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Christ Conquered Death. How The Apocryphal Texts Shed Light On This.

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Christ conquered death.   I never fully understood  the use of the word ‘conquered’ here, because I never really understood who or what He fought to ‘conquer’ death. I understood the Biblical passages regarding Christ’s life and resurrection.  I understood how Christ brought back dead to life.  I understood how we will have eternal life with Christ. And in my heart I understand all that this entails.

Death, as we knew it, ceases to exist for believers once we are saved. Christ redeems  His believers, the subjects of His Kingdom, from death. We are given the chance to be redeemed and to live eternally through His Grace !

But I could never find any mention in the Bible to what happened with “death” from the time before Christ’s first arrival on earth up to His arrival when He overcame the power of death. Who controlled death then? What did it mean to die at that time, before Christ?

He battled death, He conquered and won.  But what does it mean when they say that Christ “conquered” death?

Did He grapple with a force? Something physical as well as spiritual must have happened, a battle must have ensued,  for this “conquering” to take place.  The Bible makes very physical references to the battle.

18  I was dead, but look! Now I’m alive forever and always. I have the keys of Death and the Grave.  

(Revelation 1:18 CJB)

18 I tell you that you are Peter. And I’ll build my church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it. (Matthew 16:18 CJB)

44 When sown, it is an ordinary human body; when raised, it will be a body controlled by the Spirit. If there is an ordinary human body, there is also a body controlled by the Spirit. 45 In fact, the Tanakh says so: Adam, the first man, became a living human being;o but the last “Adam” has become a life-giving Spirit. 46 Note, however, that the body from the Spirit did not come first, but the ordinary human one; the one from the Spirit comes afterwards. 47 The first man is from the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 People born of dust are like the man of dust, and people born from heaven are like the man from heaven; 49 and just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, so also we will bear the image of the man from heaven. 50 Let me say this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot share in the Kingdom of God, nor can something that decays share in what does not decay. 51 Look, I will tell you a secret – not all of us will die! But we will all be changed! 52 It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye, at the final shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we too will be changed. 53 For this material which can decay must be clothed with imperishability, this which is mortal must be clothed with immortality. 54When what decays puts on imperishability and what is mortal puts on immortality, then this passage in the Tanakh will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 “Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin; and sin draws its power from the Torah; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah! 58 So, my dear brothers, stand firm and immovable, always doing the Lord’s work as vigorously as you can, knowing that united with the Lord your efforts are not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15: 44-58)

I found these very interesting passages in the apocryphal texts that “fill in the blanks” regarding how Jesus conquered death. They shed light on the fact that God never created death. It belonged to Satan. Apparently the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge then must have been some sort of covenant with Satan, since Adam and Eve became mortal, thus subject to Satan’s domain of death.  The Gospel of Bartholomew relates how Christ actually went to Hades and “won” the keys to Hades and Death.  It states how He entered the Kingdom of Hades and freed Adam and Eve and other ancient souls.  It also states how He crushed Hades.  Thus He has the keys!!!!

So the children of God who believe in Jesus would no longer be subject to Satan’s imposition of death.  The Gospel of Bartholomew also discusses how many souls leave the bodies every day and yet, how few actually enter heaven.

Wisdom 1 (CEBA)

12 Don’t seek death through the error of your ways. Don’t invite destruction on yourself by what you do. 13 God didn’t make death. God takes no delight in the ruin of anything that lives. 14 God created everything so that it might exist. The creative forces at work in the cosmos are life-giving. There is no destructive poison in them. The underworld doesn’t rule on earth. 15 Doing what is right means living forever.  16 In spite of this, the ungodly called out to death by what they did and said. Thinking that death was their friend, they lost their resolve and made a treaty with death. Let them have each other: death and the ungodly belong together!  (Wisdom 1: 12-16) Common English Bible w/apocrypha

 

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Atoning Death of Christ is the Sun in the Solar System

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Matthew 26:2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

J.C. Ryle comments:

We can never attach too much importance to the atoning death of Christ. It is the leading fact in the word of God, on which the eyes of our soul ought to be ever fixed. Without the shedding of his blood, there is no remission of sin. It is the cardinal truth on which the whole system of Christianity hinges. Without it the Gospel is an arch without a key-stone, a fair building without a foundation, a solar system without a sun. Let us make much of our Lord’s incarnation and example, His miracles and his parables, His works and His words, but above all let us make much of His death. Let us delight in the hope of his second personal coming…

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Satan wants to change our DNA…The Second Coming of Christ Will Be Soon.

Get Thee Behind Me, Satan

Get Thee Behind Me, Satan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Nephilim (Photo credit: catwommn)

 

Im listing a few thoughts that have been crossing my mind today. I can’t really ‘put them together’ in some sort of cohesive statement because we are watching things unfold in God’s grace right before our eyes. Events are happening so quickly, the world is changing so rapidly, and that will ‘put everything together” for us!

But here are some bullet points outlining a theme of what is happening regarding Satan and our DNA. The bullets may appear to lack cohesion or flow of thought, but each bullet point is just an outline of information that whole books could be written about. Some of this may seem “extreme” to some people, but  I am posting this because I feel that it is a tremendous danger today more than ever. I am doing my job in sounding the alarm.

 

Everyone has their role to play in spreading the Word and in keeping God’s army vigilant and strong – upholding the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Kingdom to which we belong.

 

But for as long as we are here, in this earthly kingdom in Satan’s domain, we have to fight in this unseen battle between good and evil. The unsaved unfortunately have a hard time even understanding that such a battle exists.  They are under the influence of the satanic mindset. This is a horrible and cruel fact.  It is very sad to see people losing their chance to reach God and to experience salvation from Jesus.  Satan has successfully spun a foggy web that keeps them far away from being able to see and experience the truth.

 

In this web that Satan spun, incredible systems of deceit  – such as the new age belief system, the atheist movement, false Christian teachings, carnal Christianity and many other groups- are securely fastened, keeping a firm grip on the people, keeping them “happy” and not letting them escape the dark web, keeping them far from the Light of God. Somehow, in his well masked guises, Satan has corrupted the physical/ mental /emotional health of these people. Is their DNA unscathed?

 

 

The saved population, that uphold the Word and teachings of Jesus Christ, and that live by the Scripture, who repent and who are not ‘of’ this world, are subject mostly to the satanic genetic manipulations that create disease and suffering.  They are not subject to the ‘mind control” and the DNA manipulation by mixing with evil (see bullets), because God gave them control to hold back Satan and authority over Satan and his minions. This is because Satan can not gain control of those with the Holy Spirit.   However, the saved population is exposed to the environmental hazards and the biochemical toxins that cause genetic damage.

3 and every spirit which does not acknowledge Yeshua is not from God – in fact, this is the spirit of the Anti-Messiah. You have heard that he is coming. Well, he’s here now, in the world already! 4 You, children, are from God and have overcome the false prophets, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore, they speak from the world’s viewpoint; and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God doesn’t listen to us. This is how we distinguish the Spirit of truth from the spirit of error.

1 John 4:4  CJB

 

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The Resurrected Jesus pulls Adam and Eve out of their graves, with Satan bound in Hell, Chora Church, Istanbul, c. 1315. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Here are a few bullets that are on my mind today:

 

 

 

  • Satan was given a sentence from the beginning, in Genesis. When God punished him for deceiving and corrupting Eve, he was told by God that his descendant would be in enemies with “her” descendant..

 

15 I will put animosity between you and the woman, and between your descendant and her descendant; he will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15 CJB

 

  • “Her” descendant at first glance would mean Eve’s descendant. But it specifically says ‘her” not Eve’s. Also, a woman can not have a descendant that isn’t also the descendant of her husband.  After all, all humans descend from both father and mother. But God said to Satan that it is your (Satan’s) descendant to be in animosity with her descendant.  That prophecied from the very beginning of Genesis the birth of Jesus, the ultimate enemy of Satan and who will also crush him completely. Jesus Christ is the only person that could be born on earth and physically be a descendant only from only His mother, as His Father is God. Therefore Genesis 3:15 refers to the battle between Jesus and Satan.
  • God was in full control of the gene pool of His children. He designed the DNA  and designed our individual “codes”.:
  • For you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    14 I thank you because I am awesomely made,
    wonderfully; your works are wonders —
    I know this very well.
    15 My bones were not hidden from you
    when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    16 Your eyes could see me as an embryo,
    but in your book all my days were already written;
    my days had been shaped
    before any of them existed. (psalm 139 :13 – 16) CJB

  • Satan, knowing his sentence, seeks to corrupt the gene pool of the humans.  He knew, from the sentence that God gave him, that God was going to send, through a human female only as a physical descendant, the One that will Conquer and Destroy Satan.  (“he will bruise your head” – that is where the venom is, and that also symbolizes the very top, the pinnacle, the “source” of Satan’s being and evil).  The Son of God, Jesus Christ, who would have spiritual seed from the Father and physical seed by His mother was due to arrive at one point on earth.  By corrupting the gene pool, making the pure creations of God fall to the state of corrupt ungodly creatures, Satan could create his own descendant, his physical seed, that will serve to be the anti-Christ to fight the “enemy”.
  • The fallen angels then came onto the earth and have children with the daughters of man.  How can Satan’s enemy come out of this corrupted and evil gene pool, that is just like Satan, cruel and ungodly? This tactic would make a suitable female ancestor for God’s plan very difficult to find.  Satan ruled over this corrupted gene pool, and these offspring of the fallen angels and women were known as nephelim, or the giants.  Their notoriety was worldwide, and all mythology and ancient history and folklore discuss the power hungry “gods” which actually were the nephelim.
  • The world became extremely corrupt, base and evil due to the overwhelming influence and rule of the nephelim and over the generations, the continued rule of their offspring. God singles out Noah and his family as being ‘pure” – he was one of the few godly men who were pure, meaning free of nephelim traits.
  • Noah is instructed to build the ark and to populate it according to God’s instructions. And the deluge sets in. The world’s population is destroyed. God wiped out all of the nephelim and the populations of people that carried their genes.
  • We all are descendants of Noah’s children. This is a pure gene pool, free of nephelim dna corruption.
  • Out of this pure and God controlled DNA came the generations after Noah.  Out of these generations came Mariam (also called today Mary ), from the House of David, the girl chosen by God to give birth to the promised Messiah/Son of God that was sent to her womb by the Holy Spirit. Satan knew that from the Messiah he was to be crushed.
  • Battle ensued. Christ was victorious. But the final battle is NOW.
  • Now, during these end days, Christ is due to return to us soon.  This is when Satan is to receive the great blow to the head.
  • Satan is continuing to destroy human DNA for a variety of reasons.  First, he wants to wreak havoc and harm all of God’s creation – creating diseases and mutations.  He also wants to spawn an antiChrist (fulfilling God’s statement in Genesis about Satan’s descendant) and an army of antiChrist followers from populations of godless, cruel and base people with a genetic code that would be his creation and  under his control, not God’s.  These descendants would fight against Jesus and his believers. This genetic manipulation also serves another purpose. Satan wants to rule this kingdom, on the planet and in the air, in every way possible.  He will seek to thwart all of God’s creation.  Since Satan himself can’t ‘create’ like God, he will seek to take God’s creation and twist it, change it and contort it to his liking.  This is the only way that Satan can create his own “children” and followers.
  • Satan’s plan  has to unfold quickly to do this.  As the second coming of Jesus Christ, our Messiah, is coming soon, Satan is working to create a great apostasy – driving away people from God, from the Word and the Truth and Salvation of Jesus Christ.
  • This apostasy will serve Satan in controlling the masses that have lost their way to God and have fallen victim to Satan’s deceits. This apostasy will be filled with genetically mutated beings, programmed to think and act like Satan.
  • We see the “mutations” already.  They are evident in many people in the entertainment industry. They are evident in world leaders.  They are evident in many religious leaders.  They are evident in a majority of the masses – cold hearted and mean.  They are evident in the majority of the  youth – creating indifferent, cruel and violent people.
  • Some tools of mutation : chem trails, vaccines, micro chips, modified foods, drugs, man made viruses, invasive and/or destructive technology, transhumanism, genetic engineering, etc…
  • We see Satan’s plan to bring back the fallen angels once again and to create modern day nephelim. This time it is through UFO/Alien intervention and through tremendous campaigns to re establish the specific nephelim creatures back into the mainstream – such as zombies, vampires, werewolves, cryptids, beasts and monsters. These aren’t yellow journalism or “strange news”  items, (nor am I crazy !!!) .  These are entering our world and the young generation will be living with these abominations in their midst just like it was in the times of the Old Testament.  Many of these nephelim will be grotesque, others will be very attractive – just like it was in the early days of Genesis.  The offspring of the nephelim were very often superhuman gods some of whom were monstrous while others were said to be beautiful – but their intentions and their spirits were vile.
  • Our society is already infiltrated by these kind of people. It will only get worse.
  • That is how it was before Noah (called Noach in the Jewish Bible) was saved and the populations around him were destroyed.

For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach. 38 Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noach entered the ark; (Matthew 24: 37-38)

 

 

 

 

The Lorica ( The Breastplate Prayer) by Saint Patrick . A Prayer for Protection

Naomh Padraig

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up soon.  Saint Patrick was being pursued by Druids and he recited this prayer asking the Lord to protect him.  God answered his prayers and as he went through the forest and passed by the Druids that were waiting to kill him, he was able to pass right by them. They didn’t see him! All they saw was an innocent, gentle deer passing by.

I am not Catholic, but Christian prayers belong  to all Christians.  This happens to be a beautiful prayer and as St. Patrick’s day is approaching, it’s good to be reminded that there is so much more to the holiday than wearing green and drinking beer.

The following prayer, font and all, was copied from Prayer Foundation Org.  (The actual text of the prayer is public domain)

Saint PatricksBreastplatePrayer

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
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I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

 

The Power of the Gospel

Roman Catholic Priests are Called “Another Christ”

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Seven Great Blog Posts from this past week you may have missed.

71) Legalism is one of the plagues of the church, some people mistakenly think they can contribute something to their own salvation, or worse yet help save themselves, but how do you spot legalism? This article by Greg Stier may be of some help.

2) Being a Small Group leader I will sometimes get asked what the benefits of Small Groups are, and as per usual when I’m put on the spot my mind goes completely and totally blank. This list of 13 Reasons Why Small Groups are Vital to your Spiritual Growth will now serve as a handy reminder.

3) Being a Calvinist I sometimes get the question “If God is sovereign why bother with evangelization?” After composing myself from spewing my coffee all over the place, I attempt to answer the ridiculous question. As if Gods…

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Demonic Bhuddism ?

I believe that God has a purpose for allowing many non Christian faiths to flourish.  These faiths serve a purpose to fulfill prophecy – at least that is a purpose that is visible to us.

All of our attention regarding these faiths has focuses primarily on the role of Islam and their persecution of Christians, their hatred towards Israel and the permeation of their culture in the West.

Hinduism and Buddhism are the  eastern religions that have influenced new age thought/belief systems the most.  These new age ideas have permanently entered western culture in a seemingly innocent and innocuous way – such as yoga, feng shui, reiki, etc..  There are many practices attributed to these eastern religions that have made their way into the Christian Church,  such as meditation and the adaptation of mantras as influenced by the breath prayers of the early Christian Desert fathers.

Many Christians do not feel threatened from Buddhist practice because there has been no history of Buddhists persecuting Christians throughout history to create a cultural meme, and Buddhism has always been perceived as a peaceful philosophy.  Western culture has been adorned with laughing Buddha statues, and the concept of buddha coexisted peacefully with the west.  It eventually became very fashionable for many westerners to adopt Buddhism as their faith, and Tibet became vogue.

Buddhist belief involves spirits.  There are many spirits that exist in the unseen world and the Buddhists contact them in specific rituals.  The Dalai Lama conducts an annual consultation with oracles, a ceremony which involves a spirit taking over the body of designated mediums.  The Dalai Lama consults with this spirit regarding spiritual matters and matters of state.

For the first time, the Dalai Lama gave his permission for this ceremony, which is attended by so many Buddhists,  to be filmed.  Below is the documentary, and I warn you that it may be disturbing to many.

This is outright conjuring and consultation with unseen forces.  It appears to be demonic possession.  Why then am I posting this, you may ask?

I am posting this because there is a darker side to Buddhism than the flowery, peaceful aspect that has been promoted in the West.  If you see the ritual, you will understand what I mean.   This are many non suspecting Westerners who may be disillusioned with their spiritual experiences so far and are seeking answers in peaceful Buddhism.  The peaceful approach to world politics expressed by the Dalai Lama in his views may attract many unsuspecting Westerners who never embraced Christ and who are upset with the violent conditions of the world today.

The Dalai Lama makes it very clear on his site that Buddhism is a faith that has no belief in a creator.  It centers around the human.  Today’s counterfeit Christianity is trying to instill the same message.  Look at the modern Bible translations, the way certain Churches have become industries, the contorted and twisted way the media and many ‘teachers’ profess the Gospel.  It is all about the individual today in order to excuse the vile and sordid behavior of society.  Christ is being taken out of the scene for many.  So many people are going to be engulfed by faith systems that have distanced themselves completely from Christ and by systems that never have included Him or God, which acknowledge,  however, a world of unseen entities.

We know that Buddhism is Godless and void of Jesus Christ.  However, how many know that their leaders officially consult unseen entities for guidance? These spirits take possession of the person used as the medium and cause them to hiss and writhe and spurt out the information the Dalai desires to learn. Need I say more?

I am just sounding an alarm that many other philosophy/faith systems have demonic influences even though this aspect of their faith is not normally made known to the West. Many young people are drawn to these belief systems, unsuspecting and uninformed – I am just sounding an alarm.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6 11:13 

Versions of the Bible. Something Not Quite Right.

I took a look at the Messenger version of the Bible which is available at Bible Gateway.  I use Bible Gateway all the time, and flip from the NIV to the NKJV translations, and I do also use the KJV as well.  I really never found huge differences in the translations that were disturbing, although many have created a tremendous awareness campaign of the inaccuracies of different Bible translations.

The Messenger version of the Bible is written in colloquial English.  I personally did not like it at all. There was something disturbing about it.  Although Christ spoke to the masses in simple words, He also had great power and wealth in His sermons and lessons.  He also spoke in rich parables that were understood by all, by those who were able to glean only the superficial meaning as well as those who were able to dig in and analyze His metaphors.

Christ’s lessons were incredibly powerful, although they were simple and not superfluous and wordy.  There was never any needless verbage or tons of unnecessary prose in Christ’s words.  They were simply constructed phrases, his lessons were very brief,  yet they spoke for and answered all our questions about everything that we could possibly be seeking from Him today, 2000 years later, through His word.

I took a look at the Beatitudes in the Message version of the Bible.  They didn’t have a drop of the beauty and depth of the Beatitudes of the classical versions of the Bible.  As I was reading the Beatitudes of The Message, I was appalled at their baseness, they seemed to have a “vulgar” sound to them.  They were written to sound like a locker room pep talk from a coach.

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.   (Matthew 5) MSG

Take a look at the first beatitude : You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

At the end of your rope?  “With less of you there is more of God and his rule”.  What is that supposed to mean? Does it bear any resemblance to the first beatitude in KJV, NKJV or NIV?

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.  Poor in spirit is not being at the end of your rope.  That is quite base.  And where is there any mention of the Kingdom of Heaven in the Message version of the Beatitude? Their inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven is the whole point. How is the Message translation relevant at all to this beatitude?

I decided to take a look at how the Message has translated the Lord’s Prayer.  Take a look:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.

“Reveal who you are”? Is that a colloquial translation for “hallowed be thy name”?  “Set the world right; Do what’s best”?  How does that pertain to “Thy Kingdom Come” and “Thy Will be done”?

Now what really got to me was “as above, so below”.  That is hardly appropriate for translating “on earth as it is in heaven”.  At a glance it may make sense to someone. However, I do beg to differ on the choice of expression.  The expression “as above, so below” is very commonly used in New Age texts.  It originates from the writings of Hermes Trismegistus.  It implies that as God is the divinity in the transcendent universe “above”, so man is the God in the world “below”.  It is the origin of this “all men are gods” idea that are rampant in the deceitful new age theories that abound today.

At this point I was shocked.  So I gave the Message the final “translation” test.  I went to the Book of Revelation. And this is where I became totally convinced that there is a pagan/new age aura surrounding the choice of words in the Message.

“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God’s orchard.” (Revelation 2:7) MSG

Wind words? Really? Wind words alludes to words whispered in the wind, or carried by the wind – a clear reference to the pagan gods of wind as well as the new age elemental worship that includes the angel of air, and the angel of wind that are taught in the controversial Nag Hammadi Gospel of Peace.

I looked up the other versions of the verse.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.  NIV

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’ NKJV

I could go through a whole list of versions, but the premise remains that the angel which dictated the Word of God to John, testified by Yeshua, said that whoever has ears, they should hear what the Holy Spirit is saying – in regard to each particular church that is being addressed in Revelation.

The Holy Spirit was speaking.  Those are the words of the Holy Spirit.  That can hardly be connected to “wind words”.  Is the Holy Spirit “wind”? That is vulgar, and it is counterfeit.

I looked at the introduction/explanation regarding the origins of the Message.  It is said to have been written as a direct and simplified translation from the Greek Bible, from the κοινη.

Well, I speak Greek and looked up these Revelation passages in the original Greek ( in the 3 different versions).  All use the word πνευμα which means spirit.  The angel said that these words were spoken by the Spirit for those who have ears to hear what the Spirit has to say to each Church.

It is blasphemy, in my opinion, to call the words of the Holy Spirit “wind words”.

Maybe others may disagree with my view-point.  I feel that versions like the Message are counterfeit Christian works that have slithered into the Church to corrupt those who are not aware of its wiles and deceit.

I am sure that this is not the only work out there that twists the Word of God.

This is surely a sign of the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

 

Handel’s Messiah. Glorious.

 

Handel’s Messiah :  (Text excerpts from Wikipedia)

…The text begins in Part I with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and shows the annunciation to the shepherdsas the only scene from a Gospel. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion and ends with the Hallelujah Chorus. In Part III he covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven. ………

….

Organisation and numbering of movements

The numbering of the movements shown here is in accordance with the Novello vocal score (1959), edited by Watkins Shaw, which adapts the numbering earlier devised by Ebenezer Prout. Other editions count the movements slightly differently; the Bärenreiter edition of 1965, for example, does not number all the recitatives and runs from 1 to 47.[108] The division into parts and scenes is based on the 1743 word-book prepared for the first London performance.[109] The scene headings are given as Burrows summarised the scene headings by Jennens.[16]

Part I

Scene 1: Isaiah’s prophecy of salvation

1. Sinfony (instrumental)
2. Comfort ye my people (tenor)
3. Ev’ry valley shall be exalted (tenor)
4. And the glory of the Lord (chorus)

Scene 2: The coming judgment

5. Thus saith the Lord of hosts (bass)
6. But who may abide the day of His coming (alto)
7. And he shall purify the sons of Levi (chorus)

Scene 3: The prophecy of Christ’s birth

8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto)
9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto and chorus)
10. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)
11. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (bass)
12. For unto us a child is born (chorus)

Scene 4: The annunciation to the shepherds

13. Pifa (“pastoral symphony”: instrumental)
14a. There were shepherds abiding in the fields (soprano)
14b. And lo, the angel of the Lord (soprano)
15. And the angel said unto them (soprano)
16. And suddenly there was with the angel (soprano)
17. Glory to God in the highest (chorus)

Scene 5: Christ’s healing and redemption

18. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano)
19. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (soprano)
20. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd (alto and soprano)
21. His yoke is easy (chorus)
Part II

Scene 1: Christ’s Passion

22. Behold the Lamb of God (chorus)
23. He was despised and rejected of men (alto)
24. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (chorus)
25. And with his stripes we are healed (chorus)
26. All we like sheep have gone astray (chorus)
27. All they that see him laugh him to scorn (tenor)
28. He trusted in God that he would deliver him (chorus)
29. Thy rebuke hath broken his heart (tenor or soprano)
30. Behold and see if there be any sorrow (tenor or soprano)

Scene 2: Christ’s Death and Resurrection

31. He was cut off (tenor or soprano)
32. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell (tenor or soprano)

Scene 3: Christ’s Ascension

33. Lift up your heads, O ye gates (chorus)

Scene 4: Christ’s reception in Heaven

34. Unto which of the angels (tenor)
35. Let all the angels of God worship Him (chorus)

Scene 5: The beginnings of Gospel preaching

36. Thou art gone up on high (soprano)
37. The Lord gave the word (chorus)
38. How beautiful are the feet (soprano)
39. Their sound is gone out (chorus)

Scene 6: The world’s rejection of the Gospel

40. Why do the nations so furiously rage together (bass)
41. Let us break their bonds asunder (chorus)
42. He that dwelleth in heaven (tenor)

Scene 7: God’s ultimate victory

43. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron (tenor)
44. Hallelujah (chorus)
Part III

Scene 1: The promise of eternal life

45. I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano)
46. Since by man came death (chorus)

Scene 2: The Day of Judgment

47. Behold, I tell you a mystery (bass)
48. The trumpet shall sound (bass)

Scene 3: The final conquest of sin

49. Then shall be brought to pass (alto)
50. O death, where is thy sting (alto and tenor)
51. But thanks be to God (chorus)
52. If God be for us, who can be against us (soprano)

Scene 4: The acclamation of the Messiah

53. Worthy is the Lamb (chorus)

Amen (chorus)

 

God Is Not A Christian: Desmond Tutu And The Dalai Lama’s Extraordinary Talk On God And Religion

…Now that the Dalai Lama had his say, he put his orange visor back on his bald pate.

Tutu replied, “Let me just say that one of the things we need to establish is that”—long pause—“God is not a Christian. …”

via God Is Not A Christian: Desmond Tutu And The Dalai Lama’s Extraordinary Talk On God And Religion.

 

The world is changing so quickly, estranging itself from God….We truly are living in the end times…May the Lord protect us and keep us strong.

 

to keep guard over our heart…

The Holy Spirit: Our Amazing Comforter

Cold Waters to a Thirsty Soul

The Bible tells us that the Father will send the Comforter to us, to teach us all things, and to abide with us forever; and that the Holy Spirit is The Comforter (John 14:16, 26).

We may be familiar with the Holy Spirit’s work as Comforter, but have we thought about how truly comforting the Comforter is?

One of the first and greatest comforts we experience when we receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, is a great and abiding conviction that we are indeed a child of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. This strong conviction of being one of His children, is an even greater and deeper confidence than what happened to us when we experienced our New Birth:

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

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Christian Doctrine twisted in the New Age Movement

This is a brief list of some New Age traps that are meant to deceive and sway a believer off the Way of Christ.

1. Ascension/Ascension symptoms –  New Agers feel that there is a dimensional change going on and that the planet is entering into a new phase of existence, into a new dimension. They feel that those that are receiving the higher frequency positive light energy of the universe are in tune to this change and thus they are undergoing a series of physical symptoms that is causing them pain and discomfort – as the earth is evolving into the next dimension.  Some new agers feel that the ones who are ‘ascending’ into higher dimensions are to live on another earth that is being born out of the old, while other new agers feel that those who will have ascended  to a higher dimensional state will be living on the same planet with those that are too toxic to ascend yet. But they will be experiencing another reality, having gone past the third dimensional mode of existence. (Just  do a brief internet search on ascension symptoms to see what is happening with so many people).

Note the twisting of Christian doctrine and the deceitful message :  First of all they are using the term ‘ascension’ to describe the changes in their energy bodies.  This creates the subliminal connection with the Biblical meaning of ascension .

Christ ascended, and  His message of Salvation states that those that believe in Christ and that have repented and been saved will ascend into heaven.

The new age message takes Christ out of the picture – the salvation of the individual out of the toxic three dimensional dualistic world takes place from believing that you are one with the universe, and that having received the cosmic energy of the universe you can cleanse, harmonize and resonate with the cosmic vibrations to a higher tune, to the next higher dimension.

Those that are too toxic, according to new agers, can not ascend into this new earth as they are not vibrating at the higher frequencies. This is the twisted parallel concept mirroring the Christian belief that those who do not repent and live their lives in Christ can not go into heaven.

The ascension symptoms that new agers suffer from during their ascension process are the opposite counterparts of the pain and anguish that believers in Christ go through when they laboriously follow the doctrine of Christ on earth.  As Christ suffered beyond measure for us here on earth, we also must suffer if we are to follow on His path.  For to follow Christ’s doctrine means to cleanse the body of addictions, to let go of many of our dependencies and life styles.  Following Christ’s doctrine also means enduring the pain and suffering of  ” not belonging”, having to live among, yet apart, from others in the same society who don’t understand, don’t believe and thus mock , hate and persecute.

New agers don’t have those spiritual struggles, but they perceive physical symptoms in their “ascension struggle”.  They believe that they experience physical disorders as their energy bodies change to accommodate their new higher cosmic frequencies.  What they don’t realize is that those symptoms that they experience are merely symptoms of spiritual corruption that have manifested physically.  Christ leads the way for any spiritual growth.  If you seek to ascend spiritually through any other means – through cosmic energy and light energy, etc.. – then you are “ascending” into the unseen world of the dominions and principalities of the dark.

Jesus guides us, who believe in Him, through the unseen worlds, and safely delivers us into His kingdom, where He sits on the throne at the right hand of the Father.

Any other travels into the unseen realms means traveling alone into the realms of Satan.

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:11 -13 NIV)

Note the parallels and how the new age movement twisted certain Christian principles in their idea of ascension :

A. Ascension.  Christ ascended and we, His children who believe in Him and live according to his teachings and have repented, will ascend to heaven when He takes us there.  The new agers believe that they all ascend, energetically, and they do not enter heaven but “another higher dimension” .  And this happens during their lifetime, not after their death. They are not led there by Christ, but from their own reception of higher frequencies from the cosmos. So they want to attain a ‘heaven on earth’ scenario without Christ – via spiritual growth through higher cosmic energy that is pouring in from the universe.

B. Pain and Suffering. All Christians know that it is a narrow path and a narrow gate that leads us to heaven.  There is much pain and suffering in order to get there. It is intense spiritual growth and suffering that marks the lifetime of a Christian believer on earth.  The new age followers have accepted a deliberate twisting of this concept.

In their “cosmic ascension” they too must suffer. And they all assume these incredible discomforts and ailments- unexplainable pain, visual disturbances, and other symptoms which they must endure as their bodies try to accomodate the higher frequencies (the dark parallel to our spiritual growth in Christ) so they can ascend into life in a higher dimension (the dark parallel of heaven).  New agers don’t really know when they “get there”, they seek to arrive to this higher state while they are alive, not after they are dead.  This “higher dimensional existence” is a type of heaven on earth concept where veils part and they see and hear things previously unseen and unheard.  This is certainly a dark and twisted parallel to the concept of arriving to heaven.  They have moved heaven to earth, and have made it accessible not through Christ, but through unexplainable cosmic frequencies.

 

2. Christ Consciousness and Enlightened Expanded Consciousness.  This is another area where the new agers believe a twisted and corrupted version of the truth.  They believe that we all have a  Christ self within us.  That we can all be Christ-like individuals, as the divine is a spark within us all.  We are all capable of experiencing our Christ Consciousness – which is what liberates us from the less evolved human spiritual state.

They believe that we are all gods in our own right and can create our own reality.  This is taught in very subtle ways.  Think of the different books such as  The Secret, and so many others that have peddled this concept in one way or another. Creating your own reality is a very new age concept.  Being one with the universe is another one of their concepts.

We can not become “one with the universe” (which they also call expanded consciousness), because we are but a creation within the vast creation.  There are two types of humans, those who can believe in Christ and humble themselves to realize that the human is not the creator. And there are those who exalt and worship the human. But how can the human be worshiped as a creator, exalted as being one with the cosmos?  We can’t create a star, we can’t make a nebula, how can we assume to have Christ Consciousness if we are not creators?

The universe, the heavenly bodies and the energies that abound in it are so vast – they are incomprehensible to us.  No matter how many NASAs we can have on earth, we will never know and understand the vast complexities of the universe.  We have no idea if there is life there and what kind of life there is.  We have no idea what resides in our very “space” here on this planet in unseen realms.  How, then, can we become “one” with the universe when we don’t know what we are ‘taking into our consciousness” by doing this?

We were created to reside within the universe, in a tiny speck of God’s immense, perfect and infinite creation.  And its obvious that we were not meant to venture out beyond this planet, so how can we claim to be of one expansive consciousness with the universe, taking in all that is there, if it is ‘forbidden territory’?

Having a Christ consciousness is a new age concept that has twisted the Christian premise of having the Holy Ghost reside within us.  The expanded consciousness and heightened awareness is the corrupted version of the Christian experience of a born again Christian who lives their life with the Holy Ghost in their heart – a truly different experience than life without the Spirit.

3. Meditation/Yoga.  The most dangerous thing about these practices is the contemplative, blank , still state that is created.  No matter what kind of bliss and serenity they claim to achieve, the truth of the matter is quite dark.  When one is in that state, they are prey to demonic forces.

The constant repetitive chanting of Om or whatever other mantra creates an altered state of consciousness.  This altered state, just like any other altered state of being such as that which arises from being drunk or from drug use corrupts our being.  It puts us on some other earthly plateau which allows for demonic intervention. We don’t realize it but the threat is there.

This is why Christ warned us not to use repeated words as  a mode of prayer. It induces an altered passive state. Prayer should be an active and alert communication.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. Peter 5:8-9  NIV

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Luke 21:33-35

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:7-8 KJV

4. Crystals.  Crystals to cleanse, heal and alter conditions in the room/area are just forms of earth worship. When one does not have Christ in their life – or rather, when one doesn’t live their life in Christ, there is no source for healing and protection.  So new agers have turned to the earth.

The earth is God’s creation.  Within this creation God has provided us with our bounty, our daily bread in physical terms, and our pharmacy.  However, we take these things with thanks to God, the Provider and the Creator of both us and the bounty/remedy. We do not worship the chamomile for its healing.  New agers don’t realize that it is a form of worship when they attribute certain properties to crystals and gems.  We worship God who has created us and we do not divert that worship to any other created item.

Those are some basic new age traps which everyone should be aware of.  There is one more thing which is very unusual about the new agers.  It seems that quite a few new agers get very critical, touchy and even hostile when you mention Christ and His teachings.  They can not accept the truth as it is.  Many new agers think that they are Christian even though they engage in all new age practices.  They don’t realize that by engaging in these practices they abandon Christ’s teachings without realizing it.

There is a strong affinity among new agers with all things Buddhist and Hindu.  There is also a strong affinity to the “ascended masters”.  These are spirits that speak to them, advise them and guide them.  It is the twisted and corrupted version of the angelic advice that is sent by God.  Most new agers have quietly included Jesus as an ascended master, and have given Him other names as well (sananda, michael…).

Many new agers believe very strongly in aliens and their presence here, and that they are good and they will save us. New agers feel that they are the good guys, doing good deeds, breathing in love and peace. And they wanted to be saved from the dark – but all in a Christ- less world. Again, this is a twisting and perversion of the Second Coming.

In general, the biggest danger of the new age movement is their relationship with the unseen world.  This includes messages from beings, “channeled messages” which are meant to direct and inform people.  This is a twisted corruption of the prophesying declared by Christ.  They also believe that archangels directly speak to them and give them messages about the world.

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8 NKJV)

New agers feel that there movement is filled with light. They think that this is good, divine, cosmic light energy.  They don’t realize that it is a guise of Lucifer.  Lucifer means “the carrier of light”.  But he is not light.  He is darkness.

For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14 NKJV)

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north; (Isaiah 14:11-13 NKJV)

Lucifer is the son of the morning – and he fell to his cursed state.  He is not “the morning”‘ .   There is only one morning.  There is only one morning star. And that is Jesus Christ.

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

A Warning

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  (Revelations 22 : 12-19 NKJV)

New age is a movement devised by satan to lead people away from the truth of Christ. It directs its believers to conform and commune with an unseen world, with unseen and unknown energies, with unknown entities.  Very dangerous and demonic indeed.

I used to be a new ager.  I was an energy practitioner. From first hand experience I can tell you  that there is a tremendous unseen world about us and we really do not have any idea what lurks there.  I know that Jesus saves us from this unseen world through His teachings.  We are warned that the battle is with the unseen.

The unseen world reaches out to us in ways that are not blatant satan worshiping.  It can reach out in seemingly innocent things or innocuousness.

New age works with the unseen.  It professes light and love as a movement, but it sources all of its guidance and its healing/results from the unseen world.  Cosmic energy and channeled messages can not be “seen” and “witnessed”.  This movement is a movement of false light and false teachings.  It is an illusion that is brilliantly put together from demonic inspiration to keep people under a light filled illusion, and far from the Truth.

Jesus Christ saved me.  I saw and felt His absence from all of these “light filled” beliefs.  Christ forgave me and saved me.  I have been born again and was baptized in fire.  I will always proclaim His Truth and His Way to Salvation.

Peace of the Lord be with us all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCERNMENT !!!

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded...

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  image from :   The Difference Between… | life of a female bible warrior.

 

Do you wonder whose voice you hear ?  Do you wonder if the message you receive is true, and from God ?

 

4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist,which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.  John 4: 1-3 NIV

 

We all may hear voices, see dreams, and receive direction from the Holy Spirit.  However, Satan uses his treacherous guile to keep us off the path of Christ.  The most deceitful method he uses is by sending us visions, dreams, direction and even prophets that appear to be Divine in origin, but are not.

These false prophets, false dreams and misguided direction appear superficially to be “good”.  But they contain subtle twists and turns of Christ’s doctrine.  They proclaim things that are not exactly aligned with the teachings of Jesus and with what is written in the Scripture.

Warning!  They proclaim things that are not “exactly” aligned – there is a slight difference. So slight, that you may not even comprehend it if you are too taken up from the “moment’ or from the ‘message’ itself.  Be careful!

Messages from God are comforting.  If they show harsh things, as in a prophecy, then they need to be confirmed through prayer.  Never act on anything unless you are certain it is from God.

The whole point of these deceiving messages and dreams are to keep innocent people thinking that they are “believers” and are heeding the call of God – but they are actually serving the antiChrist by heeding the misguided and twisted message being offered.

10 Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
    it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
    and plants of the field to everyone.
The idols speak deceitfully,
    diviners see visions that lie;
they tell dreams that are false,
    they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep
    oppressed for lack of a shepherd.

“My anger burns against the shepherds,
    and I will punish the leaders;
for the Lord Almighty will care
    for his flock, the people of Judah,
    and make them like a proud horse in battle. (Zecharia 10 : 1-3)

 

31 Yes,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ 32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord.

False Prophecy

33 “When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, ‘What is the message from the Lord?’ say to them, ‘What message? I will forsake you, declares the Lord.’( Jeremiah 23 : 31-33)

And yet, God will send and continue to send us messages, guidance, direction and prophecy – despite the interference and attempts to thwart all of God’s communication with His children.

27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,
    that I am the Lord your God,
    and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.

The Day of the Lord

28 “And afterward,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your old men will dream dreams,
    your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days.  (Joel 2:27 – 29)

Therefore, we need to keep on praying, and we need to keep on receiving and listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.  We need to pay close attention to prophetic dreams and visions.  We need to continue to monitor events to see the Biblical prophecy unfold before us.  We need to continue to read the Scripture because it is a living  Word, a spiritual entity made of the Word of God, that continues to reveal itself further each time we read it.

At the same time, we need to discern, discern, discern.  Around us, society has been taken over by antiChrist beliefs and ways.  We see satanism seeping into schools and into all cultures in the form of entertainment. It has taken over the mindset of populations.  New age thoughts and beliefs have become mainstream and are becoming part of many Christian churches.  New age thought is notorious for twisting the Scripture and Christ’s teachings.

We need to hold on to our faith and never waiver. And we all need to shake off any attempt of the dark to deceive us, no matter how convincing it may appear.

We are living in the times of the rebellious, wayward nations. The apostasy.

A Rebellious Nation

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
    For the Lord has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its master,
    the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
    my people do not understand.”

Woe to the sinful nation,
    a people whose guilt is great,
a brood of evildoers,
    children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the Lord;
    they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
    and turned their backs on him.

Why should you be beaten anymore?
    Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
    your whole heart afflicted.
From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
    there is no soundness—
only wounds and welts
    and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged
    or soothed with olive oil.

Your country is desolate,
    your cities burned with fire;
your fields are being stripped by foreigners
    right before you,
    laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
Daughter Zion is left
    like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a hut in a cucumber field,
    like a city under siege.
Unless the Lord Almighty
    had left us some survivors,
we would have become like Sodom,
    we would have been like Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the instruction of our God,
    you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
    what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
    of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
    in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
    who has asked this of you,
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
    Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
    I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
    I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
    I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
    I am not listening.

Your hands are full of blood!

16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
    Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
    stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.[a]
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
    you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

21 See how the faithful city
    has become a prostitute!
She once was full of justice;
    righteousness used to dwell in her—
    but now murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross,
    your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels,
    partners with thieves;
they all love bribes
    and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
    the widow’s case does not come before them.

24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
“Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes
    and avenge myself on my enemies.
25 I will turn my hand against you;[b]
    I will thoroughly purge away your dross
    and remove all your impurities.
26 I will restore your leaders as in days of old,
    your rulers as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called
    the City of Righteousness,
    the Faithful City.”

27 Zion will be delivered with justice,
    her penitent ones with righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners will both be broken,
    and those who forsake the Lord will perish.

29 “You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks
    in which you have delighted;
you will be disgraced because of the gardens
    that you have chosen.
30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,
    like a garden without water.
31 The mighty man will become tinder
    and his work a spark;
both will burn together,
    with no one to quench the fire. (Isaiah 1 NIV)

 

 

The Book of Zechariah. Reveals Prophecy of the First and Second Coming.

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Staying Focused

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  2 Corinthians 10 : 3-4  NIV

11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10 : 11-13

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:11 – 13

Times are perilous and tumultuous.  Prophecies are unfolding in front of our eyes.  Catastrophes are happening everywhere.  The Book of Revelations is now revealing its meanings to us.

Because we are surrounded by chaos and in societies undergoing an obvious falling out from Christ and His teachings, we need to stay grounded and focused in our beliefs and convictions.  The deceit, twisting and contortions of God’s Word can be very subtle and the anti Christ has weaved an intricate web of destruction.

Now more than ever, we all may fall victim to the sensationalism that we create as we observe what is happening and from the awe that the events inspire.  We need to detach from the worldly habit of seeking thrills and sensationalism because it feeds into one more satanic trap.  We have to be careful that we don’t hang on anyone’s words right now. False teachings are rampant.  The church is officially infiltrated with distortion and satanic thought. We need to listen, watch and discern.  May Jesus allow for us all to see and hear what is truly happening, unlike those who are in the midst of things yet can’t see what is transpiring around them.

Listen to what is being said, but don’t depend on what people are saying for you to ascertain what is happening.  There are people with the gift of prophecy, and the Holy Spirit is moving many such people forward to shed some light on events. But there are false prophets as well. Let the Holy Spirit guide you to the truth.

However, this is the time for us to focus on our personal relationship with Jesus.  He will give you understanding and strength.  He will comfort you.  He will show you what you need to know and guide you to where you should be.  Nothing that we do right now is random.  We are being led by Jesus every step of the way to get through these times.

Most of us right now are experiencing problems.  Many of us have serious health problems.  Many of us are seriously challenged financially as well.  This is necessary.  Do not be disheartened at all.  The hardships, struggles and suffering that we have been experiencing have been the catalysts that drew us to our Savior, Jesus.  They allowed for us to cry out to Him.  They led us to being saved.  Many times “problems’ are actually blessings in disguise because they help to remove you from the worldly affairs, and separate you from the tide of events.  These problems many times are what honed our faith.

We all need to be with our Lord in our hearts, minds and spirit CONSTANTLY.  Think about Him, speak to Him and keep Him in your thoughts and heart all day, where ever you are and what ever you are doing.  If we all do this as individuals, but together as Christ’s loyal subjects, we will strengthen Christ’s Kingdom here on earth through our bonding with Him as the winds of change blow around us.

May the Peace and Grace of the Lord be with us all.

 

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