January 2015 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED ?
That is the exact question that Paul was asked by a warden at Philippi, Greece (Acts 16:30).
Paul's answer must have surprised that warden, as it still surprises many today:
If by "what must I do?" you mean WORKS, ACTIONS, or EXTERNAL behavior,the answer is the same today as it was in the first century:
NOT a thing.
There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING YOU can do to be saved.
What you must "do" is NOT external, but INTERNAL.
Here's Paul's answer:
"BELIEVE (TRUST) IN the Lord Jesus Christ, and YOU WILL BE SAVED, and your house" (Acts 16:31).
Paul gave this sinful man who, up to that very moment had been an idol worshiping pagan, ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE of Salvation, if he JUST TRUSTED JESUS.
Oh, how religion has COMPLICATED the beautiful simplicity of the Gospel of Grace!
How it has DISTORTED its unparalleled superiority!
How it has SHUT THE DOOR to the Kingdom of God, instead of showing them that it's WIDE OPEN to ANYONE who'll receive Jesus and trust in the ONE and ONLY Savior (John 6:37).
Believing (TRUSTING) Jesus' perfect Work of Redemption -- that He paid for ALL sin and removed ALL sin for ALL time -- is ALL that is needed in order to be saved.
Such belief TAKES PLACE ON THE INSIDE of each individual, NOT on the outside.
Such belief takes place IN OUR HEARTS, in the innermost parts of our being.
Funny thing, Paul (a Jew) DID NOT tell the Philippian jailer (now a new gentile Christian) that he needed to observe the 24-hour Sabbath (Saturday).
Paul also DID NOT tell him that he "had to go to church" on Sunday.
In fact, when Paul answered that question THERE WERE NO BUILDINGS (incorrectly called "churches") in which to worship.
All Christian worship was conducted either in private homes, or on public property, IN THE OPEN AIR (Matthew 5:1-2; 8:18-20; Mark 2:1-4; 6:39; Luke 6:17; John 6:22).
That's right. You heard me.
That's the system Paul and the 12 disciples used (Acts 17:22). That's the system JESUS used.
And if THAT system was GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD (JESUS), it should be good enough for the rest of us WHO CLAIM to be his followers.
All those who erect those religious fortresses, those monuments to their own egos, and TO THEIR DENOMINATIONAL IDOLS, are following the model of PAGAN ROME.
That's right. The same Rome they criticize so much.
Those buildings did not exist UNTIL the 4th century A.D. when Christianity became Rome's official religion (Acts 8:3; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2).
That is well documented, historic FACT.
And I challenge ANYONE to prove otherwise.
Your greedy "pastor" wouldn't have to demand a 10% religious TAX to maintain that expensive building, if he or she followed THE BIBLICAL model.
Jesus is God, He preached to larger crowds, and He NEVER ASKED ANYONE to "tithe" to Him, let alone give Him 10% of their income!
These guys (and gals) MUST THINK THEY'RE BETTER than Jesus!
Wait, don't throw those stones until I'm finished.
Paul, a Jew, also DIDN'T tell the new gentile Christian to get physically circumcised.
No one who's been CIRCUMCISED IN THE HEART, needs physical circumcision (Romans 2:29; Jeremiah 4:4).
Paul, a Jew, and former Pharisee, also DIDN'T tell that new gentile Christian to observe the Torah (Law) or the 10 Commandments.
NOT A WORD.
Paul DIDN'T tell him he had to make a list of EVERY SIN HE'D EVER COMMITTED and confess each sin, one by one, in order to be forgiven and SAVED (Hebrews 9:12,26).
Paul DIDN'T tell him to beware of "willful sin" or else, he'd lose Salvation.
In fact, the term "lose Salvation" is NOT FOUND IN SCRIPTURE.
Paul DIDN'T tell him to blindly follow some "future" MORTAL religious leader that would emerge in the 18th, 19th or 20th century - and INVENT a new religion - in order to be saved.
Again, WHAT DID Paul say?
"BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus and YOU WILL BE SAVED". Period.
NO OTHER "conditions".
All OTHER "conditions" were INVENTED by SINFUL, MORTALS.
All OTHER "conditions" ARE A CORRUPTION OF the pure Gospel that Jesus and His disciples taught.
All OTHER "conditions" are ANATHEMA (Galatians 1:8).
All OTHER "conditions" ARE NOT THE Gospel.
You mean that Salvation is THAT SIMPLE, just receive Jesus into my heart and TRUST WHAT HE DID?
You mean to tell me THAT JESUS IN MY HEART is ALL that I need for Salvation?
Now and forever, JESUS is ALL you need.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015
I must be getting old... And I don't mean just chronologically - although that's true enough - I mean mentally.
Call me old-fashioned but I remember the days when PARENTS tried - to the best of their ability - to instill some sort of moral compass and spiritual foundation to their children.
They made sure (as in my case, being raised Roman Catholic) that we learned Catechism, did First Communion, attended worship services, Christian schools, etc.
Or something similar outside Catholicism.
I am seeing a disturbing and, at the same time, encouraging trend:
Children and teens seeking Salvation, spiritual instruction, counsel, and knowledge about Jesus and Scripture, while their parents seem BLISSFULLY UNINTERESTED in any of the above.
That's why I said I MUST be getting old.
I've lived long enough to see the roles REVERSED.
Children as young as 8, 10, 11, 12 years of age finding Christ ON THE INTERNET, and trying to get their parents saved!
Before anyone out there gets their feathers ruffled, I'm not saying that ALL parents are that way.
Most Christian parents aren't at all like that.
There are even parents who DON'T CARE about God, Jesus or Salvation themselves but do send their children to Sunday school just to impart certain moral values, while they stay home.
But, unbelievable as it may sound, we are hearing more and more from children and teens who have found Christ, very much want to evangelize their parents, are concerned about them being "left behind" during the tribulation, and mom and dad want no part of it.
Just another sign of the messed up world in which we live.
On the one hand, it's heartbreaking that some parents should have such total disregard for their children's spiritual well-being - not to mention THEIR OWN.
On the other hand, it's testimony to the Grace and Love of Jesus that these children ARE FINDING HIM, "by themselves" nonetheless.
This brings to mind two wonderful Scriptures:
The first, Jeremiah 29:13-14 which says:
"And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye seek me WITH ALL YOUR HEART. And I WILL BE FOUND BY YOU, says the Lord".
THAT is the SURE WAY to find Christ.
The second Scripture is Isaiah 65:1 which shows just how gracious and loving our God and Savior is:
"I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am FOUND OF THEM THAT SOUGHT ME NOT:
I said, Look at me, Look at me, to a people that was not called by my name".
Truly, as it says in the Psalms, "His mercy endures FOREVER".
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015
THREE MINUTES, AND COUNTING
What's YOUR excuse for not receiving Christ?
The world around us is coming apart at the seams, and its many woes are intensifying not by the day, but BY THE HOUR.
And it won't get better, but worse.
At least short-term.
Then Jesus will return, unravel this unholy mess, and set everything straight.
Why, then, are you SO RELUCTANT to invite Jesus into your heart and receive His FREE GIFT of eternal Salvation?
"Well, I think Christians are nuts and Bible prophecy even nuttier"...
O.K. But it's not just the Bible that points to imminent chaos and destruction...
It's not just Christians that see such things coming on the world (and, you're right, some of them ARE nuts)...
DON'T TAKE OUR WORD for it.
But would you believe A GROUP OF SCIENTISTS who say we're ON THE VERGE OF unprecedented catastrophe?
That's right. This past week SCIENTISTS moved their Doomsday Clock TWO MINUTES closer to midnight.
The clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, based in Chicago.
Since then, it's been adjusted 18 times.
The latest adjustment - shifting the clock from 5 minutes to midnight, to JUST THREE MINUTES, was attributed to ONLY TWO THINGS: climate change and the threat of nuclear war.
They didn't even take into account the precarious situation in Europe, where ultra leftist maniac Alexis Tsipras just became Prime Minister in Greece...
Or the uncertainty and turmoil in the Middle East, where Yemen's government just crumbled, and stalwart U.S. ally King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia just passed away.
Where Libya is in total chaos and an American security contractor, and former marine, just got killed by a group with ties to ISIS.
Where Hezbollah and Israel are now entangled in war (let's hope it won't escalate as the recent one with Hamas in the south)...
Where Syria -- now in its third year of civil war - and contending with Isis at the same time, is also in total disarray, and living conditions are deplorable, if you can even call it that.
Where Al Qaeda is alive and well, and doing its barbaric worst to kill, maim and destroy.
Not to mention an ever-growing list of Islamic terrorist organizations that include Boko Haram, Khorasan, Islamic Jihad and the Taliban.
Or that Isis is holding two hostages one Japanese and one Jordanian, and threatening to decapitate them.
Or that negotiations with Iran about their nuclear ambitions are going nowhere.
These men of science also didn't take into consideration all the "sleeper cells" that have infiltrated Europe and (dare I say it?) THE UNITED STATES.
Or that they could strike, potentially, AT ANY MOMENT.
Just like they didn't factor in the possibility that one of these brutal Islamic groups could get its hands on a dirty bomb, some nuclear weapons, or both, and Lord only knows what could result from that.
So, it's not just the Bible, and it's not just loony Christians who are talking about it.
SCIENTISTS are also sensing something big is about to happen.
Even Stevie Wonder (and I apologize for using him to make the point) COULD SEE IT.
HOW CAN YOU LOSE by turning to Jesus with all your heart?
ACCORDING TO SCIENTISTS and their Doomsday clock - it's almost midnight.
What are you waiting for?
Three minutes, and counting...
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015
THE 10 DAYS ARE FOR REAL
We're going to take a SHORT break from Bible prophecy.
I have FOUR MORE MESSAGES that will tie everything together, and which, Lord willing, I will share some time AFTER the Super Bowl.
I didn't say "the day after" the Super Bowl, I said "SOME TIME after".
This thing's gotta be timed just right, and I've given you enough to chew on for a while.
Lord willing and by God's awesome Grace, we will also have some important announcements after, or concurrent with, those 4 remaining messages.
I've been sharing with you since 2013 that there's NO SUCH THING as an "instant" Rapture.
I reiterated it in the 2014 Prophecy Update which has been permanently available on this page (top left).
And I tell you now that -- based on more recent Spirit revelation -- those 10 days ARE UNEQUIVOCALLY LITERAL (Revelation 2:10).
They are NOT "symbolic".
There will be A LITERAL 10-day period from the moment the signs begin (Revelation 6:12) to the moment the Church is transported into the heavenly realm (Revelation 7:9).
Yes, our TRANSFORMATION from mortal to immortal will take place INSTANTLY (1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
The transformation will happen near THE END OF those 10 days.
But the Church is STILL ON EARTH for the first 10 days of the tribulation period (Revelation 7:14).
There's NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER about that.
There's no reason to fear. God will keep us safe.
AND HE WON'T SEND ANY OF THE JUDGMENTS UNTIL we're safely in heaven (Revelation 8:1-6).
THAT is also 100% CERTAIN.
However, it is a good idea to prepare, JUST IN CASE.
We're not telling anyone to stockpile "tribulation food", build an underground bunker (p-l-e-a-s-e!) or take any extreme measures.
But based on the description given in Revelation 6:12-16, Luke 21:24-27; Isaiah chapter 24, and Joel chapter 2, we can anticipate that those 10 days WON'T BE "business as usual":
Banks, supermarkets, and drugstores will likely BE CLOSED.
Travel may be TOTALLY interrupted.
It may not even be safe TO DRIVE.
There won't be usual means of communication like telephone, fax, internet, TV, radio, email, texting, regular mail, etc.
So, if I were you - and I'm telling you THE SAME THING I'm telling my loved ones -- prepare as you would for a 10-day camping trip:
1. Have on hand plenty of fresh, clean drinking water, enough to last for those in your household at least 10 days. Don't forget to include your pets in that 10-day supply.
2. Store some additional water from the tap for personal hygiene.
3. Have a 10-day supply of non-perishable food on hand for you and your pets : canned or packed tuna, Vienna sausages, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, bread, crackers, protein bars, cookies, candy bars, instant coffee, cream, sugar, etc.
4. Dry and canned dog/cat food to last at least 10 days.
5. Can opener.
7. Portable gas stove.
8. Batteries, flashlight, candles.
9. Fill up your car with gas, just in case.
10. Have blankets and warm clothing on hand in case you need it, since there probably won't be electricity or heating.
11. Enough cash on hand for at least two weeks or a month, just in case.
12. First aid kit.
13. Any special medications you may need.
14. Don't forget to charge those cell phones JUST IN CASE they are (or, at some point, become) functional.
15. Regular towels, paper towel, toilet paper.
Although you don't need these things immediately, IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO START PLANNING AND PREPARING NOW, instead of leaving everything until the last minute.
If perchance it turns out YOU DON'T need these things, NO HARM DONE.
Leave them to the poor folk that will remain here for that unimaginably awful period.
But better be safe than sorry.
"Well, I never heard anyone teach this before..."
90% of the teachings on this website are things that you "have never heard before" - to Jesus be all the glory.
What's SO SURPRISING about THAT?
This is important.
I COULD keep this all to myself.
I get NOTHING -- zero, zilch -- out of sharing this with you.
Ignore it at your own peril.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015
THE BIBLICAL SHEMITTA
Are we in a shemitta year?
We are, if you believe the rabbinic calendar.
According to rabbis, the shemitta began on Yom Teruah (which they INCORRECTLY call "Rosh Hashanah") last year (2014) and will end on Yom Teruah of this year.
There are some books on the market right now, by "uber anointed" Messianic Jews, peddling that lie -- along with the so-called "blood moons" -- and not worth the paper on which they're printed.
There are two BIG problems with that theory:
1. Their calendar, as we previously explained, has an INTENTIONAL 4-year deficit.
I'm not saying that 21st century rabbis played a role in this, but first century Jewish hierarchy CERTAINLY DID.
And I am CONVINCED that most modern rabbis KNOW THIS: they just won't admit it, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS:
Admitting it is tantamount to recognizing that Jesus fulfilled the "70 weeks prophecy" TO PERFECTION, in each and every detail, and that He is THE Messiah.
The year FOLLOWING the destruction of the Second Temple was the first year of a seven-year Sabbatical cycle or shemitta.
We all know the temple was destroyed on Av 9, 70 A.D.
The following year was 71 A.D.
That means that the shemitta year ran from 71-72 A.D.
According to rabbis, though, the temple was destroyed in 68-69 A.D. and the shemitta ran from 67-68 A.D. which would place THEIR "shemitta" 4 YEARS PRIOR TO the CORRECT shemitta cycle and TWO YEARS BEFORE the Temple's destruction (Babylonian Talmud Avoda Zarah, Folio 9b).
Clearly, it doesn't jibe.
Just like in 1996 they were celebrating "Jerusalem 3000", the 3,000th anniversary of it being made Israel's capital by King David in 1,000 B.C.
They were celebrating it 4 YEARS EARLIER than they SHOULD HAVE.
I know, because I WAS THERE.
The chief priests INTENTIONALLY tampered with their own calendar to obscure Jesus' AWESOMELY PRECISE FULFILLMENT of the 70 weeks prophecy in Daniel chapter 9.
The A.D. calendar is, therefore, CORRECT. It's the B.C. calendar that the Jewish hierarchy premeditatedly SCREWED UP to cause confusion about the Birth of the VERY JEWISH Jesus.
And THAT IS THE ONLY REASON their modern rabbinic calendar is 4 years SHORT.
2. The OTHER problem with their theory is that, the Bible says, clear as crystal, that shemittas DO NOT begin and end on Yom Teruah (incorrectly called "Rosh Hashanah"), but rather ON SUKKOT.
"...and Moses commanded them, saying, 'At THE END OF seven years, in the appointed time (moed), in THE YEAR OF RELEASE (shemitta), in the Feast of Tabernacles" (Sukkot)...
That Scripture settles the question ONCE AND FOR ALL:
Shemitta cycles begin and end every seven years on THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES (Sukkot).
When we have GOD'S Word on something, we no longer seek input from flesh and blood.
Once we KNOW what GOD says, what mortals "think" is IRRELEVANT.
Sukkot makes PERFECT sense and perfectly fits other Scriptures, the 70 weeks Prophecy, and Jesus' public ministry.
We know, according to Daniel 9:27, that Jesus had to appear and DIE at the end of 3½ years of public ministry, or at HALF shemitta, in order TO CONFIRM the eternal Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 17:7; Luke 1:54-55).
That means that His public ministry BEGAN on a shemitta year, at the end of 29-30 A.D., when He was 30 years of age (Luke 3:23).
Taking this and all the aforementioned information into account, we can ASCERTAIN that Jesus was born on Tabernacles of year "0" in the Gregorian calendar, began His public ministry on Tabernacles 30 A.D., at 30 years of age, and died on Passover 34 A.D. (right at HALF the "seven" or HALF shemitta), EXACTLY as the "70 weeks prophecy" foretold.
That means that the year 71-72 A.D. following the destruction of the Second Temple was, indeed, a shemitta.
That means that the first shemitta or "seven" following the recovery of biblical Jerusalem by Jews in 1967, was 1968-1969.
And that would mean that Jesus, as per Daniel 9:25 must return to earth 7 SHEMITTAS LATER on Sukkot 2018.
That also means the Rapture must take place 3½ years earlier, IN THE SPRING of THIS year 2015.
We need to keep in mind that THE ENTIRE YEAR is shemitta.
Since our Gregorian calendar begins in winter and their agricultural shemitta cycle begins in the fall, shemittas will always run from one Gregorian year to the next.
Thus, we cannot say, for instance, that 2010 was shemitta but rather 2010-2011 (the WHOLE year, from Sukkot to Sukkot was shemitta).
I've made a chart of the shemitta and Jubilee years, from about 1000 B.C. to the present, that can be viewed on the top left of this page.
Hold on... I'm not through yet.
MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2014
GIVE IT A REST: PINPOINTING THE SHEMITTA
Daniel 9:25 DOES NOT SAY "49 years", it says "7 weeks" or, more precisely, "seven SEVENS".
Of course, the 7 weeks add up to 49 years. But they refer to agricultural shemitta cycles (2 Chronicles 36:21) during which God commanded TOTAL REST for the land (Leviticus 25:1-5).
I've always KNOWN THAT -- and SAID THAT -- ever since the Second Coming message was posted, right below this daily message, on January 2, 2010.
KNOWING WHEN the recent shemitta cycles began and ended is, therefore, CRUCIAL to the accuracy of any end-time timeline.
The question that has dogged me for the past 5 years is: IN WHAT YEAR, AFTER Jews recovered Jerusalem in 1967, DID THE FIRST SHEMITTA CYCLE BEGIN?
Did it begin in 1967? Did it begin sometime AFTER? If so, EXACTLY WHEN?
I'd been looking for THAT answer FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS.
I'd consulted the Talmud, all kinds of Jewish encyclopedias, and other references, asked various rabbis and Karaite Jews, and had gotten many different conjectures.
I couldn't get a clear, CONVINCING, BIBLICAL, answer FROM ANYBODY.
There was also the question as to WHEN, in a given year, does the shemitta cycle begin, in the spring or the fall.
That makes A HUGE difference because the Second Coming, per the 70 weeks prophecy, MUST take place AT THE END OF a 7-YEAR shemitta cycle (Daniel 9:24-25).
Yet I couldn't even get a straight answer, let alone CONSENSUS, on that.
We know that Scripture REQUIRES the Second Coming to take place on a MAJOR Feast, but there are major Feasts in both the spring and fall.
Therefore, without that critical detail, it could be either one.
Jews DIFFER AMONG THEMSELVES on such issues.
Not to mention that Jews have screwed up their own calendar in so many ways that, in order to get an accurate understanding of what God said in that prophecy, it must first be "UNSCREWED".
Since I couldn't get a definitive answer from anyone, I've had to go ON THE ASSUMPTION, for the past 5 years, that the beginning of the shemitta cycle (and, therefore, of the 7 weeks) was sometime in 1967, when the "word" to "return and build" biblical Jerusalem was given.
After all, Scripture does say "FROM THE WORD TO RETURN AND BUILD Jerusalem to Messiah Prince shall be seven sevens" (Daniel 9:25).
And "the word", without any doubt, was given in '67.
That ASSUMPTION seemed to be corroborated by TWO things:
1. That 50 years (a Jubilee) earlier, in 1917, Jerusalem was liberated from the Ottoman Empire by the British.
2. That the 69 weeks that led to Jesus' First Coming began ON THE SAME YEAR that Artaxerxes gave the FIRST "word" to return and build.
To make matters worse, and even MORE CONFUSING, the Book of Nehemiah specifically states Artaxerxes gave the order IN THE MONTH OF AVIV (spring).
What a mess !
But what mortals were unable to answer, Wonderful Jesus and His Most Holy Spirit unscrambled and answered WITH THE BIBLE.
How TOTALLY PRECIOUS is His Holy Word!
What FINALLY did the trick for me was when the Holy Spirit pointed out that Jesus repeatedly connects the Rapture and Second Coming TO THE HARVESTS in Israel, both in the Gospels and the Book of Revelation.
He also pointed out that Jesus' public ministry had to begin on a shemitta.
He then led me to a particular Scripture that SETTLED THE QUESTION, ONCE AND FOR ALL.
When the right year for the shemitta is ascertained -- as well as the correct portion of the year that the shemitta cycle begins -- EVERYTHING ELSE clicks to perfection, including ALL "the numbers".
NOT COINCIDENTALLY, shortly after the Lord gave me this revelation, the Israeli government BOLDLY PROCLAIMED the shemitta to be from fall 2014 to fall 2015.
Now EACH AND EVERY DETAIL given in Scripture FITS PERFECTLY.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015
Prophecy teachers emphasize that the Hebrew calendar is lunar and consists of only 360 days. I've been guilty of this myself.
On most years that is essentially correct.
However, the Hebrew calendar is actually lunisolar.
Jews add A LEAP MONTH (Adar I) every two or three years to compensate for the approximate 11-day deficit between their calendar and the Gregorian calendar.
Therefore, their year AVERAGES OUT to virtually the same number of days as the solar 365-day calendar.
Although the Bible doesn't specifically mention this, if they had NOT ADDED the leap month since ancient times, their spring Feasts (Passover, etc.) would have eventually been celebrated in winter.
Consequently, the 360-day calculation works fairly well with SHORT periods of time (like the 3½ year trib), but DOES NOT WORK as well over LONG periods of time.
And the "70 weeks" prophecy is A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, 490 YEARS TO BE EXACT.
Truth is: The B.C. calendar is OFF by 4 years.
That's why some scholars place Jesus' Birth around 4-6 B.C.
If the Gregorian calendar is based on Jesus' birth -- how could it be OFF by SO MUCH?
I mean, 4-6 YEARS!!!
Its predecessor, the Julian calendar, was only off by 11 days.
They would have been better off keeping the Julian calendar!!!
Jews KNOW there's a 4-year deficit. It's PART OF how they INTENTIONALLY screwed up THEIR OWN calendar (which is ALSO missing somewhere between 122 and 165 years) in order to OBSCURE the 70 weeks prophecy which points to Jesus.
I always wondered how Josephus, who's SO ACCURATE about everything else, said that Herod died in 4 B.C. right after a lunar eclipse that took place shortly before Passover (Antiquities, Book 17, Chapter 6 Paragraph 4).
We know the modern (Gregorian) calendar is DIVIDED into B.C. and A.D. based on Jesus' birth, and we know from the Gospels that Herod died some time AFTER Jesus was born.
Problem is, Josephus wrote late in the first century A.D. (around the same year John wrote the Revelation).
Being Jewish, he would have based his dates on Jewish reckoning of time and, by then, they'd ALREADY DOCTORED THEIR OWN CALENDAR ON PURPOSE TO MAKE IT APPEAR "IMPOSSIBLE" FOR JESUS TO HAVE FULFILLED Daniel 9:25-27.
Bottom line: Jesus was really born in the fall of year "0" (actually 1 B.C., since there's NO REAL "year 0") and Herod died shortly after in spring 1 A.D.
1 A.D. - 4 = 3 A.D. - 1 (since there's no real "year 0") = 4 B.C. as Josephus stated.
But because by the end of the first century Jews had CUT OFF FOUR YEARS FROM THEIR OWN CALENDAR, it was recorded by Josephus -- late in the first century A.D. (A WHOLE CENTURY LATER) -- as 4 B.C. which is "THEIR" date.
The Jewish leadership of the day (chief priests, Pharisees, Sadducees) REFUSED TO ACCEPT Jesus as the Messiah.
Therefore, after His Resurrection THEY PLOTTED TO ALTER THE CALENDAR to make it APPEAR as though He didn't fulfill Daniel's 70-week prophecy which called for Him to APPEAR in 30 A.D., 483 years AFTER Artaxerxes' decree to "return and build" Jerusalem.
PROOF that THEY KNOW this: in 1996 Israel CELEBRATED "Jerusalem 3000", marking the 3,000th anniversary of its founding as Israel's capital by King David which took place in 1,000 B.C.
If their dates are accurate, then why not wait 'til the year 2,000 to celebrate it? Why were they celebrating it 4 YEARS EARLIER?
Because, although they won't openly talk about it, THEY KNOW WHAT THEIR RELIGIOUS LEADERS DID.
So here's HOW IT WENT DOWN, and you can see the STUNNING ACCURACY of God's prophecy given through Gabriel to Daniel:
Since 4 B.C. is really year zero, if we SUBTRACT (backtrack) 4 years TO BEGIN COUNTING, it fits to a "T":
"From the word (decree) to return and build Jerusalem to Messiah Prince shall be 7 sevens and 62 sevens" (Daniel 9:25).
The 7 + 62 sevens equal 69 sevens or 483 years.
Artaxerxes gave the decree NOT IN Aviv 445 B.C., but actually in SPRING (Aviv-Nisan) 449 B.C.
483- 449* = 34 - 4 = 30
30 A.D., in the fall, is when Jesus (Messiah Prince) began His public ministry in PRECISE fulfillment of this prophecy.
The 70 weeks prophecy also calls for Messiah Prince to DIE for the sins of others at 486½, in the "middle of" the FINAL (70th week) (Daniel 9:27) thus putting an end to daily offerings (korbanot).
486.5 - 449* = 38.5 - 4 = 33.5
33 full years + ½ a year would take us to spring 34 A.D. (Passover) when Jesus died in PRECISE and AWESOME fulfillment of this amazing prophecy)
(*shemitta cycle begins in the fall)
Jesus appeared (His public ministry began): 483 years from the first shemitta after the decree "to return and build Jerusalem", EXACTLY AS PROPHESIED.
Jesus died in spring 34 A.D. after 3½ years of public ministry, right smack in the "middle of the 70th week" (as stated in Daniel 9:27) thus putting an end to sacrifices and offerings.
EXACTLY 486½ years from Artaxerxes' decree: EXACTLY AS PROPHESIED in Daniel 9:26-27.
Is God's Word amazing, or what?
Is Jesus God and Messiah, or what? Praise His glorious Name!
Now Luke 3:1-3 says that John the Baptist began his ministry in the 15th year of Tiberius' reign.
And we know that Jesus began His public ministry shortly after.
Tiberius' reign began on September 18, 14 A.D. The 15th year of his reign, therefore, would have been from September of 29 A.D. to September of 30 A.D.
John the Baptist, therefore, began his ministry in the spring of 30 A.D. And Jesus began His ministry some 6 months later in the fall of the same year (on Tabernacles) exactly as Luke says, and PRECISELY at the END OF 69 shemittas from 449 B.C., exactly as prophesied in Daniel 9:24-27.
So you see how EVERYTHING about this prophecy fits Jesus PERFECTLY.
We are living in Gregorian 2015. The tribulation should end and Millennium should start in 2018-19.
Dear God, we're at the SECOND PHASE of the 7-week (49-year) portion of this tremendous prophecy. If Jesus kept the 483 and 486½ TO THE MONTH, and even TO THE DAY, won't He also keep THIS small portion?
Even a bunch of duplicitous religious schemers plotting to OBSCURE the Truth and AMAZING ACCURACY OF GOD'S WORD CANNOT KEEP THE TRUTH UNDER WRAPS FOREVER.
I wish the tribulation didn't have to happen.
Unfortunately, it's THE ONLY THING that will wake some people up.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015
The menorah is packed with symbolism.
Scripture tells us it represents the Church (Revelation 1:20).
It represents the 7 Feasts of the Lord: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits (Bikkurim), Pentecost, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
Some people say it depicts the 7-fold attributes of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2).
Still others see the 7,000 years allotted for this earth experience, concluding with the Millennium, each branch representing 1,000 years.
And I'm sure there are other theories floating out there...
But there's one meaning of the 7-branch menorah that has eluded us until now.
It represents the "7 sevens" from the time the word is given to return and build Jerusalem" to Messiah's Second Coming (Daniel 9:25).
That is why -- when John is shown, in spirit, the Day of the Lord - THE FIRST THING he sees are the "7 sevens" or SEVEN menorahs, each having 7 branches (Revelation 1:10, 12).
The Book of Revelation is the UNSEALING OF the Book of Daniel (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 5:1-10; 6:1-12).
Here's CLEAR EVIDENCE, once again, that the "7 sevens" in Daniel 9:25 lead to the Second Coming of Christ.
Moreover, THE MENORAH ITSELF specifically represents THE FINAL "7" or final SHEMITTA (7-year) CYCLE that will lead to the Second Coming of Messiah, and to the establishment of His eternal Kingdom on earth. (See illustration below).
We have, then, the 6 Hallel Psalms (113-118), corresponding to 21st century years that point to the 2018 Second Coming of Christ.
We have the timeline in Luke 21:24-32 that says the entire Tribulation-Rapture-Second Coming scenario will happen within a generation (approximately 40-50 years) from the return of Jerusalem to the Jews.
We know that Jews recovered it in June 1967. That would bring us to 2017-2018.
We have the "seven sevens" in Daniel 9:25 that lead to Messiah Prince.
We have SEVEN 7-branch menorahs in Revelation 1:10 that represent those "seven sevens", the 7 shemittas that will bring this age to a close with Messiah's Second Coming.
And, last but not least, we have the menorah itself symbolizing the FINAL shemitta, or final 7 years.
Please note that the 7 branches represent years:
2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-2018.
That means the Second Coming takes place in 2018.
Note also that the Hebrew year that runs from 2014-2015 is the MIDDLE branch (at HALF shemitta) and IT'S HIGHER THAN THE REST.
It's higher because THIS IS THE YEAR in which - Lord willing, and by His majestic Grace - WE GO UP.
Isn't that what Scripture has taught all along that we "go up" at half shemitta followed by ANOTHER HALF shemitta or 3½ years of tribulation, ENDING WITH (thank God!) the Second Coming of Messiah?
I'm not finished. I have LOTS more to share.
Hold your questions, until I'm done.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2015
AT THE PROPER TIME
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, WHOM THE MASTER HAS PUT IN CHARGE of the servants in his household TO GIVE THEM THEIR FOOD AT THE PROPER TIME ?
It will be good for that servant WHOSE MASTER FINDS HIM DOING SO WHEN HE RETURNS. Truly I tell you, HE WILL PUT HIM IN CHARGE OF ALL HIS POSSESSIONS" (Matthew 24:45-47).
Some of our readers forget that SATAN READS AND HEARS EVERYTHING we say.
Did you ever stop to think that God MAY NOT WANT HIM TO KNOW CERTAIN THINGS?
When I CATEGORICALLY stated that the Rapture would not happen in 2014 and that more info will be forthcoming, AS THE SPIRIT LEADS,TO WHAT do you think I was referring?
Do you think I just said that to tease you?
...When my whole life is devoted to serving Jesus and YOU?
Do you think it's just to be secretive, when this ministry is known for its openness and straightforwardness?
"To EVERYTHING there is a season and A TIME to EVERY PURPOSE under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
I was VERY CLEAR on April 30, 2014 that the Rapture would not take place in 2014, and that MORE SPECIFIC information would follow at the appropriate time:
We also published a message on April 15, 2014 (in preparation for all this) about "the 7th year" that also seems to have gone over most people's heads.
If you missed it, just click on 2014 Rapture Update, at the top left.
I've also said many, many times that THE CLOSER WE GET TO THE RAPTURE the more we will know, and the CLEARER WE WOULD SEE because God SPECIFICALLY TELLS Daniel that eschatology would remain "sealed" ONLY UNTIL the time of the end (Daniel 12:4,9).
Then, and only then, would it all be UNSEALED and make sense to "the wise", and THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND (Daniel 12:10).
I can state CATEGORICALLY, based on Scripture, that the Rapture will NOT happen on Yom Teruah -- or Tishri 1, incorrectly known as "Rosh Hashanah"-- as many have taught and are teaching.
It will happen in spring.
Please DO NOT TRY TO GET AHEAD OF ME.
DO NOT jump the gun and immediately send some email with 15 questions.
Be patient. Pay attention.
All your questions will be answered AT THE PROPER TIME.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015
RAPTURE: THE DAY & THE HOUR
When anyone tries to teach, the APPROXIMATE time of the Rapture, based on Scripture...
They can COUNT ON some self-righteous person, full of religion, but far from Christ, parroting their religious mantra...
"No one knows the day or the hour..."
"No one knows the day or the hour..."
"No one knows the day or the hour..."
These people are the SAME HYPOCRITES that turn around and Google "rapture date" or "rapture December 10, 2014"
Last time I checked a "date" is A SPECIFIC DAY and SO IS "December 10".
But they MUST BE right: after all, they're quoting Scripture!
SATAN ALSO "QUOTED SCRIPTURE"...
TO JESUS, NO LESS! (Matthew 4:5-6)
Scripture is valid ONLY when quoted IN CONTEXT.
Repeat: Scripture is VALID ONLY when quoted IN CONTEXT.
Here's the EXACT QUOTE from Mark's Gospel:
"But of that day and that hour KNOWS no man, no, NOT THE ANGELS who are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Take heed, watch and pray: for you KNOW NOT when the time is." (Mark 13:32-33)
Jesus said "NO ONE KNOWS" (PRESENT TENSE)...
IN CONTEXT, He referred to individuals in the FIRST CENTURY A.D.
We're living in the 21st CENTURY A.D.
Here's WHAT JESUS DIDN'T SAY:
He NEVER SAID:
"NO ONE KNOWS AND NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW"
Yet that is how His statement is generally presented by the prophecy establishment and within evangelical Christianity.
In fact, WHEN THE RAPTURE finally TAKES PLACE, EVERYONE in heaven and earth WILL KNOW the PRECISE day and hour.
THE REASON that neither the human Jesus, nor the angels, NOR ANYONE but the Father knew BACK IN THE FIRST CENTURY A.D. IS BECAUSE JESUS HIMSELF HAD SEALED THAT KNOWLEDGE.
However, He DIDN'T SEAL SUCH KNOWLEDGE FOREVER.
He SEALED IT ONLY UNTIL "the time of the end".
He pointedly stated that, at the time of the end, KNOWLEDGE OF THESE THINGS WOULD INCREASE, and that "THE WISE WOULD UNDERSTAND". (Daniel 12:4, 10)
When the Rapture happens, ALL THE SEALS HAVE BEEN OPENED, EXCEPT THE 7TH SEAL WHICH IS THE 3½-YEAR TRIBULATION.
That means that, when it happens, KNOWLEDGE ABOUT IT, WILL HAVE BEEN UNSEALED (REVEALED).
We are living, RIGHT NOW, the FINAL MOMENTS OF the 5th SEAL (Revelation 6:9-11).
The Rapture takes place when the 6th seal is opened (Revelation 6:12; 7:9).
Time's almost up.... ARE YOU READY?
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 20115
The Hallel Psalms are Psalms 113-118.
They are sung at the three major pilgrimage Feasts which are Passover, Pentecost and Sukkot.
When Jesus and His disciples celebrated Passover (the Last Supper), we're told in the Gospels that they "sang the hymn" before leaving the Upper Room and going to Gethsemane in the Mount of Olives (Mark 14:26).
"The hymn" they sang was Hallel, or Psalms 113-118.
Just a couple of highlights from these wonderful Psalms:
Psalm 116:13: "I will take THE CUP OF SALVATION (yeshuot), and call upon the name of the LORD".
Can you imagine singing THAT verse RIGHT AFTER Yeshua had given them THE CUP and said?
""Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood OF THE (NEW) COVENANT, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins" (Matthew 26:27-28).
The CUP, as per Jewish custom, would have sealed our Lord's betrothal to His Church.
As Jesus said, it also represents His most holy and sinless Blood, which would be ACTUALLY POURED OUT-- to remove ALL sin for ALL time -- in a matter of HOURS (Hebrews 9:12,26).
What a holy and significant moment that was!
There's clear evidence that Psalms 40-99 have prophetic significance in connection to events that took place in Israel in the 20th century.
And that, crazy as it may sound, the NUMBER of certain Psalms CORRESPONDS with events in certain years of the 20th century:
For instance Psalm 48:1, which would correspond to Gregorian year 1948, says "great is the Lord and most worthy of praise IN THE CITY OF our God, His holy mountain".
1948, as you know, was the year (May 14, 1948 to be exact) when the State of Israel was born (in what today is modern Jerusalem).
Likewise, Psalm 68 gives an uncanny description of the aftermath of the Six-Day War, which took place in 1967.
It begins with the wonderful statement "let God ARISE and His ENEMIES BE SCATTERED".
It was during that war that Israel recovered East Jerusalem (the Old City), captured the Golan Heights and the Sinai, ALL OF WHICH ARE MENTIONED In this Psalm.
It was also THE EVENT that kicked off the 7-shemitta end-time countdown (Daniel 9:25).
In similar fashion, Psalms 100-120 appear to relate closely to this 21st century.
If that is the case, the Hallel Psalms, which are sung at the aforementioned Feasts, POINT TO ISRAEL'S FINAL REDEMPTION (the Second COMING of Messiah) and His Millennial Kingdom taking place EARLY IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
Accordingly, these auspicious events would have to take place by 2018, corresponding with Psalm 118, which is THE FINAL Hallel Psalm.
Psalm 118, in fact, gives a wonderful description of Israel's final Redemption, and of the Messiah's Millennial Kingdom:
"ALL THE NATIONS (GENTILES) SURROUNDED ME, but in the name of the LORD I CUT THEM DOWN.
11 THEY SURROUNDED ME ON EVERY SIDE, but in the name of the LORD I CUT THEM DOWN.
12 THEY SWARMED AROUND ME LIKE BEES, but they were consumed... in the name of the LORD I CUT THEM DOWN.
13 I WAS PUSHED BACK AND ABOUT TO FALL, but the LORD helped me.
14 The LORD is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation (Yeshua)"... "The stone the builders rejected as become the cornerstone;
23 The LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 THIS IS THE DAY (THE MILLENNIUM) which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 LORD, save us!
LORD, grant us success!
26 Blessed is he WHO COMES in the name of the LORD.
You are my God, and I will praise you;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever".
Jews, of course, have their own calendars (the rabbinic and Karaite, which can be as much as 1-3 days apart).
And one could argue that the Gregorian calendar DIDN'T EXIST at the time the Psalms were written, sometime in the 11th century B.C.
But God the Holy Spirit -- who inspired those Psalms -- in His Omniscience, KNEW that the Gregorian calendar IS THE CALENDAR THAT WOULD BE USED IN THE END TIME BY EVERYONE, including Jews.
They can call it "B.C.E." and "C.E." all they want, BUT EVERYONE KNOWS it's based on B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini, or "Year of our Lord").
When Jesus and His disciples sang that Psalm, at the Last Supper, He hinted that it is connected to His Kingdom on earth:
"But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on UNTIL THAT DAY when I drink it new with you IN MY FATHER'S KINGDOM."... (Matthew 26:29)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
SO YOU THINK IT'S EASY?
One of the reasons there's so much confusion, misinformation and wrong teaching on eschatology is people don't appreciate ALL that is involved.
They find, or think they've found, some prophetic revelation and JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS without taking the time to compare to ALL the other eschatological details given in Scripture to see whether it really fits the end-time scenario.
Just like the REAL Antichrist must meet EACH AND EVERY BIBLICAL REQUIREMENT TO PERFECTION (not just a few, to the total neglect of others), so must the Tribulation - Rapture - Second Coming scenario meet an even more daunting number of PRECISE details given in Scripture.
But before we broach those details, there are multiple calendar issues to resolve:
Our calendar is solar, consisting of 365 days except on leap years, when it's 366.
Their calendar is lunisolar, with most years lasting an AVERAGE of 360 days, then every two-three years adding AN EXTRA MONTH.
The Hebrew calendar is missing an uncertain number of years from the Old Testament Era.
Additionally, first century Jewish religious hierarchy excised 5 years from their B.C. calendar ON PURPOSE to obscure Jesus' amazing fulfillment of the 70-weeks timeline given in Daniel 9:24-27.
We, however, "gave them back" one year by adding an imaginary "year zero" to the Gregorian calendar to divide B.C. from A.D., thus making it a 4-year deficit.
Our Gregorian calendar begins on January 1st; the Hebrew calendar begins, ACCORDING TO GOD, on Aviv 1 (March-April).
However, ACCORDING TO RABBIS, it begins on Tishri 1 (September-October).
As if that's not confusing enough, their 7-year agricultural shemitta cycle begins and ends in autumn (September-October).
Our day begins at midnight, the biblical day begins in the evening, at sundown, around 6 PM.
ALL OF THIS has to be taken into account when figuring eschatological details and timelines.
Now let's talk details...
According to Scripture, the following must ALL SOMEHOW FIT, logically and EFFORTLESSLY, into a 3½ year time period:
1. Certain signs must take place that include the shaking of the earth and atmospheric heavens, the sun turning black, the moon red as blood, stars falling, the sky split in the middle, a dramatic alteration of geography and topography and, most importantly, the APPEARING OF JESUS IN THE CLOUDS (Revelation 6:12-16; Luke 21:27).
2. Believers must be raptured (Revelation 7:9).
3. The timing of the Church's catching away must somehow fit Song of Solomon 2:10-13, Joel 2:16, and the Parable of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32; Mark 13:28).
4. Antichrist can't reappear until the Church is gone (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8).
5. Six trumpet judgments must take place (Revelation 8:1-:6).
6. Two Witnesses must prophesy 1,260 days: then be killed, then rise at the end of 3½ days and ascend visibly to heaven (Revelation 11:3, 7-12).
7. The Mysterious woman in Revelation 12 must hide in the desert 1,260 days (Revelation 12:6, 14).
8. Antichrist must reappear from the abyss on a major Hebrew Feast or moed (Daniel 11:29).
9. Antichrist must reign 42 Hebrew months (Revelation 13:5).
10. Gentiles must, for the final time, trample Jerusalem for 42 Hebrew months (Revelation 11:2).
11. Evening and morning temple offerings (at least grain offerings and libations) must be reinstated, AFTER NEARLY 2,000 YEARS, and then interrupted by Antichrist (Daniel 8:11; 11:31; 12:11).
12. The third temple must be built (Revelation 11:1-2).
13. The third temple must be entered and desecrated by Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
14. The abomination of desolation must stand during 2,300 evening and morning offerings, which represent 1,150 days (Daniel 8:13-14).
15. The 7th trumpet MUST BE blown (Revelation 10:7; 11:15-18; 19:11-21).
16. The Second Coming of Christ, marking THE END OF the tribulation, MUST take place on a major Jewish Feast or moed (Daniel 8:19; 11:27, 35).
17. The tribulation's timing must somehow fit the wine press analogy given in Isaiah 63:1-6, Revelation 14:17-20 and 19:11-16.
18. All this must take place BY THE END OF 7 SHEMITTA CYCLES from the word to return and build Jerusalem given in 1967 (Daniel 9:25).
19. From the time THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION is set up, there must be two significant periods of 1,290 days and 1,335 days, respectively (Daniel 12:11-12).
These two periods can exceed the 3½ years, but not by much.
O.K., big shot ...
I've done the hard work.
Wanna take a crack at it?
MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015
THE GREAT MULTITUDE
"With this I looked, and saw 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" (Revelation 7:9).
WHO IS this great multitude?
THAT is the question that most pre-tribbers answer incorrectly and post-tribbers simply CANNOT answer.
The prophecy establishment has told us for years that they are the "tribulation martyrs", people who die for their faith DURING the tribulation.
There are FOUR MAJOR problems with that FALSE and ILLOGICAL view:
1. That's IMPOSSIBLE.
The multitude APPEARS IN HEAVEN under THE 6TH SEAL BEFORE tribulation judgments HAVE even BEGUN.
Tribulation judgments BEGIN ONLY when the 7TH SEAL is opened (Revelation 8:1-6).
2. There's NO INDICATION anywhere that these people have died.
3. Tribulation martyrs ARE NOT CAUGHT UP to heaven at all, but ARE RESURRECTED TO RULE HERE ON EARTH at the start of the millennium, AFTER the 7TH SEAL has been opened and THE 7TH TRUMPET has been blown. That is UNDISPUTED (Revelation 20:4).
The multitude appears in heaven under THE 6TH SEAL, BEFORE the 7th seal is opened and BEFORE any trumpets have been blown.
It's utterly impossible.
4. There may be A LOT of martyrs who die for their newly found faith in Christ during the tribulation, but a "multitude that NO ONE can number"?
Give me a break!
The Book of Revelation gives some pretty large numbers like 200 MILLION missiles from the Euphrates (unlike the multitude, they CAN be numbered, Revelation 9:16).
Even Satan and Antichrist can't kill THAT MANY PEOPLE in 42 months.
The 42 months begin under the 7th seal and 6th trumpet (Revelation 9:13).
As already noted, the multitude appears in heaven - IN PHYSICAL BODIES - BEFORE the 42-month reign of Antichrist begins (Revelation 7:9, 16-17; Revelation 11:2).
Therefore, there's NO WAY they could have been killed by the Antichrist.
SOULS UNDER THE ALTAR
The other theory often postulated is that the multitude refers to the "souls under the altar" mentioned under the 5th seal, and that they are all the people who have died for their faith in Christ throughout the centuries.
There are THREE INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS with that theory:
1. The great multitude CANNOT be counted or numbered: The SOULS under the altar, as Scripture clearly says, CAN BE NUMBERED (Revelation 6:11).
Therefore, NO WAY can they be the same group.
2. The SOULS under the altar are DISEMBODIED SOULS.
The great multitude is not JUST SOULS. They have PHYSICAL BODIES, as proven by the fact they can STAND, HAVE EYES AND HANDS.
And, if they WERE the souls, which now SUDDENLY appear in heaven in RESURRECTED BODIES, wouldn't that PROVE they were RAPTURED ?
Isn't that PRECISELY what happens at the Rapture? (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
3. Revelation 7:14 clearly tell us that this GREAT MULTITUDE, that NO ONE can number, has "COME OUT OF the great tribulation".
Since they CAME OUT OF the great tribulation, they CANNOT BE the Christian martyrs that died PRIOR TO the tribulation.
Nor CAN they be "tribulation martyrs", for the reasons already listed above (the tribulation judgments and reign of Antichrist HAVE NOT EVEN BEGUN when they appear in heaven).
We have JUST PROVEN -- CONCLUSIVELY and BIBLICALLY -- that the multitude CANNOT be comprised of martyrs who died EITHER BEFORE OR DURING the tribulation.
The big question then becomes:
WHO are they?
WHAT GROUP OF BELIEVERS COULD - REALISTICALLY -- comprise a multitude SO GREAT that it cannot be numbered, and who appears suddenly before God's Throne in heaven, IN PHYSICAL BODIES?
WHAT GROUP OF BELIEVERS COULD - REALISTICALLY -- come from EVERY NATION, tribe, people and tongue?
WHAT GROUP OF BELIEVERS COULD -- REALISTICALLY --COME OUT OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION, and yet NOT BE tribulation martyrs?
The ONLY possible answer is:
They are the Church, the Body of Christ, His spiritual Bride, who is CAUGHT UP to heaven AS THE TRIBULATION BEGINS, BEFORE any judgments are poured out on the earth, and BEFORE the reign of Antichrist.
The Church INCLUDES those who died in Christ BEFORE the tribulation (the SOULS under the altar, in the 5th SEAL)...
...Plus ALL born-again believers who are ALIVE on earth when Jesus appears in the clouds...
...Plus ALL those on earth who TURN TO HIM WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS, even in the final moments, when He appears in the clouds with power and great glory (Joel 2:32).
THAT IS WHY they CANNOT be counted.
As far as post-tribbers are concerned, I have only ONE question which I KNOW -- IN ADVANCE - (glory to Jesus!) that they CANNOT answer:
If this GREAT, INNUMERABLE MULTITUDE ISN'T the Church, then WHO THE HECK are they?
In chess terms, this is the equivalent of "CHECK MATE".
Here's ABSOLUTE, IRONCLAD, 100% IRREFUTABLE PROOF of the pre-trib Rapture.
Glory to our Savior!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2015
THE WEEK IN RETROSPECT
It's been one heck of a week...
The mood shifted from tragedy to ridiculousness, to irony, to almost comedy.
First we had the murderous terrorist assault on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, followed by the terrorist murder of 4 Jewish civilians -- who weren't bothering anyone -- at a kosher deli.
Then we had the multinational "show of solidarity" in Paris AGAINST Islamic TERROR attended by world leaders, including Islamic TERRORIST Mahmoud Abbas.
The show of solidarity in which Obama -- and everyone else who's anybody in his Administration -- wanted NO PART.
While the events in Paris were awful and tragic, one has to appreciate the irony that this would happen IN THE VERY COUNTRY whose leader has boasted in recent days of "a plan" (anti Israel, of course) to end, once and for all, the so-called Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Apparently, Mr. Hollande thinks HE CAN OVERRIDE God, and KNOWS MORE than the Almighty, and HE JUST GOT SLAPPED WITH a sobering dose of reality:
He THINKS he can solve the problems in the Middle East, when it's painfully obvious THAT HE CAN'T SOLVE the problems IN HIS OWN COUNTRY.
He THINKS he can contain Islamic terrorism by "Palestinians" in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, when he CAN'T CONTROL IT IN PARIS...
That takes us to Pope Francis.
I like the Pope. He has spunk and, to his credit, has shown willingness to address certain problems in Roman Catholicism that NONE of his predecessors would touch with a 10-foot pole.
But I have to take issue with his comments following the brutal ACTS OF TERROR in Paris.
He said that there are "limits" to free speech.
That if someone were to insult his mother, "he can expect a punch".
That such retaliation is "normal":
"You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."
Oh, yes, you can...
They've been doing it to Jews FOR CENTURIES.
And I've never heard the Vatican DENOUNCE THAT.
He did call the attack "an aberration" saying that "To kill in the name of God is an aberration."
However, he ALSO SAID that if one offended other people's religion, they were provocateurs and that A RESPONSE -- evidently (as per his own example) A VIOLENT RESPONSE -- was to be expected.
Will one of the many intellectual luminaries at the Vatican instruct the Pontiff on THE MEANING OF "free speech", please?
FREE SPEECH means that OTHERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO insult and offend.
Do we ENCOURAGE THEM to do it?
Were the cartoons crude, vulgar and insulting?
Were they a provocation?
Was the MURDER of the magazine's editor and employees "normal" or even REMOTELY JUSTIFIED?
There is NOTHING IN THIS WORLD that "justifies" ACTS OF TERROR.
I don't care WHAT they published, I don't care WHAT they said, I don't care HOW OFFENSIVE it was.
THAT is PART OF THE PRICE ONE PAYS for the freedom we call "FREEDOM OF SPEECH".
The minute you start setting "limits", you HAVE NO FREE SPEECH.
Heck, if I went around shooting people who INSULT AND OFFEND Jesus or the Christian faith, there'd be VERY FEW SURVIVORS either in Hollywood or the mainstream media.
But my favorite part of this whole sordid week was John Kerry's visit to France to, supposedly, give people of Paris a "big hug" from the United States.
After being a no-show at the "solidarity march"..
After Attorney General and Obama personal friend and confidante Eric Holder - WHO HAPPENED TO BE IN PARIS while the march was taking place - was nowhere to be seen...
After being trounced, even in the liberal media, for NOT attending...
The Obama-Kerry solution to the inexplicable gaffe?
Bring James Taylor to Paris to regale Parisians with his rendition of "You've Got a Friend":
"Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call"...
World problems aren't as daunting as you think.
We don't need to CALL THINGS BY THEIR REAL NAME and say we're AT WAR WITH Islamic TERRORISM...
There's no need to CONFRONT -- and RESOLUTELY DEFEAT-Islamic terrorism.
There's no need to deal with failure of leadership, and mind-numbing INCOMPETENCE.
Just have James Taylor sing a song.
That will solve everything...
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015
THEY LIKE BONDAGE
The word "religion" means to re-bind or to place, once again, IN BONDAGE.
No wonder Jesus HATES religion... (Matthew 23:13-36).
Those in BONDAGE are SLAVES.
It's one thing that religion has turned millions of people who SHOULD BE FREE into slaves.
It's another thing to realize HOW MANY of those slaves LOVE to live in bondage.
They DON'T WANT freedom.
They LIKE being slaves.
I know it sounds crazy...
I know it IS crazy...
But I promise you it's VERY COMMON among religious people.
For over 10 years we've had our 100% BIBLICAL teaching that what religious people call "tithe", meaning MONEY, IS NOT biblical.
Never, in those 10 years, has a pastor or minister tried to challenge the teaching. NOT ONCE.
Because THEY KNOW, though they won't admit it openly, that IT'S TRUE.
However, their brainwashed groupies do -- ALL the time.
And each time they lose, BIG TIME.
There's one person in particular with whom we corresponded back and forth 5 MONTHS AGO.
We quoted Scripture and PROVED to her what the real tithe WAS, and that Christians HAVE NEVER tithed.
We thought she'd given up...
No such luck.
We just heard from her again, this time offering Genesis 28:22 as "proof" that Christians should tithe.
This is the passage where Jacob offers God ONE-TENTH of all THAT GOD GIVES HIM.
And you wonder where Jews get their business savvy...
That's like going to a bank and saying "give me A MILLION DOLLARS, I'll KEEP THE MILLION, and give you back $100,000".
Except that Jacob wasn't talking about money but about food, clothes, cattle, tents, crops, etc.
We pointed out that God changed Jacob's name to ISRAEL, from whom came ALL THE ISRAELITES.
Hasn't that been our teaching for over a decade THAT ONLY NATURAL ISRAELITES were to tithe (BRING) the tenth from their cattle, grain and crops TO SUPPLY THE TEMPLE in Jerusalem?
And that, since there's NO TEMPLE today, JEWS NO LONGER TITHE?
We also pointed out that the Church DIDN'T exist in Genesis.
So, we got her off our backs again...
At least until she "discovers" Hebrews 7:5-8.
Can't wait for that one.
This poor woman IS SO IN BONDAGE that she's been DESPERATELY TRYING -- for the past 5 MONTHS -- to come up with some "BIBLICAL" EXCUSE TO JUSTIFY PAYING AN OBLIGATORY 10% of her INCOME TO THE LYING PREACHER that taught her that lie in the first place!!!
They won't even CONSIDER the biblical evidence.
They figure that, since they "never heard such teaching before" it MUST BE untrue.
I guess their rationale is "if it were true, I would have heard it from the pulpit".
Guess again, darling.
You'll hear MORE LIES from most pulpits than you'll hear at the local bar.
Nearly EVERYTHING taught from pulpits and Kristian TV about money and giving IS UNBIBLICAL, FALSE, and GREED-DRIVEN.
THAT'S A FACT.
Unfortunately, this poor, misguided soul isn't the only one.
She may be one of the worst cases, but NOT the only one. We hear from BONDAGE LOVING Kristians ALL THE TIME.
When Scripture has said FOR 2,000 YEARS THAT "if the Son HAS SET US FREE, we will be FREE INDEED" (John 8:36).
Thank you, Jesus!
We MUSTN'T BLINDLY BELIEVE what we see or hear from the pulpit, Kristian TV, Kristian books, the internet, YouTube, or ANYWHERE ELSE.
What we MUST BE DOING is checking to see HOW IT STACKS UP AGAINST SCRIPTURE.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015
THE PIT IS OPEN
In Revelation 9:1-2 we find the following narrative:
"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven to the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke"...
Chances are you've never heard or read a message about opening the pit, but you're going to read it here.
Once the tribulation judgments are underway, the bottomless pit will be opened.
The opening of THE ABYSS is a very important event, because of what takes place ONCE IT'S OPENED:
"And there came out of the smoke locusts on the earth: and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; BUT ONLY THOSE MEN WHICH DON'T HAVE THE SEAL OF GOD on their foreheads (EVERYONE BUT the 144,000, Revelation 7:3-4). And to them it was given that THEY SHOULD NOT KILL THEM, BUT THAT THEY SHOULD BE TORMENTED FIVE MONTHS:
And their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man. And in those days SHALL MEN SEEK DEATH, and shall not find it; and SHALL DESIRE TO DIE, and death shall flee from them" (Revelation 9:3-6).
Yes, this is REALLY going to happen.
Hell is located in the center of the earth, in the midst of the seas (Ezekiel 28:8).
The pit or abyss is a compartment of hell, a place very deep in the sea, and mainly the abode of demons (Luke 8:31).
The opening of the pit will result in a huge amount of smoke (and probably ash) being released, clearly showing it's like a pressure cooker down there.
It'll be as though the mother of all volcanoes erupted, to the point that the smoke will block sunlight and contaminate the air.
I hope many hyper-environmentalists, who need to receive Jesus, are reading this. Take note, Greenpeace.
Those still living on earth will breathe, literally, AIR FROM HELL, which will clog and sear their lungs. This will be followed by the emergence of millions of demons, who sting like scorpions, and are permitted to sting everyone, repeatedly, except the 144,000 sealed Israelites.
Verses 7-11 of this chapter give us a detailed description of the demons, but forget for a moment what they LOOK like.
They will be allowed to sting and torment UNSAVED MANKIND for 5 months. The pain will be so excruciating that men will WANT TO die, but won't be able to take their own lies, NO MATTER WHAT they do.
Suicide will be impossible.
But the story doesn't end there. Sometime thereafter, after the 6th trumpet is blown and ONE THIRD of mankind (close to TWO BILLION people) die, the Antichrist will STEP OUT OF THAT OPEN PIT, RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD (Revelation 11:7; 13:1;17:8).
He will reintroduce himself as "defender of mankind" (that's what the name Alexander means), who's come to "defend" them against a just God, and His just judgments.
The chaotic, devastated, agonizing, desperate, UNBELIEVING world will be all too eager to receive him.
The pit remains open for the rest of the tribulation.
At the end thereof, when Jesus returns, Satan himself will be unceremoniously TOSSED INTO THE ABYSS, and the PIT WILL once again BE CLOSED (Revelation 20:1-3).
Satan will be SHUT IN THE ABYSS FOR 1,000 YEARS known as the Millennium.
Not a second too soon.
When the 1,000 years end, the pit will be reopened and Satan allowed to come out for A LITTLE WHILE.
Shortly thereafter, all the dead who've gone to hell will be resurrected and judged.
Finally, the pit (hell) itself will be tossed into the lake of fire for eternity, along with Satan, whereupon there will be a NEW heaven and a NEW earth (Revelation 20:7-15; 21:1).
And there you have it: the destiny of hell.
Hell will be opened, hell will be closed, then hell will be NO MORE.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015
THE BOOK OF ENOCH SAYS...
This is one of the comments often made on various topics.
My usual answer: WHO CARES?
The Book of Enoch has NEVER been considered inspired Scripture either by Jews or by Christians.
The Book of Enoch says A LOT OF THINGS, most of them false.
We KNOW FOR A FACT that it's NOT divinely inspired as IT CONTAINS MUCH ERROR, and often CONTRADICTS Scripture:
1. For instance, Enoch 2:3 CONTRADICTS the Bible at it speaks of "rain" falling on the earth, when Scripture tells us it had never rained PRIOR TO Noah's flood (Genesis 2:5).
2. Noah lived some 500 years AFTER Enoch (Genesis 5:18).
Yet in Enoch 10:2 Enoch allegedly wrote about Noah, even though the Bible teaches that Enoch was taken up to heaven before Noah WAS EVEN BORN (Genesis 5:24-30).
3. The Book of Enoch was written sometime between the 5th and 2nd century B.C. by an unknown author.
The REAL Enoch lived and was raptured some 3,000 YEARS PRIOR.
4. If the book ITSELF BEGINS WITH A LIE, and ITS VERY TITLE is A LIE (that's why it's called pseudepigrapha), FALSELY STATING that it was authored by Enoch, WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT from its contents?
WHO, ACCORDING TO Jesus, is THE FATHER OF LIES (and of LIARS)? (John 8:44).
A few more examples of false statements and erroneous doctrine in this book:
5. Enoch 7:12 says the giants were three hundred cubits in stature. That would make them about 450 feet tall.
6. Enoch 33:1-2 Says Heaven rests on a foundation that is "on the Eastern edge of the earth".
7. Enoch 33:3-4 Says the winds come out of a "portal" at the Northern edge of the earth.
8. Enoch 38:5-6 Contradicts the divinely inspired Books of Daniel & Revelation about the Millennial Kingdom of God.
There are many more errors and inconsistencies, but I've presented enough TO PROVE - BEYOND ANY DOUBT - that this book ISN'T sacred Scripture.
The Book of Enoch - though NOT divinely inspired, and NEVER part of the biblical canon - is nonetheless useful TO SCHOLARS (NOT to the average Christian walking down the street who knows little or nothing about the Bible) to shed light on Jewish thought and beliefs during or after Babylonian captivity.
In that context, and for such purpose only, I've briefly quoted from it maybe three or four times during my ENTIRE ministry.
I've never BASED DOCTRINE ON the Book of Enoch.
But, wait a minute, DOESN'T the Epistle of Jude in the New Testament QUOTE FROM the Book of Enoch? (Jude 1:14)
Some have made that INCORRECT assumption because Jude QUOTES Enoch HIMSELF, NOT the book entitled "Book of Enoch".
Again, Jude quotes ENOCH (the man) himself, NOT the book FALSELY attributed to him.
The fact the Book of Jude and the so-called Book of Enoch share ONE passage, and differ IN EVERYTHING else, DOES NOT MEAN Jude quoted THE BOOK of Enoch.
Jude probably quoted a statement made by the REAL Enoch, which was passed down through Hebrew oral tradition.
We know that oral tradition, MOST of the time, is false.
But there are SOME instances when it's true.
Jude was Jesus' half brother and probably heard Enoch's true statement from Jesus Himself who, by the Spirit of God, quoted THE REAL Enoch CORRECTLY, NOT the book falsely called by Enoch's name.
In fact, there's a discrepancy between the way this passage appears in Enoch to the way it's presented in Jude:
In Enoch it says that God comes with "thousands of His ANGELS".
In the divinely inspired Epistle of Jude it says He comes with "thousands of His SAINTS".
Those who rely on the Book of Enoch to "make their case", ONLY DO SO because THEY CANNOT MAKE IT WITH THE BIBLE.
Repeat: THE ONLY REASON ANYONE would resort to the UNBIBLICAL Book of Enoch to make a point, is because they CAN'T MAKE IT WITH THE BIBLE.
Now, that I've answered your questions, I have a few questions of my own for "Book of Enoch" Christians:
WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING reading and quoting the Book of Enoch WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW THE GOSPELS?
WHY do you devote time and attention to that fictitious fantasy, when YOU DON'T KNOW THE NEW TESTAMENT?
When you couldn't quote THE REAL BIBLE IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT?
Your PRIORITIES, it seems, are TOTALLY out of whack.
HOW can you quote the Book of Enoch WHEN YOU CAN'T QUOTE Matthew, Mark, Luke or John?
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015
WHAT SAINTS ?
"And he (Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out THE SAINTS of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND until a time and times and the dividing of time" (Daniel 7:25, KJV).
"He (Antichrist) was given power to make war against THE SAINTS and TO CONQUER THEM. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation" (Revelation 13:7, NIV).
Will the Church go thru the tribulation JUDGMENTS? NO.
The word "church" or "churches" appears 19 TIMES in the first three chapters of Revelation, BEFORE the tribulation begins.
In Revelation 7:9, she appears SUDDENLY in heaven, as an innumerable multitude which has been raptured BEFORE the tribulation judgments even begin.
Tribulation judgments begin in chapter 8, verses 1-6.
The Church is raptured UNDER THE 6TH SEAL. The tribulation JUDGMENTS are poured out when THE 7TH SEAL is opened.
The Church is conspicuously ABSENT from all the tribulation chapters.
The word "church" is NOT EVEN MENTIONED ANYWHERE in chapters 4-19 of Revelation.
You DON'T find THE CHURCH ANYWHERE on earth AT ANY TIME, DURING the tribulation and reign of Antichrist.
Who, then, are "THE SAINTS" mentioned in these verses?
WHAT SAINTS does Antichrist war against, conquer, and "wear out"?
"Saints" aren't JUST Christians. There were saints in the Old Testament, BEFORE there were ANY Christians (before Jesus appeared, died and resurrected).
2 Chronicles 6:41; Job 15:14; Psalms 16:3; 30:3; 106:16; Proverbs 2:8 are just a few examples of this.
Many of those Old Testament saints received Jesus as Lord and God when He spent THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS in the center of the earth, rose from the dead themselves, and were taken to heaven by Him, AFTER His Resurrection (Matthew 27:52; Ephesians 4:8-9).
The word "saint" (kadosh or kodesh in Hebrew and hagios in Greek) simply means one who is CONSECRATED, SET APART or SEPARATED, unto the Lord.
Saints (separated ones) who ALREADY ARE saved are taken to heaven at the Rapture, and BEFORE the tribulation judgments begin.
However, during the reign of Antichrist many people will come to faith in Christ (Revelation 14:6, 13).
When they do, they BECOME saints.
Well, to whom is Revelation 12:17 referring when it says:
"And the dragon was angry with the woman, and WENT TO MAKE WAR WITH THE REMNANT OF HER OFFSPRING, WHO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST".
It's referring to natural Israelites, since they are THE ONLY ONES to whom "the commandments of God" were given and they HAVE THE WITNESS (testimony) of Jesus (Matthew 15:24).
What that verse DOESN'T SAY is that they have "THE FAITH OF" Jesus.
If they had saving faith, they would have left with the Church under the 6th seal and WOULD NOT BE ON EARTH SUFFERING SATAN'S AND ANTICHRIST'S PERSECUTION.
The natural descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Israel have always been God's saints, or His Special People, chosen by and SEPARATED UNTO God.
The saints that will be given into the Antichrist's hand are natural Jews who will turn to Jesus when they see Him coming in the clouds to rapture His Church (Matthew 24:30; Revelation 12:6, 14-17).
They're also Gentiles who turn to Christ during the three and a half year reign of Antichrist (Revelation 14:6).
Those who BECOME saints through faith in Jesus Christ during the tribulation will be saved; however many of them will be persecuted and beheaded for their faith ([Revelation 20:4).
They are resurrected after the Second Coming of Christ to rule and reign with Him on the earth.
They are NOT, repeat, NOT the Church.
That's why during the tribulation you'll find "saints" (SEPARATED ones) both in heaven (Revelation 8:3; 15:2)) and on earth (Revelation 13:10; 14:12, 14-16).
EVERYONE in the Body of Christ (Church) is a saint.
Those who are saved during the tribulation BECOME saints AFTER the Church is gone.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015
THE PRICE OF BEING JEW
Recent events in Paris are only the tip of the iceberg.
The Western World has been asleep too long, and now that it's being SO RUDELY awakened, it finds itself in a quandary.
By allowing SO MUCH Muslim immigration - more appropriately called INFILTRATION - into Western nations and society, they have made containment of terrorism a monumental and nearly impossible task.
The situation is bound to get MUCH worse before it gets better.
As usual, NO ONE becomes a bigger target, or pays a higher price, than Jews.
Terrorists cite offensive Mohammed cartoons as "the reason" for their murderous attack on Charlie Hebdo.
But what about the four Jews TAKEN HOSTAGE and killed at the Paris kosher deli?
They WEREN'T "offending" anyone.
They WEREN'T publishing cartoons about Mohammed.
They were just going about their business like any other ordinary citizen.
They got killed FOR ONE REASON - AND ONE REASON ONLY:
Just like those athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics got murdered JUST for being Jews.
Just like a bunch of PEDESTRIANS, including a baby girl, minding their own business and waiting for public transportation, had a vehicle rammed into them, killing the baby girl, killing many others, and injuring several more, JUST for being Jews.
Just like three young men Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and and Eyal Yifrach were ambushed, captured and murdered JUST for being Jews.
Just like 11-year old Ayalah Shapira got firebombed about two weeks ago, nearly killed, and badly burned, while she rode in a car with her father, JUST for being Jewish.
Just like SO MANY OTHERS, through the years, have been murdered and suffered horrible deaths JUST for being Jews.
Just like 6 MILLION HUMAN BEINGS got killed during the Holocaust JUST for being Jews.
In Matthew 24:8-9 Jesus told His fellow Jews:
"All these are THE BEGINNING OF sorrows.
Then (when the "sorrows" or tribulation begins) SHALL THEY DELIVER YOU UP TO BE AFFLICTED, AND SHALL KILL YOU: and YOU SHALL BE HATED OF ALL NATIONS (gentiles) for my name's sake."
Why will Jews be hated by ALL nations (gentiles)?
JUST for being Jews.
There will be NO CHRISTIANS around. Every gentile remaining on earth will be UNSAVED, because he or she REJECTED Christ, EVEN WHEN they saw Him coming in the clouds in power and GREAT GLORY.
And they will hate Jews BECAUSE OF Jesus.
Because Jesus CAME FROM the tribe of Judah.
And because they HATE Jesus, they DON'T WANT Jesus to establish His Kingdom on earth and rule over them.
If you're Jewish, you can receive Jesus INTO YOUR HEART as God, Savior and Messiah and be taken to heaven BEFORE all hell breaks forth on earth.
If you remain on earth, the next 3½-4 years will be THE WORST time you've ever faced.
Either way, KNOW that your Messiah and Savior - because He is FAITHFUL and He is ALMIGHTY God -will RAISE ALL OF Israel's victims from the dead, and resettle you in the Land that He gave to your patriarchs as eternal possession.
MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015
LET'S TALK TURKEY
"The beast that you saw WAS, AND IS NOT; and shall ASCEND OUT OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, WHEN THEY SEE THE BEAST THAT WAS, AND IS NOT, AND YET IS.
And here is the mind which has wisdom: THE SEVEN HEADS... ARE SEVEN KINGS: five are fallen, and one is, and THE OTHER IS NOT YET COME; AND WHEN HE COMES, HE MUST CONTINUE A SHORT TIME.
And THE BEAST THAT WAS, AND IS NOT, even he is the eighth, and IS OF THE seven, and goes into perdition." (Revelation 17:8-11)
The latest fad in the world of eschatological FICTION is that Turkey is the 7th kingdom mentioned in this passage of Scripture and that the Antichrist will be Turk.
99% of Turkey's population being Islamic Sunni, this of course fits conveniently with other recent prophetic fantasies that call for an Islamic Antichrist and Islamic world rule.
If you've followed this ministry for any length of time, YOU KNOW that there is NO Islamic Antichrist, and NO Islamic world domination, ANYWHERE in the Bible.
What we do have today is widespread ISLAMIC TERRORISM. Those are TOTALLY DIFFERENT things.
Here's a perfect example of the foolishness of overemphasizing A PORTION of Scripture, TO THE TOTAL NEGLECT of other portions.
If a theory DOES NOT FIT EACH AND EVERY DETAIL of prophecy, IT'S FALSE.
But doesn't verse 10 say that, of the 7 kings, "5 have fallen", one IS (5 +1 = 6) and that the 7th is "yet to come"?
And if this was written in the first century, and it says that "one is", wouldn't that one (the 6th kingdom) be the Roman Empire?
And didn't the Ottoman Empire, based in Turkey, COME AFTER the Roman Empire?
So, doesn't that make the Ottoman Empire THE 7TH KINGDOM mentioned in this prophecy?
Here are THE DETAILS that prophecy dingbats OVERLOOK:
1. Verse 10 tells us that the 7th kingdom, when it comes, must remain only "a little while", or a "short time".
The Ottoman Empire lasted from 1299-1923 A.D.
That's 624 years, or 6¼ centuries.
I hardly call that "a little while".
In fact, as we can see below, it OUTLASTED all the empires THAT ARE MENTIONED in this prophecy:
1. Egypt 1077-550 BC = 527 years
2. Assyria 912-612 BC = 300 years
3. Babylon 605 - 539 BC = 66 years
4. Persia 550-330 BC = 220 years
5. Greece 338-323 BC = 15 years
6. Rome 27 BC - 476 AD = 450 YEARS
Consequently, the Ottoman Empire, which lasted WELL OVER SIX CENTURIES CANNOT BE what is described in verse ten as lasting "a little while".
By contrast, the future 3½-year reign of Antichrist, fits the "little while" requirement TO PERFECTION (Revelation 13:5).
Matter of fact, WE KNOW - beyond dispute - that this is the correct interpretation because Revelation 12:12 tells us that -- when Satan is cast out of heaven and to the earth -- he KNOWS he has "a little while".
The VERY NEXT thing he does is bring the beast (Antichrist) OUT OF THE ABYSS to rule for "a little while", or 3½ years (Revelation 13:1,5).
This description, ALONE, PROVES that it's IMPOSSIBLE for this to refer to the Ottoman Empire.
However, there's ANOTHER KEY DETAIL that UTTERLY DISQUALIFIES the Ottomans:
Revelation 7:11 states:
"And THE BEAST THAT WAS, AND IS NOT, even he is the eighth, and IS OF THE seven, and goes into perdition."
This verse, along with Revelation 17:8 both clearly establish THREE TIMES that the beast "WAS and IS NOT".
This means, IN CONTEXT, that IN THE FIRST CENTURY - when the Book of Revelation was written - this individual (and his kingdom) HAD ALREADY LIVED but was NO LONGER ALIVE.
Therefore, whoever "he" is, HE HAD TO HAVE LIVED AND DIED PRIOR TO the first century A.D.
Turkey WAS NEVER A WORLD KINGDOM PRIOR TO THE FIRST CENTURY A.D.
As noted above, Turkey became a world empire -- FOR THE FIRST and ONLY time -- in 1299 A.D.
That's 12 centuries AFTER the first century A.D.
Therefore, IT IS UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE for the Ottoman Empire to be the 7th kingdom mentioned in this prophecy.
For the same reason, IT'S UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE for the Antichrist to be from Turkey.
PERIOD. End of story.
Revelation 22:18-19 issues this sober warning:
"I WARN EVERYONE who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone ADDS ANYTHING TO THEM, God WILL ADD TO THAT PERSON THE PLAGUES DESCRIBED IN THIS SCROLL.
And IF ANYONE TAKES WORDS AWAY from this scroll of prophecy, God WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THAT PERSON ANY SHARE IN THE TREE OF LIFE and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll".
Those are Jesus' words, NOT MINE.
Jesus ALWAYS means what He says.
Jesus NEVER lies.
Before anyone presumptuously posts some dumb video on YouTube OR WRITES A STUPID BOOK claiming that "Revelation says" SOMETHING IT DOES NOT SAY AT ALL, I'd take some time to heed and meditate Jesus' warning.
If you've already engaged in such foolishness, REPENT, ask the Lord's forgiveness, and DON'T DO IT AGAIN.
Bible prophecy ISN'T a game. It's THE WORD OF GOD.
It's DEAD serious.
Those who IGNORE Jesus will be IGNORED by Jesus.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2015
TWO WOMEN IN REVELATION
Revelation is a Book of contrasts:
We have the personification of Divine Love and Righteousness in Christ, and the embodiment of hate and evil in Antichrist.
We have the born-again Church basking in heavenly glory, while unregenerate humans - religious and non-religious alike - wither, suffer and perish on earth under truckloads of unceasing calamities.
And we have TWO WOMEN who are as different as night and day:
The FIRST woman is portrayed in Revelation chapter 12 as being radiant, clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and CROWNED with 12 stars.
The SECOND woman is portrayed in Revelation chapters 17 and 18 as A HARLOT, and mother of ALL ABOMINATIONS on earth.
The FIRST woman gives birth to "a male Child", the Body of Christ, which is immediately caught up (raptured, same Greek word) to God and His Throne.
As God foretold in Genesis 3:15, THERE'S ENMITY BETWEEN the woman and Satan, between his seed (Antichrist) and her seed (THE Christ).
Her seed is both spiritual (the Church) and physical which is natural Israel.
Once Satan is evicted from heaven by Michael and hurled unto the earth where he can no longer accuse the woman's spiritual seed, he sets his sights on her natural offspring, who were left behind on the earth (Revelation 12:13-17).
What her natural offspring goes through for 3½ years is somewhat reminiscent of the Exodus from Egypt:
A. They flee into the wilderness (Matthew 24:15).
B. They are carried off on "eagles' wings" into the desert (Exodus 19:4; Revelation 12:14).
C. As Pharaoh pursued them, in order to destroy them, they are persecuted by Satan and Antichrist who try to destroy them.
D. In both cases, they are SUPERNATURALLY delivered from perishing by water (crossing the Red Sea in Exodus, and the flood Satan will send to sweep them away in Revelation).
While Israelites and God's saints are being viciously persecuted, the harlot pretends not to notice.
That's not surprising since she's also depicted as "being drunk" with the blood of Jesus' saints and prophets (Revelation 17:6; 18:24).
That brings us to the second woman in Revelation, depicted in chapters 17 and 18 as a harlot who actually "rides" the Antichrist.
He carries her on his back for most of the tribulation, then suddenly turns against her and destroys her, wiping her off the map.
This great whore, given entirely to lust and carnal pleasures, has a long history of spiritual fornication and an equally long record of abominations which fill the golden cup she proudly holds in her hand.
Revelation 17:18 clearly identifies her as the city of Rome.
Rome, and anything or anyone connected to Rome,will be destroyed through the Antichrist and his 10-king coalition.
But, ultimately, as Revelation 17:16-17 makes abundantly clear, its destruction will happen by Divine Decree.
God Himself has "put it in their hearts to fulfill His purpose", and to hate the whore and burn her with fire.
In contrast to Jerusalem, over which Jesus wept (Luke 19:41-44) foreseeing its destruction at the hands of this wicked harlot, Revelation 19:1-4 records the heavenly reaction at the harlot's destruction:
All of heaven praises God for His righteous judgment, with not one, not two, but THREE "HALLELUJAHS".
The harlot will be destroyed NEVER TO RISE AGAIN (Revelation 18:21).
And all the writers and poets that, contrary to God's Word, have called Rome "the ETERNAL city" will end up looking like fools.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015
I know you CLAIM TO "observe the Law" but Jesus said NO ONE - besides Him - has ever kept it (Matthew 5:17; John 7:19).
I know you CLAIM TO "observe the 10 Commandments", but James said if you break JUST ONE - in your entire life - you become GUILTY of BREAKING ALL 613 OF THEM (James 2:8-10).
I know you CLAIM TO "observe the Sabbath", but Paul says the 24 hour Sabbath (Saturday) IS ONLY A SHADOW of the REAL Sabbath, who is Jesus (Colossians 2:16-17; Matthew 28:11).
I know you're "HOLIER than Jesus" because you CLAIM TO "keep" the 24-hour Sabbath, while He BROKE IT (John 5:18).
I know you CLAIM TO "observe the dietary laws of Leviticus chapter 11", but Jesus said "IT'S NOT WHAT GOES INTO a man that defiles him, but WHAT COMES OUT" (Matthew 15:11; Mark 7:15).
I know you CLAIM TO "tithe", but in fact you DO NOT and CANNOT, since the tithe, ACCORDING TO GOD, was not money but cattle, grain, and herbs BROUGHT TO THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM (Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:22-23; 2 Chronicles 31:5-6; Nehemiah 10:37, 13:5,12; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42).
I know you THINK that you're SUPERIOR for DOING these things, but Jesus said that many would come to Him and say "DIDN'T WE DO (this or that) in your Name" and He will reply: "Depart from me. I NEVER KNEW YOU" (Matthew 7:22-23).
You may look down your noses at regular sinners and accuse them of being immoral, thieves, nonreligious, and disobedient but, according to Jesus, they stand A BETTER CHANCE of being justified than you (Luke 18:9-14).
You, according to the Savior "strain out a gnat but SWALLOW A CAMEL" (Matthew 23:24).
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For YOU CLEAN THE OUTSIDE of the cup... but INSIDE YOU ARE FULL OF GREED AND UNCONTROLLED LUST.
Blind Pharisee! FIRST CLEAN THE INSIDE of the cup... AND THEN THE OUTSIDE WILL BE CLEAN ALSO." (Matthew 23:25-26).
Your ONLY CHANCE of being saved is to change your attitude, repent, invite Jesus to enter your innermost self, and ask Jesus to CHANGE YOUR HEART.
It's falling on your face - like a SINFUL publican - HUMBLING YOURSELF before the Messiah, and saying (Luke 18:13):
"Lord, have mercy on me, A SINNER".
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015
NO LONGER EXTREMISTS
It's no secret that, especially since 9/11, journalists and politicians have bent over backwards in their hypocritical attempt to convince their audiences that Islam is a "religion of peace".
Peace? WHAT peace?
HOW can it be a "religion of peace" when they BUTCHER Christians, Jews, and even OTHER Muslims?
HOW can an evil religion that sponsors TERRORISM, SUICIDE BOMBERS, TORTURE and BEHEADINGS be a "religion of peace"?
They are A RELIGION OF HATE AND PURE EVIL.
WHERE are all the upheavals and MULTIPLE acts of terror going on - on a DAILY basis? In Scandinavia? In Japan? In South America?
No. In Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Algeria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan...
What do ALL THESE NATIONS have in common?
The religion of Islam.
What about acts of terror committed elsewhere, like the one that just took place in Paris?
Or another recent one in London?
Or the multiple stabbings,ramming of vehicles into pedestrians, and firebombs that have taken place recently in Israel?
Or the beheading of innocent journalists and social workers PROUDLY DISPLAYED on YouTube and other social media for all to see?
WHO IS behind these attacks?
Are they Buddhists? Zoroastrians? Hindus? Christians?
They are ALL Islamic.
And, by the way, WHERE'S THE OUTCRY from THE LEADERS of this "religion of peace" DENOUNCING AND OPPOSING SUCH brutal atrocities?
Since the media's been SO KIND to them, WHY AREN'T THEY ALL OVER the media saying "hey, STOP IT, we're a religion OF PEACE!"
So, here's a NEWSFLASH for all dishonest politicians and biased "journalists":
Your branding them "extremists" is disingenuous.
NOBODY'S buying that load of B.S.
These people aren't "extremists", which implies that they are "the exception", just a few religious loons on the fringe, and that MOST Muslims are peace loving.
In fact MOST Muslims feel and act, or WOULD ACT - given the opportunity - EXACTLY AS these barbarians.
In fact MOST Muslims ARE TERRORISTS!!!
If MOST Muslims HAD THE OPPORTUNITY to MURDER people of other faiths, or those of another Muslim sect, THEY WOULD DO SO at the drop of a hat, without any remorse, BELIEVING THAT IT WOULD EARN THEM A PLACE IN HEAVEN!
Dear God, even if we believed that nonsensical fairy tale, IT WOULD STOP BEING "HEAVEN" the moment one of these monsters got there.
From their perspective, it's THE VERY FEW Muslims who want peace and coexistence with other ethnicities, who are extremists.
Face it, media: Islam and terror go hand in hand.
For Muslims terror is NOT some act of desperation, carried out as a "last resort":
They WANT TO murder, torture, rape, destroy and SUBJUGATE.
THAT is their GOAL.
It's their MODUS OPERANDI.
It's what Islam is REALLY about.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015
THE FIG TREE - PART TWO
"Now learn the parable of the fig tree; WHEN ITS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, AND IT PUTS FORTH LEAVES, YOU KNOW THAT SUMMER IS NEAR: So likewise, WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS, KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, even AT THE DOORS"(Matthew 24:32-33).
There's been much speculation about what the fig tree in this parable represents.
Most prophecy teachers say it represents Israel and that the fig tree began to bloom on May 14, 1948 when the State of Israel came into being.
Problem is: there's no Scripture that designates Israel as God's fig tree.
Furthermore, what we call the State of Israel today, is in no way, shape or form what THE BIBLE calls Israel, namely the 12 tribes, or, at the very least, the 10 northern tribes, which are still "lost".
According to Scripture, Israel or the 10 "lost tribes" DO NOT REAPPEAR UNTIL THE MILLENNIUM (Ezekiel 36:16-38; 37:15-28; Chapter 48).
Consequently, if we are waiting for what GOD - not mortal man - calls Israel to bloom, in order for Christ to rapture His Church, or even for Christ to return... we'll be waiting A LONG, LONG TIME.
There's NO WAY, therefore, that the fig tree can represent biblical Israel, or even the modern State of Israel.
There are, on the other hand, several Scriptures that CLEARLY designate NOT ALL Israel, but biblical Jerusalem,as God's fig tree (Jeremiah 24:4-7; Joel 1:7; Luke 13:6-9, 31-32).
This lines up PERFECTLY with many other Scriptures that clearly state that biblical Jerusalem RETURNING TO JEWISH HANDS is a PREREQUISITE to the Rapture and subsequent Second Coming of Christ (Psalm 102:16; Jeremiah 31:38-40; Daniel 9:25; Joel 2:1; 3:1-2; Zechariah;12:2-4; 13:1; Luke 21:24-25).
Jesus' parable refers to Jerusalem:
The "fig tree" is Jerusalem, NOT Israel.
When biblical Jerusalem "blossoms" and instead of being bare, BLOOMS WITH NEW LIFE UNDER ITS RIGHTFUL OWNER, THE TRIBE OF JUDAH -- THAT'S WHEN the eschatological clock begins ticking.
Biblical Jerusalem was trampled and oppressed continuously by gentiles for many centuries.
ALL of biblical Jerusalem was recovered by Israel and has, indeed, sprouted and blossomed since 1967.
THAT'S when God's prophetic clock began ticking, and THAT'S WHEN the countdown on the 7-week portion of Daniel's 70 weeks began: on the shemitta year immediately following 1967. (We will SPECIFICALLY discuss that, Lord willing, at a later time).
However, the parable also has LITERAL meaning that has been TOTALLY MISSED in the frenzied attempt to explain its symbolism:
Fig trees produce leaves in the spring. That's also when figs begin to bud. Jesus said when they put out leaves WE KNOW that "SUMMER is NEAR".
Why is that important?
SUMMER IS THE TIME when FIGS RIPEN and ARE READY FOR PICKING.
Summer - and to be more specific - August and September - are the months in which figs ARE HARVESTED.
Jesus was saying: when you see leaves on fig trees, it's spring, which means THAT SUMMER IS NEAR and soon to follow: Likewise when THESE SIGNS begin, I'm right behind.
There's a passage in Song of Solomon that gives similar analogy:
"My Beloved has answered and said to me, ‘RISE UP, my friend, my fair one, and COME AWAY, For lo: THE WINTER HAS PASSED, the rain HAS PASSED away - it has gone.
The flowers HAVE APPEARED on the earth, the time of the singing HAS COME, and the voice of the turtledove WAS HEARD in our land,
The fig-tree has put forth HER GREEN FIGS, and the sweet-smelling vines have given forth fragrance, Rise, come, my friend, my fair one, yea, COME AWAY" (S.S. 2:10-13).
Jesus, therefore, will SPRING FORTH in us IN THE SPRING. That's the time we "go away" with OUR BELOVED Bridegroom.
However, the figs from the fig tree (symbolizing Jews and Jerusalem) are not harvested (plucked from the tree) until LATE SUMMER (August-September).
That's when things will REALLY heat up for Israel, when the Abomination of Desolation is set up, and when many Jews will plucked from the fig tree (Jerusalem) and "flee to the mountains" as Jesus directed (Matthew 24:15).
In Revelation 6:12 Jesus uses the fig tree YET AGAIN, shaken by a mighty wind, and casting its figs to the ground, as a figure of speech to indicate the beginning of the tribulation and that we're about to be translated.
What we must learn from the parable of the fig tree are two things:
1. That BIBLICAL Jerusalem would bloom once Jews recovered it (IT HAS!). And, ONCE THAT HAPPENS...
2. Get ready to GO AWAY with our Beloved IN the SPRING, when "WINTER IS PAST" and figs ARE GREEN.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015
LESSONS FROM THE FIG TREE
Fig trees play a prominent role in Jesus' ministry.
We have the now infamous fig tree with no figs, which He cursed and caused to dry up.
And we have the eschatological parable of the fig tree in the Synoptic Gospels which points to our Lord's imminent reappearing.
We already debunked the FALSE theory that by cursing ONE fig tree among the many that abound in Jerusalem, Israel, and all over the Middle East, God was "cursing" Israel.
The question is WHY did Jesus curse THAT PARTICULAR fig tree, especially when it wasn't "the season for figs" yet? (Mark 11:13)
It was spring, just prior to Passover.
Jesus had arrived in Jerusalem with the disciples, entered the temple courts, checked everything out, but Mark tells us it was late, so they headed for Bethany to spend the night.
Bethany is about one and a half miles east of Jerusalem, on the other side (southeastern slope) of the Mount of Olives, and is the village where Lazarus lived with his sisters Mary and Martha (John 11:17-46).
The following morning Jesus and the disciples leave Bethany to return to Jerusalem and, on the way, Jesus gets hungry.
He sees the fig tree and, from a distance, notices it has leaves, therefore, He ASSUMES that it also had GREEN (unripened) figs.
However, it had NOTHING BUT leaves.
I happen to have a fig tree in my yard, and can tell you that LEAVES AND FIGS SPROUT AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, IN THE SPRING.
The figs, however, DO NOT RIPEN UNTIL late summer (August-September).
Although I haven't put this theory to the test, I've both read and been told that figs ARE EDIBLE even before ripening, they just taste different, having a mild, acidic taste, as opposed to the sweet taste usually associated with them when they're ripe.
This fig three, therefore, SHOULD HAVE HAD GREEN FIGS that Jesus and His disciples could eat.
However, this particular tree was ALL APPEARANCE, since it had leaves, but NO FRUIT:
It LOOKED GOOD at first glance, but upon closer inspection, was BARREN, and Jesus COULD (and WOULD) have NONE OF IT:
A perfect picture of so-called "Christians" who ARE FOCUSED ON OUTER APPEARANCE AND BEHAVIOR, to the neglect of THEIR HEARTS, from where the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is produced (Galatians 5:22).
They're the ones that Jude, Jesus' half brother, describes as being "clouds with no water, twice dead and plucked up by the roots" (Jude 1:12).
They're religiously ostentatious ON THE OUTSIDE, and EMPTY OF JESUS' fruit- producing Seed INSIDE.
They're the ones who equate "holiness" with drabness and ugliness.
Who THINK they're "holier" than everyone else because they meet at a certain MAN INVENTED building on a particular day, DON'T wear stylish clothes, jewelry, make-up, or slacks, don't have beards, and never style their hair.
But they CARE NOTHING about having UNREGENERATE HEARTS.
They are just like the Pharisees of Jesus' day, WHO WERE "ALL LEAVES" -- all about APPEARING "righteous" ON THE OUTSIDE - but fruitless, filthy and unregenerate ON THE INSIDE.
That's why Jesus called them (among other things) "hypocrites", "UNCLEAN", and "children of hell" (Matthew 23:13-33).
The Lord also used THAT PARTICULAR fig tree to teach a valuable lesson on faith:
Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, IF YOU HAVE FAITH AND DO NOT DOUBT, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but ALSO YOU CAN SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN (in context, to the Mount of Olives), 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and IT WILL BE DONE" (Matthew 21:21).
Note to all "name it and claim it" liars: the "conditions" set forth by Jesus are NOT "confessing" something OVER and OVER until it magically appears.
The conditions are, rather, HAVING FAITH and NOT DOUBTING.
If those TWO conditions are REALLY met, you ONLY NEED TO SAY IT ONCE -- as Jesus did with the fig tree -- and IT HAPPENS.
He didn't "confess it" over and over for 6 months, or three years.
He said it ONCE, WITH FAITH (TOTAL confidence), and NOT an ounce of doubt, and it happened IMMEDIATELY (Matthew 21:19).
That brings us to THE PARABLE:
"Now LEARN a parable OF THE FIG TREE; When its branch is yet tender, and it PUTS FORTH LEAVES, YOU KNOW that summer is near:
so, you too, WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS (in context, THE SIGNS He'd just given in Matthew 24:29), recognize that He (the Son of man, Jesus) IS NEAR, RIGHT AT THE DOOR." (Matthew 24:32-33)
The signs are:
"IMMEDIATELY WITH THE TRIBULATION (just prior to the Rapture)... the sun shall be darkened, and the moon SHALL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, and THE STARS SHALL FALL FROM HEAVEN, and THE POWERS OF THE HEAVENS SHALL BE SHAKEN.
And then...the Son of Man WILL APPEAR IN THE SKY" (Matthew 24:29-30)
Lord willing, I'll be sharing more about these signs in the coming days.
EVERYONE - believer and unbeliever alike will see these signs.
But AS BELIEVERS we're interested in ONLY ONE sign:
The APPEARING OF THE SON OF MAN HIMSELF.
One last thing:
When man fell into sin in the Garden of Eden, LOST HIS GLORY - and suddenly realized they were "naked" - they clothed themselves with FIG LEAVES (Genesis 3:7).
How ABSOLUTELY THOUGHTFUL of Jesus to use THOSE SAME FIG LEAVES as SIGN that He's about TO CLOTHE US AGAIN IN HIS GLORY!
Only someone who is both PERFECT, and A PERFECTIONIST, would incorporate SUCH DETAIL.
Oh, HOW PERFECT is Perfection!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015
MY PASTOR PUT A CURSE ON ME
We had heard this disturbing and UNCHRISTIAN practice from people in third world countries, where most of the population is uneducated, steeped in witchcraft, voodoo and other forms of the occult.
But lately we are hearing it more and more from within the good old U.S.A.
Can Christians just go around putting curses on anything and ANYONE they dislike?
Let's read what Paul has to say about it:
"BLESS those who persecute you: BLESS, AND DON'T CURSE." (Romans 12:14).
Let's read WHAT JESUS has to say about it:
"But I tell you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES and PRAY FOR those WHO PERSECUTE YOU" (Matthew 5:44)
"BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU, pray for those who insult and falsely accuse you." (Luke 6:28)
But Paul used the word "accursed".
He did ONLY in reference to ANYONE who preached "another gospel" (Galatians 1:8).
The obvious reason being that a false gospel would lead souls to damnation, and not salvation.
And there's no greater "curse" that being lost.
Paul DID NOT go around cursing anyone who displeased him or didn't do WHAT HE WANTED THEM TO DO. Nor did he threaten anyone with a curse.
But Jesus cursed the fig tree...
Yes, He did.
The fig tree IS A THING, NOT a PERSON.
Jesus didn't go around cursing people.
Jesus didn't curse those who sentenced Him to death, nor did He curse His executioners. He DIED PRAYING FOR THEM, and ASKING God to FORGIVE THEM for their unspeakable evil (Luke 23:34).
Can anyone appropriate the title "pastor" or one of the many other self-exalting, self-serving and self-conferred titles that abound in evangelicalism, and THREATEN OTHERS WITH A CURSE?
Those who do, WILL ANSWER FOR IT (1 Corinthians 3:7-17; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
The TRUE Christian faith is NOT about coercion, manipulation, threats or curses.
It's about BRINGING SALVATION AND FAITH (TOTAL ASSURANCE) in Christ TO OTHERS.
It's about strengthening and feeding God's sheep, NOT about using them, manipulating them, and threatening them.
The Christian faith is about LOVING, FORGIVING, SHARING, BLESSING and GIVING.
HOW can ANYONE call himself "pastor" and be SO GLARINGLY IGNORANT?
Any supposed "minister" - regardless of "title" - that engages in such UNGODLY practice, is flat-out DISOBEYING JESUS.
Therefore, he or she HAS NO RIGHT to call Jesus his "Lord".
Furthermore, I tell you CATEGORICALLY that he/she is NOT a man or woman "of God".
Anyone who engages in such practices is AN INSTRUMENT OF SATAN, AND A CHILD OF SATAN.
Anyone who engages in such practices - regardless of religious title - needs to fall on his face before God, thoroughly repent of his evil words, beg God's forgiveness, ASK JESUS TO CHANGE HIS HEART, and RECEIVE Jesus into his innermost being as God and Savior.
If you are born-again, DO NOT be afraid of these hirelings. They have NO POWER to curse WHAT GOD HAS BLESSED (Numbers 23:20).
And if you have received Christ into your heart as only God and Savior,YOU ARE BLESSED WITH ALL MANNER OF BLESSING by Christ Himself. (Ephesians 1:4).
NO ONE can put a curse on you.
I bless you, Body of Christ, collectively and each individual member, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
If you ever find yourself in this unfortunate predicament, find ANOTHER "PASTOR", ASAP.
One who teaches, BELIEVES, ACTS and SPEAKS according to the New Testament.
MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
DID JESUS CURSE ISRAEL?
According to UNBIBLICAL Replacement Theology, when Jesus cursed the fig tree for finding only leaves and no fruit, He cursed Israel, annulled the ETERNAL covenant made with them, and REPLACED Israel with the Church, and the Old Testament with the New (Matthew 21:19-21).
That the New Testament HAS REPLACED the Old Testament is absolutely true (2 Corinthians 3:14; Hebrews 7:22; 8:6-13; 10:9).
That the Church - regardless of HOW one interprets the word "Church" - has replaced Israel is FALSE.
That God has annulled His Covenant with Israel IS PATENTLY FALSE.
And that God has CURSED Israel is UTTERLY RIDICULOUS.
There is NO INDICATION WHATSOEVER in Scripture that in cursing ONE fig tree --among THE MANY that ABOUND in Jerusalem, and ALL OVER the Middle East -- Jesus was cursing Israel.
Let alone that He was CONTRADICTING HIMSELF -- which would make Him A LIAR -- by revoking THE ETERNAL COVENANT He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
That doctrine is nothing but UNBIBLICAL, SINFUL, God-contradicting, HUMAN CONJECTURE.
That self-serving theology was INVENTED by guys like Hippolytus (4th century) and Augustine (5th century) to "justify" their religion's virulent anti-semitism.
It was PURE CONJECTURE THEN, as it is today, and JUST AS FALSE.
Unfortunately, even Martin Luther, who sought to reform the organized religion into which the Christian faith had degenerated -- and who restored the light of Salvation by Grace only, through faith only, in Christ only -- could not break free from that deceitful religious tradition.
That ONE LONE fig tree had dried up from the root by the following morning. There's NO INDICATION anywhere of Israel "drying up".
Yes, they've been persistently rebellious.
They've often been chastised for their rebellions.
But God has neither left them nor forsaken them, as their own history PROVES.
As the existence of the State of Israel PROVES.
As the fact that there are MILLIONS IF NOT BILLIONS of Jews scattered throughout the gentile world PROVES.
Well, what about Malachi 3:9, where God says "you are cursed with a curse, the whole nation"?
In context, if you read THE REST OF the passage, that "curse" involved ONLY Israel's LAND not producing abundantly as a result of Israel's failure to tithe (give 10% of) their cattle, grain and produce FOR THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM.
Verses 10-12 of the same passage PROMISE A GREAT BLESSING on Israel, an agricultural bonanza, for which ALL OTHER NATIONS WOULD CALL THEM BLESSED (Malachi 3:9-12).
There was NO CURSE ON INDIVIDUALS.
And there was NO ANNULMENT of the ETERNAL covenant made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
There isn't ONE verse in the entire Bible, where God curses Israel.
There are many passages, in both Old and New Testaments, where God BLESSES Israel, and professes that they are still - AND FOREVERMORE - His Chosen People:
"And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And IN YOU ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH WILL BE BLESSED." (Genesis 12:3)
"...I am the LORD God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac: the land on which you lie, to you will I give it, and to your descendants.
And YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE AS THE DUST OF THE EARTH, and YOU SHALL SPREAD ABROAD TO THE WEST, AND TO THE EAST, AND TO THE NORTH, AND TO THE SOUTH: and in you and in your descendants SHALL ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED" (Genesis 28:13-14).
"And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.
And God said unto him, I AM God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; A NATION AND A COMPANY OF NATIONS SHALL BE OF YOU, and kings shall come out of your loins;
And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, TO YOU I WILL GIVE IT, AND TO YOUR SEED AFTER YOU WILL I GIVE THE LAND" (Genesis 35:10-12).
"This is what the Lord says, He who appoints THE SUN TO SHINE BY DAY, WHO DECREES THE MOON AND STARS TO SHINE BY NIGHT...
Only if these ordinances (the sun, the moon, the stars) vanish from my sight, declares the Lord, will Israel EVER CEASE BEING A NATION BEFORE ME. declares the Lord.
This is what the Lord says:
ONLY IF THE HEAVENS ABOVE CAN BE MEASURED AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH BELOW BE SEARCHED OUT WILL I REJECT ALL THE DESCENDANTS OF ISRAEL because of all they have done" (Jeremiah 31:35-37).
"I ask then: Did God REJECT HIS PEOPLE? BY NO MEANS! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God DID NOT REJECT HIS PEOPLE, WHOM HE FOREKNEW" (Romans 11:1-2).
"I DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE IGNORANT OF THIS MYSTERY, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part UNTIL the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and then ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED. As it is written:
"The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS" (Romans 11:25-27).
How ironic that these verses were addressed to the church in Rome, the very one that spawned the Replacement Theology heresy two centuries later, DELIBERATELY IGNORING what the Holy Spirit had said --DIRECTLY TO THEM -- through Paul.
God has NOT rejected and WILL NEVER reject Israel. JESUS DID NOT CURSE ISRAEL.
What we know today as the Church is made up of BELIEVERS IN THE JEWISH MESSIAH who, by faith, HAVE BEEN "grafted in" and MADE PARTAKERS OF GOD'S ETERNAL COVENANT with Abraham, Isaac AND ISRAEL (Romans 11:17-18).
The Church is simply a whole bunch of gentiles who have been SPIRITUALLY made part of the Commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:12-13).
Whenever you think about your own Salvation, you better THANK JESUS -- your VERY JEWISH God and Savior -- that His ETERNAL Covenant with Israel is STILL IN FORCE, and that it can never, and will never, be revoked (Romans 11:29). Amen.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2015
HOW MANY GOSPELS?
Is there MORE THAN ONE Gospel?
According to religion, the answer is "yes".
According to God, the answer is "no".
A dear brother, victimized by religion, recently tried to correct Jesus and our teaching, based on Matthew 24:14, that the Gospel of the Kingdom must be preached in all the world, then the end would come.
His "evangelical" religion had taught him that there's the Gospel of Grace, which is PRESUMABLY being preached at the moment until the Church is raptured, and there's ANOTHER "gospel" called the "Gospel of the Kingdom" which will be preached during the tribulation.
Supposedly, the purpose of this "OTHER" gospel "of the kingdom" is solely to prepare tribulation survivors for the millennial Kingdom of Christ on earth.
Is this brother's religion correct?
Is their teaching BIBLICAL?
Never mind what I think, I'm going to let the Word of God speak for Himself:
"I am astonished THAT YOU ARE SO QUICKLY deserting the one who called you TO LIVE IN THE GRACE OF Christ AND ARE TURNING TO A DIFFERENT GOSPEL- WHICH IS REALLY NO GOSPEL AT ALL.
EVIDENTLY SOME PEOPLE ARE THROWING YOU INTO CONFUSION AND ARE TRYING TO PERVERT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
But EVEN IF WE OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN SHOULD PREACH A GOSPEL OTHER THAN THE ONE WE PREACHED TO YOU, LET THEM BE ACCURSED!
As we have already said, so now I say again: IF ANYBODY IS PREACHING TO YOU A GOSPEL OTHER THAN THE ONE YOU ACCEPTED, LET THEM BE ACCURSED!" (Galatians 1:6-9)
According to GOD, if the "Gospel of the Kingdom" were DIFFERENT FROM the ORIGINAL Gospel of Grace (perish the thought), IT and anyone who preached it, WOULD BE ACCURSED.
Since NO ONE has ever entered, nor will ever enter, the Kingdom of God EXCEPT BY GRACE, the Gospel of Grace and the Gospel of God's Kingdom ARE ONE AND THE SAME! (John 3:3-5)
Again: NO ONE enters God's Kingdom except by God's Grace.
Hence the Gospel of Grace or Gospel of the Kingdom ARE ONE AND THE SAME.
What did John the Baptist preach? The Kingdom of God (Matthew 3:1-2).
What did JESUS preach? THE Kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17).
According to Revelation 14:6 the Gospel IS ETERNAL.
That means that it (like Jesus) NEVER CHANGES!!!
Jesus Christ is THE SAME yesterday, today, and FOREVER because He is ETERNAL (Hebrews 13:8).
And so is His Gospel or Good News.
If His Gospel ever CHANGED that would make His Message FINITE, instead of ETERNAL, which in turn means that Jesus couldn't guarantee ETERNAL LIFE TO ANYONE, as He did AND DOES again and again (Matthew 25:46; John 3:16, 36; John 17:2; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:11).
There is ONLY ONE Gospel.
IT IS ETERNAL, hence NEVER CHANGING, and it is both the Gospel of Grace and the Gospel of the Kingdom:
These are simply different names FOR THE SAME GOSPEL.
When we receive Christ into our hearts, we are saved BY GRACE and are instantly ushered into His Kingdom WHICH IS FIRST AND FOREMOST SPIRITUAL (and therefore, at the moment, INVISIBLE).
Moreover, when we receive Christ into our hearts, His Kingdom and THE KING HIMSELF (Jesus) COME INTO US, and from that moment forward are WITHIN US (Luke 17:21).
This is WHAT JESUS HIMSELF TAUGHT... in the Gospel!!!
When we recite the "Our Father" and pray "your Kingdom come" THAT'S WHAT we're praying for!
For HIS KINGDOM (Salvation) TO COME INTO US!!!
And because His Kingdom and King Jesus Himself HAVE COME INTO US, and are ETERNALLY in us, He/we will MANIFEST His Kingdom HERE ON EARTH IN TANGIBLE, VISIBLE form during the Millennium.
That's why the ETERNAL Gospel of Grace is ALSO called "the Gospel of the Kingdom".
That ETERNAL Gospel is based ENTIRELY on God's Grace (His undeserved Goodness) and it BRINGS BOTH THE KING AND HIS KINGDOM into us.
The King and His Kingdom are CURRENTLY INVISIBLE to natural, human eyes.
They ARE ABOUT TO become VISIBLE in the VERY NEAR "future".
There's ONLY ONE GOSPEL, and IT IS ETERNAL.
Any other teaching IS ANATHEMA (accursed).
Any other teaching shows GROSS IGNORANCE of God's Word, and of the Gospel itself.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2015
THE FATHER IS GREATER
"You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father IS GREATER THAN I" (John 14:28)
This one Bible verse has launched many heresies.
See that? Jesus can't be God.
He Himself said that the Father IS GREATER THAN He is!!!
Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Church of God, and Church of Christ - among others - misuse that verse TO ROB JESUS of His eternal Deity (John 1:1; 5:18; 10:30; 14:9; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 1:1; Revelation 21:7).
They do so, TO THEIR OWN DAMNATION.
The Father IS GREATER THAN THE HUMAN Jesus.
And that was THE HUMAN JESUS speaking.
Philippians 2:5-11 explains WHAT GOD (Jesus) HAD TO DO - AS A HUMAN - as Last Adam - in order to accomplish the Redemption of HUMANKIND:
"...have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, BEING IN VERY NATURE God, did not consider EQUALITY WITH God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, HE MADE HIMSELF NOTHING BY TAKING THE VERY FORM OF A SERVANT, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance AS A MAN, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF BY BECOMING OBEDIENT TO DEATH- even death on a cross!
Therefore God EXALTED HIM TO THE HIGHEST PLACE AND GAVE HIM THE NAME THAT IS ABOVE EVERY NAME, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, IN HEAVEN and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
"But we see Jesus, who was made FOR A LITTLE WHILE lower than the angels so He could suffer death, CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOR; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." (Hebrews 2:9)
In order to redeem us, Jesus COULDN'T CLING TO His Deity.
He HAD TO set aside both His Divinity and His Glory and manifest as a SINLESS yet "fallen" human, as FIRST Adam was after he sinned, and - from that LOW position, LOWER than the angels - PAY THE PRICE IN FULL AND FOR ALL ETERNITY, rise from the dead, and forever defeat Satan, sin and death.
He HAD TO take the punishment FOR ALL OUR SINS - IN FULL - BECAUSE THERE'S NO WAY we could pay for it ourselves.
He HAD TO become HUMAN and, as a HUMAN, remove ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME from mankind, as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
Glory to Jesus!
Of course the Father was GREATER THAN the HUMAN Jesus! Just like the Father is GREATER THAN the HUMAN Adam!
As Last Adam, Jesus' HUMAN self, being MORTAL FLESH, WAS LOWER than the Father.
His ETERNAL Self, the Spirit IN Jesus, IS the Spirit of God, WHO IS Spirit (John 4:24).
His Spirit (the Son's) IS EQUAL TO, and EVERY BIT AS God Almighty, as the Father.
There is NO ONE - ANYWHERE - HIGHER THAN JESUS.
That's why EVERYONE IN HEAVEN will bow before Him, as we read above.
That's why the Father exalted Him TO THE HIGHEST PLACE, which is the Father's OWN place.
Jesus HAD TO BE God, and IS FOREVER God.
Because ONLY God could have accomplished what He did.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2015
10 TRIBES: ARE THEY LOST?
In 721 B.C. the Kingdom of Israel, CONSISTING OF THE 10 NORTHERN TRIBES, was conquered by the Assyrians, who led them captive into other nations, leaving only the Southern Kingdom comprised of two tribes, Benjamin and Judah.
To this day, they are referred to as the "10 lost tribes" .
I've read books by more than one Jewish rabbi saying that they are untraceable as they've been assimilated into other nations (gentiles).
Human perspective is one thing, Divine perspective is another.
God hasn't lost anything.
Repeat: God HASN'T LOST ANYTHING that belongs to Him (John 10:27-30).
And the 10 northern tribes, despite their rebellion, BELONG TO Him.
Our heavenly Father KNEW, before He even created the universe, that they would rebel, that they'd fall into idolatry, and that they'd be taken captive.
And He CHOSE THEM, anyway.
It was all part of His plan.
In Genesis 12:3, He makes this promise to Abraham:
"And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and IN YOU SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED".
Of course, THE GREATEST BLESSING for all the families of the earth is Abraham's Seed, Jesus Himself.
In Him, WE ALSO BECOME Abraham's seed and HEIRS according to God's promise (Galatians 3:29).
But here's the biblical conundrum: God made His Covenant with Israel (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
Scripture makes it abundantly clear that ALL GENTILES who come to faith in the Jewish Messiah, become part of the SPIRITUAL Commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:12).
Could God have allowed the exile of the 10 tribes so that most, if not all, people on earth would become NATURAL, as well as SPIRITUAL, Israelites?
Could it be that, instead of being assimilated into the nations (gentiles), as some suppose, it's THE OTHER WAY AROUND? THAT GENTILES HAVE BEEN ASSIMILATED INTO Israel?
No mortal knows WHERE the 10 tribes are.
No mortal knows WHO is from the 10 tribes and WHO (if anyone) ISN'T.
God obviously knows WHERE EACH TRIBE is, and PROMISED to bring them ALL back into the Promised Land (Ezekiel 36:16-37).
He even promised that David would be king, once again, over ALL OF THEM (Ezekiel 37:22-24).
In line with all this, He also promised that Israel's territory during the Millennium would be VASTLY LARGER, encompassing all the land from the Euphrates on the north to the Nile on the South.
There goes the "land for peace" lunacy.
Someday soon, a lot of "gentiles" may be surprised to find out that they ACTUALLY ARE ISRAELITES, and have been, all along.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2015
The Bible says that "without holiness", NO ONE will see God (Hebrews 12:14).
Religion teaches that holiness is something we attain through "good behavior".
What IS holiness?
First let me tell you what holiness ISN'T:
It's NOT shunning jewelry.
It's NOT avoiding nice clothes.
It's NOT refraining from wearing make-up.
It's NOT looking like "the Church Lady" on Saturday Night Live.
It's NOT never styling your hair, wrapping it into a grey bun, and wearing drab dresses down to your ankles.
That'll just make you UGLY, DEPRESSED and RELIGIOUS.
Holiness ISN'T anything EXTERNAL.
How you LOOK (OUTSIDE) has NOTHING to do with holiness.
Holiness is on the INSIDE.
Holiness is INTERNAL. It's a CONDITION of a person's heart.
The Greek word for "holiness" is hagiasmos, derived from the verb hagiazo, which means to "set apart".
Does that mean, in order to see God, we have to become hermits, or join a religious cloister?
Jesus Christ, THE HOLIEST BEING in the universe, was no hermit.
He walked around, in public. He talked, ate, drank, and hung around prostitutes, publicans, and sinners.
Yet He is HOLY (SET APART FROM) sin. Which means, He can't even LOOK upon it (Habakkuk 1:13).
Jesus imparts His Own Holiness to US, by His Spirit, when we receive Him into our hearts (1 Peter 1:2-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 12:10).
Holiness ISN'T anything YOU DO.
Holiness ISN'T anything you DON'T do.
Holiness HAS BEEN DONE FOR you.
Holiness IS DONE TO YOU, when you receive Jesus Christ into your HEART, as Savior and God, AND TRUST HIM to make you, NOW AND FOREVER, holy (Hebrews 10:14).
From that moment you are SAVED AND SET APART unto God (1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 10:10, 29).
You CANNOT produce your own holiness PRIOR to Salvation.
You CANNOT produce your own holiness AFTER Salvation.
I don't care what man-invented RELIGION SAYS, THAT'S WHAT GOD SAYS.
Holiness NEVER COMES FROM YOU. Holiness COMES ONLY FROM JESUS.
Jesus IN you is ALL THE HOLINESS YOU NEED.
JESUS IN YOU is ALL THE HOLINESS THERE IS.
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