December 2016 archives of www.christconnection.net "WORD 4 TODAY"
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2016
NEVER ON SUNDAY
THE SEVENTH DAY God
ended His work... and He RESTED
ON THE SEVENTH DAY from
all His work... and God blessed the
seventh day and sanctified it..."
Here are some facts about the Sabbath every Christian should know:
The seventh day or "Sabbath" is, unquestionably, Saturday.
Sunday is NOT the Sabbath, nor will it ever be.
Prior to the Law given on Mount Sinai, NOBODY kept the Sabbath.
"Keeping the Sabbath holy" was one of the commandments given by God to Moses FOR NATURAL ISRAELITES (Exodus 20:8-11).
That commandment has never been given to ANY Christian.
Repeat: That commandment has
NEVER BEEN GIVEN to ANY Christian. (Acts
Israelites were commanded TO REST on the Sabbath. They were to do NO WORKS.
THE PURPOSE of the Sabbath commandment was to teach God’s People NOT TO TRUST THEIR OWN WORKS, BUT TO COMPLETELY TRUST GOD.
fact, they couldn’t work, and were forbidden
to travel, except for VERY SHORT
distances (about half a mile TOPS). (Acts
Yet, in the Gospels, we read that Jesus WENT TO THE SYNAGOGUE on the Sabbath. (Luke 4:16)
the Sabbath. (Matthew 12:1-15)
He TAUGHT the Word on the Sabbath. (Luke 6:6)
He HEALED on the Sabbath. (Mark 3:1-6, Luke 13:1-16)
CARRIED LOADS on the Sabbath. (John 5:8-11)
His disciples PICKED GRAIN on the Sabbath. (Matthew 12:1-2)
Jesus repeatedly BROKE the Sabbath (John 5:18)
why do most Christians attend religious
services on Sunday, instead of Saturday?
Mostly BECAUSE OF TRADITION.
The women discovered Jesus' empty tomb (that He had risen) early Sunday morning (Matthew 28:1-7).
In the 4th century A.D. organized religion designated Sunday as the “day of worship”.
Problem is, the Sabbath was never A DAY TO CONGREGATE in a religious building.
Again: The Sinai Sabbath was NEVER a day to congregate IN A RELIGIOUS BUILDING.
When the 4th commandment was given, 3,500 years ago, THERE WERE NO RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS, Jewish or Christian.
There were no cathedrals, basilicas, “church” buildings, OR SYNAGOGUES!
That is INCONTROVERTIBLE, HISTORICAL FACT.
For natural Israelites, the Sabbath was all about RESTING, TRUSTING God, and setting oneself apart unto God.
We, see, therefore, HOW UNBIBLICAL it is to allow some silly dispute about “which is the right day to worship” to divide us.
There is NO “RIGHT” OR “WRONG” day to worship God.
He MUST BE WORSHIPED – EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!
Again, God (Jesus) MUST BE WORSHIPED – EVERY SINGLE DAY… 24/7. (Psalm 84:4; 104:33; Psalms 113:2-3; 115:17-18; 145:2, 21)
Paul makes it clear in the New Testament that Christians are NOT to be judged with regards to Sabbath keeping, since it was but "a shadow" of things to come (Colossians 2:16).
like the Sinai Law, in its entirety, IS
A MERE SHADOW OF the
REAL and ETERNAL Law, which is Divine
Love. (Hebrews 10:1; James 1:25)
In the New Testament, the Sabbath is kept by RESTING SPIRITUALLY IN CHRIST (Matthew 11:28).
Sabbath in the New Testament is CEASING FROM OUR OWN WORKS, and RESTING CONFIDENTLY, TOTALLY TRUSTING Jesus’ FINISHED WORK of Redemption (Hebrews 4:8-11).
Congregating in a religious building on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, or any other day, DOESN'T SAVE ANYBODY:
does it make you a "better Christian"
than anyone else.
Attending worship services on Sunday is NOT the "mark of the beast" as some stupid religions allege. (Revelation 13:16-18)
never said "thou shall attend worship
services only on Saturday, but NEVER on
We may worship and congregate ON THE DAY OF OUR CHOOSING.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016
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 Truth.
The religiously 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...
Blah... blah... blah...
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.
This ordained 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. (John 3:5)
I don't care HOW MUCH RELIGION YOU GOT.
The exchange between Jesus and Nicodemus takes place in John 3:3-6. It speaks for itself:
"Nicodemus said 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?
Jesus answered, 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.
That which 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 rebirth.
Flesh GIVES BIRTH TO FLESH.
The Spirit GIVES BIRTH TO SPIRIT.
Therefore you must be born OF WATER (natural, FLESH, human birth first) and then BE BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT.
Physical birth ALONE won't get you into heaven.
UNLESS a person is BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT he/she CANNOT enter the Kingdom of God."
HOW, then, is SPIRITUAL RE-BIRTH ACHIEVED?
According to John 1:12-13:
"But TO 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:
WHO WERE BORN, NOT of blood, NOR of the will of the FLESH, NOR of the will of man, but OF GOD".
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 atheist, every agnostic, every Buddhist, every Hindu, every New Ager, every Taoist, Muslim, Jew, and every so-called "Christian"…
THAT ETERNAL 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.
I DON’T CARE if you belong to “THE ONLY TRUE” denomination.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2016
BETRAYAL – PART TWO
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household TO THE LAND I WILL SHOW YOU.
“I will make of you A GREAT NATION, and I will bless you;
I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU, AND CURSE THOSE WHO CURSE YOU” (Genesis 12:1-3)
“On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “TO YOUR DESCENDANTS I HAVE GIVEN THIS LAND: FROM THE RIVER OF EGYPT (THE NILE) AS FAR AS THE GREAT RIVER, THE RIVER EUPHRATES” (Genesis 15:18)
“And I will give to you (Abraham), AND TO YOUR SEED AFTER YOU, THE LAND WHERE YOU ARE A STRANGER, ALL THE LAND OF CANAAN, FOR AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION; and I will be their God. (Genesis 17:8, 21)
”God said to him: “Your name is Jacob; YOU SHALL NO LONGER BE CALLED JACOB, BUT ISRAEL SHALL BE YOUR NAME.”… THE LAND WHICH I GAVE TO ABRAHAM AND ISAAC, I WILL GIVE IT TO YOU, AND I WILL GIVE THE LAND TO YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU.” (Genesis 35:10-12)
“Israel collected his strength and sat up in the bed. Then Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz (Bethel) in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and He said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, AND WILL GIVE THIS LAND TO YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU FOR AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION.'… (Genesis 48:2-4)
“THE COVENANT which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac, HE ALSO CONFIRMED IT TO JACOB (ISRAEL) for a statute, TO ISRAEL AS AN EVERLASTING COVENANT, SAYING, "TO YOU I WILL GIVE THE LAND OF CANAAN, AS THE PORTION OF YOUR INHERITANCE." (1 Chronicles 16:17-18)
We have Scripture after Scripture that says that God gave Israel THE LAND OF CANAAN, which spans from the Nile to the Euphrates, IN EVERLASTING POSSESSION.
Which part of “EVERLASTING POSSESSION” don’t politicians understand?
From virtually the start of his presidency Hussein Obama began to show WHAT IS REALLY IN HIS HEART AND MIND: DISDAIN FOR the United States (of which his wife is on record saying “she’d NEVER BEEN PROUD OF”) and toward its closest ally, the State of Israel.
He set the tone for his contentious attitude toward the People of God during his infamous speech delivered at Cairo University on June 4, 2009.
He alleged that “Palestinians” suffered “daily humiliations” these being the result of “occupation”.
Trying to appease Muslim thugs, not to mention “justify” their savagery, he referred to their heinous and multiple acts of TERROR as “RESISTANCE through violence and killing”.
He made matters even worse by backing the radical terrorist group known as Muslim Brotherhood, which resulted in the ousting of long time, peace-keeping ally Hosni Mubarak, who was caged like a wild beast, and replaced by Islamic radical Mohammed Morsi.
Had it not been for the timely intervention of current Egyptian President, then top General Al Sissi, WHO KNOWS where Egypt would be today and what would have become of the Camp David Peace Accord with Israel?
Throughout his failed presidency Hussein Obama’s policy has been to welcome criminals and radicals (like Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter) to the White House, while turning a cold shoulder to Prime Minister Netanyahu who reportedly WAS LEFT ALL ALONE and unattended, while Obama ate dinner.
Talk about inhospitality!
Talk about RUDENESS!
Talk about small-minded pettiness!
To make matters worse, Hussein Obama ACTIVELY PLOTTED to remove Prime Minister Netanyahu from office at Israel's last election, and DONATED AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS to fund the campaign of Netanyahu's opponent, ultra-liberal leftist Bugi Herzog.
Yesterday, adding insult to betrayal, Hussein Obama’s inept Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech defending their NOT vetoing the biased UN resolution and declaring that Israel “could either be Jewish or be a democracy, but that it couldn’t be BOTH”.
Ha! I’d like to hear this arrogant poop-head make a similar statement to a Muslim nation. He’d be lucky to have his long, ugly head still attached to the rest of him.
And, of course, Kerry and Hussein Obama know, BETTER THAN JEWS, and BETTER THAN GOD, what’s “best” for Israel.
There are NO “Palestinians”. There is NO “two-state solution”.
What Muslims want is NOT a “two-state solution” but a “NO ISRAEL solution”.
As disgusting and treasonous as Hussein Obama’s petulant ACT OF REVENGE is, as wrong and unpleasant as the recent UN resolution is, we can take some comfort in knowing that, by the time the tribulation gets underway, the UN will NO LONGER EXIST.
Nor will this unfair resolution prevent the building of the third temple, as prophesied in Revelation 11:1-2.
However, this hateful anti-Israel decision may well pave the way and possibly become the basis for the future INVASION of Jerusalem by its neighbors who will surround it, take it, and occupy it for 42 months. (Zechariah 14:1-3; Revelation 11:1-3)
At the end of those 42 months Jesus will return, and Hussein Obama, Ketchup Kerry, the UN, and all their stupid “resolutions” will be NULL AND VOID, TOTALLY IRRELEVANT, and erased from people’s memory.
Hussein Obama’s worthless “legacy” will be one of failure, deceit, incompetence, AND TREASON.
THAT, along with death and hell, is the “legacy” of those who dare OPPOSE the God of Israel.
Woe to those who allow their political ideology, and/or self-serving agenda, DICTATE their policy toward Israel!
Woe to those who gang up AGAINST Israel, for they are FIGHTING AGAINST God!
Woe to those who put some career politician’s opinion ABOVE God’s INFALLIBLE Word!
Woe to those who allow what they think is their “gifted intellect” TO TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER GOD’S PROMISES!
And woe to them WHO DARE DEFY GOD’S WILL – and side with Israel's enemies -- while hypocritically calling themselves “Christian”!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2016
“For thus says the LORD of hosts: After his glory (Israel) HE HAS SENT ME TO THE NATIONS WHICH PLUNDERED YOU: FOR HE THAT TOUCHES YOU TOUCHES THE APPLE OF HIS EYE.” (Zechariah 2:8)
Since the General Election on November 8, 2016 there had been persistent rumors that the feckless clown who unfortunately still occupies the Oval Office, and who will pollute it for 23 more days, planned to “stick it to Israel” before his failed tenure expired.
Those rumors were proven true last Friday, when the day before Hanukkah, the U.S. abstained from vetoing a UN Security Council resolution, which basically prohibits Israel to build “settlements” on so-called “occupied territories”.
I put these terms in quotation marks because they are as valid and believable as the Judas who sits in the White House.
Under this resolution ANY building by Israel in east Jerusalem, including at or near the Western wall, and on the true location of the ancient temples (just south of the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa) would be illegal under “international law”.
Historically, the U.S. has vetoed any such attempts by the Security Council to impose similar restrictions on Israel believing such details were best resolved through direct negotiations.
In an act of open betrayal that spotlights the incompetence, pettiness and vindictiveness of Hussein Obama, he and his worthless Secretary of State John Kerry orchestrated this infamous resolution, working behind the scenes with the enemies of Israel, and then just FOLDED THEIR ARMS and ALLOWED IT to pass. (James 4:17)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accurately called it “an ambush” and warned that there’s no telling WHAT ELSE the Clown in Chief may have up his sleeve against Israel in his remaining days in office.
I don’t know what Trump will do, or how much time God may give him to do it, but WHATEVER he does once he takes the oath of office WILL NOT BE HALF AS SHAMEFUL as this despicable puppet of the radical left whom I’ve grown to despise.
Hussein Obama CLAIMS to be “Christian” but his words and actions HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY Anti-Christ.
Not only did Hussein Obama KNIFE our closest ally on the back, he also betrayed all the American Jews who voted for him in 2008 and again in 2012.
He also went against the wishes of many in his own political party, as many Democrats in Congress are confounded by his INACTION, among them Chuck Schumer, Richard Blumenthal, Joe Manchin, and Brad Sherman.
This final STAB into Israel’s back may well be the zenith of his DISASTROUS foreign policy that has emboldened our enemies, and harmed or altogether lost our former allies.
This act of political INFIDELITY has spiritual CONSEQUENCES and, therefore, will result in SERIOUS AND CATASTROPHIC events in this world for those who have DARED DEFY the Almighty.
You don’t STICK YOUR FINGER INTO GOD’S EYE, then SPIT ON IT, and get away with it.
And Hussein Obama will very soon find out.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2016
NOTHING BUT LIFE
“And the LORD God FORMED MAN (man’s body) of the dust of the ground, and BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATH (SPIRIT) OF LIFE; and man BECAME a living SOUL” (Genesis 2:7)
There is no death. Death is a lie.
“ETERNAL Life” means that WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN ONE WITH God from eternity to eternity.
If there was ever a point when we WEREN’T (DIDN’T EXIST in some form), then it WOULDN’T BE ETERNAL.
That is HOW God chose us and PREDESTINED US in Christ to conform to His Image, BEFORE THE WORLD began (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:4)
How can that be? Are you saying that, like God, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN, and that WE WEREN’T CREATED?
Yes and no.
Like God, man is a tripartite being: spirit, soul and body. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
What God created according to Genesis 2:7 was THE HUMAN BODY and HUMAN SOUL.
OUR SPIRIT is Christ (God Himself) (2 Corinthians 3:17) and He HAS ALWAYS BEEN.
That is why THERE IS NO DEATH, at least NOT in the sense of CEASING TO EXIST.
There’s PHYSICAL “death” in “time”.
But those whose BODIES have died STILL EXIST, only in another dimension.
That is why BELIEVERS whose loved ones’ bodies have died on this earth KNOW – beyond the shadow of a doubt – that they’re NOT REALLY DEAD, and that they WILL SEE THEM AGAIN. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
What the Bible calls “the second death” refers to CREATED SOULS who have persistently REJECTED CHRIST in “time” and thus WILL EXIST FOREVER, only in total alienation from Him who IS ETERNAL Life. (John 14:6)
Union with THE LIFE (Jesus) is ETERNAL BLISS.
SEPARATION from THE LIFE (Jesus) BY CHOICE, is ETERNAL TORMENT. (Revelation 20:12-15; 21:8)
DEATH, therefore, IS A LIE, fabricated by the father of lies (John 8:44).
There is NO DEATH.
God (Jesus) is from eternity to eternity.
NO ONE and NOTHING exists without Jesus. (John 1:1-2)
And He NEVER CEASES TO BE. (1 Corinthians 13:8; 1 John 4:16)
He is LIFE ETERNAL. (John 11:25)
Therefore EVERYONE WILL EXIST FOREVER.
The ONLY DIFFERENCE IS where and with Whom
MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2016
GIMME SOME TRUTH
Every religion, no matter what it's called, every philosophy, every sect, and every cult contains SOME truth.
That's right: you're hearing it from a born-again, Spirit-filled, Bible-thumping Jesus fanatic:
Islam contains some truth, so does Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Shinto, Taoism, Kabbalah and New Age.
All the Greek philosophers from Socrates to Plato to Aristotle taught SOME truth.
Mormonism contains SOME truth and so does Christian Science, Scientology, Armstrongnism, Campbellism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Spiritism and Adventism.
I'll go a step further: SATAN (when it serves his evil purpose) utters SOME truth.
Didn't he QUOTE SCRIPTURE to Jesus in Matthew 4:6?
And isn't God's Word true?
Yes and yes.
There's one tiny problem with PARTIAL truth:
It's a freakin' LIE.
Truth is COMPLETE and PERFECT.
Anything, or anyone, therefore, that FALLS SHORT OF Ultimate Truth, is A LIE/LIAR.
And ALL LIARS, according to Revelation 21:8, will have their part in the lake of fire.
That why the Bible must be taken IN ITS TOTALITY:
All those who, like Satan, quote ONLY the portions of Scripture that suit THEIR RELIGIOUS AGENDA - TO THE NEGLECT of OTHER PORTIONS OF SCRIPTURE WHICH ARE JUST AS TRUE and discredit it - are INSTRUMENTS OF Satan.
All those who cling to the Old Testament (Tanach) for dear life, as though the New Testament DIDN'T EXIST, as though Jesus hadn't come and made A HUGE DIFFERENCE, and procured ETERNAL SALVATION for all those who TRUST Him, are headed for hell.
It's NOT the part that's true about those religions that will lead you to hell: it's the part that ISN'T true.
SOME truth is not THE Truth.
Hence SOME truth is A LIE.
In order to be saved you need TOTAL Truth.
And TOTAL TRUTH is personified in Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Too many people are content with just having SOME truth.
But SOME truth has never satisfied, and will never satisfy, a HOLY, PERFECT God who is Ultimate Truth.
Only HAVING TOTAL TRUTH (Jesus) LIVING IN YOUR HEART by His Holy Spirit - will satisfy a Holy, Perfect God (1 John 5:12).
Don't settle for PARTIAL TRUTH that leads to damnation.
GET THE WHOLE TRUTH who is Salvation.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2016
We know, from Scripture, that Jesus was born on the Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles (John 1:14).
Jesus was Jewish, and the entire Bible both, Old and New Testaments, WAS WRITTEN BY JEWS.
The very Jewish John says that “the Word BECAME flesh and (literally) TABERNACLED among us” (John 1:14).
This begs the question: if He was born on Sukkot, and Mary’s pregnancy lasted approximately 9 months, WHEN did Gabriel’s Annunciation take place.
If we count 9 Hebrew months backward from Tishri 15 (Sukkot), we find that the Annunciation would have taken place, sometime during the 8-day Feast of Hanukkah.
This is significant for the following reasons:
1. Hanukkah is known as, the Festival of Light (Flavius Josephus, Antiquities, Book 12 Chapter 7, para. 7)
How appropriate, then, that the miraculous Birth of THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD would be announced during that special time. (John 8:12)
2. According to Jewish tradition, it was during Hanukkah, that THE SACRED OIL (Exodus 27:20) that lit the temple lamp (menorah) miraculously lasted 8 days.
The oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit and THE ANOINTING of God.
It’s extremely meaningful that the Birth of Jesus, the Anointed One (Messiah), be announced during this Feast.
3. Historically, Hanukkah (Kislev 25) is when God’s temple was recovered from Antiochus Epiphanes, THE ENEMY OF GOD and of the Jews, and purified.
How significant that the Birth of the Redeemer, who’d REDEEM (GET BACK) God’s Temple, and PURIFY IT FOREVER WITH HIS BLOOD, would be announced during Hanukkah.
4. The historically accurate Book of 2 Maccabees specifically tells us that Hanukkah -- which is NOT one of the moedim (Feasts of the Lord) established in Leviticus 23 -- was celebrated in REMEMBRANCE OF Sukkot which also lasts 8 days (2 Maccabees 10:5-7).
Therefore, Gabriel’s Announcement of the Messiah’s Birth DURING Hanukkah would signal that the Messiah’s Birth -- who’d PURIFY God’s human Temple (us) and REDEDICATE IT TO Himself -- would take place on Sukkot.
How beautifully accurate is the Word of God!
Glory to Jesus!
How BLESSED are we to have THIS INEXHAUSTIBLE TREASURE available to us !
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2016
When the Wise Men came from Babylon to Jerusalem, seeking the newly-born King of the Jews, naturally, the first place they looked for Him was the palace.
After all, WHERE ELSE would you expect to find the King?
Much to their dismay, they didn’t find Jesus, the true King, but evil Herod.
These Wise Men were worldly wise: they could read the night sky, they knew how to interpret the signs on it, but THEY COULDN’T FIND A SIMPLE CHILD
They had trouble finding the Incarnation of God.
God, in His great mercy, supernaturally guided them thru the visible sign of the star, which they could identify and understand, and which finally settled over a lowly manger in Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:2)
They were, no doubt, shocked to finally find the King in such seemingly INAPPROPRIATE place.
Had they found Him in the palace, fine; or in a large mansion in Jerusalem, no problem; or perhaps among Jewish nobility, or born to one of the wealthy families of Judea... But BORN IN A SMELLY MANGER? Placed IN A FEEDING TROTH ?
The King was finally found WHERE THEY LEAST EXPECTED, in a town of humble shepherds.
Of course, by the time they reached Bethlehem, Jesus and his earthly parents had moved from the sukka, the temporary hut used during the feast of Sukkot, into a local house. (Matthew 2:11)
I have several questions for you today:
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR Jesus ?
If so, WHERE do you expect to find Him?
Could you, like the Wise Men, BE LOOKING FOR HIM IN THE WRONG PLACE?
Do you expect Jesus to show up in those expensive “palaces” we’ve built FOR OUR GLORY, which we ERRONEOUSLY call “churches”?
In some fancy cathedral or basilica filled with impressive statuary and frescoes?
Or, in some massive palatial building we (also incorrectly) call “ministry” headquarters?
Or, perhaps, since we live in the media age, do you expect Jesus to show up ON THE TV SHOW of some slick, greedy, worldly televangelist?
No, those are just a bunch of Herods.
Do you expect to FIND JESUS in His written Word?
Well, now you’re getting much closer!
JESUS CAN BE FOUND in His written Word. After all, He is the Word Incarnate. (John 1:1-2)
To be clear, Jesus is God, He is OMNIPRESENT and He may be found IN ANY LOCATION, even in hell itself. (Psalm 116:3-4; 139:8; 1 Samuel 2:6)
But, ultimately, the Word shows us where to find Him, in His Incarnation:
Namely, IN THE PLACE YOU’D LEAST suspect:
The Kingdom of the King “DOES NOT COME WITH OBSERVATION”: YOU CAN’T SAY “LOOK, HERE IT IS!”
God’s Kingdom is not some majestic architectural showpiece that will impress the world, or the flesh.
God’s Kingdom, which is where King Jesus lives and reigns, is WITHIN YOU (Luke 17:20-21).
If you want to find Jesus YOU MUST LOOK INSIDE, NOT OUTSIDE.
Doesn’t the Word tell us that our bodies are His temples... where He lives? Where He ALSO incarnated? (John 2:21; Romans 8:18-19, 29; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
“Follow the Star” (God’s Holy Word and God’s Holy Spirit INSIDE), as the Wise Men did:
The Holy Spirit will lead you to King Jesus, He will point Him out, and you will find Him, where you least expected:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2016
Jesus’ Birth is always miraculous.
Wait a minute, you mean His one-time Birth in Bethlehem as a human baby was miraculous.
No, I mean His HUMAN Birth is ALWAYS MIRACULOUS.
Jesus wasn’t just born in Bethlehem in the fall of “0” A.D.
That’s THE FIRST TIME He was born as a human.
He’s been born in human form MILLIONS OF TIMES since.
Just as it happened at the very start of the first century, His Birth is always brought about by the Holy Spirit’s supernatural intervention:
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, THE HOLY ONE TO BE BORN will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
That’s PRECISELY what happens when an individual is BORN-AGAIN:
“But as many as RECEIVED Him, to them He gave power TO BECOME SONS OF God, even to those who believe in His Name, WHO WERE BORN, NOT OF BLOOD NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, but of God.” (John 1:12-13; 4:24)
Jesus Himself taught that we MUST “be born again of water (natural childbirth) and OF THE SPIRIT in order to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:5).
Jesus wasn’t born just that one time in Bethlehem. That was merely THE FIRST TIME that the Word BECAME flesh.
He’s become flesh millions of times since, and is born ON A DAILY BASIS in the heart of each individual who is born-again of the Spirit (John 3:5).
Every time a soul, somewhere on this planet, comes to saving faith in Christ, that Jesus, THAT SAME JESUS, takes on human form and BECOMES FLESH.
Did He not say that He Himself WOULD LIVE IN us? (John 14:23)
Did He not say that He’d NEVER LEAVE US? (Matthew 28:20)
1 John 3:2 puts it this way:
“Beloved, NOW WE ARE THE SONS OF God, and it DOES NOT YET APPEAR what we shall be: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see Him as He is.”
When He appears, that’s when the Jesus that was born in us when we got saved WILL ALSO APPEAR IN US, consuming this false human appearance that WE THINK is who we “are”.
Have you given Jesus YOUR HEART?
Do it now -- and He will BECOME FLESH in you, the same way He became flesh that wondrous night in Bethlehem.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2016
THE VIRGIN BIRTH
“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, THE VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE, and bear A SON, and shall call His Name Immanuel” (meaning “GOD WITH US” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
“And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR with God.
And, behold, YOU SHALL CONCEIVE IN YOUR WOMB, and bring forth A SON, and shall call His Name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David:
And He shall reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) FOREVER; AND OF HIS KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE NO END.
Then Mary said to the angel, HOW SHALL THIS BE, SEEING I KNOW NOT A MAN?
And the angel answered and said unto her, The
Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the
power of the Highest shall overshadow you:
therefore also THAT
HOLY THING WHICH
SHALL BE BORN OF YOU shall be called the
Son of God”
Without a doubt, the most controversial aspect of the Nativity is the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
This doctrine is ESSENTIAL TO the Christian faith.
Does it really matter that Jesus was born of a virgin?
Yes, it matters IMMENSELY.
Must I REALLY believe He was virgin born?
YES, YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST.
WHY is the Virgin Birth of Christ SO IMPORTANT?
The reason it’s SUPREMELY IMPORTANT is this:
The sin nature was transmitted by Adam to EVERY HUMAN WHO’S EVER BEEN NATURALLY BORN, through the blood (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:22).
The LIFE OF the flesh IS IN THE BLOOD (Leviticus 17:11).
It is THE BLOOD that MAKES ATONEMENT FOR the soul (Leviticus 17:11).
According to God’s law: “WITHOUT the shedding of blood, THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS for sins” (Hebrews 9:22).
Babies get their blood from their fathers. That’s why, until DNA came along, blood tests were used to determine the paternity of a baby.
Had Jesus been born OF A HUMAN FATHER, had He been CONCEIVED though NATURAL means, He (perish the thought) would have INHERITED THE SIN NATURE, through the human father’s blood, just like the rest of us.
His blood would have been TAINTED with sin, and He would have been AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED from being THE SIN OFFERING that would REMOVE MAN’S SIN ONCE AND FOR ALL (Hebrews 7:26; 1 John 3:5).
Thus, He COULDN’T HAVE redeemed us.
That’s WHY He HAD TO BE virgin born.
It took the PURE, SINLESS, MOST PRECIOUS, DIVINE Blood of God Himself to MAKE ATONEMENT FOR man’s sin, and redeem mankind and the rest of fallen Creation.
It took that HOLY, PERFECT, UNTAINTED Blood to WASH AWAY OUR SIN and remove it from us FOREVER (Hebrews 9:12, 26).
Glory to Him forevermore!
THAT is WHY the Virgin Birth of Christ was, and IS, ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.
There would be NO REDEMPTION without it.
That’s WHY the Virgin Birth was prophesied FROM THE MOMENT mankind (Adam and Eve) fell into sin (Genesis 3:15).
Jesus, therefore, got His PHYSICAL body from Mary (John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:14-17), but His Blood came directly from, and was the Blood of, God the Father (John 1:13).
He was and IS, therefore, as human as any of us, yet WITHOUT SIN (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He was and IS, therefore, 100% human and 100% God.
ONLY the pure, SINLESS Blood of God could ATONE AND CLEANSE your sins and mine.
ONLY the Blood of God Himself could REMOVE ALL SIN – FOR ALL TIME – Praise His Name forever!
For those who argue that the Hebrew word in Isaiah 7:14 is ha alma, which can mean “the virgin” or simply “the young woman”, some 200 years before Jesus was born, 70 Hebrew scholars translated it into the Greek Septuagint as “ho parthenos” which ONLY MEANS“THE VIRGIN”. If you want to argue with God and 70 Hebrew scholars, be my guest.
As for critics who classify the Virgin Birth as “impossibility”, I have a question:
Even THE SMARTEST “man of science” on this earth possesses ONLY AN INFINITESIMAL FRACTION OF 1% of TOTAL knowledge.
Yet with their SEVERELY LIMITED knowledge, they have been able to come up with VARIOUS methods of artificial insemination.
These various methods make it possible for women to conceive and give birth WITHOUT HAVING ANY sexual relations with a man.
They, thus, make it possible for babies to be VIRGIN-BORN.
So, let me get this straight:
Are you saying that SINFUL, FALLEN MORTALS, with VERY limited knowledge, can fertilize the female egg WITHOUT the woman engaging in sexual intercourse, BUT THAT ALMIGHTY GOD who possesses TOTAL KNOWLEDGE, who fashioned the entire human anatomy, INCLUDING DNA and THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM, CAN’T DO IT?
As Gabriel put it: “With God, NOTHING is impossible” (Luke 1:37).
God can do anything ,and Jesus WAS virgin born.
If He WASN’T, EVERYONE is doomed.
If He WASN’T, YOU’RE NOT SAVED.
Jesus became THE OFFERING for sin – once and for all – THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD MAKE US FOREVER PERFECT because He was virgin born, and begotten BY the Father through His Most Holy Spirit.
Bottom line is: GOD GAVE HIS OWN BLOOD in order to redeem us.
It’s as simple – and DIVINE – AS THAT.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2016
What would Christmas be without Christ ?
These Holy (set apart) Days are
ALL about the Birth of the Savior and
Yet the world thinks it can celebrate Christmas WITHOUT the VERY REASON for its celebration.
The HYPOCRITICAL world LOVES THE MONEY it makes from Christmas shoppers buying gifts that we exchange as reminders of THE PRICELESS GIFT that God gave us that first Christmas.
To that end, it has invented “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, but it WANTS NOTHING to do with Jesus.
Then it turns right around and complains about Christmas becoming “too commercialized”.
They already managed to "X OUT” the name
of Christ, by writing "Xmas".
Even then, God gets the last laugh, since the "X" is in the shape of A CROSS.
Political correctness has even substituted the traditional greeting "Merry Christmas" with "Happy Holidays"... whatever THAT means.
The spineless slaves to political correctness WON’T even say "Christmas" FOR FEAR of “offending” NON-Christians, but has no problems whatsoever saying “Happy Hanukkah” or Ramadan.
I DON'T SHOP AT PLACES that find it "offensive" to say "Merry Christmas".
I'm offended WHEN
THEY DON'T say it.
If the ACLU had its way there would be NO MENTION of Jesus' birth anywhere, and NO PUBLIC DISPLAYS of anything associated with Christmas or the birth of God Incarnate.
If Hollywood had its way Jesus would be replaced BY FICTIONAL CHARACTERS such as Santa Claus, Frosty, Rudolph, Scrooge and the Grinch.
…If some politicians in Washington had their way... we’d be wishing others a Happy Ramadan, Happy Kwanza, and Happy Holidays.
If for no other reason, I appreciate President-elect Trump for saying publicly that “we’re going to say “Merry Christmas again”, then putting the POLITICALLY INCORRECT greeting on His podium with several large and nicely decorated Christmas trees behind him as background.
It’s about time…
And if Islamic barbarians had their way, THEY’D BE NO CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION ANYWERE, as proven by their most recent horrific act of savagery at a Christmas market in Berlin.
got news for those who find the mention
of the Name "Jesus" or "Christ"
I got news for ALL those who HATE CHRIST and, consequently, DON’T WANT HIS NAME MENTIONED even WHEN WE CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY:
YOU'RE GOING TO GET YOUR WISH.
One of these days you're going to get your heart's desire: A Christmas WITHOUT Christ.
It will also be a CHILDLESS Christmas, since you rejected even the Christ Child.
Jesus will have raptured His children, young and old, leaving all Christ haters behind.
And ALL RELIGION WILL CEASE TO EXIST.
The day will come, sooner than they think, when they'll MISS the Christmas trees, the decorations, the gifts, the food, the carols, NOT TO MENTION THE JOY.
They’ll WISH they COULD say "Merry Christmas", but WON'T BE ABLE TO say it.
It won’t just be considered “politically INCORRECT”, IT WILL BE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.
This may well be THE LAST CHRISTMAS we get to celebrate this side of the Millennium.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
MIGHTY GOD, PRINCE OF PEACE
"For UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN, UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN: AND THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER: AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
OF THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE THERE SHALL BE NO END, upon the throne of David, and upon HIS KINGDOM, to order it, and to establish it WITH JUSTICE AND WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM THIS TIME FORTH EVEN FOREVER..." (Isaiah 9:6-7)
For two millennia, Christians have seen A CLEAR depiction of Jesus the Messiah in this passage.
However, traditional Judaism - which rejects Jesus -- DOES NOT.
They claim that we have "misunderstood" this passage, and that it refers to Hezekiah, former king of the Kingdom of Judah.
They base THEIR DISHONEST CLAIMS on three lame arguments:
1. The name Hezekiah which means "strength of Yahweh"
2. That there's no record (or so they say) in the New Testament that Jesus was called "wonderful", "counselor", "everlasting Father" or "prince of peace".
3. That Jesus (they say) has no kingdom on earth.
While it is true that the name Hezekiah means "strength of Yahweh" -- and while Hezekiah was a godly and benevolent king who tried his best to eradicate idolatry -- Hezekiah does not REMOTELY fit the description given in Isaiah.
Hezekiah comes from two Hebrew words: chazak meaning "strong" and Yah which stands for Yahweh.
However, the words used in Isaiah 9:6 are the ENTIRELY DIFFERENT words el gibbor meaning, "MIGHTY God".
Had the Holy Spirit intended this for Hezekiah, He is perfectly capable of inspiring the words chazak Yah or Ḥizkiyya, instead of el gibbor.
NO ONE has EVER called Hezekiah "el gibbor" or "Mighty God". BILLIONS have called Jesus by that title, and are still doing it today.
So much for that chunk of religious hypocrisy...
Our Jewish friends are also guilty of applying a DECEITFUL, SELF-SERVING double-standard:
If they posit that Jesus was never called "Wonderful", "Counselor", "everlasting Father" or "Prince of Peace", then THE SAME criterion SHOULD BE APPLIED TO HEZEKIAH:
WHEN was Hezekiah EVER called by those titles in the Old Testament, or ANYWHERE ELSE?
Jesus, on the other hand, IS CALLED "Wonderful".
"But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the WONDERFUL things He did and the children shouting in the temple courts, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were very displeased".
"The man answered and said unto them: Why, THIS IS A WONDERFUL THING, that YOU DON'T KNOW FROM WHERE HE IS, AND YET HE HAS OPENED MY EYES."
"But The Counselor, The Holy Spirit-Whom the Father Will Send Him IN MY NAME--WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS and remind you OF EVERYTHING I HAVE TOLD YOU."
1 John 2:1:
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, WE HAVE A COUNSELOR ADVOCATE with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous".
Jesus is called by this title TOO MANY TIMES to include in this message, for A FULL LIST go here:
"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also THAT GOD WAS HIS FATHER, MAKING HIMSELF EQUAL WITH God."
"Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long a time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? HE THAT HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER; and how say you then, Show us the Father?"
John 10:30: "I and the Father ARE ONE"
1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and THESE THREE ARE ONE.
PRINCE OF PEACE:
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS: for they shall be called the children of God.
PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY PEACE I GIVE YOU. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
"For HE IS OUR PEACE, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us...
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; to make in himself of two one new man, SO MAKING PEACE...
And came and PREACHED PEACE to you who were afar off, and to them that were near."
As we just demonstrated, traditional Jews are DEAD WRONG.
THERE CAN BE NO PRINCE OF PEACE BESIDE JESUS because, unlike conventional earthly kingdoms, which come into being through military conquest, His Kingdom has been expanding and growing, FOR 2,000 YEARS – PEACEFULLY -- WITHOUT spears, swords, armies or violence - and IS STILL GROWING!
Glory to JESUS forever!
Since the first century Jesus HAS BEEN CALLED BY EVERY ONE OF THOSE TITLES, NOT THOUSANDS BUT MILLIONS -- perhaps even BILLIONS -- OF TIMES.
Note: DO NOT confuse His Kingdom with MAN-INVENTED, “Christian” RELIGION.
His Kingdom is SPIRITUAL and, therefore, TRANSCENDS all things spawned by mortals, including RELIGION.
EVERYONE, except for a few Jewish religionists, has forgotten Hezekiah and don't even know who he was OR THAT HE EVEN EXISTED.
On the other hand, THE ENTIRE WORLD KNOWS about JESUS, and uses a calendar based on HIS BIRTH.
Furthermore, Jewish hypocrites conveniently fail to note that Matthew 4:16, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, EXPRESSLY QUOTES ISAIAH CHAPTER 9 in reference to Jesus:
"And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the seacoast, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali:
THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY Isaiah the prophet, saying,
‘The land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
The people who sat in darkness saw great light..
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:13-17; Isaiah 9:1-2)).
Therefore, the Jewish premise that this passage has never been applied to Jesus is wrong -- as we've just proven beyond question -- and the assumptions on which their objections are based are BLATANTLY FALSE.
As for Jesus NOT having a kingdom, I would argue that anytime someone has over TWO BILLION ADORING subjects, encompassing EVERY NATION ON EARTH, and willing to serve and obey Him, often at the cost of THEIR OWN LIVES, He has a Kingdom.
However, there's more:
IN CONTEXT, Isaiah 9:2 says that THE GREAT LIGHT OF this "child born", of this "Son given", called "Mighty God" would "shine in Galilee".
WHEN did Hezekiah's light shine in Galilee?
In fact, it was DURING Hezekiah's reign over Judah that THE 10 NORTHERN TRIBES, including the territory of Galilee, WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE by the Assyrians.
They remain "lost" to this very day.
There's NO WAY in heaven, hell or earth, that this could be Hezekiah.
WHEN did Hezekiah's kingdom, met the requirement of Isaiah 9, verse 7:
"OF THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE THERE SHALL BE NO END?"
WHEN was Hezekiah’s kingdom established "FROM THIS TIME FORTH EVEN FOREVER" (Isaiah 9:7)?
Hezekiah's kingdom, IN FACT, ENDED in the 7th century B.C.
He has ZERO kingdom and ZERO subjects today.
HOW can his kingdom be "forever", when it ENDED in 687 B.C.?
Jesus' Kingdom, on the other hand, has lasted for 2,000 years and IS STILL GOING STRONG, ONLY TO GET STRONGER, UNTIL IT COVERS THE WHOLE EARTH, THE UNIVERSE, AND BEYOND.
JESUS - AND ONLY JESUS - meets EVERY requirement in Isaiah 9 and PERFECTLY fits its description.
Hezekiah DOES NOT.
Jesus preached the Kingdom of God. That Kingdom has been growing ever since in the hearts and minds of believers, and is about to overtake this earth.
His Kingdom HAS NO END (Luke 1:33).
The baby born in Bethlehem IS THE ONE AND ONLY Mighty God and Prince of Peace.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016
THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Just like there are those who hate Christmas and would do away with anything associated with this holiday, including the worship of Jesus, there are those who hate the Christmas tree, Christmas ornaments and wreaths.
They CLAIM the origins of the tree and wreaths are pagan and attribute it to the Druids.
Druids were a priestly class that existed in Britain, Ireland, Gaul and other parts of Western Europe from around 500 to 200 B.C. and practiced human sacrifice.
They CEASED TO EXIST 200 YEARS BEFORE Jesus was born. We're living some 2,200 PLUS years AFTER their demise. If you, however, consider yourself Druid, and want to worship Saturn, and dedicate tree branches to him, that's your problem.
You need to repent and give your heart to Jesus.
Sadly, there are Christians WHO HAVE BEEN INTIMIDATED BY IGNORANT NAYSAYERS, looking for some historical or "biblical" excuse to shun the Christmas tree, and make the rest of us feel guilty for having one.
Some have quoted Jeremiah 10:2-6, TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT, as "justification" for not having a Christmas tree.
Problem is, when Jeremiah wrote his Book -- in the 7th century B.C. -- there were no Christmas trees and NO CHRISTIANS, since Jesus had not even been born.
No one even KNEW what Christmas was, since Jesus was born some 600 years AFTER Jeremiah wrote his prophecy.
So, clearly, Jeremiah wasn't referring to Christmas trees, but to IDOLS MADE OF WOOD CUT FROM TREES. In fact, Habakkuk 2:19 and Revelation 9:20 say THE VERY SAME THING in reference to IDOLS made OF WOOD.
So much for that lunacy…
Is the Christmas tree pagan? Absolutely NOT.
Jesus was Jewish.
JESUS' REAL BIRTHDAY is Tishri 15, which is the Hebrew Feast of Sukkot, a/k/a Tabernacles (John 1:14).
God COMMANDED... repeat: GOD COMMANDED the children of Israel TO CUT TREE BRANCHES from palm, myrtle, willow or citron trees and dwell in temporary huts MADE OUT OF THOSE TREE BRANCHES (Leviticus 23:40).
They've been doing it, IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S COMMANDMENT, since at least 1,200 B.C., LONG BEFORE Jesus was born, and LONG BEFORE there were any Druids.
And, following God's EXPLICIT ORDERS, they continue doing it to this very day.
If you've ever seen a Sukka (hut) and Jewish decorations used during Sukkot, you will notice THEY ARE STRIKINGLY SIMILAR TO what Christians call Christmas decorations and Nativity Scenes: Tree branches are reminiscent of our Christmas trees. They are used for decorative purposes and often shaped into decorative wreaths.
Jews also use RED POMEGRANATES as decorations of which our tree ornaments -- which originally were ALL red and round, in the shape and color of pomegranates – are mere copies. See Sukkot symbols above.
So the idea that the tree's origins are pagan is BOGUS. It's a bunch of malarkey invented by religionists, intent on ruining Christmas for everyone, including themselves.
Unlike ignorant Christians, Jews know their torah.
Try going to Jerusalem and telling Jews THAT DECORATING HUTS WITH TREE BRANCHES during Sukkot is "a pagan custom".
After they're through laughing at your ignorance, chances are they'll run you out of town, claiming YOU'RE THE ONE WHO'S PAGAN for muttering such idiocy.
As the Christian faith grew and spread AMONG GENTILES, the Jewish symbols of Sukkot (the sukka, the tree branches, leaves, and pomegranates) were gradually ADAPTED by gentile communities to the celebration of our Lord's Nativity and became the Manger or Nativity Scene, the Christmas tree, ornaments, and Christmas wreaths.
For Christians, since at least the 6th century A.D., the Sukkot tree branches became Christmas trees symbolizing the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden.
Originally, all the ornaments were round and red, resembling pomegranates, which is one of the biblical symbols of our redemption (1 Kings 7:18-20, 42; Song of Solomon 4:13; 6:11; 7:12).
The ornaments (round and red as pomegranates) SYMBOLIZE THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT WHICH OUR FOREFATHERS ATE and which, in turn, brought sin into the world.
That, in turn, was THE REASON that God sent His Son into this world, to REDEEM US.
The Christmas tree is also a reminder OF THE TREE ON WHICH JESUS, as a grown man, HUNG (was crucified), to atone for our sins. (Galatians 3:13)
Last but not least, it signifies that by dying on that tree and rising from the dead, Jesus became the Tree of Life to all who receive Him (Genesis 3:22; Revelation 2:7; 22:2).
So, this business about the Christmas tree being "pagan" is a bunch of baloney!
Like everything else that religion and religionists INVENT, it's FEAR-BASED.
Fear DOESN'T COME FROM God (1 John 4:18).
Fear COMES FROM SATAN (2 Timothy 1:7).
Nobody forces anyone to put up Christmas trees. Nobody forces anyone to celebrate Christmas. If you want to skip this HOLY (set apart) Day to honor Jesus, be my guest.
But don't heap your unbelief, fear and condemnation on others who, WITH A CLEAN CONSCIENCE and grateful heart, washed in the Blood of Jesus, CHOOSE TO honor Him and rejoice in His Incarnation.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016
'TIS THE SEASON
'Tis the season in which religious legalists come out in force grumbling about how wrong it is to celebrate Christmas.
not referring to atheists or the ACLU
griping about public Nativity displays,
I'm talking about grumpy
religious idiots who have nothing better
to do than "find fault" and try to ruin
the holiday for everyone else.
Unfortunately, I'm sorry to say, that includes certain Evangelicals, certain Messianic Jews, and even certain members of my own family.
They argue that Jesus wasn't really born on December 25th. Well, duh?
That it USED TO BE a pagan holiday. That Jesus was Jewish and that this holiday lacks any Hebraic roots. Really? We’ll see about that…
That wreaths are evil, ornaments are evil, Christmas trees are evil, Santa Claus is evil, and Nativity scenes are inaccurate.
Next thing you know, EGGNOG is sinful because it contains a little alcohol.
What's next, GINGERBREAD HOUSES?
produce A SINGLE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE to
back up their ridiculous objection.
And, frankly, I DON'T GIVE A DAMN about the carnal OPINION of religious idiots.
How's THAT for a little Christmas
EVERYONE in the civilized world knows that Jesus WASN'T BORN ON December 25th,
That's THE DAY we SET APART (sanctify) TO CELEBRATE HIS FIRST COMING into this corrupt, sin laden world.
The actual date is far less important than the fact He SO LOVED you and me that He took on human form in order to save us (John 3:16).
Unless, of course, you'd rather that Jesus had never been born. In which case, EVERYONE, including little old sanctimonious you, is going STRAIGHT to hell.
far as December 25 being a FORMER pagan
holiday, WHO CARES?
I know of NO CHRISTIAN who worships Helios, Apollo, or Sol Invictus (same pagan god, known by three different names). Most people don't even KNOW such false deity was EVER worshiped.
And, what are you saying anyway? That we can ONLY worship Jesus ON DAYS WHEN PAGANS HAVE NEVER CELEBRATED ANYTHING?
sure if we dig deep enough EVERY DAY ON
THE CALENDAR has, at some point, been
desecrated by some form of pagan worship
in some ancient civilization.
Therefore, by that STUPID rationale, there would be NO DAYS LEFT in which to worship Jesus!
By the way, I better NOT catch any of you self-righteous nitwits singing "THIS IS THE DAY that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it", because YOU'RE CONTRADICTING YOURSELVES.
That verse, Psalm 118:24, applies to ANY day of the year, to WHATEVER day it happens to be.
The whole POINT of that verse is that it's NEVER WRONG to worship the One true God, Jesus Christ.
He SHOULD be worshiped. EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR.
With regards to “Hebraic” roots, I beg to differ.
This is WHAT THE VERY HEBREW Bible says about worshiping God:
“Happy are those that dwell in your house; THEY SHALL CONTINUALLY PRAISE YOU. Selah.” (Psalm 84:4)
“I will sing unto the LORD AS LONG AS I LIVE: I will sing PRAISE TO MY GOD WHILE I HAVE MY BEING.” (Psalm 104:33)
“Blessed be the name of the LORD FROM THIS TIME FORTH AND FOREVERMORE.
FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN UNTO THE GOING DOWN OF THE SAME THE LORD'S NAME IS TO BE PRAISED.” (Psalms 113:2-3)
“The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
But we will bless the LORD FROM THIS TIME FORTH AND FOREVERMORE. Praise the LORD.” (Psalm 115:17-18)
Again: “My mouth will praise the LORD. LET ALL WHO LIVE PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME FOREVER!” (Psalm 145:21)
Again: “EVERY DAY I WILL PRAISE YOU and praise your Name forever and ever.” (Psalm 145:2)
So take this legalistic B.S. about it being "non-Hebraic" TO CELEBRATE AND WORSHIP GOD –ALL THE TIME, EVERY SINGLE DAY -- ELSEWHERE.
far as Christmas trees, ornaments and
wreaths, we will discuss them in another
EVERYONE who loves Jesus should rejoice and be glad that there's at least ONE day a year in which THE WORLD stops to remember and celebrate His Birthday.
Celebrating our Lord's birth is TOTALLY scriptural.
I encourage everyone to read the beautiful, timeless story in the first chapter of Matthew's Gospel, and the second chapter of Luke's Gospel.
Mary and Joseph celebrated it.
Elizabeth celebrated it.
John the Baptist, even while in his mother's womb, celebrated it.
In the temple, Simeon and Anna celebrated it.
The wise men celebrated it.
The shepherds celebrated it…
EVEN THE ANGELS REJOICED and glorified God over it! (Luke 2:13-14)
THE ONLY ONES who DIDN'T celebrate Christmas were SATAN and wicked Herod.
THAT says a lot about Christmas haters, right there.
Let me leave you with this happy thought :
EVERY DAY you DENY to Jesus is a day which, by default, YOU'RE GIVING TO SATAN.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016
WHY SATAN HATES CHRISTMAS
"And I will put enmity between you (Satan) AND THE WOMAN, and between your seed and HER SEED: HE SHALL BRUISE YOUR HEAD, and you shall bruise his heel" (Genesis 3:15).
For 4,000 YEARS Satan carried out his diabolical agenda on this earth, with the protoevangelium HANGING OVER HIS HEAD.
The wicked creep KNEW that, at some point, THE One who is THE SEED OF the woman would appear and CRUSH HIS UGLY, EVIL HEAD.
And he DID HIS SATANIC WORST to PREVENT it from happening:
1) In Genesis chapter 6 we read how he used the former "sons of God" who turned in the nephilim (fallen ones) to contaminate the whole human race so that NO HUMAN would be qualified or able to give birth to the Messiah (Genesis 6:1-7).
He got WITHIN ONE FAMILY of achieving his goal.
Thank God that Noah "found grace" in the eyes of God. Thank God that, by grace, He kept Noah perfect "in his generations" (Genesis 6:8-9).
2) 700 YEARS LATER, Satan tried to kill off Jacob (Israel) and his children through famine, since he knew the Messiah would come from Israel.
Thank God, that He raised Joseph to save the Israelites and the Egyptians from famine (Genesis chapters 41-46).
3) 400 YEARS LATER, Satan used the Egyptians to kill all the Israelite MALE BOYS that were born (Exodus 1:16, 22; 2:1-10).
God miraculously spared Moses, from the tribe of Levi, and thus led all Israel out of Egyptian bondage (Exodus chapter 12).
Then Joshua led them into the Land of Promise.
The tribe of Judah thus continued to multiply during the Exodus and in the Promised Land, which we know today as Israel.
4) Satan then incited the 10 northern tribes of Israel into rebellion and idolatry, until they were taken captives by the Assyrians in 721 B.C. (2 Kings 15:29; 17:3-6; 18:11-12; I Chronicles 5:26)
Their whereabouts are KNOWN ONLY TO God, to this very day.
Thank God, that in His great faithfulness, He spared the tribes of Judah and Benjamin "for David's and Jerusalem's sake" (1 Kings 11:32).
5) Satan THEN WENT AFTER THE TWO REMAINING TRIBES, also inciting them into gross rebellion and idolatry.
In 586 B.C. (135 YEARS LATER) they were ALSO taken captive, this time by the Babylonians.
God, in His great faithfulness, PROMISED THEY'D RETURN FROM CAPTIVITY IN 70 YEARS (Jeremiah 25:11-12).
As always, God KEPT HIS WORD (Ezra chapters 1-2).
6) Then Satan went after the exiles who returned from captivity 70 years later (516 B.C.) and resettled in Israel. During captivity, in a futile attempt to taint Messiah's ancestry, and impede His Birth, he made sure that Jews mingled in intermarriage with pagan wives (Ezra 9:1-2).
God raised a priest named Ezra, who then FORCED the Jews to separate and send back their pagan wives (Ezra 10:1-4).
7) But the old serpent didn't give up that easily... This time (350 years later) he raised an evil Greek king named Antiochus Epiphanes (God Manifest) to oppress and try to exterminate the Jews in 167 B.C. (2 Maccabees 5:11-14).
God raised the Maccabees, Judas "the Hammer" in particular, to deliver Israel in 164 B.C., 3 years later (2 Maccabees, chapter 10).
This brings us to around 6 B.C. - 0 A.D. the time when Jesus was born.
This time the garden snake filled psychotic Herod with SO MUCH FEAR that a helpless, INNOCENT, SINLESS, NEWBORN BABY boy would replace him as king, that wicked Herod decided to murder all male children in Bethlehem that were two years old and under (Matthew 2:16-18).
The Messiah was born DESPITE Satan's and Herod's perverse machinations.
Some 33 years later that baby boy had become a man, and DIED THE MOST GRUESOME AND CRUELEST of deaths for your sins and mine.
Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD, appeared to OVER 500 hundred EYEWITNESSES -- who SAW HIM ALIVE -- and ascended to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
By then, it was too late: Satan HAD FAILED: The prophesied SEED OF THE WOMAN HAD CRUSHED Satan's head, as God has promised.
The world REJOICED and has never been the same.
THAT IS WHY Satan HATES Christmas and tries his worst, to this very day, to discourage and / or dampen its celebration.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016
JUDGMENT OF NATIONS
judgment of nations (gentiles) is one of
the most neglected prophetic truths found
in the Bible.
When Jesus returns (at His Second Coming), He will sit on His Throne and judge ALL gentiles based on their treatment of natural Israel.
This is clearly taught in Joel 3:1-17:
"In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather ALL NATIONS and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (the Kidron valley, just East of Jerusalem).
There I WILL ENTER INTO JUDGMENT AGAINST THEM CONCERNING my inheritance, MY PEOPLE ISRAEL, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink...
Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for THE WINE PRESS IS FULL; the vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
The Lord will roar from and thunder from ; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in , my holy hill. will be holy; NEVER AGAIN WILL FOREIGNERS INVADE HER".
Jesus also spoke about this judgment:
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
All the NATIONS (gentiles) will be gathered before Him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on his
right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my
Father; take your inheritance, the
kingdom prepared for you since the
creation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? ..."The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, WHATEVER YOU DID FOR ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS OF MINE, YOU DID FOR ME.'
Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, INTO THE ETERNAL FIRE PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me'.
They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did NOT do for one of the least of these, you did NOT do FOR ME" (Matthew 25:31-45).
Even now, nations are being judged based on their treatment of .
But after the tribulation, there will be A SPECIAL JUDGMENT for gentiles still living here on earth based on how they treated natural Israelites DURING THAT AWFUL time.
This judgment, obviously, has nothing to do with the Church, since the Church will be in heaven.
Gentile nations have been forewarned by God Himself.
They better START being good to Israel NOW.
God's keeping score and NOTHING escapes His watchful eyes.
Help Israel ANY WAY POSSIBLE !
There are AWFUL consequences for those who don’t.
Those who do will be blessed and richly rewarded.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016
IF JESUS WANTED
If Jesus is God, why doesn't He SIMPLY APPEAR SO EVERYONE CAN SEE Him ?
Why NOT JUST SHOW HIMSELF TO EVERYBODY, raised from the dead, perform some miracles, AND CONVINCE EVERYONE ?
Couldn't He do that if HE WANTED TO ?
Wouldn't THAT be the simple way of ENDING political, religious and ethnic divisions ?
Wouldn't THAT bring "peace on earth", END violence and UNIFY the world under His FORCED leadership ?
NO, IT WOULDN'T.
His written Word says IT WOULDN'T.
Jesus Himself said IT WOULDN'T:
"He answered, Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, SO THAT THEY WILL NOT ALSO COME TO THIS PLACE OF TORMENT.'
Abraham replied, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
‘No, father Abraham,' he said, but IF SOMEONE FROM THE DEAD GOES TO THEM, THEY WILL REPENT.'
"He said to him, If they DO NOT LISTEN TO Moses and the Prophets, THEY WILL NOT BE CONVINCED EVEN IF SOMEONE RISES FROM THE DEAD'" (Luke 16:27-31).
What BETTER PROOF that Jesus' words are true than the account we have in Revelation?
Luke 21:27 plainly says Jesus will APPEAR IN His glory FOR ALL TO SEE, within a generation of biblical Jerusalem returning to the Jews.
Revelation 1:7 again, tells us that EVERY EYE shall see Him.
Revelation 6:16 AGAIN says that when He appears in the clouds to take His Church Home, THEY WILL HIDE FROM HIS FACE.
So, it's clear that EVERYONE ON EARTH, at that point, WILL SEE His Face and see HIM risen and APPEARING IN POWER AND GREAT GLORY.
Will they then REPENT?
Will they fall on their faces and cry out to Jesus for mercy?
Will they acknowledge their own rebellion and wickedness and say "Lord, HOW BLIND and WRONG we've been! You've PROVEN to us, BEYOND ALL DOUBT, that you EXIST and that you ARE God. Please forgive us! We RECEIVE YOU as Lord"?
The Bible says they'll RUN AND HIDE from Him.
It says they'll prefer that the rocks and mountains FALL ON THEM, crush them, and bury them alive, than turn to Him (Revelation 12:15-17).
Chapter 9, verse 27 says that EVEN AFTER horrible judgments have fallen on non-believers, such as ONE THIRD OF THE EARTH CONSUMED BY FIRE, ONE THIRD OF VEGETATION AND MARINE LIFE DESTROYED, ONE-THIRD OF DRINKING WATER CONTAMINATED, ONE-THIRD OF DAYLIGHT BEING DARKENED, ONE-THIRD OF MANKIND DIES AND MILLIONS OF DEMONS COME OUT OF THE ABYSS TO STING and TORMENT THEM FOR 5 MONTHS... THEY STILL REFUSE TO REPENT and acknowledge Jesus as Lord and God.
And Revelation 20:5-9 tell us that, EVEN AFTER living 1,000 years under Jesus' Utopian rule, certain people WILL STILL REBEL AGAINST HIM and CHOOSE Satan, in the FINAL war of all time, known as Gog and Magog.
So much for THAT false theory...
So much for THAT FALSE "EXCUSE" for NOT receiving Jesus...
The day will soon come when Jesus APPEARS in the clouds, resurrected, in POWER AND GREAT GLORY, FOR EVERYONE TO SEE.
Even then, when His Deity is UNDENIABLE, most people left on earth will REJECT HIM and seek "another god".
That's when God will allow Satan to provide them JUST what their wicked hearts want: the risen Antichrist.
The greatest military genius in history, who never lost a battle, RISEN FROM THE DEAD and CLAIMING that he can defeat Jesus, PREVENT His return and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
And what will the reaction of unbelievers be?
Bring him on !
They'll WELCOME the Antichrist and GIVE HIM and his father Satan, THE WORSHIP they steadfastly DENIED Jesus (Revelation 13:4).
Yes, Jesus IS God.
Yes, Jesus can do WHATEVER HE WANTS...
Yes, He can appear at will.
But these passages PROVE UNEQUIVOCALLY that, EVEN IF HE DID, those who've chosen to reject Him, STILL WILL.
Jesus gave humans FREE WILL.
He WON'T FORCE Himself on ANYONE.
Thus, receiving Jesus into our hearts as Lord, Savior and God MUST BE VOLUNTARY.
That's why Salvation is strictly by Grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Jesus DID ALL THAT WAS NECESSARY TO SAVE US. There’s NOTHING – NOTHING! – we can DO to earn or merit salvation.
The ONLY ROLE we play in the salvation process is to RECEIVE Jesus into our hearts, OR NOT.
It is OUR CHOICE: and OURS ALONE.
And humans will exercise their POWER TO CHOOSE, their God-given free will – DESPITE God PROVIDING ABSOLUTE PROOF of His Being and His Omnipotence – TO THE VERY END.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
WHAT IS FAITH ?
Faith is supremely important.
The Word of God tells us that "WITHOUT faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God" (Hebrews 11:6).
Romans 1:27, the Bible verse than launched the Reformation, says "the just SHALL LIVE by FAITH".
Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38 say the same thing.
The Bible also says that "WE ARE SAVED... THROUGH FAITH" (Ephesians 2:8).
If our pleasing God, our life, and Salvation itself HINGE ON faith, you would think that the Church would be able to explain what it is, especially after having had 2,000 years to think about it.
Yet even many pastors and ministers CANNOT explain it.
And if we listen to some of televangelism's superstars, we're MISLED into thinking that it's believing something is true and confessing it with our mouths long enough and often enough until it manifests in the form of money, luxury homes, cars, airplanes, Rolexes, and fancy clothes.
The Greek word used throughout the New Testament for "faith" is pistis.
It means "TO TRUST". To be TOTALLY PERSUADED.
That's what faith IS.
TRUST is ALL God has EVER wanted.
It was LACK OF TRUST that got us into the MESS we're in.
At the Garden of Eden, Satan came to TEST man's TRUST in God.
The first one to fail the TRUST TEST was Eve.
She stupidly listened to the deceiver, DID NOT TRUST GOD, and was deceived into thinking God was withholding something desirable (like godhood) from her (Genesis 3:5).
Adam, on the other hand, wasn't tempted by Satan OR DECEIVED (1 Timothy 2:14). He knew EXACTLY what was happening. He participated in the deception plot. He CHOSE TO disobey God.
Neither one TRUSTED God's Goodness, God's forgiveness, or God's Grace.
That's what got us into this mess.
That's WHY Salvation is BY TRUST (faith) in God's Grace (undeserved Goodness).
Unfortunately, cyberspace and Christendom are INFESTED with carnally minded, religious liars, WHO EXIST IN FEAR, and insist that TRUST in Jesus ISN'T enough but that we have to ADD "good works", we have to ADD "good behavior", we have to ADD commandment keeping, we have to ADD Sabbath keeping, we have to ADD performance or "obedience" of some sort in order to be saved.
They're the same ones who teach that only "spiritual" Christians will be raptured, and that "carnal" or "lukewarm" Christians will go through the tribulation.
They're the ones WHO INSIST on EARNING Salvation or EARNING being raptured.
They are the VERY ONES that WILL NOT be raptured.
They are THE ONES headed for hell.
They are the VERY ONES that Jesus spoke about when He said that "thieves and prostitutes would enter into His Kingdom AHEAD OF them" (Matthew 21:31).
They are the VERY ONES who ARE LOST.
Why ? For the same reason Adam and Eve became lost.
They HAVE NO FAITH:
They DO NOT TRUST Jesus.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016
THE FEMININE SIDE
Hence He-she is called OUR HELPER. (John 16:7)
HOW could Jesus say it was TO OUR ADVANTAGE for Him to depart this world ?
He said He needed to depart so He could send the Holy Spirit.
The Hebrew word for “spirit” is ruwach.
It is feminine.
The Holy Spirit is the FEMININE manifestation of God.
Hence He-she is called OUR HELPER. (John 16:7)
That is THE VERY SAME title given to Eve, the FEMININE manifestation of Adam (Genesis 2:18)
After all, man was created in THE IMAGE OF God: masculine and feminine, male and female (Genesis 1:27)
God (Yahweh) is both masculine and feminine.
There’s no rivalry within the Godhead.
The Holy Spirit, as Jesus Himself (last Adam) told us ALWAYS GLORIFIES HIM! (John 16:14)
The Holy Spirit, although He-she is God, and worthy of all praise, never seeks His-her own glory, but ALWAYS GLORIFIES Jesus.
Just like feminine Adam (Eve) did not seek her own glory, but was given to Adam as a HELPER, to glorify him.
As Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:7:
“The woman (Isha) is THE GLORY (kavod) OF the man (ha Adam)”.
The whole Creation FELL INTO decay as a result of Adam’s sin.
And Adam’s sin was NOT TRUSTING the perfectly suited Helper God had made JUST FOR HIM.
He wanted all the authority and all the glory.
He would have had it with Isha.
The feminine always glorifies the masculine, just like the Holy Spirit always glorifies Jesus.
He LOST IT for becoming suspicious (not trusting) God or her.
He conspired with Satan in order to deceive Isha (later called Eve), and even went so far as to STAND BESIDE HER and NOT say a word during the entire exchange with the serpent, thus giving her the FALSE IMPRESSION that he was okay with her eating the forbidden fruit, thus aiding and abetting in her deception.
Evidently, the Holy Spirit IS God and He CANNOT be deceived.
The lesson for Christians is that when we FAIL TO APPRECIATE the Holy Spirit, as Adam failed to appreciate Isha, when we PASS HIM OVER, we DO NOT GLORIFY JESUS.
We inevitably end up seeking OUR OWN GLORY, as First Adam stupidly did.
In the process, we FALL into sin and LOSE the very glory and authority we seek.
Before the Rapture will come the glory.
And before the glory WILL COME THE HOLY SPIRIT. (Joel 2:28-29)
There’s ONLY ONE WAY that God’s Temple (the Church) will come together, be built up, become a finished spiritual Temple, and be translated to the Higher Dimension of Glory:
“It’s not by might, nor by power, BUT BY MY SPIRIT, says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016
CONSULT WHO ?
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is ADVANTAGEOUS for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; BUT IF I DEPART, I WILL SEND HIM UNTO YOU.” (John 16:7)
“I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and HE WILL SHOW YOU THINGS TO COME. HE SHALL GLORIFY ME: for He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.” (John 16:12-14)
I don’t know WHAT I would do WITHOUT the Holy Spirit.
I’ve been serving the Lord for a long time, and I’ve been saved (glory to Him forevermore!) even longer.
I’d be TOTALLY LOST without the Holy Spirit.
And I don’t mean "lost" only in the sense of spiritually lost as in headed for hell (although that’d be true enough, Romans 8:9) but I mean LOST as in CLUELESS about Jesus, His Word, Salvation, Prophecy, AS WELL AS ABOUT EVERYDAY LIFE.
For the life of me, I CAN’T UNDERSTAND HOW anyone gets along in this sinful, corrupt, competitive, confusing and complicated world WITHOUT the Holy Spirit!
The word for Comforter in the first verse quoted above is parakletos. It’s usually translated “Comforter” or “Helper”.
It comes from two Greek words: para meaning “close beside” and kaleo meaning “to make a call”.
Jesus gave us His HOLY Spirit so that He would be CLOSE BESIDE US, AT ALL TIMES, and so that WE COULD CALL ON HIM anytime we need advice.
The UNSAVED, naturally, CANNOT consult the Holy Spirit since THEY DON’T HAVE HIM.
But born-again Christians DO and CAN.
In fact there’s NO WAY to be born again WITHOUT the Holy Spirit (John 3:5).
And yet MILLIONS of born-again believers go through life WITHOUT EVER consulting the Holy Spirit.
They’ll CONSULT EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER BEFORE they even THINK of consulting the HOLY Spirit WHO IS God (John 4:24):
Doctors, lawyers, accountants, politicians, marriage counselors, psychiatrists, palm readers, tarot cards, Ouija boards, psychic hot lines, horoscopes, Dr. Phil, Oprah, prophecy gurus, cult leaders… YOU NAME IT.
ANYONE BUT the HOLY Spirit!
Jesus DIDN’T give us Oprah or Dr Phil to guide us and help us.
He gave us THE HOLY SPIRIT.
He DIDN’T give us doctors or accountants.
And He certainly DIDN’T give us politicians or lawyers!
As for palm readers, tarot readers, psychics, horoscopes, Ouijas, and cult leaders like Ellen G. White, Charles Taze Russell, Mary Baker Eddy, Alexander Campbell and Joseph Smith – ALL WITHOUT EXCEPTION—ARE/WERE INSTRUMENTS OF SATAN.
You’ll never get THE TRUTH from one of those LIARS.
NOR WILL YOU EVER GET AN ANSWER that is for YOUR BENEFIT.
They may provide “answers” that AT FIRST GLANCE SEEM good and beneficial, but God PROMISES US that the end thereof IS ALWAYS DEATH. (Proverbs 14:10; John 10:10)
I consult the Holy Spirit CONSTANTLY:
MANY, MANY times… EVERY SINGLE DAY!
While I usually do not consult Him about trivial things (which shirt to wear, or what to eat for lunch) I’d rather OVERCONSULT Him than UNDERCONSULT Him.
Jesus WENT TO THE CROSS and died the CRUELEST of deaths IN ORDER TO PUT His very OWN Spirit INSIDE each believer.
He DIDN’T PUT His own Spirit (His own Divine Love Nature) in us SO WE WOULD IGNORE HIM.
Pause a moment and THINK about THAT.
He put Him in us so that WE WOULD CONSULT Him.
So we would USE HIM.
So we would get COUNSEL and DIRECTION from Him.
Imagine Jesus suffering SO INTENSELY so He could put HIS SPIRIT IN each of us, and we IGNORE the very Helper He gave us!
We overlook the ONLY ONE who can make us Holy.
The ONLY ONE WHO CAN manifest THE CHRIST to us, IN us, and through us.
WHEN was the last time you consulted the Holy Spirit?
WHEN was the last time that you HAD INTIMATE COMMUNION with Him?
HOW can anyone call himself “Christian”, yet IGNORE this MOST PRECIOUS TREASURE, and Helper, given to us by Christ ?
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016
REHEARSALS – PART TWO
“Six days SHALL WORK BE DONE: but the seventh day is THE SABBATH OF REST, a holy CONVOCATION; you shall DO NO WORK ON IT: it is the Sabbath (REST) of the LORD IN ALL YOUR DWELLINGS.” (Leviticus 23:3)
Leviticus 23:3 calls the Sabbath “a holy (set apart) CONVOCATION”.
he word for “convocation” is mikra.
It means “REHEARSAL”.
Hence the Sabbath given ONLY to natural Israelites under the Sinai Law WAS A REHEARSAL.
As a young Roman Catholic, I remember participating in REHEARSALS for First Communion.
We did a number of such rehearsals UNTIL the day came when the ACTUAL First Communion ceremony took place.
Likewise, wedding REHEARSALS are intended so that the Bride, Bride’s Father, Groom, Maid of Honor, Best man, flower girl and ring boy get to practice their respective roles during the ACTUAL wedding.
Rehearsals are NEVER the REAL thing.
Again: Rehearsals are NEVER the REAL thing.
Just like SHADOWS are NEVER THE REAL thing!
And even the most fanatical Sabbatarian CANNOT DENY that the inerrant, Holy Spirit inspired Word of God calls both the 24-hour Sabbath AND THE SINAI Law “shadows”. (Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 10:1)
Therefore, the 24-hour Sabbath, given to natural Israelites under the IMPERFECT Sinai Law, CANNOT BE the REAL Sabbath.
Nor can the IMPERFECT Sinai Law be THE REAL, ULTIMATE Law of the Universe.
THE PURPOSE of a rehearsal is to prepare people FOR THE REAL.
So that, when the REAL TAKES PLACE, we can recognize it, and will know exactly what is going on, what to expect, WHAT AND HOW it’s going to happen, and what we are supposed to do OR NOT TO DO.
Hence the Sinai Law, being a mere shadow, consisted of NUMEROUS REHEARSALS designed to PREPARE natural Israelites to receive THE REAL, SUPREME Law of the Universe which is Divine Love (Jesus).
And the 24-hour Sinai Sabbath was designed TO PREPARE God’s Covenant people (natural Israelites) TO RECOGNIZE THE REAL SABBATH OF REST when He appeared. (Matthew 11:28)
It was designed to teach them TO REST in Jesus, TRUSTING COMPLETELY in His Grace,and His power to deliver and save them, WITHOUT ANY works (Exodus 20-8-10; Romans 3:28)
No gentile Christian has EVER been told to observe the 24-hour Sabbath.
The ONLY Sabbath we are to observe is THE REAL Sabbath: JESUS.
We REST in Him, TOTALLY TRUSTING His finished Work of Redemption, and His Grace to save us, WITHOUT ANY works. (Romans 3:28; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
We REST in Jesus, TOTALLY TRUSTING that God CREDITS US JESUS’ PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS, when we receive Jesus into our hearts as ONLY God and ONLY Savior (2 Corinthians 5:21).
In short: We ENTER into God’s REST (the TRUE Sabbath, Jesus) when we INVITE Jesus to ENTER INTO us.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016
REHEARSALS - PART ONE
THERE IS NO DESIGNATED “DAY OF WORSHIP” in Scripture.
For over a decade we have taught consistently that ALL DAYS ARE ALIKE, and this applies to all 365 days, and TO BOTHSaturday and Sunday.
We have taught that God should be worshiped EVERY SINGLE DAY on the calendar, (Psalms 113:2-3; 115:18; 118:24)
That it is one’s “Christian duty” to assemble and worship on Saturday, or on Sunday, WAS INVENTED BY RELIGION.
And RELIGION – ALL religion – was INVENTED BY sinful mortals.
There isn’t ONE VERSE – from Genesis to Revelation – that COMMANDS US TO WORSHIP ON one particular day of the week.
Under the Sinai Law God commanded natural Israelites (NOT gentile Christians) TO REST on the Sabbath, which is Saturday.
He DIDN’T tell them to gather as a community and WORSHIP on Saturday.
REST is NOT worship.
Unfortunately, man-invented or woman-invented religion always fights tooth and nail to preserve its lies, and has a very hard time ACCEPTING the Truth.
Therefore, once in a while some member of a “Christian” cult will send us Leviticus 23:3 as “proof” that Saturday is God’s designated “day or worship”
NO. Saturday was His designated DAY OF REST, ONLY for natural Israelites, NEVER for gentile Christians.
Again: Saturday was God’s designated DAY OF REST, ONLY for natural Israelites, NEVER for gentile Christians. (Exodus 20:2, 8-10). Here’s what that verse says, verbatim (speaking to natural Israelites) :
“Six days SHALL WORK BE DONE: but the seventh day is THE SABBATH OF REST, a holy CONVOCATION; you shall DO NO WORK ON IT: it is the Sabbath (REST) of the LORD IN ALL YOUR DWELLINGS.”
Do you see the word “worship” ANYWHERE in that verse?
Are they instructed ANYWHERE in that verse to gather IN A RELIGIOUS BUILDING?
Natural Israelites were to STAY HOME (in each of their DWELLINGS) on Saturday and ABSTAIN FROM WORK.
That is ALL this verse says.
In fact there were NO RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS DESIGNATED as “worship centers” when that verse was written:
There were no “church” buildings, and NO SYNAGOGUES!!!
Therefore, THERE IS NOTHING in that verse (Leviticus 23:3) that designates Saturday, or ANY OTHER DAY OF THE WEEK, as official “day of worship”.
There’s NO SUCH THING in Scripture.
Just goes to show WHAT DESPERATE ATTEMPTS the religiously brainwashed will make in order to “justify” their heresy.
That is why IT’S SO IMPORTANT to know WHAT GOD ACTUALLY SAID, NOT what OTHERS CLAIM that “He said”.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016
WHO NEEDS JESUS ?
I know what some of you are thinking: I've got my joints, I got my fix, and I got sex, booze, music, food... so who needs Jesus?
Those who are unfulfilled need Jesus.
Those who are lonely need Jesus.
Those who want a faithful friend…
Those who are afraid…
Those who are depressed…
Those who've never experienced true love…
Those who've never been loved…
Those headed for hell need Jesus.
Those who want heaven need Jesus.
Good people need Jesus.
Bad people need Jesus.
If you're poor you need Jesus.
If you're rich you need Jesus.
If you're famous you need Jesus.
If you’re infamous you need Jesus.
Teachers need Jesus; plumbers need Jesus, so do architects, mechanics, delivery people, letter carriers, firefighters, policemen, doctors, nurses, dentists, astronauts, scientists, athletes and celebrities.
ALL ministers of the Gospel need Jesus. And, Lord knows, politicians need Jesus.
All sinners need Jesus.
EVERYONE needs Jesus.
You HAVEN'T REALLY LIVED until you EXPERIENCE Jesus IN you.
The ONLY ONES who DON'T need Jesus are those who are perfect : Those who've NEVER sinned.
That MUST BE the reason why YOU "don't" need Him.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016
Jesus compared the Kingdom of heaven TO TREASURE HID in a field (Matthew 13:44).
He went on to say that, when a person discovers such treasure, he or she SELLS ALL THEY POSSESS, AND BUYS THAT FIELD.
They BUY IT – NO MATTER WHAT it may COST.
In other words the Kingdom of heaven – INSIDE YOU where Jesus IS, LIVES and is King -- is worth EVERYTHING you've got:
Your heart, your life, your possessions, your money (just don’t give it to some lying televangelist), your cars, your home, your relationships, your favorite whatever, you time, your energy, your dedication, your devotion, and your FULL and UNDIVIDED attention.
In Matthew 12:35 He explains that such treasure is HIDDEN IN OUR HEARTS.
It's from that treasure that we bring forth (manifest) good things.
It's FROM THE HEART that Jesus comes forth and manifests in and thru us.
We get a tiny glimpse of His INFINITE Greatness from the fact that He manifests DIFFERENTLY in each INDIVIDUAL, NO TWO MANIFESTATIONS being QUITE THE SAME:
SAME Jesus, uniquely different manifestations!
For those who may wonder what THEIR PURPOSE in this life may be, or what unique gift or talent they may possess…
One way to discover your treasure is to LISTEN TO YOURSELF.
"Out of the ABUNDANCE of your heart, your mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34).
Who, or what, are you CONSTANTLY speaking of? Who or what is CONSTANTLY on your lips, to the point you just can't shut up about it?
THAT'S your treasure.
Last, but not least, Jesus said that where your treasure is, there will YOUR HEART be also (Matthew 6:21).
To sum up: Your heart is on your treasure, and your treasure is in your heart: and whoever or whatever's in your heart, will INEVITABLY come out your mouth.
Jesus is the Pearl of great price.
I’ve got my Pearl. I've found my Treasure.
Have you found yours?
If you haven’t, I urge you to RECEIVE Jesus – WITH ALL your heart:
He’s FAR GREATER and MORE WONDERFUL than you can ever imagine. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10; Ephesians 3:20-21)
He’s WORTH EVERYTHING.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016
WHAT WE SEE
This generation, unlike any other, has been blessed or cursed, depending on one's point of view, OR BOTH, with THE FIVE most powerful mediums of mass communication:
The printed page, movies, TV and radio, the internet and social media, audio & video recordings.
Many individuals subconsciously ASSUME that if it's on TV, it's gotta be true.
NO, NO, NO...
That if it's on the internet (some website, blog or You Tube) it's gotta be true.
That if someone wrote a book, newspaper or magazine article about it, it's gotta be true...
Most literary works fall in the category of "FICTION", therefore they are UNTRUE.
That includes, unfortunately, at least 90% of "Christian" books written by "Christian" authors.
Same goes for anything recorded on DVD, CD, MP3, OR ANYTHING ELSE.
Same goes for most of what is posted on Facebook, Instagram or tweeted; And for most of the junk uploaded on YouTube.
Time and again we are asked about something someone watched, heard, or read.
People often ask us to "explain it", which means THEY AUTOMATICALLY ACCEPTED IT AS TRUTH.
When I tell them that there's NO EXPLANATION because it's a bold-faced lie, and/or that it's DOCTRINAL ERROR (same thing), they seem surprised.
Freedom of speech means that ANYONE can say ANYTHING they want on TV, movies, the internet, in print, or any other media, REGARDLESS of whether it's true or false.
If you doubt it, just look at some of the infomercials on TV.
How many people HAVE ACTUALLY LOST WEIGHT with that "new, guaranteed, never before seen" magical weight loss program?
How many people actually lost 8 INCHES from their waistline by using that exercise equipment?
HOW MANY actually look 15 years younger and saw "wrinkles disappear" with that magical "skin care formula"?
BE VERY SKEPTICAL about what you see, hear or read.
…Particularly if it’s religious in nature.
Most of the B.S. posted in these media may be false, but if it’s religious it can have VERY BAD ramifications for the afterlife.
A few days ago I was half-watching a program on History Channel about the Bible, where a group of so-called "scholars" commented on certain passages.
One "scholar" accused Ruth of giving Boaz an erotic massage in order to convince him to marry her.
No proof: Just BIASED conjecture.
Another infamously commented that "if the apostle Paul had known how his writings would be interpreted, he would have been more careful".
Really? Does this individual possess some SUPERNATURAL INSIGHT into Paul's mind and nature to know what he "really meant", or would have said, in a given situation?
ON WHAT does she base the claim that Paul's writings have been "misunderstood"?
Again, NO PROOF: Not even a feeble attempt to substantiate the charge: JUST TOTALLY BIASED OPINION.
Of course, the thought that Paul wrote EXACTLY WHAT HE INTENDED TO WRITE didn't even cross this "scholar's" mind.
And, of course, Divine inspiration is NOT EVEN CONSIDERED, let alone MENTIONED in such forums.
For the record, A COUPLE of things that Paul wrote have been GROSSLY DISTORTED by religion, but NOT BECAUSE he misstated Truth, or wasn't clear about what he said.
He said what God and he intended to say.
I'm hearing this, and thinking "I wonder how many people, including Christians, are watching this trash and BELIEVING ALL OF IT just because they heard it and saw it on TV, from some "scholar" (I use the term VERY loosely).
Hollywood knows this and that is why they take artistic license with the truth -- constantly.
They figure most people will believe what they present, whether it's true or not.
ALL MEDIA, including religious media, is FILLED with deception (Matthew 24:4; 2 Timothy 3:1-8).
Brothers and sisters, THAT'S WHY GOD GAVE US HIS HOLY, INERRANT written Word, so we would use it AS THE STANDARD by which we judge what's true or false, what is godly or ungodly (Matthew 4:4).
Take EVERYTHING supposed "historians" and religious "experts" tell you with A HUGE grain of salt.
DON'T BELIEVE everything you see or hear "just because" you saw it in a movie, or because it's on TV or radio, or the internet, or on Twitter, or in a book OTHER THAN the Bible.
Or just because someone WHO PRETENDS TO KNOW says so.
Check it against God's written Word.
If it doesn't jibe with the Bible, REJECT IT!
We’ve all heard the old saying “SEEING is BELIEVING”.
Quite often what we see MUST NOT BE believed.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
THE LAST LIE
“I AM the way and the truth and THE LIFE : NO ONE comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)
“I AM the resurrection, and THE LIFE: he that believes in me, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE” (John 11:25)
“That as sin hath reigned unto death; so also GRACE MIGHT REIGN BY JUSTICE UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:21)
“…For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle (body) were dissolved, we have a building of God, A HOUSE NOT MADE WITH HANDS, ETERNAL IN THE HEAVENS.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)
“The LAST ENEMY to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26)
“He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, NOT BECAUSE OF OUR OWN WORKS, but by His own purpose and BY THE GRACE HE GRANTED US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE TIME ETERNAL.
And now He has revealed this grace through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, WHO HAS ABOLISHED DEATH AND HAS BROUGHT LIFE AND IMMORTALITY TO LIGHT through the Gospel” (2 Timothy 1:9-10)
Death is THE ULTIMATE LIE.
Death is totally dependent on “time”.
And “time” also IS A LIE.
Therefore death is only TEMPORARY.
LIFE is the ONLY TRUTH.
LIFE IS ETERNAL.
LIFE CAN BE without death.
Death CANNOT be without Life.
Temporary physical death is simply the result OF THE LIE that Satan planted in the human mind at Eden.
All those liberal theologians, whose corrupt intellect cannot process the PHYSICAL Resurrection of Jesus, have more faith in death than they do in Life.
Hence, they try to “spiritualize” the Resurrection.
Problem is that EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER LIVED on earth – EVERYONE – whether saved or unsaved – WILL BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD at some point in our “future” (Revelation 20:4,14-15)
This PROVES that death is A LIE.
And that Life is THE ONE AND ONLY TRUTH
THE LIFE NEVER ceases to BE.
All whose loved ones have TEMPORARILY passed, be comforted IN THE ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE that their “death” – although it seems so “real” – IS A LIE.
They’re very much ALIVE, only in another dimension.
And THEIR BODIES will be raised from the death. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Just make sure that they KNOW Christ BEFORE passing.
…Because there’s Life ETERNAL in Christ, And ETERNAL EXISTENCE WITHOUT Christ which is called “THE SECOND death”.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016
WE DON’T NEED RELIGION
“For God SO LOVED THE WORLDthat He GAVE US RELIGION, that whosoever BLINDLY FOLLOWS RELIGION shall not perish but have eternal Life” (Fake John 3:16)
Before anyone writes some silly email, please note theUNBIBLICAL citation “FAKE John 3:16”.
That is NOT what Scripture says.
Scripture says “God gaveHIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON” that WHOEVER BELIEVES ON HIM should not perish but have Eternal Life. (REAL John 3:16)
However, religion might just as well MISQUOTE John 3:16 as noted in purple above.
Because that’s what ALL “Christian” religion – “Christian” cults in particular – teaches:
That if you believe everything THEY TELL YOU TO BELIEVE, and DO EVERYTHING THEY TELL YOU TO DO, you’ll be saved.
Problem is that Jesus DIDN’T give us religion.
And Jesus IS THE ONLY ONE who saves (Acts 4:12)
All Jesus ever asked of us is to RECEIVE Him into our hearts (John 1:12; Romans 10:9) and TRUST Him. (John 3:16)
He said NOTHING about attending the First Church of Whatever.
He said NOTHING about congregating in a religious building on a particular day of the week.
He said NOTHING about doing any works in order to be saved.
ALL OF THAT was INVENTED BY religion.
Jesus didn’t give us a list of “DON’T DO” this or that.
The ONLY commandments He ever gave were POSITIVE, NOT NEGATIVE: to love God with ALL our hearts, and to love our neighbor (each other) as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40; John 13:34; 2 John 1:5)
And He even PUT THAT LOVE (Himself) in each born-again believer, and will manifest His Love in and through us TO THE DEGREE that we allow Him. (Romans 5:5)
To the degree that we are willing TO TAKE UP OUR CROSS DAILY and follow Him. (Luke 9:23; John 15:13)
Religion DOES NOT COME from the Spirit of God.
Religion is Satan’s most USEFUL tool.
Religion IS CARNAL, and ALWAYS DIVIDES US. (1 Corinthians 3:3)
Only the LOVE OF JESUS manifested in us by His Holy Spirit can UNITE US. (Ephesians 4:3)
Religion has LIED TO US for millennia.
Religion HASN’T SAVED A SINGLE SOUL and NEVER WILL.
Jesus has saved BILLIONS… (John 5:24; Revelation 7:9)
Religion = BONDAGE
Jesus and His Holy Spirit = FREEDOM (2 Corinthians 3:17)
We can live in the freedom of the Spirit, SPIRITUALLY CONNECTED TO THE IMMORTAL GOD, or exist in BONDAGE TO MORTAL-INVENTED RELIGION.
Those connected to the immortal God will become immortal.
Those connected to religion will die in their sins and go to hell.
NO ONE needs religion.
EVERYONE needs Jesus.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016
One thing that ALL UNSAVED people have in common is they have NEVER EXPERIENCED Jesus.
That is true of unsaved secularists as well as unsaved religionists.
Since religion DOESN’T SAVE ANYONE, never has and never will, the unsaved religious ARE JUST AS LOST AS the unsaved secularists.
EXPERIENCING (KNOWING) Jesus in our innermost beings is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to Salvation.
Except a person is BORN AGAIN of the Spirit, he or she CANNOT ENTER the Kingdom of God (John 3:5).
Once a person EXPERIENCES Jesus INSIDE THEMSELVES, all misgivings about God, Jesus, or the Christian faith VANISH into nothingness.
And that is why religion, which is Satan’s most useful tool, DOES ITS DEMONIC WORST to BURY THE JESUS EXPERIENCE UNDER A PILE OF RELIGIOUS MANURE.
Every “Christian” cult CLAIMS to love Jesus, CLAIMS to have faith in Jesus, CLAIMS to obey Jesus, and CLAIMS to do it BETTER THAN everyone else.
Even if those false claims were true, there’s one tiny problem:
They DON’T KNOW Jesus.
They HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED Jesus in their innermost being.
That’s why ALL “Christian” cults lead straight to Hades.
THEY BURY THE EXPERIENCE of the LIVING, RISEN Jesus under a mountain of religious “rules”.
They focus on their religion’s “do’s” and “don’ts” INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON JESUS.
That is why THEY INVARIABLY TRUST THEIR OWN INVENTED “righteousness” instead of trusting His RIGHTEOUSNESS which endures forever. (Psalm 111:3)
That’s why they all INSIST ON WORKING FOR Salvation, when Salvation is FREE.
All it costs is OUR WHOLE HEART.
NO WORKS – of ANY kind (good, bad, in-between, under the Sinai Law or apart from the Law) – involved!
Are you BURYING JESUS under a pile or religious manure INVENTED BY SOME SINFUL MORTAL?
Are you SO AFRAID to EXPERIENCE JESUS that you’d rather BURY HIM AGAIN under your denomination’s invented dogmas?
Well, you’re NOT Joseph or Arimathea!
You can’t kill Jesus again, and YOU CAN’T BURY HIM again. (Romans 6:9)
I DARE YOU to INVITE Jesus INTO your heart, give YOUR WHOLE HEART TO Him, and EXPERIENCE the LIVING, RISEN CHRIST.
Because observing all the religious rules IN THE WORLD won’t save you.
Keeping the Law WON’T SAVE YOU. (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16)
EXPERIENCING JESUS WILL!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016
THE IMPERFECT LAW
The Sinai Law, summed up in the Ten Commandments,IS NOT PERFECT.
Since the Sinai Lawis IMPERFECT, it CANNOT MAKE ANYONE perfect. (Hebrews 7:19)
And since God IS perfect, the Sinai Law CANNOT BRING ANYONE to common union with a PERFECT God.
Hencethe Sinai Law DOES NOT SAVE.(Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16)
According to the Sinai Lawthe FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT commandment is NOT TO HAVE other gods before Yahweh. (Exodus 20:2-3)
And the SECOND most important commandment isNOT TO MAKE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE. (Exodus 20:4)
JesusCORRECTED the Sinai Law.
Jesus CORRECTED the Law (Torah) by pointing outthat the FIRST – and GREATEST COMMANDMENT – is to Love God (to love Divine Love) with ALL of one’s heart. (Matthew 22:37-38)
And the SECOND is similar to the first: TO LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR (to love others) as WE LOVE OURSELVES. (Matthew 22:39-40)
If the Sinai Law were perfect, “love God with ALL your heart” would be its FIRST commandment.
If it were perfect, then JesusWOULDN’T HAVE CORRECTED IT.
ThatPROVES it’s IMPERFECT. (Romans 13:9-10)
Love God with ALL one’s heart” is the GREATEST COMMANDMENT.
But it’s more than A COMMANDMENT.
Love (of the Divine kind) is A PERSON.
Andthat Person IS THE HIGHEST AND ETERNAL LAW of the universe, and every realm of existence. (Psalm 19:7; 1 Corinthians 13:13; James 1:25)
We can follow religious rules and “keep commandments” until our deceived faces turn blue, purple and green.
There isNO SALVATION in doing so.(Galatians 2:21; 3:21)
Jesus,who is the Love OF GOD Personified, that Divine Love that IS God, must be EXPERIENCED – INSIDE each human, and with ALL one’s heart! (Ephesians 3:16-19; 1 John 4:18)
We mustn’t love HimWITH ALL our heart SIMPLY BECAUSE “it’s a commandment”, but because IT’S HIM!!!
Jesus IS WORTHY of our WHOLEHEARTEDLOVE, DEVOTION, WORSHIP, PRAISE, EXALTATION AND BOUNDLESS ADORATION!
1 John 4:16:
“He that LIVES IN LOVE (Jesus) LIVES IN God,and God (Jesus) LIVES IN HIM.”
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016
LOVE IS YOUR VICTORY
Since the Tower of Babel, human language has been fractured.
All human language is, at times, deficient.
This is particularly true in the English language where the word "love" is concerned.
To us, "love" can mean ANYTHING from natural affection for a close friend, family member or relative, to sexual desire for another person, to LIKING something or someone a lot as in "I LOVE chocolate", to sublime love for God.
In the game of tennis, "love" means NOTHING, ZERO.
However, there's a reason Jesus had His apostles write the New Testament in Greek.
Greek has three distinct words for what we call "love":
There's phileo for love toward friends and family.
There's eros for sexual desire.
And there's agape for Divine Love.
According to 1st John 4:16, God is neither phileo nor eros. He is AGAPE.
Divine Love is God's very Nature.
That Divine Nature was placed in our hearts when we experienced the New Birth of the spirit (2 Peter 1:4; Romans 5:5; John 3:5).
Therefore, WE HAVE God's Own Nature, His Divine Love INSIDE OF US, in our inner man, from the moment we're born again (Galatians 5:22).
That Divine Nature (AGAPE Love) is our victory in EVERY situation.
God is God because He IS Agape.
God is Agape because He IS God.
That's WHY God NEVER LOSES.
He has NEVER lost and He NEVER will.
Agape love is His Victory and He/it is also OUR victory.
Love won't be unequally yoked with anything lesser.
Love and only love will rapture us.
LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR (1 John 4:18).
LOVE CASTS OUT TORMENT.
LOVE TRUSTS (1 Corinthians 13:7).
LOVE TRIUMPHS & NEVER FAILS (1 Corinthians 13:8).
LOVE STAYS FOCUSED ON HIMSELF (on God, on Love).
LOVE IS YOUR HEALTH.
LOVE IS YOUR PROVISION.
LOVE IS YOUR SOLUTION.
LOVE IS YOUR SALVATION.
LOVE IS ETERNAL.
LOVE IS YOUR VICTORY.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016
GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
We’ve all seen it and heard it : you’re channel surfing one day and you come across one of those religious channels that promise God’s “blessing” in exchange for $$$.
The scam artist whips the audience into an emotional frenzy tells you to go to your phone and donate and then, like a perfectly programmed piece of greed-driven software, “prophesies” that “God” just told him (or her) “there’s a person watching who NEEDS TO send a $10,000 gift right now” and when he does, his business troubles will magically END.
Or he erupts into gibberish to impress the audience with how “spiritually gifted”, “spiritually superior”, and HOW “FILLED with the Spirit” he is.
He’s FULL OF IT, alright.
Those who regularly appear on “Christian” TV are “Christian leaders” and you’re supposed to do EVERYTHING THEY TELL YOU, right ?
Besides, everyone knows you HAVE TO BE SPIRITUALLY SUPERIOR to speak in tongues, right?
WRONG. ON BOTH COUNTS !
And being in front of a TV camera no more makes one a “spiritual leader” than being in front of a stove makes you a great chef.
99% of the “tongues” spoken on air are FAKE.
ANYONE who “speaks in tongues” ON CUE is A FREAKIN’ FAKE.
The gifts of the Spirit manifest NOT when WE WILL, but when THE SPIRIT WILLS (John 3:8; 1 Corinthians 12:11).
But even REAL tongues (and, yes, THERE IS such thing as the GENUINE gift of tongues) DO NOT PROVE that anyone is “spiritually superior” to anyone else.
The gifts of the spirit are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:
1. Word of wisdom.
2. Word of knowledge.
4. Gifts of healing.
5. Working of miracles.
7. Discerning of spirits.
8. Different kinds of tongues.
9. Interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:7 says gifts are given to the Church for “profit”, meaning SPIRITUAL profit.
Unfortunately, the hucksters that flood Kristian airwaves, took that verse to mean FINANCIAL PROFIT and, sure enough, they’ve been PROFITING from our gullibility and IGNORANCE ever since.
The word translated “profit” is sumpheron which means “TO BRING TOGETHER”.
The gifts of the Spirit are NOT given to manipulate others or squeeze money out of our peers.
They are given TO BRING believers together in unity of Spirit.
Paul made it clear that CARNALITY is what causes DIVISION among us (1 Corinthians 3:3-4).
Far from proving “superiority”, the very fact we need those gifts JUST PROVES HOW SPIRITUALLY DESTITUTE AND NEEDY WE ARE.
Matter of fact, the gifts of the Spirit manifested most abundantly in the MOST CARNAL congregation established by Paul, the church at Corinth:
Corinthians were THE MOST CARNAL, SINFUL group of Christians to which Paul had ministered, to the point that one guy in particular (1 Corinthians 5:1-2) was sleeping with his own stepmother!
In addition, they struggled with worldliness, there were, as already noted above, DIVISIONS, believers were SUING one another and allowing THE UNSAVED to settle disputes among them (gee, where have I heard THAT before?) (1 Corinthians 6:1-11).
They had trouble with marriages and celibacy (7:1-40), there was competition between males and females (11:2-16), and even about taking Holy Communion (11:17-34).
And yet, they were MORE PROLIFIC in gifts of the Spirit than ANY OTHER congregation.
While genuine gifts of the Spirit are nothing short of wonderful, they are also rather easy to imitate, WHICH HAS MADE SPIRITUAL COUNTERFEIT REACH PANDEMIC PROPORTIONS IN OUR TIME. No one’s ever accused Satan of being a poor imitator (Matthew 24:4).
It’s RARE and extremely difficult to find a so-called “Christian ministry” on TV that’s not working some angle on “gifts of the spirit” to extract money from its viewers UNDER FALSE PRETENSES.
If ANY ONE gift is desperately needed in our time, it’s the gift of DISCERNMENT.
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