June 2016 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016
144,000 & DANIEL
The parallels between the Books of Daniel and Revelation are awesome, many, and I keep finding new ones:
Just like Revelation has a couple of “forgotten chapters” (8 and 9) THAT NO ONE talks about, Daniel’s chapters 10 and 11 are ALMOST ENTIRELY IGNORED by the prophecy establishment and by Christians in general.
Since the Book of Revelation IS THE “UNSEALING”, BY JESUS HIMSELF, OF the Book of Daniel, these two Books complement each other beautifully.
If you want BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF REVELATION, YOU MUST study ALL of Daniel.
If you want BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF DANIEL, YOU MUST study ALL of Revelation.
And by “study”, I DON’T MEAN a “quick read”, although even that is better than nothing:
I MEAN DIGGING DEEP INTO THEM, reading them slowly, carefully, in the Spirit, paying attention to DETAILS (what we’re told and what we’re NOT told), allowing the contents to REALLY SINK INTO your spirit, MEDITATING ON what you read, and LISTENING to the Spirit’s “commentary” about them.
Instead of running to the nearest “Christian” bookstore for some worthless COMMENTARY written by some FALLIBLE MORTAL, who wouldn’t recognize the Holy Spirit if He slapped him, why NOT pay attention to THE BEST, INFALLIBLE COMMENTARY ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD THERE IS?
Why not COMMUNE WITH, LISTEN TO, and PAY ATTENTION TO the Holy Spirit, the VERY GOD who inspired the written Word?
Revelation 7:1-8 tells us about 144,000 Israelites who are SEALED on their foreheads (with the Spirit of God and Mind of Christ).
Revelation 14:1-5 further describes these Messianic Israelites, who they are, how they live, and how deeply committed they are to serving Jesus.
It also talks about A SPECIAL RAPTURE, JUST FOR THEM, which takes place when their mission is accomplished, while Antichrist is still reigning.
There has been much debate in prophetic circles about WHAT THEIR PURPOSE DURING THE TRIBULATION MAY BE.
Since the Book of Revelation DOESN’T tell us, where do we get the answer?
You guessed it: IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL:
“And such AS DO WICKEDLY AGAINST THE COVENANT (in context, natural Israelites) shall he (Antichrist) corrupt by flattery: BUT THE PEOPLE THAT DO KNOW THEIR GOD SHALL BE STRONG, AND TAKE ACTION.
And THEY THAT UNDERSTAND AMONG THE PEOPLE SHALL INSTRUCT MANY: yet they (natural Israelites) shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by plunder, many days (Daniel 11:32-33).
Since THE ONLY ONES who will KNOW THE LORD and have understanding of the end times when the tribulation starts are the Two Witnesses and the 144,000 Israelites, we may safely conclude that THIS IS TALKING ABOUT THEM.
Antichrist, as Jesus Himself told us, will try to deceive, if possible, EVEN THE VERY elect, the chosen Israelites (Matthew 24:24).
His false prophet (the risen Judas) will not only perform signs and wonders, but is himself Jewish and a former disciple, follower, and BETRAYER of Jesus.
We can only imagine the sort of trash and DECEPTION that will come out of his foul mouth.
It’s obvious from these verses that SOME natural Israelites will be deceived and FORSAKE the Holy, eternal Covenant that God made with Abraham and that Jesus CONFIRMED (Psalm 105:8-10; Galatians 3:17).
It will be the role of the Two Witnesses and the 144,000 Messianic Israelites to INSTRUCT many of their peers and share the KNOWLEDGE OF Messiah with them.
The tribulation will be a harrowing time for the whole world, but particularly for Israel.
Not only will there be supernatural and catastrophic events, not only will there be severe persecution, BUT GREAT DECEPTION as well.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016
As we get closer to the Rapture and tribulation, it's time to re-examine the role of the 144,000 Jews mentioned in Revelation 7:1-8, and again, in Revelation 14:1-5.
First let me tell you who THEY AREN'T:
1. They are NOT Seventh Day Adventists.
I don't care how many INVENTED "visions" Ellen White claimed to have had.
When visions CONTRADICT SCRIPTURE, they’re NOT of God.
2. They are NOT so-called Jehovah's Witnesses.
God won’t seal their foreheads UNLESS they have His Seal IN THEIR HEARTS.
3. They are NOT any New Age sect.
The Bible makes it crystal clear that they are NATURAL ISRAELITES who receive Jesus as Savior and God.
They are from THE TRIBES OF Israel:
"From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,
from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
from the tribe of Asher 12,000,
from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,
from the tribe of Levi 12,000,
from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
from the tribe of Zebulon 12,000,
from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,
from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000" (Revelation 7:1-8).
You can't possibly say it ANY CLEARER.
UNLESS one of the three LYING SECTS mentioned above can PROVE they are NATURAL descendants from one of these Israelite tribes, THEY DON'T QUALIFY.
They can say that “THEY are the 144,000” UNTIL THEIR RELIGIOUS FACES TURN PURPLE, GREEN AND RED, THEY ARE NOT THE 144,000 AND, furthermore, NEVER HAVE BEEN, NEVER WILL BE.
They're CONTRADICTING GOD.
That means that THEY are LYING.
In addition to being from the 12 tribes, the 144,000 are:
1. ALL MALE VIRGINS (Revelation 14:4)
2. NO LIE was found in the mouths (Revelation 14:5).
Which means they speak THE TRUTH (the TRUE Gospel of Jesus), which AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIES those three lying sects who preach a FALSE "gospel" and, thus, ARE ACCURSED (Galatians 1:8; 3:10).
3. They are WITHOUT FAULT before the Throne of God (Revelation 14:5).
Since THE ONLY WAY to be "WITHOUT FAULT" before the Throne of God is to KNOW JESUS and be credited His Righteousness (Romans 3:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21) THROUGH FAITH ONLY, this automatically DISQUALIFIES ALL THREE OF THE LYING SECTS MENTIONED ABOVE WHO TRUST THEIR OWN "righteousness" (Isaiah 64:6).
4. They "follow the Lamb WHEREVER He goes" (Revelation 14:4).
5. They are "first fruits unto God and to the Lamb" (Revelation 14:4).
6. They are sealed unto the Lord even as the Church is being raptured (Revelation 7:1-8).
How, exactly, are THEY SEALED on their foreheads?
With the Spirit of God and the MIND OF CHRIST! (1 Corinthians 2:15-16; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30)
Additionally, they MAY be the fulfillment of Ezekiel 9:4 where Jews in Jerusalem are sealed on their foreheads with the Hebrew letter tav which looks LIKE A CROSS.
What is the PURPOSE OF the 144,000 thousand, and HOW LONG do they stay on earth?
They remain AT THE VERY least during the first 5 months of tribulation while the fifth trumpet judgment and first "woe" is going on (Revelation 9:4-5).
The use of the word "first fruits" in Revelation 14:4 indicates they are on earth for about THE FIRST YEAR OF the 3½-year tribulation.
Although the Bible does not say in so many words what their purpose is, it's reasonable to infer from the biblical text that at least PART of their purpose is to share the Gospel with fellow Israelites and encourage them to stand firm in the midst of coming trials.
ONLY AFTER they are raptured into the heavenly realm, does God send AN ANGEL for the FIRST TIME EVER to preach the Gospel, which would indicate that, except for the Two Witnesses, there are no humans available to preach it, either because they have been raptured, are hiding, or have been killed (Revelation 14:6).
The 144,000 natural Israelites are SUPERNATURALLY protected and emerge from the tribulation unscathed.
There's a special rapture for them from Mount Zion, Jerusalem, in Revelation 14:1 shortly after the reign of Antichrist begins.
This, if nothing else, PROVES that God hasn't lost track of the so-called "10 lost tribes".
He knows EXACTLY where they are, and where EACH MEMBER OF THOSE TRIBES IS.
They may be "lost" to the world.
NOTHING is lost to God, except those WHO CHOOSE TO BE.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016
The liberal world is still reeling from Britain’s liberating vote last Thursday, June 23, CHOOSING to leave the EU.
Kudos to the Brits for breaking the shackles of globalism and declaring FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE!
But there’s ANOTHER GROUP that suffered a serious setback:
For DECADES, peddlers of religious fiction HAVE SHOVED NEFARIOUS CONSPIRACY THEORIES DOWN OUR THROATS.
They still pitch books and CD’s all over Kristian media to dumb Christians as “Bible prophecy”.
Their mendacious theories propose that certain elite and secretive organizations like the Bilderberg Group, the Rockefellers, the Illuminati, Bohemian Grove, Opus Dei, and OTHERS are plotting to rule the world, that they'll establish a "new world order" where there are no nations or borders, and one global currency, and that eschatology and the rise of Antichrist will be brought about through their efforts.
There’s ONE HUGE PROBLEM with their theories, and THEIR SALES PITCH:
It’s NOT FOUND IN the Bible!
Therefore, IT IS NOT “Bible prophecy”.
I don’t care how much greedy liars try to sell it as “Bible prophecy’, there isn’t ONE Scripture – from Genesis to Revelation – that speaks of any “conspiracy”, or any elite and secretive group, BRINGING ABOUT the tribulation, or the 42-month rule of Antichrist.
Scriptures are crystal clear that GOD – not some conspiring group – will take His people Home, will judge those who remain on earth, who are adamant in rejecting Christ, and WILL GIVE THEM THEIR WICKED HEARTS’ DESIRE in the person of an evil ruler, the son of Satan, and future Antichrist. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-9).
He will also send UNPRECEDENTED JUDGMENTS on them, like nothing this world has ever experienced.
There are, without any doubt, certain groups that meet regularly and plot to control if not all of the world, large portions of it, mostly through politics and finances.
Unless any of their members turn to Christ with all their hearts in the final moments of this age, THEY WILL BE RULED BY THE ANTICHRIST AND SUFFER THE SAME HORRIBLE JUDGMENTS AS EVERYONE ELSE. (Revelation 6:15-17; 13:16-18)
Therefore, to suggest that THEY ARE THE FORCE BEHIND the rise of Antichrist and his 42-month world domination is RIDICULOUS AND ABSURD.
It’s also an outrageous, UNBIBLICAL LIE.
But don’t mind me, silly Christians…
Keep WASTING YOUR MONEY on hucksters who pose as "prophecy experts", on vapid “entertainment” and UNSCRIPTURAL FANTASIES…
When Jesus APPEARS, you’ll simply wet your pants, get the shock of your religiously proper, Bible illiterate lives, and your UNBIBLICAL HOUSE OF CARDS will come tumbling down.
MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016
GETTING IT DONE
We have readers ALL OVER the world, in every single nation, that God has strategically placed at these various locations.
We need for each of you TO DO YOUR PART – FOR JESUS’ GLORY:
IN THE NAME OF JESUS, I take dominion and authority over _____ city, _____ state.
I overthrow the spirit of _________ (any particular work of darkness manifesting in your city, state or nation).
I topple and destroy all strongholds of darkness over this area in Jesus’ Name and by His sacred Blood.
I claim _____ city _______state, or _________ country FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and the Kingdom of God.
I CONSECRATE (DEDICATE) THIS CITY, (state or country) to you, my Lord, Savior and God.
I call forth THOUSANDS OF SOULS TO SALVATION by receiving Christ into their hearts and experiencing a new SPIRITUAL birth from above.
I EXPEL spiritual darkness, and silence and neutralize cults and false religion in Jesus’ Name. I FORBID spiritual deception in Jesus’ Name.
I call forth revival and unity of Spirit among believers.
And I decree these things in Jesus’ mighty Name and for His eternal glory.
This is the BASIC way to do it. Please be sensitive to and allow the Holy Spirit TO GUIDE you.
The Holy Spirit WILL NEVER say, or guide you to say, ANYTHING that contradicts the HOLY, INERRANT Word that He inspired (the Bible).
The Spirit LIVES IN your stomach/kidney area, and if you focus ON HIM, you can actually FEEL HIM MOVE inside you.
You will EXPERIENCE A SENSE OF “FULLNESS” INSIDE.
DON’T DO THIS UNLESS you’re born-again and ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that Jesus LIVES IN YOU.
That’s HOW it’s done, saints.
Now, let’s get busy AND DO IT!!!
RULE OVER “your” territory!
In Jesus’ Authority and for Jesus’ glory!
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016
CLAIM YOUR TERRITORY
“And God blessed them, and God said to them: Be fruitful, and multiply, and FILL THE EARTH, AND SUBDUE IT” (Genesis 1:28)
His master said: ‘YOU TAKE CHARGE OF five cities.’ (Luke 19:19)
Two thousand years of Church history and we have SQUANDERED our authority, FAILED TO TAKE DOMINION, FAILED TO SUBDUE THE PLANET, OR EVEN OUR OWN sorry LIVES…
We have ALLOWED Satan and his evil spirits TO TAKE OVER what RIGHTFULLY BELONGS TO Jesus and to us.
We were always meant to be JOINT RULERS WITH JESUS over this earth. (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:1-7)
We are to RULE WITH AND FROM the born-again INNER CHRIST IN US, and thus IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH JESUS and each other:
Jesus gave us SPIRITUAL authority.
We were meant to rule FROM THE SPIRIT INSIDE, WHO IS CHRIST. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
That spiritual authority was to influence every area of this world: spread the Gospel, influence political rulers and the rule of law, finances, art, education, entertainment and, ultimately, our relationship with Him and each other.
It was intended to ESTABLISH God’s Kingdom on earth.
It was to PRODUCE the FRUIT OF the Spirit and ESTABLISH IT ALL OVER THIS EARTH: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22).
Instead, here’s what happened:
Just like Adam tried to monopolize that Authority in Eden, in the 4th century A.D., ONE religious institution, led by ONE MAN tried to monopolize it.
The Christian faith was DISTORTED and CHANGED into ORGANIZED RELIGION.
It had ONE MAN as its leader WHO CLAIMED, NOT JOINT RULERSHIP but ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY.
That ONE MAN falsely claimed to be the “vicar” or SUBSTITUTE, or SOLE REPRESENTATIVE of Christ on earth.
And, yes, to make HIS GOVERNMENT SEEM legitimate, he would have a “college of cardinals” ALL APPOINTED BY HIM, NOT BY GOD, who’d basically rubber stamp EVERYTHING HE DECREED, whether it was in line with God’s Word or not.
That ONE MAN was NOT called by God, in fact he and his successors lacked THE ONE ESSENTIAL to rule and exercise SPIRITUAL authority over the earth: SPIRITUAL REBIRTH.
THAT ONE MAN and his successors SOON BECAME DESPOTS.
These draconian religious tyrants RULED BY THE FLESH, NOT by the Spirit.
History widely attests to this by their shameful record of greed, lust, lust for power, abuse of power, false doctrine, intrigue, crimes, atrocities, pagan traditions and practices, BANNING people from studying the Word of God, and OTHER out-of-control excesses.
Certain believers found Jesus and the born-again experience DESPITE their religious whoredom.
However, the damage had been done.
They also began ruling their religious “kingdoms” FROM THE FLESH, NOT FROM THE SPIRIT.
They thought the calling of God could be procured through a degree from a carnal institution of “higher learning” DEVOID OF THE SPIRIT.
The result: Christians haven’t exercised Christ’s authority for at least 16 centuries.
We live like SLAVES instead of KINGS.
And the few who have attempted to use His authority have COMPROMISED IT through false teaching, deception and greed.
Or they have MISTAKEN religious clichés, emotional outbursts and SHOUTING with THE AUTHORITY that comes FROM SOLIDLY STANDING ON GOD’S written WORD as well ON THE WORD INCARNATE, WHO IS THE INNER CHRIST.
The extent of your territory depends on the extent on which YOU STAND ON THE AUTHORITY OF THE INNER CHRIST: IN TOTAL TRUST and CONVICTION OF HIS AUTHORITY AND POWER.
But the size of the territory is not as important as TAKING AUTHORITY over SOME territory for Jesus’ glory, even if you begin with only ONE CITY BLOCK.
Do you dare to ACT ON HIS AUTHORITY, Body of Christ?
This isn’t conventional prayer: This involves COMMANDING and ENFORCING.
Do you dare topple strongholds, silence and paralyze principalities, bind evil spirits, and prevent them from acting?
Do you dare IMPOSE THE WILL OF GOD on your territory?
Do you dare TAKE your city, county, state, or COUNTRY for Christ?
God GAVE US DOMINION OVER THE EARTH: over cities, states, countries, and regions, and He WILL HOLD US RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016
“THE WEAPONS OF OUR EXPEDITION (journey through this life) ARE NOT THE WEAPONS OF THE WORLD. Instead, THEY HAVE DIVINE MIGHT TO DEMOLISH STRONGHOLDS.
CASTING DOWN (OVERTHROWING) imaginations, AND EVERY HIGH THING that exalts itself AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
There are conventional weapons of this world that destroy human flesh and OTHER MATERIAL things: and there are SPIRITUAL WEAPONS that DEMOLISH spiritual strongholds and principalities IN HIGH PLACES, as we read above.
The SPIRIT REALM controls the flesh REALM.
Once more: The SPIRIT REALM controls the flesh REALM.
Since NOTHING (good or bad) happens on this earth that hasn’t taken place first “above”, in the SPIRIT REALM.
If we RULE THE SPIRIT REALM, we can CONTROL the flesh realm.
If we USE CHRIST’S AUTHORITY TO RULE THE SPIRIT REALM, we can CONTROL what happens on the earth realm.
And Jesus told us, after His Resurrection, that He has ALL POWER AND AUTHORITY IN BOTH heaven and earth.
Since Jesus, WHO HAS SUCH ABSOLUTE POWER AND AUTHORITY LIVES IN US, it should be easy for members of His spiritual Body to TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS in the spirit realm, and thus CONTROL the earth realm.
THAT, coincidentally, is HOW we will rule and reign on this earth DURING THE MILLENNIUM.
We don't struggle, we DON'T "FIGHT": WE STAND ON HIS AUTHORITY AND COMMAND.
We DECREE. We SUBDUE.
However, an UNUSED WEAPON has NO EFFECT, and DOES NOT PROTECT ANYONE.
Again: An UNUSED WEAPON has NO EFFECT, and DOES NOT PROTECT ANYONE.
I remember many years ago when I was being relentlessly and viciously attacked by Satan, when the devil was using me MERCILESSLY for target practice, when NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRIED TO BREAK LOOSE from his grip and overcome my circumstances, I’d take ONE step forward and he’d attack me 10 different ways and PUSH ME BACK 20 STEPS.
I vividly remember consulting pastors, ministers, those “faith giants” in the “word of faith” camp, even believers in my own family.
And I also PAINFULLY REMEMBER THE CRAPPY and USELESS “advice” and “instruction” that I got:
It ranged from useless religious clichés like “you need to have faith” (well, duh… easier said than done when you’re getting the tar beaten out of you FROM THE MOMENT YOU OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE MOMENT YOU FALL ASLEEP, AND EVEN WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING)…
To joining some stupid “prayer group”, to attending religious services, to singing boring religious hymns, to donating money to an “uber-anointed preacher” and ALL my troubles would magically disappear.
NONE of the “advice” I got worked.
Not only did my troubles NOT disappear, THEY KEPT GETTING WORSE AND WORSE!
Just when I thought they COULDN'T POSSIBLY get any worse... THEY DID!!!
I suppose that, if ANYTHING “good” came out of those HORRIFIC trials that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, it is that IT FORCED ME to seek and find the ANSWERS that I’ve been sharing with you.
These aren’t “biblical THEORIES” that I just dreamed up: I’VE APPLIED THESE PRINCIPLES TO MY OWN LIFE – and THEY HAVE WORKED!!!
And I’ve applied them MANY TIMES SINCE, and THEY HAVE WORKED – EACH AND EVERY TIME!
Glory to Jesus for all the ages!
Praise His mighty power and faithfulness!
Unfortunately, at the moment the Church suffers from SPIRITUAL ATROPHY.
It DOESN’T USE Jesus’ Authority.
Most believers DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEIR SPIRIT IS, let alone that JESUS ACTUALLY, LITERALLY LIVES THERE. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
The more we use Jesus’ Authority, the more we develop spiritually and THE STRONGER IN SPIRIT WE GET.
Spiritual authority comes from THE INNER CHRIST, who lives inside each born-again person.
He lives in the stomach and kidney area.
And He has ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and, therefore, on earth.
If we take care of business IN THE HEAVENS, IN THE SPIRIT REALM, IN HIGH PLACES, we can LITERALLY RULE this planet and CONTROL what happens on it.
Matter of fact THAT is what we are PREDESTINED to do. (Revelation 5:10)
It’s time to STOP ATTACKING and criticizing our brothers and sisters, and PARALYZE the REAL ENEMY (ha Satan) in the spirit realm, and DEMOLISH HIS STRONGHOLDS.
Let’s make it so that Jesus WILL HAVE TO rapture us, and take us "out of the way" in order for the tribulation to happen and for the Antichrist to reign as “it is written”.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016
POWER FROM ABOVE
“Jesus answered: You would have NO POWER OVER ME if it were not given to you FROM ABOVE”. (John 19:11)
The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and HIS KINGDOM RULES OVER ALL (Psalm 103:19)
“For the kingdom is the LORD'S; And He is the RULER OVER the nations.” (Psalm 22:28)
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying: ALL POWER IS GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.
THEREFORE GO (in my power) AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. (Matthew 28:18-19)
Spiritual power comes from above.
And “above” is INSIDE YOU.
Jesus has ALL POWER in heaven and on earth, and Jesus LIVES IN YOU.
It’s no accident that you are where you are.
God has strategically placed the members of His Body, according to His Will.
And ALL IT TAKES IS ONE member of His Body to TAKE OVER an entire territory and establish His Will on earth as it is in heaven.
ALL IT TAKES IS ONE BELIEVER who is fully persuaded of Christ’s Presence in him or her, of Christ’s TOTAL Authority, TO IMPOSE THE WILL OF GOD.
ALL IT TAKES IS ONE born-again Christian to KICK ISIS OUT OF IRAN and Syria!
TO DESTROY that terrorist organization!
TO DESTROY Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Khorasan and ALL THE OTHER groups spawned by Satan.
ALL it takes is ONE believer STANDING ON CHRIST’S AUTHORITY to PREVENT TERRORISM in a given city, state or nation.
For too long we’ve looked to feckless politicians and ineffective government to keep us safe and fight the enemy.
I’ve been guilty of it, and so have you.
It’s time to realize WHERE THE REAL POWER comes from.
Conventional weapons will only take us so far.
Whatever happens on the earth below HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE ABOVE.
POWER COMES FROM ABOVE.
NO ARMY ON THIS EARTH HAS ANY POWER THAT HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN FROM ABOVE.
The question is: WILL CHRISTIANS ABANDON THE SPIRITUAL TURF OVER THEIR RESPECTIVE CITIES and NATIONS AND ALLOW SATAN AND HIS RULERS TO OCCUPY THAT TURF, OR WILL they ACT IN JESUS’ NAME AND ON HIS AUTHORITY TO SUBDUE IT FOR HIS GLORY?
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016
“Go INTO (PENETRATE) ALL the WORLD” (Mark 16:15)
“OCCUPY UNTIL I come.” (Luke 19:13)
“GIVE NO PLACE to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27)
Those were Jesus’ ORDERS to His followers (us), just prior to His death, Resurrection and Ascension.
And WHAT have His followers done?
The ONLY THING we’ve “occupied”, to our infinite shame, is those CONCRETE MONUMENTS and FORTRESSES we’ve erected and which we FALSELY call “churches”.
Those “buildings” INVENTED in the fourth century WHICH JESUS NEVER TOLD US TO BUILD.
THE MOMENT you erect one of those religious buildings, YOU RETREAT:
You're NOT occupying, YOU'RE HIDING!
You wouldn’t build any of those buildings, UNLESS YOU PLANNED TO HIDE INSIDE.
THAT IS WHY Jesus NEVER TOLD US to build those useless castles:
He WANTED US to GO OUT INTO all the world, NOT RETREAT INSIDE our fortresses.
It’s bad enough we HAVEN’T PENETRATED ALL the world like He commanded.
We’ve actually RETREATED and HIDDEN FROM the world!
As a result, we become SO TIMID and SO SMALL-MINDED, SO LIMITED in our thinking that we think our lofty mission in life is to knock on people’s doors and INVITE THEM to HIDE INSIDE THE FORTRESS WITH US.
“Hi neighbor, COME HIDE WITH ME from the evil world: let’s hide in my denomination’s fortress”.
LET SATAN OCCUPY the world, we’ll JUST STAY inside the “safety” of our religious monuments.
THE MONUMENTS THAT GLORIFY OUR DENOMINATION, or THE HIRELING who calls himself “pastor”.
They sure as hell DON’T glorify Jesus!
WHATEVER we fail to occupy we’re TURNING OVER TO SATAN BY DEFAULT.
Once more: WHATEVER areas of this world we FAIL TO OCCUPY we are turning over to Satan BY DEFAULT.
We don’t even have to say “O.K., Satan, you can have this city”.
If we DO NOT OCCUPY IT, he WILL!
Jesus said: “When an evil spirit COMES OUT OF A PERSON (the same PRINCIPLE applies to cities, industries, and territories), it (the evil spirit) goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.
Then it says, ‘I WILL RETURN TO THE HOUSE I LEFT.’
When it arrives, IT FINDS THE HOUSE (or territory) UNOCCUPIED, swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and TAKES WITH IT SEVEN OTHER SPIRITS MORE WICKED THAN ITSELF, AND THEY GO IN AND LIVE THERE.
AND THE FINAL CONDITION OF THAT PERSON (city or region) IS WORSE THAN THE FIRST.
That is HOW IT WILL BE with this wicked generation.” (Matthew 12:43-45)
When I think of how the Apostles and the Early Church COVERED THE ENTIRE WORLD with the Gospel, when they didn’t have TV, internet, computers, printers, smart phones, airplanes, cars, or ANY of the modern conveniences and technology WE HAVE TODAY…
And how MOST of the territory THEY TOOK OVER and WON OVER for Jesus, often at the cost of their own lives, is STEEPED IN SPIRITUAL DARKNESS TODAY…
It’s beyond sad: It’s DISGUSTING that we’ve SURRENDERED those territories to Satan through sheer IGNORANCE and LAZINESS.
We have A LOT of catching up to do.
And we better GET BUSY doing it.
JUNE 22, 2016
“For we VIBRATE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD: but AGAINST principalities, against powers, against THE RULERS of the darkness of this world, against SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HEAVENLY PLACES.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Before I get 1,500 emails about it, I’m well aware that English translations say we “wrestle not”.
However, there’s NO WRESTLING or fighting or “warfare” involved.
The Greek word pallo actually means TO VIBRATE.
That makes A LOT OF SENSE since we’re using SPIRITUAL authority and SPIRITUAL energy (which involves electromagnetic pulsations or VIBRATIONS) to STAND AGAINST principalities and rulers of darkness.
These rulers and principalities can pick up our spiritual “vibes” and KNOW whether that person IS FULLY PERSUADED and REALLY GROUNDED on Christ’s Authority or not. (Acts 15:16-17; 19:13-15)
Therefore, the way this verse is quoted above, is THE CORRECT AND MOST FAITHFUL translation of the original text.
Jesus ALREADY WON the battle, for ALL THE AGES.
All His Body (the Church) is supposed to do is STAND on that marvelous Truth, EXERCISE His Authority, and SUPERIMPOSE HIS WILL.
There’s NO “fighting” of any kind involved.
Daniel chapter 10 is a most fascinating passage of Scripture.
Keep in mind this took place BEFORE Jesus went to Golgotha, poured out His sacred, sinless Blood, and DEFEATED Satan and principalities FOREVER (Colossians 2:13-15; Revelation 1:17-18)
Daniel goes on a 21-day partial fast seeking God’s Face and deeper understanding about a revelation that had been given him about the “time of the end”.
At the end of the 21 days JESUS PERSONALLY APPEARS to give him SPECIFIC UNDERSTANDING about the revelation Daniel had received.
Then Jesus makes the most astounding statement:
“…Fear not, Daniel: for FROM THE FIRST DAY THAT YOU DID SET YOUR HEART TO UNDERSTAND, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I HAVE COME BECAUSE OF YOUR WORDS.
But THE PRINCE (RULER) OF THE KINGDOM OF Persia WITHSTOOD ME 21 DAYS: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; for I HAD REMAINED THERE WITH the kings of Persia.” (Daniel 10:12-13)
A bit later Jesus says:
“Do you know WHY I come to you? And now I will return TO DEVOUR the prince (ruler) of Persia: and when I have gone forth, lo, the prince (ruler) of Greece shall come.
But I will show you that which is noted IN THE SCRIPTURE OF TRUTH: and there is none that IS STRONG AND SUPPORTS ME in these things, but Michael your prince.” (Daniel 10:20-21)
Again, most English Bibles render verse 20 as “I will return TO FIGHT the prince of Persia”. That was invented by religion. The Hebrew word lacham literally means “TO DEVOUR”, as I have CORRECTLY quoted above.
Here’s what happened:
Daniel sets himself apart to seek God, God (Jesus) immediately hears, answers, and decides to appear and talk directly to Daniel.
The ruler (principality) over Persia WOULD NOT let JESUS through.
Jesus has the power to instantly blast that ruler into oblivion, but what’s involved here IS NOT RAW POWER but AUTHORITY.
God had given Adam absolute dominion over the earth. Adam had cut a pact with Satan. Adam had colluded with Satan to sink Eve, and their spiritual offspring, and RETAIN SOLE DOMINION OVER the earth.
In the process he fell, LOST the earth, and transferred his dominion to Satan. (Luke 4:5-7)
Satan, in turn, gave some of that dominion and authority to TERRITORIAL rulers, which he assigned to influence certain regions of this planet.
One of those rulers was the prince (ruler) of Persia. This evil ruling spirit HAD FORMED A SPIRITUAL STRONGHOLD OVER THAT TERRITORY and, as verse 13 points out, that stronghold was reinforced by OTHER rulers of darkness.
Before Calvary, the Resurrection and Ascension of Messiah, that territorial ruler had THE LEGAL RIGHT (authority on earth) to prevent Jesus from visiting Daniel in Persia.
He withstood Jesus for 21 days. By then, Jesus had had enough.
Since Jesus IS the Supreme Law in the universe, and since His Kingdom rules above ALL kingdoms (Psalm 24:1; 103:19; Daniel 4:17), Michael came, pushed the ruler of Persia and his under rulers aside, and Jesus finally appeared to Daniel.
Once Jesus’ mission was accomplished, He said that He’d return and DEVOUR that ruler of darkness over Persia which had withstood Him.
And once He CONSUMED that ruler, Satan would appoint another ruler over Greece, who would control not only Greece, but also the territory formerly under the ruler of Persia.
Indeed, that is precisely what happened, as history corroborates.
That's exactly what the son of Satan, Alexander, did in his first coming.
Here’s the bottom line: Satan has TERRITORIAL RULERS.
And SO DOES JESUS!!!
WE ARE Jesus’ territorial kings and priests. (1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; 5:10)
WE ARE His emissaries appointed to establish His Will and His Kingdom on earth. (Luke 19:17-19; 22:29)
That’s why He commanded the disciples to “go into ALL the world and preach the Good News” (Mark 16:15):
So that His Church would be spread THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
You’re NOT an accident. You were STRATEGICALLY PLACED in that country or region BY THE WILL OF GOD.
Only problem is RELIGION HAS ROBBED His Church of scriptural knowledge, experiential knowledge, and KEPT US IN DARKNESS about EXERCISING Christ’s AUTHORITY.
Hence Satan is controlling large portions of this earth BY DEFAULT.
Religion has ALSO KEPT US DIVIDED, and we’ve all heard the saying “divide and conquer”.
That is why I’ve said often that religion – even many forms of “Christian” religion – is Satan’s MOST EFFECTIVE and useful tool.
However, even as fragmented as Christ’s Body currently appears to be, there’s MORE POWER AND AUTHORITY in the little toe of Jesus’ Body than IN ANYTHING OR ANYONE THAT SATAN SETS UP.
We MUST TOPPLE, DEMOLISH and CONSUME those strongholds over cities and nations. We must DEVOUR those rulers of darkness in the sky, JUST AS JESUS DID TO THAT ANCIENT RULER OVER PERSIA.
If only the sleeping giant called Church would AWAKE FROM ITS SLUMBER, become deeply rooted in His Love, FULLY PERSUADED OF Jesus’ TOTAL VICTORY, MAN UP, and USE Christ’s Authority.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
“I know that WHATEVER GOD DOES IT SHALL BE FOREVER: NOTHING CAN BE ADDED TO IT, NOR ANYTHING TAKEN FROM IT: And God does it so that men should fear before Him” (Ecclesiastes 3:14)
I had planned to devote this entire week to Bible prophecy. However, there are times when God INTERRUPTS our plans and SUPERIMPOSES His Will:
Glory to Him for all eternity, worlds without end!
In the wake of the recent terror act in Orlando, AND THE FOILED terror attempt in California, the Spirit spoke very clearly:
“Do you know THE DIFFERENCE between Orlando and California? Someone in California TOOK AUTHORITY.”
Then He reminded me that these messages are read ALL OVER THE WORLD.
Even in English they’re read all over the world. Plus we have websites in French and Spanish that are read in large parts of this planet.
Then the Holy Spirit reminded me that He (God) GAVE US DOMINION OVER this planet in Genesis chapter 1, and THAT HE’S NEVER TAKEN IT AWAY.
Let me say that again:
God gave us DOMINION OVER THIS ENTIRE PLANET in Genesis 1:28 and He has NEVER taken it away.
That Adam allowed Satan to usurp and STEAL the dominion that God had given Adam, is a different matter.
God NEVER took it away.
And Jesus, last Adam, WENT TO THE CROSS, THEN TO HELL ITSELF, TO RECOVER and RESTORE THAT ABSOLUTE DOMINION AND AUTHORITY TO US. (Matthew 28:18-19)
God’s original directive HASN’T CHANGED ONE IOTA.
We are STILL supposed to exercise DOMINION OVER the earth and subdue it.
And what has organized religion done?
Tell us that we’re helpless bystanders who have to accept whatever happens, NO MATTER HOW HORRIFIC, as “the will of God”:
Just put on that stupid religious grin and BEAR IT.
IN THE BEST INSTANCES, it has taught us how to be born again (thank God for those organizations that at least taught us THAT!) and then twiddle our thumbs HELPLESSLY and just SIT THERE until ONE DAY in the sweet bye and bye, when Jesus decides to rapture us.
Sorry, but I can’t find ANY OF THAT MANURE in the Bible.
WHY does God REMOVE His Church from earth BEFORE the Antichrist appears? (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8)
THE REASON that the Body of Christ is “taken out of the way” IS BECAUSE ANTICHRIST CAN’T HAVE ANY DOMINION OVER ANYTHING ON EARTH, UNTIL CHRIST’S BODY IS OUT OF HERE!!!
WHY? BECAUSE GOD GAVE THAT DOMINION TO US!!!
No tyrant – and certainly NO SON OF SATAN – CAN RULE THE WORLD AS LONG AS humans, male and female, RE-CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE THROUGH THE NEW BIRTH EXPERIENCE, are here.
DOMINION OVER THE EARTH IS OURS, silly Christians!
(Yes, He ALSO raptures us because we’re His kids and He loves us. No question about that: but THE MAIN REASON is what I just stated).
God NEVER changes: His Word NEVER changes.
God gave us DOMINION OVER this planet.
In God’s Name, Church, WHY AREN’T YOU USING IT?
MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016
THERE’S NO FUTURE
I’ve been recently told by two “Christian” heretics – from two heretical religions – that I should not preach salvation as something WE ALREADY HAVE but as something we “SHALL have” – at some distant “time” in the “future”.
Not only is salvation – according to their false doctrine – a “future” event BUT, even if Jesus lives in our hearts, salvation IS ONLY ACHIEVABLE IF we comply with the “conditions” INVENTED by their heretical sects.
Apparently, then, Jesus WAS WRONG.
Apparently, these heretics KNOW MORE ABOUT SALVATION than Jesus does!
Apparently, Jesus is a pathetic Savior who needs lots of “help” from fallen, sinful mortals in order to save us.
And apparently, sin is BIGGER THAN Jesus and has more power to damn than Jesus has to save.
If that were the case, then SIN IS GOD, and we’re ALL DOOMED regardless OF WHAT we do, don’t do, and regardless OF WHAT we believe.
My reply to the first heretic was:
“So, you’re “advising me” to be UNCERTAIN of salvation: in other words, you’re telling me NOT TO have faith (trust) in Jesus?”
To his credit, he backtracked very quickly and even asked for forgiveness.
I told him he was forgiven, and that HIS SINS HAVE BEEN PAID IN FULL by Jesus: then gave him THE GOOD NEWS of the eternal Gospel of Grace and invited him to receive Christ into his heart and TRUST HIM COMPLETELY FOR SALVATION IN THE HERE AND NOW.
The second heretic actually quoted Scripture!
He cited Romans 10:9: “if you SHALL confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you WILL BE saved”.
He contended that, since this Scripture uses future tense, it “proves” that salvation is “future”.
I replied that he MISUNDERSTANDS this verse:
Someone can say “son, when you graduate, you WILL BE an engineer”.
Once he graduates, HE IS an engineer (present tense).
The conditions for Salvation are that we confess Jesus and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. Once we MEET THOSE CONDITIONS, we “graduate”, which means we ARE saved (present tense).
Salvation is PRESENT reality. If it’s NOT present, it’s not ETERNAL Life (John 3:16).
Those who POSTPONE salvation to the “future” WILL NEVER BE SAVED.
The “future” DOESN’T EXIST.
Again: the “future” DOES NOT EXIST.
The “future” is A LIE, INVENTED BY the father of lies. (Isaiah 14:13-14; John 8:44)
By the “time” what we humans PERCEIVE as “future” comes around… IT’S PRESENT!!!
PRESENT is the ONLY TRUTH there is.
Jesus is THE Truth. (John 14:6)
Jesus is Salvation. (Acts 4:12)
Jesus is ETERNAL PRESENT. (Exodus 3:14)
Salvation is NOW, NOT “later”. (John 5:24; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 John 5:13)
“TODAY is THE DAY of Salvation:
NOW is the ONLY ACCEPTED “time” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
There’s NO SALVATION “in the future”.
Salvation is Jesus IN OUR HEARTS – RIGHT NOW.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016
THE PERFECT GIFT
“Every good gift and EVERY PERFECT GIFT is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom is NO VARIABLENESS, neither shadow of CHANGING.” (James 1:17)
If we were to think back about every blessing, every answer to prayer, every solution found, every difficult situation God has gotten us through, every time He has supernaturally protected us, THE LIST WOULD BE ENDLESS.
He is such a good Father!
So loving and so kind!
And He has ADOPTED every person who has given his or her heart to Jesus, as His own son or daughter.
He has given us His Nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
It doesn’t get any more PERFECT than that.
He has given us His Spirit, the Spirit of adoption by which we say “Abba, Father”. (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6)
And the most perfect Gift of all: Salvation.
“For IT IS BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED, THROUGH FAITH—and this is not from yourselves, it is THE GIFT of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Jesus IS Salvation.
Things may not always play out the way we'd like in this nightmarish temporary world, but once it's over, Jesus will still be there.
Jesus IS eternity.
Jesus is THE MOST PERFECT GIFT that the Father gave to the world.
Happy Father’s Day
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016
DID JESUS KEEP THE SABBATH?
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days SHALL YOU LABOR, and do ALL YOUR WORK:
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: in it YOU SHALL NOT DO ANY WORK, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates" (Exodus 20:8-10).
Sabbatarian cults love to say that Jesus "kept the Sabbath" and offer as example that He often visited the Jewish synagogue on Saturday (Luke 4:16).
Only one tiny problem with their false teaching:
There's NOTHING in the fourth commandment -- the one that tells us to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy" -- about congregating in a synagogue, a Christian worship center, OR ANYWHERE ELSE on the Sabbath.
Matter of fact, THERE WERE NO SYNAGOGUES ANYWHERE when the fourth commandment was given.
Synagogues were INVENTED by exiled Jews 1,000 years later.
And Christian worship centers (INCORRECTLY called “churches”) were INVENTED almost 2,000 years later.
Like the rest of their heretical doctrine, the "Jesus kept the Sabbath" myth is nothing but A BIG, FAT LIE.
During His public ministry Jesus NEVER KEPT the 24-hour Sabbath.
His disciples PICKED GRAIN on Saturday (Matthew 12:1-2), which Exodus 20:8-10 STRICTLY FORBIDS.
They TRAVELED on Saturday (Matthew 12:1-15), also forbidden by the 4th commandment.
They CARRIED STUFF on the Sabbath (John 5:8-11).
He HEALED on Saturday (Mark 3:1-6; Luke 13:1-16).
And here's the Scripture that NO LYING Sabbatarian will EVER QUOTE:
"For this reason the Jewish leaders were trying even harder to kill Him, because NOT ONLY WAS HE BREAKING THE SABBATH, but He was also calling God his own Father, thus making Himself equal with God" (John 5:18).
That verse says, clear as daylight, that Jesus WAS BREAKING the Sabbath... again and again.
Which part of "Jesus was BREAKING the Sabbath" don't these deluded souls understand?
Yet for Sabbatarians it's AS IF that verse wasn't in the Bible.
Why? Because that verse TOTALLY DESTROYS their lie that "Jesus kept the Sabbath".
It's utterly expedient to just sweep it under the rug.
That just proves their hypocritical bias.
Jesus DIDN'T observe the 24-hour Sabbath because the 24-hour Sabbath is ONLY a shadow (Colossians 2:16-17).
Shadows are NEVER the real thing.
Your shadow is NOT the real you.
Jesus didn't observe the 24-hour Sabbath because He is THE REAL Sabbath.
He is THE ONLY ONE that can give us true, eternal REST.
And RESTING in the Lord is what the fourth commandment has always been about.
Ceasing from OUR OWN WORKS, and TRUSTING God's FINISHED work:
"And on the seventh day God FINISHED HIS WORK which he had made; and he RESTED ON the seventh day FROM ALL HIS WORK which he had made" (Genesis 2:2).
That's something, coincidentally, that Sabbatarians NEVER DO.
That's why Jesus said "come UNTO ME (not unto a 24-hour day) and I (not some transient 24-hour day) WILL GIVE YOU REST (Matthew 11:28).
He will give us the REAL Sabbath of rest because HE FINISHED THE WORK OF OUR REDEMPTION, and because He IS the REAL, and ETERNAL Sabbath.
Once THE REAL Sabbath showed up, the shadow VANISHED.
That is why there ISN’T ONE VERSE in the Bible that commands CHRISTIANS to observe the 24-hour shadow.
NO ONE NEEDS TO "OBSERVE" A SHADOW AFTER THEY'VE SEEN THE REAL.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016
IT COULDN'T BE JESUS
Jesus did WHAT NO ARMY IN THE WORLD could do.
He accomplished what no Jewish, Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, nor Greek, PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED ARMY and mercenaries could ever accomplish:
He DEFEATED the Roman Empire, the GREATEST, MOST FEARED military machine known to man.
And He did it without armies, without armor, without shields, helmets, swords, spears or catapults.
He did it BY THE SHEER POWER OF HIS SPIRIT AND HIS WORD (Zechariah 4:6).
He did it in less than 300 years.
DESPITE Satan, DESPITE ruthless and unrelenting persecution, DESPITE thousands of martyrs - men and women - being crucified, burned alive, starved to death and thrown into the arena to be torn apart and devoured by wild beasts, the initially small sect called Christian grew by leaps and bounds, EXPANDED ALL OVER the Roman territory, and SWALLOWED UP all of Rome's military might in a matter of 280 years.
The Roman Emperor himself became Christian.
The Christian Message, THE Good News or Gospel, is unrivaled and unequaled in the annals of HISTORY, or His Story.
It is FAR SUPERIOR TO any religion or philosophy INVENTED by mortals:
Because it's God's Message.
Despite being widely infiltrated by greedy merchants, compromisers, liars, DECEIVERS, COWARDS, politicians and HERETICS, it has THE SAME POWER TODAY AS IT DID 2,000 YEARS AGO.
The power to TRANSFORM HEARTS AND LIVES, one at a time.
If Jesus is dead, if Jesus didn't rise from the dead, if Jesus DIDN'T EVEN EXIST as some terrified morons, and self-deceived, history challenged ignoramuses claim without any proof, HOW can a dead person, let alone someone WHO DIDN'T EXIST, in this day and age, with the greatest technology at our disposal, where information is available at the click of a mouse, STILL HAVE THAT POWER?
At a time when we boast of scientific and technological discoveries, where we can record and send images with a handheld tablet or smart phone, HOW can a "DEAD" person be worshiped by over 2 BILLION PEOPLE WORLD WIDE?
Simply because He's NOT dead, HE IS ALIVE.
His ever growing, TWO BILLION STRONG, SPIRITUAL Kingdom is about to MANIFEST ON EARTH, and RULE THE ENTIRE PLANET, IN LESS THAN FOUR YEARS.
As it did 2,000 years ago, IT WILL SWALLOW UP all the systems of this corrupt world in which we've come to trust and take pride (Daniel 2:44).
You OWE IT TO YOURSELF to know THIS JESUS who, like it or not, will be your King in just a few years.
You can live in DENIAL only for so long.
Like it or not, REALITY is about to OVERTAKE even temporal human reason.
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016
IS DEPORTATION WRONG?
In the wake of the recent horrific terrorist attack on an Orlando gay night club, the 50 people murdered, and the 53 wounded…
Having already been subjected to OTHER multi-victim terrorist attacks like Fort Hood, Texas in 2009, at the Boston Marathon in 2013, San Bernardino, Ca. barely six months ago, in December 2015…
And the most horrific terrorist attack of all against our nation, 9/11/2001.
One must ask: is DEPORTATION of illegals, of suspicious foreigners, or law-breaking residents, or Islamic extremists wrong?
If it is, THEN JESUS IS WRONG.
Again: If deportation is wrong, then JESUS is WRONG.
Because the Book of Joel is crystal clear that, during the Millennium, ALL so-called “Palestinians” WILL BE DEPORTED from the Holy Land.
NOT ONE of them will remain.
Jesus will DEPORT EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM TO Saudi Arabia. (Joel 3:1-8)
This will happen whether they, or slaves to political correctness, LIKE IT OR NOT.
It’s one thing to watch or read about horrific acts of terror in some distant place like Iraq, Syria, Egypt, France, Belgium, or even Israel.
It’s quite another when it LITERALLY “HITS HOME”.
Terrorists HAVE ALREADY INFILTRATED the United States and are plying their trade IN OUR OWN BACKYARD.
And our feckless politicians are ALL SMILE, but NO ACTION.
They express horror and sadness at the all too frequent massacres of OUR CITIZENS, but DO NOTHING to contain it.
And I mean “NO-THING”.
NOT a thing.
Unfortunately, we still have TO ENDURE 7 MORE months OF THIS GLARING INCOMPETENCE.
Imagine, should Jesus tarry if, instead of 7 months, it turns into 7 months AND FOUR YEARS…
Or, God forbid, 7 months AND 8 YEARS!!!
One aspirant to the presidency is on record as saying that within the first 100 days of her presumed “presidency”, our southern border with Mexico will be non-existent.
That would mean that TERRORISTS, who are already coming in droves through our southern border, would enter and invade our country, AT WILL, and with IMPUNITY.
Lord knows WHAT they might do, and WHERE and WHEN they might strike.
The time would come when we no longer feel safe ANYWHERE: amusement parks, national parks, malls, supermarkets, movie theaters, sports stadiums, airports... you name it.
Even our neighborhoods and HOMES would be potential terror targets.
Heaven help us if “she” gets elected.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016
THE CURE FOR OBESITY – FINAL PART
“The fruit of the Spirit is Divine Love” (Galatians 5:22)
“BE FILLED WITH the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18)
“For THE VERY THING THAT I FEARED has overtaken me, and WHAT I DREADED HAS HAPPENED TO ME.” (Job 3:25)
“There is NO FEAR in Divine Love. Divine Love CASTS OUT FEAR” (1 John 4:18)
The more we FEAR gaining weight, the MORE WEIGHT we will gain.
Losing weight and keeping it off requires Divine Love and faith (TRUST) in Jesus.
When we have His Love and TRUST Him, there’s NO FEAR.
When there’s NO FEAR, we OVERCOME, and get TOTAL VICTORY.
Divine Love is ALREADY IN you.
He/it was put there by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5)
If you have received Christ into your heart, and ARE BORN AGAIN OF His Spirit, Divine Love (Jesus) LIVES INSIDE you!
He IS the “inner man”. He’s INSIDE YOU – ALL THE TIME.
Therefore you need not LOOK FOR LOVE, OR FULFILLMENT, OUTSIDE yourself.
NO OUTSIDE thing – whether it’s food, drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, partying, celebrity, social media, OR RELIGION will EVER satisfy your cravings.
Your INNER CRAVINGS are THE REASON you eat more than your body needs or burns.
Your HUNGRY, LOVE-STARVED soul DESPERATELY CRAVES Love of the Divine kind.
And that Love IS Jesus.
Your soul must FEAST on Jesus.
It must “EAT” His Divine Love ON A DAILY BASIS.
This INGESTION of Jesus is done WITHIN US, IN SPIRIT and SOUL (emotions):
Jesus practiced this:
“But he said to them, ‘I HAVE FOOD TO EAT that you know nothing about’." (John 4:32)
“Very truly I tell you, UNLESS YOU EAT THE FLESH OF the Son of Man and DRINK HIS BLOOD, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. FOR MY FLESH IS REAL FOOD and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so THE ONE WHO FEEDS ON ME WILL LIVE BECAUSE OF ME… The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE. (John 6:53-57, 63)
Jesus wasn’t talking about cannibalism.
He was talking about SPIRITUAL and EMOTIONAL EATING and DRINKING: About TAKING IN His Divine Love, His spiritual body made of Spirit substance, and His sinless Blood also made of Spirit substance.
“Look, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, AND OPENS THE DOOR, (to the inner man of the heart) I will COME IN TO HIM, and WILL EAT WITH HIM, AND HE (WILL EAT) WITH ME.” (Revelation 3:20)
Those who have more than 20 or 30 pounds to lose may have to also go on a TEMPORARY diet of physical food, THAT WILL YIELD TEMPORARY RESULTS until they drop that weight.
But THE ONLY THING that will KEEP IT OFF is INGESTING JESUS’ LOVE SEVERAL TIMES EACH DAY.
It is an EXTREMELY JOYOUS, PLEASURABLE, and SATISFYING experience.
STUFF YOURSELF with Jesus’ INFINITE, ENDLESS Love ON A DAILY BASIS, INSIDE…
And you will require LESS and LESS physical food ON THE OUTSIDE.
And THE RESULTS will show up in your physical body.
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016
THE CURE FOR OBESITY PART TWO
HOW TO FILL YOURSELF WITH GOD’S LOVE :
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit IN THE INNER MAN;
17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; THAT YOU, BEING ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And TO KNOW THE LOVE OF Christ, which passes knowledge, THAT YOU MIGHT BE FILLED WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF God.
Now UNTO HIM THAT IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US,
Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)
You only experience Love for someone when you THINK about him or her.
Again: even when, in the natural, we’re “madly in love with” someone, we don’t experience those feelings UNLESS WE THINK ABOUT that person who is the object of our love.
Same goes for Jesus.
If you want to FILL your heart with God’s Love FIRST THING YOU NEED TO DO IS THINK ABOUT JESUS.
Think about WHO He is, how wonderful He is, how loving, gracious, kind, faithful, powerful, tender, good, perfect, beautiful, and all His other wondrous attributes.
Think about WHAT HE DID for you.
Think about the magnificent, brilliant Destiny He has prepared for you.
Think about being His Bride, and of Him being our beloved Husband.
If you’re running around putting out a hundred “fires”, if you get bogged down with “duties” like Martha, you’ll MISS the best part which is THINKING ABOUT HIM, BEING WITH HIM, and EXPERIENCING HIS LOVE. (Luke 10:40)
Mary CHOSE THE GOOD PART (Jesus’ Love) which will never be taken from her.
Martha was preoccupied preparing food to feed THEIR STOMACHS.
That food would only fill their physical hunger, and it would do so ONLY TEMPORARILY.
Mary was FILLING HER HEART WITH JESUS’ LOVE.
And His Love would NEVER be taken away from her. (Luke 10:42)
Jesus’ LOVE WOULD FILL HER COMPLETELY and PERMANENTLY.
Jesus will FILL you FROM WITHIN.
His Love, His FULLNESS comes from WITHIN, because He’s already IN YOU if you’re born again.
Religion, on the other hand, tries to FILL YOU FROM WITHOUT.
But Jesus is NOT FOUND WITHOUT, but WITHIN. (Luke 17:20-21)
Religion offers ALL KINDS OF OUTER DISTRACTIONS TO KEEP YOU FROM FINDING THE INNER CHRIST:
“Christian” entertainment, “Christian” films, “Christian” cruises, “Christian” TV shows, “Christian” retreats (the word “retreat” says it all), youth groups, contemporary “Christian” music, worthless books and DVD’S filled with FICTION that will kill your boredom for 30 minutes, leave you EMPTY, and end up in the trash, (“blood moons”, anyone)?
Adding insult to injury, it claims to be doing it “in Jesus’ Name”.
That’s exactly WHY Religion is Satan’s MOST INGENIOUS TOOL.
Those OUTER DISTRACTIONS that religion offers are ARTIFICIAL FILLERS.
That’s why they leave you empty, DISSATISFIED and MALNOURISHED.
But THE WORST thing religious distractions do is KEEP YOU FROM the INNER Christ.
They KEEP YOU FROM EXPERIENCING, and BEING FILLED WITH, His amazing Love.
WE WILL DEAL WITH LOSING WEIGHT, LORD WILLING, ON MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY MESSAGES THIS WEEK.
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016
THE CURE FOR OBESITY
Americans spend OVER 60 BILLION DOLLARS a year on weight loss products and services:
That staggering figure includes gym memberships, weight loss programs, exercise machines, weight loss pills, special diets, and diet food and sodas.
NONE OF IT seems to work. And, when it does, the effects are only TEMPORARY.
It’s only a matter of time before that person regains the weight they had lost… and then some.
I recently watched a religious show where the host bragged that “the world can tell people how take weight off, but they can’t tell them how to KEEP IT OFF”.
So, what did the host suggest that Christians do TO STAY in shape?
Go on a very strict diet, and HIRE A “Spirit filled” PERSONAL TRAINER.
That just shows HOW INSENSITIVE and OUT OF TOUCH with reality religious scam artists are.
They’ve become so accustomed to their “celebrity” lifestyle, paid for with the BILLIONS they extract from dumb Christians UNDER FALSE PRETENSES that they can’t even relate to the rest of us.
A) Diets DON’T KEEP weight off. That’s why their effects are only TEMPORARY.
B) Very few people can afford a personal trainer.
C) Even if we could afford them, if “Spirit-filled personal trainers” ARE ANYTHING LIKE self-proclaimed “Spirit-filled preachers” you’ll just end up THROWING YOUR MONEY AWAY.
They’ll no more deliver results than that scam artist preacher will deliver on the “prosperity” he’s been promising you for the past 50 years.
Let that SINK IN for a moment.
The cure for OBESITY is Love.
NOT human love: Divine Love.
We’ve all been envious, at one point or another, of those “lucky” people who “can eat ANYTHING THEY WANT and NOT gain weight”.
There’s a reason why they don’t:
They DO NOT overeat.
They eat anything they want, IN MODERATE AMOUNTS.
When they feel full and satisfied, THEY STOP EATING.
The problem with obese people is that THEY NEVER FEEL FULL OR SATISFIED.
Even LARGE amounts of food fill them only for VERY short periods of time. Therefore, as soon as any feelings of “emptiness” manifest, they’ll shove EVEN MORE FOOD into their stomachs.
That is NOT normal.
That’s NOT what God intended, nor the way that God designed the human body to nourish itself.
THE PROBLEM is they ARE STARVED FOR LOVE, and because NOTHING AND NO ONE WILL PROVIDE THE GREAT LOVE THEY DESPERATELY CRAVE, they compensate BY GORGING THEMSELVES.
We try to FILL the emptiness, and NUMB the pain, BY STUFFING OUR MOUTHS and STOMACHS WITH GOOD TASTING FOOD.
If we strip it down to nuts and bolts THAT is the NUMBER ONE REASON for the obesity epidemic plaguing Western society.
We FILL THE EMPTINESS IN OUR HEARTS and minds WITH FOOD, instead of filling them WITH LOVE.
But Martel, WHERE am I going to get THAT KIND OF LOVE, SUCH GREAT A LOVE that WILL COMPLETELY AND PERMANENTLY SATISFY MY ENDLESS CRAVING?
In Love Personified.
AND NOWHERE ELSE!
And if you THINK you’ll find it in someone else, or in something else, YOU’RE DECEIVING YOURSELF.
If you think there’s a “magical diet” that will PERMANENTLY fulfill your longings, and KEEP YOU slim, you’re fooling yourself.
If you think you’ll find FULL SATISFACTION in that “guy” or that “gal”, you’re kidding yourself.
I don’t care how nice or good-looking they are, or how much “in love” you think you are, he or she may fulfill you TO A POINT, but can NEVER completely AND PERMANENTLY fill the void IN YOUR HEART.
Well, you’re wrong: I eat more than I should because I’m bored.
And WHAT IS boredom?
Your mind and heart CRAVE entertainment and excitement.
There’s NOTHING more exciting, MORE FILLING, more entertaining, and MORE SATISFYING than Divine Love.
Nah, I overeat when I’m anxious.
Yes, and WHAT IS anxiety?
It’s DISSATISFACTION with yourself and your life, and FEAR about things in your life that you feel you can’t control, or that already are out of control.
WHAT CASTS OUT FEAR (anxiety)?
Divine Love! (1 John 4:18)
There is NO FEAR (or anxiety) in Divine Love.
Jesus IS Divine Love.
“Jesus loves you” has, unfortunately, become a MEANINGLESS religious cliché.
But Jesus REALLY DOES love you.
SO MUCH that He DIED FOR you.
NO ONE ELSE has ever done that.
We ALL NEED TO EXPERIENCE His love, whether we’re fat, skinny, or somewhere in between.
And we need to EXPERIENCE His Love NOT JUST ONCE (like when we’re born again), BUT EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES.
NO ONE has EVER loved you LIKE JESUS.
And NO ONE ever will.
If you LET HIM, Jesus WILL LOVE YOU like you’ve never been loved before!
His Love for you IS ENDLESS.
You can have AS MUCH DIVINE LOVE AS YOU WANT, AS OFTEN AS YOU WANT.
TAKE IN as much of His ETERNAL Love as your little heart can take.
There’s NOTHING you can do to make Jesus STOP loving you.
Once more: There’s NOTHING you can do to make Jesus STOP loving you.
You’ve STUFFED yourself with food and “OTHER THINGS” that CANNOT fulfill your craving.
STUFF yourself with Jesus.
GORGE yourself with His Love.
Fill yourself with Him AS MUCH AND AS OFTEN AS YOU WANT.
…UNTIL your HUNGER for Love is FULLY -- and PERMANENTLY -- SATISFIED.
We’re not finished yet. Don’t miss the next two messages.
THEY'LL CHANGE YOUR LIFE and KEEP YOU SLIM.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
PENTECOST: THEN & NOW
There are TWO notable Pentecosts in the Bible:
The first Pentecost, took place 3,500 years ago. At that time, God Himself descended on Mount Sinai in Arabia, and delivered a written Law (Torah) to natural Israelites through Moses (Exodus chapter 19).
That Law contains 613 commandments of which 10 were written on stone tablets.
That Law would remain OUTSIDE each natural Israelite and basically told them what to do, or NOT to do.
The second notable Pentecost took place approximately 2,000 years ago, in the spring of 34 or 35 A.D.
At that OTHER Pentecost, God would fulfill the promise He made in Jeremiah 31:31-34:
He CAME DOWN TO Mount Zion IN PHYSICAL FORM, and establish a New Covenant (Brit Hadasha) under which His laws would be written IN His PEOPLE’S HEARTS.
Unlike the Old Covenant that He had established at Sinai, this NEW Covenant was established IN JERUSALEM, the very city that God chose TO PLACE HIS NAME THERE (1 Kings 11:36; Daniel 9:16, 18-19; Acts 2:1-4).
Unlike the Old Covenant, God’s Law would now be INSIDE His people, NOT OUTSIDE.
This NEW Covenant would be based on KNOWING God, in the “biblical” sense, experientially and INTIMATELY.
God’s NEW Covenant would be based ON ONLY ONE “commandment”.
That commandment was TO LOVE:
LOVE God with ALL one’s heart, soul, strength and mind, and LOVE one’s neighbor as oneself. (Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 30:6; Mark 12:30-31)
Under His NEW Covenant, God put HIS NEVER-FAILING LOVE INSIDE EACH believer, so that they would not only keep His NEW Covenant, not only would they love God and neighbor, but ALSO ENJOY that marvelous, AND TRULY DIVINE Love. (Romans 5:5)
In His NEW Covenant, God (the HOLY God, LOVE Personified) CAME TO LIVE INSIDE each person through His HOLY Spirit. (John 14:28; Ephesians 3:17)
Since God is THE SUPREME LAW in the entire universe, there’s NO LAW ANYWHERE against Him OR AGAINST HIS PERFECT HOLINESS.
If GOD, therefore, LIVES IN an individual’s heart (inner man), THERE IS NO LAW – AND NO CONDEMNATION WHATSOEVER –AGAINST that person -- ANYWHERE!
Like the Old Covenant, the NEW Covenant first came to natural Israelites (Jews).
But it ALSO FULFILLED THE ETERNAL Covenant that God had made with Abraham that he would be the father of “a great multitude that no one could count” (Genesis 15:5), the “father of MANY nations” (Genesis 17:4-5), and that through His Seed (the Messiah) ALL NATIONS (goyyim, GENTILES) would be blessed. (Genesis 18:18; 22:18)
Besides the above mentioned contrasts, WHO OR WHAT MADE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COVENANT at Sinai on that first Shavuot, and the NEW Covenant in Jerusalem 1,500 years later?
Jesus -- and His MOST PRECIOUS, PRICELESS, SINLESS, Blood:
God POURED OUT HIS OWN Blood for your sins and mine! (1 Peter 1:18-21)
Under the Old Testament Israelites offered COUNTLESS animal sacrifices grain offerings and libations for sin.
And their sins would be ONLY TEMPORARILY COVERED.
Those sacrifices had to be offered CONTINUOUSLY – DAY AFTER DAY – MONTH AFTER MONTH – YEAR AFTER YEAR…
Despite their frequency, those myriad sacrifices COULD NEVER PERMANENTLY REMOVE SIN.
That’s WHY they had to be offered again, and again, and again…
Therefore NO ONE got saved under the Old Covenant.
NO ONE! (Psalm 53:1)
Under the New Covenant God removed ALL SIN – for ALL TIME – by HIS VERY OWN BLOOD, through the PERFECT, TOTALLY SUFFICIENT, SACRIFICE of His SINLESS SON. (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5)
Under the NEW Testament God GIVES ETERNAL LIFE FREELY TO WHOEVER WANTS IT AND RECEIVES HIS SON into his or her heart AND TRUSTS HIM completely for full salvation and reconciliation with the Father. (John 1:12; 3:16-17: 5:24; 6:37; Revelation 22:17)
The NEW Covenant, established IN JERUSALEM is FAAAAR SUPERIOR TO the Old Covenant established at Sinai in Arabia. (Hebrews 8:6; 12:24)
NO ONE got saved under the Sinai covenant.
Billions (perhaps trillions) are saved under the NEW JERUSALEM COVENANT. (Revelation 7:9-14)
Hear O Israel: WHICH of these TWO Covenants is yours?
CHANGE OF PLANS: WE WILL DEAL WITH LOSING WEIGHT, LORD WILLING, ON MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY MESSAGES NEXT WEEK.
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"WELL, THE UNSAVED PEOPLE I KNOW WILL NEVER VISIT A RELIGIOUS SITE." GOOD! 'CAUSE WE'RE NOT RELIGIOUS. THANK YOU.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016
Praise Jesus every single day, and MEAN IT.
I’m not talking about ritualistic “empty” praise.
I’m talking about REAL praise that comes from your heart, which OVERFLOWS from the deepest recesses of your being.
You get FOUR BENEFITS in one: praise exalts God, elevates you, repels Satan and CHANGES the atmosphere.
No evil spirit will hang remotely near a person or place filled with God’s praises.
CHOOSE to walk in God’s Divine, SUPERNATURAL Love.
His love is NOT natural human love.
His Love is SUPERNATURAL.
His love is THE FRUIT OF His Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22)
And, if you’re born-again, God’s supernatural love is already INSIDE YOU. (Romans 5:5)
Ask the Holy Spirit to manifest His Love in you AT ALL TIMES.
Perfect Love which is God’s Love (as in God Himself) CASTS OUT FEAR. (1 John 4:18)
By casting out FEAR, it CASTS OUT SATAN, and SLAMS THE DOOR ON HIS UGLY FACE (2 Timothy 1:7).
CONFESS GOD’S WORD
Find God’s promises that deal with your situation.
Confess the Word of God OUT LOUD each day.
His Word RESTORES your soul (and, as a result, restores YOUR LIFE)
His Word CLEANSES and flushes out ALL the spiritual and emotional toxins that have accumulated.
His Word causes FAITH (TRUST, deeply-rooted CONVICTION). (Romans 10:17)
His Word HAS THE ANSWER to WHATEVER you are facing.
His Word (Jesus) is YOUR SALVATION – not only from hell or eternal damnation, but your SALVATION IN THE HERE AND NOW.
His Word is THE SOLUTION to WHATEVER you’re facing.
To recap, the steps out of that mess in which you find yourself are:
1. Re-establish ORDER out of chaos: HAVE A STEP-BY-STEP PLAN to reach victory, and implement it ONE step at a time.
2. DON’T FALL BEHIND on anything: bring EVERYTHING up to date. Play OFFENSE NOT DEFENSE.
3. FACE IT
4. SERVE OTHERS.
5. ACCEPT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
6. PRAISE JESUS
7. ELIMINATE FEAR
8. CONFESS the Word
Say OUT LOUD what GOD SAYS about your situation.
These steps WILL WORK for anyone.
Yes, they’ll work FOR YOU.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016
We can blame Adam, blame Eve, blame Satan for what happened in Eden, but GOD ULTIMATELY ASSUMED PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for man’s sin HIMSELF.
That’s why Jesus DIED ON THE CROSS and rose from the dead.
I’m NOT saying that God is to blame for what went down in Eden.
But the fact remains that He KNEW “in advance” what would happen and He allowed it.
Likewise, YOU need to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for what happened to you.
You may not be the main culprit.
But even if you were “the victim” in the situation, I promise THAT YOU – not him, not her, not them, but YOU bear SOME responsibility.
(The ONLY exception I can think of is if something awful happened to you as a small child.)
We bear SOME responsibility for whatever has happened in our lives when we were teenagers and adults.
YOU NEED TO FACE IT AND ACCEPT IT.
It may not be mostly your fault but YOU PLAYED A ROLE somehow, someway.
You bear SOME responsibility for what happened.
Even if it’s just that YOU ALLOWED IT to happen.
It COULD BE that you made the wrong CHOICE.
It could be that you just “gave in” and chose the path of least resistance.
It COULD BE that you KNEW your choice WAS IN DIRECT DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WILL and you went ahead with it anyway.
Born-again Christians who marry non-Christians or marry members of a “Christian” cult, ARE DELIBERATELY DISOBEYING God’s orders.
They’re also asking for trouble.
Don't just blame your spouse, your ex, your boss, your parents, your siblings, or your lawyer.
Take personal responsibility for whatever role you played in the situation, whether small or large.
Repent, receive forgiveness, and LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKE.
THEN forgive yourself.
If you don’t FACE YOUR SHARE of the blame, whether small or large, YOU ARE IN DENIAL.
DENIAL is A LIE.
ONLY THE TRUTH will set us free.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016
Serving Jesus and others is therapeutic. And I’m not “just saying” that.
It REALLY is!
Show me a SELF-ABSORBED individual, who ONLY thinks about him or herself, and I’ll show you someone who is – at the very least – USELESS, depressed, and DEFEATED.
SELF-CENTERED INDIVIDUALS are DEAD ENDS.
Stuff flows INTO them, but NEVER OUT of them.
And DEAD ENDS lead NOWHERE.
Look at people who are successful by world standards, and THEY ALL ENGAGE IN PHILANTHROPY of some sort.
They ALL donate time, resources and money TO CHARITABLE CAUSES that HELP OTHERS:
Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, the late Steven Jobs, Donald Trump…
They may not necessarily support the causes you or I would support, BUT THEY GIVE TO OTHERS nonetheless.
Look at the people that God used mightily in the Bible, WHO WERE MINISTERIAL SUCCESSES:
THEY GAVE, AND GAVE, AND GAVE of themselves TO OTHERS.
Jesus said that the FIRST, and MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENT, IS TO LOVE GOD with ALL our heart, strength, and might.
And the second is similar: TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR, as we love OURSELVES.
When we’re SELFISH we do NEITHER.
The ONE SURE WAY TO REMAIN in that negative situation is TO FOCUS ONLY ON YOURSELF.
If you’re depressed, THE WORST thing you can do is flop into a chair, BECOME A COUCH POTATO, and sulk.
The WORST thing you can do is indulge in a PERMANENT PITY PARTY: "woe is me, poor me, look what he/she/they did to me, look at what’s happened to me":
Me, me, me, me, me and me!
SERVING OTHERS GETS OUR OWN PROBLEMS off our minds for a while so we can approach them with a FRESH perspective.
It also helps us see that “we are NOT the only ones” who face challenges and needs.
It’s also PART OF the Gospel of Grace.
Serving others MAKE US USEFUL!
And if we FEEL and ARE USEFUL, then we CANNOT see ourselves as FAILURES.
Again: When we help OTHERS, we DO NOT see ourselves as FAILURES.
After all, if we can HELP THEM OVERCOME THEIR problems, THEN WE CAN ALSO OVERCOME OURS.
Get off your pity pot, DUST YOURSELF OFF, and HELP SOMEONE ELSE WITH THEIR needs.
Do it in Jesus’ Name and for Jesus’ glory!
THAT gives purpose to your life.
THAT makes you SUCCESSFUL.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016
DON’T run away: FACE IT.
We get into drugs, alcohol, infidelity, AND OTHER UNWISE PURSUITS -- we become shopaholics, we overeat, in order to “run away” from problems:
To run away from things we DO NOT WANT TO FACE.
We DON’T WANT TO face that mess at home, or the chaotic condition in our lives, or the financial stress, so we try to ESCAPE...
And THE MORE we “run away” THE WORSE things get.
After the effects of such negative activities vanish, after you recover from the hangover, your problems will still be there, only BIGGER and DEEPER.
Running away will AGGRAVATE your situation. It WILL NOT SOLVE IT.
And I understand that FACING our temporary “reality” can be enormously difficult, BUT IT’S ABSOLUTE MUST in order to GET OUT of the mess in which you find yourself.
Again: FACING IT is ABSOLUTE MUST in order to OVERCOME IT.
How can you “arrive” at a permanent solution, when you don’t know where you’re going, or FROM WHERE?
Don’t try to “escape” by drinking, smoking, boozing, visiting bars and night clubs, maxing out your credit cards, or watching porn.
NONE OF THAT will fix your situation.
Those things and places offer ONLY VERY TEMPORARY relief, at best.
And what little relief they offer will be OFFSET by the misery they bring.
You have to FACE your situation HEAD ON.
You have to FACE IT realistically, and HONESTLY.
If you do that, YOU’RE OVERCOMING FEAR, and ON YOUR WAY TO VICTORY.
If you refuse, you can COUNT ON things going from bad to worse.
Don’t run away, DON’T SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG, DON’T TRY TO “ESCAPE”:
THIS is where I am, THIS is who I am, and THIS is where it ENDS.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016
OFFENSE OR DEFENSE
Whether you’ve experienced some personal tragedy, financial loss, are trying to lose weight, break a nasty habit, or tackle some other DISORDER in your life, as long as things in your life are OUT OF ORDER, it’s almost impossible for you to overcome and get ahead.
When things ARE NOT up to date, that’s DISORDER.
If you’re playing “catch up” all the time, that’s DEFENSE, NOT offense.
When you play DEFENSE you CAN'T MAKE ANY PROGRESS.
When we play DEFENSE we’re NOT ADVANCING, we’re retreating or, at best, STAYING IN THE SAME POSITION.
When we’re playing DEFENSE we live IN FEAR.
And when we LIVE IN FEAR, we give Satan license to kill, steal, destroy and bring EVEN MORE havoc and destruction to our lives.
Things MUST be brought to order, and UP TO DATE.
This may involve GETTING RID OF a lot of junk.
That “junk” can be emotional, financial, or material in nature: or a combination of all three.
Show me a person who PACKS JUNK – who “saves” everything, never GIVES AWAY or throws away anything – and I’ll show you someone LIVING IN FEAR and battered mercilessly by Satan.
You can’t even think clearly when you DON’T KNOW where anything is, or when you’re piling junk that you never use.
LET IT GO!!!
Junk IS chaos and CONFUSION. Get rid of it!
If you don’t want to throw it out, then GIVE IT AWAY.
Another important part of restoring order is FINANCES.
If you got a ton of past due bills, creditors calling or knocking on your door, your bank account is overdrawn, and you can’t pay your mortgage, rent or phone…
Needless to say your finances ARE OUT OF ORDER. They need to be restored to order.
If the situation is extreme, as I just described, you may have to file bankruptcy or work with a credit company to work out a long-term payment plan.
If it hasn’t gotten to that point, then you need to take action NOW, bring your accounts up to date, and GET OUT OF DEBT ASAP.
If your income barely covers living expenses, then get a part time job and EVERY EXTRA DIME you earn should go toward debt reduction.
Start by paying off the credit card with the highest APR and smallest balance.
When that is paid off, then apply WHATEVER YOU WERE PAYING TOWARD THAT CARD to the next one, and so on.
Everyone should have A LIST of WHAT IS DUE each month, and the EXACT DUE DATE.
Payments should be made BEFORE that due date.
FEAR AND CONFUSION are of Satan, NOT OF GOD.
And, unless we ELIMINATE BOTH, it’s going to be nearly impossible to forge ahead.
When you bring order to YOUR LIFE, you bring order to YOUR MIND, and everything else will follow:
Your finances will straighten out, so will your life, so will your health, and so will your weight.
We will deal with weight loss in another message this week.
LORDS WILLING, FOR THE REST OF THIS WEEK WE WILL OFFER A SERIES OF MESSAGES DESIGNED TO OVERCOME ANY SITUATION YOU ARE FACING: THESE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES WILL WORK, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, WHETHER YOU'RE TRYING TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION, RECOVER FROM THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE, STRUGGLING WITH DIVORCE, FINANCES, TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT, or KICK A NASTY HABIT. IF APPLIED, THEY WILL ALSO IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL WELL-BEING. IF YOU'RE FACING HEALTH ISSUES THEY WILL STILL HELP, BUT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK WITH AND SEEK YOUR DOCTOR'S ADVICE
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016
ORDER OUT OF CHAOS
When someone has undergone a traumatic life-altering experience like the loss of a loved one, divorce, lost custody of their children, loss of a job, loss of a home, WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THEY NEED TO DO?
This ministry is not above giving practical advice.
Some individuals are SO spiritually minded that they’re NO EARTHLY GOOD.
We can have the greatest experiences and revelations in the world, but if they serve NO PRACTICAL PURPOSE to those trapped in this lie called “time”, they are OF NO USE to anyone but us.
And ministry is ALL about SERVING Jesus and OTHERS.
I get hit with a barrage of emails each morning and another barrage in the evening after I finish my day job.
Some are very encouraging and complimentary (thank you!), some are critical and downright vicious, some are beyond silly, some contain questions about the Bible and Bible prophecy, and some ASK FOR COUNSEL about various personal situations.
I’m NOT a "KNOW IT ALL".
There’s A LOT that I DON’T know.
However, I’ve learned a few things from walking with Jesus all these years, listening to His most Holy Spirit, studying His Word, and from just EXISTING.
The FIRST thing we need to do when we survive some personal trauma, and as soon as we are able to think rationally again, is THE SAME THING THAT GOD DID IN GENESIS chapter 1:
Re-establish ORDER out of CHAOS.
Satan had wreaked havoc on this earth and devastated it during his rebellion (Isaiah 14:20):
It was barren and empty, covered with water, immersed in darkness, and in a totally chaotic state. (Genesis 1:2)
And THE FIRST THING God does is END THE CHAOS:
1. God determined THE END (His ULTIMATE GOAL, where He wanted this whole thing to END) (Isaiah 46:10)
You need to DEFINE YOUR GOALS and decide HOW AND WHERE you want your earthly life experience to end.
2. Then God BROUGHT LIGHT TO SHINE on the darkness that covered this planet.
LIGHT ALWAYS DRIVES OUT DARKNESS: LIGHT ALWAYS OVERPOWERS DARKNESS: LIGHT ALWAYS PREVAILS OVER DARKNESS. (John 1:4-5)
Pause and meditate on THAT for a moment.
If you want to establish order, YOU NEED TO SEE CLEARLY.
And you CANNOT see clearly in darkness. You need to SHINE THE LIGHT OF THE ETERNAL GOSPEL into your own heart and mind:
If you haven’t received Christ into your heart, YOU NEED TO DO SO NOW.
Not next week, not “tomorrow”, but RIGHT NOW.
And if you have done so before, you need to RE-COMMIT your heart and entire life TO HIM – and REALLY mean it!
The principle is given BY JESUS HIMSELF in Matthew 6:33:
“Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God:
and His Righteousness plus ALL THESE THINGS will be ADDED to you”.
3. Then GOD sets out TO RESTORE the planet METHODICALLY:
GOD – and He is ALL-MIGHTY— DID NOT try to DO IT ALL AT ONCE.
Repeat: God, being the Almighty One, DID NOT try to do it ALL at once.
And if you try to fix EVERYTHING in your life at once, you will feel OVERWHELMED and defeated BEFORE you even start.
The task before you will seem INSURMOUNTABLE, and you’ll become discouraged and simply throw in the towel.
Instead of looking AT YOUR SITUATION AS A WHOLE, divide it into A SERIES OF SMALLER STEPS.
MAKE A LIST of the various steps you need to take, and in the order you need to take them, in order to right the situation.
Then PRIORITIZE: assign A NUMBER to each step, in order of importance.
Then IMPLEMENT those steps, ONE AT A TIME.
That’s what GOD did:
He gathered the waters in one place one day and re-established dry land, the next day He restored vegetation, the next He established certain ordinances in the sky, the following day He replenished the waters with fish and other aquatic creatures, created all manner of birds, then land animals and, finally He created man in His own Image (Genesis 1:1-27).
Then, and ONLY then, were they able to “BE FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY” (Genesis 1:28).
The same principles apply to your life.
We never go wrong by following GOD’S EXAMPLE.
But we’re not finished yet.
Come back tomorrow for further instructions.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016
As everyone knows by now, Ali passed away yesterday, from a combination of Parkinson’s and respiratory problems.
Like many of you I grew up hearing, watching, and in many ways admiring, the former Cassius Clay.
He became part of our lives.
And I’m truly saddened by his passing.
Why would a Christian mourn the passing of a Muslim?
1. Because I liked him.
2. Because my heart breaks to think that, barring a last-minute miracle, he probably passed into the next life without Christ.
3. Because THE REASONS Ali became Muslim are truly heart-breaking.
Cassius Clay was raised in a Christian home. His mother Odessa, as far as I know, is still a devout Christian.
And the Church LET HIM DOWN.
Let me say that again: THE CHURCH, WE, let him down.
JESUS loves Cassius, and I had a sense for several days before the news of his death broke, that he was about to pass away, and found myself praying time and again for his salvation.
Unfortunately, Cassius grew up in the segregated south, where so-called “Christians” once owned slaves.
Where so-called “Christians” had NO PROBLEM discriminating against, demeaning, and calling blacks by derogatory terms…
And where “Christians”, evidently, DID NOT PRESENT THE TRUE, INCOMPARABLE GOSPEL of Christ, or Cassius would have NEVER turned Muslim.
Granted, no one held a gun to his head to make him embrace Islam. He bears SOME responsibility for his choice.
But what he heard and saw was A DISTORTED version of the Good News.
And when WE DISTORT the Good News, they become BAD news.
I met Clay briefly many years ago, (unfortunately BEFORE I became born-again) and even got his autograph.
He struck me as a really nice person and very down to earth.
Young Clay HAD IT ALL: looks, intelligence, personality, wit, great humor, incredible speed, power and endurance.
He was the best self-promoter I’ve ever seen (Trump probably being the second best).
He was an extremely gifted, all-around athlete, probably the best boxer of all time, with the heart and mind of a champion, and extraordinarily influential:
His charisma and popularity transcended sports: he became an international cultural icon.
He helped everyone see the sheer stupidity of racism.
Every black athlete or performer who makes millions today owes Ali a tremendous debt of gratitude:
He commanded huge audiences and, therefore, huge purses.
He singlehandedly made being black “cool”.
Some today may not fully appreciate what it took for a black athlete in the 60’s (before civil rights legislation was passed) -- and even the 70’s and 80’s -- to stand in front of a TV camera and proclaim to America and the world that he was “pretty”, or that he was “the greatest”.
Ali did that.
His enduring legacy influenced not only boxing, not only the world of sports, but society at large.
In tribute to Ali, I say this:
There is NO JUSTIFICATION for racism.
And those who have the gall to call themselves “Christian” and promote racism (hope you’re reading this KKK members and white supremacists) are FREAKIN’ LIARS.
You’re no more “Christian” than Beelzebub.
Jesus taught to LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR (regardless of outer appearance) AS we love OURSELVES. (Matthew 22:39)
Jesus taught to “DO UNTO OTHERS AS you would have others DO UNTO YOU”. (Matthew 7:12)
That means: if you don’t like to be called by some derogatory term, then DON’T call others such names, especially because their skin just happens to be of a different color.
Jesus created ALL MEN (ALL humans) in His own Image (Genesis 1:27-28; Acts 17:26).
And He shed His most precious, sinless blood FOR THE SALVATION OF ALL humans, OF ALL COLORS, nationalities, AND TRAITS. (John 1:12; 3:16-17; 6:37)
Those who bear such hatred for others, just because they are of a different race, need to fall on their faces, REPENT, ask God for forgiveness, and RECEIVE Jesus into their hearts.
Jesus is love. (1 John 4:16)
There is NO HATRED AND NO RACISM IN JESUS.
Therefore, racism has NO PLACE in the Body of Christ.
Again: racism has NO PLACE in the Body of Christ.
STOP being racist or STOP calling yourself “Christian”!
As for Ali – good bye, champ:
May you be with Jesus.
May you “float like a butterfly”…
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2015
Religious people are SO boring!
They’re SO predictable!
Whenever someone challenges a Saturday worshiper, they always try to frame the debate as “Saturday vs. Sunday”.
The issue is NOT whether Saturday is the “day of worship” or whether Sunday is the “day of worship”.
There is NO BIBLICAL “day of worship”.
Repeat: There is NO BIBLICAL “day of worship”.
THAT LIE was invented BY RELIGION.
One religion INVENTED Saturday as “day of worship”.
Another religion INVENTED Sunday as “day of worship”.
The Bible DOES NOT designate ANY particular day to worship God.
The Bible says (OVER AND OVER) that God should be worshiped EVERY SINGLE DAY from sun up to sun down. (Psalms 113:2-3; 115:18; 118:24)
But the fourth commandment…
The 4th commandment DOES NOT designate Saturday as “day of WORSHIP”.
It designates Saturday as “day OF REST” for NATURAL Israelites. (Exodus 20:8-10)
Saturday has never been designated AS ANYTHING for Christians.
Once more: Saturday HAS NEVER been designated AS ANYTHING for Christians.
In fact, Christians are INSTRUCTED NOT TO ALLOW ANYONE to judge them with regards to Saturdays (Colossians 2:16-17).
And natural Israelites, who KNOW their Messiah as God and Savior (Messianic Jews), ARE NOT REQUIRED to observe Saturday in any way, shape or form.
They MAY observe it in some way, IF THEY SO CHOOSE, in order to preserve their natural Jewish heritage, as long as they DON’T see Saturday observance as making them “righteous” or having ANYTHING TO DO WITH their salvation.
Well, which day do YOU observe?
I DON’T observe Saturday OR Sunday.
I “OBSERVE” Jesus.
You’re crazy, Jesus is NOT a day.
Oh, yes He is!
He is THE ETERNAL One.
He is THAT DAY that has no darkness, filled with light, with no beginning and no end. (Zechariah 14:6-7)
That is why the expression "day OF the Lord" is mentioned 18 times in the Old Testament, and at least three in the New Testament.
Jesus is THE TRUE Sabbath. (Matthew 11:28; Colossians 2:16-17)
He is THE ONLY ONE that can give us REST. (Matthew 11:28)
Saturday CANNOT be the true Sabbath as it only gives us TEMPORARY “rest”.
Jesus gives us THE REAL REST which is ETERNAL.
Observing Saturday, Sunday or the 10 Commandments DOES NOT fulfill the Law.
Jesus (Divine Love Personified) IS the fulfillment of the Law. (Romans 13:9-10)
Therefore, we DON’T NEED Saturday, we DON’T NEED Sunday, and we DON’T need the 10 Commandments:
What we ALL need is Jesus.
Jesus is THE FULFILLMENT OF HIS OWN LAW. (Matthew 5:17-18)
Jesus is GOD, the Supreme Law in THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.
There’s NO LAW or CONDEMNATION ANYWHERE against Him!
Praise His Name!
Do you REALLY WANT TO “observe” God’s Law?
Then FORGET Saturday, FORGET Sunday, FORGET the 10 Commandments, FORGET your FALSE, INVENTED religion.
And EMBRACE JESUS.
Invite Him to enter your innermost being.
DON’T observe the 10 Commandments, DON'T observe Saturday, and DON’T observe Sunday: “OBSERVE” Jesus.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016
AMONG THE MULTITUDE
"I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise Him AMONG THE MULTITUDE" (Psalm 109:30).
"After this I beheld, and, lo, A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, of all nations, and tribes, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9-10).
WHO will remain on earth when our Lord appears and raptures His Body?
WHO WILL BE AMONG THE HEAVENLY MULTITUDE on that glorious day when Jesus - OUR PRECIOUS Savior and Bridegroom - sweeps His Church (Bride) LITERALLY off her feet?
WHO STAYS and WHO LEAVES?
Those who STAY are:
1. Those who HATE Jesus.
2. Those who DO NOT BELIEVE IN Christ.
3. Those who DO NOT KNOW Christ, since they're NOT born-again of the Spirit.
4. Those who think that Jesus' perfect Work of Redemption DID NOT GET THE JOB DONE and that they need to SUPPLEMENT IT with their own righteousness which, in His eyes and nostrils, is "AS FILTHY RAGS" (Isaiah 64:6).
5. All satanists.
6. Those who belong to ("christian") cults.
7. ALL those who belong to FALSE RELIGIONS. Like New Age, Scientology, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims.
8. Agnostics and atheists.
UNLESS they TRULY repent in the final moments of this Age, and RECEIVE Jesus as ONLY God and Savior, they will REMAIN FOR THE TRIBULATION.
The majority will perish during those horrific 3½ years, but not before enduring terrible, UNPRECEDENTED judgments.
Those who LEAVE with Jesus are:
1. ALL LIVING BELIEVERS and the "dead in Christ".
The "dead in Christ" includes all the martyrs since the Early Church up to our time, and ALL who have died in the faith.
If someone you love has shed his/her physical body recently, he or she will be resurrected and raptured TOGETHER WITH living Christians (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
2. ALL BABIES AND SMALL CHILDREN (Joel 2:16).
Although in Judaism the "age of accountability" is considered to be 12 years old, the Bible DOES NOT provide a specific age. Please share Christ with your children and grandchildren IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE as soon as they are able to discern right from wrong. Make sure you tell them HOW SPECIAL they are to Jesus and HOW MUCH He loves them.
3. By extension, #2 above would include all babies who have died in the womb, at birth, or have been aborted.
4. Also all mentally disabled individuals, since their comprehension and, therefore, accountability, would be that of a small child.
5. All land animals (beasts) (Zephaniah 1:3).
6. ALL in whom God's MOST HOLY Spirit lives (Romans 8:9).
7. ANYONE who calls on the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and turns to Him with ALL his/her heart, EVEN IN THE FINAL SECONDS of this Age.
Will YOU be among that GREAT MULTITUDE REJOICING AND PRAISING our beautiful Jesus? Or on earth enduring the HORRORS of the tribulation?
You have THREE BASIC choices:
1. You can REJECT Christ and endure EXTREME TRIBULATION.
2. You can TAKE YOUR CHANCES and HOPE that you will be alive, awake and conscious when the Rapture happens, and that you will have the presence of mind and spiritual wherewithal to call out to Jesus and RECEIVE Him at the VERY end. That's a HUGE gamble. ALL THESE ARE BIG "IFS".
3. You can BE 100% SURE of SALVATION AND OF BEING RAPTURED by RECEIVING CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART RIGHT NOW.
Bottom line: Jesus LOVES YOU - UNCONDITIONALLY.
NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU'VE DONE, HE WANTS TO SAVE YOU (John 3:16-17).
But He WON'T force His way into your heart.
You MUST WANT TO receive Him and INVITE HIM IN.
If you RECEIVE Him, there's NO WAY He won't RECEIVE YOU and WELCOME YOU into His Kingdom.
I love you and would like to see you in heaven.
This is YOUR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY.
DON'T WASTE IT.
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016
7 WEEKS: RIGHT OR WRONG?
“FROM the word to return and build Jerusalem TO Messiah Prince SHALL BE 7 SEVENS AND 62 SEVENS… And AFTER 62 SEVENS Messiah will be put to death”… (Daniel 9:25-26)
Biblical Jerusalem was recovered by Israel on June 7, 1967.
Restoration began at once and overall reconstruction began in 1969.
Therefore some people are adding seven sevens (49 years) to those two years and wondering if this prophecy will ever be fulfilled.
After all 1967 + 49 = 2016
And 1969 + 49 = 2018
Since the Rapture must take place 3½ years PRIOR TO Christ’s Second Coming, if the Second Coming of Christ took place in either 2016 or 2018, WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN RAPTURED LONG AGO.
Is this prophecy wrong?
God is NEVER wrong.
Once more: GOD is NEVER wrong.
If there are ANY MISTAKES in the equation, they’ve been MINE AND MINE ALONE.
If my understanding of this passage turns out to be wrong, I WILL ADMIT IT OPENLY AND ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY MISTAKE.
However, I posted that teaching on January 2, 2010 and in SIX AND A HALF YEARS NO ONE has offered any alternative explanation as to why the 69 weeks are divided into TWO sections of 7 weeks and 62 weeks, respectively.
Considering that some scholars read this website regularly, and that this teaching is read IN THREE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES WORLDWIDE (English, French and Spanish), if it were wrong I would expect that SOMEONE would have offered a biblical correction by now, and proved or at least presented a CREDIBLE BIBLICAL ALTERNATIVE.
For the past 6½ years, I’ve thought about it, prayed about it, and I can’t come up with ANY LOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR THE DIVISION into TWO periods, other than the fact that Messiah Prince MUST COME TWICE: Once to remove sin, once to rule and reign.
In fact, that HAS TO BE THE REASON for the TWO divisions, since the 70 weeks MUST END WITH Messiah’s Second Coming.
Consequently, I’m not ready to give up on it just yet.
But there’s more…
Although 7 SEVENS = 49 years, the prophecy DOES NOT SAY “from the word to return and build Jerusalem to Messiah Prince there will be 49 years”.
It says “there will be 7 SEVENS” or 7 SHEMITTAS, which are 7-year agricultural cycles that begin and end on Sukkot (Deuteronomy 31:10).
Therefore the “7 SEVENS” 49-year countdown DOES NOT BEGIN on either 1967 or 1969 but FROM THE FIRST SHEMITTA YEAR AFTER 1967 and 1969.
NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE (at least, at the moment) when that first shemitta after Jews recovered Jerusalem began.
(I thought I'd figured it out last year, but unfortunately it didn't pan out).
There are different theories floating around, but I haven’t seen any CONCRETE PROOF YET.
And there’s ANOTHER REASON I’m not yet ready to give up:
This passage says that Jerusalem will be trampled by gentiles (non-Israelite nations) UNTIL “the times of the gentiles are fulfilled”.
Verse 28 says that THEN (in context, after Jews recover Jerusalem) “they shall see the Son of Man COMING IN THE CLOUDS”.
And verse 32 says that “THIS GENERATION (in context, the generation AFTER biblical Jerusalem returns to the Jews following 2,030 years of UNINTERRUPTED GENTILE TRAMPLING) “WILL NOT PASS AWAY UNTIL ALL THESE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED”.
In previous messages this week we have established WITH MULTIPLE SCRIPTURES that a BIBLICAL GENERATION is from 40-50 years.
Therefore, Luke 21:24-32 SAYS essentially THE SAME AS DANIEL 9:25-26.
Daniel gives it to us in shemitta cycles and Luke gives it to us in the form of a generation that WILL NOT END without seeing the fulfillment of these things.
If 7 sevens equal 49 years followed by a 50th year which is Jubilee, and a biblical generation is 40-50 years, these two passages ESSENTIALLY SAY THE SAME THING.
That there will be Rapture, tribulation and Second Coming WITHIN A GENERATION or WITHIN 7 SHEMITTA CYCLES, which add up to 49-50 years, AFTER Jerusalem is recovered by the Jews.
My Bible says by the testimony of “TWO or three witnesses EVERY MATTER WILL BE ESTABLISHED (Deuteronomy 19:15).
That principle applies TO SINFUL, LYING MORTALS.
Imagine then, WHEN WE HAVE TWO WITNESSES TO THE SAME TIME PERIOD, IN WRITING, NOT FROM SINFUL MORTALS, BUT FROM THE ALMIGHTY, SINLESS, IMMORTAL GOD.
HOW can I possibly “give up” on His Word?
HOW can it NOT be A SURE THING? (2 Peter 1:19)
Jesus warned that many would feel that He was “DELAYING His coming” (Matthew 24:48; Luke 12:45).
And the Apostle Peter also warned that in these “last days” there would be scoffers asking “where’s His Second Coming?” and that IT WOULD SEEM TO US that Jesus was “SLOW in keeping His promise” to RETURN (2 Peter 3:3-8).
Yes, it’s taken LONGER THAN I THOUGHT.
But I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet: and NEITHER SHOULD YOU.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016
Are we the generation that will experience the Rapture and Second Coming of Jesus?
We've been expecting Him for some time...
One unique characteristic of the Book of Revelation is that every generation has thought it applied to them.
Around the first millennium A.D. there was widespread expectation that Jesus would return.
Paul and John thought He would return in the first century.
How, then, can we be sure THAT WE ARE the generation that will witness most of its predictions? How can we be sure we are living at "the time of the end" which our Lord so eloquently described?
There are MANY reasons. They include:
1. There's a long, sustained tradition in both Judaism and Christianity that Jesus would return in the 6th Millennium after Creation. WE'RE IT.
This tradition is not without biblical basis, since the Lord re-created the earth in SIX days and 2 Peter 3:8 tells us with the Lord "a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day".
He also RESTED on the 7th day, which would correspond to the 7th Millennium, which will be that 1,000-year period of REST, restoration and world peace when Jesus will establish His Millennial Kingdom on earth.
2. It would be downright IMPOSSIBLE for some of the prophecies in Revelation, the Gospels, Zechariah and Daniel to be fulfilled UNLESS Israel had been reborn as a national entity, and UNLESS Jews controlled biblical Jerusalem. Such things didn't exist for nearly 2,000 years, and didn't materialize ‘til 1948 and 1967, respectively.
3. Luke 21:24-36 unquestionably tells us that the generation when Jerusalem is no longer trampled by gentiles "will NOT pass away" without Jesus coming in the clouds "with power and great glory".
Jerusalem was trampled, NON-STOP, by gentiles for 2,030 years. It hasn't been trampled since June 7, 1967 WHEN IT RETURNED TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNER.
Without a question, we ARE that generation.
4. Daniel 9:25 says there must be 7-weeks (7 sevens) FROM the word to return and build Old Testament Jerusalem to Messiah Prince. That “word” was given in 1967-69.
Jesus must return 7 shemittas (sabbatical “weeks”) AFTER that.
5. One of the conditions for our "gathering together unto Him", as per 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is the unveiling (revelation) of the Antichrist. That has happened. We can now
6. Daniel prophesied that at the time of the end "many would go to and fro and knowledge would be increased" (Daniel 12:4). What better description of cyberspace could there be? (Keep in mind that was written 2,500 years ago).
Computer technology pertains ONLY to OUR GENERATION. It makes it possible for us to go "to and fro" throughout the world, and gather enormous knowledge, at the click of a mouse.
7. The Book of Daniel also states that its prophecies WOULD REMAIN SEALED (not understood) UNTIL "the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4, 7).
The fact we understand most of them today is PROOF POSITIVE that Daniel's Book is no longer sealed and, therefore, that prophesied "time of the end" is here.
We cannot limit the Word of God. There are certain aspects of it which apply to every generation.
However, Daniel, Revelation and other apocalyptic writings were addressed IN PARTICULAR to ONE generation, and that's us.
There's never been a generation that saw millions of people suddenly and simultaneously vanish, a resurrected Antichrist emerge from the bottomless pit, or people receiving a mark in their hands or foreheads in order to buy or sell, the Euphrates drying up, the death of ONE THIRD of mankind, the sea and all the water turn to blood, major cities in the world turning into rubble, or the Anti-Christ massing armies at Armageddon trying to PREVENT the return of the Christ.
That privilege or misfortune (depending on where we stand spiritually) has been reserved for THIS generation:
will experience an indescribably bright and glorious destiny.
Those who don't will experience the worst period IN ALL OF human history.
Which will it be for you ?
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