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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God’s Absolutes

You know, the bible makes a lot of absolute statements.  Statements like “there is none righteous, no not one” or “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” are absolute statements that put the entire human race in the place of needing a Saviour.  If you and I have “come short” of the glory of God, then we haven’t measured up to His standards!

There is no hope for us in our own righteousness!  If we stand before God trusting in our own “good works” to get us in to Heaaven, we don’t stand a chance!

 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Romans 3:10-12

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

Isaiah 53:6 is a profound verse, not only do we see our own helplessness in this verse, but it tells us what God has done about it; He has laid our iniquity on a substitute; Someone who could take all the sin of the world on His own shoulders!

Read the rest of Isaiah 53; Rabbis will tell you that the “righteous servant” of God is Israel, but Israel is the “we” in the beginning of this verse, so the “righteous servant” has to be someone other than the nation of Israel.  In fact He came from Israel, but he is an individual man and not the nation as a whole; the Lord Jesus Christ!  Indeed He is more than a man; if there was a righteous man, he could only die for one other person, but Jesus, being God, His blood, His life, is more valuable than the entirety of humanity!  Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross has more value than all the sin of all time!

Of all the sins He was accused of, he was totally innocent, and his death was an unjust execution perpetrated by the Romans, and the nation of Israel together!  Think about it; after being examined by both Herod and Pontius Pilate, Jesus was declared innocent, but these evil men handed Him over to the executioners anyway!  Yes they did it to appease the crowds, but they had the power to set Him free.

You see, behind the scenes, Jesus was orchestrating His own execution, because He has a deep unbelievable love for the whole human race. Not only did he die for you and me, but he also died for Pilate, Caiphas, Herod, and every person ever born… even Adolph Hitler!

And, God leveled the “playing field” in the process.  He didn’t say that you need to perform some act of valour to be right with God, because then only heroes would have made it to Heaven.  He didn’t say that you had to be a part of a certain race, because then only people of that race could make it to Heaven.  He didn’t say that you need to have some secret knowledge to go to Heaven, for then only those initiates who had that secret knowledge could be saved!

He didn’t say that you must live a perfect life to get to Heaven, because then no-one would ever make it! Rather, Jesus saves those who believe in Him, and trust Him to take away their sin.

He said;

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. Romans 10:9

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

We are justified by the blood that Christ shed on the cross!  It is nothing we have done; He did it all!

2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:2-5

Proud men want to be their own Saviours, and this is their downfall, for all our works of righteousness are nothing in the eyes of God!  You think you did a good thing?  Maybe you did, but all the works of righteousness you could do cannot undo one sin!

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Titus 3:5

David,  the king of Jerusalem, was a murderer and and adulterer, two capital sins.  All the works of righteousness in the world cannot undo the act of adultery and murder, which David did, but David was not depending on his own righteousness, instead he depended on the righteousness of God, and his sins were put on the shoulders of his own descendant, Jesus Christ, and David now resides in Heaven!

6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans 4:6-8

David’s sins were covered when Jesus took them to the cross of Calvary!

What about yours?

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. John 6:28-29

5 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE Lord OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jeremiah 23:5-6

The Lord Jesus is my Righteousness!  Is He yours?

Remember;

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:11-13

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On being “turned back” and Ezekiel’s war

I was watching J.D.Farag, of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe, the other day when an amazing thought hit me.

He was talking about the Trump/Putin meeting and its prophetic significance, in relation to the Gog and Magog war.

No doubt the presence of Russia in Syria is prophetically significant; It is certainly true that Russia, Turkey and Iran will be a part of an invading coalition of nations when the Ezekiel 38-39 war occurs, but I am not as certain of its imminence as is pastor Farag, nor Amir Tsarfati.  Both of them seem to think the Psalm 83 war has already occurred, but as I have already noted, not all of the conditions of the Psalm have been met as yet.

Anyhow, Pastor Farag was reading from Ezekiel 38 when something hit me;

  2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

  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: Ezekiel 38:2-4

The phrase that caught my attention is the one that says “And I will turn thee back”.  You can’t go “back” or “backward” toward Israel, unless you have been there before.  Now the Russian armies will not have been in Israel before this attack, but today they are in Syria, right on Israel’s doorstep!

What could this mean but that Russia will leave Syria, for some reason, and their leaving will be viewed with relief by the people of Israel, but then something sent by God will cause them to change their minds and go back in the direction they had just come from!

A lot of prophecy scholars think that Russia will attack from their current base in Syria, but I think they will participate in a surprise attack after leaving and giving Israel the impression that they are not interested.

The other time Scripture uses the same phraseology is when Sennacherib, king of Assyria came up and camped against Jerusalem in 2 Kings and Isaiah 37;

Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest. II Kings 19:28

Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest. Isaiah 37:29

In this case God “turned them back” by kiling 185,000 of the enemy soldiers, and the remnant returned to Assyria.  Sennacherib himself was killed by his own sons two years later.

Using the principle of comparing Scripture with Scripture, we see that for the phrase “turn thee back” to be used in an actual attack on Israel the armies in question must be moving away from Israel first!

So, look for the Russian armies to leave the Middle East, before they turn around, and with a large company of allies, come back and attack Israel in a surprise attack!

I generally enjoy J.D. Farag’s Prophecy Updates, and consider him a brother, but this time as he went on, I realized that he has missed the magnitude of this attack.  These people assume that Turkey is Magog or maybe Russia, and that Gomer, and Togarmah are also Turkey.

  5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

  6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

The truth is that there are descendants of Magog, Gomer and Togarmah, living in Turkey and Russia, but these are not the only places where the descendants of these men live today. Togarmah is actually one of three sons of Gomer, Noah’s grandson.  This man was the father not only of Turkey, but of the Turkmen tribes which are scattered from Turkey all the way to the Western province of China, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region! (The Uyghur’s are a Turkmen tribe!)  You can certainly find many of them in places like Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan as well!  So don’t expect these nations to sit-out this war!

The other two sons of Gomer are Riphath, and Ashkenaz.  Riphath was the father of the Celtic tribes; the Welsh language is known as Gomerad, or Kemerad, which contains the name of the patriarch of this tribe, Gomer.  The Scotts and Irish are also descendants of Riphath, although the Scots are also mixed with descendants of Magog! The inhabitants of Brittany in France are also Celts as are the Catalans in Spain.

Gomer’s son Ashkenaz is the father of the Germanic tribes.  These tribes can be found in places like Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and ENGLAND!  The English are descendants of three German tribes that crossed the channel in the 600s AD, the Anglos, Saxons, and Jutes.

When Ezekiel wrote “Gomer and all his bands”, he certainly meant western Europe from Ireland in the west to Austria in the east, and Scandinavia in the north to France and Spain in the south!  No doubt this is why Islam is making great headway in these nations today.

The Czechs, and many other Eastern European nations, are descendants of Magog.

I find it interesting that the ancient histories of the Scots claim that they are descendants of Magog. My wife is of a mixed Cornish/Welsh and Scottish heritage.  She and I recently had our DNA tested, and the results were somewhat surprising; She has about 9% Eastern European DNA in her, while I, with my Czech/English background have 6% Eastern European DNA!

This appears to be confirmation that we are both descendants of Magog, as well as Gomer!  This would also indicate that Magog is the father of the eastern Europeans.

In fact the ancient histories indicate that Magog’s descendants occupy Eastern Europe from around Hungary in the South to Finland in the north, and from Georgia in the east, to the Czech Republic in the west.

All of these nations will be allied with Russia, Turkey, and Iran when they attack Israel!  This will not be some small local conflict, and I don’t think Israel will be alone as the target either!  They will have partners, the Southern Europeans, who will also suffer during this war.  The bible says nothing about this part of the attack, but please note that the Southern Europeans, descendants of Gomer’s brother Javan, are not included in the account and neither is the one last brother Madai!

I guess most prophecy teachers think it would be preposterous to claim that this war would include all of these nations, but it will.  If you see a war without them, you are NOT looking at Ezekiel’s war!

When Ezekiel wrote “Gomer and all his bands” he meant all the nations whose armies are mainly Gomerites, and when he said “the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands” he not only meant Turkey, but that all the nations of Togarmah’s descendants will be involved, from Turkey in the west to the borders of China in the east, and it just might be possible that the western province of China, Xinjiang, might participate as well!  Even today there is a separatist party in Xinjiang, called the Turkistan Islamic Party. Will they succeed with their wish?  I don’t know.  But I do know that it is suicidal for nations to tolerate Islam in their midst!  They will have representation in the armies of Ezekiel’s war!

All of the nations noted in Ezekiel 38 are indeed moving toward a position of hostility with Israel, but they are not ready to join Russia in that attack just yet.

No!  First there will be an attack of the Arab nations against Israel, and after Israel is forced to use nuclear weapons, just to survive, a part of Europe will broker a peace treaty between Israel and the Arabs.  In this agreement, Israel will give up her nuclear weapons in exchange for an iron-clad guarantee of security.  They will allow themselves to be disarmed on the promise that Southern Europe will come to their aid in the event of an attack. All the Arab nations who have joined in the Psalm 83 war will also be disarmed in this deal, and both they and Israel will be dependent on a group of nations in Southern Europe for their security!

This is the Psalm 83 war, and its aftermath.  This peace treaty will identify the European leader as the Antichrist, in the eyes of many who have a limited understanding of biblical prophecy, or an understanding based on the popular western prophecy teachers interpretation of these passages.

This will be the set-up for the war of Ezekiel 38-39.  This peace treaty will actually work for a time.  This is also why the Arab nations, identified as Sheba, Dedan, and Tarshish, will not join in the attack but rather protest it! They too have benefited from the peace with Israel, and have prospered.  And don’t forget they will have no weapons to join the attack anyway!

This is also why the group of nations who have guaranteed Israel’s security will also be targeted in the Gog/Magog attack; If they have guaranteed Israel’s security then their armed forces, and capital city, must be neutralized when the Northern European armies go after Israel’s wealth!  Will that capital city be Rome?  I believe this is the best answer posed by this puzzle.  This is the answer that fits in best with the bible’s prophecies!

Will the leader of the Southern European Union be the Antichrist?  No!  Satan always has his counterfeits, and that is all that is going on here; The Southern European Union, and its leaders, a president and the pope, are merely decoys being set-up to be destroyed, to distract attention from the real Antichrist, who will come from the tiny nation of Jordan, and not from Europe at all!

What better way to put people off their guard about the Antichrist, than to  make them believe the Antichrist is dead!  If these prophecy teachers don’t wake up soon, they will end up participating in a great deception!

Here is Pastor Farag talking about the End Times events.   He is correct that we are close, but we’re not as close as he thinks.

also see;

The Table of Nations; http://www.soundchristian.com/man/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/2524563/China-tightens-grip-on-western-province-Xinjiang.html

 

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The compounding of errors

Well, I guess I owe my readers an apology of sorts; I have been so busy this summer that I haven’t had time to write much.  For the past 4 months I have been doing some much-needed maintenance work on my home, in my spare time.  And, that has pretty much eaten up most of my spare time, except for a few days helping out with my wife’s and my own parents 60th wedding anniversaries.

I am sending The Spirit of Prophecy to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, and that is somewhat exciting, except that I know the subject of biblical prophecy is not a big seller these days.  Hopefully the Lord will find a few people who are interested enough to read it through, and hopefully a major publisher will pick it up!.

But, enough about me..

Have you ever read through the parallel passages of Matthew 24?  I was reading through Luke 21 the other day and realized something; I realized that I had been looking at verse 8 in the wrong way!

 8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. Luke 21:8

The punctuation was not included in the original biblical languages, and even when they get it right sometimes our unfamiliarity with them leads us to an incorrect conclusion.

A semi-colon separates two independent clauses, but also emphasizes the connection between.  Often the second clause elaborates on, or defines, the first.

For years I had read this passage like this:

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying,”I am Christ”: and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

This is wrong, but how many Christians read it the same as I had?  I think there are many. He is not saying to avoid false teachers as the time draws near, we have always had the need to avoid false teachers, from the time of Simon the Sorcerer until now!  There are and have always been many false Christs, and other Scriptures point this out, but this is not what is in view here; these false teachers are saying that Jesus is Christ and the time of the earthly kingdom is drawing near.

Here is how it should be read:

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, “I (Jesus) am Christ”; and “the time draweth near”: go ye not therefore after them.

These false teachers use a Christian testimony to get into Churches and then proceed to teach error! They say that Jesus is the Christ, but that is the end of the truth they preach!

This is an indictment of many End Times ministries!  Every ministry that teaches that it is the Job of the Church to bring in the Millennial reign, is a false ministry!  You can find this kind of ministry in post-Millennial, and Amillennial churches like Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Emergent/Emerging, and sadly, it is increasingly popular in Evangelical Churches who were formerly true to the Scriptures!

Every Christian ministry should be grounded and rooted in Scripture.  The Gospel of Salvation through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, should be front and center.  And yes, they should teach End Times prophecy, but if they are doing it properly they will never teach that it is the job of the Church to set-up the Kingdom of God on earth!  Jesus will do that himself when He returns!

All Christians who are saved during the Church-Age, will be removed before the beginning of the Tribulation; not one of us will go into the Millennial reign in fleshly bodies!  Everyone who goes into the Millennial reign will be unsaved on the day that the Church is removed!  They will survive the Tribulation and will be used by God to repopulate the earth during the Millennial reign.  These are the same people Matthew wrote about (Matt. 24:31), who will be carried aloft by angels, as Jesus brings destruction on the earth beneath them!

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