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    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:
  2. 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!
  3. [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!
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  7. *Light*

    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]
  8. 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!
  9. [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]
  10. 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!
  11. 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]
  12. 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.
  13. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/Lakewood_worship.jpg The above picture is an example of just how widespread and ubiquitous such self-centered and carnal these counterfeit Christians are. Who are these false teachers attracting? They are attracting counterfeit "Christians" who are only interested in serving "self" rather than submitting to the Sovereign Will of God the Almighty. My blood boils knowing that there are millions upon millions of false converts who attend church "faithfully", and such men and women are there only to satiate their carnal desires and sins of the flesh. Jesus gave warning signs that will be evident before His Second Coming at The Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, and one of them was that MANY false prophets shall arise. We know that wars and persecution has been going on since the ascension of Christ, but He also compared them to "birth pangs" of a woman in labor. That is, false prophets will increase in "frequency" until the Second Advent, and this is the case in apostate Christianity today (e.g., Apostle Jimbo, or Prophetess Sherlene). I've heard many lame excuses as to why their prophecies did NOT come to pass such as: modern day prophets can make errors in their predictions and still be deemed a "true" prophet. I've even heard a false prophet making the excuse that the reason why some of his prophecies did not or will not come to pass is because not enough people prayed for it to come to pass. They might as well have cards similar to baseball trading cards with prophet names and their stats, such as: Prophecies that came to pass: 0, or maybe 1 depending on how you "interpret" their extremely vague prophecies. Prophecies that have Failed to come to pass: 16 Money given to support the ministry of these prophets: $330,840.00 Number of people deceived: 19,449 and counting. Day chosen for special anointing through an epiphany received while shaving: March 16, 2018 at 6:18 am.
  14. Hello Family of God, I have had a most difficult time composing this message due to hindrances brought about by evil forces at work using human agencies. And it's not only through human agencies who are anti-Gospel, but literal nonhuman entities who have made a tremendous effort in trying to put a stop to my ministry, which involves exposing the archenemy and his restless agents of darkness attempting to put an end to me. I ask my dear brothers and sisters in Christ to pray that I may continue my ministry until the time the Lord decides to take me home. I decided to place this message in the false religions forum because counterfeit "Christianity" is not Christianity at all. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians 2:14) A dear brother in Christ who has been given the gift of spiritual discernment was accused of being a "natural man" by a professing "Christian" who belongs to many apostate denominations that you would often see on TBN. These wolves in sheeps clothing make outlandish claims of false healings, gold dust falling from above, and even angel feathers coming down upon them in their local churches. This brother in Christ with the gift of spiritual discernment has made several videos on youtube, and he is widely known as one of the best in the field of the discerning of spirits (cf. 1 Cor. 2:14; 12:10; Phil. 1:9-10; 1 Thess. 5:21; Heb. 4:12; 5:14; 1 Jn. 4:1-6). I read a comment directed at this brother in Christ which read: "This describes this person EXACTLY!" And he was accusing this brother in the Lord as the "natural" man mentioned in 1 Corinthians 2:14 because of the counterfeit miracles this brother in Christ had exposed as fraudulent. Do you see the IRONY in this? So who truly is the "natural" man here? The Bible makes a distinction between classes of "beings" and their titles. There are humans, angels, living creatures or beasts (e.g., "cherubim and seraphim"; cf. Gen. 3:24; Ps. 80:1; Isa. 6:2-3; Ezek. 1:1-28; 10:14; Rev. 4:6-8; 19:4), and the Lord God Almighty. The given names of each individual angel reflect their worship of God and His Attributes: e.g., the archangel "Michael", whose name is to be interpreted as, "who is like God?" The answer is NOBODY; and this is an [everlasting] exaltation and praise from the archangel Michael to the Eternal God (cf. Exod. 8:10; 9:14; Deut. 3:24; 33:26; 1 Sam. 2:2; 2 Sam. 7:22; 1 Kin. 8:23; 1 Chron. 17:20; Ps. 86:8; Isa. 46:9; Jer. 10:6-7). They extol and worship the Creator God forever and ever; thus, angelic beings are not capable of being killed or aging; so there would be no reason why angels would "shed" their "feathers" from their wings. The shedding of something from a creature is indicative of something or someone who is capable of aging and expiring (Lk. 20:36). I once listened to an erudite Pastor who is True to the Word of God explain to his congregation what will those who will be "left behind" wonder where so many people have disappeared to after the rapture occurs. I have a different take on this: I believe that there will only be a small remnant of True Christians who will be raptured; and because of this, it will not cause a huge stir as to why so MANY people have gone missing. The "few" is in comparison to the population at that time in History, which will be in the billions; so even the "remnant" which has gone home to be with the Lord will be just a small fraction of the Earth's total population. The amount of deception in the apostate church visible today is unprecedented and unparalleled; and a lot of this has to do with professing Christians not taking heed to what the Bible says regarding lies and deception (cf. Matt. 7:15-20; 15:8-9; 24:4,12,24; Mk. 13:22; 2 Cor. 2:11; 10:3-5; 11:3,13-15; Col. 2:8; Eph. 5:6; 6:10-12; 2 Thess. 2:3,9-12,15; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:1-5,13, 4:3-4; 3:13; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 Jn. 2:18; Jude 1:3; Rev. 3:14-22; 13:13-14; 16:13-14; 20:10). Those who perform these counterfeit miracles profess to back up their claims by citing a passage in Scripture where Jesus said: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and [greater works than these] shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (John 14:12) The context is clear that Jesus is referring to "greater works" than that which He Himself performed, and this is to be evident AFTER His departure and ascension. The apparent and obvious context is to preach the Gospel to all nations through the working of the Holy Spirit indwelt believers; something which Jesus was limited to during His Incarnation as a man being at one place at a time. If in fact this refers to His miracles such as raising the decomposed body of Lazarus from the dead after four days, replacing the ear of Malchus, and multiplying food, then it would also include raising oneself from the dead; after all, Jesus Himself said that He will raise up His temple (i.e., His physical body) after it is put to death, never to die again (Jn. 11:38-47; Matt. 26:51-52; 14:13-21; Jn. 2:19).
  15. It pains me everyday to wake up early in the morning only to discover that there is a 30 minute segment devoted to the Oscars, and this is considered "Breaking News." I pity these actress and actresses who glory in their Academy "Awards" achievements as a result of having squandered countless hours, days, months and even years to see their "dreams" and lifelong pursuit of fame fulfilled; and their reward is a small idol which can neither hear or speak. It is no big surprise that one of Satan's ploys is to prime the pump of the film industry to distract people away from coming to the knowledge of the Truth, and ONLY this is what can set them free. "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of [ETERNAL LIFE]. And [WE BELIEVE AND ARE SURE] that thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (John 6:66-69) "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 Bless!
  16. "And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." (Mark 8:34) The sheer number of self-deceived men and women who think they are saved is astounding, and it grieves my heart knowing that there will be MANY who will go away into Eternal Punishment as a result. Satan knows that his time is almost up, so he has sown tares among the wheat to lead others who seek to understand what it means to be a Christian so that they may fall into the pit together with them. The apostates in Christendom masquerade as prophets, apostles, and Pastors, who deceive others and are deceived themselves. This wicked generation seeks after external evidence of the miraculous due to the lack of faith in that which is unseen. Temporal blessings such as wealth, health, and even to be your own god seems to be the norm in apostate Christianity today (cf. Prov. 11:28; Eccles. 5:10; Matt. 6:19-21; 16:26; Mk. 4:18-19; Lk. 12:15; Acts 8:20; 2 Cor. 4:18; Col. 3:2; 1 Tim. 6:9-10,17; Heb. 13:5; Jas. 5:1-20; 1 Jn. 2:16). The devil is a counterfeiter, and he comes with all lying signs and wonders to deceive the non-elect. "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24) What made you decide to become a Christian? Is it to solve your life problems? To have your best life now? Sadly, it isn't what I can do for the Lord Jesus Christ, but what can God do for ME? This is completely antithetical to taking up ones Cross and to deny oneself; that is, to DIE to SELF. As the apostle Peter said, "Thy money perish with thee." Professing to be in Christ and acting and living like the rest of the unbelieving world, or even worse; it is tantamount to a Judas Kiss. Such false converts display NO evidence of being born-again as they are completely devoid of any Divine Love, and mistreat those who are to be our mission field (i.e., the sexually immoral, thieves, etc.) with utter disdain and contempt. Such false converts expose themselves as hypocrites not knowing that they themselves were in the same category as the rest of the unbelieving world of sinners before they supposedly came to the Throne of Grace. You may want to ask yourself this question? Did you TRULY come before the Throne of Grace as one who was spiritually bankrupt? Did you approach the Eternal Throne of God stripped of all your pride and ego? (Lk. 9:23-24; 14:33; Jn. 3:30; 12:24; Rom. 6:8,11-14; 8:12-13; 12:1-2; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; 6:14; Eph. 4:22-23; Phil. 3:8; Col. 3:5; Tit. 2:12; 1 Pet. 4:1-2). Did you come to Him knowing that you are a wretched and depraved sinner who deserves the penalty of Eternal Punishment? If not, then don't tell me that you are a Christian, and it doesn't matter even if you claim to have been saved on such an such month or day. You will only be deceiving yourself! "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell" (Matthew 5:28-30) "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." (Matthew 23:27-28) Repentance and Contrition must take first priority on everyone's bucket list; because the ramifications of an unrepentant heart will result in the worst type of torment and horror that one can possibly imagine. Those who sow to the flesh will reap a resurrected body of spiritual ruin and corruption at the Resurrection of the dead (e.g., "pornography, drunkenness, drug addiction, etc.). God shall Judge the secrets of all men and women by Jesus Christ (Rom. 2:16), and this body of spiritual ruin will have no restraints at all from evil; for such wickedness will be amplified in the body suited for dishonor, corruption, and decay. These permanent features of the body of everlasting corruption shall be retained for all of Eternity. "He that [covereth his sins] shall not prosper: but whoso [confesseth and forsaketh them] shall have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13) Had they have came before the Lord with a broken and contrite spirit, then they would NOW understand that lost sinners are also in need of forgiveness and repentance through the Grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. All I ever hear from these tares are hateful and spiteful speech such as, "these scumbags will rot in hell on a skewer as the the bovine excrement that they are. I hope they burn the hottest in the worse possible torment imaginable". So much for the "love" of Christ dwelling in these "Christians". Their pride and arrogance will only lead them to a greater damnation if not repented of such wickedness; for God resists the proud but gives Grace to the Humble (Ps. 138:6; Prov. 3:34; 29:23; Matt. 23:14; Jas. 4:6-7; 1 Pet. 5:5-6). The main reason why professing Christians cannot overcome sin in their lives is because they DO NOT possess the Holy Spirit. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12:1) In Closing: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) "Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and [he that humbleth] (Grk. "tapeinon" [present participle] -- i.e., "a lifestyle of humility") himself shall be exalted." (Luke 18:10-14) Those who attempt to establish their own righteousness are full of pride; and these are the ones who have the most sins hiding in their hearts, but God knows the hearts of all men and women better than they themselves know their own hearts. For those who are saved, it is the power of God at work in all Genuine Converts: because no one can achieve Victory over sin and immorality in their lives without the Imputed Righteousness of Christ (cf. Rom. 6:14,22; 8:13; 13:14; 1 Cor. 6:11; 15:57; 2 Cor. 5:17; 7:1; Gal. 5:16,24; Eph. 2:10; 5:18; Phil. 4:13; Heb. 4:16; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Jn. 3:6-10; 5:4). "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2:11-14) The Grace of God leads to a forsaking of ones lifestyle of sin and worldliness because of the Sacrificial Love demonstrated by God towards us first (1 Jn. 4;19). We Love God because He first Loved us, and because we Love God, we will keep His Commandments out of Gratitude for a debt that can never be repaid (Jn. 14:21). His Commandments are to live a godly life dominated and led by the Holy Spirit, and to reciprocate Divine Love towards God first and foremost. We are also commanded to give this greatest type of Love towards our fellow Christians in return; even the lost in anticipation that they may come to the knowledge of the Truth and be Saved (cf. Prov. 24:17; 25:21-22; Matt. 5:44-46; Lk. 6:27,35; Rom. 12:14; 1 Cor. 13:4-8; 1 Tim. 2:4; Jas. 2:1; 1 Pet. 3:9; 1 Jn. 4:7; Jude 1:16). This isn't Salvation by works, these are the results of someone who has TRULY been born-again.
  17. Here is a short list of signs indicating a high probability that the one "professing" to be Christian is not saved: NO broken and contrite spirit. NO understanding of the seriousness of sin before the MOST Just and Holy God. NO desire to forsake and repent of their sins. NO fruit of the Spirit at all. NO evidence of good works. NO understanding regarding the things of the Spirit of God. Their prayers are NOT answered. A life completely devoid of faithful obedience to the Lord. NO hatred of sin. NO desire to please the Lord. An unbroken pattern of sinning accompanied by NO Victory over sin. Lacking Faith in God (most likely because they have never established a saving relationship with God to begin with). Characteristics of a child of GOD: 1). Continual Obedience. 2). An increase of hatred towards sin, and an ever-growing sorrow and mourning for ones own sin when committed. 3). A Desire to Please the Lord. 4). Humility 5). Divine Love towards your brothers and sisters in Christ, and a love towards the lost and their need for Salvation. 6). A Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness and Holy Living. 7). Possessing an understanding concerning the things of the Spirit of God. 8). Answered prayers. 9). Confessing Jesus Christ in front of others about His Person and Divine Accomplishment. 10). Fruits of the Spirit (lit., "THE Fruit of the Spirit" -- i.e., "the nine inextricably linked characteristics as a cluster of one who has TRULY been born from above"; cf. Gal. 5:22-23). 11). Laying UP treasures in Heaven above. 12). Delighting in Serving the Lord as a Labor of Love.
  18. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, [hath everlasting life] (Grk. "echei zoen aionion" i.e., "the believer possesses Eternal Life at the moment of Saving Faith"), and shall NOT come into condemnation; but is [passed from death unto life] (Grk. "alla metabebeken ek tou thanatou eis ten zoen" [perfect indicative] -- i.e., "the believer has Salvation at the moment they believe from their heart, and can never fall into condemnation from that moment on")." (John 5:24) The one who possesses Saving Faith is assured Eternal Life upon the moment they Truly believe the spoken words of the Son of God from their HEART. The words "is passed" is in the Perfect Tense, indicating that the Genuine Believer is Eternally Secure from the Wrath of God. This is an action that has been completed by the Believer once and for all, never having to be repeated again. A stark contrast between the absolute certainty of ones Salvation at the moment he/she believes [FROM THE HEART] the Gospel Message of the Son of God (e.g., "the penitent thief on the Cross to the right of Jesus"), and the exact opposite: which is a hardened heart of unbelief at the moment he/she rejects the Words of Jesus Christ, and His Father who sent Him. This type of unbelief is irrevocable. No human can determine who permanently believes or disbelieves the saving knowledge of the Gospel [FROM THEIR HEART], but the very man or woman who believes or not. The only exception is made by God alone who searches the deepest recesses within the heart of every being with a conscience. "He that is unjust, let him [be unjust still]: and he which is filthy, let him [be filthy still]: and he that is righteous, let him [be righteous still]: and he that is holy, let him [be holy still]." (Revelation 22:11) The above passage is not about the Judicial Hardening of sinners (cf. Gen. 50:20; Ex. 7:3; 9:12; Deut. 2:30; Matt. 23:37; Mk. 4:11-12; Rom. 11:8; Acts 2:23; 4:28), but the finality of the rebellious and unrepentant sinner who has crossed the rubicon. The action verbs: unjust, filthy, righteous and holy, are all in the aorist imperative; which means that those who are unjust, filthy, righteous and holy, will remain that way throughout all of Eternity. Their decisions can NEVER be reversed once they have chosen (in their heart) whether to repent or not. This final and decisive act on their part will seal their fate once they have fixed their hearts regarding whom they choose to follow: that is, God or Satan. "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not [is condemned already] (Grk. "ede kekritai" [perfect passive indicative] -- i.e., "the sinner is consigned to Eternal Fire at the very moment he/she believes NOT in their HEART the message of the Son of God"), because [he hath not believed] (Grk. "hoti me pepisteuken" [perfect indicative] -- i.e., "the sinner's heart is hardened to where his/her unbelief is irrevocable") in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18) There are MANY who fail to fully realize why every individual on this planet deserves the Divine Judgment of Almighty God, and why there needs to be reconciliation between man and God (Jn. 3:18-19; 2 Cor. 5:19; 1 Tim. 2:4; 1 Thess. 5:9; Tit. 2:11; 2 Pet. 3:9). Many are those who "profess" to be Christian that have never been rightly taught why they needed to call upon the Lord to be Saved in the first place. Apostate "Christianity" is producing False converts at breakneck speed; and false undershepherds are compromising the Truth of Scripture to obviate the need for repentance (e.g., "homosexuality condoned, or being in lockstep with heretics"). Here are several reasons why MANY "nominal believers" have failed to understand the necessity for forgiveness and establishing peace with God: What concerns me the most in today's Christendom is the number of Christians professing to be saved, and the reality of this is many are self-deceived as a result of false teachings and hirelings in the pulpit. When I deal with people claiming to be Christian and exhibit NO fruits of the Spirit, or the understanding of the things of the Spirit of God, this sets off red flags. I find myself evangelizing not to the lost, but to those who "profess" to be Christians and display NO EVIDENCE AT ALL of ever being regenerated by the Holy Spirit, or the results and characteristics that should follow Post-Conversion. There are even those who have personally written in their Bibles the Month, day, and year they supposedly got saved. The problem arises from a lack of knowledge concerning the Message of the Gospel. They claim to be saved because: 1). They repeated a rote prayer that their Pastor recited. 2). They became very emotional to the point of tears during an altar call. 3). They attend church every Sunday, or even several times per week. 4). They have an intellectual assent of the Scripture, but not saving faith. 5). They do "good" works. 6). They "keep" the commandments. 7). They prayed to God to save them from Eternal Punishment, and that's it. 8). They were baptized when they were a child.
  19. Hello Family of God, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" (Psalm 8:4) Quite a tiny world called Earth in a cosmos of near endless celestial bodies; and yet the Omnipresent Creator presents to the inhabitants of this infinitesimal world an Unfathomable Love which surpasses all comprehension of finite man. God is too often accused of being mean-spirited by unbelievers, and this is because they do NOT know Him who takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezek. 18:32; 33:11; Rom. 5:8; 1 Cor. 13:6). However, it would be an injustice on God's part if He were to allow unrepentant sinners entrance into His Eternal Kingdom (cf. 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:5; 1 Tim. 1:9; Heb. 12:14; Rev. 22:15). I find it jaw-dropping how the unregenerate believe that they have the right to redefine objective moral values and turn it on its head (Isa. 5:20; Amos. 5:7; Jn. 3:19; Rom. 7:7; 13:1-7; 2 Tim. 4:3; 2 Pet. 2:1). They also fail to realize that it is God Himself who is the transcendent anchor point and author of morality. "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. [MANY] will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23) I want to begin this message by pressing the issue regarding the question, "what must I do to be saved?" I will also be outlining the basics of knowing with absolute certainty about your Salvation being secured, and what precedes it. Nothing can be of more importance than the fate of ones eternal soul, and everyone "professing" to be IN Christ needs to do a spiritual inventory of themselves to determine if they are indeed authentic Christians. Scripture states that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God (2 Cor. 5:11; Heb. 3:12; 10:31). How so? God is the LIVING GOD (Grk. "zontos theou" [present participle] -- i.e., "The Life Giving Immortal and Eternal God"), and since God is Eternal, the consequences of rejecting Him and His Son are Eternal (2 Chron. 36:16; Isa. 5:24; Matt. 10:33; 12:36-37; Lk. 12:9; Jn. 3:36; 12:48). Furthermore, the Attributes of God are Immutable; and for this reason, His Perfect Righteousness and Retribution towards unrepentant sinners are Eternal and unchanging as well (cf. Num. 23:19; Ps. 102:25-27; Isa. 46:10; Mal. 3:6; Tit. 1:2; Heb. 6:17; 13:8; Jas. 1:17; et al.). The Word of God COMMANDS that all believers must examine themselves to be certain that they TRULY belong to the Family of God (cf. Job 13:23; Jer. 31:19; Hag. 1:5-7; 1 Cor. 11:27-31; 2 Cor. 13:5; Gal. 6:4). Why are those who "profess" Jesus Christ as their Lord rejected by the Lord Himself in The Day of Judgment? Why are these hypocrites denied entrance into the Kingdom of God and then cast into outer darkness? Here are some of the reasons why: 1). These false converts are guilty of lip-service. 2). They have performed counterfeit miracles, or were deceived into believing that their lying signs and wonders were authentic. 3). They were filled with dead mens bones and all hypocrisy. 4). They believed that they could "achieve" Salvation through their "good" works. 5). The Lord Jesus Christ NEVER had a Saving Relationship with these "self-proclaimed" men and women of God.
  20. MANY are those who take issue with the LORDSHIP of Christ, and the main reason why this violates their conscience is because they want to enjoy their sins without any repercussions. They do not want to be held accountable and submit to the Lord Jesus Christ; who is to be their Sovereign and Master. Satan will whisper in their ears that their sins are justifiable, and there is no need for them to submit to the Lordship of Christ. Only those who are DOING the Will of God as a way of Life will enter into the Kingdom of our Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Sinning habitually is in complete opposition to the nature of God and His work in regeneration. Can someone who claims to be indwelt by the HOLY Spirit live a life of impurity? Here are a few reasons why "professing" Christians want to be their "own" master: They are living a lifestyle of habitual sinning (Rom. 8:7; Gal. 5:19-21; Heb. 10:26-27; 1 Jn. 2:3-6,15-17; 3:6-10). They are turning the Grace of God into lasciviousness (Jude 4; see also above). They are a new convert (1 Tim. 3:6;1 Pet. 2:2). They are a false convert (the parable of the sower and weeds; Matt. 13-30). They have a "form" of godliness (cf. Matt. 23:25; Tit. 1:16) but deny its power (2 Tim. 3:5). "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." (Revelation 22:3-4) The noun "servants" (Grk. "doulos"; lit., "SLAVE") has been mistranslated in nearly every version of the Bible as "servants." If the scribes were honest about what the Greek noun [DOULOS] TRULY MEANT, then they would have translated the word "servant" as [SLAVE]. And the verb "serve" (Grk. "latreuo" [future indicative] -- i.e., "TO WORSHIP God and the Lamb for all of Eternity") denotes servility TO God and of the Lamb from His children FOREVER. "I tell you, NAY: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3) "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, [THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD, AND OF HIS CHRIST; AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER] (Grk. "he basileia tou kosmou egeneto tou hemon kyriou kai tou autou Christou kai basileusei aionas ton aionon")." (Revelation 11:15) The sovereignty of the world will transition into One Kingdom which will then BELONG to the Messiah, and He will Govern it with Absolute Authority and Rule. Christ will hand over the Kingdom to His Father after the completion of the thousand year reign on Earth. The ministry of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit will be finished, and God will then be ALL IN ALL (1 Cor. 15:28). That is, the Triune God will sit on His Eternal Throne of Glory where HE WILL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER in a New Heaven and a New Earth where righteousness will dwell (Isa. 2:4; 66:22; Dan. 2:44; 7:14; Lk. 1:33; 2 Pet. 1:11; 3:13; Rev. 22:1). When the Lord returns to establish His Eternal Reign, He will weed out those who honor Jesus Christ with their lips only, and not with their hearts, and the harvesters will gather these hypocrites into clumps and throw them into a furnace of fire where they will weep and grind their teeth in Everlasting Torment (Isa. 29;13; Matt. 11:24; 13:49-50; 15:8; 25:30; Lk. 13:28; Tit. 1:16). "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] (Grk. "hypokriton"; i.e., "the unbelievers" cf. Matt. 22:13): there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:48-51) "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. And every man that hath this hope in him [PURIFIETH HIMSELF] (Grk. "hagnizei heauton" [present indicative - third person singular] -- i.e., "to make oneself pure as Jesus Christ until His Return"), even as he is pure." (1 John 3:2-3) "And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:26-27) "But be ye [DOERS OF THE WORD], and [NOT HEARERS ONLY], deceiving your own selves." (James 1:22) "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 6:15-16) "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken." (Psalm 34:18-20) "And he had power to [give life unto the image] (Grk. "dounai pneuma te eikoni"; i.e., "most likely an image operating with artificial intelligence") of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." (Revelation 13:15) All those who refuse to submit to the Sovereign Authority of the Lord God Almighty will be handed over to a reprobate mind; and God will send them strong delusion (Grk. "energeian planes"; lit., "energy of deceit") insomuch that they will literally worship the image of the Antichrist (cf. Rom. 1:18; 2 Tim. 3:8; 2 Thess. 12:11-12; Tit. 1:16). This image or resemblance of the Antichrist erected by the False Prophet will be able to speak using "artificial" intelligence. God is NOT mocked, and as a result . . . those who are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the World will be deceived into worshiping not only the Antichrist, but a replica of him operating on "artificial intelligence". They will be under the influence and control of something which does NOT even possess a TRUE conscience mind. This "image" will most likely have enough data and information to keep track of all who have taken the Mark of the Beast (Rev. 16:2; 19:20). "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the [dens] (Grk. "spelaia"; i.e., "a hideout or underground bunker, shelter, or base") and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Revelation 6:15-17) As the old proverbs goes without saying: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely". Those who have been in collusion with evil and demonic entities will try to protect themselves by hiding in underground bunkers or bases; and they know full well, as with these wicked and devilish creatures, that it is God Himself who is pouring out His Full Wrath upon them. Their lust for power on the Earth has corrupted their hearts along with the forces of darkness who have been around since ancient times. All their wasted efforts in preparing for the Great Day of God Almighty is all for nothing, and they are powerless against the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords regardless of their technological achievements. Even with the combined efforts of humans and the rulers of the darkness of this world, they will be rendered defenseless (cf. Matt. 12:45; 1 Cor. 10:20-21; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 2 Tim. 4:1; Rev. 20:7-10). Trying to "hide" from the Lord Jesus Christ after realizing that they are outmatched just proves that they will never repent of their wicked deeds (Rev. 9:20; 16:9). If you choose not to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, then you are a child of the devil; and such unrepentant behavior is not only arrogant, but it will ultimately lead you to humiliation and utter defeat as you will one day bow before the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Jn. 8:44-45; Phil. 2:10-11). "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall [the sun be darkened], and [the moon shall not give her light], and [the stars shall fall from heaven], and [the powers of the heavens shall be shaken]: And then shall appear [the sign of the Son of man in heaven]: and then shall all [the tribes] (Grk. "phylia"; i.e., "the nations") of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from [the four winds] (i.e., "north, south, east, and west"), from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24:29-31) Some theologians have posited that the SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN is the Cross, but this interpretation does not work for several reasons: one reason is that the SIGN will be "unique" in the sense that it stands alone; as opposed to a Roman Cross which was a common method of capital punishment during the time when Jesus Christ walked the Earth. We must also take into consideration that the SIGN is a subjective genitive case in the masculine gender (i.e., "Christ Himself is THE SIGN"). We can almost be certain that the Sign of the Son of Man is the Shekinah Glory of Almighty God (i.e., "the Presence of God, or the Parousia" -- cf. Matt. 16:28; 17:2; Rev. 1:16). The stars falling, and the skies being shaken with great force is an impending omen that will lead to the Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven; and the inhabitants of the Earth will set their eyes on these events occurring in the heavens with great fear. Jesus came as a gentle lamb at the first advent, and He will return as LORD OF ALL at His Second Coming. "Men's [hearts failing them for fear] (Grk. "apopsychonton" [present participle] -- lit., "continually terrified to the point of death"), and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." (Luke 21:26) The blazing Glory of God the Almighty will be intensified as a result of the sun being darkened, and the moon not giving forth her light (v. 29). The Transfiguration on the Mount was a foretaste and a foreshadowing of what is to come ahead in the future when Christ returns to set up His 1,000 year reign on the Earth (Deut. 30:3-5; Zech. 9:14-15; 12:10-14; 13:1; Amos 9:11-15; Jer. 30:18; 32:44; 33:11,26; Joel 3:1; Matt. 16:27; 24:31; 26:64; 1 Thess. 5:23; Tit. 2:13; Rev. 1:7). Christ will be LORD over all when He returns to rule the world with a rod of iron with PERFECT righteousness and judgment at the Second Advent. You can either bend your knee to the Lord Jesus Christ while you still have another breath to take, or you can make the imprudent decision to live like the rest of the unbelieving world and wallow in your sins. In Closing: When all is said and done, you want to be absolutely certain that Jesus Christ is TRULY your LORD and your Redeemer; and only then can you have the peace and assurance that you will enter in through the gates of the Eternal City of God. My words may seem crass to those who may read this, but that which I say it taken out of Holy Scripture. I write this with great concern because I care so much about the lost that it brings me to tears every day. It grieves me that our Lord Jesus Christ said that the road to Eternal Life is narrow, and only a few find it. If you are uncertain about your Salvation, then please take the time to consider what I have written. And if you are not a child of God, and you feel the Spirit tugging at you, then now is the time to respond in humility.
  21. The methodology of alter calls and the sinners prayer are often accompanied with sappy music to get the flow going by stirring up the unconverted with emotions that have absolutely nothing to do with godly sorrow (2 Cor. 7:10). Take away the attraction of the music playing in the background, and you will see just how much of a difference there will be without it. Lucifer has the ability to rouse intense emotions through music, especially with musical instruments that are otherworldly -- so be not deceived. He has given abilities and talents to many in the secular music industry, and it has cost them their souls when their time was up. Just "believing" as the "devils" do is not Saving Faith (Jas. 2:14,19). Here is what Contemporary Christianity has become: There is NO: Commitment Submission to Christ Giving your life to Christ Surrendering your life to Christ Repentance Forsaking your sins Making Christ Lord of your life To be continued . . . I want to make this as explicit as I possibly can regarding the title LORD. The title LORD (Grk. "Kyrion"; i.e., "Master, sir, One who is possesses Supreme Authority" -- e.g., "God and Christ") in Romans 10:9-10 does in fact refer to His Deity, and as the LORD of all. There are those who have the wrong idea that one can make Jesus Christ their Savior, but not their Lord -- or make Him Savior now, and then somehow make Him LORD later on in their life. LORD and Savior are inextricably linked, and cannot be separated due to their attributes. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is BOTH LORD and SAVIOR. You may have heard someone professing to be a Christian say, "I thank the [LORD] Jesus Christ [SO MUCH] for saving me from the penalty of my sins through His atoning Sacrifice of the Cross, and I am forever grateful for this undeserved gift from God -- but I refuse to let go of my sinful desires and walk in the newness of life" (Matt. 7:21; Rom. 6:4,6,16; 8:7,11; 2 Cor. 5:17; 6:14-18; Gal. 2:20; 3:27; Col. 3:1; Tit. 2:11-14; Heb. 5:9; 1 Jn. 2:3-6). He is LORD: (Acts 2:34-36; Rom. 1:1-4; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; 15:57; 2 Cor. 4:5; Phil. 2:8-11; 3:1; 4:1-4; Col. 3:15-17, 23-24). He is SAVIOR: (Jn. 3:16-18; 4:40-42; Acts 5:29-33; 13:16; Rom. 10:9-10; Phil. 3:20-21; 2 Tim. 1:9-11; 1 Jn. 4:14). "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet [HE ABIDETH FAITHFUL: HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF]." (2 Timothy 2:12-13) To be continued . . . The above verse does not teach us that Jesus Christ is faithful to keep us saved if we stop believing; it is teaching us that Jesus Christ is faithful to act accordingly to His immutable nature. Christ will dole out retribution to those who apostatize from the faith: for this is the due penalty for their sins, which is Eternal Punishment (Ps. 72:2; Isa. 11:3-4; Jn. 5:22,27; 8:16; Rom. 2:16; 2 Tim. 4:1; Rev. 19:11; 20:11-15). The sin of apostasy carries even a greater punishment than those who never claimed to have been saved to begin with (Matt. 10:15; Heb. 6:4-8; 10:26-31; 2 Pet. 2:1-3,20-22; Jude 4). The Doctrine concerning the Lordship of Jesus Christ does NOT teach us that we can "merit" Salvation through our "good" works. No one can be saved without a correct understanding of the Biblical doctrine of repentance taught in the Word of God; and it is then do we come to the realization of just how wicked and evil we are in the sight of the MOST Holy and Just God. The Thrice Holy God of all Creation is intrinsically *self-sufficient* in and of Himself, and apart from every creature (i.e., "The Aseity of God"). Salvation is utterly impossible unless the Spirit of God draws the sinner to Him with His Eternal Spirit, and not by what many theologians refer to as "prevenient grace" (Jn. 6:44; Rom. 3:1-19; Eph. 2:1-3; 2 Cor. 4:4; 2 Tim. 1:9). We MUST understand that we are spiritually bankrupt in our fallen condition, and that we are to turn to the ONLY one who can reconcile us from being the enemies of God to becoming His children (Isa. 57:15; 61:1-2; Ps. 34:18; Matt. 5:3-4; Jn. 12:24; Rom. 3:10). Because God first loved us sacrificially, we love God in return; and our love for Him produces a love which is demonstrated by living a godly and holy life before our Lord, Savior and Master (cf. Jn. 14:15-17,21; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:4-5; Jas. 1:12; 1 Jn. 4:16). This is why martyrs can face persecution and death without fear or angst, because their love is perfected in Christ our Lord (1 Jn. 4:18). To be continued . . . "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." (2 Corinthians 7:10) "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [HE THAT DOETH] (Grk. "ho poion" [present participle] -- i.e., "the one who lives their life for the LORD in continual obedience") the will of my Father which is in heaven. [MANY WILL SAY TO ME IN THAT DAY], Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, [I NEVER KNEW YOU]: [DEPART] (Grk. "egnon oudepote hymas" [aorist tense] -- "apochoreite" [present imperative] -- ie., "Jesus commanding the hypocrites and unbelievers to leave His presence") from me, [YE THAT WORK INIQUITY] (Grk. "hoi ergazomenoi anomian" [present middle or passive participle] -- lit., "you who always do lawlessness")." (Matthew 7:21-23) The Lord Jesus Christ having NEVER KNOWN these false converts is His way of declaring to them that He never HAD an Intimate and Saving Relationship with the one "professing" to be Christian in the first place; not in the past, and even until that moment when Jesus declares to these hypocrites that they do NOT BELONG to Him. This should be a sobering thought to anyone "professing" to be in Christ, and to those who are living a lifestyle of sinning habitually without repentance; such men and women will be in for a rude awakening if they fail to take heed to this most urgent plea. This is why The Holy Spirit through Paul commands that each and every "professing" Christian to EXAMINE (Grk. "peirazo"; present imperative) THEMSELVES to see if they are in FACT Genuine Believers, lest they be found as REPROBATES (Grk. "adokimos"; lit., "not approved") when it is TOO LATE (2 Cor. 13:5; Jas. 2:14-26). "Know ye not that the unrighteous [SHALL NOT] inherit the kingdom of God? [BE NOT DECEIVED]: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) To be continued . . . There is no such thing as a "carnal" Christian in the sense that he/she will allow their fleshly desires to enslave them (cf. Jn. 8:34; Rom. 6:16-20; 8:5-8,13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Tim. 1:10-11; 1 Pet. 3:18; 4:3). The Bible uses the word "carnal" to refer to a flesh and blood body, and it is also used to refer to living in like manner as the unregenerate (cf. 1 Jn. 2:16). When the Bible speaks of the deeds of the flesh, it speaks of a linear, continuous action. This pattern of behavior is completely contrary to someone who has been regenerated and made alive in Christ. These are those who "mortify" the works of the flesh (Rom. 8:13). "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal (Grk. "sarkinos"; i.e., "physical" -- cf. Rom. 7:24; Col. 1:22), sold under sin." (Romans 7:14) "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For [TO BE CARNALLY MINDED IS DEATH] (Grk. "phronema tes sarkos thanatos"; i.e., "a propensity for sinful actions as a way of living"); but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." (Romans 8:5-8) "Jesus answered and said unto him, [IF ANY 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 14:23)
  22. "He that [dwelleth] (Heb. "yashab" [active participle in the qal stem] i.e., "to continually remain") in [the secret place of the most high] (Heb. "cether"; i.e., "protection") shall [abide] (Heb. "luwn" [imperfect tense in the hithpalpel stem] under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalm 91:1) Most nominal Christians complain about their "right" to exercise "free will" -- but just how "free" is a Christian's will if Jesus Christ is TRULY their LORD? The Word of God explicitly states that only those who live the Christian life will abide forever (Matt. 6:10; 7:21; Rom. 8:28; 1 Thess. 4:3; 1 Pet. 3:17; 1 Jn. 2:17; et al.). How free is a Christian's will if it is *God's Will* that ought to take precedence in the life of the one professing to be in Christ? This is why the Word of God commands every Christian to deny themselves and follow Jesus Christ (Lk. 9:23; Jn. 12:24; Rom. 6:11-14; 8:12-13; 12:1-2; Gal. 2:20; 6:14; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:5; 1 Pet. 4:2). You only have two options: you can be continually disobedient and exercise your "free will", which only proves that you are a false convert; or . . . you can obey the Commands of your Lord Jesus Christ and bend your knee to His Will instead, which proves that you are a Genuine Christian. If you are a True Convert, then you really don't have much of a CHOICE. You can have your FREE WILL if you "choose" to submit to the Will of God. How so? "If the Son therefore shall make you [FREE], ye shall be [FREE] indeed." (John 8:36) "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5:20-21) To be continued . . . "That if [THOU SHALT CONFESS] (Grk. "homologese" [aorist subjunctive] -- i.e., "to acknowledge", cf. Rom. 10b) with thy mouth the [LORD JESUS] (Grk. "Iesoun Kyrion"; i.e., "The Supreme Master and Sovereign who has Absolute Authority over all"), and [SHALT BELIEVE] (Grk. "pisteuses" [aorist active subjunctive] -- i.e., "to entrust with your mind", cf. Rom. 10a) in thine [HEART] (Grk. "kardia" ; i.e., "with your mind") that God hath raised him from the dead, [THOU SHALT BE SAVED] (Grk. "sothese" [future passive indicative] -- i.e., "to delivered or rescued from the penalty of sin and Eternal Punishment at the time of ones confession"). For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10) You may have heard Pastors and preachers tell sinners to repeat such words as "Ask Jesus to come into your heart", or "Jesus is standing at the door of your heart, and there are no knobs on the outside . . . you have to let Him in." Would it make a difference if there was a knob on the outside if you were the one to let Jesus Christ in? Is it possible that there are genuinely saved people who came to Christ in such manner? Sure it's possible; but when we are dealing with an important issue such as the fate of ones soul, It would be wise not to use this approach. Furthermore, local churches are led by the shepherd of that congregation to give instruction on godly and holy living using the Word of God, and to build up the Body of Believers to better serve the Lord (Acts 20:28; Eph. 4:12; 1 Tim. 3:1-16; 2 Tim. 2:15; 4:2; Tit. 1:5-9; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:2-3). Misinterpretations of what genuine belief entails have been instrumental in leading many to believe that they were saved as a result of this; and this has led millions of false converts to an Eternal Hell. To be continued . . .
  23. Hello Family of God . . . or NOT, "Then said one unto him, [LORD], are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, [Strive] (Grk. "agonizesthe" [present imperative] -- i.e., "to struggle intensely; a continuous effort to strenuously contend as the athletes did through exertion") to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." (Luke 13:23-24) Brackets and ALL CAPS are used for [EMPHASIS]. Please excuse my grammatical inaccuracies and errors in punctuation; as I am a fallen creature who is capable of making mistakes here on Earth. Though some of my words may seem harsh, it is never my intention to verbally harm others in a negative manner; but rather it is to stir wayward Christians to be faithful slaves of the LORD, and to urge the unrepentant who may think that they are saved but are not; that they may surrender their hearts over to the Lord God so that they may be saved -- because tomorrow is never promised to anyone (cf. Ps. 90:12; Prov. 27:1; Rom. 13:11; 2 Cor. 6:1-2; Eph. 5:15-17; Jas. 4:13-15). Do not just assume that every thing which I have written here is 100% true -- even if it were to be so. More often than not, many Pastors, preachers and evangelists sand off the rough edges of the Gospel message to present it as palatable to the lost in hopes that this method of preaching would draw sinners to Repentance and Salvation (cf. Matt. 10:32-33; Mk. 8:38; Jn. 4:24; 8:32; Rom. 1:16-18; 1 Cor. 1:23; 2 Cor. 10:4-5; Col. 3:23; 2 Tim. 1:8; 2:15; 1 Pet. 4:16). This poses a problem and can be disastrous if the WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD is not understood as it ought to be, so please take the time to study this out for yourself so that you may have peace and assurance; and DO NOT forget to pray to the Lord so that He may illuminate your understanding concerning the Word of God (cf. Acts 20:27; Eph. 3:6-12; 2 Tim. 3:16). To be continued . . . The duty which has been assigned to me is to expose those who claim to walk in the light, but are secretly living in the darkness of the night. The Apostles would be appalled if they were to experience what this world has become since their departure -- even if it were for just one week. I do understand that the number of the inhabitants of this world has increased substantially over two millennia; and as a result of this population boom, the increase of leaven has permeated throughout Christendom. Spiritual wickedness and corruption has spread like gangrene within the supposed "body" of believers. I will also discuss how we are to live in this world as slaves of our Lord Jesus Christ, and what mindset are we to hold to according to the Bible (cf. Matt. 5:1-12; 6:24; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 4:1-6; Col. 3:5-10; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Tit. 2:12-13; 2 Pet. 1:3-4; et al). I have heard many Christians who have told me that they "feel" saved at times, and then express doubt as to whether they are even saved at all in other moments in their life. There should NEVER be any doubt regarding one's Salvation if the one "professing" to be in Christ is living a godly and holy life pleasing to the Lord (Jn. 5:24; 6:37; 8:31-32; 10:27-30; Rom. 5:1; 8:1,15-16,35,38-39; 10:9; 2 Cor. 13:5; Phil. 1:6; Col. 2:2; 2 Tim. 1:12; Tit. 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:5; 2 Pet. 1:10-11; 1 Jn. 2:3; 3:9-10,14; 4:6; 5:11-13,18). Doubt is the consequence of disobedience and distrust to the Commands contained in sacred Scripture; and if one fails to take the much needed time to read and study the Bible as a priority with due diligence, then this will most assuredly bring about uncertainty in the heart of a Christian. To be continued . . . How Sovereign is the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY? We know that His Divine Providence is working ALL THINGS together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28). He declares the End from the Beginning. When the timing is ripe, Satan will eventually be flung into the Eternal Lake of Fire where he will be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Rev. 20:10). The adversary has been storing up Wrath since his rebellion in the third heaven until now, and he will pay the severest of all penalties for his Treachery as a result of having led billions to Eternal Damnation. Even though the devil knows what the Scripture says regarding his fate, there is absolutely NOTHING he can do to alter it no matter how much effort he puts into it. Since Satan's nature is fixed as a leopard which is unable to change its spots, he will act accordingly with his desires (cf. Jer. 13:23; Matt. 16:23; Jn. 8:44; Rev. 20:7). The decisions in which Satan will "choose" to perform are revealed in Holy Scripture; and these are the immutable actions and motives of a being who exhibits the worst kind of evil there can possibly be. We can observe the decisions in which he will make in the future as written in the Book of Revelation, and this cannot be altered (even by Satan himself; hypothetically speaking) because there isn't any other creature in existence who can make choices and decisions more wicked and deceiving than Satan himself. "And why [CALL] (Grk. "kaleite" [present indicative] -- i.e., "these false converts continue to call Jesus their Lord, but their lifestyle proves that they have never TRULY been born-again") ye me, Lord, Lord, and [DO NOT] (Grk. "ou poieite" [present indicative] -- i.e., "continual disobedience") the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46) If we were to carefully and diligently study all the verb tenses found in the Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek, we would discover that most of them are in the IMPERATIVE (i.e., "a command") when it is God or Jesus Christ who is speaking. There are more IMPERATIVES in the words of Jesus Christ than in the words of any other person speaking in the New Testament. It is clear that the reason for this is because Jesus Christ is Lord over all; and as our Master and Sovereign, He gives direct orders with authority to His slaves who are to OBEY every word in which He speaks to them as their LORD. You may feel as if this is preaching to the choir, but I never met a choir that sung solo. To e continued . . .
  24. I can present with irrefutable arguments that proves that a Genuine Believer CANNOT "lose" their Salvation if they have TRULY been born-again. I can also provide using context, exegesis and hermeneutics to prove without any doubt that the Doctrine of Eternal Security is Biblical. Unfortunately, there are those who just want to lure Christians into a trap by denying this precious Truth. Here is just one out of MANY irrefutable proofs: "My sheep [HEAR] my voice, and I [KNOW] them, and they [FOLLOW] me: And I give unto them eternal life; and [THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH], neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." (John 10:27-29) Jesus said that He gives His sheep Eternal Life; but His sheep are the ones who "continually" hear and follow Him; and are known by their Chief Shepherd (Jesus) in the most intimate manner. These are"characteristics" of His sheep, and they will never perish. The words "they shall never perish" (Grk. "kai ou me apolontai eis ton aiona" καὶ οὐ μὴ ἀπόλωνται εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα; i.e., "they shall never perish, no not ever") in the Greek grammar is referred to as an emphatic double negative (similar to Verily, Verily) or (e.g., "No, not, ever"). The Greek verbs "hear" (Grk. "akouousin" ἀκούουσιν; i.e., "to obediently listen to the voice of the Chief Shepherd"), "know" (Grk. "ginosko" γινώσκω; i.e., "a deep and intimate understanding of") and "follow" (Grk. "akolouthousin" ἀκολουθοῦσίν; i.e., "to FOLLOW one who LEADS") are all in the present tense, active voice, and the mood is in the indicative (cf. Jn. 8:12). This all suggests that the characteristic's of Jesus sheep will "continue" to "hear, know His voice, and follow" Him. Some have argued that "as" one of Jesus' sheep, one could ("on their own free will") voluntarily remove or jump out of Jesus' hand -- and therefore "forfeit" their Salvation. The problem with that argument is that the passage says "NO MAN" shall pluck them out of my Hand; this would also include the "sheep" in the hands of BOTH the Father and the Son. The teaching that one of Jesus' sheep can voluntarily jump out of His hand would not work for several reason -- even using the "free will" argument. The reasons are: Jesus said that His (possessive pronoun) sheep will not listen to the "voice of strangers" or false shepherds; but will "flee" from them. (John 10:5) Jesus said that even if one of His sheep wanders off voluntarily, He will leave the 99 in His fold to seek out that sheep that wandered astray [free will and voluntarily] (Lk. 15:1-6) Jesus said that He is the TRUE shepherd and not a hireling; for hirelings abandon their sheep when there's danger approaching (John 10:12 -- i.e., "wolves"). Jesus is the GOOD SHEPHERD, so He will keep His sheep safe at all times. If Jesus allows His sheep to wander off and does nothing about it; how then is He the Good Shepherd? One might argue that the sheep that have wandered astray in Luke 15:1-6 refers to the unsaved, and not those who already belong to Christ. Romans 5:8-9 states: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, [WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS], Christ died for us. [MUCH MORE THEN, BEING NOW JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD], we shall be saved from wrath through him." The subject (i.e., "Jesus' sheep" or "them") in that passage uses the reflexive pronoun; meaning that the "subject" (i.e., "Jesus' sheep or him/herself") in the hands of both the Father and the Son will have nothing to do with him/herself being plucked out. A great place to start would be an examination of the fruit of the Spirit. If you TRULY belong to Christ, then a spiritual inventory check would be the first place to start (cf. 2 Cor. 13:5). Do these Christlike characteristics abide in you? Love Joy Peace Self-control Kindness Goodness Gentleness Faithfulness Patience If you are in complete opposition of these Spiritual fruits, then that is a "red flag" that you may not be saved, or were never saved to begin with. When we are born-again, we are "new" creatures in Christ, and sin will have less dominion overs us during our life (cf. Matt. 3:8; Rom. 12:2-3; 2 Cor. 5:17; Heb. 6:1; 1 Jn. 3:9; 5:4; et al.). As we progress spiritually, we will have a greater hatred towards sin, and keep the commandments because we want to please God. God Bless!
  25. "Now we know that God [HEARETH] (Grk. "akouei" ἀκούει [present active indicative] -- i.e., "God will not hear the unrepentant sinner") not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and [DOETH] (Grk. "poie" ποιῇ [present active subjunctive] -- i.e., "God will hear the prayer IF he or she is a DOER of His Will") his will, him he heareth." (John 9:31) "He that [loveth his life] shall [lose it]; and he that [hateth his life in this world] shall [keep it] unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, [him will my Father honour]." (John 12:25-26) "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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 2:15-17) Those who live a lifestyle of [UNREPENTED] and [HABITUAL] sinning can [NEVER] expect to have their prayers answered by God. Answered prayers are based upon the [CONDITION] that the one "professing" to be Christian continually does the Will of God. So does this verse somehow imply that it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to answer or respond to the prayers of unsaved people? The Bible makes it clear that God answers the prayers of those who ask Him according to His Will (1 Jn. 5:13-15). Some Bible commentaries have suggested that this can apply to unbelievers as long as the prayer is "according to the Will of God." The problem with that interpretation is based on poor exegesis. Verse 13 clearly says (in context) that those that BELIEVE [in the name] of the Son of God will have their prayers answered, and every Bible student ought to know that CONTEXT IS KING. The assumption is that these commentators wrongly assume that because those who have prayed to God and had their prayers "answered" were "unsaved" because they were a Gentile or a Non-Jew; or that "backslidden" Israel spoken of in a "collective" manner somehow refers to unsaved "individuals" (cf. Jer. 29:13). Moreover, these commentators have even incorrectly stated that certain behaviors or actions were equivalent to prayer (Gen. 21:14-19; 1 Kgs. 21:17-29; Mk. 7:24-30; Acts 10:2). When we take into consideration regarding those who have their prayers answered, and those who do NOT; it is clear that God does NOT answer the prayers of the lost. One may argue that there were MANY unsaved people who have prayed to God after the 9/11 terrorist attack, and that their prayers were answered. This is a very narrow and shallow understanding of how God works in the lives of those who are His Children. It is to wrongly ASSUME that there was not a SINGLE INDIVIDUAL among the thousands or more people who prayed after the 9/11 terrorist attack who were Genuine Christians. God Himself says in Isaiah 59:2 that the iniquities and sins of Israel resulted in their separation from God and for Him to hide His face from them. This not only applies to Israel, but to the entire unbelieving world (cf. Rom.3:23). "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that [WALK UPRIGHTLY]." (Psalm 84:11) Reasons why your prayers are NOT answered: Your prayers are NOT in accordance with the Perfect Will of God (Jer. 42:3; Jn. 9:31; Rom. 12:2; Col. 1:9; Jas. 4:3; 1 Jn. 5:14). You neglect to forgive those who have wronged you (Matt. 6:12). You are NOT saved. You have sins that need to be repented of (Matt. 3:8; 4:17; Acts 3:19; 20:21; Rom. 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:9-10; Rev. 3:3). You are not TRUSTING in God who is able to do exceeding abundantly [ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK], according to the power that is working in us (Ex. 15:2; 1 Chron. 16:11; Prov. 3:5; Isa. 40:28-31; 41:10; Jer. 17:5; Eph. 3:20). Pride and arrogance (Jas. 4:6-8). The LORD is testing you . . . Continued . . . "Now [UNTO HIM THAT IS ABLE] to do [EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK], according to the power that worketh in us," (Ephesians 3:20) It is very disturbing to hear professing Christians who proclaim to others that they worship a God who can bring matter into existence from absolutely nothing (Gen. 1:1; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 4:11 -- In the beginning God created the Universe out of NOTHING; רֵאשִׁית אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא). These same people often reveal sooner or later their level of TRUST in the Lord as they often DOUBT whether or not God can fulfill His promises to the "believer" who is doing the Will of God. I often think to myself if such men and women had this level of "faith" when they called upon the Lord to save them from the penalty of Eternal Punishment . . . This poses a danger if such were to be the case; because the sinner MUST believe (IN THEIR HEART) and [TRUST] that God [IS ABLE] to keep that [PROMISE]. "But [STRAIGHTWAY] (Grk. "euthys" Εὐθὺς; i.e., "right away, or at once") Jesus spake unto them, saying, [BE OF GOOD CHEER] (Grk. "tharseite" Θαρσεῖτε [present active imperative] -- i.e., "a command from Jesus to Peter to be bold or courageous"); it is I; [BE NOT AFRAID] (Grk. "me phobeisthe" ἰμι ἐγώ μὴ φοβεῖσθε; [present imperative] -- i.e., "a command from the Eternal Son of God to Peter not to be frightened or alarmed" cf. Jn. 8:58). 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 14:27-31) Jesus was [ABLE] to lift Peter up [IMMEDIATELY] as he was [SINKING INTO THE DEPTH] of the sea. It is far more difficult to lift a person out from the depths of the sea than if one were to lift up a person from solid ground; especially if the person were to be panicking and sinking, and any lifeguard can tell us that. Jesus set forth an example of how God is willing to bend over backwards to meet our needs if we place our absolute trust in Him. "But let him ask in faith, [NOTHING WAVERING]. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:6-8) Jesus told His disciples in John 21:6 to cast (Grk. "balete" Βάλετε [aorist imperative] -- i.e., "a COMMAND given by Jesus to His disciples to cast the net into the sea") their net into the sea to catch fish. It was the [WILL OF THE LORD] that they do as He COMMANDED; and as a result, they were unable to haul the fish in to the boat because of the great quantity; so they had to drag the net to land (21:6-8). We also find that the net had NOT been broken even though it seemed apparent that the net could not hold such a great quantity of fish (v.11). NONE of the fish CAUGHT were LOST. Jesus promised that those who come to Him will NEVER be [CAST OUT] or [LOST] (Jn. 6:37-39). Jesus went BEYOND what was expected by His disciples as He also [PROVIDED] them with bread which they had not (Jn. 21:9; see Eph. 3:20). God is able to [PROVIDE] and [EXCEED] what we ask of Him in prayer far beyond what we can comprehend in our finite minds. The rest of the remainder of the fish was obviously put to good use by the Disciples after they had breakfast with Jesus, and NOT for selfish gain (cf. Matt. 5:42; Lk. 6:31,38; 1 Pet. 4:7-11; 1 Jn. 3:16-24). This is NOT to suggest that if we ask the Lord for a steak and lobster dinner, that He will provide us with steak, lobster, AND a baked potato enough for 3 people. I recall a sermon about "faith" preached by a young Pastor of a non-denominational church; and he gave some of the worst examples of biblical faith ever. He had a proclivity to preach sermons on the "generosity" of God, and how the Lord gives His people the desires of their hearts . . . IF they have enough "faith" (Ps. 37:4). The problem with the examples this Pastor gave was that it had NOTHING to do with godliness with contentment (1 Tim. 6:6-11) -- but just GAIN, such as fleeting passions and lusts which are but momentary. He bragged to his congregation about the time he had prayed for snow when it was off season, and a steak dinner because he wasn't satisfied with what was offered to him by his wife. He continued on to boast to his congregation that one of his friends called him on the phone, and invited him to dinner at a restaurant where he ordered steak. All this was supposedly paid for by his friend. Apparently he had not read what Jesus Himself taught regarding the beatitude attitudes of the children of God; and how God gives Common Grace to ALL (cf. Gen. 8:22; Nah. 1:3; Ps. 145:9; Matt. 5:45; Lk. 6:35; Acts 14:17). I had approached this Pastor after the service was over with and gently took him aside to explain in detail why his sermon had almost nothing to do with faith that is taught in Scripture. I was thrilled to discover a month later from my friend (who introduced me to his Pastor), that this Pastor (Andrew) continued his sermon series about *faith* in which he surprisingly preached the true meaning of faith according to the Bible (Mk. 11:24; 17:20; Jn. 11:40; Rom. 1:17; 4:3; Gal. 2:20; Heb. 11:1-40; Jas. 1:6; 1 Jn. 5:5). Sadly, there are so many deceived men and women who are under the teachings of demon-possessed preachers, pastors, and bible teachers; or those who are led by demonic spirits that teach their willing listeners with tickled ears what their evil and selfish heart desires. God does NOT give what the natural, unregenerate and sinful man or woman already wants. The Satan tried to do this with the Sinless Son of God and FAILED miserably. If the Lord puts it in the heart of the unregenerate the desire to receive the free gift of Eternal Life, then He will in no way turn them away; because it is His Will that those who are given to Him will never be lost (Jn. 6:37,44; 18:9; Acts 11:18; 2 Cor. 7:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Tim. 2:25; 2 Pet. 3:9). Continued . . . "And [FORGIVE] (Grk. "aphes" ἄφες [aorist imperative] -- i.e., "you are commanded to forgive whenever it is asked of you") us our [DEBTS] (Grk. "opheilemata" ὀφειλήματα; i.e., "an offense, and even sin"), as we our debtors. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:12,14-15) There is a parallel passage of Matthew 6:12 found in Luke 11:14; and we find that the word SINS is used in lieu of DEBTS. This is to be understood that if one refuses to forgive others who have wronged them; then the Lord will NOT forgive that unforgiving person of their sins. This not only hinders the prayers of the unforgiving; but it can very well mean that such an unforgiving person may not have been forgiven for all of their sins at their supposed "conversion". The one who has been FORGIVEN for ALL THEIR SINS before God will in like manner be FORGIVING. This is because the one forgiven TRULY understands how GREAT the Mercy and Forgiveness of God is, and the serious nature of sin before the Thrice Holy and Just God. Continual lack of forgiveness is indicative that such a person may be in danger of Eternal Punishment if not repented of. "And [FORGIVE] (Grk. "aphes" ἄφες; second aorist active imperative) us our [SINS] (Grk. "hamartias" ἁμαρτίας; i.e., "sins"); for we also [FORGIVE] (Grk. "aphiomen" ἀφίομεν; present active indicative) every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from [EVIL] (Grk. "tou ponerou" τοῦ πονηροῦ [genitive masculine singular] -- i.e, "the evil one"). (Luke 11:4) BOTH passages speak of the one forgiven to forgive others WITHOUT LIMIT, and this is NOT an option; this is a COMMAND (cf. Matt. 18:22). This is not to imply that if a True Christian fails to ask God to forgive them for some sin that they have unknowingly committed (whether in deed or in thought), that the Lord will not forgive them if they fail to confess them before Him; but to WITHHOLD forgiveness to anyone is not only a direct and willful act of disobedience and sin -- it is also rebellion and pride, and this will grieve the Holy Spirit of God. If we are True Christian, then it is only a matter of time before we will face the chastening hand of the Lord (Prov. 3:12; 1 Cor. 11:32; Heb. 12:6-7); and if not, then we shouldn't expect any of our prayers to be answered. Failure or neglect to forgive anyone at any given moment not only means that we have fallen victim to the Devil (i.e., "the evil one") -- but it may be indicative that you may not be saved at all, since willful disobedience to a DIRECT COMMAND from Jesus Christ Himself may point to an unregenerate heart if this is your pattern of life (Prov. 28:13; Matt. 7:16-23; Jn. 10:27-29; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:1; 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 Jn. 3:9; 4:7-8; 5:18). "And whatsoever [YE SHALL ASK] (Grk. "aitesete" αἰτήσητε) [IN MY NAME] (i.e., "as a follower of Jesus Christ"; cf. Jn. 10:27-29), [THAT WILL I DO] (Grk. "poieso" ποιήσω; i.e., "it WILL be granted to you"), that the Father may be [GLORIFIED IN THE SON]. If ye shall ask [ANY THING IN MY NAME], I will do it." (John 14:13-14) Ye shall ask (Grk. "aitesete" αἰτήσητε [aorist active subjunctive]; second person plural) is a decision to pray and request that our petitions will be fulfilled solely on the basis of GLORIFYING GOD and His Kingdom; and NOT involving any self-seeking motives. This guarantees that our prayers will come to pass 100% of the time. If we pray for God's Will to be done, then it WILL come to pass 100% of the time. Knowing God's Will and desiring for His Will to be done ought to go together. How can a prayer that involves the Will of God NOT come to pass since there is nothing which can thwart the plans and purposes of Almighty God? It is IMPOSSIBLE for such a prayer NOT to come to pass! "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, [MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND, AND I WILL DO ALL MY PLEASURE]: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, [I WILL ALSO BRING IT TO PASS; I HAVE PURPOSED IT, I WILL ALSO DO IT]" (Isaiah 46:9-11) "For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?" (Isaiah 14:27) "[ASK], and it shall be [GIVEN]; [SEEK], and ye shall [FIND]; [KNOCK], and it shall be [OPENED] unto you: For every one that asketh [RECEIVETH]; and he that seeketh [FINDETH]; and to him that knocketh it shall be [OPENED]." (Matthew 7:7-8) The book of Psalms contain a plenitude of prayers from King David to the LORD. His heart is poured out unto God as he praises and extols the LORD by revealing his thoughts through words for the loving-kindness, mercy, and an enduring forgiveness of God which is without end. This takes you inside the heart and mind of a godly man who finds delight in the laws of God; he also expresses his innermost emotions and desires as he declares to God that he hates the things which the LORD hates, and loving the things which the LORD loves (Ps. 37:4; 40:8; 119:97). Can your prayers be answered 100% of the time? I can assure anyone that the answer is an emphatic YES!!! "[CALL] unto me, and [I WILL ANSWER THEE], and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." (Jeremiah 33:3) If our prayers are answered 100% of the time, then this is a clear indication that each of the [steps] that we take in our Christian WALK are constantly being led by the Spirit of God; and if NOT . . . then we must rightly discern why such is the case (cf. Ps. 37:23; Prov. 20:24; Jas. 1:5,17). And if we cannot rightly discern why, then we are to ASK of God in faith (i.e., "FAITH IN GOD'S ABILITY, AND NOT OUR OWN") who will grant us the ability to do so (Josh. 24:15; 1 Kgs. 18:21; Matt. 7:7; 1 Cor. 12:31; Jas. 1:5; Rev. 3:16). We MUST ask the Lord with a candid and sincere heart to give us the wisdom and understanding in order to help us determine where we need to mature spiritually, and to move forward in our service to the Lord (Deut 11:13; Ps. 119:10; 1 Sam. 12:24; Matt. 5:6; Jn. 12:26; Rom. 12:1,11; 2 Cor. 1:12; Eph. 4:15-16; Col. 1:9-10; 3:23-24; 1 Tim. 1:12; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Tit. 2:7; Heb. 5:12-14; 1 Pet. 2:1; 2 Pet. 1:5; 3:18). If we are struggling with difficulties in specific areas in our lives: such as ongoing sins that we would rather not speak about, then POUR OUT YOUR HEART to God who understands our plight and DEEPEST STRUGGLES. He will then answer us as we wait for His PROMISES to bring our petitions to pass (1 Sam. 1:15; 16:7; Ps. 51:10; 62:8; 142:1-7; Dan. 9:4). Failure to do so is to doubt the Wisdom, Power, and Understanding of God; and this is an INSULT to the God of all creation. Hidden sins or dishonesty to the Holy Spirit of Truth led to the lights being turned off for Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). If we can't quite get it out what needs to be said in our prayers; then boldly ask the Lord to SEARCH OUR HEART, and He will bring it to pass what is much needed to get through our ordeals and hardships (cf. 1 Sam. 16:7; Ps. 44:21; 51:10; Jer. 17:9-10; Rom. 8:26; Heb. 4:12; 10:22). "Let us draw near with a [TRUE HEART] in [FULL ASSURANCE OF FAITH], having our [HEARTS SPRINKLED FROM AN EVIL CONSCIENCE], and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:22) The meaning behind a [TRUE HEART] (Grk. "alethines kardias" ἀληθινῆς καρδίας; i.e., "genuineness of our thoughts and feelings; being "genuine, sincere, and without dissimulation, guile, hypocrisy, or any ulterior motives" (cf. Jer. 24:7; Matt. 15:8). Knowing this, we can have FULL ASSURANCE (Grk. "plerophoria" πληροφορίᾳ; i.e., "a hope which should abide in and with us until the end") that our prayers will be answered by Him who is True and Faithful. We can be absolutely assured with unbreakable confidence that God WILL keep His promises without wavering, and with no strings attached, as we continually abide in His Will for our lives. He will give us the much needed strength to persevere in and through our trials; now, and to the very end (cf. Col. 2:2; Phil. 1:6; Heb. 6:10). "Behold, thou desirest [TRUTH] in the [INWARD PARTS]: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom." (Psalm 51:6) "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalm 91:1) If we are in the Family of God, then we can rest assured that we are under the care of God The Almighty. Whatever difficulty or anxiety which is wearing us down; we need not to worry If our house is built upon the rock. It is The Sovereign God who has permitted these fiery trials to come about; and it is The Sovereign God who will complete the good work He has begun in our lives until the very end (1 Cor. 10:13; Phil. 1:6; Jas. 1:2). "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with [ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS] in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." (Ephesians 1:3-6) HOW does one pray? Do we pray with our eyes closed? Do we pray with our eyes opened? Do we pray standing up? Do we pray on our knees? Most importantly is our [desire] rather than our posture; for it is God who knows our hearts better than we ourselves know it (1 Sam. 16:7; Ps. 139:4; Eccl. 12:14; Jer. 16:7; 17:10; Rev. 2:23). Do you hunger and thirst after righteousness? Are these your heartfelt desires? If our desires are TRULY God-Centered, then our petitions will be granted as God will bestow upon us every PERFECT GIFT we ask of Him (Jas. 1:17); and He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and [there is none upon earth that I DESIRE beside thee]. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever." (Psalm 73:25-26) In Closing: "But my God [SHALL SUPPLY] (Grk. "plerosei" πληρώσει; i.e., "to supply with abundance" -- cf. Eph. 3:20-21) all your [NEED] (Grk. "chreian" χρείαν) according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19) "From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." (James 4:1-3) "[Delight thyself also in the Lord]: and he shall give thee [the desires of thine heart]." (Psalm 37:4) What are we praying for? A parking space? Good seats at a movie theater? To win the Lottery? A higher paying job so that we may use most of our income to serve self? As Jesus taught in His model prayer: our petitions should place God and His Kingdom FIRST. What are the desires of our heart? Do we delight ourselves in the Lord? The one who delights himself in the Lord will seek after spiritual blessings rather than earthly and temporal riches which can only do harm rather than good. What we desire is to be what the Lord God desires for us, and what is part and parcel of His complete and perfect will for us in preparation for the age to come (cf. Ps. 139:16-17; Jer. 29:11; Jn. 6:27; Rom. 6:22; 8:28-19; 12:2; Eph. 1:4-5; 2:10; 2 Pet. 1:3-4). "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom [I have suffered the loss of all things], and do count them [BUT DUNG] (Grk. "skybala" κύβαλα; i.e., "rubbish, manure, or trash that is thrown to dogs"), [THAT I MAY WIN CHRIST], And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:" (Philippians 3:8-9) This is to be the FOCUS of everyone who professes to Love the Lord, and to continually seek to be conformed to the image of the Son of God. And if this is our desire, then we must also be prepared to live a life of fiery ordeals and nonstop attacks from the enemy. Abiding in Christ and taking up your cross daily will inevitably bring about persecution, suffering, hatred from the world, and separation from even among your own flesh and blood relatives (Lk. 14:26; 16:33; 1 Pet. 5:6-10). God will strengthen us with endurance, character, and a hope that cannot fail. Even during all of the aforementioned, we should NEVER lose heart; because God is TRUE AND FAITHFUL to deliver us out of all affliction when we cry out to Him in prayer (Ps. 27:1; 18:6; 34:4; 120:1; Isa. 41:13; Rom. 5:3-5; 8:17-18; Phil. 4:13). "But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, [LAY HOLD ON] (Grk. "epilabou" ἐπιλαβοῦ [aorist imperative] -- i.e., "to take hold of without ever letting go") eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses." (1 Timothy 6:11-12) God Bless!

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