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February 2015 archives of www.christconnection.net  "WORD 4 TODAY"

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016
HYPOCRISY ON DISPLAY


“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the Feast Day, many believed in His Name, when they saw the miracles which He did.
But Jesus DID NOT TRUST THEM, because HE KNEW ALL MEN: and NEEDED NOT THAT ANY SHOULD TESTIFY OF MAN: FOR HE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN.” (John 2:23-25)

We had two rampant displays of religious hypocrisy this past week, both by well-known religious figures:The first was Pope Francis’ ill-conceived, shoot-from-the-hip statement that presidential candidate Donald Trump is “NOT Christian” based SOLELY on Trump’s stated intention of building a wall on our southern border to keep illegal immigrants – and TERRORISTS POSING AS illegal immigrants – OUT OF the United States.This from a man WHO LIVES IN A LITERAL FORTRESS, SURROUNDED by MASSIVE 11-feet WIDE by 39 FEET TALL WALLS, and an army of professionally trained, ARMED Swiss Guards (see pictures below).It’s all well and good to spew socialist virtue out of both sides of one’s mouth:WHY DOESN’T SELF-RIGHTEOUS Pope Francis “tear down those walls”, and ALLOW A FLOOD of undocumented illegals into Vatican City?

Since he feels SO STRONGLY about it, WHY DOESN’T HE SET THE EXAMPLE?

WHY DOESN’T he PRACTICE what he “preaches”?


Since he lives SURROUNDED BY THOSE MASSIVE WALLS AND ARMY, that KEEP INTRUDERS OUT, we might ASSUME, based on his incredibly stupid statement, that the Pope himself is “NOT Christian”.


Matthew 7:1-5 comes to mind:
“DO NOT JUDGE, or you too will be judged. For IN THE SAME WAY YOU JUDGE OTHERS, YOU WILL BE JUDGED, and WITH THE MEASURE YOU USE, IT WILL BE MEASURED TO YOU.

“Why do you look AT THE SPECK of sawdust in your brother’s eye and PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE?... You hypocrite, FIRST TAKE THE PLANK OUT OF YOUR OWN EYE, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”


The second display came from a well-known “evangelical” author who regularly peddles his mostly worthless books on Kristian TV and in the Kristian marketplace.
He ALSO ASSERTED, with ABSOLUTE “certainty”, that Trump is “NOT Christian”.

He based his assessment ENTIRELY ON Trump’s USE OF LANGUAGE CONSIDERED “IMPROPER” BY THE RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT’s delicate ears.

I can’t begin to tell you HOW MANY TIMES I’ve been JUDGED “not Christian” by the holier-than-thou religious establishment for using similar language.

This from a Pharisaic “evangelical” who considers the word “sh*t” IMPROPER and “corrupt” –
even though it is SPOKEN BY GOD IN THE BIBLE OVER A THOUSAND TIMES yet HAS NO PROBLEMS whatsoever teaching FALSE doctrine and KNOWINGLY CONTRADICTING God.

I GUARANTEE that the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, DO NOT SAY “dung”, “excrement”, “feces” or “fecal matter”.


These sanctimonious hypocrites MUST BE HOLIER than God, since God USES (heaven forbid, but according to their Pharisaic criteria) “CORRUPT language”.


Never mind that these holy HYPOCRITES TURN RIGHT AROUND and
PAY $11 bucks at the box office to see A MOVIE which repeatedly uses the "F" word, repeatedly, uses Jesus' Name IN VAIN, and presents EXPLICIT SEXUAL AND/OR DEMONIC IMAGES... AND THINK NOTHING OF IT (Psalms 101:3).

Too bad that THE ONLY CONSENSUS between Catholics and non-Catholics – after HALF A MILLENNIUM of deep resentment, discord and division— seems to be WITH REGARDS TO WHOM WE SHOULD “EXCOMMUNICATE”.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly stated that he is Christian.He has also repeatedly stated that his Administration would be very favorably pro-Christian and pro-Israel.Whether he is a CINO (Christian in name only) or genuinely born-again, I DON’T KNOW.Jesus KNOWS.And ONLY JESUS can determine that, since ONLY JESUS truly knows (as we read above) what is in man’s heart.

You’d think that both, the leader of a billion professing Christians and a PROFESSIONAL BOOK SELLER, who prides himself in his FOR PROFIT “teaching”, WOULD KNOW BETTER.

Whether Mr. Trump is REALLY Christian or not, I find it refreshing that he is a straight shooter who is not subservient to special interests or political correctness, and is spontaneous enough to not “walk on eggshells” and CALLS THINGS AS THEY ARE.

I also LOVE the fact that, although he professes to be Christian, HE IS NOT RELIGIOUS.

The world and (thank God!), MANY EVANGELICALS, are SICK of religion!

Lord knows, IF THERE’S CORRUPTION ANYWHERE on this planet, it’s INSIDE THE RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT, both Catholic and non-Catholic.

SOME OF THE MOST HORRIFIC cases OF CHILD ABUSE
  have  taken place (I’m sorry to say) behind the PIOUS BARRICADES of pulpits, CONFESSIONALS, crucifixes, and religious robes.
(Mark 9:42)

Yet I’ve never heard the Pope call these UNCONSCIONABLE CRIMINALS “NOT Christian”.

SOME OF THE BIGGEST CROOKS swindling the poor, the widows and the orphans GETTING FILTHY RICH AT THEIR EXPENSE – and GETTING AWAY WITH IT because they use Jesus’ Name TO GET TAX EXEMPT STATUS – are ON OUR TV SCREENS, MAKING FORTUNES OFF THE NEEDY, all courtesy of SO-CALLED “evangelical” TV.

The VERY POOR, WIDOWS AND ORPHANS that Jesus and His Apostles taught us to feed, help and PROTECT!!!
  
(Isaiah 10:2; Zechariah 7:10; Matthew 11:5; 19:21; Mark 14:5)

If THAT’S NOT religious hypocrisy OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER, I don’t know what is!


I’m tired of hearing that Trump’s been married THREE TIMES.
  I know guys on Kristian TV, REGULARLY INVITED TO SPEAK AT CHRISTIAN CONGREGATIONS AND CONFERENCES, and SELLING TONS OF BOOKS, WHO’VE BEEN MARRIED FOUR TIMES.
And NO ONE in the religious establishment ever questions their faith or character. 

NO ONE
even MENTIONS IT!
  It’s all conveniently SWEPT UNDER THE RUG.


If
THAT'S NOT a self-serving, HYPOCRITICAL DOUBLE STANDARD, I don't know WHAT IS!!!

That’s why I NO LONGER VOTE based ONLY on a person’s ALLEGED “Christian faith”.I’d rather GET TRUTH FROM A SECULARIST, than BE LIED TO, or STABBED IN THE BACK, by a self righteous “Christian”. 

                  VATICAN CITY WALLS          

              VATICAN SWISS GUARDS AND WEAPONS 

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2016

DENOMINATIONS

Denominations are ALL man-made.

There ISN'T A SINGLE DENOMINATION in existence that was established by God.

Consequently, there's not a single denomination that pleases God.

Consequently, THERE'S NO DENOMINATION THAT SAVES.

That is why this ministry never has, and never will, endorse ANY denomination.

Some denominations teach ENOUGH of God's Word, at least the basics thereof, to get people saved. Others will lead people straight to hell.

In that regard, Evangelical denominations are usually safe. Non-evangelical ones aren't.

What about Catholics? With Catholics, it depends largely on the individual congregation and its priest. Some Catholic congregations are steeped in tradition, sterile religiosity, and vacuous ceremony. I would advise everyone TO STAY AWAY FROM THOSE.

Others are vibrant, spirit-filled and Word taught. I was brought up Roman Catholic, so I know whereof I speak.

But wasn't the Roman Catholic denomination founded by Jesus, on Peter?

No, it was FOUNDED BY MEN, in the 4th century A.D., on religious ceremony and political expediency, long after Peter had died, and HARDLY EVEN RESEMBLES the original Church.

I hasten to add that I personally know MANY Catholics who KNOW JESUS CHRIST AS LORD, AND ARE SAVED... some in my own family.

But, whether they like what I'm saying or not, that is the truth.

If you know Jesus as Savior, and are being ministered the Word of God in whatever denomination, I'm not telling you to quit. All I'm saying is IT cannot save you.

ALL denominations, including the Roman Catholic, are man-invented. 

And ALL denominations, and ALL RELIGION will pass away and BE NO MORE (1 Corinthians 13:9; Revelation 17:16-18).

Therefore, NO ONE should TRUST THEIR DENOMINATION for Salvation.

Salvation isn't a denomination. It's not being a member of "this group" or "that group". Salvation isn't a sacrament or ceremony. Salvation isn't a thing. Salvation is a Person.

We should ONLY TRUST that Person for Salvation:

Jesus IS Salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

Our faith and our trust should be TOTALLY on Him:

NO ONE ELSE, and NOTHING else.

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2016

WHO NEEDS THE LAW?

“For without the law, SIN IS DEAD”.                             (Romans 7:8)

This verse COULDN’T BE ANY CLEARER:

“Without the Sinai Law, SIN IS DEAD”.

Question: if sin IS DEAD, WHO KILLED IT?

WHO KILLED SIN?

JESUS DID:

“For WHAT THE LAW COULD NOT DO, in that IT WAS WEAK through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, AND FOR SIN, CONDEMNED (SENTENCED TO DEATH, KILLED) SIN IN THE FLESH”. (Romans 8:3)

THAT IS WHY Jesus is NOT counting ANY sins against us:  (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Again:  JESUS is NOT COUNTING ANY sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Because HE NOT ONLY PAID FOR EVERY SIN EVER COMMITTED, by you, me or anyone else…  (John 1:29)

HE KILLED SIN!!!

He DESTROYED it!!!  (Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5)

He REMOVED SIN from us AS FAR AS the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12).

Jesus KILLED SIN.

The Sinai Law REVIVES sin.

Again: the Sinai Law RESURRECTS sin.

And sin is THE ONE AND ONLY THING the Sinai Law RESURRECTS from the dead.

Pause, take a DEEEEP breath, and THINK for a few moments about THAT.

The Sinai Law, therefore, NEGATES Jesus’ PERFECT, FINISHED Work of Redemption, because He went to the cross to KILL and FOREVER REMOVE sin, while the Sinai Law INSISTS on KEEPING SIN ALIVE.

… The VERY SIN that Jesus PAID IN FULL.

… The VERY SIN that Jesus DESTROYED.

Since Jesus KILLED SIN, THE ONLY THING THAT IS KEEPING SIN “ALIVE” is the Sinai Law.

The more the Sinai Law tells us NOT to sin, THE MORE SIN RESURRECTS AND REIGNS OVER us!

The MORE sin KILLS us!!!

“Once I WAS ALIVE APART FROM THE LAW; but WHEN THE COMMANDMENT CAME, SIN SPRANG TO LIFE AND I DIED.

I found that THE VERY COMMANDMENT that was intended to bring life ACTUALLY BROUGHT DEATH”. (Romans 7:9-10)

THAT IS WHY by the works of the Sinai Law NO ONE is justified (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).

NO ONE!!!

Because when SINS ARE COUNTED AGAINST US, we haven’t got a chance.

When sins are counted against us, we’re CONDEMNED.

THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED is for God NOT TO COUNT ANY SINS AGAINST US.     (2 Corinthians 5:19)

THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED is for God TO DECLARE US, by Grace, AS RIGHTEOUS AS HE IS.

THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED is for God TO GIVE US, BY GRACE, HIS VERY OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

So, WHO NEEDS THE LAW?

ONLY those who WANT TO RESURRECT sin.

ONLY those who want to have their sins COUNTED AGAINST THEM.

ONLY those who want to NEGATE Jesus’ PERFECT and ETERNAL Work of Redemption.

ONLY THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO BE ENSLAVED BY COMMANDMENTS, and REJECT God’s Grace and the FREEDOM of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:4)

That is why THOSE WHO LIVE UNDER THE Sinai Law today ARE UNDER A CURSE (Galatians 3:10).

That is why THERE IS ZERO Salvation under the Sinai Law.

ALL IT DOES is BRING BACK TO LIFE the VERY SINS that Jesus REMOVED!!!

ALL IT DOES is KILL YOU!!!

Come on, Adventists!  Come on, Church of God! Church of Christ, JW’s, Mormons, Christian Science, Sabbatarians…

Come on, Roman Catholics…

Come on Evangelicals!!!

Stop RESURRECTING SIN through “works” of the Law.

SIN IS DEAD.

Break free from bondage and STEP INTO FREEDOM.

John 11:25:

Rise from the dead, and CHOOSE Life:

JESUS is THE ONLY righteousness, JESUS is THE ONLY Salvation, JESUS is THE ONLY Life.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016

NO MORE CHILDREN –

PART TWO

Evangelicalism has taught the new birth as the “BE ALL, END ALL” of the Christian faith.

Being born-again OF THE SPIRIT, is THE MOST IMPORTANT experience anyone can have THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY.

It is ESSENTIAL in order to ENTER, or even SEE God’s Kingdom (John 3:3-5).

Since the born-again experience is what ushers us INTO God’s Kingdom, it’s THE BEGINNING OF the Christian journey.

IT IS NOT THE END.

THE END is when JESUS Himself MANIFESTS FULLY – and PERMANENTLY – IN US.

Those supposedly “in ministry” are FOCUSED on GROWING MATERIALLY AND BECOMING RICHER AND RICHER…

…to the ALMOST TOTAL NEGLECT of the inner man:

As long as we remain children in the inner man WE ARE CARNAL (1 Corinthians 3:3).

We HAVE DIVISIONS.

The inner man is Christ.

There is NO DIVISION in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:13; Ephesians 4:13-16).

When JESUS IS ALLOWED TO GROW and develop IN US – DIVISIONS IN HIS BODY DISAPPEAR.

When He (Jesus, the INNER SPIRIT man) is fully grown, we realize that we are ALL One in Him.

Our BORN-AGAIN SPIRIT, according to 2 Corinthians 3:17, IS JESUS.

Baby Jesus was NOT BORN ONLY IN BETHLEHEM 2,000 YEARS AGO.

BABY JESUS IS BORN IN US every time one of us RECEIVES Him into our innermost being as only God and Savior.

In the natural, IF A BABY STAYED A BABY all his/her life, we would consider that TOTALLY ABNORMAL.

And yet, the SPIRITUAL Body of Christ has remained “a baby”, IMMATURE and UNDEVELOPED for 2,000 FREAKIN’ YEARS!!!

And seems rather "content" about it.  It seems to have "settled" FOR THE COMFORTABLE MEDIOCRITY of just "not going to hell".

(I’m NOT angry when I say that, but surely you can understand my FRUSTRATION…)

We MUST FACE THE FACT that the NEW BORN-AGAIN SPIRIT MAN IS JESUS.

We MUST PAY ATTENTION TO THE INNER JESUS:  feed THAT BORN-AGAIN SPIRIT MAN, care for Him, and attend to His development.

Yet the Church TOTALLY NEGLECTS THE INNER CHRIST, as if He (capital “H”) didn’t even EXIST.

We are to feed that SPIRIT MAN (who is Jesus, the Word INCARNATE) the SPOKEN/WRITTEN Word of God each day SO THAT He will grow strong.

We are to EXERCISE HIM by MEDITATING God’s word until OUR SPIRIT MAN becomes A FULLY GROWN JESUS…

UNTIL HE FULLY MANIFESTS in/through us.

That’s why Paul said, SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING:

“WHEN I WAS A CHILD (inner man was a baby in Christ, the Christ inside was A BABY) I SPOKE as a child, I THOUGHT as a child, I UNDERSTOOD as a child…”

BUT – BUT – BUT…

WHEN I BECAME A MAN… (Jesus, Last Adam)

WHEN I BECAME A FULLY-GROWN, FULLY DEVELOPED JESUS…

What did you do, Paul?

I PUT AWAY childish things!!!

The Church BETTER GROW UP and STOP BEING children.

Brothers and sisters, it’s time TO GROW UP INTO JESUS and PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS.

JESUS NEEDS TO GROW IN US, UNTIL HIS LIFE, HIS IMMORTALITY SWALLOWS UP OUR MORTALITY:

THAT (1 Corinthians 15:50-55) is what the Rapture IS ALL ABOUT.

 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016

NO MORE CHILDREN

I can see why atheists, agnostics and skeptics THINK that the Bible contains contradictions.

If one reads Scripture SOLELY with the carnal mind, it often APPEARS that way.

The carnal mind, as Paul explicitly says, IS IN ENMITY WITH God (Romans 8:7).

 It does not understand the things of God.  The things of God MUST BE spiritually discerned, and revealed by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:15).

One such APPARENT contradiction is Jesus’ statement that UNLESS we become “as little children” we shall IN NO WISE ENTER God’s Kingdom (Matthew 18:3).

Then Paul says we are to be “NO MORE CHILDREN”. (Ephesians 4:14)

Huh?

Well, which is it?

In order to INITIALLY receive Jesus and enter His Kingdom we must become AS little children in the sense of HAVING THE TRUST, INNOCENCE and HUMBLENESS of a little child.

However, once we HAVE ENTERED His Kingdom (been born again), WE ARE NOT TO REMAIN “little children” in our SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

Again: We are to remain humble, innocent and TRUSTING “as little children” in order to ENTER God’s Kingdom, and even AFTER we’ve entered.

BUT… We’re NOT to remain “little children” IN TERMS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

Our born-again SPIRIT NATURE MUST BE NOURISHED DAILY with God’s Word.

Our born-again spirit man is to grow… and grow… and GROW…  UNTIL Christ Himself is FULLY FORMED IN us (Galatians 4:19).

Either that is true, or we are NOT His temple, nor His Body.

When Christ is FULLY FORMED IN us, His Body which is made of indestructible Spirit Substance will SWALLOW UP the flesh and MANIFEST ON THE OUTSIDE, as it was originally in Eden.

Paul calls it being CLOTHED WITH OUR HEAVENLY TABERNACLE (2 Corinthians 5:1-8).

At the moment, born again people have that spirit man ON THE INSIDE. 

He needs to GROW UP, so that He (capital “H”) can SHOW UP ON THE OUTSIDE.

He needs to DOMINATE the human trinity (the soul and body).

Problem is in 99% of Christians THE SPIRIT MAN HAS NOT DEVELOPED.

Thank God we at least achieved the born-again experience.

But our spirit man’s growth has been stunted by a combination of religious bondage, ministerial malpractice; greed-driven materialistic “leaders” WHOSE FOCUS is STUFF instead of Christ Substance…

And last, but not least, a bunch of lethargic, sleepy, bored and bloated virgins, EVER SEEKING to be “entertained” but never arriving at the KNOWLEDGE OF The Truth.

The wise ones HAVE OIL, thank God, but they’re NOT FOCUSED on MORE OIL, but just sitting around lazily, waiting for the Bridegroom to show up “one of these days” and zap them into the heavenlies.

Even SINLESS JESUS found it necessary to “GROW in Wisdom and stature and IN FAVOR with God and men” (Luke 2:52).

HOW MUCH MORE these sinful lumps of flesh?

Just like physical bodies need nourishment in order to grow, SO DOES THE SPIRITUAL BODY.

That is why God gave us apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, TO HELP US GROW SPIRITUALLY into a PERFECT, FULLY-GROWN Jesus:

…Into the measure OF THE STATURE (height) of the FULLNESS of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

Despite all our shortcomings…THAT IS what we’re PREDESTINED to become.

And NO ONE and NOTHING can stop it.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016

IF WE CAN’T BE HONEST WITH GOD

“…And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. ... ... FOR YOU ARE YET CARNAL: FOR WHILE THERE IS AMONG YOU ENVYING, AND STRIFE, AND DIVISIONS, ARE YOU NOT CARNAL, and walk as men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1, 3)

If we can’t be honest with God…Then we can’t be honest WITH OURSELVES, OR ANYONE ELSE.

This is what I find, time and again, even among Christians: TOTAL DISHONESTY.

They THINK (consciously or subconsciously) that they can “pull a fast one” on God, and GET HIM to do THEIR WILL.

They think, apparently, that God is “ruled” by human opinion.

Or that He’s conducting popularity polls in heaven, to see what His children “like” and then saying: “O.K. we’ll go with that”.

When God has told us ALL ALONG that He already ESTABLISHED the end SINCE THE BEGINNING.

Again:  God has already ESTABLISHED the end SINCE the beginning:

 I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I MAKE KNOWN THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, and from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I WILL DO ALL THAT I PLEASE.’ (Isaiah 46:9-10)

WHAT CHANCE does anyone have TO CHANGE WHAT GOD HAS ESTABLISHED?

Zero.

But these SELF-DECEIVED religionists THINK that THEY CAN CHANGE GOD’S MIND.

They DON’T CARE what Scripture says.

They show TOTAL DISRESPECT and DISREGARD for God’s Will: 

It’s ALL about what THEY want.

That’s why they watch our 100% Bible-based, IMPOSSIBLE TO REFUTE, 5-minute video Antichrist Quick & Easy and they’ll “vote it down”, as if THEIR DISLIKE could change pre-established ETERNAL Truth.

As if God was going to change His ETERNAL Word TO ACCOMMODATE THEIR WISHES:

“Oh, religious people want the Antichrist to be the Pope?  Sure… I’ll CHANGE MY WORD and make him Pope Francis”.

NOT HAPPENING!!!

They CANNOT produce ONE valid, Bible-based argument to refute the video, BUT they “vote it down” as if their stupid “vote” could change God’s Word.

They do the same thing with our video that PROVES – WITH THE BIBLE – the pre-trib Rapture, the videos that PROVE Saturday is NOT the true Sabbath, and others.

When we place OUR OWN WILL ABOVE GOD’S on ANY issue, that issue – I don’t care WHAT it is – HAS BECOME AN IDOL.

We can call them immature.  And THEY ARE.

We can call them stupid. And THEY ARE.

We can call them deceived. And THEY ARE.

We can call them rebellious. And THEY ARE.

We can call them IDOLATERS. And THEY ARE.

But what they are, more than anything else, is SUPREMELY DISHONEST.

If they CAN’T even be honest WITH God,

WHAT can the rest of Christ’s Body expect from them?

If they WERE honest, they would say: “look God, I DON’T LIKE what your Word says about this. I realize that I may not fully understand your purpose, but I wish, with my LIMITED understanding, that THAT were different:  however, NOT as I will, but AS YOU WILL”.

THAT is honesty.

THAT is following Jesus’ example.

If every believer HAD that attitude, IF EVERY ONE OF US WERE TOTALLY HONEST before God, I’m convinced that “divisions” among Christians would be far fewer, or altogether non-existent.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016

STOP THE PITY PARTY!

Every once in a while I hear from Christians who are at their wits end.

They feel TOTALLY DEFEATED.

They feel they "can't go on any longer".

They have sunk deep into depression, often to the point of being suicidal.

They don't  live. They VEGETATE.

Their existence has turned into a rut where all they do is get up, eat, go to the bathroom, do drugs, go to sleep.

Only to go through the same vicious cycle the next day, and the next, and the next...

They feel USELESS and that their lives have NO PURPOSE.

And every email they send is all about "poor me", "woe is me":

"I've no friends, no family, I WANT JESUS TO COME ASAP SO I CAN ESCAPE THIS DEAD-END EXISTENCE".

It's not that I'm insensitive. It's not that I don’t understand or can't sympathize.

It's NOT THAT I HAVEN'T BEEN where some of these people are.

It's not like I do not counsel or pray for these individuals and give them USEFUL, practical advice.

But let me tell you what they ALL have in common:

They are TOTALLY SELF-CENTERED.

They are SO WRAPPED UP IN THEMSELVES that ALL they ever think about is "me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me and ME".

NO!!!

It's ALL about Him, Him, Him, Him, Him, Him, Him and Him!

"Him" meaning JESUS.

THE REASON they feel "useless" and that their life HAS NO PURPOSE is that THEY'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR ANYONE.

Repeat: THE REASON they feel "useless" and that their life HAS NO PURPOSE is that THEY'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR ANYONE.

These individuals wouldn't feel SO BADLY if they were busy HELPING AND SERVING OTHERS.

Serving Jesus and helping others is THERAPEUTIC.

If nothing else it helps us forget about our own problems.

They need TO STOP BEING SO SELFISH. 

They need to take their eyes OFF THEMSELVES and focus ON JESUS.

Ask Jesus (IN EARNEST, FROM YOUR HEART) what He would have you do in the time we may have left on this earth.

Then LISTEN.

He never said to sit around smoking pot, doing drugs and feeling sorry for ourselves. He said TO OCCUPY UNTIL He comes (Luke 19:13).

My God, there are HUNDREDS of local nursing homes where elderly people would just love to get a visit from someone!

These poor folk who often feel forgotten would love to have someone show a little interest in them, talk to them for a while, ask them what they like, watch a little TV with them, or read them a book (great way to introduce them to the Bible, preferably the New Testament), bring them some cookies, or chocolates, or a few flowers, fluff their pillows, ask them how they feel...

You think that life stinks and that it's dealt you A LEMON...

You complain about WHAT YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH...

WHAT ABOUT JESUS?

To take off His glory and come to sinful world, full of stupid, selfish, SIN-INFECTED, UNGRATEFUL MORTALS, and then to be criticized and unappreciated, SAVAGELY LASHED, MOCKED, SLAPPED, His head perforated by THORNS, SPIT ON, AND NAILED to a cross.

As if THAT weren’t enough He took upon Himself THE SIN OF THE WHOLE WORLD.

And, then, SPENT THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN HELL ITSELF, during which satan and his demons THREW EVERYTHING THEY HAD – ALL THEIR SEETHING EVIL AND HATRED – AGAINST Him.

Give me a freaking break!

ANYTHING any of us may have been through is A PICNIC, A WALK IN THE PARK, compared to what our precious Lord endured!

Get busy SERVING Jesus and OTHERS, even if it means volunteering at a local soup kitchen.

And if you don’t want to leave the house, then JOIN OUR FAITHFUL TEAM OF INTERCESSORS and devote just 15 minutes a day to pray (with ALL you’ve got!) for Israel, and for the lost to find Jesus.

I guarantee you won't feel "useless", OR WITHOUT PURPOSE, any more.

You've COME TOO FAR to throw in the towel.

You have TOO MUCH TO LIVE FOR.

No matter WHAT this TEMPORARY life looks like, you have a GLORIOUS Destiny JUST AHEAD!

We are THE PRIVILEGED GENERATION that gets to SEE Jesus reappear and take us Home ALIVE!

Man, I wouldn't MISS THAT for the world!

How pitiful it would be for you TO MISS THAT MOST BLESSED EVENT because YOU COULDN'T TRUST JESUS for another day, week, month or year!

Spend all those HOURS thinking ABOUT Him, NOT YOURSELF!

Put your eyes on Jesus and DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS, BLESS others, and I promise the "pity party" WILL END.

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2016

CAIN’S OFFERING

WHY was Cain’s offering NOT pleasing to God?

Was it because Cain DID NOT TITHE, and “held back” more than 90% of his harvest?

That’s what the “word of faith” heresy teaches.

The answer is NO.  And I challenge ANYONE to produce ONE – JUST ONE – verse from the Bible that states such lunacy.

Was it because Cain brought his offering “from the ground which God had cursed”, as many propose?

HOW could that be the case when GOD HIMSELF COMMANDS Israelites TO BRING GRAIN, FRUIT AND PRODUCE – from that same ground – as offerings TO THE TEMPLE in Jerusalem? (Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:22; Nehemiah 13:12)

God’s Word TELLS US WHY:

ONLY BLOOD atones FOR SIN.  (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22)

NOTHING ELSE does.

“In the course of time” Abel brought an offering FROM HIS FLOCKS, which means that HE OFFERED ANIMAL BLOOD for his sin.

Hence, he WAS ACCEPTED by God.

THAT is the teaching that Adam and Eve passed down to their children (Genesis 3:21).  It had ZERO, NOTHING to do with “tithing”.

Cain DIDN’T OFFER ANY BLOOD -- hence his offering to God for sin was REJECTED.

Furthermore, GOD HIMSELF told Cain THAT was the reason his offering DIDN’T please Him:

“Then the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? IF YOU DO WHAT IS RIGHT (in context, offer animal blood like your brother), WILL YOU NOT BE ACCEPTED?

But IF YOU DO NOT DO WHAT IS RIGHT (offer blood for sin), SIN IS CROUCHING AT YOUR DOOR; IT DESIRES TO HAVE YOU, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7).

In other words:  Cain, your sins HAVE NOT BEEN COVERED, and you don’t rule over them, BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T do the right thing and OFFER BLOOD. 

Therefore, your sins HAVE STAYED ON YOU: IN FACT, SIN IS “RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR” and about to HAVE YOU.

THAT’S what was wrong with Cain’s offering!

It had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with tithing, which was UNKNOWN to mankind at the time.

Cain COULD HAVE repented, done the right thing, traded some of his fruits and veggies for one of Abel’s lambs, and offered its blood to atone for his sins.

Tragically, he did JUST THE OPPOSITE:

Upon hearing God’s words Cain GOT EVEN ANGRIER and I can almost “read” his thoughts: 

“Oh, so you want BLOOD, God?  Fine:  I’ll shed MY BROTHER’S BLOOD:  maybe HIS BLOOD will satisfy you, since you accepted HIS OFFERING, and NOT MINE”.

This explains Cain’s insolence, his defiant answer to God when He asks about Abel’s whereabouts, and his LYING to God, as if the Almighty could be fooled:

“Then the Lord said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel?  “I DON’T KNOW,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  (Genesis 4:9)

No wonder 1 John 3:12 tells us that Cain “BELONGED TO THE EVIL ONE (SATAN) and killed his brother”.

By the way, Adam, Eve, and their offspring KNEW WHERE there was gold and precious stones (Genesis 2:11).  Notice what they brought as offering to God: CATTLE AND PRODUCE.

No gold, no silver, no shekels, NO MONEY.

The FIRST SIN EVER COMMITTED – first by satan, then by man – WAS NOT TRUSTING GOD.

That is why SALVATION is by faith (trust). (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Salvation IS NOT by “tithing”.  It’s by GRACE, through TRUSTING Jesus.

These charlatans CLAIM to teach “faith” when in reality THEY PROMOTE FEAR:  “if you DON’T tithe, God won’t rebuke the devourer for your sake”.

WHEN THE BIBLE HAS SAID FOR 2,000 YEARS THAT JESUS ALREADY REBUKED THE DEVOURER FOR YOUR SAKE and DESTROYED ALL HIS WORKS!!!  (Colossians 2:15; 1 John 3:8)

We can’t rebuke the devil or TRIUMPH OVER HIM ANY MORE OR ANY BETTER THAN JESUS ALREADY DID!!!  I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH we CLAIM TO "TITHE"!!!

Out of ONE SIDE of their lying mouths these FALSE TEACHERS say “that God’s already done EVERYTHING He’s going to do about the devil” (that much IS TRUE).

Out of ANOTHER SIDE OF THEIR LYING MOUTHS, they say IF YOU DON’T TITHE GOD WON’T REBUKE SATAN for your sake.

WELL, WHICH IS IT?  BOTH CAN’T be true…

As you can see, their SELF-SERVING DOCTRINE CRUMBLES under BIBLICAL scrutiny.

This just goes to show TO WHAT EXTENT GREEDY RELIGIOUS LIARS WILL GO TO BECOME SUPER-RICH AT YOUR EXPENSE:

They will LIE THROUGH THEIR NOSES –

KNOWINGLY AND DELIBERATELY – if that’s what it takes!

They CONFUSE OTHERS – ON PURPOSE!!!

They utter sheer, UNBIBLICAL blasphemy!

May Jesus have mercy on their GREEDY, DECEITFUL souls.

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016

THE ACCUSER

Every time someone tries to get close to God, every time someone THINKS about giving his/her heart to Jesus, an evil creep called satan will put thoughts like these in your mind:

"BUT you had an abortion".

"BUT you cheated on your wife".

"BUT you cheated on your husband".

"BUT you stole that thing".

"BUT you've blasphemed Jesus".

"BUT you've practiced homosexuality"

"BUT you've been a bad father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, person".  

"BUT you belong to ___________religion".

“BUT you’ve committed the “unpardonable sin”.

"BUT you did _________".

BUT... BUT... BUT... BUT...

satan will come up with a long litany of "BUTS".

If you listen to satan, you'll NEVER give your heart to Jesus.

That's EXACTLY what the slimy bastard wants.

Forget all his "buts" (one "t") and KICK HIM IN HIS BUTT (double "t").

Jesus LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY.

He awaits with OPEN ARMS, TO FORGIVE YOU AND TO CLEAN YOU UP, no matter who you are, where you've been, OR WHAT YOU'VE DONE.  

TO ERASE EVERY SIN YOU’VE EVER COMMITED.

TO ERASE EVERY SIN YOU ARE committing.

TO ERASE EVERY SIN YOU WILL yet commit.

TO ERASE EVERY ONE OF YOUR SINS, PERIOD!!!

In John 6:37 Jesus PROMISED: 

"he that comes to me, I WILL IN NO WAY REJECT".  

We know Jesus is The Truth and that He CAN'T LIE. 

He LOVES YOU NOW, He'll RECEIVE YOU now, forgive you, cleanse you, erase ALL YOURS SINS, and even FORGET that you ever committed them!  (Isaiah 1:18; John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 10:17; 1 John 3:5)

Why would anyone listen TO THAT LIAR named satan, anyway?

STOP listening to the hater and LISTEN TO THE LOVER, WHO LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO DIE FOR YOU.

STOP listening to the loser and listen to the Winner.

         

 

Friday, February 19, 2016

NEWS & CHANGES

“Now THANKS be unto God, WHO ALWAYS CAUSES US TO TRIUMPH IN Christ, and makes manifest THE FRAGRANCE OF HIS KNOWLEDGE through us in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

As many of you noticed, we were recently FORCED off cyberspace for a solid week.

Our FORMER web host, with whom we had been for the past 11 YEARS, basically “pulled the rug out from under us” – SUDDENLY and WITHOUT WARNING.

 This meant that, ALL OF A SUDDEN, we were UNABLE TO PUBLISH ANYTHING, NOT EVEN A WORD.

For 11 years I have SUFFERED – and I do mean “SUFFERED” UNTOLD aggravation and frustration with their unreliability, TOTAL LACK OF INTEREST in resolving issues, their lack of professionalism, their TOTAL incompetence, and their overall and EXTREME mediocrity.

Heck, it took OVER 24 HOURS JUST to get a reply and learn (surprise!!!) that the publishing program we use ON A DAILY BASIS was “no longer available”.

Despite all this, because of the large content, and the massive amount of data that would need to be transferred, not to mention the work and expense involved in making the switch, I basically “sucked it up” and STAYED WITH THEM all those years.

The “reward” for my loyalty was what I just described above.

THIS was the last straw.

Adding insult to injury, they took it upon themselves to charge my credit card, WITHOUT MY AUTHORIZATION, WELL IN ADVANCE of the hosting renewal date, and WITHOUT EVEN BOTHERING to notify me of the charges.

Seeing how I would need to TRANSFER EVERYTHING ANYWAY – even if I chose to stay with them – I DECIDED TO END the suffering RIGHT THEN AND THERE and go elsewhere.

Their ONLY response was to offer me a substantial discount. 

I replied that I could no longer do business with them – AT ANY PRICE. 

I did manage to get a full refund for the unauthorized charges.

If it were just a matter of transferring the website content, I could have done it myself and been back on the web in a matter of hours.

Problem is if I did that, I would lose THE RANKING that I’ve worked so long and hard to get for the past 11 years.

When you Google “Christ connection” (praise Jesus!) we’re NUMBER ONE among 57 MILLION listings: When you Google “Word 4 Today” (glory to His Name!) we’re ALSO NUMBER ONE (among 43 MILLION listings), etc.

It would have been LIKE STARTING THE MINISTRY AGAIN “FROM SCRATCH”.

In order for that NOT to happen, and to affect the necessary changes, I had to hire my computer tech, who is also a dear brother in Christ, and work diligently with him so that everything would remain the same EXCEPT THE WEB HOST.

Meanwhile, while in transition, we were being flooded with emails inquiring about what happened that we COULD NOT ANSWER.  According to some more recent emails, MANY OF THEM BOUNCED and were returned.  We apologize for that.

We had to scramble to get everything back up ASAP.

For me, it has meant hard work, long hours, ADDITIONAL EXPENSES, and having to CRASH LEARN a whole new system of hosting and publishing.

Long story short: 

For you EVERYTHING remains the same.

For us EVERYTHING has changed, except the website’s URL address and content.

Therefore, although everything should look and feel the same TO YOU, please bear with us as we become more and more familiar and proficient with the new systems, INCLUDING OUR NEW EMAIL SYSTEM.

Again, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all who wrote expressing concern that something might have happened to me, or that this ministry might have come to a halt.

You may REST ASSURED that, if I ever stop “feeding His sheep” (meaning those sheep that are already in the fold, and those who AREN’T but ARE PREDESTINED TO MAKE IT IN) it’s because  SOMETHING MAJOR, and beyond my human control, has happened.

By the Grace of God, I intend to serve Jesus and you until the Rapture, or until Jesus takes me Home, whichever happens first – HOPEFULLY THE RAPTURE.

Jesus called me – PERSONALLY – to do what I do, and to minister what I minister.

I do not take His calling lightly.  In fact, the MAIN THING THAT KEPT ME FROM LEAVING THOSE LOUSY BASTARDS all those 11 years, the MAIN thing that made me put up with their ludicrous crap, is that I thought of Jesus, and you.

And in my heart and mind, He is WORTH IT ALL… and SO ARE YOU, my precious brothers and sisters, friends and readers.

Technology, as you know, does not come cheap, and neither do technicians.

Needless to say, that ALL THIS WORK, and ALL THESE CHANGES resulted in ADDITIONAL and UNEXPECTED EXPENSES, for which Jesus has, in His grace and mercy fully provided – EVEN THOUGH WE STILL DO NOT SELL ANYTHING OR RECEIVE DONATIONS (glory to His Name!!!).

I praise Him for His AMAZING faithfulness.

It is NO COINCIDENCE that this happened at THIS particular time: satan HATES being EXPOSED and we EXPOSE him, in oh SO MANY ways.

He hates Jesus, hates this ministry and hates me.

As usual, when he attacks, it’s not just in one area, but in SEVERAL areas AT ONCE.  Just ask good, old Job:

It wasn’t enough for the wicked creep to kill Job’s children, his servants, his camels, his sheep, and his cattle – ALL AT ONCE – but he also covered his head and entire body with painful and itching sores… and used his nagging wife and accusing “friends” to condemn poor Job, to boot (Job 1:13-18; 2:7-13).

Just like he and his demons MERCILESSLY GANGED UP on Jesus and ruthlessly attacked Him when He (praise His Name!) took upon Himself THE SIN of the whole world (Psalm 22:11-21).

God forbid that ANYONE, including myself, should have to ENDURE what Jesus, or even what Job endured, but this has been a multipronged attack: I’m only sharing the area THAT DIRECTLY CONCERNS YOU.

The “Good News” is that JESUS ALREADY WON.

Jesus ALWAYS WINS, and the devil IS THE BIGGEST LOSER that ever existed, and headed very soon for the abyss and (1,000 years later) FOR THE LAKE OF FIRE that he SO RICHLY deserves (Revelation 20:1-3,10).

The “Good News” is that, (GLORY TO JESUS!) Lord willing things should run A LOT SMOOTHER from now on.  Amen and amen.

The “Good News” is that, REGARDLESS of what happens in this realm, we GET TO SPEND ETERNITY WITH WONDERFUL Jesus.

And ETERNITY IS ALWAYS NOW.

Hallelujah!  Praise His Wonderful Name! Glory to our God and Savior RIGHT NOW! Glory to Jesus for ALL the eons of ETERNITY!

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016

70 WEEKS: VERSE BY VERSE

This is something I rarely do, but Daniel 9:24-27 is THE MOST IMPORTANT prophecy passage in the Bible and there’s TREMENDOUS confusion about it.

The “70 weeks” prophecy gives THE EXACT TIME of Jesus’ FIRST and SECOND appearing to Israel.

Consequently, it also gives us, indirectly, the GENERAL time of the harpazo (Rapture) of believers.

CONTEXT:

It is the 6th century B.C. Daniel is in Babylonian captivity.  He is aware of Jeremiah’s prophecy that Jews would return from captivity in 70 years (Jeremiah 25:11-12).

He sets himself apart to intercede for his people the Jews.  He begins by confessing their sins and acknowledging that THEY ARE THE CAUSE OF their captivity.

He makes supplication for God’s mercy on them and on Jerusalem (Daniel 9:1-19).

As he prays, the angel Gabriel comes to him to give him “skill and understanding” (Daniel 9:21-23).

Gabriel delivers the following message:

THE 70 “WEEKS”:

(VERSE 24)

“Seventy weeks are determined UPON YOUR PEOPLE and upon YOUR HOLY CITY, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

The 70 weeks concern HIS PEOPLE (the Jews) and their holy City (JERUSALEM).

The 70 weeks will:

1.        Finish transgression (sin).

2.        END sin.

3.        Bring RECONCILIATION FOR sin.

4.        Usher in EVERLASTING (ETERNAL) righteousness.

5.        Seal (as in “IT IS FINISHED”) THE VISION AND PROPHECY (Revelation 10:7).

6.       Anoint the Holy of Holies, which is NOT just a portion of the temple’s inner sanctum, BUT JESUS HIMSELF, “the ANOINTED One” or “Messiah” or “Christ”. He is the MOST HOLY ONE or Holy of Holies.

(VERSE 25)

25 “Know therefore and understand, that FROM the going forth of the word to return and to build Jerusalem TO Messiah Prince, SHALL BE SEVEN WEEKS, AND 62 WEEKS: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.”

 7 + 62 = 69.  Gabriel COULD HAVE and SHOULD HAVE said “69 weeks” INSTEAD OF “7 AND 62”.

The word “and” means “IN ADDITION TO”.

Therefore “there shall be 7 WEEKS IN ADDITION TO 62 WEEKS”.

Since THE PURPOSE OF the “70 weeks” is to predict the time of Messiah’s appearing to His people, the ONLY possible explanation FOR DIVIDING the 69 weeks into TWO sections of 7 AND 62 is that Messiah Prince will appear to Israel TWICE.

This is IN PERFECT AGREEMENT with the Word of God, which predicts that Messiah Prince (Jesus) WILL APPEAR TWICE:

Once TO TAKE AWAY SIN and reconcile us to God…

…And once to establish His Kingdom in Jerusalem, and RULE THE EARTH FROM THERE during the Millennium (Hebrews 9:28).

VERSE 25 CONTINUES: “The street shall be built again” (the MAIN street in Old Jerusalem is known as “the Cardo” (from the Greek for “heart”) and IT WAS REBUILT both in 449-437 B.C. during the 12 years that saw its reconstruction (Nehemiah 13:6), AND in the years following 1967-1988 which saw its SECOND RECONSTRUCTION.  Both reconstructions took place in "troublous times".

The other word in this verse is translated as either “wall”, “moat” or “trench”.  The Hebrew harutz can refer to a long, NARROW street, a trench, a channel, or any deep narrow passageway. 

There are SEVERAL of these long, narrow “channels” in the rebuilt Jewish Quarter.

Both details about main street (the Cardo) and the narrow lanes HAVE BEEN FULFILLED.

(VERSE 26)

26 “And AFTER 62 WEEKS shall Messiah BE CUT OFF, but NOT for himself:"

By PHRASING this statement in such a clever way`, Gabriel was saying THREE things:

1) That just like we should expect something SPECTACULAR AT THE END OF 62 weeks, we should likewise expect something SPECTACULAR AT THE END OF 7 weeks from Jerusalem’s rebuilding.

2) That “AFTER the (7 + 62) weeks which TOTAL 69 weeks, Messiah is CUT OFF”, as He dies. NOT FOR HIMSELF, but for the sin of the world…

3) AFTER the (7 + 62) = 69 weeks MUST MEAN that HE DIES “IN THE MIDDLE OF” the last (70th) week.

In fact, THAT’S EXACTLY what the following verse, verse 27, says.

Jesus died “IN THE MIDDLE OF” the (70th and LAST) week on Passover, EXACTLY 3 years AFTER the 69th week ended (Deuteronomy 31:10).

His death BOTH CONFIRMS (strengthens) the ETERNAL Abrahamic Covenant, which required a perfect, sinless Lamb to shed its/His Blood for remission of sins (Genesis 22:8, 13-14).

His Sacrifice causes “ANIMAL SACRIFICE and OBLATION (grain offerings and libations) TO CEASE”, since God NO LONGER ACCEPTS THOSE after accepting the SINLESS BLOOD of His Son.

VERSE 26 CONTINUES:  “And THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE THAT SHALL COME (Roman prince Titus, son of Caesar Vespasian, who came in 70 A.D.) SHALL DESTROY THE CITY (Jerusalem) AND THE TEMPLE; and its end shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

This happened EXACTLY as predicted.  Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple to such extent that “not one stone was left upon another” as Jesus had predicted (Matthew 24:2).

Historian Josephus, eye witness to the destruction, commented that it was so thorough that if he had not seen with his own eyes that a city had once stood there, he wouldn’t have believed it from the aftermath (Luke 19:44).

(VERSE 27)

27 “And he (in context, Messiah Prince) shall CONFIRM THE COVENANT with many FOR ONE WEEK: and IN THE MIDST OF THE (70th)WEEK he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations HE SHALL MAKE IT (the temple) DESOLATE, EVEN UNTIL THE CONSUMMATION (to the END), and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” 

Verse 27 is the verse that launched AT LEAST A THOUSAND Antichrist myths.

There is NO MENTION of Antichrist in this verse or, for that matter, ANYWHERE in the 70 weeks.

Verses 24, 25 and 26 clearly state the 70 weeks lead to THE CHRIST (Messiah Prince) NOT to the Antichrist.

Since verse 27 COMPLETES the 70 weeks, it must ALSO refer to Messiah Prince.

Verse 27 is also the verse that launched AT LEAST A THOUSAND FALSE THEORIES about a “7-year peace treaty” and a “7-year tribulation”.

There is NOTHING in this passage about a “7-year peace treaty”.

There is NOTHING – IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE –about a “7-year peace treaty”.

There is NOTHING in this passage – or IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE – about a “7-year tribulation”.

NOT ONE WORD!!!

These MYTHS about the Antichrist, the “peace treaty” and the “7 year tribulation” are all ORIGINALLY attributable to John Nelson Darby and C.I. Scofield.

I have sincere appreciation for both these men.

I’m certain they DIDN’T INTEND TO MISLEAD ANYONE.

They did their best with the prophetic revelation they had at the time (100- 175 years ago).

Jesus told Daniel that UNDERSTANDING of end-time prophecy WAS SEALED, WOULD REMAINED SEALED, and would only be UNSEALED and exponentially increase, as we got CHRONOLOGICALLY CLOSER to the “time of the end” (Daniel 12:4,9).

Therefore, I have NO PROBLEMS with Darby and Scofield.  I do have a bone to pick with the 20th and 21st century prophecy establishment.

They are the ones WHO TOTALLY OVERLOOK that these things were STILL SEALED one or two centuries ago.

They seem caught in an eschatological time warp and they PARROT Darby and Schofield MINDLESSLY AND IRRESPONSIBLY without ever bothering TO CHECK their THEORIES against Scripture.

These three fallacies about Antichrist, the peace treaty, and the 7-year trib, are ALL BASED ON ERRONEOUS UNDERSTANDING of “Daniel’s 70th week”.

The prophecy establishment insists the ENTIRE 70th week is still IN OUR FUTURE.

They fail to acknowledge that Jesus DIED in the MIDDLE OF THE WEEK, as verses 26 and 27 say, that He (not Antichrist) confirmed WITH MANY THE eternal Abrahamic Covenant with His death and Resurrection – RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE (Passover) OF THE 7-YEAR WEEK WHICH BEGINS AND ENDS ON SUKKOT LEAVING ONLY THE FINAL HALF OF THE 70TH WEEK (3 years) still in our future. 

This is CONFIRMED in Daniel 7:25; 12:7, 11-12; Revelation 11:3; 12:6, 14; and 13:5.

That’s 7 Scriptures, 8 if you throw in Daniel 9:27, THAT PLAINLY STATE the tribulation and reign of Antichrist last 3 years, AGAINST ZERO SCRIPTURES that say they last 7 years.

Let GOD be true and EVERY MAN a liar (Romans 3:4).

Period.  Case closed.  END OF STORY.

 

 

Praise Jesus, we're back!  Sorry for the inconvenience:  Should be smooth sailing from now own. My tech and I stayed up ‘til 3 A.M. last night trying to get back on cyberspace.  Needless to say, I'm exhausted and have a full day of work ahead.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the tremendous outpouring of love and concern.  I'll share more details later. Just give me a couple days to catch my breath (whew!).

Meanwhile, here's a nice message on Bible prophecy to kick things off.

Love you all,

Martel

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016

THE BEAST FROM THE SEA

“And I STOOD UPON THE SAND OF THE SEA, AND SAW A BEAST RISE UP OUT OF THE SEA, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” (Revelation 13:1)

One thing that has baffled me over the years is HOW LITTLE ATTENTION so-called prophecy “experts” PAY TO CONTEXT.

WHAT IS RULE #1 for understanding Scripture? 

CONTEXT!!!

Approximately of the earth’s surface is sea. Does this verse mean that the beast (Antichrist) can rise up FROM ANY PART OF THE ENORMOUS SEA THAT COVERS ALL BUT ONE-QUARTER of this planet’s surface?

NO.

Does “the sea” mean, as the prophecy establishment claims, “the sea of humanity”?

NO.  There is NO REASON WHATSOEVER to confuse the words “THE sea” (tes thalassos) with the term “many WATERS” (hydaton pollon) used in Revelation 17 which does symbolize “peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.” (Revelation 17:15).

There is no reason whatsoever to allegorize the words “THE sea”. 

Revelation 13:1 refers to THE LITERAL sea, AS PROVEN BY THE FACT THAT JOHN STANDS UPON THE SAND THEREOF.

An allegorical “sea of humanity” does not have “sand”. Just like the allegorical “many waters” in Revelation 17:15 have NO SAND.

This is kindergarten stuff.

WHERE was John when he SAW the beast rise “from THE sea”?

He was at Patmos.  (Revelation 1:9)

And WHERE is Patmos?

In the Aegean Sea.

Hence, IN CONTEXT, when John sees the beast rise up from “THE sea”, TO WHICH SEA is he referring?

To the Aegean.

He sees Antichrist rise FROM the Aegean sea.

And WHERE, EXACTLY, is the Aegean Sea?

It’s the sea that lies BETWEEN GREECE and Turkey.

Consequently, based ON THIS VERSE ALONE, the Antichrist MUST BE either Greek or Turkish:

 When we study OTHER passages of Revelation and the Book of Daniel, as well as Joel, we see, without ANY DOUBT OR AMBIGUITY, that he is Greek, indeed.

And yet we have DUMB PROPHECY “TEACHERS” pushing Roman Antichrists, Jewish Antichrists, European Antichrists, and Islamic Antichrists.

Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb…

ALL they are doing is SPECULATING.

The ONLY REASON someone SPECULATES is that THEY DON’T KNOW.

If they KNEW, they WOULDN’T speculate.

If they KNEW, they’d be able to PROVE who the Antichrist is.

They CANNOT name him, IF THEIR DUMB LIVES DEPENDED ON IT.

Furthermore, IF HE RISES OUT OF “THE sea” that means that HE CANNOT BE ON EARTH.

Again: if Antichrist RISES OUT OF THE SEA that means that he CANNOT BE on earth, as the prophecy establishment falsely claims.

And yet we have pretender after pretender after pretender, SELLING WORTHLESS books, CD’S and DVD’s about the Antichrist “being alive” somewhere on earth.

ON WHAT do they base such “sage” teaching? 

It’s what THEY “BELIEVE”.

Never mind they can’t give ONE verse of Scripture to support it – because there are none.

HOW the hell CAN he be “alive on earth” WHEN SCRIPTURE TELLS US, and has told us for the past 2,000 years, that HE RISES FROM THE SEA???

HOW CAN he be “alive on earth” WHEN SCRIPTURE SPECIFICALLY TELLS US HE RISES FROM THE ABYSS (which is located VERY DEEP in THE SEA)? (Revelation 11:7; 17:8).

HOW the hell CAN he be “alive on earth” living incognito somewhere in Europe or the Middle East, when Scripture HAS TOLD US PLAINLY – FOR TWO THOUSAND YEARS – that he is A FORMER KING who LIVED and DIED PRIOR TO 96 A.D.?   (Revelation 17:7-11)

Honestly, guys and gals, I DON’T KNOW WHAT “BI-BULL” these “experts” are reading.

I would be remiss if I didn’t make ONE FINAL point:

If the supposed “teachers” ARE DUMB – and WRONG WHAT DOES THAT MAKE THEIR FOLLOWERS???

DUMB-ER!!!!!!! 

And wrong-ER!

The ONLY thing at which these impostors are “experts” is TAKING YOUR MONEY.

WHY do you KEEP SPENDING MONEY ON LIES, when the Truth has ALWAYS been FREE?

 

Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to publish any messages from Tuesday, February 9th through Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

 

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016

 

TITHING IN EDEN

Was "tithing" practiced in Eden?

Did God teach Adam and Eve to tithe, and did they pass that teaching down to Cain and Abel?

According to certain "word of faith" preachers the answer is "yes".

According TO GOD, the answer is "NO".

The teaching in word of faith circles is that THE REASON man was forbidden to eat of the "tree of knowledge of good and evil" was because it was God's "tithe".

Since "tithe" means THE TENTH PART, or 10%, that would mean that God ONLY PLANTED 10 TREES in Eden.

Heck, I have more trees in my backyard!

Considering that there are approximately 2,000 species of edible fruit, we must ask: "IF THE OTHER 1990 TYPES OF TREES WEREN'T in Eden, WHERE THE HECK DID THEY COME FROM?

I'm being sarcastic of course.

That the forbidden tree was a "tithe" CONTRADICTS GOD, and would make Eden a rather paltry "garden" instead of the large, lush, perfectly irrigated Paradise described in Genesis and other Books of the Bible (Genesis 2:5-14; Isaiah 51:3; Ezekiel 31:9, 18).

But it gets WORSE:

Since this tree was (supposedly) "God's tithe", THE FIRST SIN EVER COMMITTED - according to this horrifying heresy - WAS WITHHOLDING "TITHES" FROM GOD.

Horror of horrors!

If I hadn't heard it with my own ears, I wouldn't have believed that someone who poses as "evangelical" COULD UTTER SUCH REPULSIVE TRASH.

This GROSS and DELIBERATE DISTORTION of Scripture -- by the very same people who CLAIM to "love the Word"-- caused me to turn the TV off right then and there.

Mankind was created in Genesis CHAPTER ONE, commanded NOT to eat of the forbidden fruit in Genesis CHAPTER TWO, and sin took place in Genesis CHAPTER 3.

The word "tithe" DOES NOT APPEAR in the Bible until Genesis CHAPTER 14.

Even then, it's not introduced as something done REGULARLY and habitually, BUT AS A SPECIAL - ONCE IN A LIFETIME - EVENT for Abraham.

NO ONE was commanded to tithe:

Adam and Eve WEREN'T - and DIDN'T.

Cain and Abel WEREN'T - and DIDN'T.

Abraham WASN'T - and DIDN'T.

Isaac WASN'T - and DIDN'T.

Jacob WASN'T - and DIDN'T.

NONE OF THEM PRACTICED "TITHING".

And these liars, who claim to be "people of the Word" CANNOT PRODUCE ONE verse of Scripture TO SUPPORT THEIR LIE that any of the Patriarchs tithed regularly.

NOT ONE!!!

The first time the tithe was COMMANDED was AFTER the Exodus, when God gave Israelites the Sinai Law (Leviticus 27:30).

The tithe was ONLY for natural Israelites.

The tithe NEVER consisted of money, but ONLY of cattle, grain and produce (Leviticus 27:30-32).

The tithe was ONLY RECEIVED BY Levites (Numbers 18:21).

Questions:

1. WHEN DID THE TITHE BECOME money?

WHERE IS THAT in the Bible?

2. WHEN did GENTILE Christians BECOME natural Israelites?

3. WHEN did a "WORD OF FAITH" PREACHER BECOME Levite?

4. "WHEN did GOD authorize him or her to RECEIVE "tithes" in His Name?

WHERE'S the Scripture for THAT heresy?

Oops!

According to a "world changing" preacher, Eve's error was in saying "the tree was not TO BE TOUCHED", when in fact it needed to be touched in order TO HARVEST ITS FRUIT and, presumably, present the fruit to God as His "tithe".

...And you should hear THE VERY DISTURBING "amens" coming from the TOTALLY BRAINWASHED AUDIENCE... WHO NEVER QUESTIONS what they hear or the MOTIVE behind it.

They also NEVER BOTHER TO CHECK THE BIBLE, to see if this false teaching checks out.

Where in Scripture do we find THAT?

NOWHERE!!!

WHAT a FREAKIN' LIAR!!!

WHY would there be "harvesting" in Eden?

Harvesting came MUCH LATER, as a result of sin (Genesis 4:2-3; 8:22).

After sin entered the earth, it brought decay to everything. Consequently, fruit and grain had to be harvested at specific times TO PREVENT SPOILAGE.

BEFORE sin entered the earth, THERE WAS NO NEED TO HARVEST ANYTHING, as FRUIT WAS INCORRUPTIBLE!!!

It didn't spoil. It wasn't harvested, and it didn't have "seasons". Trees produced fruit ALL YEAR ROUND (Ezekiel 47:7, 12).

If Adam or Eve wanted to eat any fruit, all they had to do is go to that particular tree and PLUCK IT.

These two-faced hypocrites are always saying we need to "study our Bibles" and then TEACH ALL SORTS OF HERESIES NOT FOUND IN the Bible.

There was NO TITHING in Eden.

And, I guarantee, NONE of these hypocritical preachers would appreciate you bringing them a pomegranate tree as your "tithe".

What they want is YOUR CASH.

 

 

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016

 

OTHER "WORDS"

Is the Bible THE ONLY Word of God?

Or are there OTHER "words"?

One verse often misquoted in that regard is John 20:19:

They CLAIM it says that "Jesus SAID many other things not written": the Truth is IT DOESN'T SAY THAT AT ALL.

What it says is that Jesus DID many other things on this earth that are NOT recorded.

There's a world of difference between "SAYING" and "DOING".

NOWHERE does it say that Jesus "SAID" MANY OTHER THINGS NOT WRITTEN in Scripture.

NOWHERE!!!

A similar statement is made in John 21:25:

"And there are also MANY OTHER THINGS WHICH Jesus DID, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen."

It says there are many other things that Jesus DID, NOT that "there are many other things that Jesus SPOKE".

That is why IT'S SO IMPORTANT to quote the Bible ACCURATELY - NOT WHAT "YOU THINK" it says, NOT what SOMEONE ELSE CLAIMS that "it says"...

But what it ACTUALLY says!!!

Those who CHANGE these verses in a feeble attempt to DETRACT from the Bible's GREAT IMPORTANCE and ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY do so because THEIR DOCTRINE CANNOT be supported by the Bible.

Again: THE ONLY REASON certain people TRY TO DETRACT from the Bible's ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY, is because THEIR FALSE RELIGION is NOT SUPPORTED BY the Bible.

If it WERE BIBLICAL, they wouldn't need to MINIMIZE the Bible's authority or its SUPREME IMPORTANCE.

If their false religion WERE BIBLICAL, they wouldn't need to ADD OTHER "BOOKS" to God's Word that were NEVER SPOKEN by Him, inspired by Him, or written by His saints.

If it WERE BIBLICAL, they wouldn't NEED TO ADD traditions of men, INVENTED by corrupt mortals, which, according to Jesus, INVALIDATE His Word (Mark 7:13).

God gave us His written Word FOR A REASON.

There is NO OTHER BOOK ON EARTH, OR IN HEAVEN, like the Bible.

It has withstood the test of time.

It applies to EVERY generation.

It has OUTLIVED all its critics.

It is ETERNALLY settled in heaven. (Psalm 119:89)

Because IT IS THE ONLY ETERNAL, WORD OF GOD, in written form.

Those in whose hearts His Word is written KNOW - beyond any doubt - that it is so.

Those in whom His Word is NOT written, have NO CLUE, and are only LOOKING FOR EXCUSES to cling to their dead religion.

Those in whose heart God's Word lives and is written are ETERNALLY SAVED (Romans 8:9).

And those who don't are headed for hell.

I wouldn't mess with Jesus, OR THE BIBLE.

 

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2016

 

THE REAL LAW

 

"THE LAW IS ONLY A SHADOW of good things to come-- NOT THE REALITIES THEMSELVES: For this reason IT CAN NEVER, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, MAKE PERFECT those who draw near to worship." (Hebrews 10:1)

God's Word says the Sinai Law CAN'T MAKE ANYONE PERFECT.

God's Word calls the Sinai Law "A MERE SHADOW".

These are God's words. They've been in His Book for 2,000 years.

Shadows are NEVER, EVER the real thing.

The shadow of a person is NOT that real person.

The shadow of a bicycle is NOT the real bicycle.

Even A CHILD knows that.

Hence, since the Sinai Law is, according to God who gave it, A SHADOW of THINGS TO COME, the Sinai Law CANNOT BE the REAL Law of God.

That's worth repeating:

God gave NATURAL Israel the Sinai Law.

If God, who gave them the Sinai Law, CALLS IT "A MERE SHADOW" - then THERE'S NO WAY the Sinai Law can be THE REAL Law of God.

This begs the question: WHAT IS the REAL Law of God?

What is THE ROYAL LAW of God's Kingdom?

Jesus TOLD US what it is: LOVE.

NOT HUMAN love, but LOVE OF THE DIVINE KIND.

Love, as in God Himself, WHO IS Love. (1 John 4:16)

God is THE FULFILLMENT OF His own Law.

God HIMSELF (Love Himself) IS the fulfillment of His Law (Matthew 23:37-40), because HE IS the Supreme Law IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.

Again:

God is THE FULFILLMENT OF His own Law.

God HIMSELF (Love) IS the fulfillment of His Law, because HE (Love) IS the Supreme Law IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.

There is NO HIGHER "Law" that God. 

There is NO HIGHER LAW THAN Divine Love.

Therefore, IF WE HAVE GOD IN US, there's NO LAW ANYWHERE against us.

If we have JESUS (God) IN US, the Sinai Law HAS NO EFFECT for us, and has NOTHING, ZERO, NADA to do with us.

Once we EXPERIENCE THE REAL, WE DON'T NEED THE SHADOW. 

If God, who is THE SUPREME LAW OF THE UNIVERSE, is FOR US --- WHO OR WHAT can be AGAINST us? 

This is what fear-filled religious legalists HAVE NEVER GRASPED.

Instead of TRUSTING God's Love (THE SUPREME LAW OF THE UNIVERSE), they FEAR His judgment.

And, as God tells us in the Book of Job: THE VERY THING THAT WE FEAR WILL COME UPON US (Job 3:25).

According to Revelation 21:8 ALL THE FEARFUL, AND ALL LIARS (who deny THE TOTAL, ABSOLUTE SUFFICIENCY of Jesus, who is THE Truth) will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

All legalists , all who want to "help" God save them, who diminish His Grace, who WANT CREDIT for all or part of "their own" salvation, are headed FOR HELL: and HELL IS REAL, whether they believe it or not.

Jesus spoke more about hell than He did about heaven.

And those in hell, unless they REPENT, will be cast into the lake of fire for endless eternity.

All legalists can be saved BY RECEIVING Jesus Christ into their hearts AS ONLY GOD AND SAVIOR and TRUSTING - TRUSTING - TRUSTING God who is LOVE to TOTALLY REMOVE ALL THEIR SINS (past, present and future) FOR ALL TIME, through the most precious sinless Blood of His Son (Psalm 103:12, John 1:29; Hebrews 9:12,26; 10:14; 1 John 3:5).

Those who TRUST God's Love manifested through Jesus Christ ARE ETERNALLY SAVED - NO MATTER HOW they act OUTWARDLY (John 3:16).

Those WHO FEAR God's judgment CAN ACT OUTWARDLY as "holy" as they want - THEY'RE HEADED FOR HELL.

Because, bottom line, THEY DON'T TRUST Jesus.

They have NO FAITH.

Please don't let this be YOUR FATE.

Please set YOUR RELIGION ASIDE and seek Jesus -- WITH ALL YOUR HEART.

Seek HIS TRUTH, which is THE ONLY Truth -- NOT "someone else's".

Amen.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016

 

TWO REVELATIONS

"Let no man deceive you... for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, EXCEPT there come THE DEPARTURE FIRST, and that MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, the son of perdition:

Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God...

And now you know what restrains THAT HE MIGHT BE REVEALED IN HIS TIME.

For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only HE WHO NOW RESTRAINS WILL DO SO, UNTIL HE BE TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY:

 And THEN SHALL THAT WICKED ONE BE REVEALED, whom the Lord shall consume with the breath of his mouth, and SHALL DESTROY WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING". (2 Thessalonians 2:3-8)

In these verses we read about TWO revelations of Antichrist.

In verse 3 Paul says that ‘THAT DAY" meaning the Day of the Lord's wrath or tribulation, WILL NOT COME UNLESS THE DEPARTURE takes place AND the man of sin (Antichrist) be revealed.

A few verses later, in verses 7 & 8 we read: "HE WHO NOW RESTRAINS (the Body of Christ) WILL DO SO, UNTIL HE (the Body of Christ) BE TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY:

And THEN SHALL THAT WICKED ONE BE REVEALED".

Did Paul say one thing, and immediately said ANOTHER?  Did he say the  Rapture can't happen (Church can't leave) UNLESS Antichrist has first been revealed in verse 3, and then that he won't be revealed until the Church (Body of Christ) is TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY?

Did Paul CONTRADICT himself?

No, yes, and NO.

There were TWO "revelations" of Christ and there are TWO "revelations" or "OUTINGS" of Antichrist.

Jesus was first revealed to the Church (Matthew 16:18).

Then, after Pentecost 34 A.D., He was revealed TO THE WHOLE WORLD. Praise His Name!

Likewise, Antichrist is first revealed to the Church, then to the whole world.

Jesus was first revealed as the Messiah (OR CHRIST) to His Church at Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13-20).

Then, after Pentecost 34 A.D., He was revealed as Christ (Messiah), God and Savior TO THE WORLD (Matthew 28:18-19).

So will Antichrist be revealed TWICE: FIRST TO THE CHURCH, BEFORE it "DEPARTS".

He will be revealed to the world at large, AFTER we've departed.

In my book Seed of Satan, I enumerate 33 characteristics of Jesus, THE Christ, that are mimicked by Antichrist.

And THIS ONE brings the total to 34.

The IDENTITY of Antichrist, PROVEN beyond dispute FROM THE BIBLE in my book Seed of Satan, has already been DISCLOSED TO THE Church ALL OVER THE WORLD. His identity has also been disclosed on our three websites in English, French and Spanish, and in our TWO Antichrist videos, published in 4 different languages on YouTube.

Antichrist has been revealed to the Church worldwide. At least to those WHO SINCERELY want to know the Truth, as revealed in God's Word, instead of TRYING TO IMPOSE THEIR OWN WILL ON God as if He were playing some sort of "guessing game".

All that remains is THE DEPARTURE of the Body of Christ to take place: and THEN Antichrist will be revealed for the second time (Revelation 17:8):

This time not to the Church, but TO THE WORLD.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2016

GOD, GIVE ME A MILLION DOLLARS

"You ask, AND RECEIVE NOT, because YOU ASK AMISS, that you may SPEND IT UPON YOUR LUSTS." (James 4:3)

"For the turning back of the simple will kill them, and THE PROSPERITY OF FOOLS WILL DESTROY THEM." (Proverbs 1:32)

In a recent message I said that there are NO "no" answers from God to born-again Christians who pray IN THE WILL OF God (in line with His Word), and IN THE SPIRIT.

My exact words were:

"His Will is expressed in His Word and confirmed by His Holy Spirit: As long as it doesn't contradict the New Testament, YOU GOT IT.

As long as the Holy Spirit (within you) DOESN'T throw a big, red flag in your heart, YOU GOT IT."

But that doesn't stop some very immature "Christians" from thinking they can manipulate God, or USE God to their advantage, like He has NO IDEA what their TRUE MOTIVES are.

Tch tch tch tch tch...

Poor fools...

WHAT is so wrong about asking God for a million smackeroos?

A better question is: WHY is THAT - of all the great things people and this world need -- THE FIRST THING that pops into your head when God says He'll answer your petitions?

It all boils down to MOTIVE.

Some people, Christians included, CAN'T HANDLE much money. If God KNOWS He can give you a million and YOU WILL USE IT WISELY, He'll give you 10 MILLION.

However, if THAT is THE FIRST thing someone thought of, that SHOWS tremendous SELFISHNESS and GREED.

And, it's absolutely certain that all they want is to SPEND EVERY DIME ON THEMSELVES and on their own SELF-SERVING WHIMS.

That's just like asking God to "make that guy or gal fall in love with me":

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVE in asking that?

Do you have genuine feelings IN YOUR HEART for him/her?

Clarification: just wanting to have sex  with someone DOES NOT QUALIFY as "genuine FEELINGS in your heart". 

Do you just want to sleep with that person and satisfy your lusts, then dump him or her after you get bored?

Are you HONESTLY seeking a GODLY relationship that will end in Christian marriage, mutual commitment and faithfulness?

Have you taken his or her FEELINGS INTO ACCOUNT?

They have FREE WILL, too: and they may NOT want you that way.

That's why God has set the two aforementioned CONDITIONS:

1. NOT violating the written Word.

2. And PAYING ATTENTION TO THE SPIRIT WITHIN:

The Holy Spirit CAN BE TOTALLY TRUSTED. He NEVER leads us astray. And He will make you uneasy about what you're asking if you're asking AMISS.

I know - from personal experience - since I was a babe in Christ once, that sometimes the Spirit throws a bunch of red flags, and we try to ignore them or, worse, SILENCE HIM, and superimpose OUR OWN WILL on His, ALL THE WHILE DECEIVING OURSELVES into thinking that "it's Him speaking to me and telling me it's O.K", WHEN IT'S NOT HIM AT ALL: it's YOU.

Now, pause and re-read THAT last paragraph.

God sets A THIRD condition, which I neglected to mention in that previous message:

HAVING HIS PEACE in your heart about that which you ask: ALLOWING HIS PEACE TO RULE your decisions and petitions (Colossians 3:15).

That means having TOTAL peace about it.   God DOESN'T say "no" to those who ask IN JESUS, with PURE motives.  Those who don't He simply IGNORES. 

Therefore, ALL OF GOD'S PROMISES are IN CHRIST "yes" and IN CHRIST "amen" (2 Corinthians 1:20). 

If we're NOT "IN Christ" when we ask, God still won't say "no".  He simply WON'T ANSWER.

We are NOT going to pull a fast one on God.

He knows the truth ABOUT EVERYTHING.

He knows us FAR BETTER than we know ourselves.

That is why we MUST BE HONEST with Him - and with OURSELVES -

ALWAYS!!!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2016

SPIRIT GIVER

WHY must each individual receive Jesus Christ into his/her heart as Lord, Savior and God?

WHY can't we be saved ANY OTHER way?

Because NOTHING ELSE, and NO ONE ELSE, can put God's Spirit back inside you.

Sin originated with satan, but it infected mankind in the Garden of Eden.

God and man WERE JOINED SPIRITUALLY and enjoyed perfect communion.

satan succeeded in SEPARATING the spirit of man from God's Holy Spirit.

He did that by deceiving the woman and getting her to act SEPARATE and INDEPENDENT FROM God.

Technically, she sinned when she ate the forbidden fruit. But sin itself was conceived in her THE MOMENT she SEPARATED HERSELF from the Spirit of God and DECIDED to act ON HER OWN.

When she SPLIT from God who IS Spirit, her own spirit instantly DIED.

Jesus is THE LIFE. Hence, all who separate from Him are spiritually DEAD ([John 14:6).

Consequently, all of us who are Adam and Eve's physical descendants, are born into this world SPIRITUALLY DEAD.

That's why the born-again experience is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY (John 3:3,5-7).

Because being born-again or born of the SPIRIT is the RE-UNION of our spirit with God's Spirit.

When we invite Jesus into our hearts, His Spirit enters and REJOINS His Spirit with ours.

Our spirit then REVIVES. We become, once again, One Spirit with the Lord as it was before man (Adam and Eve) sinned (1 Corinthians 6:17).

That's why NO RELIGION OR RELIGIOUS RITUAL can save you.

That's why no amount of 10 commandment keeping can save you.

That's why no amount of WEEKLY Sabbath keeping can save you.

That's why no amount of "good works" can save you.

Because NONE OF THESE can PUT GOD'S SPIRIT BACK INSIDE YOU OR RE-JOIN GOD'S SPIRIT WITH YOURS, SO YOUR SPIRIT CAN COME ALIVE([BE BORN) AGAIN.

That's why the New Testament refers to all of these religious activities as "DEAD works" (Hebrews 9:14).

That's why it takes A PERSONAL DECISION to RECEIVE Jesus, because it took a personal decision to SEPARATE from Him.

That's why THE ONLY WAY to be saved is to have God's Spirit ENTER AND LIVE PERMANENTLY in our spirits (Romans 8:9,16).

That's why THE ONLY ONE who can save us is the Spirit Giver.

 

There were no messages Sunday, January 31, Monday, February 1, or Tuesday February 2, 2016 due to technical problems.