Grace, His sheer Wonderfulness.
7. The "feeling" that you miss is THE JOY OF your Salvation, who is Christ Himself (Psalm 51:12).
We do not live by feeling, but by faith (Complete Trust in Him).
Nonetheless, the way we regain that wonderful feeling is by:
a) GENUINELY repenting of sin.
b) seeking INTIMATE COMMUNION with Jesus in our innermost being.
c) Praising Him.
One of the great blessings of being Christian is PRAISING God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) IN SPIRIT.
Because He LIVES IN YOU, there's NO WAY you can praise Him in spirit without lifting yourself up in the process.
As an added bonus, spirit praise also strengthens and develops our spirit and REPELS Satan.
Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him...
Your joy will return in no time,
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014
THE PURPOSE OF HELL
The Bible clearly teaches that hell is a temporary place and not a final destination.
Hell is NOT eternal. The lake of fire is.
There are at least two things that "Christian" cults have in common:
1.They deny Jesus' TOTAL SUFFICIENCY to save us.
2. They deny the existence of hell.
They, to put it mildly, are in DENIAL.
Everyone who DOES NOT TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY as ONLY God and Savior WILL go to hell.
That obviously includes atheists, agnostics, and adherents to ALL heathen RELIGIONS such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Islam.
However -- and it breaks my heart to say this -- it also includes MANY "Christians".
The only reason a so-called "Christian" would go to hell is because he or she ISN'T a REAL Christian.
He or she "believes" in Jesus - UP TO a point.
He or she believes He died for mankind's sins, however, they DO NOT consider Jesus - and Jesus ALONE - SUFFICIENT to save.
They DO NOT BELIEVE that He removed ALL their sins FOREVER as far as the East is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
They DO NOT BELIEVE that He REMOVED sin forever, and doesn't remember our sins any more (Hebrews 9:26; 10:17).
Jesus, according to them, "saves" PARTIALLY, but NOT completely.
That makes His perfect Work of Redemption INCOMPLETE, LACKING, IMPERFECT and, frankly, USELESS.
They will acknowledge Jesus as Savior ONLY IF THEY CAN TAKE SOME OF THE CREDIT FOR THEIR OWN SALVATION.
They want to say that He paid for their sins, BUT that they also EARNED their way to heaven by their good deeds, their obedience, their (alleged) 10 Commandment keeping, their (alleged) Torah observance, their (alleged) Sabbath keeping, by their being baptized in water, or by their being members of a particular denomination, and blindly following the heretical religious leader who founded their cult.
They have religion. They DON'T KNOW JESUS.
They've never allowed Him into their hearts and EXPERIENCED His Presence in their innermost being.
That's why THEY'RE LOST.
Because THEY REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE their UTTER HELPLESSNESS with regards to Salvation.
They REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE that they can't "save themselves" NOR PLAY ANY ROLE AT ALL in their Salvation.
They REFUSE THE TOTALLY UNDESERVED GIFT OF Salvation.
They want to "pay" for their Salvation either wholly or partially.
And "pay" they will.
That's EXACTLY WHY hell exists.
It's for people LIKE THEM.
Because when they are in hell, they will find, much to their dismay, that their religion's leaders WHOM THEY FOLLOWED BLINDLY...
Those by whom they allowed themselves to be brainwashed...
Those whose lying words THEY CHOSE TO believe above God's...
Also went there.
That they are AS LOST AS those whom they blindly and STUPIDLY followed.
That they are in a place of torment, alienated from God, BECAUSE THEY REFUSED to GRATEFULLY RECEIVE the GIFT of God's Grace who is TOTAL Salvation Himself (Hebrews 7:25).
They refused to believe or acknowledge that Jesus had SAVED THEM COMPLETELY.
And, they'll be spiritually back to square one:
Which is their UTTER INABILITY TO earn or play ANY part whatsoever in their own salvation.
Salvation was COMPLETELY DONE FOR US - from beginning to end - by no less than God Himself.
And those who refuse it, will find themselves in the torment of hell.
The purpose of hell is for them to realize THAT THERE'S NOTHING THEY CAN DO TO SAVE THEMSELVES.
Or even to HELP save themselves.
They'll be utterly HELPLESS: In torment, alienation from God, and TOTALLY at His mercy.
Then maybe, just maybe, they'll come to realize that ALL THE RELIGIOUS RULES they "observed" in order to be saved, FAILED.
That they utterly failed to "earn" them Salvation.
And that their ONLY hope of salvation is to TRUST 100% - even in the midst of the flames - in Jesus' Perfect, COMPLETE, SUFFICIENT -- and FINISHED -- Work of Redemption.
They'll HAVE TO trust His Grace 100% to come out of there.
The sad part is that THEY COULD HAVE TRUSTED JESUS COMPLETELY while they lived on this earth, and altogether avoided that torment, had they not hardened their self-righteous religious hearts.
God's Way is EASY., because Jesus DID IT ALL.
Our way is HARD because NOTHING THAT WE DO, or abstain from doing, will ever REMOTELY satisfy God.
John 14:6: Salvation is either God's Way -- which is Jesus ALONE -- or NO WAY.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014
There are millions of people the world over who CALL Jesus their Savior.
IN REALITY, many of them see Him ONLY AS their PARTIAL Savior.
A PARTIAL Savior is someone who CANNOT do the WHOLE JOB.
A PARTIAL Savior IS NOT sufficient - all by Himself - TO SAVE.
A PARTIAL Savior MUST BE "SUPPLEMENTED" with things such as obedience, good works, not sinning, water baptism, observing the law, or the 10 commandments, observing the 24-hour Sabbath, belonging to a specific denomination, etc.
The notion of a "partial" Savior was spawned by religion.
It's underlying cause is FEAR.
We're NOT 100% certain that Jesus PAID FOR - and COMPLETELY REMOVED - ALL sin for ALL time.
We FEAR that He may NOT BE ENOUGH to save us.
So, we SUPPLEMENT Him with all the aforementioned "co-saviors".
We want Jesus to be ONLY PART OF our Salvation, but we want OUR OWN WORKS, OUR OWN "MERITS", to also be PART OF the Salvation process.
There's NO SUCH THING AS a "partial" savior.
A PARTIAL SAVIOR ISN'T a savior AT ALL.
HOW can Jesus be our Savior if He - ALONE - COULDN'T GET THE JOB DONE?
Salvation is 100% by faith (trust).
The "partial Savior" theory PROVES that we have NO TRUST (faith) in Him.
Those for whom Jesus is only PARTIAL Savior, ARE NOT SAVED.
Either Jesus is your TOTAL - ONE AND ONLY - Savior, or He's not your Savior AT ALL.
Do you trust Him completely, or not?
Is He ONLY your "partial" Savior?
Or is He your TOTAL Savior?
Acts 4:12: "There is Salvation IN NO ONE ELSE: for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven, given among men, BY WHICH WE CAN BE SAVED".
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
THE VALUE OF A PROMISE
"No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father OF A MULTITUDE OF NATIONS" (Genesis 17:5).
"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 is from our God who sits upon the throne, and from the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9-10).
Most people place little or no value on promises.
Mortals continually make promises that they don't keep.
They often make those promises KNOWING, in advance, that they won't keep them:
A man or woman enters into matrimony PROMISING to be faithful and "forsake all others" all the while INTENDING TO get "a little on the side".
We promise our kids we'll take them to that special game next Saturday, only to disappoint them by breaking the promise.
For politicians making false promises is a way of life.
Even those who claim to believe in God, who profess to have firsthand experience of the Divine, often promise certain things then fail to deliver.
These individuals have no credibility.
Their WORD is WORTHLESS.
But NOT Jesus.
His Word is WORTH everything.
His Word NEVER fails.
He HAS NEVER made a promise on which He didn't deliver, AND NEVER WILL.
His Word NEVER returns void.
His Word is SURE.
His Word CAN BE TRUSTED:
4,000 years ago He appeared to a Mesopotamian named Abram and made him A PROMISE.
God promised this CHILDLESS 90 YEAR OLD that not only would he have a child in his old age, but that he would become the father OF "A GREAT MULTITUDE", AS IMPOSSIBLE TO NUMBER AS the stars in the sky or the sands on the seashore (Genesis 15:5).
He even changed his name from Abram, meaning "exalted father", to Abraham, meaning "father of A GREAT MULTITUDE".
And God is not about to let His Promise go unfulfilled.
Unlike mortals, God DOESN'T MAKE FALSE promises.
God DOESN'T SAY He's going to do something and then DOESN'T.
Some 500 years later, Abraham's descendants had multiplied into ABOUT THREE MILLION.
And 41 centuries later THEY ARE SO NUMEROUS THEY CAN'T BE COUNTED!
In Christ, we ARE Abraham's seed and HEIRS according to The Promise (Galatians 3:29).
We're about to show up in heaven as a GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE can number, FROM EVERY NATION on earth, EXACTLY AS God promised.
Most human promises are meaningless.
God's Promises are IRONCLAD.
He made a Promise to Abraham in Genesis.
He fulfills that Promise in Revelation.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2014
We have people who camp out on the streets all night so they can get tickets to a concert.
We have hordes who stand in line for hours on end to purchase the latest IPhone or state-of-the-art gadget.
Some silly people wouldn't miss their favorite soap opera if their life depended on it.
Others faint and fawn over some untalented "celebrity" who's famous only for making a sex video and getting tons of plastic surgery.
They go to some sporting event and aren't the least bit embarrassed to paint their faces in their favorite team's colors, wear some ridiculous wig, and make complete fools of themselves by shouting their favoritism in front of a crowd.
It seems that every Hollywood slut and crackhead has a cadre of adoring "fans", who'll go to any extreme to meet them, sleep with them, or get their autograph.
There are denominational automatons that TOTALLY WORSHIP their denomination's founder -- to the point of placing his or her word ABOVE GOD'S, without any remorse, or even an after thought.
Not to mention that there are religious fanatics willing to blow themselves (and others) to bits over some dead guy who claimed to be a prophet.
My question to the Church in general, and so-called Christian leaders in particular, is:
WHERE ARE JESUS' FANS?
Most preachers tell their congregations or audiences that they are to be "measured" and "balanced".
In other words, don't get too excited.
Believe in Jesus, but DON'T go overboard.
Let me give you a synonym for "balanced" (at least in that context):
If we CAN'T get excited about Jesus, WHO can we get excited about?
What we need is a bunch of SCALDING HOT Christ FANATICS who go TO THE EXTREME in their love and enthusiasm for Jesus.
THAT'S HOW the Early Church swallowed up the Roman Empire with all its military might:
They simply COULDN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT Jesus!
They simply COULDN'T SHUT THEM UP.
Nor could they dampen their enthusiasm, DESPITE CONSTANT threats and relentless and ruthless persecution.
It's downright embarrassing to compare them to today's religious wimps with their "measured", "religiously proper" and TEPID demeanor.
Worse, Jesus Himself said he's going TO VOMIT some of these "proper Christians" out of His Body (Revelation 3:16).
One of the reasons that the Pentecostal or Charismatic movement has spread so rapidly is that they are about THE ONLY ONES in Christendom who are "excited" and bold about Jesus.
What a pity that they've ruined their witness to the world through greed, deceit, manipulation, and buffoonish antics.
I don't want ANYONE following this ministry to be "balanced".
I want A BUNCH OF RADICAL FANATICS, WHO'LL GO TO THE EXTREME for Jesus:
Who'll PRAISE HIM to the extreme.
SERVE HIM to the extreme.
SEEK HIM to the extreme.
LOVE HIM to the extreme.
A bunch of BOLD, STRONG, CONFIDENT, OBSESSED Jesus EXTREMISTS who are not afraid or embarrassed to look someone in the eye and say:
"I'm a Jesus fanatic... and PROUD OF IT".
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014
ANGRY WITH GOD
I have a confession: there have been times in my life, in fact NUMEROUS times, when I've gotten frustrated and angry with God. I mean, desperately angry, FUMING angry.
Matter of fact, I've TOLD Him as much.
I've often expressed that anger in EXTREMELY harsh, devastatingly HONEST ways.
In moments of great frustration, I've also used FOUL language that, by human standards, is considered HIGHLY improper.
If you got any blood circulating in your veins, and unless you've lived all your life in a gilded castle, insulated from all the evils and trials of this messed up world, YOU HAVE, TOO.
You might as well ADMIT IT.
Am I proud of such moments? No.
Have I asked forgiveness? You bet. EVENTUALLY.
Have I been forgiven? Each and every time.
And, I suspect, there may be a few more times before this crazy age comes to and end where I'll be in need of SPECIAL forgiveness.
Do you think that "holding back" and NOT expressing your anger will win you any brownie points?
Do you think NOT expressing your anger and frustration means that God won't KNOW about it?
Ha! Don't make me laugh.
He KNEW ABOUT IT before you even felt it.
He KNEW ABOUT IT before He created you.
He KNEW ABOUT IT before the foundation of the world.
There's A LOT of pain all around us.
There's A LOT of pain in ALL our lives.
There's A LOT of stuff that we DON'T understand.
It's hard to understand WHY, when you've given your WHOLE heart and life to Jesus, when you've made untold SACRIFICES for His sake and the Gospel's, AND YET He allows some terribly painful things to happen, IN SPITE OF THAT.
It's hard and IT HURTS.
It's true the Bible warns that to whom much is given of him MUCH shall be required [Luke 12:48], but that doesn't numb the pain, or diminish its intensity.
I don't care what some religious stiff may say, praising is THERAPEUTIC, and so is VENTING.
Do you know that when I've poured out my anger and frustration [and I mean, REALLY let it rip!], God's NEVER gotten angry at me?
He's NEVER been OFFENDED.
He's NEVER ignored me.
NEVER abandoned me.
He's NEVER made fun of, ridiculed, dismissed or belittled my VERY REAL pain.
He's NEVER thrown some overused, one size fits all religious cliché at me.
Thank God He's NEVER stopped communicating with me.
Truth be told, I've gotten some of the BIGGEST revelations RIGHT AFTER getting shouting mad at Him.
Which demonstrates the sheer GREATNESS and infinity of His Perfect, NEVER FAILING, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
Do I love Him any less because I've expressed such frustration, pain, or anger?
I love Him more today than I EVER did: With ALL my heart, soul, strength and mind, with every particle of my being.
Does He love me any less?
No way. Praise Him FOREVER AND EVER!
We have the kind of INTIMATE spiritual relationship where I can tell Him ANYTHING, and He can tell me anything, good, bad, ugly, or somewhere in between.
I don't get offended either, when He speaks to me clearly and directly. In fact, I absolutely LOVE His openness and HONESTY. I LOVE IT when He CORRECTS ME, and sets me straight.
That's the kind of relationship He wants to have with you.
Truth isn't always pretty. FLESH is easily offended.
Carnal Christians often can't handle truth.
Saying "nice things" that you don't really mean is hypocritical.
JESUS can handle your anger. He can handle ANYTHING you say.
JESUS can handle ANY THING, PERIOD.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014
SIN IS GONE!
Do you know that Jesus TOOK AWAY the sin of the world - ONCE AND FOR ALL?
By His death and Resurrection JESUS PAID - IN FULL - FOR EVERY SIN EVER COMMITTED.
His payment for past, present and future sins is SO COMPLETE that God NO LONGER COUNTS THOSE SINS AGAINST US!!!
He DOESN'T EVEN REMEMBER those sins!
There's Scripture after Scripture that ESTABLISHES THIS GREAT AND MARVELOUS TRUTH:
1. "Look, the Lamb of God WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN of the world!" (John 1:29).
2. "AS FAR AS the east is from the west, SO FAR HAS HE REMOVED our transgressions from us." (Psalm 103:12)
3. "But now, at the end of the ages, He has appeared once for all TO REMOVE SIN BY HIS SACRIFICE." (Hebrews 9:26)
4. "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but WITH HIS OWN BLOOD He went into the Most Holy Place once for all and SECURED OUR ETERNAL REDEMPTION." (Hebrews 9:12)
5. "For by one offering HE HAS PERFECTED FOREVER those that are sanctified." (Hebrews 10:14)
6. "God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself: NOT COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM". (2 Corinthians 5:19)
7. "blessed is the one AGAINST WHOM the Lord WILL NEVER COUNT SIN." (Romans 4:8)
8. "Blessed is the one WHOSE SIN the LORD DOES NOT COUNT AGAINST THEM" (Psalm 32:2)
9. "And you know that Jesus was revealed TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS" (1 John 35).
10. "I, even I am He WHO BLOTS OUT YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS, for my own sake, AND REMEMBERS YOUR SINS NO MORE" (Isaiah 43:25)
11. "Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: THOUGH YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET, THEY SHALL BE AS WHITE AS SNOW; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
12. "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they HAVE WASHED THEIR ROBES AND MADE THEM WHITE in the Blood of the Lamb." (Revelation 7:14)
13. "For I WILL FORGIVE THEIR WICKEDNESS AND WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE." (Hebrews 8:12)
14. "...THEIR SINS AND INIQUITIES WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE." (Hebrews 10:17)
15. "For I WILL FORGIVE THEIR WICKEDNESS AND WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE." (Jeremiah 31:34)
16. "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; WASH ME, AND I WILL BE WHITER THAN SNOW." (Psalm 51:7)
But... wait a minute... I still sin.
Yes, you do.
And so do I.
That's because our minds have not yet been renewed.
When we're born again our SPIRIT is made new.
Our MIND (the part of us THAT CAUSES sin) REMAINS THE SAME.
Our mind will be made new AT THE RAPTURE.
After that blessed event WE WON'T SIN ANYMORE... EVER!
Well, what about ALL THE SINS that I commit BEFORE then?
What about ALL THE SINS that I'm committing RIGHT NOW?
If you have received Christ into your heart, as your only God and Savior, and you put your trust (faith) in Him, He's NOT COUNTING THOSE SINS AGAINST YOU!!!
Because Jesus already PAID FOR EVERY ONE OF those sins!
God knew BEFORE HE CREATED US every sin we would ever commit.
He PROVIDED PAYMENT for those sins, through Jesus, BEFORE the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).
Well, WHY then do I confess sins?
For YOUR benefit, not God's.
Confessing sin to God and to those we have wronged RELEASES OUR CONSCIENCE from guilt.
But THAT SIN HAD BEEN PAID FOR -- AND FORGIVEN --BEFORE you even committed it.
You mean that I can SIN ALL I WANT and still be saved?
Because Jesus is FAR GREATER than ALL YOUR SINS COMBINED.
Besides, if you REALLY ARE saved, you DO NOT WANT TO sin.
We sin --from time to time-- because our flesh is weak.
Any SAVED (born again) person who thinks "since I CAN'T lose Salvation, I'm going to sin again and again ON PURPOSE" definitely has the wrong attitude,but THE RIGHT DOCTRINE.
The key words are "any SAVED (born-again) person".
If you're NOT born-again, then you're NOT in Christ and - SINCE YOU HAVEN'T ACCEPTED HIS PAYMENT FOR YOUR SINS - you ARE ACCOUNTABLE for them.
But if Jesus removed ALL SIN for ALL TIME, why is there so much FOCUS and so much preaching AGAINST sin by denominations, ministers and in worship centers?
Because ALL RELIGION is fear-based.
Because RELIGION has more faith in sin's ability to damn us than in Christ's Blood TO SAVE US.
JESUS DESTROYED sin.
He DESTROYED its power to damn us by PAYING FOR IT IN FULL.
It's RELIGION that insists on keeping sin ALIVE.
It's religion that insists on COUNTING sins against us, even when GOD SAID He NO LONGER DOES.
It's RELIGION that insists we need to bear "fruit" in order to be saved.
It's RELIGION that insists on "helping" Jesus save us.
If He needed our "help" in order to save us, He WOULDN'T BE God.
He'd be a pitiful and inadequate "Savior".
If He needed our "help" in order to save us, we WOULDN'T STAND A CHANCE, because we screw up EVERYTHING we touch.
But wait, DIDN'T Jesus say we would know them "by their fruits".
He said that PRIOR TO Calvary.
He said that BEFORE He went to the cross and paid for ALL your sins and mine, FRUIT OR NO FRUIT.
The "fruit" of the Spirit IN OUR LIVES is NOT A CONDITION FOR Salvation, but rather is PROOF that WE ALREADY ARE saved.
We DO NOT produce fruit IN ORDER TO BE saved.
We produce fruit because we ALREADY ARE saved.
Salvation is NOT a future event but PRESENT REALITY.
If it wasn't, it wouldn't be called ETERNAL Life.
This LIBERATING Truth has been in the Bible for MORE THAN 2,000 years.
It's time for us TO BELIEVE IT.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014
BOOK OF DANIEL
In the Book of Revelation, chapters 4 through to 19, the apostle John is treated to a heavenly tour and a panoramic view of earth's future.
In chapter 4 he describes God as looking like "jasper and carnelian" (I'm quite familiar with both these stones and, keeping in mind that God is Spirit, still wonder about such description), he describes the Throne, the cherubim around it, the rainbow, the sea of emerald in front, and the 24 elders.
In chapter 5, however, he focuses on what God holds in His Right Hand.
It's at God's Right Hand that Jesus, in His glorified human form, is seated (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3).
WHAT could be SO IMPORTANT that God would hold it in His Right Hand?
Could it be the Book of Genesis, which started the whole earth experience?
Or, perhaps, one of Paul's Epistles?
Or the Psalms, where God is so often praised?
Surely, ONE of the Gospels, which tell of Jesus' Most Perfect Work of Redemption?
NO -- and I was just as amazed about it as you probably are -- IT'S THE BOOK OF DANIEL.
The Father holds in His Right Hand A SINGLE SCROLL sealed with SEVEN seals.
The ONLY Book in the entire Bible that was sealed BY JESUS HIMSELF is the Book of Daniel (Daniel 12:4, 9).
Thus, as we see in Revelation chapter 5, after scouring all of heaven and earth, and even UNDER the earth, for a "worthy" candidate, ONLY JESUS is found worthy to remove the seals thereof and OPEN this Book.
He is the One who sealed that Book, and He's the ONLY One who can UNSEAL or open it. Praise Him forevermore.
Indeed, by Revelation chapter 10, this theretofore sealed Book has been opened, all 7 seals have been lifted, and Jesus is still holding it in His Hand.
He then FEEDS IT to John telling him to "eat it up".
The ENTIRE Book of Revelation, which is THE Revelation OF Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1), is simply the UNSEALING OF the Book of Daniel.
It's only AFTER Jesus unseals this Book that the 7 trumpets, three woes and 7 vials are disclosed and realized.
It's the Book of Daniel that INTRODUCED the concept of the Kingdom of God (Daniel 2:21; 4:17, 25, 32; 5:21) which John the Baptist, Jesus, and the disciples repeatedly preached.
It's after Daniel's Book is UNSEALED, and its unsealing disclosed to us in Revelation, that the Kingdom of God manifests here on earth (Revelation 20:1-4).
We're living THE FINAL MOMENTS OF the 5th Seal.
The 6th Seal is the sealing of the 144,000 and the Rapture (Revelation 6:12-16; 7:9-16).
The 7th Seal is the Tribulation (Revelation 8:1-3).
The 7th Trumpet announces God's Jubilee, the establishment of His Eternal Kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.
Jesus entrusted TWO THINGS to John: His human mother and the Book of Daniel, which contains the Revelation of Christ Himself and His Kingdom.
The fact Jesus chose His Beloved disciple as the revealer of this Book, shows just how important its contents are to God and to us.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013
ARE THE GOSPELS HISTORY ?
Inasmuch as they are historically accurate accounts of Jesus' birth and ministry, death and resurrection, they ARE history.
However, they are also far more than regular history: they are His Story.
They convey THE GOOD news:
The unique, unrivaled Message of Salvation, not through what WE DO, but through WHAT HE DID.
That Salvation is NOT a "thing" but A PERSON, God Himself, who is ETERNAL and can be EXPERIENCED in our innermost being.
So-called "scholars" and "historians" love to criticize minuscule "inconsistencies" in the Gospels to support their false claim that they are not historically accurate and that they were never intended to be.
However, there are MUCH BIGGER and SIGNIFICANT inconsistencies among historians who wrote about OTHER historic figures.
That does not mean that the person in question didn't exist.
Or that what was written about them ISN'T history.
Or that the consequential accounts of their lives are not true.
For instance, some historians say that Alexander the Great died from poisoning, others from persistent high fever caused by malaria.
Some say that his personal historian Callisthenes fell into disfavor and died in prison (according to Aristobulos), others say (Ptolemy) that he was crucified.
Some, like Plutarch tell fantastic stories about Alexander's childhood, not found in any of the other major historical sources.
Historians also differ among themselves about precisely what took place at the battle of Granicus, the legendary Gordian Knot, about Alexander's death, how long he was ill, and what happened to his corpse afterward.
Yet NO MODERN "scholar" would be foolish enough to deny Alexander's historicity, or the validity of the major events in his life, as they stupidly try to do with Jesus.
Do you suppose these "scholars" are GUILTY OF APPLYING A DOUBLE-STANDARD?
One of the so-called "inconsistencies" in the Gospels that critics love to nit pick are the accounts of Christ's resurrection:
Matthew 28:1-7 says there was a quake, an angel came down from heaven and rolled away the stone, sat on it and then told the women to tell the disciples that He'd risen.
Mark 16:1-4 say that the stone had already been rolled away when the women arrived.
When they entered they saw a "young man" (presumably the angel) sitting on the right side.
Luke 24:1-8 also has the stone rolled away when the women arrive.
And not one but TWO men in gleaming clothes who say "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!".
I'll deal with John's Gospel in a minute.
Is there CONTRADICTION?
Matthew was one of the 12 Apostles (Matthew 10:3).
He'd been a TAX COLLECTOR for the Romans (Matthew 9:9).
Therefore, he doubtlessly KNEW the Roman guards posted at the tomb's entrance.
That's why he's THE ONLY ONE who tells what happened from THEIR (the guards') point of view, and is also the only evangelist to tell us that the guards were bribed by the chief priests to say that Jesus' body "had been stolen" (Matthew 28:12).
The guards WHO WERE THERE when the Resurrection took place, witnessed the quake, the angel rolling away the stone and sitting on it.
Matthew NEVER SAYS that there wasn't a second angel.
He merely focuses on the initial angel that rolled out the very large, heavy stone, which the guards saw with their own eyes (Matthew 28:4).
Mark and Luke tell the story FROM THE WOMEN'S PERSPECTIVE.
When they arrived to anoint Jesus' body, the quake had already taken place, the first angel had already rolled away the stone, and the Roman guards had already fled or vanished.
In both accounts, the women found the stone already removed.
In Mark's they see an angel on "the right side" of the tomb, in Luke's account two angels stand to their side.
Again, Mark does NOT say there wasn't a second angel that appeared a bit later. He merely focuses on the first angel they saw on the right side.
It's obvious that they saw the second angel moments later, as recorded by Luke.
There is NO discrepancy.
What ALL three say very clearly is that Jesus' body WAS NOT inside (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6-7; Luke 24:2, 5-6).
Finally, there's John's account (John 20:1-9):
John describes the Resurrection from his perspective:
AFTER the guards had gone, and AFTER the women go to the tomb and find NO JESUS there, they come running to Peter and John.
They tell them ""They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put Him!"
Peter and John then run to the tomb, ENTER the tomb -- by then the angels have left the scene -- and they find the tomb empty with the "linen clothes" and the smaller cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus' head.
When studied, IN CONTEXT, there is NO DISCREPANCY AT ALL.
It's THE SAME STORY told from different perspectives, by people who saw the empty tomb - and the events associated with His Resurrection - AT DIFFERENT TIMES.
If you went to your friend's house at 3:00 PM and he was having trouble with his plumbing, you'd say:
"I went to Joe's house and couldn't use the restroom, because the pipes were clogged".
If Henry arrives 45 minutes later, he might say:
"I went to Joe's house and he was having some sort of problem with his pluming. I saw the plumber there."
And if Jim shows up an hour and a half later, he might say:
"Joe had a plumbing problem. I saw the plumber and his assistant unclogging the pipes and installing some new toilet parts".
Are they lying? Are they making up a story?
No. Henry, Jim and you ALL TOLD THE TRUTH: you merely described the same situation FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES, based on what you saw at DIFFERENT TIMES.
Just like the nitwit who wrote a couple of months ago (thinking himself to be super-smart) and said the Bible contained error because Satan took Jesus to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world (Luke 4:5).
He argued that for Jesus to have seen all the kingdoms of earth from a mountain, the earth would have to be flat.
His giant ego was promptly deflated when I pointed out:
A. That, in context, "all the kingdoms" referred to the Roman Empire, which was the "world" known then. The American continent and much of Africa and Asia was unknown at the time.
B. That for Satan to have shown it all to Him "in an instant", as the verse clearly says, proved it was supernatural (spiritual) vision, NOT natural human eyesight. And,
C. That since Satan himself IS A SPIRIT BEING, and not a human, IT WOULD HAVE HAD TO BE SPIRITUAL VISION.
What really bothers me is that when some unbeliever brings up some lame argument like these, most Christians are dumbfounded.
They HAVE NO ANSWERS.
Well, I'm GIVING YOU the answers:
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014
REAL OR NOT?
The 21st century has produced a pack of writers and so-called "historians" whose ONLY claim to fame, at least for their respective 15 minutes, is denying the EXISTENCE of Jesus Christ.
Those who DO NOT WANT TO believe in Christ will, of course, cling frantically TO ANY argument, no matter how untrue or lacking in validity, to "justify" their unbelief.
The Church, however, is not blameless with regards to the endemic attempts to disprove Jesus' existence.
Most of us speak and act AS IF Jesus WASN'T REAL.
Because if He WERE real, then we'd be focused on Him.
We'd be seeking what He wants, NOT what WE want.
Our thoughts would be centered on His wishes, NOT OURS.
We'd be enjoying and thrilling on His INNER Presence, instead of on so many worldly distractions.
We'd be talking to Him, talking ABOUT Him, listening to Him, enjoying Him, praising Him, and eternally grateful FOR Him.
We'd be basking in His Presence and OVERFLOWING WITH JOY in His eternal delights.
Yet the only time we pay LIP SERVICE to our "Christianity" is at those dumb worship centers we UNBIBLICALLY CALL "churches", where we sing those boring hymns filled with empty rhetoric and vain repetitions.
NO WONDER those WHO HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED Christ think He's not real!
No wonder they claim that He never existed.
Because if He HAD EXISTED, if He REALLY died for our sins, ROSE FROM THE DEAD, and ASCENDED...
If He REALLY IS God…
Then His followers COULDN'T STOP TALKING about Him.
He'd be THE VERY CENTER of our lives.
He'd be OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.
He'd be CONSTANTLY in our thoughts and lips.
We'd be BRAGGING about how Wonderful He is and HOW PRIVILEGED WE ARE to be His children.
There will always be some instrument of Satan, some puny antichrist (small "a"), trying in vain to distort the Gospel or deny that Jesus came in the flesh (1 John 2:18,22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7).
That's nothing new. The antichrist spirit's been around since the the Garden of Eden.
The reason these deceivers number so many 60 centuries later is because MOST OF US LIVE AND ACT AS IF JESUS DOES NOT EXIST.
As if He'd NEVER existed!
So, before we go around blaming those foolish writers, headed for Hades, and for whom we can only pray that they'll come to their senses and cry out for mercy from hell itself to the VERY REAL and HISTORIC Jesus...
We better take a long, deep and HONEST look at our own "Christian" lives.
If Jesus ISN'T real, then we have every right to ignore Him.
If He is REAL, if He truly LIVES IN us, then He is OUR VERY LIFE, THE CENTER OF OUR BEING, FOR WHOM WE LIVE, WHO IS CONSTANTLY IN OUR HEARTS AND THOUGHTS, AND ABOUT WHOM WE CONSTANTLY SPEAK.
If He's real then He's not an "afterthought", or someone to think of when we have nothing better to do: He is NUMBER ONE in our lives, and He comes BEFORE ALL ELSE.
If Jesus is real, if He REALLY EXISTS, if He REALLY LIVES, if He REALLY SAVED US, then let's live and ACT like it.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014
YOUR BIBLE IS WRONG
Sorry, didn't mean for you to fall off your chair...
I didn't say "THE Bible" is wrong. I said "YOUR Bible" is wrong.
So is mine.
THE Bible, as it was originally written and inspired by the Holy Spirit, is ERROR FREE.
That's why Jesus used it and quoted it continuously.
What's GOOD ENOUGH FOR JESUS should be GOOD ENOUGH for us.
The original Bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek.
It was NOT written in English.
What we have in English today are TRANSLATIONS OF that original Bible.
The ORIGINAL BIBLE is all true.
Translations of the Bible often ARE NOT TRUE.
Translations of the Bible (or should I say "MIS-translations") OFTEN reflect man invented religious dogma and religious BIAS.
I have - from time to time - exposed some of these errors, like Psalm 8:5, Matthew 24:29, Luke 21:36, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Hebrews 6:4-6; and James chapter 2.
But this one takes the cake.
One of the most egregious violations of THE ORIGINAL Scripture text is found in 1 Timothy 2:11-15:
"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
And Adam was not deceived, but THE WOMAN BEING DECEIVED was in the transgression.
Notwithstanding SHE SHALL BE SAVED IN CHILDBEARING, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety" (KJV)
Ooooooh my God! Did I just read that women are saved BY BEARING CHILDREN?
Therefore, FAITH IN JESUS ISN'T SUFFICIENT for women to be saved? They MUST also GIVE BIRTH?
What about believing virgins?
(Don't laugh, there are still A FEW of those left... believe it or not)
What about believing women who are BARREN and CAN'T HAVE children?
Does God discriminate against women saving men BY FAITH ONLY, but requiring women to both have faith AND BEAR CHILDREN?
That's what it says IN OUR ENGLISH Bibles!
And, to be fair, it's NOT ONLY the KJV that gives such rendering:
The NIV, the New Living, the Jubilee 2000, King James 2000, American King James, Douay-Rheims (Catholic) Bible, New Jerusalem (Catholic) Bible, the English Revised, the so-called Young's LITERAL translation (literal, my ), World English Bible, Webster's, God's Word, NET Bible, Holman Christian Standard, English Standard -- and perhaps others -- give, essentially, the same INCORRECT rendering.
I found only ONE - ONE! - translation that gave THE CORRECT rendering IN THIS PARTICULAR instance.
It's the International Standard Version:
"even though SHE WILL BE SAVED THROUGH THE BIRTH OF THE Child (SINGULAR)".
THAT'S what the ORIGINAL Greek text says.
This isn't talking about women giving birth to children being necessary for salvation. It's talking ABOUT THE BIRTH OF JESUS!!!
THE Child, or "the SEED of the woman" that God promised in Genesis 3:15 would crush Satan's head and SAVE ALL OF US - men and women.
JUST BEFORE that statement, it talks about Eve.
It says THE WOMAN (singular, Eve) will be saved through the Child that would be born from her (the woman's seed).
That's why Jesus HAD TO BE virgin born.
What A LIE has been perpetuated in one translation after another!
I wish I could say the deception ends there but, unfortunately, there's more:
What about the first part of the verse that says "Let A WOMAN learn IN SILENCE with all subjection. But I suffer not A WOMAN to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be IN SILENCE".
Is that talking about ALL women, or about ONE woman in particular?
Because one "Christian" religion after another has - for almost 2,000 years - used that Scripture TO PENALIZE WOMEN, treat them as second-class believers, and PREVENT THEM from teaching the Bible or preaching the Gospel.
How UTTERLY STUPID can religion be?
For starters, it says NOTHING about "silence". The word translated silence means "stillness".
This is talking about interaction between WIVES and HUSBANDS.
The Greek words gune and andros are the same words used in Ephesians chapter 5:22 to say "WIVES submit to your HUSBANDS" or in Ephesians 5:25 to say "HUSBANDS love your WIVES as Christ loved the Church".
So we must ask ourselves WHY religious hypocrites CORRECTLY translated them "WIVES" and "HUSBANDS in Ephesians 5, but "woman" and "man" in 1 Timothy 2, where IT'S CLEARLY talking about wives and husbands and even uses Adam and Eve, the first human couple, as example.
The Greek says that "A WOMAN (SINGULAR or WIFE, same word) must receive instruction quietly (in STILLNESS).
The word "authority" is not exhousia which DOES MEAN "authority" but rather authentein which means "TO GOVERN".
Paul is saying he doesn't permit WIVES to teach or GOVERN (DOMINATE) their husbands. Period.
It says NOTHING about "usurping" anything.
That's ALL he says in that passage.
It SAYS NOTHING about women keeping "silence" or about NOT speaking.
Moreover, this isn't talking about ANY woman, but STRICTLY ABOUT A WIFE'S attitude toward her HUSBAND.
What's really funny is that the same religious bigots that MISTRANSLATE and MISQUOTE this Scripture to PREVENT WOMEN FROM SERVING JESUS have no problem whatsoever VOTING FOR a woman Mayor, a Congresswoman, Judge or Senator, which are positions where they'll both, HAVE AUTHORITY OVER, and GOVERN (DOMINATE) MALES.
Furthermore, these are all positions where women ARE REQUIRED TO SPEAK PUBLICLY and OFTEN.
Unfortunately, it's Jesus - who came to liberate women, and DID - and Paul, who get erroneously tagged with "discrimination" again women, when THE TRUE CULPRIT IS RELIGION.
You want to REALLY see misogyny in action?
Read the Koran.
The same secular hypocrites who accuse the Christian faith of "female discrimination" DON'T SAY A WORD about the horrible oppression and abuse imposed on women under that thoroughly evil and satanic religion called Islam, which treats them as fourth rate personal property.
Jesus came TO SAVE and set both men and women FREE.
It's RELIGION that ENSLAVES THEM.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014
THE FOUR HORSES OF THE APOCALYPSE
The standard teaching in both, evangelical circles, and by the prophecy establishment, is that these symbolic horses are in our future.
I'm not a preterist (God forbid, far from it), however, these horses are IN OUR PAST.
MOST of the events in the Book of Revelation are still in our "future".
The events in Revelation CHAPTER 6 are IN OUR PAST (the four horses), OUR PRESENT (the 5th seal) and OUR FUTURE (the 6th seal) which brings the beginning of the 3½ year tribulation and the Rapture (Revelation 1:19).
All the confusion about the timing of the horses stems from the fact that the prophecy establishment GETS THE FIRST HORSE WRONG.
Since they THINK it's the Antichrist - and he's in our "future" because he hasn't appeared yet - then THE HORSES THAT FOLLOW MUST ALSO be in our future.
The ENTIRE Book of Revelation is THE REVELATION OF Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1).
It's NOT the revelation of Antichrist.
The Antichrist is mentioned ONLY because Satan will be allowed to bring him out of the abyss to rule the earth 42 months (Revelation 13:5; 17:8).
Revelation BEGINS with THE RISEN JESUS who CONQUERED sin, Satan, death and hell (Revelation 1:18).
It ENDS with His TOTAL VICTORY over every enemy, His ETERNAL Kingdom on earth, followed by new heavens, new earth and New Jerusalem.
THE FIRST SEAL brought the white horse whose rider went forth "CONQUERING AND TO COME OFF VICTORIOUS".
This rider is NOT - repeat, is NOT - the Antichrist.
Unless, of course, we are dumb enough to think that Alexander WILL COME OFF VICTORIOUS at Armageddon and Jesus will be defeated (perish the very thought).
It's JESUS, therefore, who went forth CONQUERING (even death itself) and TO COME OFF VICTORIOUS.
Once we pin that down, the rest is easy:
King Jesus rides the WHITE HORSE which represents the first 400 years of Church history (each leg representing approximately a century) during which, His Church, peacefully, WITHOUT WEAPONS, by the sheer power of the Spirit of God and the Word of God CONQUERED the mightiest empire known to man, namely the Roman Empire.
The RED HORSE represents the next 400 years, from roughly 400-800 A.D. a turbulent period MARKED BY CONTINUOUS WARS, exactly as described.
DUE TO THE NUMEROUS WARS the Western portion of the Roman Empire collapsed during that time.
The BLACK HORSE represents the Dark Ages, the period from 800-1200 A.D. (from the 9th to the 13th century).
It was characterized by spiritual darkness, paganism infiltrating the Church, restricted access to the Bible, the feudal system, GRAIN EMBARGOES AND INFLATED PRICES, exactly as described.
The PALE HORSE runs from approximately 1200 to 1600 A.D.
During this time "The Plague" or "Black Death" killed THE FOURTH PART OF Europe's population (over 100 MILLION PEOPLE), EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED.
The Plague also affected most countries in northern Africa and the Middle East, and their populations.
The Black Death, as it turned out, was caused by THE BEASTS OF THE EARTH (rat's fleas).
It's a PERFECT fit.
The other common mistake they make is trying to equate Jesus' statement about the birth pangs or "beginning of sorrows" in Matthew 24:4-8 to the seals in Revelation 6.
They point out that in Matthew 24:4-8 Jesus spoke of wars and rumors of wars, famines and pestilences.
And that in Revelation 6:4 the red horse brings war.
Here's the problem with that theory:
The red horse ALSO "TAKES THE PEACE FROM the earth", which INDICATES there HAD BEEN PEACE.
Can someone please show me where that PEACE is today?
So this COULDN'T POSSIBLY refer to our time or our immediate future, since the Antichrist is STRICTLY A MAN OF WAR (Daniel 8:23-25; 11:31, 40-44; Revelation 13:5).
There's NO PEACE in our future. At least not until the Prince of Peace returns and sets up His Kingdom. Come Lord Jesus!
During the first and second centuries A.D., however, there was the Pax Romana or "Roman Peace" which lasted over 200 years.
The red horse, as already stated, runs immediately after that, from approximately 400-800 A.D.
It, therefore, TAKES THE Peace (Pax Romana) from the earth.
It FITS that period, and the one preceding it, perfectly.
It DOES NOT REMOTELY fit the current geopolitical landscape.
Moreover, in Matthew 24:4-8 Jesus also mentions RAMPANT SPIRITUAL DECEPTION IN HIS NAME and numerous earthquakes.
These signs ARE NOWHERE MENTIONED in the four horses of Revelation 6.
It DOESN'T FIT.
So much for that DUMB theory.
But what about Revelation 6:6, where the black horse brings famine?
No, IT DOES NOT. It brought INFLATED FOOD PRICES.
Those are TWO DIFFERENT things. We already explained how it fits the period between the 9th and 13th centuries (see above).
The ONLY THING the birth pangs and the seals have in common is war (red horse) and famine (pale horse).
It DOESN'T FIT.
And (to coin a phrase): "if it don't FIT, you MUST QUIT" believing that unfounded theory.
We're living RIGHT NOW between the 5th and 6th seals (APPROXIMATELY from 1600 to 2015 A.D.
The Rapture takes place under the 6th seal.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014
MARKS OF A CULT
"....there are some who trouble you and want to distort the Gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED (Galatians 1:7-8).
A cult is a group or organization that, while often quoting Scripture and calling itself "Christian", DENIES one or more of the FUNDAMENTAL TENETS of the Christian faith.
Since we constantly get new believers coming to faith in Christ, as well as new readers, let's go over what those fundamentals are:
1. The Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God and is the final authority on everything.
2. There's One Almighty, eternal God, who manifests Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus Christ is God manifested in human form.
4. Jesus is SINLESS and was born of a virgin.
5. Jesus lived, died, was buried, physically rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven.
6. Jesus in your heart = COMPLETE salvation. There's no salvation in any other person, or by any other means. Salvation is faith in Jesus alone, not faith in Jesus "PLUS" something else.
7. Jesus will someday return to earth to set up His everlasting Kingdom.
The most obvious signs of a cult are:
1. Denying the Deity of Jesus.
2. DETRACTING from Jesus' PERFECT and TOTAL Work of Redemption.
3. Adding to WHAT JESUS DID TO SAVE US.
4. Exalting that cult's (denomination's) founder.
One dead giveaway that you're dealing with a cult is if the group says that Jesus ISN'T God.
If the organization DETRACTS from Jesus by denying His eternal Deity, or by saying that He died to save us, BUT...
There are NO "BUTS".
He TOOK AWAY the sin of the world - ONCE AND FOR ALL (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:25; 1 John 3:5).
Consequently, God NO LONGER COUNTS OUR SINS AGAINST US (2 Corinthians 5:19).
If it DIMINISHES His PERFECT, COMPLETE Work of Redemption, claiming it's NOT ENOUGH to save us and we must ADD works IN ORDER TO BE SAVED, like law keeping, 10 commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping, water baptism, membership in that group, circumcision of the flesh, following dietary laws, or if it ADDS ANYTHING ELSE...
IT IS HERESY. It is a cult.
If it EXALTS ANYONE BUT Jesus (the denomination itself, or its founder): Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Ellen White, Charles T. Russell, or Herbie Armstrong.
It is A FREAKIN' CULT.
Many cult leaders CLAIM TO BE the "reincarnation of Jesus", that the Book of Revelation refers to them, and that they've come to "complete" Jesus' work of redemption.
Examples of this blasphemy are Jim Jones, David Koresh, Sun Myung Moon, and that nitwit Jose Luis Miranda.
Anyone who makes such claim IS A LIAR, and an instrument of Satan.
Jesus' Work of Redemption is PERFECT AND COMPLETE, AND LACKS NOTHING.
Most cults tend to be SECRETIVE and practice SECRET rituals, which they WARN their members NOT TO divulge, under threat of SERIOUS and DRASTIC CONSEQUENCES if they break the "code of silence".
They all practice MIND CONTROL to one extent or another, brainwashing their members with ungodly doctrine, and subjecting them TO BLIND, UNQUESTIONING submission to the cult leader's teachings.
If you're involved with any group that engages in ANY of the above, RUN -- don't walk-- away from it - RUN from it, as fast and AS FAR as you can.
All cults practice RELIGIOUS DECEPTION that will lead their followers STRAIGHT TO HELL.
All cults are SATANIC, I don't care how "Christian" they CLAIM to be.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014
AMERICA IN PROPHECY
Is America mentioned in Bible prophecy? What lies ahead for our nation in the coming days?
I have read and heard every ridiculous theory you could imagine about the future of America.
They range from America not being mentioned at all in the Scriptures, to America being Mystery Babylon and being destroyed during the tribulation, to America being the REAL Israel.
America is NOT Mystery Babylon. Mystery Babylon is clearly identified as A CITY, NOT a nation (Revelation 17:18).
Moreover, it's unequivocally identified as Rome, in Italy.
America is NOT destroyed during the tribulation, but will be severely damaged and diminished.
America is NOT the "real" Israel, although there are many, many natural and spiritual Israelites in America.
President Obama is NOT the Antichrist. I don't care how much you dislike him, or disagree with his policies. Trust me, I'm no fan. But to say he's the Antichrist, is taking it a wee bit too far.
The Bible UNDISPUTEDLY identifies the future Antichrist as Alexander the Great, not Barack Obama.
What, then, happens to America during the tribulation?
The tribulation begins with the sun turning black where it's daytime, the moon turning red as blood where it's night time, and a huge shaking of both the atmospheric heavens and the earth.
There are numerous scriptures that attest to this: Isaiah 13:10-13; Joel 2:10, 31; 3:15, 16; Haggai 2:6,7; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12-14.
Concurrent with these events, the Church is raptured to heaven.
This great shaking of the earth causes a MASSIVE rearrangement of both geography and topography (Isaiah 2:21; 24:1, 18-20; Revelation 6:14).
As a result, the American continent will no longer be insulated from the rest of the world by miles and miles of ocean.
When the earth's axis tilts, as predicted in Isaiah 24:1,20, the earth's land mass will be once again amalgamated, which will make it not only possible, but rather easy, for armies to reach this continent by land, air or sea.
It will also make it possible for mid-range, and perhaps even short-range missiles to hit us.
And hit us, they will.
This nation will be attacked from without and FROM WITHIN.
There are "sleeper cells" RIGHT HERE IN THE U.S. already in place, just waiting for the opportune moment to strike:
Add to all this, the general atmosphere of fear, chaos and confusion caused by these events... (Revelation 6:15-16), the sudden disappearance of millions of people from the United States and all nations of the earth, including people in some of the top positions in our government... (Revelation 7:9), and our enemies will perceive a golden, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attack us.
Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan combined will seem like a walk in the park, by comparison.
At some point in the tribulation, the Western part of the United States will become submerged under water, as it once was, effectively cutting the country in half, both in size and population (Isaiah 2:14; 24:18-20; Revelation 6:14;16:20).
Millions of our compatriots will die either by these calamities, war, disease or starvation (Isaiah 2:12-16, 13:12; 24:6).
America will be ruled by the risen Antichrist for 42 months (3½ years), as will every other nation on earth (Revelation 13:5-7).
Don't think for a moment that I enjoy writing, or even thinking, about such things.
Though I'll be in heaven when it happens, America is still my country, and it breaks my heart to even imagine it.
The only "Good News" is that Jesus will return from heaven with His saints, and His Second Coming will save what's left of our nation from being destroyed (Revelation 19:11-21).
America will survive the tribulation, barely.
It will thrive again during the Millennium, (Ezekiel 38:13) under the perfect rule of the Prince of Peace, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014
THE WAR'S BEEN CANCELLED
There are two so-called "battles" in the Bible that NEVER take place.
There are TWO so-called "battles" in the Bible that NEVER take place.
The first is Armageddon.
Those who refer to Armageddon as "World War III" are CLUELESS about Bible prophecy.
They have NO IDEA what they're saying.
Just like the dumb "Christian" movies that show multiple tanks, airplanes and helicopters engaging in warfare.
It's ludicrous. That will never happen.
Well, wait a minute, don't you believe Scripture that Antichrist gathers his armies at Megiddo?
Don't you believe the Euphrates dries up to make way for the "kings of the east"?
Don't you believe Jesus returns on a white horse followed by the "armies of heaven"?
All I'm saying is that "war" IS NEVER FOUGHT.
According to Revelation 19:19-21 Antichrist's armies are INSTANTLY annihilated and the birds of prey feed on their carcasses.
The two sons of perdition, Antichrist and his false prophet Judas, are INSTANTLY captured and THROWN ALIVE INTO the lake of fire.
Satan is taken and unceremoniously thrown into the abyss and locked up for A THOUSAND YEARS (Revelation 20:1-3).
It's a TOTAL MISMATCH.
Jesus' enemies are VANQUISHED.
Jesus CONQUERS them INSTANTLY.
The same happens 1,000 years later, during Gog and Magog, when Satan is allowed out of the pit, and incites some very stupid nations, DECEIVING THEM into thinking they can topple THE GOVERNMENT of the Christ.
Yes, he gathers them.
Yes, he brings them against "the mountains of Israel".
Yes, THEY TRY TO attack Kingdom Headquarters in Jerusalem.
And THEY ARE INSTANTLY INCINERATED by fire from heaven (Revelation 20:7-9).
At which point THAT LYING THIEF gets thrown into the lake of fire FOR ETERNITY (Revelation 20:10).
Amen and Amen.
According to the Talmud that "war" is over in 12 minutes.
Frankly, it'll be more like 12 SECONDS.
The INTENTION by God's enemies of fighting these wars notwithstanding...
They are never fought.
Christ's enemies are instantly and OVERWHELMINGLY defeated.
Which is proof positive that Christ HAS ALREADY CONQUERED every foe.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014
If you're going through some sort of trial, are under attack, and feel that everything in your life has gotten out of control, the solution IS JESUS.
Spiritual warfare is NOT ONLY UNNECESSARY: It's an ABOMINATION.
What Christians call "warfare" is FEAR BASED and shows NO FAITH in Christ's FINISHED work at Calvary.
Spiritual warfare implies that JESUS HASN'T DECISIVELY WON the war against our enemy (Satan) and that, therefore, WE MUST FIGHT AND DEFEAT SATAN OURSELVES.
It robs us of the authority we have in Christ.
Kings do not constantly fight wars. Once the war HAS BEEN WON, they ISSUE DECREES and their servants (in our case, angels) carry them out.
We have Jesus' Name and AUTHORITY: we are TO STAND on His Authority and in His Name COMMAND our enemies (Ephesians 6:13-14). No "warfare" involved.
We are ONE SPIRIT with our Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
Therefore, IN Spirit, we speak and act ON HIS AUTHORITY (as Him) and every evil spirit, Satan included, HAS TO bow its knees and VANISH (Philippians 2:10).
There's a BIG difference between intercession (praying for others' deliverance, health, etc.) and what some Christians call "spiritual warfare".
There's also a HUGE DIFFERENCE between taking authority over a spiritual stronghold that we may have allowed over our lives, and DESTROYING IT with the spoken Word, and by STANDING on Christ's authority, and "spiritual warfare".
You may have done the right things and called them by the WRONG NAME.
If that's the case, I can live with that.
Warfare, as the name clearly implies is DOING WAR. Jesus ALREADY WON the war (Revelation 1:18).
You and I can't win it ANY BETTER THAN HE ALREADY DID.
My advice, based on both the Bible and personal experience, to those who know Jesus and have been in distress is this:
1. Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him.
Praise the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit IN SPIRIT. Cultivate an attitude of praise, and remain in it at all times.
Jesus is worthy OF ALL praise.
When we praise Jesus (who LIVES IN us), we elevate ourselves in the process.
It's UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE to lift Him up, without lifting ourselves up.
Praise makes us winners.
As an added bonus, praise repels Satan.
2. KNOW who you are in Christ.
You must become THOROUGHLY CONVINCED and SPIRITUALLY ROOTED on His authority.
If you aren't convinced of it yourself, you'll never convince the enemy.
3. STAND ON Jesus' Authority and issue decrees in His Name FOR THE DESIRED RESULTS.
Such decrees must never contradict His Word.
4. ERADICATE FEAR from your life.
Fear is a satanic spirit. It opens the door to other principalities to wreak havoc in your life.
When you CUT FEAR OFF, YOU CUT SATAN OFF.
TAKE DOMINION OVER FEAR, and EXPEL IT from your life, for good.
And if it ever even tries to rear up its ugly head, chop it off RIGHT THEN AND THERE.
Don't let it gain a foothold. EVER.
5. Purge the air and atmosphere around your life
of all strongholds, of all that is anti-God or anti-Christ by Jesus' most precious Blood at least once a month.
6. Don't become obsessed with Satan, evil spirits or demons.
Don't spend hours doing this. If you HAVE THE AUTHORITY it only takes a few minutes to establish God's perfect will in our lives.
7. DON'T EVER, under ANY circumstance, misuse God's Authority to manipulate others and get them to do your bidding.
God gave man free will. If you impinge on their free will, you're messing with God's established order.
That's WITCHCRAFT any way you look at it, and Jesus will have NONE OF THAT.
8. Enjoy the victory.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014
CAN CHRISTIANS BE CURSED ?
"MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED through LACK OF KNOWLEDGE" (Hosea 4:6).
We hear it time and again: "since I left so and so, or broke a certain relationship, this or that has happened/is happening in my life. I think this person has put a curse on me"
This religious misconception isn't helped by the fact that we have so-called PASTORS and supposed MINISTERS of the Good News teaching that those who BELONG TO Jesus can be cursed.
Or that they can be demon possessed.
If you BELONG TO Jesus, HOW ON EARTH can some demon POSSESS you?
He'd have to be STRONGER THAN JESUS and basically SNATCH YOU AWAY FROM Him (John 10:27-29).
It CANNOT happen.
I want to tell EVERY SO-CALLED MINISTER WHO TEACHES THESE ABOMINATIONS: SUCH TEACHING IS BLASPHEMY.
It's also supremely IGNORANT.
And it lacks ANY biblical basis.
NO born-again child of God is cursed.
Repeat: NO BORN-AGAIN (SAVED) child of God is cursed.
NO BORN-AGAIN (saved) child of God CAN BE cursed.
For the simple reason that GOD HAS BLESSED US (Ephesians 1:3; Galatians 3:14).
And if GOD has blessed us, there's NO ONE in heaven, earth, or under the earth, that can put a curse on us.
The fact some unpleasant situation manifests in our lives, or some Christians face health or financial issues, or that everything we touch seems to fail, DOES NOT MEAN THAT we are cursed.
WHAT IT MEANS is that either ignorantly or willingly, we have OPENED THE DOOR TO some spiritual entity of darkness to operate in our lives.
It's NOT that someone has "put a curse on you" it's that you're living IN FEAR.
Christians quite often BRING SOME FORM OF EVIL UPON THEMSELVES, by their lifestyle, getting involved in the occult, intimate or binding relationships with non-Christians, engaging in sinful activities, steadfast rebellion and disobedience to God, by their own choices, and by their carnal thinking.
Having been through some of these situations in the past, I can tell you from both THE BIBLE, and personal experience, HOW IT ALL BEGINS:
Fear isn't a demon. Fear IS A SPIRIT. It's a principality (2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 6:12).
And it's this evil spirit THAT OPENS THE DOOR to ALL OTHER satanic influences in our lives.
If we ENTERTAIN FEAR, IN ANY FORM (shame, guilt, worry, being scared, horror movies, occult, anxiety, dwelling on negative thoughts, or whatever else we may call it), apart from God's direct, sovereign and merciful intervention, you can COUNT ON things in your life going badly.
C'mon, Martel... you gotta be kidding!
Who in their right mind would INVITE an evil spirit into their lives?
... Let alone someone WHO BELIEVES in Jesus?
You should sit where I sit and READ SOME OF THE MAIL we get.
Not only do UNBELIEVERS invite evil spirits, BELIEVERS do as well.
That's why God's Word COMMANDS US: "DON'T GIVE PLACE to the devil" (Ephesians 4:27).
If we GIVE HIM place, you can be sure the creep's going to "kill, steal, and destroy" which is what he does (John 10:10).
And Satan can spot "an opening" from A MILE AWAY.
You give him a millimeter and he'll take a football field.
Many Christians do it out of ignorance.
However, there are "Christians" who actually SEEK -- AND PARTICIPATE IN -- ALL SORTS OF satanic and occultist practices, including fortune telling.
Sometimes they engage in these activities to "be popular" or "feel accepted" in certain circles.
Then, WHEN THEY GET DESPERATE, and are being tormented, suicidal, bankrupt, or ready to lose their minds, they contact us and seek help.
And while some of them may be "Christian" IN NAME ONLY, the great tragedy is that MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN born again.
This, by the way, takes place among people OF ALL AGES, male and female, but PARTICULARLY young people.
They are bored with churchianity, with the stale, uninspiring fare their religious country club regularly serves, and they seek "entertainment" and excitement in all the wrong places.
Guess where they end up?
They get involved with dark spiritual forces mostly out of ignorance, or thinking that it's some sort of "game", or just "having fun", until their lives become a living hell...
That, however, DOES NOT MEAN they are cursed.
What it does mean is that they've given license to some "ruler of the darkness of this world" to wreak havoc in their lives.
Is there a solution?
Yes. We'll discuss that in the next message.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014
Spiritual authority, contrary to what we've all seen and heard, IS NOT SHOUTING at the devil, evil spirits, or "demons".
Spiritual authority IS NOT appropriating for ourselves a religious title like "Apostle" so and so, or "Bishop" so and so...
There have been titles galore, as high as it gets on the ecclesiastic echelons, with NO AUTHORITY over a gnat, let alone over Satan.
Not to mention the many clowns running around with FANCY SELF-APPROPRIATED TITLES who are themselves HELD CAPTIVE by the devil (2 Timothy 2:26).
Spiritual Authority DOES NOT come from owning fancy buildings, having large congregations or being on Kristian TV.
Spiritual Authority is NOT reading an endless litany of "caveats" lest some "evil spirit" find a loophole to circumvent our authority.
Those who engage in such abominable practices ARE NOT OPERATING IN FAITH, but IN FEAR.
They NEED DELIVERANCE THEMSELVES BEFORE they can exercise any authority over spirits, Christian congregations, or anyone else.
Spiritual Authority is NOT engaging in "warfare" with Satan or demons:
If you REALLY HAD authority you would NOT NEED TO FIGHT ANY "WAR".
You'd simply ISSUE AN ORDER and YOUR SUBJECTS - those UNDER Christ's-YOUR Authority - those that He ALREADY CONQUERED - and placed under your feet, WOULD HAVE TO obey (Romans 16:20; Ephesians 1:18-23).
No ifs ands or buts.
Spiritual authority does not come from OUTSIDE, but from INSIDE.
It doesn't come from WHAT WE DO, but from WHAT, and IN WHOM, we FIRMLY believe.
If you're NOT THOROUGHLY and 100% CONVINCED - deep in your heart, beyond any and ALL DOUBT - that Jesus ALREADY fought ALL the battles for us and OVERWHELMINGLY WON, you HAVE NO AUTHORITY.
Again: UNLESS you are thoroughly CONVINCED, in your mind and deep down IN YOUR HEART, that Jesus already FOUGHT AND OVERWHELMINGLY WON EVERY SINGLE BATTLE FOR US, YOU HAVE NO SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY.
If you think that YOU STILL HAVE TO FIGHT "your own" battles against Satan and evil spirits, YOU HAVE NO FAITH, AND NO SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY.
You are DOUBLE-MINDED and UNSTABLE, and God's Word says YOU WON'T GET ANYTHING from the Lord (James 1:7-8).
You can shout at Satan all you want, bind all the demons and spirits you want, do all the "warfare" you want, and fight all the battles you want...
You HAVE NO FAITH in Christ's TOTAL Victory.
And you'll get your butt kicked EACH AND EVERY TIME (James 1:6).
You know how some animals can detect when humans are afraid of them?
Satan KNOWS and can DETECT who has TOTAL CONFIDENCE (faith) in the INNER Jesus, and who operates IN FEAR.
The creep KNOWS who IS REALLY CONVINCED of Jesus' TOTAL VICTORY and who ISN'T.
And UNLESS YOU KNOW THAT CHRIST IS IN YOU, and that He has ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and on earth, Satan will kick your sorry religious butt from here to Timbuktu, time and again (Acts 19:13-16; 1 Peter 5:8-9).
Spiritual Authority comes from the Spirit of God, the written Word of God and THE INNER Christ (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10; 12:28; 28:18).
Repeat: Spiritual Authority comes from Spirit of God, the written Word of God and THE INNER Christ.
It doesn't come from ANYWHERE ELSE.
Pause and MEDITATE -- for A LONG WHILE -- on THAT.
When we are born-again we become ONE Spirit with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
We are NOT "separate" from Jesus.
We are ONE WITH Jesus.
Our Authority comes from the Spirit WITHIN, who IS Christ:
From Christ Himself.
Spiritual Authority is simply ALLOWING THE INNER CHRIST TO enforce the ETERNAL VICTORY He ALREADY WON, and EXPRESS His ULTIMATE authority in and through us.
It's STANDING on His Victory and TRUSTING Him ALONE:
WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE ON WHAT HE ALREADY DID:
NOTHING MORE and NOTHING LESS.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014
BATTLE OF THE HYMNS
Here's a classic example of the double-talk and confusion that go on in Christian circles and worship centers:
On the one hand you have the traditional hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" which says we are to go "forward into battle" and "marching as to war".
On the other hand we have the Bill and Gloria Gaither contemporary Christian song "It is finished" that says "It is finished, the battle is over. It is finished, there'll be no more war".
Which do you believe?
Because they are in DIRECT CONTRADICTION of each other.
They CAN'T both be true.
Yet Christians sing BOTH.
They sing the hymn, then CONTRADICT THEMSELVES by singing the song.
Then you wonder WHY THEY'RE SO CONFUSED.
And I'm not talking about someone who just got saved last week, or last month, or a year ago.
I'm talking about people who've been saved for 30, 40 or 50 years.
Yet they don't really know WHAT they believe.
Of course, I thank God that at least they're saved.
But their faith is feeble and hanging by a thread because there's NO CLEAR TEACHING, about what Jesus did.
Consequently, there's NO DEEPLY ROOTED CONVICTION based on PERSONAL experiential KNOWLEDGE OF God's Holy Word.
C'mon, Martel! It's just a hymn...
Yeah well... unfortunately, most Christians know more about HYMNS THAN ABOUT THE BIBLE, simply because they sing them over and over at worship services, whereas they hardly ever OPEN the Bible.
So, if the hymn gets it wrong, THEY get it wrong.
Just for the record, Bill and Gloria GOT IT RIGHT.
I just wish that more of their Pentecostal peers would heed the lyrics that "the battle IS OVER" and that "there'll be NO MORE WAR" and STOP SPREADING the abominable "spiritual warfare" nonsense.
I love you, Salvation Army, I'm grateful for every soul you've brought to knowledge of the Savior, and I'm sure you meant well by adopting "Onward Christian Soldiers" as your official hymn.
Just like I'm sure that Sabine Baring-Gould, bless her confused heart, meant well when she wrote the lyrics in 1865.
BUT THE LYRICS of that hymn ARE WRONG.
And the Church needs to get CLEAR, UNDIVIDED VISION of just how COMPLETE Jesus' Redemption is (praise Him forever!).
We need CLEAR UNDERSTANDING of HOW THOROUGH and DECISIVE His victory over Satan was and is.
He LEFT NOTHING for us to do except receive Him into our hearts and TRUST HIM.
Had he left ANYTHING for us to do, we'd be utterly defeated, and our cause HOPELESS: because if Church history proves anything is that WE SCREW UP EVERYTHING WE TOUCH.
We can't even agree ON THE PROPER WAY TO BAPTIZE new believers -- never mind it's been in our Bibles for the past 3.500 years -- and YOU THINK WE'RE QUALIFIED TO DO "BATTLE" against Satan?
Give me a religious break!
I'm no big fan of traditional hymns or of contemporary Christian music, but ONCE IN A WHILE THEY GET IT RIGHT :
"It is finished, THE BATTLE IS OVER
It is finished, THERE'LL BE NO MORE WAR
It is finished, THE END OF THE CONFLICT
It is finished and Jesus is Lord.
Yet IN MY HEART, THE BATTLE WAS STILL RAGING
Not all prisoners of war had come home
These were BATTLEFIELDS OF MY OWN MAKING
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE WAR HAD BEEN WON.
Oh, but then I heard THE KING OF THE AGES
HAD FOUGHT ALL THE BATTLES FOR ME
And THAT VICTORY WAS MINE FOR THE CLAIMING
And NOW PRAISE HIS NAME, I AM FREE".
Thanks to Bill and Gloria for telling the Truth. And, most of all...
Thank you, Jesus, that THE BATTLE IS OVER.
Thank you, Jesus, that YOU WON.
And thank you, Lord, that those who trust you GET TO SHARE IN YOUR VICTORY.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2014
KINGS AND PRESIDENTS
While the doctrine of British Israelism is wrong, it's undeniable fact that there are many natural Israelites living in English speaking countries, including the United States.
There are also MANY natural Israelites, living in MANY OTHER non-English speaking countries.
However, there seems to be a special connection between the U.S. and Israel.
And I'm not just talking politically, ideologically, or about shared Judeo-Christian ethics.
There were 13 tribes of Israel (the 12 plus the half tribe of Manasseh), each assigned its own territory, and 13 original States or colonies in the U.S. each with its own assigned territory.
Both national territories are divided by rivers, the Mississippi and the Jordan.
Both have contrasting landscapes, being part desert and part lush vegetation.
Both were divided into North and South.
Both fought civil wars only to be, eventually, reunited.
Some of their population were once slaves.
In both cases, slavery lasted about 400 years.
Both nations were established by believers in the God of Israel.
Both were established on biblical principles.
Both appropriated and settled heathen lands.
Both have enjoyed major world power status.
Both have enjoyed periods of unprecedented prosperity.
Both have been bastions of freedom.
The economy of both was initially agricultural and have since attained advanced industries, sophisticated weapons and technology.
And both have had 43 rulers (kings and Presidents).
Hold on, I'll get to our current President in a minute...
There were 4 kings in the United Kingdom era: Saul, his son Ishbosheth*, David, and Solomon.
* His brief kingdom was temporarily divided when the tribe of Judah split away and chose to follow David.
The SOUTHERN Kingdom of Judah had 19 kings and ONE QUEEN. The NORTHERN Kingdom of Israel had 19 kings.
4 + 20 + 19 = 43 kings.
Likewise the United States of America has had 43 Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush.
Mr. Obama is our 44th President.
There was no 44th king for Israel.
After the Kingdom era ended, both Kingdoms of Israel were defeated and went into captivity.
They became subservient to one gentile power or another for 2,535 years.
Part of Israel gained its independence in 1948 but is facing ever increasing danger from many different foes, that threaten its very existence.
The U.S., as we know it, will end BEFORE our 44th President finishes his term in office.
The United States is in decline FOR THE FIRST TIME in its comparatively short 238-year history.
Both Israel and the U.S. are about to become subservient to the son of Satan for 42 months.
Both will be delivered and restored by the Second Coming of Messiah.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014
The doctrine of so-called British Israelism has been around for a long time. It was INVENTED in the 17th century by British heretics, and popularized in the 50's thru 80's by that infamous false prophet named Herbert W. Armstrong, who is now in the flames of hell.
I've been dealing with it, debating the misguided fanatics who follow this lunacy, and DENOUNCING IT, for a LONG time.
British Israelism is ONE OF THE MANY MYTHS that come to us under the guise of "biblical prophecy".
They have religious infomercials on TV which CLAIM to teach "Bible prophecy".
Again I ask, HOW can something BE "Bible prophecy" WHEN IT'S NOT FOUND IN the Bible?
There are many denominations that promote Armstrong's lies to UNSUSPECTING Christians, like the so-called "United Church of God" (UCG), the so-called "Restored Church of God" (RCG) or the so-called Philadelphia Church of God (PCG), as well as their current FALSE PROPHETS like Gerald Flurry and David Pack.
Never ceases to amaze me how some Evangelicals run into a YouTube video produced by these liars, or some website or blog that promotes their false doctrine, and thinks he or she has had this "epiphany" when, in fact, they're watching or reading FALSE, UNBIBLICAL doctrine, invented by A CULT.
The false doctrine of British Israelism basically states that ONLY English speaking people are the TRUE Israelites mentioned in the Bible and that Queen Elizabeth II, or whichever monarch occupies the British throne, is a direct descendant of King David.
There is NOTHING in the ENTIRE Bible that supports, let alone PROVES, such nonsense.
Likewise, there is NOTHING in credible, reputable, DOCUMENTED secular history that supports, let alone PROVES, such nonsense.
Although the 10 northern tribes became dispersed, the TWO southern tribes of Israel -- namely Benjamin and Judah -- WERE MOST DEFINITELY NOT.
The TWO tribes in the Kingdom of Judah were taken into exile by the Babylonians in 586 B.C., but THEY RETURNED TO ISRAEL 70 years later as both the Bible and secular history confirm (Jeremiah 29:10; Daniel 9:2; Nehemiah chapters 1,2).
They are just as Israelite as the other 10 tribes. And they, together with some Levites, comprise most of the population of the modern State of Israel, WITHOUT THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT.
Indeed, God PROMISED that He would always leave ONE TRIBE, Judah, intact "for David's sake" (1 Kings 11:13, 32; 2 Kings 8:19).
They recovered BIBLICAL Jerusalem in 1967, exactly as God predicted in Daniel 9:25 and as Christ Himself predicted in Luke 21:24.
Therefore, either JESUS LIED, or Armstrong DID.
Of course, you'll NEVER HEAR ANY OF THAT from any Armstrongnist, because BIBLICAL TRUTH TOTALLY DEBUNKS their very FLAWED, elitist theory.
NO ONE denies that 10 of the 12 tribes, were taken captive by the Assyrians in 721 B.C.
Where exactly those 10 tribes are today is KNOWN ONLY to God.
The world has lost track of them, God hasn't.
God PROMISED that Messiah, and ONLY THE MESSIAH, will reunite the 12 tribes in the Land of Israel, and resettle them in their ancient estates (Ezekiel 36:22-28).
God ALSO PROMISED that when the Messiah reigns, He and HE ALONE, will determine who's a true Israelite and who isn't (Ezekiel 37:4-14).
Armstrong ISN'T the Messiah
Therefore, HE HAS NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER to determine who is a true Israelite and who isn't.
Claiming EXCLUSIVE Anglo-Saxon Israelism, IS NOT ONLY SUPREMELY ARROGANT AND RACIST, IT LACKS ANY BIBLICAL OR HISTORICAL BASIS.
Cases in point: in recent years there have been Israelites from places like Ethiopia and India coming back into Israel because they have a long-standing tradition of being descendants of one of the 10 "lost" tribes.
In Spain and Portugal there are millions of people who descend from one or more of the so-called "10 lost tribes".
It's HISTORIC FACT that many displaced Israelites relocated to, and flourished, in Spain and Portugal, at least until the Spanish Inquisition in 1478, and until they were kicked out of Spain in 1492.
They are called the Sephardim.
There are also many people with Israelite roots in Eastern Europe: Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, etc. They are called the Ashkenazim.
So, this theory is FALSE, RACIST, anti-Semite, BASELESS and UNSCRIPTURAL.
British Israelism is A CULT.
Armstrongnists don't lead ANYONE to Christ.
They teach THE LIE that Jesus' Blood and the Grace of God AREN'T ENOUGH TO SAVE.
That WORKS, such as Sabbath keeping and 10 Commandment keeping are NECESSARY for Salvation.
Their doctrine leads people STRAIGHT TO HELL. That's why it's thoroughly denounced by THIS ministry and on THIS website.
Jesus PAID IN FULL the price to SAVE US, down the last sin any of us will ever commit (Matthew 5:17-18; John 19:30;).
He TOOK AWAY - once and for all - the sin of the world (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5).
Consequently, God NO LONGER COUNTS sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Armstrong didn't die for you, didn't shed his blood for you, didn't rise from the dead and didn't ascend to heaven. Rather, he DESCENDED INTO HELL.
Jesus IS THE TRUTH (John 14:6). Armstrong was A LIAR (Romans 3:4).
You can TRUST Jesus, or you can trust Armstrong, but you CAN'T TRUST BOTH.
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