March 2016 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016
KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM
“And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in various places.” (Matthew 24:6-7)
It’s fair to say that we have seen wars and rumors of war. We have seen nation rise against nation, ethnic group against ethnic group… We’ve seen the famines, pestilences (epidemics, like Ebola) and the earthquakes.
But where’s the KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM?
Of the so-called 27 kingdoms on earth, only three are absolute monarchies, where the king has TOTAL authority AND ANSWERS TO NO ONE: Oman (ruled by the Sultan), Saudi Arabia (ruled by King Salman) and Swaziland, ruled by a king of whom no one’s ever even heard.
They don’t seem ANYWHERE NEAR confronting each other in war.
The other 24 are constitutional or parliamentary monarchies where the title of king or queen is mostly honorary in nature, and where the monarch serves mainly as a symbolic figurehead.
And, again, NONE of them seems the least bit interested in engaging in armed conflict against another “kingdom”.
To what “KINGDOMS”, then, was Jesus referring?
To the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.
These TWO KINGDOMS have been in conflict with each other since the dawn of time.
The satanic rebellion was ALL about Satan wanting to exalt his throne “above the stars of God" and “to BE like the Most High”. (Isaiah 14:13-14)
After Satan and his angels were evicted from heaven, the conflict continued on planet earth, where Adam was supposed to establish God’s Kingdom, and FAILED, and where Satan ended up with the authority to establish his kingdom, AT LEAST TEMPORARILY, on the earth.
In Luke 4:5-7 we actually see the devil BRAGGING about having the authority to give the kingdoms of earth to “whoever he wanted”.
He bragged about it TO JESUS and, doubtlessly, ENJOYED every moment.
When Jesus rose from the dead He said “ALL AUTHORITY is given unto me in heaven and on earth”. (Matthew 28:18)
Clearly, He had taken that authority away from Satan.
And this time He commissioned His Church to, once again, establish His Kingdom on earth. "go INTO ALL the world". (Mark 16:15)
Saying that the Church has been A DISMAL FAILURE in that area, would be a gross understatement.
Thank God that, at least, we have established God's Kingdom IN THE HEARTS OF many humans, if not on this planet.
The reason Jesus pointed out that Satan's kingdom would rise against His Kingdom at the end of the age is because He knows that Satan knows he’s got little time. (Revelation 12:12)
Satan's “time” is about to expire.
The unholy creep knows that his days ARE NUMBERED.
It’s only natural that he would intensify his activity against God’s Kingdom at the closing moments of this Age.
THAT is what’s really behind ALL the raw hatred, carnage, and atrocities we are seeing.
THAT is what’s really behind Islamic terrorism:
Self-deceived Satan still THINKS that by the wholesale murder of Christians, in the MOST HEINOUS ways imaginable, he has a chance of toppling God’s Kingdom.
Actually, all he can kill is their bodies. He CAN’T TOUCH their spirits or souls.
And Jesus will RAISE even THEIR DEAD BODIES BACK TO LIFE. (John 11:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Our Lord will indulge Satan's lust for power momentarily by allowing him to establish his kingdom on earth, through his Antichrist, for 3½ years.
At the end of that tribulation period, Satan's kingdom will be toppled, Satan himself will be incarcerated, and his kingdom will be NO MORE.
And after the “time” he invented is used up, Satan will realize, much to his eternal dismay, that it was all one big, lying fantasy:
That HE NEVER REALLY HAD ANY KINGDOM ANYWHERE, and NEVER WILL.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016
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 only 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.
Just this past Sunday, on Resurrection Day, the HOLIEST day on the Christian calendar, some unsuspecting Christians were celebrating the Lord’s Resurrection at a public park in Pakistan, when a rabid, demon possessed, Satan possessed Muslim terrorist detonated himself killing 70 Christians, including many children, and injuring over 200 others.
I can’t even IMAGINE THE DEGREE OF HATE one must harbor inside in order to be willing to DESTROY oneself, just so they can kill OTHERS.
And then to read the politically correct, Islam appeasing, American “free” press reporting “mourning” in Pakistan over their deaths. I guarantee that NOT ONE Muslim shed a tear for them, and that there WASN’T ANY “mourning” but WIDESPREAD REJOICING over the horrendous act of terror.
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.
Now REALITY has come back to bite them. In the last six months, we’ve seen TERROR ATTACKS in Paris and, most recently, Brussels. And it’s a sure bet that, barring Divine Intervention, MORE IS YET TO COME.
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.
Please pray for the victims in the recent Lahore, Pakistan and Brussels massacres (and their families). I’m hearing from brothers and sisters in Europe, including Belgium, who are terrified to return to work and carry on their normal, day to day activities.
The ONLY "Good News" 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 (VERY SOON), it WON'T BE PRETTY.
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
ISIS IN PROPHECY
You've watched all the videos on YouTube (there are about 5 MILLION), listened to all the alleged "experts" or, worse, BOUGHT and read their stupid books FALSELY CLAIMING that Isis and its continued rampage through the Middle East "is prophesied in the Bible".
But WHAT does GOD have to say about it?
While God speaks, IN GENERAL TERMS, about Middle East turmoil in the last days - "nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom" - there is NOTHING in the Bible that specifically mentions Islam or the terrorist organization named ISIS.
Well, HOW can that be? Did God "miss" something?
Did He forget to tell us?
Not a chance.
Although it DOESN'T SPECIFY HOW, WHERE, or BY WHOM, Revelation 6:9-11 clearly says that many Christians will be killed JUST PRIOR to the tribulation and Rapture.
WHO is killing Christians all over the Middle East and in Europe?
Since Jesus gave the Book of Revelation to John in the first century A.D., and since the "world" known at the time was basically the Middle East and Mediterranean basin (Europe), we can surmise, IN CONTEXT, that He was saying this barbarous onslaught of Christians would take place in THAT area of the world.
I would be remiss if I didn't say that they are ALSO KILLING Muslims of other sects and, basically, anyone else they WANT TO kill.
Whenever EVEN ONE of His children is persecuted or killed, JESUS TAKES IT PERSONALLY (Acts 9:4).
According to Revelation 6:11, the tribulation CANNOT BEGIN UNTIL a particular "number" of Christians has been killed:
When that number is reached, then God Himself WILL AVENGE THEIR BLOOD "from those who dwell on the earth" (Revelation 6:10).
This tells us that, at some point, God will interrupt their killing spree and those bastards WILL PAY for their atrocities.
There is NOTHING in Scripture to suggest that ISIS will play a prominent role during the upcoming tribulation.
THE ONLY SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION encountered by Antichrist during his 42-month reign is that of Iran.
And, even there, he will vanquish his opponents (Daniel 8:19-25; 11:44).
According to Daniel 11:40-44, the Antichrist will engage in brief combat with Egypt (king of the south), Turkey and, possibly, WHATEVER'S LEFT OF Syria (king of the north), and emerge victorious:
"He WILL INVADE MANY COUNTRIES AND SWEEP THROUGH THEM LIKE A FLOOD.
He WILL ALSO INVADE the Beautiful Land (ISRAEL).
MANY COUNTRIES WILL FALL, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon (Jordan) will be delivered from his hand.
He WILL EXTEND HIS POWER OVER MANY COUNTRIES:
Egypt WILL NOT ESCAPE.
He WILL GAIN CONTROL OF THE TREASURES OF GOLD AND SILVER AND ALL THE RICHES OF Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushites (Iraqis) IN SUBMISSION" (Daniel 11:40-43; Genesis 10:8-11).
Since ISIS's territorial gains are mainly in Iraq and Syria, this passage suggests that, once the tribulation begins, Antichrist will OCCUPY ALL OF ISIS’ PRESENTLY OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, and that ISIS will be DESTROYED either:
1) By God through the 6 trumpet judgments.
Its scant remains, if any, will be SOUNDLY DEFEATED by the Antichrist, and it WILL CEASE TO EXIST.
2) By Iran.
3) By Antichrist. Or,
4) By some combination of the above THREE.
Right now it may SEEM that ISIS is unstoppable.
While Russia, the EU, and even the U.S.A have failed miserably in stopping, or even SLOWING, the ISIS juggernaut, NEVER FEAR:
Jesus CAN stop them.
And Jesus WILL stop them.
MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016
If you’re interested in the Rapture, please PAY ATTENTION:
I’m addressing your questions in THIS message. I cannot do it individually.
1. I have NOT guaranteed that the Rapture will happen this year (2016).
We certainly are IN THE SEASON, and we are either in THE YEAR or in the APPROXIMATE year.
Can I, at this moment, GIVE 100% assurance that it will happen in a few days?
NO. And I haven’t said that.
I VERY CLEARLY said that if it doesn’t happen by Passover of THIS year, then the earliest it could happen, BIBLICALLY, would be JUST PRIOR TO or, at the latest, by Passover OF NEXT year…
…(OR THE NEXT, OR THE NEXT, OR THE NEXT, OR THE NEXT…)
2) THE REASON we now KNOW it must happen around Passover:
God is sovereign. He can do what He wants, when He wants. He DOESN’T NEED YOUR PERMISSION OR MINE.
However, the 70 weeks prophecy calls for Jesus to return at the END OF the 70th week.(Daniel 9:24-27)
Sabbatical weeks or shemittas begin and end on Sukkot, in THE FALL (Deuteronomy 31:10)
We know the tribulation lasts 3½ years (HALF a week), and that the Church DEPARTS as the tribulation BEGINS.
The math is very simple: If Jesus’ Second Coming took place on Sukkot 2019, then the Church should be raptured is 3½ years earlier, which is around Passover of THIS YEAR.
If Jesus returned TO EARTH in 2020, then the Rapture should happen by Passover of NEXT year (2017), and so on…
Are we, at this point, 100% certain that His Second Coming will take place in 2019? NO.
Very probable? Yes. Absolutely certain? No.
3) Passover this year is from Friday April 22 to Saturday April 23 according to the rabbinic calendar.
And God’s Word is set to Jerusalem time which, at the moment, is 7 hours later than Eastern U.S. Time, 8 hours later than Central, and 10 hours later than Pacific Time.
4) HOW LONG will the sun stay dark?
Don’t know. I’m not aware of any Scripture that gives such SPECIFIC details. We know the tribulation BEGINS with the sun turning black. We also know that the sun will shine again not too long thereafter, although daylight will be shortened by ONE THIRD. (Revelation 8:12)
That means there will be only about 8 HOURS OF DAYLIGHT once it does shine again.
Whether the darkness stays only for a few days, or for the entire 10 days, we’re not told.
5) HOW LONG will the earth and the heavens shake?
Again, I’m not aware of ANY Scripture that gives such details. I’m GUESSING (and you may call it an EDUCATED guess) that the shaking will take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.
But I COULD BE WRONG about that.
6) Is it REALLY NECESSARY to prepare for the 10 days by having bottled water, non-perishable food, etc.?
There is NO SCRIPTURE that specifically says “have extra water and food on hand for the 10 days of tribulation”.
However, COMMON SENSE tells me that if the description given in Revelation 6:12-16 and other passages of Scripture IS EVEN REMOTELY accurate, it WON’T BE “LIFE AS USUAL” during those 10 days.
Therefore, I feel it is my duty to prepare you. The PRINCIPLE for this is found in Ezekiel 33:1-7 and James 4:17.
No JUDGMENTS will fall until AFTER the Church has been RAPTURED:
But COMMUNICATION will be interrupted: there WON’T BE ELECTRICITY, phone, internet, cable, TV, radio, etc.
Tap water will probably be unsafe to drink or altogether cut off, and you won’t be able to buy food or meds. Existing supermarkets and pharmacies will, in all likelihood, be closed and looted.
As I have said repeatedly, THERE IS NO HARM in having a few extra bottles of water for you and your pets, bread, peanut butter and jelly, and canned goods.
If it turns out WE DON’T NEED THEM, the people who stay behind WILL CERTAINLY make good use of them.
And if there’s no Rapture THIS year, you can always DONATE THEM to the needy.
I don’t know HOW MUCH CLEARER I can say it.
Whether you heed the warning or not, is ENTIRELY UP TO YOU.
7) CAN the Rapture still happen this year of 2016?
8) WILL it happen this year?
Don’t know. But we should find out in the next few weeks.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016
For centuries, the world has tried to DISPROVE the Resurrection of Jesus.
They have written books, produced movies, formulated theories…
And, without exception, ALL of these have fallen short of their goals.
All have been relegated to the worthless rubble of forgotten FICTION.
NOT ONE “charge” against Jesus’ Resurrection has stuck.
The reason is simple: TRUTH (as in Jesus Himself) CANNOT be disproved.
Truth, by very definition, IS ABSOLUTE, ETERNAL, and IMMUTABLE. Therefore, it CANNOT be disproved… EVER:
NO WAY, NO HOW.
THAT is worth repeating: Truth CANNOT be disproved.
And all those who STUMBLE on Jesus, who is THE TRUTH, the ROCK OF ALL AGES, will be CUT TO PIECES. (Luke 20:18)
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is UNDENIABLE.
Again: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is UNDENIABLE.
THE EVIDENCE that Jesus rose from the dead is OVERWHELMING, to any REMOTELY OBJECTIVE individual.
Yet Jesus WASN’T the first human to rise from the dead.
Repeat: Jesus ISN’T THE ONLY human to rise from the dead.
We read in the Bible about two young men who were brought back from the dead by Elijah and Elisha. (1 Kings 17:21-22; 2 Kings 4:17-37).
We read about a man who died AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD when his dead body came in contact with Elisha’s DEAD BONES. (2 Kings 13:20-21)
We read in the New Testament about Lazarus RISING FROM the dead after being dead for 4 DAYS, where decomposition had already set in. (John 11:38-44) )
We read in the Book of Revelation that the Two Witnesses WILL ALSO rise from the dead after lying dead for 3½ days. (Revelation 11:11-12)
And there was even A GROUP RESURRECTION of Old Testament saints whose graves were opened, and who rose PHYSICALLY and went up to heaven when Jesus rose (Matthew 27:52-53).
But critics NEVER FOCUS ON, or attack, those OTHER resurrections.
They ONLY TRY – IN VAIN – to discredit and/or “explain away” JESUS’ resurrection:
Because THEY KNOW that the entire Christian faith HANGS ON Jesus’ Resurrection.
BECAUSE THEY KNOW that if He rose, He IS the ONE AND ONLY God.
Because THEY DON’T WANT Jesus TO BE God.
Likewise, our non-Messianic Jewish friends DO NOT OBJECT to the resurrections in the Old Testament.
They NEVER try to discredit those, BUT FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL to DENY Jesus’ resurrection.
That is a DISHONEST and SELF-SERVING DOUBLE-STANDARD.
If you argue that Jesus “couldn’t have” risen, because people DO NOT “rise from the dead”, then you must be CONSISTENT and ALSO DENY all the Old Testament resurrections.
And when you do, in each of the ABOVE INSTANCES, you’ll be CONTRADICTING God AND CALLING Him (who inspired that written Word) A LIAR.
The same applies to so-called “Bible scholars” who try to SPIRITUALIZE Jesus’ Resurrection, by saying that He DID NOT resurrect physically. That His body died and DECOMPOSED, and that He only rose SPIRITUALLY.*
Yet I have NEVER heard these so-called “scholars” theorize that the OTHER resurrections enumerated above were “ONLY SPIRITUAL” in nature, and NOT physical.
THAT is DISHONEST TO THE MAX.
* If that were true, ALL Roman or Jewish authorities needed to do was display Jesus’ dead body on day 4, and THERE WOULD BE NO CHRISTIANS TODAY. The tomb was EMPTY. His body disappeared and, to this day, NO ONE can adequately explain HOW that happened – APART FROM Resurrection. Glory to Jesus forever!!!
God’s Word is crystal clear, in each instance, that they all rose PHYSICALLY from the dead.
You CAN’T “pick and choose”. You CAN’T SAY those OTHER GUYS rose PHYSICALLY, but that Jesus COULDN’T OR DIDN’T:
If they DID, so DID He: And if He DIDN’T, neither did they.
As Jesus Himself told Saul of Tarsus, a rabid persecutor of Christians, until he became, by God’s Grace, THE APOSTLE Paul:
“It is A HARD THING to KICK AGAINST the spikes”. (Acts 9:5)
The MORE they KICK against them, THE MORE THEY’LL PENETRATE, the more painful they become, AND THE MORE they INJURE THEMSELVES in the process.
If a corpse thrown into Elisha’s tomb rose from the dead through contact with the prophet’s bones, if Lazarus resurrected PHYSICALLY after 4 days in the tomb, and so will the TWO witnesses, WHY wouldn’t JESUS rise PHYSICALLY from the dead? (Luke 24:39).
You can kick AGAINST THE TRUTH all you want, and RESIST God all you want, but all the kicking and resisting in the world WON’T CHANGE the Truth and WON’T DISPROVE the Truth:
That JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD, IN SPIRIT, SOUL, AND BODY, and that He LIVES FOREVERMORE.
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016
ONE VERSE WONDERS
Nearly every cult in existence bases some of its pet (and FALSE) doctrines on ONE verse of the Bible.
What could possibly be wrong with that, since they are USING Scripture?
SATAN ALSO USED Scripture. (Matthew 4:5-6)
And he had the gall to quote it TO JESUS, no less!
Satan used THE ONE verse that suited his interests, BUT DELIBERATELY IGNORED OTHER VERSES that said we are not to tempt God.
His underhanded tactic fell flat when Jesus answered: “IT IS ALSO WRITTEN: you shall not test the Lord your God”. (Matthew 4:7)
The "ONE verse" IS ALWAYS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT in order to “justify” some false teaching and to make that false teaching “seem” biblical.
That is EXACTLY what Satan did.
Satan INVENTED that evil scheme: he thought of it, and DID IT, LONG BEFORE it crossed the depraved minds of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Ellen G. White, Alexander Campbell, Charles Taze Russell, Mary Baker Eddy, or Herbie “the pervy” Armstrong.
The ONE verse in question is also BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION while many OTHER VERSES, which refer to THE SAME TOPIC, are TOTALLY and DELIBERATELY ignored.
A couple of examples:
1) Jehovah’s Witnesses teach, based supposedly on Revelation 14:1-5, that ONLY 144,000 Christians will go to heaven.
A) That the 144,000 mentioned in the Book of Revelation are NOT “Christians”, they are NATURAL ISRAELITES. (Revelation 7:1-8).
B) That Jehovah’s Witnesses DISMISS Revelation 7:9 where A HUGE MULTITUDE that NO ONE CAN COUNT APPEARS IN HEAVEN before God’s Throne.
That the multitude consists ENTIRELY of CHRISTIANS is evident since they worship Jesus, the Lamb (Revelation 7:14).
Thus they MISUSE ONE verse of the Bible IN ORDER TO CONTRADICT God, and replace His Truth with THEIR false doctrine.
2) Seventh Day Adventists use Genesis 2:2 to push MANDATORY Saturday observance:
A) The REAL 7th Day transcends earth “time”, which IS A FALSE PREMISE to begin with. (Isaiah 14:13-14; Amos 5:13; Matthew 6:34; Ephesians 5:16)
God never blessed and sanctified a 24 hour day. He blessed and sanctified THE 7TH DAY which is ETERNAL (that is why it has NO “EVENING” OR “MORNING”). (Genesis 2:2; Zechariah 14:6)
B) They DELIBERATELY ignore Colossians 2:16-17 which instructs Christians NOT to allow ANYONE TO JUDGE THEM with regards to Saturdays, and refers to the 24-hour 7th day AS A MERE SHADOW.
Shadows are NEVER, the REAL thing. Never!!!
C) They also INTENTIONALLY ignore John 5:18 which EXPLICITLY SAYS that Jesus repeatedly broke the 24-hour Sabbath as commanded in the Sinai Law, for which Jews sought to kill Him.
That’s why YOU’LL NEVER HEAR these two verses quoted at a 7th Day Adventist building, or taught in Sabbatical school.
Even though these verses are as God-inspired AS THE REST OF THE BIBLE, they are conveniently SWEPT UNDER THE RUG, because they DO NOT serve to advance that denomination’s agenda.
I wish this misuse of Scripture only took place among heretical sects. Unfortunately, it happens too often among born-again Christians.
In the case of REAL Christians it usually happens because of DISHONESTY, IGNORANCE, or a combination of the two.
For instance, someone read my recent message about the 10 days of tribulation, and wrote that she always believed that Christians would go through SOME tribulation because Israel was in Egypt when the first three plagues took place, and only from the 4th plague forward did God differentiate between His people and the Egyptians.
Therefore, she concluded THAT THE CHURCH would likewise experience THREE PLAGUES.
While that part of Israel’s history IS TRUE, here are the problems:
A) There’s NO INDICATION ANYWHERE that EVERYTHING that happened to Israel 3,500 years ago must happen to the Church.
God killed every Egyptian firstborn back then, does that mean God will AGAIN KILL ALL FIRSTBORNS just prior to the Church’s Departure?
I don’t see that ANYWHERE in Scripture.
B) Jesus had NOT DIED and RESURRECTED 3,500 years ago: His death, His Blood, His Resurrection and Ascension HAVE MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
That is why we live under a NEW and BETTER Covenant, established on INFINITELY BETTER promises, than the Israelites. (Hebrews 7:22; 8:6)
C) Last, but not least, the Church appears in heaven under THE 6TH SEAL, BEFORE tribulation judgments begin, BEFORE ANY TRUMPETS OF JUDGMENT ARE BLOWN, and BEFORE any plagues happen.
The tribulation plagues ALL HAPPEN under THE 7TH SEAL and 6th trumpet, LONG AFTER the Church is raptured. (Revelation 9:18-20; 11:6; 15:1; chapter 16)
It is therefore IMPOSSIBLE for Christ’s Church to experience ANY plagues.
The ONLY “tribulation” we experience are 10 days of life “not as usual”.
Another example is those who have tried FOR CENTURIES to discover the Antichrist’s identity.
THE REASON THEY HAVE FAILED SO MISERABLY is because they take two or three things Scripture says about Antichrist, and THEN IGNORE EVERYTHING ELSE GOD SAYS ABOUT him.
The ONLY WAY we establish his identity, conclusively and authoritatively, IS BY TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION EVERYTHING that God said about him.
Other VERY IMPORTANT factors to consider when formulating doctrine are:
1. TIMING: Was that statement made BEFORE or AFTER Calvary?
Calvary CHANGED EVERYTHING.
And those who DON’T UNDERSTAND that it DID are NOT Christian.
2) TO WHOM is the statement addressed? Jews? Christians? All believers?
3) SETTING: WHERE is the speaker? What is going on in that place, and at that time?
4) THE CIRCUMSTANCES: WHAT IS GOING ON at the time, and AROUND the situation being discussed?
We shouldn’t even FORM AN OPINION based on ONLY ONE VERSE, much less establish doctrine on it.
We DON'T formulate doctrine based ONLY ON one verse of Scripture.
The exception would be, of course, if there is ONLY ONE VERSE in the entire Bible that mentions a given subject.
That, however, RARELY happens. And, when it does, it usually speaks about something rather inconsequential.
DON'T BE a "one verse wonder".
Scripture is correctly understood ONLY WHEN WE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION EVERYTHING that God says about a given topic.
A N N O U N C E M E N T S:
COMMUNION SERVICE: We will have LIVE, on-line communion, Lord willing, TONIGHT, Thursday, March 24, 2016 (the Thursday before Resurrection Sunday) at 10 P.M. Eastern time (in the U.S.A.). EVERYONE across the world is invited. Let us set aside our differences and JOIN IN SPIRIT in worshiping Jesus and WELCOMING His appearing. This should give everyone plenty of time TO EXAMINE THEMSELVES, PREPARE THEIR HEARTS, and to get the bread and wine or grape juice ready.
If the designated time is not convenient for you, you may still participate at any time tonight or tomorrow (Friday). The service will remain posted until midnight Friday. There is no "time" or distance in the realm of spirit.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016 - FRIDAY MARCH 25, 2016
In the Name of Jesus…Welcome TO ALL: SINNERS, saints, brothers and sisters, friends, believers, non-believers, atheists, agnostics… across the world.
Regardless of your religious denomination, of if you have no denomination and NO RELIGION, we welcome you.
Regardless of what you may have DONE, we WELCOME YOU. And JESUS WELCOMES YOU.
Let us JOIN OUR HEARTS to worship THE ONE AND ONLY GOD AND SAVIOR, Jesus Christ: THE ONLY ONE WHO GUARANTEES ETERNAL LIFE to ALL who RECEIVE HIM into their hearts. (John 3:16-17)
Let us do it IN SPIRIT.
Breathe IN… Your spirit is located in your MID-SECTION, (where your breath goes when you inhale) in your stomach and KIDNEY AREA (behind the stomach).
Let’s focus ON THAT INNER AREA, in the CENTER OF our beings, and praise Jesus from there:
We praise you ETERNAL and Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit…
FROM THE VERY DEPTHS of our beings and with grateful hearts we offer you thanksgiving, praise, adoration, LOVE, exaltation, and glory.
Thank you Father! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Holy Spirit!
Thank you that YOU ARE… that YOU ARE. (Exodus 3:14)
Thank you that from eternity to eternity… YOU ARE. (Psalm 90:2)
Thank you THAT YOU ARE THE ONE AND ONLY GOD IN THE UNIVERSE -- and IN EVERY REALM OF EXISTENCE:
Thank you that BESIDE YOU, there is NO God. Hallelujah! (Isaiah 44:6; 45:5, 21; Hosea 3:4)
Glory to you Almighty One! Glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for all the eons of eternity, worlds without end!
Thank you, Jesus FOR THE ETERNAL SALVATION THAT YOU PURCHASED FOR US, with NO LESS THAN your MOST PRECIOUS, SINLESS, SACRED Blood.
Thank you that you died for our sins, ROSE FROM THE DEAD BODILY, and ASCENDED TO HEAVEN.
Thank you that you will DESCEND FROM HEAVEN very soon, with a shout, with THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL and with the trumpet (shofar) of God…
Thank you for SO GREAT Salvation!
Holy Spirit, we WELCOME you AND ASK TO PRESIDE OVER this Communion service. We ask that YOUR WILL, and ONLY YOUR WILL be done. Amen and Amen.
Lord, there is A LOT we don’t know. There is SO MUCH that I don’t know. But we do know, from what you said in your written Word, that your appearing MUST BE VERY near.
We HAVE YOUR MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY THAT POINTS TO THIS PARTICULAR TIME. And we are witnessing EVERY THING that you predicted would happen just prior to it.
Surely, THE GREAT EVIL in this world cannot go on much longer WITHOUT YOU JUDGING IT, then ERADICATING IT.
Surely, it won’t be long now, before you RAPTURE YOUR CHURCH unto yourself, and BEFORE those judgments ARE POURED on the wicked.
Amen. COME, LORD JESUS!!!!!!!
The Spirit and the Bride UNANIMOUSLY say “COME!!!”
And all who hear, let them say “COME”!!!
COME TO US, Lord Jesus!!!
Your Bride WANTS YOU!!! Your Bride is TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH YOU!!! Your Bride CAN’T WAIT to SEE YOU and MARRY YOU!!!
Oh, HOW we love you, most precious Jesus!!!
Oh, HOW WE ADORE YOU!!!
Oh, HOW WE ADORE YOU!!!
Oh, HOW WE ADORE YOU!!!
Our hearts burst with love and adoration for you, most precious Savior!
You are THE MOST BEAUTIFUL of the children of men. Grace flows from your lips (Psalm 45:2)
Lord, we humble ourselves before you. We recognize that we are sinners, and TOTALLY INCAPABLE OF DOING ANYTHING to save ourselves.
We thank you, Jesus, THAT YOU DID IT ALL!!!
Thank you that you REMOVED ALL OUR SINS (past, present & future) as far from us as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)
Thank you that you DO NOT COUNT ANY sins against those of us WHO TRUST YOU COMPLETELY for Salvation, and in whose hearts YOU LIVE FOREVER. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
Thank you that you CREDIT your own perfect righteousness to all who RECEIVE YOU into their hearts and TRUST WHAT YOU DID, and NOT what we do. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Hallelujah! Glory to you, Lord Jesus! Praise your Name!
We CONFESS that You ARE LORD FOREVER…TO THE GLORY of God the Father.
Thank you, Lord Jesus FOR DOING EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO GUARANTEE OUR ETERNAL SALVATION.
We praise you. We ADORE YOU, with ALL our hearts, with every particle of our beings.
We will partake of the Body and Blood of our Lord, in Holy Communion, in just a few moments.
If you haven’t already done so, please get some wine or grape juice and some bread, cracker or matzo bread, and have it ready.
If you don’t have grape juice, I promise you, dear evangelicals, that Jesus won’t fall off His Throne if you drink a little wine…
BEFORE we partake, let us examine ourselves, and – even though God does not count ANY sin against us by virtue of Jesus’ eternal Sacrifice – we owe it to Him, out of RESPECT for THE UNFATHOMABLE PRICE HE PAID, to confess ANY sin we may have committed.
Let’s take a few seconds to do just that…
Father, WE CONFESS our sins, in particular the sin of _____________. We humble ourselves before you, AND ask your forgiveness, KNOWING THAT WE ALREADY HAVE IT. Holy Spirit we ask you to SEARCH our hearts, search EVERY AREA OF OUR LIVES, and if there be ANY wicked way in us, PLEASE CLEANSE IT and REMOVE IT FROM US.
Forgive us, Lord.
Jesus, forgive me FOR EVERY TIME that I have been UNLOVING, every time that I have NOT manifested your perfect love. Forgive me for every trace of pride, for you resist the proud but GIVE GRACE TO the humble. FORGIVE US for the pathological need to nitpick, to split theological hairs, to correct one another, to impose OUR WILL on you and on our brothers and sisters, and TO PUT OUR OWN DESIRES ABOVE YOURS.
Forgive us for holding grudges against others.
For SELFISHNESS, and thinking it’s all about “me, me, me, me and me”.
Forgive us for being UNGRATEFUL toward those who help us, bless us and minister to us.
Forgive us for all the times WE HAVE LIED (supposedly) “in your Name”.
Forgive us for using YOUR HOLY NAME FOR PROFIT and personal gain.
Forgive us for CONTRADICTING, adding and subtracting from YOUR WRITTEN Word.
Forgive us for NOT believing what you said.
Forgive us for twisting, misquoting and manipulating YOUR WRITTEN WORD, for taking it OUT OF CONTEXT, to ACCOMMODATE our own greed and carnality.
Forgive us FOR IGNORING the inner man of the spirit: For not living in Jesus and AS Jesus.
Forgive us for making sin “god”, for EMPHASIZING sin, and FOCUSING ON sin, instead of focusing ON YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, YOUR SALVATION, YOUR ETERNAL LIFE. If it is ETERNAL, then it is FOREVER ours, and CANNOT -- under any circumstances -- be lost. Thank you, Jesus!
Forgive us, Oh, Lord for DIMINISHING what you did, your TREMENDOUS Work of Redemption, and having MORE FAITH in sins’ ability to damn us, THAN IN YOUR BLOOD TO SAVE US.
Forgive us, Lord, for KNOWINGLY and INTENTIONALLY WITHHOLDING KNOWLEDGE from our brothers and sisters. For keeping your Body ignorant, for it is KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH, that SETS US FREE. (Hosea 4:6; John 8:32)
Unknown and UNSHARED Truth DOESN’T SET ANYONE FREE.
And Truth (You) MUST BE KNOWN both CONSCIOUSLY and experientially.(Matthew 7:23; Colossians 2:2-3; Philippians 1:9; 2 Peter 1:5-6; 3:18)
Forgive us for being complacent, and content with the status quo. Forgive us for being spiritually lazy, and SETTLING FOR mediocrity, when you have CALLED US TO excellence.
Forgive us for living as helpless slaves, when you have called us and PREDESTINED US TO RULE and be SONS and MASTERS. (Galatians 4:1)
Forgive us for neglecting your Holy Word, and replacing it with religious entertainment and the OPINIONS OF MORTALS.
Forgive us, OH LORD, for THE MANY DIVISIONS in your Body.
We have MUTILATED your Body almost beyond recognition.
This, when you TOLD US SO CLEARLY that there HAD TO BE DIFFERENT PARTS, but they are ALL necessary, and they all belong to ONE and THE SAME Body. Instead of appreciating those differences, we have ALIENATED THOSE PARTS, and said “WE HAVE NO NEED OF YOU”. (1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
Jesus, we REPENT, and we acknowledge before you THAT ALL THE PARTS OF YOUR BODY NEED EACH OTHER: Catholics NEED “protestants” and “protestants” NEED Catholics. Baptists need Methodists, and Methodists need Baptists… We DON’T NEED RELIGION, but we surely need ONE ANOTHER. We acknowledge that the WHOLE Body of Christ CANNOT BE just an eye, or a hand, or a foot: That ALL MEMBERS are necessary, or we DON’T HAVE a Body: That DIFFERENCES are NECESSARY, as long as they are in line with your Word and your Spirit.
We choose to CHANGE the way we think and feel.
We ask you for the grace TO SUPERNATURALLY CHANGE OUR HEARTS ON THIS -- and ON ANYTHING ELSE that needs changing.
Help us, Oh Lord, TO DISCERN the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:29)
Forgive us, Lord.
Forgive me, Lord.
Forgive me, Lord Jesus. I am unworthy to be called your son/daughter. Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Jesus, your Body needs to be SPIRITUALLY healthy and whole. But while we are still in these flesh and blood bodies, we also need to be PHYSICALLY whole:
I rebuke all manner of sickness and COMMAND IT, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, to leave that brother, that sister.
Pain and discomfort, BE GONE in Jesus’ Name!
Arthritis, LEAVE right NOW!
Hearing problems, DISAPPEAR in the Name of Jesus!
Heart disease, diabetes I DESTROY YOU in the Name of Jesus, and blast you out of time and space.
Eyesight be healed and restored in Jesus’ Mighty Name.
Blood circulation, BE NORMAL AND PERFECT in the Name of Jesus!
Nervous system disorders, psychological disorders, BE HEALED in Jesus’ Name. I command the PEACE OF GOD to settle in your hearts and minds, for Jesus’ glory. Amen.
I command EVERY SPIRIT of infirmity TO LEAVE AT ONCE, in the Name of Jesus.
Thank you, Lord, that BY YOUR STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24)
BY YOUR STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.
BY YOUR STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.
This is THE ABSOLUTE Truth, and in your Name which is ABOVE EVERY NAME, I superimpose Divine Health, which is ETERNAL, PERMANENT TRUTH, ON EVERY TEMPORARY condition and AILMENT.
Body of Christ, BE HEALED! In Jesus’ Mighty Name! Amen.
Almighty God, please remember your Covenant with Israel, both natural and spiritual.
Bless your Chosen ones, oh Lord. Protect them now and in the days to come. We pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. We speak SALVATION and PEACE to every physical descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Let every one of us LOVE Israel, and BLESS ISRAEL for your honor and glory. Thank you, Jesus, for your faithfulness.
Thank you for the Word you spoke through your holy prophets that ASSURES US, that even after 3-1/2 years of oppression and persecution, THE WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL WILL COME TO LIFE. (Ezekiel 37:11) Hallelujah! Glory to you forever and forever! Amen.
We pray for Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world, particularly those in the Middle East, in Syria, Iraq, and Iran, Nigeria, Libya, Egypt, Burma, North Korea, China, Pakistan, Indonesia. Lord, regardless of what denomination they may be, whether they be Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, evangelical, or WHATEVER, please protect them. If they must die, as foretold in Revelation 6:9-11, please Lord give them the grace and strength to STAND FIRM ON THEIR FAITH TO THE VERY END, KNOWING that you are THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE, and that those who believe in you, EVEN IF THEY ARE DEAD, EVEN IF THEY ARE MURDERED BY EVIL men, yet SHALL THEY LIVE. (John 11:25)
Let them experience your Presence and your Peace which passes ALL human understanding. Thank you that you never leave us nor forsake us: That you are with us (and them) always EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE AGE. Hallelujah!
We look forward to seeing trillions and trillions of our brothers and sisters in glory. For your sake we ask it. Amen.
We pray for those who call themselves Christian, and have a form of “godliness”, but who have NEVER KNOWN YOU, HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED YOU in their innermost being, in the born-again experience. Please Jesus, please Holy Spirit, touch their hearts and make them realize THAT YOU, AND YOU ALONE, are Salvation: That they MUST be born again of your Spirit. (John 3:5) That Salvation is NOT what we do or not do ON THE OUTSIDE, Salvation is JESUS LIVING INSIDE.
We pray for skeptics, agnostics and atheists. For all those trapped in false religions and enslaved by false “gods”, that they may EXPERIENCE THE FREEDOM OF YOUR SPIRIT. For you, Lord, are the spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is THERE IS FREEDOM!!!
Praise you, Lord Jesus!
We pray for those who would be our enemies, and we bless them. Bless that person (name him or her) ______________ that has wished me harm, done evil to me, and has actually hurt me. Please Jesus SAVE THEM. Grant them repentance and forgiveness. Give them saving faith.
We ask these things for your eternal glory. Amen.
If ANYONE reading this has NEVER GIVEN his or her heart to Jesus, if anyone is UNSURE of their Salvation, NOW is the time to RECEIVE HIM into the deepest parts of your being, and TO MAKE SURE that you are saved COMPLETELY and FOREVER (Hebrews 7:25).
If you would like to make Jesus THE ONE AND ONLY God, Savior and Lord of your life, please tell Him something like this, AND MEAN IT:
“Lord Jesus, please come into my heart: I receive you AS MY ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT God and Savior. Please forgive all my sins. I repent of sin. I believe with all my heart that you died on the cross, paid for all my sins, and ROSE FROM THE DEAD BODILY. I believe you bought ETERNAL SALVATION FOR ME with your most precious Blood, and that NOTHING and NO ONE can take that Salvation away from me. Thank you, Jesus for saving me.”
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Brothers and sisters, let us read this passage from the Gospel of John:
“I AM the LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven: IF ANY MAN EAT OF THIS BREAD, HE SHALL LIVE FOREVER: AND THE BREAD THAT I WILL GIVE IS MY FLESH, which I will give for the LIFE of the world.
52The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, HOW CAN THIS MAN GIVE US HIS FLESH TO EAT?
53Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, EXCEPT YOU EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN, AND DRINK HIS BLOOD, YOU HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU.
54WHOEVER EATS MY FLESH, AND DRINKS MY BLOOD, HAS ETERNAL LIFE; AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY.
55For MY FLESH IS FOOD INDEED, AND MY BLOOD IS DRINK INDEED.
56He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.
…Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, THIS IS A HARD SAYING; WHO CAN HEAR IT?
61When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, DOES THIS OFFEND YOU?
62What if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
63IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT GIVES LIFE; THE FLESH PROFITS NOTHING: THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU (in context, about eating His flesh and drinking His Blood), THEY ARE SPIRIT, AND THEY ARE LIFE. (John 6:51-63)
Sadly, this passage has tripped up so many! Just like Jews stumbled on it when they heard it almost 2,000 years ago, many Christians stumble on it today:
Some have NO CLUE what Jesus was saying, and just sweep it under the rug. While others claim that Salvation consists of eating a piece of bread which magically transforms into Jesus’ ACTUAL flesh and Blood.
The Life of which Jesus spoke has LITTLE TO DO WITH PUTTING A PIECE OF BREAD into our mouths, or about drinking some wine or juice. Those are just SYMBOLS, OUTWARD REPRESENTATIONS of WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE INSIDE OF US:
We have IN SPIRIT “INGESTED” (RECEIVED, TAKEN IN) the flesh and Blood of Jesus: that is to say, JESUS HIMSELF.
Eating a piece of bread or drinking a sip of wine – DOES NOT SAVE ANYONE.
In order to RECEIVE Christ, His flesh and Blood MUST BE SPIRITUALLY INGESTED.
We “eat His flesh” and “drink His Blood” FOR THE INSIDE, FROM THE DEEPEST RECESSES OF OUR INNER MAN.
WHY? Because Jesus Himself told us THAT THE FLESH PROFITS NOTHING. THAT ONLY THE SPIRIT GIVES LIFE.
These things are MEANINGLESS UNLESS WE “EAT AND DRINK JESUS” IN SPIRIT.
His flesh and His Blood are REAL SPIRIT SUBSTANCE.
THAT is the “flesh and blood” that give us ETERNAL life.
Jesus used “eating and drinking” in the flesh to HELP US LOCATE THE SPIRIT WITHIN US and TO ILLUSTRATE the deeper Truth: that GOD IS SPIRIT (John 4:24) food and drink end up in our stomach. And WHERE is our spirit located??? IN OUR STOMACH!
With THAT understanding, let us know partake of Holy COMMUNION. Let us REMEMBER THAT:
The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said: Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Let us now partake of the bread (His Body)… NOT JUST WITH OUR MOUTHS, but from our innermost being.
After the same manner also he took the cup, after he had eaten, saying: This cup IS THE NEW TESTAMENT IN MY BLOOD: DO THIS, as often as you drink it, IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.
Let us now partake of the cup (His Blood)… NOT ONLY INTO OUR MOUTHS, but FROM THE DEPTHS OF OUR INNER BEING.
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
By this, Lord Jesus, we remember WHAT YOU DID IN ORDER TO SAVE US. THE UNIMAGINABLE PRICE YOU PAID TO SECURE OUR ETERNAL LIFE. And we proclaim that ONLY THROUGH FAITH (COMPLETE CONFIDENCE) in your death and resurrection are we saved.
Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.
We bow before you, King of kings and Lord of lords. We thank you and praise you, God of the universe, Almighty One.
We adore you with every fiber of our beings. We give you ALL THE PRAISE, THE LOVE, THE THANKSGIVING, THE GRATITUDE, THE HONOR AND THE GLORY FOR ALL THE AGES to come, eternity without end. Amen and amen.
Please Jesus, COME. Let THIS be the year of your APPEARING. Let THIS be the year we all are CAUGHT UP to be IN PERFECT communion with you forever. Amen.
The Spirit and the Bride say: “Come. Please COME, Lord Jesus. Please”. Amen.
Thank you for sharing this Holy Communion with all of us.
And now brothers and sisters, be greatly blessed: I speak perfect health to you, Body of Christ, and PERFECT UNITY OF THE SPIRIT and OF THE FAITH. Grace and Peace be with you, in the Name of the Father, the Son (our Lord and Savior Jesus of Nazareth) and the Holy Spirit.
This concludes our service.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016
THE MYTH OF GOOD FRIDAY
I have an EMBARRASSING CONFESSION to make:
I was in my mid-20’s before it dawned on me that Jesus is Jewish.
Being raised Roman Catholic, and having been exposed to Lutheranism and 7th Day Adventism.
NOT ONCE did I hear ANYONE mention Jesus’ ethnicity: NOT ONCE!
I didn’t hear it from the pulpit, didn’t learn it in either Sabbatical School or Sunday School. Didn’t read it in any Catechism, didn’t hear any priest, pastor or nun talk about.
And even though we heard the Christmas story where Bethlehem is mentioned somehow the mental connection was not made.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the shepherd, the wise men, had all been religiously sanitized to conform to religious tradition.
The traditional view in Christianity is that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and rose from the dead on Sunday.
This is based on the gospels' statement that, when His body was taken down from the cross, the Sabbath was approaching. (Luke 23:54)
Hence, religionists reason, it must have been Friday (John 19:31).
A closer look at the Scriptures reveals something else:
When the Pharisees asked for a "sign", Jesus stated that THE ONLY SIGN given to that generation would be that of the prophet Jonas: as Jonas had remained three days AND THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the whale, so the Son of Man would remain three days AND THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the earth (Matthew 12:38-40).
I have read and heard all the convoluted theories about how "in Hebrew thinking" just part of a day is reckoned as a day.
I might buy that argument if Jesus had only said He would be "three days" in the belly of the earth.
However, Jesus was VERY SPECIFIC in His statement: not simply three days, but THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS.
There's NO WAY you can get three days AND THREE NIGHTS from Friday to Sunday.
EVEN IF we indulge their unrealistic wishes and reckon JUST PART OF a day as “A DAY”, we still DON’T GET THREE NIGHTS from Friday to Sunday.
Consequently, either JESUS LIED when He said He’d be three days AND THREE NIGHTS in the “belly of the earth”, OR RELIGION and its TRADITION HAVE LIED TO US FOR CENTURIES.
WHEN did Jesus’ Crucifixion ACTUALLY take place?
Daniel 9:27 predicted that He (Messiah Prince) would PUT AN END (or Sabbath OF REST) TO SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS (korbanot) “in the MIDDLE of the week”.
The MIDDLE of the week is Wednesday.
That means the Crucifixion took place on Wednesday.
Jesus was nailed to the cross on Wednesday around 9 A.M. (the third hour). (Mark 15:25)
There was darkness all over Jerusalem from noon (the 6th hour) to 3 P.M.
He DIED at 3 P.M. (the 9th hour), at the same time the lamb for the sin offering was slain in the temple. (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44)
His body was brought down from the cross, and buried in a nearby tomb, prior to 6 P.M. (the 12th hour). (Mark 15:42-47)
Therefore, His body was in the tomb Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, ONE DAY AND ONE NIGHT, Thursday evening and Friday morning, TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS, and Friday evening and Saturday morning, 3 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS.
His resurrection, therefore, took place on Saturday evening (for Gentiles), and on Sunday for Jews since the Jewish day begins at 6 P.M. on our Saturday.
It was in the early hours of Sunday morning that the women FOUND the tomb already empty. He had ALREADY RISEN much earlier (Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1-3).
This means Jesus died on Passover, Wednesday, Aviv (Nisan) 14 in the Hebrew calendar (John 19:14).
His Resurrection took place on the Hebrew Feast of First Fruits, Saturday Aviv 17.
The only question remaining is: What about the statement that when Jesus died the Sabbath approaching?
The Hebrew calendar contains two types of "Sabbaths", the regular weekly Sabbath (7th day of the week) and High Sabbaths. Any of the seven major feasts in the Hebrew calendar is considered a High Sabbath.
John 19:31 tells us that Sabbath day "was a High day", meaning not the regular weekly Sabbath, but one of the High Holy Days (feasts).
Which feast was it? Since we know Jesus died on Passover, the following day was Aviv 15, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. THAT'S the High Sabbath that was near.
This is highly symbolic, since leaven is understood in the Old Testament to represent sin. Unleavened bread would signify, therefore, THAT OUR SIN, THE SIN OF THE WHOLE WORLD, HAD BEEN REMOVED by the atoning death of Messiah Prince. Indeed it was.
Of course, most Christians will continue to keep the tradition of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. That's fine.
What's important to recognize is that He died for our sins and HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
By His death and Resurrection MESSIAH PRINCE REVOLUTIONIZED THE WORLD… ushered in ETERNAL LIFE and REMOVED OUR SINS FOREVER, SO that NO ONE (and I mean, NO ONE) COULD EVER bring ANY CHARGE OF SIN against us (Romans 8:33).
Glory, glory, glory to Messiah Prince from everlasting to everlasting!
That’s why THE ONLY WAY to be lost is TO NOT RECEIVE the GIFT OF SALVATION that Messiah Prince bought WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.
“the LORD has laid on Him THE INIQUITY OF US ALL” (Isaiah 53:6)
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016
THE MOST PRECIOUS RELIC
I've never been fond of religious relics, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is MOST so called "relics" are fake. And, if they're not, they're a bit bizarre.
There's ONE notable exception, because this RELIC IS UNIQUE and SUPERNATURAL: I'm talking about the Shroud of Turin.
The Shroud of Turin, is an amazing piece of linen cloth, that measures 14'3" X 3'7" and contains HUMAN BLOODSTAINS FROM A MALE with blood type AB, which is very rare, along with the Image OF THE FRONT AND BACK of a CRUCIFIED man's face and body.
It's stained with the Blood of THE ONLY holy, SINLESS human who ever lives: JESUS. (Revelation 1:17-18)
It’s coated with God's very own DNA.
The Man on the Shroud, despite being terribly bruised and bloodied, looks very dignified, I'd say majestic.
He's tall [estimates range from 5'11" to 6'2"], slim (about 175 pounds), muscular, with a perfectly shaped body and a quite remarkable and beautiful Face.
He looks.... LIKE A KING.
With all the modern technology at our disposal, NO ONE has been able to explain HOW the Image was formed.
It's strictly a SURFACE phenomenon. It contains no paint or pigments of any kind.
It is anatomically accurate.
It has 3D information encoded into it.
It contains AMAZING DETAILS OF WHICH NO FORGER WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT:
For instance, it shows the nails driven thru the wrists, as opposed to the palm of the hands, which is where the wounds appear on all religious art.
It shows the crown of thorns, not as a circular wreath (again the way it’s portrayed in religious paintings), but rather as a “helmet” of thorns stuck into His scalp.
My own favorite detail is on the back Image. It shows Jesus' hair being very long, as befitting someone who'd taken the Nazarite vow and been dedicated wholly to God (Numbers 6:1-21).
The hair flows down His back, and it's BRAIDED.
WHAT FORGER would have thought OF THAT?
The Image on the Shroud shows a naked man who was executed in PRECISELY THE SAME MANNER as Jesus was:
1. The back of the cloth shows this man suffered a savage flogging, with over 120 whip marks all over his back, buttocks and legs [John 19:1; Isaiah 50:6].
2. A clump of thorns was stuck into his head, and blood dripped down from His scalp unto His forehead and face (John 19:2).
3. His face got punched and struck repeatedly. It's all bruised and swollen, the cartilage in his nose is separated, the left eye virtually closed from the swelling [John 19:3; Matthew 27:30].
4. Some of the hair in His beard is missing, clearly showing it and was ripped off (Isaiah 50:6).
5. He was crucified, as evidenced by nail wounds on both feet and wrists, blood flowing profusely down his arms and side (Psalms 22:16; John 19:18; Luke 23:33).
6. He shows a deep spear wound on the left side of his chest, and blood and water flowing out of that wound (John 19:33,34).
All of this matches, IN EXACT DETAIL, the punishment to which Jesus subjected Himself FOR YOUR SAKE and MINE, according to the four Gospels.
Can you even imagine HOW MUCH LOVE it takes TO HAVE ALL THE POWER IN THE UNIVERSE, to blast those vicious Roman soldiers and blaspheming religious cowards away like gnats, and yet, SUBMIT TO SUCH HORRIBLE TORTURE IN ORDER TO SAVE US?
I can't even begin to comprehend it.
In John 10:17-18 Jesus makes this awesome statement:
"Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again: NO MAN TAKES IT FROM ME, BUT I LAY IT DOWN OF MYSELF. I HAVE POWER TO LAY IT DOWN, and I HAVE POWER TO TAKE IT AGAIN".
ONLY GOD could speak LIKE THAT. (John 7:46)
1,800 years before conventional photography was even INVENTED, Jesus left us a vivid photograph of His Image as an enduring reminder of THE PRICE HE PAID for our Redemption.
The Shroud is a PICTURE OF GOD, A PICTURE OF LOVE: THE LOVE THAT NEVER, EVER FAILS. THE LOVE THAT ENDURES and CONQUERS ALL THINGS.
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016
JESUS IS GETTING MARRIED
Who, you may wonder, is THE LUCKIEST of brides?
He is the Bridegroom.
We are HIS BRIDE.
By “we” I refer to those who are born-again of His Spirit. (John 3:5)
There are REMARKABLE SIMILARITIES between the Jewish Wedding and Jesus’ Marriage to His Church:
Jesus, THE BRIDEGROOM (2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:23-27)
The Church, His Bride: (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:31-32; Revelation 19:6-9; 21:9-11).
The Guests: The Old Testament saints who rose from the dead when Jesus rose, and are presently in heaven. (Matthew 27:52-53).
When a young man wanted to marry a young woman, the custom in ancient Israel was for him to prepare a contract (prenup or ketubah), visit the young woman’s home, and present the contract or “covenant” to her and the bride’s father.
The contract was legally binding and specified the terms of the marriage and THE PRICE that young man would pay to the bride’s father to gain his consent for the wedding.
A young woman COULD NOT be given away in marriage AGAINST HER WILL. The groom needed the consent of the bride’s father, AND that OF THE BRIDE HERSELF:
If the bride accepted the proposal, THE GROOM WOULD OFFER HER A GLASS OF WINE. If the bride drank the wine, it would indicate she accepted his proposal.
They would be BETROTHED. However, the Marriage would not be CONSUMMATED until some later time when the groom would return to bring the bride to HIS FATHER’S house.
During the betrothal period the bride was considered SANCTIFIED or “set apart” for her groom.
She would wear a veil over her face in public as indication that she was betrothed and, therefore, as we’d say in modern lingo, “off the market”.
The groom would also present GIFTS to his bride.
The bride had to be mikvaed or immersed (baptized) prior to the wedding.
The groom would go back to his father’s house TO PREPARE A SPECIAL PLACE for the marriage to his bride.
Meanwhile, HIS BRIDE WAS TO BEAUTIFY HERSELF and MAKE HERSELF READY for the wedding. (Revelation 19:6-9)
When the special place was ready, the bridegroom would return to take his bride home. As he approached the bride’s home, he would announce his soon arrival with a shout and a blowing of the ram’s horn (shofar).
This would give the bride some time (though not much) to gather her belongings and leave for her new home.
The groom’s friends would then ABDUCT (rapture) THE BRIDE AND HER BRIDESMAIDS AND TAKE THEM TO THE WEDDING FEAST.
The wedding party would arrive at the groom’s father’s house. The couple would enter the wedding chamber the groom had prepared.
The groom’s friend would stand by the door of that chamber.
When the marriage was consummated the groom would whisper it to his friend, who would then announce it to all the guests.
The wedding feast would go on for 7 days: at the end thereof, the groom and his bride would emerge from the chamber, the wife no longer wore the veil, and he would introduce his wife publicly to the community. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
In keeping with Jewish custom, Jesus came to the Bride’s Home (planet earth) presented a marriage contract named THE NEW TESTAMENT, and PAID AN UNIMAGINABLE PRICE to buy His Bride back. (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
It’s the BIGGEST DOWRY EVER PAID, in all the ages. Praise His Holy Name!
At the Last Supper He OFFERED THE CUP OF WINE and His Apostles, on behalf of the collective Church accepted the cup. (Matthew 26:27-28)
With that our betrothal to Him was sealed.
When He said on Passover “But I say unto you, I WILL NOT DRINK AGAIN OF THIS FRUIT OF THE VINE, UNTIL THAT DAY WHEN I DRINK IT NEW WITH YOU in my Father's kingdom” (Matthew 26:27-29) He meant at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, on a "future" Passover, when He WEDS His Church.
He also said what the Jewish groom would typically say to his betrothed bride: “I go to prepare a place for you”. (John 14:2-3)
We were all immersed (baptized) into His Body by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).
He presented GIFTS to His Bride (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).
And He is ABOUT TO RETURN to take His Bride to His and His Father’s Home.
When He does, He will announce His approach “with a shout, the Voice of the Archangel and the TRUMPET (shofar) of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The Bride will appear in Heaven, where the Marriage of the Lamb takes place (that’s why He extends his “tabernacle” or bridal chupah over us). (Revelation 7:9, 14-17)
This happens ON PASSOVER.
The Groom announces it to his friend (one of the Two Witnesses), who announces it to the wedding guests (heavenly community), and then to everyone on earth, and to Israel in particular. (John 3:29; Revelation 11:3).
Passover is followed by the 7 days known as hag hamatzot (Unleavened Bread). (Leviticus 23:5-8)
While tremendous judgments are falling on those who REFUSED the Bridegroom’s proposal and invitation, and REMAINED ON EARTH, (Revelation 8:1-4) the wedding feast goes on in heaven for the customary 7 days.
How do we know this happens on Passover? Because it’s the ONE MAJOR FEAST that happens 3-1/2 years PRIOR TO SUKKOT, which is when the Second Coming of Christ MUST happen (Deuteronomy 31:10; Daniel 9:24-27).
And it is followed by PRECISELY 7 days, which is how long the Hebrew wedding banquet lasts (Leviticus 23:5-8; Judges 14:10-12)
It’s no coincidence that Jews read the Song of Solomon during Passover, which celebrates THE LOVE STORY, and THE WEDDING between the King and the Shulamite, His chosen Bride.
No wonder Jesus says through His angel in Revelation 19:9:
“HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb”.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016
Around this time of the year, 1,982 years ago, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey.
Throngs of Jews who excitedly awaited the Messiah, who’d bring Salvation and deliverance to Israel, greeted Him along the way WITH PALM BRANCHES and threw their garments on the ground before Him, as one would do before THE KING. (Mark 11:7; John 12:12)
Traditionally, Western Christians celebrate that day as Palm Sunday.
And there’s NOTHING WRONG with that.
However, a closer look at the Scriptures reveals that Jesus entered Jerusalem ON THURSDAY, not on Sunday.
He left nearby Bethany, on Aviv 8, and rode into Jerusalem on Thursday, Aviv (Nisan) 10 in the Hebrew calendar. (John 12:1)
He entered Jerusalem through the Golden (Eastern) Gate (Luke 19:28-45).
That gate is PRESENTLY SHUT in AMAZING fulfillment of Ezekiel 44:1-2.
Remembering the Hebrew day begins IN THE EVENING, a few days later (Aviv 14), Jesus celebrated that final Passover on earth with His disciples. (Numbers 28:16-17)
He was arrested at Gethsemane, shortly after that meal, on THE EVENING of Wednesday, Aviv 14, and He was tried, crucified, died and buried on that same day (Passover) before sundown (Matthew 26:30-56; John 19:14; 1 Corinthians 5:7).
He ROSE FROM THE DEAD THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS later, on Saturday, the Feast of First Fruits. (1 Corinthians 15:20).
Since Saturday is the Hebrew day of rest, the women (and later Peter and John) found His tomb empty EARLY ON SUNDAY MORNING. (John 20:1-8)
Two prophetic details jump out from this passage:
1) Just like the multitude OF BELIEVERS greeted Jesus with PALM BRANCHES when He entered Jerusalem on Aviv 10 (which also “happens” to be THE DAY Israelites ENTERED THE PROMISED LAND, Joshua 4:19) His BELIEVING Church will ENTER HEAVEN and greet Him again WITH PALM BRANCHES when we appear before His Throne IN HEAVENLY JERUSALEM (Revelation 7:9).
2) “And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink you all of it;
For THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT, that IS SHED for many, FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS:
But I say unto you, I WILL NOT DRINK AGAIN OF THIS FRUIT OF THE VINE, UNTIL THAT DAY WHEN I DRINK IT NEW WITH YOU in my Father's kingdom.” (Matthew 26:27-29)
With these words Jesus foretold that our Marriage to Him would take place on Passover.
Don’t miss THE SECOND PART of this message tomorrow.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
“And the kings of the earth, WHO HAVE COMMITTED FORNICATION and lived in luxury with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, WHEN THEY SHALL SEE THE SMOKE OF HER BURNING,
10Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying: Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is your judgment come.
11And THE MERCHANTS OF THE EARTH SHALL WEEP AND MOURN OVER HER; for no man buys their merchandise any more:
12THE MERCHANDISE OF gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all citron wood, and all manner of vessels of ivory, and all manner of vessels of most precious wood, and of bronze, and iron, and marble,
13And cinnamon, and incense, and myrrh, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and cattle, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves,AND SOULS OF MEN.” (Revelation 18:9-13)
THE HARLOT was UNFAITHFUL to God and TO HIS WORD.
Unfortunately, the harlot is NOT ALONE.
The harlot HAS spawned A WHOLE BUNCH OF DAUGHTERS who, like their mother, ADD to the Word of God, to accommodate their own carnality
As we read above, like their mother, they too serve their father the devil and traffic in SOULS OF MEN.
Like their harlot mother, they ALL teach that Salvation is an UNGODLY, IMPURE MIXTURE OF “faith” PLUS WORKS.
This, when God has said through Jesus, and through each of His Apostles – FOR 2,000 YEARS – that it’s ENTIRELY by Grace THROUGH FAITH. (John 1;12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; 6:40;11;25; 20:31; Luke 18:9-14; Acts 15:8-11; 16:31; Romans 3:27-28; 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
One of the harlot’s many “regulars” recently had the unmitigated arrogance – and stupidity – to write that “Scripture only” is THE CAUSE OF all the divisions in Christendom.
I replied that while THERE ARE, unfortunately and undeniably, many divisions, to please provide CONCRETE PROOF to back up his statement.
Needless to say, that he COULDN’T.
Then I provided CONCRETE PROOF that DESTROYED his mindless statement:
The harlot parted ways with the Orthodox (Eastern) part of her clientele in 1054. That is 500 YEARS BEFORE “Scripture only” became a rallying cry.
The Eastern Orthodox, like their twin sibling, DO NOT believe in “Scripture only”, but ADD TRADITION. Yet THEY WERE DIVIDED.
And REMAIN DIVIDED TO THIS VERY MOMENT.
That PROVES that “Scripture only” IS NOT the cause of divisions.
Then I asked him TO THINK about what he was arguing:
THAT GOD DIVIDES US, while traditions of men UNITE US.
I also pointed out that God’s Word is inspired by Him and infallible. (2 Timothy 3:16) Traditions AREN’T.
God’s Word SAVES. (James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:23) Traditions DON’T.
God’s Word is HOLY AND PURE. Traditions are the INVENTIONS OF corrupt, sinful, EVIL mortals.
I also pointed out that IT WAS HIS RELIGION THAT DIVIDED NOT ONLY Eastern Christendom in 1054, but ALSO DIVIDED Western Christendom by excommunicating Luther, thus CREATING what we know today as “Protestantism”.
Therefore IT does not have ANY right to “complain” about “divisions”, SINCE SHE CREATED THEM IN BOTH INSTANCES.
According to Scripture DIVISIONS in Christendom are caused by CARNALITY. (1 Corinthians 3:3-4)
Carnality is when we PLACE OUR OWN WISHES above God’s Word, and God’s Will.
It was HIS RELIGION, WHO COVETED THE MONEY COLLECTED BY SELLING INDULGENCES.
THE REASON Luther HAD TO be declared a “heretic” and “excommunicated” is because HE DARED DENOUNCE THE SALE OF “INDULGENCES”, WHERE “SALVATION” WAS REGULARLY SOLD AND BOUGHT.
Religious hierarchy COULD NOT TOLERATE such “rebellion”, even though it CAME FROM GOD, because there were TONS OF MONEY involved.
And HALF of the indulgences loot had already been spent to build Saint Peter’s Basilica, AND THE OTHER HALF WAS TO BE POCKETED BY THE WHORE’S CHIEF PIMP.
That’s CARNALITY at its very worst.
And the HARLOT’S DAUGHTERS ARE NO LESS GREEDY, and also WANT TO IMPOSE THEIR CARNAL DESIRES ON GOD and DICTATE TO HIM under what “conditions” He may save us.
The Word of God DOES NOT cause ANY divisions.
If we ALL TRULY followed “Scripture ONLY”, there would be NO DIVISIONS, or they’d be MINIMAL at worst.
Divisions occur when HARLOT DAUGHTERS OF THE GREAT HARLOT (Revelation 17:5) ALSO ADD their own FABRICATED “traditions” like the Book of Mormon, in 1830, the unbiblical lunacies and false prophecies of Ellen G. White in 1863, the hypocritical ranting of Herbie Armstrong in 1946, the delusional doctrine of Mary Bakker Eddy in 1875, and the Pharisaic, holier-than-thou teachings of Charles Taze Russell in 1870 and Alexander Campbell in 1830.
It’s when WE ADD to the Scriptures – WHEN “only Scripture” IS NO LONGER OBSERVED – that divisions occur, and WILL KEEP OCCURRING – and SOUL TRAFFICKING WILL CONTINUE – UNTIL God’s Word Incarnate PUTS AND END to our religious charade.
FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
The idea that we get to “INTERPRET” what GOD SAID is wrong and absurd.
THE ONLY portions of the Bible that are open to POSSIBLE “interpretation” are certain PROPHETIC PASSAGES that use symbolism and metaphors.
And, EVEN THEN, God’s Word usually GIVES US the correct meaning.
THE REST is to be taken LITERALLY.
THE REST is to be studied IN CONTEXT.
THE REST is to be understood and accepted EXACTLY as IT “is written”.
Frankly, THE ONLY ONES who feel “ENTITLED” TO INTERPRET SCRIPTURE are those WHO REFUSE TO ACCEPT what it says.
Once more: THE ONLY ONES who feel “ENTITLED” TO INTERPRET SCRIPTURE, are those who REFUSE TO ACCEPT what it says.
THE ONLY ONES who want to “interpret” Scripture AND DICTATE TO EVERYONE ELSE WHAT “THEY SAY” that “the Bible says” ARE THE HERETICS.
This brings us to Revelation 17:5 where Rome is called “THE MOTHER OF all harlots and abominations of the earth”.
WHAT MAKES Rome A HARLOT?
The same thing that makes ANY harlot a harlot:
Another word for “infidelity” is UNFAITHFULNESS.
Harlots are notoriously UNFAITHFUL.
They don’t sleep with just ONE man: they GET INTO BED WITH ANY MAN – OR WOMAN – THAT WILL PAY HER PRICE.
And that is EXACTLY what Rome did.
Rome got to hear the TRUE GOSPEL OF GRACE from no less than the Apostle Paul. (Acts 28:16, 30)
And NO ONE has ever taught the true Gospel AS CLEARLY as Paul.
Did Rome remain faithful?
She got into bed first with a Roman Emperor, then with a political system, then with ALL SORTS OF PAGAN Romans and their idolatrous customs, then with ALL KINDS of “merchants” (traffickers) of the earth, as Revelation chapters 17 and 18 tell us. (Revelation 18:3, 23-24)
300 years AFTER hearing the TRUE Gospel, she conveniently DECIDED that SHE – and ONLY SHE – had the right to “interpret” God’s Word.
THAT NO ONE could object to HER “interpretation”.
That those who studied God’s Word, and DARED CHALLENGE HER biased, self-serving INTERPRETATION, must be burned at the stake:
Then, for good measure, SHE BANNED Bible reading FOR OVER 6 CENTURIES, aptly known in history as the “DARK Ages”. (Psalm 119:130)
During that that grim period ONLY CLERGY were allowed to read or study God’s Word.
What the harlot NEVER SUSPECTED is that God would raise – from among HER OWN THEOLOGIANS, who did have access to Scripture and had studied it –REFORMERS like Wycliffe, Hus and Luther who DARED preach the Truth in the midst of such thick, oppressive and stifling obscurity.
Adding insult and DECEIT to her already flagrant infidelity, the harlot then ADDED to the Word of God by INTRODUCING a NUMBER OF INVENTED “TRADITIONS” to suit her fancy and please her pimps.
Never mind that God’s Word states REPEATEDLY that those that ADD to it are LIARS and REPROVED by God (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6).
Unfortunately, it DIDN’T END THERE.
Revelation 17:5 calls Rome “THE MOTHER OF ALL harlots”.
Which means that, in the course of time and many adulterous acts, THE HARLOT gave birth to many ILLEGITIMATE harlot daughters.
Like their infamous mother, the harlot daughters ALSO CLAIMED to have monopoly on THE TRUE MEANING OF Scripture.
And her harlot daughters ALSO LIED, and ALSO ADDED their own FABRICATED “traditions” to God’s Holy Word such as the Book of Mormon, the unbiblical lunacies and false prophecies of Ellen G. White, the hypocritical ranting of Herbie Armstrong, the delusional doctrine of Mary Bakker Eddy, and the Pharisaic, holier-than-thou teachings of Charles Taze Russell and Alexander Campbell.
By engaging in such SPIRITUAL IMMORALITY the harlot and her harlot daughters have sown much CONFUSION (that’s why she’s also called “Mystery BABYLON”), DECEPTION, DISCORD and DISUNITY.
Tragically, they’ve also led millions of deceived souls into hell, from which we can only hope that they will realize their religious deception, come to their senses, REPENT, and CRY OUT TO JESUS FOR MERCY BEFORE He dumps hell into the ETERNAL lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)
NO WONDER ALL OF HEAVEN REJOICES at her destruction! (Revelation 18:20; 19:1-4)
NO WONDER Jesus TAKES PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for the destruction of the harlot… and her harlot daughters. (Revelation 17:16-18)
God DOESN’T NEED interpreters.
And He sure as heaven doesn’t need SOME CORRUPT, SINFUL MORTAL telling Him under “what terms” He can save us.
What He needs is people who BELIEVE HIS WORD and do HIS WILL, instead of THEIR OWN.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
The Holy Spirit DIDN'T inspire God's Word so that SINFUL mortals would take turns rendering THEIR OPINION about it.
Nor did it take THE BLOOD OF MANY Jewish and Christian MARTYRS to preserve it in written form, so that someone would come along, 2,000-3,500 years AFTER the fact and capriciously say "I THINK that MEANS"...
God doesn't need "INTERPRETERS".
He said what He meant, and MEANT what He said.
The Bible is to be understood LITERALLY:
Except in instances where THE CONTEXT CLEARLY INDICATES it's to be taken allegorically.
UNLESS THE CONTEXT UNEQUIVOCALLY indicates it's a metaphor, Scripture is to be taken LITERALLY, WORD FOR WORD.
When Isaiah 63 or Revelation 19 say that Jesus "treads the wine press of Almighty God", does that mean that Jesus WILL ACTUALLY STOMP GRAPES ON AN ACTUAL WINE PRESS?
Of course not!
THE CONTEXT clearly indicates it's a metaphor, since it says that He "trampled the people in His fury" and that THEIR BLOOD "stained His garments".
He is merely indicating that He WILL CRUSH His enemies at Armageddon, LIKE a person would crush grapes under his/her feet.
Just like grape juice (blood of grapes) flows down a real wine press, their blood will run down the Kidron Valley when that happens.
Similarly, when Revelation 13:2 describes "the beast" (Antichrist) having "7 heads and 10 horns", does that mean the Antichrist will be A REAL 7-HEADED MONSTER that will come out of the abyss?
We are told elsewhere in Scripture that he is A MAN.
We are also given THE MEANING that the 7 heads and 10 horns symbolize ELSEWHERE in Scripture (Revelation 17:8-10).
UNLESS SUCH SYMBOLISM is used and CLEARLY DEFINED AS SUCH, it's not an allegory, IT'S LITERAL.
Most doctrinal error is the result of people who have foolishly and arrogantly tried to "super spiritualize" what Scripture says, or allegorize what God ACTUALLY said.
When do this, we can MAKE the Bible "say" nearly ANY THING our VAIN AND CORRUPT IMAGINATION WANTS IT to say.
That, however, DOES NOT MAKE our "interpretation" TRUE.
God's written Word repeatedly warns of the dire and terminal consequences of ADDING OR SUBTRACTING to it (Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19).
It's one thing to make AN HONEST, UNINTENTIONAL mistake because we are, after all, humans.
It's ANOTHER THING to do so INTENTIONALLY, NEGLIGENTLY AND/OR GRATUITOUSLY.
God's Word is to be approached with GREAT RESPECT:
It's better to play it safe and say "I don't know" than TO LIE, CONTRADICT ABSOLUTE TRUTH, add, subtract, OR CHANGE WHAT the Bible SAYS.
DON'T ADD. DON'T SUBTRACT. DON'T CHANGE.
DON'T SAY "the Bible says" WHEN IT DOESN'T.
According to Revelation 21:8 ALL LIARS, who contradict ABSOLUTE Truth, will have their part in the Lake of Fire.
I wouldn't mess with God, or His Word, if I were you.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
Have you ever walked into a place, a building, home, apartment or shop where you just sense something unsettling or evil? Where the atmosphere seems to be charged with spiritual darkness?
If you have, it isn't just your imagination.
What you sensed is very real.
I've even detected these SPIRITUAL FORCES as I've arrived in certain countries, cities, or even certain parts of town:
Also, while sitting in an office or living room.
There are also specific types of music, songs, paintings, and other artistic expressions that are infused with spiritual turbulence.
Since this is SPIRITUAL IN NATURE, it's INVISIBLE to physical eyes. The Bible talks about such spiritual forces in Ephesians 6:12:
"For our struggle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm".
Ephesians 2:2 refers to Satan as "the prince of the power of the air".
The Greek word aeros, meaning "air", also refers to the lower layers of the atmosphere.
Satan and his principalities presently occupy those lower levels of the atmospheric heavens, all thanks to Adam.
It’s FROM THERE that they influence the earth and human affairs and do their evil deeds.
The Good News is WE CAN CHANGE THE ATMOSPHERE.
Many Christians either through sin, attitude, or ignorance, have allowed dark spiritual forces to build strongholds over their lives, and don't even know it.
It's easier to detect strongholds in other people's lives. Strongholds in our own lives, however, are much harder to detect because, over time, we become ACCUSTOMED to them.
I'm NOT suggesting that EVERY bad THING that's happened in your life is the result of a spiritual stronghold. We have brought a lot of it upon ourselves.
Facing facts and TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY are essential steps in overcoming WHATEVER we're facing.
We're also influenced, to some extent, by politics, the economy, and other people's actions. So, DON'T GO LOOKING FOR STRONGHOLDS.
However, IF EVERY TIME YOU TAKE A STEP FORWARD it seems that, despite your best efforts, YOU GET PUSHED THREE STEPS BACK, and this situation persists, you definitely ARE dealing with a stronghold.
If there seems to be NO LOGICAL explanation for what you're going thru, chances are you are dealing with a stronghold.
Every Christian should conduct a regular atmospheric cleansing over his or her life. Parents should do this over their homes, children and families at least once a month (2 Corinthians 10:5).
We do this in Jesus' Name and Authority, and by His cleansing Blood.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 tells us:
"For the weapons of our expedition are NOT CARNAL, but MIGHTY through God TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS: CASTING DOWN ARGUMENTS, AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ".
It's no coincidence that Ephesians 1:21 tells us that our Lord is "FAR ABOVE all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, AND ABOVE EVERY NAME THAT IS NAMED, not only in THIS world, but also in that which is to come".
Jesus HAS DESTROYED— and will DESTROY— EVERY stronghold in your life.
When we welcome His Holy Spirit into our lives and invite Him TO SATURATE THE ATMOSPHERE AROUND US with His Presence, we can experience a bit of heaven on this crazy, messed up earth.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016
REVERSAL OF EDEN
The catching up of Christians, in that blessed event we commonly call “the Rapture”, is THE REVERSAL OF what happened in Eden.
God FORMED MAN OUT OF THE EARTH, breathed into his nostrils the SPIRIT of Life and man BECAME a living SOUL (Genesis 2:7).
Man was made in the Image of God (Genesis 1:27).
Hence, First Adam looked JUST LIKE Jesus.
Don’t look so shocked…
Not only were we MADE IN God’s Image (Genesis 1:27) God also PREDESTINED US to be CONFORMED TO His Image (Romans 8:29).
He’s the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end:
Jesus is OUR beginning (since He created us in His Image) AND OUR “END”.
Our PREORDAINED Destiny in Christ is TO BE Christ.
That marvelous Truth is stated again in 1 John 3:2 which plainly says that when Jesus appears, we shall see Him “as He IS” and WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM.
God’s initial plan was to establish His Kingdom on earth through His newly created humans, made in His Image: TO FILL THE EARTH WITH MULTI-FACETED MANIFESTATIONS OF JESUS.
Humans made in His Image, that looked JUST LIKE Him, were to “FILL the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:27-28).
God never changes (Malachi 3:6).
His plan hasn’t changed: His Kingdom WILL BE established on earth.
We will CONFORM, ONCE AGAIN, TO THE IMAGE OF JESUS, fill the earth and subdue it, JUST LIKE HE COMMANDED.
The establishing of His Kingdom, however, got sidetracked 6,000 years ago.
Adam was PRIMARILY A SPIRIT BEING who also had a soul and a physical body.
LIKE JESUS, HIS SPIRITUAL BODY was made NOT OF EARTHLY FLESH but of Spirit Substance.
He was crowned with glory and, until he sinned, it was THAT GLORIFIED, SPIRIT BODY that appeared on the outside.
When Adam sinned, the Spirit and the Glory of God INSTANTLY LEFT HIM: Adam’s spirit man DIED (Genesis 2:17).
What was LEFT OF HIM was only A DEAD (alienated from God) spirit, and a corrupt, DECEIVED SOUL clothed in EARTHLY flesh.
Again: What was LEFT OF Adam was only A DEAD spirit with a DECEIVED, CORRUPT SOUL clothed in EARTHLY flesh.
Adam's soul was NOT deceived PRIOR to the fall (1 Timothy 2:14) but it certainly WAS deceived thereafter).
No wonder he felt NAKED.
He was NO LONGER the same: the PRINCIPAL part of his being HAD DIED.
There had been A BIG CHANGE in him: he’d lost his glory and immortality, and he was AFRAID.
It wasn’t just that his genitals were showing: he had become MORTAL and VULNERABLE.
His SPIRIT HAD DIED, HIS SPIRIT MAN HAD DIED, the Spirit of Life had LEFT HIM, and now THE ONLY THING THAT KEPT HIS FLESH ALIVE WAS THAT SIN-TAINTED, CONTAMINATED BLOOD COURSING THROUGH HIS VEINS.
Fast forward 4,000 years: LAST Adam appears.
He is virgin-born, and therefore, SINLESS like first Adam was at Creation.
The Blood circulating through His veins is pure, and uncontaminated. It is God’s OWN Blood.
However, He had taken off His SPIRIT Substance body and His glory, in order to be IN FORM like fallen Adam and his descendants (Philippians 2:6-8).
Jesus was even crucified buck naked in order to pay for man's sin, just like first Adam became naked in his flesh before God clothed him with animal skins:
This was necessary in order to make God’s plan of Redemption legal.
Jesus dies, rises from the dead, ASCENDS to the Right Hand of the Father and SENDS HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO RE-BEGET Jesus, ONCE AGAIN, IN US, as He did PRIOR TO the fall (Acts 2:1-4).
His HOLY Spirit CREATES A NEW SPIRIT MAN— A NEW JESUS – A LAST ADAM – IN US.
That’s why it’s called BEING “BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT” (John 3:5).
One “small” difference:
This time the spirit man is NOT fully developed as he was in original Adam. Jesus planted the RE-BORN spirit man in us IN SEED FORM. (1 John 3:9-10)
That incorruptible Seed is supposed to grow and develop INTO A FULL GROWN SPIRIT MAN. (1 Peter 1:23)
…INTO THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST in us. (Ephesians 4:13)
The NEW (born-again) spirit man is also called the “inner man” (Romans 7:22; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 3:16) and “THE HIDDEN MAN of the heart” (1 Peter 3:4).
That is WHY God gave us apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers: for PERFECTING the saints, for the BUILDING UP (GROWING UP) of the Body of Christ (of His Spirit Body in us). (Ephesians 4:11-13)
When His Spirit Body is FULLY FORMED in us we MANIFEST JESUS and Jesus manifests IN US.
When His Spirit Body is FULLY FORMED we are NO LONGER carnal, and there are NO MORE DIVISIONS.
When His Spirit Body is FULLY FORMED we ALL come into the UNITY OF THE FAITH.
…Into the KNOWLEDGE OF the Son of God.
We become PERFECT human beings who are THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE of the FULLNESS of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016
TRIBULATION & THE CHURCH
Until 2009-2010, I believed – like most Christians – that Jesus would appear in the clouds, the Church would be instantly raptured, and THEN the tribulation would begin.
Around 2009-2010 the Holy Spirit showed me that the Church would leave SHORTLY AFTER the tribulation began (Revelation 7:14).
I have CONSISTENTLY TAUGHT that Truth since then.
However, I thought we might be raptured a few minutes or, at the most, a few hours AFTER the tribulation begins.
Then, in 2013 (approximately 3 years ago), the Holy Spirit UNEXPECTEDLY “hit me” with the MORE DETAILED revelation that the Church would still be on earth DURING THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF the tribulation. (Revelation 2:10)
He then BACKED IT UP WITH MORE SCRIPTURES (Matthew 25:6-12; Luke 21:25-28; Revelation 7:1-14).
I DIDN’T LIKE IT THEN and I don’t like it now. But Truth is Truth.
Since then (for the past THREE years) I have consistently AND REPEATEDLY taught ABOUT THOSE 10 DAYS, and have advised people to prepare.
That information, in fact, has been PERMANENTLY POSTED on this website in both our 2014 and 2015 prophecy updates (THIS PAGE, TOP LEFT).
Despite all this, I’m now hearing from people, who claim to read these messages on a daily basis, REACTING LIKE THEY NEVER READ THIS BEFORE, and like it’s taken them totally by surprise.
For them, and for NEW READERS – who TRULY HAVEN’T HEARD IT BEFORE – let’s recap what will happen:
1) The tribulation MUST BEGIN, and the Rapture MUST HAPPEN, in spring: BEFORE Passover (Deuteronomy 31:10; Daniel 9:24-27; 12:7).
Therefore, if these events HAVEN’T taken place by Passover of this or any other year, it means that the earliest they could happen, BIBLICALLY, would be IN THE SPRING OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
2) The sun turns black, the moon blood-red, there’s a shaking of earth and sky as the earth tilts on its axis, which will trigger tsunamis, and DRASTICALLY ALTER geography and topography.
THE SKY ITSELF WILL ROLL UP LIKE A SCROLL with GREAT NOISE, a tremendous meteor shower will fall from the sky (Isaiah 24:1-6; Joel 2:31-32; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:25-28; Revelation 6:12; 2 Peter 3:10).
These SIGNS indicate THE BEGINNING OF THE GREAT 3½-year TRIBULATION.
3) The purpose of these signs is not to dazzle Christians, but to be a FINAL WARNING TO UNBELIEVERS to repent and receive Christ, or be left behind for the horrific tribulation. (Joel 2:28-32)
4) Obviously, as the result of these cataclysmic events, and WHILE WE’RE STILL HERE, LIFE ON EARTH WILL BE SUDDENLY and DRAMATICALLY affected: banks, supermarkets and drug stores will be closed. Same goes for hospitals. Electricity will be cut off, as will all forms of mass communication.
In all probability, you won’t be able to use your cell phone or even your land line if you have one: NO INTERNET, RADIO OR TV.
Transportation will come to a standstill. Even DRIVING will probably be UNSAFE or altogether IMPOSSIBLE.
That is why I have been saying, FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, TO PREPARE.
Don’t stockpile, but have enough water and non-perishable food for you and your loved ones, including your pets, to last AT LEAST A WEEK, preferably 10 days.
Yes, LAND animals will also be raptured (Psalm 50:5-15; Jeremiah 33:10, 12; Zephaniah 1:3; Romans 8:21).
5. NO JUDGMENTS will fall during those 10 days but IT WON’T BE “life as usual”:
During those first 10 days of tribulation:
A. In the midst of total chaos, God’s angels will gather His chosen ones (us) from “one end of heaven to the other”. (Matthew 24:31)
B. The 144,000 natural Israelites are sealed (Revelation 7:1-8).
C. Many unsaved will come to Christ and will be ADDED TO HIS CHURCH, and be raptured TOGETHER with RESURRECTED Christians and LIVING BELIEVERS (Isaiah 55:1-7; Joel 2:32; Revelation 7:9).
6) At some point during those 10 days, JESUS APPEARS IN THE CLOUDS (Luke 21:28):
Born-again believers are INSTANTLY transformed from mortal to immortal, there’s a brief transition period (Scripture doesn’t specify whether it’s minutes, hours or days), and the Church APPEARS SUDDENLY IN HEAVEN, in glorified bodies, as “A GREAT MULTITUDE that no one can count”. (Revelation 7:9)
7) I can ASSURE YOU, based on the Bible, THAT NONE OF THE TRIBULATION JUDGMENTS FALL UNTIL AFTER the Church is safely in heaven. (Revelation 8:1-4)
Therefore, the Rapture is PRETTY MUCH PRE-TRIB.
And we must be VERY THANKFUL that we remain on earth ONLY for those first 10 days and NOT for the 1,285 days that everyone else must endure.
But Revelation 7:14 has said, FOR TWO THOUSAND YEARS, CLEAR AS A BELL, that we “COME OUT OF” the great tribulation.
The ONLY WAY to “COME OUT OF” something IS IF YOU’VE BEEN IN IT, at least briefly.
There is NO WAY of getting around that truth.
For what it’s worth, I DON’T LIKE being here those 10 days ANY BETTER THAN YOU.
I like THE TRADITIONAL pre-trib view, that we get snatched out of here BEFORE the tribulation begins, A LOT BETTER than what I’m teaching.
But traditional pre-trib IS WRONG.
And I ANSWER TO JESUS:
I’m NOT GOING TO LIE, and say WHAT I LIKE, or WHAT YOU WANT TO READ, instead of WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS CLEARLY SHOWN.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016
APOSTLES WEREN’T ITALIAN
The Roman Catholic religion CLAIMS EXCLUSIVE “apostolic succession”, and bases its existence, and papal “authority”, on Popes being SUPPOSED “successors” of Peter.
There are AT LEAST 24 HUGE PROBLEMS with this doctrine :
1. Jesus NEVER CALLED Peter “Pope” or even “bishop”.
2. Jesus NEVER SAID Peter would have “successors”.
3. Jesus NEVER SAID His Church would be built on Peter. It’s JESUS’ Church, NOT Peter’s church (Matthew 16:18).
4. Peter himself says 7 TIMES that Jesus is the rock on which the TRUE Church is built (Acts 4:11-12; 1 Peter 2:3-8).
Peter NEVER CLAIMED TO BE THE ROCK ON WHICH CHRIST’S CHURCH IS BUILT.
In order to believe that Peter is “the rock” on which ROMAN CATHOLICISM is built, ONE HAS TO DISBELIEVE Peter himself, Paul, and God who calls Himself “the rock” 45 TIMES in Scripture.
5. God says that there is NO OTHER ROCK beside Himself (2 Samuel 22:32; Psalm 18:31).
6. Paul tells us THAT NO ONE can put another Church foundation OTHER THAN Christ Himself (1 Corinthians 3:11).
7. Jesus said that HE would build HIS Church, NOT that a Roman emperor would “build it” in the FOURTH CENTURY.
8. JESUS NEVER SAID His Church was A RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION, but rather A SPIRITUAL ENTITY (Luke 17:21; John 3:5; Acts 2:1-4; 9:31; Romans 8:9,16; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
9. Jesus explicitly taught that His Kingdom was INVISIBLE. That you couldn’t say “Look, here it is” or “Look, there it is”, but that the Kingdom of God is WITHIN US (Luke 17:21).
10. Jesus never said His Church would be A RELIGION based in Rome, or that it would be headquartered in a Palace (Acts 7:48)
11. Jesus founded His Church IN JERUSALEM, NOT Rome (Acts 2:1-5; 8:1; 15:2; 18:22; 21:17).
12. Neither Jesus, nor any of His apostles, EVER AUTHORIZED His Church’s headquarters to be relocated from Jerusalem to Rome.
Consequently, THE RELIGION of Roman Catholicism CANNOT BE “the Church that Jesus founded”.
13. Jesus NEVER EVEN WENT TO Rome: Nor did Peter.
14. Jesus commissioned Peter to preach TO JEWS, NOT GENTILES. And Romans ARE GENTILES (Galatians 2:7; 1 Peter 1:1-2).
15. Peter was a humble fisherman, NOT a religious superstar.
16. Peter never sat on any “Throne”, nor lived in a fancy Palace, filled with fineries and artistic masterpieces.
17. Peter GAVE HIS LIFE for Jesus.
NO POPE has ever been martyred for Jesus.
18. Peter was Jewish, NOT Roman.
Christ’s Apostles weren’t Italian, they were JEWISH.
They weren’t Polish, German or Argentinean either.
Every so-called “successor of Peter” who has occupied what the Catholic religion FALSELY calls “the throne of Peter” HAS BEEN Italian.
Pope John Paul II finally “broke the mold” in 1978 being from Poland. He was followed in 2005 by Benedict XVI a German. He was followed by Argentine Pope Francis in 2013.
NOT ONE “Pope” has been Jewish like Peter.
There goes Roman credibility…
19. While ANY Roman Catholic can be eternally saved by receiving Jesus into his/her heart as ONLY God and Savior, Salvation, as Jesus Himself said, COMES FROM THE JEWS, NOT FROM the Romans (John 4:22).
20. Jesus Himself was Jewish, NOT Roman.
HOW CAN a Roman Pope, and Italian “Pope”, a Polish, German or Argentinean “Pope” call himself “the Vicar (SUBSTITUTE) of Christ on earth”???
21. THERE IS NO “SUBSTITUTE” FOR JESUS.
Peter NEVER CLAIMED to be Jesus’ “SUBSTITUTE” OR EXCLUSIVE “representative” on earth.
NONE of the apostles ever exhibited such ARROGANCE.
22. Consequently, the Roman Catholic RELIGION is NOT BASED ON either Christ or Peter.
23. NONE OF THE APOSTLES exalted Mary, praised Mary, prayed to Mary, lit candles to Mary, prayed “rosaries” and “novenas” to her, made her statues, KNELT BEFORE Mary, sang her hymns, asked her to intercede before Jesus for them, made her medals, paintings, prayer cards, and other religious paraphernalia.
They never claimed Mary was a “perpetual virgin”, “conceived WITHOUT original sin”, or that she experienced a private “rapture” (Assumption) “IN BODY AND SOUL” to heaven.
Jesus and His apostles NEVER said that “Mary” would “appear” in various ways, through various STATUES, bearing different names.
24. The Roman religion INVENTED the ENTIRELY extra-biblical CULT OF MARY which neither Jesus, nor His apostles, ever authorized.
WHERE IS THE SO-CALLED “apostolic” succession?
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016
OH, FOOLISH CHRISTIANS!!!
“O FOOLISH Galatians! Who HAS BEWITCHED YOU? …I would like to learn just one thing from you: DID YOU RECEIVE THE SPIRIT BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW, OR BY BELIEVING…? (Romans 8:9)
Are you SO FOOLISH? After beginning by the Spirit, are you now trying to finish BY MEANS OF THE FLESH?
Have you EXPERIENCED SO MUCH IN VAIN—if it really was in vain?
So AGAIN I ASK, DOES GOD GIVE YOU HIS SPIRIT AND WORK MIRACLES AMONG YOU BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW, OR BY YOUR BELIEVING what you heard?
So also Abraham ‘BELIEVED GOD, AND IT was credited to him AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.’
Understand, then, that THOSE WHO HAVE FAITH are children of Abraham.
Scripture foresaw THAT GOD WOULD JUSTIFY the Gentiles BY FAITH, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations (Gentiles) will be blessed through you.”
So THOSE WHO RELY ON FAITH ARE BLESSED along with Abraham, the man of faith.
For ALL WHO RELY ON THE WORKS OF THE LAW ARE UNDER A CURSE, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do EVERYTHING written in the Book of the Law.”
Clearly NO ONE WHO RELIES ON THE LAW IS JUSTIFIED before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” THE LAW IS NOT BASED ON FAITH...” (Galatians 3:1-12)
Boy, do I know how the Apostle Paul felt!!!
Do I identify with, and TOTALLY UNDERSTAND, his FRUSTRATION!!!
A week ago today, I published a message entitled “NO BOASTING”.
Imagine my dismay when THE FIRST THING a person who has followed this ministry FOR YEARS FELT COMPELLED TO DO WAS… BOAST!!!
BOAST about “how much” he loves Jesus and, because he “loves Him” so much HE “KEEPS THE 10 COMMANDMENTS” AND “OBEYS HIS LAW”.
I take it, then, that Abraham DID NOT love God or Jesus:
Because Abraham NEITHER KEPT THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, nor OBEYED the Sinai Law…
And yet Abraham was DECLARED RIGHTEOUS BY GOD, based ONLY on His Faith, as we read above, and as is recorded – FOR ALL ETERNITY – in Genesis 15:6.
I take it, then, that God LIED in Hebrews 10:1 when He referred TO THE SINAI LAW, INCLUDING THE 10 Commandments, AS “A SHADOW”.
And NO SHADOW IS EVER THE REAL THING.
NO SHADOW PLEASES God.
Those who TRULY LOVE JESUS DO NOT OBEY “SHADOWS”, or seek shadows.
Because He IS the REAL!!!
Glory to His Name forevermore!!!
Those who TRULY LOVE JESUS, love Him much because they HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN MUCH, NOT because of how well they claim to “have obeyed” Him. (Luke 7:47)
LOVE (Jesus) is the REAL THING, THE PERFECT AND HIGHEST LAW IN THE UNIVERSE (Psalm 19:7), BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE. (1 John 4:16)
This individual CLAIMS to be born-again.
As much as I WANT TO believe that he is – whether he really is or not, I’ll leave to Jesus – HIS ATTITUDE IS NOT the attitude of a born-again person.
A born again person DOES NOT BOAST about keeping the 10 Commandments or the Sinai Law.
A born-again person UNDERSTANDS that there are NONE righteous except Jesus. (Psalm 53:1; Isaiah 64:6)
A born-again person KNOWS that “ALL HAVE SINNED and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8).
Hence, he or she DOES NOT BOAST about “keeping the 10 Commandments” or “obeying the Sinai Law”.
They understand that ALL IT TAKES IS ONE sin – JUST ONE – in your ENTIRE LIFE to become a LAW BREAKER and fall under A CURSE (Galatians 3:10; James 2:8-10)
And NO ONE can live under Grace, be justified by faith, and SIMULTANEOUSLY “keep” the 10 Commandments and “obey” the Sinai Law.
“Christ is THE END OF THE LAW for righteousness to EVERYONE THAT BELIEVES” (Romans 10:4).
Are you a believer in Christ?
Then YOU CANNOT “obey” the Sinai Law. Because Christ is THE END OF that Law.
If you CLAIM to obey the Sinai Law, after Calvary, as traditional Jews do today, YOU ARE ANTI-CHRIST.
You are also UNSAVED:
“And if by Grace, then IT IS NO LONGER BY WORKS (and the Sinai Law and the 10 Commandments ARE ALL ABOUT WORKS) – otherwise GRACE IS NO MORE GRACE” (ROMANS 11:6).
“CHRIST HAS BECOME OF NO EFFECT TO YOU, WHOEVER YOU ARE justified by the law; you HAVE FALLEN FROM Grace.” (Galatians 5:4)
Those who “FALL FROM Grace” are in DIS-GRACE, hence LOST.
And if Christ has become “OF NO EFFECT” TO SOMEONE, THAT SOMEONE IS HEADED FOR HELL.
I don’t care HOW MUCH they MAY CLAIM to “love” Jesus.
I have done MORE TEACHING ON THIS TOPIC – than on ANYTHING ELSE, and probably more than ALL OTHER TOPICS COMBINED.
I have DESTROYED the “faith plus works” doctrine, with Scripture… I have PULVERIZED legalism with the Word of God and the Spirit of God, IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY, AND FROM EVERY CONCEIVABLE ANGLE.
And yet, there are still those possessed by a demonic Pharisaic spirit, WHO WANTS TO BOAST like the Pharisee of old about “HOW WELL” he “kept” the Sinai Law.
Jesus said the publican, who COULDN’T EVEN RAISE HIS EYES TO HEAVEN, beat on his chest, and said ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ WENT HOME JUSTIFIED:
The BOASTFUL Pharisee WASN’T justified. (Luke 18:9-14)
In fact Jesus called Pharisees “snakes”, “CHILDREN OF HELL” and warned that they WOULD NOT ESCAPE HELL’S TORMENT, despite ALL THEIR STINKING, REVOLTING BOASTFULNESS AND SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Matthew 23:15, 33)
Grace and Law are INCOMPATIBLE.
It’s one or the other.
I’LL TELL YOU WHAT REALLY IS BEHIND this type of boasting:
PRIDE and UNBELIEF.
Pride because such individuals, like the Pharisee in the parable, CLAIM to “love Jesus” MORE THAN THE REST OF US, hence to be “more obedient than” us “publicans”.
UNBELIEF because THE REAL REASON THEY WON’T LET GO OF THE SINAI LAW and the 10 Commandments IS NOT, as they falsely claim, their “great love” for Jesus, IT’S THAT THEY DON’T TRUST JESUS.
Again: THE ONLY REASON they WON’T LET GO of the Sinai Law or the 10 C’s, is THEY ARE AFRAID THAT JESUS ALONE MIGHT NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO SAVE THEM.
Since “faith” (pisteos) means “TO TRUST”, and Salvation is ONLY through faith, these people ARE LOST.
They HAVE NO FAITH in Jesus: that is WHY THEY STILL CLING to the BARRENNESS of Sinai and to DEAD tablets of stone etched with “commandments”:
AS AN EXTRA “insurance policy” to “protect” them FROM HELL, because DEEP DOWN INSIDE, they DO NOT CONSIDER JESUS SUFFICIENT TO SAVE THEM TO THE UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7:25).
They DO NOT CONSIDER Jesus’ priceless, sinless Blood SUFFICIENT to FOREVER REMOVE ALL SIN, TO THE POINT that God NO LONGER COUNTS sins against us who are in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 9:26)
THAT is to what it all ultimately boils down.
They can FOOL THEMSELVES all they want, but they DO NOT FOOL JESUS, or me.
These modern Pharisees CAN COUNT ON going to hell.
We’ll just see HOW MUCH they “BOAST” ABOUT THEIR “great love” FOR JESUS, about their ALLEGED “commandment keeping” and “Law keeping”, when they’re STUCK IN HADES.
Then, perhaps, they’ll come to realize their folly, when IT DAWNS ON THEM that THE ONLY WAY OUT OF HELL will be to cry, like the publican of old:
“LORD, I HAVE NO RIGHTEOUSNESS: I’ve NEVER kept your commandments or obeyed the Law: HAVE MERCY ON ME, A SINNER!!!”
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016
THE IMPOSSIBLE VERSES
"Was not Abraham our father JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar?
You SEE how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture WAS FULFILLED which said, Abraham BELIEVED God, AND IT WAS IMPUTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS: and he was called the Friend of God.
You SEE then that A MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, and not by faith only." (James 2:21-24)
That is how this Scripture reads in most English translations of the Bible.
Problem is: that IS NOT what it says in the original Greek.
Repeat: that is NOT what the ORIGINAL Book of James says.
English Bibles did not exist until the 14th century A.D.
That means there were NO ENGLISH BIBLES UNTIL some 1,300 years AFTER the New Testament was written.
By then, Rome had made its own "translations" of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek into Latin.
Their main translator, Jerome, commissioned by Pope Damasus, REVISED his translation to conform to official Church doctrine.
Later, Jerome's translation would be further "edited" by various translators who CAPRICIOUSLY inserted punctuation marks - NONEXISTENT in the original text - WHERE THEY BEST SUITED the BIASED, UNILATERAL interpretation of religious hierarchy.
When Protestant Reformers took a crack at translating --1,000 years AFTER Jerome performed his magic - they blindly accepted the punctuation marks and, for the most part, Jerome’s translation.
The DISASTROUS RESULTS remain with us to this very day.
According to the English translation of this passage, QUOTED ABOVE, Abraham was declared righteous by God BY HIS WORK of OFFERING UP Isaac.
However, when we go back to the Old Testament, we see THAT that IS FALSE and UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE.
Abram believed God and HIS FAITH ALONE WAS COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS - SOME 26 to 33 years BEFORE Isaac was even BORN!!! (Genesis 15:6).
How, then, could he have been JUSTIFIED (declared righteous) BY offering Isaac?
Again: Abram was DECLARED RIGHTEOUS by God LONG BEFORE there was any Isaac.
That is UNDISPUTED, BIBLICAL FACT.
Therefore, if the Vulgate is correct, and if our English translations are correct, God LIED.
We know, of course, that it's IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie (Romans 3:4; Hebrews 6:18).
Therefore, it's ALSO IMPOSSIBLE for MOST English translations of these verses TO BE CORRECT.
Pause for a moment - re-read the last 7 paragraphs, and let this Truth sink in.
It's RELIGION that HAS LIED.
God had declared Abram righteous, BY FAITH ONLY, LONG BEFORE Isaac was BORN, in fact, BEFORE Isaac had even been CONCEIVED by Sarah (Genesis 15:6).
HOW, THEN, can this passage say that Abraham was justified BY WORKS - when he offered up Isaac?
It CAN'T say that.
It DOESN'T say that.
The original NEVER SAID that.
Abraham was NOT justified BY WORKS. NOBODY is justified by works.
Abraham SHOWED the righteousness (faith, salvation) that HE ALREADY HAD by his "work" of offering Isaac.
Abraham PROVED his faith (trust) in God BY OBEDIENTLY OFFERING UP HIS ONLY SON, Isaac, as God had asked.
By his ACTIONS (work of offering his only son) he DEMONSTRATED THE RIGHTEOUSNESS HE ALREADY HAD THROUGH FAITH ONLY.
His INVISIBLE faith (which he already had, and by which he WAS ALREADY SAVED) became “VISIBLE” by his act of OFFERING ISAAC in obedience to God.
Hebrews 11:17-19 tells us that Abraham TRUSTED GOD to the point that HE BELIEVED that even if he offered Isaac in sacrifice, God WOULD RAISE HIS SON FROM THE DEAD.
Since FAITH and RIGHTEOUSNESS ARE INVISIBLE, Abraham DEMONSTRATED (SHOWED) both his faith and the righteousness he already had BY THE VISIBLE ACT of offering his only son.
This is PROVEN BEYOND DOUBT by verse 22 which says:
"You SEE that Abraham's faith and what he did worked together. His faith WAS SHOWN TO BE GENUINE BY WHAT HE DID." (James 2:22, God's Word Translation).
And again in verse 24:
You SEE that a man IS SHOWN TO BE RIGHTEOUS BY WORKS and NOT by faith alone.
The act of offering Isaac was simply TANGIBLE EVIDENCE, VISIBLE PROOF of the Salvation and righteousness that Abraham already had.
James was simply saying: FAITH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS ARE INVISIBLE.
The ONLY WAY TO PROVE THEM, the only way OTHERS CAN "SEE" THEM, is THROUGH OUR ACTIONS.
That is ALL that James was saying.
We SEE a SAVED person's (invisible) RIGHTEOUSNESS -- which he/she already has through Jesus ONLY, BY Grace through FAITH -- by HIS/HER WORKS.
There's NO OTHER WAY we can "SEE" someone's FAITH.
Which part of "you SEE" DON'T RELIGIONISTS get?
Which part of "you SEE", DIDN'T THEY WANT TO understand because THEY'D ALREADY DECIDED - CONTRADICTING SCORES OF SCRIPTURES THAT STATE OTHERWISE - that works played a role in Salvation?
This is the CORRECT translation of James 2:21-24:
"Was not Abraham our father SHOWN TO BE RIGHTEOUS BY WORKS, when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
You SEE how faith WAS FUNCTIONING TOGETHER WITH his works, and by works was faith EXPRESSED and CONSUMMATED.
And the scripture WAS FULFILLED which said, Abraham BELIEVED God, AND IT WAS IMPUTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS: and he was called the Friend of God.
You SEE then that A MAN SHOWS THE (INVISIBLE) RIGHTEOUSNESS he ALREADY HAS BY WORKS, and not by faith only." (James 2:21-24)
Jesus taught salvation through FAITH ONLY (John 3:16; 5:24)
So did Peter (Acts 15:7-11).
So did Paul (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5).
So did John (1 John 5:12).
So did Phillip (Acts 8:37)
So did Jude (Jude 1:3)
And SO DID JAMES (Acts 15:13-20; James 1:2-4; 2:8).
There is NO DISCREPANCY WHATSOEVER between James - what he REALLY said - and the TRUE and ONLY Gospel of Grace.
According to Proverbs 30:6 all those who ADD or change God's Word ARE LIARS.
According to Galatians 1:8 ALL those who preach "ANOTHER gospel" and ADD WORKS as "requirement" for salvation are ACCURSED.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016
BOWED TO SATAN
Adam BOWED TO Satan. Adam WORSHIPED Satan.
What? Where did you get that?
From Scripture… And from the Holy Spirit.
WHY would he do that?
MASCULINE Adam wanted DOMINION of the earth ALL TO HIMSELF:
Thus he conspired with Satan to bring about the fall of Eve.
God had GIVEN masculine Adam, feminine Adam, and their spiritual offspring TOTAL DOMINION OVER this planet.
THEY were to be fruitful, multiply, refill the earth and SUBDUE IT. (Genesis 1:27-28)
Satan offered SOLE OWNERSHIP of the planet, instead of JOINT RULE with his feminine self and their spiritual children, to masculine Adam ALONE.
And Adam fell for it.
He betrayed God, his wife and ALL their spiritual and physical offspring in the process.
That is why Satan offered ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD TO JESUS (Last Adam) if only Jesus (perish the very thought) WERE TO BOW DOWN TO SATAN and worship him:
“Again, the devil took him up into an exceedingly high mountain, and SHOWED HIM ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD, AND THE GLORY OF THEM;
And said unto him: ALL THESE THINGS WILL I GIVE YOU, IF YOU WILL FALL DOWN AND WORSHIP ME.
Then said Jesus unto him: Be gone, Satan! For IT IS WRITTEN, You shall worship the Lord your God, AND HIM ONLY shall you serve.
Then THE DEVIL LEFT HIM, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” (Matthew 4:8-11)
Adam HAD ALREADY FAILED THAT TEST.
Fortunately, Jesus NOT ONLY PASSED THE TEST but defeated Satan and redeemed us (BOUGHT US BACK) after Adam had SOLD US OUT.
He bought us back with no less than His most precious, SINLESS Blood.
To Jesus be ALL THE GLORY now and for all eternity: amen.
Satan tempted Jesus (Last Adam) with food, with testing God, and with worshiping him in exchange for ABSOLUTE RULERSHIP over the whole world.
Because first Adam HAD FAILED THOSE VERY SAME TESTS:
Jesus only did what He saw the father do (John 5:19). Therefore, He didn’t go on that 40-day fast because “it seemed like a good idea” but at the Father’s prompting.
God commanded Adam NOT TO EAT of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam DISOBEYED God, and ATE.
Had Jesus turned the stones into bread, as Satan suggested, and eaten that bread, He WOULD HAVE DISOBEYED God, by eating when God the Father told Him NOT TO EAT, just like first Adam.
Next, Satan tempted Jesus by suggesting that He throw Himself from the pinnacle of the temple down into the Kidron Valley.
Not only would Jesus be doing Satan’s will, but would be PRESUMING that God would protect Him even if He acted recklessly and INVITED DEATH unnecessarily.
That’s EXACTLY what first Adam had done. He PRESUMED that God would still protect him and NOT HOLD HIM RESPONSIBLE for his deliberate choice to torpedo Eve and their descendants.
He reasoned that, since God’s ONLY commandment had been NOT TO eat of that fruit, HE COULD GET AWAY WITH plotting against Eve, since TECHNICALLY, by doing that, he wasn’t disobeying God’s ONLY commandment.
Finally, Satan tempted Jesus with SOLE RULERSHIP OVER THE EARTH, in exchange for bowing before him and worshiping him, because he had tempted FIRST Adam 4,000 years prior and Adam HAD BOWED TO SATAN AND WORSHIPED SATAN.
That is why he DIDN’T OPPOSE Satan when the creep went after Eve.
That is why he STOOD IN SILENCE and WATCHED the whole deception unfold, and DIDN'T LIFT A FINGER TO STOP IT.
That is WHY Adam DIDN’T blame Satan for the whole Eden debacle, BUT BLAMED GOD and “the woman He gave him” instead.
Did THE FATHER OF LIES keep his word?
Of course not!
Did Adam get SOLE RULERSHIP of the earth, as Satan had promised?
He LOST IT.
In the process, he also lost it for Eve, and for ALL their children.
He also brought DEATH and CORRUPTION to the entire planet, and everything and everyone on it.
Thank God Jesus REJECTED the creep’s offer!
Thank God Jesus DID NOT BOW, nor worship ANYONE but the Father.
Thank God JESUS WON ALL OF IT BACK, not just for Himself, but for His Church.
Thank God that Jesus DESTROYED ALL THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL!!!
Glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.
DON’T EVER listen to Satan.
DON’T EVER count on Satan – FOR ANYTHING!!!
He is A LIAR.
He ONLY SEEKS to kill, steal and destroy.
DON’T let him do to you AGAIN what he already did to our forefathers and, by extension, to all of us.
DON’T give to the DESTROYER what Jesus paid SO HIGH A PRICE TO BUY BACK. Selah.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016
OUR BIGGEST IDOL
What are you talking about, Martel? I have no idols…
Oh, yeah? We’ll see about that…
ALL OF US, including me, have IDOLS. I will prove it in a minute.
Oh, I know… You’re going to say that RELIGION is our biggest idol.
Actually, religion is our SECOND BIGGEST idol, but NOT THE biggest.
Our BIGGEST idol is Adam.
All that work and lack of sleep in transferring the website has affected your brain…
It has: But none of that STOPS GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT from GRACIOUSLY imparting REVELATION.
And what I share does not come from just my human brain, but FROM His Word and from His and my SPIRIT.
Adam is THE BIGGEST IDOL:
“For since BY MAN (Adam) CAME DEATH, by man (Jesus) came also THE RESURRECTION OF the dead.
For as IN Adam ALL DIE, even so in Christ SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
“The first man is of the earth, made of dust: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
AS IS THE EARTHY, SUCH ARE THEY ALSO THAT ARE EARTHY: and AS IS THE HEAVENLY, SUCH ARE THEY ALSO THAT ARE HEAVENLY.
AND AS WE HAVE BORNE THE IMAGE (IDOL) OF THE EARTHY, WE SHALL ALSO BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY.
Now this I say, brethren, that FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM of God; NEITHER DOES CORRUPTION INHERIT INCORRUPTION.”
(1 Corinthians 15:47-50)
“That you PUT OFF concerning the former conversation THE OLD MAN, WHO IS CORRUPT according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed IN THE SPIRIT of your mind; And that you PUT ON THE NEW MAN, which after God is created IN RIGHTEOUSNESS and true holiness”. (Ephesians 4:22-23)
Despite Jesus perfect Work of Redemption, despite His giving us a NEW Nature – which is His VERY OWN, and despite removing ALL SIN from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12)… WE STILL BELIEVE THAT THESE FLESH AND BONE PHYSICAL BODIES ARE OUR “TRUE SELF”.
We still believe that OUR NATURAL, CARNAL MINDS are our “true self”.
When in fact CHRIST and NOT Adam IS our true Self.
And as long as we see ourselves in the flesh, in first Adam, we perceive OURSELVES “SEPARATE FROM” God, and we remain mortal because flesh and blood CANNOT (ABSOLUTELY CANNOT) as we read above, inherit His Kingdom.
That is why we must see ourselves IN Christ and AS Christ. We must BELIEVE and LIVE in Oneness of Spirit WITH HIM. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
That is WHAT HE CREATED US TO BE.
That is WHAT HE PREDESTINED US TO BECOME. (Romans 8:29)
The IDOL of Adam, who SOLD the entire human race OUT TO SATAN, MUST BE TOPPLED FROM OUR MINDS, so that THE CHRIST can reign supreme and manifest IN us and AS us.
The IDOL IMAGE of the earthly Adam MUST BE RENOUNCED, so that ONLY the heavenly Last Adam WILL REMAIN.
Adam MUST BE TOPPLED from our heads, so that LAST ADAM (Jesus) WILL REIGN SUPREME.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
THE LAST TRUMP
"Behold, I show you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but WE WILL ALL BE CHANGED, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMPET; FOR THE TRUMPET WILL SOUND, and THE DEAD WILL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, AND WE WILL BE CHANGED" (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
Does this passage refer to the Rapture?
Since we're told unequivocally that it happens at "the last trump", the million dollar question is: what did Paul mean by the term "the last trump"?
He WASN'T referring to the 7th trumpet in the Book of Revelation anymore than he was referring to Donald...
This verse clearly says that we are TRANSFORMED at the last trump.
Our TRANSFORMATION in the Book of Revelation takes place under THE 6TH SEAL, as the tribulation BEGINS (Revelation 6:12).
The 7th trumpet is blown at THE END OF the tribulation, to announce the Kingdom of God on earth (Revelation
We are transformed BEFORE EVEN THE FIRST of the 7 TRUMPETS has been blown (Revelation 7:9-16).
Therefore, there's NO WAY in heaven, hell or earth that the last trump can be the same as the 7th trumpet in Revelation.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 gives us one very important ADDITIONAL detail about this last trump that is blown triggering our transformation: It is THE TRUMPET of God.
It is the shofar (ram's or Lamb's horn) of Jesus the Almighty.
If the Rapture happens at "the LAST trump" that means there MUST HAVE BEEN A "FIRST trump".
Otherwise, the term "last" would be unnecessary and meaningless.
Therefore, in order to get our answer, we must determine WHEN the FIRST trump was blown.
According to Exodus chapter 19 THE FIRST TRUMPET of God was blown on the Day of Pentecost on or about 1,500 B.C.
That's when God Himself descended on Mount Sinai, met with Moses Face to face, gave him and the Israelites the Law, and even dined with some of their leaders up on the mountain.
Verses 16-20 of that chapter give the dramatic description of this awesome event:
"So it came about on the third day... that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain AND A VERY LOUD TRUMPET SOUND, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
Now Mount Sinai was covered in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN QUAKED VIOLENTLY.
When THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET GREW LOUDER AND LOUDER, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses WENT UP".
Paul alludes to this event in Hebrews 12:18-25:
"For YOU ARE NOT COME unto the mount... that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
And THE SOUND OF A TRUMPET, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard begged that the word should not be spoken to them any more...
And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:
But YOU ARE COME TO Mount Zion, and to the City of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, who are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.
And to Jesus THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT, AND TO THE BLOOD OF SPRINKLING, that speaks better things than that of Abel.
See that you REFUSE NOT HIM THAT SPEAKS. FOR IF THEY ESCAPED NOT WHO REFUSED HIM THAT SPOKE ON EARTH, MUCH MORE SHALL WE NOT ESCAPE, IF WE TURN AWAY FROM HIM THAT SPEAKS FROM HEAVEN".
It was at Sinai that God first called out a people (the Israelites) unto Himself.
New Testament believers become SPIRITUAL JEWS and part of the Commonwealth of Israel through faith (complete trust in) Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah (Romans 2:28-29; Ephesians 2:12-12).
Natural Israelites were called to Sinai at the FIRST trump.
Spiritual Israelites are called to HEAVENLY JERUSALEM (Mount Zion) at the LAST trump.
God's calendar given to Israel BEGINS in Aviv (Nisan) and ENDS in Adar (Exodus 12:2).
If the FIRST trumpet took place on Pentecost, in the third month (Sivan) the LAST trumpet MUST take place AFTER Sivan.
And BEFORE the year ENDS.
Mmmm... Mmmm... Mmmm...
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016
WHEN ANIMALS SPOKE
“Now THE SERPENT was more crafty than any OF THE ANIMALS the Lord God had made. HE SAID to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The WOMAN SAID TO THE SERPENT, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
“You will not certainly die,” THE SERPENT SAID to the woman (Genesis 3:1-4)
That land animals could once speak is obvious for these reasons:
1) The serpent spoke to Eve.
2) Eve was NOT AT ALL SUSPICIOUS or SURPRISED by the fact it spoke. In fact, she ANSWERED like it was the most natural thing in the world to communicate with it.
3) We have YET ANOTHER instance in Scripture where AN ANIMAL SPEAKS TO A HUMAN, in the case of Balaam’s donkey. (Numbers 22:28-30; 2 Peter 2:16)
4) By the testimony of TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY MATTER is established (Deuteronomy 19:15).
Although I’m not aware (at least at the moment) of any Scripture that specifically explains WHY animals lost their ability to speak, we may infer from the biblical text that this was yet ANOTHER RESULT OF THE FALL which plunged mankind, the animal kingdom, and the whole planet, into chaos, degradation and corruption.
Since 90% of the human brain shut down as a result of sin, there’s also the high probability that WE LOST the ability to “hear” and understand communication from earth animals.
And since God has promised “the RESTORATION OF ALL things” (Acts 3:21), we may assume that such restoration will include THE ABILITY of humans and animals to fully communicate with each other once again, as was the case BEFORE man’s sin took place.
A few other things that we may extract from this passage are:
1. It’s the human SOUL that sins (Leviticus 5:1, 17; 6:2; Numbers 15:27; Ezekiel 18:20).
Although THE WOMAN was created primarily a SPIRIT BEING, in order to deceive her and cause her to sin, Satan addressed the NATURAL human mind (soul), NOT the spirit.
Satan KNEW he didn’t stand a chance against the spirit, and that he COULDN’T deceive the spirit. The human mind (soul), on the other hand, was quite easily deceived by him, as it still is to this day.
2. Again, THE WOMAN was NOT AT ALL suspicious or surprised that THE SERPENT would SPEAK TO HER MIND (SOUL).
Nor did she feel unnatural or uncomfortable thinking and speaking FROM HER NATURAL MIND (SOUL).
The reason is that THE MAN had communicated mostly with her soul, AND NOT WITH HER SPIRIT, ON PURPOSE.
Even though God had made male and female JOINT RULERS of the earth and given them BOTH dominion and authority OVER EVERYTHING (Genesis 1:27-28), Adam sought to STEAL the earth’s dominion and keep it ALL to himself.
By communicating primarily with his wife’s soul, he DELIBERATELY kept both her spirit and her soul UNDEVELOPED.
He kept the Image of Christ from being FULLY FORMED in her.
Hence, the satanic deception took place very quickly and easily.
3) By standing next to his wife WHILE THE SATANIC DECEPTION UNFOLDED AND NOT UTTERING A WORD (Genesis 3:6), by not objecting, or commanding the serpent to be silent and leave, Adam DELIBERATELY and PREMEDITATEDLY gave his wife the false impression that he was O.K. with what the serpent was saying.
Eve didn’t suspect a thing… until it was too late.
Unfortunately, Adam REMAINS SILENT to this day.
Unfortunately, he sees Satan kill, steal, destroy decimate and wreak havoc, AT WILL – and HE SAYS NOTHING.
He squanders his authority and unique knowledge, and lets the devil GET AWAY WITH IT, just like he did in Eden.
And HE STILL CAN’T BRING HIMSELF to ADMIT his duplicity and selfish ambition, or to speak ONE word against Satan.
We can manifest either the treacherous image of first Adam or the Image of FAITHFUL TO THE DEATH Last Adam.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016
SCIENCE & THE BIBLE
Most people, religious and non-religious, believe that the Bible and science are at odds with each other: that we must either believe the Bible OR believe the scientific community.
Actually, that notion is totally misguided.
THE ONLY SCIENCE with which the Bible is in conflict is UNPROVEN “science”.
Evolution is UNPROVEN.
The Bible IS WAY AHEAD OF FACTUAL SCIENCE.
The Bible has TOLD US for 2,000 to 3,500 years what science has ONLY RECENTLY DISCOVERED.
Although the Bible is God’s eternal Word and requires NO HUMAN VALIDATION, every single time that human science has made a VERIFIABLE find, it either CONFIRMS Scripture, or AT THE VERY LEAST is NOT, repeat, NOT in conflict with it.
Here are just a few examples:
1. God told us 2,000 years ago that “VISIBLE THINGS were not made of VISIBLE things." (Hebrews 11:3)
Only in the past two centuries has science GRADUALLY discovered that everything that is VISIBLE is made up of INVISIBLE atoms:
and ONLY A COUPLE years ago did Stephen Hawking present his theory that everything came from nothing like it was some “big deal”.
Jesus ONLY BEAT HIM TO IT by AT LEAST TWO MILLENNIUMS.
2. For many centuries “people of science” believed and theorized that the earth sat on the back of a giant or a large turtle.
Yet 3,500 years ago God said that He “HANGS THE EARTH UPON NOTHING" (Job 26:7).
And God was “proven” CORRECT.
3. Many others believed the earth was flat.
God said through Isaiah, 2,800 years ago, that the earth is round: "It is he that sits UPON THE SPHERE OF THE EARTH" (Isaiah 40:22).
It “only” took scientists 2,400 YEARS to arrive at that conclusion.
4. 3,500 years ago, God said through Job: "Can you SEND LIGHTNINGS, THAT THEY MAY GO, AND SAY TO YOU, Here we are?" (Job 38:35).
God was saying THAT LIGHT CAN BE SENT and manifest AS SPEECH. (See also Psalm 19:1-4)
We now know that radio waves travel at the speed of light.
The wireless communication we all presently enjoy is based on this BIBLICAL fact.
Only in 1864 did “British scientist James Clerk Maxwell suggest THAT ELECTRICITY AND LIGHT WAVES WERE TWO FORMS OF THE SAME THING.
5. Around 1,500 B.C. God asked in the Book of Job "WHERE IS THE WAY WHERE LIGHT DWELLS?" (Job 38:19).
Only 130 years ago did human science discover that LIGHT (electromagnetic radiation) HAS A "WAY," and that it travels at 186,000 miles per second.
6. In the OLDEST Book of the Bible God says that “the morning STARS SANG together” (Job 38:7)
Only recently did human science discover that stars, indeed, EMIT RADIO WAVES, which are received on earth as a high pitch.
7. Around 900 B.C. God spoke through King Solomon: "The wind goes toward the south, and turns about unto the north; it whirls about continually, AND THE WIND RETURNS AGAIN ACCORDING TO HIS CIRCUITS" (Ecclesiastes 1:6).
He DESCRIBED AIR CURRENTS TWO THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE scientists "discovered" them.
Last, but not least:
Science expresses the universe in five terms: time, space, matter, power, and motion.
God revealed ALL FIVE IN THE FIRST TWO VERSES OF THE BIBLE:
"In the BEGINNING (time) God CREATED (power) THE HEAVEN (space) and THE EARTH (matter)… And the Spirit of God MOVED (motion) upon the face of the waters." (Genesis 1:1-2)
All other “sacred books” (the Vedas, Bhagavad-Gita, Koran, Book of Mormon) contain statements that are PROVEN ERRONEOUS and UNSCIENTIFIC.
ONLY THE BIBLE contains scientific truth. In fact, it REVEALED IT LONG BEFORE human science even THOUGHT of it.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016
“For YOU ARE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: NOT BY WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
These EXTREMELY CLEAR words have been in the Bible for nearly 2,000 years:
There are NO WORKS involved IN our Salvation: NONE, ZERO, NADA.
Salvation is BY GRACE (a FREE GIFT) through FAITH (trust in Jesus), NOT BY WORKS lest ANYONE should BOAST.
Yet that is EXACTLY what many so-called “Christians” want to do:
They WANT CREDIT for Salvation.
They want TO BOAST about THEIR OWN “righteousness”.
They WANT RECOGNITION and PRAISE for HAVING “EARNED” and “PLAYED A ROLE IN” their “own” Salvation:
“Yes, Jesus died for my sins, BUT…
I’M SAVED, I’M GOING TO HEAVEN, BECAUSE I DID THIS AND I DIDN’T DO THAT”. (WORKS)
“I’m going to heaven because I wasn’t like those disobedient evangelicals, who think they’ll be saved ONLY through TRUSTING JESUS.”
“I’m going to heaven because I am a good Seventh Day Adventist, a good member of Church of God or Church of Christ, a good Jehovah’s Witness, a good Mormon… (the “list” goes on and on)… (WORKS)
And WE’RE THE ONLY ONES who have “right” doctrine…”
“We’re THE ONLY ONES who observe the “biblical” Sabbath”… (WORK)
If you mean “Saturday”:
a) that’s NOT the REAL biblical Sabbath (Colossians 2:16-17), and
b) Jesus DIDN’T OBSERVE IT (John 5:18).
Therefore, YOU MUST BE MORE RIGHTEOUS THAN JESUS.
“We’re THE ONLY ONES who “observe” the 10 Commandments”. (MORE WORKS)
NO YOU DON’T. LIAR!!!
You don’t “observe” anything. You SIN AS MUCH AS ANY OTHER MORTAL in need of Salvation.
And Revelation 21:8 says that ALL LIARS will have their part IN THE LAKE OF FIRE.
“We’re THE ONLY ONES who don’t salute the flag, don’t celebrate “pagan” Christmas, and don’t get blood transfusions”… (WORKS)
You and your forbidden blood transfusions ARE GOING STRAIGHT TO HELL, Bubba!
“We’re THE ONLY ONES who follow “the prophet”. (WORKS)
Thankfully, YOU’RE THE ONLY ONES WHO BOUGHT HIS SELF-SERVING LIES.
You WILL FOLLOW YOUR FALSE PROPHET straight into hell, where he is RIGHT NOW, IN TORMENT, even as we speak.
Because Truth be told, your “faith” (trust) is in false prophet Joseph Smith: YOU DO NOT TRUST JESUS. And Salvation, as we read above, IS ONLY THROUGH TRUST (faith) in Jesus, NOT through trust in lying Joe.
“We’re THE ONLY ONES who never touch alcohol or caffeine”. (MORE WORKS)
That’s right… And you and you’re decaffeinated religion ARE GOING DOWN.
You’re TAKING CREDIT for your (PRESUMED) “salvation”, instead of giving ALL THE CREDIT AND ALL THE GLORY where they belong:
And He will have NONE OF YOUR SANCTIMONIOUS SELF-“salvation”.
God will NOT “give His glory to ANOTHER”. (Isaiah 48:11)
“WHERE, then, IS BOASTING? It is EXCLUDED. Because of what law? The law THAT REQUIRES WORKS? No, BECAUSE OF THE LAW THAT REQUIRES FAITH:
For we maintain that A PERSON IS JUSTIFIED BY FAITH WITHOUT THE WORKS OF THE LAW”. (Romans 3:27-28)
Once again (THANK YOU, Holy Spirit, thank you, Paul):
“A PERSON IS JUSTIFIED BY FAITH WITHOUT THE WORKS OF THE LAW”. (Romans 3:27-28)
Therefore NO ONE can take ANY credit for their own Salvation, and NO ONE CAN BOAST about being saved because “they DID this”, “DIDN’T DO that”, “followed the 10 Commandments”, “observed Saturday” or “followed _______ religion”.
Jesus is SUFFICIENT to save TO THE UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7:25).
ALL Glory to His Name forever!!!
NO ONE ELSE and NOTHING ELSE can save you, in whole or in part.
And He WON’T SHARE His glory WITH ANOTHER.
As 2 Corinthians 2:17 clearly says:
“But he that BOASTS, let him BOAST in the Lord.”
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
These are the last words uttered by various historic characters JUST BEFORE DYING:
Alexander the Great (323 B.C.)
“To the strongest”
(When asked: “to whom you leave your kingdom?”)
Buddha (483 B.C.)
“It may be that after I am gone that some of you will think; ‘Now we have no teacher.’ But that is not how you should see it. Let the Dharma and the discipline that I have taught you be your teacher. All individual things pass away. Strive on, untiringly.”
Confucius (479 B.C.)
“No intelligent monarch arises; there is not one in the kingdom that will make me his master. My time has come to die.”
Muhammad (632 A.D.)
“With the supreme communion in Paradise, with those upon whom God has showered his favor, the prophets and the saints and the martyrs and the righteous, most excellent for communion are they. O Allah, with the supreme communion.”
Joan of Arc (1431)
"Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!"
John Calvin (1564)
"How long, O Lord?"
John Knox (1572)
"Now, it is come."
Martin Luther (1546)
Luther, who DENOUNCED THE SALE OF INDULGENCES, challenged the authority of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, and led the Protestant Reformation, gave this one-word answer to a question asked by his friend, Dr. Justus Jonas: "DO YOU WANT TO DIE STANDING FIRM ON Christ AND THE DOCTRINE YOU HAVE TAUGHT?"
Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)
"Ben, make sure you play "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty."
JESUS (34 A.D.)
“It is FINISHED! Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” (John 19:30; Luke 23:46)
Of course, Jesus LATER UTTERED MUCH MORE THAN THAT (Acts 1:3-5), since He is THE ONLY ONE among the aforementioned individuals who has RISEN FROM THE DEAD.
At least so far… (Revelation 17:8; 20:4)
Some words SPEAK VOLUMES.
Some words DON'T MEAN A THING.
Some words are spoken and soon forgotten.
ONLY One Word ENDURES FOREVER. (1 Peter 1:25)
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016
IS THE BIBLE AN IDOL?
Just when you think you’ve heard every religious idiocy that corrupt mortal minds can manufacture, some moron posing as an “apologist” recently said that some Christians IDOLIZE the Bible, and that the Bible itself becomes an idol.
He proceeded to criticize those who “quote the Bible” for every doctrine they teach, and who won’t believe any doctrine UNLESS it’s found in Scripture.
The ONLY REASON anyone would “find fault” with basing doctrine solely ON THE BIBLE, is because that person’s religion IS NOT SUPPORTED BY the Bible.
Once more: THE ONLY REASON someone would OBJECT to us basing our doctrine solely ON THE BIBLE, is because THAT PERSON’S RELIGION IS UNBIBLICAL.
The brainwashed religious puppet went on to say that those of us who base doctrine only on Scripture have turned the Bible into an idol.
NO, WE HAVEN’T.
God (and by “God” I mean JESUS) is the ONLY ONE we worship.
The Bible CONTAINS His ETERNAL, INERRANT Word (Psalm 119:89).
We DO NOT worship the book itself, the cardboard or leather cover, or the paper on which it is printed.
We DO HOWEVER WORSHIP the Bible’s CONTENT.
Again: we DO NOT worship the Bible itself: NO TRUE BELIEVER worships the cover, the binding, the paper, or the ink used in printing.
But we do worship THE CONTENT.
The Bible CONTAINS the Word of God.
And we WORSHIP THE WORD OF GOD.
Because the Word IS God (John 1:1)!!!
So much so, that the Word BOTH CREATED AND SUSTAINS the entire universe (Hebrews 1:3; 11:3).
The Word BECAME FLESH in our God and Savior Jesus. (John 1:14)
The Word BECAME WRITTEN when “holy men of God spoke (and wrote) “as they WERE MOVED BY God the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).
Since God is the Word and the Word is God...
We don’t WORSHIP THE BOOK ITSELF, but we sure as heaven worship THE ONE who wrote it, and the ONE who SPEAKS and MANIFESTS through it.
He is THE ONE AND ONLY Truth (John 14:6).
And anyone and everyone that CONTRADICTS Him is A FREAKIN’ LIAR (Romans 3:4).
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem SHALL BE TRODDEN DOWN of the Gentiles, UNTIL the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)
Jesus speaking through Daniel:
“Then I heard one saint speaking… HOW LONG SHALL BE THE VISION concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the temple and the host TO BE TRODDEN UNDER FOOT?
And he said unto me: For 2,300 EVENINGS/MORNINGS: then shall the temple be cleansed.” (Daniel 8:13-14)
I would have never guessed that these two prophecies may be tied to each other.
Jesus’ prophecy in Luke 21:24 was marvelously fulfilled, AGAINST ALL ODDS, on June 7, 1967 when Jews recaptured BIBLICAL (East) Jerusalem.
On that glorious watershed HISTORIC day, the UNINTERRUPTED trampling of Jerusalem by Gentiles, which had taken place for two millennia, CAME TO AN ABRUPT and timely END.
However, it appears that, EVEN BEFORE His words recorded in Luke’s Gospel, JESUS HAD ALREADY PROPHESIED THROUGH Daniel that 1967 would be THE YEAR WHEN SUCH TRAMPLING of Jerusalem would END:
In context, the 2,300 evenings/mornings (erev boker) in Daniel chapter 8 (INCORRECTLY translated as 2,300 “days” in the KJV) refers to animal sacrifices which were offered as burnt offerings in the temple daily, TWICE A DAY, IN THE EVENING (erev) and the MORNING (boker). (Exodus 29:39)
Hence, 2,300 evening/morning burnt offerings would be 1,150 days.
I have shared this before and it makes perfect sense, since the tribulation lasts approximately 1,285 days (3½ years, Daniel 7:25; 12:7). (See “Timeline”, top left).
However, there seems to be more here than meets the eye.
The question THE HOLY ONE was asked was: “HOW LONG is THE VISION concerning the daily offering (hatamid) and abomination of desolation”, but ALSO “HOW LONG WOULD THE TEMPLE (in Jerusalem) BE TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT?”
We must ask ourselves: WHY didn’t the saint in the vision simply say “1,150 days”?
WHY did he say, instead, “2,300 evenings/mornings”?
Just like we’re given TWO TIMELINES in Daniel 9:25 (one, rather obvious, about Jesus’ FIRST appearing to Israel, and another NOT SO OBVIOUS about His REAPPEARING or Second Coming), it appears that there are TWO timelines in Daniel 8:13-14:
The first and obvious one, already stated above, concerns 2,300 evening/morning daily offerings which represent 1,150 days.
The second NOT so obvious is what I’m about to share now:
(And, I have to admit, that I was HIGHLY SKEPTICAL of this and, therefore, almost fell off my chair, when I did the math):
The entire vision in Daniel chapter 8 has to do with the King of Greece (Alexander, represented by A GOAT).
This prophecy, as I’ve shared in the past, had PARTIAL FULFILLMENT in the fourth century B.C. when Alexander first conquered the Persian Empire.
However, we are specifically told that it concerns THE “TIME OF THE END”.
The “TIME OF THE END” was NOT 2,300 years ago.
The “time of the end” IS NOW. Therefore, it must be RELEVANT to OUR TIME.
Alexander crossed the Hellespont in the spring of 334 B.C. to conquer the Persian Empire (the ram), as Daniel 8 predicted.
If we subtract 334 from 2,300 YEARS (instead of evenings and mornings), we arrive at PRECISELY 1967.
2,300 – 334 = 1966 + 1 (for year “zero” in Gregorian calendar) = 1967.
Indeed, it was 1967 WHEN GENTILE TRAMPLING OF BIBLICAL JERUSALEM ENDED, including the former temples’ LOCATION being “TRODDEN UNDER FOOT”.
Can this be mere “coincidence”?
There are NO COINCIDENCES with God.
His Word, as I shared recently, HAS MORE DEPTH of meaning than we imagine -- which goes WAY BEYOND the surface text, and what is obviously stated.
Glory to His Name! Is JESUS AMAZING, or what?
This prophecy PROVES at least two things:
1. That the King of Greece MUST RETURN at the “time of the end” (Daniel 8:21-26). And,
2. That as I’ve taught for over a decade (see Myth #57) the prophetic clock started ticking with the recapture of Jerusalem in 1967, and NOT in 1948 when the State of Israel was born, as is commonly taught.
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016
“Let NO CORRUPT COMMUNICATION proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of EDIFYING, THAT IT MAY MINISTER GRACE (UNDESERVED Goodness) to the hearers. And DO NOT GRIEVE the Holy Spirit of God, with Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:29, 30).
What IS "corrupt communication"?
RELIGION would have us believe that it’s any word or words of which IT DOESN’T APPROVE.
Unfortunately for it, THAT’S NOT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS:
Religion has arbitrarily decided – with its CORRUPT mind, which is IN ENMITY WITH GOD (Romans 8:7) – that certain words like “hell”, “damn” and “shit” are “CORRUPT”. Yet other words THAT MEAN PRECISELY THE SAME like “Hades”, “infernal region”, “curse”, and “feces” are CONSIDERED acceptable.
It’s RELIGION THAT’S CORRUPT.
Such criterion is purely SUBJECTIVE. It's merely the "judgment" or OPINION of their VAIN IMAGINATION.
It's ALL in their CORRUPT minds!!!
The Greek word for "corrupt" is sapros, which means ROTTEN, PUTRID, or DECAYING.
CORRUPT communication, according to 1 Peter 1:23, is ANY FORM OF COMMUNICATION WHICH CONTRADICTS the INCORRUPTIBLE Word of God.
This is a message religion hates. That's EXACTLY WHY they NEED TO HEAR IT.
They hate it because IT EXPOSES THEM FOR THE two-faced, devout hypocrites they are.
Religion has NO PROBLEM CONTRADICTING God’s Word: but it frowns on those whose language does not conform to their MAN INVENTED “RULES”.
By the way, God, THE HOLIEST BEING IN THE UNIVERSE, uses the word "shit" OVER 1,000 TIMES in the Bible!
Try TELLING HIM that He needs to "clean up" His rhetoric.
To the pure, as Paul said, ALL THINGS ARE pure (Titus 1:15).
The ONLY TRULY CORRUPT communication is ANY COMMUNICATION that CONTRADICTS God's Holy, INCORRUPTIBLE Word.
Anyone or anything that CONTRADICTS God is A LIAR: He, she, they or it is/are thoroughly CORRUPT.
Any communication that DOES NOT MINISTER HIS GRACE (UNDESERVED Goodness) IS CORRUPT.
Corrupt communication IS NOT communication that OFFENDS our man-invented religious etiquette.
Corrupt communication is ANY communication that GRIEVES God's Holy Spirit because IT CONTRADICTS THE HOLY, INCORRUPTIBLE WORD that He inspired.
Hell is FILLED, even as we speak, with religious hypocrites -- like those who are frowning on this message RIGHT NOW - like those who CAN'T WAIT to fire off a condemning email - who are pretend Christians, who always used "proper" language, but DON'T HAVE JESUS IN THEIR HEARTS.
They NEVER use "improper" speech, and THEY NEVER HAD AN INTIMATE, PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ONE AND ONLY SAVIOR, either.
And ALL the "proper" religious language in the world, ALL THEIR contrived, subjective, MORTAL FABRICATED and JUDGMENTAL PROTOCOL, WON'T GET THEIR SORRY BEHIND OUT OF HELL.
Or should I say "Hades"?
It's not the language you use that will send you to hell: the ONLY SIN that will send ANYONE to hell is NOT HAVING Jesus, THE INCORRUPTIBLE SEED, the WORD INCARNATE, LIVING IN YOUR HEART.
Salvation is NOT about procuring OUR OWN righteousness, by "doing" or "NOT doing", by "saying" or "NOT saying".
There IS NO RIGHTEOUSNESS ANYWHERE, but His! (Isaiah 64:6).
Salvation BEGINS when you DROP your own FALSE SENSE OF Pharisaical "PROPRIETY" and say, like the publican of old, "Lord, HAVE MERCY ON ME, A NO-GOOD, LOUSY, FILTHY SINNER":
"To the pure, ALL THINGS ARE PURE, but TO THOSE WHO ARE CORRUPT and do not believe, NOTHING is pure. In fact, both THEIR MINDS and consciences ARE CORRUPT" (Titus 1:15).
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