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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015
GOD NEVER TALKS TO ME
We have two extremes in the Body of Christ:
Those who claim to constantly hear from God.
Those who complain that He never talks to them.
The first group is filled with religious manipulators who CLAIM that "God told them" to "tell you" something, when in fact He DIDN'T TELL THEM ANYTHING.
They shamelessly use God's Name IN VAIN to manipulate, deceive and extract money from dumb sheep.
They want you to do THEIR WILL, not God's.
Kristian TV is filled with these clowns who claim that God has "their ears" 24/7.
Too bad He doesn't have THEIR HEARTS.
The second group is generally sincere. They are born-again individuals who INTENSELY DESIRE to hear from God, receive direction from Him, and do His will.
When they hear charlatans who claim God talks to them all the time, they often get depressed and think "there's something wrong with me" because "He never talks to me".
I want to ASSURE YOU that there is NOTHING wrong with you.
On the contrary: your yearning for God is the natural result of genuinely being born-again.
None of us just "pushes a button" and hears God.
None of us hears from God CONSTANTLY.
He's NOT running His mouth non-stop.
We hear from Him when He either wants to reveal something, guide us in a situation, or when WE SEEK Him AND ASK for an answer to a specific question.
The rest of the time He's SILENT.
Repeat: the REST OF THE TIME, God is SILENT.
Therefore, you must get COMFORTABLE with the fact that sometimes He is just quiet.
Sometimes He just hangs out with us. By that I mean, we sense His Presence, and have intimate communion with each other, but neither one is saying anything in particular.
We just LOVE and ENJOY each other.
I don't hear from God 24/7. But I do hear from Him from time to time, and when He speaks He has PROFOUND IMPACT.
God speaks to us primarily through His written Word, (the Bible) and through His Holy Spirit.
That is just ONE reason why spending time with Him and His Word, both the Incarnate Word (Jesus) and the Written Word (also Jesus) is SO IMPORTANT to both our spiritual development and to having "ears to hear".
Although He can speak to us in an AUDIBLE voice, He seldom does.
He can speak to us through signs, both natural and supernatural, but those instances are rare.
He sometimes speaks through dreams and visions, but again these instances are not the norm.
Most dreams come from the subconscious, not from God.
The way He usually speaks is by either GENTLY AND INSTANTLY SUPERIMPOSING A THOUGHT OR IDEA IN OUR MINDS, or A CLEAR IMPRESSION IN OUR GUT.
God's Spirit speaks TO OUR SPIRIT, which is located in the stomach area.
And here's where 95% of Christendom has missed it badly:
We NEVER pay ANY attention to His inner Voice in our born-again spirits.
In fact 99% of Christians, including pastors and ministers, DO NOT EVEN KNOW where the spirit is located.
Not to mention that they think that spirit and soul are THE SAME THING.
Christian universities and seminaries have focused exclusively on HEAD KNOWLEDGE, and FAILED MISERABLY in teaching the higher Wisdom that is found only in the Spirit.
Needless to say that if you NEVER seek the Holy Spirit inside yourself, if you COMPLETELY IGNORE His Presence, and show NO DESIRE WHATSOEVER to communicate with Him, you won't be bothered by Him and YOU'LL NEVER HEAR His Voice.
God's Word is VERY PRECIOUS.
If we REALLY want to hear from God we CANNOT take His Word or His HOLY Spirit for granted.
We must LOVINGLY DEDICATE TIME TO FOCUS ON THEM, and "LISTEN" to them.
And not as some sort of "religious duty", but because we ACTUALLY WANT IT.
Because we find it ENJOYABLE.
In fact, this must become "a way of life" to all of us.
Learning how to "hear" and discern the Spirit's impressions TAKES SOME PRACTICE, PATIENCE, AND A BIT OF "TRIAL AND ERROR".
But, more than anything else, IT TAKES AWARENESS.
If you're NOT EVEN CONSCIOUSLY AWARE of His Spirit within yourself - which means you're TOTALLY IGNORING HIM - and you're not seeking Him, WHY ON EARTH WOULD HE TALK TO YOU?
Those who REALLY WANT TO hear His Voice will keep seeking Jesus in their inner being, until they gain discernment.
Jesus PROMISED that those who ask WILL RECEIVE and those who seek WILL FIND.
MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015
JUPITER AND VENUS
This Tuesday (tomorrow) June 30 there will be a rare conjunction between Jupiter and Venus that has not been seen in 2,000 years.
These two planets will come so close to each other that they will appear to be ONE giant star.
This once in a lifetime event should be visible from the U.S., in the Western portion of the sky, at around 8:45 P.M.
Before you get all excited, this has nothing to do (at least NOT DIRECTLY) with the tribulation, the Rapture, or any other major prophetic event.
The Rapture will not happen in 2015: not in June, not in July, not on September 23, or at any other time during this Gregorian year.
If you want to know the BIBLICAL reasons, please click on "2015 Prophecy Update", top left.
What makes this event noteworthy, besides its already mentioned rarity, is that many astronomers believe that a similar conjunction between these two planets in our solar system is what caused the "special Star" effect that the Wise Men saw and understood to signify that the Messiah, the King of the Jews, had been born (Matthew 2:2).
Also, ITS TIMING is quite interesting.
Can it be mere "coincidence" that this is all happening SO CLOSE to the tribulation-Rapture?
Keeping in mind that no two conjunctions are EXACTLY alike, it will be exciting to see HOW IT LOOKS from the earth when the King planet Jupiter is joined to the Queen planet Venus.
Romans and other pagan cultures worshiped Jupiter as Supreme Deity.
They also worshiped Venus as goddess of love.
God forbid that I should push paganism, or worship of the sun, moon or stars, however it was God who placed the stars in the sky, who ascribed certain meanings to them, who put them in the heavens as "signs" of special times and seasons, and who established their orbits before the foundation of the earth (Genesis 1:14; Job 38:31).
We are NOT to worship them, but we ARE to OBSERVE them.
Luke 21:25 says that prior to the appearing of Jesus, there will "SIGNS in the sun, moon, AND STARS and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity".
We have certainly seen, QUITE RECENTLY, "SIGNS" in the sun and moon in the form of A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on God's New Year, flanked by TWO TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSES, before and after, that just happened to coincide with the Feasts of Passover and Sukkot (the last of those 4 lunar eclipses will take place on Monday, September 28, 2015).
Now we're about to see A SIGN "in the stars".
And distress of nations with perplexity (NO WAY OUT, not knowing what to do or which way to turn) is a spot-on description of what is going on in this messed up world.
I reiterate that this conjunction has NO DIRECT CONNECTION with the tribulation or the Rapture.
And it may - OR MAY NOT - live up to our expectations.
Be prepared, just in case IT DOES NOT turn out to be as spectacular as it's being billed.
Our MAIN FOCUS should ALWAYS BE JESUS. He is THE SIGN we should all seek with all our hearts and every fiber of our beings (Matthew 24:30).
However, if God Himself ordered those heavenly signs, then we need to watch, pay attention, and NOT ignore them.
Could they be announcing - just like they announced Jesus' human birth two millenniums ago - that the Body of Christ WILL SOON BE BIRTHED INTO THE HEAVENLY DIMENSION (raptured)? (Revelation 12:1-5)
That the King and His Bride (the Church) are soon to be reunited?
Is this God's way of announcing the upcoming Royal Marriage between the Lamb and His glorified Bride?
I don't know about you but, Lord willing, I'll be watching the sky with interest tomorrow night.
SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015
SHUT UP, FRANCIS !
It's obvious that Jorge Bergoglio a/k/a Pope Francis enjoys the limelight.
IN THE PAST WEEK ALONE he has weighed in on the environment, the Holocaust, the economy and politics.
He was extremely opinionated on these topics.
However, when it came to the Shroud of Turin, the very cloth that wrapped the Body of Jesus as He laid in the tomb, that shows his human Image, and is stained with His most precious, sinless Blood, Bergoglio bailed.
He refused to say whether the cloth is authentic or not.
Let me help Chicken Jorge out just a bit: it MOST CERTAINLY IS authentic.
Francis -- as he now likes to be called -- seems to have opinions about EVERYTHING, except Jesus and the true Christian faith.
I knew that the INVENTED title of "Pope" made someone instantly and magically "infallible" in matters of doctrine, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW that it also made him an expert environmentalist, economist, and politician.
Each time Bergoglio opens his mouth he makes an even bigger fool of himself.
As they say in his native Argentina: ¡pero que boludo!
He criticized the nations involved in WWII saying they should have bombarded and destroyed the railroads that led to the crematoriums - and THAT IS a valid argument. But he conveniently failed to mention how HIS OWN RELIGION -which could have used its considerable influence to help the Jews - for the most part turned a blind eye and deaf ear to their plight and CHOSE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle "black"!
He denounced "polluters" saying that the earth was turning into "a pile of filth".
I'm all in favor of helping the environment, but is THAT really what the head of the world's largest "Christian" denomination should be focused on?
Apparently, the Pope DOESN'T BELIEVE the Book of of Revelation which promises perfect environment along with NEW heavens and a NEW earth (Revelation 21:1).
Or the Book of Isaiah, which promises the same things (Isaiah 65:17,25).
Or the Apostle Peter who also makes these promises (2 Peter 3:13).
Apparently, the current Pope DOESN'T BELIEVE the "first Pope". Nor does he believe GOD.
He railed against the world's rich blaming them for the world's poor, when he is head of THE BIGGEST DENOMINATION AND LARGEST CORPORATION ON EARTH, THAT POSSESSES IMMEASURABLE WEALTH.
I don't see the Vatican divesting itself of its vast wealth to help the poor, do you?
I don't see them auctioning Michelangelo's Pieta to help the needy, do you?
How hypocritical is THAT?
Besides, poverty is not solved by turning rich people into poor, but BY TURNING POOR INTO RICH.
But his most egregious offense came in the form of LEGALLY RECOGNIZING A NON-EXISTENT "Palestinian" state, which he names "Palestine", as HAVING AUTHORITY OVER BIBLICAL Jerusalem.
Newsflash to the Vatican, the Pope, the RCC, and anyone else who wants to meddle in Jewish affairs:
Jerusalem is NOT the Vatican's to give away to whomever its religious prejudice chooses.
I would have thought that THEIR OWN TORTUOUS HISTORY --their own infamous AND FAILED "Crusades" -- WOULD HAVE TAUGHT THEM THAT.
They're OPPOSING GOD.
They're profaning THE PLACE God Himself CHOSE to place His Holy Name (1 Kings 11:36; 14:21; 2 Chronicles 12:13; Daniel 9:19-19; Zechariah 3:2).
They're touching the apple of God's eye (Zechariah 2:7-8).
And, according to Zechariah 12:1-3, ALL THOSE WHO BURDEN THEMSELVES with Jerusalem, shall be CUT TO PIECES.
SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2015
MOTHER OF HARLOTS - PART TWO
While corrupt teaching began to infiltrate the true, universal Church almost as soon as it was born, it still -- for the most part -- remained true to the basic tenets of the Christian faith.
It's when our faith became INSTITUTIONALIZED, and turned into the State religion of Rome, which eventually degenerated into Roman Catholicism, that paganism overtook the Church, and THE MOST ESSENTIAL DOCTRINE, which is that of Salvation through the perfect Work of Redemption of Jesus Christ, and HIS MERITS - NOT through OUR OWN merits -- was TOTALLY OBSCURED.
It's when ALL SORTS OF ABOMINATIONS were introduced in the name of "apostolic tradition" and "apostolic succession".
That's when JESUS became "insufficient" to save: Yes, He died for our sins, BUT... "THAT'S NOT ENOUGH".
Never mind that THE BIBLE says time and again that He REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME - as far as the east is from the west - RELIGION knows more than God, and RELIGION SAYS we have to "HELP Him" save us, or we're lost (Psalm 103:12; John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Hebrews 9:12,26; 10:14; 1 John 3:5).
That's when OUR OWN WORKS became "part of" salvation, even though the New Testament says - OVER 50 TIMES - that Salvation is by Christ ONLY, by Grace ONLY, through FAITH ONLY(John 3:16; Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16; 5:4; Titus 3:5).
That's when the Book of James WAS DOCTORED - yes, I said "DOCTORED" - BY ORGANIZED RELIGION with capricious mistranslations and misplaced punctuation marks to MAKE IT APPEAR as though James advocated works to be part of soul salvation.
Unfortunately, their mischief went right over the heads of subsequent Protestant reformers and Bible translators, and causes confusion, strife and division TO THIS VERY DAY.
It's when Purgatory was INVENTED, as a means of SCARING people with TORMENT for their sinful acts, which could be avoided (of course) - NOT BY REPENTING, RECEIVING CHRIST INTO ONE'S HEART and being born again - BUT BY BUYING special "indulgences" from CORRUPT "Popes".
It's when salvation could be BOUGHT AND SOLD for gold and silver, when Peter unequivocally said that GOLD AND SILVER can't redeem us but ONLY the precious, sinless Blood of our God and Savior Jesus the Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19).
It's when "veneration" of Mary and "saints" was introduced to appease the populace and accommodate their pagan deities:
If we can no longer worship the goddess of love as Venus, we'll worship her as "Mother Mary".
If we can no longer openly worship Apollo, we'll worship him as Jesus.
We'll worship them ON THE SAME DAY, Sun Day -- (named after the Sun god Apollo) -- and make worship on Sun Day MANDATORY.
(The Bible teaches that Jesus should be worshiped EVERY SINGLE DAY - without exception! Psalm 20:5; 90:14; 113.3; 118:24; Malachi 1:11).
We'll even make them share THE SAME BIRTHDAY!
It's when the firstborn HARLOT DAUGHTER appropriated the EXCLUSIVE right to "interpret" and translate Scripture.
It's when it BANNED - under penalty of death, excommunication, or both - the reading of God's Word, to COVER UP its fornication and deviation from God's Word of Truth.
It's when "holy wars" (Crusades) were invented based on greed and self-serving dogma, in DIRECT CONTRADICTION of Christ's teachings, and (supposedly) in the Name of Him who taught TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK, and TO LOVE - EVEN OUR ENEMIES!!! (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27)
It's when UNSPEAKABLE ATROCITIES, crimes, torture, greed, lust for power, secret rituals, and sexual immorality became THE NORM, rather than the exception.
Despite all of the above, there always remained a faithful remnant within the first harlot daughter that really knew and worshiped Jesus - not Apollo - and there still remains a faithful remnant.
17 centuries later, we have COUNTLESS OTHER DAUGHTERS OF THE GREAT WHORE who hypocritically criticize their oldest sister Roman Catholicism, yet engage in THE SAME ABOMINATIONS and, like her, claim to have THE MONOPOLY ON TRUE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE.
And the list keeps growing.
The GREAT HARLOT is still committing spiritual fornication, and still spawning off HARLOT DAUGHTERS.
They just call THE VERY SAME abominations BY DIFFERENT NAMES.
It's "THE SAME DOG", just wearing A DIFFERENT COLLAR.
It would TAKE A WHOLE BOOK to list them ALL, but here are SOME of her equally idolatrous and fornicating daughters:
Church of Christ - born in 1830, as the offspring of Alexander Campbell, its inventor, and the Great Whore.
Like its oldest sister, it teaches baptismal regeneration and that works play a role in salvation.
Latter Day Saints (Mormons) - born in 1830, and invented by son of Satan Joseph Smith:
This HELLISH cult, which hypocritically accuses Roman Catholicism of "changing the Bible", has added not one, not two, but THREE "books" to the sacred text, claiming they're inspired, and which often FLAT OUT CONTRADICT the Bible.
They're the ones WHO CHANGED IT.
They hypocritically rail against "papal infallibility", while ELEVATING THE DISTORTED TEACHINGS of Joseph Smith to the level of Scripture, thus MAKING HIM "infallible".
Disciples of Christ - the fruit of a fornicating threesome between Thomas Campbell, his son Alexander Campbell, and the Great Whore in 1849.
Like its two older siblings, it teaches baptismal regeneration and that works play a role in salvation
Seventh Day Adventists - born in 1863 as the result of an orgy in which Joseph Bates, William Miller and Ellen White engaged in religious intercourse with the Whore and each other.
They criticize Roman Catholics for idolizing Mary, when THEY idolize Ellen White.
They condemn "papal infallibility" when they regard the heretical teachings of their goddess White as inerrant.
Like their older sister, they teach salvation through works, and, like Catholics did with Sun Day, they single out Saturday as "day or worship" TO THE EXCLUSION OF any other day.
Christian Science - the result of lesbian relationship between the Whore and Mary Bakker Eddy in 1866.
This cult regards Eddy to be as "infallible" as the Pope is to Catholics.
It considers Eddy's book Science and Health God-inspired, ERROR-FREE, and TRUER THAN the Bible.
Like Roman Catholicism's many "traditions" which OVERRIDE and CONTRADICT the Bible, Eddy's teachings TAKE PRECEDENCE over Scripture, and DISMISS entire portions of God's Word which are not to their liking.
Jehovah's Witnesses - the "love child" of the Whore and Charles Taze Russell. It's a cult, invented 145 years ago, that will lead its deceived followers straight to hell.
Like its harlot mother it claims to have a monopoly on truth.
Like its harlot mother it has tampered with Scripture, offering its own "Watchtower" PERVERSION of the "bible".
Like its harlot mother it makes Jesus PARTIAL Savior instead of TOTAL Savior.
Like its harlot mother it makes works and membership in their ADULTEROUS DENOMINATION NECESSARY for salvation.
Church of God - This abomination was sired in 1940's (68 years ago) by Herbert W. Armstrong engaging in adulterous intercourse with the Great Whore.
Like its older sister, it teaches salvation through works, and regards the teachings of Armstrong as "infallible" as Roman Catholics regard the dictates of various Popes.
All the aforementioned "harlot daughters" have ONE thing in common:
They all perceive Jesus' PERFECT WORK OF REDEMPTION as "insufficient" to save.
When God COMMANDS His people to "COME OUT OF HER" (Revelation 18:4), He is not only referring to the Great Whore (Rome), or to its first born daughter Roman Catholicism, but to ITS OTHER HARLOT DAUGHTERS as well.
However, I would be remiss if I didn't include ONE FINAL dishonorable mention:
They criticize their older sister for selling "indulgences", but THEY SELL God's favor through their abominable "GIVE IN ORDER TO GET" teaching (Acts 8:20).
They criticize their older sister for "idolizing" Mary, and praying to the saints, WHEN THEY IDOLIZE religious charlatans who SELL THEM fake "miracles", FAKE "healings", and FAKE "prophecy".
Just like the RCC heaped up enormous wealth thru TERRORIZING ignorant souls with a non-existent "Purgatory", these religious traffickers heap treasure for themselves by INTIMIDATING stupid Christians with the lie that UNLESS they give 10% of their incomes to lying religious hierarchy God will curse them.
Just like their older sister THEY'RE STEEPED IN GREED AND CARNAL LUSTS.
Just like their older sister erected all kinds of religious buildings to exalt itself, so they build themselves religious monuments and fortresses -- which they FALSELY call "churches"-- to exalt THEMSELVES.
Just like their older brother Judas SOLD OUT his Master for 30 pieces of silver, and just like their older sister trafficked in all sorts of religious paraphernalia, so they SELL Jesus in the form of worthless, deceiving books, CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, and trinkets (Revelation 18:11-13).
Just like their older sister divided Christendom forever by excommunicating Luther, they effectively "excommunicate" anyone who calls into question their unchristian antics and false doctrines.
Yes, the OLD HARLOT has produced MANY HARLOT DAUGHTERS.
And they're NOT ONLY "that group" over there. Some of her daughters are on your TV screen, standing behind the pulpit, and sitting on the next pew.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015
MOTHER OF HARLOTS
The Bible speaks of TWO Babylons:
One is the historical city in modern Iraq, capital of the ancient Babylonian Empire, and presently in ruins (Ezra 5:12; Jeremiah 25:11-12; 1 Peter 5:13).
The other is Mystery (metaphoric) Babylon, mentioned exclusively in the Book of Revelation, as ANOTHER INFAMOUS CITY destined for destruction (Revelation 17:5).
God calls the latter "THE GREAT HARLOT" (Revelation 17:1).
He also calls her "THE MOTHER of HARLOTS and ABOMINATIONS of the earth" (Revelation 17:5).
Revelation 17:18 unmistakably reveals this GREAT HARLOT, called Mystery Babylon, to be Rome.
It's perfectly understandable that Rome should be compared to, and called by, the allegorical name "Mystery Babylon the Great":
The parallels between ancient Babylon and Rome are noteworthy:
1. Both were cradles of paganism and Satan worship.
2. Both contained temples to false gods.
3. Both possessed great, intimidating weapons and armies.
4. Both gave birth to empires.
5. Both were the capitals of their respective empires.
6. Both took Jews into captivity.
7. Both destroyed God's temple in Jerusalem.
8. Both are destroyed by God, never to rise again.
Protestants are quick to jump on this passage and call the Roman Catholic religion "THE GREAT WHORE"...
What escapes most expositors, however, is that Rome is NOT MERELY "THE GREAT WHORE", but that she is also THE MOTHER OF ALL RELIGIOUS WHORES.
If Rome is "THE MOTHER", that means that Rome has DAUGHTERS!!!
If Rome is the GREAT HARLOT, and also THE MOTHER OF ALL HARLOTS, that means SHE'S GOT HARLOT DAUGHTERS!!!
Where are HER DAUGHTERS today?
Without doubt, her FIRST-BORN daughter is known to us as the Roman Catholic Church, born in the 4th century A.D.
However, Rome is NOT the mother of ONLY ONE harlot, but of ALL HARLOTS (plural, Revelation 17:5).
This clearly indicates that she also has OTHER DAUGHTERS, besides the RCC.
Can we identify her OTHER harlot daughters?
Members of the same human family tend to SHARE CERTAIN COMMON TRAITS. The same holds true in RELIGIOUS families.
If we analyze the traits in Rome's firstborn daughter, we can see the same religious characteristics manifested in her OTHER daughters.
WHO ARE Rome's OTHER daughters?
Come back tomorrow and I'll tell you.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
A lady once wrote CLAIMING she had "studied the Bible" and found "MANY scriptures" in the Old Testament that state that Mystery Babylon is none other than the United States of America.
She also CLAIMED the Holy Spirit had revealed this to her.
She was insisting that I change my teaching, and warn people of the judgments that are coming on the U.S.
I told Sally (not her real name) that I did not doubt for a moment that God would judge the United States, TOGETHER WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD, after the Rapture.
However, I could NOT teach such lie ABOUT THE U.S. being Babylon because IT ISN'T IN THE BIBLE.
Moreover, that it's IMPOSSIBLE to have found "Mystery Babylon" in the Old Testament, since that term is used ONLY in the Book of Revelation, which is NEW Testament.
Then I challenged Sally to provide JUST ONE SCRIPTURE that says Babylon is the U.S.A.
I didn't ask for 10 scriptures, didn't ask for three, NOT EVEN TWO (which is the biblical standard for human witnesses, Deuteronomy 19:15)... I didn't ask for a theological dissertation:
JUST ONE SCRIPTURE.
After all, she CLAIMED to have found "MANY" that supported her belief. So, I was being more than reasonable in asking her to produce JUST ONE.
Her answer was: she couldn't think of any right off the bat, but she'd get back to me.
Indeed, Sally did get back to me about three days later WITH A SINGLE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE, Isaiah 13:19.
Only problem was, she quoted it OUT OF CONTEXT, since there is NOTHING in that verse that mentions the United States:
America HAS NEVER BEEN (thank God) "the beauty of the Chaldeans' excellency", as that verse says.
Arabians HAVE NEVER ([thank God) PITCHED THEIR TENTS, or tended their flocks in this nation, as that verse also says.
Consequently, there's NO WAY that Isaiah 13:19 could be referring to the U.S.A.
The "enemy from the north" mentioned in that chapter was ancient Persia (modern Iran, which lies north of Babylon in Iraq) and which conquered Babylon, exactly as Isaiah prophesied.
(For those who flunked geography, the ONLY country to our "north" is Canada, which hardly qualifies as our "enemy").
That prophecy has already been fulfilled in precise detail, in ancient Babylon, which fell to the Persians in 539 B.C., was eventually destroyed, and it's never been inhabited since.
The United States ISN'T MENTIONED ANYWHERE, or even IMPLIED.
It took me EXACTLY 30 SECONDS to destroy Sally's theory.
She then referred me to a specific author of a specific book, SOLD on a specific website, all of which shall remain nameless.
To which I replied that I would consider an argument BASED ON THE BIBLE and taken IN CONTEXT, but that I DO NOT WASTE MY PRECIOUS TIME reading FICTION.
Anything that is MAN-INVENTED IS FICTION.
And those who convey Truth - as in BIBLICAL Truth - DON'T SELL IT.
Truth has always been FREE.
As it turned out, Sally DIDN'T really KNOW squat about the Bible, let alone about Bible prophecy.
She HADN'T found ANY scriptures that supported her erroneous theory: SHE WAS MERELY PARROTING what she had READ from an ALLEGED "expert", who knows as much about Bible prophecy as she does!
Talk about THE BLIND leading the blind!
The Holy Spirit HADN'T REVEALED ANYTHING to her -- AS SHE FALSELY CLAIMED -- since He will NEVER contradict His Own Word.
Sally had merely ALLOWED HERSELF to be misled by one of the many unscrupulous prophecy traffickers that abound.
She happened to LIKE THE LIE he put forth. She WANTED TO believe it and, therefore, she BOUGHT IT, both figuratively and LITERALLY.
Then she had the nerve to attribute that sinful, mortal author's lies TO THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!
I'm not trying to "pick" on the pitiful, deceived woman who wrote that email, but she happens to be A CLASSIC EXAMPLE of how prophecy myths are concocted and disseminated today.
It's NO COINCIDENCE that God issued a DIRE WARNING against "ADDING" or "subtracting" from His Holy Word in the most often-read PROPHETIC book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation (22:18-19).
All "Sallies" out there would do well to read - and MEDITATE - that Scripture, BEFORE THEY OPEN THEIR MOUTHS AND BLAB IRRESPONSIBLY about something they know NOTHING about.
I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW MANY "SALLIES" (of both genders) HAVE WRITTEN ME, MAKING ESSENTIALLY THE SAME FALSE CLAIM about the U.S. or New York City (depending on which "expert" you believe) being either the biblical Babylon or Mystery Babylon.
There ISN'T a SINGLE VERSE in the ENTIRE Bible which teaches that.
It's pure, man-made B.S.
All these "Sallies" remind me of the one in the classic blues song "Mustang Sally":
As the lyrics say, they need to "put their feet flat on the ground", CAUSE THEY'VE BEEN TAKEN FOR A RIDE.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015
TOWER OF BABEL
"Then the angel who was speaking... came forward and said to me, "Look up and see what is appearing."
I asked, "What is it?"
He replied, "It's a basket." And he added, "This is THE APPEARANCE of the people THROUGHOUT THE EARTH."
(My comment: All in the same basket OF WICKEDNESS).
"Then the cover of lead was raised, and there in the basket sat A WOMAN!
He said, "THIS IS WICKEDNESS," and he pushed her back into the basket and pushed its lead cover down on it.
Then I looked up-and there before me were two women, with the wind in their wings! They had wings like those of a stork, and they LIFTED UP THE BASKET (containing WICKEDNESS) BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH.
"Where are they taking the basket?" I asked the angel who was speaking to me.
He replied, "TO BUILD IT A HOUSE (TEMPLE) IN THE LAND OF SHINAR (BABYLON): AND IT (WICKEDNESS) SHALL BE ESTABLISHED, AND SET THERE ON TOP OF ITS OWN BASE" (Zechariah 5:5-11).
The ancient city of Babylon was gradually destroyed between the 6th and first centuries B.C. and lies in ruins to this day.
God's Word explicitly says that Babylon THE CITY will never again be built, or inhabited, and that it will lie perpetually in ruins (Isaiah 13:19-22; 14:22-23; Jeremiah 25:12).
Indeed, it has remained that way throughout the centuries and to the present time.
However, God NEVER SAID the Tower of Babel would not be rebuilt.
Let me say that again: God said THE ANCIENT CITY of Babylon would be destroyed and never again rebuilt or inhabited. But He never said that about its infamous Tower.
According to Josephus, the Tower of Babel was originally built by Nimrod.
All that is left of the Tower, mentioned in Genesis chapter 11, IS THE BASE OR PLATFORM ON WHICH IT WAS ERECTED.
It is known by the Sumerian name Etemenanki, meaning "temple OF THE FOUNDATION (BASE) of heaven and earth".
According to the Assyrian Sennacherib, he destroyed what was left of it in the 7th century (689 B.C.).
Nebuchadnezzar claims to have rebuilt it in the 6th century.
Whether these claims are true or just political propaganda, is hard to say, as they are found in extra-biblical literature.
The Tower of Babel symbolizes the first popular revolt against (anti) God, led by the Anti-God Nimrod.
It's also THE FIRST PLACE ON EARTH OPENLY DEDICATED TO SATAN WORSHIP.
The Tower was erected in honor of the Babylonian god Marduk, who is none other than Satan, depicted as A SERPENT WITH TWO HORNS.
Upon entering Babylon in 323 B.C., Alexander the Great made elaborate plans to rebuild the Tower.
Those plans were truncated by his premature death at the age of 33.
This is significant because when he emerges from the abyss, as the Antichrist(Revelation 17:8), he will carry out his plan to rebuild the idolatrous Tower.
He will also reinstate OPEN SATAN WORSHIP (Daniel 11:38-39; Revelation 13:4).
Just like God says that Babylon will never again be a city, He says that the Tower of Babel WILL BE REBUILT, albeit briefly, as a monument to evil.
TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 the apostle Paul talks about having "a thorn in the flesh", which he asked God to remove.
Ask religious minds what that thorn was, and you get some of the weirdest answers.
However, the most frequent one is that God had afflicted Paul with some sort of physical sickness, and that God refused to take it away.
It's often theorized, based on Galatians 4:15 and 6:11, that that sickness was some problem with Paul's eyes that affected his vision.
That, in turn, is supposed to show that "God doesn't heal everyone".
There's no record anywhere that God put any sickness on Paul.
God has NO sickness to give anyone.
God is a healer. He healed people back then and He still heals people today, since He never changes.
Does He heal everyone?
In John 5:1-11 we have Jesus going to the pool of Bethesda where a lot of sick people were gathered waiting for the angel Raphael to stir the water. Jesus didn't heal ALL of them. He healed ONE person, who'd been invalid 38 years.
Jesus, in his human form, having divested Himself of His glory, could do nothing of Himself, only what He saw the Father do (John 5:19; 8:28).
God knows every mind and every heart.
How exactly the Father determines who gets healed and who doesn't, WE ARE NOT TOLD.
No theologian knows, no minister knows, you don't know, and I don't know.
We know Grace and faith (trust) play a significant part but, since faith is A GIFT of God, and the fruit of the Spirit, how does God dispense such faith?
No one this side of heaven knows the EXACT dynamics involved in the supernatural healing process.
The Bible tells us that God did blind Paul TEMPORARILY on the way to Damascus (Acts 9:8,9), but we're also told that when Ananias prayed for him his eyesight returned (Acts 9:17,18).
While it's true that Paul seems to indicate a vision problem, there's no record anywhere that it was caused by God.
The probable reason for his vision problems was the deplorable "living condition" (if you can even call it that) to which he was subjected in Roman prison.
Paul had been imprisoned more than once (Acts 16:16-28), including at the infamous Mamertine dungeon in Rome.
There were no windows, hence NO VENTILATION, and NO LIGHT.
It was a dark, damp, unsanitary, smelly, rodent infested, urine and feces infested hellhole.
His vision problems are likely to be the result of being held there, IN TOTAL DARKNESS AND LACK OF HYGIENE, not because God would afflict his own son and faithful servant.
So, WHAT was Paul's thorn?
According to 2 Corinthians 12:7 it wasn't any illness, but AN ANGEL OF SATAN.
Paul said this angel (messenger) of Satan was assigned to "buffet him", lest he become conceited due to the tremendous revelations he'd received.
The Greek word kolaphizo means to strike with the fist or knuckles (punch someone).
Evidently, Satan had assigned one of his angels to continually harass Paul and make his life miserable.
That seems to be his M.O. where people of God are concerned.
Satan specifically asked God's permission to afflict Job and then brought all manner of suffering and calamities on him (Job 1:9-18; 2:7).
In Luke 22:31 we read how he personally asked for Peter, Jesus' designated leader of the Early Church, so he could "sift him as wheat".
So this is nothing new, as far as the devil is concerned.
Paul asked God to take the angel of Satan away and, contrary to what religion teaches, God DIDN'T DENY the request.
He merely said His GRACE "IS SUFFICIENT" to handle the problem.
If God's Grace is sufficient to SAVE US FROM SIN, surely it's sufficient to deliver us from a fallen angel (Romans 5:20).
Paul clearly and UNDISPUTEDLY says the thorn was "a messenger (angel) of Satan", and NOT some illness.
Why waste time and energy seeking mortal opinions, when you can find the REAL answers IN THE BIBLE?
MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015
WHERE'S SATAN TODAY?
Most people have heard the traditional teaching that Satan "was cast out of heaven" when he rebelled against God.
Unlike God, Satan ISN'T omnipresent.
For all the "rebuking", "binding", "get thee behind me" and "send you to the pit of hell" that go on, few Christians could tell you WHERE Satan is today.
He won't be sent to the abyss until approximately 4 years from now.
Therefore, Satan is not in hell, so "sending him" there is a waste of time, energy and breath.
If he got cast out of heaven, WHERE IS HE?
The answer will surprise many of you:
He's BACK IN THE HEAVENLY REALM.
That's NOT what I was taught in Sunday school !!!
I know. Isn't THAT sad?
Isn't it sad that 95% of "Sunday schools" are spiritual kindergarten FOR ADULTS?
Sunday school is mostly THE IGNORANT LEADING THE EXTREMELY IGNORANT.
Most Sunday School Quarterlies aren't worth the paper they're printed on. They're spiritual illiteracy all the way.
Being able to name the 7 deacons in the Book of Acts won't help you in the least when a loved one gets sick, when you're facing some trial, when you have to answer for your faith, or when you try to win someone to Christ.
Isaiah 14:12-15 says that Lucifer "fell from heaven" because of his rebellion against God. That's why he was ON EARTH when he tempted Eve.
However, the Bible is also clear that, after he fell, HE REGAINED ACCESS TO HEAVEN THROUGH MAN'S FALL.
Man was created and given DOMINION OVER the earth, but his authority went all the way up to JUST BELOW the Throne of the Almighty.
Psalm 8:5 clearly says that God made man "a little lower" than Himself.
The King James Bible reads "a little lower than the angels" but the Hebrew word is not malakim (angels) but ELOHIM, which means GOD.
When Adam (female and male) GAVE IN TO Satan's TEMPTATION, man's authority over the earth and much of the heavenly realm was transferred to Satan.
Thus Satan regained access to heaven as clearly shown in the Book of Job 1:6-7 where, after man's fall, SATAN SHOWS UP IN HEAVEN ONCE AGAIN among the "sons of God".
Matter of fact, Satan sort of rubbed this fact in Jesus' face when he tempted Him:
"The devil led Him up to a high mountain and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, "I will give you ALL THEIR AUTHORITY AND SPLENDOR, FOR IT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME, AND I CAN GIVE IT TO ANYONE I WANT TO" (Luke 4:5-6).
That's also why the Book of Hebrews plainly tells us THAT HEAVENLY THINGS HAD TO be PURIFIED with NO LESS THAN THE BLOOD OF LAST ADAM, our Lord Jesus Christ:
"IT WAS therefore NECESSARY that the patterns of things in the heavens SHOULD BE PURIFIED with these (animal blood); but THE HEAVENLY THINGS THEMSELVES with better sacrifices than these" (with the Blood of God Himself, Hebrews 9:23).
Man's sin CONTAMINATED THE ENTIRE REALM over which man had dominion.
That included EVERYTHING below the Throne of God.
The fact that Satan, through man's sin, sneaked back into heaven is clearly expressed, again, in Ephesians 6:12:
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HEAVENLY PLACES".
And, again, in Revelation 12:7-9:
"And there was WAR IN HEAVEN: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; NEITHER WAS THEIR PLACE FOUND IN HEAVEN ANY MORE.
And the great dragon WAS CAST OUT, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: HE WAS CAST OUT INTO THE EARTH, AND HIS ANGELS WERE CAST OUT WITH HIM".
These verses clearly show THAT SATAN WILL BE CAST OUT OF HEAVEN AGAIN, this time FOR GOOD.
It's when he's thrown out of heaven and down to the earth FOR THE FINAL time that he stands on the seashore and is allowed to bring his Antichrist up and out of the bottomless pit (Revelation 13:1; 17:8).
The creep knows, at that point, that "his time is short" (Revelation 12:12).
Three and a half years, to be exact.
So Satan is lurking around the atmosphere, seeking whom he may devour -- AND IF WORLD EVENTS ARE ANY INDICATION -- HE'S QUITE BUSY -- UNTIL MICHAEL THROWS HIM OUT.
When he's cast down to earth for the final time, he'll go into overdrive, viciously persecuting Israel, and anyone that rejects the worship of him and his Antichrist.
According to Revelation 12:1-11, Michael WILL throw Satan and his angels OUT and down to earth, when the glorified Church appears in heaven.
3½ years later, he'll be sent to the abyss for A THOUSAND YEARS (Revelation 20:1-3).
A thousand years later, he'll be sent to the lake of fire, where he belongs -- for ALL ETERNITY (Revelation 20:10; Matthew 25:41).
Aren't you glad that God predetermined THE END since THE BEGINNING ?
SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, HOW MUCH MORE shall your Father who is in heaven GIVE GOOD THINGS TO THEM THAT ASK HIM?" (Matthew 7:11)
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT to them that ask Him?" (Luke 11:13)
"For I am persuaded, THAT NEITHER DEATH, NOR LIFE, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, NOR ANYTHING ELSE, can SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).
Religion has always presented God as an angry, draconian tyrant, just waiting for us to make the tiniest mistake, so He can whack the living daylights out of us.
A mean judge, ever vigilant of our slightest flaw so He can heap condemnation on our heads.
That's how PAGAN RELIGION HAS ALWAYS presented God. Sadly, that's how many forms of Christianism present God today.
Religion is wrong.
Religion is probably the most powerful and devious tool that Satan has at his disposal.
THAT, however, is NOT the way that JESUS portrayed God the Father.
He presented Him as a loving, forgiving, WELCOMING Father who delights in blessing His children, and making us heirs in His Kingdom (Luke 12:32).
Nowhere is this more clearly shown than in the parable of the prodigal (Luke 15:12-24):
Jesus said, that a certain man had two sons:
The younger asked for his inheritance WHILE HIS FATHER WAS STILL LIVING, then went away and WASTED IT in "riotous living".
Then the economy tanked. And he became poor and hungry.
He went from riches to rags, almost overnight.
In order to survive, HE SOLD HIMSELF AS A SLAVE and his master sent him to feed swine. Even so, he was starving.
Then it "dawned on him": How many HIRED SERVANTS OF MY FATHER'S HAVE BREAD ENOUGH AND TO SPARE, and I perish with hunger!
I will go to my father and say to him: Father, I HAVE SINNED AGAINST HEAVEN, AND AGAINST YOU.
I AM NO MORE WORTHY TO BE CALLED YOUR SON: MAKE ME AS ONE OF YOUR HIRED SERVANTS.
When he was yet far from home, his father saw him at a distance, AND HAD COMPASSION, AND RAN, AND FELL ON HIS NECK, AND KISSED HIM.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son.
Had this been an earthly father, he would have probably said:
"I told you so. I'm glad you learned your lesson".
But his Father, WOULD NOT EVEN HEAR of His son putting himself down. He didn't even care that His son was dirty and smelly from hanging around hogs -- and before the son could finish his "repentance speech", said to his servants:
"BRING FORTH THE BEST ROBE, AND PUT IT ON HIM; AND PUT A RING ON HIS HAND, AND SANDALS ON HIS FEET:
And bring here the fatted calf, and let us eat, have a Feast and celebrate:
For this MY SON WAS DEAD, AND IS ALIVE AGAIN; HE WAS LOST, AND IS FOUND".
Have you rebelled and wandered away from your Father?
Have you SQUANDERED YOUR SPIRITUAL INHERITANCE on "riotous living"?
Are you thirsty and starving, and on SPIRITUAL LIFE SUPPORT, when you could feed on the Bread of Life (Jesus) and have the ABUNDANT River of Life (His Holy Spirit) running through your inner being?
On this Father's Day, I ask you to come to your senses and COME BACK HOME to your Father who LOVES YOU - and HAS NOT STOPPED LOVING YOU for one microsecond - NO MATTER WHAT YOU'VE DONE!
Just like the prodigal's father, YOUR FATHER IS NOT EVEN KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR SINS! (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Just like his father, YOUR FATHER CAN'T WAIT TO HUG YOU, KISS YOU, PUT A ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS ON YOU, and a RING OF Sonship Authority on your finger.
Stop feeding on pig slop, and COME HOME.
Come AS YOU ARE, with all your filth and NO FALSE PRETENSES.
Your Father is NOT ONLY READY and waiting WITH OPEN ARMS TO HUG YOU...
He has PREPARED A FEAST to WELCOME you Home.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015
JUST ANOTHER RELIGION
The Christian Message is UNLIKE ANY OTHER.
The Gospel or Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ, through the sheer Grace of God, by simply TRUSTING what Jesus did to save us, HAS NO EQUAL (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
No other message is REMOTELY comparable.
No religion can offer what THE TRUE Christian faith offers:
ABSOLUTE GUARANTEE of ETERNAL Salvation (Hebrews 10:14; John 3:16).
And yet there are millions of so called "Christians" who are UNHAPPY with the Gospel.
They and their religious leaders feel that the Gospel ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH.
They think that what Jesus did in order to save us ISN'T SUFFICIENT.
Therefore, they MADE REVISIONS to the true Gospel, all of them resulting in FALSE DOCTRINE, and VARIOUS FORMS OF religious legalism.
By making Jesus ALONE, by Grace ALONE, through FAITH (trust) ALONE INSUFFICIENT to save, they turn Christianity into "just another religion".
By offering UNCERTAINTY of Salvation instead of FULL ASSURANCE, they make the INCOMPARABLE message of Christianity COMPARABLE TO any world class religion.
IF we CANNOT be certain of Salvation, IF Jesus ISN'T sufficient to save, IF His death and Resurrection DIDN'T get the job done,IF He cannot guarantee NEVER ENDING Salvation, IF we must ADD our own "righteousness" to what He did, HOW EXACTLY IS THAT DIFFERENT from traditional Judaism, Islam, or Buddhism?
The differences are MINIMAL.
Just different characters serving up the same basic teaching.
If Jesus NEEDS "OUR HELP" in order to save us, what kind of "Savior" does that make Him?
A pathetic, second-rate one, AT BEST.
Why would a traditional Jew, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist feel compelled to abandon their false religion and turn to Christ, when THEY ALREADY HAVE SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR?
Since Satan CAN'T COMPETE with the true Gospel, he was forced to come up with a clever and different strategy:
MUDDLE its message. Fabricate a FALSE "gospel".
Deceive "Christians" into thinking God needs "their help" in order to save them.
Make Christ's perfect, complete Work of Redemption on the cross INSUFFICIENT by ADDING WORKS, and thus ROB Christianity of its clear, and infinite SUPERIORITY (John 10:10).
When we preach such FALSE "gospel", THEN Satan CAN compete and offer lost souls in need of Salvation, a veritable buffet of SIMILAR religious "alternatives":
Buddhism, TM, New Age, Hinduism, Islam, Kabbalah, Mormonism, and other "isms".
Just goes to show WHAT A DEVIOUS, CUNNING LIAR Satan is...
And HOW DUMB some "Christians" are...
If our God IS God, HOW can He NOT be able to COMPLETELY SAVE US?
Salvation has always been and will always be through Christ ALONE, by Grace ALONE, through faith (trust in Jesus) ALONE.
Those who DO NOT trust Jesus COMPLETELY for Salvation, those who think He ALONE is INSUFFICIENT TO SAVE, have no faith and ARE LOST.
Have you bought into THE SATANIC LIE that Jesus ALONE is INSUFFICIENT TO SAVE?
Has the devil tricked you into thinking there's ANY righteousness APART FROM Jesus Himself?
You need to repent,receive Christ into your heart and TRUST HIM COMPLETELY.
Otherwise you might as well become Muslim or Buddhist:
You're JUST AS LOST AS THEY.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015
THE ZODIAC - PART TWO
The first thing that Satan corrupted in the Zodiac is the order of the signs: he would have us believe they start with Aries and end with Pisces.
Actually, they BEGIN WITH Virgo and END IN Leo.
Let's see how that matches up with the unfolding of God's plan of redemption:
Virgo -right after man sinned, God promised that the Seed OF THE WOMAN would crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:16).
Women, however, have no "seed". This is a clear reference to the supernatural VIRGIN BIRTH of Christ, as specifically foretold in Isaiah 7:14.
Virgo is the first sign because it was the birth of Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, that set God's plan of redemption in motion.
Libra - is a set of unbalanced scales. Because of sin, man "fell short" of God's glory. He'd been weighed in the balances and "found wanting". He just didn't "measure up" (Romans 3:23).
Scorpio - represents death. Man's sin brought the sting of death upon mankind (1 Corinthians 15:55-57; Romans 5:12).
It also represents Satan's reign of death until Life Himself showed up (Luke 10:19).
Sagittarius -The Archer (Psalm 45:5-6) is aiming His arrow right at the Scorpion (Satan).
He is a Centaur. A mythological character, with a DUAL NATURE, half-man and half-horse. He represents Christ's dual nature: 100% man and 100% God.
Jesus is the Solution to the sin/death problem. Only the God-Man could reconcile man to God... in Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Only the God-Man (Jesus) could inflict a mortal wound on the enemy by crushing his head (Genesis 3:15).
Capricorn - Depicts Jesus as THE GOAT, offered to Yahweh as SIN OFFERING, who died in our place, and paid the penalty for our sins (Leviticus 16:7-16).
Aquarius - refers to the Holy Spirit, whose LIVING WATER will flow from our bellies and into the world, after we receive Christ (John 7:37-39).
It also represents God's Word being POURED OUT (preached, SPREAD) THROUGHOUT THE WORLD (Ephesians 5:26).
REVELATION 22:17 gives this universal invitation: "He who is THIRSTY, COME. AND WHOSOEVER WILL, LET HIM TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY".
Pisces - THE FISH, IS CLEARLY A SYMBOL OF THE CHURCH. The fish has been used as a symbol of Christianity since the first century A.D.
When we preach the Gospel, we become "FISHERS OF MEN" (Mark 1:15-17). There are still many "fish" that need to be brought into His Kingdom.
Aries - The Ram/Lamb, represents the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29; Revelation 5:6).
It's also symbol of the everlasting covenant God made with Abraham (Genesis 22:13). It's thru this covenant that we are redeemed.
This is the covenant that Jesus confirmed with His Precious Blood (Daniel 9:27; Galatians 3:16, 17), when He died in our stead.
In honor of that ETERNAL covenant, the ram's horn is blown when Christ's Church is raptured (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
Taurus - A CHARGING BULL: Satan is cast out of heaven and comes down to earth with great wrath, KNOWING THAT HIS TIME IS "SHORT" (Revelation 12:12).
Gemini - The Church will become a mirror image of Jesus, the Bridegroom, His spiritual clone (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
THE TWINS REPRESENT THE RAPTURED CHURCH, SITTING WITH JESUS CHRIST ON HIS THRONE, AS PROMISED IN HIS WORD (Revelation 3:21).
Cancer - the crab, represents the Antichrist, who appears only AFTER the Church is raptured.
Like him, the crab emerges from the seashore (Revelation 13:1).
Antichrist's rule over the entire world is represented by THE BROAD SHELL. His entire body is UNDER that shell, except for the legs and claws.
Antichrist is supported by 10 NATIONS, represented by the crab's 10 LEGS (Daniel 2:41, 42).
Leo -Jesus is called the Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5).
The Lion is the King of the jungle. Jesus is the real "Lion King".
Leo represents His Second Coming, and His Eternal Kingdom.
It's very significant that, in the Zodiac planisphere, THE LION (Jesus) is shown CONFRONTING THE CRAB (Antichrist and his kingdom) HEAD-ON.
Jesus came the first time as a Lamb, to die for our sins. He comes the second time as a Lion, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16).
Of His Kingdom there shall be no end (Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:30-33). Amen.
Not only do these signs MATCH TO PERFECTION the major events in God's plan of Redemption, they also perfectly match their chronology.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015
"THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF God, and the firmament shows his handiwork" (Psalms 19:1)
I'm not pushing horoscopes or astrology: far from it.
However, the signs of the Zodiac were placed in the heavens by God.
God arranged them in a certain way, for a reason.
In the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1:14-19 God says He placed the sun, moon and stars (constellations) in the heavens FOR "SIGNS" AND FOR "SEASONS".
We know that certain signs correspond with certain seasons, but it's the "signs" themselves I want to discuss.
In the oldest book of the Bible, God says: "can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Can you bring forth Mazzaroth (the constellations or Zodiac) in his season? (Job 38:31-32).
According to Josephus, the meaning of these signs was passed on to future generations by Seth and by Enoch, Adam's grandson, who was such a spiritual man that he walked with God and never died, but was personally translated to heaven ALIVE (Genesis 5:24).
In Antiquities of the Jews, Flavius Josephus, the famed and very reliable Jewish historian, tells us that Seth, the righteous son of Adam, set up two pillars, one of brick and one of stone, inscribed with "that peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned WITH THE HEAVENLY BODIES, AND THEIR ORDER".
Evidently, he deemed their message sufficiently important to pass it on to future generations.
Granted, thru the centuries their meaning has been distorted, corrupted, and used for divination, which the Bible explicitly forbids (Deuteronomy 18:10, Isaiah 47:13).
Some charlatan on TV, the internet, or the daily newspaper, tells people that because such planet is going thru their sign, this or that is going to happen.
That their sign will determine their success or failure, who they are compatible with, and how great or awful their "love life" will be.
God never intended His heavenly signs to be used for such corrupt and worldly purposes.
God said the stars (constellations) were "signs".
Signs of what?
His plan of redemption.
That is how the wise men who came from Babylon to honor the Christ Child were guided by Jesus' star.
They saw it in the heavens and KNEW that the Messiah had been born (Matthew 2:2).
Jesus Himself was appropriately born under the sign of Virgo, since He was born of a VIRGIN (John 1:14).
Come back tomorrow and we will look at the true meaning of the signs themselves.
You'll be astounded at HOW PERFECTLY they match the Bible.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015
THE EARTH TEST
Once upon a time, before humans were created, there were humanoid beings living on this earth.
Satan was in charge of those beings.
Satan FAILED THE EARTH TEST by rebelling against God.
When he rebelled against God, these beings rebelled with him.
They all FAILED THE EARTH TEST.
As result of their rebellion, God drowned those beings IN THE FIRST FLOOD (pre-Noah) and sent them to the abyss.
We know those ancient beings today as demons (Luke 8:30-31).
Then God created man (Adam) in His Image (Genesis 1:26-28).
He called them BOTH (male and female) "Adam" (Genesis 5:1).
He separated the female from the male.
Yet (and here, according to Paul, is a GREAT Mystery) they WOULD COME TOGETHER AGAIN AS "ONE FLESH", ONE Body (Ephesians 5:25-32).
So would Christ and His Church.
Why? Because we came from Christ (Ephesians 1:4), just as the female came from the male.
That's why we are predestined to BECOME Christ and conform in every way to His Image (Romans 8:29).
God made us very good, sinless, and in His Image and Likeness.
However, He didn't make us PERFECT.
The purpose of this temporary world, the purpose of the suffering we experience in it, is to PERFECT His sons (both male and female).
He is Perfection.
This ephemeral, UNREAL "existence" is designed TO PERFECT US.
As God, Jesus has ALWAYS BEEN perfect.
Yet even Jesus (in His HUMAN form) WAS MADE PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERING (Hebrews 2:10).
God intended for us to be Gods (PERFECT) all along.
THAT'S WHY He made us in His Image.
But Godhood is fully manifested by TESTING.
This world is the "testing ground".
The purpose of this temporary world is to test our faith.
Do we trust God? Can God trust us?
The only reason He can is because He trusts HIS Self.
Why through trust (faith)?
Because GIVING UP OUR FALSE SELF, laying down this false "life", WILLINGLY, trusting God unto death - TO KILL THIS FALSE SELF, and either transform us or raise us alive and immortal -- is the ULTIMATE TEST for a Son of God.
It's what Jesus did, when He submitted Himself to physical and soul death (separation from the Father)...
He committed His spirit to the Father.
He - glory to Him for all eternity - PASSED THE EARTH TEST.
He became THE PATTERN for the rest of humanity.
Well, how come I never heard that teaching before?
I don't know. It's been in the New Testament for the past 2,000 years. In the Old Testament for 3,500 years.
THE PROOF that this world isn't real but merely THE TESTING GROUND for Godhood is that it will be utterly forgotten (Isaiah 65:17).
REAL things are PERMANENT.
The fact it will be altogether ERASED from memory PROVES it's NOT real.
Although it sure SEEMS and FEELS real.
That's why Paul could say, WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY, that ALL THE SUFFERINGS and the misery of this present world ARE NOT WORTHY TO BE COMPARED with the glory that will manifest in us.
Praise Jesus forever!
This existence is temporary. God Being is ETERNAL.
Jesus has A BRILLIANT and EXTRAORDINARY Destiny for those who pass THE EARTH TEST and TRUST Him - with ALL their hearts to the end - NO MATTER WHAT.
As for those who think this earthly existence is ALL "there is", NOT ONLY ARE THEY TERRIBLY DECEIVED but, according to 1 Corinthians 15:19, "of all humans MOST PITIFUL".
TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015
AGE OF THE UNIVERSE
NO ONE can PROVE that the universe is 14 billion years old or that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, as posited by most scientists today.
Those are GUESSTIMATES.
These are BIASED guesstimates from people who are ADAMANT about even CONSIDERING the possibility of a Creator.
As remote as that idea may seem TO THEIR LIMITED, FINITE HUMAN MINDS, they CAN'T BE SURE OF ANYTHING if they haven't seriously considered every possible alternative to their theory, INCLUDING the idea of a Supreme Creator.
Since NO ONE has ever seen a zebra turn into a horse, let alone a monkey turn into a human, secular scientists need "BILLIONS AND BILLIONS" of years to make their pet theory of evolution seem plausible.
NO ONE really knows how old the universe or this planet are.
Having said that, the earth is OLDER than the approximate 6,000 years since ITS RECREATION in Genesis chapter 1.
If you read the Genesis 1 text closely:
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"... (Genesis 1:1)
We are not told WHEN that "beginning" was.
Some unknown period of time must have lapsed, and MAJOR events must have taken place, between the point of earth's creation in Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.
In verse 2 we find the earth was "formless and EMPTY" in a chaotic state (tohu wabohu), COVERED WITH WATER and engulfed in DARKNESS.
God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
He is Light and in Him is NO DARKNESS at all (1 John 1:5).
Therefore, when He created the earth IT MUST HAVE BEEN ORDERLY AND THERE MUST HAVE BEEN LIGHT.
This is reinforced by the fact that, in verse 3, THE FIRST THING He does is restore light to the earth.
In the verses that follow, He proceeds to re-order and re-create the devastated earth:
1.Collect the water in certain places, and allow the dry land to appear (Genesis 1:6-10).
2. Restore vegetation (Genesis 1:11-13).
3. Establish the ordinances of sun, moon and stars in the sky (Genesis 1:14).
4. Re-supply the waters with fish and other aquatic life (Genesis 1:20-23).
5. Put all kinds of birds in the air, and
6. Replenish livestock (Genesis 1:24).
7. Last, but not least, He created man (Genesis 1:26-28).
This begs the question: WHAT HAPPENED between the time He created the heavens (expansion, universe) and the earth in verse 1, and the chaotic state of the earth in verse 2?
Answer: the satanic rebellion.
It was Lucifer's rebellion that caused God (in INNER space) to create the universe (OUTER space), in a burst of divine anger (Big Bang), by EJECTING Satan (evil) from Himself.
There were humanoid beings on this planet prior to Adam and Eve.
So-called Neanderthal skeletal remains have been discovered many times.
Those beings rebelled against God, along with Satan.
God sent the first flood (prior to Noah's) and they all perished.
That is why in Genesis 1:2 we find the earth COVERED with water.
Their souls were sent to the abyss, WHERE THEY ARE TODAY (Luke 8:31).
In the Bible the disembodied spirits and souls of those pre-Adamic beings are known as "demons" (Luke 8:30-31).
So WHEN did God create the universe?
WHEN did He create the earth?
Some have suggested 10,000-12,000 years ago. That makes a lot of sense, since God DOESN'T NEED "billions and billions" of years to accomplish ANY thing.
Secular scientists need billions of years, God doesn't.
It must have been AT LEAST 7,000-8,000 years ago. Emphasis on "AT LEAST".
But I DON'T REALLY KNOW and NO ONE - apart from God Himself - knows.
Bottom line: the earth is much older than the approximate 6,000 years since man (Adam) was put here.
Whether that "much older" age is 500 billion years, 14 billion, 100,000, or 10,000 years... NO ONE but God presently KNOWS.
MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015
WHEN WAS THE WORLD CREATED?
There are myriad theories that try to pin down the Rapture and Second Coming of Christ based on the year that God created the world.
What all these theories have in common is THEY ARE ALL WRONG.
NO ONE but God knows when He created the world.
The most learned and diligent scholars have only been able to come up with CALCULATIONS, that MAY BE APPROXIMATE, but not totally accurate.
And by no means is there consensus among the scholars as to the calculations themselves, or even on the calculated year when it all started.
So I have to chuckle when someone with minimal knowledge of Scripture, and even less knowledge about Bible prophecy, comes up with a complicated method of charts and equations "ascertaining" THE PRECISE YEAR of either the Rapture, the Second Coming, or both, and basing their absurd conclusions on Anno Mundi, PRETENDING TO KNOW the EXACT YEAR in which the world was created.
The rabbinic calendar is supposed to be based on the "creation of the world".
According to it, this is year 5775 from the Creation.
The rabbinic calendar is wrong in ways too numerous to mention.
It is based on CALCULATIONS, not certainty.
Its errors include, by their own admission, an UNCERTAIN NUMBER OF "missing" years.
And, Truth be told, THE ONLY REASON they revised their calendar in the first century, and made it official in 160 A.D. -- to (supposedly) "coincide with the Creation of the world" -- is because their religious leaders WANTED TO OBSCURE Jesus' awesome fulfillment of Daniel 9-24-27.
The "creation of the world" was merely a convenient excuse for INTENTIONALLY CHANGING THEIR CALENDAR to reflect their religious bias and conceal the true Messiah.
In 1178 A.D. Maimonides gave his blessing to the "new" calendar and new reckoning of years, INVENTED IN 160 A.D, which is widely used and accepted among Jews to this day.
Of course, THAT SAME CALENDAR establishes its "new year" as Tishri 1, instead of the Torah-given day of Aviv 1 (Exodus 12:2).
THAT SAME CALENDAR also erroneously calls Tishri 1 "Rosh Hashanah", instead of its proper Torah-given name of Yom Teruah.
When people ADMIT THERE'S A WHOLE BUNCH OF "MISSING YEARS" from their calendar, DON'T KNOW THEIR OWN NEW YEAR - which has been specified in the Torah for 3,500 years - and CALL THE WRONG NEW YEAR BY THE WRONG NAME to boot... THEY'RE IN NO POSITION to tell anyone THE TRUE DATE WHEN God created the world.
And if JEWS don't know, NO ONE else knows, including you and me.
So much for the spreaders of prophetic fantasies who try to impress others with their super-complex and fallacious calculations.
If your starting point is SUSPECT at best, and FALSE at worst, there's NO WAY your calculations are correct, and THERE'S NO WAY you can have the right date... FOR ANYTHING.
SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015
THE "UNPARDONABLE" SIN
To Jesus, the unpardonable sin is rejecting Him, thus blaspheming His Holy Spirit.
To Christians, the "unpardonable" sin is GETTING CAUGHT in sexual immorality.
Emphasis on "GETTING CAUGHT"...
The unspoken rule, or should I say DOUBLE STANDARD, in the Church today is this:
You can lie, cheat, steal, teach false doctrine, utter invented "prophecies", deceive, stage fake miracles, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF the poor, needy and desperate, leave your spouse, divorce, and remarry, be a pedophile, have an ego bigger than Mount Everest, squander donations, live a life of runaway luxury and excess, get drunk, do drugs, pimp Jesus and traffic in alleged Christianity...
AND YOU'LL STILL BE WELCOMED in so-called "Christian" television, and invited to preach in most churches and so-called "Christian" conferences.
Just DON'T GET CAUGHT in sexual immorality.
To the hypocritical religious establishment, and most of its viewers and listeners, THAT has become the "unpardonable" sin:
We'll let you get away with ALL THE REST, Scot free, JUST DON'T GET CAUGHT screwing around.
That's the lesson that Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart and, more recently, Ted Haggard and Eddy Long, have learned the hard way.
Don't get me wrong, these guys SHOULD HAVE left the ministry, or never even BEGUN, since the Bible clearly teaches that ministers MUST be held to a higher standard (1 Timothy chapter 3).
Sadly, all of them are back, and at least one is up to his old tricks, another a more subdued version of his old self, and the others have sold out to the secular media that seeks to portray Christians as "intolerant".
My point is this: "these should you have done and NOT left the other UNDONE" (Luke 11:42).
In God's eyes IT'S JUST AS WRONG, AND JUST AS SINFUL, to PRETEND you cured someone, have the person die a month later, and SAY NOTHING, leaving the audience with the FALSE impression that "they were healed" when, in fact, THEY WEREN'T.
It's JUST AS SINFUL to falsely promise someone that if they send you money they can ill afford, their financial problems will magically vanish, when you KNOW that THEY WON'T.
It's JUST AS SINFUL to destroy children's lives and innocence by abusing them. And even more HEINOUS, while you PRETEND to "represent" Christ.
And it's JUST AS SINFUL to be a self-exalting, self-promoting charlatan.
True ministers of the Gospel EXALT JESUS - AND ONLY Jesus.
It's no coincidence that, after being outed by the media about his divorce and eventual "remarriage", the first words to come out of Benny Hinn's mouth were that neither he, nor his wife, "had ever engaged in SEXUAL immorality".
NEVER MIND that THEY HAVE engaged in MOST, if not all, of the other sins mentioned above.
For those who might say "well, I'VE NEVER heard anyone talk about this before"...
It's HIGH TIME you DID.
Go ahead, cheap actors and actresses who impersonate ministers of Christ... keep lying, deceiving and faking, selling "Bible prophecy" that ISN'T in the Bible, adding and subtracting from God's Word, abusing children and taking advantage of the needy.
GOD will call you into account someday...
BUT DUMB CHRISTIANS WILL PUT UP WITH IT; they won't hold you responsible. They'll EVEN DEFEND YOU, while you're robbing them blind.
They'll tolerate ANYTHING.
Just don't get caught with your skirts up or your pants down.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015
IF WE ALL KEPT THE LAW
What IF we ALL kept God's law?
And just so we're clear, I'm not talking merely about keeping the 10 Commandments, but about the WHOLE law (Torah), ALL 613 commandments.
There are certain segments in Christendom who INSIST -- despite Jesus' death and Resurrection, despite the shedding of His precious Blood, and despite the fact He made a NEW covenant of GRACE-- that law (Torah) keeping is STILL required.
Let's indulge their religious fantasy for a moment.
NO ONE, other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, has EVER KEPT the whole law:
But, hypothetically speaking, WHAT IF we COULD?WHAT IF we DID?
What if we NEVER broke a single commandment?
WE would STILL BE LOST.
...Because the REAL problem has NEVER BEEN what we do or don't do OUTWARDLY.
The REAL problem has ALWAYS BEEN on the INSIDE.
The REAL problem, the reason we'd still be lost, is BECAUSE OF OUR FALLEN NATURE.
Even if we could keep the law to perfection, all of our lives, and NEVER break EVEN ONE of the 613 commandments, WE would STILL HAVE A SINFUL NATURE which we inherited from Adam.
And NO AMOUNT OF TORAH (law) KEEPING can change that SINFUL nature.
Even if we did EVERYTHING "by the law" ON THE OUTSIDE, the REAL PROBLEM would STILL REMAIN ON THE INSIDE.
Keeping the law will never change anyone's heart.
That's why the Law (Torah) HAS NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL - and NEVER will.
That's why Salvation CANNOT be earned or deserved.
That's why Salvation can ONLY be by Grace.
That's why Scripture says, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, that "BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW SHALL NO ONE BE JUSTIFIED" (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:20).
It's ONLY by Jesus' precious Blood, and by His Grace, that God puts a NEW HOLY NATURE INSIDE those who come to Him by faith.
He puts HIS OWN HOLY, PERFECT NATURE INSIDE US (John 3:3, 5; 2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
That's PRECISELY what happens when we're born again.
WE DON'T DESERVE IT. Yet His OWN righteous Nature is His LOVE GIFT to ALL who receive Him.
NOTHING ELSE can save us,and NO ONE ELSE will save us.
FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2013
ISIS AT EUPHRATES
For several days I've been impressed to go back and take another look at Revelation chapter 9, and specifically at the portion where the 6th trumpet is blown and THE MISSILES ARE LAUNCHED THAT KILL ONE-THIRD OF MANKIND.
I've dissected that passage so many times, that I COULDN'T IMAGINE WHAT I might have missed:
"The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I HEARD A VOICE coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God.
It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "RELEASE THE FOUR MESSENGERS who ARE BOUND at the great river Euphrates.
And THE FOUR MESSENGERS WHO HAD BEEN KEPT READY FOR THIS VERY HOUR AND DAY AND MONTH AND YEAR WERE RELEASED TO KILL A THIRD OF MANKIND.
The number of the mounted was 200,000,000. I HEARD their number" (Revelation 9:13-16).
This frightful, unprecedented event takes place AFTER the Church has been removed from the earthly dimension, and into the heavenly dimension.
Finally, I looked at a map of the Middle East, and something clicked:
Revelation 9:14 is crystal clear that the missiles are launched from the Euphrates.
ISIS now controls the western portion of the Euphrates, on both sides, north and south.
According to Revelation 9:17 and 9:19 the missiles THAT KILL ONE-THIRD OF HUMANITY issue "fire, smoke and sulphur" from their mouths, and their tails are "like snakes" (lethal and poisonous, which indicates they carry biological payload).
According to Revelation 9:15, these extremely lethal missiles have been PREPARED (programmed) to launch at a SPECIFIC HOUR, of a specific day, month and year.
The only way that something can be PREPARED in advance to launch at a SPECIFIC HOUR, of a SPECIFIC DATE, is via computerized digital technology.
Just like you program your DVR to record a program that you don't want to miss at a specific hour, on a specific day.
WHO PREPARED or PROGRAMMED the missiles to launch on a SPECIFIC DAY and HOUR?
The Bible DOES NOT give that information.
Zechariah saw one of these missiles in a vision and called it "THE CURSE that goes FORTH OVER THE WHOLE EARTH" and said that it would destroy the house (temple) of THE THIEF (Satan) and of everyone who swears falsely in the Name of the Lord and uses His holy Name in vain (Zechariah 5:3-4).
RIGHT AFTER this fateful event, Zechariah 5:5-11 sees two metaphoric women CARRYING WICKEDNESS to ancient Babylon to BUILD it (Satan, EVIL) A HOUSE (temple) there and TO SET IT UPON ITS BASE.
That makes perfect sense since Babylon is the cradle of wickedness and Satan worship.
Isaiah also saw these missiles, and described them in chapter 18, of his marvelous prophecy:
HE SINGLED OUT SYRIA as a nation of "woe", and under God's judgment.
The Euphrates runs through the north of Syria effectively cutting it in two. Isis presently controls half of Syria including both sides of the Euphrates.
God's Word DOES NOT SAY who placed the missiles by the Euphrates, or who programmed the launchers.
My educated GUESS is that THERE WERE weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, after all. They may still be in Iraq, cleverly hidden, or in Syria, or both, since the Euphrates runs through both these nations.
They may have been programmed by Saddam Hussein while he was in power, or he may have simply stockpiled them, leaving them (unknowingly) to be discovered by Isis and programmed by them.
This wicked organization has demonstrated great adaptability and TREMENDOUS RESOURCEFULNESS.
For instance, in their recent taking of Ramadi, they took American tanks and humvees left by the fleeing Iraqi troops and turned them into GIGANTIC BOMBS exploding with an impact comparable to that of the terror attack on Oklahoma City in the 90's.
It caught both the Iraqi troops and their American "advisers" by surprise, forcing them to abandon Ramadi, as they were unprepared to deal with such overwhelming force.
Another grim example is when their terrorist mother, Al Qaeda, used commercial airplanes as missiles by ramming them into the Twin Towers and Pentagon.
As I stated in a recent message, the ONLY "significant" opposition the Antichrist encounters during the tribulation comes from Iran.
He will control Iraq.
However, it cannot be mere "coincidence", this close to the tribulation, that Isis now controls the entire western Euphrates, from Iraq to Syria.
They have the hatred, wickedness, lust for power, and ingenuity to make Revelation 9:13-16 HAPPEN.
THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015
I DON'T FEEL ANYTHING
The typical comment we get from new believers who come to faith in Christ is:
"I gave my heart to Jesus, and REALLY MEANT IT, but I DON'T FEEL anything".
My reply is:
If you asked Him to come into your heart -- AND MEANT IT -- He came in, and TOOK RESIDENCE inside you, WHETHER YOU "FEEL IT" OR NOT.
The feeling will come - sooner or later.
Thank God, that Jesus is NOT LIMITED BY our feelings.
Human emotion, as we know all too well, is fickle and fleeting.
Emotions come and go. Jesus is PERMANENT.
When I first received Him into my heart many years ago, I didn't "feel" anything, either.
I didn't hear church bells ringing.
There was no angelic choir singing His praises.
There was no emotional reaction.
I didn't even get goose bumps.
And my OUTWARD appearance stayed the same.
ABOUT THREE MONTHS WENT BY before I noticed ANY difference.
One day I realized - all of a sudden and out of the blue - that "something" within me had changed.
I now know that that "something" is that my spirit was reconnected to His Spirit, who in turn, circumcised my heart, and made me "born again" (John 3:3-5).
Ever since that day I have had MANY experiences and MANY emotions with and about Jesus.
I have felt His Spirit quite intensely at times.
I have experienced tremendous joy at times.
And have gotten some serious goose bumps since then.
Do I feel such emotions ALL THE TIME?
This is why Salvation is by Grace through FAITH (trust), NOT through "feelings".
Again: Salvation is by Grace (the FREE, UNDESERVED Goodness of God) through FAITH (trust) in WHAT JESUS DID TO SAVE US, NOT through "feelings".
Even though I didn't feel ANYTHING initially, DID JESUS COME INTO MY HEART when I asked Him?
Here I am over 30 years later, still believing in Him, loving Him, adoring Him, serving Him, and more fanatical about Him than ever before.
Jesus is, by far, my MOST PRIZED possession.
I wouldn't trade Him for anything or anyone, or for ALL THE WEALTH AND WONDERS OF His universe.
Although "feelings" about Jesus can be wonderful...
Although EXPERIENCING the LIVING Jesus in our innermost being is beyond wonderful...
We are not saved by "feelings", but by FAITH (trust) in WHAT JESUS DID to save us.
We TRUST His Promise to come into us, have communion with us, and SAVE US, whether we "feel" anything or not.
Human emotion is NOT to be trusted with regards to Salvation, because it FLUCTUATES.
Jesus, on the other hand, NEVER CHANGES.
The ENTIRE Christian life on this earth - from beginning to end -- is based ON TRUSTING Jesus and His Word...
From day to day, and moment to moment.
Even when we "DON'T FEEL" ANYTHING.
"Look, I stand at the door, and knock: IF ANY MAN HEARS MY VOICE, AND OPENS THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM...".
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015
THE TWO PRINCES - PART TWO
The other fallacy taught by prophecy gurus about the 70 weeks is that it's Antichrist that causes "sacrifice and offering" to CEASE in the "midst of the week" (Daniel 9:27).
There are several problems with that theory:
1. Antichrist is NOWHERE mentioned in this entire 70 weeks prophecy.
Repeat: Antichrist is NOT MENTIONED ANYWHERE in the 70 weeks prophecy.
2. The individual mentioned in verse 27 DOES NOT STOP sacrifices DURING the tribulation, but BEFORE it starts, right smack IN THE MIDDLE (3½ years) OF the (70th) week.
Antichrist will stop daily sacrifices WAY PAST THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK, about 5-6 months into the 3½-year tribulation, (Daniel 8:13-14; 12:11-12).
3. The word used in verse 27 for sacrifices and offerings to "cease" is Shabbat, or "Sabbath".
This individual will bring A SABBATH or REST to both animal sacrifices and grain offerings, IN THE MIDDLE OF the 70th week.
This can ONLY refer to Jesus, WHO DIED AND OFFERED HIMSELF AS SIN OFFERING on Passover, right IN THE MIDDLE of the 70th week, after 3½ years of public ministry.
The Antichrist, who is the human embodiment of Satan, CANNOT bring a Sabbath (or REST) to anything.
Only THE CHRIST can do that.
4. Every Scripture that refers to the INTERRUPTION of sacrifices by the Antichrist during the tribulation uses the very similar expressions:
huram q hatamid (Daniel 8:11),
wehesiru hatamid (Daniel 11:31) and
husar hatamid (Daniel 12:11).
NEVER does it use the word "Sabbath".
There's NO WAY, therefore, that verse 27 can be referring to ANY Antichrist.
5. There is NO TRIBULATION MENTIONED ANYWHERE in verses 26 or 27 of Daniel chapter 9.
But, wait a minute, WHAT ABOUT THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION that is mentioned in verse 27?
Surely, you're not saying that THE CHRIST places the Abomination of Desolation in the temple, are you?
Verse 27 DOES NOT mention the Abomination of Desolation.
Repeat: Daniel 9:27 DOES NOT mention the Abomination of Desolation, AT ALL.
I realize that is how it reads in the NIV Version of the Bible.
The NIV IS WRONG.
It says NO SUCH THING in the original Hebrew.
Verse 27 -- as CORRECTLY stated in the KJV Version of the Bible -- says:
"for the overspreading (abundance) of ABOMINATIONS (plural) He (Messiah Prince) shall make it (the Second Temple) desolate, EVEN UNTIL THE END"...
Sure enough, the Second Temple was destroyed BECAUSE OF the many abominations taking place in it.
The same abominations that Jesus exposed when He overturned the tables, threw out the money changers, and said they'd turned His Father's House into a "den of THIEVES" (John 2:14-16).
Sure enough, the temple's location HAS REMAINED DESOLATE UNTIL TODAY (UNTIL "the time of the end", just as this prophecy foretold.
And exactly as Jesus Himself predicted that "not one stone would be left upon another" (Matthew 24:2):
1. Since Daniel 9:27 predicts the destruction of the Second Temple... the Antichrist WOULD HAVE HAD TO APPEAR BEFORE Av 9, 70 A.D. when the Second Temple was destroyed.
Had that been the case, we'd be living today way PAST the Millennium, Satan would be in the lake of fire for eternity, and we'd have ourselves NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH.
2. Furthermore, the Antichrist WOULD HAVE TO BE Titus, the Roman prince who destroyed the Second Temple.
3. Daniel 9:27 speaks of EXTREME (kenap) ABOMINATIONS (plural) being THE CAUSE of the Second Temple's destruction and permanent desolation until the "time of the end".
If these "abominations" (plural) caused the Second Temple's destruction, they CANNOT BE the Abomination of Desolation (singular) which MUST STAND for 1,150 days IN THE THIRD temple (Matthew 24:15; Daniel 8:13-14).
4. The Antichrist will place ONE Abomination in the temple, which will be a statue of himself.
Every place where the AOD is mentioned it is SINGULAR, NEVER PLURAL:
wehappesa somem (Daniel 8:13)
hassiqqus mesomem (Daniel 11:31)
siqqus somem (Daniel 12:11)
bdelygma tes eremoseos (Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14)
The Abomination of Desolation is ONE, not many. Therefore, it CANNOT be plural.
Therefore, it is NOT mentioned in Daniel 9:27, which clearly speaks of "ABOMINATIONS".
There is, therefore, NO ANTICHRIST, and NO Abomination of Desolation in Daniel 9:27.
Period. End of story.
Except for the Second Coming of Christ, which will COMPLETE the 70th week, the sequence of events foretold in this awesome prophecy HAS BEEN ENTIRELY FULFILLED:
7 + 62 weeks (totaling 69 weeks) from 449 B.C. would lead to Jesus' appearing.
After the final 62 week portion, Messiah would die but not for Himself.
He would die IN THE MIDDLE of the final 70th week bringing A REST (Sabbath) to sacrifice and offering.
It happened, on Passover, the MIDDLE of the "week" or 7-year shemittah cycle, PRECISELY as foretold.
By His death -- in the MIDDLE OF the week --Messiah CONFIRMED (strengthened) the Abrahamic covenant.
With His own Blood, no less...
The people OF ANOTHER PRINCE THAT WOULD COME (the Romans under prince Titus) would --ONCE AGAIN -- DESTROY JERUSALEM and the Second Temple.
They did on the 9th of Av, 70 A.D.
THE TEMPLE SITE WOULD REMAIN DESOLATE AND DESERTED UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END.
Indeed, it has remained that way for 1,945 years.
This prophecy is ALL about THE CHRIST, Jerusalem, and the Second Temple.
It is NOT about the Abomination of Desolation, or about the Antichrist.
TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2015
THE TWO PRINCES
The 70 weeks prophecy in Daniel chapter 9 speaks of TWO distinct princes:
1. Messiah Prince (moshiach nagid), (Daniel 9:25).
2. "The prince that shall come" (nagid habba) who will DESTROY THE CITY (Jerusalem) and DESTROY THE TEMPLE (Daniel 9:26).
To say that the prophecy establishment has badly botched this prophecy would be an understatement.
They CHOOSE TO turn a blind eye to history, and to the amazingly precise fulfillment of this prophecy.
They SOMEHOW turn the nagid habba or "prince that shall come" into the Antichrist.
Nagid habba CANNOT be the Antichrist.
There are TWO INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS with that theory:
1. The Antichrist DOES NOT destroy Jerusalem. Rather, he OCCUPIES IT for 42 months (Revelation 11:2; 13:5).
2. The Antichrist DOES NOT destroy the temple. Rather, he enters it and sits in it as God, then places a statue of himself, known as the "Abomination of Desolation" INSIDE THE TEMPLE (Matthew 24:15).
If the city (Jerusalem) and the temple were destroyed, as Daniel 9:26 requires, there's NO WAY Antichrist could occupy Jerusalem 42 months and there's NO WAY he could place the Abomination of Desolation in a temple THAT NO LONGER EXISTS because he destroyed it.
Furthermore, if Antichrist destroyed the temple, the Abomination of Desolation COULD NOT STAND in the temple for just over 3 years (1,150 days) as required by Daniel 8:13-14.
These facts PROVE, beyond any doubt, that that theory is FALSE.
There is NO WAY that the prince that shall come (nagid habba) in Daniel 9:26 can be the Antichrist.
The question becomes: "if he is NOT the Antichrist, WHO THE HECK IS HE?"
The answer: Titus.
In 70 A.D., some 600 years after this amazing prophecy was given, Roman PRINCE Titus, son of Caesar Vespasian, came to Jerusalem, DESTROYED THE CITY AND THE TEMPLE -- EXACTLY as predicted in Daniel 9:26 -- and NOT leaving "one stone upon another", as Jesus also had predicted (Matthew 24:2).
There is NO Antichrist in the 70 weeks prophecy.
The TWO PRINCES MENTIONED are Jesus and Titus.
MONDAY, JUNE 8. 2015
RAPTURE IN SEPTEMBER
Will the Rapture happen on September 23, 2015?
NO. It will NOT.
We had barely crossed from April into May and we were already getting a ton of emails about that false theory. And it's getting worse in June.
Oh foolish Christians!
Poor, pitiful, confused, spiritually emaciated weaklings!
Bible illiterates tossed to and fro by EVERY wind of FALSE doctrine!
If you spent HALF the time assimilating the Books of Daniel and Revelation as you devote to prophecy TRAFFICKERS, to SELLERS of WORTHLESS books and DVD's, and to delusional conspiracy theorists, you wouldn't be SO CONFUSED and EASILY DECEIVED.
You also wouldn't be SO PARANOID.
But the U.S. will be conducting special military exercises from July thru September 15, across 9 states...
I know. Where in Scripture does it say that ANY MILITARY EXERCISE predicts the Rapture?
But the Pope will visit the White House on September 24....
So what? The "Pope" is NOT EVEN MENTIONED in the Bible.
But there's a fourth "blood moon" on September 28...
No. There HAVE NOT BEEN ANY "blood moons". NOR WILL THERE BE ONE ON 9/28.
What will happen on 9/28 is A NATURAL LUNAR ECLIPSE, which is NOT the "moon turning the color of blood" mentioned in Revelation 6:12.
But they're doing this experiment with a particle collider...
WHERE does the Bible mention a particle collider?
WHAT does THAT have to do with eschatology?
But Stephen Hawking said...
WHO CARES what Hawking says? When did he become God?
I care about WHAT GOD says. The same God that ‘Stephen SAYS' "does not exist".
But they're going to open "the gates of hell"...
I thought that JESUS - and NO ONE ELSE - HAS THE KEY TO HELL (Revelation 1:18).
I thought that JESUS is the One who opens and NO ONE can shut, and when He shuts NO ONE can open (Revelation 3:9)
So what will happen on September 23, 2015?
I DON'T KNOW.
But I do know THERE WON'T BE ANY RAPTURE on that date.
Nor will "WW III" begin on that date.
That doctrine is FALSE.
It has NO BIBLICAL SUPPORT WHATSOEVER, and YOU KNOW IT...
You COULDN'T back it up with Scripture IF YOUR LIFE depended on it.
And I DARE YOU to try.
Well, HOW can you be SO SURE?
Simple: I know what GOD says.
I trust His "MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY" (2 Peter 1:19).
GOD SAYS that Jesus must return at the end of the 70th "week" or shemitta (Daniel 9:24).
GOD SAYS Jesus WILL RETURN on Tishri 15, during the Feast of Sukkot (Deuteronomy 31:10).
Since the tribulation begins 3½ years PRIOR to His Second Coming, that means the tribulation and Rapture must take place around Passover, in the month of Aviv (a/k/a Nisan): IN THE SPRING, NOT in September.
Since the Word of God is IMMUTABLE, NOTHING -- in heaven, hell or earth -- CAN CHANGE that Truth.
But so-and-so WROTE A BOOK...
So DID GOD.
Why don't you study and HONOR HIS BOOK, instead of filling your deceived mind with "their" books?
"Their" books will be tossed into the garbage (where they BELONG) within the next 5 years.
His Book has STOOD THE TEST OF TIME: 3,500 YEARS, to be exact.
His Book is AS RELEVANT TODAY as it was when it was written.
His Book, WILL ENDURE FOR ETERNITY.
You can believe the loony conspiracy theorists and PROPHECY TRAFFICKERS, who are ONLY INTERESTED IN YOUR MONEY, and in SELLING you FALSE prophecy.
Or you can believe GOD:
"But EVIL MEN AND SEDUCERS WILL GO FROM BAD TO WORSE, DECEIVING, AND BEING DECEIVED.
But YOU MUST CLING TO THE THINGS WHICH YOU HAVE LEARNED and HAVE BEEN ASSURED OF, KNOWING FROM WHOM you have learned them" (2 Timothy 3:13-14).
That is good advice for any generation. But it's PARTICULARLY APPLICABLE to THIS ONE.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015
WOULD YOU RECOGNIZE JESUS?
If Jesus appeared today in visible, tangible, human form, I wonder HOW MANY "Christians" would even RECOGNIZE Him.
If Truth Personified walked among us, I wonder HOW MANY "church goers" would be OFFENDED BY His Message.
I wonder how many "good Christians", those nice, religious folk who NEVER MISS Sunday service, WOULD CALL HIM "false teacher" and "false prophet", because HE DOES NOT CONFORM TO their MAN-INVENTED VERSION of "Christianity".
What most believers today consider "being Christian" or "being Christ-like" DOES NOT REMOTELY RESEMBLE Jesus' character, or what Jesus and His Apostles preached and taught in the first century.
For starters, back then there were NO DENOMINATIONS.
That's right: EVERY DENOMINATION in existence - EVERY SINGLE ONE - IS A FABRICATION INVENTED BY sinful, mortal men, at least 300 YEARS LATER.
Some were INVENTED as recently as 68 and 150 years ago.
Take a DEEP breath and meditate on THAT.
There were NO "CHURCH" buildings ANYWHERE.
Those were also INVENTED 300 years LATER.
When Christians spoke about "church" they meant PEOPLE (2 Corinthians 1:1).
They meant A GROUP OF BELIEVERS, not SOME STUPID, PRETENTIOUS BUILDING erected as MONUMENT TO their pastor or denomination.
Take a couple of DEEP breaths, then PAUSE and MEDITATE ON THAT.
The Apostles and disciples KNEW Jesus PERSONALLY.
They had walked with Him, lived with Him, traveled with Him, seen and heard Him when He was loving and compassionate.
They'd also seen and heard Him when He was NOT being so "religiously nice" and proper.
They'd heard Him call the Pharisees and LAW FANATICS OF HIS DAY "HYPOCRITES", "fools" and "brood of snakes", among other things (Matthew 23:29-33).
Therefore, they DID NOT present ONLY a sanitized VERSION OF Jesus as do most of those standing behind TV cameras and pulpits today.
They presented THE REAL Jesus, who was NOT always sweet and nice.
They DID NOT SWEEP the part of His Character that THEY DISAPPROVED OF UNDER THE RUG, as most religious hirelings do today.
Better have the smelling salts handy for this one:
Jesus and His Apostles NEVER asked for "tithes", NEVER asked for money, EVER.
They DID NOT demand "10% OF ONE'S SALARY" in order to be a "member" in good standing of their "group".
You can't find ONE verse IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE that commands ANYONE - Jew, Gentile, or Christian - to pay 10% of their SALARIES to a minister, NOT ONE!!!
GOD (Jesus) and His Apostles DID NOT HAVE fund raisers, bake sales, rummage sales, or telethons.
They DID NOT HAVE Christian bookstores, NOR DID THEY SELL BOOKS, CD's, DVD's, WATER FROM THE JORDAN RIVER, or ANYTHING ELSE.
They NEVER PROMISED ANYONE WEALTH if they donated to Him/them.
They only received VOLUNTARY, VOLUNTARY, VOLUNTARY donations.
Jesus never made partaking of Communion "CONDITIONAL" on "being a member" of "His group" or on "tithing".
He even ADMINISTERED COMMUNION TO JUDAS whom he KNEW to be A THIEF and THE BETRAYER.
Jesus and His disciples NEVER manipulated or INTIMIDATED anyone to give.
They NEVER ISSUED any threats of poverty, of NOT being blessed by God, or (horror of horrors) that God would CURSE His OWN CHILDREN over MEASLY money, for not tithing or giving, AS MOST JOKERS WHO STAND BEHIND PULPITS OR TV CAMERAS DO TODAY.
Go ahead, call the ambulance...
Some of you probably need oxygen by now...
Those are BIBLICAL, HISTORICAL FACTS.
We can trace MOST FABRICATIONS and FALSEHOOD to when the Church became government-sanctioned and institutionalized in the 4th century A.D. That's where all the corruption STARTED.
However, 1,600 years have come and gone.
We're NOT STUCK IN the 4th century anymore,
WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?
Have we LEARNED NOTHING in 16 CENTURIES of PAINFUL, CONTENTIOUS "Church" history?
We can talk about "Reformation" ALL WE WANT.
But TALK IS CHEAP.
Where's THE EVIDENCE???
PREACH TRUE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE.
Jesus DOESN'T NEED some holier-than-thou religious makeover.
PREACH THE REAL JESUS, not your denomination's INVENTED "VERSION" OF HIM.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2015
ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART
In Matthew 12:24 Jesus said:
"O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, SPEAK GOOD THINGS? For OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART, THE MOUTH SPEAKS".
No truer principle has ever been spoken.
WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR HEARTS will, sooner or later, COME OUT OF OUR MOUTHS.
We can try to pretend, we can lie, we can be hypocritical and say one thing, when we really feel something else, but we can only carry on such act for a short while.
It's just A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE OUR MOUTHS REVEAL HOW WE REALLY FEEL.
That's why we can fool some people some times, but we cannot fool ALL the people ALL the time.
That's why we CAN'T fool God at ANY time.
He KNOWS EXACTLY what's in our hearts.
He KNOWS even BEFORE it comes out our mouths.
Tell me the ONE THING you just can't shut up about, and I'll tell you what's in your heart.
So, I ask you today what or WHO is in your heart?
What or who do you talk about CONSTANTLY?
What can't they EVER SHUT YOU UP ABOUT?
The Super Bowl? American Idol? Dancing with the Stars? Soccer? Sex? Food? Some lame "celebrity"? Business? Money? Politics? Your denomination?Some pet doctrinal issue you want to IMPOSE on others? Or is it Jesus?
Is Jesus REALLY in your heart?
If He is, how come you NEVER talk about Him?
FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
THE POWER OF BREVITY
Every day there are messages in our mailbox from individuals trying to bring me over to their religious point of view, to lecture me about some pet doctrine of theirs that I've decimated, or both.
Frankly, I've come much too far in Christ (to Him be all the glory) to be lectured by anyone about anything.
I am, however, A STALWART, UNDETERRED seeker of Truth.
I HONOR Truth (Jesus) above ALL else.
That is why I HONOR HIS WORD - both the Incarnate Word and the written Word - above ALL.
The more I know, the more Truth that is revealed, the more Truth that I seek.
That is why I keep an open heart and mind to His Truth, EVEN WHEN IT'S NOT TO MY LIKING.
Unlike religious people, and unlike many in ministry, I DO NOT believe I have a monopoly on Truth.
I am WILLING to CHANGE and, if necessary, REVISE my teaching, when NEW REVELATION comes.
The only part of my teaching that is NON-NEGOTIABLE is the Gospel itself.
All else is game, provided that arguments are SOLIDLY SUPPORTED with Scripture.
And while my experience is that Truth usually comes from the Spirit of Truth and the Word of Truth, I DO NOT DISCOUNT that God may use ANOTHER HUMAN, a brother or sister in Christ, to convey some Truth.
That is why I have said - for over 10 years - that I AM OPEN to correction, PROVIDED it is based SOLELY on Scripture taken IN CONTEXT.
That is also why I DISMISS 95% OF THE AFOREMENTIONED EMAILS right off the bat:
They are NOT based on the Bible, but are filled with personal opinions, bias, and conjecture.
They are also LONG AND TEDIOUS.
When someone REALLY KNOWS their subject, WHEN SOMEONE REALLY IS ON THE SIDE OF TRUTH, they can make their point BRIEFLY, DIRECTLY and AUTHORITATIVELY.
They DON'T NEED TO "lecture".
They DON'T NEED 50 paragraphs.
And they DON'T NEED one-hour videos.
That is why NONE OF OUR VIDEOS are over an hour in duration -- like so much of the crappy fare offered on YouTube -- or 45 minutes, or even 20.
Glory to Jesus... We slam-dunk ANY GIVEN TOPIC in 4-7 minutes.
Therefore, when someone treats me like an idiot and tries to give me a "history lesson", when I know more about ancient history, Middle East history, Jewish and Greek history than they ever will... I treat them in kind.
Likewise, when someone condescendingly tries to give me a "Bible lesson", as though I'm some Bible illiterate, they will receive a quick and terminal REALITY CHECK.
Anyone who's read any portion of this website and ASSUMES that I lack knowledge about those topics is, to put it bluntly, AN IDIOT.
Anyone who thinks they can "overwhelm" me by sending a veritable dissertation, or by quoting 100 verses of Scripture OUT OF CONTEXT, is PROVING that their intention is NOT to glorify Jesus, but to glorify THEMSELVES.
They are ALSO PROVING that they LACK KNOWLEDGE about their subject and are UNQUALIFIED to teach ANYONE about it.
Consequently, they have NO CHANCE - I mean, ZERO - of "convincing" me of ANYTHING.
Their so-called arguments won't even be CONSIDERED.
I have TOTAL DISRESPECT for lengthy, pointless rhetoric.
I THOROUGHLY DISRESPECT those who DISRESPECT God's Word by using it "selectively" and MANIPULATIVELY to try to make THEIR point.
And I equally DISRESPECT those who trample Truth, contradict themselves, and MAKE EMPTY PROMISES THEY DON'T KEEP, which in turn makes THEIR WORD utterly WORTHLESS.
It also PROVES they are unworthy of our TRUST.
God has NEVER made A PROMISE that He HASN'T kept.
That is why (GLORY TO HIM forever!) we can TRUST Him and His Word... without hesitation, and TO THE VERY END.
THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015
As human beings made in the Image of God, we get to make thousands - if not MILLIONS -- of decisions during our lifetime.
God knows each and every one of those choices BEFORE we make them.
And He LOVES US - and SAVES US - anyway.
However, we DO NOT get to make every possible choice.
Some choices ARE MADE FOR US. And there's NOTHING we can do about it.
For instance, you DID NOT choose (at least consciously) to be born into this world.
You DID NOT choose the day of your birth, or your parents, or your siblings and other members of your physical family.
You had LITTLE OR NO CHOICE at all in the way you were raised: what religion or faith (if any) you were taught, where you lived or went to school.
Choices HAVE CONSEQUENCES.
We can blame ONE, perhaps TWO incidents on "bad luck" or "chance", we may blame ONE, perhaps TWO incidents on the interference of others, but WE MUST ACCEPT THE LION'S SHARE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR OWN CHOICES.
That brings us to the FOUR most important choices WE get to make:
1. HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
It's difficult to serve God and others, or even enjoy life, when the body in which we move around is unhealthy:
I'm aware that there are other factors involved including genetics and environment, but generally speaking:
Lots of water, some activity you enjoy, even if it's housework or just walking, lean protein, fruits and veggies. Keep processed foods to a minimum.
2. MARRIAGE & CHILDREN
This is THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE WE MAKE.
The person we marry and/or with whom we have children can affect our lives in COUNTLESS ways, even AFTER (God forbid) we're separated or divorced.
Don't get pregnant unless YOU'RE MARRIED and UNLESS you are 100% CERTAIN he or she is "THE RIGHT ONE".
Choose VERY carefully. And, on this one, follow NOT ONLY your heart, BUT YOUR HEAD.
3. LOVING GOD & YOURSELF
All of this world's problems, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, are caused by LACK OF LOVE.
If you DON'T LOVE God, you CANNOT love yourself because He made you in His own Image and LIKENESS.
And if you DON'T LOVE YOURSELF, you CANNOT love others.
4. RECEIVING SALVATION
But THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE WE MAKE is RECEIVING Love Personified, Jesus Christ, into our hearts as God and Savior.
All other choices will affect our TEMPORARY lives on this TEMPORARY planet.
But this ONE choice will affect our lives NOW and FOR ETERNITY.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015
WHO GOES WHERE & WHEN
There is TREMENDOUS CONFUSION ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE and about salvation and damnation.
A brother or sister is asked about this, and usually he or she HAS NO CONCRETE ANSWER.
We will endeavor in today's message to CHANGE ALL THAT.
We have divided our study into FIVE SECTIONS: BEFORE the Resurrection of Christ, AFTER the Resurrection of Christ, AT THE RAPTURE, During the Tribulation, and During the Millennium.
1. BEFORE THE RESURRECTION
BEFORE the Resurrection of Christ, the Old Testament was still in force.
Everyone (Jew or Gentile) WHO DIED IN THE FAITH, BELIEVING IN the true God (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and TRUSTING His promise of a Redeemer went to Paradise. Everyone who DIDN'T went to hell.
Hell, the underworld or abode of the dead (Sheol in Hebrew, Hades in Greek), is located in THE CENTER OF the earth and, according to Luke 16:22-26, was divided into TWO sections:
Paradise, a/k/a the "bosom of Abraham", for those who died in the faith and hope of the promised Savior (Genesis 3:15), and HELL ITSELF, described as a fiery place of torment (Luke 16:24).
In either case, hell is a temporary place, NOT a final destination.
During the three days and nights Jesus spent in the bowels of the earth (in hell itself) He, in Spirit, preached to those in hell who had perished during Noah's flood (1 Peter 3:18-20).
If Salvation in hell were impossible, there would have been NO POINT WHATSOEVER in Him doing so.
2. AFTER THE RESURRECTION
The Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ CHANGED EVERYTHING:
It's AFTER His Resurrection that the New Testament went into effect.
When Jesus rose from the dead and ascended, He took ALL THOSE IN Paradise to heaven with Him (2 Corinthians 12:2-4; Ephesians 4:8-9).
MANY Old Testament saints He took to heaven in spirit, soul AND BODY * (Matthew 27:52-53).
Others He took ONLY in spirit and soul.
Likewise, when a born-again believer dies today, he or she IS INSTANTLY TAKEN to the Presence of our Lord in spirit and soul (2 Corinthians 5:8).
All the UNSAVED (who HADN'T received Christ) stayed in hell after the Resurrection.
Those who die PRESENTLY WITHOUT knowing Jesus, still go to hell. And they STILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL to be saved by receiving Jesus into their hearts.
3. AT THE RAPTURE
Those who have DIED in the faith under both Old and New Testaments*, RISE FROM THE DEAD FIRST, and those of us who (by God's Grace) remain alive are TRANSFORMED "IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE" and are CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM (1 Corinthians 15:50-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
* The exception being the Old Testament saints mentioned above, who ALREADY ROSE AND ASCENDED with Jesus (Matthew 27:52-53).
All who DO NOT receive Christ remain either in hell (if they're dead) or on earth if they're physically alive.
4. DURING THE TRIBULATION
The ONLY believers on earth during the tribulation will be the 144,000 Israelites (Revelation 7:1-8), the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:3) and those who come to faith in Christ during the reign of Antichrist.
There are THREE SPECIAL raptures FOR them during the tribulation:
1. The Rapture of the 144,000 (Revelation 14:1-3).
2. The Rapture of the "harvest of the earth" (unbelievers who come to faith in Christ DURING the reign of Antichrist). They are taken up BEFORE the final and MOST SEVERE "bowl" judgments (Revelation 14:15-16 and 15:2).
3. The Resurrection and Ascension of the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:11-12).
Except for the Two Witnesses who'll be resurrected PRIOR, ALL BELIEVERS (Jew or Gentile) WHO DIE DURING the tribulation are RESURRECTED at the START OF the Millennium to reign with Jesus during the 1,000 years (Revelation 20:4).
UNBELIEVERS who DIE during the tribulation go to hell.
UNBELIEVERS who SURVIVE the tribulation, and have acted wickedly toward natural Israelites are sent to the lake of fire (Matthew 13:41, 46).
Those who took the mark of the beast are sent into the lake of fire forever, without ANY POSSIBILITY OF SALVATION, EVER (Revelation 14:9-11).
The Antichrist and False prophet are hurled ALIVE into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20).
At that point, Satan's angels are presumably sent there, too (Matthew 25:41).
Satan IS IMPRISONED IN THE ABYSS for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3).
Unbelievers who SURVIVE the tribulation, somehow refused the mark of the beast, and acted KINDLY TOWARD natural Israelites, and LAST MINUTE BELIEVERS who received Jesus just prior to His Second Coming, remain alive and go into the Millennium (Matthew 25:31-40).
They get to repopulate the earth during that Utopian Era.
Natural Israelites who survive the tribulation are SAVED by their Messiah.
ALL ISRAEL IS SAVED (Romans 11:25-26).
Jesus returns and establishes His Kingdom on earth (Revelation 19:11-20; 20:4).
5. DURING THE MILLENNIUM
During the Millennium there will be NATURAL as well as SUPERNATURAL humans on earth.
The SUPERNATURAL humans will be the collective Church. We will return with Jesus in immortal, glorified bodies to reign with Him (Daniel 7:27; Revelation 5:10).
The NATURAL humans will be either natural Israelites, Gentile tribulation survivors (see above) or their descendants who are born during THE 1,000 YEARS.
Lifespan for natural humans will be greatly increased during that Era.
Human death will be VERY RARE during this peaceful Era. Most humans will remain alive throughout the Millennium (Isaiah 65:20).
At the END OF THE MILLENNIUM the faith of natural humans will be tested.
Why? Because Salvation IS, has ALWAYS been, and will ALWAYS BE by grace through faith (Genesis 15:6; Habakkuk 2:4; Ephesians 2:8).
This applies to EVERYONE, Jew or gentile.
Faith, according to Hebrews 11:1 is "the substance of things HOPED FOR, the evidence of things NOT SEEN".
However, since Jesus Himself IN PERSON will be SEEN, reigning in Jerusalem, it won't take any faith, AT THAT POINT, to believe in Him.
It's at that time when Satan is loosed from THE ABYSS for a brief period, allowed to go forth and tempt gentile nations for the last time, and the FINAL BATTLE OF ALL TIME -- referred to as Gog and Magog -- takes place (Ezekiel chapters 38-39).
Natural Israelites will have learned their lesson by then, and remain true and faithful to their Messiah, who'll be living in their midst (Romans 11:25-26).
Satan and his hordes will attack Jerusalem IN A FUTILE LAST ATTEMPT to topple the Kingdom of God and the rule of Jesus the King of kings (Revelation 20:7-9).
Needless to say, the creep FAILS.
At that time Satan is sent into the lake of fire FOR ALL ETERNITY (Revelation 20:10) Amen and amen.
Those who side with Satan, those in hell who have not repented and trusted Jesus by the end of the Millennium, and HELL ITSELF, are subsequently tossed into the lake of fire which is ETERNAL and IRREVERSIBLE (Revelation 20:15-16).
All UNBELIEVERS OF ALL THE AGES, WHO ARE STILL IN HELL AND HAVE REFUSED ADAMANTLY TO RECEIVE JESUS, ARE SENT AT THAT TIME INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE (Revelation 20:11-15).
NO ONE WILL COME OUT OF THERE, EVER.
There will be new heavens and a new earth (Revelation 21:1).
Natural humans who remain faithful to Jesus get to populate the New Earth. There will be NO MORE DEATH (Revelation 21:1-4).
They will have access to New Jerusalem which is the heavenly city POPULATED BY US, HIS CHURCH (Revelation 21:24-27).
In view of all this, it's not only convenient and EXTREMELY DESIRABLE, but SUPREMELY WISE to receive Christ into your heart RIGHT NOW.
If you receive Jesus Christ into your heart AS GOD AND SAVIOR you NEVER HAVE TO FEAR, WONDER OR WORRY ABOUT ANY "condemnation" (Romans 8:1).
For those who TRULY KNOW JESUS, there's NO CONDEMNATION OF ANY KIND, EVER: Rather, the Promise of a glorious Destiny.
Glory to Him, who is God and Savior, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen.
TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015
IS "LUCK" REAL?
EVERYONE reading this message has at some point in their life, grumbled about their "bad luck".
All of us have, at one time or another, grudgingly and enviously commented on how "lucky" someone else is.
Why is it that some people just seem to turn everything they touch into gold, while others who are MORE QUALIFIED, SMARTER, and BETTER, seem to struggle?
Is there such thing as "luck"?
From our perspective, the answer is "yes".
From God's perspective, the answer is "no".
Luck is defined as:
"AN UNPREDICTABLE AND UNCONTROLLABLE FORCE THAT SHAPES EVENTS FAVORABLY OR UNFAVORABLY for an individual, group or cause".
I DO NOT, for a moment, pretend to know ALL that is involved in the "behind the scenes" spirit realm, to shape events in our lives.
However, God's Word does shed SOME light on this issue:
As far as bad stuff goes, we have an enemy called Satan whose aim is to kill, steal and destroy, and whom we are commanded TO RESIST (John 10:10; Ephesians 6:12-17; James 4:7).
The Bible also talks about EVERYONE being affected (at some point) by "luck" or "chance" (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
It also states THAT WE PLAY A LARGE ROLE in bringing about our own blessings or misfortune (Galatians 6:7).
But it would take a Mind as Wise and Infinite as God's to understand all the mechanics involved in bringing about events on earth, whether good or bad, as well as when, where, and to whom it happens.
Since Jesus is the beginning and the end, NOTHING catches Him by surprise. Even the hairs on our heads are numbered.
Humanly speaking, though, it would be foolish to deny what man has acknowledged and tried to figure out since time immemorial.
That is why, since ancient times, there have been astrologers, diviners, and prophets, trying to predict man's fate, and whether it's an opportune moment to do certain things, like go to war.
In other words, to see if "luck" is on their side.
In ancient Greece, there was the famed Oracle of Delphi, where a priestess would supposedly speak in the name of the god Apollos, and answer specific questions put to her.
Lest you think this was only pagan practice, God gave Israel the Urim and Thummim to predict whether something was true or false, whether God was favorable to their endeavor or not (Numbers 27:21; Nehemiah 7:65).
They also practiced casting lots to determine what was God's will, or to ascertain truth (1 Samuel 14:41-42; Acts 1:26).
In the New Testament, the Urim and Thummim and the casting of lots WERE REPLACED BY the Holy Spirit.
He is the One that we must consult, as well as God's written Word (John 16:13).
A few things to keep in mind:
1. CURSES and HEXES:
If you're born-again, NO ONE can put a hex or curse on you to bring you "bad luck" (Ephesians 1:3; Numbers 23:19-23).
If things are not going well in your life, you need to GET ALONE WITH God, in a quiet place with no distractions, seek Him with ALL your heart, and ask the Holy Spirit WHO LIVES IN you for guidance.
Then WAIT UPON HIM, stay focused on Him, (INSIDE you) until the answer comes.
If you seek Him with ALL your heart, it won't take long to get an answer.
2. "LUCK" IS OFTEN IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.
I'm sure many men envied Jack Kennedy's "luck". After all, he was handsome, intelligent, articulate, born into a rich and influential family, President of the United States, leader of the free world, married to elegant fashion icon Jackie, had two beautiful children, and pretty much all the women he wanted.
He wasn't so "lucky" on November 22, 1963.
He suffered from Addison's disease most of his life, had to rely on drugs in order to function, and three of their babies died due to illness or miscarriage.
For all his privileged upbringing, his father fostered sibling rivalry.
Jack always played second fiddle to his older brother Joe, Jr. - always competing with him and having to prove himself, and only became Joe Sr's "number one" son after his elder brother died.
Likewise some women may have considered Marilyn Monroe "lucky" for being a sexy movie star, rich, famous, glamorous... Was she?
By all accounts she had a very unhappy childhood, was molested, landed in a foster home and, like JFK, her life ended tragically.
3. Jesus is ULTIMATELY in control of everything.
And although He allows man to exercise his free will on this earth, which often results in pretty horrific stuff, nothing happens anywhere without His knowledge.
4. PSALM 73
God puts the whole issue of "luck" into perspective for us in Psalm 73, which is MUST READ for every believer.
Although God's BLESSINGS do manifest in our lives here on earth, don't settle for just earthly luck.
TEMPORARY "luck" in this TEMPORARY world is FAILURE.
It ENDS sooner or later.
The LUCKIEST PEOPLE on earth are those whose ETERNAL Destiny is Christ.
MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015
"PALESTINIANS" HAVE NO RIGHT
"But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. "What is this you are doing?" they asked. "Are you rebelling against the king?"
I answered them by saying, ‘The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, BUT AS FOR YOU, YOU HAVE NO SHARE IN JERUSALEM OR ANY LEGAL CLAIM OR HISTORIC RIGHT TO IT'." (Nehemiah 2:20)
If anyone doubts whether history repeats itself...
If anyone ever doubted the Bible's relevance to this day and age, those foreboding words were spoken OVER 2,400 YEARS AGO, before there were any "Palestinians" and long before the word "Palestine" was even invented.
Jerusalem and the first Temple had been TOTALLY destroyed, Jews had returned from Babylonian exile and rebuilt a pitiful replica of the first Temple, and now were trying to rebuild Jerusalem's walls, repair its gates, and make it inhabitable...
And ALREADY there were Arabs occupying Judea, objecting and trying to sabotage Jewish efforts to rebuild their capital.
ALREADY Arabs were accusing them before international authorities, and using psychological intimidation to impede progress.
The very Arabs that are presently known by the misnomer "Palestinians".
It took someone with the call of God, the spiritual conviction and moral gumption of Nehemiah, to stand up to them and CLEARLY STATE what was as true then as it is now:
"YOU HAVE NO SHARE IN JERUSALEM OR ANY LEGAL CLAIM OR HISTORIC RIGHT TO IT".
And ALL of God's people said...
Those who AREN'T saying "amen" ARE NOT GOD'S PEOPLE.
Those who AREN'T saying "amen" have rebellious hearts.
Those who AREN'T saying "amen" are CONTRADICTING God.
Those who AREN'T saying "amen" DIRECTLY OPPOSE the God they claim to represent by formally acknowledging a NON- EXISTENT "Palestine"...
Those who AREN'T saying "amen" and have the audacity to call Christ's ENEMY "an angel of peace"...
They are NOT spiritual leaders, but politically biased impostors.
They will fall never to rise again.
There will never be a "Palestine".
And Jerusalem will still be Israel's capital in the Millennium and forever...
Whether THEY - or anyone else - likes it OR NOT.
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