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Sunday, January 24, 2021

The Way The Truth And The Life

In the book of Genesis the first book in the bible, God exposes the evil that lurks in the hearts of mankind and clearly lays out His own unique plan for dealing with sin that separates man from his Creator. 

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is couching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Cain said to Abel his brother, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. (Genesis 4: 1-8)


One might think that the Lord had shown unfair favoritism, however keep in mind what the Lord had previously said: And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you. (Genesis 3:17)


The reason Cain’s offering was unacceptable to God is because he had offered what he had produced from the ground that the Lord had cursed, therefore it was an affront to God. However Able’s offering was acceptable because it honored what God had done as a sign that spoke of the necessary future shedding of blood when He would offer His own son as the only suitable sacrifice and covering for the sins of all mankind. The following verse clearly indicates that the Lord himself set the precedent as he slew an animal drawing innocent blood as a covenant between God and man. “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)


Down through the ages those who have refused to accept this covenant between God and man, thinking of it as repugnant, have made themselves their own god thus passing judgment on the Creator who alone is the maker of rules concerning the universe and the lives of men. They in turn have accepted the hand of the Deceiver and believed the whisperings of the Liar, while thinking in their arrogant hearts that they can control the future of the world and it’s population by murdering millions of children still in their mother’s womb. While Demon influenced men are interfering in the political affairs of nations, others seek to inoculate millions and even alter the rays of the sun, seeking to gain control over the world population. These are they for whom the fires of Hell are reserved!


There is clearly a vast chasm between believers and unbelievers. Men pray for peace and hope for a kinder, friendly and civil world, however Jesus knowing the hearts of men said this: “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Luke 12: 51-53)


“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17) To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, (John 1:12)


For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14) 

You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the doors. (James 5: 8-9)


“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 

(Luke 21: 25-28)

 

Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty 

(Revelation 1: 7-8)



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Monday, January 18, 2021

There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23: 2-3) Historically God’s people have always been likened to sheep with the Lord himself as their shepherd, it is a comforting and picturesque analogy of God and his devoted and trusting followers. His people consider the Bible to be the word of God in which he gives us understanding and directions for life, here he gives us the following four groups so that we can understand the human dynamics that are even at work today in our own times.

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already, in the ages before us. (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10)


Two thousand years ago, the known world was ruled by Rome. From England to Africa and from Syria to Spain, one in every four people on earth lived and died under Roman law. The Roman Empire in the first century mixed sophistication with brutality, terror, tyranny and greed.The Roman Empire controlled much of the known world and was a precursor of the current day New World Global Order. See, there is nothing new under the sun!


Four main Jewish groups existed at the time of Christ; the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Essenes and the Zealots. 


The Pharisees were an influential religious sect within Judaism known for their acceptance of oral tradition in addition to the written Law, and their teaching that all Jews should observe all 600-plus laws in the Torah, including the rituals concerning ceremonial purification. They were mostly middle-class businessmen and leaders of the synagogues. They were often given to an excessive sense of self righteousness and known to follow the onerous specifics of the law religiously while having little sense of the spiritual meaning behind it, and they pridefully boasted of their own righteousness as opposed to that of others. Pharisees believed in angels, demons, heaven and hell and for the most part they represent the hypocritical attitudes present in most mainstream societies today.


The Sadducees were the party of high priests, aristocratic families, and merchants, the wealthier elements of the population. They tended to have good relations with the Roman rulers of Palestine. They generally represented a conservative view within Judaism and did not believe in heaven or hell and were largely secular in their practice of religion much like the Secular Humanists of this time. The Sadducees found particularly objectionable the Christian proclamation that Jesus is the Christ and the resurrection personified.

 

The Essenes were a small, separatist group that grew out of the conflicts of the Maccabean age. Like the Pharisees, they stressed strict legal observance, but considered the temple priesthood corrupt and rejected much of the temple ritual and sacrificial system.

They were typical of today’s mainstream societal dropouts that are comprised of cults, cloistered religious groups, communes, and those harboring moral objections to the ethics and mores of government.


The Zealots were members of a first-century political movement among Jews who sought to overthrow the occupying Roman government.


The attitudinal characteristics of these group’s are typical of many of the the social, religious and political segments within the societal construct of various nations throughout the world regardless of ethnicity, religion or political persuasion. The essence of these four distinct groups can be observed in the two opposed preeminent political groups In the United States of which the defining differences between them is found in this verse from the bible; “A wise man’s heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool’s heart toward the left.” (Ecclesiastes 10:2) 


The group on the Right is conservative, freedom loving and law abiding living according to a Constitution that follows the Judaeo-Christian precepts written into it by the nation’s founding fathers. They universally believe that God is the source of all that is good and righteous, they are lovers of truth.


The group on the Left is liberal and typically follows Secular Humanist beliefs. They assume that all goodness emanates through a government that operates according to their own assumed moral codes and that the Constitution is an obsolete document written by racists. Believing that God is a superstitious myth, they resort to lies and all manner of deceit to convince themselves and others that they alone control nature and the destiny of the world.


Secular Humanism is a philosophy that embraces human reason, secular ethics, and philosophical naturalism as the basis of morality and decision making while specifically rejecting religious dogma as merely superstition. Secular humanism assumes that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without a belief in God. 


The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any that act wisely, that seek after God. They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good, no, not one. Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon the Lord? There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. (Psalm 14: 1-5) 

He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne to his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son of God has not life. (1John 5: 10-12) When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25: 31-34, 41)


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Monday, January 4, 2021

Hypocrites Hating Deaths And Loving Mass Murder

2020 was a very stressful year throughout the nations of the world especially for those who believe and trust in God and in the sanctity of the life He gives us. The world has been obsessed with death, there are death statistics every day caused by a viral pandemic. Billions of dollars have been spent to save lives afflicted by it, as economies the world over have been crushed in a desperate attempt to curb the viral spread and ensuing deaths. People are berated for not wearing a mask lest they infect someone who might then die. The world is wailing in travail over the mass deaths, while at the same time in total diametric moral abandonment there is celebration over the mass killing of unborn lives. Young Argentinian women and many young American women believe they cannot have fulfilled lives unless they can abort innocent unborn children. In a year of terrible images, there are many videos of young women dancing ecstatically in the streets of Argentina because the government there just legalized abortion. President Alberto Fernandez proudly announced that Argentina is now "a better society" because abortions are now free.

These hypocrites routinely ask for God’s blessings on them and their nations expecting His blessings to continue unabated, but know this; “For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord. (James 1: 8) 

“Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. For he will render to every man according to his works.” (Romans 2: 4-6)


A vast number within the populations of these and other nations have turned away from the Creator and have crowned themselves as center of their own universe having adopted Secular Humanism as their credo and the self-righteousness that they construct in their own imaginations as sufficient justification for their lives and yet; “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good.” (Psalm 14: 1)

  

All of mankind has an innate God consciousness in spite of what some may say and God will have the final word for impenitent unbelievers. 

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools." (Romans 1:18-22)


“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” 

(2 Timothy 3: 1 - 4)

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct. They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them. (Romans 1: 28-32)


As of this writing the nations of the world are in extreme turmoil as the godless elements within society are wresting control from the law abiding, God conscious believers who govern and rule in a compassionate and even handed manner, to be handed over to the contemptible and disreputable destroyers of all that is good and righteous.


Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming. The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12)


We are currently witnessing the rebellion spoken of in the preceding scripture verses, the time is short and now is the time to make a decision and consider your sinful ways, repent and ask Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior. 

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 

(1 Thessalonians 5:9-10) 

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29: 11-13)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)


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