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April 2016

April 2016 archives of www.christconnection.net "WORD 4 TODAY"

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR READERS

Since our message archives date back to 2011, some of our teachings may have changed slightly over time. While in the interest of honesty and transparency, we have kept the original messages intact, OUR UNDERSTANDING of certain doctrines may have changed during the past 6 years.  This is particularly true pertaining to Bible prophecy.

Jesus Himself said eschatology would be "sealed" UNTIL the time of the end (Daniel 12:4, 9)  Consequently, the closer we get to "the end", THE CLEARER certain aspects of Bible prophecy will become, as His Holy Spirit "UNSEALS" THEM.

While by God's Grace we would never KNOWINGLY and INTENTIONALLY teach error, this would make our NEWEST messages most accurate, and our OLDEST messages less accurate and, certain details in them, obsolete and no longer applicable.

Therefore, if there is any discrepancy between what we say in the older messages and what we say in NEWER messages, the NEWER messages take precedence over the old, as they contain our BEST and MOST UP-TO-DATE understanding of the Bible and current events.

Please understand that we share Truth with our readers, including many unique and profound teachings that can't be found anywhere else (ALL GLORY TO JESUS!), FREE OF CHARGE and TO THE BEST OF OUR CURRENT BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING. However, I am NOT INFALLIBLE, and HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHEN the Holy Spirit will provide new or additional revelation on a given topic. Thank you for understanding.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016


DRESSING FOR CHURCH

About 5-6 years ago I received a message from an evangelical minister saying that Christians should dress up for church services. He then went into a detailed description of how men and women should dress.

He went on to criticize women who wore halter tops or short skirts to the service, and men who showed up in jeans or shorts.

To justify his religious rule, he used the example that if we were going on a job interview, we would try to look our best, and since Jesus is far more important than our potential boss, and we're going to "meet Jesus", we should at least do the same for Him.

Like so much of the crap invented by religionists, at first glance, his premise SOUNDS good.

Upon biblical examination, however, IT'S AS FALSE AS some of his preaching.

If we lived in a perfect world, filled with perfect people, of course, I’d like to see everyone perfectly groomed and presentable.

Everyone who's made it into this corrupt environment knows that WE'RE FAR FROM perfect.

We live in a fallen, sin-infested world, filled with sinners.

So, it boils down to PRIORITIES:

Is OUR MAIN GOAL BRINGING SOULS to Jesus, NO MATTER HOW they look?

Or is it giving an APPEARANCE of godliness?

If it is the first, we DON'T REALLY CARE HOW they look. Matter of fact, the more disheveled and/or worldly they dress, the better we like it, because chances are that's a person who is unsaved and needs Christ.

If our main goal is that they “look the part”, NOT ONLY ARE WE FULL OF IT, we should either repent or forsake the ministry immediately (Matthew 23:27; James 2:1-4).

Anyone WHO'S FOCUSED ON PEOPLE'S OUTER APPEARANCE is not a true minister of the Gospel, but a hireling.

God DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN HOW THEY LOOK ON THE OUTSIDE. He wants THEIR HEARTS.

Their outer appearance WON'T GET THEM INTO HEAVEN, their inner condition WILL.

Man looks at the outer appearance, but God looks AT THE HEART (1 Samuel 16:7).

I remember many years ago, as a baby Christian, I was invited to a congregation of a well-known evangelical denomination.

Their message was, for the most part, biblical, but every time an unsaved person showed up, all they did was criticize whether he/she smoked, whether the guy had long hair or a beard, and whether the gal's dress was too short or showed too much cleavage.

What, in heaven's name, do you expect FROM SINNERS?

Perfection?

We can't even get that FROM SAINTS, for crying out loud!

And then we wonder WHY IT'S SO DAMNED HARD to win the world to Jesus.

It’s because of religion, that's why.

It’s because of religious attitudes such as this man’s.

...Because of religion and its stupid, man-made "rules".

Even as a newly born babe in Christ, I had enough Holy Spirit in me to know that such attitude wasn't in accordance with God's Heart.

Needless to say, I didn't stay in that congregation very long.

By the way, Christians DO NOT ATTEND SERVICES IN ORDER TO "meet Jesus".

Real Christians HAVE ALREADY MET JESUS, and have Jesus on the inside 24/7 (Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:35-39; 1 John 4:4).

We DON’T NEED TO GO ANYWHERE in order to "meet Jesus”.

We have not only "met Him", we are ONE SPIRIT WITH HIM (1 Corinthians 6:17).

When I presented the biblical evidence about his false teaching, and the fact he didn't have ONE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE TO SUPPORT IT, the man in question, since he couldn't refute my arguments, resorted to insults.

No surprise there, since religionists typically react that way when confronted with THE TRUTH.

Anyone who resorts TO SUCH SUPERFICIALITY and can't come up with a more profound or spiritual topic, is spiritually bankrupt anyway.

God’s NOT IMPRESSED BY how we look, but by who WE ARE.


FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016


JOHN THE BAPTIST & THE ESSENES

Leave it to the prophecy traffickers to keep inventing feeble theories in order to SELL MORE WORTHLESS BOOKS to DUMB Christians.

The latest crap to hit the Kristian marketplace suggests that John the Baptist was a member of the Essenes, and that they held the belief that each verse in the Torah counts for one year of Israel's history.

Presently, there are 5,845 verses in the Torah (the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible).

We are (supposedly, if you believe the rabbis) in year 5776 in the rabbinic calendar.

If that theory is EVEN REMOTELY accurate, that would mean we're some 69 years away from THE END OF Israel's history.

There's a huge problem with that ABSURD IDEA - which should be instantly apparent to anyone with even the slightest grasp of prophecy: Israel's history DOES NOT END with the Rapture or the Second Coming.

Again: Israel's history DOES NOT END with either the Rapture or the Second Coming.

Israel's history will CONTINUE for AT LEAST 1,007 years after the Second Coming of Messiah Jesus (Revelation 19:11; 20:1-4).

And it began some 1,500 years BEFORE He was born.

But the problems with this stupid theory, DO NOT END THERE.

By the time the Essenes came along, the Torah - and all the other books of the Tanach - had been translated into Greek, in what we know today as the Septuagint.

Problem is, THE ORIGINAL Torah, as it was given to Moses by God, DID NOT CONTAIN "verses", but was all ONE LONG, CONTINUOUS, as we would call it today, "run on" text.

It was divided into "verses" many centuries later, at the SOLE DISCRETION of the translators.

Verse divisions, therefore, were not in the original text, and are SUBJECT TO HUMAN ERROR.

Ooops ! There goes that theory down the drain...

One final point: It's long been held by many scholars that John the Baptist was an Essene.

The basis for such belief is John's ascetic lifestyle, plus the fact he preached in the desert (Negev) and that he baptized in the Jordan, both of which are near the Qumran caves, where the Essene community dwelt and stored what we now know as the "Dead Sea Scrolls".

That is A THEORY, which may or may not be correct. We DO NOT KNOW for sure.

John may have been a member of that religious sect, or he may have been AN INDEPENDENT prophet, who just happened to live under similar conditions.

However, and for the sake of argument, EVEN IF we could prove WITH TOTAL CERTAINTY that John was a member of the Essene community, THAT DOES NOT MAKE the Essenes infallible on doctrinal issues, and does not mean all their teachings and traditions were/are accurate.

John the Baptist was foretold in the Old Testament (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 4:5-6), the Essenes were not.

John the Baptist was sent by God, the Essenes were not (John 1:6).

John the Baptist, was called by God from his mother's womb (Luke 1:12-17). The Essenes were not.

John the Baptist was a prophet of God, the Essenes were not (Matthew 11:9).

John the Baptist came in the "spirit and power of Elijah" (Luke 1:17), the Essenes did not.

And John the Baptist was ENDORSED BY JESUS who said there is "none greater" than John among humans (Matthew 11:9-11), the Essenes were not.

These facts SET JOHN THE BAPTIST APART from all of them.

Therefore, EVEN IF we could ascertain that John belonged to the Essenes, that DOES NOT MAKE the ESSENES CORRECT ABOUT EVERYTHING anymore than Moses belonging to the Israelite community MADE ISRAELITES RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING.

There's this unfortunate fad among Evangelicals to accept EVERYTHING "Hebraic" as sacrosanct.

I mingled with Messianic Jews before most Christians KNEW about Messianic Judaism.

I will match my love for Israel against anyone's.

However, I have never fallen for that ASTONISHINGLY STUPID religious gimmick for one simple reason:

Most Jews ARE DEAD WRONG about the identity of their own Messiah.

If they ARE WRONG about THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCTRINE OF ALL, WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE CONSIDER THEM "INERRANT" ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE?


THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016


PROPHECIES FULFILLED BY MESSIAH JESUS

 

"The testimony of Jesus IS the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY" (Revelation 19:10)

 

TANACH PROPHECY FULFILLMENT

1. Genesis 3:15

Seed of a woman (virgin birth)

Matthew 1:18

Luke 1:26-35

Galatians 4:4-5

2. Genesis 3:15

He will bruise Satan's head

Hebrews 2:14

1 John 3:8

Colossians 2:15

3. Genesis 3:15

Christ's heel would be bruised with nails on the cross

Matthew 27:35,

Luke 24:39-40

4. Genesis 5:24

The bodily ascension to heaven

Mark 16:19

Rev. 12:5

5. Genesis 9:26

The God of Shem will be descendant of Shem

Luke 3:23-36

6. Genesis 12:3

Seed of Abraham will bless all nations

Galatians 3:8, Acts 3:25, 26

7. Genesis 12:7

The Promise made to Abraham's Seed

Galatians 3:16

8. Genesis 14:18

A priest after the order of Melchizedek

Hebrews 6:20

9. Genesis 14:18

King of Peace and Righteousness

Hebrews 7:2

10. Genesis 14:18

The Last Supper foreshadowed

Matthew 26:26-29

11. Genesis 17:19

Seed of Isaac (Gen. 21:12)

Romans 9:7

12. Genesis 22:8

The Lamb of God promised

John 1:29

13. Genesis 22:18

As Isaac's seed, will bless all Nations

Galatians 3:16

14. Genesis 26:2-5

The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer

Hebrews 11:18

15. Genesis 28:12

The Bridge to heaven

John 1:51

16. Genesis 28:14

The Seed of Jacob

Luke 3:34

17Genesis 49:10

The time of His coming

Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4

18. Genesis 49:10

The Seed of Judah

Luke 3:33

19. Genesis 49:10

Called Shiloh or One Sent

John 17:3

20. Genesis 49:10

Messiah to come before Judah lost identity

John 11:47-52

21. Genesis 49:10

Unto Him shall the obedience of the people be

John 10:16

22. Exodus 3:13-15

The Great "I AM"

John 4:26, 8:58

23. Exodus 12:3-6

The Lamb presented to Israel 4 days before Passover

Mark 11:7-11

24. Exodus 12:5

A Lamb without blemish

Hebrews 9:14; 1Peter 1:19

25. Exodus 12:13

The blood of the Lamb saves from wrath

Romans 5:8

26. Exodus 12:21-27

Christ is our Passover

1Corinthians 5:7

27. Exodus 12:46

Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken

John 19:31-36

28. Exodus 15:2

His exaltation predicted as Yeshua

Acts 7:55, 56

29. Exodus 15:11

His Character-Holiness

Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27

30. Exodus 17:6

The Spiritual Rock of Israel

1Corinthians 10:4

31. Exodus 33:19

His Character-Merciful

Luke 1:72

32. Leviticus 1:2-9

His sacrifice a sweet smelling savor unto God

Ephesians 5:2

33. Leviticus 14:11

The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood

Luke 5:12-14; Acts 6:7

34. Leviticus 16:15-17

Prefigures Christ's once-for-all death

Hebrews 9:7-14

35. Leviticus 16:27

Suffering outside the Camp

Matthew 27:33; Heb. 13:11, 12

36. Leviticus 17:11

The Blood-the life of the flesh

Matthew 26:28; Mark 10:45

37. Leviticus 17:11

It is the blood that makes atonement

Rom. 3:23-24; 1John 1:7

38. Leviticus 23:36-37

The Drink-offering: "If any man thirst"

John 7:37

39. Numbers 9:12

Not a bone of Him broken

John 19:31-36

40. Numbers 21:9

The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted up

John 3:14-18, 12:32

41. Numbers 24:17

Time: "I shall see him, but not now."

John 1:14; Galatians 4:4

42. Deut. 18:15

"This is of a truth that prophet."

John 6:14

43. Deut. 18:15-16

"Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me."

John 5:45-47

44. Deut. 18:18

Sent by the Father to speak His word

John 8:28, 29

45. Deut. 18:19

Whoever will not hear must bear his sin

Acts 3:22-23

46. Deut. 21:23

Cursed is he that hangs on a tree

Galatians 3:10-13

47. Joshua 5:14-15

The Captain of our salvation

Hebrews 2:10

48. Ruth 4:4-10

Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us

Ephesians 1:3-7

49. 1 Sam. 2:35

A Faithful Priest

Heb. 2:17, 3:1-3, 6, 7:24-25

50. 1 Sam. 2:10

Shall be an anointed King to the Lord

Mt. 28:18, John 12:15

51. 2 Sam. 7:12

David's Seed

Matthew 1:1

52. 2 Sam. 7:13

His Kingdom is everlasting

2Peter 1:11

53. 2 Sam. 7:14a

The Son of God

Luke 1:32, Romans 1:3-4

54. 2 Sam. 7:16

David's house established forever

Luke 3:31; Rev. 22:16

55. 2 Kings 2:11

The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated

Luke 24:51

56. 1 Chr. 17:11

David's Seed

Matthew 1:1, 9:27

57. 1 Chr. 17:12-13

To reign on David's throne forever

Luke 1:32, 33

58. 1 Chr. 17:13

"I will be His Father, He...my Son."

Hebrews 1:5

59. Job 9:32-33

Mediator between man and God

1 Timothy 2:5

60. Job 19:23-27

The Resurrection predicted

John 5:24-29

61. Psalm 2:1-3

The enmity of kings foreordained

Acts 4:25-28

62. Psalm 2:2

To own the title, Anointed (Christ)

John 1:41, Acts 2:36

63. Psalm 2:6

His Character-Holiness

John 8:46; Revelation 3:7

64. Psalm 2:6

To own the title King

Matthew 2:2

65. Psalm 2:7

Declared the Beloved Son

Matthew 3:17, Romans 1:4

66. Psalm 2:7, 8

The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated

Acts 13:29-33

67. Psalm 2:8, 9

Rule the nations with a rod of iron

Rev. 2:27, 12:5, 19:15

68. Psalm 2:12

Life comes through faith in Him

John 20:31

69. Psalm 8:2

The mouths of babes perfect His praise

Matthew 21:16

70. Psalm 8:5, 6

His humiliation and exaltation

Hebrews 2:5-9

71. Psalm 9:7-10

Judge the world in righteousness

Acts 17:31

72. Psalm 16:10

Was not to see corruption

Acts 2:31, 13:35

73. Psalm 16:9-11

Was to arise from the dead

John 20:9

74. Psalm 17:15

The resurrection predicted

Luke 24:6

75. Psalm 18:2-3

The horn of salvation

Luke 1:69-71

76. Psalm 22:1

Forsaken because of sins of others

2 Corinthians 5:21

77. Psalm 22:1

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

Matthew 27:46

78. Psalm 22:2

Darkness upon Calvary for three hours

Matthew 27:45

79. Psalm 22:7

They shoot out the lip and shake the head

Matthew 27:39-44

80. Psalm 22:8

"He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him"

Matthew 27:43

81. Psalm 22:9-10

His Divine Birth

Luke 2:7

82. Psalm 22:12-13

They seek His death

John 19:6

83. Psalm 22:14

His blood poured out when they pierced His side

John 19:34

84. Psalm 22:14, 15

Suffered agony on Calvary

Mark 15:34-37

85. Psalm 22:15

He thirsted

John 19:28

86. Psalm 22:16

They pierced His hands and His feet

John 19:34, 37; 20:27

87. Psalm 22:17-18

Stripped Him before the stares of men

Luke 23:34, 35

88. Psalm 22:18

They parted His garments

John 19:23, 24

89. Psalm 22:20-21

He committed Himself to God

Luke 23:46

90. Psalm 22:20-21

Satanic power bruising the Redeemer's heel

Hebrews 2:14

91. Psalm 22:22

His Resurrection declared

John 20:17

92. Psalm 22:27-28

He shall be the governor of the nations

Colossians 1:16

93. Psalm 22:31

"It is finished"

John 19:30, Heb. 10:10, 12, 14, 18

94. Psalm 23:1

"I am the Good Shepherd"

John 10:11, 1Peter 2:25

95. Psalm 24:3

His exaltation predicted

Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9

96. Psalm 30:3

His resurrection predicted

Acts 2:32

97. Psalm 31:5

"Into thy hands I commit my spirit"

Luke 23:46

98. Psalm 31:11

His acquaintances fled from Him

Mark 14:50

99. Psalm 31:13

They took counsel to put Him to death

Mt. 27:1, John 11:53

100. Psalm 31:14, 15

"He trusted in God, let Him deliver him"

Matthew 27:43

101. Psalm 34:20

Not a bone of Him broken

John 19:31-36

102. Psalm 35:11

False witnesses rose up against Him

Matthew 26:59

103. Psalm 35:19

He was hated without a cause

John 15:25

104. Psalm 38:11

His friends stood afar off

Luke 23:49

105. Psalm 38:12

Enemies try to entangle Him by craft

Mark 14:1, Mt. 22:15

106. Psalm 38:12-13

Silent before His accusers

Matthew 27:12-14

107. Psalm 38:20

He went about doing good

Acts 10:38

108. Psalm 40:2-5

The joy of His resurrection predicted

John 20:20

109. Psalm 40:6-8

His delight-the will of the Father

John 4:34, Heb. 10:5-10

110. Psalm 40:9

He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel

Matthew 4:17

111. Psalm 40:14

Confronted by adversaries in the Garden

John 18:4-6

112. Psalm 41:9

Betrayed by a familiar friend

John 13:18

113. Psalm 45:2

Words of Grace come from His lips

John 1:17, Luke 4:22

114. Psalm 45:6

To own the title, God or Elohim

Hebrews 1:8

115. Psalm 45:7

A special anointing by the Holy Spirit

Mt. 3:16; Heb. 1:9

116. Psalm 45:7, 8

Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed)

Luke 2:11

117. Psalm 45:17

His name remembered forever

Ephesians 1:20-21, Heb. 1:8

118. Psalm 55:12-14

Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy

John 13:18

119. Psalm 55:15

Unrepentant death of the Betrayer

Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19

120. Psalm 68:18

To give gifts to men

Ephesians 4:7-16

121. Psalm 68:18

Ascended into Heaven

Luke 24:51

122. Psalm 69:4

Hated without a cause

John 15:25

123. Psalm 69:8

A stranger to own brethren

John 1:11, 7:5

124. Psalm 69:9

Zealous for the Lord's House

John 2:17

125. Psalm 69:14-20

Messiah's anguish of soul before crucifixion

Matthew 26:36-45

126. Psalm 69:20

"My soul is exceeding sorrowful."

Matthew 26:38

127. Psalm 69:21

Given vinegar in thirst

Matthew 27:34

128. Psalm 69:26

The Savior given and smitten by God

John 17:4; 18:11

129. Psalm 72:10, 11

Great persons were to visit Him

Matthew 2:1-11

130. Psalm 72:16

The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground

John 12:24-25

131. Psalm 72:17

Belief on His name will produce offspring

John 1:12, 13

132. Psalm 72:17

All nations shall be blessed by Him

Galatians 3:8

133. Psalm 72:17

All nations shall call Him blessed

John 12:13, Rev. 5:8-12

134. Psalm 78:1-2

He would teach in parables

Matthew 13:34-35

135. Psalm 78:2b

To speak the Wisdom of God with authority

Matthew 7:29

136. Psalm 80:17

The Man of God's right hand

Mark 14:61-62

137. Psalm 88

The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary

Matthew 27:26-50

138. Psalm 88:8

They stood afar off and watched

Luke 23:49

139. Psalm 89:27

Firstborn

Colossians 1:15, 18

140. Psalm 89:27

Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings

Luke 1:32, 33

141. Psalm 89:35-37

David's Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever

Luke 1:32, 33

142. Psalm 89:36-37

His character-Faithfulness

Revelation 1:5, 19:11

143. Psalm 90:2

He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2)

John 1:1

144. Psalm 91:11, 12

Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ

Luke 4:10, 11

145. Psalm 97:9

His exaltation predicted

Acts 1:11; Ephesians 1:20

146. Psalm 100:5

His character-Goodness

Matthew 19:16, 17

147. Psalm 102:1-11

The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary

John 19:16-30

148. Psalm 102:25-27

Messiah is the Preexistent Son

Hebrews 1:10-12

149. Psalm 109:25

Ridiculed

Matthew 27:39

150. Psalm 110:1

Son of David

Matthew 22:42-43

151. Psalm 110:1

To ascend to the right-hand of the Father

Mark 16:19

152. Psalm 110:1

David's son called Lord

Matthew 22:44, 45

153. Psalm 110:4

A priest after Melchizedek's order

Hebrews 6:20

154. Psalm 112:4

His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al

Matthew 9:36

155. Psalm 118:17, 18

Messiah's Resurrection assured

Luke 24:5-7; 1Cor. 15:20

156. Psalm 118:22, 23

The rejected stone is Head of the corner

Matthew 21:42, 43

157. Psalm 118:26a

The Blessed One presented to Israel

Matthew 21:9

158. Psa. 118:26b

To come while Temple standing

Matthew 21:12-15

159. Psalm 132:11

The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body)

Luke 1:32, Act 2:30

160. Psalm 129:3

He was scourged

Matthew 27:26

161. Psalm 138:1-6

The supremacy of David's Seed amazes kings

Matthew 2:2-6

162. Psalm 147:3, 6

The earthly ministry of Christ described

Luke 4:18

163. Prov. 1:23

He will send the Spirit of God

John 16:7

164. Prov. 8:23

Foreordained from everlasting

Rev. 13:8, 1Peter 1:19-20

165. Song 5:16

The altogether lovely One

John 1:17

166. Isa. 2:3

He shall teach all nations

John 4:25

167. Isa. 2:4

He shall judge among the nations

John 5:22

168. Isa. 6:1

When Isaiah saw His glory

John 12:40-41

169. Isa. 6:8

The One Sent by God

John 12:38-45

170. Isa. 6:9-10

Parables fall on deaf ears

Matthew 13:13-15

171. Isa. 6:9-12

Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words

Acts 28:23-29

172. Isa. 7:14

To be born of a virgin

Luke 1:35

173. Isa. 7:14

To be Emmanuel-God with us

Matthew 1:18-23, 1Tim. 3:16

174. Isa. 8:8

Called Emmanuel

Matthew 28:20

175. Isa. 8:14

A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense

1Peter 2:8

176. Isa. 9:1, 2

His ministry to begin in Galilee

Matthew 4:12-17

177. Isa. 9:6

Descendant of David / A child born-Humanity

Luke 1:31

178. Isa. 9:6

A Son given-Deity

Luke 1:32, John 1:14, 1Tim. 3:16

179. Isa. 9:6

Declared to be the Son of God with power

Romans 1:3, 4

180. Isa. 9:6

The Wonderful One, Peleh

Luke 4:22

181. Isa. 9:6

The Counselor, Yaatz

Matthew 13:54

182. Isa. 9:6

The Mighty God, El Gibbor

1Cor. 1:24, Titus 2:13

183. Isa. 9:6

The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth

John 8:58, 10:30

184. Isa. 9:6

The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom

John 16:33

185. Isa. 9:7

Inherits the throne of David

Luke 1:32

186. Isa. 9:7

His Character-Just

John 5:30

187. Isa. 9:7

No end to his Government, Throne, and kingdom

Luke 1:33

188. Isa. 11:1

Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer

Matthew 2:23

189. Isa. 11:1

A rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse

Luke 3:23, 32

190. Isa. 11:2

Anointed One by the Spirit

Matthew 3:16, 17, Acts 10:38

191. Isa. 11:2

His Character-Wisdom, Knowledge, et al

Colossians 2:3

192. Isa. 11:3

He would know their thoughts

Luke 6:8, John 2:25

193. Isa. 11:4

Judge in righteousness

Acts 17:31

194. Isa. 11:4

Judges with the sword of His mouth

Rev. 2:16, 19:11, 15

195. Isa. 11:5

Character: Righteous & Faithful

Rev. 19:11

196. Isa. 11:10

The Gentiles seek Him

John 12:18-21

197. Isa. 12:2

Called Jesus-Yeshua

Matthew 1:21

198. Isa. 22:22

The One given all authority to govern

Revelation 3:7

199. Isa. 25:8

The Resurrection predicted

1Corinthians 15:54

200. Isa. 26:19

His power of Resurrection predicted

Matthew 27:50-54

201. Isa. 28:16

The Messiah is the precious corner stone

Acts 4:11, 12

202. Isa. 28:16

The Sure Foundation

1Corinthians 3:11, Mt. 16:18

203. Isa. 29:13

He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word

Matthew 15:7-9

204. Isa. 29:14

The wise are confounded by the Word

1Corinthians 1:18-31

205. Isa. 32:2

A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place

Matthew 23:37

206. Isa. 35:4

He will come and save you

Matthew 1:21

207. Isa. 35:5-6

To have a ministry of miracles

Matthew 11:2-6

208. Isa. 40:3, 4

Preceded by forerunner

John 1:23

209. Isa. 40:9

"Behold your God."

John 1:36; 19:14

210. Isa. 40:10.

He will come to reward

Revelation 22:12

211. Isa. 40:11

A shepherd-compassionate life-giver

John 10:10-18

212. Isa. 42:1-4

The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer

Matthew 12:18-21

213. Isa. 42:2

Meek and lowly

Matthew 11:28-30

214. Isa. 42:3

He brings hope for the hopeless

John 4

215. Isa. 42:4

The nations shall wait on His teachings

John 12:20-26

216. Isa. 42:6

The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles

Luke 2:32

217. Isa. 42:1, 6

His is a worldwide compassion

Matthew 28:19, 20

218. Isa. 42:7

Blind eyes opened.

John 9:25-38

219. Isa. 43:11

He is the only Savior.

Acts 4:12

220. Isa. 44:3

He will send the Spirit of God

John 16:7, 13

221. Isa. 45:21-25

He is Lord and Savior

Philippians 3:20, Titus 2:13

222. Isa. 45:23

He will be the Judge

John 5:22; Romans 14:11

223. Isa. 46:9, 10

Declares things not yet done

John 13:19

224. Isa. 48:12

The First and the Last

John 1:30, Revelation 1:8, 17

225. Isa. 48:16, 17

He came as a Teacher

John 3:2

226. Isa. 49:1

Called from the womb-His humanity

Matthew 1:18

227. Isa. 49:5

A Servant from the womb.

Luke 1:31, Philippians 2:7

228. Isa. 49:6

He will restore Israel

Acts 3:19-21, 15:16-17

229. Isa. 49:6

He is Salvation for Israel

Luke 2:29-32

230. Isa. 49:6

He is the Light of the Gentiles

John 8:12, Acts 13:47

231. Isa. 49:6

He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth

Acts 15:7-18

232. Isa. 49:7

He is despised of the Nation

John 1:11, 8:48-49, 19:14-15

233. Isa. 50:3

Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation

Luke 23:44, 45

234. Isa. 50:4

He is a learned counselor for the weary

Matthew 7:29, 11:28, 29

235. Isa. 50:5

The Servant bound willingly to obedience

Matthew 26:39

236. Isa. 50:6a

"I gave my back to the smiters."

Matthew 27:26

237. Isa. 50:6b

He was smitten on the cheeks

Matthew 26:67

238. Isa. 50:6c

He was spat upon

Matthew 27:30

239. Isa. 52:7

Published good tidings upon mountains

Matthew 5:12,15:29,28:16

240. Isa. 52:13

The Servant exalted

Acts 1:8-11;

Eph. 1:19-22,

Philippians 2:5-9

241. Isa. 52:14

The Servant shockingly abused

Luke 18:31-34;

Mt. 26:67, 68

242. Isa. 52:15

Nations startled by message of the Servant

Luke 18:31-34;

Mt. 26:67, 68

243. Isa. 52:15

His blood was shed to sprinkle nations

Hebrews 9:13-14, Rev. 1:5

244. Isa. 53:1

His people would not believe Him

John 12:37-38

245. Isa. 53:2

Appearance of an ordinary man

Philippians 2:6-8

246. Isa. 53:3a

Despised

Luke 4:28-29

247. Isa. 53:3b

Rejected

Matthew 27:21-23

248. Isa. 53:3c

Great sorrow and grief

Matthew 26:37-38, Luke 19:41, Heb. 4:15

249. Isa. 53:3d

Men hide from being associated with Him

Mark 14:50-52

250. Isa. 53:4a

He would have a healing ministry

Matthew 8:16-17

251. Isa. 53:4b

Thought to be cursed by God

Matthew 26:66, 27:41-43

252. Isa. 53:5a

Bears penalty for mankind's iniquities

2Cor. 5:21, Heb. 2:9

253. Isa. 53:5b

His sacrifice provides peace between man and God

Colossians 1:20

254. Isa. 53:5c

His sacrifice would heal man of sin

1Peter 2:24

255. Isa. 53:6a

He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind

1John 2:2, 4:10

256. Isa. 53:6b

God's will that He bear sin for all mankind

Galatians 1:4

257. Isa. 53:7a

Oppressed and afflicted

Matthew 27:27-31

258. Isa. 53:7b

Silent before his accusers

Matthew 27:12-14

259. Isa. 53:7c

Sacrificial lamb

John 1:29, 1Peter 1:18-19

260. Isa. 53:8a

Confined and persecuted

Matthew 26:47-27:31

261. Isa. 53:8b

He would be judged

John 18:13-22

262. Isa. 53:8c

Killed

Matthew 27:35

263. Isa. 53:8d

Dies for the sins of the world

1John 2:2

264. Isa. 53:9a

Buried in a rich man's grave

Matthew 27:57

265. Isa. 53:9b

Innocent and had done no violence

Luke 23:41, John 18:38

266. Isa. 53:9c

No deceit in his mouth

1Peter 2:22

267. Isa. 53:10a

God's will that He die for mankind

John 18:11

268. Isa. 53:10b

An offering for sin

Matthew 20:28, Galatians 3:13

269. Isa. 53:10c

Resurrected and live forever

Romans 6:9

270. Isa. 53:10d

He would prosper

John 17:1-5

271. Isa. 53:11a

God fully satisfied with His suffering

John 12:27

272. Isa. 53:11b

God's servant would justify man

Romans 5:8-9, 18-19

273. Isa. 53:11c

The sin-bearer for all mankind

Hebrews 9:28

274. Isa. 53:12a

Exalted by God because of his sacrifice

Matthew 28:18

275. Isa. 53:12b

He would give up his life to save mankind

Luke 23:46

276. Isa. 53:12c

Numbered with the transgressors

Mark 15:27-28

277. Isa. 53:12d

Sin-bearer for all mankind

1Peter 2:24

278. Isa. 53:12e

Intercede to God in behalf of mankind

Luke 23:34, Rom. 8:34

279. Isa. 55:3

Resurrected by God

Acts 13:34

280. Isa. 55:4a

A witness

John 18:37

281. Isa. 55:4b

He is a leader and commander

Hebrews 2:10

282. Isa. 55:5

God would glorify Him

Acts 3:13

283. Isa. 59:16a

Intercessor between man and God

Matthew 10:32

284. Isa. 59:16b

He would come to provide salvation

John 6:40

285. Isa. 59:20

He would come to Zion as their Redeemer

Luke 2:38

286. Isa. 60:1-3

He would show light to the Gentiles

Acts 26:23

287. Isa. 61:1a

The Spirit of God upon him

Matthew 3:16-17

288. Isa. 61:1b

The Messiah would preach the good news

Luke 4:16-21

289. Isa. 61:1c

Provide freedom from the bondage of sin

John 8:31-36

290. Isa. 61:1-2a

Proclaim a period of grace

Galatians 4:4-5

291. Jer. 11:21

Conspiracy to kill Jesus

John 7:1, Matthew 21:28

292. Jer. 23:5-6

Descendant of David

Luke 3:23-31

293. Jer. 23:5-6

The Messiah would be both God and Man

John 13:13, 1Ti 3:16

294. Jer. 31:22

Born of a virgin

Matthew 1:18-20

295. Jer. 31:31

The Messiah would be the new covenant

Matthew 26:28

296. Jer. 33:14-15

Descendant of David

Luke 3:23-31

297. Eze.34:23-24

Descendant of David

Matthew 1:1

298. Eze.37:24-25

Descendant of David

Luke 1:31-33

299. Dan. 2:44-45

The Stone that shall break the kingdoms

Matthew 21:44

300. Dan. 7:13-14a

He would ascend into heaven

Acts 1:9-11

301. Dan. 7:13-14b

Highly exalted

Ephesians 1:20-22

302. Dan. 7:13-14c

His dominion would be everlasting

Luke 1:31-33

303. Dan. 9:24a

To make an end to sins

Galatians 1:3-5

304. Dan. 9:24a

To make reconciliation for iniquity

Romans 5:10, 2Cor. 5:18-21

305. Dan. 9:24b

He would be holy

Luke 1:35

306. Dan. 9:25

His announcement

John 12:12-13

307. Dan. 9:26a

Cut off

Matthew 16:21, 21:38-39

308. Dan. 9:26b

Die for the sins of the world

Hebrews 2:9

309. Dan. 9:26c

Killed before the destruction of the temple

Matthew 27:50-51

310. Dan. 10:5-6

Messiah in a glorified state

Revelation 1:13-16

311. Hos. 11:1

He would be called out of Egypt

Matthew 2:15

312. Hos. 13:14

He would defeat death

1Corinthians 15:55-57

313. Joel 2:32

Offer salvation to all mankind

Romans 10:9-13

314. Jonah 1:17

Death and resurrection of Christ

Matthew 12:40, 16:4

315. Micah 5:2

Born in Bethlehem

Matthew 2:1-6

316. Micah 5:2

Ruler in Israel

Luke 1:33

317. Micah 5:2

From everlasting

John 8:58

318. Hag. 2:6-9

He would visit the second Temple

Luke 2:27-32

319. Hag. 2:23

Descendant of Zerubbabel

Luke 2:27-32

320. Zech. 3:8

God's servant

John 17:4

321. Zech. 6:12-13

Priest and King

Hebrews 8:1

322. Zech. 9:9a

Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem

Matthew 21:8-10

323. Zech. 9:9b

Beheld as King

John 12:12-13

324. Zech. 9:9c

The Messiah would be just

John 5:30

325. Zech. 9:9d

The Messiah would bring salvation

Luke 19:10

326. Zech. 9:9e

The Messiah would be humble

Matthew 11:29

327. Zech. 9:9f

Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey

Matthew 21:6-9

328. Zech. 10:4

The cornerstone

Ephesians 2:20

329. Zech. 11:4-6a

At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders

Matthew 23:1-4

330. Zech. 11:4-6b

Rejection causes God to remove His protection

Luke 19:41-44

331. Zech. 11:4-6c

Rejected in favor of another king

John 19:13-15

332. Zech. 11:7

Ministry to "poor," the believing remnant

Matthew 9:35-36

333. Zech. 11:8a

Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them

Matthew 23:33

334. Zech. 11:8b

Despised

Matthew 27:20

335. Zech. 11:9

Stops ministering to those who rejected Him

Matthew 13:10-11

336. Zech. 11:10-11a

Rejection causes God to remove protection

Luke 19:41-44

337. Zech. 11:10-11b

The Messiah would be God

John 14:7

338. Zech. 11:12-13a

Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver

Matthew 26:14-15

339. Zech. 11:12-13b

Rejected

Matthew 26:14-15

340. Zech. 11:12-13c

Thirty pieces of silver cast in the house of the Lord

Matthew 27:3-5

341. Zech. 11:12-13d

The Messiah would be God

John 12:45

342. Zech. 12:10a

The Messiah's body would be pierced

John 19:34-37

343. Zech. 12:10b

The Messiah would be both God and man

John 10:30

344. Zech. 12:10c

The Messiah would be rejected

John 1:11

345. Zech. 13:7a

God's will He die for mankind

John 18:11

346. Zech. 13:7b

A violent death

Mark 14:27

347. Zech. 13:7c

Both God and man

John 14:9

348. Zech. 13:7d

Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him

Matthew 26:31-56

349. Zech. 14:4

He would return to the Mt. of Olives

Acts 1:11-12

350. Mal. 3:1a

Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah

Mark 1:1-8

351. Mal. 3:1b

Sudden appearance at the temple

Mark 11:15-16

352. Mal. 3:1c

Messenger of the new covenant

Luke 4:43

353. Mal. 3:6

The God who changes not

Hebrews 13:8

354. Mal. 4:5

Forerunner in spirit of Elijah

Mt. 3:1-3, 11:10-14, 17:11-13

355. Mal. 4:6

Forerunner would turn many to righteousness

Luke 1:16-17

 

 

EVERY ONE of these 355 Scriptures is taken from the Tanach, the Hebrew Bible.

The Torah requires ONLY TWO WITNESSES for a matter to be established:

"BY THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES SHALL EVERY MATTER BE ESTABLISHED" [DEUTERONOMY 19:15].

HOW MANY MORE WITNESSES DO YOU

NEED?


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016


WHY ONLY JESUS CAN BE THE MESSIAH

“Lo, I come: IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK it is written OF ME" (Psalm 40:7). 

"ALL THINGS MUST BE FULFILLED, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me". (Jesus Christ, Luke 24:44). 
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he (Jesus) expounded unto THEM IN ALL THE SCRIPTURES THE THINGS CONCERNING HIMSELF." (Luke 24:27). 
"For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for HE WROTE OF ME." (Jesus Christ, John 5:46). 

"To Him GIVE ALL THE PROPHETS WITNESS" (Acts 10:43).

If it were only 5, 7 or even 10 Scriptures, traditional Jewish rabbis could possibly dismiss it as “mere coincidence” that those prophecies fit Jesus like a glove.

However, they CANNOT DISMISS NOR “EXPLAIN AWAY” OVER 350 PROPHECIES in the Torah and the Tanach that were fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth.

But before we get to those…

1. There’s the PREDICTION BY JESUS that the Second Temple would be destroyed, not leaving one stone upon another. (Matthew 24:1; Mark 13:2; Luke 21:6)

It happened just as He said.

2. He predicted that first century Jerusalem would be razed and leveled to the ground. (Luke 19:41-44)

It happened just as He said.

And those who live in Jerusalem, or have visited Jerusalem, HAVE SEEN WITH THEIR OWN EYES JUST HOW PRECISELY Jesus’ prophecy was fulfilled.

Of course, naysayers will falsely claim that such passages were “added” to the Gospels “many years later” to make it appear as though Jesus had predicted these things.

If they did, they added them TO THREE DIFFERENT Gospels: And to EVERY EXISTING COPY of those Gospels. Not an easy feat.

3. However, Jesus made yet ANOTHER prediction on which naysayers CANNOT cast EVEN THE SLIGHTEST doubt.

The reason is that Jesus made that prediction 2,000 years ago. It’s been in the Gospels for TWO MILLENNIA and its fulfillment ONLY TOOK PLACE IN MODERN TIMES (1967):

Jesus predicted that Jerusalem would be trampled by Gentiles, NON-STOP until the “times of Gentiles were fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).

NO ONE ELSE has ever made this prediction.

And NO RABBI or skeptic can argue that the New Testament was “doctored” to say that because that prophecy has been PERMANENTLY recorded in the Brit Hadasha for the past 2,000 years, and it was fulfilled BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES on Iyyar 28, 5727 (June 7, 1967).

That is when BIBLICAL Jerusalem returned to Jewish control AFTER MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF UNINTERRUPTED Gentile trampling.

Who, in his wildest imagination, could have foreseen such fateful event?

No one but God!

Iyyar 28 is THE DAY when the risen Jesus ASCENDED TO THE FATHER. (Acts 1:3, 9-11)

Wow! ANOTHER “coincidence”!!!

4. There’s also the problem with David’s lineage:

Messiah MUST BE descended from David. Only one tiny problem:

David’s lineage through Solomon’s descendant Jeconiah was CURSED. (Jeremiah 22:30)

God swore -- and we know that Yahweh DOES NOT LIE -- that NO ONE from Jeconiah’s lineage would ever again sit on Israel’s Throne.

You have a problem: Whoever the “Messiah” may be, he’s GOT TO BE a descendant of both King David and Solomon, BUT He CANNOT DESCEND FROM Jeconiah.

ONLY Jesus solves the problem by being LEGALLY descended from David and Solomon through His stepfather Joseph, and being PHYSICALLY descended from David through His mother Mary, through David’s son Nathan. (1 Chronicles 3:5; Luke 3:31-32; Romans 1:3)

5. Birth records were kept in the temple. It was destroyed in 70 A.D.

If Messiah hasn’t yet appeared, HOW ON EARTH is “he” going to PROVE his qualifications by ancestry? Ooops !

6. Then there’s the Shroud of Turin

A piece of linen cloth dating back to the first century, that bears the image of a man scourged, crucified, stabbed with a spear, and crowned with thorns, IN PRECISELY the same manner as the Gospels describe the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Even with ALL the sophisticated modern technology at our disposal, NO ONE can still explain HOW the Image on that cloth was formed.

7. Then there’s the fact that Jesus has ABOUT 2 BILLION ADORING followers on earth 2,000 YEARS AFTER He died, rose and ascended.

8. Then there’s the EMPTY TOMB.

In a tiny city ONLY ONE SQUARE MILE IN SIZE, population 40,000 – ALL Jewish or Roman authorities needed to do was produce Jesus’  DEAD BODY 4 days after His Crucifixion and there would be NO CHRISTIANS.

They COULDN’T:

NO ONE could explain the empty tomb in the first century. And NO ONE can explain it today – apart from Resurrection from the dead.

9. And then there are THE ODDS:

The late Peter Stoner, Chairman of the Departments of Mathematics and Astronomy at Pasadena City College, and Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, calculated the probability that ONE INDIVIDUAL could fulfill JUST 8 of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Jewish Messiah as one in 100,000,000,000,000,000.

That's one in ONE HUNDRED QUADRILLIONS.

That figure is INCOMPREHENSIBLE to the human mind.

We are simply INCAPABLE of grasping the SHEER ENORMITY OF IT.

But what if that ONE INDIVIDUAL fulfilled, NOT JUST 8, but 48 such prophecies?

Professor Stoner estimated the odds as ONE IN :

10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,

000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

That's one in (1 followed by 157 ZEROES). The figure is so large, I wouldn't even know how to say such number... let alone imagine it.

It reflects virtual IMPOSSIBILITY that ONE PERSON could fulfill 48 of the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament.

So, how many of those prophecies did Jesus actually fulfill, IN PRECISE DETAIL?

Not 8, not 48, but OVER 350.

That's right, OVER 350.

Lord willing, by His Grace, we will LIST ALL OF THEM in the next message. (I’d planned to do it on today’s message, but just when I think the list is COMPLETE, more prophecies fulfilled by Jesus keep popping up).

Here’s a small sampling:

1. HAS TO BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM (MICAH 5:2).

2. HAS TO COME FROM KING DAVID'S GENEALOGY (ISAIAH 9:7).

3. Has to be preceded by a forerunner (Malachi 3:1).

4. Would have a Galilean ministry. His light would shine in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2).

5. Rides into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).

6. Is betrayed by a close friend (Psalm 41:9).

7. Is sold for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12).

8. Is silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7).

9. Confirms the Abrahamic Covenant (Daniel 9:27).

10. Confirming the covenant, and atoning for sin, required the shedding of Blood (Leviticus 17:11; 1:5).

11. A sacrifice must be offered (must DIE) on Mount Moriah, in order to be Kosher (Genesis 22:2).

12. He is rejected by Israel (Isaiah 53:1-3; Psalm 118:22).

13. HIS HANDS AND FEET are PIERCED (PSALM 22:14-18).

14. HE WILL STILL HAVE VISIBLE WOUND marks ON HIS HANDS WHEN HE SHOWS UP ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES (ZECHARIAH 13:6).

15. Those wounds are inflicted to Him in "the house of His friends" (Zechariah 13:6).

16. He must be pierced (Zechariah 12:10).

17. Jews WILL MOURN AND LAMENT FOR HIM, WHOM "THEY HAVE PIERCED"  (Zechariah 12:10-14).

Have you ever meditated on that Scripture and ASKED YOURSELF WHY the LONG-AWAITED COMING of Messiah CAUSES Jewish MOURNING, INSTEAD OF Jewish REJOICING?

18. Shortly after appearing, He has to die but FOR OTHERS, not for Himself (Daniel 9:26).

19. Messiah had to appear and die PRIOR TO 70 A.D (PRIOR to the Second Temple's destruction) (Daniel 9:26).

20. He had to appear 483 years AFTER a decree to "return and build Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25; Nehemiah 2:1).

21. He must appear TWICE, that's why the "70 sevens" are divided into TWO periods (Daniel 9:25).

22. He had to be REJECTED AND FORSAKEN of His own people.  This, in turn, caused the destruction of the Second Temple (1 Kings 9:8,9; Psalm 118:21,22; Isaiah 53:3).

23. Would be resurrected (Psalm 16:10; 49:15).

24. Would ascend to heaven (Psalm 68:18).

25. Would be declared the Son of God (Psalms 2:7).

Put it all together, precious Jewish soul...

If Jesus IS NOT the Messiah, then pray tell WHO IS?

"Who HAS ASCENDED UP INTO HEAVEN, AND DESCENDED? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in his garment? Who HAS ESTABLISHED ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH? What is his name, and WHAT IS HIS SON'S NAME, if you know?" (Proverbs 30:4) (See also Psalm 2:7, 12)


TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016


GAMALIEL’S WISDOM

Peter and the other apostles replied: “We MUST OBEY GOD RATHER THAN men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging Him on a cross.

God EXALTED HIM TO HIS OWN RIGHT HAND as Prince and Savior that He might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

WE ARE WITNESSES OF THESE THINGS, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

When they heard this, they were furious and WANTED TO KILL THEM. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while.

Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “MEN OF ISRAEL, CONSIDER CAREFULLY what you intend to do to these men.

Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and IT ALL CAME TO NOTHING.

After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and ALL HIS FOLLOWERS WERE SCATTERED.

Therefore, in the present case I advise you: LEAVE THESE MEN ALONE! Let them go!

For IF THEIR DOCTRINE IS OF HUMAN ORIGIN, IT WILL FAIL. BUT IF IT IS FROM GOD, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THESE MEN; you will only find yourselves FIGHTING AGAINST God.” (Acts 5:29-39)

Gamaliel the Elder is a well known historical figure mentioned not only in the VERY JEWISH Brit Hadashah (New Covenant) but also in the VERY JEWISH Talmud.

The Hebrew name Gamaliel means “God’s reward”.

Gamaliel was a much respected leader of the first century Great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem.

He held the titles of Nasi (Prince, President) and Rabban (our Master).

He was the son of Simeon Ben Hillel and grandson of the greatly esteemed Jewish teacher Hillel the Elder.

He had two sons, Simeon and Avivo, and a daughter married to a priest named Simon Ben Nathanael. (Avodah Zarah 3:10)

He died in 50 A.D., twenty years before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.

He was considered an authority on the Sinai Law.

HIS REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE GREATEST TEACHERS in all the annals of Judaism is attested to in the Mishnah, which states:

"Since Rabban Gamaliel the Elder died, there has been no more reverence for the law, and purity and piety died out at the same time". (Sotah 15:18)

One of his favorite sayings was "for the benefit of humanity".

He is also mentioned in the Book of Acts as mentor and teacher of the Apostle Paul. (Acts 22:3)

Gamaliel made reference to two Messiah wannabes that showed up a bit before Jesus. They both gained followers, were killed, their respective followers quickly disbanded and their movements came to naught.

This is also supported by Josephus (Antiquities 18:1; 20.97-98)

Gamaliel told the Jewish authorities to leave Jesus’ apostles alone.

His wisdom convinced the other members of the Sanhedrin as well as other first century Jewish authorities:

IF THEIR DOCTRINE IS OF HUMAN ORIGIN, IT WILL FAIL. BUT IF IT IS FROM GOD, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THESE MEN; you will only find yourselves FIGHTING AGAINST God.”

It should be noted that THE VERY NAME “Israel” means “one who FIGHTS AGAINST God” (Genesis 32:28).

If the Apostles’ teaching about Jesus was wrong, and JESUS HAD BEEN KILLED AND REMAINED DEAD like the other two “messiahs”, His followers would quickly disperse, the movement discredited, and NO ONE WOULD REMEMBER JESUS 20 OR 30 years later, as had been the case with FALSE MESSIAHS Theudas and Judas.

On the other hand, if Jesus’ GOOD NEWS indeed is FROM GOD – NOTHING and NO ONE would be able to stop it.

Those words were spoken IN THE FIRST CENTURY.

Here we are 20 CENTURIES (TWO THOUSAND YEARS) LATER.

And NOTHING and NO ONE has been able to STOP Jesus or His ETERNALLY SUPERIOR Message.

-      Because Jesus’ Good News IS FROM God.

-      Because His Brit Hadashah is FROM God. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

-      Because Jesus Himself IS GOD. (Exodus 15:2; Isaiah 12:2; Psalm 118:14)

NO ONE COULD STOP him 2,000 years ago -- and NO ONE CAN STOP JESUS TODAY.

The VERY JEWISH Jesus has MORE FOLLOWERS TODAY, WHO WORSHIP HIM AS God, than AT ANY OTHER TIME IN HISTORY.

That Messianic movement that began with a humble carpenter, 11 uneducated fishermen and a disreputable tax collector, now encompasses THE WHOLE EARTH.

His Kingdom not only covers the entire world, it also RULES and RUNS THE UNIVERSE.

Dear Jewish soul, ARE YOU STILL FIGHTING AGAINST YOUR GOD?

Are you still WRESTLING AGAINST Yahweh and RESISTING His Spirit even after ONE OF THE GREATEST TEACHERS OF Torah in Jewish history, warned that if Jesus came from God NEITHER YOUR ANCESTORS, NOR ANYONE ELSE, would be able to stop Him?

When even the mighty Roman Empire COULDN’T STOP HIM?

And Lord knows THEY TRIED MERCILESSLY for 300 years!!!

Just look at THE 355 PROPHECIES in your own Tanach that Jesus – and ONLY JESUS – fulfilled.

Just look at ALL the Scriptures THAT ONLY JESUS CAN fulfill!

I know that traditional Jewish rabbis try to “explain them away”.

If it were 3 or 4 Scriptures, they might be able to cast SOME doubt on who the Messiah is:

But CAN 355 SCRIPTURES that Jesus PAINSTAKINGLY fulfilled be mere “coincidence”?

WHAT OTHER PERSON has ever, or COULD EVER fulfill them, as He did?

(We will examine them in the next message).

Please seek Yahweh WITH ALL YOUR HEART (Deuteronomy 30:6), and SINCERELY ASK Him WHO the Messiah is. 


MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016


LET JESUS GROW

There are more reasons to care for the inner Christ, than just the fact He must grow, manifest in us, and replace this mortal lump of flesh with His immortal Self.

As TREMENDOUSLY IMPORTANT as that is, there is also a more practical and “selfish” reason for developing the inner Christ:

He has ALL AUTHORITY and ALL POWER both in heaven and ON earth. (Matthew 28:18)

Apart from Him, we can do NOTHING. (John 15:5)

At least, nothing worthwhile…

We receive SO MANY EMAILS from people with all kinds of “problems”, challenges and trials… and something they all have in common is that they usually feel pretty helpless about what they’re facing.

That’s because our carnal self is no match for the devil.

On the other hand, the devil is NO MATCH FOR the Jesus LIVING IN us. (1 John 4:4)

If we’re going to overcome what the creep throws our way, we can’t resist him IN THE FLESH, we HAVE TO RESIST HIM IN SPIRIT.

If we resist him, IN SPIRIT, he WILL FLEE. (James 4:7)

Provided WE DO SO IN THE INNER CHRIST.

That we take dominion, IN SPIRIT, over the situation and the spirit(s) behind it…

If you feel your life has gotten OUT OF CONTROL…

If you feel tossed to and fro by waves and negative currents of spiritual forces of darkness…

There’s ONE who OVERCOMES THEM, instantly.

And He is NOT “out there somewhere”: He LIVES INSIDE you.

Every time the devil shows his ugly fangs, LET THE INNER CHRIST deal with him.

Jesus already kicked his butt BIG TIME.

And he will do it again should the devil be SO STUPID as to even try to mix it up with the Omnipotent, ETERNAL Christ.

JESUS IS OUR VICTORY.

He is OUR SUCCESS in every endeavor.

Don’t squander THE BIGGEST BLESSING EVER of having the Creator Himself, the Savior Himself, INSIDE.

In the flesh we lose, in Christ we ALWAYS WIN.

The inner Jesus must be CARED FOR, CHERISHED, NOURISHED with the Word, and ALLOWED FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

Do you want to overcome THAT SITUATION in your life?

Do you want to rise above THOSE obstacles?

Then FOCUS ON, and CARE FOR, the inner Jesus!

Pay attention to Him, feed Him regularly, and let Him GROW.

He has OVERCOME THE WORLD.


SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016


WHY JESUS HASN’T APPEARED

“Beloved, now are we the children of God...we KNOW THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)

HOW do we manifest GOD’S LOVE?

If it is THE GREATEST commandment then it should be OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. (Matthew 6:33)

Love is NOT a thing.

Love is A PERSON.

That Person is Jesus.

Divine Love CANNOT be faked.

He CANNOT be learned.

He CAN’T even be taught.

Divine Love MUST BE EXPERIENCED.

Again: Divine Love (Jesus) MUST BE EXPERIENCED.

Then He must be ALLOWED TO GROW and DEVELOP IN us.

The only reason that Christians manifest ONLY “a little” Jesus – IF ANY JESUS AT ALL – is because WE HAVE NEVER FED the inner Christ or ALLOWED HIM TO GROW.

Most Christians, through religion, fear, and NEGLECT have nearly starved Him to death.

Consequently, He’s been nearly suffocated by the world and the flesh.

Were He (the INNER CHRIST) NOT God, He would have died.

But because He IS God, and because He overcame death, He lives FOREVER.

However, YOU DETERMINE HOW MUCH you ALLOW THAT INNER JESUS to grow.

My Bible says that inner Jesus MUST BE ALLOWED TO REACH the measure OF THE STATURE OF THE FULLNESS of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13; Galatians 4:19)

Jesus didn’t remain a little boy bouncing on Mary’s lap.

That would have been an anomaly.

He GREW in wisdom and stature and became A FULLY GROWN, FULLY DEVELOPED MAN. (Luke 2:52)

And neither should the INNER CHRIST that was born in you when you were born again.

That is WHY WE MUST NOT IGNORE the Christ within.

That is WHY He must be NURTURED and NOURISHED WITH the written Word.

After all He is the Word INCARNATE.

He became INCARNATE IN YOU, when you received Him into your heart, just like He became INCARNATE in Mary’s virginal womb.

Just like the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and made her CONCEIVE Jesus, He overshadowed us and MADE US CONCEIVE Him at the New Birth.

If you want JESUS to MANIFEST on the OUTSIDE, YOU MUST TAKE CARE OF HIM INSIDE.

Again: If you want JESUS to MANIFEST on the OUTSIDE, to others through you, YOU MUST FIRST TAKE CARE OF HIM INSIDE.

The Greatness and Perfection in Divine Love (Jesus) are SO INFINITELY GREAT that they CANNOT BE EXPRESSED in human words.

THEY/HE MUST BE EXPERIENCED.

And His Greatness, HIS GLORY, will swallow up these mortal bodies AND REPLACE THEM WITH HIS LIFE AND IMMORTALITY, if we ALLOW HIM TO DEVELOP.

There’s NO WAY of getting around this marvelous, ETERNAL Truth.

Jesus’ Love and Greatness SUPERSEDE EVERYTHING:

The Sinai Law, all the prophecies, human behavior (good or bad), religion, religious rituals, and impure Christianism, which is a TAINTED counterfeit of the true faith, and a FALSE, impure “gospel”.

They also SUPERCEDE EVERYONE, including us.

Jesus’ Love and Greatness OVERCOME all things.

Even DEATH! (1 Corinthians 15:50-55)

If they overcome DEATH, you know they/He also OVERCOMES ALL SIN, because sin is THE CAUSE OF death. (Romans 6:23)

Jesus’ Love is His Greatness.

Jesus’ Love is OUR VICTORY.

I’m asking myself this question, and I encourage every believer to ask it of himself or herself:

Do I really love Jesus with ALL of my heart?

Or am I holding back a portion of my heart that I have kept FROM Jesus?

IS THERE A PORTION OF MY HEART THAT I’M KEEPING “ALL to myself”.

WHATEVER we withhold from Jesus, we’re giving to Satan, by DEFAULT.

Again: WHATEVER we WITHHOLD FROM Jesus, we’re giving to Satan, by DEFAULT.

Jesus loved God (the Father, Himself, and His Creation) with ALL His heart: that is why He could CONFIDENTLY say “the devil has NOTHING in me”. (John 14:30)

When our hearts are FILLED with Divine Love, with God Himself, there’s NO ROOM ANYWHERE for the devil.

Hallelujah!

Take care of the INNER CHRIST, and He will TAKE CARE of you.


SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016 


THE GREATEST

In Matthew 22:36-39 Jesus is challenged by a Pharisee about the Law of God.

The Pharisee ASKS HIM A DIRECT QUESTION:

“Which is THE GREATEST commandment?”

99.9% of Christians would have replied:

“Well, of course, it’s the FIRST of the 10 Commandments: Thou shall have no other gods before me”.

I know I would have…

But Jesus gave an answer that must have shaken the Pharisee – and those around hearing the exchange – to their core…

It was an UNEXPECTED answer:

The Pharisee had asked A DIRECT QUESTION:

And Jesus gave him A DIRECT ANSWER:

He quoted Deuteronomy 30:6:

“YOU WILL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART”:

And then He added that the SECOND greatest commandment was “like” the first:

"Love your neighbor AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF."

WHY is LOVING GOD WITH ALL our hearts THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT?

…Because God IS Love (1 John 4:16).

In order to fulfill that commandment you have to EXPERIENCE…God.

We CANNOT have such love towards God or towards others WITHOUT experiencing the living, eternal God because HE IS Love.

Therefore God (as in Jesus, God Incarnate) IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT there is. 

Therefore, RECEIVING JESUS (God) INTO OUR HEARTS, and LOVING/TRUSTING Him completely IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT in the Torah. 

Jesus said that ALL THE LAW and THE PROPHETS hang ON THAT GREATEST COMMANDMENT" (Matthew 22:40). 

When we EXPERIENCE LOVE HIMSELF (Jesus) in our INNERMOST BEING... THERE'S NO LAW ANYWHERE against us. 

There's NO LAW, NO ONE AND NOTHING ANYWHERE THAT CAN CONDEMN US.

His love is NOT natural but SUPERNATURAL.

When we experience God’s Love (agape) we EXPERIENCE God because He is Love.

We cannot express such Love, without EXPERIENCING AND KNOWING God Himself.

Hence we CANNOT express nor have such Love UNLESS we are born-again.

When we experience God’s Love, we experience God, and BECOME LOVE HIMSELF, God Himself.

We acquire His Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4).

We become PERFECTED in Love (God). (1 John 4:18)

We become One with His Infinite Greatness and Infinite Perfection.

By making that THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT, Jesus was saying:

I AM the Greatest, because I AM Divine Love and I want to BRING YOU UP TO MY LEVEL.

And if doing so requires MY GOING DOWN TO YOUR LEVEL, and suffering immensely, so I can BRING YOU UP TO MY Divinity, I AM willing to pay the price.

Jesus; Greatness (Divine Love) makes EVERYONE who receives Him GREAT.

God WANTS TO SHARE His GREATNESS, His LOVE, His own Divine Nature… WITH YOU! (Romans 5:5; 2 Peter 1:4)

Even the hyper legalistic Pharisee COULD FIND NO FAULT with Jesus’ answer. (Luke 10:28)

Even he had to ADMIT that Jesus’ answer was FLAWLESS.

It was PERFECT.

Because the Sinai Law has never been perfect, and will never make ANYONE perfect. (Hebrews  7:19;10:1)

The Sinai Law CANNOT regenerate human hearts.

It CANNOT produce the God Nature in ANYONE.

It CANNOT produce Divine Love (agape) which is the Royal Law of God’s Kingdom, and THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY (Psalm 19:7; James 1:25).

The Sinai Law HAS NEVER FULFILLED GOD’S ROYAL and SUPREME LAW: it never can and never will. (Romans 13:9-10)

But Divine Love (Jesus) CAN and DOES!!!

Perfection is found ONLY in God’s Love. 

SO IS SALVATION.

There is NOTHING and NO ONE greater than God.

There is NOTHING and NO ONE greater than Divine Love.

Are you SETTLING FOR LESSER commandments, and LESSER Law – which is A MERE SHADOW of the Royal Law of God’s Kingdom? (Hebrews 10:1)

Are you SETTLING FOR religion, for a set of “laws” and “commandments” and “religious rules” invented by man’s depraved imagination?

Are you settling for a MUCH LESSER “god” when you can EXPERIENCE the Greatest?


FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016


RAPTURE: THE DAY & THE HOUR

When anyone tries to teach, the APPROXIMATE time of the Rapture, based on Scripture...

They can COUNT ON some self-righteous person, full of religion, but far from Christ, parroting their religious mantra...

"No one knows the day or the hour..."

"No one knows the day or the hour..."

"No one knows the day or the hour..."

These people are the SAME HYPOCRITES that turn around and Google "rapture date" or "rapture December 10, 2014"

Last time I checked a "date" is A SPECIFIC DAY and SO IS "December 10".

But they MUST BE right: after all, they're quoting Scripture!

SATAN ALSO "QUOTED SCRIPTURE"...

TO JESUS, NO LESS! (Matthew 4:5-6)

Scripture is valid ONLY when quoted IN CONTEXT.

Repeat: Scripture is VALID ONLY when quoted IN CONTEXT.

Here's the EXACT QUOTE from Mark's Gospel:

"But of that day and that hour KNOWS no man, no, NOT THE ANGELS who are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Take heed, watch and pray: for you KNOW NOT when the time is." (Mark 13:32-33)

Jesus said "NO ONE KNOWS" (PRESENT TENSE)...

IN CONTEXT, He referred to individuals in the FIRST CENTURY A.D.

We're living in the 21st CENTURY A.D.

Here's WHAT JESUS DIDN'T SAY:

He NEVER SAID:

"NO ONE KNOWS AND NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW"

Yet that is how His statement is generally presented by the prophecy establishment and within evangelical Christianity.

In fact, WHEN THE RAPTURE finally TAKES PLACE, EVERYONE in heaven and earth WILL KNOW the PRECISE day and hour.

THE REASON that neither the human Jesus, nor the angels, NOR ANYONE but the Father knew BACK IN THE FIRST CENTURY A.D. IS BECAUSE JESUS HIMSELF HAD SEALED THAT KNOWLEDGE.

However, He DIDN'T SEAL SUCH KNOWLEDGE FOREVER.

He SEALED IT ONLY UNTIL "the time of the end".

He pointedly stated that, at the time of the end, KNOWLEDGE OF THESE THINGS WOULD INCREASE, and that "THE WISE WOULD UNDERSTAND". (Daniel 12:4, 10)

When the Rapture happens, ALL THE SEALS HAVE BEEN OPENED, EXCEPT THE 7TH SEAL WHICH IS THE 3-YEAR TRIBULATION.

That means that, when it happens, KNOWLEDGE ABOUT IT, WILL HAVE BEEN UNSEALED (REVEALED).

We are living, RIGHT NOW, the FINAL MOMENTS OF the 5th SEAL (Revelation 6:9-11).

The Rapture takes place when the 6th seal is opened (Revelation 6:12; 7:9).

Time's almost up.... ARE YOU READY ?


THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016


PENTECOST RAPTURE

Could the Rapture take place on Pentecost?

Keeping in mind that God is Almighty and can do anything…

And that He PREDETERMINED “the end” since “the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10)

…And that KNOWING WHEN and HOW this earthly experience will end, He told us certain things in Scripture…

And that He told us in Scripture that Jesus returns at the END OF 70 sabbatical “weeks” or shemittas… which END ON SUKKOT. (Daniel 7:24-25; Deuteronomy 31:10)

And that He told us Antichrist reigns for 42 months. (Revelation 13:5).

And that Antichrist doesn’t rise from the abyss until AFTER the Church is gone. (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8)

There’s NO WAY of getting 42 months from Pentecost OF A GIVEN YEAR to Sukkot 3 years later.

There is ONLY ONE INSTANCE where you COULD get 42 months between these two Feasts. In order for that to happen, the first and third year of tribulation must be Hebrew leap years.

Problem is, even under that unlikely scenario, Antichrist would have ONLY 9 DAYS to reappear, take dominion, defeat Egypt and Turkey (Daniel 11:40-42), conquer Jerusalem and begin his reign.

I wouldn’t bet on it.

That is why the most likely time is somewhere between the end of Adar and mid-Nisan.

That is why we chose “Passover” as the absolute “deadline”.

This year Passover begins on the eve of April 22nd (tomorrow) on the rabbinic calendar and on the eve of April 23rd (Saturday) in the Karaite calendar.

It’s looking more and more like we’ll have AT LEAST ONE MORE YEAR on earth.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016 


FIRST FRUITS RAPTURE? PART TWO

Another problem with this theory is that the Two Witnesses MUST prophesy 1,260 days, then be captured and killed by Antichrist, then rise from the dead and ascend to heaven 3-1/2 days later (that's 1,264 days).

They ASCEND prior to Armageddon and prior to the Second Coming. (Revelation 11:7-14)

Assuming that Antichrist captures and kills them AS SOON AS the 1,260 days end:

They would have to BEGIN prophesying AT THE SAME TIME that THE TRUMPET JUDGMENTS are going on.

That doesn’t make much sense. It’s doubtful that anyone would listen to their prophesying while 1/3 of the globe is burnt to a crisp and 1/3 of mankind is annihilated.

If they began prophesying concurrent with the trumpets, they'd be killed 3 years later on Yom Kippur and ascend to heaven THE DAY BEFORE Sukkot, in other words THE DAY BEFORE JESUS RETURNS.

Is it mathematically POSSIBLE?

Yes!

But it’s highly IMPROBABLE, for obvious reasons:

If they were on earth THE DAY BEFORE Christ returns that means that they'd have to endure the HORRIFIC BOWL JUDGMENTS mentioned in Revelation 16, which are ONLY for the unsaved.

God even takes to heaven those who come to faith in Jesus during the tribulation BEFORE He pours out those unprecedented judgments. (Revelation 14:15; 15:2)

It just doesn't make sense.

And if they begin prophesying 5 days later (right after the trumpets), then they'd be killed at the Second Coming of Jesus AND ASCEND AFTER He's already here on earth and reigning, which makes no sense AT ALL and is utterly impossible.

Another problem with this theory is that we'd have to TOTALLY DO AWAY with any RAPTURE PROCESS (the 10 days or even 3 days).

The Rapture would have to be an INSTANT Rapture like the prophecy establishment has sold us for years.

That simply ISN'T TAUGHT in Scripture.

Jesus said "when these things BEGIN, then look up... your redemption DRAWS NEAR".

If it were INSTANT, as they claim, THERE WOULD BE NO TIME TO "LOOK UP". And our redemption would not be "near", it would be INSTANT.

That is why we published a Timeline that incorporates EVERY DETAIL given in Scripture.

EVERY BIBLICAL REQUIREMENT HAS TO FIT INTO that 3 period, AND MUST BE BIBLICALLY ACCURATE.

Problem with most people is they start dreaming up theories and focus ON ONLY A FEW THINGS mentioned in Scripture, while they DISREGARD "other" important details.

They have been doing the same thing with the Antichrist for years and years. That's why they keep coming up with some Islamic leader, or some European prince.

I want the Rapture AS MUCH AS ANYONE. But if something DOESN’T FIT, we simply CAN’T sweep it under the rug.

We CANNOT use the Bible “selectively”. We can’t pick and choose the portions of prophecy we like TO THE NEGLECT of those we don’t like or don’t serve our scenario.

Either EVERYTHING God says IS TRUE, or NOTHING He says is.


TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016


FIRST FRUITS RAPTURE?

The term “first fruits” usually refers to the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost), which takes place 7 weeks after Passover.

In fact, Shavuot is also called Hag ha bikkurim (THE FEAST OF First Fruits” (Exodus 34:22; Leviticus 23:16–17; Numbers 28:26)

There is, however, ANOTHER “first fruits” spoken of in the Bible:

It refers STRICTLY to the first fruits, actually the FIRST SHEAF OF THE BARLEY harvest.

Leviticus 23:10–11 and 15–16 calls for a sheaf of the new barley harvest (omer) to be offered on THE DAY AFTER the Sabbath (the Sunday) following Passover.

Paul refers to THE FIRST FRUITS or (first sheaf) OF BARLEY when he calls Jesus THE FIRST FRUITS of those who died” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Jesus rose from the dead three days and nights after Passover, on the First Fruits of the Barley. (Matthew 28:1-7)

At that time, He also “took captivity captive”, by resurrecting and rapturing to heaven MANY OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS. (Matthew 27:51-53)

There’s a theory floating around that pairs 1 Corinthians 15:21-23:

“For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man: For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the first fruits; THEN, WHEN HE COMES, THOSE WHO BELONG TO HIM.”

With James 1:18:

“Of his own will He begat us (gave us a NEW BIRTH) with the word of truth, THAT WE SHOULD BE A KIND OF FIRSTFRUITS of His creatures.”

The theory, based on these two verses, is that the Rapture will happen ON THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE BARLEY (Aviv/Nisan 17/18), the very same day on which Jesus rose from the dead.

I’ve had people ask me whether this theory is feasible.

Technically, yes.

We can still get 3 years from First Fruits of Barley in a given year to Sukkot 3 years later, which is when Jesus’ Second Coming must take place (Deuteronomy 31:10, Daniel 9:24).

So why did I give Passover, instead of First Fruits of Barley, as the “absolute deadline” in a given year for the catching away of believers to happen?

-      Because it’s THE MAJOR spring Feast.

-      It’s THE FIRST major Feast in the Hebrew calendar.

-      Because it’s when Jesus bought us back with His own Blood. Because it’s a 7-day Feast which fits PERFECTLY with the Jewish Wedding banquet which lasted 7 days.

Is First Fruits of Barley rapture possible?

Technically, yes.

Will the Church be raptured on Aviv 17/18?

In all likelihood, NO.

Why not?

Because we must allow AT THE VERY LEAST a 5-DAY PERIOD for the 6-trumpet judgments to devastate the earth BEFORE Antichrist reappears.

We know that he rules for “only” 42 months (Revelation 13:5).

That would give him 21 DAYS TOPS to reappear risen from the dead, gain worldwide recognition, form an army, defeat Turkey and Egypt, and take Jerusalem.

I know better than most people about Alex’s legendary swiftness, but that seems to be cutting it A BIT SHORT, even for him.

Could I be wrong? Yes!

Look, I just want Jesus to appear and take us Home.

If He happens to appear THREE DAYS LATER than I anticipated, SO BE IT.

I specifically stated that the dates in my Timeline ARE APPROXIMATE, anyway.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Not when I want, WHEN YOU WANT.


MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016


DOOMSDAY CLOCK

The world didn't end on May 21, 2011 when Harold Camping said it would.

It didn’t end on December 21, 2012 when the Mayans said it would:  

But certain scientists THINK they can accurately predict the end.

There's something called the Doomsday Clock.

Every year, a group of atomic scientists at the University of Chicago determines whether the clock should remain at its present setting (3 minutes to midnight, “midnight” representing “the end”) or whether it should be reset.

The adjustments (or lack thereof) take into consideration all sorts of factors like nuclear proliferation and national arsenals, climate change, emerging technologies and biotechnology.

The closer the minute hand moves to “midnight”, the closer THEY CLAIM we are to the apocalypse.

But the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists isn't the only group SPECULATING about when the world will end.

They now have “competition” from researchers at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute joined by the Global Challenges Foundation.

These groups released a joint report in 2015 that listed a number of potential causes for the world’s demise.

They include extreme climate change, the prospect of nuclear war, ecological catastrophe, global pandemic, major asteroid impact, a “super-volcano” erupting, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

One tiny problem with the theory formulated by these men of science:

The world DOES NOT END with the Apocalypse.

Again: the world DOES NOT END with the Apocalypse.

The Apocalypse is merely THE END of the PRESENT CORRUPT WORLD ORDER.

But the world itself will remain and WILL BE RENOVATED by none other than Jesus.

It will be restored to a paradisiacal environment. (Isaiah 2:1-5; 11:1-12)

It will be the Garden of Eden again, only this time not just in the Middle East, but ALL OVER THE PLANET.

So when will the world end?

According to God, NOT FOR AT LEAST 1,010 YEARS: (Revelation 20:1-10)

Even then, THE WORLD WON’T REALLY END. It will merely ASCEND INTO THE HIGHER DIMENSION and be replaced by new heavens and a new earth. (Revelation 21:1-5)

Never mind what the heathen say, never mind what religious swindlers may say, never mind what scientists say…

According to its Creator, THE WORLD… NEVER ENDS.


SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016


CHRISTIANS IN DENIAL

"A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you WILL SEE ME: and... YOUR SORROW SHALL BE TURNED INTO JOY" (John 16:17-20)

"And the Spirit and the bride SAY, COME. And let him that hears SAY, COME. And let him THAT IS THIRSTY COME. And WHOEVER WILL, let him take the water of life freely...Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, COME, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:17-20)

There are two main Christian camps where eschatology is concerned:

1. Those who CAN'T WAIT for Jesus to appear and take us Home. And,

2. Those who think we're a bunch of loons and that Jesus will return "SOMEDAY"-- and THE FARTHER into the "future" they can push that "SOMEDAY", the better.

They live as though this world will go on "as usual" for another 50, 100, or even 1,000 years.

These Christians are IN DENIAL.

They make LONG-RANGE PLANS in order to RUN AWAY from reality and PRETEND it's not happening.

And they often get upset AT THOSE OF US WHO POINT OUT WHAT IS RATHER OBVIOUS:

That JESUS WILL HAVE TO INTERVENE VERY SOON, or the world will destroy itself and He will have NO CHURCH to rapture.

I've had "Christians" tell me that they hope Jesus DOESN'T show up yet because they just "bought a house", or they want to see their children grow up, go to college, get married, etc. 

How can A HOUSE -- I don't care if it is a palace -- compare to JESUS? 

I won't even go into PAYING A MORTGAGE... 

HOW can a parent prefer to see his/her children grow up in this CORRUPT, sin-infested, dangerous environment  than enjoy those children in Jesus' Presence and heavenly glory?

How ANYONE can see what's going on in the world today, and think that -- 20 or 30 years from now -- this world will still be taking its "normal" course and everything will be "as usual" -- is INCOMPREHENSIBLE.

There's NEVER been a time like this in ALL of history.

Even politicians AND SCIENTISTS are being forced to TAKE NOTICE.

A year ago they moved their Doomsday Clock TWO MINUTES CLOSER TO "MIDNIGHT"!

Normal "rules of war" NO LONGER APPLY, NO MATTER HOW CLEVER OR BRILLIANT, because we're no longer engaged in CONVENTIONAL war, but something NEVER BEFORE SEEN -- which has NO RULES, and has spread its ugly and barbaric tentacles into every Western nation: I refer to ISLAMIC TERRORISM.

Although that is still, in large part, how they operate, THEIR GOAL IS NO LONGER TO JUST blow up a bunch of people.

They want WORLD DOMINATION.

Their aspiration is to CONQUER AND SUBJUGATE the rest of us into their demonic religion.

They dream of a hellish world filled with impoverished, hate-filled, demonized illiterates; where women are treated like fourth rate PERSONAL PROPERTY - in other words - AS DISPOSABLE GARBAGE.

Where THEIR WICKED LEADERS GET TO DECIDE who gets an education and who doesn't, who can drive and who can't, how you dress, what you eat, and WHO YOU WORSHIP.

Where they get to torture, maim, rape, behead, or brutally and barbarously murder -- ON A WHIM -- ANYONE WHO DOESN'T "SUBMIT" to their evil will.

When we see SUPER POWERS like the U.S., Britain and France SHAKEN UP and virtually IMPOTENT to combat THIS EVIL FORCE, HOW CAN ANYONE THINK it will still be an "ordinary life, in an ordinary world" in 20 years?

The ONLY REASON some "Christians" get upset at those who try to warn them is because THEY DON'T WANT TO FACE REALITY. 

They CAN'T HANDLE the Truth.

They're SCARED TO DEATH of  facing Jesus.

It's amazing how THE SAME Divine Presence, the same beautiful Face that some of us LONG TO SEE and anticipate with unspeakable joy - can fill others with DREAD and RESENTMENT.

I'm not here to judge any INDIVIDUAL.

Only God knows each person's heart.

But if you're in group #2, I strongly advise you take a private, HONEST, and PROFOUND LOOK at your own heart.

No one else needs to know, but TAKE STOCK of who or what REALLY IS -- OR ISN'T -- there (Romans 8:9; 1 John 5:12).

Because, generally speaking, we're only SCARED OF the UNKNOWN.

There's NO REASON WHATSOEVER TO BE SCARED of someone we KNOW (Matthew 7:22-23; 25:1-12). 

Of someone we TRUST (have faith in). (John 3:16).

Of Someone Whom WE LOVE, and with Whom we have regular contact and intimacy.

Of finally SEEING the One who ACTUALLY LIVES IN OUR HEARTS. 


SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016


BY ONE MAN

"For as by one man's DISOBEDIENCE many were MADE SINNERS, so BY THE OBEDIENCE OF ONE (Jesus) shall many be MADE RIGHTEOUS" (Romans 5:18-19).

What did you DO in order to inherit Adam's sinful nature and his LOST condition?

You did NOTHING:

You didn't
 WORK for it.

You didn't
 WAIT for it.

You didn't have to BREAK any law.

You didn't have to BREAK any commandments.

You didn't have to OBSERVE a certain day of the week over another.

You didn't forsake a particular denomination.

You didn't forsake any religious leader.

ALL you needed in order to inherit Adam's sinful, nature was TO BE BORN.

That's right: your PHYSICAL birth was ALL it took.

Every innocent baby born into this world AUTOMATICALLY INHERITS that sinful nature by virtue of his/her PHYSICAL birth.

They INHERIT IT BEFORE they even have a chance to DO anything.

All of us were PHYSICALLY BORN WITH A SINFUL NATURE.

Likewise, in order to acquire Christ's perfect, righteous Nature, we DO NOTHING:

We DON'T WORK for it.

We DON'T WAIT for it.

We DON'T OBSERVE the law.

We DON'T OBSERVE commandments.

We DON'T OBSERVE a certain day of the week.

We DON'T BELONG to one particular denomination.

We DON'T follow any RELIGIOUS leader.

ALL we need in order to inherit Jesus' SINLESS Nature is TO BE BORN 
AGAIN.

When we're born physically, we automatically inherit Adam's fallen nature.

When we're born SPIRITUALLY, from above, by opening our hearts to Jesus and receiving Him as Lord and God, we automatically inherit Jesus' SINLESS, PERFECT, HOLY Nature. (John 3:5)

Physical birth gave us a sinful nature, naturally.

Spiritual birth gave us a righteous nature, SUPERNATURALLY
.

It's AUTOMATIC: no law keeping required, no 10 commandment keeping, no Sabbath keeping, ALL THAT IS REQUIRED is a NEW SPIRITUAL BIRTH.

Jesus' OWN Righteousness, His Divine Love Nature, is THE BIRTHRIGHT of ALL who are born from above, from the spirit realm, by the Spirit of God. (2 Peter 1:4)

That's why John 3:3-5 tell us we MUST be born again.

Except we are BORN AGAIN, we CANNOT
 ENTER the Kingdom of God.

In 1 Corinthians 15:47-49 Paul assures us that:

"The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and AS IS THE HEAVENLY, SUCH ARE THEY ALSO THAT ARE HEAVENLY. 

And as we have borne the image of the earthy, WE SHALL ALSO BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY".

Invite Jesus TO ENTER your heart, and Salvation and Righteousness are yours...AUTOMATICALLY.


FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016


THIRD PARTY PRAYERS

Most of us have, at some point, PRAYED OUR HEARTS OUT for another person(s) only to feel the sting of disappointment that what we prayed for DID NOT happen.

God’s Word assures us that if we ask ANYTHING according to His will, he hears us. And if we KNOW He hears us, we KNOW that we have WHATEVER we ask of Him. (1 John 5:14-15)

This is true when we pray FOR OURSELVES and, generally speaking, when ANOTHER person asks for prayer for himself or herself.

Prayer requests for THIRD PARTIES are a different story.

God still hears and answers prayers according to His will. THAT part of the equation DOES NOT CHANGE.

However, there are MULTIPLE FACTORS involved that AFFECT the OUTCOME.

Among those factors are:

1. Whether than individual is saved or not.

2. Whether he or she even WANTS prayer.

3. Their attitude, lifestyle, and what they have “sown” (Galatians 6:7).

4. Their own FREE WILL.

We simply CANNOT override another person’s free will.

For instance, we can pray for their Salvation. God will hear the prayer and IS WILLING TO ANSWER that prayer. But THEY have to MAKE THAT DECISION on their own.

We CANNOT force Salvation (Jesus) down someone else’s throat.

They have to WANT HIM, SINCERELY, and with ALL their hearts.

If they DON’T, our prayer is hindered by the hardness of their heart.

Does that mean we should STOP praying for their Salvation?

NO.

Jesus EVER LIVES to make intercession for us. (Hebrews 7:25)

And, following His lead, we should pray and intercede FOR THEM.

How and when God may touch their hearts and bring them to repentance and faith IS, SO FAR, A MYSTERY known only to Him.

I know that Divine omniscience and predestination play a BIG role.

However, I would be A LIAR if I pretended to know ALL that is INVOLVED in answering third party prayers.

Likewise, someone may request prayer for a couple going through marital difficulties or divorce, or for a sick person.

I’ve prayed those prayers MANY, MANY TIMES and SEEN tremendous results. Glory to Jesus forever and ever!

Other times I’ve prayed and the condition has persisted or worsened, and the individual has passed on.

We simply DON’T KNOW ALL that may be going on in their hearts and minds.

The exception would be, of course, if the Spirit supernaturally REVEALS IT. But such cases are A RARITY and NOT the norm.

Even when the outcome we desired and prayed for DOESN’T materialize, GENUINE, HEART-FELT prayer IS NEVER a failure.

It SERVES God’s purpose, in some way, even WHEN WE DON’T UNDERSTAND or see HOW.


THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016 


HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE ?

In Deuteronomy 6:4 we find the immortal words often recited in Hebrew worship:

"SHEMA yisrael Yahweh (Adonai) eloheinu Yahweh (Adonai) echad".

"Hear O Israel the LORD our God is ONE".

It's often referred to simply as the "Shema".

This verse is often used by opponents of the Trinity, in a futile attempt to DISPROVE the plurality within that One God:

"See? It says God is ONE, not THREE".

Well, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity has NEVER SAID there are THREE "gods", but ONE God, WHO manifests in THREE forms: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The PERFECT Unity of the three in One God is often called The Godhead.

In fact the Hebrew word echad used in this verse as "one" is what is known in grammar as a COLLECTIVE noun.

Collective nouns are technically SINGULAR, yet contain A PLURALITY (more than one) in themselves.

For example, the U.S. ARMY is ONE army comprised of several branches including the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as over one MILLION individual soldiers, yet it's only ONE army.

Your favorite football or baseball TEAM is ONE team comprised of more than A DOZEN players.

The CHOIR in your congregation is ONE choir, comprised of HOWEVER MANY singers.

The Church is ONE, but it's comprised of millions or billions of believers.

That echad IS a collective noun can be clearly seen in Genesis 11:6:

"And the LORD said, Behold, THE PEOPLE (PLURAL) are ONE (echad)"...

And, again, in Genesis 2:24:

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and THEY (plural) will become ONE (echad) flesh".

Paul referred to this tremendous Truth as "a great mystery".

However, he added, nowhere is this "mystery" greater than with regards to "Christ and His Church" (Ephesians 5:32).

Yes, there's ONLY ONE God. Praise His Name forever!

Yes, there's ONLY ONE Jesus, who IS that One God, praise His Name forever!

But that ONE God, that ONE Jesus, contains WITHIN HIMSELF millions if not billions of facets.

That's where the Church comes in.

WHY do you think we're called, COLLECTIVELY, the Body (singular) OF Christ?

Because we're ONE Body comprised of MANY DIFFERENT "Body parts"... yet only ONE Body, His Church, of which He is now and FOREVER the Head.

That One Jesus LIVES in each member of His Body.

And, EACH MEMBER OF His collective Body, LIVES in Him (Colossians 3:3).

We are IN Him, and He is IN us.

If you're born again, that ONE Jesus LIVES IN you.

He created you, He SAVED you. He BOUGHT YOU with His own Blood.

Therefore that One Jesus has EVERY RIGHT to MANIFEST thru you.

Why do you think He gave you His Divine Nature? (2 Peter 1:4).

Why do you think He calls you His Body?

He may be THE HEAD, but the arms are Jesus, the legs are Jesus, the torso is Jesus, the thighs are Jesus, the hands are Jesus, the feet are Jesus, the toes are Jesus:

"For those He KNEW IN ADVANCE, He also did PREDESTINATE to be CONFORMED to the Image OF his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Romans 8:29).

"Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but WE KNOW THAT, when He shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:2).

If you're born again, you're not that big jerk you APPEAR to be.

You're not, and I'm not, that ugly sinner we APPEAR to be.

You're not even that "nice Christian" you PRETEND to be.

Jesus LIVES IN YOU. He LIVES in me.

We're PREDESTINED (it's already PRE-ARRANGED, a DONE DEAL) TO BE LIKE HIM.

No matter how we LOOK or ACT right now...

We have a GLORIOUS and marvelous Destiny to which to look forward...

We're A BUNCH OF JESUSES waiting to happen. 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016


CROSS OR CRUCIFIX

This is something I’ve been hearing FOR YEARS, and should have addressed long ago.

For those who may not know the difference, A CROSS is just A PLAIN cross. A CRUCIFIX is a cross with the figure of Jesus nailed to it.

While most “protestants” and Evangelicals favor the plain cross, Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, Lutherans, and Methodists generally use the crucifix.

For years, I’ve been hearing the LAME and FALSE accusation that Catholics use the crucifix because they believe that Jesus is still dead and hanging from the cross.

Being raised Roman Catholic, I can TESTIFY – FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE – that that IS A BLATANT LIE.

As steeped in religion, tradition, and man-invented rituals as we were, I distinctly remember KNOWING from age 6 (perhaps a bit earlier) that Jesus died for our sins and ROSE FROM THE DEAD.

I NEVER heard any priest, nun, or Roman Catholic person say, or even HINT, that Jesus is still nailed to the cross.

I NEVER heard any of them DENY Christ’s Resurrection.

NEVER!!!

I was taught Catechism at age 6 and did First Communion at age 7.

Catechism CLEARLY TAUGHT that Jesus had RISEN FROM THE DEAD, is God, and IS ALIVE.

That is why Roman Catholics, along with most other Christians, CELEBRATE CHRIST’S RESURRECTION, as we did just a few Sundays ago.

My biggest problems with Catholicism have always been that it DID NOT TEACH the born-again experience, at least not when I was growing up, and that it DID NOT teach the Bible or encourage its study.

Fortunately, many Catholic congregations today TEACH BOTH.

As far as the cross and crucifix are concerned, I don’t have a problem with either one.

And neither one violates Scripture.

The plain cross reminds us of Jesus’ triumphant Resurrection.

Of His CRUSHING VICTORY over Satan, sin and death.

The crucifix reminds us OF THE UNSPEAKABLE SUFFERING HE ENDURED FOR OUR SAKE, and the INCALCULABLE PRICE HE PAID to redeem us.

And may I remind religious bigots that the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord WERE BOTH NECESSARY for our Salvation?

It’s a SAD, SAD DAY for Christianity when we CAN’T EVEN UNITE IN SPIRIT to appreciate THE VERY SYMBOL OF our faith.

Yes, there’s been A LOT of abuse of power and excess in Roman Catholicism. I’ve written about that extensively.

Yes, Roman Catholicism has quite a bit of FALSE, UNBIBLICAL doctrine.

And, yes, Roman Catholicism has committed some terrible atrocities in its long, tortured history.

Denying the Resurrection of Jesus HAS NEVER BEEN ONE OF THEM.


TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016


PRETERISM

Preterism is the belief that ALL Bible prophecy was fulfilled by 70 A.D.

That includes all prophecies about the Rapture, the tribulation, the Antichrist, the Second Coming of Christ, the Millennium, the White Throne Judgment, and the New Heavens and New earth.

While 70 A. D. WAS a significant prophetic year in which the Roman 10th legion under Titus' command destroyed Jerusalem, one has to be a blind fool to believe that Jesus RETURNED and ESTABLISHED HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH in or around 70 A.D.

Yet THAT IS PRECISELY what Preterists believe.

Furthermore, preterism believes that this putrid hell hole in which we live is the New Earth promised in Revelation 21:1; that Hades/Sheol no longer exists, and that upon dying Christians immediately receive new resurrected, glorified bodies.

Apparently, they've never read 1 Corinthians 15:50-55 or 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 which plainly state WE SHALL NOT ALL DIE but will be TRANSFORMED into immortal beings in a moment and WITHOUT DYING.

Preterists also believe that Satan and his demons have no influence over Christians who live in this "new earth" today.

If they don't, then man is purely evil ON HIS OWN, and not due to Satan's deception in the Garden of Eden. How is that possible when man (male and female) WAS CREATED IN THE VERY IMAGE OF the Most High, MOST HOLY God?

Preterism is largely responsible for "replacement theology" which postulates that the Christian Church has replaced natural Israel, something which is NOT SUPPORTED by either the Old or New Testaments.

However, preterism’s most egregious and damning doctrine is the belief THAT SIN IS HERE TO STAY: That sin IS ETERNAL and cannot be remedied, thus making the Blood of Jesus INSUFFICIENT AND INCAPABLE OF removing sin FOREVER.

That FALSE DOCTRINE also VIOLATES at least half a dozen Scriptures that say Jesus has removed ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME (Psalm 103:12; John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 9:12,26; 10:14; 1 John 3:5).

Preterism is a DAMNABLE HERESY.

This heresy spawned in the 4th century by Eusebius and others, and deeply rooted in anti-Semitism, is based on selective passages in the New Testament that speak about Christ's "soon" return, TO THE EXCLUSION OF OTHER BIBLICAL PASSAGES THAN DEBUNK IT:

Romans 13:12:
"The night is far spent, THE DAY IS AT HAND"

1 Corinthians 7:29:
"This I say, brethren, THE TIME IS SHORT"

1 Corinthians 10:11:
"They were written for our admonition, UPON WHOM THE ENDS OF THE WORLD ARE COME".

Philippians 4:5:
"The Lord IS NEAR".

Hebrews 10:37:
"For yet A LITTLE WHILE, and he that shall come will come and WILL NOT DELAY".

1 Peter 4:7
"THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND"

James 5:8:
"For THE COMING OF THE LORD IS NEAR"

1 John 2:18
"Little children, IT IS THE LAST HOUR; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which WE KNOW THAT IT IS THE LAST HOUR".

It's safe to say with regards to Jesus' return, that the apostles were not thinking in terms of the distant future, let alone 2,000 years later.

Clearly, when the New Testament was written in the first century A.D., they believed that the Rapture, end of the world, and the return of Christ were NEAR.

It's also clear that THEY DID NOT KNOW PRECISELY WHEN such events would take place.

Didn't they ask Jesus that SPECIFIC question before His Ascension?

And didn't Jesus answer (at the time) "it is not FOR YOU to know"? (Acts 1:6-7)

Had Jesus not told Daniel that such things were "sealed" and would ONLY be FULLY UNDERSTOOD - EVEN BY HIS OWN PROPHETS LIKE DANIEL HIMSELF - at the VERY TIME OF THE END? (Daniel 12:4, 9)

If these passages are to be construed to mean that 70 A.D. was THE FINAL FULFILLMENT of all Bible prophecy, I have a question for preterists:

Why, then, did the Apostle John write some 26 years LATER in 96 A.D.:

"Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND" (Revelation 1:3).

"Then he told me, Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because THE TIME IS NEAR" (Revelation 22:10).

If John wrote in 96 A.D. that "the time" for the things written in the Book of Revelation (which covers the Church Age, the Rapture, the Antichrist, the Second Coming of Christ, the Millennium, the White Throne Judgment and the New Heavens & New Earth) was STILL "NEAR", THEN HOW CAN ANYONE BELIEVE that all these things were fulfilled by 70 A.D.?

Ooops !

"Oh well, maybe not by 70 A.D., but certainly they were fulfilled by the END OF the first century".

Really? So all the SPECIFIC PROPHECIES given in Revelation were fulfilled WITHIN 4 YEARS?

When DID AN INNUMERABLE MULTITUDE SHOW UP IN HEAVEN IN GLORIFIED BODIES? (Revelation 7:9-16).

And, in order to appear in heaven, WOULDN'T THEY HAVE HAD TO LEAVE THE EARTH FIRST?

When was ONE THIRD of the earth's surface burnt to a crisp? (Revelation 8:7)

When did ONE THIRD of the sea and, later, THE ENTIRE SEA, turn to blood? (Revelation 8:8; 16:3-4)

When have people EVER been required to receive a mark on the right hand or forehead in order to buy or sell? (Revelation 13:16-18).

Who was the Antichrist? Hint: It WASN'T Nero.