October 2015 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2015
TALKING TO THE DEAD
Consulting the dead, which includes talking and praying to dead people, is strictly forbidden in the Bible, both in the Torah and the New Testament.
So is divination.
These sinful practices are known in modern times as "SPIRITISM".
Deuteronomy 18:10-11 clearly states: "Let NO ONE BE FOUND AMONG YOU who sacrifices their son or daughter..., WHO PRACTICES DIVINATION OR SORCERY, INTERPRETS OMENS, ENGAGES IN WITCHCRAFT, or casts spells, or WHO IS A MEDIUM OR SPIRITIST OR WHO CONSULTS THE DEAD".
The next verse, Deuteronomy 18:12 says that "ANYONE who practices these things is DETESTABLE to the Lord."
Can't say it any clearer...
Unfortunately, there are a whole bunch of professing "Christians" who engage in these ungodly practices, forbidden by God.
They often dabble in the occult because they don't want to disappoint acquaintances who are into all sorts of satanic practices, in which they claim to engage just "for fun".
They start playing with Ouija boards, participating in seances, seeking palm readers, calling "psychic" hot lines, watching horror movies, playing satanic video games, indulging in illicit sex, porn, substance abuse... and before they know it, they are being harassed by evil spirits.
Then they write us asking for help.
Funny thing, they DIDN'T consult the Bible or this ministry BEFORE engaging in such satanic pursuits.
They usually come to us when they're already trapped and experiencing all sorts of evil in their lives.
Give Satan an inch and he'll take a football field...
In 1 Samuel 28:3-19 we have Saul, the first king of Israel, consulting a medium to bring up the spirit of Samuel, who had died a while back.
The witch at Endor was successful in bringing up Samuel, but it resulted in Saul's defeat and in the death of both, Saul and his son Jonathan.
Samuel complained about being "disturbed" by Saul and the witch, and was not too happy about being brought up.
Neither was God.
1 Chronicles 10:13 gives this Divine indictment against Saul:
"Saul died BECAUSE HE WAS UNFAITHFUL to the LORD; he DID NOT KEEP the word of the LORD and EVEN CONSULTED A MEDIUM FOR GUIDANCE".
In Acts 16:16-34 we have the story of Paul and Silas running into a young woman at Philippi who had a spirit of divination.
She was being exploited by her "masters" for profit.
Paul cast the evil spirit out of her in Jesus' Name, which in turn, drove them out of business.
This resulted in Paul and Silas being temporarily imprisoned, but ended up in the salvation of the jailer, his entire household and, presumably, everyone in that prison.
Satan's evil plan totally backfired and he was BADLY defeated.
As born-again, Spirit-indwelt Christians, we have AUTHORITY OVER EVERY evil spirit, in Jesus' Name (Mark 16: 17-18;1 John 4:4).
It is one thing to use that authority when confronted with such cases.
It's another thing entirely TO WILLINGLY SUBMIT to such practices while claiming to "believe in Jesus".
THE MOMENT we do, we relinquish our authority and become Satan's prey.
Satan is THE ENEMY. HE WANTS TO DESTROY YOU.
WHO'D BE STUPID ENOUGH TO TURN TO HIM, OR one of HIS PAWNS, FOR "GUIDANCE"?
This business is DEAD serious, and NOT to be taken lightly.
And there's NOTHING "fun" about it.
Leviticus 19:31 has sage advice for everyone:
"'DO NOT turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for YOU WILL BE DEFILED BY THEM.
I am the LORD your God".
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015
THE WEDDING CAME
"And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to THE MARRIAGE supper of the Lamb... These are the true sayings of God" (Revelation 19:9).
Glory to Jesus!
In Revelation 19:7, AT THE END OF the tribulation and as Jesus is about to return to earth in His Second Coming, we find this enormously reassuring statement:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for THE MARRIAGE of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready".
That's the way it reads in the KJV version of the Bible, and in many others.
I don't want to say that translation is altogether incorrect, but it gives the wrong impression. It SOUNDS like the marriage finally came and is about to take place at the END of the tribulation.
Since the Greek verbs are in the aorist active indicative tense (like PAST tense in English), A MORE ACCURATE AND CLEARER rendering would be:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for THE MARRIAGE of the Lamb DID COME, and His wife DID MAKE HERSELF READY".
WHEN DID the marriage of the Lamb come and WHEN DID His wife make herself ready?
3½ YEARS EARLIER!!!
The Wedding takes place between Revelation 6:12 and Revelation 7:9 when that GREAT MULTITUDE that no one could number stands before the Lamb, in glorified, immortal bodies.
They are the raptured Church.
"They" (glory to our Savior) are US!!!
By the time Revelation 7:9 comes around the Bridegroom HAS PRESENTED the Bride to Himself and to the rest of the heavenly community "without spot, wrinkle or any such thing" (Ephesians 5:27).
Revelation 7:14 even tells us HOW the Bride MADE HERSELF ready:
"They washed their robes and made them white IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB".
Praise you, Jesus!
That is PRECISELY what Revelation 19:8 says: "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS"?
And HOW do you think that "saints" become RIGHTEOUS? (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We just read HOW they made their robes WHITE symbolizing the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jesus -- of God Himself -- attributed to us by Grace: through His Blood.
Oh, Body of Christ, praise our Lord and Savior FOREVER !!!
So, WHY is the multitude saying this in Revelation chapter 19, if the marriage took place in chapters 6-7?
Because "they" (we) are ABOUT TO RETURN TO EARTH WITH JESUS.
Because "they" (we) HAVE SEEN His Redemption unfold, from fulfilling His promise to catch us up and receive us unto Himself, to sheltering us from the tribulation, to judging the wicked, destroying the Great Whore and, finally seeing Him return to earth to depose the Antichrist, throw him and his false prophet into the lake of fire, send Satan into the pit for A THOUSAND YEARS, and set up His EVERLASTING Kingdom on earth.
3½ years later, we are still praising Him for His AMAZING faithfulness:
Because HAVING raptured us, He's now ready to SHARE HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM WITH US.
BECAUSE HE DID KEEP HIS WORD AND PROMISE TO RAPTURE US, and MARRY US, after a long, protracted BETROTHAL of almost 2,000 earth years!!!
I'd say THAT is worth rejoicing. THAT is worth praising.
Oh, what beautiful, REASSURING words about our impending Departure!
We see this GREAT MULTITUDE (us), which was taken to heaven in Revelation chapters 6-7 (3½ years earlier), PRAISING Jesus in Revelation 19:1-3.
Again, in Revelation 19:6-8...
And in Revelation 19:14 RETURNING WITH JESUS, STILL WEARING OUR "WHITE ROBES" OF RIGHTEOUSNESS -- Glory to His Name! - AND READY TO REIGN WITH HIM ON THIS EARTH.
I'd say THAT'S worth rejoicing, praising AND CELEBRATING.
That's A TINY GLIMPSE OF the glorious Destiny that awaits those WHO BELONG TO Jesus.
Glory to Him from eternity to eternity, worlds without end! Amen.
Do you BELONG TO Jesus? If you don't, GIVE YOURSELF TO HIM right now.
When you BELONG to Jesus, He BELONGS TO YOU!
It's the GREATEST trade-off in the universe:our filth for His Righteousness.
Like the angel tells John in Revelation 19:9:
"BLESSED (BEYOND happy) are those who are CALLED to THE MARRIAGE...of the Lamb".
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2015
"A friend loves AT ALL TIMES, and a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17).
Loyalty is A VIRTUE seldom spoken of.
Loyalty is faithfulness (fidelity).
It means devotion or steadfast commitment to a person, country, group or cause, REGARDLESS what that person, country or group may be experiencing -- good or bad.
Loyalty is A MUST in anyone you would even consider as a friend, let alone as spouse.
We have some examples of this RARE virtue in God's Word:
Abraham was loyal to God, and God was and IS (praise His Name) ETERNALLY loyal to Abraham and to Abraham's Seed (us) (Galatians 3:29).
Joseph -- a picture of Jesus if there ever was one -- remained loyal to his brethren EVEN AFTER they DISOWNED him, BETRAYED him, ruined his young life, and SOLD HIM into slavery (Genesis 45:9,10).
Ruth was loyal to Naomi, even after her husband's death, which forever put her in King David's, hence in Jesus', genealogy (Ruth 1:16; Matthew 1:5-6)).
Jonathan was loyal to David, Elisha to Elijah, and John the Baptist to Jesus (1 Samuel 20:17; 2 Kings 2:1, 4, 6; John 3:30).
The apostle John remained loyal to His Lord, even when the rest of the disciples fled, and even stood before the cross, being the only eyewitness among them to His Crucifixion (John 19:25-26).
Likewise, we have examples of DISLOYALTY in the Bible, the two most egregious ones being Lucifer's betrayal which led to his rebellion AGAINST God which forever turned him into hasatan, the ENEMY, and Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus.
Loyalty is glaringly LACKING in modern society, including in Christian circles. In fact, some of the most blatantly DISLOYAL people I've known are self-professed "Christians":
Someone starts a congregation, makes all kinds of personal sacrifices, devotes a large portion of his or her life to serving the brethren, seeking God, ministering to their needs, teaching them the word, offering counsel and encouragement. The congregation thrives and, suddenly, because the pastor isn't always perfect (and WHO, besides Jesus, EVER IS?) or because we "disagree" with him or her on some SILLY ISSUE that could be resolved through honest dialogue, and seeking the Lord earnestly (without bias) IN SPIRIT -- the pastor finds out that SOME OF THE PEOPLE HE'S HELPED THE MOST have been stirring up members of his own congregation - the congregation he built from scratch -- AGAINST HIM.
Instead of OPENLY discussing the issue, they've been talking behind his back, gossiping, making all sorts of mostly unfounded accusations, until the situation becomes unbearable for all involved.
Next thing you know, those "other" members have turned into a SPLINTER GROUP that has divided the brethren and which inevitably ends up as a sad statistic in the annals of ministerial casualties.
THAT is being disloyal.
We make a LIFETIME commitment to someone through marriage, then after the initial thrill wears off, when things don't go as well as we had planned, or when someone we consider more PHYSICALLY ATTRACTIVE crosses our path, we promptly cheat and/or file for divorce.
Much to our shame, the divorce rate is ACTUALLY HIGHER among self-professed "Christians" than among unbelievers.
THAT is being fickle and TOTALLY disloyal.
Before I get 500 letters from insecure readers:
Yes, THERE ARE biblical grounds for divorce, but those are rather EXTREME.
Yes, it takes TWO people to keep a marriage going: if one spouse is UNWILLING, there's not much the other spouse can do.
Yes, Jesus will forgive those who have divorced for WHATEVER reason, if they turn to Him in repentance and faith.
And NO, NO ONE will go to hell because they divorced their spouse or because they cheated on him or her.
However, we're discussing LOYALTY.
We often experience disloyalty within our own families: You were there for cousin Bob, aunt Cynthia, and brother Ed in THEIR TIME OF NEED, but when YOUR TIME OF NEED comes along, they TURN THEIR BACKS.
That is being UNGRATEFUL and UTTERLY DISLOYAL.
We experience it with "friends" who loved to hang around us when things were going well and we were prosperous.
Aaaaah, but when you lost your job, your savings, your home, your business, when finances dried up and you could no longer afford the fancy restaurants, the luxury cars, the yachts, or the glamorous lifestyle, they disappeared faster than Buffalo wings at a Super Bowl party.
Those were NEVER your friends to begin with.
I often see disloyalty in my own ministry. And what I find most disturbing is that it comes from those who SHOULD BE most grateful and loyal:
From the ones I spent hours answering every silly question imaginable, until all their doubts and fears were laid to rest.
From the ones who asked for, and received, TONS of materials from us, FREE OF CHARGE.
From those with whom I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning because of some heart-wrenching situation they were experiencing, or because they were seeking deliverance from addiction, or because they were suicidal or wrestling with their own salvation.
Never mind that they never even bothered to say "thank you".
Never mind that they never even offered a word of appreciation or encouragement.
THEY ARE THE FIRST to surge out of the shadows AT THE DROP OF A HAT and viciously attack me and this ministry, slander us, often SIDING WITH our enemies, and "defending" people THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW.
That's DISLOYALTY and Jesus - who knows ALL THINGS - even the deepest secrets in the human heart and mind, IS WATCHING.
On the other hand, there are SOME loyal brothers and sisters, and I praise Jesus for each and every one of you.
Generally speaking, humans are notably DISLOYAL.
Loyalty, however, IS A CHOICE.
NO ONE can force us to be loyal or disloyal. We determine that ON OUR OWN.
He who finds ONE loyal friend, spouse, brother or sister is VERY BLESSED, INDEED.
If you find MORE THAN ONE, you're EXTREMELY blessed.
So, if you find one or more, appreciate them, and RETURN THE FAVOR BY BEING LOYAL TO, AND GRATEFUL FOR THEM:
Above all, BE LOYAL TO JESUS, NO MATTER WHAT.
You can be like Judas who betrayed Him for 30 measly pieces of silver, or you can be like John and STICK WITH HIM TO THE VERY END.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015
As everyone knows, gay marriage is now the law of the land.
On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled by a 5 to 4 vote that "the Constitution GUARANTEES" A RIGHT TO same sex marriage.
The Founding Fathers must be turning over in their graves.
The deciding vote was cast by Justice Anthony Kennedy (thanks a lot for appointing him, Ronald Reagan) who also wrote the majority decision.
This ministry HAS NEVER BEEN ANTI-GAY.
Although homosexuality IS SIN, we have always maintained that GAYS CAN BE SAVED - like all other sinners - by receiving Christ into their hearts and being born-again of His Spirit.
And they are entitled to the same rights as any other law abiding citizens.
But I've always drawn the line at marriage. There's NO SUCH THING as "same sex marriage".
NO SUCH THING is found in Scripture.
And while some ancient PAGAN cultures -- most notably the Greeks and Romans -- practiced homosexuality, THERE WAS NO LEGAL MARRIAGE between two men or two women even in those THOROUGHLY CORRUPT societies.
And yet, according to self-professed born-again Christian, former Sunday school teacher, and former President Jimmy Carter, Jesus "would approve gay marriage".
(In case you haven't heard, Carter is cancer-stricken. I am praying for his healing).
Don't know what Bible Jimmy reads, or ON WHICH VERSE he bases such stupid assertion.
Homosexuality IS CLEARLY LABELED SIN in both the Old and New Testaments (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17-18; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Jude 1:7).
Hence, Jesus would HAVE LOVED those sinners who engage in such ungodly acts, to the point that HE DIED IN ORDER TO SAVE THEM: But He would have DISAPPROVED of NOT ONLY the ACT of having sex with someone of the same gender, BUT OF MARRIAGE between same sex couples (Matthew 5:28).
It's because of "teachers" like Carter, who IRRESPONSIBLY make such absurd and FALSE statements, and later use their presidential or ministerial clout to spread such falsehood, that this country is in such bad shape, both spiritually and materially.
Jesus came TO SAVE, NOT to condemn (John 3:16-17).
And that includes SAVING homosexuals.
But there's NOTHING in Scripture that says Jesus would approve of two men or two women sleeping together, let alone being UNNATURALLY yoked.
Rampant homosexuality, and the fact it's being shoved down our throats by Hollywood, TV, and the news media, is YET ANOTHER sign that we are living IN THE DAYS PRIOR TO the appearing of Jesus.
Jesus likened His appearing in the clouds to the days of Noah and the days of Lot.
In the days of Noah "all flesh had corrupted its way before God". That's why God decided to destroy them by sending the universal flood (Genesis 6:11-13).
In the days of Lot, men were NOT the least bit interested in sleeping with women - even with Lot's two young, VIRGIN daughters - but were burning with lust, desiring TO HAVE SEX WITH MEN (Genesis 19:4-9).
Our Lord said in Luke 17:26-30:
"Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man: People were eating, drinking, MARRYING AND BEING GIVEN IN MARRIAGE up to the day Noah entered the ark. THEN THE FLOOD CAME AND DESTROYED THEM ALL.
"It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, FIRE AND SULFUR RAINED DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND DESTROYED THEM ALL.
IT WILL BE JUST LIKE THIS on the day the Son of Man is revealed."
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015
HOW WE GOT THE BIBLE
The word Bible comes from the Greek biblia meaning "books".
As its name suggests, this Book is A COMPILATION OF Books inspired by the Holy Spirit and written over a period of approximately 1,600 years, from roughly 1,500 B.C. to 96 A.D. (2 Timothy 3:16).
What we know today as the Hebrew canon or Old Testament (Tanach) had been accepted by Jews as divinely inspired for many centuries and had been compiled by the THIRD CENTURY B.C., some 200 years before Jesus walked the earth (2 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 1:1; 2 Peter 1:21).
The Old Testament is "the Bible" that existed when Jesus and His apostles taught and preached.
When Jesus told the Jews to "search the Scriptures", He was referring to the Tanach (John 5:39).
It was the Tanach that the Apostle Paul quoted and used, time and again, to argue and PROVE that Jesus is the Messiah.
That brings us to the NEW Testament (Brit Hadasha) written entirely IN THE FIRST CENTURY A.D.
The Early Church was very methodical in establishing the New Testament canon.
Several criteria were necessary in order for a writing to be accepted, among them:
1. The Book had to CONFORM TO THE FAITH: that is, Christian Truth recognized as normative in the churches.
2. The Book had to be written by an Apostle, or someone in immediate contact with the apostles.
3. The Book had to be well-known, widely circulated and accepted, and in continuous use by churches everywhere.
The Four Gospels, Acts, Epistles and Book of Revelation all meet this criteria.
They were ALL written by one of Jesus' Apostles, or a direct disciple of the Apostles.
They were ALL written IN THE FIRST CENTURY - NO LATER THAN 70 YEARS from the time of Jesus' public ministry.
The Gospel of Mark was written between 35-40 A.D. (WITHIN 7 YEARS of the Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord) and the Book of Revelation by 96 A.D.
I realize that the religion of Rome claims to be "sole guardian" of the Scriptures, particularly the New Testament, but such claims are false.
The Book of Romans DIRECTLY REFUTES their false claim saying that God's Word - was ENTRUSTED TO JEWS - NOT to Romans (Romans 3:2).
The Books of the New Testament were copied by diligent believers and circulated throughout the Christian world IN THE FIRST CENTURY.
The Roman RELIGION was invented IN THE FOURTH CENTURY.
To this day, despite vicious and relentless persecution by the Romans, there are over 5,700 SURVIVING MANUSCRIPTS.
This is UNHEARD OF for any other ancient writing.
Hence, when someone claims to have found the "lost books of the Bible" - they are FULL OF BALONEY.
ALL those "lost" books, without exception, CONTRADICT Scripture, hence were NOT Holy Spirit inspired.
They were NOT widely acknowledged or circulating among Christians in the Early Church, and were written - AT THE EARLIEST - in the SECOND century A.D. - 200 years or more AFTER Jesus' ministry.
Furthermore, they are called pseudepigrapha, which means "books with FALSE titles", FOR A REASON:
The so-called "gospel of Thomas" was NOT written by the Apostle Thomas, anymore than the so-called "Apocalypse of Peter" was written by the Apostle Peter.
God would be A PITIFUL "god" if He were UNABLE TO PRESERVE the integrity and purity of His written Word.
God's Word is TOTALLY reliable.
God's Word never fails.
God's Word is INFALLIBLE.
God's Word is ALWAYS true.
His Word is THE Truth (John 14:6).
His Word is ABSOLUTE, SUPREME AUTHORITY on EVERYTHING.
The Bible is GOD SPEAKING TO US.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2015
I'll never forget a Friday evening when I was visiting with mom, and there was a knock at the door.
Two men stood outside with a briefcase and holding a Bible. They told her they wanted to "talk to her about Jesus and the Bible".
Mom said "I am Christian" and they instantly replied "we are Christian, too".
At that point, having overheard the exchange, I knew these men belonged to A CULT that passes itself off as "Christian".
Indeed, they were members of the Mormon cult a/k/a "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints".
They are NEITHER "latter day saints", NOR part of the "Church of Jesus Christ".
They DIDN'T want to talk to her about the Bible. They DIDN'T even want to talk to her about Jesus. They wanted to talk to her about Joseph Smith and his diabolical doctrine.
Smith was A LIAR who ADDED NOT ONE, NOT two, but THREE BOOKS to God's Holy Word, all written in the 19th century (less than 200 years ago) and passed them off as Holy Spirit inspired (Proverbs 30:6).
He falsely claimed the Bible's text had been CORRUPTED through the years, and that he had THE MONOPOLY on Truth.
I quoted 2 John 1:9-11 and flat-out told them they were NOT WELCOME in our home, to leave mother alone, and NEVER come back.
ANYONE can CLAIM to be "Christian".
Mitt Romney CLAIMED to be Christian but he is also a MEMBER OF THE MORMON CULT WHICH IS SATANIC, and leads people straight to hell.
Same holds true of Glenn Beck, who was being NOT ONLY WELCOMED, BUT CELEBRATED and PROMOTED, by the likes of John Hagee, James Robison, TBN, and others, and who TRUSTS Joseph Smith ABOVE Jesus Christ.
Jehovah's Witnesses CLAIM to be Christian, yet their doctrine is straight from Satan, NOT from the Holy Spirit.
The same can be said of Church of God, "Christian" Science, Seventh Day Adventists, all Sabbatarians, Judaizers, and many others, too numerous to mention.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson ALSO CLAIMS to be "Christian".
He has made that statement publicly and repeatedly.
And A LARGE NUMBER of silly Christians HAVE FALLEN FOR IT, and are supporting him thinking "he is one of them".
What Carson DOESN'T ADVERTISE, however, is that he is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist CULT.
His cult is a satanic lie spawned by infamous FALSE PROPHETESS Ellen G. White, who FABRICATED a FALSE "gospel" where Salvation is based on works, law keeping and Saturday observance.
As if the Blood of Jesus were NO BETTER than the Blood of animals.
As if His Divine Blood were INSUFFICIENT to REMOVE SIN and ETERNALLY SAVE (Revelation 7:14).
She also predicted many things NOT found in the Bible, which FAILED TO HAPPEN.
In the interest of fairness, Donald Trump also claims to be Christian.
Whether he is or not, I don't know. Jesus knows.
However, at least he's Presbyterian.
Presbyterians ARE EVANGELICALS, and usually have the right doctrine concerning Salvation.
I still cling to the hope that we won't be around for the 2016 presidential election. But be that as it may...
DON'T BE so quick to believe anyone who CLAIMS to be "Christian".
For Pete's sake, CHECK THEM OUT!!!
WHAT do they REALLY believe?
Do they believe JESUS ABOVE everyone else, or do they believe some "religious leader" who INVENTED "ANOTHER gospel"?
Galatians 1:8: Those who invent "another gospel" ARE ACCURSED.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015
BAD WEEK FOR ISRAEL
It's been a really, really lousy week for Israel, all around:
For starters, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and even places like Gush Etzion, have experienced a new wave of widespread Arab violence.
It remains to be seen what, if anything, Israeli authorities can do to rein in the brutality.
Then came UNESCO's Executive Board's criticism of Israel's alleged "aggression" on the so-called Temple Mount.
(UNESCO stands for "United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization").
Of course the "impartial" hypocrites at the UN's "educational" arm failed to EVEN MENTION Arab aggression, which calls for multiple stabbings of Jews, throwing firebombs at passing cars and buses, launching rockets, and ramming cars and other vehicles into civilians waiting for public transportation...
Not to mention the multiple injuries inflicted on Jews, and ACTUAL murder of Jews carried out in recent days - CHOOSING to sweep it ALL under the rug.
Adding insult to injury they drafted a resolution classifying the Western Wall as a "Muslim holy site" and "part of" the Al Aqsa Mosque.
Apparently, they had a brief moment of enlightenment when they realized this would only worsen the violence, and later backtracked.
While the so-called "Temple Mount" is NOT the actual location of the former temples, as we've proven from both, the Bible, and secular history, the fact that they are THINKING along those lines does not bode well for Israel (Revelation 11:2).
Then France called for a group of "international observers" on the so-called Temple Mount, which Israel promptly rejected.
Canada elected Justin Trudeau (son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau) as new Prime Minister.
For the past 10 years Israel enjoyed the UNWAVERING support of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a conservative who, in many ways, stood for Israel AS THE U.S. SHOULD HAVE, but DIDN'T.
Trudeau is said to be more liberal, more radical, and to lean EVEN FARTHER TO THE LEFT than Barack Obama.
He is NO FRIEND of Israel.
As if all that weren't enough, Israel's Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) came out in favor of the controversial Iran deal this week, saying that it would probably prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb.
I wonder what these guys have been smoking...
But perhaps the most surprising and inexplicable gaffe came from usually brilliant Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu who blamed the Holocaust on the Muslim Grand Mufti in Jerusalem, claiming that Hitler, initially, ONLY WANTED THE EXPULSION of Jews from Europe, and that it was the Mufti who convinced him to carry out the horrendous extermination of Jews en masse.
Netanyahu's comments drew ire from both Arabs and Jews, the latter accusing the Prime Minister of exonerating Hitler.
What makes matters worse, apart from historical revisionism, is that Netanyahu is the son of the late, respected Jewish historian, and Cornell University professor, Benzion Netanyahu who, therefore, SHOULD KNOW BETTER.
While it is true that the Mufti was a collaborator and energetic supporter of Hitler and the Third Reich, there's well-established historical evidence of Hitler's malevolent obsession, and clear intent to obliterate the Jews, since the end of WWI.
I like Bibi. I realize that, as humans, we ALL make mistakes, that he has enormous responsibilities, and is in a precarious, unenviable, and increasingly isolated position.
I've always supported and, in many ways, admired Bibi: but when Jews and Arabs AGREE ON ANYTHING, that should be a clear signal that you really stepped in it.
All in all, it's been a pretty awful week for Israel.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015
ABOVE & BELOW
"For BY GRACE ARE YOU SAVED through faith; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES: IT (Salvation) IS THE GIFT of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
"EVERY good GIFT and EVERY PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is NO CHANGE, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17).
When someone gave you A GIFT for your birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding, or Christmas...
DID YOU EVER PAY FOR that gift?
If you paid for it, it WASN'T A GIFT, AT ALL.
The guests that came to your wedding, did they send you GIFTS then BILL YOU FOR THEM?
If YOU WERE CHARGED FOR THEM, they WEREN'T GIFTS.
Repeat: If YOU pay for it, then IT'S NOT a gift.
God's Word clearly tells us that SALVATION IS A GIFT of His Grace.
Yet there are MILLIONS of people who call themselves "Christian" WHO INSIST ON PAYING FOR their own "gift" of Salvation and "earning" their way to heaven.
Furthermore, Salvation is THE MOST PERFECT gift of all because it makes us perfect, and because without it, we're lost.
Salvation is having JESUS, Perfection Personified ACTUALLY LIVING IN us (1 John 5:12).
James 1:17 (quoted above) tells us that EVERY good and EVERY perfect gift (Salvation included) COMES FROM ABOVE.
GOOD AND PERFECT GIFTS DO NOT COME FROM BELOW.
Yet MILLIONS of supposed "Christians"INSIST on getting Salvation FROM BELOW:
They want to PAY FOR their Salvation, in whole or in part, HERE BELOW, by following commandments, laws, blindly believing a SINFUL, MORTAL religious leader, and by observing Saturdays.
They want to make their "PAYMENT" either on this earth BELOW, or IN AN INVENTED PLACE (ALSO BELOW) called Purgatory.
When God's Word has told us - FOR 2,000 YEARS - that HIS PERFECT GIFT of Salvation COMES FROM ABOVE.
No wonder Jesus asked at one point if, when He came back, He would find faith on the earth! (Luke 18:8)
They'd rather trust WHAT THEY DO - which can NEVER satisfy a righteous, perfect God, instead of WHAT JESUS (God) ALREADY DID TO ETERNALLY SATISFY HIMSELF.
Faith means TRUST. If you TRUST God's Goodness (Grace) and His GIFT of Salvation, then YOU KNOW that NO PAYMENT is required on your part.
Again: If YOU REALLY TRUST Jesus' GIFT OF SALVATION, then YOU KNOW that NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED ON YOUR PART.
Pause and meditate ON THAT.
If you TRY TO PAY for Salvation, that PROVES you DO NOT TRUST JESUS, and HAVE NO FAITH in Him.
It PROVES that you HAVE NOT RECEIVED His GIFT of FREE Salvation.
Therefore, you are NOT saved.
Those who receive HIS GIFT FROM ABOVE, will be taken ABOVE.
Those who insist on PAYING FOR SALVATION HERE BELOW, WILL STAY HERE BELOW because they're lost.
They will endure HORRENDOUS tribulation.
And while they can still get saved during the tribulation, and even in hell itself, THERE'S NO GUARANTEE that they will.
Even if they do get saved BELOW, they'll have to go back to square one:
RENOUNCE ALL RELIGIOUS PRETENSES of SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND TRUST JESUS and HIS FREE GIFT of Salvation COMPLETELY.
It's UTTERLY STUPID to cling to the religious lie that WE GET TO EARN SALVATION by "paying" for it through good behavior, law keeping, commandment keeping, physical circumcision, Saturday keeping, doing penance or time in Purgatory, or a combination of these.
It will only ENSURE that you remain UNSAVED and either die during the tribulation, endure horrific judgments, or END UP IN HELL.
And THE ONLY WAY OUT OF HELL, will be to realize that JESUS ALREADY PAID IN FULL FOR YOUR SALVATION and TO TRUST HIM 100% to GET YOU OUT OF THERE.
I'd SMARTEN UP in a hurry, if I were you.
If I were you, I'd PUT ALL MY TRUST IN JESUS – NOW.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015
BIBLICAL GENERATION - PART 2
Jewish children begin studying the Torah at age 5.
Ask any Jew "how long is a biblical generation?" and he WON'T BAT AN EYE: "a generation in the Bible is 40 YEARS".
The Hebrew word for "generation" is dor and the Greek is genea.
Here's are the biblical passages that CLEARLY DEFINE the NUMBER OF YEARS in a "generation":
1: Job 42:16:
"After this, Job lived 140 years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth GENERATION".
We know that Job was an adult and thus capable of immediate reproduction.
We don't know how old that fourth generation he got to see was, but they were probably children or at most, teenagers. If we divide 140 by 4 we get 35.
If we divide by three, we get 46.5 years.
If we split the difference down the middle, that's VERY CLOSE to 40 years (40.75, to be exact).
2. Matthew 1:17:
"So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen... And from David to the carrying away to Babylon fourteen... and from the carrying away to Babylon to Christ are FOURTEEN GENERATIONS".
We don't know the exact number of years from Abraham to David, or even from David to the Babylonian captivity, but we do know the exact year of captivity to be 586 B.C., and the year of Messiah's birth to be 1 B.C.
Since Matthew tells us there were 14 GENERATIONS between the two, all we have to do is divide 584 into 14 (586 - 2 (there's no "year zero") = 584 / 14) = 41½ years: still VERY CLOSE.
3. Luke 21:6, 20 and 32:
Jesus said, in April 33-34 A.D., that THAT GENERATION would NOT PASS AWAY without Jerusalem and the temple being destroyed. It happened, right on cue, in July-August, 70 A.D., 38 years (and approximately 4 months) later: About a year and 8 months short of 40 YEARS.
4. Acts 13:36:
"For David, after he had served HIS OWN GENERATION... fell asleep..."
And how long did David serve HIS GENERATION? The answer is found in 2 Samuel 5:4 "David was 30 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 40 YEARS".
5. Numbers 32:13:
"... and He made them wander in the wilderness FORTY (40) YEARS, until ALL THE GENERATION, that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was consumed".
6. Psalm 95:10:
"For 40 YEARS I was grieved with THIS GENERATION, and said, it is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways".
7. Hebrews 3:9-10:
"when your fathers tempted me and proved me and saw my works 40 YEARS. Wherefore, I was grieved with THAT GENERATION".
The Bible only requires TWO MORTAL witnesses for every matter to be established (Deuteronomy 19:15).
I just gave you SEVEN. ALL inspired by the IMMORTAL HOLY Spirit.
One more thing: If we take Jesus' genealogy in Matthew chapter 1 (from Abraham to David, David to Babylonian captivity, and Babylon to Jesus) as being 42 GENERATIONS (14+14+14) and divide the approximate time from Abraham to Jesus which is estimated to be about 2,100 years by 42, it equals 50.
Therefore,if a generation is AT LEAST 40 years, but NO MORE THAN 50 years, and Jerusalem returned to the Jews 48 years ago, and Jesus, per His own words MUST RETURN before THIS GENERATION passes away, that means that Jesus' return must be VERY, VERY, VERY NEAR.
If His Second Coming, as per Daniel 9:25, happens 49 years FROM "the word" to return and build biblical Jerusalem given in 1969, indeed, as our Lord said in Luke 21:32 THIS generation will NOT have "passed away" until ALL these things (Rapture, tribulation, Second Coming) have taken place.
It means that both BIBLICAL timelines are IN AGREEMENT.
It means that WE ARE THE GENERATION that will witness His glorious return.
Amen. Please come, Lord Jesus!
The length of A BIBLICAL GENERATION is NO BIG MYSTERY: all we need to do is READ THE SCRIPTURES.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015
I am SO TIRED of people writing me that a biblical generation is "70 years".
Like brainwashed automatons they repeat ad nauseam WHAT THEY HEARD from OTHER religious robots, who probably picked it up at "Bi-BULL" College, and who HAVEN'T STUDIED OR SEARCHED the Scriptures THEMSELVES, LIKE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO BEFORE they spread some unscriptural myth (John 5:39; 2 Timothy 2:15).
They supposedly "base" their ASSUMPTION on ONE passage of Scripture TAKEN TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT.
Meanwhile, THEY COMPLETELY OVERLOOK the MANY biblical passages that DO tell us what a biblical generation is.
Once and for all: Psalm 90 SAYS NO SUCH THING!!!
All that Moses said in verse one of that Psalm is that GOD has been "our dwelling place" THROUGHOUT ALL OUR GENERATIONS (plural)!!!
That's ALL He said.
Verse two doubles up on this assertion by saying that "from everlasting to everlasting" (for ALL generations) He IS God.
Verse 4 says: "For A THOUSAND YEARS in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night".
Does that mean that a generation is A THOUSAND YEARS???
They have to SKIP ALL THE WAY OVER TO VERSE 10 to make their dumb "case":
"The days OF OUR YEARS (NOT "of our generations") are 70 years; and IF WE HAVE THE STRENGTH they are 80 years"...
First of all, if you're going to make a case for a generation based on THAT ONE verse, then you would have to say it's 70-80 years, not merely "70" years.
The word "generation", however, is CONSPICUOUSLY MISSING from that verse. It simply ISN'T THERE.
Moses was merely giving the GENERAL LIFESPAN among Israelites at the time he wrote that Psalm.
Moses himself lived to the ripe old age of 120 (Deuteronomy 34:7). His successor Joshua lived to 110 (Joshua 24:29).
We know that another contemporary, Caleb, was still going strong at 85 years of age, and probably lived to 100 or more (Joshua 14:10).
Moses wrote that Psalm around 1,407 B.C., shortly before his death.
ALL Israelites that were 20 years OR OLDER (except for Joshua, Caleb and some Levites) had perished DURING THE PREVIOUS 40 YEARS, because they had believed "the evil report" from the spies (Numbers 14:29-35; Deuteronomy 2:14).
THAT'S what Moses was referring to when he says that they lived to 70 or, AT MOST, 80 years, because most had died at 60 years of age OR SHORTLY AFTER.
For those who CAN'T ADD 20 + 40 = 60, 30 + 40 = 70 and 40 + 40 = 80.
All Moses was saying is THAT GOD HAD KEPT HIS WORD by NOT allowing them to enter the Promised Land, and by having ALL of them die within that 40 year-period where they'd wandered in the wilderness, EXACTLY as He'd promised.
Dear God!!! Doesn't ANYONE STUDY God's Word anymore?
Are Christians too stupid or too lazy to THINK AND SEARCH God's Word FOR THEMSELVES?
Do I have to do EVERYTHING?
Now that we've DEBUNKED THAT moronic myth, HOW LONG DOES SCRIPTURE INDICATE A BIBLICAL GENERATION IS?
We'll dissect it in the next message.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015
ANTICHRIST: THE NUMBER OF MAN
"And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, TO RECEIVE A MARK in their right hand, or in their foreheads:And that NO MAN MIGHT BUY OR SELL, except he that had THE MARK, or THE NAME of the beast, or THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME.
Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count (lift) THE NUMBER OF the beast: for IT IS THE NUMBER OF MAN; and his number is SIX HUNDRED THREE SCORE AND SIX". (Revelation 13:16-18)
In order to buy or sell during the tribulation, people will take Antichrist's mark, his name,or THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME, WHICH IS SIX (6) THE NUMBER OF MAN (Genesis 1:26-31; Revelation 13:18).
The number 666 merely points to the fact that, in human history, the spirit of antichrist has manifested AS A MAN THREE TIMES: 6, 6, 6.
Antichrist's name CONTAINS A NUMBER, AND IT IS SIX, THE NUMBER OF MAN.
Therefore, the word "man"-- which is represented by the number 6 in the Bible -- MUST BE FOUND IN HIS NAME.
Revelation 17:10-11, written in 96 A.D., provides ANOTHER BIBLICAL requirement:
"They are also SEVEN KINGS. FIVE HAVE FALLEN, ONE IS, the other (Antichrist) has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. THE BEAST WHO ONCE WAS, AND NOW IS NOT,is an eighth king. HE BELONGS TO THE SEVEN and is going to his destruction".
According to these verses, whoever the Antichrist might be:
He MUST HAVE LIVED PRIOR TO 96 A.D.
This is confirmed by Revelation 11:7 and 17:8 which CLEARLY say the beast IS NOT ALIVE ON EARTH, but rather than he "comes up OUT OF THE ABYSS".
That means that Antichrist, at the moment, is in the realm of the dead.
He must be A KING who LIVED AND DIED PRIOR TO 96 A.D. and WHOSE NAME contains "the number of man" - WHICH IS SIX- thus SIX is "the NUMBER OF his name".
The question is:
WHICH WORLD LEADER that lived and died PRIOR TO 96 A.D. has "man" in his name?
Since 7 kings have fallen and ONE (at the end of the first century) IS, THAT INSTANTLY ELIMINATES all the subsequent Roman emperors, who ruled AFTER 96 A.D.
No Roman emperor that ruled PRIOR TO 96 A.D. contains the word "man" in his name:
Julius means "hairy"
Augustus means "majestic" or "venerable"
Tiberius means "of the Tiber" (a river in Rome)
Caligula means "little boots"
Claudius means "crippled" or "lame"
Nero means "strong"
Galba means "fat"
Otho means "wealthy"
Vitellius means "calf"
Vespasian means "wasp"
Titus means "saved"
Domitian means "tamed"
Therefore, ALL Roman emperors who ruled PRIOR TO 96 A.D. are disqualified.
What about those kingdoms that PRECEDED the Roman Empire?
Khufu means Protects me
Neferkare means Perfect is the ka of Ra
Ramses means Begotten by Ra (the sun god)
Tutankhamen means Living image of Amum
Adad-nirari means Adad is my helper
Tukulti Nimurtia means "My trust is in the warrior god Nimurtia"
Ashurmarsipal means "Ashur is guardian of the heir"
Shalmaneser means Peace
Tiglath Pileser means That binds or takes away
Sargon means True king
Sennacherib means Sin (the moon god) sends many brothers
Esarhaddon means Ashur has given a brother
Asshurbanipal means Ashur is the creator of an heir
Nebuchadnezzar means Nabu or Nebo is protector against misfortune
Nabopolassar means Nabu, protect the son
Evil-Merodach means Folly of Marduk
Nabonidus means Nebu (a god) is exalted
Cyrus means Throne
Cambyses means King at will
Smerdis means Exalted
Darius means Rich
Xerxes means Ruler over heroes
Artaxerxes means Righteous Ruler
We're running out of candidates since NONE OF THE ABOVE contain "man" and, therefore, the NUMBER SIX in his name.
But never fear... GOD KNOWS what He's doing:
Phillip means Lover of horses
Alexander means "Defender of MAN"
The name, AlexANDROS, comes from two Greek words:
alektor which means "TO DEFEND", HENCE "DEFENDER" and "Andros", which means "man".
Six is the number of man, hence it's also "the number of HIS NAME", since his name is THE ONLY ONE - of all the kings -- that contains "man" in it!!!
Alexander is THE ONLY king that lived prior to 96 A.D. (when the Book of Revelation was written) and whose name contains "man" (whose biblical number is 6).
Since he lived and died PRIOR TO 96 A.D. he fits the description of "was", "is not", and "SHALL ASCEND OUT OF THE ABYSS".
He's the greatest general in history, who never lost a battle.
Revelation 13:4 "WHO is like the beast and WHO is able TO GO TO WAR against him?"
Revelation 13:2 describes the beast as "a leopard". Daniel 7:6 describes Alexander as "a leopard".
He's THE ONLY ONE of the aforementioned kings described in Scripture as "a leopard".
The Antichrist IS Alexander the Great.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015
The Parable of the Talents is given in Matthew 25:14-30, RIGHT AFTER the Parable of the 10 Virgins.
Jesus likened the Kingdom of Heaven to a man traveling to a far country, who ENTRUSTS His goods to His servants:
To one He gives 5 TALENTS.
To another He gives 2 TALENTS
To another He gives ONE TALENT.
The one given 5 talents traded with them and GAINED ANOTHER 5 talents.
The one given 2 talents traded with them and GAINED two MORE talents.
That's 100% "profit".
But the one that had received ONE (talent) went dug a whole in the earth, AND HID his Lord's talent.
A long time went by and their Lord returned and SETTLED ACCOUNTS WITH THEM.
Their Lord was pleased that the servants who were given 5 and 2 talents had GAINED DOUBLE.
He called them "good and FAITHFUL servants".
But He was extremely displeased with the one WHO HID HIS TALENT, DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WITH IT, DIDN'T SHARE IT WITH ANYONE, and simply said (paraphrasing):
"Here's your talent, Lord. I'm returning to you EXACTLY WHAT YOU ENTRUSTED TO ME: NO MORE and NO LESS".
Making matters worse, he insolently added: "Lord, I knew you THAT YOU ARE A HARD MAN, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not spread:
And I WAS AFRAID, AND WENT AND HID your talent in the earth" (Matthew 25:24-25).
This guy BLAMED God for being "too hard" and "demanding". He was afraid and HID THE TALENT His Lord had given him.
Funny thing: that's THE VERY SAME THING that Adam said and did 6,000 years ago, after betraying God and his God-given spouse:
"I was afraid AND I HID" (Genesis 3:10).
Like the jerk in the Parable, he also BLAMED the whole thing on God: "the woman YOU GAVE ME" (Genesis 3:12).
He might as well have said "THE TALENT you gave me".
His lord answered and said unto him, You WICKED AND LAZY SERVANT, you knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not spread:
Therefore, you should have INVESTED MY TALENT, and then I would have received it back WITH INTEREST" (Matthew 25:26-27).
Then the Lord said:
"TAKE THE TALENT FROM HIM, AND GIVE IT UNTO HIM WHO HAS TEN TALENTS.
Because TO EVERYONE THAT HAS SHALL BE GIVEN, and he shall have abundance: BUT FROM HIM THAT HAS NOT SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY EVEN THAT WHICH HE HAS".
And cast THE UNPROFITABLE SERVANT INTO OUTER DARKNESS: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:28-30).
Everyone in God's Kingdom has AT LEAST ONE talent.
I know people who've been SITTING ON THEIR TALENT -- and HIDING it -- for A WHOLE GENERATION.
And have NO INTENTION to INVEST IT, SHARE IT WITH ANYONE, or produce any "GAIN" for their Lord.
If "good and faithful" SERVANTS were expected to INVEST those talents and MAKE A PROFIT, HOW MUCH MORE would God EXPECT from His sons?
And while God would not send one of His children into "outer darkness" or where there's "weeping and gnashing of teeth", HE CAN'T BE TOO PLEASED with any son WHO SITS ON HIS TALENT, HIDES IT, NEVER SHARES IT WITH ANYONE - and WORSE, DOESN'T EVEN TRY.
Are you HIDING your talent?
Jesus said that "there IS NOTHING HID, which SHALL NOT BE REVEALED" (Mark 4:22) or ANY THING KEPT SECRET, THAT WON'T COME INTO THE LIGHT".
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2015
SALVATION & THE TORAH - PART TWO
God promised CHILDLESS Abraham, who was 90 YEARS OF AGE, that he would have a son, and that his descendants would be as numerous "as the stars, WHICH CANNOT BE COUNTED" (Genesis 15:4-5).
Pause for a moment and consider THAT:
You're 90 years old and never had children...
And God tells you that you will have a son in your VERY OLD age, and that your descendants would be SO MANY that they "CANNOT BE COUNTED" (Genesis 15:4-5).
Most humans would have thought they were hallucinating.
They would have been, at the very least, highly skeptical:
"Come on, God, don't toy with my emotions... We both know I can't have children and I'm close to a hundred."
But NOT Abraham.
He BELIEVED God, DESPITE ALL THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE that made God's Promise SEEM "impossible".
Abraham believed God and it (his belief, faith, trust) WAS COUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Genesis 15:6).
Likewise, it may APPEAR IMPOSSIBLE that God can forgive your many sins and SIMPLY DECLARE YOU RIGHTEOUS by receiving Christ into your heart AND TRUSTING HIM.
Abraham's BELIEVED GOD'S PROMISE even though ALL VISIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES pointed to TO THE CONTRARY.
But Jews haven't learned anything IN 4,000 YEARS, nor has the Church learned ANYTHING in 2,000 YEARS.
We still keep our FOCUS ON OUTER APPEARANCE, instead of focusing ON THE INNER MAN and TRUSTING Jesus.
Abraham DIDN'T LIFT A FINGER in order to be declared righteous.
He merely BELIEVED what seemed IMPOSSIBLE to the human mind.
But we still want to IMPRESS God with our ACTIONS, and our "commandment keeping" INSTEAD of TRUSTING His Promise of FREE SALVATION, as did faithful Abraham (John 3:16).
Abraham hadn't kept ANY commandments when he was declared righteous.
The Sinai Law was unknown since it was given over FOUR CENTURIES LATER.
Abraham didn't observe Saturday.
Abraham had not even been circumcised in the flesh, when God declared him righteous.
Jesus CONFIRMED the Abrahamic Covenant by dying on Mount Moriah as the Lamb who'd TAKE AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD (Genesis 22:8-14l Daniel 9:27; John 1:29).
But WE DON'T BELIEVE God's Promise fulfilled in Jesus.
We DON'T BELIEVE that if we receive Him and TRUST WHAT HE PROMISED -- and then DID, -- we're saved (Ephesians 2:8-9; Revelation 7:14).
We DON'T BELIEVE that, after all WE HAVE SINNED God will forgive us.
We HAVE MORE FAITH in sin's ability to damn us THAN ON THE BLOOD OF JESUS TO SAVE US.
We'd rather believe EXTERNAL CIRCUMSTANCES and the religious decrees of MORTAL, SINFUL men and women with CORRUPT MINDS.
Abraham wasn't perfect. When God called him, he lived in Ur of the Chaldees and was a sun worshiping pagan.
He lied about Sarah being his wife, and passed her off as her sister.
He tried to "help God" fulfill His Promise by sleeping with Sarah's maid Hagar.
And Lord knows what else he did that God didn't record in His written Word.
ALL HIS SINS were INSTANTLY ERASED and he was declared RIGHTEOUS - THE MOMENT - he TRUSTED God's "impossible" Promise.
The BIG QUESTION IS: Did God KEEP His Promise to Abraham?
Has Abraham become the "Father of MANY GENTILES"?
About TWO BILLION GENTILES worldwide call Abraham "father", and claim to trust in his seed, who is Christ.
That's NOT COUNTING those who've already lived and passed into the afterlife.
But the ULTIMATE fulfillment of God's Promise to Abraham is found in Revelation 7:9:
"After this I looked and saw A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, OF ALL NATIONS, and tribes, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands".
Isn't that EXACTLY what God promised Abraham?
That his descendants would be FROM ALL NATIONS and that they'd be AS NUMEROUS AS THE STARS WHICH CANNOT BE COUNTED? (Genesis 15:4-5; 17:4-5).
Mortals can theorize ALL THEY WANT about "how to" be saved. But here's a GREAT MULTITUDE THAT APPEARS IN HEAVEN and are, without any doubt, SAVED (Revelation 7:10).
Did they reach heaven BECAUSE THEY OBSERVED the Sinai Law?
Did they reach heaven BECAUSE THEY OBSERVED "commandments"?
Did they reach heaven BECAUSE THEY WERE PHYSICALLY CIRCUMCISED?
Did they reach heaven BECAUSE THEY OBSERVED SATURDAY?
Did they reach heaven BECAUSE THEY BELONGED TO A PARTICULAR RELIGION?
Did they reach heaven BECAUSE THEY NEVER SINNED?
The biblical record speaks for itself:
"And one of the elders answered, saying to me, WHO ARE THESE who are arrayed in white robes? and FROM WHERE DID THEY COME?
And I said unto him, Sir, you know.
And he said to me, THESE ARE THEY WHO CAME OUT OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION, AND HAVE WASHED THEIR ROBES, AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF the Lamb." (Revelation 7:13-14)
Abraham DIDN'T LIFT A FINGER in order to be saved.
You DON'T HAVE TO LIFT a finger in order to be saved.
ALL you need IS TO TRUST GOD'S PROMISE of Salvation through Jesus, AS Abraham did.
Do YOU want Salvation?
Have you received Christ IN YOUR HEART as ONLY Savior?
Do you TRUST HIM ALONE for Salvation?
Have you washed your robes and MADE THEM WHITE in His Divine, and most precious Blood?
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
SALVATION & THE TORAH
Is Salvation found in the Torah?
The word "torah" means "instruction".
The term Torah usually refers to the first five Books of the Bible, which Christians know as the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
However, the word "torah" is often used to refer to the Law and Commandments given to Moses at Sinai.
It is even used occasionally to refer to the entire Tanach (Old Testament).
Back to our question:
If by Torah we mean THE FIRST 5 BOOKS of the Bible, the answer is "YES".
If by Torah we mean the Sinai Law, the answer is "NO".
Wait a minute, I'm confused, WHAT'S the difference?
The difference is the Book of Genesis.
The Sinai Law is NOT GIVEN UNTIL Exodus chapter 20, and subsequent chapters.
Salvation is NOT found in the Sinai Law, never has been, and never will be.
Salvation, however, IS FOUND in the Book of Genesis, under the ETERNAL Covenant that God made with Abraham OVER 400 YEARS PRIOR TO the giving of the Sinai Law (Genesis 17:7).
The Sinai Law was given ONLY to natural Israelites.
However, the ETERNAL Covenant that God made with Abraham encompassed not only Abraham's physical descendants, through Isaac, but "many NATIONS" or "many GENTILES" (Genesis 17:4-5).
In that ETERNAL Covenant God never promised Abraham that he'd be the father of ONLY ONE nation, but OF MANY.
In that ETERNAL Covenant righteousness (Salvation) is obtained BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH (Genesis 15:6)
And if you BELONG TO Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants and heirs (Galatians 3:29) of that ETERNAL COVENANT.
Abraham was justified BY FAITH, WITHOUT LIFTING A FINGER (Genesis 15:6).
He simply TRUSTED God.
Those who want part in THAT ETERNAL Covenant, that offers ETERNAL Salvation, MUST follow Abraham's example.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015
WORD OF DEATH
Someone recently pointed out that I had already debunked religious legalism to death, and asked why I continue to address and DESTROY that foul lie from every conceivable BIBLICAL angle.
What happened at the so-called "Word of Life ‘Christian' Church" in N.Y. just a few days ago IS THE REASON WHY I continue, and WILL CONTINUE, to address the subject, as the Holy Spirit guides me to do so.
Members of this cultist organization beat the daylights out of two teenage boys, because their legalistic religion wanted to FORCE THEM TO "REPENT" of their sins.
What's amazing to me IS THE GROSS IGNORANCE that still exists after 2,000 years of tortured Church history:
We haven't learned a damned thing:
GENUINE REPENTANCE can no more be FORCED on someone than GENUINE LOVE.
Apparently, the boys had expressed a desire to leave this church of Satan, and its members wanted to also FORCE THEM into staying.
In a horrific case of religious fanaticism, one of the young men, 19 years of age, was ACTUALLY BEATEN TO DEATH, the other, a 17-year old, is hospitalized and in serious condition.
The perpetrators included the boys' OWN PARENTS, who are now detained and charged with first degree manslaughter.
Other church members, including the boys' half sister, who also took part in the brutal beating, are facing felony assault charges.
Their legalism, you see, BLINDS THEM to the fact that Jesus REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME (Hebrews 9:12,26; 10:14; 1 John 3:5).
Their legalism DEEMS the Blood of Jesus INSUFFICIENT to remove sin FOREVER (1 John 1:7-8; Revelation 7:14).
Their legalism DISREGARDS the many Scriptures that say that Jesus' Blood CONTINUALLY cleanses us from ALL sin (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 1:18; 1 John 1:7-8)
Man-invented religion IS A KILLER.
Legalism is a MURDERER OF SOULS.
It is Satan's MOST CLEVER and useful tool.
It damns holier than thou individuals who allow themselves to be brainwashed and think others HAVE TO "DO" SOMETHING, and ADD something to what Jesus ALREADY DID.
They DON'T preach Good News (the Gospel).
They preach BAD news.
The Good News come from God (2 Corinthians 5:19).
The BAD news (that despite what Jesus did you remain unsaved, unless YOU DO certain things) come from Satan.
Granted, not all legalists would go to such extreme as these nutcases.
But ALL LEGALISTS serve Satan and preach Satan's message, all the while CLAIMING to preach in the "Name of God" or "the Name of Christ".
Legalism is devoid of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:6).
ALL legalists ARE IDOLATERS.
They esteem THINGS DONE here on earth by mortal men HIGHER and MORE POWERFUL than the GIFT of Salvation that comes from ABOVE (James 1:17).
They consider the pure, sinless, undefiled Blood of Jesus NO MORE POWERFUL than animal blood to remove sin.
Animal blood was INSUFFICIENT to remove sin, therefore those under the Sinai Law had to SUPPLEMENT IT with all kinds of works and "commandments".
That's THE VERY SAME THING these children of the devil preach about the singularly precious Blood of Jesus.
ALL legalists ARE LIARS.
All legalists, like the Pharisees of old, are not only children of hell (Matthew 23:15,33): they aren't satisfied with THEIR OWN DAMNATION: they WANT TO DRAG OTHERS THERE WITH THEM.
That is why I love to SNATCH these deluded religionists from Satan's clutches and bring them to Christ.
And that is WHY I will oppose legalism - with every fiber of my being - until Jesus raptures me or takes me Home.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2015
ONLY THE BIBLE
Some brainwashed “Christians” (I use the term loosely) recently tried to refute the doctrine of Sola Scriptura (only Scripture) by saying that, until the printing press was invented, Bibles were very expensive as they had to be copied by hand on animal skins or parchment.
That it couldn’t be “only Scripture” because most people couldn’t afford it, and ONLY RICH PEOPLE OR CLERGY possessed a Bible.
If these people are right, then JESUS LIED.
Because TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO… LOOOONG before the printing press was invented, He told the Jews IN GENERAL to “SEARCH the Scriptures” (John 5:39).
HOW could they “search the Scriptures” if the Scriptures WEREN’T AVAILABLE?
Moreover, when Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus ANSWERED him with THREE VERSES from the Book of Deuteronomy which He knew BY HEART, and QUOTED VERBATIM:
“It is written”… “It is written”… “It is written”…
Jesus is our Supreme Example.
Jesus DID NOT say “my religion teaches”, or “tradition teaches” (Matthew 4:1-11).
In fact, Jesus quotes Scripture OVER 100 TIMES in the Gospels.
NOT ONCE does He quote tradition.
He said, for good measure, that “man shall not live by bread alone but BY EVERY WORD that proceeds OUT OF THE MOUTH OF God” (Matthew 4:4).
HOW can man live BY EVERY WORD that proceeds from God’s mouth, IF HIS WORD (Scripture) is NOT ACCESSIBLE?
Jesus was NOT rich by world standards.
HOW, then, could He know the Scriptures?
You could argue that He is the Word Personified.
THAT is true.
However, Jesus is Jewish.
And one thing that Jews HAVE ALWAYS DONE is teach their children to read and write, and TEACH THEM THE SCRIPTURES, from a VERY EARLY age, 5 years old, to be exact (2 Timothy 3:15).
What these “Christians” neglected to mention is that their harlot religion CHOSE TO DISCONNECT ITSELF from the Christian faith’s JEWISH ROOTS, became VIRULENTLY anti-Semitic, and NEGLECTED TO TEACH THE SCRIPTURES TO ITS FOLLOWERS.
It only taught certain “verses” of the Bible that suited its religious agenda, TO THE TOTAL NEGLECT of the lion’s share of the Bible.
They also forgot to mention that their adulterous organization FORBADE the reading of Scripture FOR CENTURIES, claimed THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to teach, interpret or translate Scripture, and persecuted, excommunicated, imprisoned, and murdered those who DARED to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).
Anyone with minimal knowledge of ecclesiastical history can debunk their stupid argument, NOT IN MINUTES, BUT IN SECONDS.
If it’s NOT sola Scriptura, if we don’t base doctrine SOLELY on the written Word of God, then WE’RE ADDING to His Word.
According to Proverbs 30:6, those who ADD TO HIS WORD ARE LIARS.
That’s NOT my assessment: it’s GOD’S.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015
THE FATHER IS GREATER
"The Father is greater than I" (John 14:28).
This SINGLE verse is regularly used by heretics to deny the Deity of Jesus.
They ignore AT LEAST 19 VERSES that say, very plainly, in every way imaginable, that Jesus IS God.
For a complete list go here.
"See that? The Father is GREATER THAN Jesus! Therefore Jesus CAN'T BE God."
They also apply THE FAULTY "reasoning" that if Jesus IS God, then WHO WAS RUNNING THE UNIVERSE when He died on the cross?
Poor deluded bastards...
"In the beginning was the Word, the Word was in the beginning with God, and the Word WAS God. The same was in the beginning with God.
ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM; and WITHOUT HIM WAS NOT ANY THING MADE THAT WAS MADE" (John 1:1-3).
"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, MAKING HIMSELF EQUAL WITH God." (John 5:18)
"...have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, BEING IN VERY NATURE God, did not consider EQUALITY WITH God something to be used to his own advantage;rather, HE MADE HIMSELF NOTHING BY TAKING THE VERY NATURE OF A SERVANT, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8)
Jesus is God from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2).
However, after FALLING into sin, mankind needed to be redeemed.
Since man was created in the Image of God, ONLY GOD would accomplish man's Redemption.
God is IMMORTAL. Glorified beings are IMMORTAL.
In order TO DIE and save mankind, He (God the Son) HAD TO TEMPORARILY take off His glory.
It was God the Son who TOOK OFF HIS GOD GLORY, as we read above, and came down to earth IN HUMAN FORM, TO DIE, PAY FOR, and REMOVE all sin for all time (Hebrews 9:26; 10:14).
He could PUT HIS GOD GLORY BACK ON AT WILL, as He showed Peter, James and John at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-3).
As a sinless, yet MORTAL human, devoid of glory, Jesus (THE MAN) was LESSER than God the Father.
Therefore, the Father is GREATER THAN the HUMAN, MORTAL, Jesus.
As God the Son, IN ALL HIS GLORY, JESUS IS EQUAL TO THE FATHER IN EVERY WAY, and AS MUCH ETERNAL GOD as the Father.
As to WHO WAS RULING the universe when Jesus died on the cross... GOD WAS.
God IS SPIRIT (John 4:24).
The ONLY PART OF God (Jesus) that died WAS HIS PHYSICAL BODY.
His Soul was temporarily alienated from the Father as He experienced THE HELL that you and I should have suffered (Psalm 16:10).
Jesus' Spirit, however, is God and is INDESTRUCTIBLE, and remained VERY MUCH ALIVE.
He was AS MUCH IN CHARGE OF THE UNIVERSE during the three days and nights that Jesus THE MAN (body and soul) remained in Sheol (hell) - AS HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THROUGHOUT ALL THE EONS OF ETERNITY.
IN SPIRIT, Jesus is One with the Father, has always been One with the Father, and WILL ALWAYS BE ONE with the Father (John 10:30). They are THE SAME God.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2015
"For ALL THOSE WHO EXALT THEMSELVES WILL BE HUMBLED, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." (Luke 14:11)
I could quit my job, quit the ministry, and devote myself to correcting FALSE DOCTRINE on the internet 24/7.
It would be like A DROP of water in AN OCEAN of DECEIT.
Once in a while, as I log unto YouTube, the Holy Spirit will make some video "JUMP OUT" and I feel His inner stirring to debunk the false doctrine that they're pushing.
The DECEIVERS care NOTHING about God, Jesus, or Salvation.
All they seek is SELF-EXALTATION. They want to IMPOSE their SELFISH, FALSE doctrine ON OTHERS.
They WANT TO BE PRAISED and ADMIRED for their SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS.
But it doesn't end there...
Just recently I did just that with a Jewish fool, who PRETENDS to be a believer in the Jewish Messiah, yet calls His Apostle Paul a "false teacher"...
who is hell-bent on pushing the Sinai Law, the Sabbath, AND CIRCUMCISION as "necessary" for Salvation.
I pointed out that THE TORAH says in Genesis 15:6 that "Abraham BELIEVED God and IT (his belief, faith, trust in God) WAS COUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS".
I pointed out that Abraham NEVER observed the Sinai Law, since it had not been given.
That Abraham NEVER observed the Sabbath, since that commandment was UNKNOWN.
And that God declared Abraham righteous BEFORE the Law was ever observed, BEFORE Saturday was ever observed, and BEFORE Abraham was physically circumcised.
When the child of Satan's back was, figuratively speaking, against the wall...
Here comes a know-it-all "Christian" WHO DESPERATELY NEEDS TO "CORRECT" OTHERS in order to EXALT HIMSELF.
He assured me that he was "on my side".
I'd rather he'd be on JESUS' SIDE.
However, he launched into a 60 plus line diatribe that we are saved "THROUGH" faith, NOT "BY" FAITH.
Then he went into a long-winded explanation about what it says in the Greek, thus DIMINISHING the fact that this OTHER LEGALISTIC DUDE and child of hell's doctrine had been TOTALLY DEBUNKED.
This pathological, uncontrollable urge to "split theological hairs" THAT SO FREQUENTLY REARS ITS UGLY HEAD in Christendom amounts to ONLY ONE THING:
The person doing the "splitting" IS A TERRIBLY INSECURE, CARNAL nincompoop, who ONLY SEEKS SELF EXALTATION, instead of Jesus' glory.
He or she DESPERATELY NEEDS TO PROVE TO OTHERS "how much" they know - or at least how much THEY THINK they know,in order to EXALT THEMSELVES, and FEEL IMPORTANT.
That was not even THE VIDEO'S TOPIC.
Not to mention that he could have sent A PRIVATE MESSAGE to my channel.
THE MOTIVE BEHIND his off-topic remark was ONLY to IMPRESS OTHERS with "how much" HE KNOWS:
"I will ‘correct' this person who clearly knows the Bible - enough TO SILENCE this heretic.
I will PROVE that I KNOW MORE THAN HE DOES!"
THAT IS ALL his comment was intended to do.
He DIDN'T CARE that it took the focus away FROM THE TRUTH that had prevailed over THE LIE.
God's Word clearly states that "NO FLESH SHALL GLORY in His Presence" (1 Corinthians 1:29).
I COULD HAVE (praise Jesus) pointed out that I never said salvation is NOT "through" faith, quite the opposite.
That the Greek says we are saved BY FAITH, repeatedly, in a number of passages (Acts 15:9).
It says it at least 22 TIMES in Hebrews chapter 11 ALONE.
And that the word dia can be correctly translated into English as either "through" or "by".
However, I chose to simply reply:
"Genesis 15:6 was written IN HEBREW, NOT Greek".
I haven't heard from the know-it-all since.
HIS FOLLY and RIDICULOUSNESS were clearly EXPOSED.
He ended up looking LIKE THE SELF-EXALTING FOOL that he really is.
We can CLAIM to be "Christian" ALL WE WANT.
If we ARE, then we better give ALL THE GLORY - and I mean, ALL OF IT - TO JESUS - AND ONLY TO JESUS.
No REAL Christian seeks to exalt or glorify himself.
TUESDAY. OCTOBER 13, 2015
TO WHOM SHOULD WE PRAY ?
This question is asked time and again, by FEARFUL Christians, AFRAID that they will pray TO THE WRONG God, the "the wrong way".
They FEAR that if they DON'T PRAY "just right" God won't hear their prayer, or that He may even be offended.
Bless their scared, legalistic, religious hearts.
God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19).
God is ONE (Deuteronomy 6:4).
What matters is not TO WHICH of the Manifestations of the Godhead we direct our prayers, BUT WHETHER THE PRAYER COMES FROM THE HEART, or not.
Whether we pray TRUSTING that God will answer, or whether we pray as a "religious duty".
Whether we have PURE MOTIVE, or whether we're just praying to "impress God" with what "good, devout" Christians we are.
Whether we're "praying" for something that VIOLATES His Will, as expressed in His written Word, or whether it DOES NOT.
Those who ask God for what THEY KNOW is AGAINST His Will, are not only wasting their time, but opening themselves to be ensnared by Satan.
And, chances are, they will end up ruining lives, and inflicting unnecessary pain on others and on themselves.
Jesus said that God knows what we need BEFORE WE EVEN ASK (Matthew 6:8).
He also knows WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS (John 2:25).
NO ONE can fool Him.
NO ONE can pull the wool over His eyes.
The New Testament model is we pray to the Father in Jesus' Name (John 15:16; 16:23).
The reason being that Jesus is THE ONLY MEDIATOR between God and man, because He's BOTH, God AND man (1 Timothy 2:5)
That being said, They are One and the same God. There are instances in the Bible where PRAYER IS MADE DIRECTLY TO Jesus, and JESUS ANSWERED that prayer (Matthew 14:30; Mark 1:40-41).
Therefore, if we want to get technical about it, we should pray to the Father in Jesus' Name.
However, God doesn't care about such technicalities, He cares ABOUT OUR HEARTS (1 Samuel 16:7).
If the prayer COMES FROM THE HEART, He hears it and answers it, REGARDLESS of whether it's addressed to the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit.
Bottom line: the Three are One.
There is NO COMPETITION OR JEALOUSY in the Godhead.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015
CALLING EVIL "GOOD"
"WOE UNTO THEM THAT CALL EVIL GOOD, AND GOOD EVIL; THAT PUT DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, AND LIGHT FOR DARKNESS; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe unto them THAT ARE WISE IN THEIR OWN EYES, AND CLEVER IN THEIR OWN SIGHT!" (Isaiah 5:20-21).
Isaiah must have looked down the corridors of time and seen THIS CENTURY when he wrote these timeless words.
Our schools and universities have been hijacked by "professors" WITH CORRUPT MINDS, and WARPED VALUES...
Who CONSTANTLY CALL EVIL GOOD, and GOOD evil.
They, in turn, have spawned AN ENTIRE ARMY of brainwashed, SELF-RIGHTEOUS, so-called "journalists", and entertainment industry executives, WITH ZERO OBJECTIVITY.
THEY CONSTANTLY call EVIL "good" and GOOD "EVIL".
And those who DARE challenge their views are invariably ridiculed, dismissed, and labeled "ignorant".
Their ANTI-Christ rhetoric presents Christians as narrow-minded, intolerant, "out of touch", intellectually inferior ignoramuses stuck in the past.
This isn't helped by the fact that the FEW Christians with whom they ever converse are those who come to the godless secular media WITH THEIR HAND OUT, BEGGING FOR A FEW CRUMBS OF AIR TIME so they can promote their latest work of fiction.
EVERYTHING that takes place in this physical realm HAS FIRST TAKEN PLACE in the spirit realm.
NOTHING happens on this earth that does not reflect THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION of both, the Church and the world.
What's going on worldwide SPEAKS FOR ITSELF: Islamic terror, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda, every terrorist organization, the erosion of leadership, the toppling of long-established regimes leading to anarchy, the high unemployment, sagging economies, the disintegration of families, the moral decay, are all the result of the SPIRITUAL BANKRUPTCY THAT PERVADES SOCIETY AT LARGE.
This world is OUT OF CONTROL.
ALL the Church has done is BEG FOR MONEY, SELL RELIGIOUS FICTION and trinkets, ATTACK HOMOSEXUALS, and PICKET ABORTION CLINICS.
Jesus NEVER ATTACKED ANY sinner.
Jesus NEVER PICKETED ANYONE.
Jesus offered UNCONDITIONAL Love, FORGIVENESS, Salvation and RESTORATION to ANYONE that COMES TO Him (John 6:37).
It's a "little thing" called the Gospel, which many of Christ's so-called "followers" seem to HAVE FORGOTTEN.
They have stupidly brushed aside the fact that that "little thing" DEVOURED the mightiest military machine in history in less than 300 years - WITHOUT WEAPONS or VIOLENCE!!!
THE ONLY ONES that Jesus sharply criticized were the SELF-RIGHTEOUS KNOW-IT-ALL Scribes and Pharisees, who were A LOT LIKE TV news people today.
Isaiah 5:24 goes on to say:
"...they have REJECTED the law of the LORD of hosts, and DESPISED THE WORD of the Holy One of Israel".
Nothing could be truer of our generation.
Children are not allowed to pray to the Judeo-Christian God.
The 10 Commandments which, although we're NOT under the Law, provide a good moral guide for everyone, are not allowed either.
However, children are taught (God help us) about Muslim prayer, the Muslim faith and Sharia Law.
They're also taught witchcraft and all sorts of occultist rituals, like conjuring "spirit guides".
Apparently, this trend has not only become the STANDARD M.O. in our American public schools and universities, but the same holds true in Europe.
The UNPROVEN theory of evolution is presented as "fact", and heaven help the individual who has the guts to say that IT'S NOT PROVEN NOR FACTUAL.
Let alone, the person WHO DARES SPEAK THE TRUTH and SAYS that God created the universe and everyone/everything in it.
Christians are always portrayed in movies and TV as mentally challenged, intolerant Yahoos who all wear glasses, ugly clothes, and speak with a heavy Southern accent.
Yet homosexuality is presented as a PERFECTLY NORMAL lifestyle.
Gays, lesbians and transgender freaks are ALWAYS portrayed as "cool", "nice", "informed", "intelligent", "considerate", "morally upright" people.
I'm NOT anti-gay. Gays are SINNERS, plain and simple, who need the Grace of God just like the rest of us.
But PLEASE DON'T SHOVE THEIR TOTALLY ABNORMAL, ABERRANT LIFESTYLE DOWN OUR THROATS, OR PRESENT IT TO US AS ANYTHING REMOTELY "NORMAL".
Sadly, MANY Christians have been caught in this web of deceit and have bought into the media's ANTI-GOD agenda.
They are SO WORLDLY, SO AFRAID of being marginalized and rejected that, in their quest to feel "popular" and "accepted" BY THE WORLD, they have bought into the lie that "there is NOTHING WRONG WITH being gay".
I beg to differ.
We minister on a regular basis to a number of gays and even a couple of transgender individuals.
I can tell you -- NOT FROM THEORIES OR HEARSAY - BUT FROM DIRECT COMMUNICATION - that what they ALL have in common, BESIDES THEIR UNNATURAL SEXUALITY, is they are MISERABLE, lonely, and MOST UNHAPPY.
Jesus extends FREE SALVATION TO ANYONE - gay, lesbian, transgender, abortionist, murderer - ANYONE - who will repent and RECEIVE HIM, in earnest, INTO HIS/HER heart.
Yet, these homosexuals and transgender people, despite being saved, are deeply depressed, despondent and DESPERATELY WANT Jesus to DELIVER THEM from their unnatural proclivities.
For those who still harbor ANY doubts that this is THE GENERATION that will see the Rapture, and then THE RETURN OF CHRIST after 3½ years of GREAT tribulation, here's THE REST OF what Isaiah 5:25 says:
"THEREFORE (for all the evils and LIES listed above) the Lord's ANGER BURNS AGAINST HIS PEOPLE, His hand is raised and He STRIKES THEM DOWN.
The mountains shake, and THE DEAD BODIES ARE LIKE REFUSE IN THE STREETS.
YET FOR ALL THIS, HIS ANGER IS NOT TURNED AWAY, His hand is still upraised."
Woe unto them, indeed.
God is patient, merciful and slow to anger (Psalm 145:8).
In His great mercy, He will patiently allow rebellious men PLENTY OF TIME to repent of their many evils...
But THERE'S A LIMIT.
He WON'T GIVE THEM FOREVER to repent.
And when His anger is kindled... WATCH OUT.
"It is A FEARFUL THING to fall into the hands of the LIVING God".
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2015
THE CHRISTIAN HOLOCAUST
The term Holocaust refers to the systematic extermination of Jews in concentration camps and gas chambers that took place under Adolf Hitler's reign of terror from 1933 to 1945.
Over 6 MILLION Jews were put to death in those ghastly murder traps.
Countless books have been written, and movies made, depicting the senseless massacre of Jews, who were deprived OF ANY AND ALL RIGHTS, and mercilessly slaughtered JUST FOR being Jews.
It's something that the world has not forgotten and MUST NEVER forget.
Sadly, back in the 30's and 40's much of the "Christian" world turned blind eyes and deaf ears to Jewish plight.
I don't know if what's happening right now is Divine retribution, but THERE'S A NEW HOLOCAUST GOING ON RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES which, most of the world, including the United States, HAS CHOSEN TO IGNORE and sweep under the rug.
This time, it's not natural Jews, but CHRISTIANS that are being senselessly slaughtered in the most chilling and horrific ways imaginable.
Christian children are being butchered, young girls and women violated, Christian property, including their homes, are being confiscated, adults are given the "choice" to convert to Islam or DIE.
These brothers and sisters are being MURDERED JUST FOR being Christian.
Often, as they are murdered in the most vile and savage ways, the last word to come out of their lips is "JESUS!".
Most of them are Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox.
It's happened FOR YEARS in Gaza, ever since 2005 when Hamas took over.
And the world, INCLUDING THE CHRISTIAN WORLD -- including THE VATICAN -- chose to IGNORE IT, and bury its head in the sand, like the proverbial ostrich.
Now it's happening in places TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION: Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and Sudan, just to mention A FEW.
And the world does NOTHING.
The world SAYS nothing.
The EU who is all too eager to stand for MURDEROUS "Palestinian" rights, is BLISSFULLY OBLIVIOUS to the WHOLESALE MURDER OF PEACEFUL Christians.
The same is true of the U.S.
This genocide of believers in Jesus is predicted in Revelation 6:9-11.
We are not told what the precise number of victims will be, but we do know that the tribulation won't begin, nor the Rapture take place, UNTIL their predetermined "number" IS FULFILLED (Revelation 6:11).
Precious intercessors, please continue to pray for Israel, and for our Christian brothers and sisters who are being persecuted and murdered for their faith.
Please pray that they will hold on to their faith IN JESUS - TO THE VERY END.
The ONLY "Good News" in this is that those Christians will be among the "dead in Christ" who rise first at the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
And that they will get to rule the earth, with Jesus -- and AS Jesus -- in the Millennium (Revelation 5:9-10, Romans 8:29).
But WOE to those who DESTROY GOD'S TEMPLE.
God will DESTROY THEM (1 Corinthians 3:17).
And when He does, it WON'T BE PRETTY.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015
"For THE LAW IS ONLY A SHADOW of good things to come, and NOT the very image (reality) of the things" (Hebrews 10:1).
"Therefore DO NOT LET ANYONE JUDGE YOU by what you eat or drink, OR WITH REGARD TO a religious festival, a New Moon celebration OR A SABBATH day. THESE ARE A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME; the reality, however, is found in Christ" (Colossians 2:16-17).
God says CLEARLY in His inspired Word that THE LAW IS A MERE SHADOW.
He also calls the 24-hour weekly Sabbath "A SHADOW".
Shadows are NEVER the REAL thing.
Again: SHADOWS are NEVER the REAL thing.
Your shadow is NOT the real you.
My shadow is NOT the real me.
Hence, the Law given at Sinai and Saturday ARE NOT THE REAL THINGS: they are MERE SHADOWS of the REAL Law and the REAL Sabbath, who is none other than Jesus.
Again: Saturday and the Law (Torah) are MERE SHADOWS OF Jesus.
He is THE SUPREME LAW.
He is THE TRUE SABBATH.
He is THE ONLY ONE who can save us and make us perfect (1 Corinthians 13:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
He is THE ONLY ONE who can give us God's true ETERNAL Sabbath of REST (Matthew 11:28).
And yet there are dozens of "Christian" CULTS who, along with their brainwashed followers, are TOTALLY FOCUSED ON THE SHADOWS.
These UNSAVED "Christians" WORSHIP THE SHADOWS and NEGLECT THE REALITY (Christ) of which these shadows are but A MERE REFLECTION.
They FOCUS DISPROPORTIONATELY on a 24-hour unit of FINITE "time", called Saturday, when the REAL Sabbath is INFINITE and ETERNAL.
They WEAR THEMSELVES OUT trying to follow a Law that Jews COULD NEVER KEEP and, in 3,500 years HAVE NEVER KEPT, and trying following its "commandments".
A Law that Jews have never kept and that THEY (Adventists, Church of God, Sabbatarians, and JW's) can NEVER keep.
A Law that CAN NEVER make them righteous (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
A Law that CANNOT save them (Galatians 3:1-2, 5:4; Hebrews 7:19).
These "Christians" neither KNOW Christ, nor have faith (trust) in Christ.
THEY TRUST THE SHADOWS, instead of TRUSTING THE REAL Law, and the REAL Sabbath who is Jesus Christ.
ALL SHADOWS are TEMPORARY.
There's NO SUCH THING AS a PERMANENT shadow.
There's NO SUCH THING as an ETERNAL shadow.
Hence, ALL SHADOWS are destined TO VANISH.
This means that Saturday observance and Law observance WILL BOTH DISAPPEAR.
They'll both sink into OBLIVION and be TOTALLY FORGOTTEN.
The ONLY REASON that natural Jews and tribulation survivors will observe the Law during the Millennium is that they REJECTED Christ in this life (Isaiah 66:22-24).
That's WHY they went through the tribulation in the first place.
Since Salvation IS BY FAITH (Ephesians 2:8-9), they CANNOT be saved or born again during the Millennium because it WON'T TAKE ANY faith to believe in a VISIBLE Jesus, WHO HAS RETURNED IN THE SIGHT OF ALL, and WHO IS REIGNING IN Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:1).
The Church will be REIGNING WITH Jesus and WON'T BE living under the Sinai Law but UNDER THE ROYAL LAW OF DIVINE LOVE (Daniel 7:22; Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 5:10).
At the end of the Millennium natural humans will have a chance to GET SAVED BY FAITH.
After doing time in the abyss, Satan will be loosed for "a little while". He will rouse certain nations like Russia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Turkey, Germany and other eastern European groups against Jesus (Ezekiel 38:1-9; Revelation 20:8-10).
Modern weapons will no longer exist (Isaiah 2:1-4).
They will build primitive weapons and ARM THEMSELVES TO THE TEETH to attack Jesus in Jerusalem WHO IS UNARMED, and UNPROTECTED by walls or by any other conventional means of defense (Ezekiel 38:10-11).
Natural humans will either side with Satan WHO IS ARMED AND JOINED BY A HUGE ARMY and, therefore, SEEMS CERTAIN of victory, or with Jesus who is UNARMED, SEEMINGLY A HELPLESS, SITTING DUCK...
Those who PUT THEIR TRUST (FAITH) IN Jesus, at that time, will be saved.
Once they are SAVED BY FAITH (trust) in Jesus, like the rest of us, THEY'LL NO LONGER LIVE UNDER THE SINAI LAW.
Nor will they observe a 24-hour shadow called Saturday.
They will live under THE ROYAL LAW OF GOD'S KINGDOM, WHICH IS DIVINE LOVE.
Divine Love is NOT a shadow: it is THE REAL THING (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Divine Love is PERFECTION (Psalm 19:7).
Divine Love is JESUS HIMSELF (1 John 4:16).
At that point, there will be A NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH (Revelation 21:1-6).
And the ONLY "LAW" WILL BE JESUS.
Amen and Amen.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2015
As I was hurriedly coming out of a certain place recently, this Hispanic lady SMILED and said in her native tongue "I'm going to give you one of these" and handed me a sheet of paper, also in Spanish, with a likeness of Jesus.
I instantly figured she was a Jehovah's Witness and very politely answered "I'm in a hurry, sweetheart".
But she kept extending it, anyway. I took it and said "thank you".
Had it not been for my one o'clock appointment, I would have, of course, witnessed to her.
When I got home later that day, I had a chance to read the flyer and, sure enough, it came from the JW's.
At the risk of sounding Pharisaic, I was grateful that she handed it to me, and not to some unsuspecting, Bible ignorant, easily deceived soul.
The lady who handed me this paper seemed very nice. She is probably what in earthly terms we would call "a good person".
Her main problem is she is a "GOOD", DECEIVED person.
Most Jehovah's Witnesses are nice people.
Most of them would help someone in need, if they had the opportunity.
Most of them MEAN well.
And most of those who knock on doors, leave or hand out tracts, or try to sell copies of Watchtower and Awake, are NOT the enemy.
The enemy IS SATAN (John 10:10).
Jehovah's Witnesses, for the most part, are simply poor, ignorant souls, who are sincerely well intentioned, BUT TOTALLY DECEIVED.
Unlike Mormons, who tend to be highly educated and affluent, most JW's are poor and uneducated.
They're also typically (I apologize for the bluntness) NOT TOO SMART.
(One can be uneducated BUT SMART).
They have a sincere desire to serve God.
Plus they FEAR being lost.
Hence they are EASY PREY for RELIGIOUS PREDATORS who,with not so pure intentions, APPEAR to be teaching the Bible.
JW's - like all "Christian" cults - CANNOT PART WITH the Old Testament.
Their predatory proselytizers will quote verses from the Old Testament OUT OF CONTEXT and CONVINCE the poor, ignorant soul that THEY are "teaching Bible truth" and that they CAN EARN their way to heaven by their good behavior.
Such "good behavior" invariably INCLUDES becoming a member of their cult.
That, in turn, means BLINDLY BELIEVING and ADHERING TO what the cult teaches.
Their cult was INVENTED in 1870 (a mere 145 years ago) by that infamous puppet of Satan named Charles Taze Russell who is burning in the flames of the "non-existent" hell he taught - AND WHICH HAPPENS TO BE VERY REAL - even as we speak.
One must wonder what happened to the millions of Christians who lived PRIOR TO 1870 and never heard JW doctrine.
Not to mention the MILLIONS of born-again believers who have lived since 1870, and who HAVE WISELY REJECTED JW's ungodly, unbiblical, ANTI-CHRIST doctrine.
All it takes is for some naive person to engage in dialogue with JW predators, or, God forbid, ALLOW THEM TO ENTER THEIR HOME, and they'll be ensnared in their diabolical tentacles in a matter of minutes (2 John 1:7-11).
Then they'll be INDOCTRINATED into that satanic cult, their hearts and minds FILLED with even MORE FEAR, and BRAINWASHED, to the point they're UNABLE TO REASON FOR THEMSELVES.
It's really tragic and heartbreaking.
I've dealt with many cults throughout the years and can tell you that - barring the Holy Spirit's SUPERNATURAL intervention - NO AMOUNT OF LOGIC, OR BIBLICAL EVIDENCE will convince them to forsake their cult.
They become zombie-like and TOTALLY LOSE their objectivity.
I ask all intercessors to pray for THE SALVATION OF these unfortunate souls ensnared by Satan.
It's MUCH EASIER to bring AN UNBELIEVER to salvation than one of these mentally programmed, lost souls, with NO WILL OF THEIR OWN, WHO only THINKS he (or she) is saved.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2015
In the United States we file income tax forms that allow us to list children and others as "dependents".
We are allowed certain "deductions" because our dependents, as the very word indicates, are TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON US for food, shelter, clothing, etc.
Good thing that Jesus doesn't pay taxes, or He'd have to claim TRILLIONS of "dependents".
The list would be ENDLESS...
We have no problem claiming our kids as "dependents", but we have all kinds of problems acknowledging that, as CHILDREN OF the Most High, we are ENTIRELY DEPENDENT ON our Heavenly Father.
We CHOOSE, rather,to DEPEND on "rules" INVENTED by MAN-FABRICATED RELIGION, instead of throwing ourselves TOTALLY at the Mercy of His Greatness, and acknowledging our COMPLETE DEPENDENCE on Him.
ALL religions, and all so-called "Christian" denominations, WILL CEASE TO EXIST(1 Corinthians 13:8-12; Ephesians 4:11-16).
His Mercy, on the other hand,ENDURES FOREVER (Psalm 106:1; 107:1; 118:1-2-3).
We DEPEND ON our Father for our daily bread.
We DEPEND ON Him for Wisdom and guidance.
We DEPEND ON Him to keep us safe.
We DEPEND ON Him for UNCONDITIONAL Love (John 6:37).
We DEPEND ON JESUS to cleanse us from sin (1 John 1:7).
We DEPEND ON Him to make us righteous, since we have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS AT ALL of our own (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We TOTALLY DEPEND ON Him for Salvation (Acts 4:11-12).
We DEPEND ON Him to keep us alive... down to each and every breath we take (John 1:4).
We DEPEND ON Him for EVERYTHING.
NOT depending on Him is BONDAGE.
TOTAL dependence on Him is FREEDOM.
The ONLY WAY to become IMMORTAL is to DEPEND TOTALLY on Him who is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).
The ONLY WAY TO BECOME INDEPENDENT from sin, is to become TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON JESUS.
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2015
HOW HELL BECAME "PURGATORY"
The more I study the subject, THE MORE CONVINCED I become that Christian doctrine about the afterlife IS ALL MESSED UP:
There is NO PURGATORY, as Catholic doctrine proposes.
Likewise, hell ISN'T eternal, as Protestant doctrine has erroneously told us.
When it comes to the afterlife, both main branches of Christianism ARE DEAD WRONG.
The SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE that hell is a TEMPORARY place of torment, where it is still POSSIBLE TO BE SAVED, is OVERWHELMING.
I have found, not one, not two, but 15 DIFFERENT Scriptures that teach this marvelous Truth.
For a complete list of Scriptures that say salvation in hell is possible, please click on "Salvation in Hell", on TOP LEFT of this page.
God REQUIRES ONLY TWO MORTAL witnesses to establish a matter (Deuteronomy 15:19).
Where the IMMORTAL God - who cannot lie - is concerned, ONE Witness should suffice.
But we have 15 WITNESSES, ALL INSPIRED BY HIM.
Those who go to hell DO NOT GO THERE because they need to pay for "residual" sins that Jesus' most priceless Blood did not remove, as Roman doctrine FALSELY, UNBIBLICALLY, and BLASPHEMOUSLY posits.
Jesus, as Scripture tells us time and again, LEFT NOTHING UNDONE with regards to our Salvation: He PAID FOR - and REMOVED - ALL SIN - FOR ALL TIME (Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5)..
Everyone who goes to hell goes there FOR ONLY ONE REASON:
They are NOT born-again (John 3:3-5).
They have NOT received Jesus Christ into their hearts as ONLY God and Savior (John 1:12; Romans 10:9).
Hence, they DO NOT TRUST (have no faith) in Jesus for Salvation.
The Way out of hell is the SAME as THE WAY TO HEAVEN: JESUS LIVING IN OUR HEARTS (John 14:6).
There is NO OTHER WAY.
And NO AMOUNT OF SUFFERING IN HELL (or "Purgatory") will ever SATISFY the Almighty.
Therefore, THE ONLY WAY those in hell will ever come out of it is the same way you and I get saved: BY TRUSTING JESUS 100% for Salvation.
This should convince every atheist and agnostic, as well as those "sitting on the fence" with regards to Jesus, about the UTTER FOOLISHNESS of NOT receiving Christ in this life.
You'll only end up in the torment of hell and, in order to leave that awful place, YOU'LL STILL HAVE TO RECEIVE CHRIST, and acknowledge Him as ONLY God and Savior.
Consequently, those who reject Christ IN THIS LIFE, WILL NOT ONLY SUFFER THE PAINS OF HELL, but WILL FIND THEMSELVES BACK IN SQUARE ONE:
Receive Jesus into your heart and TRUST Him, or be LOST.
Protestant doctrine, on the other hand, has FALSELY stated that we either receive Christ in this life or are FOREVER LOST.
That doctrine is ALSO FALSE.
Every unbeliever immediately pounces on this false teaching, reasoning that it makes NO SENSE that "a loving God" would send people into ETERNAL torment. Especially since there are MILLIONS on earth who have never heard the Gospel.
On that point, UNBELIEVERS ARE RIGHT.
Or, at least, PARTLY right.
God doesn't send people there. THEY GO TO HELL BY CHOICE.
According to Scripture, EVERYONE IN HELL will have UNTIL the end of the Millennium to make up their minds, and get their hearts born-again (Revelation 20:12-15).
That means that our "loving God" will give them FROM THE TIME they pass from this life to the next, UP UNTIL 1,000 years AFTER the Second Coming of Christ, to decide.
EVERYONE in hell will still have a chance, until the Millennium ends, TO RECEIVE Christ, and BE SAVED.
And, unlike some people on earth who've never heard the Gospel, EVERYONE IN HELL HAS HEARD it (1 Peter 3:18-19).
EVERYONE IN HELL KNOWS who the ONE AND ONLY, true God is.
EVERYONE IN HELL knows the Name of the One true God is YAHWEH, as in Yahshua (Jesus), meaning Yahweh is Salvation.
EVERYONE IN HELL knows His Name IS NOT Allah, Krishna, Buddha, Lao-Tzu, or anything else (Acts 4:11-12).
Those in hell who, by the end of the Millennium, CONTINUE TO REJECT Christ, will be thrown into the lake of fire - which IS ETERNAL and IRREVERSIBLE (Revelation 20:14-15).
NO ONE will EVER come out of that lake (Matthew 25:41).
Our just and LOVING God gives them A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME to CORRECT THEIR WRONG CHOICE in this life and CHOOSE their eternal destiny, as well as their eternal DESTINATION.
Therefore, NO ONE will have any "excuse".
NO ONE who ends up in the lake of fire will be able to say "I didn't know" or "no one told me".
NO ONE will be able to say that God, was NOT "fair" and immensely merciful.
Roman doctrine changed TEMPORARY hell into TEMPORARY "Purgatory" which, as the name implies, is where UNSAVED PAGANS can "pay for" their own sins.
They'll pay for them alright, but GOD DOES NOT ACCEPT, AND WILL NEVER ACCEPT, their "payment".
The ONLY payment for sin that God will ever recognize and ACCEPT is THE INFINITELY PRICELESS, AND SINLESS BLOOD of Jesus. (Hebrews 10:14)
NOTHING ELSE will satisfy Divine Justice, NOW OR EVER. Period.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015
THE PERFECT LAW
"The Law of the Lord IS PERFECT,CONVERTING THE SOUL (Psalm 19:7).
The Law given to Moses at Sinai is NOT perfect.
Therefore it CANNOT MAKE ANYONE perfect.
Therefore, it CANNOT and DOES NOT save ANYONE.
It CANNOT CONVERT anyone or make them born-again.
There is, however, A PERFECT LAW.
A Law, as we read above, that CONVERTS the human soul making us born-again.
That PERFECT Law is Divine Love.
Jesus IS Divine Love (John 3:16; 1 John 4:16).
That PERFECT Law is Jesus (God) Himself.
That is WHY ONLY JESUS saves.
That is WHY ONLY JESUS can give His OWN PERFECTION as A GIFT to those who RECEIVE HIM into their hearts, and trust Him.
Only Jesus can give His OWN Divine Nature (Love) to us AS A LOVE GIFT (2 Peter 1:4).
That is WHY ONLY JESUS will, at some point, MANIFEST HIS INFINITE PERFECTION (His PERFECT Love) IN and THROUGH US.
To Him be ALL the glory for all the eons of eternity, world without end. Amen.
Christians are NOT expected to "perform" in order to win God's favor.
We HAVE His favor, from the moment we receive Christ into our hearts and He (Divine Love Personified) comes to LIVE IN us.
ALL that a Christian is asked to do is FOCUS ON THE JESUS THEY HAVE INSIDE, and ALLOW HIM (the INNER Christ) to think, speak, and act through us.
We must allow THE INNER JESUS TO BE "us".
We have BOTH THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S LAW, AND THE LAW GIVER HIMSELF, LIVING IN US.
Hence, despite our many sins, IN CHRIST we get off Scot free (Romans 8:1).
There is NO LAW AGAINST the Christ IN US (Galatians 5:23).
He is the Law GIVER, and GREATER than ANY Law INCLUDING the one He gave Israelites at Sinai.
That is WHY the ONLY "commandments" in His NEW Testament are TO LOVE - God and neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40).
Divine Love IS the fulfillment of the Law (Romans 13:9-10).
Divine Love is GREATER than ANY Law ever given.
In order to walk in Divine Love, we must FOCUS ON the INNER Jesus, NOT on "commandments" performed OUTWARDLY.
Greater love has no man than this that HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE for his friends (John 15:13).
We must follow Jesus' example and LAY DOWN OUR LIVES VOLUNTARILY so that His Life, which is ETERNAL and PERFECT may manifest in us (1 John 3:16).
Divine Love (Jesus) CREATED us (John 1:1-3).
Divine Love (Jesus) SAVED us (John 3:16).
JESUS (Love) IS THE GREATEST LAW in the universe.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015
IS THE LAW GOD ?
IS THE LAW GOD? Or is GOD the Law?
When Israelites left the slavery of Egypt, God gave them a Law (Torah, meaning "INSTRUCTION") at Mount Sinai.
They had been slaves for 400 years.
They had A SLAVE MINDSET.
Moreover, their spirits were DEAD - TOTALLY DISCONNECTED FROM THE LIFE who is God.
God, therefore, gave them His INSTRUCTION (Law, Torah) on a level that THEY could understand.
Slaves are NOT given any explanations. They are simply COMMANDED to do things, and they MUST OBEY... or else.
Egyptians gave them UNFAIR orders for 4 centuries, which Israelites HAD TO follow.
God gave them FAIR, righteous Commandments for 1,500 years which Israelites HAD TO follow.
They merely traded an EVIL, UNFAIR taskmaster, for a RIGHTEOUS One.
That Law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good (Romans 7:12).
That Law, HOWEVER, IS NOT PERFECT.
If it were perfect, it would make those under it perfect.
We know THAT IT DOES NOT (Hebrews 7:19):
By the Law NO ONE will be justified" (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
If the Law could make perfect, then righteousness would be achieved through the Law and Jesus' Sacrifice would have been COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY (Galatians 2:21; 3:21).
That the Law given at Sinai is NOT PERFECT is evidenced by these facts:
1. It DOES NOT make anyone righteous (Galatians 2:16).
2. The Law DOES NOT remove fear, rather PROMOTES IT.
3. The Law IS NOT OF FAITH (Galatians 3:12).
WHATEVER is NOT of faith is/produces sin (Romans 14:23).
4. APART FROM the Law, sin is DEAD (Romans 7:8).
5. The Law is ONLY A SHADOW of the REAL Law (Love) which is to come (Hebrews 10:1).
6. If the Law given at Sinai were perfect, it would make EVERYONE under it perfect BY ONE sacrifice.
Instead, it necessitates THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of sacrifices OFFERED INCESSANTLY, twice a day -- day after day, after day... year, after year, after year... (Hebrews 10:1-4; Exodus 29:39; Numbers 28:4)
If the Law itself is NOT perfect,it CANNOT MAKE ANYONE perfect.
Again: If the Law itself is NOT perfect, then it CANNOT make ANYONE perfect.
Pause, and meditate ON THAT.
If the Law is NOT perfect, and CANNOT make anyone perfect, then OBSERVING the Law CANNOT save ANYONE.
Jesus, on the other hand, IS PERFECT.
Jesus, on the other hand, CAN and DOES save.
In fact, ONLY JESUS can save a soul (John 14:6).
That is why Salvation is JESUS - and JESUS ALONE!!! (Acts 4:11-12)
ONLY GOD (JESUS) IS ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT to SAVE ETERNALLY.
Therefore, GOD took human form, and manifested on this earth as Jesus the Messiah.
Since NONE OF US could keep the Law He'd given, God (Jesus) FULFILLED THE LAW that He Himself had given, TO PERFECTION, ON BEHALF OF ALL HUMANS (Matthew 5:17).
To all humans who PUT THEIR TRUST (faith) in JESUS, He CREDITS His own, PERFECT righteousness, His own PERFECT Law-keeping.
He CREDITS them with NEVER breaking His Law.
ONLY the one TRUE God could make such generous, loving offer.
And yet His magnificent offer is OFTEN REJECTED.
Not just by atheists or agnostics.
Not just by heathen who have been deceived into following NON-EXISTENT "deities" (Buddha, Allah, Krishna, Lao-Tzu, etc.)
His marvelous offer OF FREE RIGHTEOUSNESS, and ETERNAL Life in glory is REGULARLY REJECTED BY SO-CALLED "Christians".
"Christians" who TURN THE LAW ITSELF into God and Savior. Or, at the very least, JOINT-God and JOINT-Savior.
When the ONLY God and Savior is ---- GOD HIMSELF.
Logic dictates that the Law CANNOT be greater than the Law GIVER.
THE GIVER is ALWAYS GREATER than what HE GIVES.
Therefore, the One who GAVE the Law MUST BE GREATER THAN the Law.
The One who gave the Law IS LOVE (1 John 4:16).
Divine Love (agape) is THE PERFECT LAW of God's Kingdom:
"For when the Gentiles, who DON'T HAVE the law, do BY NATURE the things contained in the law, these, HAVING NOT THE LAW, ARE A LAW UNTO THEMSELVES" (Romans 2:14).
If we receive Christ into our hearts as God and Savior, Christ Himself, GOD HIMSELF, comes to Live in us (2 Peter 1:4).
The Law CANNOT be bigger than THE ONE WHO GAVE IT.
Again: The Law CANNOT be bigger than THE ONE WHO GAVE IT.
There is NO LAW AGAINST the God who gave the Law.
If GOD HIMSELF LIVES IN US, there's NO LAW ANYWHERE AGAINST GOD.
Hence, there's NO LAW ANYWHERE AGAINST US!!!
When we're born again THERE IS NO LAW AGAINST US.
Praise God for His liberating NEW Testament!
And praise Jesus for the Apostle Paul, a FORMER "LAW OBSERVER", WHO FOUND THE TRUTH, and CHOSE freedom instead of BONDAGE.
Thank God that Paul DIDN'T SELFISHLY KEEP this marvelous Truth to himself, but CHOSE TO share it with us.
Thank you, Jesus:. Salvation is found ONLY in you,
To you - and you alone - Lord Jesus, be ALL THE GLORY now and forevermore. Amen.
THERE IS NO GREATER LAW than God Himself.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015
WHY I LOVE SUKKOT
Of the Feasts of the Lord mentioned in Leviticus chapter 23, Sukkot is my favorite for several reasons:
1. Jesus WAS BORN on Sukkot (John 1:14).
2. Jesus BEGAN His public Ministry on Sukkot (Luke 3:23).
He died on Passover, 3½ years later, right smack in the middle of a "week" or 7-year shemitta cycle, and rose from the dead on First Fruits (Daniel 9:27; John 18:39; 1 Corinthians 15:20).
3. It's kind of fun to build a sukka (hut) and decorate it with tree branches, and other colorful ornaments.
4. It's a project that children and adults can enjoy, in which the whole family can participate, to one extent or another.
5. I just love the idea of living for 7 days in a temporary dwelling and having friends and neighbors drop by for a visit.
6. No matter WHAT may have happened earlier in the year, this is a time, in which God wants His people to put it all behind them and TOTALLY REJOICE (Leviticus 23:40).
7. Most importantly, Jesus Second Coming WILL HAPPEN ON SUKKOT (Deuteronomy 31:10; Daniel 9:24-27).
It's during this Feast that Jesus will return and establish His Kingdom RIGHT HERE ON EARTH.
This Feast will usher in a wonderful Era of PEACE ON EARTH that this war weary, sin laden, violence riddled world has never known before.
Sukkot is usually a time of great joy for Jews, but that's ONE SUKKOT IN PARTICULAR to which we can all LOOK FORWARD.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2015
CURE FOR DEPRESSION
I often hear from Christians who are suffering from depression, panic attacks, or both.
Although the symptoms are different, these two things are related.
How do I know? ‘Cause I've been there myself.
The cure for depression and panic (fear) is RIGHTEOUSNESS.
What? That's right: RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Not our own, of course, since we got none.
I'm talking about Jesus' Righteousness.
There is no righteousness but His.
Depression and panic attacks([fear) are the result of GUILT.
Guilt is A FORM OF FEAR.
When we feel guilty, or perceive ourselves as "guilty", we feel worthy of punishment, hence we consciously or subconsciously INVITE retribution.
Moreover, we develop a "punishment" mindset, where we're constantly EXPECTING bad news instead of blessings.
This "guilty" mindset can exist in people who CONSCIOUSLY know they've done NOTHING wrong.
It's buried deep in our subconscious, WHICH IS WHY, in many instances, it goes unnoticed.
The guilt mindset originated in the Garden of Eden.
It's what caused Adam and Eve to be kicked out of it.
If you've given your heart to Jesus and made Him your Lord, you must realize that He took ALL your sins, everything you ever did, everything "worthy" of punishment, everything you were guilty of, and PAID FOR THEM on the Cross.
If it's ALREADY PAID FOR, then there's NO GUILT ANYONE -- and I mean ANYONE-- can heap on us [Romans 8:1].
If Jesus erased ALL YOUR SINS, then you are guiltless, and there's NOTHING to be "punished for", and NOTHING TO FEAR.
You should NOT have a "punishment" mindset but a "blessing" mindset.
Jesus didn't stop at "just" paying for our guilt and our sins.
He didn't stop at "just" REMOVING OUR SINS as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
He gave us His OWN Righteousness.
He "who knew no sin was made sin for us, THAT WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD in Him" [2 Corinthians 5:21].
Jesus made you, BY His unspeakably precious Blood and magnificent Grace as RIGHTEOUS AS HIMSELF.
He gave us, HIS OWN Righteousness.
It doesn't get more righteous than that!
The cure for depression is to renew your mind with that Truth, to change the way you think and perceive yourself, to UPROOT all guilt, fear and condemnation in your mind [conscious or unconscious], to become FULLY CONVINCED of this marvelous Truth.
Your heart must be AT ALL TIMES SETTLED ON that Truth.
I don't care what your friends say, what your family says, what your school teachers said or did, what your parents told you when you were a child, I don't care what religion or ANYONE ELSE HAS TOLD YOU.
God says He gave you HIS OWN Righteousness.
He has IMPUTED [freely credited] His Righteousness to you.
When we become ESTABLISHED on this Truth, Satan has NOTHING to work with.
Accusing you would be like accusing God.
Punishing you would be like punishing God.
Become FULLY persuaded, TOTALLY ANCHORED on His Righteousness [1 Corinthians 1:30].
And bid fear and depression good bye FOREVER.
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