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Monday, April 5, 2021

An Inspiring Salvation Story - A Muslim Cries Out To Jesus

Forty-eight percent of Muslims in the United States of America believe that they are Muslim first, American second. Our purpose is to change this country, because they are infidel and what they are doing is not pleasing to Allah. We are the soldier of Allah who will make them do it.” Kamal Saleem was born in Lebanon to a devout Muslim family. As early as four years old, he remembers sitting at the kitchen table while his mother taught him about the Koran and his duty to Allah and Jihad.

“From my childhood, my mom said, ‘One day, you’ll be a martyr, my son. You will die for the sake of Allah and you will exalt Islam. If you kill a Jew, my son, your hand will light up before the throne of Allah and the host of heaven will celebrate what you have done.’”

Kamal was seven when his parents sent him to Muslim training camps to learn to use weapons and engage and kill the enemy.  The boys were also taught another, more subtle form of warfare.

“We were training for what’s called, ‘Culture Jihad,’ which is shifting cultures. Culture Jihad is unlike the sword, unlike the rifle. It is the Jihad that will come into your world.”


By his 20s, Kamal was chosen to wage Cultural Jihad on America.

“In Islam, liberty, freedom, monarchy, all these are idols and must be brought down. So the liberty that you have in United States of America is anti-Islam, so America must be changed. So I moved to the 'Bible Belt' specifically. The Bible Belt was the strongest of the strongest. That’s where the stout Christians are, and I want to take on the best of the best, because I considered myself as the sword of Islam. I thought, 'I’m anointed. I’m unique. I’m selected. I’m coming to a country and a culture to change it. I have the power of Allah with me.’"


In the early 1980s, Kamal entrenched himself in a small Midwestern town. He began targeting men from poorer neighborhoods to recruit them to the Muslim faith. But one afternoon his life would be in the hands of those he hated the most.

“I was going from one place to another to do recruitment and that day I had a car wreck. The car wreck was so severe, I ejected out of my car, landed on my neck and broke my neck in two places. This man came running to me and said, ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to take care of you, and everything’s going to be alright.’ The ambulance came and picked me up and now I go to the hospital. The orthopedic surgeon in the ER looked at my chart and said, ‘Son, we’re going to take care of you, and everything’s going to be alright.' The second day I wake up in the hospital, and the head of physical therapy came in, read my chart and said the same thing word for word, ‘We are going to take care of you.’”

At first, Kamal was frightened by their words, because these men were all Christians.

“You see, in terrorism, if they say [that], you better run.”


Surgeries to repair Kamal’s broken neck were successful, but recovery would take weeks. After being discharged from the hospital, he would need someone to care for him while he recuperated. Kamal had no one, so the orthopedic surgeon opened up his own home to this stranger.

“In his home, they put me in the choicest room with the most beautiful things. I became like part of their family. They didn’t see me any different. They have a basket that says, ‘For Kamal.’ They put in money to free my bills from the hospital.”

Kamal was overwhelmed with the outpouring of Christian love. As he recovered, he began to help out around the house with cooking and cleaning. “They have Jewish friend that came from Israel who they support, and now I’m hugging Israelis and I’m cooking for Jews. I’m thinking, ‘What has happened to me?’"


When Kamal was able take care of himself and return to his apartment, the doctor had another surprise for him.

“He says, ‘These are the keys to the house, and this is an extra key to your new car. We just want to bless you. You can come any time you want.’ So I go to my home. I go to my cold place that I haven’t been there in months. Dust is this thick. I just gotta settle this issue with my God to know if it’s real or not. So I walk inside, I shut door. I go right to the eastern window, fall on my knees, put my hands to the heavens and I cry out, ‘Allah, Allah my lord and my king. Why have you done such a thing to me? I’m okay with the car wreck. I’m ok with all this, but why did you put me among Christians? I’m confused. These Christians and Jews, they are good people. There’s nothing wrong with them. They don’t want to kill us. They’re not the same thing that I learned about. Allah. These people have relationship with their God. These people cry out to their God, and He answers them. I want to hear your voice. I want to hear you love me. If you’re real, speak to me. I want to hear your voice.' Guess what Allah said that day? Absolutely nothing.”

Kamal felt that because he questioned his faith, the honorable thing to do was to end his own life.


“So I went to reach out my gun, put it in the right place and clock out. I heard a voice. The voice knew me by name. It said, ‘Kamal! Kamal! Kamal! Why don’t you call on the Father of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob?’ Now I fell on my knees and put my hands to the heavens immediately as I heard the voice. I cried out with every fiber within me, ‘God, the Father Abraham, if You are real, would You speak to me? I want to know You.’ Well, God of Father Abraham came to the room. He filled the room with His glory. His name was Yahweh, the Lord is one. He has holes in His hands. He has holes in His feet. His name is Jesus. I said to Him, ‘Who are you, my Lord? Who are you?’ He said, ‘I am that I am.’ I said, ‘I’m a simple man with a simple mind. What is that supposed to mean?’ He said, ‘I am the Alpha. I am the Omega. I am the beginning. I am the end. I am everything that is in between. I have known you before I formed the foundation of the earth. I have loved you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Rise up! Rise up Kamal. Come. You are my warrior. You are not their warrior.’  I said to Him, ‘My Lord, I will live and die for you.’ He said, ‘Do not die for me. I died for you so that you may live.’”

That day, instead of taking his life, Kamal gave it to Jesus. He now has a new mission and travels the country challenging Muslims to question their allegiance to Allah.

“My heart’s desire is to reach out to my brothers and sisters, the 1.5 billion Muslims that are living out there. They have not tasted the freedom in God.”

It’s been over 20 years since Kamal left the Islamic faith, and even threats of violence and death cannot stop him from sharing his story.


https://www1.cbn.com/content/kamal-saleem-muslim-cries-out-jesus


“He is real. If you’ve never experienced God before in your life, if you never tasted God, if you think you’ve got nothing to lose… when you’re sitting in your home, whether you’re a Muslim or a non-Muslim or a non-Christian or whatever you are, call on the Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and say, ‘If You are real, speak to me. I want to hear Your voice.’”


Reprinted with thanks to CBN

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Creator Of The Universe

Suppose for a moment that you exist as an omnipotent being in a timeless spiritual dimension and you decided to create a unique universe. You begin by creating a vast host of androgynous beings we will call angels to do your bidding. However they are inextricably linked to your will and exist only to serve you. You create the earth, the sun, moon and stars and populate the earth with all manner of plants, animals and creeping things. Eventually one of the angels that you have gifted with great beauty and intelligence who you named Lucifer the Shining One, becomes filled with himself and decides that he wants to step out of his assigned role and make himself as great as you are and sit on your throne. He then proceeds to lead a rebellion along with all who are with him against you and the rest of your angels and he and the rebels are overcome and thrown down.


“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” (Revelation 12: 7-9)

 

Finally you decide to create man in your own image, you want the company of beings that will have free will that you can talk to and have fellowship with and so you put him in a beautiful garden  and put him over all things on the earth. However there is evil in the universe, a spirit of disobedient willfulness emanating from the Shining One and his followers and so you decide to give the man and his female a test. You admonish him that although you have given him all things, there is one tree in the garden having fruit that they are forbidden to eat. 


Now the Shining One, also referred to as The Serpent, having been defeated and thrown down, is hell bent on corrupting everything you have created and he comes into the garden where he convinces the woman to eat some of the forbidden fruit. He tells her that it is the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and that if she eats it she will become wise like the Lord. Thinking that it looks desirable and that it will make her wise, she begins to eat and gives some to the man who also eats. Suddenly they both realize that they are naked, having never consciously been aware of that before, but by eating the forbidden fruit they have suddenly become self-aware. They hide from you knowing that what they had done was an act of disobedience, their conscience has come alive and their eyes are now opened to understand the difference between good and evil. 


Knowing beforehand that this was going to happen you used the evil nature of the fallen Lucifer, also known as Satan the Devil, to tempt the couple knowing that they would fail the test so that they would know both good and evil. Like you and unlike your angelic beings they would henceforth have free will to make decisions on their own accord. This was entirely necessary if they were going to become real human beings whose company you will enjoy in the future, rather than have android-like servant minds much like the angels. This is of course an analogous parallel of the dawn of creation account written in the Books of Genesis Chapter 1 - 3 and Revelation Chapter 12 to enable you the reader to understand more fully the context of what happened at the dawn of time.


O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth! Thou whose glory above the heavens is chanted by the mouth of babes and infants,
thou hast founded a bulwark because of thy foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast established; what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor. Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the sea. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!
(Psalm 8: 1-9)


There is a consequence that comes with man’s failure to obey God, it is called sin which is the failure and fall from perfection. When they listened to the voice of the Shining One in the Garden they not only disobeyed God’s warning but they capitulated and abdicated their kingship of the earth handing it all to Satan and they took on part of his nature. The first couple Adam and Eve were put out of the idyllic Garden of Eden to fend for themselves against the adversity of the world. The Lord killed an animal to provide skins as a covering for their nakedness, this was the first shedding of blood as a covenant between man and God requiring the shed blood of an innocent as a covering for man’s sin. Looking ahead in time God saw his only Son bruised, beaten and dying on the cross as the final atonement for the sins of all mankind and to ransom the world from the clutches of Satan.


God requires perfection for all who would approach Him and wish to spend eternity in fellowship with Him. “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
(Matthew 5:48) And He provided the way to accommodate us. “Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) 

If you wish to appropriate God’s forgiveness and the atonement afforded by the great sacrifice of His beloved Son Jesus the Messiah, you must come to Him in sorrow for your own miserable failures and with a contrite heart ask Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) “if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.” (Romans 10: 9-10)

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Temptation Of Unforgivable Denial

 I had previously written about the pre-tribulation theory in order to clarify this matter for Christians who obsess over an erroneous doctrine that is a delusion in terms of the persecution and suffering endured by Christians throughout history. The teaching leaves present day Christians who believe it totally unprepared for any other scenario. It presents a mindset that sets believers up so that if persecution should become so intense that they are faced with a choice between life or death they will deny their affiliation with their church, with Christianity and ultimately with Christ. 

Jesus makes that point very clear in terms of how many Christians will react under extreme persecution. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold.” (Matthew 24: 9-12)


According to (Matthew 16: 15-17) Jesus asked, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” 


This is clearly how Christians become believers in Christ, the Spirit of God touches the heart and reveals Jesus as the Christ to each one. So we find it inconceivable that Peter, a man who knew Jesus personally and was a devoted follower, could deny even knowing him three times within just a few hours.

Peter declared to him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples. (Matthew 26: 33-35)


When Jesus was arrested his followers ran away. Peter followed at a distance and remained outside in the courtyard. The maid who kept the door said to Peter, “Are not you also one of this man’s disciples?” He said, “I am not.” Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves; Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.  (John 18: 17-18)

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said to him, “Are not you also one of his disciples?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the servants of the high priest, a kinsman of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Peter again denied it; and at once the cock crowed. (John 18: 25-27)

Peter and the others denied ever knowing Jesus because they had succumbed to fear and were fearful for their own lives!


As we examine the doctrine taught in some Western Christian churches it becomes abundantly clear that Satan has wormed his way into church teachings and is deceiving many through the doctrine of pre-tribulation rapture. Jesus Himself has given us a clear understanding of how Satan appeals to man’s nature during a time of great stress and intense need by offering help in exchange for the denial of the providence of God and even His very existence.

 

Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” (Matthew 4: 5-6)


Here we are presented with rapidly approaching end time scenario by an angel; And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If any one worships the beast and its image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also shall drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of his anger, and he shall be tormented with fire and sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.


Now let's suppose that the day comes when you hear the following words, "God won't let you down if you accept this implant, it ensures that you and your family will be safe and have food and shelter. You know that God is looking out for your welfare, don’t be like those other ignorant fools who are refusing this insignificant identifying mark lest you suffer extreme hardship.” This is just one example of many potential scenarios that one might be faced with that would strike fear into the  heart and leave only two choices, either stand firm in the face of losing everything, suffer total deprivation and certain death and in exchange receive the gift of eternal life with Christ, or opt to deny Christ and your fellow believers and live the years you have left on earth followed by an eternity in hell.


See: http://joshuastone-whatis.blogspot.com/2019/09/church-heresy-you-be-judge.html 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

This Present Darkness

It was prophesied long ago as part of god’s plan that the ensuing events would take place, they may eventually serve as a catalyst to precipitate another world war. It was a foregone conclusion that the outgoing American President and conservative membership in the U.S. Congress would lose to the fraudulent activities of the demon influenced Progressive Anti-Semitic left. As a result Israelis know that their time is short if they don't act soon with a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iran’s continual hatred for Israel and their ever present threats of annihilation has to be dealt with soon. At the same time Arab states have been drawing close to Israel out of purely selfish motives, while concerned about Iran’s hegemony in the Mid-East they know Israel is in grave danger and will be forced to act soon. However Israel can't fully trust their new Arab friends who are known historically for their treachery. It was preordained that before the return of Christ Israel would be standing alone when a massive assault on them from all quarters breaks out.

Jesus speaking to his apostles said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." (Luke 10:18) John on the Isle of Patmos said, “and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key of the shaft of the bottomless pit” (Revelation 9: 1) 

Clearly, the "star" in question is not an inanimate object, but a person. (Isaiah 14:12) refers to Satan's fall from heaven and calls him "Day Star." At some point prior to the dawn of human history, Satan, also referred to as Lucifer, rebelled against God and led one third of the angels in the rebellion. Some of the fallen angels have been locked up until recently in the Abyss, another term for the bottomless pit and effectively explains the opening of a vast chasm between all of God fearing Judaeo - Christianity and the unbelieving Godless demon influenced members of this present age.


Israel and Iran are presently rattling sabers as Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi recently ordered the preparation of plans to attack Iran’s nuclear sites in order to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining a nuclear weapon. “Iran can decide that it wants to advance to a bomb, either covertly or in a provocative way. In light of this these plans need to be on the table, in existence and trained for,” stressed Kochavi. Minister of Settlement Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi of the Likud Party said Israel could attack Iran’s nuclear program if the United States decides to go ahead and re-enter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. That seems to be the plan of the current U.S. Administration.


In response, Iranian army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi dismissed remarks made a day earlier by Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi as “psychological warfare” and warned that the “slightest mistake” by Israel would lead the Islamic Republic to “level Haifa and Tel Aviv.”


At the present time Americans shouldn't continue focusing on what has happened, or waste their lives lamenting over what is continuing to happen to the nation, God has clearly levied his judgment on America. The onset of judgment began as Corporate and Mainstream America along with the U.S. Government turned entirely away from God while pursuing their primary interest, the accumulation of vast fortunes and making a god of material wealth. Meanwhile they are complicit in murdering millions of souls through abortion, child mutilation, pedophilia, and Satan worship, while filling minds and hearts with pornography and all manner of licentiousness, sin is multiplying as American leaders tacitly look on while lining their own pockets on the backs of their countrymen, and they have the gall to say “God bless America.”  In 1989 America was called, “a shining city on a hill”, and as “a beacon and a magnet for all who must have freedom.” Sadly that is no longer true, demonic forces have snuffed out Lady Liberty’s light.


Judgment began with the collapse of the present day reincarnation of Babel, the twin tower financial center in New York City. “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of her impure passion” (Revelation 14:8)



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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Made In The Image Of God

 There has always been much speculation about the true meaning of the statement “man is made in the image of God.” Many assert that it means that there is only one true God and this is quite true, however they refuse to understand that the one true God actually has three separate personalities comprising His magnificent being. Wars have been fought, millions have died and many are still being murdered to this day over the different beliefs concerning this truth, which is clearly presented in chapter one in the very first book of the bible.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1: 1-2,26-27)


The previous verses are clear indications of the tripartite nature and personality of the Creator. When God said, “Let us make man in our image,” the Father who is the primary intelligence and author of all things, was speaking in agreement to his pre-incarnate self who would enter the world in the fullness of time as His son. So there are three persons, the Intelligence, the Physical Being, and the Holy Spirit that enacts God’s Will.

 

Likewise man is a tripartite being made up of an intellect that is personified by the ego, a physical body, and the spirit of life that God breathed into him. “then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2: 7)


One might wonder that if God has breathed the breath of life in each human being, why then is the three part nature of God and so many other spiritual truths a complete mystery to so many? The reason is because many have unbelieving hearts and refuse to even acknowledge the existence of God. “The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2: 14) “they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart; they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness. ” (Ephesians 4: 18-19)

  

Therefore the spirit that God had given them is as good as dead and will only come alive if and when they repent with a contrite heart and turn to God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1: 7)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who practice it. His praise endures for ever! (Psalm 111: 10)


If you have been living an unfulfilling and seemingly useless existence, let me encourage you to ask God into your life. In a quiet place ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart and help you to believe and to give you understanding. Begin your new journey by reading the four gospel testimonies by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and God will reveal himself to you when you prayerfully ask. 

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7: 7-8)



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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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