Wednesday, January 21, 2015

THE WISE SHALL SEEK HIM. FOOLS?

MANY THANKS TO PASTOR C. MARTIN.
Taken from his sermon of Dec. 13, 2014.

      This title's question. . . .FOOLS?   let's see what God has caused to be written in His Word, shall we?

       This word "Fool" appears 62 times in the KJB R edition, none are complimentary, nor meant to be! for example;;;;;
      Proverbs 10:8-10  "The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.  He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall."
     Psalms 14:1  <> "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."

   NOTE:  If anyone, fully and honestly looks at the questions, and there are legions of them, at the whole idea of evolution, would not one need to be fool, to swallow that man-made line? Just look at the "facts" they give to hold it up as fact!
1. In the fossil record, there is nothing at one "age" layer, then the very next layer we find millions of fossils from 1,000's of life forms, yet "THEY"  the "Intellectuals?"  then go on to say that evolution is an ever changing procession, and a progression of life from the single celled forms, right up to life forms we see today. So where is this progression shown in the fossil record?  IT'S NOT THERE!  [If a "fish"? is half way between a fish and a salamander, how can it be equipped to escape being lunch? Dead things do NOT evolve!
2. IF.... as "THEY" claim earth is 4.5 Billion years old,  and that ALL DNA life forms, have a self-healing property within, bones heal, cuts heal, tree limbs not fully severed keep on growing, then WHY. . .why is there still death?  Why has not the "Survival of the Fittest, and evolution not conquered all ills, and death?
3: The human, Second Law of Thermodynamics, says simply: "Anything put in motion, must degrade into non-motion and disorder, unless there is an outside force." as paraphrased. So if earth began spinning on its axis at just over 1,000 miles per hour, giving earth a 24 hour day, How come earth has not, as far as know lost even a second, UNLESS there is an outside force?
     Colossians 1:16-17  "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
NOTE: please look up the word consist, for its meaning!

   Most of us, know the "Christmas" story and the part of the three Wise Men, right? However, most only ASSUME, this number because three gifts are mentioned. This is the "Wise Men Mystery", for the Bible says only they came from the East. It does not tell us from where, but only the why, they followed A Star. Men and woman have "Invented more theories" about what celestial even this could be, than a small do has hairs! There's no room for that here.
     The fool will reject learning, but the wise man, will never cease to learn, to increase his knowledge base, thus gain wisdom.

      Proverbs 8:11  "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it."
If you think God favors wisdom over the foolish thing just think....j in the O.T. fools appears 62 times, while wisdom is used 176 times, more than a 2;1 ratio. THINK!  Knowledge is NOT wisdom, we all know one or two people, who are very well learned, but do some of the most foolish, and unwise, things. Wisdom is the PROPER application of knowledge to fit the situation! Driving square pegs into round holes is not wisdom, but brute force.
     One clue we have is that no matter how far anyone is from God The Father, no matter if they be Pagan or whatever, He, will attempt to reach them, because He IS love, and that's His nature! Yet Satan has deceived most, into thinking all bad things, men do, or nature does, is "An act of God", yet it is he, Satan, whom God gives some lee-way, to give all trails,  to gather up storms etc. Why can this be said?
     God is The Creator, but the devil is the destroyer, and the only thing he can created is trouble for us. He can only hurt and kill, not heal nor raise the dead, nor create anything but disorder.
     2 Corinthians 12:7  "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure."

    Back to the three wise men, one MUST know that Jews at this time, viewed all non-Jews as barbarians, not fit to be associated with Yet the simple fact, that they "Followed a star", must mean that they knew very well the way the Heavens look, at any point of the year. Thus something must have appeared to come together, by the human eye, and must have been so, for some time, as horse or camel travel is not as an airplane.
      The point is they made a huge effort to find the Christ Child, and knew the prophecy given within the God's Word, that they were looking for King born in Bethlehem [House of Bread.  John 6:33 "For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world." John 6:48  "I am that bread of life."  Genesis 48:7  "And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem."
     Numbers 24:17  "I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth."
      However, look at all the Jewish Temple Leaders, NOT A ONE, came to see The Christ-child, yet they knew, or should have known all the Bible's fore-telling about His coming, especially from within Daniel, who gives the exact year of His baptism, ministry and death. They did not visit, yet "Pagans", in their eyes, did!

     Hebrews 11:8-10 " By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."
NOTE: Which city was this Abraham saw in a vision?
     Revelation 21:1-3  "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God."
     John 14:1-7  "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him."
      Matthew 2:9-11  "When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh"

      When we, humans bow down, kneel, or lay flat on our belly, it is sign of submission, the surrender to God's Authority, and our Creator.Which is the opposite of  these peoples....

    Matthew 7:17-23 " Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

    We began this exercise with a statement and question, but look......

     Matthew 7:24-27  "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."

    Can we then extend this idea to living and planning out our lives?    YES! A wise man builds His life upon the Rock meaning Christ, but the fool builds his upon sand!
   
    How is this for a promise, from with the Book of Revelation, a book many preacher/teacher [ Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life author and Church leader comes to mind] say it's not for us to study or use?
   
      Revelation 3:20-22  "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."
   
     Matthew 2:12-15  "And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son"
     .Psalms 95:3-7 " For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.  The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.  O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,"

Note: Is anyone guaranteed tomorrow?
 NO!
Therefore today, now is the time to call upon Jesus, and ask HIM to teach YOU His ways, in love and truth.
By the way December 25th is but a Pagan day, for it is the winter Solstice, the say the Sun died and is reborn. John the Baptist was born , as Luke 1 shows nine months after our June 20 24th, conceived after The Course of Abia , the previous 7 days, or June 13-19th.and notice...
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       Luke 1:36  "And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren."
       Luke 1:39-45  "And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord."

  NOTE: John the Baptist, at 6 months old, knew that the Christ Child was near!  DO Y O U now know the why of....
    Matthew 24:3-4  "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."

Dear READER:  yes Y O U, we are surrounded by Prophetic signs, since 1999, telling us the end of the age of flesh man is near! Chose ye this day whom YE will serve God or man? Sabbath or Sunday? God or the Beast's Image? Read of them in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, and learn the Book of Daniel which is an "overlay" for Revelation.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Prophecy Watch..2014 "WHAT A YEAR". BY Pastor Doug Batchelor..

Again many thanks to Pastor Doug and his staff, for this article in Inside Report fourth Quarter, issue.

  Significant world events in 2014 affirm the prophetic times in which we live!

         WHAT A YEAR!

    Even the most casual observers among us know that 2014 was an important year in human history!  From the Ebola outbreak exploding on the scene in West Africa, killing thousands, to the state bans on gay marriage being struck down by the nation's highest court. { (j.b.) Sorry there is but One Supreme Being!] to know that SOMETHING is happening.
     New York Times writer Timothy Egan even suggests that 2014 has been a year particularly bent on conflicts rooted in religion, as the brutal Islamic state rampaged through the Middle East and Hamas and Israel lobbed bombs at one an other. Even Hollywood has been focused on religion lately, with one film critic saying 2014 was the "Year of the Bible," in popular film.

     But most notably, the head of the Catholic [ in Latin this word means Universal] Church, Pope Francis, has made unprecedented overtures to Protestants and all other religion groups towards unity, making him an ever popular figure { Like every one's Grand Pa] and taking center stage in both the religious and the political worlds.  [Please note each time government and church act as one persecution is the result just look at Islam today and and the Vatican  during the Dark Ages. Both said "Worship as I say or die! Millions did]
    What does it all mean?  Let's take a brief look back at 2014, and what happened.....

January 14:  Pope invites the end of separation between Protestants  [actually protesting against Catholic dogma, and their man-made traditions that they they say trump the Bible, Sun -day worship, Mary, man's immortal soul- die and go to heaven or hell, salvation by works, etc etc.] in a viral video message, saying "When we get to Heaven, God will sort out our differences!" Sorry, but earth life IS our testing time, for whom we obey God or the force of darkness, via men?. ]
   Mark 7:9  "And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."

February 17: Pastor Jamie Coots, Pentecostal snake-handling preacher, dies from a snake bite when he refused anti-venom treatment.
    Luke 10:19  "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
Note: Satan represents the serpents and sin, what this passage informs any reader, is that in Christ, we can have freedom from sin, (our choice), right? Besides snakes and scorpions can't read scripture! Read the verses above and below vs 19 and see the truth.

February 28: Son of God movie released. Omits, one huge fact:  the Message of WHY Christ had to die.
      Isaiah 53:5  "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

March 19: Nation of Guinea announces major outbreak of Ebola.
        Matthew 24:7  "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."
Note: STD's sexually Transmitted diseases, in 1900 medicine knew of less than ten, today its over 30, and most teens are infected, Pestilence? What about all the animal flues that have crossed over into the humanity, since the 1980's? What would you call HIV-Aids, that's still killing millions today? All due to sexual immorality, a personal choice each makes, right? Is Biblical, illicit sex worth dying for? Can you not see the reason for these laws, God has given us? He wants all to live!

March 28: The Movie Noah released: drifts significantly from the Bible's account, in fact this Noah is unrecognizable.

     Matthew 16:26 " For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

April 10: Movie, "Heaven is for Real", released, portraying a very Non Bible view of the life to come to believers.
     Genesis 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
Note: Man became a what? Thus a soul IS NOT an added feature!
    Genesis 3:19  "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
Note: Who thinks God's telling us we go to heaven as dust? This began because men believed Satan's lie in Gen 3:4 "You will surely NOT die" That ONE little extra word changed God's truth into Satan's lie! John 8:40-46 .

April 15: Boko Haran,an Islamic terror organization, kidnaps 276 Female students in Chibok, Nigeria. In November 200 are still missing, Feared sold as sex slaves.  {Funny but they stone to death a woman who is not faithful, but men well that's different in the eyes of Allah???  How so human-like!]

April 27: Two popes canonized John Paul II, and JohnXXIII.   [Canonization usually reserved within this Little Horn Power, for those to whom a miracle can be attributed but customs and traditions can and do change, depending upon currant needs, right?]

May 29: Pope visits the Holy Land, and invited opposing leaders to the Vatican for prayers.  [ Was it not possible for him to pray with them right then and there?  NO that would not have made the evening news for weeks]

June 5: Major U.S. Evangelists meet the pope at the Vatican. One says, "I like that this pope is trying to make the church larger."

June 5: ISIS begins offensive through northern Iraq, [Location of ancient Babylon, which God declared would never be inhabited, but Saddam was in the process of restoring it.....] 
     Jeremiah 50:13 " Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues."  aiming to capture Baghdad. This is a Sunni [as are those in Arabia.] This self-proclaimed Islamic state, a Sunni extremists, jihadist group and condemned for mass atrocities by the U.N., including religious persecutions.  {as per their video, they are chasing the promises by Great Britain and France, for a Arab Nation, encompassing the "Greater" Syria, which is all of Iran, Iraq, Syrian Jordan and the whole Arabian Peninsula, and no Israel, for Arab help in W.W.1!]

June 19:Presbyterians voter to allow same-sex weddings in their church.  {Split from the British Anglican Church, which today, is now Catholic, fully so]
    Leviticus 20:13  "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

Note: If you disagree with this point, please speak to God about your ideas, He'd love to hear from you!   Matthew 22:37-39   "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

June 24:  Pope meets with Pentecostals, Kenneth Copeland and James Robinson. 
      {no doubt all prayed in the "spirit" , the tongues, which nobody understands, as they make up sounds as they go along! It's called Glossolalia, and was practiced by many  Catholic Priests for centuries! Tradition does not always follow the Bible does it?

     Revelation 13:3  "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast."
NOTE: When we see things happening that are recorded near the end of the Book, why can we not see that the end of flesh man, is near, and that Christ's return is not far of? Those that obey shall live, those that obey men shall die, at His return! It IS that simple and has always been so!

    Revelation 20:5  "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection."
NOTE: There are TWO resurrections, the first are the Just, then 1,000 years latter the unjust, shall rise in the same age and with the same ills ass they had at death. Not as the Glorious Body as Jesus has since the cross!  If you'd study, with prayers, the Bible you'd know all this!

July 8: Israel launches Operation Protective Edge against Palestine. More than 2,200 killed.
The terrorists, Hamas, funded by both the U.N {{schools & Food} and Iran weapons and materials, they were able to fire over 4000 rockets into Israel, yet due to the Jewish military effectiveness, the world condemns Israel for defending itself! Go figure! Hamas teachers, and parents teach their 2 year old children,  to repeat," I want to kill Jews, when I grow up!"Sadly the world says "OH, well it's only the Jews", right?

August 2: First American Missionary infected with Ebola, evacuated to Atlanta. Kent Brantly, a 33 year old from Texas contracted the virus at an Ebola care center in Liberia. He latter recovered.
    Matthew 24:5-8  "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."
Note: Are not STD's, HIV-Aids,  and Ebola and two other Hemorrhagic Flues, are they not PESTILENCES?  Plus,  Avian Flue {birds-chickens}, Equine Flue, [horse] Swine flue have all found a way to cross the Species Barrier, for the first time in the 21 Century! Is this not prophecy , coming to pass, right before our eyes?  THINK!

August 7: World Health Organization-- WHO, calls Ebola epidemic a n international emergency.

September 2: ISIS fanatic militants behead American journalist as part of brutal campaign.

October 3: The Movie "Left Behind", released espousing false , but very popular rapture theory.
Note:  Never, ever, take the words of man, or men, for the word of God, learn that for self! This silly stuff is based on human imaginations about Two working in the flied one is taken the other is left.. 
        Luke 17:36  "Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left."
      Luke 17:34-37  "I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together."
     If Y O U study the last chapters 17+ of Revelation, you'd know what this means! Only Satan and his fallen Angels will be left on this earth, without sun nor moon for 1,000 years, and the only ones with him are the unjust dead, who have not been buried, as he is not going to do that job. Satan, will have none to deceive during this millennium age.

October 6: U.S. highest court { Sorry only God I hold Supreme] clears the way for legalizing same-sex unions in five states.

  1 Timothy 1:10 "For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;"

Note: whoremongers in the Greek text the word is Pornos---meaning-prostitute and where we got the word pornography from.
Manstealers-- Aresnokoits [ar-sen-ak-ay'-tace] meanings-- Sodomite, Abuser of self with mankind. Can Y O U guess why millions have died and are still dying because of practice, this chosen life-style?

October 14: Catholic Bishops call for the church to welcome homosexuals, Pope says "Who am I to judge"?

Note: Given their history of abusing young males, I understand this calling, but do they? They all should study Ezekiel 3:16-27, and really take it to heart.

October 27: Pope states evolution is not inconsistent with scripture.
Note: If the top man, does not believe in Genesis, as written, why should or would ANYONE believe, anything he says concerning the rest of the Holy Bible?  Seems like a great month for non-believers right?

November 4: Ebola crises deepens with 13,208 cases and 4.960 deaths.

Novem ber 17: Pastor Rick Warren [Purpose Driven Book and Mega Church]  and Russell Moore [Southern Baptist Convention leader, meet with the pope for interfaith Vatican conference that included Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, and Sikh religions.

Note: Religious Stew? If we mix a little truth with much error, what shall the resulting mix be but error?
      1 Timothy 2:5 " For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"
Does this not eliminate all other religions? Including all who insist on praying to Mary, as taught by men?

December 12: The movie, "Exodus, Gods and Kings released. Presents Moses inconsistent with scripture.

    Looking back over the year 2014, it would be well for us to be like the sons of Issachart who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do.
     1 Chronicles 12:32 " And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment."
     How shall we respond, When God comes, as He did to Eve, and asks "What is this you have done?" May we, each not reply as she did, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." [Genesis 3:13.]
    Jesus warned us 2,000 years ago, near the end of this age, that pestilences would break out,  [Please know that the Flue pandemic after W.W.1 killed 20 million people around the world.]...
Matthew 24:7 "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

  
   Are we not seeing a 'dormant" Little horn Power regaining world-wide power, again, rising to prominence and command the world to follow her?

      Revelation 13:3-4 " And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.  And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?"
QUESTION: Most know the Bible's Sabbaths begins on Sundown Friday the 6th day, and ends on Sun down of Saturday the 7th day of the week, so who or what do Y O U think all worship on Sun--day?  If you think any day is fine, please read Exodus 16th chapter very carefully!
   However, please know, that Gos in His Word, told us all these things, so that when they come to pass, we might believe Him, and thus not fear, nor worry! Still look at all those--Wake-Up Calls given to us during this year of 2014

Questions?...Comments?...John at www.servant@frontier.com

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Bible's Answers. Doug Batchelor "What is 'Abomination of Desolation' "


Again my Thanks to Inside Reports 3rd Quarter of 2014 and Pastor Doug.

     Matthew 24:15-16  "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains:"

  Jesus ' command came as an answer to two questions, from His disciples.

#1.  regarding the destruction of the Hebrew Temple,  when .."not stone would be on top of another.."
#2.  about the signs of coming and the end of the age.

    Matthew 24:3  "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" 
    Then Christ speaks of this abomination saying ....
    Matthew 24:21  "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."

   Jesus, then tells us directly to go back to Daniel the Prophet [{(j.b.) thereby also directly tying the Old Testament with the New, sorry "NEW" Testament 'Christians:' it takes both as one complete BOOK!]

   Daniel 8:13  "Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? "

   The first fulfillment of the desolation happened when the Roman armies destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70 AD. For this is the why of...
Luke 21:20-21  "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into."

   This brought tribulation  to the Jewish people [{j.b.) in fact between killing and taking slaves, this nation of the Jews, ceased to exist until 1948! Even the Roman maps remove the name Judea and replaced it with Palestine, contrary to what the "Palestinian people are taught!]

   Daniel used the same message... in VS 13, above, and in Dan. 11:31 and 12:11......>
    Luke 21:24  "And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."

    Daniel 11:31  "And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate."
    Daniel 12:11  "And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days."

   The very same religious power spoken of in Dan.8:13 is the same evil religious power that will, at the time of the end, bring desolation into God;s church by the mingling of paganism with Christianity. Just as God gave the early Christians a warning to flee Jerusalem [(jb) Josephus wrote not one Christian was slain nor taken as a slave in 70.A.D.] so too at the end of time, does the Lord God give us warning...

   Revelation 18:4  "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
     Revelation 18:7-9  "How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,"

     The Bible tells all to "Get out of Babylon (confusion caused by deceptions)  or they shall also receive her plagues. When a corrupt world church unites with earth's governments, making them speak via laws, and enforcing Sunday Worship, thus  creating two camps of believers. We know that time is at hand, and we need to flee to Christ with willing hearts.

Camp 1:   Will be those who love and obey God's Commandments.
Camp 2.   Will the all the rest, those who obey man's laws.Worship the Sun god, on Sundays, the first day of the week rather than God of His Holy day The Sabbath on the Seventh day of the week!

Thanking Y O U for your time    Comments?  Questions?  John at www.servant@frontier.com

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BIBLE ANSWERS...with PASTOR DOUG BATCHELOR "Armageddon"

Thanks Pastor Doug from "Inside Report," 3rd Quarter 2014, for your lessons.


Q. IS the battle of Armageddon only a Spiritual idea?

A.  Revelation 16:16  "And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue                                                           Armageddon."
      The word Armageddon, is something of a mystery, appearing only in this verse and not yet found in any Greek literature. It likely refers to the many battles in Israel's history centering around the mountain of Megiddo  {meaning 'meeting place or market square' j.b.]. This is the location where Elijah had his famous showdown with the prophets of Baal. [1 Kings 18:1-46]

   Contrary to what most believe, [and are wrongly taught JB] the Battle of Armageddon is not the typical battle or war, between political powers... such as Russia, China , and or Israel. Instead, it is the final battle between Christ and Satan, and each's followers.

Note: (J.B.) There shall be two phases of confrontations, and both shall be upon this very same Earth! Both "battles,"
           shall be between the the just and unjust, between the people who follow and obey God's laws, through Jesus Christ, and the Unjust who have been fully deceived to follow man's laws. The first "Battle," has begun a long time ago, a battle of doctrines which God's Word put forth, and the doctrines which men have put forth for near 1900 years! This battle will reach its climax just before Christ's Return, but during and after the tribulations, all the Living of mankind shall see, but only the unjust non-believers shall endure! The SECOND "battle" shall be after the 1,000 year time frame, when Satan is released for a short season  ...
   Revelation 20:3  "And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."
   Sadly many a "Pastor" will not teach from Revelation, but they lose because of this: Revelation 1:3  "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."

   The first phase of this final battle is detailed in revelation 12:17..

         Revelation 12:17  "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

The Dragon?  is Satan, the devil [Rev.12:7-9] 
The Woman [in White = Purity is God's Obedient church members....the remnant.

     The ultimate conclusion, of this battle, though never in doubts about to whom is the victory..God's..  is when Satan once more, has humans to deceive, all those unjust ones, who now have come forth with the SECOND RESURRECTION, but unlike the just, they come out in the very same shape and age as they they went into the graves....
   
    Revelation 20:7-10 " And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."

      I believe that Satan, some day soon, shall impersonate Christ, and encourage the world to worship the beast. [ Beastly Powers is a designation God uses to show the Civil government (s) and the church to act as one single power, in which persecutions, have always been the  result! Note the Dark Ages of Europe, and present day Islam, wherein there is no separation of church and state.] Revelation reveals several ways in which he will deceive the world through false representations.
    The Bible warned us all about these deceptions, for Jesus Himself said " For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive." [Matthew 24:24]  The apostle Paul warned us many times not to be deceived ...

1 Corinthians 3:17-18  "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise."

     1 Corinthians 3:23  "And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's."

   Such preparations for these battles, to learn God's truth, so that a deception will look to you exactly what it is...a deception, thus be able with Christ's  power, be able to stand and withstand Satan allure,. We all need to do this now, and NOT when the final events are at full swing in full power!

    Thoughts of Armageddon should really focus our vision on a closer relationship with with The savior. Tanks, guns or a bunker stocked with food, will offer zero protection. We need but to be clothed in the armor of Jesus' righteousness. Then we will prevail even in face of a death decree, given to those who keep God's commandments because they love Him!

     Isaiah 33:16 " He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure."

God's promises have never failed, Mans????  Well, . . . man can't even save himself, now can he?

Next: What is the, "Abomination of Desolation"?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WHY ATTEND CHURCH? from Truth Matters- Signs of the Times

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LIFE AFTER DEATH: "A DIFFERENT VIEW."

Nearly all Christians believe in life after death. The most common view is that while people's bodies go to the grave at death, they have immortal souls that remains conscious and either to heaven or hell.
      We, Seventh day Adventist view death somewhat differently. We understand the Bible to teach that the body and soul are essentially one of the same thing, and that death is a state of total unconsciousness. Jesus in fact called death a sleep....
     John 11:11  "These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep."

     Let us first get something straight, shall we? What is the best advice anyone can give you?  How about this: "Never, ever take the words of man or men, for the word of God, learn this for yourself"?
     Why is this?
     WHO, can save Y O U, for eternal life, man or God? Man can't even save himself, let alone Y O U! o lets begin at the bottom shall we?

    Genesis 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

Put all that into steps and find:  1. Humans are made from and with earthly elements.
                                               2. Made by God, into flesh and blood.
                                               3. God then "Breathed" into us  HIS breath of Life and,
                                               4.. Humans BECAME living souls.
                                               5. therefore our souls are NOT an added on extra, right?
WHAT IS DEATH?  NO IT IS NOT THE OPPOSITE OF LIFE, BUT ONLY THE ABSENCE OF LIFE!  From the above list, it's easy to understand that death, is the absence of God's Breath of Life, right?
Many say: "But what about absent from the body , and present with the lord?
2 Corinthians 5:8  "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

I want to be with Jesus right now as well, but that's not our call, is it? Paul is saying He's rather be dead and be with Christ, at His return! On verse can NOT counter another, or one must reconsider their understanding, for the Bible is self-interpreting, it proves itself within itself! WE should not, indeed MUST not use one verse to build our faith upon!

You see dear reader, The Word of God, often interchanges the words, Breath of Life, with soul, or with spirit., although each differs, generally each can be used in place of the other. 
    
      Remember the story of Lazarus? Read, again John 11:11 above, but look..
   John 11:12 " Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well."
    John 11:14  "Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead."

     This should bring a few questions to mind agree? Especially if you've bothered to read John 11th chapter.
1. Why did Jesus wait the four days?
A; With the old customs of the time, people believed that the "Soul/Spirit," stayed with the body for three days after death, then off to the "reward".

2: Why did Jesus shout, " Lazarus , come forth"?  Why not come down if in heaven, or come up, if in hell?
A: His body was still, as are all, still in the graves. If we go to heaven or hell at death, why was Lazarus still bound up in his funeral attire, have they no scissors in heaven? Would he be a "Happy Camper" after being in heaven for four days, and now finds himself back on this sin-filled earth?

3. The most important question for this story is the WHY?
A:   That's easy, it was for our learning to set an example before us of what God is able to do! He and HE has the LIFE within Him, only The Father and son, can do this, as each can create life, as they have life within them, Eternal Life.
Genesis 3:4-5  "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
This is Satan's first recorded lie, and most of mankind has accepted this as truth, to this day!  YET...
   Genesis 3:19  "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6  "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun."

All humans, would be best served, if they studied the Bible, not read, but study it. why?......

1 Timothy 6:15-16  "Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen."
   We ALL are able to receive eternal life ONLY through Jesus Christ ...

1 John 5:12  "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
Which is another way of saying, "All those who reject Christ, reject life and accept death, as both shall be eternal!

     The Holy Bible tells us that we shall receive eternal life at His Second coming...

1 Corinthians 15:50-54  "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit in-corruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on in corruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on in-corruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

It for the above passage we have the stories if Enoch, and Elijah , Genesis 5:24 and 2 Kings 2:11, and then Moses in Jude 9. plus the 24 resurrected with Jesus, and Lazarus(?), are humans, already in heaven. Not a hint for Mary being there also, man's traditions......

Revelation 22:12  "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

    Therefore, IF, [and it does indeed]f eternal life comes ONLY through Jesus, by our knowing and accepting and having faith/trust in Him, there can be no such a thing as an ever-burning hell, for those who refuse to know Him. The Bible simply does not teach that. It does teach that both this world and sinners will be destroyed by fire at the end of the Millennium ....
2 Peter 3:10  "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
That's earth being cleansed from all pollution, and all traces of past human works. Ready for a new Eden.

Revelation 20:14-15  "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."

God, will after this, re-create this earth's surface, and humans will see God's creative powers at work, as earth will become all Eden again, and home for those redeemed.

Revelation 21:22  "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it."

What the Holy Bible teaches Adventists believe.  Sadly most "Christians" know not God's Word, only as other teach them!  But Christ only will Judge all, including the false teachers!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

From: SIGNS of the TIMES OCT.2014 ISSUE. BY NANCY CANWELL..

Many thanks to both Nancy and Sign of the Times magazine for these stories.  John B.

      {Names have been changed in this story}

    Pastor Walter was sitting in his living room with Jeff, the husband of one of his church members, who had recently asked for Bible Studies. Pastor knew that Jeff had been "fence sitting," spiritually for years, at times open to God but mostly ignoring Him. This particular night their study was about the great war between God and Satan-- between good and evil. Pastor Walter knew from experience that Satan's  side never likes being exposed. So he prayed silently for Jeff.
     Jeff listened intently as Pastor Walter read from the Bible and explained about Satan's role in this world.
     Suddenly Jeff spoke up, "Pastor, I am sorry to interrupt you, but I'm feeling something really strange right now." He gave a nervous laugh, "Look sat my arms, the hairs are standing up! I feel like someone is over there, looking through the window at me!"
     Pastor Walter knew exactly what was going on. "Jeff,'  he said, " You are caught in a very real spiritual battle between the powers of good and evil. You can not remain neutral. You have felt God come into to your life, urging you to give yourself to Him. You need to do that, because if you don't you'll siding with the devil by default. There's only two sides to this war.
     Jeff left the pastor's home that night very troubled-- still without making his decision. But now he understood clearly that he would have to choose.

                          BATTLES IN THE WAR.

      IN the History of our universe, several major battles have been fought in this war, between good and evil. Each and every time, God has been the Victor! { Satan has no choice but keep on fighting for the souls of mankind, as his self-pride, would allow him to repent and seek forgiveness, and why there was a war in Heaven. [ Revelation 12}This first Battle shows how sin came to earth....
 
     Revelation 12:7-9  "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him"
   In this description the Archangel is Jesus Christ, and the dragon is Satan. [Please read Rev;13:2 and know that Satan, has earthly representatives.You'll note, that he and his angels fought back, to no avail, and were cast upon this earth! Plus note that he, has deceived the whole world!

Note: Please note....
             
     Genesis 2:1-3  "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

Please take note of your calendars to see which day IS the SEVENTH DAY! Saturday!  Now take note...

     Daniel 7:24-25  "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time."

Note: Also human history, when Pagan Rome ceased to be i n 476 A.D., the Papal Rome had already been the recipient of the seat of power, from Emperor Constantine in 331 A.D, and this power that Daniel calls the "Little Horn," gained full power in 538 A.D. by her uprooting three horns [Kingdoms and peoples  Dan.7:8,20,24] This power then united Church and State as the single power for 1260 years!

The score of this first battle?            God 1...Satan 0.

    The Second battle was fought in the Garden of Eden. Satan [either used a serpent like a ventriloquist uses a dummy or he has a great disguising skill] and tempted eve into compromising her loyalty to God. {disobedience is a form of rebellion agree?]  For God clearly said ...
 
           Genesis 2:16-17  "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
      Most find it difficult to believe that Eve would allow herself to be deceived but just read...

    Genesis 3:6  "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."
Note: good for food... =  lust of the flesh...  pleasant to the eye..=  lust of self...   make one wise  = Pride of life.  So Satan pointed to the vulnerabilities that are within us all! So it seemed that Satan had won, as Adam also ate.Then God activated His Plan of Salvation, right then and there: Gen 3:15..
 
    Genesis 3:15  "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
    Tells us that Jesus would come, and take our place for our sin deaths, for Adam and Eve and all humans would not have to face eternal death.

THE SCORE?   God 2 Satan 0.

An other battle not mentioned in this story is the one of Moses, Satan had convinced the Pharaoh, to have all male babies killed, yet Moses was "Adopted by the king's sister, and lived 40 years as a Prince, and finally led the children to the Promised land.    God won Satan lost.

     The  Third mayor battle was fought near 2,000 years ago, when Jesus came to earth, to live a perfect life, and then to die for all sins for all times, in our place!.Just as it was told to us way back in Genesis 3:15, that Jesus would suffer a "Bruised heal" but Satan head would be crushed, which spells defeat, even though he still lives!
    Although Satan repeatedly tempted Jesus to sin, [ he even had had the nerve to demand that Jesus worship him}Luke 4:6-7 " And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." Jesus kept quoting Scripture to him, in defiance, thus was He tempted far beyond our experiences, and just a a flesh man, as we are! For He never used His Divine powers to save Himself..
    After He was crucified, and lay at rest even on Sabbath, Satan could not keep in in the death nor in the tomb! Jesus by this conquered Satan, and at the same time, HE defeated death for Y O U and me!
    The score now?  God 3. Satan still 0!

           THE FOURTH AND FIFTH and  FINAL BATTLE, which will take place at the very end of this time frame, as we can see in Revelation 13 FOR THE 4TH, AND 20:7-10 FOR LAST BATTLE.... EVER!

     The 4th Battle will separate humanity into two camps. One will be with those who in loving obedience obey God word, while the other camps are those who follow and obey the words of men, and worship on Sunday, eat pork and all things not given for foods, in short do as they please, of their own will! They will have the Mark of the Beast, and worship it knowingly. While camp 1 will worship God according to His Word, the Holy Bible! While camp two will worship according to traditions of men.
   When these things come to pass, then look east for Y O U R SAVIOR, who WILL NOT PUT FOOT ON THIS EARTH, but the phony 'christ' will do so just before the TRUE ONE Returns. (its in the Bible read it!]

The 5th and FINAL battle will again take place on this earth, but after the Just have been with Jesus, in Heaven for 1,000 years, [Millennium = milli -Greek for 1,000 - + annum meaning year. [Rev. 20:2-7] with all the wicked dead resurrected, this being the SECOND Resurrection, Satan has people to again deceive, and they will try to take by force, the Salvation that was offered at on cost, and surround the beloved city, in their attempt to eat from the Tree of Life. That''s when each knee shall bow, and all the people that have ever lived, shall be there! The Just within the walls, the unjust outside the walls, and each shall be able to see each other, and God will run (HIS DVD??) in their minds, and each shall see all the times He called to them and each time each rejected his call! All shall see and admit that God's way is just, and then fire and brimstone shall rain down upon all this earth, destroying all the sinners, and purifying this earth, from all of human endeavors and pollution!
Thus God has won each and every battle, and it was all played out before all the worlds, that they are witness to the fact that God is just and good. Score God 100%, and Satan still at 0.

     This should cause all in christ, to rejoice, and not to fear, why?...............
     1 John 4:3-7  "And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God."

                         THE HUNGER GAMES IN REALITY!   with Errol Webster.  

    "What if in the near future were a giant reality show in which children were pitted against each other in an elaborate fight to the death, in which politics, war, and entertainment had finally become indistinguishable, from each other?   So writes Katie Roiphe in the New York Times, about Suzanne Collins's brutal and absorbing Hunger Games trilogy, now made into a movie series. Roiphe further says, "The premise of the series is that a corrupt and decadent Capitol rules over 12 impoverished districts in Penem, in the ruins of north America. Every year the Capitol authorities stage a "reaping," in which a girl and a boy from each district are chosen by lottery to be tributes in the Hunger Games."  This is fiction, but there's a far greater life -and- death conflict raging that involves all of us--- a hunger games reality-- between good and evil, called the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan.

1. What position did Satan want in Heaven?
     Isaiah 14:12-14  "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

    As an anointed cherub before he rebelled, Lucifer had a place next to God
     Isaiah 28:11-15  "For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:"
    Self- Pride led him to want God's position, which is as impossible as wanting to be your own mother!

2. How did Lucifer's  (aka Satan, The dragon, and the devil) rebellion against God in heaven end?
    Revelation 12:7-9  "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
   The word Satan means "Adversary", while the word devil means "Slanderer". Satan attempted to win God's throne by misrepresenting Him, Because "God is love" [ 1 John 4:8] He didn't destroy Satan on the spot, as love can't force allegiance, and love can not be forced, so God had to let all this run its course, and that all the universe shall see that sin is death, and none shall desire it.
    Yet even after than Satan wanted to be worshiped, and why he deceived both Adam and Eve, into rebelling against God's word

3. What is our condition now?
   Romans 3:10  "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:"
   Romans 3:20  "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
The consequence of sin for us all is death  Romans 5:12  "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
However....Romans 6:23  "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Therefore our acceptance of Christ in loving faith and obedience, is that His death shall cover our sins, all of them.

4. What is the GOOD NEWS of the gospel that saves us from this sin-death?
     Romans 5:8  "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
    Salvation is The Father's free gift. The idea that we can do anything to pay for our own salvation is a false gospel, and Satan's the father of if {John 8:44}

5. What else was accomplished by Jesus' death?
      Hebrews 2:14-15  "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

    Contrary to the Hunger Games, in which the distinction between good and evil is blurred and the contestants win by destroying their opponents, Jesus, on the other hand, won by dying for our sins. At first Satan appeared to have triumphed. But Jesus, as the innocent dying for the guilty, rose from the dead, thus defeating the devil at his own game and winning the victory for each one of us,, those willing to accept it and HIM! Good overcame evil.
    When Christ cried out, "It is Finished", {john 19:30] all heaven rejoiced, in so severing all remaining ties, sympathies between Satan and heaven, were broken forever! because their beloved Lord Jesus had died, yet lives!

6. How do Jesus' followers gain the victory over Satan? 
     Revelation 12:11  "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

All who die in Christ shall live, again!

      John 3:15-19  "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."

Next: Accepting "The"Truth, yes there many truths but there only one, THE Truth God's word. Plus nobodies acceptance or rejections will change it!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Noah's Hope, by Clifford Goldstein from Signs of the Times Aug. 2014.

CLIFFORD GOLDSTEIN asks, "What does an ancient story about a world-wide flood tell us about or world today"?


      Hollywood has never been shy about creating end-of-the-world flicks. from Beware! The Blob to 2121, Contagion, and the World war Z, moviegoers who like imaginative accounts of end-time events have plenty to choose from.
      Some time back however, Hollywood came up with a different kind of apocalyptic thriller: NOAH, staring Russell Crowe. Based very loosely on the Biblical story of the flood in Genesis, this movie tells about the the impending doom of the ancient world and one man's attempt to save his family from it.
       Whatever the merits or demerits of the film (and it has plenty of both), it does raise  valid questions about the fate of humanity today. What challenges do we face in the 21st Century as the world's population increases, as natural resources get scarcer, as the specter of war continues, and as the questions of pollution and climate change remain?
    {(j.B.) please know this one huge but single fact: Science and scientist, for the most part, seek to explain, the universe, but leaving God the Creator totally out of the equation, yet science holds that it seeks only truth? How can one then, leave out any factor, by rejecting Creation and The Creator out of hand? Is that not unlike a mathematician ignoring Zero, as if it were not present?]

      Are we doomed, as were the the people in the time of Noah's Flood, or do we have hope? And IF we do have hope, what is it?  The biblical account of Noah' s Flood may be far removed from the consciousness of most people today, but how does that change facts, and what does it hold, today, for us, in the way of lessons? Though it's often viewed only in terms of the destruction and punishment, the deeper message is the hope of redemption in a world getting ever closer and closer, to destroying itself.
     With an endless progression, or should I say procession, of wars, terrorism based upon "love of a god', our obsession about climate, when we know it's always in flux, and changing, and natural disasters, {Which by the way we are only to happy to blame God for them, rather than the real perpetrator, Satan. As earth's population becomes more and more evil, God withdraws His Spirit, giving Satan more leeway!, but who teaches the Bible these days? The Sun-day worshipers, that obey the laws of men?]
      With all these events ongoing, one doesn't have to be a doomsday fanatic to be concerned about the world's future! In fact, Jesus very specifically used the Noahatic Flood to compare that time to what it will be like in earth's future! When He's about to return at this world's end. He said....

      Matthew 24:37-39  "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For                                      as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and                          giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood                          came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
    [As stated before, "Who bothers to read the Bible today?"  But please note:
        Ecclesiastes 1:9  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which                                    shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."
[Is this where we got this saying? "History repeats itself?" or "What comes around, goes around"? THINK!]

[If you want to learn what live was like, that got God so disgusted, and angry with mankind read Genesis 6:, then read Gen.11:1-9 the story of Tower of Babel, and learn that men learned nothing from the flood!]

     Jesus' point is that, as we near the time of the end, the ,masses of people, will be going about their business as if nothing were wrong, nothing amiss. Apparently, that was the people's attitude and behavior before Noah's Flood, in spite of the fact that they had plenty of warnings about what was to come, in fact Noah preached about the flood for 120 years!
  [In point of fact, we of the Seventh day Adventist Church, have been preaching and teaching the "Time of the End" message ever since 1864! Showing that God, in His mercy, has withheld His wrath, these days, much longer than in Noah's time, but how long are Y O U wiling to test His patience?]

      All of God's children, CONT *.. {we are all His, for He gave each one of us HIS BREATH OF LIFE, for only the Father and the Son, have life, within themselves, thus SUSTAIN ALL LIFE!]...
      
        Colossians 1:17  "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. "
                                      Consist  in the Greek the word is Sunistao ( soon-is-thah'-o)  means to make, to                                           stand. To consist. Would this be a good time to introduce the Second Law of thermodynamics? Paraphrased... Anything set into an orderly motion, will over time degrade into disorder.'
That's from human science's "Natural Laws", so why has the universe, not degraded into disorder, and why we see no massive scale collisions? IS possible that there is a a force, a sustaining force a consisting force?

CONT*... we all, need to be careful that we do NOT ignore His warnings. All around  we see signs of impending disasters that Jesus Himself gave warnings too:...
   
          Matthew 24:5-10 " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.                           And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things                         must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom                             against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

[ If you can't understand this, who has ever seen or heard of a crime, or an assault done in LOVE?  Who has not heard of the Islamic crazies, and their slogan, "Believe as we do, or die"? How many so-called 'Christians' must they murder, across this earth, before people understand what Jesus spoke about, way back then? But Heh! Who bothers to read, let alone study the Holy Bible these days? THINK!]

     As humankind entered the twentieth century, the majority of people were full of optimism and hope for a bright future. Many were convinced that the world was entering a golden age in which science and technology would bring utopia--- a grand world of peace and prosperity for all. However World War 1 quickly dashed all those false hopes, did it not?
      When the great-grandchildren of those who welcomed in the 20th century, ushered in the 21st they did NOT have any grand illusions about a coming 'golden age',. On the contrary, September 11, 2001, became this generation's symbol of the future. Things seem to have been going downhill since then, right?

[ Please humor me, God promised NEVER to use water to destroy life again, right? He does not have another Noah, to tell us about the coming disaster, as ALL Bible Students know, this time God's going to use fire to clean earth Revelation's Lake of fire, read 19 - 22.chapters So what else can He do? How about kicking the secularists in their 'collective wallets', and look at all of earth's economies, since about 2003?....
     Amos 8:11  "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a                                    famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:"
     Isaiah 33:15-16  "He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of                               oppression, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing                       of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;  He shall dwell on high: his place of defense                              shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure."
{As you can see, those who accept Him through Christ, are protected, and even if they lose their lives, yet will they live again, forever.  Read His promise in John 14:1-3].

     However, even in the days of Noah, the people all had hope.... The ARK. It was built precisely to save them from what was coming on the world! Sadly they did not recognize is as such.
      Today, amid our trails and worries, we, too, can have hope, because we have something better than a boat. We have Jesus and the promise of eternal life IN Him!
     Jesus, left all behind in Haven, to come down to this earth, as a helpless babe, born of woman, just as
Y O U  and I, living a perfect life, without a sin, only to become sin for all, for all time, thus died with OUR sins, but resurrected that beautiful Sunday morn, to show us that the Father raised Him, so also He can raise us. So whether we die a calm, and peaceful death, at old age, in the presence of loved ones, or in car crash, or at the hands of fanatics, or in an earthquake, or however we meet our end, if we are in Jesus, then He is in us, and all those shall "Sleep in christ', resting in the grave until at the 7th Trump (et call)  He calls us to wake up and be with Him and the Father, for ever. Then we shall have life without hurt, pains or worry}.....

      John 10:25-28  "Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my                                  Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep,                   as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give                 unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
{Note: Many do not understand, that God's promises, that are for the good, are CONDITIONAL, upon our faith/trust in Christ, will, with our total surrender, to His will in loving obedience. Why would any want to surrender? That goes against our grain, right, but remember Love conquers all and....

   1 John 4:8  "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."
{Note: God loves us all, each and everyone one of us, so much so, that He'll even give them what they want,  "to have nothing to do with Him.... but they know not, that God is life, thus without Him, and HIS Breath of Life  we perish. read Genesis 2:7 with understanding.]

     So, Hollywood's Noah, the movie which owes very little to the Bible's narrative, but still doesn't change one fact it presents: 'we all live in a very scary world. Within which we find no hope in any boat, but in Jesus and what He promises us, IF we are but willing!

      ARE Y O U ready to be willing?

FLOOD ACCOUNTS:
    The story of a great flood is not unique to the Bible. Several ancient cultures had similar stories.

The Epic of Gilgamesh. Dating back to 2,000 B.C., in one of the airiest surviving works of literature. The He, Gilgamesh, meets Utnapishtim, who tells his how the the god Ea warned him that a flood will be sent by the gods to punish and destroy the world. Ea instructs Utnapishtim to build a huge vessel that saves Utnapishtim, his family friends and some animals. Utnapishtim and his wife are later granted immortality.
[Note: the Bible's info has the flood beginning in 2348, a year after the death of Methuselah.]

Matsya Purana: is one of the oldest Hindu scriptures, dating back to 250-500 A.D. [Christ died in A.D.32.]  The deity Matsya forewarns the human Manu about an impending catastrophic flood and orders him to collect all living animals and the grains of the world in a boat. Manu survives by boarding the ark, which Matsya pulls to safety.

Maasai myth: The Maasaia are a native group in today's Kenya and Tanzania. According to this flood rendering, once upon a time the rivers began to flood. A god told two people to get a ship and take lots of seeds and animals with them. The flood eventually covered the mountains. When it stopped, one of the men set a dove free, but it returned. Later he let go a hawk, and it did not return. Then the people left the boat and took the animals and the seeds with them.

{note:but these three stories, handed down through time, are but three of many such stories all around the earth's peoples. Most such, as the "Educated Elite"  like to call them myths, without a bases for fact. Yet most are founded upon truth, even if it's only a small portion of the whole story.

NEXT: How to Overcome addictions. by Marvin Moore-editor of the  Signs of the Times, Aug. 2014 issue.

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