SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30,
Everyone's afraid of
the number 666.
Since it's mentioned in the 13th
chapter of Revelation as the number of Antichrist, everyone
regards it as evil, to the point people often refuse street
addresses, phone numbers, license plates and even credit
cards which bear this ominous number.
religious minds have tried to guess the identity of the
Antichrist by adding up the numerical value of the letters
that form an individual's name. For instance, they
erroneously named Nero as the Antichrist because the
letters in "Caesar Nero" in Latin add up to 666.
They got the same result by adding the numerical value in
Latin of the alleged words etched on the Papal crown, and
on Prince Charles's coat of arms.
Of course, there
is more than one language in which letters also have
John, who penned the Book of
Revelation, was a Jew, who doubtlessly spoke Aramaic, wrote
in Greek, and lived under the Roman Empire, whose official
language was Latin. You see the problem...
80's some prophecy "experts" thought then-President Ronald
Wilson Reagan was the Antichrist because there were 6
letters in each of his names [first, middle and last].
There's even a website with all the famous people whose
names, in one way or another, add up to 666.
ask me, some people just have too much time on their
Firstly: If you have to guess, you don't
When you KNOW, you DON'T HAVE TO guess.
And if you DON'T KNOW, you have no business spreading
rumors about "this guy" or "that guy" being the Antichrist,
let alone writing books about it and TEACHING IT AS FACT.
The reason so-called "prophecy experts" have failed
miserably in identifying Antichrist is because of their
spiritual immaturity: They act, speak and write as though
God were playing some sort of guessing game with us to see
if, by any chance, we "guess right".
Truth be told,
we don't need to guess, since the Bible tells us explicitly
who Antichrist is.
Secondly, the Bible never said we
are to learn, let alone guess, the Antichrist's identity
based on this number alone. The number ALONE DOESN'T TELL
US WHO THE ANTICHRIST is.
The number is merely ONE
of many identifying signs given in Scripture. The REAL
Antichrist must fulfill ALL those signs.
reason for prophecy gurus' repeated failures is that they
take a single identifier, such as 666, run with it, ignore
all the other clues, and fabricate all sorts of
unscriptural, speculative lies, to make you believe they
know what they're talking about when, in reality, THEY
HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE.
The Antichrist must match the
description given in the Bible IN ITS ENTIRETY: NOT 90%,
NOT 99%, BUT 100%.
Thirdly, the Bible never said 666
is the numerical value of LETTERS in the Antichrist's name.
THAT WAS INVENTED BY THE CLUELESS, IMMATURE PROPHECY
Here's yet another example of how
these pretenders fabricate unscriptural lies, then end up
believing their own lies AS THOUGH they were in the Bible.
And fourthly, 666 or the "mark of the beast" is NOT
worshiping God on Sunday instead of Saturday, nor does it
refer to any mandatory "Sunday law". That is pure Ellen
White fabrication. God should be worshiped EVERY
SINGLE DAY (Psalm 113:3), those who receive the mark
will worship Satan and Antichrist, not God (Revelation
13:4), and there is ZERO mention in the Bible about such
So, what does 666 stand for? Revelation
13:18 tells us VERY CLEARLY THAT "it is the number of man".
Six is the number of man because man (Adam) was created
on day 6 [Genesis 1:26,31].
The number 666 is NOT
the numerical value of LETTERS in a man's name.
simply represents the number of times this man [The Man of
Sin] has appeared, or will appear, on the earth.
This guy already appeared once , then twice  and
will make his third final and appearance as a human ,
the infamous Antichrist, at the beginning of
the tribulation, shortly after the Church is raptured. That
is what "666" stands for.
Forget Latin, Hebrew and
Greek. Forget about adding up letters in a name. 666 is
merely telling us that this MAN, who's already lived twice
in the past, [under different names, but indwelt by the
same spirit of Antichrist] will appear on earth for a third
and final time to establish Satan's kingdom on earth.
He will be resurrected from the dead [Revelation 17:8]
and everyone whose name ISN'T written in the Lamb's Book of
Life will go gaga over his resurrection.
appeared in human form as Nimrod, king of the Assyrian
empire. He then appeared as Alexander the Great, king of
the Greek empire.
He will appear for the third and
final time as the resurrected Alexander, who will begin his
reign on earth 42 months prior to Jesus' Second Coming
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28,
THE TRIUMPHANT MESSIAH
Thanking, adoring and
praising Jesus for all the blessings He bestows on us
daily, especially our Salvation which
is A GIFT, 100% certain, and ETERNAL. Hallelujah!
Glory to Him from everlasting to everlasting!
Somewhat related to
today's message: Although the news in recent days
pertaining to the Middle East in general, and Israel and
Iran in particular, have not been encouraging, these things
must take place.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 came
to mind: "When they say, "Peace and security," then
sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains come on
a pregnant woman, and they will not escape".
Some people have a hard
time believing that most individuals left on earth during
the tribulation will
KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY oppose Jesus and try to topple
This is something we
never hear in conventional prophetic teaching. However,
it's been in your Bibles for the past 2,000-3,000 years.
Revelation 13:4 plainly
states that, during
those fateful 3½ years, humans will OPENLY WORSHIP SATAN.
It also says they will
be mesmerized by the risen Antichrist, the greatest warrior
and military genius in history, and defiantly ask "WHO is
like the beast? WHO is
MAKE WAR against
The Antichrist will be
the manifestation of their evil hearts' desires: someone
with supernatural powers, with the reputation, strategic
credentials and track record to make a "convincing case"
for defeating Christ.
Revelation 16:14-16 and
19:19 plainly say that they
will gather at Armageddon FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF
OPPOSING the Second Coming of Christ.
There's A LOT of
hostility toward Christ and Christians ALREADY among
Last but not least, PSALM
2 is must-read for
every student of prophecy:
"Why do THE HEATHEN
(nations, gentiles) RAGE,
and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 THE KINGS OF THE EARTH
SET THEMSELVES, AND THE RULERS TAKE COUNSEL TOGETHER,
AGAINST the LORD,
his anointed (Messiah), saying,
3 LET US BREAK THEIR
BANDS ASUNDER, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in
the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in
5 Then shall he speak
unto them IN
HIS WRATH, and vex them in
his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have
I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the
decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou
art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I
SHALL GIVE THEE THE HEATHEN FOR THINE INHERITANCE, AND THE
UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE EARTH FOR THY POSSESSION.
9 Thou shalt break them
with a rod of iron; thou
shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 Be wise now
therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the
11 Serve the LORD with
fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he
be angry, and ye perish from the way, when
his wrath is kindled ...
Blessed are ALL
THEY that PUT THEIR TRUST IN Him".
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27,
Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are
alive and remain SHALL
BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians
TEMPLE WAS PURIFIED on the twenty-fifth of Kislev
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 chanted hymns to God, who had so triumphantly led them
to the purification of the Temple" (2 Maccabees 10:5-7).
"Every good and perfect
gift comes from above, from
the Father of lights in
Whom there is no variableness or even shadow of
turning" (James 1:17)
Hanukkah is called
"the Festival of Lights" and is closely associated with
Sukkot, as we read above.
On the day before
Hanukkah, the prophet Haggai received this message from the
"And now... consider FROM
THIS DAY ONWARD, from before a stone was laid upon a stone
in the temple of the LORD:
...Consider now from this day and onward, FROM THE 24th
DAY OF THE NINTH MONTH (Kislev 25, Hanukkah), even FROM
THE DAY THAT THE FOUNDATION of the LORD'S temple was laid,
this day will I bless you.
And AGAIN the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the
24th day of the month, saying...
I WILL SHAKE THE HEAVENS
AND THE EARTH (precisely
what happens when Jesus opens the 6th seal, Revelation
And I will OVERTHROW THE THRONE OF KINGDOMS,
will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the gentiles...IN
THAT DAY, says the LORD of hosts, will I take you, O
Zerubbabel, my servant...and will make you as a signet
ring: for I have chosen you, says the LORD of hosts"
It was during the Feast
in the 10th chapter of John's Gospel, that Jesus
talked about the catching away of His Church [John
([I've edited out
certain portions of the chapter for the sake of space and
1 "Truly, truly, I say
to you, He that enters not BY
THE DOOR into
the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a
thief and a robber.
2 But he that enters in BY
THE DOOR is
THE SHEPHERD of the sheep.
3 To him the porter
opens; and THE SHEEP HEAR HIS VOICE: and he calls his own
sheep by name, and leads them out.
4 And when he puts
forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep
follow him: for THEY KNOW HIS VOICE...
7 Then said Jesus to
them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I
AM THE DOOR of
AM THE DOOR: BY ME IF ANY MAN ENTER IN, HE SHALL BE SAVED...
14 I am the good
shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knows
me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for
other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I
must bring, and THEY SHALL HEAR MY VOICE; AND THERE SHALL
BE ONE FOLD, AND ONE SHEPHERD...
22 And it was at
Jerusalem THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION [Hanukkah], and it
23 And Jesus walked in
the temple in Solomon's porch...
27 My sheep hear my
voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I
GIVE TO THEM ETERNAL LIFE; and THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH,
neither shall any man PLUCK THEM OUT of my hand.
29 My Father, which
gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able TO
PLUCK THEM OUT of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are
The reasons we know
He's referring to the Rapture are:
OPEN DOOR" (that no man can shut) [Revelation
3:8; 4:1] is mentioned repeatedly.
2) The sheep "HEAR HIS
VOICE" - is stated over and over. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 "for
Lord Himself shall descend from heaven WITH A SHOUT
[voice], with the voice of the Archangel and the Trump of
3) OTHER SHEEP: [verse
16] "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and
there shall be one fold, and one shepherd".
This could only be
"the Church", since it didn't exist yet when Jesus spoke
4) ONE FOLD - "There
shall be ONE FOLD" can only refer to when we are ALL
gathered together unto Him (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).
When ALL the dead IN
CHRIST rise first, then we are caught up TOGETHER WITH THEM
to meet the Lord.
Lord knows, we're NOT
"one fold" yet, even as we speak.
5) Verse 28 "they
shall NEVER perish" can
only refer to those who NEVER DIE because they're changed
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye from mortal to
immortal [1 Corinthians 15:50-55].
6) Verses 28 and 29
where He says TWICE that "no man can PLUCK THEM out of my
The Greek word for
"PLUCK THEM" IS HARPAZO. Harpazo means
"to snatch, or seize suddenly".
Interestingly, HARPAZO is
THE EXACT SAME WORD used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (the
anchor verse quoted above) "then WE WHO ARE ALIVE AND
REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP [harpazo] in the clouds to meet
So, He's saying that
once He "harpazoes" us, no one else can "harpazo" us.
7. Curiously, the
first person to EVER be "raptured", in all of history, was
Enoch [Genesis 5:24].
Enoch, is Hanokh in
It means "DEDICATED"
AND COMES from the same Hebrew root as "Hanukkah", the
feast of DEDICATION.
8. The feast of
Hanukkah celebrates the CLEANSING AND DEDICATION of the
TEMPLE which had been desecrated by Antiochus Epiphanes.
That's EXACTLY what happens to the human temple at the
The human temple is
cleansed, the mind renewed and DEDICATED ENTIRELY to God,
as it was before they (Adam) sinned.
It's that renewed
mind, filled with God's Manifest Presence (Shekinah) that
will cause our transformation from mortal to immortal.
9. Hanukkah ALSO
commemorates the re-lighting of the menorah, the 7-branch
CANDLESTICK in the temple.
And WHAT WAS THE VERY
FIRST SYMBOL THAT JESUS SHOWED John WHEN he WROTE
The 7-branch menorah.
And He said it symbolized THE CHURCH:
"And I turned to see
the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven
golden candlesticks; and in the middle of the seven
candlesticks (menorah) one like to the Son of man"...
"The seven stars are
the angels of the seven churches: and THE SEVEN
CANDLESTICKS (MENORAH) WHICH YOU SAW ARE THE SEVEN
CHURCHES" (Revelation 1:20).
Seven, of course, is
the number of COMPLETION.
10. Hebrew tradition
is that there was not enough oil to keep the menorah lit
when the Second Temple was re-dedicated and that the oil
miraculously lasted 8 days.
What did Jesus say in
the parable of the 10 virgins? (Matthew 25:1-12) That
ONLY THOSE WHO HAD OIL IN THEIR LAMPS got to go into the
parallels between this Feast and the catching away of the
Church are truly amazing.
Do you HAVE OIL? Have
you received Jesus, the ANOINTED ONE, the Giver of Oil,
into your heart?
If you haven't, DON'T
WAIT ANOTHER SECOND.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26,
"Moses said to God,
"Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God
of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, ‘WHAT
IS HIS NAME?' Then what
shall I tell them?"
God said to Moses, "I
AM that I AM. This is what you are to say to the
Israelites: I AM has sent me to you. "
God also said to
Moses, "Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your
fathers-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of
Jacob-has sent me to you.'
"THIS IS MY NAME FOREVER,
THE NAME YOU SHALL CALL ME FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION"
Everything in this
vast universe can be summed up in those two words.
...Which are/is the
Name of God.
Because He is, you and
Because He is,
everyone else is.
Because He is,
everything else is.
Nothing is, has ever
been, or will ever be, apart
All things were made by
and without Him was not anything made that was made (John
He is THE ONLY Way to
Himself (John 14:6)
He is THE (ultimate)
He is THE Life.
He is the Alpha and
the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the
last (Revelation 1:17; 21:6).
He is the Resurrection
and THE LIFE (John 11:25).
He is ALIVE
He is the ONLY
righteousness that exists anywhere (Mark 10:18).
He is THE
ONLY Savior, beside
Whom there is no other (Titus 1:4; 2:13).
He is Holy, Holy,
Holy... (Revelation 4:18)
In the Hebrew Bible,
the Tetragrammaton (YHWH ) occurs 6,828 times.
He is the only Name by
which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25,
THE CHURCH : TRUE AND
All the debate that
goes on in Christendom about who's right and who's wrong,
about which is the "true church" and which isn't, is about
to come to a clear and abrupt end.
In Revelation 7:8-16 we
find the TRUE Church appearing suddenly in heaven before
God's Throne in glorified bodies.
The FALSE "church"
will remain on earth and endure the horrors of the
tribulation and the reign of Antichrist (Revelation
The TRUE Church is
comprised of ALL spiritually born-again believers,
regardless of denomination or lack thereof (1
The FALSE church is
comprised of ALL OTHER so-called "Christians".
The gates of hell DO
NOT prevail against God's TRUE Church, as she enters the
heavenly dimension in victory by the blood of the Lamb, the
word of her testimony and not loving her life unto the
death (Revelation 12:11).
The gates of hell DO
PREVAIL against the false, prostituted church destroying
her through Divine judgments and, ultimately, through the
Antichrist and his 10 kings (Revelation 17:16-17).
The true Church is
transformed, made immortal, and taken to heaven ALIVE (1
The false church goes
nowhere, remains in mortal bodies, and either
dies during the tribulation, or near the end thereof, when
Mystery Babylon, the mother of all harlots and false
"Christians" is destroyed (Revelation
9:18; 12:17; 17:16-17).
The TRUE Church will live
The prostituted church
will be destroyed
The true Church rejoices and
praises Jesus when it appears before His Throne (Revelation
All of heaven rejoices when
the Whore is destroyed and "hallelujahs" God THREE TIMES
over its destruction (Revelation 19:1-4).
There's no religion in
heaven, and there are no denominations in heaven.
If there were, heaven
would be hell.
Heaven is all about
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, and (lest we forget) JESUS!
The debate will end
Man and man-invented
religion can only fool others and himself for so long.
God will express
Himself very clearly as to who's for real and who isn't,
who really belongs to Him and who doesn't.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24,
"For the vision is yet
for AN APPOINTED TIME, but AT THE
END IT SHALL SPEAK, AND NOT LIE: though
it tarries, WAIT
FOR IT; IT WILL SURELY COME, it will not delay.
Behold, his whose soul
is proud is not upright in him: but THE JUST
SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH (Habakkuk
Faith means TRUST.
The "just", those who
have been made righteous by Jesus with His own
Righteousness, have been waiting... and waiting... and
For His Promise to
take us home before hell breaks loose on this earth.
I know the wait seems
"endless", but God
did preordain a "time" when His Promise would be fulfilled.
The vision is for AN
APPOINTED "TIME" and it
will NOT LIE.
It will happen.
The saints who have
shed their mortal bodies are crying out "how long"?
The souls of the
martyrs below God's altar in heaven, have been crying out
"HOW LONG"? (Revelation 6:10)
The Spirit and the
Bride are saying "Come"! (Revelation 22:17)
Come, Lord Jesus!
The Lord is not deaf.
He hears the prayers of
the just (Psalm
34:15; Proverbs 15:29; 1 Peter 3:12).
And He will answer.
I know it seems like
we've waited for "an eternity", but I assure you we won't
be waiting forever.
The reason He placed
us in the realm of "time" is because this awful earthly
experience is NOT eternal:
It had a beginning.
It has AN END
The END WILL BE at an
appointed time (Daniel 8:19).
NOTHING AND NO ONE CAN
CHANGE THAT because God said it and
prearranged every detail within a specific amount of
He established THE END
since THE BEGINNING (Isaiah 46:10).
"Time" is not eternal.
And "time" is about to
Our stay on earth will
go down to the wire.
God will leave us here
until THE LAST POSSIBLE MOMENT to allow every bit of "time"
possible, within the parameters of His Divine Script, for
souls to come into His Kingdom.
The DELAY is
for the sake of souls' Salvation.
No other reason (2
Yes, there will be
some who will cry out at the very last moment and "make it"
by the skin of their teeth (Joel 2:32).
But God knows
everything including the name of that "last" individual
that He treasures, who will give his or her heart to Jesus
WILLINGLY, not because of FEAR of the awesome signs that
will happen, but out of love.
The vision is FOR AN
Although it HAS
tarried, WAIT FOR IT.
It's coming. HE
Meanwhile, the just
(true believers, "us") live each day on this planet, as we
By faith...TRUSTING in
God's infinite Grace.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23,
DON'T CALL HIM ALMIGHTY
Is Jesus SUFFICIENT to
That is THE QUESTION that
determines if an individual is
saved, or isn't.
That is the question
that EVERY TRUE BELIEVER in Jesus Christ MUST
ANSWER IN THE AFFIRMATIVE.
If you answer in
the negative, YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
If Jesus IS sufficient,
BUT Jesus is needed in
order to be saved.
Jesus ALONE is
MORE THAN ENOUGH to save us for ALL ETERNITY - no matter
what we've done -- and Salvation, to those who put their
trust (faith) in Him, is A
DONE DEAL (Hebrews
Salvation is 100%
If you ADD other
"things" to Jesus and what He did, like your own
"obedience", or your own works, Salvation
is NOT certain.
If you ADD other
"things" in order to
complement Jesus, in order to "help" Him save you, then
you're saying He is NOT sufficient,
WHICH MEANS YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
There is NO
WAY of getting around this Truth.
If God can't save you,
all by Himself, WITHOUT needing ANYTHING ELSE, He's not
Almighty, hence He's not God.
If God IS God, if
He truly is Almighty, He
can save whomever He wants, THROUGH ANY MEANS He wants.
Otherwise, He's not
If He really is God He
doesn't need your "help" in order to save you.
All He needs is YOUR
He doesn't need Law
(Torah), He doesn't need 10 Commandments, He doesn't need
"good works", He doesn't need weekly Sabbath, He doesn't
need circumcision, He doesn't need religion, He doesn't
care what you eat, and He doesn't care how you look.
That is why, right after
giving Moses the Law, and right
after the Israelites made themselves an idol in the shape
of a golden calf a mere 40 days after HEARING God's Voice, He
tells Moses "I
will have mercy ON WHOM I WILL HAVE MERCY, and I will have
compassion ON WHOM I WILL HAVE COMPASSION" (Exodus
If you want a
definition of God's Grace, besides "goodness toward someone
who DOESN'T DESERVE IT", that verse explains it.
He will save WHOM He
WILL SAVE (Titus
You can add man-invented
"conditions" until your confused religious face turns
Siberian blue, but
God is still God.
If He is, He
can and will save WHOEVER He wants, under WHATEVER
conditions He wants.
ONLY "condition" He chose is
If you BELIEVE Jesus
is sufficient, then you TRUST Him (have faith in Him).
If you DON'T believe
Jesus ALONE is sufficient to save, then
YOU DO NOT TRUST JESUS, YOU HAVE NO FAITH IN Jesus, and
It's as simple as
Stop playing religious
You're not fooling
anyone but yourself:
Jesus completely -
and nothing / no one else for Salvation - or
admit that you
DON'T trust Him.
If God is God He can
save BY FAITH ONLY.
If He can't, He's not
If you think He can't,
then admit that you DON'T really believe in Him and...
STOP calling Him
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22,
WHY FAITH ?
Have you ever wondered
WHY salvation is
by faith and faith alone? Why
God wants us NOT TO trust our own works, but
rather to trust His work?
Cause it was lack
of faith (lack of TRUST) that
caused man to sin in the beginning.
Whatsoever is NOT
of faith is
sin [Romans 14:23].
The reason Eve sinned and lost
the earth is because she
didn't trust God.
Had she trusted God, when the serpent approached her,
she would have said "How dare you accuse my Father, you
slimy creep? I trust Him completely. Shut up."
like many today...
even like many professing Christians, trusted
her own works.
She wanted the knowledge
of good and evil and, by golly, she
was going to get it herself.
Her "work" caused the
downfall of the entire planet...
the demise of the whole human race.
Her "work" brought
nothing but death, corruption and condemnation.
In the end, she found out, much to her dismay, that HER
OWN WORKS got her away from God, and that far from making
her "like God", as Satan had promised, it
made her TOTALLY CONTRARY TO Him.
After the fall, she realized her
only hope was to trust God's mercy completely.
TRUSTING Him was THE
ONLY WAY to
restore her immortality.
She HAD TO trust the very
God she'd brushed aside in favor of "the father of lies".
It's amazing how little mankind has changed in 6,000
years, how we haven't learned much from our forefathers'
mistakes, and how
spiritually dense we've become.
Like Eve, the Church must not trust her own works, but
rather His complete, finished, perfect "work" at Golgotha.
As Jesus plainly said, He
-- and HE ALONE -- is THE ONLY WAY back
to the Father (John 14:6).
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21,
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
"Love your neighbor as
yourself" is a commandment given in both the Old and New
Testaments (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39).
Jesus Himself said
that the two greatest commandments are to Love God with all
our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew
Let's be honest: NO
ONE on earth loves
his/her neighbor as they love his/her self. NO
That's a fact.
I don't care WHO they
are, I don't care HOW RELIGIOUS they are, I don't care WHAT
RELIGION they belong to, or
how "good" they THINK they are...
would like to, and have the willingness to
do so, I DON'T LOVE MY NEIGHBOR AS MYSELF.
We may do INDEPENDENT
ACTS which demonstrate such love, from time to time, but we cannot
MAINTAIN that level of love all the time.
Until believers are
raptured and our minds are totally renewed with the Mind of
Christ - with the Mind of Love Himself - we won't be able
to fully obey that commandment.
Thank God for the
Blood of Jesus!
A big part of "loving
neighbor as self" involves that other marvelous saying of
Jesus "do unto others AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS do unto you"
Would you like it if
someone said or did THAT to you? Then
DON'T say it or do it TO THEM.
Another big part of
loving our neighbor involves TELLING THE TRUTH.
Would you like others
TO LIE TO YOU about SALVATION?
Then DON'T LIE TO THEM
The moment a heretic's
back is against the wall and he has no answers, the first
thing they do is accuse you of "not loving".
Love and Truth are
14:6; 1 John 4:16).
If you love someone with
Divine (agape) Love you'll
do your best to convey the Truth about Salvation to that
Being loving does not
mean being timid, or speaking in a hush-hush "don't offend
anyone" whispery voice.
No one has
No one was
...Especially with the
religious establishment (hypocrites) of His day (Matthew
We can PRETEND to be
all "lovey dovey". Religion has done a bang up job of
teaching its brainwashed followers how to FAKE love.
Love CANNOT BE expressed APART FROM Jesus.
He MUST live in our
hearts, since only He can produce it.
Love does no harm to
His neighbor (Romans 13:9-10).
Love does not lie.
Love tells the Truth.
And Love tells others
how to be saved.
If you're tangled in
some heresy that says Jesus is INSUFFICIENT to save, or
that Jesus IS NOT God, which
is dragging you straight to hell, Divine Love will tell you
so BOLDLY and CLEARLY.
Because Jesus IS Love,
Love points everyone TO JESUS (to Himself).
Love tells others ABOUT
the only Salvation and the only Righteousness that ever was
There is NO
SUBSTITUTE FOR Divine
The 10 Commandments are
NO SUBSTITUTE, in fact, they
DON'T EVEN COME CLOSE.
Love is THE ONLY
fulfillment of God's law that exists.
THEY ATE WITH GOD
"Then went up Moses,
and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of
And THEY SAW THE God of
and there was under His feet as...a paved work of a
sapphire stone and as... the very heaven in its clearness.
And upon the nobles of
the children of Israel he laid not His hand: THEY
ALSO SAW God, and did eat and drink" (Exodus
Exodus 24 is one of
those Bible chapters that seem to escape everyone's notice.
I can't recall ever
hearing anyone preach about it, or even TALK about it.
And yet, it's hard to
comprehend how these magnificent verses could escape
Not just Moses, but
Israel's 70 elders, plus Aaron the high priest and his two
sons (74 people in total) SAW THE GOD of Israel and ATE
While only Moses got
to approach God directly and speak to Him Face to face, the
other 73 Israelites got to see the Lord at a distance.
After they saw God,
ate and drank, they all came down and Moses alone went back
up to receive the tablets of the Law (verses 15-17).
He stayed up there 40
days and nights (Exodus 14:18).
I realize that the
Israelites were not born-again. Hence, they walked in their
natural minds. However, how
can SEEING God, even at some distance, NOT MAKE A LASTING
For the life of me, I
cannot comprehend how, after seeing the magnificent display
of God's glory and power, THE PARTING OF THE RED SEA,
hearing the trumpet sound louder and louder, the thunder
the lightning, the Shekinah glory cloud covering the
having the earth shattering experience of SEEING God with
their own natural eyes, it
ONLY TOOK THEM 40
FORGET ALL ABOUT HIM and build themselves AN IDOL.
Eight chapters later, in
Exodus 32 we
read about the Golden Calf tragedy.
We already know that
Aaron told a blatant lie and said the gold "had taken the
shape of a calf ALL BY ITSELF", but where
the heck were those 70 ELDERS? Where were Nadab and Abihu,
Aaron's two priestly sons?
It's scary to even
think of having such mediocre "leaders".
73 people and NOT
ONE OF THEM could
take a stand for the Almighty?
Am I missing something
here? I mean HOW
can people see God one day and forget Him FOUR QUADRILLION
YEARS LATER, let alone A MONTH LATER?
How could they prefer TO
LIE TO THEMSELVES and
worship a chunk of gold made from their own jewelry by
mortal hands OVER
THE LIVING God?
I know idolatry still
goes on today, I know many people worship images, animals,
money, and their man-invented denominations turning them
into "deities", but most people today have NOT SEEN the God
TRULY BELIEVES IN HIM does
not practice idolatry in any way, shape or form.
TRULY believes in Jesus, PREFERS
HIM and PLACES
HIM WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY above EVERYONE and
EVERYTHING else. Amen.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19,
INTERVIEW WITH PAUL
If the Apostle Paul
could answer some of the issues that divide Christendom
today, what would he say?
All quotations, unless
otherwise noted, are taken from the King James 2000 Version
of the Bible.
Brother Paul, it's an
honor to have you with us. Thanks for agreeing to do this
interview. Let's get right down to specifics:
1. What is the message
of the Gospel, in a nutshell?
"God was in Christ,
reconciling the world to Himself, NO
LONGER COUNTING PEOPLE'S SINS AGAINST THEM" (2
Corinthians 5:19, New Living Translation).
2. How can Christ NOT
count our sins?
"Now ONCE, in the end of
the age, He
has appeared TO PUT AWAY SIN BY the sacrifice of Himself" (Hebrews
3. But if I sin, how can
I be made righteous?
"For He has made Him,
who knew no sin, TO BE SIN FOR US: that
WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF God in Him (2
4. Do GOOD WORKS and
good behavior play ANY ROLE at all in Salvation?
BY WORKS of righteousness which we have done, but ACCORDING
TO HIS MERCY HE SAVED US,
by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy
Spirit (Titus 3:5).
GRACE ARE YOU SAVED through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS,
lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
5. What about those who
insist that we still have to keep the Law in order to be
"Christ IS THE END OF
THE LAW for
EVERYONE THAT BELIEVES" (Romans
6. O.K. but WHAT IF WE
CHOOSE TO receive Christ, be born again, and STILL LIVE
under the Law?
by grace, then IT CANNOT BE BASED ON WORKS; if it were,
GRACE WOULD NO LONGER BE GRACE (Romans
7. But there are entire
denominations that say WE MUST keep the law in order to be
saved, what do you say to them?
has become OF NO EFFECT to you, whoever you are that
are justified by the law; YOU
HAVE FALLEN FROM GRACE.
"By the works of the law
NO FLESH SHALL BE JUSTIFIED IN
HIS SIGHT" (Romans 3:20)
KNOWING that a man is
NOT JUSTIFIED BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW, BUT BY THE FAITH OF
by the works of the law SHALL NO FLESH BE JUSTIFIED" (Galatians
"Let God be true, and EVERY
MAN a liar"
8. Some legalistic
groups call you a "false apostle", how do you answer your
"Are they Hebrews? So
am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the
descendants of Abraham? So am I.
Are they ministers of
Christ? ...I AM MORE; in labors more abundant, in stripes
beyond measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths often.
Of the Jews five times
received I forty stripes less one.
Three times was I
beaten with rods, once was I stoned, three times I suffered
shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
In journeys often, in
perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own
countrymen, in perils by the Gentiles, in perils in the
city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in
perils among false brethren;
In weariness and
painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in
fastings often, in cold and nakedness:
Besides those things
that are outside, that which comes upon me daily: the care
of all the churches" (2 Corinthians 11:22-28).
"...no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of
is no great thing therefore if his servants also masquerade
as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according
to their works" (2
"I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet
not I, but Christ lives in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the
faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for
me" (Galatians 2:20).
9. Are you saying, then,
that Jesus Christ DID EVERYTHING THAT IS NECESSARY to save
us, LEAVING NOTHING for us to do?
"By one Sacrifice He
HAS MADE PERFECT FOREVER those who are sanctified (Hebrews
10. Wow, I'd never heard
ANYTHING like THAT before! No wonder you have such passion
for the Gospel...
"I count ALL THINGS but
loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my
Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do
count them but dung, that I may win Christ" (Philippians
11. WHAT, EXACTLY, TAKES
PLACE when an individual gives his or her heart to Jesus?
"If any man be in
IS A NEW CREATION: old things are passed away; behold ALL
THINGS ARE BECOME NEW"
(2 Corinthians 5:17).
12. In closing what
would you say to all viewers, listeners and readers out
"If you confess with
your mouth that Jesus is Lord and BELIEVE
IN YOUR HEART that
God raised Him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED (Romans
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18,
If you thought
U.S.-Israel relations had improved since President Obama's
wobbly administration began, think again.
In a recently
published book, an Obama insider quotes the President,
while running for his first term, referring to the Israeli
Prime Minister as "a pain in the @ss".
That's just the tip of
The State Department's
diplomacy machine has somehow managed to orchestrate a
string of failures,
first under Hillary and, more recently, under Secretary of
State John Kerry.
First there was the
ouster of reliable, peace-keeping, long-time ally Hosni
Mubarak in Egypt, when the U.S. virtually pulled the rug
from under him and asked for his resignation, followed by
the U.S. embarrassing endorsement of the newly
"democratically elected, by the people" government of
radical Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsi...
Followed by the
Egyptian military having to take matters into their own
hands, remove Morsi, and correct American clumsiness in
that strategic country.
Then there was the
Syria fiasco where the President spoke forcefully against
murderous Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own
people, including many children, and verified by the U.N.
The world, including
most of the Islamic world, applauded.
At least until Secretary
of State Kerry opened his big, stupid mouth and Vladimir
Putin got to hear about it.
Putin immediately seized
the opportunity, called
Kerry's bluff, and outmaneuvered him and his boss at the
whereby Assad would suffer no consequences for his
barbarism, would be able to remain in power and continue
killing civilians to his evil heart's content, in exchange
for "destroying" his chemical stockpile.
In the process, Putin
was tagged as "world's most influential leader" by Forbes
President Obama, in
case you're wondering, came in second.
Even long-time U.S.
ally Saudi Arabia got so upset at the potpourri of American
blunders vis a vis Syria and Iran, that it refused a seat
at the U.N. Security Council in protest.
I won't even go into
the Benghazi mess which cost the lives of several
Americans, including our Ambassador, nor about missed
opportunities in Iran and elsewhere.
The latest feat by the
Obama-Kerry tag team is to PRACTICALLY FORCE Israel TO
RELEASE a whole slew of murdering Palestinian terrorists,
with Jewish blood on their hands, and "negotiate", in
exchange for NOTHING.
Followed by their ALL
TOO EAGER attempt to reach a "diplomatic solution" with
Iran about their nuclear ambitions, where
again they are being conned and outmaneuvered by both
Rouhani and Putin.
Who would have thought
that President Hollande of France would be the one voice
of sanity to REJECT the deal, and
STRICT conditions be met BEFORE giving
in to Iranian demands?
We know from the
Bible, of course, that it'll be the Antichrist who,
paradoxically, puts an end to Iranian ambitions and dreams
of world domination, once and for all (Daniel 8:19-21).
in Israel has hit the ceiling with
this U.S. initiated, proposed deal with Iran.
According to Kuwaiti
news sources, President Barack Obama HAS REFUSED TO ANSWER
phone calls from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "more
In yet ANOTHER deliberate snub, (what
does he care, he already won reelection, right?) Netanyahu's
calls ARE BEING FORWARDED to U.S. Secretary of State John
You see, Mr. Obama
only CREATES problems.
When it comes to
ANSWERING for his mistakes, he's extremely adept at passing
The stark differences
between the two countries about the handling of a nuclear
Iran threaten the traditional U.S.-Israel alliance:
Israel is now forced to contemplate the very real
possibility that it may have to act ALL ALONE and take
matters into its own hands.
It seems that, in the
process, the U.S. and Israel are both getting "Kerryed"
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17,
DON'T GET PREGNANT !
Single moms are one of
the fastest growing demographics in modern society.
In 99% of cases, it's
a LOSE-LOSE proposition all around.
Oh, I know it's become
"popular" for certain dubious "celebrities" to have
children out of wedlock.
However, they have
MULTI-MILLIONS of dollars, which most of you DON'T, and
live in a fantasy world anyways.
They can afford
nannies and babysitters.
It's one thing to come
home and find your baby or babies, clean, bathed, dressed,
fed, and just pick them up, play with them for half an
hour, and brag about how cute they are.
REALITY for most single
mothers is quite DIFFERENT:
Single moms don't have
husbands, so they either HAVE TO work and earn a living, or
live off the government.
If you have to earn a
living it means you
must leave your child/children WITH SOMEONE ELSE.
Unless that "someone
else" is someone like a loving grandma whom you thoroughly
be EXTREMELY CAREFUL who you leave your children with.
No need to mention the
horror stories of child abuse and neglect that are often
reported in the news, plus THE MILLIONS that go UNREPORTED.
Yes, babies ARE CUTE.
have to be fed FREQUENTLY, often in the middle of the
They pee and poop and their
diapers need changing. They have to be bathed.
And sometimes THEY CRY
at the most inopportune times.
And they need the love,
attention, PROTECTION and nurturing of not one, but TWO LOVING
Babies TAKE UP LOTS OF
TIME, and COST LOTS OF MONEY: not just in food, but
clothing and shoes, which they quickly outgrow, medical
attention, education, etc.
Oh, I know there are
some wonderful moms out there who somehow managed to do all
of the above successfully and ON THEIR OWN.
Those who HAVE DONE IT
deserve BIG GOLD MEDALS.
But it takes a real
WONDER-WOMAN to pull it off.
The vast majority
It's bad enough you're
screwing around with someone you're not married to. Don't
compound the problem by getting pregnant.
Once you bring a baby
into this world, IT'S
FOR KEEPS: you CANNOT send him or her BACK.
That child deserves
lots of love and attention, a good home, and at least a
chance at some kind of future.
Abortion isn't an option
either: At least NOT FOR CHRISTIANS.
Yes, yes, Jesus WILL forgive
you and cleanse you from ALL SIN (1 John 1:7).
THAT'S NOT the point:
Humans are created in the Image of God. Destroying human
life IS SIN.
carelessly and then GETTING RID OF THAT HELPLESS baby YOU
CREATED, LIKE IT'S SOME PIECE OF UNWANTED TRASH is NOT
acceptable behavior FOR ANYONE,
let alone someone who CLAIMS TO "believe in Jesus".
Jesus was once a baby
Would you have wanted
Mary to ABORT HIM?
Young women often
think that getting pregnant is a way of "trapping" the guy
they're sleeping with and getting him to marry them.
Dream on, baby girl...
Most guys are ALLERGIC
to commitment, let alone making it legal.
Even IF he's willing
to marry you, he may be a jerk and, consequently, A LOUSY
Besides, that's A
STUPID and counterproductive way to land a husband.
It doesn't speak very
highly about you or your own self-esteem.
Do you want him to marry
you BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU, and you are right for each
because he feels "obligated"?
Heck, it's even bad
for our already struggling economy.
UNLESS you HAVE A GOOD
HUSBAND, who is likely to make a GOOD father, UNLESS he's
gainfully employed (and by that I mean he's got a
well-paid, STEADY job), and you BOTH WANT TO have a baby:
DON'T BE STUPID. Don't
make babies irresponsibly which
will cramp your style, and change your life FOREVER,
usually for the worse.
If you're going to screw
least USE PROTECTION:
Be VERY CAREFUL.
Don't become ANOTHER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16,
JUST ANOTHER RELIGION
The Christian Message
is UNLIKE ANY OTHER.
The Gospel or Good News
of Salvation through Jesus Christ, through the sheer Grace
of God, by
simply TRUSTING what Jesus did to save us, HAS NO EQUAL (Ephesians
2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
No other message is
No religion can offer what
THE TRUE Christian faith offers:
ABSOLUTE GUARANTEE of
ETERNAL Salvation (Hebrews
10:14; John 3:16).
And yet there are
millions of so called "Christians" who are UNHAPPY with the
They and their
religious leaders feel that the Gospel ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH.
Therefore, they MADE
REVISIONS, all of them resulting in some form of religious
By making Jesus ALONE,
by Grace ALONE, through FAITH (trust) ALONE INSUFFICIENT
to save, they turn Christianity into "just another
UNCERTAINTY of Salvation instead of FULL ASSURANCE, they
make the INCOMPARABLE message of Christianity COMPARABLE TO
any world class religion.
CANNOT be certain of Salvation, IF Jesus
ISN'T sufficient to save, IF His
death and Resurrection DIDN'T get the job done, IF He
cannot guarantee NEVER ENDING Salvation, IF we
must ADD our own "righteousness" to what He did, HOW
EXACTLY IS THAT DIFFERENT from traditional Judaism, Islam,
The differences are
characters serving up the same basic teaching.
If Jesus NEEDS "OUR
HELP" in order to save us, what
kind of "Savior" does that make Him?
second-rate one, AT BEST.
a traditional Jew, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist feel
compelled to abandon their false religion and turn to
THEY ALREADY HAVE SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR?
Since Satan CAN'T
COMPETE with the true Gospel,
he was forced to come up with a clever and different
MUDDLE its message.
into thinking God needs "their help" in order to save them.
Make Christ's perfect,
complete Work of Redemption on the cross INSUFFICIENT by
ADDING WORKS, and
thus ROB Christianity of its clear, and infinite
When we preach such
FALSE "gospel", THEN
Satan CAN compete and
offer lost souls in need of Salvation, a veritable buffet
of SIMILAR religious "alternatives":
Buddhism, TM, New Age,
Hinduism, Islam, Mormonism, and other "isms".
Just goes to show what
a devious, cunning liar Satan is.
And HOW DUMB some "Christians" are.
Have you bought into THE
SATANIC LIE that Jesus ALONE is
Has the devil tricked
you into thinking there's ANY righteousness APART FROM
You need to repent,
receive Christ into your heart and TRUST HIM COMPLETELY.
Otherwise you might as
well become Muslim or Buddhist :
AS LOST AS THEY.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013
Jesus is the Pearl of
He compared the Kingdom of heaven to
treasure hid in a field [Matthew
He went on to say that, when a person
discovers such treasure, he
or she sells all they possess, and buys that field.
In other words the
Kingdom of heaven - INSIDE YOU where Jesus lives and is
King -- is worth EVERYTHING you've got:
Your heart, your life, your possessions, your money
(just don't give it to some lying televangelist), your
cars, your home, your relationships, your favorite
whatever, you time, your energy, your dedication, your
devotion, your FULL and UNDIVIDED attention.
Matthew 12:35 He explains that such treasure is HIDDEN IN
OUR HEARTS. It's
from that treasure that we bring forth [manifest] good
the heart that Jesus comes forth and manifests in and thru
One way to discover
your treasure is to
listen to yourself.
"Out of the
ABUNDANCE of your heart,
Who, or what, are you
constantly speaking of? Who or what is constantly on your
lips, to the point you just can't shut up about?
Last, but not least, Jesus said that where
your treasure is, there will YOUR HEART be also [Matthew
To sum up: Your
heart is on your treasure, and your treasure is in your
or whatever's in your heart, will INEVITABLY come out your
I've got my Pearl. I've found my Treasure.
you found yours?
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14,
THE GATES OF HELL
"I shall go TO THE GATES
OF HELL: I
am deprived of the residue of my years. I said, I SHALL NOT
SEE JAH, even JAH, IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING; I shall
behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world
"And I say also unto
you, that you are Peter, and UPON
THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and THE GATES OF HELL
(Hades) SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT" (Matthew
How could Jesus
promise that the gates of hell (Sheol, Hades) would NOT
PREVAIL AGAINST His Church?
How could Jesus speak with
so much CERTAINTY and give such ABSOLUTE GUARANTEE?
Is it because He built
His Church on Peter?
Not to take anything
away from Peter, but the
answer is "NO".
Since Adam and Eve
hell's gates had prevailed for generation after generation.
In fact, Satan relished
keeping both the saved and the unsaved as prisoners in
refers to those who awaited God's redemption in Sheol as
"prisoners of hope".
Because they HOPED
that someday Messiah would appear and SET THEM FREE.
Indeed, that's exactly
what Jesus did during
the three days and nights that He spent in Sheol (John
1 Peter 3:19 tell us
that during that time Jesus
preached to the spirits in prison.
Ephesians 4:8 tells us
He freed those who had died in the faith and "took
Matthew 27:52-53 tells
us that "the graves were opened; and MANY BODIES OF THE
SAINTS THAT SLEPT AROSE, and CAME OUT OF THE GRAVES AFTER
HIS RESURRECTION, and went into the holy city, and APPEARED
Hell's gates HAD
PREVAILED against God's people up to the time of His
But because our Jesus
rose triumphantly from the dead, THEY CAN'T PREVAIL ANYMORE
against those who are IN Him.
The reason Jesus could
give SUCH COMPLETE ASSURANCE is because
He would build His Church ON HIMSELF.
overcame BOTH Sheol (hell) and death... by RISING from the
dead, and from hell itself, ALIVE...
Because he defeated
Satan, inflicted a mortal wound to his ugly head, and took
the keys of death and hell AWAY FROM THE SLIMY BASTARD.
Jesus is ALIVE FOREVERMORE and NOW HAS the keys of hell and
And when He opens
When He shuts NOBODY
opens (Revelation 3:7).
I don't know about you,
so glad I belong to Jesus.
I'm so glad that He
is ON MY SIDE (Romans
I'm SO GRATEFUL to have this
MARVELOUS, IRONCLAD guarantee given by God Himself that
hell's gates can't prevail against me.
Jesus is ON YOUR SIDE.
He WANTS TO
DELIVER YOU from Satan, death and hell.
But He won't FORCE
Himself on anyone.
Jesus promises that He
won't reject ANYONE who chooses Him (John
Each person must make
THAT CHOICE himself or herself.
If you want to give
your heart to Jesus, if you want to choose Jesus as your
God and Savior, and have His ABSOLUTE GUARANTEE THAT HELL'S
GATES WON'T PREVAIL AGAINST YOU, click on the link below.
JUDGMENT OF NATIONS
The judgment of
nations (gentiles) is one of the most neglected prophetic
truths found in the Bible.
When Jesus returns [at
His Second Coming], He
will sit on His Throne and judge ALL gentiles based on
their treatment of natural Israel.
This is clearly taught
in Joel 3:1-17:
"In those days and at
that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and
Jerusalem, I will
gather ALL NATIONS and bring them down to the Valley of
Jehoshaphat [the Kidron valley, just East of Jerusalem].
There I WILL ENTER
INTO JUDGMENT AGAINST THEM CONCERNING my inheritance, MY
for they scattered my people among the nations and divided
up my land. They cast lots for my people and traded boys
for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might
Put in the sickle, for
the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is
full; the vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the
day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
The Lord will roar from
Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will
tremble. But the
Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the
people of Israel.
Then you will know that
I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem
will be holy; NEVER AGAIN WILL FOREIGNERS INVADE HER".
Jesus also spoke about
"When the Son of Man
comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he
will sit on his throne in
All the NATIONS
(gentiles) will be gathered before him,
and he will separate the people one from another as a
shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will put the sheep
on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the King
will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed
by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared
for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry and
you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me
something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you
looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Then the righteous will
answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to drink? ..."The King
will reply, 'I tell you the truth, WHATEVER
YOU DID FOR ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS OF MINE, YOU
DID FOR ME.'
Then he will say to
those on his left, 'Depart
from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared
for the devil and his angels. For
I was hungry and you gave
me nothing to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing
I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed
clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison
and you did not look after me'.
They also will answer,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger
or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help
He will reply, 'I tell
you the truth, whatever
you did NOT do for one of the least of these, you did NOT
do FOR ME" [Matthew
Even now, nations are
being judged based on their
treatment of Israel.
But after the
tribulation, there will be A SPECIAL JUDGMENT for gentiles
still living here on earth based on how they treated
natural Israelites DURING THAT AWFUL time.
obviously, has nothing to do with the Church, since the
Church will be in heaven.
Gentile nations have
been forewarned by God Himself.
They better warm up to
the idea of being good to Israel.
They better START being
good to Israel NOW.
God's keeping score
and NOTHING escapes His watchful eyes.
Help Israel any way
There are AWFUL
consequences for those who don't.
Those who do will be
blessed and richly rewarded.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12,
HAS GOD FORSAKEN ISRAEL?
You would think that
in 2,000 years God's Church would have learned a few
things, one of them being the roots of their faith.
Many have, and we
praise Jesus for it.
However, I encounter
antisemitism more often that most people imagine.
The teaching among
certain "Christians" is that when Jesus cursed the fig tree
in Matthew 21:19, He
was cursing Israel and totally disowning them.
Such teaching is
It's also totally
I recently challenged
one such "Christian" to produce ONE VERSE from the Bible
that calls Israel "the fig tree".
He couldn't. There
That is nothing but
UNFOUNDED, SELF-SERVING, BIASED interpretation.
Moreover, I pointed
out that Jesus was talking to a LITERAL FIG TREE which the
Gospels tells us dried up from the roots.
He then tried to
justify his antisemitism by quoting from Matthew chapter
When I told him that
Jesus' diatribe in that chapter was only directed at the
RELIGIOUS LEADERS, and NOT the people, of course, he had no
would not give up his false assertion that
Jesus had repudiated Israel.
Even after I quoted
"ONLY IF THE HEAVENS
ABOVE CAN BE MEASURED and the foundations of the earth
below be searched out WILL I REJECT ALL THE DESCENDANTS OF
Israel because of all they have done."
Even after I quoted
Ezekiel 37:19-36 that promises to reunite the 12 tribes,
bring them back to Israel, under an everlasting covenant,
and that David will once again be their king...
Even after I quoted
Romans 11:25 that says once the fullness of the gentiles
has come into God's Kingdom, then ALL ISRAEL will be saved.
If God has repudiated
could He make such promises?
Three things we can
all learn from this are:
1) People will believe
WHAT THEY WANT, no matter how much you destroy their
arguments, no matter how much you PROVE THEM wrong.
You can lead a horse
places its own agenda, prejudices and pet peeves ABOVE
BLINDS PEOPLE to the Truth.
Not only does it blind
FACTUAL truth, but to Jesus who is ULTIMATE Truth.
I'm not one of those
Christians who go to the OTHER EXTREME and hallow
EVERYTHING "Hebraic" as sacrosanct.
After all, Jews did,
for the most part, reject Jesus.
However, anyone stupid
enough to CUT HIMSELF from his own roots is, as Jude put
PLUCKED UP BY THE ROOTS" (Jude 1:12).
God has NOT forsaken
will NEVER forsake Israel.
Christians should read Romans chapter 11, and pay special
attention to Paul's sobering words in Romans 11:18:
"You do not support the
root, but the
root supports you".
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Is it EVER wrong to
rely on the Holy Spirit for proper understanding of the
Should Christians get
God's Word ONLY
filtered through a group of superiorly gifted scholars?
Should freedom of
thought be banned within the Church?
blindly accept and follow the
DICTATES of some DICTATORIAL leader, or opportunistic
Is it O.K. to have
multiple opinions and disagreements with
regards to issues non-essential to Salvation?
No, no, no, no, and
It is NEVER WRONG to
rely on the Holy Spirit for
proper understanding of Scripture (Romans 8:14; 1 John
The Holy Spirit inspired
the written Word.
Who better to provide or clarify its intended meaning than
While some correctly
point to the fact that the Christian faith has become
fragmented into myriad denominations -- not a single one of
them created by Christ - that
is NOT the Spirit's fault.
Human DISHONESTY and
CARNALITY are the main culprits (1 Corinthians 3:3).
The Spirit of God CANNOT
be blamed for it: it's
Jesus does call certain
individuals into ministry and gives them special gifts and
anointing (Ephesians 4:8-13). However, EVERY
BELIEVER should seek Truth and Wisdom in God's written word
ON HIS OWN (John
Even those whom Jesus
calls ARE NOT INFALLIBLE.
Therefore, no matter how
gifted they are, we
are to submit EVERYTHING they teach to the final authority
While no true believer
in Christ SHOULD
EVER ABUSE freedom
of thought or freedom of expression, nor
use it recklessly to foster division or heresy, humans
have the God-given
freedom to THINK whatever they want, EVEN
WHEN such thoughts lead to rejection of God.
If God gave humans free
ARE WE to ban it?
Last but not least, as
long as we agree on
FOUNDATIONAL TENETS OF the Christian faith, it's
okay to have HONEST (underscore
THAT word) disagreements ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE.
Paul says that no matter
how gifted we are, we
only know "in part" (1
If the man who became
the greatest evangelist and missionary in history, who was
caught up (raptured) to the third heaven, and who
gave his life for Jesus SAYS THAT,
it means that we will never agree ON EVERYTHING this side
The Church needs to
GROW UP and accept these facts.
have NEVER been excommunicated for
presenting his ideas, most of which were CORRECT.
And many of his
doctrines pertained to Salvation, which is why he could NOT
BACK DOWN, and I, for one, praise God that he DIDN'T.
Jesus commanded His
disciples to go into the entire world and preach the Gospel
(GOOD NEWS) of
Salvation through Him alone, by Grace alone, through faith
The rest will be
straightened out at the Rapture, when our minds are renewed
(1 Corinthians 13:10).
Jesus called us to have unity
of SPIRIT and FAITH (Ephesians
4:3, 13) not unity of OPINION.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10,
THE WORST EXCUSE EVER
Picture this: The
Children of Israel had just celebrated the first Passover,
been delivered from Egyptian bondage, and camped at the
foot of Mount Sinai.
Their leader Moses had gone up
to the top of the Mount to meet the Lord and receive His
law and commandments.
When he returns a
mere 40 days and nights later,
he finds Israelites worshiping a
golden calf and committing all sorts of immorality.
These, mind you, were the same Israelites who had THREE
MONTHS earlier been miraculously delivered from Egyptian
bondage by God, thru a number of plagues that afflicted
ONLY the Egyptians, culminating in the killing of all the
Egyptian firstborn, while Hebrews were unscathed.
They had seen the Red Sea open and form a land bridge over
to Canaan, and then seen the entire Egyptian army perish in
the sea when they tried to pursue.
naturally, turned to his brother Aaron, God's chosen High
Priest, for an explanation: "What
did this people do to you, that you have brought so great a
sin on them"? (Exodus
Aaron's answer should go down in history
MOTHER OF all lousy excuses:
"I said to them, whoever has any gold, let them break
it off. So they gave
it to me: then I cast it into the fire and THIS CALF CAME
To hear Aaron's version of events, the
Israelites gave him their gold, he put it in the fire to
melt it down, and THE
GOLD SHAPED ITSELF INTO A CALF.
Israel's High Priest WAS
In fact, Exodus 32:1-6 tells us WHAT
"When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming
down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and
said, Come, MAKE US GODS who will go before us. For
this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't
know what has happened to him".
Aaron answered them, "Take off the gold earrings that
your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and
bring them to me".
So all the people took off their
earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they
handed him AND MADE
IT INTO AN IDOL CAST IN THE SHAPE OF A CALF, FASHIONING IT
WITH A TOOL.
Then they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who
brought you up out of Egypt'.
When Aaron saw this, HE
BUILT AN ALTAR IN FRONT OF THE CALF AND
ANNOUNCED "˜Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord":
And by "The Lord" he didn't mean Yahweh, he
meant the "god" or golden calf he'd just fashioned.
Aaron not only made the
golden calf ON PURPOSE, KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING,
but he also built an altar for it, and declared the next
day a holiday to honor their new "god".
As High Priest Aaron could
have stood his ground, and SHOULD HAVE, spoken up and said
"wait a minute, our God is Yahweh,
we've seen His miracles, and we
won't worship anyone but Him".
Instead, WITHOUT ANY PROTESTATION, he immediately gave
in to their demands, asked for gold, and INTENTIONALLY
MADE THE IMAGE OF A CALF.
When he heard the people proclaiming the calf as "god",
AGAIN without any objection he facilitated its worship by
immediately building AN ALTAR IN FRONT OF IT, so they could
worship and offer sacrifices.
To top it all off, he
then established an "official holiday" to honor the calf
HIS OWN HANDS HAD MADE.
Not only was Aaron A
needless to say, WASN'T MUCH OF A LEADER.
so angry that he had the calf melted, then ground into
powder, then put it in the water, and made the children of
Moses delayed ONLY 40
days and nights in returning to the camp. Jesus, on the
other hand, has delayed almost 2,000 years.
What idols have you built? Who
or what is
the GOLDEN CALF that
During Jesus' PHYSICAL absence, the
"high priests" of Christendom, like Aaron, have built MANY
From actual statues and images, to denominational
idols, human idols, doctrinal idols, preaching idols, even
Like Aaron, THEY'VE
ASKED PEOPLE FOR THEIR "GOLD" UNDER FALSE PRETENSES, to
satisfy THE IDOL OF GREED which they worship.
When Moses returned,
he made Israelites drink
their idol's dust.
When Jesus returns,
EVERY IDOL SHEPHERD will
BITE the dust.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9,
Which of the THOUSANDS
of "Christian" religious organizations did Jesus establish?
of them must
be the "true Church" Christ founded.
The answer may
surprise some of you:
Jesus established a
SPIRITUAL Church based
on being SPIRITUALLY
CONNECTED TO Him.
He commissioned His
disciples to preach the Good News (Gospel) of FREE
SALVATION to ANYONE
who WANTS IT (Revelation
established buildings, hierarchies, religious garments,
rules and regulations.
church choirs, youth groups, revivals, Sunday school or
Sunday school quarterlies.
His ONLY commandments
were TO LOVE:
1. God with all our
hearts and minds.
2. Our neighbor.
3. Each other.
Love is THE ROYAL,
UNIVERSAL LAW OF HIS KINGDOM.
It is truly astonishing
to see HOW
that simple SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY that He founded has evolved
and DEGENERATED during the past 2,000 years:
But my denomination
(religious organization) is
THE ONLY ONE that
preaches the truth. We're the
ONLY ONES who
truly follow Christ.
NO. You're not.
What you are, if you
believe that, is
a modern Pharisee.
Pharisees thought THE
VERY SAME THINGS you think today, back in the first
Jesus told them
they WOULD NOT ESCAPE the condemnation of Gehenna (Matthew
The Church that Jesus
Christ founded IS
NOT A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION.
It is A
SPIRITUAL Body (assembly) comprised
of ALL BELIEVERS who have MADE A SPIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH
THE LIVING CHRIST AND
HAVE BEEN SPIRITUALLY
REGENERATED OR BORN-AGAIN.
Jesus told Nicodemus,
a distinguished member of the Sanhedrin, a circumcised Jew
who "observed" the law, the 10 commandments and the 24-hour
"UNLESS a man is BORN
of the Spirit, he
CANNOT ENTER the Kingdom of God".
You can't say it ANY
NO SPIRITUAL REBIRTH = NO
I don't care WHICH
religious organization you belong to.
God's Kingdom takes place INSIDE,
IN OUR INNERMOST BEING,
not by joining some segregated, "better than everyone
else" religious club.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013
"But it has happened to
them according to the true proverb: The
dog HAS TURNED TO HIS OWN VOMIT AGAIN; and THE SOW THAT WAS
WASHED TO HER WALLOWING IN THE MIRE" (2
A good while back I
heard from a sister in Christ whose sad testimony is that
her mother could not break free of certain sins in her
Instead of getting spiritual
help and support from her pastor, she got condemnation.
Instead of reassuring
her of Jesus' Grace and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, and of the fact
ALREADY PAID FOR EVERY SIN EVER COMMITTED,
he told her she
would NOT be saved.
He used THIS VERSE to
CONDEMN that precious soul, for whom Jesus died.
Long story short: her
mom fell into a deep depression and ended up taking her own
As tragic as that
heartbreaking story is,
what is EVEN MORE TRAGIC and, frankly, INEXCUSABLE, is
condemnation did not come from the pastor of a heretical,
legalistic denomination or cult, but from a supposedly
There is NO EXCUSE for
someone THAT IGNORANT, SPIRITUALLY BLIND, and out
of touch with Jesus, to
minister in ANY capacity.
NOT COME TO CONDEMN,
SIN WILL BE FORGIVEN HUMANS,
except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 12:32)
"There is NOW NO
CONDEMNATION for those who are IN Christ Jesus" (Romans
"God was in Christ
RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, NOT
COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM" (2
"The Blood of Christ continuously
cleanses us FROM ALL SIN"
(1 John 1:7).
"NOT BY WORKS OF
RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE HAVE DONE, BUT
ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY He HAS SAVED US (Titus
I could go on and
This is why I have
repeatedly warned about taking a verse like this one OUT OF
it from the rest of the Bible,
and misleading ourselves and others based on WHAT WE
says, as opposed to what IT ACTUALLY SAYS.
If what it SEEMS TO say CONTRADICTS
is wrong WITH OUR UNDERSTANDING.
We need to pause, take
our time, calmly analyze what it says, and ask the Holy
Spirit to reveal His INTENDED MEANING, INSTEAD
OF JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS and using Scripture TO CARRY OUT
SATAN'S AGENDA, and NOT God's.
And, make no mistake: SATAN
USES THE BIBLE OFTEN, whenever it serves his evil purpose.
He QUOTED Scripture to
Jesus, right TO HIS FACE!!! (Matthew
Jesus is NOT the accuser.
Jesus came TO
SAVE us (John
Satan is THE ONLY
ACCUSER OF the brethren (Revelation
That pastor, knowingly
or ignorantly, WAS
USED OF SATAN, AND SERVED SATAN, NOT JESUS.
So, WHAT was Peter
referring to in the above verse?
WHY does a dog return
to his own vomit?
WHY does a pig return
to the mire?
WHY does a scorpion
The ONLY WAY to keep a
dog from barking or pig from wallowing in the mud is TO
CHANGE THEIR NATURE.
NOT CONDEMNING these individuals for sinning.
He was indicating that they'd NEVER HAD a change of nature
ON THE INSIDE: They'd
NEVER BEEN BORN-AGAIN.
That's why in verse 12
he compares them to
"irrational beasts" that only "follow their INSTINCTS".
ANYONE can CLAIM to
have "received Christ" and "be Christian".
given yourself earnestly and WHOLEHEARTEDLY to Jesus,
which in turn will bring A DEFINITE CHANGE in your inner
NOT born again.
It may take a while to
notice THAT INNER CHANGE, but if it has happened, it will
manifest sooner or later.
In my own Salvation, it
took about three months before I suddenly realized that
"something" inside me HAD CHANGED.
individuals sin from
time to time because, as Jesus pointed out: our "spirit IS
WILLING", but our flesh is WEAK.
But NO BORN AGAIN
SEEKS SINNING, much less ENJOYS SINNING CONSTANTLY.
It's one thing to give
in to temptation at
given moment because of human weakness.
But if you can sin CONTINUOUSLY
and RECKLESSLY and
your conscience doesn't bother you a bit, YOU'RE
It's as simple as
NOT SAYING that
if you're vulnerable to committing SOME particular sin(s)
you'll be lost.
Peter was saying
BORN AGAIN PERSON SINS CONSTANTLY, RECKLESSLY, and WITHOUT
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7,
LET THE CHILDREN
Every time we talk about
the Rapture being near, there's always concern about what
happens to children.
There's this damnable
heresy floating around that says that
ONLY children of BELIEVERS are saved or go in the Rapture.
They get their ERRONEOUS
belief from a
warped understanding of 1
"For the unbelieving
been sanctified through his wife, and
the unbelieving wife has
been sanctified through her believing husband.
Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they
The Greek word for
"sanctified" is hagiazo WHICH
MEANS to "set apart".
While it's true that
saved individuals are called hagios (saints), all
it means is that they are SET APART unto God.
That's what the word
anything or anyone that's SET APART is, technically, "hagios".
Paul was saying
that an unbeliever is SET APART by the believing spouse,
and so are children SET APART by the influence of one
or two believing parents.
SET APART from what?
From the world, since they would have the influence of one
or more born-again, godly parents.
That's ALL he was
Notice what the verse DOESN'T
the "unbelieving husband IS
SAVED thru the believing wife" or vice versa.
Nor does it say that
children are SAVED BY having believing parents.
Wives CANNOT save their
husbands. Husbands CANNOT save their wives. Neither can
parents SAVE their children. Salvation is AN INDIVIDUAL
are too young to make that choice ARE SAVED BY THE GRACE OF
not His Will that ANY should perish,
but that ALL will come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
The FALSE TEACHING that
1 Corinthians 7:14 speaks of
FLAT OUT DEBUNKED by Ezekiel 18:20:
"The son SHALL NOT bear
the iniquity of the father; neither shall the father bear
the iniquity of the son: the
righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the
wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him".
Now, let's see what
Jesus had to say about children's Salvation:
"But Jesus said, SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN, and forbid them
not, to come unto me: FOR OF
SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN".
"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid
them not: for
OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Verily I say unto you,
whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God AS A LITTLE
CHILD, he SHALL NOT ENTER therein".
"Take heed that ye despise not one OF THESE LITTLE ONES;
for I say unto you, That IN
HEAVEN their angels do always behold the face of my Father
which is in heaven".
"And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in
the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except
ye be converted, AND BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN, YOU SHALL
NOT ENTER INTO the kingdom of heaven".
"And said unto them, Whosoever
shall receive this child in my name RECEIVES ME: and
whosoever shall receive me receive him that sent me".
"And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful
things that he did, and the
children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the
Son of David they
were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what
these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never
OF THE MOUTH OF BABES AND SUCKLINGS YOU HAVE PERFECTED
Jesus DID NOT, at any
time, say "unless you become AS LITTLE CHILDREN OF
BELIEVING PARENTS you
shall not enter the Kingdom of God".
Jesus WAS LYING (perish
the VERY THOUGHT!), OR THESE ARE JUST MISGUIDED
RELIGIOUS FOOLS WHO UNDERESTIMATE THE GRACE OF GOD.
He's NOT WILLING THAT
ANY should perish,
but that ALL will come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through Him might be saved (John
Joel 2:16 clearly
shows that CHILDREN and babies will go in the Rapture:
"Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the
elders, GATHER THE CHILDREN, AND THOSE THAT SUCK THE
the Bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the Bride out
of her closet".
children", now you know THE TRUTH, straight from THE TRUTH
Be at peace and don't
listen to unbelieving morons.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6,
There is no middle
ground where Roman Emperor Constantine is concerned.
Some factions in
Christendom proclaim him a "saint" while he gets severe
criticism from most evangelicals.
He is often blamed for
what would eventually become the Roman Catholic Church.
Christians can't even agree on how to baptize, let alone on
HOW TO BE SAVED... It's
a safe bet that consensus will never be reached on this
issue, either. At least, this side of heaven...
We know Constantine
was the 57th emperor of the Roman Empire who ruled from
We know the Empire had
gone through years of civil war and unrest.
We know he was pagan
and worshiper of Sol Invictus (the "invincible sun"), and
that he had A MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE prior to the Battle of
the Milvian Bridge, in which he defeated Maxentius and put
an end to civil strife:
He looked heavenward and
saw the cross SUPERIMPOSED ON THE SUN (which
was the symbol of the deity he worshiped), while hearing
the words in
hoc signo vince:
"in this symbol conquer".
The vision was followed by
a dream, the night before the aforementioned Battle, where
he was instructed to put the cross, which had by then
become a Christian symbol, on his soldiers' shields.
He did, defeated
Maxentius, returned to Rome in victory, and the
rest is His-Story.
In 313 A.D. he signed
the Edict of Milan granting
tolerance to all religions, including
the theretofore horribly persecuted Christian faith, also
decreeing the return of all confiscated church property.
In 325 A.D. he convened
the ecumenical Council of Nicea which sought to
establish ecclesiastical unity throughout the empire.
doubtlessly a shrewd politician who saw orthodoxy as a
means of bringing peace and stability to the war-torn
To that extent, it is
true that he laid the framework for what would eventually
become the Roman Catholic Church.
However, unless he had
supernatural knowledge of the future I
DON'T SEE HOW, IN HIS WILDEST IMAGINATION, Constantine
could have foreseen, much less known, in 325 A.D., THE
KIND OF INTOLERANT, VICIOUS, TYRANNICAL, GREEDY RELIGIOUS
MONSTER into which such structure would degenerate,
especially during the Middle Ages.
Let's not overlook the
fact that the known "world" at the time was MUCH SMALLER
consisting mostly of the Roman Empire itself (Europe,
Middle East, and northern part of Africa).
Much of the Far East and
the African continent was UNKNOWN and the American
continent would not be discovered until roughly 1,200
the Empire is estimated to have been somewhere between
The world's population
today is around 7 billion of which Roman Catholics
represent about 1.2 billion.
Whichever side of the
issue you favor, here's
what should not be lost on ANY worshiper of Christ:
conversion was real or simply politically expedient, the
fact is that the
Christian faith had grown so much and spread so far within
the mightiest empire known -- IN SPITE OF relentless
persecution, often resulting in martyrdom -- that
it was NO LONGER good political policy to persecute or
marginalize Christians, but rather to fully integrate them
into Roman society.
The mightiest Empire
known to man had been SWALLOWED UP, PEACEFULLY, by
the Christian Message, WITHOUT
war, violence OR WEAPONS, by
the sheer power of God's Spirit and God's Word.
Glory to His Name!
In 300 years, the
risen Jesus HAD OVERCOME not only death itself, but the
very Empire that crucified Him.
NOVEMBER 5, 2013
DESTROYED BY FIRE
"But the day of the Lord
will come as a thief in the night, in which THE
HEAVENS SHALL PASS AWAY WITH A GREAT NOISE, AND THE
ELEMENTS, BURNING, SHALL BE DISSOLVED, AND THE EARTH AND
THE WORKS THAT ARE IN IT SHALL BE BURNED UP.
Seeing then that all
these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons
ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,WAITING
FOR AND DESIRING EARNESTLY FOR THE COMING OF the day of
which THE HEAVENS BEING ON FIRE SHALL BE DISSOLVED, AND THE
ELEMENTS SHALL MELT WITH FERVENT HEAT? (2
This portion of 2 Peter Chapter 3 is often associated
with the Second Coming of Jesus but actually it speaks
about the same things mentioned in Revelation 6:14 and 8:7
that happen around the time of the Rapture.
The Rapture takes place
sometime between Revelation 6:12 and 7:9 under
the 6th seal.
That's when the Church
appears suddenly in heaven, seemingly out of nowhere, in
In Revelation 6:14 John
SKY "being ROLLED UP like a scroll".
Peter describes the same
event saying that "THE
HEAVENS SHALL PASS AWAY WITH A GREAT NOISE"
He also says they will
In Revelation 8:7, after
the Church is in heaven, as the 7th seal is opened and the
first trumpet sounds, John describes A
THIRD OF THE EARTH, trees and grass being BURNED UP.
Peter describes the same
thing by saying that "THE
EARTH AND THE WORKS THAT ARE IN IT SHALL BE BURNED UP, and
the elements shall melt with fervent heat".
Anyway you look at it
ONE-THIRD of the earth's surface, and
all the works on it (buildings, homes, cars,
roads, bridges, airports, planes, etc.) and one-third of
vegetation will be instantly incinerated.
That's a huge chunk of
We are not told which
specific part(s) of the earth will be burned. We
do know that the Middle East and the nations around the
Mediterranean will be spared, since they are the main
setting for the tribulation and reign of Antichrist.
We also know that the
U.S.A. will survive the tribulation in some form or
fashion, albeit barely and by the Grace of God, probably
the Eastern part where the 13 colonies were originally
Russia and China, will
also survive at least in part (Isaiah 49:12; Ezekiel
Russia, however, will
be destroyed during the Millennium (Ezekiel 39:11).
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013
We live in a world
where things CONSTANTLY CHANGE:
The economy can be up
one day and down the next.
The weather can be
warm one day and cold the next.
politicians change, entertainers change, family and friends
change, employers change, jobs change, technology changes,
athletes change, our bodies change, feelings change,
relationships change, and OPINIONS have been known to
change more often than our underwear.
In the midst of the
constant barrage of change, it's nice to know there's
something that NEVER changes:
God's Holy Word.
You can read that Bible
today and it will say THE VERY SAME thing it said
yesterday, a month ago, a year ago,30
years ago, and 3,500 years ago.
Its principles are
Its Truth ETERNAL.
They apply from
generation to generation.
They yield the same
results today that they did centuries ago.
They are as true today
as they are from everlasting to everlasting.
They reveal the Mind
They express His
God's Word doesn't
change because ETERNAL Truth, by definition, CANNOT change.
It doesn't change
because God NEVER CHANGES (Malachi 3:6).
Jesus, who is both God
and the Word Incarnate, is THE SAME YESTERDAY,
In an ever-changing
world, it's nice and comforting to know that Jesus (God's
Holy Word) NEVER CHANGES.
He loves us when we're
up, when we're down, when we're happy or depressed, when we
behave and when we misbehave, when we're in a good mood or
a bad one, when we're rich and when we're poor, when we're
young and when we're old.
Are you WEARY of so
Come to the One who
The One you can ALWAYS COUNT
The One who NEVER
leaves you nor forsakes you...
The One whose love
for you is SO GREAT that He
was willing TO
DIE for your
Come to Jesus,now.
Take refuge in His
After all the changes
are ended, He'll STILL BE THE SAME.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2013
DOES COMMUNION SAVE?
Yes and NO.
If by communion we mean EXPERIENCING
JESUS INTIMATELY, in the deepest areas of our being, the
answer is "YES!"
If by communion we mean
THE ACT of partaking
of the bread and wine, the answer is NO.
Someone recently told
me that partaking of the PHYSICAL elements of bread and
wine saves us.
As someone brought up in
Roman Catholicism, I can testify that did my First
Communion, I partook of the bread and wine COUNTLESS times
thereafter, and I was
NOT SAVED UNTIL, by the Grace of God, I INVITED JESUS INTO
my heart, gave
my heart and my entire self TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY to Him,
and experienced the NEW BIRTH from above.
Despite the MANY TIMES I
had partaken of the host, I
DID NOT experience the New Birth or SPIRITUAL REGENERATION
ON THE INSIDE, UNTIL I
gave my heart TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY to my precious,
Praise His Name
And Jesus clearly said
an individual is BORN AGAIN, he or she CANNOT see NOR ENTER
the Kingdom of God (John
NEW BIRTH = NO SALVATION.
I also heard a
Catholic priest say that when evangelicals ask him if he
has a personal relationship with Christ, he replies that he
"just took communion" (meaning the bread and wine) and that
"HOW MUCH MORE PERSONAL CAN YOU GET WITH JESUS THAN
PARTAKING OF HIS BODY AND BLOOD"?
That SOUNDS good,
at first. However, UNLESS
SUCH PARTAKING is DONE IN SPIRIT (from
the depths of our being) it
won't get you ANY intimacy with Jesus, NOR regenerate you
and SAVE YOU.
regardless of denomination, should partake of
the bread and wine regularly, as commanded by Jesus, in
REMEMBRANCE OF Him who gave His body and blood to redeem us
The bread and wine are
OUTWARD REPRESENTATIONS of what SHOULD
take place INWARDLY: partaking IN SPIRIT of the flesh and
blood of Jesus, which are REAL Spirit substance (John
Evidently, Jesus was
not talking about cannibalism when He spoke of "eating His
flesh and drinking His blood".
By SPIRIT, we RECEIVE
JESUS into us, we
eat His flesh and DRINK His Blood, both of which are SPIRIT
If THAT SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
DOESN'T happen, you
can eat refined flour and drink wine ‘til you gain 100
pounds, YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
Salvation takes place
in OUR HEARTS NOT in OUR MOUTHS.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2,
God’s Word commands us
to live in the spirit and walk in the spirit (Galatians
HOW can we do ANYTHING
“in the Spirit”
when we HAVE NO IDEA WHERE the spirit is?
Our born again spirit
is THE MOST VALUABLE and MOST IMPORTANT part of our being.
Yet it is the part we
pay THE LEAST attention to: Most Christians pay ZERO
attention to it.
Your spirit is where
Jesus LIVES through His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9).
Here’s the great
tragedy: Evangelicals move heaven and earth, hold
evangelistic meetings, knock on doors, and even send
missionaries overseas to GET PEOPLE BORN AGAIN…
make INDIVIDUAL SPIRITS COME ALIVE by experiencing Jesus in
the deepest part of their inner being, and make that
PERMANENT SPIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH Jesus.
to have it INSTANTLY
covered up with TRUCKLOADS OF RELIGIOUS JUNK.
It makes NO SENSE at
It’s AS IF the
born-again experience HAD
But that’s the way
it’s MISHANDLED by well-meaning, but clueless and
inefficient Christian ministers.
Once we experience
Christ INSIDE, we
are TO STAY in Him and LIVE IN HIM (Romans
We are to TREASURE Him
and ENJOY His Presence WITHIN us (Matthew 6:21; Colossians
It is COUNTERPRODUCTIVE to
experience Christ INSIDE OF US ONCE and then IMMEDIATELY
forget about Him and BURY Him under
a pile of religious trash.
THAT’S WHY the Body of
Christ keeps looking for Christ “OUT THERE” hundreds
of thousands of light years AWAY, instead
of looking for Him “IN HERE”, WITHIN
their own selves, as CLOSE as THEIR OWN BREATH.
That’s why they keep
looking for OUTWARD SIGNS of the Rapture.
The Rapture will take
place WITHIN each
of us (Luke 17:21).
Jesus, who is ALREADY IN
appear to us, FROM THE INSIDE, NOT
Make no mistake: The
A SPIRITUAL EVENT.
It affects our bodies
only because, by Spirit, we are translated into A HIGHER
DIMENSION which is the dimension of SPIRIT.
Hence, our physical
self VANISHES from this lower realm called earth.
Do you REALLY WANT the
Then stop whining
about how long it’s taken Jesus to take us home.
STOP looking for
OUTWARD signs like comets, eclipses, secret societies and
FOR JESUS with ALL YOUR HEART, WITHIN
won’t get us anywhere.
The Rapture happens when
we become SPIRIT
Jesus is ONE SPIRIT with
those of us who KNOW HIM (1
The Rapture is THE
MANIFESTATION in us OF
the INNER CHRIST.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1,
FAMILY & FRIENDS
when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the
synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From
WHERE HAS THIS MAN THESE THINGS? And WHAT
WISDOM IS THIS WHICH IS GIVEN UNTO HIM,
that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
ISN'T THIS THE CARPENTER,
the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of
Judas, and Simon? And are
not his sisters here with us? And
OFFENSE AT HIM.
But Jesus said unto
prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and
AMONG HIS OWN KIN, AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE"
It is often easier to
bring a complete stranger to faith in Jesus than our own
family and friends.
Even Jesus had to deal
with this issue: His
own brothers didn't believe in Him, until they saw Him
risen from the dead (John
Even then, we only
know for certain that James and Jude came to faith.
Scripture doesn't tell
us whether his sisters and his brothers Joses and Simon
ever came to faith, although it's hard to imagine that they
Why is it that those we
want to reach the most usually respond THE LESS?
There is something to
the saying that "familiarity breeds contempt".
It's hard for those
who've known us since childhood, watched us grow up, and
seen our human vulnerabilities to value our testimony.
It would take something
pretty drastic, like
to convince them.
There's not much any
of us can do about it.
But here's what
YOU CAN do:
You can plant the seeds
of God's Word into
their spirits and minds.
I said PLANT
When we plant seeds they
don't sprout overnight.
It TAKES TIME:
Sometimes a few days, sometimes a couple weeks, and
sometimes (at least where spiritual seeds are concerned) it
Share Jesus with them
and explain that He
offers FREE Salvation to ANYONE who WANTS IT.
Explain that they
need to invite Him to enter their innermost beings, and
receive Him as God and Savior.
Unless, by some miracle,
they indicate they're ready to receive Him, LEAVE
IT THERE. Let the Holy Spirit DO THE REST.
DO NOT shove
Jesus down their throats.
Encourage them to
search the Scriptures ON THEIR OWN.
God's Word NEVER returns
It WILL PROSPER in
that where unto He sends it.
Jesus said we plant the
seeds and they
grow "we know not how" (Mark
In my own life, glory
to Jesus, I've seen every member of my immediate family,
and nearly every one of my relatives (except for a couple
of holdouts) come to Christ.
Did it happen right
In some cases it took
a couple of years, in others as many as 10 or more.
God's Word that was planted SPROUTED and yielded fruit unto
Witnessing to one's
own kin takes a great deal of patience and TRUST.
Trust Jesus to save
when it seems like for
every step forward they've taken two steps backward.
NOT their savior, or their judge. Jesus is.
Don't give up, and don't
give up HOPE.
Do your part, as
explained above, then put them in His most capable Hands
and TRUST HIM to take it from there and MAKE IT HAPPEN.
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