Archive for November, 2011


People today are running to and fro in search of knowledge, gathering to themselves teachers that say what their itching ears want to hear.  It wouldn’t surprise me if nearly all of us are doing that–after all, we ARE curious.  It seems that even those who, with all their hearts want to serve God, seem to think they are lacking some revelation that will make it all come together for them.  And, of course, most of us are interested in understanding the interpretations of end-times prophecies.  Nowadays there is no shortage of people who are speaking with authority, claiming to share their expertise in understanding the deeper things of God, and the revelations they have received.  When all of these factors converge . . . we have the conditions necessary for many to be led away from the faith.

There are many different ‘roads to ruin’, but here I’d like to address a common thread that runs through a few of them.  It is the belief that Scripture contains much deeper meaning, that only a few have discovered.

Now, not all those who promote these means of interpreting Scripture are going to come right out and say ‘I am one of the elect few who knows the deep hidden meaning of Scripture’ . . . but if you listen critically, it is there between the lines.  As they speak, what’s between the lines, yet subtly and continuously reinforced, is the idea that ‘I’m wiser than you.  I understand these things.  If you want to know the truth, you must follow me.  If you don’t see these things yourself, it’s because you don’t ‘have the eyes to see’ or ‘the ears to hear’.  However, I am here to enlighten you.  Follow me.’

There are various flavors to this today.  One is the Hebrew roots movement.  Others may be movements, or simply individuals who seem to have great insight.  They are seduced by their own great wisdom (sarcasm intended).  They have trained (perverted) their minds to see past the written word, past the literal interpretation, into the deeper allegorical/metaphorical/symbolic meaning.  Before long, they are seeing hidden meaning in everything, and their minds are so thoroughly twisted that they become unable to take things at face value.  The Scripture gives us a promise:

‘These [things] have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.   (He is speaking about false teachers–intellectual seduction)

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.’  1 John 2:26-27

God is no respecter of persons.  There is no ‘elite’ among the people of God.

‘But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.’  (Matthew 23:11)

It is God’s will that EACH of us should read and understand His Word for ourself.  It was written in plain language that is not difficult to understand.  What hinders many people, is the fact that the Scriptures cannot be understood without the help of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is a gift, from God to His people.  Each born again believer has the means to understand the Bible.  Unbelievers though, before they begin reading, must humble themselves before God and pray to Him that His Holy Spirit would help them understand it.

What follows is a passage that explains the roots of much mysticism and false teaching today:  The Kabbalah.

‘Literal Kabbalah Interpretations

 The Kabbalists, who believed themselves to be Orthodox Jews, believed that the Torah holds interpretations that are deciphered and accessible to the sages or prophets alone. The oral Torah of the sages is their esoteric interpretation of the written Torah. That interpretation relies on the Literal Kabbalah teachings, which involves the idea that every letter and space of the written Torah holds magical meanings and that there are layers of meaning within the written Torah.

“Most if not all Kabbalistic speculation and doctrine is concerned with the realm of the divine emanations or sefiroth, in which God’s creative power unfolds…two most important kinds of symbolism used by the Kabbalists to communicate their ideas. They speak of the attributes and of spheres of light ; but in the same context they speak also of divine names and the letters of which they are composed.” 22.

Kabbalists believe that unless one goes beyond the literal, or first layer of the written Torah, one has not really understood much of value.

“The word zohar means literally radiance. According to him [Hayim Vital], the radiance of the Torah’s divine light is reflected in the mysteries of this book. But when these mysteries are shrouded in the literal meaning, their light is darkened. The literal meaning is darkness, but the Kabbalistic meaning, the mystery, is the zohar that shines in every line of Scripture. This devaluation of the simple literal meaning is no invention of the later Kabbalists. It is clearly stressed in certain passages of the zohar itself.” 23.

Citing from passages of the Zohar, Nesta Webster states that once the Cabala initiates solved the magical significance of the Hebrew alphabet their students learned truths that they would never have known through the study of the written Word of God. One of these new revelations was that Noah was lamed for life.

“According to the Cabala, every letter in the scriptures contains a mystery only to be solved by the initiated.4. By means of this system of interpretation passages of the Old Testament are shown to bear meanings totally unapparent to the ordinary reader. Thus the Zohar explains that Noah was lamed for life by the bite of a lion whilst he was in the ark…5” 24.

Co-founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Kabbalist, S.L. McGregor Mathers explained in, Introduction to the Kabbalah, the significance of the Hebrew alphabet to the Kabbalist:

“…To Jewish mystics, every letter in the Hebrew alphabet was a channel to the life force of God and possessed of sacred meaning. Hebrew numbers were also represented by letters so that names and words had numerical values. Finding associations of words with the same value revealed a complex series of hidden meanings beneath the text of the Torah, the book of law attributed to Moses. In fact, the entire Torah can be considered to be a single long word spelling out one of the names of God. The significance of the name of God goes back to ancient Egypt where knowing the name of a god allowed one to gain power over that god.” 25.’

from:

‘To Embrace Hebrew Roots: Part VIII  Literal Kabbalah: Gematria & Numerology’

http://www.seekgod.ca/literalkab.htm

We know that the occult is forbidden by God.  It is the ‘mystery’ in the mystery religions, the false teachings that all find their place in the ‘Whore of Babylon’–the end-time world religion.

There are many words that give indication that someone may be speaking of the occult, but not wanting to come out and admit it:  hidden, shrouded, mystery, esoteric, metaphor, symbolic, profound, deep, uninitiated, Kabbalah, Cabala, revelation, decipher, unveil, gnosis, knowledge, light, radiance, understanding, wisdom, sage, mystic, enlightened, initiate, etc.

Learn these words and take notice of them when they are used.  Where many of them occur together, you are very likely dealing with a false teaching.  The deceiving spirits that accompany false teachings work through flattery.  Most people take the bait, wanting to believe they are special, chosen, wise . . .

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It’s amazing how much this guy has figured out about end-times prophecy and current events.  Don’t think America is in end-times prophecy?  Want to know what Freemasonry is all about?  Check out his videos.  Here’s a good one to start with:

Mike Hoggard- Truth behind Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, Lincoln Memorial — a Temple of AntiChrist 

 

 

As a parent, it is important to be proactive.  Most of us don’t like confrontation . . . but some things in life MUST be confronted.  Here’s the thing about confrontation:  the earlier you do it, the less of a ‘big deal’ it is.

Do you have a kid who is constantly asking to do things that you have to say ‘no’ to?  Do you then have to listen to them pitching a fit? Can I share some things I have learned as a former parent and former child?

I hope I am talking to someone who has a young child or preteen who is just starting to rebel.  The reason is, this can possibly be stopped in its tracks, before it gets out of hand.  Although not every child who rebels turns into a criminal and a drug addict . . . I would bet that nearly every criminal and drug addict started out by rebelling.  How tragic, that a lot of them could probably have been turned around early.

Here is what you need to understand: when your child comes and asks for your permission, it is pretty much a formality for them.  What they really want at that point, is just a rubber stamped seal of approval without any questions.  This is why they become so angry when you say ‘no’.

Here is why.  By the time your child comes to you for permission they have already considered the ‘opportunity’ they are being invited to participate in, have passed it through their own decision making process, and have then listened to the propaganda their friends give, in favor of it.

When they come to ask your permission they have already made up their mind that it is something they want to do.  Listen carefully–they are asking for your permission at this point, not your advice.

(Hear me out–I’m not going to say you should give in!!  I want to show what is happening . . . why the conflict is occurring. )

In order to short circuit this chain of events, you need to see the steps it goes through, so that you can stop it sooner.

  • The invitation is given  (who you allow your child to hang out with is going to be a big factor in the kind of invitations they get)
  • Your child considers the invitation, whether this is something they want to do
  • Your child’s conscience should react, if this is something they shouldn’t participate in
  • WHEN their conscience warns them, there are several paths they might choose.  Typically, they either:   1.  decide not to do it and don’t     2.  hesitate  (their uncertainty can invite pressure from their friends)     3.  push their conscience aside
  • If they hesitate, their friends persuade and pitch their propaganda in favor of doing it
  • Lastly, they ask permission

Kids are learning, in school, to use their own discernment and make their own decisions.  More and more, they are being encouraged to look to their peers for information and direction . . . and less and less are they being encouraged to ask their parents for wisdom.  In fact, some ‘educators’ purposely try to divorce children from their parents’ influence.  For these reasons it is IMPERATIVE that you teach your kids discernment!!

You need to be proactive and give your kids your guidance and opinions before they need them . . . because when they need them, paradoxically, they won’t ask for them or listen to them.  You need to teach them early so that they will ‘hear your voice in their head’ when they are faced with a decision.

I think, the best way to help correct your child’s bad decision making, is to go through this list and determine where the problem lies.  If you can correct the conditions that are causing your child to make the wrong choices, your child can instead learn to make wise choices.  After all, the best choice is a WISE choice that your child has made for him/herself!

The place to begin, is with your child’s conscience.  Does your child clearly know right from wrong, and good from bad?  What do you base these judgments on?  If you are a Christian, you should be teaching them, from the Bible, about what is right and wrong, good and bad.

There is so much emphasis in our culture on doing what seems right to you, or feels best to you, or what others are doing . . . there are probably MANY kids that don’t have a clear concept of right and wrong to anchor themselves too.  Make sure your child is securely anchored in truth!  Don’t just assume they know these things–start talking to them and find out what THEY think is right and wrong in different situations.

If they clearly know right from wrong, then it is critical to find out why they aren’t listening to their own conscience.  Is there a common thread to these incidents?  Does it usually involve a certain friends?  Is it something a particular authority figure is promoting?  Is it a fear of being different?

Make no mistake, bad company corrupts good character.  Sure, you may have a big confrontation over dis-allowing a certain friendship . . . but if this ‘friend’ is a negative influence on your child, you will be saving yourself many future confrontations and rebellion, and ultimately you may save your child’s life.  ‘Bad’ kids often go from bad to worse.  Don’t let them take your child along for the ride.

If the person who is pressuring your child is an adult–or worse, an authority figure, you may HAVE to confront that person. At the very least, you may have to rearrange things in your child’s life to eliminate, or minimize, that person’s authority over them.  God has placed you, as a parent, in the role of protector of your child.

This last one is going to be hard for some of you to hear.  If your child is afraid of being different, you are going to have to look at your own behavior.  In fact, for all of these possibilities you should consider your own behavior.  Do you have a sound basis for determining what is good and bad, right and wrong . . . or are you ‘wishy-washy’ about such things? Do you heed your own conscience? Do you allow yourself to be pressured by others, to do things you don’t want to do? Kids often model themselves after adults they look up to.  None of us is perfect.  We often grow alongside our children, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Anyways, back to peer pressure . . . peer pressure is another way of saying ‘fear of persecution’.  Here is another place for self examination . . . do you bend over backwards to make sure your child fits in?  If so, you may be (inadvertently) reinforcing their fear of persecution.  If you are a Christian parent, it is important that you equip your child to endure persecution . . . because Christians are promised that they will be persecuted.

Although a child’s rebellion can be exhausting and worrisome to deal with, it is something you CAN overcome. If you are constantly having confrontations with your child, it is usually a signal that something is wrong in their decision making process.

Identify your child’s weaknesses and help strengthen them in those areas.  What is manifesting as rebellion may be a lack of moral certainty, vulnerability to someone who is a bad influence, or fear of persecution.  You CAN help your child to overcome these vulnerabilities.

(The child that is TRULY a rebel is one that knows right from wrong but doesn’t care, and has no respect for [or fear of] authority or the opinions of others.  That is another story entirely, and probably requires a different type of help.  If you are struggling with that, please feel free to email me.)

New Movie Exposes Government Invasion of American Families

Washington, D.C., November 17, 2011 – Today, ParentalRights.Org released an online docudrama, Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights, which outlines today’s dangers facing American parents in their ability to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

The film, which runs 35 minutes at OverruledMovie.com, focuses on three real-life American family cases in which parental rights were egregiously violated by the government: a medical care case, an educational freedom case, and a religious freedom case. The movie also warns against adoption of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. This treaty would override virtually all child and family laws in the United States and grant ultimate authority to international bureaucrats.

Overruled describes why the adoption of the proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the only means to halt the parental rights violations which are taking place all over America.

“American parents just assume that their traditional right to make sound decisions for their children is fully protected in our legal system,” said Michael Farris, President of ParentalRights.org. He added, “Overruled reveals how precarious our rights are in today’s legal climate – and the movie makes it clear that we can and must fix the problem before it is too late.”

Fortunately, the American people overwhelmingly support traditional parental rights. A Zogby poll last year that surveyed over 2,000 people found that 93% of Americans agree with the traditional definition of parental rights, which is the ability to raise their children free from government interference so long as no abuse or neglect is taking place.

Farris said, “We need to capitalize on this strong support all across the country and pass the Parental Rights Amendment to prevent government officials from unnecessarily interfering with families.”

Scott Scharpen, the film’s Executive Producer and chairman of the board of ParentalRights.Org, was proud to announce that Overruled is presented by ParentalRights.Org, a non-profit grassroots organization focused on passing the Parental Rights Amendment. Overruled is available online free of charge at OverruledMovie.com.

The film, which runs 35 minutes at OverruledMovie.com, focuses on three real-life American family cases in which parental rights were egregiously violated by the government: a medical care case, an educational freedom case, and a religious freedom case. The movie also warns against adoption of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. This treaty would override virtually all child and family laws in the United States and grant ultimate authority to international bureaucrats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gbaDRdG6nrE

For more information, visit www.ParentalRights.Org.

After having read the Word, BUT without having had time to pray about it and let it ‘simmer’ . . . here are my initial thoughts about the army described in Joel 2:

I believe that the opening of the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12-17) and the sixth trumpet (Rev. 9:14-21) are simultaneous.  It looks like Joel 2 is another perspective on the same event (and, unexpectedly, Ezekiel 38 & 39).

THE SIXTH TRUMPET: ‘SUPER SOLDIERS’ UNLEASHED?

If this is true, it may be the unleashing of what some call ‘super soldiers’ by the Antichrist’s (Daniel’s fourth beast’s) army.

Joel 2:2

“a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, [even] to the years of many generations.”

and

Joel 2:7-8

“They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and [when] they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.”

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THEIR SMOKE DARKENS THE SUN, MOON, AND STARS

Notice Joel 2:10

“The earth shall quake before them*; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:”

*I interpret these things to happen AS A RESULT of them.

And Revelation 9:18

“By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.”

Again, I believe that the fire and smoke is what darkens the sun, moon and stars.

Again, Joel 2:31 says

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”

Matthew 24:29

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”

I believe Revelation 6:12-17 picks up where Revelation 9:19 and Joel 2:10 leave off–because, after Joel 2:10 comes The Day of The Lord.

Rev. 6:12-17″I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

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In other words, I think THE CHRONOLOGY is this (you may want to read through it with your Bible, since I have not pasted all the verses here):

  • Revelation 9:14-19
  • Joel 2:2-10
  • Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24-25
  • Revelation 6:12-17
  • Joel 2:11
  • (It looks like this also correlates with Ezekiel 38:1-17)

Then, the  story continues (as explained below):

  • Joel 2:12-17
  • Joel 2:18, Ezekiel 38:18-23, Revelation 16:17-21
  • Ezekiel 39:1-10
  • Joel 2:20
  • Ezekiel 39:11

also

  • Revelation 10:7, Matthew 24:27-31, Mark 13:26-27
  • Revelation 19:11-19

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GOD’S PEOPLE REPENT

After this great army invades, the prophet Joel commands the people to repent and cry out to God (Joel 2:12-17)

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THE LORD WILL ARISE ON BEHALF OF HIS PEOPLE (THE DAY OF THE LORD)

“Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.”  (Joel 2:18)

 

DAY OF THE LORD PART 1: THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST FOR HIS PEOPLE

At the Lord’s return, He gathers His people to Him, before pouring out His wrath.

Revelation 10:7

“But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”

Matthew 24:30-31

“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. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Mark 13:26-27 “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”

 

DAY OF THE LORD PART 2: HE POURS OUT HIS WRATH UPON THE NATIONS = THE GREAT SUPPER OF GOD

Matthew 24:27-28

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.”

Revelation 19:11-19

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great. Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.”

Remember who is gathered, hiding from the face of God in Rev. 6:15,

” . . . the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man . . . ”

Joel 2:11

“And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp [is] very great: for [he is] strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD [is] great and very terrible; and who can abide it?”

And, this may correlate with Ezekiel 38:18-23

“And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, [that] my fury shall come up in my face For in my jealousy [and] in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that [are] upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that [are] with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.”

It certainly seems that Joel 2:20

“But I will remove far off from you the northern [army], and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.”

and Ezekiel 39:11 are talking about the same thing:

“And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the [noses] of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call [it] The valley of Hamongog.”

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IT IS DONE!

Ezekiel 39:8

“Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this [is] the day whereof I have spoken.” Revelation 16:17-21

“The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.”

(This passage also seems to correlate with Ezekiel 38:18-23.)    _____________________________________________________________________________

If this interpretation is correct, then it seems that the seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls must all happen simultaneously.Revelation 16:12-14  (& 16), the sixth BOWL, also seems to happen simultaneously with all of what is outlined above (the sixth SEAL and sixth TRUMPET):

“The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three evil  spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.”(“Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”)

And, indeed, the next verse (Rev. 16:15) corresponds with the same outline of events:

“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

Also, as we have seen above, the seventh BOWL (Rev. 16:17-21) is the wrath of God, that seems to correlate with Ezekiel 38:18-23 where the Lord returns to battle the armies of the world.  This also seems to correlate pretty well with the seventh TRUMPET in Revelation 11:15:

“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

This may be one of the most important events before the Antichrist takes the ‘throne’.

Russ Dizdar on The Seventh Mayan Prophecy

 

Next will be the bloodbath that this ritual event is going to unleash.  It is at the doorstep.

Will there be a war with Iran?  Will America fall?  Will there soon be an attack on America?
http://www.trunews.com/Audio/11_08_11_tuesday_trunews2.mp3

Listen as Jim Haddock explains end-time Bible prophecy from the book of Daniel!

Do you think the Old Testament laws are irrelevant for Christians? Does being saved by grace mean we no longer need to obey God’s commandments?

“Not every one that SAITH unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)

“And hereby we do know that we know him, IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth NOT his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. ” (1 John 2:3-4)

“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” (1 John 3:6)

“This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and CARRYING OUT HIS COMMANDS. For this is the love of God, that we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:2-3)

Here are better translations of a couple of verses that might not seem clear in the KJV:

“No one who lives in him KEEPS ON SINNING. No one who CONTINUES TO SIN has either seen him or known him.” (1 John 3:6)

“He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. NO ONE WHO IS BORN OF GOD WILL CONTINUE TO SIN, because God’s seed remains in him; he CANNOT go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:8-10)

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we OBEY HIS COMMANDS and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who OBEY HIS COMMANDS live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” (1 John 3:21-24)

“We know that anyone born of God DOES NOT CONTINUE TO SIN; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.” (1 John 5:18)

This is the Word of God people! If it seems burdensome to you to keep God’s commands, then you need to evaluate whether you have truly been born again. You evaluate this by comparison to the Bible’s standards–not a church’s teaching, not your own feelings, but by the Word of God!

Examine Yourself  (video)