TUESDAY, JULY 31,
ANGELS AND DEMONS
A Christian TV
superstar, who is now deceased, loved to use this cliché on
his brainwashed audience:
"There are two
angels for every demon".
While it may SOUND good, that statement is
incorrect. The correct statement is "there
are two of God's angels for every angel of Satan".
While I appreciate he was trying to convey that
the deck is stacked in our favor, this
would be true even if there were no good angels.
Even if Satan's angels WEREN'T outnumbered.
God is God. Quadrillions
of bad angels aren't match for Him. Satan
and his angels COMBINED are NO
MATCH FOR HIM.
Praise Him forever.
Angels and demons ARE
When Satan's rebellion took place, ONE-THIRD OF THE
ANGELS sided with Satan [Revelation 12:4].
the Church is raptured Satan and his angels are cast
down to the earth [Revelation 12:7-9].
As we GO
UP, they COME DOWN.
They are judged and
ultimately condemned to the lake of fire for all
eternity [Matthew 25:41].
Angels are spirit
Angels -- whether they serve God or Satan -and as their
very name indicates, are
They OPERATE MAINLY IN
THE ATMOSPHERE [Ephesians
There's no record ANYWHERE of an angelic
being, other than Satan himself, POSSESSING anyone.
Demons, on the other hand, are known to both
possess and harass UNSAVED individuals.
were rampant in Jesus' day [Matthew 8:33; Mark 1:32;
Luke 8:36]. While their activity seems to have been
severely curtailed after Calvary, don't kid yourself
that there's zero demonic activity today.
though MOST of the so-called "UFO" activity being
reported is hoax, I have no doubt that SOME of it is
the result of demonic activity.
Demons ARE THE
DISEMBODIED SPIRITS OF
HUMANOID BEINGS that lived on the earth PRIOR TO humans.
God created the earth in Genesis 1:1 "in the
In Genesis 1:2 we find that the
earth was without form, chaotic, empty, devastated, and
covered in darkness.
NONE of that could
have come from God.
He is NOT
THE AUTHOR OF chaos
or confusion [1 Corinthians 14:33].
Light. In Him is NO
DARKNESS AT ALL [1
The earth was also SUBMERGED IN WATER
These PHYSICAL earth beings, which
resembled humans, but weren't, took
part in the satanic rebellion as well.
Archeologists have discovered their skeletal remains in
They are known to us today as
God responded by
sending the FIRST flood which destroyed them all.
Their spirits were
sent to hell, which is in the center of the earth, and
where most of them still are today.
Demons CANNOT POSSESS Christians, since we
BELONG TO Jesus.
can harass Christians, particularly when Christians
open the door,
or have opened the door to them in the past.
Christian should EVER, under ANY circumstance, engage
in tarot readings, witchcraft, séances, voodoo,
contacting the dead, play with ouija boards, watch
horror movies or porn, or
engage in ANY sort of satanic activity, PERIOD.
All of the above can
open the door to demonic
Hallucinogenic drugs can do the same.
If Jesus lives in your heart, YOU HAVE AUTHORITY
OVER EVERY fallen angel, including Satan, AND OVER
EVERY DEMON [Luke 10:19; 1 John 4:4].
who you are and MUST
SUBMIT to the
One (Jesus) living IN YOU [Acts 19:15; James 4:7].
Hence, if you want both deliverance from and
AUTHORITY OVER demons, you
need to have Jesus LIVING IN YOUR HEART.
Jesus comes to live in your heart WHEN
YOU INVITE HIM.
If you DON'T have Jesus, INVITE HIM INTO YOUR HEART
MONDAY, JULY 30,
The Book of
Revelation is the
UNSEALING OF the Book of Daniel.
Revelation chapter 5, the apostle John is treated to a
vision of Heaven where God sits on His Throne holding A
SEALED BOOK in His Right Hand (Revelation 5:1).
The ONLY Book in the entire Bible that is "sealed" is
the Book of Daniel.
It was sealed, BY JESUS
HIMSELF, UNTIL "the
time of the end" (Daniel 12:4,9).
JESUS HIMSELF, only "the Lion of the tribe of Judah",
is able to UNSEAL IT (Revelation 5:5).
of Revelation (chapters 6-22) is the ACTUAL UNSEALING
of Daniel, where the 7 seals are lifted, thus finally
revealing "the Mystery of God".
That's why we
find numerous quotations in Revelation taken DIRECTLY
In fact, the
Book of Revelation reveals the UNFOLDING OF the FINAL
3½ years of the "70 weeks prophecy", as well as THE
TIME GAP between the 69½ weeks -- which marked the
Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus -- and
the END of the 70th week, which is marked by His
The salient historic events
during that "time gap" include the First Coming of
Christ and His Gospel going forth to triumph (Seal #1,
White Horse), the fall of the Western part, then the
rest of the Roman Empire (Seal #2, Red Horse), the
feudal system with grain embargoes and price controls,
accompanied by the spiritual Dark Ages where access to
the Bible was restricted (Seal #3, Black Horse), and
the Plague or Black Death (Seal #4, Yellow/Pale Horse),
culminating with the reign of Antichrist and Jesus'
For preterists, who CLAIM the
entire 70 weeks have had PAST fulfillment, that's
IMPOSSIBLE because Jesus
POINTEDLY TOLD Daniel that the final 3½ years thereof
would take place at "the time of the end" and only
after the power of the holy people (natural Israel) had
been shattered (Daniel 12:7).
If the "time of
the end" was 70 A.D. -- or sometime in the first
century A.D. -- then HOW
COME WE'RE STILL HERE? Duh.
COME JESUS ISN'T REIGNING YET ON EARTH?
Indeed, the FIRST FIVE SEALS take us from the time of
Jesus' first appearing "going forth conquering and TO
CONQUER", TO THE PRESENT.
The 6th Seal is the
The 7th seal is THE TRIBULATION.
That's why in Revelation chapter 10 we have a brief
interlude where Jesus appears ONCE MORE to John -- just
as He appeared 2,500 years ago to Daniel -- raises
His right hand to heaven and SWEARS by Himself that
there shall be "NO MORE DELAY", AND THAT THE
FINAL 3½ YEARS ARE ABOUT TO UNFOLD (Revelation
10:1-3,5-7; Daniel 12:7).
As He says that, He's
HOLDING THE BOOK OF DANIEL, NOW
OPEN (FULLY UNSEALED) in His Right Hand (Revelation
Clearly, then, there's
an approximate 1,980-year TIME GAP between the FIRST
HALF of the 70th week AND THE SECOND and FINAL
Jesus is saying, in effect,
that when the Book of Daniel is finally UNSEALED, WATCH
OUT, ‘cause the FINAL 3½
years of this prophecy are about to unfold, and
He's COMING BACK.
That means that the
FINAL part of this great prophecy lies JUST AHEAD.
7 Seals of Revelation
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
sun, Red moon
SUNDAY, JULY 29,
ASIDE ALL malice,
and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking, as
newborn babes, DESIRE THE PURE MILK OF THE WORD, that
you may grow thereby" (1 Peter 2:1-2)
sometimes I just have to shake my head in disbelief at
what goes on in Christendom.
We have a Bible, God's
time-honored Word, which has transformed BILLIONS of
We have the
thoughts of the Most High revealed
through His apostles and prophets.
We have His
EXPRESS WILL WRITTEN
We have our
"future" FORETOLD by the very One who PRE-ARRANGED IT.
Yet we have a
Church full of Bible ILLITERATES.
even tell you
what "Salvation" means.
even know who
is saved and who isn't.
tell THE DIFFERENCE between the
Old and New Testaments.
know the difference between the
spirit and the soul, or between an angel and a demon.
They COULDN'T PASS A
THEIR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.
Yet, instead of reading God's Word...
Instead of appreciating its timeless and priceless
Instead of WANTING
TO KNOW WHAT GOD HIMSELF HAS TO SAY...
Instead of SPENDING
TIME WITH JESUS, in intimate communion with Him, and
meditating His Word...
They're reading the SO-CALLED "lost" books of
Or they're reading the Book
Or they're reading some FANTASY invented by some
modern "Christian" author.
Or they're running
after the FALLIBLE OPINIONS of every religious nitwit
who has nothing better to do than post rumors,
speculation, lies and half truths on cyberspace.
I mean, give
me a freakin' break!
God-inspired BIBLE, YOU DON'T
GOSPEL OF JOHN, YOU DON'T
BOOK OF REVELATION, but
you're reading Enoch?
You've never read the Book of Acts, but you're
reading some alleged "lost" book, NOT
inspired by God?
You can't quote ONE verse of Scripture
(except, PERHAPS, John
3:16 thanks, in large part, to Tim Tebow) but
you're watching some dumb video on YouTube?
What the hell are
you doing reading the "lost" books, WHEN
YOU HAVEN'T EVEN READ THE REAL ONES?
Why do you even CARE about
what some lying mortal thinks, yet ARE TOTALLY
UNINTERESTED IN WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY?
Aren't you even the
slightest bit curious about what
THE CREATOR thinks?
I mean, He
could squash you like bug IN AN INSTANT, if He wanted
YOU DON'T CARE WHAT PLEASES OR DISPLEASES HIM?
You DON'T CARE ABOUT experiencing
His truly Divine Love, or His power?
HOW CAN YOU EVEN TELL if
that piece of garbage you're reading or watching is
which portions may be true or false, WHEN
YOU DON'T KNOW THE VERY STANDARD OF TRUTH?
When you IGNORE the very CRITERION by which
Truth is judged and measured?
My God, don't
your pastors teach you ANYTHING?
For the record, NOTHING'S
"lost" from the Bible.
The Old Testament Canon was well established by
the second century B.C.
The books of the New
Testament were well known and RECOGNIZED by the Church
at large by 100 A.D.
The "earliest" so-called
"lost book" was written LATE in the second century
A.D., some 100 AFTER the canonic books. Most of them
appeared in the 3rd century after Christ.
were NEVER RECOGNIZED by the Church.
the Council of Nicaea convened
in 325 A.D. (4th century).
Nothing's been lost and
God would be a puny God (perish the thought) if He was
not able to preserve the purity and integrity of His
If you're a NEW Christian, like a
newborn infant, you
need the MILK OF THE WORD.
If you've been Christian many years, you need
to be rooted and grounded in the Word so
you can HELP AND INSTRUCT OTHERS, AND YOURSELF.
The Bible ISN'T Harry Potter.
some INVENTED FANTASY.
It's ABSOLUTE, INERRANT
It's THE Word of THE ETERNAL GOD.
SATURDAY, JULY 28,
Well, what d'ya
know? Martel speaks Mandarin!
No, NOT REALLY. I
This is one instance when EVEN THE GIFT OF TONGUES
(I've prayed in tongues many times IN
PRIVATE, in both heavenly and foreign languages, but
I've never heard myself say anything that EVEN REMOTELY
SOUNDS like Mandarin).
But with the help of
modern technology and
LOTS OF HELP from a dear and DEDICATED brother in
we can now potentially reach OVER
A BILLION Mandarin speaking (or
similar Chinese dialect speaking) people with the
UNAMBIGUOUS message of the Gospel of Grace.
can't even COMPREHEND that staggering figure!
Praise Jesus, praise Jesus, and
The ONE thing I
value more than Bible prophecy is
Much as I love the former, much as Jesus
personally called me to teach it and dispel the many
myths being circulated falsely in His Name, I
am A SOUL WINNER, FIRST AND FOREMOST, and
make no bones about it!
in this world more
thrilling that bringing even ONE soul that was headed
for hell out of darkness and despair and into the Light
of God's dear Son.
I'm greatly inspired and
encouraged by the fact that Revelation 7:9 describes "A
GREAT MULTITUDE, which no man could number, OF
AND TRIBES, AND PEOPLE, AND
standing before the Throne of God, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes.
Since China alone
contains about ONE FIFTH of the entire world's
population... you know that China must be WELL
REPRESENTED IN that great multitude.
Thank you, Jesus! Thank
you for dying on the cross for my - our sins! Thank you
for your glorious Resurrection and Ascension. And THANK
YOU, Lord that you promised to CATCH US UP into the
heavenly dimension (VERY SOON) and then establish your
Kingdom HERE ON EARTH.
Oh, Jesus, our Lord and
Kingdom Come!Your will be done on earth, as
it is in Heaven.
Your righteous rule is SO
DESPERATELY needed on this sin-laden planet of ours!
I want to publicly
thank our precious brother Jason Pitts, not
only for volunteering to take this daunting and
time-consuming task off my hands, but for
SINGLEHANDEDLY doing the research to
find not only a capable translator, but ONE WHO IS
NATIVE to both languages, Chinese and English, to
ensure THE BEST possible translation.
MENTION that he
also graciously AND ENTIRELY COVERED the expense
involved in doing the translating.
On behalf of Jesus, myself, and
the entire (and still growing) Body of Christ, THANK
As I told you directly, my brother, Jesus
Himself is our reward.
He is EVERYTHING
we could ever want,
dream about, or hope for - and then some!
know that there's A SPECIAL PLACE in His Kingdom for
someone who is as UNSELFISH and COMMITTED to our Lord
as you. Amen.
If anyone wants to check out the
FIRST Chinese video (hopefully, there will be more as
Jesus guides and time permits), go here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogFEnd7yfWU
Well, there you have it, Christ Connection readers!
If you know anyone, in the U.S. or overseas who
speaks Mandarin and needs to hear the Gospel, tell
‘em about it.
I rarely ask you to pray for anything, but if
the Spirit impresses you to do so, will you pray that
God will take this video where He wants and use it for
Watch out, Hu Jintao...
Brace yourself, Mao... Here
FRIDAY, JULY 27,
We live in a
self-centered society where it's
mostly "me, me, me".
people think of prayer as asking God to do something for
While the Bible
does encourage us to take our needs in prayer to God,
in faith, trusting Him and expecting they will be
more to prayer than just "gimme", "gimme", "gimme".
Prayer is simply communicating
with Him what's
in your heart. It's casting
your burdens on Him, asking
Him for guidance.
It's taking time to
give Him the love, praise and worship He so richly
taking time to enjoy
and bask in the great love He has for you. It's
How should you
pray? There are people who treat God with great
familiarity, and there are those who treat Him with
people criticize one another's style of prayer.
In the Bible, as
well as in my own personal experience, I find prayer
involves BOTH. There are times when we come to God as a
little child, in simple faith, just trusting our Daddy
to guide us, bless us, or supply our needs. There are
also times [specially in moments of worship] when we're
filled with awe and reverence at His Greatness and
power and Majesty.
Bible you find BOTH styles of worship. There's
no such thing as a "wrong way" of praying or worshiping
How often should
you pray? As
often as you want.
Prayer should be frequent. Communicating
with God is a great privilege, one
we often take for granted. The apostle Paul instructed
the church at Thessalonica to "Pray without ceasing".
You wouldn't take
it for granted if you were given a private audience
with, the President of the United States, or the Queen
Christians have an
open, standing invitation to come boldly before God's
Throne, before the most powerful Being in the universe,
before the One who has the answer TO EVERY problem and
situation you face, and yet that invitation is often
How foolish is that
on our part?
always be Word-based. Asking God for something that's
CONTRARY TO His Word is simply a
waste of your time.
A great way to
pray is find a portion of the Bible where it speaks
about your specific desire or need, and pray
those words to God. He loves it when we quote His own
Word to Him!
Most prayer today
comes from the soul [mind and emotions]. As I said
before, there's no "wrong way" to pray. But
there is a "best way" to pray and that is when prayer
comes from your born again spirit.
Christians are as alienated from their reborn spirits,
as they are from Saturn. That's because they haven't
been taught where the spirit is, or how to develop it
Your reborn spirit
is located inside your stomach.
You need to locate it, identify it, USE
IT, develop it, LIVE IN IT, and PRAY FROM THERE.
When you pray in
the spirit, be it for yourself, for others, or just to
worship God, you're
praying in perfect agreement with His Word, His Will, and
His Holy Spirit who lives in you.
It's THE BEST way
to pray. Do it this way, and you'll
never want to quit. You'll never find prayer "boring"
again, or see as a "task".
It will become interesting
Yes, I said "EXCITING"!
Last, but not least, prayer
is a "two-way" EXPERIENCE:
Talk to Jesus from your spirit, but ALSO LISTEN
to His Spirit speak into yours.
forward to hearing what
He has to say to
You'll TREASURE those precious
moments of deep
joy and intimacy with
your Creator and Heavenly Father.
THURSDAY, JULY 26,
WHERE DID YOU GET
forum junkies, I
got ONE question for you:
your pretend "knowledge" COME FROM?
Does it come from roaming the web like some
possessed maniac, looking
for something novel to soothe your itching ears?
From reading EVERY "NEW" teaching and religious
DIVINATION posted on cyberspace?
Every weird doctrine someone's capriciously dreamed
From the latest FEAR-FILLED FAD (comet,
eclipse, planetary alignment, solar flare) circulating
From some nitwit on YouTube who's
always spinning some new Doomsday scenario?
common sense lacking "Christian
From some ALLEGED "dream" or "vision" that
someone CLAIMS to
From navigating those "wisdom-filled"
forums (NOT!) where
every moron gets to share his two cents worth of
Where you've been
playing "Rapture guessing games" and
concocting clever formulas to come up with THE
RIGHT DATE for
years and years... AND
ARE NO CLOSER TO IT NOW THAN YOU WERE THEN?
(Gee, you should have WISED UP by now)...
Where NO ONE will
remember the crap you said 10 minutes from now?
fickle "geniuses" who participate are
bored with their own lives and theories, therefore
must KEEP INVENTING new ones?
Or, do you GET IT FROM
THE WORD OF GOD?
If you did
And vice versa:
you do the former,
DON'T DO the latter.
That's why you DON'T
know the Bible, DON'T know the Truth, and all you're
good for is SPREADING UNBIBLICAL SPECULATION.
That's why many of you have NO
CONVICTIONS, NO FOUNDATION and
change your views more often than your underwear.
That's why ALL IT TAKES is the slightest puff of
KNOCK YOUR SPIRITUAL HOUSE of cards DOWN and BLOW IT UP
I know where I get my knowledge: From
the Spirit of God and the Holy Word of God.
I don't base my beliefs or teaching on what's
"trendy", OR ON WHAT OTHERS ON THE INTERNET ARE
on the ETERNAL Word that NEVER CHANGES.
I DON'T base it on
the self-exalting "wisdom" of MORTAL MEN,
the Wisdom of the Immortal God.
That's WHY - to
Jesus be all the glory -
you find teaching on this website that YOU WON'T FIND
That's why some of you read our
then try to pass it off as
where REAL KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM.
Do you ?
Did the late Rabbi
Yitzhak Kaduri predict that the Rapture would happen
this year, in the month of Av?
He did if you believe the latest fad making the
rounds in prophecy forums.
I first heard about
this myth about a week ago, but this morning there were
9 emails in my Inbox about that same subject.
of the time of this writing (Tuesday evening) we are up
to 11 (in ONE day).
Just goes to show
HOW QUICKLY CRAP spreads around the internet.
That is WHY I want to address this topic ASAP
before it skyrockets.
For starters, I have to
confess that I
was DISMAYED to hear from people who have followed this
ministry for a good while,who have heard me EXPOSE time
and again, THE LIES and BASELESS SPECULATION those
forums are teeming with and WHO,
frankly, SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, immediately
JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON.
Funny thing, I
can't find A SINGLE SCRIPTURE that says believers
are to constantly
EXCHANGE OPINIONS and SPECULATE as to when THEY THINK the
Rapture will happen. NOT
If you find JUST
please write me : firstname.lastname@example.org
"prophecy forums" -- which seem to be multiplying
faster than rabbits - ARE UNSCRIPTURAL TO BEGIN WITH.
Jesus gave us certain signs that would signal
birthpangs (Matthew 24:4-8).
We've seen, and
THE FIRST ONE, by the way, WAS
RAMPANT DECEPTION IN HIS NAME (Matthew
Sounds like those "Christian" forums to
He then gave us a second set of signs that
would signal the impending Rapture-tribulation (Matthew
24:29). We haven't seen those.
Jesus told us to
24:42). He NEVER
TOLD US to SPECULATE.
The FIRST THING that jumped out at me when I went
to the link that several people provided was the
TOTAL ABSENCE of Scripture.
There ISN'T ONE
Bible verse on
which to base such claim, or on which Kaduri
purportedly based such prediction. NOT
The SECOND thing that jumped out at me is "WHY are
we hearing about this NOW"?
The Rabbi died in 2006. The Rabbi's note, where he
revealed the Name of Messiah, was made public on April
30, 2007. I have the original article on file.
If the Rabbi also
predicted the month and year of Messiah's appearing,
HOW COME WE DIDN'T HEAR ABOUT IT BACK THEN?
If he revealed it PRIOR
DEATH, WHY would
this "revelation" only be disclosed 6½
would a Haredi Jew (an alleged disciple of his) -- of
all people -- share such information with Messianic
Jews or Christians?
Doesn't make sense. The whole thing sounds fishy to
The THIRD thing is NO
HARD EVIDENCE: There's
NO note, copy of note, recording, signed declaration, or
ANY SOLID PROOF that Kaduri ever made such statement.
Indeed, the "information" given in such forums
someone HEARD that
an alleged Kaduri disciple HEARD the Rabbi say,
based on some alleged "vision" the Rabbi had.
That makes it HEARSAY,
at best; MORONIC
RUMOR and false prophecy, at worst.
In fact, I
have a prediction of my own: I predict that, a
month from now, after the month of Av has passed, THESE
SAME MORONS will
sweep Kaduri's alleged prediction under the rug -- like
it never even happened -- and
will be offering SOME NEW GUESS, or INVENTED theory
they dreamed up, ON
THOSE SAME STUPID FORUMS.
let's -- for argument's sake -- give morons the benefit
of the doubt and ASSUME
that Kaduri did make such prediction. SO WHAT?
Was Kaduri some sort
of demigod know-it-all?
Was he infallible?
Are we to take EVERYTHING
he said as "Truth"?
Let's ALSO ASSUME - for argument's sake -- that
we could PROVE - beyond any doubt - that he made such
Let's also ASSUME that the Vilna
Gaon predicted that the Geula (Redemption) would happen
this year. SO
May I remind
brainless "Christians" that both these men were
traditional Jews, hence DID NOT BELIEVE IN THE CONCEPT
OF THE RAPTURE?
HOW COULD THEY HAVE
PREDICTED SOMETHING THEY
DIDN’T EVEN BELIEVE IN?
a Jew the Redemption (Geula) means the
appearing of Messiah, NOT IN THE AIR, but HERE ON EARTH,
to deliver Israel and establish His Universal Kingdom.
In other words, His
Question for dumb
Christians: How can Israel's Redemption or Second
Coming happen this year, WHEN NEITHER THE RAPTURE, NOR
THE ENSUING TRIBULATION, NOR THE REIGN OF ANTICHRIST,
HAVE EVEN BEGUN?
So much for that STUPID
and FALSE RUMOR...
Last but not least, I couldn't help notice that the
person who appears to be the main source for the rumor
(he uses the name Steven King, which may or may not be
his real name) is
Hence, he is probably an
UNSAVED religious person.
I quote from his own post:
"To what can
we compare our situation today? To a giant hall full of
people, and in the middle of the room, a large screen
is being lowered down which
will divide the room into 2 parts. Everyone
that is on the right will merit "all goodness", they
will benefit and be happy, whereas those
who remain on the left will suffer hardships".
goes in the Rapture will
Revelation 7:14 COULDN'T BE CLEARER: those
who go in the Rapture were taken FOR ONE REASON ONLY:
have washed their robes and made them white IN THE
BLOOD OF THE LAMB" -- period.
There's no mention of "merit" ANYWHERE.
go BECAUSE we are the Body of Christ and JESUS
IS WORTHY, NOT because WE are
That fact, in and of itself, should
cause all kinds of "red flags" to POP UP for discerning
Christians, not to mention for anyone having a nickel's
worth of common sense.
Yes, I believe with all
my heart -- BASED ON SCRIPTURE NOT RUMOR -- that the
Rapture will happen THIS year. Could I be wrong? Of
Yes, I would love for it to happen THIS
MONTH (Av in the Hebrew calendar, which ends on August
17, 2012). Heck,
I'd love for it to happen TODAY!!!
Yes, technically Jesus
COULD rapture us this month (He's God, He can do
But let's not base our beliefs ON
LOONEY RELIGIOUS GOSSIP, but ON
THE SPIRIT OF GOD, AND THE WORD OF GOD.
TUESDAY, JULY 24,
7 WEEKS THAT
CHANGED THE WORLD
The Spring Feasts
in the Hebrew calendar have
had enormous effect on the world itself as well as on
the hearts and lives of millions of people.
One would be hard-pressed to imagine what
our planet would be like WITHOUT the
world-altering, life-altering events that took place
within that pivotal period singled out by God.
The 7-week period between Passover and Pentecost gave
us the birth of Israel as a nation, Israel's
deliverance from Egyptian bondage, Moses, and the law,
including the 10 Commandments.
It was also
during that period that Israelites entered the Land of
Promise for the first time.
That was the FIRST
The SECOND time around that
same period gave us the Crucifixion of Christ, His
burial and Resurrection, the resurrection of thousands
of Old Testament saints, Jesus' Ascension and the Holy
Spirit's Presence in the hearts of believers in Jesus
as the Messiah.
They produced ETERNAL
REDEMPTION for those who receive Jesus into their
and TRUST HIM completely for Salvation (Hebrews (:12;
ANOTHER 7-week period that
will likewise change the world and alter the lives of
EVERYONE IN IT, for better or for worse.
this one isn't comprised of SEVEN 7-day weeks, but
SEVEN 7-year weeks.
I'm talking about
the 7 week (49 year period) mentioned in Daniel 9:25
which will lead to the Rapture and Second Coming of
We are in that 7 week period RIGHT NOW.
we're VERY NEAR the end of it.
If you are not a believer in the Jewish Messiah,
Jesus Christ, please BECOME
Invite Jesus to enter your heart.
Receive Him as
your Lord, Savior and God.
And if you
already KNOW the Jewish Messiah as your Lord, Savior
and God, REJOICE.
Exciting and glorious days lie ahead.
MONDAY, JULY 23,
IT SHALL BE SEEN
If you've ever
been to Israel and seen THE PLACE where Jesus was
crucified, not only will you marvel at the accuracy of
God's Word, not only will your spirit be moved in a
special way, you will be amazed at God's faithfulness.
This is even
truer, if you realize what took place there, and how
it was both foretold, and depicted in the Old
For those who
haven't seen it, it's a rather ugly, peculiar, eerie
looking hillside, just north of Jerusalem, across
Damascus Square, with
a rock formation that looks like a human skull, hence
the name Golgotha meaning, in Aramaic, "THE PLACE of a
The English word
"Calvary", derived from the Latin calvario,
means the same thing.
It was at that very
spot that Abraham was ready to offer his son Isaac as a
commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah
God also said He
would show Abraham precisely WHERE (Genesis
In Genesis 22:4,
when Abraham heads for THE PLACE on Mount Moriah, it
"saw THE PLACE afar off".
How did Abraham
identify THE PLACE, FROM
THE PLACE had
some unique, identifying feature: the skull formation.
What's even more
remarkable is that Isaac, Abraham's ONLY SON and a type
for Jesus, went
without protest, as a lamb to the slaughter. He
was a strong, young adult male. So
he could have resisted. But
Just like Jesus
allowed Himself to be beaten and pierced, and "opened
not His mouth" (Isaiah 53:7).
When you picture
BETWEEN TWO servants,
toward that very spot, with
the WOOD for the sacrifice laid across his shoulders, it's
IMPOSSIBLE NOT to see Jesus,God's
ONLY SON, nailed BETWEEN TWO thieves, with the cross's
WOOD beam, laying across His shoulders.
Genesis 22:7, 8
tell how Isaac innocently asks his father, "I see the
fire and the wood, but WHERE'S
THE LAMB FOR A BURNT OFFERING"? And
Abraham prophesies "My son, God
will provide Himself a Lamb"...
Indeed, He did.
prophetically, named the place Yahweh
meaning THAT AT THAT VERY PLACE "it
(the sacrifice of God's Lamb) shall be seen".
Indeed, He was.
What Abraham had
prophesied some 3,000 years prior, WAS
VISUALLY FULFILLED at THE PLACE called Golgotha 2,000
Thank God for
prophecy; thank God of Abraham and Isaac. Thank God for
Calvary, and THANK
GOD FOR JESUS.
SUNDAY, JULY 22,
THE WORLD is good
It has given us, among other things, artificial
sweeteners, artificial butter, artificial eggs,
artificial lemons, artificial meat, artificial
"reality" shows which AREN'T, artificial "celebrities"
(with NO talent), artificial friendship, artificial
hair, artificial eyelashes, artificial limbs, and even
"OTHER" artificial BODY PARTS.
We won't even get into those...
world's got NOTHING on religion.
religion IS artificial:
artificial worship, artificial appearance, artificial
songs, artificial preaching, artificial doctrine,
artificial ceremonies, artificial piety, and even
Religion teaches us to
To say "the right things", dress
"the right way", and PRETEND
that we are ALWAYS these PERFECT creatures, who
NEVER act ugly, NEVER get angry or frustrated, are
NEVER bothered by anything, NEVER lose our temper,
NEVER raise our voices, and NEVER say anything
It expects us to walk around with
this TIMID, VACUOUS, STUPID GRIN on our faces, and
be all sweet and "lovey dovey" NO MATTER WHAT goes on
Otherwise, we get accused of being "unloving".
Of course, that's how we ACT IN
FRONT OF OTHERS.
NO ONE IS LOOKING,
we can let our hair down and be our "REAL"
That's WHY Jesus and
religion NEVER GOT ALONG,
HAVE NEVER GOTTEN ALONG, AND WILL NEVER GET ALONG…
Jesus BROKE ALL the
He barreled through all their artificial façades and
MADE our relationship with God PERSONAL,
INTIMATE, AND REAL.
didn't just do it once or twice. He did it CONSTANTLY.
That's ONE of the many things I love and appreciate
about my Wonderful Lord, HOW
GENUINE He is.
He went RIGHT TO THE CORE ISSUE, telling religious
Nicodemus, "your problem IS NOT your appearance, or
even your teaching, THE
PROBLEM IS IN YOUR HEART: you MUST be born again" (John
He cut right through the religious B.S.
and hypocrisy of His day, telling the duplicitous
Pharisees that WHILE THEY HAD AN
APPEARANCE OF godliness,
GOOD ON THE OUTSIDE, THEY
WERE ROTTEN ON THE INSIDE (Matthew
And He didn't beat around the bush,
told them DIRECTLY TO THEIR FACES.
Of course, you
NEVER HEAR ANY OF THIS at your social club's (eh,
Never mind that it's found
IN THE BIBLE:
I KNOW FOR A FACT, you
didn't hear it in THIS MORNING'S service.
Oh, that Christians would imitate Jesus,
instead of abiding by the circumscribed "norms"
religion has imposed on them, and brainwashed them
I got SEVEN
CUT THE CRAP and
DROP THE ACT.
God ain't buying it.
This preacher ain't
WORLD ain't buying it.
Why do you think UNBELIEVERS constantly accuse
Christians of BEING HYPOCRITES?
Because THEY SEE
RIGHT THROUGH YOUR
They KNOW you're just as human as
They KNOW you speak and act just as ugly
They KNOW you face - AND
FALL INTO -
the same temptations as they.
It takes one to
They've "been there, done that"...
KNOW A HYPOCRITE WHEN THEY SEE ONE.
Are you a
NATURAL Christian, with Christ's own Nature on the
Peter 1:4), or
an ARTIFICIAL Kristian?
Do you let others see the REAL you (Jesus), or do
you put on THE "VIRTUOUS" MASK that religion expects
I got news for religious people:
one is watching, GOD
And He doesn't care much about your OUTWARD
He doesn't give a hoot about how you
LOOK on the outside.
He SEES and KNOWS
the "real" you.
He SEES what's in
YOUR HEART (1
You can PRETEND as long as you
You may fool some fellow pretenders and
NOT fooling Jesus.
SATURDAY, JULY 21,
GOD AND SCIENCE
Stephen Hawking made recent headlines and sparked
commotion in both the scientific and faith communities.
In his latest
Grand Design he
states that "God
was not needed to create the Universe".
For those who may
not be familiar with him or his work, Mr. Hawking is, by
human standards, a
gifted scientist who also wrote the best seller A
Brief History of Time in
Mr. Hawking has a
physical disability, is confined to a wheelchair, and
is unable to speak except thru a voice synthesizer.
I enjoyed reading Brief
and it's still part of my personal library.
Mr. Hawking did
NOT dismiss the possibility that God had a hand in the
creation of the world.
Back then, he
wrote "If we discover a
it would be the
ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we should
know the mind of God."
Yet in his newest
book he rejects Sir Isaac Newton's theory that the
Universe did not spontaneously begin to form but was
set in motion by God:
THERE IS a law such as gravity, the
Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous
the reason there is something rather than nothing, why
the Universe exists, why
Of course, Mr.
gravity came from.
Nor can he EXPLAIN
HOW gravity could cause the intricacies within each
tiny cell, nor the wondrous design involved in the
formation of the human eye.
For that matter, NO
gifted MORTAL intellect, ATHEIST OR SKEPTIC can
explain it either.
They just know it
"exists". They just know that gravity
By making that
statement he is saying that the force we call gravity, whose
origin is unknown, is IN FACT, God.
So, I would argue that
his own premise PROVES that God, or some expression of
God called "gravity", WAS NEEDED to create the universe.
Hence, God not
but had a hand in creating
Gee, Stephen, I'm
not even a scientist, just a humble servant of Jesus
But it only took
me TWO MINUTES to blow a hole in your THEORY.
Maybe it's because
I know Him who CREATED gravity.
The One who IS,
from everlasting to everlasting.
no matter how brilliant, is
FLAWED to begin with.
Maybe it's because
your FINITE mind CANNOT comprehend the INFINITE.
Maybe it's because
transient intelligence CANNOT
comprehend the ETERNAL.
I would have
thought your own Brief
History of Time would
have taught you that.
FRIDAY, JULY 20,
RUNNING FROM GOD
Long before anyone
heard of the Jonas brothers, there was ANOTHER Jonas
(or Jonah) who became famous for running FROM God.
Jonas [or Jonah]
was a prophet whom God commanded to prophesy against
Jonas feared that
the king of Nineveh wouldn't warm up to his prophecy
decided to run.
In a futile
attempt to hide from God, he bought passage in a ship
headed for Tarshish, in southern Spain, which was the
farthest known destination at the time.
That's what I
Jonas was foolish
enough to THINK God couldn't reach him there.
God, however, had
other passengers got fed up with Jonas, dumped into the
sea where a huge fish swallowed him.
kept Running Jonah in its belly three days and nights,
got bad indigestion, took some Pepto Bismol, and
eventually vomited him back on Israel's shore [Matthew
12:40; Jonah 1:17; 2:10].
After that little
experience, Jonas realized that trying to hide from God
is useless. He
finally obeyed God, prophesied against Nineveh, and
everyone in Nineveh, from the king down, repented and
turned to God.
Before that happy
ending, while Jonas was still on the ship, a great,
life-threatening storm arose.
Everyone on the
ship began then to
call on THEIR non-existent "gods".
I said all that to
STOP RUNNING FROM
There's a "storm"
coming, the likes of which no one's ever seen before.
Where will you hide?
What "god" will you call on for deliverance? Allah?
Krishnah? Buddha? Lao Tse? Some New Age "deity"? Joseph
Smith? Herbert Armstrong? Charles Taze Russell? Mary
Baker Eddy? Ellen White? The Pope? Your denomination?
NONE OF THEM will
be able to deliver you on that day.
When the sun turns
black, or the moon blood-red, there's
ONLY ONE God you can call on who WILL deliver you [Joel
His Name is Jesus Christ.
Of course, if you
were really smart, you wouldn't wait till the storm
If you were
call on Him NOW.
THURSDAY, JULY 19,
WORKS - PART TWO
"Was not Abraham
our father JUSTIFIED
BY WORKS, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the
See how FAITH WORKED with his works, and BY WORKS
WAS FAITH MADE PERFECT?
SCRIPTURE was fulfilled WHICH SAYS, Abraham
believed God, and it was imputed unto him for
he was called the Friend of God.
then how THAT BY
WORKS A MAN IS JUSTIFIED, AND NOT BY FAITH ONLY"
See that? James says
justification is OBTAINED BY FAITH PLUS WORKS!
Whoa, whoa, whoa... Hold it, just a moment.
Repeat: JAMES NEVER said
There's AN EASY WAY
to tell if
what James APPEARS to
be saying (in our English Bibles) is right, since
he's quoting from the Old Testament:
IS IT TRUE -
as James APPEARS to be saying in the above verses -- that
Abraham was JUSTIFIED BY WORKS and
declared righteous by God ONLY AFTER he offered Isaac?
James QUOTED Genesis 15:6 where it says "And he
(Abraham) believed the LORD; and he counted it to him
Not only did God declare Abraham righteous WITHOUT ANY
Not only did God declare Abraham
righteous BEFORE he
He did it BEFORE
ISAAC WAS EVEN BORN!!! (Genesis
That's right: Isaac
HAD NOT EVEN BEEN BORN into this world when God
declared Abraham righteous.
Matter of fact, his
mother Sarah HAD NOT EVEN CONCEIVED Isaac in her womb
THAT IS UNDISPUTED.
THAT is FACT,
FROM the Hebrew Torah.
Abraham, in fact, was
he was declared righteous by God (Genesis 15:2).
The sacrifice of Isaac didn't take place until 7
Bible CHAPTERS LATER (Genesis
22:1-18), when Isaac was AN ADULT (scholars estimate
his age to have been somewhere between 25-36*).
So, God had declared Abraham righteous AT
LEAST 26 YEARS BEFORE he
Hence, God declaring Abraham
NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with ANY WORKS,
nor did it have ANYTHING
to do WITH
HIS OFFERING ISAAC.
Did James LIE?
There are THREE distinct possibilities:
That James was INTENTIONALLY DISTORTING Scripture, that
2. That James DIDN'T KNOW THE TORAH, hence taught
Both of these would
mean that his Book was NOT inspired by the Holy Spirit
and thus MUST be REMOVED FROM the Bible.
James said something slightly different to what our
English Bibles say,
SOMETHING got (intentionally or unintentionally), "lost
Those are your
Either James was a liar, or James didn't know the
Hebrew Torah thus misquoted it -- in which cases his
Book DOESN'T BELONG IN the Bible -- or
James DIDN'T QUITE SAY WHAT HE SAID the way it reads in
our English Bibles. PICK
We know that James was the half brother of our
Lord, and a leader in the early Church (Galatians
If his Book is included in the canon of
Scripture, it's because it was always considered Holy
Spirit inspired by the Early Church.
from OTHER passages of Scripture that James KNEW his
Torah (Acts 15:13-21; James 2:8-11).
And we know
the Bible is the inerrant, Holy Spirit inspired Word of
ONLY LEAVES possibility #3: that
James said something in the original Greek, SLIGHTLY
DIFFERENT TO what
our English Bibles say.
Again, the earliest
translations of the Bible into English took place 1,200
years AFTER the
original New Testament was written.
place during a time when the Church was under HEAVY
hierarchical OPPRESSION, ruled by greedy, power-hungry
religious tyrants who exerted
ABSOLUTE CONTROL over Church doctrine.
During a time when people were often declared
heretics and BURNED ALIVE for contradicting Church
In the MOST controversial verse, James
2:24, which in our English Bibles reads:
see then how
THAT BY WORKS A MAN IS JUSTIFIED, AND NOT BY FAITH
The Greek is IN THE
GENITIVE CASE which
CLEARLY DENOTES the righteousness (justification) a
That makes perfect sense, since James was addressing
BELIEVERS in Christ, who ALREADY
POSSESSED justification (Jesus'
own Righteousness) GIVEN
TO THEM FREELY, WITHOUT ANY WORKS (2
James himself had
been justified BY FAITH ONLY.
James was merely saying that Abraham had
by offering Isaac on the altar, the
righteousness he ALREADY HAD.
Abraham BELIEVED (TRUSTED) God and God
declared Abraham righteous based on his BELIEF, OR
Some 26 years later, Abraham STILL TRUSTED God to
the point he was willing to sacrifice Isaac, the son
he'd waited for HIS ENTIRE LIFE (100 years, to be
Thus, Abraham DEMONSTRATED
his faith (trust) in God,
BY BEING WILLING TO OFFER HIS ONLY SON ON MOUNT MORIAH,
simply because God ASKED HIM TO.
Isn't that EXACTLY
WHAT I JUST PROVED ABOVE? That Abraham ALREADY
POSSESSED righteousness, WITHOUT
ANY WORKS, BEFORE
Isaac was even BORN?
The MOST CORRECT rendering of James 2:24,
therefore, would be:
"You see then how that by
works A MAN DEMONSTRATES his righteousness (the
righteousness HE ALREADY HAS),
and NOT by faith only".
how that verse SHOULD read.
We KNOW FOR A FACT that James
DID NOT teach faith "PLUS" WORKS or,
for that matter, FAITH "PLUS" ANYTHING, since he
spoke very clearly in Acts chapter 15:13-30 that
Salvation is BY FAITH ONLY.
Had he taught "faith plus works" in the Book of
would have CONTRADICTED HIMSELF and,
would have LOST ALL CREDIBILITY among the apostles, and
among the Church at large.
He would have
been considered APOSTATE.
His letter, therefore, would have FALLEN ON DEAF
EARS, WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN INCLUDED in the canon of
Scripture, and would NOT EVEN BE KNOWN to us today as
the Book or Epistle of James, in the New Testament.
therefore, is the
ONLY viable explanation.
It also happens to be ACCURATE, and faithful to the
THE POINT James was making in
this whole passage is that FAITH
hence ANYONE can CLAIM
Thus, they WHO TRULY POSSESS FAITH (who
are righteous BY FAITH ALONE) sooner
or later will DEMONSTRATE their faith (the
righteousness or justification they ALREADY POSSESS)
Hence, his statement in James 2:18, WHICH SUMS
ENTIRE TEACHING about works:
ME YOUR FAITH without
IS IMPOSSIBLE, since faith is INVISIBLE),
WILL SHOW (DEMONSTRATE TO) YOU MY FAITH BY (THROUGH)
That's ALL James
YOU LOSE, legalists...
Josephus gives Isaac's age as 25, while rabbinic
tradition says he was 36. Others suggest he was 33
because Isaac's life parallels the life of Christ.
"For as the
THE SPIRIT is dead,
so faith without works is dead" (James 2:26).
heretics' FAVORITE verse in the entire Bible.
to this ONE verse in
a DESPERATE and futile attempt to "prove" that Jesus'
PERFECT FINISHED Work of Redemption ISN'T
and that we must ADD our OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS in the form
This shouldn't surprise us since EVERY
heretic uses the Bible selectively.
That's a nice way of saying they
use it HYPOCRITICALLY.
They take ONE
ISOLATED verse that SEEMS (underline
"SEEMS") to support their false doctrine, BLOW IT OUT
OF PROPORTION, and IGNORE
50 OR MORE VERSES THAT SAY, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, that
Salvation has NOTHING - repeat, NOTHING - to do with
Notice what James DOESN'T SAY:
HE SAY Christians are under the law.
he say Christians are to live under the 10
he say Christians are to observe the weekly Sabbath.
he say we are to do "good deeds" in
order to to "HELP" Jesus save us.
And I dare EVERY LEGALIST reading this to
produce ONE - JUST
verse from the Epistle of James that says Christians
are to OBSERVE, or LIVE UNDER, the law, the 10
Commandments, the Sabbath, or that we must ADD "good
deeds" to Jesus' FINISHED WORK of Redemption: email@example.com
starters, what is the Bible definition of a SAVED
PERSON or Christian?
According to Romans 8:9:
"...those who DO
NOT have the Spirit of Christ, are not Christ's".
Acts 15:8,9 says the same thing.
1 John 5:12
says the same thing.
The anchor verse above says
very clearly "as the body WITHOUT
THE SPIRIT is
Since EVERY BORN AGAIN (true)
THE SPIRIT OF GOD in him or her, the above verse has NO
APPLICATION WHATSOEVER to us.
And since FAITH is THE FRUIT OF the indwelling Holy
Spirit IT'S IMPOSSIBLE - repeat - IT'S
IMPOSSIBLE FOR OUR FAITH - THE FAITH THAT SAVES US --
TO EVER BE "DEAD", since it's PRODUCED BY the Spirit of
6:63-65; Galatians 5:22).
So much for THAT STUPID
Matter of fact, James was writing to
HE HIMSELF ACKNOWLEDGES WERE
ALREADY SAVED (James
But what about the "works" part? So glad
This verse - or, for that matter, THE
ENTIRE BOOK OF JAMES - all 5 chapters - DOES NOT say
anywhere that Salvation is by faith PLUS works. NOWHERE!!!
Let's look at "the other" controversial verses:
"What DOES IT PROFIT, my brethren, though a man
SAYS he has faith, and has not works? Can
faith save him?
(That's how it reads in most English
translations of the Bible. HOWEVER, that
IS NOT what the original Greek says).
Keep in mind
original Greek CONTAINED NO PARAGRAPHS or PUNCTUATION
MARKS. Those were placed there MUCH LATER at the
discretion OF THE BIASED TRANSLATORS!
THE EARLIEST English translations of the Bible
were made in the 14th century A.D. That's 1,200
years AFTER the
New Testament was written.
By then, ORGANIZED
RELIGION had influenced Christian theology, HENCE THE
TRANSLATORS' MINDSET, as well as their rendering of
certain passages, INCLUDING
WHERE THEY SPLIT THE PARAGRAPHS and placed PUNCTUATION
Such AWARENESS is
KEY to proper understanding of the Bible,
PARTICULARLY the New Testament.
Need I remind
anyone that OFFICIAL CHURCH DOCTRINE in the 1300's was STEEPED
IN DOCTRINAL ERROR?
That it was teaching, among other heresies, SALVATION
That it was SELLING
sins could purportedly be "forgiven", or one's stay in
"purgatory" shortened, in
exchange FOR MONEY?
That it was ruled
by GREEDY, MANIPULATIVE RELIGIOUS TYRANTS?
had swept the true AND ORIGINAL Gospel of Salvation
through FAITH ALONE, BY GRACE ALONE, under the rug?
That Christian doctrine was
TOTALLY CONTROLLED by Church hierarchy, since Bible
reading was FORBIDDEN, except for the clergy?
Or that such DOCTRINAL ERRORS led
to the Reformation TWO CENTURIES later?
Remove that stupid question mark and paragraph split
after "can faith save him", and THIS is how the
original Greek reads:
"What does it profit, my brethren, though a man
SAYS he has faith, and has not works?
Can faith save
him or her, a brother or sister who IS NAKED, AND
DESTITUTE OF DAILY FOOD, and
one of you SAY unto
them, Depart in peace, BE WARMED AND FILLED; yet
YOU GIVE THEM NOT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE NEEDFUL TO THE
does it profit? Even so faith, if it has not works, is
dead, being alone (James 2:15-17).
James isn't talking about Salvation as in going to
heaven, but about SAVING
THE NEEDY BROTHERS AND SISTERS from FAMINE AND
That this is the CORRECT meaning is a matter OF
RECORD - both biblical and historic - since it's well
documented that the Church in Jerusalem, of which James
was Bishop, WAS IN DIRE NEED and suffering
from both SEVERE FAMINE and persecution (Acts
24:17; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:19; 9:1-5,
James was saying to believers in OTHER
PARTS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (James 1:1) "if
you DON'T HELP our needy brethren WITH ACTUAL FOOD,
CLOTHES or money, your ALLEGED "FAITH" IS DEAD, and
WORTHLESS BECAUSE it won't do them ANY GOOD to just
TALK, since they'll starve to death".
Just as a dead body is USELESS and CAN'T HELP
ANYONE, James was saying their alleged faith was "dead"
or USELESS to help the needs of his Jerusalem
congregation UNLESS they accompanied their professed
faith WITH ACTIONS, like sending money, food and
The meaning COULDN'T BE CLEARER.
hope some "word of faith" advocates are reading this!
Now comes my favorite part:
Abraham our father JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, when he had
offered Isaac his son upon the altar? (James 2:21)
oh boy, are legalists in for a surprise...
YOU DON'T WANT TO
MISS THIS ONE!
Tune in tomorrow for Part Two.
TUESDAY, JULY 17,
PAUL VS. JAMES
theologians are always trying to pit these two apostles
against each other.
As usual, they rely on ONE passage
of Scripture, TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT, to make their case:
"When Peter came to
Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was
clearly in the wrong. Before
certain men came from James, he used to eat with the
Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back
and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was
afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision
See? Contrary to Paul, James believed in keeping
NO, HE DIDN'T.
If that was the
case, then James missed A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, when he
wrote his universal epistle, TO SAY SO.
in James 2:9,10, he
SAID THE VERY OPPOSITE:
He said that EVEN IF we kept the entire law all our
lives, and BROKE JUST
we'd become guilty of breaking THE WHOLE LAW.
again SPOKE AGAINST law keeping in Acts 15:13-21.
However, anti-Paul heretics also claim that earlier
in that same chapter (Galatians 2:4) where Paul speaks
brethren brought in unawares, who came in secretly to
spy out our liberty which
we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into
bondage" shows that James didn't trust Paul and was
sending spies to check out what Paul was doing and
Although the Bible DOESN'T SAY SO,
let's assume, for the sake of argument, that the spies
were sent by James.
James was Bishop of
Jerusalem and considered a leader in the Early Church
We also know that, prior
to his conversion, Paul had vigorously persecuted the
If you were James, and you heard that this guy who
had persecuted Christians RUTHLESSLY and RELENTLESSLY
had recently converted and was now preaching the
you be just a bit suspicious, too?
Wouldn't you want to CHECK HIM OUT?
After all, how did he know the guy wasn't just
PRETENDING, so he could find out where Christians lived
and gathered and
have them all arrested, or killed?
It's only natural that, AT FIRST, there would
be some misgivings as to what Paul's true intentions
were, and whether he'd REALLY received Jesus.
Bible PLAINLY says it:
"At once he began to preach in the synagogues
that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him
WERE ASTONISHED AND ASKED, ISN'T
HE THE MAN WHO RAISED HAVOC in Jerusalem among those
who call on this name? And HASN'T
HE COME HERE TO TAKE THEM AS PRISONERS TO THE CHIEF
"I was personally unknown to the
churches of Judea that are in Christ. THEY ONLY HEARD
THE REPORT: "THE
MAN WHO FORMERLY PERSECUTED US IS NOW PREACHING THE
FAITH HE ONCE TRIED TO DESTROY."
And they praised God because of me (Galatians 1:23-24).
So, legalists are merely grasping at straws.
Galatians is the EARLIEST epistle that Paul wrote,
around 48 A.D., and TWO WHOLE YEARS BEFORE the
Jerusalem council, described in Acts chapter 15.
The fact is that
James, along with all the apostles, became FULLY
CONVINCED that Paul was legit and gave his seal of
approval to Paul's ministry (Acts
The fact is that James
was one of the SIGNERS of the letter sent
to the gentile churches, in Acts 15 which SPECIFICALLY
TELLS GENTILE BELIEVERS that NO CIRCUMCISION, OR LAW
KEEPING, or Sabbath keeping is necessary.
is one of those who refers to him as "our beloved Paul"
and sends TWO trusted brothers, to vouch for Paul's
In fact, a bit later, Paul returned
the favor by taking up a collection for James and the
church in Jerusalem, which James presided over, since
they were experiencing SEVERE FAMINE (Acts 24:17; 1
Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:19; 9:1-5, 12).
The fact is Paul and James were ON THE SAME SIDE.
They served THE SAME LORD.
They taught THE
SAME GOSPEL OF GRACE: NO WORKS, AND NO LAW.
MONDAY, JULY 16,
HOPE FOR HERETICS
IS NO MORE OF WORKS: otherwise GRACE
IS NO MORE GRACE (Romans
Can heretics come to TRUE FAITH in Jesus Christ?
Lest you think some of our teaching is for
naught, I can't tell you how many FORMER heretics HAVE
WRITTEN through the years confessing that they forsook
the "faith PLUS WORKS" heresy in
favor of the true and BIBLICAL "FAITH
ONLY", "JESUS IS SUFFICIENT", and His Grace IS
SUFFICIENT doctrine, which TRUSTS JESUS, and JESUS
I'm certain that many more have done so
and never bothered to notify us.
But as one of
our readers in South Africa recently pointed out, such
conversion is not limited to individuals: ENTIRE
DENOMINATIONS have been won over by The Truth - Jesus
be praised - and changed
their tune and their teaching.
We know, for instance, that the Roman Catholic
Church became reformed officially (after five
struggling with the Scriptures) in 1962 during the
Second Vatican Council, commonly referred to as Vatican
Is all Catholic doctrine biblically correct?
No, but at least there's enough in their current
doctrine (as in the BASIC tenets of the Christian
faith) TO GET PEOPLE SAVED.
And, after all is
said and done, THAT'S what
ministry is all about.
As Danie pointed out in a
recent email, the former Worldwide Church of God,
founded by that infamous heretic and false prophet
Herbert W. Armstrong has,
indeed, FORSAKEN Armstrong's FALSE doctrine and turned
It is now called Grace Communion International
or GCI (I like anything with the word "grace" in it)
and its official website gives the following
"In the early 1930s,
Herbert Armstrong began a ministry that eventually
became our denomination. He
had many unusual doctrines.
These he taught so enthusiastically that eventually
more than 100,000 people attended weekly services. After
he died in 1986, church
leaders began to realize THAT MANY OF HIS DOCTRINES
WERE NOT BIBLICAL. These
doctrines WERE REJECTED,
and the church is now in full agreement with the
statement of faith of the National Association of
Evangelicals. To reflect these doctrinal changes, in
April 2009, the denomination changed its name to Grace
Communion International. This
name better reflects who we are and what we teach".
Needless to say, that's music to my hears.
Unfortunately, there are still many organizations which
base their teaching on the ABOMINABLE Armstrong
doctrine of "grace" PLUS WORKS, which
is a contradiction in terms (Romans
making Jesus' PERFECT and FINISHED work of Redemption
them the so-called Restored Church of God, the
so-called United Church of God, and the so-called
Philadelphia Church of God.
ANYTHING with "Church of God" in its name is heretical.
There are also MANY OTHER heretics who DO NOT
follow Armstrong's PERVERTED doctrine, BUT
HAVE AN EQUALLY ABERRANT, MORTAL-FABRICATED,
ANTI-SCRIPTURAL, FALSE DOCTRINE of their own.
They are still hell-bent on trying to PRODUCE
THEIR OWN righteousness through works, commandment
keeping, Sabbath keeping, dietary laws, circumcision
and OTHER DEAD WORKS.
They have not come to the
realization that - NO
MATTER HOW HARD WE TRY to "be righteous", the
Scriptures (BOTH Old and New Testaments) tell us THERE
RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE (Psalm
53:1; Romans 3:10).
That's WHY Jesus had
to come and
DIE FOR OUR SINS, and make HIS PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS
available to those who TRUST Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
There's NO RIGHTEOUSNESS ANYWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE,
THE ONLY WAY to be
to ACQUIRE GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS.
God CREDITS HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS TO US ONLY BY
GRACE, THROUGH FAITH (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
encourage all of them, both individually and
collectively, to take their cue from the FORMER WWCG,
now GCI, and
C'mon, Jehovah's Witnesses! C'mon Mormons! C'mon
Christian Science! C'mon UCG! C'mon UPCI! C'mon
To INDIVIDUALS trapped in such cults:
you don't have to say so publicly, if you don't want
to, but at
least PRIVATELY, repent, and TRUST JESUS ALONE - and what
He did - NOT what YOU DO, for
Put JESUS and the
and your man-invented denomination LAST.
glad that Danie reminded me of this because I should
give the FORMER WWCG, and current GCI, and its leaders,
I know just
HOW HARD it is for the flesh to renounce tradition and
surrender to the Truth of God's Word and God's Spirit.
If personal experience, as well as years in the
ministry, has taught me anything it is HOW
DIFFICULT it is to HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE Jesus, swallow
our RELIGIOUS PRIDE, and ADMIT
WE WERE WRONG.
God that His
Spirit is still at work and
bringing former heretics to Salvation.
While we appreciate all who preach the Gospel and win
souls, this ministry is NOT affiliated with, nor does
it endorse ANY denomination.
SUNDAY, JULY 15,
WHEN ADAM MET EVE
"And God said, Let
us make man in our Image, after our likeness: and LET
DOMINION"... (Genesis 1:26).
The way this
meeting is presented by organized religion - from
theologians to preachers - is that God caused Adam to
fall asleep, made a woman from his rib, to be his
"little help meet", inferior
and subordinate to him, and
that when God presented her to Adam, he saw her
"female" form, got all excited, and shouted "Whoa...
which we get the word "woman".
I do have a sense of humor and, while the above
version of events may seem clever, entertaining and
somewhat funny, NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE
God DID NOT create a female; He simply
extricated most of the FEMININE attributes of Adam into
leaving the original Adam with predominantly masculine
traits (Genesis 2:22, 23).
While both Hebrew
words soul (nephesh) and spirit (ruwach) are feminine,
God put most of Adam's SOUL (nephesh) into the feminine
Adam, leaving mostly SPIRIT (ruwach) in the original
God DID NOT create a
subordinate; He created A
JOINT RULER, with as much authority over the earth as
When Adam looked at the feminine version of
himself, he DID NOT see the typical, natural human
shape we've come to associate with women, nor was he
sexually aroused since, at the time, both Adams were
glorified, IMMORTAL and ASEXUAL.
He saw ANOTHER
glorified, immortal Light Being, like himself, created
in the Image of God, like himself (Genesis
1:27), from the same Spirit Substance as himself, WITH
EQUAL AUTHORITY, only predominantly FEMININE.
in fact, called
BOTH OF THEM "Adam"
God never called
Adam named her Eve, ONLY AFTER they'd
both fallen into sin (Genesis 3:20).
BEFORE sinning he
called her "ishah", derived from "ish" (man), clearly
showing he regarded her as HIS EQUAL (Genesis
It was AFTER they both sinned that she
BECAME his subordinate (Genesis 3:16).
It was AFTER
they both sinned,
that the SOUL separated from the spirit, the spirit
sank from the human head to the gut (where it still is)
and God's glory departed, that
they became MORTAL and
went from predominantly and respectively masculine and
NATURALLY and PHYSICALLY male and female.
It was ONLY AFTER
they both sinned that
they engaged in natural sexual activity and reproduced
natural, MORTAL humans like themselves (Genesis 4:1;
5:5,8) as opposed to glorified Light Beings made of
Spirit Substance, as their FORMER, pre-sin Selves.
Those are BIBLICAL
That's what the Book of Genesis ACTUALLY SAYS.
So women's lib and all those who accuse God of
being "anti-woman" - religious people included - as
well as those who teach "male dominance" as a
convenient excuse TO OPPRESS women (hello, Muslims) or
to keep women OUT OF THE MINISTRY (hello, insecure
Christian males), DON'T HAVE A CLUE what they're
It took the sin of
BOTH Adams to
bring down God's Creation.
It was FEMININE
Adam's SOUL that was DECEIVED and sinned first, by
eating the forbidden pomegranate.
Adam was NOT deceived (1 Timothy 2:14). He WILLINGLY
AND KNOWINGLY SUBMITTED his spirit to the soul and also
The result was A DOMINANT HUMAN SOUL
(instead of the God-intended perfect balance of
spirit-soul) which to this day overwhelms and
supersedes the human spirit, and which plunged mankind
and the entire Creation into chaos (Ezekiel 18:20).
Thus, it's THE HUMAN SOUL that
needs to be saved.
That Salvation is
found ONLY by receiving Last Adam, the Lord Jesus
Christ, into our hearts as Lord, Savior and God, and
by TRUSTING His PERFECT, FINISHED work of Redemption
(that He paid for Adam's sin through His death, that He
was buried, physically resurrected and ascended to
the born-again experience is
It's the RE-CONNECTION OF the spirit
to the soul.
The FULL RESTORATION OF the human
soul (second Adam) is the Church's Rapture.
King David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said in Psalm
RESTORES MY SOUL", he WASN'T KIDDING, nor was he merely
Has Jesus saved your
He hasn't, ASK
The soul MUST be saved BEFORE
it can be FULLY RESTORED.
SATURDAY, JULY 14,
WHO BUILDS THE
The Scriptures are
clear that there will be a third temple during the
tribulation, and a MUCH LARGER fourth temple during the
Human reason ASSUMES that Israel
will build that third temple at some point in the near
But, what does THE BIBLE have to say
The Scriptures in fact, DO
NOT specifically say WHO will
build that third temple.
Revelation 11:1-6 and
Zechariah chapter 4 SEEM TO HINT that it will be built
upon the appearing of the Two Witnesses, that they will
supervise its rebuilding, as well as point out the
One would think that one
reason they are given such supernatural powers is to
safeguard the builders and the structure itself.
If we apply human logic, that is how it
But, again, the Bible doesn't
actually say IN SO MANY WORDS.
say that THE BRANCH (Jesus) will build the temple of
The question is:
does that apply to the spiritual temple (Church) and
the millennial temple ONLY, or TO ALL THREE?
Again, we're not
Well, surely you're not suggesting that God
would SUPERNATURALLY make a third temple appear on
Actually, STRANGER THINGS happen
during the tribulation.
For instance, Revelation
9:1-6 clearly says that hell
(the pit) will be opened and
thousands if not millions of demonic creatures will
emerge and sting unsaved men for 5 months.
Revelation 11:7 and 17:8 both tell us Antichrist
will emerge, ALIVE, from hell itself,
through that open pit.
And Revelation 13:13-15
clearly describes an
IMAGE of Antichrist which will SPEAK and
cause those who
don't worship it TO
BE PUT TO DEATH.
The Rapture itself, which
PRECEDES all these events, is pretty "out there" in
terms of millions of people and animals being instantly
transformed and translated into another (heavenly)
The signs that accompany the Rapture
and signal THE START OF the tribulation, described in
Revelation 6:12-16 are UNPRECEDENTED as well.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We've
never before seen - and our minds cannot even
comprehend or imagine --
ONE THIRD of mankind dying, or the ENTIRE sea turning
to blood, or no drinking water available anywhere
(Revelation 9:18; 16:3-6).
In view of these
SUPERNATURAL, divinely orchestrated events, we CANNOT
entirely RULE OUT Divine intervention playing a role in
the building or appearing of the third temple.
Several people have written suggesting the third temple
will be A TENT or tabernacle.
However, the Greek
word for tabernacle, skenoo,
is NOT used in any of the temple passages.
word used is always naon which
CLEARLY describes a conventional, non-portable,
stationery TEMPLE STRUCTURE WITH COLUMNS (2
Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 11:1).
that all the temple furnishings, garments and utensils
have already been made.
Don't underestimate how
quickly Jews can build something when they put their
mind to it.
underestimate what God can do.
FRIDAY, JULY 13,
Every week we
receive e-mails from people PUSHING their pet theories
on the end-times.
The majority are
not interested in Truth.
What they actually WANT is to IMPOSE their belief, regardless
of how misguided, or UNSCRIPTURAL it may be.
Some of it is HORRENDOUSLY unscriptural.
When I fail to "endorse" their ungodly teaching,
and point out the BIBLICAL reasons for it, they get
upset, and invariably resort to some sort of "name
calling", or IMPERTINENT remark.
Truth, they're just upset because they found someone
who knows more about the Bible in general, and prophecy
in particular, than they do.
And because that
not only debunked their theory, but refused to rubber
stamp THE LIE they WANT TO believe.
Even when I take the time to show them in black and
white that's NOT what God said, they refuse to even
CONSIDER it, because IT DOESN'T FIT THEIR AGENDA.
God's Word, SUBTRACTING from
His Word, or saying it says something that it DOESN'T SAY,
all demonstrate GROSS DISRESPECT.
I have ZERO
respect for those who DISRESPECT the Word of God.
And if they think -- even for a split second --
that I'm going to believe their fabricated fantasies
over God's Word, they're DREAMING.
God knows what's in their
hearts, and I can see right thru them.
always welcomed SINCERE e-mails from those who
SINCERELY want Truth, whatever THAT TRUTH may be, whether
it's to our liking, or not.
I even welcome SINCERE, UNBIASED debate based
on God's Word.
But prophecy expert wannabe's, who
are ONLY looking to exalt their own egos, and exalt
THEIR OWN WORD ABOVE GOD'S, don't
even BOTHER writing.
wasting their time.
They're NOT going to change
They're certainly NOT going to
THURSDAY, JULY 12,
Statistics in the
U.S. show that one
of every two marriages ends in divorce.
The divorce rate
is actually HIGHER among Evangelicals than among
This is true,
despite the fact that the Bible clearly labels it sin.
Despite the fact that many congregations and
denominations regard divorcees as "third-rate"
And despite the
fact that there are still ministers and denominations
who teach, erroneously, that THERE ARE NO BIBLICAL
GROUNDS for divorce.
I've yet to hear ANY
pastor, or preacher, teach the Truth about this
Some pastors and
much too quick to judge divorcees and heap condemnation
on them, WITHOUT
knowing what the Bible ACTUALLY SAYS, and WITHOUT
telling the whole story.
Let's set the
1. The Bible does
say divorce is sin [Matthew
19:6-9; Malachi 2:16].
2. The Bible does
NOT say divorce is "the UNPARDONABLE" sin.
3. The Bible DOES
GIVE grounds for divorce.
4. In the Old
Testament men could divorce their wives FOR
ANY reason [Matthew
19:3, 6; Deuteronomy 24:1-4].
5. In the Old
had NO SAY on the matter.
They could not, FOR ANY REASON, divorce their
could they PREVENT the husband from divorcing them [Isaiah
6. Not only was
there A DOUBLE-STANDARD, but, to God's displeasure,
certain men were taking advantage of it, and leaving
their wives without just cause [Malachi 2:14]. Jesus
referred to such men as "hardened of heart" (Matthew
7. Civil laws in
Western nations are
DIFFERENT from the Law given to Moses and Israel.
8. In Western
nations both women and men are allowed to petition for
Hence, ALL IT
TAKES is ONE
I don't care how
godly, faithful or spiritual the other spouse is. If
ONE of the spouses wants
to divorce, THERE ISN'T MUCH THE OTHER SPOUSE CAN DO
9. The New
Testament grounds for divorce are INFIDELITY [Matthew
5:32], and UNBELIEF [1
10. God may hate
divorce, but even though He hates it, HE HIMSELF GOT
DIVORCED because of Israel's UNBELIEF [Jeremiah 3:8;
Bet they never taught you that in
Unless ALL OF THE
ABOVE is taken into consideration, we CANNOT fairly
and objectively evaluate
While it's true
that divorce is much too easy, and many
people, Christians included, are much too quick to rush
into it, without considering the serious consequences,
ALL IT TAKES is ONE OF THE SPOUSES DECIDING THAT HE/SHE
condemning divorcees or making them feel inferior.
If you are
divorced, and have given your heart to Jesus, KNOW
that YOU HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY AND THOROUGHLY FORGIVEN,
whether it was totally your
fault, partially your
fault, or NO
FAULT OF YOUR OWN.
You're free to
love and serve the Lord, without
You're NOT a
"third-rate" Christian. Jesus loves you
UNCONDITIONALLY, and NOTHING of His is "third rate".
BELONGS TO HIM is FIRST RATE... all the way.
Creed, regularly recited in many Christian
congregations, contains the lines:
"I believe in the
Holy Spirit, the Holy Universal Church, the
COMMUNION OF SAINTS, the
forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and
the everlasting life. Amen".
The COMMUNION OF
SAINTS? WHAT communion?
"communion" means COMMON UNION.
How can we say we
BELIEVE we're in COMMON UNION with other believers,
when the Church is splintered into hundreds of
denominations, and "sub" denominations, and "sub sub"
denominations, and "sub, sub, sub" denominations....?
This credo, though
not found as such in the Bible, is VERY SCRIPTURAL, and
totally in agreement with the New Testament.
documents that trace it back to the 4th century A.D.
It appears to be a
summation of Christian doctrine dating back to the
But if it's true
and scriptural, then
how come this "communion of saints" is NOT EVIDENT?
Actually, it's not
evident in this time-bound earth realm. But it's
VERY EVIDENT, AND VERY REAL [it's a DONE DEAL] in the
ALL BORN AGAIN
BELIEVERS, regardless of label, ARE ONE IN SPIRIT.
We are ONE in
Spirit with our Lord [1 Corinthians 6:17].
We are ONE in
spirit with our born-again brothers and sisters
This COMMUNION is
ALREADY REALITY in
the spirit realm.
You are ONE in
spirit with your Christian brethren, whether you
realize it or not, whether you acknowledge it or not,
whether you believe it or not.
The ONLY THING
that is presently keeping us "apart" is OUR MINDS.
Our minds, you
see, HAVE NOT been born again... yet. But they will be.
Christ's Body come
from the natural mind,
NOT from the spirit.
That means divisions
are CARNAL [1
true believers are
not real. They're temporary illusions.
The spirit realm
does NOT have a Pentecostal section, a Presbyterian
section, a Baptist section, or a Catholic section.
Whether we like it or not, Catholics aren't
complete without Evangelicals, and vice versa.
complete without me and, if you're a true believer, I'm
certainly NOT complete without you.
When we're raptured,
our minds will be renewed.
And after this transient age has passed away,
we'll BE CONFRONTED WITH ETERNAL REALITY:
Separation is a
WE'VE BEEN ONE
WITH JESUS, AND WITH EACH OTHER, ALL ALONG.
TUESDAY, JULY 10,
FIND NO FAULT
"Pilate said unto
him, what is truth? And when he had said this, he went
out again unto the Jews, and said unto them, I
FIND NO FAULT AT ALL IN HIM (John
As the perfect,
sinless Son of God, Divine Love Personified, stood
before the Roman procurator, even
that hardened, ruthless politician and military man
COULDN'T FIND ANY FAULT AT ALL in Him.
that perfect, sinless Personification of Love would
take ALL YOUR SINS AND MINE in His equally perfect
human body, and forever
NAIL THEM to the cross.
SIN DIED with Jesus
on that fateful day (Romans
8:3; Colossians 2:14).
And, because it
DIED, when we come to Jesus, when we receive Him into
our hearts, when we TRUST His finished work of
FINDS NO FAULT AT ALL IN US (2
That's right. I
don't care WHAT
or are doing (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When we are IN
Christ, our Lord's
PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS is CREDITED TO US FREELY (2
NO ONE can
lay any charge against a born-again child of God
There is now NO
them which are IN Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
That's why believers
in Christ should be the FREEST, most FEARLESS people on
God is ON
He's NOT against
us. He's FOR
And if God be FOR
can be against us? (Romans
He who did not
spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all--how will
he not also, along with Him, graciously
give us all things?
That's why you SHOULD RUN into
Jesus' open, loving, forgiving, welcoming arms... RIGHT
Mortal, sinful men
may find fault.
Religion may find
But if you're in
SAYS YOU'RE FAULTLESS.
God says you're
as RIGHTEOUS as Jesus Himself.
And I got news for
all the "accusers"...
God ALWAYS has the
MONDAY, JULY 9,
WHAT GOD HAS
In Acts chapter
10, we have the account of a vision given to the
apostle Peter, and his subsequent ministry to gentiles.
To view this in
the proper context, we must remember
Peter was a Jew.
He'd been brought up in Judaism and had been a
devout Jew all his life.
Even under Jesus'
had seen his Master do what no other human HAS EVER
DONE - before or since: FULFILL
THE LAW (TORAH) TO PERFECTION (Matthew
Naturally, when a
vision came where all kinds of "unclean" animals, that
WERE FORBIDDEN TO EAT UNDER JEWISH LAW (TORAH),
appeared in a sheet accompanied by a voice from heaven
saying that Peter should "eat" them, he
His words of
protest are recorded for all time in Acts 10:14:
"Not so, Lord; for I
HAVE NEVER EATEN ANYTHING that
is common or unclean".
However, the Voice
CALL UNCLEAN WHAT GOD HAS CLEANSED" (Acts
This was REPEATED
THREE TIMES, until Peter finally "got it".
Long story short,
Peter got up and accompanied some men from Joppa to
the gospel to the "unclean", idol worshipping GENTILES in
that city, who
DID NOT FOLLOW, OR EVEN KNOW THE LAW (torah),
GOT SAVED AND FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT JUST LIKE
their believing Jewish brethren had experienced a short
Did Peter, a
devout Jew, COMMAND those Gentiles to follow the torah
from that moment forward?
Did he COMMAND
THEM - or even SUGGEST - that
they observe the weekly Sabbath?
Did he COMMAND
Did he COMMAND
observe the torah's dietary laws?
Why not? Because
God had pointedly shown His apostle that
THEY WERE ALREADY CLEANSED OF ALL SIN AND IMPURITY BY
"Seal of Approval" and "GUARANTEE OF REDEMPTION", His
very own Holy Spirit, WOULD NOT HAVE filled those
Gentile believers (2
Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:14).
And if they were ALREADY
Jesus' OWN BLOOD ON
NO AMOUNT OF TORAH OBSERVING ON
THE OUTSIDE could
make them ANY CLEANER.
religionists would READ AND HEED those blessed words!
WHAT GOD HIMSELF HAS
CLEANSED, NO ONE - in heaven or earth - can call
If you see
yourself as "unclean", "sinful", "outcast" or flat-out
REJECTED BY religion, COME
TO JESUS NOW.
YOU DON'T NEED
you need is Jesus.
Let Jesus CLEAN
YOU UP WITH HIS OWN BLOOD AND DECLARE YOU RIGHTEOUS (1
Let SINFUL, CARNAL
men ACCUSE YOU all they want. If you have Jesus on your
side, YOU ARE A WINNER... FOR ALL ETERNITY. Amen
And your religious
accusers are LOSERS, who imitate the loser, Satan, whom
the Bible calls "THE
ACCUSER OF the
brethren" (Revelation 12:10).
When God cleanses
someone, when He declares him, her, or them RIGHTEOUS, you
can't get any HOLIER THAN THAT.
You can't get ANY
MORE RIGHTEOUS THAN THAT.
And no religious
leader, no supposed "minister of the Gospel", NOT EVEN
JESUS' OWN APOSTLE -- PERSONALLY SELECTED by Jesus AND
APPOINTED LEADER OF THE EARLY CHURCH -- could declare
If Peter COULDN'T call
those people "unclean" because they didn't observe the
If Peter COULDN'T call
them "unclean" FOR NOT FOLLOWING THE TORAH...
If Peter himself regarded
as SAVED BROTHERS all those who simply PUT THEIR FAITH
in Jesus Christ and
were thus DECLARED CLEANSED AND RIGHTEOUS by Jesus
years ago EVEN
PETER COULDN'T call them "unclean"...
WHO THE HECK are
these Johnny-come-lately HERETICS --
WHO'VE INVENTED SOME WARPED, LEGALISTIC version of
the past 200 years --
TO CALL ANYONE WHO DOESN'T FOLLOW THEIR FALSE DOCTRINE
SUNDAY, JULY 8,
On the evening of
that FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK (Sunday), WHEN
THE DISCIPLES WERE TOGETHER, with THE DOORS LOCKED FOR
FEAR of the Jews, Jesus
came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!
Is there such
thing as a "closet" Christian?
Being Christian in
the first, second and third centuries A.D. WASN'T popular;
at least not with the religious establishment or
Belief in Jesus Christ as God, Messiah and only
Redeemer of mankind could VERY EASILY cost
someone their life.
It could mean having their
families killed or sold into slavery.
It could mean having all
their property confiscated.
It could mean being
tortured to death, crucified or torn by wild beasts in
Rome's infamous Coliseum.
Yet the BRAVE, committed Christians of that era
DIDN'T HESITATE to pay the highest price rather than
denounce their Lord, or their faith.
were underground churches.
Sure, there was a
measure of secrecy because persecution was relentless.
that watershed day of Pentecost in 33 A.D.--
when the Church was Spirit-born -- forward, they
DID NOT keep their faith a secret (Acts
If they had,
the Christian faith WOULD NOT have spread ALL OVER THE
WORLD, like it did (Acts 17:6).
If they had,
the Christian faith WOULD NOT have SWALLOWED UP the
greatest military machine known to man PEACEABLY, in
just three centuries. Glory to Jesus!
When push came to shove, those BOLD, HEROIC
brothers and sisters - empowered by God's Holy Spirit
UP for their Lord and refused to renounce Him,
REGARDLESS of the cost, EVEN WHEN THEIR OWN LIVES WERE
ON THE LINE.
Contrast that with today's "Christians" -- at
least those in the Western Hemisphere -- who are TOO
COWARDLY to share Jesus with others, for
"FEAR" of being "unpopular"...
For FEAR of
being labeled "intolerant".
For FEAR of
For FEAR of
For FEAR of
not being "cool".
For FEAR of
not being able to answer their critics.
spent a little time communing with Jesus in spirit,
studying and meditating His Word, they
WOULD HAVE answers,
as the Scripture says they SHOULD, 1 Peter 3:15).
NO ONE'S THREATENING
NO ONE'S PERSECUTING THEM.
But THE VAST MAJORITY NEVER
takes three minutes of their time to share Jesus with
All they're good for is
"preaching to the choir".
Let the world GO TO
HELL, we don't need those "secular" TV stations! We now
have "Christian" TV.
You know, where STUPID
Christians supposedly "own" the network.
You PAID FOR IT,
alright. But you DON'T OWN IT.
If you did, you'd be
living like THE REAL OWNERS LIVE:
in multi-millionaire mansions, wearing Armani and
Rolexes, getting more plastic surgery than Joan Rivers,
driving Bentleys, flying in private jets, taking
extravagant vacations, being sued by members of your
own family, and with an ever-present entourage,
including several bodyguards, always hanging around.
Let Hollywood DISRESPECT Jesus and MOCK Him and the
Christian faith, in worthless movie after worthless
piece of trash, we now make our "own" "Christian" films
to PREACH TO THE CHOIR.
Worse yet, we're TOO
CHICKEN-SH*T to preach the Gospel CLEARLY AND OVERTLY (even
to fellow believers!!!) -
We now do it COVERTLY and
help us, and may God have mercy on their DECEIVED AND
GUTLESS religious souls).
We have so-called
"Christian" entertainers WHO ARE SO WORLDLY that you
can't even TELL THE DIFFERENCE between them and the
Let the world die and go to hell,
why should I bother to participate in a SECULAR FORUM,
WHICH UNBELIEVERS READ, and where
I can SAFELY and ANONYMOUSLY share my faith?
TV stations, secular magazines, newspapers and
entertaining websites - just to name a few -- have such
95% of readers are UNSAVED.
Dear God, you
could MAKE A FULL TIME MINISTRY of just shining the
Light of Gospel Truth in those!
Forget it! We
even have OUR OWN INTERNET FORUMS where,
instead of preaching to THE LOST WORLD, we
DEVOTE OUR SORRY TIME AND LIVES TO
IMPRESSING OTHER BELIEVING NITWITS WITH OUR PROPHETIC
"SAGE THEORIES" AND "HOW MUCH" WE
Funny thing, ATHEISTS
have no qualms about
sharing their views OPENLY with everyone. They
DON'T CARE if it's "unpopular".
have no problems expressing
their views PROUDLY and openly.
OCCULTISTS have no problems.
EVEN NEWS ANCHORS,
who are constantly in the public eye, and risk some
degree of public backlash, have
NO PROBLEMS openly
stating their sexual orientation.
are TOO TIMID to share Jesus.
are TOO SCARED to "COME OUT OF THE CLOSET" and PROUDLY
AND OPENLY share Christ.
SUCH THING AS "a
There's NEVER BEEN such
Thank God the Early Church WASN'T "in
the closet" or
you and I WOULDN'T BE SAVED.
You "SAY" you're
If you really are, don't
tell the Church, TELL
SATURDAY, JULY 7,
While ALL RELIGION
IS FALSE, this FALSE RELIGION has made recent
Two of its biggest "celebrity"
followers, John Travolta and Tom Cruise, have been
involved in scandals, the first accused of making
unwanted advances and seeking sexual favors from
several male masseuses who are suing him for harassment
and, most recently, Cruise's wife filing for divorce,
allegedly because she doesn't want her 6 year old
daughter indoctrinated into this cult.
Katie Holmes, who was brought up Roman Catholic, has
THE MEANS to hire the best lawyers and seek sole
custody of their child.
Let this be a
warning to those "Christians", that I often hear from,
who CARELESSLY JUMP INTO marriage or a sexual
relationship with people of other religions then, to
make matters worse, HAVE CHILDREN WITH THEM.
relationship goes sour, which
is A GIVEN,
the children are often used as pawns between the two
quarreling parents, to "get back" at each other.
This cult was founded a
mere 60 years ago (1952)
by its INVENTOR, the infamous SCIENCE FICTION WRITER,
L. Ron Hubbard, who openly stated that the easiest way
to avoid paying taxes in the U.S. is creating a new
This cult is also popular with other
celebrities and media personalities including Priscilla
and Lisa Marie Presley (Elvis, who was raised
Pentecostal, must be turning over in his grave), and
Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.
Some of its
controversial practices include "auditing" where
individuals are encouraged to consciously re-live
painful experiences to rid themselves of their
negativity, and putting some of its members under a
strict regimen of exercise and vitamins, with small
amounts of controlled food and frequent saunas, to
supposedly "purify" one's system.
"deity" is called Xenu who, supposedly, brought
BILLIONS of people to earth in a spaceship 75 million
He was a tyrant who
stacked these people around volcanoes, inside which he
allegedly detonated hydrogen bombs.
The thetans (souls) then clustered together (I
kid you not) and stuck to the bodies of the living.
How those billions
of people survived HYDROGEN BOMBS, no less, we're not
In fact, there's
A WHOLE LOT which the cult DOES NOT EXPLAIN,
and followers are just expected to ACCEPT BLINDLY as
Like all other
cults, it's HIGHLY SECRETIVE.
Former members of the cult allege that THE BIGGER
THE DONATION one makes to the Church of Scientology the
more "privileged information" one is privy to.
wouldn't want to hear any of that trash if
they GAVE IT AWAY FOR FREE.
It's a nonsensical
mixture of religious mysticism and science fiction
which explains, at least in part, why it appeals to
some in the entertainment world.
And if you believe
any of that crap, YOU'RE UNBELIEVABLY STUPID, UTTERLY
DECEIVED, AND HEADED STRAIGHT TO HELL.
Fact is, your
soul became "separated" from God through sin.
"Xenu" and all the
rest of THIS CRAP was INVENTED. By a SCIENCE FICTION
WRITER... give me a break!
NO "Xenu" and no amount of "auditing",
"purification" or "Scientology" will
ever save your LOST SOUL.
The ONLY ONE who CAN
and WILL save you is Jesus Christ.
Only the Blood of
Jesus can cleanse you from sin.
If you were sold this pack of lies, isn't
it time you forsook them,
and CAME TO KNOW THE TRUTH?
Invite Jesus to
enter your heart and life, RIGHT NOW.
He'll set you free FOREVER.
Best of all, Salvation
It costs NOTHING, only
"If the Son SETS YOU
FREE, YOU WILL BE FREE INDEED".
FRIDAY, JULY 6,
religion maintains that faith in Christ ISN'T ENOUGH
for salvation, that
we MUST add works.
Such "works" invariably involve being member of
their FALSE man-fabricated denomination, and following
their FALSE, man-concocted precepts.
LEAST 50 New Testament verses that
every possible way, from every possible angle, that
Salvation is BY
GRACE ALONE, THROUGH
and DESPERATELY CLING to ONE New
Testament verse to promote their lie:
"You believe that
there is one God;
you do well: the
demons also believe,
They claim, FALSELY, that this one
verse PROVES that Salvation ISN'T by
After all, demons believe but they
are not saved.
First of all, that verse says
that demons believe that
there is ONE God.
It says NOTHING about demons believing
Repeat: it says NOTHING -
not a word - about demons believing
that Jesus Christ IS that One God.
Secondly, demons believe ONLY
with their minds,
IT SAYS NOTHING - not a word - about their
In fact, I'll take it A STEP FURTHER THAN
JAMES: demons DON'T just "believe", demons
KNOW - beyond any doubt -- that there is ONE God.
It says NOTHING about demons being BORN-AGAIN.
It says NOTHING about demons believing Jesus died
for their sins.
It says NOTHING about demons
receiving Jesus Christ INTO THEIR HEARTS as Lord,
Savior and ONLY God (Romans 10:9).
NOTHING about demons TRUSTING Jesus and His PERFECT,
FINISHED Work of Redemption for Salvation (Hebrews
So much for that LAME, RIDICULOUS
ALL that verse says
is that demons are MONOTHEISTS.
They KNOW there's
That's ALL it
Demons believe that there is ONE God.
So do Muslims and non-Messianic Jews, and
THEY are NOT SAVED.
they DO NOT believe that that ONE God is Jesus.
never been BORN AGAIN OF His SPIRIT (John
Because they've NEVER INVITED Jesus
Christ into their hearts and received Him as their ONE
AND ONLY Lord, Savior and God (John 1:12).
Because, consequently, they
are NOT MADE PARTAKERS OF His Divine Nature (2
Neither have demons.
why NONE OF THEM are saved.
They ALL have
are DEGENERATE (UNSAVED) hearts.
The ONLY saved people are those whose hearts HAVE
been regenerated (BORN AGAIN) by the Spirit of Christ,
and thus are CONNECTED with Jesus Himself (Romans 8:9).
The New Testament COULDN'T BE CLEARER about HOW
Salvation is attained:
"If you shall confess
with your mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shall
BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART that God has raised Him from the
SHALL BE SAVED"
Show me JUST
I'll become THE GREATEST ADVOCATE of "faith plus works"
the world has ever seen.
NEVER SAVED A
Belief in ONE God HAS
NEVER SAVED A
Trusting Jesus Christ, as that One
God, to wash away our sins by His holiest and MOST
PRECIOUS BLOOD (Revelation 7:14; 12:11) and receiving
His Spirit into our hearts... HAS
THURSDAY, JULY 5,
UNLESS MY MIND
more arrogant than having
the attitude that, UNLESS
something makes complete sense to our finite, limited
intellect, IT CANNOT BE TRUE.
Unfortunately, this attitude is PREVALENT is
It's prevalent in schools and
Prevalent among so-called
Prevalent among celebrities.
Prevalent among politicians.
the media elite.
It's even prevalent among
Last, but certainly not least, it's prevalent among
When we peel off all the layers, this
attitude is born of fear.
We are so
insecure, that we
want to "control" God and LIMIT Him to
what our FINITE minds can comprehend.
If He were limited by
your puny and EXTREMELY LIMITED understanding - if He
were limited to what our CORRUPT mind can comprehend
wouldn't be God at all, would He?
He'd BE no more God than
your fallible perception.
Thank God He ISN'T limited by our SEVERELY
I got news for all the
truly ARROGANT individuals out there:
God IS God.
He can DO ANYTHING
HE WANTS, WHENEVER HE WANTS, whether it "makes sense"
to your challenged intelligence or not.
And, guess what? He
DOESN'T even NEED YOUR APPROVAL.
I don't care who you are, or even if your I.Q.
matches Einstein's, IT'S
If you could increase your I.Q. by
1,000,000,000,000,000,000%, maybe, just maybe, you
might begin to
understand and THINK like God.
the heavens are high above the earth,
so are His
thoughts HIGHER than our thoughts, His Ways HIGHER than
our ways" (Isaiah
MAKES HIM GOD.
He's God, you're
Your mind, no matter
even if you got 10 PhD's from MORTAL, intellectually
restricted men, is
NO MATCH FOR God's.
Making our diminutive, underdeveloped intellect THE
ARBITER of what can or can't be is both, FOLLY and
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4,
Why is America
hardly mentioned in Bible prophecy?
Other than a
passing mention in Ezekiel 38:13 and PERHAPS another in
Isaiah 18, the
greatest superpower in history is all but IGNORED.
Some have made
desperate attempts to identify the U.S. as Mystery
Babylon in Revelation chapters 17 and 18, but that
won't wash. We are clearly told these chapters refer TO
A CITY, not a nation.
And Revelation 17:18 unequivocally identifies that
have tried to pin the "eagle wings" on a lion mentioned
in Daniel chapter 7 to America, because of the bald
eagle being our national emblem.
In context, that prophecy is clearly referring to
ANCIENT Babylon, which is no longer an empire, and
which lies in ruins to this very day, as prophesied in
was a winged lion, precisely as described in Daniel
7:4. See picture below).
Why this apparent
omission? Is God INDIFFERENT to what happens to this
We can infer TWO
THINGS from its lack of mention:
1. That during the
tribulation the U.S. will
no longer be a superpower.
2. That it won't
play a prominent role during most
of the tribulation, or during the reign of Antichrist.
Since we are VERY
CLOSE to the tribulation judgments, and since America
is already in decline, its downfall should happen
fairly soon... and
don't think for a minute that I enjoy saying this.
mitigating factor is that it
will happen AFTER the Church has left the earth.
Revelation chapter 8
mentions nuclear war which destroys "one third of
ships". That would HAVE TO include a large chunk of our
also turns ONE THIRD of the sea into blood, and kills
ONE THIRD OF sea creatures.
As a result, ONE
THIRD of drinking water is also poisoned, causing death
to those who drink it.
Then in Revelation
9:14-19, there's a large number of preprogrammed lethal
missiles that go off from the Euphrates area, killing
ONE THIRD of the remaining world population, which
would mean the death of over ONE AND A HALF BILLION
The U.S. will be
significantly depopulated when the Rapture takes place. If
ONE THIRD of the world's remaining population dies
during the tribulation, THE MAJORITY of these deaths
would HAVE TO occur in China and India, which
combined have 40% of current world population
consisting mostly of UNSAVED humans and, by then, may
have as much as 60%.
The REASON the U.S.
is hardly mentioned in prophecy is because human
history began in the Middle East and spread thru the
Mediterranean, and human history as we know it, will
also END there.
The focus today
is, indeed, on the Middle East:
ambitions, the on-going civil war in Syria, the
so-called "Arab Spring" marked by multinational
upheavals, Palestinian threats to declare unilateral
statehood, and their ever present hatred for Israel.
So, the U.S., while
NOT DESTROYED, will suffer great calamity and
devastation in the EARLY part of the trumpet judgments.
Russia and China
which, likewise, DO NOT figure prominently in the
tribulation, will likely suffer a similar fate.
We know that the
U.S. and China will obey God during the Millennium (Ezekiel
38:13; Isaiah 49:6-12).
We also know that
Russia is destroyed at THE END thereof as
it rebels and joins Satan, in the Gog and Magog war,
which will be the LAST BATTLE OF ALL TIME, and Satan's
final and futile attempt to topple the Kingdom of God
By God's Grace
America WILL survive the tribulation... barely.
On this day when we
celebrate our independence, let's thank God for our
freedom, and enjoy it while we still can.
* U.S. Navy lists
473 active ships, Russia around 526 (estimate), and
China 760 (estimate).
TUESDAY, JULY 3,
ONE SNACK A WEEK
If your body laid
on a couch all week long, never exercised or engaged in
ANY ACTIVITY, skipped breakfast, lunch and dinner,
hardly drank anything, and ATE
NOTHING except ONE SNACK A WEEK, how do you think you'd
Not great, I promise.
You'd be depleted
of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and other
nutrients. You'd be EMACIATED and sooner
or later they'd have to rush you to the hospital and
put you on life support.
where most Christians' ARE SPIRITUALLY today.
Exercise? Ha! Most church people don't
even know WHERE THEIR SPIRIT IS,
let alone try
to USE IT.
Most PASTORS teach the spirit and soul are the
same thing. They MOST DEFINITELY ARE
Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12).
THEY DO NOT
NOURISH their spirits with the Word of God, they don't
spend TWO SECONDS meditating His Word, they never study
their Bibles, except for reading a couple verses at the
end of the week -- when they go to that social club
they call "church" -- which
they'll forget before they even hit the door.
So, we have a Body of believers that, but
for the Grace of God, would be DEAD.
That is why you hear me, time and again, expose the
"Christian entertainment" mentality that, sadly,
prevails in Christendom.
That's why most LACK
spiritual house is built on LESS THAN SAND,
ON RELIGIOUS FLUFF.
That's why you don't even
need storms to knock it down, all
you need is the slightest puff of air and it crumbles.
That's why they're TOSSED TO AND FRO by
EVERY wind of doctrine.
They get their "gospel" from some stupid song
on that Kristian entertainer's CD or from some slick
preacher on Kristian TV who's all STYLE and NO
The reason they welcome ANY
NONSENSICAL, ANTI-BIBLICAL "all roads lead to heaven"
theory that comes along, is they
want to be "popular".
They don't want to serve a Savior that, to the
world, sounds "intolerant". They want a God that is
"cool" who will TOLERATE EVERYONE, FROM EVERY FALSE
RELIGION MAN'S CORRUPT IMAGINATION CAN INVENT.
It's never been
popular to tell others than UNLESS THEY RECEIVE CHRIST
INTO THEIR HEARTS, THEY'RE GOING TO HELL.
But it happens to be THE TRUTH.
think I exaggerate, but if you sat here day after day
and read some of the mail, not only would you shed
tears, you'd get so despondent that you'd throw your
hands up in the air and ask God to please take you away
from this corrupt, fickle, sin-laden world.
Jesus DIDN'T go to
the cross and give us BORN AGAIN SPIRITS SO we'd IGNORE
but so THAT WE'D
He didn't give us the Scriptures, which took untold
sacrifice on the part of his apostles and prophets to
write, and even the blood of His martyrs to get to us,
SO WE'D HAVE THEM ON DISPLAY ON OUR COFFEE TABLE or,
worse, forgotten on some old, dusty shelf.
when you get your scheduled religious snack next
weekend, just remember:
Your spirit, like your
NOURISHMENT 7 days a week.
MONDAY, JULY 2,
Humpty Dumpty sat
on a wall
Humpty Dumpty HAD A GREAT FALL
King's horses and all the King's men
Humpty together again
As children we all heard
and learned this nursery rhyme.
Although no one
knows for sure where it originated, the two most
persistent theories are that it refers to the fall of
the Roman Empire, or that it was a veiled reference to
Richard III, king of England, who fell in battle.
Whatever the case may be, it
could just as well apply to THE FALL of mankind into
sin and mortality, or to the Church's FALL into
worldliness and doctrinal error, followed by
These unfortunate conditions remain to this
Sure enough, God has sent all His
"horses and men" in the form of apostles, prophets,
evangelists, pastors and teachers, or some combination
thereof, and they
HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO put this spiritual Humpty Dumpty
For every true apostle there seem to be DOZENS
of fake ones.
For every true prophet, there have
been hundreds of FALSE prophets.
For all the
preaching, teaching, evangelizing, and all the
communication means at our disposal, Humpty
doesn't seem to be getting any closer to "being put
If anything, he's
more broken than EVER.
There are more divisions within the true Church than at
any time in its tortured history.
MORE HERESY AND DECEPTION than ever before.
Thank God that at
least the King's horses and men have brought spiritual
Salvation to Humpty, but his SOUL is still deceived,
and his members SCATTERED.
In that sense, all the King's horses and all the
king's men HAVE FAILED.
So, is this human Humpty
All the King's horses and men
haven't put him together again, but I'll
tell you WHO CAN:
The King Himself.
The same King, who created Humpty, KNOWS HOW to
put Humpty together again.
From His vantage point it's A DONE DEAL.
"It" is FINISHED!
From an earthly perspective we still don't see
the pieces of Humpty coming together, but we will.
By the King's AMAZING Spirit, and AMAZING Grace, WE
The King's Spirit BEGAN the process on the
day of Pentecost some TWO MILLENNIA AGO.
King's Spirit WILL FINISH THE JOB and supernaturally
bring all of Humpty's pieces together IN THIS
When the odds against the Jews
building their second temple seemed hopeless and
insurmountable, God sent this prophecy through
"This is the word of the LORD... NOT
by might, nor by power, but BY
says the LORD of hosts" (Zechariah 4:6).
According to 1 Corinthians 3:17 we, who comprise the
Body of Christ, ARE
the temple of God:
Though His spiritual temple seems to be torn
into a million pieces all
it takes is ONE mighty wave of His Spirit to
make all the pieces "fitly joined together and
COMPACTED" (Ephesians 4:16), as He intended.
There's no such thing as "a hopeless cause" when the
King Himself is IN CHARGE.
SUNDAY, JULY 1,
Being in ministry
involves having to listen to other people's problems.
Children got involved with the wrong people, one
spouse cheated on the other, church people mistreated
them or made them feel unwelcomed, lost their job, are
estranged from some member of their family, someone
betrayed them or took advantage of them, etc.
wish I could say there's a magic formula that will
prevent our feelings from getting hurt. There
As humans, our feelings will get hurt sooner or
WE ARE, WHERE WE LIVE, WHAT WE DO, OR HOW HARD WE TRY
TO BE "IMMUNE".
It hurts until we realize that WHY
SHOULD we CARE ABOUT THEIR OPINION. After
not like they pay our bills, DO or SOLVE ANYTHING for
why should we let what they say or think bother us?
responsible for what "they" think.
What "they" think is "THEIR"
The ONLY opinion I really care about is God's.
And SO SHOULD YOU.
His APPROVAL is the
ONLY ONE we should seek.
And, in Christ, we
already HAVE IT.
God's "seal of approval" (His Holy Spirit) is
all we need (Ephesians 4:30).
Jesus is PERFECT.
Himself was REJECTED, CRITICIZED, FALSELY ACCUSED and,
Being human, IMAGINE HOW HE FELT when those He
came to save, those who CLAIMED TO believe in Him, those
He suffered UNSPEAKABLY for, even
His own COUNTRYMEN, REJECTED
Him, mocked Him, despised Him and DEMANDED His
It must have BROKEN His precious heart.
pain He went through wasn't JUST PHYSICAL -
excruciating as that was - nor was it JUST SPIRITUAL -
as horrendous as it must have been to experience for
the first time SEPARATION from the Father -- but His
agony was EMOTIONAL as well.
That's why He SWEATED
LITERALLY (Luke 22:44).
So, Jesus KNOWS AND
UNDERSTANDS what you've gone through or are going
We have a Savior who CAN BE touched
with the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).
servant is not greater than His Lord (John
If Jesus Himself, Perfection
Personified, was criticized, so
If He was FALSELY ACCUSED, so
If He was rejected, forsaken, and betrayed, so
Our Lord said "in the world YOU SHALL HAVE
TRIBULATION. But be of good cheer: I have OVERCOME the
world" (John 16:33).
Evil is overcome by
The BEST way I know of overcoming hurt
feelings is when those thoughts come to mind, and
reopen new or old wounds, begin
PRAISING Jesus. I GUARANTEE the thoughts and hurt WILL
DISAPPEAR and won't linger.
We can't live "in the past". In the "past"
we're TOTALLY INEFFECTIVE.
hurtful actions, words or moments in your mind, time
and again, won't
Don't dwell on the "past". Live
IN THE PRESENT.
Jesus is ETERNAL
This earthly experience will soon be a DISTANT
memory anyway, and eventually
even those HURTFUL feelings and memories will TOTALLY
65:17; Revelation 21:4).
What seems so "hurtful"
in space-time TOTALLY LOSES ITS STING in the eternal
realm which is where we're PREDESTINED to be.
Jesus knew all of us would experience emotional pain.
In His "Sermon on the Mount", He said:
"Blessed are they who are persecuted
for righteousness' sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
you, WHEN MEN SHALL REVILE YOU, and persecute you, and
SAY ALL MANNER OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY, FOR MY
REJOICE, and BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD: for
great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they
the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:10-12)
He also said:
"But I say unto you, LOVE YOUR
them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and
pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute
That you may be the children of your Father who
is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil
and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the
unjust" (Matthew 5:44, 45).
No advice I could
ever give could top that of THE LORD HIMSELF.
you've been hurt by one or more people, praise Jesus,
REJOICE IN HIM, and
FOCUS ON Him,
not on "them".
Seek Him with all your heart and STAY
IN HIS PRESENCE (in
the PRESENT), where
there's NO PAIN.
In HIS PRESENCE (ETERNAL
IS FULLNESS OF JOY, PLEASURES
AT HIS RIGHT HAND FOREVERMORE!!!
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