March 2015 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015
The Via Dolorosa, the Way or Sorrows, the Way of the Cross, is the route thru which Jesus carried His Cross, from the moment He was sentenced by Pilate at the Antonia Fortress to Calvary, where He died.
Millions of pilgrims flock to Jerusalem at this time of year to walk the steps which Jesus is alleged to have walked.
I hate to burst some of my Christian brethren's religious bubble, but that is NOT the real Way of the Cross, AT ALL.
I've been to Jerusalem. I've walked the supposed "Via Dolorosa", where they even marked the "stations of the cross" which conveniently lead into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
You can see where, supposedly, Mary came to meet her son, although the Bible doesn't mention it.
You can see the alleged spot where Simon of Cyrene was forced to help carry the cross.
You can see where, SUPPOSEDLY, Veronica wipes Jesus' Face, and so on.
Only problem with that is, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher IS NOT the real place of Crucifixion.
Since it's NOT, then the so-called Via Dolorosa CANNOT be the true Way of the Cross either, since it leads there.
So, WHY doesn't anyone say anything?
Here's your answer: $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
TOURISM is HUGE business in Israel.
Surely you don't expect business savvy Jews to say "you're going THE WRONG WAY, dummies!"
TOURISM TO Israel is also HUGE business in America, particularly for Christian ministries, who offer group tours.
So, why bother with those pesky details?
Why disillusion those who are lining the "ministries"' pockets with cash?
They're PAYING to see a religious show and, by golly, they're gonna get one.
The FALSE Via Dolorosa which is a narrow alley dating back to the time of Hadrian [around 130 A.D.] is crammed on both sides, left and right, with myriad tourist shops selling every kind of trinket imaginable, and then some, ALL AT INFLATED PRICES.
Just goes to show that Jesus is BIG BUSINESS not only in America but also in Israel and even for Palestinians, since most of the shops are owned by Arabs.
Whenever a tourist asks the price of some item they are told, unequivocally "30 - 40 - 50 AMERICAN DOLLARS".
I'm sure our Palestinian neighbors mean no disrespect to our brothers overseas, but they ALWAYS SPECIFY "American" dollars (as opposed to Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Hong Kong or Jamaican dollars).
It's hard to imagine that Romans, who were so efficient at executing, would make Jesus and whoever else they sentenced to crucifixion, zigzag all over the city as RELIGIOUS TRADITION would have us believe, thru the tortuous path falsely called Via Dolorosa (see illustration below).
Leave it to religion to complicate things which aren't complicated.
Jesus was sentenced at the Antonia fortress, at or very near the Ecce Homo arc. That much is true.
All the rest is baloney.
He would have been taken out thru THE SHEEP GATE. After all, He IS the Lamb of God, who TOOK AWAY the sin of the world, and just followed the natural, UNCOMPLICATED route to the REAL Calvary.
Of course, God looks at THE HEARTS of those who go there with the sincere desire to worship Him and rehearse His suffering to redeem mankind. That goes without saying.
But does that mean WE KNOWINGLY HIDE Truth from His followers, JUST BECAUSE it's FINANCIALLY BENEFICIAL FOR US?
If Jesus was so displeased with the buyers and sellers at the temple, HOW WOULD HE FEEL TODAY, with all the trafficking that goes on based on His SUFFERING?
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
NO MATTER WHAT
Holy Week should be a time of reflection, deep soul searching, thanksgiving, and of RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO our God and Savior Jesus, the Anointed One (Messiah).
And, frankly, it should SET THE TONE FOR the rest of the year.
Whatever happens (or not)...
Even when we DON'T understand...
Even when what we see DOESN'T MAKE ANY sense...
Even when things should be a certain way but APPEAR TO BE another...
Even when our human emotions get in the way...
Even when we experience disappointment...
Even when we experience heartbreak...
By God's Grace, we CHOOSE TO follow Jesus, we choose to TRUST Him, NO MATTER WHAT.
Our Jesus is true.
Our Jesus IS FAITHFUL.
He will not fail us.
He is never too early or too late. He's always RIGHT ON TIME.
He will keep His Word, and HAS KEPT His Word, even when it meant dying on the cross and spending THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS in hell itself.
THAT was the "hard part".
He ROSE FROM THE DEAD PHYSICALLY and ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, to the Father.
Now comes the EASY PART.:
The EASY PART is for THE RESURRECTED JESUS to split the sky in the middle, APPEAR in GLORY, and take us Home.
Hang on, Body of Christ.
I know "the wait" it's hard.
Like you, I get impatient, too.
If Jesus fulfilled "the hard part" of our Redemption in such magnificent fashion, the remaining part will be A CINCH.
His death, Resurrection and Ascension give us ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE of His REAPPEARING and of His RETURN.
Even if we had to wait (God forbid) another 100 years, or even ANOTHER THOUSAND YEARS, our Jesus is well worth the wait.
Jesus is our Creator. Jesus is our Savior. Jesus is our Destiny.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015
Ezekiel has always been one of my favorite prophets.
He laid it ALL on the line for God, and was obedient even under the most unbearable circumstances.
He was also the recipient of breathtaking visions and revelations recorded in his marvelous Book for all eternity.
One of those revelations is found in chapter 44, verses 1-2:
"Then he brought me back the way of THE GATE of the outward sanctuary (temple) which looks toward THE EAST; and IT WAS SHUT.
Then the LORD SAID to me; THIS GATE SHALL BE SHUT, it shall NOT BE OPENED, and NO MAN SHALL ENTER IN BY IT; because the LORD, the God of Israel, HAS ENTERED IN BY IT, therefore IT SHALL BE SHUT".
While the temple itself was located SOUTH OF this gate and of the so-called "Temple Mount", this gate was THE MAIN ENTRANCE into Jerusalem, as well as unto the temple compound, from the East.
It was thru this gate that the Divine Presence (Shekinah) used to appear in the temple (Ezekiel 43:2-4). That's why it's also known as the Golden Gate.
In Jewish tradition this is the gate thru which the Messiah will enter Jerusalem.
It was thru this gate that Jesus entered Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives on Palm Sunday 2,000 years ago (Luke 19:28-45).
Ezekiel's prophecy was marvelously fulfilled in 1541 when Sultan Suleiman I a/k/a Suleiman the Magnificent, well aware of the long standing Jewish tradition, ordered the gate sealed, in order to prevent the Messiah's entrance.
They also put a cemetery right in front of the Gate, as if a bunch of dead bones could prevent the return of Him who IS the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25-26).
The Eastern Gate has remained shut ever since, in amazing fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy.
Beware, Satan: God uses even his enemies to accomplish His Purpose.
But the story doesn't end there:
In 1967, Jordan's King Hussein made plans to build a luxury hotel in front of what is commonly known as the Western (Wailing) Wall. The building of this hotel would have necessitated the closing of the Mughrabi Gate.
Hussein, therefore, made plans to OPEN the Eastern Gate.
Had he succeeded, it would have negated Ezekiel's prophecy that once sealed, the gate would REMAIN SHUT and NO MAN WOULD ENTER THRU IT, except Messiah.
Dirt moving equipment, including air hammers and cranes had been positioned inside the gate in preparation for its demolition.
Work was scheduled to begin on June 7, 1967.
It was on that VERY day that biblical Jerusalem was recovered by Jews, during the Six-Day War, after 1,930 years of UNINTERRUPTED Gentile occupation, thus putting an end to Hussein's unbiblical plans.
What's even more ironic is that, foreseeing what was about to happen, Israel had contacted Hussein a few days before the war, asking him not to take part in the Arab coalition against Israel, and guaranteeing that, if Jordan stayed out of the war, Israel would not attack Jordanian forces.
Hussein turned them down.
Had he complied with Israel's request, East Jerusalem would be in Jordanian hands to this day, and the Eastern Gate WOULD HAVE been opened.
Is God AWESOME, OR WHAT?
Suleiman was a fool. If a large stone couldn't prevent the Messiah from coming out of the grave, if hell itself, Satan and all his demons, couldn't hold Him and prevent His resurrection, whatever made this clueless heathen think a few puny bricks will prevent Jesus from RE-ENTERING?
Someone should have read him Psalm 24:7-10:
"Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who IS this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who IS this King of glory? The LORD Almighty- HE IS the King of glory. Selah".
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015
YOUR SPIRIT IS JESUS
"Now THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17).
When you invite Jesus into your heart, your spirit, which was dead, reconnects with its Source.
When it does, it becomes ALIVE again.
That's what the born again experience is all about.
That's why you MUST be born-again.
That's why you MUST connect with Christ.
Being born again is having Jesus entering your heart , and taking permanent residence there.
We fuse and become One with His Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17).
Furthermore, we become PARTAKERS OF His Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4).
Do you realize what that means? It means YOU HAVE GOD LIVING IN you.
He may be hidden at the moment, but He's there.
And when you turn to Jesus WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART, when you seek FIRST His Kingdom (inside you) the veil is taken away and YOUR INNER JESUS is revealed (2 Corinthians 3:16).
That's what'll happen TO EACH OF US at the Rapture.
When Jesus lives in us, He imparts His Own Righteousness to us.
We are made the righteousness OF God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
There's NO RIGHTEOUSNESS APART FROM Him.
There's no righteousness but His.
Listen up Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Armstrongnists, Sabbatarians, Jews, and other legalists.
Trying to procure YOUR OWN righteousness thru religion, or DEAD works, is an exercise in futility.
There's NO RIGHTEOUSNESS besides God's.
All our "righteousness", Isaiah 64:6 tell us, is "as filthy rags".
That's why it says "there's NONE RIGHTEOUS, no, NOT ONE" [Psalm 14:1; 53:1; Isaiah 41:26; Romans 3:10].
Jesus said there's only ONE good Person, and that's God [Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:18].
The ONLY righteousness you're ever gonna get is the one GOD GIVES YOU.
And He's NOT selling it.
He gives it to us for FREE, as A GIFT, when we TRUST HIM.
Salvation is NOT a "future" event. It's PRESENT reality.
STOP working for Salvation: IT'S A GIFT.
When we RECEIVE THE GIFT, we no longer "work" for it, WE REST in the CONFIDENCE that it's already ours.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015
FEAR OF THE FUTURE
So many people are afraid of the future.
Last year alone, over 250 million tranquilizer prescriptions were written in the United States: All to soothe the fear of something that doesn't exist.
That's right, there's no such thing.
What we call "future" is a lie.
The only Truth is Present.
God is Truth. God is EVER Present.
That's why He NEVER changes.
The "future" is a lie. Time itself is a lie.
Both were invented by the father of lies, Satan.
Satan wanted CHANGE. Change is impossible in the Eternal Present.
he, therefore, invented the false notion of "time".
If he could "subtract" from THE ETERNAL PRESENT (ETERNITY), there would be a "future" in which he might affect change.
He said in his heart "I WILL ascend into heaven, and I WILL exalt my throne above the stars of God: I WILL sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I WILL ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:13,14).
He deceived himself --, and those who fell for his lie -- into believing you can change eternity. Fact is, you can't.
That's why, if you are in God (Jesus Christ), you need not fear the "future".
There is NO "FUTURE". God is ETERNAL PRESENT, and there's no God beside Him.
What we call "future" is TOTALLY in His Most Capable Hands. He is the Beginning and The End (Revelation 22:13).
That means our "future" is PREDETERMINED. That's another way of saying it's FIXED.
The Present is THE ONLY TRUTH.
The false notion of "time" is only experienced by beings living "under heaven", in a sinful, fallen environment, such as this (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
You'll never find JESUS in the "future". You'll only find Him in the Present.
And the Present is NOW.
If you've never received Christ into your heart as God and Savior, you CANNOT do so tomorrow, next week, or next month:
You can ONLY receive Him NOW.
Satan is the "I WILL". God is eternal "I AM" (Exodus 3:14).
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2015
THE 7 TRUMPETS
The Book of Revelation is AN OUTLINE of end-time events.
THE OUTLINE is given, very methodically, by a series of seals, trumpets, woes and bowls --NUMBERED by God Himself (Revelation 1:1).
If we follow THE OUTLINE, we get a clear picture of THE ORDER in which end-time events will happen.
Conversely, if we DO NOT FOLLOW THE OUTLINE, and IGNORE the numbers, which reflect GOD'S ORDER of events, we will end up confused time and again.
God didn't assign numbers to the seals, trumpets, woes and bowls in THE OUTLINE in order to be cute.
MUCH of the Book of Revelation is given in chronological order, BUT NOT ALL.
In certain portions, He goes back in "time" and FILLS IN SOME OF THE DETAILS (Revelation 10:11).
THE OUTLINE gives the PROPER chronological order of nearly every event.
I'm going to address the portion of the outline that directly affects us, beginning with the 6th seal.
The 6th seal LAUNCHES the tribulation (Revelation 6:12-16).
THE 6TH SEAL
Events UNDER THE 6TH SEAL include:
• THE SIGNS that indicate the START of the tribulation (Revelation 6:12-16).
• The sealing of the 144,000 Israelites (Revelation 7:1-8). And,
• The Rapture of the Church (Revelation 7:9-16).
THE 7TH SEAL
The 7th seal IS the tribulation.
The ENTIRE 3½-year tribulation takes place under the 7th seal.
The 7th seal covers 7 trumpets (Revelation 8:1-2), three woes (Revelation 8:13), and 7 bowls (Revelation 16:1).
I'll get to the 7th trumpet in a minute.
THE FIRST 6 TRUMPETS
The first 6 trumpets take place in RAPID SUCCESSION: one, two, three, 4, 5, 6...
They BEGIN at APPROXIMATELY the same time.
The first three trumpets bring severe judgments, with LASTING consequences, BUT THEY END RATHER QUICKLY.
The FOURTH trumpet darkens ONE THIRD of DAYLIGHT, in fulfillment of Jesus' prediction that the days would be "shortened" (Revelation 8:12).
He CLEARLY said (Matthew 24:22; Mark 13:20) that THE DAYS THEMSELVES would be SHORTENED (in length).
He NEVER SAID they'd be MADE FEWER (in number).
The effects of the fourth trumpet remain UNTIL the 5th BOWL (Revelation 6:10) where, instead of only ONE THIRD (approximately 4 HOURS OF DAYLIGHT being darkened) THE ENTIRE KINGDOM of Antichrist is STEEPED in DARKNESS, with ZERO DAYLIGHT.
This trumpet LASTS 5 MONTHS. The major events it brings are:
• The FIRST WOE (Revelation 8:13; 9:12)
• Satan being forever cast out of heaven (Revelation 9:1; 12:7-9).
• Satan being given the key to the abyss and opening the abyss (Revelation 9:2).
• Millions of demonic creatures emerging from the abyss and STINGING unsaved humans (everyone but the Two Witnesses and the 144,000) FOR 5 MONTHS (Revelation 9:3-5).
• The END OF the FIRST WOE (Revelation 9:12).
This one is BY FAR THE LONGEST. It contains the LAST TWO WOES (#2 and #3).
Events under the 6th trumpet include:
• The SECOND WOE (Revelation 11:14)
• The death of ONE THIRD of HUMANITY (Revelation 9:13-21).
• The reappearance of Antichrist, FROM THE ABYSS, and his 42-month reign (Revelation 11:7; 13:1; 17:8).
• The 1,260-day testimony of the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:3).
• The construction of the third temple (Revelation 11:1-2).
• The system of the mark (Revelation 13:16-18)
• The death of the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:7-8).
• The resurrection and ascension of the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:11-14).
• The END OF the SECOND WOE (Revelation 11:14)
• THE THIRD WOE:
• THE 7 BOWL JUDGMENTS (Revelation chapter 16).
• THE DESTRUCTION OF Mystery Babylon, the Great Whore (Revelation chapters 17, 18 and 19:1-4).
• Armageddon (Revelation 16:13-16; 19:11-20).
THE 7TH TRUMPET
• ENDS the 7TH SEAL
• ENDS the 6TH trumpet
• ENDS the THIRD WOE
• ENDS the Tribulation
• Brings the Second Coming of Christ (Revelation 19:11-20).
• Announces His Millennial Kingdom on earth (Revelation 10:5-7; 11:15-19; 20:1-4).
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015
THE TRUTH CHRISTIANITY FORGOT
"For the flesh CRAVES what is AGAINST the Spirit, and the Spirit what is AGAINST the flesh: and THESE ARE CONTRARY THE ONE TO THE OTHER: so that you cannot do the things that you would". (Galatians 5:17)
"For I know THAT NOTHING GOOD LIVES IN ME, THAT IS, IN MY FLESH: For I HAVE THE DESIRE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT, BUT I CANNOT CARRY IT OUT". (Romans 7:18)
"For TO BE CARNALLY MINDED IS DEATH; but to be SPIRITUALLY MINDED IS LIFE ...
Because THE CARNAL MIND IS ENMITY AGAINST God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then THEY THAT ARE IN THE FLESH CANNOT PLEASE God" (Romans 8:6-8).
Here's an inconvenient Truth the Church MUST FACE:
Our spirits, hearts, and bodies may BELONG TO Jesus (Malachi 2:15; 1 Corinthians 6:17), but PART OF OUR SOUL still BELONGS TO Satan.
Repeat: even when we're born again, A PART OF US is STILL occupied by Satan.
If it WEREN'T we would NEVER sin.
If it WEREN'T, we would all be IMMORTAL, and would have been raptured LONG AGO.
There's a part of the human soul in which Satan planted his corrupt anti-Christ image.
That corrupt image REPLACED the Image of God (Jesus) IN WHICH WE WERE CREATED (Genesis 1:27; Romans 1:21-24; Hebrews 1:3).
Since the human SOUL is INVISIBLE, it provided THE PERFECT HIDING PLACE for Satan's evil seed.
And Satan has done A MASTERFUL JOB of HIDING THIS TRUTH from the Church.
Because as long as we IGNORE IT, barring Divine intervention, he can still STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY Jesus' followers, AT WILL.
He can also keep us IN BONDAGE to all kinds of sin, marring our witness of Jesus, and soiling our testimony.
He can make us ineffective and mediocre in preaching the Gospel and winning the lost.
No wonder he has religion focused ON THE OUTER TRAPPINGS of what they think is "godliness",TO THE TOTAL NEGLECT of the INNER SOUL!
No wonder he has them obsessed with "don't WEAR this", "don't go there", "don't watch that", "don't style your hair that way", "don't drink that", "don't eat that", "don't worship God on that day, but rather on this one", and "don't grow a beard"!
You can follow all the man-invented religious "rules" to perfection, and you still have to FACE THE FACT that YOU SIN, and that (apart from the Rapture) YOU WILL DIE.
Believers have the Image of God (the Christ) IN THEIR SPIRITS, but still have the image of Satan (anti-Christ) IN THEIR MINDS.
When I say that part of the soul still "belongs" to Satan, it DOES NOT LEGALLY belong to him, since Jesus PAID IN FULL the price to get it back.
What I mean is that Satan is still IN POSSESSION of it.
He DOESN'T BELONG THERE, and he MUST BE EVICTED.
Wait a minute Martel, haven't you taught countless times that Jesus' Sacrifice is PERFECT and COMPLETE?
That it LACKS NOTHING, and that NOTHING can be added?
We're NOT TALKING ABOUT ADDING.
We're NOT SUPPLEMENTING what Jesus did.
I'm NOT saying that Jesus' perfect, ETERNAL Sacrifice LACKS anything.
What I am saying is that from God's ETERNAL perspective, OUR SALVATION IS FULL AND COMPLETE.
From His perspective, we're already raptured, sitting in heavenly places, and manifesting Jesus' perfection.
However, from our EARTHLY human perspective, Salvation has manifested ONLY in part.
The COMPLETE Salvation that Jesus bought for us - with His BLOOD, no less -WILL MANIFEST FULLY when we're raptured:
Full Salvation takes place (from our space-time perspective) when we're transferred from the FALLEN realm of time into the HIGHER REALM OF ETERNITY.
That transformation and translation take place WHEN WE SEE JESUS, as He is, Face to face.
• Because Jesus is OUR TRUE Self.
• Because He is "the brightness of God's glory, and THE EXPRESS IMAGE of His Person" (Hebrews 1:3).
• Because Jesus is THE Image of God in which man was originally created (Genesis 1:27).
• Because ONLY the EXPRESS Image of God (the Christ) can CONSUME that corrupt anti-Christ image that Satan substituted in our subconscious mind, and FULLY restore God's Image to us.
Therefore, EVERY CHRISTIAN should be INTENSELY seeking Christ's Face, His glorified Self.
Every believer should BE EAGERLY DESIRING TO SEE JESUS, as He is.
ONLY SEEING THE CHRIST will WIPE OUT our personal antichrist.
The Christ IN US is the Life.
The anti-Christ in us is what causes death.
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015
ONLY ONE THING
"Jesus said to him, You will love the Lord your God WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, and with all your mind. THIS is THE FIRST AND GREATEST commandment" (Matthew 22:37-38)
"And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you are careful and troubled about MANY things; but ONLY ONE THING IS NECESSARY, and Mary has chosen that good part, which SHALL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY from her" (John 10:41-42).
ONLY ONE THING is necessary...
The carnal soul MUST die.
The way to put it to death is TO LOVE God with ALL our heart and SOUL... to the point we are willing to offer up as "living sacrifice" to Him, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING in us that separates us from HIM.
WHATEVER that may entail, it's quite a bargain.
Jesus is WORTH INFINITELY MORE.
If we LOVE HIM with ALL our SOUL,we want to see Jesus, the OBJECT OF our Love.
We YEARN to see His Face.
We tend to think of the Rapture in terms of OUR PHYSICAL BODIES.
But it's OUR SOUL that gets raptured.
The Rapture OF THE SOUL is what triggers the INSTANT transformation of our bodies from mortal to immortal.
But BEFORE the soul is raptured, there's a part of the soul THAT MUST DIE.
It must be CONSUMED and purified by THE APPEARING OF the risen, glorified JESUS.
We MUST see Him FACE TO FACE, as He is.
If you want your BODY to LIVE AND NOT DIE, YOUR CARNAL SOUL MUST BE DESTROYED by the APPEARING of Jesus.
Jesus ABOLISHED DEATH and brought life and immortality (2 Timothy 1:9-10).
So why do Christians STILL die?
Because the CARNAL SOUL has not been renewed.
THE CARNAL SOUL CAUSES physical death.
The CARNAL SOUL is A MURDERER.
It's the seed of Satan. It deceives you and KILLS YOU (John 10:10).
IMMORTAL BODIES are acquired AT THE EXPENSE OF the MORTAL soul, a/k/a the flesh, the self, the ego - which must be offered to God in Sacrifice.
The soul is what Satan DECEIVED in the Garden of Eden.
It's the SOUL that he INFECTED with his FALSE, anti-christ image.
It's the SOUL that betrayed Lot's wife as they were leaving Sodom and made her both, disobey and look back.
And, sure enough, she STAYED in Sodom as a pillar of salt.
It's the SOUL that is keeping us STILL in this earth realm, which is our Sodom.
It's the DECEIVED SOUL that -- OUT OF FEAR -- doesn't want to let go of this FALSE "life".
It's the DECEIVED SOUL that, BY SEEKING SELF-PRESERVATION and CLINGING to its existence, is causing the death of THOUSANDS of our brothers and sisters, including many innocent children, even as we speak.
The UNREGENERATE SOUL is A MURDERER.
And SOME of us BETTER SEEK the APPEARING OF JESUS, Face to face, to consume our "self life", BEFORE it kills us.
The SOUL MUST BE OFFERED TO GOD as "living sacrifice".
Jesus is the pattern. And He offered HIS SOUL - WILLINGLY -- as offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10).
Jesus' Sacrifice has FOREVER put us in right standing with God.
There is NO MORE sacrifice FOR SIN - anywhere! (Hebrews 10:18, 26)
Jesus TOOK AWAY ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME (John 1:19).
Praise Him eternally!
However, for the COLLECTIVE Church to be GLORIFIED (raptured) what happened in Eden MUST be reversed.
When First Adam LOST THE GLORY and became mortal, he was NO LONGER ONE, but TWO.
The carnal soul MUST DIE in AT LEAST TWO of us, so it can also die (by default) IN THE REST of the Body of Christ.
THE CARNAL SOUL MUST DIE, so the INNER Christ can be REVEALED (manifested) IN US.
There's NO WAY to get around this Truth:
Let's offer it to God SO HE WILL KILL THE SINFUL, DECEIVED SUCKER - once and for ALL.
So He will manifest His Life... and His glory.
Revelation 12:11 tells us that DYING TO SELF is how we TRIUMPH - FINALLY AND DECISIVELY - over Satan.
Once God destroys then renews THAT PART OF US that STILL separates us from Him, Satan has NOTHING in us.
The terrorist- in-chief has been EVICTED, the human TEMPLE of God has been purified, and is READY FOR God to fill it with His Glory (Haggai 2:9).
It's ready for THE MANIFESTATION OF God Himself.
The very Image of Christ, MANIFESTED in us, is our BIRTHRIGHT (Romans 8:29).
That's when the ETERNAL Life that's ALREADY HOURS, will MANIFEST in us (Romans 8:18-21).
THE MOMENT that happens, we're OUTTA here.
MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015
WHEN DEATH BECOMES LIFE
"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, NOW HAS COME SALVATION, and strength, and THE KINGDOM OF our God, and THE POWER OF His Christ: because THE ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN IS CAST DOWN, who accused them before our God day and night. And THEY TRIUMPHED OVER him BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, and by the word of their testimony; and THEY LOVED NOT THEIR LIVES UNTO DEATH". (Revelation 12:10-11)
"Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone WOULD COME AFTER ME, let him DENY HIMSELF and TAKE UP HIS CROSS and follow me" (Matthew 16:24).
Something MUST HAPPEN to get the Church translated into the heavenly dimension:
That "something" is that SOME OF US will have to die.
Repeat: Some of us WILL HAVE TO DIE.
In Revelation 12:1-5 we find this "mystery woman" in heaven, clothed with the sun (God's glory) crowned with 12 stars, and the moon (natural Israel) under her feet.
She gives birth to a boy and He is CAUGHT UP (raptured, exact same Greek word) to God and His Throne.
Some theologians see the woman as Mary and the boy as Jesus.
I have NO PROBLEM whatsoever with that view.
However, there's MUCH MORE TO IT than that.
This metaphor MUST have some eschatological implications or it wouldn't be mentioned in the Book of Revelation.
The woman is also the Church (of which Mary, THE VIRGIN MOTHER, is a figure) who gives birth to the Body of Christ, of which Jesus is now and forever THE HEAD (Colossians 1:18).
His Mystical Body - comprised of all born-again believers, of ALL denominations, or no denomination at all - gets raptured and THEN Michael kicks Satan and his angels OUT OF HEAVEN - FOR GOOD.
They'll never see heaven again! (Revelation 12:8).
Obviously, this DIDN'T HAPPEN when the human Jesus was born 2,000 years ago. Even AFTER He became adult, died, resurrected and ascended to heaven, we have Paul talking about "rulers of darkness" IN HEAVENLY PLACES (Ephesians 6:12).
So, back to my main point: SOME of us (Christians) will HAVE TO DIE.
However, I'm NOT talking about physical death, at least NOT in the conventional manner (through old age, illness, accident, murder, terrorism, etc.).
If THAT was THE REQUIREMENT mentioned here, we would have been translated LONG AGO, since there are Christians dying every single day, for various reasons.
And, right now, we hear ON AN ALMOST DAILY BASIS about many brothers and sisters being massacred for their faith, especially in the Middle East and Far East.
Revelation 12:11 is talking about VOLUNTARY DEATH.
Some of us will have to DIE VOLUNTARILY:
We MUST LOVE NOT our "own" lives UNTO THE DEATH.
The next question is WHAT IS THIS "LIFE" that we MUST NOT LOVE, to the point of OFFERING IT UP - VOLUNTARILY - TO DIE IN SACRIFICE to God?
The Greek word used for "life" is psuche.
The psuche is the "soul".
It's the part of us that thinks, wills and FEELS.
It's comprised of the mind, will, and emotions.
Other terms for it are "self" and "ego".
It's the "life" we have UNTO OURSELVES - APART FROM God.
It's THIS fake "life", this FALSE EXISTENCE, this fantasy, this mirage THAT SEEMS so "true", but ISN'T.
It's the "self-serving life" that SEPARATES US from God.
It's what CAUSES US TO SIN, even when we DO NOT WANT TO sin.
It's what's PREVENTING US from SEEING Jesus.
It's what's keeping us BOUND TO this false existence on the earth.
I've shared with you many times that OUR TRUE (ETERNAL) Life is in the ETERNAL heavenly realm.
And that our true Self is not that person you seem to be or that I seem to be. Our true Self and TRUE LIFE is Jesus (John 14:6).
He ALREADY LIVES - all the time - INSIDE of every born-again person.
All we need now is for the Jesus WE HAVE INSIDE, to MANIFEST OUTSIDE.
Our born-again spirits DO NOT sin, as they have been reconnected to God.
The reason we still sin is that OUR SOUL (mind) has not been regenerated (born-again).
The spirit HAS. The mind/soul/self HASN'T.
The SOUL is THE ENEMY.
That's where Satan planted his evil seed in us.
The SOUL is what Satan DECEIVED and infected, in the Garden of Eden.
The SOUL that sins, IT SHALL DIE (Ezekiel 18:4).
The SOUL is what's keeping Jesus from manifesting in us.
It's our soul, our self, the life of "our own", THAT MUST BE OFFERED UP WILLINGLY to God in Sacrifice:
"Lord I willingly offer my soul, the life I have unto myself, IN LIVING SACRIFICE to you, in Jesus' Name and for His glory.
Please DESTROY and OBLITERATE ANY THING -- and EVERY thing - in me, that separates me from you".
This ISN'T religious "ritual".
It must be HEART-FELT plea. We must really, really WANT IT, and MEAN IT.
It must be offered CONTINUOUSLY.
UNTIL God, in His great Love and Mercy, ACCEPTS our VOLUNTARY (free will) offering and NAILS THAT EVIL LIE - that thief that is STEALING our spiritual inheritance - to His Cross and KILLS the evil bastard.
The contaminated soul, the notion of "self", is the spawn of Satan. It's OUR PERSONAL antichrist, and HE MUST DIE.
He MUST BE OBLITERATED, and replaced with the Mind of Christ.
Do ALL Christians have to do this?
It would be GREAT if we all did, BUT THE ANSWER is "NO".
But SOME OF US MUST - absolute MUST - do it.
God knows who the "some" are, as He Himself has CHOSEN and PREDESTINED us for this mission.
I'm MORE THAN WILLING.
I gladly place this WRETCHED LIFE, which I despise, in my Father's hands, and TRUST Him, to TAKE IT, DESTROY WHATEVER separates me from Him, THEN RENEW IT.
There's NOTHING to fear by dying to self, since God-Jesus is THE Life (John 14:6).
He is NOT God of the dead but of the LIVING (Mark 12:27).
Therefore, whatever needs "killing" in us, He will RESURRECT.
Jesus promised to take His Church home ALIVE - by simply renewing our minds and TRANSFORMING US in an instant (1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
But, in order for this to happen to the Church COLLECTIVELY, at least two, AND PREFERABLY MORE, humans MUST be willing to GIVE UP their carnal lives, FOR THE SAKE AND GLORY OF JESUS AND THE REST OF OUR BRETHREN.
"Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13; 1 John 3:16).
Are there ANY BRAVE SOULS out there willing to PAY THE PRICE?
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
Whenever a heretic's back is against the wall, when every one of their unbiblical arguments has been thoroughly and BIBLICALLY refuted, they resort to fear.
They will say, in very dramatic fashion, that "we will all have to appear before Christ SOMEDAY".
Some of us LOOK FORWARD with great joy and anticipation to seeing Jesus.
We WANT Him to APPEAR TO US, and we want to appear before Him.
But their statement is not filled with such joy or excited anticipation.
What they mean is:
"You will answer to Jesus for NOT keeping the 24-hour Sabbath, or for NOT observing the 10 Commandments, or for NOT doing this or that".
My reply is usually "Amen".
For Jesus takes no delight in our idolizing A SHADOW.
And that is ALL the 24-hour Sabbath has EVER been (Colossians 2:16-17).
Besides, JESUS HIMSELF BROKE the 24-hour Sabbath (John 5:18).
And sons DO NOT follow "commandments" (another word for "commandment" is "ORDER").
Sons have their Father's OWN NATURE on the INSIDE. Therefore BY NATURE, we love Jesus above all, and we trust Him, and His TOTAL fulfillment of His own Law on our behalf (Matthew 5:17-18).
This only PROVES that they "observe" - or at least CLAIM TO observe -- such things OUT OF FEAR.
NOT out of Love (1 John 4:16).
And God IS Love.
And His Love CASTS OUT ALL fear (1 John 4:18).
They FEAR that if they DON'T "comply" with certain religious "rules", God WON'T LOVE THEM.
That PROVES they DON'T KNOW God, nor have His Nature.
They FEAR that UNLESS they "do" certain things, Jesus WILL CONDEMN THEM.
In other words, that if He has ANY love, it's CONDITIONAL on their "performance".
WHERE'S THE FAITH in THAT?
This attitude is quite natural, since ALL religion, as I've told countless times, is BASED ON fear.
But it PROVES that they have NO FAITH.
It PROVES that they DON'T TRUST JESUS.
They have NO CONFIDENCE in what He did to save us. And, yes, they will appear before Him "someday" and ANSWER FOR IT.
FEAR is what's REALLY behind their actions:
FEAR = NO LOVE and NO CONFIDENCE in Christ.
One thing all heretics have in common is THEY ARE NOT CERTAIN of Salvation.
In fact, they CANNOT BE.
For we are saved BY FAITH ONLY, which they don't have (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
NOBODY has EVER been saved BY FEAR.
Repeat: NO ONE has EVER been saved BY FEAR.
They HOPE that by "doing" certain things and "not doing" others, they will - SOMEDAY - earn enough good will points from God that He will ALLOW them into heaven.
They HOPE that - SOMEDAY - they "will be saved".
Problem is, there is NO SOMEDAY regarding Salvation.
Salvation is ALWAYS NOW.
As in RIGHT now.
You can't get saved "someday".
If you have to wait until SOMEDAY to know - for sure - whether you're saved or not...
You AREN'T saved.
Glory to Jesus, THAT is worth repeating:
If you have to wait until "SOMEDAY" to find out - for sure - whether you're saved or not...
Then, you AREN'T saved.
If you don't HAVE SALVATION NOW, then YOU DON'T HAVE Salvation.
Because Salvation - as Scripture tells us again and again - is ETERNAL.
Since it is ETERNAL, it's got to be PRESENT, NOW - not "later" - reality.
Actually, when we "get saved" on this earth, what's really happening is that the Salvation that WE'VE ALWAYS HAD -- IN and FOR ETERNITY -- is manifesting in space/time.
And that's the difference between the so-called "Christian" religion, and THE TRUE Christian Faith.
Faith gives us TOTAL ASSURANCE.
Religion fosters UNCERTAINTY.
Faith TRUSTS God's Grace (Goodness we do not deserve).
Religion DOESN'T TRUST God. It only trusts itself.
Faith SAVES. Fear doesn't.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015
I don't know about you, but I'm not looking for the tribulation: I'm looking for THE APPEARING of Jesus.
If I had my way, we'd skip the tribulation and go straight into the Millennium.
That, by the way, WOULD BE THE ONLY SCENARIO in which I would gladly become a "post-tribber".
Remember what I have taught about setting limits on God.
He DOESN'T NEED a natural solar eclipse.
As Johnny - our dear Swiss brother who's been so helpful to me, and you - told me this morning: God STOPPED THE SUN for Joshua, and TURNED IT BACK for Hezekiah.
I just thought it was ONE HECK OF A "COINCIDENCE" that such UNIQUE solar eclipse would take place so close to what the timeline requires.
When Jesus was crucified, there was darkness -- PROBABLY all over the world - and FOR SURE all over the Roman Empire, including the Middle East.
It was pitch black FOR THREE SOLID HOURS (Mark 15:33).
Was THAT a natural solar eclipse?
For one thing, no natural eclipse lasts that long. The longest ones last only about 7 minutes.
For another thing, it was Passover.
There's ALWAYS a FULL MOON on Passover.
And it is utterly IMPOSSIBLE, according to the laws of physics, for natural solar eclipses to happen during a full moon.
That didn't stop our heavenly Father from TOTALLY and SUPERNATURALLY ECLIPSING the sun from noon to 3 P.M. (Luke 23:44).
Historian Phlegon tells us it got SO DARK that one COULD EVEN SEE THE STARS AT NOON TIME!
What matters is not HOW it happens, but that it happens. And, most importantly, that JESUS APPEARS.
Stay focused ON JESUS. Keep asking Him to come and take us Home.
It is still ENTIRELY POSSIBLE for the tribulation to start and the Rapture to take place in coming days.
There's still a window of time that could satisfy ALL the biblical requirements by just making a couple of VERY MINOR adjustments to the timeline.
The MAJOR events in our Timeline are ROCK-SOLID.
We said from the get-go that it's NOT easy to figure it all out to the tiniest detail.
We also said that some of it MAY BE WRONG.
There's A LOT that we don't know.
There's A LOT that the Bible DOESN'T tell us.
There's A LOT that I DON'T KNOW.
According to Daniel 9:25, and reinforced by Revelation 1:12-13, Jesus must appear to Jews in Jerusalem WITHIN 7 SHEMITTAS CYCLES from the word to "return and build" Jerusalem.
That part of the equation can only be "stretched" so far. And we're pretty close TO THE EDGE on that, as it is.
As I said before, REGARDLESS of which year we finally leave, we have now established - from the Torah - that Jesus MUST return on Sukkot, at the end of the 70th shemittah (Deuteronomy 31:10).
That's A MAJOR PIECE of the prophetic puzzle.
You do the math:
If the Bible tells us, time and again (NO FEWER THAN 7 TIMES), that the tribulation lasts 3½ years (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 11:2-3; 12:6, 14; 13:5).
And if Jesus MUST return on Sukkot, at the end of the 70th shemitta.
Subtract 3½ years from Sukkot and you end on or very near Passover.
If Antichrist can't appear until we're gone (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7)
And he must return from the abyss ON A MAJOR JEWISH FEAST (Daniel 11:29)
And he must rule 42 months, until Christ defeats him (Revelation 13:5).
Where does that put us?
He HAS TO reappear on Passover. Pentecost DOES NOT ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME For him to reign 42 months.
And the Church HAS TO leave BEFORE he reappears...
If ANYONE can refute THAT --WITH THE BIBLE -- I'll retract the Timeline and PUBLICLY give them credit for CORRECTING my terrible, "evil" teaching.
THURSDAY MARCH 19 TO FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2015
Glory to Jesus, glory to Jesus, glory to you, our God, Savior, and King!
Welcome, brothers and sisters across the world, and everyone who may be reading this.
Let's JOIN TOGETHER IN SPIRIT, IN ONE ACCORD, to worship our Jesus, to WELCOME HIS APPEARING, and to partake of His Body and Blood.
We ADORE YOU, Jesus. We worship you with every particle of our beings. You are King of our hearts forever. You are our very Life.
We acknowledge your Divine Nature and Presence IN US, IN ONE ANOTHER, as well as in our midst.
We discern your Mystical Body which has MANY different parts, that call themselves by many different names, but are nonetheless PART OF the same Body (1 Corinthians 11:29).
When one member suffers, we all suffer.
When one member is honored, so are the rest of the members (1 Corinthians 12:26).
Like it or not, we are all in this together.
And we join together IN SPIRIT to worship and adore you, King of kings.
We ADORE YOU, heavenly Father and Praise you forever. We welcome you Holy Spirit who are also in our midst. We love and worship you Father, Son and Holy Spirit. WHO is like unto you, oh Lord? (2 Samuel 7:22)
We THANK YOU, Jesus, for being our one and ONLY God and Savior. For there is NO SALVATION APART FROM YOU (Acts 4:12).
Glory to you Lord Jesus!
God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, remember us and take us into your Kingdom.
For we are SPIRITUAL Israel, we are the nation, the Church, the Body that you have purchased and sanctified (set apart) BY YOUR OWN BLOOD.
We humble ourselves before you, Almighty God,
We GIVE YOU ALL OUR HEARTS.
We acknowledge that we possess NO GOODNESS or righteousness of our own.
But we are ETERNALLY grateful that, through the merits of Jesus, our most precious, adored and RISEN Lord, God and Savior, you have credited YOUR OWN PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS TO US (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Thank you Jesus for your PERFECT and COMPLETE Salvation.
Thank you that you save us TO THE UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7:25).
Thank you that you ever live to make intercession for us.
Thank you that you are willing to call us your brethren.
Thank you for manifesting your Perfection in us.
Thank you that you chose us before the foundation of the world and predestined us to conform to your Image (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:4).
That NOTHING and NO ONE can snatch us out of your hand, or SEPARATE US from you (John 10:28-29).
Thank you for your magnificent attributes, which are too perfect and too many to mention.
We thank you for your Love, Grace, Goodness, Mercy, Righteousness, Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence,..
We adore you and acknowledge that you, our eternal God, are One (Deuteronomy 6:4).
You're the One and ONLY God in every realm of existence.
And yet there are many billions of us IN YOU, but there is NO GOD BESIDE YOU.
Thank you, Jesus, that we will return in 3½ years - in brand-new, immortal, indestructible, glorified bodies made of Spirit Substance, to rule the earth with you (Revelation 5:10).
All glory to you, precious Lord! Your Kingdom Come!
You Will - and ONLY your Will - be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Oh Jesus, I know that you have cleansed us of all sin with your precious Blood. Search us, and if there is anything in me, in any of us, that displeases you, please Lord, root it out.
For you promised to present your Church to yourself "without spot, wrinkle, or any such thing" (Ephesians 5:27).
I repent and beg your forgiveness for any moment when I have not manifested your perfect Love.
And I repent and ask my brethren's forgiveness if at any point I have been unpleasant, or hurtful to any of them.
Jesus, COME TO US!
Jesus, APPEAR TO US!
We want to see you as you really are.
We want to see you IN YOUR GLORY.
Face to face.
Please, Divine Shepherd, restore our souls, and renew our minds (Psalm 23:3).
We offer ourselves TOTALLY to you in living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
We ask for the death of our self (ego) and the Manifestation of your Self in us.
For you have made us WINNERS (overcomers) over Satan, sin, death and every adversary by your sacred Blood, Lamb of God, by the word of our testimony, and not loving our lives unto the death (Revelation 12:11).
Lord Jesus, we want you ABOVE ALL ELSE.
You are KING OF OUR HEARTS. Number One in our hearts and minds.
Glory to you from eternity to eternity.
And now we will partake physically of the bread and wine that symbolize your body and blood.
But most importantly, we will -- IN SPIRIT-- EAT your flesh and drink your Blood, which are REAL SPIRIT SUBSTANCE.
Lord, we do this IN REMEMBRANCE OF YOU, as you instructed:
We remember that on the night you were betrayed, you took bread and, after giving thanks, broke it and said:
"Take and eat: This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." (Matthew 26:26).
Brothers and sisters, let us partake of the bread, and in spirit, let us partake of the BODY of our Lord...
Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus for your Body that was broken for our sins.
That you took our sins and carried our iniquities and that by your stripes we are healed.
We also remember that after that Passover seder you took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:20)
And now brothers and sisters, let us drink the wine, symbol of His most precious Blood, and IN SPIRIT let us drink His Blood which is also REAL Spirit Substance... (John 6:53-63).
Thank you Jesus for your holy, sinless, spotless, and most precious Blood with which we have been redeemed.
For it did not take perishable things like silver or gold to buy us back for our God and Father, but it did take THE MOST VALUABLE, IMPERISHABLE Substance in the Universe, YOUR VERY OWN BLOOD to get the job done (1 Peter 1:18).
Thank you for your Blood, which is ALIVE and SPEAKS better things than Abel's (Hebrews 12:24).
Glory to your Name! Praise the Lamb of God!
Praise the Lamb who TOOK AWAY the sin of the world - ONCE AND FOR ALL!
Thank you, Jesus for making us whiter than snow.
Thank you for removing our sins as far as the east is from the west.
Than you for erasing our sins never to be remembered or counted against us... EVER.
Thank you that you are for us, and if you are FOR US - then WHO can be against us?
Glory to you Name! Praise your everlasting faithfulness! Thank you for your mercies! Thank you, Jesus!
Thank you, Father, Son and HOLY Spirit.
By eating this bread and drinking this cup, we proclaim your death and resurrection, Lord Jesus, UNTIL YOU COME (1 Corinthians 11:26).
Thank you for the Word Incarnate, for the written Word, on which we can rely 100%, thank you for Spirit revelation.
Thank you for SO GREAT Salvation.
Lord we ask you to protect our brothers and sisters throughout the world, particularly in places like Iran, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, North Korea, Libya, who are being persecuted for their faith and massacred even as we speak.
Oh, Jesus, protect them. Remember our brothers and sisters who may be languishing in some prison, and mistreated for their faith.
Lord, give them strength. Be with them in a special way, manifest your love in and through them. Make them fearless Jesus, for your Perfect Love casts our fear.
Protect them especially during the next 10 days.
Thank you, Lord.
We pray for the sick, for that dear sister whose daughter fell from a horse, we speak and decree IN YOUR NAME, AND BY YOUR SPIRIT, TOTAL HEALING, normalcy and recovery to her IN JESUS' NAME.
Blessed is He WHO COMES in the Name of the Lord!
We pray for Israel and all natural descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Israel.
You have chosen Benjamin Netanyahu to continue as their leader, we pray for him and his family, his advisers, and his government coalition.
That there will be unity of mind and purpose. That you give them Wisdom from above and divine guidance for they are about to face the greatest challenge that Israel has EVER faced.
We pray for SUPERNATURAL PROTECTION and DELIVERANCE and Salvation for your People.
That they will come to know you, from the smallest to the greatest, as God and Messiah.
And we TRUST YOU, LORD and know that at the end of 42 months YOU WILL DELIVER THEM and they will emerge purified and VICTORIOUS over all their enemies.
And that a glorious and golden era of your Kingdom on Earth, headquartered in Jerusalem, lies JUST AHEAD.
We thank you that, in the end, ALL Israel WILL BE SAVED (Romans 11:25-26).
And we praise your great faithfulness once again.
We ask that you bring many, many new souls into your Kingdom even in the closing moments of this age. Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Your Church awaits.
We say to you in UNISON and in UNITY OF SPIRIT.
The Spirit and the Bride say "COME!"
Amen. Even so, COME LORD JESUS!
Thank you for joining us, brothers and sisters.
Much love and a big hug to each of you.
I cover each of you and your loved ones with the Blood of Jesus. May you be filled with His Holy Spirit to overflowing.
God's Love and Grace be upon each of you.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
ADAM DIDN'T SLEEP
In Genesis 2:21-22 we read:
"And the LORD God CAUSED A DEEP SLEEP to fall upon Adam, AND HE SLEPT: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up its place with flesh.
And from the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man."
When we are asleep, we are UNCONSCIOUS.
We're NOT consciously aware of what's going on.
The fact that, in order to extract his femininity and put it in a separate human body, God had TO INDUCE deep sleep in Adam PROVES that, in his original pre-sin state, Adam DID NOT SLEEP.
Adam was made (male and female) in the Image of God (Genesis 1:27).
And God neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4).
God is CONSCIOUSLY AWARE OF EACH PARTICLE in the universe - AT ALL "times".
He SUSTAINS every single particle in the universe - AT ALL "times".
What unimaginable Greatness!
Adam, who had been made God of the earth realm, like the Creator God from Whom he came, DID NOT SLEEP - at any time.
He was always AWAKE.
He was always AWARE.
Every circuit in his brain was active and lit with the Light of Life, who is Jesus Himself.
Clearly, that is what God intended.
He was crowned with glory and he was aware of THE ENTIRE EARTH REALM SIMULTANEOUSLY.
Not a bird would fly, not a leaf would fall, nor a word be spoken, without his CONSCIOUS KNOWLEDGE.
When man's soul sinned, his mind -- which is PART OF the human soul -- became darkened and corrupt.
The Image of the incorruptible, immortal God was replaced with an idol (anti-Christ) image of death and corruption.
That's when sleep became A NECESSITY.
Since that fateful day, Jesus came, removed sin from us, redeemed us, and reconnected His Holy Spirit to our spirit.
He put His Light and glory back in us, ON THE INSIDE (in our hearts).
However, His Light has NOT YET appeared on the OUTSIDE of us.
In the parable of the 10 virgins, we see that EVEN THE VIRGINS who HAD OIL in their lamps, and were READY to go into the Marriage Feast, WERE ASLEEP (Matthew 25:1-12).
At the Rapture, His glory will once again fill our souls, renew our minds manifesting His Image and immortality ON THE OUTSIDE of us -- FROM INSIDE US -- and making us PERPETUALLY AWAKE:
"Beloved, now we are the children of God, and it DOES NOT YET APPEAR WHAT WE SHALL BE: but WE KNOW THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:2)
However, we're not totally helpless until that eagerly anticipated event takes place.
God gave us free choice and we can consciously choose to be AWARE OF JESUS, aware of His Spirit, aware of His Divine Presence, if not ALL the time, at least MOST of the time.
Every minute and every second that we spend UNAWARE of the Jesus who IS IN US and WITH US, is a WASTED moment.
All believers should be PRACTICING and DESIRING to be consciously aware of His Presence even now.
Yes, Jesus is totally human.
And yes, accordingly, Jesus slept.
The reason He, the human Jesus, needed to sleep is that He had VOLUNTARILY taken off His glory, in order to incarnate as a fallen (yet SINLESS) human being, as Last Adam, and accomplish our Redemption.
But He slept only for brief periods of time. And, even in His sleep, He had permanent AWARENESS of the Divine Presence, of the GOD that was in Him, of the GOD that He IS.
The risen, glorified Jesus never sleeps.
Since Jesus is our supreme example, and the perfect pattern for perfected humanity, we should follow His example:
"AWAKE you that sleep, and RISE FROM the dead, and Christ will give you light." (Ephesians 5:14).
Every moment we're UNAWARE of Jesus is a moment we're UNAWARE of our ETERNAL (here and now) Salvation.
Every moment we're UNAWARE of Jesus, is a "LOST" moment.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015
GLORY TO JESUS
"And I saw IN THE RIGHT HAND OF HIM THAT SAT ON THE THRONE A SCROLL written inside and on the back, SEALED WITH SEVEN SEALS.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, WHO IS WORTHY TO OPEN THE SCROLL, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And NO MAN IN HEAVEN, NOR IN EARTH, NEITHER UNDER THE EARTH, WAS ABLE TO OPEN THE SCROLL, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because NO MAN WAS FOUND WORTHY TO OPEN AND TO READ THE SCROLL, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders said unto me, Don't cry: Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah the Root of David, HAS PREVAILED TO OPEN THE SCROLL, AND TO LOOSE THE SEVEN SEALS THEREOF.
6 And I saw... a Lamb as though it had been slain...
7 And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sang a new song, saying, YOU ARE WORTHY TO TAKE THE SCROLL, AND TO OPEN THE SEALS THEREOF: FOR YOU WERE SLAIN, and HAVE REDEEMED US to God BY YOUR BLOOD out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And have made us unto our God kings and priests: and WE SHALL REIGN ON THE EARTH.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, WORTHY is the Lamb that was slain TO RECEIVE POWER, AND RICHES, AND WISDOM, AND STRENGTH, AND HONOR, AND GLORY, AND BLESSING.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, BLESSING, AND HONOR, AND GLORY, AND POWER, BE UNTO HIM THAT SITS UPON THE THRONE, AND TO THE LAMB FOREVER AND EVER.
14 And the four living creatures said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and WORSHIPED HIM THAT LIVES FOREVER AND EVER." (Revelation, Chapter 5)
I dedicate this message to my God and Savior.
I have praised Him many times privately and publicly, but today I want to OPENLY and PUBLICLY thank Jesus, the Love of my life.
I PRAISE HIM, ADORE HIM, and GIVE HIM GLORY, for His GOODNESS AND FAITHFULNESS.
I TOTALLY APPRECIATE my Lord, and THANK HIM, from the bottom of my heart, for His Great and PERFECT Salvation.
Because He did it ALL - from start to finish - in order to save us.
Because He left NOTHING for us to do, except TRUST Him.
I thank Jesus, for keeping His Word.
Not that I ever doubted that He would.
He told Daniel 2,500 years ago that end time prophecy would remain SEALED UNTIL our time (Daniel 12:4).
Then He said it would be UNSEALED and that some would understand (Daniel 12:9-10).
We read about HIS UNSEALING in Revelation chapters 6-8, with more specific details given in the rest of that Book.
I have to admit, though, that in my burning desire to see Him and put an end to this earthly misery, I quite often despaired, became impatient, and FELT like it would take "forever" before His promises would finally come to pass.
Well, the "time" is almost here. Praise His Name!
He Himself SEALED eschatology in the 6th century B.C.
And He Himself has UNSEALED IT (glory to His Name!) in the 21st century A.D.
Glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, GLORY to Him forever and ever.
NO ONE ELSE could unseal it because, as we read above, NO ONE ELSE - in heaven, earth, or under the earth - IS WORTHY to do so.
I bow down before you, Almighty God.
I bow before you, Lord Jesus. I WORSHIP YOU with every particle of my being.
YOUR GREATNESS cannot be expressed in human language.
Glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for endless eternity. Amen.
Do you realize what great privilege it is to be His children?
To serve Him, praise Him, ADORE Him...
To ENJOY Him for ALL the eons of infinity?
Praise Him, Body of Christ!
Adore Him!!! Give Him thanks!
For He is GOOD. His mercy ENDURES FOREVER.
His Grace is incomprehensible. His Love never fails.
And His FAITHFULNESS is humbling and truly amazing.
For 6,000 years of human history He has kept His Word and NEVER - NOT EVEN ONCE - failed to keep it.
GREAT is His Faithfulness!
I humbly admit that I'm LESS THAN NOTHING without Him.
But, thankfully, we're NOT without Him.
For in Him WE LIVE and move and HAVE OUR BEING (Acts 17:28).
Our being is in His Being. Hallelujah!
Glory to the King of kings.
Jesus, I love you, I adore you, exalt you, give you glory, thank you, appreciate you, and rejoice in you.
What honor it is to be yours! To BELONG TO YOU.
What honor it is to serve you, even in a small way.
Thank you, Lord Jesus.
Thank you, my most precious Love.
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015
As a heads up to everyone: Lord willing, and by His Grace, we will continue these daily messages UNTIL Jesus, time and circumstances permit.
Today I just want to tie some loose ends about a few things that have come up:
1. THE 144,000 MESSIANIC ISRAELITES
The barley is Aviv! (ready for harvesting!)
On March 15 light yellow "ripe" (aviv) barley was found in the Negev and also in the Jordan Valley.
That means, assuming that the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) is visible on March 21st, that on Sunday, May 24, 2015 there will be an unusual convergence of the biblical (Karaite) Shavuot, the Rabbinic Shavuot, and the Christian Pentecost.
That should be the day when the 144,000 Messianic Israelites from the 12 tribes have their special Rapture (Revelation 14:1-4).
They are all sealed by the time the Church is raptured, and they will instruct many (Daniel 11:33) during the "7 sevens" (49 days) from Passover to Pentecost.
2. SHARE JESUS!
We should all be SHARING JESUS with others UNTIL THE VERY MOMENT we're gathered unto Him. That's what He called each and every one of us to do (Mark 16:15-16).
If we're still at home or office during the 10 days between the signs and collective Rapture, use that time for His glory.
Tell others BOLDLY about Jesus and the judgments that are coming.
ASK EVERYONE around you TO INVITE JESUS INTO HIS/HER HEART. There will never be an easier time to bring souls into the Kingdom.
3. INTIMATE COMMUNION
We should all be FOCUSED on Jesus, on the INNER CHRIST (WITHIN US), AS NEVER BEFORE, with ALL - and I mean ALL - our hearts.
This is no time for bickering with our brethren, no time to be splitting theological hairs about doctrine non-essential to Salvation, no time to be nit picking or "correcting" inconsequential matters.
ALL glory belongs to Jesus. And He will not share His glory with another.
Let's GIVE JESUS the glory He so richly deserves for ALL TRUTH, since He IS the Truth, and ALL Truth comes from Him and His Most Holy Spirit (John 14:6; 16:13).
4. CHILDREN AND TEENS
Generally speaking, I would not talk to young children about the signs AT THE MOMENT.
If you want to say something simple and encouraging like "we may be going with Jesus soon. He'll just transfer us from here to heaven, and heaven is a wonderful place", fine.
Children are very impressionable and there's no need to scare the daylights out of them by telling them that there will be a shaking of earth and sky, or that the sun will turn black.
Once the signs begin you can explain to them what's going on, and tell them they're going to see Jesus, and have nothing to fear.
All babies, toddlers and young children will be raptured (Joel 2:16; Matthew 19:14; Mark 10:15). However, the Bible does not tell us when the "age of accountability begins".
What all parents and grandparents SHOULD BE DOING IS MAKING SURE that children -- and ESPECIALLY TEENS -- have received Christ into their hearts.
5. CHANGE IS COMING
I want everyone to be spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically prepared, because there will be some drastic changes to normal services and activities before we leave.
There will be a huge shaking of BOTH earth AND ATMOSPHERE probably JUST BEFORE, or concurrent with, the solar eclipse (Revelation 6:12; Haggai 2:6-7), and most conveniences like internet, cell phones, TV, and utilities will be interrupted. For how long, Lord only knows.
Remember that we're here, at the most, 10 days, then, by God's Grace, we're gone.
6. AVAILABLE WEBSITES:
I hope and pray that EVERY SINGLE SOUL that has come across this website or our YouTube channel knows Christ and is ready to go - REGARDLESS of what conflicts, cross words, or disagreements we may have had.
I'm praying daily that MANY MILLIONS will be added to Christ's Church, even in the closing days of this age.
For those who are unsaved and remain on earth, there are at least THREE PLACES where they might access HOW TO BE SAVED, the Tribulation Timeline, and other eschatological info.
Feel free to copy and pass on the links to anyone who is not yet saved (better LATE than never):
We have two websites hosted in the United States and one in Europe:
The one in Europe, in French, has the BEST CHANCE of survival.
It also has all these teachings and information IN ALL THREE LANGUAGES.
Our beloved brother Johnny has diligently uploaded the "Word 4 Today" messages, Prophecy Updates, Tribulation Timelines, etc. in both English and Spanish. Just click on the Archives.
7. Speaking of Johnny...
I want to publicly acknowledge his contribution to this ministry. I have no words, in any human language, to express my appreciation for his invaluable help, dedication, loyalty, and magnificent work for the glory of Jesus.
He has sacrificed MUCH time, talent, and energy faithfully, diligently, and UNSELFISHLY that he could have spent with his family, or in gratifying worldly pursuits.
He's pushed me when I needed pushing, and his input has also been ENORMOUSLY helpful and insightful.
From my heart: Thank you, Johnny!
I also want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all our precious intercessors - across the globe - glory to Jesus! who have unselfishly dedicated time and invested spiritual capital in praying for Israel and for souls to come into the Kingdom.
Look forward to seeing you soon and giving each of you a big hug.
9. Speaking of Israel...
They are having parliamentary elections today. I am torn because on the one hand Prime Minister Netanyahu is the person best qualified to lead the State of Israel.
On the other hand, because I know what's coming on Israel for the next 3½ years, and because I like and appreciate Bibi so much, I wish it didn't happen under his watch.
God's Will be done.
10. GOOD NEWS
We should ALL be seeking Jesus, humbling ourselves before Him, praising Him, and TRUSTING, TRUSTING, TRUSTING Him.
Have TOTAL CONFIDENCE in His Salvation. It is PERFECT and COMPLETE. There are NO LOOPHOLES.
End-time prophecy is only "bad news" to those who DON'T KNOW THE LORD, and keep steadfastly rejecting His offer OF FREE, UNCONDITIONAL FORGIVENESS and Salvation.
For those of us who KNOW Jesus, it's GREAT News. The Manifestation of Christ IN US is what WE (and Creation itself) LONGS FOR. It's what we LIVE FOR. Amen.
11. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
If you have something you want or need to do BEFORE leaving...
If there's something you want or need to tell someone...
DO IT TODAY, DO IT NOW.
There's no more room for procrastination.
If you have never given your heart to Jesus, or are unsure of your Salvation, please DON'T WAIT ANOTHER SECOND.
Great things NEVER BEFORE SEEN are about to happen. Their magnitude cannot be fully grasped UNTIL they occur.
Even if I were wrong, you got NOTHING to lose.
Give your whole heart and life to Jesus and He will make you A WINNER (overcomer) and give you instant and ETERNAL Salvation.
He guarantees you a DELIGHTFUL and GLORIOUS Destiny, NO MATTER WHEN the Tribulation begins OR WHEN the Rapture takes place.
Jesus is speaking to your heart. DO NOT let this opportunity pass. If you do, you will regret it more than you can imagine.
Come on... There's still time...
Receive Christ into your heart NOW.
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015
ON THAT DAY
"And there shall be SIGNS IN THE SUN, AND IN THE MOON, AND IN THE STARS; and ON THE EARTH DISTRESS OF NATIONS, WITH PERPLEXITY; the sea and the waves roaring;
MEN'S HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, AND FOR LOOKING TOWARD THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE COMING ON THE EARTH: for THE POWERS OF HEAVEN SHALL BE SHAKEN.
And then SHALL THEY SEE the Son of man COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory.
And WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN... then LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR." (Luke 21:25-28)
In Luke 17:20-37 Jesus compared the days prior to His appearing to the days of Noah and the days of Lot.
People would be going about their daily routines: eating, drinking, marrying, buying and selling, planting and building -- just as it was up to the day Noah entered the ark.
Jesus said "It will be JUST LIKE THIS ON THE DAY the Son of MAN IS REVEALED" (Luke 17:30).
Jesus also gave SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS for "that day":
"ON THAT DAY NO ONE who is on the housetop (upstairs), with possessions inside, should go down to get them.
Likewise, NO ONE IN THE FIELD SHOULD GO BACK FOR ANYTHING.
Remember Lot's wife!
WHOEVER TRIES TO KEEP THEIR LIFE WILL LOSE IT, AND WHOEVER LOSES THEIR LIFE WILL PRESERVE IT" (Luke 17:31-33).
Jesus meant what He said and said what He meant.
ON THAT DAY, He doesn't want us focused on earthly possessions but ON HIM!
Every born-again individual should settle it in his/her heart and mind - NOT THEN, BUT NOW -- that WE ARE PARTING WITH this world - permanently and for good.
That NOTHING of this world holds any attraction for us.
That we DO NOT WANT TO "hold on" to ANYTHING from this temporary existence, no matter how "precious" or desirable it may seem in the natural.
That we want Jesus ABOVE all else.
That we are HOLDING ON to Jesus, TO THE EXCLUSION OF everything and everyone else!
We must SET OUR EYES and HEARTS on Jesus, and DON'T LOOK BACK!
What happened to Lot's wife was NOT ONLY that she EXPRESSLY DISOBEYED the angel's order and looked back (Genesis 19:17,26).
THE REASON she looked back in that while her body was escaping to Zoar, HER HEART was STILL in Sodom.
Something within her DID NOT WANT TO "PART WITH" Sodom.
This brings us to our loved ones.
No matter HOW MUCH we may love them, ALL we can do with regards to their Salvation and rapture, is SHARE Jesus with them and ASK THEM to receive Him into their hearts.
The DECISION must come FROM THEM.
We CANNOT save someone else or rapture someone else, UNLESS THEY ARE WILLING.
REGARDLESS of how much we love them -- we CANNOT take them to heaven with us -- IF THEY'RE NOT READY.
In fact Jesus specifically warned that, in some instances, "two people will be in one bed; ONE WILL BE TAKEN and the other left.
Two women will be grinding grain together; ONE WILL BE TAKEN and the other left." (Luke 17:34-35)
All we can do is TRUST Jesus to take them by His merciful Grace.
The Rapture is the END of our faith, the FULL manifestation of our Salvation (1 Peter 1:9).
And Salvation is BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH (TRUST in Jesus) - from BEGINNING TO END.
Jesus has promised to remove those who know Him and trust Him from the earth ALIVE, and also those who cry out to Him, EVEN IN THE FINAL SECONDS of this age! (Joel 2:32)
We must also trust Jesus with regards to our beloved pets.
There are numerous Scriptures that attest of His love and concern for animals, and where He promises to remove "man AND BEAST" (Genesis 6:19-21; 9:8-17; Psalm 50:5-15; Ecclesiastes 3:20-21; Jonah 4:11; Zephaniah 1:3; Matthew 10:29; Romans 8:19-21; Revelation 19:11-14).
So, don't run back to get Fluffy or Fido. PUT THEM ENTIRELY in Jesus' hands. And TRUST Jesus to take them with Him.
Focus on JESUS - AND HIM ONLY. Amen.
Beloved, now we are the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but WE KNOW THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is.
And everyone that has this hope in him PURIFIES HIMSELF, even as he is pure." (1 John 3:2-3).
"Pure" means UNTAINTED and UNMIXED: in other words, SINGLE minded.
Well, what about the last statement "WHOEVER TRIES TO KEEP THEIR LIFE WILL LOSE IT, AND WHOEVER LOSES THEIR LIFE WILL PRESERVE IT"?
What did Jesus mean BY THAT?
He meant that WE'RE NOT TO run for cover and hide IN FEAR, like the unbelievers who'll PANIC, and ask the rocks and mountains to "fall on them" and HIDE THEM from God's wrath (Revelation 6:15-16).
We're NOT unbelievers! And God has NOT appointed us to wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
We are the redeemed. We are the Bride whom Jesus is taking to His Father's mansion (John 14:1-3).
We are SUPPOSED TO GO OUT - IN EXCITEMENT and JOYOUS ANTICIPATION - TO MEET our Beloved Bridegroom! (Matthew 25:6-12)
"Jesus, here's my life. It's yours anyway. TAKE IT! TAKE ALL OF IT! TAKE ALL OF ME!
YOU are THE Life! YOU are ETERNAL Life, and I TRUST YOU completely."
Note THE CONTRASTING REACTION TO THE SIGNS in the anchor verses above between UNBELIEVERS "men's hearts failing them for fear of the things that are coming on the earth" and BELIEVERS who are told to"LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR".
Jesus keeps and protects what we give Him.
So DON'T spend hours worrying about "possible scenarios":
"WHAT IF this happens, or WHAT IF that happens"?
If we do that we'll all go nuts.
When I told you to have water and food on hand, that's just a common sense precaution "just in case". NOT to put any sort of fear in your heart.
We are NOT TO FEAR the signs, BUT TO TRUST Jesus COMPLETELY.
They are BAD news for unbelievers, but GREAT news FOR US!
As we read above, when they BEGIN... instead of hiding in panic like the unsaved, we are to LOOK UP and LIFT UP OUR HEADS and REJOICE because our Redemption (Jesus) draws near.
Jesus knows EXACTLY WHERE YOU are. He knows where your loved ones are. He knows where Fluffy and Fido are.
He knows EVERYTHING. Even the hairs on our heads are numbered.
He's coming to take Home WHAT IS HIS.
He will protect and save TO THE UTTERMOST what we GIVE HIM.
What we've ENTRUSTED to Him.
It's what we try to "hold back" from Him IN FEAR, that He does not necessarily protect.
God has promised to take His Church Home ALIVE (1 Corinthians 15-50-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
And His Word HAS NEVER FAILED in 6,000 years of human history!
Jesus KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING.
And He wants us to TRUST HIM... TO THE VERY END.
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015
Today we offer a special treat : A beautiful poem written by a sister named Stephanie
that EXPRESSES SO WELL what many of us are feeling. It really touched my heart, and
she was gracious enough to allow us to share with you:
A poem for the days in which we are living....
I hear the news and feel like crying,
Too many killed, so many dying.
I fear for man and for our souls,
The love of many is waxing cold.
I know that Love can conquer hate
But I fear the hour is growing late.
It could be ‘soon' - no one knows,
Until that final Trumpet blows.
So many rant, spew hate and rage...
My friends, these are the final days.
My grip is loosening on this life,
There's so much evil, too much strife.
I used to pray to God: "Please wait!"
But now I tell him: "Don't be late!"
My spirit is weary, my heart so full
I need the Lover of my soul
To take me to the Father's home
Where tears and sorrow won't be known...
Until that day Lord, give me peace
And never, ever let me cease
To Share the reason for my Faith
Your perfect Son, My Saving Grace
SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015
There is little or NO COMPARISON between A PROPHET and a PROPHECY TEACHER.
These are TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT callings:
1. Prophets FORETELL things NOT WRITTEN in Scripture (Jeremiah chapter 28).
Prophecy teachers TEACH strictly WHAT IS "WRITTEN" in Scripture.
2. Prophets PREDICT what will happen, APART FROM the Bible.
Prophecy teachers TEACH what THE BIBLE SAYS will happen.
3. Prophets PREDICT what THEY CLAIM God TOLD THEM directly.
Prophecy TEACHERS TEACH what God INSPIRED and put in the Bible FOR EVERYONE.
4. Prophets prophesy things that (if true) would happen mostly IN THEIR NEAR FUTURE.
Bible prophecy teachers teach primarily about what happens AT THE TIME OF THE END.
That's why the subject we teach is called "eschatology".
5. Jesus NEVER SEALED the office of PROPHET.
Repeat: Jesus NEVER SEALED the office of prophet.
Therefore, prophets are able TO FREELY PROPHESY about MANY DIFFERENT THINGS.
Prophecy teachers TEACH a subject (eschatology) that was SEALED by Jesus Himself (Daniel 12:4,9)
...And that JESUS HIMSELF -- and NO ONE ELSE -- CAN "UNSEAL" (Revelation 5:1-5). Praise His Name!
6. Prophets prophesy and their prophecy is readily understood.
Prophecy teachers try to understand and explain what Jesus pointedly stated would REMAIN SEALED and BE UNDERSTOOD ONLY at "the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4, 9).
Then - and ONLY at the time of the end - would He Himself UNSEAL such knowledge so that SOME of His children would understand it (Daniel 12:9-10; Revelation chapter 5; 6:1-12).
7. True PROPHETS of God are NEVER wrong in their predictions (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).
Since eschatology can ONLY BE FULLY understood in God's predetermined "timing", Prophecy TEACHERS are often wrong.
8. There are FALSE prophets and FALSE teachers.
A FALSE PROPHET is someone who either teaches wrong doctrine about Salvation... (Acts 13:6-10; Deuteronomy 13:1-5))
Or who PREDICTS something NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE that never happens (Deuteronomy 18:22).
Repeat: A FALSE PROPHET teaches:
A) Wrong doctrine ABOUT SALVATION or
B) PREDICTS something EXTRA-BIBLICAL that never happens, or
A FALSE TEACHER CLAIMS that "THE BIBLE SAYS" something that it DOES NOT SAY AT ALL.
A FALSE TEACHER teaches eschatology NOT FOUND in Scripture, while claiming that it's "biblical".
Christendom is filled with false prophets (1 John 4:1). The Church is filled with false teachers.
9. A FALSE PROPHET leads SOULS TO DAMNATION (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Matthew 7:15; Acts 13:8; 2 Peter 2:1-3).
A FALSE PROPHECY TEACHER misleads souls into believing WRONG doctrine about end-times (Matthew 24:4-8).
10. A FALSE PROPHET is INVARIABLY LOST and in need of Salvation.
A FALSE PROPHECY TEACHER may -- or may not -- be saved.
11. "Billy Graham will die before the Rapture" IS prophesying, since there is NO SCRIPTURE ANYWHERE that says such thing.
Daniel 9:25 says "from the word to return and build Jerusalem to Messiah Prince shall be seven sevens" is NOT prophesying.
It is TEACHING what God Himself prophesied, then inspired His servants to write in His recorded Word.
12. The title "false prophet" IS MUCH TOO OFTEN AND IRRESPONSIBLY APPLIED.
Joel Osteen may lack conviction, clarity, and spiritual authority where Jesus and Salvation are concerned. He is a motivational speaker who presents a VERY DILUTED "Gospel" at best, but I would never label him "false prophet".
His teaching IS OFTEN WRONG and compromising, but it won't send anyone to hell.
On the other hand, I DO CALL Ellen G. White and Herbert W. Armstrong "false prophetess" and "false prophet", respectively, because:
They PREDICTED THINGS NOT FOUND IN SCRIPTURE -- time and again -- which DID NOT come to pass.
But MOST IMPORTANTLY, because they both TAUGHT FALSE DOCTRINE with regards to Salvation.
They have deceived millions and led them straight to hell, who thought they "merited" salvation and were shoo-ins for heaven.
FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015
Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation, is often blamed - UNJUSTLY - for "dividing" Christendom.
Unfortunately, the majority of Catholics, Protestants and Evangelicals, are woefully uninformed about what really happened.
Luther was born in Saxony, Germany. He was a Roman Catholic priest, Doctor of Theology, and professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg.
It all started in 1516 when Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar, was sent by the Pope to Germany TO SELL INDULGENCES, in order to raise money for the rebuilding St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
By the 16th century Roman theology had become terribly corrupted.
PARTICULARLY ABOMINABLE was its doctrine concerning the most important issue: Salvation.
Roman Catholic theology stated that FAITH ALONE DOES NOT SAVE, thus making Jesus' PERFECT work of Redemption INSUFFICIENT TO SAVE US.
According to Roman doctrine, justification DEPENDS ON faith PLUS "good works".
The BENEFITS of "good works" COULD BE PURCHASED by DONATING MONEY TO THE CHURCH.
You want Salvation?
Of course, since NO ONE KNEW HOW MANY "good works" they must do in order to EARN Salvation, NO ONE could EVER BE CERTAIN OF salvation.
This heresy LOWERED the incomparable, SUPERIOR Gospel Message to the inferior level of ANY PAGAN religion.
THEY CAN'T guarantee anyone salvation and, according to this heresy, NEITHER COULD JESUS.
Salvation is PRESENT reality. Thus, PRESENT CERTAINTY, and ETERNAL security (1 John 5:13).
On October 31, 1517 Luther, AS A GOOD CATHOLIC, and being eminently qualified as a Catholic theologian, wrote to his bishop PROTESTING THE SALE OF "indulgences".
His letter included a copy of "Arguments of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences," which eventually became known as the "95 Theses".
Luther HAD NO INTENTION OF DIVIDING the Church, and NO IDEA, at the time, that this would lead to division. His document was merely THE SCHOLARLY OBJECTION OF A CATHOLIC DOCTOR IN THEOLOGY, to some of the practices of the Church.
Luther's basic arguments were:
1. Since only God can grant forgiveness, THOSE WHO SAID THAT INDULGENCES ABSOLVED BUYERS FROM ALL PUNISHMENT AND THAT, THROUGH THEIR PURCHASE, SALVATION WAS ACHIEVED, WERE IN ERROR.
2. That justification is COMPLETELY God's work.
That salvation is obtained ONLY AS A GIFT of God's grace THROUGH FAITH in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Luther wrote: "This UNIQUE AND FIRM ROCK, which we call THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION, is THE MAIN ARTICLE OF ALL Christian doctrine"...
3. That justification ONLY comes from God. That Christians RECEIVE NO JUSTIFICATION FOR their OWN MERIT, but by the merits of Christ (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14).
4. Justification comes from Christ's OWN JUSTICE being imputed (credited) to Christians through faith (2 Corinthians 5:21).
That is WHY FAITH ALONE saves and FULFILLS the law (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3; 11:6; Galatians 3:6).
Luther said what GOD had said - ALL ALONG - in His Holy, immutable Word about Salvation, for the previous 3,000 years (now for the previous 3,500 years).
Luther's discovery of this great and marvelous Truth in Scripture - that JESUS ALONE SAVES -became the BASIS of what eventually was known as the Reformation.
His PROTEST AGAINST SELLING Salvation, or a shorter stay in "Purgatory", as papal "indulgences", was based on this ETERNAL Truth.
Consequently, he and his supporters would eventually be called "PROTESTANTS".
Archbishop Albert of Mainz DID NOT ANSWER Luther's letter with the 95 Theses. Instead, he sent it to Pope Leo X, in December 1517.
The bishop, you see, NEEDED THE MONEY RAISED BY THE SALE OF INDULGENCES TO PAY THE POPE for granting him, by special PAPAL dispensation, dual bishoprics.
On his part, Pope Leo X ALSO NEEDED TO SELL INDULGENCES -- NOT ONLY BECAUSE he would personally pocket HALF of the proceeds -- but because the other half was already spent on the construction of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.
The Pope's reaction was immediate: He commissioned several theologians to accuse Luther of heresy.
Most individuals whom the Church ARBITRARILY classified as "heretics" (only for TELLING THE TRUTH about Salvation) were BURNED ALIVE.
Luther was EXAMINED BY THE PAPAL REPRESENTATIVE, Cardinal Cajetan, in October 1518.
Cardinal Cajetan had orders to arrest Luther if he refused to recant.
His "arrest" would have led to the BONFIRE.
By Divine Providence, Luther secretly escaped during the night.
On June 15, 1520 the Pope decreed by a papal bull that Luther had 60 DAYS TO RETRACT THE 95 THESES, plus 41 other statements made in his other writings.
Luther STOOD HIS GROUND.
By then he had gained a large number of supporters who were fed up with Rome's imperial and dictatorial abuses.
Luther WAS EXCOMMUNICATED BY Pope Leo X, in another papal bull, Decet Pontificem Romanum, on January 3, 1521.
It was, therefore, THE POPE (Leo X) - NOT Luther -- WHO DIVIDED Christendom in 1521.
These are undisputed, HISTORICAL FACTS.
Luther appeared before the Imperial Diet of Worms on April 18, 1521 -- chaired by the Emperor Charles V.
He was again pressured to recant his teachings. Luther refused saying:
"Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either the Pope or councils alone, SINCE IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT THEY HAVE OFTEN ERRED AND CONTRADICTED THEMSELVES), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted, and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I CANNOT AND WILL NOT RECANT ANYTHING, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience: May God help me: Here I stand. I can do NO OTHER. Amen".
The Emperor declared Luther A CRIMINAL (for teaching the Truth about Salvation) on May 25, 1521, banning his literature and ordered that he be arrested:
"We want him TO BE ARRESTED AND PUNISHED as a notorious heretic."
Under the edict, it was A CRIME for anyone in Germany to provide Luther food or shelter. It also allowed ANYONE to murder Luther WITHOUT ANY CONSEQUENCE.
Luther escaped by the grace of God and because Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, had him kidnapped during the night, and taken to the security of Wartburg Castle, which Luther would call his "Patmos".
That, dear friends, is THE TRUE STORY of what today is called "Protestantism".
Luther NEVER SOUGHT TO DIVIDE the Church.
Luther BELONGED TO the Church.
Luther simply wanted TO REFORM the sordid, fraudulent and despotic religion into which the Church of Rome, and its utterly corrupt hierarchy, had degenerated.
And for SEEKING Truth, and OBEYING GOD rather than MEN, as Peter commanded (Acts 5:29),he was EXPELLED FROM it.
It was the Roman Catholic church that DIVIDED CHRISTENDOM by obeying the Pope's DESPOTIC DICTATES OVER and ABOVE THE WORD OF GOD.
Luther, like any other human, was not perfect. Neither was his doctrine concerning other matters, including his flaming anti-Semitism.
But on Salvation, the MOST important doctrine of all, he was 100% correct, as proven first and foremost by the Bible, and the fact that his teachings on Salvation have withstood the test of time, 500 years, to be exact.
Every born-again individual - regardless of denomination or lack thereof - owes Luther an eternal debt of gratitude:
Martin Luther, great hero of the faith.
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
"And the LORD answered me, and said, WRITE THE VISION, and make it plain upon tables, so he may run that reads it.
For THE VISION IS YET FOR AN APPOINTED TIME, but AT THE END IT SHALL SPEAK, AND NOT LIE: THOUGH IT TARRIES, WAIT FOR IT; BECAUSE IT WILL SURELY COME, IT WILL NOT DELAY" (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
Hebrews chapter 11 mentions all the patriarchs and heroes of the faith, and then it makes the following observation:
"These all DIED IN FAITH, NOT HAVING RECEIVED THE PROMISES, but HAVING SEEN THEM AFAR OFF, AND WERE PERSUADED OF THEM, and embraced them, and confessed that they were STRANGERS AND EXILES ON THE EARTH" (Hebrews 11:13).
I think of Isaiah prophesying about the Messiah's birth, death, First and Second Comings some 800 years BEFORE Jesus was even born (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).
Jeremiah prophesying 600 years before Jesus died and resurrected about the born again experience, that God would make a NEW Testament where He would remove all our sins, write His laws IN OUR HEARTS, and not even REMEMBER those sins any more (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
Ezekiel going into Babylonian Exile and receiving an extraordinary vision of the Glory of God, the re-gathering of the 12 tribes, the Millennium, and the FINAL war of all time (Ezekiel chapters 10, 38-48).
Daniel also exiled to Babylon, made a eunuch, thrown into a lion's den, and emerging unscathed by the Grace of God, and receiving visions of the Antichrist, the tribulation, and the First and Second Coming of Christ down to the VERY YEAR, and the precise day (Daniel chapter 7; 9:24-27; 12:11-12).
How he diligently checked Jeremiah's prophecy which promised Jews would return in 70 years to his beloved Jerusalem, which he would never see again in his lifetime.
Then there's Abraham who was childless for the first 100 years of his earthly life yet was promised that in His Seed (Jesus) all nations (gentiles) would be blessed, and that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:5; Revelation 7:9).
NONE OF THEM ever got to see THE FULFILLMENT of what they prophesied.
But THEY'RE ABOUT TO.
1 Peter 1:10-12 tells it this way:
"RECEIVING THE END OF your faith, even THE SALVATION OF YOUR SOULS:
Of which salvation THE PROPHETS HAVE INQUIRED AND SEARCHED DILIGENTLY, WHO PROPHESIED OF THE GRACE THAT SHOULD COME UNTO YOU:
Searching what, or what manner of time,the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, WHEN HE TESTIFIED BEFOREHAND the sufferings of Christ, and THE GLORY THAT SHOULD FOLLOW.
UNTO WHOM IT WAS REVEALED, THAT NOT UNTO THEMSELVES, BUT UNTO US THEY DID MINISTER THE THINGS, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven; WHICH THINGS THE ANGELS DESIRE TO LOOK INTO".
God's Word of Prophecy is about to OVERTAKE HISTORY.
All the patriarchs, all the prophets, the angels themselves, ALL OF HEAVEN has waited and waited for what is about to unfold.
They'll get to finally see it from the balconies in heaven.
Yet WE ARE THE PRIVILEGED GENERATION that gets to experience it all.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015
ALL IN A MONTH'S WORK
Can the Antichrist really take Jerusalem IN JUST A MONTH ?
As many of you will recall, that was part of the original "challenge" that I presented in the first message of this year's prophetic series "So, you think it's easy"?
EVERYTHING must fit within a 3½ year period.
If you missed it, just click on "2015 Tribulation Timeline", TOP LEFT.
Jesus SWORE BY HIMSELF (Daniel 12:7) that the tribulation would last 3½ years, PERIOD.
The Tribulation Timeline (same link, TOP LEFT), shows it lasts A BIT longer than 1,260 days, (24-25 DAYS more) but not much. Otherwise, it's NO LONGER 3½ YEARS.
This is something that, admittedly, I struggled with in the past because it's hard, in the natural, to comprehend how all the trumpet judgments can take place in JUST 5 DAYS. But they will.
A few years ago, I was ESTIMATING 6-8 months. 5 days just blows our minds. But GOD can do anything. He's not subject to "time" like we are. And those are, after all, His judgments on rebellious mankind.
The Antichrist appears RIGHT AFTER the 6 trumpet judgments have begun, WHEN THE EARTH HAS BEEN NEARLY DESTROYED.
Most people will be focused ON SURVIVAL.
They'll be LOOKING FOR something to eat and drink.
Many will have lost their homes and be seeking shelter.
Many of their loved ones will either be missing, have died, or been raptured.
There are NO BANKS, or commerce, as we know them.
Few or no supermarkets, pharmacies or hospitals open.
Communication and transportation have been for the most part disrupted.
The world's geography and topography have been rearranged.
THOSE WHO REMAIN ON EARTH, who (evidently) are UNSAVED, just GOT SHOCKED OUT OF THEIR SKULLS when they SAW JESUS APPEAR in the sky in POWER AND GREAT GLORY, felt the earth and sky shake, the great SIGNS in the sun, moon, stars, etc.
ONE-THIRD OF MANKIND HAS DIED (can you imagine the STENCH from all the corpses, and the contamination?)
There's hardly any food to eat or water to drink.
One third of the sea has turned to blood and 1/3 of fish and other marine life destroyed.
ONE THIRD OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE (and everything/everyone on it) HAS BEEN CONSUMED WITH FIRE.
It will be TOTAL CHAOS.
THEY’LL KNOW, beyond ANY doubt, what's happened.
And they KNOW that -- like it or not -- JESUS WILL BE SENDING MORE -- and WORSE -- JUDGMENTS and then RETURNING TO REIGN ON EARTH.
They COULD HAVE given Him their hearts in those "10 days" between the signs and the Rapture, and DIDN'T.
So their HEARTS are HARDENED BEYOND MEASURE.
They'll be contemplating Jesus' IMPENDING return in LESS THAN 4 years to rule the earth:
WHAT are we going to do AGAINST JESUS?
HOW can we STOP HIM?
We KNOW now, beyond ANY doubt, that He is God, that He has risen, and that He's COMING BACK.
NOTHING works against Him!
NO AMOUNT of NUCLEAR POWER works, BECAUSE HE CAN NEUTRALIZE IT IN A MICROSECOND.
NO amount of TERRORISM works BECAUSE HE KNOWS EVERYTHING, EVERY THOUGHT AND EVERY HEART.
WHAT DO WE DO?
THEN, lo and behold, ALEX reappears.
Alexander the great, the infamous Antichrist who will emerge from the abyss (Revelation 11:7; 17:8) is the greatest general in history.
His swiftness in battle is legendary. He conquered MORE TERRITORY - and FASTER THAN - any man in history.
He no longer will be a natural human, but SUPERNATURAL.
Risen from the dead!!! JUST LIKE Jesus.
Therefore, he will be THAT MUCH QUICKER.
The GREATEST general and tactician in history IS ALSO RESURRECTED!
WHO ELSE can defeat Jesus?
WHO ELSE can PREVENT Jesus from returning and REIGNING OVER US?
ONLY this greatest of warriors, who never lost a battle, and WHO HAS ALSO RISEN FROM THE DEAD PROVING that he is "immortal".
Jesus has FINALLY MET HIS MATCH!
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 calls it "STRONG DELUSION".
It's the same ancient Anti-Christ spirit of Babel that caused STRONG DELUSION in rebellious mankind under Nimrod 4,000 years ago.
Their hearts were so arrogant and hardened back then that they ACTUALLY BELIEVED they could "build a tower that would reach heaven", INVADE GOD'S DOMAIN, and topple His righteous rule (Genesis 11:3-4).
The Bible tells us repeatedly that when they see the risen Alexander, THEY will be MESMERIZED and thrilled to have him as "Defender" against that "intolerant DICTATOR" Jesus, whom they despise (Revelation 13:3-4, 7-8; 17:8).
It won't take long for Alexander to appoint 10 kings over territories in Europe, Middle East and northern Africa, and put together an army FROM ALL THESE NATIONS THAT WILL SURROUND JERUSALEM (Zechariah 14:1-2; Revelation 17:12-14).
At first, he won't need professionally trained soldiers, just idiots desperate enough to fight and die for him.
Considering how good Jews are at military tactic and how efficient they are at war, it will take someone AS CUNNING AS Alex to come up with a strategy to defeat them (Daniel 12:7).
Being the BRILLIANT TACTICIAN that he is, his first major military act will be to TAKE JERUSALEM.
After all, HOW CAN JESUS REIGN FROM Jerusalem (as Scripture requires),if they OCCUPY Jerusalem FIRST?
I can almost hear Alex boasting:
"Jesus would have to TAKE JERUSALEM AWAY FROM ME, and Jesus NEVER FOUGHT A WAR in His whole life, NEVER KILLED, or EVEN HIT ANYONE. I HAVE!!!"
He rouses all the neighboring nations, SURROUNDS and conquers Israel first, takes Jerusalem, and leaves Iran for last.
Everyone else has submitted to him VOLUNTARILY, or in a few days. The only "hold outs" are Israel and Iran.
We can infer from Daniel chapter 8 that he takes Iran about 3-4 months AFTER taking Jerusalem.
By then, he no doubt will have a well-trained professional army.
He returns to Jerusalem in victory, enters the temple, proclaims himself "God", DEMANDS WORSHIP, and places a statue of himself there (the Abomination of Desolation).
That's why I said just a few days ago that Prime Minister Netanyahu's magnificent speech before Congress won't change anything.
The U.S. won't deliver Israel from Iran's threats, nor will the EU, nor will the UN. But Alexander will!!!
NOT BECAUSE he has any love for Israel, BUT BECAUSE SATAN HAS ALWAYS WANTED the worship that BELONGS TO Jesus ALONE (Matthew 4:9).
And while he'll require worship from the whole world: WHAT BETTER PEOPLE TO WIN OVER than God's CHOSEN people, the Jews? (Matthew 24:24)
WHOSE HEARTS WOULD HE LOVE TO CONQUER (OR STEAL) FROM GOD more than those of THE VERY PEOPLE THAT God CHOSE for Himself, the Israelites?
Alexander must return from the pit on a major Feast (Daniel 11:29).
The ONLY MAJOR Feast 3½ years prior to Sukkot (when Jesus' Second Coming must take place) is PASSOVER.
It fits to perfection.
There are exactly 42 Hebrew months from Iyyar 15 (which happens to be the Second Passover) to Sukkot 2018 (Revelation 13:5).
Jerusalem will be in his hands by then (Revelation 11:2).
EVERYTHING about the tribulation SOUNDS INCREDIBLE.
A statue of Alex that SPEAKS and has people who refuse to worship it killed?
But it WILL HAPPEN.
We have GOD'S WORD on it.
NOTICE: I've been teaching Bible prophecy on-line for the past 10 years. I need to spend as much time as possible in prayer and listening to the Spirit. I CANNOT teach every detail about the Book of Revelation by email, especially at this late hour. Therefore, silly, time-robbing questions about INCONSEQUENTIAL details will be ignored. If you don't get a portion of the Timeline, then you DON'T get it. WHO SAYS THAT YOU have to understand every tiny detail IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE TRUE? Thank you for understanding.
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015
"THE THIEF COMES NOT, BUT TO STEAL, and to kill, and to destroy: I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)
We're not talking today about the many greedy thieves that infect the Church:
About those who ask for 10% of your income and falsely call it "tithe", when the biblical tithe was not money.
Or about the "give in order to get" crooks who claim that donating money TO THEM - so THEY can live lives of excess and extravagance AT YOUR EXPENSE - is "giving to Gaaaawd".
Or about those who distort the Word of God CLAIMING that it says something it DOES NOT say, only TO SELL IT as "Bible prophecy" to foolish Bible illiterates.
I'm talking about THE WORST kind of thief there is:
The thief that STEALS JESUS from us.
Well, wait a minute, you teach that Salvation cannot be lost. Are you now saying that it can?
I didn't say they can steal Salvation, I said they STEAL JESUS.
They STEAL JESUS AWARENESS from us by DIVERTING our attention to EXTERNAL SUBSTITUTES.
Just look at the morally bankrupt world around us.
Because most people HAVE NOTHING worthwhile or fulfilling ON THE INSIDE, they have A HUGE VOID that they need to fill.
They're terrified to FACE God therefore they RUN AS FAR AWAY from Him as they possibly can.
By focusing their attention on ANYTHING and EVERYTHING BUT Jesus.
THEIR ATTENTION is fixed on all sorts of distractions ON THE OUTSIDE, to the TOTAL NEGLECT of things INSIDE.
All that you see ON THE OUTSIDE is temporary.
Repeat: ALL that we see ON THE OUTSIDE is TEMPORARY.
OUTSIDE things will soon vanish into forgetfulness and be NO MORE.
What people have ON THE INSIDE - good or bad - is ETERNAL (2 Corinthians 4:18).
ONLY what's INSIDE us will remain.
Have you ever seen SO MANY "AWARD SHOWS" for so many people WITH NO TALENT?
ALL THEY'RE "FAMOUS" FOR is who they had sex with, the sex video they made then leaked on the internet, some raunchy relationship in which they are involved, some disgusting antic they performed on stage, how little their attire left to the imagination, the latest crime they committed, ragging on someone they don't like, how hooked they are on crack, heroin or booze, how long they spent on rehab, whom they are cheating on their partner with, or whom they are divorcing.
That's why we live in a sex-obsessed society:
They try to fill that EMPTINESS ON THE INSIDE with SEX, SEX, SEX, and more SEX.
It's displayed in front of us CONSTANTLY.
Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, everywhere you turn: TV, movies, internet, smart phone, billboards...
And since sex can only "satisfy" temporarily...
Since it only "fills" their empty hearts for a short season...
They need to make it more and more depraved:
Gay sex, bestiality, orgies, sex with vampires, and now -- the latest "gift" from spiritually destitute and morally bankrupt Hollywood -- sadomasochistic sex.
Modern gadgetry is another Jesus thief that DIVERTS our attention from Jesus.
I remember when people USED TO LOOK AT YOU during a conversation.
Now they talk AT you, while they're eyes are glued to their IPhone, checking to see who texted them and texting them back.
Look, I'm quite a multi-tasker myself. In order to function in today's world, we all have to avail ourselves of modern conveniences.
I'm not proposing we revert to the Stone Age.
I like technology. It can do A LOT OF GOOD and save A LOT OF TIME.
But when OUTER THINGS THEMSELVES BECOME THE FOCUS of our lives, when they STEAL our AWARENESS of Jesus, THAT'S when they become thieves.
Carnal lusts are Jesus thieves, technology can be a Jesus thief, and PEOPLE can steal your Jesus.
A lot of selfish, delusional Christians, who think God and the world revolve AROUND THEM and their idiotic OPINION, are Jesus thieves.
They're the ones who make mountains out of proverbial molehills, split theological hairs, and point out inconsequential details.
They "recommend" books written by SINFUL, GREEDY, LYING MORTALS, when THEY don't KNOW THE BOOK WRITTEN BY THE IMMORTAL.
But I would be remiss if I didn't mention THE BIGGEST THIEF OF ALL:
That's the individual who HAS JESUS and doesn't share Him with anyone.
He or she is a Jesus HOARDER.
They have Him, but won't tell anyone else HOW TO get Him.
They prefer, instead, to run away from their responsibility, and hide in the bushes (Genesis 3:8).
I don't care WHO you are: if you hide in the bushes long enough, you're gonna get bitten by THE snake.
"Therefore, to one WHO KNOWS THE RIGHT THING TO DO -- AND DOES NOT DO IT, TO HIM IT IS SIN" (James 4:17).
And those who hide in the bushes do so OUT OF FEAR, and for NO OTHER reason (Genesis 3:10).
He that fears IS NOT PERFECTED in Love. He that fears HAS TORMENT (1 John 4:18).
For what it's worth, I'm not just preaching to you, but also to myself.
We have all allowed "Jesus thieves" to infiltrate our lives.
What we all must do - regardless of who is or isn't in our lives, or what form of technology we're using - is KEEP OUR FOCUS where it belongs:
ON THE INNER Christ.
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS.
Not some "far away Jesus", ‘pie in the sky, in the sweet by and by...
But on the Jesus who is ALWAYS with us...
On the Jesus WHO IS "us".
It's NOT an "outside Jesus" that will rapture you but your INNER Jesus.
Is something or someone "stealing" your Jesus?
Then CUT IT OFF!
Or SEVERELY restrict it.
Because NOTHING and NO ONE in this world is worth YOUR JESUS.
NOTHING and NO ONE can COMPARE to Him.
He is the pearl of GREAT PRICE.
He's worth EVERYTHING you got.
He is THE MOST PRECIOUS asset in the universe.
If we allow people or things to "steal" our Jesus we are A BUNCH OF FOOLS.
Don't let ANYTHING - or ANYONE - steal your Jesus.
WHY would we settle FOR ONLY A LITTLE Jesus, when we can have ALL of Him ?
MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2015
If you're one of those "perfect" individuals WHO ALWAYS says the right thing, does the right thing, and are "more loving" and "helpful" than everyone else, you're IN THE WRONG PLACE.
You belong in that "Perfect People's Club" down the street.
If you, on the other hand, ARE IMPERFECT, then you're IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
If you're IMPERFECT, then I have THE BEST NEWS for you:
Jesus came to SAVE IMPERFECT PEOPLE, like us (Mark 2:17).
He came to forgive us, cleanse us, and give us HIS OWN PERFECTION (Hebrews 12:23).
Best of all, it's FREE.
If you give Jesus YOUR WHOLE HEART, He will give you HIS PERFECTION... forever (2 Corinthians 5:21).
If you acknowledge that you don't always measure up, that you don't always treat others right, that you get angry, that you have impure thoughts or inclinations, that you constantly screw up, THAT YOU SIN, THEN Jesus CAN help you.
Jesus can and WILL SAVE YOU - for all eternity (Hebrews 7:25).
He GUARANTEES you a BRILLIANT Destiny that NO ONE can take away from you.
If you acknowledge THAT YOU SIN, then Jesus WON'T COUNT ANY SIN AGAINST YOU (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Repeat: if you acknowledge THAT YOU SIN, then Jesus WON'T COUNT ANY sin (past, present, or future) AGAINST YOU.
Conversely, there's NOTHING Jesus can do for perfect individuals.
Those who never do or say anything wrong, are beyond Jesus' ability to help or save.
If you're perfect, there's NOTHING that even God Himself can do for you.
If you're perfect, there's NOTHING that this ministry, or I personally can do for you.
Simply know that God will MEASURE YOU by THE VERY SAME STANDARD with which YOU MEASURE others (Matthew 7:1-5).
That means that He WILL COUNT ALL your sins (all those that you commit, but DO NOT acknowledge) against you, the same way you COUNT, and BLOW OUT OF PROPORTION, the tiniest imperfection IN OTHERS.
By the same token, if you're looking for some minister or ministry that is AS PERFECT AS YOU, that always answers WHAT YOU WANT TO hear, or whose answer will always be pleasant, boy did you come TO THE WRONG WEBSITE !!!
I answer the Truth, whether it's to anyone's liking (including my own), or not.
I don't always give nice answers.
And (praise Jesus!) I NEVER answer in a religiously correct manner.
I'm MUCH TOO IMPERFECT AND SINFUL to measure up to your STANDARDS.
That's why I said you're wasting your time here.
You're better off going elsewhere.
Because Jesus didn't come to save perfect people.
He came to save SINNERS.
1 Timothy 1:15:
"Messiah Jesus came into the world TO SAVE SINNERS--of whom I AM THE WORST".
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015
TALE OF TWO SINNERS
In Luke 19:9-14, Jesus told the parable of TWO SINNERS, the Pharisee and the publican.
Pharisees were part of the religious hierarchy of the day. They were educated, well dressed, had sound theology, and were generally held in high esteem.
They LOOKED perfect and acted PERFECTLY ON THE OUTSIDE (Matthew 23:27).
Publicans, on the other hand, were very common individuals, considered traitors, and dishonest, since they collected taxes for the Roman Empire, and often overtaxed their own countrymen in order to maximize profits.
They did things that were wrong, used coarse language, and didn't look squeaky clean like the Pharisees.
They were generally regarded as scum.
One of the many things I love about Jesus is that He often sat, ate, and hung out with publicans, but continually butted heads with self-righteous Pharisees.
Jesus NEVER spoke against publicans, or against ANY sinner, yet He REPEATEDLY railed against holier-than-thou Pharisees, calling them hypocrites, to their face, as well as "snakes", and "blind guides".
For good measure, He added that publicans and whores would enter God's Kingdom AHEAD OF them (Matthew 21:31).
In the aforementioned parable, the publican humbled himself, ACKNOWLEDGED he was A NO-GOOD, WORTHLESS SINNER, asked for God's mercy, and went home justified.
But the self-righteous Pharisee who said:
"Thank God I'M NOT like this sinful drug addict",
"Thank God I'M NOT like this sinful homosexual",
"Thank God I'M NOT like this sinful prostitute",
"Thank God I'M NOT like this sinful thief",
"Thank God that, UNLIKE this profane sinner, I always use "proper" language, and never offend anyone",
"Thank God I'M NOT LIKE this sinful idolater",
"Thank God I'M NOT like this sinful adulterer",
"Thank God I keep the 10 Commandments"
Thank God I tithe 10% of my income
Thank God I do good works.
Thank God I observe the weekly the Sabbath.
Thank God I observe the torah.
"Thank God I'M NOT like this SINNER",
Was NOT justified, and had NO right standing with God.
Despite his religion and his pretentious sense of SELF-righteousness, the Pharisee WAS LOST AND HEADED FOR HELL (Matthew 23:33).
There's NOTHING new under the sun.
Fast forward 2,000 years: We still have "publicans" and, unfortunately, plenty of Pharisees.
We are ALL sinners.
There are only TWO CATEGORIES OF SINNER:
Those who acknowledge their sin, realize they have no righteousness of their own, humble themselves, ask Jesus into their hearts, TRUST WHAT HE DID FOR US AT CALVARY, and ARE FORGIVEN and SAVED.
And those who THINK they're righteous, because they "DO THIS" or "DON'T DO" THAT.
Who TRUST their OUTWARD BEHAVIOR, but have an unregenerate heart.
Who trust WHAT THEY DO, and NOT WHAT JESUS DID.
Who have fallen from Grace, will perish in their sins, and GO STRAIGHT TO HELL (Galatians 5:4-5).
Everyone reading this falls into one of these two categories.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015
WHY I'M GOING TO HEAVEN AND YOU'RE NOT
I know that, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, most people reading this ARE going to heaven.
Unfortunately, there are some - including (sad but true) some among our habitual readers - who, if they died or Jesus raptured us TODAY, are NOT ready, and would GO TO HELL or be left for the tribulation.
These individuals are MODERN PHARISEES.
They are the ones with the PATHOLOGICAL, UNCONTROLLABLE NEED to point out THE SLIGHTEST "fault" in others, all the while NOT realizing THE HUGE PLANK in THEIR OWN EYE (Matthew 7:1-5).
They "strain out a (tiny) gnat, BUT SWALLOW A WHOLE CAMEL" (Matthew 23:24).
They're the ones who are "PERFECT"...
Who NEVER - at least by their self-serving reckoning - DO or SAY ANYTHING wrong.
It's ALWAYS "someone else's" fault.
They're the ones who THINK the whole world, including this ministry, REVOLVES AROUND THEM.
They feel ENTITLED to hijack our mailbox with their petty and idiotic comments.
They claim to be "MORE LOVING" THAN everyone else because they follow MAN-INVENTED RELIGIOUS ETIQUETTE as to what constitutes proper "Christian" behavior.
They, in short, ARE "MORE LOVING" and "MORE RIGHTEOUS"... THAN JESUS!!!
They're are ministered to FREE OF CHARGE on a DAILY basis, yet never offer a word of encouragement.
They're the religious hypocrites who CLAIM to have "followed" our teachings for 4, 5 years, or longer (I don't know WHAT they've read), have seen WARNINGS posted all over our website saying that we "use BLUNT language", yet ACT SURPRISED when they read it.
So, WHY am I going to heaven?
Is it because of the souls we brought to saving knowledge of Jesus?
Is it because we minister to thousands across the globe on a daily basis?
Is it because we pray and intercede FOR MANY groups and individuals?
Is it because I'm BETTER or HOLIER than anyone else?
Is it because I NEVER do anything wrong?
Is it because I NEVER USE harsh language?
Is it because I'm NEVER wrong?
Is it because I NEVER SIN?
NO. I've probably sinned MORE THAN all of you COMBINED.
Do you know WHY I'm going to heaven?
Because, by the sheer grace of God, I realized years ago, that I'M A NO GOOD, LOUSY SINNER, WHO CAN'T DO ANYTHING RIGHT, and HAVE ZERO - I mean Z-E-R-O -righteousness.
That MY ONLY HOPE of Salvation is to have Jesus CREDIT HIS OWN PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS to me.
And I ABSOLUTELY TRUST that my precious Savior is SO GOOD that He HAS DONE - JUST THAT (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Your problem - THE REASON YOU'RE LOST -- is YOU STILL THINK YOU HAVE ANY RIGHTEOUSNESS.
"THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE!!!" (Romans 3:10)
You haven't realized THAT THE ONLY RIGHTEOUSNESS - IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE - is that OF JESUS HIMSELF.
That there is NO RIGHTEOUSNESS FOUND ANYWHERE ELSE, except in Him.
That is WHY JESUS is the ONE AND ONLY Savior, BESIDES whom there is NO OTHER.
That is WHY NO ONE can be saved APART FROM Him (Acts 4:12).
Pharisees feel COMPELLED to "correct" INCONSEQUENTIAL error.
There are souls that need Jesus, people with perplexing heart-wrenching problems who need counsel, hundreds of emails to answer, ALL THE ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES of this ever growing ministry, including our websites and YouTube channels...
...THOUSANDS of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and butchered in the Middle East and Asia, Israel is more and more isolated and surrounded by enemies, from within and from without, that want to destroy it, the tribulation is ABOUT TO BEGIN, and YOU REALLY THINK I CARE that it's March 7, instead of March 6?
Can people really be THAT SELF- CENTERED?
NOT to mention STUPID?
I'm pretty patient, but THERE'S A LIMIT to how much pettiness, nit picking and stupidity I can take.
When they send an impertinent email, and I reply in kind, they invariably play the "LOVING ACCORDING TO RELIGION" card and accuse me of being "unloving".
They'll dramatically quote 1 Corinthians 13:2:
"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, AND HAVE NOT LOVE, I AM NOTHING."
Is THAT supposed to BE NEWS to anyone?
It's NO SECRET that I'm WORTHLESS. I've said so FROM DAY ONE.
I'm LESS THAN NOTHING!!!
THAT'S exactly WHY I'm going to heaven, and YOU'RE NOT.
It's those who think that they're "SOMETHING" whose sorry behinds the Antichrist will kick.
The ONLY "love" I have is that which the Holy Spirit, BY GRACE, has put in my heart (Romans 5:5).
The ONLY "love" I have is Jesus Himself LIVING IN my innermost being (1 John 4:16).
Of course, when I point out that JESUS, the Personification of DIVINE LOVE, called the Pharisees of His day:
"Brood of vipers", "fools", "hypocrites", "unclean", and "children of hell" (Matthew 23:33).
That He flat-out told them that PUBLICANS AND PROSTITUTES would ENTER HIS KINGDOM BEFORE the Pharisees (Matthew 21:31)...
That sweet, gentle, "meek and mild", LOVING Jesus called the Syro-Phoenician woman "A DOG", ONE OF THE WORST INSULTS in Middle East culture (Mark 7:27).
That He MADE A WHIP out of ropes and drove the money changers and sellers out of the temple, CALLED THEM "THIEVES", turned their cattle loose, uncaged their doves, and OVERTURNED THEIR TABLES (John 2:14-16).
Pharisees HAVE NO ANSWER.
Just like they HAD NO ANSWER when Jesus told them WHAT THEY WERE - to their faces - 2,000 years ago.
But Pharisees THINK they ARE "MORE LOVING" and "MORE RIGHTEOUS"... THAN everyone, INCLUDING JESUS!!!
That's why THEY'RE HEADED FOR HELL, TRIBULATION, OR BOTH.
Be HALF as critical OF YOURSELVES, as you are of others.
Realize and ADMIT that you have ZERO righteousness. And ask Jesus to have mercy on your poor, destitute soul.
Your time is about to expire.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015
CONQUERING AND TO CONQUER
Of all this ministry's teachings, one of the most criticized and fiercely debated, concerns the WHITE HORSE in Revelation 6:2.
I have consistently taught, for over 10 years, that it represents Jesus, who goes forth "conquering and TO CONQUER".
He CONQUERS for the ultimate purpose of establishing The Kingdom of God on earth.
NOWHERE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE is the Antichrist depicted on a white horse. And we know from history, that the Antichrist's horse, named Bucephalus, was BLACK not white.
Jesus, on the other hand, UNEQUIVOCALLY appears on A WHITE HORSE in (Revelation 19:11).
Irenaeus and many of the Early Church fathers correctly understood and taught that the rider on the WHITE horse in Revelation 6:2 is Jesus.
This great Truth was "unsealed" back in the first century A.D. and will manifest on earth very shortly, when the 7th seal is opened and the 7th Trumpet is blown, heaven OPENS and Jesus RETURNS TO EARTH IN TANGIBLE, BODILY FORM.
That's what the Book of Revelation is ALL about:the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
It's NOT ABOUT the establishment of Antichrist's reign on earth.
Again: Revelation is NOT about establishing the Antichrist's reign on earth.
Although that must happen, Antichrist's reign will last ONLY 42 months (Revelation 13:5).
Jesus' Kingdom IS ETERNAL (Luke 1:33).
That's why THE SEALS BEGIN WITH JESUS going forth resurrected and victorious in the FIRST century, and END with Jesus ultimately returning on that same WHITE HORSE to establish His Kingdom on earth IN OUR CENTURY.
Glory to His Name!
The SEALS BEGIN WITH Jesus and END WITH Jesus:
He is the Alpha and the Omega: THE BEGINNING and THE END.
That's WHY, by the time the 7th trumpet sounds (under the 7th and FINAL seal), "the kingdoms of this world... become the kingdoms of our Lord and OF HIS CHRIST" (Revelation 11:15).
It's Jesus who will reign "forever and ever".
That's WHY it's Jesus who goes forth conquering and TO CONQUER...
You would think that Christians would REJOICE in this great and VERY BIBLICAL Truth. I'm certain many do.
But not ALL Christians...
I wish you could share some of the silly, almost blasphemous e-mails I receive from supposed believers vehemently arguing this is the Antichrist.
They have little interest in the Bible, except to take it out of context or use it "selectively" to "prove" their warped eschatology.
NO ONE can prove a lie.
NO ONE can EVER disprove Truth.
The false "white horse antichrist" theory did not emerge until the 19th century when it was invented by Charles Nelson Darby, advanced by C.I. Scofield, then picked up and popularized by 20 and 21 century prophecy traffickers.
Let's indulge their prophetic fantasy for just a moment:
If this WERE the Antichrist who goes forth "conquering and TO CONQUER", that would mean he'd be VICTORIOUS at Armageddon.
That would mean that Antichrist would defeat Jesus (perish the VERY THOUGHT).
That would mean Jesus would never establish His Eternal Kingdom on earth.
That would mean the whole Bible is a lie.
You can't say on the one hand that this is the Antichrist who goes forth TO CONQUER, and later say HE'S DEFEATED at Armageddon and that it's Jesus who will reign on earth.
That's DIRECT CONTRADICTION.
Make up your minds, "Christians":
All "christians" (small "c") who want to fight tooth and nail on behalf of the Antichrist, I got two words of advice for you:
1) REPENT and GET SAVED, while you still can. Or,
2) Start looking for a place to hide.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015
In recent days we've learned that:
1. Since Jews recaptured Jerusalem in 1967, we are, without question, THE generation in which the tribulation, Rapture, Second Coming will happen (Luke 21:24-32).
2. The "70 weeks Prophecy" foretold the PRECISE DAY AND YEAR in which Jesus would die, and the PRECISE DAY and YEAR of His First and Second Comings (Daniel 9:24-27).
3. Jesus must APPEAR for the SECOND TIME "7 SEVENS" or 7 shemittas AFTER the SECOND decree to "return and build" biblical Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25).
That decree was given in 1967-1968.
4. This is confirmed when John is given the Revelation in Patmos.
The Book of Revelation LEADS TO the Second Coming of Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
And THE FIRST THING JOHN SEES is THE SEVEN SEVENS: Jesus in the midst of 7 menorahs each having 7 branches. (Revelation 1:12)
5. The 7-branch menorah itself symbolizes the final shemitta at the end of this age.
6. Shemitta cycles begin and end on Sukkot (Deuteronomy 31:10).
7. The Second Coming of Jesus MUST, therefore, take place on Sukkot (Daniel 9:24).
8. The first CORRECT shemitta following the recapture of Jerusalem by the Jews in 1967 was 1968-1969, that the last CORRECT shemitta year was 2010-2011, and the next CORRECT shemitta will be 2017-2018.
9. The Second Coming of Christ, therefore, must happen on Sukkot 2018.
10. Since the tribulation lasts 3½ years, the Rapture must take place 3½ years PRIOR to the Second Coming, AT HALF SHEMITTA, AROUND Passover 2015 (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 13:5).
11. Paul explicitly says that the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) has PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE CHURCH (Colossians 2:16-17).
12. Paul mentions the New Moon first, then the Sabbath as having prophetic meaning. The Sabbath or day of rest is a figure of the Millennium when the whole earth will be at rest (Isaiah 2:3-4; 14:7).
If the prophetic Rosh Chodesh COMES BEFORE the prophetic Sabbath or Millennium, it can ONLY represent the tribulation, which PRECEDES the Millennium by 3½ years.
13. The Church is still here on earth during the first 10 days of the tribulation (Revelation 2:10).
It "COMES OUT OF the tribulation" (Revelation 7:14).
You can't "come out" of something unless you've been IN it.
4. Jesus contrasted the generation that left Egypt with this end-time generation. That generation DIDN'T ENTER the Promised Land (Numbers 14:32-33; 32:13; Hebrews 3:11-19).
THIS generation, by God's Grace, WILL ENTER (Mark 13:30).
15. Joshua led ONLY those who TRUSTED God into Canaan (Numbers 14:31) just like Jesus leads ONLY those who TRUST HIM into heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9; Revelation 7:9-14).
16. Israelites entered Canaan on Aviv 10 (Joshua 4:19).
Coincidentally, that is also the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey (John 12:1, 12-15).
That WILL BE THE DAY when we collectively cross over into the heavenly realm.
17. The great multitude that appears suddenly in heaven (raptured) has PALM BRANCHES in their hands (Revelation 7:9).
Just like the multitude that greeted Jesus in Jerusalem on Aviv 10, 34 A.D. (1,981 years ago) had PALM BRANCHES in their hands (John 12:13).
They even shouted as they WENT OUT TO MEET Jesus "Hoshana (SAVE US!) Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!"
18. The Hallel Psalms (113-118), which are recited on Passover and Sukkot have prophetic significance.
That Psalm 118 would correspond to year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar.
19. The days of Creation have prophetic significance. We're living on the cusp of the 6TH - the 7TH MILLENNIUM after Genesis (2 Peter 3:8).
20. The Book of Daniel specifically says eschatology would remain SEALED UNTIL the "time of the end", and ONLY at the time of the end would it be UNSEALED and understood (Daniel 12:4,9-10; Revelation chapter 5; 6:1-12).
21. The identity and nationality of the Antichrist have been established beyond dispute (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
22. The Antichrist must reappear on a major Israelite Feast (Daniel 11:29).
23. The Antichrist cannot reappear until the Church is "taken out of the way" (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7).
24. The tribulation begins with the sun turning black (Revelation 6:12).
It just so happens that THIS YEAR (2015) we have a VERY UNIQUE total solar eclipse on Rosh Chodesh Aviv, 15 days prior to Passover.
And that 10 days after that event it's Aviv 10, the VERY DAY Israelites crossed over the Jordan and the day Jesus entered Jerusalem and was greeted with palm branches (Joshua 4:19).
And it just so happens that counting back 3½ years from Sukkot 2018, we arrive at Passover 2015, when Antichrist should reappear, and that 15 days earlier we have a very unique - never before seen -- total solar eclipse, which is the first sign mentioned that jumpstarts the tribulation (Revelation 6:12; Joel 2:31).
25. While the other signs that accompany the darkening of the sun are supernatural, the solar eclipse itself IS NATURAL because several scriptures tell us that the moon "will not give its light". That ONLY HAPPENS during the new moon phase, WHICH IS THE ONLY TIME WHEN A NATURAL SOLAR ECLIPSE CAN OCCUR.
26. It just so happens that we have gotten this flood of new revelation that Jesus promised would be unsealed at the "time of the end".
27. It just so happens that every major prophetic event now fits clearly and precisely into a 3½ year period.
28. It just so happens that we're near the end of the "seven sevens".
Maybe ALL THESE THINGS are just "coincidences". Maybe THEY'RE NOT.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015
Jesus fulfilled all the spring Feasts on God's Calendar in His First Coming: died on Passover as the Lamb who took away sin and delivered us from its bondage, was buried on first day of Unleavened Bread (Hag hamatzot), rose from the dead on First Fruits of barley, and sent His Holy Spirit on Pentecost (Shavuot).
It's reasonable, therefore, to expect that He will do the same with the fall Feasts of Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
Scripture teaches that shemitta cycles begin and end on Sukkot (Deuteronomy 31:10-11).
Since Jesus must return at the end of the 70th shemitta "week" (Daniel 9:24-27), we now KNOW - beyond ANY doubt - that His Second Coming MUST take place on Sukkot.
No wonder Sukkot is known as zeman simcha teinu or "the season OF OUR REJOICING".
This gives new meaning to the cliché about Jesus being "THE REASON for THE SEASON".
WHAT could bring Jews GREATER JOY than the return of their long-awaited Messiah?
He will deliver them from tribulation, Satan, Antichrist, and bring them safely back to Jerusalem to enjoy His eternal Kingdom.
How appropriate that the 7th day of that marvelous Feast is called Hoshanna Rabba, meaning "the GREAT Salvation" -- the GREAT Jesus!
Jews who survive the tribulation and are hiding in the mountains will make pilgrimage to Jerusalem and dwell in temporary huts (Sukkot) for 7 days, as mandated in the Torah. And on the 7th day of the Feast they'll get to REJOICE and CELEBRATE their GREAT Salvation, our God and Savior JESUS. Hallelujah!
This, of course, raises the questions "WHAT PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT is there for Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur"?
Curiously, Yom Teruah is THE ONLY Feast for which NO PARTICULAR REASON is given in the Torah.
Since Jesus must return on Sukkot, since the tribulation lasts 3½ years, and since the Rapture takes place at the beginning of that period, we now know, beyond any doubt, that that there's NO WAY the Rapture can happen on Yom Teruah, -- most commonly and ERRONEOUSLY -- called "Rosh Hashanah".
However, our Messianic brethren are PARTIALLY CORRECT:
There IS a Rapture that takes place on Yom Teruah, only it's NOT the Rapture OF THE CHURCH.
Repeat: There IS a Rapture that takes place on Yom Teruah, only it's NOT the Rapture OF THE CHURCH.
Who, then, is raptured on Yom Teruah, 15 days PRIOR TO Messiah's Second Coming?
Those who come to faith in the Jewish Messiah, and are born again, DURING THE TRIBULATION (Revelation 14:15-16: 15:2).
Despite Alexander's persecution and Judas' threats, there will be A GREAT HARVEST of souls who GET SAVED right under their noses, even in the midst of great tribulation. Praise God for His never-ending mercies!
Some of them will be killed by Antichrist, then RAISED FROM THE DEAD at the start of the Millennium to reign on the earth (Revelation 20:4).
But those who become believers during that period, reject Antichrist and his mark, and somehow manage to survive, WILL BE REMOVED from the earth on Yom Teruah.
I've given you the "what", the "who" and the "when", but not the biblical WHY.
Yom Teruah means "day OF SHOUTING".
This is the description given in Revelation 14:15-16 of that blessed event:
"And another angel came out of the temple, SHOUTING WITH A LOUD VOICE to him that sat on the cloud, "Thrust in your sickle, and reap: for the time has come for you to reap; FOR THE HARVEST OF THE EARTH IS RIPE".
Teruah often refers to the noise made BY A GATHERING OF THE FAITHFUL calling out to the Almighty in unison. For example:
• "Clap hands, all nations, shout to God, with a singing voice!" (Psalms 47:1)
• "Shout to God, all the earth!" (Psalms 66:1)
Perhaps the reason for NOT GIVING A SPECIFIC REASON for this Feast is that those who get saved and raptured - at that point - are, for the most part, gentiles.
Or, they may be Israelites, from the 10 tribes, and NOT KNOW IT.
Perhaps that explains the "mystery" surrounding the reason for this Feast.
Regardless of their ethnicity, the participants in that special Rapture will no doubt also SHOUT GLADLY and LOUDLY, welcoming their REDEMPTION and DELIVERANCE from the tribulation.
That leads us to Yom Kippur.
This is the day when the Two Witnesses - who are murdered by Antichrist after concluding their 1,260-days testimony - rise from the dead and ASCEND to heaven, while their enemies helplessly WATCH.
This is also the day when the 10th part of Jerusalem is demolished by an earthquake that destroys the Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa, and topples the Abomination of Desolation.
It's also when the fate of remaining tribulation survivors is sealed.
They get 10 days (from Teruah to Kippur) to make up their minds and choose sides: Christ or Antichrist.
Those who didn't get raptured on Yom Teruah, but in the closing days of the Age choose Christ and reject Antichrist, get to repopulate the earth during the Millennium.
Provided, of course, that they didn't take the mark (666), nor worship Antichrist, nor mistreated natural Israelites (Jesus' brethren) (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 14:9-11).
This is all part of the purification process the earth must undergo during that calamitous period.
Those who are stupid enough to choose Antichrist - who HATE JESUS SO MUCH that they'd rather have Satan rule over them - are TOAST.
They'll be the primary target of the horrendously severe bowl judgments. And those who survive those judgments will perish at Armageddon.
All those who persist in rejecting Christ will be sent to the lake of fire, along with Antichrist and his false prophet.
That sentence is irreversible.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FREE SPEECH?
For most of its almost 239-year history, the United States of America has prided itself in being a beacon of democracy, and promoter of FREE SPEECH.
The VERY FIRST Amendment to our Constitution GUARANTEES freedom of expression to everyone.
And yet THE SPEECH about to be given by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before Congress has brought more protest and criticism -- by the VERY MEDIA that claims to support free speech -- than anything in recent memory.
Apparently, the very individuals who profess to be champions of free speech WANT TO CENSOR the Israeli Prime Minister and/or DENY HIM that right.
If that's not the height of self-righteous journalistic hypocrisy, pray tell what is...
The speech has been in the headlines EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past couple months.
Let the man give his speech!!!
No one has to accept his views.
Let's just hear what he has to say.
Are you going to tell me that the likes of Ahmadinejad, Arafat, and the late Gaddafi can come to New York and address the UN, be all over American TV, but we CAN'T BEAR to hear the Prime Minister of Israel?
It's a world gone mad!
I know Bibi is addressing Congress, not the UN.
I know that Speaker Boehner went over the President's head in extending the invitation.
Ever heard of "whatever a man sows that shall he also reap"? (Galatians 6:7)
How many times has the President GONE OVER Congress' head and signed so-called "executive orders" unilaterally, like a petty dictator?
I love Israel, I like the Prime Minister, and I hope he knocks it out of the park.
All that being said, let's be realistic:
The speech WON'T CHANGE ANYTHING.
No matter how good a case the Prime Minister makes for NOT cutting a bad deal with Iran...
No matter how convincing his arguments about the danger it poses to Israel... and the world.
This world is embarked on an irreversible course.
It has reached a point of no return.
We've predicted a nuclear Iran on this website, for the past 10 years.
The Bible has predicted it for 2,800 years.
The bad deal with Iran will likely go through.
Deal or no deal, Iran will go ahead with its nefarious plans.
And no matter how much the U.S. may claim to have "Israel's back", pretty soon there won't be much of a U.S. left.
According to Daniel 12:7 these things will take place when the "power of the Holy People has been shattered".
Tiny Israel will find itself isolated, then surrounded, then conquered.
Not by Iran, but by a multinational coalition led by Antichrist (Zechariah 14:1-3).
Israel, however, will survive.
It will never be wiped off the map.
Even if the U.S. no longer "has their back", the Almighty does.
Some very difficult days lie ahead, and they will suffer serious, but temporary setbacks.
Three and a half years from now Israel will be ON TOP of the world, a light to the gentiles, and all the nations will serve them (Isaiah 2:1-4; chapter 60; Zechariah 14:4).
Never mind the U.S., never mind the EU, never mind the UN, and never mind President Obama...
JESUS has their back.
And JESUS will deliver them.
Psalm 121:4: "He that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps".
MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015
THE REAL BLOOD MOON
The real "blood moon" predicted in the Bible is ONLY ONE, not several.
It is NOT a regular lunar eclipse.
It is PART OF a group of events listed in Scripture that signal the beginning of the tribulation.
We have two different descriptions of the moon during that unique event:
One description, found in passages like Matthew 24:29 and Isaiah 13:10, says that the moon "will not give its light".
The other description is found in Joel 2:31 and Revelation 6:12 which describe the moon as turning "into blood".
Is there contradiction in these passages?
We know the moon has no light of its own but merely reflects the light of the sun.
A solar eclipse CAN ONLY OCCUR DURING a NEW MOON PHASE, when the moon is "hidden": in other words, just before Rosh Chodesh.
Consequently, during a solar eclipse, the sun turns black when the moon's light is not seen, as the moon is temporarily invisible.
That explains the moon "will not give its light" description.
However, when the particular solar eclipse THAT LAUNCHES THE TRIBULATION takes place, instead of the moon disappearing -- as it usually does during its new phase and remaining "hidden" until it reappears as a very thin sliver of light -- it will first disappear, and then THE WHOLE MOON will appear the color of blood, either concurrent with, or immediately following, the eclipse of the sun.
It's purely a question of VISIBILITY from the earth, since the entire moon is in the sky at all times.
Conversely, lunar eclipses CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE when there's A FULL moon.
There's NO SUCH THING AS a lunar eclipse during A NEW moon.
Therefore, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE for solar and lunar eclipses to take place SIMULTANEOUSLY.
There is NO WAY, therefore, that natural lunar eclipses -- including the two that are to take place later this year - can be the moon that "turns to blood", FOLLOWING THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE, described in Revelation 6:12.
It's UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE.
The moon, in its new phase will disappear, THE SUN WILL BE ECLIPSED, and then THE ENTIRE MOON will be visible -- instead of just a thin sliver -- and not with its regular white light but THE DEEP RED, crimson COLOR OF BLOOD.
The solar eclipse will be natural, but all the other signs that accompany it will be supernatural.
Therefore, when Jesus stated in Matthew 24:29:
Immediately with the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, He was pointing toward a natural SOLAR ECLIPSE which can ONLY take place when the moon DOES NOT give its normal light, which is during the new moon phase.
In other words, JESUS WAS SAYING the tribulation WILL BEGIN ON a Rosh Chodesh.
And the signs will happen JUST PRIOR.
Likewise, when Jesus told the Church of Philadelphia that He would keep it "from the hour of tribulation which will come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth", and that He's the one who "opens and no man shuts, and shuts and no man opens", again He was indicating Rosh Chodesh (Revelation 3:7-10).
It is during Rosh Chodesh that the door to God's Temple is opened:
"Thus says the Lord Yahweh: The gate of the inner court that faces the east shall be shut the six working days (Sunday through Friday); but on the Sabbath day IT SHALL BE OPENED, and ON THE DAY OF THE NEW MOON (Rosh Chodesh) IT SHALL BE OPENED" (Ezekiel 46:1).
Keeping in mind that the Sabbath in Israel begins at SUNDOWN on gentile Friday, and that there will be a 6-hour difference (since we "spring forward" next Sunday, March 8), the March 20 solar eclipse should begin at about 5:45 A.M. Eastern Daylight Savings Time, which would be 11:45 A.M. in Israel on a Friday.
The Sabbath that begins 6 hours later,coincides with Rosh Chodesh (the new moon) therefore the gate to God's Temple is OPENED.
Glory to Jesus, we have THE TWO SPECIFIC DAYS when the temple door opens (Sabbath and Rosh Chodesh) TAKING PLACE SIMULTANEOUSLY!
The door closes the day following Sabbath, namely, on Sunday which is a "working day" in Israel.
It remains closed Sunday through Friday, and reopens the following Saturday (March 28) and closes again on Sunday, Aviv 10, (March 29) 10 days later.
Is God's Word awesomely precise, or what?
That's why I say I'm not sure at this point WHERE we will be during those 10 days. We could be home, or we could be on a certain mountaintop awaiting the sealing of the 144,000 the resurrection of the dead in Christ, and those WHO WILL BECOME NEW BELIEVERS during those 10 days -- and then WE ALL GO UP TOGETHER, and the door gets shut.
The other signs that accompany these phenomenal events are a great shaking of earth, sea and sky, a large meteor shower, the parting of the atmospheric heavens, the rearranging of geography and topography, and THE SIGN of the SON OF MAN APPEARING in the sky above us, in power and great glory (Matthew 24:29-30; Revelation 6:12).
"For thus says the LORD of hosts: Yet once, in a little while, I WILL SHAKE THE HEAVENS, AND THE EARTH, AND THE SEA, AND THE DRY LAND; And I WILL SHAKE ALL NATIONS, and THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS SHALL COME: and I WILL FILL THIS HOUSE WITH GLORY, says the LORD of hosts" (Haggai 2:6-7).
Even so, come Lord Jesus. Amen.
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015
In Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus tells the parable of the WORKERS.
He compares the Kingdom of God to the owner of a vineyard, who goes out early in the morning to hire workers.
He agrees to pay them a certain sum for a day's work.
Then he goes out again, three hours later, and hires some more workers. Three hours after that, he hires even more.
Finally, AT THE 11TH HOUR, WHEN THERE'S HARDLY ANY WORK LEFT, he hires more workers.
When evening came, He paid EXACTLY THE SAME WAGES TO THOSE WHO'D WORKED FOR ONLY ONE HOUR as TO THOSE WHO'D WORKED SINCE 6 A.M.
In fact He paid the LAST WORKERS FIRST, and the first workers (those who'd toiled since 6 a.m.) He paid last.
The first workers then complained that they should have received more than the last workers, since they had WORKED a lot longer AND HARDER.
But the owner of the vineyard told them (PARAPHRASING) "hey, I paid you the wages for which you agreed to do the work. What business is it of yours if I WANT TO pay these last guys the same as you guys? It's my money. I can do with it, whatever I want. YOU'RE JUST UPSET BECAUSE I'M GOOD, and I'm extending UNDESERVED GOODNESS to them".
The first WORKERS are an allegory for those who try to EARN THEIR WAY into the Kingdom thru WORKS.
They THINK they're more "deserving", and "entitled" to "more pay" ("MORE SALVATION") because they've borne the "burden and heat" of the day.
They THINK keeping the law and the 10 commandments, and going to a building they INCORRECTLY call "church" on Saturday, or Sunday, will get them Salvation and a better place in the Kingdom.
But Jesus unequivocally stated THAT ISN'T THE CASE:
Those WHO HARDLY DID ANYTHING, WHO SIMPLY TRUSTED (HAD FAITH IN) THE OWNER'S WORD, AND HIS SHEER GOODNESS, got paid the same, AND GOT THEIR PAY FIRST, which means they ENTERED INTO THE KINGDOM AHEAD OF THE "WORKERS".
Then, the Lord makes the astounding statement "the last shall be first, and the first shall be last: for many are CALLED, but few are CHOSEN".
Is it wrong to do good works? NO.
What IS wrong is TRUSTING those works for Salvation, either INSTEAD OF Jesus, or ALONG WITH Jesus.
If you need works in order to be saved then works ARE CO-SAVIORS.
There's NO WAY OF GETTING around that Truth.
And if works are CO-SAVIORS, that means that Jesus is INSUFFICIENT TO SAVE and, therefore, NO SAVIOR AT ALL.
You CAN'T have it both ways (Romans 11:6).
Salvation is JESUS ALONE, LIVING IN OUR HEARTS.
NOTHING MORE, and NOTHING LESS.
God didn't call His children to toil and labor for the Kingdom; He called them, and CHOSE THEM, to REST IN HIM.
The TRUE SABBATH, according to Hebrews 4:10, is CEASING FROM OUR OWN WORKS, and TRUSTING JESUS' FINISHED WORK OF SALVATION ON OUR BEHALF.
It's resting in Him, and WHAT HE DID for us.
THAT IS THE REST of which the Old Testament Sabbath was merely a shadow:
It's what the 24-hour Sabbath REPRESENTED [Colossians 2:16-17].
Salvation is NOT what WE DO, it's WHAT HE DID.
ONLY WHAT HE DID will get us into heaven.
Here's Jesus' personal invitation to ALL "workers":
STOP WORKING FOR SALVATION: Cease from YOUR OWN WORKS, and TRUST (have faith in) His finished Work:
"Come unto me, ALL YOU who WORK and are HEAVY LADEN, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST" [Matthew 11:28].
All "WORKERS" would do well to heed Jesus' Words.
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