Musings on Current Events, November 14, 2019

What can I say? I was greatly disappointed with the results of the recent Canadian election. Not only are the Liberals “low-information voters”, so are the supporters of the NDP, the Green party of Canada, and the Bloc Quebecois!

On top of this there is a concerted effort by the mainstream media, not only in Canada, but also all around the world, to blacklist, and hinder, to denigrate anyone who disagrees with the unscientific “climate consensus”! People who want a discussion, including Climate professionals, are marginalized and called every name in the book!

We are back in 1933, only this time the bad-guys are all over the world! People like the NDP leader, who claims that those who don’t think like him “don’t deserve a platform”, are actually using Nazi techniques to shut-down debate! Meanwhile Democrats like Alan Dershowitz, who is a Jew and nowhere near a Nazi, are called “Nazis” by people who more closely resemble Hitler by their own behaviour!

The world is upside-down! Right is wrong, and evil is good!

Isaiah was talking about our generation when he wrote;

20 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!

21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21

What we are watching in the USA today, the “Impeachment Inquiry” against president Donald Trump, is nothing less than a Stalinist era show-trial, with the accused being considered guilty even before the “trial” (actually a Kangaroo Court) even began!

Something I heard about just the other day; since 1961, every elected Republican president has had Articles of Impeachment filed against them, by Democratic members of congress! (Ford was not elected president) Unbelievable! The Democrats are not democratic in their methodology!

It is the same thing in Israel with the attacks against Netanyahu. To call accepting a gift of cigars, or a bottle of wine from a friend “bribery” boggles the mind! The fact is that his opposition is far more corrupt than he is!

So, when a prophecy student tells you that we are in the last days, make no mistake about it, it is the truth! Unfortunately it is going to get worse!

The giant German bank Deutsche Bank, is in a precarious financial position, with record losses, and recently laying-off 18,000 workers. This largest bank in Europe is in danger of collapse and when it does it will take down the European economy with it! Maybe even the World economy! Numerous analysts have stated that it appears that this will be more significant than the Lehman Brothers collapse of 2008! (Numerous articles are calling Deutsche Bank a “Zombie bank”; it is dead, but still walking!)

As I studied the bible’s End Times prophecies, I came to the conclusion that the European Union will not exist in its current form during the war of Ezekiel 38-39, and in the Tribulation period which will follow! Could the fall of Deutsche Bank be the trigger that begins the implosion of the European Union? Why stay in an economic Union that is not able to manage its own banking system?

The name Magog refers to a group of Eastern European nations including, but not limited to Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Finland, Georgia, and most of the nations in between them! As the EU falls apart these nations will be forced to band together to prevent their members from being swallowed by Russia!

As I write this, Israel has been undergoing a couple of days of rocket attacks from Islamic Jihad in the Gaza strip. Some prophecy watchers have been saying that they believe that this could trigger the Gog and Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39.

There are a couple of factors that would go against this idea;

For one the Psalm 83 war has not yet occurred.

I follow Amir Tsarfati’s analyses on youtube, and while I believe that Amir is a brother in Christ, and he does have a lot of good information in his videos, he has made a mistake with regard to the Psalm 83 war. He has gone on record as saying that he believes the Arab attacks on Israel, from 1948 until now, actually constitute the Psalm 83 war, and that now the next event on the prophetic agenda is the Ezekiel 38-39 war.

I find a lot of Christians, when current events don’t go along with their interpretations of Scripture, often fall back on Augustine’s method of “allegorical interpretation”. While the psalm indicates that there will be One Attack consisting of ten nations which surround Israel, Amir believes that the 20th century attacks with smaller groups of nations being involved is the fulfillment of this prophecy.

There are a couple of problems with this idea;

1. The psalm describes one attack by ten nations (old nations listed by their patriarchs, may not be ten nations today, but it will include the descendants of all ten nations), not sporadic attacks by small handfuls of nations. Biblical prophecy is always fulfilled literally, and exactly!

2. The Psalm begins with the statement “They have taken crafty counsel against thy people…” Again, in none of the wars against Israel have their enemies actions ever been done in a manner that could be described as “crafty”. They made threats, massed their troops on the border, and then attacked!

No, what we are seeing today could be the beginning of a “crafty” strategy; Numerous Arab nations are saying that Israel has a right to defend its borders. Some, such as Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, are actually talking with Israel behind the scenes.

I am afraid that Amir’s credibility will be harmed when the Psalm 83 war occurs, and I wish he would be more careful in saying the psalm 83 war has already occurred; he should say “I think the psalm 83 war has occurred, but I am not certain”.  This would leave some wiggle room!

What if Israel works with Saudi Arabia to take-out the Iranian nuclear facilities? Will this mean that the Saudis are ready to be friends, and to normalize relations with Israel?

Here’s how the Muslim mind works; When they see Israel working together with someone, like Saudi Arabia, to take-down a mutual enemy they will think something like this “Israel has cooperated with us to attack the Iranian Nuclear facilities because they can’t do it on their own! Israel is weak so now is the time to attack them!”

So when we see Israel and the Arabs working together, you can bet the Psalm 83 war is just around the corner! It is not imminent today.

Some prophecy watchers have been saying that they think the Ezekiel war is imminent, with Russia sitting in Syria, just to the north of Israel.

What the Lord says in Ezekiel 38 shows that Israel is in no danger today;

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

The only other time in Scripture that the phrase “turn thee back” is used is when Sennacherib was attacking Israel in 2 Kings 19:28 and Isaiah 37:29. In that instance Sennacherib was moving toward Israel, with the purpose of attacking, and God turned him back toward the place he came from, and he left-off his attack.

Using the same logic, if God is going to “turn back Gog and his forces” and then they attack, they must attack at a time when they are moving away from Israel! Since they are on the borders of Israel today, the attack won’t occur until they are leaving the area! In other words, They won’t attack until their leaving the area makes Israel feel secure!

I’m pretty sure Russia will still be in parts of Syria during the Psalm 83 war, and they will see Israel using nuclear devices to defend themselves due to this all-out attack. They won’t attack until a European leader convinces Israel to give-up their nukes in exchange for an iron-clad guarantee of support if Israel is attacked. This agreement will not be the Antichrist’s agreement, but ultimately, after the war, it will serve as the template for the Antichrist’s agreement.

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27

The word translated as “confirm”, גבר gawbar in the Hebrew, can also mean “to strengthen”, “confirm, or to give strength”, so in the context of the Antichrist’s agreement, he is not the originator of it, but it will be in place before he comes along. I suspect that it will be put in place after the Psalm 83 war, and it will work for a time, providing peace and prosperity for Israel and the Arabs, after their disastrous attack of Psalm 83. The world will see this work, and so after Ezekiel’s war it will be reinstated, and strengthened, and the world will applaud him for it! The problem is, of course, that after 3 1/2 years, he will break his word, and all Hell will break-loose on the earth! I don’t expect to be here by that time, because the Rapture will occur in the aftermath of this same war, and I expect to be with Jesus from then on! I hope you will be with us!

By the way, I don’t believe Vladimir Putin is Gog. I think it is more likely that Gog will be Georgian, since the Georgians are descended from Magog. Joseph Stalin is the perfect type of Gog, since he was Georgian, and he united the whole Soviet empire.

This agreement will also ensure that this Southern European leader, and the nations he controls will be victims in this same attack. Some of the attacking nations will actually think they are attacking the Antichrist, and when he is dead, the world will breathe a sigh of relief, thiinking the Antiichrist is dead, and then the Beast will stand up, and the world will welcome him as a peacemaker!

 

For further reading;

http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/the-deutsche-bank-death-watch-has-taken-a-very-interesting-turn

http://investorinsider.net/bank-bankruptcy-three-times-bigger-lehman-bros

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/deutsche-bank-next-lehman

https://www.silverdoctors.com/gold/gold-news/jim-willie-if-deutsche-bank-goes-under-it-will-be-lehman-times-five/

 

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The 2019 Canadian Party Leader’s Debate

Usually I don’t comment much about local politics. Canada, while having a very large land-mass, has a very small population, some 30 million, which is close in size to some large cities around the world. We would have been invaded a long time ago if it weren’t for the fact that we are so close to the USA!

My focus is on biblical prophecy, and consequently on political and religious trends in places closer to the heart of biblical prophecy, especially Israel, and the Middle East.

The bible does, however, say that all the armies of the world will join in the attack on Israel, during the Tribulation period, and this will include both the USA and Canada. So, if we are getting closer to that event we should see trends in North America, as well as the rest of the world, which will see us moving closer to a place where it would not be beyond the realm of possibility to think that armies of distant nations, like Canada and the USA might join in an attack on the tiny nation of Israel.

This week the five major parties in the current Canadian election got together for a debate. There were no real surprises in the debate, but it actually does show the mindset of the Canadian people at this time. Represented were the Liberal party of Canada, the New Democratic party, the Green party, the Bloc Quebecois, and the People’s Party of Canada.

Justin Trudeau of the Liberal party of Canada is the incumbent prime minister, and he was the object of the attack of most of the other party leaders. No surprise there. Trudeau is famously unethical, having personally intervened in a police investigation of the SNC Lavalin company. Then he fired the Canadian Attorney General because she refused to go along with his intervention in one of her cases.

Interestingly his defense when confronted on his behaviour was to say that “jobs are more important than ethics”! He didn’t say those words exactly, but this is exactly what he meant!

Unfortunately 5 of the 6 parties represented accept the current Global Warming/Climate Change hysteria as fact, without doing their own investigations into the facts!

There are a lot of websites which have scholarly articles refuting the idea of Anthropogenic Climate Change. One of the best clearing-houses for scholarly articles is Climate Depot, run by journalist Marc Morano. This website has numerous articles, many of which are written by Climate Scientists, and Meteorologists, which show that the real Science does not support the idea that human activity is responsible for climate change.

Another excellent resource is WattsUpWithThat.com a blog run by Meteorologist, and TV weather personality, Anthony Watts. Mr. Watts is “Green” but he does not accept the idea that human activity is causing Climate Change. There is a lot of good science to be found on this blog!

I was bothered by the statements from Elizabeth May of the Green party, and Mr. Singh from the New Democratic party, as well as the Bloc Quebecois, that there is a “climate emergency”, and that this is the single greatest threat we face today!

I am reminded of that quote from Adolf Hitler “if you repeat a lie, loud enough, and often enough, people will believe it”! Evidently most Canadian politicians are following the teachings of that infamous Nazi leader! By the way, if you believe a lie it doesn’t make it true!

Where is the debate? Where are the facts? Go and look at the websites and articles I have linked to above and below. There is plenty of evidence from real Scientists that there is no climate emergency!

The only political leader in Canada who is thinking for himself is Maxime Bernier. Not only is he not afraid to say “there is no climate emergency” he is also not afraid to say “we need sustainable immigration”!

We need to encourage skilled people to immigrate to Canada, we need people who are not afraid to work, and who are not afraid to learn English or French. We do not need people who come here and stay on welfare! Such people might vote for leftist parties, but they do not make a positive contribution to Canadian society! This is the main reason that Trudeau wants so many immigrants to come to this country; because they will vote for the Liberal party!

Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the New Democrat Party has launched a complaint against the inclusion of Maxime Bernier at the debate. Then at the debate he said “I don’t believe you deserve a platform to incite hatred…”

Talk about arrogance! Mr, Singh thinks that those who have different opinions from him don’t have a right to express their opinions!  Wow!  Mr. Singh clearly does not understand the People’s Party of Canada platform. No doubt he has not taken any time to try to understand it, because he has pre-judged Mr. Bernier. There is no way that Mr. Bernier is pushing any sort of “hate”! He is merely saying “lets sit back and examine what would truly be in the interests of Canada, and Canadians.”

That’s right Mr. Singh is prejudiced against those who hold different opinions than his own! How people can vote for a party that doesn’t understand basic economics is beyond me! The same goes against the Green Party as well. If Canadians elect these parties to the House of Commons they are asking the government to turn Canada into Nicholas Maduro’s Venezuela!

Socialists Hugo Chavez, and his successor Nicholas Maduro took the most successful South American economy and turned it into a basket case, where people have to barter haircuts for bananas just to stay alive!

Every time socialism has been tried, over the last 100 years, people always die! Even where there is not an official policy of incarcerating critics, these governments turn a blind eye to violence and theft! Sweden is Europe’s rape capital, because the Swedish police refuse to hold immigrants accountable when they break the laws of Sweden! The same thing is happening, to a lesser extent, in Britain, Holland, France and Germany! As these nations embrace Socialism they are ignoring the plight of their own citizens!

South Africa is no longer able to feed itself, because they are kicking the white farmers off their land, and those who end up with those farms are unable, or unwilling, to grow enough food for the country! South Africa is also the world’s rape capital, where 25% of the nations women can expect to be raped at some point in their lives!

This is what Socialism does to nations!

By the way, Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party, which was shortened to Nazi! When you include the Socialists of Russia, China, Vietnam, Cuba, and the rest of the world, the death toll from Socialism over the last century is easily 150 million dead!

Socialists consider people to be tools and property, and worthless if they think for themselves! This is not very different from the modern Green movement which considers people to be “harmful to the environment”! They consider the use of carbon-based fuels to keep warm in the winter to be an act against the environment! No doubt if the Green party of Canada ever gets the upper hand they will enact policies that will make life much worse for Canadians! Do you think Trudeau’s Carbon Tax is expensive today? Just wait until the Greens and/or the NDP take power! Forget about disposable income; you won’t have any!

It reminds me of the Georgia Guide Stones with their “ten commandments for the New Age”. The first “commandment” they have inscribed on them is “Maintain Humanity Under 500,000,000 in Perpetual Balance With Nature”! Think about it, Even when this was written, in 1980, billions of people would have to die to bring this about! Today with a world population of around 7 Billion, it means that 6 1/2 Billion people will have to die to make this a reality! These people think that they are good, but in reality they are devilish!

The last “commandment” on the Georgia Guide Stones reads Be not a cancer on the earth – leave room for nature – leave room for nature” This is particularly disturbing because they are comparing human life to a cancer! The Nazis dehumanized the Jews in order to justify their attempt to eradicate them from the planet. Now the New Age Movement is doing the same with their fellow man! Oh, but they intend to be the ones who survive to repopulate the earth!

This would be alarming if it weren’t for the fact that Jesus Christ is still the one in control. The New Age Movement will find themselves coming up against the Lord, and He will have the victory!

Is the “Green” push to curb the use of fossil fuels an attempt to reduce the population of this planet? I think it is! I think you and I are in danger from these so-called “Green” earth worshippers! Their intentions toward their fellow man are evil!

One hundred years ago, 500,000 people around the world, died every winter! Today, the number is around 20,000 death’s from exposure to the cold! That’s a 96% decrease in annual deaths from exposure! Did you know that the reason is the invention of natural gas and oil furnaces? The use of fossil fuels has saved millions of lives! Fossil fuel technology is good technology!

Can you imagine what would happen if everyone had to heat their homes with firewood, today? How long would it be until the world’s forests would be decimated? People used to have very short lives due to the lung diseases caused by breathing in wood smoke all winter, every year! The use of fossil fuels has extended the average life expectancy by decades! Do you think the Liberals/NDP/Green parties have ever looked at the life-saving benefits of fossil fuels?

I don’t think they ever have, but I do think they have a plan to make heating your home with natural gas too expensive for the average Canadian, all in the interests of “saving the planet”!

Conversely, so-called “Green Energy”, wind turbines to be precise, are the worlds number one killers of birds and bats! It is estimated that the number of birds and bats killed by wind turbines each year in the USA is around 140,000 – 550,000 birds and 600,000 bats! The solar farms in the southern USA fry birds that fly over them by the thousands!

Don’t tell me that the proponents of Green energy love the environment, they don’t care at all for wildlife! Jesus tells us that He will have to intervene personally or these people would destroy all life on earth! (see Matthew 24:21-22)

What it’s all about is power! Not electrical power but power over you, and they are willing to kill millions of animals to get it! Will they stop at animals? Not if what we have seen above is true! What will they do when they get this power over you? They will turn you into a serf, without any rights or property! If you oppose them they will do to you the same as Stalin did to those who opposed him! As many as 60,000,000 (sixty million) people were killed in the Soviet Gulags, their only crime was having a different opinion than Stalin!

Certainly it is my hope that these leftist parties won’t win this election, but even if there is a Liberal minority government, being propped up by the NDP or the Greens, it will give these parties too much power! While the Conservatives today are just another globalist party, at least they are moving more slowly towards a global government, so I would prefer a Conservative government over a government dominated by Socialist parties.

I expect that after the Rapture, the worst governments will be elected all around the world. There won’t be any Christians in those governments, and in the electorate either! That will be the time of the Great Tribulation, and the dead around the world will indeed be very close to what the authors of the Georgia Guidestones imagined, only in the end it will be Jesus of Nazareth who wins, and not the New Age!

If you are Canadian, and eligible to vote in this election, I urge you to exercise your right to vote!

Resources;

https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/11/you-dont-need-to-be-a-scientist-to-be-legitimately-skeptical-of-climate-alarmism/

https://medium.com/@ProfByron/how-i-changed-my-mind-about-global-warming-f603a8aca3da

https://thebfd.co.nz/2019/10/climate-change-reality-vs-apocalyptic-rhetoric/

https://www.scienceunderattack.com/blog/2019/10/7/shrinking-sea-ice-evaluation-of-the-evidence-36

https://www.cfact.org/2019/10/11/500-expert-skeptics-rattle-europes-climate-cage/

http://www.drroyspencer.com

https://judithcurry.com

http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/us-windfarms-kill-10-20-times-more-than-previously-thought.html

https://www.audubon.org/news/will-wind-turbines-ever-be-safe-birds

https://www.popsci.com/blog-network/eek-squad/wind-turbines-kill-more-600000-bats-year-what-should-we-do/

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/08/21/explaining-wind-turbine-lethality/

https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/renewable/wind/license-to-kill-wind-and-solar-decimate-birds-and-bats/

 

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The Loaves and the Fishes, and the Body of Christ

Have you ever noticed how so many professing Christians take parts of the Scriptures out-of-context? It is easy to do, really! Sometimes the context of Scripture actually changes mid-verse, or mid-sentence even!

In order to really understand what any passage means you need to read the passages before and after, but you also need to consult all the Scriptures which touch on the same subject! The reason is this:

9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 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: Isaiah 46:9-10

Because God knows all things at all times, he can’t make statements that contradict Himself! There are apparent contradictions, but when you understand what is being said, you find that He never actually contradicted Himself. It is only our understanding that is dim, and we often force contradictions into our interpretations, due to our limited knowledge!

One passage that is frequently taken out-of-context, with disastrous results, is found in John 6. In fact it appears that they are doing what I have recommended above, but they are not. They do use multiple verses, but they ignore Jesus’ own explanation;

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6:51

And…

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. John 6:53-58

Then they go to the Last Supper and what Jesus said there;

 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:26-28

 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.  And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.  And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.  Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. Mark 14:22-25

Its not wrong to cross-reference these Scriptures, but stopping here does not cover all the passages that touch this teaching, and thus it leaves our understanding incomplete! We also need to read Luke’s Gospel, Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians, and indeed we need to complete reading John 6 as well!

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19

Hmmm, “this do in remembrance of me” certainly should be taken as a clue that He is not telling us that the bread and wine of the last supper becomes the literal blood and body of Jesus Christ.

Paul also affirms this interpretation;

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. I Corinthians 11:24

Yes, Paul also states very clearly that this celebration of the Lord’s Supper is to be a memorial, for the root of the word “remembrance” is the same as the root of “memorial”, the memory i.e. to remember!

But what about the rest of John chapter 6?

Earlier in John 6 Jesus fed the five thousand men (plus women and children) with the five loaves and two fish. This miracle is not insignificant; they ate the literal loaves and fishes, but Jesus is clear that His flesh and blood is spiritual, and not literal.

They asked a question, and His answer is totally relevant to the conversation which is about to follow;

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

So, what “work” must we do to do the work of God? We must believe in the one He has sent, the Lord Jesus Christ! It is belief in Him that saves, not actual work!  (It is not to believe that He existed, but that His work on the cross is sufficient for us.)

But is this something different than the statement that “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day”?

No! Absolutely not! He is talking about the same thing! Just keep on reading;

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

He is talking about the same subject all the way through. He is not changing the subject!

When He says “What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?” He is rebuking the idea that they could eat his physical body! He is saying essentially “How can you eat this body, if you see it ascend up to Heaven?” or “How are you going to get there to get at it, in order to eat it?”

While he had just multiplied the loaves and fishes, he is not thinking that his body could be literally multiplied like that! Not at all! Churches that teach that it is His literal body which could be multiplied are taking the whole conversation out-of-context! Truly it is like the loaves and fishes, but in a spiritual sense!  His grace is multiplied to all who believe!

Notice verse 63. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

This is the key to the whole conversation; It is the spirit that gives eternal life. This life comes from the Holy Spirit.

When he says “ the flesh profiteth nothing” who’s flesh is He talking about? Its His flesh, of course! If you ate Jesus literal flesh you would still be lost in your sins! Look, if you licked-up a little of His blood from under the cross, and if you snuck into his tomb and snipped off an ear-lobe and ate it, you would still be going to Hell!

Where does eternal life come from? He just told us; “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life”

The Holy Spirit comes in the words of Jesus! Eternal life is not something you can earn with a physical action!

When Jesus says “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you”, what He means is that you must read His words, this is like taking a bite of Him. Then you must think about what His words mean; this is like chewing on His flesh! Then you must believe what He has said; this is like swallowing Him!

The person of Jesus Christ is carried in His words, and not only in His words, but in the words of all of His chosen spokesmen, from Moses, all the way to John!  He is synonymous with His Words!  Jesus is the Word of God!

The 66 books of the bible are the greatest treasure ever given to mankind! It is all His Word, and we ought not to neglect this life-giving book! The message of this library is our only hope! (Note: the original bible is preserved in the Ben Chayyim Hebrew text, and the Textus Receptus, Greek text. All other texts are doctored, by unbelieving men, and are not reliable!)

 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Psalm 12:6-7

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My Testimony

Well, I took a break from blogging for a few months. This has been a tough year; first with the passing of my father in March, and then from a personal attack by a person in my family. To top it off we had a flood in our basement in the early spring, and so we spent the summer water-proofing our foundation.

When you work on an older house, you can expect the unexpected. Our home was built in 1960, which is not that old (it is older than me!), but we found surprises around every corner! Doing the work ourselves was an educational experience, and we saved a lot of money, but it actually took the whole summer! (We had one welcome short trip to the Ark Encounter near Cincinnati, but otherwise all we did was work on it!)

To be honest, I was not eager to do a lot of blogging, so our construction project was a welcome diversion. The personal attack was truly an attack from Satan, and I lost some sleep over it, but I also learned to lean on the Lord Jesus Christ more than ever!

If someone says you are too sinful to be saved, you can be sure that person does not know God!

It got me thinking that I haven’t really shared my testimony on Housetops. This is something that I need to rectify.  Let me start right now…

I first prayed “the Sinners Prayer” when I was five years old. I certainly did understand the gospel at that time, but really it was only in theory, and I wasn’t truly saved. I really didn’t think I was that bad, and I also thought I would be the best person to rule my own life. How wrong I was! He let me make a mess of my life before I came to Him in humility.

When I was 12 years old I read a book called “Tortured for His Faith” by Haralan Popov, and I was shocked by the treatment Christians behind the Iron Curtain had to endure at the hands of the secret police. While I counted Mr. Popov as a hero at that time, I also resolved to approach the problem of persecution in a different way; I decided that if it became illegal to be a Christian, that I would run, and live under a pseudonym.

Like I said I thought I was a Christian, but really I wasn’t!

The question I asked myself was “How could I come up with a name that I could remember under pressure?” I realized that under pressure one might forget a name that one had made-up out of thin air.

So what I thought was that I would use my middle name, and modify my last name by removing one letter, and doubling another (my last name was much shorter than Knezacek when I was young, as my father had changed his name to an English name before he married my mother.)

Well, to make a long story short, fifteen years later, after the failure of my first marriage, and my own surrendering to the Lord Jesus, my ex-wife married a police officer with the exact name I had made up in my head when I was twelve years old!

I had never talked to anyone about my thoughts on this matter until this year after my father’s funeral. No one on earth knew what I had been thinking, so is this just a coincidence?

There is no such thing as a coincidence!

It was almost as if someone knew my thoughts! In fact the bible declares that God searches the hearts of men in many places.

I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:10

Yes indeed, God does know our thoughts! If you think back to your own history I’m sure you will find similar “coincidences”. I am certain that God does this with every one of us, but most just put it down to “coincidence”! Unfortunately most won’t remember until Judgment day!

When I was dating that young woman I had once said to her “I worship you”. No sooner had I said it than I knew, deep down, that I was wrong to say such a thing, even though it was true; it was a violation of the first commandment! God’s Law is the thing that convicts us of our sins. I knew this, even though I was not living for the Lord at the time.

Now looking back, I realize that it was God who did this, to show me that He does indeed know my thoughts, and to show me that He is the one in control, not men, and not me! I think that He took away my first wife because she stood between me and Him!

The divorce was not God’s fault, it was my fault.

After we were separated I came to the end of myself. I fell on my knees and asked Jesus to save me, and He did, but He did not give my wife back to me. When He saved me He put all of my sins on the Cross of Calvary. As a teenager I had committed many gross sins, but Jesus took them all upon Himself and He set me free!

No it doesn’t mean that I have lived sinless since then, but the nature and frequency of my sins changed. I was no longer living in rebellion against God, but actually became sensitive to His desires. Still, don’t allow anyone to tell you that Christians live sinless lives once they become saved.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10

Notice that verse 8 is in the present tense; we still have sin, even after being saved! This is why we must put off this fleshly body and take on a new immortal body, to be with the Lord!

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. I Corinthians 15:50

When the Christian Church rules the world with Jesus Christ we will be in our eternal bodies, without the tendency to sin any more!  He will not need to act as a priest in Heaven, but will be free to be the King of Kings, on the earth!

When I was getting ready to marry my second wife I searched the Scriptures to see if it would be acceptable with God. I was even willing to forego a second marriage if that was His will, but I found that He was not opposed to this relationship, although I would have to give up any idea of being a Pastor, Deacon or Elder. He has not prohibited me from teaching and writing.

When I married my first wife she was already expecting our son; when my second wife and I married, she was a virgin until our wedding night. Jesus was already changing me before my second marriage, and though I am not yet perfect, He is still working on me!

Since being saved I have found these “coincidences” keep on occurring, although usually they focus on the Word of God. Often I find the preacher speaking from the same passage I was reading the week before, and some times I find that my son and I will be reading parallel passages without coordinating with each other beforehand.

Once, when walking my dog, I was thinking about how “the beast from the sea” in Revelation 13:1 is a reference to the fact that the Antichrist will come from the Gentile nations, and “the beast from the land” refers to the Jewish background of the False Prophet (the LAND of Israel). My thought was “If the Antichrist comes from the Gentile nations, how will he sell himself to Israel as being their Messiah?”

I didn’t have an answer, and went to bed pretty much forgetting about it, but evidently God heard me, or was directing my thoughts, and the next morning as I opened my bible to Isaiah 63:1 I saw the answer to my question;

1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

Edom was the name given to the descendants of Jacob’s brother Esau, and Bozrah is a region in Edom, which is now a part of the modern nation of Jordan.

As you go through the context of the passage you will realize that this is about Jesus at His return; He will come to the believers of Israel as they are hiding from the Antichrist in Jordan, but if you take it out-of-context you can make it say that the Messiah will come from Edom, or from the descendants of Jacob’s brother Esau.

Up until this point I had always thought that the Antichrist will come from Rome, but then I realized that there aren’t any verses like this about Rome! If the Antichrist came from Rome he won’t have any Scripture, either in or out of context, to support his claim to be God in the flesh!

I also found another one in Habakuk 3:3

God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

Teman and Paran are regions in Edom, or the modern nation of Jordan. The context is the same as in Isaiah 63; “the return of the Lord.”  And again, the Antichrist will be able to use this verse to support his claim to be the Messiah, just so long as he takes it out-of-context. He will also use the next verse as well;

4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

When you see rock music fans holding up their fists with the index and pinkie fingers extended, they are making the sign of the Antichrist, and it comes from Habakkuk 3:4, as a sign of Jesus Christ! Of course it is, because the Antichrist is a counterfeit of Jesus Christ, and the things he will do will be counterfeits of the things Jesus will do!

So, if you are a great sinner like me, then surrender to Jesus Christ, confess Him as Lord, and He will forgive you and give you a place in His Kingdom! He Loves you, and died in your place. And remember…

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37

 

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Rarely or “Almost Not”?

Have you ever noticed that every day, when people use modern bible versions, it is very difficult to follow along, if you are using another version?

This happens to me every week. I attend a church where any bible is acceptable. Frequently the KJV is used, but if someone uses another version no one complains.

The other day one of the speakers was using a modern version and when he got to 1 Peter 4:18 it read something like this;

18 If it is hard for a man who is right with God to be saved, what will happen to the sinner? (New Life Version)

Or maybe it was the NIV;

18 And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

Or the CEV?

“If good people barely escape, what will happen to sinners and to others who don’t respect God?”

I am not sure which version was in use, but the sense was the same as these.

Do you see what I see? There are some serious problems with these translations!

The NLV says it is “hard for a man who is right with God, to be saved”! In other words, you might be right with God and still not be saved!

The NIV says “ it is hard for the righteous to be saved”. Again, according to the NIV translators, you might be “righteous” and still NOT SAVED!

The CEV says “good people barely escape”, as if salvation depends on being good!

The very definition of “Righteous” and “right with God” is “Saved”! As the bible says “there is none righteous, no not one”, so if God calls you “righteous” then it is because you have His righteousness! If you have His righteousness, then by the very definition, you are saved!

You see, if you are using translations like these, you are relying on the work of people who don’t understand Scripture! It seems like they are using a lexicon and randomly choosing one of the translations!

The Greek is the word μολις, mol’is

Thayer definition;

1) with difficulty, hardly

2) not easily, i.e. scarcely, very rarely

Strong’s definition;

with difficulty: – hardly, scarce(ly), with much work.

Now, all of these definitions are legitimate translations of the word in question, but only one is the word intended by the Author.

Compare these translations to Jesus statements;

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 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.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Have you ever heard someone use the word “scarcely” like this? “I was late, and I scarcely made it to the train on time!” I have! It was kind of like they got to the station as the train was already pulling out, and had to run and jump on the last car just as it left the station!

In other words, they did make it to the train, but only just barely!

Here is another one;

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. I John 1:7

So, what cleanses us from all sin? Is it our work? Is it something we have done? Absolutely NOT! There is nothing in all of creation that can cleanse us from all sin, from any sin, except the blood of Jesus Christ!

If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. I Corinthians 3:15

Of course you need to read the context of this verse, but if you do you will find that it is all about those who are “in Christ Jesus”! A saved person who’s work was done with the wrong motive, or who’s work was useless for the cause of the Gospel, will find that he/she was wasting their time, but they themselves will still be saved, like a person pulled out of a burning building with nothing but their life!

The New English Bible does a pretty good job with this verse, but I don’t recommend this bible because of other issues, nevertheless it is useful to take a look at this translation;

18 And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and sinners?

This is the exact meaning I get out of the KJV, but many of the popular modern versions don’t!  Many of the others make it seem like salvation is something you have to work for and still may not make it, or that you could be righteous and yet not saved! Aargh!

Here is the Gold Standard;

And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? I Peter 4:18 (KJV/AV)

Here’s an interesting idea; why don’t we look at the definition of the English word “scarcely”?

Here’s the Cambridge Dictionary definition;

scarcely

adverb

uk ​ /ˈskeəs.li/ us ​ /ˈskers.li/

scarcely adverb (ONLY JUST)

C2 almost not:

I was scarcely able to move my arm after the accident.

I could scarcely believe it when she said she wanted to marry me.

used to say that something happened immediately after something else happened:

I had scarcely sat down/Scarcely had I sat down to eat when the phone rang.

Synonyms

barely

hardly

Wow! This is the exact same as the “hardly” meaning of the Greek word “μολις”, or “mol’is”! It is no wonder the KJV used this word, “only just” is the perfect meaning, which can also be translated as “scarcely” or “barely”.

You are best off using a translation done by people who know the Lord themselves, and not one done by “professional” translators! The level of scholarship in modern graduates is seriously lacking in the graduates of the big-name universities! They cannot be trusted!

The KJV is the bible of the martyrs! 85% of this bible is the work of one man, William Tyndale, who was rewarded for his work by being burned at the stake!  Frankly, I don’t know of a modern version that is worth dying for!

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How Important is Biblical Prophecy?

Have you ever noticed how so many Churches avoid biblical End Times prophecy? When I was young in the 70s and 80s, we heard preachers speak about the Rapture and the Great Tribulation quite frequently. It was like, if they were preaching through 1 Corinthians and got to chapter 15, they would just continue and talk about the Rapture, because that was a part of the text. Or, if they were preaching through 2 Peter, they would talk about the  second coming of Christ, because it is a part of the text.

It seems like today, many preachers select their text in order to avoid talking about the Return of Christ, the Rapture, or the Tribulation period. And this seems very strange since we are so close to these events!

Most Christians are aware that between 1/4 and 1/3 of Scripture was prophetic when it was written. If we were to follow the divine guidelines, we would hear prophecy being spoken of at least once in every 4 sermons! It does not mean that the entirety of every fourth sermon would be about prophecy, but if it is in the text it should not be avoided!

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: II Timothy 3:16

Even the teaching of prophecy should motivate us to holy living!

Jesus establishes His own credentials on the fulfillment of prophecy!

Over and over again, we read words like “that the words of the prophet_____ might be fulfilled…”, or “it is written…”

The prophecies of the first coming of Christ begin in Genesis 3 and go right through to the end of the Old Testament. They are very important! Without these prophecies we would NOT KNOW who the Messiah is, or what He did for us!

“All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,…”Matthew 21:4

“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” Luke 24:44

“That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake…” John 12:38

But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Acts 3:18

Here’s an amazing thing; Those who do not believe the prophecies of the bible are the very people who end up fulfilling these same prophecies! Not only is this true of the generation that crucified Christ, but those who don’t read and believe the End Times prophecies will also vote for, and promote the Antichrist!

For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. Acts 13:27

Paul referred to this very thing in I Thessalonians 5:3

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

You see, the people he is referring to here will see an End Times event and, because they did not study this event previously, they will misinterpret it to be something it is not! I am referring to the Gog and Magog war, of Ezekiel 38-39, of course.

Some of the preachers I heard as a youth, taught that this event is actually an early Tribulation event, and thus “we won’t be here for it”. This is incorrect, of course, but at least they preached about it!

It was not until the early 1990s that I heard Grant Jeffery show that there are some statements in Ezekiel 38-39 that indicate it will occur at some time before the 7 year Tribulation period begins.

For instance, the fact that Israel will burn the weapons left behind by the invading forces, for seven years is strong internal evidence that this event will occur at some time before The Time of Jacob’s Trouble begins; at the 3 1/2 year point of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will stop the sacrifices and oblations in the Temple in Jerusalem, and all Hell will break loose! At this point all normal business will stop and a great war will be triggered! The believers of Israel will flee to the wilderness, and many of the unbelievers will pick-up weapons to fight the Antichrist and his armies!

Mr. Jeffery was absolutely correct on this point, but there is more evidence that this war is a Church-Age war; Zephaniah 2:1-3 makes some very important statements regarding this time period, statements that amount to a rule for interpreting Scripture!

1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;

2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you,

3 Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger. Zeph. 2:1-3

Who is the “nation not desired”?

This is Israel, of course, but there is something else we need to consider when looking at this passage; context. The context is End Times, and in fact Church-age. What does the bible say about the believers of Israel during the Church Age?

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

So the “nation not desired” can only be the unbelievers of Israel! Look at verse 2; “before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you”. You need to realize that the Lord is NOT ANGRY with the Jews who believe in Jesus, or Yeshua! They are NOT in view in Zephaniah 2:1-2, because they are a part of the Church of Jesus Christ!

They are mentioned in verse 3, but I’ll get to that shortly…

What “day” is he talking about in verse 2 “before the day pass as the chaff”? This is the second day of the Church-age, spoken of by Hosea the prophet;

5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

The “affliction” is the Wrath of God.  They will come to Him early in the Tribulation period, once they realize that they have been left behind as He has taken the Church to Heaven!

Peter was referring to these days in 2 Peter 3:

2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Peter was referring to Psalm 90, the psalm of Moses, and his reference to a “thousand years as a day” as being the outline of the time the Lord will leave and return. When did the Lord leave Israel? It was 40 (24 hour) days after the resurrection, so His physical return is tied to this date. No one knows the exact date He left, so the closest we can come is somewhere between AD28-33, so His return will be about 2,000 years from that date, or somewhere around AD2028-2033. Of course Hosea say that it will be AFTER the anniversary of His leaving, it will NOT be before that date!

So the “day” that Israel will return to the land is the second day of the Church-Age. It started in the late 1,800s and will continue until all of Jacob’s unbelieving descendants are in the land.

The believers of Israel, and the believers of the Gentiles are both mentioned in Zephaniah 2:3 as “the meek of the earth”, and the place they are hidden in is the “mansions” in Heaven which Jesus mentioned in John 14:2, and the bridal chambers Isaiah spoke of in 26:20! Same place! (Some modern translations render Eretz as land, but this is incorrect in this context; it can only be “meek of the earth” since the “nation not desired” can only be unbelievers, thus verse 3 is a different subject than 1-2)

So the rule we can take from Zephaniah 2 could be summarized as “When you find a passage in the Scriptures which speaks of Israel returning to the land, you are in a passage that must be timed to be a part of the Church-Age”!

So now go and read Ezekiel 39:25-29.

Notice that now, after the Gog and Magog is over, God will bring back the last members of Israel to the Land, and He will not leave any of them among the Gentiles at this point! This tells us that this war is the last major event of the Church-Age! Note also that if it is still the Church-Age, then the Christians will still be here on the earth!

Look at verse 28;

Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.

Now go and read the last 2 verses of Isaiah 27;

12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.

13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Again, we see the last remnants of Israel being gathered at the time that God beats-off Israel’s enemies from the Euphrates to the Nile in Egypt. The phrase “one by one” is an indication that there are not a lot of them left before this event, but now even these last stragglers will be brought back to the land.  This is the last great sign of imminent Rapture!

Many Jews do not wish to return to the land of Israel, today.  I am convinced that they do not want to be there for The Time of Jacob’s Trouble. So the Lord will allow them to incorrectly interpret the Gog/Magog war as being this time period.  This explains why they will only return after this war is over.  So they will return after Gog/Magog, only to find themselves face-to-face with the Antichrist, the little horn!

Notice the “great trumpet” in verse 13. I am convinced that this is the “last trump” Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 15:52. This trumpet does “dual duty”, calling the last remnants of Israel home to the land, and calling the Church to meet the Lord in the air!

It is either this Trumpet, or another one later! I say it must be this one, because there can not be more than one “the great trumpet”!

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Now, there is something else you need to take note of; I have not given you a day nor an hour! When you see the events of Ezekiel 39, you will still not know the day nor the hour of the Rapture! You will only know that the Rapture is close! You will see that it is very close, but you still won’t know the exact timing. You won’t know it until your feet leave this earth and you meet the Lord in the Air!

So now, set aside your sin, and get ready, we don’t have much time left!

Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

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Have You Committed The Unforgiveable Sin?

Since my father’s funeral, around a month ago, I have been under Satanic attack the likes of which I have not seen in my adult life.

It seems that some people in my family have not forgiven things I did over 40 years ago, when I was a teen.

Satan takes situations like this and points his bony finger at you and says “See, you are too evil for God to forgive”! Or he might say “You were a Christian when you did that, and now you cannot be forgiven!” Yes, these thoughts actually do come from Satan, and not from God!

I wrestled with this and even had a few sleepless nights. Nights spent in prayer, and worry. Self-recrimination.

I also spent a lot of time in the Word of God. This should be the first place we go to when Satan attacks, but it often is the last.

I read through John’s Epistles, and many other passages as well, and I came upon this passage in 1 John 5;

16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

Funny how we often don’t compare Scripture with Scripture. My thought, when I first read this is, “How do I know if I have committed a sin unto death?”, the passage itself does not elaborate on what this sin could be. Then it came to me; Jesus spoke about the unforgiveable sin in Matthew 12. This has to be the same sin, since there is only one;

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Of course you need to read the context of the passage to understand what Jesus is talking about; There is a direct link between the event that had just transpired and Jesus’ statement here;

22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

So, Jesus had been casting devils out of people, and the Pharisees had attributed this work of the Holy Spirit to be the work of Satan! They had witnessed a genuine miracle of God and thought within themselves, that this miracle was accomplished with the power of Satan! They didn’t even have to say this out loud, the Holy Spirit had understood their thoughts and declared that they had committed the unforgiveable sin!

For years I thought that we don’t really see any real, genuine, miracles of God every day, so this sin wouldn’t really apply today. I did realize that the rapture of the Church is a real genuine miracle that the world will soon see, and that those who attribute this event as the work of Alien Beings are essentially doing the same thing; The “alien” beings that people occasionally have encounters with are actually evil spirits, and certainly Satan is among them. So, on that day those who make this attribution will have committed the unforgiveable sin, and they will be lost for all eternity.

Then it hit me; We actually do see real genuine miracles of God every day on this planet! We do! Every time a sinner comes to Christ, and receives Him, and his work on the cross, a real genuine miracle has occurred in our midst!

When Jesus saved me it was a real genuine miracle of God! My Salvation was no less of a miracle than the day that Jesus cast that demon out of that man in Matthew 12:22!

So, in this light, how do people commit the unforgiveable sin today?

Its simple really; when a criminal gets saved in prison, and people say “He is just saying that so he can get out of prison early!” they have committed this same sin. Essentially they are saying that “this person is Satanically using a profession of faith for their own gain, but there is nothing but Satanic cynicism behind this profession”!

When every sinner comes to Christ there are inevitably those who say essentially the same thing! Our world is full of Pharisees today! They are not necessarily Jewish. They can be Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, etc. but by attributing the work of God to be the work of Satan, they have actually committed the unforgiveable sin!

How does this sin play-out in real life? How does the Holy Spirit condemn these people for all eternity? Does he break His promise that “All who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”?

No!

All He has to do is just to stop what He has been sent here to do, with that individual, and they will never call upon the name of the Lord! Here is what Jesus said is the purpose of the Holy Spirit;

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

13 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.

14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:7-14

The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of sin. We cannot come to Jesus, in sorrow for our sins, unless the Holy Spirit shows us that we are sinners, in need of a Saviour! This role is essential for our Salvation! He convicts us of sin out of the absolute goodness of His heart! When He does this He is doing us the greatest favour a person has ever received!

When someone attributes the work of the Holy Spirit to be the work of Satan, He is insulted, and all He has to do to condemn these people is to stop communicating with them! He just lifts His hands off of them and they will end up going to their grave, thinking that they were right all along!

9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Isaiah 6:9-10

John speaks of this same passage in John 16

37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

You see, God has not changed, and neither has mankind. There are many Pharisees among us, not only in Churches, but also in the secular world. Today there is a hard-hearted, unforgiving spirit that has taken over the world, which will not give a second chance to people who make even one mistake! These people can easily see the sins of others, but they cannot see their own sin!

To people like this, God is a destroyer of evil, but they neglect to look at themselves through the lens of Scripture, which shows us all to be evil!

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:10

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Mark 10:18

People are not good! The best people in our society, are evil in God’s eyes! Only God is good!

Sometimes there are people in the bible who are called “good”, but you need to realize that this is a relative statement; some people are less-bad than others, so relatively we might say that they are “good” in comparison to others, but in absolute terms they are not good on their own. Any goodness they have is actually a gift from God!

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6:23

Salvation cannot be earned! It is a gift from God! God is so Holy that we cannot attain to that level of perfection on our own.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6

The word in Isaiah which is translated as “filthy rags” actually means “menstrual rags”. What God is saying is that if you try to lay your works of righteousness before Him, as reason that He should let you into Heaven, it is like you were laying soiled feminine products at His feet! How disgusting! How revolting! How insulting to the King of Kings!

Don’t try it! You will be disappointed with the result!

This is why God sent us a Saviour! Because He knew we could not save ourselves! It is an impossibility!

6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:6-9

Jesus is the only Saviour!

8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:8-11

It is so simple that even a child can understand it! Jesus wants us all to be saved. Those who remain lost are those who, in their own pride, refuse to accept the witness of the Holy Spirit, that they are sinners before God!

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

Jesus is so good! Why would anyone even attempt to go to Heaven in their own righteousness? Even the attempt to earn Heaven is an affront to God! To think that God can be appeased with a few trinkets is so insulting to Him that it boggles the mind!

I hope you, my friends, have chosen Jesus Christ, and His Gospel. He is our only hope!

One last thing; if you worry that you might have committed the unforgiveable sin, you haven’t! Those who have, don’t ever worry about it!

 

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What is the “Mystery of God”?

Have you ever heard someone say “There will be no time in Heaven”? I have even heard some go so far as to say that Eternity is existence without time. (It is for God the Father, but not for angels and humans) They usually use Revelation 10:6 to back-up this claim;

5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Now, the original Greek does not have punctuation marks, like periods, quotation marks, or colons. It was just straight text.

According to Grammarbook.com ‘A colon means “that is to say” or “here’s what I mean.”’

So, looking at our text from the book of Revelation, when we see the colon there we should understand that the text that follows it is used to explain or elaborate on the preceding text. So don’t stop reading there or you will miss something important!

Here’s the rest of the story;

7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

So, it is not time that is ending, but “the time of the mystery of God”.

There is only one other place in Scripture where this phrase is used, and it might not help all that much, but we’d better have a look at it anyway.

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; Colossians 2:2

I think that the context of the phrase is the same as is found in Revelation 10:7, but this verse doesn’t really help us that much.

Not that we need that much help, really. A mystery is something that is difficult or impossible to explain. So what is the “Mystery of God”? Simply, the mystery of God is the fact that God is everywhere, but we can’t see Him: God has been present all around you, every day of your life, but you can’t see Him.

When we go through tough times. When we commit our secret sins. When we feel all alone, God is still present! This is the “Mystery of God”.

So what is John telling us in Revelation 10:5-7? He is telling us that at this point in the Great Tribulation, God will come out of hiding, and will be visible to humanity!

Everyone will rejoice, right? No, not exactly. As Jesus said;

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30

Everyone will mourn at this event: both believer and unbeliever! The believers will mourn because they know that it is too late for their unbelieving loved ones! The unbelievers will mourn because they think the earth is under an alien attack from outer space! They will grab every possible weapon to fight against Him, and they will lose their lives fighting the King of kings, and Lord of lords!

This is the time that Jesus will put on His strange act;

21 For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act. 22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.

You see, once you see Jesus it is impossible to get saved! He only saves by faith, and not by sight! Now, He will save all those who call upon Him, but those who see him, who were already deluded before He came, will never call on Him to save them! No! They will double-down and prepare to fight Him to the death!

I do not recommend the International Standard Version, for a number of reasons, but I do find it interesting how they have translated this verse;

For the Lord will stand upon Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself in the Valley of Gibeon; to carry out his work— his strange deed, and to perform his task— his alien task!

This won’t happen only on Mount Perazim and in the Valley of Gibeon, this event will occur all over the world! They should not have relied on the LXX text, but they did get the second-last word right! Jesus will be acting in a way that the lost of the world expect an Alien, from outer space, to act!

He is God: He can act any way He wants! He is doing this because He is angry with those who refuse to come when He offers Salvation, free of charge!

I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. Isaiah 66:4

God has chosen the lie of evolution and its partner in crime, Aliens and UFOs as End Times delusions! Don’t think these ideas are innocent, they are lies from the pit of Hell, and Satan is using them to drag countless millions into the Lake of Fire with him! When you refuse to believe the bible you will fall for anything!

Jeremiah spoke of the same event, as we see in Revelation 10:7, from a slightly different perspective;

A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the Lord hath spoiled their pasture. And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the Lord. He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger. Jeremiah 25:36-38

I am focusing on the first phrase of verse 38 “ He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion”. Lions creep-up on their prey, staying hidden in the tall grass, until an unsuspecting animal gets too close then he leaps-out into the open. He stays under cover until he is ready to reveal himself.

It is the same with the Lord, and at this point in the Tribulation period, he will show himself, and bring death and destruction to His enemies! He will never hide himself again; the time of the mystery of God is over at this point!

Don’t sit on the fence.  Today is the day of Salvation.  Don’t wait! Call on the Lord today!  And if you already have called on Him, get busy doing what He wants you to do!

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) II Corinthians 6:2

 

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Bible Interpretation, Prophecy, and Bible Texts

You know, I want to write about the coming break-up of the European Union, and the state of the world today, but I need to write about the reasons why I wrote my last posting.

Some of you will find it strange that a blog about bible prophecy would do an article about polygamy. The reason I wrote that post is because that is what the bible teaches! And, there is a definite relationship between that subject and the subject of biblical End Times prophecy!

According to Jeremiah 3, God views Himself as a husband to a large number of wives! He is capable of loving millions of people at the same time, and of having an intimate relationship with each one!

God is not interested in dealing with you, and me, through human priests; He wants to deal directly with you, individually! Did God create the world, and billions of people only so that he could have a relationship with one leader (the pope) or a group of leaders (priests)? Absolutely not!

In fact He says many times that the Church is “a kingdom of priests”! That is you, if you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! The saved person can deal directly with God the Son, or even God the Father, or the Holy Spirit!

At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. John 16:26-27

God the Father loves you, and this is why He sent His Son to die in your place; so that God could enjoy fellowship with you, and so you could enjoy a personal relationship with God forever!

The bible is full of statements that we can’t understand, because we refuse to let go of our preconceived notions about God! The subject of my last post is merely one of a large number of subjects Christians make-up their own rules about without consulting the Word of God!

Once we have accepted the Roman Catholic Doctrine that polygamy is immoral, then we can’t understand passages like Jeremiah 3! I had read it myself several times before it hit me what was being said! The worldview I had grown-up with had actually hindered my understanding of the Word of God! Churches erect barricades against our understanding when they make-up their own rules!

The same thing happened with Isaiah 4:1. I had been through the entire book of Isaiah several times, and loved much of it, such as chapter 53, without being able to see what chapters 2-4 were saying! My eyes were blinded by the philosophy I had learned in Baptist Churches, as a child!

In fact, for several years I had read numerous articles about bible interpretation by men like David Cloud ( https://www.wayoflife.org/ ) and other independent Baptists. What I found with these men was excellent teaching on the theory of bible interpretation, but the practice was a little different than the theory!

You see, the bible interpretation hermeneutic taught by Cloud, and other Fundamentalists, is the “Plain-sense” method, that has been taught by Christians around the world since the Apostles were here! This method is neither literal, nor is it allegorical, but each passage must be read using the same understanding you would use when in a conversation with a normal person, or reading a normal book in a normal language.

This is evident even in the language used; The Koine Greek was the common language of the Roman Empire of the first century AD, and Hebrew was the common language of the Israelite people of the kingdom of Israel. There is nothing especially spiritual about each language.

The problem comes when the plain-sense interpretation of Scripture comes up against some preconceived notions. When this happens most “Christians” run back to their traditions, and refuse to accept the plain-sense meaning of the Holy Scriptures; Even men who have written very good articles on bible interpretation have a tendency to backpedal when confronted with Scriptural teaching on polygyny, alcohol, baptism, Salvation, etc.!

The issue of alcohol consumption is one of those subjects where the plain-sense method of interpretation will get you into trouble with these people; they are inconsistent in their approach to the Holy Scriptures! As soon as you understand that Jesus made wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee, in John 2, you will find people telling you that “it says wine, but it can’t really be wine, because it is a sin to drink wine”!

So what these people do is they put their own moral ideas ahead of the plain teaching of Scripture! In effect they make the same error as the pope does, saying “You can’t understand the Scriptures by yourself, you need me to interpret it for you”! And so each Pastor becomes the local pope, usurping the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer! (The pope might not make this error on the subject of alcohol, but he uses the same methodology on a number of subjects, and it is always wrong, and often worse than the error of Baptists on the relatively minor subject of alcohol!)

This kind of mindset actually comes from a lack of faith on the part of those who practice it! It also comes from the cultic mentality of trying to control the thoughts of others!

Coming from this background on a number of subjects, it took a lot of time and study before I came to the point where I was able to accept everything the bible says and to allow the Holy Spirit to interpret it for me. It was only then that I was able to start to see things I had not been taught in the Scriptures! To be honest, I am constantly battling the tendency to retreat to the “security” of the “old” traditions

Once I came to this point, however, the study of Scripture became a joy and an adventure!

The other issue is the Scriptures themselves;

Which text are you reading? The text that Christians have always used, until very recently, is the text known as the Byzantine text, or the Textus Receptus. This is the text that millions of believers have lost their lives over, often having their bibles burnt along with their owners! This is the text of the Albigenses and the Waldenses. It is also the text of the ancient Celtic Christians and the Armenian Christians, who were slaughtered in the millions by the Turks in 1914!

The other text, the one that has recently supplanted the Textus Receptus, is the Critical Text, aka the Nestle-Aland text, or the United Bible Societies text. This text was compiled from about 1% of the extant manuscripts, and did not exist as a text until it was cobbled together by two British Occultists in the nineteenth century, Messrs. Westcott and Hort.

The Nestle-Aland text is a fluid thing, and is constantly changing, and in fact, recently over 400 TR readings were put back into the Nestle-Aland text. Well, why were they removed in the first place? Well, that was the plan of Westcott and Hort, I am certain that eventually all the TR readings will be inserted back in the Critical Text, so why not just stick with the true Word of God, the Textus Receptus?

We live in the days spoken of by the prophet Amos:

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. Amos 8:11-12

It is not that the Words of God are not available to us, but that our preachers refuse, for the most part, to preach from it, and instead preach from doctored, perverted bibles that have had many modifications.

When researching the history of the modern bible text I came across some quotes from “the Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort” published by his son. Dr. Hort and his friend Dr. B.F.. Westcott worked on their test the “Textus Criticus” from about 1851 to 1881 when it was published. This quote is from the middle of that period;

To HIS WIFE

HARROW, October 23rd, 1864.

. . . We had a pleasant evening, six of Westcott’s Sixth Form boys dining with us. Yesterday we worked all the morning till I had to go to Mrs. Butler’s (sen.), where I lunched. Then we worked till near dinner, when we had a very nice little party, the two De Morgans, H. M. Butler, Farrar, Bradby and his mother, and H. W. Watson. Mrs. Bradby, whom I had never seen, and who was well worth seeing, came in the evening. We tried to turn tables, but the creatures wouldn’t stir. Both the De Morgans were radiant and pleasant. Today we have been to morning chapel, and had a good sermon from Bradby; but a great number of boys are away, this being ‘Exeat Sunday,’ which gave Westcott a holiday yesterday. After evening chapel I am going in for a little to Montagu Butler’s. Our work thus far is very satisfactory, and we are going now to have two or three pages of the beginning of St. Matthew set up in type at once; not with any idea of printing off immediately, but as experiment. We shall, however, be very soon printing off in earnest.

The term “we tried to turn tables” might seem strange to some readers. This is a term originating from the practice of Séances, where groups of people sit around a table and attempt to contact spirits. The group sits with their hands on the table and the leader invokes the spirits. When they get an answer the spirit will turn or tip the table in the direction of the answer.

In this case, Dr. Hort did not get an answer from the spirits, hence “the creatures wouldn’t stir”!

I might speculate on the reason the spirits wouldn’t answer on this particular day, and this is just a guess, but it appears that Mrs. Bradby might have been a Christian, since she was the mother of a preacher. The spirits won’t come around if there is a born-again Christian present! Born-again Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and demons don’t like to be around people with God in them!

My point is this, that these men were conducting Séances at the same time as they were working on their bible text! This was a common practice with them and the fact that the spirits did not answer this time is meaningless; they had conducted many Séances in which the spirits DID answer them!  How is it possible that men, who were in contact with demonic spirits, could produce a “superior” bible text?

The bible itself says this about those who contact spirits through occult methods;

A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:27

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Deuteronomy 18:10-12

So, F. J. A. Hort, and B. F. Westcott deserved to be put to death for the sin of consulting with familiar spirits! Now in the age of grace we don’t put witches to death for their sins, but this does not mean that we should elevate them to positions of authority in the Church! No, they should have been put-out of the Church of England, and their work should be shunned today!

Any “bible text” that these people put together should be shunned and ignored by the true Church! There is no way that God would honour people He had commanded to be put to death, by giving them the best bible text, one that is the “closest to the original autographs”! On the contrary, I believe the reason God made this command in Leviticus 20:27is because He saw that it would be this kind of person who will ultimately corrupt His Church, and lead many to perdition!

Unfortunately the “Hort Theory” of bible preservation has been adopted by almost all Bible Colleges and Seminaries around the world! Even by Conservative, Fundamentalist institutions, like Bob Jones University, for instance!

The net effect of the Westcott/Hort text being introduced into Christian Churches has not been a revival of pure Christian doctrine but an age of apostasy!

So now we know what John meant when he said;

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. Revelation 17:6

Why would John have such admiration for this harlot? He could not help himself, because she looks like the Christian Church! This is the end of the Christian Church; the entity that puts the Antichrist on the throne! To be sure the event spoken of in Revelation 17 will occur after the Rapture, but the entity referred to in verse 6 will certainly identify itself as “Christian”!

For your own safety I would recommend that you stick to Textus Receptus bibles like the AV, the Geneva Bible, or the New King James, although this last one still uses paraphrase, which is a dubious method of translation.  If you are going to use a NKJV I would recommend keeping a KJV along side of it, and double-check everything!

For more information;

http://jesusisprecious.org/bible/wh-heretics.htm

http://deanburgonsociety.org/index.html

http://www.worldincrisis.org/KJV-HB/KJV-textual-criticism.htm

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Our God, the Bigamist

I am always coming up with new article ideas, but somehow, lately, very few of them get written.

When I hear preachers preaching error, I want to correct them, but then I have to ask myself “Do I really want to go there?”  Do I want to rock the boat again?

Really I don’t! I hate having people angry with me, especially “men of God”, but my first commitment is to God Himself, and my commitment to people, even His people, must be to a lesser extent. How can I help them if I keep my mouth closed and say nothing?

But what if I’m wrong?” I ask myself. “What if I got everything wrong in all my studying of the Scriptures?”

When I published The Spirit of Prophecy nine years ago, I placed a challenge in it; “Prove me wrong with a plain-sense reading of the bible and I will withdraw this book from publication.”

That’s a simple enough statement to understand, isn’t it?

There have been a handful of people who have stated that I am wrong, but none of them have been sincere enough to prove it from the Scriptures!  Of all the people who have bought my book, none of them has taken the time to prove me wrong; either they agree with me, or they just don’t care.  I hope they agree, because they have studied these passages for themselves!

You see, I came to the conclusion that God is not opposed to the practice of polygyny, of one man marrying several women.

This is not about me! I am still married to the one woman I was married to when I came to these conclusions. In fact while it is not wrong for a man to marry two women, per se, it would be wrong for me! Why? Because I made a promise to her, when I married her, that there would be no one else.

Jesus said “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” Matthew 5:37

Actually it is all about God! I mean the God of the bible, not the God that many have invented in their own minds!

Have you ever read through Jeremiah chapter 3? In this chapter God compares Himself to a man with multiple wives. As you read this, keep in mind that Israel and Judah had been separate nations, at the time this was written, for several hundred years;

1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the Lord.

2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.

3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.

4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

5 Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.

You could be forgiven for thinking that this is about the whole nation combined, although the context would dictate that this is specifically about the northern kingdom of Israel, but keep on reading;

6 The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord.

11 And the Lord said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

As you get to verse 7 ask yourself “who is this treacherous sister of Israel?” and “If God’s wife Israel has a sister, why would Israel’s husband be concerned with what his sister-in-law is doing?”

But you see, in verse 8, God is married to both of these sisters! God considers Himself to be a bigamist! In fact this Bigamist has been hurt by both of His wives; Israel was unfaithful and received a bill of divorce, but Judah pretended to be faithful, remained married to Him, but was secretly having affairs! In fact His anger with Israel was less than His anger with Judah, because at least Israel was consistent!

God still hates inconsistency! This is why He says…

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” I Peter 4:17

The end of unbelievers is terrible, but He will start his judgment with the unfaithful professors of Christ! (The faithful believers will be taken out of harm’s way in the rapture, but His wrath rests upon those who claim to be faithful even when they see the rapture and explain it away!)

But back to our subject…

12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever.

13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord.

14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

Notice in verse 12, that He is calling those He has divorced, back to Himself! (Israel was in the north) God does not believe in divorce, because marriage is for ever!

Notice also in verse 14, that “children” is in the plural! So is the old English “you”. God is married to everyone in Israel, not merely to the nation as a whole!

In the New Testament, God marries the Christian Church, His third wife, but in the same way as is His relationship with Israel, His relationship with each believer is a one-to-one relationship!

So, please don’t let your Pastor tell you that God is against polygamy; God is the divine Polygamist!

Remember the command that God gave in the beginning, middle, and end of the bible. God doesn’t waste words; He repeats things for emphasis;

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 4:2

Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:6

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19

As Christians we are called to spiritual faithfulness, even if it is not politically correct!  It is far better to be biblically correct!

You see, those pastors who claim that God is opposed to polygamy are indeed adding to, and taking away from the Holy Scriptures! When they make these claims they are diminishing His character! They are also placing their congregation in harm’s way!

I will write about that next time! Lord willing.

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