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  1. I forgot to add: One might beg the question why Tyre and Sidon, or Sodom will not be excusable on Judgment Day if they were not shown the same degree of miracles that were demonstrated and performed in the sight of the unrepentant cities during the time of Jesus' earthly ministry. Scripture says that unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; anything beyond what God chooses to "reveal" to each man or women would nullify the requirement of "saving faith" (Lk. 12:48). Ignorance of the Truth is not an excuse to justify unbelief, and the greater extent of available information given to the unsaved, the greater the severity and degree of the punishment when retribution is given at the Great White Throne when the "dead" are judged according to the Righteousness of God and Christ (Matt. 10:15; 1:22,24; Mk. 6:11; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:29; Rev. 20:11-15).
  2. Hello Family of God, There will always be a debate as to whether a Genuine Believer can stop believing, or if someone who DOES NOT believe IN THEIR HEART can come to believe at some point in their life. The Bible makes it VERY CLEAR that there is Genuine Belief that can never fall away from TRUE FAITH, and a false belief or unbelief that stems from a hardened heart that will NEVER be persuaded of the Gospel Message and Salvation by Grace through TRUE FAITH. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is [CONDEMNED ALREADY], because he hath [NOT BELIEVED] in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18) The unbeliever is condemned ALREADY because he "hath not believed" (Grk. hoti me pepisteuken) in the name of the Only Begotten Son of God and His Propitiation for our sins. The Greek verb "believed" is in the [perfect tense], which denotes an action of permanency on the one performing the action; this is the irrevocable and unchanging "heart attitude" and sinful action of the unregenerate, or even as a false convert (Matt. 15:24-30; Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 5:17,22-23; 1 Jn. 2:5,16,19). It is [permanent] because this unbeliever is ALREADY CONDEMNED (before he/she actually gets sent there) to an Eternal Hell and Lake of Fire according to Jesus's own words, and the Scripture clearly teaches that Eternal Punishment is just that -- ETERNAL, and cannot be escaped once the sentence is given by God Himself and Christ. There is NO denying what the Word of God clearly teaches as shown. "But and [IF THAT EVIL SERVANT SHALL SAY IN HIS HEART], My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:48-51) The parable of the faithful and unfaithful servant gives an illustration of someone who "professes" Jesus as Lord, but in [HIS HEART] reveals an unbelieving attitude that will not be persuaded from that point on; the context also reveals that this servant is [EVIL], and his actions further prove this point (e.g., "he beat his fellow slaves, and he eats and drinks with the drunken"). You either TRULY believe in the Name of the Son of God and the Gospel message, or you DON'T; there is no straddling the fence on this most important issue (cf. Matt. 5:37; Jn. 5:24; 6:51; 14:21; Heb. 11:1; Rev. 21:8). "Ye are of [your FATHER the devil], and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:44-45) When someone is of their "father", it is implied that they have the SAME "nature" as him, and we see Jesus condemning the Pharisees as having the heart attitude of Satan (i.e., "unrepentant, liars, accusatory, etc."). It is crystal clear that Satan will NEVER repent, and even after being imprisoned in the Bottomless pit for 1,000 years, he is more angrier than ever before -- this is NOT remedial (Rev. 20:1-3;7-10). And if someone has the same nature as their Father (e.g., "the devil"), there's no chance in hell that they will ever repent, and granting them "more time" will not cause them to change their minds. The rich man in the parable of the rich man and the beggar did NOT repent, and he had the audacity to ask if Lazarus can cool off his tongue even after all the torment and neglect the rich man had toward him while alive on Earth. "Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because [THEY REPENTED NOT]: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes." (Matthew 11:20-21) "And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet [REPENTED NOT] of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:" (Revelation 9:20) "And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and [THEY REPENTED NOT] to give him glory." (Revelation 16:9) There will come a point in time where one will TRULY Believe in the Gospel Message and be saved, or PERMANENTLY reject it (i.e., "in their hearts"), and no amount of preaching can persuade them otherwise. There is the Eschatological Wrath of God poured out in the Great Tribulation, and there is the Wrath of God in Hell to those who will refuse to repent and turn to God and Christ for the Free Gift of Salvation; and in BOTH cases, these [children] of Satan (cf. Jn. 8:44-45; Col. 3:6) will NOT repent, even when God's Wrath is poured out upon them. This is why the Scriptures warn those who hear the voice of God tugging on their hearts NOT to harden their hearts, because tomorrow is not promised to anyone, and no one should lose this opportunity while there is still chance to avoid Hell and the Eternal Lake of Fire (Matt. 23:33; Jn. 1:23; Rom. 2:5; 2 Cor. 6:12; Eph. 4:18; Heb. 3:7-19; Jas. 4:14). God Bless!
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    Seventy Times Seven

    "For it is impossible for those who were once [enlightened], and have [tasted of the heavenly gift], and were made [partakers of the Holy Ghost], And have [tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come], If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." (Hebrews 6:4-6) There will come a point in every person's heart where they will NEVER repent and accept the message of the Gospel, and we see an example of this in the above passage when Jesus condemned the religious hypocrites for accusing Him of working miracles on behalf of Satan. Anyone who is willing to stoop that far shows that their heart may have been hardened; we see a parallel passage in Hebrews 6-46 and 10:26, where all available information is given to where there can be no further proof to convince such people to accept the Gospel message. The Pharisees had: Been Enlightened: (Jesus's fulfillment of the Old Testament through His preaching and teaching. cf. Lk. 4:15-21; Jn. 1:9-10; 8:24) Tasted of the heavenly gift: (Jesus tasted death for every man on the Cross; but this death does NOT continue on to this day as it was accomplished at Calvary). Been Partakers of the Holy Ghost: (The ministry of Jesus through healing, casting out demons, feeding the multitudes miraculously, etc., and then accused Jesus of being possessed by Satan and demons. cf. Matt. 12:22-32). Tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come: (Seen the undeniable miracles through the power and working of the Holy Spirit. cf. Matt. 13:3-9; Jn. 6:60-66; Acts 8:9-24). Such men and women cannot be brought to a state of repentance leading to Salvation if all of the above is rejected; Jesus illustrated this point in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31), where even if someone were to be raised from the dead to warn the unrepentant of the dangers of Hell and the Eternal Lake of Fire, they will not be persuaded (v. 31). These unrepentant sinners will NOT be forgiven even in the age to come because nothing more can convince or persuade them to a state of genuine repentance, and therefore there remains NO more sacrifice for sins if rejected since only Christ can atone for the sins of the World (Matt. 11:21; 12:32; Heb. 6:6; 10:26). "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is [CONDEMNED ALREADY], because he hath [NOT BELIEVED] in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)
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    Seventy Times Seven

    Hello Family of God, "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, [UNTIL SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN]." (Matthew 18:21-25) It was taught by the Rabbi's of Jesus's day that forgiveness was to be granted to those seeking forgiveness up to three times; this was taken out of Old Testament Scripture where God had forgiven the enemies of Israel only three times (Amos 1:3,6,9,11,13). Peter was attempting to impress our Lord Jesus Christ by taking it a step further with forgiving those who trespass against us up to seven times; but the Lord, even this was not up to God's standard of forgiveness. We must understand that God is Omniscient, and knows the hearts of every living being with a conscious (1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Kgs. 8:39; 1 Chron. 28:9; Ps. 44:21; 139:13; Prov. 21:2; Jer. 17:9-10; 20:10; Matt. 9:4; Lk. 16:15; Jn. 2:25; Acts 1:24; 15:8; 1 Cor. 4:5; Rev. 2:23). There are certain commands and instructions which come directly from the Lord Himself that no mortal creature can do in like manner: such as shaking the dust of your feet and condemning those who will not receive the Gospel upon their first rejection of it; for there is always the possibility that the Lord will draw such people to Him when the timing is right when the Gospel is ministered to the lost (cf. Isa. 55:11; Matt. 10:11-15; Jn. 6:44; 1 Cor. 3:6-8). "And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, [it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, NEITHER IN THE WORLD TO COME]." (Matthew 12:32) Does this mean that the Lord is reluctant to forgive those who know they have sinned against Him, and regardless if they beg for His mercy? Mercy and Forgiveness is granted to all who will "repent" of their sins before God, it is not granted to those who refuse to repent and continually reject the Gospel Message; for what is the point in doing so? What will this accomplish? It will only demonstrate that God is unjust for allowing sin to go unpunished, and we know that cannot be the case since God is the Most Holy and Righteous; He cannot overlook sin, so retribution must be doled out upon unrepentant sinners (cf. Prov. 28:13; Matt. 9:13; Lk. 5:32; 13:3; Acts 3:19; 17:30). God is always willing to forgive those who come to Him in Genuine Repentance and a Broken spirit, and the one who has been forgiven by God will manifest a heart of unlimited forgiveness towards those who have wronged them (Ps. 136; Matt. 6:14-15; 2 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13; Heb. 8:12; 1 Jn. 1:9)."For it is impossible for those who were once [enlightened], and have [tasted of the heavenly gift], and were made [partakers of the Holy Ghost], And have [tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come], If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." (Hebrews 6:4-6)
  5. Hello Family of God, Some JW's came to my door about 30 minutes ago and invited me to attend their meetings. We engaged in a discussion about the finished. Work of Christ on the Cross. He made an attempt to teach Salvation by works, and after refuting this false teaching with Scripture, he changed his mind, but he remain settled in his denial about the Deity of Christ. His name is Rene, and please pray for me that the Lord will grant him repentance and knowledge of the True Gospel and the True Christ. Please pray that the Devil will NOT snatch away that which is sown in his heart, and he will repent and turn to God and the True Christ for Salvation. God Bless!
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    Spirit Empowered Living

    Hello Family of God, "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for [the devil sinneth FROM THE BEGINNING]. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might [DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL]. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not from God, neither he that loveth not his brother." (1 John 3:8-10) All of us will eventually come to a fork in the road which will determine our Eternal Fate (Deut. 1:26-38; Josh. 24:15; Matt. 8:21-22; 16:24; Jn. 3:18; Heb. 3:7-19; 4:1-8); we must be ensured that the path we take is the correct one, because many will travel too far in the wrong direction at some point in their life and encounter pitfalls, thorn bushes, and ravenous birds, they can't seem to extricate themselves out of, and eventually towards the edge of a cliff to their own destruction. One must be settled in their hearts and consider the consequences of both good and bad life decisions. In the life of every man or woman, there are only two paths to take: the broad way, or the narrow way; and the exclusivity of the One True Religion of Christianity cannot be compromised in the least (Isa. 35:8; Matt. 7:13-14; Lk. 13:23-25; Jn. 6:40; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Jn. 14:6; Heb. 10:26). If one feels as if they have already taken the narrow path and cannot make any distinction from whence they were before up to that point, then perhaps they are continuing down that broad and wide gateway, and it may unexpectedly slam shut (cf. Ex. 10:20; Isa. 6:10; Prov. 14:12; 16:25; Matt. 21:32; Mk. 8:17-18; Rom. 2:5; Eph. 4:18; 1 Tim. 4:1-2). If sin is dominating your life, then I would suggest that you examine your pattern of living in light of what the Scriptures teach concerning the lifestyle of the fruitful and the barren; you want to make absolutely certain that your life is Spirit-led, and not the pull of the flesh and its sinful desires. In both the parable of the vine and the branches, and the parable of the sower, there are those who produce fruit, and there are branches that dry out because there is NO life [in] them. There are the results of Christian ministry that result in some bringing forth a harvest of thirty, sixty, and even a hundredfold; we find a parallel in 1 Cor. 3:8-15 where the fruits of ones labor in ministry yields results that remain (i.e., gold, silver, precious stones), and those done in vain as a result of not tending to the crops (i.e., "wood, hay, stubble"). The lifeline of every Christian is Christ the Vine (Jn. 15:5; Phil. 4:13; 1 Jn. 2:27), and if there is no connection to the vine, then the branch will continue to remain barren and eventually "cut off" and cast into the fire to be burned (Matt. 3:12; 25:24-30,41; Rev. 20:15).
  7. "Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come now. As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee. Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil. Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction." (Jeremiah 17:14-18)
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    Who is Like God?

    Hello Family of God, There has been so much humanism attributed to God, and much of the Bible concerning the nature of God has been misinterpreted by scholars and theologians as a result of applying the faculties of the limited mind of man in determining the eternal mind of God; especially when God Himself "decides" to respond or react according to His Divine Nature and Immutable Attributes. We see examples of this in Scripture where God seemingly acts in a way which appears contrary to His immutability, and this often leads to man as being the arbitrator when determining why God acted in the way which He did (cf. Gen. 6:6; Ex. 32:14; Isa. 40:13-14; 55:8-9; Jer. 18:8; 26:19; Job 38:1-18; Rom. 11:33-34; Rev. 3:5). "He who [OVERCOMES] shall be clothed in white garments, and I will [NOT BLOT OUT] his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angel." (Revelation 3:5) Can the name of one who has received Salvation through the most precious shed blood of Jesus Christ actually be ERASED from the Book of Life? A lot of tension and unwarranted quarrel has resulted from the finite minds of men who just can't seem to understand that God is NOT a MAN, even though they supposedly admit to it. Does God really need to open a book to make absolutely certain that the names of His redeemed are indeed written in it? Are the names in alphabetical order? Does He also have a 50 foot eraser to blot the names out of those who somehow "lost" their Salvation? Did this somehow catch God off-guard? Did He say to Himself, "I should have saw this coming, now I will have to erase Fred's name from this 800 ft book of mine because he lost his salvation. Now where is my white out?" Do you see this as a threat? Or do you see this as a promise? Do you have any ability to maintain your Salvation apart from God? Or do you understand that it is God Himself who KEEPS your Salvation secure? (cf. Eph. 3:20-21; Phil. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:5). This isn't let go and let God, or an excuse to sin habitually; TRUE Grace from God leads to godliness and Christlike characteristics, and a reciprocal Love for Him (Jn. 10:27-28; Tit. 2:11-12; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Jn. 3:9; 4:8,19-21). NOT BLOT OUT (Grk. ou me exaleipso) is in the future tense, and it is in the active voice; moreover, this places double emphasis on God Himself in NO WAY ever removing the name of the individual who has been written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the Foundation of the World; it is God ALONE who declares the END from the BEGINNING, and He accomplishes all that He pleases, and no one can tell Him that He has done injustice on The Earth (Matt. 6:8; 10:30; Acts 2:23; 4:27-28; Isa. 42:9; 44:7; 46:8-10; 57:15; Jer. 23:24; Ps. 115:3; 139:4; 2 Tim. 2:19; Rev. 13:8; 17:8; 21:6). "And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life [FREELY]. He that [OVERCOMETH] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:6-8) God promises NOT to BLOT OUT the names of all who OVERCOME the world and its system of evil, and He promises that this is FREE to those who receive it by His Grace given to them by God Himself. Eternal Life is given FREELY by Grace through Faith, and it is the Spirit of God who guarantees Victory to all who are in Christ; these are the redeemed who Overcome the World, and Scripture is replete with references to all Genuine Believers as Victorious in Christ (Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14; 1 Jn. 2:13; 5:4-5; Rev. 2:7,11,17; 2:26; 3:5,12,21). The verb tenses in the Greek regarding those that "believe" show that this faith is "ongoing" as a result of the new birth, and even death itself cannot separate the faithful from God (cf. Jn. 10:11-18; Rom. 5:5-11; 8:35-39; 1 Cor. 13:13; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 3:17-19; 1 Tim. 1:14). "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for [THOU SHALT DIE, AND NOT LIVE]. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, [I WILL ADD UNTO THY DAYS FIFTEEN YEARS]." (Isaiah 38:1-5) How does God communicate to Hezekiah that he would live for 15 more years when Hezekiah was told that he would soon die through the mouth of a prophet? God obviously knew hat Hezekiah would plead with Him to extend his life, and yet God told him that he would soon die! What is going on here? What's going on here is God communicating on a level where the finite mind of man can understand God's ultimate counsel and decree which was ALREADY set in motion from Eternity past; and even such revelation given through the mouth of a "man" named Isaiah was not fully understood by Hezekiah at the time it was given. In Closing: "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8) "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6) We've all heard this proverb before, but do we truly understand what it is attempting to convey to us? Is God required to give us an "explanation" as to why such and such a thing occurred the way it did in our lives? The paths in the lives of His children are indeed led by the Spirit of God, and it is not always understood why the wind blows in the direction that it does; it cannot be fully understood, nor can it be controlled by us, but we can see its effects, and the works of the Spirit are also clearly evident and undeniable in the lives of those who Truly belong to God and have been born-again. We are to acknowledge that His ways are perfect, even if we feel tempted to question, why? For the simple reason that He knows our hearts better than we know our own hearts, and He has set in motion the plans that He has determined beforehand (cf. Prov. 16:9; Rom. 8:28; Eph. 1:4-5; 2:10; Phil. 1:6; 4:19). "And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." (1 John 3:19-24) God Bless!
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    A remnant

    Hello Family of God, My heart grieves over the lost who are deceived and led astray by the cares of this world, its riches, enticements, and earthly pleasures which result in spiritual decay and ruin. Worldliness (e.g., "gambling, bars, nightclubs, wealth, sensuality, physical attractiveness, lusts, etc.,") has crept into the hearts of many "professing" Christians and are now leading them down the broad way towards ultimate destruction and eternal condemnation in the Devil's world which will one day pass away along with all its lusts (cf. Matt. 7:13-14; 24:37-39; Lk. 12:15-20; 15:13; Eph. 2:3; Col. 4:14; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; 2 Tim. 4:9-10; 1 Jn. 2:15-17). If you're struggling with carnal desires and worldly appetites and cannot seem to overcome them, then you may want to ask yourself if you have truly been born-again. There will be MANY who attend their local church and listen to the preaching of their Pastor's sermons each Sunday who will be rejected by the Lord Himself at the day of Judgment; this is why every one professing to be [in] Christ is commanded to "examine" themselves (Matt. 7:21-23; 2 Cor. 13:5; 2 Pet. 1:10-11). In the life of every Christian, there should be: Repentance from all sins. An increasing hatred towards sin. An increasing Faith and Trust in the Lord. An increasing sorrow and remorse over your sins when committed. An increasing hatred for carnal and worldly things. An increasing desire toward holiness and godliness (i.e., "to hunger and thirst after righteousness"). An increasing desire to please the Lord out of Love for Him. An increasing desire to serve others before yourself. An increasing desire to be fed from the Word of God. A desire to fellowship with other True Christians. Spiritually maturing in Christ and the Christian fruits (e.g., "Love, Joy, Peace, Self-Control, etc."). Loving God and Jesus Christ above all else (including self, and willing to die for Him if necessary).
  10. Hello Family of God, What God has revealed to His chosen people is contained in Holy Scripture; However, there are mysteries hidden in secret which God Himself will not disclose at this present time (Deut. 29:29; Dan. 2:22; Mk. 13:32; Lk. 8:17; 1 Cor. 4:5; 13:12; Eph. 1:9; Col. 1:26; 1 Tim. 5:24-25; Rev. 10:4). We want to make absolutely certain that if anyone claims to have "hidden or secretive" knowledge that is NOT revealed in the Word of God, that we are to examine such claims utilizing hermeneutics and careful exegesis, and with every precautionary measure available to us. Scripture has to be understood in its context (i.e., BOTH cultural and historical), as CONTEXT IS KING; systematic theology and authorship of the books contained in the bible should also be employed to attain the perspicuity of biblical interpretation concerning the Totality of Scripture and its meaning. "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath [REVEALED THEM TO US BY HIS SPIRIT]: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10) This passage cited by our beloved brother Paul is taken from Isaiah 64:4, and it is often misinterpreted by many bible teachers and Pastors who interpret this to refer to the unimaginable beauty, splendor, and wonders of Heaven that awaits all who love the Lord. This is NOT what this text is referring to as the context clearly says that this is a "revealed" truth and wisdom from God which is not understood by the natural man; this is a TRUTH which is both objective and verifiable, and the unconverted man cannot rationalize this with his eyes, ears, or his mind. Only the Holy Spirit of God can illuminate the minds of fallen man to understand the depths of the treasures concerning the Wisdom and Knowledge revealed in His Word (Matt. 13:11-15; Rom. 11:25; 1 Cor. 2:14-15; Eph. 3:3-7; 1 Jn. 2:27). "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." (Romans 11:33-36) What God has revealed to His children through His wisdom, knowledge, and judgments are precious and indispensable truths which surpass any human understanding (cf. 1 Sam. 2:3; 1 Kgs. 8:39; Job 5:9; 9:10; 26:14; Ps. 36:6; 44:21; 104:24; 147:5; Dan. 2:20; Eph. 3:10; Rev. 7:12). His Eternal purposes and Divine Decrees will be fulfilled as He is the Sustainer of all things in existence (cf. 1 Cor. 8:6; 15:28; Eph. 1:23; 4:6; Heb. 2:10).
  11. Hello Family of God, "Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, [God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble]. [Submit] yourselves therefore to God. [Resist the devil], and he will flee from you. [DRAW NIGH TO GOD], and he will [DRAW NIGH TO YOU]. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. [Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord], and he shall [LIFT YOU UP]." (James 4:5-10) One of the first things mentioned on the local news was about avid movie-goers bidding up to $10,000 for a ticket to watch a pre-screening of this movie. There are people who are dying of starvation who would give an arm and a leg for a piece of fruit, and this is the level of selfishness that is spreading throughout this world. I had to separate myself from some of my "friends" who claimed to be Christians, but are now living a life of worldliness, habitual carnality, and pornography addiction. I love them, and I pray for the Salvation of their souls; however, none of us can afford to live like the rest of the unbelieving world, or the hypocrites who attend church only to live like hedonists the rest of the time. These types of false converts we often see in the church visible are those where the Gospel has never taken "root" within them, and as a result, their souls are parched, and there is no fruit-bearing in their lives at all, and they are self-deceived, believing that their "church membership" is their "get out of hell free ticket" to Heaven (Matt. 13:21; Mk. 4:11-12; Jn. 3:3; 12:40; 17:17; Rom. 8:7; 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:14; 15:1-4; Jude 4). Why are there so many Christians confused as to what direction God wants them to move in their lives? As with all illusionist's, the Devil is very adept at misdirection; his subtlety and craftiness has led "self-professed" Christians groping in the dark and working their way through life unguided by the light of life (cf. 2 Sam. 22:29; Ps. 27:1; Jn. 8:12; 12:46; 2 Cor. 4:4-6). God does not abandon His children as human fathers sometimes do, especially in a time as now where moral decline (e.g., sexual deviancy and immorality, lacking natural affection: such as abortion, and wives having authority over their husbands and women pastors, etc.) is diminishing. If God seems afar off in your life, it is because you are distracted by the cares of this world and shortsighted, and this ought not to be so.
  12. Hello Family of God, "Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And [he was speechless] (i.e., "this person was without excuse", as he was given more than enough time to "respond" to the Invitation; cf. Isa. 1:18; 55:1; 2 Cor. 6:2; 2 Pet. 1:10-11; Rev. 22:17; et al). Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:8-14)
  13. "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:34-36)
  14. *Light*

    Overcoming Sin

    Hello Family of God, "Little children, [let no man deceive you] (Grk. medeis planato humas; present imperative -- i.e., "do not let anyone keep on leading you to be deceived"): he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:7-8) Those who "profess" to be in Christ and walk in continual disobedience by denying that they are guilty of such are eating sour grapes, and it will eventually reap a harvest when the sickle of the Wine of God's Wrath is unleashed if not TRULY repented of. I will be discussing the cardinal doctrine of sin (Hamartiology) as an exhortation to flee immorality in these final days leading to the Glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Col. 3:4; 2 Tim. 4:1,8; 1 Jn. 2:28; 3:2; et al). This topic of sin will be divided into subsets so as to give greater clarity and exposition on what the Holy Scriptures teach about it, and how Christians ought to apply this vital doctrine in their lives to live a life pleasing and honorable to the Lord, and to Give Him, and Him alone the due Glory He deserves from us. Please excuse my extremely poor grammar and punctuation errors. I will begin with: BORN FROM ABOVE AND FILLED WITH DIVINE LOVE:
  15. Hello Family of God, We are living in perilous times where many are those who are self-deceived into believing that they are saved, and are children of God; but they have failed to do a self-examination of their fruits. What sort of fruits are you producing? Do you possess Divine and Unconditional Love? Do you LOVE your enemies and pray for them? So many claim to do such, but the LORD knows their hearts and see them for the hypocrites that they truly are. "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to [the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience]: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of [the flesh] and of [the mind]; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." (Ephesians 2:1-3) The Greek noun "air" (Grk. aeros) refers to the dense atmospheric regions where there is air traffic. Jesus said that all people belong in one of two categories: the children of Satan (cf. Jn. 6:70; Acts 10:38; 13:10; Heb. 2:14; 1 Jn. 3:8-12; Rev. 20:10), or the children of God (Matt. 5:9; Jn. 1:12; 8:44; Rom. 8:14-16; 2 Cor. 6:18; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 1:4; 2:10; 5:1; 1 Pet. 2:10; 1 Jn. 2:28; 3:1,10; 5:1-13). "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom [the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not], lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) The god of this world literally has unbelievers on a leash whether they realize it or not; and they are the ones who are under the mind controlling power of the devil and his host of agents who dwell in the heavenly realms, and even some below the earth. Satan entices the lost with sinful desires that appeal to the flesh, eyes, and pride of oneself; however, it is far more complex as a result of the innumerable amount of subsets that fall into these categories. It is the heart, soul, strength and mind in which the devil is out to conquer in the lives of those who reject the Gospel Message (Gen. 3:1-19; Matt. 16:22-24; Lk. 22:3; Jn. 13:27; Acts 5:3-4; 8:9-25; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; 1 Tim. 6:9; Eph. 2:1-3). "And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, [The first of all the commandments is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with [all thy heart], and with [all thy soul], and with [all thy mind], and with [all thy strength]: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:28-31) "He that [hath my commandments, and keepeth them, HE IT IS THAT LOVETH ME]: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." (John 14:21) It is only through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that anyone is able to do the above; for without it, one would follow the course of this world and its system of wickedness and sensuality. The desire for carnal desires being fed with the mind and unregenerate spirit of man must be replaced with a new heart and its longing to please the Lord with not only our minds, but with our heart, soul, and strength as well. Heart: (Grk. kardias) Soul: (Grk. psyches) Mind: (Grk. dianoias) Strength: (Grk. ischyos) The combination of these nouns is used to convey the sense, "every single part of you" In the Bible, "heart" and "soul" are synonyms, with the former concentrating on the inner person (where spirit and mind connect). "Mind" can also be used for the internal person (since it's impossible to separate out our emotions); "strength" refers to applying oneself to loving the Lord. Together, these provide a powerful command to love the Lord with all we are. This passage is not, however, illustrative of "biblical anthropology", that is, the Bible's teachings about how man is constituted -- the opposite in fact: it takes an understanding of those things to process this passage."Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because [GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, than he that is in the world]. [They are of the world]: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. [We are of God]: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." (1 John 4:4-6) It is impossible for anyone who loves God can love the world at the same time. The Love of God is in contrast to the the love of the world system; i.e., if anyone truly Loves God and Christ, he/she will hate the world and its system (e.g., "the lust of the flesh, eyes, and the pride of life"). If you are not in opposition to that which is against God and His Eternal Truth, then you are for the world, and not against it and its ideologies (cf. Matt. 4:1-25; Jn. 15:19; 17:11,14; 2 Cor. 10:4-6; Eph. 2:2; 6:12-13; 1 Jn. 5:4; Rev. 12:9). "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." (John 15:19) When Jesus Christ returns to set up His Kingdom on Earth, He will send out the reapers (angels) to gather His elect from every nation around the world. These reapers are spirit beings who are the original sons of God, and they are able to distinguish the wheat (True Christians) from the tares (false converts) by knowing who possesses the Omnipresent Spirit of God which they are able to see. Those who are devoid of the Spirit are gathered collectively and separated from the elect, and the unbelievers will be cast from the presence of God and into a furnace of fire at the end of the age to be tormented for all of Eternity (Matt. 13:39-42; 24:31; 25:31-33,41; 2 Thess. 1:6-7; Rev. 14:15; 20:11-15). God Bless!
  16. [The Condemning power of the Tongue]: "And I saw three unclean spirits [like frogs] come out of [the mouth of the dragon], and out of [the mouth of the beast], and out of [the mouth of the false prophet]. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." (Revelation 16:13-14) It has been suggested by some that the frogs represent the sliminess of these unclean spirits, and that may be true; but frogs [leap] to cover distance quickly with force and speed. The "mouth" is a metonym for speech as employed in the passage quoted above (Rev. 16:13). These wicked spirits (the unholy trinity) use the power of their tongues to spew forth deception and disseminate their lies to the rest of the world leaders through their speeches (cf. Prov. 15:28; 18:20-21; Matt. 12:34-36; 15:11; Lk. 6:45; Jas. 1:26; 3:6-8; 1 Pet. 3:9-11); and then these world leaders will go on to spread the lies and deception fed to them by the unholy trinity to the rest of the unbelieving world. Out of their mouths shall they vomit out abominable speeches from the deepest pits of the abyss, and as a result, the fires of hell will devour these insidious beasts and those who follow their pernicious ways (Jer. 23:16; Matt. 7:15-20; 24:24; Acts 20:28-30; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; 2 Pet. 2:1-2; 1 Jn. 4:1-6). "And [the tongue is a fire], a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that [it defileth the whole body], and [setteth on fire] the course of nature; and it is [set on fire of hell]." (James 3:6) The word "hell" used here is the Greek noun Gehenna. It is taken from the Old Testament during the reign of Josiah, who put a stop to child sacrifices being offered to Moloch. Gehenna is also referred to as The Valley of Hinnom where they would dump garbage, dead bodies of criminals, and other refuse to keep the fire burning. It was filled with maggots that fed on the corpses of the dead, and this is why Jesus used the word Gehenna in comparison to the Eternal Lake of Fire. Those who are cursed to Everlasting Punishment will be given a body of corruption and ruin when they are resurrected to face the Supreme Judge. Unlike the physical Gehenna, the of condemned will face Eternal Conscience Torment (i.e., "their worm"; cf. Isa. 66:24; Mk. 9:48) as a result of their professing hatred towards God. The power of the tongue can either justify or condemn one to Eternal Punishment or Eternal Life; and even calling someone a "fool" (Grk. moros; i.e., "empty headed or moron") can result in condemnation (Matt. 5:22; 12:37). "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are [ungodly] among them of all their [ungodly] deeds which they have [ungodly] committed, and of all [their hard speeches] which [ungodly] sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and [their mouth] speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage." (Jude 14-16) The evil in this world today has increased exponentially since the time Christ ascended to the right hand of God on high. It is apparent that Satan was working through human agents to accomplish his purpose, and one of them was to put a stop to the Messiah coming into this world to save sinners (e.g., Pharaoh, Herod, etc.). Hitler attempted genocide in order to put a stop to the 144,000 which are described in the book of Revelation. A high ranking demon possessed Hitler as he spoke with a voice other than his own, and through his oratorical mastery, he has deceived MANY to Eternal ruin and destruction (the vociferous lies proceeding out of the mouth of Hitler; i.e., "his words and speech used to deceive many"). The supernatural forces of darkness have been at work since Time immemorial through the exploitation of human agency given over to Satan, and even directly from Satan himself (Gen. 6:5-6; 12:1-3; Esth. 3:12-14; Matt. 4:9; 16:22-23; 1 Jn. 3:12; Rev. 12:17). "They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with [their tongues] they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under [their lips]: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Romans 3:12-18) God Bless!
  17. It is the ignorance of human reasoning that has led many to reinvent God according to their "man-made" concepts and ideologies (e.g., "how can Two or Three persons possibly be One?"). God is not obligated to respond to anyone with a finite mind, but He already has silenced the ignorance on man's part so it may not be repeated. He Answers Job with Questions . . . seems odd, right? or is it? Job was the most righteous man in his time, but even faithful men who draw near to God find themselves asking, Why? Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast UNDERSTANDING. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together? Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat. Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve? Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth? Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? Seems quite redundant, right? Apparently not, because we still have atheists and doubters of Christianity who stubbornly refuse to accept the Truth for what it's Worth. There are many Christians who accuse the Eternal God and His actions as "unreasonable" (e.g., "the why and why not?"), and yet none of the questions from God can be applied to the one who questions the Eternal Mind of God. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9) Where did the idea that God is One in Being AND person? The idea that God MUST be One Person is a concept invented by evil entities, who then put it in the mind of men and women who do not know the True God REVEALED in Holy Scripture. Interestingly enough, it is the enemy who have persuaded and deceived many to believe that God is NOT Triune, but Unipersonal. He has it backwards (deliberately), and sadly, this false assumption that God is one person has crept into the minds of willing victims who act as a mouthpiece for the enemy. If we have three distinct persons who share the same unchanging and Divine Attributes, then they are ONE in BEING, and [ETERNAL IN THE PAST AND FOREVERMORE] (cf. Mic. 5:2; Jn. 8:58; 10:30; 17:5,24; Heb. 13:8; Rev. 1:8,18; 22:13). "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." (Proverbs 6:16-19) If God is your heavenly Father, then the things in which God hates, you ought to hate also. So what does God detest? "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." (Proverbs 6:16-19) Haughty Eyes (Winking) A Lying Tongue (Crooked Speech) Hands (Finger Pointing) Heart (Devising Evil) Feet (e.g., cf. Job 1:7) False Witness Discord (Division within the Body of Christ) God Bless
  18. Hello Family of God, The Love of God has been distorted with the influence of false ideologies, theories, speculations, philosophies, and erroneous deceptions and lies from none other than Satan himself. The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unregenerate as if they were taken captive by the Devil's Will and imprisoned (Gen. 3:1; Jn. 8:44; 2 Cor. 4:4; 10:3–5; 2 Thess. 2:9; Rev. 20:7–8). Some have even suggested that any form of physical discipline is a type of "abuse" – and this cannot be any further from the Truth. Abuse is the lack of responsibility and neglect to discipline or chastise our children. Albeit, physical chastisement can teach our children discipline, it is not to be limited to just that. Every Father ought to know that chastisement is a form of discipline, and to do without it would not only demonstrate carelessness on the part of the parent, but a lack of wisdom and understanding on child development (Deut. 11:19; Prov. 1:8-9; 13:24; 22:6,15; 23:13-15; Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:20; 2 Tim. 3:14-15). If even imperfect human father's know how to discipline their children, then certainly the Father of Lights knows how to PERFECTLY discipline and chastise His own children in His Family. It is often been said that if children of God fail to learn after being chastised by their Heavenly Father, then the chastisement may be more severe the next time around. This again is a faulty assumption based on humanistic reasoning of the finite mind of an imperfect man. If God "fails" to get it right the first time around, is it because His children somehow caught Him off-guard? Did He not see it coming? Will He say to Himself, "I should have been more severe in chastising one of my children. I’ll try better the next time around." ? "And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart." (Genesis 6:6) God is NOT a MAN! Was God somehow WRONG when He created man in His image? Many theologians and bible teachers have made egregious errors in the Nature of God based upon failure to take into account that God is not bound by or subject to the laws of the Universe in which He Himself designed. His Immutable Attributes (i.e., "Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence") must always be factored in when He acts upon anything and everything. Prophecy is God proclaiming what has ALREADY taken place in the Eternal Mind of God The Almighty. Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omnipresence are inextricably linked. The One who yields ALL POWER would also mean that He must also be All-Knowing and All-Seeing at the same time. Even the "elect" angels are not always privy to the Sovereign acts in which God Decreed and Foreordained in Eternity Past; but they are nonetheless COMPLETELY SUBMISSIVE to ALL His Commands without questioning Him in the slightest. "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For [MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS], neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as [the rain cometh down], and [the snow from heaven], and [returneth not] thither, but [watereth the earth], and [maketh it bring forth and bud], that it may [give seed to the sower], and [bread to the eater]: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but [IT SHALL ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH I PLEASE], and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isaiah 55:6-11) The Discipline of God the Father is "corrective" discipline (Deut. 8:5; Ps. 94:12; Prov. 3:11-12; Eph. 5:1; Heb. 12:5-11). Discipline and chastisement from God the Father are not the SAME. Punishment is not the word to be used when the chastisement and discipline brought upon any of His children is implemented; for Jesus Christ Himself bore the penalty for our sins on the Cross when Divine Punishment was placed upon Him to bear in the darkest hours of His life. Hell and the Eternal Lake of Fire is not remedial, and those who end up there are those who have permanently hardened their hearts. Do not assume that chastisement or discipline from God the Father is immediate, or will take place during a particular time frame. Even the consequences of sin in the lives of God's beloved children are used by the Father of lights as a means for spiritual growth and development, and conformity to the image of His Son. There is also training in the form of persecution (Jn. 15:1-17; Rom. 8:13-14,29-30; 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:8-10,18; Eph. 1:3-5; 4:13; 1 Pet. 4:12-14). Other forms of discipline and chastisement is for preventative and corrective purposes, so we do not make the same mistakes over and over again. Job was accused of having hidden sins from his "friends", and that it was a punishment from God. They had failed to understand that this was a form of discipline and a form of training (Job 42:5). Jesus allowed Satan to sift Peter as wheat, and this produced character and strengthened the Apostle for the persecution which would lie ahead in his ministry . . . and eventually giving up his life for the sake of the Gospel (Lk. 22:31-34; Jn. 21:18-19; 2 Cor. 2:11; 1 Pet. 4:12-19). In Closing: If you are NOT being chastened by God then it is a sure sign that you are NOT saved; and this is a stern warning to anyone who may NOT be experiencing any form of discipline or chastisement at all. If the Love of God dwells in you, then one of the ways in which God’s Love is manifest is through His Discipline. Lack of any chastisement from the Lord indicates that one is devoid of the Spirit of God; and this would also mean that you are under the controlling sphere of influence of the prince of the power of the air, and are part of the world system (Eph. 2:2; 1 Jn. 2:15-17). Either that, or you are walking in near complete obedience to His Commandments; and if that is the case, then you are extremely blessed by God. Furthermore, if you are walking in complete obedience MOST of the time, then your chastisement will be even more severe when it comes your way, because none of us are perfect (cf. Prov. 3:12; Lk. 12:48; Heb. 12:4-11; Jas. 3:1; 4:17). Sanctification is a certainty in the lives of anyone who is in Christ Jesus our Lord, and it will come in the form of chastisement, discipline, and persecution through suffering physically and mentally; but do not lose heart, for God is at work in you, and it will yield fruits of everlasting righteousness and joy unspeakable in the World to Come (Phil. 2:13; 3:10; 4:13; 2 Tim. 3:12). “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) God Bless!
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    Eternal Life

    God is Invisible, and He has revealed Himself in Holy Scriptures, and to a greater extent by the Incarnate Word. Faith is a MUST in order for True Worshipers to Worship God in Spirit and in Truth; and this not only includes the correct understanding concerning the Person and Deity of Christ, but to accept the Inerrancy of all Scripture as Divine Inspiration. There is "external" evidence which points to "Inescapable" FACTS that cannot be denied (e.g., "incriminating or [INDISPUTABLE EVIDENCE]" before a judicial system); then there is Faith, which is the Hope which True Believers know will be fulfilled; and the EVIDENCE of that which cannot be seen with the human eye alone. To claim to have "faith" in God and yet waver in your belief concerning God is deficient faith since Biblical [Faith] is [Evidence] (i.e., "they are indisputable FACTS"; cf. Mk. 9:23-24; Heb. 11:1; Jas. 1:6). Not only that, this "unseen" EVIDENCE is GREATER in power than that which is external, because this power source comes from the One who yields ALL POWER (Matt. 17:19-20; Phil. 4:13; 1 Jn. 4:4; 5:5). "He that [believeth on him] is [NOT CONDEMNED]: but he that [believeth not] is [CONDEMNED ALREADY], because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18) Only the Lord knows His own, and He knows who truly believes in Him or not. Those who [SAY IN THEIR HEART] (cf. Ps. 14:1; Prov. 4:23; 10:11; 24:12; Matt. 12:34; Lk. 6:45; Heb. 4:12) are those who either Truly Believes or Believes NOT. There is NO once having Truly Believed in the Gospel Message, and at a later time in their lives no longer believes (i.e., "to say or NOT to say in one's HEART"). This is found all throughout Holy Scripture, because it is the internal and immaterial aspect of man which "reveals" what such person "believes" in their heart (Gen 17:17; Ps. 15:2; Jer. 5:24; Obad. 1:3; Mk. 11:23). Furthermore, such denials stemming from the heart of a person leads to a hardening of their heart; this is why the Word of God warns those who refuse and reject the Gospel Message to repent of their sins and surrender their lives to the Lord (Isa. 6:10; Jn. 12:40; Rom. 2:5; Eph 4:17-19; Heb. 3:7-9; 4:5-7). "For [by thy words] thou shalt [be justified], and [by thy words] thou shalt [be condemned]." (Matthew 12:37) "But and if that evil servant shall [SAY IN HIS HEART], My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:48-51) "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of [one pearl]: and [the street] (Grk. ha plateia) of the city was [PURE GOLD], as it were [transparent glass]." (Revelation 21:21) The noun "street", although in the nominative singular form, is used in the plural in other passages in Scripture (cf. Matt. 6:5; 12:19; Lk. 10:10; Acts 5:15). The "street" mentioned in the above verse cited is describing the Principal street of The Eternal City. The gates of the City are not to be interpreted as "pearly" gates, rather the gates themselves ARE 1,500 mile high pearls according to the measure of man. "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because [your names are written in heaven]." (Luke 10:20) "And the wall of the city had [TWELVE FOUNDATIONS], and in them [the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb]." (Revelation 21:14) Several notable theologians have actually considered that even the name of Judas the Treacherous Betrayer may be one of the names written on one of the foundations of the Eternal City. This is an impossibility, because NOTHING defiling, abominable, or anything considered impure in any way will exist in the Eternal City of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:5; 2 Tim. 1:9; Heb. 12:14; Rev. 21:27; 22:15). These are the twelve apostles OF THE LAMB; and Judas did NOT belong to Jesus, nor was He ever saved (Jn. 17:12). Judas had [NO FOUNDATION] as he built his house on SAND, and the consequences led him to an irreparable disaster as he crumbled under the weight of his sinful desires (Matt. 6:24; 7:26-27; 1 Tim. 6:9-12; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; et al). "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone [A NEW NAME WRITTEN] (Grk. onoma kainon gegrammenon [perfect passive participle] -- i.e., "") which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." (Revelation 2:17) "Let [NOT] your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. [I go to PREPARE A PLACE for you]. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3) These mansions (Grk. monai -- i.e., "dwelling places or abodes") are being prepared (Grk. hetoimasai -- aorist infinitive; i.e., "to make ready") as a Bride who is to be married to her Husband (cf. Rev. 21:2). God the Father will send forth His Son to gather His Bride and take her to the Father's House (i.e., "The New Jerusalem"), and the Holy Spirit is purifying the saints so that the Bride will be preserved spotless and blameless upon the Bridegroom's Return (cf. 1 Thess. 5:23; Jude 1:24; 2 Pet. 3:14; 1 Jn. 3:3). The Eternal City is described as a Radiant GEM with the Glory of God (e.g., "a Pure Diamond"). This marriage vow from the Bridegroom to His PURE BRIDE is Eternally Secured with a PURE GEM likened unto the Purest Diamond (i.e., "The Multifaceted Eternal City"). [END OF PART 2] The Bible uses "gold" in reference to a refiners fire. The purification of gold is through the process of burning off the dross through intense heat or by fire, and the results are that the impurities are removed (Zech. 13:8-9; Mal. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:7; Rev. 3:18). If the impurities are not removed, then there can be traces of lead or copper, among other unwanted dross; and no one needs lead poisoning in their lives (cf. Ps. 12:6; Isa. 1:25; Jer. 6:29-30; 9:7; Dan. 12:10; 1 Cor. 3:13; Jas. 1:12; 1 Pet. 4:12-13). Even the gold found here on this Earth is not "pure" in the most absolute sense of the word; this is why there has to be a NEW heaven and a NEW Earth, so there will be no trace of sin or corruption ever again. Satan and his minions have not only polluted and corrupted this world, but he has defiled even the cosmic regions (cf. Rom. 8:22; Eph. 6:12). Not only are the appearance of the streets in the Eternal City pure gold, they are transparent and not opaque. Many Bible commentators and theologians have surmised that this is mere symbolism, and the golden streets with the appearance of transparent glass is not to be taken literally. The Eternal City is not fully understood by the mind of fallen man; nor can "flesh and blood" inherit the Kingdom of God (Rom. 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:50). The streets are transparent, and so is The River of The Water of Life, which Source and Sustainer is both God and the Lamb (cf. Matt. 5:6; Jn. 4:13-14; 7:37; Rev. 7:17; 22:17). "Blessed are the [PURE in heart]: for they shall [SEE GOD]." (Matthew 5:8) No human being can stand in the Presence of the Lord God Almighty; for to do so would result in death (cf. Ex. 33:20; Judg. 13:22; 1 Cor. 15:50). God cannot look upon sin, and His Holiness demands retribution for all sins committed against Him, and the wages of sin is death (Hab. 1:13). Now this is not to say that because God cannot "look" upon sin, that He is not cognizant of the wicked deeds of sinful men and women (Jer. 23:23-24; Heb. 4:13). Satan himself had a "meeting" with God so that he might accuse Job as being obedient only because of the Divine Favor God has bestowed upon (Job 1:6). To "look upon sin" is not to be taken literally; otherwise you would have a direct contradiction, because Jesus most assuredly in the "Presence" of sinners (Isa. 7:14; 8:8,10; Matt. 1:23; Jn. 1:14), and most of us should know that there are NO contradictions in Holy Scripture. It is ONLY through the precious shed blood of Christ Jesus are we able to come boldly to the Throne of God and petition Him concerning our spiritual needs (Dan. 12:10; Acts 20:28; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:20; Heb. 9:14,22; 10:19; 13:12; 1 Jn. 1:7). Jesus is God Incarnate, and yet He dwelt among sinners of all sorts; but He never refused those who came to Him in Faith in what He was able to accomplish in their lives. Understand that no mortal creature can enter into the Third Heaven, let alone stand in the presence of God; and it is only through the glorification of the bodies of the redeemed are they able to enter the Eternal City. This is one of the reasons why Paul wrote: "But as it is written, [Eye] hath not seen, nor [ear] heard, neither have entered into the [heart] of man, the things which God hath [prepared for THEM THAT LOVE HIM]." (1 Corinthians 2:9) "For as [the Father hath LIFE IN HIMSELF]; so hath he given to [the Son to have LIFE IN HIMSELF]; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. [MARVEL NOT AT THIS]: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." (John 5:26-29) Only the Living ONE who IS LIFE can GIVE LIFE to ALL whom He Chooses. Are you living for LIFE ETERNAL? Those who are cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb are ALIVE NOW as we speak, and will rise to ETERNAL LIFE, then shall they behold the meaning of LIFE to its fullest. Do not grow weary, and take HOLD of Eternal Life (Rom. 2:7; Gal. 6:9; 1 Tim. 6:12). "And [THIS IS LIFE ETERNAL] (Eternal is the duration, and Life is the quality), that [they might know] thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3) [END OF PART 3] In Closing: "And there shall be [no night there]; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for [the Lord God GIVETH them light]: and they shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 22:5) The face of Moses was Illumed as he returned from Mount Sinai after his meeting with the LORD (Ex. 34:29-30; Matt. 17:1-3). The fullest manifestation of the shared Glory of the Father and the Son will no longer be veiled in the Eternal State, and this Glory which proceeds from the Father and the Son will give Light to the redeemed with blazing radiance as God and the Lamb will be their Light for All of Eternity. The Family of God will walk in the Light (i.e., "in Truth and Holiness"; cf. 1 Jn. 1:5-7), and the Light of God and the Lamb will [literally shine] throughout, as the redeemed of all the ages will also shine forth from the Light that God and the Lamb will Give to them (Dan. 12:3). The gates of the Eternal City will remain open for all of Eternity, for all evil will have been done away with. No more threat of evil as Satan and his children will be in the Eternal Lake of Fire, and they will Forever be banished for all of Eternity. "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for [the glory of God did lighten it], and [the Lamb is the light thereof]. And the nations of them which are saved shall [walk in the light] of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be [NO NIGHT THERE]. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:23-27) The Lord God will be their Light as they also [walk in the Light] of the Eternal City (cf. Dan. 12:3; 1 Jn. 1:7; Rev. 21:24). The glorified body is not merely flesh and bones, it is a SPIRIT BODY. That is, the Spirit of God will give LIFE to the redeemed (at the Resurrection of the Just) who are sealed by Him, and these shall rise to Immortality, and it will be designed for perfect praise, honor, and worship to the Lord for all of Eternity (1 Cor. 15:44-49; 2 Cor. 5:1; Eph. 1:13; Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 3:4; 1 Jn. 3:2). "And he shewed me a [PURE river of water of LIFE], [CLEAR AS CRYSTAL], proceeding [out of the throne] of God and of the Lamb." (Revelation 22:1) This PURE river of the water of LIFE not only symbolizes purity and a new quality of life, it gives drink to the redeemed. This LIVING water flows from the Source and Giver of All Life, and this flows endlessly from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The Glorified Spirit body is required to fully comprehend this higher level of reality in the Eternal State (1 Cor. 2:9; 13:12). The Lamb's Book of Life contains the names of all the redeemed throughout all the ages who have washed their robes in the Blood of The Lamb.
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    Eternal Life

    Hello Family of God, [True Worship from the Heart, The Absolute Holiness and Purity of God, The Giver of Life, and The Eternal City]: I want to mention from the outset that there isn't much time left before the Coming of the Lord for His Bride. Nothing else matters if you have not made peace with God through His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone, and every man or woman must be Absolutely certain that they are indeed a child of God; for the Lord God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (cf. Ezek. 18:23; 33:11; Jn. 5:24; 2 Cor. 13:5; Heb. 3:7-8,15; 2 Pet. 1:10; 1 Jn. 3:14). But the hour cometh, and now is, when the [TRUE] worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. [God is a SPIRIT]: and they that worship him must worship him in [SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH]." (John 4:23-24) The literal Greek reads, "God [is] Spirit", not "God is [a] Spirit." Offering fruits or external "gifts" to false deities (e.g., "buddhism or hinduism") is NOT the type of Worship Jesus is referring to in the above passage. Offering gifts to a corpulent idol or statue that cannot even hear or respond to what you have to say is VERY disturbing. The religious hypocrites of Jesus' day were only concerned about how others would perceive them based on their "outward" image. They "appeared" righteous unto men, but inwardly they were full of corruption, adultery, robbery, and lacking any "True Life" (i.e.,"dead mens bones"; cf. Ezek. 37:1-14; Matt. 23:27; Jn. 6:63). It is the human spirit and the heart of True Worshipers that is desired by God, and not merely external religious rituals or the keeping of ceremonial laws (1 Sam. 16:7; Ps. 19:14; 44:21; Jer. 17:10; Matt. 5:8; 22:37; Mk. 12:30; Heb. 10:22; Rev. 2:23). These religious hypocrites desired the praises of men rather than living in a manner pleasing to our Lord (cf. Lk. 20:46); this is NOT worshiping God in Spirit and in TRUTH. The Lord is not pleased with those who conceal their sins with external works, and He knows their hearts better than they themselves know them. Those dressed in religious garb usually use it as a cloak of maliciousness (1 Pet. 2:16). The Lord wants YOU as a sacrifice of obedience to Him, and FULL submission to His Divine Will in your life. The literal meaning of the word "Islam" means submission, and Satan wants nothing more then for you to FULLY SUBMIT to his lies as he counterfeits the One True God. This "submission" is NOT obedience, it is a grand deception to have his followers to do whatever he commands them to, and WITHOUT questioning him no matter what; and he even dangles a carrot of carnality to get them to oblige without a hitch. The HORRORS and TERRORS that await such "devoted" followers of the god of Islam when they give their lives up and utter their final words, "god is great." Indeed, they will most certainly discover that God is Great, that is, the ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD as He condemns them to hell and the Eternal Lake of Fire. Not only that, the god of Islam and his army (human or nonhuman) will also be cast into the Lake of Fire to be tormented day and night, forever and ever (cf. Jer. 10:11; Matt. 25:41; Jn. 8:44; Rev. 20:11-15). "And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and [they rest not day and night], saying, [Holy, holy, holy], LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." (Revelation 4:8) Every creature in Heaven will give Praise and Worship to The Eternal God by using the Threefold Trihagion (i.e., "The Thrice Holy God"), accompanied with the Purest Joy Unspeakable (1 Chron. 16:29; 20:21; 1 Sam. 2:2; Ps. 29:2,99; 96:9; Isa. 6:3). This is not an implicit reference to the Trinity, but rather it is a summation of the most salient attribute of God. The Seraphim are enveloped in utter ecstasy as they cease not Extolling The Only One who is Worthy of Worship. No one will need "rest" as a result of exhaustion, weariness, or fatigue. Why would they need rest? The adjective "Holy" (Heb. qadowsh) means to be set apart, and when applied to God, it means that He is intrinsically Holy in a unique sense; i.e., No One is Holy as He is, as He is "set apart" from all creatures. "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather [FEAR HIM] (The One True and Living God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28) Since God is Eternal in the past and inhabits Eternity, those who are grafted into His Family will live Eternally with Him. And those who reject His Gracious offer of Salvation will face retribution, and this is also Eternal. God is Immutable, and He is not subject to time; therefore, His decision of consigning those who Eternal Fire CANNOT be reversed. The same goes for FAITH in Him; you either believe that He is who He says He is, or you DON'T. He knows the hearts of all men and women, and so He is the Only One who can harden the heart of those whom He knows will NEVER repent (cf. Matt. 12:32; Heb. 6:4-6; Rev. 14:7; 16:9). [END OF PART 1]
  21. Hello Family of God, I will be sharing some FACTS regarding the Triune God of Scripture and His Immutable Attributes. It seems as if the God of Holy Scripture has been accused and slandered among many, even those who profess to belong to Christ and God. I will begin with . . . [Why God must be Triune in BEING]: Simple Answer: God is Love; and what I mean by that is the Divine/Perfect Love shared within the Triune Godhead from Eternity past (cf. Matt. 17:2; Jn. 17:24; 2 Pet. 1:17). Love is an emotion that is directed toward someone other than ourselves. The Perfect Love of the Father is manifested in His Grace, Mercy, and Forgiveness. We see this manifested in the Giving of His One and Only Son, and how Jesus Christ experienced the most unimaginable suffering that a finite being could never fully understand (Isa. 53:3-12; Ps. 22:14-18; Matt. 26:36-39; Lk. 22:44; Jn. 10:18; 18:11; Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 2:9-11; 5:7-8; 12:2-3; 1 Jn. 4:7-12). Also keep in mind that God is Love, NOT Love is God; and this has been taught by many well-meaning Christians (e.g., "the car is red, NOT red is the car"). "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God [must believe that he is], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (Hebrews 11:6) First and foremost: there is NONE like the One True God. The above verse cited is not to be interpreted as simply believing in the Existence of God (everyone should know this); it is to be understood that those who desire to Know God must believe that He is the One TRUE GOD, separate from all other gods, who are all false gods or demons (Jer. 10:11; Rom. 1:20; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; 10:20-22). The God of Holy Scripture is unique in the sense that there is no other "god" like Him (One in BEING), and Eternally Existing in Three distinct persons (2 Kgs. 19:15; 2 Sam. 22:32; Neh. 9:6; Isa 37:16,20; 43:10; 45:5; 64:4; Joel 2:27; Mk. 12:32; Jn. 17:3; 1 Tim. 1:17). He does not change, for He is the Eternal I AM. "For thus saith [THE HIGH AND LOFTY ONE] that inhabiteth eternity, [WHOSE NAME IS HOLY]; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of [a contrite and humble spirit], to revive [the spirit of the humble], and to revive the heart of [the contrite ones]." (Isaiah 57:15) Even the name of the One True God is set apart from all the false "gods" of this world. I have often heard atheists accusing God as arrogant and haughty because of the verse above, and the Irony in this is absolutely stunning. Even the [a]theist knows in their heart of hearts that God obviously exists; and it is their deceitful hearts, corrupted consciences, and the fallen nature of the unregenerate man which suppresses this Truth (cf. Jer. 17:9; Rom. 2:14-16; 1 Cor. 2:14-15; 1 Tim. 4:2). To the unregenerate man or woman who questions the Absolute Sovereignty of God: Who brought you into this world? Have you existed from Eternity past? Are you Deserving/Worthy of Worship? Is God HIGH AND LOFTY? Is the name of God HOLY? Would God be lying if He were to deny any of His self-existent and Immutable Attributes? Did you the Universe into existence from absolutely NOTHING? A Is there any "created" being in existence who would fit the characteristics and nature of God? Does the above quote cited bother you? And if so, why? Would a man or woman be considered humble and take issue with God in any way? "[HE MUST INCREASE], but [I MUST decrease]. He that cometh from above is [ABOVE ALL]: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is [ABOVE ALL]." (John 3:30-31) "I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth." (Isaiah 43:6-9) Learn some humility my friend! The Word Incarnate became flesh not only to reconcile man unto God, but to demonstrate and prove that Christ is Lord, and is to be exalted. He had took the sins and burden of mankind upon Himself as an act and accomplishment of Divine Love beyond all human comprehension that no creature in existence would forego. His life and ministry is without doubt confirmed Him as Lord over all. God has created mankind to KNOW Him, to see His Glory and enjoy everlasting fellowship with Him in a way that cannot be fully understood by the fallen man, even in his redeemed state (cf. Isa. 43:6-9; Jn. 17:3; 1 Cor. 2:9; 13:12; 1 Jn. 3:2; Rev. 4:11). "[THOU ART WORTHY, O LORD], [TO RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOUR AND POWER]: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4:11) "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and [I will GIVE you rest]. Take my yoke upon you, and [learn of me]; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find [rest unto your souls]. For [my yoke] is easy, and [my burden] is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) "I am the LORD: that is my name: and [MY GLORY] will I [NOT GIVE TO ANOTHER], neither my praise to graven images." (Isaiah 42:8) "I have [GLORIFIED THEE] on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, [GLORIFY THOU ME] with thine own self with [THE GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH THEE] before the world was." (John 17:4-5) Do the above passages seem paradoxical at first glance? Only if you are a "natural" man (1 Cor. 2:14). We all know what the pronoun "another" means, correct? If all Three persons of the Godhead are ONE IN ESSENCE, co-equal, co-eternal, and of equal power (i.e., "Omnipotence"), then it stands to reason that the Son and the Holy Spirit are NOT to be considered as additional "Gods" (i.e., three Gods in total), rather they are One in BEING as the Father (Jn. 10:30). To better understand this, we must first understand that when the Word became flesh, the Incarnate Word then had a dual nature (i.e., "He was BOTH God and Man"). So does this mean that there was an additional person added to the Triune God? Not at all. By the way, Mary is NOT the Mother of God, and this has been erroneously taught by Catholics, who venerate Mary above Jesus Christ. Jesus is BOTH God and Man; therefore, Mary is the mother of Jesus the "man", and NOT Jesus as God. Who decided that God is One Person? Where did this idea come from? It is the "fallen nature" of the corrupted man which clouds his understanding of a Transcendent Being, who is The One True Creator God (Jn. 8:42; 1 Cor. 3:19). The Son of Man came into this world to not only reconcile mankind unto God, but to "reveal" the True Nature of God in all His Glory, and this will be fully expressed in the Eternal State (Matt. 11:27; Jn. 14:7,20-23). Sin separated man from God, and because of this separation, God is distanced from the unregenerate mind (Isa. 59:2). A Unipersonal "god" spells trouble for this so-called "god," Look what it did to the Devil: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, [I will] ascend into heaven, [I will] exalt my throne above the stars of God: [I will] sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [I will] ascend above the heights of the clouds; [I will] be like the most High. [YET THOU SHALT BE BROUGHT DOWN TO HELL], [TO THE SIDES OF THE PIT]. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?" (Isaiah 14:12-17) I will ascend into heaven (No chance in hell) I will exalt my throne above the stars of God (There's going to be a new heaven and a new earth) I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north (False prophecy) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds (Stop dreaming) I will be like the most High (That position is already taken, and it's PERMANENT) Satan is only concerned about himself, and he will use any means necessary to exalt himself. He will make false promises to those who would carry out his bidding in order that he may lifted up on high. He is the epitome of selfishness, self-centeredness, arrogance, hatred, deceit, malice, contempt, and every wicked thing under the sun. Isn't this what we see with many false teachers today who are only in it to fleece the flock, and feed their own selfish ambition and carnal desires? The Pharisees of Jesus' day did just that: they stole money from widows and deceived them into believing that they can "buy" their way to Heaven by literally giving ALL that they had, and these poor and destitute widows had nothing left to offer (cf. Lk. 21:1-4; 1 Tim. 6:5; 2 Tim. 3:6; Tit. 1:11; Jas. 5:1-3; 1 Pet. 5:2). Jesus referred to such religious hypocrites as children of the Devil (Jn. 8:44-45). The time will come when this creature called the Devil and Satan will be brought to the lowest pits of hell. God and Christ is Glorified, and the accuser of our Brethren will be an abhorrence to all those who will gaze upon him. No more masquerading as an angel of light, the ugliness and shame of this foul creature will be seen for who he truly is. Let this be an example and lesson to all who resist God's Will and Sovereignty over all Creation. God alone is to be worshiped, and none other, because there is no other BEING in existence who can stake this claim. When all is said and done, every knee will bow before God and Christ whether they refuse to acknowledge Him now as Lord over all or not (Rom. 10:9-10; Phil. 2:10-11; Isa. 45:23). Since mankind was [separated] from his Divine Creator as a result of disobedience and sin, mankind's understanding of the True Nature of One has been lost. It is the Father in Heaven who draws the unregenerate towards God, and reveals who the One True God is (Matt. 16:16-17; Jn. 6:44; 14:6). The curse of death (BOTH physical and spiritual) was the consequence of disobedience in the paradise of God; however, Jesus Christ cannot sin, and therefore the curse of death does not apply to Him (Rom. 5:12). Jesus did NOT die as a result of having a sin nature, but was murdered by His own at the age of 33. He "aged" to Perfection from the Cradle to the Cross, and accomplished all that His Father foreordained by fulfilling the Perfect Will of God (Ps. 16:10; Jn. 5:19; 8:29; Acts 2:23; 4:27-28). The redeemed of all the ages will understand with perfect knowledge the True Meaning of ONE as they will SEE God in all His Glory. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for [WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS]." (1 John 3:1-2) The Greek verb "see" (Grk. optanomai -- future middle indicative). To SEE GOD is to see Him in All His Full Glory in the Eternal State when God may be ALL IN ALL (1 Cor. 15:28). Christ will reign for 1,000 years upon the Earth, and after the consummation of the Millennial reign, God and Christ will continue to reign for all of Eternity as God the Father AND the Son sits on the Eternal Throne in the Eternal State. The Triune God will be manifested in His FULL GLORY, and the entire Family of God will see THE FACE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD (i.e., "God the Father") in the person of Jesus Christ (Matt. 11:27; 16:27; Jn. 1:18; 10:30; 14:9; 17:5; 1 Tim. 6:16). "And there shall be no more curse: but [THE THRONE OF GOD AND OF THE LAMB] shall be in it; and his servants shall serve [HIM]: And they shall see [HIS FACE]; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for [THE LORD GOD GIVETH THEM LIGHT]: and they shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 22:3-5) "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for [THE GLORY OF GOD DID LIGHTEN IT], and [THE LAMB IS THE LIGHT] thereof." (Revelation 21:23) The Lamb is the Light that God the Father gives to His redeemed, and it is a SHARED GLORY within the TRIUNE BEING of the Godhead. This Full manifestation of the Invisible God and His Glory is seen in the Face of the Son on the Eternal Throne. The redeemed throughout history will be Immersed in the Glorious Light of God and His Christ Forever and ever. Believers are ONE in the Body of Christ, and this is an appetizer of what will come about in the Eternal State; then will they know the meaning of ONE in the Truest sense of the Word (cf. Jn. 14:20; 17:21; 1 Cor. 6:17; 12:13). "And now, O Father, [GLORIFY THOU ME WITH THINE OWN SELF] with the glory which I had with thee [BEFORE THE WORLD WAS]." (John 17:5) "For the Son of man shall come [IN THE GLORY OF HIS FATHER] with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:27) "And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, [BE OF GOOD CHEER] (Grk. tharseite -- present imperative; i.e., a command to "take courage"); [IT IS I] (Grk. ego eimi -- present indicative; i.e., "THE ETERNAL I AM"); [BE NOT AFRAID] (Grk. me hobeisthe -- present imperative; i.e., "a command to FEAR NOT"). And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, [HE WAS AFRAID]; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matthew 14:25-31) "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you [another Comforter] (Grk. allon parakleton), that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: [I will come to you]." (John 14:16-18) The Greek word "another" means another of the SAME kind (i.e., "Of the same essence with the Holy Spirit"). Jesus will come to them when He sends the Holy Spirit to indwell True Believers at Pentecost (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 12:13). This is not semantic nonsense, this is CONTEXT according to the Totality of Scripture; for Scripture is the best interpreter of Scripture, and Context is KING. Jesus would come to His followers (Grk. erchomai -- future indicative in the middle voice) when the Holy Spirit is sent to His disciples to equip them for their ministry. Moreover, if God were to be Unipersonal, then who is this Perfect Love directed at? If that were to be the case, then the God revealed in Holy Scripture is no different than the god of Islam; and he is the epitome of an arrogant, unworthy, and self-serving person. God, by definition, is a Being who is PERFECT in all His Divine Attributes, and they are Immutable. Therefore, it stands to reason that in order for the Eternal and Immortal God to possess a Perfect Love, this Perfect Love must have been directed towards someone other than Himself, and this person must also possess a Perfect Love from Eternity past (cf. Isa. 42:1; Jer. 31:3; Matt. 12:18; Jn. 1:1; 3:35; 5:20; 17:26; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:19; Heb. 1:3). "Thou believest that there is [one God]; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble (Grk. phrisso; lit., "have one's hair stand on end")." (James 2:19) The verse cited above does not say that God is One [Person], it says that God is ONE in the literal translation of the Greek grammar. The Divine Attributes of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the same (Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent). Omnipresent does not imply that God is literally IN all things (e.g., "Pantheism"). Does Christ have and agreement with Satan? Are we to have fellowship with unbelievers who want nothing to do with the Truth? God will dwell with His people, and will be in them; He will not live among the unregenerate, nor will He partake with the world and its system (cf. Jn. 18:36; 2 Cor. 6:14-16; Jas. 4:4; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; Rev. 18:4). The Apostle John, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote: "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will [MANIFEST MYSELF] to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and [we will come unto him, and MAKE OUR ABODE with him]." (John 14:21-23) "That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; [Who ONLY hath immortality], dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom [no man hath seen, NOR CAN SEE]: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." (1 Timothy 6:14-16) "[I AM HE THAT LIVETH] (Grk. zao; present participle), and [WAS DEAD] (Grk. ginomai nekros; aorist indicative); and, behold, [I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE] (Grk. idou eimi zao eis aion; aorist imperative/present tense/present participle), Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou [hast seen], and the things [which are], and the things [which shall be] hereafter;" (Revelation 1:18-19) It is the Holy Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 1:4; 8:11; 1 Pet. 3:18). Jesus also proclaimed that He will raise Himself from the dead (Jn. 2:19; 10:17-18; 11:25). The Bible also teaches that God the Father has raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:24,32; Rom. 6:4). This will be continued in my next message . . . God Bless!
  22. [Knowing your Adversary and Archenemy]: "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not [war] after the flesh: (For the weapons of our [warfare] (strateia) are [not carnal], but [mighty through God] to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down [imaginations], and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a [readiness] (Grk. "hetoimo") revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled." (2 Corinthians 10:3-6) Here Paul speaks of a spiritual battle being fought using a military term for "war" (Grk. strateuometha), but then switches to the word "warfare" (Grk. strateia), which means to campaign, or to lay out an operation to achieve a goal. This battle is not fought with worldly wisdom or the cleverness of unregenerate man, but by equipping ourselves through "preparation" before engaging in this ongoing battle, and this battle is fought daily until the enemy is vanquished for good (cf. Deut. 20:4; Jn. 17:17; Rom. 8:37; 1 Cor. 1:17-25; 2:1-4; 15:55-57; 2 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 6:10-18; Phil. 4:13; 1 Tim. 1:18; 2 Tim. 2:3-4; 4:7; Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; 1 Jn. 4:4; 5:4; Rev. 12:11). This is accomplished by casting down "imaginations" (Grk. logismous); and such conflicts and arguments are found in false religions, philosophies, ideologies, name it and claim it, or blab it and grab it, etc. The Risen Christ was the firstfruits of the harvest to eternal life, then the redemption of the bodies of the children of God unto Life Eternal (Matt. 13:39; Rom. 8:23,29; 1 Cor. 15:20-23; Col. 1:18; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 1:5,17; 20:1-15). He had flesh and bones, but not flesh and [blood] (Grk. sarka kai ostea; i.e., a "a mortal body"). He will return with Power and Great Glory along with His Glorified saints (cf. Jn. 17:24; Rom. 5:2; 8:18; 1 Cor. 13:12; 15:51-53; 2 Cor. 3:18; 4:17; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Tit. 2:13; 1 Jn. 3:2-3; Jude 24-25). Any creature that has blood running through its veins can be killed; for the life of the creature is in its blood (Gen. 9:4-6; Lev. 17:10-14; Deut. 12:23; Matt. 27:3-4; Lk. 11:50-51; et al). "For we wrestle not against [flesh and blood], but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in [high places]." (Ephesians 6:12) The high places (Grk. en tois epouraniois; i.e., "the source of their operation is conducted in the cosmic regions") which Paul speak of here refers to the atmospheric and starry heavens. This realm includes our skies where flying vehicles such as an aircraft operates; it also includes the cosmic heaven where other planets, stars, and solar systems exist. This is where non-human entities such as principalities, powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world operated before the archenemy decided to overthrow the human race. [Defiance and Rebellion against the Sovereignty of Almighty God, and its Consequences PART A]: Satan is a [cherub], and cherubs are creatures or beasts which have four faces and four wings; but the main face of the cherub resembles the face of an ox (cf. Gen. 3:24; Ps. 18:10; 80:1; 2 Sam. 22:11; Isa. 37:16; Ezek. 1:10; 10:1-22; 28:13-14). Cherubim do not have the face of little children as depicted by the Roman Catholic "church", and the reason why they are depicted as having the face of a small child is because of their pedophilic desires coming to the fore in their paintings (cf. Num. 32:23; Prov. 4:23; 28:13; Jer. 17:9; Matt. 10:26; 12:35; Mk. 7:21; Lk. 6:45; Jn. 3:20; Rom. 1:21; Heb. 3:12). This is what happens when someone attempts to be "justified" by their filthy rags (Isa. 64:6; Matt. 7:21-23; 23:28; Gal. 1:8; 2:16; 3:11; 5:4; 1 Pet. 2:24). It is a blasphemous insult to the finished work of Christ on the Cross, and as a result . . . these pedophiles filled with dead men's bones are handed over to unclean spirits and their abnormal lusts (cf. Matt. 12:43-45; Heb. 6:4-6; e.g., "Eucharist or mass in Catholicism"; more like "Mass Deception"). Such defiant immoral behavior are characteristic of a reprobate mind, and the Bible teaches that rebellion against God often leads to sexual immorality. The campaign for sexual immorality is more prevalent today then it has ever been before. False teachers behind the pulpit are indoctrinating the simple-minded with demonic doctrines whose consciences have been seared (lit., "cauterized" in medical terminology) through the pretense of these hypocritical lie-speakers (cf. Eph. 4:19; 1 Tim. 4:2; 1 Jn. 4:1). One of the most common excuses for homosexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality, is that they were "born" this way as a result of their genetic predisposition; this is their way of "blaming" God, and thus they claim that they are not held responsible for their immoral lifestyle which is supposedly the result of their genes or environmental factors. Even if we were to give them the benefit of the doubt (obviously NOT true), this excuse would still make them responsible and accountable before the Righteousness of God; because every human being born into this world are born into this world with the sin virus (Job 15:14-16; Ps. 51:5; 58:3; 5:12,19; Jn. 1:13; 3:3; 1 Cor. 15:22; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:3; 1 Pet. 1:22-25); so should this be permissible to every man or woman born into this world to continue in their sinful lifestyle without repentance? God is not the author of confusion, and Satan has confounded the minds of the sexually immoral (e.g., transgenders) and their gender identity issues. Sexual immorality is a sin that is unique in the sense that it is a sin which is committed against ones own body; while every other sins is committed "outside" the body (1 Cor. 6:18). Furthermore, sexually immorality is a judgment from God as a result of those who not only know that it is violating God's righteous decree, but such wicked men and women give hearty approval to those who practice them (Isa. 5:20-21; Rom. 1:32). We are to speak the Truth in Love in hopes that they may be snatched out of the fire (1 Cor. 13:4; Eph. 4:15; 1 Jn. 3:18; 1 Pet. 4:8; Jude 23-24); but unfortunately, when we speak the Truth in Love out of concern for the Eternal fate of their souls (Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:5; Heb. 13:4; Rev. 22:15), we will face persecution, and it will most likely land us in jail (cf. Matt. 5:10-12; Jn. 15:18-20; Gal. 4:16; Phil. 1:29; 3:10; 2 Tim. 3:10-12; Heb. 2:9-10; Jas. 1:2; 1 Pet. 1:6-7; 2:11-12,18-24; 3:14-15; 4:12-17,19). [Defiance and Rebellion against the Sovereignty of Almighty God, and its Consequences PART A END]
  23. Dear Friends and Family of God and Jesus Christ, "Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: [for such is the kingdom of heaven]." (Matthew 19:13-14) This is not secret, but the key to overcoming sins and the world system is reliant upon THE ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD. Although many Christians acknowlege this Truth, they fail to apply it daily in their lives -- or they put more confidence in themselves rather than crying out to their God and Father, "Abba Father" (Isa. 64:8; Matt. 5:45; 6:6,9; 7:11; 23:9; Rom. 8:15; 2 Cor. 6:18; Gal. 4:6; 1 Jn. 3:1). Children are very vulnerable, and their reliance is dependent upon their Father or Mother, or anyone that is an adult who they know can meet their needs. Furthermore, God is not a human Father; He is the Father of all Creation, and His Power has no limit. Satan and his minions (human or nonhuman) have absolutely NO POWER at all against the One who yields ALL POWER. The reason why the power of God seems greater during the most difficult times in our lives is because our strength is made perfect in times when we are most vulnerable or weak (1 Chron. 16:11; Isa. 40:28-31; 41:10; 2 Cor. 12:7-10; Eph. 6:10; Phil. 4:13; 2 Tim. 1:7; Heb. 4:16; 1 Pet. 5:7). The more submissive you are to the Lord, the greater the power which resides in you shall be. Not trusting in the Lord is a sin, and a sign of little faith, disobedience, or even unbelief; so to doubt the power of God within you is to grieve the Holy Spirit (cf. Eph. 4:30; Heb. 11:6). As I have mentioned before, Satan, and all who are siding with him are self-deceived; but Satan himself is the most deceived of them all (cf. Ps. 36:3; Rom. 3:13; 2 Tim. 3:13). The irony in this is jaw dropping. To be deceptive towards others is obviously a sign that such deceivers are deceiving themselves as well; because deception is a sin, and being delusional enough to fool oneself (i.e., "Satan") into thinking that he has a ghost of a chance against Almighty God is beyond absurd, and that is an understatement. Whether Satan realizes this or not, he is only fulfilling the Sovereign Plan and Purpose of God, and will ultimately bring it to fruition through His Divine Providence. Satan is so "good" at what he does (i.e., "lying and deceiving") that he even deceived himself. "And the Lord said unto Satan, [Whence comest thou?] Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going [to and fro] in the earth, and from walking [up and down in it]." (Job 1:7) Satan is the Father of lies, and there is NO Truth in him; however, even Satan himself responds to God correctly (Gen. 3:1; Jn. 8:44; Acts 5:3; 2 Cor. 4:4; 11:3-4; 2 Thess. 2:9-10; Eph. 6:11; Rev. 12:9; 20:7-10). Satan obviously knows that God is Omniscient, and so he answers God concerning his whereabouts on the Earth. The fact that Satan responded correctly after God had asked Satan, "whence comest thou?" is an example of the Absolute Sovereignty of God. God raised a rhetorical question, and it is not as if God did not know the activities of Satan, but He also demanded a response; because the Devil is God's Devil, whether Satan realized this or not -- but I'm sure he did. Not only was it a rhetorical question from God, but a reply from Satan was still demanded as a display of the Sovereignty of God Almighty, and Satan did just that. "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and [A GREAT CHAIN] in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." (Revelation 20:1-3) This is NOT a literal chain, but symbolizes the influential power and control Satan has over the Word and its system (Rev. 12:9). Satan will also be set free after the culmination of the Millennial Reign of Christ on Earth to gather an army led by their leader, Prince Gog. These rebellious men and women are the final tares in the wheat field, and the last gathering of the lost and condemned who are sentenced to the Eternal Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-15). It is sad that even after 1,000 years of living in an ideal world without war under the Righteous Rule of Christ, there will be a rebellion against God and His Anointed. "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, [FEAR GOD, AND GIVE GLORY TO HIM]; for the hour of his judgment is come: and [WORSHIP HIM THAT MADE HEAVEN, AND EARTH, AND THE SEA, AND THE FOUNTAINS OF WATERS]." (Revelation 14:6-7) God gives all of humanity one last chance to choose their Eternal Fate as He will allow Satan to roam the world to collect an army of Christ haters. If such a person refuses to submit to the Sovereign Rule of God and His Christ after 1,000 years, then there is no hope for them, and they have crossed the point of no return. Such men and women will NEVER repent, even when they are cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone (cf. Matt. 10:14-15; 11:20-24; Mk. 3:29; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:26-27; Rev. 9:21; 16:11). Jesus said that those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit will NEVER receive forgiveness, not in this age, nor in the age to come. This is not to say that if someone repents and humbles themselves by asking for Mercy and Forgiveness, that they will not receive it from God; rather, it is to say that if one REFUSES to repent after every possible sign was given to them (e.g., "miracles, the Truth of Scripture, the Resurrection of Christ, etc."), then they will never repent -- even in Hell and the Lake of Fire. Nothing more can convince such men and women who have hardened their hearts. "And I saw [THREE UNCLEAN SPIRITS] like frogs come out of the mouth of [the dragon], and out of the mouth of [the beast], and out of the mouth of [the false prophet]. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." (Revelation 16:13-14) Bible commentators have suggested that the Antichrist (i.e., "the first beast") is indwelt by Satan himself, but this is clearly NOT the case here. The Antichrist is the Beast that rises out of the Bottomless pit (Rev. 11:7). And the name of the King who rules the demons possessing the bodies of chimeras from the Bottomless Pit is named Apollyon (Rev. 9:11). The Name of the Antichrist: (Grk. Apollyon) or (Heb. Abaddon), which means "the Destroyer." Apollyon or Abaddon is NOT Satan, but the Antichrist, or the first beast. He ascends out of the sea (i.e., "the Abyss"). Although the first and second beast work in lockstep with the Devil, they are distinct entities than Satan. Again, it is a tragedy that so many men and women will reject the Free gift of Eternal Life only to follow their own carnal lusts. Satan will be quick to oblige such people, but it will cost them their Eternal soul (cf. 2 Chron. 36:16; Ezek. 6:9; Mic. 3:4; Zech. 7:12; Matt. 10:33; Jn. 3:36; 12:48; Rom. 2:8) "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." (Revelation 12:10-12) "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and [FIRE CAME DOWN FROM GOD OUT OF HEAVEN, AND DEVOURED THEM]. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be [TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER]." (Revelation 20:7-10) The above quote describes Satan's last ditch effort to usurp the Throne of God, and as you can clearly see, he fails miserably. Although Fire and Brimstone comes down from God out of heaven, the Millennial Temple in the Capital of the World (Jerusalem) is left unscathed. The architecture and materials used to rebuild Jerusalem for the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ on Earth are Indestructible. The Indestructible Capital City is protected by the Master Carpenter Himself, Christ Jesus; with the exception that the City and Temple are Glorified materials rather than those found here on Earth. The FACT that Satan and his army of Incalculable number are instantly destroyed just by the Spoken Word of Christ is an indication of just how hopeless the Archdeceiver is. "I have given them thy word; and [THE WORLD HATETH THEM, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world]. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:14-17) In Closing: Why would anyone want to be on the losing side? The answer is pride and rebellion; and this is the sin that led Satan to be the treacherous creature that he now is. Time is short, and ask yourself if you are living a life pleasing to the Lord God, or are your desires set on temporal blessings that Satan will be ready and willing to offer you. Dress to the NINE, because the Bridegroom is about to return to take His Bride home. Now I know full well that there have been many who expected the Lord to return in their lifetime, and it did not come to pass; but the time were are living in gives the strong indication that the Parousia is at hand. The Holy Spirit is speaking through the remnant of Genuine Christians, and these faithful are purifying themselves in preparation for such a momentous time in History (2 Pet. 3:14; 1 Jn. 3:3). The Lord is looking for His spotless and blameless Bride upon His Return to take her into His arms to carry her away to His Father's House. "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall [walk in the light] of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but [THEY WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE]." (Revelation 21:22-27) God Bless!
  24. Dear Friends and Family of God and Jesus Christ, This Topic of discussion is by far the most comprehensive of all my teachings I have done Online. I have devoted countless hours in doing extensive research concerning one of the most cardinal teachings discussed in the Word of God. I do realize that to read the entire content of this message can be daunting to many -- even to professing Christians. I feel that this discussion is of the utmost importance in these perilous times before the Glorious appearing of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; 17:31; 1 Cor. 1:7; 4:5; 11:26; Phil. 1:10; 3:20; Col. 3:4; 1 Thess. 1:9-10; 4:15; 5:4,23; 2 Thess. 1:6-7; 2:1-2,8; 1 Tim. 6:13-16; 2 Tim. 4:8; Tit. 2:12-14; Heb. 9:28; 10:25,37; 1 Pet. 1:3-5,13; 4:13; 2 Pet. 3:8-10; 1 Jn. 2:28; 3:2-3; Jude 1:14-15; Rev. 1:4-8; 22:12-13,20-21). Apostasy is on the rise, and there are many who are too complacent with the knowledge they have accumulated from reading the Bible, and from those who shepherd their flock. "He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, [Occupy till I come]." (Luke 19:12-13) "And [the Spirit and the bride say, Come]. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17) The Spirit of God longs for the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; and It is their urgency and desire for this to take place soon as they say, "Come" (Grk. erchou; present imperative). Christ Dearly Loves His Bride to be, and His Bride eagerly awaits His return to take her home to be married. If you are a Genuine Christian, then you will do the same; because it is the Holy Spirit who speaks through the Bride of Christ (the Spirit AND the Bride). This is a CLEAR sign pointing to the imminent return of the Bridegroom. The word imminent in the Bible is interpreted as meaning an event which could happen at any given moment, or without delay. This is a PERFECT example teaching us that it is God's Perfect timing that will usher in the Second Advent. "Howbeit 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 SHEW YOU THINGS TO COME]. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." (John 16:13) Time is far more precious than gold that perishes when we take into consideration that how we use our talents will determine what and where our position will be when the King of Kings arrives to reward His slaves according to their works (Dan. 12:3; Matt. 5:10-12; 16:27; 25:20-23; Lk. 19:15-19; Jn. 6:27; 1 Cor. 3:8-14; 2 Cor. 9:6; 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 22:12). Now this is not to imply that we can somehow merit Eternal Life or keep our Salvation "secure" through good works. Any True Believer knows that works and obedience are the results that follow regeneration, and this is done through the working of the Holy Spirit who abides in us (cf. Ezek. 36:27; Jer. 24:7; Jn. 15:16; 16:13; Acts 26:20; Rom. 6:3-4; 8:11; Gal. 5:18; Eph. 4:1; 5:8-11; 12:2; Phil. 2:13; Col. 2:12; 3:1-3; 1 Thess. 1:9-10; 2 Tim. 1:14; Tit. 2:7-8; Jas. 1:22-25; 2:14-26; 1 Pet. 2:11-12; 1 Jn. 2:27). A life that bears no fruit at all is not a faith that saves, and as mentioned by many True Christians: we are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone (Matt. 3:7-8; 5:16; 7:16-18; 21;13:18-23; Jn. 8:30-31; 15:6). The Bible makes if clear that most people that have ever lived throughout History will end up in the Eternal Lake of Fire, so does this somehow imply that the Devil was successful because of the sheer amount of human beings and fallen celestial creatures will suffer Eternal Punishment? And because the number of all the redeemed will be significantly smaller than the lost, does this constitute failure on the part of God Almighty? Well the obvious answer is NO! The Bible makes it very clear that those who have rejected the Gospel and suffer the fate of Eternal Torment will only Glorify God as He will ultimately subject all enemies under His Sovereign Rule (cf. Ps. 110:1; Prov. 11:21; 16:4; Rom. 9:22-23; 1 Cor. 15:25; Heb. 1:13). I have suffered an onslaught of attacks concerning my ministry of discernment, and I know that regardless of how daunting it may feel to my co-laborers, but God promises: "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." (Isaiah 54:17) 1). Intrusion of my home. 2). Intrusion concerning my duties at my employer (computer and work files were tampered with or have disappeared). 3). Home PC and other hardware used for my ministry have been hacked (e.g., stolen passwords and email messages). 4). Sorcerers, Warlocks, Satanists, Occultists, Witches, Black Magic Practitioners, and Counterfeit "Christians" who are all agents of Satan (willingly or unwillingly) casting spells on me (they fail to realize that my Father In Heaven takes care of me, and will NOT allow such men and women to ultimately succeed in their evil deeds. Persecution only builds up the Body of Christ). 5). Encounters with several types of dark entities (they run away like the cowards they are when the Name of Jesus Christ is Invoked). 6). False accusations and slander towards me. 7). Others methods which I will not reveal due to their complexity and a requiring of a higher level of spiritual discernment that most "Christians" do not possess. INTRODUCTION: I am writing this message to expose the lies, machinations, and deceptions of the adversary Ha-Satan that many Christians are uninformed about, and have failed to thoroughly plumb the depths of the crown prince of deception who is to come (i.e., the Antichrist). I am also fully aware that in doing such, Satan will attempt to put an end to my ministry, or to hinder it at best (cf. Matt. 16:18; Acts 5:1-10; 17:9; 2 Cor. 2:1-11; 1 Thess. 2:18; 1 Tim. 3:6-7; Rev. 2:9-10,13,24; 3:9). This isn't about "binding" Satan as some false teachers often mention in their prayers because of ignorance and misapplication of Scripture. If you are saying phrases such as "I bind you, Satan" in your prayers, then you are in actuality praying to Satan himself rather than relying on the Power of God and Christ alone to exercise authority over the Devil (cf. Matt. 12:26-29; 18:18; Acts 4:7; Jude 1:9; Rev. 20:1-2). I will separate this topic of discussion into subsets in order to avoid any confusion to the reader; and each subset will be comprised of smaller segments (e.g., "part 1a through end of part 1a"). Listed below are the table of contents regarding the topics which are discussed in this message: I. Knowing your Adversary and Archenemy (Satan and his cohorts; e.g., human and nonhuman agents willfully or unwillingly under the damning influence and persuasion who are under the control by the spiritual forces of darkness operating in this world). II. Persecution. III. Defiance against the Sovereign Will of Almighty God, and consequently being given over to a reprobate mind as a result of human volition (e.g., sexual immorality). IV. The Condemning power of the Tongue. V. The god of this Earth. VI. The Paranormal and "Experiences" (e.g., ghosts, aliens, ufo's, cryptids, etc.) VII. Sowing Discord within the Body of Christ (e.g., the sowing of tares in the wheat field by Satan; Matt. 13:24-30). VIII. False Religions. VIII. The Protection of God's Family and Closing Remarks. [KNOWING YOUR ADVERSARY] Part 1A: So just who are we dealing with here? We are dealing with a treacherous creature with delusions of grandeur set out to thwart the plan and purpose of God and Jesus Christ, and to attack His person. The thrust of this exposition is to reveal the broad range of attacks done against our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I once heard a false teacher who taught his congregation that Satan is not a personal being, but rather a title for the conscience of fallen man. This is indeed blasphemous, why? This would mean that Jesus Christ had the conscience of the fallen and sinful nature of the first Adam; and to add insult to injury: should we ponder, even for a fleeting moment, that the Sinless Son of God had worldly desires of such a vile and lawless creature like Satan? (Matt. 4:1-11; 16:22-23; Rom. 5:14-19; 1 Cor. 15:21-23; 45-49). If you don't find this blasphemous, then you are siding with Satan, and you are also under his deceptive sphere of influence whether you admit to this or not. This leaven permeated and defiled the integrity of Scriptures, and subsequently led to more false teachings and hypocrisy (Matt. 7:15-20; 16:12; Mk. 8:15; Lk. 12:1; 1 Cor. 5:6-8; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; 2 Pet. 2:1-3), such as the heretical teaching that Jesus Christ is not God Incarnate. Satan deceived himself into thinking that the Son of God would give into his temptations when He took on the role of a slave in the form of a human being with limitations (cf. Matt. 24:36; Jn. 4:6; 19:28; Phil. 2:7), but Jesus wanted nothing to do with Satan's stinking kingdoms, and nor should we (cf. Dan. 2:44; 7:27; Matt. 4:17; 5:3; 6:33; 12:28; Mk. 1:15; Lk. 17:20-21; Jn. 18:36; Rom. 14:17; 1 Cor. 6:9; Rev. 11:15; et al). The Bible makes it crystal clear that the Holy Spirit will GLORIFY Christ after He ascended to Heaven to be seated at His Father's Right Hand (i.e., equal authority and rulership; cf. Jn. 14:13; 15:26; 16:13-15; Rom. 16:27; 2 Cor. 4:14-15; Phil. 3:3; 2 Thess. 1:11-12; Heb. 1:3; 1 Pet. 4:11; 2 Pet. 3:18; Rev. 15:4). Since it is the function and role of the Holy Spirit to Glorfy Jesus Christ through Christians, then this would indicate that anyone who continues to deny the Deity of Christ does not possess the Holy Spirit; and thus are NOT saved. By the way, anyone who claims that the Holy Spirit (resides in all True Believers) spoke to them in an "audible" voice is either a liar, or were deceived by a lying spirit working for Satan. The Holy Spirit speaks through all Genuine Christians and is centered on the person of Christ and His works (Jn. 1:45; 5:37; Lk. 24:27,44; Acts 10:43; 18:28; Rom. 1:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:3; 1 Pet. 1:10-11; Heb. 1:1-2; Rev. 19:10). "For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but [ONE GOD, THE FATHER], of whom are all things, and we in him; and [ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST], by whom are all things, and we by him." (1 Corinthians 8:5-6) "Hear, O Israel: The [LORD] our [GOD IS ONE] LORD: And thou shalt love the [LORD THY GOD] with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) If there is ONLY [ONE LORD], then would this somehow imply that God the Father is NOT Lord since the above passages clearly states that there is ONE LORD? The arguments against the Deity of Christ are based upon the faulty assumption that if Jesus is not specifically referred to as GOD, then He cannot be God. Any first year bible student ought to know that the title LORD is also a title of DEITY. Although they are not exactly the same, the titles of BOTH Lord and God is given to someone who is Deity. Jesus told His disciples that all power (Grk. exousia; i.e., "authority") is given unto Him in Heaven and in Earth; and He Commands His servants (Grk. doulos; lit., "slaves", as slaves to a Master who OWNS them) to do as He pleases as their LORD (Matt. 28:18; Jn. 13:31-35). To deny the Deity of Christ because the title "God" is not applied to Jesus every instance He claimed to possess the same attributes as His Father is absurd, why? If the "Devil" is called Satan, then does this somehow imply that Satan is NOT the Devil? What about the god of this world? or the Prince of the power of the air? These titles are all pointing to the same being; i.e., "the Devil." The difference between the Godhead and the Devil is that the Creator is Eternal in the past, and will remain this way forever. BOTH the Father and the Son are referred to as "HIM" in the Eternal State (Rev. 22:3). The Bible ascribes several names to Satan: Beelzebub (Matt. 12:24) The Satan (1 Chron. 21:1; Job 1:6) The Evil One (Matt. 13:19) The Ruler of this world (Jn. 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) The Prince of demons (Matt. 12:24) The god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) The Prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2) The Accuser of your brethren (Rev. 12:10) The Adversary (1 Pet. 5:8) The Great Red Dragon (Rev. 12:3; 20:2) The Serpent of old (Rev. 12:9) The Prince of this world (Jn. 14:30) The Tempter (Matt. 4:3; 1 Thess. 3:5) The Wicked One (Matt. 13:19,38) We must realize who is the Master Potentate and Sovereign over all. The Devil himself is under the authority of Almighty God, and even when the Antichrist rises to power, it is God Himself who has put him in his seat of authority during the final time of testing for all who dwell upon the Earth; and the Lord is the one who sets up world leaders and removes them as He pleases (Ps. 33:10; Dan. 2:21; 4:17). Persecution and suffering only strengthens the Genuine Christians and adds blessings and Eternal rewards in Heaven. "Now the serpent was [more subtil] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made." (Genesis 3:1a) "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore [wise] as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16) The Hebrew adjective for [subtil] (Heb. arum; i.e., "shrewd, crafty, deceitful and treacherous") and the Greek [wise] (Grk. phronimos) are equivalent in meaning when compared with each other using the LXX Septuagint. Some may wonder why Jesus would use the word wise and serpent in the same sentence. Serpents are "shrewd" in the sense that they are "clever" in their goings on. Thieves are clever, especially when they outwit the local authorities; but this wisdom is worldly, and exercising wisdom contrary to the Wisdom which comes from above will eventually lead to self-destruction. We must take into consideration that not all wisdom is indeed TRUE wisdom, and it can also originate from demonic forces at work (cf. Gen. 3:6-7; Isa. 5:21; 29:14; 47:10; Job 5:13; Prov. 3:7; Matt. 11:25; Rom. 1:22; 1 Cor. 2:6.14; 3:19; 2 Cor. 11:14-15; Col. 2:8; Jas. 3:15). "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired [to make one wise] (Geb. sakal), she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:6) "Who [is a wise man] (Grk. sophos) and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. [This wisdom] (Grk. sophia) descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish." (James 3:13-15) "He taketh [the wise] (Heb. chakam) in their [own craftiness]: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong." (Job 5:13) "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be [wise] (Grk. sophos) in this world, let him [become a fool] (Grk. ginomai moros genestho; aorist imperative), that he may be wise. For [the wisdom] (Grk. sophia) of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh [the wise] (Grk. sophos) in their own craftiness." (1 Corinthians 3:18-19) Scripture commands and demands that anyone professing to be "wise" according to wisdom accumulated from the world system to become a "fool" (lit., a "moron"). This "diabolical" wisdom originates from the innate and prideful heart of man. Frank Sinatra did it "his own way", and unfortunately his pride and arrogance left him with nothing but a bottle of hard liquor and a pack of cigarettes on his gravestone. Nothing can be more foolish than to be wise in ones own sight; for such boasting of ones own abilities and strengths will ultimately lead to destruction. Instead, we are to relying on the Power of God and His Wisdom to be a lamp to our feet and a light unto our path; and if we are to "boast" . . . let us boast in this: that we know and understand the Creator of the Universe (cf. Ps. 119:105; Prov. 16:18; Isa. 5:21; Jer. 9:24; Hos. 6:3; Jn. 10:14,27-29; 17:3; 2 Cor. 12:8-10; Eph. 1:17; 3:17-19; Phil. 3:10; Col. 1:9; 2 Pet. 3:18; 1 Jn. 2:13; 4:6-7; 5:20). "For all that is [in the world], the [lust of the flesh], and the [lust of the eyes], and the [pride of life], is not of the Father, but is of the world. And [the world passeth away], and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2:16-17) "Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the [things that be of God], but [those that be of men]." (Matthew 16:22-23) Above is the folly of a disciple of Christ who thinks that their ways and wisdom are better than God's Perfect knowledge and understanding in the affairs of all humanity. This happens all the time in Christendom; and we have all been guilty of this at one time or another in the past. To whine and grumble to God as to why things don't always go our way is to challenge the Eternal Mind of God; for to do this is to reject God's Perfect will, plan, and purpose in our lives, and the direction He wants us to move as He guides our steps daily (cf. Exod. 4:10-14; 1 Sam. 15:1-34; Isa. 55:8-9; Job 38 1-18; Ps. 37:23; Prov. 3:5-6; Matt. 6:28-33; Jn. 9:1-3; Rom. 12:2). I find it utterly amazing that God can put up with the incessant complaining and bickering that He has to deal with moment by moment from His adopted children worldwide. God Bless! [END OF PART 1a]
  25. These counterfeit "Christians" with incredibly bad theology insist that a "revival" is on its way, and these false apostles and false prophets (even prophetess) are claiming that their lying signs and wonders are a fulfillment of this false revival. It is glaringly obvious that anyone with a modicum of spiritual discernment ought to be able to distinguish Truth from errors and lies, but sadly, this is not the case. Much of these false miracles and false apostles and prophets seek after [external] "evidence" of the working of the Holy Spirit. Is this what the meaning of FAITH is all about? (2 Cor. 5:7; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 2:16; Heb. 11:1). Not only that, if one were to rebuke their heretical doctrines and counterfeit miracles, they would accuse Genuine Christians as being "divisive" and even "blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
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