SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Oh, I know there
are no decorations: no gifts being exchanged, no snow,
reindeer, lights, or poinsettias.
But did you know it's
O.K. Martel, you
must have put too much rum in your eggnog.
Actually, I got
this from the Bible.
John 1:14 tells us
that "the Word (Jesus) was
made flesh and DWELT among us".
That's how it reads
in most English Bibles.
However, the word
for "dwelt" in the original Greek is a derivative of skenoo which
means a sukka or "tabernacle".
VERY SAME WORD used in the Septuagint (Greek
translation of the Tanach) for the huts or sukkas (sukkot)
mentioned in Leviticus 23:42.
Jesus (the Word)
was made flesh and He (if
I can invent a new word), "sukkaed" or "tabernacled"
It doesn't take much
imagination to realize that if He was born during the
Feast of Tabernacles:
"stable" used by Christians on Nativity Scenes was
NOTHING BUT A SUKKA (temporary hut) built
specially for that Feast as the Lord commands.
Every time I see a
decorated sukka the first thing that comes to
mind is Christmas and Nativity Scenes (see picture
BELOW, and in
your mind's eye replace the table and chairs with
figures of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, and what do you
But there's more:
commands Israelites to
be WHOLLY JOYFUL during this 7-day
referred to as Zeman Simchat'enu or "THE SEASON of
That's why the
angel said to the shepherds on that First Christmas:
"Do not be afraid.
I bring you GOOD
NEWS that will cause GREAT
JOY for all the people: Today in the
town of David a
Savior has been born to you; he is the
Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).
WHAT could possibly
REJOICING than to welcome the Savior,
the Messiah, the Lord God Himself, into this world?
The only reason
that the sukka became "a stable" in Christian
tradition is because of
the manger in which Jesus was laid.
Since the sukka
is built outside a person's main residence, and
since Bethlehem is well known as
a town of shepherds (King David himself was shepherd
there before he became king), it's only natural that
there would be some feeding troth for sheep nearby,
which Mary and Joseph used as makeshift cradle for
days later, on Hanukkah, which that particular year
fell on December 25, the
Magi from the East found Jesus with Mary and Joseph.
By then, they'd
moved from the sukka into a house in Bethlehem
BEFORE Joseph was told in a dream to flee into Egypt
(Matthew 2:11, 13-14).
OF THE ABOVE was condensed into ONE Nativity Scene that
incorporated both, Jesus' birth on Sukkot and the visit
from the Wise Men on Hanukkah.
So, WHEN should
we celebrate His Birthday?
Either feast or,
better yet, ON BOTH.
On Sukkot He was
born as the promised Messiah and King of
the Jews, from the tribe of Judah and from
King David's lineage.
On Hanukkah, gentiles first
found Him and WORSHIPED HIM (Matthew 2:11).
Glory to His Name!
ALL YEAR LONG I
hear from bitter religious legalists intent on ruining
the celebration of the Birth and Resurrection of our
Savior for everyone else.
They refer to
Christmas and the Resurrection as "pagan" feasts.
I DON'T GIVE A
RAT'S PATOOT if
NON-EXISTENT pagan deities Ishtar, Apollos or Sol
Invictus were worshiped by pagans on those days.
I'm not pagan, I'm
EVERY SINGLE DAY ON THE
CALENDAR BELONGS TO JESUS (Psalm
He is to be
glorified and praised ALL
THE TIME, 24/7.
SUCH THING as a wrong time or "wrong day" in
which to PRAISE HIM and CELEBRATE HIS SALVATION.
commands us NOT TO "give
place to the devil".
self-righteous legalistic nincompoop wants to WITHHOLD
ADORATION FROM Jesus on THOSE DAYS and GIVE that time
and place OVER TO SATAN, that's between
him/her and God.
My Bible says VERY
RISING OF THE SUN UNTO ITS GOING DOWN... the LORD'S name
IS TO BE PRAISED (Psalm 113:3).
There are NO
DAYS EXCLUDED from that command.
"But we will bless
the LORD FROM
THIS TIME FORTH AND FOREVERMORE Praise the
LORD" (Psalm 115:18).
God's Name is to be
praised, His Salvation (Jesus) is to be praised, from
sun up to sun down, FOREVERMORE,
EVERY SINGLE DAY OF OUR LIVES.
If anyone has a
problem with that, take it
up with God.
DESTINED FOR GLORY
When God created
man, He crowned him with
His glory (Psalm 8:5).
Man LOST God's
glory by sinning ON PURPOSE (Genesis 3:7,10).
God then called out
the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Israel (Jacob) as
His Chosen People (Deuteronomy 6:10; 1 Chronicles 16:13;
Under Moses, He
gave them THE TABERNACLE, which
He would at times fill with His glory (Exodus
Under Solomon, He
gave them THE FIRST TEMPLE which, at its inauguration, He
also filled with His glory.
Levite priests could
not perform their priestly duties NOR STAND, BECAUSE OF
GOD'S GLORY (1 Kings 8:10-11).
rebelled, and God's glory
This made them naked,
defenseless and easy prey for conquerors.
It resulted in a
divided Israel (northern and southern kingdoms), the 10
northern tribes being conquered by the Assyrians and
driven into exile in 721 B.C.
It culminated IN
THE DESTRUCTION OF THAT MAGNIFICENT TEMPLE by the
Babylonians in 586 B.C. and the southern kingdom of
Judah being taken captive.
God, in His great
faithfulness, allowed Jews to return from their
captivity at the end of 70 years and rebuild their
The SECOND TEMPLE
seemed insignificant in comparison to the first temple.
So much so that
Jews who had seen the first temple WEPT LOUDLY when the
second temple was erected (Ezra 3:12; Haggai 2:3).
Yet God promised
through His prophet Haggai that "THE
GLORY of this latter house (temple) shall
be GREATER THAN the former" (Haggai 2:9).
God's Word is FAR
GREATER than human intellect can comprehend.
have MORE THAN ONE correct meaning.
Such is the case
with this particular verse from Haggai.
Even though, in
time, king Herod would enlarge and refurbish that second
temple and make it far more impressive, it
would never come close in magnificence to what Solomon
HOW, THEN, could God
say THAT ITS GLORY WOULD
SURPASS that of the first temple?
Because Jesus who
is the "the
brightness of God's GLORY, and the
EXPRESS IMAGE OF His Person" (Hebrews 1:3) would
ENTER AND PREACH IN that Second Temple.
Even though Jesus
had temporarily set aside His glory in order to redeem
us (Philippians 2:5-7), Jesus
could PUT ON THAT GLORY AT WILL as He showed
Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration
That verse also
applies to the FINAL TEMPLE which will appear during the
Millennium (Ezekiel 40:48-49, chapter 41), which will
exceed all three former temples (the first, second and
third which will be built at the start of the
tribulation, Revelation 11:1-2).
ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT has to do with THE HUMAN TEMPLE.
The New Testament
says, repeatedly, that WE
ARE the temple of the Living Christ (1
Corinthians 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 6:16).
Our glory will EXCEED that
of ALL THE FORMER TEMPLES COMBINED because:
1. Jesus who LIVES
IN US, will
MANIFEST through us (Romans 8:29).
2. We will see Him
"as He IS" and
become LIKE HIM (1 John 3:2).
3. We will inhabit GLORIFIED, IMMORTAL
BODIES (1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
And this time it
won't be JUST ONE HUMAN who is crowned with
It will be A
MULTITUDE SO GREAT that IT CANNOT BE COUNTED (Revelation
No wonder Habakkuk
caught a glimpse of this ALL ENCOMPASSING splendor (zohar)
and prophesied that:
THE EARTH WILL BE FILLED
WITH THE... GLORY of the Lord, AS THE WATERS COVER
THE SEA (Habakkuk 2:14).
Do you know WHO will
fill it with God's Glory?
And Jesus will do
it THROUGH US!!!
glory, glory, glory, glory, glory to Him for
ALL ETERNITY! Amen.
Christ IN US our
HOPE - and ASSURANCE of - ETERNAL
JESUS & RELIGION
Did Jesus found a
If you asked most
people, Christians and non-Christians alike would answer
The CORRECT answer is
NOT establish ANY religion.
NOT a religious leader.
GOD (John 1:1).
God is Spirit (John
Jesus is a
He is Master of the
whole universe, and all the realms of existence.
TO SAVE US and to show us THE WAY (Himself)
back to God the Father (John 14:6).
The Way back to the
FAITH (trust) in Jesus (John 3:16).
He established His
very own FAITH, which He gives, along with FREE
SALVATION, to ALL those who are willing to invite Him
into their hearts (Ephesians 2:8-9).
not establish ANY
He established A
HEART-CHANGING, WORLD-CHANGING FAITH based on a
personal, intimate relationship with Him.
including all forms of so-called "Christian" religion were
INVENTED BY MORTALS.
The earliest form
of Christian religion was INVENTED
300 years AFTER Jesus walked the earth.
Jesus founded HIS
His Church is NOT a
religious institution, NOT some fancy building, but A
GROUP OF PEOPLE in whom HIS HOLY SPIRIT LIVES (Romans
more, and NOTHING
He said that He
would build His Church HIMSELF and ON Himself (Matthew
said His Church was ANY form of organized
His Church is
NOT a religion.
Again: His Church is
NOT a religion.
His Church is A
LARGE GROUP (and getting larger) of BELIEVERS (TRUSTERS)
His Church is a
SPIRITUAL entity, NOT a religious organization.
His Church transcends
ALL man-invented religion and religious labels.
His Church is NOT A
RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION, but A
GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE CAN NUMBER of believers
(TRUSTERS) in Jesus (Revelation 7:9).
That multitude DOES
NOT TRUST ANY religion, OR ANY RELIGIOUS LABEL, for
JESUS - and JESUS ALONE - for eternal Salvation.
We have washed
our robes and MADE THEM WHITE in the Blood of the Lamb (Revelation
Unless you've done
that, YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE
"CHRISTIAN" RELIGION YOU WANT...
You can have "Christian"
religion and "Christian" denominations COMING OUT YOUR
You can CLAIM to be
His "one, true Church" until
your lying tongue falls off...
you don't meet these conditions established BY JESUS,
YOU'RE NOT PART OF HIS CHURCH, and YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
1 John 5:12
couldn't be clearer:
"He that HAS
THE SON, HAS LIFE; he that HAS
NOT the Son of God, has NOT Life"
It says we
MUST HAVE JESUS.
SAY we MUST HAVE religion.
WHO CREATED Protestantism?
Was it Martin
The answer will
surprise 99% of you:
The Roman Catholic
Catholicism CREATED Protestantism.
If it weren't for
the Roman religion, THERE
WOULD BE NO "PROTESTANTS" TODAY.
Luther WAS Roman
SOUGHT to form "another religion".
Luther only sought TO
REFORM the horrendous corruption going on in
the SALE OF INDULGENCES where a "get out of
Purgatory" certificate could be PURCHASED
for MONEY, as if THE BLOOD OF JESUS WEREN'T
THE ONLY THING that
can cleanse us of sin (Hebrews 9:12,26).
Fact: It was
Pope Leo X who EXCOMMUNICATED Luther on
January 3, 1951.
It was Roman
SEPARATED and REJECTED all Catholics who believed IN
JESUS ALONE for Salvation, and tagged them
with the segregating pejorative "Protestants".
was Roman Catholicism who both:
1. DIVIDED Western
2. Called those
Catholics who refused to submit BLINDLY to its
Jesus-CONTRADICTING DICTATES "Protestants", and
EXPELLED THEM from their religious
NOT anti-Catholic. I love Catholics, and want EVERY Roman
Catholic to be saved.
SPEAKS the Truth.
IN the Truth (1 Corinthians 13:6).
The way ANYONE is
saved - whether they call themselves Roman Catholic,
Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, Jew, Muslim,
Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu or ANYTHING ELSE - is by
receiving Jesus Christ (John
our hearts, as ONLY God and ONLY Savior.
ONLY Jesus, for ETERNAL Salvation
I chuckle and shake
my head in disbelief when I hear some modern Roman
Catholic "apologist" COMPLAIN ABOUT
THE MANY FACTIONS that divide Christendom.
Or when they invite
non-Catholic Christians to REJOIN their RELIGIOUS
would be ZERO "Protestant" denominations, and ZERO
NON-Catholic Christians, HAD
THEY NOT BOOTED THEM OUT.
amount of self-serving, revisionist religious propaganda
can change them.
WHAT RIGHT do
they have to COMPLAIN about "Protestantism", WHEN
THEY CREATED IT?
52 YEARS... AND COUNTING
January 21st, 2015
marked the 52nd anniversary of the landmark
Supreme Court ruling known as "Roe v. Wade", WHICH
MADE ABORTION LEGAL in the United States.
anniversary, if there ever was one.
Here we are 52
years and over
54 MILLION MURDERS LATER...
To put it in some
sort of useful perspective, there
MILLION Jews murdered during
the horrendous Holocaust.
We have BUTCHERED 9
TIMES that amount.
have MERCILESSLY MURDERED 9
number of people that were killed during the infamous
Only these aren't
ordinary civilians, but HELPLESS,
INNOCENT BABIES, which we've
slaughtered and discarded like trash.
And that's ONLY
HERE in the United States.
To say that our
nation is ripe for God's judgment would be a gross
Such judgment, in
fact, is long overdue.
Merely two short
days after taking the oath as our 44th President, Barack
Obama PRAISED the
inhumane, amoral Supreme Court decision as standing
for "a broader principle: that government should not
intrude on our most private family matters".
He added that "no
matter what our views, we are united in our
determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, REDUCE
the NEED for abortion, and support women and
families in the choices they make".
With a veritable
smorgasbord of contraceptives to choose
NEED is there for abortion?
for ABSTINENCE, and DILIGENCE (less
negligence and laziness) IN USING CONTRACEPTIVES.
BE RESPONSIBLE AND USE PROPER CONTRACEPTIVES IF YOU'RE
GOING TO SCREW AROUND.
There is NO
SUCH THING AS "a NEED for abortion".
Adding insult to
injury, the very next day after his first inauguration,
the President signed into law one of his first executive
the ban on U.S. funded abortions in other nations.
It's sad, ironic,
AND HYPOCRITICAL, how the then new President bemoaned
the faltering U.S. economy on the one hand, and pushed
for an "emergency STIMULUS PACKAGE", yet
on the other hand, told the whole world there's plenty
of TAXPAYER money in the U.S. coffers to fund abortions
Make up your mind,
Mr. President. They
couldn't BOTH be true.
COULD WE EXPECT from an administration that
STARTED OFF by recognizing the alleged "rights" of
HARDENED, MURDERING, America-hating TERRORISTS, but
DENIES THE RIGHTS OF INNOCENT, UNBORN HUMANS?
look at THE
REST OF Mr. Obama's Presidency.
Look at how he's
diminished this country, in the past 7 years, and
dragged it into the ground...
The scariest part
is that, should Jesus tarry, we
still have ANOTHER YEAR of presidential incompetence
with which to deal.
No wonder one of
the aspirants to the presidency came up with the slogan
"make America great again". He's right about
at least one thing: we
are NO LONGER A GREAT NATION. We still have
MILITARY MIGHT, BUT GREATNESS WENT DOWN THE DUMPSTER THE
MOMENT WE ELECTED then RE-ELECTED this clown.
Now we have
"Christian" groups, who supported Mr. Obama in 2008, and
helped get him elected, protesting that he should be
mindful of the unborn.
Now they are
demanding that the President and Congress defund Planned
What a bunch of two-faced
what he was, and what he believed in, when they voted
The 2008 election merely
exposed the IDOLATRY in their hearts. They placed a
man's popularity, his skin color, or his rhetoric, ABOVE
God's Word, hence, ABOVE
I know the
alternative (McCain) was not so appealing, but you still
had the choice of LIFE over DEATH, HONOR over DISHONOR, EXPERIENCE
over INEXPERIENCE, and SUBSTANCE over STYLE.
If ANYONE reading this has
had one or more abortions, please KNOW that Jesus will
forgive you, cleanse you and SAVE YOU FOREVER, if you
repent and give Him your whole heart.
In obedience to
God's Word, I will continue to pray for the nation, and
for the President.
However, ONLY TWO
DAYS after he took the oath of office, I became UTTERLY
REPULSED by his policies. And that repulsion has
only INCREASED in ways too numerous to mention.
All of you
so-called "Christians", ALL 27% OF YOU (almost ONE THIRD
OF so-called Christians), who VOTED FOR THIS GLIB
PRETENDER, remember every time you get your paycheck (or
NOT), every time you pay taxes, get a welfare check, or
find it hard to "make ends meet", that
it's YOUR DOLLARS which ARE PAYING FOR
WHOLESALE INFANTICIDE, NOT JUST AT HOME, BUT ABROAD.
Remember that's WHAT
AND WHOM you voted for.
The words in
Galatians 6:7 come to mind:
"Don't be deceived. God is
NOT MOCKED. WHATEVER
a man sows, that shall he also reap".
You just wait til
Jesus separates the wheat from the chaff, and takes His
You just wait til
this nation starts "reaping" what it has SOWN.
CAIN AND ABEL
We've all heard the
silly, old joke: "why couldn't Cain please God? Answer:
He just wasn't Abel".
However, there's a
little more to Cain than meets the eye.
There's this false
teaching going around that Cain was the offspring of
Satan having sexual intercourse with Eve.
That teaching IS
Proponents of that
false doctrine base it on 1 John 3:12 which says:
"Not as Cain,
WHO WAS OF THAT WICKED ONE, and slew his brother".
There's just ONE
TINY PROBLEM with that theory:
Genesis 4:1 says
CLEAR AS CRYSTAL:
KNEW Eve his wife; AND SHE CONCEIVED, and GAVE BIRTH TO
Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD".
God CONTRADICTED HIMSELF AND LIED (perish the idea) or that
CANNOT POSSIBLY BE the meaning of 1 John
highlights THE ERROR of
those who pick ONE verse from the Bible which suits
their religious agenda and DELIBERATELY IGNORE what the
REST OF the Bible has to say about a certain topic.
That not only
constitutes shoddy scholarship, it
is TOTALLY DISHONEST.
The physical birth of Cain
was unquestionably due to Adam and Eve having sexual
In John 8:44 Jesus
told AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF unbelieving Jews "you are
OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL".
Does that mean THAT
SATAN ACTUALLY had PHYSICAL INTERCOURSE with their
Of course not!
There's NO QUESTION
that Cain was "of that wicked one" (Satan), in the sense
that, like HIS SPIRITUAL
FATHER, he had A REBELLIOUS HEART toward God, as his
attitude and ACTIONS plainly DEMONSTRATED.
We're speaking of SPIRITUAL fatherhood, NOT
God has not had
PHYSICAL intercourse with OUR mothers, yet He is the
SPIRITUAL Father of all of us who have received His Son
into our innermost beings (John 1:12-13).
Genesis chapter 4
tells us Cain was angry because God accepted Abel's
sacrifice but that his own offering was NOT pleasing to
The theory that
God's displeasure with Cain's offering was due to his
bringing the fruit of the ground which had become cursed
because of man's sin is probably true.
However, THE MAIN
REASON for God's displeasure was not that the offering
came from the ground, but rather THE
ATTITUDE OF CAIN'S HEART.
and knows each human heart (Hebrew 4:12).
of what we do ON THE OUTSIDE, IF THE HEART IS RIGHT, He
is pleased (1 Samuel 16:7).
Abel HAD THE RIGHT
HEART ATTITUDE of obedience and desire to please God,
and he DID.
Cain's heart was filled
with wickedness, he wanted to "please" God "his way", AS
HE SAW FIT, thus he DIDN'T.
Cain's HEART was
THE REAL problem.
Cain didn't really
care about "pleasing God" as demonstrated by his defiant
answer TO God "am I my brother's keeper"? (Genesis 4:9)
It just bothered him than
God approved of Abel and disapproved of him.
Jesus told us that THE
THIEF (Satan) only comes "to steal, KILL and DESTROY" (John
The fact Cain
FIRST MURDER in human history PROVES
that he was the SPIRITUAL son of Satan.
Was Cain angry ONLY
because of God not being pleased with his offering?
Envy that Abel was
accepted and he was rejected was definitely part of the
equation, but I submit to you, based on Scripture, that
THERE'S EVEN A LITTLE MORE TO IT THAN THAT : Satan used
Cain's rebellious heart, filling it with hatred and
anger toward Abel which led to the MURDER of his
brother, because he was TERRIFIED that Abel might be the
Seed that God had promised to bring through the woman,
which would CRUSH HIS EVIL HEAD (Genesis
Satan played Cain
for the fool that he was.
After all is said
and done, the EMOTIONS (anger and hatred) that filled
Cain's heart were mere manipulative tools which Satan
used to carry out HIS REAL AGENDA:
He WANTED TO
eliminate Abel FEARING that
he might be the PROMISED Son of God.
LOVE IS PERFECT
I'm not referring
to HUMAN love which is finite and rather IMPERFECT.
I'm talking about THE
LOVE THAT IS GOD.
The love that NEVER
The love that is ETERNAL.
English, and other
modern languages, are deficient in the love department.
We throw the word
"love" around carelessly applying it to ALL SORTS OF
debauched, ANIMALISTIC, carnal behavior and wrongly call
But even the
highest and noblest manifestations of natural, human
love fall way short of
Jesus (God) is Love
(1 John 4:16).
Love (Jesus, God)
is perfect (1 John 4:18).
Love is Perfection.
Paul gives a
magnificent description of God's Love in 1 Corinthians
God's Love is LONG-SUFFERING,
kind, does not envy...
"Rejoices not in
iniquity, but REJOICES
IN THE TRUTH;
BEARS ALL THINGS,
believes all things, hopes all things, ENDURES
ALL THINGS" (1 Corinthians 13:6-7).
It's God's VERY OWN
NATURE, Love, which led
Him (Jesus) to offer Himself IN SACRIFICE for the sins
original sin and ALL SUBSEQUENT sins (John
3:16); Psalm 103:12.
THE REASON that
Love is capable of SUPREME Sacrifice, THE
REASON that Love "bears ALL things" and
"ENDURES all things" is because Love
WILL TRIUMPH OVER, DEVOUR AND DESTROY all things that
are CONTRARY to His Nature.
That's how Jesus REMOVED
the sin of the world - ONCE AND FOR ALL! (John 1:29;
Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5).
Glory to His Name!
Love, of the Divine
kind, overcomes ALL
We were CREATED
We are SAVED
Love is ULTIMATE
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
PEACE : YOUR UMPIRE
"LET THE PEACE OF GOD RULE
YOUR HEART,ACTING AS AN UMPIRE; DECIDING AND SETTLING
WITH FINALITY ALL QUESTIONS THAT ARISE IN YOUR
MIND." (Colossians 3:15 Amplified Bible)
interacts with many people who ask for counsel on many
They seek advice on
difficult decisions that they face:
Should I do this?
Should I take that job? Move to another city? Buy that
new home? Break up with my boyfriend/girlfriend? Marry
this person? Divorce my spouse? Open this business?
Start a ministry? Leave my congregation?
The list of
questions goes on and on...
We give these
individuals PRACTICAL advice. However, the main thrust
of this ministry is SPIRITUAL.
We also give them
The Spirit TRUMPS human
The Spirit ALWAYS
take precedence over the natural mind.
This shows us, yet
again, WHY we MUST live
FROM the born-again Nature inside, and NOT from the
If you're facing
some challenging issue, let
the Holy Spirit, in your INNER MAN, be THE DECIDER.
Focus ON THE SPIRIT INSIDE YOUR
STOMACH/KIDNEY area, and
CHECK WITH HIM.
ASK HIM how HE FEELS about
If you have His
Peace in your heart about the situation, and it does not
IN ANY WAY oppose or contradict His Word, then go ahead.
If you feel UNEASY
in your gut about it, if you are RESTLESS about it, if
you have ANY doubts or misgivings, then
you DON'T HAVE His peace, and YOU SHOULDN'T go ahead
This is true EVEN
WHEN that "whatever" makes perfect sense TO THE NATURAL
God knows EVERYTHING,
including your "future". You DON'T.
When we CONSULT
the Holy Spirit within us frequently, and this
becomes a way of life for us, we
will hear His Voice clearly.
Our spiritual ears
will open and we will "hear" spiritually.
That's what Jesus meant
when He stated repeatedly "he WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, let
him hear" (Matthew 11:15; 13:9; Mark 4:9,23; 7:16;
Luke 8:8; 14:35; Revelation 2:7,17).
Although He is
quite capable of communicating in an AUDIBLE Voice, the
Holy Spirit is usually "heard" ON THE INSIDE.
I have asked Him
questions and received AN
INSTANT and "LOUD" "Yes!" or "No!"
I DIDN'T HEAR IT
with my NATURAL ears, but INSIDE.
always come instantly.
Sometimes we ask a
question, and may have to WAIT FOR the answer.
It's better to wait on Him
than to make the wrong choice.
Choices have CONSEQUENCES.
Word to the wise:
DO NOT EVEN BOTHER asking the Spirit about something
that YOU WANT TO DO which
DISOBEYS or CONTRADICTS His Word.
You know adultery
is wrong. Therefore, DO NOT ASK HIM if you should have
an affair with that married man or woman.
There's NO REASON
WHATSOEVER to ask Him that, when
the issue has already been DEALT WITH and
CLEARLY settled in His written Word.
You're wasting your
time. God will never
contradict Himself, and He's not buying your
You CAN'T fool Him.
THE TRUE MOTIVE in each of our hearts.
Bottom line: IF
Peace in your heart (spirit) about it, DON'T
LESSONS FROM THE FIG TREE
Fig trees play a
prominent role in Jesus' ministry.
We have the now
infamous fig tree with no figs, which He cursed and
caused to dry up.
And we have the
eschatological parable of the fig tree in the Synoptic
Gospels which points to our Lord's imminent reappearing.
We already debunked
the FALSE theory that by
cursing ONE fig tree among the many that abound in
Jerusalem, Israel, and all over the Middle East, God was
The question is WHY
did Jesus curse THAT PARTICULAR fig tree, especially
when it wasn't "the season for figs" yet? (Mark 11:13)
It was spring, just
prior to Passover.
Jesus had arrived
in Jerusalem with the disciples, entered the temple
courts, checked everything out, but Mark tells us it was
late, so they headed for Bethany to spend the night.
Bethany is about one and a
half miles east of Jerusalem, on the other side
(southeastern slope) of the Mount of Olives, and is the
village where Lazarus lived with his sisters Mary and
Martha (John 11:17-46).
morning Jesus and the disciples leave Bethany to return
to Jerusalem and, on the way, Jesus gets hungry.
He sees the fig
tree and, from a distance,
notices it has leaves, therefore, He ASSUMES that it
also had GREEN (unripened) figs.
However, it had NOTHING
I have a fig tree
in my yard, and can tell you that LEAVES
AND FIGS SPROUT AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, IN THE SPRING.
The figs, however, DO
NOT RIPEN UNTIL late summer (August-September).
Figs ARE EDIBLE
even before ripening.
This fig three,
therefore, SHOULD HAVE HAD
GREEN FIGS that Jesus and His disciples could eat.
particular tree was ALL
APPEARANCE, since it had leaves, but NO
It LOOKED GOOD at first
glance, but upon closer inspection, was BARREN, and
Jesus COULD (and WOULD) have NONE OF IT:
A perfect picture
of so-called "Christians" who
ARE TOTALLY FOCUSED ON OUTWARD APPEARANCE AND BEHAVIOR,
to the neglect of THEIR INNER MAN (HEART), which is
where the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is produced (Galatians
They're the ones
that Jude, Jesus' half brother, describes as being
"clouds with no water, TWICE DEAD AND PLUCKED UP BY THE
ROOTS" (Jude 1:12).
ostentatious ON THE OUTSIDE, and EMPTY
OF JESUS' fruit-producing SPIRIT INSIDE.
They're the ones
who equate "holiness" with drabness and ugliness.
Who THINK they're
"holier" than everyone else because they meet at a
certain MAN INVENTED building on a particular day, DON'T
wear stylish clothes, jewelry, make-up, or slacks, don't
have beards, and never style their hair.
CARE NOTHING about having UNREGENERATE,
They are just like
the Pharisees of Jesus' day, WHO WERE "ALL LEAVES" -- all
about APPEARING "righteous" ON THE OUTSIDE - but
fruitless, filthy and unregenerate ON THE INSIDE.
That's why Jesus
called them (among other things) "hypocrites",
"UNCLEAN", and "children
of hell" (Matthew 23:13-33).
The Lord also used
THAT PARTICULAR fig tree to teach a valuable lesson on
"Truly I tell you, IF YOU
HAVE FAITH AND DO NOT DOUBT, not only can you do
what was done to the fig tree, but
ALSO YOU CAN SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN (in context, to the
Mount of Olives), 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and
IT WILL BE DONE" (Matthew 21:21).
Note to all "name
it and claim it" liars: the "conditions" set forth by
Jesus are NOT "confessing" something OVER and OVER until
it magically appears.
The conditions are,
FAITH and NOT DOUBTING.
If those TWO
conditions are REALLY met, you
ONLY NEED TO SAY IT ONCE -- as Jesus did with the fig
tree -- and IT HAPPENS.
He didn't "confess
it" over and over for 6 months, or three years.
He said it ONCE, WITH
FAITH (TOTAL confidence), and NOT an ounce of doubt, and
it happened IMMEDIATELY (Matthew 21:19).
That brings us to
"Now LEARN a
parable OF THE FIG TREE; When its branch is yet tender,
and it PUTS FORTH LEAVES, YOU KNOW that summer is near:
so, you too, WHEN
YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS (in context, THE SIGNS He'd
just given in Matthew 24:29), recognize that He (the Son
of man, Jesus) IS NEAR, RIGHT AT THE DOOR." (Matthew
The signs are:
THE TRIBULATION (just prior to the Rapture)... the sun
shall be darkened, and the moon SHALL NOT GIVE ITS
LIGHT, and THE STARS SHALL FALL FROM HEAVEN, and THE
POWERS OF THE HEAVENS SHALL BE SHAKEN.
Son of Man WILL APPEAR IN THE SKY" (Matthew 24:29-30)
EVERYONE - believer
and unbeliever alike will see these signs.
BELIEVERS we're interested in ONLY ONE sign:
The APPEARING OF THE SON
OF MAN HIMSELF.
One last thing:
When man fell into
sin in the Garden of Eden, LOST HIS GLORY - and suddenly
realized they were "naked" - they
clothed themselves with FIG LEAVES (Genesis
ABSOLUTELY THOUGHTFUL of Jesus to use THOSE SAME FIG
LEAVES as SIGN that He's about TO CLOTHE US AGAIN IN HIS
Only someone who is
both PERFECT, and A PERFECTIONIST, would incorporate
Oh, HOW PERFECT is
establishment repeats ad nauseam that
God's "prophetic time clock" began ticking with the
creation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.
The rebirth of
"Israel" was, indeed, a
watershed moment in prophecy fulfillment and I would not
want to ever diminish its importance.
IS NO SCRIPTURE that focuses on the creation of a modern
State named Israel, as THE MOMENT that we should
begin eschatological countdown:
And if any
self-designated "prophecy expert" can produce JUST ONE,
please write me.
There are, on the
other hand, AT LEAST SEVEN
Scriptures where end times are related to events in
Jerusalem, including TWO timelines (Psalms 102:16;
Daniel 9:24-27, the entire Book of Joel, Zechariah
chapters 12-14, Luke 21:24-32, and Revelation chapters
11-15 and 19-22).
EVERY major prophecy
concerning "the time of the end", begins and ends with
But what about "the
fig tree" mentioned in Matthew 24:32 and Luke 21:29?
Isn't Israel "the fig tree"?
In Jeremiah 24:8 the
figs represent Jerusalem. In Joel 1:7, Jerusalem
is called by God "MY FIG TREE". In Joel 2:22-23 it's
again Jerusalem, and again in S.S. 2:7-13.
creation of the modern State of Israel is EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT, since there HAD
TO BE some official, national Jewish presence in the
Holy Land IN ORDER TO FULFILL Luke 21:24 that calls for
an END TO gentile trampling of biblical Jerusalem.
1948 was also A KEY
PROPHETIC MOMENT in that, while Israel WON the War of
Independence and gained territory, IT
LOST the Jewish Quarter (biblical Jerusalem), causing
THE EVICTION of its entire Jewish population and the
DESTRUCTION OF the Quarter.
This HAD TO take place in
order for the order to "RETURN and BUILD" Jerusalem to
both take place and MAKE SENSE (Daniel 9:25).
MODERN State of Israel is NOT - repeat, is NOT - by ANY
stretch of the imagination, BIBLICAL ISRAEL.
mentioned in the Old Testament either
referred to ALL 12 TRIBES (Genesis 49:28; Joshua
3:12), named after the 12 sons of Jacob (Israel), or to
the 10 NORTHERN TRIBES during the Divided Kingdom Era (1
Kings 21:7; 2 Kings 23:22).
The 10 tribes were
conquered and taken into captivity by the Assyrians in
spread into various parts of Europe, Asia and Africa
where - with the exception of some tiny groups in India
and Ethiopia - they became assimilated into various
nationalities and cultures.
Their present whereabouts
are KNOWN ONLY BY GOD, and remain UNKNOWN to humans.
For that reason,
they are referred to as the "10 LOST tribes" to this
What we know today
as the State of Israel is
comprised mostly of people of the tribes of Judah (hence
the name "Jews"), Benjamin, and some Levites.
that, except for the passages in Psalms and in the Book
of Joel, ALL these prophecies regarding Jerusalem and
the "time of the end" were
given AFTER Israel (the northern 10 tribes) had ceased
to exist, and had VANISHED into multiple nationalities.
There's NO PROMISE
ANYWHERE of bringing them back to the Holy Land until
comprised of the 12 tribes, WILL NOT BE RESTORED UNTIL
King Jesus brings them back into their own land, as He
promised, and settle them after "their old estates"
(Ezekiel 34:11-28; 36:11; 37:19-22).
In contrast, God promised
time and again to bring the people of Judah back from
captivity (Jeremiah 25:4-12; 29:10; Daniel 9:25;
Zechariah 1:12; Luke 21:24), and HAS DONE SO REPEATEDLY.
Praise His wonderful faithfulness.
That, if nothing else,
PROVES that eschatology is tied to Jerusalem and not
to the formation of a political State named Israel
containing only two tribes, and perhaps tiny fragments
OF SOME of the other 10.
it's a very important development, there's
NO WAY that the creation of a MODERN State named Israel,
with a capital in "West" Jerusalem - WHICH NEVER EVEN
EXISTED IN BIBLICAL TIMES - CAN BE THE MOMENT WHEN the
eschatological COUNTDOWN BEGINS.
prophetic clock started ticking on June 7, 1967 (Iyyar
28, THE VERY DAY Jesus ascended to heaven after His
Resurrection) when the
Jews recaptured BIBLICAL ("East") Jerusalem after 2,030
years of continued Gentile occupation.
King David, the
founder of Jewish Jerusalem, told us 3,000 years ago in
"WHEN THE LORD SHALL BUILD
UP ZION" (BIBLICAL JERUSALEM) -THEN
HE SHALL APPEAR IN HIS GLORY".
He never said -
"when God restores all of Israel". He never said "when a
State named Israel is born".
It was also in 1967
that the "word" was given by then Prime Minister Levi
Eshkol to "return and build" the Jewish Quarter, as per
That was 48 years
Gabriel told Daniel
there would be "7 sevens" from that "word" to the
appearing of Messiah Prince.
600 years later,
Jesus AGAIN gave His Word ASSURING US that the
generation that saw Jerusalem return to the Jews, after
the long times of "Gentile trampling" were fulfilled, WOULD
NOT PASS UNTIL we saw Him coming in a cloud with power
and great glory (Luke 21:24-32).
David, Gabriel, and
Jesus Himself, ALL
PROMISED THE SAME THING:
timelines in the Bible begin with the RETURN OF JEWS TO
Jerusalem and of Jerusalem to the Jews.
regardless of our good intentions, is human
There's no question
that THE COUNTDOWN TO HIS RETURN HAS BEGUN.
In fact, the
prophetic clock's been ticking for 48 years.
The countdown must,
therefore, be near its end.
HOW TO BE BORN AGAIN
I recently came
across a 12-minute video from a certain denomination
that supposedly dealt with this topic.
Naturally, I was
curious to see how they would present this all-important
ordained individual DANCED AROUND the issue, and went
into all sorts of PERIPHERAL SPECULATIONS about how
Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, and that night
symbolizes spiritual darkness.
He then launched
into his murky opinion about how the spirit resembles
the wind and how imperceptible the Spirit of God is...
I watched the
entire 12 minutes and realized that the
video's title was misleading: the guy DIDN'T REALLY SAY
ANYTHING about HOW to be born again.
It was just a bunch
of vague, phony baloney, snarky malarkey, religious
rhetoric WITH NO CLARITY OR SUBSTANCE.
religious figure DOESN'T
tell anyone HOW to be saved, or even HOW ABSOLUTELY
ESSENTIAL the New Birth from above, OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,
is to one's Salvation.
You simply AREN'T
SAVED WITHOUT IT.
I don't care HOW
MUCH RELIGION YOU GOT.
between Jesus and Nicodemus takes place in John 3:3-6.
It speaks for itself:
Him, HOW can
a man BE BORN WHEN HE IS
OLD ? Can he
ENTER A SECOND TIME INTO HIS MOTHER'S WOMB, AND BE BORN?
Verily, verily, I say to you, UNLESS
a man is BORN OF WATER (natural, physical
child birth where the
"water" in the woman's womb "breaks" and flows) AND
OF THE Spirit, HE
CANNOT ENTER into the kingdom of God.
is BORN OF THE FLESH IS FLESH; and that which
is BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT."
Here's a paraphrase
of Jesus' words:
"No, Nicodemus, you
DON'T NEED TO RE-ENTER your mother's womb. I'm
NOT talking about PHYSICAL re-birth but about SPIRITUAL
Flesh GIVES BIRTH TO
The Spirit GIVES BIRTH TO
Therefore you must
be born OF WATER (natural human birth first) and
then BE BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT.
ALONE won't get you into
UNLESS a person is BORN
AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT he/she CANNOT enter the Kingdom of
SPIRITUAL RE-BIRTH ACHIEVED?
According to John
ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVE HIM (JESUS), TO THEM He GAVE POWER
TO BECOME the CHILDREN OF God, EVEN TO THEM
THAT BELIEVE ON HIS NAME:
BORN, NOT of blood, NOR of the will of the flesh,
NOR of the will of man, but OF
Being BORN OF GOD,
or BORN OF THE SPIRIT, OR BORN AGAIN takes place, as
these verses say, when
WE RECEIVE Jesus into our hearts as ONLY Savior and God,
and TRUST Him TOTALLY for Salvation.
This is what EVERY HUMAN
BEING ON EARTH NEEDS TO KNOW:
every agnostic, every Buddhist, every Hindu, every New
Ager, every Taoist, Muslim, Jew, and so-called
SALVATION IS FREE TO ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST
INTO THEIR HEARTS as
only God and Savior, AND
who TRUST HIM ALONE for eternal Salvation.
You simply CANNOT
BE SAVED WITHOUT Jesus.
I DON'T CARE HOW
atheistic or agnostic you are.
I DON’T CARE HOW
MANY GOOD WORKS YOU’VE DONE.
I DON'T CARE HOW
MUCH RELIGION you got.
WHEN SOCIALISTS MEET
When Pope Francis
visits the White House and meets with President Obama
next Wednesday, September 23...
It won't trigger
It won't start
"World War III"...
It won't bring the
Antichrist and False Prophet together...
It won't make some
mysterious, invisible asteroid hit the earth...
It won't cause any
apocalyptic events as so many religious morons fear.
What it will do
bring together TWO OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL SOCIALIST
MINDS ON THIS PLANET.
socialist ideology, they share anti-Israel and pro-Arab
The Pope and the
President , evidently, see eye-to-eye on many issues.
If anyone should be
shaking in their boots about the Pope's visit, it should
be because of what these two "birds of a feather" might
Even before he
steps on U.S. soil for the first time, the Pontiff is
scheduled to visit oppressed, and deeply depressed, Cuba
TODAY, and meet with both Castro brothers, Raul and
In South Florida
all local stations are providing live coverage, in both
English and Spanish.
I hate to rain on
anyone's parade and shatter their expectations, but
Francis's visit to Cuba WON'T CHANGE ANYTHING.
Just like John Paul
II's visit to Cuba in 1998 DIDN'T CHANGE ANYTHING.
Just like Benedict
XVI's visit in 2012 (a mere three years ago) DIDN'T
This visit is merely
staged propaganda, a political show for the mutual
benefit of two fairly skilled POLITICIANS.
Make no mistake:
being Pope is
FAR MORE POLITICAL than religious.
It has VERY
LITTLE to do with REAL Christianity.
The Masses Francis
celebrates in Cuba will be little more than religious
The fact the Pope,
a/k/a Jorge Bergoglio, will be able to address the Cuban
people in Spanish, his native tongue, will add a nice
However, it's a
safe bet that Cuban people
will hear an "inspirational message" containing ANYTHING
BUT the Gospel.
SPIRITUALLY it will
EMPTY GESTURE, and leave MUCH to be desired.
though, it's a win-win proposition:
Francis will look
like a compassionate, charismatic, peace-making
religious leader, who is welcomed even in Communist
Raul likewise will
give the FALSE impression of being less of a hard-liner
than his brother Fidel, more open to the U.S., and
tolerant of religion.
It was Pope Francis
who worked behind the scenes to bring about the recent
historic "thawing of relations" between the U.S. and
Cuba after over 55 years of alienation, which also led
to the re-opening of our Embassy in Havana.
It also resulted in
the removal of Cuba by the U.S. from its list of "states
that sponsor terrorism".
That's sort of like
removing Madonna from the ever growing list of
"entertainment industry" sluts.
And who can forget
Francis' recent visit to Bolivia WHERE HE MET WITH YET
ANOTHER COMMUNIST, Evo Morales, who gave him a crucifix
of Jesus nailed not to the traditional cross, but to the
Communist symbols of the hammer and sickle?
It is rumored that
this time the Pope's agenda includes persuading
the U.S. to end its economic embargo on Cuba.
Jorge just may
succeed in what over 5 decades of antagonism, the
coveted Cuban vote in the electoral rich State of
Florida, and wishy washy diplomacy have failed to
After all, he's got
a like-minded socialist to work with.
WHY JEWS DON'T BELIEVE IN
If you believe a
disingenuous leader in the Seventh Day Adventist cult, it's
because REAL Christians preach GRACE.
The true Christian
faith, as taught in the Gospels, the Book of Acts, and
the entire NEW Testament, is Salvation BY GRACE ALONE,
through faith ALONE.
Salvation's not a
is a Person.
Salvation cannot be
A GIFT of God's grace to ALL who receive and place their
trust in the Person of Jesus Christ, and His perfect,
FINISHED work of redemption.
According to this
individual, the reason
most Jews reject Jesus is because Jews follow the law
(or at least they CLAIM
REAL Christians teach we're NOT under the law.
This guy is lying.
He's been BLINDED
As one who has
both, brought Jews to faith in their Messiah, and
debated some of their anti-Christ detractors AND SHUT
THEM UP, I can tell you THAT
GRACE is NOT the
main reason they reject Jesus.
Jews were GIVEN the law,
have NEVER KEPT the law (John 7:19).
They've had the
3,500 years and HAVE NEVER KEPT IT (Psalm
They can CLAIM to
"observe the law" all they want.
Fact is, THEY
the ONLY law observing Jew, who KEPT and FULFILLED
(SATISFIED) the law, ON OUR BEHALF, DOWN TO EVERY LAST
JOT AND TITTLE (Matthew 5:17-18), as He
Himself plainly said.
objections from our Jewish friends include the
Messiah not being God, but a mortal man born of normal,
human parents (that's NOT what their own Tanach
says, (see Isaiah 7:14; Psalm 110:1).
Or that his kingly
ancestry from David's lineage must
come from the real father, not a stepfather like Joseph (again,
they contradict their own torah, since Genesis
3:15 undisputedly says it will come from THE MOTHER).
In Jesus' case, it
came from BOTH.
But, after all is
said and done, the
MAIN Jewish objection to Jesus being the Messiah is that
He did NOT restore the Kingdom to Israel.
At least, He
didn't restore a Kingdom VISIBLE to natural human eyes (Luke
17:21) in His First Coming.
Jews expected, and
to this day expect, a
Messiah who will restore David's Kingdom to Israel,
bring Israelites back from exile, and usher in an era of
peace, where Jews will no longer be oppressed or
subjugated by other nations.
ANY rabbi will
THIS is the ultimate test, and that is THE
criteria by which THEY will recognize the
Had Jesus used His
Omnipotence back in the first century, toppled the Roman
Empire, liberated Israel, brought back the 10 northern
tribes from exile, and set up His earthly Kingdom in
Jerusalem, I have no doubt that Jews would have
enthusiastically welcomed Him as Messiah, whether
He told them to keep the law or not.
ONLY ONE PROBLEM:
Had He done that, He
COULDN'T have PAID FOR, and COULDN'T HAVE redeemed Jews
and ALL of mankind from their sins (Genesis
22:8; Isaiah 53: 5, 6).
JESUS done that, He COULDN'T have PAID FOR, and COULDN'T
HAVE redeemed Jews --and ALL of mankind -- from
their sins (Genesis 22:8; Isaiah 53: 5, 6).
Had He done that, our
Jewish friends would
still be sacrificing animals, and shedding THEIR
innocent blood for THEIR sins.
Animal blood could
only take away sin TEMPORARILY. Jesus'
Blood took sin away FOREVER (Hebrews 9:12,26;
Praise His Holy,
We needed, Jews
needed, THE WORLD NEEDED, a
Messiah whose SINLESS Blood could remove our sins ONCE
AND FOR ALL (Praise His Holy Name forever!) (Hebrews
A Messiah who
could BY ONE SACRIFICE, Himself, FOREVER SATISFY Divine
Justice and put us in right standing with God the Father (Hebrews
A Messiah who
could not only bear the punishment for sin, which is
death, BUT OVERCOME DEATH ITSELF: by RISING FROM the
dead (Hosea 13:14; Psalms 16:10; Isaiah
ALL that, and then some.
He hasn't forgotten
He WILL restore A VISIBLE,
EARTHLY Kingdom to Israel (Luke 1:32-33;
He WILL bring the 10
tribes back from exile and resettle them in
the Promised Land (Isaiah 11:12; Ezekiel 36:11, chapters
He WILL forever deliver
Israel from oppression or tyranny, His Name
be praised (Joel 3:16-17).
He WILL usher in an era of
Peace (Isaiah 2:4).
Best of all, from
earth's perspective, we're
only about 4-6 years away from the fulfillment of these
awesome prophecies (Daniel 9:25).
eventually, recognize and receive Jesus as their Messiah (Zechariah
"And of His
shall be NO END".
Probably the best
and most beautiful example of true repentance (teshuva)
found in Scripture is that of the prodigal son, in the
Gospel of Luke.
The word "prodigal" means "reckless"
This young man had
squandered his father's estate on "riotous living".
He'd blown off his
inheritance on booze, sex, drugs, jet-setting,
nightclubbing, and all manner of excess.
fine day his proverbial chickens came home to roost and he
found himself penniless, hungry and HOMELESS.
He ended up A BEGGAR, in mire and filth, feeding
pigs, doing someone else's bidding, digging into trash
cans for food, and eating whatever leftover scraps he
could find in order to survive.
Then one day it
DAWNED ON HIM: Even THE
SERVANTS in my father's house live BETTER than this!
I will RETURN (do teshuva) to
my Father's house and beg his forgiveness, and ask him
to take me back as one of his servants (Luke
The prodigal doubtlessly felt bad
about his sins, but it was
a change of mind, a change IN HIS WAY OF THINKING, which
in turn led to a CHANGE OF HEART, that made him
decide to RETURN to his dad's house.
said, "I HAVE SINNED against
heaven, and in your sight, and AM
NO MORE WORTHY TO BE CALLED YOUR SON".
hear NONE OF IT.
In fact, He COULDN'T
EVEN WAIT for the son to arrive and, seeing
him from a distance, RAN OUT TO MEET HIM.
Filthy and stinky as the rebellious son was, the
Father hugged him and kissed him (Luke
He immediately put a signet ring on his
finger, dressed him in the most beautiful Armani robe
from his own closet, and prepared
a sumptuous feast TO CELEBRATE HIS RETURN (Luke
Scripture doesn't say so, but I'm sure
the son also got a nice, hot bath and some badly needed
Calvin Klein cologne shortly after.
Judaism says that in teshuva restitution
MUST be made.
JESUS, however, said
The prodigal COULDN'T
RESTORE ANYTHING, even if he wanted. He
was flat broke and had NOTHING to
ALL he could do was throw
himself at his Father's mercy and beg to be
received as a lowly household servant.
Father's love for him was UNCONDITIONAL.
There are NO
CONDITIONS TO His Love.
As far as Dad was
concerned THAT WAS STILL HIS SON. And, despite his
rebellion and sinful deeds, HE'D
NEVER STOPPED LOVING HIM.
He loved the
rebellious son REGARDLESS of
what he'd done and was
READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO FULLY FORGIVE , FORGET and
Glory to His Name!
prodigal realized that despite his rebellion, his brazen
SELFISHNESS, his irresponsible foolishness, and stubborn
disobedience, in his
Father's eyes HE WAS STILL HIS SON, and ALWAYS WOULD BE.
Are you like this guy?
Have you squandered God's talents and blessings?
Did you once love
Jesus, but have forsaken Him?
He's NEVER forsaken
you (Hebrews 13:5).
Are you sick of hanging
out with pigs?
Are you hungry
for a nice, hot, nutritious meal and the comforts of
Your Dad waits excitedly
and with open arms to WELCOME YOU BACK.
Come on, prodigal. It's
time to RETURN.
It's time to COME HOME.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
There's a 40-day
season in the Hebrew calendar beginning in the month of
Elul and ending on Yom Kippur, called teshuva.
We are in that
season right now.
The word teshuva or
simply shuva means to
It can mean return
to a physical location, or
return to God as in repentance.
According to Daniel
9:24-27 and Deuteronomy 31:10 it
will be DURING THIS SEASON that Jesus will RETURN to
rule and reign as King of the earth and Israel's
Israelites it's a season of introspection, repentance,
doing charitable deeds, righting the wrongs that they've
done, and reconciling with those they're estranged from.
For believers in
the Jewish Messiah, it
should be a time of returning to OUR FIRST LOVE, namely
While our natural
mind retains no conscious memory of it, we
were "in love" with Him before the foundation of the
world when He chose us, and predestined us, in Himself (Ephesians
Since He is love,
that means we were ONE with Him.
When we were
born-again, we became ONE
SPIRIT with Him again.
We are ONE with Him in
spirit, right now, whether we realize it or not (1
Instead of trying
to "guess dates" WITHOUT SCRIPTURAL BASIS that will turn
out to be wrong, instead of running to every prophetic
forum on the internet and gulping all that nonsense, we
should be focused on His Presence, focused on Jesus'
very Being, His very Nature, INSIDE OF US.
He's NOT "out
there". He's "IN here".
NO ONE wants the
Rapture more than yours truly.
But let's not just
think of it as something that'll happen to us, but as
Someone who's already IN us:
The Rapture is that
split second in "time" when WE'RE CAUGHT UP INTO Jesus,
the Jesus WHO already LIVES IN us, which in turn means
this false "self" is consumed and JESUS is UNVEILED and
MANIFESTED (REVEALED) IN US (Romans 8:18-19).
It's all been
prearranged: We are
PREDESTINED to CONFORM TO His Image (Romans 8:29,
a thing. Rapture is A
Our Rapture IS
RAPTURE IN SEPTEMBER
Will the Rapture
happen on September 23, 2015?
NO. It will NOT.
We had barely
crossed from April into May and we were already getting
a ton of emails about that false theory. And it's gotten
Since we ARE NOW IN
SEPTEMBER, you can imagine the flood of emails on this
You Tube is CRAMMED
FULL of IDIOTIC VIDEOS which base this on everything
from conjecture to dreams, to supposed visions, and
everything in between: ON
ANYTHING BUT Scripture.
confused, spiritually emaciated weaklings!
Bible illiterates tossed
to and fro by EVERY wind of FALSE doctrine!
If you spent HALF
the time ASSIMILATING the Books of Daniel and Revelation
as you devote to prophecy TRAFFICKERS, to SELLERS of
WORTHLESS books and DVDs, and to delusional conspiracy
theorists, you wouldn't be
SO CONFUSED and EASILY DECEIVED.
You also wouldn't
be SO PARANOID.
But the U.S. will
be conducting special military exercises from July thru
September 15, across 9 states...
I know. WHERE
IN SCRIPTURE does it say that
ANY MILITARY EXERCISE predicts the Rapture?
But the Pope will
visit the White House on September 24....
So what? The "Pope"
EVEN MENTIONED in the Bible.
But there's a
fourth "blood moon" on September 28...
No. There HAVE NOT BEEN
ANY "blood moons". NOR WILL THERE BE ONE ON 9/28.
What will happen on
9/28 is A NATURAL LUNAR
ECLIPSE, which is NOT the "moon turning the color of
blood" mentioned in Revelation 6:12.
But they're doing
this experiment with a particle collider...
WHERE DOES THE BIBLE mention
a particle collider?
WHAT does THAT have
to do with eschatology?
But Stephen Hawking
WHO CARES what Hawking
says? When did he become
I care about WHAT
GOD says. The same God that
‘Stephen SAYS' "does not exist".
But they're going
to open "the gates of hell"...
I thought that JESUS - and
NO ONE ELSE - HAS THE KEY TO HELL (Revelation
I thought that
JESUS is the One who opens and NO ONE can shut, and when
He shuts NO ONE can open (Revelation 3:9)
So what will happen
on Yom Kippur, which this year falls on September 23,
I DON'T KNOW.
And neither do you.
But I do know THERE
WON'T BE ANY RAPTURE on that date.
Nor will "WW III"
begin on that date.
Those doctrines are
They have NO
BIBLICAL SUPPORT WHATSOEVER, and YOU
You COULDN'T back
it up with Scripture IF
YOUR LIFE depended on it.
DARE YOU to try.
Well, HOW can you
be SO SURE?
Simple: I know what
I trust His "MORE
SURE WORD OF PROPHECY" (2 Peter 1:19).
GOD SAYS that Jesus
must return at the end of the 70th "week" or shemitta
GOD SAYS that
7-year shemitta cycles begin and end on Sukkot
MUST RETURN on Tishri 15, during the Feast of Sukkot.
tribulation begins 3½ years PRIOR to His Second Coming
(Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 11:2-3; 12:6,14: 13:5),
and the Church is raptured AS THE TRIBULATION BEGINS
(Revelation 7:9,14) that
means the tribulation and Rapture must take place around
Passover, in the month of Aviv (a/k/a Nisan): IN THE
SPRING, NOT in September.
Since the Word of
God is IMMUTABLE, NOTHING --
in heaven, hell or earth -- CAN CHANGE that Truth.
But so-and-so WROTE
So DID GOD.
Why don't you study and
HONOR HIS BOOK, instead of filling your
deceived mind with "their" books?
"Their" books will
be tossed into the garbage (where they BELONG) within
the next 5 years.
His Book has
STOOD THE TEST OF TIME: 3,500 YEARS, to be exact.
His Book is
AS RELEVANT TODAY as it was when it was written.
His Book, WILL ENDURE FOR
ETERNITY (Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter
You can believe the
loony conspiracy theorists , the wolves in sheep's
clothing and the PROPHECY TRAFFICKERS, who are ONLY
INTERESTED IN YOUR MONEY, IN DECEIVING DUMB SHEEP, and
in SELLING you FALSE prophecy.
Or you can believe
MEN AND SEDUCERS WILL GO FROM BAD TO WORSE, DECEIVING,
AND BEING DECEIVED.
MUST CLING TO THE THINGS WHICH YOU HAVE LEARNED and HAVE
BEEN ASSURED OF, KNOWING FROM WHOM you have learned them"
(2 Timothy 3:13-14).
That is good advice
for any generation. But it's
PARTICULARLY APPLICABLE to THIS ONE.
Even before the
U.S. Senate gave President Obama the necessary votes to
thwart the Republican attempt to block the Iran Deal,
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was SO
EMBOLDENED by the stupid deal that HE OPENLY DECLARED
THAT WITHIN 25 YEARS ISRAEL WILL CEASE TO EXIST.
"I'd say (to
Israel) that THEY WILL NOT
SEE (THE END) OF THESE 25 YEARS.
God willing, there
will be NO SUCH THING as a Zionist regime IN 25 YEARS.
struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no
moment of serenity for Zionists,"
Some of the
agreement's measures will
SUPPOSEDLY (underline "supposedly") remain in place
FOR... you guessed it, 25 YEARS.
Seizing on that
time frame, Khamenei also noted that
some in the West have commented that the agreement
should allay Israel's fears about a nuclear Iran during
"We agreed to hold
talks with (the Americans) ONLY on
the nuclear issue and FOR
PARTICULAR REASONS, and thank God, OUR
NEGOTIATORS DID A GOOD JOB," he said.
Translation: "those DUMB,
wishful-thinking Americans GOT DUPED.
We outsmarted them
and TOOK FULL ADVANTAGE of
their stupidity, incompetence, and naivete.
This "deal" FAVORS
US, and DOES NOTHING for Israel"
The VERY FACT that
Iran's leader uses the
"Iran Deal" AS BASIS TO THREATEN ISRAEL'S EXISTENCE, and
BOLDLY PREDICT ITS DEMISE, PROVES how lousy, ineffective
and UNENFORCEABLE the so-called "deal" is.
For those who
marvel at Donald Trump's steady rise in the polls, he
authored a best-selling book titled "THE
ART OF the Deal".
Americans are fed
up with political correctness, and Washington's
Whatever else one
may think of Trump as a human being, on
this HE IS TELLING THE TRUTH:
The U.S. is NO
LONGER RESPECTED, and is perceived as weak, timid, and
The actions and
attitudes of Iran, Russia, China, Israel, Egypt, and
many other nations across the globe, provide ample
evidence of this heartbreaking fact.
The Ayatollah might
as well have said "10 years".
THE DAY AFTER the
Senate failed to stop the Iran Deal, Iran
just HAPPENED TO "FIND" a HUGE STASH OF URANIUM.
They are MOCKING
US RIGHT TO OUR FACE.
All of this brings
us to Jesus:
If I didn't know WHAT
JESUS has said about Israel, I would tend to
agree with the Ayatollah.
But, praise His
Name, I DO KNOW WHAT
JESUS has said about both Israel AND IRAN.
Therefore, I can
CONFIDENTLY say to that spawn of Satan who calls himself
the Ayatollah: "FAT
Israel will be
defeated, and occupied by gentiles, led by Antichrist, for
3½ years (Daniel 12:7; Revelation 11:2; 13:5).
Iran, however, WILL
ALSO (for the SECOND time in history) BE CONQUERED by
Antichrist and RENDERED
UNABLE TO eradicate
Israel (Daniel 8:19-25).
At the END of those
3½ years Israel
will be BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER (Genesis
WILL RULE THE ENTIRE WORLD, INCLUDING Iran (Isaiah
chapter 60; 66:22-24).
Iran, like it or not, will
be ruled BY THE JEWISH MESSIAH with "a rod of
iron" (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 2:27;19:15).
will be IRAN that CEASES TO EXIST about 1,000 years from
now (Ezekiel 38:1-5; 39:4,11-15).
If the Ayatollah had
bothered to read God's Book - the very one that Mohammed
first plagiarized, then EDITED - in "writing" his
Qu'ran - he WOULD KNOW BETTER.
But the Ayatollah
DID SAY that his vitriol against Israel would happen ONLY
IF GOD is "willing".
I realize, of
course, that by "god" he meant "allah".
Since there is NO ALLAH...
And since the One,
TRUE God is
supremely FAITHFUL, and UNWILLING TO part with
Israel... (Romans 11:25-26).
Even when MOST of
Israel has rejected Him...
HERE TO STAY(Jeremiah 31:35-36).
And NO HATE MONGER,
no amount of American INCOMPETENCE, NO INSTRUMENT OF
SATAN, NOT even SATAN
HIMSELF, can CHANGE GOD... OR HIS WORD.
THE CHURCH IN THE 21ST
Pentecostal movement was born in 1906 and continued to
spread in the early 1900's, primarily in the Azusa
Street Revival in L.A.
For the first half
of the twentieth century, it encountered harsh criticism
and staunch opposition from both, mainline
denominations, and even evangelicals.
put it bluntly, were
despised, ridiculed, and marginalized. The derogatory
term "holy roller" was regularly used to refer to
individuals who spoke in tongues, or believed in divine
It was in the late
60's and early 70's, as the movement continued to
spread, even into mainline denominations, that
the Pentecostal movement gained acceptance.
Moreover, by then, the
tables had turned, since Pentecostals controlled all
major Christian media.
Because of all the
criticism, opposition and ridicule they had endured for
decades, from fellow Christians, they
now felt the need to staunchly defend ANYONE
and EVERYONE who
exhibited THE SIGNS of Pentecostalism, namely, tongues,
healing, and prophesying:
"We have influence
now. We both control and have access to major media, and
we're not going to let you put our preachers and beliefs
Pentecostalism is, undoubtedly, a sovereign move of
God's Spirit, it has, unfortunately, one major drawback:
because outward demonstrations, such as healings,
miracles, signs and wonders are such integral part of
the movement, it lends
itself to trickery and imitation.
As Christian media
grew in power and influence, it
was only a matter of time before its airwaves were
filled with charlatans who claimed to heal people in
God's name, when they lacked the power to heal a zit.
were filled with snake oil salesmen who promised God's
favor in exchange for donations.
I could give you a
list that would read like the "Who's Who" of current
so-called Pentecostal leadership.
So, where does that
The 21st century Church,
as a whole, needs to grow up:
ONCE AND FOR ALL,
that the gifts of the Spirit come from God, and are as
true today, as available today, as important today, as
they were for the early Church.
the other hand, NEED
DISCERNMENT. They must realize that, while
their INITIAL movement was Spirit generated, "all that
glitters is not gold".
Not everyone who
CLAIMS to heal is a true healer. In fact, most who make
those claims today, ARE FAKERS.
tongues, in front of a microphone, doesn't make you more
spiritual, more anointed, more correct, or more
knowledgeable, than anyone else.
They must remember
that Jesus himself WARNED
US ABOUT FALSE PROPHETS, WHICH COME TO US IN SHEEP'S
CLOTHING, BUT INWARDLY, ARE RAVENOUS WOLVES (Matthew
acknowledge that, indeed, such
wolves have crept in, and ARE FLEECING THE DUMB SHEEP,
even as we speak.
They must be MORE
RESPONSIBLE, ethical AND DISCRIMINATING in
providing air time to various ministries.
for ministry haven't changed.
They are given to
us in 1 Timothy Chapter 3.
qualifications AREN'T how
much money someone can raise, or how many mansions or
airplanes they own, but rather, how many souls they win,
do they set a good example for other believers, and do
they preach the true Word of God, or a twisted gospel of
God says His
someday JUDGE THE ANGELS (1 Corinthians 6:3).
May God's Spirit
help and guide us IN
What's a Judaizer? A
SUPPOSED believer in Jesus Christ who insists we MUST
keep the Old Testament law (Torah) in order to have
right standing with God.
my definition. It's the
Bible's (Galatians 2:14).
Judaizers have been
coming out of the woodwork lately at an alarming rate.
surprise us, since Jesus warned that
in the last days MANY would come in His Name (saying
that He is the Messiah) and WOULD DECEIVE MANY (Matthew
They come to us in
sheep's clothing, but inside they're ravenous wolves...
or, at the very least, legalistic zombies.
hell-bent on imposing a legalistic burden on those
who've truly been born again, and live in the freedom of
They're the ones
who insist we must observe Old Testament dietary laws,
the 10 commandments, and "keep the weekly Sabbath".
Don't get me wrong,I'm
ALL for keeping the Sabbath, not just on Saturday, BUT
EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Sabbath keeping has
ALWAYS BEEN (THEN AND NOW) ABOUT RESTING FROM OUR OWN
WORKS, AND TRUSTING GOD'S.
The purpose of the
weekly Sabbath was to remind the children of Israel that
they were to CEASE FROM THEIR OWN DEAD WORKS AND REST
(TRUST in) GOD'S SUPERNATURAL WORK on their behalf.
The weekly Sabbath
was NEVER the designated day to assemble. It
was THE DAY OF REST (Exodus 20:8-10).
RESTING in Jesus
and TRUSTING Jesus, and
Jesus ALONE: THAT'S WHAT THE REAL SABBATH IS
ABOUT. That's what SALVATION IS
COMPLETELY trusting Jesus' death, burial, resurrection
and ascension, and His Blood, to wash away your sins...
You can ATTEND
SERVICES ON SATURDAY UNTIL YOUR FACE TURNS BLUE...
you're NOT keeping the Sabbath.
You can TRY to keep
the 10 Commandments until you turn into a dried up,
shriveled,old prune. You won't make it into the Kingdom
Fact is, God
COULDN'T CARE LESS what day of the week you
Judaizers can be
very persuasive. Their
approach, at least ON THE SURFACE, appears to be
quite godly. After all, they're quoting the Bible
(mostly Old Testament).
Satan, however, also
quoted the Old Testament, and
there's NOTHING GODLY about him.
One guy in
particular, who wears some sort of Old Testament
costume, is now telling his CUSTOMERS (eh... followers)
that, unless they call God
by His Hebrew Name "Yahweh", or Yeshua, that they are
using His Name in vain, thereby breaking the second
ridiculous, legalistic crap!
Genesis 11:14, IT WAS GOD
WHO CONFUSED AND DIVIDED THE (one) LANGUAGE IN ALL THE
EARTH INTO VARIOUS LANGUAGES: according to Hebrew
tradition AT LEAST 70 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.
God Himself PERPETRATED THIS ON HUMANITY, God's going to
now turn around and BLAME them FOR NOT SPEAKING
HEBREW???? Give me a religious break!
According to this clown
(hey, if you wear a funny-looking costume, what does
that make you?) people in France, Spain or Latin
America who call on the Name of Jesús are using His Name
in vain. Same goes for the the Italians when they call
Him Gesù, the Japanese Iesu, etc. Same goes for all
English speaking people when we call Him "Jesus".
What complete farce!
There's no LESS
IMPORTANT issue as far as God is concerned, than calling
God by His Hebrew Name, His Latin Name or His English
Name. The Church faces far
greater challenges than that. God knows every language
and communicates in all of them.
When He talks to
me, do you think He usually speaks Hebrew? How about
when He talks to you? No, He
has complete mastery of English, I assure you.
When you called out
to Him, in your time of need, did you have to say "Oh,
Yeshua"! in order for Him to answer?
How about when you
first invited Him into your heart? Did you call Him
Yeshua? No, you said
"Jesus" and He came anyway, didn't He?
Judaizers can twist
and turn their dead religion all they want, BUT THIS IS
WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO: DO
YOU TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY?
If you do, you need
nothing else. He's
If you don't,
you'll have to "add" and "add" and "add". .. and KEEP
ADDING BECAUSE YOU WILL
NEVER MEASURE UP.
If you don't
TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY for
Salvation,YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
14 YEARS AGO TODAY
Whoever you are,
wherever you live, 9/11 is a date you'll always
It was 14 years ago
evil men, all instruments of Satan,
hijacked two commercial airplanes and flew them into the
World Trade Center in N.Y. and the Pentagon in
Arlington, Virginia, taking the lives of 2,974 victims,
from more than 70 countries, along with their own
wretched lives, in the greatest terrorist attack our
nation has ever witnessed.
The incident sent
shock waves throughout America and the entire world.
Since that fateful day,
our nation and the world have never been the same.
In many ways it
seems like it was only yesterday. It's hard to believe
that 14 years have passed.
Since then, the
masterminds of 9/11, like Bin Laden, Al Zarkawi and
Kalid Sheik Mohammed, have either been killed or
But their dastardly
deed has left a permanent scar in our nation's psyche.
Not to mention that
they've been replaced with
EVEN WORSE (as hard as it may be to imagine) Islamic
MONSTERS like Al Baghdadi.
a wake-up call to slumbering America.
The Sunday after
9/11, churches in the
increasingly secular U.S.A. were filled to capacity.
sudden "turning to God" didn't last long.
All that remained
of the once impressive Twin Towers in the aftermath of
9/11 were some steel beams
in the shape of a cross.
You'd think our
HAVE "gotten the message".
Yet our country is
more secular than ever, our own President proudly says
that America is NOT a Christian nation, society at large
has deteriorated beyond description, and our Supreme
Court has just made gay marriage the law of the land.
complain about it all they want, but we
are MORE AT FAULT than anyone else.
Instead of speaking
the Truth in love and setting the moral example for the
nation, we have SOLD OUR
HEARTS AND MINISTRIES TO THE GOD OF MONEY, reducing
the Gospel to an empty "invitation" while
we INCESSANTLY BEG FOR DOLLARS.
We've lost ALL
The lost are either
NOT LISTENING, or they are MOCKING. And I, for
one, can't blame them.
It's a sad day when
a nation founded by Christians, and where 87% of the
population professes the Christian faith in one form or
another, MINORITIES such as Buddhists (3%) Muslims
(0.6%) and secularists are represented in
popular culture, and OUR
FAITH, the faith of our Founding Fathers, ISN'T.
sad, SAD DAY for our nation... in more ways than one.
As we re-live this
somber day in American history, we mourn the victims; we
remember their families, the survivors, and the heroes
We honor the memory of
Todd ("let's roll") Beamer, a Christian brother, and the
brave men and women of United Airlines flight 93 who
TOOK THE DRASTIC DECISION TO END THEIR OWN LIVES by
attacking the hijacking terrorists and crashing the
plane into an empty field in Philadelphia,in
order to SAVE OTHER LIVES and thwart the terrorist plan which,
apparently, intended to crash the plane into the White
That was an
act of TREMENDOUS courage and selflessness, which no
red-blooded American can EVER forget:
John 15:13: "GREATER
LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS: to LAY DOWN ONE'S LIFE for
We thank our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ for protecting our nation and
keeping us safe since that awful, tragic morning.
It appears that,
THE ONLY THING that will shake our nation out of its
spiritual stupor is A SUPER-RUDE AWAKENING.
LIVING IN THE SPIRIT
HOW does one live IN
THE "SECRET PLACE" of the Most High? (Psalm 51:6; 91:1)
HOW does one LIVE
and WALK in the spirit, as Scripture COMMANDS?
These terms, both
found in the Bible, essentially mean the same thing.
They both refer to
STAYING in, and LIVING FROM, THE INNERMOST PART (CORE)
of our being, where Jesus placed the New Nature He
gave us when we got born again.
It's living CONNECTED
WITH the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who
LIVE WITHIN us - NOW:
Step 1: Realize
that the born-again experience is
NOT "the end" but THE
BEGINNING OF the
Step 2: The born
again experience (Jesus IN us) is what
QUALIFIES US TO ENTER His Kingdom.
It's also THE
ENTRANCE INTO the Kingdom of God.
This means that the
born again experience OPENS
THE DOOR TO ALL KINDS OF MARVELOUS
EXPERIENCES in/with Jesus.
Step 3: LIVE
IN THE INNER God
Once we acquire the
born-again Nature, which is God's OWN Nature - we
are TO LIVE FROM THERE (2 Peter 1:4).
THEMSELVES out of the unspeakable joy and wonder of
experiencing Jesus up close and personal BY
FORGETTING their born-again Nature AS SOON AS THEY GET
This happens, in
large part, because of ignorance.
95% of Christians,
INCLUDING THOSE IN MINISTRY, DON'T
KNOW WHAT HAPPENS when we're born again:
The King and His Kingdom COME INTO us (Luke
Step 4: SETTLE in
our minds - ONCE AND FOR ALL - that Jesus IS IN US:
NOT figuratively, but
ACTUALLY AND LITERALLY (John 14:23; Ephesians
Although as God He
is omnipresent, as far as our daily life and
relationship with Jesus are concerned HE
IS WITHIN US.
Step 5: STOP
looking for Jesus "out there", and START
FOCUSING ON HIM WITHIN YOURSELF.
Step 6: You'll
NEVER experience Jesus ON THE OUTSIDE, but ON
in you 24/7.
There's never a
time when He's NOT in you.
Step 7: PRACTICE
Since we are COMMANDED
to live and walk, day to day, moment to moment, IN THE
SPIRIT, DEEP WITHIN US (from the stomach and kidney
area), we MUST OBEY and do JUST THAT.
It's NOT a "push
It takes PRACTICE.
Until it becomes A
Until LIVING FROM
YOUR INNERMOST BEING BECOMES
Step 8: If
we want the Rapture, it is IMPERATIVE - ABSOLUTE MUST --
that every believer becomes familiar with, and PRACTICES
LIVING FROM, their born again Nature.
The Rapture WON'T
happen TO US from without, but FROM
We are "caught up" into
THE INNER Christ.
We are transformed
from mortal to immortal (glorified) FROM
INSIDE (2 Corinthians 4:6-7).
us is our ONLY hope of
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
THE CHURCH JESUS FOUNDED
There is NO
QUESTION that Roman Catholicism is THE EARLIEST form of
ORGANIZED Christian RELIGION.
1,600 years old and dates back to the late 4th century
THAT is UNDISPUTED.
AT ITS INCEPTION,
although it had already degenerated considerably, this
form of organized Christianism WAS NOT AS EVIL AND
CORRUPT AS IT EVENTUALLY BECAME.
I was BORN AND
RAISED in Roman Catholicism. I attended Roman Catholic
schools. Therefore, I am perhaps better equipped than
most Christians to address this issue.
I grew up BELIEVING that
Roman Catholicism was "the ONE TRUE Church that Jesus
I WAS TAUGHT since childhood.
That's what I
WANTED TO believe.
I still love
Catholics and want ALL Roman
Catholics to be saved.
They, like everyone
else, are saved by
RECEIVING Jesus Christ INTO THEIR HEARTS as ONLY God and
ALL-SUFFICIENT Savior (John
1:12; Romans 10:9).
TRUSTING Him - TOTALLY and COMPLETELY - for ETERNAL
Salvation from that moment forward.
Although it's always an
option, they DO
NOT NEED TO leave
Roman Catholicism in order to be saved.
doctrine that this
INVENTED religion is "the Church that Jesus founded" -
to the EXCLUSION OF all other manifestations of
Christian faith - simply DOES
NOT WITHSTAND EITHER BIBLICAL, HISTORICAL,
or ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCRUTINY:
1) When Jesus
announced in Matthew 16:18 that
HE (not mortal men) would build HIS CHURCH and
that the "gates of hell" WOULD NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT,
He was in Cesarea Phillipi (Israel), some
3,030 miles AWAY FROM Rome (Matthew 16:13).
To put it into some
sort of useful perspective, that's
roughly the same distance from N.Y. to L.A.
2) Jesus was NEVER
in Rome (Matthew 15:24).
How can a religion INVENTED
300 years later, in a city He never even VISITED, be
"the Church that Jesus founded"?
3) According to
Scripture the ONE TRUE CHURCH that Jesus founded WAS
BORN IN JERUSALEM, NOT ROME (Acts 2:1-33).
There was NO
CHURCH in Rome at the time.
There was NO
CHURCH ANYWHERE at the time, except in
It's, therefore,IMPOSSIBLE for
His one true Church to be THE RELIGION OF Rome.
4) The birth of the
Church took place in Jerusalem, on
the JEWISH Feast of Pentecost, in 33-34 A.D
Mary, the mother of
Jesus, and His brothers were PART OF that ONE, TRUE, and
VERY JEWISH Church IN JERUSALEM, NOT Rome (Acts
The Church was
born IN THE FIRST CENTURY
DAYS AFTER Jesus' Crucifixion, 40
DAYS AFTER His Resurrection, AND 7
DAYS AFTER His Ascension (Acts 1:3-9).
Roman Catholicism was
born THREE CENTURIES LATER.
5) The ONE TRUE
Church that Jesus founded was
ALWAYS HEADQUARTERED IN Jerusalem (Acts 8:1;
Acts 15:4, 22).
6) the ONE TRUE
Church was founded ON
BELIEF (faith in) Jesus ALONE and on God's Grace ALONE--
NOT on WORKS, and NOT on ANY man-made religion (Acts
7) BEFORE there was
ANY church in Rome there were churches (communities of
Christian believers) in:
Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-5;
8:1; Chapter 15).
Antioch, Turkey (Acts 13:1).
Cyprus (Acts 13:4).
Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:14)
Iconium (Acts 14:1)
Lystra in southeast Turkey (Acts
Syria and Cilicia (Acts 15:41)
Thyatira (Acts 16:14)
Berea (Acts 17:12)
Athens (Acts 17:34)
Corinth (Acts 18:1,11)
Galatia (Acts 18:23)
Ephesus (Acts 18:24; 19-17)
The church in Rome is
NOT EVEN MENTIONED UNTIL the LAST CHAPTER of
the Book of Acts (Acts 28:14-15).
And EVEN THEN, the church
in Rome was A SMALL COMMUNITY of born-again Christian
believers, and NOT
the RELIGION THAT WAS INVENTED SEVERAL CENTURIES LATER,
which we know today as Roman Catholicism.
There were no "Popes"
at the early church in Rome, no
cardinals, let alone an entire "college" of them...
no papal conclaves, no alleged "successors of Peter", no
cathedrals, no Mass, no Vatican, no convents, no
priests, no nuns, no religious habits (apparel), no cult
of Mary or saints, no statues, medals, crucifixes or
There were NO
Crusades, no "indulgences", no Thirty Years' War, no
torture, no persecution, no Inquisition, no barbaric
colonization of the Americas, where Catholic
conquistadors savagely raped, maimed and massacred
native Americans AT WILL in the name of "the holy
8) The ONE TRUE
NOT founded on Peter, but on Jesus.
Jesus, NOT PETER,
is the Rock on which the one true Church is FOUNDED - as
Scripture clearly says (1 Corinthians 3:11), and as
Peter himself tells us, NOT once, NOT twice, BUT SEVEN
TIMES(Acts 4:11-12; 1 Peter 2:4-8).
assignment to Peter was to
EVANGELIZE JEWS, NOT gentiles (Matthew 15:24;
John 21:17; Galatians 2:7).
Had Peter become
"Bishop of Rome" and "first Pope" (as Roman Catholicism
FALSELY claims), he
would have had to LIVE IN Rome, and EXPRESSLY DISOBEY
He would be TOTALLY
UNWORTHY of the title "apostle", let alone of being "the
rock" on which ANYTHING is founded.
10) In line with
this, the New Testament
talks REPEATEDLY about Paul preaching, teaching and
being IN ROME (Acts 28:14-17,21; 19:21; 23:11;
28:30; Romans 1:15; 2 Timothy 1:17).
NOT ONCE does it mention
Peter being in Rome.
NOT EVEN ONCE!!!
11) In Matthew
16:18 Jesus pointedly says that
HE (not mortal man) would build HIS church.
He DIDN'T say that
a Roman Emperor would build His Church 300
Nor did He say He'd
transfer its SEAT from Jerusalem to Rome.
12) Jesus promised
that "the gates of hell
WOULD NOT PREVAIL AGAINST" His ONE, true Church
17:16-18 we find that the
gates of hell DO
PREVAIL against the religion of Rome, and UTTERLY
WAY, therefore, that Roman Catholicism can be
"the one true Church founded by Jesus".
13) In Luke 19:41 Jesus
WEPT over the TEMPORARY destruction
In sharp contrast, He
DOESN'T SHED ANY TEARS OVER the ETERNAL destruction
of Rome AND ITS RELIGION (Revelation 18:21-24; 19:3).
Rome and its religion are finally destroyed ALL
OF HEAVEN REJOICES and gives God THREE HALLELUJAHS (Revelation
ONLY TIME in the ENTIRE Bible - Old and New
Testaments - that THREE
CONSECUTIVE HALLELUJAHS are given to God.
Draw your own
14) Rome and its
religion WILL BE DESTROYED by Antichrist and his 10
kings (Revelation 17:16-18).
it is HE who PUTS IT IN THEIR HEARTS to
carry out Rome's destruction (Revelation
The fact that
GOD CLAIMS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for the TOTAL and
ETERNAL destruction of Rome, and its man-invented
religion, speaks for itself.
In light of these UNDISPUTED,
BIBLICAL, Holy Spirit inspired FACTS, we are
left with ONLY TWO choices:
1) That Jesus LIED
at least 14 times.
2) That Roman
Catholicism HAS LIED repeatedly and for many centuries.
We know that Jesus
is God and CANNOT lie (John 14:6; Romans 3:4;
These are BIBLICAL
And they are IRREFUTABLE.
WHAT IS "THE CHURCH" ?
In Matthew 16:18
Jesus made the historic announcement that
HE (not mortal man) would build HIS CHURCH and
the "gates of hell WOULD NOT PREVAIL against it".
that promise in Acts chapter 2:1-36, when He sent the
Holy Spirit to LIVE IN each believer.
That's when the
Church WAS BORN.
The word "church"
appears 114 times in the New Testament.
is GROSS MISINFORMATION, and HUGE CONFUSION as to what
the Church is... and isn't.
2,000 years after
Jesus walked the earth, certain denominations claim to
be "the Church that Jesus founded" TO THE EXCLUSION OF
to HAVE A MONOPOLY ON TRUTH, and that they
were INVENTED to "correct" the problems and wrong
doctrine in the Church.
who make these claims ARE
When Jesus and His
disciples spoke of the "Church", they
were talking about THE WHOLE ASSEMBLY (GROUP) OF
BELIEVERS in Him.
A BUILDING as "the Church".
A DENOMINATION (like Baptist, Methodist,
Episcopalian, Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian, Church
of God, or Pentecostal) as "the Church".
referred TO A RELIGION as "the Church".
There were NO
Christian BUILDINGS or worship centers in the
There were NO
DENOMINATIONS in the Early Church.
There was NO
CHRISTIAN (organized) RELIGION in the Early
There was GENUINE
FAITH (TRUST) in Jesus and there were
denomination, the earliest "Christian" religion, and the
earliest "Christian" buildings, were
INVENTED - BY MORTALS -400 YEARS LATER.
These are UNDISPUTED,
BIBLICAL and HISTORICAL FACTS.
For these reasons, I
STOPPED BELIEVING in organized religion-
regardless of name - many years ago.
I STOPPED BELIEVING
I ALSO STOPPED BELIEVING
FALSELY called "churches" ARE
NOT the Church.
buildings FALSELY called "first church of whatever", or
"our lady of whatever" ARE
NOT the Church.
NO Christian denomination
- REGARDLESS OF name or provenance - is the Church.
There are people in
my family who are born-again and still believe in
I'm sure there are
some in your family.
Just like there
READING this message who believe in it.
I'm a realist, and
acknowledge that for most Christians that's
NOT LIKELY to change anytime soon - this side of the
As long as they are
SAVED (born again) I'm happy to allow the Holy Spirit to
guide them as to when, where and HOW to worship Jesus.
called me to preach and teach THE
TRUTH, NOT some religious fantasy concocted hundreds
of CENTURIES AFTER His public ministry,
death, Resurrection and Ascension.
TRUTH concerning HIS Church is exactly what I have
stated above - and NOTHING else.
What, then, is
WORLDWIDE GROUP of believers, that TRUST JESUS - AND
JESUS ALONE - to be their God and ONLY Savior, and who
have experienced A NEW SPIRITUAL BIRTH FROM ABOVE (John
are people IN
WHOM JESUS LIVES (Ephesians 3:17).
whose hearts THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVES (Romans
These people (His
Church) TRANSCEND man-made
religion, denominational barriers, WRONG TEACHING,
religious lies, religious buildings, religious
tradition, and ANYTHING
ELSE invented by mortal men and women.
These people (His
Church) - ALTHOUGH YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT by looking at
them or hearing them - ARE
ONE SPIRIT WITH JESUS AND WITH EACH OTHER.
unity - which is ETERNAL, UNCHANGING Truth -- will
MANIFEST at the collective Rapture.
These individuals were
CHOSEN by God and PREDESTINED in Christ Jesus BEFORE THE
FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH (Ephesians 1:4).
comprise THE BODY OF
NOW and FOREVER the Head of His Body (Ephesians 1:22).
If JESUS -
and NO ONE ELSE - IS NOT THE
ONE AND ONLY Head of
your religion, denomination, or group -- THAT'S NOT HIS
Which of the THOUSANDS of
"Christian" religious organizations did
of them must be the "true Church" Christ founded.
The answer may
surprise some of you:
Jesus established a
SPIRITUAL Church based
on being SPIRITUALLY CONNECTED TO Him.
He commissioned His
disciples to preach the Good News (Gospel)of
FREE SALVATION to ANYONE who WANTS IT (Mark
16:15; Revelation 22:17).
established buildings, hierarchies, religious
garments, rules and regulations.
Never established church
choirs, youth groups, revivals, Sunday school or Sunday
His ONLY commandments were
1. God with all our
hearts and minds.
2. Our neighbor.
3. Each other.
Love is THE ROYAL,
UNIVERSAL LAW OF HIS KINGDOM.
It is truly
astonishing to see HOW that
simple SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY that He founded has evolved
and DEGENERATED during the past 2,000 years:
But my denomination
(religious organization) is
THE ONLY ONE that preaches the truth. We're the
ONLY ONES who truly follow Christ.
NO. You're not.
If you believe
that, what you are is a
THE VERY SAME THINGS you think today, back in
the first century.
Jesus told them
flat-out that they WOULD
NOT ESCAPE the condemnation of hell (Gehenna,
The Church that
Jesus Christ founded IS
NOT A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION.
It is A
SPIRITUAL Body (assembly) comprised of ALL
BELIEVERS who have MADE A SPIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH THE
LIVING CHRIST AND
HAVE BEEN SPIRITUALLY REGENERATED OR BORN-AGAIN.
Nicodemus, a distinguished
member of the Sanhedrin, a circumcised Jew who
"observed" the law, the 10 commandments and the 24-hour
"UNLESS a man is BORN
AGAIN... of the Spirit,he
CANNOT ENTER the Kingdom of God" (John
You can't say it ANY
CLEARER, or MORE DIRECTLY, than THAT.
NO SPIRITUAL REBIRTH = NO
I don't care WHICH religious
organization you belong to.
Entrance into God's
Kingdom takes place INSIDE,
IN OUR INNERMOST BEING, not by joining some segregated,
"better than everyone else" religious club ON
A LITTLE JESUS
People have as
much Jesus AS THEY WANT.
much, or as little, Jesus as THEY
Jesus will never
force His way into a person's heart.
He comes to live in
By the same token, He
won't fill that person with MORE OF HIMSELF than they
want and are ready to receive.
believers for the most part ARE SATISFIED
WITH "a little" Jesus.
We don't see very
many Christians LONGING
FOR deeper, more intimate communion with our Living
We don't see very
many SEEKING Him and His
beautiful Face with
ALL their hearts.
For the most part,
we want just "a little Jesus".
Just give us enough
Jesus TO AVOID GOING TO
Just give us enough
we'll go in the Rapture and miss the tribulation.
Let's give Jesus JUST
ENOUGH ROOM IN OUR LIVES, JUST ENOUGH TIME
AND ATTENTION, to get us
Or to get us
through some difficult situation we're facing.
Is that God's Will
or God's best?
MUCH TOO PRECIOUS for us to treat merely as a
TOO HIGH A PRICE to purchase our Salvation
for us to treat Him in such nonchalant and, frankly,DISRESPECTFUL manner.
He DESERVES our
BOUNDLESS love and gratitude.
He DESERVES our
FULL, UNDIVIDED attention.
He DESERVES ALL
He DESERVES ALL
IT'S AN INSULT to
give Him only that time when we have
"nothing better to do".
All true believers
WILL MANIFEST Jesus, sooner or later (1 John 3:2).
That's our eternal
He is Whom
we're PREDESTINED TO BECOME (Romans 8:29).
That being the
case, we might as well start seeking His Face NOW and
manifesting Him NOW.
We need to offer
LIVING SACRIFICES, totally and wholeheartedly
We need to
OFFER UP this FALSE "existence", SO THAT HIS ABUNDANT,
ETERNAL LIFE may manifest.
What could be
better and more glorious than
THE KING HIMSELF LIVING IN US AND MANIFESTING THROUGH
Jesus wants ALL
The real question is:: HOW
MUCH JESUS do
NOT BY WORKS
Ephesians 2:8-9 is
one passage of Scripture that
EVERY Christian should know by heart. It says:
are saved BY
GRACE thru FAITH; and that, NOT
of yourselves: It
by works, lest anyone should boast".
Salvation is NOT by
Salvation is A
As with any other
NOTHING we can DO to earn it or deserve it.
ALL WE CAN "DO" IS RECEIVE
Then TRUST (have
"The righteousness of God is
by faith in Christ Jesus UNTO ALL and upon ALL
OF THEM THAT BELIEVE" (Romans
It's NOT by
FREELY BY HIS GRACE thru the redemption that
is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).
It's NOT by
conclude that a man is
justified BY FAITH, WITHOUT THE
WORKS OF THE LAW" (Romans 3:28).
It's NOT by
by grace, THEN IT IS NO MORE OF WORKS: otherwise
grace is no more grace" (Romans 11:6).
It's NOT by
"By the works of
the law shall
NO FLESH BE JUSTIFIED" (Galatians 3:16).
It's NOT by
(already) saved us, and called us with a holy calling, NOT
ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS,but
according to His own purpose AND
GRACE, WHICH WAS GIVEN US (ALREADY) IN CHRIST JESUS
BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN" (2 Timothy
It's NOT by
"Knowing that a
NOT JUSTIFIED BY the works of the law, but BY THE FAITH
OF Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16).
It's NOT by
BY WORKS of righteousness which we have done,
but according to His mercy He saved us, by
the washing of REGENERATION, AND RENEWING of the Holy
Spirit" (Titus 3:5).
It's NOT by
If it's NOT by
YOUR WORKS (good or bad) have NOTHING to do with
ministers, STOP preaching
A CONFUSING, murky "gospel" of grace plus works.
Gospel, AT ALL.
It's NOT by
Seventh Day Adventists, Church of Christ, United Church
of God, Sabbatarians, legalists AND SO CALLED
part, exactly, of "NOT by
works" don't you understand?
THE FEAR TEST
NOT the author of fear. God KNOWS no fear. God HAS
God is love (1 John
4:16) and PERFECT Love CASTS
OUT fear (1 John 4:18).
NOT given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy
COME from God.
Therefore, A VERY
SIMPLE WAY OF DISCERNING TRUE DOCTRINE FROM FALSE
DOCTRINE IS TO PUT IT TO THE "FEAR" TEST:
When a lying pastor
or preacher tells his audience that
unless you tithe, you're under a curse, and God won't
bless you... not only is that FALSE AND UNSCRIPTURAL. It
When some greedy
preacher tells you that if you want something from God
like prosperity, a loved one saved, good health, or some
situation resolved, you
MUST buy God's favor by "sowing a seed", NOT ONLY IS
THAT BLASPHEMOUS, it
When some religious
nutcase tells you that you
MUST belong to their religious group or denomination in
order to be saved, NOT ONLY IS THAT TOTALLY
UNSCRIPTURAL (Acts 4:12), they're
putting FEAR in your heart.
ALL religion is
religion comes from Satan,
NOT from God.
When someone tells
you Jesus death on the cross, His Blood, His
Resurrection, His complete work of Redemption ISN'T
SUFFICIENT TO SAVE US... when they tell you, you
must ALSO keep the 10 Commandments... or keep the weekly
Sabbath, or ADD anything else, not only are they
blaspheming, not only are they DIMINISHING JESUS, not
only are they making the 10 Commandments and the
Sabbath CO-SAVIORS - which
means JESUS ISN'T the ONLY Savior - they're putting UNFOUNDED
FEAR in people's hearts.
established that God's NOT the author of fear. Hence, such
doctrines CANNOT, and DO NOT come from God.
When some LOST
RELIGIOUS PUPPET, WHO DOESN'T KNOW God's Word, tells you
the mark of the beast will be worshiping God on Sunday, please
tell them that they don't know what the heck they're
talking about (they DON'T!)
While you're at
it, tell them that such
teaching CANNOT come from God since it's not
in the Bible and PRODUCES
When someone tells
you The Rapture's post trib, and that Christians will go
thru the tribulation's HORRIFIC judgments -- JUST
LIKE THE UNSAVED, Christ-rejecting people who caused
those judgments to come -- and that they'll be
persecuted, massacred and ruled over by the
ARE PREACHING LIES AND FEAR.
Now let's see how
Truth stands up under such scrutiny:
NOT tithe. Period.
Nor can they come
under any curse, for the simple reason that no
remotely normal earthly father would curse his own
children, LET ALONE A HOLY, LOVING GOD. NO
ALL of God's
blessings are FREE. They're NOT for sale. NO
Jesus death and
resurrection ARE sufficient. His grace IS SUFFICIENT to
We need NOTHING
and NO ONE ELSE (Hebrews 7:25). NO
There's NO OTHER
NAME, besides "Jesus" whereby we must be saved.
Therefore WE CAN
TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY FOR SALVATION, and no
denomination, group, fraternity, study group, or
whatever else they call themselves... saves us. NO
Christians are free to
worship God anywhere they want, any day they want,
including Sunday. NO
The Church will be
safely in heaven, before God's Throne, when the
tribulation judgments begin (Revelation 7:9).
the tribulation, nor the reign of Antichrist, will
affect Christ's Church. NO
God's Word COMMANDS
US, 365 TIMES, to "FEAR
is NOT of God.
DOCTRINE that inspires FEAR, instead of TRUST (faith) IS
NOT OF GOD.
That doctrine MUST
Do you want to
KNOW, FOR SURE, which
doctrine is TRUE and which is FALSE?
Submit it to the
WILL THE HOLY SPIRIT BE
teaching in prophecy circles is that the Holy Spirit is
holding back the Antichrist, and that, when the Church
is raptured, the Holy Spirit will be REMOVED from the
earth thus allowing him to manifest.
That's what you get
for listening to those who constantly say "I believe",
instead of "God's Word says".
The Bible SAYS NO
If the Spirit were
removed, NO ONE would be saved during the tribulation.
We know that MANY will come to faith in Christ during
the reign of Antichrist [Revelation 20:4].
HOW ON EARTH do you
"remove" the Holy Spirit?
Last time I checked
the Holy Spirit was/is God. God is OMNIPRESENT.
King David told us
in Psalms 139:7, 8 that even if he were to make his bed
IN HELL, the Spirit of God would still be there.
Do you think the
Holy Spirit was ABSENT from the earth until Pentecost?
Of course not! He
was around. He's ALWAYS been around (Genesis 1:2).
What happened on
Pentecost is He came to LIVE INSIDE those who received
Jesus as their Lord, as Jesus had promised.
That STILL HAPPENS
TODAY whenever a person is born-again.
The "he" that MUST
be "taken out of the way" BEFORE Antichrist can show up
is THE BODY OF CHRIST:
"Let no one deceive
you in any way, for it (in context, the Day of the Lord
or tribulation) will not be UNLESS THE DEPARTURE COMES
FIRST, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of
destruction" (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
The Church at
Thessalonica was troubled that the Day of the Lord
(tribulation) was about to begin (2 Thessalonians 2:2).
Paul said two
things needed to happen PRIOR:
1. The Departure
[Rapture] had to happen.
2. The identity of
Antichrist had to be revealed (in context, to believers,
since he was writing to the church at Thessalonica).
The Antichrist is
revealed to believers BEFORE THEY DEPART. The Antichrist
is revealed to the world (unbelievers) when he emerges,
resurrected, from the bottomless pit, about 3½ years
PRIOR TO the Second Coming of Christ [Revelation 11:7;
Paul was saying
that as long as the Church is AROUND, and the identity
of the Antichrist hasn't been revealed to the Church,
the Day of the Lord (tribulation) cannot come.
The identity of
Antichrist has ALREADY been revealed to the Church, ALL
OVER THE WORLD : www.christconnection.net/id7.html
Therefore, THE ONLY
THING hindering the Antichrist's appearance (2
Thessalonians 2:6) is the Body of Christ (Church) still
being present on earth.
He cannot manifest
in, or to the world, UNTIL The Departure of the Church
I am mindful that
the King James and other versions render this passage as
"a falling away". However, in the original Greek NOTHING
is "falling away" from nowhere. The words ho
apostasia literally mean "THE Departure".
It's ONLY AFTER we
disappear, that Antichrist appears.
Simply put, YOU
CAN'T "remove God" or "take GOD out of the way"... EVER.
The Holy Spirit is
PRESENT everywhere, ALL THE TIME, tribulation or no
tribulation, Antichrist or no Antichrist.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
Many of the emails
we receive reveal JUST HOW LAZY and anemic Christians in
the Western Hemisphere have become.
They want us to
"pray" for ANY and EVERY
thing - from their sins, to their apathy, to their
losing weight, to every silly need that arises in their
I CAN'T PRAY about each
and everything that happens in a person's life. It's
There are only 24
hours in a day. I'd be praying 'round the clock,
non-stop, and would
have time FOR NOTHING ELSE.
Do you realize HOW
SUPREMELY SELFISH it is to burden us with
those DUMB prayer requests, WHEN
THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH REAL, DESPERATE needs, WHO DO NEED
This ministry will
honor SERIOUS prayer
requests: if someone's experiencing serious health
issues, is going through painful divorce, spousal abuse,
economic distress, suicidal, etc.
And we may cut SOME
slack to baby Christians who make prayer requests for
minor things, BECAUSE THEY'RE
BABIES WHO ONLY RECENTLY FOUND JESUS.
I know of
NO BABY who STARTS WALKING the moment he or she is born.
I know of NO BABY who can
EVEN STAND as soon as he/she is born.
However, if you've
been Christian for three
years or longer, YOU'RE NO LONGER A BABY.
And if you are,
SOMETHING'S seriously WRONG.
There are no
magic wands in the Kingdom of God.
There ARE MIRACLES,
but those are usually connected to
illnesses or dire circumstances BEYOND OUR CONTROL.
God gives each
of us FREE WILL. He also gives us COMMON
If you're applying
for a job - unless you've
been unemployed for a long, long time, and in dire
financial straits - you DON'T NEED ME to pray for that.
Prepare for the
interview, dress appropriately, and be ON TIME. Be
truthful, assertive and direct. Your attitude and
demeanor should be "I'm
here to help and be an asset, not just to get a
Take it to Jesus YOURSELF, put
it in His hands, and TRUST
Him to guide your steps and lead you to the
perfect job, according to His will.
If you're fortunate
enough to work from home, and want to stay in shape, walk
around the block a few times, take a few laps around the
pool each day, or step on a treadmill for a while.
You don't need me
to pray about that. YOU don't
even need to pray about that.
What you need to do
YOUR FREE WILL:
GET OFF YOUR FAT,
LAZY BEHIND and CHOOSE
TO do these things.
vulnerable to one particular reoccurring sin, you don't
need me to pray about it. WHAT
YOU NEED is to realize that
JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR all ONE MILLION TIMES that you
committed that sin.
TRUST that He
HAS YOU COVERED - with
His Blood, NO LESS.
you have invited Him into your heart,
and that HE LIVES IN you.
By virtue of Jesus'
ETERNAL Sacrifice, God is
NOT COUNTING ANY sins
against you (2 Corinthians 5:19).
YOU may know that you
committed that sin 999,875 times. GOD
SAYS YOU ARE AS RIGHTEOUS AS HE IS (2
You KNOW that ON YOUR OWN,
you're NOT, but HE
SAYS that YOU ARE.
Shut up, and BE
GRATEFUL for HIS amazing GIFT of ETERNAL Salvation!
When you do, when
you become THOROUGHLY
CONVINCED OF these truths, sin
will become LESS and LESS alluring.
If you want to lose
weight, you don't need me to pray about that.
NO ONE is hungry 24/7.
CONSTANTLY shoving food into your mouth, that
is a symptom that you're compensating for "emptiness" in
some OTHER area of your life:
Some of the common causes for
this "emptiness" are lack
of affection (we don't get the affection we crave or
need from others), sexual
dissatisfaction, frustration or lack of satisfaction
with your job performance, lack of
recognition/validation by those near and dear to
you, lack of self-esteem,
lack of purpose in one's life, just plain boredom --
or some combination of these.
You need to get
alone with God somewhere, and HONESTLY analyze your
feelings to determine FROM
WHERE this sense of "emptiness" is coming.
"culprit" is AT LEAST HALF of winning the battle.
The other half, of
course, is doing something
to FILL THE VOID once you've discovered what it is.
This ministry's purpose is
to bring souls into Jesus' Kingdom and to EDIFY and
STRENGTHEN those who're already in it, SO THAT THEY
CAN STAND on their own two feet SPIRITUALLY.
We're not involved
in God's business to create a bunch of immature,
co-dependent, religious weaklings, who
need OTHERS to pray for them all the time, but STRONG,
INDEPENDENT believers, who can stand and EXERCISE
AUTHORITY OVER their own lives and circumstances.
We want STRONG
BELIEVERS who can DO THEIR
I WANT YOU TO
DEPEND ON JESUS, NOT on me.
And if you received
Christ INTO your heart, He
has LIVED IN YOU ALL THE TIME, since that very moment.
You need to seek,
commune with, and DEPEND
ON the INNER Jesus who LIVES IN YOU 24/7.
access to the same Jesus as I, the same Bible as I, the
same Holy Spirit as I, and you have a born-again spirit
just as I have.
I don't pray vain
or idle prayers.
When I pray, I
I'm NOT going to
waste my extremely valuable time, faith, and spiritual
capital praying for minor things THAT
YOU, as a born-again, Jesus indwelt child of God SHOULD
BE ABLE TO HANDLE ON YOUR OWN.
THE SECRET PLACE
"He that DWELLS IN
THE SECRET PLACE of the Most High shall
abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1)
God has a SECRET
As the psalmist
says, those who LIVE in
His secret place, abide under His shadow.
They are IMMUNE to
all of Satan's attacks, and to all the evils that befall
this fallen earth realm:
They DO NOT fear
ANYTHING that may go on around them, for
they are protected by the Almighty.
A thousand fall at
their side, and TEN THOUSAND at their right hand, but
it DOES NOT COME NEAR THEM (Psalm 91:7).
If you want THE
SIMPLE ANSWER to "why do BAD things happen TO GODLY
It's because THEY
DON'T KNOW where that secret place is
"My people PERISH
for LACK OF KNOWLEDGE" (Hosea 4.6)
And the very few
WHO DO KNOW the location of that "secret place", have
become too lazy and lethargic to even TRY to live there.
That secret place
was revealed to us in the New Testament, through the
place" is the born-again
born-again our spirit which was disconnected from God,
becomes RECONNECTED (John 3:3-7;1 Peter 1:23).
Our spirit which
was "dead" (disconnected from THE Life) COMES ALIVE.
Christ Himself COMES TO
LIVE IN us, in that secret place (Ephesians 3:17).
He LIVES IN us 24/7, no
matter HOW we may act ON THE OUTSIDE.
evangelicals move heaven and earth to get people
born-again - and thank God for it!
MOMENT they become born-again THEY
FORGET ALL ABOUT IT, and NEVER AGAIN try to EXPERIENCE -
LET ALONE LIVE IN - "that secret place" IN
OUR INNERMOST BEING.
They don't show ANY
interest in STAYING CONNECTED
and TUNED IN to the INNER Christ.
Thus, they live in
spiritual blindness and ignorance, and become DULL of
They COULD walk in
the light, they COULD gain spiritual insight, and they
COULD regain spiritual "hearing".
But they LOSE
INTEREST in their born-again spirit AS
SOON AS they become born-again.
Worse, the very
pastors, evangelists, and so-called "Church leaders",
who should be TEACHING THAT INNER CONNECTION with the
LIVING, ETERNAL Christ, and that we must STAY
CONNECTED to Him - ARE IGNORANT of it
themselves, ignorant of the spirit, and
OBLIVIOUS to God's secret place.
themselves are DEAF and BLIND.
The blind are
leading THE BLINDER.
The human spirit,
as I've shared with you often, is
presently located IN THE CENTER OF our being:
It's in the stomach-kidney
area (Job 32:18-19; Psalm 16:7; Proverbs 20:27;
Daniel 7:15; John 7:37- 39).
According to Psalm
51:6 it's in that secret
place where God imparts to us His Wisdom.
The SPIRIT has a mind of
His own, which is the Mind of Christ (Romans 8:6,27;
1 Corinthians 2:6-16; Philippians 2:5).
His mind THINKS
INDEPENDENTLY OF the natural, human mind (Romans
As Isaiah tells
us, His thoughts are
HIGHER than our thoughts, His ways HIGHER than our ways
"impossible" to the LOWER, natural mind, IS
ENTIRELY POSSIBLE and ACHIEVABLE to the HIGHER Mind of
Satan CAN read the
natural, human mind, since he himself infiltrated it and
infected it with sin in the Garden of Eden.
But Satan is
NOT privy to what goes on in that secret place.
there, what is SPOKEN
there, what is REVEALED there, is STRICTLY BETWEEN YOU
And, while God may,
at some point, tell you to share some of that private
communication with others, THAT IS WHERE HE AND YOU COMMUNE
PRIVATELY and INTIMATELY.
I've been trying to
convey this tremendous Truth to the Body of Christ FOR
THE PAST DECADE.
In over 10 years,
I've had ONE -
repeat, ONE - individual who showed ANY interest
by inquiring further about it.
I replied to his
email and haven't heard from him since.
This is so sad, and
It has been LIKE
TALKING TO A WALL.
This is why the
Church is steeped in mediocrity.
This is why it's
feckless and anemic.
That is why it has
become largely IRRELEVANT.
This is why it's being
DEVOURED by the world.
keeps LOOKING FOR GOD ON THE OUTSIDE, while ignoring His
And the great
tragedy is THAT Christians DON'T
SHOW THE SLIGHTEST INTEREST in
snapping out of their spiritual slumber.
Body of Christ, you
don't know WHAT you're missing!
Communing with God
in that "secret place", BEING a member of God's Inner
Circle is such awesome privilege! (Psalm 27:5; 31:20;
It's such priceless
WHY ON EARTH would
you NOT be interested in that intimate fellowship with
WHY would you PAY
THOUSANDS of dollars to play golf at some earthly
private club, or thousands "per plate" to shake hands
with a corrupt politician for 30 seconds, and DELIBERATELY
FOREGO the privilege of belonging to this SPECIAL CLUB
that has direct access to God 24/7?
WHY would you
settle for being AN OUTSIDER, when
you can be an INSIDER?
God Himself told us
OF THE SHEER BLESSEDNESS of living in that state :
HAS SET HIS LOVE UPON ME, therefore WILL
I DELIVER HIM: I
WILL SET HIM ON HIGH, because HE HAS KNOWN my name.
He shall call upon me,
WILL ANSWER HIM: I will be with him in
trouble; I WILL DELIVER HIM, AND HONOR HIM.
life WILL I SATISFY HIM, AND
SHOW HIM MY SALVATION" (Psalm
His Salvation, which
He will SHOW TO US when we live in His secret place, IS
The Apostle John
got hold of this Truth and said:
"We know that
BORN OF God sins not; but HE THAT IS
BORN OF God KEEPS HIMSELF (in His born-again
secret place), and
THE EVIL ONE TOUCHES HIM NOT".
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