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Have you ever wondered about Judas?  I have.  Why did Jesus choose Judas, knowing that he would betray Him?  Yes, in order to fulfill Scripture, Jesus needed to be betrayed . . . but wasn’t it kind of a setup to choose someone for that role?  After all, Judas ended up hanging himself.  It’s pretty well certain he went into eternity without forgiveness.  How do we know?  Well, no mention is ever made of him seeking forgiveness from Jesus–or even from the other disciples.

So how could Jesus choose someone to betray Him and be damned?  Because that’s NOT what Jesus did.  Jesus chose Judas, a man who was at the doorstep of damnation, whose only hope of salvation was divine intervention in his life.  Judas was very bad on the inside.  He was just like you and me.  Jesus chose him, to save him.

Before Jesus died to save all mankind, he worked intimately in the lives of twelve men, molding and shaping them.  He put each of them in situations that tested and tried them, that gave them the opportunity to overcome their own personal sins and issues.

Peter, for example, came face to face with his pride, over and over again.  He learned to live by faith, rather than by his own strength and abilities.  Do you think it was by chance that Jesus came to him, walking on water that night?  Surely it was confidence that caused Peter to step out of the boat–as well as his love for Jesus.  But it was confidence in the power of his love for Jesus, not faith in Jesus Himself.  And so, becoming aware of the wind, he began to sink–an object lesson for sure.  When Jesus reached out to save Him, He chided him ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt’?  Little faith?  He stepped out of a boat, in a storm, to walk on the water to Jesus!  Great love, great confidence, great bravery–but little faith.  God knows our hearts.

Again Peter had to face his pride, when Jesus was betrayed.  We know the story.  At the ‘last supper’ Jesus shared with His disciples, He told them that they would all leave Him, that very night.  Peter was the most vehement in promising that he would not forsake Him, even after Jesus specifically told him that he would deny Him three times that night!  Of course, that’s how it turned out, and Peter’s pride was finally broken.  Regret is the hardest thing to live with.  It is the closest thing to eternal punishment that we have in this life.

Jesus said that He had not come to condemn man.  So, why did He tell the disciples they would forsake Him that night, if it was not to condemn them?  (He had also told them that one of them would betray Him.)  He wanted them to search their hearts.  We know that eleven of them did.  (Did Judas?)  And yet, even after twice searching their hearts, they all declared with Peter, that they would not forsake Him, but they did.  They could not truly see what was within their own hearts.

Scripture tells us that the heart of man is desperately wicked, and that if we would judge ourselves, we would all find ourselves innocent.  The lesson here is that we need to let God judge our hearts, and then listen to what He tells us!  Jesus specifically told Judas that he was the one who would betray Him (even then, the plans had been made), and told Peter that 3 times he would deny Him.*  Yet, apparently, neither believed Him.  We so badly want to believe we are good!

It is not what is outside of us that destroys us–it is what lives within us!!  We should fear our own hearts most of all!!  How dangerous, to have within us something wicked, to which we are totally blind, that can so easily lead us astray!!  Scripture tells us to work out our own salvation–with fear and trembling!!  (Fear and trembling, in my opinion, of how we aren’t really as good as we may believe, and of the trouble our hearts can lead us into.)

So, we have two examples here, where Jesus personally dealt with a disciple, regarding what was hidden in his heart that could destroy him.  And we see two examples of men, totally blind to the sinfulness of their own hearts, that pay no heed to Jesus’ warning.

Back to Judas, and my contention that Jesus chose him to save him.

What will most surely bring a man to his knees?  That which has the power to destroy him.  While adultery or alcoholism may finally bring some men to their knees, true regret can break the pride of ALL men.

Judas was a man whose heart was not in the right place.  Although that’s obvious to us now, in hindsight, it wasn’t obvious to anyone then.  No fingers were pointed at Judas when Jesus said that one of them would betray Him.  In fact, when Jesus specifically identified him as the one, the other disciples seemed oblivious to what He was saying.  The chief priests and elders didn’t approach Judas, seeing he was a wicked man (he went to them).  No one knew what lived within his heart.  He put on a very good outward show.  But, as I’ve said before, if you deal in dishonesty for too long, you lose the ability to discern the truth from a lie altogether.  I believe that Judas had convinced everyone, including Judas, that he was a good man.

Jesus chose Judas, knowing that he was a thief and a traitor, and knowing his motives and his issues.  He called him into His inner circle and treated him just like the other eleven disciples.  Judas heard the same teachings, saw the same miracles, took part in the same conversations–yet none of this opened his eyes to the sinfulness in his own heart.

So, Jesus put him in charge of the money bag, knowing he was a thief.  Surely there was opportunity to feel remorse, walking with Jesus while stealing from it.  Did Jesus set him up?  Yes.  Jesus gave Judas the opportunity to sin, feel convicted and repent, so that He could save him!**

But, apparently Judas felt righteous in what he was doing.  Here was God, in the flesh, divinely intervening in his life–and Judas was unable to discern, in contrast, the wickedness within himself!  How powerful is sin, to harden our hearts, and blind us to truth and love!

Judas’ next opportunity for repentance came, at the ‘last supper’.  Scripture tells that Jesus said that the man who would betray Him ‘is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish’.  Then, dipping the piece of bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot.  As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

It is important to know that Satan cannot just enter a man at will–the man must allow him entrance.  What true follower of Jesus would even take the piece of bread from Jesus’ hand, after what He had said?!  Yet Judas felt justified (righteous) in what he was doing.  And, with his perspective distorted by his sinfulness, he probably thought that this is what Jesus wanted him to do!!  Surely the Scripture makes it clear that this wasn’t the case.

Another opportunity, when Jesus tells Judas ‘What you are about to do, do quickly’.  If Judas had any misgivings, Jesus’ words should have pierced his heart and caused him to beg His forgiveness.

It wasn’t until after the deed was done, after Satan was done using him and had departed, that Judas was finally able to see what he had done, and he was seized with remorse.  But remorse is a feeling–true repentance is action.  Judas’ remorse did not lead him to Jesus or the disciples to beg forgiveness.

Instead, feeling guilty, he tried to return the money and undo the deed.
He went back to the corrupt priests and elders, and gave his confession to them.  He had ‘betrayed innocent blood’ he said.  Even then, he was unable to recognize Jesus as more than just an innocent man!  For over three years he had walked with Jesus, yet was still unable to discern that He was God.

We don’t know what motivated Judas to betray Jesus.  Perhaps it was the fear of persecution–after all, Jesus was telling the disciples what was on the horizon.  Maybe Judas, seeing bad times ahead, sensed that the time had come to decide where his loyalties lay–that it was time to ‘get off the fence’, so to speak, and save himself.  Unfortunately, he got off on the wrong side.  But even his remorse did not wake him up to that.

Yes, Jesus set Judas up–even giving him the final opportunity of betraying Him . . . because if anything could have driven him to his knees, could have caused him to repent and be saved,  it would have been the torment of remorse over betraying his Lord.  But his heart was so hardened by years of sin and deceitfulness, and justifying his actions to himself, that he was no longer able to repent.

That is a sobering thought!  If it could happen to a man who walked, for over three years, with Jesus–who seemed righteous, to others, in his outward appearance–who saw himself as a righteous man–could it happen to you . . . or me?

Certainly!!  Fear what may be hidden within your own heart–and fear your heart itself, for it is desperately wicked!  Fear sin–for it has the power to take root in your heart, deceive your mind, and harden you to the point that you are no longer able to repent!!

We are all so worried about the bogey man outside–‘The Beast’, ‘The Antichrist’, 666 . . . the real enemy is within each of us!!

The Scriptures contain many parallels and foreshadowings, to help us understand.  In the ‘latter days’ (in which we are now living), this story will be played out again–countless times.  True believers, like Jesus, will be betrayed by those closest to them, and put to death.  And like Judas, ‘followers of Jesus’ (‘Christians’) will be the ones to betray them, while believing they are acting righteously.

Satan takes a perverse delight in turning man against his brother:  from Cain against Abel, his eleven brothers against Joseph, Judas against Jesus, the Jews against the early Christian Jews, the Catholic church against Protestants–to, in the future, the apostate church (‘Christians’) against true Christians (‘radicals’?, ‘extremists’?).

As I look at history, the ‘unsaved world’ hasn’t proven to be the enemy of God’s people to anywhere near the degree that ‘God’s people’ have!  All the striving seems to be from within!  Sure, God’s people may not be popular with the ‘unsaved world’, but the rest of the world looks a lot more like spectators to me, as those who call themselves by His name kill one another!

It was the Jews who called for Jesus’ death, as the Romans tried to extricate themselves from the situation; it was the most religious of the Jews that called for the deaths of Jesus and the early Christians; it was ‘The (Catholic) Church’  (Christianity infiltrated and subverted by paganism) that persecuted true Christians during The Inquisition and the Protestant Reformation; Hitler (a Jew) that exterminated six million Jews; Ahmadinejad (a Jew) who wants to destroy the country of Israel.

(I am not anti-Jewish.  If the truth were known about all who descend from all of the twelve tribes of Israel [not just the Jews/Judah] there would surely be much more to tell.  My point is simply that Satan delights in turning people who claim to be God’s people against each other.)

So, like a suspenseful movie with a twist of irony at the end, here’s one way things may play out in the days ahead:

  • WHO:  ‘mainstream Christians’ / the ‘lukewarm church’ in the book of Revelation / the ‘apostate church’ / ‘Christians’ / ‘followers of Jesus’
  • WHY:  believing themselves righteous, blind to their sin, eager to maintain a good reputation in ‘the world’,  fearful because of prophecies they don’t understand, fearful of persecution, believing they are in danger from ‘the beast’ and ‘the antichrist’, eager to compromise to have peace and safety, believing ‘radical Christians’ are going to get them in trouble too, believing it will ensure their safety
  • WHAT:  distance themselves from ‘radical Christians’ (Christians who actually want to live in obedience to Christ), verbally separate themselves from ‘radical Christians’ , vehemently and publicly disown them  (think of Peter disowning Jesus)
  • WHEN:  when they start to become unpopular, when they feel persecuted verbally
  • HOW:  play into Satan’s hand by betraying true Christians, handing them over to be arrested

Ok, so maybe now you’re starting to worry about who will betray you and turn you in . . . but that’s not the point!!  If you ARE a true Christian (and we all think we are, don’t we?) . . . being betrayed, arrested and/or killed will not destroy you.  But acting out of your fear, rather than faith, might.

The real question is . . . might you be a Judas, and not realize it?

After all, in the end, it was Judas that was damned . . .  by a life of little ‘secret sins’, justifications and dishonesty. . . unaware that his heart was so hardened that he could no longer tell right from wrong, or discern the truth from a lie, or know he needed to repent . . . blinded to his own sinfulness . . . pawn of the devil . . .  sorry and miserable at the end yet, nevertheless, unwilling or unable to repent.

As the saying goes:  ‘be afraid . . . be very afraid’ . . . of what lurks within.

*I think it should be instructive to us, that Jesus didn’t plead with them, or warn them of the consequences for what they were about to do.  He did not ‘prolong the altar call’, so to speak.

When a person is confronted, before they are sufficiently broken, instead of repenting they will harden their heart and create justifications for themself that serve to further entrap them in their sin.

** Likewise, the purpose of the law was not to save men, but to cause them to realize their sinfulness, by their inability to keep it, so that they could repent and be saved.

Beware Of The Second Beast!

Christian Persecution In America?

God Damn America?


Absolutely Not!!  God inspired, established, and has protected America for over 200 years!  BUT . . . WE have damned ourselves!

The man we have elected to run our country, is a man whose agenda is to run America into the ground, to totally destroy her, and hand her over to her enemies.  And God has willed it so–unless we repent!! We can fight Obama all we like, and cry out to God for help and deliverance, but unless we repent, it ain’t gonna happen!!

Repent of what? In no particular order, and definitely not all-inclusive, the practice, protection and/or promotion of:

  • denial and rejection of God
  • abortion
  • homosexuality
  • cheating (financially, academically, in marriage, etc.)
  • abandonment of family
  • rejection of marriage
  • basing decisions on economics (rather than morality)
  • greed
  • exploitation
  • self-exaltation
  • disrespect
  • dishonesty
  • arrogance
  • pornography
  • pedophilia
  • incest
  • vengeance
  • violence
  • murder
  • sexual perversion
  • profanity and vulgarity
  • abdication of personal responsibility
  • abuse of drugs and alcohol
  • abdication of parental responsibility


If you say we are a Christian nation, you are deceiving yourself!  Our sin and greed have risen to such gigantic proportions that they are the face of America that the rest of the world knows us by!  Yes, there are many Christians in America–and many kind and generous people.  Yes, the motives of the majority of the American people, towards the rest of the world, have been honorable.  BUT–we have let the actions of a minority represent how we relate to the rest of the world, and they have not treated the rest of the world with Christian love.

Our big businesses, multinational corporations, and government are in bed together.  Together, they have misused their power, by plundering the earth and exploiting the poor around the world.  They have meddled in the affairs of other nations, even to the extent of determining who the leaders of other nations should be, arming and funding resistance movements,  assassinations, etc.!  All this in the name of ‘defending American interests’.  Nonsense!  It was never our right to do such things!  It was motivated by greed!

But this is only one facet of our nation’s sinfulness.  The stench of our depravity here at home is appalling!!  Unfortunately, this is all exported too! In the form of Hollywood movies, television, and slick advertising campaigns, we market our vile, depraved culture, along with our products, to people all over the world.

I am talking to the churches in America, because God’s covenant is with us, not with the unbelievers. He placed us here to be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ to the world.  Yet, is our influence holding back decay or illuminating the sin around us?  Are we using our God-given authority to wage war on evil, when it sprouts up in our nation?  I don’t think so . . .

Make no mistake, we are the ones God holds accountable.  He has given us freedom and a system of government that allows us to determine our course and to choose our leaders.  Therefore, we are completely responsible.  Rather than take part in our government, most of us have abdicated the responsibility and gone about our lives, looking to our own interests.  It is said, that we get the leaders we deserve.

How many of you can still discern evil?  Our senses have become so dull, our consciences so seared, that we don’t even recognize vile sinfulness when it is standing right in front of us!!

After 9/11 ‘God Bless America’ signs were everywhere.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t make that prayer my own.  How can we expect God to bless, for even one day, a nation that offers its children as sacrifices to the god of personal convenience?  Yes women have the right to choose–whether to be celibate or promiscuous, whether to use contraception or not!  Once a sperm and an egg fuse, a person exists!  From the moment of conception, that person has GOD GIVEN rights!  Your rights do not extend to taking the life of another–regardless of who you are!!

Another vile and grievous sin that America practices, protects, and promotes is homosexuality.  People used to be wise enough to know that God did not create a man’s body to be penetrated by another man.  The very idea of such a thing used to disgust people, but not these days.  Perhaps if we didn’t have the modern conveniences of toilet paper, antibiotics, soap, and sexual lubricants, that would be more readily apparent.  Regardless, we do still have the Word of God that tells us this behavior is an abomination in the eyes of God.

Pornography has played a HUGE role in the collapse of the family, the exponential increase in every type of sexual perversion, and violence against women, children and young men.  It has gone from being a closet sin to being mainstream among young adults.  Today, many young women aspire to be porn stars, while others are lining up to be ‘exotic dancers’ and prostitutes.  We have lost all shame and personal modesty.  Women have become brazen and vulgar, young children are promiscuous and sexually violent, and even straight men talk about having ‘man crushes’ on other men.

How many of you are grieved by the disrespect that is so rampant today?  Even nice Disney films have been remade, and updated, with characters that have a disrespectful, belligerent attitude.  Children don’t respect adults, women don’t respect men, and a good many of us don’t respect authority!  But, then again, adults don’t respect children, men don’t respect women, and those in authority don’t respect the people they oversee.  Our culture is in shambles.

Not only is each of us ‘out for himself’, but many have come to regard themselves as gods, goddesses, and divas!  If we acknowledge God at all, most of us don’t submit to His authority!  Our personal, and national, arrogance is unbelievable!

Do you realize that lying is listed alongside murder as a sin that will exclude you from the Kingdom of Heaven?  Yet, we take it so lightly.  Take the time, next time you watch TV, to analyze the programs and the commercials in terms of what values and sins they promote.  If you watch it objectively, and don’t get caught up in the drama, I think you’ll quickly be amazed at what a powerful tool television is in molding social values.  I think it will be eye-opening for you to see what a strong cultural pressure there is for people to be deceitful.

I may be wrong, but I propose that when people continually practice dishonesty, they lose the ability to discern the truth from a lie.  (Can you see how this will further the acceptance of the man of lies–The Antichrist–when he comes on the scene?  What I understand from Scripture is that Israel, America, and many European nations will be among those that embrace him–his kingdom may even take root here first.)


Why do churches back away from speaking out against sin?  From being involved in politics?  My theory is that it was primarily because churches were allowed tax exempt status, but could lose it if they got involved politically.  To me, that is a clear choice between serving God or serving money.  It may not have been readily apparent at the time, nevertheless, here we are now.

And indeed, here we are now–and we still have a choice! Every church has the option of giving up their tax exempt status and being unfettered in what they say!  But how many have the courage to do so?


Shame on those who have sold out!  What will it profit you to have the most grandiose church, the longest list of members, the most offerings in your coffers, if the truth and the presence of God are absent from your midst? The day is coming that the blood of martyrs will be upon your altars.  For it will be you that betrays your brothers to death, you that delivers up the ones that hold to the truth,  because it pierces your heart and you can’t bear it, it puts you in danger with the authorities and you can’t abide that.  Therefore upon your altars, as a witness against you, those who hold to the truth will be slain.  Their blood will soak your carpets and splatter your walls, and the stain of it will never be removed.



America has rejected God.  Yes, the churches too.  We have repeatedly allowed our religious expression to be limited.  We have retreated from the conflict time and again.  (No wonder the jihadists believe our God is weak–our resolve and faith in Him certainly is!)

You can justify it by saying that we’ve lost battles and the laws have changed, and that we are just following the new laws (unfortunate as they may be).  That certainly illustrates a lack of zeal and commitment to God.  Would you yield so readily if someone told you that you couldn’t claim your spouse and kids on your tax return?  Or if they limited how may miles a week you could drive your car?  We don’t easily surrender what really matters to us!

Our sin and apathy are creating a perfect environment for the kingdom of the Antichrist.  Do we really want to create a place where he can feel welcome to set up shop?

Stop trying to blend in with our Godless culture!  Repent!!  Live right!  Stop trying to appease the ungodly!  Speak the truth!  Pray at meals and meetings when you feel led.  Decorate for Christmas if you want!  Go to jail if you must, but stand up for your God!  Don’t you know He’ll stand with you?

We have allowed unbelievers to remove God from America.  So, as requested, He has withdrawn from us somewhat.  He allows things to befall us that He would have protected us from in the past.  He is giving us small glimpses of what it will be like if He withdraws from us completely.  Yet, when disasters befall us, rather than consider our relationship to God, we summon our pride.  ‘We’re tough’, we say, ‘what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.’  And we become even more hardened and entrenched in our sinfulness!!  How much will we have to suffer, before we truly repent?

Our  nation is standing on the verge of collapse.  Many forces are gathering against us.  Our economy is deliberately being destroyed.  Our leaders are betraying us. Our international enemies are expanding their militaries and forging coalitions.  Like a pack of wolves silently surrounding us, stealthily creeping forwards, great calamities are approaching.

Our enemies, used to encountering God’s wall of protection around us, are cautiously probing and testing.  If we go from the status of a nation that was so blessed and protected, to one that is left wide open to its enemies–expect the attacks to be horrific!  Not only have our actions provoked hatred towards us from among the nations, but so has our position of being blessed and favored by God!  What a terrible, terrible thing it will be, to fall into the hands of our enemies–but even that pales in comparison to the judgements that God will pour out upon us Himself, when He returns.


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