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I am posting the comment below (submitted in response to:  ‘Christians, Vampires, and Dragons’) because it summarizes a lot of false beliefs that are popular these days.

Submitted by krakowski@live.com on 2011/03/04 at 10:47 pm

“No mortal man should know the name and will of god. As mortals, we have no right to deem what is suitable for all. Only god will deem each man and woman worthy of heaven.

So many have redone the bible, ripped out sections and tried to adapt it to themselves.

Salvation is found in the true belief and love of god, however you choose to find god. True faith is found in the love and acceptance of all people, as jesus christ taught the masses.

To do other is to do evil.

To believe any mortal knows the will of god is arrogance. To pretend to know it is a blasphemy all it’s own. God never speaks or comes through mortal man.

The words of a page are written by man. The words of faith are written by man. Only a true believer will know god, not by written words or coersion. Only true faith will lead each to god.

To have the love of christ, to share it with others, is to not judge–to accept, love and nurture each as who they are. Jesus Christ didn’t demand his followers to be different. He merely helped them be better people. He nurtured, guided and loved.

How can anyone, as followers of Christ, do less?”

 

When a person has too much pride in himself, he will be offended at the nature of God.

  • If a man prides himself on being ‘tolerant’, he will be offended that God appears to be intolerant.
  • If a man prides himself on being nonjudgmental, he will be offended to learn that God judges.
  • If a man prides himself on being kind, he will be offended at actions of God that he deems to be unkind.
  • If a man is exceedingly proud, he will be offended at any indication that God can be humble.

When man is prideful, he will be offended at the nature of God.  Then, he will set about to create a god in his own image–a god that reflects and protects his prejudices and beliefs . . . a god that excuses his weaknesses and justifies his behavior.  The gods that men create are gods that rubber stamp their beliefs and behaviors.

The ‘tolerant’ man will create a tolerant god, the nonjudgmental man will create a god that does not judge, the kind man will create a god who seems to be very kind, the exceedingly prideful man will create a god who is exceedingly arrogant, etc.

The god a man creates is a window into the man’s soul.

It usually turns out, however, that these ‘nonjudgmental’ gods appear to be quite judgmental towards others who don’t believe in them.  These ‘tolerant’ gods are quite intolerant of those who believe in Jehovah-God.  The kind gods are quite hostile towards those who follow the one, true God.

If your god is truly so tolerant, nonjudgmental, and kind . . . then lets see that reflected in your attitude, throughout the course of your life, towards EVERYONE–including those of us who follow Jehovah (because we surely do not serve the same God!)

And that is the crux of the matter–we do not serve the same God!

My God is not ‘tolerant’.  He is not nonjudgmental.  Nor is He always kind (according to the standards of man) in the short term.  He is a God of black and white . . . truth vs. lies . . . light vs. darkness . . . good vs. evil.  In fact, my God is SO judgmental that He will not just judge men by their actions–but by the intent of their heart!

It just happens that Jehovah/God does not fit  with the current picture of what is culturally acceptable!!

What absurd arrogance, to believe that our grand life experience (all of 120 years or less) qualifies us to know what nature God must have to equip him to rule the entire universe through all the ages!  How short sighted man is!

When men creates gods, they are gods that are relevant to their times and prejudices.  But, how will their god hold up when times and conditions change?  How can their god be fair and equitable, truly kind, righteous, and good, if everything and everyone is tolerated, and no one is ever judged?

What does their weak, ineffective god do or say when some pedophile kidnaps their little daughter, then rapes, tortures and kills her?  Is he tolerant of the pedophile?  Surely their tolerant, nonjudgmental god cannot judge him!  And if that pedophile commits suicide to avoid capture–will he be judged in the hereafter?  Who knows?  According to you,

‘As mortals, we have no right to deem what is suitable for all. Only god will deem each man and woman worthy of heaven.’

How great, and good, and just would you now believe your god to be if he decided not to judge that man?  If there was never justice or recompense for loss?

Or, what if he does judge that man?  Then we have to feel sorry for him, in a way, because (according to you)

‘To believe any mortal knows the will of god is arrogance. To pretend to know it is a blasphemy all it’s own. God never speaks or comes through mortal man.’

How could a pedophile, kidnapper, or murderer know that what he was doing was wrong . . . if man cannot know the will of your god?  If your god does not communicate with man?  Perhaps such actions felt perfectly suitable to him–why should he be judged for doing what ‘came naturally’ to him, if others are not judged by the same standard?

Your ‘god’ is  full of holes.  Have you really taken the time to think this through?

Now let me answer some of your other points . . . based on what I DO know of the nature and will of God–Jehovah.

“True faith is found in the love and acceptance of all people, as jesus christ taught the masses.”

Jesus never equated ‘true faith’ with loving and accepting all people.  Nor did he accept the behavior of all people. He was clearly displeased with the Sanhedrin and the moneychangers.

Maybe you should go back and read a little more about Jesus–you can find the chronicles of his ministry in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Also, much is taught about Him, by the apostles, in the books of Acts, Romans, and Hebrews.

“To do other is to do evil.”

Your opinion and definition.

“To have the love of christ, to share it with others, is to not judge–to accept, love and nurture each as who they are.”

Are we talking about the same Jesus?  God, come to Earth as man . . . born in the flesh, of a virgin . . . lived a perfect life . . . had neither wife nor kids . . . ministered for three and a half years . . . was crucified . . . died . . . then rose again on the third day . . .?

Those of us who believe in THIS Jesus are each called first to REPENT, then to turn from our wickedness, and to follow Him!

Jesus says that if we love Him, we must obey His commands.  He also explained that He is God, and His commands are the spirit of the ten commandments.  If we are loving/obeying Him, we will be living in harmony with the ten commandments.

‘nurture each other as ‘who they are’–no, we are called to correct, rebuke, and encourage each other.  Two of those three terms signify a confrontation of another’s behavior.  According to your jesus, we would only need to encourage one another.

Jesus Christ didn’t demand his followers to be different. He merely helped them be better people. He nurtured, guided and loved.

How can anyone, as followers of Christ, do less?”

Did He demand? No.  Did He teach them to be different?  Yes.  He urged them to understand the spirit of the Law, and to do ‘above and beyond’ what it required of them.

Following Jesus is a free-will choice.  It is not demanded of anyone.  But if one follows Him, then they must submit to His ways.

“Salvation is found in the true belief and love of god, however you choose to find god.”

Excuse me?  You create a god that you can truly love and believe in–then that leads to your salvation . . . How exactly do you define salvation? And what do you  need salvation from, if your jesus just loves and accepts everything about you, as you are  now?

God, through His Word, the Bible, teaches that we need salvation from our SINS.  Which means that everything is NOT tolerable and acceptable.  It means that we are NOT already ok, and just in need of love and acceptance,  nurture and guidance.

The heart of man is sinful and that sinful nature will give birth to acts of sin.  Sinful acts require judgment, from a righteous God.  We need salvation from ourselves–but your religion deifies your self!

“The words of a page are written by man. The words of faith are written by man.”

Yeah, yeah.  Over forty authors, writing over a period of about 2,000 years . . . a multitude of prophecies fulfilled, etc.  . . . just coincidence . . . merely the work of men . . . blah, blah, blah . . . whatever.

“So many have redone the bible, ripped out sections and tried to adapt it to themselves.”

Sadly, it seems this is what you are doing.  Your ‘understanding’ surely has not taken into consideration the entirety of Scripture.  The little bit of what you say that actually seems to have some small relation to the Bible, pertains to Jesus.  Yet even there, I see no indication that you have actually read any of it.  The little bit of what you say about Jesus is the sort of thing one picks up from listening to others’ opinions.

“No mortal man should know the name and will of god.”

No mortal man should know his name–what caused you to develop such a strange opinion?

And how can your god hold men accountable for their actions if they don’t know his will– oh wait, he doesn’t judge does he?  So . . .  we should all just do what seems best to us, and if he likes us we’ll get to go to heaven?

How do you know that what you think is good is the same as what your god thinks is good?  What if your god loves the ways of pedophiles, kidnappers, murderers and thieves–and you aren’t one?

But, here is the conclusion of the matter:

“Only a true believer will know god, not by written words or coercion. Only true faith will lead each to god.”

The god that you talk about is a god that you have created for yourself–and your god is a projection of your own prideful beliefs about yourself.

That pride is what you call ‘true faith’.  But, you are right that your ‘true faith’ (your pride) will lead you to your god, because:

You ARE your god!

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As I mentioned in my last post, I was recently made aware of a possible ‘code’ or key to understanding Bible prophecy.  I purchased the book, and read a few chapters, then I switched gears and listened to some audio messages by David Meyer (Last Trumpet Newsletter).   Little did I know that I would soon be using the ‘Prophecy Code’ myself.

If I have understood correctly, from what I have read (and seen) so far:

  • the basic principle is that some words in the original Bible manuscripts, or early translations, sound like words that are relevant to us today (of course these words did not have the same meaning in the original language as the words they sound like now)
  • God inspired the use of these particular words, in the particular passages where He place them then, because He knew that they would be relevant to us in the latter days
  • These ‘key’ words serve to link prophetic passages, written in different times and by different authors, to each other
  • The ‘key words’ serve to establish a connection between other words (example: if  a ‘key word’ is in the same passage of Scripture as ‘word A’, and in another passage the ‘key’ is present with ‘word B’, then it can be assumed that ‘word A’ and ‘word B’  are to be associated with each other too.)
  • The ‘key word’ is directly associated with the passage where it is found

(This is a very simplistic definition for something which appears to have great depth, and is difficult to explain.)  Let me take you through my first experience in using the Prophecy Code.

In the first couple chapters of the book, one of the things Jeff explains about is Satan’s sin of attempting to ascend.  ‘Ascend’, in the 14th chapter of Isaiah, is translated as ‘alah’.  He maintains that ‘alah’ is the judgment that God metes out for the sin of ascension.  ‘Alah’ is the ‘key word’ in the passage, and he believes it is synonymous with ‘Allah’. (Allah is a word that is definitely relevant to us today.)

That evening, after reading a few chapters from the book, I had switched gears and listened to some sermons by David Meyer.  Coincidentally (?), David mentioned a scripture verse that stood out to him (the verse about Christ’s return that says: as lightning flashes from the east to the west . . .).  He went on to say that generally lightning comes from the west and goes to the east.  That may or may not be true, but I believe what is relevant is that something about the verse made it stand out to him.  Apparently he had looked into the verse a little further, because he then shared that ‘lightning’ was translated as baraq/barak and talked about how Barack Obama had come from the east to the west, etc.

This aroused my curiosity.  I was able to verify the translation.  Then I looked for other passages that contained this possible ‘key word’ (there are at least a half dozen passages that do).  The process is rather time intensive, so I have only been able to complete one passage so far.  Here is, more or less, the way I studied it:

  1. I read the chapter that contained the ‘key word’ and determined what was the probable beginning and end of the passage
  2. I became familiar with the passage, so as to understand it
  3. I noted any other passages or prophecies that I believed tie in with, or parallel the passage that I studied
  4. I looked for word translations of any other words or verses, within the passage, that stood out (to me)
  5. I marked the probable ‘key words’
  6. I looked for any relevance of the ‘key words’ to the verses where they were found
  7. I looked for the relevance of the ‘key words’ to the passage
  8. I noted ‘key words’, topics, etc. that are now ‘associated’

Although I only had time to look at one passage in depth, I did notice that another verse on the list was from a passage in Nahum that I have written posts about*–one that I believe God has revealed to me is an end time prophecy of America’s judgment. I find it very interesting that, unbeknownst to me, ‘baraq’ was hidden in that passage of Scripture too.

Lightning is not the only word that ‘baraq’ has been translated to.  It is also translated into other words that convey the idea of brightness (gleaming,  glittering, glistening, etc.)

Here is the passage:

Job 20: 4-29

4.   “Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since man was placed on the earth,
5.   that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
6.   Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,
7.   he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, “Where is he?”
8.   Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.
9.   The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.
10.   His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
11.   The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.
12.   “Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
13.   though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,
14.   yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15.   He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
16.   He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.
17.   He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18.   What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.
19.   For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.
20.   “Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.
21.   Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.
22.   In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23.   When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows upon him.
24.   Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.
25.   He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;
26.   total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.
27.   The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.
28.   A flood will carry off his house, washed away on the day of God’s wrath.
29.   Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God.”

 

On the surface, though there doesn’t appear to be much here, I did find several things:

VERSE 6:  “Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds”

‘reaches to’  = ‘ alah’
as does ‘ascend’ in Isaiah 14:13-14

“You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. [or: of the north]
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”

(This is the famous passage that describes the fall of Lucifer!  Also, in the Prophecy Code book, Jeff goes into detail about the ‘alah’ judgment.)

VERSE 8: “Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.”

This verse reminded me of  a passage in Nahum chapter 3, so I looked it up and found that there were words common to both:
‘flies away’ = ‘fly away’ in Nahum 3:16

“You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more than the stars of the sky, but like locusts they strip the land and then fly away

‘banished’  =  ‘fly away’ in Nahum 3:17

“Your guards are like locusts, your officials like swarms of locusts that settle in the walls on a cold day—but when the sun appears they fly away, and no one knows where.”

‘banished’  =  ‘flee away’ in Nahum 3:7

Nahum 3:7  “All who see you will flee from you and say, ‘Nineveh is in ruins—who will mourn for her?’ Where can I find anyone to comfort you?”

Interestingly, there are 3 words, that I noticed, that are present in this passage from Job, and in Nahum 3:

  1. baraq
  2. the word that translates to flies away/fly away
  3. the word that translates to banished/fly away/flee away

 

VERSES 24-25:  “Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.  He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him”

‘gleaming’ = ‘baraq’

(update: ‘flees’ here translates to ‘barach’!!)

 

My conclusion is that the ‘key words’ in this passage are ‘alah’ and ‘baraq’ , representing the names Allah and Barack, which are certainly relevant to us in these ‘latter days’.

 

Interpreting  the verse that contains ‘alah’:

The evil, prideful man will be destroyed. The pride represented by the mindset of ‘ascending’ brings judgment ‘alah’ from God.  This is also spelled out literally in the passage.

But here’s a twist . . .

Interpreting the verses that contain ‘baraq’:

Baraq/Barack describes the point of the arrow (of judgment, from God) that pierces the back of the wicked (the elite).   Barack is not the object of God’s judgment in this passage, but rather is the means of God’s judgment!

 

Interpreting the meaning of the  ‘key words’ in the entire passage:

This is a prophecy of judgment upon the (American) elite.  They will receive the  ‘Alah judgment’ for their pride of ascending, to be as gods.  They will vanish, as a nightmare.  Barack will be the means of judgment that God uses.

It is interesting that Barack came up from ‘within the ranks’ of the elite, but will be their undoing.  He will betray them.**  How apt that the verse describes him as an arrow, that will stab in the back  those whom God is judging!

This passage in Job is also ‘linked’ (as we have seen in the examples above) to the prophecy in Nahum–God’s judgment on America.  The revelation God gave me, regarding Obama’s eventual betrayal of the American people***, was what motivated me to begin blogging.

America, the nation (just like its ‘elite’ leaders) has become proud and arrogant, wicked and deceitful.  Our sins have piled up to the heavens.  Obama will also be God’s ‘hand of judgment’ upon the American people, for our ‘national sins’.

 

*posts based on the prophecy of Nahum:

God’s Judgment Has Come To America

New York, New York: Your Judgment Looms

We Have Been Bewitched

Is God Judging America?

Wikileaks

Obama’s Army

 

** posts regarding Obama’s betrayal of the elite:

America-Hijacked!!

The Drunken Whore (Part 1)

 

*** posts regarding Obama’s betrayal of the American people:

The American Paradigm Is About To Be Shattered!

God Damn America?

Islamic America?

Islamic America?

Christian America
Christian America




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Every American Christian, when we have followed our own selfish desires, rather than being obedient to God, have weakened Christianity in America.
How many of us have looked beyond ourselves, to consider the impact our sin or apathy might have on our community or nation?  Since it seems that many Christians don’t even give thought as to how their sin might impact their own family or church, I doubt many have considered it.

The actions of any one individual  may have very little impact upon our nation, but collectively what we Christians do is of paramount importance!

God gave us a nation where we could live and prosper and be free–and where we could have a major influence in the world.  (Although we definitely made a wrong turn somewhere along the way, in regards to foreign policy.)  God established America as a Christian nation, and we have been privileged to live here.  Not worthy . . . not entitled . . . but rather, the recipients of a gift.

But, through the years, as our prosperity increased, Americans became more and more self-centered.  Even Christians abandoned values such as thrift, honesty, purity, holiness and justice.  We sought after more fun, more passion, more happiness, more knowledge, more fame, more success, and more money to buy more things.  We looked for ways to market and promote ourselves, and our pride and arrogance grew.

Meanwhile, our spirits shriveled from lack of nourishment and neglect.  Our spiritual lives dropped lower and lower on our list of priorities.  Our family bonds became thin and frayed.  And our churches became spiritual hospices, full of people whose spiritual senses were dull and dying, where they spent a few months or years before slipping back into sin and eventually passing away through the doors for the last time.

This created a spiritual vacuum in our country, and Islam is moving in to fill the void.  Islam is not just another religion to be tolerated.  Islam is a form of government disguised as a religion.  It has a complete system of law that will move in to replace the Mosaic law (Judeo-Christian law based on the Ten Commandments that God gave to mankind through Moses) upon which our system of  justice was built.  Islam is spread through deception and violence.  Its goal is worldwide domination.

Islam has spread to America.  It has taken root in our prisons among the violent and discontent.  In the past year and a half it has made bold steps in advancing its agenda and has received much help at the highest levels of our government.  Our president, if not a Muslim (which I am fairly certain he is), is at least a strong sympathizer and accessory to its spread.

If this does not worry you, you probably don’t know much about the doctrines and practices of Islam.  I urge you to learn more.  “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam” is a very good place to begin.  So are these documentaries:

Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against The West

Warning To America

As we continue to neglect and reject God’s ways, we are leaving the door open to Islam.  No amount of fighting, boycotts, or legislation will protect us from its goal to dominate America.  The only thing that will prevent America from becoming an Islamic nation is for Christians to really BE Christians.  As long as we Christians fail to be pure and sanctified temples in whom God’s Spirit can dwell,  the result will be a country that is  dominated by any and every foul spirit that decides to make America its home.

Many of you have recently heard the verse that says:

” If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14

It’s obviously very timely.

I’d like to make a few points:

1.  It is clear that God is not calling on the whole country to repent–although that certainly is desirable–rather, He is calling on those who call themselves Jewish, Israelites, or Christians to repent.

2.  We must humble ourselves. Remember, this is written of us:

“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”  Revelation 3:17

3.  We must pray, but more than that, we must seek God’s face.  We must not just ‘throw up a prayer’, but have an earnest face to face conversation with Him, so to speak.

4.  We must turn from our wicked ways. If we’re not sure what wickedness we’re involved in–by the time we’ve humbled ourselves and are sitting down for a face to face conversation with God, we’ll know.  But we must not confuse confession with repentance.  God is not calling for us to confess, then go on with our lives.  He is calling for us to repentto change the way we live–forever!

I’m not going to give my suggestions here for what that means.  I do know that most of us live in harmony with/tolerantly with our culture, in many ways.  And I know that our culture is  . . . vile, crass, unholy . . .   Many of us have become so accustomed to it that the changes God might like us to make in our lifestyles may seem too farfetched, too out of sync with the world around us, or too fanatical, and we may be tempted to dismiss them.  I plead with you not to!  Our nation is at a very critical crossroads–perilous times are ahead!

Please get serious about living for God.  Please–do it for yourself . . . for your family. . .  for your church . . .  for your community.   Please . . . do it for America!!

Out of time: Radical Islam Taking Over Europe & West

A short video you’ll never forget–the Holocaust, through the eyes of a Muslim cleric

Don’t kid yourself, they wish the same to ‘American Oppressors’  (aka: you and me)

Children of the Holocaust

First Beast Rising

I believe, over a year ago, that the United States experienced a large influx of demonic spirits.  I can’t prove that, or explain why that might be–I can only tell you that I feel it.

Something has radically changed in America.  There is a spiritual darkness present here now, as the darkness that envelopes the land before a great storm.  I don’t know whether or  not you have sensed it too.

I’m sharing a list of suggestions, to help you protect yourself from things that are to come: deception and spiritual forces of evil (in whatever form they may manifest in our physical world).

Scripture tells us that a people without understanding (of God’s ways) will come to ruin.  Jesus says that we are as sheep among wolves, yet we should be as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves.

  • There is another dimension-an unseen spiritual world-that is intricately tied in with everything that happens in our world That world is eternal, ours is bound by time.  From that world, all dimensions are seen.  In our world, much that happens is not visible to us.  Our world is secondary to that world.  In that world, the story began–the story that never ends.  This world, as we know it, is coming to an end.  A new heavens and a new Earth will take its place, by the grace of God, because this one has been irreparably corrupted (no, I don’t mean global warming).
  • Everything really does boil down to the battle between good and evil That is the whole reason ‘our world’ was even created.  It was chosen to be the theater for the great battle between good and evil.
  • Don’t be so sure that you know what is going on–nothing is as it seems Many deceiving spirits are among us.  Theories abound.  Conspiracies abound.  A lot is going on, and a lot is being revealed.  God will show you what you need to know.  Be careful you don’t get caught up in the confusion and start defining people as ‘friends’ or ‘enemies’ by whether or not they share your current beliefs about what is going on–they may just know more (or less) about it, than you.
  • There is one force of good–spiritual forces of evil are attacking from many sides There is only one force for good, and it is far more powerful than the force of evil.  However, the force of evil is desperate, and is attacking from every side.  Stand firm and wait for God’s deliverance (no, not the ‘Rapture’) when you are besieged.  Have faith.  Resist evil and it will retreat.
  • Get back to the basics Don’t let yourself be taken on a tangent by new and intriguing teachings. There is much deception swirling around us.  Go back to the basics that God teaches us in the Bible, and hold on tight.
  • Search your heart often Our hearts our desperately wicked, yet if we would judge ourselves, we’d all see ourselves as innocent.  God judges the intent of our hearts.  It is your heart that decides toward what direction to point your will.  It is your heart that falls into sin first.  None of us is righteous.  Our greatest enemy lies within us, and we are blind to its true condition, and to its power to lead us astray.
  • Read your Bible & pray for understanding The Bible is God’s message to us, and is for God’s people only–no one else can understand it.  But, the Holy Spirit must teach you what it means.  Equip yourself for the days ahead, by learning it now.
  • Live by Biblical principles:  even if you don’t understand them–they protect you God’s rules form a hedge around you–not a hedge to keep you in, but a hedge to keep evil out.
  • Don’t follow the crowd Jesus told us that the path to destruction is wide and many people will go that way and, conversely, the way that leads to life is narrow, and few will find it.
  • Don’t be distracted by the trivial God, and his people, are being attacked from every side.   Stay focused, there are many important issues right now–don’t let the enemy distract you.
  • Be very suspicious of ‘miracles’ and supernatural displays Jesus promised that false messiahs and workers of miracles would abound in the latter days.  Don’t be surprised, and don’t be taken in, no matter how elaborate a ‘miracle’ may seem.  A lot can be done with money, technology, and demonic power.
  • Deceptions come in all sizes Don’t think something is too big and powerful, or too little and unimportant, to be fake.
  • Turn off your TV! More than anything else, this is the tool that Satan uses to unify people in their beliefs and actions.  It’s not about what shows you watch–it’s the whole paradigm for life, the whole package of values and beliefs, that is presented over and over and over and over . . . molding you without you even being aware.
  • Trust no one 100% Sadly, unfortunately, we have come to this point.
  • Be skeptical, think critically Don’t believe everything you see and hear, no matter  how often you see and hear it.  Don’t believe everything you are told–no matter who tells you.
  • Blindly follow no one Think for yourself.  It is largely your choices that will determine the course of your life.  Everyone has an agenda.  As times get tougher, people will become more self protective, deceptive and manipulative–in a word: less trustworthy.
  • Be responsible for yourself and your children Start taking on the responsibilities God gave you, because soon you will have to fight tooth and nail for them.  Everyone’s children will soon be taken away–because parental authority will be usurped by international treaty.  The irony is, you’ll still have the expense and responsibility for raising them, they’ll still live with you, but you will not have the freedom to choose what is in their best interest, or how you will raise or teach them.  (What do you think your family life will be like when your teenager realizes you have no legal authority over them?  Who will be running the show then?)
  • Protect what is important to you You are standing on the verge of losing everything that matters to you–and you don’t even see it.  Trust me–you’d better wake up and stand up to protect what is important to you now, while you still can.  After that, you’re going to have to decide which of your values and freedoms you are willing to die to hold onto, and which you’ll learn to live without.
  • Diligently protect your children! The real battle is for the hearts and minds of your children.  If you don’t believe me, look to history, look to other countries and their kidnapped child-soldiers, look to how our mandatory, liberal/progressive-run educational system is turning children against their parents.  ‘There is nothing new under the sun’–history repeats itself.  To see the future, examine the past.  Fight now, before it’s too late!
  • Teach your children Equip your children now, to face the deceptions ahead of them.  Your window of opportunity is closing.  Not only will you not be legally able (your parental authority will be gone),  your children will be turned against you in the schools where they are spending 30 or more hours a week under intense pressure from people whose values are in direct opposition to your own–people who have already begun a revolution, against the values we represent.
  • Think long and hard before surrendering your freedom for security An enemy will say anything to get you to surrender–it’s much easier on them than having to fight you!  They will even create a crisis, to convince you to surrender your freedom to them, in trade for the promise of peace and safety.
  • Remember that what you agree to do voluntarily, will later become mandatory Seems to be a basic principle in life.
  • Remember that if you don’t use self control, you will end up under someone else’s control Another seemingly basic principle in life.
  • Don’t be proud and arrogant Pride comes before a fall.  It’s pride and arrogance that got America into this mess.  It’s pride and arrogance that God hates.
  • Don’t be sucked in by flattery Oldest trick in the book.  It works most effectively on those with low self esteem, excessive pride and arrogance, or narcissism.

Christian Persecution In America?

The God Factor

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?

 

We, in America, are a people who feed and dress our pets as if they were kings.  Meanwhile, we share the planet with millions of people who haven’t had a meal in days and don’t even have a pair of shoes–people who watch their children die, in front of their eyes, for lack of a few pounds of rice.

But the day is coming to us, that the hunger in their belly will drive grown men to fight to the death for a can of dog food.  Because of our rebellion and sin, we will find out what life is like, without the blessing of God.

In your pride, you think you got where you are all by yourself.  Well, as requested, by an overwhelming majority, God is going to depart from America.  You’ll get to see how far you can get without His blessing.  Hopefully you’ll realize that He was a lot more involved in your life and circumstances than you ever thought possible.

When you have had enough of sin, enough of trying to make it on your own, without God, look Him up.  His door is always open.  Well, for a little while longer anyhow . . .

 

God Damn America?
Unconditional Salvation?

 

He Sent A Rainbow Made of Corn

I spend a lot of time thanking God for small things, as I go through my day.  That’s the way it is between Him and me.  I share with Him all the things in my life, big and little.

I’ll be the first to confess–I can’t sit down and have a scheduled prayer time.  I just can’t do it.  I don’t know why.  It’s just a very negative thing for me, to sit still for a certain length of time and have to pray whether my heart and mind are there or not.

I prefer instead to try to stay in constant contact with God–like you would with a partner.  You may sit together in the same room and not talk–or you may have a great conversation!  But, either way, you are enveloped in the companionship you share, and you are well aware of the other’s presence.

When I read about Enoch (his story is just a short paragraph) one sentence came alive for me:

‘Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.’

This verse made me hungry to live that way! I think I live as Enoch did–just conscious of, and present with God always.  It’s as if we’re taking a walk together.

So, anyhow, little things . . . and thankfulness.

I grew some corn this summer, to save some for seed and to save some to eat.  (I think it’s a good time to put some food aside.)

As a teenager, I went to West Virginia to live, alone, deep in the heart of the state.  As it turned out (what was I thinking?!), I needed quite a bit of help to get by!.  You can’t just pack your car and take off with your dog to live deep in the mountains without any money or supplies to speak of, with no ‘know how’, and not knowing a soul! It was a journey of faith, I guess.  Many kind folks helped me out and I learned a lot.  I lived a fairly ‘old fashioned’ life (no electricity, a well in the yard, later a wringer washer, etc.) and learned a lot of post-Depression values.  So, psychologically, I know how it is to live ‘a life of deprivation’ as some would call it.

With that in mind, I had chosen some very pretty corn–‘Oaxacan Green’.  I knew it would cheer me up, when food was scarce and I was limited to a rather ‘boring’ diet.  In fact, I would look forward to eating food made with cornmeal from my beautiful green corn!

Well, it has just gotten to where I can pick it and, as I started shucking the ears, I was quite surprised!  Very little of this corn actually looked like what I had planted!  Instead, I had been blessed with corn in my favorite colors-many shades of green, turquoise, blues and purple!  I thank God often for it, when I look at it hanging up to dry. I’m not calling it a miracle– I know enough about plants to understand how these things happen.  But I am calling it a gift, because it happened for me and it made me happy.

And yesterday, the pièce de résistance: an ear of corn that seems to contain every shimmering color of a pastel rainbow!!  I think it is one of the most beautiful, natural things I have ever seen!  I thank God a lot for it too.  It’s like He’s telling me He was thinking of me, and He’s going to be right there with me when things get tough!  When the time comes to eat that corn, I’ll remember that!

A Rainbow of Corn

A Rainbow of Corn

It may seem like silly stuff,  but thankfulness is a powerful way to guard your heart!

I have to believe that Satan was not thankful.  His sin was pride, but I think in order for someone to become prideful, thankfulness first makes an exit.

The Bible tells us that in the last days, one of the characteristics of people will be that they are ungrateful.  It also talks about people who God ‘gave over to a depraved mind’, and lists many characteristics of their wickedness.  According to that passage, the root of it all was that ‘ . . . although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him . . .’

And, one of the repeated problems with the fledgling Nation of Israel, as they made their exodus from Egypt through the desert, was that they repeatedly turned to grumbling and murmuring.  This was ungratefulness put to words–and it really roiled God’s temper.  He had just done awesome and amazing things for them, to release them from slavery–slavery!  It doesn’t get much worse than that–and yet they were busy focusing on what they didn’t have!

Granted, if we were in their shoes, we probably would too.  If we aren’t disciplined in our minds and hearts, we all tend to do the same thing!!  It’s nice to have their story as a lesson so that we don’t.

I’ve been a Christian for more than 25 years now.  As a young Christian, struggling to overcome sinful behaviors, I remember a more mature Christian telling me that they didn’t really struggle with things like that as much anymore–that, instead, they found themself struggling more with their attitudes.  I was kind of amazed, but now I can relate.

If you don’t already know–what you DO comes from what you think.  What you spend your time thinking about will almost inevitably lead to your doing it someday. The battle over sin begins in your heart and mind.  That’s the place to focus your energies on being disciplined.  That’s the place where you need to let God live.

Guard your heart!!  Thankfulness is a great way to begin!!