May 2015 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He THAT ENTERS NOT BY THE DOOR INTO THE SHEEPFOLD, BUT CLIMBS UP SOME OTHER WAY, the same is A THIEF AND A ROBBER" (John 10:1).
"Then Jesus said to them again, Verily, verily, I say to you, I AM THE DOOR of the sheep... I AM THE DOOR: BY ME IF ANY MAN ENTER IN, HE SHALL BE SAVED, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:7-9).
These verses couldn't be clearer:
There's ONLY ONE door into the Kingdom of God and His Name is Jesus.
There's NO OTHER DOOR.
There is NO SALVATION thru ANY OTHER DOOR, or thru ANYONE else (Acts 4:12).
And yet man keeps trying to invent "other doors" by which to get in:
Abstaining from certain sins
10 Commandment keeping
Dietary laws (kashrut)
Fruit yielding doors...
And the list goes on and on...
I got news for ALL door inventors:
They WON'T MAKE IT INTO the Kingdom.
UNLESS they go through Jesus, and ONLY thru Jesus, the door to the Kingdom will be shut and they will find themselves in the midst of outer darkness (Revelation 3:7).
ANYONE who tries to climb in some "other way"...
ANYONE who tries to either bypass Jesus, or ADD ANOTHER DOOR TO JESUS, is NOT a child of God, but a sneaky bastard.
Anyone who ADDS "other doors", WON'T ENTER into God's Kingdom.
Because Jesus is THE ONLY DOOR, THE ONLY WAY to God, and THE ONLY WAY into the Kingdom of God (John 14:6).
All door inventors, according to Jesus, ARE THIEF AND ROBBERS.
Thank God that the REAL sheep DON'T LISTEN TO THEM.
Have you been listening to A THIEF?
To some wolf or she-wolf in sheep's clothing?
To some instrument of Satan who came only to steal, kill and destroy?
Some agent of darkness WHO INVENTED ANOTHER DOOR BESIDES, or IN ADDITION TO, "JUST" JESUS?
And listen to Jesus instead:
"I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT THRU ME".
Choose Him as your ONE AND ONLY DOOR into God's Kingdom.
And DON'T TRUST ANY OTHER "DOOR" beside Him.
FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015
OUT OF NOTHING
The other morning I was watching TV, and made the mistake of stopping for a moment at one of the "Christian" channels.
The televangelist on the screen was reading a letter from one of his supporters who had just lost her job and was having a rough time financially.
The televangelist immediately launched into his phony baloney, SEND ME MONEY, religious rhetoric.
He said that "God will bless you and multiply you. But in order for God to multiply, you must put something into His hand FIRST".
By putting something into "God's hand" he clearly meant that this poor woman should send MONEY TO HIM.
He then used Jesus' multiplication of the loaves and fish as example.
I'm not going to say the televangelist's name, BUT I sure as hell I'm going to speak against his PREMEDITATED DECEIT.
(Don't faint, holier-than-thou religionists, "hell" is IN THE BIBLE).
I wonder what verse of Scripture says that giving money to callous, uncaring, money grubbing, religious liars constitutes "giving to God".
I also wonder WHEN God EVER authorized THAT LYING TELEVANGELIST, or any other televangelist -- even the FEW honest ones -- to receive money IN GOD'S STEAD.
THIS MAN WAS LYING.
Does God need us to "put something in His hand" in order to multiply it?
NO, NO, and a million times "NO"!!!
He created THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE OUT OF NOTHING (Hebrews 11:1).
Nobody "gave Him" anything in order for Him to create it!
Nobody "planted a seed" so God could make the stars.
Nobody PUT ANYTHING "in His hand" so He could multiply it into cells, amino acids, atoms, particles, animals, humans...
He created EVERYTHING OUT OF NOTHING, and He multiplied EVERYTHING OUT OF NOTHING.
How dare this avaricious scam artist limit God by saying that He CANNOT UNLESS YOU DO?
God can do ANYTHING HE WANTS!!!
God's blessings ARE FREE.
He never attaches any "condition".
You DON'T NEED TO "put anything" in His hand.
What you really need to do is give Him your heart.
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
In recent days we've talked about Prophecy Dinosaurs and Prophecy Mutants. But there's a third breed of self-proclaimed mutilated prophecy "expert":
The Prophecy Gymnast.
The gymnasts are those WHOSE PERSONAL PREFERENCE trumps all else, including God.
They will "bend over backwards" to make their belief "fit" Scripture, even if they have to perform 50 different maneuvers to "get there".
Gymnasts are the ones who add this, subtract that, divide by the 153 fish the disciples caught in John chapter 21, and then multiply by the 120 disciples in the Upper Room to "arrive" at their PREDETERMINED conclusion.
They're the ones who toss both Scripture and human logic out the window.
They're the ones who MIX ASTROLOGY AND PSEUDO SCIENCE with the Bible.
In recent years they've regaled us with such prophetic "gems" as the zodiac sign Virgo being the woman in Revelation 12, the myth of NONEXISTENT "Planet X" (a/k/a Nibiru), the alleged "apocalyptic horse" on Tahir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, the UFO over the so-called Temple Mount - all of which are PROVEN hoaxes - and mysterious "trumpet sounds", humming and bird chirping to which ONLY A FEW "CHOSEN ONES" ARE PRIVY.
They are still regaling us with comet Elenin, WHICH DISINTEGRATED FOUR YEARS AGO, in October 2011.
But EVEN THAT doesn't stop the PG's from keeping it "alive".
Don't you know that NASA is involved in a huge conspiracy to keep us in the dark about Elenin, and keep its existence and trajectory hidden from us ?
Of course, stupid gymnasts never even consider that NASA ISN'T the only space observatory in the world. There are many others right here in the U.S. (Texas, California) and in many other countries including Russia, China, Denmark, Chile and Argentina.
Apparently, then, the WHOLE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY ACROSS THE GLOBE is involved in this "conspiracy" to keep A DEAD COMET, which gymnasts claim IS STILL ALIVE, hidden from us.
Too bad that they don't have the same conviction about the Resurrection of Jesus.
REAL Bible prophecy flows smoothly, dovetails effortlessly, and is self-evident.
When we resort to all these capricious formulas, we can "make" the Bible "say" ANYTHING WE WANT.
Those who perform these loony calculations are NOT seeking Truth, nor honoring God.
They are DISHONEST, SELF-SERVING MORONS who will go to any lengths to "make" a case for what THEY'VE ALREADY CHOSEN TO BELIEVE, and FOR THE LIE they HAVE DELIBERATELY CHOSEN to SPREAD.
My advice to all Prophecy Gymnasts is:
Read, and RE-READ Jesus' warning in Revelation 22:18-19 about the SEVERE CONSEQUENCES of adding to His Word of Prophecy.
Bible prophecy ISN'T a game.
It's dead-serious Truth.
It's HISTORY (His Story) written IN ADVANCE.
Revelation 21:8 says that ALL LIARS (who contradict God's Truth) will have their part in the lake of fire.
Those who DISHONOR God's Word, WILL BE DISHONORED by God.
Gymnasts need to repent and seek God's will, INSTEAD OF THEIR OWN.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
THE NEED TO LOVE YOURSELF
LOVE your neighbor AS YOURSELF (Mark 12:31)
The first commandment, according to Jesus, is TO LOVE God, with ALL our heart,ALL our soul, ALL our strength and ALL our mind.
The second commandment is TO LOVE YOURSELF.
Well, that's not what I read in the verse you quoted: it says to love OUR NEIGHBOR.
It says to love your neighbor AS you love yourself.
Therefore, if you DON'T LOVE YOURSELF you CANNOT love your neighbor.
I realize that is NOT the way organized religion presents this great precept...
But think about it...
If we're supposed to love our neighbor AS we love ourselves, and we DON'T love ourselves, then HOW ON EARTH can we LOVE our neighbor?
If you have NO LOVE for yourself,HOW can you give your neighbor the love YOU DON'T HAVE?
The NEED to love ourselves has been grossly distorted by religion.
Loving ourselves is often equated with pride and selfishness.
Nothing can be farther from The Truth.
Those who are haughty and selfish HATE THEMSELVES.
They DON'T HAVE ONE OUNCE of love to bestow on themselves or anyone else.
Since they HATE themselves, they are INCAPABLE OF loving their neighbor.
That's what makes them arrogant, selfish, and --depending on the degree of hate -- CRIMINALS and TERRORISTS.
There's no better example of this principle than radical Islam.
WHY do you think these guys COMMIT SUCH ATROCITIES without even batting an eye?
WHY do you think they are WILLING to strap on a belt of explosives and detonate themselves into smithereens?
They HATE themselves...
Consequently, they also hate OTHERS...
These people LIVE IN hate, breathe hate, think hate, and THRIVE ON hate.
You MUST love yourself, or "your neighbor" is IN BIG TROUBLE.
But, you may wonder, HOW can I love myself?
There's nothing in me to love...
You're wrong. That's THE LIE that Satan sold man in the Garden of Eden.
That's THE LIE he's been selling us ever since.
It DOES NOT YET APPEAR who you really are... but when Jesus appears WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM (1 John 3:2).
And JESUS -- the JESUS IN YOU -- IS WORTHY of OUR TOTAL, UNRESTRAINED LOVE.
When Jesus appears YOU'LL NO LONGER be that jerk you dislike. You WILL BE LIKE HIM.
You will be HIM, as He MANIFESTS IN you.
You MUST love yourself because you are created in the Image of Love (God).
You MUST love yourself because God LOVES you.
You MUST love yourself because God PROVED His love for you by appearing on earth in human form, dying for your sins and rising from the dead.
You MUST love yourself because Love IS YOUR TRUE NATURE.
You are a child of God and God (our Father) IS love (1 John 4:16).
You MUST love yourself because as a child of God you are A MANIFESTATION OF Jesus, and predestined to become... Him (Romans 8:29).
But, most importantly, you MUST LOVE YOURSELF because Jesus, Love Personified, LIVES IN YOU.
Love inhabits love.
If you DO NOT love yourself, HOW CAN JESUS (who is Love Personified) FEEL WELCOME inside you?
ALL of this world's problems -without exception -- STEM FROM LACK OF LOVE.
I gotta wonder how different the Eden experience might have been had Eve realized HOW MUCH God loves her.
Had she LOVED HERSELF enough to BELIEVE and TRUST IN God's endless Love.
TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015
TRUSTING GOD'S LOVE
Trusting God involves more than simply trusting that He came in human form, in the Person of Jesus, died for our sins, removed all sin for all time, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven.
Although THIS BELIEF IS ESSENTIAL to individual Salvation, there's another part of TRUSTING God that, in our evangelistic zeal, is often missed and seldom taught.
I've been guilty of this omission myself.
I'm talking about TRUSTING the love that God has FOR YOU.
I'm talking about TRUSTING that He LOVES YOU -- UNCONDITIONALLY.
Think for a moment about WHAT THAT MEANS:
It means that we NEED NOT FEAR God.
It means that we NEED NOT FEAR, PERIOD.
NO MATTER HOW BLEAK circumstances may SEEM, He is Love, HE LOVES YOU, and He is in control.
The sufferings of this present time ARE NOT WORTHY TO BE COMPARED WITH the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
It means that, BECAUSE HE LOVES US, every enemy WILL BE VANQUISHED, and we will ultimately emerge TOTALLY VICTORIOUS in Christ.
It means that we DO NOT HAVE TO "PERFORM" in order to "earn" His favor, MUCH LESS HIS LOVE.
Re-read the previous paragraph, please.
His favor (Grace) IS THE INEVITABLE result of His UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for us.
That is WHY Salvation is - and ALWAYS WILL BE - BY GRACE ONLY, through FAITH ONLY.
God LOVES US, and GIVES US THE FREE GIFT of Salvation, BECAUSE IT'S HIS Nature to love.
He IS Love. Of the Divine kind... (1 John 4:16)
He LOVES YOU and me, NOT because we deserve it, but because... He CAN'T HELP HIMSELF!
When we realize the INFINITE LOVE He has for us, that ONLY requires we trust Him, as a little child trusts his or her daddy, our spontaneous response is TO LOVE HIM BACK with ALL our hearts...
To the point that HIS WILL becomes our heart's greatest desire.
We are living in the "time of the end". We are experiencing the "perilous times" prophesied in Scripture (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
It is IMPERATIVE for every Christian, and FOR EVERY HUMAN BEING ON EARTH, to realize that - NO MATTER WHAT goes on around us - the One, TRUE God loves us UNCONDITIONALLY.
Even in the midst of chaos, we can REST in that UNMOVABLE, ETERNAL TRUTH.
We need to TRUST the Love that God has for us... TO THE VERY END.
MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015
ISIS IN PROPHECY
You've watched all the videos on YouTube (there are OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND), listened to all the alleged "experts" or, worse, BOUGHT and read their stupid books FALSELY CLAIMING that Isis and its continued rampage through the Middle East "is prophesied in the Bible".
But WHAT does GOD have to say about it?
While God speaks, IN GENERAL TERMS, about Middle East turmoil in the last days - "nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom" - there is NOTHING in the Bible that specifically mentions the terrorist organization named ISIS.
Well, HOW can that be? Did God "miss" something?
Did He forget to tell us?
Not a chance.
Although it DOESN'T SPECIFY HOW, WHERE, or BY WHOM, Revelation 6:9-11 clearly says that many Christians will be killed JUST PRIOR to the tribulation and Rapture.
Since Jesus gave the Book of Revelation to John in the first century A.D., and since the "world" known at the time was basically the Middle East and Mediterranean basin, we can surmise, IN CONTEXT, that He was saying this barbarous onslaught of Christians would take place in THAT area of the world.
I would be remiss if I didn't say that they are ALSO KILLING Muslims of other sects and, basically, anyone else they WANT TO kill.
Whenever EVEN ONE of His children is persecuted or killed, JESUS TAKES IT PERSONALLY (Acts 9:4).
According to Revelation 6:11, the tribulation CANNOT BEGIN UNTIL a particular "number" of Christians has been killed.
When that number is reached, then God Himself WILL AVENGE THEIR BLOOD "from those who dwell on the earth" (Revelation 6:10).
There is NOTHING in Scripture to suggest that ISIS will play a prominent role during the upcoming tribulation.
THE ONLY SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION encountered by Antichrist during his 42-month reign is that of Iran.
And, even there, he will vanquish his opponents (Daniel 8:19-25; 11:44).
According to Daniel 11:40-44, the Antichrist will engage in brief combat with Egypt (king of the south), Turkey and, possibly, WHATEVER'S LEFT OF Syria (king of the north), and emerge victorious:
"He WILL INVADE MANY COUNTRIES AND SWEEP THROUGH THEM LIKE A FLOOD.
He WILL ALSO INVADE the Beautiful Land (ISRAEL).
MANY COUNTRIES WILL FALL, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon (Jordan) will be delivered from his hand.
He WILL EXTEND HIS POWER OVER MANY COUNTRIES:
Egypt WILL NOT ESCAPE.
He WILL GAIN CONTROL OF THE TREASURES OF GOLD AND SILVER AND ALL THE RICHES OF Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushites (Iraquis) IN SUBMISSION" (Daniel 11:40-43; Genesis 10:8-11).
Since ISIS's territorial gains are mainly in Iraq and Syria, this passage suggests that, once the tribulation begins, ISIS will be DESTROYED either:
1) By God through the 6 trumpet judgments.
Its scant remains, if any, will be SOUNDLY DEFEATED by the Antichrist, and it WILL CEASE TO EXIST.
2) By Iran.
3) By Antichrist. Or,
4) By some combination of the above THREE.
Right now it may SEEM that ISIS is unstoppable.
While Russia, the EU, and even the U.S.A have failed miserably in stopping, or even SLOWING, the ISIS juggernaut, NEVER FEAR:
Jesus CAN stop them.
And Jesus WILL stop them.
SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015
260 MILES FROM JERUSALEM
I hate to be the bearer of BAD news on this historic day, but ISIS is now 135 miles from Damascus, and a mere 260 miles from BOTH Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Just when the U.S. was proudly announcing that it had targeted and killed ISIS' "second in command" in Syria - some dude no one's ever heard of...
ISIS stole our thunder, to put it mildly, BY CAPTURING the strategic cities of Ramadi in Iraq, just 70 miles west of Baghdad, and Palmyra, Syria, located less than 300 miles from Israel's most important cities.
Say what you will about these savage monsters, but one thing they know is HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE.
And they have been EXTREMELY EFFICIENT at it.
RESULTS is the name of the game and for every modest American military "result", we are seeing SIGNIFICANT and STRATEGIC GAINS for the "Islamic State".
As the U.S. fecklessly SPEAKS OF "degrading" ISIS, it keeps inching closer and closer to Damascus, to Israel, and to Baghdad which, if captured, would mean they'd control ALL of Iraq.
The same Iraq that the U.S. spent so many lives, so much blood, limb and treasure to "liberate" under the Bush Administration.
Meanwhile all I read and hear in the U.S. media is who won Dancing with the Stars, who wore what to the Cannes film festival, and about Tom Brady's deflated balls.
Unqualified politicians, who aspire nonetheless to the presidency (hello Republicans), are basically repeating the Obama Administration's ridiculous line that if they could just "bring unity" between Sunnis and Shias in Iraq, that would solve the ISIS problem and make it go away.
FORGET IT! That won't happen anytime soon.
Not a chance in Hades.
So STOP DREAMING and COME UP WITH a "plan B".
An EFFECTIVE plan B.
Experienced army generals have said time and again that we need to SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE the air campaign against ISIS.
Many have suggested that we also need to put boots on the ground, even if it's become politically unpopular.
But the Obama Administration -- which CANNOT run for reelection and therefore would have NOTHING TO LOSE by taking a more aggressive stance -- is hell-bent on using a "measured" approach against these rabid barbarians.
He reminds me of those tepid preachers that are always promoting "balance" while LOSING THEIR CONGREGATIONS TO SECULARISM and CULTS.
It's becoming painfully obvious, with each passing day, that controlled aggression won't get the job done against the brute beast we're facing.
The situation calls for OVERWHELMING FORCE.
Talk about deflated balls...
What we need in the White House is someone with the cojones to GET IT DONE.
SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015
CUT THE MIDDLEMAN
Never a week goes by that we don't hear from several "Christians" who CLAIM to be conveying a message from God.
"God" is usually "telling them to tell me" THAT I SHOULDN'T TEACH the Rapture is pre-trib, SHOULDN'T TEACH that Christians are not under the law or the 10 Commandments, or that Saturday observance is not required, or that Christians aren't supposed to tithe.
These "Christians" ARE LYING.
God no more spoke TO THEM than Voltaire spoke to me.
How do I know?
Because God called me directly, clearly and UNEQUIVOCALLY to teach exactly what I'm teaching.
And God NEVER CONTRADICTS Himself.
This ministry is not "out to prove" some denomination's pet doctrine: EVERYTHING we teach is scriptural, and supported by chapter and verse taken IN CONTEXT,
If you've been Christian for more than 24 hours, chances are that you've already encountered one or more individuals WHO CLAIM to be speaking on God's behalf.
Let me give you some guidelines that will help you separate the wheat from the chaff:
If you're Christian, you have God Himself LIVING IN YOUR HEART AND JOINED TO YOUR SPIRIT (1 Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 2:18).
That means He's got DIRECT ACCESS, a DIRECT LINE of communication. And so do you.
He DOESN'T NEED TO GO THRU A THIRD PARTY.
If God's got something to tell you, He's WELL ABLE to do so Himself.
There's ONLY ONE MEDIATOR between God and us and His Name is Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).
Are there times when God will speak to us thru a brother or sister? Yes, but those times ARE VERY RARE.
When He does, He will NEVER, EVER contradict Himself.
When He does, it's usually TO CONFIRM something that He has ALREADY TOLD YOU HIMSELF.
When He does, it will ALWAYS be in line with His Word, His Spirit will bear witness with your spirit. You will KNOW -- deep within you -- that that person's words do in fact come from God.
When He does, God will use someone who is TOTALLY impartial, who has NO RELIGIOUS agenda, no axe to grind.
Anyone who claims "God said to tell you" and then pushes some unbiblical doctrine, or their own religious bias, is a BOLD-FACED LIAR.
You may quote me on that.
Don't be so quick to believe that "Christian" who claims God said to tell you to be a missionary to India.
Every time God calls someone into ANY type of ministry, He calls them DIRECTLY.
Jesus didn't tell Peter to tell Bartholomew that he was to be one of His apostles. He called Bartholomew, and everyone else, DIRECTLY.
As precious as missionaries are, God did NOT call everyone to be one. It takes a SPECIAL CALLING of God to be a good and effective missionary.
And for God's sake don't fall for the "God told me someone watching is supposed to send $10,000 right now" Kristian TV scam.
More than one naive Christian has had his or her life ruined by some religious manipulator PRETENDING TO have "a word from God".
Please don't let it happen to you.
FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
The modern counterpart to Prophecy Dinosaurs, are the equally misguided Prophecy Mutants.
The Mutants represent the "newer wave" of self-appointed teachers who - FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY - push FABRICATED conspiracy theories, Islamic antichrists, Islamic world rule, "blood moons", "harbingers", Turkish caliphates, and symbols in Arabic that, supposedly, somehow became part of the Holy Spirit INSPIRED Book of Revelation.
They've named everyone and their mother "Antichrist", except THE REAL guy who's been foretold in Scripture for 2,500 years.
Mutants base their eschatology ON CNN, NOT on the Bible.
According to their dubious and ludicrous "scholarship", the Holy Spirit inspired John to write Revelation in Greek, then, ALL OF A SUDDEN, when He got to Revelation 13:18, He decided to insert three symbols in Arabic.
Never mind that Revelation was written in the first century A.D., when the Arabic language DID NOT EXIST - and that it would not come into existence until the 6th century.
Likewise, Mutants claim that Isaiah 9:11 predicted the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and Twin Towers.
Never mind that the ORIGINAL Bible text DID NOT CONTAIN ANY chapter numbers or verse numbers.
Never mind that those were ONLY added in the 15th century A.D. AT THE SOLE discretion of translators, and NOT by the Holy Spirit.
The sad part is that SO MANY Christians are TOTALLY IGNORANT and ill-informed about the Bible, that they actually fall for these thoroughly DISHONEST and unscrupulous gimmicks.
They then MINDLESSLY parrot the wrong teaching and, worse, DEFEND IT.
There are NO CONSPIRACY THEORIES in the Bible.
You can search from Genesis to Revelation until your gullible, pea-size brain explodes, you won't find such idiocy.
Just like there are NO Islamic antichrists in the Bible.
There is NO Islamic world rule, no "harbingers" about 9/11, and NO Turkish caliphates in Scripture.
And NONE of the Bible was written in Arabic - not even ONE jot or tittle.
We can believe God or we can believe Prophecy Mutants.
We CANNOT believe BOTH.
THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015
Ever heard of a prophecy dinosaur?
It's a prophecy teacher caught in an obsolete eschatological time warp, from which he seems unable to break free.
It's someone who BLINDLY BELIEVES EVERYTHING that someone else taught OVER A CENTURY AGO, as though it were inerrant.
It's someone who elevates John Nelson Darby and C.I. Scofield to the status of demigods, and considers their teachings on Bible prophecy sacrosanct.
I APPRECIATE Darby and Scofield for bringing to light the Truth of the pre-trib Rapture.
Even though they did a lousy job of supporting it with Scripture, I'm VERY THANKFUL to God, and GRATEFUL to them, for reintroducing that Truth to the Church at large.
Their contribution got the Church out of the eschatological Dark Ages -- both literally and figuratively -- and they deserve MUCH CREDIT FOR IT.
The fact they were right about ONE THING, however, does not mean that they were right ABOUT EVERYTHING.
In fact, they COULDN'T HAVE BEEN.
There's NO WAY that someone who taught Bible prophecy A CENTURY AGO could be right about everything because Jesus Himself SEALED ESCHATOLOGY 2,500 years ago.
And ONLY Jesus (praise His Name eternally!) can UNSEAL IT.
Jesus even said WHEN He would UNSEAL end-time prophecy:
NOT in the 19th century, NOT in the 20th century, but AT THE VERY "TIME OF THE END" (Daniel 12:4,9).
And yet this great BIBLICAL truth seems to escape the Prophecy Dinos COMPLETELY.
It's as if they'd never read Daniel chapter 12.
I'm sure that Darby's and Scofield's minds and motives were "in the right place".
I'm sure that they DID NOT INTENTIONALLY teach error.
But one thing I've learned THE HARD WAY is that NO MATTER HOW MUCH we study the Bible, or HOW MUCH we THINK we know...
Until Jesus, by His Holy Spirit, REVEALS a matter, we're toiling IN VAIN.
We ALL see through a glass, darkly UNTIL WE SEE Jesus, FACE TO FACE.
Revelation about His Word of Prophecy comes - like EVERYTHING ELSE God does - by Grace through Faith...
And that NOT OF OURSELVES, it is His GIFT to us personally, and to His Body COLLECTIVELY.
Glory to Jesus from everlasting to everlasting!
Prophecy dinosaurs still got their followers expecting a 7-year tribulation.
They still cling to the unbiblical "7-year peace treaty" as though their lives depended on it.
They still push a mysterious Roman Antichrist, living incognito in some remote, unknown location, until he chooses to introduce himself to the world.
And they still insist that NO SIGNS precede the Rapture. That it will happen, one of these days, "out of the blue", whenever God capriciously decides it's time to zap us out of here.
Never mind that NONE of these doctrines are found in the Bible.
They also take the seals and trumpets in Revelation OUT OF GOD'S ESTABLISHED ORDER in a futile attempt to make their favored theories fit into the panoramic end-time.
Thank God that most PD's, by God's grace, ARE saved.
But I can't help wonder HOW THEY'LL FEEL when they appear before Jesus and suddenly realize that nearly EVERYTHING they SOLD God's dumb sheep WAS A LIE.
Jesus' words in Matthew 16:2-3 come to mind:
"He answered and said to them, When it is evening, you say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning, It will be bad weather today: for the sky is red and overcast. You hypocrites! YOU CAN DISCERN THE APPEARANCE OF THE SKY; BUT CANNOT DISCERN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES?"
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015
What is it about Canada that seems to attract so many farcical "ministers"?
For one thing, its proximity to the United States.
For another thing, it's relatively easy to cross the border.
And for yet another, a large portion of Canada is English speaking.
All of this makes it the ideal place for self-promoting religious quacks to practice (or should I say "malpractice") their religious ACTS, and when they get them polished enough, bring them to the U.S.
How lucky for us...
Some of these guys and gals even have reprehensible records. When they come to the States, it gives them a chance to start with a "clean" slate.
Aimee Semple McPheerson, Todd Bentley, Benny Hinn, and Rodney Howard Browne, are just a few of the "ministries" that have been exported to us.
As if that weren't bad enough, they also gave us Justin Bieber!
I'm definitely a believer, but NOT a "belieber".
In the interest of full disclosure, Hinn and Browne were born in occupied Israel and South Africa, respectively. However, they first went to Canada, honed their scamming skills, and then came to the U.S.
So did American-born Kathryn Kuhlman.
Once they reach American audiences, the rest is a cinch.
They come to the U.S., "make it big" on Kristian TV, and they've hit the tele-crook-evangelist jackpot :
From here their counterfeit craft spreads throughout the world... and is now being mimicked in third world countries by greedy copycats wanting a "piece of the action".
Of course, I'm being facetious: you can't really blame the country.
The blame needs to be placed squarely where it belongs: ON THE PRETENDERS THEMSELVES.
And there's NO BIGGER "offender" ANYWHERE, in producing crooked televangelists, than the good, old U.S.A.
But Oh, Canada!
We'll stand on guard for you... Just STOP SENDING US these tricksters.
We have ENOUGH OF OUR OWN.
TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015
MARTYRS & MULTITUDE
Time and again someone arbitrarily says that the "great multitude that no one can number" in Revelation 7:9 is the same as the martyrs that appear in Revelation 6:9-11 under the 5th seal.
They make this foolish assertion simply BECAUSE IT'S WHAT THEY WANT TO BELIEVE.
They obviously haven't:
1. HONESTLY asked the Holy Spirit to reveal who comprises the multitude.
2. Accepted His answer, even if they DON'T like it.
3. Analyzed Scripture and carefully compared the two groups.
4. USED COMMON SENSE:
A. HOW can the Antichrist kill THAT MANY PEOPLE in merely 42 months?
He will kill MANY, but NOT a "great multitude that CANNOT be counted".
B. If he killed THAT MANY of the people left on earth - presumably for rejecting him and his mark - HOW, THEN, can Scripture say that "THE WHOLE WORLD marveled AFTER the beast"? (Revelation 13:3)
C. How can Revelation 13:4 say that THEY ALL "WORSHIPED the beast"?
D. And that "ALL WHO DWELL ON THE EARTH will WORSHIP HIM" (Revelation 13:8).
E. If they ALL worshiped him, WHY would he have them killed?
F. And if he killed THAT MANY - that can't even be numbered - WHO'D BE LEFT on earth to worship him?
G. If the multitude and the martyrs were the same group, why would one of the elders ask John "WHO are these, WHERE did THEY come from?" (Revelation 7:12).
Wouldn't John and the elder ALREADY KNOW who they are, since they saw them BEFORE, UNDER the 5th seal?
A careful comparison of the two groups also reveals that:
1. The martyrs CAN be numbered, the multitude CANNOT (Revelation 6:11; 7:9).
2. The martyrs are only SOULS under the altar with NO BODIES (Revelation 6:9).
The multitude HAS bodies (Revelation 7:9).
3. The martyrs have died for "the Word of God" (Revelation 6:9).
Nowhere are we told that the multitude has died.
On the contrary, they have "COME OUT OF the great tribulation" (Revelation 7:14)
4. The martyrs are begging God to avenge their blood from those who dwell on the earth (Revelation 6:10).
The multitude is praising God (Revelation 7:10).
5. The martyrs appear under the 5th seal (Revelation 6:9) BEFORE the tribulation has begun.
The multitude appears under the 6th seal, SOON AFTER the tribulation HAS begun (Revelation 6:12; 7:9).
6. The martyrs are UNDER THE ALTAR (Revelation 6:9).
The multitude IS STANDING BEFORE God's Throne (Revelation 7:9; 15).
There is NO WAY these two groups can be the same:
It defies human logic and CONTRADICTS God.
The great, innumerable multitude INCLUDES the martyrs, plus all who have died in Christ for the past two thousand years, PLUS ALL THE LIVING BELIEVERS (when the Rapture happens) INCLUDING those who turn to Jesus in the final seconds of this age.
The great, innumerable multitude IS THE CHURCH.
MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
"Don't be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever man sows,that shall he also reap" [Galatians 6:7].
HOW MANY GODS are there in your life?
What? What are you talking about? There's only one God.
True. But the question wasn't "how many gods are there"?
The question was "how many gods ARE THERE IN YOUR LIFE?
There's always been ONLY ONE God, but throughout history man has turned many things into "gods", served them as gods, worshiped them as gods, and allowed false gods to rule their lives.
Truly there's NOTHING NEW under the sun.
Anything or anyone that occupies FIRST PLACE in our lives is our "god" (or "goddess").
Anything or anyone that COMPETES with the One TRUE God for our affections, our attention, and our time, has become a god or goddess to us.
Three to four thousand years ago, the "gods" which competed with the One TRUE God for human affection were the sun, moon and stars. They were idols of wood or stone named Baal, Moloch, Dagon or Asherah.
In modern times, gods are called religion, computer, MP3, IPad, smart phone, Blackberry, TV, so-called Christian TV, celebrities, fashion, popularity, fame, sex, drugs, booze, Twitter, Facebook and internet.
Are such things BAD, in and of themselves? In most cases, NO.
Wood and stone aren't bad either.
Some conveniences are NECESSARY.
It's a question of PRIORITIZING.
It's when we allow these things to COMPETE with Jesus, to hog the time and attention that belong to Him, that we should be spending with Him, that they become idols.
At some point, we have to DECIDE that it's time to TURN THESE THINGS OFF, FORSAKE THEM (at least for a while), and FOCUS on Him who is our life.
These things were made to serve us, not the other way around.
REPEAT: These things were made TO SERVE US, NOT for US to serve THEM.
When we serve them, we've developed AN ADDICTION.
Addictions are IDOLS. They are the gods we SERVE.
Anything or anyone to which we become SUBSERVIENT is our god, whether we realize it or not (Romans 6:16).
No President could have EVER gotten away with saying "America is NOT a Christian nation". Yet, our President not only said it, and NOT ONLY did he get away with saying it, it is largely and painfully TRUE.
Most Christians (if they were honest) would have to admit that Jesus isn't their ONLY God.
He's merely ONE OF their gods.
IF they were honest, they'd have to admit there are MANY "gods" and "goddesses" in their lives that COME WAY BEFORE Jesus.
IF they were honest, they'd have to admit that they've relegated the One True God, who gave His life for them, to third, fifth, seventh or ____ place.
Unfortunately, we have TOO MANY THINGS COMPETING for our hearts and our loyalties.
How, then, can we truly say that Jesus is Number One?
That's WHY we are where we are.
We reap what we sow.
SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015
THE NONEXISTENT "STATE"
Three days ago, and three days before Jerusalem Day (which is today), on the 48th anniversary of biblical Jerusalem's return to Jewish control, the Vatican declared its formal recognition of a "Palestinian State".
Announcing a treaty between the RCC and the PA to be signed in the near future, the Vatican proclaimed the canonization of two "Palestinian" nuns, and for the first time in a legal document, recognized a "State" that DOESN'T EXIST, NEVER EXISTED, and WILL NEVER EXIST.
Matter of fact, there is NO SUCH THING AS a "Palestinian".
Repeat: there is NO SUCH THING AS a "Palestinian".
So-called "Palestinians" are simply ARABS living in OCCUPIED ISRAEL.
Having recently brokered a deal to "normalize" relations between the U.S. and communist Cuba...
(I couldn't help noticing that, in recent decades, the U.S. President and the Pope seem to be in sync: Reagan and John Paul II were both fervent anti-communists who collaborated to bring down the Soviet Union, and now Francis and Obama seem to be ON THE SAME SOCIALIST PAGE).
Fresh from his meeting with Cuban President, dictator and ruthless assassin Raul Castro, from whom he garnered praises saying he was so impressed with this Pope that he might "return to his Jesuit roots" and rejoin the Roman religion, Francis is either dreaming, woefully ignorant of Scripture, OR BOTH.
(As much as I believe in redemption, there will be a blizzard in hell BEFORE Raul becomes Catholic).
Adding insult to injury, Iyyar 28 (today) is also THE DAY when the resurrected Jesus ascended to heaven in sight of His disciples, and the VERY DAY that Francis received Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican calling him "an angel of peace".
As someone raised in Roman Catholicism, I find it appalling that the world's largest Christian denomination should OPPOSE the very God and Savior in Whom it professes to believe WITH SUCH FLAGRANT VIOLATIONS OF His written Word.
Someone should take Pope Francis and his team aside and read them the third chapter of Joel, which says that ARABS presently living in Israel WILL BE BANISHED to Saudi ARABIA, where they belong (Joel 3:4-8).
Someone should read the Pope, and the rest of Roman Catholic hierarchy, Genesis 48:3-4:
"Jacob (ISRAEL) said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me and SAID TO ME, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I WILL GIVE THIS LAND AS AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION TO YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU'."
Exactly WHICH PART of "THIS LAND" (Canaan), or "I will give to you (Israel)" or "TO YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU AS AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION" escapes Vatican officials?
And yet they OPPOSE God, they oppose Israel, and side with the PA who just declared that Israel "does not have the right to EVEN AN INCH" of Canaan.
Even if we set Israel aside, and all the consequences of such "recognition", it's as though the Roman religion were saying:
"We KNOW BETTER THAN God, and CAN DECIDE MORE JUSTLY who should be in possession of Canaan".
Surely, such arrogance cannot escape the Almighty's notice.
Someone should also remind the Pope, the Cardinals, and everyone at the Vatican of Proverbs 16:18:
"PRIDE COMES BEFORE DESTRUCTION, and AN ARROGANT SPIRIT BEFORE THE FALL".
Revelation chapters 17 and 18 foretell Rome's (hence the Vatican's) UTTER DESTRUCTION, NEVER TO RISE AGAIN (Revelation 17:16-18; 18:21).
See also Revelation 14:8.
Roman Catholicism has a long, sordid history of anti-semitism.
By maintaining its pro-Arab and anti-Israel stance, the Vatican may well have sealed its own fate.
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015
WHAT SIN ?
"For THE LAW being A SHADOW of good things to come, and NOT THE VERY IMAGE OF THE THINGS, CAN NEVER with those sacrifices which they offered continually year by year MAKE THE ONES APPROACHING PERFECT.
For then (if it had made them perfect) WOULD THEY NOT HAVE CEASED TO BE OFFERED? Because the worshipers ONCE PURGED should have had NO MORE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SINS.
But in those sacrifices there is A REMEMBRANCE AGAIN MADE OF SINS every year" (Hebrews 10:1-3).
For BY ONE OFFERING (Sacrifice) He (Jesus) HAS PERFECTED FOREVER them that are sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14).
"THEIR SINS and iniquities WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE" (Hebrews 10:17)
In Hebrews chapter 10, Paul draws A SHARP CONTRAST between the Law and Grace.
He calls the Law a mere SHADOW.
SHADOWS are NEVER the real thing.
He says the Law CAN NEVER make anyone perfect.
If it had made anyone perfect, they would have had NO MORE CONSCIOUSNESS (AWARENESS) of sin.
Instead of PURGING sin, the Law REMEMBERS ALL OUR SINS, REMINDS US OF THEM, and CONDEMNS US FOR THEM.
As far as Salvation is concerned, the Law simply COULD NOT - and CANNOT - get the job done.
Consequently, God made A NEW Covenant of Grace under which He would NOT even REMEMBER our past sins.
Nor would He, under the NEW Testament, EVEN COUNT our "present" and "future" sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Such covenant could only be made on the basis of A PERFECT AND ETERNAL Sacrifice that PROVIDES ENDLESS justification.
That's WHY Jesus is THE ONLY way of Salvation (John 14:6).
That's WHY Jesus ALONE IS Salvation.
Jesus GOT THE JOB DONE.
Jesus DID with ONE Sacrifice (Himself) WHAT THE LAW COULD NEVER DO WITH daily sacrifices, twice a day - day, after day after day, year after year after year...
Yet we have COUNTLESS "Christians" FRANTICALLY CLINGING TO THE VERY LAW WHICH CONDEMNS THEM.
And REJECTING the Grace by which THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION (Romans 8:1).
Talk about shooting oneself in the foot...
Yeah, but Jesus ONLY fulfilled the "ceremonial" part of the law, and NOT the "moral" part.
No, Jesus came to fulfill ALL OF THE LAW, down to every last jot and tittle.
HE SAID SO HIMSELF (Matthew 5:17-18).
There isn't ONE verse in the whole Bible that talks about a "ceremonial" law and a "moral" law.
That FALSE and ABOMINABLE doctrine was INVENTED by heretic Ellen G. White ,ONLY 150 YEARS AGO.
The TRUE Gospel is ETERNAL (Revelation 14:6).
You can TAKE YOUR CHANCES with some sinful mortal's doctrine invented 150-300 YEARS AGO.
You can have EVERY SIN YOU EVER COMMITTED constantly PARADED BEFORE YOU and be CONDEMNED.
Or you can be TOTALLY and ETERNALLY CLEANSED to the point you may CONFIDENTLY say "WHAT sin"?
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
WOMEN AND ISLAM
I want to talk to women in the Western world, and Christian women in particular.
It's not that some of this does not apply to men, or that it cannot happen to men. However, most of the victims are female.
Western women are being TARGETED by certain extremist groups, and the results are nothing short of TRAGIC.
I'm talking about MARRYING MEN OF A FALSE RELIGION...
I'm talking SPECIFICALLY about INTERACTING WITH, dating, sleeping with, marrying and -- (God forbid) HAVING CHILDREN WITH -- men FROM ONE RELIGION in particular, called Islam.
For those even CONTEMPLATING -- ANY KIND of relationship -- with a man of the Islamic religion, I have just one question:
ARE YOU INSANE?
Social media is being used to trick, seduce, brainwash, recruit and, ultimately, ENSLAVE Western women.
It goes something like this: you enter some website or forum (Facebook, Twitter, whatever) and "befriend" some Muslim guy.
He seems nice enough. Sends you his picture. He may even be good-looking, as hard to believe as that may be...
And he starts talking about "God", family, children, love, wanting to "take care of you", "peace', "justice", "morality"...
Everything he SAYS -- SOUNDS --"wonderful".
Next thing you know he's telling you how "special" and beautiful you are, that "he LOVES you" and asking to meet you IN PERSON, or flat-out asking you to "come visit" him in some Islamic country.
Women, DON'T fall for this trick.
Are you OUT OF YOUR MIND? Have you NO CLUE as to what's going on in the world?
Don't you know that women have NO RIGHTS under Islam?
Don't you know that THIS EVIL AND DEMONIC RELIGION, SPAWNED BY SATAN, regards ALL WOMEN as DISPOSABLE PERSONAL PROPERTY?
Do you know that you can be ACCUSED OF "ADULTERY", "FORNICATION", "SLANDERING THE PROPHET", "DESECRATING THE KORAN", and a number of other "crimes" - EVEN IF YOU'VE NEVER COMMITTED any of these acts - and SENTENCED TO DEATH by stoning or beheading WITHOUT ANY RECOURSE?
Do you know that YOUR CHILDREN -- (GOD FORBID that you should be impregnated by one of these demons) -- CAN BE TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU, and you will NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN?
Worse, that they will be indoctrinated into a religion THAT WILL SEND THEM STRAIGHT TO HELL?
That you're basically HELPLESS to do ANYTHING about it under that infernal system?
Yes, children are saved by the Grace of God, including those born to Islamic parents.
But children DON'T STAY children forever.
If they have not received Christ by the "age of accountability" THEY WILL GO TO HELL when they die.
Don't be STUPID!!!
Western society is FAR from perfect. We all know that.
Our nations, leaders, political, educational, and religious systems are deeply flawed. We know that as well.
But for all the ILLS that afflict Western society IT'S A PICNIC, A WALK IN THE PARK, a trip to Disneyland, COMPARED to the HELLISH existence that awaits you if you (God forbid) SHOULD FALL into the Muslim trap.
Don't walk, women: RUN - RUN!!! - from these guys AS FAR and AS FAST as you can!
RUN from them like they had the plague!
Please DON'T enter into ANY sort of relationship with these men.
There can be NO FELLOWSHIP BETWEEN light and darkness, or between Christ and Satan (2 Corinthians 6:14-15).
TALK is CHEAP.
ANY insincere, evil bastard can SAY "you're beautiful", "you're special" and "I LOVE YOU".
Satan is a MASTER of DECEIT.
His "specialty" IS LYING.
ANY EVIL DEMON CAN SAY those "magical" words, that he "loves you, wants to take care of you, and provide for you".
He can SAY all those things, and more, WITHOUT FEELING them.
He can SAY all those things EVEN WHEN HE DOESN'T MEAN THEM!!!
He can SAY all those things when ALL HE WANTS IS TO DECEIVE YOU, ENTRAP you, then USE YOU.
Then SUBJUGATE YOU.
I don't have the words to express HOW MUCH you will REGRET it, should you ever fall into the hands of one of these monsters, let alone join his terrorist group.
We all know Western men are FAAAAAR from perfect.
But at least WOMEN HAVE RIGHTS in Western society.
They HAVE NO RIGHTS under Islam.
Even if you're NOT Christian, at least BE SMART:
If you want to date, or enter into any kind of relationship, DO YOURSELF A HUGE FAVOR:
Stick to NON-Muslims.
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
ONE SPIRIT OR ANOTHER - FINAL PART
"For God HAS NOT given us the SPIRIT OF FEAR but (the Spirit) OF POWER, LOVE and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Since the Holy Spirit IS the power of God...
Since the Holy Spirit IS the GREATEST power anywhere...
Since the Holy Spirit LIVES IN the hearts of God's children...
If God's children TOTALLY IGNORE the Holy Spirit THEY HAVE INSIDE...
If they LIVE OBLIVIOUS TO His Presence.
If they are CLUELESS and UNAWARE of their INNER Power...
If they NEVER use or release that INNER Power...
Then Satan will TAKE OVER, BY DEFAULT, and manifest his wickedness...
Since God's children constantly QUENCH the Spirit and DO NOT allow Him to manifest through them...
Satan's spirit, which is the UNCLEAN, UNHOLY spirit of TERROR (fear) is taking over.
FEAR AND TERROR are synonymous.
The spirit of fear IS the spirit of TERROR and TERRORISM.
Just like the Holy Spirit is the power of God, the spirit of fear is the power of Satan (Genesis 3:10).
It is the spirit of fear that OPENS THE DOOR TO ALL OTHER EVIL SPIRITS to wreak havoc and destruction, both in our lives, and IN THE WORLD.
When we CUT FEAR OFF, we CUT Satan off.
Again: When we CUT FEAR OFF, we CUT Satan off.
When we CUT FEAR OFF, we CUT TERROR off.
If you want to look at THE MAIN REASON for THE EXISTENCE (manifestation) of Isis, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram, Khorasan, and every other Islamic terrorist group - LOOK IN THE MIRROR.
If the Body of Christ WON'T exercise God's Power, Satan will manifest his power.
If we DON'T START BEING Jesus, Satan's children WILL BE Satan.
We are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
If our light is hidden, DARKNESS is inevitable.
We are the salt of the earth.
If SALT loses it's flavor, it's ONLY GOOD TO BE TRAMPLED ON (Matthew 5:13).
WAKE UP, lazy, slumbering Christians...
Be CONSCIOUS OF God's Holy Spirit INSIDE YOU- ALL THE TIME.
We better MANIFEST the Love of God, EXERCISE JESUS' AUTHORITY, STAND SPIRITUALLY AGAINST FEAR (terror), and START BEING JESUS on this earth.
Edmund Burke hit the proverbial nail on the head when he said:
"THE ONLY THING -- NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL-- IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING."
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
ONE SPIRIT OR ANOTHER - PART 2
In the past 14 years we have seen the meteoric rise of Islamic terror: from Al Qaeda to a constantly increasing number of offshoots, including the ultra barbaric Isis, Khorasan, and Boko Haram.
It started in the Middle East. From there it spread into Europe, and NOW THEY ARE THREATENING OUR HOMELAND.
JUST IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS they have:
2. Bragged that they have 71 trained fighters in 15 different States, right here in the U.S.A. (personally, I think they're being too modest about the number)
3. Taken credit for the recent terror attack in Texas.
4. Openly targeted a key U.S. Army General, as well as other key members of the U.S. military, even publishing their home addresses on social media, and commanding its followers to "behead them in their own homes".
5. Designated the States of California, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia, as targets.
Just because your State or City has not been OFFICIALLY named as potential target, DO NOT, FOR A MICROSECOND, THINK that it is "safe".
6. For the first time since Sept. 11, 2011 (the 10th anniversary of 9/11), THE SECURITY LEVEL IN U.S. MILITARY BASES HAS BEEN RAISED.
The so called Islamic State is using social media in very creative and unprecedented ways through Twitter and other platforms, directing messages to the smartphones OF PREDISPOSED INDIVIDUALS who could be pushed to launch assaults on U.S. targets AT ANY TIME.
Their siren song SITS PERENNIALLY on the mobile phones of Twitter followers.
Through such media and his terrorist cyber pawns, SATAN HIMSELF (for all intents and purposes) IS CONSTANTLY INCITING THEM to ‘Kill! Kill! Kill!'
While DUMB Christians use social media to play games, kill boredom, text incessantly about silly things that they won't remember in an hour, or simply "fill" their EMPTY lives, THEY ARE USING IT WITH PURPOSE, MALICE, and INGENUITY.
And UNLESS God intervenes AND SUPERNATURALLY PROTECTS US, it's only a question of WHEN -- NOT "IF" - they strike BIG, RIGHT HERE in the U.S.
Even government officials are admitting that ISIS has "THE BEST social media and MOST SUCCESSFUL RECRUITMENT that we've seen".
They've even hacked into U.S. Government websites a couple times.
We can argue, from a military perspective, that we helped create the monster by retreating from Iraq and leaving it "to its own fate".
That we have emboldened jihadists by a making similar strategic mistakes in key nations like Egypt, Lybia, Syria, and Afghanistan.
That we've further aggravated the problem by conducting a timid, feeble foreign policy.
Of course, THESE ARE PRACTICAL REALITIES THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED:
Governments of freedom loving nations MUST confront this monster and chop off its ugly head.
We need EVERYONE from the President, to Congress, to Homeland Security, to the FBI, to the military, to our citizens, TO ACTIVELY PURSUE ITS DEMISE.
But make no mistake: the rise of Islam IS PRIMARILY SPIRITUAL in nature.
And THE BLAME can be laid SQUARELY on the SLUMBERING Church.
TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
ONE SPIRIT OR ANOTHER
There are TWO PRINCIPAL SPIRITS vying for people's hearts :
The Spirit of God and the spirit of Satan.
The Holy Spirit is THE POWER of God.
(Matthew 12:28; Luke 1:36; 4:14; Acts 1:8, 10:38; Romans 1:4; 15:19; 1 Corinthians 2:4; Ephesians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:7).
Again: The Holy Spirit is --THE POWER OF -- God.
The Holy Spirit is NOT an emotion.
He is NOT shouting, hissing, shaking uncontrollably, or rolling on the floor.
He is NOT blabbering in tongues IN FRONT OF OTHERS to SHOW THEM how "spiritual" and "religiously superior" we are.
He is a Person.
He is a Presence.
He is DIVINE Love. He is God.
The spirit of Satan IS THE SPIRIT OF FEAR (2 Timothy 1:7).
It manifests in many ways: among them, as the spirit of antichrist, the spirit of hate, and THE SPIRIT OF Islam.
Do you know the main reason THAT UNHOLY spirit is MANIFESTING SO STRONGLY at the end of this age?
Because Christians are NOT allowing the HOLY Spirit to manifest through them.
Once more: the main reason the UNHOLY spirit of Islam IS MANIFESTING SO STRONGLY is because Christians are NOT allowing the HOLY Spirit to manifest through them.
The reason he is turning much of our youth into demon possessed, radicalized fanatics of Mohammedanism and his demonic Sharia Law, is BECAUSE CHRISTIANS ARE NOT TURNING THEM INTO JESUS FANATICS.
And please don't even bring up some of the religious spectacles that go on among Pentecostals...
95% of that is PURE FLESH, and NOT ONE OUNCE OF Holy Spirit... and I'm being kind in conceding the 5%.
The Spirit of God is INFINITELY more powerful than the spirit of Satan.
Therefore, we MUST ask ourselves "WHY are we losing this world, when we should be WINNING IT?"
All born-agains HAVE the Holy Spirit in them.
All born-agains CAN BE FILLED with the Holy Spirit.
And all born-agains SHOULD BE LIVING, day to day, moment to moment, in the Spirit, and by the Spirit.
Problem is that 99% of born agains -- Pentecostal included -- PAY NO ATTENTION TO the Holy Spirit THEY HAVE INSIDE.
They BLATANTLY IGNORE the Spirit of God.
They show NO INTEREST WHATSOEVER in Him.
They don't even THINK about Him.
They don't even REALIZE they have Him.
They never CONSULT Him or to talk to Him about ANYTHING.
They never even THANK HIM.
They ONLY remember Him - if at all -- during Sunday worship - ONLY for carnal display, and then FORGET ABOUT HIM the rest of the week.
They live as though He DOESN'T EVEN EXIST.
They are OBLIVIOUS TO THE LOVE OF GOD and THE FAITH OF GOD, they have inside - both of which come from His Spirit (Romans 5:5).
The Holy Spirit's MAIN FUNCTION - according to Jesus - is to lead us and guide us to ALL the Truth (John 16:13).
JESUS IS ALL THE TRUTH (John 14:6).
And while that also covers showing us the Truth about certain situations, or about "the future", His main job is to LEAD US TO THE MANIFESTATION OF JESUS (ALL the Truth) in us.
We IGNORE the Holy Spirit to our own detriment.
Give Satan a vacuum, and HE WILL FILL IT.
Give him an opening and, but for the mercy of God, he'll take the whole earth.
We either pay attention to the Holy Spirit and manifest His power, OR DEMONS WILL MANIFEST THEIRS.
MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
WHAT CHRISTIANS CAN LEARN FROM ISLAM
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things says He that has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know your works... YOU HAVE A NAME THAT YOU LIVE, but YOU ARE DEAD.
Be watchful, AND STRENGTHEN THE THINGS WHICH REMAIN, THAT ARE READY TO DIE: for I have not found your works perfect before God."
The rise of radical Islam has taken the world by storm.
The Church, organized Christianism, and even the most economically and militarily advanced nations, are equally baffled by it.
They all seem to be scratching their heads at the undeniable fact that their own fellow citizens, particularly the young, who live in some of the freest and most developed nations on earth, are irresistibly attracted to its message.
They BECOME OBSESSED to the point that they are willing to GIVE IT ALL UP, leave homes, friends and family, burn all sociopolitical and economic bridges behind them, and join their barbaric cause.
All this while feckless pastors extol the virtues of "balance" (DON'T GET TOO EXCITED about Jesus, the Christian faith, or anything).
All this while supposed "ministers" of the Gospel have their BIBLE ILLITERATE congregations reading the Koran.
All this while supposed Christian "leaders" SEEK TO APPEASE the barbarians by COMPROMISING the Christian Message.
Needless to say, THAT IS THE ONE SURE WAY to get invited to the next "prayer breakfast", and to peddle their worthless books on CNN.
All this while a whole generation of anemic "Christians" engage in trivial pursuits like "blood moons", Islamic eschatology, or PRETENDING to be righteous, when there is ONLY ONE who is Righteous.
All this while the Church IS BEING SWALLOWED UP by the world, and has become virtually indistinguishable from it.
All this while our brothers and sisters are being brutally slaughtered by these monsters all over Africa and the Middle East - and we DO NOTHING, and SAY NOTHING.
WHAT can we learn from Islamic savages?
The need for PASSION.
If we DON'T teach TOTAL, UNRESTRAINED PASSION for Jesus, and for WHO He is,THEY will fill the void with their HATRED.
THAT is worth repeating:
If we DO NOT teach TOTAL, UNRESTRAINED PASSION for Jesus, and for WHO He is,THEY will fill the void with their HATRED.
If ALL we're capable of promoting about our Faith is "balance" and restraint (DON'T do this, DON'T do that), DON'T WORRY...
Satan WILL GIVE THEM SOMETHING to get excited AND FANATICAL about.
The Church needs to FALL DELIRIOUSLY and PASSIONATELY IN LOVE WITH Jesus.
We need RED HOT Christians willing to sacrifice and give up EVERYTHING for Jesus, even TO THE DEATH.
There's NOTHING "BALANCED" ABOUT being a TRUE believer and follower of Christ.
There was NOTHING "balanced" about the Early Church.
They were willing TO DIE some of the cruelest deaths for their Savior.
There was NOTHING "balanced" about the 12 Apostles. They GAVE IT ALL to follow Jesus.
And there was NOTHING "balanced" about JESUS.
He GAVE IT ALL UP for you.
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015
HONOR YOUR MOTHER
For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' (Matthew 15:4)
What does it mean to "honor" someone?
To regard them with great respect and esteem.
Most mothers deserve honor.
If, for no other reason, because they brought us into this world.
If men had to deal with the hormones, bloating, morning sickness, weight gain, discomfort, carrying a baby to full term, and then the pain of childbirth, to boot... the human race would be extinct.
Being a mom not only involves pain and discomfort but carries tremendous responsibility.
After the baby is born, comes the unenviable task of raising him, her, or them.
Any mom will tell you it's a ‘round the clock, 24/7 proposition.
There are some notable mothers in the Bible:
Eve, Sarah, Rebekkah, Leah, Rachel, Ruth, Elizabeth and, of course, Mary.
We can all learn something from these mothers.
Eve was created in the image of God, as the ideal companion to Adam.
Although she was deceived, she became the "mother of all living" (Genesis 3:20).
Sarah was loyal to Abraham, even when he passed her off as his "sister". She became the first of Israel's Matriarchs and is the first woman mentioned in Hebrew's 11 "Hall of Faith" (Hebrews 11:11).
Rebekkah, is the first woman in the Bible to give birth to twins. She was assertive enough to favor Jacob over Esau and deceive the aging Isaac into bestowing the birthright blessing on Jacob.
This, inevitably, caused strife between her two sons. Yet God used her deception to advance His purpose (Romans 9:13).
She became the second of Israel's Matriarchs.
Leah had six boys and a girl, and had to deal with the unpleasantness of not being too attractive and sharing her husband with her beautiful sister.
That, I assure you, was no picnic. She always felt unloved and had to play second fiddle to Rachel since Jacob loved and preferred Rachel, while he slept with Leah mostly out of "duty" (Genesis 29:32,39).
Yet God showed favor toward Leah and she gave birth to HALF of Israel (6 of the 12 tribes), thus becoming the third of Israel's Matriarchs.
Even though Rachel was beautiful, and Jacob was deeply in love with her (can you imagine WORKING 7 YEARS just so he could marry her?), she was barren and became jealous of Leah, her homely yet fertile sister.
Eventually she gave birth to Joseph and died giving birth to Benjamin.
Ruth forsook her country and family in order to worship the true God and became part of Jesus' genealogy (Ruth 1:16; Matthew 1:5).
Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist in her old age, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and was so sensitive to Him that her baby leaped, while still in her womb, at the sound of Mary's greeting (Luke 1:41-45).
And Mary's faith and obedience, upon hearing Gabriel's Announcement about her conception and Virgin Birth of the Messiah, were truly remarkable (Luke 1:38).
This is especially true when we consider she was barely a teenager.
What we can learn from these mothers is that God is good, He is faithful, He is MERCIFUL, often chooses the weak to confound the strong, and while NO MOTHER IS PERFECT, He will bless and use every woman that obeys Him to fulfill His purpose.
Happy Mother's Day.
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015
INSIDE THE ARK
The Ark of the Covenant made by Moses and placed first in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple, was a replica of the Ark in heaven (Exodus 25:40; Revelation 11:19).
The Ark disappeared from the first temple shortly before the Babylonians destroyed it in 586 B.C.
There was NO ARK in the second temple.
The Ark's whereabouts are officially "unknown" to this day.
There were three things inside the Ark (underneath the Mercy Seat):
1. The Torah (or Pentateuch, the first 5 Books of the Bible)
2. A pot of manna
3. The High Priest's (Aaron's) rod, which had budded (Hebrews 9:4).
These items were placed there at God's command (Exodus 16:32).
He was VERY EXPLICIT when He told Moses what to put inside and IN WHICH ORDER.
When religionists tell the story the emphasis is usually placed on the Torah.
Little or no attention is given to the manna or the High Priest's rod (gee, I wonder why).
What could possibly be THE MEANING?
What could these items, placed IN THAT PARTICULAR ORDER, SYMBOLIZE?
WHAT ELSE, but what THE ENTIRE BIBLE IS ABOUT?
They represent God's plan of Redemption.
Redemption HAS NEVER BEEN, and WILL NEVER BE THROUGH THE TORAH:
"By the works of the Torah,NO ONE WILL BE JUSTIFIED" (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
NO ONE INCLUDES YOU.
God's Law was followed by the Manna OR BREAD OF LIFE, symbolizing our wonderful, precious, HOLIEST, most Righteous, Lord Jesus Christ (John 6:30-32).
He compared Himself to Manna, and said that even as supernatural as it was, the Manna itself wasn't the real "bread from heaven" or the real "bread of Life", but Jesus is (John 6:48).
The Manna SYMBOLIZED JESUS our one and only Savior (Acts 4:12).
It symbolizes His Body of flesh which was offered for our sins, as well as His Substantial spiritual Body, which we are to spiritually "eat" (John 6:53).
What might the budding rod represent?
The rod represents THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT which Jesus would place INSIDE each born-again (saved) individual (John 7:39).
The Spirit, in turn, would sprout and produce the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (Numbers 17:8).
Jesus promised to put His OWN DIVINE NATURE, HIS OWN HOLY Spirit IN US, and He DOES (John 14:26, Acts 2:4; 2 Peter 1:4).
He also promised that through His Spirit we WOULD YIELD "MUCH FRUIT" (John 15:8).
The FRUIT of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faith, meekness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
And what DOES Scripture SAY ABOUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?
AGAINST such THERE IS NO LAW! (Galatians 5:23).
There's NO TORAH against such HOLY, PERFECT FRUIT!
That's why NOTHING FULFILLS GOD'S LAW BUT JESUS, WHO IS LOVE PERSONIFIED, who PUTS HIS OWN SPIRIT AND RIGHTEOUS NATURE IN US, AND WHO PRODUCES IN US HIS INCORRUPTIBLE FRUIT (Romans 13:9-10; Ephesians 5:9).
The Ark with the Torah scroll inside SYMBOLIZES THAT GOD'S LAW IS NOW WRITTEN IN OUR HEARTS, as He also promised under the NEW TESTAMENT (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
But there's more...
The ORIGINAL Ark, the one in heaven, as well as other heavenly things, HAD TO BE PURIFIED WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS (Hebrews 9:22-26).
That's why He entered the temple in heaven and TOOK HIS OWN BLOOD INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES AND PLACED IT ON THE ARK'S LID OR MERCY SEAT.
Since the Ark on earth was A COPY of the one in heaven...
And since the Ark in heaven HAD TO be purified with the Blood of the Lamb of God...
I guarantee that so was the earthly Ark.
According to the apocryphal book of 2 Maccabees 2:4-6, Jeremiah HID the Ark before the Babylonians took Jerusalem, at God's command.
And he said "...As for that place, it shall be unknown until the time that God gather his people again together, and receive them unto mercy.
Then shall the Lord SHOW THEM THESE THINGS, and the glory of the Lord shall appear, and the cloud also"... (Apocrypha, 2 Maccabees 2:7-8).
After Jesus' Second Coming, when ALL 12 TRIBES are reunited in the Holy Land, Israelites will discover that the Ark made by Moses has remained in Israel all along.
And that the Blood that Jesus poured out 2,000 years ago, as the Passover Lamb of God IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE SIN OF THE WORLD, IS STILL SITTING UPON THE MERCY SEAT.
Glory to Jesus! Glory to Israel's Messiah! Glory to Israel's ONE and ONLY God!
FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
THE 1,260-DAY TRIBULATION
Even though it's been posted AS MYTH #42 on our Home Page for at least three years...
Even though I've explained it several times in these daily messages...
We still hear from old and new readers about a supposed "1,260-day tribulation".
That is A MYTH.
There is NO 1,260-day tribulation.
There ISN'T a single passage in Scripture that speaks of a 1,260-day tribulation.
Every place that speaks of its duration says "3½ years" (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 11:2; 13:5).
Wait a minute, aren't 1,260 days 3½ Hebrew years?
Yes and NO.
Yes, 1,260 days are, roughly speaking, 3½ years.
For instance, if the tribulation had begun on Passover 2015, and ENDED on Sukkot 2018, it would last 3½ years, but the NUMBER OF DAYS between those Feasts is actually 1,270 days.
1,260 days is AN EXACT number OF DAYS.
3½ years is NOT an EXACT number OF DAYS.
"3½ years" can be slightly more or slightly fewer days AND IT WOULD STILL BE 3½ years.
This distinction IS IMPORTANT:
1,260 days is the EXACT number OF DAYS the mysterious "woman" in Revelation 12 is hidden in the desert, away from the dragon's reach (Revelation 12:6).
1,260 days is also the EXACT number OF DAYS that the Two Witnesses prophesy during the tribulation (Revelation 11:3, 7).
AFTER the 1,260 days end, the Two Witnesses are killed (Revelation 11:7-8), which clearly shows that the tribulation IS STILL ON-GOING.
AFTER they are killed, their dead corpses are exposed on Damascus Square for 3½ days.
At the END OF those 3½ days, they rise from the dead and ascend to heaven.
This happens while their ENEMIES ARE WATCHING (Revelation 11:3, 7-12), which proves the tribulation isn't OVER.
It happens BEFORE Jesus returns in His Second Coming which officially ENDS the tribulation.
These biblical facts alone would necessitate A MINIMUM DURATION OF 1,264 days.
The Two Witnesses are killed, die, resurrect and ascend, PRIOR TO the bowl judgments and PRIOR TO the Second Coming.
That would bring the tribulation's MINIMUM duration to AT LEAST 1,269 days.
For that reason ALONE, it has to last a bit longer than 1,260 days.
When you add the biblical facts that:
A. The tribulation begins with the signs mentioned in Revelation 6:12.
B. The Church "COMES OUT OF" the tribulation 10 DAYS LATER (Revelation 2:10; 7:14).
C. A brief period must be allowed AFTER the Rapture for the trumpet judgments to take place, for the Two Witnesses to begin prophesying, and for the temple's construction to begin.
We are talking about A MINIMUM DURATION OF 1,284-1,285 days.
That WOULD STILL BE 3½ years, as the Bible says.
Obviously, it would exceed 1,260 days by AT LEAST 24-25 days.
In Daniel 12:7 Jesus raises His hand to heaven and SWEARS BY HIMSELF that the tribulation will last 3½ years.
However, the Hebrew words He uses are EXTREMELY revealing: "lemoed, moedim wahesi".
LITERAL translation:"to the Feast, Feasts, and half".
We know, by the 70 weeks prophecy, that Jesus MUST return at the end of the 70th "week" or shemitta (Daniel 9:24-27).
We now know UNDISPUTEDLY, from the Torah, that shemittas end on Sukkot (Deuteronomy 31:10).
3½ years PRIOR TO Sukkot is Passover:
Counting FROM Passover, "To the Feast (one Passover), Feasts (two Passovers), and A HALF" takes us to Sukkot, exactly like Scripture says.
Therefore, REGARDLESS of which year the Rapture and Second Coming take place, the tribulation MUST BEGIN on or near Passover.
And it MUST LAST at least 1,285 days.
There's NO WAY of getting around these BIBLICAL facts.
THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015
THE NEED FOR CLARITY
"...HOW WILL ANYONE KNOW what tune is being played UNLESS THERE IS A DISTINCTION IN THE NOTES?
IF THE TRUMPET DOES NOT SOUND A CLEAR CALL, who will get ready for battle?" (1 Corinthians 14:7-8).
"For God IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION... (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Many, many years ago, the Lord impressed upon me the ABSOLUTE NEED for clarity.
We can have the best and most exciting teaching in the world: IF IT IS NOT CONVEYED CLEARLY, we haven't accomplished anything.
If others don't gain CLEAR, PRECISE, UNAMBIGUOUS UNDERSTANDING of what we're saying, we might as well be speaking to a wall.
The greatest message will fall on deaf ears and become USELESS if it isn't CLEARLY expressed.
If Christ, His Apostles, and the Early Church had NOT preached A CLEAR, CONSISTENT Gospel, there would be NO CHURCH today.
The verses quoted above, in context, refer primarily to speaking in tongues in the congregation.
However, they also convey A PRINCIPLE.
And that principle applies NOT only to speaking in tongues (which is USELESS in the congregation unless there is a LEGITIMATE interpreter) but to communicating the oracles of God (1 Corinthians 14:19).
All of which brings us to the 21st century.
Jesus hasn't changed.
His Gospel hasn't changed.
We have THE GREATEST Message the world has ever heard.
The Good News of FREE SALVATION through faith (trust) in Jesus Christ HAS THE SAME SAVING, TRANSFORMING, REVOLUTIONARY, WORLD-CHANGING POWER today as it did in the first century.
Yet, for the most part, seems to be falling on deaf ears.
The problem, then, is NOT with THE Message.
The problem is with the MESSENGERS.
The MESSENGERS have DISTORTED THE Message, almost beyond recognition.
We CANNOT beat around the bush.
We need to be CLEAR and DIRECT.
We need to be CLEAR AND CONSISTENT in our teaching.
We need to STOP preaching out of both sides of our mouths.
We CANNOT say that Salvation, THE GREATEST BLESSING OF ALL, is A FREE GIFT of God's Grace and then CONTRADICT THAT by saying that UNLESS you "give" to a religious charlatan posing as "minister" of Christ, God won't grant you LESSER blessings.
We CANNOT tell the audience one day that Salvation is purely by grace through faith, and DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY WORKS, and a week later tell them that if they don't pay 10% of their salary to the local Christian club (incorrectly called "church") that God will curse them.
We CANNOT say one day that Jesus TOOK AWAY the sin of the world once and for all, and is the ONLY Savior, and three days later say that unless WE CONGREGATE IN A BUILDING ON SATURDAY, we are not His children and are not justified by His Grace.
That message CONTRADICTS the Gospel, because it makes the 24-hour Sabbath CO-SAVIOR.
And if Saturday is CO-SAVIOR, then Jesus ISN'T the ONE and ONLY Savior, and ONLY Way to God (John 14:6)
If A WEEK went by and NO ONE received Christ, I'd be asking myself:
WHAT have I left out? HOW can I make Salvation CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD to others? Am I using words that are hard to understand? Am I communicating in a language that impacts the audience and MAKES SENSE TO THEM? Am I REALLY preaching the TRUE Gospel of Grace or have I added or subtracted from its timeless Message?
Let alone if 6 months, a year, or a WHOLE DECADE went by with NO RESULTS.
Now, glory to Jesus, THAT is CLEAR teaching.
The problem is NOT THE Message.
The problem is THE MESSENGER.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015
THE BORN-AGAIN MIND
As explained in yesterday's message, ALL Christians SIN.
Our SPIRITS are born-again and our SPIRITS are INCAPABLE OF sinning.
Problem is, our MINDS have NOT been born-again... YET.
And our minds are QUITE CAPABLE OF sinning.
The TENDENCY TO SIN - EVEN WHEN WE'D GIVE ANYTHING TO STOP - is IN THE UNREGENERATE HUMAN MIND.
Pause for a moment, re-read that last paragraph, and LET IT SINK IN.
In order TO STOP sinning, the human mind MUST be born again.
There is NO WAY to escape that reality.
Therefore, while Salvation is PERFECT and COMPLETE from God's perspective...
From earth's perspective, AT THE MOMENT, our Salvation has manifested ONLY IN PART.
Our FULL Salvation will manifest ONLY when OUR MIND is born again.
This begs the question:
HOW is the human mind BORN AGAIN?
The mind is born again WHEN WE SEE JESUS, as He is, Face to face.
Again: The mind is born again WHEN WE SEE JESUS, as He is, Face to face.
There is NO OTHER WAY to FULLY renew the human mind.
If we seek such renewal, the Holy Spirit will CLEANSE the mind to large extent, the Word of God, if we meditate it and allow Him to PENETRATE) will wash away the filth to a large extent.
But THE FULLY RENEWED MIND ONLY TAKES PLACE WHEN WE SEE JESUS, as He is, Face to face.
Not the HUMAN Jesus that walked this earth 2,000 years ago.
But the glorified, risen, ascended Jesus who IS SPIRIT SUBSTANCE, NOT human flesh.
Seeing Jesus, is what will FULLY renew our mind.
When our mind is renewed by His APPEARING, we are transformed from mortal to immortal and translated into the heavenly dimension.
That's what happened to Enoch (Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5).
That's what happens TO US.
TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
WEAKNESS OF THE FLESH
"Please pray for me to be delivered of carnal desires", "please agree with me that God will take way my lust, or my weakness for ______".
You can pray and I can pray for God to "take away" that inclination UNTIL OUR FACES turn into rainbows... It will be WASTED time and energy.
It won't do you ANY good.
Likewise, we can pray for someone's deliverance from addiction, and for God to give them the desire and strength to stay clean.
If he or she IS NOT THE LEAST BIT INTERESTED in changing, generally speaking, it won't work.
No matter how good our intentions, we CANNOT OVERRIDE that person's will.
We have all heard or read the testimony of someone who gave his or her heart to Christ, was born again, and was INSTANTLY delivered of drugs, alcohol, or some other recurring sin.
Can God DELIVER SOMEONE INSTANTLY of such tendencies?
God can do ANYTHING.
Will that solve THE SIN PROBLEM for you completely?
Suppose you are alcoholic, come to Christ, give Him ALL of your heart, and He supernaturally REMOVES the desire for alcohol.
Is THAT the ONLY sin you commit?
You may no longer be an alcoholic, but YOU WILL STILL SIN.
The SIN PROBLEM was RESOLVED - ONCE AND FOR ALL - 2,000 years ago, when Jesus DIED FOR OUR SINS, poured out His SINLESS Blood, rose from the dead, and ASCENDED to heaven.
He is the Lamb of God, WHO TOOK AWAY the sin of the world (John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 9:12;26; 14:10; 1 John 3:5).
SIN is GONE!!!
When we receive Jesus into our hearts and PUT OUR COMPLETE TRUST IN HIM, and WHAT HE DID to save us, we are born-again of His Spirit, and OUR SINS are REMOVED, FORGOTTEN, and NEVER AGAIN TO BE REMEMBERED (Hebrews 8:12).
From that moment, we are RECONCILED TO GOD.
From that moment, and ALTHOUGH WE STILL SIN, Jesus CREDITS His OWN , PERFECT righteousness to us (2 Corinthians 5:21).
From that moment, God NO LONGER COUNTS ANY sin AGAINST us (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Therefore, we are not to live under guilt or condemnation, EVEN WHEN WE SIN.
We are to COMPLETELY TRUST and REST in the CONFIDENCE that Jesus HAS TOTALLY AND FOREVER SAVED US.
There is NOW (after Christ's Work of Salvation) NO CONDEMNATION for those who are IN Christ Jesus! Romans 8:1).
I must have explained all this at least 300 times, but some of you still DON'T GET IT.
Plus the Holy Spirit always reminds me that we get NEW VISITORS on a daily basis, who've never heard it before.
I've been born-again for over 30 years. I'm also Spirit filled. I'm also a PERSONALLY CALLED BY Christ minister of His Gospel and His Word.
I STILL SIN.
Am I proud of it?
Do I WANT TO sin?
Do I wish I could altogether STOP?
WHY CAN'T I?
Because my mind has not yet been TOTALLY renewed.
It has been renewed by the Spirit of God and the Word of God TO A LARGE EXTENT (praise His Name), but NOT completely.
When we are born-again, ONLY OUR SPIRIT is born again (John 3:5).
Our mind, which is part of the human SOUL, for the most part, STAYS THE SAME.
IT'S THE SOUL (human mind) that SINS (Leviticus 5:1; 6:2; Numbers 15:27; Ezekiel 18:4).
It's OUR NATURAL MIND that causes those tendencies and weaknesses -- EVEN AFTER we receive Christ (Romans 8:7).
Therefore, there's ONLY ONE WAY TO COMPLETELY STOP SINNING:
That Way is to have our minds TOTALLY RENEWED.
Our SPIRITS are born-again FIRST.
Our MINDS get born-again LATER.
We only STOP SINNING WHEN our MINDS are born-again.
MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015
ALL OR NOTHING
"SEEK and YOU WILL FIND" (Matthew 7:7)
"You WILL FIND ME when you seek me WITH ALL YOUR HEART" (Jeremiah 29:13).
Jesus never promised we'd find Him if we sought Him with HALF our heart.
Jesus never promised we'd find him if we sought him with ¾ of our heart.
Jesus never promised we'd find Him if we sought Him WITH MOST of our heart.
Jesus never promised we'd find Him if we sought Him with 99% of our heart.
He DID promise that we would find Him if we seek Him with ALL our heart.
With ALL OF IT!
After all, Jesus gave it ALL for you: His Deity, His power, His glory, His spirit, soul, body, life and blood.
If you want to define this world's problems in a nutshell people either DON'T seek God, or they seek Him with ONLY A PORTION OF their hearts.
Their seeking God is motivated BY FEAR, NOT by love.
They want JUST ENOUGH of God TO NOT GO TO hell.
You wouldn't have much of a relationship with your spouse, kids or friends, if you interacted with them halfheartedly.
Yet, that is EXACTLY the way most of us approach God.
Likewise, you wouldn't have much of a relationship with your loved ones if your interaction with them WAS BASED ON FEAR, instead of love.
RELIGION is for those who only want SOME of God.
For those who are FEARFUL of God.
For those who ONLY WANT TO AVOID hell.
And Satan, who is the biggest and most conniving opportunist, will give them EXACTLY what they want:
A veritable smorgasbord OF RELIGION...
Just tell me WHAT YOU WANT, and I'll get one of my human pawns to INVENT IT FOR YOU!
Just name it...
O.K. we'll call it Hinduism...
We'll call that Zoroastrianism...
Fine, we'll call it Buddhism...
Great, we'll call it Islam...
Sure, we'll call it New Age...
And if all that fails, we'll call it Atheism.
Hence ALL the world's religions, INCLUDING all forms of INVENTED Christianism...
How do you think Romanism, Adventism, Armstrongnism, Mormonism, Christian Science, Church of Christ, and Jehovah's Witnesses got started?
There were plenty of people who wanted JUST ENOUGH JESUS to ESCAPE HELL.
They didn't love Jesus or even WANT Jesus.
What they really wanted is NOT TO BE LOST.
"Please God DON'T PUNISH US".
We'll WORK to EARN NOT going to hell.
Most of them ARE lost.
The VERY THING they feared has COME UPON THEM (Job 3:25).
And even though by the SHEER GRACE OF GOD most evangelicals preach enough Truth to be saved, 99% of them are in the same boat:
"Please God, don't send me to hell".
HOW ABOUT REPENTING (changing the way we think) and APPROACHING GOD THIS WAY:
"Jesus, you are SO WONDERFUL!
I want TO KNOW YOU WITH ALL MY HEART, DEEPLY AND INTIMATELY - with NO ULTERIOR MOTIVE... for the sheer thrill and delight of EXPERIENCING YOU, MY MOST PRECIOUS and ETERNAL Love."
Those who take this approach WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY about hell.
If all who profess to be Christian would seek Jesus WITH ALL our hearts, we'd put every cult and every distorted version of the Gospel OUT OF BUSINESS in no time.
Because He WILL BE FOUND by every member of those cults WHO SEEKS HIM with ALL their hearts - and He means, ALL - of their hearts.
If every Jehovah's Witness SOUGHT JESUS THAT WAY, THERE WOULD BE no Jehovah's Witnesses.
If every Mormon sought Jesus with ALL his/her heart, there would be NO MORMONS.
If every human on earth sought Jesus with ALL of his/her heart - NOT out of fear of punishment, but OUT OF LOVE, we'd have ourselves NEW HEAVENS and NEW EARTH in the blink of an eye.
We would finally see GOD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH.
SUNDAY. MAY 3, 2015
About a decade ago, this website began by presenting "10 Myths" about Bible prophecy.
The prophecy myths have grown from 10 to 70.
And, I'm sorry to say, that the list keeps growing.
I've tried to keep the number at 70, to match the "70 weeks" prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27.
But with ALL the misinformation that's out there, we will add Myths TO THE LIST until the Rapture takes place or Jesus tells me to stop, whichever happens first.
The "busloads" theory is ALL OVER the internet, prophecy forums, YouTube and other "social media".
Though each liar adds his or her own particular spin, it goes something like this:
The Church is raptured IN STAGES beginning with those who are most spiritual and, therefore, have most "merit", while "carnal" Christians are left to endure the tribulation.
Christians who are "left behind", also get raptured based on personal merit: some having to endure only PART OF the tribulation, others A LARGER PART, while others will have to go through THE WHOLE THING and be raptured at THE VERY END, concurrently with Jesus' Second Coming.
One liar in particular claimed that Jesus APPEARED TO HIM and DIRECTLY TOLD HIM how it would happen.
He even developed a "prophetic clock" of "night watches" based on his ALLEGED vision.
I don't care if Jesus appeared to him A THOUSAND TIMES, Jesus WILL NEVER - EVER - CONTRADICT Himself (His own Word).
That would make Jesus A LIAR (perish the thought), and He and His Word would be TOTALLY UNTRUSTWORTHY.
The busloads theory - NO MATTER HOW you spin it - IS WRONG.
Here are the BIBLICAL reasons:
1. Jesus is the Head of the Church which is His Body.
Jesus speaks repeatedly about believers being ONE: ONE Body, ONE flock, with ONE Lord, ONE Spirit, and ONE faith (John 10:16, 17:11,22; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:4-5, 13).
He repeatedly prays to the Father that we would ALL be One AS HE AND THE FATHER ARE ONE (John 17:11,22).
Why would Jesus CONTRADICT Himself, by HACKING HIS OWN BODY INTO PIECES, taking first the neck, and then the shoulders, then the arms, the legs and so forth...
He will rapture His ONE and only Body... His ENTIRE Body... ALL AT ONCE.
2. This is what the Scriptures teach CONSISTENTLY:
A. "THE MANIFESTATION (singular) of the sons of God (Romans 8:19). The Rapture is ONE manifestation of ALL born-again people, not 10, not 20.
B. We shall ALL be changed in a moment (1 Corinthians 15:50).
C. We who are alive and remain WILL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
D. The Church appears as ONE great multitude that NO ONE CAN NUMBER in heaven - ALL AT ONCE (Revelation 7:9).
3. There is NO SCRIPTURE ANYWHERE - from Genesis to Revelation - that SHOWS A PARTIALLY RAPTURED Church.
4. There are NO "BUSLOADS" concerning the Church ANYWHERE in the Bible.
5. There's ONLY ONE "busload" for the whole Church (Revelation 7:9).
There is ANOTHER "busload" ONLY for the 144,000 Israelites (Revelation 14:1-4).
There is ANOTHER "busload" ONLY for those who are born-again during the tribulation (Revelation 14:15; 15:2).
And, finally, there's a FINAL "bus" which is ONLY for the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:11-12).
The "first busload" cliché came about as a result of Christians' inability to prove from Scripture whether the Rapture takes place pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib.
We have proven UNEQUIVOCALLY, with Scripture, that it's essentially pre-trib.
It happens AS THE TRIBULATION BEGINS.
Therefore, we don't need "busloads".
There are NO BUSLOADS.
What we need is ONE Body.
SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015
Merit means something we deserve.
The Jewish religion is based on merit.
The concept of Grace (Goodness from God that we DO NOT deserve) totally eludes them.
The same is true of ALL other religion, regardless of what it's called, "Christian" or non-Christian.
The true Christian faith is NOT a religion.
Again: the true Christian faith is NOT religion.
Christianity is a Message of GOOD NEWS that Salvation is AVAILABLE and FREE to ALL who will receive Jesus as ONLY God and Savior.
The Christian Faith is a permanent, INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP. with the Creator-Savior God.
It is EXPERIENCING the risen, glorified Jesus in the deepest parts of our beings.
It is INCOMPARABLE.
There is NO MESSAGE LIKE IT anywhere else.
The Christian faith is that we are not saved, nor get any blessings, based on our own merit, but ON JESUS' MERIT.
HE is worthy, we are not.
We have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS, and NO MERIT. ZERO.
He possesses ALL the righteousness and ALL the merit --- there is no righteousness or merit APART FROM His.
His Righteousness and worthiness are INFINITE.
Those who appear before God and think they "merit" Salvation will be cast into outer darkness.
Those who KNOW WE DON'T MERIT anything, but THAT JESUS MERITS EVERYTHING, have passed from darkness to Light, from death to Life.
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
Jesus said in John 3:5 "except a man is born OF WATER and of the Spirit he cannot ENTER the Kingdom of God".
What He DIDN'T say is "UNLESS a man is born of WATER BAPTISM and of the Spirit he cannot enter"...
The word "baptism" is NOWHERE found in that verse.
He also DIDN'T SAY "born AGAIN of water", which would be required in order to support the false doctrine of baptismal regeneration. He simply said "BORN of WATER".
Jesus was referring to the water (amniotic fluid) that surrounds the baby in his mother's womb, and that "breaks" when a woman is about to give birth.. We are born "of water" first in NATURAL child birth, then we're born AGAIN of Living Water.
Three things happen at Salvation:
1. We hear the Word (ABOUT Jesus).
2. We repent and receive Jesus (the LIVING Word) into our innermost being.
3. Our sins are Instantly WASHED AWAY by His Blood, and we RECEIVE A NEW NATURE (God's own Nature) by being regenerated (born again) by His Spirit.
That's what Jesus meant when He said:
"He THAT BELIEVES IN ME... FROM WITHIN HIM shall flow RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.
But this He spoke OF THE SPIRIT, whom THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN Him WERE TO RECEIVE" (John 7:38-39).
The ONLY condition for that LIVING WATER to flow WITHIN us is to "believe (trust) in Him". He said NOTHING about baptism in water.
If this LIVING water flows from WITHIN, as Jesus indicated, then it CANNOT POSSIBLY REFER TO WATER baptism which is a ritual performed entirely on the OUTSIDE.
The Living Water flowing from our spirit is His OWN Holy Spirit.
Jesus PRECEDED that statement by saying:
"If anyone is THIRSTY, let him COME TO ME AND DRINK".
"COME TO ME and DRINK"... He DIDN'T say, "Let him be baptized in water".
We "DRINK" Jesus (the Living Water) by RECEIVING HIM INTO OUR INNERMOST BEING (stomach, belly) as we do when we DRINK WATER and it goes ALL THE WAY IN...
How can ANYONE miss THAT analogy?
What A MESS has religion made of God's Holy Word!
What A MESS has religion made of the simple message of Salvation through faith (TRUSTING Christ, and RECEIVING Him into the DEEPEST parts of your being)!
But doesn't 1 Peter 3:21 say that WATER BAPTISM saves us?
NO. It says THE VERY OPPOSITE.
There were NO PARAGRAPHS OR PUNCTUATION MARKS in the original Bible text.
They were placed there AT THE CHOOSING OF the translator, in this case Jerome, in the 4th century.
By then, as we've explained many times, the doctrine of REGENERATION THROUGH WATER BAPTISM was OFFICIAL ecclesiastic dogma.
Organized Christianism also claimed to have THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to "interpret" Scripture.
The hierarchy in Rome HAD ALREADY DECIDED - arbitrarily - that the way to be "born again" was to dump some water on people's heads.
Jerome was COMMISSIONED BY Pope Damasus I to translate the Bible into Latin. Accordingly, he placed a comma between the words "saves us" and "NOT" thus making sure that his, AND FUTURE TRANSLATIONS, REFLECTED THE ESTABLISHED RELIGIOUS DOGMA OF REGENERATION BY WATER:
This is what the original Greek text says:
Baptism SAVES NOT...
This is what Jerome did:
Baptism SAVES, (comma) NOT...
Unfortunately, every Christian translator that came after Jerome DID NOT question his translation, or his punctuation, and ALLOWED that comma, and THAT LIE, to remain.
He pulled a similar stunt in James 2:14, by putting a comma after "him" and thereby CHANGING THE INTENDED, HOLY-SPIRIT INSPIRED meaning.
Just like NO TRANSLATOR (apparently) has ever questioned the use of the word "pay" in Hebrews 7:9, when IT ISN'T EVEN IN THE ORIGINAL Greek text:
How come? Because ORGANIZED RELIGION had already DECIDED that the "tithe" needed to be "revived", only this time it wouldn't be produce, grains and cattle (as under the Law) but COLD, HARD CASH.
Remembering that Greek construction is quite different from English, this is what the original text says:
"And its counterpart, baptism, SAVES NOT through putting away filthiness of the flesh, ON THE CONTRARY (what saves is) DEMANDING A GOOD CONSCIENCE TOWARD God by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ".
Water baptism DOESN'T SAVE by removing dirt from the body (and that's ALL it does).
Rather, what saves is DEMANDING (requesting) A CLEAR CONSCIENCE (forgiveness of sin) from God, by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Compare to Hebrews 9:14; 10:2, 22).
Making such request or "demand" TAKES FAITH. We must BELIEVE (trust) that God will GRANT IT. Otherwise, why even bother requesting it ?
Peter was in fact saying "the baptism that saves you is NOT THE ONE with water, but the one that takes place IN YOUR CONSCIENCE when the Holy Spirit baptizes you into Christ, and His Living Water starts flowing within (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Furthermore, this passage compares water baptism to Noah and his family saying they were "saved" (delivered from perishing in the flood) THROUGH WATER:
The flood water DIDN'T SAVE THEIR SOULS: neither will WATER BAPTISM SAVE YOUR SOUL.
What "SAVED THEM" (FROM DYING IN THE FLOOD) WAS TRUSTING GOD'S Word that He would send a flood and GETTING INSIDE THE ARK.
Noah and the 7 people with him all died, went to Sheol, and were held captive there UNTIL Jesus died and resurrected (Matthew 27:51-53).
It was Jesus' death on the cross, His sinless Blood, and Resurrection THAT SAVED THEM, saved me, and WILL SAVE YOU.
Salvation is JESUS ONLY, NOT JESUS PLUS BAPTISM,NOT Jesus plus works of obedience, NOR Jesus plus ANYTHING.
The only thing that WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL, as this verse says, IS ASKING JESUS TO SAVE IT AND TO GIVE YOU A CLEAR CONSCIENCE, made clean BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT and His INFINITELY PRECIOUS BLOOD.
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