January 2017 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017
EXTREME VETTING IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE!!!
Extreme vetting has been in the news recently, especially this past weekend as a temporary ban on immigration from 7 different Middle East countries was implemented.
Except for certain special exceptions, these individuals are temporarily banned from entering the U.S.
Thank God and not a second too soon!
We have, however, DECEITFUL media, self-righteous “entertainers” (and I use the term VERY loosely) protesting and denouncing THE PROTECTION OF ordinary, hard-working Americans, and Senator Chuck Schumer crying crocodile tears over those “poor, misunderstood Muslims” who can’t come into the United States.
I didn’t see the Senator weep when the Boston Marathon bombing took place, where many AMERICANS were killed and others maimed for life BY MUSLIM TERRORISTS -- did you?
…Or when the horrible terrorist act in San Bernardino, California, ALSO BY MUSLIM TERRORISTS took place?
...Or when Muslim terrorist Omar Mateen recently killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at an Orlando gay night club?
It’s especially hard to understand his ARTIFICIAL TEARS, in light of the fact that Schumer IS A JEW, and there is NO ONE on earth that Islamic terrorists hate MORE than they hate Jews.
If terrorist barbarians were indiscriminately allowed into the U.S., Schumer’s head would be ONE OF THE FIRST they’d chop off.
NO ONE IS HARMING these banned potential terrorists, mind you.
No one is hurting them, or mistreating them, or confiscating their property.
They are merely PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING the United States for the next 90 days.
But to hear self-righteous Hollywood leftists, you’d think they were all being led into torture chambers!
In Judges chapter 12, we have the story of the Gileadites, led by Jephthah (one of Israel’s judges, guided by the Holy Spirit, Judges 11:29) and the Ephraimites.
The Ephraimites started a quarrel and THREATENED Jephthah (that’s what all terrorists do) saying they would “BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE WITH YOU IN IT”. (Judges 12:1)
They went to war. Jephthah and his Gileadites defeated the Ephraimites:
“The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and WHENEVER A SURVIVOR OF EPHRAIM SAID, “LET ME CROSS OVER,” THE MEN OF GILEAD ASKED HIM, “ARE YOU AN EPHRAIMITE?” IF HE REPLIED, “NO,” they said, “All right, say ‘Shibboleth.’ ” If he said, “Sibboleth,” BECAUSE HE COULD NOT PRONOUNCE THE WORD CORRECTLY, THEY SEIZED HIM AND KILLED HIM at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time.” (Judges 12:5-6)
The Ephraimites, you see, DID NOT HAVE THE “SH” (as in “Shoe”) sound in their dialect. So they pronounced it as AN ORDINARY “S” instead of “SH”.
There was EXTREME VETTING of threatening Ephraimites, and THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED ENTRY to the territory across the Jordan.
I’m certain Senator Schumer is well acquainted with this story, as it has been read and taught many times at his local shul.
Jesus ALSO WILL USE EXTREME VETTING as to who is allowed into New Jerusalem:
“I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb ARE ITS TEMPLE.
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it,for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
On no day will its gates ever be shut, FOR THERE WILL BE NO NIGHT THERE.
The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
NOTHING IMPURE WILL EVER ENTER IT, NOR WILL ANYONE WHO DOES WHAT IS SHAMEFUL OR DECEITFUL, BUT ONLY THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE WRITTEN in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21:22-27)
EXTREME vetting, therefore, is A GOOD THING.
Especially when VIOLENT MURDERERS are TRYING TO KILL YOU!
MUST the U.S. conduct EXTREME VETTING of immigrants from TERRORIST PRODUCING NATIONS?
Yes: as sure as you can say “Shibboleth”.
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
CONQUERING AND TO CONQUER
“And THE LORD SHALL BE KING OVER ALL THE EARTH: in that day shall there be one LORD, and His Name one.” (Zechariah 14:9)
Of all this ministry's teachings, one of the most criticized and fiercely debated, concerns the WHITE HORSE in Revelation 6:2.
I have consistently taught, for over 10 years, that it represents Jesus, who goes forth "conquering and TO CONQUER".
He CONQUERS for the ultimate purpose of establishing The Kingdom of God on earth.
NOWHERE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE is the Antichrist depicted on a white horse. And we know from history, that the Antichrist’s horse, named Bucephalus, was BLACK not white.
Jesus, on the other hand, UNEQUIVOCALLY appears on A WHITE HORSE in (Revelation 19:11).
Many of the Early Church fathers and theologians, including Irenaeus, correctly understood and taught that the rider on the WHITE horse in Revelation 6:2 is Jesus.
This great Truth was "unsealed" back in the first century A.D. and will manifest on earth very shortly, when the 7th seal is opened and the 7th Trumpet, which is the Trumpet of Jubilee, is sounded, heaven OPENS and Jesus RETURNS TO EARTH IN TANGIBLE, BODILY FORM.
That's what the Book of Revelation is ALL about: the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
It’s NOT ABOUT the establishment of Antichrist’s reign on earth.
Again: Revelation is NOT about establishing the Antichrist’s reign on earth.
Although that must happen, Antichrist’s reign will last ONLY 42 months (Revelation 13:5).
Jesus’ Kingdom IS ETERNAL (Luke 1:33).
That’s why THE SEALS BEGIN WITH JESUS going forth resurrected and victorious in the FIRST century, and END with Jesus ultimately returning on that same WHITE HORSE to establish His Kingdom on earth IN OUR CENTURY.
Glory to His Name!
The SEALS BEGIN WITH Jesus and END WITH Jesus:
He is the Alpha and the Omega: THE BEGINNING and THE END. (Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13)
That's WHY, by the time the 7th trumpet sounds (under the 7th and FINAL seal), "the kingdoms of this world… BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF our Lord and OF HIS CHRIST" (Revelation 11:15).
It's Jesus who will reign "forever and ever".
That's WHY it's Jesus who goes forth conquering and TO CONQUER…
You would think that Christians would REJOICE in this great and VERY BIBLICAL Truth. I'm certain many do.
But not ALL Christians...
I sometimes wish I could share some of the idiotic, blasphemous e-mails I receive from supposed believers vehemently arguing this is the Antichrist.
They have little interest in the Bible, except to take it out of context or use it "selectively" in a desperate and futile attempt to "prove" their warped eschatology.
NO ONE can prove a lie.
NO ONE can EVER disprove Truth.
The false "white horse antichrist" theory did not emerge until the 19th century when it was invented by Charles Nelson Darby, advanced by C.I. Schofield, then picked up and popularized by 20 and 21 century prophecy traffickers.
Let's indulge their prophetic fantasy for just a moment.
If this WERE the Antichrist who goes forth "conquering and TO CONQUER", that would mean he'd have to be VICTORIOUS at Armageddon.
That would mean Antichrist would defeat Jesus (perish the VERY THOUGHT).
That would mean Jesus would NEVER establish His Eternal Kingdom on earth.
That would mean the whole Bible is a lie.
You can't say on the one hand that this is the Antichrist who goes forth “TO CONQUER” and, on the other hand, say that HE'S DEFEATED at Armageddon and that it's Jesus who will reign on earth.
That's A DIRECT CONTRADICTION.
Make up your minds, "Christians": It's one or the other.
All "christians" (small "c") who want to fight tooth and nail on behalf of the Antichrist, I got two words of advice for you:
1) REPENT and GET SAVED, while you still can. Or,
2) Start looking for a place to hide.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017
In a recent forum an evangelical brother was conversing with a cult member and, to his credit, trying to stand for the true Christian faith.
He then mentioned the Rapture.
The cultist answered that there is NO SUCH THING: that the Rapture is a mere “invention”.
He challenged the evangelical brother to come up with proof of such event, and when he couldn’t, the heretic began to mock him.
Unfortunately, the evangelical brother WAS UNPREPARED to back up his belief with chapter and verse.
Unfortunately, most believers could not offer biblical proof of what they believe – even of why Salvation is by faith ALONE – IF THEIR LIVES depended on it.
This is a tragic commentary on the LACK of leadership in the Church, and of the sheer incompetence of its supposed “leaders”.
For all the seminars, “crusades”, “conventions”, “conferences”, “retreats”, “revivals”, “concerts”, “Christian” TV & radio, “Christian” literature, CDS, DVDS, Mp3s, podcasts, YouTube channels, blogs and websites…
The Church at large is in spiritual diapers.
And when we’re in diapers, THE ONLY THING WE DO WELL is poop and pee…
On ourselves, and on EACH OTHER!
Pause and meditate ON THAT.
When I stepped in and gave the cult member IRREFUTABLE PROOF that there is a Rapture –and that it happens as the tribulation begins, right after the 6th seal is opened – the tables turned:
HE was unprepared.
He made a feeble attempt to refute it by MISQUOTING Revelation 7:9.
When I countered “that’s NOT what that verse says”, and quoted it CORRECTLY, he was FINISHED.
He COULDN’T counter, since he DIDN’T have any arguments.
So he resorted to what all cultists are trained to do when their back’s against the wall:
He accused me – without any proof, of course – of taking Scripture out of context.
No. I quoted it TOTALLY IN CONTEXT.
"Show me HOW I distorted it, as I was able to show you when you did.
Like most immature, INSINCERE PUPPETS, this brainwashed RELIGIOUS UNBELIEVER could only say what his masters have TAUGHT HIM to say.
He has NO INTEREST WHATSOEVER in THE TRUTH, and NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER for God or His Holy, inerrant Word.
ALL he wanted was to DEFEND AND EXALT HIS FALSE, ACCURSED RELIGION (Galatians 1:8) – AT ALL COSTS, even if it meant CONTRADICTING GOD!!!
Long story short: he (the devil behind the liar) was IN RETREAT.
And that is WHERE THE CREEP SHOULD ALWAYS BE.
The ONLY REASON that he walks around AS A ROARING LION is because THE CHURCH LETS HIM.
Once more: The ONLY REASON that the devil walks around AS A ROARING LION is because THE CHURCH LETS HIM.
Because the Church IS TOTALLY OBLIVIOUS to the JESUS that lives INSIDE EACH BORN-AGAIN BELIEVER.
THAT is WHY we’re ANEMIC, unprepared and, for the most part, UNABLE to face any challenges.
Jesus is THE REAL LION (Revelation 5:5-6)
Jesus ALREADY DEFEATED Satan.
And Jesus WILL DEFEAT SATAN EACH AND EVERY TIME.
If ONLY HIS BODY would ALLOW HIM to MANIFEST and be THE HEAD.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017
It’s one thing all humans have in common:
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
As Christians, we do our best to live our lives in holiness and obedience to our savior.
But, WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE SIN?
What happens when we just mess everything up?
When we "fall short" of God’s Perfection?
We run to Jesus, THAT’S what we do!
We don’t run from Jesus. we DON’T HIDE from Him, as Adam did.
We don’t live in denial telling ourselves that we “observe the 10 Commandments”.
We RUN TO Jesus.
We fall at his feet, confess our sin, repent, and trust His mercy and His Goodness.
We REST IN JESUS, TRUSTING – with complete confidence, in what he did for us at Calvary:
That His Work of Redemption is PERFECT AND COMPLETE.
That He already saved us and took away the sin of the world (Hebrews 9:26)
Do you think our sin takes God by surprise?
Not a chance!
He’s known about since the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)
Moreover Jesus HAS ALREADY PAID FOR that sin.
Therefore, DO NOT WALLOW IN GUILT.
Confess your sin to Him, put it behind you, and GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE.
Confident that you’re totally forgiven, because Jesus ALREADY TOOK CARE OF IT.
Guilt and condemnation DO NOT COME FROM GOD, but from Satan.
God’s not the accuser: Satan is (Revelation 12:11)
WE’VE ALREADY OVERCOME SATAN by the Blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and not loving our lives unto the death (Revelation 12:11).
Jesus came NOT TO CONDEMN BUT TO SAVE (John 3:17).
Shake that guilt off, and live in His Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
You’re no good to God when you’re mired in guilt.
When you live in guilt, you’re no good to anyone, including yourself.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017
GUARD YOUR THOUGHTS
In Proverbs 4:23 wise Solomon gave the following admonition :
"Guard your heart with all diligence because YOUR LIFE flows from it".
Whatever images (conscious or subconscious) ARE ALLOWED TO DWELL IN YOUR MIND, WILL MANIFEST, SOONER OR LATER, IN YOUR LIFE.
If left unchecked, ungodly images will form strongholds in your mind, which are hard to get rid of.
The problem is compounded when your emotions also become involved.
EVERY FORM OF EVIL, without exception, ALL OF IT... FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN ALL THE WAY TO THE PRESENT, ORIGINATED IN THE HUMAN MIND.
It was the human mind that Satan ATTACKED and DECEIVED back there in . He's been using it to our detriment ever since.
Every challenge you are facing in your life today... whether it's health, finances, relationships... or anything else, IS THE RESULT OF SOME UNGODLY IMAGE Satan has set up in your mind.
The set up may have been conscious (where you welcomed it, and willingly DWELT ON IT) or SUBCONSCIOUS (where you weren't even aware of it).
You mean Satan can put images in my mind, without my consent? Even without my awareness?
That's exactly what he did to Eve, then to Adam, then to ALL OF US.
Our natural mind will tell us that, because something (or someone) LOOKS a certain way TO THE NATURAL EYES -- that is the truth.
No. God's Word is the Truth.
APPEARANCES ARE DECEITFUL.
God's Word is Truth, regardless of how anything or anyone LOOKS.
Back there in the Garden, the forbidden fruit LOOKED GOOD, SEEMED DESIRABLE, and LOOKED LIKE IT WOULD MAKE A PERSON WISER... But did it?
All it brought was death, sin, defeat, mental and spiritual darkness, and alienation from God.
Why do you think Satan has made it priority #1 TO BOMBARD THE HUMAN MIND 24/7 WITH ALL MANNER OF UNGODLY IMAGES?
Every time you turn on your TV, or your computer, or drive down some highway, his images are there. When you go to the movies, they're there. When you pick up a magazine, they're there. Not to mention, when we interact with other humans...
satanic images enter mostly thru the eyes and ears, but they can come from any of the 5 physical senses, and from the mind itself.
What's a Christian to do?
Satan can PUT them there. He cannot KEEP them there without your consent.
THE MOMENT you become aware of one of his images entering your mind, reject it immediately.
DESTROY IT with the Master Image, of the Master Himself, who lives in you.
If you know Jesus as your Lord, YOU HAVE THE IMAGE THAT WILL CONSUME AND DESTROY EVERY satanic IMAGE INSIDE.
Focus on the INNER JESUS, instead of on OUTER satanic imagery.
Fill your spirit and your mind with God's Word.
Allow His Holy Word (Jesus) WHO'S BEEN ENGRAFTED INTO YOUR SPIRIT, to wash and renew your mind (James 1:21).
Remember the admonition given in Proverbs 23:7:
"As a man THINKS, SO IS HE".
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017
PLACE TO THE DEVIL
"DON'T GIVE place to the devil" (Ephesians 4:27).
Scripture COULDN'T BE CLEARER:
As believers in Christ, we are to give NO PLACE – that means ZERO PLACE - to Satan in our lives.
He can ONLY STEAL God’s Word (THE TRUTH) from our MINDS if we GIVE HIM PLACE – IN OUR MINDS.
We are to kick him out, SEVER ALL TIES to him and his evil world, SLAM THE DOOR SHUT IN HIS stupid face, and KEEP IT SHUT.
Yet most "Christians" NOT ONLY GIVE HIM PLACE, they give him MORE PLACE than they give Jesus!!!
It's bad enough that they've allowed Satan to gain a foothold in their minds, IN MANY CASES THEY'VE ALLOWED IT TO DEVELOP INTO A STRONGHOLD.
No wonder when they face a crisis, no wonder when Satan attacks, no wonder when some demon rears its ugly head, THEY FEEL "HELPLESS" AND DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
NO WONDER they lack the CONVICTION and MORAL AUTHORITY TO CAST SATAN OUT.
HOW can they cast him out WHEN HE'S BEEN THERE ALL THIS TIME AT THEIR INVITATION?
When he's been INFECTING, RULING and DOMINATING their life AS A WELCOMED GUEST?
When they devote more time, ATTENTION, and energy to him, and HIS AGENDA, THAN TO JESUS?
When they jump into his dark world WITH BOTH FEET and only RARELY stick their toe into the Kingdom of God?
We're NOT talking about Salvation here. If you received Jesus into your innermost being, YOU ARE NOW AND FOREVER SAVED.
And you NEED TO HAVE COMPLETE ASSURANCE OF THAT.
However, our actions have consequences in this world, as well as in the spirit realm.
MY HEART BREAKS when I hear from Christians who have followed this ministry for 5 years or longer and, DESPITE our daily teaching, have become DECEIVED and ENTRAPPED in some web of satanic deceit.
Satan has gained CONTROL THEIR MINDS, to the point that THEY DON’T EVEN REALIZE the NONSENSE they are uttering and believing.
What was the FIRST WARNING that came out of Jesus’ mouth regarding the “time of the end”?
“See that NO ONE DECEIVES YOU” (Matthew 24:4)
He wasn’t talking to the heathen or to Satanists when He said this. He was talking TO THE DISCIPLES!!! He was addressing BELIEVERS!!!
DECEPTION ALWAYS begins IN THE HUMAN MIND.
That’s where it began in Eden. That’s where it begins today.
Just HOW do we open the door to Satan and GIVE HIM PLACE?
1. By putting religion - ANYONE OR ANYTHING ELSE - AHEAD OF JESUS in our MINDS, hearts and lives.
2. By watching pornography, doing drugs, having illicit sex, lying, stealing, delving into witchcraft, the occult, or New Age, playing with Ouija boards, listening to music or watching movies that INCITE LUST, VIOLENCE, FEAR or some combination thereof, or by bringing into our homes ANYTHING that promotes fear, violence, hatred, or lust whether it's a magazine, a book, a movie, video, video game, OR ANYTHING ELSE: by FILLING OUR MINDS with this garbage.
3. By watching, hearing or reading something on TV, YouTube, or cyberspace that is CONTRARY TO the Word of God.
And the more time and ATTENTION we devote to such unchristian pursuits, THE MORE WE ALLOW OUR MINDS to dwell on these things, THE WORSE SATAN’S DECEPTION WILL BECOME, the MORE TERRITORY SATAN WILL GAIN.
Give Satan and his lies enough time and attention and he will form STRONGHOLDS in your mind.
It's ONE THING to casts such spirits OUT, it's ANOTHER THING to LET THEM IN.
If you cast them out ONE DAY and INVITE THEM IN three days later, you're UNDOING and UNDERMINING your own spiritual authority and freedom.
You're being DOUBLE-MINDED, unstable, and won't get ANYWHERE unless you become SINGLE MINDED (James 1:7-8).
Jesus is PERFECT Love: Perfect Love CASTS OUT fear (1 John 4:18).
NO ONE can force us TO THINK about ungodly things. Let alone TO DWELL ON THEM.
We have THE FREE WILL to REJECT those ungodly, deceitful thoughts.
ANYTHING that DOES NOT STEM FROM Divine Love (God) is from Satan and is to be REJECTED and BANNED from our homes and lives.
ANYTHING (religion included) that PROMOTES FEAR is NOT from God and is to be SHUNNED.
NOTHING of this world can remotely compare to the joy, SHEER PLEASURE and SATISFACTION that an INTIMATE relationship with Jesus provides.
NO MALE OR FEMALE, and definitely NO SEXUAL ACT, can REMOTELY compare to Jesus or FULFILL you as He does.
Take it from someone who KNOWS: "he", "she", "it" or "they" are SIMPLY NOT WORTH IT.
Jesus WARNED that YOU CANNOT - you simply CANNOT - serve TWO masters.
You will invariably LOVE the one and HATE the other.
It's ONE THING to have a moment of human weakness and fall MOMENTARILY into sin.
But we CANNOT SERVE Christ AND Satan.
We CANNOT LOVE both Christ and Satan.
We CANNOT SURRENDER OUR MINDS to both Christ and Satan.
We CANNOT WELCOME into our lives and homes both Christ and Satan.
Make up your minds, Christians:
Be SCORCHING HOT for the Lord, or Siberian cold:
If you really LOVE JESUS, then LOVE HIM with ALL your heart, soul, ALL YOUR MIND (Matthew 22:37), strength, energy, ATTENTION, and time -- and GIVE NO PLACE TO THE LOSER.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
THE FIRST THING SATAN DOES
We know that Satan is the spirit OF FEAR (2 Timothy 1:7).
We know he is A THIEF who comes ONLY TO KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY (John 10:10)
And we also know that he is A LIAR and THE FATHER OF lies -- and of liars (John 8:44).
I have shared before that Satan kills, steals and destroys by sowing FEAR in the hearts AND MINDS of people: also by bringing CHAOS (DISORDER & CONFUSION) to our lives.
I’ve also shared that if we cut FEAR and DISORDER out of our lives, through Divine PERFECT Love (Jesus) in our hearts, WHO CASTS out fear – WE CUT SATAN OFF.
He has NOTHING with which to work on our lives!
ALL of this is true.
HOWEVER, there’s something Satan does EVEN BEFORE he brings fear and chaos:
And A LIE is the opposite of the Truth.
God’s Word is the Truth (John 14:6)
Satan ATTACKS, CONTRADICTS, and CASTS DOUBT ON the Word of God.
We see it in Genesis chapter 3:
FIRST THING he does IS CONTRADICT GOD’S WORD:
God had said “you will SURELY die” and Satan SHAMELESSLY CONTRADICTS GOD “you will NOT surely die”. (Genesis 3:4)
That’s how he put DOUBT into Eve’s heart and mind, DECEIVED HER, and brought about the fall of mankind.
Jesus told us again, in the parable of the sower:
“Satan COMES IMMEDIATELY to STEAL THE WORD that was sown in people’s hearts.” (Mark 4:15)
The creep STEALS the Word by DENYING it and replacing it with LIES.
That is why THE FIRST THING every cult, every religious or “philosophical” group, every heretical teaching does, IS TRY TO NEGATE AND CAST DOUBT ON the Bible’s ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY.
Let’s take a quick peek at history:
Rome, THE MOTHER OF all harlots and abominations of the earth (Revelation 17:5) gave us “Christian” religion.
And, what was THE FIRST THING IT DID?
Claimed the EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to “interpret” the Bible!
Then gave us a WHOLE BUNCH OF PAGAN tradition, WHICH AREN’T IN THE BIBLE, AND WHICH CONTRADICT THE BIBLE.
However, you CAN’T BE a “MOTHER”, UNLESS YOU’VE had CHILDREN.
Rome may be THE MOTHER of ALL HARLOTS, but that clearly shows THAT SHE HAS HARLOT DAUGHTERS all over the earth. Here are just a few:
1. Church of Christ - invented in 1830 by Alexander Campbell.
2. Latter Day Saints (Mormons) - invented by Joseph Smith in 1830:
3. Disciples of Christ - invented by the Campbells (Alexander and Thomas) in 1849.
4. Seventh Day Adventists - invented by William Miller in the mid-19th century, and formally established in 1863 by Ellen White.
5. Christian Science - invented by Mary Bakker Eddy in 1866.
6. Jehovah's Witnesses - invented 1870 by Charles Taze Russell.
As you can see, Satan was REALLY BUSY STEALING THE WORD in the 19th century.
7. United Church of God - invented in 1940's by Herbert W. Armstrong.
Like their harlot mother, all these harlot daughters have PROSTITUTED the faith, and STOLEN the Word of God from people’s hearts BY ADDING, DENYING, or a combination of both.
In fact, some of the daughters have OUTDONE their harlot mother.
When we deny the Bible’s SUPREME AUTHORITY, we deny GOD’S Supreme Authority
When we contradict God’s Word, WE CONTRADICT GOD, and ACT JUST LIKE Satan.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017
DISAGREE – ALL YOU WANT
I often marvel at WHAT HIGH OPINION people have OF THEMSELVES.
And this is particularly true of religious people.
They think their opinions and/or feelings are the “be all, end all”, and THE DETERMINING FACTOR about everything.
Including THE WORD OF GOD!
I’ve been reading it for the past 12 years…
And, frankly, I'm TIRED of reading it.
I love to burst their religious bubble…
And tell them that their opinion MEANS NOTHING.
LESS THAN nothing!
Human opinions DO NOT CHANGE TRUTH.
And will NEVER change Truth.
NOT one iota.
Truth is IMMUTABLE. (James 1:17)
That means that it (He) NEVER CHANGES. (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8)
If He changed, if His Word changed, THEN HE WOULDN’T BE THE TRUTH. (John 14:6)
And His Word would not be true.
FORTUNATELY "they" (Jesus and His Word) are THE SAME, from everlasting to everlasting. (Psalm 90:2; John 1:1-3)
Therefore when someone writes in dramatically stating that they “don’t agree” with some of our Bible-based teaching.
Or self-righteously asserting that they “agree with MOST OF it”, clearly implying they don’t agree with SOME of it, I have to chuckle at HOW FULL OF THEMSELVES these “Christians” are.
They can disagree TOTALLY or PARTIALLY from now until the end of the Millennium, for all I care.
Their “disagreement” or “mostly agreeing” has NO EFFECT WHATSOEVER on what we teach.
I DON’T CARE WHAT “they” think.
I COULDN’T CARE LESS about what “they” believe.
I DON’T GIVE A RAT’S PATOOT about “THEIR” opinion.
I care about WHAT JESUS SAYS:
This ministry’s policy – since day one – has always been:
PROVE to me that one or more of our teachings are wrong – WITH THE BIBLE – quoted CORRECTLY AND IN CONTEXT, and I will change the teaching and GIVE YOU CREDIT, PUBLICLY, for the correction.
I’ll also be very grateful to you for sharing THE TRUTH with me.
That is BIBLICAL, reasonable, and MORE THAN FAIR. (Matthew 4:4; Acts 17:11)
But DON’T EVEN BOTHER telling me that you “agree”, "disagree", or “mostly agree” with my teaching:
WHAT THE HELL DO I CARE?
Truth is Truth.
Therefore, whether anyone “agrees” or “disagrees” IS IRRELEVANT.
Teachings and beliefs are either BIBLICAL (true) or they are UNBIBLICAL (false).
I want Truth ABOVE ALL: whether it’s to my human liking or not.
So, if you “believe” that I should change some teaching, DON’T GIVE ME YOUR OPINION, DON’T TELL ME “I believe” this or that, TELL ME “GOD SAYS” and then quote God ACCURATELY.
God won’t judge ANYONE by YOUR opinion. (John 12:48; Acts 10:42)
He will judge everyone BY HIS WORD.
MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017
NEVER BEFORE HEARD
For months I’ve been hearing the holier than thou religious, and even some members of the press, point out that President Trump is “not a religious man”.
They don’t mean it as a compliment, mind you. But I consider that A PLUS, not a minus.
I DON’T WANT religious people in the Church, and I DON’T WANT THEM in the Oval Office.
Self-righteous “Christians” have criticized Trump’s former womanizing, while they regularly held fund-raising telethons with cheating “ministers” that have been divorced 4 times, with homosexual, pedophile “pastors” who used to seduce young boys, and with incestuous “pastors” who screwed (forgive my French) and fathered children with members of their own family.
Such is the boundless hypocrisy among the religious establishment, especially those on Kristian TV.
However, for all the criticism about President Trump’s past, his two divorces, and about his secularism, I’ve never heard the Name of Jesus mentioned SO LOUDLY and with SO MUCH PRIDE, in any past presidential inauguration – and I’ve watched them all since Reagan’s.
And that goes for the services held before and after the inauguration, as well.
At the inauguration, prayers were offered by four Evangelicals, a Roman Catholic Cardinal, and a rabbi.
Fortunately, there were NO MUSLIMS!
Just goes to show what wonders throwing political correctness out the window can do!
For his part, President Trump quoted King David’s Psalm of ASCENT 133:1:
“The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity”.
He also warned potential enemies NOT TO MESS with the U.S. because not only will we be protected by our military, but that God Himself "WILL PROTECT US”.
Even Paula White (of whom I’ve never been a fan) gave a nice invocation and loudly spoke the Name of Jesus Christ.
Franklin Graham gave a wonderful benediction and quoted THE EXACT SAME VERSES on which I based last Friday’s (Inauguration Day’s) message, 1 Timothy 2:1-6.
But it’s Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress’ message that I want to discuss:
On the previous day’s service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Pastor Jeffress likened President Trump to Nehemiah.
Among other things, Pastor Jeffress pointed out that, in order to restore Jerusalem in the 5th century B.C., God had not chosen a politician, nor a religious figure: that, God had chosen A BUILDER. (Nehemiah 2:5)
Nehemiah, like President Trump WAS A BUILDER.
Like President Trump, one of the first things he did was BUILD A WALL. (Nehemiah 2:17)
(You can read the details of the rebuilding in Nehemiah chapter 3.)
And that Nehemiah had refused to allow his critics -- and he had a bunch of them, as well as many “protesters” -- to distract him from his purpose (Nehemiah 2:10, 20; 4:1-8; 6:1-3) and President Trump must do the same.
It was a timely and tremendous message.
I would add that President Trump has spoken repeatedly about rebuilding our decaying infrastructure, and RENOVATING OUR decrepit INNER CITIES.
The reason that Pastor Jeffress’ message stuck in my heart and mind is that, as many of you know, IT WAS THE BUILDING OF THAT WALL, as well as the rebuilding of that greatest of “inner cities”, Jerusalem, that STARTED THE PROPHETIC COUNTDOWN to the FIRST appearing of Messiah (Daniel 9:25-27).
When we consider that, based on Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy, we are VERY, VERY close to the SECOND appearing of Messiah. (Daniel 9:24-27; Luke 21:24-27)
And when we put all that together with THE NAME TRUMP, which is also related to the SECOND APPEARING OF MESSIAH in the Bible… (1 Corinthians 15:50-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)…
Well, this is either THE MOTHER OF ALL “coincidences”, or for “those who have ears to hear”, God may be trying to tell us something.
We now KNOW, unequivocally, FROM SCRIPTURE, when the Tribulation begins, when it ends, and when the Rapture takes place.
(If you’re interested, just click on “Tribulation Timeline” above this message).
What we DON’T KNOW is IN WHAT YEAR.
Since the Rapture must happen in spring, we will know soon if A.D. 2017 is THE year when Jesus raptures His Bride.
Please Jesus, tarry no longer.
But YOUR WILL, not ours, be done. Amen.
MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017
THE FATHER IS GREATER
"You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father IS GREATER THAN I" (John 14:28)
This one Bible verse has launched many heresies.
See that? Jesus can't be God.
He Himself said that the Father IS GREATER THAN He is!!!
Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Church of God, and Church of Christ - among others - misuse that verse TO DIMINISH Jesus and ROB JESUS of His eternal Deity (John 1:1; 5:18; 10:30; 14:9; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 1:1; Revelation 21:7).
They do so, TO THEIR OWN DAMNATION.
The Father IS GREATER THAN THE HUMAN Jesus.
And that was THE HUMAN JESUS speaking.
Philippians 2:5-11 explains WHAT GOD (Jesus) HAD TO DO - AS A HUMAN - as Last Adam - in order to accomplish the Redemption of HUMANKIND:
"...have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, BEING IN VERY NATURE God, did not consider EQUALITY WITH God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, HE MADE HIMSELF NOTHING BY TAKING THE VERY FORM OF A SERVANT, being made in HUMAN likeness.
And being found in appearance AS A MAN, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF BY BECOMING OBEDIENT TO DEATH- even death on a cross!
Therefore God EXALTED HIM TO THE HIGHEST PLACE AND GAVE HIM THE NAME THAT IS ABOVE EVERY NAME, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, IN HEAVEN and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
"But we see Jesus, who was made FOR A LITTLE WHILE lower than the angels so He could suffer death, CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOR; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every HUMAN." (Hebrews 2:9)
In order to redeem us, Jesus COULDN'T CLING TO His Deity.
He HAD TO set aside both His Divinity and His Glory and manifest as a SINLESS yet "fallen" human, as FIRST Adam was after he sinned, and - from that LOW position, LOWER than the angels (and certainly lower than the Father) - PAY THE PRICE IN FULL AND FOR ALL ETERNITY, rise from the dead, and forever defeat Satan, sin and death.
He HAD TO take the punishment FOR ALL OUR SINS - IN FULL - BECAUSE THERE'S NO WAY we could pay for it ourselves.
He HAD TO become HUMAN and, as a HUMAN, remove ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME from mankind, as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
Glory to Jesus!
Of course the Father is GREATER THAN the HUMAN Jesus! Just like the Father is GREATER THAN the HUMAN Adam!
As Last Adam, Jesus' HUMAN self, being MORTAL FLESH, WAS LOWER (LESSER) than the Father.
His ETERNAL Self, the Spirit IN Jesus, IS the Spirit of God, WHO IS Spirit (John 4:24).
His Spirit (the Son's) IS EQUAL TO, and EVERY BIT AS God Almighty, as the Father.
There is NO ONE - ANYWHERE - HIGHER THAN JESUS.
That's why EVERYONE IN HEAVEN will bow before Him, as we read above.
That's why the Father exalted Him TO THE HIGHEST PLACE, which is the Father's OWN place.
Jesus HAD TO BE God, and IS FOREVER God.
Because ONLY God could have accomplished what He did.
Man was created in God’s Image. (Genesis 1:28)
Therefore, ONLY GOD could rescue His own Image and bring it back unto Himself.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017
IS THE LAW SIN?
What? Are you crazy?
HOW can God’s Law be sin?
Doesn’t Scripture say that “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good”? (Romans 7:12)
And before some of you get a coronary, it also says that “the law is NOT sin” (Romans 7:7)
The Law is NOT sin, but the Law (as in the Sinai Law) is NOT PERFECT.
If it were perfect, it wouldn’t be called “a shadow”. (Hebrews 10:1)
NO SHADOW IS EVER PERFECT.
Shadows are always DISTORTED.
Next time you’re standing where your body casts a shadow, see if the shadow is A PERFECT REFLECTION OF YOU.
It is NOT.
NOR is the Sinai Law a PERFECT reflection of God.
Jesus, on the other hand, who is Love Personified, is “the brightness of His glory and THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON”… (Hebrews 1:3)
Jesus, Love Personified, IS THE PERFECT reflection of God, because God IS love (1 John 4:16).
Jesus (Divine Love Personified) is THE fulfillment of God’s Law (Romans 13:9-10) as well as THE SUPREME LAW of the universe, and of every realm of existence. (Isaiah 44:6; Revelation 5:13)
THE PERFECT LAW, therefore, that transforms THE HUMAN SOUL is Love, NOT Sinai (Psalm 19:7; James 1:25)
The Sinai Law is NOT sin: WHAT IS SIN is to regard the Sinai Law as THE SUPREME Law.
To have MORE FAITH (trust) in our own ALLEGED Sinai Law “keeping”, THAN IN GOD’S (Love’s) GRACIOUS DECREE that those who are IN Jesus ARE DEEMED TO BE AS RIGHTEOUS AS Jesus.
As righteous AS GOD HIMSELF!!! (2 Corinthians 5:21)
What IS sin is to TRUST the Sinai Law for Salvation, when JESUS is Salvation!!!
Jesus (PERFECT Divine Love) is THE ONLY SALVATION that ever was, is, and will be. (Acts 4:11-12)
What IS SIN is to LIVE UNDER the Sinai Law AFTER Jesus made A NEW and better Covenant by which He REMOVED SIN – and ABOLISHED the Sinai Law ONCE AND FOR ALL:(Romans 10:4; 2 Corinthians 3:14; Galatians 5:4; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:13-14; Hebrews 10:8-9)
1. A NEW Covenant under which He DOES NOT EVEN COUNT ANY sins against us. (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19)
2. A NEW Covenant under which He DOESN’T EVEN REMEMBER our sins anymore. (Jeremiah 31:33-34; Hebrews 8:12)
So EFFECTIVE is the MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD of sinless Jesus.
To Him be all the glory for all eternity!
The Sinai Law is holy (set apart) and IT IS NOT SIN:
But living under it, after Jesus’ death and Resurrection, IS SIN:
Again: LIVING UNDER THE LAW, after Jesus’ perfect Work of Redemption IS SIN:
“WHATSOEVER is NOT OF FAITH IS SIN.”
And THE LAW is NOT OF FAITH: but (rather it says): The man THAT DOES these things shall live by them.”
Since the Sinai Law is NOT OF FAITH, and since ANYTHING that is NOT OF FAITH IS SIN, living under the Law after Jesus died, rose and ascended – IS SIN!!!
TRUSTING the Sinai Law for righteousness IS SIN! (Galatians 5:4)
Paul says that those who STILL TRY TO BE JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW ARE UNDER A CURSE (Galatians 3:10).
He also says that they “have ALIENATED themselves FROM Christ” and “have FALLEN FROM Grace”. (Galatians 5:4)
There’s NO WAY we can be saved if we’re ALIENATED (SEPARATED) FROM Christ. (Acts 4:11-12)
And there’s NO WAY we can be saved BY HIS GRACE when we’ve FALLEN FROM Grace, by trying to STILL LIVE UNDER the Sinai Law:
“If by grace, then it is NO LONGER BY WORKS: otherwise Grace IS NO MORE GRACE” (Romans 11:6)
THAT is THE Truth Adventists.
THAT is THE Truth Church of God
THAT is THE Truth Church of Christ.
THAT is THE Truth FALSELY called “Messianic” Jews – who REJECT God’s Grace by clinging to Sinai.
(Thank God for all the Messianic Jews who ARE REAL JEWS, trust Jesus completely, and RECEIVE God’s Grace!)
THAT is THE Truth, LOST religious legalists!
And NO AMOUNT OF LIES by your denominations’ founders, NO AMOUNT of twisting Scriptures, NO AMOUNT of quoting them SELECTIVELY, or OUT OF CONTEXT, will change THE TRUTH.
You have two choices:
1. Repent, receive Jesus into your hearts, RECEIVE His Grace, and His GIFT of FREE Salvation – which NONE OF US DESERVES, and none of us can “EARN”.
2. Cling to Sinai, BE CHARGED WITH BREAKING THE WHOLE LAW, and BE CONDEMNED. (James 2:8-10)
The Sinai Law was “our tutor TO LEAD US TO Christ, SO THAT WE MAY BE JUSTIFIED (SAVED) BY FAITH.
But NOW THAT FAITH HAS COME, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A TUTOR.”
Which part, exactly, of “WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A TUTOR” (no longer under the Sinai Law) don’t you understand?
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017
“I urge, then, FIRST OF ALL, THAT PETITIONS, PRAYERS, INTERCESSION AND THANKSGIVING BE MADE FOR ALL PEOPLE— for kings AND ALL THOSE IN AUTHORITY, THAT WE MAY LIVE PEACEFUL AND QUIET LIVES IN ALL GODLINESS AND HOLINESS.
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, WHO WANTS ALL PEOPLE TO BE SAVED and to come to the knowledge of the Truth:
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind: the man Christ Jesus, WHO GAVE HIMSELF AS A RANSOM FOR ALL PEOPLE.” (1Timothy 2:1-6)
“Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, REDEEMING THE TIME, BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE EVIL.” (Ephesians 5:16)
Lord willing, here in the United States, we will have a new President at noon today.
The seemingly endless string of blunders, incompetence, misguided priorities, missed opportunities, weakness, and treachery of the past 8 years will have come to an end.
President Trump will inherit AN UNENVIABLE SET OF COMPLEX PROBLEMS BOTH NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
Despite his enthusiasm, good intentions, excellent leadership skills, how qualified the members of his cabinet, or how smart a negotiator he may be -- 8 years of uninterrupted mistakes are not erased in a month, or even in those all-important “first 100 days”.
Because of the proximity of the Day of the Lord, we DON’T KNOW how much time President Trump may have to implement the policies necessary to correct those blunders.
Please pray for our new President.
Pray for the new Vice President, and the rest of the Trump team.
Pray for Wisdom from above, and Divine guidance. And that they will be instruments used by God to accomplish His Will.
And please pray for our divided, hurting, confused nation.
And I’m not asking you to pray for President Trump because I happen to share his ideas, or because I voted for him, although I’m “guilty” on both counts.
I never voted for President Obama, and yet I prayed and prayed and prayed for him during his two terms in office.
This is WHAT JESUS COMMANDS His people to do, as we read above.
And it’s particularly important that we pray and intercede at this time, for the reasons enumerated above, and BECAUSE OUR NATION IS AS DIVIDED TODAY AS NEVER BEFORE IN ITS HISTORY, with the exception of the Civil War.
There is A LOT OF HATRED not just among the public brainwashed by Hollywood, the TV and music industries, and the leftist, ultra-liberal education system, but among OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.
We need prayer, and need it badly.
And whether we’re Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, or something else, we’re all Americans and we’re all in this together.
If things go well for the country, we all benefit.
If the President does well, all of us are favorably affected, not to mention THE REST OF THE WORLD.
Remember we are THE FINAL GENERATION that will witness (by the Grace of our Lord) His Appearing and, who WILL RETURN TO RULE AND REIGN WITH HIM ON THIS EARTH 3½ YEARS LATER.
We must make GOOD USE of whatever “time” we have left.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017
GOD OF FORTRESSES
“Neither shall he regard the gods of his ancestors, nor the desire of women (Messiah), NOR REGARD ANY god: for he SHALL MAGNIFY HIMSELF ABOVE ALL. But in their PLACE HE SHALL HONOR THE GOD OF FORTRESSES: and a god whom his ancestors knew not SHALL HE HONOR WITH GOLD, AND SILVER, AND WITH PRECIOUS STONES, and pleasant things.” (Daniel 11:37-38)
Who is this cryptic “god of fortresses” that Antichrist will honor?
None other than Satan.
The entire narrative in Daniel chapter 11, from verses 1-4, and verse 28 to the chapter’s end has to do with the Antichrist.
The whole chapter has to do with the Greek dynasty established by Alexander, from which he himself will re-emerge as the Anti-Messiah. (Daniel 11:28-31)
This passage makes it clear that Alexander will not regard the gods of his Greek ancestors like Zeus, Hermes, Apollo, Artemis or Dionysus.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 basically says the same thing:
“…who OPPOSES AND EXALTS HIMSELF ABOVE ALL THAT IS CALLED “God”, OR THAT IS WORSHIPED; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
Instead of honoring the gods in the Greek pantheon, Alexander will honor Satan OPENLY AS Satan.
Revelation 13:4 confirms that THE ONLY WORSHIP allowed during the reign of Antichrist will be that of Satan, and the Antichrist himself:
“And THEY WORSHIPED THE DRAGON who gave power unto the beast: and THEY WORSHIPED THE BEAST, saying, WHO is like unto the beast? WHO is able TO MAKE WAR against him?”.
WHY will Alexander honor Satan, while shunning all deities, real or imagined?
Revelation 13:4 JUST TOLD US WHY:
It’s the dragon (Satan) who gives power (authority) to the beast.
Two verses prior, it also tells us:
“…and the dragon (Satan) GAVE HIM (Antichrist) HIS OWN POWER, AND HIS THRONE, AND GREAT AUTHORITY.” (Revelation 13:2)
2 Thessalonians 2:8-9 puts it this way:
“And then shall that Wicked One be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the breath of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Even him, WHOSE COMING IS AFTER THE WORKING OF Satan WITH ALL POWER AND SIGNS AND LYING WONDERS”.
Before someone writes a silly email saying “well Satan doesn’t have the power to resurrect anyone and bring them out of the abyss”…
You’re right: he DOESN’T.
But GOD DOES.
And if God CHOOSES TO ALLOW Satan to bring Alexander out of the abyss and “energize” him with his evil power, so Alex can be his Antichrist and so that Satan can rule the earth 42 months through Alexander (in order to rule the earth one MUST BE A MAN, Genesis 1:28; Psalm 115:16) Satan will do JUST THAT.
And that is why Alexander will HONOR Satan OPENLY.
WHY does Daniel refer to Satan as “the god of fortresses”?
Satan is the god of spiritual fortresses (or spiritual strongholds):
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not encamp according to the flesh:
4”For the instruments of our expedition are not carnal, but MIGHTY through God TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS.
Casting down arguments, and EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Once the Church is raptured, and taken out of the way, there won’t be anyone to tear down those strongholds, and Satan will REINFORCE THEM, ADD NEW ONES, and take over whatever’s left of this world in no time.
For the record: Satan is not god, has never been god of anything, and WILL NEVER BE god.
But he WANTED TO be “like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:12-14)
Thus he is viewed as “god” by the spiritual strongholds (the wicked spirits who serve him and form his strongholds in the atmosphere).
Last but not least, why would Alexander honor Satan with “gold, silver, precious stones, and “pleasant things”?
The answer is found in Ezekiel 28:12-15:
“Thus says the Lord GOD: you were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden, the garden of God; EVERY PRECIOUS STONE ADORNED YOU: carnelian, peridot, emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings WERE MADE OF GOLD; on the day you were created they were prepared.
You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were upon the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, TILL INIQUITY WAS FOUND IN YOU.”
Satan longs to return to his former exalted position as Lucifer, when he was covered in gold and precious stones.
Alexander will gladly cater to Satan’s lusts, in exchange for the supernatural powers conferred on him by Satan, until Christ returns, deposes the Antichrist, and throws him into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20).
In short: Alexander will honor Satan and Satan will transfer his own power, throne and authority to his Antichrist.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017
"Beloved, THINK IT NOT STRANGE CONCERNING THE FIERY TRIAL WHICH IS TO TRY YOU, as though some strange thing happened unto you. But REJOICE, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings that, when His Glory shall be revealed, YOU MAY BE GLAD WITH EXCEEDING JOY" (1 Peter 4:12-13)
First a friendly warning: YOU WON'T LIKE this message.
Matter of fact, I DON'T LIKE IT, either. But it's a message we ALL need to hear, nonetheless.
Sooner or later, EVERYONE who comes to faith in Christ WILL BE TESTED.
There's NO WAY to avoid that simple fact.
We don't like to talk about it, or even think about it, BUT TESTS WILL COME.
It's a natural and NECESSARY part of Christian growth.
The moment someone gives his or her heart to Jesus, they can COUNT ON being tested, not once, but many, many, MANY times.
Tests usually come unexpectedly. They come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. Tests are NEVER pleasant.
They always involve pain and suffering of some sort.
And don't delude yourselves into thinking that tests will always come from the world, or from circumstances, OFTEN they'll come from supposed "Christians". From those who PRETEND TO BE our brothers and sisters.
Tests come for the purpose of REFINING US and PERFECTING US.
But their ultimate purpose is to separate the wheat from the chaff, meaning both, separate the "CHAFF" IN US from the "wheat" in us, but also to separate (SANCTIFY) REAL Christians from "in name only" Kristians.
No REAL Christian is exempt.
Every one of Jesus' disciples was tested, not once, but MANY times.
And some of the tests His apostles and prophets endured, frankly, put some of our "tests" to shame.
Show me a great man or woman of God, who's done great things for the of , and I'll show you someone who's been TESTED through and through. Someone who's had THE TAR BEATEN OUT OF THEM until all that's left in them is Christ.
We must NOT FEAR the tests. WE MUST NOT FEAR, PERIOD.
We MUST TRUST Jesus AT ALL TIMES, before, during and AFTER the tests.
Jesus Himself endured THE GREATEST TEST of all.
And He emerged TOTALLY and ETERNALLY VICTORIOUS.
And SO WILL YOU.
Remember that EVERYTHING on this earth is TEMPORARY.
That means IT’S A LIE!
And because it IS a lie, and because THE ONLY TRUTH IS ETERNAL LIFE and GOODNESS (Jesus), that lie will at some point VANISH and be TOTALLY FORGOTTEN (Isaiah 65:17)
Every test has a silver lining.
Once you've endured the tests, you'll come out sparkling like the rarest and finest diamond.
You’ll be wearing A CROWN OF GLORY ON YOUR HEAD. (James 1:12).
Tests don't last forever.
The YOU that emerges from the tests DOES!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017
The mention in Ezekiel chapters 40-46 of animal sacrifices during the Millennium is one issue that has baffled scholars and theologians for centuries.
Since the Scriptures make it clear that Jesus' perfect, once and for all Sacrifice IS SUFFICIENT TO FOREVER put us in right standing with God (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14), why in the world would sacrifices be needed in the Millennial era?
Isn't His Blood sufficient to FOREVER cleanse us from sin?
Rather than seeking the answer from the Holy Spirit, or in the written Word... rather than being honest and admitting they DON'T KNOW... the best "explanation" religious minds have been able to FABRICATE is that such sacrifices will be offered "in remembrance" of the price it cost to redeem mankind.
I got one word for STUPID, BLIND and DISHONEST THEOLOGIANS:
Contrary to the way some would portray Him, ours is NOT some bloodthirsty, vengeful God. Nor does He take any pleasure in the shedding of blood (Isaiah 1:11; Psalm 40:6).
Why would we need the blood of innocent animals as a "reminder" of the price He paid (as if we could ever forget) WHEN JESUS HIMSELF WILL BE REIGNING IN OUR MIDST?
Sacrifices in the Millennium are NOT OFFERED for us.
They're NOT offered for Christ's Church, since we will be redeemed, sinless and reigning with Jesus in glorified bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-55; Revelation 5:10).
They're offered for NATURAL humans who have survived the tribulation, including NATURAL Israelites, and their progeny.
Why do they STILL need animal sacrifices for sin?
Because they're NOT saved.
NATURAL people who survive the tribulation in their NATURAL BODIES, including natural Israelites, and those they procreate during the 1,000 years, AREN'T SAVED.
If they WERE saved, they wouldn’t have gone through the tribulation. They would have been raptured at the beginning of the tribulation, or before the 7 bowl judgments mentioned in chapter 16.
The reason they’re still ON EARTH in NATURAL bodies is they did not PUT THEIR FAITH IN JESUS.
And, once He returns, it’s too late to do that, SINCE IT DOESN’T TAKE ANY FAITH to believe IN THE VISIBLE Jesus, who has returned, and vanquished His enemies, thus proving He lives forevermore (Revelation 1:18)
Salvation is, and has ALWAYS been, by Grace thru faith (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3; Ephesians 2:8,9; Galatians 3:6).
Faith, the Bible tells us, is "the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of THINGS NOT SEEN" (Hebrews 11:1).
It doesn't take ANY faith to believe in A VISIBLE Jesus who has returned, demonstrated His ETERNAL Deity, AND IS REIGNING IN JERUSALEM FOR ALL TO SEE (Revelation 20:4).
That's OBSERVABLE, UNDISPUTED KNOWLEDGE, not faith.
Hence natural individuals who survive the tribulation and their natural offspring will still need animal sacrifices for sin UNTIL the Millennium ends.
The Millennium is both preceded and succeeded by 7-year periods.
When the Millennium ends, Satan will be released from the bottomless pit and, for a little while, will be allowed to rouse rebellious mankind into war, in the FINAL battle of all the ages, known as Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:7, 8).
They will attack Jerusalem ARMED TO THE TEETH, while Jesus and His saints are UNARMED having NO CONVENTIONAL, MILITARY WEAPONS. (Ezekiel 38:5; 39:9-10)
Not even walls, gates, or barriers to keep the invaders at bay (Ezekiel 38:11)
It's AT THAT POINT that NATURAL mankind will get a chance to EXERCISE THEIR FAITH IN the living Savior.
Despite living in a wonderful, paradisiacal environment for 1,000 years, despite experiencing firsthand the Lord's Goodness, SOME natural humans will still rebel.
While most will remain faithful to Christ and BE SAVED, sadly, Satan will succeed in deceiving various countries like Russia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Turkey and certain Eastern European nations (Ezekiel 38:1-6).
Those who follow Satan will perish at the Battle of Gog when they attack Jerusalem, in a FINAL, desperate and futile attempt to topple the ETERNAL Kingdom of God (Revelation 20:9-10).
Those who remain faithful to Jesus will be saved BY FAITH in Him. His precious Blood WILL BLOT AWAY ALL THEIR SINS FOREVER, as it has blotted ours.
After that, NO MORE innocent animals will have to die for the sins of man.
After that, THERE WILL BE NO MORE ANIMAL SACRIFICES EVER AGAIN.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017
Every so often some Christian makes reference to this book written by the late Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran.
Unfortunately, the book is promoted in the movie Walk the Line based on Johnny Cash and Ruth Carter’s relationship, as a gift June gave Johnny claiming it had “helped her”. Both June and Johnny were known as devout Christians. I’ve also heard ANOTHER supposed “Christian”, Naomi Judd, promote this book on TV. Of course, she also promotes THE LIES OF Deepak Chopra, ANOTHER New Age DECEIVER.
This book was given to me by a co-worker many years ago, when I was a baby IN THE FAITH.
Jesus taught that THE SOWER SOWS THE WORD, and Satan IMMEDIATELY sends “vultures” to STEAL IT. (Mark 4:15; Luke 8:5) How utterly true!
Even as a newly born-again child of God, and even though in those days I knew very little about the Bible, and could only quote A FEW verses, I DID (praise Jesus forever!) have His Holy Spirit.
“Someone” (the Spirit) inside was impressing me that the aforementioned book wasn’t from God.
I could also tell from some of its content that this book DID NOT COME FROM God.
And if it’s NOT from God, AND YET DEALS WITH “SPIRITUAL” issues, there’s ONLY ONE POSSIBLE SOURCE for the book: Satan.
I never read it, except for the small portions mentioned above. I don’t intend to read it. In fact, I destroyed the book so that NO ONE ELSE would read it either and be misled.
WHAT TOTAL TRAGEDY that these supposed “born-again Christians” chose to promote THAT PIECE OF TRASH instead of promoting THE BIBLE!
The Bible has sold around 5 BILLION copies IN MODERN TIMES.
(Problem is, Christians BUY IT, but DON’T STUDY IT).
The Prophet has sold about 9 million copies.
Although that figure is INSIGNIFICANT by comparison, it’s 9 million souls that, for the most part, have been deceived and confused.
That’s A LOT of souls.
The Bible teaches THE WAY to Eternal Life.
The Prophet will use nice sounding, apparently profound prose to lead souls STRAIGHT TO HELL.
No one’s ever accused Satan of being a poor DECEIVER!
To put it bluntly, The Prophet is a mishmash of Islamic Mysticism, heretical Baha’i, and New Age.
In fact, I would argue that this book, originally published in 1923, was FORERUNNER of the New Age religious heresy.
It is CONTRARY to the Bible, CONTRARY to the Gospel, and to BIBLICAL Christian faith.
This book is one of the myriad that teach that “ALL ROADS lead to God”.
And that is THE BIGGEST LIE that can be told, bar none.
It also teaches that “ALL faiths ultimately believe in the same God”.
Both claims are FALSE and CONTRADICT JESUS. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
Make no mistake: This so-called “prophet” IS NOT a prophet of God, but OF Satan.
His teachings are TOTALLY ANTI-CHRIST.
I STRONGLY ADVISE against reading it, ESPECIALLY IF you are a baby Christian, OR a BIBLE ILLITERATE long-time Christian.
If you have this satanic book, throw it in the trash, or better yet, destroy it so NO ONE ELSE can be deceived by it.
If you’re bored and looking for “something to read”, or if you seek spiritual enlightenment or inspiration, I recommend the Gospel of John, the Book of Acts, or one of Paul’s magnificent Epistles (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Galatians).
No BORN-AGAIN PERSON will go to hell from reading this book.
But it will lead ONLY TO FRUSTRATION AND MASSIVE CONFUSION.
And there’s MORE THAN ENOUGH OF THAT going around…
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017
LUTHER & THE VATICAN
The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of that historic day, October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Roman Catholic “church” building in Wittenberg.
Although he wasn’t the only reformer, he was arguably the most influential.
Very few Christians would have heard the true Gospel, and been saved, had it not been for Luther’s stalwart stand against the excesses, corruption, and false dogmas plaguing organized Christianism.
We have written about Luther’s pivotal role in Church history before, as well as other reformers.
You can view those articles by clicking on the “Heroes of the Faith” link above.
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and breaking with 5 centuries of religious tradition, the Vatican (to its credit) has officially recognized Martin Luther as “a witness to the Gospel”.
It even erected a statue of Luther at the Vatican’s “Paul VI hall”.
While I welcome the Vatican’s long-overdue recognition of Luther as preacher of the true Gospel of Grace – the same Luther arbitrarily “excommunicated” by Pope Leo X on January 3, 1521 – it will take more than a formal declaration and the erection of a statue to bring MUCH NEEDED UNITY to the Body of Christ.
There are A LOT OF PEOPLE in both Roman Catholicism and so-called Protestantism who PROFESS to be “Christian” but are “Christian” IN NAME ONLY.
They DON’T KNOW Jesus, have no personal relationship with Him, DO NOT TRUST Him, DO NOT BELIEVE His written Word, DO NOT HAVE His Holy Spirit (which means they are NOT born-again) and if they were to die today, THEY WOULD GO STRAIGHT TO HELL.
Hell, as I’ve shared often, is temporary.
The lake of fire is eternal.
But hell is a place of torment and alienation from Jesus nonetheless.
And NO ONE should take hell lightly.
Yes, it’s real.
Please don’t delude yourself into thinking that only atheists, murderers, terrorists and “bad people” go to hell.
There are people in hell even AS WE SPEAK, MANY OF THEM RELIGIOUS.
Likewise, don’t delude yourself into thinking that being “a good person” and “not doing harm to others” WILL GET ANYONE into heaven.
ONLY A PERSONAL, INNER relationship with Jesus will get people to heaven. (John 3:16)
The Common Denominator SHARED BY ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS is the Holy Spirit. (John 1:12)
And ONLY the Holy Spirit can BRING unity to Christ’s Body.
Jesus said if we’re not BORN OF the Spirit WE CANNOT SEE NOR ENTER the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-5).
And Paul said if we DO NOT HAVE the Spirit of Christ, we DO NOT BELONG TO Christ. (Romans 8:9)
Therefore, regardless of being Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, or some other type of “Christian”, if we DO NOT HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT IN US (and when we have Him – WE KNOW IT), we’re not saved, and we’re not true Christians.
What will bring UNITY OF THE SPIRIT to the Body of Christ – regardless of religious denomination or lack thereof – IS THE HOLY SPIRIT. (Ephesians 4:3)
It’s nice to have religious proclamations acknowledging Luther’s contributions to the true Christian faith.
Better 500 YEARS TOO LATE than never.
But that WON’T do the job, nor will it unite us
Heck, we can’t even get unity of Spirit AMONG EVANGELICALS!!
Let alone among Catholics and non-Catholics.
ONLY the Holy Spirit can do that.
God’s Word says very clearly that DIVISIONS are the result OF CARNALITY: (1 Corinthians 3:3-4)
DIVISIONS come from walking IN THE FLESH (NATURAL MIND), instead of walking FOCUSED ON the Spirit we have INSIDE.
If we want Christian unity, we better PAY ATTENTION TO, and TEACH ALL CHRISTIANS about the Common Denominator we all share:
The Holy Spirit is our Helper, our Comforter, OUR TRANSFORMER, AND OUR UNITER. (John 16:13)
If we FAIL TO CONTINUOUSLY DEPEND ON HIM, LISTEN TO HIS INNER VOICE, and TO PLACE HIS WILL ABOVE OUR OWN, then WE ARE CARNAL, and there WON’T BE ANY unity.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
THE LAW WAS ABOLISHED
“Do not think THAT I HAVE COME TO abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but TO FULFILL (SATISFY) THEM.
For truly I tell you, UNTIL HEAVEN AND EARTH PASS AWAY, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law UNTIL EVERYTHING HAPPENS...
For I tell you that UNLESS YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS SURPASSES THAT OF THE PHARISEES AND THE TEACHERS OF THE LAW, YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT ENTER the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20)
Oh, Jesus, how your words have been distorted by religion!
How they are MISREPRESENTED!
How they are MANIPULATED by THE FEARFUL, to their own condemnation!
Did Jesus ABOLISH the Law?
He didn’t COME TO (for the purpose of) abolishing the Sinai Law.
But He DID abolish it!
He came to seek and TO SAVE that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)
After satisfying (fulfilling) the Law, and procuring ETERNAL Salvation for those who receive Him and TRUST Him, Jesus HAD TO abolish the Law. (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14)
Again: Jesus HAD TO abolish the Law as means of obtaining righteousness because THE LAW DIDN’T DO THE JOB!
The Law WAS CONDEMNING US.
The Law was KILLING US!
“For WITHOUT THE LAW SIN WAS DEAD:
For once I was alive apart from the law: but WHEN THE COMMANDMENT CAME, SIN REVIVED, AND I DIED.
And THE COMMANDMENT, WHICH WAS ORDAINED TO LIFE, I FOUND TO BE UNTO DEATH.
For sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, deceived me, and by (the commandment) it KILLED ME.” (Romans 7:8-11)
By the first century A.D., after Israelites had tried to keep the Sinai Law for 1,500 years, it HADN’T MADE ANYONE righteous.
As of today, the Law HASN’T MADE ANYONE righteous IN 3,500 YEARS!!!
NOT ONE person!
There is Scripture after Scripture that tells us that Jesus ABOLISHED the Sinai Law as means of attaining salvation or justification:
“Christ is THE END OF THE LAW for righteousness TO EVERYONE THAT BELIEVES.” (Romans 10:4)
The Greek word used in this verse is telos, from which Jesus’ final word on the cross (tetelostai) is derived:
It (THE LAW) IS FINISHED!” (John 19:30)
“But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same veil not taken away in the reading of the old covenant; which IS ABOLISHED in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 3:14)
“HAVING ABOLISHED IN HIS FLESH the enmity, even THE LAW OF COMMANDMENTS EXPRESSED IN ORDINANCES; to make in Himself of two one new man, so making peace” (Ephesians 2:15)
“And you, who had died by your sins and by the uncircumcision in your flesh, HE HAS GIVEN YOU LIFE WITH HIM AND HAS FORGIVEN US ALL OUR SINS: BLOTTING OUT THE HANDWRITING OF the Law WAS AGAINST US, WHICH WAS CONTRARY TO US, and took it out of the way, NAILING IT TO HIS CROSS”. (Colossians 2:13-14)
Only He who wrote the Sinai Law WITH HIS OWN FINGER, could erase it FOR US. (Exodus 31:18; Luke 11:20)
“…in accordance with the Law. And afterward He said, "Behold, I have come to do your will, oh God." In this He ABOLISHES THE FIRST (in context, THE LAW) to establish the second.” (Hebrews 10:8-9)
You CANNOT BE a true Christian and live under the Sinai Law.
You CANNOT BE a true Christian and trust your alleged “observance” of the Law's commandments in order to obtain Salvation.
Salvation WAS ALREADY PURCHASED FOR YOU.
…With NO LESS THAN the most precious, ever-living, SINLESS Blood of Jesus! (1 Peter 1:18-19)
There’s NOTHING you can do in order to be saved.
Salvation is RECEIVING Him who is Salvation (Jesus) into your heart, EXPERIENCING HIM IN A PERSONAL, INTIMATE WAY, and TRUSTING Him completely:
You must TRUST WHAT Jesus DID, NOT what you “do”.
As Paul says in Hebrews 2:3:
“HOW will we escape if we DO NOT APPRECIATE SO GREAT Salvation?”
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017
IS "LUCK" REAL ?
EVERYONE reading this message has at some point in their life, grumbled about their "bad luck".
All of us have, at one time or another, grudgingly and enviously commented on how "lucky" someone else is.
Why is it that some people just seem to turn everything they touch into gold, while others who are SMARTER, BETTER, and MORE QUALIFIED, seem to struggle?
Is there such thing as "luck"?
From our perspective, the answer is "yes".
From God's perspective, the answer is "no".
Luck is defined as:
"AN UNPREDICTABLE AND UNCONTROLLABLE FORCE THAT SHAPES EVENTS FAVORABLY OR UNFAVORABLY for an individual, group or cause".
I DO NOT, for a moment, pretend to know ALL that is involved in the "behind the scenes" spirit realm, to shape events in our lives.
However, God's Word does shed SOME light on this issue:
As far as bad stuff goes, we have an enemy called Satan whose aim is to kill, steal and destroy, and whom we are commanded TO STAND AGAINST, and RESIST (John 10:10; Ephesians 6:12-17; James 4:7).
The Bible also talks about EVERYONE being affected (at some point) by "luck" or "chance" (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
It also states THAT WE PLAY A LARGE ROLE in bringing about our own blessings or misfortune (Galatians 6:7).
But it would take a Mind as Wise and Infinite as God's to understand all the mechanics involved in bringing about events on earth, whether good or bad, as well as when, where, and to whom it happens.
Since Jesus is the beginning and the end, NOTHING catches Him by surprise: even the hairs on our heads are numbered.
Humanly speaking, though, it would be foolish to deny what man has acknowledged and tried to figure out since time immemorial.
That is why, since ancient times, there have been astrologers, diviners, and prophets, trying to predict man's fate and whether it's an opportune moment to do certain things, like go to war:
In other words, to see if "luck" is on their side.
In ancient Greece, there was the famed Oracle of Delphi, where a priestess would supposedly speak in the name of the god Apollos, and answer specific questions put to her.
Lest you think this was only pagan practice, God gave Israel the Urim and Thummim to predict whether something was true or false, whether God was favorable to their endeavor or not (Numbers 27:21; Nehemiah 7:65).
They also practiced CASTING LOTS to determine what God's will was or to ascertain truth (1 Samuel 14:41-42; Acts 1:26).
In the New Testament, the Urim and Thummim and the casting of lots WERE REPLACED BY the Holy Spirit.
He is the One that we must consult, as well as God's written Word (John 16:13).
A few things to keep in mind:
- CURSES and HEXES:
NO ONE can put a hex or curse on you to bring you "bad luck”, if you’re born again (Ephesians 1:3; Numbers 23:19-23).
If things are not going well in your life, you need to GET ALONE WITH God, in a quiet place with no distractions, seek Him with ALL your heart, and ask the Holy Spirit WHO LIVES IN you for guidance.
Then WAIT UPON HIM, stay focused on Him, (INSIDE you) until the answer comes.
If you seek Him with ALL your heart, it won't take long to get an answer.
- "LUCK" IS OFTEN IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
I'm sure many men envied Jack Kennedy's "luck". After all, he was handsome, intelligent, articulate, born into a rich and influential family, President of the United States, leader of the free world, married to elegant fashion icon Jackie, had two beautiful children, and pretty much all the women he wanted.
He wasn't so "lucky" on November 22, 1963.
He suffered from Addison's disease most of his life, had to rely on drugs in order to function, and three of their babies died due to illness or miscarriage.
For all his privileged upbringing, his father fostered sibling rivalry.
Jack always played second fiddle to his older brother Joe, Jr. - always competing with him and having to prove himself, and only became Joe Sr.'s "number one" son after his elder brother died.
Likewise some women may have considered Marilyn Monroe "lucky" for being a sexy movie star, rich, famous, glamorous... Was she?
By all accounts she had a very unhappy childhood: she was molested, landed in a foster home and, like JFK, her life ended tragically.
- Jesus is ULTIMATELY in control of everything.
And although He allows man to exercise his free will on this earth, which often results in pretty horrific stuff, nothing happens anywhere without His knowledge.
- PSALM 73
God puts the whole issue of "luck" into perspective for us in Psalm 73, which is MUST READ for every believer.
Although God's BLESSINGS do manifest in our lives here on earth, don't settle for just earthly luck.
TEMPORARY "luck" in this TEMPORARY world is FAILURE.
It ENDS sooner or later.
The “LUCKIEST” PEOPLE on earth are those whose ETERNAL Destiny is Christ.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017
WHY SOME PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE IN JESUS
Jesus’ Message, called the Gospel or “GOOD News” is INCOMPARABLE.
There’s NO BETTER MESSAGE – ANYWHERE!
There’s NO BETTER OFFER – in the entire universe!
- FREE FORGIVENESS and eternal Life. (Romans 6:23)
- ALL your sins erased and cleansed – removed AS FAR FROM YOU as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)
- His own Perfect Righteousness CREDITED TO YOU, REGARDLESS of what you’ve done, or how badly you’ve acted. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- His own Divine Love Nature IMPARTED to you. (2 Peter 1:4)
- Common union with Almighty God, the Creator of the universe. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
- ABSOLUTE assurance of Salvation (John 3:16-17).
You would think that people WOULD JUMP at the opportunity to RECEIVE Christ.
And yet – THE VERY WONDER of THAT MESSAGE trips people up and PREVENTS THEM from receiving Christ and BENEFITING from His MATCHLESS BLESSINGS.
WHAT prevents people from receiving Christ?
Take the UNSAVED in general:
FEAR of “what others will think”,
FEAR of being labeled a “religious fanatic”,
FEAR of losing friends -- (if you can “lose them”, THEY WERE NEVER YOUR FRIENDS).
FEAR of intimacy with God.
FEAR that life will become dull.
While religion IS DULL, a RELATIONSHIP with the Divine is THE MOST EXCITING experience in the universe.
FEAR of “being wrong”.
Take the UNSAVED religious:
FEAR that Christ DIDN’T GET THE JOB DONE, hence we must ADD to His PERFECT Work of Redemption.
FEAR that Jesus DIDN’T REALLY take away the sin of the world. (John 1:29; 1 John 3:5)
Therefore, we must “HELP JESUS” by TRYING WITH ALL OUR FALLEN HUMAN MIGHT NOT TO SIN, AND “OBSERVE” THE LAW.
You know, as an EXTRA “insurance policy” against going to hell, since we DON’T REALLY BELIEVE JESUS TOOK CARE OF THAT – FOREVER. (Hebrews 9:12,26; 14:10)
FEAR that sin HAS MORE POWER TO DAMN, than JESUS (GOD) HAS POWER TO SAVE.
If that were the case, then SIN is GOD, AND WE’RE ALL DOOMED, NO MATTER WHAT we do or not do, believe or not believe.
FEAR THAT God wants to damn us, instead of wanting to save us….
…TO THE POINT HE SUFFERED BEYOND HUMAN COMPREHENSION, AND WENT TO THE CROSS VOLUNTARILY, in order to save us.
THAT is why Revelation 21:8 warns that NOT the drunkards, or those who abused drugs, not the gays, lesbians or transsexuals, not the thieves, BUT THE FEARFUL – along with ALL LIARS -- will be cast into the lake of fire.
Because THEY ALLOWED FEAR to keep them from Christ.
They HAD MORE FEAR than love.
Are you LETTING FEAR keep you away FROM PERFECT LOVE (Jesus), the ONLY ONE WHO CAN DELIVER YOU FROM FEAR, Satan, and death?
Open your heart to Jesus, RECEIVE HIM into your innermost self, and TRUST Him completely.
Satan is THE SPIRIT OF fear (2 Timothy 1:7)
He wants to destroy you.
Jesus is ETERNAL LOVE – which means THAT HE NEVER CEASES TO LOVE YOU – NO MATTER WHAT YOU’VE SAID OR DONE. (Psalm 52:8; 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 1 Corinthians 13:8; 1 John 4:16)
Jesus WANTS TO SAVE YOU.
Please DROP the fear, and WELCOME His Love.
… Welcome Him DEEP INTO your heart.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017
GOD’S NOT COUNTING
“Blessed is the one WHOSE SIN the Lord WILL NEVER COUNT AGAINST THEM" (Romans 4:8).
God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself : NOT COUNTING PEOPLE’S SINS AGAINST THEM” (2 Corinthians 5:19)
Religion conveys the FALSE image of a stern, angry, judgmental God – who’s only looking for any moral flaw, or for us to commit the slightest infraction against His law, so He can condemn us.
RELIGION, as usual, IS WRONG.
NOTHING could be farthest from the Truth.
Jesus clearly said He DID NOT COME TO CONDEMN, BUT TO SAVE (John 3:17).
This is true to the extent that He not only forgives sin, He not only cleanses all sin forever but, as we read in the anchor verses above, HE DOES NOT EVEN COUNT SINS AGAINST US ANYMORE!
That’s how thorough and PERFECT His Work of Redemption is.
Praise Jesus forever and ever!
Because Jesus TOOK AWAY the sin of the world, because He REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME, God no longer counts sins (Hebrews 9;12,26; 10:14; 1 John 3:5).
Unless, of course, SOMEONE INSISTS ON having his/her sins counted against them.
They do this when they FAIL TO RECEIVE God’s Offer of FREE FORGIVENESS AND FREE Salvation, through Jesus – FOR ALL ETERNITY.
AND THAT is WHY RELIGION INSISTS ON COUNTING AGAINST US – the very sins THAT JESUS REMOVED – WITH NO LESS THAN HIS OWN, SINLESS BLOOD!
RELIGION does THE OPPOSITE of Jesus:
RELIGION DOESN’T SAVE, RELIGION CONDEMNS.
RELIGION has more faith (trust) in sin’s ability to damn than in Jesus’ Blood TO SAVE.
That is why FAITH IN RELIGION leads to damnation.
That is why ONLY FAITH (TRUST) IN JESUS is Salvation.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
“…SEEK FIRST the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
WHOSE RIGHTEOUSNESS are we to seek, according to Jesus?
NOWHERE did our Lord ever command us to seek OUR OWN righteousness.
Jesus COULD HAVE NEVER given such command since Jesus, KNOWS Scripture.
He is THE WORD made flesh. (John 1:14)
And Jesus knows that Scripture (the written Word) clearly says that humans have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
ZERO. NONE. NADA.
ALL OUR “righteousness”, said the Lord, through the prophet Isaiah, “IS AS FILTHY RAGS” (Isaiah 64:6)
After Israelites had tried in vain to keep the Sinai Law FOR 500 YEARS, God said through David:
“There are NONE righteous: NO, NOT ONE” (Psalm 53:1)
1,000 years later (after Israelites had been trying to keep the Sinai Law FOR 1,500 YEARS) Jesus said THE SAME THING:
“Didn't Moses give you the law? Yet NONE OF YOU KEEPS THE LAW!” (John 7:19)
And yet we have millions of “Christians” who follow HUMAN INVENTED “Christian” religion, TRYING TO “keep” the Sinai Law.
Trying to PROCURE THEIR OWN “righteousness”.
Problem is – IT DOESN’T EXIST!!!
There is NO SUCH THING!!!
The Sinai Law HAS NEVER MADE ONE person righteous. (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16; Hebrews 7:19)
The ONLY righteousness --- IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE --- IS JESUS.
“And this is His Name by which He will be called, 'The LORD our righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:6)
Therefore, THE ONLY WAY to be declared righteous, is for Jesus TO CREDIT US HIS OWN righteousness:
“For He (God) has made Him (Christ), WHO KNEW NO SIN, to be sin for us; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He does this BY GRACE.
He makes us righteous FOR FREE!
We don’t work for it, pay for it, or do anything to earn it.
All He asks in return IS OUR WHOLE HEART and, consequently, OUR WHOLE TRUST.
When we SEEK JESUS, with ALL our hearts, and receive Him as only God and only Savior, AND TRUST HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (NOT “our own), HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS is instantly credited to us.
NO MATTER WHAT we’ve done, or may yet do!
AND THAT IS THE ONE AND ONLY WAY to become righteous (John 14:6; Titus 3:5).
It’s THE GREATEST OFFER ever made, in all the ages, bar none!
ONLY HIS Righteousness ENDURES FOREVER (Psalm 111:3; 119:42; Isaiah 51:8).
All alleged “human righteousness” is regarded by God as filthy unrighteousness.
It will be erased from human memory and forgotten, because it’s NOT REAL. (Isaiah 65:17)
It’s only a figment of fallen humans’ depraved imagination.
OUR “OWN” RIGHTEOUSNESS DOESN’T EXIST.
It’s A LIE invented by Satan, the father OF LIES (John 8:44)
Since Jesus’ Righteousness ENDURES FOREVER, ONLY His Righteousness gives us ETERNAL Life.
OUR OWN righteousness does not endure, does not exist, and LEADS TO DAMNATION.
WHOSE RIGHTEOUSNESS do you seek ?
MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017
WHERE IS HEAVEN?
For all the talk about heaven and "going to heaven", I've yet to hear anyone teach WHERE HEAVEN IS.
Most religionists will present it as some DISTANT, mysterious location known only to God:
A secret place trillions of light years from the earth.
Certain religions misrepresent heaven as a giant oasis, full of "black eyed virgins", ready to indulge every male sexual whim.
Contrary to conventional religious teaching, heaven is NONE OF THAT.
Heaven is a DIFFERENT DIMENSION.
Heaven is a HIGHER DIMENSION (Isaiah 57:15).
Heaven is where Jesus is.
Jesus IS heaven.
In fact, if you are born-again in Christ, heaven is ALREADY IN YOU (Luke 17:21).
That heavenly dimension is already INSIDE YOU.
It is INNER space (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
What we call "OUTER space" (the Big Bang) is merely the result of God's response to Satan's rebellion.
What caused the "expansion" was God EJECTING Satan (the mystery of iniquity) and blasting him and his angels AWAY FROM Himself (Genesis 1:1-2).
That’s what caused what we perceive as the “expansion”.
Satan only regained access to heaven by deceiving man (male and female) and then usurping man's authority (Job 1:6; Isaiah 14:12; Revelation 12:9-11).
The Bible is clear that HELL is in the CENTER OF the earth (Numbers 16:33; Deuteronomy 32:22; Isaiah 14:9).
But HEAVEN is NOT a geographical location.
Again: heaven is NOT a GEOGRAPHICAL location.
Heaven is a SPIRITUAL dimension.
Heaven is only INCHES away from the earth realm.
Repeat: Heaven is ONLY INCHES away from the earth realm.
It only SEEMS FAR OFF to our flawed human perception.
From the heavenly dimension we can travel through space and time.
Jesus certainly did.
When the Body of Christ is raptured, it won't go through trillions and trillions of miles into space.
It will be CAUGHT UP into the INNER dimension.
Our Spirit (Jesus) will rapture our soul into Himself (2 Corinthians 3:17).
The soul will be raptured by Jesus (our Spirit), INTO Jesus Himself, WHO IS heaven.
And from that INNER dimension, we will be able to see and know EVERYTHING that happens in this realm of OUTER DARKNESS.
We will see them, they won't see us.
Religion, which treats its mindless followers as little more than Pavlovian dogs, has conditioned us to look for "God" on the OUTSIDE, way off in THE DISTANCE, UP IN THE SKY INTO THE FAR BLUE YONDER...
As usual, RELIGION IS WRONG.
The Truth is God (heaven) is closer than our breath (Deuteronomy 30:14; Romans 10:8).
We will never find Jesus, or heaven, by LOOKING INTO OUTER space.
We will find Him when we look for Him WITH ALL our hearts in INNER space (Luke 17:21).
Jesus is INSIDE (2 Corinthians 2:17).
He is the INNER dimension.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2017
About twelve years ago, this website began by presenting "10 Myths" about Bible prophecy.
The prophecy myths have grown from 10 to 70. And, I'm sorry to say, that the list keeps growing.
I've tried to keep the number at 70, to match the "70 weeks" prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27.
But with ALL the misinformation that's out there, we will add Myths TO THE LIST until the Rapture takes place or Jesus tells me to stop, whichever happens first.
The "busloads" theory is ALL OVER the Internet, prophecy forums, YouTube and other "social media".
Though each liar adds his or her own particular spin, it goes something like this:
The Church is raptured IN STAGES beginning with those who are most spiritual and, therefore, have most "merit", while "carnal" Christians are left to endure the tribulation.
Christians who are "left behind", also get raptured based on personal merit: some having to endure only PART OF the tribulation, others A LARGER PART, while others will have to go through THE WHOLE THING and be raptured at THE VERY END, concurrently with Jesus' Second Coming.
One liar in particular claimed that Jesus APPEARED TO HIM and DIRECTLY TOLD HIM how it would happen.
He even developed a "prophetic clock" of "night watches" based on his ALLEGED vision.
I don't care if Jesus appeared to him A THOUSAND TIMES, Jesus WILL NEVER - EVER - CONTRADICT Himself (His own Word).
That would make Jesus A LIAR (perish the thought), and He and His Word would be TOTALLY UNTRUSTWORTHY.
The busloads theory - NO MATTER HOW you spin it - IS WRONG.
Here are the BIBLICAL reasons:
- Jesus is the Head of the Church which is His Body.
Jesus speaks repeatedly about believers being ONE: ONE Body, ONE flock, with ONE Lord, ONE Spirit, and ONE faith (John 10:16, 17:11, 22; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:4-5, 13).
He repeatedly prays to the Father that we would ALL be One AS HE AND THE FATHER ARE ONE (John 17:11,22).
Why would Jesus CONTRADICT Himself, by HACKING HIS OWN BODY INTO PIECES, taking first the neck, and then the shoulders, then the arms, the legs and so forth...
He will rapture His ONE and only Body... His ENTIRE Body... ALL AT ONCE. (Revelation 7:9-14)
- This is what the Scriptures teach CONSISTENTLY:
- "THE MANIFESTATION (singular) of the sons of God: The Rapture is ONE MANIFESTATION of ALL born-again people, not 10, not 20 “manifestations” (Romans 8:19).
- We shall ALL be changed in a moment (1 Corinthians 15:50).
It DOES NOT say that SOME OF US will be change.
- We who are alive and remain WILL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
- The Church appears as ONE great multitude that NO ONE CAN NUMBER in heaven - ALL AT ONCE (Revelation 7:9).
- There is NO SCRIPTURE ANYWHERE - from Genesis to Revelation - that SHOWS A PARTIALLY RAPTURED Church.
- There are NO "BUSLOADS" concerning the Church ANYWHERE in the Bible.
- There's ONLY ONE "busload" for the whole Church (Revelation 7:9).
There is ANOTHER "busload" ONLY for the 144,000 Israelites (Revelation 14:1-4).
There is ANOTHER "busload" ONLY for those who are born-again during the tribulation (Revelation 14:15; 15:2).
And, finally, there's a FINAL "bus" which is ONLY for the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:11-12).
The "first busload" cliché came about as a result of Christians' inability to prove from Scripture whether the Rapture takes place pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib.
We have proven UNEQUIVOCALLY, with Scripture, that it's pre-trib.
The Rapture happens AS THE TRIBULATION BEGINS.
Therefore, we don't need "busloads".
There are NO BUSLOADS.
What we need is ONE Body.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2017
WHAT REMNANT ?
Every single cult (“Christian” denomination INVENTED BY SOME HERETIC) tries to justify its existence, and its false claim to be the “only true” Church of Christ, by declaring that they are the “SMALL REMNANT” of believers who remain faithful and obedient to God at the time of the end.
Only one “tiny” problem with their FALSE claim:
There is NOTHING in the Book of Revelation about any REMNANT BEING SAVED.
On the contrary, it speaks OF A GREAT MULTITUDE of believers THAT NO ONE CAN NUMBER, standing before the Throne of God and of the Lamb, in glorified, immortal bodies. (Revelation 7:9-16).
As a believer once told me: “IF THE UNSAVED OUTNUMBERED THE SAVED, then I would have to believe that Satan is more powerful than God (perish the very thought) and that, after all is said and done, Satan WON AND GOD LOST”.
Can’t argue with THAT logic!
She was thrilled to hear ABOUT THAT GREAT MULTITUDE.
The ONLY “remnant” mentioned in the Book of Revelation refers to THE WOMAN (natural Israel) and those OF HER SEED that GO THROUGH THE TRIBULATION.
They are described as those who “keep the commandments of God and have THE WITNESS (EVIDENCE) of Jesus” (Revelation 12:17)
It says NOTHING about their Salvation, or that they will STAY ALIVE until Christ’s Second Coming.
This passage refers to natural Israelites who stay on earth after the Rapture, BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF (failure to receive Jesus) and, consequently, go through the tribulation.
It DOES NOT refer to Christians.
The word “church” DOES NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE in that chapter.
And there were NO SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS and NO “CHURCH OF GOD” heretics in the first century A.D.
Nor are they mentioned anywhere in Scripture.
So this COULDN’T POSSIBLY refer TO THEM.
That’s why this period is called BY GOD “the time of JACOB’S (ISRAEL’S) trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7)
Furthermore, this remnant GOES THROUGH THE TRIBULATION BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T TRUST JESUS.
That is why THEY STAYED BEHIND and why Satan gets to PERSECUTE THEM.
True believers are standing before God's Throne, and Satan CAN'T TOUCH THEM (Revelation 7:9-14).
So, Revelation 12:17 is hardly a ringing endorsement from God on WHOEVER the remnant is.
Jews and other natural Israelites have tried (and FAILED) to “keep” the commandments of God FOR 3,500 YEARS.
Seventh Day Adventists have TRIED to keep the Sinai commandments, and FAILED, ONLY FOR THE PAST 150 YEARS.
And Church of God and other Armstrongnists have only tried to keep them ONLY FOR THE PAST 70 YEARS.
Therefore “those who keep the commandments of God” COULDN’T POSSIBLY refer to Adventists or Church of God groupies.
Furthermore, NONE OF THESE GROUPS existed at the time Jesus walked the earth.
Therefore, they CANNOT BE THE ONES who have “the testimony (EVIDENCE) of Jesus since THEY DID NOT directly receive His teachings, His Gospel, nor did they see His miracles, or witness His death, Resurrection and Ascension.
Only Jews and a few natural Israelites got to witness Jesus firsthand and what He taught, preached, and did (Matthew 15:24).
If Jesus SUFFERED SO GREATLY, His soul endured SUCH ANGUISH, only to save “a small remnant”, one would have to classify His Work of Redemption (perish the very thought!) AS A DISMAL FAILURE.
No. It was TOTAL TRIUMPH:
Through His substitutionary death and Resurrection, through His marvelous Work of Redemption, Jesus MADE IT POSSIBLE for every human being TO EXPERIENCE GOD INTIMATELY, and to be ETERNALLY SAVED – REGARDLESS of what they have done (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 9:12; 10:14; 1 John 3:5).
Unfortunately, heretics DO NOT BELIEVE THAT.
Hence, they want to “help” Jesus save them, or to EARN their salvation through “commandment keeping”, either in whole or in part.
That’s exactly WHY they are unsaved.
That’s exactly WHY they go through the tribulation.
And that’s exactly WHY they will either COME TO TRUST (faith) IN JESUS during the tribulation, OR THEY WILL DIE AND GO TO HADES.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015
AMENDED AND RE-PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 6, 2017
NEW TRIBULATION TIMELINE
I’ve made two relatively minor revisions to the Tribulation Timeline.
One, I’ve moved the rapture of the 144,000 Israelites to a year later (Shavuot of the year FOLLOWING the Rapture), since in Revelation’s chronology they appear to leave shortly AFTER the system of the mark is instituted. (Revelation 14:1-4)
By my Bible-based calculations that system is implemented 6-7 months after Antichrist takes Jerusalem and begins his 42-month reign (Revelation 13:16-18).
That would explain why, soon after the rapture of the 144,000, and FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY, AN ANGEL (instead of a human) preaches the Gospel to every nation. (Revelation 14:6-7)
At that point, there will be NO ONE to preach the Gospel, except perhaps the Two Witnesses, who will be busy prophesying (Revelation 11:2-3).
The second change is I’ve moved the war between Antichrist and Iran to the final tribulation year, since Daniel 8:19 clearly states that this war takes place “AT THE END OF the period of wrath”.
The Holy Spirit pointed out these two specific details. He’s a PERFECTIONIST (glory to the Almighty One for all eternity!) and a stickler for Truth.
I thank THE HOLY SPIRIT for MAKING THESE CORRECTIONS, and REJOICE in THE TRUTH. (1 Corinthians 13:6)
The revised Timeline will be PERMANENTLY POSTED above this message and available for download.
Still DON’T KNOW THE YEAR of the Rapture or Second Coming.
However, the possibilities, as we pointed out in a recent message, ARE FINITE.
We do know beyond any doubt that the Rapture will happen 3½ years prior to the Second Coming, and that the Second Coming will take place ON SUKKOT, 3½ years after the Rapture.
Amen and amen.
CAUTION: I COULD BE WRONG. God is ALWAYS RIGHT and these are His prophecies, NOT MINE. I'm just a fallible human who listens to His Spirit and studies His written Word. I COULD HAVE missed something, misunderstood or miscalculated. DON'T DO ANYTHING RASH OR STUPID like quitting your job, selling your home, giving away your money or possessions, canceling your insurance or not paying the rent: JUST GO ABOUT YOUR NORMAL DAILY LIFE UNTIL the signs begin and JESUS APPEARS.
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This is THE SCRIPTURAL TIMELINE for major tribulation events, REGARDLESS OF WHICH YEAR the Rapture TAKES PLACE. We have provided THE RABBINIC DATE for each event, followed by the PRESUMED Gregorian date. The Gregorian date ASSUMES that it will happen THIS year (2017). If these things happen SOME OTHER YEAR, Gregorian dates would need to be adjusted accordingly.*
Since rabbinic dates are calculations, and THE TRUE BIBLICAL DATES depend on the appearing of the New Moon in Israel, and since there's a 6 or 7 hour difference between Israel and EST (depending on the time of year), and even more between Israel and Central, Mountain or Pacific Time, DATES ARE APPROXIMATE :
Adar 29 - Rosh Chodesh Aviv (Nisan)
Monday March 27 to Tuesday, March 28, 2017
6TH SEAL OPEN - SIGNS HAPPEN, TRIBULATION BEGINS (Revelation 6:12)
Aviv (Nisan) 10 - 10 days later
Wednesday - Thursday, April 5-6, 2017
RAPTURE TAKES PLACE (Joshua 4:19; Revelation 2:10)
Friday, April 7, 2017
7TH SEAL OPEN (Revelation 8:1-6)
Aviv 10-14 2017 (Next 5 days)
April 7-11, 2017
TRUMPET JUDGMENTS (1-6) (Revelation chapter 8 & 9) :
1/3 of EARTH'S SURFACE BURNED TO A CRISP.
1/3 of drinking water, rivers, lakes and reservoirs CONTAMINATED.
1/3 of sea turned to blood.
1/3 of ships and marine life destroyed.
1/3 of daylight shortened.
1/3 of remaining MANKIND ANNIHILATED.
Satan and his angels cast out of heaven – for the final time – and to the earth.
Millions of demonic creatures stinging the unsaved like scorpions.
Wednesday, April 10-11, 2017
Two Witnesses begin prophesying (Revelation 11:3)
Wednesday, April 11-12, 2017
Antichrist Returns from the Dead risen from the abyss or tehom (Daniel 11:29; Revelation 11:7; 13:1; 17:8)
Aviv 18-19 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Woman of Revelation 12 flees into wilderness (Revelation 12:6, 14)
Construction of Third Temple begins (Revelation 11:1-2)
Temple offerings (at least grain and libations, possibly doves) BEGIN (Daniel 8:11-14; 12:11-12). The altar for those offerings ALREADY EXISTS. They can be offered even while the Temple is under construction, before it is finished, as they did in Ezra chapter 3.
Lyyar 10-15, 2017
May 9-10, 2017
Antichrist (Alexander) takes Jerusalem (Revelation 11:2; 13:5).
Passover Sheni Iyyar 14-15 2017
May 10-11, 2017
Antichrist begins 42-month reign (Revelation 13:5)
Gentiles trample Jerusalem for 42 months (Revelation 11:2) and for THE LAST TIME.
His reign OFFICIALLY ENDS on Tishri 15, 2020 (Saturday, October 3, 2020) with the Second Coming of Christ.
False Prophet (Judas Iscariot) reappears (Revelation 13:11-12)
17 Tammuz 2017
July 11, 2017
Judas orders an idol statue of Antichrist made (Revelation 13:14)
Tisha B'Av 2017
August 1, 2017
Antichrist INTERRUPTS DAILY OFFERINGS and places ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (IDOL statue) in temple (Daniel 8:11-14, 11:31; Matthew 24:14; Revelation 13:14-15)
Av 12-13 2017
August 4, 2017
Antichrist enters temple and proclaims himself God, demands worship (Daniel 11:37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
Elul 13-14, 2017
September 4-5, 2017
5-month period of stinging demons ends (Revelation 9:12).
FIRST WOE ENDS (Revelation 9:12)
Tishri 2017 (estimated time, exact date unknown)
Mid-September to Mid-October, 2017
System of "the mark" (666) in order to buy or sell - (more or less 3 years PRIOR TO Second Coming) (Revelation 13:16-18).
Shavuot 2018 (Pentecost)
Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, 2018
144,000 Israelites raptured (Revelation 14:1-4)
(THREE ANGELS FLY THRU HEAVEN WITH IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS (Revelation 14:6-13).
The Antichrist, Alexander the Great, (Isaiah 14:19-30, Revelation 11:7; 17:8) invades and conquers Iran for the second time. (Daniel 8:19-21)
Yom Teruah 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Tribulation survivors who turn to Christ are raptured (Revelation 14:15-16; 15:2).
Tishri 5 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Two Witnesses killed by Antichrist.
Abomination of Desolation is removed.
Yom Kippur 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Two Witnesses resurrect and ASCEND to heaven (Revelation 11:7-13)
Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque toppled (Revelation 11:13)
SECOND WOE ENDS (Revelation 11:14)
42nd Jubilee Announced - to begin Aviv 1, 2021 (Leviticus 25:8-10)
Yom Kippur to Sukkot 2020 (5 days)
September 28 - October 2, 2020
7 Bowl Judgments (Revelation chapters 16-18) :
NO sunlight. Earth covered in darkness.
Entire sea turns into coagulated blood. All marine life dies.
All rivers and water reservoirs turn to blood. No water to drink.
Sun MUCH HOTTER, scorching people with fire.
Antichrist's kingdom covered in darkness.
Euphrates dries up.
Hailstorm of 100-pound chunks of hail raining down from heaven.
The BIGGEST QUAKE in history demolishing every major city on earth, except Jerusalem, which is split in three parts.
Antichrist gathers armies at Megiddo
Rome destroyed and wiped off the map (Revelation chapters 17-18; 19:1-4).
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Antichrist and False Prophet defeated, captured and thrown ALIVE into Lake of Fire.
THIRD WOE ENDS
Second Coming of Christ
70TH "WEEK" ENDS (Daniel 9:24-27)
The tribulation lasts 1,284-1,285 days (3½ years), from the opening of the 6th seal (when it STARTS) to the Second Coming of Christ (when it ENDS).
7th TRUMPET - Signals 42nd Jubilee and Christ's MILLENNIAL REIGN (Revelation 10:5-7; 11:15-19)
Rosh Chodesh Adar 2021
Saturday February 13, 2021
1,290 days end (Daniel 12:11)
The 12 tribes are reunited in Eretz Israel, for the first time in almost 3,000 years.
Saturday-Sunday, March 27-28, 2021
1,335 days end (Daniel 12:12). The Fourth and FINAL (Millennial) Temple is inaugurated (Ezekiel 40:1; 41:1; 43:18-27).
1,335 days end on Passover, Saturday, Aviv (Nisan) 14-15, 2021 (March 27, 2021)
* If Second Coming happened on Hebrew leap year, the 1,290 days would lead to Rosh Chodesh Adar I, and the 1,335 days to Purim. There would be a MONTH-LONG CELEBRATION from Purim to Passover, as the Millennial Kingdom of God under the rule of Messiah, is inaugurated.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017
ANOTHER SHOE TO DROP? FINAL PART
The 15 days between now and the upcoming U.S. presidential inauguration promise to be a turbulent period: one with perhaps DIRE prophetic implications.
I don’t think Hussein Obama is through inflicting damage to the United States and to Israel just yet.
In all likelihood, the recent abominable UN resolution which the US failed to veto, coupled with the Paris “peace conference” scheduled to take place on January 15, 2017 – JUST 5 DAYS BEFORE Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office as our 45th President – will have ominous consequences for Israel.
This has caused me to revisit the prophet Joel.
The Book of Joel (all three chapters) DEALS EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE DAY OF THE LORD (tribulation).
Joel 3:4-8 speaks of “Palestine” and how God will repay their evil treatment of Israel during the tribulation AND BRING JUDGMENT on “Palestinians” at Jesus’ Second Coming:
“And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and THEY (the Jews) SHALL SELL THEM TO THE SABEANS (South Arabians), TO A PEOPLE FAR OFF: for the LORD hath spoken it (Joel 3:8).
God, therefore, will call Palestinians by their CORRECT NAME “Arabs” and, since THEY ARE ARABS, He will send them WHERE THEY BELONG: Arabia (what we know today as southern Saudi Arabia).
Thus Jesus, the Prince of Peace – and ONLY JESUS – will FOREVER end the conflict between Israelis and so-called “Palestinians” who are really Arabs OCCUPYING portions of the Land that God gave to Abraham, Isaac and ISRAEL as “everlasting possession” (Genesis 48:2-4).
But the Holy Spirit SPECIFICALLY led me to Joel 3:4 :
“Yea, and WHAT HAVE YOU TO DO WITH ME, O Tyre, and Sidon, and ALL TERRITORIES (BOUNDARIES) OF Palestine…?”
It sure READS AS THOUGH the boundaries of “Palestine” will have been delineated BY THE START of the tribulation.
And God clearly says that such “boundaries” have NOTHING to do WITH HIM.
That He DOESN’T approve!
He gave that land to Israel as “EVERLASTING possession”.
God says that His gifts and His callings are IRREVOCABLE (Romans 11:29).
But the stupid world thinks it can reverse God’s decree:
This MUST BE what the Holy Spirit had in Mind when He said (also referring to the Day of the Lord (tribulation):
“For you are fully aware that the Day of the Lord (TRIBULATION) will come like a thief in the night:
FOR WHEN THEY SHALL SAY, PEACE AND SECURITY; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a woman with child; and THEY SHALL NOT ESCAPE” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3).
Many Western nations have DELUDED THEMSELVES into believing that if they “solve” the Israeli-“Palestinian” issue, it will bring Islamic acts of terror to a halt.
Islamic acts of terror WILL CONTINUE, even if Israel were to accept such dire “conditions” for “peace”.
The Israeli-Palestinian issue has served as convenient “excuse” for Islamic terror, but the truth is that Muslim terrorism is mainly the result of ISLAM’S BELIEF that they are destined to “rule the world” as their satanic Koran says that they will.
GOD, the REAL God, says OTHERWISE.
There has never been, and will never be, a State called “Palestine” – let alone in the Promised Land.
Israel will never recognize it, just like Arabs falsely called “Palestinians”, stubbornly refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist.
And, even if it did, GOD WILL NEVER – EVER – RECOGNIZE its validity.
If the U.S., France and the world (gentiles) COLLUDE TO IMPOSE such a counterfeit “State” on Israel, its duration will be SHORT LIVED 3½ - 4 years tops, because as soon as Jesus returns, He WILL SET THINGS RIGHT.
Since the Book of Joel deals exclusively with the tribulation (Day of the Lord), and knowing everything that God has revealed in His “70 weeks prophecy” about the timing of Jesus’ Second Coming (Daniel 9:25-27 – we will update that in another message)…
If indeed, the U.S., France, and other major world players recognize “Palestine” as a State, and FORCE Israel to accept a “Palestinian State” and a FABRICATED “PEACE”, it would SIGNAL that the tribulation is ABOUT TO BEGIN and that the Church’s Rapture is (finally!) at hand.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017
ANOTHER SHOE TO DROP ?
Just when I thought I had covered Hussein Obama’s disgusting betrayal of our closest ally Israel completely, I was reminded of the “Paris Peace Conference” malevolently scheduled for January 15, 2016 (11 days from today) – just 5 DAYS BEFORE President-elect Trump takes the oath of office.
…And I got a very uneasy feeling on the pit of my stomach.
There’s something fishy about this so-called “peace conference”, especially when you consider THE DATE, the participants, and the following facts:
- French President François Hollande has announced that HE WILL NOT RUN FOR REELECTION in 2017.
That means that, like Hussein Obama, the days of his failed presidency ARE NUMBERED.
And I would not put it past Hussein Obama, or past Hollande, to try TO INFLICT AS MUCH IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO ISRAEL, and try to push Israel’s back against the wall (no pun intended), before their respective failed tenures expire.
- France hopes to gather representatives from 70 countries to discuss the Israeli – Palestinian situation.
French Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre has ominously stated: “Everyone knows that only the Israelis and Palestinians will be able TO CONCLUDE a peace directly, BUT WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE TODAY THAT THE CONDITIONS ARE NOT IN PLACE TODAY TO RESTART THE NEGOTIATIONS”.
This sure sounds like a gentile gang-up against Israel under which they WILL DECIDE, DICTATE and IMPOSE on Israel the “conditions” under which an ARTIFICIAL and UNGODLY “peace treaty” with the PA may be achieved.
- The previous “peace conference” held in June 2016 (six months ago), ended with a joint statement that called for Palestinians and ISRAELIS TO DEMONSTRATE “A GENUINE COMMITMENT TO THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION.”
- Israel has dismissed the conference as doomed because IT DOES NOT INVOLVE DIRECT TALKS between Israelis and Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel will NOT take part in the conference, but that he is willing to meet with Mahmoud Abbas “for direct talks without preconditions” if France cancels the conference.
Mr. Abbas HAS STEADFASTLY AVOIDED DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS WITH Israel, even though Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly asked for them.
- On New Year’s Eve, PA chairman Abbas SEEMED QUITE SMUG as he stated that “the Palestinians are ready to work with the Trump administration to bring peace to the region IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE “TWO-STATE SOLUTION” AND BASED ON THE ARAB PEACE INITIATIVE.”
He also thanked the Obama administration for abstaining in the UN Security Council with regards to Resolution 2334.
Said resolution makes the Jewish Quarter “illegal”, which God prophesied 2,500 years ago that Israel would recover it and rebuild it. (Daniel 9:25)
Jesus reiterated it 2,000 years ago (Luke 21:24).
Abbas expressed confidence that the upcoming “peace conference” in Paris will set AN INTERNATIONAL MECHANISM AND A SCHEDULE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PALESTINIAN STATE.
He also rejected any peace agreement in stages or the idea of establishing a Palestinian state with provisional borders, while BOLDLY STATING :
“The settlement on the occupied land of the Palestinian state WILL GO AWAY and 2017 will be a year OF INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION OF the Palestinian state.”
No wonder he avoids direct talks with Israel ! Abbas knows that his clueless “friends” in the “international community” HAVE HIS BACK.
So what could Hussein Obama, Ketchup Kerry, and Francois je ne sais quoi have up their sleeve?
Officially recognizing “Palestine” as a State!
This would be very difficult, if not impossible, for President Trump to undo.
This WOULD LEAVE ISRAEL with VERY FEW options, and pretty much force Israel to either recognize the State of “Palestine” and cede ALL the aforementioned territories (which would be SUICIDAL) or, BASICALLY, GO TO WAR.
It would make Israel look like “the bad guy” who OPPOSES THE WHOLE WORLD and “REJECTS PEACE”.
Just as I was pondering all this, Texas Representative Louie Gohmert (Republican) comes on TV to comment on the U.S. abstaining from vetoing, and says that he is working on a bill which would accomplish two things:
“One: WE DON’T GIVE A DIME to the UN until they rescind that resolution… And then the other is, TO PREVENT EVEN ONE DIME, MAKING IT A CRIME TO USE ANY GOVERNMENT MONEY TO RECOGNIZE Palestine AS AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY OR STATE, because that’s what I keep hearing is going to be the next shoe to drop.”
I sincerely hope and pray, especially for the sake of the U.S., that this DOES NOT happen.
But it sure looks and sounds like Hussein Obama, Hollande, and “friends” are setting up Israel for yet ANOTHER AMBUSH, A FINAL SLAP ON THE FACE.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017
MILLENNIAL MATH : SHEMITTAS & THE MILLENNIUM
The Millennium is sandwiched in between two 7-year shemitta cycles.
Though we are not certain WHEN that final shemitta cycle that precedes the Millennium began, all indications are that we are presently in it.
The 3½-year tribulation will start, and the Rapture will occur, AT THE HALFWAY POINT (half a “week”) of the PRECEDING shemitta.
And there will be ANOTHER shemitta immediately following the Millennium.
Here’s the math for it:
7 SEVENS (7 shemitta cycles from the word to return and build Jerusalem) take us to Christ’s Second Coming which MUST take place on Sukkot, at the END of a shemitta cycle (Daniel 9:24)
Christ’s Second Coming is followed by a transitional 6-month period in which occupiers are booted out of Israel, and the 12 tribes are gathered from all over the world, brought back into the Land of Promise, and resettled in their ancient territories. Glory to the Almighty One! (Ezekiel 36:11)
Great is His faithfulness!
The 1,000-year Reign of Christ on earth commences on Aviv 1 (at the end of those 6 months) which is New Year’s on God’s Calendar (Exodus 12:2)
Christ’s Millennial reign runs from Aviv 1 to Aviv 1 – 1,000 years later.
Although Christ’s Reign has NO END, the Millennium (1,000 year period on earth) ENDS on Aviv 1 and Satan will have approximately 6 MONTHS (from Aviv 1, or perhaps Aviv 15 (Passover) to Sukkot (Tishri 15) when the next shemitta cycle begins, to rouse the rebellious nations described in Ezekiel 38 against Israel.
Therefore, when Revelation 20 says that Satan is loosed from the abyss at the end of the thousand years, and that he will be given “a short time” to deceive the nations (gentiles) and attack Israel, we can calculate HOW LONG THAT “SHORT TIME” WILL BE. (Revelation 20:7-10)
He will have 6 MONTHS to rouse the nations, prepare the weapons, and carry out his FINAL attempt to topple God’s Kingdom.
As in previous times, his last ditch attempt will end in DISMAL and UTTER FAILURE. (Revelation 20:10)
Those 6 months will be followed by ONE FINAL shemitta (7-year) cycle during which natural Israelites will use the invaders’ weapons to build bonfires (Ezekiel 39:9).
Most importantly, during that final shemitta ALL THE THERETOFORE UNSAVED dead are raised.
And all those in hell who STILL REFUSE to receive Christ, and His FREE GIFT of TOTAL FORGIVENESS, PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS, and eternal Life get tossed into the lake for fire forever.
After that final shemitta, everything left on earth ASCENDS into the heavenly dimension.
God then creates new heavens and a new earth (Revelation 21:1) in which His Righteousness dwells – the ONLY Righteousness there is – and which endures forever. (2 Peter 3:13)
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2017
The Word of God (Jesus) is eternal. (Psalm 119:89)
Prophecy, on the other hand, is finite. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
Prophecy is PART OF the ETERNAL Word, but it is finite with regards TO WHAT TAKES PLACE ON THIS EARTH and in the realm we know as “space-time”.
We have been waiting, for several years, for the FULFILLMENT of the “7 weeks” that will lead to the Second Coming of Jesus, predicted in Daniel 9:25:
“FROM the word to return and build Jerusalem TO Messiah Prince shall be 7 WEEKS”.
There are many things which make pinpointing the precise year difficult. We have covered those things in previous messages.
They include: the differences between God’s biblical calendar and the modern Gregorian calendar.
That Jews INTENTIONALLY altered their calendar by 4-6 years.
The rabbinic calendar is missing an unknown number of years.
And that NO ONE knows with certainty when the first shemitta (7-year cycle or “week”) began AFTER Jews returned and started rebuilding biblical Jerusalem in 1967-1969.
However, since shemittas are 7-year cycles that begin and end on Sukkot (Deuteronomy 31:10), the possibilities for the fulfillment of this awesome prophecy ARE FINITE.
There were SOME Jews who returned and SOME Jewish rebuilding of the Jewish Quarter (biblical Jerusalem) prior to 1969, and as early as June, 1967.
However, we have to assume, at this point, that the year God intended for the “return and rebuilding” was 1969.
The reason being, had He intended 1967 or 1968, the Rapture would have probably taken place already.
We know without equivocation that the Jewish Quarter was under construction in 1969.
There can be NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER that, by 1969, “the word” had been given to “return and build” biblical Jerusalem, known today as the Jewish Quarter.
On that basis, THE LATEST possible first shemitta following that “word” would be in 1977-78.
Shemittas run from Tishri 15 (Sukkot) to Tishri 15 (Sukkot) OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
Hence, we present a table below with the possibilities. For instance, if the first shemitta ran from 1970-71, the Second Coming would be in 2020 and the Rapture would occur 3½ years earlier, in the spring (Aviv) of 2017:
Rapture Second Coming
1970-71 2017 2020
1971-72 2018 2021
1972-73 2019 2022
1973-74 2020 2023
1974-75 2021 2024
1975-76 2022 2025
1976-77 2023 2026
1977-78 2024 2027
The Second Coming must take place on Sukkot (in autumn).
The Rapture must take place 3½ years earlier, at the start of the tribulation (in spring).
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2017
TWO SECOND COMINGS ?
One of the criticisms leveled at those who KNOW the Rapture takes place PRIOR TO the tribulation judgments, is that we teach TWO SECOND COMINGS of Messiah Jesus.
That is UTTERLY FALSE.
The Rapture is when Jesus comes IN THE CLOUDS, we are instantly transformed, and CAUGHT UP to meet Him IN THE AIR (Luke 21:27-36; 1 Corinthians 15:50-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
At the Rapture Jesus DOESN'T descend to earth AT ALL.
On the contrary, He SWEEPS US OFF OUR FEET and we are received into His ascended position in the heavenly realm. (Revelation 7:9-14)
The Second Coming happens 3½ years later.
In His Second Coming, Jesus DESCENDS TO EARTH with all the born-again believers who were CAUGHT UP TO MEET HIM IN THE AIR 3½ years PRIOR. (Zechariah 14:5; Revelation 19:11-19)
In His Second Coming, Jesus DEFEATS ANTICHRIST, PHYSICALLY RETURNS TO EARTH, TOUCHES DOWN ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, AND SETS UP HIS MILLENNIAL KINGDOM in earthly Jerusalem. (Zechariah 4:4, 9; Revelation 9:20; 20:4)
Do those two descriptions sound AT ALL alike?
Of course not!
These are two ENTIRELY DIFFERENT events.
They are two separate events DIVIDED BY 3½ years of tribulation.
The Rapture occurs under the 6TH SEAL. (Revelation 6:12-17)
The Second Coming occurs UNDER THE 7TH SEAL, when the 7TH TRUMPET IS BLOWN. (Revelation 10:7; 11:15-18; 19:11)
It’s IMPOSSIBLE for these to be the same event.
There's ONLY ONE Second Coming.
There are 9 Raptures:
- There's the Rapture of the Church, just as the tribulation gets underway (Revelation 6:12; 7:9-14).
- There's the Rapture of the 144,000 during the tribulation (Revelation 14:1-3).
- There's the FINAL Rapture of those who turn to Jesus during the rule of Antichrist, and somehow manage to survive (Revelation 14:15; 15:2).
- There's the Rapture of the Two Witnesses, after they're killed, and resurrected (Revelation 11:11-12).
The other 5 Raptures have ALREADY taken place: Enoch's (Genesis 5:24), Elijah's (2 Kings 2:1, 11), the Old Testament believers who rose with Jesus (Matthew 27:52-53), and Paul's (2 Corinthians 12:1-2).
If we count Jesus' Ascension to heaven as a Rapture -- there are a total of 9.
Of course, when we commonly speak of "the Rapture", we're referring to the GENERAL Rapture of His Church.
To all the LIARS who say we teach "TWO Second Comings", even it were true, that STILL DOESN'T MAKE their respective MID-TRIB OR POST-TRIB TEACHINGS CORRECT.
The mid-trib (also called "pre wrath"), and post trib positions DON'T HAVE A BIBLICAL LEG TO STAND ON.
That's A FACT.
If you're going to criticize those of us who DO HAVE the scriptural evidence to back up their teachings, AT LEAST TELL THE TRUTH.
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