December 2017 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017
THE CHURCH TRANSFORMED
“Behold, I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED IN A MOMENT, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet shall sound, and THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, AND WE SHALL BE CHANGED.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
“Immediately with the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give its light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And THEN SHALL APPEAR… the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and THEY SHALL SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN THE CLOUDS of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with A GREAT TRUMPET sound, and they SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:29-31)
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord SHALL NOT PRECEDE them who are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with THE TRUMP OF God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
THEN we who are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)
A careful study of these Scriptures reveals two things:
1. When our COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION takes place.
2. That ALL BORN-AGAIN BELIEVERS (the dead ones who rise, living believers, and those who BECOME born again in the final moments of this Age) GO UP TOGETHER sometime later.
10 DAYS later according to Revelation 2:10.
BEFORE any tribulation JUDGMENTS fall on the earth, according to Revelation 7:9-14, 8:1-4.
I used to believe that first the dead in Christ rise, and then SOMETIME LATER we are transformed.
I no longer believe that based on these verses.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 clearly says that WE WILL ALL BE CHANGED AT THE LAST TRUMP – and IN A MOMENT.
Verse 52 says “for the trumpet shall sound, AND THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, AND WE SHALL BE CHANGED”.
If our respective transformations DIDN’T take place simultaneously, it would say “THEN we shall be changed”.
In context, this refers to the born-again dead who are raised in incorruptible bodies, and TO LIVING BELIEVERS.
The transformation is INSTANT and SIMULTANEOUS for both groups.
This is confirmed by Matthew 24:30 where Jesus appears in the sky and sends His angels with the sound OF THAT SAME GREAT TRUMPET to gather His elect from “one end of heaven to the other”.
We just read in 1 Corinthians 15 that our collective transformation happens WHEN HIS GREAT (LAST) TRUMPET SOUNDS.
How will the angels know whom they are to collect and whom to leave behind?
Obviously, by our glorified bodies!
(The dead who rose and living believers will ALL be in immortal bodies)
What this means for all who have written me through the years expressing concern about those 10 days without electricity, TV, internet, phones, etc. is that, during the 10 days (or most of the 10 days), WE’LL BE IN IMMORTAL, GLORIFIED BODIES IMMUNE to any mishap.
(THANK YOU, Jesus!)
1 Thessalonians 4, quoted above, AGAIN CORROBORATES THIS:
The dead in Christ rise (and we are transformed concurrently with them).
THEN (10 days after the tribulation begins) we ALL GO UP TOGETHER. (Joshua 4:19)
We enter the heavenly realm (figuratively speaking we “cross Jordan”) ON THE VERY SAME DAY that Israel entered Canaan 3,500 years ago.
Physical Israel entered the Promised Land PHYSICALLY.
Spiritual Israel enters the Promised heavenly realm physically and SPIRITUALLY.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2017
DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS
"TURN TO ME AND BE SAVED, all the ends of the earth; for I AM God, and there is no other" (Isaiah 45:22).
Most people take pride in their business savvy:
They know where to get the best deals on everything from food, to shoes, to tires to automobiles.
They love to brag about what a great deal they made when they bought their home, traded in their car, or signed up for that cruise.
Important as some of these TEMPORARY things may seem, they pale by comparison to the importance of ETERNITY.
People look under every nook and cranny to get the best deal possible on things that, in a few years or months, will be deemed inadequate, too small, too old, too uncomfortable, or altogether forgotten.
Yet they don't spend 10 SECONDS on getting the best deal possible for their eternal destiny.
Where ETERNITY is concerned they settle for ANYTHING.
Or they allow their parents, spouse, friends, ethnicity or culture to decide FOR THEM.
They settle for a fat, dead, ugly guy who only theorized about the afterlife and couldn't even save HIMSELF.
They settle for a series of endless, nebulous and UNCERTAIN reincarnations that they think MAY EVENTUALLY lead to a placid state where they'll lose their identity and become non-entities.
They settle for some imaginary, vague New Age philosophy mired in ambiguity, steeped in confusion, that can't save them, can't help them, and raises more questions than provides answers.
Or they settle for an inferior, intolerant, hate-filled, Ahmed-come-lately COPYCAT, who plagiarized the Old and New Testaments then mangled their brilliance in a selfish attempt to manipulate others, exploit their fears, and bring them under submission TO HIS DASTARDLY WISHES.
Not only is that UNWISE, it's completely ILLOGICAL.
At best, it offers an UNCERTAIN afterlife.
You go through all that trouble to find the best deal on clothes that you'll wear a few times and then donate to Goodwill, and you WON'T invest ANY TIME searching for THE BEST POSSIBLE DESTINY, where you'll get to spend ETERNITY?
What the hell's WRONG WITH YOU?
Fortunately, I've done the searching for all of us.
And I can tell you that where the afterlife is concerned - for that matter, where EVERYTHING ELSE is concerned - Jesus Christ wins HANDS DOWN!!!
No one else GUARANTEES your sins are forgiven.
No one else GUARANTEES a happy, fulfilling, and THRILLING afterlife.
No one else GUARANTEES Salvation.
No one else GUARANTEES ETERNITY WITH GOD.
No one else GUARANTEES a deep, wonderful relationship WITH God.
No one else IS God.
No one else GUARANTEES ETERNAL LIFE.
NO ONE ELSE has conquered sin and DEATH.
Most importantly, NO ONE ELSE IS ALIVE… FOREVER! (Revelation 1:17-18)
All other "gods" are DEAD.
When it comes to your endless destiny the choice is ENTIRELY yours.
Don't you owe it to yourself to make THE BEST DEAL POSSIBLE?
Jesus wants to make a deal with you: His GOODNESS and His Life in exchange for your heart.
Do yourself a HUGE favor :
DON’T SETTLE FOR ANYONE other than Jesus.
DON'T SETTLE FOR ANY LESS.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017
NEW WORLD ORDER
"New world order" is one of the catchphrases that prophecy gurus love to throw around.
Numerous books have been written and "prophecy conferences" devoted to something THAT THE BIBLE DOESN'T EVEN MENTION.
That's right: There's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in the Bible about a "new world order":
Yet this FALSE TEACHING is presented, over and over, as "BIBLICAL".
The common theme in conspiracy theories is that a powerful, secretive and elite group, like the Illuminati, Bilderbergers or Freemasons is conspiring to establish a "new world order" through which they intend to rule the world.
This world government, supposedly, will give rise to the Antichrist, who is some UNKNOWN, mysterious character, living incognito somewhere in Europe, whom they will appoint as its leader.
Some have even gone out on a limb and posited that this "conspiracy" is not human but extraterrestrial.
What amazes me is not that these opportunists cash in on the unbiblical eschatological furor they've FABRICATED, but that SO MANY "Christians" fall for this rubbish.
THE REASON Christians fall for it is that THEY DON'T KNOW the Scriptures.
They don't know the Bible either because they're too lazy to study it, or they simply don't care.
Lord knows we got Bibles everywhere!
And Lord knows the Bible's been the same since it was written. It hasn't changed, nor will it change.
God's Word is CRYSTAL CLEAR that what'll give rise to the 3½-year world domination of the Antichrist, is not some "conspiracy", nor some elite group working behind the scenes.
Three things will allow the Antichrist to rule:
1. The absence of Christians who've gone in the Rapture (2 Thessalonians 2:3; Revelation 7:9).
2. The devastation of the world we know today, thru God's judgments: war, famine, disease, chaos, the sudden degradation of world powers like China, Russia and the U.S., and the global collapse of financial systems (Revelation chapters 8 and 9).
3. God WILL ALLOW SATAN TO INCARNATE IN THIS MAN AND DECEIVE those who have consistently rejected Jesus and have hardened their hearts. The Bible calls it "STRONG DELUSION"(2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).
That's HOW the Antichrist will rise to power, ACCORDING TO GOD.
There may be secret societies which aspire to world domination, but they WON’T achieve it.
It's God who's in control of this thing.
It's God who's pulling the strings, not some secret society.
And God HAS ALREADY TOLD US HOW He'll bring it to pass.
Besides, I wouldn’t consider anything that ONLY LASTS 42 MONTHS “a new world” anything. (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 13:5)
The only “new world order” of which I’m aware IS THE MILLENNIUM when JESUS will rule the earth and replace this decaying and corrupt world order with His righteous Kingdom.
Too bad so many "Christians" are willing to PAY sinful, DECEPTIVE HUMANS to tickle their ears with their lies, when God has told them FREE OF CHARGE what He will do.
Too bad so many "Christians" CAN RECITE THEIR FAVORITE PROPHECY GURU'S CONJECTURE VERBATIM, WHICH NO ONE WILL REMEMBER IN 5 YEARS, yet are oblivious to GOD'S WORD, WHICH ENDURES FOREVER.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2017
DAYS ARE EVIL
I have heard several preachers say that God created “time”.
I can’t find that in my Bible.
In Genesis 1:14 we read that God said:
“Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven TO DIVIDE THE DAY FROM THE NIGHT; AND LET THEM BE FOR SIGNS, and for (to indicate) appointed times (feasts), and for (to indicate) days and years”:
However, NOWHERE do we read that God created time itself.
Furthermore, in Genesis 1:31 we are told:
“And God saw EVERYTHING THAT HE HAD MADE, and, behold, IT WAS VERY GOOD. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Yet each time that God’s Word refers to days or “time” it calls it EVIL.
“DAYS ARE EVIL” (Amos 5:13; Ephesians 5:16).
(Jesus speaking) “Sufficient unto THE DAY is THE EVIL THEREOF.” (Matthew 6:34)
If EVERYTHING God made was VERY good, HOW could He have made “time” or “days” which are evil?
Since “days” are evil, TIME IS EVIL.
If it weren’t evil, it wouldn’t END.
If it weren’t evil, God would allow it to continue forever.
If it weren’t evil, it would be ABSOLUTE, and NOT relative.
“Time” is A LIE.
Again: “Time” is A LIE.
And it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie. (Numbers 23:19; Romans 3:4; Hebrews 6:18)
Therefore, there’s NO WAY that He could have created “time”.
The FALSE notion of time was invented by the FATHER OF LIES, satan. (John 8:44)
Eternity (timelessness, perfection, "I AM") IS THE ONLY TRUTH there is.
The ONLY way ONE could even ENTERTAIN (at least theoretically) the toppling of Perfection is by SUBTRACTING from it (subtracting from eternity, or from eternal present).
This necessitated INVENTING the concept of what we currently perceive as “time”.
Time is A LIE, from beginning to end.
When THE FATHER OF LIES rebelled, and iniquity (the desire to exalt himself APART FROM God) was found in him, God’s Perfection instantly repelled him (and his angels) and EJECTED THEM from the heavenly (eternal) realm into the very false realm of time, which he’d conceived.
That instant expulsion caused the creation of the universe or Big Bang.
The realm of time is, therefore, a SUB realm.
Everything in “time” moves at the speed of SOUND.
In Perfection (eternity) everything moves at the speed of light – and is timeless…
Perfection IS THE HIGHER realm.
Time is the LOWER realm.
The HIGHER realm rules over the lower realm.
Eternity is Truth. Time is A LIE.
That is why we can COUNT ON “time”, and all its inherent evil, to END.
That’s why, for those who are in Christ, EVERYTHING that has happened in “time”, WILL BE FORGOTTEN. (Isaiah 65:17)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017
FALSE IDOLATROUS GOD
I love Israel. I love Jews.
I DON’T necessary love what they believe, what they say, or how they act, BUT I LOVE THEM FOR NO OTHER REASON that they are God’s Chosen People through whom He sent the Savior into the world.
But WHERE WE PART COMPANY is when it comes to Jesus.
In a certain forum a few of us were rejoicing and wishing each other a “Merry Christmas” when a certain Jew chimed in.
He claimed TO BE OFFENDED by the greeting “Merry Christmas” since (according to him) it constitutes “idolatrous worship” of a “false god”.
I replied that, since Jews are LESS THAN 3% OF the U.S. population, I COULDN’T CARE LESS IF IT OFFENDS HIM.
He re-stated that it was “idolatrous worship”.
Then I called him A HYPOCRITE and pointed out that they sure are glad when THE FOLLOWERS OF that “false, idolatrous god” UNILATERALLY STEP UP and DECLARE JERUSALEM ISRAEL’S CAPITAL.
He replied that he wasn’t Israeli, only a religious Jew. That he is American and that he DIDN’T CARE ABOUT Israel’s politics.
I then called him A LIAR.
“If you are a religious Jew”, I said, “YOU MUST care about Jerusalem, since your Tanach says in Scripture after Scripture that it’s the city that Yahweh CHOSE to “put His Name there”.
He replied that NO POLITICIAN COULD DO ANYTHING about Jerusalem. That ONLY the Messiah will make things right about the Holy City WHEN HE RETURNS.
It is true that the Messiah will have THE FINAL WORD concerning Jerusalem. However, I said “Tell that to Cyrus the Great, a GENTILE POLITICIAN whom God used to ORDER the construction of the Second Temple in 516 B.C.
And tell that to Artaxerxes Longimanus, ANOTHER GENTILE politician that God used, who ordered the reconstruction of Jerusalem in 445 B.C.
And tell that to Yahweh, who gave Daniel a prophecy through Gabriel that FROM SUCH GENTILE ORDER to Messiah there would be 69 shemittas.” (Daniel 9:24-25)
I added, however, that I was delighted that he had acknowledged that Messiah would RETURN.
And I pointed out that Zechariah 13:10 clearly says that when Messiah RETURNS He will be asked “what are these WOUNDS IN YOUR HANDS?” and that He will reply that they were inflicted on Him “in the house OF HIS FRIENDS”.
And that Zechariah 12:10 says that all Israel will WAIL and LAMENT over Him whom they have “PIERCED”.
I WOULDN’T BE SO QUICK, therefore, to label Jesus a “false, idolatrous god”.
It’s one thing to BE HONEST and say “I DON’T KNOW whether Jesus is the Messiah or not”.
It’s quite another to UTTERLY DISQUALIFY Him.
Much worse to call Him a “false god”…
Jesus IS – AND ALWAYS WILL BE – God, THE MESSIAH and THE ONLY SAVIOR, by Whose Word we were created, by Whose stripes we were healed, and by Whose Blood we are saved.
NO NON-MESSIANIC JEW could tell you WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY who the Messiah is.
There are as many theories about Messiah’s identity as there are Jews.
Since THEY DON’T KNOW WHO HE IS, there’s NO WAY they can be 100% SURE that He is NOT Jesus.
Since they DON’T KNOW THEIR OWN Messiah – best they can do is OPINE (and HOPE) that He is not Jesus.
They CANNOT know FOR SURE.
My Christmas message therefore to all Jews is this:
if you are UNSURE about the identity of the Messiah, go to some quiet place when you can be alone with Yahweh, humble
yourself before Him and, FROM YOUR
HEART, without prejudice or
preconditions, tell Him you just want to
KNOW THE TRUTH, regardless of what
the truth may be, and ASK HIM WHO
THE MESSIAH IS.
Then LISTEN to His Voice INSIDE yourself.
God has always answered the prayers of His People when they approach Him from a pure and sincere heart.
And God Himself will give you THE ANSWER.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2017
WHY I DO NOT PRAY FOR A “TWO STATE SOLUTION”
During his annual Christmas message “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the City and the World”) Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land and for a “two-state solution” between Israel and “Palestine”.
“We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,” the Pope said before crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square.
“On this festive day, let us ask the Lord for peace for Jerusalem and for all the Holy Land,” the pontiff continued.
“Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two States within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders.”
The Pope also called for respect for the “status quo” in Jerusalem while saying he was disturbed by “recent news”, an oblique reference to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Should Christians pay for the peace of Jerusalem?
Should we pray for a “two State solution”?
There is NO “two State solution”.
The Bible is clear that God gave the Land of Israel, from the Euphrates on the north to the Nile on the south, TO THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL AS PERPETUAL POSSESSION. (Genesis 15:18; 21:12; Genesis 48:3-4)
He didn’t give ONE SQUARE FOOT of that land to “Palestinians”.
And God’s GIFTS are IRREVOCABLE. (Romans 11:29)
Therefore, to pray for a “two State solution” is TO PRAY AGAINST THE EXPRESS WILL OF GOD.
Again: to pray for a “two State solution” is TO PRAY AGAINST THE WILL OF GOD
When we PRAY AGAINST the Will of God, NOT ONLY are we being REBELLIOUS, we have NO REASON to expect God to answer our prayers.
Furthermore, there is NO “Palestine” now, nor will there ever be.
What should disturb all Christians is for ANYONE ELSE to OCCUPY the Land that God gave ONLY and EXCLUSIVELY to Israel.
Let alone when such anti-God OCCUPATION regularly leads to horrendous acts of terror in which people are killed and maimed.
God is also clear that at the time of the end, in which we are living, Jerusalem will become “A BURDENSOME STONE” to all the gentiles round about. (Zechariah 12:2-3)
Very soon those gentiles will surround Jerusalem, take Jerusalem, dispossess the Jews, and OCCUPY the Holy City 42 MONTHS. (Revelation 11:2)
Then Jesus will LIBERATE JERUSALEM FOREVER. (Zechariah 14:3-4)
And God DOESN’T NEED the consent of the “international community”, about His ordained borders for Israel, or about Jerusalem belonging to Israel.
He COULDN’T CARE LESS that the UN’s General Council DISAPPROVES OF His Will regarding Jerusalem. (Luke 21:24)
The Vatican may care, but GOD DOESN'T.
Since the prayers of ALL Christians must always be in line with God’s Will, as expressed in God’s written Word, I DO NOT pray for a “two State solution”.
There is NO “two State” solution.
There’s ONLY the Will of God, and those who OPPOSE Him.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2017
THE GIFT JESUS WANTS
In Matthew’s Gospel, we read about the Wise Men from the East visiting baby Jesus. How they brought Him presents suitable for a King of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
I’ve no doubt that those gifts are just want Jesus needed at the time.
I’m certain they brought in a good price which came in handy for the travel expenses of Baby Jesus and His earthly parents, when God instructed Joseph to take the baby and flee to Egypt.
But Jesus is no longer a tiny cute baby.
He is a full grown man, who sits at the Father’s Right Hand and has anything AND EVERYTHING He wants.
And if He wants something He does not already have, He can bring it into being IN AN INSTANT.
Since we’re celebrating Jesus’ Birthday, what gift could we possibly offer Him today?
He no longer needs or wants gold.
He won’t use frankincense, at least not from this earth.
And He has no use for myrrh.
THE ONLY THING Jesus wants IS YOUR HEART.
That is THE GIFT that pleases Him most.
Won’t you give Jesus what He really, really wants?
Will you WITHHOLD FROM Him what He wants most?
Give Him THE GIFT of your heart this Christmas.
It’s THE ONE GIFT He’s always wanted.
DECEMBER 24, 2017
WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” (Matthew 2:1-3)
News travel fast, especially in small cities like first century Jerusalem…
And its neighboring city Bethlehem about 5 miles south.
Doubtlessly everyone in Jerusalem heard about this newborn “king of the Jews”.
And everyone in Bethlehem knew about the heavenly choir, the shepherds, the star, the wise men, the gifts, and the sukka (hut) where Jesus was born.
You’d think that some 30 years later AT LEAST SOME of these people would remember these things and figure out that Jesus was now grown up, preaching the Kingdom of God, healing and performing all kinds of miracles, and that He was, indeed, King of Israel.
But Jerusalem and Bethlehem seemed to have forgotten.
Even His mother Mary, at times, seemed to forget some of the wondrous things she’d heard and experienced regarding her firstborn. (Mark 3:21, 31-35)
Jews had been waiting for the promised Messiah for many centuries.
HOW could this be?
Didn’t anybody care?
The only reasonable explanation is that religion clouded their judgment, as it always does.
They wanted a Messiah that would deliver them from Rome and restore the Kingdom, but they wanted a Messiah IN THEIR IMAGE, instead of God’s Image.
As is usually the case, God’s Way isn’t GOOD ENOUGH for religion.
They want to CIRCUMVENT GOD and do things THEIR way.
But this FORGOTTEN child is the virgin born Son of God, the one and only Savior and Redeemer of mankind.
He is not only King of Israel, but King OF ALL kings and Lord OF ALL Lords.
He is also THE ONE AND ONLY ALMIGHTY GOD.
Have you FORGOTTEN about Jesus?
Do you only think about Him when Christmas rolls around?
Do you only think about the cute baby boy born in a still, star-lit night, surrounded by an angelic choir?
Have you, like the Pharisees, Sadducees, and chief priests FORGOTTEN about THE CROSS He bore for you and me, TAKING UPON HIMSELF THE SIN OF THE WORLD?
Have you FORGOTTEN that Jesus is the ONE AND ONLY Savior, and THE ONLY WAY back to the Father? (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
Jesus means nothing if we only remember Him at Christmas.
He must LIVE IN our hearts EVERY MOMENT of EVERY DAY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2017
THE WORD BECAME FLESH
“And the Word WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt (tabernacled) among us, and we SAW His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”. (John 1:14)
Jesus’ Birth is always miraculous.
Wait a minute, you mean His Birth in Bethlehem as a human baby was miraculous.
No, I mean His HUMAN Birth is ALWAYS MIRACULOUS.
Jesus wasn’t just born in Bethlehem in the fall of “0” A.D.
That’s THE FIRST TIME He was made human.
He’s been born in human form MILLIONS OF TIMES since!
Just as it happened at the very start of the first century, His Birth always takes place by the Holy Spirit’s supernatural intervention:
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, THE HOLY ONE TO BE BORN will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
That’s PRECISELY what happens when an individual is BORN-AGAIN:
“But as many as RECEIVED Him, to them He gave power TO BECOME SONS OF God, even to those who believe in His Name, WHO WERE BORN, NOT OF BLOOD NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
Jesus Himself taught that we MUST “be born again of water (natural childbirth) and OF THE SPIRIT in order to enter the Kingdom of God. (John 3:5)
Jesus wasn’t born just that one time in Bethlehem.
That was merely THE FIRST TIME that the Word BECAME flesh.
He’s become flesh millions of times since, and is born ON A DAILY BASIS in the heart of each individual who is born-again of the Spirit. (John 3:5)
Every time a soul, somewhere on this planet, comes to saving faith in Christ, that Jesus, THAT SAME JESUS, takes on human form and BECOMES FLESH.
Did He not say that He Himself WOULD LIVE IN us? (John 14:23)
Did He not say that He’d NEVER LEAVE US? (Matthew 28:20)
1 John 3:2 puts it this way:
“Beloved, NOW WE ARE THE SONS OF God, and it DOES NOT YET APPEAR what we shall be: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see Him as He is.”
“When He appears”, that’s when the Jesus that was born in us when we got saved WILL ALSO APPEAR IN US, consuming this false human appearance that WE THINK is who we “are”.
Have you given Jesus YOUR HEART?
Do it now!
He will BECOME FLESH in you – the same way He became flesh that wondrous night in Bethlehem.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017
CHRISTMAS & GENERAL PATTON
General George S. Patton looms large over American history, especially after George C. Scott’s masterful, Oscar-winning screen performance as the World War II general.
Few scenes in American cinematic history are as iconic as Scott, in character, pacing before the American flag and delivering a speech to his men.
And yet, for all of Hollywood’s hero-making, the real man was even more of a legend — and this Christmas card proves just that.
During the Christmas season of 1944, General Patton’s Third Army was bogged down in their advance against the Germans.
Patton was trying to reach Bastogne, a town in southern Belgium being held by 15,000 American troops but encircled by over 50,000 Nazi soldiers who demanded its surrender.
Unfortunately, due to the weather, General Patton didn’t have the air cover he needed to relieve the 15,000 brave American troops holding off the Germans.
That’s when he decided to rely on the power of prayer:
“Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend.”
“Grant us fair weather for battle.
Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call on Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.”
On the reverse side, Patton wrote:
“To each officer and soldier in the Third United States Army, I wish a Merry Christmas.
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We march in our might to complete victory.
May God’s blessings rest upon each of you on this Christmas Day. – G.S. Patton, Jr., Lt. Gen. Commanding, Third United States Army.”
And it worked!
The next day, the weather cleared, Patton’s Third Army made its way into Bastogne to relieve the 101st Airborne, stymie the Nazis, and … well, you know the rest.
If that isn’t a Christmas card to end all Christmas cards, I don’t know what is.
Thank God that, by His Grace, we have a President who is a true leader, and is not afraid to call on God, refer to Jesus as "our Lord and Savior", or to say "Merry Christmas".
But despite such blessing...
Do you think a U.S. general could still say today what Patton said?
"I'll be Home from Christmas", sung by the incomparable Johnny Mathis.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2017
WAS MARY REALLY A VIRGIN?
“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, THE VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE, and bear A SON, and shall call His Name Immanuel” (meaning “GOD WITH US” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
“And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR with God.
And, behold, YOU SHALL CONCEIVE IN YOUR WOMB, and bring forth A SON, and shall call His Name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David:
And He shall reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) FOREVER; AND OF HIS KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE NO END.
Then Mary said to the angel, HOW SHALL THIS BE, SEEING I KNOW NOT A MAN?
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also THAT HOLY THING WHICH SHALL BE BORN OF YOU shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:30-35).
Without a doubt, the most controversial aspect of the Nativity is the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
This doctrine is ESSENTIAL TO the Christian faith.
Does it really matter that Jesus was born of a virgin?
Yes, it matters IMMENSELY.
Must I REALLY believe He was virgin born?
YES, YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST.
WHY is the Virgin Birth of Christ SO IMPORTANT?
The reason it’s SUPREMELY IMPORTANT is this:
The sin nature was transmitted by Adam to EVERY HUMAN WHO’S EVER BEEN NATURALLY BORN, through the blood (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:22).
The LIFE OF the flesh IS IN THE BLOOD (Leviticus 17:11).
It is THE BLOOD that MAKES ATONEMENT FOR the soul (Leviticus 17:11).
According to God’s law: “WITHOUT the shedding of blood, THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS for sins” (Hebrews 9:22).
Babies get their blood from their fathers. That’s why, until DNA came along, blood tests were used to determine the paternity of a baby.
Had Jesus been born OF A HUMAN FATHER, had He been CONCEIVED though NATURAL means, He (perish the thought) would have INHERITED THE SIN NATURE, through the human father’s blood, just like the rest of us.
His blood would have been TAINTED with sin, and He would have been AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED from being THE SINLESS SIN OFFERING that would REMOVE MAN’S SIN ONCE AND FOR ALL (Isaiah 53:10; Hebrews 7:26; 1 John 3:5).
Thus, He COULDN’T HAVE redeemed us.
That’s WHY He HAD TO BE virgin born.
It took the PURE, SINLESS, MOST PRECIOUS, DIVINE Blood of God Himself to MAKE ATONEMENT FOR man’s sin, and redeem mankind and the rest of fallen Creation.
It took that HOLY, PERFECT, UNTAINTED Blood to WASH AWAY OUR SIN and remove it from us FOREVER (Hebrews 9:12, 26). Glory to Him forevermore!
THAT is WHY the Virgin Birth of Christ was, and IS, ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.
There would be NO REDEMPTION without it.
That’s WHY the Virgin Birth was prophesied FROM THE MOMENT mankind (Eve and Adam) fell into sin (Genesis 3:15).
Jesus, therefore, got His PHYSICAL body from Mary (John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:14-17), but His Blood came directly from, and was the Blood of, God the Father (John 1:13).
He was and IS, therefore, as human as any of us, yet WITHOUT SIN (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He was and IS, therefore, 100% human and 100% God.
ONLY the pure, SINLESS Blood of God could ATONE AND CLEANSE your sins and mine.
ONLY the Blood of God Himself could REMOVE ALL SIN – FOR ALL TIME – Praise His Name forever!
For those who argue that the Hebrew word in Isaiah 7:14 is ha alma, which can mean “the virgin” or simply “the young woman”, 70 Hebrew scholars translated it into the Greek Septuagint as “ho parthenos” which ONLY MEANS “THE VIRGIN”. If you want to argue with God and 70 Hebrew scholars, be my guest.
As for critics who classify the Virgin Birth as “impossibility”, I have a question:
Even THE SMARTEST “man of science” on this earth possesses ONLY AN INFINITESSIMAL FRACTION OF 1% of TOTAL knowledge.
Yet with their SEVERELY LIMITED UNDERSTANDING, they have been able to come up with VARIOUS methods of artificial insemination.
These various methods make it possible for women to conceive and give birth WITHOUT HAVING ANY sexual relations with a man.
They, thus, make it possible for babies to be VIRGIN-BORN.
So, let me get this straight:
Are you saying that SINFUL, FALLEN MORTALS, with VERY limited knowledge, can fertilize the female egg WITHOUT the woman engaging in sexual intercourse, BUT THAT ALMIGHTY GOD who possesses TOTAL KNOWLEDGE, who fashioned the entire human anatomy, INCLUDING DNA and THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM, CAN’T DO IT?
As Gabriel put it: “With God, NOTHING is impossible” (Luke 1:37).
God can do anything.
Yes, Mary REALLY WAS a virgin.
And Jesus REALLY WAS virgin born.
If He WASN’T, EVERYONE is doomed.
If He WASN’T, YOU’RE NOT SAVED.
The SINLESS Jesus became THE OFFERING for sin – once and for all – THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD MAKE US FOREVER PERFECT because He was virgin born, and begotten BY the Father through His Most Holy Spirit.
Bottom line is: GOD GAVE HIS OWN BLOOD in order to redeem us.
It’s as simple – and DIVINE – AS THAT.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017
CHRISTMAS IN THE MILLENNIUM
EVERYONE will celebrate Christmas in the Millennium.
I thought Christmas was a pagan holiday.
No. It’s not pagan, unless you worship A PAGAN “god”.
We probably won’t celebrate the Birth of our Savior on December 25. We might not even call it “Christmas”.
But the ACTUAL BIRTH DATE of the Savior, which is the Feast of Sukkot (John 1:14), is the ONE Feast that ALL NATIONS will be required to celebrate during that utopian Era. (Zechariah 14:16-19)
All tribulation survivors will have to come to Jerusalem, year after year, to celebrate Sukkot, which is both, THE DAY the Savior was BORN (came to earth for the FIRST time) and THE DAY of His Second Coming, on which He returns to earth (for the SECOND time). (Deuteronomy 31:10; Daniel 9:24)
Truth be told, our gentile Christmas “stable” is nothing but a sukka (temporary hut) built for Sukkot and our Christmas trees are nothing but the TREE BRANCHES that God COMMANDED Israelites to cut for that Feast in order to build those temporary huts. (Leviticus 23:39-43)
Matter of fact, we may celebrate it not once, but TWICE a year:
On the date He was actually born, Sukkot; and on the day that GENTILES (the wise men from the east) FOUND Jesus which was December 25th (Hanukkah).
If I have anything to say about it, we’ll celebrate BOTH.
Because there’s NEVER a “wrong time” to celebrate Jesus! (Psalm 113:2-3; 145:2)
But even if we don’t have the ornaments, the Nativity scenes, or the Christmas trees, IT WILL STILL BE CHRISTMAS IN OUR HEARTS.
Because the Savior of the world LIVES in us, and among us!
Because, GOD IS WITH US! (Matthew 1:23)
You can’t fully experience the joy of CHRIST-mas WITHOUT THE CHRIST (Messiah) in your heart.
It’s great to celebrate Christmas ON THE OUTSIDE.
It’s BEST to HAVE Christmas ON THE INSIDE.
When CHRIST-mas is in our hearts, we have THE JOY of the Lord EVERY DAY.
When CHRIST-mas is in our hearts, we CELEBRATE AND WORSHIP JESUS – ALL YEAR LONG.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017
MAKE IT SPECIAL
I love EVERYTHING about Christmas. Everything!
Love the sights, sounds, the smells, and the holiday cheer.
Love the decorations, trees, lights, carols…
The ornaments, wreaths, bells, sleighs, Nativity scenes…
The gift giving, the pictures, the Christmas cards, the food, the cookies, the gingerbread houses, even (believe it or not) the fruitcake, getting together with family and friends, and even love the shopping…
Religious kill joys can send all the dumb messages calling it “pagan”…
They can invent all the false theories about the origin of Christmas trees and wreaths…
They can say that’s not really the day on which Jesus was born (that much is true)…
They can complain all they want about it being too “commercialized”…
I DON’T CARE.
I’m going to CELEBRATE IT, REGARDLESS of what ANYONE says or thinks.
It’s NEVER WRONG to celebrate Jesus.
He should be celebrated and worshiped EVERY SINGLE DAY on the calendar, without exception (Psalm 113:2-3; 115:18).
“Sing unto the LORD, bless His Name; proclaim His Salvation DAY AFTER DAY.” (Psalm 96:2)
“EVERY DAY will I praise you; and I will honor your Name FOREVER AND EVER” (Psalm 145:2).
I don’t read anywhere that we should make an exception on December 25.
If UNSAVED religious legalists have nothing better to do than attack this holiday and call it pagan, that’s THEIR PROBLEM.
If they can get GOD to CHANGE HIS WORD and say it’s “pagan” to celebrate and worship Him on December 25th – I’ll consider changing it.
Since God NEVER CHANGES, and His Word NEVER CHANGES – good luck with that. (Psalm 119:89)
What is truly sad is that there are THOUSANDS of our brothers and sisters in places like Iraq, Syria, Indonesia, and North Korea, who WOULD LIKE TO celebrate Christmas, and CAN’T because they’re being horrifically oppressed, persecuted and butchered.
It will be A GRIM Christmas for many of them.
Jesus PREDICTED that this would happen in the closing moments of this age (Revelation 6:9-11).
And yet, these self-centered religious losers DON’T CARE, don’t even say a prayer for them, don’t share the incomparable Gospel of Grace with anyone, nor bring any souls to Salvation – HOWEVER, THEY INVEST THE TIME AND EFFORT to attack the celebration of our Savior’s birth.
May God forgive their blindness, pettiness and stupidity!
There’s one thing about Christmas that I love more than ALL THE REST COMBINED:
…Celebrating Jesus. ADORING Jesus…
…Remembering the lovely and wondrous Birth of our God and Savior.
…Reading and re-living the beautiful Story of that first Christmas.
And ALL THE NAYSAYERS IN THE WORLD can’t take that away from me.
Nor can they remove THE JOY of knowing that God – the Creator and Sustainer of the universe – LOVED His Creation SO MUCH (LOVES YOU – and me SO MUCH) that He came in human form, as a tiny babe, to right the many wrongs we’ve done on this earth.
Praise His Name forever!
This will probably be THE LAST Christmas we get to celebrate on this earth, at least for a while…
I want to encourage you to MAKE IT EXTRA SPECIAL.
Do it all: from the decorating to the baking, to the cooking, to the shopping, to the time shared with loved ones, to the gift-giving, FOR HIS GLORY.
Relish every moment.
Take some time to sip some eggnog or warm apple cider, sit on your favorite chair, appreciate our Savior, the ETERNAL LIFE we have in Him, and THANK GOD for the freedom and many blessings that are still ours.
Take time to ENJOY JESUS as never before.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017
Scripture requires that Messiah MUST be from the tribe of Judah, and be a descendant of King David (2 Samuel 7:16; Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5). It also requires that he be descended from King Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:9-10; 28:5)
Despite Daniel 9:24-27, which explicitly states that Messiah would APPEAR AND DIE PRIOR TO the second temple's destruction, traditional Judaism believes that Messiah IS YET TO APPEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Hypothetically speaking, if Messiah's appearance is STRICTLY A FUTURE EVENT, that never before happened, it presents TWO HUGE PROBLEMS for traditional Judaism:
1. Birth records proving one's ancestry were kept for centuries in the second temple.
That is, until wicked Herod came along, destroyed those records, and then forged his own family tree in order to establish his alleged "descent" from King David.
Whatever survived Herod's Machiavellian scheme was destroyed in 70 A.D. when the Romans decimated and burned the Second Temple, razing Jerusalem to the ground.
Therefore, WHOEVER the purported "future" Messiah may be, he's gonna have one hell of a time proving his ancestry.
2. But EVEN IF he could prove descent from David's lineage -- which in itself is a HUGE "if" -- THERE'S AN EVEN BIGGER PROBLEM:
The problem is that God PUT A CURSE ON PART OF David's lineage and promised that NO ONE from THAT PART of David's family would EVER AGAIN sit on his throne, thus making it NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO QUALIFY as "potential Messiah":
"Thus says the LORD, Write (record) this man down as childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: FOR NO MAN OF HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL PROSPER, OR SIT UPON THE THRONE OF David, or RULE ANY MORE in Judah" (Jeremiah 22:30).
God uttered those words against Jehoiakim, king of Judah and his son, with almost an identical name, Jehoiachin, --also called Coniah (elsewhere in Jeremiah), and Jeconiah in the New Testament (Matthew 1:11-12).
Therefore, that particular part of David's and Solomon's lineage CANNOT produce the Messiah.
Indeed, the LAST King of Judah was Zedekiah, who was Jeconiah's uncle (2 Kings 24:17-25:7).
This brought David's royal line - from which Messiah MUST come - TO AN ABRUPT END in the 6th century B.C.
Judah's ROYAL LINEAGE from David and Solomon, is therefore CURSED, came to a COMPLETE halt, and NO FUTURE KING or Messiah can come from it EVER AGAIN.
Scripture tell us, on the one hand, that Messiah MUST descend from both David and Solomon, and yet Scripture (in APPARENT contradiction) also tells us that Messiah CANNOT descend from David through Solomon because that part of the royal lineage goes through Jeconiah and the aforementioned curse.
Well, WHO then CAN BE the Messiah?
Answer: JESUS of Nazareth, and NO ONE else.
That's why the Brit Hadasha (New Testament) gives TWO different genealogies for the TRUE Messiah.
The first genealogy is found in the first chapter of Matthew's Gospel. It shows Jesus' ancestry from Abraham to King David and King Solomon, through Jeconiah (the cursed guy) and through Jesus' STEPFATHER Joseph.
Thus, Jesus would be LEGALLY descended from David's royal dynasty, as well as Solomon’s, THROUGH HIS STEPFATHER JOSEPH, but "the curse" would not apply to Him, since Joseph ISN'T his natural father.
That is also PART OF THE REASON why Jesus' Virgin Birth is SUPREMELY important and ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. We'll give the other reasons in another message.
The second genealogy is given in the Gospel of Luke 3:23-38:
Luke's genealogy shows Jesus' lineage all the way back to Adam, son of God, and to God the Father Himself.
The genealogy in Luke is through Jesus' natural mother, Mary:
Romans 1:3 plainly states that Jesus was a descendant of David "according TO THE FLESH" (see also Psalm 132:11). Jesus got his "flesh" (physical body) from Mary.
Hence Scripture gives us Jesus' LEGAL genealogy through Joseph, and His PHYSICAL genealogy through Mary.
From Abraham to David, Luke's genealogy is essentially the same as Matthew's.
However, from David to the first century A.D. it's RADICALLY different.
Jesus' Davidic lineage through Mary does not come through King Solomon (Jeconiah's ancestor), but from David's son Nathan (1 Chronicles 3:5; Luke 3:31-32), thus TOTALLY CIRCUMVENTING the curse placed on Jeconiah and his descendants, while STILL tracing his lineage back to King David.
Thus, God could keep His promise that NO PHYSICAL DESCENDANT of Jeconiah would ever sit on David's Throne, and yet He could also RESTORE David's royal line, from which the Messiah HAD TO come.
Talk about SHEER GENIUS!
Jesus, therefore, is David's LEGAL descendant from BOTH his stepfather (giving Him LEGAL right to David's Throne) and through His mother, making Him a DIRECT PHYSICAL descendant of David.
Jesus' miraculous virgin birth was PRECISELY what was needed to reestablish the royal line of David, which had suddenly ended on Jeconiah's curse.
Is God amazing, or what?
Didn't God call His Son "the seed OF THE WOMAN" in Genesis 3:15?
Since women have no "seed" (semen to impregnate) THAT clearly POINTS TO His VIRGIN birth, also prophesied by Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14).
Moreover, Zechariah 12:10-14, written 400 plus years BEFORE Jesus was born, and before the Gospels were written, specifically mentions the families of Nathan (the son of David), and Shimei (a Levite priest), BOTH OF WHOM are ancestors of Jesus through Mary (Luke 1:5-7, 36-40, 3:26, 31), WEEPING in Jerusalem for the Messiah, the One whom they "pierced".
They will weep and lament for Messiah Jesus as they did for King Josiah (Lamentations chapter 5) when he was wounded in battle against Pharaoh Necho and died at Megiddo (2 Kings 23:29; 2 Chronicles 35:20-25).
Traditional Jews, therefore, have AT LEAST FOUR INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS when it comes to their "future" Messiah:
1. They CANNOT prove he's descendant of David, since birth and ancestral records, kept in the second temple, were destroyed. They had no photocopiers or Cloud storage in those days.
Jesus’ genealogy, on the other hand, is not dependent on Second Temple records, since His genealogy has been preserved forever in His written Word.
2. Daniel 9:25-27 SPECIFICALLY STATES that Messiah MUST APPEAR BEFORE the second temple's destruction. If He didn’t, He’s NOT the Messiah, and if He did, WHO WAS the Messiah?
3. Messiah must be descendant of David and Solomon, BUT He CANNOT, according to the Tanach, descend from their ancestor Jeconiah.
4. David's royal line is NON-EXISTENT today, and Messiah must RESTORE IT - AND YET COMPLY WITH ALL THE BIBLICAL PRONOUNCEMENTS STATED ABOVE.
Jewish friends, in light of these BIBLICAL REQUIREMENTS, RECORDED IN YOUR Tanach: WHOEVER your "future" candidate for Messiah may be...
If he can PROVE he's 100% BIBLICALLY qualified -- He’s THE Messiah.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017
BIRTH OF THE GREATEST
“(Love) BEARS ALL THINGS, believes all things, hopes all things, ENDURES ALL THINGS.
Love NEVER FAILS.
…And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE.” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8, 13)
Jesus is God… (John 1:1-2)
Jesus is Love… (1 John 4:16)
Because He is Love, He planned our Redemption before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)
Because He is Love, He BECAME HUMAN, TOOK OFF HIS GLORY and was born like an ordinary human baby of Mary, a virgin.
Because He is Love, He grew up like an ordinary human, except He never sinned.
Because He is Love, He preached, healed, and performed miracles for 3½ years.
Because He is Love, He BORE all things, including His own cross, and THE SIN OF THE WORLD. (1 John 3:5)
Because He is Love, He ENDURED being mocked, punched, and beaten with a stick, spit on, 4-inch thorns stuck into a scalp, a savage lashing and, finally, crucifixion.
Because He is Love, He also ENDURED THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS IN HELL where the devil and his demons ASSAULTED HIM with all their might.
Because He is Love, He DIDN’T FAIL.
He emerged victorious 3 days and nights later, HAVING REMOVED THE SIN OF THE WORLD – FOR ALL THE AGES.
Do you know what makes Jesus THE GREATEST?
He is God.
He is Love.
And, as such, He is able to BEAR AND ENDURE THE VERY WORST.
That is why NOTHING and NO ONE can overcome Him, as satan learned the hard way.
ONLY THE GREATEST is be able to confront and OVERCOME THE VERY WORST.
And Jesus did PRECISELY THAT.
And He did it FOR YOU.
He did it so that YOU may share in HIS GREATNESS.
Many mortals have adopted the surname “the great”, among them Darius, Alexander and Herod.
All of them thought only of themselves.
ONLY JESUS died FOR OTHERS (Daniel 9:26)
All of them ultimately succumbed to death.
ONLY JESUS overcame death.
All of them will bow before THE GREATEST.
ONLY JESUS bore and TRIUMPHED OVER THE VERY WORST.
ONLY JESUS IS THE GREATEST.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017
MIGHTY GOD, PRINCE OF PEACE
"For UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN, UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN: AND THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER: AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
OF THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE THERE SHALL BE NO END, upon the throne of David, and upon HIS KINGDOM, to order it, and to establish it WITH JUSTICE AND WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM THIS TIME FORTH EVEN FOREVER..." (Isaiah 9:6-7)
For two millennia, Christians have seen A CLEAR depiction of Jesus the Messiah in this passage.
However, traditional Judaism - which rejects Jesus -- DOES NOT.
They claim that we have "misunderstood" this passage, and that it refers to Hezekiah, former king of the Kingdom of Judah.
They base THEIR DISHONEST CLAIMS on three lame arguments:
1. The name Hezekiah which means "strength of Yahweh"
2. That there's no record (or so they say) in the New Testament that Jesus was called "wonderful", "counselor", "everlasting Father" or "prince of peace".
3. That Jesus (they say) has no kingdom on earth.
While it is true that the name Hezekiah means "strength of Yahweh" -- and while Hezekiah was a godly and benevolent king who tried his best to eradicate idolatry -- Hezekiah does not REMOTELY fit the description given in Isaiah.
Hezekiah comes from two Hebrew words: chazak meaning "strong" and Yah which stands for Yahweh.
However, the words used in Isaiah 9:6 are the ENTIRELY DIFFERENT words el gibbor meaning, "MIGHTY God".
Had the Holy Spirit intended this for Hezekiah, He is perfectly capable of inspiring the words chazak Yah or Ḥizkiyya, instead of el gibbor.
NO ONE has EVER called Hezekiah "el gibbor" or "Mighty God". BILLIONS have called Jesus by that title, and are still doing it today.
So much for that chunk of religious hypocrisy...
Our Jewish friends are also guilty of applying a DECEITFUL, SELF-SERVING double-standard:
If they posit that Jesus was never called "Wonderful", "Counselor", "everlasting Father" or "Prince of Peace", then THE SAME criterion SHOULD BE APPLIED TO HEZEKIAH:
WHEN was Hezekiah EVER called by those titles in the Old Testament, or ANYWHERE ELSE?
Jesus, on the other hand, IS CALLED "Wonderful".
"But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the WONDERFUL things He did and the children shouting in the temple courts, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were very displeased".
"The man answered and said unto them: Why, THIS IS A WONDERFUL THING, that YOU DON'T KNOW FROM WHERE HE IS, AND YET HE HAS OPENED MY EYES."
"But The Counselor, The Holy Spirit-Whom the Father Will Send Him IN MY NAME--WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS and remind you OF EVERYTHING I HAVE TOLD YOU."
1 John 2:1:
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, WE HAVE A COUNSELOR ADVOCATE with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous".
Jesus is called by this title TOO MANY TIMES to include in this message.
"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also THAT GOD WAS HIS FATHER, MAKING HIMSELF EQUAL WITH God."
"Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long a time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? HE THAT HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER; and how say you then, Show us the Father?"
John 10:30: "I and the Father ARE ONE"
1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and THESE THREE ARE ONE.
PRINCE OF PEACE:
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS: for they shall be called the children of God.
PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY PEACE I GIVE YOU. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
"For HE IS OUR PEACE, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us...
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; to make in himself of two one new man, SO MAKING PEACE...
And came and PREACHED PEACE to you who were afar off, and to them that were near."
As we just demonstrated, traditional Jews are DEAD WRONG.
THERE CAN BE NO PRINCE OF PEACE BESIDE JESUS because, unlike conventional earthly kingdoms, which come into being through military conquest, His Kingdom has been expanding and growing, FOR 2,000 YEARS – PEACEFULLY -- WITHOUT spears, swords, armies or violence - and IS STILL GROWING!
Glory to JESUS forever!
Since the first century Jesus HAS BEEN CALLED BY EVERY ONE OF THOSE TITLES, NOT THOUSANDS BUT MILLIONS -- perhaps even BILLIONS -- OF TIMES.
Note: DO NOT confuse His Kingdom with MAN-INVENTED, “Christian” RELIGION.
His Kingdom is SPIRITUAL and, therefore, TRANSCENDS all things spawned by mortals, including RELIGION.
EVERYONE, except for a few Jewish religionists, has forgotten Hezekiah and don't even know who he was OR THAT HE EVEN EXISTED.
On the other hand, THE ENTIRE WORLD KNOWS about JESUS, and uses a calendar based on HIS BIRTH.
Furthermore, Jewish hypocrites conveniently fail to note that Matthew 4:16, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, EXPRESSLY QUOTES ISAIAH CHAPTER 9 in reference to Jesus:
"And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the seacoast, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali:
THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY Isaiah the prophet, saying,
‘The land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
The people who sat in darkness saw great light..
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:13-17; Isaiah 9:1-2)).
Therefore, the Jewish premise that this passage has never been applied to Jesus is wrong -- as we've just proven beyond question -- and the assumptions on which their objections are based are BLATANTLY FALSE.
As for Jesus NOT having a kingdom, I would argue that anytime someone has over TWO BILLION ADORING subjects, encompassing EVERY NATION ON EARTH, and willing to serve and obey Him, often at the cost of THEIR OWN LIVES, He has a Kingdom.
However, there's more:
IN CONTEXT, Isaiah 9:2 says that THE GREAT LIGHT OF this "child born", of this "Son given", called "Mighty God" would "shine in Galilee".
WHEN did Hezekiah's light shine in Galilee?
In fact, it was DURING Hezekiah's reign over Judah that THE 10 NORTHERN TRIBES, including the territory of Galilee, WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE by the Assyrians.
They remain "lost" to this very day.
There's NO WAY in heaven, hell or earth, that this could be Hezekiah.
WHEN did Hezekiah's kingdom, met the requirement of Isaiah 9, verse 7:
"OF THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE THERE SHALL BE NO END?"
WHEN was Hezekiah’s kingdom established "FROM THIS TIME FORTH EVEN FOREVER" (Isaiah 9:7)?
Hezekiah's kingdom, IN FACT, ENDED in the 7th century B.C.
He has ZERO kingdom and ZERO subjects today.
HOW can his kingdom be "forever", when it ENDED in 687 B.C.?
Jesus' Kingdom, on the other hand, has lasted for 2,000 years and IS STILL GOING STRONG, ONLY TO GET STRONGER, UNTIL IT COVERS THE WHOLE EARTH, THE UNIVERSE, AND BEYOND.
JESUS - AND ONLY JESUS - meets EVERY requirement in Isaiah 9 and PERFECTLY fits its description.
Hezekiah DOES NOT.
Jesus preached the Kingdom of God. That Kingdom has been growing ever since in the hearts and minds of believers, and is about to overtake this earth.
His Kingdom HAS NO END (Luke 1:33).
The baby born in Bethlehem IS THE ONE AND ONLY Mighty God and Prince of Peace.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017
WHY SATAN HATES CHRISTMAS
"And I will put enmity between you (satan) AND THE WOMAN, and between your seed and HER SEED: HE SHALL BRUISE YOUR HEAD, and you shall bruise his heel" (Genesis 3:15).
For 4,000 YEARS satan carried out his diabolical agenda on this earth, with the protoevangelium HANGING OVER HIS HEAD.
The wicked creep KNEW that, at some point, THE One who is THE SEED OF the woman would appear and CRUSH HIS UGLY, EVIL HEAD.
And he DID HIS SATANIC WORST to PREVENT it from happening:
1) In Genesis chapter 6 we read how he used the former "sons of God" who turned into the nephilim (fallen ones) to contaminate the whole human race so that NO HUMAN would be qualified or able to give birth to the Messiah (Genesis 6:1-7).
He got WITHIN ONE FAMILY of achieving his goal.
Thank God that Noah "found grace" in the eyes of God. Thank God that, by grace, He kept Noah perfect "in his generations" (Genesis 6:8-9).
2) 700 YEARS LATER, satan tried to kill off Jacob (Israel) and his children through famine, since he knew the Messiah would come from Israel.
Thank God, that He raised Joseph to save the Israelites and the Egyptians from famine (Genesis chapters 41-46).
3) 400 YEARS LATER, satan used the Egyptians to kill all the Israelite MALE BOYS that were born, FEARING that one of them might be the Seed of the woman (Exodus 1:16, 22; 2:1-10).
God miraculously spared Moses, from the tribe of Levi, and thus led all Israel out of Egyptian bondage (Exodus chapter 12).
Then Joshua led them into the Land of Promise.
The tribe of Judah thus continued to multiply during the Exodus and in the Promised Land, which we know today as Israel.
4) satan then incited the 10 northern tribes of Israel into rebellion and idolatry, until they were taken captives by the Assyrians in 721 B.C. and assimilated into various gentile groups (2 Kings 15:29; 17:3-6; 18:11-12; I Chronicles 5:26)
Their whereabouts are KNOWN ONLY TO God, to this very day.
Thank God, that in His great faithfulness, He spared the tribes of Judah and Benjamin "for David's and Jerusalem's sake" (1 Kings 11:32).
5) satan THEN WENT AFTER THE TWO REMAINING TRIBES, also inciting them into gross rebellion and idolatry.
In 586 B.C. (135 YEARS LATER) they were ALSO taken captive, this time by the Babylonians.
God, in His great faithfulness, PROMISED THEY'D RETURN FROM CAPTIVITY IN 70 YEARS (Jeremiah 25:11-12).
As always, God KEPT HIS WORD (Ezra chapters 1-2).
6) Then satan went after the exiles who returned from captivity 70 years later (516 B.C.) and resettled in Israel. During captivity, in a futile attempt to taint Messiah's ancestry, and impede His Birth, he made sure that Jews mingled in intermarriage with pagan wives (Ezra 9:1-2).
God raised a priest named Ezra, who then FORCED the Jews to separate and send back their pagan wives (Ezra 10:1-4).
7) But the old serpent didn't give up that easily... This time (350 years later) he raised an evil, blasphemous Greek king named Antiochus Epiphanes ("God Manifest") to oppress and try to exterminate the Jews in 167 B.C. (2 Maccabees 5:11-14).
God raised the Maccabees, Judas "the Hammer" in particular, to deliver Israel in 164 B.C., 3 years later (2 Maccabees, chapter 10).
This brings us to around 6 B.C. - 0 A.D. the time when Jesus was born.
This time the garden snake filled psychotic Herod with SO MUCH FEAR that a helpless, INNOCENT, SINLESS, NEWBORN BABY boy would replace him as king, that wicked Herod decided to murder all male children in Bethlehem that were two years old and under (Matthew 2:16-18).
The Messiah was born DESPITE satan's and Herod's perverse machinations.
Some 33 years later that baby boy had become a man, and DIED THE MOST GRUESOME AND CRUELEST of deaths for your sins and mine.
Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD, appeared to OVER 500 hundred EYEWITNESSES -- who SAW HIM ALIVE -- and ascended to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
Jesus, THE MAN, had been EXALTED to the Right Hand of God the Father.
a Name ABOVE EVERY Name, before whom EVERY KNEE (including satan's -- that is if serpents have knees) MUST BOW and every tongue, INCLUDING HIS POISONOUS FANGS, must CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER" (Philippians 2: 9-11)
By then, it was too late: satan HAD FAILED: The prophesied SEED OF THE WOMAN HAD CRUSHED satan's head, as God has promised.
God's people REJOICED and the world has never been the same.
THAT IS WHY satan HATES Christmas and tries his worst, to this very day, to discourage and / or dampen its celebration.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017
THE THIRD TEMPLE
"I was given a reed like A MEASURING ROD and was told, "Go AND MEASURE THE TEMPLE of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But EXCLUDE THE OUTER COURT; DO NOT MEASURE IT, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample the holy city for 42 months". (Revelation 11:1-2)
Buildings ARE MEASURED BEFORE they are built, NOT after.
They are MEASURED when THE FOUNDATION is about to be laid.
I knew this on some level, but even checked with a brother who is an experienced and licensed General Contractor (hi Steve) and he both, verified it and assured me, that "if the FOUNDATION is MEASURED plumb, level and square, the rest is smooth sailing".
If Jesus tells John TO "MEASURE the temple", THAT MUST BE when the temple's FOUNDATION IS LAID!!!
ALL the times I've read this passage of Scripture and TOTALLY MISSED IT!
Until the Lord, hit me right between the eyes with it:
NOTICE also how He says "DO NOT MEASURE THE COURT OUTSIDE (where the Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosque presently sit) because IT'S BEEN GIVEN TO GENTILES" (indeed, it has).
In other words, DON'T MEASURE THAT, 'cause that's under gentile occupation, it's not part of MY JERUSALEM that I consider holy, and MY TEMPLE WON'T BE BUILT ON IT.
In fact, that portion of Mount Moriah is DESTROYED in the quake that follows the death, resurrection and ascension of the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:13).
Is God's Word tremendously precise, or what?
Steve also said this would explain THE SPEED at which the third Temple is built (about 4 months). And that it could be built in virtually no time...
Ephrem the Syrian suggested in his 4th century manuscript that the Third Temple would be built by Antichrist.
We now KNOW BASED ON SCRIPTURE that the Third Temple is built by Israel.
We also KNOW its construction begins shortly after when the tribulation starts, and the Two Witnesses appear.
The Two Witnesses are undoubtedly connected to the building of the third temple, as Revelation 11:3 says:
"And I will give power to MY TWO WITNESSES, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth."
This is also confirmed by Zechariah chapter 4.
The ALTAR mentioned in verse one ALREADY EXISTS: It's 3 meters wide by 3 meters long and 2 meters tall (a meter is roughly 39”, so it’s 10’ X 10’ x 6’6” tall). It was built by the Temple Institute about 7½ years ago. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132664
Revelation 11:1-2 also says that Jews WILL BE WORSHIPPING AT THAT ALTAR - which will be placed at the location of the former temples - EVEN BEFORE the third temple is built.
It's also mentioned in the Book of Joel 2:15-17:
"Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, CALL A SOLEMN ASSEMBLY:
GATHER THE PEOPLE, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that nurse: LET THE BRIDEGROOM GO FORTH FROM HIS CHAMBER, AND THE BRIDE OUT OF HER CHAMBER.
Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, WEEP BETWEEN THE PORCH AND THE ALTAR, and let them say, Spare your people, O LORD, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the nations (gentiles) should rule over them: why should they say among the people, Where is their God?"
When Jews see the Jesus that most of them rejected APPEARING in the clouds IN POWER AND GREAT GLORY, and that His Church has been taken to heaven, they will realize what has happened and what is ABOUT TO HAPPEN and will cry out to God, at that location, for mercy.
The Third Temple gets built shortly after THE TRIBULATION BEGINS, and shortly after the Rapture.
Its building takes place UNDER THE 7TH SEAL and 6th trumpet.
And the second woe is when the Two Witnesses who'll prophesy around that area 1,260 days GET KILLED by Antichrist (Revelation 11:14).
This is yet ADDITIONAL proof that all these things take place in numerical order and in many cases overlap and take place concurrent with each other as detailed in our Timeline.
That’s why God gave us the TRIBULATION OUTLINE in the form of 7 seals, 7 trumpets, three woes and 7 bowls.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017
ANOTHER HANUKKAH MIRACLE
On Hanukkah, December 9, 1917, British General Edmund Allenby marched victoriously into Jerusalem “as a pilgrim, not as a conqueror”.
He had just defeated the Turks (Muslims) and liberated Jerusalem after many years of mostly Muslim oppression.
Almost exactly 100 YEARS TO THE DATE, on December 6, 2017 (6 DAYS before Hanukkah), U.S. President Donald J. Trump has announced the United States’ official recognition of Jerusalem as THE CAPITAL of Israel.
He also ordered that the U.S. Embassy in Israel, presently in Tel Aviv, be moved to Jerusalem.
For years, since the presidency of Gerald R. Ford, we have heard U.S. Presidents SAYING that Jerusalem should be acknowledged as Israel’s capital by the U.S. and that our Embassy should be moved to Jerusalem.
On October 23, 1995 the United States Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act calling for the relocation of the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
We also heard promise after promise by feckless politicians, Republican and Democrat, during their political campaigns.
But SAYING and DOING are two DIFFERENT things.
No other U.S. President has had the guts (or maybe “guts” isn’t the right word – NOT EVEN Reagan or George W. Bush) to stick to his guns and MAKE SUCH DECLARATION.
When push came to shove, American Presidents all eventually went back on their campaign promises and CAVED IN to Arab desires.
Such timidity on the part of our Presidents DID NOT make the Middle East safer or more peaceful.
And I vividly remember the United States “Hanukkah present” to Israel LAST YEAR, under THE WORST U.S. President ever, Barack Hussein Obama:
It was ABSTAINING FROM VETOING UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that declared all territories regained by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War – including the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter – “illegal”.
By NOT VETOING that resolution, the former President was trying to DELIGITIMIZE Jerusalem being THE CAPITAL OF Israel.
Allowing such DEVIOUS AND UNGODLY “resolution” to pass near the end of his failed and dismal “presidency” was Obama’s vindictive “screw you” parting shot to Prime Minister Netanyahu and to Israel, our closest ally.
Maybe we had to hit rock bottom, before getting a REAL LEADER into the White House.
Jerusalem became Israel’s CAPITAL 3,000 years ago – LONG BEFORE there were ANY “Palestinians”. (2 Samuel 5:1-13)
Jerusalem is THE CITY that God Himself CHOSE to PUT HIS HOLY NAME THERE, as Scripture after Scripture says. (Psalm 132:13; Daniel 9:18,19; Zechariah 3:2; 1 Kings 11:32; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chronicles 6:6,34; 12:13; Ezra 6:12; Nehemiah 1:9)
There’s understandable rejoicing on the part of Jews, and there’s even talk about erecting the third Temple (we’ll discuss this in another message).
This historic announcement by the world’s major superpower is TOTALLY SCRIPTURAL and expresses not only the will of most Americans, BUT THE WILL OF ALMIGHTY GOD.
If there was ever ANY doubt that God chose Donald J. Trump to be our 45th President “for such a time as THIS”, this momentous declaration should erase those doubts forever.
According to Jewish tradition, 2,181 years ago the consecrated oil used to light the temple lamps miraculously burnt for 8 consecutive days, until they could produce a fresh batch of Torah prescribed oil.
We have just witnessed another “Hanukkah miracle”
Thank you, Jesus!
God bless Jerusalem.
God bless Israel.
God bless the United States.
And God bless President Trump.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
"And in that day will I make Jerusalem A BURDENSOME STONE for all people: ALL THAT BURDEN THEMSELVES WITH IT SHALL BE CUT IN PIECES"... (Zechariah 12:3).
WHAT IS IT about Jerusalem that incites such passion among various ethnicities?
It sits on a mountainous terrain, devoid of natural resources. There's NO MATERIAL wealth there of which to speak. It has NO OIL, coal, or natural gas.
It's not a sea port, has no major river, no major airport, no agriculture or manufacturing worthy of mention, no gold, silver, iron or copper, and even lacks the mineral riches of the Dead Sea, some 20 miles south.
Yet MORE BLOOD HAS BEEN SPILLED over this ONE city, than over all other cities of the world combined.
Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.
One could argue that the fascination with this city has to do with its history, and that is largely true, but there's more to it than that. Other cities are also historically and culturally rich, and they DO NOT inspire the same degree of emotion, animosity, and awe.
As Jesus Himself pointed out, even THE PROPHETS God sent to this holy city usually ended up dead (Matthew 23:31; Luke 13:34).
He Himself paid the ULTIMATE PRICE right on Mount Moriah, on the VERY SPOT where Abraham offered the Lamb in place of his son Isaac.
If its ancient stones could speak they would tell a violent, bloody history filled with death, unspeakable suffering and destruction.
And yet, despite all of the above, there's this almost magical quality to the city. There's a SUPERNATURAL-NESS that can be both felt and remembered vividly.
There's NO MIDDLE GROUND where Jerusalem is concerned: people either totally love it, or they totally hate it.
Jerusalem was under Arab rule for 1,200 years (under various caliphates from 638 A.D. to 1,099, with an 88-year period of Crusader rule from 1099-1187; then again under Muslim rule from 1187 to 1516, and under the Ottoman Turks from 1517-1917).
For all the Arab talk about it being the "Palestinian capital", for all the Islamic talk about it being the "third holiest site in Islam", during that long, dark, mournful period IT WAS NOTHING BUT AN UGLY, BARREN, DEPRESSING, DIRTY, UNDEVELOPED, SMELLY PLACE THAT LACKED EVEN A SEWAGE SYSTEM.
I've seen film footage from the early 1900's, and it speaks VOLUMES about what a SAD PLACE it was.
When Jesus said it would be "TRAMPLED" by Gentiles (Luke 21:24), He wasn't kidding. It was STOMPED and OPPRESSED.
Mark Twain's visit to the Holy Land in 1867 (some 50 years before the British wrested Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks in WWI) was described in "The Innocents Abroad". This is how he described Jerusalem's surroundings:
"..... A DESOLATE COUNTRY whose soil is rich enough, but IS GIVEN OVER WHOLLY TO WEEDS... A SILENT MOURNFUL EXPANSE.... a DESOLATION.... we never saw a human being on the whole route....HARDLY A TREE OR SHRUB ANYWHERE. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country." (The Innocents Abroad, p. 361-362)
He described Jerusalem itself this way:
"It seems to me that all the races and colors and tongues of the earth must be represented among the fourteen thousand souls that dwell in Jerusalem. RAGS, WRETCHEDNESS, POVERTY AND DIRT, those signs and symbols that indicate the presence of Moslem rule more surely than the crescent-flag itself, ABOUND.
Lepers, cripples, the blind, and the idiotic, assail you on every hand... Jerusalem IS MOURNFUL, AND DREARY, AND LIFELESS. I WOULD NOT DESIRE TO LIVE HERE.” (The Innocents Abroad, Ch. 53, paragraph 4)
What Muslims COULDN'T DO with Jerusalem in 1,200 years, Jews have done in merely 50 years.
Since Jerusalem was recovered by Israel in 1967, it has BLOSSOMED into what it is today: a dynamic, burgeoning metropolis AND THE ETERNAL CAPITAL OF ISRAEL.
WHAT is it, then, about Jerusalem that makes it SO SPECIAL?
What makes it important enough for three major religions to LITERALLY FIGHT over it?
Jerusalem is where the Kingdom of God began on earth.
It's THE CITY that God Himself CHOSE to "put His Name there"(Psalms 132:13; 1 Kings 11:36; 2 Chronicles 12:13; Ezra 6:12; Nehemiah 1:9).
It even has the symbol of God's Name, the Hebrew letter shin (which stands for God's Name, Shaddai) stamped on its topography, showing that God is THE RIGHTFUL OWNER, AND THIS UNIQUE CITY, His everlasting possession.
It's in Jerusalem where God's OWN SACRED BLOOD was poured out to redeem mankind and the rest of His fallen Creation.
And it's in Jerusalem where the Kingdom of God will be re-established after the Second Coming of Christ (Zechariah 14:1-9).
Soon virtually everyone left on earth will be UNSAVED.
The UNSAVED (except for Jews) will HATE Jerusalem:
They will hate it and it will become a "burdensome stone" for them, because THEY KNOW it's in Jerusalem where the returning Christ will set the headquarters of His Kingdom on earth just a few years from now.
They will want to take and occupy it AS A PRE-EMPTIVE MEASURE.
Since they are Christ haters, they will capture it not out of love, but as a DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO PREVENT Messiah's return and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
They will figure that, as long as THEY possess it, Jesus CAN'T HAVE IT.
Ha! Guess again, unbelieving fools.
Those who LOVE Jerusalem will soon be gone:
Its spiritual children will be raptured and its natural children will be forced into hiding.
Its haters will possess her AND OPPRESS HER for 3½ years, and for THE LAST TIME EVER.
After that, Jesus will take over, and FOREVER HOLD, what has always been His.
"By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion...
For there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
HOW can we sing the songs of the Lord WHILE IN A FOREIGN LAND?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy" (Psalm 137:1-6).
This Scripture shows how Israel's national identity, as well as Jewishness itself, it inextricably linked to Jerusalem.
The conquering Babylonians had just attacked and destroyed Jerusalem. They had taken many of its citizens captive. They were demanding they sang HAPPY songs.
Even in the midst of heartbreak, defeat and despair, what was THE FIRST THING that came out of their captives' mouths? "If I forget thee, o Jerusalem"...
Some translations render the passage "let my right hand forget its skill". Others, like the KJV, say "let my right hand forget its cunning".
Actually, the original Hebrew doesn't mention any skill or any cunning. The original Hebrew says "if I forget you, Oh Jerusalem, let me forget my right hand", meaning that which is CLOSEST to me, and what I rely on most (since most individuals are right handed).
It was 44 years ago today that Jerusalem was recaptured by Israelites.
2,600 years after that Psalm was written they HADN'T FORGOTTEN.
In fact, the word "Jerusalem" is mentioned throughout the Bible 767 times.
That's not even counting the times it's referred to by some other name such as "Zion", "Salem", or "Ariel".
By way of comparison, do you know how many times this SO CURRENTLY DISPUTED piece of real estate is mentioned in the Koran?
That's right. You can read the Koran from cover to cover and NOT ONCE find any mention of "Al Kuds" (as Jerusalem is called in Arabic).
Jerusalem was chosen by King David as the capital of Israel, over 3,000 years ago. (2 Samuel 5J
The Bible tells us over and over that Jerusalem is the city in which God chose to "put His Name" (Psalm 132:13; Daniel 9:18,19; Zechariah 3:2; 1 Kings 11:32; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chronicles 6:6,34; 12:13; Ezra 6:12; Nehemiah 1:9).
God's temples were built there (1 Kings 8:43-48).
It's known as the "city of the Great King" (Psalm 48:2; Matthew 5:35).
Paul refers to it in Galatians 4:26 as "the mother of us all" (who know Christ).
It's in Jerusalem that Jesus will set up His Millennial Kingdom (Psalm 2:6).
It's FROM Jerusalem that Jesus and His saints will rule the world.
But Jerusalem is more than the PHYSICAL city that bears its name. Jerusalem is A HEAVENLY CITY (Hebrews 12:22).
There's a HEAVENLY DIMENSION TO Jerusalem.
How appropriate, then, that EARTHLY Jerusalem should have been liberated ON THE VERY DAY (Iyyar 28, June 7, 1967) that our precious Lord ASCENDED TO HEAVENLY Jerusalem.
Every born again believer, regardless of what citizenship he or she may bear in this temporary world, is A CITIZEN OF heavenly Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is our SPIRITUAL Home.
Every child of God who visits Jerusalem may leave it physically, but CAN NEVER LEAVE it spiritually. It's embedded in our hearts.
In my heart I’ve NEVER left Jerusalem, and Jerusalem has NEVER left me.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017
What a difference JESUS makes!
It’s been roughly 10 months since President Trump was inaugurated as America’s 45th President.
What a difference 10 months make!
For the previous 8 years we were told that getting rid of ISIS would take YEARS AND YEARS…
First they were disdainfully called “jayvees”.
Then, when it became obvious that they were HARDENED, UNSPEAKABLY WICKED, SATANIC MURDERERS, the former CLUELESS President SAID, for a couple of years, that he STILL “HAD NO PLAN” TO DEAL WITH ISIS.
Finally, towards the end of his mediocre presidency he ordered some random bombardments and basically said it would take forever to get rid of them.
Thanks to his total ineptness, Isis which began in tiny sections of Iraq and Syria – GOT TO OCCUPY HALF of those two nations, and to spread into 32 OTHER nations!
Well, Isis HAS BEEN DRIVEN OUT OF Iraq and Syria.
They can no longer call themselves the “Islamic STATE”.
And they’re also being forcefully driven out of other nations.
For 8 years we were told that we had to settle for a sluggish economy intended to “spread the wealth around” where the GDP never reached 3%, or even come close.
Well, in the past 10 months the Dow Jones has set all kinds of new records, unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 17 years, 2.3 MILLION NEW JOBS have been created, the GDP has risen to 3.1 and 3.3 for the past two quarters, and consumer confidence is WAY UP.
For 8 seemingly endless years, we were told that America would “lead from behind”.
That’s another way of saying IT WOULD NOT LEAD.
Only an idiot would come up with such moronic notion. Every TRUE LEADER KNOWS there’s NO SUCH THING as “leading from BEHIND”
ALL TRUE LEADERS TAKE THE INITIATIVE and LEAD FROM THE FRONT, as the very name “LEAD-ER” suggests.
This misguided ideology made America the laughingstock of the world, with other nations disrespecting and taking advantage of our sheer stupidity.
Well, the U.S. is, once again, at the forefront of the world, IT IS LEADING, and is again RESPECTED instead of laughed at.
Glory to Jesus!
And President Trump deserves EXTRA CREDIT for doing these things (by the Grace of God) almost singlehandedly, as he’s had to deal with OBSTINATE OBSTRUCTION from Democrats ON EVERYTHING, and little support from feckless Republicans (the same ones who compromised their so-called “principles” and gave Obama EVERYTHING he wanted).
(I still can’t believe they finally got some backbone and passed the Tax Bill a few days ago)
Personally, I DON’T BELIEVE those polls that show the President with a VERY LOW approval rating.
Just like the FAKE NEWS being put forth by THE VERY NEWS ORGANIZATIONS THAT CARRY OUT SAID POLLING (we “only” had 4 retractions this past week), their polls oversample liberals and represent THEIR biased views, and not that of the MAJORITY of U.S. voters.
During those 8 unfortunate years, the former Administration felt it needed to APOLOGIZE for America’s success, for its wealth, for its military prowess, and FOR BEING (albeit marginally) A CHRISTIAN NATION.
The CORRECT greeting of “Merry CHRISTMAS” was replaced with the POLITICALLY correct “Season’s Greetings” or “Happy Holidays”.
The former Administration felt it had to walk on eggshells in order NOT TO OFFEND non- Christians who, COMBINED, represent about 10% of our population.
Apparently, it didn’t mind OFFENDING the remaining 90%.
Hey, I have NO PROBLEM wishing Jews “Happy Passover”.
And I would have NO PROBLEM wishing Muslims a “Happy Ramadan” were it not for the fact that, in their perverse ideology, “happiness” would MEAN KILLING THOUSANDS OF Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims.
But I’ve never been prouder of our CURRENT President than IN TWO RECENT OCASSIONS: when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and when he lit the national Christmas tree.
He BOLDLY stated:
“Melania and I are FULL OF JOY at the start of this very blessed season, THE CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
“We’re thrilled to think of the people, across the nation and all across the continents, whose spirits are lifted by the miracle of Christmas,” he said.
“The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a Father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all—the gift of God’s love for all of humanity,” the President said.
“Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of His Life FOREVER CHANGED THE COURSE OF HUMAN HISTORY.
There is hardly an aspect of our lives today that His Life has not touched: art, music, culture, law, and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person everywhere in the world.”
No fear of offending anyone, or with saying what everyone knows is true, and NO APOLOGIES for calling Jesus “our Lord and Savior”, or for calling this wonderful HOLY-DAY by its PROPER name.
It’s CHRIST-MAS again.
And it’s “MERRY” again.
Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, President Trump.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017
THE PERFECT GIFT
Having trouble finding the right gift for that special someone?
Tired of all the hustle and bustle, jammed parking lots, standing in line, being elbowed by other shoppers, and charging your credit cards to the max?
I know a gift you can give EVERYONE on your list.
This gift fits all shapes and sizes.
It's useful to thin people, fat people, and those somewhere in between.
It's appropriate for ALL ages, and will be appreciated by ALL ethnicities.
Unlike other gifts that break, get lost or simply wear out, this gift LASTS FOREVER.
It doesn't break, doesn't fade, doesn't stop working, and CAN NEVER BE LOST.
Best of all, this gift COSTS NO MONEY.
The ONLY "PRICE" ONE CAN "PAY" for this Gift is ONE'S OWN HEART.
I'm talking about THE PERFECT GIFT:
The Gift of Love.
The Gift of Peace on earth.
The Gift God gave each of us on that first Christmas:
I'm talking about Jesus, the one and only Savior of the world.
Jesus, THE ONLY ONE who can -- AND WILL -- bring lasting peace to this war-torn, terrorist infested planet.
God gave us THE PERFECT GIFT in that Baby born in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago.
When you give THE GIFT OF JESUS, YOU ARE ACTING JUST LIKE GOD!
I know you're busy with all the gifts, preparations and decorations, but THAT IS WORTH PAUSING and MEDITATING.
Jesus is the PERFECT gift for EVERYONE, and the gift WE SHOULD BE GIVING everyone this Christmas.
Don't disappoint or cheat those who are expecting material gifts from you of their presents.
But Christmas is the ideal time to share this Perfect Gift with family, friends, neighbors, and the whole world.
Warning: the Gift of Jesus MAY be REJECTED. But once received, He CANNOT be returned.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017
ISRAEL & PALESTINIANS
The conflict between Jews and so-called “Palestinians” is 4,000 years old.
Contrary to media reports, it DID NOT BEGIN in 1948 when Israel became a nation.
NOR DID IT BEGIN in 1967 when Israel recovered East Jerusalem, the entire West Bank, the Golan Heights, and even took the Sinai Peninsula in the aftermath of the Six Day War.
It goes all the way back to Abraham, Sarah and Hagar. (Genesis 16, the entire chapter, Genesis 21:1-21; 25:1-18)
So-called “Palestinians” are really Arabs, descended from Ishmael, who occupied Israel after Jews were exiled from their God-given land by the Romans, and now claim that territory GIVEN BY GOD to the 12 tribes, as “their own”.
God GAVE that territory AND MORE (from the Nile in the south to the Euphrates on the north) to the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac (not Ishmael) and Jacob as “EVERLASTING possession”. (Genesis 15:18; 21:12; Genesis 48:3-4)
And God’s GIFTS and callings are IRREVOCABLE. (Romans 11:29)
That is why Jesus (God) will send Palestinians away from Israel’s territory during the Millennium (Joel 3:4-8).
Because NONE of that land belongs to them! It was given to Israel FOREVER.
God UNEQUIVOCALLY said that Ishmael would NOT INHERIT the blessing of Abraham along with Isaac. (Genesis 21:9-15)
However, Scripture is also clear that God was gracious toward Hagar and blessed Ishmael WITH A DIFFERENT BLESSING, by making him the father of all the Arab nations. (Genesis 16:9-12; 17:19-21; 21:18)
That blessing reflects geopolitically in the fact many Arab nations are rich in oil and have large populations.
God gave man free will. Unfortunately, the VAST MAJORITY of Arabs have chosen to worship a nonexistent “god”, and NOT the God who blessed Ishmael.
They have also chosen to hate Israel.
Those who curse Israel are cursed by God. (Genesis 12:3)
As of 2015 4.5 million Arabs live in OCCUPIED Israel, approximately 2.7 million in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and 1.7 million in the Gaza Strip.
Arab (“Palestinian”) Christians, who are mostly Eastern Orthodox or Roman Catholic, comprise approximately 1–2.5% of the population of the West Bank, and less than 1% in the Gaza Strip.
If Jews are ATTACKED by Arabs – as they have been attacked REPEATEDLY, since and even BEFORE they miraculously became a nation again in 1948 – THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES.
According to Isaiah 63:1-6, Zechariah 14:3 and Revelation 19:11-20, Jesus Himself, WILL FIGHT FOR ISRAEL AND FOR THAT LAND. And His mortal enemies WILL BE SLAUGHTERED.
He will save Arabs – or anyone else – who turns to Him now, at the beginning of the tribulation, or DURING the tribulation.
The blessing of Abraham (and Isaac and ISRAEL- Jacob) is both spiritual and material. (Numbers 22:12; Jeremiah 31:33-37; John 4:22; Hebrews 11:25-26)
His Blessing endures FOREVER (1 Peter 1:25.
His love for Israel endures FOREVER (Ezra 3:11).
And Israelites are GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE FOREVER.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017
“Look, I will make Jerusalem A CUP (basin) OF TREMBLING to all THE PEOPLE ROUND ABOUT, when they shall be IN THE SIEGE both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem A BURDENSOME STONE FOR ALL PEOPLE: ALL THAT BURDEN THEMSELVES WITH IT SHALL BE CUT IN PIECES, though all the people of the earth are gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:2-3)
ALL biblical prophecy revolves around Jerusalem.
EVERY major prophetic timeline in the Bible is based on Jerusalem (Psalm 102:16; Daniel 9:24; Luke 21:24)
Jerusalem became Israel’s capital over 3,000 years ago (2 Samuel 5:1-16).
Jerusalem is THE CAPITAL of the State of Israel today.
However, many in the international community refuse to recognize it as such.
Jerusalem is THE CITY that GOD CHOSE to put His Name there.
Jerusalem is THE CENTER OF the Jewish faith and THE CORE OF Jewish history.
1 Kings 8 describes how 2,900 years ago King Solomon built the First Temple and installed the Ark of the Covenant there.
Since then, Jews have always faced Jerusalem in their daily prayers. (Daniel 6:10)
Jerusalem is where Jesus died, poured out His supremely pure and sinless Blood, where He rose from the dead, and from where He ascended to the Father. (Acts 1:11)
Jerusalem is also where Jesus WILL RETURN in His Second Coming. (Zechariah 14:3-8)
Jerusalem will be the world’s capital in the Millennial Kingdom of God, under King Jesus. (Isaiah 60:1-21; Zechariah 14:16-21)
That is WHY the Antichrist and his 10-king coalition WILL MAKE IT THEIR PRIORITY TO OCCUPY JERUSALEM during the 3½ year tribulation.
Alexander, being the great strategist that he’s always been, will wrongly suppose that IF HE preemptively OCCUPIES Jerusalem, then Jesus CAN’T HAVE IT.
And if Jesus CAN’T HAVE IT, Jesus CAN’T REIGN from it.
What significance, then, does President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as “Israel’s capital” has in connection to Bible prophecy?
By officially proclaiming it THE CAPITAL of Israel, President Trump has used the clout of the world’s greatest superpower to politically and diplomatically legitimize Jerusalem as such.
Jerusalem has always had -- and FOREVER WILL HAVE -- SPIRITUAL LEGITIMACY.
It leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind as to WHERE THE UNITED STATES SUPPORT AND LOYALTY rests with regards to the Middle East.
And it’s one more reason why (AS WE READ ABOVE) Jerusalem will be surrounded by Arab nations during the coming tribulation and OCCUPIED FOR 42 MONTHS.
Some have asked whether this proclamation will lead to another intifada.
The President made it crystal clear that he wants to pursue peace between Israelis and “Palestinian” Arabs, and that he wanted a “peace deal” that would be VERY BENEFICIAL TO BOTH SIDES.
If there is an Arab revolt, it CANNOT be blamed on the President’s decision since they’ve had NUMEROUS REVOLTS, and MANY acts of terror WITHOUT ANY such declaration or ANY provocation.
They also murdered Jews galore BEFORE there even was a Jewish State.
History proves that ALL Arabs need to act VIOLENTLY against Jews -- is THEIR EXISTENCE.
History proves that ALL Arabs need in order to act VIOLENTLY against Jews -- is THE VERY EXISTENCE OF JEWS.
Jerusalem was occupied by Arabs for years and years, and during ALL that time it lay oppressed and forgotten.
I’ve seen pictures of East Jerusalem circa 1917 and, frankly, IT WAS A DUMP.
It didn’t even have CONVENTIONAL PLUMBING and the smell was horrible.
Only after Israel regained it, has Jerusalem prospered, been modernized and beautified.
And only after Israel regained it, and the city “came alive”, did “Palestinian” Arabs become obsessed by it.
Its neighbors will besiege it, occupy it for 42 months, AND THEN JESUS HIMSELF WILL DELIVER Jerusalem. (Zechariah 14:3-4)
All Arabs would do well to heed the Lord’s words in the anchor verse above: those who burden themselves with Jerusalem WILL BE CUT TO PIECES.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
GREATER THAN SIN
Jesus is GREATER THAN ALL sins COMBINED.
As hateful as sin is…
As evil as sin is…
As horrendous as its consequences have been…
JESUS IS FAR GREATER.
NO RELIGION has ever claimed to be GREATER THAN SIN.
NO FALSE “deity” has EVER claimed to be GREATER THAN SIN.
That is why they all require something IMPOSSIBLE from fallen humans: that WE TOTALLY STOP sinning IN ORDER to HELP religion, or the false deity it worships, TO (PERHAPS) SAVE US.
That PROVES sin is GREATER than religion.
That PROVES that sin is GREATER than all false “gods”.
Since SIN IS GREATER than they are, that PROVES that those false “gods” are NOT God.
But Jesus DOESN’T NEED OUR HELP.
Because He is FAR GREATER THAN SIN!
SO MUCH GREATER that He OBLITERATED sin by ONE Sacrifice – FOREVER! (Hebrews 9:12, 26)
Take heed WHOM you worship.
For religions and “gods” that need our help to give us a happy hereafter ARE PROVING they are INFERIOR TO SIN.
Hence they CANNOT save you.
ONLY JESUS is FAR SUPERIOR TO sin.
ONLY JESUS can save us.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
GREATER THAN RELIGION
Every religion bases blessedness in the afterlife ON WORKS:
Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Islam – ALL teach that OUR WORKS have a direct effect on our well being in the hereafter.
ALL RELIGIONS and FALSE “gods” offer UNCERTAINTY in the next world: ONLY IF YOU “do your part”, then PERHAPS you’ll be blessed and happy.
ALL RELIGIONS PROVE they're false, and all FALSE “gods” PROVE THEY’RE NOT God by REQUIRING YOUR PARTICIPATION in order to have A CHANCE at a joyous hereafter.
ONLY JESUS said that YOUR WORKS HAVE NOTHING, ZERO to do with a blessed afterlife. (Matthew 20:1-16; John 1:12; 3:6-17; 5:24; Romans 3:27-28; 4:6-8; 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
ONLY JESUS says that Salvation is NOT based ON WHAT YOU DO or abstain from doing, but ON WHAT HE DID.
ONLY JESUS took care of our status in the next world COMPLETELY and FOREVER.
That is why ONLY JESUS GUARANTEES ETERNAL LIFE.
ONLY JESUS WILL SAVE YOU FOREVER – NO MATTER WHAT you’ve done, are doing, or will do, PROVIDED THAT you TRUST HIM, and GENUINELY GIVE HIM YOUR WHOLE HEART AND LIFE.
NO ONE but Jesus SAYS “I DID IT ALL for you, I DID EVERYTHING NECESSARY to save you FOREVER:
Because NO ONE BUT JESUS is Almighty God.
That is why NO FALSE "god" and NO RELIGION can REMOTELY compare to our Jesus!
NO RELIGION on earth offers COMPLETE REMOVAL OF SINS FOREVER.
ONLY JESUS does that! (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5)
NO RELIGION on earth SAVES.
ONLY JESUS does that! (John 14:5; Acts 4:12)
JESUS IS INFINITELY GREATER than ALL religion COMBINED.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017
GREATER THAN DENOMINATION
If you asked most professing Christians “WHICH IS GREATER Jesus or YOUR DENOMINATION?” most would HYPOCRITICALLY ANSWER “Jesus”.
But the overwhelming evidence proves that MOST Christians DO NOT really believe that Jesus is GREATER.
They ONLY SAY they do.
When push comes to shove, they invariably place their denomination ABOVE Jesus:
When they try to proselytize, they invite others to “visit” THEIR DENOMINATION’S LOCAL CHAPTER (incorrectly called “church”) INSTEAD OF INVITING THEM TO RECEIVE JESUS, REGARDLESS of whether they attend religious services or not, or WHERE they may attend them.
They put DENOMINATION OVER Jesus.
When it comes time to choose between what Jesus said and WHAT THEIR DENOMINATION TEACHES, AGAIN they choose DENOMINATION OVER JESUS.
Very rarely do we come across Christians who are HONEST ENOUGH to accept THAT THEIR DENOMINATION IS, OR MAY BE, WRONG, and who place JESUS ABOVE IT.
And when it comes to THE MOST IMPORTANT AND FUNDAMENTAL Christian message – that of Salvation –
THEY FREQUENTLY PUT DENOMINATION OVER Jesus:
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been told by Christians that “Roman Catholics CANNOT be saved”.
Ha! Tell that to Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic without whom YOUR SELF-RIGHTEOUS “evangelical” denomination WOULD NOT EXIST.
Luther NEVER SOUGHT TO ABANDON Roman Catholicism, only to REFORM it.
He only became “non-Catholic” WHEN HE WAS BOOTED OUT (OFFICIALLY EXCOMMUNICATED) by Pope Leo X on January 3, 1521.
While A LOT of Roman Catholic doctrine is IN ERROR and UNBIBLICAL, these Christians must think that Roman Catholicism HAS MORE POWER TO DAMN than Jesus has power TO SAVE.
Conversely, I’ve also received messages from very traditional Roman Catholics who tell me that a person CANNOT be saved UNLESS they belong to that denomination.
Evidently, they think Roman Catholicism HAS MORE POWER TO SAVE than Jesus Himself.
That heresy would make Jesus ALONE INSUFFICIENT to save.
It would also make Roman Catholicism “JOINT-SAVIOR”, along with Jesus.
Perish the very thought…
These Christians, on both the Catholic and non-Catholic camps, PUT DENOMINATION OVER Jesus!
(In the interest of truth, Roman Catholicism’s CURRENT OFFICIAL doctrine is that others CAN be saved outside their denomination.
However, during his papacy, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI referred to the rest of us as “DEFICIENT Christians”.
I’m TOTALLY OPPOSED TO RELIGION therefore I do not belong to Roman Catholicism OR TO ANY OTHER mortal-invented religion)
Jesus said in John 6:37 that:
“WHOEVER comes to me, I will IN NO WAY REJECT”.
“WHOEVER” MEANS “ANYONE”.
Therefore, ANYONE who GENUINELY comes to Jesus whether they be atheist, agnostic, Satanist, New Age, Scientologist, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Seventh Day Adventist, Mormon, Church of God, Church of Christ, Jehovah’s Witness, Christian Science, JEWISH, HINDU, MUSLIM, TAOIST, BUDDHIST, Zoroastrian – OR ANYTHING ELSE, Jesus WILL SAVE COMPLETELY AND FOREVER.
THAT is THE TRUTH.
ANYONE who gives Jesus his or her WHOLE HEART, Jesus will save TO THE UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7:25)
THAT is what ALL Christians, Catholics and non-Catholics, REGARDLESS OF DENOMINATION, NEED TO BE PREACHING.
We will never reach theological consensus this side of the Rapture.
But we MUST be ONE in spirit and in THE faith (Ephesians 4:3, 13)
If ALL Christians (no matter WHAT denominational label they wear) SPOKE WITH ONE VOICE about Salvation, and PUT FORTH JESUS’ MESSAGE BOLDLY and CLEARLY – the Christian faith WOULD TAKE OVER THE WORLD in NO TIME.
Because there’s NO MESSAGE ANYWHERE that can REMOTELY compete with THE LOVE and FREE ETERNAL SALVATION OFFERED BY OUR JESUS.
Since JESUS – NOT any “Christian” denomination – is THE Way, THE TRUTH, and THE Life…
Since NO ONE goes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH JESUS, ALL CHRISTIANS NEED TO PUT JESUS WAY ABOVE their denomination. (John 14:6)
I repeat: ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS MUST PUT CHRIST WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ABOVE their denominations.
JESUS IS ABOVE EVERYONE – AND EVERYTHING.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017
DEGREES OF TORMENT - WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO'VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT JESUS ? - FINAL PART
"For THERE IS ONE God and ALSO ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man Christ Jesus..." (1st Timothy 2:4)
Those who fail to receive Christ go to hell: hell is a place or torment beneath the earth.
Hell is compartmentalized into three major sections: general hell, the abyss and Tartarus.
There are also DIFFERENT DEGREES OF TORMENT within each compartment.
That there are degrees of punishment in hell is obvious by the following Scriptures:
"Then He began to reproach the cities in which most of His miracles were done, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT REPENT: "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. "Nevertheless I say to you, IT SHALL BE MORE TOLERABLE for Tyre and Sidon IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, THAN FOR YOU .. . I say to you that IT SHALL BE MORE TOLERABLE for the land of Sodom IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, THAN FOR YOU." (Matthew 11:20-22).
"And that slave WHO KNEW HIS MASTER'S WILL and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, SHALL RECEIVE MANY LASHES, BUT THE ONE WHO DID NOT KNOW IT, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, WILL RECEIVE BUT FEW.
And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more." (Luke 12:47-48)
"How MUCH SEVERER PUNISHMENT do you think he will deserve who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?" (Hebrews 10:29)
Therefore, while there are three major compartments in hell, there are VARIOUS DEGREES of torment even within EACH OF those compartments:
Those degrees of torment are proportionate to the evil they have done on earth.
A warning to those "Christians" who TRUST THEIR OWN LAW KEEPING (INSTEAD OF TRUSTING JESUS) to save them:
"For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many AS HAVE SINNED IN THE LAW SHALL BE JUDGED BY THE LAW" (Romans 2:12).
According to James 2:8-10 ALL IT TAKES IS TO BREAK ONE commandment, and you become guilty of breaking ALL 613 commandments (the WHOLE law).
According to James 3:1 those who teach, OR PRETEND TO TEACH, about God and the Bible are held to a higher standard: "... not many of you should become teachers. You know that those WHO TEACH WILL BE JUDGED MORE SEVERELY."
Likewise, Jesus warned the Scribes (teachers OF THE LAW) and Pharisees OF HIS DAY, who "devoured widows' houses" with their religious pretense, that they would "receive GREATER damnation" (Luke 20:47).
There's NO CONDEMNATION FOR THE SAVED (BORN AGAIN), who TOTALLY TRUST JESUS, and God IS NOT CHARGING THEM FOR ANY sin they commit (Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:19). Praise His Name!
THE UNSAVED -- including UNSAVED "Christians" -- are judged ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS (Revelation 20:13).
They'll be judged according to THE VERY WORKS they TRUSTED TO GET THEM TO HEAVEN.
This means that the degree of suffering in hell WILL BE PROPORTIONATE TO their deeds on earth.
HOW MANY DEGREES of suffering are there? AS MANY AS THERE ARE PEOPLE.
How do we know?
They'll be judged "according to their works". And NO TWO PEOPLE on earth have done EXACTLY THE SAME WORKS, in exact fashion, or the exact number of times, or with the same INTENT.
Obviously, Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Ladin and Jihadi John will suffer in MUCH GREATER degree than some average Joe who lived a RELATIVELY "good" life, and simply went to hell for NOT receiving Christ.
The sinners who never heard the Gospel will go to hell: yet their torment will be FAR LESS INTENSE than that of those WHO HAVE HEARD the Gospel AND REFUSED TO receive Christ.
Even in hell itself, they will still be able to receive Christ and be saved.
There's no guarantee, however, that they will.
And, in order to be saved in hell, THEY'LL STILL HAVE TO receive Christ into their hearts as God and Savior.
Why ANYONE would want to find themselves IN TORMENT -- and then try to get saved -- is beyond my understanding, when they can be SAVED NOW, FOR FREE, and AVOID the torment.
God is ON RECORD that He wants "ALL MEN TO BE SAVED And to come to the knowledge of the Truth" (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
That is WHY He GAVE HIS LIFE ON THE CROSS to purchase FREEDOM from hell - FOR EVERYONE
Consequently, here are the choices:
1) Get saved NOW by receiving Christ into your heart NOW.
2) Get saved LATER, when you find yourself in the torment of hell, BY STILL RECEIVING Christ in your heart.
3) Never receive Christ and get tossed into the ETERNAL lake of fire, from which there is NO ESCAPE, at the end of the Millennium.
"The choice" is yours.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017
PART TWO -- WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO'VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT JESUS ?
"Well, I don't believe in hell"
Well HELL EXISTS, whether you believe it or not.
God's Word tells us that hell is IN THE CENTER OF EARTH, right beneath our feet (Isaiah 14:9; Ezekiel 28:8; 31:16).
Although God doesn't need anyone to vouch for His veracity, human science has PROVEN that there's a place of INTENSE HEAT in the center of the earth.
We get a small taste of hell's fiery furnace when a volcano erupts spewing off hot lava from the earth's core.
The Bible also describes at least THREE DIFFERENT COMPARTMENTS in hell: hell itself, the abyss (bottomless pit) and Tartarus (Proverbs 15:24; Luke 8:31; 2 Peter 2:4).
Human science has ALSO confirmed this by showing that the earth's interior has a mantle which is hot, an outer core, which is hotter, and an inner core which is HOTTEST.
The Bible told us 3,500 YEARS AGO what human science has ONLY RECENTLY discovered.
After the Millennium ends, that hell in the center of the earth - and everyone still in it - those who have NOT been written in the Book of Life - will be tossed into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14-15).
The earth itself and the heavens will be replaced by new heavens and a new earth (Revelation 21:1).
"But if God is love, HOW can a LOVING God send anyone there?"
God doesn't send people to hell.
THEY CHOOSE TO GO TO HELL by NOT RECEIVING Christ.
Those who DO NOT receive God's GIFT of Salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ, WILL MOST ASSUREDLY GO TO HELL.
Jesus Himself SPENT THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS in hell (Matthew 12:40; Ephesians 4:8-9).
That LOVING God allowed His HOLY, SINLESS Son to go to hell... and you don't think He'll LET YOU go there?
God Himself WENT TO HELL FOR YOU, in the Person of Jesus (Romans 10:7).
He WENT THERE and TOOK YOUR HELL and mine, so you and I WOULDN'T HAVE TO GO THERE.
However, if we DO NOT receive Jesus into our hearts as God and Savior, YOU'VE REJECTED THE ONLY Way to the Father, and THE ONLY WAY OUT OF hell.
If you DON'T go to the Father, guess WHERE you'll go?
Even those who've NEVER heard of Jesus are WITHOUT EXCUSE (Romans 1:20):
The heavens, the earth, and the entire Creation PROVE that THERE IS A Creator (Psalms 19:1).
Since THERE IS a God, and THEY KNOW IT from all the wonders in and around them, then WHY, in heaven's name, DID THEY NOT SEEK HIM?
God PROMISES that ANYONE WHO SEEKS HIM - with ALL their heart - WILL FIND HIM (Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:13).
If they seek Him with ALL their heart, He will move heaven and earth to get the Good News of Jesus to them, NO MATTER WHERE they are.
If they haven't found Him, it's because they have NOT sought Him.
Therefore, God is NOT unfair in allowing ANYONE to go to hell.
Those who go there, do so BY CHOICE.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017
WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO'VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT JESUS?
The SIMPLE answer is: they go to hell.
THE DETAILED ANSWER will probably surprise you.
Most people, including most Christians, are woefully ignorant about what hell is and isn't.
Also, about HOW LONG hell lasts.
Hell (Sheol in Hebrew, Hades in Greek) refers to A WHOLE AREA BENEATH THE EARTH.
Hell is the UNDERWORLD (Numbers 16:31-33; Ezekiel 31:14; 32:18).
It is a place of punishment and torment for those who have died physically WITHOUT Christ.
It is a place where souls feel totally alienated from God.
However, they can still CALL ON God.
The Bible teaches that there are DIFFERENT COMPARTMENTS in hell, as well as DIFFERENT DEGREES of torment.
The Bible also teaches THAT SALVATION IS STILL POSSIBLE IN HELL.
Again: Salvation IS STILL POSSIBLE in hell. (Psalm 139:8; Matthew 12:32)
Where Salvation is IMPOSSIBLE is in the lake of fire.
However, NO ONE has been sent to the lake of fire -- YET.
Consequently, EVERYONE, including THOSE IN HELL, still has the chance TO BE SAVED.
Hell is NOT forever, the lake of fire IS forever.
The FIRST TWO INDIVIDUALS to be cast into the lake of fire will be the Antichrist (Alexander the Great) and the False Prophet (Judas Iscariot).
This happens AT THE END OF the tribulation (Revelation 19:20).
Everyone else who PERSISTS IN REJECTING Christ, including satan, will be cast there (into the lake of fire or Gehenna) AT THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM (Revelation 20:10, 11-15).
Everyone else who PERSISTS IN REJECTING Christ, including satan, gets thrown into the lake AT LEAST 1,010 years from now.
Therefore, except for the Antichrist and the False Prophet, EVERYONE in hell right now has UNTIL THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM to repent, give their hearts to Jesus, and become born-again.
If they become born-again in hell, they WILL BE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE and they will get to populate the New Earth (Revelation 20:15; 21:1).
If they're NOT born-again by the END OF THE MILLENNIUM – some 1,010 (+ -) years from now) - THEN they'll be tossed into the lake of fire which is FINAL and IRREVERSIBLE (Revelation 20:15).
We will discuss whether God is fair to send anyone to hell, and also degrees of punishment as well as hell's different compartments, in the next message.
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