SEEKING A SPOUSE
Divorcees often write
wanting me to validate that they bear no guilt or blame for
the divorce: that they were "right" and their spouse was
I'm not here to judge
or condemn anyone.
And ONE PARAGRAPH does
not tell me the whole story of what really went on between
you and your wife, or between you and your husband, day in
and day out.
However, I am here to
If, indeed, she was a
domineering woman, who always wanted to get "her way" and
step all over you, then she bears AT LEAST PART OF the
The SAME GOES FOR HIM,
if he exhibited those traits.
They often complain
that, after divorce, their spouse immediately shacked up
with someone else, neglected the children, or went "into
the bar scene",which
indicates that he or she probably ISN'T Christian.
Born-again believers have
AS MUCH BUSINESS MARRYING UNBELIEVERS, as Jesus marrying
Paul says, clear as
crystal, NOT TO BE "unequally
yoked" with unbelievers as THERE CANNOT
BE ANY FELLOWSHIP BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARKNESS (2
You CAN'T POSSIBLY SAY
IT any clearer.
While this covers ALL
FORMS OF human fellowship, it
PARTICULARLY APPLIES TO MARRIAGE, which is THE MOST
BINDING, CONSEQUENTIAL, AND INTIMATE FORM OF human
Our PERSONAL COMMUNION
with Christ is THE most
important relationship we will ever have - bar none.
Therefore, if you
CANNOT SHARE THE MOST
IMPORTANT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE -- your own commitment to
Christ -- with your spouse,
you're ASKING FOR TROUBLE - RIGHT FROM THE START.
If he or she DOESN'T
BELIEVE the Bible is the INSPIRED, INERRANT Word of God,
you haven't got a chance.
If he or she belongs
to a so-called "Christian" CULT (Mormon, Church of God,
Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science,
Seventh Day Adventist, etc.), you
stand to have as much happiness as if you married the devil
While marrying a
BORN-AGAIN Christian is NO GUARANTEE of a perfect marriage,
of lasting happiness, or that IT WON'T END IN DIVORCE, it's
FAR BETTER than marrying an unbeliever, and you stand A
MUCH BETTER chance of having a lasting, relatively happy
In divorce there's
usually plenty of "blame" ON BOTH SIDES.
My advice is: STOP
assigning "BLAME" TO ANYONE.
That WON'T SOLVE
You're probably better off, since you shouldn't have
married him or her to begin with.
Forgive her or him. Then
ACCEPT IT. DEAL WITH
IT. AND MOVE ON.
LET IT GO!
Jesus DOESN'T WANT US
TO LIVE IN CONDEMNATION OR
CHAINED TO OUR "PAST" (and, believe me, we ALL have a
He wants you to enjoy
the FREEDOM OF THE SPIRIT, enjoy
your relationship WITH HIM, and MOVE FORWARD.
Divorcees are often
marginalized and treated as "second rate" Christians by the
If you are born-again,
I want to ASSURE YOU that Jesus HAS FORGIVEN YOU.
He will NEVER rub your
divorce in your face. NEVER!
And that IN
CHRIST there's no "second rate" ANYTHING.
Jesus LOVES YOU just as
much as He loves any of His children.
If you want a happy
marriage -- should the Lord tarry much longer, which I
doubt - and regardless of
whether you're seeking a mate for the first time or after
A GOOD MARRIAGE
BEGINS by YOU having a solid,
deep and ever-deeper spiritual relationship with Christ.
And by INVOLVING
His HOLY Spirit and His Word in EVERY major decision you
... Including THE
SELECTION OF your spouse.
Not only will that
make YOU a better husband or wife, it
will give you the Wisdom and necessary guidance in choosing a
partner FOR LIFE.
Grace and Peace be
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30,
Everything in Eden was
great until that dumb Eve ate
the forbidden fruit and gave it to her husband, right?
Let me tell you WHAT
REALLY HAPPENED in Eden:
There was NO
ONE LIKE Adam on earth.
Adam was ALONE (all
one) and sought HUMAN
company (Genesis 2:20).
God took a cell out of
Adam and cloned a feminine
Adam (Genesis 2:22).
Their original names,
before they became known as Adam and Eve, were
Ish and Isha (Genesis 2:23).
Adam was INITIALLY
happy to have company.
Here's what made him
created man in his own image, in the image of God created
he him; MALE AND FEMALE created he them. And God
blessed them, and God said TO THEM, BE FRUITFUL, AND
MULTIPLY, and REPLENISH THE
EARTH, AND SUBDUE IT: AND HAVE DOMINION OVER the fish
of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every
living thing that moves upon the earth" (Genesis 1:27-28).
not factored in the dominion part. He wanted the
Godhood and Dominion ALL TO
He didn't mind having
THE COMPANY OF another human (who was MADE OF him).
But he had gotten used
to EXERCISING ALL THE DOMINION over this earth (Genesis
He was unwilling
to share that dominion EVEN WITH HIS OWN FEMININE SELF, who
was now present in a different body.
Adam was especially
UNHAPPY when, as Ish and Isha, he
and Eve immediately began reproducing sons of God, not in
the flesh, but IN SPIRIT (Job 1:6; Luke 20:36; Romans
Now he would have to
share dominion of the earth, not
only with Isha, but WITH ALL OF THEM.
Those "sons of God"
later became (unfortunately), the nephillim ("fallen
ones") mentioned in Genesis chapter 6.
That's WHY Adam DIDN'T instruct
That's WHY he
INTENTIONALLY KEPT KNOWLEDGE FROM HER.
That's why he
ALLOWED HER to be deceived by Satan.
He wanted to
sabotage her and prove that Eve was INFERIOR and UNFIT TO
RULE, so he could go back to having ALL the dominion on
earth TO HIMSELF.
That's WHY Eve misquoted the
Word to Satan (Genesis 3:3).
She HAD NOT BEEN
PROPERLY INSTRUCTED by her selfish husband. (And you wonder
WHY I so love Scripture
That's WHY Satan WAS ABLE
TO deceive her: because SELFISH
Adam DIDN'T TELL her that she, too, was God.
So, she bought THE
LIE that God was "separate"
and UNREACHABLE UNLESS she took matters into her own
hands (Genesis 3:4).
Satan deceived her into
THINKING that GOD was withholding something good and
desirable from her, when in reality, IT
WAS ADAM who was WITHHOLDING IT.
And what, precisely,
did Satan tempt her with?
The very same KNOWLEDGE that
Adam - ON PURPOSE - had kept hidden from her (Genesis
That's WHY Adam just
STOOD THERE and said nothing, and ALLOWED Satan to deceive
The Bible says he
was STANDING RIGHT THERE WATCHING and HEARING what was
going on -- with ALL THE POWER ON EARTH to vanish that
creep into oblivion -- YET ALLOWED HIM TO DECEIVE the
woman --- ON PURPOSE!!! (Genesis
HER TO FAIL.
He wanted to PROVE her DISOBEDIENT,
DISLOYAL and UNWORTHY of the Godhood and Dominion that had
been given her, so he could
HAVE the whole earth TO HIMSELF.
HAVE BEEN THE FIRST perfected human.
NOT DECEIVED as Eve was (1 Timothy 2:14).
Even AFTER Eve ate the
pomegranate, Adam WAS STILL SINLESS -- EXACTLY as Jesus was
in His human form.
NOT PERFECT, BUT
Actually, BETTER off, because
Adam still had the glory. Jesus HAD TO take it off.
Jesus, being 100%
God, had to strip Himself of
His glory and, BEING SINLESS, appear
on this earth AS just another FALLEN human.
HAVE died for Eve back then, redeemed
her, become perfected in Love, and PUT A STOP to sin RIGHT
AT THE START -- STOPPED IT RIGHT ON ITS TRACKS --and
AVOIDED these 6,000 years of SENSELESS SUFFERING and
But that would have
taken him back to square one: sharing dominion of the
planet with her, who was taken OUT OF him.
REFUSED TO redeem her.
It's bad enough he
DIDN'T instruct her.
It's bad enough that he
DIDN'T protect her.
That having ALL THE
AUTHORITY ON EARTH AND KNOWING FULL WELL WHAT WAS GOING ON
-- he ALLOWED Satan to
deceive her, and DIDN'T STOP HIM from lying, NOR STOP HER
from eating the freakin' fruit.
He made it even worse by
eating THE FREAKIN' FRUIT HIMSELF!!!
God held HIM accountable, THE SELFISH COWARD BLAMED Eve
Despite the fact that
he had watched everything transpire, and KNEW EXACTLY what
... And also
"The woman YOU
GAVE ME"... (Genesis 3:12)
He took NO
RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER! Just like many "Adams"
refuse to take ANY responsibility today!
Since Adam was
NOT WILLING TO DIE for Eve JESUS HAD TO COME - as LAST Adam
- AND DO IT Himself (1 Corinthians 15:22,45).
Glory to Jesus for all
eternity, world without end! Amen.
God had, in fact,
given Adam THE IDEAL feminine companion, IDEALLY SUITED for
him (Genesis 2:18).
And Adam blew it.
Jesus, praise His Name
forever, did individually for
Eve, and collectively for the Church, EVERYTHING that
self-obsessed Adam SHOULD HAVE DONE FOR HER, and
it NOT robbery to be equal with God.
He didn't see Godhood as
something to grasp and not share (Philippians 2:5-7).
He became OBEDIENT
UNTO DEATH (Philippians 2:8).
Unlike Adam who
contaminated ALL his physical descendants with his sinful
human blood, JESUS SHED HIS SINLESS BLOOD, forever
removing sin from us (Hebrews 9:12,26; Revelation
Praise His Name!
Jesus LOVED HER to the
point of SACRIFICING HIMSELF for her (Ephesians 5:25).
He loved her AS HIS OWN BODY (Ephesians
He instructs and imparts
KNOWLEDGE to her (Luke 11:52; Romans 8:14; 2 Timothy
3:16; 2 Peter 3:18).
He NOURISHES her and
CHERISHES HER, as that egotistical wimp failed to do
THAT'S HOW our Jesus
became the first, and so far
-- THE ONLY -- PERFECTED HUMAN (Hebrews 2:10).
THAT'S WHY God
exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name
that is ABOVE EVERY NAME: that
at the Name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, IN HEAVEN
AND ON EARTH AND UNDER THE EARTH, and THAT
EVERY TONGUE ACKNOWLEDGE that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).
betrayed his own wife.
By doing so, he
undermined his own authority and INEVITABLY betrayed and
demoted HIS OWN SELF.
It's amazing HOW
LITTLE HAS CHANGED in 6,000 years.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 29,
THE SUBMISSIVE WIFE
The submissive wife is
ONE OF THE WORST MYTHS perpetrated by religion on
Christians and society at large.
Matter of fact, as of
today, I'm including it in the "10
Lies Your Preacher Told You" section.
And I apologize to
both, men and women, for not doing it sooner.
Very often some male
writes complaining about an "unsubmissive" wife.
Paul's advice to
married couples in 1 Corinthians 7 and Ephesians 5 HAS BEEN
GROSSLY DISTORTED by the misogynistic religious
They're the same ones
who BAN women from ministry - when
the New Testament is REPLETE with women ministers -
then turn around and ASK WOMEN to
financially support THEIR "ministry".
turned Paul's counsel into a disproportionate, one-sided
equation, where the MAN IS SUPREME RULER and the woman
is to be TOTALLY SUBMISSIVE, a mere doormat, with no say on
anything, who is to smile and say "yes" to ANYTHING and
EVERYTHING her husband does or says.
She, according to
religion, is supposed to PUT UP WITH ANY crap he pulls:
just grin and bear it.
NOT what Paul said.
Ephesians 5:21 BEGINS
"Submit yourselves ONE
TO ANOTHER out of reverence for Christ".
Last time I checked
"one to another" means that the wife is to "submit" to the
husband AND THE HUSBAND IS TO
SUBMIT TO THE WIFE - IN
THE REVERENCE OF CHRIST.
In context, WHAT DOES
"the reverence of Christ" mean?
Since this was
written to Christian couples, it
means IN THE REVERENCE OF THE
CHRIST that LIVES IN HER and IN HIM.
If he or she is
NOT ACTING in line with THE INNER CHRIST, the "submit" part
goes out the window.
The word "submit" in
the original Greek means "to place (rank) oneself under
It is THE SAME WORD
used in 1 Corinthians 16:16 where
Paul says (to ALL Christians, male and female):
"Let ALL YOUR THINGS
BE DONE WITH LOVE.
I beseech you,
brethren, (you know the house of Stephanas, that it is the
firstfruits of Achaia, and THAT THEY HAVE DEVOTED
THEMSELVES TO THE MINISTRY OF THE SAINTS,)
SUBMIT YOURSELVES UNTO SUCH, and to every one that
works with us, and labors." (1 Corinthians 16:14-16)
It has NOTHING to do
with being a doormat.
It has NOTHING to do
with "putting up with" unchristian crap.
It has NOTHING to do
with keeping your mouth shut and not being able to weigh
in, or express dissent, especially
when the other person is talking or acting like a total
jerk, and NOT like Jesus.
Especially when he or
TO RECOGNIZE the Jesus THAT LIVES IN YOU.
THEN -- and
ONLY THEN -- Paul says "wives submit yourselves to your
husbands AS TO OUR LORD" (Ephesians
Verse 24 again says
"Therefore AS THE CHURCH IS
SUBJECT TO Christ, so let the wives be to their own
husbands in every thing".
In order for the wife
to "submit" to her husband "as to the Lord", the
husband must exhibit Christ-like demeanor.
If he is an abusive,
inconsiderate jerk, you can't
expect any normal wife to submit to him as she would TO
REASON the Church is in TOTAL submission to Christ is
because our Savior is BEYOND
can TRUST HIM 100% to ALWAYS have our best interest at
KNOW - beyond doubt - that He LOVES US AS MUCH AS He
PROVED IT by offering Himself TOTALLY in Sacrifice for
NOW COMES THE
"HUSBAND" PART, which religion conveniently
YOUR WIVES, EVEN AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH, and GAVE
HIMSELF FOR IT...
So SHOULD MEN LOVE
THEIR WIVES AS THEIR OWN BODIES. HE THAT LOVES HIS WIFE
For NO MAN EVER YET
HATED HIS OWN FLESH; BUT NOURISHES
AND CHERISHES IT, EVEN AS THE LORD THE CHURCH" (Ephesians
Unless a husband loves
his wife AS CHRIST LOVES His Church, to
the point of being willing to give his life for her, unless
he loves her as "HIS OWN body", and
UNLESS he nourishes her and cherishes her AS THE LORD the
Church, HE HAS NO RIGHT
to EXPECT her to submit to him, much less as she
submits to Christ.
Paul's ENTIRE TEACHING
on this subject - addressed to Christians -- PRESUPPOSES
THAT the husband is ACTING like Christ, LOVING his wife as
Christ loves the Church, nourishing and CHERISHING HER, as
Jesus does His Bride.
If he is, then THE
BLESSED Bride SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM submitting to her
husband, and she SHOULD - by all means - submit HAPPILY to
If HE'S NOT DOING ANY OF THE
ABOVE, if he DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME LOVE AND ATTITUDE
TOWARD HIS WIFE AS CHRIST DOES FOR HIS CHURCH, then
he's got NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER TO EXPECT - MUCH LESS DEMAND -
that she be submissive.
I know that's not what
many of you want to hear, but it's
THAT is what Paul REALLY,
and FACTUALLY, SAID.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28,
THEY JUST DON'T GET IT
During this past week,
I had opportunity to watch some of the Jesus programs
offered on secular TV, including the Discovery and History
I may dislike a lot of
what they say, but can't stand the alternative which is to
watch the boring, rote, artificial, over-acted fare served
on "Christian" TV.
They presented Jesus
as everything from "just another" miracle worker, to a
social reformer, distressed over His own poverty, and that
of His people, to a politically minded rebel who dared
challenge the military and religious establishments of His
They just DON'T
I had to chuckle when
they compared Jesus to a guy
NO ONE'S EVER HEARD OF named "Honi the circle drawer".
Honi's ONLY "claim to
fame" is that he supposedly drew a circle on the earth and
told God that he would stand in that circle until He sent
rain. The rain, supposedly, came shortly after.
The story is found in
the Talmud, which may or may
not be true. There's also a brief mention in Josephus,
where he's called by the name Onias.
Even if it was true, and even
if the rain DID COME SUPERNATURALLY from God (as
opposed to from nature), you
have to be TOTALLY DISHONEST and RIDICULOUSLY PREJUDICED to
even THINK OF comparing that to Jesus' many miracles,
- Casting out demons
(Matthew 12:28; Mark 1:27,39).
- Turning water into
wine (John 4:46).
- Healing the sick,
and the crippled (Matthew 10:8; Mark 5:25; Luke 17:11-17)).
- Restoring sight to
the blind (Matthew 9:29-30; John 9:25-26,32).
- Multiplying food
- Walking on water
- Raising the dead,
including Himself (Matthew 28:6; Mark 5:40-42; Luke
7:13-15; John 11:39-44).
Jesus performed -- and
STILL DOES! --MANY GREAT miracles, but
He is not a mere "miracle worker".
Unless you want to
throw Salvation into the mix, His
primary mission on earth WAS NOT to simply "perform
miracles" - even as great as they were and are.
Of course Jesus
disliked that the multitudes were poor, overtaxed and
oppressed by the Romans.
didn't come primarily to improve their finances.
(Pssht... Promise me
you won't tell any of the "prosperity preachers")...
In fact, He told His
disciples "the poor YOU HAVE
ALWAYS with you" (Mark 14:7).
Of course Jesus DIDN'T
LIKE the ruthless Roman military machine, or their pagan
religion and customs.
didn't come to topple the Roman Empire.
Although He DID
CONQUER IT 290 years after His Resurrection without
armies, swords or spears. Praise His Name forevermore!
Of course, He
TOTALLY DISAPPROVED of the Jewish religious hierarchy and
practices, as He boldly proclaimed, calling them
"hypocrites" and a few other "choice" adjectives to their
faces (Matthew chapter 23), but
He didn't come to establish YET ANOTHER religion.
TO DIE (Matthew 12:40; John 15:13; Philippians 2:9-11).
That was the
MAIN objective of His earthly mission.
And it's THAT
GREATEST of objectives that all these CONFUSED and
ill-informed, so-called "historians", "archaeologists" and
"theologians" TOTALLY MISS:
He came to die, not for
Himself, but FOR OTHERS.
He came to GIVE HIS
LIFE a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
He came TO
SEEK AND TO SAVE those who were lost (Luke 19:10).
He came TO PAY IN FULL
the penalty and price that God's Divine Justice demanded
for ALL our sins (2 Corinthians 5:19,21).
That price was paid - to
the last denarius - with His own sinless, pure, and Divine
He paid a debt He DID NOT
OWE, because we owed a debt we
COULD NOT pay.
He came TO SAVE US because
WE COULDN'T save ourselves.
Not then, not
He came to
save us because NO ONE ELSE COULD (Acts 4:12).
Until these "learned
scholars" FACE THAT reality, they'll keep making fools of
themselves by presenting A FALSE JESUS, of their own
making, spun by their depraved imaginations.
Either Jesus is the
one and only God and Savior, who CHANGED THE WORLD -- IS
ABOUT TO CHANGE IT AGAIN -- LIVES FOREVER, and is still
transforming lives each day, or He's just a nice
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27,
WHERE'S THE JUSTICE?
This is the question
that a brother, who came out of Armstrong's cult and put
his faith in Christ, recently asked me.
He was concerned about
all the evil people in the world who terrorize, torture,
murder, traumatize and marginalize others.
He said "I believe in
the free gift of Salvation through Christ, but I also
believe in His Justice and I believe that He will punish
those who harm others."
He understood that if one of
these evil people gave his heart to Jesus, he would be
saved. But, he asked, WHERE'S
I assured him that UNSAVED
individuals will be punished proportionately to the harm
they inflicted on others (Luke 12:59; Hebrews 10:31).
That although there
are notable exceptions -- like Saul of Tarsus, who
persecuted Christians, threw them in jail, had them killed,
tortured, and forced them to blaspheme the Name of Jesus
(Acts 26:10-11), then suddenly and miraculously became the
Apostle Paul -- those who
harden their hearts to such degree will rarely seek Christ.
That Jesus will
PERSONALLY WIPE ALL TEARS from our eyes (Revelation
That when the
Millennium ends - and we enter eternity - there
won't even be ANY MEMORY of this world's suffering (Isaiah
65:17; Romans 8:18).
And that those
who have been evil and turn to Christ have their sins
washed away, are credited the righteousness of God
Himself, and are saved to the uttermost - just like the
rest of us who totally trust Jesus for Salvation.
That while there may
be consequences for their evil acts IN THIS WORLD, as far
as God is concerned, IF they
give their hearts to Jesus and are truly born-again,
they'll get away Scot free.
It's in Jesus Christ.
He IS our justice
When He went to the
cross, God put on Jesus THE
INIQUITY OF US ALL - ALL of mankind's sins, from Adam's
to the last sin committed on earth (Isaiah 53:4-6).
There have been A LOT
OF EXTREMELY EVIL PEOPLE. Jesus
paid for ALL of their sins, as well as for the sins of
price our Lord paid, and what He suffered, is
But He PAID
IT ALL - IN FULL.
Jesus, through the
Sacrifice of Himself, TOOK
ALL THE PUNISHMENT FOR EVERY SIN, and SATISFIED DIVINE
JUSTICE, ONCE AND FOR ALL (Hebrews 9:12).
Jesus CREDITS US HIS
OWN Righteousness when
we surrender our hearts to Him, and trust Him to save us
COMPLETELY and FOREVER (2
Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:24).
I reminded this
brother that - although by human standards our sins may not
be as heinous as someone else's - WE HAVE ALL SINNED and
come short of God's glory.
God wants EVERYONE to be
saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth (1 Timothy
Jesus IS the Truth (John
He came NOT to condemn, but
TO SAVE (John 3:17).
And He commanded us TO
LOVE even our enemies!
If you've ever asked
Ask God to
give you the Grace to forgive, FORGET, and
LET GO OF the past.
Jesus forgave His executioners (Luke 23:34).
The "past" can only
hurt you when you insist on
clinging to it.
Such forgiveness is
supernatural and only comes
from the Spirit of God.
But when it happens,
the sufferings of the "past" are
When it happens (John
16:33; 1 John 4:4; 5:4), you
OVERCOME THE WORLD.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26,
THE WICKED & THE JUST
Sometimes we are asked
why people who are
desperately wicked seem to thrive and prosper, while God's
people struggle just to make ends meet.
Why are people like
Ayman Al Zawahiri and Fidel Castro blessed with longevity,
while Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. are taken
out so early in life?
Life, to put it bluntly, IS
despite certain similarities, there are also unique
circumstances to each specific case.
We live, after all, in
a sinful, corrupt, fallen realm with
over 7 billion people, and where yet each person -- and
surrounding circumstances -- is unique.
no such thing as a "one size fits all" answer.
Word of God does shed some light on these often disturbing
WITH REGARDS TO THE WICKED
1. Peter said "The
Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand
slowness. INSTEAD HE IS
PATIENT WITH YOU, NOT WANTING ANYONE TO PERISH, BUT
EVERYONE TO COME TO REPENTANCE" (2 Peter 3:9).
2. Psalm 73 is "must read"
for anyone who's ever contemplated these questions, as it
puts this whole earthly experience into perspective:
A psalm of
1 Surely God is good
to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my
feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 FOR I ENVIED THE
WHEN I SAW THE PROSPERITY OF THE WICKED.
HAVE NO STRUGGLES;
THEIR BODIES ARE HEALTHY AND STRONG.
5 They are FREE FROM COMMON
not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is
THEMSELVES WITH VIOLENCE.
their callous hearts comes iniquity;
imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and
speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten
9 Their mouths lay
claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of
10 Therefore their
people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
say, "How would God know?
Does the Most High know
12 This is what the
wicked are like- ALWAYS FREE OF CARE, THEY GO ON AMASSING
13 SURELY IN VAIN I
HAVE KEPT MY HEART PURE and have washed my hands in
14 ALL DAY LONG I HAVE
BEEN AFFLICTED, and every morning brings new punishments...
I TRIED TO UNDERSTAND ALL THIS, IT TROUBLED ME DEEPLY
17 till I entered the
sanctuary of God; THEN I
UNDERSTOOD THEIR FINAL DESTINY.
18 Surely you place
them on slippery ground; YOU CAST THEM DOWN TO RUIN.
19 How SUDDENLY ARE
THEY DESTROYED, Completely swept away by terrors!
21 ...When my heart
was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22 I was
senseless and ignorant;I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I
am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
guide me with your counsel, and
afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in
heaven but you?
HAS NOTHING I DESIRE BESIDES YOU.
26 My flesh and my
heart may fail, but God is
the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are
unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it
is good to be near God.
I have made the
Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds".
WITH REGARDS TO THE RIGHTEOUS
1. The first biblical
answer is self-explanatory:
"THE RIGHTEOUS PERISH,
and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away,
and NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THAT THE RIGHTEOUS ARE TAKEN AWAY TO
BE SPARED FROM the EVIL to come." (Isaiah 57:1)
NONE OF US KNOWS what
will happen to us, or to someone else, tomorrow, the next
day, next week or next month.
When someone we love
is taken -- and regardless of HOW they are taken into the
spirit realm -- IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FAR WORSE HAD THEY BEEN
ALLOWED TO STAY LONGER ON EARTH.
2. Paul flat out said
that, for someone who is born-again, IT
IS FAR BETTER to "depart" and be with Christ than to exist
on this earth (Philippians 1:23):
"For to me, to live is
Christ and TO DIE IS GAIN." (Philippians
3. "ALL THINGS WORK
TOGETHER for good to those who LOVE God, to those who
are called according to His Purpose" (Romans 8:28).
"ALL things" means ALL
things (the good, the bad, the ugly, and the somewhere in
4. Last but not least,
there's that extremely
comforting and reassuring verse (Romans 8:18) from
"For I reckon THAT
THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME ARE NOT WORTHY TO BE
COMPARED WITH THE GLORY which shall be revealed in us."
There's SO MUCH that
we don't know. Our Father, on the other hand, KNOWS
He sees "the big
picture". We only see what's in front of our eyes.
After all is said and
done, we must ultimately TRUST our Daddy's Wisdom.
He ALWAYS KNOWS BEST.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25,
ONE SOLITARY LIFE
This poem was written
by the late Dr. James Allan Francis (1864-1928). I love to
read it, especially at Christmas. To this day, I can't do
it without getting all "choked up". I've done some very
minor editing, and would like to share "my version" with
He was born
in an obscure village, the child of a peasant
woman. He grew up in still
another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until
he was thirty.
three years he was an itinerant preacher.
wrote a book.
He never held an
He never had a family
or owned a house.
He didn't go to
He never visited a big
He never traveled two
hundred miles from the place where he was born.
He never had a TV
He never made any
He NEVER asked for
He didn't own great
He never had a private
He never amassed great
He did NONE
OF THE THINGS one usually associates with greatness.
He had NO
CREDENTIALS BUT Himself.
He was ONLY THIRTY
THREE when the tide of public opinion turned against Him.
His friends ran away.
He was turned over to His
enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.
He was NAILED
TO A CROSS between two thieves.
While He was dying, His
executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He
had on earth.
When He was dead, He
was laid in a borrowed tomb.
TWENTY ONE CENTURIES
HAVE COME AND GONE, and today
He is THE CENTRAL FIGURE of the human race, and the Leader
of mankind's progress.
All the armies that
All the navies that
All the parliaments
that ever sat,
All the kings that
ever reigned put together...
...Have NOT AFFECTED
THE LIFE OF MAN ON THIS EARTH, let alone FOR ALL ETERNITY, as
much as THAT One Solitary Life.
Glory to the King of
kings and Lord of lords! Hallelujah to the Eternal God!
Praise You, Lord
Jesus! We adore you. Thank You, and Happy Birthday!
MIGHTY GOD, PRINCE OF
US A CHILD IS BORN, UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN: AND THE
GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER: AND HIS
NAME SHALL BE CALLED Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
OF THE INCREASE OF HIS
GOVERNMENT AND PEACE THERE SHALL BE NO END, upon the
throne of David, and upon HIS
KINGDOM, to order it, and to establish it WITH JUSTICE AND
WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM THIS TIME FORTH EVEN FOREVER..."
For two millennia,
Christians have seen A CLEAR depiction of Jesus the Messiah
in this passage.
Judaism - which rejects Jesus -- DOES NOT.
They claim that we
have "misunderstood" this passage, and that it refers to
Hezekiah, former king of the Kingdom of Judah.
They base their
dishonest claims on three lame arguments:
name Hezekiah which means "strength of Yahweh"
there's no record (or so they say) in
the New Testament that Jesus was called "wonderful",
"counselor", "everlasting Father" or "prince of peace".
Jesus (they say) has no
kingdom on earth.
While it is true that
the name Hezekiah means "strength of Yahweh" -- and while
Hezekiah was a godly and benevolent king who tried his best
to eradicate idolatry -- Hezekiah
does not REMOTELY fit the description given in Isaiah.
Hezekiah comes from
two Hebrew words: chazak meaning "strong" and Yah which
stands for Yahweh.
However, the words
used in Isaiah 9:6 are the
ENTIRELY DIFFERENT words el gibbor meaning,
Had the Holy Spirit
intended this for Hezekiah, He is perfectly capable of
inspiring the words chazak Yah or Ḥizkiyya, instead
of el gibbor.
NO ONE has EVER called
Hezekiah "el gibbor" or
"Mighty God". BILLIONS have
called Jesus by that title, and
are still doing it today.
So much for that chunk
of religious hypocrisy...
Our Jewish friends are
also guilty of applying a
DECEITFUL, SELF-SERVING double-standard:
If they posit that
Jesus was never called "Wonderful", "Counselor",
"everlasting Father" or "Prince of Peace", then
THE SAME criterion SHOULD BE APPLIED TO HEZEKIAH:
WHEN was Hezekiah called
by those titles in the Old Testament, or ANYWHERE ELSE?
Jesus, on the other hand, IS
"But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law
saw the WONDERFUL things He
did and the children shouting in the temple courts,
"Hosanna to the Son of David," they were very displeased".
"The man answered and said unto them: Why, THIS
IS A WONDERFUL THING, that YOU
DON'T KNOW FROM WHERE HE IS, AND YET HE
HAS OPENED MY EYES."
"But The Counselor, The Holy
Spirit-Whom the Father Will Send Him IN MY NAME--WILL
TEACH YOU ALL THINGS and remind
you OF EVERYTHING I HAVE TOLD YOU."
1 John 2:1:
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that
you sin not. And if any man
sin, WE HAVE A COUNSELOR ADVOCATE with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous".
Jesus is called by
this title TOO MANY TIMES to include in this message, for A
FULL LIST go here:
"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because
He not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God
was his Father, making himself equal with God."
"Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long a time with you,
and yet have you not known me, Philip? HE
THAT HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER; and how say you
then, Show us the Father?"
John 10:30: "I
and the Father ARE ONE"
1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the
Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and THESE THREE ARE
PRINCE OF PEACE:
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS:
for they shall be called the children of God.
PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY
PEACE I GIVE YOU. I do not give to you as the world
gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be
"For HE IS OUR PEACE, who
has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of
partition between us...
Having abolished in
his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments
contained in ordinances; to make in himself of two one new
man, SO MAKING PEACE...
And came and
PREACHED PEACE to you who were afar off, and to them that
As we just
Jews are DEAD WRONG.
In fact THERE
CAN BE NO PRINCE OF PEACE BESIDE JESUS because,
unlike conventional earthly kingdoms, which
come into being through military conquest, His
Kingdom has been expanding and growing, FOR 2,000 YEARS -
WITHOUT spears, swords, armies or violence - and IS STILL
Glory to JESUS
EVERYONE, except for a
few Jewish religionists, has forgotten Hezekiah and don't
even know who he was OR THAT HE EVEN EXISTED.
On the other hand, THE
ENTIRE WORLD KNOWS about JESUS, and uses a calendar based
on HIS BIRTH.
Since the first
century Jesus HAS BEEN CALLED
BY EVERY ONE OF THOSE TITLES, NOT THOUSANDS BUT MILLIONS --
perhaps even BILLIONS -- OF TIMES.
hypocrites conveniently fail to note that Matthew 4:16, IN
THE NEW TESTAMENT, EXPRESSLY QUOTES ISAIAH CHAPTER 9 in
reference to Jesus:
"And leaving Nazareth,
he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the seacoast,
in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali:
THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED
WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY Isaiah the prophet,
‘The land of Zebulun,
and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond
Jordan, Galilee of the
The people who sat in
darkness saw great light..
From that time Jesus began to
preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at
hand." (Matthew 4:13-17; Isaiah 9:1-2)).
Therefore, the Jewish
premise that this passage has
never been applied to Jesus is wrong -- as we've just
proven beyond question -- and the assumptions on which
their objections are based are BLATANTLY FALSE.
As for Jesus NOT
having a kingdom, I would argue that anytime someone has over
TWO BILLION ADORING subjects, encompassing EVERY NATION ON
EARTH, and willing to serve and obey Him, often
at the cost of THEIR OWN LIVES, He
has a Kingdom.
However, there's more:
IN CONTEXT, Isaiah 9:2
says that THE GREAT LIGHT OF this "child born", of this
"Son given", called "Mighty God" would
"shine in Galilee".
WHEN did Hezekiah's light
shine in Galilee?
In fact, it
was DURING Hezekiah's reign over Judah that
THE 10 NORTHERN TRIBES, including the territory of Galilee,
WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE by the Assyrians.
They remain "lost" to
this very day.
WAY in heaven, hell or earth, that this could be
WHEN has Hezekiah's
kingdom, met the requirement of Isaiah 9, verse 7:
"OF THE INCREASE OF
HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE THERE
SHALL BE NO END?"
WHEN has it been
established "FROM THIS TIME FORTH EVEN
FOREVER" (Isaiah 9:7)?
Hezekiah's kingdom, IN
FACT, ENDED in the 7th century B.C.
He has ZERO kingdom
and ZERO subjects today.
HOW can his kingdom be
"forever", when it ENDED in
Jesus' Kingdom, on the
other hand, has lasted for
2,000 years and IS STILL GOING STRONG, ONLY TO GET
JESUS - AND
ONLY JESUS - meets EVERY
requirement in Isaiah 9 and PERFECTLY
fits its description.
Jesus preached the
Kingdom of God. That Kingdom has been growing ever since in
the hearts and minds of believers, and is
about to overtake this earth.
His Kingdom HAS
NO END (Luke 1:33).
The baby born in
Bethlehem IS THE ONE AND ONLY
Mighty God and Prince of Peace.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23,
SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
Of all the biblical
characters, NO ONE is more controversial, and divisive,
than Jesus' mother Mary.
There's NO MIDDLE
GROUND where this woman of God is concerned: religious
people either IDOLIZE HER calling her "the mother of God"
and worshiping her, or try to make her less than she
actually was and is.
While some Catholics
(not all) go overboard and
turn Mary into a goddess, evangelicals often do not give
Mary the credit she richly deserves.
She was A VERY YOUNG
girl when Gabriel appeared, about
age 13, since it was customary for Jewish girls to be
betrothed BEFORE reaching puberty, when they were around
12½ years old.
And we KNOW, from
Scripture, that she was betrothed to Joseph (Matthew
1:18; Luke 1:27)
have disbelieved or resisted Gabriel's announcement
that she would be the mother of the Messiah, but
instead showed outstanding maturity and humility by saying
"look, I'm the Lord's servant: be it done unto me according
to your word" (Luke 1:38).
She TRUSTED God and thought
little about herself: After all, she could have been
repudiated by Joseph her betrothed once he found out about
her pregnancy (Matthew 1:19-20).
Worse, she could have
been STONED TO DEATH, since that was the
Torah-prescribed penalty for adultery and fornication (Deuteronomy
God obviously KNEW
WHAT HE WAS DOING when He chose Mary, among all the Jewish
maidens, to be the mother of the Messiah.
Let's take a closer
look at Mariology.
Our teaching may not
change widespread religious brainwashing, but for
those who seek Truth -- IN SPITE OF MAN-INVENTED RELIGIOUS
DOGMA -- such Truth is found in Scripture:
1."MOTHER OF GOD"
Is Mary the
VIRGIN mother of the HUMAN Jesus?
Is she the
"mother of God"? No.
In order to be "mother
of God" she would have had to exist PRIOR TO God. That
would make Mary GREATER THAN
God and Supreme Goddess.
God is Spirit (John
4:24). He is from everlasting
to everlasting (Psalm 90:2), hence, has
Elizabeth, filled with
the Holy Spirit, did call Mary meter tou kurios mou "the
mother of my Lord", but NOT meter
tou Theos mou "the mother of
my God" (Luke 1:43).
The title "mother of
God" was officially bestowed
on Mary by the religious hierarchy at the First Council of
Ephesus in the 5th century A.D.
If you still want to
call her "the mother of God" because of habit and because
Jesus IS God, IT'S STILL WRONG TERMINOLOGY. However, I
don't part fellowship with anyone over such semantics: just
keep in mind that Jesus' Spirit HAS NO earthly MOTHER.
2. THE VIRGIN BIRTH
The doctrine that
Jesus was born of the VIRGIN Mary is
ABSOLUTELY TRUE and TOTALLY Scriptural (Luke 1:27, 34).
It's also ABSOLUTELY
ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION (Hebrews 4:15).
3. THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
The doctrine that
Mary herself was conceived WITHOUT original sin IS
FALSE, HERETICAL, and TOTALLY UNBIBLICAL:
It was INVENTED
by Pope Pius IX in 1854, based entirely on his own
That means that NO
ONE - Catholic or non-Catholic - believed it for the first
19 CENTURIES of Church history.
This false doctrine
contradicts God and CONTRADICTS
MARY HERSELF who pointedly stated that God is "her Savior" (Luke
A person with NO
ORIGINAL SIN would have NO
NEED WHATSOEVER FOR "a Savior".
ONE HUMAN EVER CONCEIVED WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN because
the Blood that ran through His veins is God's own holy,
untainted Blood, and His Name
is Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19).
4. MARY'S ASSUMPTION INTO
Did Mary have a
Roman Catholic dogma
teaches that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course
of her earthly life, WAS ASSUMED BODY AND SOUL INTO
I've no problem with
Mary or any other believer having a personal rapture:
however there's nothing in
the Bible, history, or even tradition, to suggest this is
This doctrine was
INVENTED by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 (a mere
63 years ago), again by exercising "papal infallibility".
We have in fact, not
one but TWO tombs for Mary: one in Ephesus where she is
said to have traveled with the Apostle John, and another in
The latter, which BELONGED TO
the Roman Catholic Church, was promptly sold to the
Armenian Church in 1950 upon the Pope's aforementioned
As you can see,
so-called "papal infallibility" can
both change old doctrine and invent new doctrine, at the
drop of a hat.
5. MARY'S "PERPETUAL
VIRGINITY of Mary until the birth of Jesus is entirely and
unequivocally biblical, the so-called "perpetual
virginity" of Mary is NOT
taught ANYWHERE in the ENTIRE BIBLE.
Since it's NOT in the
Bible that means it was
INVENTED BY MAN.
The problems with Mary
being ALWAYS a virgin, to the day she died or ascended to
heaven, are numerous:
1:25 EXPLICITLY STATES that Joseph didn't "know" (have sex
with) Mary UNTIL after she gave birth to Jesus.
That is crystal-clear.
B. After Jesus was
born, Joseph and Mary had
FOUR SONS AND AT LEAST TWO DAUGHTERS.
Their sons' names,
according to the Gospels, were James, Joseph, Simon and
Judas (Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3; Galatians 1:19).
C. In John 7:2-10 His
brothers are mentioned again, challenging Jesus to show
Himself publicly at the upcoming Feast of Sukkot, since
they (at the time) DID NOT believe in Him.
D. In Acts 1:14 we
find those brothers with Mary and other disciples in the
Upper Room in communion with each other and in prayer.
E. Galatians 1:19 clearly
refers to James as "the brother of our Lord".
The Greek word USED in
all of these passages is adelphon (singular), or adelphoi (plural) meaning
F. Roman Catholic
theology claims that Jesus' brothers were actually his
They claim that the
Greek language doesn't have a word for "cousin" and thus
used the word adelphos (brother).
The word adelphos is
ALWAYS translated "brother", NEVER "cousin".
In Mark 13:55 and
Matthew 12:46 Mary and Jesus'
brothers were outside the house where Jesus was
preaching and were calling
Don't you find it A
BIT ODD that Mary would
constantly go around and hang out with Jesus' "cousins"?
Mary's own COUSIN,
Elizabeth, was not called her adelphi, but rather
You can see the
different Greek words for family and relatives in Luke
21:16 "you will be betrayed by
parents, brothers, relatives, and friends".
The Greek words are,
respectively, goneon (parents), adelphon (brothers), SUNGENON (relatives,
and philon (friends).
Having said all that,
if you still CHOOSE TO believe Mary is "perpetually" a
virgin, knock yourself out.
What people believe or
disbelieve about Mary's virginity AFTER
she gave birth to Jesus is IRRELEVANT. It
has NOTHING to do with Salvation.
Mary deserves OUR ETERNAL
gratitude, love, respect, and honor, NOT OUR WORSHIP.
Fact is, WE WILL ALL
BE "PERPETUAL SPIRITUAL VIRGINS" in the hereafter (Matthew
25:1-12; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
Mary is in heaven.
If you (REGARDLESS
OF RELIGION or lack thereof) want to be with Mary, you
better follow her example by RECEIVING
JESUS INTO YOUR HEART as ONLY Savior and God, and
TRUSTING HIM ALONE for Salvation.
Have a "Mary"
MONDAY, DECEMBER 22,
The question "what
does Christmas mean to you?" has become an unfortunate
What it means to you,
me, or anyone else is
question is "WHAT DOES
WHAT does Christmas
Oh, that's easy: It
means the Birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Yes. It certainly
more to it than the birth of a cute baby boy.
Christmas means more
than angels, and shepherds, and wise men.
It means more than
Mary and Joseph and the now infamous inn.
It means more than
Christmas carols, eggnog and mistletoe.
It's more than
Nativity scenes, Christmas trees, getting together with
family and loved ones, and exchanging gifts.
What Christmas REALLY means
is that God GAVE EVERYTHING for you.
He couldn't find
anything or anyone GREATER
THAN Himself, and so He gave Himself TOTALLY to you.
Christmas means that
God gave ALL for you.
He didn't even hesitate.
ALL OF GOD was in that
cute baby born on that beautiful, starry night.
ALL OF GOD was still in
that young man who grew up in Nazareth and worked in a
ALL OF GOD was in Jesus,
the 33-year old man WHO DIED ON THAT AWFUL CROSS, and
spilled His sacred, PURE, SINLESS Blood for your sins and
ALL OF GOD was in Jesus
when He spent THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS IN HELL ITSELF - THE
VERY HELL that you and I should have suffered for our
ALL OF GOD was in Jesus
WHEN HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD TRIUMPHANT
OVER Satan, SIN AND DEATH.
ALL OF GOD was still in
Jesus 40 days later when He
ASCENDED TO HEAVEN and sat at the Right Hand of the Father.
OF GOD IS STILL IN JESUS TODAY, WHEN
YOU INVITE HIM INTO YOUR HEART AND RECEIVE HIM AS YOUR
SAVIOR, LORD AND GOD (Colossians
It MEANS that ALL
OF GOD wants to LIVE IN YOU!!!
How ANYONE on this
rotten planet CAN REFUSE THE GIFT OF GOD HIMSELF - the
ONLY ONE who can make the earth RIGHT AGAIN - is beyond
God wants you to
HAVE ALL OF HIM!!!
He wants to give you THE
GREATEST Christmas gift of all - Himself!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21,
When Mary, carrying
baby Jesus, and Joseph came to Bethlehem, it
was the busiest time of the year in Israel.
It was in the month of
Tishri, during Autumn's High Holy Days of Yom Teruah
(Tishri 1), Yom Kippur (Tishri 10) and Tabernacles (Tishri
All Jews were
commanded by law to "go up" to nearby Jerusalem during the
Feast of Tabernacles.
That particular year there
was the added pressure of the census, commanded by Caesar
Augustus, where everyone had to return to the place of
his birth in order to register (Luke 2:1-5).
Since Jerusalem is
about 7 miles north of Bethlehem, no
doubt, many weary travelers would stop over in Bethlehem,
on the way to Jerusalem.
While they were in
Bethlehem, Mary went into labor.
They knocked at the Inn's
door and there was no room... so they were sent to a hut (sukka),
used during the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) which in
Christian tradition -- due to the fact there were some
animals around -- became a "stable".
That was baby Jesus, 2,000
Fast forward to our time,
and you find a fully grown,
resurrected, glorified Jesus, and what's He doing?
He's STILL KNOCKING at
the door of your heart :
stand at the door, and knock: if
any man hears my voice, and opens the door,I will come in
to him, and will eat with him, and he with me."
Jesus wants to COME IN.
FORCE His Way in.
He didn't do it as a
baby; He won't do it as a man.
still be invited. He
must be WELCOMED.
Is there room INSIDE YOU,in
YOUR HEART, for the Savior?
Is there room in
your "IN" (one "n"), or
will you send Him to the stable?
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20,
WHO WERE THE WISE MEN?
In Matthew's Gospel,
we read that the Wise Men from the East were led to the
Christ child by a star (Matthew 2:1-2).
Who were these "wise
men", and what caused them to follow such star, in the
The Greek word for
"wise men" used in Matthew is magoi.
They were a
group of high-ranking politicians and sages from the
Parthian Dynasty in Persia (modern day Iran: Yes, that Iran).
They were familiar
with the Prophet Daniel's teachings about the Messiah King
because Daniel had been -- at one point in his life --
Prime Minister of the Persian Empire.
The State Religion in
Persia, at the time of the Messiah's birth, was
Zoroastrianism. Zoroaster had
been a disciple of Daniel, and had even included some of
Daniel's prophecies and teachings in his "sacred" book Zen
The Magoi were,
undoubtedly, familiar with Daniel's prophecy, recorded in
Daniel 9:24-26 that the Messiah King would
be born and appear in Israel 483 years after a certain
decree, authorizing the rebuilding of Jerusalem, was
They also knew, from their
own history, that such decree had been issued by their
king Artaxerxes in the 20th year of his reign, which would
be 449 B.C.
Messiah would offer Himself in Sacrifice for the sins of
mankind as an adult, they
could pretty well calculate the approximate window of time
in which His Birth would take place.
They also knew that,
even prior to Daniel, another
prophet from neighboring Mesopotamia, named Balaam, has
prophesied the coming of a special Star that would herald
the Birth of the Jewish King:
shall COME A STAR out of Jacob, and a Scepter (as in a
King's Scepter) shall rise out of Israel... Out
of Jacob shall come He that shall have dominion"... (Numbers
around 6 B.C. these wise men would have been on
the lookout for that special star to appear, announcing
the birth of the King of kings.
Using that formula, plus the
benefit of hindsight, we, too, can make a pretty accurate
449 B.C. + 483 years
places the Crucifixion in the
spring (Passover) of 34 A.D., the beginning of Jesus'
public ministry in the autumn of 30 A.D., and His Birth on
Tishri 15, 0 B.C.
Of course, there's
REALLY NO SUCH THING AS a "year ZERO", However,
THERE IS SUCH YEAR in our modern Gregorian calendar.
This is in perfect
agreement with the Gospel of Luke which informs us that
Jesus began His public ministry "on
the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius" (Luke 3:1).
Tiberius Caesar began his reign in
14 A.D. So, the 15th year of his reign, and beginning of
Jesus' ministry, would be 29-30 A.D.
Isn't it amazing that
over 2,000 years later, we can rely on the Bible to
pinpoint these things with such degree of accuracy? Oh, how
I love the Word!
The wise men came to
Jerusalem saying they had seen "HIS
Star" on the East.
Do we know what the
star looked like? Absolutely. It was no ordinary star. It
was the Magen David (Star of David), which consists of two
triangles, one pointing downward, symbolizing God Incarnate
coming down to earth (Immanuel, "God with us"), the
other triangle pointing
upward, Messiah elevating man back up to God (Revelation
It was a well
established fact that the Messiah, King of the Jews, would
be born from the Davidic Dynasty (1 Kings 2:45; 9:5; Isaiah
9:6-7; Luke 1:32).
Daniel, no doubt, would
have passed this information down to his disciples in both
the Babylonian and Persian court, including Zoroaster.
These Magoi or "wise men"
from Persia were clearly seeking the Redeemer and were
close enough to God that He could communicate with them in
dreams to return to Persia by another route, without
reporting back to evil Herod (Matthew 2:12).
I can almost see
Daniel smiling from his "elder" seat in the heavenly court,
and rejoicing that even before Peter, Paul, or anyone else
got to them, GENTILES had
found -- and actually SEEN -- the Jewish Messiah through
His many sufferings as
a youth, his deportation from his beloved Jerusalem, and
exile into Babylon, had not been in vain, after all.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19,
THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Just like there are
those who hate Christmas and would do away with anything
associated with this holiday, including the worship of
Jesus, there are those who hate the Christmas tree,
Christmas ornaments and wreaths.
They CLAIM the origins
of the tree and wreaths are pagan and attribute it to the
Druids were a priestly
class that existed in Britain, Ireland, Gaul and other
parts of Western Europe from
around 500 to 200 B.C. and practiced human sacrifice.
They CEASED TO EXIST 200
YEARS BEFORE Jesus was born. We're
living some 2,200 PLUS years AFTER their demise. If
you, however, consider yourself Druid, and want to worship
Saturn, and dedicate tree branches to him, that's your
You need to repent
your heart to Jesus.
Sadly, there are
Christians who have been intimidated by
ignorant naysayers, looking for some historical or
"biblical" excuse to shun the Christmas tree, and make
the rest of us feel guilty for having one.
Some have quoted
Jeremiah 10:2-6, TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT, as "justification"
for not having a Christmas tree.
Problem is, when Jeremiah
wrote his Book -- in the 7th century B.C. -- there were no
Christmas trees and NO CHRISTIANS, since Jesus had not
even been born.
No one even KNEW what
Christmas was, since Jesus was born some
600 years AFTER Jeremiah wrote his prophecy.
So, clearly, Jeremiah
wasn't referring to Christmas trees, but
to IDOLS MADE OF WOOD CUT FROM TREES. In fact, Habakkuk
2:19 and Revelation 9:20 say
THE VERY SAME THING in reference to IDOLS made of wood.
So much for that lunacy.
Is the Christmas tree
pagan? Absolutely NOT.
Jesus was Jewish.
JESUS' REAL BIRTHDAY is
Tishri 15, which is the
Hebrew Feast of Sukkot, a/k/a Tabernacles (John 1:14).
God COMMANDED... repeat: GOD
children of Israel TO CUT TREE BRANCHES from palm, myrtle,
willow or citron trees) and dwell in temporary huts made
out of those tree branches (Leviticus 23:40).
They've been doing
it, IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S
COMMANDMENT, since at least 1,200 B.C., LONG
BEFORE Jesus was born, and LONG BEFORE there were any
God's EXPLICIT ORDERS, they continue doing it to this
If you've ever seen a Sukka (hut)
and Jewish decorations used during Sukkot, you
will notice they are strikingly similar to what Christians
call Nativity Scenes: Tree branches are reminiscent of
our Christmas trees. They are used for decorative purposes
and often shaped into decorative wreaths.
Jews also use RED
POMEGRANATES as decorations of which our tree ornaments -- which
originally were ALL red and round in the shape and color of
pomegranates-- are mere copies. See Sukkot symbols
idea that the tree's origins are pagan is BOGUS. It's a
bunch of malarkey invented by religionists, intent on
making everyone miserable, including themselves.
Unlike ignorant Christians,
Jews know their torah.
Try going to Jerusalem
and telling Jews that
decorating huts WITH TREE BRANCHES during Sukkot is "a
After they're through
laughing at your ignorance, chances are they'll run you
out of town, claiming YOU'RE
THE ONE WHO'S PAGAN for muttering such idiocy.
As the Christian
faith grew and spread AMONG
GENTILES, the Jewish symbols of Sukkot were
gradually ADAPTED by gentile communities to the celebration
of our Lord's Nativity and became the Manger or
Nativity Scene, the Christmas tree, ornaments, and
For Christians, since
at least the 6th century A.D., the
Sukkot tree branches became Christmas trees symbolizing the
forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden.
Originally, all the
ornaments were round and red, resembling pomegranates,
which is one of the biblical symbols of our redemption [1
Kings 7:18-20, 42; Song of Solomon 4:13; 6:11; 7:12].
The ornaments (round
and red as pomegranates) symbolize
the forbidden fruit which our forefathers ate and which, in
turn, brought sin into the world.
That, in turn, was
THE REASON that God sent His Son into this world, to
The Christmas tree is
also a reminder of the tree
on which Jesus, as a grown man, would be hung (crucified),
to atone for our sins [Galatians 3:13].
Last but not least, it
signifies that by dying on that tree and rising from the
dead, Jesus became the Tree of Life to all who receive Him [Genesis
3:22; Revelation 2:7; 22:2].
So, this business
about the Christmas tree being "pagan" is
a bunch of baloney!
Like everything else
that religion and religionists INVENT, it's FEAR-BASED.
come from God (1 John 4:18).
from Satan (2
Nobody forces anyone
to put up Christmas trees. Nobody forces anyone to
celebrate Christmas. If you want to skip this HOLY (set
apart) Day to honor Jesus, be my guest.
heap your unbelief, fear and condemnation on others who,
WITH A CLEAN CONSCIENCE and
grateful heart, washed in the Blood of Jesus, CHOOSE TO
honor Him and rejoice in His Incarnation.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18,
MAKE IT SPECIAL
I love EVERYTHING
about Christmas. Everything!
Love the sights,
sounds, the smells, and the holiday cheer.
Love the decorations,
trees, lights, carols…
wreaths, bells, sleighs, Nativity scenes…
The gift giving, the
pictures, the Christmas cards, the food, the cookies, the
gingerbread houses, the fruitcake (believe it or not), the
weather, getting together with family and friends, and even
love the shopping…
Religious kill joys
can send all the dumb messages calling it “pagan”…
They can invent all
the theories about the origin of Christmas trees and
They can say that’s
not really the day on which Jesus was born (I agree)…
They can complain all
they want about it being too “commercialized”…
I DON’T CARE.
I’m going to CELEBRATE
IT, REGARDLESS of what ANYONE says
WRONG to celebrate Jesus.
He should be
celebrated and worshiped EVERY
SINGLE DAY on the calendar, without exception (Psalm
unto the LORD, bless His Name; proclaim His Salvation DAY
AFTER DAY.” (Psalm 96:2)
Gee, I don’t read
anywhere that we should make an exception on December 25.
DAY will I praise you; and I will honor your Name
FOREVER AND EVER” (Psalm 145:2).
religious legalists have nothing better to do than
attack this holiday and call it pagan, that’s
If they can get GOD
to CHANGE HIS WORD and say it’s “pagan” to celebrate
and worship Him on December 25th --
or ANY OTHER DAY -- I’ll consider it.
Since God NEVER
CHANGES, and His Word NEVER CHANGES, good luck with that
What is truly sad is
that there are THOUSANDS of our brothers and sisters in
places like Iraq, Syria, and North Korea, who
WOULD LIKE TO celebrate Christmas, and CAN’T because
they’re being horrifically oppressed, persecuted and
It will be A
GRIM Christmas for many of them.
Jesus PREDICTED that
this would happen in the closing moments of this age
And yet, these
self-centered religious losers don’t
care, don’t even say a prayer for them, don’t share the
incomparable Gospel of Grace with anyone, nor bring any
souls to Salvation – HOWEVER, THEY INVEST THE TIME AND
EFFORT to attack the celebration of our Savior’s birth.
May God forgive their
blindness, pettiness and stupidity.
There’s one thing
about Christmas that I love more than ALL THE REST
Jesus. Adoring Him.
wondrous Birth of our God and Savior.
…Reading and re-living
the beautiful Story of that first Christmas.
And ALL THE NAYSAYERS
IN THE WORLD can’t take that away from me.
Nor can they remove THE
JOY of knowing that God – the Creator and Sustainer of the
universe – LOVED His Creation SO MUCH (LOVED ME – and YOU
so much) that He came in human form, as a tiny babe, to
right the many wrongs we’ve done on this earth.
Praise His Name
probably be THE LAST Christmas we get to celebrate on
this earth, at least for a while…
I want to encourage
you to MAKE IT EXTRA SPECIAL.
Do it all: from the
decorating to the baking, to the cooking, to the shopping,
to the time shared with loved ones, to the gift-giving, FOR
And take some time to
sip some eggnog or warm apple cider, sit on your favorite
chair, appreciate our Savior and THANK GOD for the freedom
and many blessings that are still ours.
Take time to ENJOY
JESUS as never before.
Jesus' Birth is always
Wait a minute, you
mean His one-time Birth in Bethlehem as a human baby was
No, I mean His HUMAN
Birth is ALWAYS MIRACULOUS.
just born in Bethlehem in the fall of "0" A.D.
That's THE FIRST TIME
He was born as a human.
He's been born in
human form MILLIONS OF TIMES since.
Just as it happened at
the very start of the first century, His
Birth is always brought about by the Holy Spirit's
The angel answered, "The
Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most
High will overshadow you. Therefore,
THE HOLY ONE TO BE BORN will
be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).
That's PRECISELY what
happens when an individual is BORN-AGAIN:
many as RECEIVED Him, to them He gave power TO BECOME SONS
OF God, even to those who believe in His Name, WHO
WERE BORN, NOT
OF BLOOD NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH, NOR
OF THE WILL OF MAN, but
of God." (John
Jesus wasn't born just
that one time in Bethlehem. That was merely THE
FIRST TIME that the Word BECAME flesh.
He's become flesh millions
of times since, and is born ON A DAILY BASIS in the heart
of each individual who is born-again of the Spirit (John
Every time a soul,
somewhere on this planet, comes to saving faith in Christ, that
Jesus, THAT SAME JESUS, takes on human form and BECOMES
Did He not say that He
Himself WOULD LIVE IN us? (John
Did He not say that He'd
be with us ALWAYS and NEVER LEAVE US? (Matthew 28:20)
1 John 3:2 puts it
WE ARE THE SONS OF God, and it
does not yet appear what we shall be: but
we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for
we shall see Him as He is."
When He appears, that's
when the Jesus that was born
in us WILL ALSO APPEAR IN US, consuming this false
human appearance that WE THINK we are.
Have you given Jesus
Do it now--
and He will BECOME FLESH in
you,the same way He became flesh that wondrous night in
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16,
THE ANNUNCIATION -
PART TWO : HAS GOD FORGOTTEN ?
If Genesis 3:15 is
correctly called the proto evangelium (First
Gospel), then Luke 1:26-33 must be called the déftero
evangelium or Second Gospel.
PROMISE that God made to THE
WOMAN in Genesis 3:15 that HER
SEED (NOT Adam's, but HERS) WOULD
CRUSH SATAN'S HEAD was fulfilled with the Annunciation
by Gabriel of the Savior's birth to
THE WOMAN Mary, by the
Holy Spirit, WITHOUT natural, male seed:
Read the beautiful,
timeless words from Luke's Gospel:
"‘HOW will this be' Mary
asked the angel, ‘SINCE I AM
The angel answered, "The
Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most
High will overshadow you. Therefore, THE
HOLY ONE TO BE BORN will be called the Son of God.
Even Elizabeth your
relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she
who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth
WORD from God WILL EVER FAIL.
‘I am the Lord's
servant', Mary answered. ‘May
YOUR WORD TO ME BE FULFILLED'. Then the angel left her"
earthly years had passed since God made that BLESSED
PROMISE in the Book of Genesis.
I can't help but
wonder how dejected and
disillusioned many Israelites and Jews must have felt during
those calamitous years of slavery in Egypt, of deportation
from their land, of suffering, slaughter, injustice,
destruction, oppression and unending wars.
Doubtlessly, some of
them thought that God HAD
FORGOTTEN His Promise.
I know this because Christians
have waited less than 2,000 years for our Lord's promise to
"receive us unto Himself" (John 14:3), and MANY ARE
CONSTANTLY DOUBTING whether He will keep His Promise --
just because certain things HAVEN'T happened when and as
THEY THOUGHT THEY SHOULD.
Jews waited 4,000
MILLENNIA -- DOUBLE the time you've waited -- just to
catch THE FIRST GLIMPSE OF
the Messiah Savior.
But God, who
is SUPREMELY FAITHFUL, and WHOSE WORD NEVER FAILS -- as
Gabriel so firmly reminded Mary -- KEPT
HIS WORD, by bringing the Savior into the world thru
THE SEED OF THE WOMAN, the VIRGIN-BORN Jesus.
He kept His Word THEN,
and He'll keep it IN OUR TIME, in
THIS end-time generation:
The BODY of Christ came
into this world thru THE
WOMAN, and He will leave this world THE SAME WAY He
came (Revelation 12:1-5).
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15,
"And IN THE SIXTH
MONTH the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of
Galilee, named Nazareth, To a
virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the
house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel came
in to her, and said, Hail,
YOU THAT ARE HIGHLY FAVORED, the Lord is with you: BLESSED
ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN.
...And the angel
said to her, Fear not, Mary:
FOR YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR with God.
And, behold, you
shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and
shall call his name JESUS.
He shall be great,
and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord
God shall give to him the throne of his father David: And
HE SHALL REIGN over the house of Jacob FOR EVER; AND OF HIS
KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE NO END." (Luke 1:26-33).
If you travel to
Nazareth today, you'll find not one, but TWO "churches of
the Annunciation" :
One is Roman Catholic,
named Basilica of the Annunciation, and was constructed
over A CAVE which, according TO TRADITION, also served as
Mary's home and where Gabriel made the all-important
The other is Greek
Orthodox, named either Annunciation Church, or St.
Gabriel's Church, built over A SPRING where, according to
Eastern Christian TRADITION, the angel Gabriel delivered
the world-changing, life-changing message.
This took place,
presumably, as Mary went to
the spring to draw water which she'd later bring home.
traditions CANNOT BE correct.
Which is the right
Based on Scripture, I favor
the Eastern Orthodox view simply because THEY WERE THERE
long before the Romans, and because THE SPRING MAKES A
LOT OF SENSE, since we have
Scripture after Scripture that refers to Jesus as A SPRING
of "living water":
"With joy you will draw water FROM
THE SPRINGS OF SALVATION." (The Hebrew word used for
"salvation" is haYeshua)
"My people have committed two sins: THEY HAVE FORSAKEN ME,
THE SPRING OF LIVING WATER, and have dug their own
cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water."
"Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust,
because they have forsaken
the LORD, THE SPRING OF LIVING WATER."
John 7:38 (Jesus
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has
said, FROM WITHIN THEM WILL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER."
Here's a PRIME
EXAMPLE of WHY we DO NOT
formulate DOCTRINE based on tradition.
Traditions can be
correct or incorrect. The
Word of God is ALWAYS right.
To those who
INSIST ON elevating "traditions of men" to the level of
authority and inerrancy of God's written Word, I say:
You do so TO YOUR OWN
PERIL and self-deception.
We do know,
unequivocally, from Scripture, that Jesus was born on the
Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles).
Jesus was Jewish, and
the entire Bible both, Old and New Testaments, WAS WRITTEN
The very Jewish John
says that "the Word BECAME flesh and (literally) TABERNACLED
among us" (John 1:14).
This begs the
question: if He was born on Sukkot, and Mary's pregnancy
lasted approximately 9 months, WHEN
did Gabriel's Annunciation take place.
If we count 9 Hebrew
months backward from Tishri 15 (Sukkot), we find that the
Annunciation would have taken place, sometime during the
8-day Feast of Hanukkah.
This is significant
for TWO reasons:
1. Hanukkah is
referred to by Josephus, and known in Jewish circles as, the
Festival of Light (Antiquities, Book 12 Chapter
7, para. 7)
According to Jewish
tradition, that's when the sacred oil (Exodus 27:20) that
lit the temple lamp (menorah) miraculously lasted 8 days.
We don't know whether that story is true or not.
How appropriate, then,
that the miraculous Birth of
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD would be announced during that
(Kislev 25) is when God's temple was
recovered and purified.
How significant that
the Birth of the Redeemer, who'd BUY BACK God's Temple,
recover it, and PURIFY IT FOREVER WITH HIS BLOOD, would
be announced during Hanukkah.
2. The historically
accurate Book of 2 Maccabees specifically tells us that
Hanukkah -- which is NOT one of the moedim (Feasts
of the Lord) established in Leviticus 23 -- was celebrated in
REMEMBRANCE OF Sukkot which also lasts 8 days (2
Announcement DURING Hanukkah would signal that the
Messiah's Birth -- who'd PURIFY God's human Temple and
REDEDICATE IT TO Himself -- would take place on Sukkot.
accurate is the Word of God!
Glory to Jesus!
How BLESSED are we to
have THIS INEXHAUSTIBLE TREASURE available to us !
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14,
ELECTIONS IN ISRAEL
As badly as our U.S.
government is divided, it pales by comparison to Israel's.
There are so many
political factions in that tiny nation that it's hard to
keep track. It's also very difficult to govern with such
little consensus, and with so many often conflicting
As a result, Prime
Minister Netanyahu has called for new elections, which are
due to take place on March 17, 2015.
It's no secret that I
like the Prime Minister. He's smart, he's tough, he's
politically savvy, and people underestimate how difficult
it is to balance Israel's best interests with the demands
and pressure exerted by the hostile leadership of the
United States on our supposed "closest ally".
If you read or listen
to Western media, defeat for Mr. Netanyahu in the coming
elections is practically a
If you watch or read Israeli
media, although nothing at this point can be 100%
certain, it's a different
Of course neither
media is remotely aware of what is coming on Israel in
the very near future.
WHOEVER ends up being
Prime Minister will have an UNENVIABLE job.
or she will have to deal with the Antichrist, will see his
country defeated in war for the first time since its
rebirth in 1948, and his people murdered, raped,
plundered, taken captive, fleeing into the Judean
wilderness, hated, despised, totally abandoned by their
"allies", and viciously persecuted.
Here's the passage
from Jeremiah 30:4-24 that puts this precarious time into
"And these are the
words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and concerning
5 For thus says the
LORD; We have heard a voice of TREMBLING, OF FEAR, AND NOT
6 Ask now if a man can
give birth to a child: WHY DO I SEE EVERY MAN WITH HIS
HANDS ON HIS STOMACH, AS A WOMAN IN LABOR, AND ALL FACES
ARE TURNED PALE?
7 Alas! FOR
THAT DAY IS GREAT, SO THAT NONE IS LIKE IT: IT IS EVEN THE
TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE; BUT HE
SHALL BE SAVED OUT OF IT.
8 For it shall come to
pass in that day, says the LORD of hosts, that I WILL BREAK
HIS YOKE FROM OFF YOUR NECK, and will burst your bonds, and
FOREIGNERS SHALL NO MORE ENSLAVE THEM:
9 But they shall serve
the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise
up unto them.
10 Therefore FEAR NOT,
O my servant Jacob, says the LORD; NEITHER
BE DISMAYED, O Israel: for, lo, I WILL SAVE YOU from afar,
and your descendants from the land of their captivity; and
Jacob SHALL RETURN, AND SHALL BE IN REST, AND BE QUIET, AND
NONE SHALL MAKE HIM AFRAID.
I am with you, says the LORD, to save you: For I WILL
DESTROY COMPLETELY ALL THE NATIONS WHERE I HAVE SCATTERED
YOU, Only I WILL NOT DESTROY
will chasten you justly and will by no means leave you
12 For thus says the LORD, Your bruise
is incurable, and your wound is grievous.
13 There is none to
plead your cause, that you may be bound up: you have no
YOUR LOVERS (allies) HAVE FORGOTTEN YOU; they seek you
not; for I have wounded you with the WOUND OF AN ENEMY,
WITH THE CHASTISEMENT OF A CRUEL ONE, FOR THE MULTITUDE OF
YOUR INIQUITY; BECAUSE YOUR SINS WERE INCREASED.
15 Why do you cry over
your affliction? Your sorrow is incurable because of the
multitude of your iniquity: BECAUSE YOUR SINS WERE
INCREASED, I HAVE DONE THESE THINGS UNTO YOU.
16 Therefore ALL THEY
THAT DEVOUR YOU SHALL BE DEVOURED; AND ALL YOUR
ADVERSARIES, EVERYONE OF THEM, SHALL GO INTO CAPTIVITY; AND
THEY THAT PLUNDER YOU SHALL BE PLUNDER, AND ALL THAT PREY
UPON YOU WILL I MAKE A PREY.
I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your
wounds, says the LORD; because they called you an
Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeks after.
18 Thus says the LORD;
Behold, I WILL BRING AGAIN THE CAPTIVITY OF Jacob's tents,
and have mercy on his dwelling places; and the city shall
be built upon its own mound, and the palace shall stand in
its proper place.
19 And OUT OF THEM
SHALL PROCEED THANKSGIVING and the voice of them that make
merry: and I WILL MULTIPLY
THEM, AND THEY SHALL NOT BE FEW; I will also glorify
them, and they shall not be small.
CHILDREN ALSO SHALL BE AS BEFORE, and their congregation
shall be established before me, and I will punish all
that oppress them.
21 And THEIR NOBLES
SHALL BE FROM THEMSELVES, AND THEIR GOVERNOR SHALL PROCEED
FROM THE MIDST OF THEM; and I will cause him to draw near,
and he shall approach unto me: FOR
WHO IS THIS THAT DEVOTED HIS HEART TO APPROACH UNTO ME?
says the LORD.
22 And you
shall be my people, and I will be your God...
23 Behold, the
whirlwind of the LORD goes forth with fury, a continuing
whirlwind: it shall fall with
pain upon the head of the wicked (Antichrist).
24 The fierce anger of
the LORD shall not return, until he has done it, and until
he has performed the intents of his heart: IN
THE LATTER DAYS YOU WILL UNDERSTAND IT."
It breaks my heart to
say it, but that's what's
about to hit unsuspecting Israel SHORT-TERM.
The GOOD NEWS is that,
after those 42 months are over, a glorious Messianic era of
peace, plenty and security will begin that will see ALL
Israel reunited in the Promised Land.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13,
There's a host of
so-called "Christian" denominations that
have turned sin into God.
They may not say it in
so many words, but they and
their reps teach that JESUS ALONE is NOT sufficient to save
That our sins and our
works AFFECT our Salvation.
That they affect it to
the point that, even if we receive Christ into our hearts
and are born-again, OUR SINS CAN STILL SEND US TO HELL.
If they do, then THEY
ARE MORE POWERFUL than Jesus.
If they do, then
THEY (sins) ARE GOD.
WAY to circumvent that truth.
very Evangelical denominations WHO TRIED, at one point, TO
BREAK FREE FROM THAT HERESY, have fallen into the same
Most Pentecostals, for
instance, believe salvation can be lost BY SINNING.
If you believe that
heresy, YOU'RE CONTRADICTING Scripture, and SAYING that
Jesus' Blood is INSUFFICIENT to SAVE ETERNALLY.
You're also making SIN your
By doing that you're
negating Jesus' Deity, undermining the Gospel, and CASTING
DOUBT on Jesus' Sovereignty.
After all, if
SIN is greater than Jesus, then who's to say that Buddha
isn't greater, or that imaginary "god" Allah isn't
greater or, for that matter (perish the VERY THOUGHT) that
Satan isn't greater?
Most Evangelicals talk
out of both sides of their mouths, causing the current
CONFUSION EPIDEMIC plaguing the Church:
One the one hand they
say Jesus died for our sins, and that Salvation is BY FAITH
On the other hand,
they say that IF YOU'RE
HOMOSEXUAL you CAN'T be saved.
The sin of
homosexuality, then, MUST BE GREATER THAN JESUS.
Because, according to
these heretics, HOMOSEXUALITY has
more power to damn than Jesus has to save.
not about how "good" or "bad" we are. It's about HOW GOOD,
GRACIOUS, GREAT, POWERFUL and MERCIFUL God is.
Those who teach such
religious crap ARE NOT
ministers of Christ: they are inept and uncaring
salesmen, denominational reps.
understand the REAL Gospel.
They just don't get the
GOOD news about God's Grace, namely:
"That God was in
Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, NOT COUNTING
people's SINS AGAINST THEM" (2 Corinthians 5:19).
They are the
blind leading the blinder.
And Jesus said BOTH
would fall into the pit (Matthew 15:14).
They are the ones who
talk about "cheap Grace".
How can Grace
(undeserved GOODNESS from God) be cheap, WHEN
IT COST THE BLOOD OF GOD HIMSELF to procure?
They're the ones that
PUT FEAR, instead of SAVING FAITH, in the hearts of
their hapless congregations and followers, by "cautioning"
that if they commit "certain sins" they may "lose" the GIFT
of Salvation that God gave them.
ones that teach THE LIE that you can be saved now, and
UNSAVED 20 minutes later, according to your behavior.
I don't know about
you, but I have never "lost"
ANY gift, even those given BY SINFUL MORTALS:
I've never "lost" a
birthday gift, an anniversary gift, a going away gift, or a
NO SINFUL MORTAL has ever
asked me to RETURN their gifts, or TAKEN THEM BACK.
Yet insecure hirelings
regularly accuse our HOLY AND MOST GRACIOUS heavenly
Father of doing PRECISELY
Him of CHANGING HIS MIND every 15 minutes: now you're
saved, now you're not, now you're saved again because you
repented, and... Oooops ! YOU LOST SALVATION AGAIN by
committing that sin.
When God's Word says that
He NEVER changes (Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17).
When He says that His
mercy and His righteousness ENDURE FOREVER (Psalm
When He says that Salvation
is HIS GIFT and that His
gifts CANNOT BE REVOKED (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans
The teaching that
Salvation can be lost is a
bunch of RELIGIOUS COW MANURE.
It is spawned by
Satan, the father of lies.
It robs God of His Supremacy,
the INCOMPARABLE Gospel of Grace OF ITS UNIQUENESS, and
REDUCES the Christian faith TO THE INFERIOR LEVEL OF
ANY world class, FALSE religion.
After all, THEY
can't guarantee anyone salvation and, according to
these jokers, NEITHER CAN JESUS.
If we CAN'T
TRUST GOD TO KEEP US SAVED AND SECURE FOR ETERNITY, then
WHO can we trust?
alternative to eternal security is ETERNAL INSECURITY.
Insecurity is A
FORM OF FEAR.
NOT COME FROM God (2 Timothy 1:7).
TORMENT (1 John 4:18).
ONLY alternative to eternal security is ETERNITY IN
"minister" of the Gospel who preaches that false doctrine, DOES
NOT BELONG IN the ministry.
They need to REPENT
of their IDOLATRY and
teach THE TRUE Gospel of
Grace: once saved ALWAYS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12,
TAKE IT BY FORCE
"And from the days
of John the Baptist until now THE
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN SUFFERS VIOLENCE, AND THE VIOLENT TAKE IT
BY FORCE" (Matthew 11:12)
This passage from
Matthew is one of the most
difficult to understand:
ALL the English
translations that I've seen are INACCURATE and AWFUL.
WHAT THE HECK was
Jesus talking about?
Was Jesus, the Prince
of Peace, who taught TO LOVE EVEN OUR ENEMIES,
and ADVOCATING violence?
Perish the very IDEA.
about "violence" in that verse.
The Greek words
translated "violence" and "violent" actually mean "FORCE".
Keeping in mind THE
LIMITATIONS OF fractured human language, the MOST ACCURATE
translation into English IS:
"Since the days of
John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven HAS
BEEN FORCEFULLY ADVANCING and the forceful SNATCH IT UP FOR
Since John the Baptist
the Kingdom of Heaven HAS
BEEN FORCEFULLY ADVANCING.
Compare to Revelation
6:2 where King Jesus goes
forth on a white horse "CONQUERING (ADVANCING His Kingdom)
and to CONQUER" (COME OFF VICTORIOUS)"...
THE FIRST PORTION of
Matthew 11:12 alludes to Micah 2:13:
"The one WHO
BREAKS (FORCES) OPEN THE WAY (in context, TO THE SHEEP)
WILL GO UP BEFORE THEM; they will BREAK THROUGH THE GATE
and go out. Their King will
pass through before them, the Lord AT THEIR HEAD."
An old midrashic
teaching is THE KEY to understanding the FIRST PORTION of
interpretation - which in this particular instance IS
CORRECT - says that the ONE
WHO BREAKS OPEN THE BREACH (to FORCEFULLY ADVANCE God's
Kingdom) is Elijah and the
King is the Messiah.
Elijah came first in
the person of John the Baptist to (FORCEFULLY) BREAK OPEN
the breach for the sheep to GO OUT INTO the GREEN PASTURES
in God's Kingdom.
King who GOES BEFORE US ADVANCING His Kingdom AS THE HEAD
of His collective Body is Messiah Jesus.
Now, let's examine the
SECOND PART of the verse:
forceful SNATCH UP (the Kingdom) FOR THEMSELVES".
Can you guess what the
Greek word for "snatch" (or "take by force") is?
It's THE SAME WORD
used in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 that says we
shall be "CAUGHT UP" (raptured) to "meet the Lord in
We HAVE TO RAPTURE Jesus AND
HIS KINGDOM INTO US BEFORE HE
RAPTURES US INTO HIMSELF!
What a beautiful
picture of both initial
Salvation (the born again EXPERIENCE) and FULL
SALVATION, which takes place when WE SEE JESUS AS HE IS,
are transformed INTO IMMORTAL BEINGS and CAUGHT UP
(raptured) into Jesus.
We MUST forcefully
(energetically) SNATCH Jesus INTO US (receive Him and PULL
HIM INTO OUR INNERMOST BEING)... THAT'S what
makes us "born again".
That's what Paul meant
by "TAKE HOLD OF eternal
Life" (1 Timothy 6:12)
We must "rapture"
Jesus INTO US, BEFORE He raptures us INTO HIMSELF!!!
Man, if THAT doesn't
Have you raptured
Have you SNATCHED HIM
FOR YOURSELF, INTO YOUR HEART?
heaven, you know...
Heaven's more than
just a PLACE.
He IS A PERSON.
Those who "go to
heaven" are those who HAVE
HEAVEN in their hearts.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11,
IF THE TRUTH OFFENDS
One thing that I
immensely dislike about religious people is their utter
disregard for the Truth.
They DON'T CARE about
They care ONLY about what
they WANT TO believe:
They'll zero in on
their pet doctrine and turn
blind eyes and deaf ears TO ANYTHING else.
God says it.
Even if it can be PROVEN
beyond any doubt.
They are OFFENDED BY
the Truth, because they DON'T
LIKE the Truth.
WANT THE TRUTH.
They have deceived
themselves into the fantasy that
they can "vote" on what they like and don't like and THAT
will MAKE IT true.
God is God and Truth
is Truth, NO MATTER WHO likes or dislikes it.
God's Word is true, WHETHER
ANYONE likes it or not.
GET TO VOTE ON Eternal Truth: He
is THAT HE IS.
And God, I assure
you, won't change His Word because
you happen NOT TO like what it says.
Those who REJECT
Truth are SLAVES.
They are IN BONDAGE to
their own fabricated religious delusion.
And, sooner or later,
it will bite their behinds.
Those who hate Truth will
never be free.
Because according to
Jesus, it's THE TRUTH - and
ONLY THE TRUTH - that sets us free.
believer needs to look at Scripture through
As a child, I was
taught some Bible STORIES by Roman Catholicism.
I didn't even know
those stories had come from the Bible until after I was 10
years of age.
That's when I first
learned THERE WAS a Bible.
I vividly remember the
experience as though it happened yesterday: the
surprise and awe of learning that God had left us His Word
in written form.
I also remember
wondering WHY I hadn't heard
about it before.
HOW can GOD - the
Creator and Savior of the universe - leave
us His Word, His instruction, His THOUGHTS, ON PAPER, and
NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IT?
NO ONE even seems
At about 8 or 9 I had
briefly attended Sabbatical school where the Seventh Day
Adventists taught me NO
SCRIPTURES, and NOT A WORD ABOUT Salvation, but rather
about the great evils of smoking and drinking: that my lips
should never touch even "ONE DROP of liquor".
Do I favor drinking
No. I'm not that
However, YOU CAN ENTER
the Kingdom of God with deteriorating lungs and as drunk as
a fermented grape.
enter with AN UNREGENERATE HEART.
At 11, while still
very much Roman Catholic, the Lutherans briefly got hold of
They MADE ME memorize
Scripture for the first time.
Who the hell thought
of a catechism that makes an 11 year old memorize 2 Peter
2:14, I'll never know:
"they have eyes full
of adultery and cannot cease from sin".
But whoever it was, he
was NOT PROMOTING his denomination founder's CORRECT
doctrine of "sola fide"
In my 20's I was
"taught the Bible" from different religious points of view by
several evangelical brands.
Last AND LEAST, in my
early 30's I was "taught the Bible" from
a Messianic Jewish perspective.
I am not saying that
what I heard in my 20's and 30's was all worthless.
God's Word never
am ETERNALLY grateful to those who presented the Gospel
of God's Grace to me and brought me to personal, intimate
knowledge of my God and Savior Jesus the Messiah.
I'm also EXTREMELY GRATEFUL to
those who taught me about the infilling of the Holy Spirit,
the gifts of the Spirit, and the Jewishness of our Lord.
However, I would be
lying if I said that I benefited from everything they
I've had to UNLEARN A
LOT of things.
What happened after
After nearly every
denomination and group under the sun took a crack at me...
THE HOLY SPIRIT got hold
I have since spent
COUNTLESS hours, sometimes ‘round the clock, ALONE with
God, reading, studying, meditating God's Word, comparing
Scripture with Scripture, and LISTENING to the Spirit's
The first thing the
Holy Spirit impressed upon me was this:
I want you to look at
the written Word with FRESH
I want you to
ABANDON ALL preconceived ideas and read
Scripture AS THOUGH YOU'D NEVER READ IT OR HEARD IT BEFORE.
NOT what you heard some
NOT what you heard some
NOT what you heard some
theologian say that "the Bible says".
But WHAT IT ACTUALLY says!!!
That's when the scales
began to fall from my eyes.
That's when I began to
realize JUST HOW DECEPTIVE
and CORRUPT the various religious systems are.
ALL of them!
Of course, to
the extent that some actually lead souls to Salvation
(Jesus), some are far better than others.
But they're still
corrupt, ineffective, ambiguous and FULL of man-invented
They're all A
FAR CRY from our Lord's evangelistic model, that of His
disciples, or even from that of the Early Church.
If you want THE
FREEDOM of the Spirit that ONLY the Spirit of God and the
Word of God can bring, then STOP
LISTENING TO SINFUL MORTALS, STOP BELIEVING in
religions and THEIR SELF-SERVING INVENTIONS:
Receive Christ into
your heart, TREASURE
His Presence within you, look at His WRITTEN Word WITH
FRESH EYES - as though YOU HAD NO IDEA what it says, as
though you WERE READING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME - and PAY
ATTENTION TO the Spirit inside you.
TOO HIGH A PRICE for our freedom, only for us to become
once again ENSLAVED by religion.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9,
IF WE, OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL TO
YOU THAN THAT WHICH WE HAVE PREACHED to you, LET
HIM BE ACCURSED" (Galatians 1:8)
DECEIVERS are entered into the world...Whoever GOES
BEYOND, AND ABIDES NOT IN THE
DOCTRINE OF Christ, DOESN'T HAVE God...
IF ANYONE comes to you, and
BRINGS NOT THIS DOCTRINE, DON'T RECEIVE HIM into your
house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that bids him
God speed IS PARTAKER OF his
evil deeds" (2 John 1:7-11).
Brothers and sisters, you
can't say it ANY CLEARER.
And yet we regularly
get emails from Christians asking
about supposed "lost" books of the Bible, and
"What do I think of
this or that "book"?
Is it inspired
Is it part of the
What I find appalling
and ludicrous is that these
individuals have MINIMAL knowledge of Scripture at best.
I KNOW THIS from
previous correspondence and questions they've asked.
(I CAN'T POSSIBLY remember
everything, but I do remember A LOT).
It's also PROVEN by
the fact that THEY DON'T EVEN
KNOW which books are part of the Bible and which aren't.
The question that
immediately comes to mind is:
This person DOESN'T
EVEN KNOW what
WE'RE CERTAIN is inspired Scripture, and he or she is
delving into UNCERTAIN, UNINSPIRED "books"?
If they DON'T CARE about what
sure) has to say,WHY would they care about WHAT
SOMEONE ELSE wrote?
What on earth are you doing,
"Christian", reading the Book of Enoch, the Apocalypse
of Peter, the Book of Jubilees, the so-called "Gospel of
Thomas" and ANY OTHER so-called "gospel", WHEN
YOU DON'T KNOW THE
REAL GOSPELS ???
Paul told us, clear as
daylight, that IF ANYONE -
even himself or one of the disciples, or even AN ANGEL FROM
HEAVEN (hello, Mormons) brought us ANOTHER
"gospel", that he or she IS
John said DON'T
EVEN OPEN THE DOOR NOT WELCOME IT INTO YOUR HOME.
If you do, you become PARTAKER
(participant) in their evil deeds.
I DON'T KNOW WHICH
PART OF THAT doesn't get through to some of you.
Well, Martel, you've
obviously READ those books yourself, or you couldn't tell
me if they're true or not...
True. I've read them
for three reasons:
1. I'm quite
knowledgeable of Scripture and SOLIDLY ESTABLISHED on
God's Word (Glory to Jesus) and therefore I
AM EQUIPPED to judge what contradicts His Word. Most
people, unfortunately, AREN'T.
If I DIDN'T
HAVE these qualifications I
WOULDN'T EVEN GO NEAR THEM.
I read these books AFTER
being A STRONG Christian and having a STRONG BIBLICAL
foundation, NOT when I was a beginner in the faith.
NEED TO KNOW their content so that when people like you
ask about it, I can give INFORMED answers.
DON'T FORMULATE DOCTRINE based on those books, but
on THE Book.
SOME extra-biblical books like 1
and 2 Maccabees, the Epistle of Barnabas, and others contain
valuable HISTORICAL INFORMATION and provide insights into
the beliefs, culture and general mindset of the time.
By the same token,
SOME of those books ARE FULL
OF LIES that contradict Scripture and are DOWNRIGHT
you don't know which are and which aren't, YOU
SHOULDN'T GO NEAR THEM.
How can you GO A-WHORING
AFTER religious crap when you HAVE -- and
TOTALLY NEGLECT -- THE INVALUABLE, ETERNALLY
TRUE, INERRANT Word of God?
That's like salivating
after cheap rhinestones WHEN
WE HAVE A RARE, FLAWLESS and PRICELESS DIAMOND.
As Marilyn Monroe used
to say "diamonds... diamonds... I
DON'T NEED rhinestones"...
Don't be a rhinestone
cowboy. Don't allow any compromisin' to enter your horizon:
STICK TO the Spirit-inspired,
TIME-TESTED, WRITTEN WORD OF GOD, and let liars and
those who love lies, wade
knee-deep in religious manure.
Otherwise, DON'T COME
TO ME for answers.
Because THE ONLY
REASON I can answer your questions and concerns about those
THE ONLY REASON you COME
TO ME for answers is...
KNOW THE BIBLE.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 8,
PRAISE IS PRIVILEGE
In John 4:23-24 Jesus
makes the most astounding declaration:
God IS SPIRIT. And He SEEKS
worshipers who'll worship Him IN SPIRIT, spirit to Spirit.
Praise not only GIVES
our Father WHAT HE SEEKS...
Praise NOT ONLY
It's also A
MAJOR key to victory in any circumstance we face.
But you don't
understand, my husband/wife
lost my job...
loved one passed away...
having financial difficulties...
lost my business...
lost my home...
estranged from my loved ones...
feel all alone...
feel my life has no meaning...
BRING MEANING to your life, GUARANTEED).
don't understand why this or that happened...
didn't deserve that...
in declining health...
just had the worst year of my life...
I'm not belittling what
you have gone through, or may be going through.
I know the
pain, the distress, the anguish, the hardship are VERY real.
I understand all too
well, 'cause I've been there myself.
All I'm telling you
is that PRAISE is YOUR KEY to
It may be "HARD" TO
START praising God in spirit, from the depths of your
being, but well worth the
time and "effort".
In fact, WITH A LITTLE
PRACTICE, it will become
effortless and spontaneous.
PRAISING JESUS is
LIFTING HIM UP.
When you lift Him up, you
AUTOMATICALLY lift yourself up BECAUSE HE LIVES IN YOU!!!
"out there" 3 billion light years away in the far blue
yonder, as religion would have us believe.
Didn't He PROMISE NEVER
to leave us or forsake us?
YOU -- ALL THE TIME.
You got problems?
PRAISE YOUR WAY OUT OF
Don't sit there
moaning, moping and feeling sorry for yourself.
THAT - I promise - won't
solve ANY THING.
It'll just make you
more depressed and aggravate whatever circumstance you may
Jesus is our Victory.
He is THE
He is THE
WAY out of your situation.
USE His Name, His Authority
and His Blood - which no form of evil can resist -- and
One more thing:
When EVERYTHING is GOING WELL in
When everything COMES
PRAISE HIM there, too.
worthy of our HIGHEST, CONSTANT, non-stop praise.
Let everything that
PRAISE THE LORD!
God may enjoy our
praise, but we're the main
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7,
SIN HAS CONSEQUENCES
In this 7-message
series, we have UTTERLY DESTROYED, WITH SCRIPTURE and human
logic - and from every
conceivable angle - the false doctrine that Salvation
can be lost.
These messages will be
available as the "Eternal Salvation" package, which we will
send free of charge to anyone who requests it, needs it, or
has questions about it.
Instead of going back
and forth 10 rounds with each person, which eats up so much
of my time, this is how I will deal with those who think
they've lost their Salvation from now on:
I can't EXPLAIN IT ANY
BETTER, CLEARER, or more CONCLUSIVELY, than I have in these
- under ANY circumstance - be lost.
You either HAVE
SALVATION, and NEVER lost it.
NEVER HAD IT to begin with.
If you still CHOOSE to
believe that "you've lost" Salvation, then YOU'RE JUST
STUBBORN, and I'm sorry to say "you're on your own".
However, I would be
remiss if I didn't say that
SIN HAS CONSEQUENCES.
REMOVED all sin for all time. No question about that.
He REMOVED OUR SINS as
far as the east is from the west.
Glory to Him forever, He
is NOT COUNTING sins against us.
Sin CANNOT make A
BORN-AGAIN PERSON lose his or her salvation, but
sin HAS SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES HERE ON EARTH:
If you steal, chances
are you'll be arrested.
If you deal drugs, you
may get killed.
If you murder, you may
be put to death by lethal injection or some other method.
If you engage in
homosexual activity, fornication or adultery, you're
defiling the temple of God (your body, in which Christ
lives) and you may catch a serious, incurable disease.
If you have an
abortion, you're destroying another human being, destroying
the Image of God in which he or she is made, robbing that
person of his or her potential in Christ, and it may haunt
you the rest of your life.
If you cheat on your
spouse, you'll cause her or him - and any children involved
tremendous anguish, wreck their lives and wreck your
marriage and your family.
And, for what?
For 15 minutes of
pleasure that you won't even
remember in a month?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER the
15 minutes are over?
Is it REALLY worth it?
DON'T BE stupid.
You're NOT AN ANIMAL that
acts on pure instinct, WITHOUT THINKING.
THINK BEFORE you "leap" into
something that you'll regret for the rest of your life.
If you're BORN-AGAIN, it's
NOT that Jesus DIDN'T remove those sins.
that He's counting sins.
It's NOT that you'll lose
your Salvation, or that such sins will change where you
spend the afterlife.
sin STILL HAS SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES in THIS earthly realm.
It's that SIN
ALWAYS COMES WITH A HUGE PRICE TAG ATTACHED.
There are PRACTICAL,
REAL, and very serious consequences of sin HERE ON EARTH.
GRAVEST consequences of sin are:
For UNSAVED people, that
sin WILL send you to hell,
For SAVED people is that
sin hinders our relationship
with Jesus and OUR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT.
It also ROBS
US of the joy of DELIGHTING IN Jesus and enjoying a
deeper knowledge of Him.
All Christians, myself
included, have sinned NUMEROUS TIMES AFTER receiving
I'm not proud of it,
and WISH I hadn't.
But it's one thing to
fall into sin AT A GIVEN
MOMENT because of WEAKNESS OF THE FLESH.
It's one thing to have
a bad religious experience, become disillusioned, turn
TEMPORARILY "away from" God and eventually, come to our
senses, repent and comport ourselves most of the time as
THING TO TAKE CALCULATED
ADVANTAGE OF God's Grace.
It's ANOTHER THING to
SEEK SINNING, ON PURPOSE, NOT BECAUSE you had a moment of
weakness, but because YOU DON'T CARE: After all, "I
know Jesus has my back and I can't lose Salvation".
If that is your
attitude, IT IS WRONG.
You have THE
RIGHT DOCTRINE, but
the WRONG ATTITUDE.
The New Testament
tells us NOT TO use God's
Grace to DELIBERATELY and PREMEDITATEDLY CONTINUE in sin.
"You, my brothers and
sisters, were called to be free. But DO
NOT USE YOUR FREEDOM TO INDULGE THE FLESH; rather,
serve one another humbly in love" (Galatians 5:13).
"What shall we say,
then? Shall we CONTINUE IN
SIN so that grace may increase? God forbid!" (Romans
There's NO QUESTION
that Jesus already REMOVED ALL those sins.
The REAL problem is NOT with
the sinning, the problem is IN YOUR HEART.
If you can be SO
CALCULATING and CALLOUS about sinning, KNOWING
THE TERRIBLE PRICE that God HIMSELF paid to redeem you from
HOW can you be born-again,
have the HOLY Spirit
living IN YOUR HEART, and ALL YOU THINK ABOUT - from the
moment you open your eyes to the moment you close them - IS
HOW can you SAY that you
"know Jesus" and have that UTTERLY
SELFISH, COLD-HEARTED attitude day, after day, after day, month
after month, after month?
HOW can you be born-again, have the
HOLY Spirit living IN YOUR HEART, and HAVE
NO REGRET WHATSOEVER about DISOBEYING the very God WHO
LIVES IN YOU?
HOW can you be born-again,
have the HOLY Spirit
living IN YOUR HEART, and you're not the least bit bothered
by engaging in activities that
YOU KNOW are NOT pleasing to our Lord?
HOW can you be born-again,
have the HOLY Spirit
living IN YOUR HEART and give
NO THOUGHT to Jesus, but ALL you ever think about is
HOW can Jesus LIVE IN and
RULE YOUR HEART when you show UTTER
DISREGARD for His Will, and you ACTIVELY and PRESUMPTUOUSLY
SEEK sin and disobedience?
HOW can Love Himself LIVE IN
YOU, yet YOU DON'T CARE about harming or hurting your
neighbor, when love "does no harm to its neighbor"? (Romans
those who claim to be saved,
and have such attitude, my advice is:
EXAMINE YOUR HEART.
I'm not judging you or
Only Jesus can judge
your heart and determine if you're really saved or not.
All I'm saying is, that's
NOT normal, typical BORN-AGAIN behavior.
That is VERY
UNCHARACTERISTIC OF a person WHO REALLY KNOWS Christ.
According to Jesus
Himself, a lot of people, who
CLAIM to be Christians will come to Him and say "DIDN'T we
do this or that IN YOUR NAME"?
And His reply will
point out THE ONLY SIN that
sends ANYONE to hell:
I NEVER KNEW you (Matthew
You played the
"Christian" role to a T, you SAID you were Christian, you
ACTED IN FRONT OF OTHERS as though you are Christian, but
I NEVER ENTERED YOUR HEART.
RECEIVED me into the deepest parts of your being.
one thing but LIVED another way ALL THE TIME because YOU
NEVER REALLY GAVE ME YOUR WHOLE HEART.
SURRENDERED YOUR LIFE to Me.
Those who have that
PERSISTENT UNCHRISTIAN attitude, are LITERALLY playing with
You can fool the
pastor, you can fool the congregation, you may fool your
spouse, friends and family, and you may fool me.
CANNOT fool Jesus.
NOT FOR ONE
To those who have such
PERSISTENT attitude, I say again:
EXAMINE your own HEART.
you're NOT 100% CERTAIN of Salvation, then repent, and rededicate
your life to Christ, AND MEAN IT - FROM YOUR HEART.
Salvation is not about
parroting "the right words", it's ABOUT ACTUALLY
RECEIVING CHRIST INTO OUR
NOTHING UNLESS they come FROM THE HEART.
forgiveness and deliverance FROM sin. It's
NOT license to sin continuously and recklessly and "get
away with it".
Salvation is about His
HOLY Spirit PENETRATING the deepest RECESSES OF OUR BEING (Romans
It's about Jesus
RULING and REIGNING IN our hearts and lives.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5,
"I WANT OUT"
As I accessed our own
YouTube channel recently, I noticed that next to our video
entitled "Forgiven Forever", there was a video entitled "Is
eternal security BIBLICAL?"
It caught my eye
simply because it's SO RARE to find ANYTHING on YouTube that
truly is BIBLICAL.
I watched the video
only to hear the guy GIVE HIS
Not ONE verse from the BIBLE was
given to support his claims.
There goes the
Instead, it was filled
- as so much of the Kristian fare offered these days - with
"I believe" God would do
this, and "I believe" God
would do that...
There goes HIS
NO ONE should believe
anything BECAUSE ANOTHER MORTAL - myself included -
We SHOULDN'T CARE AT
ALL about the opinion of
mortals with regards to our Salvation.
NOT the Truth.
JESUS is the Truth.
We should believe WHAT
If He DIDN'T
say it, we SHOULDN'T believe it.
If it CONTRADICTS
the Bible, WE MUSTN'T believe it.
This man's OPINION is
that if any believer tells God that "he wants out", God
made man a "free moral agent", and that, therefore, God
would grant his wish, and he or she would lose his or her
MORTAL OPINION is not
proffered only by this fool.
I've heard it taught
MORE THAN ONCE on Kristian TV, and by some very high
I UTTERLY REJECT that FALSE
God gave man free
will, UP TO A POINT.
What I mean by that
is: He gave man the ability to CHOOSE his eternal destiny.
Generally speaking, as
long as man chooses NOT to receive Jesus, the
choice CAN still BE CHANGED and that person (mercifully)
still CAN GET SAVED.
Once man MAKES THE
CHOICE to receive Christ, and DOES, the
choice is IRREVERSIBLE.
It's also IRREVOCABLE.
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE for
anyone who REALLY KNOWS Jesus, has been born again,
experienced His Presence, partaken of His Holy Spirit, and
His Divine nature, TO FALL AWAY (lose their salvation)
let Jesus speak for Himself:
"Jesus answered: ...My
sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I GIVE THEM ETERNAL LIFE, AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH; NO
ONE WILL SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND.
My Father, who has
given them to me, is greater than all; NO
ONE CAN SNATCH THEM OUT of my Father's hand." (John
"NO ONE" would have to
include the individual who, hypothetically speaking, "wants
Unless you want to
argue that he or she ISN'T
He says it again in
"THOSE THAT YOU GAVE
ME I HAVE KEPT, AND NONE OF
THEM IS LOST, except the son of perdition; that the
scripture might be fulfilled" (John 17:12).
"All that the Father
gives me will come to me, and WHOEVER
COMES TO ME I WILL NEVER CAST OUT" (John 6:37).
He won't cast them out
EVEN IF (hypothetically speaking) they were foolish enough
to request it.
Given the choice of
BELIEVING WHAT JESUS SAYS or
believing THE UNBIBLICAL OPINION of
a SINFUL, MORTAL, it's a no-brainer:
I BELIEVE JESUS.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says
that Salvation is ‘THE GIFT OF
According to Romans
11:29 "THE GIFTS and
callings of God ARE IRREVOCABLE".
They CANNOT be
Salvation, which is A GIFT of God, CANNOT be lost, UNDER
Period. Case closed.
To sum this up, I have
ONE MORE Scripture:
BE TRUE, and EVERY MAN A
So much for the "I
So much for
the OPINIONS of lying MORTALS.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4,
When was the last time
YOU OFFERED ANIMAL SACRIFICES for your sins?
When was the last
time that YOU offered ANIMAL
SACRIFICES for your sins?
You're kidding, right?
Christians HAVE NEVER OFFERED animal sacrifices for sin...
The term "willful sin"
is mentioned ONLY ONCE in the ENTIRE Bible, STRICTLY IN
CONNECTION TO ANIMAL SACRIFICES.
And yet, we get
message after message from terrified Christians THINKING
that, because they went on a sinning spree AFTER receiving
Christ, they have committed this hideous sin.
The term appears in
the Book of Hebrews.
The word "Hebrew",
according to the dictionary, MEANS:
member of an ancient people living in what is now Israel
DESCENDED FROM THE PATRIARCH Jacob, grandson of
Abraham. After the Exodus (1300 BC) they ESTABLISHED THE
KINGDOMS OF Israel and Judah, and their scriptures and
traditions form the basis of the
Do you see the word
"gentile" mentioned ANYWHERE in that definition?
How about the word
I didn't think so.
And yet AN ENTIRE
"Christian" theology has been fabricated around a term USED
ONCE in the ENTIRE Bible, and addressed
ONLY to Hebrews or JEWS.
That "theology" is
The Book of HEBREWS,
as its VERY NAME indicates, was
written TO JEWS, NOT GENTILES, NOT CHRISTIANS.
There are 15
OTHER epistles addressed TO GENTILE Christians.
This ONE epistle,plus James'
Epistle, were addressed TO
JEWS who had come to faith in their Jewish Messiah.
Jews HAD LIVED 1,500
years under the Law given at Mount Sinai.
That Law REQUIRED both, works
AND ANIMAL SACRIFICES for sin.
SACRIFICES HAD TO BE OFFERED, TWICE
A DAY, EVERY SINGLE DAY... DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY... YEAR
AFTER YEAR, AFTER YEAR... (Exodus 29:39; Numbers 28:4;
1 Chronicles 16:40).
The ENTIRE Book of
Hebrews draws a contrast between Law and Grace, between the
Old Testament and the New, between
ANIMAL SACRIFICES offered under the Law, and Jesus' PERFECT
SACRIFICE, which FREED US from the Law.
IN CHAPTER 8, Paul
talks about how the Jewish
High Priest had to offer those NEVER-ENDING ANIMAL
SACRIFICES for men's sins.
IN CHAPTER 9, he draws
a contrast between those
NEVER-ENDING ANIMAL SACRIFICES and Jesus' PERFECT, ONCE AND
FOR ALL SACRIFICE for our sins.
Hebrews 9:12 says
about Jesus: "He DID NOT
ENTER BY MEANS OF THE BLOOD OF GOATS AND CALVES; but he
entered the Most Holy Place ONCE
AND FOR ALL by HIS OWN Blood, having obtained ETERNAL
REDEMPTION FOR US".
"ETERNAL" MEANS NEVER
If Jesus has OBTAINED ETERNAL,
NEVER-ENDING REDEMPTION FOR US WHO RECEIVE HIM AND
TRUST HIM, HOW CAN IT POSSIBLY SAY IN THE NEXT CHAPTER,
THAT IF WE SIN "WILLFULLY" AFTER RECEIVING HIM, WE'RE
It DOESN'T SAY that.
It has NEVER said
And it WILL NEVER say
Hebrews 10:1-2 says:
THE SAME (ANIMAL) SACRIFICES REPEATED ENDLESSLY YEAR AFTER
who draw near to worship. If it could, would they not have
stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been
cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty
for their sins".
Verse 10 of that
chapter says: "we
HAVE BEEN MADE HOLY (PERFECT)through
THE SACRIFICE OF THE BODY OF Jesus Christ ONCE
If the Sacrifice of
Jesus made us HOLY AND PERFECT, ONCE
AND FOR ALL, how can it say a few verses later that if
we sin after RECEIVING Him, we're lost?
verses in Hebrews 10:26-28 say:
we (HEBREWS) SIN WILLFULLY after that
WE (HEBREWS) have received the knowledge of the
IN CONTEXT, WHAT
"WILLFUL SIN" is Paul referring to?
The sin that SOME JEWS
wanted to commit of RECEIVING JESUS as Savior, yet
INSISTING that THEY STILL HAD TO CONTINUE LIVING UNDER THE
LAW AND OFFERING ANIMAL
Paul was simply
saying: You CAN'T have it
If Jesus' Blood, death
and Resurrection FOREVER made us perfect, WE
DON'T NEED THE LAW, WE DON'T NEED ANIMAL SACRIFICES, we
DON'T NEED ANYTHING
If, after clearly
understanding that Jesus' Sacrifice has
removed ALL SIN for ALL TIME,they
WILLFULLY INSISTED on
CONTINUING TO OFFER ANIMAL SACRIFICES, they
were effectively REJECTING Jesus' Sacrifice, His death on
the cross, as IMPERFECT and INSUFFICIENT to save, since
it had to be "supplemented" with ANIMAL SACRIFICES.
were NOT trusting Jesus for Salvation. Hence they were NOT
saved, but LOST.
According to Hebrews
10:29, those who think that Jesus ISN'T sufficient to save,
and who INSIST on continuing to offer ANIMAL SACRIFICES,
A) TRODDEN the
Son of God underfoot.
B) Counted the
Blood of the (New) covenant, Jesus' OWN BLOOD, wherewith
that person WAS SANCTIFIED an unholy thing, and
SPITE to the Spirit of Grace (the Holy Spirit).
That's WHY they're
irretrievably lost. Because they
HAVE REJECTED Jesus' Sacrifice and there remains "NO MORE
SACRIFICE for sin" (Hebrews 10:26).
AFTER THE PERFECT,
ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE OF HIS PERFECT SON, GOD
WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY OTHER SACRIFICE FOR SIN.
Jews KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY, CHOOSE to live under the Law
and offer ANIMAL SACRIFICES, they're LOST, because now
there's NO OTHER SACRIFICE -- besides Jesus - that God will
That's what that verse
is saying. That's what it has
said for the past 2,000 years.
It is talking STRICTLY
TO JEWS. It has NOTHING
to do with Christians committing sins after receiving
EVEN ADDRESSED TO Christians.
When was the last time
that you, FEARFUL Christian, OFFERED AN ANIMAL SACRIFICE
Since you haven't, the term
"SIN WILLFULLY" DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU, and HAS NEVER
applied to you.
Period. Case closed.
Romans 8:1 (ADDRESSED
TO GENTILE Christians):
is NOW NO CONDEMNATION to those who
are IN Christ Jesus".
What part of "NO
CONDEMNATION" doesn't your little pea-size brain get?
"condemning yourself" next time.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3,
IS SIN GOD ?
Gee, what a STUPID
HOW can you even ASK?
I agree. It IS STUPID.
And yet, I'm going to PROVE that this
is WHAT RELIGION TEACHES, and what MANY CHRISTIANS BELIEVE.
The worst part is THEY'RE
NOT EVEN AWARE that this is what they REALLY believe.
I'm not just talking
about some religious cult like the Seventh Day Adventists,
so-called Church of God, so-called Church of Christ,
Christian Science, Jehovah's Witnesses, or Mormons.
I'm also taking about
Letter, after letter, after
letter comes in CRYING FOR HELP with essentially the
"I came to faith in
Christ, then (for a variety of reasons) fell into sin. I
committed terrible sins, sinned NUMEROUS TIMES, and
I fear that I have lost my salvation".
Or "I came to faith in
Christ, but later became involved with drugs, illicit sex,
porn, booze, homosexuality, the occult, or a combination of
these, and I no longer
believe that I'm saved."
THE REASON some feel
that way is because YOU
BELIEVE that your sins ARE BIGGER THAN Jesus.
You believe that
your sins HAVE MORE POWER TO DAMN YOU than Jesus' Blood has
POWER TO SAVE YOU.
If Jesus IS God, if
He is SUPREME, then Jesus HAS POWER to SAVE US FROM SIN -
He has saved us FROM
EVERY SIN: from the moment we were born to the moment we
die or are raptured.
power to save us TO THE UTTERMOST (to the max), NO
MATTER HOW WE ACT (Hebrews 7:25).
If, on the other hand,
your sins ARE MORE POWERFUL
THAN Jesus, then YOUR
SINS ARE GOD.
Think about it...
Jesus IS God. He is
THE Almighty (John 1:1).
If your sins have MORE
POWER to damn than GOD (Jesus) HAS POWER TO SAVE, then
YOUR SINS... ARE GOD.
NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT.
If such is the case
then you need to stop
CLAIMING that "you believe in Jesus" and ADMIT
that what you REALLY BELIEVE in is YOUR SIN.
Then YOU NEED TO
WORSHIP YOUR SIN.
YOU NEED TO TRUST YOUR
SIN to ETERNALLY DAMN YOU.
And if that is the
case, brothers, sisters, friends, and readers, THERE'S NO
HOPE OF SALVATION FOR ANYONE... EVER.
If that's the case,
we're all DAMNED AND DOOMED for eternity.
Thank God, and GLORY,
GLORY, GLORY to Jesus, that
that IS NOT the case.
Make up your minds,
If Jesus ISN'T FAR
BIGGER THAN ALL YOUR SINS COMBINED...
If Jesus ISN'T the
ONLY Savior - FOR ALL ETERNITY - NO MATTER WHAT we do ON
If He LACKS THE POWER
TO SAVE FOR ALL ETERNITY and FROM ALL SIN- then He's NO
Savior AT ALL.
Then He's NEITHER Savior NOR
If your many sins HAVE
MORE POWER to DAMN you than Jesus has TO SAVE YOU...
Then SIN IS God.
Because sin, according
to you, IS BIGGER and MORE
POWERFUL than God.
If that's WHAT
YOU REALLY BELIEVE then enjoy whatever "time" you got
left on this earth, because this miserable earthly
existence is THE BEST you'll ever get.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2,
WHY CHRISTIANS "LOSE
There ISN'T ONE verse
- from Genesis to Revelation - that says a believer in
Jesus Christ can lose his or her salvation.
The terms "lose
salvation" or "lost salvation" ARE NOT EVEN FOUND in
WHY, then, is there so
much doubt, confusion and FEAR among Christians about
The main culprits are
RELIGION, preachers and mass media.
Jesus WARNED US - IN ADVANCE
- that this would happen at the "end of the age":
MANY would come
(presumably) "in His Name", even
CONFESSING THAT "He is the Messiah"... AND THEY WOULD DECEIVE
He said this
GREAT DECEPTION would come -- NOT from Satan (although
he, as the "father of lies", is CLEARLY BEHIND IT) -- but
from SUPPOSED Christians !!!
In fact, He gave THIS as
THE PRINCIPAL SIGN that His appearing, and the
tribulation were NEAR (Matthew 24:4).
He WARNED US NOT
TO "be deceived" by these MANY DECEIVERS.
For the most part, Jesus'
warning has FALLEN ON DEAF EARS.
Christians ARE FOCUSED
ON the wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, and pestilences,
BUT OBLIVIOUS to the
They'll fall for ANY
wind of doctrine that suits their fancy, without
the slightest regard for whether it is, or isn't, solidly
supported by Scripture.
Again: RELIGION, preachers
and mass media are the MAIN culprits.
Christians ARE NOT entirely off the hook.
They, too, BEAR PART OF the
NO ONE told you to
listen to every deceiver on YouTube that decided to post a
NO ONE put a gun to
your head and forced you to read those "Kristian forums"
where every HERETIC and RELIGIOUS IMBECILE can post
WHATEVER pops into his stupid head that day.
If INDIVIDUAL Christians were
SOLIDLY grounded on BIBLICAL Truth, they COULD NOT BE MOVED
from Eternal Salvation in Christ -- NO MATTER WHO or WHAT
Jesus ALSO WARNED
about what happens when we build our spiritual house ON
UNSTABLE SAND, instead of building it ON SOLID ROCK:
Any wind of doctrine
spiritual house, built on a feeble foundation, comes
Judging by the many
thousands of messages we have received over the past
decade, the spiritual house of most Christians ISN'T even
built ON SAND, but ON
Here's what happens:
even to those who attend a worship center where they're
taught CORRECT doctrine: once saved, ALWAYS saved...
They hear it.
They MENTALLY receive
REALLY BELIEVE IT.
They are NEVER, 100%
PERSONALLY CONVINCED, DEEP DOWN IN THEIR HEARTS, that
if they TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY, He "has their back" FOR ALL
THE EONS of eternity.
If they were TRULY,
100% PERSUADED of this marvelous Truth, NOTHING
AND NO ONE could ever -- under ANY circumstance -- SHAKE
WHY aren't they
Because they may have
"accepted" the doctrine MENTALLY.
Truth never became ROOTED in their hearts.
They may have paid LIP
SERVICE to "once saved, always saved", but
always, somewhere in the back of their minds, they believed
that they could somehow "earn", or CONTRIBUTE TO, their
That, some way or
another, they COULD be "good
Christians" and ACT IN SUCH WAY AS to DESERVE IT.
THEY SIN, especially if they've indulged in some
sinning spree, they feel
Because WHATEVER PART
they THOUGHT their "good behavior" played in their
Salvation HAS JUST GONE DOWN
NO LONGER "RELY" ON BEING "good Christians".
"insurance policy" JUST GOT
And that's when
THE TRUTH comes out.
That's when WHAT
THEY REALLY BELIEVE manifests:
really TRUST Jesus COMPLETELY for
REALLY BELIEVE that Jesus DID EVERYTHING NECESSARY to
save them eternally.
Although their LIPS
may have said otherwise, in
their HEARTS they kept believing that their works and their
OUTWARD BEHAVIOR played A ROLE IN their Salvation.
And if THEIR BEHAVIOR
PLAYED a role in their Salvation - whether large or small
- THEN JESUS ISN'T their only
Repeat: If our works,
obedience, and OUTWARD BEHAVIOR play
ANY ROLE (big or small) in our Salvation, THEN JESUS ISN'T
the ONLY Savior.
If OUTER BEHAVIOR
PLAYS ANY ROLE, then Jesus is
ONLY a PARTIAL Savior, a CO-SAVIOR along with your good
behavior, AT BEST.
There's A HUGE PROBLEM
with that belief:
NOWHERE does God's
Word indicate that Jesus is PARTIAL Savior or CO-SAVIOR:
He is THE
ONE AND ONLY SAVIOR:
AM THE WAY, the Truth, and the Life: NO
ONE goes to the Father except THROUGH ME" (John 14:6).
If you can find Jesus
saying "NO ONE goes to the Father EXCEPT through me AND GOOD
CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR", I'll eat my Bible.
"There is Salvation is NO ONE
ELSE: because THERE IS NO
OTHER NAME under heaven given among men, BY
WHICH WE CAN BE SAVED" (Acts 4:12).
If it says "there is NO
OTHER NAME" besides Jesus, by which we can be saved,
then "good Christian behavior", WHICH
IS A NAME, is DISQUALIFIED from playing ANY role in
So are THE NAMES "obedience",
"good works", "Sabbath keeping", "law keeping" "10
Commandment keeping", "Torah observant", "circumcision",
"water baptism", AND THE
NAMES OF ALL "CHRISTIAN" RELIGIONS, as well as the names of
They are ALL equally
Either Jesus is THE
ONLY Savior FOR
ALL ETERNITY, or
He is NO Savior AT ALL.
That's why in 2
Corinthians 13:5 Paul commands THE CHURCH at Corinth - you
know, the one that that presumed of having all the "gifts
of the spirit":
"EXAMINE YOURSELVES, WHETHER
YOU ARE IN THE FAITH; TEST
YOUR OWN SELVES.
DON'T YOU KNOW your own
selves, that Jesus Christ IS
Salvation is CHRIST IN
1 John 5:12:
"He that has the Son
HAS LIFE. He who DOES NOT
have the Son DOES NOT"...
MONDAY, DECEMBER 1,
Jesus' death on the
cross and His subsequent Resurrection were,
and are, THE DEFINING MOMENT in human history.
God dealt with mankind
ONE WAY BEFORE those
He deals with us
today in a TOTALLY DIFFERENT
manner BECAUSE OF those SUPREMELY important events.
dealt with mankind ONE WAY BEFORE Calvary and the
Resurrection. He deals with us ANOTHER
WAY AFTER these most blessed events.
Those TWO WAYS - BEFORE
AND AFTER Calvary - are ENTIRELY DIFFERENT.
EVERY SINGLE pastor,
evangelist, minister, every Christian denomination on
earth, and EVERY INDIVIDUAL Christian, needs
to have CLEAR UNDERSTANDING of this eternal and INFINITELY
Those who DON'T, have
NO BUSINESS pastoring a congregation, no business
calling themselves "evangelists", "apostles", "bishops",
"prophets", "ministers", "teachers", "Christian leaders",
or ANYTHING ELSE.
is THE MOST ESSENTIAL and FUNDAMENTAL Christian doctrine there
Those who DON'T have such
CLEAR UNDERSTANDING, have NO BUSINESS putting up
so-called "Christian" websites on the internet, NO BUSINESS
putting up so-called "Christian" discussion forums, where
every heresy imaginable is actively promoted, and NO
BUSINESS posting videos on YouTube "teaching" ANYTHING.
If you DON'T HAVE CLEAR
UNDERSTANDING of this GREATEST Truth, YOU'RE NOT QUALIFIED
TO MINISTER or TEACH, period.
you're NOT qualified, then SHUT THE HECK UP!!!
A person's Salvation DEPENDS
ENTIRELY on A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING of this monumental and
And yet, we get
message, after message, after message from fearful
Christians who simply DON'T GET IT.
If they don't get it,
THEY are PARTLY to blame.
BRUNT of the blame MUST BE placed squarely on the
shoulders of THOSE IN MINISTERIAL POSITIONS.
They ARE NOT teaching
Many of them ARE
TOTALLY CONFUSED themselves and HAVE NO CLUE, AND NO
Worse, HAVING NO
CLUE, they keep putting out
books and videos promoting fear and DIMINISHING Jesus'
PERFECT, COMPLETE, ETERNAL Sacrifice for sin.
When Ezekiel 18:4 or
33:8 states that "the soul that sins, it SHALL DIE" is God
speaking the Truth?
Scripture shows time
and again that sin IS THE CAUSE OF death, both spiritual
and physical (Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:56).
Similarly, when Jesus
says in Matthew 5:29-30 that if your right eye or right
hand causes you to sin you should cut them off and throw
them away, because it's better to lose those body parts
than having your WHOLE BODY THROWN INTO HELL -- was He
speaking the Truth?
Because the OLD
Testament WAS STILL IN FORCE, since Jesus had NOT YET shed
His Blood on the cross for the sins of mankind.
Did God provide A REMEDY for
sin even in the Old Testament?
It was THE BLOOD OF innocent
animals: lambs, goats, cows, bulls, and doves (Hebrews
Their blood COULD
NEVER take away sin (Hebrews 10:4).
TEMPORARILY COVERED sin.
The fact their blood
DID NOT TAKE AWAY SIN is UNDISPUTED, because if they HAD
taken sin away, they would have been offered ONLY ONCE, and
THAT would have been SUFFICIENT (Hebrews 10:1).
had to be offered TWICE A DAY, in the evening and the
morning, DAY AFTER DAY, AFTER DAY, AFTER DAY... (Exodus
29:39; Numbers 28:4; 1 Chronicles 16:40).
those sacrifices, NON-STOP
for 1,500 years.
sacrifices DID NOT REMOVE
sins, but they TEMPORARILY COVERED sins.
After Jews lived 1,500
years under that system, JESUS APPEARS.
He keeps God's Law to
Perfection: the first and
ONLY human EVER to do so (Matthew 5:17).
He dies and offers
HIS pure, SINLESS, UNCONTAMINATED Blood as ETERNAL,
ONCE-FOR-ALL Sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 9:12).
EVERYTHING - and I
mean EVERY THING -
CHANGED AFTER Calvary.
By ONE Sacrifice HE
FOREVER - FOR ALL ETERNITY - FOR ALL THE EONS OF INFINITY -
REMOVES SIN (Hebrews 9:26).
He REMOVES ALL SIN,
since Eve's and Adam's sin to the last sin that will ever
be committed (John 1:29; 1 John 1:7; 3:5).
He rises triumphantly
from the dead, sends His Holy Spirit to LIVE in believers,
and the NEW Testament KICKS IN:
Those who RECEIVE
Jesus into their hearts as God and Savior, and TRUST
COMPLETELY in Jesus' Sacrifice FOR SIN to FOREVER save
them, are FOREVER saved.
They experience a New
Birth from above (a change of their INNER nature).
who INVITE Jesus into their hearts, receive Him as ONLY God
and ONLY Savior, and TRUST COMPLETELY, 100%, that His
Blood, His death and Resurrection FOREVER saves them, they
are FOREVER saved.
Those who DON'T are
damned, I don't care what
"good Christians" they consider themselves to be.
Those who DON'T, GO TO
HELL, I don't care HOW
"obedient" they thought they were.
They GO TO HELL, I
don't care HOW MUCH or HOW
WELL they thought they "observed" the 10 Commandments.
They GO TO HELL, I
don't care HOW MUCH they observed the Law (Torah), HOW
circumcised they were, HOW OFTEN they attended a worship
center, HOW MANY "GOOD WORKS" they performed, HOW MUCH they
"observed" the 24-hour Sabbath, or HOW they were baptized
These are UNDISPUTED,
And I challenge ANYONE
ON EARTH to provide SOLID
BIBLICAL EVIDENCE to the contrary: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're in the
ministry, and you're not
teaching this, START.
THIS is what you SHOULD
HAVE BEEN TEACHING all along.
Because there is NO
MORE IMPORTANT truth for any human on earth than this:
"God was in Christ,
RECONCILING the world unto Himself, NOT
COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM" (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Which part of "NOT
COUNTING MEN'S SINS" don't you "ministers of the
Which part of that
doesn't YOUR MAN-INVENTED DENOMINATION get?
God counted sins in the Old
Testament because Jesus' Bl