Archive for October, 2012


For some reason, God has chosen to wake a bunch of us up and reveal many things to us. I believe we, therefore, are to be examples to those around us, of really LIVING the truth of The Word, that God is revealing to us. . . not continuing on as though we were still ignorant of the time in which we are living. If we who KNOW these things will not have the courage to obey God, then who will?

What do we have in common with the world? Yet many who call themselves Christians want to celebrate these pagan holidays with them. How odd is that? What if every Passover, Jewish synagogues filled with witches who wanted to celebrate it too? Wouldn’t that strike you as odd? How strange it seems to the world, that we want to DO as they do, then tell them that they are not going to Heaven because they have different BELIEFS!! (Do we REALLY suppose our BELIEFS will save us, irrespective of whether our actions line up with those beliefs?)

‘Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial*? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, saith the Lord, and TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN [THING]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.’ (2 Cor. 6:14-18)

* Belial:

  • As a noun, unprofitableness; wickedness.  In a collective sense, wicked men.

At what point are we Christians finally supposed to be obedient to these words in Scripture? (Are we not in the end times now?) If not now, then when??

Why would we have any desire to continue to walk in darkness and ignorance, after having been shown the light? What communion DO we have with darkness, knowing what we know now? Why would we want the unsaved world to be confused as to what is good and what is evil, by seeing us mingle the two? What pleasure do we have in unrighteousness now . . . if we are righteous?

 

IT IS NOT the Holy Spirit from God that leads us to do things that are displeasing to Him! There is no condemnation for us, WHEN WE ARE WALKING AFTER THE SPIRIT . . . being LED BY His Spirit.

‘[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.’  (Romans 8:1)

But walking after the flesh . . . being ‘carnally minded’ . . . brings death and destruction.  When we go our own way, instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us, we are displeasing to God.  The carnal mind hates God, and rebels at the very idea of being in submission to Him.

‘For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.  Because the carnal mind [is] enmity* against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then THEY THAT ARE IN THE FLESH CANNOT PLEASE GOD.‘  (Romans 8:6-8)

* Enmity:

  •  The quality of being an enemy; the opposite of friendship; ill will; hatred; unfriendly dispositions; malevolence. It expresses more than aversion and less than malice,and differs from displeasure in denoting a fixed or rooted hatred,whereas displeasure is more transient.

 

Some who say they are Christians like to say that we are ‘under grace, not under The Law’, we have ‘freedom in Christ’, ‘nothing is sinful, in and of itself’, but these people do not rightly understand the Word of God.  Does Romans 8:7 not speak of the law of God?

‘Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God . . . )

Does 2 Corinthians 6:17 not say that some things ARE ‘unclean’?

‘Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing] . . . ‘

 

The Old Testament is not something that was done away with.  It is our FOUNDATION for understanding the New Testament.  The New builds upon the Old. We are STILL called to be a holy, set-apart people who walk in righteousness.  Is it not enough for us, to realize that we are the temples of the living God and that He dwells in us? What disrespect to drag Him along to the places we used to go, to do the things we used to do, now that we know better! He pleads with us to come out, and to be separate, and to touch not the unclean thing. Have we no respect for Him at all? Who IS Lord in our lives? Either we are led by His Spirit, to do HIS will, or we are walking according to our own carnal desires.

 

Abstain from ALL APPEARANCE of evil. ‘ (1 Thess. 5:22)

‘And have NO FELLOWSHIP with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather REPROVE* [them].’ (Eph. 5:11)

* Reprove:

  • To blame; to censure
  • To charge with a fault to the face; to chide
  • To blame for; with of; (as, to reprove one of laziness)
  • To convince of a fault, or to make it manifest
  • To excite a sense of guilt. (The heart or conscience reproves us.)

‘Follow peace with all [men], and HOLINESS, WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD:’ (Hebrews 12:14)

‘And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:’ (Acts 17:30)

‘ . . .  there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’  (Matt. 24:24)

God isn’t mocked.  He will separate those who are only looking for a way of escape from hell, from those who are really committed to Him.  Part of the way He does this, is by sending false prophets who tell you what you want to hear:

  • everything is permissible, you’re ‘covered by grace’ (or ‘covered by His blood’ or ‘once saved always saved’)
  • God doesn’t judge
  • its ok to follow other gods (have a spirit guide; do yoga, meditation, contemplative payer, or Reiki; listen to the ‘ascended masters’, or the Pleiadeans, or whoever, etc.)
  • nothing is sinful in itself, listen to what music you like, celebrate whatever holidays you please
  • we shouldn’t take the Bible literally
  • don’t strive to be righteous, that’s ‘works salvation’ (or being a Pharisee)
  • God wants you to be prosperous and successful, and ‘have your best life now’
  • don’t be so serious, relax, God wants you to have fun and enjoy life too
  • etc., etc.

God will test you to see whether you will be obedient to what is plainly written throughout His Word, or whether you will use their words as a justification to do what you want.

‘If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

And the sign or the wonder COME TO PASS,

whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams:

FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD PROVETH YOU, TO KNOW WHETHER YE LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL.

Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.‘  (Deut. 13:1-4)

‘And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, but HAD PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.‘  (2 Thess. 2:11-12)

‘For the time will come when they WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; but AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS SHALL THEY HEAP TO THEMSELVES TEACHERS , having itching ears; And they shall TURN AWAY [their] ears FROM THE TRUTH, and shall be TURNED UNTO FABLES.’  (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Back to the truth that people are turning away from . . .

In Deuteronomy 13:1-4 we see there are two alternatives:

  1. Follow the false prophet, who is able to perform signs and wonders,  who tells you ‘let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them’,  or
  2. ‘Walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.’

Lest you think this applies only to Old Testament times, let us look at the SAME choice, given to all who are on the Earth, in the last days

‘And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and CAUSETH THE EARTH AND THEM WHICH DWELL THEREIN TO WORSHIP the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  And he DOETH GREAT WONDERS, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; SAYING TO THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH, THAT THEY SHOULD MAKE AN IMAGE to the beast . . . ‘  (Rev. 13:11-14)

Deuteronomy 13:1-3 prophesied, thousands of years ago, of the events that are in our near future!  Notice the parallel between the passages:

”there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder COME TO PASS,

whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them’

And those who would NOT worship or follow this other god, or participate in creating the idol as part of his worship . . . how are they described?

‘And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, WHICH KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’  (Rev. 12:17)

‘Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND the faith of Jesus.’  (Rev. 14:12)

Again, note the parallel to Deuteronomy 13:4:

‘Walk after the LORD your God, and FEAR HIM, and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, and OBEY his voice, and ye shall serve HIM, and cleave unto him.’

Also, note that in 2 Thessalonians 2 there was a contradiction implied:

‘That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, BUT had pleasure in unrighteousness.’

There are two choices:

  1. believe the truth, or
  2. have pleasure in unrighteousness

The two choices are opposites, implying that to believe the truth is the opposite of having pleasure in unrighteousness.  Again, this speaks so clearly to the times in which we live, and the things which the false prophets are saying.  Either:

  1. you can choose to believe the truth which permeates God’s Word–which is that we need to fear the Lord, walk after Him, follow His commandments, obey His voice, serve Him, and cleave to Him, or
  2. you can choose to believe the lies of today’s false prophets–that we need not fear God, that we can walk after our own desires, that we do not need to follow God’s commandments, that we can make our own choices, and that we can serve ourselves

That’s the test.  You’ll find plenty of people who will support your choice, if you follow the false prophets.  You may even believe that you can blame it on them if they’re wrong.  But if you are able to read these words of mine, you also have access to the Word of God.  You WILL be judged by what is in that book, whether you take the time to read it, or not.

Oh how this verse is misused today . . . to convince people that they must dig into the mystery knowledge which Satan has been using to bait the children of God with, since the Garden of Eden.

It is not ignorance of the hidden things (or the devil’s schemes) that causes the destruction of God’s people–it is the lack of knowledge of His Law and His ways, that leads to our destruction!

Read the verse in context:

‘Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD HATH A CONTROVERSY with the inhabitants of the land, BECAUSE [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor KNOWLEDGE OF GOD in the land.

By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. . . My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing THOU HAST FORGOTTEN THE LAW OF THY GOD, I will also forget thy children.’ (Hosea 4:1-2, 6)

Rather than spending your time delving into the dark workings of Satan*, spend your time digging into the truth of God’s Word.  If God wants you to understand what Satan is doing, HE WILL SHOW YOU!  I promise.

I never went looking for knowledge of Satan’s schemes, but God has shown me more of it than most of  you.  Not all knowledge is good.  Understanding of these things is not a matter of light and joy.  It is sorrow and heaviness, to know the things that Satan is doing.  And still, at the end of it all, what matters the most is that we seek the truth in God’s Word, and LIVE BY IT!!

Save yourself the drama, and stick to God’s Word.  There is less benefit to knowing what Satan is doing, than some of these teachers would have you believe.  (And they may very well be leading you astray.  They may be sharing some previously secret truths with you, but where are they ultimately leading you?  They say they are Christians, but I have reasons to doubt that . . . )

* Going to some of the websites, watching some of the videos put together by those involved with the dark powers (including the New Age Movement), can open you and your family up to their (the dark powers’) influence in your life.  Are you skilled in spiritual warfare?  Don’t think ‘no one sees me’ when you go to those sites, because the powers of darkness DO see you.  They can bewitch and seduce you (or your family members)–or they can battle against you.  Don’t go there, unless GOD has specifically led you to, and then, only with appropriate prayers to ‘cover’ yourself and family, and being prepared to do spiritual battle, if necessary.

Many Christians today are worried . . . afraid that they may be deceived when The Antichrist arrives. They look at a passage from 2 Thessalonians 2 that talks about the great delusion in the end times:

‘ . . . And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie . . . ‘

But let’s look at the verse in context:

‘ . . . them that perish; because they received not the LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’  (2 Thess. 2:10-12)

What is truth?

‘Sanctify them through thy truth: THY WORD is truth.’  (John 17:17)

This passage echoes Hosea 4 . . .

‘Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD HATH A CONTROVERSY with the inhabitants of the land, BECAUSE [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor KNOWLEDGE OF GOD in the land.

By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. . . My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing THOU HAST FORGOTTEN THE LAW OF THY GOD, I will also forget thy children.’  (Hosea 4:1-2, 6)

The problem then, and now, is that people reject the knowledge of God and pursue the ways of wickedness instead. This is even true in mainstream ‘Christianity’ today, where lying, stealing, adultery, fornication, and all manner of indulging the flesh, is widely accepted.

By the grace of God, as Gentiles, even though we have never kept The Law, are admitted into the family of God, and our sins forgiven via Jesus’ death on the cross. But we are expected to CONTINUE in Him, by devoting ourselves to a life of obedience to God’s ways.

‘As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, IF YE CONTINUE IN MY WORD, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. . . .Verily, verily, I say unto you, IF A MAN KEEP MY SAYING, he shall never see death.’  (John 8:30-32, 51)

Ultimately, His death is only going to cover those who do what He commands.

‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are MY friends, IF YE DO WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU.’  (John 15:13-14)

The Lord has impressed on my heart, that His children who follow Him, who devote themselves to studying HIS WORD and living by it, WILL BE PROTECTED by Him. They do not need to be afraid.

You can have all the knowledge in the world about the devil’s schemes, but if you have not turned away from sin . . .if you do not live in obedience to His Word . . . if you do not have a love for the truth contained in His Word . . . then YOU WILL succumb to the strong delusion, because HE is sending it, to all who don’t love the truth (His Word) and who take pleasure in unrighteousness (not obeying His Word).

This protection DOESN’T mean that you may not physically suffer and die. It is a protection of your heart and mind. It is a promise that He will keep you IN THE TRUTH.

Who does the Bible show will be the little flock that endures to the end?

‘Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and THE FAITH OF JESUS.’  (Revelation 14:12)

What do a popular honeymoon destination, a statue with a torch, and a pair of millstones have in common?

I believe:   Revelation 18 and New York City.

 

Honeymoon destination . . . ‘the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee’ . . . Revelation 18:23

A statue with a torch . . . ‘the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee’ . . . Revelation 18:23

A pair of millstones . . . ‘the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee’ . . . Revelation 18:22

 

This pair of millstones was recently rediscovered.  Notice their significance:

‘Singelton said he believes the stones were first used in a grist mill constructed by a Dutchman, Burger Jorissen, in 1650 in the area that today would be on Northern Boulevard, close to Queens Plaza.’

‘Some say they may have been ballast on a Dutch West India company ship, and that the stones might be the oldest European artifacts in Queens, Singleton said.’

 

One more thing–they were found in QUEENS.

‘Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.’ (Revelation 18:6-7)

 

https://dontbefooled666.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/new-york-new-york-your-judgment-looms/

^ Related post.

‘What is my reward then? [Verily] that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.’

How many preachers today have this attitude?  Instead, most who preach in churches claim full rights to a salary.  It is true, they are entitled to this.

‘ . . . the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.’  (1 Cor. 9:14)

But even better, as Paul was suggesting: those who do it for free have their reward in heaven.

Many pastors today though, are in it for financial gain.  They prefer to have their rewards in this life–and then some!  They see the people of God as ‘ripe for the picking’.  The benefits that some believe themselves worthy of boggle the mind!  Palatial homes, private jets . . .

And to all this, they believe themselves entitled, because of the number of people they bring into the building on a Sunday morning.  But how many have they brought into the KINGDOM?  How many of those who sit in their churches are true DISCIPLES, who both live for God now, and will endure to the end?

‘But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious* ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

And through covetousness shall they with feigned** words make merchandise*** of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.’  (2 Peter 2:1-3)

* destroying, ruin, utter destruction

** carefully crafted

*** use you for gain

These false prophets today, who are full of greed, use you for their own financial gain.  They carefully craft their words to please you, yet by those words they bring about your spiritual destruction.  They preach damnable heresies–like the package deal of ‘easy grace’ (aka ‘do as thou wilt’), and ‘once saved always saved’.  The fruit their followers produce causes Christianity to be evil spoken of.

‘For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves* enter in among you, not sparing the flock.’  (Acts 20:29)

*cruel, destructive, rapacious (ravenous, predatory, plundering, inordinately greedy) men

Their judgment awaits them though.  Their deeds will not be forgotten.

‘For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment . . . And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth [person], a preacher of righteousness . . . And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned [them] with an overthrow . . . And delivered just Lot . . . The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished’  (2 Peter 2:4-9)

‘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?’  (1 Peter 4:17)

Guidelines for the Family of God

As Christians, we are a family. We all have room for improvement in how we treat others.  God has not designed a dysfunctional family. He desires that His family have healthy, loving interactions. To that end, His Word gives us some concrete guidelines:

LOVE:

‘And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.’ (1 Peter 4:8)

MEEKNESS:

‘[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.’ (Philippians 2:3-4)

TEAM SPIRIT:

‘ . . . be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind.’ (Philippians 2:2)

FORGIVENESS:

‘Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.’ (Matthew 18:21-22)

DISCRETION:

‘Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.’ (Matthew 18:15-17)

GRACE:

‘Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.’ (Galatians 6:1-2)

COMPASSION

‘Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.’ (James 5:19-20)

RESPECT:

‘Rebuke not an elder, but intreat [him] as a father; [and] the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.’ (1 Timothy 5:1-2)

PATIENCE:

‘ . . . walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’ (Ephesians 4:1-3)

HUMILITY:

‘Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.’  (1 Peter 5:5)

‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant . . . ‘ (Philippians 2:5-7)

So many ‘Christians’ (using modern Bible translations) take false security from the following verses, thinking they say that Christians CAN’T be deceived. Yet what the KJV says is very different–the KJV shows THEY will be the target!   It does NOT say they can’t be deceived.

Compare:

NIV: ‘For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles TO deceive the elect–if that were possible.’ (Mark 13:22)

vs.

KJV: ‘For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, To seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.’ (Mark 13:22)

 

and

 

NIV: ‘For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible.’ (Matthew 24:24)

vs.

KJV: ‘For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’ (Matthew 24:24)

 

One must understand that, in the KJV, when words are in brackets they were ADDED for clarity of understanding.  But what added clarity in the 1700’s might not be as helpful today.  It is absolutely permissible to remove those words.

 

Bottom line:

Contrast the clearly misleading translation of the NIV . . .

‘ . . . to deceive the elect– if that were possible.’  (The implication being that it is not possible.)

with the WARNING in the KJV

KJV message: ‘ . . . TO seduce, if possible, even the elect . . . ‘, ‘ . . . insomuch that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’

 

You CAN be deceived! As a friend said

‘If you think you can’t be deceived, you’re deceived already.’