TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31,
CHAPTER AND VERSE,
Just like some people
believe ANYTHING they see or hear on TV, there are those
who believe ANYTHING they
read, see or hear on the internet.
Religious deception in
all media has reached pandemic proportions.
Paul was 100% CORRECT
when he predicted that, at
the time of the end, many would teach "doctrines of devils" (1st
Quite often Christians
are swayed by something they read in some religious forum
or watched on a YouTube video where self-appointed
"prophets" make ARBITRARY statements, as ABSOLUTE FACT, without
a smidgeon of Scripture to back it up.
Just recently several people
asked about a series of videos that appeared on YouTube
predicting the Rapture on Sunday, December 13, 2013.
In a matter of DAYS it had
OVER 400 "subscribers" and 30,000 views from Christians
frantically seeking SOME SOOTHSAYER to predict their
future, WHEN THEY HAVE THE INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD.
My reply was that,
although I wished this man was correct, I couldn't help
notice TWO things:
1) That his YouTube
channel was ONLY TWO MONTHS OLD, and
2) That there was NO
SCRIPTURAL BASIS WHATSOEVER -- ZERO -- for this
The prediction was
ENTIRELY BASED ON the man himself who claims to be a
"prophet of God" called to be a prophet 14
years ago, and on a series of dreams he supposedly
We now know that he's NOT
a prophet of God, that the dreams did not come from God
and, sadly, that the prophecy DIDN'T COME TO PASS.
By December 13 (TWO
DAYS PRIOR TO "the day" the prophecy was to take place) his
channel TOTALLY and CONVENIENTLY disappeared with almost
the same speed with which it had appeared.
ALWAYS LOOK FOR
scriptural basis, or LACK THEREOF.
When someone makes
ARBITRARY statements and only makes a vague reference to
some biblical passage, or doesn't provide ANY Scriptures to
support them, chances are it's because THERE
And if there AREN'T
ANY that means it's
If they do provide
Scriptures, read them and
MAKE SURE that is, in fact, what those Scriptures say. One
of the oldest tricks in the book is to cite some verse of
Scripture and CLAIM it says
something, when in reality it DOESN'T
SAY THAT AT ALL.
I see it ALL
Another example is
those who make irresponsible statements on those stupid
prophecy forums (sorry, but 90% of the stuff posted there
is MORONIC) that the Rapture is a "reward" for those who
are "worthy", that Jesus said He would spew "worldly"
Christians out of His mouth, and that ONLY those who've
MADE THEMSELVES ready and have SEPARATED THEMSELVES from
the world would be taken up.
There is NO
PLACE in the entire Bible that says or even supports
ANY of that.
The Laodiceans main
problem was not worldliness, but
that they WERE SPIRITUALLY LUKEWARM AND HAD
NEVER RECEIVED JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS.
That's WHY He was about
to spew them out of His mouth, which means they'd be
EXPELLED FROM His Body.
That's why Jesus was standing
at the door KNOCKING, WAITING FOR THEM TO INVITE Him IN (Revelation
anywhere that tells us the Rapture is "A REWARD" FOR
ANYTHING. That's a LIE.
Although from God's
perspective, we are completely saved (spirit, soul and
body, 1 Thessalonians 5:23), only spiritual salvation is
manifesting on this earth realm.
The Rapture is the
manifestation of our FULL
And Jesus PURCHASED our FULL
SALVATION WITH HIS BLOOD (NO LESS!) at Golgotha (John
At the Rapture our
mind is renewed (born-again), which in turn causes the
instant transformation or our bodies from mortal to
immortal (1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
HOW can anyone teach
salvation is by grace through faith (no works required) and
then turn around and teach that the FULL manifestation of
that Salvation must be earned?
No Christian deserves
No Christian deserves
No Christian gets to
"earn" being raptured.
Like anything else
that comes from God, it's His GIFT to His children, of
which we are completely UNDESERVING.
This GIFT is given by
His Grace (undeserved goodness) to
those who place their faith (trust) in Jesus.
When one of these
know-it-alls comes to you with some weird, FEAR-BASED
teaching, you have EVERY
RIGHT to ask him (or her) to back it up with the
If they CAN'T, that
means it's A LIE.
Just utter those 4
little words: "chapter and
MONDAY, DECEMBER 30,
IS PETER THE ROCK?
"And I say also unto
you: That you are Peter (petros, a movable rock),
and UPON THIS ROCK (petra,
a large, unmovable mass of rock) I
WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of Hades shall not
prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).
Christ says very
clearly that it's HIS Church.
If the Church BELONGS
TO JESUS, and is based on
FAITH IN Jesus, WHY would He build it on
Bill Gates, as
everyone knows, is the Founder of Microsoft. Microsoft is
HIS Company. You could say its FOUNDED ON him. Would Bill
Gates tell anyone, under ANY circumstance, that it was
founded on his Human Resources Director?
The Church is
INFINITELY MORE IMPORTANT than Microsoft, since the Church
is ETERNAL. And yet, some
insist that it's founded on Peter, one of Christ's
preachers, and NOT on Christ Himself.
It doesn't make ANY
The Church is a
SPIRITUAL ENTITY - not a religion.
ALL RELIGIONS WILL SOON
COME TO AN END.
In the very next verse
(Matthew 16:19) Jesus tells Peter: "And I WILL GIVE UNTO
keys of the kingdom of heaven"...
There's NO QUESTION
WHATSOEVER about whom Jesus referred to in THAT verse: He
would give the keys TO PETER.
We must ask ourselves:
If Jesus INTENDED TO SAY His Church would be built on
Peter, WHY WASN'T HE EQUALLY
CLEAR in the previous verse?
It would have been SO
EASY for Him to say "Upon you, Peter, (epi soi petros)
I will build MY Church".
But Christ NEVER
Repeat: Christ NEVER said THAT.
Please note THE
CONTRAST in Jesus' words: "UPON
THIS ROCK I
will build"... "AND
TO YOU I
ALONE PROVES that Peter is NOT the Rock on which the Church
would be built.
But there's plenty
1. Deuteronomy 32:4
is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are
justice: a God of truth and
without iniquity, just and right is he".
2. Deuteronomy 32:30
"How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand
to flight, except their Rock
had sold them, and the LORD had given them up?"
3. Deuteronomy 32:31
"For their rock is not like
our Rock, as even our enemies concede".
4. Deuteronomy 32:37
"And he shall say, Where are their
gods, their rock in whom they trusted?"
5. 1 Samuel 2:2
is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside you: neither
is there any rock like our God.
6. 2 Samuel 22:2-3
Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my
God is my rock, in whom I take refuge"...
7. 2 Samuel 22:32
who is God besides the Lord? And who
is the Rock except our God?"
8. 2 Samuel 22:47
Lord lives! Praise be to my
Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
9. 2 Samuel 23:3
God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me"...
10. Psalm 18:2
"The LORD is my rock, my
fortress and my deliverer; my
God is my rock, in Whom I take refuge, my shield and
the horn of my salvation, my stronghold".
11. Psalm 18:31
who is God besides the Lord? And who
is the Rock except our God?"
12. Psalm 18:46
Lord lives! Praise be to my
Rock! Exalted be God my
13. Psalm 27:5
the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his
dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock".
14. Psalm 28:1
you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf
ear to me".
15. Psalm 31:1-2
you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to
shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to
me, come quickly to my rescue; be
my rock of refuge".
16. Psalm 40:1-2
waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my
cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and
mire; he set my feet on a
rock and gave me a firm place to stand".
17. Psalm 42:9
"I say to God my Rock, Why
have you forgotten me?"
18. Psalm 61:2
the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart
grows faint; lead me to the
rock that is higher than I".
19. Psalm 62:1-2
"Truly my soul finds rest in
God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and
my salvation: he is my fortress, I will never be
20. Psalm 62:5-6
my soul, find rest in God; my
hope comes from him. Truly he
is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will
not be shaken".
We read, time and
again, THAT ONLY GOD IS THE
ROCK and that there's NO ROCK APART FROM Him. Therefore, UNLESS
Peter is God, he CANNOT
BE the rock.
21. Psalm 71:1-3
you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to
shame. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
turn your ear to me and save me. Be
my rock of refuge".
22. Psalm 78:35
remembered that God was their Rock, that the Most High
God was their Redeemer".
23. Psalm 81:16
speaking) "But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with
honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
24. Psalm 89:26
will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my
God, the Rock my Savior.'
25. Psalm 92:15
"...proclaiming, "The Lord is
upright; he is my Rock, and
there is no wickedness in him."
26. Psalm 94:22
the Lord has become my fortress, and my
God the rock in whom I take refuge".
27. Psalm 95:1
us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock
of our salvation".
28. Isaiah 8:13-14
Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he
is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread.
He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he
will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock
that makes them fall".
29: Isaiah 17:10
"You have forgotten God your
Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your
30. Isaiah 28:16
"Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I
lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tested stone, a
precious cornerstone, a sure foundation"...
31. Isaiah 32:2
man (in context, the Messiah) shall be as a hiding
place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as
rivers of water in a dry place, as
the shadow of a great rock in a hot land".
32. Isaiah 51:1
"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who
seek the Lord: Look to the Rock from which you were cut and
to the quarry from which you were hewn".
33. Daniel 2:44-45
the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a
kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left
to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and
bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This
is the meaning of the vision OF THE ROCK cut out of a
mountain, but NOT BY HUMAN HANDS-A ROCK that broke the
iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to
34. Matthew 7:24-25 (Jesus
Therefore everyone who
hears THESE WORDS OF MINE and acts on them, may be
compared to a wise man WHO
BUILT HIS HOUSE ON THE ROCK (petra).
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew
and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for
it had been founded on the rock"...
35. Acts 4:11-12 (Peter
"Jesus IS THE
STONE you builders rejected, which
has become the cornerstone. SALVATION IS FOUND IN NO ONE
ELSE, FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME under heaven given to
mankind by which we must be saved."
36. Romans 9:31-33
"But the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way
of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because
they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works:
They stumbled over THE STUMBLING STONE. As it is
written: See, I lay in Zion A
STONE that causes people to stumble and A ROCK that makes
them fall, and the one who believes in Him will never
be put to shame."
37.1 Corinthians 10:4
"...and all drank the same spiritual drink, for
they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed
them; and the rock (petra)
38. Ephesians 2:19-21
"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers,
but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of
his household, BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION OF the apostles and
prophets, with Christ Jesus
Himself as the chief cornerstone. In
Him the whole building (Church) is joined together and
rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him
you too are being built together to become a dwelling in
which God lives by his Spirit".
39. 1 Peter 2:4-8
"As you come to Him, the
living Stone-rejected by humans but chosen by God and
precious to him- you also, like living stones, are being
built into a spiritual house...offering spiritual
sacrifices acceptable to God
through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: "See,
I lay a stone in Zion, A
CHOSEN AND PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, and the one who trusts
in Him will never be put to shame."
YOU WHO BELIEVE, THIS STONE IS PRECIOUS. But to those
who do not believe:"The stone
the builders rejected has become the cornerstone and A
stone that causes people to stumble and A
ROCK THAT MAKES THEM FALL."
We have presented 39
Bible passages that say that
God, and only God, is the Rock.
hierarchy presents ONLY ONE
verse, which it manipulates capriciously, INVENTING in
the process a whole religious institution, an entire
hierarchy, supposed "successors", the title "Pope", and
supposed "papal infallibility", NONE
OF WHICH are mentioned ANYWHERE IN THAT ONE VERSE or,
for that matter, ANYWHERE
IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE!!!
Peter was NEVER at a
loss for words.
Since Jesus spoke DIRECTLY
TO Peter in Matthew 16:18: had
you been Peter, and had THE SLIGHTEST doubt what Jesus
meant, WOULDN'T YOU HAVE ASKED HIM:
IS THE ROCK upon which you'll build YOUR Church? Is
it you or me"?
Peter was Jewish and,
as such, he was well
acquainted with most of the aforementioned Scriptures that
state UNEQUIVOCALLY that God ALONE is the Rock.
just confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the
Living God, hence God.
and DIDN'T HAVE THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT,that the Rock that
Jesus had referred to, upon which Jesus' Church would be
built, was and IS Jesus
Himself. Peter tells us NO FEWER THAN 7 TIMES in the
Book of Acts and his first epistle, THAT THE ROCK IS JESUS.
Moses says that God is
Samuel says that God is
David says (over and
over) that God is the Rock.
Isaiah says that God is
Daniel says that God is
Paul says that God is the
Jesus says that He (God)
is the Rock.
And Peter himself says 7
TIMES that Jesus (God) IS THE ROCK.
In order to insist
that Peter is the rock on which Christ would build HIS OWN
Church, Roman Catholic hierarchy MUST
CONTRADICT Moses, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Paul,
Jesus and EVEN PETER.
MUST DIRECTLY CONTRADICT the Holy Spirit (God) who inspired
It is IMPOSSIBLE
for God to lie (Romans 3:4; Hebrews 6:18).
THE ONLY LIARS are those who
As Paul CLEARLY STATED
in 1 Corinthians 3:11:
OTHER FOUNDATION CAN ANYONE LAY than what is laid, WHICH
IS JESUS CHRIST".
You really gotta be
DISHONEST, and have a crooked agenda, in order to botch
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29,
KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
"And I will
give to you (in context, to Peter) THE
KEYS OF the Kingdom of Heaven: and WHATEVER YOU SHALL BIND
ON EARTH SHALL BE WHAT HAS BEEN BOUND IN HEAVEN: and
whatsoever YOU SHALL LOOSE ON
EARTH SHALL BE WHAT HAS BEEN LOOSED IN HEAVEN (Matthew
What did Jesus mean by
the "keys of the Kingdom of Heaven"?
There's one prevailing
theory that launched a huge world-wide denomination. It
basically says that Peter and his "successors" were given
authority to forgive sins and to allow people to enter
heaven, or prevent them from entering. That's why each
papal coat of arms shows two crossed keys.
vigorously and correctly argue that Christ and not Peter is
the rock on which the Church is built, seem to have NO
ANSWER for this verse about the keys, so they just sweep it
under the rug.
Nice going, guys.
Keys are instruments used to
OPEN and LOCK doors. When you OPEN the door to something or
someone, you turn it LOOSE. When
you SHUT the door you incarcerate or keep whoever or
whatever BOUND. Hold
John the Baptist
preached that the Kingdom of
God (or Kingdom of Heaven, same thing) was "near" (Matthew
Then Jesus showed up also
preaching the Kingdom was "near" (Matthew 4:17).
Then He sent out His
disciples to preach the
Kingdom was "near" (Matthew 10:6).
The Kingdom was NEAR,
by virtue of the King manifesting on earth publicly in
However, the Kingdom
HAD NOT YET COME.
Hence, the prayer
Jesus taught the disciples: "your Kingdom COME" (Matthew
HAD His Kingdom
ALREADY COME, there would be NO NEED to make that petition.
That's why Jesus
didn't tell Peter "to you I give" (present tense), but "to
you I WILL GIVE" (future
tense) the Keys of the Kingdom because the Kingdom HAD NOT
YET MANIFESTED ON EARTH.
Jesus Himself told
Pilate, JUST PRIOR TO His Crucifixion, that His Kingdom was
"not of this world" (John 18:36).
The Kingdom of Heaven
CAME and manifested on earth FOR THE FIRST TIME on the day
of Pentecost, 33 A.D. when the Holy Spirit came upon the
120 gathered in the Upper Room, right above King David's
Tomb (Acts 2:1-4, 29).
This confirmed not only that
Jesus is the Messiah and rightful heir to David's Throne (Luke
1:32), but that His Kingdom
would be FIRST AND FOREMOST SPIRITUAL, and would take place
IN PEOPLE'S HEARTS, just like King David was a man "after
God's OWN heart" (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22).
The SPIRITUAL Kingdom
CAME on Pentecost, and we find THE FULFILLMENT of Jesus'
promise to give Peter the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven in
RIGHT AFTER the
disciples were filled with the Spirit and spoke in
tongues, WHO SPOKE for them
and explained to the multitude what had just happened?
THE PRIVILEGE of LEADING (LOOSING) THE FIRST CONVERTS
(about 3,000) into the Kingdom of Heaven? (Acts 2:41)
By preaching on that
day, as he did, Peter USED THE SYMBOLIC KEYS JESUS HAD
PROMISED HIM TO OPEN THE DOOR
OF THE KINGDOM WIDE OPEN to anyone who would "repent and be
baptized in the Name of Jesus" (Acts 2:38).
He effectively got
to turn the Kingdom of Heaven LOOSE on the earth, and
(praise Jesus forever!) that Kingdom has been growing ever
That Kingdom, as
Daniel prophesied, will eventually manifest IN PHYSICAL as
well as spiritual form on this earth: it will never end,
and WILL EVENTUALLY TOPPLE and replace ALL GENTILE KINGDOMS
Peter was THE
FIRST PERSON to ever OPENLY AND PUBLICLY CONFESS Jesus as
"the Messiah, the Son of the Living God" (Matthew
got to BE THE FIRST to LOOSE the Messiah's Kingdom on earth and
usher in THE FIRST BELIEVERS (other than the 120 disciples
themselves) into that Kingdom, which Jesus HAD ALREADY
LOOSED in Heaven by His death, Resurrection and Ascension.
Peter also WAS THE FIRST TO
OPEN the door to the Kingdom of Heaven to gentiles by
LOOSING THEM to enter some 14 years later (Acts 10:
What about BINDING,
didn't Jesus also tell Peter he would bind what was already
bound in heaven?
Yes. We see that part
of Jesus' promise fulfilled in Acts 8:20-23 when Simon the
sorcerer offered him money in exchange for the GIFT OF the
Holy Spirit, and Peter flat-out refused it and rebuked
him. He bound ON EARTH what
was bound in heaven.
We see it again in
Acts 15:5-11 when Judaizers
tried (as they still try today) TO IMPOSE circumcision and
law-keeping AS MEANS OF JUSTIFICATION and Peter
immediately refuted them (BOUND
IT ON EARTH, as it had been bound in heaven since Jesus had
made a NEW Testament based ENTIRELY on God's Grace).
He was then backed by
Jesus' brother James (Acts 15:13-15).
Was Peter THE ONLY ONE
given the ability to bind and loose? No.
In Matthew 18:18 Jesus
gave that same authority to "bind" and "loose" on earth to
the other disciples.
Peter simply got to
be THE FIRST (that's why
he was given the metaphoric keys) because he was THE
FIRST to recognize and confess Jesus as the Messiah.
That's also why
Peter is ALWAYS MENTIONED FIRST among the 12 apostles.
That's ALL it means.
Nowhere did Jesus say
Peter would "rule" the Church.
Jesus EVEN REMOTELY indicate THAT THIS SPECIAL
privilege granted to Peter for his bold confession would be
PASSED DOWN TO ANY "SUCCESSORS" REAL OR INVENTED.
Nowhere did Jesus say
He would make Peter "infallible", let alone anyone FALSELY
CLAIMING TO BE his "successor".
do we find Peter sitting on a throne, living in a palace,
or wearing a jewel-encrusted crown and crucifix.
It's very convenient
TO CLAIM to be "Peter's successor" - thereby creating an
autocratic religious DICTATORSHIP - when one is living in a
fancy palace, sitting on a fancy throne, dressed in fancy
apparel, wearing a fancy crown and ring, and protected by a
small army of Swiss guards.
Those who WOULD BE "Peter's
successors" MUST FOLLOW Peter's example:
Jesus BOLDLY and OPENLY as the Messiah, Son of the
Living God (Matthew 16:16).
state BOLDLY AND OPENLY, as Peter did, that
Jesus and NOT Peter is the rock or stone upon which the
Church is built (Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:4-8).
BOLDLY, OPENLY and UNAMBIGUOUSLY that "there
is Salvation IN NO OTHER:
That there is NO
OTHER NAME on
earth whereby we can be
saved" (Acts 4:12).
4. CLEARLY state
that Salvation is BY GRACE ONLY, THROUGH FAITH ONLY, NOT BY
WORKS (Acts 15:5-11).
Jesus enough to WALK ON WATER (Matthew 14:29).
6. Follow Jesus wherever
He goes (Matthew 19:27).
7. Heal others with
his mere shadow (Acts 5:15-16).
the dead (Acts 9:40-41).
willing to DIE for Jesus (John 21:18-19).
If they can't or don't follow
Peter's example, they are NOTHING BUT pretentious
They have NO CLAIM
WHATSOEVER to Peter's spiritual legacy, and THERE'S
NO WAY IN HEAVEN OR EARTH that they can be Peter's
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28,
HOW TO PLEASE GOD
It's a question that
every true believer faces sooner or later:
HOW do we please God?
WHAT MUST WE DO in order
to please the Almighty?
The answer will shock
many of you:
That's right: NOT
NOTHING you can do to please God.
THE ONLY WAY to please God is
to COMPLETELY TRUST (have faith in) Jesus
Christ and WHAT HE DID to save US.
OTHER WAY (John 14:6):
is IMPOSSIBLE to
please God"... (Hebrews 11:6).
Please note what
Scripture DOES NOT say:
"WITHOUT KEEPING THE 10
COMMANDMENTS it's impossible to please God". Or,
"WITHOUT KEEPING THE LAW
(Torah) it's impossible to please God". Or,
"WITHOUT OBSERVING THE
24-HOUR SABBATH it's impossible to please God". Or,
CIRCUMCISION OF THE FLESH it's impossible to please
"WITHOUT OBSERVING DIETARY
LAWS it's impossible to please God". Or,
BELONGING TO __________ (fill in the name of ANY denomination
or religion) it's impossible to please God". Or,
"WITHOUT BEING A GOOD PERSON AND
DOING GOOD WORKS it's impossible to please God". Or,
"WITHOUT FOLLOWING THE
TEACHINGS OF _____________ (insert the name of
ANY mortal religious leader)
it's impossible to please God".
You can't find ONE
verse from Genesis to Revelation that makes such
Even if you somehow
managed to "do" ALL THESE THINGS, and keep every one of
these TO PERFECTION, your
would still NOT BE pleased.
The ONLY THING that pleases
Him is YOUR FAITH (TRUST) and NOTHING ELSE.
ALL that is required to
please God is FAITH (complete
TRUST) in Jesus' perfect and divine Work of Redemption.
ALL THE WORK, leaving ZERO for
us to do.
"He that comes to God
(Jesus) MUST BELIEVE... that
HE IS A
never hear that from religion.
Religion says He
is A PUNISHER.
But He's not.
Why? Because Jesus
ALREADY TOOK your punishment and mine on the cross!
IN FULL the punishment for your sins and mine (John
Jesus is NOT
A PUNISHER. He is A LOVER:
He is A
those who DILIGENTLY SEEK Him.
You can live IN
constant FEAR of God's "punishment" and be lost.
Or you can invite
Jesus into your heart: receive
Him as only God and Savior, TRUST
the full Salvation He bought FOR YOU, and BE
if that weren't marvelous enough, you can collect your
And there's NO GREATER
"REWARD" than Christ Himself.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27,
7 IN PROPHECY
In the Bible,
different numbers represent different things:
1: Represents God.
2: Division (from
3: The Godhead
(Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
4: Represents the
earth (Zechariah 6:5; Acts 10:11; Revelation 7:1; 20:8).
5: Represents grace
(Genesis 17:5; Leviticus 26:8; 1 Corinthians 14:19).
6: Is the "number of
man" (Genesis 1:26-31; Revelation 13:18).
8: (7 + 1) is the
number of new beginnings.
But 7 Is the number of
PERFECTION, COMPLETION, and REST.
No other number figures
as prominently in the Bible, or in Bible prophecy, as the
For starters, the
MAJOR Timeline given for BOTH the First and Second Comings
our Lord is ALL based on 7's:
70 sevens ("weeks")
7 sevens (Daniel
62 sevens (Daniel
½ seven (Daniel
Then, of course,
there's the Book of Revelation, which gives us a largely
chronological order of end time events, including:
7 letters (Revelation
1:4; 2:1; 3:22)
7 churches (Revelation
7 spirits (Revelation
1:4; 3:1; 4:5),
7 candlesticks (Revelation
7 stars (Revelation
7 church angels (Revelation
7 seals (Revelation
7 horns (Revelation
7 eyes (Revelation
7 angels with trumpets (Revelation
7 trumpets (Revelation
7 thunders (Revelation
7 heads (Revelation
12:3; 13:1; 17:3)
7 crowns (Revelation
7 angels with plagues (Revelation
7 last plagues (Revelation
7 vials (Revelation
7 hills (Revelation
7 kings (Revelation
If the number 7 is SO
PREDOMINANT in prophecy, if
the Second Coming itself happens AT THE END OF 70 "sevens", shouldn't
it also be PRECEDED BY a SEVEN?
While the tribulation
itself lasts "only" 3½ years (Daniel 12:7), the more
you analyze it, the more CONVINCED one becomes that there
MUST BE a 7-year period that precedes the Kingdom of God on
earth. That 7-year period consists of birth pangs
which lead to the tribulation.
God even stuck a
7-year period AFTER the Millennium (Ezekiel 39:9).
therefore, is both preceded and followed by 7-year periods.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26,
JEWS & PAGANISM
It's bad enough to
hear from supposed "Christians" and "Messianic Jews" that
celebrating the Birth of the Messiah is "wrong" and
But the last straw is
when a non-Messianic Jew pretends
to "inform" Christians that we SHOULDN'T celebrate
Christmas because its origins are pagan.
Like we're all a bunch of
ignoramuses who don't know WHAT we believe...
She went into the
usual rote condemnation of Christmas trees, etc.
And the customary B.S.
that December 25 was the day the Romans celebrated the
winter solstice and Sol Invictus.
I pointed out that the
God of Israel COMMANDED Jews to take TREE BRANCHES and
build sukkas to celebrate Sukkot (Leviticus 23:40).
Jews decorate those tree
branches with brightly colored ornaments, as I've seen
many times with my own eyes.
born during Sukkot (John 1:14).
That's why Christians
decorate tree branches with bright ornaments, to remember
and celebrate His Birth.
So, it's NOT pagan
when Jews decorate tree branches, ONLY
WHEN Christians do it?
Why am I even sharing
Because 99% of
Christians aren't prepared to explain WHY they do what they
do, or WHY we believe what we believe.
Pastors and ministers
present those tedious, yawning Christmas plays year after
year, but they fail to prepare the congregation to face or
And because, ever
since Messianic Judaism became "popular", there's
this tendency among dumb Christians to accept ANYTHING STATED
BY JEWS as "truth".
ONE JEW who got EVERYTHING right
and His Name is Jesus (John 14:6).
definition of "pagan" is "a follower of a
POLYTHEISTIC religion; a person who worships MANY GODS OR
GODDESSES or the earth or nature".
Real Christians ONLY worship
the One true God, who incarnated in Jesus, the
One true Messiah and ONLY SAVIOR (Acts 4:12).
There's NOTHING PAGAN
ABOUT celebrating Him.
It's the height of
hypocrisy for a Jewish woman, who lives in Israel, to tell
Christians NOT to celebrate Christmas because it's "pagan" when
her country MAKES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS each year from
Christian tourism during "pagan" Christmas.
In fact, this woman
CARES NOTHING about paganism.
Her ONLY problem with
Christmas is that it
If she were really
that concerned with pagan practices she'd be proselytizing
Hindus, who believe in multiple gods (demons), instead
of telling Christians NOT TO celebrate the Messiah's Birth.
I told her she
KNOWS NOTHING about Christmas or the Christian faith,
and that SHE SHOULD STICK TO
SOMETHING SHE KNOWS, like baking challah.
(To her credit, she
did apologize, claiming that she "didn't mean to offend").
Look, I love Israel
and love Jews - even those who reject their Messiah. I'll
stand with them and support them unwaveringly, EXCEPT
where the Person of Jesus is concerned.
If Jews want to talk
about "pagan" practices, THEY
NEED TO TAKE A LONG LOOK IN THE MIRROR before they point
the finger at us:
You want pagan?
Jews don't even call
the months in their rabbinic calendar by their God-given,
Torah-given names, but BY
THEIR PAGAN BABYLONIAN NAMES.
Why don't you call the
FIRST month Aviv, like God calls it (Exodus
13:4; 23:15; 34:18; Deuteronomy 16:1),
instead of "Nisan", hypocrites?
...Or the seventh
month by its God-given name Ethanin (1
instead of Tishri?
Why don't they talk
about their fifth month, which
is named after PAGAN Babylonian god Tammuz?
Why don't they steer
many of their own Jewish peers AWAY FROM Yoga which
is a form of PAGAN Hinduism?
Why don't they talk
about THEIR OWN SYNAGOGUE in Beth Shean, dating all the way
back to the 6th century (518-527 A.D.) where, IN
VIOLATION OF THEIR OWN TORAH (Exodus 20:4), they
had AN IMAGE of THE VERY SAME Sol Invictus deity on which
they claim the December 25 celebration of Christmas is
I won't even go into
Israel's long, documented history of spiritual infidelity
(idolatry) which caused the destruction and displacement of
the Northern Kingdom and, which, eventually led to the
destruction of the first temple and the exile of Jews into
That is why RELIGION is
such AN ABOMINATION in God's eyes:
Because it spawns a
bunch of self-righteous,
two-faced phonies who ONLY EXCEL at "finding fault" in
others, instead of FIRST removing the PLANK from their own
eye (Matthew 7:1-5).
hypocrites who make sin and
human flaws BIGGER than the God in Whom they CLAIM to
I would never have the
ARROGANCE to tell any Jew NOT TO celebrate Hanukkah.
I would never call
dreidels or gelt "pagan", even though Jews got those
traditions from Europeans, who
got them from PAGAN Druids.
And I sure as hell don't need
a lost, unsaved Jew, WHO
CAN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE HER OWN GOD, telling
me NOT TO celebrate His human Birth.
DECEMBER 25, 2013
THE MOST FAMOUS
YOU is born this day in the city of David a
Savior: who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).
Jesus' birthday is the
most famous and widely celebrated birthday in the world.
Is there a more
beautiful, heartwarming story than the birth of our Savior?
The Bible offers two
different accounts, one from the Wise Men's perspective,
found in the gospel of Matthew; another, from Mary's
perspective found in the gospel of Luke.
Luke 2:13-14 tells of
an angel appearing in the sky, surrounded by a multitude of
the armies of heaven praising God and saying "GLORY
TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND ON EARTH: Peace and good will
They were praising God
for the fact He was no longer
ONLY "up there" in the highest, alienated from His
Creation, HE WAS NOW ALSO ON EARTH in human form.
He had become
Emmanuel: God WITH US.
He would walk and live
among humans as human.
God MANIFESTING AS one of us!!!
That God Almighty
would voluntarily PUT OFF His glory, and manifest in human
form in this sinful, fallen, miserable, undeserving world,
and identify with sinful mankind, is awesome enough.
But the most precious
part of the story is that sin
PREVENTED US from going up to Him, so HE CAME DOWN TO US.
Christmas is the expression
of God's AWESOME, MAJESTIC, ETERNAL, NEVER-FAILING LOVE
It's a testament to
His Goodness, Grace and Faithfulness.
He DIDN'T come for
righteous people. There WERE NONE.
He came TO and FOR sinners.
He came to "seek and TO SAVE"
those who are lost (Luke 19:10).
Christmas is not just
for "holy" people. It's not just for religious people. It's
mainly FOR SINNERS!
If you're a sinner, CHRISTMAS
IS FOR YOU.
YOU are THE REASON Jesus came
into this world in human form.
The main reason Jesus came
was to CLEANSE OUR SINS, and FOREVER REMOVE THEM from us (1
He came to
ERASE your sins (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26).
Christmas is about
God's UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and resolute willingness to sink
to our low level, so He could restore us to His Highest.
If you want to have ALL
your sins erased forever, click
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24,
ONE SOLITARY LIFE
This poem was written
by the late Dr. James Allan Francis (1864-1928). I love to
read it, especially at Christmas. To this day, I can't do
it without getting all "choked up". I've done some very
minor editing, and would like to share "my version" with
He was born in an
obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in still
another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until
he was thirty.
Then for three years
he was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book.
He never held an
He never had a family
or owned a house.
He didn't go to
He never visited a big
He never traveled more
than two hundred miles.
He never had a TV
He never made any
He NEVER asked for
He didn't own great
He never had a private
He never amassed great
He did NONE OF THE THINGS one
usually associates with greatness.
He had NO
CREDENTIALS BUT Himself.
He was ONLY THIRTY
THREE when the tide of public opinion turned against Him.
His friends ran away.
He was turned over to
His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.
He was NAILED
TO A CROSS between two thieves.
While He was dying, His
executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He
had on earth.
When He was dead, He
was laid in a borrowed tomb.
TWENTY ONE CENTURIES
HAVE COME AND GONE, and today
He is THE CENTRAL FIGURE of the human race, and
the Leader of mankind's progress.
All the armies that ever
All the navies that ever
All the parliaments that
All the kings that ever
AFFECTED THE LIFE OF MAN ON THIS EARTH, let alone FOR
ALL ETERNITY, as
much as THAT One
Glory to the King of
kings and Lord of lords! Hallelujah to the Eternal God!
Praise You, Lord
Jesus! Thank You, and Happy Birthday!
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23,
THE ONLY GIFT HE WANTS
For God SO LOVED the
world that He GAVE His only
begotten Son: that WHOEVER
believes on Him will not be lost but have ETERNAL life"
Christmas is a time to
get together with family and friends, and exchange gifts.
We give gifts to one
another in memory of THE GIFT that God gave us on that day:
His ONLY begotten son.
What a gift!
Jesus is THE GIFT that
keeps on giving because He is eternal.
He is THE GIFT that is
with us ALWAYS.
He is THE GIFT we can
use our whole lives.
He is THE GIFT that no
one who receives would need or dare to exchange.
He fits everyone and
has no expiration date.
He is THE BEST, MOST
EXPENSIVE, and MOST BEAUTIFUL gift ever given, BAR NONE.
We give each other
gifts on His Birthday.
We invest so much
time, money and care in selecting the "right gift" for
We worry so much about
whether they'll like what we got them or not.
much time have we invested in GIVING Jesus the gift He
THE ONLY "gift" He's EVER
Your WHOLE heart
It is, after all, HIS
BIRTHDAY, not ours!
The WHOLE REASON
Christ came as a baby was to live a human life, JUST LIKE
ours, but WITHOUT SIN, grow
up and then DIE and shed His holiest Blood TO BUY US BACK
for His Father (1 Peter 1:18-19).
So now that most of us
have selected gifts, for Jimmy and Ashley, for mom and dad,
for Aunt Sophie and Uncle Al, and even for our pets, HOW ABOUT
GIVING JESUS, ON HIS BIRTHDAY, THE ONLY THING HE WANTS?
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22,
What would Christmas
be without Christ?
This Holy Day is
ALL about the birth of the Savior and Messiah.
world WANTS TO celebrate Christmas WITHOUT the VERY REASON
for its celebration:
They already managed
to "X" out the Name of Christ, by writing "Xmas".
Even then, Christ
gets the last laugh, since the "X" is in the shape of A
has done its best to substitute the traditional greeting
"Merry Christmas" with "Happy Holidays"... whatever THAT
The same mega-hypocrites who
NOW OPEN ON THANKSGIVING and can't wait ‘til Christmas time
so they can sell a bunch of stuff and realize huge profits that
put them "in the black" financially, don't want to say
"Merry Christmas" lest they "offend" a few idiots.
They don't want to
GIVE UP THE HOLIDAY, since it means HUGE PROFITS, but
they want to IGNORE THE VERY ONE the Holy Day CELEBRATES.
don't shop at places that DON'T SAY "Merry Christmas".
I'm offended WHEN
THEY DON'T say it.
If the ACLU had its
way there would be NO MENTION of Jesus' birth anywhere, and
NO PUBLIC DISPLAYS of anything associated with Christmas or
the birth of God Incarnate.
If Hollywood had its
way Jesus would be replaced by fictional characters such as
Santa Claus, Frosty, Rudolph, Scrooge and the Grinch.
And if Washington had
its way... (you're smart enough, fill in the blank).
I got news for those
who find the mention of the Name "Jesus" or "Christ"
I got news for the
spineless slaves to political correctness that won't even
say "Christmas" (what are they so afraid of, anyway? I'm
not afraid to say Ramadan or Yom Kippur).
I got news for ALL
those who HATE CHRIST and, consequently, HATE the REAL Christmas:
YOU'RE GOING TO GET
One of these days
you're going to get your heart's desire: A
Christmas WITHOUT Christ.
It will also be a
CHILDLESS Christmas, since you rejected even the Christ
Jesus will have
raptured His children, young and old, leaving all Christ
The day will come,
sooner than they think, when they'll MISS the Christmas
trees, the decorations, the carols, even the Nativity
They'll WISH they
COULD say "Merry Christmas", but won't
be able to.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21,
THE 12 DAYS OF
The 12 days of
Christmas run from December 24 to January 6, when many
Christians celebrate the Epiphany.
This carol's not only
fun to sing, but packed with meaningful symbolism.
In case you're
wondering what eight maids a-milking and 10 lords a-leaping
have to do with the Savior's birth, read below:
“My true love”
(meaning Jesus) sent to me:
partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Himself. I'll
explain in a minute.
2. The TWO turtledoves
Old and New Testaments.
3. THREE French hens
stand for faith,
hope and love.
4. The FOUR CALLING
BIRDS are the
5. The FIVE GOLD RINGS
first five books of the Old Testament, which are the Hebrew
Torah (Law), or the Pentateuch.
6. The SIX GEESE
A-LAYING stand for the
six days of creation.
7. The SEVEN SWANS
a-swimming represent the
seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
8. The EIGHT MAIDS
a-milking are the
9. NINE LADIES DANCING
nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
10. The TEN LORDS
A-LEAPING are the
11. ELEVEN PIPERS
PIPING represent the
eleven faithful Apostles.
12. TWELVE DRUMMERS
DRUMMING symbolize the
twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.
If you think Jesus
being symbolized as A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE sounds
How often would I have sheltered you UNDER
MY WINGS, AS A HEN DOES HER CHICKS,
but thou would not have it so" (Luke 13:34 and Matthew
And “Christ HAS
REDEEMED US FROM the curse of the law, being made a curse
for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that
HANGS ON A TREE” (Galatians
The reason Jesus (the
"partridge in a pear tree") is
mentioned IN EACH OF the 12 days is
Old and New Testaments, the law and the prophets, are
TOTALLY FULFILLED in Him.
That "silly song” we
sing at Christmas time has more meaning than we thought.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20,
O, HOLY NIGHT
O Holy Night! The
stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear
Long lay the world in
sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Soul
felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the
weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and
Fall on your knees!
Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the
night when Christ was born;
O night, divine!
O night, O night
There are so many
beautiful Christmas carols... Hark the Herald Angels Sing,
O Little Town of Bethlehem, What Child is this?, God Rest
Ye Merry Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard On High, Silent
Night... but if I had to pick my personal favorite it would
be this one.
The melody is
beautiful, the lyrics are beautiful.
O Holy Night... it
baffles human reason that the Creator God, the Almighty
God, the Sovereign, all-knowing God, would CHOOSE to
incarnate as a tiny Babe.
That the King of the
cosmos would be born in human form to humble parents, in a
That the Master of the
Universe would be willing to TAKE OFF His glory, and take
on the form of A SERVANT... for our sake,
No longer would He
seem remote and unreachable to mankind.
Glory to God: No
longer was He just (from our vantage point) "in the
Highest" but now He was also "ON EARTH" [Luke 2:14]:
...Immanuel, God WITH
US [Matthew 1:23].
It boggles the mind,
but warms the heart.
It ignites and
unquenchable fire in our Spirits.
It strengthens our
hearts and gives us hope.
It fills us with
O Holy Night.
O Night Divine... for
the Divine One DESCENDED to us, so we could ASCEND to Him.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19,
Most Christians know
Bethlehem as the town where Jesus was born.
But they're totally
unaware of what's going on in Bethlehem today.
Bethlehem was, until
recently, a 100% Christian town.
That's right. Not all
Palestinians are Muslim.
SOME Palestinians are
Since Hamas' takeover
of neighboring Gaza in 2006, Christians have been
systematically harassed, threatened, their businesses and
homes destroyed; they've been tortured, murdered, and the
few remaining families DRIVEN OUT.
world, including the Christian world, is OBLIVIOUS to their
We don't hear A WORD about
Hamas' unprovoked atrocities in
We don't hear A WORD about
it from that supposed "champion of human rights", the
We don't hear A WORD about it from
the Vatican, even when Pope Benedict XVI visited the Holy
Land and criticized Jews for their alleged mistreatment of
Palestinians, but said ZERO
about Hamas' mistreatment of Christians, or their
destruction of Christian lives and property AT WILL, and
We don't hear A WORD from the
World Council of Churches.
And, saddest of all, we
don't hear A WORD from the Evangelical community.
have NO VOICE and no representation in the public square.
Their plight is totally
ignored by their brothers and sisters elsewhere.
The violence was so
bad in recent years that tourism, even during the Christmas
season, dwindled to a virtual halt.
However, in the past
few years it's been a different story.
There have been RECORD
NUMBERS OF CHRISTIANS who made pilgrimage to Bethlehem, and
even attended Mass at the Church of the Nativity.
What makes me angry is
that wicked terrorists have
capitalized ON Christian IGNORANCE to boost tourism and
line their pockets with dollars and pounds, because
THEY KNOW the Christian world HAS NO CLUE about what's been
going on, or how their Christians brothers and sisters have
been robbed, assaulted, murdered, evicted and mistreated.
ON Christian IGNORANCE.
Breaks my heart to
even say it…
They even piped
Christmas carols into Manger Square and "decorated" the
streets with Christmas trees in preparation for the
Christmas tourist season, as
if putting up trees and garlands would compensate for the
unjustified violence and bloodshed.
If that's not
the height of religious hypocrisy and ultimate mockery, I
don't know what is!
These evil bastards
have gone so far as to claim that Jesus, a Jew through and
through, was "the first Palestinian martyr".
That, of course, is a
contradiction of terms, since Muslims don't believe Jesus
died on the cross AT ALL. How's that for ethnic spin?
Please pray for our
Christian brothers in Bethlehem, and in the rest of the
dramatically increased in recent years in Iraq, where they
are afraid to celebrate Christmas for fear of Muslim
retaliation. Yeah, THAT Iraq: The one our brave soldiers
spilled their blood to "liberate".
They're also being
persecuted in places like Egypt, Syria, Iran, Indonesia,
Nigeria, and others too numerous to mention.
Pray for their safety
and protection. Pray that they really know Jesus, instead
of just having religion, and are ready for His appearing.
SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
Of all the biblical
characters, NO ONE is more controversial, and divisive,
than Jesus' mother Mary.
There's NO MIDDLE
GROUND where this woman of God is concerned: religious
people either IDOLIZE HER calling her "the mother of God"
and worshiping her, or try to make her less than she
actually was and is.
While some Catholics
(not all) go overboard and turn Mary into a goddess I, for
one, think that evangelicals do not give Mary the credit
she richly deserves.
She was A VERY YOUNG
girl when Gabriel appeared, about age 13, since it was
customary for Jewish girls to be betrothed BEFORE reaching
puberty, when they were around 12½ years old.
She could have
disbelieved or resisted Gabriel's announcement that she
would be the mother of the Messiah, but instead showed
outstanding maturity and humility by saying "look, I'm the
Lord's servant: be it done
unto me according to your word" (Luke 1:38).
She TRUSTED God and
thought little about herself: After all, she could have
been repudiated by Joseph her betrothed once he found out
about her pregnancy (Matthew 1:19-20).
Worse, she could have
been STONED TO DEATH, since that was the Torah-prescribed
penalty for adultery and fornication (Deuteronomy
God obviously KNEW
WHAT HE WAS DOING when He chose Mary, among all the Jewish
maidens, to be the mother of the Messiah.
Let's take a closer
look at Mariology.
Our teaching may not
change widespread religious brainwashing, but for those who
seek Truth IN SPITE OF MAN-INVENTED RELIGIOUS DOGMA, such
Truth is found in Scripture:
1."MOTHER OF GOD"
Is Mary the VIRGIN
mother of the HUMAN Jesus?
Is she the "mother of
In order to be "mother
of God" she would have had to exist PRIOR TO God. That
would make Mary GREATER THAN God and Supreme Goddess.
God is Spirit (John
4:24). He is from everlasting
to everlasting (Psalm 90:2), hence,
has NO MOTHER.
Elizabeth, filled with
the Holy Spirit, did call Mary meter tou kurios mou "the
mother of my Lord", but
NOT meter tou Theos mou "the mother of my
God" (Luke 1:43).
The title "mother of
God" was officially bestowed on Mary by the religious
hierarchy at the First Council of Ephesus in
the 5th century A.D.
If you still want to
call her "the mother of God" because of habit and because
Jesus IS God, IT'S STILL WRONG TERMINOLOGY. However, I
don't part fellowship with anyone over such semantics: just
keep in mind that Jesus' Spirit HAS NO earthly MOTHER.
2. THE VIRGIN BIRTH
The doctrine that
Jesus was born of the VIRGIN Mary is
ABSOLUTELY TRUE and TOTALLY Scriptural (Luke 1:27, 34).
It's also ABSOLUTELY
ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION (Hebrews 4:15).
3. THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
The doctrine that Mary
herself was conceived WITHOUT original sin IS FALSE,
HERETICAL, and TOTALLY UNBIBLICAL:
It was INVENTED by
Pope Pius IX in 1854, based entirely on his own alleged
That means that NO
ONE - Catholic or non-Catholic - believed it for the first
19 CENTURIES of Church history.
This false doctrine
contradicts God and CONTRADICTS
MARY HERSELF who pointedly stated that God is "her Savior" (Luke
A person with NO
ORIGINAL SIN would have NO
NEED WHATSOEVER FOR "a Savior".
ONE HUMAN EVER CONCEIVED WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN because
the Blood that ran through His veins is God's own holy,
untainted Blood, and His Name
is Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19).
4. MARY'S ASSUMPTION INTO
Did Mary have a
Roman Catholic dogma
teaches that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course
of her earthly life, WAS ASSUMED BODY AND SOUL INTO
I've no problem with
Mary or any other believer having a personal rapture:
however there's nothing in the Bible, history, or
even tradition, to suggest this is true.
This doctrine was
INVENTED by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 (a mere 63
years ago), again by exercising "papal infallibility".
We have in fact, not
one but TWO tombs for Mary: one in Ephesus where she is
said to have traveled with the Apostle John, and another in
The latter, which
BELONGED TO the Roman Catholic Church, was promptly sold to
the Armenian Church in 1950 upon the Pope's aforementioned
As you can see,
so-called "papal infallibility" can both change old
doctrine and invent new doctrine, at the drop of a hat.
5. MARY'S "PERPETUAL
While the VIRGINITY of Mary
until the birth of Jesus is entirely and unequivocally
biblical, the so-called "perpetual virginity" of Mary
is NOT taught ANYWHERE in the ENTIRE BIBLE.
Since it's NOT in the
Bible that means it was
INVENTED BY MAN.
The problems with Mary
being ALWAYS a virgin, to the day she died or ascended to
heaven, are numerous:
A. Matthew 1:25
EXPLICITLY STATES that Joseph didn't
"know" (have sex with) Mary UNTIL after she
gave birth to Jesus.
That is crystal-clear.
B. After Jesus was
born, Joseph and Mary had FOUR SONS AND AT LEAST TWO
Their sons' names,
according to the Gospels, were James, Joseph, Simon and
Judas (Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3; Galatians 1:19).
C. In John 7:2-10 His
brothers are mentioned again, challenging Jesus to show
Himself publicly at the upcoming Feast of Sukkot, since
they (at the time) DID NOT believe in Him.
D. In Acts 1:14 we
find those brothers with
Mary and other disciples in the Upper Room in communion
with each other and in prayer.
E. Galatians 1:19
clearly refers to James as "the
brother of our Lord".
The Greek word USED in
all of these passages is adelphon (singular), or adelphoi (plural) meaning
F. Roman Catholic
theology claims that Jesus' brothers were actually his
They claim that the
Greek language doesn't have a word for "cousin" and thus
used the word adelphos (brother).
That is TOTALLY FALSE.
The word adelphosis
ALWAYS translated "brother", NEVER "cousin".
In Mark 13:55 and
Matthew 12:46 Mary and Jesus' brothers were
outside the house where Jesus was preaching and were
Don't you find it A
BIT ODD that Mary would habitually go around and hang
around with Jesus' "cousins"?
Mary's own COUSIN, Elizabeth,
was not called her adelphi, but
rather her sungenis: Completely different word.
You can see the
different Greek words for family and relatives in Luke
21:16 "you will be betrayed by parents, brothers,
relatives, and friends".
The Greek words are,
respectively, goneon (parents), adelphon (brothers), SUNGENON (relatives,
including cousins) and philon (friends).
Having said all that,
if you still CHOOSE TO believe Mary is "perpetually" a
virgin, knock yourself out.
What people believe or
disbelieve about Mary's virginity AFTER she gave birth to
Jesus is IRRELEVANT. It has
NOTHING to do with Salvation.
Mary deserves OUR
ETERNAL gratitude, love, respect, and honor, NOT
Fact is, WE WILL ALL
BE "PERPETUAL SPIRITUAL VIRGINS" in the hereafter (Matthew
25:1-12; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
Mary is in heaven. If
you (REGARDLESS OF RELIGION or lack thereof) want to be
with her, you better follow
her example by
RECEIVING JESUS INTO YOUR HEART as Savior and God,and
TRUSTING HIM ALONE for Salvation.
Have a "Mary"
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17,
There's much talk and
debate about Mary and her role in Jesus' life and ministry,
but we hear so little about Jesus' step dad, Joseph.
We associate him
mostly with Nativity scenes where he is usually portrayed
gazing at the Christ child in the manger, and holding a
Matter of fact, I got
a nice figure of him standing in my living room right now.
There are certain
"details" given about Joseph in extrabiblical literature,
NONE OF THEM REMOTELY believable.
For those who look for
someone "infallible" to believe in, the
only place IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE where you'll find
INFALLIBILITY is in the LIVING Word of God.
The Incarnate Word (Jesus) is
ALIVE and INFALLIBLE and so is the written Word.
Here's what we know
about Joseph from the
INFALLIBLE, written Word of God:
He was from the
lineage of King David (Matthew 1:6-16, 20; Luke 2:4).
He had initial
misgivings about Mary's pregnancy, and had determined to
divorce her in secret (Matthew 1:19).
It took God's
intervention in a dream to persuade him to "take Mary into
his house" as wife, and that Jesus had been conceived of
the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20).
He lived in Nazareth. Because
of a census, he took the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem, where
Jesus was born (Luke 2:1-7).
At God's prompting, he
fled with Mary and Jesus into Egypt until the death of
Herod (Matthew 2:13-15).
After Herod's death he
took Mary and Jesus back to Nazareth where they settled
down (Matthew 2:19-23) and where Jesus grew up.
He was clearly a
godly, righteous man (Matthew 1:19).
He was spiritual
enough that God could communicate with him in dreams,
whenever necessary (Matthew 1:20; 2:13; 2:19-20, 22).
He was VERY OBEDIENT
and, thankfully, followed
God's instructions immediately and without question (Matthew
1:24; 2:14; 2:21).
He was a carpenter
He raised Jesus as
his own son (Luke 2:33, 48; 4:22).
We know that, as Jesus
"grew in wisdom and stature" and "in favor with God and
men", He WAS OBEDIENT TO both
Joseph and Mary (Luke 2:51).
Joseph didn't have sex
with Mary UNTIL AFTER Jesus was born (Matthew 1:25).
God's Word is clear
that, AFTER the birth of Jesus he and Mary DID HAVE sexual
While I don't part
fellowship with anyone over THIS SILLY ISSUE, to say or
teach otherwise is disingenuous at best, and CONTRADICTING
GOD (and thus, LYING) at worst.
After Jesus was born, Joseph
and Mary had four sons and at least two daughters.
Their sons' names,
given in the Gospels, were James, Joseph, Simon and Judas
(Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3; Galatians 1:19).
In Acts 1:14 we find
those brothers with Mary and other disciples in the Upper
Room in communion with each other and in prayer.
We don't know what
happened to those sons or daughters afterwards, except for
James who eventually became Bishop of Jerusalem, and wrote
the New Testament's Epistle of James and for Judas who
wrote the very brief New Testament's Book of Jude (Jude
We know that at least
two of them, James and Jude, were preachers of the Gospel
(1 Corinthians 9:5).
As for the theory that
Joseph's "other children" were from a previous marriage, I
DON'T BUY IT FOR ONE MILLISECOND.
If they were, they
would have been OLDER THAN Mary or, at the VERY least, her
Had they been the same
age as Mary or older, they wouldn't have been hanging
around her all the time, looking for Jesus, as we see them
repeatedly in the Gospels and Book of Acts (Matthew 12:46;
Mark 3:31; John 2:12; 7:3-5; Acts 1:14).
They would have been MUCH
OLDER than Jesus and TOTALLY INDEPENDENT.
Why on earth would
they constantly hang out with a woman who, purportedly,
wasn't even their own mother?
We know Joseph was
still alive when Jesus was twelve years old and they made
pilgrimage to Jerusalem on Passover, as required in the
torah (Luke 2:41-49).
We know that, by the
time Jesus began His public ministry at 30 years of age,
Joseph was no longer alive.
How do we know? Not
only because he is no longer mentioned in the Gospels.
Not only because the
other children, even the males, are going around with, and
DEPENDENT ON, Jesus and Mary.
...But also because, as
Jesus died on the cross, He ENTRUSTED THE CARE OF Mary to
the apostle John (John 19:26-27).
Had Joseph been alive,
there would have been NO NEED WHATSOEVER to do so.
This, by the way, shows
that Jesus TRUSTED JOHN FAR MORE than He trusted even His
own, natural brothers.
A bit later, in the
Book of Acts, after Jesus' Resurrection and Ascension, we
find Mary and Jesus' brothers among the 120 who were filled
with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost but, again,
ZERO MENTION of Joseph.
So, clearly, he died
somewhere between Jesus' 13th and 29th birthday.
Exactly when he died,
or how, we are not told.
There probably is some
truth to the traditional view that he was much older than
Mary. Perhaps 15, 20 or even 30 years older.
However, I don't
believe for a moment the ABSURD and FALSE theory that when
they married he was 90 years of age.
No way, José!
linguistically challenged, José is Spanish for "Joseph").
to the birth, well-being, and upbringing of the Savior goes
mostly unnoticed and unappreciated.
My main purpose in
writing this message is TO CHANGE THAT.
EVERY BELIEVER in
Jesus Christ owes Joseph a
BIG debt of gratitude for his godliness, his humble and
unquestioning obedience to God, and his loving protection
of Jesus as a baby and as a young boy.
I don't know too many
men who today - or 2,000 years ago - would have taken Jesus
under their wing, loved Him, nurtured Him, trained Him,
protected Him, given Him their name, and raised Him as
their own son, KNOWING FULL
WELL that He WASN'T his natural child.
ALL OF THE ABOVE.
For all those reasons,
I have no problem whatsoever in calling him, with love and
respect, "SAINT" Joseph.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16,
THE VIRGIN BIRTH
Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, THE VIRGIN
SHALL CONCEIVE, and bear A SON, and shall call His Name
Immanuel" (meaning "GOD WITH
US" (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
"And the angel said to
her, Fear not, Mary: for YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR with God.
And, behold, YOU
SHALL CONCEIVE IN YOUR WOMB, and bring forth A SON, and
shall call His Name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall
be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall
give unto Him the throne of His father David: And He
shall reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) FOREVER; AND OF
HIS KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE NO END.
Then Mary said to the
angel, HOW SHALL THIS BE,
SEEING I KNOW NOT A MAN?
And the angel answered
and said unto her, The Holy
Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest
shall overshadow you: therefore also THAT HOLY THING WHICH
SHALL BE BORN OF YOU shall be called the Son of God" (Luke
Without a doubt, the
most controversial aspect of the Nativity is the Virgin
Birth of Jesus Christ.
This doctrine is FUNDAMENTAL
TO the Christian faith.
Does it really matter that
Jesus was born of a virgin?
Must I REALLY believe
He was virgin born?
WHY is the Virgin Birth
of Christ SO IMPORTANT?
The reason it's
SUPREMELY IMPORTANT is this:
The sin nature was
transmitted by Adam to EVERY HUMAN WHO'S EVER BEEN
NATURALLY BORN, through the
blood (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:22).
The LIFE OF the flesh
IS IN THE BLOOD (Leviticus
Babies get their blood from
their fathers. That's why, until DNA came along, blood
tests were used to determine the paternity of a baby.
Had Jesus been born OF A
HUMAN FATHER, had He been CONCEIVED
though NATURAL means, He
would have INHERITED THE SIN NATURE, through the human
father's blood, just like the rest of us.
His blood would have been
TAINTED with sin, and He would have been AUTOMATICALLY
DISQUALIFIED from being THE SIN OFFERING that would REMOVE
MAN'S SIN ONCE AND FOR ALL (Hebrews 7:26; 1 John 3:5).
COULDN'T HAVE redeemed us.
That's WHY He
HAD TO BE virgin born.
It is THE
BLOOD that MAKES ATONEMENT FOR the soul (Leviticus
According to God's
law: "WITHOUT the shedding of blood, THERE IS NO
FORGIVENESS for sins" (Hebrews 9:22).
It took the PURE,
SINLESS, MOST PRECIOUS, DIVINE
Blood of God Himself to MAKE ATONEMENT FOR man's sin,
and redeem mankind and the rest of fallen Creation.
It took that HOLY, PERFECT,
UNTAINTED Blood to WASH AWAY OUR SIN and remove it from us
FOREVER (Hebrews 9:12, 26).
Glory to Him
THAT is WHY the Virgin
Birth of Christ was, and IS, ABSOLUTELY
There would be NO
REDEMPTION without it.
That's WHY the
Virgin Birth was prophesied FROM THE MOMENT mankind (Eve
and Adam) fell into sin (Genesis 3:15).
Jesus, therefore, got
His PHYSICAL body from Mary (John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16;
Hebrews 2:14-17), but His
Blood came directly from, and was/is the Blood of, God the
Father (John 1:13).
He was and IS,
therefore, as human as any of us, yet WITHOUT SIN (2
He was and IS,
therefore, 100% human and 100% God.
ONLY the Blood of God could
ATONE AND CLEANSE your sins and mine.
For those who argue
that the Hebrew word in Isaiah 7:14 is ha alma, which
can mean "the virgin" or simply "the young woman", 70
Hebrew scholars translated it into the Greek Septuagint
as "ho parthenos"which
ONLY MEANS "THE VIRGIN". If you want to argue with
God and 70 Hebrew scholars, be my guest.
As for critics who
classify the Virgin Birth as "impossibility", I have a
Even THE SMARTEST "man
of science" on this earth possesses ONLY AN INFINITESIMAL
FRACTION OF 1% of TOTAL knowledge.
Yet with their
SEVERELY LIMITED knowledge, they have been able to come up
with VARIOUS methods of artificial insemination.
These various methods make
it possible for women to conceive and give birth WITHOUT
HAVING ANY sexual relations with a man.
They thereby make
it possible for babies to be VIRGIN-BORN.
So, let me get this
Are you saying that
SINFUL, FALLEN MORTALS, with VERY limited knowledge, can
fertilize the female egg WITHOUT the woman engaging in
sexual intercourse, BUT THAT ALMIGHTY GOD who possesses
TOTAL KNOWLEDGE, who fashioned the entire human anatomy,
INCLUDING THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM, CAN'T DO IT?
I rest my case.
As Gabriel put it: "With
God, , NOTHING is impossible" (Luke 1:37).
Jesus WAS virgin
If He WASN'T, EVERYONE
If He WASN'T, YOU'RE
It's as simple - and
DIVINE - AS THAT.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15,
character associated with Christmas is known by different
names in different cultures: Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas,
and Father Christmas, among others.
It is based mostly on
Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Christian Bishop in Turkey,
known for his charitable gifts to the poor and needy.
Nicholas is usually
portrayed with a long white beard. However, I'm not aware
of any historic record that says he was fat or particularly
In the 15 centuries
between his day and the present, some Scandinavian folklore
has merged with the historic St. Nick turning him into the
modern figure known as Santa, living in the North Pole,
complete with red coat, red hat, sleigh and reindeer.
Also, a lot of the
tradition associated with Santa coming down the chimney,
seems to come from the 19th century poem "A Visit from
Saint Nicholas" attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, which
is better known today as "The Night before Christmas".
Many of Santa's modern
attributes are established in this poem, such as riding in
a sleigh that lands on the roof, entering through the
chimney, and having a bag full of toys.
St. Nick is described
as being "chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf" with "a
little round belly", that "shook when he laughed like a
bowlful of jelly".
Even the supposed
reindeer are given names in the poem: Dasher, Dancer,
Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixem.
Not sure where the
tradition of children writing letters to Santa and asking
him for specific presents originated.
nothing against Santa since he is based mostly on a
Christian saint who devoted his life to Christ.
However, CHRIST-mas is
NOT about Santa:
It's ABOUT JESUS.
If we're going to
celebrate His Birth, then
LET'S CELEBRATE HIS BIRTH.
Let's not get sidetracked
with characters like Rudolph, Frosty or Santa.
I'm not one of those
ultra-purists who get offended or bothered by these.
There's even a dancing Santa that can be a lot of fun.
MAIN FEATURE in our decorations, and in our CELEBRATION,
should be Jesus.
This holiday is ALL about
characters may be cute, but they're
NOT THE REASON for the Season.
They don't even EXIST.
(Some grown-ups needed to read this).
Let's keep our
attention, love, gratitude and praise focused
on Him WHO IS REAL and WHOSE BIRTH CHANGED THE WORLD.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14,
CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN
"THE TEMPLE WAS
PURIFIED on the twenty-fifth
of Kislev (Hanukkah). The joyful celebration lasted
for eight days. It was like Sukkot, for they recalled
how only a short time before they had kept the festival
while living like animals in the mountains, they observed
the joyful celebration, which lasted for eight days.
And so THEY
CARRIED LULAVIM (palm fronds) AND ETROGIM and they sang
hymns to God, who had so triumphantly led them to the
purification of the Temple" (2 Maccabees 10:5-7).
Jesus was NOT born on
Jesus was born during
the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) which takes place
sometime between September-October in the Gregorian
calendar, depending on the year (John 1:14).
75 days later, on
Hanukkah, the Feast of Lights, which
in that particular year fell on December 25, is when
the Wise Men found Him in a house in Bethlehem (Matthew
The Wise Men were
GENTILES, hence, December 25
is the date when GENTILES who found the Jewish Messiah
celebrate His Birthday.
If I were a Messianic
Jew, I'd celebrate it on Sukkot.
The actual day we
celebrate His Birth is not as
important as CELEBRATING HIS BIRTH.
Frankly, EVERY SINGLE
DAY should be "Christmas" because if
Jesus hadn't been born, there would be NO SAVIOR.
If there was NO
SAVIOR, everyone on this planet, and the planet itself,
would be doomed for eternity.
Well, what about
Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments, and Nativity Scenes?
Aren't THEY pagan?
That's what RELIGION
would have us believe.
Trees, branches, and
wreaths made of branches are
decorations used during Sukkot, the day Jesus was actually
They are used AT
GOD'S EXPRESS COMMAND (Leviticus 23:39-42).
If you want to argue
with God about it, or call God's COMMAND "pagan", be my
The so-called "stable"
in Nativity Scenes is NOTHING BUT A SUKKA (hut) used
Gentile believers simply took
elements of Sukkot and applied them to Hanukkah the day
the gentile Wise Men found Jesus, the Light of the world.
According to 2
Maccabees (quoted above), Jews
HAD DONE THE VERY SAME THING LONG BEFORE gentiles came
up with that idea:
They celebrated Sukkot
Just like Jews
celebrated Hanukkah for 8 days (like Sukkot), we
celebrate Christmas for 8 days from Christmas Eve (December
24) to New Years, January 1st.
So, spare me the
sanctimonious B.S. about Christmas and Christmas
decorations being "pagan".
PAGAN ABOUT CELEBRATING JESUS.
Unless, of course, you
think He's not God, nor Israel's Messiah.
If that's what you
think, YOU'RE LOST.
In that case, whether
you celebrate Jesus' Birth or not is irrelevant.
WRONG WITH CELEBRATING JESUS... EVER!!!
Every godly person in
Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and even in ancient Persia, who had a
heart after God, and sought His Salvation, rejoiced and
celebrated Jesus' Birth (Matthew 2:2-11; Luke
If you don't like
Christmas, feel free to join the ranks of evil Herod, THE
ONLY ONE WHO DIDN'T celebrate it (Matthew 2:16).
In fact, those who
KNOW Jesus will be celebrating Him (glory to Him from
eternity to eternity, worlds without end!) FOREVER!
Those who are "so
holy" that they frown on everything from gifts, to
ornaments, to trees, to eggnog to Santa (I'll write about
him separately), won't like
ALWAYS Christmas there !
Replace the table with
figures of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus and WHAT DO YOU
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13,
ENEMY OF ISRAEL, ENEMY
"Now the LORD had said
unto Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your
kindred, and from your father's house, unto
a land that I will show you:
2 And I
will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you,
and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing:
3 And I
will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses
you: and in you shall all families of the earth be
blessed" (Genesis 12:1-3).
Jacob (Israel) said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared
to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed
me, and He said to me, 'Behold, I will make you
fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of
peoples, AND I WILL GIVE THIS
LAND TO YOUR DESCENDANTS after you FOR AN EVERLASTING
POSSESSION" (Genesis 48:3-4)
In recent days the
world, including many Jews, has mourned the passing of
civil rights leader Nelson Mandela.
We have a large
audience in South Africa, and Mr. Mandela undoubtedly
deserves a lot of credit for putting an end to hideous
apartheid in that nation.
politically, however, he was a mixed bag:
For someone who
advocated freedom and equality, he often aligned himself
with oppressive regimes such as Iran's evil Ayatollah
Khomeini, PLO's infamous Yasser Arafat, and Cuba's bloody
dictator Fidel Castro.
unfortunately, was also an enemy of Israel.
On more than one
occasion he likened the Israeli-Palestinian situation to
apartheid, which is utter nonsense.
He is also on record
"We DO NOT regard the PLO as
a terrorist organization" and referred to Arafat as
"his brother" and "an
outstanding freedom fighter".
In 1990, Mandela
likened Israel to a "terrorist state" and declared that one
might refer to the Israeli government as terrorist because
"they are the people WHO ARE SLAUGHTERING DEFENSELESS AND
INNOCENT Arabs in the occupied territories".
I don't know what
medications Mandela was taking, but they must have made him
delusional or, at the very least, clouded his judgment.
"slaughtering" anyone, and there's NOTHING "innocent" or
"defenseless" about the terrorists that regularly wreak
havoc and BLOW THEMSELVES UP out
of sheer hatred, JUST SO they can kill or maim a number of
innocent Jews in the process...
Just like there's NOTHING
"innocent" or "defenseless" about the wicked bastards who
fire rockets at Israel from OCCUPIED Gaza, at random, on an
almost daily basis, often killing or maiming innocent
civilians including children.
Fact: In 1999 Mandela,
seated next to Arafat in Gaza, SUPPORTED
the Palestinian use of violence saying that "IF
THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE IS VIOLENCE, WE WILL USE VIOLENCE".
Mandela's endorsement of VIOLENCE, a few weeks later,
Palestinian Arabs began the Second Intifada:
2,000 Jewish civilians
have since been killed in multiple shootings, suicide
attacks, and other acts of terror.
Doing ONE good thing does not
make one right about everything.
It doesn't even make
them "a good person".
Some may see Nelson
Mandela as a symbol of "goodness" and, to be fair, he DID
DO A LOT OF GOOD for many South Africans, but
he has been a flagrant anti-Semite and terrorist enabler
toward Israel's Jews.
That makes Mandela AN
ENEMY OF GOD.
won't be joining the chorus, including the present and
two former U.S. Presidents, singing Mandela's praises.
NO ONE IS GOOD except God
ALONE (Mark 10:18).
Those who oppose God
and the people He CHOSE and has sovereignly brought back
into the land He gave them IN
EVERLASTING POSSESSION, AREN'T GOOD.
They're confused and
I don't care HOW
MUCH THE WORLD praises them.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12,
IF WE WANT THE RAPTURE
If we want the
Rapture, WE HAVE TO STOP postponing it to "the future".
The Rapture is PRESENT
The Rapture is Jesus VISIBLY
US AND IN US.
Repeat: The Rapture is
EACH OF US and IN EACH OF US.
That's what He meant
by being "caught up" INTO
If Jesus must appear
(manifest) IN EACH OF US, if
we MUST SEE Him as He IS, in order to be LIKE HIM (1
John 3:2), then we have to seek Him WITH ALL OUR HEARTS, WHERE
HE IS which is in the ETERNAL NOW.
Jesus is THE Truth. We
cannot see THE Truth (Jesus) in THE lie.
If the so-called
"past" and "future", if the whole notion of "time" is
A LIE, we cannot SEE Jesus "as He is" in "time".
We must STEP OUTSIDE of
"time" into the ETERNAL realm which is the ETERNAL now.
Well, what about when
Jesus manifested PHYSICALLY on this earth in "time"?
Precious and totally
wonderful as THAT manifestation of Him is, THERE'S A HIGHER
manifestation of Him, which is the
In order to appear in
space-time He had to humble Himself, TAKE OFF HIS GLORY,
and become like one of us (Philippians 2:6-11).
The glorified Jesus is OUR
We are individual
FACETS OF His eternal, unspeakable PERFECTION and
He is and will always
be INFINITELY GREATER than the sum of all His facets (us).
But we are Him and He
Those who have
theological "problems" with this Truth should take it up
It was HIS
DIVINE CHOICE to make us in His Image (Genesis 1:27).
It was HIS
DIVINE CHOICE to PREDESTINE us to conform to His Image
It was HIS
DIVINE CHOICE to make us MANIFESTED SONS of God (in
other words, Jesuses, Romans 8:19).
It was HIS
DIVINE CHOICE to impart His OWN Righteousness to us (2
It was HIS
DIVINE CHOICE to make us partakers of His very OWN
Divine Nature (1 Peter 1:4).
It was HIS
DIVINE CHOICE to LIVE IN us (John 14:23; Ephesians
It was HIS
DIVINE CHOICE to rule and reign with us (Revelation
It was HIS
DIVINE CHOICE to SHARE HIS THRONE WITH us (Revelation
It was HIS
DIVINE CHOICE to CALL US "Gods" (Psalm 82:6).
If the Body of Christ
wants the Rapture, we must COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE
We must ACCEPT WHO WE
REALLY ARE: Jesus.
We came from God, hence ARE
Gods, but WILL DIE AS MEN as long as we DON'T BELIEVE
IT (Psalm 82:7).
so-called Orthodox Christianity, MUST STOP CALLING "heresy"
what God has told us ALL ALONG: that we are Gods, because
we came from Him.
The REAL "heresy" is
PERPETUATING SATAN'S LIE that we are NOT God.
He sold that lie to
Eve 6,000 years ago.
Stop believing THE
Lie. EMBRACE THE Truth, step into the timeless realm of
Glory (ETERNAL NOW), and manifest the Glorious One.
Death is TOTALLY
DEPENDENT ON "time".
When we step into THE
ETERNAL NOW which is TIMELESS, there's
no death, only immortality.
That IS the
ONE DAY AT A TIME
NO THOUGHT FOR TOMORROW: for tomorrow shall take
thought of the things for itself. Sufficient
unto THE DAY is the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34).
Jesus' timeless advice
simply cannot be improved.
Whatever your goal(s)
are, whether it's to grow spiritually, see Jesus, be more
conscious of His Presence in you, whether it's to prosper,
get an education, improve a relationship, overcome an
addiction, or lose weight, success
can only be achieved ONE DAY at a time.
You cannot seek Jesus
tomorrow, next week or next month. You can only do it
Same goes for finding
a job, starting or expanding a business, studying, loving
and caring for someone, fasting, dieting, or staying sober.
DON'T WORRY or even
THINK about tomorrow.
Whatever you need to
do, DO IT TODAY!
If you go on a diet
and think "gee, I gotta give up ice cream and pizza for
a month", you won't even make it for
If you're alcoholic
and you think "I can't have another drink for
the rest of my life", I give you 5 minutes before you
empty that bottle.
This creates a vicious
cycle of failure and self-recrimination, which leads to
more failure, more recrimination, and so on...
Do it JUST
When the next day
arrives, then decide what to do JUST
And so forth.
MOMENT to MOMENT is
THE ONLY WAY to achieve success in ANY endeavor.
Well, what about big
corporations, don't they plan ahead and set both short-term
and long-term goals?
Corporations may set
goals for the "future", but THE
IMPLEMENTATION of the strategy to reach those goals ALWAYS
TAKES PLACE TODAY, IN THE NOW.
Besides, a corporation
is AN ARTIFICIAL entity that cannot think or decide for
Nor can a corporation
experience Christ and be saved.
You're not a
corporation. You're A REAL
PERSON, created in the Image of God, with God-given
You KNOW Jesus. You
(If you don't have
Him, RECEIVE HIM
into your heart RIGHT NOW).
IS ALWAYS NOW.
He's not in the "past"
and He's not in the "future". He
is ETERNAL NOW.
ALL FAILURE, without
exception, since Eden to today, is
caused by FEAR of the "future".
God is love. Love
(God) is NOW, and love NEVER
Your FOCUS (complete
attention) needs to be on THE
Success and victory do
not depend on following the advice of some Hindu or
Christian guru, attending their seminars, listening to
their tapes, or sending money to some religious scam artist
so he can get rich, get a fleet or private airplanes, and
live better than the Sultan of Brunei at your expense.
It's putting Jesus FIRST in
your life. It's keeping your thoughts and heart PURE: focused
on Him not on "things" or even on certain "people".
It's humbling yourself
before your Creator, seeking His Kingdom within you FIRST,
and following Jesus' advice, WHICH IS TO
LIVE JUST FOR TODAY, ONE MOMENT at a time.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10,
THE POWER OF NOW
Jesus is ETERNAL NOW.
NOW always IS.
He is that HE
IS (Exodus 3:14).
NOW (eternal PRESENT)
is ULTIMATE REALITY.
THE ONLY TRUTH there is (John 14:6).
Salvation IS ETERNAL
because it's always NOW (2
When our mind
"projects" to the "future" which
IS NOT REAL... WE FAIL.
("tomorrow") DOESN'T EXIST.
Well, what about
prophecy? Isn't that future?
From a human
perspective of space-time: yes.
perspective, the answer is "no".
There's no such thing as "the
For God ALL PROPHECY,
including the Rapture, Second Coming and Millennium is
That's why IT IS
That's why we have "a
MORE SURE Word of prophecy" (2 Peter 1:19).
It's PRESENT reality.
These things HAVE
ALREADY TAKEN PLACE and are ETERNAL REALITY from His point
They remain "future"
only to our flawed, natural human understanding.
FAILURE = thinking
DEFEAT = thinking
FEAR = thinking about
That's the main
problem with ALL RELIGION: it
fosters FEAR about God's FUTURE "punishment" for sin, when
THE TRUTH IS that ALL
SIN IS FORGIVEN, NOW.
By virtue of Jesus'
Eternal, Perfect Sacrifice, ALL
SIN HAS BEEN REMOVED FOR ALL "TIME", (John 1:29; 2
Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 9:25: 1 John 3:5).
If ALL sin has been
removed for ALL time (glory to Jesus forever!), then THERE
IS NO PUNISHMENT FOR sin.
Pause: take a long,
deep breath. And THINK ABOUT THAT.
The only punishment is
for those who DO NOT TRUST
Jesus NOW, hence DO NOT RECEIVE HIM, but FEAR what
He'll do to them in "the future".
That's why most people
ARE TERRIFIED to face God.
That's THE ONLY REASON
for so-called atheists.
There is NOW NO CONDEMNATION to
those who ARE (present) IN Christ Jesus (ETERNAL PRESENT).
Condemnation is what
causes us to fail in any endeavor. It's the conscious
or subconscious fear that our sin ISN'T forgiven hence must
be punished by "future" failing.
tomorrow also makes you feel "cheated".
That's what happened
She was deceived into
THINKING that God had KEPT SOMETHING desirable from her, when
IN FACT He had given her EVERYTHING, including Himself.
WAS like God.
If you can get a
manifestation of God (Eve) to believe she is NOT like
God... you create chaos.
If you can get that
manifestation of God to believe he or she IS NOT PERFECT
AND COMPLETE NOW (God), LACKING NOTHING, you got ‘em where
you want ‘em.
That's what Satan did.
That's HOW he creates CHAOS
IN YOUR LIFE.
He dangles the
proverbial "carrot" in front of you, as something that "you
don't have', when YOU ALREADY
By putting it off to "the
future" he makes sure YOU NEVER GET IT.
Likewise, those who
live chained to "the past" (ANOTHER LIE) can NEVER MOVE
FORWARD or attain ANYTHING.
Those who live "in the
past" hashing and rehashing old wounds, "so-and-so did this
to me", "coulda, woulda, shouda", or focusing on the
devil's ACCUSATIONS that "you did this" or "you did that",
are doomed to failure.
The "PAST" DOESN'T
If ANY person is in
Christ, he/she is A NEW
CREATION: OLD THINGS are passed away: Look, ALL THINGS ARE
BECOME NEW (2 Corinthians 5:17).
If you're in Christ,
God DOESN'T REMEMBER YOUR PAST. He DOESN'T
REMEMBER OR EVEN COUNT your sins (Hebrews 8:12).
Stay IN THE NOW!
EVERYTHING you want or
need is IN THE NOW.
You'll NEVER get it
Victory is ALWAYS NOW.
Jesus is ALWAYS NOW.
NOW faith IS!
(God willing) we embark on a series of messages that will
give you "the secret" to OVERCOMING, to success, to
reaching your goals, and getting things done. These
messages aren't intended to simply inspire but to be
applied and become A WAY OF LIFE. If you're looking for
ANSWERS, Jesus HAS THEM. You don't want to miss the next
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9,
TOMORROW IS A LIE
There's NO SUCH THING
The notion of
INVENTED by the father of lies, Satan (John
The FALSE notion of
"tomorrow" led to sin and to the downfall of mankind.
It got Adam and Eve
evicted from Eden. It brought the entire planet, including
the animal kingdom, into the decadent state in which it
finds itself today.
Satan tricked and deceived
Eve (the mother of all living) by offering her "tomorrow" (Genesis
"If you eat of that
fruit that God specifically forbade, you
WILL BE (TOMORROW) as God":
The great irony is
that THEY ALREADY WERE "as
Pause, re-read the
last two paragraphs SLOWLY, and MEDITATE on that for a
Didn't God make man,
male and female, IN HIS OWN IMAGE AND LIKENESS? (Genesis
Didn't He give them
DOMINION OVER EVERYTHING? (Genesis 1:26, 28)
Didn't He create man
just A LITTLE below Himself? (Psalm 8:5).
Didn't God walk with
them in the Garden and commune with them, PERSONALLY, as
One Divine Being to another? (Genesis 3:8)
WHAT ELSE could God
give them that they didn't ALREADY have?
TODAY they HAD IT ALL.
They LOST IT for
THINKING about "tomorrow".
They LOST IT for
BELIEVING IN "tomorrow".
By the "time"
"tomorrow" arrives, IT'S
It's NEVER "tomorrow".
Tomorrow is A LIE.
That's why God
can ONLY be found TODAY, NOT "tomorrow".
That's why THE
ONLY TIME to receive Christ, TOTAL FORGIVENESS OF SIN, and
100% SURE Salvation, is RIGHT NOW.
That's why SUCCESS in
ANY endeavor is NOW.
NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW...
Whatever else you get
from today's message, GET THIS:
There's NO TOMORROW.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8,
therefore were come together, they asked him, saying:
Lord, WILL YOU AT THIS TIME
RESTORE AGAIN THE KINGDOM TO Israel?
And he said unto
them: It is not for you to know the times or the seasons,
which the Father has put in his own power.
But you shall
receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and
you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in
all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of
And when he had
spoken these things, WHILE
THEY BEHELD, HE WAS TAKEN UP; AND A CLOUD RECEIVED HIM OUT
OF THEIR SIGHT.
And while they
looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two
men stood by them in white apparel;
Who also said: You
men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? THIS
SAME JESUS, WHO IS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, SHALL SO
COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YOU HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN"
Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples on numerous
occasions and spoke to them for 40 days about the Kingdom
of God (Acts 1:3).
Then they asked Him if
He would RESTORE the Kingdom to Israel AT THAT TIME (1st
Although Jesus replied
that it was not for them to know (AT THAT TIME), IT IS FOR
US TO KNOW some two millennia later.
With the benefit of
hindsight we now know that the answer to their question was
"NO", since He didn't restore the Kingdom to Israel in the
1st century, or in the 19 plus centuries that have come and
gone since then.
What did the
disciples' mean by their question?
The Kingdom of God
began with Adam, and was abruptly interrupted by Satan's
interference which led to sin and expulsion from Eden.
however, were asking about restoring the Kingdom to Israel.
The Kingdom in Israel
began with Saul, followed by David, followed by Solomon,
followed by his son Rehoboam, during whose rule the Kingdom
was SPLIT into the 10 Northern tribes and the Southern
tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
In 721 B.C. the
Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom and took the 10
tribes captives. Only God knows their whereabouts today.
In 586 B.C. the
Babylonians conquered the southern kingdom and took the
Jews and and Benjamites captive.
Instead of being
"lost" to the world, they returned 70 years later, as God
understood that the risen Jesus would, at some point,
restore all 12 tribes and the Kingdom to Israel, since He
would be their King, as well as King over the whole earth
His Kingdom on earth
a/k/a the Millennium will begin right after His Second
That's what Jesus
referred to when He told Jews that "you will be hated BY
ALL NATIONS (gentiles, same word) FOR MY NAME'S SAKE"
Those who remain
on earth during the tribulation will be unbelievers.
They will SEE Jesus
appearing in the clouds to take His Church home (rapture
Once they realize
what's happened, they will KNOW that He will return 3½
years later to establish His Millennial Kingdom on earth.
They DON'T WANT Jesus
Hence, they will
pledge their allegiance to the Antichrist believing that he
can PREVENT Jesus' Second Coming, and His Kingdom on earth.
Every Jew hater, every
gentile, believer or unbeliever, should know this:
Like it or not, JESUS
WILL RULE THIS WORLD.
Like it or not A
JEW will rule the world.
His Kingdom is
He CANNOT BE toppled.
He will rule OVER YOU,
if you're lucky enough to be alive during that wonderful
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7,
FAITH IS SURE
is THE ASSURANCE OF things hoped for, THE
PROOF OF things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).
Every time someone
tells me that "we have to DO
THIS" or "we have to DO
THAT" in order to be saved, I KNOW, beyond doubt, that
individual is NOT saved.
Every time they tell
me Salvation is an unholy MIXTURE of "faith plus works"...
Every time someone
tells me that "we will know" in the end who is really saved
and who isn't, who are God's people and who aren't. I KNOW,
beyond doubt, that person IS NOT SAVED.
HOW do I know?
as we read above IS SURE: it's 100% CERTAIN.
And because, as the
verse also states, faith is
ALWAYS NOW: not future, BUT PRESENT.
Faith and Salvation
are ETERNAL PRESENT.
Faith means TOTAL
If you're NOT
SURE NOW, you CAN'T be
If you're NOT SURE
NOW, if you have TO WAIT until a certain "time" to find out
if you're really saved, YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
Every time they tell
me it's NECESSARY to observe the Torah, be circumcised,
follow dietary laws, observe the 10 Commandments, the
weekly Sabbath, of belong to a certain religious group, I
KNOW, beyond doubt, those people AREN'T SAVED.
ALL they got is DEAD
Those who TRUST (have
faith in) THEIR WORKS, instead
of TRUSTING JESUS COMPLETELY, CAN NEVER BE SURE OF
How do you know you've
done "enough" good works to be saved?
Everyone's broken the
Torah COUNTLESS times, no matter how much they TRY to "keep
If you're trusting Torah
observance, YOU CANNOT BE SURE, because (intentionally
or unintentionally) you've
broken Torah many, many times as have I (1 John 1:8).
That's why Jesus
fulfilled the Torah and accomplished FULL SALVATION FOR US,
leaving NOTHING, ZERO, for us to "do" (Matthew 5:17).
That's why BY
ONE SACRIFICE (that Sacrifice being Himself) HE HAS
PERFECTED FOREVER those who are sanctified (Hebrews
That's why God was in
Christ RECONCILING THE WORLD
TO HIMSELF, NOT COUNTING PEOPLE'S SINS AGAINST THEM (2
NOT counting our sins, WHY SHOULD WE?
That's why Salvation
is ENTIRELY BY FAITH (TRUST) on the perfect, complete and
marvelous Work of Redemption that Jesus DID.
That's why Salvation
is based entirely on WHAT HE DID, NOT on what "we" do.
That's why Jesus
- and Jesus ALONE - is able to save TO THE UTTERMOST those
who come to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25).
Glory to His Name
If you TRUST JESUS
COMPLETELY, you ARE SURE of
Salvation and ETERNALLY SAVED.
If you're NOT SURE,
And, UNLESS you
repent, trust Jesus COMPLETELY and BECOME SURE, you CANNOT
WHAT'S KEEPING YOU?
What's keeping YOU
Oh, I know you can
give a hundred different "excuses", but you're wrong:
THERE'S ONLY ONE THING
THAT'S KEEPING YOU FROM Him, AND IT'S CALLED "FEAR".
FEAR that you're "too
evil" for Him to accept you when, in fact, He
ALREADY HAS accepted you!
FEAR that He'll be
angry at you for what you've done, when in fact, He's not
even counting your sins (2 Corinthians 5:19).
FEAR that you've
sinned too much for Him to love you, when in fact...
HE LOVES YOU... UNCONDITIONALLY! (John 6:37; Romans
FEAR that He
can't forgive your sins because they're so bad, and SO
MANY, when in fact,
He DOESN'T EVEN REMEMBER THEM!
that if you COME TO HIM "as you are", you'll fall short and
He won't accept you when, in fact, HE'S WAITING, WITH OPEN
ARMS, TO WELCOME YOU (Revelation 22:17).
that if you receive Jesus into your heart, you'll
have to change your lifestyle and it will be dull and
boring when, in fact, there's NOTHING (NO THING !!!) more
exciting that EXPERIENCING Him.
FEAR that you'll
lose your friends and relationships, when there's NO BETTER
FRIEND, OR BETTER RELATIONSHIP ANYWHERE (Proverbs 18:24).
FEAR you'll be dissatisfied, when in fact, REAL
SATISFACTION (Mick Jagger, eat your heart out!) is
found ONLY in Him.
FEAR that if you receive
Jesus, you'll have to look a certain way or act a certain
NO, YOU CAN BE
YOURSELF. LOOK THE WAY YOU WANT, DRESS THE WAY YOU WANT,
ACT THE WAY YOU WANT.
How you look OUTSIDE, has
NOTHING to do with whom you
(Whatever you do, don't try to look
like one of them phony "Christian" celebrities, PLEASE)
FEAR that YOU'LL HAVE TO BE RELIGIOUS.
Religion itself is ALWAYS FEAR BASED.
Religion IS WHAT MADE YOU
FEARFUL in the first place.
people FROM Jesus.
Religion has NOTHING to do
Salvation is a Person. His Name is Jesus.
quite the opposite. You want to STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM
RELIGION (EVEN THE SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" RELIGION) as you
Most people are terrified to face God.
They don't even want to talk about Him, and try to sweep
Him under the rug.
But EVERYONE will face Him sooner
FEAR IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD.
You have NO REASON to
Jesus loves you and He'll
receive you JUST
AS YOU ARE:
"ALL THOSE the Father gives me WILL COME TO ME, and WHOEVER COMES
TO ME I WILL NEVER
So, now that we've exposed THE REAL REASON, and
proved it has no merit, only one question remains:
What's keeping YOU from
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5,
CHEATING ON JESUS
Who, me??? I would
NEVER cheat on Jesus!!!
Well, let's find
There are several ways
to cheat on Jesus:
1. By placing religion
religion, I don't care WHAT it's called - before Christ.
2. By placing and
TRUSTING any man-invented INSTITUTION or denomination above
3. By placing
OPINIONS, including our own, above God's Word.
4. By spending MORE
TIME in trivial pursuits (including religious gossip,
spreading rumors and entertainment) than communing
intimately with Jesus.
5. By placing ANY
MORTAL and what
he/she says ABOVE what JESUS SAYS.
6. By listening to
every Tom, Dick and Harry, INSTEAD
OF seeking Truth DIRECTLY from His Holy Spirit and His Holy
NOT making Jesus NUMBER ONE in your heart and life... ALL
Anything or anyone
that occupies FIRST PLACE in our minds or hearts, OTHER
THAN Jesus Himself, is
Cheating on Jesus is
It's having OTHER
"gods" BEFORE HIM.
We are to LOVE Jesus
(the Lord, our God) WITH
ALL OUR HEART,
SOUL, STRENGTH, and MIND (Luke 10:27).
When we do that, when
we seek Him FIRST, when we seek His Kingdom WITHIN US FIRST,
all the other stuff (and EVERYTHING ELSE IS STUFF) lines
up and falls into place AUTOMATICALLY (Matthew
There is NO
GREATER, or most urgent, PRIORITY.
When we cheat on
CHEAT OURSELVES out of many
unspeakable thrill and delight of
being in His Presence.
SPECIAL APPRECIATION: to
F. Paul Peterson, for making this important information
available to seekers of Truth and to the public in
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4,
NO BONES ABOUT IT
A handful of
bones (eight tiny fragments, to be exact) were recently
displayed by the Vatican, purportedly belonging to St.
Peter whom they consider "the first Pope" (picture below).
It's a long held
Catholic tradition that Peter went to Rome, became Bishop
of Rome, died there, and that his remains lie beneath the
basilica named after him.
Pope Francis prayed
before the fragments, swung an incense censer in their
direction a couple times, as is customary with such relics,
and then clutched the bronze case in his arms for several
Since I was brought up
in TRADITIONAL Roman Catholicism, I like Pope Francis and
wish him well. He's shown great humility, charisma, and has
been in many ways a breath of fresh air in a stuffy, old
religious institution steeped in tradition.
There are, however, A
NUMBER OF BIG problems with THIS particular tradition:
1. There is ZERO BIBLICAL evidence
that Peter was
2. There is ZERO HISTORIC evidence
outside Roman Catholicism that Peter was EVER in Rome.
3. There is
ZERO ARCHAEOLOGICAL evidence that Peter was EVER in Rome.
4. There is COMPELLING
archaeological evidence that Peter IS NOT buried in Rome,
but in Jerusalem.
5. This tradition
CANNOT BE TRUE, since it flat-out CONTRADICTS
While there's ample
biblical and historic evidence that
Paul went to Rome,
lived and preached in Rome for several years, and was
martyred there, we
have NO SUCH EVIDENCE with regards to Peter.
It is established fact
Vatican and Saint Peter's Basilica are built atop a large,
ancient necropolis (pagan cemetery).
Vatican claims that
these are "Peter's bones" are flimsily based on DNA tests
that prove the bone fragments belong
to a man in his 60's whose height was about 5'7".
Give me a break: half
the population of Rome would fit that description.
If similar tests were
conducted ON OTHER bone fragments from that same
necropolis, I'm sure we would come up with
many others who were buried there, who were also males in
their 60's and about that same height.
baseless and ridiculous.
Scripture doesn't tell
us how tall Peter was, or precisely how old he was.
archaeologist, or historian, believes those are really
Matter of fact, just
last week top Vatican official, Archbishop Rino Fisichella,
"It almost doesn't
matter IF ARCHAEOLOGISTS
ONE DAY DEFINITIVELY DETERMINE THAT THE BONES AREN'T Peter's".
He added that Christians have prayed at "Peter's tomb"
for two millennia (actually, more like 1,500 years) and
will continue to do so,REGARDLESS.
If we read between the lines, what the Archbishop was
saying is that, EVEN
IF SCIENCE TOTALLY DEBUNKS their claim,
there will be A LOT OF DUMB Catholics who still believe
they're Peter's bones simply
because "the Vatican says so".
But it gets worse:
The ACTUAL remains of
Saint Peter were found in 1955 in an ossuary inside a cave
beneath the Dominus Flevit monastery on the Mount of Olives
in Jerusalem (photographs
The ossuary has the
Aramaic inscription "Simon Bar Jonah", THE VERY NAME that
Jesus called Peter in Matthew 16:17.
In the same cave were
also found the ossuaries for
close friend whom He raised from the dead), and his
sisters Mary and Martha (John
The cave and ossuary
have been proven to date
back to the first century A.D.,the very time that Jesus,
Peter, Lazarus, Mary and Martha walked the earth.
The location fits the
biblical account perfectly, since Lazarus lived in nearby
Bethany, not far from this place.
the Mount of Olives is where Jesus often hung out with the
disciples and where, according to Zechariah 14:4, His
Second Coming will take place (Matthew
24:3; Mark 13:3; Luke 22:39; John 8:1).
in the first century was
only about 50,000.
In a city THAT
ONE BUT PETER would be named "Simon bar Jonah".
When you add into the
mix the fact he
was buried on the Mount of Olives along with his friends,
Lazarus, Mary and Martha in whose home Jesus, Peter and the
other disciples often lodged,
it makes it virtually
impossible for it to be ANYONE ELSE.
Peter's REAL remains were
NOT FOUND BY Jews or by "Protestants" but by
two Roman Catholic Franciscan priests, fathers P. B.
Bagatti (who also happens to be a highly
regarded archaeologist) and J. T. Milik.
wrote a book (picture
below) explaining and documenting their find.
Father Bagatti notified
then Pope Pius XII of their discovery shortly
thereafter (58 YEARS AGO).
Pope Pius reportedly
‘Well, we will have to
make some changes, but
for the time being, keep this thing quiet'.
Indeed, they have
"kept this thing quiet" EVER SINCE.
In over half a century,
the Vatican hasn't uttered A WORD about
AND CONSEQUENTIAL discovery.
It doesn't take a
genius to figure out WHY...
HAVE died in Jerusalem,
since there is DEFINITIVE SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE that Peter
was never in Rome but preached to Jews in and around
Galatians 2:8 flat-out
"For God, who
was at work in Peter AS AN APOSTLE TO THE CIRCUMCISED
also at work in me (Paul) as an apostle to the Gentiles".
If God commissioned
Peter to minister TO JEWS (the circumcised), WHAT
ON EARTH would Peter be doing in
Rome ministering mainly to UNCIRCUMCISED PAGANS?
Had Peter gone to Rome
and become "bishop of Rome" as Catholic tradition claims, he
would have TOTALLY DISOBEYED JESUS and would hardly be
worthy of the title "apostle", let alone be any sort of
"rock foundation" for ANY Christian organization.
Furthermore, in John
21:15-16 we have Jesus' DIRECT COMMAND TO PETER to "feed
Who were "Jesus' sheep" at
the time Jesus gave that command?
They were Jews, AND
Jesus Himself said "I
was sent ONLY
TO the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew
Jesus would not have
even ONE) gentile "sheep" until some 15 YEARS LATER (Acts
If Jesus COMMANDED
Peter to "feed His sheep" and
His sheep were ALL JEWS, WHY ON EARTH would Peter DISOBEY JESUS'
EXPRESS ORDERS, ABANDON his fellow Jews which Jesus had
committed to his spiritual care, and go
off to distant Rome, some 2,308 kilometers (1,435 miles)
away, to preach to PAGANS?
Why would Peter even
BE NEEDED in Rome when
And if Christ's Church
was (purportedly) built upon Peter, WHY
would he establish Christ's Church in Rome, among pagans,
WHEN JESUS HIMSELF had ALREADY founded His UNIVERSAL Church
IN JERUSALEM, and all its members (including Jesus' own
mother, Mary) WERE JEWS? (Acts
Peter himself addresses
his epistle SPECIFICALLY to Jews:
"Peter, an apostle of
Jesus Christ, To
God's CHOSEN PEOPLE, EXILES SCATTERED (IN THE DIASPORA) THROUGHOUT the
provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and
Bithynia"... (1 Peter 1:1)
The fallacy that Peter
was "the first Pope" and that Christ's "true Church" is
founded on Peter, rather than ON JESUS HIMSELF, is
one of the worst and most deceitful hoaxes ever perpetrated
It simply doesn't hold
water. Nor does it stand the test of unbiased history or
Moreover, as I've just
Brothers and sisters, Peter
himself gave us the preeminent axiom:
OBEY GOD RATHER
We must ALWAYS
GOD SAYS OVER
AND ABOVE the claims of mortal men and man-invented
NO "BONES" ABOUT IT.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3,
RELIGION IS DULL
One of the worst
things that ever happened to the Christian faith is that
men turned it into organized religion.
Christianity of its flavor.
It clobbered believers
with all kinds of technicalities, making them afraid to do
this, or NOT to do that.
Religion pretends to
glorify God, but it doesn't. It glorifies itself.
Religion is IDOLATRY.
Idolatry is always based on fear.
fear and DOESN'T PROMOTE faith.
Fear turns free people
into boring, insipid, introverted dullards.
Religion is A TOOL OF
It puts people in
It turned the most dynamic spiritual movement in history,
into mindless squadrons of ineffective drones.
It substituted the
excitement of one -on-one communication and spiritual
intimacy with the living Jesus, with
a BORING, endless set of rules and regulations.
We're supposed to be
servants of Christ, not some man-invented "do's"
We're to put our unique
gifts and talents unconditionally
at His service, instead of being turned into a bunch of
look-alike, talk-alike, act-alike clones.
religion came along, Christianity was so powerful, that it
turned the entire world of its day upside down.
Without so much as
lifting up a sword or throwing a spear, by
the sheer power of God's Spirit and God's Word, the
Christian faith swallowed up the mightiest, most ruthless,
most efficient, political and military war machine in human
history, namely the Roman Empire.
religion came along, and all it was capable of producing,
along with some nice cathedrals, was the Crusades, the
Inquisition, and the counter-Reformation. Enough said.
Religion is DULL.
Jesus is EXCITING.
God is sick of
religion. It LITERALLY NAUSEATES HIM (Revelation 3:15-16).
If you got religion,
drop it. Get
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2,
THE GREAT WHORE
The Great Whore of
Revelation chapters 17 and 18 may be the city of Rome, but
her twin sister is sitting in Orange County, California.
She is a serial fornicator who has snared many
unsuspecting souls into her wantonness and greed.
Whereas her sister sits on "many waters", she sits on MANY
Like her infamous sibling, she is
ostentatiously decked in linen, purple, scarlet, gold,
precious stones, and pearls; not to mention wigs, eyelashes
and more layers of theatrical makeup than Bozo.
her adulterous twin, she DOESN'T PRAY but PREYS on the
souls of men.
Like her harlot sister, SHE HAS MADE
MERCHANDISE OF HER RELIGIOUS WARES, and TRAFFICS IN gold,
silver, precious stones, pearls, linen, purple, silk,
scarlet, wood, brass, iron, marble, ointments,
frankincense, wine, oil, flour, wheat, cattle, chariots,
slaves, favors, BOOKS, CD'S , DVD'S, TRINKETS - ANYTHING
ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF, and SOULS OF MEN.
"sisters" are lairs of THIEVES.
In case you haven't
figured it out, I'm referring to the "world's largest"
Kristian network based in Santa Ana, California.
Through the years, I have watched with great sadness its
gradual, and now total, deterioration.
fledgling ministry in the 70's where you could hardly get
the "snowy" TV signal, to a thriving network in the 80's
and 90's (back then cable TV was in its infancy), that went
from preaching the Gospel and ACTUALLY WINNING SOULS, to
promoting a perverted gospel of greed, to outright
corruption, manipulation, and abuse of power.
has given us one king (and I don't mean Jesus) one
pink-wigged drag queen, and countless self-declared
"bishops", "apostles", "elders" and "life coaches", but NO
PAWNS. Too bad, otherwise we could add a couple of rooks
and knights and we'd have ourselves a nice chess game.
It has given us such dubious Kristian "celebrities" as:
- Master showman and king of the fake healers Benny
- Habitual fornicator and child molester, who
fathered a son with his own brother's wife, then passed him
off as "his nephew", the late Earl Paulk.
"Prophet" Kim Clement, who predicted in 1996 that "within
two years" the Islamic world would be brought to its knees:
What we did get from the Islamic world, not two but 5
years later, was 9/11.
- "Prophetess" Juanita Bynum
complete with TELEVISED MILLION DOLLAR SHAM WEDDING that
ended shortly after in divorce and allegations of spousal
(Apparently her "prophetic gift" wasn't
working when she chose a husband).
- Serial seducer
of teenage boys, Eddie Long, who actually was "enthroned"
and given a "coronation" for such behavior.
Dollar, recently arrested for allegedly choking his teenage
- T.D. Jakes, who so "preaches the gospel"
that he recently teamed up with Hindu guru Deepak Chopra,
for several "motivational" seminars...
White was praised and referred to as "our princess Diana"
on TBN for divorcing her husband, without any explanation,
then scurried off to Rome for a quickie with Hinn (Eeeeew!)
until the National Enquirer caught them coming out of the
And that's just off the top of my
It has gone from Evangelical to heretical. It
went from promoting the Godhead, to the point it named
itself "Trinity", to casting doubt on the very Deity of
It went from
religion and heresy to
In a matter of 40 years it evolved from D. James
Kennedy to Steve Munsey, and from C.M. Ward to (horror of
horrors) Mormon Glenn
If you think the power struggle at Crystal
Cathedral which resulted in its demise was ugly - and it
was - it pales by comparison.
In the "lust for
power" department the Schullers got NOTHING on the
Audiences bilked in every DISHONEST and
imaginable way to support extravagant spending and opulent
lifestyles, sibling rivalry, struggle for power, families
divided and suing their own flesh and blood, suits and
countersuits galore, homosexuality, cover ups, hush money,
rape of minors, and misuse of funds, and by "funds" I mean
the $20, $10 and $5 donations that YOU sacrificially gave.
It all came to a head when the network's patriarch went
into the hospital to be treated for a heart condition and,
on what was thought to be his "death bed", wrote a will
where - in a prodigious pink-wigged maneuver worthy of
Rebecca procuring the birthright for Jacob, instead of
Esau, the younger and MORE STUPID son WAS GIVEN greater
powers than the older.
The younger son, who - were
it not for his famous (or infamous) parents would be
standing at the unemployment line - is now "head" of the
The new "head" couldn't even make his own
"production company" profitable, even though it was TOTALLY
FUNDED BY YOU through his parents who provided the capital
(in excess of $50 million) from your generous donations.
The only original idea he's ever come up with is
preaching a "covert" (subliminal) gospel, whatever the hell
Thank God there was NOTHING "covert"
about the apostles or Early Church. Had they not been
TOTALLY OVERT in their preaching, even under constant death
threats, you and I would not be saved.
buys luxury cars as often as some people change their
underwear. And, every time he does, the wife automatically
gets a new car, too.
All courtesy of your
sacrificial giving, dumb Christians.
Gee, I hope
some you HAVE REALLY GOTTEN RICH by supporting the Whore,
as SHE'S BEEN PROMISING you for the past 40 years...
What on earth made the pink wigged wonder think that
her favorite younger son is even remotely qualified to lead
the religious beast, which is far bigger and more complex
than his "production company", beats the heck out of me.
But then, again, INTELLIGENCE and REASON have never
been the pink wig's strong suit.
In the aftermath,
the older son, who, though I'm not a fan, has a better head
overall, and decidedly a better mind for business than the
younger, quit the network last fall and is said to have
taken a job with an internet Christian network.
the only one in the clan who, thus far, is keeping a low
Meanwhile the lawsuits and accusations keep
The Whore's founders are being sued by two
of their granddaughters for alleged fraud and unlawful use
of funds, and for alleged rape during one of their
Beg-a-thons when she was only 13 years old.
it all off, yesterday, November 30, 2013, Founder Paul
Crouch Sr. passed away.
His passing is sad for
For one thing, whatever else he may
have been, he was a good administrator and astute
businessman, something that cannot be said about anyone
else in that family.
For another, even though he
sold out to materialism and the gospel of greed, I do
believe that in his heart of hearts he cared about the true
Gospel and bringing souls to Jesus. If you think
programming's been lousy, unbiblical, self-serving and
knows the further deterioration that lies ahead now that
his voice has been silenced.
But saddest of all is WHAT
MIGHT HAVE BEEN.
To have such resources, such powerful, influential
medium and waste so much of it on religious fluff and the
"prosperity gospel" instead of building spiritually strong
men and women of God.
To have such powerful
evangelistic tool and waste it on preaching about money,
money, money and more money... and preaching to the
choir, when it could have been about souls,
souls, souls and more souls.
TBN went from non-profit Christian network to
FOR PROFIT BUSINESS ENTERPRISE targeting dumb Christians to
both donate and buy stuff from them, and never looked back.
And now that its Founder is gone, its future seems
in the "time of the end".
The Great Whore is fallen,
...And the religious merchants she
promoted (Revelation 18:11) "shall
weep and mourn over her, because NO MAN BUYS THEIR
MERCHANDISE ANY MORE".
By now most of you have heard of the death of TBN founder
Paul Crouch, Sr. I will be commenting on it
(Lord willing) in tomorrow's message. Please pray for
the Crouch family, that God will comfort, heal and grant
repentance. That TBN will go back to preaching the true
Gospel of Salvation at it did in the VERY beginning,
instead of the gospel of greed that it's preached for the
past three decades. Thank you.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2013
A LITTLE JESUS
People have as
much Jesus AS THEY WANT.
Repeat: People have as
much, or as little, Jesus as THEY WANT.
Jesus will never force
His way into a person's heart.
By the same token, He
won't fill that person with MORE OF HIMSELF than they want
and are ready to receive.
believers for the most part are satisfied with "a
We don't see very many
FOR deeper, more intimate communion with our Living Savior.
We don't see very many SEEKING
His beautiful Face with
ALL their hearts.
For the most part, we
want just "a little Jesus".
Just give us enough
AVOID GOING TO HELL.
Just give us enough
we'll go in the Rapture and miss the tribulation.
Let's give Jesus just
enough room in our lives, just enough time and attention,
to get us into heaven.
Or to get us through
some difficult situation we're facing.
But is that God's Will
or God's best?
too precious for
us to treat as merely A SPIRITUAL COMMODITY.
He paid TOO
HIGH A PRICE to purchase our Salvation for
us to treat Him in such nonchalant and, frankly,
He DESERVES our
boundless love and gratitude.
He DESERVES our
FULL, UNDIVIDED attention.
He DESERVES ALL
He DESERVES ALL
It's an insult to give
Him only that time when you have "nothing better to do".
All true believers WILL
sooner or later.
That's our eternal
He is WHO we're
PREDESTINED TO BECOME (Romans
That being the case,
we might as well start seeking His Face NOW and manifesting
We need to offer
ourselves up, as living sacrifices, totally and
What could be better
and more glorious than THE KING HIMSELF LIVING IN US AND
MANIFESTING THROUGH US?
So, I ask you today: HOW
MUCH JESUS do
you want ?
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