SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013
"LOST BOOKS" OF THE BIBLE
Here's the Truth about the
supposed "lost books" of the Bible:
from Matthew to Revelation, was written
in the FIRST CENTURY A.D.,
soon after Jesus' death and resurrection.
They’re valuable HISTORIC sources which fill in some important details about what happened in and to Israel during the four centuries that separate the Old and New Testaments.
For that reason, they are
INCLUDED in some Bibles, but are usually labeled as “Apocrypha”.
They most definitely ARE NOT
part of sacred Scripture.
These books often CONTRADICT
God's Holy Word, and CONTRADICT the New Testament: To put it
Lest anyone misunderstand, the Old Testament is God's Word, too. However, we're no longer living under the Old Testament, but under the New. The New Testament has REPLACED the Old, which became obsolete when Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Luke 16:16).
There WERE NO
the Old Testament.
The Old Testament has never
saved a single soul. The NEW Testament has saved billions
and is still saving them.
There's NOTHING missing from the Bible.
So every time you see a catalog that offers “lost books of the Bible”, or see some sensationalist TV show with ENEMIES OF CHRIST posing as “scholars” touting these books as "banned", or some YouTube video that offers “secret” or "forbidden" information about the Bible, IT’S PURE TRASH.
That’s NOT the Word of God, NEVER has been, and NEVER will be.
God has NEVER lost anyone or anything that BELONGS to Him (John 18:9; 2 Timothy 1:12).
Jesus has NEVER lost ANYONE who TRUSTED Him (John 17:2).
(Pause and meditate ON THAT).
Which begs the questions:
SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013
Oh, foolish Galatians WHO HAS BEWITCHED YOU, that you should not obey the truth... Did you RECEIVE THE Spirit by the works of the law (Torah) , or BY... FAITH?
Are you SO FOOLISH? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:1-3).
There’s a growing and alarming trend in Christendom to go back to the Old Testament and live under the law.
NOBODY appreciates and loves Israel more than I. For many years, I’ve encouraged believers to become acquainted with Jewish culture, Jewish history, and the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, in order to get a better and deeper understanding of God’s Word.
I attended a Messianic congregation for many years, and was even baptized in water by a Messianic rabbi.
There’s nothing wrong with attending services on Saturday.
There’s nothing wrong with celebrating the Jewish Holy Days.
There’s nothing wrong with eating kosher.
Let me tell you what IS wrong: It’s wrong, and contrary to the very foundation of Christianity, TO VIEW THESE THINGS AS REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION, as MEANS OF ATTAINING RIGHTEOUSNESS.
IT’S WHEN YOU START TRUSTING THESE THINGS TO MAKE YOU RIGHTEOUS, INSTEAD OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS, THAT MAKES such practices EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
You can congregate on Saturday, remember the Jewish Holy Days, and eat kosher, IF YOU WANT TO.
It’s one thing to do it VOLUNTARILY, by CHOICE. It’s quite another when someone tells us WE HAVE TO observe such things to have right standing with God.
ANYONE WHO TEACHES THAT IS TEACHING BOTH A LIE, AND A DAMNABLE HERESY.
What this teaching basically implies is that the Blood of Jesus WASN’T ENOUGH to CLEANSE US AND MAKE US RIGHTEOUS:
“Yeah, Jesus died, PAID FOR SINS, and rose from the dead, BUT.... THAT’S NOT ENOUGH: YOU HAVE TO “ADD” Sabbath keeping, and a kosher diet, and the 10 commandments”...
Forgive me, but that’s EXACTLY what it is: A LOAD OF CRAP that will bring nothing but BONDAGE, hinder life in the Spirit, and SEND YOU TO HELL.
A dear and, I’m sure, well-intentioned lady wrote me a while back that the scariest verse for her, in the entire Bible, is Matthew 7:23 where Jesus says: “Depart from me, you workers of iniquity”. She correctly pointed out that the word for “iniquity” is “lawlessness”, or “torahlessness” in Hebrew.
Does that mean Christians are to live under the law (torah)? Hell no!
Here’s what Jesus DIDN’T SAY:
He DIDN’T SAY “depart from me, you lawless [torah-less] ones because you didn’t keep the Sabbath”.
He DIDN’T SAY “you’re lawless because you didn’t eat kosher”.
He DIDN’T SAY “you’re lawless because you didn’t keep the 10 commandments”.
He DIDN’T SAY “you’re lawless because you were never physically circumcised”.
He said “I NEVER KNEW YOU”!!!
They were “LAWLESS” because HE NEVER KNEW THEM.
They NEVER HAD SPIRITUAL INTIMACY WITH HIM.
They never received Him into the DEEPEST RECESSES OF THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR BEINGS, SURRENDERED TOTALLY TO HIM AND TRUSTED HIM.
THE ONLY REASON they were in “iniquity” (lawlessness) is because they DIDN’T KNOW HIM.
They never had intimate spiritual communion (SPIRITUAL INTERCOURSE) with Him.
THAT’S what made them lawless (Torah-less) (Romans 2:28.29).
Our righteousness is based not on what we do [or fail to do] but ON WHAT JESUS ALREADY DID.
IT’S OUR FAITH IN HIM, IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE, IN HIS COMPLETE AND FINISHED WORK OF REDEMPTION, NOT ON OUR WORKS, THAT’S COUNTED TO US AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
JUST AS ABRAHAM’S FAITH WAS COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS 430 YEARS BEFORE THE LAW [TORAH] WAS EVEN GIVEN (Genesis 15:6; Romans 3:24, 28; 4:3,22-24; 5:1,9,10; Ephesians 2:8).
Abraham NEVER KEPT THE LAW (Torah), since THE LAW HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN AND WAS NOT KNOWN.
Abraham NEVER ATE KOSHER.
Abraham NEVER KEPT THE SABBATH.
And Abraham and the males in his household had NOT YET been circumcised.
We are justified ONLY by faith in Jesus Christ and NOT by the works of the law [Torah] . “ by the works of the law [Torah] NO ONE IS JUSTIFIED” (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
If we try to attain righteousness thru the law [Torah] WE FALL FROM GRACE and Jesus becomes of NO EFFECT TO US (Galatians 5:4).
If Jesus becomes “of no effect” to us, WE’RE NOT SAVED. We’re eternally doomed. THAT, to me, IS THE “SCARIEST” VERSE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE.
WE ARE TO TRUST JESUS’ FINISHED WORK AT CALVARY. WE ARE TO CEASE FROM OUR OWN WORKS and REST IN THE ASSURANCE THAT HE PAID THE PRICE FOR SIN IN FULL and FOR ALL TIME (Matthew 11:28).
By one Sacrifice He made us perfect FOREVER (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14).
Stop being bewitched by artificial “works” ON THE OUTSIDE. Salvation is HAVING God’s Holy Spirit LIVING INSIDE (Romans 8:9; 1 John 5:12).
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
WHAT GAYS NEED MOST
Most Evangelicals think what gays need most is TO STOP BEING gay.
God's Word says that what gays -- or ANY OTHER SINNER -- needs most, IS TO KNOW JESUS AND HAVE THEIR SINS FORGIVEN (Matthew 6:33; Luke 10:42; John 1:12; Romans 10:9).
June 2013 has been a significant month for homosexuals in various ways:
The Supreme Court of the United States just issued two rulings in their favor.
Additionally, Exodus International, an interdenominational Christian organization that claimed to help gays change their proclivities, closed down and its founder issued an apology for "the harm their pursuit has caused to LGBT people".
I have no doubt that this organization's original intent was good, but as so often happens in Christian circles, we put the cart before the horse.
You can go through all the exercises and "reparative therapy" you want, but the homosexuals I've known and ministered to, who truly hate being gay and want to change, have issues deeply rooted in their subconscious.
While NO ONE IS BORN HOMOSEXUAL, those tendencies begin to manifest at a very early age.
Jesus knows EACH INDIVIDUAL HEART.
If a gay or lesbian gives his or her heart to Jesus and is born again, HE OR SHE IS SAVED, like any other sinner saved by Grace.
If he or she EARNESTLY DESIRES DELIVERANCE FROM HOMOSEXUALITY they can be INSTANTLY delivered by the Grace and power of God.
But in the vast majority of cases, it's a one-day-at-a-time PROCESS.
Generally speaking, there are no "push button" answers.
Every one of these gays who DESPERATELY WANT DELIVERANCE will have to TRUST Jesus from day to day, and if they slip and fall into sin, LIKE usually happens to THE REST OF US, confess it, receive His forgiveness, KEEP TRUSTING HIM, and MOVE ON.
Homosexuals are sinners. So are heterosexuals.
Engaging in homosexual acts IS SIN.
It is labeled "sin" in both the Old and New Testaments.
So are fornication and adultery.
In order to sin, these acts DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO BE CARRIED OUT PHYSICALLY. According to Jesus, if we LUST sexually for another person we've already committed adultery (or sexual sin) IN OUR HEARTS (Matthew 5:28).
Gays are human and deserve the same rights as any other law abiding citizen of this nation, or any other nation.
The line should be drawn at marriage and ordination.
God's Word is crystal clear that MARRIAGE is strictly between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31).
Likewise, MINISTRY is supposed to be carried out by men who are "the husbands of ONE wife" or, conversely, by women who are single or married to ONE husband (1 Timothy 3:2,12; 5:8-10).
A very important part of leadership is SETTING THE EXAMPLE. Ministers (shepherds) are held TO A MUCH HIGHER standard than the flock (James 3:1).
As Jesus said "to whom much is given, of him MUCH SHALL BE REQUIRED" (Luke 12:48).
Being gay, or having gay inclinations, IS NOT the "unpardonable sin".
Jesus said in Matthew 12:31-32 that "ALL SINS would be forgiven men".
Last time I checked "ALL sins" meant "ALL SINS".
Homosexuality is sin, but glory to Jesus, we have A SAVIOR WHO IS GREATER THAN SIN.
We have a Savior who REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26).
Jesus said "WHOEVER comes to me, I will IN NO WAY REJECT" (John 6:37).
If you're gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender, transvestite, OR
ANY OTHER KIND OF sinner,COME
TO JESUS NOW.
WHAT GAYS NEED MOST - what ALL SINNERS need most - is JESUS IN THEIR HEARTS.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013
Faith is wonderful. RELIGION IS EVIL.
Aren’t they the same?
Faith is TRUST in Jesus, the Living God.
RELIGION is a set of man-invented rules and regulations that repress individuality and do not inspire trust, but FEAR.
ALL RELIGION is FEAR-based. All religion, including all forms of so-called "Christian" religion, ALIENATES US from the very God to whom it claims to bring us closer.
Religion BRINGS BONDAGE: it tells followers how to dress, how to wear their hair, how look, act, speak and THINK.
It even tells them WHEN TO WORSHIP!
The very word “religion” means “TO RETURN TO BONDAGE”.
Religion doesn’t allow dissent.
Religion is INTOLERANT.
Religion circumvents the Word of God and CLAIMS that it, not Him, is ULTIMATE AUTHORITY.
Dreamers have their religion, too. While repeating John Lennon's mantra of "imagine no religion", they have as much religion as Islamic extremists and, although theirs isn't quite as brutal or lethal, they are JUST AS LOST.
The Dreamer's theology goes like this:
GOD = LOVE
They claim that seeking Salvation [Jesus] is to live in fear.
That it's fear to believe we
will be lost UNLESS we
believe that only one man walked as God on this earth, paid for
ALL SIN, and UNLESS we
invite and RECEIVE that man into our hearts.
It SOUNDS so noble and “unselfish”. After all they claim to “seek no reward” and NO ETERNITY.
But ETERNITY is there, whether we like it or not, whether we seek it or not.
In fact, Love IS eternal (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Good as it may SOUND, the dreamers’ message IS DECEITFUL and satanic to the core.
NO ONE'S ever accused Satan
of being a mediocre liar. He's the MASTER OF deceit.
The ONLY individual to ever live AND DIE “not for Himself but FOR OTHERS” IS NAMED JESUS CHRIST (John 15:13).
NO ONE ELSE – IN ALL OF HISTORY -- can make that claim.
The reason they don't and
that, like the rest of humanity, dreamers HAVE FALLEN,
natures which are INCAPABLE
of producing, let
alone SUSTAINING, such
True Love is A FRUIT OF THE Spirit of Christ (Galatians 5:22).
It doesn’t come from ANYWHERE OR ANYONE ELSE.
True Love IS NOT some human emotion that we can conjure up at will.
And contrary to fallible human opinion, TRUE LOVE – while merciful and compassionate -- IS CAPABLE OF EXPRESSING ANGER AND OFTEN DOES (Matthew 23:13-36; John 2:13-17).
Their message SOUNDS GOOD, in
but TOTALLY FAILS, IN
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013
What goes on in evangelical circles WOULD BE COMICAL, if it weren't so blasted carnal (1 Corinthians 3:3).
In one corner you have an evangelical stiff holding a conference on "Strange Fire" denouncing the evils of Pentecostalism.
That seems to be THE RELIGIOUS ANSWER TO EVERYTHING today: hold a conference.
Such conferences are A JOKE: They change nothing, persuade no one, and are akin to political conventions: mere throwing raw meat at hungry, blood-thirsty, fanatical supporters.
All they do is preach to the choir and line the speaker's pockets with $$$.
In the other corner we have a hyper-Pentecostal calling himself the "Holy Ghost Bartender" who says if you're going to expose the gifts of the Spirit as "fake", you better produce THE REAL THING.
He also accused the stiff of bordering on blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
How utterly pathetic is that?
The stiff claims that the gifts of the Spirit ENDED in the first century A.D. as if God's Eternal Spirit could be RESTRICTED by something as finite as "time".
The gifts shall cease ONLY WHEN we manifest God's Perfection (1 Corinthians 13:10).
Since we haven't manifested it yet, they HAVEN'T CEASED.
However, the stiff IS RIGHT about ONE THING:
The gifts of the Spirit have been used and abused by greedy, opportunistic PERFORMERS who regularly FAKE THEM because they know their fickle, adulterous AUDIENCE WILL PAY FOR A GOOD SHOW.
The gifts ARE real.
The gifts ARE MANIFESTING TODAY.
Unfortunately, 90% of what passes off as "gifts of the Spirit" is FAKE, and 99.9% of the "gifts" displayed on "Christian" TV are STAGED.
Case in point: the so-called "Holy Ghost Bartender".
This man came up with A RELIGIOUS GIMMICK that HAS SERVED HIM, if no one else, well.
He was almost penniless when he arrived in the U.S. But he knew that dumb American Christians will throw money at ANY NEW charismatic FAD. And, sure enough, they have.
It took very little time for the gimmick to work and for him to acquire groupies.
A New Hampshire fan was not even embarrassed to tell a major newspaper that she had moved to Florida (some 1,500 miles away) "JUST TO ATTEND HIS CHURCH":
"When he prays for me, there's such a power from God that flows through him that it overcomes me and I can't stand on my feet."
THAT is THE PROBLEM plaguing the Evangelical community today:
We are up to our eyeballs in gimmicks, we got people falling like dominoes (supposedly) "under the power", we got Kristian entertainment galore, but there's NO SOUND DOCTRINE AND NO FOUNDATION.
We've seen time again how STUPID KRISTIANS RUN AFTER all these sensationalist performers: the bartender, the guy with the tattoos, the little creep who throws his anointed jacket at dumbstruck idiots, the smiling "I wanna be popular, so I won't tell the truth lest I offend prospective buyers", the big, fat "thou art loosed" MERCHANT TO FEMALES, the prosperity pushing jackass seducing young boys, the former leader of the NAE who condemned homosexuality, while engaging in it himself, etc. etc.
But Christians NEVER LEARN.
The moment they become disillusioned with one performer, THE MOMENT some network has a field day exposing their deception, they're already seeking A NEW IDOL to worship, a human Baal with whom to cheat on Jesus.
Remember the guy who dressed in army fatigues and asked people to rise early in the morning and join him in "spiritual warfare"?
That gimmick worked until - as we've seen in so many cases before where IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PREACHER, and very little about Jesus - ABC did an exposé about his lies and fraudulent schemes.
The bartender claims to have special anointing to get people "drunk" in the Spirit and inspire them to laugh uncontrollably.
Is such thing even found in Scripture?
The gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, DO NOT mention "holy laughter".
The fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22 include JOY.
Joy means intense, ecstatic gladness or happiness.
But it says nothing about rolling in the aisles, giggling or laughing uncontrollably.
Matter of fact, the fruit also includes SELF-CONTROL, so it couldn't possibly mean the alleged "drunkenness" that this dude promotes.
The apostles and other disciples who were in the Upper Room on Pentecost 33 A.D., were joyful and many thought them to be drunk because they HEARD THEM SPEAKING in unknown tongues.
But when the Holy Spirit filled them they were SITTING. Read it for yourself in Acts 2:2.
There was NOTHING DISORDERLY or gimmicky about their demeanor.
They were not rolling in the aisles, they were not giggling and they did not engage in uncontrolled laughter.
Ephesians 5:18-19 says not to be drunk with wine but to be being filled with the Holy Spirit, "singing and making melody IN OUR HEART to the Lord".
Again, NOT A WORD about the giggling and incessant laughter.
The "bartender" is fond of using Psalm 126:1-3 to justify his show:
"When the LORD turned again THE CAPTIVITY OF Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then WAS OUR MOUTH FILLED WITH LAUGHTER, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the nations, The LORD has done great things for them.
The LORD has done great things for us; and we are glad".
This Psalm is talking about Jews returning FROM CAPTIVITY (SLAVERY) TO JERUSALEM.
It says nothing about attending a meeting and laughing uncontrollably.
It also EXALTS GOD and NOT any preacher.
IT WAS GOD who caused them to laugh when He turned their captivity, not some "super anointed" preacher.
I'm all in favor of LAUGHTER and joy that truly comes from the Spirit.
THERE IS "holy laughter", since God Himself laughs (Psalm 2:4; 59:8).
But to base one's ENTIRE
MINISTRY ON THIS is
SELF-EXALTING, UNBIBLICAL NONSENSE.
How can this man claim to have "turned the captivity" of his congregation, when they are CONFUSED and CAPTIVE to all manner of wrong doctrine?
How can he claim to have SET THEM FREE when half of them are AFRAID TO LOSE THEIR SALVATION?
How can this man claim to have "turned their captivity" when they are SLAVES TO HIM, his gimmick, and his so-called "ministry"?
WHEN will you GROW UP, Body of Christ, and PUT AWAY childish things?
There's REAL laughter all right, but it's not coming from evangelicals:
The ONLY ONE laughing at this religious circus, with good reason, IS SATAN.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
"And he (Antichrist) shall
speak great words against the most High, and shall
wear out THE SAINTS of the most High, and
think to change times and laws: and THEY
SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND until
a time and times and the dividing of time" (Daniel 7:25, KJV).
The word "church" or "churches" appears 19 TIMES in the first three chapters of Revelation, BEFORE the tribulation begins.
In Revelation 7:9, she appears
SUDDENLY in heaven,
as an innumerable multitude which has been raptured BEFORE the
tribulation judgments even begin.
The Church is raptured
UNDER THE 6TH SEAL.
The tribulation JUDGMENTS are poured out when THE
7TH SEAL is opened.
The word "church" is
NOT EVEN MENTIONED ANYWHERE
in chapters 4-19 of Revelation.
Who are "THE SAINTS" mentioned in these verses then?
WHAT SAINTS does Antichrist
war against, conquer, and "wear out"?
2 Chronicles 6:41; Job 15:14; Psalms 16:3; 30:3; 106:16; Proverbs 2:8 are just a few examples of this.
Many of those Old Testament
saints received Jesus as Lord and God when He spent THREE DAYS
AND NIGHTS in the center of the earth, rose from the dead
themselves, and were taken to heaven by Him, AFTER His
Resurrection (Matthew 27:52; Ephesians 4:8-9).
Saints (separated ones) who ALREADY ARE saved are taken to heaven at the Rapture, and BEFORE the tribulation judgments begin.
However, during the reign of Antichrist many people will come to faith in Christ (Revelation 14:6, 13).
When they do, they
Those who BECOME saints through faith in Jesus Christ during the tribulation will be saved; however many of them will be persecuted and beheaded for their faith ([Revelation 20:4).
They are resurrected after
the Second Coming of Christ to rule and reign with Him on the
That's why during the tribulation you'll find "saints" (SEPARATED ones) both in heaven (Revelation 8:3; 15:2)) and on earth (Revelation 13:10; 14:12, 14-16).
EVERYONE in the Body of Christ (Church) is a saint.
Those who are saved during the tribulation BECOME saints AFTER the Church is gone.
MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013
Someone recently asked me how they should deal with the sadness or disappointment of waiting and waiting and waiting... for our Lord to appear and take us Home.
The Holy Spirit INSTANTLY "arose" within me and gave me this answer:
Take your eyes OFF yourself and put them ON Jesus.
It's only NATURAL for believers to want to see our Lord and put ALL OF THIS WORLD'S suffering BEHIND ONCE AND FOR ALL.
However, the underlying cause for the sadness or despair that He still hasn't appeared is SELFISHNESS.
In that department, I'm probably THE WORST offender of all.
I WANT TO SEE JESUS. I WANT JESUS with NO BARRIERS of ANY kind - whether real or imagined -- in between.
And I WANT HIM NOW.
Our Savior KNEW that many of us would feel that way, and He told us THE ONE AND ONLY REASON for "delaying" His promise:
TO SAVE MORE SOULS:
He's not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
Is EVEN ONE SOUL WORTH spending a week longer, a month longer, or A YEAR LONGER on this earth?
Based on Mark 8:36, I'd have to say "YES":
According to Jesus, ONE human soul is WORTH MORE THAN the whole world.
Humanly speaking, it's natural to feel disappointed as each month, week, day, hour, minute, or SECOND goes by and Jesus hasn't appeared.
But the fact is, He hasn't appeared (at least collectively) in TWO THOUSAND YEARS.
Think of all previous generations of Christians who WANTED to see Him, longed for the Rapture, and never got to see it during their lives.
Of course, since they've been waiting so long, they get RAISED FROM THE DEAD FIRST then we are transformed and go up TOGETHER WITH them to meet our Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
We are the blessed generation that will experience His appearing, while most of us are still ALIVE. There's NO DOUBT whatsoever about that. Glory to His Name!
The remainder of our stay here becomes more bearable when we know that each moment we linger, SOME SOUL(s) is/are getting saved SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD.
I know that the spiritual condition of many here in America seems bleak.
I know it may seem that any more delay is "a waste of time".
I know it seems like some people will have to stay behind AND SUFFER TRIBULATION in order to to come to their senses and receive Christ...
But remember that America is NOT the entire world, neither is England, South Africa, Australia, India, Jamaica, or wherever you're reading this.
I assure you that there are THRIVING Christian communities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, even Central and South America, where NEW BELIEVERS ARE ADDED to the Church, to His Collective Body, EACH AND EVERY DAY.
In our own ministry we see souls coming to Jesus CONTINUOUSLY.
Would you send those souls to hell, or through the horrors of the tribulation with no certainty of Salvation, SO YOU COULD ESCAPE THE TRIALS and CHALLENGES OF THIS WORLD A BIT SOONER?
We need to stop focusing on "self", stop BEING SELFISH, stop having a pity party ("oh, gee, it's June already and Jesus hasn't shown up"), and say:
"THANK YOU, Lord, that MORE and MORE SOULS are coming into your Kingdom".
THAT'S what it's about.
We're not looking at "years" but rather months.
Once Jesus does appear WE'LL NEVER EXPERIENCE SUFFERING -- in ANY way, shape or form -- EVER AGAIN. Glory to His Name!
If we have to "suffer" and PUT UP WITH THE DECAY AND SINFULNESS OF THIS FALLEN REALM A BIT LONGER, JESUS IS WORTH THE WAIT.
The SOULS that will COME TO KNOW JESUS during that "extra time" - who were predestined in Him before the foundation of the world to come into His Kingdom (Ephesians 1:4) are worth the wait, too.
I know it hard to believe based on some of our earthly performances but THEY ARE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE ETERNAL GOD, TOO.
Very soon they will ALL MANIFEST their TRUE Selves which are FACETS OF HIS sparkling and INCOMPARABLE PERFECTION.
Hang in there, brothers and sisters. Don't let ANYONE or anything STEAL YOUR JOY (Nehemiah 8:10).
I assure you, in Jesus' Name and based on His Holy Word, that you have A BRILLIANT, MARVELOUS Destiny just ahead.
Amen and amen.
Our Jesus made a promise, and HE WILL KEEP IT.
His timing is always PERFECT.
His Kingdom WILL come, His WILL (NOT OURS) BE DONE.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013
"Send me some material to
help me grow spiritually" is a request that we usually get either
from new believers or from those who've turned from cults to true
faith in Christ.
As much as Saul of Tarsus had studied the Torah and Tanach, even he had to take some time to meditate God's Word, commune with Christ and get fresh revelation BEFORE he became the Apostle Paul, the greatest evangelist the world has ever known (Galatians 1:13-20).
In Mark 4:26-29 Jesus
compared spiritual development in the Kingdom of God to a seed
that man scatters into the ground. Then,
without really knowing how, that seed sprouts and grows BY ITSELF
night and day, first the stalk, then the head, then the full ripe
kernel in the head.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013
COMMANDMENT OR CUSTOM
The Bible DOES
NOT command ANYONE to
gather in a building on
That was also when those
buildings called "synagogues" were
FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013
DOES JESUS EVEN EXIST ?
There's this myth
circulating recently that
there's no evidence Jesus ever lived.
That's A FACT. And there's NOTHING you can do about it.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
It happens much too
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013
PRAYER IS PRIVILEGE
I'm often asked how much time I spend in prayer each day.
The answer? I honestly DON'T KNOW.
I've never timed myself.
I'm NOT one of those super-disciplined individuals, who always gets up at 5:30 A.M., does 10 laps around the block, then spends 30 minutes, or an hour, in prayer, then has a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast (yuck!).
You can't "force" prayer.
The Spirit moves when He wills, and Lord knows He's not confined to "time".
You can't tell the Spirit "oh, it's 6:15, time to pray". Prayer IS NOT as structured as all that.
The moment you assign a specific time allotment for prayer, it instantly loses its spontaneity. That, in turn, makes it lose its effectiveness.
And if it loses its effectiveness, it's pretty much a WASTE of time.
ANY prayer that DOESN'T come from the heart is exactly that.
I don't have ANY allotted time for prayer. I pray when I'm moved to do so. When I do, 99% of the time, it's for other people.
Very, very rarely do I ask anything for myself.
I do keep a special folder with your prayer requests, and present them before the Lord whenever His Spirit moves me.
Sometimes He moves me ONCE a day, and sometimes 20 times a day.
I simply DECIDE to live each day in communion (connection, dialogue with) God's Holy Spirit, and not just talk, but also spend time LISTENING.
I CHOOSE to retain consciousness of His Presence, and His Voice, during the day and at night.
I lean very heavily on His incomparable Wisdom and Guidance.
Without Him, I'd be lost and clueless.
I follow His lead.
When He says "pray", I do. When He moves me to intercede for others, I do so wholeheartedly, when He says "be silent", I am. AND WHEN HE SPEAKS, I LISTEN.
When He floods my spirit with love and gratitude for Himself, I love to spend HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES adoring Him and praising Him.
Prayer's not a "Christian duty" or an OBLIGATION, as religion would have us believe.
It's A GREAT HONOR: An enormous PRIVILEGE.
Hence, it's not to be taken lightly, OR RESTRICTED TO something as ephemeral as "time".
Paul instructed believers at Thessalonica to "pray WITHOUT CEASING" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
The Christian walk should be one of CONSTANT CONTACT and COMMUNION with our Savior and constant attention to Him.
Prayer is NOT A MONOLOGUE: It's TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION with the Greatest, Highest, Wisest, and Most Creative Mind in the universe.
Hence, we should all be at His beck and call.
How long, and how often, should you be at it?
ALL THE TIME:
As long as He wants, WHENEVER He wants.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013
CAN YOU READ?
A couple questions often asked by newcomers to this ministry are "how come I haven't heard this before? and "WHERE did you get all that revelation"?
Where EVERYONE ELSE should get theirs: from the Spirit of God and the Word of God.
A grave problem in the Church today is that NOBODY WANTS TO READ: And when they do, they READ FICTION rather than Truth.
We've become accustomed to OTHERS TELLING us WHAT THEY SAY THE BIBLE SAYS, as opposed to what it ACTUALLY says.
Unfortunately, this has become the norm, from seminary on down the respective religious hierarchies.
The professor tells us WHAT HE SAYS the Bible says and we believe him.
The theologian tells us WHAT HE SAYS [or THINKS] the Bible says and we accept it, no questions asked.
The pastor or evangelist tells us WHAT HE SAYS the Bible says, and we buy it (even when the Bible DOESN'T SAY IT).
The prosperity guru writes a book where he tells us WHAT HE SAYS THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT SOME MAGICAL FORMULA that will make us zillionaires overnight and we swallow it, hook, line and sinker.
Never mind that we've been BUYING their magic formulas for 60 years and NO ONE'S prospered except the gurus THEMSELVES. We're too spiritually lazy to pick up the Bible and read WHAT IT SAYS about finances.
We've become so apathetic where the Word of God is concerned that we don't even BOTHER to check their statements against other scriptures, and see if they stack up.
The prophecy guru SELLS US a book full of lies where he tells us WHAT SCOFIELD SAID THE BIBLE SAYS about the Rapture, tribulation or Antichrist, and we don't even bat an eye.
(I love Scofield, greatly value some of his contributions, and I'm sure he didn't teach error intentionally, but was he right about everything?Heavens, NO!).
We don't even take 30 seconds to study the passages for ourselves and see if THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE BIBLE says.
We don't spend even 10 Seconds meditating some of God's prophecies and allowing the Spirit to EXPOUND ON THEM.
We value THE WORD OF MAN above THE WORD OF GOD.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out WHY there's so much confusion, false teaching and division in the Body of Christ.
I stopped LISTENING TO MAN years ago. I stopped reading THE WORD OF MAN years ago. I stopped reading RELIGIOUS FICTION years ago. That's HOW I got these revelations, to Jesus be ALL the glory.
I shoved all of man's OPINIONS aside, IN FAVOR OF direct study of God's Word, ALLOWING GOD TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO ME THRU HIS WORD, and listening to God's Holy Spirit within.
If you want unadulterated Truth, if you want deep revelation, if you want to know WHAT GOD REALLY SAID, you don't need to be "holier", or smarter than anyone else.
It all boils down to this one, tiny thing:
CAN YOU READ?
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013
CONQUERING AND TO CONQUER
Of all this ministry's teachings, one of the most often and most fiercely debated, concerns the WHITE HORSE in Revelation 6:2.
I have consistently taught, for over 10 years, that it represents Jesus, who goes forth "conquering and TO CONQUER".
He CONQUERS for the ultimate purpose of establishing The Kingdom of God on earth.
NOWHERE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE is the Antichrist depicted on a white horse. And we know from history, that the Antichrist's horse, named Bucephalus, was BLACK not white.
Jesus, on the other hand, UNEQUIVOCALLY appears on A WHITE HORSE in (Revelation 19:11).
Many of the Early Church fathers and theologians, including Irenaeus, correctly understood and taught that the rider on the WHITE horse in Revelation 6:2 is Jesus.
This great Truth was "unsealed" back in the first century A.D. and will manifest on earth very shortly, when the 7th seal is opened and the 7th Trumpet, which is the Trumpet of Jubilee, is sounded, heaven OPENS and Jesus RETURNS TO EARTH IN TANGIBLE, BODILY FORM.
That's what the Book of Revelation is ALL about: the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
It's NOT ABOUT the establishment of Antichrist's reign on earth.
Although that must happen, his reign will last ONLY 42 months (Revelation 13:5).
Jesus' Kingdom IS ETERNAL (Luke 1:33).
That's why THE SEALS BEGIN WITH JESUS going forth victorious in His Resurrection (in the FIRST century) and END with Jesus ultimately returning on that same WHITE HORSE to establish His Kingdom on earth IN OUR CENTURY.
Glory to His Name!
The SEALS BEGIN WITH Jesus and END WITH Jesus:
He is the Alpha and the Omega: THE BEGINNING and THE END.
That's WHY, by the time the 7th trumpet sounds (under the 7th and FINAL seal), "the kingdoms of this world... become the kingdoms of our Lord and OF HIS CHRIST" (Revelation 11:15).
It's Jesus, NOT Antichrist, who reigns "forever and ever".
That's WHY it's Jesus who goes forth conquering and TO CONQUER.
You would think that Christians would REJOICE in this great and VERY BIBLICAL Truth. I'm certain many do.
But not ALL Christians...
I sometimes wish I could share some of the idiotic, blasphemous e-mails I receive from supposed believers vehemently arguing this is the Antichrist.
They have little interest in the Bible, except to take it out of context or use it "selectively" in a desperate and futile attempt to "prove" their warped eschatology.
NO ONE can prove a lie.
NO ONE can EVER disprove Truth.
The false "white horse antichrist" theory did not emerge until the 19th century when it was invented by Charles Nelson Darby, advanced by C.I. Scofield, then picked up and popularized by 20 and 21 century prophecy traffickers.
Let's indulge their prophetic fantasy for just a moment:
If this WERE the Antichrist who goes forth "conquering and TO CONQUER", that would mean he'd be VICTORIOUS at Armageddon.
That would mean Antichrist would defeat Jesus (perish the VERY THOUGHT).
That would mean Jesus would never establish His Eternal Kingdom on earth.
That would mean the whole Bible is a lie.
You can't say on the one hand that the Antichrist goes forth TO CONQUER, and later say he's defeated at Armageddon and that it's Jesus who will reign on earth.
That's A DIRECT CONTRADICTION.
Make up your minds, "Christians": It's one or the other.
All "christians" [small "c"] who want to fight tooth and nail on behalf of the Antichrist, I got two words of advice for you:
1) Start looking for a place to hide. And,
2) REPENT and GET SAVED, while you still can.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013
SEPARATION FROM GOD
Does SIN separate
us from a HOLY
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013
WHY DID GOD GIVE THE LAW?
WHY DID God give the children of Israel the Law KNOWING IN ADVANCE THAT THEY’D NEVER BE ABLE TO KEEP IT?
WHY did He give THEM the law, when ONLY HE could fulfill it?
Because He wanted to show that sinful, MORTAL humans CAN NEVER MEASURE UP TO GOD’S STANDARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
He wanted them to realize the TOTAL FUTILITY of trying to produce THEIR OWN righteousness (Isaiah 64:6).
He wanted His people to ACKNOWLEDGE their COMPLETE HELPLESSNESS to save themselves, no matter how hard they tried to keep COMMANDMENTS and no matter how much blood of innocent animals they offered to temporarily cover their sins.
God wanted them to realize their TOTAL DEPENDENCE ON HIM for Salvation.
Thank God for every born again child of God who realizes that Salvation IS A GIFT: A GIFT WE DO NOT DESERVE, a GIFT WE CANNOT EARN, from beginning to end.
However, to some extent, God’s plan has backfired.
Instead of throwing themselves helplessly on His mercy, instead of realizing they have ZERO righteousness, some sinners have become ADDICTED TO the law, to the point that even after Jesus came and FULFILLED EVERY JOT AND TITTLE, they REJECT His SACRIFICE, DEEM IT “INSUFFICIENT”, REJECT HIS GIFT OF SALVATION, AND ARE HELL-BENT ON BEING SAVED BY THEIR OWN “MERIT”.
PRIOR TO THE LAW, people lived 2,500 years or longer WITHOUT the law. Yet some people today CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT.
Abraham was saved BY FAITH, the same way we are saved today, 430 years BEFORE the Law was given or even known (Genesis 15:6; Galatians 3:15-17).
Yet 3,500 YEARS AFTER God gave the law they STILL CLING TO THE LAW, as though IT HAD SHED ITS BLOOD FOR THEM.
They still worship THE LETTER OF A DEAD Law that Jesus NAILED TO THE CROSS, along with His perfect, sinless body (Colossians 2:13-14).
They are OBLIVIOUS TO THE SPIRIT who wrote the Law.
The law's INABILITY to make ANYONE RIGHTEOUS was PROVEN when, 450 years after the Law was given, King David said there WERE NONE righteous among the Israelites, NOT EVEN ONE!!! (Psalm 53:1).
1,500 YEARS LATER Jesus Himself said NO Jew ever kept the law (John 7:19).
Never mind that JEWS and other Israelites to whom the Law WAS given NEVER KEPT IT, today MILLIONS of supposed “Christians” – to whom the Law WAS NEVER GIVEN -- CLAIM TO KEEP IT.
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM IS LYING.
NO SINFUL MORTAL can keep it.
Yet their false religion has brainwashed them to the point that they are TOTALLY CONVINCED that they “keep” God’s law.
Even BORN-AGAIN believers CANNOT keep THE LETTER of God’s law.
Yet, there are MILLIONS OF “Kristians” WITH UNREGENERATE HEARTS who THINK they can.
Those who KNOW Jesus can’t keep it, but those who’ve NEVER KNOWN Jesus ARE CONVINCED that they do.
ALL LAW ADDICTS are going to hell.
That’s a fact.
You can cling to the Law all you want. You can INVENT all the false doctrine you want, but YOU’RE LOST.
Unless you REPENT of your presumptuousness, humble yourself before God, ADMIT YOU SIN AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE, and RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART AS GOD AND SAVIOR, YOU’RE GOING TO HELL, BUBBA.
The Law has never LED ANYONE INTO the Kingdom of God.
It couldn’t even get MOSES into the Promised Land.
The ONLY door INTO the Kingdom of God IS JESUS (John 10:9).
If you try to enter God’s Kingdom through the Sabbath Gate, the Law Gate, the Circumcision Gate, the Kosher Diet Gate, the 10 Commandments Gate, OR ANY OTHER “GATE” BESIDES JESUS HIMSELF, YOU’RE HEADED FOR DAMNATION.
You can call yourself “Christian” ‘til your face turns pink, purple and yellow:
You’re NOT A CHILD OF GOD, but a poor, illegitimate, religious bastard.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
EVERYTHING'S NOT A DEMON
Yes, Satan's real and more evil that words can express.
Yes, there are demons and evil spirits that serve him and they are extremely wicked as well.
Yes, I'm the first to say that Satan HAS HUMAN "secret agents" that infiltrate our congregations, prayer groups, Sunday schools, media, ministries, etc.
Like their puppeteer master, all they seek to do is steal, kill, destroy and CONFUSE.
If they can't steal your money, they'll do their best to steal your time.
They ENJOY being THE CENTER of attention.
They're SELFISH LEECHES whose entire universe consists of "me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me and ME".
I know firsthand because Satan not only FOLLOWS THIS MINISTRY PERSONALLY, but always has not one but SEVERAL of his puppets hanging around.
And the Holy Spirit ALWAYS exposes them sooner rather than later.
However, NOT EVERY PROBLEM Christians face is caused by Satan or demons.
There's this tendency in Christendom, especially among hyper-charismatics, to BLAME EVERYTHING on "demons".
Every problem IS NOT CAUSED BY demons.
Yes, they're out there. But I've often said that the creep and his creepers get FAR MORE CREDIT than they deserve.
The existence of Satan, satanic angels, evil spirits and demons DOES NOT EXEMPT US FROM PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
A LOT of the problems in this world, and especially IN CHRISTENDOM, are SELF-INFLICTED.
We needed no "help" from Satan or demons: we MESSED UP ALL ON OUR OWN.
God gave each of us FREE WILL which NO demon, NO Satan, NOT EVEN GOD HIMSELF will override.
No demon can POSSESS a born-again child of God: NO WAY, NO HOW.
Demons can harass, confuse and wreak havoc IN OUR LIVES, but they CANNOT POSSESS Christians.
They can bother us ONLY, ONLY, ONLY... if we LET them.
They operate in our lives when WE OPEN the door.
There are a millions of fun games in cyberspace, WHY must you engage in THAT SATANIC ONE?
It wasn't a demon that got you hooked on porn. You did that ALL ON YOUR OWN.
That some demon saw AN OPPORTUNITY ONCE YOU WERE HOOKED, and has aggravated the problem even more, is a different matter altogether.
If you're so worried about demons operating in your life, then why DO PARTICIPATE IN SÉANCES WHICH OPEN THE DOOR TO THE SPIRIT WORD OF THE OCCULT?
Before you blame Satan or demons for all your problems, at least have THE HONESTY and MORAL INTEGRITY to take a long, deep and REALISTIC look AT YOURSELF.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013
WRONG WAY TO RECEIVE JESUS
Is there A WRONG WAY to receive Jesus into one's heart?
People receive Jesus for A VARIETY OF reasons:
Some people come to Christ out of FEAR of going to hell.
Others because they realize they're sinners and need a Savior.
Others because they grew up in a Christian home, heard the Gospel many times, and it eventually got through and impacted their souls.
Others, because they LOVE JESUS, have ALWAYS LOVED Him, cannot HELP loving Him, and COULD NOT HELP giving every ounce and particle of their beings to Him at some point.
They CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE life without Him.
It would be simply empty, meaningless EXISTENCE.
Some people come to Him for a combination of two or more of the above.
Others come to Him FOR ALL of the above.
If we lived in a perfect world, filled with perfect people, EVERYONE WOULD RECEIVE HIM BECAUSE HE IS GOD, HE LIVES FOREVER, HE is MORE WONDERFUL that words can express, and is ETERNALLY WORTHY of OUR COMPLETE, UNRESTRAINED, SPONTANEOUS LOVE, ADORATION, PRAISE, WORSHIP, GRATITUDE AND THANKSGIVING:
But we DON'T live in a perfect world...
There is NO SUCH THING AS "a wrong way" to come to Jesus.
EVERYONE, in fact, SHOULD come to Him, since we all CAME FROM Him (John 1:3).
No one can come to Jesus UNLESS the Father draws him or her (John 6:44).
EVERYONE should come to Jesus "as they are" and FOR WHATEVER reason.
The important thing is that WE RECEIVE HIM and GIVE OURSELVES TOTALLY TO HIM.
Just DO IT.
Your "motive" can always be refined AFTERWARDS.
If you haven't experienced Jesus IN YOU, you're CHEATING YOURSELF of the greatest and most joyous experience possible.
You haven't "lived" until you EXPERIENCE the Presence, the Love, the sheer Wonderfulness of our lovely Savior in your INNERMOST BEING.
It's an EXPERIENCE that you'll cherish and want to RE-LIVE time and again and again... FOREVER.
Go ahead, open the door of your heart and INVITE HIM IN.
"ALL THOSE that the Father gives me WILL COME TO ME. And he that comes to me, I will IN NO WAY reject".
Thank you, Lord Jesus.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013
DON'T TALK TO US, GOD
Can you imagine someone
REJECTING God's Voice?
TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
"These signs SHALL FOLLOW them THAT BELIEVE: IN MY NAME shall they CAST OUT DEMONS"... (Mark 16:17).
NO ONE HAD EVER CAST OUT DEMONS before Jesus came along.
That's why Jesus' contemporaries were ASTONISHED at His authority and called it a "new doctrine" never before seen or heard (Mark 1:27).
Even the greatest prophets of the Old Testament HAD NEVER done this:
Abraham never did it: Nor did Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, or ANYONE ELSE.
The CLOSEST THING that we find PRIOR TO Jesus is when David played the harp for Saul and the evil spirit that afflicted Saul would leave him, only TEMPORARILY (1 Samuel 16:23).
Eventually, the bad spirit would return and bother Saul until David played his anointed harp AGAIN.
Jews were wondering if Jesus was, indeed, the Messiah (Son of David).
The casting out of demons BEGAN with Jesus and He passed it down to His disciples (us).
However, exorcising demons is NOT what religion has INVENTED, or as Hollywood portrays it in movies like The Exorcist, or as some CON ARTISTS PRETEND for the BENEFIT OF their audience and THEIR OWN POCKETS.
It's also NOT some group of hyper charismatic clowns who couldn't cast out AN ANT, let alone a demon, and feel they must all gang up on some usually IMAGINED "demon".
As the above Scripture indicates, ALL it takes is the Spirit of God and ONE true, firmly established believer TO CAST "it" or "them" out.
It's also NOT for new believers or even for OLD believers who are NOT FIRMLY ESTABLISHED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE SCRIPTURES.
And don't even THINK of "trying" this if you DON'T KNOW JESUS.
THIS is SERIOUS business and it's NOT for AMATEURS.
You better be 100% CERTAIN OF WHO YOU ARE, AND WHOSE AUTHORITY YOU HAVE, BEFORE you even THINK of casting out evil spirits.
In Acts 19:13-16 we have a most unfortunate incident with a group of 7 Jewish brothers who peddled supposed "exorcisms" on the street:
"Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, TOOK UPON THEMSELVES TO CALL OVER THEM WHO HAD EVIL SPIRITS THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, saying, "We adjure you by Jesus WHOM PAUL PREACHES".
And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and CHIEF OF THE PRIESTS, who did so.
And THE EVIL SPIRIT ANSWERED... "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; BUT WHO ARE YOU"?
And THE MAN IN WHOM THE EVIL SPIRIT WAS, LEAPED ON THEM, AND OVERCAME THEM, AND PREVAILED AGAINST THEM, SO THAT THEY FLED OUT OF THAT HOUSE NAKED AND WOUNDED".
A Rabbi was recently trashing the Brit Hadasha (New Testament) on YouTube and saying that the "Christian" New Testament portrayed Pontius Pilate as a Caspar Milquetoast character (it DOES NOT).
After REMINDING the good Rabbi that the Brit Hadasha is hardly "Christian" since it is written IN ITS ENTIRETY BY JEWS, reminding him of what Luke 13:1 and Mark 15:15, said about Pilate, which in NO WAY fits his Caspar Milquetoast allegory... I said:
"Well then, you MUST ALSO believe in Jesus' miracles INCLUDING His casting out of demons".
He answered that he "didn't necessarily believe EVERYTHING the New Testament says about Jesus".
And I replied: "Well, then, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO QUOTE THE NEW TESTAMENT".
You can't present the portions YOU LIKE as "TRUE EVIDENCE" to make your point, and then turn around and SAY "OH, BUT I DON'T BELIEVE THE PARTS THAT REFUTE MY POINT. Those ARE NOT TRUE".
"Can't have it both ways, Rabbi. Either ALL of it is true, or NONE of it.
That's a double-standard, which in turn PROVES YOU DISHONEST and undermines your credibility".
Haven't heard from the Rabbi since.
And, of course, he would not allow my comments to appear on his YouTube channel, which is understandable.
But I made MY POINT and gave him something to think about.
The rabbi in question knew EXACTLY where I was coming from, that's why he HAD TO BACKTRACK.
There are a few vague and unsubstantiated references to casting out demons in EXTRABIBLICAL Hebrew literature, but most of it was written in the 2nd century A.D. and NONE of it was ever deemed remotely credible or divinely inspired.
Even then, their alleged "exorcisms" all involved amulets, potions, incantations, or some combination thereof.
Jesus cast demons out FOR GOOD, in front of EVERYONE so it was UTTERLY UNDENIABLE, by the sheer SPOKEN WORD.
The RELIGIOUS LEADERS (Pharisees) of Jesus' day also understood WHAT THIS MEANT.
Heck, ALL Jews knew what it meant SINCE ONLY GOD CAN CAST OUT DEMONS.
They realized the common people were about to receive Jesus as Messiah.
THAT'S WHY Pharisees IMMEDIATELY stepped in and ANNOUNCED that IT WASN'T BY the Spirit of God that Jesus cast demons out but by Beelzebub, the prince of demons.
They had NO EVIDENCE or scriptural basis WHATSOEVER for their statement, mind you.
They were so hell-bent and ADAMANT in their REJECTION OF Jesus that, even WHEN FACED with UNDENIABLE EVIDENCE, they INVENTED some lame excuse (that's ALL RELIGION EVER DOES) TO DISMISS JESUS' AUTHORITY and "explain it away".
In fact, they WENT TO THE EXTREME of saying it was SATAN HIMSELF (or Beelzebub) WHO HAD CAST HIS OWN EVIL SPIRIT OUT.
Jesus who IS the Word manifested in flesh and knows the Torah INFINITELY BETTER THAN THEY, argued that Satan doesn't cast out Satan: That He and His disciples COULD ONLY DO THIS BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD (Matthew 12:28; Mark 1:32: 16:17; Luke 10:17).
ONLY TRUE believers can cast out demons.
Like Jesus, we do it by the Spirit and the SPOKEN Word.
Like Jesus, we better be 100% CERTAIN that GOD HIMSELF LIVES and IS IN US.
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013
GIFTS AND FRUIT
The New Testament talks about GIFTS of the Spirit and FRUIT of the Spirit.
EVERY BELIEVER SHOULD WELCOME AND MANIFEST both the gifts and fruit of the Spirit.
However, Satan and his agents can MIMIC the GIFTS. They CANNOT MIMIC THE FRUIT.
The 9 GIFTS are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10:
1. For to one is given by the Spirit THE WORD OF WISDOM
2. To another THE WORD
OF KNOWLEDGE by
3. To another FAITH by the same Spirit;
4. To another the GIFTS OF HEALING by the same Spirit;
5. To another THE WORKING OF MIRACLES;
6. To another PROPHECY;
7. To another DISCERNING OF SPIRITS;
8. To another VARIOUS KINDS OF TONGUES;
9. To another THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES:
The 9 FRUIT are mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23:
THE FRUIT of the Spirit is:
8. MEEKNESS (HUMILITY)
THERE IS NO LAW AGAINST SUCH.
Both THE GIFTS AND FRUIT are MANIFESTATIONS of the Holy Spirit who LIVES IN the innermost being of EVERY born again believer WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
ANYONE who DOES NOT HAVE the Holy Spirit of Christ INSIDE is NOT SAVED and is NOT of God (Romans 8:9).
REPEAT: Satan and his agents can MIMIC the GIFTS. They CANNOT MIMIC THE FRUIT.
Performers on Kristian TV can likewise MIMIC the GIFTS, but NOT the fruit.
Sorry Pentecostals, but THE ONLY REASON you STAGE THE GIFTS is because YOU HAVEN'T GOT THE REAL THING.
I'm Spirit filled and I love you, but most of you are a bunch of TWO-FACED, HYPOCRITICAL MANIPULATORS, who COUNTERFEIT GOD'S GIFTS FOR PERSONAL GAIN.
And I'll tell you so IN CHRISTIAN LOVE until your phony comb-overs and fake eyelashes WILT under those TV studio lights you're so fond of.
But one of the gifts IS HEALING, are you saying that Satan can MIMIC THAT?
UNDERSCORE the word "MIMIC".
Satan does not have REAL healing. But I know of people who have gone to Satanists and have SUPPOSEDLY been "healed" of certain conditions, only to have another malady (USUALLY WORSE THAN THE PREVIOUS) pop up elsewhere, AND USUALLY AT THE EXPENSE OF THEIR SOULS.
That Satan can do DECEPTIVE "miracles" is no secret since the Bible is clear that he will do them through his Antichrist and False Prophet (Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:13-14).
Satan and his agents can also IMITATE prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues, word of knowledge, etc.
But Satan CANNOT imitate THE FRUIT.
He has NO LOVE, can give NO JOY, NO PEACE, no GOODNESS and NO HUMILITY.
TALK IS CHEAP: ANYONE can CLAIM to be "Christian".
ANY THORN BUSH can CLAIM to be a "fig tree".
But if it DOESN'T PRODUCE FIGS at some point, IT'S NO fig tree AT ALL.
None of us is perfect. We can all "lose it" at a given moment and produce ABERRANT FRUIT every now and then:
However, when you observe someone OVER MONTHS OR YEARS, who they REALLY ARE - their TRUE NATURE -- will become EVIDENT:
Jesus gave us THE TEST of ONE'S TRUE NATURE in Matthew 7:16:
"You will RECOGNIZE THEM BY THEIR FRUIT".
SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013
In Matthew 24:4 when asked by the disciples what THE SIGNS of His Coming and OF THE END OF THE AGE would be, THE FIRST WORDS out of Jesus' lips were:
"SEE THAT YOU (believers) ARE NOT DECEIVED. For MANY will come IN MY NAME (In Jesus' own Name) saying that I (Jesus) am Christ and SHALL DECEIVE MANY".
Jesus' warning has not only come true, and is not only PAINFULLY EVIDENT EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, but it's actually turned out to be A GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT.
Religious deception IS RAMPANT and comes IN MANY FORMS.
We've often talked about deception in the form of heretical sects like the Church of God or the Jehovah's Witnesses who teach "another gospel" and WHICH LEAD THEIR FOLLOWERS STRAIGHT TO HELL.
We've also talked many times about GREEDY "evangelicals" who, although they BASICALLY, at some point, preach Salvation through Christ alone, ARE TOTALLY FOCUSED ON, AND ONLY TALK ABOUT, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, AND MORE MONEY and have turned our faith into A SHADY, STRICTLY FOR-PROFIT BUSINESS. I often refer to them as "prosperity gurus".
And we've talked about "prophecy gurus" who basically HAWK "biblical prophecy" NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE, and which is, therefore, UNBIBLICAL.
But there's yet ANOTHER TYPE OF DECEPTION going on SUPPOSEDLY "in the Name of Christ" which TRUE believers should be aware of:
I'm talking about INFILTRATORS.
I'm talking about AGENTS OF SATAN MASQUERADING AS CHRISTIANS.
Some are pitiful, laughable and downright STUPID.
Let's face it: YOU GOTTA BE STUPID in order to reject Jesus and follow THE LOSER, Satan (Revelation 20:10).
But SOME are VERY CUNNING, CLEVER and VERY WELL TRAINED:
They "look" Christian, "act" Christian, and even "SOUND" Christian, at least IN FRONT OF YOU.
They KNOW Christian lingo, congregation protocol, they KNOW Scripture quite well, and even quote it!
Sadly, really capable impersonators QUOTE Scripture MORE ACCURATELY THAN MOST CHRISTIANS!
They IMITATE THE gifts of the Spirit TO PERFECTION, to the point that, APART FROM the Holy Spirit's REVELATION and DISCERNMENT, they are INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM the REAL thing,
Paul warned about such in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15:
"For such are FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKERS, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES INTO APOSTLES OF Christ.
And no marvel; for SATAN HIMSELF IS TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.
Therefore it is no great thing IF HIS MINISTERS ALSO BE TRANSFORMED AS THE MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; WHOSE END SHALL BE ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS".
That's also why Paul warned in Galatians 1:8 that EVEN IF an "angel from heaven" came and preached ANOTHER Gospel, different from the original (the Gospel Christ and His disciples preached) that he/she or it IS TO BE ANATHEMA, meaning ACCURSED.
That's why John also WARNED US TO TEST THE SPIRITS to see IF THEY REALLY ARE OF God:
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but TEST THE SPIRITS WHETHER THEY ARE OF God: because MANY FALSE PROPHETS ARE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD" (1 John 4:1).
Don't fool yourselves: the internet is REPLETE WITH WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING MASQUERADING as "ministers" of Christ,so is YouTube, SO IS "Christian" TV and, chances are, SO IS YOUR CONGREGATION.
Many a believer has been "taken" into fraudulent business deals where they've lost EVERYTHING, improper or destructive relationships and, worse, FALSE DOCTRINE that shipwrecks their faith.
That "nice Christian" who always says "hello" and sits in your pew every Sunday, knows all the hymns, and religious clichés, could be A PRETENDER, AN INFILTRATOR.
I've warned repeatedly that OUTWARD appearance and demeanor are DECEIVING and no more determine who's a real Christian that wearing Armani determines who's a designer.
It's WHO LIVES INSIDE that individual that determines if he or she is a TRUE born-again believer, or not.
By THEIR FRUIT you shall know them.
Every TRUE believer in Christ will sooner or later manifest the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).
If such fruit are NOT evident, I'd be very cautious about entering ANY sort of relationship, whether business, personal, or both, with "him" or "her".
OPEN your SPIRITUAL EYES, brothers and sisters.
DON'T GET PARANOID and look for servants of Satan under every bush. But make no mistake: Satan's agents ARE OUT THERE AND AMONG YOU, so KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN.
My point is this: ALL THAT GLITTERS is NOT gold.
Ask the Holy Spirit for DISCERNMENT. Observe people, and look for the evidence (fruit) that He LIVES IN those individuals over time (MONTHS, not days), and PRAY about any important decision BEFORE you make it.
Don't be hasty and JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET into a partnership, investment, personal relationship, or some other commitment just because they CLAIM to be "Christian".
All that poses as "Christian" ISN'T.
All who CLAIM to "believe in Jesus" and "be saved" AREN'T.
IF SATAN CAN TRANSFORM HIMSELF INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT, AND HIS MINISTERS (the truly capable ones) can make a convincing case for being EVEN APOSTLES OF Christ, NONE OF US IS 100% exempt from deception, as Jesus Himself warned us.
The more and the better we serve our Lord, the BIGGER THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE IN OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES, the more that Satan will assign IMPERSONATORS to you and your ministry.
Some of his puppets become downright OBSESSED.
And if the creep DOESN'T HAVE ANY infiltrators in your ministry or congregation, either Jesus NEVER called you into the ministry, or YOU MUST NOT BE DOING what Jesus called you to do.
We are NOT to fear Satan: Satan SHOULD FEAR US.
He CAN'T devour you, UNLESS you LET him.
As Peter said:
"BE WATCHFUL, BE VIGILANT: for your adversary the devil AS a roaring lion walks about SEEKING WHOM he MAY devour".
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013
Christendom has more than
its fair share of self-absorbed, sanctimonious religionists.
They LOVE to "correct" me on
the teaching that land animals will be raptured WHICH IS VERY
SCRIPTURAL (WHY ON EARTH would anyone bother about THAT?) but
dismiss significant Bible-based teachings like ABSOLUTE PROOF of
the pre-trib Rapture, the identity of Antichrist, the revelation
about Christ's Second Coming, or THE SIGNS that will precede the
Or (paraphrasing) "thank God I'm not like those disobedient Christians who think Jesus DID IT ALL for them, and that they're eternally saved: I observe the weekly Sabbath, follow the law and the 10 Commandments (THEY'RE LYING) and, besides, I belong to _______, which is "the only true denomination".
Jesus said the
publican went home justified, but that the smug, self-righteous
Pharisee was not, and would be judged [Luke
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013
The Bible says that "without holiness", NO ONE will see God (Hebrews 12:14).
What IS holiness?
First let me tell you what it ISN'T:
It's NOT shunning jewelry.
It's NOT avoiding nice clothes.
It's NOT refraining from wearing make-up.
It's NOT looking like "the Church Lady" on Saturday Night Live.
It's NOT never styling your hair, wrapping it into a grey bun, and wearing drab dresses down to your ankles.
That'll just make you UGLY, DEPRESSED and RELIGIOUS.
Holiness is INTERNAL. It's a CONDITION of a person's heart.
The Greek word for "holiness" is hagiasmos, derived from the verb hagiazo, which means to "set apart".
Does that mean, in order to
see God, we have to become hermits, or join a religious
Jesus Christ, THE
HOLIEST BEING in the universe, was no hermit.
Yet He is HOLY (SET APART FROM) sin. Which means, He can't even LOOK upon it (Habakkuk 1:13).
Jesus imparts His Own Holiness to US, by His Spirit, when we receive Him into our hearts (1 Peter 1:2-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 12:10).
Holiness ISN'T anything YOU DO.
Holiness ISN'T anything you DON'T do.
Holiness HAS BEEN DONE FOR you.
DONE TO YOU,
when you receive Jesus Christ into your HEART, as Lord and God, AND
TRUST HIM to make you, NOW AND FOREVER, holy (Hebrews
You CANNOT produce your own holiness PRIOR to Salvation.
You CANNOT produce your own holiness AFTER Salvation.
I don't care what
man-invented RELIGION SAYS, THAT'S
WHAT GOD SAYS.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013
THE UNPARDONABLE SIN
The Bible talks about a particular sin which cannot be forgiven "in this world, or the next". It's often referred to as "the unpardonable sin" or "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit"?
Not only are we constantly asked what it is, but we have heard the most incredible descriptions of what this sin is supposed to be from ministers and religious groups.
WHAT IS the unpardonable sin?
Blasphemy AGAINST the Holy Spirit is rejecting the Holy Spirit’s Witness about Jesus, hence it’s REJECTING JESUS.
Jesus’ words are found in Matthew 12:22-32:
Jesus had just cast
out a demon from
a blind and mute man.
But they DID NOT HESITATE to offer their BIASED OPINION:
They were so
hell-bent and ADAMANT in their REJECTION OF Jesus that,
even WHEN FACED with UNDENIABLE
EVIDENCE such as this, they INVENTED some lame excuse (that's ALL RELIGION
EVER DOES) TO
DISMISS JESUS' AUTHORITY and "explain it away".
Anyone who speaks a word
against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone
who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either
in this age or in the age to come".
THAT’S exactly what the
Pharisees were claiming.
THE ONLY SIN that has NO FORGIVENESS in this life or the next IS STEADFAST, ADAMANT REJECTION of Jesus as God and Savior.
If you don’t believe Jesus came FROM God, if you DON’T BELIEVE that Jesus IS God, then you believe that He was an instrument of Satan and a master of deceit:
NOT RECEIVING Jesus is THE ONLY SIN that sends people to hell.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013
DANIEL & THE RAPTURE
There are numerous verses in Scripture that depict the Rapture, in both Old and New Testaments:
Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:1-11; Song of Solomon 2:10-13; Isaiah 13:2-3; Isaiah 26:21; Joel 2;16; John 14:3; Luke 21:25-27, Luke 21:34-36; 1 Corinthians 15;50-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:3: Revelation 7:9 and Revelation 12:1-5.
However, since the Book of Revelation is the UNSEALING OF the Book of Daniel, people often ask “how come there’s no mention of the Rapture in Daniel”?
Actually, THERE IS.
One must simply look closely in our English Bibles to find it.
The Rapture (ESCAPE, DEPARTURE of believers from the UNPRECEDENTED 3½ year tribulation) is found in Daniel 12:1-3:
“And AT THAT TIME shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people: and THERE SHALL BE A TIME OF TRIBULATION, SUCH AS NEVER WAS SINCE THERE WAS A NATION EVEN TO THAT SAME TIME: and AT THAT TIME your people SHALL BE DELIVERED, every one that shall be found written in the book.
And MANY OF THEM THAT SLEEP IN THE DUST OF THE EARTH SHALL AWAKE, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
And THEY THAT ARE WISE SHALL SHINE AS THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE FIRMAMENT; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever”.
The word for “delivered” in Daniel 12:1 is yimmalet, from malat in Hebrew which actually means “TO SLIP AWAY” OR “TO ESCAPE”.
Are you saying that word is mistranslated in most English Bibles?
No. If you escape or slip away you ARE DELIVERED.
What I’m saying is that “delivered” is NOT THE BEST translation.
The VERY SAME WORD is used in Genesis 19:17 and 19:19-20 when Lot and his daughters ESCAPED from Sodom into nearby Zoar and were spared from destruction.
In Genesis, it was TRANSLATED MORE ACCURATELY as “escape”.
It’s also used at least A DOZEN times in 1 Samuel with regards to David ESCAPING from the wrath and persecution of Saul.
In Daniel 12, verse 1 we have THE ESCAPE (Rapture) of Daniel’s people (ALL SPIRITUAL Jews, whether Jew or Gentile in the flesh).
In verse 2, we have further description of the ESCAPEES, as the “dead in Christ” RISING FIRST.
In verse 3, we have LIVING BELIEVERS transformed into glorified, IMMORTAL, BODIES OF LIGHT.
It COULDN’T BE clearer.
This CANNOT be referring to NATURAL (unregenerate) Jews since they will neither escape, nor be raised from the dead, nor be transformed AT THAT TIME.
Therefore, it could ONLY REFER TO SPIRITUAL (BORN AGAIN) Jews who believe (trust) IN THE JEWISH MESSIAH.
Would you like to escape the coming tribulation?
Would you like to be spared from the JUDGMENTS that will soon fall on this rebellious planet?
Then YOU – yes, YOU – need to receive the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ, into your heart as ONLY God and Savior.
The tribulation described in Daniel chapters 7, 8, 11 and 12 is ONLY FOR THOSE who DO NOT receive God’s Messiah.
It’s ONLY for those who REJECT God’s Salvation, and INSIST ON SAVING THEMSELVES.
MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013
IN ALL HISTORY
In all history there have
been great military leaders, great kings and queens, great
philosophers, great men of science, historians, athletes,
orators, and influential founders of religions, but
there's only been ONE PERSON who DIED for the sins of mankind.
THE BEST you
can hope for is
that you'll die, and REMAIN DEAD, just like the founders of THOSE
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013
“For thus says the LORD, You have SOLD YOURSELVES FOR NOTHING; and YOU SHALL BE REDEEMED WITHOUT MONEY” (Isaiah 52:3).
“Hey, EVERYONE THAT THIRSTS, come to the waters, and HE THAT HAS NO MONEY; COME, BUY, AND EAT; yea, come, buy wine and milk WITHOUT MONEY AND WITHOUT PRICE” (Isaiah 55:1).
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And LET HIM THAT IS THIRSTY COME. And WHOEVER WILL, let him TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE FREE OF CHARGE” (Revelation 22:17).
Redemption is FREE.
It DOESN’T COST ANYTHING.
It CANNOT be BOUGHT for ANY amount of money.
Salvation is FREE.
The Gospel is FREE.
ANYONE who wants Salvation (Jesus) can RECEIVE HIM (it) FREE OF CHARGE.
Even the poorest of the poor…
Even if you don’t have A PENNY.
Even if you don’t own ANYTHING.
Even if you’re UNEMPLOYED.
Even if you’re HOMELESS.
Even if you’ve sinned NON-STOP ALL YOUR LIFE, from the moment you were born.
Do you KNOW WHY it’s FREE?
Because AT THE CROSS JESUS PAID THE PRICE for that Redemption, Salvation, Eternal Life -- IN FULL and FOR ALL ETERNITY.
Glory to Him for all eons of eternity, amen!
But you WOULDN’T THINK THAT Salvation is FREE by listening to today’s Kristian “leaders”.
Today Jesus, Salvation, His Word, His Message, COME WITH A PRICE TAG ATTACHED.
Today God’s blessings COST MONEY.
Today the CHILDREN OF THE KING are told that the King won’t give His OWN kids and heirs ANYTHING UNLESS they BUY IT FIRST by giving money to SELF-APPOINTED “ministers” who preach such falsehood IN HIS NAME.
Out of ONE SIDE of their mouths they say that “salvation is FREE”, but out of THE OTHER SIDE they say THAT LESSER blessings (like prosperity, health, success, etc.) ARE CONTINGENT ON YOUR GIVING, not to God, BUT TO THEM!!!
If we HAVE TO PAY FOR FAR LESSER blessings, does it NOT follow that we HAVE TO PAY EVEN MORE for the greatest blessing of all, Salvation?
That is why teachers of the so-called “prosperity gospel”, that’s why teachers of the so-called “word of faith”, are DEAD WRONG.
They are GREEDY, self-serving LIARS.
As such ,they SPAWN more of THEIR OWN KIND.
They DO NOTHING to strengthen anyone’s faith.
On the contrary: they UNDERMINE IT.
NOT ONE person has ever prospered from following their FALSE DOCTRINE.
THE ONLY ONES who have
prospered under their false teaching ARE THE FALSE PREACHERS
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013
WHAT SATAN LOVES MOST
I'm obviously using the word
“love” figuratively since it's hard to imagine the words "Satan"
and "love" in the same sentence,
WHAT BETTER WAY is there to
damn a soul to a Christless eternity, than
getting them to THINK that they're "Christian" because they
belong to the "ONLY TRUE RELIGION"?
ALL who CLAIM to keep them ARE
LIARS: The Truth is THEY SIN AS MUCH AS EVERYONE ELSE (1
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